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0 New Oil seeping from Deepwater Horizon site?

CBS News has learned that BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The BP oil rig exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers and sending a total estimated 206 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three months before it was capped.
In September, a new oil sheen was spotted about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. Tests confirmed the oil came from the infamous Macondo well underneath the Deepwater Horizon. BP's underwater vehicle observed oil seeping from the well's containment dome and, after a remote operation, declared the leaks plugged on October 23. The company and the Coast Guard said it wasn't feasible to clean up the slick, and that it didn't pose a risk to the shoreline.
But more oil continues to surface. Slicks and sheens of varying sizes and shapes have been documented by satellite photos, as well as aerial video recorded by the non-profit environmental group "On Wings of Care." It's suspected that an unknown amount of oil trapped in the containment dome, and in the wreckage and equipment from 2010, could be seeping out.
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., helped lead the original investigation of BP after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, and says it's deja vu: BP is not turning over videos and information requested by Congress.
"My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking from the wreckage," Markey told CBS News.
Last month, BP pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonies from the 2010 disaster, including lying to Congress about how much oil was really pouring into the water.
Markey says BP is now repeating its stonewalling behavior of two years ago. For more than two months, Markey and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., have been asking BP for underwater video and information such as the size of the slicks and how much oil could be trapped, but BP has said it will not provide the information due to pending investigations and litigation.
"Back in 2010, I said BP was either lying or incompetent. Well, it turns out they were both," says Markey. "This is the same crime scene, and the American public today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage."
BP spent a fortune after the 2010 disaster -- on ads to improve its image. It also spent $18 billion on cleanup and victims, and $4.5 billion more to settle criminal charges.
The Coast Guard canceled an interview with CBS News at the last minute on Wednesday. BP also declined to be interviewed but told us in a statement, "The Macondo well and its associated relief wells are secure." BP also says it will work with the Coast Guard "on any further steps, as needed, to address the results" of this week's survey of the wells and wreckage where oil from 2010 could still be trapped.
Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the amount of oil spilled in the Gulf. According to U.S. government estimates, 206 million gallons of oil leaked from the uncapped well.

0 Seasons greetings.

This past March, I asked a highly successful investment advisor what he thought about gold. Since he deals almost exclusively with very high net-worth individuals, his point of view was especially intriguing.

He confided to me that many of his clients had been asking for gold and gold-related investments over the past few years. I can't say that I was surprised.

But what he told me next simply shocked me.

"Gold's much too volatile, it's too risky", he said. "Sure it's up, but I try to discourage my clients from investing in it."

It simply floored me that he thought gold was too volatile. Gold is only up 580% since it bottomed in 2001, without a single losing year to date.

That's not something you can say about the stock market or any other type of investment.

I can hardly imagine what he must think of silver, as silver prices are up by 725% since 2001.

Today, silver is trading around $34, but our 2013 silver price forecast now has the shiny metal going much, much higher.

What will power that rise?

Since it's slaved to its richer cousin, all the fundamentals for higher gold would apply.

I wrote about them yesterday in my 2013 gold price forecast.

As history has shown, silver moves almost in sync with gold, but exaggerates its movements, both on the up and down sides. That's why I like to think of silver as "gold on steroids".

2013 Silver Price Forecast

For 2013 I think silver, like gold, will set a new all-time nominal price record, likely reaching as high as $54 an ounce.

Despite silver's dependency on gold, it does have some distinct fundamentals, too.

In fact, here are my key drivers for silver prices in 2013:

  1. The Gold/Silver Ratio: Before the financial crisis, the gold/silver ratio was around 50 (meaning an ounce of gold would buy you 50 ounces of silver) and trending downward. In late April last year silver exploded higher, pushing the ratio down below 30.

    That was short-lived, as silver's dramatic rise was unsustainable. I had said so at the time. The ratio recently returned to a high level near 60. In 2013, look for the ratio to head back down again, meaning silver will rise faster than gold.

    On a long-term basis, I think we'll see this ratio move down closer to 20. So right now, silver is looking rather undervalued relative to gold.

  1. Four More Years of Obama: The President has been very good for silver prices. In fact, he was so good, he helped make silver the best-performing major financial asset during his first term.

    Now that Obama has earned another four years, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's still in place and relying heavily on the printing press, I'm fully expecting a repeat performance. Thanks, guys, for more of the same.

  1. Higher Investment Demand: Physical silver investment demand is growing. Despite a number of existing silver ETFs, the Royal Canadian Mint is launching its own. That has suddenly removed 3 million ounces from the physical market.

    The Sprott Physical Silver Trust (NYSE: PSLV) is expanding its size as well, likely having bought 7.5 million ounces of silver to accomplish this. That's over 10 million ounces in a single month. Meanwhile, the U.S. Mint has sold more silver coins versus gold coins so far this year than in any since the coin program started.
  1. Higher Industrial Demand: Solar panel demand is exploding and silver is used to make them, of which the average panel requires about two thirds of an ounce. Since 2000 the adoption of solar panel technology has meant a 50% annual increase in silver usage each year, going from 1 million ounces in 2002 to 60 million ounces last year, representing nearly 11% of all industrial demand. Adding fuel to the fire, Japan has recently offered to pay utilities three times the price for electricity generated from solar versus conventional methods.

    Unlike gold, silver has a wide range of industrial uses. There's currently growing demand from an increasing number of industrial applications, including lighting, electronics, hygiene and medicine, food packaging, and water purification, to name but a few. That's bullish for silver.

So for these reasons, as well as silver's historical role as an inflation hedge/monetary asset, look for silver prices to keep rising in the years ahead.

That being said, 2013 is likely to be pivotal for the more affordable precious metal. Now that gold has set and surpassed its own all-time highs, look for silver to be next.

It now looks like $54 is the next price target in silver's relentless and historic climb. 


0 Operation Pillar of Death: Naming Gaza's Dead

Names, not numbers:
a film commemorating the Palestinians killed by Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud,
by Harry Fear - © 
Dedicated to the families of those martyred in Gaza. Since production: another Gazan has died from their injuries.

0 Agencywide Message to All NASA Employees: Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

From: HQ-NASA INC []
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:30 PM
Subject: Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)


Point of Contact: Kelly M. Carter, Information Technology and Communications Division, NASA Headquarters,

Message from the Associate Deputy Administrator:

Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

On October 31, 2012, a NASA laptop and official NASA documents issued to a Headquarters employee were stolen from the employee's locked vehicle. The laptop contained records of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) for a large number of NASA employees, contractors, and others. Although the laptop was password protected, it did not have whole disk encryption software, which means the information on the laptop could be accessible to unauthorized individuals. We are thoroughly assessing and investigating the incident, and taking every possible action to mitigate the risk of harm or inconvenience to affected employees.

NASA has contracted with a data breach specialist, ID Experts, who will be sending letters to affected individuals, informing them that their sensitive PII was stored on the stolen laptop and they could be impacted by the breach. This notification also will provide them information on how to protect their identity using the fully managed services of ID Experts at no cost to the individual. These services will include a call center and website, credit and identity monitoring, recovery services in cases of identity compromise, an insurance reimbursement policy, educational materials, and access to fraud resolution representatives. If you receive a notification letter in the mail, follow the directions to activate your services as soon as possible.

All employees should be aware of any phone calls, emails, and other communications from individuals claiming to be from NASA or other official sources that ask for personal information or verification of it. NASA and ID Experts will not be contacting employees to ask for or confirm personal information. If you receive such a communication, please do not provide any personal information.

Because of the amount of information that must be reviewed and validated electronically and manually, it may take up to 60 days for all individuals impacted by this breach to be identified and contacted.

The Administrator is extremely concerned about this incident and has directed that all IT security issues be given the highest priority. NASA is taking immediate steps to prevent future occurrences of PII data loss. The Administrator and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) have directed that, effective immediately, no NASA-issued laptops containing sensitive information can be removed from a NASA facility unless whole disk encryption software is enabled or the sensitive files are individually encrypted. This applies to laptops containing PII, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) data, procurement and human resources information, and other sensitive but unclassified (SBU) data. Center CIOs have been directed to complete the whole disk encryption of the maximum possible number of laptops by November 21, 2012. NASA plans to complete the laptop encryption effort by December 21, 2012, after which time no NASA-issued laptops without whole disk encryption software, whether or not they contain sensitive information, shall be removed from NASA facilities. Progress will be monitored weekly by the Office of the Administrator. In the meantime, employees who are teleworking or travelling should use loaner laptops if their NASA-issued laptop contains unencrypted sensitive information. In addition, sensitive files no longer required for immediate work needs shall be purged from laptop devices but maintained on the shared drive if necessary for records retention purposes. Finally, sensitive data shall not be stored on smart phones or other mobile devices.

These changes and clarifications in NASA policy are effective immediately. The Office of the Chief Information Officer will implement them through appropriate revisions in NASA's applicable policy documents using our established process. Additionally, the CIO will identify any other changes in policy and/or procedures that are necessary to prevent a recurrence of this type of breach in the future.

To learn more about protecting your identity, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website, Facts for Consumers, Identity Theft: What to Know, What to Do, at If you have further questions about this incident, you may contact the NASA Shared Services Center at 1-877-677-2123.

NASA regrets this incident and the inconvenience it has caused for those whose personal information may have been exposed.

Richard J. Keegan Jr.

Associate Deputy Administrator

This notice is being sent agencywide to all employees by NASA INC in the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters.


1 David Cameron ambushed on live TV as Phillip Schofield hands him list of alleged Tory child abusers

Prime Minister stunned by This Morning presenter who hands him card with names he found after a 'cursory glance' at the internet 

David Cameron was today sensationally handed a list of alleged Tory paedophiles on live television.
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield said he had compiled the list of names after a three-minute ‘cursory glance’ at the internet, and gave it to the Prime Minister live on ITV1.
But the presenter later admitted a 'misjudged camera angle' meant some of the names could have been seen by the programme's millions of viewers. Tory MPs said Mr Schofield should take his claims to to the police, not 'ambush' the Prime Minister.
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This was the extraordinary moment Philip Scholfield handed the list of names to David Cameron
This was the extraordinary moment Philip Scholfield handed the list of names to David Cameron

When Mr Schofield took the list back he accidentally turned it to the cameras risking viewers seeing it. The image has been blurred
When Mr Schofield took the list back he accidentally turned it to the cameras risking viewers seeing it. The image has been blurred
If the names are clear enough to read, it could trigger legal action from the individuals involved.
Mr Schofield sensationally apologised for flashing the card in front of the cameras: 'If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention. 
'I was not accusing anyone of anything and it is essential that it is understood that I would never be part of any kind of witch hunt.
'Unfortunately there may have been a misjudged camera angle for a split second as I showed the Prime Minister some information I had obtained from the internet.
'I asked for his reaction to give him the opportunity to make a point which he very clearly made about the dangers of any witch hunt.'
Mr Schofield handed over the card with names gleaned from the internet, telling the Premier: 'You know the names on that piece of paper. Will you be speaking to those people?’
A clearly-unhappy Mr Cameron said he did not like what the presenter was doing, and warned he was fuelling a ‘witch hunt'. He said: 'There is a danger if we are not careful, that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay.
‘I’m worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now…. giving me a list of names you have taken off the internet.'
He urged anyone with information to contact the police.
Mr Cameron did not look at the card on air, but placed it on the table in front of him.

The Prime Minister was visibly taken aback by the stunt and accused the ITV show of fuelling a 'witch-hunt'An aide to the PM said Mr Cameron 'did not think it was handled in the right way'. A No10. source added: 'This silly stunt has resulted in people's names being put out there. They will want to vigorously defend themselves.'
Tory MP Rob Wilson told MailOnline: 'Some of us have been painstakingly trying to get to the bottom of these allegations about Jimmy Savile and others for months in a responsible and diligent way.'
The Prime Minister was visibly taken aback by the stunt and accused the ITV show of fuelling a 'witch-hunt'

Mr Wilson added: 'It is very unhelpful for celebrities to ambush the Prime Minister and reveal information that is not in the public domain for very good reason. 

'If Phillip Schofield feels his information is water-tight, he should take it to the police without delay.

'I am now concerned that by doing this ITV has, albeit inadvertently, broken Ofcom rules that people implicated in this way must be given a right to reply to allegations in advance.'

It follows claims by Steve Messham on Newsnight last week that he was abused by a former top Tory at the Bryn Estyn home in North Wales.
Labour MP Tom Watson also claimed in the Commons last month that a former No. 10 aide had links to a paedophile ring in the early 1990s. Since then several names have circulated online.
Some viewers said the names could clearly be seen. A No. 10 source said: 'They will want to vigorously defend themselves.'
Some viewers said the names could clearly be seen. A No. 10 source said: 'They will want to vigorously defend themselves.'
Mr Cameron was appearing on This Morning to discuss a new drive to tackle dementia.
But he was ambushed by Mr Schofield, who said: ‘There could have been a cover-up, a paedophile ring amongst the elite of great Britain that led all the way to Downing Street.’
Mr Cameron said they were ‘extremely serious allegations’ and insisted the government had moved ‘quickly’ to ‘get to the bottom of exactly what they are’.

"There is a danger if we are not careful that this can turn into a witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay"      
 David Cameron throwing down the "gay card" 

The Premier went on: ‘I have heard all sorts of names being  bandied around.

'What then tends to happen is everyone speculates about people… some of whom are alive, some of whom are dead.
‘I do think it’s very important that anyone who has got any information about any paedophile no matter how high up in the country or whether they are alive or dead, go to the police. This is very important.’
It was at this point that Mr Schofield produced his list of names written on a This Morning cue card. He said he had made a ‘cursory glance at the internet’.
‘It took me about three minutes last night to continually find a list of the same names. I have those names there. Those are the names on a piece of paper. You know the names on that piece of paper. Will you be speaking to those people?’

Steve Messham met with Welsh Secretary David Jones this week to discuss his claim he was abused by a senior Conservative while at the Bryn Estyn home in North Wales

Steve Messham met with Welsh Secretary David Jones this week to discuss his claim he was abused by a senior Conservative while at the Bryn Estyn home in North Wales
A stunned Mr Cameron replied: ‘Look Phillip, I think Phillip this is really important. There is a danger if we are not careful, that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay.
‘I’m worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now…. giving me a list of names you have taken off the internet.
‘Anyone who has any information about anyone who is a paedophile, no matter how high up in British society they are. That is what the police are for.
‘I would say to Tom Watson and all those people who are quite rightly inquiring into all of this, if you have got information, we are a civilised democratic country under a rule of law, with a police force, with a justice system, go to the police.'
There are now a series of different investigations into historic allegations of child abuse under way, but Mr Cameron said he doubted whether a single ‘mega-inquiry’ would help get to the truth any quicker.
‘The idea that if you had one mega-inquiry that you would speed everything up, I'm not sure is true,’ he said.
William Hague, who as Welsh Secretary set up the Waterhouse Inquiry into abuse at care homes in North Wales, said 'no stone would be left unturned' by a series of new government reviews
William Hague, who as Welsh Secretary set up the Waterhouse Inquiry into abuse at care homes in North Wales, said 'no stone would be left unturned' by a series of new government reviews
‘I don't rule out taking further steps. I want the Government to be absolutely on top of this, I don't want anything to be covered up, I don't want any information to be held back, if there are more things we have to do we will do them.
‘But we always have to remember it's very easy for governments just to stand up and say 'here's a new inquiry', what we've got to do is get to the truth as fast as we possibly can.’
The Government has launched two inquiries following claims by Mr Messham that he was was regularly taken to a hotel in Wrexham where he was sold for sexual abuse - including by a senior Conservative from the Thatcher era.
Foreign Secretary William Hague, who as Welsh Secretary in John Major's government set up the original Waterhouse Inquiry into the North Wales allegations, said there must be ‘no stone left unturned’.
He told ITV News: ‘It's very, very important that we do everything possible to get to the truth about these matters. It's really of huge importance.
‘That's why I ordered an inquiry back in 1996 and I strongly support what the Home Secretary has announced this week. If there is anything more to look at, it must be looked at.
‘Really, there must be no stone left unturned in these matters. So I welcome what the Home Secretary has announced, and let's make sure that anything that can be discovered, any additional fact that can be discovered, is actually found.’

VIDEO: The astonishing moment This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield handed the Prime Minister a list of alleged Tory child abusers he found online 

0 Who pocketed Gaddafi’s billions?

NATO’s military campaign in Libya is remarkable, among other things, for the following two reasons.

First – the damage that the air raids by the Western anti-Gaddafi alliance caused to Libya is estimated to be 7 times bigger than the damage which bombing by the Nazis caused in Europe during WWII.

Second – Muammar Gaddafi and his associates had, in total, $ 150 bln on bank accounts in various parts of the world. After the beginning of the Libyan revolution, the West froze these accounts. Now, this money has disappeared somewhere.

Russian expert in Eastern affairs Anatoly Egorin tries to analyze these two cases in his recently published book, titled “The Ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. A Libyan Diary. 2011-2012.”
Speaking about the damage which Western bombing attacks caused to Libya, one may probably say that every war causes damage. This is true, but the amount of damage can be greater or smaller. It may be doubted that the ousting of Gaddafi, however tyrannical he might have been, was really worth the damage which NATO bombs caused to Libya – to say nothing of the fact that introducing a no-fly zone over a country and then bombing it is, to put it mildly, not very consistent.
However, the sum which Gaddafi and his associates had in bank accounts, and which the West, in fact, has stolen – $ 150 bln – might have been enough to reconstruct the Libyan infrastructure after the damage caused by the bombs – if not fully, then, at least, partially. But now, that money has disappeared. Why and where? Here is what Anatoly Egorin says:
“The West most likely decided right after the very start of the anti-Gaddafi rebellion in Libya to do whatever possible to prevent Gaddafi from staying in power. His and his associates’ bank accounts were immediately frozen. Or, it would be probably better to say that it was only officially announced that they were frozen, but in reality they were stolen. Nobody can say for sure precisely who stole this money and where it is now. There is only some vague information that it was allegedly pocketed by the bankers themselves and that these bankers allegedly tried to launder this money in offshore zones. Attempts to find this money are now under way, but I doubt that it will ever be found.”
“However,” Mr. Egorin continues, “it would be wrong to say that only the West has stolen the money of the former Libyan regime. It is known that those people who fought against Gaddafi and who are now in power in Libya have conveyed many trucks literally stuffed with money abroad.”
The Head of the International Association for Democracy in Libya Fatima abu an-Niran confirms what Mr. Egorin says:
“The chaotic situation in Libya enabled everyone to steal anything that lay in his or her temptation’s way. The West was quite aware of that, but didn’t try to stop it. I can back my words with facts, and the former head of Libya’s Central Bank can also confirm this.”
“The $ 150 bln on Gaddafi’s and other former Libyan leaders’ bank accounts is not the only money that was stolen during the period of anarchy in Libya,” Ms. an-Niran continues. “Lots of money was trafficked and is still being trafficked abroad by the Libyan “revolutionaries” themselves. To a large extent, the situation in Libya still remains chaotic. The new authorities seem to be incapable of controlling the situation in many of the country’s provinces. These provinces are in fact controlled by groups of bandits who do whatever they want with those who try to resist them.”
“When the West threw bombs on Libya, Western politicians said that this allegedly was done to help Libyans oust the tyrant and establish democracy in their country,” Ms. an-Niran says. “Now, it has turned out that these words were mere demagogy. The real aim of the West was to try to steal Libya’s riches.”
True, it looks like now that Gaddafi has been ousted, the West doesn’t care anymore about what is happening in Libya. It also looks like the current Libyan leaders care more about staying in their posts – or occupying higher posts if possible – than about trying to return the $ 150 bln which mysteriously disappeared back into their country, which now badly needs restoration after the war.


0 Nazi's.... were also just soldiers and believe or not...human, history is always rewritten by the victorious.

A young German soldier (pictured center left, without helmet) refuses to participate in the execution of 16 Yugoslav civilians. He positioned himself within the group and was executed for disobeying his NCO. He choose death instead of killing hopeless civilians.
Photo Josef Schulz, 1941

A young German soldier (pictured center left, without helmet) refuses to participate in the execution of 16 Yugoslav civilians. He positioned himself within the group and was executed for disobeying his NCO. He choose death instead of killing hopeless civilians.

Photo Josef Schulz, 1941 


0 John Cleese Orders Strike on Iran in Israeli Ad for Chocolate Spread Um, what?

We've already established that John Cleese will do anything for money when it comes to shooting ads. (Faulty showers, anyone?) He seemed to redeem himself just a little bit recently with the amusing DirecTV spot. But now he's back to doing stuff that's just weird. For example: the new Israeli commercial below, in which he plays a Western general who, at the behest of Israel, accidentally orders a military strike on a foe, presumably Iran. "I promise you we will be in and out in 33 minutes," one of the Israelis tells Cleese. "We have the right to defend ourselves!" The former Python, ever the bumbling idiot, ignores the man, and instead tastes some Sababa Egozim chocolate-hazelnut spread that happens to be sitting nearby. Impressed, he mumbles the brand name, which apparently translates to something like, "Let's get nuts." The Israelis take this as official approval for a strike, and soon the missiles are flying. I think I speak for everyone when I say, what just happened?


0 Juila Gillard caught completely off guard by Fabian Society question in Perth, July 2012


16 July 2012: Footage from the broadcast of the People's Forum on the Carbon Tax, where Australian Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard is asked about her Fabian Society membership and its influence on the recently established carbon tax.

Further coverage -

Former Australian PM Bob Hawke (also a Labor Party Leader & Fabian Society member) is quoted in the question as saying:

"I gladly acknowledge the debt of my own government to Fabianism."

Download the full transcript for the speech including the quote here:

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0 "Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill" Subliminal flashed at Sydney 2012 Vivid festival lightshow

Subliminal Vivid light show at Circular Quay in Sydney Australia, "kill FEASIBLE"
Is Sydney Home-growing "Terrorist's"....literally? 

  ...nothing to do with the show
Hopefully..nothing to do with the show
kill FEASIBLE?...I think there's another show coming..
                All over in 4 seconds flat.

Remember according to the info on the Youtube video,
this was captured purely by chance.  

Brings back memories of the old John Carpenter film 


Scene from "THEY LIVE"

0 A Brief History of False Flag Attacks: Or Why Government Loves State Sponsored Terror

Kurt Nimmo
False flag attacks occur when government engages in covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations seem as if they are being carried out by other entities.
False flag terrorism is a favorite political tactic used by governments worldwide.
They influence elections, guide national and international policy, and are cynically used to formulate propaganda and shape public opinion as nations go to war.

Nero and the Great Fire of Rome
The Roman consul and historian Cassius Dio, his contemporary Suetonius and others say the Emperor Nero was responsible for the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD.
Legend claims Nero had one-third of the city torched as an excuse to build Domus Aurea, a 300 acre palatial complex that included a towering statue of himself, the Colossus of Nero.
Prior to the fire, the Roman Senate had rejected the emperor’s bid to level a third of the city to make way for a “Neropolis,” an urban renewal project.
The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that when the population of Rome held Nero responsible for the fire, he shifted blame on the Christians for “hating the human race” and starting the fire.

The Spanish American War: Remember the Maine
By the late 1800s, the United States was looking for an excuse to kick Spain out of Cuba. U.S. business was heavily invested in sugar, tobacco and iron on the Caribbean island.
The U.S.S. Maine was sent to Havana in January of 1898 to protect these business interests after a local insurrection broke out. Three weeks later, early on the morning of February 15, an explosion destroyed the forward third of the ship anchored in Havana’s harbor, killing more than 270 American sailors.
President McKinley blamed Spain after the U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry declared that a naval mine caused the explosion.
American newspapers blamed the Spanish despite a lack of evidence. 
William Randolph Hearst told Frederic Remington after the illustrator reported that the situation in Cuba did not warrant invasion.
A number of historians and researchers later argued that the ship was blown up by the United States to provide a false flag pretext to invade Cuba and expel Spain.
The United States occupied Cuba from 1898 until 1902, although an amendment to a joint resolution of Congress forbid the U.S. to annex the country.

Wilson’s Pretext for War: The Sinking of the Lusitania
Nearly two thousand travelers, including one hundred Americans, were killed on May 7, 1915, when a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Lusitania, a luxury Cunard Line British ocean liner.
Prior to the sinking, the German embassy in Washington issued a warning. Newspapers in the United States refused to print the warning or acknowledge the German claim that the ship carried munitions.
Wilson’s government issued a flurry of diplomatic protests after the sinking and exploited the tragedy two years later as a pretext for America to enter the First World War.
Nearly a hundred years later, in 2008, divers discovered the Lusitania carried more than four million rounds of rifle ammunition.
“There were literally tons and tons of stuff stored in unrefrigerated cargo holds that were dubiously marked cheese, butter and oysters,” Gregg Bemis, an American businessman who owns the rights to the wreck and is funding its exploration, told The Daily Mail.

Hitler’s Fascist Dictatorship: The Reichstag Fire
In February of 1933, a month after convincing Germany’s president that parliament must be eliminated, Hitler and the Nazis instigated the Reichstag fire.
Hitler then urged president Hindenburg to issue an emergency decree restricting personal liberty, including the right to free expression and a free press, limitations on the rights of association and assembly, warrantless searches of homes, property confiscation, and violations of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications “permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.”

The Nazis used the decree and cracked down on their political opponents . They worked behind the scenes to force through the Enabling Act, which legally allowed Hitler to obtain plenary powers and establish a dictatorship.
Gestapo Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring would admit that “the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

Prelude to World War: The Gleiwitz Incident
Six years after the Reichstag Fire, the Nazis staged the Gleiwitz incident. Nazi commandos raided a German radio station in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany. The raid was part of Operation Himmler, a series of operations undertaken by the SS as Hitler set the stage for the invasion of Poland and the start of the Second World War.
SS operatives dressed in Polish uniforms attacked the radio station, broadcast an anti-German message in Polish, and left behind the body of a German Silesian known for sympathizing with the Poles. The corpse was then offered to the press as evidence that the Poles had attacked the radio station.

Israeli False Flag Terror: The Lavon Affair

In 1954, the Israelis activated a terrorist cell in response to the United States making friends with the Egyptian government and its pan-Arab leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Israelis were worried Nasser would nationalize the Suez Canal and continue Egypt’s blockade of Israeli shipping through the canal.
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion decided a false flag terrorist attack on American interests in Egypt would sour the new relationship. He recruited and dispatched a terror cell that pretended to be Egyptian terrorists.
The plan, however, contained a fatal flaw. Israel’s top secret cell, Unit 131, was infiltrated by Egyptian intelligence. After a member of the cell was arrested and interrogated, he revealed the plot and this led to more arrests. Israeli agents were subjected to a public trial revealing details of the plan to firebomb the U.S. Information Agency’s libraries, a British-owned Metro-Goldwyn Mayer theatre, a railway terminal, the central post office, and other targets.
In order to deflect blame, the Israeli government tried to frame its own Defense Minister, Pinhas Lavon, but the true nature of the plot was eventually made public.

In the covert war against the communist regime in Cuba under the CIA’s Operation Mongoose, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously proposed state-sponsored acts of terrorism in side the United States.
The plan included shooting down hijacked American airplanes, the sinking of U.S. ships, and the shooting of Americans on the streets of Washington, D.C. The outrageous plan even included a staged NASA disaster that would claim the life of astronaut John Glenn.
Reeling under the embarrassing failure of the CIA’s botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, president Kennedy rejected the plan in March of 1962. A few months later, Kennedy denied the plan’s author, General Lyman Lemnitzer, a second term as the nation’s highest ranking military officer.
In November of 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Gulf of Tonkin: Phantom Attack on the U.S, Military
On August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson went on national television and told the nation that North Vietnam had attacked U.S. ships.
“Repeated acts of violence against the armed forces of the United States must be met not only with alert defense, but with a positive reply. That reply is being given as I speak tonight,” Johnson declared.
Congress soon passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which provided Johnson with pre-approved authority to conduct military operations against North Vietnam. By 1969, over 500,000 troops were fighting in Southeast Asia.
Johnson and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, had bamboozled Congress and the American people. In fact, North Vietnam had not attacked the USS Maddox, as the Pentagon claimed, and the “unequivocal proof” of an “unprovoked” second attack against the U.S. warship was a ruse.

State Sponsored Terror Blamed on the Left
Following the Second World War, the CIA and Britain’s MI6 collaborated through NATO on Operation Gladio, an effort to create a “stay behind army” to fight communism in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.
Gladio quickly transcended its original mission and became a covert terror network consisting of rightwing militias, organized crime elements, agents provocateurs and secret military units. The so-called stay behind armies were active in France, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, and Switzerland.
Gladio’s “Strategy of Tension” was designed to portray leftist political groups in Europe as terrorists and frighten the populace into voting for authoritarian governments. In order to carry out this goal, Gladio operatives conducted a number of deadly terrorists attacks that were blamed on leftists and Marxists.
In August of 1980, Gladio operatives bombed a train station in Bologna, killing 85 people. Initially blamed on the Red Brigades, it was later discovered that fascist elements within the Italian secret police and Licio Gelli, the head of the P2 Masonic Lodge, were responsible for the terror attack. Other fascist groups, including Avanguardia Nazionale and Ordine Nuovo, were mobilized and engaged in terror.
Operation Gladio ultimately claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Europe.
According to Vincenzo Vinciguerra, a Gladio terrorist serving a life-sentence for murdering policemen, the reason for Gladio was simple. It was designed “to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security. This is the political logic that lies behind all the massacres and the bombings which remain unpunished, because the state cannot convict itself or declare itself responsible for what happened.”