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Politics - This is timely and You really should read this


One of the giant stories of the year, by any news organization's yardstick, was the unprecedented run-up in oil prices. All but unreported, however, were some of the hidden, but very real, reasons for the huge increases.

WorldNetDaily was virtually alone among the news media in reporting how the Clinton administration clearly contributed to the dramatic increase in oil prices. "Contradictory and self-serving policies," reported Ken Timmerman in November, "led the Clinton-Gore administration to cause the current skyrocketing oil prices, say Middle East and petroleum industry analysts." The former Time magazine correspondent showed how, "by interfering in the oil markets in 1998 when prices were perceived by some to be too low, the administration put into motion the huge current run-up of prices, according to Matthew Simmons, who has tracked oil prices for 30 years as the head of a Houston-based investment bank, Simmons & Co. International.”

Another WorldNetDaily report spotlighting Clinton's and Gore's complicity in raising oil prices proved to be a blockbuster – featured and discussed for several consecutive days on the Rush Limbaugh show. In that story, Clinton approves oil-price hikes, WND disclosed: "Oil ministers from OPEC nations have quietly told national security advisers on Capitol Hill that the oil production cutbacks -- and resulting price increases -- are being implemented at the request of the Clinton administration on behalf of Russia, Indonesia, Mexico and Iran.

"Russia, Mexico and Indonesia are reported to be directing their increased oil profits toward paying back overdue Western loans," the article revealed. "According to one government defense adviser, the windfall profits are part of a larger scheme to use the American public to pay off failed and corrupt investment schemes in the three countries."


Roads across public lands in national forests are being quietly closed to vehicles, horses, and even hikers. "Human exclusion zones" is the official term. People are losing their homes and livelihoods with scarcely a notice by the mass media. Entire industries -- cattle grazing, timber cutting, mining -- are being shut down in the name of protecting the environment from any use by human beings, including recreation.

In 1996, President Clinton used the 1906 Antiquities Act to create the designation of Utah's 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Although no more of these controversial monument designations were made for the next several years, beginning last January -- toward the very end of his second term as president -- Clinton began designating more monuments in rapid succession: 10 new monuments in all in 2000.

Although all the monuments are already public land, inside each monument there are "inholdings" – private property, state parks, game reserves or other non-federally owned parcels – that will all be bought eventually by the federal government.

But as reported by WND's Sarah Foster, the really untold story in all of this is the cost to the American public in loss of access to "their" lands. Restrictions are already kicking in at Escalante, since its designation is now four years old: Roads are being closed to the public, and the government wants to close the land off to all off-road use. With no roads and no off-road use, essentially access will be closed to humans. Property-rights advocates see this as a clear harbinger of what will happen to other monuments in the future.


Throughout this year's tense, near-radioactive presidential campaign season, most of the establishment news media gave Gore a free pass when it came to his role as No. 2 man in the most scandal-plagued administration in American history. His illegal campaign fundraising, his lying to the FBI, his secret arms deal with the Russians – all were given little attention and even less weight.

To fill this deficit, between early September and Election Day, Nov. 7, 2000, WorldNetDaily published an exhaustive series of investigative reports by native Tennessee reporters Charles Thompson and Tony Hays on Gore and his Tennessee past -- including his vast connections to Soviet operative Armand Hammer, alleged interference with various Tennessee criminal investigations involving family and friends, and even documented reports of Gore, the environmental champion, being a notorious polluter in his home state.

As a result of these reports, claim radio, newspaper and law enforcement representatives in Tennessee, Gore lost his home state and its 11 electoral votes -- and thus lost the presidency.

Beth Arnold
Peoria Illinois 

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