On March 30th of this year, we posted a story titled The Invisible Gorilla. Essentially, this post documented how obvious the intentions of financial terrorism had become despite the fact that no one was willing to take notice. We shared the astonishing reality that people often miss the extremely obvious due to busy schedules (as demonstrated in the famous awareness test from Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris).
In that same post, we shared that Steven Lerner of the Services Employee's International Union (SEIU) was seemingly promoting a plan to crash the stock market by destabilizing the banks. He was caught on tape by someone connected to The Blaze and the tape was shared. In the opening remarks, the speaker (identified as Lerner) clearly acknowledges a plan to attack Wall Street but refuses to outline some of the details "because I don't know which police agents are in the room…" What he does share has certainly come to pass. For example, he promises riots and demonstrations and the Day of Rage clearly qualifies. He also mentions attacking a big bank such as JP Morgan Chase.
From the day that Lerner's outlined plan was to begin (May 1st) through the low today, JP Morgan stock fell 37%, almost double the 20% drop of the S&P 500. Bank of America, another favorite target of the Left has fallen almost 60% over the same period from $12.28/share at the start of May to $5.13/share at the low today. To add insult to injury, Senator Richard Durbin was pleading with Bank of America customers to "Get the Heck Out of that Bank." In addition, Bank of America's website has been down frequently over the past few days.
We know that the computer hacking group known as Anonymous has sponsored the Day of Rage protesters. Now, we have Anonymous threatening to "erase the New York Stock Exchange from the Internet." Given that, would hack attacks on the big banks be unexpected?
Perhaps the most troubling of all of this is a push to create an "American Spring" or to replicate the "riots of Greece" in America. Both were precipitated by serious economic dislocations that certainly looked like financial terrorism. In the case of Greece, what we are witnessing is, in our opinion, a clear example of financial terrorism. Our view is supported by the circumstances of the market attacks, the fact that the Germans saw fit to ban naked short selling and naked credit default swaps, and comments from European spy agencies.
Add to this an apparent Soros-sponsored event in early 2010 that seemingly coordinated hedge-fund attacks on Greece and others in the Eurozone. In addition, there were reports that bin Laden had papers outlining a strategy to attack the European economy.
None of this is coincidence. It even appears (loosely) coordinated. According to the Huffington Post:
"Lerner currently directs SEIU's banking and finance campaign, mobilizing SEIU members and other community groups across the country into action to break the decades-long stranglehold Wall Street and big banks have had on our economy and democracy. Through this campaign SEIU is also partnering with unions and groups in Europe, South America, and elsewhere to build a campaign to hold financial institutions accountable in a global economy."
Consider carefully these words which include a tinge of glee from Arab News:Inspired by Arab awakening, a silent American spring gains ground
By K.V.S. MADHAV Published: Oct 4, 2011 21:36 Updated: Oct 4, 2011 23:02
NEW YORK: A silent American spring is rising inspired by the Arab awakening that spawned protests across the region this year. And it comes at a time when the American economy is on a downswing and enmeshed in a winter of discontent.
Riding on the wings of social media and on the lines of the Egyptian revolution and the rise of the Arab spring, the small but sizable people-powered, high networked movement is gaining ground close to Ground Zero at the very heart of the global financial capital, New York's Manhattan area.
Manhattan is home to the Wall Street and a maze of American and global financial institutions.
Braving pouring rain and cold, protesters have been living in a park in New York's financial district, close to the Wall Street, for three weeks now. The rampaging bull, the symbol of the New York bourse and the American economy, is just down the road.
Their protest that began on Sept. 17 with an encampment in Manhattan is apparently against ‘evil bankers in the neighborhood' responsible for the financial mayhem that was destroying the American economy, creating social inequities and leaving thousands jobless and homeless.
"America has lost its way. I do not see real democracy. I do not hear the voice of the people," a protester said.
"There is only chronic capitalism and an American empire that runs 700 military bases in 135 countries. I see a welfare warfare state that gives billions of foreign aid to fund dictators build armies across the world. Republicans and democrats stand for the same thing. They are the same."
Anger is indeed in the air.
Staying put on the streets of Manhattan, the protesters insist they have taken inspiration from Tahrir Square and were seeking to emulate the Arab uprising using social media as a vehicle of mass awakening.
The campaign — #occupywallstreet on the micro blogging site Twitter — has described itself as a people powered movement for democracy.
"Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join us," their website beckons. Chants of ‘we are not going anywhere from here' resonate the area.
"The only way we can find hope is through mounting social pressure," said a protester.
"This was absolutely inspired by Tahrir Square, by the Arab Spring movement. Enough is enough," Tyler Combelic, 27, a web designer from Brooklyn and spokesman for the occupiers, was quoted as saying in the New York Times.
They have been camping on the Wall Street for about 20 days now, quietly putting across their views and at times literally laying bare ‘the dark side of Wall Street' with flash demonstrations, protest marches and sit-ins.
"This financial district is responsible for most of the poverty and suffering on this planet."
The movement initially dismissed as a joke is slowly gaining momentum and spreading to other major cities of the United States as well. This weekend saw similar protests in Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and many other places. Organizers have called for people to flood the Wall Street area in the days to come.
While the movement is no river on a roar right now, it has surely evolved into a gentle stream steadily making its way into the hinterlands of America and the hearts of its people.
The lack of large numbers is made up by dogged determination adding new cities across the United States and some in Europe as well where economies are also facing a similar downswing to the ‘Occupy list'.
On Wednesday, several local unions and progressive groups impacted by the economic crisis are planning to join the protest demanding that Wall Street and the wealthiest New Yorkers pay their fair share of taxes. Over the past two weeks, demonstrations have addressed several other issues as well, including police brutality and union busting.
Ironically, in taking a leaf out of the Arab revolution, the protests seem to grow in resonance as the American Fall, the season when leaves change hues and submerge American hinterlands in a sea of yellow, brown and orange, begins. Is this the real American fall, one that would bring in new hues to the lives of ordinary Americans?"
Read this post carefully and take time to look at the various links we have included. The, go back and read our previous posts. The evidence continues to mount. What we have been saying for three years appears to be happening in front of our very eyes. Yet, much like the Invisible Gorilla, too few have noticed.
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