America Uses Slush Funds to Support the Antichrist

The families of dozens of U.S. troops killed or injured during the war in Iraq filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, alleging that the corporations knowingly financed the anti-American militia Mahdi Army through bribes and kickbacks to officials at a government ministry controlled by the group.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against some of the biggest names in the industry — including GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Roche Holdings — claims that the companies regularly paid kickbacks to officials in Iraq’s Ministry of Health through their local agents.

Officials at the ministry in turn used the proceeds to help fund the militia that carried out attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq, the suit alleges.

In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, Iraq’s health care spending surged, and the Health Ministry’s budget ballooned from $16 million during Saddam Hussein’s final year in power to about $1 billion in 2004.

Western companies looking to break into the Iraq market were willing to pay kickbacks — billed as “commissions” or “free goods” — that amounted to as much as 20% of the value of a contract to ministry officials, the lawsuit alleges.

Another way the defendants allegedly made the illegal payments was by including language in the contracts promising after-sales support and other services related to the product they sold and funded those services by giving money to their local agents.

„In reality, such services were illusory and functioned merely to create a slush fund the local agents could use to pass on ‚commissions to corrupt (ministry) officials,'“ the lawsuit alleges.

The plaintiffs charge that through the transactions the companies aided and abetted the militants, violating the U.S. anti-terrorism act.

Pfizer responded to the lawsuit in a statement, saying the company „categorically denies any wrongdoing,” while GE said in a statement it was „thoroughly reviewing the allegations.” A spokeswoman for Roche said the company had not yet been served with the lawsuit and declined comment.

Representatives from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson did not respond to requests for comment.

By 2005, the ministry came under the control of loyalists of Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iranian-backed cleric. Al-Sadr’s political clout grew amid dissatisfaction among some Iraqis over the U.S. military presence and sectarian fighting among the country’s majority Shiite and minority Sunnis populations.

Backers of al-Sadr in the Mahdi Army — also known as Jaysh al-Mahdi and JAM — killed and injured hundreds of American troops in the years-long insurgency in the aftermath of the invasion.

“Defendants did not intend for the ‘free goods’ provided to Kadima (health ministry’s pharmaceutical importing agency) to serve any legitimate charitable or medicinal purpose,” the lawsuit alleges. “It was widely understood in Iraq that MOH (Ministry of Health) operated more like a terrorist organization than a legitimate health entity, and no rational company would have viewed MOH as a suitable object for charity.”

U.S. officials in Iraq expressed concern that the Health Ministry was beset by corruption and had become a Sadr fiefdom. News reports about pharmaceuticals flooding the black market suggested that Sadr backers were using the ministry to bankroll the Mahdi Army.

By late August 2007, a draft of an alarming U.S Embassy Baghdad report had become public that accused the ministry of “operating a pharmaceutical diversion scheme” and of being “openly under the control of the Mahdi Army.”

Months before the embassy report, the global intelligence company Stratfor — which provided advisory reports to senior executives at several of the companies named as defendants in the suit — noted in a briefing for its subscribers that U.S.-led forces in Iraq had arrested the then-deputy health minister for “selling health services and equipment in return for millions of dollars that he later funneled to Shiite militias.”

The Iraq war victims‘ lawsuit comes amid greater scrutiny of global brands‘ efforts to win favor with politicians and policymakers.

In August, Lee Jae-yong, the third-generation heir to the Samsung empire, was sentenced to five years in prison for paying nearly $8 million in bribes to win the support of South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a complex corporate deal. Wal-Mart is still dealing with the fallout of a 2012 New York Times report that it paid millions of dollars in suspect payments to government officials in Mexico to help speed up construction of stores there.

Last month, a federal judge in Arkansas ruled that a class-action lawsuit brought by a Michigan pension fund alleging that shareholders were defrauded by company executives could move forward. The City of Pontiac Employees’ Retirement System argues that Wal-Mart officials failed to properly investigate bribery claims that they were first reportedly made aware of in 2005.

Al-Sadr was born into a family of Shiite scholars, the son of the Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Sadaq al-Sadr, a highly influential cleric who was assassinated along with two of his sons in 1999 during Saddam’s rule. Muqtada al-Sadr went into hiding until the U.S. invasion and later drew much of his power from those living in the slums of Baghdad, Sadr City, which was named for his father.

Posters of the younger al-Sadr and his martyred father lined the walls of the Health Ministry. The younger cleric drew tens of thousands to his rallies and Friday sermons in which he spoke out against the U.S. presence in Iraq after Saddam’s ouster.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs from the Washington, D.C.-based law firms of Sparacino & Andreson and Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick said they spent thousands of hours investigating and analyzed hundreds of transactions between the defendants and Health Ministry between 2004 and 2013.

Ami Neiberger-Miller,  a plaintiff whose 22-year-old brother, Army Spc. Christopher Neiberger, was killed in a roadside bombing allegedly carried out by the Mahdi Army in Baghdad in August 2007, said her family wants the companies to be held accountable.

„I had always pictured by brother’s killers as faceless,“ said Neiberger-Miller, who recalled her younger brother as funny and a good friend. „I wouldn’t have thought U.S. companies would have anything to do with his death. Those funds went directly from those companies to terrorists who had a mission to kill U.S. troops like my brother. They should be held accountable. Companies should know what is done in their name.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys said the alleged bribery scheme was a continuation of how some of the companies and their affiliates named in the suit conducted business during the final years of Saddam’s rule.

Hundreds of multinational companies are alleged to have funneled more than $1.7 billion into Saddam’s regime, skirting sanctions by abusing the U.N. Oil-for-Food program that was designed to soften the impact on the Iraqi people by allowing the supervised sale of some Iraqi oil for food, medicine and other necessities.

In 2010, GE resolved a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charge brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by paying almost $23 million in fines. Two GE subsidiaries were alleged to have obtained at least four medical-goods contracts between 2000 and 2003 by agreeing to “pay illegal kickbacks in the form of computer equipment, medical supplies and services” to the Kimadia, the Health Ministry’s purchasing agency, the lawsuit notes.

AstraZeneca AB, the pharmaceutical behemoth’s UK-affiliate, paid at least $162,000 in kickbacks as part of the sale of $1.7 million of drugs under the sanctions relief program, according to the Volcker Committee, the panel that investigated the alleged corruption in the Oil-for-Food program.

“We believe that the evidence will show that when Jaysh al-Mahdi seized the Iraqi Health Ministry, the defendants continued paying the same bribes they provided under Saddam — except in far greater amounts,“ said Ryan Sparacino, one of the attorneys representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Russian Collusion with Hillary

 

In 2009 Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted more control over U.S. nuclear capability and the Clintons helped him get there.

According to a bombshell report published today in TheHill the corruption surrounding the sale of Uranium One when President Obama was in the White House, which overwhelmingly and personally benefited former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, was far worse than we first knew and the FBI documented all of it. Bolding is mine:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Under her watch at the State Department, Secretary Hillary Clinton benefited from the Russian government increasing its power inside the U.S. nuclear program and allowed it to happen. She then denied knowing anything about it on the campaign trial and resented allegations she used her position at the State Department for personal gain. Russian nuclear officials were paying her husband millions through shady back channels and by default, they were paying her too.

It should be noted that although former FBI Director James Comey declared the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to transmit top secret information over in 2016, we heard nothing about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation being finished.

USA’s Fukushima At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6)

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Recent series of Indian Point shutdowns worst in years

Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com

BUCHANAN — Four unplanned reactor shutdowns over a two-month period at Indian Point are the most setbacks the nuclear power plant has experienced in years.

A review of unplanned shutdowns from January 2012 to the present showed this year’s events happened within a short time frame, between May 7 and July 8, in contrast with events from other years that were more spread out, according to data released by Indian Point.

So many mishaps at the Entergy-owned plant haven’t occurred since 2009, when one of two units at the Buchanan site experienced a similar series, said plant spokesman Jerry Nappi.

Besides a May 9 transformer failure that spilled some 3,000 gallons of oil into the Hudson River, this year’s shutdowns were prompted by a May 7 steam leak, a July 8 pump motor failure and a June 15 switch yard breaker failure offsite in a Consolidated Edison substation.

If a nuclear plant has more than three unplanned shutdowns in a nine-month period, its performance indicator could be changed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which results in additional oversight. That’s what happened with Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., after four unplanned shutdowns in 2013.

So far, Entergy said there doesn’t appear to be a pattern to the Indian Point shutdowns.

“You do want to look at these events holistically to see if there is something in common, but you also look individually to see what the causes were,” Nappi said. “A plant shutdown in and of itself is not a safety issue.”

One of the four recent Buchanan shutdowns triggered a special inspection by the NRC and calls to close the nuclear plant by environmental groups and elected officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said in the past Indian Point should close, but his office did not respond to a request for comment about whether the recent shutdowns have prompted any state scrutiny.

The NRC is expected to release a quarterly report on Indian Point this month that will address the transformer failure and, by year’s end, is planning an inspection of the transformer and an analysis of transformer issues since 2007.

Besides its transformer-related inquiries, the other three shutdowns have not raised “any immediate safety concerns or crossed any thresholds that would result in additional NRC oversight,” agency spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an email.

The unplanned shutdowns at Indian Point and Pilgrim in Massachusetts were mostly preventable, said Paul Blanch, a former Indian Point employee with 45 years of nuclear power experience.

“For this to happen this frequently indicates a deeper problem,” he said. “I believe it’s management oversight in the maintenance of these plants.”

Nappi said the transformer that failed May 9 and caused a fire and oil spill into the Hudson was regularly monitored. Investigators determined the failure was due to faulty insulation.

“The transformer inspection and reviews were in accordance with our standards and industry expectations, yet there was no indication the transformer was going to fail,” Nappi said.

The NRC conducted a separate, but related special inspection into the May 9 incident that focused on a half-inch of water that collected in an electrical switchgear room floor. Inspectors determined a fire suppression system’s valve failed to close properly.

Inspectors noted in their report that Entergy knew about that problem since April 2011 and replaced the valve but didn’t discover the actual cause — a dysfunctional switch — until after the fire.

Indian Point’s Unit 3 was down 19 days May through July, with the transformer failure accounting for 16 days. The shutdowns didn’t cause the public any supply problems because New York’s grid can import electricity from other states and New York has an energy plan to maintain reliability, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The nuclear energy industry judges a power plant on how continuously it produces energy, which is called a capacity factor.

There were 100 nuclear plants in the United States in 2014, a record year in terms of efficiency. In January, the Nuclear Energy Institute announced the U.S. average capacity factor was 91.9 percent.

Indian Point has an above-average efficiency rate. The plant’s Unit 2 and 3 reactors were each online more than 99 percent of the time during their most recent two-year operating cycles. They are currently in the middle of other cycles.

Save the Oil (Revelation 6:6)

 

Oil prices jumped 1 percent on Monday as Iraqi forces entered the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, taking territory from Kurdish fighters and briefly cutting some crude output from OPEC’s second-largest producer.

„We’re seeing increased geopolitical tension in the Middle East providing support in the market today, namely in Iraqi Kurdistan, and some uncertainty around Iran,“ said Anthony Headrick, energy market analyst at CHS Hedging LLC in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Iraq’s Kurdistan briefly shut down some 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production from major fields Bai Hassan and Avana due to security concerns. Iraq launched the operation on Sunday as the crisis between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) escalated. The KRG voted for independence in a Sept. 25 referendum.

Brent crude futures were up 62 cents or 1 percent at $57.79 per barrel at 11:02 a.m. (1502 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 36 cents or 0.7 percent at $51.81 per barrel.

The government said its troops had taken control of Iraq’s North Oil Co, and the fields quickly resumed production. The KRG government said oil continued to flow through the export pipeline, and it would take no steps to stop it.

Still, the action unsettled the market. Some 600,000 bpd of oil is produced in the region, and Turkey has threatened to shut a KRG-operated pipeline that goes to the Turkish port of Ceyhan at Baghdad’s request.

Renewed worries over U.S. sanctions against Iran also drew attention. On Friday U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to certify that Tehran was complying with the accord even though international inspectors say it is.

Under U.S. law, the president must certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with the deal. Congress now has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran.

During the previous round of sanctions, roughly 1 million bpd of Iranian oil was cut off. Analysts said renewed sanctions were unlikely to curtail that level of exports, yet they warned it could still be disruptive.

Cuts to U.S. drilling rigs, and an explosion overnight at an oil rig in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain, also boosted prices.

Oil consumption has been strong, especially in China, where the central bank governor said the economy is expected to grow 7 percent in the second half, defying widespread expectations for a slowdown.

Sources said China was offering to buy up to 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly, a move that could give Saudi Arabia more flexibility as it plans to float the world’s biggest oil producer on the stock market.

(By Julia Simon; Additional reporting by Libby George in London, Henning Gloystein in Singapore; editing by David Evans and David Gregorio)