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FBI Raids Communist Anti-War Activists To Expand War On Terror

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September 24, 2010: Kurt Nimmo / – September 24, 2010

Following the absurd hyperbole of senior Obama administration officials earlier this week warning that the CIA’s “Night of the Walking Dead” cave dwellers will attempt small scale attacks against the United States, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force dispatched SWAT teams to the homes of antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago in order to keep alive and expand the terrorism mantra. FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told the Associated Press that six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago were served about 7 a.m. Friday. Warfield said the FBI is seeking “evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

“The search warrant for 1823 Riverside, the residence of activist Mick Kelly, sought information ‘regarding ability to pay for his own travel’ to Palestine and Columbia from 2000 to today. The warrant hyped potential documents indicating any contacts/facilitation with FARC, PFLP, and Hezbollah — what it called ‘FTOs’ or ‘foreign terrorist organizations’. It mentioned seeking information on the alleged ‘facilitation of other individuals in the US to travel to Colombia, Palestine and any other foreign location in support of foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP and Hezbollah,” reports IndyMedia in the Twin Cities.

Individuals targeted by the FBI appear to be members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, a Marxist-Leninist group that continues to uphold Joseph Stalin as one of the “principal theorists” of Marxism-Leninism, along with Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong. Stalin liquidated around 50 million people while Mao killed off more than 70 million.

The Freedom Road Socialist Organization was formed in 1985. It consolidated the remnants of the New Communist Movement of the 1970s. The New Communist Movement was part of the “New Left” that emerged from the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s. SDS was not only infiltrated and taken over by Marxist-Leninist groups, but also the FBI (see Max Elbaum, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, & Elizabeth Martinez, Rebels with a Cause).

The late Antony Sutton documented how the Bolshevik Revolution was created and nurtured by Wall Street (see Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution).

“In the Bolshevik Revolution we have some of the world’s richest and most powerful men financing a movement which claims its very existence is based on the concept of stripping of their wealth men like the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Schiffs, Warburgs, Morgans, Harrimans, and Milners. But obviously these men have no fear of international Communism. It is only logical to assume that if they financed it and do not fear it, it must be because they control it,” Gary Allen wrote. “In the Bolshevik Revolution we see many of the same old faces that were responsible for: creating the Federal Reserve System, initiating the graduated income tax, setting up the tax-free foundations and pushing us into WWI.”

Charles Merlin Umpenhour, in his book In Freedom, A Fading Illusion (p. 126), documents how Lenin, under the influence of Wall Street and Occidental Petroleum’s Armand Hammer, created the American Comintern, or Communist International. In 1984, former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov told G. Edward Griffin how easy it was for the Soviets to exploit idealistic “useful idiots” in America and elsewhere in order to spread the communist ideology.

Considering the roots of the communist movement in the United States and its infiltration by the FBI, specifically under its illegal COINTELPRO, it is not a stretch to conclude that the raids in Minneapolis and Chicago were arranged by the government to expand and amplify its current homegrown propaganda effort.

The establishment does not consider a CIA contrived Muslim terrorist organization or its supposed affiliates in the United States – who are overwhelmingly patsies, dupes, and mental cases stage managed by the FBI (as the recent Bronx synagogue bomb plot case reveals) – as a serious threat to the national security of the corporate-banker complex. It also does not consider a gaggle of manipulated communist admirers of the mass murderers Stalin and Mao as a legitimate threat.

The real threat, as the Department of Homeland Security’s leaked “right-wing extremism” document revealed last year, emanates from the patriot movement.

SWAT raids on antiwar activists who are associated with a questionable communist organization long ago compromised by the FBI are intended to expand the manufactured threat of domestic terrorism beyond the narrow confines of Islamic terrorism to fringe political organizations in the United States and ultimately to the real threat to the establishment – the growing patriot and Tea Party movement.

The corporate media has engaged in a sustained and vicious campaign to demonize the patriot movement and portray its members as potentially violent terrorists. Earlier this year, the government infiltrated the Hutaree “militia group” in Michigan and attempted to use the trumped-up arrest of its members as an example of the sort of domestic terrorism the patriot movement represents. The government’s case fell apart in short order. On May 3, a federal judge ordered nine jailed members of the group released.

FBI Car Outside Hard Times Cafe During Raid

FBI Agents Confiscate Materials From Activist’s Apartment

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

– Martin Niemöller (1946)

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Bono’s ONE Foundation Is The Epitome Of Anti-Poverty Hypocrisy!

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September 24, 2010: Toby Young / The London Telegraph – September 24, 2010

There was one humdinger of a story about Bono in the New York Post earlier this week — that the Mail has picked up on this morning.

According to the New York Post, Bono’s so-called “anti-poverty” ONE foundation received $14,993,873 in donations from philanthropists in 2008, of which just $184,732 was distributed to three charities. ONE Foundation is an “advocacy organisation” whose main purpose is to change policies, not support charities, it says. 

So what happened to the rest? More than $8 million was spent on executive and employee salaries. This isn’t gossip. The New York Post’s figures are taken directly from the organisation’s 2008 tax return, the latest year for which records are available. This story follows hot on the heels of the revelation that Edun, Bono’s fashion label, has shifted some of its production base from Africa to China. A perfectly acceptable business decision, were it not for the fact that Edun is an “ethical” fashion house that was set up to alleviate poverty in … Africa!

This isn’t common, or garden, run-of-the-mill hypocrisy, this is hypocrisy on an epic scale –- stadium filling hypocrisy. Bono browbeats Western governments for not spending more money on aid – taxpayers’ money – while doing his best to avoid paying tax himself. He chastises the private sector for not investing in African businesses, then moves his own business out of Africa. He persuades kind-hearted souls to donate money to charity, then stands by while his own foundation pays its employees 43 times as much as it gives to good causes.

Not long ago, I proposed to my writing partner Lloyd Evans that we write a modern version of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy. In the original, a famous literary critic is invited to dine at the house of a rich industrialist, injures his hip on the front steps and ends up staying for several weeks. The tycoon and his family are initially tickled pink to have such a distinguished house guest, but the scales gradually fall from their eyes as they realize what a monstrous egotist he is. In our version, the literary critic would become a philanthropic rock star, but otherwise we would stick closely to the original.

We were quite enthusiastic about it for a while, but in the end concluded that sending up Bono was just too easy. It would be like writing a play in which we drew attention to Gordon Brown’s dark side or Ed Balls’s lust for power. Not exactly ground-breaking stuff. You can’t knock someone off their pedestal if they’re grovelling around in the dirt, looking for pennies to pinch.

Still, even we didn’t imagine he would stoop to something quite this low. ($184,732 to good causes, $8,000,000 on salaries!) If we do decide to revive our idea, at least we have an ending. It will consist of the gabby Irish chancer wagging his finger at the audience, urging them to make poverty history, as he descends into the fires of hell.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The lion’s share of donations for Bono’s self-proclaimed “anti-poverty” ONE Foundation comes from none other than the eugenics promoting Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also, notice the Masonic handshake between Bono and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the image posted by the Daily Mail at the link below…  All the world’s a stage! – SJH

Bono’s ONE Foundation Under Fire For Giving Little Over 1% Of Funds To Charity 

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FBI Acts Out Terrorism Warrants In Both Minneapolis And Chicago

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September 24, 2010: Steve Karnowski / AP via Minnesota Public Radio – September 24, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota —

Members of a Minneapolis anti-war group say FBI agents raided their homes Friday morning.

FBI spokesman Steven Warfield confirmed that agents working with a federal Joint Terrorism Task Force served six search warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.

Warfield said the FBI is seeking “evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

The home of Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly and Jess Sundin were among those searched, they told the AP. Sundin said agents took boxes of papers, her cell phone and CDs from her home. Sundin said her group, the Anti-War Committee, opposes U.S. involvement in civil wars in other countries.

“I believe they were looking for information to in some way hinder our work and solidarity with the people of Colombia, Palestine and elsewhere,” she said. “The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Latin America,” Kelly said before agents confiscated his cell phone.

Sundin called the suggestion they were connected with terrorism “pretty hilarious and ridiculous.” Sundin said she wasn’t arrested, nor were some of the other activists whose homes were raided. Warfield said he couldn’t comment on whose homes were searched or give details on why because it’s an ongoing investigation. “There’s no imminent threat to the community,” he said. The searches were first reported by the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.

Sundin said she wasn’t certain exactly what kinds of information the FBI was after or who else had been searched in either city. An FBI SWAT team entered first “and looked for pointy things. And then they left and the FBI agents came in and looked through everything in the house,” she said. The agents took “computers, several boxes of papers, everything related to data like discs,” Sundin said.

Both Sundin and Kelly were organizers of a mass march on the first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul two years ago, and recently appeared at a news conference to announce plans for another protest if Minneapolis is selected to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Police estimated the peaceful march drew 10,000 protesters; organizers put the figure at 30,000. Other protests were marked by destructive acts by anarchists. More than 800 people were arrested during the four days of the convention, including Sundin. Sundin said they’ve already sought permits for 2012, “something I don’t think terrorists would do.”

The FBI’s spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, would only say two searches were conducted Friday in Chicago and that there were no arrests. He declined comment further. Asked about the reports, the U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman in Chicago, Randy Samborn, confirmed warrants were served in the city “in connection with a law enforcement investigation.” He also declined to provide details.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is a chilling reminder that we no longer live in a “free” society here in America. Meanwhile, I’m noticing an ominous pattern beginning to develop in Chicago…

In just the past three months, a huge terrorism drill was held here in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, then Sami Hassoun is used as a patsy by the FBI to “blow up” a neighborhood with a fake bomb near Wrigley Field, now this latest simultaneous FBI raid of anti-war protesters in Minneapolis and Chicago, add to that the numerous references made over the years since 9/11 concerning Chicago being a prime target for the next [false flag] terrorist attack as well as Rahm Emmanuel returning to run for Mayor of Chicago in order to oversee the show ala Giuliani-style, and I think I may just head back to Florida and deal with the Gulf oil disaster– SJH   

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Homeland Security Theater Of Manufactured Terrorism In Chicago

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September 24, 2010: William Norman Grigg / Lew – September 22, 2010

The diabolical nature of the State is sometimes revealed in small but crucial details. The criminal complaint against alleged would-be bomber Sami Samir Hassoun offers a very good example:

The Lebanese expatriate, who is a legal resident of the United States, is accused of “attempting, without lawful authority, to use a weapon of mass destruction against people and property in a manner that would have affected interstate and foreign commerce…”

That formulation implies that the government whose agents carefully lured and entrapped Hassoun has the “lawful authority” to use a weapon of mass destruction against domestic targets. This is worth keeping in mind as we examine behavior of the Regime’s secret police in this manufactured “terrorist” incident.

Hassoun’s arrest triggered the predictable headlines and commentary describing yet another daring interdiction of a Jihadist plot by the Homeland’s valiant defenders, oh may they be praised forever. In fact, the criminal complaint specifies — albeit in footnotes — that Hassoun was not motivated by Islam or any other religion, and that he wasn’t interested in killing or harming anybody until long after he fell under the influence of a paid federal provocateur and two FBI agents posing as terrorist financiers. Rather than advancing the “Islamist agenda,” Hassoun — who wanted to bring down Mayor Daley’s administration — allegedly suggested that Muslims could make useful scapegoats.

“Although Hassoun was clear that he was not motivated to attack Chicago based on any religious ideology, he nevertheless suggested that once attacks had taken place, the participants distance themselves from their actions by sending an attribution video to the media claiming responsibility for the violence in the name of a fictitious extremist organization,” claims footnote 22 on page 15 of the complaint. 

“Call it, `the jihad in U.S.’ Just make something up. You know? Just make it up so, like, when you put it, all the heat is transferred to them. You know? There’s no heat in the street.’” This is to say that Hassoun supposedly proposed a “false-flag operation.” Where on earth would he get an idea of that kind?

In keeping with standard operating procedure in FBI-orchestrated terror charades, one of the undercover agents posing as a potential employer actually tried to rile up Hassoun over Washington’s role in cultivating misery and bloodshed in the Arab world: “UC-2 [one of the FBI agents] state his purported purpose: `want[ing] to change how our country [i.e., the United States] treats our people back home.’

In response, Hassoun stated that he was differently motivated: `Mine is a kind of different concept than this.’ Hassoun explained he saw attacking Chicago as a means of creating chaos to gain political control of the city and its sources of revenue.”

On another occasion, Hassoun mused that fomenting public panic over threats to security would create a situation that would “take that Daley out and put some of our guys in.” This sounds like something a Republican might say, rather than the motive of a hardened Islamic radical.

Hassoun first came to the attention of the FBI “in or about the spring of 2009,” at which time the Bureau decided to pair him up with a paid informant/provocateur.  Special Agent Samuel Hartman, who wrote the affidavit, points out that this decision was based on “information relating to Hassoun that is unrelated to this matter” — a statement suggesting that the Bureau was trolling for patsies and learned something about Hassoun that they considered an exploitable vulnerability. For about a year, the FBI’s snitch and, eventually, the two undercover operatives carefully manipulated the young man into participating — for pay — in a plot to carry out various disruptive acts.

Hassoun’s ideas, notes footnote 15 on page 10 of the affidavit, included the use of a “device that appeared as a toy that when activated would cause a minor explosion that would not cause injury, but would expel tiny notes containing ominous warnings.” He also suggested that he and his supposed friends “could design a bomb that would not explode, but be deployed in a manner that it would appear that it was discovered prior to a planned detonation.”

While spit-balling proposed “plots” with the provocateur, Hassoun repeatedly emphasized his opposition to bloodshed: “No killing. There is no killing.” His insistence on avoiding lethal violence extended beyond “civilians” to include the police, as well: “When you hit the police, you don’t kill the police.” He was willing to “harm” the police — most likely through humiliation, rather than actual violence — as a way of discrediting them, but he appears to have been resolutely opposed to actual violence. Until, that is, the undercover Feds showed up and started gently guiding him in a more militant direction.

Hassoun was arrested near Wrigley Field on September 19 [2010] in the possession of a dummy bomb provided by his “employers,” who told him that the purported explosive “would likely destroy half a city block if not more.” By that time the young man had been paid $500 and promised much more, as well as the means to escape to a secure location in California.

Attorney Myron Auerbach, who is representing Hassoun, is considering a defense strategy based on federal entrapment. “My client didn’t bring anything of his own to this incident,” he correctly points out. “Things were given to him.”

In related news, Shahed Hussain, the Pakistani-born FBI provocateur who confected the so-called “Newburgh 4″ bombing plot, recently admitted under oath that the FBI sent him to a terrorist training camp in his home country in December 2009. This happened while he was playing the role of a wealthy terrorist recruiter in the employ of the Pakistani group Jaish-e-Mohammed as part of a “sting” targeting four marginalized, desperate losers.

“Jihad Central” isn’t found in Riyadh, Tehran, or — as some earnest but misled people insist — Moscow. It’s in Virginia — specifically, Langley and Quantico.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: In other words, the American Stasi can legally frame anyone they choose to foment and justify the manufactured “war on terror” while eviscerating our civil liberties, as will be evident in the next article I post– SJH  

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US Walks Out On Ahmadinejad UN Speech While Questioning 9/11

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September 24, 2010: Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press via Yahoo News – September 23, 2010

UNITED NATIONS – Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad provoked yet another controversy Thursday saying a majority of people in the United States and around the world believe the American government staged the Sept. 11 terror attacks in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.

The provocative comments prompted the U.S. delegation to walk out of Ahmadinejad’s U.N. speech, where he also blamed the U.S. as the power behind U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used as fuel for electricity generation or to build nuclear weapons. [In full compliance of both the IAEA and NNPT, I might add. Also, under the NNPT, other signatories such as the US, as Iran is, are thus obligated by this international treaty to assist in the nuclear development of fellow signatories of said treaty. Israel is not a member of the NNPT, and to date, is the only nuclear armed nation in the Middle East… – SJH]

Delegations from all 27 European Union nations followed the Americans out along with representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Costa Rica, an EU diplomat said. Ahmadinejad said the U.S. has allocated $80 billion to upgrade its nuclear arsenal and is not a fair judge to sit as a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council to punish Iran for its nuclear activities. Iran denies it is seeking a nuclear weapon.

The Iranian leader — who has in the past cast doubt over the U.S. version of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — also called for setting up an independent fact-finding U.N. team to probe the attacks. That, he said, would keep the terror assault from turning into what he has called a sacred issue like the Holocaust where “expressing opinion about it won’t be banned”. Ahmadinejad did not explain the logic behind blaming the U.S. for the terror attacks but said there were three theories:

– That a “powerful and complex terrorist group” penetrated U.S. intelligence and defenses, which is advocated “by American statesmen.”

– “That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.”

After Ahmadinejad uttered those words, two American diplomats stood and walked out without listening to the third theory: That the attack was the work of “a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation.”

Mark Kornblau, spokesman of the U.S. Mission to the world body, issued a statement within moments of the walkout. “Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people,” he said, “Mr. Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable.”

Ahmadinejad said the U.S. used the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of people. He argued that the U.S., instead, should have “designed a logical plan” to punish the perpetrators and not occupy two independent states and shed so much blood.

He boasted of the capture in February of Abdulmalik Rigi, the leader of an armed Sunni group whose insurgency in the southeast of Iran has destabilized the border region with Pakistan. He praised Iranian security forces for capturing him in an overseas operation without resorting to violence. Rigi was later hanged. Ahmadinejad’s attacks on the United States and the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program dominated the opening of the General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned kings, prime ministers and presidents in his keynote address of the growing political polarization and social inequalities in the world and implored U.N. members to show greater tolerance and mutual respect to bring nations and peoples together. “We hear the language of hate, false divisions between `them’ and `us,’ those who insist on `their way’ or `no way,'” he said. In times of such polarization and uncertainty, Ban said, “let us remember, the world still looks to the United Nations for moral and political leadership.”

President Barack Obama, speaking soon after, echoed the secretary-general, warning that underneath challenges to security and prosperity “lie deeper fears: that ancient hatreds and religious divides are once again ascendant; that a world which has grown more interconnected has somehow slipped beyond our control.” The U.S. president’s 32-minute speech — more than twice the allotted 15 minutes — covered global hotspots from Iran and Afghanistan to the Mideast and North Korea.

Obama said Iran is the only party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty “that cannot demonstrate the peaceful intentions of its nuclear program” and as a result the U.N. Security Council has imposed four rounds of increasingly tough sanctions. “The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it,” he said. “But the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment, and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program.”

Ahmadinejad, speaking in the afternoon session, stressed that Iran will never submit “to illegally imposed pressures” from the U.N. nuclear agency which has been demanding that Tehran halt enrichment, a key Security Council demand as well. “Iran has always been ready for a dialogue based on respect and justice,” he said. But the Iranian leader said sanctions imposed by the Security Council were illegal and disrespectful.

The General Assembly hall was packed for Obama’s speech, with leaders and diplomats, including Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, listening carefully, some snapping photos with cell phone cameras. Obama was interrupted twice by applause and received a prolonged and warm response at the end of his remarks.

Just ahead of Obama’s speech, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin sharply criticized the United States, saying that the 2003 invasion of Iraq demonstrated that the “blind faith in intelligence reports tailored to justify political goals must be rejected.”…”We must ban once and for all the use of force inconsistent with international law,” Amorin told the General Assembly, adding that all international disputes should be peacefully resolved through dialogue.

Qatar’s Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani declared that terrorism “should not be treated by waging wars.” He blamed wars fought to combat terrorism for spreading destruction, causing the death and displacement of millions of people “as well as economic and financial crises that shook the stability of the world and undermined the efforts made in dialogue among cultures.”…”What we fear is for the war on terrorism to turn into commercial transactions, financial contracts and armies of mercenaries who kill outside of any international and human legitimacy,” the Emir said. “These are all very dangerous things.”

Ahmadinejad 9/11 UN Speech: September 23, 2010

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: When liars are confronted with their lie, they do one of two things… They either lash out in anger and denial, or simply walk away. The US did both!SJH

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