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Mark Of The Beast: Virginia Passes A Law That Bans Chip Implants

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February 10, 2010: Daniel Tencer / Raw Story – February 10, 2010

Concerns over privacy have aligned with apocalyptic Biblical prophecy in a proposed Virginia law that limits the use of microchip implants on humans because of a lawmaker’s concern that the chips will prove to be the Antichrist’s “mark of the beast.”

On Wednesday, Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill that forbids companies from forcing their employees to be implanted with tracking devices, a move likely to be applauded by civil libertarians. But Virginia state Delegate Mark Cole’s reasons for proposing the law have as much to do with the Book of Revelation as they do with concerns over privacy in the digital age. Cole says he is concerned that the implants will turn out to be the “mark of the beast” worn by Satan’s minions.

“My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times,” Cole said, as quoted at the Washington Post. “Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”

Cole is not alone in making that assertion. Evangelical Outreach, a Web site run by pastor Dan Corner, states that “[w]ith modern technology, it is very possible that this mark may be directly linked with a computer chip.”

“Radio frequency identification (RFID) implants are currently the prime candidate for this beastly technology,” says the Riding the Beast blog.

David Neff, editor of Christianity Today, says that “this is part of a larger attempt to constantly read current history in the light of the symbolic language of the Book of Revelation,” according to the Post.

Opponents of Cole’s measure argue that it’s “a solution in search of a problem,” the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports.

Virginia Democratic delegate Bob Brink said: “As I went door to door, there were a number of issues that never came up. I didn’t hear anything about the danger of an asteroid striking the earth or about the menace of forced implantation of microchips in humans.”

But Cole says it was his constituents who brought the issue to his attention. He says people are concerned that chip implants will replace employee ID badges in offices.

If passed by the full legislature, Virginia will become the fourth state in the US to have such a law. California, Missouri and Georgia have all passed a similar measure, or are working to pass one.

Momentum behind microchip implants has been building for years. Perhaps most significantly, Florida-based VeriChip introduced an implant in 2001 that can store medical data. The FDA approved the technology for use in humans in 2004.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “And he that causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”Revelation 13:16 KJV

Link to original article below…

http://rawstory.com/2010/02/virginia-passes-law-banning-chip-implants-mark-beast/

Barack Obama Accuses Iran Of Attempts To Build A Nuclear Bomb

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February 10, 2010: Catherine Philp / Times Online – February 10, 2010

President Obama accused Iran yesterday of trying to build a bomb after Tehran’s nuclear scientists began enriching uranium closer to weapons grade in defiance of the United Nations.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that its inspectors had been called to the Natanz plant to witness the beginning of work to upgrade Iran’s 3.5 per cent enriched uranium to 20 per cent.

“Despite the posturing that the nuclear power is only for civilian use … they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponisation, and that is not acceptable to the international community,” Mr Obama declared. He threatened to hit Tehran with fresh UN-backed sanctions, possibly within weeks. Russia joined Western powers in denouncing Iran’s move, which it said raised “well-grounded” doubts about the country’s peaceful intentions.

Iran says that it needs to produce 20 per cent enriched uranium to fuel a medical research reactor after balking at a UN-backed deal to supply it from abroad. Experts say that the technological leap from 20 per cent enriched uranium to weapons-grade material could be made in months.

Tehran lacks the technology to convert the uranium into fuel rods, invalidating its explanation and raising suspicions that it is moving towards producing weapons-grade uranium.

The United States said that it was aiming for a new sanctions resolution at the UN Security Council before France relinquishes the rotating chair at the end of the month.

Russia, a longtime ally that has traditionally opposed tougher measures on Iran, voiced its strongest condemnations yet, raising hopes that Moscow will back sanctions. Russia’s vote could win over China, the last to hold out amongst the council’s five permanent members.

“Iran claims it is not trying to acquire nuclear weapons,” Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian National Security Council, told reporters. “But actions such as starting to enrich low-enriched uranium up to 20 per cent raise doubts in other countries and these doubts are fairly well grounded.”

The process is permitted under the Non-Proliferation Treaty but is forbidden by five separate Security Council resolutions ordering Iran to halt all enrichment until the peaceful purpose of its nuclear programme can be established.

Enrichment is the process used to boost the percentage of the uranium-235 isotope by repeatedly feeding it through centrifuges. A level of 3.5 per cent purity is required to produce nuclear fuel and the first stages of enrichment are the hardest to master.

Uranium enriched to 20 per cent could be used in Tehran’s medical research reactor but only after conversion into fuel rods, a technology that Iran does not possess.

Weapons-grade uranium is more than 90 per cent enriched but Western powers fear that if Iran upgrades its fissile stockpile to 20 per cent, it could kick out inspectors and produce weapons-grade material within a month.

Iran asked international interlocutors last year to supply it with 20 per cent uranium in breach of existing UN sanctions forbidding the import of nuclear technology. The request was widely seen as a trick by which Iran could justify producing the material itself if the international community refused to supply it.

Iran soon came under pressure with the revelation that it was building a clandestine fortified enrichment plant at Qom and, under duress, Tehran agreed to a deal to swap its low-enriched uranium for 20 per cent fuel rods made by Russia and France.

The deal was scuppered by Iran’s attempts to get around the central plank of the agreement — to remove Tehran’s stocks of fissile material and delay the moment when it would have all the components necessary to build nuclear bombs.

France labelled Iran’s decision to begin higher enrichment as “blackmail” aimed at forcing the swap on its own terms. The Iranian Foreign Minister insisted yesterday that the deal was not dead and urged foreign powers to accept its conditions — to send out the uranium only in batches and to do the swap on Iranian soil.

China, Iran’s most important trading partner, said that it still held out hope that the impasse could be broken through further talks. Turkey said that it would send a delegation to Iran next week to discuss how the deal could be revived.

Washington, meanwhile, has already circulated drafts of what new sanctions could look like, closely focused to hit the Iranian central bank and companies associated with the Revolutionary Guard.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The following is an absolute brilliant response from Michael Rivero on his website: What Really Happened… (http://whatreallyhappened.com/) – SJH

Dear President@whitehouse.gov

You really are an idiot.

Under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has a right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. This includes power stations and medical isotopes. Enrichment to 20% is consistent with medical usage. Therefore, Iran’s actions are legal under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed right alongside the United States.

In demanding that Iran surrender their legal rights as specified in the NNPT, the United States is in violation of that treaty. Under Article IV, the United States is obligated to assist Iran in building their power stations and medical facilities. Clearly, if the United States were in compliance with the NNPT, we would know for an absolute certainty what Iran was and was not doing with their nuclear facilities.

I am not calling you an idiot on the assumption that you are not aware of these facts. I am sure that you are. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People are not aware of these facts. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People have forgotten the lies we were told about Iraq’s ‘nookular’ bombs. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People have forgotten that there really were no enemy torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not understand that FDR not only knew the Japanese were coming to attack Pearl Harbor, but goaded Japan into the attack by following an 8-step plan crafted by ONI Lt. Cmmdr Arthur H. McCollum. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People cannot recall anything that happened prior to the last station break. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People fail to comprehend that 20% enrichment is really a far cry from the 98% enrichment required for a nuclear weapon. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People would actually believe that the trillions of dollars spent on the US nuclear deterrent was a total waste of money that would not deter Iran from using their single bomb on us. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not remember that Iran has not attacked another country without provocation in 200 years; a claim that cannot be shared by the US or by Israel.

I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not understand that Israel, a nuclear power with a not-so-clandestine weapons factory underneath Dimona, has never signed the NNPT despite requests to do so from both the US and UN. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People did not pick up on the very artful way you dodged Helen Thomas’ question on the topic of which nations actually possess nuclear weapons in the mideast during your very first news conference as President. I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not remember that the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It bans U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections. This provision, as amended, is now also contained in Section 101 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not understand that the Glenn Amendment (Section 670) was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 102 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

I am calling you an idiot because you seem to assume that We The People do not understand that you are in violation of the laws of the United States with every penny sent to Israel, and that this is WHY you dodged Helen Thomas’ question on this very topic during your very first news conference as President.

And finally I am calling you an idiot because for all the rhetoric we hear about the threat of nuclear weapons, to date one and only one nation has actually been psychotic enough to use a nuclear weapon of mass destruction against the civilians of another country. And you are standing on it right now.

Link to original article below…

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7021192.ece

Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP): WS Corruption And Secrecy

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February 10, 2010: Judicial Watch – February 10, 2010

Adding insult to injury, the U.S. government has paid private firms nearly $160 million to distribute funds from its severely mismanaged and fraud-infested program to bail out the nation’s financial institutions. 

Rife with waste and abuse the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has already proven to be a troubling experiment of U.S. tax dollars with virtually no oversight. In fact, dozens of criminal investigations have been launched into the controversial bailout and the risk is only going to grow, according to a Treasury Department Inspector General report issued last spring.

So far investigations have centered on securities fraud, tax law violations, mortgage modification fraud and insider trading involving recipients of the federal money. Administered through the Treasury Department, TARP buys failing assets from financial institutions to supposedly ease the credit crunch by allowing banks to clear the balance sheets and lend money. It also allows the government to insure, instead of purchase, banks’ troubled assets.

On top of its well-documented troubles and multiple incidents of waste, the Treasury Department has paid private companies and legal firms at least $159 million to dole out TARP funds, according to a report published this week by an investigative journalism group. 

Here is the best part; the government doesn’t want the public to know details of the arrangements, including the labor rates and how the private companies were selected to do the government work. In fact, the Treasury Department has suspiciously redacted the information from the contracts that have been posted online to meet the Obama Administration’s “unprecedented transparency” measures.  

A known fact however, is that the government has hired some of the nation’s most prominent—and no doubt politically connected—law firms to distribute TARP money and a great deal of them charge an exorbitant $1,000 an hour.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: It wasn’t just $700 Billion that was stolen from the American taxpayers. According to Bloomberg, as of July 20 last year (2009), the “bailout” was already $23.7 Trillion… – SJH

U.S. Rescue May Reach $23.7 Trillion, Barofsky Says

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aY0tX8UysIaM

Link to original article below…

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/feb/more-tarp-corruption-secrecy

It Is Now Official: The United States Of Amerika Is A “Police State”

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February 10, 2010: Paul Craig Roberts / Lew Rockwell – February 10, 2010

Americans have been losing the protection of law for years. In the 21st century the loss of legal protections accelerated with the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” which continues under the Obama administration and is essentially a war on the Constitution and U.S. civil liberties.

The Bush regime was determined to vitiate habeas corpus in order to hold people indefinitely without bringing charges. The regime had acquired hundreds of prisoners by paying a bounty for “terrorists.” Afghan warlords and thugs responded to the financial incentive by grabbing unprotected people and selling them to the Americans.

The Bush regime needed to hold the prisoners without charges because it had no evidence against the people and did not want to admit that the U.S. government had stupidly paid warlords and thugs to kidnap innocent people. In addition, the Bush regime needed “terrorists” prisoners in order to prove that there was a terrorist threat.

As there was no evidence against the “detainees” (most have been released without charges after years of detention and abuse), the U.S. government needed a way around U.S. and international laws against torture in order that the government could produce evidence via self-incrimination. The Bush regime found inhumane and totalitarian-minded lawyers and put them to work at the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) to invent arguments that the Bush regime did not need to obey the law.

The Bush regime created a new classification for its detainees that it used to justify denying legal protection and due process to the detainees. As the detainees were not U.S. citizens and were demonized by the regime as “the 760 most dangerous men on earth,” there was little public outcry over the regime’s unconstitutional and inhumane actions.

As our Founding Fathers and a long list of scholars warned, once civil liberties are breached, they are breached for all. Soon U.S. citizens were being held indefinitely in violation of their habeas corpus rights. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui an American citizen of Pakistani origin might have been the first.

Dr. Siddiqui, a scientist educated at MIT and Brandeis University, was seized in Pakistan for no known reason, sent to Afghanistan, and was held secretly for five years in the U.S. military’s notorious Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Her three young children were with her at the time she was abducted, one an eight-month old baby. She has no idea what has become of her two youngest children. Her oldest child, 7 years old, was also incarcerated in Bagram and subjected to similar abuse and horrors.

Siddiqui has never been charged with any terrorism-related offense. A British journalist, hearing her piercing screams as she was being tortured, disclosed her presence. An embarrassed U.S. government responded to the disclosure by sending Siddiqui to the U.S. for trial on the trumped-up charge that while a captive, she grabbed a U.S. soldier’s rifle and fired two shots attempting to shoot him. The charge apparently originated as a U.S. soldier’s excuse for shooting Dr. Siddiqui twice in the stomach resulting in her near death.

On February 4, Dr. Siddiqui was convicted by a New York jury for attempted murder. The only evidence presented against her was the charge itself and an unsubstantiated claim that she had once taken a pistol-firing course at an American firing range. No evidence was presented of her fingerprints on the rifle that this frail and broken 100-pound woman had allegedly seized from an American soldier. No evidence was presented that a weapon was fired, no bullets, no shell casings, no bullet holes. Just an accusation.

Wikipedia has this to say about the trial: “The trial took an unusual turn when an FBI official asserted that the fingerprints taken from the rifle, which was purportedly used by Aafia to shoot at the U.S. interrogators, did not match hers.”

An ignorant and bigoted American jury convicted her for being a Muslim. This is the kind of “justice” that always results when the state hypes fear and demonizes a group. The people who should have been on trial are the people who abducted her, disappeared her young children, shipped her across international borders, violated her civil liberties, tortured her apparently for the fun of it, raped her, and attempted to murder her with two gunshots to her stomach. Instead, the victim was put on trial and convicted. This is the unmistakable hallmark of a police state. And this victim is an American citizen.

Anyone can be next. Indeed, on February 3 Dennis Blair, director of National Intelligence told the House Intelligence Committee that it was now “defined policy” that the U.S. government can murder its own citizens on the sole basis of someone in the government’s judgment that an American is a threat. No arrest, no trial, no conviction, just execution on suspicion of being a threat.

This shows how far the police state has advanced. A presidential appointee in the Obama administration tells an important committee of Congress that the executive branch has decided that it can murder American citizens abroad if it thinks they are a threat. I can hear readers saying the government might as well kill Americans abroad as it kills them at home – Waco, Ruby Ridge, the Black Panthers.

Yes, the U.S. government has murdered its citizens, but Dennis Blair’s “defined policy” is a bold new development. The government, of course, denies that it intended to kill the Branch Davidians, Randy Weaver’s wife and child, or the Black Panthers. The government says that Waco was a terrible tragedy, an unintended result brought on by the Branch Davidians themselves. The government says that Ruby Ridge was Randy Weaver’s fault for not appearing in court on a day that had been miscommunicated to him, The Black Panthers, the government says, were dangerous criminals who insisted on a shoot-out.

In no previous death of a U.S. citizen by the hands of the U.S. government has the government claimed the right to kill Americans without arrest, trial, and conviction of a capital crime. In contrast, Dennis Blair has told the U.S. Congress that the executive branch has assumed the right to murder Americans who it deems a “threat.” What defines “threat”? Who will make the decision? What it means is that the government will murder whomever it chooses.

There is no more complete or compelling evidence of a police state than the government announcing that it will murder its own citizens if it views them as a “threat.” Ironic, isn’t it, that “the war on terror” to make us safe ends in a police state with the government declaring the right to murder American citizens who it regards as a threat.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: All indications point toward a criminal government gearing up for an armed resurrection (revolution) within America’s borders… – SJH

Link to original article below…

 http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts279.html

Heathrow Airport Denial Of Body Scanner Controversy Is Exposed

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February 10, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com – February 10, 2010

Heathrow Airport’s denial that Indian film star Shahrukh Khan’s naked body scanner images were printed and circulated by airport staff because the devices have no capability to print or distribute images contradicts leaked government documents that prove the x-ray backscatter machines do have the option to store and send images, as well as actual images of the print outs that are freely available on the Internet.

Heathrow today denied that naked body scanner images of Khan were printed and circulated by airport security staff, telling the London Telegraph the claims were “completely factually incorrect” because the body-scanning equipment had no capability to print images.

The BAA spokeswoman “stressed that images captured by the equipment could not be stored or distributed in any form”. Heathrow are trying to avoid any investigation into the incident by claiming it “simply could not be true”.

However, leaked government documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and confirmed as authentic by CNN show that the devices must have the ability to store and send images when in “test mode.”

“That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines — which can see beneath people’s clothing — can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg,” according to the report.

“If you look at the actual technical specifications and you read the vendor contracts, you come to understand that these machines are capable of doing far more than the TSA has let on,” added Rotenberg.

Indeed, if there is no capability for the devices to save, distribute and print images, then how on earth have news organizations obtained print outs of such images like the one below?

This picture is a print out of a naked body scanner image taken at an airport. How can Heathrow deny this? Clearly the images produced by the scanners can be saved, distributed and printed. The public has been completely mislead about the fact that this represents a total violation of privacy and a system open to frightening levels of abuse, especially considering the fact that children are being forced to pass through the scanners.

Just like the government claimed the scanner images did not show details of genitalia, they have been caught again in another example of deception. Journalists who researched trials of the technology reported that the images made genitals “eerily visible”.

German Security advisor Hans-Detlef Dau, a representative for a company that sells the scanners, admits that the machines, “show intimate piercings, catheters and the form of breasts and penises”. Images on the TSA’s own website produced by backscatter devices also show that genitals are visible.

Indeed, when they were first being installed, Australian authorities admitted that the machines don’t work properly if sensitive areas of the body are blurred out – and yet the British government still denies that the scanner pictures show details of genitalia – an obvious attempt to skirt child pornography laws which have been violated with the introduction of the scanners.

With plans being readied by the Home Office in the UK as well as authorities in Europe to introduce mobile naked scanners as well as street scanners attached to lamp posts, it won’t be long before we are naked body scanned to get into public buildings, shopping malls, sports events, and even minding our own business walking down the street. Naked body scanners are already being used in courthouses across America.

It seems the only way to make this scandal go away will be for the authorities to convince Shahrukh Khan to retract his story or say it was all a joke – warning him that he might end up on a no fly list could achieve that objective.

People who work in airport security have been caught abusing their power on an almost weekly basis over the last few years. To believe that they will act with the utmost professionalism in dealing with images of our naked bodies is completely asinine. We read horror story after horror story about TSA agents and others acting like thugs on power trips, thinking they can treat the public like animals just because they hold a petty position of authority.

However, unless we vehemently debunk the denials by emphasizing that the scanners do show details of genitalia and such images can be saved, distributed and printed, our daily lives will soon begin to resemble a nightmare that far outstrips anything George Orwell could have predicted.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is outrageous. These illegal and dangerous (they tear apart your DNA strands) porn scanners don’t even detect explosives such as those carried by the Christmas Day false flag “bomber” Abdulmutallab!SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.infowars.com/heathrow-denial-of-naked-scanner-controversy-doesnt-add-up/