Adams pays tribute to life and legacy of O’ Donovan Rossa

Sinn Féin Leader, Gerry Adams TD paid tribute to the life and legacy of Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa in a speech delivered by his graveside today, one hundred years to the day and to the very hour that he was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Mr Adams said:

“Who was Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa? He was from a family of tenant farmers from Roscarberry, County Cork. In 1856, not long after the Great Hunger, he established the Phoenix National Literary Society whose aim was the “the liberation of Ireland by force of arms”. In 1858, he was jailed without trial for 6 months.

“In 1865, he was charged with plotting a Fenian rising, and sentenced to penal servitude for life. He served his time in Pentonville, Portland and Chatham prisons in England. His prison conditions were horrendous. Infamously he was manacled and had to eat his food like a dog from a dish on the prison floor.

“In an 1869 by-election he was elected for the constituency of Tipperary, but the election was declared invalid because Rossa was a prisoner. In 1870 he was exiled to America with other Fenians. There he established The United Irishman newspaper and organised a bombing campaign in England known as “the dynamite campaign”.

“He also organised a fund to support the fight against British rule. Isn’t it great that this morning the Irish government celebrated this old Fenian and his activities? He was in many ways a very active republican.

“At the time of O’ Donovan Rossa’s death, aged 83, a new generation of revolutionary republicans were organising and preparing for a Rising.They were determined to have Rossa brought home and buried in Ireland.

“Rossa’s funeral mobilised and galvanised all sides of progressive opinion. The funeral committee included 11 of the leaders of the Rising who were executed 10 months later. They stood where we are standing today.

“At that time Ireland had been dragged by England into an imperialist war. Even the most limited form of autonomy had been denied to us. Partition was being plotted and planned.

“But those who gathered at Rossa’s graveside resolved not to accept this, to protest, to resist and, ultimately to take on the might of the British Empire. The funeral of O’Donovan Rossa was a prelude to the Easter Rising of 1916.

“Today almost a century later we have many, like O’Donovan Rossa, who spent years as political prisoners, or were on the run or were forced into exile. We remember also all those who suffered and died in the most recent conflict, including our patriot dead, some of whom are laid to rest in this cemetery.

“We have with us also many younger people who, thankfully, have not known directly the terrible reality of armed conflict in our country.

“Let us be very clear that the Peace Process and the political progress we have achieved were made possible because of the sacrifices of countless republicans over the generations. It is hugely positive and progressive that we today can pursue the complete unity and freedom of the Irish people, by peaceful means. And we are pursuing that cause.

“Today is a reminder, as the events of the Centenary of the Easter Rising in the coming months will be reminders, that the business of Pádraig Mac Piarais and James Connolly and Constance Markievicz and Bobby Sands and Máiréad Farrell is unfinished business.

“Some people in high places do not like to be reminded of that unfinished business. Mar a dúirt an Phiarsaigh: The fools. The fools. The fools.

“The way citizens are being treated today demands another Rising – a popular re-conquest of Ireland by the people of Ireland. Our country is still partitioned. And Ireland divided never can be free. We do not yet have a national Republic. But republicanism is growing, as never before.

“The Proclamation has yet to be implemented. Equality has yet to be achieved. But we are living in a time of great change and great hope, and great potential.

“Never was there a greater need for a genuine, rights-based society, for republicanism and a real democratic revolution. Because we are as determined to move forward and as determined to achieve complete freedom as the men and women who gathered here 100 years ago today.”

Source: Sinn Féin Newsroom

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Friday Webcast · July 31, 2015

Friday evening webcast featuring Jeffrey Steinberg. Tonight Jeff will elaborate the statement issued Thursday on larouchepac.com, “To Stop World War III, Hillary Must Expose Obama’s Benghazi Lies” and how close the world has come to thermonuclear war.

JASON ROSS:  Good evening.  Today is July 31, 2015, and you’re joining us for our regular Friday night webcast here at LaRouche PAC.  My name is Jason Ross, and I’m joined in the studio tonight by Jeff Steinberg of Executive Intelligence Review.

This week, Lyndon LaRouche has been very emphatic about the threat of war; emphasizing since the Policy Committee discussion on Monday that unless Obama is removed from office or stripped of any authority, that he has the August Congressional recess to spark a confrontation with Russia, which could lead to general warfare, thermonuclear war leading to the extermination of civilization in a matter of hours.  He said then, on Monday, that it would be a situation “where Obama will be free to launch war without any opposition.  And that’s extremely dangerous,” LaRouche said. “That war would mean probably a thermonuclear war. Russia would not launch the war, but Russia would be prepared to react to the launching of that war immediately.  And that’s the situation, and this can mean the extinction of a lot of people on the planet.”

So, the pretexts for this are multiplying; the dangers are multiplying.  The set-up of an ISIS-free zone on the Turkey-Syrian border; the strengthening push of Right Sector in Ukraine; the phony UN Security Council resolution on MH-17; the expanding sanctions against Russia; the scrambling of fighter jets in the Baltic nations to follow Russian planes between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad.  Or, consider the missile defense system being constructed in eastern Europe, which was supposedly to deal with the threat posed ostensibly by Iran; which is moving full steam ahead despite reaching a deal with that nation.

Russian President Putin spoke about this in a recent interview with Swiss TV.  He said,

“The process of starting a new arms race again from the moment of the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the ballistic missile defense [abm] treaty, because this agreement was a cornerstone for the entire international security system.  And when the U.S. withdrew from it and began to create a missile defense system as part of its global strategic weapons system, we immediately said we will be obliged to take reciprocal steps to maintain a strategic balance of power.”

President Putin went on,

“We are developing strike systems capable of overcoming any missile defense system.  I want to say something very important: We are doing this for ourselves, to insure the security of the Russian Federation; but we are also doing it for the rest of the world.  Because this strategic stability ensures the balance of power.”

The Russians have made it very clear that they won’t roll over and die if it comes to war; they will respond.

So, how to achieve this ouster of Obama?  LaRouche has pointed to the potential role of Hillary Clinton, who has the ability to stop Obama; to stop this danger by telling the truth. The truth about Benghazi, the attack on the American facilities there on Sept. 11th, 2012.  Since that attack, Lyndon LaRouche and his movement have been on the ball on this issue, from the period immediately following them; including a press conference that we’re going to play a clip of.  On Nov. 2nd, 2012, Jeff Steinberg and Lyndon LaRouche gave a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to address the situation there.

And now, we’re going to see a clip from that event.

(See original footage here, and the original transcript in EIR with available graphics here.)

STEINBERG: “It goes without saying that the President of the United States owes us a certain number of answers to some very obvious questions: What did he know? Was he briefed in advance? Is it actually conceivable that, as we go into the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, there were no briefings provided to him in his Presidential Daily Briefing, or that there was no special briefing provided him by John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism advisor, as to the fact that there was a heightened risk, and there ought to be a beef-up of security in many places, but certainly Libya was one of the obvious ones. and in Benghazi in particular? There was this mountain of reports piling up over a period of six months or more, indicating that the security situation was out of control, and the Libyan government had no capacity whatsoever to deal with it.

“So, that’s one area—and I think simply these documents, which, as I say, are a select, but representative indication of just how much was known about how bad that situation was—that needs to be answered by the President.

“Yesterday afternoon, there was a background briefing for a select group of journalists at the CIA, and you’ll be reading a lot in the papers today about what the CIA tried to do, did or didn’t do; but still, there’s absolute silence from the White House, and particularly from the President. Urgent Cables to Washington …

“Now, the other thing is, the day of the attack itself.

“There were three e-mails that were made public. Initially, they were leaked to Reuters, and released to the general public. And there’s been no effort whatsoever by anybody in the Administration, to disclaim the legitimacy of these e-mails. So, the first of them (Figure 5) arrived in Washington at 4:05 p.m. Washington time, and you can you see that the names are blacked out of the people who received the e-mails, but you can see the indication that quite a few of them went to obviously different locations at State; this one, NSS.eop.gov, is the National Security Staff at the Executive Office of the President, in other words, the White House Situation Room. And then, you have the FBI, the director of National Intelligence, several locations at the Pentagon.

“In other words, there was a burst transmission from the embassy in Tripoli, that was received in Washington in various official locations at 4:05 in the afternoon, Washington time, and the content of it was ‘Subject: U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi under attack. The regional security officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots. Explosives have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi and four COM personnel [Chief of Mission] are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support. The operations center will provide updates as available.’

“Now, unless I have trouble understanding English, I don’t see anything in this initial report that talks about a demonstration, or talks about large crowds of people showing up at the consulate to protest a video. There were clearly incidents like that going on in other places, including in Cairo, but this initial report, which was the basis on which the CIA, according to their account yesterday afternoon, went into action, and actually marshalled up a team of people who were at a separate building, a mile away in Benghazi, deployed over to the consulate to try to basically rescue the people who were there.

“About 50 minutes later, a second cable e-mail came in to the same list…: ‘Update No. 1: U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. diplomatic in Benghazi has stopped, and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.’

“Then, the last of the documents made public, that came from Tripoli to Washington, on the afternoon as events were unfolding, simply says: ‘Update: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for Benghazi attack. Embassy Tripoli reports that group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on the embassy in Tripoli.’

“So, this, to my mind, raises another very significant question that is very disturbing. How is it possible that on Sept. 16, five days after the attack, that the President deployed UN Ambassador Susan Rice to appear on five different ‘talking heads’ Sunday morning interview shows, to say that this was not a terrorist incident, that this was a spontaneous mob upsurge in angry reaction to a video. A video that probably very few people in Libya even knew existed, given the chaotic conditions in the country. The idea that everybody was walking around with access to the Internet, and closely monitoring an obscure video that was never even made public really—a few excerpts were released—the idea that somehow or other, there was a spontaneous mass outpouring of people at the consulate to protest this, is preposterous. They knew, they knew on Sept. 11, what was actually happening.

“I haven’t even mentioned the fact that there are confirmed reports, as of yesterday, as of the CIA briefing, that there was an unarmed surveillance drone that was in the air over the compound, over the consulate, and also nearby, a mile away at the CIA annex. And there was live-stream video—fine, it was grainy, but there was live-stream video coming back to Washington. We don’t know whether anybody in the White House Situation Room was monitoring it. A Presidential spokesman yesterday claimed that nobody was watching it, and to my mind, that goes to the question of competence, and why was there no concern, at the very highest level of our national command authority, to deal with a crisis that was ongoing. There was no way to know whether this thing was over or not.

“And so, five days later, Ambassador Rice went on five national TV shows and lied to the American people. Two days after that, President Obama himself appeared on the ‘David Letterman Show'; and several days after that, was interviewed on ‘The View,’ and after that, appeared before the world community in his address before the UN General Assembly, and repeated the same lie; he tried to change the subject, and divert attention away from the fact that the U.S. consulate had been targeted for a terrorist attack, and that a U.S. ambassador and three other officials were killed. And it had nothing to do whatsoever with a video, with a mass protest demonstration.

“From the very moment that Washington was alerted to what was going on, it was clear that it was an armed attack by a group of 20 or so people, and there was a follow-on attack that occurred at the CIA annex later in the day.”

ROSS:  So, that was Nov. 2nd, 2012, less than two months after the Sept. 11th, 2012 attack there. I’d like to ask Jeff Steinberg to give us an update on the importance of this, in regards to the war threat today.

JEFFREY STEINBERG:  Thanks Jason. Well, I think for starters, we’re now nearly three years beyond when that press conference occurred, and when the Sept. 11th, 2012 attack occurred in Benghazi, and we are still, yet, to have any plausible explanation, or answer to any of the questions that Mr. LaRouche and I posed at that National Press Club briefing: from President Obama, from Susan Rice, who is now of course the National Security Advisor to President Obama.  And so, we’re in a situation today where quite a bit of additional information has come out.  None of it has come from the White House, but this puts the question of Hillary Clinton very squarely on the table.

In the spring of 2014,  Edward Klein came out with book called Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas, dealing with the rather tumultuous relationship between the Obama and the Clinton families, and there was a particular chapter in that book that was based on interviews, with a number of people who were directly involved in the events of Sept. 11th, 2012, including people who were in close proximity of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and people who were on the ground in Libya.

So, in point of fact, we know a great deal more about what occurred, what’s only missing right now, to fully corroborate and fill out this picture, is commentary from Hillary Clinton. Because that is sufficient, right at this moment, to block the drive towards war, a war that could become very quickly, a general war, and in fact a thermonuclear war that would represent the extinction of mankind.

We’re in a countdown because as of yesterday, the House of Representatives has left Washington, not scheduled to return until after Labor Day in early September; within several days, the U.S. Senate, a week at most, will also be gone, and so, you have an extraordinary dangerous window of time: August of 2015 could very well be the window that President Obama uses to provoke a confrontation with Russia, that would lead to a general thermonuclear war.  And as Mr. LaRouche emphasized in our conversations earlier today, that war would be very fast.  It would be over in a matter of hours, and the net result would be in all likelihood, the extinction of human life on this planet.

Now, that is a very, very, serious threat, and it’s therefore incumbent on Hillary Clinton, to step forward and say what she actually knows.  Because only that kind of action in the absence of Congress being in Washington, can put the kinds of limitations, literally launch the impeachment process, or forced resignation process of President Obama, that is the necessary precondition to be genuinely confident, that we’re not on the cusp of World War III.

Now, we had the statements made by President Putin that Jason quoted a few moments ago.  There are some other elements of this situation that are also worth taking note of:  Russia, since the beginning of the drive for confrontation with Russia, beginning with the coup that overthrew the Yanukovych government in Ukraine and started the process of military actions, right on the border with Russia; from that point on, the Russian leadership came to the obvious and appropriate conclusion that there was a grave danger, that there was going to be a major war provoked against Russia.

And so not only did President Putin publicly say, last week, and on a number of previous occasions that Russia has the ability to launch an absolute, unquestionable, second retaliatory strike against anyone attacking Russia, but we know a great deal about what they’ve been able to accomplish.  There’s been a substantial investment in the upgrading and modernization of Russia’s entire strategic nuclear force.  There have been in the past months alone, dozens of incidents in which the Russian air force demonstrated the ability of fly strategic bombers into the airspace adjacent to NATO territory — all done in international airspace and in international waters, so there’s been no formal violations, of any sovereignty, but the message was intended to be delivered very clearly, that Russia understands that they are under threat of attack, and that they have an absolutely, unquestionable second-strike capability that will survive any kind of attack that they might be subjected to.

In recent months, there have been instances of Russian submarines being as close to U.S. coastal waters as the Gulf of Mexico; again, fairly and legitimately in international waters, but the message is clear.

This past week, Russia declared the National Endowment for Democracy to be a persona non grata organization in Russia. They’ve been kicked out.  And of course, NED is the “mother” of all of the color revolution organizations, all of the private-sector groups, like Freedom House and Human Rights Watch and all of the various entities are all tightly affiliated with and funded by the National Endowment for Democracy.  The Vice President of the NED, Nadia Diuk, is part of the Banderist networks, here in the United States that are allied with Victoria Nuland, and allied with those Right Sector, literally neo-Nazis in Ukraine, who represent one of the potential instrumentalities for launching this confrontation with Russia.

So make no mistake about it:  This period of August is not just something that we view as a particularly dangerous moment, but is something that is widely recognized.  It’s recognized in Russia.  There is a strategic analyst at the U.S. Navy War College, who released an email that he received from a European NATO official, saying that if we are lucky, we will avoid having a general war begin during the summer of this year. And parenthetically, the European NATO official said, “and furthermore, we’ll be specially lucky if it’s not a thermonuclear war.”

I had personal discussions with a number of NATO representatives posted here in Washington, D.C., and they’ve confidentially said that they are scared to death, about the density of NATO deployments and maneuvers right on the Russian border, in the Black Sea, in the Baltic Sea, in land areas adjacent.  And so the danger of that kind of intense deployment, particularly under the circumstances where Congress is out of Washington, and there’s very little check and balance on President Obama.  This is a matter of grave danger, possibly an existential issue, of survival.

Now in that context, what does Hillary Clinton know? According to the Edward Klein book — which is based on public statements and interviews conducted with a number of actual, live participants, eyewitnesses, to these events — we know that the State Department Operations Center was receiving updates virtually every 15 minutes, from the time of the first report of the initial attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, right up through at least 6 o’clock p.m., at which point it was known that Ambassador Stevens and one communications officer from his Embassy staff were dead. And of course, very soon after that, the assault on the CIA compound a mile away began, which resulted in two other people being killed.

Now, at 10 o’clock that night, according to eyewitness accounts, President Obama placed a telephone call to Hillary Clinton, and ordered Secretary of State Clinton to put out a press release, announcing that the attack on the mission in Benghazi had been spontaneous, and had been an outgrowth of protests over the release of a video that slandered the Prophet Mohammad.

Now as Klein pointed out, and as the several hundred pages of documents that were already released at the time of Mr. LaRouche’s and my press conference on Nov. 2nd, 2012, State Department, White House, Pentagon, CIA, DNI Office — all of the relevant national security agencies — knew that there had been a premeditated, planned-out, heavily-armed attack that had been launched.  There was no protest demonstration.  There was no connection whatsoever to the video.  What had happened, is that the head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, had put out, number one, a call for attacks against the United States on the anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks.  And he had put out particularly an order to seek revenge against the fact that number-three in al-Qaeda, a Libyan by birth, had been killed in a U.S. drone strike in June of 2012.

So in other words, it was transparently clear — it was clear in Washington by no later than 6 p.m. on Sept. 11th, 2012 — that the United States had been subjected to yet another deadly attack from al-Qaeda.  Ansar al-Sharia was the local al-Qaeda affiliate in the Benghazi-Derna area.  The State Department had produced in August of 2012, a detailed timeline of terrorist attacks that had taken place in Benghazi, in Tripoli, but particularly in the Benghazi area, for months and months leading up to Sept. 11th.  The British Ambassador had been subjected to an attack on a car caravan, when he was visiting Benghazi.  Things had gotten so dangerous that the Red Cross had pulled all of its personnel out of Benghazi.  There had been previous attacks on the U.S. diplomatic missions in Benghazi; and one of the State Department documents, which obviously reflected intelligence shared with the CIA, with the Pentagon, and with the White House, indicated that emissaries of al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and Pakistan had been deployed into the Benghazi area, and had already recruited several hundred locals.  Some of them were being transported into Syria, along with large amounts of weapons that had been captured by various forces when Qaddafi was overthrown and murdered, back in the end of 2011.

So all of this was known in advance.  And when Secretary Clinton received the phone call from President Obama — according to the news accounts and according to Edward Klein’s book which was based on, again, interviews with people who were witness to that discussion — Secretary Clinton said, “Mr. President, this is not credible, we know what happened here.”  Obama said, “Forget it, I want you to issue this press release.’  Hillary Clinton said, “I’ll call you right back.”  She got on the phone with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.  They mulled over what the implications were.  Bill Clinton apparently obviously said the same thing, this is not credible, nobody will believe this, this is ridiculous.  This was an al-Qaeda pre-meditated attack.

They considered the fact that it was September of 2012, less than two months away from the elections.  At that time, President Obama’s re-election chances were by no means a certainty, and the President had campaigned aggressively on the fact that al-Qaeda had been destroyed, that the killing of Osama bin Laden had represented the routing of the organization.  And much of his Presidential campaign in 2012 was centered on that one event, the killing of bin Laden, and the fact that al-Qaeda had been defeated.

Suddenly, Benghazi meant that in fact al-Qaeda had not been defeated, and if you fast-forward to today, and consider that al-Qaeda in Iraq morphed into the Islamic State, and the United States is back on the ground in Iraq, in Syria, now in Libya as well, fighting against a new iteration of al-Qaeda, you get an idea of the magnitude of the lie and the fraud that was told by President Obama, on that night when the Benghazi attack occurred.

We still don’t know what happened between 5 o’clock in that evening, when the President met with Defense Secretary Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, and then retired to the East Wing, to the residence; and then to the 10 o’clock phone call that was made to Hillary Clinton.  We really have zero idea of what the President was doing in that critical five-hour period.  We know that there was no adequate military response, even though there were options that were available, options that could have at least been in place in Benghazi, prior to the time that the second phase of the attack began against the CIA Annex a mile away from the consulate that had now been burned to the ground, basically.

So at 10 o’clock that call happened.  Hillary Clinton considered her options.  If she resigned and went public, and made clear that the President had ordered her to lie, and that she was not going to do that, number one, Obama would be defeated for re-election, unquestionably.  Number two, she would be blamed for it by most Democrats. And number three, whatever prospects she held out for a future Presidential run post-Obama, herself, would be down the tubes.

So she made a very unfortunate decision: She issued the press release sometime between 10 and 10:30 that night, and used the formulations that were ordered to her, by President Obama. The net effect is that we’ve been living a lie ever since, and now we’re at a point where that’s coming home to roost.  There was an agreement reached just this past week, between Hillary Clinton and Trey Gowdy, who is the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, that she will appear to testify under oath, on Oct. 21st or 22nd.  We now that some time prior to Hillary Clinton’s testimony there, her chief of staff as Secretary of State, Cheryl Mills, will be also called to testify. Cheryl Mills was the White House Counsel under President Bill Clinton.

So sooner or later, both Secretary Clinton and her key staff people are going to be forced to tell the truth, under oath, and the question is, will that truth come out in time to prevent the Guns of August from being unleashed?

It’s not a question of whether or not the truth will come out.  Right now, we’re dealing with an account, that is from everything that we’ve been able to determine, highly credible and quite accurate.  What’s missing is the eyewitness statement coming from Secretary Clinton.  Regardless of the consequences, she has a profound moral obligation to basically correct the terrible mistake that she made, on the night of Sept. 11th, 2012.  She knew what her options were, she knew one option was to go public, to resign; and to let the American people know what actually happened!

Now of course, she tried to do things “after the fact,” after she had committed that terrible mistake.  The State Department did release hundreds of pages of documents.  She was the first administration senior official, cabinet official to actually call the attack an “act of terrorism.”

President Obama refused to do that for quite some time. Susan Rice refused in her interviews on the 16th of September of 2012, to say anything remotely resembling the truth.  She was ambitious to become Secretary of State.  Hillary Clinton, who would have been the person you would have expected, to go on national television, one of her own diplomats, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, had been murdered, and she knew the score. But because she was being told to go on national television, and lie to the American people, she refused to go on television. Susan Rice did, and delivered the script exactly as it was formulated through a combination of State Department and CIA and White House NSC people. (By the way, one of the key State Department people involved in crafting the “talking points,” was Victoria Nuland.)

So here we are, it’s  August 2015 in just a  matter of hours.  We’re in potential countdown to an Obama provocation against Russia, that could lead to thermonuclear war, and the pressure is on Hillary Clinton:  Will you come forward, now, at this point — don’t wait till Oct. 21st or 22nd — come forward now, in the interest of the survival of mankind.  If the chances of this happening were 5%, were 1%, what would be the right thing to do, if it was in your power to make sure that such a confrontation can be avoided?  Could you possibly ignore the responsibilities, and defer from coming forward, right now, at this moment, and telling the truth?  That’s what’s required.

It’s not even a question any longer, of whether or not the truth will ultimately come out of on this.  She will be appearing, before Congress in a matter of months.  I can assure you, that the Committee will be asking these questions.  Carly Fiorina, who’s a Republican candidate for President, came out in the last 24 hours, and said that when she’s in a position of debating Hillary Clinton, the first question she will ask, is for a full and honest accounting, of what happened in Benghazi?  What she knows about the actions and behavior of President Obama?

So there’s no doubt that this is going to be an existential issue for Hillary Clinton, particularly, as she still considers herself a serious candidate for President of the United States. This Benghazi issue cannot be postponed:  It can happen in October, in which case the full extent of what she does will come out, whether she tells the truth, whether she lies and once again, makes the tragic mistake of falling on the sword, for President Obama, who deserves no such sympathy!  Or, whether she comes out and tells the whole truth, October may be too late.

So, now is the moment of truth.  Now is the point that we are calling Hillary Clinton to step forward, and in an open and public and transparent way, tell us what you know.  You are in a unique position to bring down this Presidency, at a point where the survival of mankind may be actually what’s on the line.

ROSS:  Thank you, Jeff.  I think tonight, we’ll leave it with that.  We’ll stick to this very focused message.

Thank you for joining us, thank you for your past and your future support:  We have quite a job to do.  Good night.

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Fireside Chat with Lyndon LaRouche, July 30, 2015

Tune in for our weekly Q&A dialogue with Mr. LaRouche. Have a question? Call our national center at 800-929-7566 to get on the next call live, or write your question in the YouTube comments section and we’ll get them to our host, John Ascher.

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Eisenhower Blocked Nuclear War; Kennedy Blocked Nuclear War; Does Hillary Have the Guts?

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Hillary Clinton probably has the fate of the human species in her hands. If she acts now to expose what she personally knows about Obama’s lying criminality concerning the September 11, 2012 murders of four United States government representatives in Benghazi, Libya,— then Hillary’s Presidential campaign will be at an end, because she will be forced to betray her own complicity (even if it was reluctant complicity), with Obama. But she will have saved humanity from probable extinction, in a thermonuclear war which Obama will otherwise launch against Russia and China during the month of August, with Congress out of session.

Now it is only that one voice, that of the hitherto complicit Hillary Clinton, in breaking with her own complicity, which can either throw Obama out of office during August,— or else bring him so close to impeachment and conviction during August, that he is unable to launch the war which his mistress, the British Queen, demands.

Hillary’s personal situation,— that of her awesome personal responsibility at this instant,— may be unusual, but it is by no means unprecedented. If there has been no international nuclear war since 1945, causing hundreds of millions of casualties or worse, it has been because some US Presidents, and others, have passed the test which now confronts Hillary Clinton. They passed it because they came to recognize that absolutely no personal consideration, no sacrifice,— even that of their own lives and more, if it comes to that,— could remotely be compared with thermonuclear war. And today, unlike in those past decades, that war might be as short as two days, and would likely end the existence of our species.

Eisenhower had said in 1946, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.” When Eisenhower decided to run for President, he recognized the drift of Truman and the Truman Administration towards nuclear war, and was determined to reverse it. In the 1954 Dienbienphu crisis, as in the 1956 Suez crisis, he understood that descent into nuclear war was around the corner, and acted accordingly. Eisenhower inspired the institution of the U.S. Presidency for the truth, as he stated it in 1956, that “The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.”

The true facts of how close we came to nuclear war in 1962, and of everything President John F. Kennedy did to avoid it, are even today only known to very few. How he used his brother Robert as a totally-secret channel to the Soviet leadership, circumventing his contaminated cabinet and even his White House. He knew that their advice would probably lead to a devastating war. How he persuaded the Soviets to give up a large part of their war-making capacity. For all those critical days, only that one single objective dominated him totally. But he reached that objective,— even at the cost of his life.

Nor should it be forgotten how Pope John XXIII, then just as close to the end of his own life as was President Kennedy, himself boldly intervened into that crisis, totally on his own responsibility and against the advice of his Curia.

The mention of the Pope should remind us of how the office, or, better said, the responsibility, changes the man. It should remind us of St. Paul’s conversion on Damascus Road. This change, or the potentiality for this change, is the only meaning of being human. Those who deny that Hillary Clinton can make this change are guilty of a criminal cynicism about themselves.

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Putin Prepares Russia for War with West; Shuts Down U.S. NED

On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the shutdown the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Russia, under a law passed by the Russian Parliament and signed by Putin in May. The Russian Parliament declared the NED an “undesirable” organization under that law, which bans groups from abroad which are deemed a “threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, its defense capabilities, and its national security.”

The NED is clearly not simply an NGO, but the very heavily funded “mother of all NGOs” being used in British/Obama “color revolution” operations for regime change around the world. Thus the Putin government’s banning of it has unmistakable significance.

In addition to the reorganization and modernization of the entire Russian defense triad, and Putin’s denunciation of the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM treaty as a war threat, the shutdown of the NED is another loud and clear warning that Russia is aware that it is facing an existential war threat, brought on by the Obama Administration-run coup in Ukraine and declared intent to place NATO weapons on its border. The May law on “undesirables” follows a law signed in 2012 that gave Russian authorities the power to declare organizations “foreign agents” if they engage in any kind of politics and receive money from abroad. Yet after that law, the Obama Administration flagrantly supported a “color revolution” against Ukraine’s legitimately elected government.

With the outright Banderite Nadia Diuk being the vice-president of NED with responsibility for Eurasia for the past several years, the NED was in the center of 2011 attempts to stage a “color revolution” against the Russian government and its elections; and of course was a guiding force in preparing and carrying out the Banderite overthrow of the Ukraine government. “The U.S. would like Russia to cease to exist as a country,” said the director of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, on June 22 of this year. He also said, “The Americans seek to dominate the world…. It’s clear that the hidden agenda of destabilization of this country [ukraine] is creating an instrument to radically weaken Russia.” President Putin gave a similar assessment of the situation, and the need to take actions against it, to the Security Council meeting of July 3.

In a lengthy editorial in yesterday’s Washington Post, titled “Power Mad,” with a large picture of President Putin, the Post feigns incredulity that NED programs to bring down the regime through education, fighting “corruption,” and promotion of “human rights,” could be outlawed. Demonstrating its “high dudgeon,” the Post also runs an op-ed by Carl Gershman, the President of the NED, called “Putin’s Fear of Civil Society.” It might better be titled, “Putin’s Internal Preparations for the West’s Launching of War.”

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LaRouchePAC New Paradigm Q&A: Logic, God, and Darwin

Should we blame logic for its misuse? Do we blame guns for shooting people? How should we think about Creation? Have we been negligent in not praising Darwin as we have Vernadsky? Join us this week as we field questions from you, our audience. Questions can be submitted in the comments section on YouTube or via Facebook or Twitter (@newparadigm).

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To Stop World War III, Hillary Must Expose Obama’s Benghazi Lies

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has it in her power to stop President Barack Obama from launching a strategic conflict with Russia, that will, in all likelihood, lead to a thermonuclear war of extinction. All she has to do is come forward with the full truth about Benghazi, starting with the events of September 11, 2012.

Lyndon LaRouche has warned, repeatedly, in recent weeks, that President Obama is prepared to launch a provocation against Russia that would rapidly lead to a general war. The most likely time-frame for such a provocation is the month of August, when the U.S. Congress is in recess, and when the Joint Chiefs of Staff is going through a top-down personnel change. The only thing that can stop this plunge into a thermonuclear war is the removal of President Obama from office, or, in the alternative, a thorough discrediting of the President, to the degree that he is unable to launch the intended provocation, and his resignation or impeachment is imminent.

That is the stark reality of the coming days and weeks. And former Secretary of State Clinton, now a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, is in a unique position to stop the drive for war by, at long last, telling the truth about Benghazi.

        – What Hillary Clinton Knows –

On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2012, well-armed terrorists, affiliated with al-Qaeda, launched a pre-planned assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. After an extended fire-fight with the handful of American security personnel guarding U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the compound was set on fire, and Ambassador Stevens and one other American diplomat were killed. A second U.S. facility in Benghazi, a CIA compound a mile away from the U.S. mission, was subsequently attacked, resulting in the deaths of two more American officials.

From the instant the attack was launched, Americans on the ground in Benghazi and at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, knew that the attack was an armed terrorist assault. Cables between Tripoli and Washington, directed to the National Security Council, the State Department Operations Center, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, identified the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia cell in the Derna-Benghazi area as the attackers.

In testimony before the U.S. Congress, Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, said that he provided a stream of live reports on the ongoing attack every fifteen minutes to the State Department Operations Center, throughout the evening of 9/11/12.

At no time was there any report of a “spontaneous demonstration” outside the Benghazi diplomatic compound. From the very outset, it was clear that the compound was under attack from al-Qaeda.

It was the eleventh anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks. U.S. Presidential elections were weeks away. American drone strikes in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region had, in June 2012, killed a top al-Qaeda terrorist from Libya, Abu Yahya al-Libi; and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had issued an order for revenge attacks against the United States for the al-Libi killing, on the anniversary of 9/11.

There had been clear advance warnings of trouble in Benghazi and threats to American diplomats for months, even preceding the al-Qaeda threats. The International Committee of the Red Cross had pulled out of Benghazi months before the attack, due to security threats and actual attacks. The British Ambassador and the entire British mission had been shut down in Benghazi, after a bazooka attack on the ambassador’s convoy months earlier.

All of this information had been circulated throughout the U.S. Government, through a series of State Department security assessments, which had been regularly updated prior to the 9/11/12 attacks in Benghazi. Over 100 pages of those State Department cables and memos were released to the public within weeks of the Benghazi attack, providing clear evidence of the security crisis in eastern Libya prior to 9/11/12.

Author Edward Klein assembled detailed, eyewitness accounts of the events in Benghazi, Tripoli, and Washington on Sept. 11, 2012. Those details were presented in a chapter in his June 2014 book Blood Feud. Executive Intelligence Review independently corroborated many of the key details in the Klein account, both before and after its publication, drawing upon U.S. government sources and documents.

In fact, on the morning after the 9/11/12 attacks in Benghazi, EIR had received a detailed account of the pre-meditated attack the day before, from a senior U.S. intelligence source, who had been up all night receiving reports from diplomatic sources from the region.

            – The Essential Facts –

The essential facts are as follows:

At 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, Secretary of State Clinton and a team of top State Department aides received a detailed briefing from DCM Hicks, providing an up-to-the-minute account of the heavily-armed, well-planned assault on the mission. There was no mention of any prior protests, just a detailed report on the terrorist attack, and initial reports that Ansar al-Sharia had made claims over the Internet, that they were responsible for the assault. A short cable from Tripoli to Washington, circulated to all relevant U.S. national security, diplomatic, and military agencies, cited the Ansar al-Sharia role.

According to top aides to Secretary Clinton, at 10 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, President Obama placed a personal call to Secretary Clinton, ordering her to issue a press release, claiming that the attack on the U.S. compound had been a “spontaneous protest” directed against the recent release of a video slandering the Prophet Mohammed.

In a June 22, 2014 article in the New York Post, summarizing his investigative findings, Edward Klein wrote:

“By 10 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, when Hillary Clinton received a call from President Obama, she was one of the most thoroughly briefed officials in Washington on the unfolding disaster in Benghazi, Libya. She knew that Ambassador Christopher Stevens and a communications operator were dead, and that the attackers had launched a well-coordinated mortar assault on the CIA annex, which would cost the lives of two more Americans.”She had no doubt that a terrorist attack had been launched against America on the anniversary of 9/11. However, when Hillary picked up the phone and heard Obama’s voice, she learned the president had other ideas in mind. With less than two months before Election Day, he was still boasting that he had al Qaeda on the run.”

Klein interviewed one of Secretary Clinton’s top legal advisers, who told him:

“Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed. Hillary told Obama, ‘Mr. President, that story isn’t credible.’ He said, ‘Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible.'”

Ultimately, Secretary Clinton made a rotten compromise. Realizing that if she did the right thing—which would have been to publicly resign, in protest over the President’s order to lie about the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States since the original 9/11 attacks—Obama would lose re-election, she would be blamed, and her own prospects for winning the presidency would be down the drain, she capitulated.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, Hillary Clinton issued the first public statement from the Obama Administration, claiming the attack was “spontaneous” and motivated by the video slander.

         – Mankind Facing Extinction –

Nothing can be done to un-do what Hillary Clinton did, under Obama orders, on the night of 9/11/12.  Hillary Clinton has been subpoenaed to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October to testify under oath. Sometime prior to her appearance, Cheryl Mills, who was her Chief of Staff at the time of the 9/11/12 attacks, and had earlier served as White House General Counsel under President Bill Clinton, will testify under oath.

There is no question that, ultimately, the full truth about Obama’s despicable behavior on Benghazi will come out. The crucial question is: When will the truth be revealed and Obama brought down?

If the day of reckoning is postponed until the Congressional inquest takes the Mills and Clinton testimony in October, there may be no Congress. There may be no United States. Mankind may have already been extinguished in a thermonuclear war that will be over in a matter of days, with much of humanity wiped out in the course of that exchange of thermonuclear strikes.

In a very real sense, the fate of mankind is on the line. The only option is for Hillary Clinton to step forward now. She is the crucial eyewitness to the President’s willful lies. She can deliver irrefutable testimony, buttressed by other top State Department officials.

It will mean the end of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President, but it will also mean the end of the Obama presidency—before he is able to launch the provocations that could wipe out mankind. For Hillary Clinton, there is only one right thing to do, and time is fast running out.

SUPPORTING MATERIAL

Benghazi Committee Has Deal with State Dept. for Significant Document Production

A July 27 press release by the House Select Committee on Benghazi announced that Chairman Trey Gowdy had received a pledge from the State Department to produce 5,000 new pages of documents to the Committee without delay.

American statesman Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized that the facts around Benghazi are crucial to stopping the danger of world war, by removing Obama from the White House, and thus removing his finger from the nuclear button. LaRouche stated that although Hillary Clinton remains a captive pawn of Obama, she could reverse that by coming clean on Benghazi. Obama made the decisions about Benghazi, lied about his decisions, then ordered Hillary to lie as well. Thus, these documents and others must be produced. The Benghazi investigation will be live during the Congressional recess, as things now stand.

The State Department’s production of 5,000 new pages will be the largest number of documents the Committee has received since last summer, Chairman Trey Gowdy said. Gowdy elaborated, “When I had a frank conversaton with Mr. Finer [of State] last week about the Department’s compliance failures, he requested I move the hearing scheduled July 27 due to his ongoing responsibilities to the Secretary this week.” Gowdy then said, according to the press release, that he made the request for a significant production of documents, and when agreed to, the hearing scheduled this week was postponed by agreement of both parties.

Rep. Gowdy stated in the release, “If the State Department does not fulfill this production, or if production continues to be anemic and underwhelming, we will move forward with scheduling a compliance hearing before the Committee.”

The documents were to be delivered by the State Department on Tuesday. Gowdy’s office, and press secretary Jamal Ware, would not give information on whether the 5,000 pages were received, and if so, whether they were judged to be substantive.

Putin Prepares Russia for War with West; Shuts Down U.S. NED

On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the shutdown the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Russia, under a law passed by the Russian Parliament and signed by Putin in May. The Russian Parliament declared the NED an “undesirable” organization under that law, which bans groups from abroad which are deemed a “threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, its defense capabilities, and its national security.”

The NED is clearly not simply an NGO, but the very heavily funded “mother of all NGOs” being used in British/Obama “color revolution” operations for regime change around the world. Thus the Putin government’s banning of it has unmistakable significance.

In addition to the reorganization and modernization of the entire Russian defense triad, and Putin’s denunciation of the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM treaty as a war threat, the shutdown of the NED is another loud and clear warning that Russia is aware that it is facing an existential war threat, brought on by the Obama Administration-run coup in Ukraine and declared intent to place NATO weapons on its border. The May law on “undesirables” follows a law signed in 2012 that gave Russian authorities the power to declare organizations “foreign agents” if they engage in any kind of politics and receive money from abroad. Yet after that law, the Obama Administration flagrantly supported a “color revolution” against Ukraine’s legitimately elected government.

With the outright Banderite Nadia Diuk being the vice-president of NED with responsibility for Eurasia for the past several years, the NED was in the center of 2011 attempts to stage a “color revolution” against the Russian government and its elections; and of course was a guiding force in preparing and carrying out the Banderite overthrow of the Ukraine government. “The U.S. would like Russia to cease to exist as a country,” said the director of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, on June 22 of this year. He also said, “The Americans seek to dominate the world…. It’s clear that the hidden agenda of destabilization of this country [ukraine] is creating an instrument to radically weaken Russia.” President Putin gave a similar assessment of the situation, and the need to take actions against it, to the Security Council meeting of July 3.

In a lengthy editorial in yesterday’s Washington Post, titled “Power Mad,” with a large picture of President Putin, the Post feigns incredulity that NED programs to bring down the regime through education, fighting “corruption,” and promotion of “human rights,” could be outlawed. Demonstrating its “high dudgeon,” the Post also runs an op-ed by Carl Gershman, the President of the NED, called “Putin’s Fear of Civil Society.” It might better be titled, “Putin’s Internal Preparations for the West’s Launching of War.”

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