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  • Gazafying Dissent
    • I actually wish Obama and congress's zio paymaster would make them institute laws against protest against Israel or fines and jail for anti Israeli statements----it would help heat things up against them in the US.

  • 'Is the Zionist dream based on the repeated slaughter of civilians?'
    • ''What I cannot accept, however, is the perversion of Zionism that has seen the inexorable growth of a Messianic Israeli nationalism claiming all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River'>>>>

      I wonder what he " expected'' of zionism---the establishing of a jewish state on other people's land----he thought it would all be a'' light onto the nations" after the crime of zionism's original 'injustice to Palestines?

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
    • Since Israel cant break Hamas's resistance on the ground Israel is deliberately bombing civilians to try to break them.
      That is clear now.

    • Let them pump and hasbara all they want. The truth is coming out more and more.

      'The World Stands Disgraced'

      link to theguardian.com

      ''Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said the attack was "outrageous and unjustifiable" and demanded "accountability and justice". The UN said its officials had repeatedly given details of the school and its refugee population to Israel.''

      Israel had been contacted and given exact information *17 TIMES* by UN and all other internationals and agencies in Gaza on where Gazan civilians were taking refuge----and Israel bombed those locations even after being told *17 TIMES* there were only civilians there not any Hamas or weapons.

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • Doesnt matter how much money they have.
      Kerry and all the politicians like him don't tell the truth even once out of office because they don't want to be kicked out of the 'Club".
      Most politicians become addicted to 'being someone important, a VIP', a 'red carpet' star...like Hollywood stars.
      If they told any truths or dirt they would be shunned by the "Club' and not invited to WH dinners and functions and onto news show or called on to comment or campaign for some candidate---they would become untouchables, forgotten and ignored.
      Just like they will trade dead children for zio money for elections and their parties, they will trade those dead children also to remain a 'member of the club' even when their career is over.
      Think of them as Goldstones, will trade their souls to 'belong".

    • Dr. Bashir al-Hajjar, Professor of Nursing @ Islamic University of #Gaza, was killed in attack on UNRWA car today
      pic.twitter.com/Rw80gHy49t

      Israel targets everything.

  • The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 -- and it can work again
    • Maybe social media and twitter can destroy zio Israel...since our politicians wont.

      link to hollywoodreporter.com

      Why Young Hollywood Is More Willing to Question Israel's Policies

      "When Vanessa Redgrave took the stage at the Oscars in 1978 and nearly detonated her career by denouncing the Israeli government for its treatment of Palestine, it was hard to imagine that one day her heirs apparent would be the likes of Rihanna (who tweeted #FreePalestine on July 15, then quickly deleted her post after a barrage of criticism) and Selena Gomez (who posted "It's About Humanity. Pray for Gaza" on Instagram July 18).

      Sharpshooters were stationed on the roof of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1978 when Redgrave attended the Oscar ceremony because of death threats she'd received for her support of Palestinians. Today, American celebrities tweeting about Gaza get little more than sharp retorts.

      Stewart, director Jonathan Demme, Tori Amos, Rob Schneider, Kim Kardashian, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Waters, NBA stars Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, D.L. Hughley, Mia Farrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Hawking and Annie Lennox are among the other big names who have weighed in with some degree of support for the people of Gaza or outright criticism of the Israeli government.

      None of the growing public sympathy for Palestinians is surprising to Stephen Walt, an American professor of international affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

      "There's a generational change right now in the U.S. and elsewhere as World War II and those memories fade into the rearview mirror," Walt said. "The public discourse on Israel has changed. A lot of it is due to social media. It gives people, especially celebrities who have a lot of influence, a platform to say how they feel without being pressured by editors and publishers, who are themselves being pressured by outside organizations."

      That comes as good news to Palestinian activists like Washington D.C.-based Samer Badawi, 41, the son of Palestinian refugees who grew up in the Middle East. Badawi said he witnessed the changing perceptions firsthand when he accompanied Emad Burnat, the Palestinian farmer nominated for an Oscar for his documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, to the 2013 Academy Awards. Burnat and his family were famously detained at LAX and almost deported before they were allowed to stay in the U.S. for the awards show.

      Michael Moore became enraged about what happened to Burnat and attacked Homeland Security on Twitter and in the press. "After that, we were treated like rock stars by everyone in Hollywood," Badawi said.''

    • link to voices.washingtonpost.com

      Netanyahu: 'America is a thing you can move very easily'

      ''The United States and Israel have made a huge effort this month to patch up the sometimes difficult relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

      But a newly released video of Netanyahu, speaking in an unvarnished manner in 2001 about relations with the United States and the peace process, may cause some heartburn at the White House.

      "I know what America is," Netanyahu told a group of terror victims, apparently not knowing his words were being recorded. "America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in their way."

    • Burying Sharon – and “We Jews control America”
      –“”
      … by Kevin Barrett, VT Editor

      I remember it like it happened yesterday.
      It was early October, 2001. I was driving through the Shorewood neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, listening to BBC News on WORT listener-sponsored community radio.
      The BBC announcer reported on an Israeli cabinet meeting: Shimon Peres had been pressuring Ariel Sharon to respect American calls for a ceasefire, lest the Americans turn against Israel.
      According to the BBC, a furious Sharon turned toward Peres, saying:
      “Every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
      I was stunned. Such colossal arrogance!
      After a moment’s thought, it wasn’t so much the arrogance that was so stunning – it was that the BBC had reported Sharon’s indiscretion. Now it was on the record – undeniable – an ineradicable part of the national dialogue and the historical record. Surely the American mainstream media would plaster this story all over its front pages! This could start a long-overdue national dialogue about the power of the Israel lobby. It could even be a turning point – the end of America’s slavish subservience to Israel.
      At the very least, it would start a national debate: Was Sharon right? Or was he exaggerating?
      During the next several days I scanned the media in vain for any reference to Sharon’s boast. There were none. The story had been buried. It was as if it had never happened.''>>>>>

      Obviously Sharon was right...about our politicians at least.

    • For the 1 millionth time.

      Nothing will be done on Israel until Americans make their politicians fear them more than they fear their Zionist donors.

      How long are Americans going to wait before they organize to do that? Every time Israel gets away with more and more murder they become more and more emboldened to commit more atrocities.
      Are we going to wait until Israel nukes Iran ?
      What is it going to take?

      BTW, Israel today asked for emergency resupplies of US munitions for their continued assault on Gaza and Obama has agreed to supply them.
      This is a good time to revisit the MW blow out on Slater's "Just War' theory and his (and others) claim that it doesn't apply when its Israel committing the war crimes.

  • 'Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally
    • Dems are counting on that zio money to win the fall election.
      DONT VOTE FOR THEM & TELL THEM WHY

      Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel

      link to thedailybeast.com

      Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

      Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offensive.

      A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that a plurality of Democrats across the country, 35 percent, and liberals, 44 percent, said that Israel had “gone too far” in its response to its conflict with Hamas. Meanwhile 47 percent of Democrats told Gallup that Israel’s actions during the current conflict were “unjustified,” compared to just 31 percent who thought the opposite.

      But these opinions are nearly impossible to find in Congress. Democrats, when asked a question about Israeli operations in Gaza, had two standard responses: irritation, or else a statement of their broad support of Israel, without going into specifics. It was as if the very mention of Israel turned the question into a hostile interview.

      “Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison angrily told The Daily Beast. Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.

      Ellison cited a Tuesday op-ed he had written that was critical of the Gaza blockade, but became noticeably agitated when asked to expand on his views. In particular, he did not want to address whether Israel had gone too far during its current operations in the Gaza Strip.

      Sen. Bernie Sanders, a darling of the left who identifies as a democratic socialist, was curt. His tone changed suddenly when the topic shifted from the Veterans Administration bill that he had been shepherding through Congress to Israel’s operation in Gaza.

      “That’s not where my mind is right now,” he told the Beast.

      ..con't..

    • I am working on a list...gonna take a while..so many so little time.

    • "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

      Obviously past time for that refreshment.
      The only war we need to fight is the one right here in America---Americans vr 'traitors, tyrants and murderers'.

  • Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language
    • '' Are there any words left adequate to the abomination of Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Gaza''>>>

      Nope no words left....no words adequate to describe all the murders in this.

  • Take the right position on Israel and you can raise 1/4 million, Senate candidate is advised
    • I am going to tell you this again and you will no doubt ignore it again.
      If you want to distinguish Jews from Zionist for the politicians and the public you have to 'get out in front of it' in an 'attention getting way.'
      The Jewish activist should be out 'burning Zionist in effigy' in their protest and portraying the Zionist as a' Mafia' that has infiltrated/kidnapped 'the Jews' as well as the US government.
      It does no real good to target 'Israel' with protest--all it does is show people other people also against what Israel does---to get to Israel you have to *target* the Zionist and politicians....in order to get 'political' attention and put them on the hot seat.
      Even the liberal pro Israel supporters should understand they have to get the US Zionist and politicians in order to save Israel.

  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • OMG...the slimy Rabbi Botech is on CNN preaching against anti Semitism---big discussion about rising anti Semitism.

      So the host reads off a tweet sent in by viewer that ask if Jews realize that Israel is treating Palestines as the Nazis did Jews.

      So Botech goes into how Jews are the victims just trying to protect themselves----and how awful it is that Jews, the true victims, aren't allowed to 'morn their holocaust" without being accused of being Nazis. -----that's his answer.

      And that boys and girls is why anti Semitism is on the rise.
      No one believes that Jews are the victims in this -----and every time the media puts some lying ... Rabbi like Botech on it only increases the public's view of Jews as supporting child killing Nazi Israel.

      You have to wonder if Zio central deliberately picks Jewish mouthpieces to put on the air who will infuriate people and increase anti Semitism or if they are just absolutely stupid.

  • To my Jewish friend (you know who you are)
    • That person is not your friend.
      Part of surviving life is learning who and what to let go of.

  • Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project
    • tokyobk says:

      My guess, Citizen is that as soon as you say Israel your friends and family stop listening because they know its a 1/2 step from “Israel” to “the Jews” with you, and (as you have said here before) how we don’t give David Duke’s ideas enough of a chance, etc… They probably see that kind of discussion as a fixed cost not worth paying.>>>>>>

      Unlike Citizen's part of the country, my friends and associates have no problem expressing themselves on Israel and or the Jews. Maybe because I am in more mainstream church and libertarian land, not Christian zio land.
      And a low opinion of Jews is a trend due to Israel and to 'ethnic' jewish politicians like Schumer, Engle et al...out leading rallies calling for the complete destruction of Gaza.
      You need to get out of your jewish ghetto buddy, its a whole different world out here. No one is going to give up their country for the jews, including americans.

      "Traitor' trumps anti semite every day of the week....in every country on earth.....always has, always will.

      MJ (Mike) Rosenberg @MJayRosenberg · 7m
      New York polticians (led by Schumer), owned by AIPAC, rally to continue the Gaza killing. link to thejewishweek.com

  • Israeli embassy puts Mona Lisa in a hijab -- 'Israel now, Paris next'
    • '' Is there any reason to talk to me? Phil Weiss has a theory that American Jews will be the key to the change in American policy towards Israel. If he is correct then, yes there is some reason to talk to me (me standing in for people who agree with me), because if you can’t talk to me you can’t talk to vast swaths of American Jewry. Is Phil Weiss correct about the role that American Jewry will play in the evolution of American policy? I’m too close to the idea to comment on that."...yonah
      >>>>>>>>>>>

      Well Phil, I believe, is wrong--although I can understand why he wants to believe Jews will change US policy on Israel. But they wont for the simple reason that even the Jewish peace activist, wont go where they would have to go on Israel. ...no US aid or support, sanctions on Israel , threat of force, threats to their jewish and other politicians...they just wont do it. They are under the delusion that they can keep US support for Israel and 'talk' Israel into being civilized--- and that is a delusion.
      From what you have written on here I see little reason to try to talk sense to you----you are deep into the exceptionalism and victimhood entitlement of Jews---exactly what has caused the monster Israel and helped empower criminal zionism.
      You will not give up your exceptionalism any more than Israel will.
      This 'destructive entitlement" will have to taken from you by the popular demand of non jews in the US and other countries.
      And I have no doubt that after you are reduced from being the specially entitled among the masses to just being equal to others you will blame it on anti Semitism and call another unfair persecution of innocent Jews.

  • Attacks on demonstrators in Rome
    • Does anyone know if the guys who hoisted the white flag on the Brooklyn Bridge have been identified or caught yet?
      I'd like to hire them to hoist Israeli flags on government buildings in DC and NY.
      Maybe hoist some all over the country----that would to get americans buzzing and chattering.
      Love to see the media trying to explain that.

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • Naw, Kerry is still a political wimp.
      They all are.
      One who wasnt a wimp would be saying the US must bring ALL its force ...no options off the table--- to bear down on stopping this----permanently.
      And do it.
      Gutless, spineless, immoral, craven, cowards.....and thats understating it.

  • Destruction of Gaza's children is something 'every one of us must confront' -- Jon Snow
    • GET THE ISRAELIS OFF PALESTINE'S LAND.

      THAT is the way to end this because stealing the rest of Palestine and destroying the Palestine collective is the Israelis goal, always has been.

  • Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar
    • Dead and wounded animals everywhere---no one to help them or put them out of their suffering
      link to twitter.com

      We must destroy all monsters who kill innocent creatures.....including hamas operatives who use donkeys as suicide bombers.

  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
    • And in a twist, the Muslim groups are learning to use political pressure to make zionist resign their positions.

      World news

      Vic Alhadeff resigns after comments supporting Israel

      Chair of NSW Community Relations Commission regrets sending email in support of Israel's offensive in Gaza

      Australian Associated Press

      theguardian.com, Sunday 27 July 2014 01.48 EDT

      Vic Alhadeff's email sparked calls from Muslim and Arab groups that he be sacked.

      Vic Alhadeff ,the chair of the New South Wales Community Relations Commission (CRC), has resigned following controversial comments he made supporting Israel.

      An email sent by Alhadeff defending Israel's military offensive in Gaza, which has so far killed more than 1000 Palestinians, sparked calls from Muslim and Arab groups that he be sacked.

      The NSW premier, Mike Baird, resisted those calls, leaving Alhadeff to decide whether he should step down.

      "It is with considerable regret that I have decided to resign from my position as chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission," Alhadeff said in a statement on Sunday.

      "I have chosen to do so in the interests of the CRC and its important work in fostering social harmony within our society."

      The email, which was sent in Alhadeff's capacity as CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, claimed Israel was operating with "care to avoid civilian casualties".

      "Israel has made it clear that it is not interested in further escalation, but will do whatever is needed to defend its citizens," Alhadeff said in the email.

      "All options are on the table."

      The email also included a "frequently asked questions" fact sheet from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs about its offensive in Gaza.

      Alhadeff now concedes the email "issued under my name inadvertently caused offence to some".

      "This is greatly regretted," he said. "While this was unintended, and despite the backing of numerous community leaders who acknowledged my record of goodwill, the reaction from some has become a distraction to the work of the CRC and the role of the chair."

      Baird's decision to back Alhadeff angered community groups, who pledged to boycott future government events.

      That started with a Ramadan event hosted by Baird last week, which was shunned by groups including the Lebanese Muslim Association and the Australian Arabic Council''

    • Pat Nguyen says:

      July 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      How dare you. If there were no rockets, there would be no need for PR
      >>>>>

      The rockets are a 'message' dummy....they say we are still here and not quiting.

    • The Arabs arent making any peeps about Gaza because they are more into their Sunni expansion --but having f'ed up and lost control of all the radicals they funded many of whom drifted to ISIS they now want the US to get rid of ISIS for them.

  • Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, 'Death to Dianna Buttu'
    • Not shocked . There are a lot of very militant zionist in this country....they are all over the net. They get especially active and threatening when Israel acts up.

  • The killing fields
    • Dead and wounded horses and animals everywhere---no one to help them or put them out of their suffering ----https://twitter.com/allissonCD/status/493094076476960768

      Come on God if you're up there--destroy all monsters.

    • Here you go.....send a messsage to Joe "I am a zionist" Biden
      link to whitehouse.gov

      I've had the usual dozen dem pleas for money to fight the repub impeachment of Obama ...today's from Biden, entitled "I need you''

      "Friends --

      I need your help.
      Barack needs your help.
      And we need it TODAY because this is urgent:
      because Republicans are voting TODAY to advance their lawsuit against President Obama. It's their most brazen attempt to obstruct our agenda yet.
      Together -- Barack, You, and I -- we've already accomplished so much to expand health care, promote equal rights, and lift up the middle class. Now they're trying to bring that all crashing down. We still need 1,387 Democrats to step up and chip in today. If we don't hit this goal, Republicans win.
      I have to ask you one more time: Can you step up right now?''

      I copied it to and emailed it to Biden's WH office and told him to get the money from his Zionist masters. That we were through with the Dems......this Gaza murder and slaughter was the last straw.

  • Israel's actions 'unjustified' in eyes of women, non-whites, Dems, indy's, and those under 50 -- Gallup
  • 'Israel is wrong by any moral standard' -- Robinson says, as US media pile up
    • Ellen says:

      July 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      American …exactly. But we are not there yet. Yet it can happen. Americans know something is not quite right,but just cannot pinpoint what it is.
      >>>>>

      Funny, that is almost exactly what someone said to me the other day. ...''there is something bad wrong going on in this country but I dont know exactly where its coming from"...were his words or close to them.
      As I have said before, even the least informed and under educated in the populace 'feel' it even though they cant identify the sources.

    • MRW says:

      July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Israel is getting away with this because the American people and media are afraid to speak up. An all-out angry roar from this country could stop this in one day.

      We–me and everyone reading this–are to blame for this. [Call your elected officials and fill out the feedback forms of your local papers, the new nationals (NYT & WashPo), and NPR. 15 minutes out of your unbombed life.]
      >>>>

      As someone who has been doing all that regularly for 11 years I can say it is going to take * OVERWHELMING NUMBERS* to have the slightest effect on the politicians.
      And the public's protest must contain a OVERWHELMING THREAT to their political careers and their 'parties'.
      And to make them take your threat seriously there must be a overwhelming DEMONSTRATION of the public's power to enforce our threat.

      And that means you have to find like minded individuals with juice and means and various existing opposition groups and organize them into one large group.

      Also few politicians personally appear in front of the public where they can be questioned or challenged---even when up for re election---they are almost entirely removed now from the reach of the public, they are barricaded behind political ads, office staff and media soundbites. You would have to smoke them out with guerilla tactics and ambush them to corner them on Israel as was done recently to one politican and reported here.

    • '' Eugene Robinson did start out saying Israel has the right to defend itself''

      I am sick of hearing that shit. ....Israel does not ""have a right to defend itself'....any more than a burglar or car jacker has a right to defend himself from his victim trying to fight him off.

  • Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza'a
    • Well, maybe now you' all will listen to me when I say ---- BURN WASHINGTON TO THE GROUND AND START OVER.
      They cannot be reformed. They have no morals.
      This Gaza slaughter has proved that....again. How many times does it take?

  • Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
    • “”In the U.S., if hostile forces crossed over our border from Mexico or Canada, we would respond with overwhelming force to destroy those who are seeking to destroy us. Israelis should not be expected to live under the constant threat of rocket attacks without their government doing something about it.”..Bloomberg

      “”In the U.S., if a hostile, ethnic cult infiltrated our government and took it over , we would respond with overwhelming force to destroy those who are seeking to destroy us and our democracy. Americans should not be expected to live under the constant threat of zionist jews and israel damaging America and Americans welfare without revolting against their government and doing something about it.”.......American

      Bring it on Bloomberg, zionist against americans....its going to come to that in the end anyway....speed it up.

    • MJ (Mike) Rosenberg@MJayRosenberg · 17h '' With all due respect for my fellow Jews, 90-plus % (at least) of all commentary defending this war comes from Jews. Nobody else''

      Except politicians....and they have paid zero attention to any jews of conscience so far........zero zilch none.

  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
    • Told you so........no where in Gaza is safe for Gazans.....nothing is below the little satans of israel.

      American July 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

      ''The UN said that more than 60,000 people had sought sanctuary in 49 shelters it was providing in Gaza, and it expected the numbers to rise.''>>>>>

      Not sure UN shelters are any sanctuary. Israel has bombed UN buildings before

  • 9 Reasons why Israel is under rocket attack 
    • No 1 They stole the Palestines land and killed them, they steal more and more of their land and kill more and more of them so they can steal more land.
      Keep it simple.

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • I expect this will come to nothing but at least its an effort.

      Retweeted by Max Blumenthal Barak Ravid@BarakRavid · 33m

      BREAKING: UN human rights council in Geneva decides to form an international commission of inquiry for alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza

      12 minutes ago- Comment- Share- Edit

      link to haaretz.com... 7:34 P.M. UN human rights council in Geneva decides to form international commission of inquiry for alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Twenty-nine nations voted in favor of the commissions' creation, one member-state voted against it, and 17 abstained. Netanyahu condemns the decision as 'a travesty that should be condemned by decent people everywhere.' To read the full article, click here (Barak Ravid)

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
    • According to the declassified FBI documents there were plenty of 'provocateurs in the Vietnam protest too....but they worked anyway.

    • Just to remind people how deep and TOTAL the corruption of the US Congress is-- I offer this example. Although ordinary citizens are not aware of all the 'specific back room 'betrayals like this one---they are conscious enough of its general effects to give congress and US government a lower approval rating than cockroaches and traffic jams.
      You cannot 'respectfully ask, you cannot 'appeal to trash like this, you must threaten and make them fear for their careers and everything else they have.
      On Gaza you must outshout their jingos and make them fear the public more than they fear the lose of Zionist blood money.

      Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

      ''June 30, 2014
      It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms.

      The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

      "This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "There's no legitimate reason. There's no good reason for it."

      Free trips paid for by private groups must still be reported separately to the House's Office of the Clerk and disclosed there. But they will now be absent from the chief document that reporters, watchdogs, and members of the public have used for decades to scrutinize lawmakers' finances.

      "The more you can hide, the less accountable you can be," Sloan said of lawmakers. "It's clear these forms are useful for reporters and watchdogs, and obviously a little too useful."

      House Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, did not return a call for comment; ranking member Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., referred questions to committee staff. The committee declined to comment.

      The change occurs as free travel, which critics have criticized as thinly veiled junkets, has come back into vogue. Last year, members of Congress and their aides took more free trips than in any year since the influence-peddling scandal that sent lobbyist Jack Abramoff to prison. There were nearly 1,900 trips at a cost of more than $6 million last year, according to Legistorm, which compiles travel records.

      Now none of those trips must be included on the annual disclosures of lawmakers or their aides.

      The tabs for these international excursions can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. One trip to Australia earlier this year cost nearly $50,000. Lawmakers are often invited to bring along their husbands or wives, fly in business class, and stay in plush four-star hotels. In the wake of the Abramoff scandal, lobbyists were banned from organizing or paying for these travels. But some of the nonprofits underwriting them today have extremely close ties to lobbying groups, including sharing staff, money, and offices.

      The only indication that these trips no longer need to be disclosed on annual reports came in the instructions booklet issued to lawmakers in 2014. The guidelines for the new electronic filing system tell lawmakers and staff they "are no longer required to report privately sponsored travel" on the form.

      Perhaps because the ethics committee's edict was issued so quietly, disclosure remained uneven.

      For instance, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who led a GOP delegation of lawmakers to Israel last summer paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, which is closely tied to the pro-Israel lobby, did not include the trip on his annual form. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, who led a similar trip for Democrats, did include it on his form. But some of the rank-and-file members who went on the trip with Hoyer did not.

      Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen who closely tracks the international travels of lawmakers and the actions of the Ethics Committee, said he was "completely unaware" of the change until contacted by National Journal.

      "There's seems to be no reason I could imagine why the Ethics Committee would minimize the amount of information that gets reported," Holman said''

    • 'Only way to do that is to open AIPAC and its funding of politicians to fresh air and investigative reporting.'...seafood

      To do that you would first have to take out the Isr controlled US media so the entire public can see AIPAC.
      There have been at least a hundred books on the Isr Lobby-USA scheme since 1948 and probably more than a hundred thousand internet articles on it since the world wide web was created.

      I want to know why protestors arent at the CNN-NBC-MSNBC headquarters, at the NYT and WP and at the AIPAC office in DC and on Capitol Hill with their protest and die-ins.

      Dont they want the publics attention focused on the real cause of the Gaza slaughters and the fifth column threat to America as well as Palestine?

      They should be the targets of the P/I protest....big, rowdy, loud, flag burning, all out, let it rip, tear gassing, baton beating of US citizens by our Israeli infected police, protest.

      Thats the kind of protest I 'd find worth joining.

    • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is flying to Israel tonight on the Israeli airline El Al to protest a Federal Aviation Administration ban on U.S. carriers flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv>>>>>>>>

      The Logan Act is still on the books---Enforce it.

      The Logan Act states, in part: “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

      We could get rid of the US zionist and their politicans with the Logan Act--- but we would first have to have a 'actual American President' who would enforce it.

  • The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
  • Mr. Modi-- do not court apartheid Israel in my name
    • You can count on 5 fingers or less the number of 'democratic countries' that are actually operating as real democracies.
      Democracy is all but dead everywhere folks--only signs of democratic life are the people and protesters refusing to be intimidated by their Cabal of Elites Governments.

  • Gaza onslaught is p.r. problem for Israel's 'moral authority' -- Albright
  • Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre
    • Good for Naomi!

      '''In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.''-- George Orwell

      And we are in a unparalled in modern times world of universal deceit......we need to all pile together and come down on the deceivers like a mountain.

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
    • When a network does the polling ask who controls the network.
      When Pew does a poll you have to ask if the Pew Think Tank, also part of the Pew Foundation, helped it along. And with Pew you also have to ask why their top two editors are all over the country 'promoting religion' and writing books about it.
      You really have to beware most polls today because everyone is out to 'influence public opinion' not actually show it as it really is.

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    • Donald says:

      July 22, 2014 at 12:10 am

      ” I do think these breaks in the media are important and help the (non net) public see the truth or at the very least start them questioning US support of Israel.”

      I’ve been reading a lot of comments after NYT articles in the past several days. Some of the stories have been decent, and allowed the truth of Israeli brutality to seep through. But it’s not sinking in.>>>>>

      Donald, ..ask why after years and years--- and I've been on the NYT and other major news comment boards for years-----the comments 'suddenly' turn from a majority of 'critical' on Israel to what you are seeing now.
      This sudden '180 degree turn' in comments indicates the usual rat in the woodpile at the NYT Zionist flagship.
      You think they wouldnt minipulate the comments?....of course they would.
      The more heat on and outcry about Israel the more their press and media organs will try to censor, fire, shut down not just reporters and public figures , but any signs that a lot of the US public is against Israel.

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