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Death of the US Dollar Hegemony: Military Intervention, Oil Sales, and the Inevitable Collapse Thumbnail

Death of the US Dollar Hegemony: Military Intervention, Oil Sales, and the Inevitable Collapse

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

According to a recent report by Indy Media, Mexican crude oil will be sold to China without using the US dollar as its trading currency.  Sources inside the Mexican government refuse to disclose if they have been in secret negotiations with China over possible crude oil sales.

If you’re not familiar with the term petrodollar, or why a move such as this by China, Mexico, or Russia is of grave concern, allow me to give you a few points to consider and explain the situation –

In 1975, the members of OPEC agreed to sell oil only in US dollars.  This was for a variety of reasons, but chief among them was to maintain a need for US currency and maintain its reign as the global reserve.  Without this in America’s backpocket, I’m sure that the Dollar would have even less value, to put it mildly.

Greenspan, in his first speech after leaving as Chairman of the Fed, said that gold prices were up because of concern about terrorism, and not because of monetary concerns or because he created too many dollars during his tenure.

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Obama Spells Out His Five-Point Criteria for Death by Drone

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: The New American

President Obama is tearing the shroud of secrecy off his once hush-hush death-by-drone program.

The president may assume that there is little reason to try hiding something that is being publicized daily — except in the mainstream media. In fairness, the New York Times has done fine work chronicling the expansion of the use of drones, as well as their involvement in the killing of innocents overseas caught in the blast zone of missiles aimed at alleged militants.

An exception to the official policy of silence on the matter of the death-by-drone program being carried out by the White House and the CIA was made earlier this year. In April the White House’s top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, admitted for the first time publicly to the government’s significant reliance on drones in prosecuting the War on Terror. Brennan said that the remote control killing of suspects on foreign soil who have been charged with no crime whatsoever, is “in full accordance with the law.”

Brennan also said the United States “respects national sovereignty and international law.”

Speaking with Margaret Sanger at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Brennan defended the president’s drone program....

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Gaddafi’s Gold-Money Plan Would Have Killed the US Dollar

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: New American, Hayden’s Note near end

It remains unclear exactly why or how the Gadhafi regime went from “a model” and an “important ally” to the next target for regime change in a period of just a few years. But after claims of “genocide” as the justification for NATO intervention were disputed by experts, several other theories have been floated.

Oil, of course, has been mentioned frequently — Libya is Africa‘s largest oil producer. But one possible reason in particular for Gadhafi’s fall from grace has gained significant traction among analysts and segments of the non-Western mediacentral banking and the global monetary system.

According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit.

Hayden’s Note:

Saddam did the same thing… Invaded and hanged.  ...

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‘Shocking’ US Military Spending Since 9/11 – Over $1 Trillion on Warcraft Thumbnail

‘Shocking’ US Military Spending Since 9/11 – Over $1 Trillion on Warcraft

Posted on Nov 03, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: RT News

A new report reveals that in the decade since the September 11 attacks, the Department of Defense spent around $1 trillion on weaponry for troops in Iraq in Afghanistan.

Conservative lawmakers and most of the GOP front-runners meanwhile have insisted that making any cuts to the US military budget would be detrimental to the defense of the nation. As the country continues to hemorrhage money abroad and a financial crisis is causing a second recession in just as few years, however, the United States has wasted $1 trillion on wars that a recent poll showed that even those who served didn’t think was worth it.

Hayden’s Note:

See also: What withdrawal? Obama wants $100 million prison in Afghanistan, US building drone bases in Africa, Veterans say wars weren’t worth it, August was deadliest month for Americans in Afghanistan

In the recently released report from the Stimson Center, “What We Bought: Defense Procurement From FY01 to FY10,” it is revealed that rather than investing the Pentagon’s massive budget in the troops themselves, the United States spent colossal amounts on modernizing its army with tanks, ships, jets and other warcraft....

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The Provocation and False Flags Surrounding Iran & Israel Thumbnail

The Provocation and False Flags Surrounding Iran & Israel

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tony CartalucciTruth Contributor

For ten months the Obama administration has presided over the “Arab Spring,” a geopolitical gambit years in the making, and executed simultaneously in multiple nations throughout the Middle East and North Africa in the beginning of 2011. The regional conflagration was stoked by a steady stream of first, denial, even feigned surprise, with covert support for US-backed opposition groups, then more overt support, and finally NATO airstrikes, weapons, training, and special operations forces lent to the rebellion in Libya and weapons and support sent to Syria’s militants. These collective efforts stretching from Tunisia and leading up to Iran’s doorstep serve a singular agenda -that is, to contain and ultimately overturn the reemergence of Russia as well as containing the rise of China.

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Toppling Iran

Integral to this stated agenda, is the toppling of Iran’s government and its integration into the Wall Street-London “international order.” Efforts to topple Syria’s government by US-backed and now apparently armed opposition groups aim to isolate and even provoke the Islamic Republic into a suitable justification for US or Israeli (or both) retaliation....

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US Troops’ Massive Homecoming is Just Another War Machine Lie Thumbnail

US Troops’ Massive Homecoming is Just Another War Machine Lie

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 in Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

President Barack Obama has announced that virtually all US troops will come home from Iraq by the end of the year – at which point he can declare an end to America’s long and costly war in that Middle Eastern nation.

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over, Obama said. “The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays. – CNN “

However, this begs the question, “When will our troops from Yemen, Uganda, Afghanistan, Somalia, Germany, Egypt, Pakistan, Japan, Libya, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Kuwait, Bahrain, Portugal, Belgium, and the numerous other countries where soldiers are stationed come home?”

Furthermore, I don’t foresee a massive “homecoming” for the holidays.  The Administration is attempting to create some aire of happy holidays and hugs at the airport, when in reality, most of these soldiers will simply be shifted to other regional bases, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Afghanistan.  This is merely a military troop re-allocation in preperation for a conflict with Iran, or perhaps a handful of other countries who might suddenly find themselves within the Western crosshairs....

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750 Million Dollar US Embassy in Iraq Will Continue to Expand Past the Size of the Vatican

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 in Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Huffington Post

American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits — or not — but the U.S. government’s enormously expensive intervention there is hardly coming to an end.

In a telling sign of how dangerous and chaotic Iraq remains more than eight years after President George W. Bush launched the war against Saddam Hussein, U.S. diplomats, military advisers and other officials are planning to fall back to the gargantuan embassy in Baghdad — a heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City.

The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high walls, guard towers and machine-gun emplacements protect not just the embassy itself, but more than 20 other buildings, including residential quarters, a gym and swimming pool, commercial facilities, a power station and a water-treatment plant.

Hayden’s Note:

I’ve heard it has cost well over the $1 Billion threshold over the last 12 months or so, as they continue expanding it to accomodate more personnel. 

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War Crimes: US Troops Executed Handcuffed Elderly Women and Children Under 5 Years Old

Posted on Sep 02, 2011 in Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: McClatchy

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

The unclassified cable, which was posted on WikiLeaks’ website last week, contained questions from a United Nations investigator about the incident, which had angered local Iraqi officials, who demanded some kind of action from their government. U.S. officials denied at the time that anything inappropriate had occurred.

Hayden’s Note:

It’s called, “War Crimes.”

But Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in a communication to American officials dated 12 days after the March 15, 2006, incident that autopsies performed in the Iraqi city of Tikrit showed that all the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head.  Among the dead were four women and five children. The children were all 5 years old or younger....

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Air Conditioning Cost for US Military in MidEast More Than Total NASA Budget

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Raw Story

The United States spends $20.2 billion annually on air conditioning for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan — more than NASA’s entire budgetNPR reported.

In fact, the same amount of money that keeps soldiers cool is the amount the G-8 has committed to helping the fledgling democracies in Tunisia and Egypt.

The necessary cooling costs so much because of the remote locations and danger involved in delivery equipment and fuel says Steven Anderson, a retired logistician who served under Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq.

“When you consider the cost to deliver the fuel to some of the most isolated places in the world — escorting, command and control, med-evac support — when you throw all that infrastructure in, we’re talking over $20 billion,” Anderson told NPR. “You’ve got risks that are associated with moving the fuel almost every mile of the way.”

Hayden’s Note:

Funny that they mention the costs involved in moving the fuel “almost every mile of the way.”  Previously, we’ve discussed the insane ways in which the poppy fields and strategic roadways are controlled by warlords and at least in the southern Helmand Province, by the Afghan President’s own brother. ...

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Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft … No, That’s Not a Typo

Posted on May 04, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Wired

The consortium in charge of restructuring the world’s most infamous private security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, is now an “independent director” of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater.

Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” its backers announced early Wednesday in a statement, an entity designed to “maximize governance, compliance and accountability” and “promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry.”

In other words, we should expect no more shooting civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan; no more signing for weapons its guards aren’t authorized to carry in warzones; no more impersonations of cartoon characters to acquire said weaponry; and no more steroids and coke on the job….?  What about the adolescent dancing boys they pay for?  Or the young girls they gang rape?...

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FBI ‘Secret’ Memo Details ABC Reporter as Informant During ’95 OKC Bombing, Saudi Connection

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Public Integrity

A once-classified FBI memo reveals that the bureau treated a senior ABC News journalist as a potential confidential informant in the 1990s, pumping the reporter to ascertain the source of a sensational but uncorroborated tip that the network had obtained during its early coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The journalist, whose name is not disclosed in the document labeled “secret,” not only cooperated but provided the identity of a confidential source, according to the FBI memo — a possible breach of journalistic ethics if he or she did not have the source’s permission.

The ABC employee was even assigned a number in the FBI’s informant database, indicating he or she was still being vetted for suitability as a snitch after providing “highly accurate and reliable information in the past” and then revealing information the network had obtained in the hours just after the 1995 terrorist attack by Timothy McVeigh.

The journalist “advised that a source within the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service advised that the Oklahoma City bombing was sponsored by the Iraqi Special Services who contracted seven (7) former Afghani Freedom Fighters out of Pakistan,” an April 17, 1996 FBI memo states, recounting the then-ABC journalist’s interview with FBI agents a year earlier on the evening of the April 19, 1995 bombing....

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Truth is Treason.net – Podcast #02 – Project for a New American Century + Ron Paul Commentary

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 in Truth is Treason News

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

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US Military-Industrial Self-Destruction and its Middle East Ally

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: TruthOffering.com, by Matt Gordon

Only powerful, prosperous nations have ever become dominant military powers. Of course, this is because you must have the means to create a strong military and complimentary technology. Without those means, a nation would be incapable of becoming a dominant militaristic force. Since the early 1900s, the United States has had the means and has used them in greater and greater measure, exploding during and after WWII.

Today, the United States is the pinnacle of militaristic world dominance, eclipsing even the most outlandish desires of the Roman empire. The US has military bases in nearly every country in the world; almost 130 countries, actually. And we spend almost as much on our military as all other nations in the world combined [1]. And when our military is not proactively attacking someone — almost always against our wishes — they’re the world’s SWAT team… the last line of defense. 

But our ability to be that is in decline. We’ve over-extended ourselves, unable to fund the malignant military’s never-ending war waging. If we looked at our military for what it is — a prosperity-consuming monster — we could stop it....

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US Unleashes 112 Cruise Missiles on Libya – Iraq, March 19th, 2003 – Libya, March 19th, 2011

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 in Police, Military, & War

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Associated Press

U.S. and British ships and submarines launched the first phase of a missile assault on Libyan air defenses, firing 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force.

Hayden’s Note:

Former President George Bush bombed Iraq to remove their leader on March 19th, 2003.  President Barack Obama bombed Libya to remove their leader on March 19th, 2011.

Change we can believe in?

In announcing the mission during a visit to Brazil, President Barack Obama said he was reluctant to resort to force but was convinced it was necessary to save the lives of civilians. He reiterated that he would not send American ground troops to Libya.

“We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy,” he said in Brasilia.

It was clear the U.S. intended to limit its role in the Libya intervention, focusing first on disabling or otherwise silencing Libyan air defenses, and then leaving it to European and perhaps Arab countries to enforce a no-fly zone over the North African nation....

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US Slammed for Violating Afghan Human Rights, Civilian Deaths – Hayden’s Note

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War

Source: Press TV

A senior Afghan official says the US-led forces have long been violating basic human rights by conducting night raids and killing civilians in the war-ravaged country. Atta Mohammad Noor, the Governor of Balkh Province, says the foreign forces frequently enter residents’ homes and arrest people. “These actions by foreign forces are inhumane and illegal under the Afghan law,” he told reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province on Thursday.

Hayden’s Note:

I’m sure they still “hate us for our freedoms…”   Right?  Give me a break.  With Hillary recently espousing her rhetoric in support of the protesting Egyptians yet brutalizing and arresting a former CIA worker who dared to stand during her speech in defiance, and the State Dept. trying to stir the pot in other middle eastern countries via Twitter, it amazes me that we wake up each day and allow this un-American tragedy to continue.  What if a foreign military was in Dallas, going house to house arresting Americans and using drones to flatten neighborhoods? 

Better yet, why can we not abide by the rules and laws that we helped Afghanistan set up in their constitution? ...

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