Constitution Project finds violations of International Human Rights by Obama Administ

The non partisan, independent review by the Constitution Project studied interrogation and detention programs since September 11, 2001. The report concluded that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture”.

The New York Times reported:

“The sweeping, 600-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning. “
Although the Constitution Project did not have access to classified records, a separate 6,000 page report was prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee. This report focuses on the Central Intelligence Agency’s record and remains classified.

The report should come as no surprise to those paying attention but it does offer further evidence that the use of torture does not provide valid information. The report found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that enhanced interrogation methods produced valuable information. “A person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” however the information may not be reliable, according to the report.

The report goes on to state, the use of torture “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”

The Constitution Project also studied what are known as CIA black sites, off the map interrogation and detention centers. The report found not only does the C.I.A. engage in waterboarding prisoners, but it has also slammed prisoners into walls, stripped them naked and kept them awake for long periods of times.

The report makes it clear that United States officials in the highest offices violated the Constitution of the United States as well as the International Convention Against Torture.

The Study was first initiated by President Obama in 2009. The President said he wanted to support a national effort to investigate Bush era counterterrorism programs. Shortly after, President Obama famously sold his supporters out by claiming it was time to “look forward, not backward”.

Although the report focuses on the now obvious abuses of the Bush Administration it does make note of the Obama Administration’s “excessive secrecy”. It concludes keeping torture secret “cannot continue to be justified on the basis of national security”. They urge the Obama Administration to stop citing state secrets to block lawsuits related to torture.

The Constitution Projects report is just the latest piece of evidence that the United States leadership has forsaken even the most basic principles of this nation, and it’s Constitution. The Ruling Class has become a despotic army of fascists, speaking in forked tongues to pacify the masses.

As long as we ignore the crimes of our own nation we will continue to reap the consequences. We should never forget Bradley Manning, Jose Padilla and the many other human beings who have been accused of terrorism and other crimes that continue to be tortured and denied the most basic human rights. Only by acknowledging what has taken place in our names can we truly move forward.

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4MIN News April 30, 2013: Something Beneath the Buoy?

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Constitution Project finds violations of International Human Rights by Obama Administ

The non partisan, independent review by the Constitution Project studied interrogation and detention programs since September 11, 2001. The report concluded that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture”.

The New York Times reported:

“The sweeping, 600-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning. “
Although the Constitution Project did not have access to classified records, a separate 6,000 page report was prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee. This report focuses on the Central Intelligence Agency’s record and remains classified.

The report should come as no surprise to those paying attention but it does offer further evidence that the use of torture does not provide valid information. The report found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that enhanced interrogation methods produced valuable information. “A person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” however the information may not be reliable, according to the report.

The report goes on to state, the use of torture “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”

The Constitution Project also studied what are known as CIA black sites, off the map interrogation and detention centers. The report found not only does the C.I.A. engage in waterboarding prisoners, but it has also slammed prisoners into walls, stripped them naked and kept them awake for long periods of times.

The report makes it clear that United States officials in the highest offices violated the Constitution of the United States as well as the International Convention Against Torture.

The Study was first initiated by President Obama in 2009. The President said he wanted to support a national effort to investigate Bush era counterterrorism programs. Shortly after, President Obama famously sold his supporters out by claiming it was time to “look forward, not backward”.

Although the report focuses on the now obvious abuses of the Bush Administration it does make note of the Obama Administration’s “excessive secrecy”. It concludes keeping torture secret “cannot continue to be justified on the basis of national security”. They urge the Obama Administration to stop citing state secrets to block lawsuits related to torture.

The Constitution Projects report is just the latest piece of evidence that the United States leadership has forsaken even the most basic principles of this nation, and it’s Constitution. The Ruling Class has become a despotic army of fascists, speaking in forked tongues to pacify the masses.

As long as we ignore the crimes of our own nation we will continue to reap the consequences. We should never forget Bradley Manning, Jose Padilla and the many other human beings who have been accused of terrorism and other crimes that continue to be tortured and denied the most basic human rights. Only by acknowledging what has taken place in our names can we truly move forward.

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God Bless Planned Parenthood

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President Barack Obama has praised Planned Parenthood while lambasting its pro-life critics at the pro-choice group’s national conference in Washington D.C., ending his prepared remarks with seeking God’s blessing upon the organization.

“For nearly a century now, one core principle has guided everything all of you do — that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health,” Obama said at the Planned Parenthood Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Friday. After applause, the president added, “It’s a simple principle.”

Obama said he was grateful for the services provided by the group, which, critics say, is the number one abortion business in the United States, performing almost 335,000 abortions annually.

“I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America,” the president said. “You are somebody that women — young women, old women, women in between — count on for so many important services. And we are truly grateful to you.”

Obama also highlighted that Planned Parenthood saves lives despite critics blasting the organization for killing thousands of unborn babies every year through its abortion services.

Obama said, “Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time. Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic. Somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.”

The president also strongly attacked critics of the organization.

“So when politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you; they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear: They’re talking about telling many of those women, you’re on your own,” Obama said. “They’re talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most — shutting off communities that need more health care options for women, not less.”

The fact is, Obama went on to claim, that “after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”

The president mentioned that 42 states have introduced laws “that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care that they need; laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy…” He called the legislation “absurd.” “It’s wrong. It’s an assault on women’s rights… When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013.”

Obama made no mention of the late-term abortion provider in Pa., Kermit Gosnell, who ran two abortion practices in Philadelphia, and is accused of killing seven babies who were born alive and one patient who died from an overdose of Demerol that was administered by the clinic’s unlicensed staff. His trial resumed recently, and he faces seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder, following deaths at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic he owned and operated for 40 years in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

Obama added that no matter how great the challenge, “no matter how fierce the opposition,” the past few years have shown that “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

Students for Life of America earlier this month conducted a two-week bus tour on college campuses to “expose” Planned Parenthood.

While receiving $542 million in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood made over $150 million in revenue from the 333,965 abortions they performed in just the 2011-2012 fiscal year alone, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement. “They are an abortion business, plain and simple.”

Research by SFLA has found that 59 percent of 18-24 year olds do not know that Planned Parenthood commits abortions.

The president ended his speech saying, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you.”

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God Bless Planned Parenthood

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President Barack Obama has praised Planned Parenthood while lambasting its pro-life critics at the pro-choice group’s national conference in Washington D.C., ending his prepared remarks with seeking God’s blessing upon the organization.

“For nearly a century now, one core principle has guided everything all of you do — that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health,” Obama said at the Planned Parenthood Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Friday. After applause, the president added, “It’s a simple principle.”

Obama said he was grateful for the services provided by the group, which, critics say, is the number one abortion business in the United States, performing almost 335,000 abortions annually.

“I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America,” the president said. “You are somebody that women — young women, old women, women in between — count on for so many important services. And we are truly grateful to you.”

Obama also highlighted that Planned Parenthood saves lives despite critics blasting the organization for killing thousands of unborn babies every year through its abortion services.

Obama said, “Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time. Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic. Somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.”

The president also strongly attacked critics of the organization.

“So when politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you; they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear: They’re talking about telling many of those women, you’re on your own,” Obama said. “They’re talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most — shutting off communities that need more health care options for women, not less.”

The fact is, Obama went on to claim, that “after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”

The president mentioned that 42 states have introduced laws “that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care that they need; laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy…” He called the legislation “absurd.” “It’s wrong. It’s an assault on women’s rights… When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013.”

Obama made no mention of the late-term abortion provider in Pa., Kermit Gosnell, who ran two abortion practices in Philadelphia, and is accused of killing seven babies who were born alive and one patient who died from an overdose of Demerol that was administered by the clinic’s unlicensed staff. His trial resumed recently, and he faces seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder, following deaths at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic he owned and operated for 40 years in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

Obama added that no matter how great the challenge, “no matter how fierce the opposition,” the past few years have shown that “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

Students for Life of America earlier this month conducted a two-week bus tour on college campuses to “expose” Planned Parenthood.

While receiving $542 million in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood made over $150 million in revenue from the 333,965 abortions they performed in just the 2011-2012 fiscal year alone, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement. “They are an abortion business, plain and simple.”

Research by SFLA has found that 59 percent of 18-24 year olds do not know that Planned Parenthood commits abortions.

The president ended his speech saying, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you.”

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You are a guinea pig

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. We can’t escape it in our cars. It’s in cities and suburbs. It afflicts rich and poor, young and old. And there’s a reason why you’ve never read about it in the newspaper or seen a report on the nightly news: it has no name — and no antidote.

The culprit behind this silent killer is lead. And vinyl. And formaldehyde. And asbestos. And Bisphenol A. And polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). And thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry,” but instead produced a toxic stew that has made every American a guinea pig and has turned the United States into one grand unnatural experiment.

Today, we are all unwitting subjects in the largest set of drug trials ever. Without our knowledge or consent, we are testing thousands of suspected toxic chemicals and compounds, as well as new substances whose safety is largely unproven and whose effects on human beings are all but unknown. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) itself has begun monitoring our bodies for 151 potentially dangerous chemicals, detailing the variety of pollutants we store in our bones, muscle, blood, and fat. None of the companies introducing these new chemicals has even bothered to tell us we’re part of their experiment. None of them has asked us to sign consent forms or explained that they have little idea what the long-term side effects of the chemicals they’ve put in our environment — and so our bodies — could be. Nor do they have any clue as to what the synergistic effects of combining so many novel chemicals inside a human body in unknown quantities might produce.

How industrial toxins entered the american home

The story of how Americans became unwitting test subjects began more than a century ago. The key figure was Alice Hamilton, the “mother” of American occupational medicine, who began documenting the way workers in lead paint pigment factories, battery plants, and lead mines were suffering terrible palsies, tremors, convulsions, and deaths after being exposed to lead dust that floated in the air, coating their workbenches and clothes.

Soon thereafter, children exposed to lead paint and lead dust in their homes were also identified as victims of this deadly neurotoxin. Many went into convulsions and comas after crawling on floors where lead dust from paint had settled, or from touching lead-painted toys, or teething on lead-painted cribs, windowsills, furniture, and woodwork.

Instead of leveling with the public, the lead industry through its trade group, the Lead Industries Association, began a six-decade-long campaign to cover-up its product’s dire effects. It challenged doctors who reported lead-poisoned children to health departments, distracted the public through advertisements that claimed lead was “safe” to use, and fought regulation of the industry by local government, all in the service of profiting from putting a poison in paint, gasoline, plumbing fixtures, and even toys, baseballs, and fishing gear.

As Joe Camel would be for tobacco, so the little Dutch Boy of the National Lead Company became an iconic marketing tool for Dutch Boy Lead Paint, priming Americans to invite a dangerous product into their children’s playrooms, nurseries, and lives. The company also launched a huge advertising campaign that linked lead to health, rather than danger. It even produced coloring books for children, encouraging them to paint their rooms and furniture using lead-based paint.

Only after thousands of children were poisoned and, in the 1960s, activist groups like the Young Lords and the Black Panthers began to use lead poisoning as a symbol of racial and class oppression did public health professionals and the federal government begin to rein in companies like the Sherwin-Williams paint company and the Ethyl Corporation, which produced tetraethyl lead, the lead-additive in gasoline. In 1971, Congress passed the Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Act that limited lead in paint used for public housing. In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission finally banned lead in all paints sold for consumer use. During the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency issued rules that led to the elimination of leaded gasoline by 1995 (though it still remains in aviation fuel).

The CDC estimates that in at least 4 million households in the U.S. today children are still exposed to dangerous amounts of lead from old paint that produces dust every time a nail is driven into a wall to hang a picture, a new electric socket is installed, or a family renovates its kitchen. It estimates that more than 500,000 children ages one to five have “elevated” levels of lead in their blood. (No level is considered safe for children.) Studies have linked lost IQ points, attention deficit disorders, behavioral problems, dyslexia, and even possibly high incarceration rates to tiny amounts of lead in children’s bodies.

Unfortunately, when it came to the creation of America’s chemical soup, the lead industry was hardly alone. Asbestos is another classic example of an industrial toxin that found its way into people’s homes and bodies. For decades, insulation workers, brake mechanics, construction workers, and a host of others in hundreds of trades fell victim to the disabling and deadly lung diseases of asbestosis or to lung cancer and the fatal cancer called mesothelioma when they breathed in dust produced during the installation of boilers, the insulation of pipes, the fixing of cars that used asbestos brake linings, or the spraying of asbestos on girders. Once again, the industry knew its product’s dangers early and worked assiduously to cover them up.

Despite growing medical knowledge about its effects (and increasing industry attempts to downplay or suppress that knowledge), asbestos was soon introduced to the American home and incorporated into products ranging from insulation for boilers and piping in basements to floor tiles and joint compounds. It was used to make sheetrock walls, roof shingles, ironing boards, oven gloves, and hot plates. Soon an occupational hazard was transformed into a threat to all consumers.

Today, however, these devastating industrial-turned-domestic toxins, which destroyed the health and sometimes took the lives of hundreds of thousands, seem almost quaint when compared to the brew of potential or actual toxins we’re regularly ingesting in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Of special concern are a variety of chlorinated hydrocarbons, including DDT and other pesticides that were once spread freely nationwide, and despite being banned decades ago, have accumulated in the bones, brains, and fatty tissue of virtually all of us. Their close chemical carcinogenic cousins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were found in innumerable household and consumer products — like carbonless copy paper, adhesives, paints, and electrical equipment – from the 1950s through the 1970s. We’re still paying the price for that industrial binge today, as these odorless, tasteless compounds have become permanent pollutants in the natural environment and, as a result, in all of us.

The largest uncontrolled experiment in history

While old houses with lead paint and asbestos shingles pose risks, potentially more frightening chemicals are lurking in new construction going on in the latest mini-housing boom across America. Our homes are now increasingly made out of lightweight fibers and reinforced synthetic materials whose effects on human health have never been adequately studied individually, let alone in the combinations we’re all subjected to today.

Formaldehyde, a colorless chemical used in mortuaries as a preservative, can also be found as a fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant in, for example, plywood, particle board, hardwood paneling, and the “medium density fiberboard” commonly used for the fronts of drawers and cabinets or the tops of furniture. As the material ages, it evaporates into the home as a known cancer-producing vapor, which slowly accumulates in our bodies. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health suggests that homeowners “purchasing pressed-wood products, including building material, cabinetry, and furniture… should ask about the formaldehyde content of these products.”

What’s inside your new walls might be even more dangerous. While the flame retardants commonly used in sofas, chairs, carpets, love seats, curtains, baby products, and even TVs, sounded like a good idea when widely introduced in the 1970s, they turn out to pose hidden dangers that we’re only now beginning to grasp. Researchers have, for instance, linked one of the most common flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, to a wide variety of potentially undesirable health effects including thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, lower IQ, and the early onset of puberty.

Other flame retardants like Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate have been linked to cancer. As the CDC has documented in an ongoing study of the accumulation of hazardous materials in our bodies, flame retardants can now be found in the blood of “nearly all” of us.

Nor are these particular chemicals anomalies. Lurking in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, for instance, are window cleaners and spot removers that contain known or suspected cancer-causing agents. The same can be said of cosmetics in your makeup case or of your plastic water bottle or microwavable food containers. Most recently, Bisphenol A (BPA), the synthetic chemical used in a variety of plastic consumer products, including some baby bottles, epoxy cements, the lining of tuna fish cans, and even credit card receipts, has been singled out as another everyday toxin increasingly found inside all of us.

Recent studies indicate that its effects are as varied as they are distressing. As Sarah Vogel of the Environmental Defense Fund has written, “New research on very-low-dose exposure to BPA suggests an association with adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neurobehavioral problems, and reproductive abnormalities.”

Teflon, or perfluorooctanoic acid, the heat-resistant, non-stick coating that has been sold to us as indispensable for pots and pans, is yet another in the list of substances that may be poisoning us, almost unnoticed. In addition to allowing fried eggs to slide right onto our plates, Teflon is in all of us, according to the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, and “likely to be carcinogenic in humans.”

These synthetic materials are just a few of the thousands now firmly embedded in our lives and our bodies. Most have been deployed in our world and put in our air, water, homes, and fields without being studied at all for potential health risks, nor has much attention been given to how they interact in the environments in which we live, let alone our bodies. The groups that produce these miracle substances — like the petrochemical, plastics, and rubber industries, including major companies like Exxon, Dow, and Monsanto — argue that, until we can definitively prove the chemical products slowly leaching into our bodies are dangerous, we have no “right,” and they have no obligation, to remove them from our homes and workplaces. The idea that they should prove their products safe before exposing the entire population to them seems to be a foreign concept.

In the 1920s, the oil industry made the same argument about lead as an additive in gasoline, even though it was already known that it was a dangerous toxin for workers. Spokesman for companies like General Motors insisted that it was a “gift of God,” irreplaceable and essential for industrial progress and modern living, just as the lead industry argued for decades that lead was “essential” to produce good paint that would protect our homes.

Like the oil, lead, and tobacco industries of the twentieth century, the chemical industry, through the American Chemistry Council and public relations firms like Hill & Knowlton, is fighting tooth and nail to stop regulation and inhibit legislation that would force it to test chemicals before putting them in the environment. In the meantime, Americans remain the human guinea pigs in advanced trials of hundreds if not thousands of commonly used, largely untested chemicals. There can be no doubt that this is the largest uncontrolled experiment in history.

To begin to bring it under control would undoubtedly involve major grassroots efforts to push back against the offending corporations, courageous politicians, billions of dollars, and top-flight researchers. But before any serious steps are likely to be taken, before we even name this epidemic, we need to wake up to its existence.

A toxic dump used to be a superfund site or a nuclear waste disposal site. Increasingly, however, we — each and every one of us — are toxic dumps and for us there’s no superfund around, no disposal plan in sight. In the meantime, we’re walking, talking biohazards and we don’t even know it.

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You are a guinea pig

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. We can’t escape it in our cars. It’s in cities and suburbs. It afflicts rich and poor, young and old. And there’s a reason why you’ve never read about it in the newspaper or seen a report on the nightly news: it has no name — and no antidote.

The culprit behind this silent killer is lead. And vinyl. And formaldehyde. And asbestos. And Bisphenol A. And polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). And thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry,” but instead produced a toxic stew that has made every American a guinea pig and has turned the United States into one grand unnatural experiment.

Today, we are all unwitting subjects in the largest set of drug trials ever. Without our knowledge or consent, we are testing thousands of suspected toxic chemicals and compounds, as well as new substances whose safety is largely unproven and whose effects on human beings are all but unknown. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) itself has begun monitoring our bodies for 151 potentially dangerous chemicals, detailing the variety of pollutants we store in our bones, muscle, blood, and fat. None of the companies introducing these new chemicals has even bothered to tell us we’re part of their experiment. None of them has asked us to sign consent forms or explained that they have little idea what the long-term side effects of the chemicals they’ve put in our environment — and so our bodies — could be. Nor do they have any clue as to what the synergistic effects of combining so many novel chemicals inside a human body in unknown quantities might produce.

How industrial toxins entered the american home

The story of how Americans became unwitting test subjects began more than a century ago. The key figure was Alice Hamilton, the “mother” of American occupational medicine, who began documenting the way workers in lead paint pigment factories, battery plants, and lead mines were suffering terrible palsies, tremors, convulsions, and deaths after being exposed to lead dust that floated in the air, coating their workbenches and clothes.

Soon thereafter, children exposed to lead paint and lead dust in their homes were also identified as victims of this deadly neurotoxin. Many went into convulsions and comas after crawling on floors where lead dust from paint had settled, or from touching lead-painted toys, or teething on lead-painted cribs, windowsills, furniture, and woodwork.

Instead of leveling with the public, the lead industry through its trade group, the Lead Industries Association, began a six-decade-long campaign to cover-up its product’s dire effects. It challenged doctors who reported lead-poisoned children to health departments, distracted the public through advertisements that claimed lead was “safe” to use, and fought regulation of the industry by local government, all in the service of profiting from putting a poison in paint, gasoline, plumbing fixtures, and even toys, baseballs, and fishing gear.

As Joe Camel would be for tobacco, so the little Dutch Boy of the National Lead Company became an iconic marketing tool for Dutch Boy Lead Paint, priming Americans to invite a dangerous product into their children’s playrooms, nurseries, and lives. The company also launched a huge advertising campaign that linked lead to health, rather than danger. It even produced coloring books for children, encouraging them to paint their rooms and furniture using lead-based paint.

Only after thousands of children were poisoned and, in the 1960s, activist groups like the Young Lords and the Black Panthers began to use lead poisoning as a symbol of racial and class oppression did public health professionals and the federal government begin to rein in companies like the Sherwin-Williams paint company and the Ethyl Corporation, which produced tetraethyl lead, the lead-additive in gasoline. In 1971, Congress passed the Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Act that limited lead in paint used for public housing. In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission finally banned lead in all paints sold for consumer use. During the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency issued rules that led to the elimination of leaded gasoline by 1995 (though it still remains in aviation fuel).

The CDC estimates that in at least 4 million households in the U.S. today children are still exposed to dangerous amounts of lead from old paint that produces dust every time a nail is driven into a wall to hang a picture, a new electric socket is installed, or a family renovates its kitchen. It estimates that more than 500,000 children ages one to five have “elevated” levels of lead in their blood. (No level is considered safe for children.) Studies have linked lost IQ points, attention deficit disorders, behavioral problems, dyslexia, and even possibly high incarceration rates to tiny amounts of lead in children’s bodies.

Unfortunately, when it came to the creation of America’s chemical soup, the lead industry was hardly alone. Asbestos is another classic example of an industrial toxin that found its way into people’s homes and bodies. For decades, insulation workers, brake mechanics, construction workers, and a host of others in hundreds of trades fell victim to the disabling and deadly lung diseases of asbestosis or to lung cancer and the fatal cancer called mesothelioma when they breathed in dust produced during the installation of boilers, the insulation of pipes, the fixing of cars that used asbestos brake linings, or the spraying of asbestos on girders. Once again, the industry knew its product’s dangers early and worked assiduously to cover them up.

Despite growing medical knowledge about its effects (and increasing industry attempts to downplay or suppress that knowledge), asbestos was soon introduced to the American home and incorporated into products ranging from insulation for boilers and piping in basements to floor tiles and joint compounds. It was used to make sheetrock walls, roof shingles, ironing boards, oven gloves, and hot plates. Soon an occupational hazard was transformed into a threat to all consumers.

Today, however, these devastating industrial-turned-domestic toxins, which destroyed the health and sometimes took the lives of hundreds of thousands, seem almost quaint when compared to the brew of potential or actual toxins we’re regularly ingesting in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Of special concern are a variety of chlorinated hydrocarbons, including DDT and other pesticides that were once spread freely nationwide, and despite being banned decades ago, have accumulated in the bones, brains, and fatty tissue of virtually all of us. Their close chemical carcinogenic cousins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were found in innumerable household and consumer products — like carbonless copy paper, adhesives, paints, and electrical equipment – from the 1950s through the 1970s. We’re still paying the price for that industrial binge today, as these odorless, tasteless compounds have become permanent pollutants in the natural environment and, as a result, in all of us.

The largest uncontrolled experiment in history

While old houses with lead paint and asbestos shingles pose risks, potentially more frightening chemicals are lurking in new construction going on in the latest mini-housing boom across America. Our homes are now increasingly made out of lightweight fibers and reinforced synthetic materials whose effects on human health have never been adequately studied individually, let alone in the combinations we’re all subjected to today.

Formaldehyde, a colorless chemical used in mortuaries as a preservative, can also be found as a fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant in, for example, plywood, particle board, hardwood paneling, and the “medium density fiberboard” commonly used for the fronts of drawers and cabinets or the tops of furniture. As the material ages, it evaporates into the home as a known cancer-producing vapor, which slowly accumulates in our bodies. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health suggests that homeowners “purchasing pressed-wood products, including building material, cabinetry, and furniture… should ask about the formaldehyde content of these products.”

What’s inside your new walls might be even more dangerous. While the flame retardants commonly used in sofas, chairs, carpets, love seats, curtains, baby products, and even TVs, sounded like a good idea when widely introduced in the 1970s, they turn out to pose hidden dangers that we’re only now beginning to grasp. Researchers have, for instance, linked one of the most common flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, to a wide variety of potentially undesirable health effects including thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, lower IQ, and the early onset of puberty.

Other flame retardants like Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate have been linked to cancer. As the CDC has documented in an ongoing study of the accumulation of hazardous materials in our bodies, flame retardants can now be found in the blood of “nearly all” of us.

Nor are these particular chemicals anomalies. Lurking in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, for instance, are window cleaners and spot removers that contain known or suspected cancer-causing agents. The same can be said of cosmetics in your makeup case or of your plastic water bottle or microwavable food containers. Most recently, Bisphenol A (BPA), the synthetic chemical used in a variety of plastic consumer products, including some baby bottles, epoxy cements, the lining of tuna fish cans, and even credit card receipts, has been singled out as another everyday toxin increasingly found inside all of us.

Recent studies indicate that its effects are as varied as they are distressing. As Sarah Vogel of the Environmental Defense Fund has written, “New research on very-low-dose exposure to BPA suggests an association with adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neurobehavioral problems, and reproductive abnormalities.”

Teflon, or perfluorooctanoic acid, the heat-resistant, non-stick coating that has been sold to us as indispensable for pots and pans, is yet another in the list of substances that may be poisoning us, almost unnoticed. In addition to allowing fried eggs to slide right onto our plates, Teflon is in all of us, according to the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, and “likely to be carcinogenic in humans.”

These synthetic materials are just a few of the thousands now firmly embedded in our lives and our bodies. Most have been deployed in our world and put in our air, water, homes, and fields without being studied at all for potential health risks, nor has much attention been given to how they interact in the environments in which we live, let alone our bodies. The groups that produce these miracle substances — like the petrochemical, plastics, and rubber industries, including major companies like Exxon, Dow, and Monsanto — argue that, until we can definitively prove the chemical products slowly leaching into our bodies are dangerous, we have no “right,” and they have no obligation, to remove them from our homes and workplaces. The idea that they should prove their products safe before exposing the entire population to them seems to be a foreign concept.

In the 1920s, the oil industry made the same argument about lead as an additive in gasoline, even though it was already known that it was a dangerous toxin for workers. Spokesman for companies like General Motors insisted that it was a “gift of God,” irreplaceable and essential for industrial progress and modern living, just as the lead industry argued for decades that lead was “essential” to produce good paint that would protect our homes.

Like the oil, lead, and tobacco industries of the twentieth century, the chemical industry, through the American Chemistry Council and public relations firms like Hill & Knowlton, is fighting tooth and nail to stop regulation and inhibit legislation that would force it to test chemicals before putting them in the environment. In the meantime, Americans remain the human guinea pigs in advanced trials of hundreds if not thousands of commonly used, largely untested chemicals. There can be no doubt that this is the largest uncontrolled experiment in history.

To begin to bring it under control would undoubtedly involve major grassroots efforts to push back against the offending corporations, courageous politicians, billions of dollars, and top-flight researchers. But before any serious steps are likely to be taken, before we even name this epidemic, we need to wake up to its existence.

A toxic dump used to be a superfund site or a nuclear waste disposal site. Increasingly, however, we — each and every one of us — are toxic dumps and for us there’s no superfund around, no disposal plan in sight. In the meantime, we’re walking, talking biohazards and we don’t even know it.

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Alex Jones Admits CIA Family Connections

Alex the Judas Goat Jones has now fully admitted that half his family are retired CIA! It was long suspected that Alex was working for Stratfor, a Texas CIA front company, then MollyGate broke that his editor-in-chief at Infowars indeed worked for the CIA and Stratfor. Now in an interview with Opie and Anthony Alex openly admits that about 50% of his family works for the CIA! Alex himself has said “once you are CIA you are always CIA,” so for him to admit on air “whenever I go to a family reunion, half the people in the room are former retired CIA” is literally saying “half my family is CIA.” If half of AJ’s family works for the CIA and so does his editor-in-chief, what does that say for his credibility and integrity? How can you rail on about CIA atrocities, false-flags, assassinations, secret wars, name them as part of the shadow government that you’re against, convince people to donate millions of dollars to your “Infowar Moneybomb” a.k.a. yearly personal salary bonus, and all the while secretly employ CIA staff members and have a family full of them? One of the CIA’s main MO’s: Controlled Opposition.

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Alex Jones Admits CIA Family Connections

Alex the Judas Goat Jones has now fully admitted that half his family are retired CIA! It was long suspected that Alex was working for Stratfor, a Texas CIA front company, then MollyGate broke that his editor-in-chief at Infowars indeed worked for the CIA and Stratfor. Now in an interview with Opie and Anthony Alex openly admits that about 50% of his family works for the CIA! Alex himself has said “once you are CIA you are always CIA,” so for him to admit on air “whenever I go to a family reunion, half the people in the room are former retired CIA” is literally saying “half my family is CIA.” If half of AJ’s family works for the CIA and so does his editor-in-chief, what does that say for his credibility and integrity? How can you rail on about CIA atrocities, false-flags, assassinations, secret wars, name them as part of the shadow government that you’re against, convince people to donate millions of dollars to your “Infowar Moneybomb” a.k.a. yearly personal salary bonus, and all the while secretly employ CIA staff members and have a family full of them? One of the CIA’s main MO’s: Controlled Opposition.

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source – http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/2013/…tions.html

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