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WikiLeaks: Assange Says Upcoming Documents Will Address UFOs

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December 3, 2010: BNO News Editors / BNO News via Wired Update.com – December 3, 2010

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday in an online chat with the British newspaper The Guardian said that some of the upcoming U.S. diplomatic cables address unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

Assange was asked by a visitor of The Guardian whether WikiLeaks had ever received any documents relating to UFOs or extraterrestrials. In response, Assange said they receive many e-mails which relate to UFOs.

“Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant,” Assange wrote. “However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules,” he added, referring to WikiLeaks rules which state that documents cannot be self-authored and have to be original.

However, Assange said they do have real material which relates to UFOs. “It’s worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs,” he said, without providing other information. WikiLeaks is currently in the process of publishing some 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables it claims to have. As of Friday, however, only 667 cables were released.

The Disclosure

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated! That threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the world government.” – Henry Kissinger (Bilderberg Meeting 1991)

Hat tip to “Atomic News Review” for the video: http://atomicnewsreview.org/ – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://wireupdate.com/wires/12956/wikileaks-says-upcoming-documents-address-ufos/

COP16 Begins With Plea To The Jaguar Goddess “Ixchel” In Cancun

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December 3, 2010: Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post – November 29, 2010

Where in the hell do all these freaks come from?! – SJH

With United Nations climate negotiators facing an uphill battle to advance their goal of reducing emissions linked to global warming, it’s no surprise that the woman steering the talks appealed to a Mayan goddess Monday.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel [pronounced: e-shell] in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also “the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you — because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools.”

She called for “a balanced outcome” which would marry financial and emissions commitments from industrialized countries aimed at combating climate change with “the understanding of fairness that will guide long-term mitigation efforts.”

“Excellencies, the goddess Ixchel would probably tell you that a tapestry is the result of the skilful interlacing of many threads,” said Figueres, who hails from Costa Rica and started her greetings in Spanish before switching to English. “I am convinced that 20 years from now, we will admire the policy tapestry that you have woven together and think back fondly to Cancun and the inspiration of Ixchel.”

Delegates from 193 countries are gathered in Cancun for the two-week meeting, which kicked off today at 10:20 a.m. local time, or 11:20 a.m. Eastern. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a major proponent of action on climate change, attended the opening. Two weeks from now, we’ll have a sense of whether Ixchel — and the delegates — were listening to Figueres’s appeal.

COP16: Opening Press Briefing

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Yet another example of the occult influence running this planet! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/post-carbon/2010/11/cancun_talks_start_with_a_call.html

Fed Report Reveals Multi-Trillion Dollar Bankers “Shadow” Bailout

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December 3, 2010: Andre Damon / Global Research – December 3, 2010

Why aren’t the banksters behind bars? – SJH

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday posted details of its multi-trillion-dollar “shadow bailout” programs, showing that nearly every major US financial institution benefitted from billions in unreported government loans.

The data from 21,000 Fed transactions carried out between December 2007 and July 2010 involves eleven special lending facilities set up by the US central bank at the height of the financial crisis to funnel trillions of dollars into large financial companies.

The money was lent at close to zero interest with no strings attached. The banks and corporations on the receiving end of the massive bailout were not required to even report what they did with the government cash.

The vast scale of the bailout underscores the fraud of the endless claims that “there is no money” for jobs, mortgage relief or even extended unemployment benefits. The publication of the Fed data simultaneously with the refusal of Congress to extend long-term jobless benefits, Obama’s pay freeze for federal workers and the preparations to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich while slashing social programs and tax benefits for the working class, highlights the naked class interests pursued by the government and both big business parties.

The figures were released in accordance with a provision of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, passed in July, which was included over the objections of the Fed. The provision required the central bank to release by December 1 the list of banks and other corporations that benefited from its emergency lending facilities.

The figures released Wednesday cover only loans made by the Federal Reserve and do not include the Treasury’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s guarantees on bank debt.

The total in outstanding loans at any one time from the Fed’s various bailout programs reached $3.3 trillion, or more than one fifth of the gross domestic product of the United States. The aggregate amount loaned out, however, is in the tens of trillions. The loans provided by the Term Auction and Primary Dealer Credit facilities alone added up to nearly $13 billion.

The Primary Dealer Credit Facility, the largest program by transaction volume, made an aggregate $9 billion in overnight loans to the largest investment banks. The program, which started in early March 2008, made 1,381 transactions, averaging $6.5 billion.

Every major investment bank, including those that claimed to be healthy, used the facility. Goldman Sachs borrowed money from the facility 84 times between March 18, 2008 and November 26, 2008, with the largest transaction, amounting to $18 billion, taking place on October 15, 2008. Its loans under the program totaled $600 billion.

Merrill Lynch used the facility 226 times. Its largest overnight transaction, carried out September 26, 2008, was $35 billion.

Citing the repeated recourse of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to the Fed’s low-cost overnight loan facility, the Wall Street Journal editorialized Thursday: “This news makes it impossible to argue that either bank would have survived the storm without the Fed’s cash.”

The Journal went on to note that non-bank corporations also dipped into the government till: “The same goes for General Electric, which from late October to late November 2008 tapped the Fed’s Commercial Paper Funding Facility 12 times for more than $15 billion.”

Among the beneficiaries of the Fed’s program were foreign banks, including the London branches of Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and the US subsidiaries of UBS, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas.

The Term Auction Facility, which provided longer-term loans to a broader range of banks, lent a total of $3.8 billion. The average loan was $900 million.

The New York Times on Thursday noted that hedge funds and big investors made huge speculative profits from the Fed lending programs. One of these programs, the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), extended low-cost loans for firms to buy securities backed by mortgages, auto loans, student loans and other forms of commercial credit.

Among those who profited from such loans, the Times reported, was Kendrick R. Wilson III, a former executive at Goldman Sachs who had been a top aide to Henry Paulson, Bush’s treasury secretary and author of TARP and other bank bailout schemes.

The data also shows that 40 percent of the Federal Reserve’s lending to American International Group, the failed insurance giant, went to its life insurance subsidiaries, which were engaged in wild speculation and would have failed without the Fed bailout. The central bank provided these firms with billions of dollars in financing despite the fact that it had no mandate to regulate or assist them.

While the Federal Reserve insists that virtually all of the money given to the banks has been repaid, this does not alter the fact that upwards of $20 trillion of public funds was doled out to rescue Wall Street from the results of its own recklessness and criminality, and these virtually free loans enabled the banks to continue their speculative ways and reap hundreds of billions more in profits.

No small portion of the windfalls underwritten by the Fed and the Bush and Obama administrations went into the personal accounts of bank and hedge fund CEOs and top executives.

One of the ways the banks profited from the crisis was by using their low-cost government loans to buy Treasury securities, in other words, to lend the cash back to the government at double or quadruple the interest rate at which it was borrowed.

The scale of the bailout reflects the scale of the financial elite’s criminality. The entire boom of the Clinton and Bush years was based essentially on a Ponzi scheme. When it came crashing down, as it was inevitably bound to do, the public treasury was looted to make good the financial aristocracy’s losses.

While most of the Federal Reserve emergency programs were wrapped up by 2010, the government has continued to hide losses incurred from them. For instance, the Federal Reserve is holding over $1 trillion of largely worthless mortgage-backed securities on its balance sheet, insisting that they can eventually be sold at full price.

The direct beneficiaries of these policies were the super-rich. Wall Street used its repayment of the TARP loans in 2009, at least in part with money loaned by the Fed, as an excuse to award itself record bonuses. The largest Wall Street firms set aside $145 billion for compensation that year, breaking every previous record.

Bloomberg: Ron Paul On Criminal Fed Bailouts – December 1, 2010

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: How much more evidence do we have to present to the American people before they wake up and realize how they are being systematically robbed by a private criminal organization in an act of treason against the United States of America?! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22242

US X-37B Space Plane Prepares To Return To Earth After 9 Months

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December 3, 2010: Alok Jha (Science Correspondent) / guardian.co.uk – December 1, 2010

It looks like a miniature space shuttle, complete with solar panels for power and a cargo bay to carry satellites or scientific experiments into orbit. But unlike the venerable Discovery, Endeavour or Atlantis, the US Air Force’s X-37B space plane comes without one crucial element: human astronauts.

The space plane has been circling the Earth for the past nine months and will land some time this week at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Officially known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, it has been flying as a technology testbed for the next generation of space vehicles.

The X-37 project was started by Nasa in the late 1990s as a way of getting into space more cheaply and was adopted by the military a few years later. The first flight was designed to test equipment, sensors and materials in a space environment, with a view to using these in future space-based technologies.

Exact details of the mission, including costs, have been classified by the military, though amateur astronomers have watched the orbits of the X-37B as it has travelled around the Earth since its launch in April.

According to Space.com, the first mission will emphasise the testing of “technologies necessary for long duration reusable space vehicles with autonomous re-entry and landing capabilities”. The plane is designed for low-Earth orbits, similar to the civilian space shuttle.

The space plane is around 9 metres long and has a wingspan of 4.5m, compared to the 37m-long and 23.8m-wingspan space shuttle. It can orbit at similar speeds of up to 17,500mph. But, unlike its iconic cousin, the X-37B is designed to stay in space for months at a time before landing, by itself, on a runway. The plane’s landing this week will be the US space programme’s first attempt at an autonomous re-entry from orbit.

Roger Handberg of the political science department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando told Space.com that the X-37B was a natural extension of the US military’s forays into unmanned aerial vehicles, which are increasingly being used in warzones for reconnaissance or to drop bombs.

“From the perspective of international observers – especially in space-aspiring states such as China, the X-37B programme just reinforces their view that the US is pushing to gain first mover advantage in rapid response including possible weaponisation of space using this vehicle or a derivative.”

The USAF plans to fly another X-37B in the spring.

RT: US X-37B Secret Space Plane

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And just how much did we pay for this new high tech war machine while countless millions of Americans are homeless and jobless as Congress just cut off any benefits to millions of our people from no fault of their own? We are headed down the path to WWIII at breakneck speed… – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/01/space-vehicle-earth