Is The 10 Muslim Nation Confederacy Fighting Iran’s Expansion The Same 10 Nation Confederacy Spoken By Daniel?

Caricature of the new alliance shown in the Arab media as a right-arm fist portruding out of the earth with the mark “There is No God But Allah and Muhammad Is His Messenger” the flag, badge and emblem of Islam from Saudi Arabia.
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March 27, 2015 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)

This war is no longer a war about Yemen, but a formation of a Sunni coalition they call it Al-Tahaluf Al-A’shari, literally the Ten Nation Confederacy which the media in English calls Ten Sunni-led Arab states.

In response to U.S. abandonment of Saudi Arabia and a response to Iran’s threat to the region, the Sunni Muslim world has risen to form a major unified force. The Coalition never informed the U.S. of its actions in Yemen fearing the U.S. is flirting with Iran.

Caricature of this new alliance is shown in the Arab media as a right-arm fist portruding out of the earth with the mark “There is No God But Allah and Muhammad Is His Messenger” the flag, badge and emblem of Islam stemming from Saudi Arabia. It is the pride of Muslims to mark their right arms and foreheads with the mark of Islam. It also reminds of Daniel 4 which speaks of Babylon leaving the tree stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze while re-arising, not in ancient Babel in Iraq, but in Dumma, Kedar and Arabia as Isaiah 21 prophesied prior to God’s final judgment “Babylon is fallen is fallen” (Isaiah 21:9, Revelation 18:1-2, Revelation 14:8) in which Iran will finally give it a death blow.

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Photo of ten leaders in the coalition

One wonders is this what the Bible speaks of, the ten horns representing ten kings, and all is left, is an eleventh, a little horn which comes up among them who is the Antichrist (Daniel 7:8, 11)?

One must admit, the temptation to make such declarations can arise as we see the events unfold on daily basis, but let the wise increase in patience which is the wisdom in not rushing to conclusion. The bronze nails in Daniel 7:19 points to a Grecian, not European entity. And with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze (Daniel 7:19), there are ten nails and only time will tell if 20 to 30 other states (iron teeth) joins the ten nation confederacy under this umbrella. And we have additions, foreign ministers from 22 Arab countries agreed to form a unified military force on Thursday, approving a draft resolution designed to counter growing security threats in the region.

Is what we see a prelude to something greater, or if Erdogan of Turkey becomes more active in this confederacy, or if even this confederacy grows to be some fulfillment, is very interesting, but only time will tell. “Its nails of bronze” must be alluding to the correlation of the ten toes to the Grecian Empire. This is deduced because bronze as is accepted by biblical scholars represents Greece which today is Asia Minor. Revelation 17 also speaks of the ten kings will be joined by another king—an eleventh (the little horn)—who is the Antichrist, the ruler over the entire fourth kingdom (Daniel 7:8, 11).

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Ten leaders in the coalition

The Council of the League of Arab States at the summit level meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh March 26, 2015 in Egypt agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats. The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels in Yemen on Thursday, in an effort to check Iranian influence in their backyard without direct military backing from Washington. This major confederacy arose as result of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy increasingly relying on surrogates rather than direct US military involvement, a major cause for forming alliances of Sunni states to thwart Iran’s incursions. The Middle East’s top oil power did not even inform the U.S. on its action in Yemen and only spoke to the U.S. just before Thursday’s unprecedented air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

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Rare photo of the massive jet fighters from several Muslim states joining the efforts to fight in Yemen

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, said “the concern was, if Aden falls, then what do you do?” al-Jubeir told a small group of reporters on Thursday. “The concern was that the situation was so dire you had to move.” In other words, Saudi Arabia can no longer depend on US security umbrella that has long been the main thrust of Washington’s relations with the oil-rich kingdom.

And such concerns are not without merit, Riyadh has been growing increasingly assertive since early 2011, when Washington’s reluctance to back former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in the face of mass protests led the Saudis to doubt its commitment to traditional Arab allies and especially after the worsening Yemen conflict forced Washington to evacuate all remaining US special forces from the country, further undermining the US campaign of drone strikes against the most lethal branch of al-Qaeda based there.

But the huge ramification is now quite clear, Mecca is what drives this ten nation confederacy in Yemen, is the latest front in a growing regional contest for power with Iran that is also playing out in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad’s government, and Iraq, where Iranian-backed Shiite militias are playing a major role in fighting.

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“The Arab … ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force. The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting, Reuters reported.

And this confederacy, as it seems, means business. Al Arabiya reported a massive 150,000 Saudi ground troops have been mobilized along with fighter jets and naval units, as part of the move codenamed, “Operation Decisive Storm.” Egyptian TV reportedly said that the Arab League will coordinate with the chiefs of staff of the various Arab nations’ armies to organize the new Ten Nation Confederacy force within one month. Egyptian officials also announced that a ground invasion of Yemen will follow the airstrikes. This, including a naval blockade has been imposed by the Saudi ship Asifat Al-Hazm (Firm Storm) on a strait that connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, and provides passage to the Mediterranean Sea. The strait is used by Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia, among other nations. Four Egyptian vessels were spotted en route to secure the Gulf of Aden, off the city where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was based out of after leaving the capital city of Sanaa, and before being forced to flee the country. Both Sudan and Morocco announced that this war is in defense of their beloved Mecca. The Sunni Alliance fears Shiite talk of shift from Mecca to Karbala. Any harm on Saudi Arabia means to harm Islam’s Qibla, the direction to the image, the meteor in Mecca which over a billion Muslim prostrate towards daily.

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The war depicted as in defense of Mecca

And such support for this Sunni coalition is not only by secularists, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest body of Islamic states, affirmed its support for the deal and the ten state confederacy.

Iran’s rise to power, forced the Arab world to respond to the unprecedented threats on multiple fronts in Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Syria, all of which are in end-times context biblically. In Yemen (biblical Teman) Houthi militants believed to have Iranian backing have taken over large swathes of the country including its official capital. In Libya (also becomes part of a future league in Ezekiel 30,38) a civil war is raging between a government that controls the capital of Tripoli, and the internationally recognized government — aided by Arab and Egyptian airstrikes — based out of the city of Tobruk. In Syria (see Isaiah 17) a civil war has raged on for four years between President Bashar Assad’s government, which is backed by Iran (biblical Persia), and loose coalitions of militants, as well as ISIS which has taken over significant portions of Iraq and Syria, has expanded into Libya, and has been drawing membership from across the Islamic world, recently gaining the loyalty of Nigerian Boko Haram and claiming responsibility for a deadly terror attack in Tunisia.

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“The Arab … ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force. The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting, Reuters reported.

There is no doubt that a shift and confederacy buildup has happened, but for it to be the final culmination, Persia, its enemy must ally with Turkey despite the Shiite Sunni divide which will later unravel again on the Mountains of Israel. This healing is unlikely to happen until a false peace treaty is first established. It is then that the focus shifts by both Sunni and Shiite coalition towards the persecution of both the Church and Jerusalem which will exclude some Arab states: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” (Revelation 12:3). In Ezekiel 38, both Persia as well as Meshech and Tubal (Asia Minor Turkey) are involved as well as Libya and Egypt (Ezekiel 30) in a “league”.

The beginning embryo and realization that such states can unite is already made firm, but for a seven year peace deal, there needs to be turmoil, which we are witnessing on a daily basis already. This military power will force the Houthis to accept a resolution within days or weeks. This will take Iran back to the drawing board as Russia will play the peace maker. And while Iran harbors its hate, eventually, both Sunni and Shiites will realize that the warring has no end and one sinister plan will be devised to unite the fractured Muslim world which sees the turmoil lasting seven years beginning in 2011 at the rise of the Arab Spring. Such unity cannot happen unless a scapegoat is found: Israel. As the days come, the Middle East is realizing, why is Sunni killing Shiite while Jerusalem remains “un-liberated”? This is the outcry currently on the streets of the Muslim world, and if the devil would make a statement it would be: “for not killing Jews, ISIS I hated”.
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VIDEO MB Obama Keeps American Citizens In Exile While He Welcomes Illegals – MB Obama snubbing the Constitution

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03/27/2015 by Neil Munro

President Barack Obama’s push to legalize millions of illegal immigrants is leaving many Americans’ families locked out of the United States.

American engineer Jimmy Gugliotta and his Argentinian wife and children have been stuck in Chile for so long that he’s pleading for donations to buy food and airfares while the U.S. visa agency slowly processes the visa documents needed by his wife and children.

“I was initially told the process would take 6 to 9 months and we had enough money to get us through until that time,” he wrote in his March 19 GoFundMe online appeal.

“We are trying to sell the few possessions that we have left,” said Gugliotta, who escaped a hard-knock childhood by learning computer design while earning $8 an hour in various manual labor jobs.

Chile’s immigration laws have kept Gugliotta from working in Chile, but U.S. immigration laws have kept him and his family from going home to the United States.

“I have been unemployed [in Chile] since early 2013, trying to get back to the U.S. to work… it has been 16 months and still no visa,” he added.

On March 25, he got another letter from the visa agency at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The National Visa Center (NVC) received your documents on 23-MAR-15.

We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received.

“We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents.

“We are working to reduce these processing times and we appreciate your patience.”

According to Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, Gugliotta is a victim of bureaucratic incompetence exacerbated by Obama’s choice to rush millions of illegal immigrants past routine immigration barriers.

In November, Obama ordered his agency to reorganize themselves so they can start awarding work-permits and other documents to four million illegals who were brought to the United States by their parents.

That’s level with the number of Americans who will turn 18 in 2015.

That 4 million effort is in addition to Obama’s direction that officials grant work-permits and residency documents for roughly 700,000 younger illegals since 2012.

The agency’s workload was also raised when Obama allowed roughly 130,000 Central American adults and youths to cross the southern border in 2014, and when he ordered officials to grant extra work-permits to roughly 100,000 spouses of foreign guest-workers.

Since 2009, Obama ahas also given work-permits to roughly 4.7 million foreign students, tourists and border-jumping migrants.

On March 23, Obama also invited companies to bring in “hundreds of thousands” of L-1B guest-workers, who can work in the United States while being paid wages level with the wages paid in their home country, such as India or China.

Obama’s support for foreign workers contrasts with this 2012 campaign rhetoric, in which he repeatedly told Americans that he would bet on American workers. “Ohio, we’re not about to take a knee and do nothing… I stood with American workers. I stood with American manufacturing. I believed in you. I bet on you. I’ll make that bet any day of the week,” he told a cheering audience Sept. 3, 2012 in Ohio.

This effort to provide documents to foreign workers has sidelined people with legitimate claims, said Vaughan.

Before Obama’s push for amnesty and more guest-workers, the spouses and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens were in the highest priority category for visas processing, and were supposed to be completed in five months, Vaughan said.

But by last December, the processing time had stretched out to eight months, she said.

Kevin Morgan filed in March 2014 to get a renewal of his immigrant wife’s residency card. By March, the agency still had not delivered the card, according to a YouTube video posted by Morgan.

The New York Times highlighted the emerging problem in February 2014.

“Jessica Veltstra, applied last March to bring over her Dutch husband. But he is still in the Netherlands, and she is rooming with relatives in New Jersey, unable to make plans,” the Times reported. “Their older daughter, who is 4, refuses to speak to her father on the phone in Dutch, her first language, and bursts out crying when she sees a photo of him.”

In contrast, illegals are getting preferential treatment, Vaughan said.

For example, the administration is using the “Advanced Parole” process to get current illegals onto a fast-track to citizenship, she said.

That process usually takes four months, but has been accelerated to 1.8 months according to agency data, she said.

The agency’s shift in priorities was quietly admitted in statement provided in January to GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate’s judiciary committee.

Companies’ request for guest-worker visas got “special treatment,” while routine requests for family unification visa did not get the special attention, the document showed.

Obama’s deputies “care more about opening up back-door entries for illegals aliens to get [legal] status than they do for legal applications,” Vaughan said.

Gugliotta asked for a visa for his wife and children 16 months ago, and they were told March 25 that they won’t get a visa for at least another two months.

Gugliotta was born in New Mexico, but moved around the United States with his parents. He lived in Hoboken, N.J., Waco, Texas, Montgomery, Alabama and Killeen, Texas.

Jimmy Gugliotta’s Graduation Photo

He didn’t go to college, but worked his way into the job of a field engineer for international companies.

In Sugarland, Texas, a friend “asked if I wanted to take an AutoCad course with him that cost four hundred bucks and that we could go from making eight bucks and hour to twelve after the course,” he told TheDC.

“I got a loan from my [step-]father for the four hundred, took the class and was a natural. A few weeks later I was making twenty two dollars an hour. Next thing you know I am in Sterling, Louisiana making twelve grand a month in my early twenties,” he wrote.

That engineering work has taken him to Merida and Isla del Carmen in Mexico, Quito in Ecuador, Santiago in Chile, plus Peru, Argentina, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Washington state.

The well-paid work can be very dangerous. Gunmen have killed his coworkers in Algeria and Ecuador, for example.

He met his Argentinian wife, Roxana, when he was working in Chile in 2012. Roxana has two children, high-school age Maxi and 20 year-old Maira, who is legally blind.

“Maira did not attend school last year because we thought we were moving. Fortunately she was able to take a test and they gave her credit as if she had attended the whole year,” Gugliotta wrote to the TheDC. Maira “did not enroll [in school] this year… because we thought for sure we would be in the states for the coming year.”

The schools cost $500 a month.

The couple have one son, Valentino.

Gugliotta’s inability to bring his wife and kids into the United States also separates him from his two kids from his first marriage.

He posted the GoFundMe appeal because the family is stuck between Chile and United States, where he can restart his career.

“This is all new to me as I have worked all of my life and never asked anyone for help with anything,” he told TheDC.

“However I do not see an out on this issue… I believed the folks at the U.S. embassy when they told me the visa process for my wife and daughter would take six to nine months,” he said.

Without a job, “we started a small rotisserie chicken business working day and night to make ends meet…Thinking that we would soon be leaving Chile, I sold the business for a little less than the original buying price,” he said.

That leaves Gugliotta, Roxana, Maxi and Valentino penniless in Chile until the DHS agency diverts its attention away from Obama’s visa-for-illegals strategy.

“Valentino just turned 3 on March 18th… always asks when we are going to the U.S.A.,” Gugliotta said.

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Before You Fly: This Is How TSA Decides if You Might Be Acting Like a Terrorist

Next time you travel, be careful not to complain about airport security.
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March 27, 2015 By Dustin Volz

Next time you go through airport security, do your best to avoid yawning, whistling, or complaining too much: Any of those behaviors could make you look like a terrorist in the eyes of a Transportation Security Administration screening agent, according to newly disclosed government documents.

A secret 92-point checklist, obtained and published Friday by The Intercept, reveals for the first time what kind of passenger behavior can merit a red flag for TSA agents responsible for pulling possible terrorists and criminals out of airport security lines.

The checklist reveals a step-by-step process for assessing whether passengers deserve additional scrutiny. Those deemed suspicious under “observation and behavior analysis” are pulled aside and searched for “unusual items” such as almanacs and prepaid calling cards. During the inspection, TSA agents are also instructed to look for “signs of deception,” which can include a fast rate of eye-blinking.

Other suspicious signs listed include exaggerated yawning, gazing down, a pale face due to a recent beard shaving, widely open staring eyes, wearing of “improper attire,” and arriving late for a flight.

The program, known as Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, has been in use nationwide since 2007 and has cost taxpayers upwards of $1 billion dollars.

SPOT has been dogged with accusations that it is based on pseudoscience and promotes racial and ethnic profiling among the some 3,000 TSA agents tasked with observing unusual behavior. Two years ago, a review by the Government Accountability Office found no clear evidence that the protocol used by SPOT-trained agents to detect terrorists was any better than random selection. The GAO report recommended that Congress halt funding for the program.

Despite the scathing conclusions, however, the SPOT program has continued, and its screening checklist has been kept largely secret until now. Its backers say the program is an essential layer of TSA’s multipronged airport security approach and expressly forbids any kind of discriminatory profiling.

In a statement, a TSA spokesman said the agency would not comment on or confirm the checklist published by The Intercept.

“Behavior-analysis techniques that have been successfully employed by law enforcement and security personnel both in the U.S. and internationally,” the spokesman said. “No single behavior alone will cause a traveler to be referred to additional screening or will result in a call to a law enforcement officer.”

The “observation and behavior analysis” section of the checklist adheres to a point-counting formula to determine which passengers should be referred for a screening. Designated stress factors, such as “strong body order,” count for 1 point. Fear factors, like “bulges in clothing” or “rigid posture,” count for 2 points. Finally, deception factors—appearing confused or in disguise or repeatedly patting upper body with hands—count for 3 points.

TSA agents are directed to refer passengers who score 4 or 5 points to a screening. Passengers that score at least 6 points are referred to a screening and reported to a law-enforcement officer.

The formula allows for some subtraction. Traveling as a member of a family will deduct 2 points from a passenger’s score, as will the appearance of traveling as a married couple where both spouses are 55 or older. Women over the age of 55 and men over the age of 65 are deemed “low risk” and can have one point subtracted.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union sued TSA for access to records related to the SPOT program’s efficacy, which the agency has so far refused to hand over.

“What we know about SPOT suggests it wastes taxpayer money, leads to racial profiling, and should be scrapped,” said Hugh Handeyside, staff lawyer with the ACLU. “The TSA has insisted on keeping documents about SPOT secret, but the agency can’t hide the fact that there’s no evidence the program works. The discriminatory racial profiling that SPOT has apparently led to only reinforces that the public needs to know more about how this program is used and with what consequences for Americans’ rights.”

The SPOT program has also in recent years attracted the scrutiny of lawmakers in both parties skeptical of its efficacy and concerned about the high price tag. In 2013, Rep. Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican, extensively questioned former Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole at a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing about whether the SPOT program held any merit or was necessary given the other layers of airport security.

“You go through a screening system which essentially undresses somebody, you send their equipment through radar detection and other devices,” Sanford said. “The question is, from a civil-liberties standpoint, given those other tests, do you in addition have to go through a screening process based on somebody’s interpretation of what might be in your brain?”

Pistole was resolute in his defense of the program, but conceded, “There’s no perfect science, there’s no perfect art of this.” He told Sanford that the value in the SPOT program was difficult to measure, as it had only led to only a handful of arrests—none on terrorism charges—but that it aided in deterrence.
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Situation Normal: Hillary Clinton obstructs justice and operates outside the law – RNC Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes

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March 28th, 2015 By: streiff (Diary)

Nothing says “I have nothing to hide” like erasing your private web server after your previous employer asks you to produce what is on it.

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)87% (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

There are two salient points here. First, is that Trey Gowdy has done more to move the ball forward on Benghazi in just a few weeks than all of his predecessors did with their grandstanding. The second is that Hillary is a an ongoing RICO enterprise and no one in their right mind, left, right or center, should want her anywhere near the levers of power.

What we do know for a fact is that Hillary Clinton has not produced all the emails requested by the Benghazi committee and she has not turned over all of her work related emails to the State Department. How do we know that? Because the email account of Hillary Clinton confidant and general douchebag, Sid Blumenthal, was hacked by Guccifer and those emails were not released by Hillary to either the Benghazi committee or to the State Department:

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations. They came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthal’s account and have taken on new significance in light of the disclosure that she conducted State Department and personal business exclusively over an email server that she controlled and kept secret from State Department officials and which only recently was discovered by congressional investigators.

Hillary claims that she and her genius staff set up search parameters to sort our national secrets from cookie recipes, but it is hard to see how an email like this could have escaped even the most rudimentary text search:

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Clinton has also denied having “classified documents” on her server but the Guccifer emails clearly indicate that Blumenthal routinely sent her emails containing information that would be considered classified.

The emails also indicate that Hillary ran her own intelligence operation outside the normal US intelligence channels. The funding for that network is more than a little unclear though with the dough she was vacuuming as Secretary of State it isn’t hard to see how she could have had it paid for… because everyone knows the Clintons don’t pay for anything.

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.
The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya’s civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations. They came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthal’s account and have taken on new significance in light of the disclosure that she conducted State Department and personal business exclusively over an email server that she controlled and kept secret from State Department officials and which only recently was discovered by congressional investigators.

Not only was the intelligence network private, one of its prime movers was a former CIA official who as involved in the various CIA efforts to sandbag the Bush Administration:

The answer may involve Tyler Drumheller.

In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Drumheller served as European Division chief at the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, where he was a highly controversial figure whose disinformation campaigns often landed him in hot water. As investigative journalist Kenneth Timmerman has pointed out, Mr. Drumheller was at the center of the Niger uranium story later used by the left and the press to claim that President George W. Bush had “lied” about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “On three separate occasions,” Mr. Timmerman wrote, “he passed the Niger information up the food chain as validated intelligence, when the CIA had been warned that it was not.”

On Sept. 6, 2007, Mr. Blumenthal published a column at in which he cited an April 2006 “60 Minutes” interview with Mr. Drumheller, who claimed that the CIA had received “documentary intelligence” from Saddam’s foreign minister that he did not have WMD. In his column, Mr. Blumenthal stated “two former senior CIA officers have confirmedDrumheller’s account to me,” leading Mr. Blumenthal to accuse Mr. Bush of “lying.”

It appears that Mr. Drumheller and Mr. Blumenthal were simpatico, at least regarding criticism of pre-war intelligence. Was that, in fact, the start of a mutually beneficial relationship? After leaving the CIA, Mr. Drumheller advised Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)0%’s 2004 presidential campaign; three years later, he and Mr. Blumenthal worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The value of the intelligence is clearly doubtful. We now know that Iraq did, in fact, possess chemical weapons and such weapons were recovered during the Iraq War and some US soldiers were injured by them.

Read in the best possible light, Clinton has lied about what was on her server. She has lied about what was erased. She played fast and loose with classified information. Her lawyer has similarly lied to Trey Gowdy at Clinton’s behest. Read in the worst light, her actions are felonies worthy of a long prison term.
RNC Responds to Hillary Clinton Erasing All Emails from Her Secret Server
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28 Mar 2015 by Eric Gay / Associated Press

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus today issued the following statement in response to the news that Hillary Clinton wiped her secret server clean of all emails sent during her tenure as Secretary of State:

Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes.

It’s imperative an independent third party review the server immediately. Unless Mrs. Clinton went to extreme lengths to wipe this server, there are ways to recover this data.

Unfortunately it appears Clinton went above and beyond to eliminate email traffic as Secretary of State. There isn’t a separate set of rules the Clintons can choose to play by. It’s time they be held accountable.
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AUDIO The REAL Reason Dingy Harry is Retiring

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28 Mar 2015 by Michael Patrick Leahy

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) explains his shocking decision to not seek re-election and retire when his term ends in 2016 by telling the New York Times, “he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.”

“I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” Reid told the Times.

Reid said neither his recent eye injury nor concern over his chances of winning played a factor in his decision.

But the real reason Reid is retiring may have nothing to do with any of these excuses and everything to do with his concerns that a possible Republican Presidential victory in 2016 would lead to the appointment of a Republican Attorney General in January 2017.

A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reid’s abuse of his political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week.

“I think Harry Reid’s getting out of town ahead of the posse,” former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova tells Breitbart News.

On Thursday, the non-profit group Cause of Action called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal investigation of Reid. Citing the specific federal statutes that were violated, the group said Reid “participat[ed] in unlawful political activity, possible coercion and fraud related to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.”

The DOJ under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder is so highly politicized it would never launch a criminal investigation into the many scandals in which Harry Reid is at the center.

But, as diGenova told Breitbart News on Friday, “[t]here is no doubt in my mind that an independent Department of Justice or an independent U.S. Attorney would open a preliminary criminal investigation into Harry Reid’s intervention into the expediting of EB-5 visas and would in addition convene a grand jury.”

Reid announced his surprising decision to retire just days after the DHS Inspector General released a report that concluded: “Reid pressured a compliant DHS official to override normal departmental procedures and rush through 230 EB-5 foreign visa applications, thereby freeing up $115 million the applicants invested in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.”

As Breitbart News reported, “the owner of that casino project had hired Reid’s son, Rory Reid, to provide legal representation for the project.”

Then there’s Reid’s complicity in Senator Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) abuse of his political office by intervening in an ongoing Department of Health and Human Services adjudicatory process involving $8.9 million in Medicare overbilling by his friend and campaign funds donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

As Breitbart News reported, Reid “hosted a meeting between Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. At the meeting, Menendez made the case for his friend and donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was at the time embroiled in what was supposed to be an independent adjudicatory process at HHS involving $8.9 million the department said he overbilled Medicare.”

Reid’s intervention came “immediately after Melgen donated $300,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a Super PAC that has close ties to Reid. By the end of 2012, Melgen’s donations to the Senate Majority PAC totaled $700,000.”

For his part in that intervention, Senator Menendez has been the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the DOJ. Press reports indicate that Menedez is expected to be indicted on charges of public corruption very soon, though last minute negotiation efforts by his attorneys may delay or possibly forestall such action.

The damaging information an independent DOJ investigation could turn up with the exercise of subpoena power on hundreds of investors and business associates involved in the numerous Harry Reid scandals could be substantial.

A recent report by ABC News indicates the kinds of embarrassing information likely to turn up when DOJ investigators start turning over the rocks in Reid’s landscape of insider deals.

One of the 230 foreign investors who obtained a visa in return for investing in the SLS Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas, the company represented by Rory Reid, was linked to child pornography in China. Two others, ABC reported, had knowingly submitted false documentation to the DHS as part of their visa application process.

According to the DHS Inspector General’s report, Reid pressured DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas, (then the head of the department’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, now Deputy Secretary at DHS) to expedite these questionable visa applications and rush them through without the normal rigorous review.

Given the improper level of scrutiny given these three foreign investors in the casino deal by DHS, it is unclear if the remaining 227 foreign investors in this casino deal are equally suspect.

More ominously, this lack of scrutiny may have allowed foreign investors who pose a national security threat to the country to obtain visas and a path to citizenship.

Reid’s retirement announcement was a sudden and dramatic reversal of even his most recent statements about his plans.

To hear Reid tell it, he was planning to stay in the Senate for many years to come. As recently as two months ago, Reid emphatically declared he was running in 2016.

“We have quite an operation in Nevada that hasn’t lost a step, and we’re off and running. At this stage, I’m fully intending to run,” he told the New York Times on January 22.

Reid’s response to the DHS report has been to double-down with impunity in defense of his potentially criminal conduct.

“If it had it to do over again, I’d try even harder,” he told a Nevada public radio station on Friday about his role in pressuring the DHS to expedite the E5-5 visas for the Las Vegas casino his son represented.

Reid went even further and besmirched the integrity of the Inspector General of the DHS, the author of the report.

“The Homeland Security report came from a bunch of whiners at the Department of Homeland Security,” he asserted brazenly.

(You can hear the full interview at the 13:04 mark here.)

With Barack Obama serving in the White House and Eric Holder as Attorney General, Harry Reid can get away with flaunting the law and attacking the integrity of the “whiner” Inspector General at DHS whose report documents how Reid abused his political power to benefit his political allies and family.

But if a Republican is elected President in 2016, there will be a new sheriff in town. Harry Reid knows the posse assembled by this newly appointed Attorney General is unlikely to consider Reid’s critics at DHS to be “whiners.” In fact, they are likely to be part of the posse.

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MB Obama supporting ethnic cleansing in Iraq – foreign policy: Cluster f*** or g-d freefall – Clearing Up the Situation

APTOPIX Mideast Iraq
March 28th, 2015 By: streiff (Diary)

As the United States, under Barack Obama, has begun to act as a proxy for Iran in allowing the alleged fight against ISIS serve as a cover for spreading Iranian influence it has become obvious that we are supporting Iranian-backed militias who are no better, in any respect, than the people they are supposed to be fighting. Instead of fighting ISIS, these militias are actively involved in ethnic cleansing and perhaps genocide.

Human Rights (OHCHR) released a comprehensive study of human rights violations committed by both IS and pro-Iraqi forces. The Islamic State, OHCHR concluded, has likely committed genocide against the Yazidis, a ethno-religious minority in Iraq, in a catalogue of war crimes and crimes against humanity that include gang-rape and sexual slavery. But OHCHR’s language is equally unambiguous in condemning the other side on the battlefield: “Throughout the summer of 2014,” the report noted, “[PMUs], other volunteers and [Shiite] militia moved from their southern heartlands towards [Islamic State]-controlled areas in central and northern Iraq. While their military campaign against the group gained ground, the militias seem to operate with total impunity, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.” [Italics added.]

Sunni villages in Amerli and Suleiman Bek, in the Salah ad-Din province, have been looted or destroyed by militiamen operating on the specious assumption that all inhabitants once ruled by IS must be IS sympathizers or collaborators. Human Rights Watch has also lately discovered that the “liberation” of Amerli last October — another PMU/Iranian-led endeavor, only this one abetted by U.S. airstrikes in the early stages — was characterized by wide-scale abuses including the looting and burning of homes and business of Sunni residents of villages surrounding Amerli.

The apparent aim was ethnic cleansing. Human Rights Watch concluded, from witness accounts, that “building destruction in at least 47 predominantly Sunni villages was methodical and driven by revenge and intended to alter the demographic composition of Iraq’s traditionally diverse provinces of Salah al-Din and Kirkuk.”

Not only have these Iranian militias proven brutal and prone to terrorizing civilians, they are also monumentally incompetent when confronting anything more formidable that unarmed citizenry.

U.S. officials have variously estimated that either 23,000 or 30,000 “pro-government” forces were marshaled for the job, of which only slender minority were actual Iraqi soldiers. The rest consisted of a consortium of Shiite militia groups operating under the banner of Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Population Mobilization Units (PMU), which was assembled in answer to afatwah issued by Iraq’s revered Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani in June 2014 following ISIS’s blitzkrieg through northern Iraq. To give you a sense of the force disparity, the PMUs are said to command 120,000 fighters, whereas the Iraqi Army has only got 48,000 troops.

Against this impressive array of paramilitaries, a mere 400 to 1,000 IS fighters have managed to hold their ground in Tikrit, driving major combat operations to a halt.

The Obama administration strategy against ISIS, as best as there can be seen to be one, has been to seek an alliance with Iran. Even where that alliance places us in direct conflict with our own stated geopolitical goals. For instance, Obama has pledged to overthrow Assad, but Assad is an Iranian puppet and we are simultaneously trying to overthrow him while propping him up. Indeed, our involvement in Syria is as shameful as our involvement in Iraq:

The Obama administration’s counterterrorism-driven policy for the Middle East, and a quietly pursued diplomatic reconciliation with Iran, has resulted in America’s diminishment of grave war crimes committed by Iran’s clients and proxies, and the problem is hardly just confined to Iraq. In Syria, for instance, the National Defense Force, a conglomerate of militias trained and equipped by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC) — a U.S.-designated terrorist entity — has been accused by the Syrian Network for Human Rights and the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, of “[burning] at least 81 people to death, including 46 civilians; 18 children, 7 women, and 35 of the armed opposition fighters,” along with other pro-Assad forces. The State Department has offered condolences to Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani on the death of his mother; to date, it has not said a word about the immolation of these Syrians at the hands of a Quds Force-built guerrilla army.

All of which raises the question: Does the United States have a “common interest,” as Secretary of State Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)0% phrased it, with a regime in Tehran whose proxies are currently burning people alive in their houses, playing soccer with severed human heads, and ethnically cleansing and razing whole villages to the ground?

If the administration thinks us flying aircover for the genocidal mobs Tehran has unleashed in Iraq and Syria buys us influence they should think again.

Indeed, quite apart from having American blood on their hands and American interests furthest from their mind, Shiite militias — following Tehran’s favorite playbook — have also taken to conspiratorially blaming the United States for inventing and militarily supporting the Islamic State, while decrying any American anti-IS involvement in Iraq. Take, for instance, the Badr Corps, headed by Hadi al-Amiri, the commander of Hashd al-Shaabi, and a man infamous for “using a power drill to pierce the skulls of his adversaries,” or so the State Department found in a 2009 cable to Washington, which also alleged that al-Amiri “may have personally ordered attacks on up to 2,000 Sunnis.” (Despite this grim record, al-Amiri was invited to the Obama White House in 2011 when he was Iraq’s transportation minister.)

Lately al-Amiri taken to both boasting that Stuart Jones, the current U.S. ambassador to Iraq, personally offered him close air support, while reprehending those Iraqis who “kiss the hands of the Americans and get nothing in return.” But when it comes to Tehran, he’s full of praise for the “unconditional” support his country has received. Now al-Amiri has found a more modest tongue. He told the Guardian’s Martin Chulov on March 26: “We did not ask for [U.S. airstrikes on Tikrit] and we have no direct contact with the Americans. From what I understand, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi made the request. However, we respect his decision.”

And there is this:

“We are staying in Tikrit, we are not leaving and we are going to target the American-led coalition in Tikrit and their creation, ISIS,” said Akram al-Kabi, the leader of the Nujabaa Brigade, a powerful militia that has previously sent fighters to Syria on behalf of the Bashir al-Assad government there.

Obama has made the worst sort of deal with the devil. Not only is America’s name being dragged through the muck with combatants on both sides and America’s prestige being drastically diminished but the entire operation is a shambles unlikely to produce anything but two or three more failed states and and an unending stream of misery and bloodshed.

Obama’s foreign policy: Cluster f*** or g-d freefall?
Obama Iran Deal 6
March 28th, 2015 By: streiff (Diary)

When a coalition of Arab armies intervened in Yemen this week to suppress an imminent take over of that predominantly (about 65%) Sunni nation by a Iran-backed Shiite militia, the same militia that disarmed US Marines as it tossed them out of the country, the United States was caught by surprise. As the invading coalition was led by Saudi Arabia, a multi-generational (mostly) ally and a keystone in our Middle East strategy the lack of warning belies a greater problem. There is no one in the Middle East who trusts us:

ENGEL (1:58): I know several people in the US military who were taken by surprise by this [action in Yemen]. Senior officials who would have been expected to know that there was going to be an operation in Yemen, they didn’t. They were finding out about it almost in real time.

And they believe, and some US members of Congress believe, that the reason Saudi Arabia and other states didn’t tell the US that it was going to launch this war against Shi’ite backed, or Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, is because Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States anymore, don’t trust this administration — think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try and make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t think that the intelligence frankly would be secure.

I think that is a situation that is quite troubling for US foreign policy, where traditional allies — like Saudi Arabia, like Egypt, like the United Arab Emirates — don’t know if the US is reliable at this stage to hold onto this information when it comes to Iran.

The lack of trust isn’t confined to the Middle East. Germany is on the verge of charting its own course in dealing with Russia because the United States resolutely refuses to lead. As the usually Obama-friendly Foreign Policy observes:

The situation in the region is unprecedented. For the first time since the World Wars, virtually every country from Libya to Afghanistan is involved in a military conflict. (Oman seems to be the exception.) The degree of chaos, uncertainty, and complexity among the twisted and often contradictory alliances and enmities is mind-boggling. America and its allies are fighting alongside Iran to combat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria but in Yemen, the United States and many of those same regional partners are collaborating to push back Iranian-backed Houthi forces. Israel and Saudi Arabia are closely aligned in their concerns about Iran while historical divisions between the two remain great. Iran supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria; the United States and Western allies deplore his policies but tolerate his presence while some of the rebel forces we are supporting in the fight against the Islamic State in that country seek his (long overdue) removal. The United States wants the states of the region to stand up for their own interests — just not in Libya or when they don’t get America’s permission first.

The technical foreign-policy term for this is giant cluster-f**k. (In the military’s shorthand, using its own phonetic alphabet, the expression is charlie foxtrot.) It is no wonder that the response of so many Americans is to want to back away from the region as quickly as possible. They argue that its problems are beyond our control, that the animosities fueling the fires of the current Middle East hellscape are ancient, and that many of the festering conflicts have little relevance to the daily lives of the American people.

In fact, you can say what you want about the origins of the current mess in the Middle East, but the fact that America’s relations with every important country in the region are worse with the exception of Iran is telling.

Bad choices, mismanagement, and faulty diplomacy are not the primary causes of America’s problems of its own making in the region. The biggest culprit is strategic incoherence. We don’t seem to have a clear view of our interests or a vision for the future of the region fostered in collaboration with our allies there and elsewhere. “Leave it to the folks on the ground” is no more a U.S. foreign-policy strategy than is “don’t do stupid shit.” It is a modality at best and in fact, it is really an abrogation of responsibility when so many of these relationships do have trade, investment, political, military, and other elements that give the United States leverage that it could and should use to advance its interests. Our relations with other major powers likewise should provide us with such tools if we were to do the diplomatic heavy lifting to produce coordinated efforts. (And arguing that’s what we are doing in Iran is not compelling when we are not doing it with regard to the region’s many other problems or when we have done it to ill-effect in places like Libya or Syria.)

The strategic incoherence, and I would argue strategic myopia, has metastasized into something that approached institutional imbecility. On the one hand you have senior officials confessing:

Not everyone is so forgiving. “We’re in a goddamn free fall here,” said James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq and was a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House.

And on the other, you have senior state department officials saying:

“There’s a sense that the only view worth having on the Middle East is the long view,” said the State Department official. “We’ve painfully seen that good can turn to bad and bad can turn to good in an instant, which might be a sobriety worth holding on to at moments like this.”

The official offered a hopeful note, adding that a nuclear deal with Iran — which some reports say could come as soon as Sunday — could be a turning point for the region.

“The truth is, you can dwell on Yemen, or you can recognize that we’re one agreement away from a game-changing, legacy-setting nuclear accord on Iran that tackles what every one agrees is the biggest threat to the region,” the official said.

One is left with the ineffable feeling that the administration is adrift, it is has not only lost its ability to influence action, it has lost its ability to even understand what is happening. Rather than taking a “long view,” the administration is simply hunkered down, waiting to run out the clock until January 2017 and let the next guy deal with the problems while Obama and his acolytes protect his legacy.
Clearing Up the Middle East Situation
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March 28, 2015 By Jim ONeill

Recently my mom complained to me that she is confused by what is happening in the Middle East. I doubt she is alone in this, and for her benefit and those of you who share her confusion I have decided to clear things up. With that in mind, what follows is a brief summation of the situation in the Middle East—hopefully it will answer a number of questions you might have.

To begin with, Iranian (Shi’ite Muslim) military forces are in Iraq because they are fighting the ISIS Sunnis, who Saudi Arabia (Sunni Muslim) is not battling because the Saudi’s can’t very well side with Shi’ites against Sunnis—plus the official state brand of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, is pretty radical in its own right. So instead of fighting ISIS the Saudis are fighting the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen (Pronounced “hooties.” Warning: any play on the words “Hooter Hotties” or variations thereof is unequivocally in bad taste).

Yemen is currently embroiled in a bloody civil war despite being held up as an exemplar of successful US foreign policy last summer by Obama—who also pointed with pride to Somalia, whose main claim to fame for some years has been piracy. In fairness to Obama, he may have been referring to Somaliland, Puntland, Jubaland, Galmudug, or some other autonomous region that make up the “country” (I use the term loosely) of Somalia. Regardless, in the future Obama might want to pick places other than Yemen and Somalia as being representative examples of his administration’s diplomatic expertise.

Meanwhile, Obama is considering moving US troops into Iraq because they are needed there to fight ISIS, and we need to move them there because Obama had moved them out of Iraq after assuring us that they were not needed there anymore. Clear so far?

Regarding ISIS itself—despite the fact that they slice people’s heads off, or crucify them, or burn them alive, the US State Department has assured us that ISIS is only being naughty because they lack gainful employment (idle hands are the devil’s workshop you know). Also, Obama has informed us that ISIS is not Islamic—although apparently ISIS did not get the memo, as they continue to insist upon calling themselves the “Islamic State” (depends on what your definition of IS is I suppose).

Egypt has sentenced over 180 members of the “Muslim Brotherhood” to death. Egypt’s President el-Sisi considers the “Muslim Brotherhood” to be not just an “existential threat,” but a very “real and present danger.” Meanwhile the White House carries on playing “footsie” with Muslims who have ties to the “Muslim Brotherhood” and other suspect organizations (perhaps discussing importing “shovel ready jobs” to the Middle East?).

ISIS and the “Muslim Brotherhood” are not the only misunderstood jobless Muslim waifs, no indeed—I mustn’t forget to mention Hezbollah (Shi’ite Muslim) and Hamas (Sunni Muslim) who periodically fire rockets into Israel from the north and south respectively. Israel, for its part, continues to protect its defenseless citizens against such attacks, much to the chagrin of the Obama Administration—who, for reasons unknown, much prefers dealing with the “Death to America” Muslim theocracy in Iran than with the pro-USA government in Israel. Go figure.

That, in a nutshell, is the situation in the Middle East and the USA’s “foreign policy” in the region. Perhaps in a future article I will clear up what actually transpired during the mythical “Arab Spring.”

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SSRIs Psych meds found in home of Germanwings pilot, 18 months of psych ‘treatment’ – said he would be famous

We have been warning of the dangers of SSRIs for some time now
Andreas Lubitz Germanwings Pilot
March 28, 2015 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Just as Natural News publicly predicted in a widely-circulated article entitled Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, psychiatric drugs have now been located and identified by law enforcement authorities searching the home of the murder-suicide co-pilot.

As the Straits Times now reports:

Investigators made the discovery in a search of the home of Andreas Lubitz in the western city of Duesseldorf and seized a number “of medicines for the treatment of psychological illness”, Welt am Sonntag weekly said.

“The 27-year-old has been treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists,” it quoted an unidentified high-ranking investigator as saying, in excerpts released ahead of Sunday’s edition…

The same story goes on to report:

On Friday they said searches of his homes netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment”…

In today’s global system of pharma-dominated health care, so-called “appropriate medical treatments” for depression consist almost entirely of mind-altering medications which have been repeatedly linked to mass school shootings.

18 months of psychiatric “treatment” on medications, but still allowed to fly

According to the Daily Mail, Lubitz “…reportedly received a year and half of psychiatric treatment and was at one point recommended to be examined by a doctor before flying.”

As I noted in a previous Natural News article, SSRI drugs are considered so dangerous by the FAA that U.S. pilots are not allowed to fly commercial or private airplanes if they are currently taking antidepressant medications. (The FAA knows SSRI drugs can make pilots suicidal.)

It now appears Andreas Lubitz was attempting to hide his psychiatric treatment and medications from authorities, and he may have stopped taking SSRI drugs in order to pass a urine test or blood test.

“[T]he other possible explanations for Lubitz’s actions are that he may have stopped taking his medication so it would not be detected in any medical tests…” reports the Daily Mail. Other behavior demonstrates by Lubitz is also consistent with this idea, such as his tearing up of doctors’ notes to avoid submitting them to his employer.

“Regularly collected a prescription from the pharmacy”

Also from the Daily Mail:

He reportedly received a year and half of psychiatric treatment and was at one point recommended to be examined by a doctor before flying. But, incredibly, he passed his psychological assessments and was later considered fit to fly.

German police are now investigating whether Lubitz had stopped taking any medication he was on and have questioned chemists at the Apotheke am Breidenplatz close to Lubitz’s Dusseldorf flat.

Lubitz regularly collected a prescription from the pharmacy, MailOnline understands. A chemist at the Apotheke confirmed she had spoken to the police but declined to offer any details.

As with all such stories, there will be enormous pressure exerted on the mainstream media by the pharmaceutical industry to downplay any link between SSRI drugs and this mass murder tragedy. But given the repeated pattern of mass murder carried out by people who are either currently taking SSRI drugs or have recently quit taking them, we must ask the obvious question: Can psychiatric meds transform a normal person into a mass murderer?

Until society honestly asks this question, many more people might unnecessarily die from acts of violence which are induced by psychiatric medications.

Learn more about the dangers of psychiatric medications at

And learn about how psychiatric drugs are killing our soldiers at

Germanwings plane crash: ‘People all over the world will know my name,’ Andreas Lubitz told ex-girlfriend
27 March 2015 by Tony Paterson

His public face was a happy one – but a very different picture of the man who flew his plane into a mountain is emerging

Mass-murdering Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had had a “serious relationship crisis” with his girlfriend, investigators told Germany’s Bild newspaper yesterday, and according to one report last night he split with her the day before the crash.

An ex-girlfriend told Bild that Lubitz had once told her he wanted his name remembered and that he planned to go down in history by doing something to “change the whole system”. “People all over the world will know my name.”

She said: “I never knew what he meant but now it makes sense.” She added that he was tormented and suffered nightmares, waking screaming “We’re going down!”

Lubitz ended up with secrets he was too ashamed to reveal to his employers, and it seems almost certain that they had a major influence on his behaviour. Born and raised in the small town of Montabaur in Germany’s Westerwald region, he was the product of a stolid middle-class family with aspirations and a sense of community. His father was a bank employee, his mother the organist in the local Protestant church.

Their son lived in the upper part of the modern slate-roofed family home on a housing estate on the southern edge of the town. Until Thursday, it seems, his parents were completely unaware of what their son had done – and were among the German relatives of the 150 crash victims flown to visit the crash site.

Lubitz aspired to a career in the skies, joining the Westerwald flying club aged 14 to learn to fly gliders. He was so pleased to become a Lufthansa pilot that he used to turn up in uniform at his grandparents’ house outside Munich.

Photographs from his Facebook site show Lubitz wearing a trendy striped scarf, bronzed and posing nonchalantly in front of the Golden Gate Bridge – more a male model in a Lufthansa “Fly with us to San Francisco” advert than the aviation company’s mass-murdering co-pilot.

Yet something untoward appears to have happened to him after his idyllic Westerwald days, despite Lufthansa chairman Carsten Spohr saying that nothing had led the airline to suspect that he was psychologically unsuited to an airline pilot’s responsibilities.

When Lubitz applied to Lufthansa in 2007, he first worked as a cabin steward, a highly unusual choice for a would-be pilot. His time in that role was to earn him the bizarre nickname “Tomato Andi” from pilot colleagues.

After a year, he was finally taken on for training as a pilot and dispatched to the Lufthansa flight school in Phoenix, Arizona. But there, it emerged yesterday, he was deemed “unfit to fly” several times. His shaky record obliged Lufthansa to concede that he had been obliged to “interrupt” his training programme for several months, though it refused to say why.

But Lufthansa sources revealed yesterday that Lubitz had received psychiatric treatment for 18 months and that although he completed flight training, he was downgraded several times because he was suffering from depression. In 2009, he was reported to have suffered a “serious depressive episode”.

It emerged yesterday that Germany’s federal aviation authority had stamped his file with the initials SIC – the code meaning that a “special authoritative medical examination” by a doctor was recommended before he flew again.

Investigators carry boxes from Lubitz’s apartment (Getty) Investigators carry boxes from Lubitz’s apartment (Getty)
Other theories concerned his sexuality. There was speculation yesterday that he may have been gay and felt forced to keep it secret, after it emerged that a male friend had sent a message to Lubitz’s personal website after the crash. It read: “We were only talking yesterday about what we would do together when you came back. You always made me smile.”

It was suggested to The Independent that “Tomato Andi” was a joke gay term used to describe someone who repressed their homosexuality, a tomato being commonly referred to as a vegetable despite being a fruit.

In any case, it now seems certain that Lubitz had serious psychological problems which he kept secret.

Pilot’s speech to reassure passengers

A Germanwings passenger has shared her moving experience flying with the airline just a day after the French Alps disaster, describing how the pilot reassured passengers they would be safe with him. Britta Englisch posted a message on the airline’s Facebook page stating she boarded the flight from Hamburg to Cologne with “mixed feelings”. “But then the captain did not only personally say hello to every passenger but gave a speech before take-off.” The pilot said he would “do anything to make sure he will arrive back with them in the evening”. PA


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