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Buzz Aldrin talks about Martian moon

July 28, 2009

Watchdog asks questions about NLE 09

July 28, 2009

By Andrew W. Griffin

Oklahoma Watchdog

Posted: July 27, 2009

reddirtreporter@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA CITY —  While not getting much publicity in the Oklahoma or national media, next week, between July 27-31, there will be a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) event taking place in the Sooner State and surrounding states called National Level Exercise 2009 or simply NLE 09.

According to an official press release released at FEMA.gov, “NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.”

And where Oklahoma comes in is that this year, NLE 09 is focusing on FEMA Region VI, of which Oklahoma is a part of. The other states in the participating FEMA region include: Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico.

Specifically, according to the FEMA information sheet on NLE 09, the exercise involves a scenario that begins “in the aftermath of a national terrorist event outside the United States, and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure.”

Curious to learn more about this NLE 09 anti-terrorism exercise, Red Dirt Report contacted Brook Arbeitman, the public information officer for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security in Oklahoma City.

Arbeitman, interestingly enough, could not answer some more in-depth questions about NLE 09 because she is a role player in the exercise, playing – you guessed it – a public information officer for Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and as a result “is not privy” to some of the specifics.

“We will be playing along with everybody to whatever extent the exercise” proceeds, Arbeitman said.

A lot of what NLE 09 is about, according to Arbeitman is “information sharing” between law enforcement on the local state and federal levels.

“We want to be able to effectively share information prevent something from happening,” she said.

And what is interesting about NLE 09 is what is not highlighted by FEMA and OKOHS.  As reported in April by Kurt Nimmo at PrisonPlanet.com “NLE 09 will also include exercises designed to round up and intern suspected terrorists.”  Nimmo’s report speculates that NLE 09 “represents the next phase of preparations to implement martial law in America under the guise of fighting loosely defined terrorists.”

And this is not simply a national exercise with Americans involved. Representatives from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Mexico are expected to participate as well. What the roles these foreigners will play, particularly the Mexican officials, is not entirely clear.

Asked if this reporter could sit in on the exercise, Arbeitman explained to Red Dirt Report that NLE 09 is not “media friendly” because it is largely involving people looking at computer screens in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

“This is not a typical exercise like the one here in Oklahoma City where they had cops responding and performing their exercises out on the street,” Arbeitman said, referencing the four-hour long anti-terrorism drill Wednesday involving “a fake extremist group called ‘The Redemption of the Fallen’ that was said to have attacked the Oklahoma City metro area.

In light of the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report, leaked earlier this year to Infowars.com and subsequently picked up in the media, there appears to be a shift in what the targets of the federal agencies – DHS, FBI, FEMA – and local law enforcement, in particular, are right-wing extremists, rather than foreign terrorists. And with the terrorism drill in Oklahoma City, followed days later by participation in NLE 09, Red Dirt Report can’t help but wonder if the authorities are preparing for something in the near future, particularly in light of the imploding economy.

Remember, in the MIAC report, out of Missouri, state police were urged to view regular Americans as potential terrorists, particularly those who supported Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, were pro-life activists, supporters of the Second Amendment, and other advocates of liberty and freedom. We’ve already seen reports of citizens being unfairly arrested and questioned for having pro-gun stickers on their vehicles, as evidenced in a recent case in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is happening all over the country and NLE 09, from what we here at Red Dirt Report have researched, is a way to further train authorities to clamp down even more.

Asked to speak to someone else who might have more information about the exercise and what is going on in Oklahoma specifically, Arbeitman said she would pass along my questions to Kim Carter, OKOHS’s Fusion Center coordinator.  Arbeitman acknowledged that Carter was extremely busy this week and may not be able to get back to me right away. As of Thursday afternoon, we have not heard back from Carter.

But back to the FEMA.gov website and the NLE 09 press release:

The exercise is currently designed to validate the following capabilities:

  • Intelligence/Information Sharing and Dissemination
  • Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Law Enforcement
  • Air, Border and Maritime Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Public and Private Sector Alert/Notification and Security Advisories
  • International Coordination

Red Dirt Report will continue to follow and report on any developments related to NLE 09 and any related federal, state and local activities. And if any readers have any tips worth following up on, please contact us at reddirtreporter@gmail.com.

Anti-BPA fear-mongering unnecessary

July 28, 2009

By Andrew W. Griffin

Oklahoma Watchdog

Posted: July 27, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – With green living and eco-friendliness becoming all the rage in the Western world, liberals and their enablers in the mainstream media are always looking for some new thing to frighten the public. Last month it was swine flu. What’s next, we here at Red Dirt Report are wondering?

Dwelling on this, who out there on the Inter-tubes recall the Alar scare back in 1989? Yes, 20 years ago, 60 Minutes in the lead, scared the public into thinking that Alar, a chemical-based plant growth regulator sprayed on apples, was poisoning consumers of apples and apple sauce.

It was later revealed to be part of an irrational propaganda campaign that ignored that Alar has only a five in 1 million chance of Alar having a negative effect on a human being. And for that to happen, someone would have to consume 5,000 gallons of apple juice per day. Color me waterlogged!

Not one to let a good scare -promoted by the Subaru Forester-and-Birkenstock set – go unreported, a new media-driven propaganda scare campaign is underway. This time it is Bisphenol A, better known as BPA, a building block in plastic, used throughout the food and related industries, was alleged to be dangerous.

Reports were that BPA’s presence primarily in plastic bottles is endangering “millions of babies.”

Many of these fear-mongering media reports have been found to be misleading and “caused unnecessary public anxiety, according to an independent study released last week by the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) at George Mason University.

While Canada has announced it is banning the import of baby bottles containing BPA, and Wal-Mart Canada will be ceasing sales of BPA-laden water and baby bottles and related items, other countries, like Australia, New Zealand and the European Union’s Food Safety Authority have “found no cause for alarm.” Additionally, regulatory bodies and expert panels in France, Switzerland, Norway, Germany and Denmark found no problems with plastic products containing BPA.

The American Food and Drug Administration has concluded BPA is safe, while the Consumer Product Safety Commission said a BPA ban would be bad because it “could result in less effective protection of children from head, eye, or bodily injury.”

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta took a look at the BPA controversy and reported that “infants are capable of safely metabolizing BPA,” which contradicts earlier assertions that babies cannot process the chemical in the same way as adults.

Yet, the fear-mongers are now in US, promoting the idea that BPA is dangerous. In fact, kicking off this campaign of fear was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Their award-winning 2008 series “Chemical Fallout,” interviewed researchers, including Frederick vom Saal  at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Shanna Swan of the University of Rochester. It has been reported that some of the researrchers have “financial and research ties” to anti-BPA research and this appears to have tainted the doomy findings reported by the Journal Sentinel.

Saal, not the most level-headed of scientists, was quoted saying: “The science is clear and the findings are not just scary, they are horrific,” vom Saal said. “When you feed a baby out of a clear, hard plastic bottle, it’s like giving the baby a birth control pill.”

Red Dirt Report has been informed by Washington-based researchers who dismiss the BPA fear-mongering that environmental activists are heavily involved in the rampant anti-BPA campaign sweeping the planet.

In fact, a cursory Google search for Oklahoma-related stories on BPA reveals a June 25, 2009 Tulsa World report headlined “Dressed to chill,” addressing summer-ready gear like sunshades and water bottles. Twice in the article, the World reporter talks about using a “BPA-free plastic bottle” or a canteen that is “100 percent BPA- and toxin-free.” Basically the reporter is telling the public that BPA bottles are bad even though federal findings have shown otherwise. Guilty until proven innocent, according to the Tulsa World.

Already, the liberal states of Connecticut and Minnesota have banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, although a July 15 Associated Press article out of Oakland, Calif. Reported that the Golden State “will not place Bisphenol A” on a state list of chemicals believed to cause reproductive harm.

It was a unanimous vote of seven California physicians who announced that “there’s not enough scientific evidence of BPA’s potential dangers.”

An AP report citing a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study notes how JAMA suggested that adults exposed to higher amounts of the chemical were more likely to report having heart disease and diabetes. However, the AP notes, “the study doesn’t provide proof” of these findings.

And just like in the wake of the ’89 Alar scare, where Uniroyal Chemical Company agreed to voluntarily halt domestic sales of Alar for food uses, Sunoco, a gas and chemical maker is refusing to sell BPA to companies for use in food and water containers for children younger than three. Sunoco now wants its customers to guarantee BPA won’t be used in children’s food products. Bowing to pressure from the Mother-huggers at the National Resources Defense Council and Friends of the Earth, no doubt. 

And Congress is looking to get involved in the BPA controversy. With a number of liberal congressmen leaning in the anti-BPA direction, it could result in a partisan ban of a crucial element in plastic that has helped keep, according to one report, botulism and other true toxins and dangers at bay.

Ironically, the greens are pushing the CFL light bulbs that contain toxic amounts of mercury, stuff so bad that you have to seal off the affected room and throw everything away. But it’s green and good for Gaia, as they’d say. But something that has a use in all sorts of consumer products and is proven safe is demonized in the media. Well, I guess we can count on Congress to have the final say – yeah, right!

Casting a skeptical eye on the swine flu vaccine

July 24, 2009

By Andrew W. Griffin

Oklahoma Watchdog

Posted: July 24, 2009

reddirtreporter@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – The lead headline in today’s edition of The Oklahoman said it all : “State kids to get shot at swine flu vaccine.”

Yes, that swine flu. The one designated last month as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Anyway, reading the story, written by Oklahoman staff writer Vallery Brown, readers are told that up to 200 Oklahoma children between the ages of 3 and 8 will be encouraged to enroll in the swine flu (H1N1) vaccine trials.

These tests – which in effect use children as guinea pigs for this largely untested vaccine – will be conducted at IPS Research in Oklahoma City, the first Oklahoma company to be involved in the swine flu vaccine trials.

The medical director for IPS Research, Dr. Louise Thurman, said they will begin enrolling “patients” on August 17.

“From a science standpoint, it should work,” Thurman told The Oklahoman.

But then it explains that the trials will include up to 12,000 children nationwide with adult trials expected to follow.

The tone of The Oklahoman story is that with flu season rapidly approaching in the autumn, there is a rush to get these vaccines ready and available to be administered to the public.

Quoting Don Blose, chief of immunization services for the Oklahoma Health Department, Blose said the H1N1 strain “spreads more quickly than other influenzas and more than half of the reported cases have been in children.”

So, who will allow their children to be used to test these vaccines? We know that 200 people in Oklahoma and 40,000 nationwide have been sickened by swine flu. Celebrities, including Rupert Grint, who plays the Ron Weasley character in the Harry Potter movies contracted H1N1 and has successfully recovered. Nevertheless, only 263 people, many with compromised immune systems, have died, far less than the thousands that succumb to the regular seasonal flu each year.

But this is going to be rammed down the throats of the American public. There is already talk of have at-home “interventions” in the near future where government officials knock on your door and will try to persuade people to “take the shot.”

And who will benefit from these vaccines that some consider very dangerous to human health? Naturally, the drug manufacturers, like the sloppy operators of Baxter in Illinois and others like GlaxoSmithKline. Just check out this Reuters article headlined “Companies reaping the swine flu windfall.”

In a July 17, 2009 article on WebMD.com, headlined “Swine flu vaccine fast-tracked to September?” health news reporter Daniel J. DeNoon noted that the National Biodefense Safety Board (NBSB), which answers to Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, recommended fast-tracking the new swine flu vaccines to be ready in time for the start of school.

And who is on the National Biodefense Safety Board? A list of “experts” from universities, pharmaceutical companies and medical groups, although they are not specifically listed. Non-voting members of NBSB include “representatives of the White House, the DHHS, national security agencies, the FDA and – believe it or not – NASA.

Already, the DHHS and the US Government are pledging $8.5 billion towards these swine flu vaccinations.

In an MSNBC interview with Sebelius and CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, the host talks to them live from a government-sponsored  “swine flu summit” that included DHS, Department of Education, NIH, FDA, CDC and others, that, jokes the host, is “enough to get a conspiracy theorist salivating.”

Sebelius and CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden calmly talk about “keeping kids safe and secure” and “looking at a vaccine that might be targeted to school-age kids.”

The government can’t wait to jab the kids with these vaccines.

“We’re hopeful by mid-to-late fall have the first doses of vaccines available,” Frieden tells MSNBC.

Back to the WebMD.com article, DeNoon writes: “Getting swine flu vaccine by September means skipping all but the most preliminary clinical tests of vaccine safety and effectiveness.” 

Between 60 and 80 million doses could be ready by mid-September, notes the WebMD.com reporter.

This is where the young “guinea pigs” come in. The tests start August 17, right before the start of school in many areas. And while the swine flu has ebbed in the United States, a “second wave” is expected within six weeks, therefore the hasty push to get the vaccines tested and out there.

Back to DeNoon’s WebMD article. In it, he writes that “initial does likely will go to those most severely hit by the pandemic so far: infants, toddlers, school-age children, pregnant women, and adults with risk factors for severe flu disease.”

DeNoon does ask Dr. Andrew Pavia, at the University of Utah, why the government should deploy a vaccine that “hasn’t completed safety and efficacy testing?”

Pavia replies by saying “Because we already have a lot of experience with similar vaccines” and notes that pandemic swine flu is a type A, H1N1 flu virus and that the regular seasonal flu vaccine and this new vaccine “is made exactly the same way.”

But then it gets worse. The article says that officials will guess at the best dose of vaccine. The question remains whether one or two doses will be effective. This, you must remember, to be injected into small children with developing brains and bodies.

And recall back in 1976 when the last swine flu swept the nation. Back then, the government wanted everyone to get vaccinated and for many who took the questionable vaccine at that time developed a rare side effect called Guillain-Barre syndrome., a paralyzing neuromuscular disorder.

And what to expect for those who do take the swine flu vaccine?

And, as PrisonPlanet.com reporter Paul Joseph Watson reports today, “the swine flu vaccine includes squalene, a dangerous adjuvant that contributed to Gulf War Syndrome cases.” Watson notes that those given the vaccine will face “debilitating lifelong diseases far more deadly than the swine flu virus itself for thousands of children if a mass vaccination campaign is conducted.”

And not surprisingly, the government has given vaccine makers legal immunity from lawsuits filed by people who may be injured or killed as a result of side effects from the vaccine. Consider that, when you or your child accepts the swine flu vaccine.

Oklahoma Watchdog, a new investigative news website, will be looking more into the swine flu vaccine program.

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