U.S. Army Trains to Confront Tea Party “TERRORIST’s”

Kurt Nimmo & Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, April 29, 2010

In a shocking development that outstrips even the infamous MIAC report, it has emerged via whistleblowers that the U.S. Military in Kentucky is training to confront Tea Party protesters and anti-government demonstrators, who in official intelligence advisories are described as bomb-making terrorists.

On April 17, the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, reported on a military exercise dubbed “Mangudai,” named after the special forces of Genghis Khan’s Mongol army who could fight for days without food or sleep. The Kentucky newspaper portrayed the exercise as an effort to train soldiers to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan.



“Designed to test the limits of officers’ physical, mental and emotional endurance, the emerging Army exercise offered a revealing window onto modern combat training in the era of Iraq and Afghanistan,” Chris Kenning wrote for the newspaper. “Over three days last week, participants had to crawl on their bellies under real machine-gun fire, shimmy commando-style over a single rope high in the air and march for more than 22 miles through forests.”

But according to information received by The Patriot Post blog, there is another aspect to the military exercises not reported by local media.

“This week, I was contacted by a number of military personnel, enlisted and officer ranks, who expressed concern about a military exercise underway at Ft. Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository. As with most such exercises, the Ft. Knox alert occurred in stages, as if real time intelligence was being provided at various intervals,” writes Mark Alexander.

Alexander cites an intel advisory issued on Friday, April 23, 2010, that identifies terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party” (see image below).

In short, the military was training in Kentucky to take on mythical militias — no word if they were of the FBI-created variety — and remarkably the non-violent Tea Party movement.

“Anti-Government – Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity” during a protest at Fort Knox. The Tea Party “groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training / experience,” according to the intel report.

An intel report update, dated Monday, 26 April 2010, noted that a “rally at the Militia compound occurred,” and “Viable threats … have been made… Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames.’ Many military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc ’shoot the government agent’ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.”

In addition to being drunkards, the report describes the Tea Party as bomb-throwers. “Components of bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.”

In response to the this “immediate threat,” the military established concentration camps for “mass arrests.”

QRF, short for the Quick Reaction Force of the 16th Cavalry Regiment and the 194th Armored Brigade were placed on two hour recall. “The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector,” writes Alexander.

Military officers and enlisted personnel told Alexander about their concerns:

As one put it, the exercise “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”

They were equally concerned that command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead our battalions and brigades,” which is to say many Lieutenant Colonels saw this order before it was implemented.

In fact, we can assume this “exercise” was orchestrated at the highest levels in the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonels merely carry out orders.

An Army document entitled “Army Continuity of Operations Program (COOP)” spells out the militarization of the U.S. “Homeland” under Northcom.

In July, 2009, Infowars reported on a Missouri National Guard unit out of Camp Crowder engaged in a training exercise designed to take on a fictitious militant group. An earlier exercise in the Black Hills of South Dakota trained soldiers to confront an “insurgent group” with “a reputation for harassing convoys with ambushes and improvised explosive devices.”

In September, 2008, the Pentagon announced the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team would be deployed in the United States under the control of Northcom. “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack,” the Army Times reported. (Emphasis added.)

Since the end of the Civil War deployment of the U.S. military inside the U.S. has been prohibited under The Posse Comitatus Act.

Military personnel blow the whistle on exercise which involved troops taking protesters to concentration camps

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NJWeedman Arrested in New Jersey on April Fool’s Day

Will Use Jury Nullification in His Defense

New Jersey – On April 1, 2010, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman made headlines. He was busted in New Jersey with a pound of cannibus in the trunk of his car. April Fool’s Day was playing itself out in full glory. The man, notorious for his run-ins with the New Jersey law, now a transplant living in Hollywood, California and dispensing medical marijuana legally on a daily basis, returns home to get….arrested! And so the saga continues for NJWeedman, America’s most prominent Black activist for the legalization of marijuana. ( READ MORE )






High anxiety: Ohio legislators to consider bill to legalize medical marijuana


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Although polls indicate most Ohioans would support the use of marijuana for medical purposes, most lawmakers won’t support the issue because they fear they’ll be stoned by voters in future elections.

State Rep. Bob Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, co-sponsored a bill last week that would make Ohio the 15th state to allow medicinal marijuana. But Hagan said the bill is certain to go nowhere because his colleagues in the legislature aren’t brave enough to pass it.

Hagan told the Associated Press that several conservative Republican lawmakers have privately told him that they support medical marijuana, but think it is political suicide to back it publicly.

According to the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 73 percent of Ohioans support legalizing marijuana for medical use.

Local legislatures could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said he would strongly oppose medical marijuana in Ohio. He said doctors have synthetic forms of pot, which they can prescribe. Also, he said legalizing marijuana for medicinal use would send mixed signals to children and young adults who may think the drug is safe to use if it can be prescribed.

"There are a number of drugs available to doctors that will do the same thing marijuana does," Mincks said. "And I’ve said this many, many times: Marijuana and alcohol are gateway drugs. It is just another step before going to something harder. I’ve been in this business 40 years and I’ve never talked to an addict who went from zero to addict. They usually started with alcohol and marijuana and then moved on to their parent’s medicine cabinet."


(Tonya Davis (seated front) alongside Jack Herer (Left ) and many others at the Seattle Hempfest last year)

In a press release, *Tonya Davis, a Montgomery County resident, medical marijuana user and a member of NORML, said the proposed Ohio Medical Compassion Act would help thousands of the state’s sick.

"It’s time that Ohio stops wasting taxpayers’ dollars arresting, prosecuting and caging up citizens of Ohio for using what science has proven is medicine," she said in the release. "Ohioans have stood up for gambling… It’s time they fight for me and thousands just like me."

The law would protect patients, doctors, and primary caregivers from arrest and prosecution, and would establish a regulatory framework to govern the distribution of marijuana within the state. Patients would be required to register with the state government so it could ensure that only patients with debilitating medical conditions have access to the drug.

Conditions that are most commonly treated with marijuana in states where it is legal include cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Advocates also point out that recent studies indicate pot may be effective in fighting the onset of Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing tumor growth in lung cancer patients.

Marietta residents Tom and Janice Meyers said they have mixed feelings on the issue.

"I feel this is a slippery slope," Tom Meyers said. "I think what you’ll end up with is a situation where you have a whole lot of people with prescriptions when only a handful may really need it."

Janice Meyers said she believes the real intent of the proposal is to move the state one step closer to legalizing the drug for recreational use.

"I think that’s what most of these movements are all about," she said. "Sometimes I think they should just legalize it. Other times, I’m not so sure."

By Brad Bauer, bbauer@mariettatimes.com

* Tonya Davis is a friend and confidant of mine who first introduced me to the “Medical Marijuana” movement.  Smkrider

Indian Who Built Yoga Empire Works on Politics


Indian Who Built Yoga Empire Works on Politics

Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Swami Ramdev, also known as Baba Ramdev, acknowledged his supporters at his yoga camp in Haridwar, India.

Published: April 18, 2010

HARIDWAR, India — The sun slumbered well beneath the horizon, but Swami Ramdev had been up for hours. Swathed in a saffron loincloth, he led his charges, a few hundred devotees in this holy city on the Ganges River and tens of millions more watching on television, through a rapid-fire series of yoga poses.


The New York Times

Haridwar is a holy city where Swami Ramdev is based.

“If you sweat this much in the morning, you will never get old,” he shouted, the Chiclet-white dazzle of his smile undimmed by the wild bush of his beard. His own 50-ish body, lithe and supple as it whipped through the poses, underscored the point.

Without skipping a beat, Swami Ramdev, who as one of India’s most popular and influential gurus has reintroduced yoga to India’s masses, segued seamlessly into his latest passion: politics.

“We clean up our bodies,” he cried. “Then we will clean up our democracy!”

Swami Ramdev plans to do for the body politic what he has already done to the country’s creaky physiques: whip it into shape. He announced last month that he would found a political party that would field candidates for each of the 543 parliamentary seats in India’s next general election in 2014.

“What the people need is honest, brave and responsible leadership,” he said in an interview at the sprawling campus of his rapidly expanding yoga, natural foods and medicine empire in northern India. The country’s political system is riddled with corruption and riven by the deep divisions of religion and caste, he said. Tapping into the ancient Indian wisdom that gave birth to yoga, and the holy texts like the Vedas and Upanishads, is the only way to excise those cancers, he contended.

“We must have a total revolution,” he said.

In some ways Swami Ramdev harks back to India’s earliest leaders with a message of self-reliance, national pride and traditional Indian values. But with his vast yoga empire and legions of followers on television and the Web, he is also a product and symbol of the New India, a yogic fusion of Richard Simmons, Dr. Oz and Oprah Winfrey, irrepressible and bursting with Vedic wisdom.

Swami Ramdev says India has relied too much on the system of government it inherited from its British colonizers and lost the traditional systems of governing that held sway for centuries.

“The British didn’t make policies to make the country stronger,” he said. “They made them to extract the maximum resources from the country.”

Multinational corporations have no place in India, he contends. India should be steeped in its own culture.

“Be Indian,” he exhorted his followers on a recent morning. “Speak Indian languages. Wear Indian clothes. Drink Indian drinks.”

All things foreign, he argues, like Coca-Cola and hamburgers, pollute the Indian spirit and weaken it. The World Health Organization is a favorite target: it is, he says, “a big conspiracy” cooked up by American pharmaceutical companies.

Even cricket, India’s beloved national pastime, comes in for criticism as a British import that encourages drinking and immodest ogling of cheerleaders.

He does not plan to run for office himself, he said, and his proposed policies are a hodgepodge. He would fight corruption by making it punishable by death, he said. He would force those hiding billions of dollars abroad in so-called black money, or illegal wealth, to bring that money home to invest in India.

“That loot needs to come home for development,” he said, offering no details on how he might make this happen. “This money will change the whole of the country.”

These views have touched a chord with his followers, many of them from the striving lower middle class who find themselves torn between tradition and the allure of modern life.

“We are very frustrated with the politics of India today,” said Jitender Pratap Singh, a teacher who attended a yoga session with the swami here. He voted for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the last election, but was eager to join the swami’s party.

“I want change for the next generation,” he said. “Yoga can rescue India.”

But whether Swami Ramdev’s political message will find a wider audience remains to be seen. Indian politics is a peculiar ecosystem that favors creatures nurtured practically from birth in its unique habitat. Outsiders, no matter how popular or celebrated they may be in their respective walks of life, seldom succeed. Hardly a handful of film stars, business tycoons or religious leaders have tested the waters in politics, and none have met with any real success.

Some religious leaders here said they were glad to see the swami dip a toe in politics.

Digambar Jitender Puri, 36, a sadhu, or holy man, attending the Kumbh Mela festival this month on the banks of the Ganges River here, said Swami Ramdev was doing important work.

“He is thinking in the right direction and talking about the problems of the nation like corruption, poverty, economy,” Mr. Jitender said. “I think he will succeed.”

But other holy men were skeptical.

“Ramdev is a successful yogi, but politics will puncture him,” said Sri Nityanand Puri. “God has given him some gifts, but his ego will finish him.”

The hurly-burly of politics is no place for holy men, he said.

“He thinks that he can fix all the wrongs,” Mr. Nityanand said. “He will be consumed by the dirt of politics.”

As the son of an impoverished farmer who made an improbable rise to the uppermost ranks of India’s spiritual leaders, Swami Ramdev sees little need for modesty. His winning smile and giggling shrugs suggest self-effacement, but the appearance is deceiving.

“I am very powerful,” he averred in an interview. “The people love me.”

From the campus of his organization, the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, he oversees a growing empire. Here, on the outskirts of Haridwar, he has a hospital and an ayurvedic medical school and research institution, which teach an ancient system of natural healing, as well as a vast agricultural and processing operation that cranks out everything from shampoo to juice and herbal supplements.

Lately, his international profile has been on the rise. He has led yoga classes for huge crowds in Nepal, Japan, the United States and elsewhere.

His organization’s holdings now include a small island off the coast of Scotland, donated by a wealthy Scottish-Indian couple. He is also planning to open a yoga and health center in the Houston suburbs on nearly 100 acres of donated land.

His venture into domestic politics is just the next chapter of his divine mission, Swami Ramdev said.

“Now I see the light after the night,” he said. “If India is saved, then the whole world will be saved.”

Hari Kumar contributed reporting.

A version of this article appeared in print on April 19, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition.

Jack Herer has Died / 4/15/2010

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The Hemperor, Jack Herer has Died

Bonnie King Salem-News.com

The global cannabis community mourns the loss of the great Jack Herer.

Jack Herer

The one and only Jack Herer will be missed forever.

(SALEM, Ore.) – The sad news has been confirmed. Jack Herer, author of Emperor Wears No Clothes and renowned around the world for hemp activism, has died at 11:17 a.m. today, in Eugene, Oregon.

Jack Herer suffered a heart attack last September just after speaking on stage at the Portland HempStalk festival. The last seven months have proven to be a huge challenge to the man, with several health issues making his recovery complicated.

Jack Herer’s health has been poor lately, this last week there have been reports of the severity, and an outpouring of prayers on his behalf.

"It’s shocking news, even after these last seven, trying months," said Paul Stanford, THCF Executive Director.

"Jack Herer has been a good friend and associate of mine for over 30 years. I was there when he had the heart attack at our Hempstalk festival and I know he wouldn’t appreciate the quality of life he’s endured these last months. Still he will be greatly missed. I honor his memory."

"No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it’s a bestseller in Germany," added Stanford.

"The Hempstalk stage will forever be the Jack Herer Memorial stage. And, a Memorial is planned to be built where he fell that day," Stanford said.

"His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come."


Smoking cannabis a religious right, court told

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Smoking cannabis a religious right, court told
Published On Thu Apr 08 2010
Peter Small Courts Bureau
Rev. Brother Peter Styrsky sits in the witness box and answers his lawyer’s questions with a crinkly smile.
With his grey beard, white hemp skullcap and glasses on his nose, he looks more like an avuncular rabbi than an accused drug trafficker.
But Styrsky, 52, and Rev. Brother Shahrooz Kharaghani, 31, are charged with trafficking in marijuana and hashish after police raided their church — Beaches Mission of God — on Queen St. E. on Oct. 25, 2006.
In a constitutional challenge to Canada’s drug laws, however, the two men argue that the cannabis plant is sacred to their religion, the Assembly of the Church of the Universe (COU), which claims about 35 active ministers and 4,000 members across Canada.
“It’s the most spiritual thing that has ever happened to me,” Styrsky testified Wednesday.
The defendants are asking Ontario Superior Court Justice Thea Herman to rule that Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act has no force or effect with regards to cannabis because it infringes on their freedom of religion.
Cannabis is a sacred substance whose consumption brings adherents closer to God, Styrsky told his lawyer Paul Lewin.
“Every time we use it, that connection is there and is undeniable,” said Styrsky, who ran for Toronto mayor in 2006, getting 945 votes.
The Crown argues otherwise, however. The men’s sale of marijuana and the beliefs underlying it lack the essential characteristics of a religion, prosecutors say.
“The COU offers no insight or answers into the existential questions (of) ‘ultimate concern’ which are the chief domain of religion; offers no comprehensive system of belief by which to live and offers no moral or ethical code,” federal Crowns Nicholas Devlin and Donna Polgar say in written submissions.
“It offers only marijuana — however and wherever individuals want it.”
The motion to strike down Canada’s cannabis prohibitions is expected to take a month, with both sides calling several witnesses. The Crown will draw on the testimony of religious experts.
It is the third time church members have raised religious Charter issues in defence of their cannabis use, but this is the fullest airing yet of the question.
To bolster the church’s claim to be a religious institution, Lewin presented to his client for comment various pieces of signage, framed artwork and boxes of religious books that filled the church — also known as the G13 Mission — at the time of the raid.
Styrsky smiled benignly at a framed print of a stylized marijuana plant that was displayed prominently in the church: “In a nutshell, that’s our cross. It’s a tree, tree of life, tree of knowledge. It’s the basis of our religion,” he said.
Lewin and Kharaghani’s lawyer, George Filipovic, are also challenging the law on a broader basis: that it violates all religions that are based on beliefs in the inherent goodness of the marijuana plant, such as the Rastafarians.
But the Crown argues that even if the court finds that the church’s activities are protected as religious practices, the law’s prohibitions on trafficking are “reasonable and demonstrably justifiable limits” to the freedom of religion.
The pre-trial hearing continues Thursday.

Gatewood Galbraith endorsed by United Mine Workers

Sheree Krider

Louisville, Kentucky

Email:  shereekrider@hotmail.com



Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 16:28:42 -0400
Subject: News Release
From: driley@rileymarket.com
To: driley@rileymarket.com

Now’s the Time….

Galbraith Endorsed by United Mine Workers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The United Mine Workers of America has
endorsed Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith in next year’s
gubernatorial election in Kentucky, a sign that Gov. Steve Beshear has lost favor with the labor union.

Galbraith, who is running as an independent, said Tuesday he is
pleased to have received the endorsement that sends a clear signal to Democrats and Republicans that Kentucky’s working class is unhappy with the state’s political leadership.

“Mining is one of the most dangerous professions in the world,
and the workers who are involved in it need as much protection as they can get,” said Galbraith, who is making his fifth run for governor.

Galbriath and the UMWA had planned to announce the endorsement later in the campaign, but word leaked out on Tuesday.

UMWA regional vice president Steve Earle said the Galbraith endorsement shows frustration with Beshear, who received the union’s endorsement in 2007.

“We just had some ongoing issues that weren’t addressed,”
Earle said. “The pot had been simmering for some time, and it
finally boiled over.”

Earle declined to go into detail about the rift with Beshear.
However, Beshear’s choice last year of Louisville Mayor Jerry
Abramson to be his running mate angered some union leaders,
including the head of the Kentucky AFL-CIO.

“We’re not the only union in the state that feels aggrieved,”
Earle said. “We take endorsements very seriously, and we plan to put our legs and shoe leather behind this endorsement.”

Beshear political director Chad Aull said the administration has
worked hard to protect miners, and that rank and file miners
recognize that.

“Mine safety and protecting jobs in the mine industry are
priorities of the Beshear administration,” Aull said. “That is
why Gov. Beshear has increased mine safety inspectors and mine permitters despite Kentucky’s severe budget woes.”

Beshear had to seek a new running mate last year after Lt. Gov.
Daniel Mongiardo entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Bunning. Bill Londrigan, head of the Kentucky AFL-CIO, made a public plea for Beshear not to choose Abramson.  Londrigan said the mayor has not been friendly to unions.

Galbraith called the endorsement bittersweet. “Our obvious joy at this endorsement is tempered by the tragedy in West Virginia,” he said.

An explosion at a West Virginia mine Monday killed at least 25
people in the country’s deadliest underground disaster in a

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Kentucky supports WV Coal Miners and their Families

After watching the news this morning, I thought it was important that the WV Coal Miners and their Families know that we are praying for them and support them in their time of need.

(As reported by ABC News)

The West Virginia community rocked by a massive mine explosion that killed 25 people are holding onto fading hope that the four miners believed to be trapped deep in in the mountainside will be found alive.

The mine owners were fined millions last year for toxic levels of gas.

"I’ve never seen anything like it," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin told "Good Morning America" today, adding that it could take more than 12 hours for rescue workers to drill deep enough in the mine to ventilate the area and test the air quality.

Nearly everyone in the community surrounding Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine near Whitesville, W. Va., has been affected by the worst mine disaster in more than 25 years.

President Obama asked for prayers for the men killed, their families and the rescue workers trying to find the miners still missing.

"May they rest in peace and may their families find comfort in the hard days ahead," he said from the East Room of the White House ahead of an Easter prayer breakfast.

Obama reiterated his offer to Manchin that "the federal government stands ready to offer any assistance that is needed."

Eleven deceased miners have been identified so far, leaving 18 families to wonder whether their loved ones are among the 14 still unidentified or whether they can hold out hope that they are among the four possibly still alive deep in the mine.