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Bill Gates, one of the world’s most notable (or notorious) billionaires is at it again, announcing a remote controlled implantable birth control chip that could last up to 16 years.

The idea sprouted after a visit Bill made to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) two years prior, where he asked professor Robert Langer if there was any way to turn birth control on and off via remote control. This would spare  women the trouble of visiting the clinic to have contraceptive implants removed when they wanted to become pregnant.

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Langer connected the Gate’s Foundation with MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts firm licensed to use a controlled-release microchip technology.

Since then, the partnership has been busy developing the technology which could see a release as early as 2018, with safety tests starting this year.

MIT stated the implant would have to be encrypted to protect wireless data flow and keep it secure. The chip’s size is 20mm x 20mm x 7mm and reservoirs of the hormone are stored on a 1.5cm-wide microchip within the device.

The birth control microchip would hold nearly two decades worth of a hormone commonly used in contraceptives and dispense 30 micrograms a day, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review.

The implant’s daily dose works by a small electric charge that melts an ultra-thin seal around the hormone.The birth control microchip can be implanted in the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen.

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Considering this is the same guy who has also funded an oral bait vaccine that sterilizes rats (see: “Rodent Biocontrol and Crop Protection” here) and genetically engineered vaccinating mosquitoes, a treatment that by its very nature couldn’t possibly generate the consent of all patients involved, the profound implications of Gates’ new birth control microchip on human reproduction are astounding.

What are your thoughts on this implantable chip? Does it raise concern?

Do you think that this technology is a positive innovation? Do you think there could possibly be some ulterior intentions behind the production of this technology?

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police-state-dissidentsBy: Mac Slavo

The battle for hearts and minds is on and the elite are getting fed up with citizen proles who believe it a right to speak freely and openly about their ideologies and criticisms of government policies.

Their attempts to control the agenda and conversation have repeatedly been met with protests, both online and off, as traditional mainstream audiences migrate by the millions to alternative media and citizen journalism.

But this obvious threat to the establishment’s status quo won’t be allowed to go on much longer. A recent interview with the head of England’s Ministry of Home Security, the British counterpart of America’s Department of Homeland Security, shows just how dangerous open thought and free speech are.

Home Secretary Theresa May explains what the freedom-loving people of the United Kingdom can come to expect in the very near future if their online commentary is deemed to be hatred or extremist thought by the government. And this, as you’ll see below, isn’t just about the UK, which has often been used as a petri dish for global regulators who want to see what does or doesn’t work on a smaller scale before introducing their policies and legalese in the United States.

The police would also be given new powers to apply to a court to impose extreme disruption orders on individuals, using the same criteria.

This could result in those targeted being stopped from taking part in public protests, from being present at all in certain public locations, from associating with named people, from using of conventional broadcast media and from “obtaining any position of authority in an institution where they would have influence over vulnerable individuals or children”.

Breach of the restrictions – which would be time limited – would be a criminal offence. (BBC)

An interview of Theresa May discussing how these new policies will keep Brits “safe and secure” shows the Secretary repeating the same talking points over and over in defense of her position. When questioned about whether innocent people just speaking their minds could get caught up in the extremist web, May goes to her default answer:

What we are looking at is a situation where believe we need to take powers necessary to be able to deal with those people who are preaching hatred on our streets and that is an extremism which can lead others into violent acts.

Of course not all extremists are violent and not all violence comes out of that extremism. But there is a link. There is a thread between this. And I believe we need to be able to deal with that if we are going to do the job we want to do, which is keeping people safe and secure.


(Video via Steve Quayle and All News Pipeline)

But such things like supplanting political thought or the free expression of views only happens elsewhere. Such ludicrous ideas could never be introduced here in America.

Unless of course you consider that a bi-partisan Congressional panel is now looking to impose similar restrictions on free speech right here in the good ol’ USA:

A key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.

FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny internet campaigns like “Obama Girl,” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations. (Washington Examiner)

Make no mistake. Such regulatory and legislative policy would not only target conservative web sites. Every single American citizen would be subject to its rules.

Want to post a video with political undertones? Banned.

Did you mention a political candidate’s name in your social media post? Banned.

Did you send an email to friends and family promoting a particular idea that runs contrary to the traditionally accepted government policy? Banned.

Are you wearing a T-shirt that upsets the politically correct crowd? Banned.

And not just banned. In the United Kingdom you would face criminal repercussions. In the United States, as noted in the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Acts, you could literally be swept up by militarized government SWAT teams and held indefinitely without charge or trial.

A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to:  (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.  Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

Source: USA Patriot Act

We can see by the broad language how easily one can be accused of “intimidation” or “coercion.” In the end it really just boils down to be a matter of interpretation, and you could bet your bottom dollar that Federal prosecutors and secret terrorism courts will ensure that you fall well within the Patriot Act should you step out of line.

In a recent piece penned by Paul Joseph Watson we can see these new regulations already taking shape through a redefining of terms such as “suspicious activity.”

Purchasing train tickets with cash, exiting a train before or after other passengers, or appearing calm or nervous are all examples of behavior that Amtrak employees have been told to report as “suspicious activity.”

A document entitled Guidelines for Amtrak Customer Service Employees, which was obtained by the ACLU after an FOIA request, lists a number of different behaviors that are “indicative of criminal activity” and should immediately be reported to law enforcement personnel by Amtrak ticket agents.

Are you calm when purchasing a ticket? That could mean you’re a terrorist.

What about nervous? Do you look at little nervous? Yup, that probably makes you a terrorist, too.

This is what the free people of the United States, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world are facing from entrenched elite financial, economic and geo-political organizations who mean to control every aspect of our lives.

And be assured, they’re not war-gaming civil unrest scenarios and stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition just so they can play target practice.

Many Americans see what’s coming and are taking steps to prepare for a completely different world. But most don’t even have a clue.

Your views and ideas make you an enemy of the state.

In fact, the United Nations Charter on Human Rights addresses people like you, and despite the fact that our founders forbade international treaties for this very purpose, our government is a long-time proponent of these ideals and policies. The Charter talks a big game with, among other things, freedom of expression, the right to live peacefully, and protections to ensure you can’t be detained indefinitely without trial until, that is, you reach Article 29, Section 3:

These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

So, as long as you tow the party line you can enjoy your “freedom.”

For those that don’t, one day soon these international and domestic legislative implements will give them the pretext to come looking for you, as well as those who, as Theresa May stated, have a “thread” that might be connected to you.

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By: Brian Shilhavy

When we report to the public these cases of medical kidnappings, one of the most natural questions people ask are: why? Why do medical professionals and child social service agency workers take children away from loving parents?

One of the main reasons this terrible practice goes on in virtually all 50 sates is because every child who is taken away from their parents by social service agencies like CPS (Child Protection Services), immediately becomes a ward of the state, and the state can bill Medicaid for ALL of that child’s medical costs.

CPS (or the equivalent state social services agency) does not even need a warrant or court order to seize custody in all 50 states, they just need a complaint of abuse. And doctors are quick to issue them if they feel their medical advice is not being followed, or the parents want to take their child out of their care to seek a second opinion. Once the medical kidnapping occurs, the family is left to fight it out in Family Court to try to get their children back.

So consider the scenario where a child has a rare genetic disease, and comes into a healthcare facility for treatment. The doctors are limited to only those procedures covered by the patient’s insurance company, and to drugs already approved by the FDA. But if the child becomes a ward of the state, they can bill Medicaid for all medical costs, and current laws allow them to conduct medical trials on the child. There are currently over 100,000 drug trials nationwide for new pediatric drugs.

Medicaid Billing for Children in Custody of the State is a HUGE Business

One parent in Arizona shared with me what some parents have experienced with CPS and the medical system in regards to abuses in the Medicaid program:

Here in Arizona our Medicaid program is titled AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System).

When a child is taken by Child Protective Services (CPS) the child becomes eligible and therefore entitled to health care services.

The physicians and hospitals then have a “blank check” to bill anything and everything they desire. The physician or hospital determines the “Medical Necessity” for the procedure and therefore it gets approved.

One child that I am familiar with was being billed at over 1 million dollars a year for treatments. Many of these treatments and procedures (some surgical) were never shared with the parents or families. They discovered what was being done to their child by court records and billing statements. Some of these treatments never happened.

One child I am familiar with was beaten so badly by the foster parent that she had to be hospitalized with a lacerated liver. It was never reported to the police or to child protective services because the physicians and hospital involved were attempting to make the child appear healthier in state custody.

Just this past week WSOCTV in Charlotte, N.C. reported on a huge Medicaid fraud scheme within the Department of Social Services. A woman working for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services was collecting names of children who were NOT wards of the state and selling them to the head of a non-profit organization called Peaceful Alternative Resources which offers mental health and mentoring services. The child protection social worker allegedly received $10,000 in exchange for the names of 25 children.

Ronnie Robinson, the head of this organization, earlier this year pleaded guilty to health care fraud after scheming to defraud Medicaid of $3.4 million in fraudulent reimbursement payments from false claims. Watch the investigative report from WSOCTV  below to learn more.

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Wanted: Foster Parents to Take Children Seized by the State

There are so many children seized by CPS agencies, that not enough foster homes exist to keep up with the influx. This is especially true in Arizona, which has the highest percentage of children put into the foster care system in the U.S. Many children and infants are put into group homes and crisis shelters.

One of the reasons states like Arizona have a shortage of foster homes is because of their strict policy that children in the home must be fully vaccinated. Statistics show that parents withholding certain vaccines or refusing vaccines altogether are highly educated and in a higher income bracket than those who choose to receive every vaccine recommended on the CDC childhood vaccination schedule. Hence, those families are excluded from becoming foster homes. The social agency in Arizona even admits that children are taken away from parents because they are not fully vaccinated, as this is seen as one form of “abuse.” (Source.)

States have resorted to using bulletin board type websites to solicit people to become foster parents and adopt these children, much like what you would see for your local animal shelter looking for people to adopt dogs and cats.

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CPS and the Foster Care System Needs to be Reformed

With such wide-scale fraud in the Medicaid reimbursement program for children, it is easy to see the motivation behind medical kidnappings, and taking children away from parents and putting them into foster homes. It has become a huge business, and we have reported many sad stories at Health Impact News where children taken away from their biological parents were greatly harmed or even died in the custody of foster homes. Please see our article featuring Carlos Morales, a former CPS investigator turned whistle-blower: Foster Homes: Where Good Kids Go To Die. He has also just recently published a book: Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services

People ask how this corrupt system can be fixed. The solution to most of these cases is actually quite simple: cut off federal funding for CPS and the foster care system, and Medicaid reimbursement for children who are wards of the state. That would probably eliminate 99% of these problems.

Sure, there are real abusive parents out there, where the child needs to be protected. And there are many good foster parents out there also, who are foster parents because of their love of children, and not for profit. But these needs can be met at the local level, with involvement from religious groups and non-profits, who do not have a profit motive, and without medical personnel making these decisions and taking away parents rights.

Secondly, the power granted to CPS agencies needs to be curtailed. The U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals, and those rights apply to parents, yes, even abusive parents. Before a child is removed from a home, law enforcement agencies should determine probable cause, and get a warrant from a judge. This is the basic right of every individual in America, and those rights are currently not granted to parents when CPS gets involved to remove a child from the home.

As Carlos Morales states in his video here:

Foster kids are:

  • 7-8 times more likely to be abused
  • more likely to end up homeless with nearly half becoming homeless at the age of 18
  • 3 times more likely to be put on psychotropic drugs
  • 7 times more likely to develop an eating disorder
  • more likely to have PTSD than veterans of war and less likely to recover from that PTSD
  • more likely to become pregnant as a teenager
  • 20% more likely to be arrested
  • 6 times more likely to die

than if they stayed in an abusive household

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Common sense would lead you to believe that the U.S. government would be doing everything in its power, now that Ebola has reached American shores, to combat the deadly virus. But if you assumed that, you would be mistaken.

Most people don’t know that there is an Ebola screening machine; it is currently available to the U.S military, and the military is using it now. So why aren’t U.S. hospitals using it? Because government guidelines prevent hospitals from doing so.

According to military news site Defense One:

It’s a toaster-sized box called FilmArray, produced by a company called BioFire, a subsidiary of bioMerieux and it’s capable of detecting Ebola with a high degree of confidence — in under an hour.

Incredibly, it was present at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan walked through the door, complaining of fever and he had just come from Liberia. Duncan was sent home, but even still, FDA guidelines prohibited the hospital from using the machine to screen for Ebola.

Government bureaucracy preventing its use

The machine sells for about $39,000 a piece and is capable of screening for the genetic markers of a number of respiratory, gastrointestinal and other pathogens, and that includes the Ebola virus. However, it has to have the correct “kit” in place.

And right now, current guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration prohibit hospitals — including the Dallas hospital where Duncan was treated and where two of his nurses became infected — from getting that kit. “That’s despite the fact that it can provide results with higher than 90 percent certainty and it’s one of the machines that the military is currently using to screen for Ebola in Africa,” Defense One reported.

The FilmArray works by performing polymerase chain reaction tests to see if Ebola is present, based on a set of genetic markers. A company official told the military news site, “It will take the Ebola cells, break them open, expose the [ribonucleic acid] in the Ebola and match those with a target we’ve identified.” The device works using either blood or saliva samples.

A Utah-based firm that manufactures the disease-detection technology, BioFire Diagnostics, confirmed to Defense One that Texas Health Presbyterian did indeed have a FilmArray machine — for as long as two years, possibly — sitting on a shelf when Duncan presented himself to the emergency room.

But in order to use the machine, hospitals must agree to do so only for research purposes instead of actually using it to diagnose incurable diseases like Ebola.

What is the reason for this lunacy? The military site explains:

The FDA rules in what are called “research use only” machines are far more lax than for machines that must provide clinical diagnosis. According to representatives from BioFire, even after the FDA approved the use of the machine for Ebola screening and allowed workers at the hospital to acquire the proper kit for Ebola testing, a 10-20 day “validation” procedure would kick in before they could change the machine’s use from diagnostics to research — and the results would have to go to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation.

Device used to diagnose first two American Ebola patients

Proper controls or just more inane government bureaucracy? It’s not as if the machine’s Ebola diagnostic kit hasn’t already been proven; after all, it is currently being used by U.S. troops in Africa.

To add further insult to injury, Defense One reported that FilmArray was the device used by medical officials at Emory University Hospital to diagnose the first two American Ebola patients, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol (Emory is where Amber Joy Vinson, the second nurse to become infected by Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, is being treated).

In a recent paper, published in the journal Lab Medicine, the Emory medical team wrote, “Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based microbiological analyzer (BioFire FilmArray [BioFire Diagnostics, Inc, Salt Lake City, UT]) designed to detect a panel of viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic pathogens, many of which might be found in patients returning from a resource-poor region and might complicate care. Among other pathogen-specific markers, this instrument detects Ebola viral RNA, a capability that we believe could have value for monitoring progression of and recovery from Ebola infection in this setting.”

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By: Finian CUNNINGHAM

US President Barack Obama hosted a top-level war council this past week in Washington with the military leaders from 21 countries in attendance – under the official remit of coordinating tactics to defeat the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

The titular American commander-in-chief spoke with the gravitas of a decorated soldier. «This is going to be a long-term campaign and like all military campaigns there will be ups and downs», said Obama to the assembled military chiefs at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington DC.

Obama’s presumed military authority was something of an achievement, considering that he is, by profession, a community activist, a professor of constitutional lawyer, and a former senator. The 53-year-old politician has never served a single day of his life in the US military, let alone seen combat action or having been awarded medals for bravery.

But that’s not the only anomaly that sprung to mind about Obama’s war council in Washington. Together with the usual Western allies of Britain, France, Canada and Australia, there were military top brass from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. 

Yet, all these Middle Eastern «partners» are documented as having deep logistical links with the Islamic State and other related jihadist terror groups marauding in Syria and Iraq. 

Joe Biden, the US vice president, admitted this terror connection between Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the other Arab oil monarchies in a public debate at Harvard University earlier this month. Although Biden was later forced into making cringing apologies to the said offender countries, his initial blundering confirms the paradox that the US-led anti-terror coalition is comprised of, well, state-sponsoring terrorists. 

The terror sponsors include the US and Britain, who together spawned the Al Qaeda-linked network in their laboratory of illegal occupation of Iraq from 2003 onwards. Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) later mutated into Islamic State (IS, ISIL or ISIS) during the West’s covert war for regime change in Syria, which has been raging since March 2011, with a death toll of nearly 200,000, more than six million people displaced, and half of Syria’s 23 million total population living in dire humanitarian conditions, according to the United Nations. 

The open secret of weapons supplies to extremists from the US, coordinated by its Central Intelligence Agency and routed through Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, is not even a matter of controversy in the Western media. It has already been reported with mundane indifference by mainstream Western media outlets, such as the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph.

A further striking anomaly from Obama’s war council in Washington – scarcely reported in the Western media, not surprisingly – was the complete absence of military representatives from the much-heralded «moderate Syrian rebels».   

Bear in mind that Obama’s strategy for allegedly eradicating the IS extremists is based on two fronts. The first is the coordinated aerial bombardment of militants, involving warplanes from the US, Britain, France, Australia and all of the above Arab states; the second is the purported training of «moderate» Syrian rebels, who will take the fight to the Jihadists on the ground. With the anticipated defeat of IS and related extremist Islamist groups, such as Jabhat al Nusra and Ansar al Sham, the Western-backed «moderate» rebels will then be empowered to pursue their noble rebellion against the «despotic» Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad – or at least so goes the theory.

President Obama has already won the backing of the US Congress to train vetted, moderate Syrian rebels with a budget of $500 million – in a revamp of the Free Syrian Army. The American military training is to take place in undisclosed camps located in Saudi Arabia, as well as now Turkey belatedly offering its territory for that same purpose following top-level negotiations in Ankara last week with US former marines General John Allen.  

Hold on a minute. Congress has approved $500 million to train a new cohort of the supposedly moderate and secular Free Syrian Army; and Saudi Arabia and Turkey are providing bases for that undertaking. But at Obama’s seminal war council on «coordinating» plans there was not one representative from the much-vaunted moderate rebels who are assigned this crucial military role. 

A US official attempted to explain the absence of Syrian rebels at the Washington summit by saying that such a participation was «not ready at this stage, and there is still a lot of training to do». 

In other words, the so-called moderate rebels that the US is touting do not actually exist. It’s therefore less a case of Free Syrian Army and more a case of Fictitious Syrian Army.

This conceptual void has long been pointed out by many observers of the Syrian conflict. The notion of a moderate Free Syrian Army fighting a virtuous fight against a tyrannical regime is but a figment of Western government and media imagination, aimed at giving the Western powers a political and moral cover to indulge in its criminal regime change machinations against Syria.

Many of the supposed FSA brigades are in fact integrated with the extremist networks of IS, al Nusra and Ansar al Sham. Not only fighters, but also weapons and funding are recycled in a revolving-door relationship between these groups. Yes, there have been feuds, but this infighting is borne out of turf wars over criminal booty, not anything to do with ideological ethics. 

However, Western governments and their dutiful media cannot admit this reality because that would leave them open to public vilification. Hence, they have projected the illusion, with Western media assistance, that there is a «moderate» legitimate Syrian opposition, whom the West supports and whom the West is concerned to elevate over «rogue» terror groups.

This fiction was apparent from the resounding absence of any such nominated moderate group at the Washington anti-IS summit. 

It was also confirmed in a subsequent report from the McClatchy Washington Bureau, published Wednesday, the day after Obama’s war council. Under the headline ‘It’s official: US will build new Syrian rebel force to battle Islamic State’ the newspaper reported that «the United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its own local ground force to use primarily in the fight against the Islamist extremists».

Forget about the misnomer of the «old Free Syrian Army». There was never one to begin with. The point to take away is that the US is in effect admitting that there isn’t a force worth talking about. 

McClatchy quotes General John Allen, the US envoy to the anti-IS coalition, as saying: «At this point, there is not formal coordination with the FSA».

It’s worth clipping the following editorial paragraphs from the same

McClatchy report:

«For most of the three years of the Syrian conflict, the US ground game hinged on rebel militias that are loosely affiliated under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, or FSA.

«Their problems were no secret: a lack of cohesion, uneven fighting skills and frequent battlefield coordination with the al Qaida [sic] loyalists of the Nusra Front.

«This time, Allen said, the United States and its allies will work to strengthen the political opposition and make sure it’s tied to «a credible field force» that will have undergone an intense vetting process.

«It’s not going to happen immediately», Allen said. «We’re working to establish the training sites now, and we’ll ultimately go through a vetting process and beginning to bring the trainers and the fighters in to begin to build that force out».

This is a stunning admission, hardly picked up in the Western media. Washington is confirming that there is no such thing as a moderate rebel force in Syria. But what Washington and its fellow state terrorist sponsors are doing is throwing $500 million into a project of creating the semblance of «a credible field force». This creation will then give Western powers and its Arab allies a legitimacy to escalate their criminal covert war for regime change in Syria. 

No wonder Obama warned his war council in Washington that this would be a «long campaign». For the arsonists have become the fireman, the poachers have become gamekeepers, and the deluded have become the therapists.

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 (EDITOR’S NOTE:  WITHOUT RESERVATION, THE LIBERTY BEACON PROJECT ENDORSES THE INFOWARS NATIONAL STRIKE TO FORCE OBAMA TO SECURE AMERICA AGAINST THE EBOLA OUTBREAK)

Administration committing criminal neglect by failing to secure America against outbreak

#StopEbolaStrike: National Strike to Force Obama to Block West African Flights

By PAUL JOSEPH WATSON & ALEX JONES | OCTOBER 18, 2014

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Infowars.com is calling for a general strike across the United States in response to the federal government’s botched response to the Ebola outbreak and the Obama administration’s refusal to block flights coming in from West Africa.

Countries bordering those in West Africa impacted by the Ebola outbreak have been successful in stopping the spread of the virus by blocking flights, including Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, and yet the Obama administration has refused to do likewise despite innumerable public figures calling on the White House to take action.

Numerous airlines have also restricted flights to Ebola-affected countries and yet the United States remains wide open to potential Ebola patients not only via airports but also via the country’s porous southern border, where hundreds of illegal aliens from Ebola-hit countries have poured across in recent months.

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, has also warned that if the Ebola outbreak continues to rage it could cause “mass migration into the United States” of victims seeking treatment.
By refusing to block flights or tighten border security, the Obama administration is aiding and abetting the spread of Ebola and engaging in dereliction of duty by refusing to adopt the default position under such circumstances.

That’s why we’re launching a national campaign for all non-essential workers in the United States to strike from Monday through Wednesday next week.

We are calling on everyone to get behind the strike by tweeting under the hashtag #stopebolastrike and by personally participating in the general strike from Monday to Wednesday. We also invite other media outlets and media personalities to support the strike.

We have also launched a petition at WhiteHouse.gov which we encourage all Americans to sign here.

If the Obama administration fails to respond to the strike by Wednesday, it will be prolonged until the federal government is forced to take proper action to fight Ebola.

The CDC has proven itself to be dangerously inept and woefully unprepared to deal with a wider Ebola outbreak in the United States after two nurses who should have been properly protected contracted the virus from patient zero – Thomas Eric Duncan.

The CDC also gave express permission for Ebola victim Amber Vinson to travel on a commercial airliner after she had frequent contact with Duncan during his treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, potentially exposing 132 passengers who also flew on the Frontier Airlines plane.

The federal government is committing criminal neglect by failing to implement the very measures that have proven successful in other countries in stopping the spread of the Ebola outbreak.

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By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

My friend and broadcast colleague, John Moore, attempted to reach me today by phone. Unfortunately, I was not able to call Mr. Moore back.  I was unable to hear Mr. Moore’s message until after he would have retired for the evening as I am two time zones behind him. As I listened to John’s groundbreaking broadcast of his morning show during the wee hours of the morning, I know why John reached out to me.

This morning, I received a message that I was to meet a familiar party at a familiar location where “many previously held secrets would be revealed”.  I was not allowed to take my cell phone to the meeting which is why I did not receive John’s message in a timely fashion. The meeting consisted of four people, one of which, has been a primary source of information for me on a variety of national security issues covering the last several years. This source has never been wrong.

What I learned from the meeting is that 0ver the next several days, the public is going to see several journalists revealing both classified and non classified material l related to the Ebola outbreak, and the subsequent deliberate spreading of Ebola through governmental inaction. The American people are also going to hear about operational details about how the government plans to deal with the Ebola outbreak.

John Moore’s Radio Show

Below is John Moore’s morning broadcast, from October 9, 2014,  in which he details the unreported spread of Ebola across this country and a subsequent media cover-up. John’s show reveals the fact that it is highly likely that an Ebola pandemic is underway in the United States.

John reported that Ebola is presently in 9 states. I was told that within two weeks, Ebola will be diagnosed in at least 40 states and the media cover-up will likely still be in play by this time and then the American people will be hit with shock and awe media coverage designed to frighten every American into compliance in terms of receiving a series of mandatory vaccines.

In the first few minutes of his show, John Moore revealed the following information:

1. Both military and civilian personnel at MacDill AFB  in Florida have told him that “frantic” preparations are being made in regard to efforts to try and respond to an impending attack upon the United States.  

This information has not been revealed to me. What I suspect is that someone on the base uncovered information and the base is acting accordingly.

2. John Moore’s sources have told him that an Urgent Care clinic in Frisco, Texas, has been closed and subsequently quarantined.

3. John Moore also revealed that an entire floor at a Galveston, TX.  hospital has been isolated and is to be used for anticipated Ebola patients.

With regard to items #2 and #3, I have some confirmation of these events, but on a much larger scale. I was told, and have reported, that containment facilities are being prepared in a variety of venues including sports facilities and shopping malls. Isolation and quarantine facilities have been prepared on certain military bases (e.g. Lackland AFB) and old abandoned bases are being retrofitted for isolation and are designed to quarantine persons with active Ebola.

I was also informed that some state officials will no doubt play by the CDC’s timetable for the eventual release of information with regard to a formal announcement of a pandemic within the United States. In fact, Dannel Malloy, Governor of CT., may be the first state official to publish quarantine guidelines within the country.

“In response to the epidemic of the Ebola virus currently affecting multiple countries in western Africa, and in order to provide the Commissioner of Public Health and other appropriate officials with all authorities necessary to prevent any potential transmission of the Ebola virus within the State of Connecticut, I hereby declare a public health emergency for the State, pursuant to the Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-131a, for the duration of the epidemic. Specifically, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-131b, I authorize the Commissioner of Public Health to Order the isolation or quarantine, under conditions prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health, of any individual or group of individuals whom the Commissioner reasonably believes to have been exposed to, infected with, or otherwise at risk of passing the Ebola virus.”
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, October 7, 2014

Governor Malloy has clearly been briefed on what is coming because he could not have issued this order based upon sheer rumor and innuendo. The effect of this order, The CT. State of Public Health Emergency, allows bureaucrats to detain and forcibly vaccinate people without informed consent or any semblance of due process.

VACCINE MADNESS IS ACCELERATING

sheep-forwardAs previously stated,  I was told the same and when the virus reaches “critical mass” we will see a media blitz like we have never seen before in this country. Most of the sheep will be frightened into turning to the government for help. They will willingly comply with the new vaccine requirements.

The rest of us, who are presumably awake, will be forced to take the vaccine, or we will eventually be isolated where we will not be allowed to spread our anti-CDC rhetoric. Multiple vaccines, not just the Ebola vaccine, will be required. Ebola will be the excuse to impose mandatory vaccinations but this madness will not stop with this deadly virus.

Gates has announced that he plans to vaccinate every child in the third world with multiple vaccines, which could result in a dramatic population reduction of 10-15%. Do you realize the enormous profits that can be realized by vaccinating every child in the third world? If we apply Gates’ penchant for investing in causes which produce a hefty “return on investment” (ROI) then one could reasonably suspect that Gates is positioning himself to profit on the $560 million he has invested in the Ebola cause which conveniently includes the CDC, the holder of the patent for Ebola.The NIH presently holds all patents on Ebola vaccines. Vaccinations have two goals, depopulation and making money!

Bill Gates

When an unsuspecting public is finally told of the existence of an completed Ebola vaccine, the Global Fund will be in charge of the distribution of the vaccine. Interestingly, Bill Gates has donated a total of $560 million dollars to the Global Fund. The Global Fund has also positioned themselves to be in charge of the distribution of the “newly developed”, and not yet announced vaccines for TB and HIV.  Since the goal is the vaccination of every man, woman and child on the planet with multiple vaccines, Gates’ $560 million contribution to the Global Fund is chump change compared to the expected ROI. However, on deck is the Ebola virus.

I was also told by my sources that the polio vaccine will be a part of the vaccination cocktail. When I asked how many vaccines are we talking about, I was told as many as two dozen vaccines will be required and forcibly administered by various levels of government. The easiest place to enforce the mandatory vaccines will be through the schools and it will include all schools, both public and private. My sources told me about pending and recently passed legislation in several states which are requiring mandatory vaccinations. In the brief time I have had to process this information, I have found enough confirming information to publish the fact that this undeniably true.

Mandatory Vaccines Will Commence In the Schools

One out of six Americans, 50 million total, enter a school on a daily basis. Mandatory vaccines are going to begin in schools and then the requirement will be expanded to daycare employees and healthcare workers. Right now, required vaccines are a part of the 2014 State legislative agenda across the country. I was told that an executive order will expand all mandatory vaccine requirements to include Ebola, TB, HIV and about two dozen, in total, vaccines.

In the 12 hours I have had to process this information, I have found solid confirmation of what I was told by my sources.

Some proposed legislation this year goes so far as to require schools to provide vaccine education programs for children and parents, which is effectively turning our schools into marketing departments for vaccine manufacturers.  AL  SB 75 (Alabama) and NY A 3703/S 2070 (New York) would require schools to provide meningococcal vaccine education/promotion, while GA HB 162 requires schools in Georgia to educate the parents of sixth-graders about why their children should get HPV vaccine…Several states are proposing to set up school- based vaccination clinics, including Pennsylvania (PA SB 251) where state health officials would be authorized to give flu vaccines to kids while they are attending school and SC HB 3236 (South Carolina) that will give the green light to state health officials to give the HPV vaccine to girls entering  seventh grade while in school…want to require schools to post their vaccination rates in the town square. Vermont Senator Kevin Mullin, who unsuccessfully attempted to remove the state’s philosophical vaccine exemption in 2012, is proposing a bill (VT S 194) to require schools and child care facilities to publicly post their specific vaccination rates…Health care workers, teachers, daycare employees and students in NINE states are targets of new legislation that proposes to force children and adults to get federally-recommended vaccines or suffer economic and other sanctions –  from denial of employment and education to denial of parental rights to be informed if a minor child has NOT received one or more vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases…Health care workers in Illinois (Il SB 1610) and Massachusetts (H 1975) may be required to get flu shots every year in order to keep their jobs. If either of the Vermont bills pass (VT H 114 or VT S 103), Vermont would become the first state in the country with pertussis containing vaccine mandates for teachers that could result in teachers being fired for declining vaccination (daycare workers in Vermont are also being required to get pertussis vaccines in these bills). Legislation has been introduced in Illinois (HB 4406) that would require day care centers in the state to mandate all day care workers get federally recommended vaccines”.  This represents the tip of the iceberg of what I have found.

Vaccine Cards

Americans are going to be required to obtain a vaccine card which demonstrates that they have complied with the federal list of vaccines. DHS is lobbying to have the information to be included on one’s drivers license and it will be a pre-requisite to obtaining a drivers license. Admittance to movie theaters, sporting events, to make a purchase at a grocery store or a mall will soon require the showing of one’s card. I was lightheartedly told that a person will not even be able to get a pizza delivered to their home without giving their vaccination card number over the phone.

Does the marginalization of the people who do not have a vaccination card remind you of any other group in world history?

J Stamp

The vaccination card will only be the beginning of the incremental practice of mass vaccinations in which my sources believe will leave much of the population in a debilitated condition. At one time, these allegations would have been considered to be lunacy. However, when one considers how Ebola is being allowed to spread by keeping both the borders open and our airports open to travelers from West Africa,  these allegations are very conservative.

The mandatory vaccine cards will be a pre-requisite for all employment, much like an I-9 card was intended to be.

As I have already reported, healthy people, in an impact zone (i.e. the term being used for a pandemic outbreak) will be assigned and relocated until such time as they have taken the soon-t0-be mandatory GSK Ebola vaccine.

vaccine roadblocksAs both Greg Evensen and myself have revealed, there will be vaccine roadblocks designed to arrest and transport, for detainment, individuals who refuse to be vaccinated. I was told that the lion’s share of the work will be performed by the militarized local police. However, integrated within the roadblock forces will be DHS personnel along with “UN observers” and foreign troops (i.e. Russian and Chinese military). Their presence at these roadblocks will be for the purposes of habituation only. In other words, the globalists want the American people to get conditioned to the idea of seeing UN troops on American soil.

I have 12 pages of notes to process and I have not been to bed for 27 hours. Subsequently, there will be a Part Two.

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On Tuesday, President Obama identified a new scapegoat with regards to his poor approval ratings. Obama told a group of wealthy donors that the media was to blame for his dismal dip in approval ratings and implied that the mainstream media was also responsible for the unpopular public image of his tenure. Obama’s approval ratings continued to plummet in September, reaching an all time low of 38%.

Obama stated, “Frankly, the press and Washington, all it does is feed cynicism.” Obama’s criticism struck many as absurd considering what some have referred to as the media’s “kid-glove” handling of the President. So far this year, none of the big 3 media powerhouses has even mentioned Obama’s spiraling poll numbers.

This is not the first time Obama has blamed the media for his failed policies and public image. At a Labor Day event in Milwaukee earlier this year, Obama slipped another slant against the media into a speech praising the economy under his presidency, a speech that ignored the $7 trillion debt deficit added to the nation under Obama and the 10 million Americans who have given up on finding work under the President’s devastating policies.

At the Milwaukee event the President stated, “So, look, I’m saying all this just because sometimes, you know, if you’re watching TV, it’s just kind of a whole downer.” At another event this past Friday, while speaking to donors at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York, Obama again disparaged the media, making a specific knock at social media stating, “The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”

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Ebola False Flag

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

The Washington Post reported that a major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university who is strongly implying the epidemic is the result of bio-terrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, The professor, from Delaware State University, Cyril Broderick, is the professor making these claims. This and other similar claims begs the question, “Is Ebola a manufactured crisis that is being allowed to purposefully spread to countries in the West, including the United States?

The Odds of Ebola Spreading to the West

A series of highly sophisticated scientific and statistical analyses are strongly suggestive of the fact that the best chance that the West has to contain the spread of Ebola is to shut down their borders and to ban all direct and indirect flights from West Africa into Western nations.

A PLOS analysis of disease spread patterns and airline traffic data suggests that the virus has a 50% chance of reaching Great Britain by October 24. Experts have also predicted there is a 75% chance the virus could reach France by October 24. Belgium has a 40% chance of seeing the disease imported, while Spain and Switzerland have lower risks of 14% each. That is not much comfort for Spain because the Washington Post is reporting the following: “In the first known case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa, a nurse in Spain has contracted the deadly virus after caring for a sick priest who had been flown back from West Africa for treatment, Spanish health minister Ana Mato said at a news conference Monday“. The Spanish case points to the fact that one can establish odds, but when it comes to Ebola, but it only takes one infected person getting through to pose a major health crisis.

Meanwhile, in Spain, the potential carnage does not stop with one nurse. Spanish health authorities have now confirmed that three more medical personnel at the same hospital are being isolated because of Ebola symptoms.

The multiple PLOS analyses also stated that if authorities were to take steps to reduce air travel from West Africa to Britain and France by 80%, France’s risk would be lowered to 25%, while Britain’s risk would be reduced to 15%.  The most effective Ebola countermeasure is to stop Ebola from reaching the United States is to ban flights from the infected areas.

Yet, and inexplicably, The World Health Organization (WHO) has not placed any restrictions on travel and the WHO has actually gone so far as to encourage the various airlines to keep flying to the countries with the biggest Ebola outbreaks. However, this makes a great deal of sense since the WHO blocked Ebola treatments from reaching West Africa.

Even Fox News, in a recent editorial, is enraged by the fact  that Obama has failed to initiate a travel ban on West African flights.

Presidential Inaction

In light of this information, any reasonable person should be compelled to ask these questions, ” Why won’t President Obama take the most basic steps to protect Americans from Ebola by stopping direct and indirect flights from West Africa? And why won’t he also mitigate the bio-terrorism threat which could come from our wide open southern border”?

Mike Adams the owner of Natural News has pointed out on The Common Sense Show (October 5, 2014) “Thomas Eric Duncan walked freely through our airports and entered the general population without ever being asked by U.S. security personnel about where he was from or if he had any health conditions”.

Not only is Obama negligent, he is not following federal guidelines and procedures according to several sources. This has led some federal employees to assert that Ebola is a manufactured crisis. According to one insider source that I spoke with yesterday, if the proper procedures were being enforced, we would see the following response from government in response the Ebola case in Dallas:

1. The National Guard would seal off any area connected to an Ebola outbreak.

2. Health authorities would redirect the population to hospitals, churches and schools.

3. The redirected population would be screened for possible infection or contamination.

4. If an individual(s) tested positive, they would be evacuated to a quarantine camp or military based and treated and kept until they were cured or they died.

5. All uninfected individuals in said area would be forcibly vaccinated.

6. There would be no travel allowed, in or out, of the area connected to the outbreak.

7. The geographic source area of the outbreak, if foreign, would be banned from travelers coming into the U.S., or travelers leaving!

8. All public events (school attendance, attending football games, rock concerts etc.) in the impacted area would be indefinitely suspended until the health crisis had passed.

Did anything close to the these procedures happen in Dallas? It is very difficult to conclude that Ebola is not a false-flag type of manufactured crisis. This belief is bolstered by the following revelation by a CIA insider.

Flashback: Ebola False Flag Predicted By CIA Insider

Airing on September 18th 2014 Alex Jones spoke with former CIA operative Robert David Steele who predicts an Ebola related false flag. Steele stated that a simulated attack on America, using Ebola, will be initiated.

Instead of the employment of known and effective containment procedures and moving to mitigate the bio-terrorism threat coming through our southern border, the Obama administration, instead, gives us this meaningless rhetoric  from federal health officials. The professionalism of these empty reassurances sounded more like a pep rally than a medical news conference designed to outline clear and concise medical plan of action.

Obama’s Leadership: Ineptitude or Treason?

I have come to an undeniable conclusion,  in the fact of this coming pandemic, I cannot trust my government to make wise and prudent decisions on my behalf.  I am on my own when it comes to the present crisis. I can trust nothing that this government says. We are all on our own.

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Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art – President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: “If that’s art, then I’m a Hottentot.” As for the artists themselves, many were ex- communists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.

The existence of this policy, rumoured and disputed for many years, has now been confirmed for the first time by former CIA officials. Unknown to the artists, the new American art was secretly promoted under a policy known as the “long leash” – arrangements similar in some ways to the indirect CIA backing of the journal Encounter, edited by Stephen Spender.

The decision to include culture and art in the US Cold War arsenal was taken as soon as the CIA was founded in 1947. Dismayed at the appeal communism still had for many intellectuals and artists in the West, the new agency set up a division, the Propaganda Assets Inventory, which at its peak could influence more than 800 newspapers, magazines and public information organisations. They joked that it was like a Wurlitzer jukebox: when the CIA pushed a button it could hear whatever tune it wanted playing across the world.

The next key step came in 1950, when the International Organisations Division (IOD) was set up under Tom Braden. It was this office which subsidised the animated version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which sponsored American jazz artists, opera recitals, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s international touring programme. Its agents were placed in the film industry, in publishing houses, even as travel writers for the celebrated Fodor guides. And, we now know, it promoted America’s anarchic avant-garde movement, Abstract Expressionism.

Initially, more open attempts were made to support the new American art. In 1947 the State Department organised and paid for a touring international exhibition entitled “Advancing American Art”, with the aim of rebutting Soviet suggestions that America was a cultural desert. But the show caused outrage at home, prompting Truman to make his Hottentot remark and one bitter congressman to declare: “I am just a dumb American who pays taxes for this kind of trash.” The tour had to be cancelled.

The US government now faced a dilemma. This philistinism, combined with Joseph McCarthy’s hysterical denunciations of all that was avant-garde or unorthodox, was deeply embarrassing. It discredited the idea that America was a sophisticated, culturally rich democracy. It also prevented the US government from consolidating the shift in cultural supremacy from Paris to New York since the 1930s. To resolve this dilemma, the CIA was brought in.

The connection is not quite as odd as it might appear. At this time the new agency, staffed mainly by Yale and Harvard graduates, many of whom collected art and wrote novels in their spare time, was a haven of liberalism when compared with a political world dominated by McCarthy or with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI. If any official institution was in a position to celebrate the collection of Leninists, Trotskyites and heavy drinkers that made up the New York School, it was the CIA.

Until now there has been no first-hand evidence to prove that this connection was made, but for the first time a former case officer, Donald Jameson, has broken the silence. Yes, he says, the agency saw Abstract Expressionism as an opportunity, and yes, it ran with it.

“Regarding Abstract Expressionism, I’d love to be able to say that the CIA invented it just to see what happens in New York and downtown SoHo tomorrow!” he joked. “But I think that what we did really was to recognise the difference. It was recognised that Abstract Expression- ism was the kind of art that made Socialist Realism look even more stylised and more rigid and confined than it was. And that relationship was exploited in some of the exhibitions.

“In a way our understanding was helped because Moscow in those days was very vicious in its denunciation of any kind of non-conformity to its own very rigid patterns. And so one could quite adequately and accurately reason that anything they criticised that much and that heavy- handedly was worth support one way or another.”

To pursue its underground interest in America’s lefty avant-garde, the CIA had to be sure its patronage could not be discovered. “Matters of this sort could only have been done at two or three removes,” Mr Jameson explained, “so that there wouldn’t be any question of having to clear Jackson Pollock, for example, or do anything that would involve these people in the organisation. And it couldn’t have been any closer, because most of them were people who had very little respect for the government, in particular, and certainly none for the CIA. If you had to use people who considered themselves one way or another to be closer to Moscow than to Washington, well, so much the better perhaps.”

This was the “long leash”. The centrepiece of the CIA campaign became the Congress for Cultural Freedom, a vast jamboree of intellectuals, writers, historians, poets, and artists which was set up with CIA funds in 1950 and run by a CIA agent. It was the beach-head from which culture could be defended against the attacks of Moscow and its “fellow travellers” in the West. At its height, it had offices in 35 countries and published more than two dozen magazines, including Encounter.

The Congress for Cultural Freedom also gave the CIA the ideal front to promote its covert interest in Abstract Expressionism. It would be the official sponsor of touring exhibitions; its magazines would provide useful platforms for critics favourable to the new American painting; and no one, the artists included, would be any the wiser.

This organisation put together several exhibitions of Abstract Expressionism during the 1950s. One of the most significant, “The New American Painting”, visited every big European city in 1958-59. Other influential shows included “Modern Art in the United States” (1955) and “Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century” (1952).

Because Abstract Expressionism was expensive to move around and exhibit, millionaires and museums were called into play. Pre-eminent among these was Nelson Rockefeller, whose mother had co-founded the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As president of what he called “Mummy’s museum”, Rockefeller was one of the biggest backers of Abstract Expressionism (which he called “free enterprise painting”). His museum was contracted to the Congress for Cultural Freedom to organise and curate most of its important art shows.

The museum was also linked to the CIA by several other bridges. William Paley, the president of CBS broadcasting and a founding father of the CIA, sat on the members’ board of the museum’s International Programme. John Hay Whitney, who had served in the agency’s wartime predecessor, the OSS, was its chairman. And Tom Braden, first chief of the CIA’s International Organisations Division, was executive secretary of the museum in 1949.

Now in his eighties, Mr Braden lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, in a house packed with Abstract Expressionist works and guarded by enormous Alsatians. He explained the purpose of the IOD.

“We wanted to unite all the people who were writers, who were musicians, who were artists, to demonstrate that the West and the United States was devoted to freedom of expression and to intellectual achievement, without any rigid barriers as to what you must write, and what you must say, and what you must do, and what you must paint, which was what was going on in the Soviet Union. I think it was the most important division that the agency had, and I think that it played an enormous role in the Cold War.”

He confirmed that his division had acted secretly because of the public hostility to the avant-garde: “It was very difficult to get Congress to go along with some of the things we wanted to do – send art abroad, send symphonies abroad, publish magazines abroad. That’s one of the reasons it had to be done covertly. It had to be a secret. In order to encourage openness we had to be secret.”

If this meant playing pope to this century’s Michelangelos, well, all the better: “It takes a pope or somebody with a lot of money to recognise art and to support it,” Mr Braden said. “And after many centuries people say, ‘Oh look! the Sistine Chapel, the most beautiful creation on Earth!’ It’s a problem that civilisation has faced ever since the first artist and the first millionaire or pope who supported him. And yet if it hadn’t been for the multi-millionaires or the popes, we wouldn’t have had the art.”

Would Abstract Expressionism have been the dominant art movement of the post-war years without this patronage? The answer is probably yes. Equally, it would be wrong to suggest that when you look at an Abstract Expressionist painting you are being duped by the CIA.

But look where this art ended up: in the marble halls of banks, in airports, in city halls, boardrooms and great galleries. For the Cold Warriors who promoted them, these paintings were a logo, a signature for their culture and system which they wanted to display everywhere that counted. They succeeded.

* The full story of the CIA and modern art is told in ‘Hidden Hands’ on Channel 4 next Sunday at 8pm. The first programme in the series is screened tonight. Frances Stonor Saunders is writing a book on the cultural Cold War.

Covert Operation

In 1958 the touring exhibition “The New American Painting”, including works by Pollock, de Kooning, Motherwell and others, was on show in Paris. The Tate Gallery was keen to have it next, but could not afford to bring it over. Late in the day, an American millionaire and art lover, Julius Fleischmann, stepped in with the cash and the show was brought to London.

The money that Fleischmann provided, however, was not his but the CIA’s. It came through a body called the Farfield Foundation, of which Fleischmann was president, but far from being a millionaire’s charitable arm, the foundation was a secret conduit for CIA funds.

So, unknown to the Tate, the public or the artists, the exhibition was transferred to London at American taxpayers’ expense to serve subtle Cold War propaganda purposes. A former CIA man, Tom Braden, described how such conduits as the Farfield Foundation were set up. “We would go to somebody in New York who was a well-known rich person and we would say, ‘We want to set up a foundation.’ We would tell him what we were trying to do and pledge him to secrecy, and he would say, ‘Of course I’ll do it,’ and then you would publish a letterhead and his name would be on it and there would be a foundation. It was really a pretty simple device.”

Julius Fleischmann was well placed for such a role. He sat on the board of the International Programme of the Museum of Modern Art in New York – as did several powerful figures close to the CIA.

 

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