NASA destroyed evidence of life on Mars - says former employee of 46 years
Former NASA Scientist Richard Hoover shares revelations with journalist Lee Speigel from the Huffington Post. Hoover talks about the fact that someone at NASA may have destroyed evidence of life on Mars. This took place at the Open Minds 2014 International UFO Congress and Film Festival in Fountain Hills Arizona
On July 10, 2016 DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. Was Rich the source who provided Wikileaks with DNC internal emails? Some have speculated this is the reason for his murder. If true, what becomes of the mantra “Russia did it?” Sources within the FBI confirm that Seth Rich was in contact with wikileaks... News outlets have confirmed the reports as well as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz complicity in the DNC cover-up.
US Congress Woman - Tulsi Gabbard defends Julian Assange
US invaded Afghanistan to restore heroin industry – now pretending to fight it
The announcement by the US military (Nov 2017) that their new strategy (in Afghanistan) involves bombing drug labs is quite humorous given that the US went into Afghanistan in reality largely to protect the heroin industry. Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV. “Just as the Vietnam war was heavily driven by the fact that at that time most of the world’s heroin was coming from the Golden Triangle, today the heroin epicenter has moved with the CIA’s areas of interest to Afghanistan,” he stated. “The Taliban had shut down opium production in Afghanistan, and it was not tolerable to the Deep State which profits to the tune of $1.5 trillion per year from the heroin industry, which is then moved in a shell-game to various banks and corporations and leveraged into vastly more money than that,” he noted.
"UFOs Are REAL, We're NOT Kidding!!" Tucker Interviews UFO Expert Leslie Kean
The murder of Pope John Paul 1st - Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
Pope Francis Calls For A One World Government / Supranational Body To Enforce U.N. Policy"And authority was given to him over every tribe, tongue, and nation." Revelation 13:7
The Most Inspiring Speech I ever heard: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life | Rick Rigsby
Reporting from the streets of Budapest, Michael J. Matt visits the 'Museum of Terror' where Catholic cardinals, priests and laymen in Hungary were imprisoned, tortured and killed by Nazis and Communists from 1944 to 1991. Cardinal Josef Mindszenty was the fearless Hungarian hero who stood up for the Catholic people against the totalitarian forerunners to the new socialist Democrats today that want to turn America into the Eastern Europe of the Soviet era. Question: What will happen to Christian people in totalitarian regimes now that the modern Catholic Church has thrown in with the socialists? You think Pope Francis would back a Cardinal Mindszenty against the New Order, as Pius XII did back in the day? So, what can we learn about America's future from visiting Communist Budapest's past? God help us, is history really about to repeat itself? Perhaps we should ask Bernie Sanders and AOC.
History Repeats Itself As Obama and CIA Train and Arm ISIS through the Free Syrian Army: CIA Trained & Armed Bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan against USSR
July 19, 2019
Outrage as (UK) council strips widow, 86, of nest egg in benefits row leaving her penniless
A PENSIONER has been left penniless after her local council persecuted her for saving too much of her pension. Mary Morley, 86, who has learning difficulties, saved a little bit of her State Pension every week after retiring aged 65 in 1998. The former chambermaid, who received £149.54 a week, did not want to burden her family.
By SARAH O'GRADY, SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT | Express.co.uk
But she fell victim to a scandal which sees elderly people on low incomes stripped of their nest eggs by councils fed information from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Mrs Morley, who does not drink, smoke or own a television, has lived alone since her husband Cedric died in 2001. By tucking some of her weekly pension money away, the frail pensioner, from Stibbington, near Peterborough, unwittingly saved more than the £16,000 allowed by people claiming Housing Benefit. And last year, officials from Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) began the brutal process of taking it back.
Since then, Mrs Morley – who has carers twice a day – has been dragged through the courts.
Last night her son, David, 60, said: "My mum has scrimped and saved all her life. She was plunged into depression overnight and has lost the independence that she has guarded so fiercely until now.
"The process by which this is done is unbelievably callous. People in their 80s and 90s, probably alone and with health problems, are targeted.
"It's happening to these people because, in spite of their tiny pension, they have managed to save a little week after week.
"But by doing so, they have crossed the savings limit for claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, most likely without even realising."
Mr Morley – who told how his mother was branded illiterate after leaving school at 14 – was so incensed by HDC's treatment of her that he put in a Freedom of Information request, forcing it to reveal the number of people whose savings it has targeted. And if Huntingdonshire is at all typical, tens of thousands of vulnerable pensioners could be affected nationwide each year.
In the last five years, HDC has tracked down 27 people whose savings were allegedly too high.
Of these, 16 were pensioners in receipt of the State Pension and all of them were on a low income which met the means test for Housing Benefit.
All 16 accrued savings slowly over time, live in rented accommodation – often social housing – and some have incomes of less than £163 per week.
In 2014, the average age of the people being chased by Huntingdonshire was 97. Last year, it was 80.
In January 2018, Mrs Morley was told she had saved £32,000.
As a result, her Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support were stopped and HDC told her she owed them more than £12,000 in overpaid benefits.
Mrs Morley's family appealed on her behalf – which took from March to September 2018 – but the council denied the claim.
Instead, and only because of the appeal, they found an error in their own calculation and in addition to the original claim of £12,000, they now asked for an extra £10,000.
The discovery of another error in October took it up to £23,000, and with the loss of benefit that year included, the total was £28,000 – almost everything Mrs Morley had.
She is now about to be dragged through the courts as she is in Council Tax arrears – but she has no money to pay because HDC has confiscated her savings.
Critics say the £16,000 savings limit for pensioners to access benefits is too low as potentially, it represents a lifetime of saving.
Former pensions minister Sir Steve Webb said HDC behaved in a "totally inhumane way" towards Mrs Morley.
"Where is the council's sympathetic approach to vulnerable residents?" he said.
"Whilst the benefit system has to have rules, it's clear that she did not intentionally break them.
"It would have been possible to sort things out without pursuing an elderly lady for tens of thousands of pounds through legal processes which must have been utterly traumatic for her."
Sir Steve called on the DWP to take another look at the savings rules for pensioners, which cut off all help to those with savings "just a few pounds above an arbitrary upper limit".
He said: "Any financial services company would have to have a special policy for vulnerable customers, which this lady obviously is because of her age, health and illiteracy."
A spokesman for HDC said Mrs Morley's case was brought to the council's attention "by a DWP investigation which highlighted financial irregularities and, therefore, overpaid benefits".
She added: "Whilst we understand and sympathise with the stressful and delicate nature of Mrs Morley's situation, we must continue our statutory duty to recover funds overpaid in order to correctly allocate public funds to people who meet the strict eligibility requirements.
"The distribution of benefit money is governed by a stringent set of regulations which ensures that funding can be received by those who most require support.
"The regulations are set out by the Government and all local authorities must operate by these rules in order to appropriately utilise public funds within our support system."
A DWP spokesman said: "Councils pay and administer housing benefit and council tax support, providing an important safety net.
"Those with more than £16,000 in savings may be ineligible for certain means-tested benefits."
My mother now needs help from the council that took her nest egg, says DAVID MORLEY
In my mother's case, all her savings have been taken by the local authority.
At the age of 86, she has been left penniless and indebted.
This has been going on for a year-and-a-half and she has been reduced to the humiliating position of asking for help from the very local authority that stripped her of her life savings.
Sometime, around 2010, and without her even knowing about it, my mother's savings crossed the £16,000 threshold.
Unaware, she carried on saving, not buying the things she needed and going without.
Finally in January 2018, following what seems to be the routine surveillance of pensioners' bank accounts, DWP agents arrived at her door.
By this time, unbeknown to her family, and even to herself, my mother's savings had reached £32,000.
We thought at first it was a mistake.
We didn't think she could have saved that much on the money she received, but she was told that she owed £12,000 in overpaid benefits.
We appealed on the basis of her situation, that she had received no more in benefit than anyone else on her income, and had simply not understood.
We also told the council about her lack of understanding but it denied the appeal, showing no interest in what we had said.
Instead, and only because of the appeal, they found an error in their own calculation and demanded an extra £10,000.
Discovery of another error in October took it up to about £23,000 in total.
With the loss of benefit that year included, that came to around £28,000 – almost everything she had.
We appealed for discretion again, but this was refused.
We found out the council had misrecorded her savings for years, and the information they provided to claimants on the back of their Housing Benefit form contained a glaring error.
Professionals employed by a local authority, it seems, can make numerous errors and be forgiven.
The effect on people like my mother is psychologically devastating.
The money will be taken from them overnight. No account will be taken of their age, their ill health or their lack of understanding.
If Huntingdon is typical, their local authority will have said nothing, but will be relentless in pursuit of their money. It is important to note that these people will have received no more in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support than anyone else on their income.
This is not a case of extra money being taken from the taxpayer - her Housing Benefit goes straight to her landlord and her Council Tax Support straight back to the council.
Had my mother burned £50 a month for 20 years, rather than saving it, she would, quite literally, have been far better off.
How means-testing is calculated
Means-tested benefits are affected by the amount of money a claimant holds in savings, investments in shares or a second property.
The main means-tested benefits affected by both income and savings include Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit. Income Support, Universal Credit and Pension Credit are also affected.
If you or your spouse or partner have £6,000 (£10,000 if you are over state pension age) or less in savings this will not affect your claim. But if you have £16,000 or more in savings, you will not be entitled to any of these benefits.
With savings or capital of £6,000 to £16,000, the first £6,000 is ignored.
There is no upper capital limit for Pension Credit but you may receive a reduced amount if you have more than £10,000 of capital.
If you are getting Pension Credit and qualify for Council Tax Support, your savings could affect how much you get.
Comment by Sir Steve Webb
One of the worst features of the means-tested benefits system is the way that it can punish those who have worked hard and saved hard all their lives.
While it is understandable that benefits are not paid to people with a fortune, the current rules punish those with relatively modest levels of savings - especially if they aren't aware of all the ins and outs of the benefits rules.
One thing that causes complexity is that there are different rules about savings for different benefits, and it is hard for the ordinary person to understand them all.
For benefits like pension credit you can go on receiving them even if you have tens of thousands in the bank.
But for something like housing benefit, there is an absolute cut-off – if you have more than £16,000 you cannot get any help.
The problem is that savings can go up and down and, unless they know how the system works, people can unknowingly find themselves over the limit.
Many pensioners live frugally and the bank balance can gradually build up – and this can make the difference between being entitled and not entitled to benefit.
Where this happens they should be treated with respect and the matter sorted out, not treated as criminals.
Far better would be a system which is much simpler and where there are no "cliff edges", which can mean you lose all benefit for being just a pound or two above an arbitrary limit.
Means-tested benefits are often being paid to the oldest and most vulnerable.
Officials need to take account of that.
Not everyone is a financial expert, and not everyone knows fine details of the complex system.
The rules should make it easy for people, not come down on them like a ton of bricks if they inadvertently save too much cash.
Brexit news: Mr Rees-Mogg insisted the Government has "a duty" towards fishermen (Image: GETTY•EXPRESS.CO.UK)
‘They were SACRIFICED to EU!’ Rees-Mogg issues BREXIT BATTLE CRY for Britain’s fishermen
JACOB Rees-Mogg reminded the British Government of their "duty" to ensure British fishermen recover their independence from European Union fisheries regulations after Brexit.
By AURORA BOSOTTI | Express.co.uk
Jacob Rees-Mogg says government has a duty to help fishermen
The staunch Brexiteer claimed the UK "sacrificed" British fisheries and fish stocks when the country joined the European Union. Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted the Government should ensure those fishermen suffering because of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are returned their rights to British waters after Brexit. The stern warning comes as it was revealed Brussels has demanded continued access to fishing waters in exchange for an agreement to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them during the interim period up until 2021.
"The coastal communities have really badly affected by our membership of the European Union. They were sacrificed in 1973 when we joined the European Union."
Mrs May’s plan would keep the whole of the UK in the EU’s customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland if the two sides cannot strike a trade deal by the end of the transition period in December 2020.
But Brussels wants to keep access to UK waters as the price for agreeing Mrs May’s proposal.
‘Brexit will be 'GREAT' for fishing industry says British fisherman. I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them’
The North Somerset MP continued: "I think we have a duty to them to help them get back some of their prosperity and to secure our own fishing waters for British fishermen.
"Actually, it would be particularly beneficial in Scotland, where a lot of the fish stocks are in Scottish waters."
The CFP, which allows European Union vessels access to UK fishing grounds and imposes strict quotas, is despised by many British fishermen who blame it for decimating what was once a national industry.
Despite voicing opposition to the CFP and it granting permission to EU vessels to catch fish in British waters, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has remained an outspoken critic of Brexit – going as far as suggesting Scotland be allowed to stay in the single market in 2017.
Fishermen across the country have torn into the Prime Minister for selling out the industry, and have warned: “Our freedom is in peril”.
Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said: “The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, quotas and mass discarding has been an environmental disaster as well as an economic and social one.
UK fish rotting on docks if EU decides to hammer Brit fishermen
“She is away to sell-out British fishing and coastal communities out again. It is disgraceful, disgusting…It looks like the time to go up the Thames again.”
Mr Hastings added: “As Fishing For Leave warned a transition means re-obeying all EU law with disastrous consequences.
“We warned that Chequers and a 'common rulebook on agri-goods' was the same dodgy wording as the Treaty of Rome which founded the Common Fisheries Policy and would be used to demand fisheries.
“Norway, Iceland, Faroe & Greenland export vast amounts of seafood to the EU. Does the EU demand and do they cave to surrendering their natural resource for market access? No.
“No other nation on earth gives up fisheries access and resources for markets...looks like the Conservatives are about to make Britain the first.”
Mr Hastings claimed the British Government had been “weak” before demanding MP’s “vote this disgrace of a deal down”.
He said: “To the public, our countrymen we say - our country and our freedom is in peril - Defend it with all your might!.”
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare
The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history."
The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.
Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming "the economic development model" because she's really never seen it work. "If you look at Ms. Figueres' Wikipedia page," notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left. (original article)
The Gay Mafia and America’s aggressive homosexual
by Dr Eowyn | Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM)
One of FOTM’s faithful readers recently sent me an email of palpable frustration, a sentiment I share and no doubt by you as well. She wrote:
"Is it just me or is something really in the perverted wind of this country? I turn on the TV and suddenly on a soap I have watched decades, a character who has been on there for a few years is suddenly a transgender. I watch a Sunday show on PBS, “Calling the Midwife,” and suddenly a supposedly happily married man sexually approaches a stranger in a man’s restroom. Some of my favorite shows, like “CSI” have gay characters, and the list goes on. ABC-Disney is making a sitcom about the life of a gay man, Dan Savage, who is one of the nastiest-mouthed human beings out there.' How can 4% of the population control 80% of the viewing? I saw a couple of years ago that Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went to Hollywood and demanded changes. A few months ago, Ulsterman wrote that Jarrett was overheard in OUR White House bragging they have so much more to do to us…. Our viewing choices are shrinking daily. Not to mention the sad world we are leaving the children."
Indeed, how can such a small percentage of the population — the percentage of self-identified LGBTs in the U.S. population actually is less than 2% — control so much of entertainment, the media, and pop culture? Here’s how (full article)
Horrific (CIA) Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century
by Michael Snyder| The American Dream
Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations. Once upon a time, Americans were the good guys. But now, instead of fighting the Nazis we are behaving just like them. (full story)
How The Royal Family Is Destroying Britain -
by Harry Paterson
I don’t understand the Brits. I never have. Although I’m from Scotland and, technically, I suppose, that makes me a Brit, I just don’t get the national psyche. They’ll rage furiously at the thought of a hard-working Polish plumber grafting his arse off because he’s “stealing our jobs” yet fawn, grovel, bow and scrape at a collection of German-Greek immigrant benefit-scroungers bleeding the country dry. As long, of course, as they’re wearing crowns while they do so. (full article)
Climate Report to UN: Trump right, UN wrong – Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit
by Marc Morano | Climate Depot
Renowned Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson: ‘I’m 100% Democrat and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on climate issue, and the Republicans took the right side’ – An Obama supporter who describes himself as “100 per cent Democrat,” Dyson is disappointed that the President “chose the wrong side.” Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, and humanity doesn’t face an existential crisis. ‘What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger.’
Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever, Who Endorsed Obama Now Says Prez. is ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Dead Wrong’ on ‘Global Warming’ – Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever: ‘Global warming is a non-problem’ – ‘I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.’ ‘Global warming really has become a new religion.’ – “I am worried very much about the [UN] conference in Paris in 2015…I think that the people who are alarmist are in a very strong position.’
[These are just two of the many prominent Scientists who are jumping ship from the hoax and global money ripoff known as 'Climate Change'.]
CO2 is not the tail that wags the dog. CO2 is a trace essential gas, but without it life on earth would be impossible. Carbon dioxide fertilizes algae, trees, and crops to provide food for humans and animals. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. Slightly higher atmospheric CO2 levels cannot possibly supplant the numerous complex and inter-connected forces that have always determined Earth’s climate. As University of London professor emeritus Philip Stott has noted: “The fundamental point has always been this. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2), is as misguided as it gets.” “It’s scientific nonsense,” Stott added. Even the global warming activists at RealClimate.org acknowledged this in a September 20, 2008 article, stating, “The actual temperature rise is an emergent property resulting from interactions among hundreds of factors.”
The UN Paris climate change agreement claims to able to essentially save the planet from ‘global warming’. But even if you accept the UN’s and Al Gore’s version of climate change claims, the UN Paris agreement would not ‘save’ the planet. (full article)
Does Homosexual Marriage Signal America's Final Undoing? It sure does - (itaiics -emphasis by WCM)
Chuck Baldwin | Prison Planet
The assault against traditional marriage is now in full swing. Across the country, judges, mayors, legislators, and governors are calling for the legalization and moral acceptance of homosexual marriage. Many people wonder if such an event signals the beginning of America's ultimate demise. (It does. )
Social and cultural acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle certainly contributed to the collapse of many empires of antiquity, including the Canaanite, Persian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman empires. In fact, Senator Zell Miller of Georgia recently quoted noted historian Arnold Toynbee on the floor of the U.S. Senate as saying, "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today." That statement is even more startling when one realizes that the statement was made some 30 years ago! If history is any teacher, one must conclude that the acceptance of homosexuality by any mainstream culture (will) doom that society!
That the United States has chosen to embrace the homosexual lifestyle by granting it legal protection, even political correctness, reveals just how depraved our once great nation has become. Should we now be shocked that homosexual marriage is on the verge of becoming a reality? It was inevitable. (full story)
George W. Bush: “My Dad Was Meeting with the Brother of Osama on September 11, 2001. Does That Make Him a Terror Suspect?”
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research
Anti-Terrorism Double Standards:
Ironically, the anti-terrorist legislation does not apply to politicians in high office, namely to the “State sponsors of terrorism”; nor does it apply to U.S. or Canadian diplomats, intelligence officials, who are routinely in liaison with terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Individuals can be arrested but presidents and prime ministers are allowed to mingle and socialize with family members of the World’s most renowned terrorist and alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks:Osama bin Laden. Lest we forget, one day before the 9/11 attacks, the dad of the sitting President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush was meeting none other than Shafig bin Laden, the brother of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. It was a routine business meeting on September 10-11, no conflict of interest, no relationship to the 9/11 attacks which allegedly were carried out on the orders of Shafiq’s brother Osama. (continue)
US Military Waste: Pentagon Announced the day before 9/11 $2.3 Trillion Gone Missing
On September 10th 2001, Donald Rumsfield announced the Pentagon had misplaced $2.3 trillion dollars. Although he vowed to resolve this accounting hiccup immediately, the whole incident was buried the very next day along with 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks. An Amazing coincidence? We think not. (full story)
Final Score: Brexit 1 - 0 Bilderbergs
[Although Stephen Lendman's critical review (below) of the Bilderberg Group was written in 2009, it still rings very true to this day. So it's no wonder those who oppose the Bilderbergs and all their diabolical plans are so ecstatic about today's triumph of the UK's Brexit vote to leave the EU - one of the puppet-masters of the Bilderbergs.]
“The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now
by Stephen Lendman | Global Research
. . . . . Whatever its early mission, the Bilderberg Group is now “a shadow world government….threatening to take away our right to direct our own destinies by creating a disturbing reality” very much harming the public’s welfare. In short, Bilderbergers want to supplant individual nation-state sovereignty with an all-powerful global government, corporate controlled, and check-mated by militarized enforcement. “Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.”
Early in its history, Bilderbergers decided “to create an ‘Aristocracy of purpose’ between Europe and the United States (to reach consensus to rule the world on matters of) policy, economics, and (overall) strategy.” NATO was essential for their plans – to ensure “perpetual war (and) nuclear blackmail” to be used as necessary. Then proceed to loot the planet, achieve fabulous wealth and power, and crush all challengers to keep it. Along with military dominance, controlling the world’s money is crucial for with it comes absolute control as the powerful 19th century Rothschild family understood. As the patriarch Amschel Rothschild once said: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” (full Story)
Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm
by Alex Newman | New American
[Is the Federal Govt preparing for Martial Law?]
A massive U.S. military drill in 2016 dubbed “Jade Helm 15” listed Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill caused widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may have been some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government (full story)
Christian leaders slam US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, warn Christians of looming persecution
[WCM Postscript: In what promises to be the final demise of the American dream and all that is sacred to religious across the country, the not so supreme court's heathen decision to legalize same sex marriage - an 'obama-nation' in G-d's eyes - has resulted in a thunderbolt effect amongst G-d fearing people and organizations throughout America. Will this be the straw that broke the camel's back? It better be if America has any hope of surviving the inevitable onslaught of Divine retribution which will no doubt befall those who have no eyes to see nor ears to hear.]
By Jay Gotera | Christiantoday.com
. . . . By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court recognised same-sex "marriages" throughout the United States under the 14th Amendment. However, the ruling drew the rebuke of Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who said that the Supreme Court has knowingly chosen to reject biblical truths and endorsed sin instead, a Gospel Herald report said. "I'm disappointed because the government is recognizing sin," Graham told conservative columnist Todd Starnes. "This court is endorsing sin. That's what homosexuality is—a sin against God...I believe God could bring judgment upon America." Graham said Christians should prepare themselves for possible persecution following the Supreme Court's decision. "You better be ready and you better be prepared because it's coming. There will be persecution of Christians for our stand," he said. Regardless of the ruling, Graham said he will refuse to marry any same-sex couple. "I will never recognise it in my heart because God gave marriage between a man and a woman and that's what marriage is," he said. "And I don't think the court—since it never defined marriage—doesn't have the right to redefine it. God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesn't change his mind." Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, likewise denounced the Supreme Court ruling, saying it was "improper" for the court to redefine an institution that has existed long before man thought of establishing a government. "I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion," Moore warned. (Full story)
BBC Claim of US Battling Opium Production in Afghanistan - a Farce!
It never ceases to amaze how corporate press trumpets the government party line - many times in the face of obvious contradiction to the truth of the situation. A press release by the BBC concerning the US military battling record level opium production in Afghanistan was no exception. In doing our own research we were shocked to find that not only has the USA done little to stop the opium production in Afghanistan, in fact historically, they have gone to great lengths to protect the country's opium production! Read more
The Untold History of US War Crimes
by By Peter Kuzinick and Edu Montesanti
In this exclusive interview, Prof Peter Kuznick speaks of: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki; US crimes and lies behind the Vietnam war, and what was really behind that inhumane invasion; why the US engaged a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and how that war and the mainstream media influences the world today; the interests behind the assassinations of President Kennedy; US imperialism towards Latin America, during the Cold War and today, under the false premise of War on Terror and War on Drugs. (full story)
'You'll turn your back on British voters': Farage SNAPS at UK involvement with EU army
NIGEL Farage has warned the Government would be "turning its back" on British voters if it signs the UK up to what he says is the next step to creating an EU army.
By ALISON LITTLE | The Express
The former Ukip leader challenged UK ministers to keep out of a new defence cooperation agreement set to be discussed in Brussels on Monday by ministers from the European Union's 28 states.
Opponents of the EU's military ambitions fear the UK is poised to sign up to be part of the Permanent Structured Cooperation process - known as Pesco - even though we will leave the EU in 2019.
Supporters of Pesco - who included the UK - say the aim is to deepen defence cooperation among member states "who are capable and willing" to do so.
Participants will make "binding commitments" jointly to develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.
They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels
Opponents say it is a gateway to the development of a separate EU military organisation - which Brussels denies - that would challenge and undermine the role of the Nato transatlantic alliance.
Pesco will have its own HQ and plans for EU military missions abroad, and comes alongside plans for a centralised European Defence Fund designed to develop an EU-wide defence industry and reduce reliance on foreign powers like America for equipment.
The EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has said Pesco could be ready to take effect in January.
David Banks, of the group Veterans for Britain, told Mr Farage's LBC radio show that Britain should not be part of the agreement but he feared the Government’s past record of going along with EU defence initiatives suggested it would end up joining, as it has yet to rule out doing so.
Mr Farage said it showed he was right over many years to warn about the EU's much-vaunted "European Defence Union" ambitions, despite pro-Europeans (Nick Clegg in particular) accusing him of peddling "fantasy".GETTY
"It means a European Army, navy and airforce," stormed the MEP.
"They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels. They've got the money, the structures for all it, and they're divying up which country will do the helicopter work, which will be the major naval provider.
"All of that is happening right now.
"They're pushing full-steam ahead with the European army. What's alarming me is that it looks like the UK is signing up to this on Monday.
"I'm furious about this. It should be a massive public row.
"We should not become part of a European army in any way at all.
"It's a very very bad idea. We are leaving the EU. I don't believe we should be part of their defence policy."
He added: "Even if you think a European Army is a good idea, we voted Brexit.
"Surely a government considering signing up to this would be turning its back on the electorate. I'm hoping that by kicking off this debate, we can stop them from signing on Monday."
A Government spokesperson confirmed Pesco is on the agenda for Monday's Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where UK delegates will include Defence Minister Earl Howe. But they could not confirm if attendees would be asked to sign a document.
The spokesperson said: "We welcome the progress towards the launch of Pesco and are engaging with its development where appropriate.
"This will be a useful tool to support European security, provided it remains complementary to Nato and encourages Nato-EU cooperation."
No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco.
But Britain supported the agreement being open to some involvement of non-EU countries "where there is a clear benefit to do so".
The Climate Change Scam
by James Corbett | The Corbett Report
Fast forward the above video to 16:00 minutes and listen to James Corbett discuss the latest scandals on the Climate Change deception where ample proof shows key scientists deliverately and fraudlaently withheld data from the public to fuel the climate change scam. Corbett then blows the lid off the misconceotion that big oil is trying to derail climate change when if fact big oil are pouring millions of dollars into organizations promoting climate change - but why? Listen and you will see.
Marriage” as a Sign of the End Times
By Scott Lively | Scott Lively Ministries
Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day, but he was right that the rise of the homosexual movement is a sign of the end times.
We are probably all familiar with the oft-cited fact that the collapse of numerous civilizations prior to our own were heralded by a rise in sexual immorality, especially homosexuality. That alone should alert us to the grave situation we find ourselves in today. But there is a deeper spiritual significance beneath that statistic. God has chosen rampant homosexuality to be a key warning sign for judgment of the world as a whole, and not just of individual nations.
Genesis is the book of beginnings which sets the tone and lays the foundation for all of our theology. It is there in the first chapter that God establishes the “one flesh” standard for human sexuality which is lifetime, monogamous heterosexual marriage. This isn’t just a guide for individual conduct, it is the essential bedrock of civilization.
Thus, the corruption of marriage was instrumental in bringing about the wickedness and violence that caused God to bring the flood upon the world. Jesus warned that “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. ‘For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark‘” (Matt. 24:37-38, referencing Gen 6-7). Not only had marriage been corrupted, the people were so apathetic of that fact that they gave no credence to Noah’s warning that their sin would soon end in judgement.
Pope Francis in Ireland, Live Updates: Call for Resignation Further Clouds Visit
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
(note - image above not from NY Times)
On the second day of a difficult mission to win back the confidence of Irish Roman Catholics, Pope Francis awoke on Sunday to a bombshell accusation from within his own citadel.
A former top-ranking Vatican official released a 7,000-word letter asserting that the pontiff had known about the abuses of a now-disgraced American prelate, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, years before they became public.
The official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a conservative critic of Francis and a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, claimed that the pope had failed to punish Cardinal McCarrick, who was suspended in June after allegations that he had coerced seminarians into sexual relationships. He was also found to have abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago, when he was a priest in New York.
In the letter, published on Saturday in Italian by The National Catholic Register and in English by LifeSiteNews, both critical of Francis, the archbishop called on the pope to resign.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church,” the archbishop wrote, “he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set an example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign with all of them.”
The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
The archbishop’s startling accusation will not come as a complete surprise to Vatican watchers, since he is part of a conservative camp that blames liberals, like the pope, for allowing homosexuality in the church. But it further complicates Francis’ efforts to convince Irish Catholics that the church is ready to confront its legacy of concealing sexual abuse.
• Francis prayed at the revered shrine in the village of Knock on Sunday and then returned to Dublin to celebrate Mass, after his meeting with survivors of abuse on Saturday.
• In Knock, he addressed the issue of child sexual and institutional abuse by members of the Catholic Church, begging “for the Lord’s forgiveness” for “the scandal and betrayal.”
• Vigils were held across the country, including in Tuam, where the remains of hundreds of children were found buried in an abandoned septic system of a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers.
• The New York Times has live coverage of the pope’s visit to Ireland. Here are highlights from Saturday’s (full story)
Kindergarten dresses children as jihadis for parade in Indonesia
Manager apologises for independence day march costumes and denies trying to ‘instil violence’ into children
Kate Lamb in Jakarta | The Guardian
A kindergarten in Indonesia has been criticised for dressing girls up in black, Isis-style costumes and replica rifles for an independence day parade, with organisers forced to apologise for the embarrassing gaffe. Photos of the “cultural” parade held in the city of Probolinggo, east Java, on Saturday showed lines of young girls marching on the street wearing niqab-style black veils, carrying cardboard cutouts of guns.
The head of the TK Kartika kindergarten apologised “deeply” for the costumes, expressing regret over the decision and saying they were not trying to “instil violence” in the kindergarten children.
“We raised the theme of the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah,” said kindergarten head Hartatik, when asked to explain the controversial attire.
The kindergarten is on the site of an Indonesian military complex, and Saturday’s parade took place a day after independence day, which falls on 17 August, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Asked to explain why the kindergarten had chosen the costumes, Hartatik admitted they had pooled props from previous years to save money.
“We used it to save funds,” Hartatik told BBC Indonesia. “[We] never thought about the impact. The important thing is to take part in the parade, that the children were happy, using the existing property.”
The kindergarten head did not offer any explanation as to why the jihadist-style costumes had been used in previous years.
Speaking at a media conference following uproar over the event, Probolinggo military commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kav Depri Rio Saransi said the parade was purely to educate the students about the “struggle of Islam” but was not intended to promote religious radicalism.
“There is not the slightest bit of radicalism. I emphasise that purely there is no such thing as an element of intentionally showing the existence of radical activities,” he said, before offering a further apology.
Images and videos of the parade went viral on social media in the country and hit the same day that Indonesia opened the 18th Asian Games in a spectacular ceremony in Jakarta, which celebrated the country’s rich cultural diversity.
The Probolinggo parade is an embarrassing gaffe for Indonesia as it works to show its best face to the world through the huge sporting event involving 45 countries, the largest of its kind after the Olympics.
News of the parade has also reached the Indonesian parliament, with House speaker Bambang Soesatyo describing it as an “inappropriate spectacle”.
“Ordering children to wear black veiled costumes and carry replica weapons gives a poor perception,” he said, “Treatment like that could damage children’s ideas.” (full article)
How the EU 'almost STRANGLED' Tony Benn for wanting to expose their 'DIRTY little SECRETS'
TONY BENN revealed in a passionate speech on democracy that Brussels almost “strangled him” after he threatened to expose their “dirty little deals”.
By MARTINA BET | The Express
Speaking at a Labour conference fringe meeting in 2007, the veteran left-winger made an inflamed plea to Gordon Brown to give the British people a referendum on the EU Lisbon treaty. The plea swiftly turned into a scathing attack on the bloc and the former Labour MP passionately argued for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. 11 years later, Theresa May is facing rebellion over her Brexit deal as many argue the views of the 52% who historically voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 are being betrayed with a soft exit.
It appears that Mr Benn was all too aware of the EU's failings and somewhat foresaw Brexit.
In his speech, the Labour MP highlighted an alleged democratic deficit in the institution while recalling his time spent with the Council of Ministers.
He said: “I was on the Council of Ministers and that was the most shattering experience of my life.
“I was a representative of Britain and for six months I was the President of the Council of Energy Ministers.
“I wasn’t allowed to submit a document.
“Only the Commission, for bureaucrats, could submit a document.
“I could say yes or no, [it was] sort of constitutional monarchy if you like.
“They met in secret and made laws for Britain.
“When I suggested we met in public they nearly strangled me because all their dirty little deals would have come out.”
Mr Benn, who campaigned in favour of a referendum on the UK's membership for most of his life, also claimed in his 2007 speech that the block was the "most bureaucratic, terrifying system in the world”.
He argued it was being imposed on British people “on the grounds its tidying-up".
He added: ”If tidying up involves tearing up the British constitution, it's a very interesting definition.”
June 4, 2019
What spooked the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?
VOLTAIRE NETWORK |
This article was first published by Voltairenet in other languages in September 2014.
The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.
On 10 April 2014, the USS Donald Cook entered the waters of the Black Sea and on 12 April a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber flew over the vessel triggering an incident that, according to several media reports, completely demoralized its crew, so much so that the Pentagon issued a protest .
The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a 4th generation guided missile destroyer whose key weapons are Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers, and capable of carrying nuclear explosives. This ship carries 56 Tomahawkmissiles in standard mode, and 96 missiles in attack mode.
The US destroyer is equipped with the most recent Aegis Combat System. It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link together the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.
Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta , contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.
The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.
After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.
Since that incident, which the Atlanticist media have carefully covered up despite the widespread reactions sparked among defense industry experts, no US ship has ever approached Russian territorial waters again.
According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service.
Vladimir Balybine - director of the research center on electronic warfare and the evaluation of so-called "visibility reduction" techniques attached to the Russian Air Force Academy - made the following comment:
"The more a radio-electronic system is complex, the easier it is to disable it through the use of electronic warfare."
Outrage over Pope's decision to reject resignation of archbishop convicted of protecting predator priest
Nick Squires, Rome | The Telegraph
Catholic campaigners condemned as “shocking” a decision by Pope Francis not to accept the resignation of a French archbishop who was given a suspended prison sentence this month for failing to report the sexual abuse of boy scouts by a known predatory priest.
Tuesday's surprise decision came just a month after the Vatican convened an unprecedented conference of cardinals in which it pledged to get tough on priests who abuse children and the bishops who cover up for them.
French cardinal Philippe Barbarin travelled to Rome on Monday and offered his resignation to Pope Francis.
But on Tuesday the Vatican announced that the Argentinian pontiff had decided to reject the resignation.
While the Vatican offered no explanation, it seems likely that the Pope wants to wait to see the outcome of an appeal that the 68-year-old archbishop intends to launch against his six-month sentence.
But the decision was condemned by groups representing survivors of clerical sex abuse from around the world.
“I’m stunned by this decision. It is shocking and depressing,” Anne Barrett Doyle, the head of the US-based organisation Bishop Accountability, told The Telegraph.
“It reveals the Pope’s very narrow concept of accountability. It is a reminder to bishops that they have nothing to fear from this Pope. It is a profound and disastrous misreading of what is required to address this crisis.”
Just last month, during a four-day conference at the Vatican attended by bishops and archbishops from around the world, the Pope said that “no abuse must ever be covered up, as has happened in the past".
In a statement, Barbarin, the most senior French Catholic to have been swept up in the Church’s sex abuse scandal, said: “On Monday I handed over my mission to the Holy Father. He spoke of the presumption of innocence and did not accept this resignation."
Barbarin said that he would step back from his role as archbishop of Lyon "for a little while", allowing his deputy to stand in for him.
Even the Bishops' Conference of France – the country’s most senior Catholic body - said it was surprised by the decision, which it described as "unheard of".
Barbarin was convicted earlier this month of failing to act against Bernard Preynat, a priest who has confessed to abusing boy scouts in the 1980s and 1990s. Preynat is expected to be put on trial later this year.
Barbarin became archbishop of Lyon in 2002 and learned of Preynat’s abuse of boys but let him remain in ministry until 2015, said Bishop Accountability.
French victims of clerical abuse also reacted with outrage to the papal decision.
"I think that man (the Pope) is going to manage to kill off the church. It's a mistake too many,” said Francois Devaux, a co-founder of a victims' organisation.
Faith in the Catholic Church has plunged as a result of its failure over two decades to address sex abuse perpetrated by clergy.
Last week George Pell, the Australian cardinal who was once the third most powerful figure in the Vatican, was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of abusing two altar boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s.
He also intends to appeal and remains a cardinal, despite being behind bars.
Campaign groups were profoundly disappointed when last month’s Vatican conference on combating sexual abuse failed to come up with any new, concrete initiatives to address the crisis.
June 5, 2019
Gandhi Used His Position To Sexually Exploit Young Women. The Way WE React To This Matters Even Today
By Rita Banerji: | Gender-Based Violence
Note: This letter is an excerpt from a collection of Gandhi’s letters which have been compiled into a book titled “Mahatma Gandhi’s Letters on Brahmacharya, Sexuality and Love” by Girja Kumar (Vitasta Publishing, 2011). More detailed citations and references on the chapter on Gandhi in Rita Banerji’s book “Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies,” [pages 265-281, Penguin Books, 2009].
It is a fact. Gandhi had young women in his ashram, some of them still teenagers, one of them his own grand-niece (Manu Gandhi), sleep naked with him in his bed at night. This was an aspect of Gandhi that I had not read about before, and it surprised me at first. I was researching for my book “Sex and Power” which looks at the history of sex and sexuality in India, and it was important for me to investigate this further.
My initial tendency was to regard this as ‘gossip’ but then some of the biographies confirmed it as fact, but also hurriedly dismissed it as something that we all apparently should accept as the eccentricities of ‘great‘ men! That’s not a logical argument for me and so I began to dig into archives for more information till a complete picture emerged. And that picture upset me. I saw Gandhi as a classic example of a sexual predator — a man who uses his position of power to manipulate and sexually exploit the people he directly controls.
Most angering for me, was reading about the psychological and emotional trauma of the girls and women who he used for his ‘experiments’, which is what he called these incidents. The word ‘psychotic’ repeatedly came up in various documents with regards to these women’s mental state. The women, most of whom were in their late teens or early twenties (not surprisingly, given he could have ‘experimented’ with the older women or even his own wife!) were repeatedly described as depressed and weeping, and seemed to be completely in his control. Besides this, some of the archival references lead me to believe that Gandhi may well have been practicing the traditional, historic form of Indian celibacy which hinges on one thing only — and that is control of ejaculation. Everything else is permitted.
What I could not understand is why school texts and biographies have selectively edited out this information because it was a big and explosive aspect of the inner dynamics of the Gandhi ashram and its inmates for the last 10 years of Gandhi’s life. It eventually led to the partial break-up of his inner-core circle.
But Gandhi is long dead. So why should the naked girls in Gandhi’s bed matter today?
Well, because the issue goes way beyond Gandhi. What really matters now, and it matters deeply, is how we respond to what Gandhi did.
Today we like to believe that we are far more progressive in terms of recognising and condemning the abuse of power by men for sexual exploitation and abuse. And yet, I repeatedly find every time I bring this up (for eg. in this article Gandhi to Asharam: Who Empowers the Sex-Crimes of Gurus?) most people’s responses are defensive and regressive!
But this is what surprised me the most! Compared to our reactions and responses today, the people in Gandhi’s time seemed to be far more progressive! They not only recognised that he was abusing his position and power in a way that was unethical and depraved, but they outright condemned it, confronted it, and eventually forced him to stop.
On March 16, 1947, Nirmal Kumar Bose, one of Gandhi’s closest associates wrote a letter to Kishorlal G. Mashruwala, another of Gandhi’s close colleagues, saying, “When I first learnt about Gandhi’s experiment in which a girl took off her clothes and lay under the same cover with him and he tried to find out if any sexual feeling was evoked in him or his companion, I felt genuinely surprised. Personally, I would not tempt myself like that and more than that, my respect for [women] would prevent me from treating her as an instrument in my experiment.”
N.K. Bose’s letter was only one of the many exchanges among Gandhi’s closest associates and friends in the first half of 1947, about this practice of his, that angered and upset many. These included prominent leaders of India’s freedom movement such as Vallabhai Patel, J. B. Kriplani and Vinobha Bhave. Many of them confronted Gandhi directly, and others stopped associating with him.
This 1947 storm in the Gandhi camp was set off by R. P. Parasuram, a young man from Kerala, who for two years had served as Gandhi’s personal secretary and typist and watched his personal affairs from close by. Like many students in India at that time, Parasuram too, had idolised Gandhi and after his studies, had travelled to Gandhi’s ashram to live and work with him, and help with India’s freedom movement.
But two years after working with Gandhi, Parasuram quit the ashram and his job. Before he left, he wrote a 16-page long letter explaining his distress at what he had witnessed in Gandhi’s behaviour with girls and women in the ashram — which included other things besides his ‘experiments‘ in bed. He said that as much as he had worshipped Gandhi, his conscience did not allow him to stay silent any longer. And that in order for him to continue, Gandhi had to concede to five of his demands (all of which dealt with Gandhi’s physical interactions with girls at the ashram) which he listed in the letter. [See the letter below.]
On January 2, 1947, Gandhi responded to Parasuram’s letter with, “I cannot concede your demands. Since such is my opinion and there is a conflict of ideals, you are at liberty to leave me today.”
Parasuram did leave as did some of Gandhi’s other close associates. But others, especially those who were in more senior positions as friends and associates, continued their pressure on Gandhi to stop.
One of the things that was a big issue was Gandhi’s hypocrisy and manipulation, to what seemed to many, to serve his own ends. Gandhi had made an unwritten rule of celibacy for all the inhabitants of his ashram. Oddly, he would even make married couples take this vow because he believed that this was central to his philosophy of non-violence. Sexual stimulation of any sort, he preached, evoked violence in one’s thoughts and behaviour. He would tell them that even touching each other was unacceptable. He made the life of one of his own sons, whose wife got pregnant, absolutely hell, angry that they had had sex when he had forbidden them to! Yet he was free to do as he pleased. He was so confident that he wouldn’t be challenged.
Swami Anand and Kedarnath in a question and answer grilling from March 15-16, 1947, shot off questions like, “Why did you not take your coworkers into confidence and carry them with you [into] this novel practice?” and “Why do we find so much disquiet and unhappiness around you? Why are your companions emotionally unhinged?”
The Congress President J. B. Kriplani told him that he was simply, “exploiting human beings as means rather than as ends in themselves.”
N.K. Bose suggested this course of action for Gandhi: “… he should not allow Manu [Gandhi’s great-niece] to sleep in the same bed with him until he had tried enough to educate the public into his new way of thinking, or the public had got all the fact[s] about him and clearly expressed its disapproval. Then he [can go] back to his practice with the full brunt of his suffering for the opinion which he held right.”
Vallabhai Patel told Gandhi off to his face. He said what he was doing was ‘adharma’ (immoral). In a classic, egotistical way Gandhi retorted to Patel by telling Balkrishna Bhave “for me Manu sleeping with me is a matter of dharma (moral duty).”
But under this onslaught, Gandhi eventually conceded defeat, even if not willingly. He said he felt like a “broken reed.” His ego and narcissism had been broken by people around him who fortunately understood and did better than we do today.
This is the question that I’d like to ask everyone reading this: Why is it that it’s hard to say that Gandhi, the hero of India’s freedom movement had also used his power and position to sexually exploit/abuse girls and women who came under the mantle of his leadership?
Below is an extract from R. P. Parasuram’s 16-page letter to Gandhi just before he quit. He called it his letter of “indictment.”
1 January, 1947
I write these lines in sorrow and pain. You know how shy and unforward I have been these two years. You must imagine to what depths I must have been agitated then to overcome my shyness and become bold and that too with a man who is considered by many to be the greatest man living.
You must also ponder over the fact as to what it is that has made me bold and say things so boldly. It is because I feel I am so clearly in the right and you so clearly in the wrong. It is the cause that gives me the courage.
It is not that I did not know these before. I knew and kept quiet. I thought, “Why should I bring these to him?” There are men like Kanu [Gandhi], Kishorilal bhai [Mashruwala], etc., experienced men and men knowing you fully. And then I had not the courage. I have come over my shyness with you.
When [at] first I came to the ashram, I came with high respect for the ashram and its inmates and its way of life. All that was knocked off in 24 hours. After coming here I must confess to having lost a portion of the respect I had for you. You are the Father of our Nation. You have taken us so far along the path of freedom and independence. You must see the hand of God in the fact that I have overcome my shyness.
I object to your sleeping in the same bed with members of the opposite sex. In February 1945 or so, I was given the draft of a statement to type. I was shocked by the contents…I must tell you that even before I know of this. One day Amin-bhai came and told me that he was shocked to see Manu [Manu Gandhi — Gandhi’s own grand niece] getting into your bed.
In those days I was more shy than I am now. My only friend in the ashram was Amin. Even then I came to know of the discussions about this affair because the ashram people are so careless and can’t keep their mouth shut. Everybody objected to your doing this.
Apart from the question of any affect on you, what about the effect on girls?
There is something of other wrong with them [the women who sleep naked with Gandhi]. [The] Punjabi girl who lived opposite my room in Matunga. She used to weep unrestrainedly and that not caring whether others saw her or not. She laughed also unrestrainedly. And then here is Dr. Sushila-behn [the 24-year-old in-house physician at the ashram who Gandhi also used for his ‘experiments’]. How many are the days when she has not wept? She is a doctor and yet she is always a patient, always is ill. Who has heard of a doctor who cries out at night?
Even then the whole thing is considered wrong by the world. I do not like it. Nirmal babu [Bose] does not. Sucheta-behn [Kriplani] did not like it and said, “However great he may be, he cannot do such things. What is this?” You must admit that there is something in our objection. You cannot waive it aside.
As for blood relations [this is in reference to Manu Gandhi]. The world is sceptic even there. There have been cases of immorality between father and daughter, brother and sister.
I object to your having massage done by girls. When I was studying in college, I read a report saying you were being massaged by Dr. Sushila-behn. And now I find you do get yourself massaged by girls.
Those people who know that you are naked during massage time say that you could at least put a cover over it [his genitals].
The same objection I hold against girls coming to the bathroom when you go there. Ramachandran saw you like that and said you had fallen a little from his estimation. However great you may be, you cannot do these things.
Your placing your hands on shoulders of girls. You had written once that you gave up this practice because others intimated you with evil intention. I have not come across any other writing saying you could resume it. So it was strange to me why you resumed it. During the two years I have been with you, about 50 letters or so objecting to this practice from admirers and calumniators came. None of them got any reply.
Your being seen naked [during his bath and massage] jars on the mind of strangers, admirers though they might be. Ramachandran did not like it. He said it was the limit.
Ever since the 17th December , when in the small hours of the morning you made those dreadful sounds, dreadful because it came from you man of such eminence, even otherwise unbecoming for any wise or old man, my head has not been at peace. I have heard of another such instance from Mr. Ramachandran of the API [Associated Press of India] when you told Sushila-behn to leave you. I have seen such another instance at Delhi. But this event shook me to my depths. I said to myself that God and the nation would not forgive me if I kept quiet.
You commit Himalyan blunders. But you refuse to see these things and when told, you are irritated. I say you are conceited and constitute yourself to be the repository of all the wisdom in the world.
And now to my charges. Unless [my demands] are fulfilled, I [will] depart. I beg to differ and go away. Your actions to which I object:
1. Your sleeping with any member of the opposite sex.
2. Being massaged by any member of the opposite sex.
3. Allowing yourself to be seen naked by any member of the opposite sex.
4. Allowing yourself to be seen naked by strangers and even by people who are of your party who are not so intimate.
5. Placing your hands on the shoulders of girls when walking.