AFP Newsletter 12/31/11

Smear Job
AMERICAN FREE PRESS got frontline mention as the very first words in the first paragraph of a muddled smear of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul published as a lengthy hit piece beginning on the front page of The New York Times on Dec. 26. That article was followed up by a lead editorial by the Times in its Dec. 28 issue denouncing what it called “Mr. Paul’s Discredited Campaign,” citing its own article as the evidence. The Times article was clearly a sustained effort to undermine Paul, making no pretense otherwise.
Bribery Scandal Almost Nabbed Newt
In 1997, hardworking FBI agents in Miami were  on the verge (they thought) of snaring then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his second  wife, Marianne, in a $10 million bribery scandal  involving multiple ties to key elements of  the Israeli lobby in Washington. However, then-FBI Director Louis Freeh stepped in, and the impending  sting was called off.
Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI’s Role In ’95 OKC Bomb Plot?
At the time of the OKC bombing, our current U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, was managing FBI sting operations as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia —and sitting in line to take over as deputy attorney general, which he did in 1997. One of Holder’s first jobs was to cover up the FBI’s role in the bombing.

Persian Doomsday Scenario Involves Closing of Strait

In the event Iran is attacked by the United States or Israel, Iran’s political and military leaders may resort to a “doomsday option,” in which they will close the Strait of Hormuz, described by leading authorities as the most strategic stretch of water on the planet.
Bradley Manning’s Strange World
Did Bradley Manning leak classified military secrets because he was suffering a severe psychotic breakdown due to conflicts resulting from his desire to undergo a sex change operation? Manning’s attorneys think so, describing him as “a deeply troubled soldier struggling with issues of gender identity.”
AFP PODCAST – Incarceration Nation
A study just released reveals a startling statistic: by the age of 23, one-third of Americans will be have an arrest on their records. Michael G. Turner, Ph. D., an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, discussed the study’s findings in an exclusive interview with AFP.

AFP PODCAST – Virgin Mary: Kidnapped And Held For Ransom

Symbols of the Christian faith continue to be under attack across America—this time coming compliments of a homeowner association (or HOA) in the Keystone State. The symbol in question: a two-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, property of one of the condominium owners in a development. The HOA ordered the maintenance man to, in effect, kidnap it. The HOA is now holding it for a cool $4,000 ransom.
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