RT: US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn’t be weaponized

Published time: October 20, 2014 17:17

Bystanders read headlines saying "Ebola 1: USA 0" at the Daily Talk, a street side chalkboard newspaper, in Monrovia (Reuters / James Giahyue)

Bystanders read headlines saying “Ebola 1: USA 0″ at the Daily Talk, a street side chalkboard newspaper, in Monrovia (Reuters / James Giahyue)

The United States has withheld assurances from Germany that the Ebola virus – among other related diseases – would not be weaponized in the event of Germany exporting it to the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

German MFA Deputy Head of Division for Export Control Markus Klinger provided a paper to the US consulate’s Economics Office (Econoff), “seeking additional assurances related to a proposed export of extremely dangerous pathogens.”

Germany subsequently made two follow-up requests and clarifications to the Army, according to the unclassified Wikileaks cable.

“This matter concerns the complete genome of viruses such as the Zaire Ebola virus, the Lake Victoria Marburg virus, the Machupo virus and the Lassa virus, which are absolutely among the most dangerous pathogens in the world,” the request notes.

The Zaire Ebola virus was the same strain of Ebola virus which has been rampaging through West Africa in recent months.

“The delivery would place the recipient in the position of being able to create replicating recombinant infectious species of these viruses,” the cable notes.

However, it also points out that Germany has in place an “exceptionally restrictive policy,” adding that approval would not be granted to the export until US assurance was provided.

“A decision about the export has not yet been made. Given the foregoing, we would appreciate confirmation that the end use certificate really is from the Department of the Army and of the accuracy of the data contained therein,” the document stated.

There is no follow-up document available to confirm whether the US Army eventually provided Germany with the necessary guarantees.

Bioweapons were outlawed in the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972 which was signed and ratified by 179 signatories, including Germany, the US and Russia.

It dictates that signatories, “under all circumstances the use of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons is effectively prohibited by the Convention” and “the determination of States parties to condemn any use of biological agents or toxins other than for peaceful purposes, by anyone at any time.”

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Bernie apparently said this sometime before Christmas of 2012. Do you think anyone is listening now? Are people waking up? ~J

Published on Mar 20, 2013
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The Oracle Report, Monday, October 20, 2014



Balsamic Moon Phase: release

Moon in Virgo

Skill: go around or go above things

Negative Imprint: despair, fear, self-sabotage, doomed, defeated, frustrated, illusions, trust issues (especially spiritual trust issues), victimization, underestimating self

Positive Imprint: shattering of illusions, powers of imagination and visualization, creativity, definitive signs, adjustments, regaining ground, spiritual guidance and protection

A powerful day emerges with energy from the Galactic Center for concrete manifestation.  The energy of the Galactic Center is “the sculptor’s vision taking form.”

There is a catch.  There are two visions and our choice between them today is important.  One vision involves a negative view of the present and future; the other is a positive view of the present and future.  How we handle the things that come our way today determines which side of the vision we align with.

This is not as simple as it may seem because today’s prevailing energetic imprints are deeply pressed with despair, gloom, and hopelessness.  It is often a very tough day.  The highest intent of the energy is to help us see that even when things seem vastly out of our control, there is unseen guidance, protection, and order.

The lowest intent of the energy hides our ability to see signs and synchronicities that are immersed in the field around us.  It hides the good in life.  This is a lonely place to be.

So wise owls are called upon today to understand what is going on and work even harder to hold the line and see the sunny side.  We take back our power as the sculptor and call forth the vision of the world returned to sanity.

To do this we will go around or go above the congestion and snarls of consciousness that emerge today.  Mercury retrograde-types of issues are full blown today, with travel and traffic issues, miscommunication, and electronics being uncooperative.  To cope, slow down and engage patience.  Walking away and returning to it a bit later often resolves things.

But the main issue is consciousness and people’s states of mind.  This is where the potential to get jammed up lies.  People will be very reactive to this energy.  A “victim mentality” is easily adopted.  Feelings of failure, self-doubt, and disappointment lurk to keep us from taking up our roles as sculptors – dreamers – of the future.  We will not abandon the journey we have undertaken with this month’s Moon.  We know where the traps of self-sabotage are so we can go around them.

Adding even more power to the day is the giant, growing sunspot that released an X1.1 flare yesterday and an M3.9 already today.  Neither of these produced coronal mass ejections, though we are still affected by the churning.  Our bodies feel it.  It’s an upgrade to consciousness, for sure, but sometimes it comes with headaches, insomnia, and generalized anxiety.  These are (merely) growing pains.

We are asked to stand up, to rise to the occasion today.  We are asked to insert our vision for the future into the fabric of reality.  What do you envision?

(Note: Today’s group meditation takes place at 8:20 pm ET/00:20 am UT – or anytime thereafter since the wave will already be in place.  Oracle Report group meditations are performed privately with one’s own flavor.  There is no mind control here.  It’s about freedom and independence.

What we are doing is putting in our say with how the future unfolds.  Sculptors often say that the form is inside the stone or block of clay and they take away parts so that the form can emerge.  We add our hands to this.  A human contingent is required for it to be a co-creation.  So your addition is very, very important.

Here is the general outline of the meditation:

  • Light a candle, burn sage, or whichever method you prefer to clear your space.  This action connects our sacred intentions.
  • Invoke your preferred method of shielding/protection/connection.  (The “Medicine Wheel of Protection” is discussed here.)
  • Envision a sunrise or a sunset over a horizon – whichever strikes you.  This can be wherever you want – a beach, a mountain, space – anywhere.  This connects us, the Earth (Sophia), the Sun (Sabaoth), and the Galactic Center (spiritual home).
  • In your mind’s eye, greet (salute) these divine beings.
  • Declare aloud: “I am (state your name).  I join with those dedicated to the values of Wisdom and Life.  I stand united with my brothers and sisters of humanity and add my vision to our dream.  We declare the sovereignty of our co-creation with the dreaming of our planet, Gaia Sophia.  Our co-creation prevails.”
  • The meditative vision will end differently for everyone.  What do you see?

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Libya: From Africa’s Richest State Under Gaddafi, to Failed State After NATO Intervention . . . The ‘real’ truth – lest we forget . . . ~J

By Garikai Chengu
Global Research
October 19, 2014

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libya’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africa’s greatest nations.

In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.

After NATO’s intervention in 2011, Libya is now a failed state and its economy is in shambles. As the government’s control slips through their fingers and into to the militia fighters’ hands, oil production has all but stopped.

The militias variously local, tribal, regional, Islamist or criminal, that have plagued Libya since NATO’s intervention, have recently lined up into two warring factions. Libya now has two governments, both with their own Prime Minister, parliament and army.

On one side, in the West of the country, Islamist-allied militias took over control of the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, chasing away a parliament that was elected over the summer.

On the other side, in the East of the Country, the “legitimate” government dominated by anti-Islamist politicians, exiled 1,200 kilometers away in Tobruk, no longer governs anything.

The fall of Gaddafi’s administration has created all of the country’s worst-case scenarios: Western embassies have all left, the South of the country has become a haven for terrorists, and the Northern coast a center of migrant trafficking. Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have all closed their borders with Libya. This all occurs amidst a backdrop of widespread rape, assassinations and torture that complete the picture of a state that is failed to the bone.

America is clearly fed up with the two inept governments in Libya and is now backing a third force: long-time CIA asset, General Khalifa Hifter, who aims to set himself up as Libya’s new dictator. Hifter, who broke with Gaddafi in the 1980s and lived for years in Langley, Virginia, close to the CIA’s headquarters, where he was trained by the CIA, has taken part in numerous American regime change efforts, including the aborted attempt to overthrow Gaddafi in 1996.

In 1991 the New York Times reported that Hifter may have been one of “600 Libyan soldiers trained by American intelligence officials in sabotage and other guerrilla skills…to fit in neatly into the Reagan Administration’s eagerness to topple Colonel Qaddafi”.

Hifter’s forces are currently vying with the Al Qaeda group Ansar al-Sharia for control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi. Ansar al-Sharia was armed by America during the NATO campaign against Colonel Gaddafi. In yet another example of the U.S. backing terrorists backfiring, Ansar al-Sharia has recently been blamed by America for the brutal assassination of U.S. Ambassador Stevens.

Hifter is currently receiving logistical and air support from the U.S. because his faction envision a mostly secular Libya open to Western financiers, speculators, and capital.

Perhaps, Gaddafi’s greatest crime, in the eyes of NATO, was his desire to put the interests of local labour above foreign capital and his quest for a strong and truly United States of Africa. In fact, in August 2011, President Obama confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of the African IMF and African Central Bank.

In 2011, the West’s objective was clearly not to help the Libyan people, who already had the highest standard of living in Africa, but to oust Gaddafi, install a puppet regime, and gain control of Libya’s natural resources.

For over 40 years, Gaddafi promoted economic democracy and used the nationalized oil wealth to sustain progressive social welfare programs for all Libyans. Under Gaddafi’s rule, Libyans enjoyed not only free health-care and free education, but also free electricity and interest-free loans. Now thanks to NATO’s intervention the health-care sector is on the verge of collapse as thousands of Filipino health workers flee the country, institutions of higher education across the East of the country are shut down, and black outs are a common occurrence in once thriving Tripoli.

One group that has suffered immensely from NATO’s bombing campaign is the nation’s women. Unlike many other Arab nations, women in Gaddafi’s Libya had the right to education, hold jobs, divorce, hold property and have an income. The United Nations Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi for his promotion of women’s rights.

When the colonel seized power in 1969, few women went to university. Today, more than half of Libya’s university students are women. One of the first laws Gaddafi passed in 1970 was an equal pay for equal work law.

Nowadays, the new “democratic” Libyan regime is clamping down on women’s rights. The new ruling tribes are tied to traditions that are strongly patriarchal. Also, the chaotic nature of post-intervention Libyan politics has allowed free reign to extremist Islamic forces that see gender equality as a Western perversion.

Three years ago, NATO declared that the mission in Libya had been “one of the most successful in NATO history.” Truth is, Western interventions have produced nothing but colossal failures in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Lest we forget, prior to western military involvement in these three nations, they were the most modern and secular states in the Middle East and North Africa with the highest regional women’s rights and standards of living.

A decade of failed military expeditions in the Middle East has left the American people in trillions of dollars of debt. However, one group has benefited immensely from the costly and deadly wars: America’s Military-Industrial-Complex.

Building new military bases means billions of dollars for America’s military elite. As Will Blum has pointed out, following the bombing of Iraq, the United States built new bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Following the bombing of Afghanistan, the United States is now building military bases in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Following the recent bombing of Libya, the United States has built new military bases in the Seychelles, Kenya, South Sudan, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Given that Libya sits atop the strategic intersection of the African, Middle Eastern and European worlds, Western control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.

NATO’s military intervention may have been a resounding success for America’s military elite and oil companies but for the ordinary Libyan, the military campaign may indeed go down in history as one of the greatest failures of the 21st century.

Garikai Chengu is a research scholar at Harvard University. Contact him on [email protected]

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CNBC: Solid majority in US says country ‘out of control': Poll

When it is info from CNBC, it is clearly 3-D info. It is also helpful to know that North Carolina, featured in this story, is IMO being taken over — if it hasn’t already happened — by the Koch brothers. . . ~J

October 20, 2014

A tattered American flag waves from a storefront in Jacksonville, N.C.

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A tattered American flag waves from a storefront in Jacksonville, N.C.

The latest Politico Battleground Poll of likely voters in key House and Senate races finds that 50 percent say the nation is “off on the wrong track” while just 20 percent say things are “generally headed in the right direction.” A remarkable 64 percent say things in the U.S. are “out of control” while just 36 percent say the U.S. is in “good position to meet its economic and national security challenges.”

The economy continues to dominant the issue landscape with 40 percent rating it the top issue, to 20 percent for national security.

President Barack Obama remains mired in negative territory, with 47 percent approving of his job performance and 53 percent disapproving. Such an environment would tend to favor Republicans, but their advantage is limited by the fact that people don’t like them, either.

Read More Banks are lending again, but mostly to rich people

In total, 38 percent approve of Democrats in Congress, while just 30 percent approve of Republicans. On the generic ballot questions, Democrats enjoy 41 percent support (including the independent Senate candidate in Kansas) while Republicans get 36 percent. That’s hardly the backdrop for a massive GOP wave, though the polls suggest Republicans are still significant favorites to pick up the six seats they need to control the Senate next year.

The Ebola outbreak has clearly helped shape the final weeks in several Senate races, emerging as a significant wild card issue. In the Politico poll, only 22 percent of respondents said they had “a lot of confidence” that the federal government is doing all it can to contain the deadly disease. And the poll finished on Oct. 11, before the hospitalization of a second Dallas nurse.

In North Carolina, where this columnist has been for the last couple of days, state House Speaker Thom Tillis has been slamming incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan for what he calls her flip-flopping on the issue of a travel ban from Ebola-stricken countries.

Sen. Hagan told me after an event on Sunday that her position had not actually changed on a travel ban. “I’ve always said that a travel ban should be part of a broader use of tactics,” she said. North Carolina Republicans did not buy it, pointing to a news conference in which Hagan said of a travel ban: “That’s not going to solve this problem.”

However, a Hagan spokeswoman emailed Sunday to note that the news conference clip circulated by Republicans omits a part where Hagan said: “I say we could look at a travel ban as part of a broader [set] of issues and restrictions.”

Read More Goldman cuts 2014 10-year yield forecast to 2.5%

Hagan also said in a debate on Oct. 9: “Ebola is a serious issue. We are working right now with our coalition partners around the world. And we need to eradicate, we need to stop this disease, and we need to contain it. Travel bans should be part of this overall strategy. But it can’t be the only part.”

Polls suggest the North Carolina race remains deadlocked, and the airwaves across the state are saturated with attack ads from both sides, including heavy spending by outside groups (tilted in favor of Hagan), making this the most expensive Senate race in history.

In fact, the ads are so overwhelming and constant that it is easy to tune them out, as many voters I’ve spoken with here seem to have done. The adage in politics is that everyone says they hate negative ads, but they work, and that may be true. Except here, if all you did was watch the ads you would probably grow to loathe both candidates.

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Money an Markets – Analysis: Is the European debt crisis back? No. It never ended! by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.


Last week, we saw the worst day in the history of European bond markets since its great debt crisis of 2012.

The price of Greece’s sovereign 10-year notes collapsed, driving their yields to nearly 9 percent.

Bond markets in Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries followed.

And new fears of a European collapse spread like wildfire.

So I asked our Money and Markets team: Is their debt crisis back?

Larry Edelson was the first to answer: “No. It never really ended in the first place.”

Larry was also the first on our team to warn us of the crisis years ago — back in 1999.

That’s when he first forecast the eventual demise of the euro and the subsequent fall of the European Union.

And that’s when our entire team began scrutinizing the continent with ever greater intensity.

We rated the sovereign debt of all major European nations.

We rated the financial security of all major European banks.

And we discovered that, despite massive attempts by European authorities to turn the tide, Larry’s 1999 forecast was probably not overstated. Only the precise timing remained in doubt.

More recently, Money and Markets ETF specialist Mike Burnick gave us a 7-month advance warning of the current crisis.

In fact, in his March 6 article, “European Stocks May Face Triple Threat No Matter Ukraine’s Future,” he nailed virtually every aspect of what’s happening today, when he wrote:

“Even if [the Ukraine] conflict can be avoided, the EU faces an economic triple threat: (1) A still-unresolved sovereign debt crisis. (2) An economy that’s barely expanding due to sky-high taxes and unemployment. And (3) capital flight as investors swap European assets for better investment opportunities elsewhere.

“Recall, the EU economy slipped back into recession in 2012, the dreaded double-dip that the U.S. managed to avoid. Real economic output in the region remains three full percentage points below the peak before the 2008 recession, even as U.S. GDP advanced 1.9 percent last year.

“EU finances are in even more dismal shape than the U.S. — European household debt, for example, was higher at the end of 2013 than it was before the 2008 credit crisis. And consumer spending across the EU, the lifeblood of its economy, was lower in 2012 than at the peak in 2008.

“It’s clear that deflationary pressures still have the upper hand in Europe, and the region cannot afford the added stress of a geo-political crisis. The EU financial system is already beginning to show stress cracks.”

Mike Larson, who writes our Friday column PLUS our popular daily afternoon editions, weighed in heavily in his April 18 issue.

He stressed how the euro was about to plunge, how growth in Europe remains moribund and how their policymakers are increasingly worried about the risks of deflation. And he’s been continually issuing similar warnings ever since.

How did they see this coming? And what is likely to happen next?

On a quest for answers, let me turn the clock back a couple of years and describe what we witnessed then …

The 2012 Scene

It’s 2012, and things are looking very ugly.

Everyone still thinks the sick, default-prone, bailout-hungry countries are strictly the PIGS — Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Suddenly and without warning, they’re joined by Italy, and now the PIGS are renamed PIIGS — Portugal, Ireland, ITALY, Greece and Spain.

Global investors dump their government bonds like hot potatoes. Bond yields in some EU countries soar to as high as 30 percent.

Riots and demonstrations sweep the continent.

It is feared that the euro and all of Europe will collapse into a heap of financial, economic and social chaos.

In response, new sovereign debt bailouts are arranged in great haste, and earlier bailouts are beefed up with even greater haste.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank embarks on a monetary expansion that, in some aspects, makes the downpour of Fed Chairman Bernanke’s helicopter money seem like a slow drizzle: They pour out loans in massive quantities.

In Germany, however, the deep memory of hyperinflation cannot be erased. And it surfaces to the collective cerebral cortex in the form of stubborn German opposition to monetary and fiscal madness.

Despite this, the ultimate consequences of the debt crisis are so frightening, German authorities in Brussels are outshouted and outvoted. The European Central Bank proceeds to push its monetary policy to new frontiers never explored before — even loans at below-zero interest rates.

On the fiscal front, however, the Germans do prevail to some degree: They insist on — and get — critical concessions from the other countries regarding budget cuts and fiscal controls.

From the melee, a so-called “crisis solution” finally emerges, and it has three elements:

  • Bigger bailouts.
  • Massive ECB loans.
  • Some budget cutting.

The financial markets calm down. Investors return. And the crisis is said to have ended.

“But,” we ask, “is the European debt crisis really over?

“What will be the financial consequences of their unbridled money pumping and sub-zero lending?

“What will be the political consequences of budget cutting imposed on PIIGS and other countries by outside powers?”

Fast forward to today and you can begin to find the answers …

The 2014 Scene

I’ve already told you Larry’s answer to the first question: No! It was merely disguised and covered up, while it morphed into crises of different colors and shapes:

The great national debt burdens were partially restructured, not reduced. Social welfare laws of PIIGS and other nations were repurposed, not repealed. And mass dissatisfaction with high unemployment was repressed, not resolved.

Mike Burnick gives us the answer to the second question: The consequence of wild central bank money lending is $500 billion to $1 trillion of excess cash sitting in European bank accounts, earning negative real interest rates.

This money, in turn, threatens to turn into one of the largest capital outflows in the history of financial markets — money fleeing stagnant Europe in search of safer and higher-yielding havens in the U.S. and elsewhere.

And Mike Larson gives us the answer to the third question:  The consequence of budget cuts imposed from the outside is mass unemployment and political upheaval.

That’s why voters in PIIGS countries are shifting their allegiance, en masse, to parties that support renegotiating, reneging and even defaulting on their bailouts.

That’s why there is a sudden, new push throughout Europe — even including some groups in Germany — for massive new fiscal spending.

And that’s why yesterday was the worst day in the financial history of European bond markets since its great debt crisis of 2012. Bond investors fear that all of the fiscal deals will be breached, that bailout agreements will be torn up, some of the PIIGS will default, and the entire EU/euro experiment will come unglued.

How will we know if that is really going to happen?

Watch France.

France is still considered one of the “core” euro-zone countries, and its economy is the largest after Germany’s.

But France is beginning to look more and more like a PIIGS country — big national debts, high-risk megabanks, pervasive and persistent social welfare laws, rising unemployment and malaise. Plus, in terms of policy, they are already there.

France’s leadership has already shifted from the German camp favoring fiscal repentance and restraint to the PIIGS camp favoring fiscal sin and folly.

And for the nearer term, watch Greece.

As I said, Greek government bond yields soared to nearly 9 percent on Thursday, amid growing fears that Greece’s bailout may fall apart.

Stocks in Athens plunged 9 percent on Wednesday alone, and are already down 25 percent so far this year. The Greek unemployment rate has surged to a staggering 25 percent, prompting a power struggle within the Greek government that threatens to sabotage its bailout.

Bottom line: Europe is in a confirmed bear market. But the United States is not.

[At this point, Martin quite logically offers some thoughts on investments, but I do not feel comfortable posting this info. I am only trying to inform people of what is going on financially, and I think Money and Markets does a great job of helping us understand. ~J]

Good luck and God bless!


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Bix Weir: ALERT: The Financial Backroom is on FIRE!!

As I said before – all the chaos that is going on behind the scenes is going to hit the mainstream very soon.

Here’s just the start…

Bank Of England’s real time payment system is down


Euroclear, which is the world’s largest securities transactions company, says it working closely with the Bank of England as it strives to get its Chaps payment system online again.

Here’s the statement:

Euroclear is monitoring the current technical issue with the RTGS system at the Bank of England.

We are working closely with the BoE and if necessary will extend our own operational deadlines, to ensure that all settlement and payment instructions will be processed today.


AGAIN…this is just the beginning!!

It’s going to be a long week.

May the Road you choose be the Right Road.

Bix Weir


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