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At SlantRight 2.0 I was posting the Vimeo version that claims to have a limited availability. The Vimeo posters have limited the embed of the video so I am going to post the Youtube version that I managed to locate that might be available for a longer period of time. The annoyance for me with Youtube version is that it is in English with Hispanic subtitles; nonetheless it is there in its entirety. So we Americans that are Spanish-challenged can watch and listen by ignoring the subtitles.
VIDEO: AGENDA: Grinding America Down (Full Movie)
John R. Houk
© December 4, 2013
On November 10, 2013 I posted some miniscule research in relation to some information sent to me by my friend Soleilmavis Liu pertaining to mind control. I combined the small amount of research I glazed over with Soleilmavis promotion of her eBook “Twelve Years in the Grave – Mind Control with Electromagnetic Spectrums, the Invisible Modern Concentration Camp”. I titled my portion of the post “Is Remote Mind Control Causing Gunman Massacres?”
The whole post is about the U.S. government utilizing Mind Control experimentation on foreign and domestic subjects. In Soleilmavis’ case the Mind Control began as a foreign test subject. The experimentation is not on a voluntary basis. The person’s mind is experimented on clandestinely. Now just be clear was not posting this as a denigration of the USA. In spite of Obama’s attempts to dilute the personal Liberties embedded in our Constitution, the USA is still the freest nation on earth and to date in history. You do realize at the very least that nations that are very powerful and anti-American are also involved with nefarious experimentation (
cough like China and Russia). The difference being domestically is that U.S. citizens are Constitutionally protected from such invasions at least on an unwilling basis. So my concern is will the U.S. government utilize the exploitation of our Intelligence networks to ignore the Constitution?
President Obamasiah’s Administration has been caught with his hands in the cookie jar of Constitutional Privacy utilizing the NSA on all Americans and the IRS to intimidate Conservative organizations that do not like the President’s concept of transforming America. AND the multiple other scandals (long list) coming to light and being denied as scandalous by the Obama Administration has to make Americans question what Barack Hussein Obama is up to, right?
Do you know what DARPA is? You should find out if you do not know.
DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is:
… an independent agency of the United States Department of Defense (DOD) that focuses on developing cutting edge technology to ensure that the United States remains ahead of its enemies. The organization has contributed a number of technologies to the United States military and the world in general, including the groundwork for the Internet. Many of the workings of this agency are kept concealed from the public, in the interests of keeping its technology under wraps so that it is not exploited by other nations.
The agency was founded in 1958, after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite. The United States government realized that it needed a small, mobile, independent research organization if it wanted to meet threats to American security quickly and decisively. Initially, the agency was called the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and it focused on aerospace research and threats to national security such as nuclear testing by other nations.
By 1972, the organization’s mission had evolved, and the government had added “Defense” to the title, turning it into DARPA. It began to focus on looking forward into the future, working on highly experimental technology in small, focused groups. This system continues to be used by the agency today, with it focusing on goal-oriented projects that are intended to improve America’s military and defense systems.
DARPA has a number of divisions that are divided into smaller teams focusing on a variety of issues. Information technology is an important part of its research, for example, as are tools that are used on the battlefield, such as drones, armored vehicles, and communications jamming equipment. The agency also focuses on the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and it counters emerging threats to American security and information awareness. It has many small but very dedicated groups of active researchers and experiments, who may work together for up to five years developing a project and delivering a prototype.
Because DARPA technology is used to protect national security and make the United States more effective militarily, it is largely classified. It is also extremely advanced, since the organization focuses on technological superiority. Periodically, information about agency projects does reach the public, but the details are usually deliberately obscured. Civilians, for example, might be aware that it is working on a cloaking device for camouflaging soldiers, but they will not be aware of the mechanics of the system. (What is DARPA? wiseGEEK)
DARPA is so secretive that Conspiracy Theories abound which are on the fantastic side of belief. So when a Conspiracy Theory is true about DARPA, it is so muddled with the fantastic that incredulity reigns supreme.
There is a DARPA invention that Christians should be aware of. Former DARPA Director now working for Google does an interview talking about electronic tattoos being placed on the human skin in which data and fiscal information is embedded for scanning like for the doctor, purchasing, banking and so on. On the Oath Keepers website an interview was posted with Regina Dugan explaining how the tattoo would work. Here is a small intro just before the video:
Regina Dugan, the former Director of DARPA, and current executive at Google describes, with confidence, the coming Beast Tech smart tattoos and ingestible biochips that are ALREADY FDA APPROVED, that people will want to receive (and then be required to receive) by 2017.
Note, if you will, the audience applauding this new technology.
(Former DARPA Director On Research Into Beast Tech; Oath Keepers;
December 3rd, 2013)
My fellow Christians, can you say Mark of the Beast? I don’t care how convenient it is made out to be, I’m staying old school against that piece of technology.
NONETHELESS, there is one story about DARPA inventiveness that seems to be getting traction for the reason a whistleblower has released classified documents and has given interviews that talk about the super-secret organization is actively experimenting with the kind of Mind Control that Soleilmavis has written about concerning her personal experiences.
The whistleblower claims (if his documents are true) that DARPA has granted Arizona State University’s (ASU) classified research program called Center for Strategic Communication (CSC) a grant of 6.1 MILLION DOLLARS to use Remote Mind Control against enemy soldiers. A friend of mine sent a Youtube interview between Ben Swann and the Whistleblower. I am going to cross page 1 and page 2 of the text of interview followed by the video itself. On the Swann’s website he places the video first, but I think if you read the text first it will sink in about what is going on. You should note that this story broke in October 2013 and many other blogs and websites picked up Ben Swann’s original story in which they provided links to the leaked documents. As of today anyway, those documents have been removed because Arizona State University complained of copyright infringement. That leads me to suspect the leaked documents are real and not faked. If you are lucky maybe you can find another website or blog that has not been intimidated by a government agency about posting the leaked documents.
JRH 12/4/13 (Hat Tip: Judge Bob)
Exclusive: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?
By Ben Swann
October 16, 2013
Truth in Media: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?
Is the U.S. Government working on a program to…well…program the way you view religion?
A whistleblower who has worked on that program says yes and he wants you to know exactly what has been going on.
The first step towards truth is to be informed.
If I told you that the Defense Department was using taxpayer dollars to learn how to influence people with religious beliefs in order to control those beliefs, would it really surprise you?
Would you think that I am a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist?
Would you care if I told you that the program was aimed at controlling fundamentalist Muslims?
How about fundamentalist Christians?
Here’s the backstory. In 2012, Arizona State University’s Center for Strategic Communication or CSC was awarded a $6.1 million dollar research grant by DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The goal of the project according to ASUʼs website is to “study the neurobiology of narrative comprehension, validate narrative theories and explore the connection between narrative and persuasion.”
A lot of technical talk there, so lets (sic) dig into the details.
The CSC program is actually about creating narratives. Using effective communication, largely video, to control the thought process of groups of people. And ultimately to be able to trigger narratives through magnetic stimulation. At its core, the program is focused on how to win the narrative against Muslim extremism. It’s a fairly interesting concept.
According to documents leaked to us, this project integrates insights from three mutually-informing theoretical terrains.
In short, the goal of the program is to combat and change religious narratives because of their role in “extremist behavior.” The whistleblower who revealed this program to us, worked for several years on the program. They asked not to be identified.
Ben: What were you told about the proposal as you began working through it?
Whistleblower: Yeah, I thought that it was benign. They told me it was about trying to figure outwhat (sic) parts of the brain are affected by narrative persuasion. Just to figure it out just for academic reasons. So we looked at narrative transportation which is basically how an individual is transported into a narrative, how they understand it…kind of like when you read a good book you get really enthralled with it.
At its core, the program attempts to map the brain to determine which portions of the brain allow you to accept a narrative presented to you. It’s called narrative theory.
Mapping this network will lead to a fuller understanding of the influence narrative has on memory, emotion, theory of mind, identity and persuasion, which in turn influence the decision to engage in political violence or join violent groups or support groups ideologically or financially.
You see, the project is focused on the belief that the reason Muslims in the Middle East are swayed to religious violence is not because of the reality of what is going on around them per se, but because they are believing a local or a regional narrative.
Ben: The local and regional narrative then is that the brain automatically assumes things because of a narrative we’ve been taught since our childhood, is that it?
Whistleblower: Right yeah that’s true. We call those master narratives. So in America we have this “rags to riches” master narrative where if you work really hard you can become successful and make a ton of money. So in the Middle East, they always use the example of the Pharaoh. That’s the master narrative that’s in the Qur’an, where there’s this corrupt leader that, you know, is really bad for society. And they use the example of Sadat who was assassinated. When the assassin killed him, he said, “I have killed the Pharaoh, I have killed the Pharaoh.” So they assume that he was relying upon this Islamic master narrative to fuel his actions.
So how does the program change this? Again a lot of technical speak here so stay with me. But it’s broken into three phases.
Phase I is to map the Narrative Comprehension Network using a set of stimuli designed from the point of view of two different religious cultures.
Phase II will test hypotheses generated in Phase I, adding two additional manipulations of narrative validity and narrative transportation.
Phase III, it investigates possibilities for literally disrupting the activity of the NCN through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Ben: Phase III is fairly interesting. I noticed in the documentation it says lets (sic) not talk too much about this because who knows if we’ll ever get there. But when you do read what Phase III is it is a little surprising, it’s called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. This is not something that’s science fiction, it’s not something they’ve cooked up. This is a real technique that’s already been used in the past, correct?
Whistleblower: Yes, it started out in the psychiatry field when people were depressed and when you’re depressed certain parts of your brain are not functioning correctly. So they created this technology, which is basically a big magnet, and you put it on their brain and it turns off that part of the brain that’s bad or wrong and it would help them with their depression for several weeks to a month and they’d go back and do it again. So this technology has been around for ten or fifteen years.
Ben: So it’s very high tech propaganda, what we’re talking about.
Whistleblower: High tech and validated propaganda, yes. So if they’re able to turn off a part of the brain and get rid of that master narrative that will make you not believe in a particular statement, they would have validated this propaganda. So if they turn off portion X, they know that the propaganda is going to work and the individual is going to believe whatever is being told to them.
So why do all this? Because the project is based on the idea that despite the good work of the U.S. in the Middle East, the message of the work is not being received.
“The frequent rejection of US messaging by local populations in the Middle East, despite US insistence on the objective truth of the US message, illustrates the narrative paradigm at work. The well documented ‘say-do gap’ between US messages and US actions is seen by some as contributing to a lack of narrative validity in stories produced by the US. Similarly, stories of US aid do not ring true in a culture wherein Christian foreigners, since the 11th Century, have been invaders and sought to destroy and rule.”
So how to fix this?
Ben: How do you move someone from simply watching a video or seeing a video all the way down that line to behavior? It’s a pretty powerful tool if you’re able to do that.
Whistleblower: Right, so they think that maybe an extremist statements or a video like Al Qaeda puts out will lead to some individuals doing a suicide bombing, for example. So they’re trying to look at this video or the statements and take away a part of your brain that will think that it fits in with your culture or master narrative and that will hopefully lead you to not do these extremist, violent acts.
So what you need to know is that this program boils down to one central idea. If people aren’t reaching the conclusions the U.S. government would like them to reach, there must be a way to force them to accept these narratives.
Remember that the claim is that the U.S. despite giving aid is viewed in the Middle East as invaders. That, according to the program research is the product of embedded narrative, not a result of action.
So the view of the U.S. as invaders in countries where we have standing armies, dozens of military bases, the U.S. paying off drug lords in Afghanistan or regional warlords in Iraq or where we consistently bomb via drone strike in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia or where we fund dictators until those dictators are overthrown and then attempt to fund the rebels, who end up becoming dictators.
All of that has nothing to do with the U.S. view of Muslims in the Middle East because clearly they are missing the fact that the U.S. gives aid.
The next step, control the narrative and if necessary, use magnetic stimulation to force people to accept the view of the U.S. that we desire them to have.
After all, aren’t extremist Muslims dangerous? Extremist Christians? See the problem with the question is who gets to define extremist? Who decides if religious beliefs are inherently dangerous?
And if we believe that government should have the power to control how the extremist thinks… wouldn’t they have the authority to decide how and what we all think?
We cannot post the leaked documents from program here because ASU has claimed intellectual property infringement.
Note: I contacted Arizona State University’s CSC Department requesting an interview about this program. A spokesperson told me that the University would not comment on the program. That all inquires (sic) should be sent to DARPA.
Mind Control is used by U.S. Government
John R. Houk
© December 4, 2013
Exclusive: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?
Copyright 2013 Ben Swann
Ben Swann Bio
I have spent 14 years working as a journalist in broadcast news. I won’t bore you with all the details but suffice to say I began my career as a news photographer and moved up the ladder to reporter, morning anchor/reporter, prime time anchor/reporter. Along the way I won two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. For a number of years I covered Mexico’s drug war. At that time, I realized that national media was not interested in the truth of what was happening in Mexico or the problems associated with the failed “war on drugs” in the United States.
In 2010, I moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio to take a prime time anchor job with WXIX and there I became the producer/writer/anchor of a segment called “Reality Check”. It was while covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary that I began to confront the problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and …
1. Our culture is truth deficient. The historical centers of truth have broken down.
2. The average U.S. citizen has lost their voice to the affluent with money and power.
3. Voters are disenfranchised from the party system. The rise of “independents” has simply defined what people are not, but has struggled to bring clarity to who they are.
We are building solutions to these problems.
We are speaking truth to power through media, culture, and … READ ENTIRETY
Vice President Joe Biden brags about how President Barack Hussein Obama by-passed Congress with Executive Orders to implement the Leftist perception of limiting violence by controlling the use of guns by Americans contrary to the Second Amendment. Check it out.
JRH 12/4/13 (Hat Tip: MinutemenNews.com)
Biden Hails the 23 Gun Control Steps Obama Took on His Own
By Susan Jones
December 3, 2013 – 10:33 AM
(CNSNews.com) – On Monday, invoking the Dec. 14 “tragedy in Newtown,” Vice President Joe Biden told Americans, “You have my word that the President and I are doing everything we can to make sure no parent loses their child to gun violence.”
And he admitted that they’re doing it “on our own,” without Congress.
“And so even after a minority of senators blocked commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence this spring, we’re pushing forward,” he said.
“Now, it’s not enough to take these steps on our own — we still need Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. We need expanded background checks, and we need to create serious penalties for gun trafficking. There is no question that these kinds of measures would protect our kids and keep our communities safer.”
Biden hailed the 23 “executive actions” President Obama laid out in January to reduce “gun violence.” Biden said the administration has either completed or made significant progress on all of them.
“No parent should ever face the horror of the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Or a movie theater in Aurora. Or a temple in Oak Creek. Or the campus at Virginia Tech. We’ve seen too much gun violence as a country. And if there’s even one thing we can do to save a life, it is our most sacred duty to try. That’s where I stand,” said Biden, who may be contemplating a run for president in 2016.
The anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is a week from Saturday, and Connecticut officials are expected to release recordings of the 911 calls on Wednesday.
Biden was in Asia when the White House released his tough-on-guns message, which was signed “Joe.”
The message links to a list of the “progress we’ve made” on the 23 executive actions. Here are a few of them:
– “Begun to address unnecessary legal barriers that prevent states from reporting information about those prohibited from having guns.”
– “Issued a presidential memorandum requiring federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.”
– “Took steps to maximize enforcement efforts.”
– “Helped law enforcement avoid returning guns to the wrong hands.”
– “Published data on lost and stolen guns.”
– “Reviewed categories of dangerous people prohibited from having guns.”
You can see the full list of executive actions here.
On Tuesday, coincidentally, the House Judiciary Committee was holding a hearing on the president’s “constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.”
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) told Fox News on Tuesday that she and other members of Congress are “appalled at the president’s actions — they are clearly unconstitutional.” Bachmann said the Constitution limits the president’s power — “even though the president doesn’t act that way.”
Bachmann said Obama can’t “unilaterally make these decisions, Congress is a part of the government as well, you’re not a king, you’re not a dictator” — even though he sometimes acts that way.
The list of Republican complaints includes Obama’s unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, which Bachmann called “political management”; and his use of “prosecutorial discretion” in determining which illegal aliens to deport.
All original CNSNews.com material, copyright 1998-2013. Cybercast News Service.
Intro to ‘More Than A Threat’
Justin Smith writes one of the best essays he has ever written. So kudos to Justin!
Justin writes about the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) which is the appellation of Obama’s delusion of peace with Iran over nukes and in which Obama is also offering billions of dollars in “Sanction Relief” to Iran. All the U.S. and the other negotiating Security Council members plus Germany get in return from Iran is an unverifiable PROMISE.
Read the preamble to the JPA and ask yourself if Iran will even come close to its part of the agreement.
The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein. This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme. This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This comprehensive solution would involve a reciprocal, step-by-step process, and would produce the comprehensive lifting of all UN Security Council sanctions, as well as multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear programme.
There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step, including, among other things, addressing the UN Security Council resolutions, with a view toward bringing to a satisfactory conclusion the UN Security Council’s consideration of this matter. The E3+3 and Iran will be responsible for conclusion and implementation of mutual near-term measures and the comprehensive solution in good faith. A Joint Commission of E3/EU+3 and Iran will be established to monitor the implementation of the near-term measures and address issues that may arise, with the IAEA responsible for verification of nuclear-related measures. The Joint Commission will work with the IAEA to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern. (Copied from text version from The Guardian PDF posting of the JPA Agreement)
So who believes Iran will the kind of access this preamble insinuates? Just for clarity sake the “E3/EU +3” references these nations: USA, Russia, China/France, Germany and the UK.
No it is time to read Justin Smith’s brilliant essay.
More Than A Threat
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 11/30/2013 10:45 PM
J. O. Smith Facebook Notes
Posted: November 30, 2013 at 11:09pm
“Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of worlds.” -Hindu scripture from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’
In the aftermath of the November 24, 2013 interim deal to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which is called the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), Americans bear witness to an Iranian regime that has supported international terrorism, while waging war against the United States and Israel since 1979. We see Secretary of State John Kerry, with an anti-American bias in everything he approaches, purposefully and knowingly pave the way to ensure that Iran will soon acquire a nuclear weapon, while Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, two members of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet, long “to be in a situation in which the Americans listen to us the way they used to listen to us in the past”. And properly so, America heard Benjamin Netanyahu reiterate that “Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat”.
Vali Nasr, dean of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, released one of the most naive and idiotic statements in regards to the deal between the U.S, Western powers and Iran. He suggested that Iran might now be helpful in brokering a postwar settlement in Afghanistan, between the U.S. and the Taliban.
Does anyone really believe Iran will ever stop attacking the U.S. and Israel and their interests across the globe, as long as the mullahs, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Islam… the mother of all totalitarianisms-theocracy… keep Iran in a stranglehold?
For 444 days the islamoNazis of Iran held Americans hostage after deposing the Shah, and the attacks against the U.S. continued into the present. Eighty-five percent of the improvised explosive devices used in Iraq in 2004 were furnished by Iran, according to Lt General Moshe Ya’alon, former Israeli Defense chief of staff. Thirty thousand Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force were actively fighting coalition forces in Iraq; throughout the Afghanistan War, these same forces formed hunter-killer teams for the sole mission of killing U.S. soldiers, according to the 5th Special Forces command hierarchy.
And when will Iran’s proxy “holy warriors” of Hezbollah ever be brought to a day of reckoning for the murders of 283 U.S. Marines in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983? Marines on a “peace-keeping” mission. One must wonder over President Ronald Reagan’s decision not to mount a swift retaliation… the only real failure of his Presidency.
Now, it is surreal to see John Kerry as the chief negotiator striving to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions, when this is the same radical antiwar activist who never met an enemy of the United States that he didn’t like. Kerry should be criminally charged for not registering as an Iranian agent, because he advocated giving Iran nuclear fuel during the first presidential debate in 2004, as “a test” of Iran’s “true intentions”. And, this is seen as especially egregious, once one finds that Hassan Nemazee, top Kerry fund-raiser and alleged “agent” for Iran, stated in a 2004 deposition, that he “would not trust this regime (Iran) on the nuclear issue to have any intentions other than a weaponized program”.
Last week, Ruhollah Hossinian, a hardline lawmaker, stated, “It (JPA) practically tramples on Iran’s enrichment rights”. This is reminiscent of 2006, when the UN Security Council had set an August 31 deadline for Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment programs or face sanctions. On August 31, Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in a televised appearance, stated, “They should know that the Iranian nation will not let its rights be trampled on”. And by March 2007, Iran had added 3000 new centrifuges capable of manufacturing weapons grade uranium to its facilities at Natanz.
The ‘New York Times’ characterized the JPA agreement as “a chance to chart a new American course in the Middle East”, although its reality is virtually the exact same policies America has witnessed liberal Democrats employ for decades. In 1979, A.Q. Khan, a nuclear physicist, gave Pakistan nuclear weapons, under the careless watch of Zbigniew Brzezinski; Khan promptly proliferated this technology, first to North Korea and then to Iran, along with blueprints of a Chinese designed warhead. Madeleine Albright failed to halt Kim Jong Il’s nuclear weapons program during the Clinton administration, and now we see Obama and Kerry falling in line with the advocates of appeasement.
What does it mean to Iran’s mullahs that Obama and Kerry are unwilling to concede an Iranian “right” to enrich uranium? Absolutely nothing. The mullahs want nuclear weapons and a dominant position throughout the Middle East more than they desire peace and prosperity for their people, so no amount of sanctions will achieve a satisfactory result.
Utilizing numerous deceptions, such as tramp steamers off the U.S. and European coasts or physically crossing porous borders, it would not be too difficult for Iran to target 29 critical sites in America and the West, identified numerous times by successive Iranian presidents. Iran’s Shahab-4 missiles have a 2500 mile range and can carry biological, chemical or nuclear warheads. The destruction of these sites would seriously cripple Western power, killing millions of innocent people in the process.
How many times and in how many different ways do we have to hear Iran’s leaders state their intent to destroy “the Great Satan” – America and “the Little Satan” – Israel before we believe them and take their words to heart?
Make no mistake. President Hassan Rouhani is no different from his predecessors, Khatami and Ahmadinejad, and while he couches his statements in ambiguous and subtle nuances, ultimately he hopes to foist an Iranian Islamic nightmare on the world.
A few years after taking power, Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomenei said: “I say let Iran go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world”.
The JPA is merely another delaying tactic for Iran’s mullahs, who are just mere weeks away from seeing their goal come to fruition. And, despite all the best efforts of those like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who asserts “…strong sanctions…brought Iran to the table”, Iran will have nuclear weapons soon.
The world stands at a critical crossroads, and unfortunately the only real solution is a war to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and possibly remove a rogue regime from power, one that should have been targeted long before Iraq or Afghanistan. Rife with cohorts to the jihadists desiring negotiations, no matter the cost, the Obama administration will not answer this call, and Iran fully realizes this due to Obama’s “red-line” failure with Syria. The weight of this solution, unfairly and even more unfortunately, sits on the shoulders of Israel.
In the early 1930s, many viewed Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ as just rhetoric, although he clearly had laid out his program to exterminate the Jews. Sixty-one million deaths, including six million Jews, lay at the feet of Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement plan, because, as so eloquently stated by Winston Churchill, the world lacked the “democratic courage, intellectual honesty, and willingness to act”. Let America and the world not make this same mistake again with Iran.
© Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
Norma Zager reminisces of the Baby Boomer past that was innocent then marking the Kennedy Assassination as the entry portal to the beginnings of a violent America. Perhaps the only thing I disagree with are the few repetitions of “guns, guns, guns”. Too many people think of guns as an evil that has entered American society in relatively recent history. The reality is that guns have been a part of the American persona from Colonial days, the new Articles of Confederation formed shortly after 1776, through the U.S. Constitution going into effect March 4, 1789 after ratification of 11 of 13 States (the last of the remaining two ratified in 1791) and through to the present day when American Liberals are attempting to subvert the Second Amendment. Nonetheless, Norma’s thoughts are spot on that American innocence seemed to experience an erasure.
What Shall I Tell My Grandchildren
By Norma Zager
Sent: 11/25/2013 11:00 PM
Ari Bussel Intro
Fifty years ago, our nation lost its innocence with President Kennedy’s assassination.
As we celebrate my parents’ Golden Jubilee on November 26th, 2013, Norma captured the essence of the decades since 1963 in our newest Postcard: “What Shall I Tell My Grandchildren?”
Pictures bring memories. So does Norma’s latest Postcard. It is dedicated, with love, on this very special occasion to Rachel and Joe Bussel.
[Davis, California, USA, 1960s]
What Shall I Tell My Grandchildren
By Norma Zager
“Second Star to the right and straight on till morning…” Directions to Neverland
The anniversary of President Kennedy’s death forced me into a state of nostalgic self-examination and unanswered questions including one in particular; what shall I teach my grandchildren?
It is indeed a conundrum to have reached a certain age and still be in search of an identity. Or perhaps be overwhelmed by the profusion of identities embraced then discarded throughout one’s lifetime.
At this stage, I am left with the ultimate question plaguing me in my grandmother years; who am I, and did I ever become whom I sought to be?
Can I truly separate the person I am from the incarnations I formerly assumed? Or perhaps I am just a jumble of ideas and beliefs meshed together to form some unrecognizable piece of sculpture? If faced with a mirror that reflects my soul, will I see a Picasso, distorted and oddly irregular yet perfect in its imperfection?
Thinking back over so many years it is apparent a grandparent has a responsibility to impart wisdom. Ah, but can wisdom flow from the mind of someone who has twisted and turned through so many knowledge bases then morphed and reinvented herself more times than Madonna?
I don’t pretend to be unique in this challenge of self-discovery. I believe it is the plight of baby boomers to travel a road fraught with curves and roadblocks. After all, we were set upon a path chosen for us, and we all veered to the side occasionally, some more often than others.
After World War II a new and special hope ran through the fabric of the American dream. Drunk with our own success and filled with youthful exuberance over a meteoric rise to become number one on the chart of nations, our parents saw a future that could be achieved, a path to be followed and a lifestyle to be embraced.
And they did.
With their new beliefs came a great hope for their children. Our lives were planned, contrived and easily clarified.
The system was in place for a new America.
How could one not be filled with optimism after surviving depressions and wars then emerging victorious and powerful?
A new middle class became the foundation for the American dream. Houses were built to reflect this new sense of affluence.
Women embraced their roles as housewife and mother in shiny new kitchens filled with colored appliances and homes filled with modern furniture. Television sets replaced radios and families sat together watching Ed Sullivan, Uncle Miltie or Chet and David deliver the news.
When bad things happened, we had heroes to avert evil. Superman could save the day, Edward R. Murrow fought corruptors of the American system and Betty Crocker fed a nation.
Ah, but could this idealistic state endure?
The rise of the communist threat, predicted by Churchill and ignored by a naïve American president, changed the landscape.
Along with Howdy Doody’s smiling face and our morning Rice Krispies, came the sounds of digging as our neighbors built bomb shelters in their back yards. Our teachers escorted us to school basements to sit with heads covered beneath the pipes. In the end the greater fear we faced were the potentially dangerous effects from the asbestos wrappings.
I munched my morning eggs and toast watching something called segregation being challenged in Little Rock. Questioning why a little girl couldn’t go to school if she wanted without an army to escort her.
I was certain if someone told me I didn’t have to go to school, it wouldn’t require an army to keep me at home watching television.
We little understood the changes swirling around as we played innocently on safe city streets awaiting the Good Humor man or the bakery man to deliver the cakes and breads for the day while clapping for Tinker Bell to prove we believed in fairies.
America was a quiet place, safe and unfettered by crime, hate or vicious political battles.
It was simply a very simple life.
At least for some.
For unbeknownst to those who were lucky enough to be a member of this new American dream, festered an undercurrent of anger like a boil beneath the skin of the nation.
Civil rights marchers in Selma attacked by dogs, yes the world watched, but for us nothing changed, at least not yet.
We lived in a dream world: School, Sunday afternoons watching our fathers cut deliciously scented freshly mowed lawns and listening to the baseball game on the radio.
Hot summers sitting near a fan to capture the swirling warm air, unless you were among the lucky families to afford air conditioning.
Splashing about in a back yard plastic pool while the puppies chased their tails around the fenced-in yard.
Businessmen were making money and reinvesting it in second cars and newer, larger homes.
Charge accounts in department stores afforded teens that rode busses to the mall with friends a day of shopping and lunch. And perhaps even a new Elvis 45 record.
No one thought of the things one must think of today, things that never even existed in America then.
It’s difficult to believe that life was so innocent in the fifties. Fears were predicated on some distant threat of communism a world away.
I remember watching Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on a table at the United Nations screaming “we will bury you,” and I shook my head and thought, “what a nut.”
Then I returned to my idyllic existence, the life that had been created for me and I was expected to live out as planned.
I now realize that life ended on November 22, 1963.
That was the day the guns came out in America and never left.
Life changed dramatically after President Kennedy was killed. It wasn’t just the horrific loss of such a beloved leader; it was that suddenly the entire world appeared so different.
The sense of peace, contentment and security unraveled and what was unseen was suddenly staring us all in the face. Evil stood on our doorsteps. Murder, mayhem, assassinations became an endless stream in our lives.
It was as though the steady floor we once trod had now become an amusement park ride where the bottom is taken away and we are balancing precariously against the sides.
Death became a daily occurrence. Martin, Bobby, Marilyn, newspapers were filled with pictures of murders and riots, the news had changed and so had our perception of our lives.
We were ill prepared for what was to be.
The idyllic and spoiled existence of the baby boomer ended abruptly. Instead of the Mickey Mouse Club and The Lone Ranger, we traded in our mouse ears for protests, Abbie, Gerry, trials, wars and civil unrest. A country so peaceful became a battleground filled with civil discord, crime and guns, yes, that endless stream of guns, guns, guns.
In 1967 cities began burning and my own was one of the first. I watched Detroit burn before my eyes on a television once filled with Sid Caesar and Lassie. Familiar streets I’d walked filled with flames and were lost.
I felt as though I was dragged kicking and screaming away from my own life. Leaving childhood behind is always a mixture of pain, disillusionment and angst. Watching the democratic convention of 1968 as the police heaved protestors from the streets is when I lost my innocence.
With apologies to Albert Einstein’s assessment for how the world will end, the world of our youth ended not with a whimper but with an explosion.
A new path loomed before an entire generation. Innocence gave way to a wakeup call that was heard around the world.
Aside from the usual angst of becoming a teenager and dealing with the issues of growing and maturing into adulthood, Baby Boomers not only faced a life change, but were forced to face their challenges in a new world. One filled with hate, guns, violence, unrest and unpredictability. If such a world had existed before it was not within our sight.
Sexual revolution and feminist movements changed forever the way we would watch a Doris Day movie and created new conflicts of values.
Were we Doris Day or Marilyn Monroe?
Were we the Mouseketeers or GI Joes?
Were women Harriet Nelson or Barbara Jordan?
Mores shifted and we paddled with exhausted arms to keep up with the tide.
Richard Nixon cast suspicion upon a political system we had never questioned. Viet Nam brought new pictures and words into our lives. Mai Kong Deltas and napalm replaced “Yo Rinty” and Captain Kangaroo.
Guys left and never came home and the ones who did were treated as traitors, shamelessly cast aside as though they were criminals for serving their country. It was a far cry from the Life magazine cover depicting the return of World War II soldiers.
Who were we?
What did we believe?
What had I become and was it anyone I really cared to be?
If it seems as though I sat around attempting to answer these questions, I plead guilty.
If I said I had found those answers, I plead ignorant.
There is no pause on the remote control of human existence. No instant replays and no “do overs.”
I do know change is the only certainty of life. What is today will not be that new tomorrow we have no way of knowing.
Every generation lays claim to living in perilous times.
Perhaps it is just easier looking around at today’s world to accept the fact life, at best, is precarious and no time in history is ever without turmoil.
So what shall I tell my grandchildren? It seems they will know little else than this new chaotic and insane world? Will there be some respite in this new harsh life we have created? I cannot blame them if I speak of peaceful summer afternoons or a world without terrorists and school shootings and they look at me as though I were telling a fairy tale.
They will need a new strength and a new worldview we never imagined, and my heart breaks for them. As every grandparent I must pray it will change and they will know innocence and peace, safety and security.
For even as I dream of peace I am faced with a reality show to rival any Bravo offering.
So I will tell them simply, “I love you, and you can do anything and be anyone you choose to be. Don’t squander too much time wondering who you are, just enjoy being you. One person can change the world for better or worse and no one can truly know who that person will be. Never doubt it can be you, and if that is your goal, choose good.”
Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.
Zager and Bussel are based in Los Angeles. Zager is an award winning investigative journalist, journalism professor and author. Bussel is a foreign correspondent in Israel.
Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.
© Israel Monitor, November 2013
First Published November 26, 2013
Unless you are an idiot liberal, you would agree that the roll out of making Obamacare a viable national health plan was a calamitous disaster. Ari Bussel wonders if Obama is incapable of the successful management of his signature piece of legislation, how can he be trusted to make the world safer by being the prime mover behind negotiating nuclear peace with Iran so that we can give the psycho-Mullahs sanction relief to the tune of SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS?
I am a Patriotic American
By Ari Bussel
Sent: 11/25/2013 12:54 AM
Ultimately, only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program. As President and Commander-in-Chief, I will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But I have a profound responsibility to try to resolve our differences peacefully, rather than rush towards conflict.
Today, we have a real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement, and I believe we must test it. President Obama
What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
I am a patriotic American. Whenever I see our flag, my heart springs to attention, and I am filled with pride and joy. Very little can unnerve me enough to shake my solid belief in this great country of ours.
On Saturday, the 23rd of November 2013, Bloomberg’s top headline read: “Iran Agrees to Deal With Powers to Curb Nuclear Work.” It was subtitled “Iran to Reap $7 Billion in Sanctions Relief Under Accord.” CNN’s top headline: “Deal Limits Iran’s Nuclear Program,” and Fox’s: “Deal Struck: World powers reach agreement with Iran on nuke program.”
Everyone was focused on Iran, except the White House website that still showed the heading “Working with Both Parties to Keep the Economy Moving Forward.” The latest e-mail blast I received from the White House – part of the White House American Jewish Outreach Update – is from earlier this month, boasting a statement by President Obama on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht and a speech by the President at Dallas Temple on the Affordable Care Act.
[The White House website was later to change with “breaking news: President Obama’s Statement on Iran, the United States – together with close allies and partners – has taken an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.”]
The President’s top priority always enjoys the full backing of the most sophisticated PR and outreach machine this great country of ours has ever witnessed. Iran, apparently, is more a nuisance than the top priority. At least that is how it seems from the attention afforded to it by the White House, resembling a disgusting task that needs to be carried out; an afterthought.
Clearly, the President is not very much interested in Iran, or its threat to the USA. All that was necessary was an agreement, so that the Iranian “issue” can be put on the backburner.
There are much more urgent issues we face, such as the President’s historical legacy – Obamacare. (The program, at the moment, is still suffering from “technical glitches” despite an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in a website that does not work properly, not to mention a faulty architecture that will eventually bring its collapse and finger pointing at the Republicans and members of the Tea Party: “It is all their fault!”)
Three more years from this November until the next Presidential election, and at the moment, the President is very focused: Obamacare! (It is not even a true concern to reform the healthcare system, just maintaining a legacy and not admitting a mess of colossal proportions already so clearly evident.)
Why should anyone worry? Iran is far away and has repeatedly stated – contrary to all appearances and its abundance of oil as an energy source – that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes. The Sanctions this Administration has put in place have been most effective, successful in causing remorse among the Iranian leadership and a reversal of course. It all works.
Iran will say whatever the West wants to hear, while continuing to do exactly what it wants: accelerating development of its military nuclear program.
Indeed, given all the Administration under the current Commander-in-Chief achieved, we are witnessing “Peace in Our Lifetime.” Let us focus on what is really important: Higher health insurance costs; mass cancellations of policies for millions who were, until very recently, insured; hospitals and doctors pulling out of networks and Medicare recipients hurting due to cuts. All this “noise” has to be dealt with quickly, lest it detract from the crowning achievement of Obama.
A negotiated peaceful end to all this unpleasantness with Iran! Thirty-five years from the ascent of Khomeini to power and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and finally a Peace Laureate manages to bring an end to decades of open hostilities. Truly, I am in awe of the massive achievements by one person. Would I be amiss admitting the Messiah is finally appearing before our very eyes, revealing himself to the world?
Some feel that President Obama just “threw Israel under the bus,” but I say differently: The President of the United States of America is not entrusted with protecting Israel. Israel is a sovereign nation, and knows how and when to protect itself. (If it does not, well, then it – and it alone – will suffer the consequences.) Israel must not expect, and definitely cannot plan, for America to do its bidding.
The President – glossy and glory speeches notwithstanding – never intended to do anything of substance against Iran. Similarly, he never had any real intention of standing in the way of Syria’s Assad and the latter’s slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his own people. The world stood silent. Why bother?
The President “showed determination and force” against an ally – Egypt’s President Mubarak – ushering in the Muslim Brotherhood’s ascent to power and control of the largest Arab country in the world. The President ordered direct attacks in Libya, against a leader who repented and was working with us, the late Kaddafi. (Where was the same determination and use of force and resources when our Ambassador and others of his protective detail were murdered?)
And Israel. Again, Israel. That is a difficult thorn indeed, only because of the all-powerful Jewish Lobby, AIPAC, that controls DC (please refer to a book about the Jewish Lobby and some statements by the Jews who truly care about America and are part of J Street), and all these rich Jews who support the Democratic Party. For them, and because of them, we have to pretend.
What a great conclusion: The Jews are at fault for the President having to take a tough stand against Iran! Not Israel, but those super-wealthy, super-powerful Jews right here in America. If it were not for them, life would have been so much easier, a negotiated surrender could have been achieved ages ago.
Forget about Iran. They do not know what they are doing. They use idle threats, not really intent on doing anything with their nuclear power. In fact, they have every right, exactly like Israel, to have a full-fledged nuclear program.
Why should Israel have an arsenal it can use at a moment’s notice, and Iran be precluded? What’s fair is fair! Besides, there are enough crazies in Israel, not less dangerous to the world and to world peace! (If Netanyahu didn’t possess so much clout with Congress, the President would put him exactly where he should be and declare him the real obstacle to peace in our lifetime, peace in the Middle East and the return of the Palestinians to their homeland and eternal capital of Al Quds.)
The President of the United States has to “make-believe” he is proactive so the Iranian “issue” can be set aside. There are much more urgent things to which he must attend. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, then Christmas and New Year. What trips are planned? Have thousands of members of the Entourage teams been invited to these all-expense-paid trips? How about just a relaxing get-away using Air Force One to Martha’s Vineyard (too cold already), Hawaii, India or Africa? Welcome to Beverly Hills! You can enjoy a moment of rest with peaceful and protected shopping on Rodeo Drive!
There are endless parties to attend, a family and a Royal Dog. Alas, the President is also the Commander in Chief, and there are still thousands of Americans around the world (time to get back home!). Just recently we saw a disaster in the Philippines, and there, too, Israel was first. First to respond and so effectively so. The first baby to be delivered was called Israel and millions of hits (five million by the last count) were generated around the reports of the Israeli Consul General in the West Coast. Those damn Jews! First at everything! They even managed to steal the glory from the President sending our military force and full might to extend a helping hand.
The Presidential Calendar is full! Five days in Geneva have been overwhelming, truly exhausting even for a seasoned politician like our Secretary of State. Time to get back home. The days to Thanksgiving and Black Friday are drawing closer; let us stop wasting time on Iran. Declare an agreement. State the historic significance of our achievements, ease and eliminate the sanctions and let’s focus on what is really important.
Our allies in the Middle East and throughout the world are shocked. Even France (usually characterized by their rush to surrender at the face of even the slightest hiccup) decided to take a different stand.
Our “allies in the Middle East” have long awakened to a new frightening reality, one in which the USA cannot be trusted. Saudi Arabia sees something that our President does not, so it messes things up for him, for his plan for a peaceful holiday season. Perhaps they simply do not understand the peaceful intentions of Iran and Iran’s right to achieve nuclear dominance (for “peaceful purposes” and nothing else).
A new coalition of the frightened is being formed. Israel, France, Saudi Arabia, other countries in the Gulf. Is anyone surprised that the fanatic Prime Minister of Israel is heading it, stirring trouble in peaceful and otherwise calm waters?
In fact, anyone with a bit of common sense and understanding of reality, and anyone who knows how to read what the Iranians are saying and analyze what is actually taking place in Iran, would conclude that the US-of-A has gone mad. Apparently a previous history lesson – “Peace in our Lifetime!” – has been forgotten (or never learned at all).
If I, a patriotic American, did not believe Saturday night’s speech by President Obama, imagine what others, particularly Iran, countries throughout the Arab World and Israel, made of it.
I, at least, have given my President the full benefit of the doubt.
I would stand and defend our country to my last breath, and although I am registered with the Selective Service, we have not had a draft in recent memory. I am just afraid my Commander in Chief has brought us a step closer to the beginning of World War III, willing to sacrifice whatever is needed, similar to the offering of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.
Zager and Bussel are based in Los Angeles. Zager is an award winning investigative journalist, journalism professor and author. Bussel is a foreign correspondent in Israel.
Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.
© Israel Monitor, November 2013
First Published November 23, 2013
John R. Houk
© November 16, 2013
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sent an email that is headlined as being about born in Iran but a naturalized U.S. Citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini who was essentially arrested for being a Christian while in Iran aiding in the construction of an orphanage. Of course that is not the official reason for his 2012 arrest was originally for proselytizing Christ the Savior the Son of God. Then the proselytizing charge was upgraded to a violation of National Security for leading an underground Church movement in Iran. Since Pastor Saeed’s arrest he has been tortured to deny Christ but has refused to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ.
There are several links to ACLJ stories and three of those stories updates of Pastor Saeed. I am focusing on the Pastor Saeed updates that are arranged by the dates 11/15, 11/11 and 11/12. The email is entitled “Critical developments for Saeed”. The word critical got my attention. For me Pastor Saeed is a critical example of how Muslims treat Christians in Muslim dominated lands. Pastor Saeed is an excellent reason for Christians en masse to march on Muslim nation Embassies, in Pastor Saeed’s case to find Iranian diplomatic missions all over the world to let Muslims be aware that the persecution of Christians for the free exercise of their faith is intolerable.
There currently is no Iranian Embassy in the USA. This is understandable since Shi’ite Islamofascists overrun the U.S. Embassy in Iran and held Americans hostage for about a year. To be more specific the government of the then new Khomeini regime did absolutely nothing as Iranians violated American sovereign land by virtue of diplomatic conventions and protocol. Here in America a good place to let Iran know that Christians are displeased with Sharia Law inspired persecution of Christians is at the Iranian Mission at the United Nations located in New York City:
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-2020
Fax: (212) 867-7086
And of course we Americans can travel to Canada:
Address: Iranian Embassy Canada
245 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa ON K2P 2K2
Phone: local: (613) 235.4726
Fax: local: (613) 233.5712
Admittedly I am not an activist organizer. What I am praying for is that someone reads this post that indeed has the skills to organize huge protests and deliver on one or more PEACEFUL Christ-like protests. We can show that Christians don’t yell such idiocy as death to Muslims or death to Iran, but that we can let it be known that persecution allowed and encoded by law is an unacceptable human rights violation. We are ONE in the Lord and if the right hand suffers the whole body suffers!
Below is each update link cross posted in order of date rather than the email order.
Pastor Saeed Denied his Medication
Nov. 11, 2013 4:41 PM
This morning Pastor Saeed’s father tried to visit his son at Rajai Shahr prison, located in Karaj, Iran, only to be turned away by prison officials. Saeed’s father had brought with him some of Saeed’s personal belongings, blankets to keep him warm, and the medication doctors had prescribed Saeed last July to treat the injuries he had sustained while in Evin prison. Prison officials told the father Saeed could not have any personal belongs, including his medication.
As we reported just over a week ago, Iranian officials transferred Saeed from Evin prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr, where Saeed is now sharing a cell with some of Iran’s most violent criminals – murderers and rapists.
Reports state that Rajai Shahr prison was built to house 5,000 inmates, but at present the prison holds roughly 22,000 inmates. Such overcrowding has led to what many call “deadly and inhuman” conditions within the prison. Human rights groups report that prisoners in Rajai Shahr do not have access to fresh air, proper nutrition, and that louse and communicable diseases are wide spread.
Saeed’s health had been improving with his medication in Evin prison, but with horrendous conditions in Rajai Shahr and the lack of proper medication, Saeed’s health will likely deteriorate quickly.
Please join us in prayer for Saeed’s health and protection. Take action in urging our nation’s leaders to take action to directly engage diplomatically to save Pastor Saeed’s life. Sign the petition to immediately intervene to #SaveSaeed at BeHeardProject.com.
The Church at Large Has a Responsibility to Pastor Saeed
Nov. 12, 2013 3:41 PM
(This article was written by Bill Haynes, Sr. Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Somerset KY.)
It is far too easy for American Christians to hear of the imprisonment and brutal treatment of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran and just be complacent about it. After all, we are not being imprisoned for our faith, and shouldn’t Pastor Saeed have known that Iran is a dangerous place to begin with?
Attitudes like that will betray a brand of “Christianity” that is shaped more by lifestyle than by worldview, more by culture than by God’s Word. The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (13:3). Our thoughts and prayers are to be with our brothers and sisters suffering in prison for their faith as if we were right there beside them. Why? Because we are a part of the same body, the Body of Christ. And the Apostle Paul makes it clear that when one part of the body hurts it effects the entire body, even if halfway around the earth (1 Corinthians 12:26).
When Peter was imprisoned in the early days of the church, Luke tells us, “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.” (Acts 12:5). Peter was imprisoned for the single fact that he was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was sharing good news that would change the hearts and lives of men and women if they would believe. But that was seen as a threat to the “security” of the existing authorities, both religious and civil.
The church did not merely go into a helpless mode when Peter was kept in prison, but rather they became very active in prayer. Luke says the church “fervently prayed to God” on Peter’s behalf. The church believed that they served a God who is greater than Herod and that their God could deliver Peter if He so willed.
That is the call and challenge to the church in the United States and around the world today. We must be in “fervent” prayer on behalf of Pastor Saeed. He is a part of our body. He is our brother in Christ, and if he is hurting then the whole body is to hurt with him and hold him up to our Heavenly Father.
Pastor Saeed was working with orphans in Iran. Granted this work was because he is a follower of Jesus and seeking to obey Him, but it was also for the good of the Iranian people, not to undercut them in any way. It is somewhat ironic that the charges against him are for “attempting to undermine the national security of Iran by gathering with fellow Christians in private homes.”
There are several things that we need to be praying for in this situation.
- Pray that God will bring about the release of Pastor Saeed. Whether he does this in the miraculous way He did with Peter in Acts 12, or through the efforts of the ACLJ and diplomatic channels, is not the issue. But we have to realize that God’s ways are not our ways and His are always best and right! As Paul says, “Oh, the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways.” (Romans 11:33).
- Pray that, while imprisoned, Pastor Saeed will bring glory to God through his suffering. The Bible teaches us that we are to seek God’s glory in every place we find ourselves. In extraordinary circumstances like this but also in everyday, even mundane, things like eating and drinking (1st Corinthians 10:31)
- Pray that God will use Pastor Saeed’s circumstances to see many come to know Jesus Christ as Lord. Paul saw this happen while imprisoned in Rome. Paul tells the church at Philippi that “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,” (Philippians 1:12-13) God uses situations that we see as negative to spread the gospel.
So perhaps God is going to use this horrible situation for the Abedini family to awaken the church in America to the real persecution and attacks that exist against Christianity in other parts of the world. Perhaps God is wanting to wake us from our slumber, our comfort, and be challenged to intercede and be involved with other parts of our “body” in very different and very dangerous parts of the world.
God was not caught off guard by Pastor Saeed’s circumstances; and God is not helpless to use these for Saeed’s good and for the good of the church, and for His own glory. May we Christians be sensitive to all that God is doing, and may we be obedient to His call to strengthen the body of Christ, the church, to face the spiritual warfare that is very real in our world. And may we stand in His grace, His truth, and wear the spiritual armor that Paul spoke about in Ephesians 6:10-20.
Let’s do battle in prayer for Pastor Saeed and the Abedini family and for God’s church around the world.
Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution for American Pastor Saeed’s Release
Nov. 15, 2013 12:53 PM
The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution that directly calls “on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.”
This critical bipartisan Senate resolution was sponsored by Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Rand Paul (R-KY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
The Senate resolution concludes:
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) recognizes that freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of every individual, regardless of race, sex, country, creed, or nationality, and should never be arbitrarily abridged by any government;
(2) recognizes that governments have a responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens; and
(3) calls on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.
This is a critical step forward in increasing pressure on the Iranian government to release Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen.
A similar resolution is currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives after clearing a key procedural hurdle yesterday. We are hopeful that this resolution will be approved quickly as well.
In light of his recent transfer to Rajai Shahr Prison – an extremely deadly prison where prisoner on prisoner violence leads to the murder of many inmates – it is more critical now that ever to voice our support for Pastor Saeed. The U.S. government must not let this U.S. citizen be forgotten.
Iranian authorities may have sent him away to disappear, but we will not be silent.
More than 228,000 Americans have signed a petition to President Obama urging him to reengage this critical issue and help bring this persecuted pastor back home to his family. Join with us in the critical time by signing the petition at BeHeardProject.com.
Iran Continues to Persecute Pastor Saeed for his Faith
John R. Houk
© November 16, 2013
3 Posts from ACLJ Email – Critical developments for Saeed
Sent: 11/16/2013 7:51 AM
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As ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow continued to build his legal and legislative team, the ACLJ experienced tremendous success in litigating cases at all levels of the judiciary – from the federal district court level to the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Mat Staver via Liberty Counsel Action has come with an amusing fund raiser. LCA will send an award lf dishonor labeled Benghazi Cover-up Medal of Shame (BCMS) to the Benghazi liars Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Jay Carney and President Barack Hussein Obama. The catch is to contribute to the fund raiser. Each time a specified donation is made to LCA in the name of the BCMS, postcards will be sent out to the each Benghazi liar. I’m almost willing to participate just because I find it amusing that a medal of shame could be sent to the Benghazi liars in volumes. The egos that Obama and Clinton possess will drive those two crazy to keep receiving medal of shame postcards.
“Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame” to be awarded…
Sent by Matthew D. Staver
Chairman Liberty Counsel Action
Sent: Nov 14, 2013 6:26 PM
Sent by: Liberty Counsel Action
From the Desk of:
The Benghazi cover-up has gone on far too long. We refuse to overlook this gross injustice!
My team at Liberty Counsel Action has created a powerful reminder of the deception and dereliction of duty committed by Obama administration operatives. Join us as we demand the truth about the Benghazi attacks and award the “Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame” to deserving recipients.
Please see my very important update below for more details – Mat.
The quote, “A lie repeated enough becomes the truth,” is often attributed to both Vladimir Lenin, the first Premier of the Soviet Union, and Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.
The original basis of Lenin’s and Goebbels’ thought is believed to have come from William James, known as the father of modern psychology…
“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.”
That notion now serves as the unofficial motto of the Obama administration.
++They desperately want us to believe their Benghazi lies…
From the beginning, the Obama administration has shrouded the facts concerning the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack with deception and dismissive double-speak.
President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney perpetuated the initial Benghazi lies that blamed the attacks on a radical reaction to an anti-Islam film posted on You-Tube. It wasn’t true and they all knew it.
They further honed and refined their deceptions to ensure the truth behind the carefully planned and vicious Al Qaeda terrorist attack would remain concealed. (Bold Emphasis Editors)
To the watching world, their lies have been painfully obvious, yet these prominent figures continue in their attempts to force their deceptive fabrications on the American people. Their acts have been shameful and are a complete disgrace to the offices they hold and duties they are sworn to uphold.
++For their lies, deceptions, and derelictions of duty, we want to give these four “leaders” something they truly deserve.
One day before the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our Benghazi facility, Hillary Clinton received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. It’s given to those who have “furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality.”
We, along with millions of other Americans, questioned the timing and validity of the award.
In response, the Liberty Counsel Action team decided to award Mrs. Clinton and the other Benghazi liars and derelicts a more appropriate commendation.
WE ARE AWARDING HILLARY CLINTON, SUSAN RICE, JAY CARNEY, AND PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA WITH THE LIBERTY COUNSEL ACTION “BENGHAZI COVER-UP MEDAL OF SHAME” (the BCMS).
This isn’t a medal to proudly wear, as former Secretary of State Clinton did in parading her Liberty Medal from the liberal “progressive” National Constitution Center. In fact, the BCMS is far better than a single appropriate medal that the recipients would quickly throw in the nearest trash can.
In addition to high quality vinyl stickers you can obtain, we are preparing “Benghazi Medal of Shame” notification post cards bearing the image of the medal that will alert the recipients of their award – over and over and over again!
These postcards will be delivered to President Obama, Susan Rice, Jay Carney, and Hillary Clinton each time a friend of Liberty Counsel Action orders a flight of four postcards. These postcards – hopefully hundreds of thousands of them – will serve as direct reminders that their lies, treason, and deadly actions are now being given an appropriate award: A Medal of Shame.
++Benghazi is NOT forgotten!
Here is how it works: For your gift of $30, we will send the four recipients the notification post cards bearing the image of the shameful medal.
We will also send you four Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame stickers to use however you would like. These colorful heavy vinyl stickers are similar in weight to quality bumper stickers and stand about 4 inches tall.
They are for you to place in any conspicuous place to tell your friends and neighbors that you hold the “shameful four” of the Benghazi deception accountable, and are demanding the truth about Benghazi.
You can doubtless think of appropriate places to apply a sticker to remind large numbers of Americans that Benghazi is NOT forgotten! The BCMS speaks for itself and every post card and sticker will serve as that reminder.
This is a very unique campaign that has the potential to set the record on the disastrous events of 9/11/12 straight! Click here now to place your order:
It has been fourteen months since the terrorist attack on our Benghazi facility on 9/11/12. Four Americans were brutally slain in the attacks, and not one of the terrorists responsible has been arrested or in any way brought to justice.
Further, not a single person who witnessed the events in Benghazi has been called to testify before Congress.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Jay Carney have assisted in keeping the terrorists at large with their continual lies and deception that have seriously impeded the investigation.
With every month that has passed since the 2012 attack, the Benghazi liars have emboldened their stance, and have reached a point of complete disregard for the entire incident and the four American lives lost.
We will continue to demand that everyone responsible at every level of government be held accountable!
Liberty Counsel Action has been calling for a thorough and unobstructed investigation into the muddied Benghazi attack. We are now going one step further, and will be awarding the four chief liars in this grand cover-up scheme, the Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame.
Please join us in our demand for the truth and accountability for the families of the Benghazi victims by sending the four principal Benghazi liars – President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Jay Carney – their “Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame” post card notifications today. Plus, we will send you four Benghazi Medals of Shame vinyl stickers to post as you like.
Other options are available. Go here to make your order or to browse the other options:
Thank you for standing with us in defense of virtue and duty, and for demanding accountability from America’s leadership.
God bless you!
Mathew D. Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
P.S. Our message cannot be overstated! We demand the truth for each of the families of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, and for every American to whom this administration has repeatedly lied.
Go here now to order four Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame stickers and to send your four “Benghazi Cover-Up Medal of Shame” postcards to the Benghazi liars, notifying them that we have not forgotten their cowardly and shameful actions:
P.P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please remember to add your name to our petition calling for Congress to establish a Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi cover-up:
Liberty Counsel Action represents a rich heritage of more than three decades, dating back to the 1979 founding of The Moral Majority by Dr. Jerry Falwell. In 1986, Dr. Falwell launched The Liberty Alliance to expand the outreach and continue the impact of The Moral Majority. In 2004, The Liberty Alliance was renamed to Liberty Alliance Action, and in 2010 Liberty Alliance Action was renamed Liberty Counsel Action joining in partnership with Liberty Counsel, the nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization founded by Mat and Anita Staver in 1989.
As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit “grassroots” lobbying organization, Liberty Counsel Action advances religious and civil liberties, the sanctity of human life, the family, limited and responsible government, national security, and support for Israel. In other words, Liberty Counsel Action adheres to the original four tenets of The Moral Majority, which are: Pro-America, Pro-Life, Pro-Family and Pro-Moral. These tenets also include recognizing and upholding the special bond that has always existed between the United States and Israel.
Today Liberty Counsel Action is breaking new ground as a part of the Freedom Federation, joining forces with other pro-family organizations to bring together millions of Americans across racial, ethnic and generational lines united around our core values.
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Way to Go 60 Minutes/Lara Logan
By John R. Houk
© November 12, 2013
On October 26 I pushed an alert about Lara Logan interviewing an alleged eyewitness of the Islamic Terrorist attack that claimed the lives of Americans Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Logan reporting for CBS 60 Minutes even gave the whistleblowing eyewitness a pseudonym – Morgan Jones.
AND THEN I posted a Youtube version of the full Lara Logan interview with a guy calling himself Morgan Jones on November 6.
Both the posts had videos and both videos have been pulled from whence they were embedded. Why?
It turns out Morgan Jones is really Dylan Davies, a British “security contractor” who lied to Logan about being an eyewitness. He actually showed up to the battered Benghazi compound the next day after the Islamic Terrorist attack. Logan has since appeared and apologized twice for being a part of the lie as if it was truth.
Thanks to CBS now the Obama Leftists have ammunition to continue another lie; i.e. that Benghazigate is a bogus scandal. Real whistleblowers who fear for their jobs or even their lives are now going to be extremely reticent to go public with information that will make the White House and the once Hillary led State Department exposed to the truth. Leftist spin doctors will call any Congressional subpoenas as a Logan-Davies fabricated witch-hunt.
Once again impeachable offenses will be covered up. I applaud CBS for risking their Left Wing bona fides for trying to report truth on Obama, but their lack of fact checking and vetting the source harms the whole reporting media system.
CBS News and reporter Lara Logan face brutal criticism on flawed Benghazi report (page 2)
By Paul Farhi
November 11, 2013
Questions about her Benghazi report began to swirl days after her “60 Minutes” story aired, when a Washington Post story revealed that her primary source, British security contractor Dylan Davies, had contradicted his account to Logan in an “incident report” to his employer. Logan had reported that Davies had raced to the compound amid the attack, scaled a wall and fought off terrorists who killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.
Logan originally defended her reporting, but apologized to viewers Friday on “CBS This Morning,” saying the source had “misled” her. The drumbeat of criticism against Logan began almost immediately.
At the end of Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” Logan gave a second, on-air apology for the story. “The most important thing to every person at ‘60 Minutes’ is the truth, and the truth is, we made a mistake,” she said.
It may have only made things worse, for her and CBS.
Numerous critics and commentators have called Logan’s apologies inadequate. Some point out an obvious irony: that a program that has prided itself on getting to the bottom of controversial subjects has offered no details about how its own controversy came about.
“In this day and age, ‘60 Minutes’ needs to be transparent about this,” said Steven Reiner, a former “60 Minutes” producer who now directs the broadcast and digital journalism program at Stony Brook University in New York. “They should explain their verification process and how it broke down. . . . To simply say they were wrong and fooled is merely stating the obvious.”
Terence Smith, a former CBS and PBS correspondent, pointed to another troubling aspect of the story: Logan and CBS’ failure to disclose that Davies’ sensational account was timed with the publication of a book by Davies, “The Embassy House,” published by Simon & Schuster, a subsidiary of CBS. The publisher withdrew the book Friday.
CBS needs “to do a thorough reconstruction of their reporting . . . and assure us that this was not done to help sell books for Simon & Schuster,” said Smith.
Logan, Smith said, “has major egg on her face.”
CBS News said Monday that its news executives are no longer giving interviews on the subject. Logan also was not available.
High-ranking CBS News sources said last week that they did not expect anyone to be fired for the flawed Benghazi report.
Benghazigate More Difficult to Investigate
By John R. Houk
© November 12, 2013
CBS News and reporter Lara Logan face brutal criticism on flawed Benghazi report (page 2)
© 1996-2013 The Washington Post
John R. Houk
© November 11, 2011
I am a huge fan of blogger Danny Jeffrey. To my way of thinking Danny is emerging as a modern Jeremiad writer warning that if the trend of events continue the world order that Americans have grown complacently used to will change. Hmm … Who is that guy that promised his election will “CHANGE” America? The nefarious side of that change is occurring on an ever increasing clip.
VIDEO: Is a Civil War Coming?
The above video is at the top of a WCJ article examining Obama’s Marxist developmental years and some nefarious decisions forced on Americans extra-constitutionally. In Danny Jeffrey’s post “Iran, Obama and Nuclear War” Obama’s agenda for a New World Order is predicted. I find the essay fascinating largely because I only recently discovered Obama is preparing to negotiate with Iran pertaining to the economic sanctions issued due to the nuclear weapons agenda. The deal is America will ease up on sanctions if Iran slows down their nuclear program. Take note the sanctions easing has nothing to do with ending the creation of weapons grade uranium but to only slow down the production thereof. The unintended consequence (Danny might argue intended) of Obama’s foreign designs for Iran is Saudi Arabia arming itself with paid-for nuclear weapons from Pakistan and perhaps China.
Danny looks at himself as a “Cassandra.” I prefer Jeremiah – to each his own.
In Greek mythology, Cassandra was one of the princesses of Troy, daughter of Priam and Hecuba. According to the Myth, Cassandra was astonishingly beautiful and blessed with the gift of foreseeing the future. Her curse was that no one believed her, a fact that weighed heavily on the destruction of Troy during the Trojan War.
On that note the below excerpt shows that I prefer the image of Jeremiah:
The people of Judah had fallen from grace. They had rebelled against the principles upon which their nation had been founded. Judah had turned its back upon God and rejected any attempt by those sent to her to call her back. As promised, God withdrew His protection from her. He had warned that if His people became faithless that He would employ a pagan power to conquer them and lead them back into captivity. He had led them from Egyptian bondage 800 years before, and now, because of their infidelity, He would allow them to return to bondage; this time in Babylon.
They had refused to believe it could ever happen to them. They found their own false prophets to tell them that everything was fine. They ridiculed Jeremiah and others who warned of the devastation to come. They were proud and arrogant. The Lord spoke through Jeremiah and put it this way; “Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north…and I will send Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon…against this land and against its inhabitants…and this whole land shall be a desolation and a horror, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” (JEREMIAH 25:9-11).
Indeed, history shows us that the words of Jeremiah turned into fact as they were fulfilled down to the last detail. The desolation began with the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon in 606 A.D. and the first deportation of the best of the land into slavery on foreign soil. In this number was Daniel who later would also be a prophet while a servant of Nebuchadnezzar. Further deportations followed and finally Jerusalem was destroyed, just as the prophets had warned. It was seventy years in exile before the now repentant people of God were permitted to go back home and begin to rebuild their wrecked cities. It was Darius, king of the Persians, who allowed the rebuilding to begin by a remnant of what was left of Judah and Israel in 536 B.C. (Far From Home: Jeremiah 29:1-14; By Jon W. Quinn; The Expository Files; 6/1994)
The Cassandra/Jeremiah thing has nothing to do with Danny Jeffrey’s essay, but I couldn’t to digress a bit.
Danny begins his essay about his posts having a complaint that they are all doom and gloom. Then he mentions a couple of historical figures that were Cassandras that if their warnings were heeded history may have played out better – William Tecumseh Sherman and Winston Churchill. Then Danny goes into the meat of his essay tantalizing the reader to look for the real reason why Obama desires only to delay Iran’s nuclear program rather than ending it. You have to read this to broaden your perception!