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THE CRIMES OF THE 1%
THE 2ND STATE AND CORPORATE CRIMES AGAINST DEMOCRACY  

Conference, London, March 17, 2012


see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckUhO1K_pwU&feature=relmfu



The top 1% have used terrorism scares, wars and financial sleight of hand to grab more power and wealth than ever. Globalisation has been used to undermine democracy. We face a crisis of civilisation.

Many of the activities of the ruling 1% - for instance the invasion of Iraq or the torture networks - are literally criminal, but still downplayed by a cowed and centralised media and shrugged off by politicians who put party loyalty before the law. This blatant impunity has led to a sense of hopelessness which limits support for many campaigns.

However in the information age new media are undermining central control. This, the second SCADS Conference, will

* assess some of the key crimes of the top1%,

* challenge the corporate media and discuss the feasibility of an alternative current affairs TV programme to go out on satellite and the internet.

* hear from a range of campaigns and discuss the reforms needed for any campaign seeking peace and justice



SESSION ONE. 10.00 - 12.00. The Financial Crisis: What Happened?
9.30 - 10.00 Opening videos


10.00 – 11.20. The financial crisis: what happened and how can the system be changed?


Ellen Brown, leading US campaigner for public banking interviewed by Ian Henshall on Skype, on how the banks make money for nothing out of the interest on the credit they create.

Followed by a panel discussion and questions

Peter Challen, UK monetary reform campaigner

Moeen Yaseen Managing Director Global Vision 2000

Martin Summers, economist and Russia Today commentator


11.25 – 11.55 The UK and London's other territories: safe havens for the super rich

David Southwell , investigative journalist on his discoveries in London's murky financial underworld


SESSION TWO: 12.00 - 1.00. The crimes
12.00 - 12.25 Al Qaeda on "our" side again in Libya and Syria


Nafeez Ahmed, international relations expert: Al Qaeda returns to its original role as an ally of NATO, used to destabilise target governments.


12.30 - 1.00. The CIA's role in 9/11 and the Fast and Furious Scandal


Ian Henshall, author of 9/11 The New Evidence: Washington officials now admit that a network in the CIA decided to protect the alleged 9/11 hijackers from arrest by the FBI. Meanwhile Obama officials admit to arming a key Mexican drug cartel.


LUNCH: 1.00 - 1.30
Light snacks available from Friends House cafe; networking; videos.

SESSION THREE: 1.30 - 3.30 The BBC and the corporate agenda
1.30 - 2.00 How programme makers twisted the story to fit the BBC's 9/11 agenda.


Emily Church, student, was selected to be on the BBC's Conspiracy Roadshow. She recounts how they twisted the story, and edited the comments of 9/11 sceptics to make them look stupid.


2.00 - 2.20 The official story: why do people believe it


David Southwell on cognitive dissonance and other psychological factors.


2.20 - 2.40 The campaign to wake up the BBC Trust


Human rights lawyer Paul Warburton reports on the progress of the letter writing campaign and how we can all help. Noel Glynn on the alternative BBC blog.


2.40 - 3.00 Is it feasible to make a live independent UK TV news programme, to go out on satellite and youtube?


Ian Henshall, Martin Summers, Fran Scott researcher and Nat Nollid community film maker.

BREAK: 3.00 - 3.30
Light snacks available from Friends House cafe; networking; videos.


SESSION FOUR: 3.30 - 5.00. Solutions
Panel Session


3.30 - 3.45 Nafeez Ahmed: this crisis is different


Author of the Crisis of Civilisation, Nafeez Ahmed on why this crisis is more than the usual boom bust cycle, the changes we can expect and how to make the most of them.


3.45 - 4.00 Martin Deane, UK Green Party candidate: our strategy


4.00 - 5.00 Reports from campaigns, questions

Discussions are continuing on other speakers and updates from a range of campaigns, likely to include Free Bradley Manning, Positive Money, the Occupy Movement, David Kelly, Holly Grieve.


SESSION FIVE: 5.15. Adjournment to nearby pub
Networking, feedback, next conference, general strategy.

Acoustic entertainment including some of London's top street poets, organised by the legendary Hackney's legendary Passing Clouds club.