If this was your daughter, what would you do? The case of Mona Wahab


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(November 30, 2011)
Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):
If this was your daughter, what would you do? The case of Mona Wahab
What if you received a call in the middle of the night from an anonymous stranger, and the caller informed you that your daughter had just passed away, and that there was no need for you to travel to the other side of the country because she had already been cremated. What would you do?
When Samirat Hafiz received such a call, she did precisely what I believe most dedicated mothers would do. She immediately took a flight from Columbus, Ohio, where she lives, to the bay area of California where her late daughter (Mona Wahab) resided; and upon her arrival she wanted answers to her questions.
What if after arriving in your deceased daughter’s hometown, you learned that her remains were not yet cremated; and you demanded to see her, to take possession of her remains in order to insure that she would have a proper burial according to your religious beliefs; but your efforts were met with a wall of resistance. What would you do?
What if you went to your daughter’s home, but you were barred by authorities from going in; and you had to stand on the outside and observe persons who were not your family remove your daughter’s possessions from her home…and you were powerless to do anything but stand and watch. What would you do?
And what if, almost two weeks after your daughter reportedly passed away from an alleged terminal illness that you (her parent) knew nothing about, her body did end up being cremated against your wishes. What would you do?
Roughly four years after this living nightmare unfolded for Samirat Hafiz – an Egyptian-American retiree of the U.S. government (who immigrated to this country of “liberty” and “justice” decades ago) – she has been on a personal jihad for answers and accountability…and time is running out.
A friend in Columbus advised Sr. Samirat to solicit us for advice and support several months ago; and after hearing her story, and the emotional and physical toll that it has taken on her (and her futile attempts to get organizational support for her quest for answers and accountability), we decided to do what little we could to help generate the communal support that she so desperately needs.
A summary of this disturbing case
Mona Wahab died in northern California on or about December 15, 2007.  Her mother, Sr. Samirat Hafiz of Columbus Ohio, believes that her daughter did not die a natural death. She believes that a cover-up has ensued to mask the true cause of death and the persons responsible (if foul play was indeed involved).
The official record states that Mona Wahab was disabled in 1997 from Fibromyalgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It further states that she was diagnosed with metastic breast cancer in July 2006, and that on December 15, 2007, she succumbed to that disease.  The official record also states that, “Owing to her disease and pain medications, Wahab was completely bed-ridden and semi-conscious throughout the period October 2007 until she died December 15, 2007.”
According to Sr. Samirat, there are a number of facts which not only conflict with the official account, but also raise a series of disturbing questions pointing to the high probability of cover-up. 
At the very least, from what I’ve learned since I began investigating the case in the month of Ramadan, the mother has been treated from day one in a shockingly dismissive manner, and the rights that she should have been entitled to, as Mona Wahab’s mother, were callously ignored (to say the least)!
And the question arises, would this have happened to Samirat Hafiz if she was not an immigrant from a predominantly Muslim Arab country, who still speaks with a rather heavy accent (despite her decades in the United States)? I don’t think so.
Here is a brief outline of some of the major points of conflict (as documented by this determined mother):
1.      Janelia Thurman (Mona’s former cleaning lady, who claimed to be the executor of Mona’s estate), claimed that Mona was unconscious for two days and that she died under hospice care; yet Sutter VNA & Hospice stated that they did not provide any medical care for Mona Wahab; but that they provided some limited service for Mona (a lady to help her with her chores), and that this service was canceled about a week before her death.
2.      The Berkeley Police Department repeated Thurman’s allegation that Mona died under hospice care; but the police report reveals that they did not investigate Thurman’s allegation or check with the hospice agency.
3.      Berkeley Police reported that Mona did not die in Berkeley, yet the death certificate lists Berkeley as the place of death.
4.       Berkeley police never investigated Mona’s apartment, nor did they treat it as a potential crime scene. Other persons were allowed into the apartment, but Sr. Samirat, her mother, was never permitted entry; she was even barred from retrieving her own personal items that were in her daughter’s residence. (She also notes that the police refused to take a statement from her regarding her daughter’s suspicious death.) She painfully notes on this matter:
“I was treated very badly by the BPD – they treated me disrespectfully. I went to their police station several times but they refused to talk with me or take my statement concerning the suspicious death of my daughter…”
5.      Mona’s doctor, Dr. Carol J. Jessop, said that she didn’t sign Mona’s death certificate because she was in England. Dr. Jessop reportedly stated Dr. Bradley Stuart signed Mona’s death certificate, and yet Dr. Jessop’s signature appears on it. (Dr. Stuart practices hospice care in Emeryville, California, but he did not sign Mona’s death certificate.)
6.      Sr. Samirat insists that if her daughter was terminally ill she would have known about it. Mona, she argues, had a non-lethal work related injury; and she also had chemical sensitivity like her mother and grandfather (who died at age 104). Just about two months before her death she moved into a new apartment, replaced all of the flooring in the apartment and purchased new furniture (not the actions of a terminally ill person on the verge of death).
7.      Sr. Samirat said she spoke with her daughter by telephone twice in the week before her death. She sounded normal and didn’t mention any illness.
8.      Mona’s elderly neighbor, Margaret Nelson, said Mona checked on her every day, and that Mona was not sick; that she just had the same allergy problems that she had always had.
9.      Mona’s landlord, David Hertzer, couldn’t believe that she was dead. He repeated the same statement as Ms. Nelson, “Mona was not sick.”
10.  The funeral home – Pacific Internment Service, INC. – denied Sr. Samirat access to her daughter’s body. In addition to wanting to see her daughter’s remains, Sr. Samirat wanted to incur the expense of an independent autopsy to verify cause of death. She painfully noted:
“I was not allowed to see my daughter’s body before she was cremated; I was not allowed to do an autopsy; I was not allowed to bury my daughter in accordance with our religious beliefs. And they refused to give me any information concerning cause of death, or even show me a document that gave them the right to burn my daughter, or to prevent me the right to see my daughter’s body.”
11.  Evidence was not preserved because Mona’s apartment was never designated as a [potential] crime scene. No autopsy was performed and the body was cremated!
12.  Personal items belonging to Samirat Hafiz that were taken from Mona’s apartment include: (a) her social security number, (b) financial information, (c) credit card information, (d) bank accounts information, (e) passport information, (f) security clearance information. (Sr. Samirat retired from the Department of Defense).
13.  Sr. Samirat has not been able to find an attorney in California willing to take the case – and she is now in the 11th hour of running the risk of having her lawsuit (which she filed pro se) dismissed. (Time is of the essence!)
On Monday, September 12, petitions containing over 1500 signatures (acquired primarily during the month of Ramadan) were delivered to the Justice Department to request a civil rights investigation of this case. Sr. Samirat and I delivered the package together, which also included a cover letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
I end with a very specific request for an answer to an important question for anyone who may be capable of answering (esp. the lawyers within our listserv):
Out of sheer necessity, Sr. Samirat is in the process of filing the papers (again pro se) in which she must name the defendants in the case. After naming the defendants she must have an attorney licensed in Cali to represent her from that point on – i.e. to issue subpoenas, to take depositions, etc.
To buy more time to secure a lawyer in California willing to take on this case:
If a lawyer out there can answer this simple question, it would be greatly appreciated! Although I have not known Samirat Hafiz that long, the toll that this ordeal has taken on her over the past four years is clearly evident!
In the struggle for peace thru justice,
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

Hindu radicals disguised as Muslims planted Malegaon bombs? (Nov 14, 2011, Rediff)

I am saying it again and again and again and again. HINDUZIONISM, one word, HINDUZIONISM……

On Monday, as seven of the nine accused who were granted bail in the 2006 Malegaon blasts are set to be released from jail, there was a sense of relief in Nashik town. For years, investigators have been suspecting the involvement of Muslim youths in this case. It’s just a matter of time that the National Investigating Agency files its status report in the case, which is likely to indict the two accused – Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit. The focus of the probe in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case has been on the confessions made by Swami Aseemanand, a key figure in the Hindutva terror network. After having admitted to have planned terror attacks on Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Express, Aseemanand retracted his statement. But it was this confession that made it easier of the NIA to gather leads in the 2006 case. Aseemanand’s retraction will not have much impact on the case, according to legal experts. He will have to prove before the trial court that the statement was made under duress. And if he does prove this the court will have to direct the magistrate before whom the statement was made to testify. But despite this the NIA will tread carefully and only use the confession to obtain leads rather than document it before the court. Today, the investigators are close to cracking the case. But for years the biggest point of debate has been over who planted the bombs in the Muslim cemetery. Hemant Karkare, who led the investigations in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, gave a new dimension to the case after he pointed out the involvement of some radical Hindu groups in terror-related activities. One of angles that was being probed was that Purohit threatened some Muslim youths from the banned Students Islamic Movement of India to prepare the bombs since they had the required expertise. Another theory was that Muslim youths were hired by Hindu extremists to plant the bombs.
Investigations into the 2006 Nanded blast, which investigators say was one of the first terror activities involving Hindu extremists, point out to yet another interesting tactic deployed by saffron extremists. During a raid that was conducted after the Nanded blast, the police recovered Muslim attire, skullcaps and fake beards at a place where the operation was allegedly planned. During the course of the investigation it was also found that Hindu radicals planned to dress up like Muslims to plant bombs in a move to malign the minority community. Investigators say that those behind the 2006 Malegaon blasts could have also disguised themselves as Muslims. Soon after the blasts a Muslim newspaper The Milli Gazette reported that a corpse with a fake beard was discovered while lifting bodies after the strike. The police in Malegaon immediately took charge of the body and claimed to have sent it to Nashik. However, the next day it denied that any such body was ever found, said the report. The report also said that the news of the corpse with the fake beard was carried by Delhi’s Urdu daily Hindustan Express on September 9, 2006 and the Mumbai-based Inquilab on September 11, 2006.
Probe agencies have been able to draw a lot of similarities between the attacks in Nanded and Malegaon operations. However, investigators have not been able to reach at a conclusive decision regarding the hiring of Muslim youth to plant bombs or Hindu extremists disguising themselves. But, Aseemanand had admitted to investigators that he had developed a deep sense of vengeance against Muslims in general. One of the accused in the Nanded blasts – Manohar Rao – had confessed to having procured Muslim attire, beards and caps. The accused have said that they wanted to mislead the police by leaving traces of the involvement of the Muslim community. If they planted bombs disguised as Muslims the eyewitnesses’ account would reveal the same. The module also created fake email ids in the names of Muslims once again with an intention of misguiding investigators. A similar modus operandi was used in the terror operations carried out in the Marathwada region in central Maharashtra – at Jalna, Purna and Parbhani, say insiders.
Aseemanand in his confessions made no mention of the Nanded, Parbhani, Jalna and Purna operations and only spoke about the Mecca Masjid, Malegaon, Samjautha and Ajmer blasts. This clearly indicates that two different modules were involved in the attacks though their motives were similar. The accused in the Nanded case said that they wanted to hit back at the Dawood Ibhraim gang for helping terrorists carry out 2003 Mumbai twin blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar. Aseemanand also speaks about similar revenge when he propounded the “bomb ka badla bomb” theory. The NIA is expected to file a status report in the 2006 Malegaon case, but that’s going to be no cakewalk. “Like the Mecca Masjid case, while probing the Malegaon we were misled and a lot needs to be undone. Moreover, the four cases – Mecca Masjid, Malegaon, Samjautha and Ajmer blats – are interlinked,” say NIA officials.

Is There A Muslim Civil Rights Movement ?

Written by Wafa Unus Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:19

On Sunday, October 15th, against the backdrop of a clear blue sky, a towering figure carved in stone presided over a crowd of thousands. It was day of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C.

Nearly 50 years earlier, Martin Luther King Jr. stood just miles away and declared a dream on the steps of that memorialized the President who had abolished slavery and with it ushered in a new era of social change and one of the most turbulent eras in American History.

The ripples of these historic struggles are still felt today. On the same day of dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial, nearly one thousand gathered in nearby Crystal City for a fundraising banquet for a prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization working toward overcoming discrimination of American Muslims. Blocks away from the memorial hundreds of people out of jobs and in severe financial hardship protested corporate greed and economic corruption in government.

In a world reminiscent of that which King left just 43 years ago there is a reverberation of social and economic unrest that many feel can be best approached through the philosophies King left behind.

Throughout history almost every ethnic and racial community has faced some sort of discrimination or civil unrest. Many have been discriminated against, arrested, prosecuted, and killed based solely on the color of their skin or the evidence of their ethnic heritage.

Today, history has seemingly chosen the American Muslim community to face the struggles of so many before them. As the American Muslim community faces its own cases of discrimination, violence and hate crimes, questions unfold: What defines the struggles of the American Muslim in the post 9-11 world?

Is This The Era Of The “American Muslim Civil Rights Movement?”

Because American Muslims are more actively fighting against hate crimes through the legal system, the American Muslim struggle is often misrepresented as a legal movement.

While both American Muslims today and African American’s during the civil rights movement faced discrimination there is a clear distinction between the two. While African Americans were legally barred from living, eating, working and learning in particular places, American Muslims can legally live, eat, work, and go to school wherever they please. The American Muslim battle against discrimination remains a social barrier while the African American struggle against discrimination was a distinctly legal barrier. While American Muslims fight for the government to uphold their legal rights, African American’s during the Civil Rights Movement fought to bring those rights into existence.

Though American Muslims are taking cases of discrimination to court, their ability to do so is a direct result of the progress made through the Civil Rights Movement.

While African American’s became the face of the Civil Rights Movement through the trials of America’s racial intolerance, their struggle was not solely defined by race. For American Muslims to find the same progress that African American’s did during the Movement, they need to be willing to move beyond American Muslim issues, argues Reverend Graylan Hagler, a prominent local peace and justice activist and the Senior Pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

“We have begin to understand what the civil rights movement was about justice for everyone. It gave way to the women’s movement , the gay struggle, the chicano and native american struggle,” he continued.

Hagler argues that without the effort to share the struggles of a particular group of people through general terms that allow others to relate and empathize and even motivate their own empowerment, a civil rights movement simply cannot find success. As such, Muslims must stop speaking about Muslims and instead start speaking to the deeper issues of basic human rights that apply on a deeply human level.

Remember, Hagler noted, Martin Luther King Jr. did not die while he was fighting against the discrimination of African Americans, he died while working to mobilize the poor.

On April fourth of 1968, King was shot and killed  on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee where he was leading a march of sanitation workers protesting low wages and poor working conditions.

“If in our struggle we are just talking about ourselves then its no longer a struggle, its a selfish endeavor,” Hagler said.

However, in what seems to be the most prominent representation of the American Muslim struggle the American Muslim community has primarily focused on the issue of Islamophobia, thus distinctly making the problem of discrimination a decidedly Muslim focused issue.

In response to a growing number of hate crimes, Muslim communities across the U.S. have spewed out condemnations of acts by Muslim leaders across the globe, PSA’s encouraging Americans to get to know their Muslim neighbors, and events and conferences professing themes of love and compassion. In a distinct effort to combat “Islamophobia” the American Muslim community has often found itself in a campaign that seeks to change the social perceptions of Muslims in America and around the world.

Though the struggles that the American Muslim community face are seemingly perched on the shoulders of the Civil Rights Movement, therein remains a glaring distinction that separate the two as uniquely independent movements.

“The Black Civil Rights Movement wasn’t designed to make White people like Black people. It was designed to have equal protection under the law. The ‘Muslim Civil Rights Movement,’ if we can call it that, seems to have this other agenda which is to be accepted by “White people,” said Johari Abdul-Malik, Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

This desire for social acceptance is a slippery slope, said Hagler. In seeking approval from those who the community feels holds the power, the community itself is at risk of losing the power and control over its movement.

“If you give others the power, you don’t have your power. Your power does not stay with you when you give it to someone else. It’s gone,” he said.

This desire toward approval or acclimation existed during the Civil Rights Movement as it does today with the largely immigrant American Muslim community.

“Within certain pockets of the African American community, especially among some of the more well-to-do, there was also a desire to be accepted, to be acculturated, into the dominant society. It is true that many of our immigrant Muslim brethren reflect this same tendency, perhaps to an even greater degree. This is one of the manifestations of a colonized mind,” said Mauri Saalakhan, founder and director of the Peace and Justice Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The American Muslim And The Colonized Mind

Though he believes that American Muslims have begun to grasp the spirit of the Civil Rights movement to some degree, Reverend Graylan Hagler feels that the primarily immigrant Muslim population faces a deeper sociological issue that compounds the communities ability to fully engage in the type of civil disobedience that so effectively instituted change during the Civil Rights movement.

“Immigrants that have looked forward to coming to the U.S. to be able to support their families and to be able to create a better life for their families and so therefore there is a perspective that comes particularly from first generation immigrants that you keep your head low and you work hard and that somehow the whole idea and myth around America is that if you work hard somehow you’ll be blessed. Somehow everything will work out,” he said.

It is this false reality that gave rise to a fallacy in thought and as a result kept many immigrant communities in the United States quiet and complacent in the face of surmounting civil unrest.

Hagler believes that it’s the dramatization of the issues that stimulates real change.

“It’s a matter of people being able to dramatize and demonstrate the indignities that take place,” said Hagler. If the Civil Rights Movement was simply an effort through letter writing, there would be no movement at all, he continued.

Imam Johari Abdul Malik recalls an old college professor of his once partially attributing the success of the Civil Rights Movement to the ability of the African American community to “get a little crazy.” Perhaps, he said, this is what the American Muslim community needs to be willing to do. After all, though Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,  he was also arrested over thirty times throughout the Civil Rights Movement.

Saalakan agreed, “Within the African American community of the 1960s there was a far greater willingness to struggle and sacrifice, even to the point of putting one’s own life in jeopardy, than what we’re seeing today in the Muslim-American community. Leaders and organizations in the Muslim community, generally speaking, are very risk averse. Our preference is to detest the evil in our hearts, the weakest of faith,” he said.

External Factors Facing American Muslims

In addition to the social challenges that American Muslims face in the United States, they must also face an onslaught of negative press from Muslim communities geographically across the world and arguably in a completely different sociologically era.

These external influences, that are often viewed as representative of the American Muslim, undermine the legitimacy of the representation of a common theology between Islam and the American belief system. The impact of a relatively small group of American Muslims suggesting that Shari’ah Law is similar to America’s constitutional belief system while Shari’ah Law is often most noticeably represented through lashings and stoning in the Muslim world, is quickly diminished.

“Though Muslims have a legitimate argument to speak the language of theology, that is not our argument. Our argument is a first amendment argument while the Civil Rights movement was coming for the perspective of God Given rights or human rights that they wanted to have manifested in law,” noted Abdul Malik.

“The Civil Rights Movement had significant theological underpinnings. As a result of that it spoke a common theology to the American people,” he continued.

Without the ability to speak the language of theology in a way that is clear and not compounded by external factors, American Muslims face a quandary. Though they largely believe their Islamic faith encourages the values of justice on which the U.S. Constitution is based, their ability to speak in these terms is largely combatted by their own brethren worlds away.

Seeking Knowledge Like Dr. King

In 1959, nearly ten years before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to study the philosophy of Gandhi, inspired by his dedication to civil disobedience. He said he felt connected to the Indian people, “by the common cause of minority and colonial people…struggling to throw off racism and imperialism.” King’s dedication to seeking knowledge from others in situations like his brings to light the question of whether American Muslims are willing to take the same steps to learn from their African American neighbors who have, and to some extent continue to, face a plethora of social injustices.

“Those members of the African American community who remain connected to their historical memory, can provide an enormous amount of context to the need and importance of collective struggle. They can also provide some inspiring insights on the degree of sacrifice needed to bring about positive societal change,” said Saalakan.

As the nations first African American president took the stage to memorialize a man who’s dedication to the Civil Rights Movement defined an era of American civil progress, he stood just miles away from a memorial of a former president who is best known for his emancipation of slavery, which nearly fifty years earlier that had served as the stage for King to share his dream. In that moment history reached full circle. During his memorial speech President Barrack Obama spoke of King’s teachings, a universal and timeless message that defined the Civil Rights Movement and remains relevant today.

“And so at this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings. He calls on us to stand in the other person’s shoes; to see through their eyes; to understand their pain. He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships.”

A new era of civil disobedience and pressure on the legal system to guarantee the rights of all men has seemingly been awakened after a short but noticeable slumber. As Martin Luther King takes his permanent place on the memorial landscape of the nations capitol, the country is rising to his call once again and demanding the dreams of a new generation be heard, among them a growing American Muslim community that finds itself struggling through its turn in America’s continuing historical battle to uphold the freedoms granted by the U.S. Constitution.

Honk if you are pro-life and this make you sick!

Average’s comment: If you are pro-choice and this makes you sick just don’t bother. It’s people like you that make shit like this possible in the first place. First ask GOD for forgiveness for being a pro-abortion MOFO and THEN show your support for the poor innocent babies that were sacrificed for corporate america and your luxury. THEN you can honk!

A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus.

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 8, 2006

London, England (LifeNews.com) — Women from around the world are traveling to clinics in various locations that are now offering face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from babies who have been killed by abortions.

Pro-life advocates are strongly condemning the practice and saying the taking of human life is never warranted — especially for such a self-serving purpose.
Women like Susan Barrington, a 52-year-old housewife from England, are heading to places such as Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Moscow and Rotterdam to obtain the treatments.

She has been given the final go-ahead form a local clinic to travel abroad for the treatment that promises to make her look 10 years younger and doesn’t mind that lives have been sacrificed to enhance her beauty.

To produce the treatments, clinics are using tissue from babies killed in abortions from 6 to 12 weeks into pregnancy and stem cells obtained from destroying human embryos to inject into a client’s face. The fetal cells then begin a supposed rejuvenation process that makes the skin look younger.

To obtain the cells, women in underdeveloped nations are paid up to $200 dollars to carry a baby up to the optimum eight to 12 week period when the fetuses are “harvested” for their stem cells which are then sold to exclusive cosmetic clinics.

Both pro-life advocates and scientists who favor stem cell research are upset by the promotion of these injections.

UK stem-cell researcher Colin Blakemore told the London Daily Mail newspaper that the therapies are “highly experimental” and risk damaging the reputation of legitimate stem cell researchers.

He also complained that these clinics were located in tourist destinations and unregulated by any international body.

“And if anything goes wrong afterwards, it is hushed up to prevent damage to the business,” he told the newspaper.

In a statement given to LifeNews.com, Concerned Women for America condemned scientists for using tissue from abortions and embryonic stem cells for the treatments.

“This fad illustrates the extremes to which embryonic stem cell use can lead,” CWA senior fellow, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, said. “It is hard to believe that such atrocities are going on today.”

“The ethical and moral ramifications of such treatments are staggering; the experimental aspects are equally troubling,” Crouse explained.

“Not only is the origin of the fetuses immoral and inhumane; there are medical problems and complications associated with the injections,” Crouse concluded. “This savage and repulsive ‘brave new world’ of human sacrifices in the quest for eternal youth is a prime example of the end results when all moral boundaries are destroyed.”

Some of the clinics include the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Barbados where injections are done using tissue from aborted babies. The clinic is located in the luxurious Villa Nova hotel, where American and Russian scientists have targeted upper class British and American women.

More than 50 clinics exist in Moscow, the Russian capital, including the Cellulite Clinic. There, cells from a wide range of sources including aborted babies and human embryos are used.

America’s Dirty War on Islam

by Stephen Lendman

America’s dirty war, in fact, targets Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, political activists, and Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity, exploiting them as “war on terror” scapegoats.

On July 9, a Press TV US prison system racket interview highlighted the problem and urgency to address it, accessed through the following link.
America’s media ignore how unjustly it harms millions of disadvantaged people. Instead, they regurgitate spurious high-profile case accusations, always when Muslims are affected. Most often they’re men, occasionally women, bogusly charged with terrorism or conspiracy to commit it, when, in fact, they’re guilty only of being targets of choice and/or being in America at the wrong time.
Why Muslims when, in fact, Islam teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism; or that Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.
Who’d know though in today’s climate of hate and fear at a time America wages global wars on Islam, including at home.
Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame is America’s latest high-profile target, illegally captured, interrogated (and likely tortured) at sea for over two months, based on spurious allegations of Islamic terrorist ties.
Post-9/11, the same pattern repeated ruthlessly against hundreds of innocent victims. Pronounced guilty by accusation, America’s media shamelessly regurgitate fabricated hate charges, not legitimate honest accounts, doing what good journalists should – their job.
On July 5, New York Times writers Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt headlined, “US to Prosecute Somali Suspect in Civilian Court,” saying:
Obama’s Justice Department will “prosecute (Warsame) in civilian court,” likely “reignit(ing) debate about (whether) to bring newly captured detainees to” Guantanamo, try them before military commissions, or do it “in civilian court.”
While admitting Warsame plotted no attack, and that administration officials gave contradictory accounts of his importance, the article presumed guilt by accusation.
It failed to question whether or not charges are legitimate, let alone his illegal capture, detention, interrogation, and likely torture at sea secretly for over two months.
A same day Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe Washington Post article headlined, “US indicts Somali on terrorism charges,” was just as one-sided, presuming guilt because administration officials say so.
Quoting “human rights attorney” John Sifton, his best shot was saying, “It is not exactly satisfactory, from a legal point of view,” adding “that the Justice Department is better suited to prosecute” than a military tribunal, instead of explaining what authority gives either the right.
In addition, he didn’t question the core guilt or innocence issue or whether Warsame can get due process and judicial fairness in any court, given the circumstances of his capture, charges with no evidence, and America media’s acting as judge, jury and executioner.
On July 5, a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release headlined, “Accused al Shabaab Leader Charged with Providing Material Support to al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” saying:
“AHMED ABDULKADIR WARSAME, aka “KHATTAB,” aka “FARAH,” aka “ABDI HALIM MOHAMMED FARA,” aka “FAREH JAMA ALI MOHAMMED” has been indicted on charges of providing material support to al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP”), two designated foreign terrorist organizations, as well as conspiring to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives, possessing firearms and explosives in furtherance of crimes of violence, and other violation.”
In fact, no evidence exists when suspects are charged with providing material support or conspiracy to commit terrorism. Moreover, in 2008, the State Department bogusly designated Al Shabaab a “foreign terrorist organization” like it’s shamelessly done to other groups, scapegoating them for political advantage. More on that below.
DOJ said America’s military captured Warsame on April 19, 2011, “question(ing him) for intelligence purposes for more than two months,” allegedly after (but very likely never) reading him his Miranda rights.”
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara called him “a conduit between al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – two deadly terrorist organizations – providing material support and resources to them both.”
In fact, Al Shabaab members are Somali freedom fighters, not terrorists, and Al Qaeda is a 1980s CIA creation. Moreover, no nation may charge citizens or residents of another one with alleged internally committed crimes. Only host countries may do it, but it doesn’t deter America’s military or covert CIA agents from lawlessly operating anywhere, at times with complicit regimes – pressured, intimidated or willingly going along.
Warsame’s indictment alleges that “at least (from) 2007 until April 2011, (he) conspired to provide and provided material (support) to al Shabaab (and) allegedly fought on (its) behalf (in) Somalia in 2009 and provided other forms of support….including explosives, weapons, communications equipment, expert advice and assistance, and training.”
Other allegations included providing money, training, various other weapons, facilities and personnel, with no evidence proving anything only host countries may address if legitimate.
In total, Warsame’s indictment included nine counts:
“Count One: Conspiracy to provide material support to al Shabaab, causing death;
Count Two: Providing material support to al Shabaab, causing death;
Count Three: Use, carrying, and possession of firearms (machine guns and destructive devices) in furtherance of crimes of violence (in Counts One and Two);
Count Four: Conspiracy to provide material support to AQAP;
Count Five: Providing material support to AQAP;
Count Six: Use, carrying, and possession of firearms (machine guns and destructive devices) in furtherance of crimes of violence (in Counts Four and Five);
Count Seven: Conspiracy to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives;
Count Eight: Conspiracy to receive military-type training from AQAP; (and)
Count Nine: Receiving military-type training from AQAP.”
If convicted on most or all charges, Warsame faces life in prison even though all the above charges are spurious.
The full press release can be accessed through the following link.
Notably post-9/11 alone, America committed horrific crimes of war and against humanity in multiple theaters, including Somalia, waging imperial wars on Islam, killing millions in the process – genocide by any standard.
Established by the Rome Statute in July 2002, the International Criminal Court is mandated to prosecute individuals for genocide and aggression, as well as crimes of war and against humanity. Instead, it functions solely as an imperial tool, targeting victims, not mega-criminals like US warlords and co-conspirators.
Al Shabaab – Somali Freedom Fighters, not Terrorists
On the Horn of Africa, Somalia is strategically adjacent to the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the area’s vital commercial waterways, and neighboring Sudan, valued for its oil and gas reserves nation’s like America, China, India and others covet.
In December 2006, Washington-backed Ethiopian forces unseated the governing Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), replacing it with a Transitional Federal Government (TFG). Thousands were killed. Over a million became refugees.
In January 2009, Ethiopian forces temporarily withdrew, following an agreement between the TFG and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), a UIC coalition with other opposition forces. However, fighting continues with America backing TRG/African Union forces to keep Islamists from regaining power.
Including moderate and radical elements, UIC members aren’t terrorists. They’re freedom fighters, struggling to liberate their country and end years of conflict, divisions and instability. Mogadishu traders initially set it up to bring order to the city’s insecurity, and end clan divisions after years of instability and civil war in most parts of the country.
Al Shabaab and other opposition forces continue the struggle. Portions of its rank and file call themselves the Mujahideen Youth Movement (MYM). Estimates of its strength size vary from several thousand to double that number or more, new recruits replacing others injured or killed.
In May 2009, AFP reported Ethiopian forces back in Somalia despite its communications minister, Ermias Legesse, claiming otherwise. Witnesses, however, saw troops and dozens of armored vehicles engaged in fighting.
On March 7, 2011, New York Times writers Mohammed Ibrahim and Jeffrey Gettleman headlined, “Militias Help Somalia Force Regain Towns Near Borders,” saying:
“Somali government troops and allied militias (battled) Islamist militants….near the Kenyan and Ethiopian borders,” claiming “a string of victories,” according to Somali officials who lie like American ones and major media.
On February 29, 2008, the State Department designated Al Shabaab a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (as amended).
On July 13, 2010, The New York Times called the organization “one of Africa’s most fearsome militant Islamic groups….affiliat(ed) with Al Qaeda since 2007. (For) years, (it) threatened Uganda, Burundi, and terroriz(ed) the Somali public, chopping off hands, stoning people to death and banning TV….in their quest to turn Somalia into a seventh-century-style Islamic state.”
As usual, Times reports bear no relation to reality. Instead, they regurgitate official Washington’s position, without explaining Somalia’s strategic importance, and America’s imperial interest, waging direct and proxy wars of conquest and domination unendingly for years, causing a longstanding humanitarian crisis in the process.
On May 25, 2011, Eritrea-based analyst Thomas Mountain headlined his CounterPunch article, “UN Cuts Food, Expands War in Somalia,” saying:
The UN/African Union army was “increased by thousands of Ugandan troops along with dozens of additional tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gun ships.”
At the same time, “the UN is overseeing the slow death by starvation of the million Somalis they are responsible for,” as part of America’s “war on terror.” For over 20 years, in fact, Washington turned Somalia into a “hell on earth,” what major media reports, including The Times, won’t report or highlight Mountain asking, “Where is our humanity?”
It’s nowhere in sight anywhere, waging imperial wars abroad and dirty ones at home against Islam. Legitimate journalism would highlight it in feature reports.
However, instead of comforting the oppressed and oppressing the comfortable, America’s mainstream does the opposite, shamelessly supporting wealth and power, not popular needs, truth and justice, or right over wrong, complicit for their own self-interest.
No wonder, growing numbers value alternative sources for real news, information and analysis like this web site and programs like the Progressive Radio News Hour.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
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Triple-exthnics Nathan Abrams on Jews in the American porn industry

  Average’s comment: What you enjoy just might make you stupid! Guess who you are giving your money to? Don’t be stupid.
A story little told is that of Jews in Hollywood’s seedier cousin, the adult film industry. Perhaps we’d prefer to pretend that the ‘triple-exthnics’ didn’t exist, but there’s no getting away from the fact that secular Jews have played (and still continue to play) a disproportionate role throughout the adult film industry in America. Jewish involvement in pornography has a long history in the United States, as Jews have helped to transform a fringe subculture into what has become a primary constituent of Americana. These are the ‘true blue Jews’.
Smut peddlers
Jewish activity in the porn industry divides into two (sometimes overlapping) groups: pornographers and performers. Though Jews make up only two per cent of the American population, they have been prominent in pornography. Many erotica dealers in the book trade between 1890 and 1940 were immigrant Jews of German origin. According to Jay A. Gertzman, author of Bookleggers and Smuthounds:The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), ‘Jews were prominent in the distribution of gallantiana [fiction on erotic themes and books of dirty jokes and ballads], avant-garde sexually explicit novels, sex pulps, sexology, and flagitious materials’.
In the postwar era, America’s most notorious pornographer was Reuben Sturman, the ‘Walt Disney of Porn’. According to the US Department of Justice, throughout the 1970s Sturman controlled most of the pornography circulating in the country. Born in 1924, Sturman grew up in Cleveland’s East Side. Initially, he sold comics and magazines, but when he realized sex magazines produced twenty times the revenue of comic books, he moved exclusively into porn, eventually producing his own titles and setting up retail stores. By the end of the 1960s, Sturman ranked at the top of adult magazine distributors and by the mid-70s he owned over 200 adult bookstores. Sturman also introduced updated versions of the traditional peepshow booth (typically a dark room with a small colour TV on which the viewer can view X-rated videos). It was said that Sturman did not simply control the adult-entertainment industry; he was the industry. Eventually he was convicted of tax evasion and other crimes and died, disgraced, in prison in 1997. His son, David, continued running the family business.
The contemporary incarnation of Sturman is 43-year-old Jewish Clevelander Steven Hirsch, who has been described as ‘the Donald Trump of porno’. The link between the two is Steve’s father, Fred, who was a stockbroker-cum-lieutenant to Sturman. Today Hirsch runs the Vivid Entertainment Group, which has been called the Microsoft of the porn world, the top producer of ‘adult’ films in the US. His specialty was to import mainstream marketing techniques into the porn business. Indeed, Vivid parallels the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly in its exclusive contracts to porn stars who are hired and moulded by Hirsch. Vivid was the subject of a behind-the-scenes reality TV show recently broadcast on Channel 4.
Nice Jewish girls and boys
Jews accounted for most of the leading male performers as well as a sizeable number of female stars in porn movies of the 1970s and ‘80s. The doyen of the Hebrew studs is Ron Jeremy. Known in the trade as ‘the Hedgehog’, Jeremy is one of America’s biggest porn stars. The 51-year-old Jeremy was raised in an upper-middle-class Jewish family in Flushing, Queens, and has since appeared in more than 1,600 adult movies, as well as directing over 100. Jeremy has achieved iconic status in America, a hero to males of all ages, Jewish and gentile alike – he’s the nebbischy, fat, hairy, ugly guy who gets to bed dozens of beautiful women. He presents an image of a modern-day King David, a Jewish superstud who supersedes the traditional heroes of Jewish lore. No sallow Talmud scholar he. His stature was recently cemented with the release of a pornomentary about his life, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy. As probably the most famous Jewish male porn star, Jeremy has done wonders for the psyche of Jewish men in America. Jeremy has also just released a compilation CD, Bang-A-Long-With Ron Jeremy. For £7.99 (including delivery), the lucky listener gets to enjoy Jeremy’s hand-picked favourite porno grooves along with narration by ‘the legend’ himself. As the publicity blurb gushes, ‘Out of the brown paper wrappings and into the mainstream’.
Seymore Butts, aka Adam Glasser, is everything that Jeremy is not: young, handsome and toned. Glasser, a 39-year-old New York Jew, opened a gym in 1991 in Los Angeles. When no one joined, he borrowed a video camera for 24 hours, went to a nearby strip club, recruited a woman, then headed back to his gym and started shooting. Although the movie stank, with a bit of chutzpah and a few business cards he wangled a deal with a manufacturer and started cranking out films. Within a few years, ‘Seymore Butts’ – his nom de porn which is simultaneously his sales pitch – became one of the largest franchises in the adult-film business. As the king of the gonzo genre (marked by handheld cameras, the illusion of spontaneity and a low-tech aesthetic meant to suggest reality), he is today probably the most famous Jewish porn mogul. Seymore Inc., his production company, releases about 36 films annually, most of them shot for less than $15,000, each of them grossing more than 10 times that sum. Glasser employs 12 people, including his mother and cousin Stevie as respectively genial company accountant (and matchmaker for her single son) and lovable but roguish general gopher. Glasser currently even has his own reality TV show (also broadcast on Channel 4), a ten-episode docu-soap called Family Business, whose opening credits show Glasser’s barmitzvah photo.
In search of a buck
Jews became involved in the porn industry for much the same reasons that their co-religionists became involved in Hollywood. They were attracted to an industry primarily because it admitted them. Its newness meant that restrictive barriers had not yet been erected, as they had in so many other areas of American life. In porn, there was no discrimination against Jews. During the early part of the twentieth century, an entrepreneur did not require large sums of money to make a start in the film business; cinema was considered a passing fad. In the porn business, it was similarly straightforward to get going. To show ‘stag’ movies or loops, as they were known, all one needed was a projector, screen and a few chairs. Not tied up with the status quo and with nothing to lose by innovation, Jews were open to new ways of doing business. Gertzman explains that
“Jews, when they found themselves excluded from a field of endeavour, turned to a profession in which they sensed they could eventually thrive by cooperating with colleagues in a community of effort . . . Jews have for a very long time cultivated the temperament and talents of middlemen, and they are proud of these abilities”.
The adult entertainment business required something that Jews possessed in abundance: chutzpah. Early Jewish pornographers were marketing geniuses and ambitious entrepreneurs whose toughness, intelligence and boundless self-confidence were responsible for their successes.
Of course, the large number of Jews in porn were mainly motivated by the desire to make profits. Just as their counterparts in Hollywood provided a dream factory for Americans, a blank screen upon which the Jewish moguls’ visions of America could be created and projected, so the porn-moguls displayed a talent for understanding public tastes. What better way to provide the stuff of dreams and fantasies than through the adult-entertainment industry? Performers did porn for the money. As ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman commented, ‘Those Jews who enter the pornography industry have done so as individuals pursuing the American dream.’
Secular sex
Like their mainstream counterparts, Jews who enter porn do not usually do so as representatives of their religious group. Most of the performers and pornographers are Jewish culturally but not religiously. Many are entirely secular, Jews in name only. Sturman, however, identified as a Jew – he was a generous donator to Jewish charities – and performer Richard Pacheco once interviewed to be a rabbinical student.
Very few, if any, porn films have overtly Jewish themes, although Jeremy once tried to get several Jewish porn stars together to make a kosher porn film. The exception is Debbie Duz Dishes, in which Nina Hartley plays a sexually insatiable Jewish housewife who enjoys sex with anyone who rings the doorbell. It has sold very well, spawned a couple of sequels and is currently very hard to buy – perhaps indicating a new niche to exploit. Indeed, according to an editorial on the World Union of Jewish Students website,
“there are thousands of people searching for Jewish porn. After things like Jewish calendar, Jewish singles, Jewish dating, and Jewish festivals comes ‘Jewish porn’ in the list of top search keywords that GoTo.com provide”.
Sexual rebels
Is there a deeper reason, beyond the mere financial, as to why Jews in particular have become involved in porn? There is surely an element of rebellion in Jewish X-rated involvement. Its very taboo and forbidden nature serves to make it attractive. As I written in these pages before, treyf signifies ‘the whole world of forbidden sexuality, the sexuality of the goyim, and there all the delights are imagined to lie . . .’ (‘Reel Kashrut: Jewish food in film’, JQ 189 [Spring 2003]).
According to one anonymous industry insider quoted by E. Michael Jones in the magazine Culture Wars (May 2003), ‘the leading male performers through the 1980s came from secular Jewish upbringings and the females from Roman Catholic day schools’. The standard porn scenario became as a result a Jewish fantasy of schtupping the Catholic shiksa.
Furthermore, as Orthodox Jew and porn gossipmonger Luke Ford explains on his website (lukeford.net): ‘Porn is just one expression of [the] rebellion against standards, against the disciplined life of obedience to Torah that marks a Jew living Judaism.’ It is also a revolt against (often middle-class) parents who wish their children to be lawyers, doctors and accountants. As performer Bobby Astyr put it on the same website, ‘It’s an “up yours” to the uncles with the pinky rings who got down on me as a kid for wanting to be musician.’
As religious influences waned and were replaced by secular ones, free-thinking Jews, especially those from California’s Bay Area, viewed sex as a means of personal and political liberation. America provided the freest society Jews have ever known, as manifested by the growth of the adult industry. Those Jewish women who have sex onscreen certainly stand in sharp contradiction to the stereotype of the ‘Jewish American Princess’. They (and I’m speculating here) may have seen themselves as fulfilling the promise of liberation, emancipating themselves from what feminist Betty Friedan in 1963 called the ‘comfortable concentration camp’ of the household as they set out into the Promised Land of the porno sets of Southern California. It signified their economic and social freedom: they were free to choose to enter, rather than coerced into it by economic and other circumstances. Once they had lain down, they could stand on their own two feet, particularly as female performers typically earn twice as much as their male counterparts.
Sexual revolutionaries
Extending the subversive thesis, Jewish involvement in the X-rated industry can be seen as a proverbial two fingers to the entire WASP establishment in America. Some porn stars viewed themselves as frontline fighters in the spiritual battle between Christian America and secular humanism. According to Ford, Jewish X-rated actors often brag about their ‘joy in being anarchic, sexual gadflies to the puritanical beast’. Jewish involvement in porn, by this argument, is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the dominant culture in America by moral subversion. Astyr remembers having ‘to run or fight for it in grammar school because I was a Jew. It could very well be that part of my porn career is an “up yours” to these people’. Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw, said (on lukeford.net), ‘The only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks. Catholicism sucks. We don’t believe in authoritarianism.’ Pornography thus becomes a way of defiling Christian culture and, as it penetrates to the very heart of the American mainstream (and is no doubt consumed by those very same WASPs), its subversive character becomes more charged. Porn is no longer of the ‘what the Butler saw’ voyeuristic type; instead, it is driven to new extremes of portrayal that stretch the boundaries of the porn aesthetic. As new sexual positions are portrayed, the desire to shock (as well as entertain) seems clear.
It is a case of the traditional revolutionary/radical drive of immigrant Jews in America being channelled into sexual rather than leftist politics. Just as Jews have been disproportionately represented in radical movements over the years, so they are also disproportionately represented in the porn industry. Jews in America have been sexual revolutionaries. A large amount of the material on sexual liberation was written by Jews. Those at the forefront of the movement which forced America to adopt a more liberal view of sex were Jewish. Jews were also at the vanguard of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and Paul Goodman replaced Marx, Trotsky and Lenin as required revolutionary reading. Reich’s central preoccupations were work, love and sex, while Marcuse prophesied that a socialist utopia would free individuals to achieve sexual satisfaction. Goodman wrote of the ‘beautiful cultural consequences’ that would follow from legalizing pornography: it would ‘ennoble all our art’ and ‘humanize sexuality’. Pacheco was one Jewish porn star who read Reich’s intellectual marriage of Freud and Marx (lukeford.net):
“Before I got my first part in an adult film, I went down to an audition for an X-rated film with my hair down to my ass, a copy of Wilhelm Reich’s Sexual Revolution under my arm and yelling about work, ‘love and sex’.”
As Rabbi Samuel H. Dresner put it (E. Michael Jones, ‘Rabbi Dresner’s Dilemma: Torah v. Ethnos’ Culture Wars, May 2003), ‘Jewish rebellion has broken out on several levels’, one being ‘the prominent role of Jews as advocates to sexual experimentation’. Overall, then, porn performers are a group of people who praise rebellion, self-fulfilment and promiscuity.
What are we ashamed of?
This brief overview and analysis of the role and motivations behind pornographers and performers is intended to shed light on a neglected topic in American Jewish popular culture. Little has been written about it. Books such as Howard M. Sachar’s A History of the Jews in America (New York: Knopf, 1992) simply ignore the topic. And you can bet that the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Jews in the United States did not include any celebrations of Jewish innovation in this field. Even the usually tolerant Time Out New York has been too prim to deal with it, although the more iconoclastic Heeb plans an issue on it. In light of the relatively tolerant Jewish view of sex, why are we ashamed of the Jewish role in the porn industry? We might not like it, but the Jewish role in this field has been significant and it is about time it was written about seriously.
Nathan Abrams is a Lecturer in Modern American History at the University of Aberdeen. He has just completed a book on neo-conservatism in the United States.

World War Watch, 11/9/11 – 11/11/11

By Captain Eric H. May

The possibility of a world war soon is obvious to my readers, who have urged me to post this analysis. In the excerpts and bullets below, they will find the exposition of a grim summary:
The Zio-Globalist war to control the Middle East has reached a deadly decision point, at which it must surrender regional initiative to Iran and global initiative to the emerging Sino-Russian alliance; or Zio-Globalism must double its bets in an effort to recover its lost power with an attack on Iran. George Orwell’s 1984 geopolitical paradigm of a counterbalancing Oceania, Eurasia and East Asia is coming into focus, and we have no one but ourselves to blame that two-thirds of it is forming ranks against us.

“There was a predetermination that started back in the 1990s to go after Saddam Hussein. 9/11 provided the opportunity to mobilize public opinion to do that. There was a window of opportunity, for the United States of maybe 10 or 15 years before China would become too strong, in which we could use our unchallengeable military muscle and clean up the area.” — General Wesley Clark, Houston Chronicle, 7/08/03, by Captain May

  1. Nuclear November: Izzies Want Iran War, Veterans Today, 11/2/11, by Captain May
  2. Israeli Air Force holds distant-strike exercise, – Ynetnews, 11/2/11
  3. Israel test-fires missile as Iran debate rages, Reuters, 11/2/11
  4. Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack On Iran, Sky News, 11/2/11
  5. UK military steps up plans for Iran attack, The Guardian, 11/2/11
  6. A war of nerves against Iran: US, Israel and UK, DEBKAfile, 11/2/11
  7. US, UK ‘Planning for War’ Against Iran, Newsmax, 11/3/11
  8. UK Army Chief in Israel for secret Iran talks, Jewish Chronicle, 11/3/11

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has recently said that the world is at its most dangerous point since the Cold War. A question frightens me: With all this geopolitical jostling, just how many mistakes are we away from World War Three?, Houston Chronicle, 4/3/11, by Captain May

  1. Chinese President Hu Jintao meets Russian PM Putin, English.news.cn, 6/17/11
  2. Russia’s Putin promotes ‘Eurasian Union’ in rare article, Worldnews.com, 10/4/11
  3. U.S. envoy storms out after Russia and China veto U.N resolution, Daily Mail, 10/5/11
  4. IAEA claims Tehran working on advanced warhead, The Guardian, 11/7/11
  5. Russia and China warn America against Iran Strike, Daily Mail, 11/8/11

“Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.” — Department of Defense News, April 28, 1997

  1. Time to Brace for the Next 9/11: Mother Nature, The Daily Beast, 9/4/11
  2. Atlantic Quakes Could Trigger Mega-Tsunami, Captain May, 10/10/11
  3. Indian Ocean Nations Simulate 2004 Tsunami, Asian Scientist, 10/10/11
  4. FEMA Plans 11/9/11 Emergency Alert System Test, National League of Cities, 10/10/11
  5. NASA in Final Preparations for Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 10/26/11
  6. Nuclear exercise ends 11/7/11 in Arizona, Tactical Services, 11/2/11
  7. Future holds more extreme weather, USA Today, 11/2/11
  8. Exercise Pacific Wave 11, 9-10 November 2011, International Tsunami Information Center, 11/4/11

The date of the Mumbai attack, the 11th, won’t be ignored as investigators try to figure out who was behind today’s deadly commuter train attacks in India. The 11th has now been chosen as an attack date in New York, Madrid and Mumbai. Last year’s attack in London was on 7/7. “There’s a lot of symbolism involved when terrorists choose their targets and the dates of their attacks,” said Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent on the bin Laden squad who now works as an ABC News consultant. — ABC, July 11, 2006

The above story is one of my all-time favorites because it grants the significance of 11-based dates, pretty common knowledge among the Internet Intelligentsia. Look closely at the title, though, to discover that what seem like 11′s after New York and Mumbai are actually double L’s. It was a cheap trick to bury the limited-hangout story, and it worked well enough. A few hours later Israel invaded Lebanon, and everyone forgot about the date-code of the false flag operation meant to engender more hostility against Muslims before the Jewish Nation’s ground offensive against its northern neighbor.
The three days included in this world war watch are extremely dangerous:

  • 11/9/11 is the last day in this century to have a 9/11 from the middle to the left and the middle to the right. Both halves have been used: 9/11/01 for New York, and 11/9/05 for Amman, Jordan. There was an aborted San Antonio false flag terror attack less than a month ago, on 10/19/11 (11911).
  • 11/1/11 is surrounded by more sinister numbers, but it’s still plenty wicked, which is why Bush in 2005 chose to give his Avian Flu press conference and funding announcement on 11/1 at 1010 hours (11111). Other famous extended 11 date-coded events include Bush’s Global War speech to the United Nations on 11/10/01 (1111), and the Senate approval of The Iraq War Resolution on 10/11 (111) in 2002.
  • 11/11 at 1100 hours (111111) was the date/time-code chosen by the victorious Allied Powers to conclude World War One, of which Friday will be the 93rd anniversary. 93 is a powerful occult number, which is why it was chosen for the “heroic passengers” flight on 9/11.

God willing, the Herculean efforts of innumerable Internet researchers and writers will be a hedge of thorns that will protect us from the perilous prospects of the next three days. If so, then the next period of heightened danger will be 11/20/11 – 11/23/11, about which I hope to write later.

“No one I have known has impressed me with a combination of intelligence, resourcefulness and dedication comparable to Captain May. I am convinced that it is only because of his discerning intellect, analytical ability and remarkable capacity for synthesizing diverse data points that this nation has been spared the infliction of more of the malicious and cynical fabricated attacks that are intended to promote the political agenda of a powerful few directing our intelligence agencies and covert operations to promote wars and assassinations at the expense of democracy and of freedom here at home. I salute him for the courage and integrity he has displayed, which goes far beyond the call of duty and lies far beyond the capacity of ordinary men.” — Dr. James H. Fetzer, 10/19/11

Coalition: It’s About Winning America Back


Business as Usual? What Business?

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor


America is in the middle of a very real revolution, same as Libya or Egypt. It has begun, people have tasted power and they aren’t going back just because the corporate press sends out their hyenas. Americans can no longer afford to be led around by political parties, the Israel lobby, abortion and gun control issues or terrorism paranoia.  It was all a con from day number one.
A good friend of mine who worked in the White House sends me list of prominent Bush officials who were into homosexual rape and ritual bondage. It isn’t a small list.
Should we publish it? This is a second source on the same thing. All the while, these are the folks talking “terrorism” and “family values.” Not only were they pushing agricultural implements up each others digestive systems from the “south end” but the same sources are clear on something else.

The Bush White House actively planned the 9/11 attacks itself and it wasn’t a few that knew about it. Everyone knew. Dozens of Bush officials have come forward, asking their names not be made public.  The story is the same.

“Our families would be killed, we would be killed. Everyone knew it was going on. Former President Bush, was still running it all, his son was never president. Cheney was the ‘inside man’ for ‘Poppy Bush’ who set it all up with the gang from PNAC (Project for a New American Century) and dozens of holdovers from the first Bush administration. The entire war on terror was a fabrication.Some of the people from PNAC tried to stop the 9/11 attack. They were crushed. Nobody could do anything, especially after the Patriot Acts were passed. The Bush White House was like working in an insane asylum.” (Bush official this week)

Some made billions and others who wanted to talk, left the United States after promising to keep their mouths shut. FBI and CIA employees who stumbled over parts of the plot, who never had the whole story but who tried to report it as though it were genuine terrorism were either arrested under the Patriot Act as with Susan Lindauer or officially “gagged” as with Sibel Edmonds.
One former UN Ambassador was arrested for terrorism and one heroic CIA asset named Osama bin Laden was labeled a terrorist but died soon after 9/11.
Another key American ally, former ISI Director, General Hamid Gul, close friend of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, was put on a terror watch list for reporting Bush complicity in 9/11.  Watch Veterans Today Editor, General Hamid Gul on Bin Laden and 9/11…….


Stealing More Than You Can Imagine

Here is a factoid for you, genuine classified information, something you are officially forbidden to know, leaked from the bowels of America’s government:The total worthless “derivative debt” held by major banks is officially estimated at a staggering $ 1,400,000,000,000,000.
This is according to a State Department memo that got sidetracked somehow. In Washington, they pronounce this as “one point four quatrillion dollars.” America’s official national debt is around $15,000,000,000,000. Note the number of missing “0′s?”

This is only “fifteen trillion.” When Jimmie Carter left office our national debt was “one trillion” with “0″ derivative” debt.
For a look at what is planned for America, take a moment and watch this video on the economic meltdown in Greece and how it effects everyday life:

This is America’s future, garbage in the streets, long lines at “free clinics” for medical care, children who will never see a dentist, malnutrition, more crime and a prison population, already the largest in the world, that will explode. America is the new “gulag.”


Not ‘Flanders Fields’ – But Poppy Fields

9/11 had one purpose to allow a globalist cabal to loot the world, not just oil but set up Afghanistan as a drug haven, begin the same in Iraq, a fact unreported, and reassert the same control over world governments that the west did during the Cold War. We have a new chessboard now.
China is awash in money but still willing to play “sweatshop” to the world, and Russia is run by organized crime, something not even whispered anymore.
Both the US and EU are under the total control of a global police state ruled by a gang of financial criminals, civilization as foreseen would be stopped in its tracks. A new “dark age” would descend and has. The promise of technology, clean water, electricity, education, health care, reliable food supplies, global trade zones ending traditional ethnic divides, all of these things had to be stopped.

The Tool to Move Civilization Backward was to be the “Global War on Terror.”

To get a look at how people are controlled, you only have to look at the recent TV series, “Homeland,” on the Showtime network. Originally produced in Israel, 3rd rate acting, 4th rate production and really bad writing pushed on the public by a massive public relations campaign, this mishmash of Islamophobia, anti-Americanism and cheap propaganda is so obvious it is laughable.

What Does This Garbage Prove? One Thing for Sure, There is No One Left to Speak Up!

This could be mistaken for childish Israeli propaganda but it is, in reality, far worse. With 500,000 young Jews demonstrating for economic rights in Israel, with millions in the streets of the US and Europe, with the Middle East exploding, TV hopes to put out the fire by selling what it knows best, hate, racism and childish phobias.

The Israeli Tent Revolt – 500,000 in the Streets

“Homeland,” tedious and boring, is the official fictional version of an attack on the awakening world population, almost as fictional as the mainstream news with its imaginary Iranian assassins and secret burials at sea.
The issues of divisiveness, of distrust, the tools of control are older than the imaginary war or terror, the invention of Al Qaeda and the vilification of poor, long dead Osama bin Laden.
Fifty years ago, it was keeping “dirty Jews and niggers” out of our neighborhoods. Before that it was the Catholics. Then it was the dangers of “tax and spend liberals” or the “femi-nazis” planning to castrate America’s docile and sheepish males.

Through the late 80s and beyond, “Muslim extremism” was still considered “marketable” until 10 years of hopeless war and economic collapse pushed it to back burner. The kangaroo court trial of the Detroit “crotch bomber,” a Mossad stooge and mental defective barely made the comic sections of the few remaining newspapers Americans bother to read.


News now comes over the radio, or used to. The raving lunatics, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck and gang have worn out their welcome.  The real question, we have an election coming up, nobody is speaking for America. What about Ron Paul?


Can Obama Beat the Repub Special Interest Guard?

Today, Obama has a lock on the next election. The Republican freak show has frightened most Americans to death.

Was Herman Cain picked out to make some unheard of stealth candidate, perhaps one with two heads, look good?
The last American politician to make any sense was Ron Paul, not the one running now, but the person he used to be before aides told him that, if he asked for a new 9/11 investigation or said bad things about the Federal Reserve System, he would lose Jewish funding.
Now Paul sounds like a horses ass, still has no “Jewish funding,” whatever that is, and to those who might support him, perhaps numbers he hadn’t imagined, sounds like a coward.
Paul doesn’t trust Americans, he thinks they are stupid, looks on them as sheep. By political standards, such a point of view is considered both mainstream and common sense as much as news stories about 9/11 hijackers or the burial at sea of Osama bin Laden.
A friend phoned a minute ago, telling me that Fox News is boycotting all reports on “Occupy Wall Street.” They did have a Skype video of Hillary Clinton from Tajikistan, though. Anyone know where that is?
What would we tell Ron Paul? How would some of us get him back on track? Let’s give it a second:


  1. Rep. Ron PaulHe would call for a new 9/11 investigation based solid facts that disprove the official version involving Muslim hijackers. Nobody belongs in the White House willing to peddle Bush conspiracy theory as fact.
  2. A program to phase out the Federal Reserve System on a realistic time-table is an absolute necessity.
  3. All “derivative” assets would be declared worthless and taken “off the books.” Institutions holding enough worthless assets to cause their failure would be allowed to fail.
  4. All “offshore” corporations would be declared illegal and their officers and directors prosecuted for tax evasion.
  5. The system of state banks and savings and loans would be restored and multinational banks would not be allowed to operate in the United States.
  6. The “Global War on Terror” would be renounced as a con.
  7. A war crimes tribunal would be organized which would have jurisdiction over members of congress, the Supreme Court and the executive branch.
  8. The Department of Homeland Security would be dismantled.
  9. The military services of the United States would be allowed 100 generals and admirals, no more. All others would be demoted to E-7 or below.
  10. All congressional districts would be reformed to reflect normal and reasonable geography and population, ending the “gerrymandering” that has made states like Texas a joke.
  11. Private prisons would be ended and the criminal system in the US overhauled. The justice system in the US will have to be recognized for what it is, a form of class warfare against America.
  12. One of our first admissions would be that there would be no narcotics in the US without the complicity of congress, the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, ICE and key elements of the American military.
  13. A grand jury be empaneled to investigate the Supreme Court of the United States.


Divide and conquer, not just the Fox News way but the way of all corporate media and phony political parties and the crooked organizations around them, is what has taken America down.  What does this mean?  How should real Americans, ones who still use the term “patriotic,” do to save their homeland for generations to come?

Here are some simple rules:

  1. Buy no poison, not from the news, from the pulpit, not from movies. Assume all people are the same and that whatever you think you know about religion or politics or anything else was probably told to you by a pathological liar. In fact, you can depend on this.
  2. Reach out to every group you were taught to fear or hate, finally realizing that we have all been “taken to the cleaners” by a gang of international crooks.
  3. Assume all government is corrupt, townships, school boards, all bribed same as the Supreme Court and Congress.
  4. Unions and business, black and white, Jew and Muslim, imaginary liberal and confused conservative, all have to grow up and take responsibility for being fooled, for being misled for decades and helping bring about the suffering we are now all living.

For police and the military, there is the oath:

  1. Arrest every rich criminal before you go after poor ones. If your department, as do most, I have some experience with this, protects powerful criminals, go to the press and keep going. Do it in secret, steal every document or file you can, tell everything.
  2. Set up groups within your own commands that respect the constitution and your oaths. No more thuggery for banks, no gun seizures, no more harassing low level drug dealers while watching your bosses play golf with the local drug cartel bosses.
  3. If in the military, never allow the use of the words, “terrorism” or “Al Qaeda” to be used without pointing out these are wild conspiracy theories. You have nothing to lose, the military was going to declare you unfit anyway and throw you out without benefits. They have done this with 26,000 already while denying benefits to 1 million, 500,000 of them those you probably served with.

Any time you hear someone mention 9/11 as something other than a government plot, simply state:  “I have no time for such insanity and you are obviously too stupid to live.” 
It is now our job to put aside our differences and pull together as citizens of the world. There is no room for “anti” anything.  Natural leaders, those of intelligence and courage have to replace the cowards, thieves and “mama’s boys” who now rule America, Europe and most of the world. (Merkel excluded, she is “Honecker’s girl” (former East German communist tyrant)

Try This…….
  1. No TV news or talk radio. Assume every word to be lies. Don’t even trust the weather.
  2. Talk politics, admit your own errors and ask others to do the same. Continually repeat, “We have all been conned…”
  3. Destroy your credit cards.
  4. No more gun control, abortion, “Zionism” or other phony issues that have been so successful at conning us
  5. Never say “liberal” or “conservative” again
  6. Never open another email on any issue, it will be 100% lies, guaranteed
  7. No longer argue with the stupid.
  8. Don’t waste time talking to the stupid.
  9. And don’t vote for the stupid and no longer cooperate.

Organ Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys for Desperate Israelis

Aliaksei Yafimau shudders at the memory of the burly thug who threatened to kill his relatives. Yafimau, who installs satellite television systems in Babrujsk, Belarus, answered an advertisement in 2010 offering easy money to anyone willing to sell a kidney.
He saw it as a step toward getting out of poverty. Instead, Yafimau, 30, was thrust into a dark journey around the globe that had him, at one point, locked in a hotel room for a month in Quito, Ecuador, waiting for surgeons to cut out an organ, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its December issue.
The man holding Yafimau against his will was Roini Shimshilashvili, a former kickboxer who was an enforcer for an international organ-trafficking ring, according to evidence gathered by police in Kiev. Yafimau says that when he pleaded with Shimshilashvili to let him get out of the deal and go home, the big man sliced the air with Thai-boxing moves and threatened him.
“He said if I didn’t go through with it, he would leave me in Ecuador and kill my family,” Yafimau says.
Doctors removed Yafimau’s left kidney in July 2010 and transplanted it into an Israeli woman, according to the Kiev police investigation. On the plane back to Belarus, on the western border of Russia, Shimshilashvili told Yafimau that if he wanted to live, he shouldn’t talk to police.
“I am afraid for my life,” says Yafimau, standing outside his mother’s Babrujsk apartment building, a nine-story, Soviet- era edifice that’s surrounded by weeds and trash. The traffickers paid Yafimau $10,000. He says it wasn’t worth the fear that haunts him today.
Violence and Coercion
Yafimau is one of the faceless and neglected victims in a sprawling global black market in organs — where brokers use deception, violence and coercion to buy kidneys from impoverished people, mainly in underdeveloped countries, and then sell them to critically ill patients in more-affluent nations.
The middlemen form alliances with doctors in leading hospitals who do these transplants for a fee, no questions asked.
Organ trafficking is on the rise, as desperate people seek transplants in a world that doesn’t have enough donors. About 5,000 people sell organs on the black market each year, according to Francis Delmonico, an adviser on transplants to the World Health Organization.
It’s against the law to buy or sell an organ in every country except Iran, says Delmonico, who is president-elect of the Montreal-based Transplantation Society, which lobbies governments to crack down on illicit procedures.
‘Exploit Shortages’
“There have been successes fighting organ trafficking around the world,” Delmonico says. “But organ trafficking continues to flourish because criminals exploit shortages of organ donors.”
Bloomberg Markets reported in June that U.S. citizens and others from the Americas suffering from kidney failure were going to Nicaragua and Peru to buy organs in a shadowy trade that injured and killed donors and recipients.
That U.S.-Latin American connection is dwarfed by a network of organ-trafficking organizations whose reach extends from former Soviet Republics such as Azerbaijan, Belarus and Moldova to Brazil, the Philippines, South Africa and beyond, a Bloomberg Markets investigation shows.
Many of the black-market kidneys harvested by these gangs are destined for people who live in Israel.
Not Enough Donors
With a generally well-educated population of 7.4 million and a modern medical system, Israel has an acute shortage of organs, in part because of religious beliefs. Just 12 percent of Israelis are registered donors, meaning they have consented to let their organs be used for transplants after they die, according to the Israeli National Transplant Center.
That compares with 40 percent of Americans. About 730 Israelis are currently waiting for a transplant, which is 13 times more than the number of such surgeries performed legally in Israel in 2010, according to the center.
Delmonico, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, has spent the past six years lobbying governments and doctors around the world to combat organ trafficking. He says Israel’s government is cracking down.
The Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, passed the Organ Transplant Law in 2008, setting penalties, including imprisonment of up to three years, for buying and selling organs and requiring hospitals to scrutinize transplants by nonrelatives and foreigners.
Breaking up Gangs
In an effort to draw more legal organ donors, the law also offers volunteers compensation for lost wages and travel expense and provides them with additional health insurance. Israeli police have been among the most aggressive in the world against organ traffickers, breaking up three international gangs since 2008.
The government has also banned insurers from funding most transplants outside Israel.
The dearth of available organs in Israel has spawned a new class of criminals, mainly immigrants from the former Soviet Union, says Jerusalem Police Superintendent Gilad Bahat.
Investigators on five continents say they have uncovered intertwining criminal rings run by Israelis and eastern Europeans that move people across borders — sometimes against their will — to sell a kidney.
“The criminal here is the middleman who profits from the sick and the poor,” says Bahat, who investigated an organ- trafficking ring in Jerusalem. “It touches my heart that people will sell part of their body because they need money to live.”
‘Obscene Profit’
Criminals see an opportunity to make big money in the organ trade, where they can sell a kidney for 15 to 20 times what they pay, police throughout Europe say.
“They recognize the obscene profit that can be made in the expanding black market in body parts,” says Jonathan Ratel, a Pristina, Kosovo-based prosecutor who has been investigating organ trafficking over the past two years. “It keeps happening because there is so much money in this.”
Traffickers typically pay $10,000 to a seller for a kidney and collect $150,000 when selling it to a patient.
Traffickers prey on the most-vulnerable people. Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, is one of their prime hunting grounds.
Dorin Razlog, a shepherd with an eighth-grade education who lives in Ghincauti, says recruiters for a trafficking ring told him cash for a kidney would lift him out of poverty. After doctors in Istanbul cut out the organ in August 2002, they paid him $7,000 — $3,000 less than they’d offered. Of that, $2,500 was in counterfeit bills, he says.
Writhing From Pain
“They told me they would send people to destroy my house and kill my family if I went to the police,” Razlog, 30, says. Today, the money is long gone, and he sleeps on a musty mattress inside the rusting hulk of an abandoned Russian van next to a pigsty. At the end of some days, Razlog says, he’s writhing from pain in his remaining kidney.
“The only way out is death,” he says.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry broke up the ring that bought Razlog’s kidney and arrested its leader — a Ukrainian- born Israeli national — in 2007.
In Mingir, Moldova, the organ black market cost a man his life. Vasile Diminetz, a frail retired farmer, says his son Vladimir grew ill after a broker bought his kidney in Turkey for $2,000 in 1999.
Haunted by Memories
Vladimir died in 2003 at the age of 25, after his remaining kidney failed, according to the Renal Foundation of Moldova, which has documented dozens of cases of organ trafficking.
Vasile, 70, stands outside the stone cottage where he lives alone, haunted by the memories.
“If I only knew, I could have saved my boy,” he says. “Maybe I could have done more, and I will regret that until I die.”
Prosecutors in nine countries have been conducting criminal probes of organ trafficking involving Israeli patients since 2003. The largest case dates to that year, when the Brazilian Federal Police noticed people from two slums of Recife, a coastal city 2,110 kilometers (1,311 miles) from Sao Paulo, flying to Durban, South Africa.
They returned home in so much pain from incisions across their abdomens that they needed assistance to get off the plane, says Karla Gomes de Matos Maia, the investigator who led the probe.
‘Suspect Organ Trafficking’
“Here you had people who didn’t fit the profile of tourists going to a strange destination and coming back after having major surgery,” Maia says. “We began to suspect organ trafficking.”
The Brazilian case is still wending its way through international courts. In November 2010 in Durban, Netcare Ltd. (NTC) — South Africa’s largest hospital company — pleaded guilty to violating the Human Tissue Act, which prohibits buying and selling organs.
Netcare paid 7.8 million rand ($848,464) in fines and penalties. It admitted to allowing 92 transplants in which donors from Brazil, Israel and Romania sold kidneys to Israeli patients. Four doctors are awaiting trial on trafficking charges.
In Brazil, 12 people connected to the Netcare case were convicted and jailed, with sentences from 15 months to 11 years.
In Kosovo, Ratel, who has dual citizenship in Canada and Great Britain and was appointed by the European Union to help restore the country’s criminal justice system, is overseeing a pivotal organ-trafficking case. It includes participants and victims from Belarus, Moldova, Turkey and four other countries.
Center for Trafficking
The EU has administered the courts in Kosovo since 2008, the year the country the size of Connecticut declared independence from Serbia after a civil war. Ratel, who arrived in March 2010 as part of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, says the country has become a center for organ trafficking.
Ratel built a case against nine doctors, hospital administrators and recruiters on charges of buying and selling kidneys for patients in Georgia, Germany, Israel, Poland and Ukraine, as well as Canada and the United States.
The trial began in October and is expected to continue into 2012. He has sought assistance from investigators in 11 countries in the case.
Ratel says he’s stunned by the callousness of the criminals who run the organ rings. Traffickers in Kosovo threatened one kidney seller with death if he testified in court, so the court had the man placed into a witness protection program.
‘Threats of Violence’
“This is organized crime,” Ratel says. “There is significant coercion and threats of violence.”
Organ traffickers search the world for hospitals willing to perform illicit transplants. Sometimes, sellers are flown to cities just to wait for procedures, and then traffickers move them to other parts of the globe when they find a recipient and a hospital willing to cooperate.
While the illegal organ trade may be run by seasoned criminals, it depends on the complicity of doctors and hospitals, says Oleg Liashko, a member of Ukraine’s parliament.
“I doubt this could happen without the hospital and doctors knowing about it,” says Liashko, who has investigated organ trafficking and is calling for more-severe criminal penalties in organ transplant laws. “They either know or look the other way because of the money involved. This is corruption, pure and simple.”
Doctors must be held criminally accountable when they perform surgery with an organ that’s been sold, Ratel says.
‘Willful Blindness’
“Ignorance is not a defense,” he says. “That is willful blindness. A doctor involved should know all the relevant facts, including whether the donor is a blood relative or not.”
People have two kidneys that filter toxins out of the bloodstream. A patient with failure in both kidneys will die quickly unless he or she is hooked up to a dialysis machine or gets a transplant.
Transplants prolong lives, and patients who receive organs from living donors have better survival rates than those who receive organs from deceased donors.
Of patients who get organs from a living donor, 90 percent survive at least five years; for those receiving an organ from a dead donor, the figure is 82 percent, according to the Washington-based Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Legitimate organ donors are usually relatives of the patient.
Religious Debate
In Israel, an unresolved religious debate hampers organ donation — from both the living and the dead. Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, a leading arbiter of Jewish law in Israel, advises that donating body parts violates religious tradition, which holds that upon death, a body should be buried intact.
“It is not permitted to remove any organ,” Elyashiv, who’s 101 years old, said in a public statement in March 2008.
Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Israel, is leading a drive to get 100 colleagues to sign a document advocating organ donation. He says the Torah tells people to help others when they can, especially if it means saving a life. He says donating an organ is a mitzvah, or good deed.
“I hope that many more Jews will become part of the organ donation network,” Eliyahu says.
Aliaksei Yafimau has never been to Israel. He says he was drawn into the organ-selling business in Belarus in 2009. Yafimau, a wiry man with gray eyes and close-cropped blond hair, wanted cash to win back an ex-girlfriend, he says. So he answered an Internet advertisement offering cash for organs.
Painless Way
Two Ukrainian recruiters for the Kiev ring — Ruslan Yakovenko and Ievgen Sliusarchuk — told Yafimau by e-mail that selling a kidney was a painless way to earn $10,000, according to an October 2010 indictment.
“They lied to me,” Yafimau says.
After an exchange of e-mails and phone calls, the traffickers wired Yafimau $100 to buy a ticket on an all-night train to Kiev. Yakovenko and Sliusarchuk took him to a one-room apartment in Kiev, where two other kidney sellers were staying, he says. That was a base for men and women waiting their turn to sell a kidney, according to Yafimau.
In mid-June 2010, the traffickers told Yafimau they had found an Israeli woman who would buy his kidney and the transplant would be done in Ecuador, 11,000 kilometers west of Kiev. The gangsters had Yafimau fly from Kiev to Quito, with a stopover in Amsterdam.
In Quito, he met two other organ sellers and Shimshilashvili, the stocky former kickboxer, according to the Ukraine criminal case.
‘Locked in That Room’
When they arrived in Quito, on June 26, 2010, Shimshilashvili confined the three organ sellers to a small, cream-colored unit at Lugano Suites, a nine-story hotel, Yafimau told investigators.
“We were locked in that room with him, and he watched us all the time,” Yafimau says in Russian, his first language. “He wouldn’t let anyone go outside alone, and we didn’t have any money.”
They spent the time sleeping and watching so much television in Spanish that they picked up some of the language. As they waited, their minders took them often to Metropolitano Hospital for medical tests, Yafimau says.
Soon, a 55-year-old Israeli woman suffering from kidney failure arrived from Tel Aviv, documents in the Ukrainian investigation show. The traffickers put a sworn statement — in English, Spanish and Russian — in front of Yafimau and told him to sign it, saying he was voluntarily donating a kidney.
‘I Can’t Investigate’
They took him to Metropolitano Hospital, where kidney specialist Gustavo Salvador sat down with Yafimau. Salvador, who did his medical training at Central University of Ecuador, says Yafimau showed him the document saying he wanted to donate a kidney.
“If someone comes to me and says, ‘I come to voluntarily say that I want to donate,’ then that’s as far as we go,” says Salvador, sitting in an office adorned with Salvador Dali prints. “I can’t investigate the life of the person. That’s not my job.”
Salvador says he was paid $800, his normal fee for referring a patient to a surgeon.
Surgeons removed Yafimau’s left kidney on July 27, 2010, documents compiled by Ukrainian police show.
The Ecuadoran government began an investigation into organ trafficking in 2010 and found 11 cases of transplants of kidneys from mostly Ukrainian donors to Israeli patients since 2009, says Diana Almeida, the director of the nation’s organ transplant agency.
Ecuador Law
The probe, which is looking into Metropolitano Hospital, led Ecuador’s congress in March 2011 to pass a law banning foreigners from having transplant procedures in the nation’s hospitals. No one at Metropolitano has been charged.
Alfredo Vega, Metropolitano Hospital’s medical director, says in an e-mailed statement that the hospital hasn’t broken any laws and can’t talk about transplant cases because of patient privacy concerns.
“We want to make it clear that we reject any claims of wrongdoing by Metropolitano Hospital or its employees,” he says.
Damage from the international organ trade extends beyond the donors.
In Belarus, Karina, a thin 22-year-old woman with short blond hair, sits in her kitchen, weeping about her husband, Sasha. Prosecutor Ratel placed her husband in witness protection, and the District Court of Pristina on July 12 prohibited publication of the family name.
‘I Don’t Know’
Sasha left his family suddenly after he agreed to sell a kidney to the same gang that bought Yafimau’s organ. That ring worked with another gang in Kosovo led by an Israeli of Turkish descent, investigators in Ukraine and Kosovo say.
“I don’t know where he is,” Karina says, whose cramped apartment is in a country that suffered widespread poisoning from radioactive fallout caused by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 25 years ago. “I don’t know if he’s OK, sick, anything.”
As her 2-year-old daughter plays in a corner, Karina describes how her world began to fall apart in late 2008. Sasha, 29, wanted cash to pay off debts, she says. One day, he told his wife that he’d found work abroad and was leaving home for that reason. The truth was that he had answered an Internet ad offering $10,000 for a kidney.
What followed was a frenzied journey across eastern Europe, from Belarus to Istanbul and, finally, to a hospital in Pristina, Kosovo, according to investigators. He had been recruited by Yuri Katzman, a Belarussian-born Israeli.
Lying at the Border
Halfway into the journey, Katzman handed Sasha over to an organ-trafficking gang led by Moshe Harel, an Israeli who was born in Istanbul, according to charges filed in Kosovo. Sasha landed in Pristina on Oct. 26, 2008. Katzman had told Sasha to lie to border guards, claiming he was getting treatment for a urinary tract infection, according to the Kosovo criminal case.
A man working for Harel rushed him to Medicus, a private clinic in a small, run-down building in Pristina, where doctors ordered him to shave his own pubic area and put on a green smock. They took him into surgery and a Turkish surgeon removed Sasha’s kidney, according to the criminal charges.
The surgeon transplanted the organ into an elderly Israeli man who lives in New York, according to the court case. Sasha awoke in pain after the procedure, and when he looked at his belly, he saw a surgical drainage tube coming out of a long incision, according to the charges. The doctor is free on bail, as the Kosovo trial continues.
Two days later, Katzman paid Sasha $8,000 and minders hustled him onto a flight back home, according to court-filed documents.
24 Illegal Transplants
Doctors performed 24 illegal transplants at Medicus Clinic in 2008, for patients from Canada, Israel, Germany, Poland and the U.S. who paid for the life-saving operations, according to the Kosovo criminal charges. Ratel’s office accused Harel on June 6 of leading that organ-trafficking gang.
Harel was released on bail, and prosecutors say he fled to Israel. Harel, 61, who is wanted by Interpol, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Back home, after the surgery, Sasha slid into a reclusive life of depression and heavy drinking, his wife says. Finally, he abandoned his family. What his wife didn’t know was that Sasha’s descent came as thugs were threatening his life. That’s why Sasha, who is the principal witness in the Kosovo case, is being protected by the court.
Across Eastern Europe
The gang that bought Sasha’s kidney used a system to move other sellers across eastern Europe to hospitals willing to participate in their scheme, according to the indictment by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. Doctors performed at least 18 transplants for the ring for patients from Israel, Ukraine and Georgia, according to the Ukrainian indictment of the surgeon.
Most of the surgeries were done at ABU Clinic in Baku, Azerbaijan, where doctors performed at least 13 of the transplants for the Katzman group, mostly for Israelis, according to his indictment.
Katzman recruited two men with promises that having a kidney removed was as safe as an appendectomy, court records show.
In September 2009, Renat Abdullin, a computer programmer from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, traveled to Kiev, where he waited in an apartment in Akademmistechko, a sprawling, garbage-strewn slum. It was one of three apartments in Kiev that traffickers used as a way station for kidney sellers, documents in the criminal case show.
‘A Way to Make Money’
Abdullin says six other people from across eastern Europe came and went as buyers were found for their organs.
“They saw us only as a way to make money,” says Abdullin, 28, a thin, bespectacled man with pale skin and dark hair. Katzman told Abdullin within a week that he’d found a recipient for his kidney in Baku.
Abdullin and Andriy Kuleshov, a former professional gymnast from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, went to the Kiev airport and met Ukrainian vascular surgeon Vladyslav Zakordonets, the two men say.
In Baku, the organ traffickers ran into a snag. They lost a suitcase carrying drugs needed for the transplants. The traffickers kept the organ sellers in a room at ABU Clinic for three days as Zakordonets sent to Kiev for more drugs, according to evidence gathered in the Kiev criminal case.
“When I saw the hospital, I wanted to backtrack,” Abdullin says. “But I didn’t have any money for the tickets back, and I was afraid.”
‘So Much Pain’
Once the drugs arrived, Zakordonets removed a kidney from each man. Three days later, Katzman took the two men from the hospital to the Baku airport, along with Zakordonets, Abdullin and Kuleshov say.
“I was in so much pain, I could barely sit, but no one seemed to care,” Abdullin says. On the five-hour flight to Kiev, Kuleshov sat next to an anesthesiologist who assisted in the surgery, Kuleshov says. “Of course, the doctor knew what was going on,” he says.
Zakordonets is now in Lukyanivskyi Detention Center in Kiev, where he’s been jailed on human-trafficking charges with Katzman and four other men since October 2010. The doctor says in a written statement from jail that he performed about 40 transplants in Baku, starting in May 2009.
He says he never met the patients until the day of the operation and didn’t know donors were paid.
“It was an opportunity to work at an international level, an opportunity to grow in my profession,” he says. “I have not been a human trafficker.” The case isn’t yet scheduled to go to trial.
First U.S. Prosecution
The Israeli-eastern European organ-trafficking rings have also extended their reach to the U.S. In July 2009, the Justice Department charged Levy Rosenbaum, an Israeli living in New York, with conspiracy to commit human organ trafficking.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent says he caught Rosenbaum, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, offering to sell a kidney for $160,000. Rosenbaum was the first, and so far the only, person arrested for organ trafficking in the U.S. since the activity was outlawed in 1984.
Rosenbaum, 60, pleaded guilty on Oct. 27 to brokering the sale of human kidneys. Free on bail, he could be sentenced to five years in prison. He declined to comment.
Rosenbaum worked with Sammy Shem-Tov in Jerusalem to lure young men and women to sell kidneys, according to Avichai Osuna, who says he was recruited to sell a kidney by both men.
Osuna, an unemployed 27-year-old man in Be’er Sheva, a city in the Negev Desert south of Jerusalem, moonlighted as an apprentice for Shem-Tov, before he became a seller. Shem-Tov paid Osuna 1,500 shekels ($410) a month to use his ability to speak English to arrange illegal organ transplants with foreign hospitals, Osuna says.
‘Off My Back’
Shem-Tov, 67, asked Osuna to sell his own kidney in June 2008, says Osuna, a heavyset man who wears an earring in his left ear.
“Just to get him off my back and because I needed a little cash, I said all right,” he says.
Soon, Osuna told Shem-Tov that he had changed his mind, concerned about the dangers of giving up an organ, according to Shem-Tov’s indictment in Jerusalem District Court.
Late one evening, Shem-Tov called Osuna to a meeting in Be’er Sheva. Next to him were two men Shem-Tov described as mafia enforcers, the indictment says. Shem-Tov told Osuna that if he didn’t sell a kidney, he’d be in debt to the two men and the mafia group, the indictment says.
“He said, ‘You don’t want to back out now,’” Osuna says. “I felt trapped.”
Constantly Watched
Shem-Tov flew him from Tel Aviv to New York on July 31, 2008, because the trafficker thought he could arrange a transplant in New York, according to Shem-Tov’s indictment. Rosenbaum met Osuna at the gate and took his mobile phone and passport.
He had Osuna and other prospective organ sellers housed and constantly watched by a minder in a house near Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Rosenbaum kept Osuna waiting for six months, Osuna says. While in New York, Rosenbaum brought Osuna to Mount Sinai Medical Center for a blood test, Osuna says. Sander Florman, director of Mount Sinai’s Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, says the hospital does all it can to avoid illicit procedures.
“We make them jump through incredible hoops,” he says. “We have all the rules. People find ways around them.”
Threats of Retaliation
The transplant recipient backed out, and Osuna says Rosenbaum sent him back to Israel. A year later, Shem-Tov flew Osuna from Israel to Manila. Osuna tried again to cancel the deal, and his minders threatened him with mafia retaliation, the indictment says.
He says he felt trapped, and a few days later was taken to Cardinal Santos Medical Center. Surgeons removed his left kidney on Oct. 21, 2009, the indictment says.
Four days later, Osuna was on a flight back to Israel, and the recipient, a Tel Aviv man, paid him 94,000 shekels ($26,000). Osuna says he couldn’t recover in peace, for fear of what would happen when he got home.
“When I look in the mirror and see that scar, it’s a daily reminder of what I went through,” he says. “I feel this raw grievance inside.”
Cardinal Santos Ethics Committee Chairman Juanito Billote says the hospital can’t comment on specific cases to protect patient privacy. The hospital scrutinizes every transplant to ensure it complies with all laws, he says.
‘We Make Sure’
“In doing any foreign-to-foreign transplant, we make sure that the rules are adequately addressed,” he says.
The laws and rules designed to prevent the trafficking in organs aren’t working. While prosecutors in places such as Israel, Brazil, Kosovo and Ukraine have successfully crippled some of the organ-trading gangs, they’re fighting powerful economic forces.
As long as there’s a worldwide shortage of legal donors for life-saving transplants, the exploitation of the poor will only grow, Kosovo-based prosecutor Ratel says.
“There’s burgeoning organized-crime activity in trafficking of human organs,” he says. “It will take serious efforts by governments and hospitals to stop it.”
Governments around the world need to cooperate to enforce existing laws on illicit procedures, Harvard’s Delmonico says. Nations have to ensure they have systems making it safe and easy for people to donate voluntarily, he says. Unless that happens, the traffickers will continue to cultivate a growing legion of impoverished organ sellers who can end up with a quick infusion of cash — and a lifetime of humiliation, pain and illness.