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New York Car Bomb Incident: Another False Flag?

(TPV)   New York Times writers Al Baker and William Rashbaum headlined, “Police Find Car Bomb in Times Square,” saying:

“A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a ‘smoking’ Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers on a warm and busy night.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed “We were very lucky. We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”

For much of the evening, Midtown New York, from 43rd – 48th streets, was closed, heightening fear reported for hours on cable news shows, including statements by Bloomberg, Governor David Paterson, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, saying the bomb “appeared (to be) in the process of detonating, but it malfunctioned.”

Good luck or something else? We’ve seen this too often not to be suspicious. This one, like others, has all the earmarks of a false flag, more likely given its coverage and location in Times Square on Saturday night, followed by a May 2 video saying the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

Who could imagine they had a branch office in New York, and no one even noticed. At least that’s the impression from media disinformation, hyped to spread fear and prepare the public for what’s to come, perhaps something much worse.

In addition, like previous times, a suspect is already in custody, a Muslim, of course, as part of the anti-Islamic post-9/11 rage, and given how abusively he may be treated (including frightening threats of life in prison or the death penalty), perhaps will confess to anything or make it appear that he did so headlines can blare it.

According to Reuters, a statement on an Islamic web site (http://www.muslm.net/vb/showthread.php?t=387309) said:

“The Pakistani Taliban announces its responsibility for the New York attack in revenge for the two leaders al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir and Muslim martyrs.”

Videos are easy to fake, including strategically timed bin Laden ones, exposed by digital experts as fakes, aside from convincing evidence he died in 2001.

See David Ray Griffin’s important book titled, “Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?” In his latest April 30 article, “Did Osama Bin Laden Confess to the 9/11 Attacks, and Did He Die in 2001,” Griffin notes his book’s convincing evidence of his death, that if so, proves all subsequent video and audio tapes attributed to him are fakes.

According to Hactor Factor’s Neal Krawetz, bogus ones are characterized by low quality visual and audio splices and more. His analysis of a September 2007 video showed bin Laden’s beard black when in earlier images it’s gray. It also had him dressed in a white hat, shirt and yellow sweater, precisely the same attire as in October 2004. In addition, the background, lighting, desk and camera angle were the same.

Most obvious were the edits, showing obvious splices, at least six video ones and even more for audio that appeared to be words and phrases spliced together.

Videos like these are easy to make as are special effects clever enough to make anyone look like bin Laden, convincingly enough to fool the public, especially when media reports hype them.

Post-9/11, it’s vital to remind the public by strategically timed “Enemy Number One” bin Laden incidents and the “security threat” he represents. If he didn’t exist, he’d have to be invented so why not perpetuate the myth, omitting that he was a CIA asset and likely remained one until his death.

Noteworthy is that CBS News anchor Dan Rather reported that he was admitted to a Rawalpindi, Pakistan hospital on September 10, 2001, and France’s Le Figaro said:

“Dubai….was the backdrop of a secret meeting between Osama bin Laden and the local CIA agent in July (2001). A partner of the administration of the American Hospital….claims that (bin Laden) stayed (there) between the 4th and 14th of July (and) received visits from many members of his family as well as prominent Saudis and Emiratis. (During the same period), the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking (the hospital’s) main elevator (to) bin Laden’s room.” Why not if he was a valued asset.

On May 2, the Israeli news website Debka.com featured an “Exclusive Report” saying:

“On April 30, twenty-four hours before a smoking SUV Nissan containing an improvised bomb was defused (in) Times Square….the Pakistani Taliban’s top bomb-maker, Qari Hussain Mehsud, took ‘full responsibility for the recent attack in the USA’ in an audiotape with images on a You Tube website.”

Saying no proof of overseas involvement was forensically found, “DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources” noted similarities between the New York bomb and earlier 2005 and 2007 ones in London and Glasgow, Scotland respectively. In each case, they used propane and failed to detonate – the Glasgow one, in fact, causing the car used to burn but not cause a major catastrophe.

DEBKA also quoted Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud saying on an April 4 nine minute tape that “The time is very near when our fedayeen will attack the American states in the major cities.” Earlier, Qari Hussein Mehsud “warned NATO governments to denounce the US and apologize for the ‘massacres in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistani tribal areas – otherwise be prepared for the worst destruction and devastation in their own countries.’ ”

A mid-April Debka report had Iran threatening to retaliate against US cities with nuclear weapons if they’re used against Iranian cities or sites.

“For the first time, DEBKAfile’s military sources (IDF and/or Mossad ones stoking fear) report, Tehran indicated the possibility of passing nuclear devices to terrorists capable of striking inside the United States….Although Iran has yet to attain operational nuclear arms, our military sources believe it does possess the makings of primitive nuclear devices or ‘dirty bombs.’ ”

With no supportive evidence, these type reports hype fear to prepare the public for what’s to come, so if a planned major terrorist event in a Western city, there’s a ready suspect to blame and popular approval to act.

Noted Previous False Flags

The historic record is full of false flags, some especially noteworthy. Below are a few examples:

— in 1898, America falsely accused Spain of blowing up the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba harbor. The Spanish-American war followed;

— in 1933 Germany, a week before general elections, the strategically timed Reichstag fire (home of the German parliament) was blamed on communists. It got President Paul von Hindenburg to sign an emergency decree. Civil liberties were suspended. Weimar Republic democracy ended, and Hitler assumed fascist powers after enough Nazis were elected to assure it;

— on August 31, 1939, Nazis impersonating Polish terrorists attacked the Gleiwitz radio station on the border between the two countries, starting WW II;

— on December 7, 1941, the Roosevelt administration succeeded in manipulating Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, giving FDR the war he wanted from the early 1930s, but had to convince a pacifist public of the threat; the fleet was also tracked across the Pacific, but Admiral HE Kimmel wasn’t warned or given known intelligence to assure enough mass casualties for congressional and public support;

— in 1962, a US Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed false flag attack never happened because President Jack Kennedy rejected it; called Operation Northwoods (a part of Operation Mongoose), the scheme included sinking US ships, shooting down US commercial airliners, blowing up buildings in US cities, attacking America’s Guantanamo base, other incidents, and blaming it on Cuba as a reason for war;

— the fake August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident initiating full-scale retaliation against North Vietnam after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing war without declaring it; and the seminal event of our time –

— September 11, 2001, clear evidence showing it was a false flag, the Afghan and Iraq wars made possible by fear-mongering blame on the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.

On February 16, 2010, a Washington’s blog web site (georgewashington2.blogspot.com) article titled, “Governments ADMIT That They Carry Out False Flag Terror” listed some examples, including:

— the CIA admitting its 1950s role in toppling Iran’s democratically government in 1953;

— Israel admitting a 1954 attack in Egypt, including planting bombs in US diplomatic facilities, leaving “evidence” of Arab involvement;

— Indonesia’s former president, Abdurrahman Wahid, saying the nation’s police or military most likely were involved in the 2002 Bali bombing, killing over 200 people;

— a former Italian prime minister, judge, and military counterintelligence head, General Gianadelio Maletti, saying America’s CIA instigated and abetted right wing terrorist groups in the 1970s and earlier, including bombing a Milan bank in 1969, to rally popular anti-communist support in Italy and other European countries; and

— many others, including former Carter administration National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, telling a Senate committee that a false flag terror attack on US soil might occur to blame Iran and justify war.

In his 1997 book, “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives,” he said:

“Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat,” the kind 9/11 created – predicted, planned, orchestrated, and carried out to further new world order dominance globally.

Other False Flag Examples

(1) The March 2004 Madrid train bombings occurred three days before Spain’s general elections. With no supportive evidence, they were blamed on Al Qaeda, yet they stoked public fear and were used to warn that other Western cities were threatened, including in America.

Nearly always, Muslims are blamed and arrested, the DEBKAfile citing advance bin Laden tapes threatening to punish Spain for supporting the Bush administration. This time, Basque separatists were also named, again without evidence, and the bin Laden tapes were fakes.

(2) The July 7, 2005 London underground bombings (called 7/7) were a series of attacks on the city’s public transport system during the morning rush hour for maximum disruption and casualties. At precisely the same time, an anti-terror drill occurred, simulating real attacks. It was no coincidence this time or ever, others in America and Britain coming on the same day as a real event, other notable ones covered below.

AP reported that the London Israeli embassy warned Scotland Yard about the 7/7 one in advance, and Israeli Army Radio reported that “Scotland Yard had intelligence warnings of the attacks a short time before they occurred,” but didn’t act or issue warnings. In addition, Israel’s finance minister at the time, Benjamin Netanyahu, was told not to attend an economic conference in the city where he was scheduled to deliver an address.

Other dignitaries were also warned, but not the public. Even without smoking gun proof, the 7/7 attack was a false flag operation to heighten fear and keep Britain and the West embroiled in war.

(3) On the morning of the 9/11 attack, the CIA ran a “pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building.” Held at the Agency’s Chantilly, Virginia Reconnaissance Office, AP reported (on August 22, 2002) that it simulated “a small corporate jet (hitting) one of the four towers….after experiencing a mechanical failure.”

Unmentioned at the time was a later revealed (but unreported) Homeland Security conference announcement a year later to commemorate the 9/11 event. Held under the auspices of the National Law Enforcement and Security Institute, one of its speakers was John Fulton, CIA Chief of the Strategic War Gaming Division of the National Reconnaissance office in charge of the operation. Another coincidence, or was something more sinister afoot?

The previous year in October, the Pentagon simulated a commercial plane striking the Pentagon, coordinated by its Command Emergency Response Team and the Defense Protective Services Police. This and the 9/11 exercises are more than coincidental, given what’s now known and the fallout.

(4) On June 30, 2007, a Jeep Cherokee with propane canisters crashed into Glasgow International Airport’s glass doors, the BBC reporting that it “was in the middle of the doorway burning….The car didn’t actually explode. There were a few pops and bangs which presumably was the petrol.”

The usual suspects were blamed, Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorists, Prime Minister Gordon Brown saying:

“We are dealing, in general terms, with people who are associated with Al Qaeda,” followed by his initiating draconian security measures, hyped by the UK Telegraph saying:

An “unknown Al Qaeda terrorist cell (was) thought to be preparing to launch a series of Baghdad-style car bombings.” Another Telegraph article mentioned Washington’s involvement with UK authorities in hyping the threat, and an ABC News report suggested foreknowledge of the incident based on advance warnings (by unnamed intelligence officials) of Al Qaeda “target(ing) nightclubs and other soft targets….All of this comes just three weeks after what was described as an Al Qaeda graduation ceremony for suicide bombers at a training camp in Pakistan.”

Fear mongering and false flags? Draw your own conclusions, understanding the need to stoke fear to keep public support for the “war on terror,” the loss of civil liberties for “security,” the Afghan and Iraq wars, and whatever else may be planned.

(5) the Christmas 2009 airliner incident involving Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen on an Amsterdam – Detroit bound flight. US officials claimed he was trained in Yemen by Al Qaeda, obtained explosive chemicals (PETN), and tried to detonate them on board.

In a December 29 Russia Today interview, Webster Tarpley called him a “protected (CIA) patsy (for a) provocation designed to facilitate US meddling in (Yemen’s) civil war (pitting) the Saudi-backed central government against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels,” being bombed by US and Saudi air strikes.

Abdulmutallab was denied a UK entrance visa, wasn’t on a No Fly List, paid cash for a one-way ticket to Detroit, checked no luggage, had a US visa but no passport, and was helped on board by a “well-dressed Indian” to facilitate the likely false flag plot using him as a convenient dupe.

The Wayne Madsen Report called the incident a false flag operation “carried out by (the) intelligence tripartite grouping of CIA, Mossad, and India’s Research Analysis Wing (RAW).” Earlier they conspired with “former Afghan KHAD intelligence agents to assassinate former Pakistani Prime Minister Benezir Bhutto….to destabilize Pakistan” for planned balkanization, the same scheme planned for Afghanistan and already implemented in Iraq.

Madsen explained that Abdulmutallab’s PETN was “weak, technically deficient,” failed to go off properly, and if so would have had the impact of an exploding fire cracker.

Madsen also reported that the same tripartite CIA, Mossad, and RAW alliance was behind the November 2008 Mumbai, India attacks, killing nearly 200 and wounding hundreds more. Webster Tarpley said almost for certain Pakistan’s ISI radical wing was involved, and that Indian and Mossad operatives conduct regular cross-border missions into Pakistan from India and Afghanistan.

(6) Make of it what you will, but in Miami on January 11, 2010 (one day before Haiti’s earthquake), the Pentagon’s US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) simulated a hurricane striking Haiti in preparation for subsequent measures to be implemented, that, in fact, would be a carefully planned military operation for occupation, control, and planned plunder.

Also, Deputy SOUTHCOM head, General PK Keen, was in Haiti when the quake struck, ready to assume command when it did and use a communication tool called the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project (TISC), linking other nations and NGOs with the Pentagon and US government to facilitate measures to be implemented, none to help Haitians.

Final Comments

As long as imperial ambitions and rogue agencies like CIA and their foreign counterparts exist, false flag operations will be commonplace, the May 1 New York one the latest example, and maybe a forerunner of what’s to come – another 9/11 some believe, far worse than the first one, perhaps involving a nuclear incident in a US city. Then using it as a pretext for more war and to divert attention from America’s deepening economic crisis, likely to erupt in protests because of Washington’s indifference to millions affected.

Whether or not the direst predictions occur will only be known in the fullness of time. In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates as events unfold, and be prepared for the worst.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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9/11 Truth Outreach Ritten House Square this sunday 3/21 Philadelphia PA

Sun 2:00 PM Location
Ritten House Sq. (North East Corner)
18th & Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.
— Ron Paul, M.D.

Are you serious about helping your fellow beings? Are your intentions in alignment with your actions? If so, join us for a couple hours of public education and make some friends while doing it!

As part of our relentless quest for peace and freedom, we must consistently educate the misinformed with truth. Our goal is to present the unaware with information that inspires them to ask questions, so together we can demand answers. Due to the importance of the information, these outreaches will be conducted on a monthly basis. The meetups take place on or around the 11th of each month out of respect for those lost during the mass deception that took place on September 11th, 2001.

Historically, the mainstream media has either ignored or discredited the most significant of issues, except to use them as weapons of fear and confusion. In order to take a more proactive approach, join us for this peaceful outreach, during which time we will display thought-provoking signs and informative posters, pass out literature, and engage in constructive conversation with people who pass by. Possible topics of revelation may include, but are not limited to, the economy, 9/11 issues, compulsory health care, and other related subjects such as those found on our home page.

Note 1: If you would like to help us set up, please arrive by 1:45 PM. Thanks!

Note 2: Please bring any supportive materials that you have! For example – DVDs, magazines, flyers, posters, signs.

Note 3: Due to the controversial nature of our topics, we are likely to face some resistance and possibly adversity. Thus, participants are advised to conduct themselves in a dignified, respectful, and non-confrontational manner that is aligned with the goals of our group.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
— Thomas Jefferson

The Disturbing Truth About HR 4298

2009 saw a flurry of new gun control legislation introduced in the house. And to
cap it off we have HR 4298 intorduced by Mrs Mccarthy out of New York, as to be expected.
This bill is disturbing on several levels, because it not only targets people who buy guns,
it also targets gun dealers. It targets specific areas of the country namely
(A) the Southwest Border;

(B) the I-95 corridor between Miami and Boston;

(C) Northern rural Mississippi to Chicago;

(D) Northern Indiana to Chicago;

(E) the triangle between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix; and

(F) Birmingham to Chicago

So the language in this bill is vague can be selectively enforced as the “law enforcer”
seems fit. Imagine this, you go to a gun show in Philadelphia and purchase 2 handguns and you had ammunition that was for these weapons in your car because you knew you were going to buy these weapons and needed some rounds for target shooting. And on your drive home you miss your exit on I95 and have to drive into to New jersey to make a u-turn, and in the process you get stopped by Ewing police for some reason. In New jersey it’s illegal for anyone to transport a handgun that doesn’t have a state issued firearms identification card. You live in Bucks County which makes it impossible to get. So your stuck in violation of state law, and the officer notices your anxious and deems he has probable cause to search your vechile. So in this a very realistic scenario, you the citizen whos only mistake was missing your exit can put you in jail for up to 20 years. Here’s the bill, its not long so read it and see if you interpet it the same as I do

Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)

HR 4298 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4298
To prevent gun trafficking in the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 11, 2009
Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York (for herself, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mrs. MALONEY, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. MCGOVERN, and Mr. QUIGLEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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A BILL
To prevent gun trafficking in the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009′.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds and declares that–

(1) in the United States, the black market is the source for guns used in more than 90 percent of gun crimes;

(2) nearly 90 percent of the guns used in gun crimes in New York City, New York come from other States;

(3) according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2008, in the United States, 2/3 of all murders committed resulted from the use of a firearm, and 2,364 people under the age of 22 were murdered with a firearm;

(4) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (in this section referred to as the `ATF’) crime gun trace reports show that only about 1 percent of licensed firearms arms dealers supply nearly 60 percent of crime gun traces;

(5) ATF has found that Straw Purchasers are the largest source of guns trafficked into the illegal market;

(6) then Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan’s April 19, 2007, testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, named as `significant regional, national and international trafficking corridors’–

(A) the Southwest Border;

(B) the I-95 corridor between Miami and Boston;

(C) Northern rural Mississippi to Chicago;

(D) Northern Indiana to Chicago;

(E) the triangle between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix; and

(F) Birmingham to Chicago;

(7) there are approximately 2500 agents, and 600 Industry Operator Investigators (in this section referred to as the `IOI’) for the 115,000 Federal Firearm Licensees in the United States;

(8) the average cycle of inspection is 7 to 10 years; and

(9) ATF needs more resources to prevent guns from falling into the hands of those persons not legally allowed to possess them.

SEC. 3. TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS.

(a) In General- Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

`Sec. 932. Trafficking in firearms

`(a) In General-

`(1) OFFENSE- It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly, regardless of whether anything of value is exchanged–

`(A) to ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose to a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such disposition would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year;

`(B) to receive from a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year;

`(C) except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to make materially false statements to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of 2 or more firearms that have moved in or affected interstate or foreign commerce, for the person, or for or on behalf of any other person; or

`(D) to direct, promote, or facilitate conduct specified in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).

`(2) PENALTY- Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

`(3) APPLICATION-

`(A) AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE- It is an affirmative defense to any prosecution for a violation of subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) of this subsection or a violation of paragraph (1)(D) of this subsection that relates to conduct specified in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) that the firearm at issue was transferred only after a background check on the actual buyer pursuant to section 922(t) indicated that the actual buyer’s receipt of the firearm would not violate section 922(g) or (n) or State law.

`(B) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection–

`(i) the term `term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year’ does not include any offense classified by such jurisdiction as a misdemeanor and punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less; and

`(ii) the term `actual buyer’ means the individual for whom the firearm is being purchased, as described in paragraph (1)(C).

`(C) PURCHASE- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a firearm that is–

`(i) lawfully acquired by a person to be given to another person not prohibited from possessing a firearm under Federal, State, or local law as a gift; or

`(ii) lawfully received or otherwise acquired by a court-appointed trustee, receiver, or conservator for, or on behalf of, an estate or creditor or by a person to carry out a bequest, or an acquisition by intestate succession under the laws of the State of residence of the person.

`(b) Sentencing Guidelines Enhancements- Pursuant to its authority under section 994(p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission shall amend the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to provide for an appropriate increase in the offense level for each of the following violations of this section, if the offense involves the shipping, transporting, transferring, disposing of, or receiving–

`(1) more than 4, but fewer than 15 firearms;

`(2) more than 14, but fewer than 25 firearms;

`(3) more than 24 but fewer than 100 firearms; and

`(4) 100 or more firearms.

`(c) Organizer- If a violation of subsection (a) is committed by a person in concert with 5 or more other persons with respect to whom such person occupies a position of organizer, a supervisory position, or any other position of management, that person may be sentenced to an additional term of imprisonment of not more than 5 consecutive years.

`(d) Conspiracy- Any person who attempts or conspires to commit any offense defined in this section may be subject to the same penalties, including those under subsections (b) and (c), as those prescribed for the completed offense.’.

(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- The table of sections of chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`932. Trafficking in firearms.’.

SEC. 4. CRACKING DOWN ON CORRUPT GUN DEALERS.

(a) In General- Section 923 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking subsections (e) and (f) and inserting the following:

`(e)(1) If the holder of a license issued under this section knowingly violates any provision of this chapter, chapter 53 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), or section 1001 of this title, or any rule or regulation as prescribed by the Attorney General, the Attorney General may–

`(A) assess on the licensee a civil penalty of not more than $2,500; and

`(B) suspend for not more than 6 months, or revoke, any license issued under this section.

`(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Attorney General may, after notice and opportunity for hearing, assess a civil penalty on, or suspend or revoke any license issued to, a licensee under this section, if the licensee fails to have secure gun storage or safety devices available at any place in which firearms are sold under the license to persons who are not licensees.

`(B) Subparagraph (A) shall not apply in any case in which a secure gun storage or safety device is temporarily unavailable because of theft, casualty loss, consumer sales, backorders from a manufacturer, or any other similar reason beyond the control of the licensee, the dealer shall not be considered to be in violation of the requirement to make available such a device.

`(3) The Attorney General may, after notice and opportunity for hearing, assess a civil penalty on, or suspend or revoke the license of a dealer who knowingly transfers armor piercing ammunition.

`(4) The Attorney General may suspend or revoke any license issued under this section if the holder of the license has been indicted for knowingly violating any provision of this chapter, chapter 53 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), or section 1001 of this title in a manner that could create a threat to public safety.

`(f)(1) Any person whose application for a license is denied and any holder of a license which is suspended or revoked or who is assessed a civil penalty shall receive written notice from the Attorney General stating specifically the grounds upon which the application was denied or upon which the license was suspended or revoked or the civil penalty assessed. Any notice of a fine, suspension, or revocation of a license shall be given to the holder of the license not less than 14 days before the effective date of the suspension, revocation, or imposition of a civil penalty, unless the Attorney General determines that good cause exists to waive such notification requirement, in which case notification shall be given as soon as practicable.

`(2) If the Attorney General denies an application for a license, or suspends or revokes a license, or assesses a civil penalty, the Attorney General shall, upon request by the aggrieved party, promptly hold a hearing to review the denial, suspension, revocation, or assessment. A hearing under this paragraph shall be held at a location convenient to the aggrieved party and shall be conducted pursuant to chapter 5 of title 5.

`(3) If, after a hearing held under paragraph (2), the Attorney General decides not to reverse the decision to deny an application or suspend or revoke a license or assess a civil penalty, the Attorney General shall give notice in writing of the decision to the aggrieved party. The aggrieved party may at any time within 60 days after the date of notice is given under this paragraph file a petition with the United States district court for the district in which the party resides or in which the party’s principal place of business is located for judicial review of the denial, suspension, revocation, or assessment. Such judicial review shall be conducted pursuant to chapter 7 of title 5. If the court decides that the Attorney General was not authorized to deny the application or to suspend or revoke the license or to assess the civil penalty, the court shall order the Attorney General to take such action as may be necessary to comply with the judgment of the court.’.

(b) Technical and Conforming Amendments-

(1) SECTION 925 OF TITLE 18- Section 925 of title 18, United States Code, is amended–

(A) by striking subsection (b);

(B) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (b), (c), (d), and (e), respectively; and

(C) in subsection (e), as redesignated, by striking `under subsection (d)’ and inserting `under subsection (c)’.

(2) SECTION 922 OF TITLE 18- Section 922(d) of title 18, United States Code, is amended in the matter following paragraph (9)–

(A) by striking `subsection (b) of section 925′ and inserting `section 923(e)(4)’; and

(B) by striking `subsection (c)’ and inserting `subsection (b)’.

(3) ARMS EXPORT AND CONTROL ACT- Section 38(b)(1)(B)(i) of the Arms Export and Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778(b)(1)(B)(i)) is amended by striking `section 925(e)’ and inserting `section 925(d)’.

(4) ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954- Section 161A of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2201a) is amended by striking `section 925(d)(3)’ and inserting `section 925(c)(3)’.

SEC. 5. CHANGE THE STANDARD FOR GUN SELLER FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE APPROVAL.

Section 923(d)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended–

(1) in subparagraph (C), by striking `willfully’ and inserting `knowingly’; and

(2) in subparagraph (D), by striking `willfully’ and inserting `knowingly’.

SEC. 6. STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR RECORD-KEEPING VIOLATIONS.

Section 924(a)(3) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking `one year’ and inserting `3 years’.

SEC. 7. CRACKING DOWN ON HIGH RISK GUN DEALERS.

Section 923 of title 18, United States Code is amended by adding the following:

`(m)(1) At least once every year, the Attorney General shall identify licensed firearms dealers who have a heightened risk of firearms being diverted to criminal use based on criteria determined by the Attorney General which may include 2 or more of the following:

`(A) Short time-to-crime for crime guns traced to a dealer.

`(B) Incomplete crime gun trace results for firearms sold by a dealer.

`(C) Significant or frequently reported firearm losses or thefts by a dealer.

`(D) Violations of Federal firearms laws by a dealer.

`(E) Any additional criteria determined by the Attorney General.

`(2)(A) The Attorney General may impose special conditions on dealers determined to be subject to a heightened risk of diversion under paragraph (1) after written notice 14 days in advance, including–

`(i) inspection or examination of inventory and records, notwithstanding subsection (g)(1)(B);

`(ii) requirements that the dealer secure firearms at its business premises in a manner to be determined by the Attorney General;

`(iii) mandatory inventory check and reconciliation of firearms at the business premises by the dealer in a manner to be determined by the Attorney General and notwithstanding any other provision of Federal law;

`(iv) notwithstanding section 922(t)(1)(B)(ii), a requirement that the dealer not complete firearm sales or transfers until the national instant criminal background check system has informed the dealer that the sale or transfer may proceed; and

`(v) require that the dealer and employees undergo special training in how to avoid illegal sales.

`(B) Conditions may be imposed on a dealer identified as a high-risk dealer under this paragraph for no longer than 1 year, unless the Attorney General determines that the dealer continues to have a heightened risk of firearms being diverted to criminal use. The Attorney General shall notify the dealer in writing of any such conditions imposed on such dealer.

`(3) After the Attorney General has identified a dealer as a high-risk dealer and has imposed conditions on that dealer, a knowing violation by the dealer of any condition imposed under this subsection shall be considered a willful violation of this chapter, for the purposes of section 924(a)(1)(D).

`(4)(A) Any dealer identified as a high-risk dealer under paragraph (1) may challenge the designation by requesting a hearing in writing to review within 60 days after notice of such designation.

`(B) If after a hearing held under subparagraph (A) the Attorney General decides not to reverse the designation of the dealer as a high-risk dealer, the Attorney General shall give notice of the decision to the dealer. The dealer may at any time within 60 days after the date notice is given under this subparagraph file a petition with the United States district court for the district in which the party resides or in which the party’s principal place of business is located for judicial review of the Attorney General’s designation. Such judicial review shall be conducted pursuant to chapter 7 of title 5.

`(5) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the authority of the Attorney General under section 926.’.

SEC. 8. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE STUDY ON LOST AND STOLEN FIREARMS.

(a) Definitions- For the purposes of this section, the term `firearm’–

(1) means any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive and the frame or receiver of any such weapon; and

(2) does not include an antique firearm, as defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code.

(b) Study- The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on firearms in the United States that are lost or stolen during commercial shipping, including–

(1) determining the number of firearms that are lost or stolen during commercial shipping on average per year;

(2) identifying how firearms are being lost or stolen during commercial shipping;

(3) what efforts, if any, to reduce the number of firearms that are lost or stolen during commercial shipping are being made by–

(A) Federal law enforcement agencies;

(B) firearm manufacturers;

(C) firearm dealers; and

(D) shipping companies that transport firearms; and

(4) the role that firearms lost or stolen during commercial shipping play in interstate and international gun trafficking.

(c) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report that contains–

(1) the results of the study required under subsection (a); and

(2) recommendations for how to reduce the number of firearms that are lost or stolen during commercial shipping.

SEC. 9. AUTHORITY TO HIRE PERSONNEL TO ADDRESS TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS.

(a) In General- The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may hire additional personnel sufficient for a firearms trafficking team of additional agents, Industry Operations Investigators, and analysts that would enable the average inspections rate of gun dealers to operate on a 3-year inspection cycle.

(b) Authority To Hire Personnel To Address Trafficking in Firearms-

(1) IN GENERAL- The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shall hire 500 additional Industry Operations Investigators and 1000 additional Special Agents, subject to the availability of appropriations, for the purpose of addressing trafficking in firearms, as described in section 932 of title 18, United States Code, as added by this Act.

(2) AUTHORITY- There are authorized to be appropriated for the hiring and maintenance of 500 additional Industry Operations Investigators and 1000 additional Special Agents–

(A) $65,593,500 for fiscal year 2011, to hire 125 Industry Operations Investigators and 250 Special Agents;

(B) $153,735,425 for fiscal year 2012, to hire 125 Industry Operations Investigators and 250 Special Agents;

(C) $268,199,200 for fiscal year 2013, to hire 125 Industry Operations Investigators and 250 Special Agents; and

(D) $387,741,186 for fiscal year 2014, to hire 125 Industry Operations Investigators and 250 Special Agents

Gold coins to bear UN logo

(The United Nations (UN) has licensed the minting of gold bullion coins bearing its logo to provide a “public option” world savings currency.

According to the Vancouver Examiner, Oro gold coins are hoped to contribute to making the UN better funded by 2015, with revenue rising by ten to 15 per cent.

The coins are set to be produced in Europe and then distributed globally, with any licensee able to produce such bullion under contract.

Armand Dufour of the European Bank says that he welcomes the introduction of the gold coins.

However, he goes on to add that there is a danger that if the US dollar weakens, there will be a strong move towards the Oro.

In turn this could potentially drive the value of the coin up to a level where international governments will not allow it to be circulated.

UN coins were previously made purely for commemoration in the 1970s, but they hold no monetary value.

http://www.gold.org/news/2009/12/16/story/13674/gold_coins_to_bear_the_un_logo/

New Times Spins Protests in Copenhagen

(CRAIG MOTYKA)   COPENHAGEN — Perhaps the strangest sight at protests that turned violent here on Wednesday was a group of young men and women in fur coats and white bow ties who came bearing Champagne, fistfuls of dollar bills and grapes on a silver platter.

The group, which called itself Lobbyists for Profitable Climate Solutions, called on other protesters to stop their “global whining.” Corporations are already working hard enough to save the planet, they argued.

“We are very inspired by the International Chamber of Commerce,” said Morten Anderson, a 21-year-old from near Copenhagen who almost managed to keep a straight face while speaking for the group. “A great global market for trading carbon will solve matters related to the climate.”

The police said 260 people were arrested during the day of protests, in which demonstrators also tried to scale fences and descend on the conference center where international delegates are meeting on climate change. That brought the total detained since the meeting began Dec. 7 to 1,800.

The demonstrations bore many of the hallmarks of rallies that have accompanied other international policy meetings in recent years.

The organizers of the march to the Bella Center, a group called Climate Justice Action, said they were pushing for radical measures to curb global warming in the final days of the conference. Yet the protests also seemed to reflect an enduring frustration with the capitalist world order.

One of the most prominent slogans on placards was “System Change, Not Climate Change.” Members of groups like La Via Campesina, an international movement of farmers from the developing world, were among those at the head of the march.

The protesters said they were determined to enter the building and hold a “people’s assembly.”

As the helmeted police closed in, nearly pushing some protesters off the road and into a watery marsh, the protesters chanted “Anti, anti, capitalista!” before drawing back a few hundred yards to proceed with the assembly.

Some protesters tried to cross a stretch of water around the conference center on inflatable rafts tied together to form a makeshift pontoon bridge, but they were also stopped.

The rally brought together climate activists; representatives of countries suffering from drought, floods or other phenomena linked to global warming; and indigenous peoples. Speakers denounced markets, consumerism and animal cruelty, and asserted that wealthy northern countries owed a debt to the poor south.

Although there was a revolutionary fervor in the air, many of the protesters had specific objections to the way the United Nations organized the conference and controlled access. Some complained that the authorities had moved to limit participation by campaign groups.

“They can’t make decisions without us,” insisted Gopal Dayaneni, 40, one speaker at the open-air assembly. Mr. Dayaneni, a member of an environmental justice group in Oakland, Calif., called Movement Generation, said that the meeting was “corrupted by back-room deals.”

The ranks of demonstrators spanned generations as well as continents.

After the group she had been part of scattered to a nearby apartment complex, Vicky Moller, 63, of Wales, leaned against a support column for the Metro railway that runs above the road leading to and from the Bella Center.

With one bare hand, she clutched the corner of a “Save Our Climate” quilt she had made, and held her coat closed against the cold wind with the other. When a fellow protester walked by and offered her a pair of gloves, she gladly accepted.

Ms. Moller, who said she wrote the environmental pages for her local newspaper, traveled to Copenhagen as part of a British group called the Camp for Climate Action. “I feel that grass-roots organizations are more effective than governments,” she said.

She said she had no confidence that negotiators in the Bella Center had the planet’s best interests in mind, although she allowed that if they did commit themselves to emissions cuts, it would be a good start.

But she lamented the underlying premise of the negotiations. “The wrong thing is on the table,” she said. “They’re talking about emissions, instead of not pulling fossil fuels out of the ground.”

Senate Set to Vote on Another Anti-gun Judge

(AMMOLAND)   Here we go again.

First, there was Sonia Sotomayor. Then there was David Hamilton.

Now, we have another radical, anti-gun judge that has been nominated for the federal judiciary. His name is Louis Butler, and he is so radical, he was twice rejected by the people of Wisconsin (which is, by the way, one of the most liberal states in our union).

When Louis Butler first ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court — the voters rejected him by a 2-1 margin. When he was appointed to that court by Democrat Governor Jim Doyle and then stood for retention by the voters, they again rejected him. This was the first time a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court was rejected by the voters in more than 40 years.

More importantly, Louis Butler opposes the rights of gun owners. The right to bear arms in the Wisconsin Constitution expressly notes that this right is for personal security and “any other lawful purpose.” But in State v. Fischer, Judge Butler was the deciding vote in 2006 to hold that a Wisconsin statute barring carrying a concealed weapon for any purpose, at any time, including in a vehicle, does not violate this right to personal security that the voters of Wisconsin chose to expressly protect in their state constitution.

So he ignored the state constitution in order to impose his anti-gun views on the people of Wisconsin.

After the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Heller case upholding Second Amendment gun rights in 2008, Louis Butler spoke at an Obama for President fundraiser and specifically mentioned “gun control” as an issue that potential Obama appointees would impact.

“Gun control,” Butler said, “may ultimately be decided, and the new appointees can tip the very balance of the court. [The] background, personal beliefs and policy decisions of the justices selected will influence how they will vote on the difficult cases before them.”

There you have it. He is a radical activist who wants to move the courts — and our country — in a new direction. We’ve already had enough “hope and change” for a lifetime. We don’t need another federal judge who will use his radical “personal beliefs” to reshape our society.

ACTION: Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to OPPOSE the nomination of Judge Louis Butler as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. Butler was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and could now be voted on by the full Senate at any time.

You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center below to send your senators the pre-written e-mail message.
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm


—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator:

Please OPPOSE the nomination of Louis Butler as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

When Louis Butler first ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court — the voters rejected him by a 2-1 margin. When he was appointed to that court by Democrat Governor Jim Doyle and then stood for retention by the voters, they again rejected him. This was the first time a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court was rejected by the voters in more than 40 years.

More importantly, Louis Butler opposes the rights of gun owners. In State v. Fischer, Judge Butler expressly ignored the right to bear arms provision in the Wisconsin Constitution. And after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Heller case upholding Second Amendment gun rights in 2008, Louis Butler spoke at an Obama for President fundraiser and specifically mentioned “gun control” as an issue that potential Obama appointees would impact.

“Gun control,” Butler said, “may ultimately be decided, and the new appointees can tip the very balance of the court. [The] background, personal beliefs and policy decisions of the justices selected will influence how they will vote on the difficult cases before them.”

Again, I urge you to OPPOSE this nomination. Gun Owners of America will be scoring this nomination and will let me know how you vote on this radical judge.

Sincerely,

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

http://www.gunowners.org
About:
Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. ‘The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul

http://www.ammoland.com/2009/12/09/senate-set-to-vote-on-another-anti-gu…

Merck Wins U.S. Approval for Gardasil Vaccine in Boys

(Bloomberg)    Merck & Co.’s Gardasil, a vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer in women, won U.S. regulatory approval for preventing genital warts in boys.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the vaccine for use in males ages 9 to 26, Merck said today in a statement.

Gardasil protects against a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus, or HPV, that can lead to cervical cancer in women and genital warts and cancer of the penis and anus in men. Gardasil, approved for females ages 9 to 26, is given mostly to school-age girls as a U.S.-recommended routine vaccination. Expanding the shot’s use could revive sales, which declined 5 percent last year, analysts have said.

“This is an important milestone, because the use of Gardasil can now help protect boys and girls and young men and women from certain diseases caused by this common virus,” said Richard Haupt, executive director of Merck Research Laboratories, in the company’s statement.

Approval in boys could add as much as $200 million and $300 million in annual sales, said Leerink Swann & Co. analyst Seamus Fernandez in a research report last month. Gardasil generated revenue of $1.4 billion last year.

Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, fell 6 cents, or less than 1 percent, to $33.24 at 1:26 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

Difficult Market

Selling Gardasil for boys could be a struggle for Merck because the public-health benefit may not outweigh the expense, Fernandez said. It would cost more than $100,000 to vaccinate enough boys to get one year of additional life compared with less than $50,000 for girls, according to a study by Harvard University researchers presented in June to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Merck’s studies show it would cost $50,000 for both boys and girls. Merck’s study used a cost of $400 per vaccine with 100 percent protection.

Researchers used a measure called quality adjusted life years, or QALYs, that evaluate years of life saved as well as assigning a fraction of a year for years spent without certain diseases.

Merck will expand a patient rebate and dose replacement program to help cover the cost of the vaccine for 19- to 26- year-old men without health insurance and those with private insurance with partial or no coverage for the shots, according to the company’s statement.

Company Study

In a Merck-funded study released last year, researchers gave 4,065 boys and men ages 16 to 26 the vaccine or a placebo, then tracked them for signs of infection with HPV. After about 30 months, three men getting Gardasil developed genital warts and none had pre- cancerous growths linked to the HPV virus, compared with 28 cases of warts and three pre-cancerous lesions in the placebo group.

Gardasil, which is given in three shots over a six- month period, protects against infection caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 — four of the 40 types of the virus found in the genital area. More than 1 million cases of genital lesions, which can lead to cancer, occur in men and women in the U.S. each year, and 30 million cases occur worldwide, according to Merck.

While 20 million Americans are infected with HPV, most will be able to fight off the infection naturally. About 1 percent of sexually active men in the U.S. will develop genital warts from HPV, the CDC said. Gardasil is already approved for males in 40 countries worldwide.

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Shannon Pettypiece in New York at spettypiece@bloomberg.net.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aA60zcLRsbKQ

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