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singhlion2001 19 posts  |  Last Activity: 5 hours ago Member since: Mar 6, 2001
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  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 5 hours ago Flag

    AND WHEN FINANCIAL ASSETS BLOW UP, WHAT HAPPENS?

    You are contradictory to your own statements and your brain has no ability to even figure that out?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 5 hours ago Flag

    wow: LOL
    I'd say stick with semiconductors, but you don't seem to really understand that either. You're a fraud IMHO.

    CAN NOT STOP LAUGHING

    LION 20 YEARS OF SEMICONDUCTOR VETERAN

    INTEL is great short above $37 with 2016 leap puts

    Intel will be mid $20's in 2015 and all margin hell by 2016 will send Intel stock in tail spin

    Keep this statement for your record Comic TECH

    keep your rants going here: enjoy

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 8 hours ago Flag

    OIL will be $40 for long time going forward

    Gold will be below $1K next too

    Deflation must continue and will continue

    Comic Ali TECH rants cool and very col

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 8 hours ago Flag

    Hey Fraud Scam Gang at FINRA led by CRIMINAL JOE OZAG, why this crime listed at FINRA can not be investigated and stopped in Netflix pure Fraud trading pit?

    Enforcement Tips and Complaints
    Manipulation of a security's price or volume
    Insider trading
    Manipulation: Manipulation is intentional conduct designed to deceive investors by controlling or artificially affecting the market for a security. Manipulation can involve a number of techniques to affect the supply of, or BILLION WORTH CONMAN demand for, a stock. They include: spreading false or misleading information about a company; improperly limiting the number of publicly-available shares; or rigging quotes, prices or trades to create a false or deceptive picture of the demand for a security. Those who engage in manipulation are subject to various civil and criminal sanctions. Of a security's price or volume

    OPEN LETTER AND CHALLENGE TO DIRECTOR OF FBI/ERIC HOLDER/OBAMA/BANKING COMMITTEE/SEC/FINRA TO DEBATE NETFLIX FRAUD MANIPULATED TRADING PIT WITH FULL FRAUD COVER UP AND PROTECTION PROVIDED BY TRAITOR CRIMINALS AT SEC/FINRA
    AND NOW USING FBI/ERIC HOLDER TO SILENCE WHISTLE BLOWERS

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 3:34 PM Flag

    WHAT A JOKE ON USA 99% BY THESE FRAUD WATCH DOGS?
    Office of the Whistleblower

    Dedicated Team to Handle High-Risk Tips

    FINRA's Office of the Whistleblower expedites the review of high-risk tips by FINRA senior staff and ensures a rapid response for tips believed to have merit.



    Through the Office of the Whistleblower, individuals with evidence of, or material information about, potentially illegal or unethical activity can reach senior staff, who can quickly assess the level of risk involved and make sure that each tip is properly evaluated. Those tips warranting additional review and investigation will be subject to an expedited regulatory response.



    FINRA will refer any whistleblower tips that fall outside its jurisdictional reach to the appropriate regulatory or law enforcement agencies.



    FINRA's whistleblower initiative does not replace longstanding processes for handling thousands of routine regulatory tips and customer complaints each year.



    Submit a Tip
    whistleblower@finra.org
    1-866-96-FINRA (1-866-963-4672)

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 3:10 PM Flag

    banksters shot JFK for executive order 11110

    but Tanman is their planted puppet

    Martial LAW BY TANMAN in 2015 ?
    who survives in USA? No one knows

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 2:05 PM Flag

    How much loot by conman thug reed hastings in 2014?
    2, 500,000 free poop wipe print gifted to conman thug reed hastings for 2014

    multiply with all dumps in 2014 and see the real loot just by conman thug reed hastings and it will shock the nation

    what about rest of the nexus scam gang loot record?

    how much loot will be in 2015 if fraud bubble manipulation is kept protected by fraud sec/finra??

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Pull Backs and Floor

    by quorum007 Dec 18, 2014 7:25 PM
    singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 1:49 PM Flag

    lol

    Dump every pump

    penny stock should be on pink sheets

    LOL

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 11:24 AM Flag

    best post eve rhere

    Harsh reality
    Pickens loot all from share holders with all lies and spins

    LNG engines are too expensive still and Picken spins what?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 11:02 AM Flag

    picken scam $ss is hurting and his screaming

    CLNE has n dividend

    oil is going to $40 and natural gas $3.50

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 10:55 AM Flag

    EASY 2016 LEAP PUT WEAPON WORKS BEST ON FRAUD STREET CASINO IN USA

    Retail smart shorting on Fraud street casino is via Leap puts only at fraud bubble peaks and now is absolutely the time

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 23, 2014 9:30 AM Flag

    look at 2015 loot poop wipe prints already here
    Form 8-K for NETFLIX INC

    22-Dec-2014

    Change in Directors or Principal Officers

    Item 5.02 (e) Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

    Compensation for Named Executive Officers The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Committee") has established the annual salaries and stock option allowances for 2015 for the Company's Named Executive Officers. These salaries and option allowances, as well as estimated target bonuses, are as follows:

    ANNUAL STOCK
    OPTION ALLOWANCE ESTIMATED TARGET
    ANNUAL SALARY (1) BONUS
    Reed Hastings, Chief Executive Officer and $ 1,000,000 $ 13,700,000 $ -
    Chairman of the Board
    David Wells, Chief Financial Officer 2,000,000 1,675,000 -
    Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer 1,000,000 9,600,000 2,000,000
    Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer 1,000,000 1,875,000 5,000,000
    Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships 1,000,000 2,725,000 1,000,000
    Officer

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 22, 2014 9:19 AM Flag

    this a trailer for what we will face in USA in the near future

    Belarus In Full-Blown Hyperinflation Panic: Blocks News, Online Stores; Bans All FX Trading For 2 Years

    "We have to do something with these Belarussian rubles," exclaims one Belarussian as she shops to turn worthless rubles (BYR) into physical assets. As AFP reports, The Belarussian currency was dragged down by the slide of the Russian ruble last week, leading authorities to impose draconian measures, forbid price increases even for imported goods, and warn people against panic. Now, however, in an effort to stem the flood of hyperinflating domestic prices, authorities have blocked online stores and news websites to stop the run on banks and shops as people scramble to secure their savings. One of the blocked news websites noted, it "looks like the authorities want to turn light panic over the fall of the Belarussian ruble into a real one," calling the blockages "December insanity."

    And indeed they have stepped up the insanity, extending the halt in FX trading...

    Today the Belarus central bank shocked its own population when it also announced full-blown capital controls designed, releasing additional measures to stem the "negative trends of currency and financial markets " including raising mandatory sales of FX revenue to 0%, suspending all OTC FX trading (so pretty much all FX),introducing a 30% fee on all FX purchases, "recommending" that banks halt BYR lending until February, and sending 1-yr interest rates on liquidity operations with banks to a eyewatering 50% in hopes this leads to an increase in BYR deposit rates. It

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 19, 2014 6:33 PM Flag

    clowns zombies

    Yahoo cancelling too many ID's and Censorship is too strong
    Not worth the rants here clowns

    LION still bring these criminals in hand cuffs and Mary Jo White $itch gang has to be exposed next

    zombie sybil koo koo train scream on here

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 19, 2014 4:42 PM Flag

    lol

    lost soul

    Rant on here you are absolutely different species than a LION

    LION moves the base to Washington DC

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 19, 2014 3:44 PM Flag

    handed all documents against criminals at SEC/FINRA/ERIC HOLDER/DIRECTOR OF FBI AND GOLDMAN SACHS/NETFLIX INSIDER NEXUS SCAM GANG to Banking committee in Washington DC

    LION will fight for 99% in USA and this fraud loot gang have to BE nailed in Jail cells and fraud loot seized

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 19, 2014 11:51 AM Flag

    by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    A dangerous new trend is the successful manipulation of the financial markets by the Federal Reserve, other central banks, private banks, and the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve reduced real interest rates on US government debt obligations first to zero and then pushed real interest rates into negative territory. Today the government charges you for the privilege of purchasing its bonds.

    People pay to park their money in Treasury debt obligations, because they do not trust the banks and they know that the government can print the money to pay off the bonds. Today Treasury bond investors pay a fee in order to guarantee that they will receive the nominal face value (minus the fee) of their investment in government debt instruments.

    The fee is paid in a premium, which raises the cost of the debt instrument above its face value and is paid again in accepting a negative rate of return, as the interest rate is less than the inflation rate.

    Think about this for a minute. Allegedly the US is experiencing economic recovery. Normally with rising economic activity interest rates rise as consumers and investors bid for credit. But not in this “recovery.”

    Normally an economic recovery produces rising consumer spending, rising profits, and more investment. But what we experience is flat and declining consumer spending as jobs are offshored and retail stores close. Profits result from labor cost savings from employee layoffs.

    The stock market is high because corporations are the biggest purchases of stock. Buying back their own stock supports or raises the share price, enabling executives and boards to sell their shares or cash in their options at a profitable price. The cash that Quantitative Easing has given to the mega-banks leaves ample room for speculating in stocks, thus pushing up the price despite the absence of fundamentals that would support a rising stock market.

    In other words, in America today there are no free financial markets. The markets are rigged by the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing, by gold price manipulation, by the Treasury’s Plunge Protection Team and Exchange Stabilization Fund, and by the big private banks.

    Allegedly, QE is over, but it is not. The Fed intends to roll over the interest and principle from its bloated $4.5 trillion bond portfolio into purchases of more bonds, and the banks intend to fill in the gaps by using the $2.6 trillion in their cash on deposit with the Fed to purchase bonds. QE has morphed, not ended. The money the Fed paid the banks for bonds will now be used by the banks to support the bond price by purchasing bonds.

    Normally when massive amounts of debt and money are created the currency collapses, but the dollar has been strengthening. The dollar gains strength from the
    rigging of the gold price in the futures market. The Federal Reserve’s agents, the bullion banks, print paper futures contracts representing many tonnes of gold and dump them them into the market during periods of light or nonexistent trading. This drives down the gold price despite rising demand for the physical metal. This manipulation is done in order to counteract the effect of the expansion of money and debt on the dollar’s exchange value. A declining dollar price of gold makes the dollar look strong.

    The dollar also gains the appearance of strength from debt monetization by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank. The Bank of Japan’s Quantitative Easing program is even larger than the Fed’s. Even Switzerland is rigging the price of the Swiss franc. Since all currencies are inflating, the dollar does not decline in exchange value.

    As Japan is Washington’s vassal, it is conceivable that some of the money being printed by the Bank of Japan will be used to purchase US Treasuries, thus taking the place along with purchases by the large US banks of the Fed’s QE.

    The large private US and UK banks are also manipulating markets hand over fist. Remember the scandal over the banks fixing the LIBOR rate (the London Interbank Borrowing Rate) and the opening gold price on the London exchange. Now the banks have been caught rigging currency markets with algorithms developed to manipulate foreign exchange markets.

    When the banks get caught in felonies, they avoid prosecution by paying a fine. You try doing that.

    The government even manipulates economic statistics in order to paint a rosy economic picture that sustains economic confidence. GDP growth is exaggerated by understating inflation. High unemployment is swept under the table by not counting discouraged workers as unemployed. We are told we are enjoying economic recovery and have an improving housing market. Yet the facts are that almost half of 25 year old Americans have been forced to return to live with their parents, and 30% of 30 year olds are back with their parents. Since 2006 the home ownership rate of 30 year old Americans has collapsed.
    .
    The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act during the Clinton regime allowed the big banks to gamble with their depositors’ money. The Dodd-Frank Act tried to stop some of this by requiring the banks-turned-gambling-casinos to carry on their gambling in subsidiaries with no access to deposits in the depository institution. If the banks gamble with depositors money, the banks’ losses are covered by FDIC, and in the case of bank failure, bail-in provisions could give the banks access to depositors’ funds. With the banks still protected by being “too big to fail,” whether Dodd-Frank would succeed in protecting depositors when a subsidiary’s failure pulls down the entire bank is unclear.

    The sharp practices in which banks engage today are risky. Why gamble with their own money if they can gamble with depositors’ money. The banks led by Citigroup have lobbied hard to overturn the provision in Dodd-Frank that puts depositors’ money out of their reach as backup for certain types of troubled financial instruments, with apparently only Senator Elizabeth Warren and a few others opposing them. Senator Warren is outgunned as Citigroup controls the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve.

    The falling oil price has brought concern that oil derivatives are in jeopardy. Citigroup has a provision in the omnibus appropriations bill that shifts the liability for Citigroup’s credit default swaps to depositors and taxpayers. It was only six years ago that Citigroup was bailed out to the tune of a half trillion dollars. Already Citigroup is back for more while nothing whatsoever is done to bail the American people out of their hardships caused by Citigroup and the other financial gangsters.

    What we are experiencing is not a repeat of the past. The ability or, rather, the audacity of the US government itself to manipulate the major financial markets is new. Can this new trend continue? The government is supposed to be the enforcer of laws against market manipulation but is itself manipulating the markets.

    Governments and economists take their hats off to free markets. Yet, the markets are rigged, not free. How long can stocks stay up in a lackluster or declining economy? How long can bonds pay negative real interest rates when debt and money are rising. How long can bullion prices be manipulated down when the world’s demand for gold exceeds the annual production?

    For as long as governments and banks can rig the markets.

    The manipulations are dangerous. Manipulations blow a bigger bubble economy, and manipulations are now being used by Washington as an act of war by driving down the exchange value of the Russian ruble.

    If every time the stock market tries to correct and adjust to the real economic situation, the plunge protection team or some government “stabilization” entity stops the correction by purchasing S&P futures, unrealistic values are perpetuated.

    The price of gold is not determined in the physical market but in the futures market where contracts are settled in cash. If every time the demand for gold pushes up the price, the Federal Reserve or its bullion bank agents dump massive amounts of uncovered futures contracts in the futures market and drive down the price of gold, the result is to subsidize the gold purchases of Russia, China, and India. The artificially low gold price also artificially inflates the value of the US dollar.

    The Federal Reserve’s manipulation of the bond market has driven bond prices so high that purchasers receive a zero or negative return on their investment. At the present time fear of the safety of bank deposits makes people willing to pay a fee in order to have the protection of the government’s ability to print money in order to redeem its bonds. A number of events could end the tolerance of zero or negative real interest rates. The Federal Reserve’s policy has the bond market positioned for collapse.

    The US government, perhaps surprised at the ease at which all financial markets can be rigged, is now rigging, or permitting large hedge funds and perhaps George Soros, to drive down the exchange value of the Russian ruble by massive short-selling in the currency market. On December 15 the ruble was driven down 19%.

    Just as there is no economic reason for the price of gold to decline in the futures market when the demand for physical gold is rising, there is no economic reason for the ruble to suddenly loose much of its exchange value. Unlike the US, which has a massive trade deficit, Russia has a trade surplus. Unlike the US economy, the Russian economy has not been offshored. Russia has just completed large energy and trade deals with China, Turkey, and India.

    If economic forces were determining outcomes, it would be the dollar that is losing exchange value, not the ruble.

    The illegal economic sanctions that Washington has decreed on Russia appear to be doing more harm to Europe and US energy companies than to Russia. The impact on
    Russia of the American attack on the ruble is unclear, as the suppression of the ruble’s value is artificial.

    There is a difference between economic factors causing foreign investors to withdraw their capital from a country, thereby causing the currency to lose value, and manipulation of a currency’s value by heavy short-selling in the currency market. The latter can cause the former also to occur. But the outcome for Russia can be positive.

    No country dependent on foreign capital is sovereign. A country dependent on foreign capital, especially from enemies seeking to subvert the economy, is subject to destabilizing currency and economic swings. Russia should self-finance. If Russia needs foreign capital, Russia should turn to its ally China. China has a stake in Russia’s strength as part of China’s protection from US aggression, whether economic or military.

    The American attack on the ruble is also teaching sovereign governments that are not US vassals the extreme cost of allowing their currencies to trade in currency markets dominated by the US. China should think twice before it allows full convertibility of its currency. Of course, the Chinese have a lot of dollar assets with which to defend their currency from attack, and the sale of the assets and use of the dollar proceeds to support the yuan could knock down the dollar’s exchange value and US bond prices and cause US interest rates and inflation to rise. Still, considering the gangster nature of financial markets in which the US is the heavy player, a country that permits free trading of its currency sets itself up for trouble.

    The greatest harm that is being done to the Russian economy is not due to sanctions and the US attack on the ruble. The greatest harm is being done by Russia’s neoliberal economists.

    Neoliberal economics is not merely incorrect. It is an ideology that fosters US economic imperialism. By following neoliberal prescriptions, Russian economists are helping Washington’s attack on the Russian economy.

    Apparently, Putin has been sold, along with his internal enemies, the Atlanticist integrationists, on “free trade globalism.” Globalism destroys the sovereignty of every country except the world reserve currency country that controls the system.

    As Michael Hudson has shown, neoliberal economics is “junk economics.” But it is also a tool of American financial imperialism, and this makes neoliberal Russian economists tools of American imperialism.

    The remaining sovereign countries, which excludes all of Europe, are slowly learning that Western economic institutions are deceptive and that placing trust in them is a threat to national sovereignty.

    Washington intends to subvert Russia and to turn Russia into a vassal state like Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ukraine. If Russia is to survive, Putin must protect Russia from Western economic institutions and Western trained economists.

    It is too risky for the US to take on Russia militarily. Instead, Washington is using its unique symbiotic relationship with Western financial institutions to attack an incautious Russia that foolishly opened herself to Western financial predation.

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • singhlion2001 singhlion2001 Dec 19, 2014 11:48 AM Flag

    get your brain checked

    Good bye

    your are absolutely like Comic Ali in Baghdad

    Last reply here

    "Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves." Quote from Andrew Jackson
    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency first by inflation then by deflation the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered... I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”― Thomas Jefferson
    Markets And Reality Disconnected

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • GOING FORWARD

    SCAMFLIX SCAM GANG WILL HAVE TO NAILED IN JAIL CELLS ALONG FRAUD AG ERCI HOLDER OBAMA TEH REAL OSAMA, FRAUD DIRECTOR OF FBI

    CRIMINALS AT SEC/FINRA TORA BORA CAVES DESERVE PUBLIC HANGING ASAP TO SAVE USA 99% PENSIONS FROM HOME GROWN FINANCIAL TERRORISTS

    GOOD BYE

    Good-Bye
    Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It
    by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.

    Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

    Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

    Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.

    Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.

    Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.

    Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. “Free market economists” are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by “the New Economy,” a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All Americans need in order to participate in this “new economy” are finance degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street at million dollar jobs.

    Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of “the New Economy.”

    And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted “studies” that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the “studies.”

    The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies’ role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine.

    The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms.

    And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs. the UN, and the nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution.

    Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.

    Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job.

    I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders. In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own citizens in addition to foreign leaders.

    When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion alone of being a “threat,” he wasn’t impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.

    As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO “performance bonuses,” have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.

    Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages to top managers, who achieve these “performance awards” by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about “the Muslim threat,” Wall Street, U.S. corporations and “free market” shills destroy the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans.

    Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state.

    Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free.

    Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different.

    I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”

    For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.

    For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.

    The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.

    America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.

    These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives.

    With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.

    The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.

    PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His latest book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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