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You know I always thought one of the nice things about Australian discourse was the freedom from the US style focus on paranoia and wheels within wheels conspiracy theories. And then we have Crazy Clive.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer says CIA is behind campaign to kill coal industry


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/mining-mag...6#ixzz1pj5FRkj4


BILLIONAIRE Clive Palmer has made bizarre claims the CIA is backing green groups in a bid to kill the Australian coal mining industry.

And he appeared to suggest that US President Barack Obama was directly briefed on the sabotage.


Mr Palmer called a Brisbane press conference to declare that "an off-shore political power'' and the humanitarian organisation the Rockefeller Foundation were behind the attacks on mining.


He said the objective was to make American coal more competitive.


Mr Palmer said no outside country was funding his operations.


"The big difference is that this is funded by the CIA. That's the big difference,'' Mr Palmer said.


"You only have to go back to read the Church report in the 1970s and read the reports to US Congress which sets up the Rockefeller Foundation as a conduit of CIA funding.



"You only have to look at the secret budget that was passed by Congress last year, bigger than our whole national economy, that the CIA's got to ensure that.


"You only have to read the reports to US Congress, where the CIA reported to the President (Obama), that their role was to ensure US competitive advantage and economic advantage.


"That's how you know it was funded by the CIA.''


The claims reach the outer limits of conspiracy theories and are certain to embarrass allies of Mr Palmer and severely reduce his political influence.


It is probable that any senior Liberal, including Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, will be reluctant to appear on the same platform as him.


Mr Palmer told reporters that he was "not here to do the American bidding'' and said he believed US figures wanted American coal to dominate Australian markets.


"So our jobs, our security, our exports, our balance of payments are transfered to North America when they could be coming for Australians,'' Mr Palmer said.


He distributed a Greenpeace strategy document, leaked two weeks ago, which canvassed the possible use of legal challenges and a video to fight coal mining.


Mr Palmer said the document "could have been written in Langley,'' a reference to the CIA's headquarters in Washington.


And he accused people linked to the document of treason.


"The Greens in the coming (Queensland) state election, all their candidates should resign if they are being funded by an off-shore political power. It's tantamount to treason,'' he said.


He said: "So I hope that's a headline for all of you today.''


Greenpeace’s senior campaigner for Australia and the Pacific John Hepburn said it was ludicrous to suggest that a community campaign on the environmental impacts of the coal mining is funded by the CIA.


He said the organisation does not accept money from governments or corporations.


“For Mr Palmer to dismiss environmental concerns over his own projects is worrying given that his China First mine in the Galilee Basin is proposed to be built on top of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge and that he is part of a proposal to build the world’s biggest coal port in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,” Mr Hepburn said.


“Mr Palmer need only read any one of the nearly two thousand submissions from community members in opposition to his China First mine to understand the depth and breadth of community concern over the environmental impacts of the coal boom.”


Greens Leader Bob Brown said Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman should repudiate comments made by mining magnate Clive Palmer about the party.


Mr Newman is widely expected to win Saturday's state election by a landslide.


"They are very serious accusations made by a person who is going to be a chief confidant and adviser to Campbell Newman were he to become premier on Saturday," Senator Brown said, adding Mr Newman needed to repudiate the "nastiness and falsity of this attack".


"There is no greater influence over the next Campbell Newman government than Clive Palmer," Senator Brown said.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/mining-mag...6#ixzz1pj4wyKD4


I'm really rich and I am not going to take it anymore! The billionaires have been restless lately. Maybe there is CJD in the caviar?

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