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Jones Cancels Burning Korans On 9/11 After Website Is Shut Down

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September 9, 2010: Antonio Gonzales / Associated Press via Yahoo News – September 9, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero has agreed to move its controversial location.

The agreement couldn’t be immediately confirmed.

Jones’ plans to burn Islam’s holiest text Saturday sparked an international outcry. President Barack Obama, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider his plans. They said his actions would endanger U.S. soldiers and provide a strong recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. Jones’ protest also drew criticism from religious and political leaders from across the Muslim world.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Christian minister in Florida is canceling plans to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, heeding an international outcry that drew criticism from President Barack Obama and religious and political leaders across the Muslim world.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The illigitimate US government decries the threat of an American citizen burning a book – something that I personally do not advocate, yet, it is his right. Then, in retaliation, the US government “burns” his book (website), violating his Constitutional rights. This is an illustration at the height of hypocrisy and the depth of tyranny that Americans have apparently now accepted as freedom…

Website Pulled On US Church That Wants To Burn Korans

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iCOmq6xX87ErMuEs3Or3tgqY5vDA 

    

Book of Poetry

Placed in the corner of an old bookshelf
Covered with cobwebs and dust from the years
Forgotten prose near Shakespeare and Poe
Lay a book of poetry bound in black leather

Authored by One through the quills of many
Ancient writings within guilded pages
The Sword of Light passed down through the ages

Published for those who believe and rejoice
The end of the world’s satanic devise
A promise to those who make the wise choice
Eternal life by the grace of Christ

Pray for the people who pled to not know
The Word of God in the Bible they owned
Never once read by their eyes now dead

Trembling where they go…

Steven John Hibbs – Copyright 2002

UPDATE: Florida Pastor Cancels Koran Burning And Now Reconsiders

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/quran_burning

Clowns are creepy…

Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb (The Wall)

War is peace, there is no pain you are receiving… – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us/quran_burning

UN Blueprint: Dismantle Middle Class & Build “World Government”

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September 9, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com – September 9, 2010

UN globalists set out their agenda to re-brand global warming as “overpopulation” in a revamped scheme to impose carbon taxes.

A UN blueprint for putting the organization back at the forefront of global governance alarmingly reveals the agenda to re-brand global warming as overpopulation as a means of dismantling the middle classes while using “global redistribution of wealth” and increased immigration to reinvigorate the pursuit of a one world government.

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and 60 of his top lieutenants met this past Labor Day at a secluded Austrian Alpine retreat in a bid to get the global warming agenda back on track after the dismal failure of Copenhagen. The planning paper that was handed out to delegates at the conference was subsequently leaked to Fox News, and outlines a strategy of exalting “global redistribution of wealth” as the basis of the climate change agenda.

As was uncovered during the Copenhagen summit, the program of “global redistribution of wealth” largely centers around looting the wealth of the middle classes in richer countries through carbon taxes and then using that money to bankroll the construction of world government. As the leaked “Danish text” revealed, the money generated from consumption taxes will go directly to the World Bank, not to developing countries.

Under the terms of this proposal, poorer countries will not simply be handed the money pillaged from richer nations, instead they will be forced to accept “green loans” in the name of combating climate change, a policy that would land the already financially devastated third world with even more debt, payable to globalist institutions such as the IMF.

The new position paper couches the UN’s agenda behind convoluted semantics and happy-clappy globalist rhetoric, but the mission to use the fraudulent science of climate change, which the UN’s own IPCC has been caught manipulating time and time again, to completely eviscerate the middle class, is laid bare.

The aim is to “limit and redirect the aspirations for a better life of rising middle classes around the world,” in other words to reduce the standard of living for the middle classes in Western Europe and America.

As the opening session paper puts it: “The real challenge comes from the exponential growth of the global consumerist society driven by ever higher aspirations of the upper and middle layers in rich countries as well as the expanding demand of emerging middle-class in developing countries. Our true ambition should be therefore creating incentives for the profound transformation of attitudes and consumption styles.”

This is globalist talk for dismantling the middle classes by looting them with carbon taxes and consumption levies in the name of alleviating poverty in poorer areas of the world and stopping climate change. However, as we have already explained, this is merely a ruse. The money will not be “redistributed” to the poor, it will be swallowed up by the same globalist institutions running the scam.

The leaked document also discusses how the UN can exploit mass immigration to push for more global governance regulatory control, in focusing on, “How to capitalize on the global tide of migrants from poor nations to rich ones, to encompass a new “international migration governance framework.”

The paper makes it clear that the UN is about to adopt a new public relations ploy in pushing the phony and discredited global warming mantra, by re-branding it as the threat of overpopulation. The world’s population is set to hit 9 billion by 2050, and the strategy outlines the need to make that figure the key emphasis in an effort to browbeat people into accepting that an overcrowded planet causes environmental devastation.

“The U.N. leaders intend to keep trying to change that, especially when it comes to the climate agenda. “The next 40 years will prove pivotal,” one paper argues, while laying out the basis of a renewed U.N. climate campaign, the “50-50-50 Challenge,” states the Fox News report, adding that the goal for the UN is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent before 2050.

However, the UN’s own figures clearly indicate that population is set to stabilize in 2020 and then drop dramatically after 2050 and indeed that underpopulation is going to be the real long term issue. As the Economist reported, “Fertility is falling and families are shrinking in places— such as Brazil, Indonesia, and even parts of India—that people think of as teeming with children. As our briefing shows, the fertility rate of half the world is now 2.1 or less—the magic number that is consistent with a stable population and is usually called “the replacement rate of fertility”. Sometime between 2020 and 2050 the world’s fertility rate will fall below the global replacement rate.”

To achieve their goal, the UN will have to oversee “nothing less than a fundamental transformation of the global economy,” states the report. In other words, economic growth will wither and be replaced by a “green economy” and a “post-industrial revolution.” Spain’s fundamental transformation of its economy over to a “green economy” has devastated the country, with unemployment hitting a crippling 20 per cent.

The blueprint makes it clear that the UN intends to reassert its role as the instigator and leader of a one world government, and will set about to achieve this by bypassing nation states and thwarting national sovereignty.

“The U.N. should be able to take the lead in setting the global agenda, engage effectively with other multinational and regional organizations as well as civil society and non-state stakeholders, and transform itself into a tool to help implement the globally agreed objectives,” states the paper.

“Is the global governance structure, still dominated by national sovereignty, capable of responding with the coherence and speed needed?” it asks. “Or do we need to push the ‘reset’ button and rethink global governance to meet the 50-50-50 Challenge?”

The planning document also makes it clear that the UN intends to drastically expand its role as the world’s policeman, by “building a “standing justice and corrections element” to go with the semi-permanent police force — a permanent strike force to establish courts and prisons in nations where peacekeepers are stationed.”

The paper also outlines an intention to push new economic regulatory powers to enable the organization to introduce global financial regulation.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Global Warming Or Global Governance?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The definition of “conspiracy” according to Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged Second Edition:

“1. a planning and acting together secretly, especially for an unlawful or harmful purpose, such as murder or treason.”

I think we could all agree that there is a “conspiracy” against the people of this world, can we not?! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/54680.html

BP Gulf Oil Disaster – The Days And Moments Before The Rig Blew

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September 9, 2010: Ramit Plushnick-Masti / AP via LJWorld.com – September 9, 2010

Something was wrong.

BP was preparing to plug its well 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, and longtime technical adviser Jesse Gagliano was running computer models to finalize details.

It was April 15, five days before the well blew out, causing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. “We have a potential problem here,” the Halliburton employee told three colleagues he met in the hallway in BP PLC’s Houston headquarters. He said his computer model was predicting a “serious gas flow problem” with BP’s well abandonment plan.

His idea for addressing the issue would never be carried out. BP decided it wasn’t necessary. In an internal report released Wednesday, the oil giant stood by that decision, saying it would not have stopped the April 20 explosion.

The disagreement was just one of several that emerged in the days and hours before the blast, according to BP’s report and e-mails, documents and testimony gathered by federal investigators. Confusion surrounded crucial tasks and frustration rose among people involved.

The cause of the explosion, which killed 11 workers, remains under investigation by federal authorities. But as more information trickles out, the image of a high-stakes, high seas venture collapsing in disarray is sharpening.

• • •

The mile-deep exploratory well was being capped with cement so it could be abandoned until a production phase later.

BP operated the well, Transocean owned the rig and Halliburton carried out the cement job. They had to work together.

Yet key plans kept changing. Critical tests meant to ensure the well would be safely cemented were not going smoothly.

BP accepts some of the blame for decisions that led to the blowout, but its report also assigns fault to Transocean and Halliburton workers. Those companies, in turn, point the finger at BP’s well design.

The head of the Deepwater Horizon rig, who was most familiar with its crew and operations, had left for training and was replaced by Bob Kaluza, who was less familiar with earlier problems surrounding the well. The operation was running 45 days late and millions of dollars over budget.

Gagliano’s computer model exposed yet another possible problem. The longtime technical adviser concluded that the cementing operation needed more centralizers, devices designed to ensure that the casing — or drilling pipe — runs down the center of the wellbore to increase the chance for a perfect seal and prevent leaks. BP had planned to run six centralizers and had them onboard.

After a corridor chat with BP’s senior drilling engineer, Gagliano worked up more models. By the evening of April 15, Gagliano had a model with 21 centralizers that resolved the gas flow problem. The 15 additional centralizers were acquired and scheduled for delivery the next morning, in time for the Halliburton cementers to do the job.

Still, the debate didn’t end.

• • •

BP drilling engineer Brett Cocales learned the next afternoon, April 16, that his company’s engineers had decided against using the additional centralizers because of questions about their mechanical integrity. Members of a BP investigation panel said Wednesday that those concerns were unfounded because engineers were mistaken about which centralizers had been shipped.

In an e-mail to fellow drilling engineer Brian Morel, Cocales explained the extra centralizers could help meet the goal of inserting the casing properly. Then he continued:

“But who cares? It’s done. We’ll probably get a good cement job,” he wrote, frustrated it had taken so long to make a decision.

A few hours later, Halliburton cementer Nathaniel Chaisson, who was already on the rig, also learned the additional centralizers would not be used and notified Gagliano, who he said seemed concerned.

On April 19, Gagliano’s models still showed that using only six centralizers raised the risk of a failed cement job. Still in Houston, he participated in the daily morning call with the rig. The centralizers weren’t mentioned. He didn’t raise the issue.

“BP made their decision,” Gagliano recalled when testifying before a federal panel. He thought the worst-case scenario would be that they would have to go back to fix the cement job after it was completed.

Months later, BP is defending the decision. In Wednesday’s report, the company said the decision not to use 21 centralizers likely didn’t contribute to the cement’s failure.

• • •

Meanwhile, the well lining job, known as casing, was completed. The casing, critical to ensuring no gas slips out of the wellbore uncontrolled, looked good, paving the way for that night’s cementing.

The cement would essentially seal the gap between the well casing and the hole drilled in the seafloor. It would also shut in the well until the day BP was ready to extract oil and gas.

At 9 p.m. April 19, the Halliburton workers began the complicated cement job 5,000 feet below the surface.

Sometime during the night, Chaisson, the Halliburton cementer, noticed a BP drilling engineer calling Houston headquarters.

“We may have blown something out higher in the casing,” the engineer said, triggering a flurry of phone calls between the rig and Houston.

Ultimately, they continued the job and Chaisson did not indicate there was ever discussion to halt the work.

Since then, however, BP has said it found weaknesses in the design and testing of the cement. It said the weaknesses may have allowed hydrocarbons to escape from the wellbore, causing the blowout. Halliburton insists the problem was not in the cement but in BP’s design of the well.

By 1 a.m., on April 20, the cement job was completed.

“We have completed the job and it went well,” Chaisson wrote to Gagliano in an e-mail at 5:44 a.m.

• • •

Confidence was up. Yet at the 11 a.m. meeting, rig leader Jimmy Harrell was unhappy.

BP’s plan for shutting down operations didn’t include a “negative pressure test” — a procedure that reduces the fluid pressure in the well to ensure there are no gas leaks. Harrell learned a long time ago this was risky. He demanded the test.

Meanwhile, in Houma, La., a group of VIPs — BP executives Pat O’Bryan and David Sims, and Transocean executives Daun Winslow and Buddy Trahan — boarded a helicopter headed for the Deepwater Horizon. They were going for a 24-hour “visibility” visit to one of their best-performing Gulf rigs.

They arrived on the rig floor as the negative test was going on. Winslow realized there was confusion over the pressures — indicating there might be a leak somewhere in the wellbore — and decided it was not a good environment for the group.

“Let’s let these guys get back to work,” he said, taking the VIPs to the pontoon area.

Harrell and a Transocean toolpusher, Randy Ezell, stayed to help with the test. Kaluza, the BP company man, was not satisfied. He got permission from Houston to run a second test.

• • •

After dinner, Chris Pleasant, a Transocean subsea supervisor, went to the drill shack to begin his shift. He was told that 60 barrels of mud appeared to have been lost during the pressure test.

Ideally, rig workers like to see little or no mud lost in the test. Losing too much mud can signal a leak in the casing — which could cause an oil spill, or in the worst-case scenario, allow gas and highly explosive methane to seep through the casing, leading to a blowout.

Wyman Wheeler, a Transocean toolpusher, said something wasn’t right. He ended his shift and was relieved by Jason Anderson.

An argument erupted over how to do the second negative test. Anderson wanted it done as it had always been done on the Horizon, and finally persuaded the BP crew.

By 8 p.m., the test had ended.

“Go call the office,” BP’s well site leader Don Vidrine told his counterpart, Kaluza. “Tell them we’re going to displace the well” — a critical task in which the mud that keeps the oil and gas under control is replaced with seawater before the well is closed and abandoned.

Vidrine’s decision to proceed may have been a fateful one. BP now believes that Transocean and BP supervisors misinterpreted the results of the negative-pressure tests. While workers removed mud from the well, the VIPs ended a meeting with the rig leadership and headed for the bridge. Capt. Curt Kuchta showed them the controls and the radar. David Sims of BP got in a video-game-like machine that simulates piloting the rig. Winslow went to have a cigarette.

The phone on the rig floor rang. It was Ezell, who had reluctantly gone to dinner and was asking about the test results.

“It went good,” Anderson responded.

“What about your displacement? How’s it going?”

“It’s going fine,” Anderson answered.

But the rig crew apparently missed warning signs that oil and gas had entered the well. BP investigators suspect the rig crew was distracted by other “end-of-well activities.”

• • •

It was 9:30 when Ezell followed Anderson’s instructions and went to his cabin. He chatted with his wife. Then he turned off the lights and laid down to watch TV.

Eight minutes later, unbeknownst to Anderson, hydrocarbons started to shoot toward the rig. Three minutes later, rig workers started trying to control the well, but by then, mud was already flowing unchecked onto the rig floor.

Pleasant, the Transocean subsea supervisor, was doing paperwork. He had the rig leader sign some documents.

Senior toolpusher Randy Harrell closed out some permits and went to take a shower.

On the bridge, Sims got out of the simulator. O’Bryan stepped in.

It was 9:50 p.m.

The phone rang in Ezell’s bunk.

“We have a situation,” an assistant driller said. “The well is blown out. We have mud going to the crown.”

“Do y’all have it shut in?” Ezell asked, horrified.

“Jason is shutting it in now,” Curtis responded. “Randy, we need your help.”

Ezell jumped into his coveralls, shoved his feet into boots, grabbed his hardhat and ran.

In Pleasant’s office, a rig worker looked over.

“Chris, what’s that water?” he asked, apparently seeing the fluid rising from the well and onto the rig.

“They’re probably coming out the hole,” Pleasant answered, fixated on the computer screen.

A minute passed.

“I see mud,” the worker said.

Pleasant looked up. He called the rig floor. All three numbers. No answer.

“We got to go,” Pleasant said, and took off down the hall.

It was nearly 10 p.m.

O’Bryan was in the simulator. Sims was on the bridge. Harrell was in the shower. Ezell was running to the rig floor. Winslow was smoking. The captain opened the portside door and saw fluid pouring onto the rig.

A loud hiss filled the rig. The first of two explosions shook the vessel.

PBS News Hour: BP Admits Errors In Gulf Oil Disaster But Spreads Blame

RT: BP Rig Worker Reported Oil Leak Weeks Before Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, as the 5 million barrels of blame are spilled down the rabbit hole, the Gulf of Mexico is a toxic wasteland of black death for decades to come– SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/sep/09/questions-worries-arguments-preceded-gulf-blast/

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals Dismiss CIA Torture Lawsuit

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September 9, 2010: Paul Elias / Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – September 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – A sharply divided federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons.

The complaint was filed by five terrorism suspects who were arrested shortly after 9/11 and say they were flown by a Boeing Co. subsidiary to prisons around the world where they were tortured. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited national security risks when it dismissed the men’s case in a 6-5 ruling Wednesday.

The case could have broad repercussions on the national security debate as it makes its way toward the Supreme Court, and it casts a spotlight on the controversial “extraordinary rendition” program the Bush administration used after 9/11. The Obama administration subsequently said it would continue to send foreign detainees to other countries for questioning, but rarely – and only if U.S. officials are confident the prisoners will not be tortured.

The appeals court reinforced the broad powers of the president to invoke the so-called “state secrets privilege” to stop lawsuits involving national security almost as soon as they are filed. “The attorney general adopted a new policy last year to ensure the state secrets privilege is only used in cases where it is essential to protect national security, and we are pleased that the court recognized that the policy was used appropriately in this case,” Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

President George W. Bush invoked the privilege at least 39 times during his administration, the most of any president in history, according to according to research by University of Texas, El Paso, political science professor William Weaver. Critics of the practice had hoped President Barack Obama would curtail its use and were disappointed when his administration continued defending the lawsuit after Bush left office.

The terror suspects sued Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan in 2007, alleging that the extraordinary rendition program amounted to illegal “forced disappearances.” They alleged that the San Jose-based subsidiary conspired with the CIA to operate the program. A trial court judge quickly dismissed the lawsuit after the Bush administration took over defense of the case from Chicago-based Boeing and invoked the state secrets privilege, demanding a halt to the litigation over concern that top secret intelligence would be divulged.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court reinstated the lawsuit in 2009, but the full court overturned that ruling Wednesday. “We have thoroughly and critically reviewed the government’s public and classified declarations and are convinced that at least some of the matters it seeks to protect from disclosure in this litigation are valid state secrets,” Judge Raymond Fisher wrote for the majority. “The government’s classified disclosures to the court are persuasive that compelled or inadvertent disclosure of such information in the course of litigation would seriously harm legitimate national security interests.”

Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wrote for the five dissenting judges, who said the lawsuit was dismissed too quickly and that the men should be allowed to use publicly disclosed evidence to prove their case. “They are not even allowed to attempt to prove their case by the use of nonsecret evidence in their own hands or in the hands of third parties,” Hawkins wrote.

Ben Wizner, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who represents the five men, said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. “If this decision stands,” Wizner said, “the United States will have closed its courts to torture victims while extending complete immunity to its torturers.”

The Bush administration was widely criticized for its practice of extraordinary rendition – whereby the CIA transfers suspects overseas for interrogation. Human rights advocates said renditions were the agency’s way to outsource torture of prisoners to countries where it is permitted practice. Three of the five plaintiffs have been released from prison, Wizner said.

Rendition Is The CIA Term For Illegal Kidnapping

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: While America gears up for the football season and baseball playoffs, Americans are being kidnapped, tortured, and “disappeared” by the not-so-secret US shadow government! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us/us_boeing_cia_lawsuit