Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paul Newsletter: OK City Was An Inside Job

Editor's Note:

While Ron Paul was running one of the largest OBGYN practices in Texas a newsletter was being published in his name. This newsletter included some content that is now being used against Dr. Paul as he runs for President. Paul claims that he was not the author of the questionable content and he was too busy with his medical practice to manage his newsletter.

Most of the mainstream media are focusing on the parts of Paul's newsletter that sound racist, but a few are pointing out Paul's mention of conspiracy theories related to "false-flag" terrorism. Dr. Paul has frequently questioned the official story described in the 9/11 Comission Report. This Buzzfeed article explains how Paul's newsletter included a "false-flag" conspiracy theory for the OKC bombing of the Murrah building.  

It's a side of Ron Paul that most people never hear about. I happen to find it refreshing that somebody in congress questions authority and discusses some of the more crazy possiblilities with the American people. Our government has lied to us on many occasions and I think consideration and discussion of alternate theories is a healthy exercise regardless of how insane some of the theories may sound. Dr. Paul clearly takes his position very seriously and he doesn't let fear of ridicule stand in the way of honest discussions about his thoughts and fears.

Source: BuzzFeed

A 1995 issue of the Ron Paul Survival Report, a newspaper published by the future presidential candidate, speculates that the federal government bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The previously unreported newsletter, part of a series which Paul began publishing early in his congressional career in the late 1970's, was part of a trove this reporter discovered when originally breaking the story for The New Republic in 2008. Full of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic statements, not to mention a variety of quack science and conspiracy theories, the newsletters have once again become an issue as Paul seeks to stay in the Republican presidential primary for the long haul.

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Why All the Robo-Signing?

Source: Truthout

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 19 that the Obama administration was pushing heavily to get the 50 state attorneys general to agree to a settlement with five major banks in the "robo-signing" scandal. The scandal involves employees signing names not their own, under titles they did not really have, attesting to the veracity of documents they had not really reviewed. Investigation is revealing that it did not just happen occasionally, but was an industry-wide practice, dating back to the late 1990s; and that it may have clouded the titles of millions of homes. If the settlement is agreed to, it will let Wall Street bankers off the hook for crimes that would land the rest of us in jail - fraud, forgery, securities violations and tax evasion.

To the president's credit, however, he seems to have shifted his position on the settlement in response to protests before his State of the Union address. In his speech on January 24, President Obama did not mention the settlement, but announced instead that he would be creating a mortgage crisis unit to investigate wrongdoing related to real estate lending. "This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans," he said.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Truthout