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News Updates from CLG
22 January 2018
Because the CIA’s poppy fields and opium routes aren’t going to protect themselves: 1,000 more U.S. troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring, to supplement 14,000 already in the country | 21 Jan 2018 | The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on the proposals for the new forces, which are part of a broader strategy to bolster Afghan forces so that they can battle the Taliban during the upcoming fighting season. [?!] The Obama administration, as part of its [phony] plan to wind down the Afghanistan war in 2015, limited advisers to higher headquarters far from the fighting. The new strategy that President Trump approved in August would push U.S. advisory teams to the battalion level, far closer to the front lines.
Pharma-terrorists strike again: Flu kills eight Santa Barbara residents in two weeks – all except one had received the flu vaccine | 08 Jan 2018 | Eight Santa Barbara County residents have died from the flu in the past two weeks alone. By contrast, only three residents died throughout last year’s entire flu season, which typically runs from October to April. All eight people were ages 65 or older. “These numbers are unprecedented for the past 10 years,” said Dr. Charity Dean, public health czar for Santa Barbara County. Dean said all but one of the eight had been vaccinated and all had been given flu-fighting medications. [Wake up, people! The flu vaccine *is* the killer.]
Newsweek HQ raided by two dozen NYPD officers and Manhattan DA investigators – who refuse to say why | 18 Jan 2018 | About two dozen NYPD officers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office stormed the Newsweek magazine offices in New York City on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Sources told the New York Post and The Outline that the agents were taking pictures of the company’s servers, and their corresponding serial numbers.
One year later, Women’s March returns | 20 Jan 2018 | One year after women took to the streets in droves to protest President Donald Trump’s inauguration, [Deep State-funded] marchers are gathering again in cities across the country and around the world in a sharp rebuke of Trump’s presidency and in continuation of a still-growing international movement. This second year of the Women’s March also comes in the middle of the #MeToo movement, which has shed light on sexual misconduct and ushered in social change in a bevy of industries. It also comes months ahead of the midterm elections in the United States, in which progressive women hope to turn their activism into victories at the ballot box.
Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland | 16 Jan 2018 | Chelsea E. Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, is seeking to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings. Manning would be challenging Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, who is in his second term in the Senate and is up for reelection in November. Cardin is Maryland’s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term.
3 injured in Manhattan shooting near Empire State Building | 21 Jan 2018 | Three people have been injured in midtown Manhattan following a shooting, police say. The shooting happened at 4:40pm local time on West 31st Street near Penn Station. Police said three men were injured and rushed to Bellevue Hospital with none life-threatening injuries. Paramedics and the police immediately rushed to the scene which is just a stone’s throw away from the Empire State Building. At least one gunman remains on the loose, NBC New York reports, citing police.
With Bipartisan Backing, House Gives Trump Administration Broad Latitude to Spy on Americans | 11 Jan 2018 | With bipartisan backing, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would renew one of the government’s most sweeping surveillance authorities for six years with minimal changes. The measure, which passed 256-164, reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was set to expire later this month. The law was first passed in 2008 to legalize President [sic] George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. It allows the National Security Agency to collect Americans’ communications with people overseas, as long as the NSA is “targeting” the foreigners involved.
Undocumented immigrant accused of stabbing stranger in neck at California market had been deported seven times | 18 Jan 2018 | A man accused of an “unprovoked and brutal stabbing” at a market in California last month is an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record who had been previously deported seven times, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman told Fox News. Ricardo Velasquez-Romero, 39, who also goes by the name Eulalio Miniz Orozco, was arrested last month after local police say he stabbed a 61-year-old man in the neck at Lola’s Market in Santa Rosa on Dec. 21. Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Velasquez-Romero “has been repatriated to his native Mexico seven times since 2007,” a spokesman for ICE said.
Surging Dow Passes 26,000 Milestone for First Time Ever | 16 Jan 2018 | Seven trading days. That’s how long it took the Dow to rocket from 25,000 to 26,000. The market’s latest milestone, reached on Tuesday just after the opening bell, easily sets the record for the fastest rise between 1,000-point barriers. The Dow has been around for 121 years. The Dow has spiked almost 8,000 points, or about 42%, since President Trump’s election.
RAF Lossiemouth fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes off Scottish coast | 15 Jan 2018 | RAF jets have been scrambled this morning to intercept Russian planes off the coast of Scotland. Two Typhoon fighters took off from RAF Lossiemouth just before 9:30am in response to Russian planes approaching UK airspace. The stand-off is the latest in a series of provocations from Moscow Washington amid heightened tensions with Britain and the West.
Orora Monroe tells her story about hearing gunshots at the casino in Planet Hollywood where she was visiting from Michigan. She says she made this video in the interest of offering data to help the people discover of who was behind the attacks in Las Vegas and the purpose of the attacks.
Besides Mandalay Bay and Harvest 91, there are eyewitness reports of gunshots fired on the night of October 1st and/or casualties seen at several other venues on the Las Vegas Strip including Hooters, Tropicana, New York New York, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace and the Aria.
Monroe says, “The information at this point I believe is out here for everyone and for people to know that we are being lied to and people to know that the mainstream media is assisting in that lying for whatever reason and above all, that there are people in our country who are willing to do things for their own selfish reasons and they do not care who they hurt in the process.
“I think that’s the main thing that all of us should know and realize by now. I’m sure that most of us already know this…but the scale of the damage is getting larger, okay and and more detrimental…
“Others are choosing to do certain things in this country and regular people don’t matter at all…I mean, I believe that people were killed that evening. I know people were hurt but whomever did this and whomever is assisting after the fact in covering up who did this doesn’t care…one bit about the average person.”
From Horn News
Have you read this in mainstream media?
It’s grainy and low-tech… but the contents are deadly. Get inside a secret meeting of ISIS terrorists plotting the deadly siege of the Philippine city of Marwari… on the back of a monthly calendar. See the startling first-hand video that’s going viral.
It was an audacious plot sketched out in chilling detail with blue pens on the back of a paper calendar: Islamic militants in the Philippines, including one of the world’s most-wanted militant leaders, would take over a key southern city in their boldest attack to date.
With unsettling calm, they spoke of taking hostages from a school, sealing off roads and capturing a highway “so the people will get scared.”
Video footage and a separate screen-grab image of that secret meeting, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, offer a rare glimpse into the clandestine operations of insurgents who followed through two weeks ago with an unprecedented assault on the lakeside city of Marawi, parts of which they still occupy today.
The images also provide the first visual proof that a nascent alliance of local Muslim fighters are not only aligned with the Islamic State group, but coordinating and executing complex attacks together. Among those at the table was the purported leader of the Islamic State’s Southeast Asia branch, Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists and has a $5 million bounty on his head.
The footage is believed to be the first of Hapilon since he and several other Filipino militants pledged allegiance to IS in 2014. The military had said he was wounded in a January airstrike; in the video, however, there are no indications that he is injured. Hapilon appears sitting with other militants at a table, wearing a yellow and black headscarf with a pistol beside his folded arms.
Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano confirmed the identities of those present, including Hapilon, who resembles other images said to be of him, such as those on FBI wanted posters. The militants have no spokesman and do not generally issue statements.
The images show that the insurgent alliance “has this intention of not only rebellion, but actually dismembering a portion of the Philippine territory by occupying the whole of Marawi city and establishing their own Islamic state or government,” said Ano.
The military has an interest in allowing the AP to make the footage public. On Monday, six lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte’s imposition of martial law in the south — homeland of minority Muslims in the largely Roman Catholic country — casting doubt on the gravity of the crisis there. Ano said the reality that “a full-blown rebellion” is underway should convince skeptics that this is not just “a small problem.”
Government troops discovered the video on a cellphone they seized during a May 23 raid on a Marawi safe house where Hapilon and other militants were believed to be hiding. They said the video had been filmed a day or two earlier. It was not possible to independently verify that claim. But a separate screen grab of the same meeting, obtained by the AP from an anti-terrorism agent, showed a calendar the militants were writing on that was dated 2017.
An army official allowed the AP to record the video as it played on a laptop computer.
Ano said the insurgents had been planning to attack Marawi on May 26, the start of Ramadan in the south. But the raid cut their preparations short and triggered instant clashes. Had the assault not been pre-empted, the militants likely would have seized more territory and inflicted far more damage.
As it stands, the fighting has been unprecedented; while militants have launched major attacks before, never before has any group occupied territory in the heartland of the Philippines’ Islamic faith for this long. Two weeks after the conflict began, at least 178 people have been killed and the army is still battling to regain control with airstrikes and artillery.
The militants, who are believed to be holding a Catholic priest and many other hostages, have torched buildings and destroyed at least one church. Ano said they occupy 10 percent of the city and have positioned snipers in tall buildings. Much of the city center has been devastated.
The crisis in Marawi, combined with fears that the Islamic State group is breathing new life into Muslim insurgencies in Southeast Asia, has put the Philippines and the region on edge.
On Friday, when a masked gunman began shooting and burning gambling tables in a Manila casino, terrified patrons immediately assumed an Islamic State siege was underway. The radical group claimed responsibility for the attack, in which dozens of people died of smoke inhalation, but there has been no evidence to back that claim. Police insist the motive was robbery, and the gunman’s family says he was a disgruntled gambling addict.
Still, the episode highlighted what House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez described as the “unsettling inadequacy” of public security in the capital. The attack, he said, should “serve as a wake-up call” to do something about it.
A security conference this past weekend in Singapore attended by defense ministers and experts from 39 nations produced a flurry of alarmed statements. Among the topics: a fear that places like Marawi could become a new base for the Islamic State group as it loses territory in the Middle East.
“If the situation in Marawi in the southern Philippines is allowed to escalate or entrench, it would pose decades of problems,” said Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen. “All of us recognize that if not addressed adequately, it can prove a pulling ground for would-be jihadists.”
The southern Philippines already is.
Of the 120 militants killed in Marawi so far, at least eight are known to be foreign fighters, including a Chechen, a Yemeni and several Malaysians and Indonesians, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Hapilon’s pledge of allegiance, meanwhile, may have already paid off. His faction has received a “couple of million dollars” from the Islamic State, Lorenzana said.
In the video clip obtained by the AP, which runs for just over two minutes, a long-haired man identified by the military as Abdullah Maute addresses other militant leaders gathered around a white plastic table.
Pointing to a crude sketch of Marawi’s main streets and speaking in Tagalog and Marawi’s Maranao dialect, he declares, “We’ll take this first and then here.”
“Or,” he says, “we can go here first. We seal this off so you’ll have a passageway. But we need to capture a highway so the people will get scared.” Another militant can be seen videotaping the clandestine meeting.
Maute is the leader of a militant group called the Islamic State Ranao — one of about 10 small armed Muslim groups that have also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and have forged a loose alliance that now flies IS-style black flags.
Although virtually unheard of a few years ago, the military says they contributed over 260 of the fighters who attacked mosque-studded Marawi. Along with Hapilon’s group, they were blamed for a night market bombing in September that killed 15 people in the southern city of Davao, Duterte’s hometown.
Also appearing in the video clip are two of Maute’s brothers — Omarkhayam and Maddi — and another militant known as Abu Humam. Humam is a member of Khilafah Islamiyah Mindanao, a small group linked to a 2013 bombing that killed eight people in a bar in Cagayan de Oro, not far from Marawi.
The new armed groups are the latest offshoots of a decades-long Muslim separatist conflict fueled by wrenching poverty, weak law enforcement and a surfeit of weapons in the southern Philippines. The two biggest Muslim rebel groups, which have engaged in peace talks with the government, have not backed the militants who attacked Marawi and offered to help bring the siege to an end.
Hapilon’s militant alliance aims to establish a “wilayat,” or a provincial territory, that will form part of a caliphate in Southeast Asia, according to experts. Duterte says government forces will never allow them to do that or break away from the Philippines.
Forget Australian news reporting about Trump. Journalist Lisa Frank has nailed the Democrat detractors of Trump to the wall. Trump frequently talks of false news. After reading this true account of the present political revolution if the US, it becomes quite obvious we are being fed Clinton-generated propaganda regurgitated by Reuters and AAP.
Trump according to independent polls we have seen remains at a minimum 50 per cent approval rating but some observers claim it to be much higher. He has achieved many of his campaign promises to make America great again.
Don’t believe most of the false news coming from the US in mainstream Australian media, including the ABC.
Editor: This letter arrived last week from one of many US readers. It is worthy of publication:
I was and am aware of a lot of this info but did not know about the British bank HSBC and its connections with the Clinton machine. This is one of the reasons I tend to rant obnoxiously and piss off my wife and her family with my political views…especially of the Clintons. Its almost always a case of follow the money and the Clinton Foundation has been a cesspool for at least 5 to 8 years. Corruption has always been present in US politics and Washington but this has been taken to a whole new level…even to the crime of treason.
When the 2016 election started to ramp up in 2014/15 I stated that Trump was my last choice of the 17 candidates on the conservative side but ANYONE was better than Hillary. Somehow Trump beat out the RINOs (most of whom are just as greedy but not as intrenched as the Clintons) and Kimmie was amazed at the effort I made to vote from Vietnam (N Carolina is a swing state). I literally cried when Trump won. Only an outsider could have a chance to “drain the swamp” and as a patriotic American who loves my country but FEAR MY GOVERNMENT this is probably the last chance in my lifetime of seeing an America that I can be proud of again.
I hope the hounds of hell feast on Clinton, Comey, Lynch, Obama, McCain etal and that Trump lives through the shitstorm that is unfolding. I also promise my family to tone down my rants and to try not to gloat if Trump succeeds.
US to take direct action against deranged North Korean leader
The video tells all about this suppressed regime and how a desperate 24 year old girl escaped the country.
The regime has to be brought down to free 25 million people who have spent their entire lives half-starving and in desperate need of proper nutrition. A poor diet and millions of brains starved of nutrients allows this well-fed dictator Kim Jung-un to brainwash his people.
This deranged leader has threatened the world with missile strikes, including Australia. Today President Trump invited the entire US Senate to discuss imminent military action against North Korea to remove the constant threat of nuclear strikes.
Fujimoto, the dictator’s personal chef stated in 2009 that “If power is to be handed over then Jong-un is the best for it. He has superb physical gifts, is a big drinker and never admits defeat.”
Also, according to Fujimoto, Jong-un smokes Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes, loves Johnnie Walker whisky and has a Mercedes-Benz 600 luxury sedan.
When Jong-un was 18, Fujimoto described an episode where Jong-un once questioned his lavish lifestyle and asked, “We are here, playing basketball, riding horses, riding jet skis, having fun together. But what of the lives of the average people?” On 15 January 2009 the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that
Kim Jong-il had appointed Kim Jong-un to be his successor. (Wikipedia)
5 May 2017: KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has responded to news that 73 year old Patton Eidson from Julatten in the Kennedy electorate, has had his visa cancelled and been detained by 15 police/Government officials on Wednesday for transport to immigration detention in Brisbane.
It is reported that 15 police/Government officials arrived on Patton’s property to forcibly detain him.
Patton, his late wife Sonja and their daughter Maya (who was a minor at the time) arrived in Australia from America in 1986 on an identity given to them voluntarily by a terminally ill American friend. The assumed identity names were Mike and Anita McGoldrick – they were known as Mike and Anita to everyone who met them.
The Eidson family bought a property in Julatten and in 1991 opened a wellness retreat, pioneering the industry for Far North Queensland. Patton and Sonja were approved as ‘Retiree Resident Visas’. While owning the business they employed over 40 people and trained over 65 people.
In 2012 Patton and Sonja were charged by Australian authorities for entering the country on a false identity. Patton was sentenced for two years but with 6 months to serve at Lotus Glen low security correctional facility. Sonja was charged, but with no time to serve.
At the time of sentencing in 2012, the Australian Government immediately cancelled visas for Sonja and Patton as they were not in their correct name. Patton and Sonja filed for ‘Aged Parenting Visas’ with their daughter Maya as sponsor (who is an Australian citizen).
In November 2015 daughter Maya Eidson was informed that her citizenship would be revoked (even though she was a minor when being brought out to Australia). This is currently in the legal process with an immigration hearing scheduled for August 2017.
In 2016 Sonja Eidson was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away in November 2016.
Wednesday’s cancellation of Patton’s visa and detention have come as a shock to the Eidson family and to Mr Katter’s office, as the immigration hearing for Maya is ongoing and Patton’s visa was sponsored by Maya.
The outpouring of community support and character references for the Eidson family have been overwhelming. The Eidson family pioneered an industry, they employed dozens of people, they sponsored community events, they hosted fundraisers – they are loved by the community they call home, Julatten.
Mr Katter commenting on the recent development s in the case said, “Patton has contributed – he built a business and has paid his taxes and we have made repeated representations on his behalf.
“The Eidsons have been a very contributing family. Patton and his late wife Sonja, they opened up their home and pioneered the wellness industry in Far North Queensland, creating jobs for people in an area that desperately needed jobs.
“Patton’s daughter, Maya, has one of the best restaurants in Mackay, where we’re desperately short of jobs and good high class restaurants for our tourists and our locals.
“Remember this is a bloke that came from America and his wife came from Europe. He just lost his wife of almost 50 years married, I mean the horrible insensitivity of what has occurred here is appalling and we will be saying so in formal questions with notice to the two ministers involved.
“Australia’s going to become a country where we’re scared silly of police over-kill. This poor 73 year old bloke who’s just lost his wife and was responsible for some alleged misdemeanour nearly half a century ago – to be detained by 15 police/Government officers, it’s just sickening.
“If you’re using Government resources to terrorise a well-loved, popular, respectable citizen you’d say it’s a waste of resources. Would one say these resources could be better used? Well quite frankly yes.
“I mean, a while ago, we had 23 police surround a bloke who made some stupid statements at a crocodile farm.
“Now they’re sending mass amounts of police/government officers around a bloke (Patton) that is so popular in his local community, the community plead his cause and stand by his side.
“When Patton had a little get together, I would have thought there were nearly 100 people – which would have been half of the town there, supporting him. This sort of thing that happened last night to Patton, it terrifies people.
By Robert J Lee in Canberra
The Liberal and Labor parties are terrified by the extent of the Muslim vote in Australia, particularly in NSW and Victoria.
The Pickering Post last year reported the Muslim bloc vote across both states could affect the outcome of a federal election.
Up to 15 per cent of the primary vote in 15 seats is controlled by the Muslim community and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s recent reaction, denigrating Pauline Hanson for her comments about stopping immigration from Muslim countries reveal how scared the Liberals are of offending Islam.
Independent Member for the Far Northern seat of Kennedy, Bob Katter has a bill prepared to do just what Hanson is frightening the Liberals and Labor about.
Katter’s bill is modelled on US President Donald Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim immigration bill that would stop residents of identified Islamic countries from entering Australia.
It will be tabled in the House of Representatives in May.
The Vaucluse vacuum, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fares no better. His continued public support for Islamic citizens in Australia, more so those in Liberal-held electorates, demonstrates the extent of his fear.
Turnbull wants to continue with the importation of 12,000 ‘refugees’ from Islamic countries, in spite of 500 so far having been rejected on security grounds.
The religion of these ‘refugees’ remains largely unknown, a little bit like the section of the Australian Census form asking for religious status.
The Liberal Party seems oblivious to 80 per cent of Australians rejecting the UN-orchestrated immigration plan, to further inject a large number of Muslim ‘refugees’ into a once homogenous society.
Like a broken record Turnbull, at every opportunity claims Australia is the most successful ‘multicultural country in the world.’
This is correct in part thanks to the ‘White Australia’ policy that ensured the majority of immigrants from the 1950’s to the late 70’s originated from European countries.
Turnbull’s claim has not been relevant since the early 1980’s coincidental with the corrupt regime of the infamous Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke, whom Australia has to thank for the ethnic ghettos of Sydney and Melbourne accompanied by rampant gangland crime.
To expect Muslims or any other person to truthfully reveal their religious ideology is a pipe dream of the Bureau of Statistics. It is easy to mark in ‘Christian’ without fear of checks or balances.
Thus the number of real Muslims living in Australia is anybody’s guess although the ABS claims there are roughly 500,000.
In 2014-15, of the total of 13,756 humanitarian migrants:
- 2,335 were from Iraq
- 2,232 were from Syria
- 1,813 were from Afghanistan and
- 331 were from Iran.
These four majority Muslim countries made up 48.8% of the humanitarian intake. (source Business Insider)
During the 2007-13 Rudd-Gillard-Rudd era of Prime Ministership an estimated 120,000, mainly Muslim refugee immigrants entered Australia by air. It is believed most of these immigrants remained in the country, in addition to the normal immigrant inflow.
Australia’s immigration policy does not discriminate on the grounds of ethnic origin or religion.
Perhaps we should ask the United Kingdom or France how many radical Muslims does it take to make a bomb or drive a car?
Pictures from Google images
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, confirmed on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 President Donald Trump’s claims that his presidential transition team was spied on by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
The information they gathered was then widely spread throughout the Obama administration, Nunes said.
If evidence is found that Obama had it done intentionally to assist failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which many critics suspect, this could be huge.
In fact, it could lead to Obama being arrested.
According to Nunes, the U.S. intelligence community collected information on members of the Trump transition team incidentally. The information was then “widely disseminated” in intelligence reports.
“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes told reporters. “Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration, with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.”
“This information was legally brought to me by sources who thought we should know it,” Nunes said. There were “dozens of reports, but no mention of Russia.”
The revelation comes just after a bombshell committee hearing Tuesday where FBI Director James Comey told Congress there was “no information” that Trump had been wiretapped.
According to Nunes, the wiretap “legally collected foreign intelligence under FISA incidental collection.”
But Nunes also said he was “alarmed” that the information “ended up in reporting channels and was widely disseminated” — and critics are calling for a full investigation into how this happened.
“I’m not gonna get into legal definitions here, but clearly I have a concern” that Obama was spying on Trump, Nunes said.
The EPA May Have Been in Bed With Big Pesticide for Years
By Charles Pierce, Esquire – 20 March 17
The miracles of the discovery process, part infinity.
There is, at the moment, a massive lawsuit against the Monsanto company regarding Roundup, its most popular pesticide. The company is being sued by citizens who maintain that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is responsible for their cancers. On Tuesday, the judge overseeing the case unsealed some of the documents that have been filed related to the case, and nobody comes out clean—not the company and, sadly, not the EPA, either.
From The New York Times:
The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email traffic between the company and federal regulators. The records suggested that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and indicated that a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The documents also revealed that there was some disagreement within the E.P.A. over its own safety assessment. In one email unsealed Tuesday, William F. Heydens, a Monsanto executive, told other company officials that they could ghostwrite research on glyphosate by hiring academics to put their names on papers that were actually written by Monsanto. “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak,” Mr. Heydens wrote, citing a previous instance in which he said the company had done this.
Bloomberg has focused in on one particular phone conversation that makes nobody look good.
The boast was made during an April 2015 phone conversation, according to farmers and others who say they’ve been sickened by the weed killer. After leaving his job as a manager in the EPA’s pesticide division last year, Jess Rowland has become a central figure in more than 20 lawsuits in the U.S. accusing the company of failing to warn consumers and regulators of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The company was seeking Rowland’s help stopping an investigation of glyphosate by a separate office, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, that is part of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, according to the filing.
The good people at DeSmog Blog have a solid review of the curious history that the EPA has with glyphosate, about which the EPA seems curiously ambivalent as regards classifying it as a carcinogen.
For example, why did the EPA determine in 1985 that glyphosate should be classified as a group C carcinogen — possibly cancer-causing in humans but lacking sufficient studies of humans and animals — only to reverse that decision six years later? Did it have anything to do with Monsanto’s influence over the agency, or did new studies emerge that cast doubt on previous conclusions? The latter seems less likely considering the fact that the bulk of independent research has reached the same conclusions about the existence of a probable link between Roundup’s glyphosate and cancers. Another question that these documents could finally answer is why the EPA has been constantly at odds with the majority of the scientific community over the potential dangers of glyphosate. If, in fact, Monsanto was submitting ghostwritten research to the agency, which then failed to do its own testing, that might explain why the EPA has never found a link (beyond the original determination in the 1980s). The answers to those questions may appear during the ongoing trials against Monsanto and as more documents are released from the trial.
This behaviour seems bizarre at best, and ethically dubious at worst, and it happened under the stewardship of the previous administration. I am not optimistic that things will improve under Scott Pruitt, the new EPA administrator, whose campaigns back in Oklahoma were into Monsanto for considerable dough. The discovery process can be a wonderful—if terrifying—thing.