TSA detains five year old at Sea-Tac Airport, citing national security risk

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aura writes; Here’s the link to the video . His mother was not allowed to comfort her child during the frisking, with the TSA officers citing national security concerns. I’m sure that dual Israeli/American citizen and Homeland Security SS gestapo Chertoff would be pleased with this latest travesty of justice.

Ron Paul is looking better every day.


Top British Banker Rallies Countries to Destroy the U.S. Dollar

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December 7, 2007 (LPAC)–The countries of the Middle East and Asia should break their links with the U.S. dollar, taking advantage of the currency’s vulnerability, demands Gerard Lyons, the chief economist at Standard Chartered–historically one of the leading banks of the British Empire.

In a column in today’s Financial Times, Lyons writes that, although the recent summit of Gulf states in Doha failed to resolve the currency issue, nonetheless a seismic shift may be underway in currency policy in the Middle East. Lyons makes three recommendations: 1) The Middle East should change currency policy now, with a 20% revaluation, and introduction of a currency basket to which its currencies should be pegged. 2) Asians should follow the Middle East, and continue to move further away from the dollar. 3) Policy-makers and companies should think more in trade-weighted, than dollar, terms. Although the world has been able to cope with the dollar’s fall in recent years because of benign economic conditions, Lyons gloats, “Now, the dollar is vulnerable in a harsher economic climate.” Policy-makers in Asia and the Middle East cannot ignore the case for loosening their ties to the dollar, nor should the private sector, the City of London spokesman concludes. LINK

aura writes; Americans don’t realize that the revolutionary war never really ended, it just went underground. British elitists, based largely in the city of London, continue to wage an economic war against the liberated people of the United States in order to undermine our freedoms and Constitution. We must resurrect the spirit of 1776 in order to defeat them.

Yusuf, formerly Cat Stevens, returns to U.S. stage

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NEW YORK (Reuters -December 20, 2006) – Yusuf Islam, the former superstar once known as Cat Stevens, performed on stage before a live U.S. audience on Tuesday for the first time in nearly three decades as he promoted his first pop album since leaving the music world for life as a devout Muslim.

Mixing new songs with such old hits as “The Wind,” “Oh Very Young” and “Peace Train,” he sang with a gentle voice that sounded scarcely changed from his heyday in the 1970s.

Now going by just the name Yusuf, the British singer walked away from the musical spotlight in 1978 but returned to release his new album, “An Other Cup,” last month.

“It’s one small step for man, one giant step for common sense,” joked the singer, 58, about his return. He played before an invitation-only audience of music industry professionals and others in Manhattan.

The performance will be broadcast on Santa Monica, California’s KCRW radio and Webcast at http://www.kcrw.com on Thursday morning.

Thin, gray and bearded, Yusuf told the audience that he left the music world and began his spiritual search because, he said, “I got too big.”

“I had to deflate myself,” he said. “I needed to come back down to earth.”

In the interim years, he founded Muslim schools in London and oversaw a charity to help orphans in war-torn countries.

Yusuf told the audience that he picked up a guitar for the first time in more than 20 years when his son brought one home. “My fingers knew just what to do,” he said.

Now, he said, “I believe what I could do with a song is much more valuable than just giving a lot of talks.

“I feel I’ve been given a gift, and I should use it,” he said.

Backed by guitars, percussion, a keyboard player and two vocalists, Yusuf played several songs from his new album, including the single “Heaven/Where True Love Goes,” the catchy “Midday” and his version of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” made popular by The Animals and by Nina Simone.

He finished his set with his megahit “Peace Train” and sang another popular favorite, “Father and Son” as an encore.

In 2004, he stirred controversy when he was denied entry into the United States because his name was on a U.S. government no-fly list. He has blamed the incident on a spelling error that caused confusion over his identity.

Earlier this week, Yusuf played some songs on a broadcast of National Public Radio and, earlier this month, he played at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. LINK

California bans mandatory subdermal RFID tagging

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lovuian writes; Senate Bill 362 “would prohibit a person from requiring, coercing, or compelling any other individual to undergo the subcutaneous implanting of an identification device,” and a similar version has already passed the state Assembly. Joseph Simitian, who came up with the idea, laments the fact that the RFID industry does not appear to find his idea a good one.”I think it’s unfortunate and regrettable that the industry hasn’t come out in support of SB 362,” he said in a statement after the bill passed the Senate. “I understand why we’re having a robust debate about the privacy concerns related to RFID, but at the very least, we should be able to agree that the forced implanting of under-the-skin technology into human beings is just plain wrong. I’m deeply concerned that this isn’t a given for the industry.”If the bill is signed into law, it would not actually be the first time such a law has been enacted. Both Wisconsin and North Dakota already have similar laws on the books (one wonders if those bills also define “subcutaneous,” a word which would seem to define itself). LINK

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Jefferson raid violated Constitution, court finds

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By Susan Crabtree
August 03, 2007

Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) legal team hailed a federal appeals court’s Friday decision that the FBI raid on his office last year violated the Constitution even though the court ordered only some of the documents seized to be returned to him.

“Today’s opinion underscores the fact that the Department of Justice is required to follow the law, and that it is bound to abide by the Constitution,” said Robert Trout, Jefferson’s lawyer. “Those principles will continue to be important as we raise additional legal challenges to the overreaching by the government in this case. Go HERE for the rest of the story.