SUUUUUU-PRISE!!!  The Fed Escapes Congressional Audits

SUUUUUU-PRISE!!! The Fed Escapes Congressional Audits

No one here at the Monster is saying anything but “What Did You Expect?” when it comes to news that the banking cartel that runs this country got another pass to continue their planned destruction of Americans’ wealth.

Plan for Congressional Audits of Fed Dies in Senate

Last-minute maneuvering in the Senate allowed the Federal Reserve to sidestep legislation that would have exposed its interest-rate decision-making to congressional auditors.

Pressure from the Obama administration led Senate lawmakers to alter a provision pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) that was gaining momentum despite opposition from the Treasury and the Fed. It would have largely repealed a 32-year-old law that shields Fed monetary policy from congressional auditors.





Navy SEAL McCabe Found Not Guilty

May 7, 2010 – 1:04 AM | by: Steve Centanni

By Steve Centanni, Pat Summers and Gretchen Gailey

NORFOLK –  It only took a 7-member jury one hour and 40 minutes Thursday afternoon to find Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe not guilty on all counts. McCabe had been charged with assault for allegedly roughing up Ahmed Hashim Abed, the accused terrorist who allegedly masterminded the grisly killings six years ago of four American contractors in Iraq.

In closing arguments, prosecution attorney Lt. Jason Grover said, “This is a simple case, but not an easy one. Nobody wants to believe a decorated Navy SEAL would assault a detainee.”   Grover also argued that a key prosecution witness, Petty Officer Kevin Demartino, had no reason to lie when he testified that he saw McCabe punch the prisoner in the stomach.

“What’s Dimartino’s motive to blame his shipmates?” asked Grover. “If he was looking for an explanation for something that happened on his watch, he had an easy one right in front of him,” the prosecutor argued.  “He could just say the terrorist did it to himself.”

Which is exactly what the defense argued in this case.  Defense attorney Haytham Faraj, in his closing argument, insists McCabe acted honorably.  Faraj asked the jury, “Why didn’t McCabe just shoot Abed in the first place?”

“These SEALs,”  he continues, referring to McCabe and two other SEALs charged in the case, “had motives, they had opportunities, but they’re professionals.” Faraj insists, “Everyone has to be lying for the government’s case to be believed.”

The jury of six men and one woman received the case at 4:15 Thursday afternoon.

This follows four days of pre-trial motions, jury selection and testimony before a Judge Advocate General, Captain Moira Modelewski, at the Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Another of the Navy SEALs charged in connection with the Abed case, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas, took the stand for the defense Thursday morning.
He said that he and the other two Navy SEALs, McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, did visit the detention facility where Abed was being held on the night of the alleged incident.
But, he insists, there was no assault.  He says they only dropped by to see if Dimartino, who was in charge of the holding facility, needed anything.  Huertas and Keefe were found not guilty last month in separate trials in Baghdad.

The defense called an oral surgeon Thursday who testified by phone from Baghdad.  He said Abed might have bitten an ulcer on his lip, causing it to bleed.  Defense attorneys said this validated their position that no assault occurred and that Al Qaeda detainees are trained to injure themselves then claim abuse.

Earlier, after the prosecution and defense both rested their cases, prosecutors Thursday announced they needed time to present a rebuttal.  They were basically trying to rehabilitate their key witness, Demartino, whose character and credibility had been questioned by a string of defense witnesses Wednesday, many of them Navy SEALs.  One of Demartino’s former superior officers, testifying as a rebuttal witness, called Demartino “one of my top sailors—I can depend on him for anything.”

Defense witnesses on Wednesday had painted a picture of Demartino as unstable, unreliable and, after the incident with Abed, “distraught.”  According to testimony, Demartino was worried his career would be ruined because a prisoner claimed abuse on his watch, and that he would no longer have a chance for his dream job with the California Highway Patrol.  This, the defense claimed, gave Demartino a motive to lie.  Demartino did not immediately report the alleged assault to his superiors and admits to dereliction of duty.  The defense suggested that since Demartino initially said nothing about an assault, he’s an unreliable witness.

The defense also continued throughout the trial to cast doubt on the English translation of Abed’s audio-taped testimony, claiming it was unreliable, which creates an element of doubt.  As in civilian courts, a defendant—in this case McCabe–must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Four of the seven jurors would have had to vote to convict for McCabe to have been found guilty.

Thursday afternoon, prosecutors suffered an apparent setback when a witness they called supported the defense position on disputed statements submitted in writing by two Navy SEALs in Iraq shortly after the alleged assault.  The prosecution claimed the two SEALs, Jonathan Keefe and Matthew McCabe, colluded to get their stories straight, because their statements appeared to be identical.  But this witness acknowledged the statements of two SEALs on the same mission often coincide.

Abed was captured in a surprise raid by the Navy SEALs in Fallujah, Iraq, in September of last year.  The murders he’s accused of masterminding were a turning point in the Iraq war, galvanizing the U.S. military to launch a major offensive against the insurgents in Fallujah.  The bodies of the four Americans were burned and dragged through the streets, and two of them were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.

Ever since charges were brought against the Navy SEALs last year, there has been a huge outpouring of popular support for the defendants. Rallies were held at which the men were described as heroes rather than criminals. Websites helped raise defense funds and at least 20 members of Congress called for the charges against them to be dropped.  The military, however, insists it has a zero tolerance for detainee abuse and that all members of the services are duty-bound to follow the law.

Gerald Celente On The Dow Drop And The Bailout Bubble

“…have heard our warnings of the crash of 2010. We were saying this while other people were saying that the economy is rebounding. It’s not rebounding. We said it was the ‘bailout bubble’, and the ‘bailout bubble’ would burst, and that’s what we are seeing happening. Greece is merely the canary in the economic mineshaft. It’s the wake-up call for more of what’s to come.”

G. Edward Griffin On Americans Waking Up To The One Party Rule

G. Edward Griffin speaking about Ron Paul, the established one party system, Carroll Quigley and Bill Clinton.  Mr. Griffin speaks about how Americans are waking up to the fact that the republicans and democrats are the ‘two faces of evil’ rather than the ‘lesser of two evils’.

Carroll Quigley’s “Tragedy and Hope”. If you haven’t read it yet, here is your chance to understand how they have been allowing us to vote to keep us happy while they build the NWO.

Carroll Quigley – Tragedy and Hope

The Real Problem Tea Party Patriots Have – Karl Rove Republicans

It’s not the media, it’s not the liar-in-chief; it’s the Republican Party, and the machine that Karl Rove is building in the background (based on John Podesta’s Center For American Progress) rallying money and support for republicans they want elected.  After eight years of Bush filleting the Constitution, the country, and your wallet, do we really want Karl Rove Republicans in power again?  Can anyone honestly say that the Patriot Act made anybody safer while taking away your privacy and personal liberty?  Americans have the pleasure of stripping naked to get through the airport, but bombers seem to be able to just stroll onto planes.  How about that Dept. of Homeland Insecurity being currently run by a lawyer with no national defense or intelligence experience who thinks you are a terrorist, and isn’t paying any attention to the real dangers?  (Did I or did I not mention yesterday that law enforcement believes we are all un-caught criminals?)

One has to give Karl Rove credit for having the wherewithal to build a machine to try to stop the Progressive Left from achieving power indefinitely and by the numbers, but what good does it do the average citizen when it’s the Progressive Right building the machinery.  I’d prefer not to watch two evil titans battle it out over the American carcass they created.

How does the tea party movement find candidates that are aligned with traditional American values when the Republican Party starts running candidates that sound like us, but who are just progressive elites straining to get to the trough?

Karl Rove, Republican Party secretly plot vast network to reclaim power

The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.

The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate from the Republican National Committee. Karl Rove, political architect of the Bush presidency, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, are the most prominent forces behind what is, in effect, a network of five overlapping groups, three of which were started in the past few months.

The operating assumption of Rove, Gillespie and the other organizers is that despite the historical dominance of Republican fundraising and organizing, the GOP has been outmaneuvered by Democrats and their allies in recent years, and it is time to strike back.

“Where they have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” said Gillespie, who is involved in all five groups in roles ranging from chairman to informal adviser. “Where they have a queen, we shouldn’t have three pawns.”

The network, which doesn’t have a name, attempts to replicate the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group — founded in 2005 and funded by George Soros and other billionaires — and to borrow tactics from liberal groups established to help Democrats regain power after eight years of the Bush administration.

Two organizers of the Republican groups even made pilgrimages earlier this year to pick the brain of John Podesta, the former Clinton White House chief of staff who, in 2003, founded the Center for American Progress and was a major proponent of Democrats developing the kind of infrastructure pioneered by Republicans. (emphasis mine)

Rove, currently on a book tour, has provided “a laying-on of hands” for the groups — as one organizer put it — by encouraging major Republican donors to support them as part of the GOP’s path to revival. “Karl has always said: People call us a vast right-wing conspiracy, but we’re really a half-assed right-wing conspiracy,” he said. “Now, he wants to get more serious.”

While separate, the five entities are so closely related that three share an 11th-floor office near the White House. The groups are:

Head over to Politico to read about the groups. Here are the names to put on your radar:  American Crossroads, American Action Network, American Action Forum, Resurgent Republic.

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