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Dec 28 13:53

Buchanan: 2020 - Year Of The Democrats? Maybe Not

Does this rejection of the GOP in 2018 portend the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020, assuming he is still in office then?

Not necessarily.

For consider. Nancy Pelosi may want to close out her career as speaker with solid achievements, but she could face a rebellion in her party, which is looking to confront and not compromise with Trump.

The national debt may be surging, but Capitol Hill progressives will be demanding “Medicare-for-all” and free college tuition. Trump-haters will be issuing reams of subpoenas and clamoring for impeachment.

Other Democrats, seeing the indulgent attention their colleagues are getting from the media, will join in. Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee may have to accommodate the sans-culottes.

Is this what America voted for?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Identity politics can work for a little while; but because it is so fractious, and can easily tear a party into pieces, cannot possibly work for the long term.

Dec 28 13:43

Pelosi Spending Shutdown at Hawaii Resort... Maxine Waters in Bahamas... President Cancels Florida Trip...

'We build a Wall or close the Southern Border entirely': Trump demands a wall AND an overhaul of 'ridiculous immigration laws' in the U.S. in latest tirade against Democrats.

President Donald Trump returned Friday to a threat to close the nation's southern border if he doesn't get his wall money from Congress.

Trump warned as the weekend began that he'll close every port of entry, if he doesn't see progress not only on his wall, but on a total immigration overhaul.

'We build a Wall or close the Southern Border,' he declared.

He claimed in tweets in the last day that Democratic opposition to his wall is totally political in nature and is untethered from their assertions that his desired border barrier would be impractical. The president said they should work harder to end the current shutdown, because it mainly affects their voters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, notice where Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters are right now; Pelosi in our state to vacay, and Waters is down in the Bahamas, running away from their (alleged) constituents, who have very hard questions about this border wall issue, and the costs of illegal immigration, while President Trumps cancels his trip to Florida in order to get something done to break the stalemate.

Dec 28 13:33

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $575 million to resolve state investigations

Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating fake accounts opened without the knowledge of customers and a string of other dodgy practices.

Under the agreement announced Friday, the bank will also create teams to review and respond to customer complaints about its banking and sales practices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my headbone around this, please: This amounts to a BRIBE by Wells Fargo, to all 50 states' attorney generals, to close their investigations on Wells Fargo's potentially illegal actions, "...and create their own Bank-hired teams to review and respond to customer complaints about its banking and sales practices" ?!?

What's wrong with this picture?!? Everything, because no one who signed off on these practices goes to jail, and the bank can continue "business as usual."

That anyone would continue to bank with an institution, the name of which should be "Wells Gangster Fargo", is a complete, utter mystery to me.

Dec 28 13:16

The “Self-Genocide” of the West, Preparing its Populations for War, By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and Prof. Stephen F. Cohen

Russia as The Enemy.

The Democrats have an interest in the vilification of Russia as “Russiagate” explains Hillary’s loss of the 2016 Presidential election and gives Democrats hope of removing President Trump from office. The media lacks independence, knowledge, and integrity and is the tool used by the military/security complex to control explanations, a prostitution of the media that has made the term “presstitutes” an accurate description. As strategic and Russian studies are largely funded by the military/security complex, the universities are also complicit in the march toward nuclear war. Republicans are as dependent as Democrats on funding from the military/security complex and the Israel Lobby.

Dec 28 13:09

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I an Israeli voter, I would want to know, first and foremost, what his position on the Palestinians and Palestinian statehood.

Dec 28 12:28

US Commanders Dismiss Afghan Drawdown as ‘Rumors’

Persistent media reports that President Trump has ordered a drawdown from Afghanistan, with either 5,000 or 7,000 troops returning home, seemed more or less confirmed. Despite this, some of the highest ranking Pentagon officials claim to know nothing about it.

Visiting Camp Dahlke West, Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shrugged off the reports when talking to troops, saying “there’s all kinds of rumors swirling around,” but that the mission was unchanged.

This comes after the commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, said he’d received no orders on any drawdown yet. Miller has followed that up by saying the fighting will continue until there is a political settlement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoa, there; did I just hear the words "political settlement" come out of General Miller's mouth in that last statement, rather than stating that a military victory is imminent?!?

Color me ever so slightly, possibly, hopeful on Afghanistan for the first time in one long time.

Dec 28 11:58

RUSSIA COMPLETES CRIMEA SECURITY FENCE

Russia has finished building a high-tech security fence along annexed Crimea's border with mainland Ukraine.

The fence, more than 60km (37 miles) long, is topped with barbed wire and has hundreds of sensors.

Russian forces annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 - a move condemned internationally. Crimea has a Russian-speaking majority.

Russia's FSB security agency says the fence is necessary to prevent "infiltration attempts by saboteurs".

An FSB statement, quoted by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency, said the fence would also thwart smugglers trading in illegal weapons, drugs, alcohol and other contraband.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The BBC has gone from delivering excellence in journalism to consistently belching its putrid, foul codswallop upon the minds of its readers, constantly capitulating to the British and US government war-centric agenda over the truth, and thinking this will absolutely be received by their readers as reliable, gospel, solid-fact.

I would politely suggest that this might have been the case in the past, but is not the case at this point in the 21st century, because citizens of the UK and US are both war-weary, war-skeptical, and looking to independent resources (like WRH) to actually get the real news.

The current agenda is always sabre rattling, and the lies remain the same.

First, BBC, you lie when you use the word "annexed" in reference to Crimea; this never, ever happened.

And please note; no one at BBC, not even the night janitor, wanted to put their names to this ridiculous tale. So, in light of the fact that whoever put this up has a very severe case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), I will be happy to, once again, break this down for them, in small words, that even THEY can understand.

Let's set the "way-back" machine to 2014. This was the spring, which saw Yanukovich, the legitimately elected president of Ukraine, get thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" to replace him, as he was thought to be more "pro-western" than was Yanukovich. This election was more crooked than is a dog's hind leg, with massive vote fraud going on.

Facebook post: United States spent 5 billion on regime change in Ukraine

And no less an American icon than President Obama, himself confessed that the US had brokered a deal to effect "regime change" in Ukraine.

President Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in Support of Regime Change in Ukraine

President Obama admits US brokered a deal for regime change in Ukraine

You see, writers of this atrocious piece of tripe; I've got documentation on my side; you have absolutely no game, whatsoever.
The Crimeans knew that after this putsch, there was no legitimate representation in Kiev, so here is precisely want they did, in a fair, and transparent two-part referendum.

First, the Crimean people were asked, post putsch, if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or ask the Russian federation to accept Crimea as a member.

Then, the Crimean people requested to become part of the Russian Federation, and Russia accepted the petition.

Crimea votes overwhelmingly to ask the Russian Federation to Join it

You see, BBC, I can back up what I say with facts; and the fact is, there was no annexation of Crimea by Russia; zero, zip, none.

Your use of the word "annexation" is a fact-free description of what happened here, as a means to demonizing Russia for what it did not do.

And we all know that demonization of a country, for what it absolutely did not do, and supporting that demonization through sanctions, again, for what it absolutely did not do, are generally a prelude to some kind of shooting war.

And I find it nearly hysterically funny (if it weren't for the oncoming war part), that you are, again, blissfully unaware of the UN Charter, to which, I believe, the UK is still a signatory)which states unequivocally, that all people are allowed the right of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what Crimea did in this case.

So BBC thinks it can go on lying to demonize Russia, with no repercussions, but I politely beg to differ.

I would strongly suggest that those still reading this rag, cloaked in its antique, tattered reputation for truth telling, will be fact-checking in other places, and will start to ignore what you say completely, a situation you have totally brought upon yourself.

RIP, BBC: your capacity to describe anything correctly has just been broken into smithereens, big-time, by this piece, and your credibility has become a world-wide joke.

Dec 28 11:11

ICE USED TAXPAYER MONEY TO PAY PRIVATE PRISONS $800 MILLION TO DETAIN MIGRANTS IN 2018: REPORT

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement paid more than $800 million in taxpayer money to 19 private detention centers to hold migrants and asylum seekers this year, a new report has found.

An investigation by The Daily Beast found the 19 private prisons were being paid to house around 18,000 migrants, or about 41 percent of the 44,000 total migrants being held by ICE.

While ICE would not reveal the names of the detention centers they did business with, large private prison groups like CoreCivic and GEO Group have been known to work with the organization. Together, the two prison companies brought in revenue of more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017. The companies also spend millions each year on campaign contributions and lobbying towards legislation that profits their business.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why private prisons?!? And who "greased the skids" so that only private prisons got this money? These groups should be investigated, and a forensic accounting should be done, so that We the People know who is bribing whom to get these migrants and asylum seekers to these private prisons.

When private prisons "pitch" their services, they always point to the place where they can hold prisoners more cheaply, than can publicly owned prisons.

But the ultimate problems arise when prisoners held in private prisons are released, because health problems are very rarely correctly diagnosed and treated, and there is no such thing as emotional and psychological rehabilitation.

So when a prisoner held in private prisons is released into the general population, they are apt to be more sick, and more inclined to re-offend.

The current state of public and private prisons

The Problem with Private Prisons

The Private Prison Industry, Explained

Dec 28 10:47

CALIFORNIA TOWN OKS DESTRUCTION OF POLICE SHOOTING RECORDS DAYS BEFORE THEY COULD BE OBTAINED BY THE PUBLIC

California has long protected police officers from accountability. Most police misconduct records are impossible to obtain via public records requests. The restrictions covering these personnel files even prevent defense attorneys and prosecutors from accessing them, allowing cops with lousy track records for telling the truth present testimony as if they've never committed a misdeed or told a lie.

Faced with impending accountability, police departments are readying themselves for mass releases of previously withheld data. Oh, wait. The opposite of that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Inglewood PD has one heck of a lot to hide.

Dec 28 10:44

COUNTY AGREES TO PAY $390,000 TO STUDENTS ARRESTED BY A SHERIFF 'JUST TO PROVE A POINT'

Back in September, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unshockingly decided that it's illegal to arrest schoolchildren just to "prove a point." The Fourth Amendment demands probable cause for an arrest, even an arrest of students who have (slightly) diminished Constitutional rights.

This was Deputy Luis Ortiz's solution to a problem he shouldn't even have been attempting to solve. Ortiz decided the students he was speaking to about alleged bullying weren't taking him seriously enough, so he tossed a few in squad cars and took them to the Sheriff's office. Nothing about this was legal, but the county decided to defend this all the way to the appellate level. The Ninth Circuit's assessment of Ortiz's actions was harsh but far more fair than Ortiz deserved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; perhaps this case will prove "inspirational" for preventing other "school based police" from doing the same thing.

Dec 28 09:12

India Wants Tech Platforms To Break Encryption, Scrub "Unlawful" Content

The government of India wants tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Google to remove content it deems "unlawful" within 24 hours of official notice, and develop "automated tools" which would "proactively identify and remove such material," reports BuzzFeed, citing the publication of the proposed rules by India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The rules would also require companies to break end-to-end encryption to allow the government to snoop on communications.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) published the proposed rules on its website following a report on Monday by the Indian Express revealing the government’s proposal to modify the country’s primary IT law to work them in. The report comes days after India’s government seemingly authorized 10 federal agencies to snoop into every computer in the country last week.

Dec 27 13:59

Trump Is Helping the Saudis Starve Yemen

In The Imperial Presidency, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. warned that the habit of “indiscriminate global intervention, far from strengthening American security, seemed rather to weaken it by involving the United States in remote, costly and mysterious wars, fought in ways that shamed the nation before the world and, even when thus fought, demonstrating only the inability of the most powerful nation on earth to subdue bands of guerrillas in black pajamas. When the grandiose policy did not promote national security and could not succeed in its own terms, would it not be better to pursue policies that did not deform and disable the Constitution?”

These many years later, America is complicit in a mysterious war in Yemen that is waged by Saudi Arabia in ways that shame both of our allied nations. These famine-ravaged youngsters are what that war looks like. As Nicholas Kristof aptly put it, “Your tax dollars help starve children.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting just a little sick to my stomach, reading that last paragraph; I did not know (but am not at all surprised) that President Trump had a number of business deals with the Saudis before he came into office.

Mr. President, as long as I am breathing, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist who never commends violence, to call you out on the US military assisting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And I am about to post some images the presstitutes in corporate media don't dare (warning: very graphic), and not a one of them has been photoshopped or altered in any way.

The Saudis are slaughtering innocent children, women, and the medically infirm.

Images:
Yemeni children shot and killed or maimed for life by Saudi air raids

Yemen ports have been successfully blockaded by Saudi and American troops, so no desperately needed food can reach those now dying of malnutrition
Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, because Saudi/US forces have blockaded Yemeni harbors, so food cannot get in.

Cholera (possibly weaponised) rages, unchecked in Yemen, as the water infrastructure has been successfully destroyed by the Saudi military.
Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as the Saudis have destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen.

Mr. President; I must ask this question: I know US weapons manufacturers are selling American bombs to the Saudis, and making incredible profits from this, but at what moral cost to this nation?!?

I was hoping in 2016 that the next President this country elected, would not sign off on more war crimes, as did your predecessors Bush and Obama, starting with Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Yemen; and Syria, did; it very much pains me to say it, but sir, in your haste to make sure American weapons manufacturers could profit brilliantly from wars in places like Yemen, you have placed an indelible, moral crimson stain over this entire country's future which can never be cleansed.

And as you are caterwauling over your "great success" in having American ambassadors push their host countries into "buying American" when it comes to weaponry, I hope you can sleep without seeing those images of the dead, the dying,and the maimed for life, which I have attached above; because Mr. President, I cannot sleep because of this, nor can many of the good moral people who elected you, understanding very clearly, that these weapons are causing the deaths of so many innocents.

And I have a companion piece I would like to share:

Saudis leave American fingerprints on Yemen carnage.

Dec 27 13:17

Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

Some leading Pentagon officials were uncomfortable with Bolton’s anti-Iran goals in Syria. Days after Bolton’s statement, senior Pentagon officials signaled to Congress that they weren’t on board. “In Syria, our role is to defeat ISIS. That’s it,” Brig. Gen. Scott Benedict, an officer on the Joint Staff, testified to the House Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump has been made to realize what an absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid Syrian policy Bolton crafted, leaving President Trump with little to zero option in Syria but to withdraw, will someone who has his ear, please, encourage the President to take a look, hard, long look at the Iranian foreign policy Bolton (and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu) want him to pursue?

And also, 2020 being an election year, how, in the name of Heaven, does he believe he can sell yet another Middle East war to the American people, who have become very skeptical about the existing US-generated wars, which continue to go horrendously badly, and war weary,with the uncomfortable sense that if sanctions will not bring the Iranians "to their knees" economically and geopolitically, that he is considering attacking Iran?

And again, I find it interesting that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East; The Butcher of Yemen, Prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have to wonder; is it because these people can order singular, or multiple assassinations with impunity, and not be held responsible for what they have done?

Dec 27 12:37

Report: Southeast Syrian Rebels Ready to Surrender After US Pullout From Tanf Base: Commanders try to negotiate safe passage for rebel north

The US withdrawal from Syria includes the withdrawal from the remote US military base at al-Tanf, and that’s got some of the rebel factions in the southeastern area around the base wondering what comes next.

Reporters say that many of the rebels are openly saying that they intend to lay down their arms and surrender as soon as the US leaves al-Tanf, and try to join into one of the Syrian government’s reconciliation offer.

On the other hand, commanders from the US-backed Mahavir al-Saura brigade are looking for life after the US by issuing a demand for Syria to grant them safe passage for 6,000 fighters into the rebel-held northern Syria area around Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So these jihadists are "demanding" safe passage from the Syrian government to get 6,000 fighters out of harm's way, after fighting the Syria, Russia, and Iranian military?!?

Were I part of the leadership of Mahavir al-Saura, I would seriously not be holding my breath that this would happen.

Dec 27 11:30

Mix.com Doesn't Believe In Free Speech

Here is the response from Mix.com,why they will not post Breitbart or many of the websites here on WRH.

Daniel from Mix Support
1:57 AM (8 hours ago)
to me
As per our Terms of Service, we reserve the right to exclude any content form our service at our discretion, and without explanation.
Kind regards

Frank Marion

10:19 AM (0 minutes ago)
to Daniel
In other words you are deepstate and you are censoring Free Speech. Pathetic.I don't agree with much on Breitbart but they unlike you believe in the Bill of Rights!

Dec 27 11:04

Russia warns Ukraine and NATO against sending ships through the Kerch Strait

Moscow called on Ukraine and its Western partners to abandon the new attempt to send naval ships through the Kerch Strait.

At a press briefing, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the possible passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait "a reckless initiative", RIA Novosti reports.

Zakharova also noted that the "Western supervisors" of Kyiv should come up with a way of "reasoning with the ruling regime" in Ukraine in order to make them abandon the steps that could lead to escalation in the region.

According to Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Ukraine’s plans to make a new attempt to send warships through the Kerch Strait are nothing more than a "provocation" in which Kyiv plans to involve NATO and the OSCE.

"Apparently, the recent incident with Ukrainian sailors, who became hostages of the aggressive policy of Kyiv authorities, did not teach anyone anything," Zakharova added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Foreign Minister Spokeswoman's Zakharova's voice is the voice of sweet reason here.

It appears that the US, NATO, and Ukraine, are hell-bent on causing a disturbance here, over Russia's response to Ukrainian military having not followed protocol about informing Russia that these ships were on their way ahead of time.

And further incidents in Kerch Strait, by Ukrainian, US, or NATO craft, may well be interpreted, and rightly so, as an act of war by Russia.

I am hoping (and praying) that the adults in the room in Brussels, Kiev, and DC, will have the horse-sense to back off here; the consequences of not doing so, may well lead to a world war.

I perceive that Putin is a cautious man, and will not take the first step toward a potential war; but there is a point past which he, and the Russian government, cannot be pushed without having to retaliate.

I hope that those clamoring for such an incident to happen, are absolutely, dead certain, of precisely where that point would be, in such a scenario, because I am absolutely not sure.

Dec 27 10:47

CHINESE SCHOOLS ARE USING CHIPS IN UNIFORMS TO MONITOR STUDENTS

If you liked skipping classes or sneaking out of school, this would be your worst nightmare.

Chinese schools are adopting “intelligent school uniforms” to keep closer watch on their students, according to the state-run Global Times. The uniforms, made by a local tech firm named Guanyu, have two chips embedded in the shoulders with identification and GPS.

The uniform chips can supposedly alert teachers and parents through an app if students leave the campus during school hours -- and then locate them. One of the schools using the uniforms claimed to Global Times that they won’t track students outside of school hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't believe that these are only going to monitor kids during school hours, so one has to wonder; when proven successful at their given task, just when will these chips be mandated in any article of clothing a Chinese person may want to buy?!?

And please don't think for one millisecond, that American educators and professional government despots, are not thinking about having this mandated for every child going to a public school in this country.

Dec 27 10:40

BANKING GIANT HSBC DIVESTS FROM ISRAEL ARMS MANUFACTURER

Human rights groups have claimed a major victory after HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, confirmed that it fully divested from Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems, which sells weapons to the Israeli military used in attacks on Palestinians.

As part of the campaign, over 24,000 people emailed HSBC with concern over its investments in Elbit Systems and other companies selling weapons to Israel’s military. Forty HSBC branches across the UK were picketed monthly to call on HSBC to stop aiding Israel’s brutal occupation and human rights abuse of millions of Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well done, HSBC, good on you!

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 27 08:21

EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS FOR THE POLICE

We’ve recently told you about civil forfeiture.

Incredibly, it gets worse.

Police have gotten greedy.

They actually have wish lists of items – referred to as “little goodies” – they want.

Items that belong to you.

This hideous practice extends to your car – and your home.

There is incentive for them to take what’s yours.

The American public should not be playing Santa Claus to the cops whose salaries we already pay!

Dec 27 07:57

Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

Whether by accident or design, Facebook makes it easy for even low-tech governments to silence dissent

Dec 27 07:09

MEET THREE BRAVE WHISTLEBLOWERS - KEVIN SHIPP, BILL BINNEY AND JOHN KIRIAKOU

he NSA and CIA have given up working against true evildoers and are focused instead of invading the privacy of American citizens, building personal bureaucratic empires, and enriching their friends in private industry.

And covering their asses when they fail, fail, and fail again in the tasks they are charged with.

Why are they failing?

They’re tracking 4 billion people instead of the tens of thousands of known bad players.

Dec 26 15:17

Ukraine army’s Chechen allies openly admit having Islamic State links – report

Islamic State-trained militants are fighting alongside a state army in a European country, the Times reports – but that detail is buried in an article talking about how Putin is a common enemy of Ukrainians and Chechens.
Framed as an inside look at what’s driving Chechens to join Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operation” against the breakaway republics in the east of Ukraine, the Times article has a few juicy quotes from one Mansur, a member of a voluntary battalion made up of Chechens.

Putin is our common enemy… He brings only evil.

Author and veteran anti-Putin writer Marc Bennetts echoes the official message of Kiev and its Western allies, calling the eastern Ukrainian rebels “Kremlin-backed” and claiming Moscow is “preparing a full-scale invasion.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the Ukrainian government, NATO, which is equipping and training jihadists, and the US government are watching these relationships very closely; it is very possible that the Chechen fighters here have other agendas, perhaps like breaking away from Russia at some point, and declaring itself a republic.

Dec 26 15:12

No pullout of Iraq, it can be base 'to do something in Syria' - Trump on first visit to troops

US President Donald Trump said he's not planning to take American troops out of Iraq as he made his first visit to an active combat zone. His surprise trip also sparked online frenzy after his plane had been noticed over Europe.
Speaking at Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria last week.

"I think a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking. It's time for us to start using our head," the president said. “In fact we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

So, the alleged "pulling out of US troops from Syria" was not so much a withdrawal, as a repositioning of troops in Iraq, for future US campaigns in Syria?!?!?

IF I am understanding this correctly, this...is officially horrible.

Dec 26 15:06

Netanyahu’s Gift to Settler Movement After Snap Election Called: 2,000 New Homes

Authorities in Israel have advanced plans to have nearly 2,200 settlement homes illegally constructed in the occupied West Bank.

A committee within Israel's Defense Ministry charged with handling such projects approved the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A total of 2,191 settlement homes were advanced this week, with 1,038 clearing their final hurdle in the approval process before construction can begin. The remaining homes are still being processed.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seek to pressure international governments and companies into dropping business with entities that profit off of illegal Israeli settlements.

Last week, the Israeli government aided a law firm linked to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency to pressure a US-based fundraising platform to ban BDS from using its services, Sputnik News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing, on such an issue, is never accidental.

Dec 26 15:04

Israel green-lights plans for 1,300 settlement homes, hundreds more pending

The Defense Ministry committee responsible for authorizing settlement construction on Tuesday advanced plans for over 1,300 homes in the West Bank, with some 800 more slated for approval in an additional session scheduled for Wednesday.

Of the 1,352 homes green-lighted by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee in 23 different projects, 807 gained final approval for construction while 545 homes had their plans cleared ahead of being considered for a final okay.

On Wednesday, 839 homes are slated to be okayed by the High Planning Subcommittee, with 352 gaining final approval for construction and 487 clearing the earlier planning stage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing... is never accidental, on issues like this.

Dec 26 14:16

The Calm Before the Storm: Jeremiah Johnson, December 26th, 2018

We’re discussing particulars and what is in place now, as we speak. In Northeastern Syria, Special Forces teams as well as CIA and other clandestine service operatives have been deeply embedded since the Obama years. Now the plug has been pulled, and all of the intricate networks that have been obtained in the area are to be curtailed. Whether a shadow-presence will be left there is likely, although conjecture at this point, but Mattis’ reaction and resignation is, most likely at a minimum, twofold:

In consideration of what I just wrote, no Commander-in-Chief is privy to every motion that transpires within a given theater…and tactically, Mattis probably does not agree with the rapidity of the curtailment, from both an operational perspective.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, folks, I do NOT want to win the title "Chicken Little for 2019", but please take a look at the what seems like a major convergence of many factors coming to play, simultaneously.

As I wrote in a previous post today:

"President Erdogan is threatening war against Greece; President Trump is consumed by his demand that the Democrats give him money for the wall between the US and Mexico, so the American Congress is in partial shutdown; Israel is planning a major military campaign against Syria, and/or Lebanon; Turkey has declared its own war on Syria, and most Americans are in a tryptophan coma from too much turkey celebrating Christmas, and won't recover from their slumbers until well after the New Year."

As this article states: "Vladimir Putin reported at a conference packed with journalists that he believes the U.S. and Russia are headed toward a nuclear war. While he said he didn’t wish it, he reiterated that Russia will fight if it has to."

Please, if you are not prepped at this moment, now would be a darn good time to start. This means potable water, extra food, meds, first aid kits, and a bugout kit, if you need to run to a place previously vetted as the most safe and protected.

Find people in your neighborhood with whom you feel safe, with whom you can barter, and create community.

Dec 26 13:25

Germany To Trump: Don't Even Think About Stationing Nuclear Missiles In Europe After INF Withdrawal

Washington's decision to drop out of the INF has fueled speculation about the return of a full-blown, Cold-War style nuclear arms race, as Russia has reflexively threatened to build up its tactical defenses along Europe's periphery in the face of what's expected to be a buildup of American intermediate-range arms.

But whatever happens between the two nuclear superpowers, Germany wants no part of it.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned this week that the US better not be thinking about stationing its intermediate-range missiles in Germany - or anywhere in Europe, for that matter. For the last 30 years, the treaty has prohibited stationing intermediate-range arms in Europe. Any push to change that would almost certainly be met with "widespread resistance" in Germany, Maas said, so as to avoid a scenario where Europe is put in the middle of a tug-of-war between Russia and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to admire this guy for really having the "male attributes" to say "NO!" to any positioning of the new medium-range missiles in Germany.

Dec 26 13:20

US Economy Snaps As Richmond Fed Plummets Most On Record

Those seeking an economic indicator of an imminent recession just got one courtesy of the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index, which tumbled from 14 in November to -8, crushing expectations of a modest rebound to 15, weighed down by drops in the indexes for new orders and shipments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how you slice it, the numbers here are .... officially horrible.

Dec 26 13:18

Israel Preparing For Comprehensive War In Syria: Report

Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US’ withdrawal from the country.

The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone.

The newspaper quoted Israel’s former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that:

“the United States’ withdrawal from Syria greatly increases the likelihood of a large-scale conflict in the north, whether in Lebanon or Syria”.

Lieberman added that “the Americans’ departure will raise the morale of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah.”

The Russian daily quoted Russian military expert Yuri Liamin as saying that “Iran cannot interpret this decision as a blank cheque”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a nasty feeling in my gut, when Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset, and set a time for snap elections in April, that he was going to use the time in between to wage a significant war against Syria, and/or a war against Iran, with literally no opposition from the Knesset, because it had been dissolved.

There are moments it kinds of bites, being correct on an assessment like this.

And to all my brother and sister Americans, even if you're in a tryptophan coma from too much turkey yesterday, please wake up; because by the time the New Year gets here next week, both the US military and Israel's military may well be at war with Syria, and with Russia throwing its hat into the ring, and siding with Syria.

Dec 26 12:52

Police harass man for giving away free food in Texas’s poorest city

Part 1) The system isn't gonna fuck itself! - FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY...Given a Ticket!

Dec 26 12:43

Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China

The Americans wager that they can exercise veto power over African political alignments by force of arms, through AFRICOM’s massive military infiltration of the region.

“The ‘West’s’ political economies are spent forces, incapable of either keeping up with China’s phenomenal domestic growth or of competing with China in what used to be called the Third World.”

Donald Trump last week trotted out his war dog, National Security Advisor John Bolton, to growl and snarl over China’s attempts to “gain a competitive advantage” in Africa through “predatory” practices that supposed include “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive” to Beijing’s global schemes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If EVER an administration needed a "Department of Peace", it is right the heck now!!

In looking at the combination of demonization plus sanctions against Russia; China; and Iran, it is very clear to me that the US government is about to sleep-walk this country into wars our military may not be able to win.

And I say this not because I don't care about the future of this country; I say this because I do care about the future of this country, because at this time in US history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against China and/or Russia.

Speaking of which, here's a companion story, again out of globalresearch.ca:

The US is planning for a major war with Russia and China

Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China

Dec 26 12:35

Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. The PSD-11 “Secret Blueprint” to Implement Regime Change across the Middle East

In August, 2010, six months before Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was launched by the Washington NGOs including the NED, the Soros Foundations, Freedom House and others, President Obama signed Presidential Study Directive-11 (PDS-11), ordering Washington government agencies to prepare for “change.” The change was to be a radical policy calling for Washington’s backing for the secret fundamentalist Islamic Muslim Brotherhood sect across the Middle East Muslim world, and with it, the unleashing of a reign of terror that would change the entire world.

According to US Congressional testimony of Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Obama Administration PSD-11 directive–as of March 2017 still classified Top Secret–“ordered a government-wide reassessment of prospects for political reform in the Middle East and of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in the process. “

A Grandiose Task Force

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, this information is true,it looks like here's another alleged "Nobel Peace Prize Winner" who should be forced to have that honor pulled, quickly, and for darn good reason.

Dec 26 12:33

Three oddities in FBI handling of Flynn interview | John Solomon

Michael Flynn believes he lied to FBI agents during an interview, as well as to the vice president, and he pleaded guilty to criminal charges. He owns that; it’s on him.

But while Washington and the media fixate on that aspect of the story, the recently released “302” of his interview with the FBI — the official form that agents use to summarize certain interviews — is so odd that it only helps to perpetuate perceptions that the FBI was targeting the Trump campaign, and then the Trump administration, for mostly political reasons. This aspect of the story needs more attention for the FBI’s sake and, more importantly, the nation’s sake.

Dec 26 12:28

North, South Korea hold ceremony for future road and rail links

North and South Korea have held a ceremony for an ambitious project to modernise and reconnect rail and road links, although construction cannot begin without progress in nuclear negotiations.

A nine-car special train carrying some 100 South Korean officials, politicians and five people born in the North, left the Seoul railway station early on Wednesday morning for a two-hour journey to the North's border city of Kaesong.

There, they were joined by a 100-strong North Korean delegation, as well as officials from the United Nations, China, Russia and Mongolia, according to South Korea's unification ministry.

The United States gave their support for the ceremony, South Korean officials said, but work cannot begin while sanctions block the shipment of energy and metal products, as well as other supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the moment, until those sanctions get lifted, we are talking a symbolic gesture only.

Dec 26 12:25

Trump’s Incoming Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Pushed Military to Buy Weapons It Didn't Want

By tapping former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to temporarily replace famed former Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, President Trump may have found a like-minded advocate for the U.S. weapons industry.

Shanahan is a controversial choice. During Shanahan's two-year stint as Mattis's deputy defense secretary, Boeing has landed a series of lucrative military contracts worth $20 billion, on top of the Chicago company's previous deal to build aerial-refueling tankers and naval fighters for the Pentagon.

Mattis' resignation on Thursday came one day after Trump announced, via Twitter, that the terror group known as Islamic State is no longer a threat and the United States will withdraw all 2,000 of its troops from Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised by President Trump's pick here.

Dec 26 12:23

PALESTINE PULSEGaza's Christians blocked from travel to Bethlehem

Palestinian Christians in Gaza are feeling a damper on the Christmas spirit this year as Israeli authorities have blocked many from receiving exit permits to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

While Western Christians celebrate, following the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 25 of every year, Eastern churches — to which the majority of Palestinian Christians belong — follow the Eastern calendar and celebrate on Jan. 7.

The international organization Middle East Concern, which advocates for the rights of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a Dec. 10 statement that most of the applications by Christian Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for permits to participate in Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem had been rejected by Israeli authorities. It noted that "nearly all" of the requests were rejected, "with only Christians over the age of fifty-five being allowed to travel."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JUST when I think I have seen the Israeli government at its most xenophobic and apartheid worst, it will surprise me all over again, by going to a depth of "hubristic smarmy" that I cannot possibly un-see.

And to all those Evangelicals who cannot praise Israel enough; if you knew the degree of contempt they have for you, you would be shocked to your very core.

I don't know what the Hebrew equivalent for "useful idiots" is, but I am very sure that phrase gets used frequently, when various Zionist organisations get together, and ridicule you.

Dec 26 12:15

Shine a Light’: ACLU Sues 7 US Federal Agencies to Expose Government Hacking

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Privacy International and Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic at the University of Buffalo filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against seven federal criminal and immigration enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

According to a press release by the ACLU, the lawsuit demands that the agencies reveal "which hacking tools and methods they [these agencies] use, how often they use them, the legal basis for employing these methods and any internal rules that govern them." It also calls for internal audits or investigations of the agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I must confess that I have a "hug and a punch" relationship with the ACLU; this morning, it's hug time!! :-)

Dec 26 12:10

Turkey amasses troops at border as operation against Syria’s Kurds looms (VIDEO)

Turkey has sent massive reinforcements to areas in its south, in preparations for a push into Syria’s northeast. As troops roll to the border, the country’s top officials have made bellicose remarks, vowing to fight “terrorism.”
A large Turkish military unit has been filmed in the town of Karkamis at the Turkey-Syria border. Right across it lies the Syrian town of Jarablus, controlled by the Turkey-backed Syrian anti-government militants since mid-2016, when Turkey left the territory during operation Euphrates Shield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you are so inclined, please pray for those innocents, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, who will be caught in the cross fire of these attacks.

And we have a companion story on this, also through antiwar.com:

The Kurds must now choose between loyalty to Syria; or defeat by Turkey

Dec 26 11:59

‘We are coming’: Chilling Blackwater ad triggers fears of Trump seeking to privatize Mideast wars

Blackwater, the controversial US private security firm, has flagged its intent to resume business, taking out a full-page commercial in the latest edition of Recoil magazine with a chilling message declaring “We are coming.”
The resurrection within the military contractors’ market of notorious Blackwater, which, after numerous scandals and several rebrandings, is now known as Academi, has analysts looking deeper into US intent to withdraw from the wars in the Middle East. The advertisement in Recoil, made public after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation, prompted concerns that president Donald Trump might be seeking to privatize ongoing American engagements in Afghanistan and Syria, following the declared troops' withdrawal from the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please.

Privatizing as many wars as we are fighting right now, would be an horrific decision.

Even privatizing one of them may well result in creating a failed nation-state, as the US and NATO did with Libya.

We know that many of these wars were handed over from your predecessor, President Obama, who told adoring campaign crowds that he would bring our troops home, when he knew, at some level, that this statement was a bold-faced lie.

So the question you should be asking yourself right now is, how to honorably extricate the US government from the commitment to these wars, like Afghanistan, and Yemen, which you inherited from President Obama?!?

As I have said many times, regarding Afghanistan, it would make every bit of sense for the US/NATO troops to be evacuated as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights; the rare earth minerals rights; and the opium poppy rights. It is common knowledge that a number of US "alphabet soup agencies" are making a killing, literally, and figuratively, from the sale of the cheap, strong heroin.

Images: US soldiers guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan

you are welcome, Mr. President.

So I must ask; upon seeing these images for the first time, and perhaps having your own "Saul on the Road to Damascus moment", how is it that absolutely no one around you happened to mention this reality to you?!?

Then sir, if the people around you, who seem to have both "your back" and your ears haven't mentioned this, perhaps it is high time for a re-think about who you can trust, or not trust, and right the heck right now.

The future of this country depends upon it.

Now, as to Yemen; I know that one of your two BFFs in the region, Prince Bin Salman, AKA the Butcher of Yemen, is insistent on a military victory against the Houthi rebels, no matter what the cost.

But the costs to the Yemeni people have been bitterly severe, including:

1. Women and children, and the medically fragile getting blown to bits, courtesy of Saudi bombings, which the US military is assisting. Markets, hospitals and schools are blown up, with impunity, courtesy of Saudi bombing runs.

2. There is rampant malnutrition, due to the fact that the US military is assisting Saudi military personnel blocking Yemen's ports , to insure no food gets to the starving people.

3. There is rampant cholera in Yemen (possibly weaponised and from the US government), courtesy of Saudi bombing runs against their water infrastructure, and the death toll is horrific.

President Trump, we understand that you believe "war is good for US business", because just about the only things governments want to buy from us are our weapons; but sir, in looking at the reality that the US military, in aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, makes the US government complicit in these war crimes, at what moral cost to the country are we doing this?!?

You need to call the Butcher of Yemen, apologise to him, and tell him,

"Look Prince, the whole Yemen situation is about to go public, big-time, so the US military is going to have to "pack it in" long before the election happens.

Sorry about that; but I have to make sure that American's SMD, selective memory disorder, kicks in around June of next year, so that this whole "Yemen thing" will be forgotten. You understand, right?!?"

Again, you are welcome, President Trump.

Dec 26 11:09

2018: THE YEAR PUBLIC WATCHLISTS BECAME COMMONPLACE

A few months ago I called 2018 the "Rise of Spying Transit Police" but after looking through my archives, I noticed a more disturbing pattern emerge. Time and again, month after month, most of the stories I wrote revolved around one thing, watchlists.

In January, I wrote two stories about facial recognition and police camshares that centered around corporate and law enforcement watchlists. From then on things got progressively worse, watchlists, blacklists and whitelists are expanding at a frightening pace.

Below is a list of twenty-seven stories that show how public watchlists have become commonplace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, I would be pretty certain, even though I never advocate violence, that I am on some governmental watch list.

I tell the truth as I see it; document that truth as best I can; and am very concerned about how the US government uses propaganda to forward its agenda, which is war against any country which has, or was planning to have, the audacity not to use the US dollar as its primary medium of financial exchange. Think Libya (where the US/NATO forces assassinated Qaddafi before he could put in place a gold-backed dinar); Russia, China, and Iran, the three most demonized and sanctioned-against countries, courtesy of the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

And as I have said many times before, demonization, plus sanctions, can definitely result in a shooting war as their outcome.

So to all those alphabet soup agencies tasked with reading what I have written on this blog, I have only 3 words for you: God Bless You!! :-)

Dec 26 08:00

HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE LINING UP BEHIND WHAT COULD BE THE LARGEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT IN DECADES

Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a “Green New Deal,” which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.

As it stands, the “Green New Deal” is more aspirational than actual policy. Indeed, it takes its name from the New Deal of the 1930s, and its main backer, incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, compared it to the Great Society of the 1960s.

More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the “Green New Deal” as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as “economic, social and racial justice.” A poll found most Americans supported the deal, but knew little about it

Dec 26 05:21

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

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There is something beautifully sacred about the moment in the Quran when the angels inform Mary she is about to give birth to Jesus.>>>

Dec 25 19:31

Home video brings 1938 Civil War reunion to life

My great great grampa fought at Gettysburg with the 6th Virginia Infantry Regiment,Army of Northern Virginia,General Robert E. Lee commanding.They were assigned the job of guarding Lee's artillery or I probably would not be here.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One hundred and fifty-six years ago, America was ripped apart by the greatest conflict it had ever seen. Two years into the Civil War there was no end in sight, and rebel forces were making headway.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the high-water mark of the Confederacy, as General Robert E. Lee marched northward through the Shenandoah Valley with designs on penetrating deep into Pennsylvania.

Over the course of three days, Union and Confederate armies suffered between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties, making Gettysburg the most costly battle in U.S. history.

Dec 25 14:44

Syrian state media report missile attack near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Dec 25 14:14

Incoherent Thoughts from the Yankee Capital: Papua New Guinea Looks Better and Better II

Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

Dec 25 12:54

Did Defense Secretary James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

Retired Gen. James Mattis earned the nickname “Mad Dog” for leading U.S. Marines into battle in Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004. In that assault, members of the Marine Corps, under Mattis’ command, shot at ambulances and aid workers. They cordoned off the city, preventing civilians from escaping. They posed for trophy photos with the people they killed.

Each of these offenses has put other military commanders and members of the rank and file in front of international war crimes tribunals. The doctrine that landed them there dates back to World War II, when an American military tribunal held Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita accountable for war crimes in the Philippines. His execution later was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

During the siege of Fallujah, which I covered as an unembedded journalist, Marines killed so many civilians that the municipal soccer stadium had to be turned into a graveyard.

Dec 25 12:51

Dahr Jamail | James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand

In November 2005 US marines in Iraq committed a massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The slaughtering of unarmed men, women, children and elderly people, shot multiple times at close range, was retribution for a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of marines. The war crimes were extremely well documented and the atrocity garnered international attention.

When it came time to bring the marines responsible for the massacre to justice, Mattis was the convening authority over the eight charged with crimes at Haditha.

Mattis went on to dismiss all of the charges leveled against the marines who had been accused of killing the civilians and of the eight originally charged, only one still faces possible prosecution, but one can guess how that will end up.

Dec 25 12:49

Hey, Remember How James Mattis Was Accused of Doing War Crimes?

It’s also worth remembering that Mattis is hardy deserving of the respect stowed upon him simply because he’s a military guy. In fact, Mattis very may well have committed war crimes while commanding Marines in Iraq. Per Aaron Glantz, who wrote a retrospective for Reveal when Mattis was first nominated for defense secretary:

Retired Gen. James Mattis earned the nickname “Mad Dog” for leading U.S. Marines into battle in Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004. In that assault, members of the Marine Corps, under Mattis’ command, shot at ambulances and aid workers. They cordoned off the city, preventing civilians from escaping. They posed for trophy photos with the people they killed.

Dec 25 12:45

FBI Dir. Comey: Member, HSBC Board – Clinton Foundation and Drug Cartel Money Launderer

Now, it can be made clear as to why the FBI Director James Comey had been flip-flopping with his statements regarding the Clintons’ slew of high crimes, i.e. he has multiple conflicts of interest when it comes to investigating the affairs of the latter and the Deep State, at large

Dec 25 12:42

Don’t Cry For Comey

But despite what some of his detractors will tell you, the worst blemishes on Comey’s record have nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. A few high-profile acts of resistance to some Bush-era excesses have papered over his much longer record as a privacy-shredding extremist who has repeatedly advocated trampling basic rights for the sake of national security. Despite his much-hyped acknowledgement of the bureau’s past misdeeds, Comey’s FBI continued its long-standing pattern of racial profiling and criminalizing lawful activism. And completely forgotten today is Comey’s record in the private sector, where he did the political bidding of his corporate employers.

Dec 25 10:45

Taibbi: We Know How Trump's War Game Ends

Nothing unites our political class like the threat of ending our never-ending war ...

So we’re withdrawing troops from the Middle East.

GOOD!

What’s the War on Terror death count by now, a half-million? How much have we spent, $5 trillion? Five-and-a-half?

For that cost, we’ve destabilized the region to the point of abject chaos, inspired millions of Muslims to hate us, and torn up the Geneva Convention and half the Constitution in pursuit of policies like torture, kidnapping, assassination-by-robot and warrantless detention.

It will be difficult for each of us to even begin to part with our share of honor in those achievements. This must be why all those talking heads on TV are going crazy.

Unless Donald Trump decides to reverse his decision to begin withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, cable news for the next few weeks is going to be one long Scanners marathon of exploding heads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The withdrawal from both Syria and the pare-down of troops in Afghanistan, were absolutely the right moves to make right now, however these actually came about.

What do all 17 year old Americans have in common?!? They have never seen a time in their lives, when our country NOT at war with other countries, period, end of discussion.

Dec 25 10:40

A Horrified Wall Street Reacts To The Mnuchin Massacre

Heading into December, a majority of traders still quietly hoped that the volatility observed in October and November would finally fade, and give way to the traditional Santa rally allowing them to escape what in just two months had mutated into a devastating year for most, unscathed: after all, in the past century, December has not only been the month with the highest average stock market return, but the month which has closed in the green on 74% of instances, the most of all other months of the year.

It was not meant to be.

Dec 25 10:36

Facebook suspends accounts tied to Dem disinformation scheme in Alabama race

Facebook suspended five accounts linked to Democratic operatives who engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” in a bid to steer votes away from Alabama Republican Roy Moore during last year’s special Senate election.

The announcement comes following a New York Times report last week that exposed the scheme, in which the users created a Facebook page and imitated conservative Alabamians who weren’t satisfied with the Republican candidate while encouraging others to write in another candidate. Moore, whose campaign ultimately was clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls while he was in his 30s, ended up losing the race to Democrat Doug Jones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way too little, and way too late, to effect the outcome of that election.

But hey, this is precisely how the Dimentocrats roll!!!!

Dec 25 10:26

The Fusion Doctrine, For a Totalitarian Take Over. Militarization and “Privatization of the State”

It has become increasingly apparent throughout the past decade that the nation state, and the traditional notion that it represents a culturally cohesive citizen’s platform, is no longer a valid supposition.

An increasingly significant number of citizens now feel that there is no trust-worthy party to turn to at election time; whereas those who continue to place their faith in one or other party, allow themselves to be swayed by the ubiquitous nature of state propaganda – and not by their better instincts. This propaganda is corporation infused and is tied-into the deliberate promotion of an increasingly “me, me” agenda. Materialistically inclined consumers and many of those reacting to the dog eat dog political agenda of the day, appear to believe that any sort of resistance to the dominant trend is pointless, preferring to think only about their own needs and wishes and how to get the best out of a bad situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do a reality check for any blog you may visit, and ask yourself; is this simply corporate propaganda, or is there a basis for considering it true?!?

In order to survive in the 21st century, one has to become a 24/7 awareist, understanding immediately if what you are seeing or hearing is the truth, or corporate propaganda, to support an agenda (like the US's call for endless war).

Dec 25 10:21

Illegal Land Grab and Human Rights Abuses in the Congo

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s biggest conservation organizations, is breaking the law in its backing of a conservation zone in the Congo Basin, according to letters released today.

The letters demonstrate that the new protected area, known as Messok Dja, is being created without the free, prior and informed consent of the people who rely on that land for survival, members of the Baka and Bakwele tribes.

The letters also document human rights abuses committed by ecoguards funded and supported by WWF.

According to national and international law, indigenous people must give consent for any project affecting their lands, territories, and resources. Without the consent of the people who rely on the land for survival, the establishment of Messok Dja park is illegal.

Over a hundred people from six villages in Republic of Congo have signed the letters, which also describe horrific violence and abuse by ecoguards funded and supported by WWF.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me wrap my head around this; WWF has surrounded these tribes with local thuggery, to keep them away from the forests upon which they have relied for food and sustenance for generations?

The short question has to be, "Why"?!?!?

The answer is simple; the land underneath the park means nothing, until people decide that they want to develop what lies beneath; and therein lies the rub!!

Mining in the Congo Basin

This article goes on to state: "Mining is an important land use activity in the forested region of the Congo basin, employing millions of people in the informal sector, and in the past few decades surpassing timber as the largest economic activity. Gold, diamonds, cobalt, copper and oil are major resources that are mined from the region; most mining is small scale, artisanal, and unregulated. Recently, mining groups have targeted coltan and cassiterite, rare minerals used in electronics such as mobile phones.

Oil and mineral exploitation often occurs in the forested areas of the Congo basin, clearing roads and encouraging settlement and deforestation. However, oil and mineral activity also may discourage deforestation by making agricultural export less profitable and by pulling rural populations into cities and away from forested areas, as witnessed in Gabon and Republic of Congo. In an oil "concession in Gabon, forests are well protected and hunting is not permitted."

And the following article makes the following statement: How Nations are Chipping Away at their Protected lands

This article goes on to state: "Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo likewise opened up their best known World Heritage Site, Virunga National Park, to oil exploration. Soco, a British company, faced global protest and returned its permit to the government last year — but only after completing seismic testing and filing a report, secret so far, on whether exploratory drilling would be practical in the park. The project heightened tensions with park officials in a region already ravaged by private armies, according to a conservation scientist working in the region, who added, “The eastern DRC is a powder keg, with so many factions, and this was literally throwing oil on the fire.”

It appears that WWF is functioning like a "holding company" for these opportunities; holding on to the land, until someone deems it "profitable enough" to drill or dig.

Dec 25 09:51

Global Economy Teeters on the Brink of a Recession That Will Transform Geo-Politics

As we approach 2019 the global economy teeters on the brink of yet another recession which will plunge geo-political relations into a period of great upheaval and rapid change. In 2019 global stock markets will continue to face unprecedented volatility and gigantic losses as the Ponzi scheme pumped up by the cartel of central banks comes crashing down.

The central bank cartel of the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and Bank of England together with the Bank of China have flooded their national economies with astronomical sums of money since 2008 in an attempt to stave off collapse of the global financial system.

Their money printing experiment has driven global debt from $177 trillion to over $277 trillion today while interest rates have been artificially suppressed enabling a wealth transfer to the 1% of historic proportions. This massive expansion of central bank balance sheets is illustrated below.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This debt load is totally unsustainable, and there are two possible outcomes which can be seen here; either a complete collapse of the US economy, or a world war.

Unfortunately, there is no middle group between them that I can see.

Dec 25 09:38

VOICES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE

Two of my section came dashing into the billet during the morning and said, ‘What do you know, the Jerries are out on the top; they’re walking about, they’re dishing out drinks and cigarettes – there’s no fighting going on!

At Christmas 1914, an event occurred that was not repeated again during the First World War. An unofficial, spontaneous truce took place along some parts of the Western Front. It often started with a ceasefire as Christmas Day approached. German Army officer Walther Stennes recalled how, initially, this caused some concern.

On Christmas Eve at noon, fire ceased completely – on both fronts. Of course it was unusual that the opposite side also ceased fire. Then my officer controlling the sentries came in and said ‘Do you expect a surprise attack? Because it’s very unusual the situation.’ I said, ‘No I don’t think so. But anyhow everyone is awake, no one is sleeping and the sentries are still on duty. So I think it’s alright.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to contemplate, as we look at the endless wars the American Deep State and Military Industrial complex have planned for us.

Dec 24 17:35

Trump: ‘The only problem our economy has is the Fed’

“The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders,” Trump said in a tweet Monday. “The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!”

Dec 24 15:57

Over One Million Gun Owners Refuse To Obey Ban

New Jersey — Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, then you’ve likely seen the unprecedented push by all levels of government to separate law abiding Americans from their guns. No, this is not some conspiracy theory. The president himself ushered in a new level of gun control doing what his liberal predecessor even refused to do by banning bump stocks. However, as states across the country seek to limit the ability of innocent people to defend themselves, people are disobeying.

Dec 24 12:13

New U.S. Government Financial Accounting Loopholes. Concealing Where Money is Actually Spent

Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, the current state of government accounting is far from ideal–often bordering on useless to the public.

Dec 24 12:11

Global Economy Teeters on the Brink of a Recession That Will Transform Geo-Politics

As we approach 2019 the global economy teeters on the brink of yet another recession which will plunge geo-political relations into a period of great upheaval and rapid change. In 2019 global stock markets will continue to face unprecedented volatility and gigantic losses as the Ponzi scheme pumped up by the cartel of central banks comes crashing down.

The central bank cartel of the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and Bank of England together with the Bank of China have flooded their national economies with astronomical sums of money since 2008 in an attempt to stave off collapse of the global financial system.

Their money printing experiment has driven global debt from $177 trillion to over $277 trillion today while interest rates have been artificially suppressed enabling a wealth transfer to the 1% of historic proportions. This massive expansion of central bank balance sheets is illustrated below.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is not a question of "if" but "when" world-wide central banks will not be able to stem the contagion.

Dec 24 11:58

Last-minute shopping rush sees stores put their entire collection on sale with discounts up to 70 percent off

With the holiday retail season coming to a close, last-minute shoppers can expect to score some amazing deals.

Retailers will be trying to get rid of their old merchandise and replace it with new merchandise for the new year, which means deep discounts for customers.

Stores like Eddie Bauer and Gap are putting their entire collection on sale while other retailers like Target are offering up to 50 percent off big-tech items.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: shoppers just do not have the money to buy Christmas presents.

Dec 24 11:55

China flaunts its new deadly drone bomber which can fly 35 hours without refuelling and spy on enemies from 23,000ft

China has shown off its latest drone bomber as it releases footage of the unmanned aircraft completing its first flight.

Wing Loong I-D, a type of combat and spy drone, can carry more than 10 different types of weapons and fly up to 35 hours without refuelling.

It is also able to scout information from as high as 7,000 metres (22,965 feet), according to Chinese news site Sina Military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is not that the Chinese military has this weapon, which sounds very formidable indeed; the question which must be raised at this time, is why do American military not have either the equivalent of such a weapon, or better?!?

Dec 24 11:47

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Finance Rebuilding of Syria - Trump

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

Trump has welcomed Riyadh's decision, adding that it is "nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All good and well; but when will the Butcher of Yemen get started on rebuilding the country it and the US have bombed and destroyed so completely?!?

Dec 24 11:43

Israeli Parliament to Dissolve, Election to Take Place in April - PM's Spokesman

The resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the withdrawal of his party from the governing coalition in mid-November left Netanyahu with just a one-seat majority in the Knesset.

Israel will hold a general election on 9 April, a representative of Likud party told Sputnik, adding that the current Knesset convocation would be dissolved by that time. According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the decision to disband the government was "unanimous".

The announcement came after a meeting of members of the country's Likud-led ruling coalition. According to Haaretz, the coalition failed to agree on the new law on conscripting yeshiva students. Earlier in the day, the Yesh Atid party refused to vote for the bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This April referendum is fraught with concerns for Bibi Netanyahu.

First, it is unclear whether the Israeli Attorney General will level corruption charges against him, which the Israel police are recommending should happen: Israeli Police Recommend indicting Netanyahu in third corruption case this year.

Secondly, he is also very shaken, and disappointed by President Trump's order for all US troops out of Syria. Trump/Netanyahu call grew tense over plans for the US to leave Syria

IF the date of 9 April holds for a snap election, look for some horrific "March/April Surprise", generated by the Israeli government, which will force
(or at least, give justification for) a war in which the US must protect its vital "friend" in the Middle East, Israel.

Please remember; the US government, right now, is in a deeply fractured condition, with some at the Deep State level wanting to see a US-led war against Iran right now, to please their Israeli/AIPAC monetary contributors.

This lack of cohesive US vision, coupled with a pathological inability of both sides of the aisle in Congress to agree on anything, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, could potentially mean that Netanyahu could see an opportunity to create a "game changer", with a false flag, which would simultaneously win him the vote in the next election, and extract his revenge on President Trump about the Syrian pullout of US troops.

I don't know about you, but I am going to be paying extraordinarily close attention to what the Israeli government is doing in the next 106 days until that election.

Dec 24 11:09

UK Taxpayers Funded Pakistani Death Courts As They Handed Down "Blasphemy Law" Sentences

New details from a secretive UK aid program reveal controversial Pakistani death sentence courts have been funded by the UK government for the past few years, even while Christians languished on death row as a result of the country's notorious "blasphemy laws". And while the program began as a "counter terrorism" initiative with a British ally, it's come under increased scrutiny after a Pakistani Christian woman was recently acquitted following 8 years on death row for "blasphemy charges". The Guardian reports:

British taxpayers are funding prosecutions in Pakistan that have led to dozens of death sentences, according to newly disclosed details of a secretive UK aid programme.

The documents reveal that the Foreign Office is supporting specialist civilian courts that prosecute terrorist suspects in what the UK government’s global security strategy calls a “rule of law” programme in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absolutely...horrifically... amazing!! And one of the myriad reasons that I never will travel to Islamabad this lifetime.

Dec 24 11:01

Ho Ho No?! Washington Bears Gifts For Kiev's Neo-Nazi Warmongering Regime

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Oh what a lovely big stocking-filler for the Kiev regime this week from Washington. Just in time for Christmas too, and only weeks after President Petro Poroshenko tried to incite a war with Russia from a naval provocation in the Kerch Strait.

First we had US government envoy Kurt Volker announcing this week that an additional $250 million in military weapons were being packaged in Congress for Ukraine. Then the DC-based international lending institutions, the IMF and World Bank, signed off on multi-billion-dollar loans for Poroshenko’s regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is one of those geopolitical issues, like Yemen, where we need to have a broad-based, fact-centric discussion, right out here in the open, to inquire of our government just what the heck is going on on Ukraine, and why the US government saw fit (under President Obama's watch, I may add)to have its duly elected President, Yanukovych thrown under the proverbial bus so that Poroshenko could be anointed as its saviour.

And please remember: President Obama admitted, in a TV interview on CNN, that the US had been part of the group responsible for brokering this deal.
President Obama admitted that Washington was behind Ukraine coup, and brokered a deal in support of regime change.

Of course, this is how Washington does business, and is not unique to Ukraine.

Please remember:

They did this to the Iranian people in 1953: 1953: CIA assisted coup overthrows the government of Iran
The US government actively aided and abetted the regime change in Chile in 1973 Chile's regime change

They supported governmental violence against its people in ArgentinaKissinger Supported Argentina's "dirty war"

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001: The US war in Afghanistan started in 2001

The US government facilitated regime change in Iraq through invasion and occupation, beginning in 2003 US begins its war against Iraq, 2003

The US and NATO, invaded Libya in March 2011, and created regime change when
shortly thereafter with his extrajudicial assassination: Never forget why Muammar Gaddafi was killed: href="https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/libya/obamas-libya-debacle">Libya: Obama's debacle

They continue this policy with Bahrain, in supporting the dictatorial monarchy there, whose human rights stance is just to the right of Attila the Hun. Bahrain's silenced revolution

The US government still supports Saudi Arabia in its horrific treatment of its people America is fawning over Saudi Arabia’s repressive dictatorThe US government and military is still aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen Why does the US government support Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

And of course, one of the most current attempts at "intervention and regime change" would be Syria, where, at least, President Trump has had the "come to Logic" moment, and has decided to get our troops out of there. President Trump orders US troop withdrawal from Syria And BTW, please remember: Bashar Al Asad never invited the US troops in the first place; Russia and Iran were invited to assist the the Syrian government with getting out the US funded/trained/equipped jihadis, and they did a wonderful job.

So looking all of this and taking it into consideration how long the US government has been doing this since the end of World War II, one reaches an inescapable conclusion: US military intervention and attempted regime change, is not an aberration for US foreign policy; it has become the norm.

And I would politely caution President Trump that a war against Russia right now, with some kind of "false flag" to be blamed against Russia happening somewhere in Ukraine, would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly idiotic things the US government could possibly do right now.

And I say this, because I care very deeply about this country, and the hard, cold reality here, is that this country's military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, the manufacturing, or the weaponry, to insure a positive result of a war against Russia at this time.

Dec 23 12:19

So You're Living in a Police State Stephen Colbert

Dec 23 10:32

INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTERCEPT, MONITOR, AND DECRYPT CITIZENS’ COMPUTERS

The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privacy watchdogs.

Narendra Modi’s government late Thursday broadened the scope of Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act, 2000 to require a subscriber, service provider, or any person in charge of a computer to “extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies.” Failure to comply with the agencies could result in seven years of imprisonment and an unspecified fine.

In a clarification posted today, the Ministry of Home Affairs said each case of interception, monitoring, and decryption is to be approved by the competent authority, which is the Union Home Secretary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the citizens of India; your government has now declared that you have utterly no right to internet privacy, no matter how "vanilla" your messages, and documents sent and received may be.

Dec 23 10:27

EXECUTIONS RISE SHARPLY UNDER SAUDI CROWN PRINCE

Executions in Saudi Arabia rose significantly in the first eight months after Mohammed bin Salman became deputy crown prince, a London-based human rights organization said.

According to Reprieve, 133 people were executed between June 2017 and March 2018, nearly twice as many as the 67 recorded during the eight months before his rise to power.

Saudi Arabia has executed 147 people in 2018 and around 700 people since 2014. Almost half of those who received capital punishment were foreign nationals, according to Reprieve’s report.

They included Indonesian housekeeper Tuti Tursilawati, who was executed after being sentenced to death for the murder of her boss, despite her claim that she had acted in self-defence after he tried to rape her. The report criticized Saudi Arabia for ignoring international conventions as it had refused to notify Tursilawati’s family and Indonesian officials before her execution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this is why President Trump is so drawn to both the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince Bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Bibi Netanyahu; to be able to order assassinations at will, with no laws or legal protocol with which to have to deal; in Trump's eyes, that must be potentially heaven on earth!

Dec 23 10:21

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: IF TRUTH CANNOT PREVAIL OVER MATERIAL AGENDAS WE ARE DOOMED

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither Russia nor Putin are my enemies; lousy, misguided, short-sighted, not-thought -through, dart-board-style US foreign policies threatens me, and my brother and sister Americans, and the future of this country. infinitely more than does Russia or Putin.

Dec 23 10:21

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: IF TRUTH CANNOT PREVAIL OVER MATERIAL AGENDAS WE ARE DOOMED

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither Russia nor Putin are my enemies; lousy, misguided, short-sighted, not-thought -through, dart-board-style US foreign policies threatens me, and my brother and sister Americans, and the future of this country. infinitely more than does Russia or Putin.

Dec 23 10:08

RIO POLICE TO GET "LICENSE-TO-KILL" 

Brazil is going weapons-free.

Up to 120 sharpshooters will accompany Rio de Janeiro police into the city's slums to eradicate violent gun-toting criminals, according to Flavio Pacca - a longtime associate and security adviser to Governor-elect Wilson Witzel.

The marksmen will work in pairs; one shooter and one spotter who will monitor conditions and videotape the executions, according to Bloomberg, with the two officers alternating roles.

"The protocol will be to immediately neutralize, slaughter anyone who has a rifle," said Witzel - a former Brazilian marine and federal judge, on December 12. "Whoever has a rifle isn't worried about other people's lives, they're ready to eliminate anyone who crosses their path. This is a grave problem, not just in Rio de Janeiro, but in other states."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone please keep reminding me that Brazil is no longer on my "bucket list"; the approach here is draconian in the extreme, and unfortunately, is only likely to fuel more violence in the Favelas (Portuguese word for slums).

Dec 23 10:01

FACEBOOK SUSPENDS 'RESEARCHER' WHO FAKED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN ALABAMA ELECTION

Facebook has suspended the account of Jonathon Morgan, the researcher behind a disinformation campaign against an Alabama Republican candidate who ended up losing the race for a Senate seat. Morgan claimed it was “research.”
Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge, a social media research firm that published a major report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, has confirmed to The Washington Post that his Facebook account was suspended.

In a statement, Facebook said it had yanked "five accounts run by multiple individuals for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior" and was investigating them.

"We've removed thousands of Pages, Groups and accounts for this kind of behavior, as well as accounts that were violating our policies on spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior during the Alabama special election last year,"Facebook said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable.

And remember, originally Facebook fell for this codswallop, hook, line and sinker.!!!

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 23 09:46

BEFORE AND AFTER: WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE HEMISPHERE PROGRAM AFTER SUING THE DEA

As the year draws to a close, so has EFF’s long-running Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Agency about the mass phone surveillance program infamously known as “Hemisphere.”

Dec 23 09:40

ON GUN CONFISCATION: "HERE'S HOW IT MIGHT ACTUALLY GO DOWN"

I see here something which is much more dangerous than the fear of communism.

It is how people react to news or new laws about any weapon limitation. It’s how they talk about what the majority of them are planning to do.

HERE’S HOW CONFISCATION MIGHT ACTUALLY GO DOWN.
Here is how it might actually go down. This is one possible scenario:

First, you’ll be labeled as a terrorist, some weird guy who wants to overthrow the government. Maybe your photo will be posted somewhere stating that you are very sick, and that you pose a danger to society.

If you are a member of some group, let’s say a prepper group, you all will be labeled as terrorists first, and through the media, you can be portrayed as a domestic terror cell, to the point that your next door neighbor will help police to get you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very sage advice for what may well be coming down.

Dec 22 09:41

‘S African Gov’t Creating a Scenario of Conflict & Racial Hatred’ – Cape Party

British MP Andrew Bridger has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to condemn South African authorities, who have approved land expropriation from white farmers. Addressing Theresa May Wednesday, Bridger slammed the decision, saying: “This is not only wrong, it is also risking putting another African country from a bread basket into a basket case”.

Several weeks ago, South Africa's National Assembly endorsed a proposed amendment to the Constitution that will allow for mainly white-owned farmland to be taken without compensation. Sputnik has discussed this with Jack Miller — Cape party leader, a political party in the Republic of South Africa.

Sputnik: What is your take on the British MP's statement?

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Dec 22 09:36

Russian Embassy Slams UK Over Warship's Ukraine Visit 'Sending Message' to Putin

The deployment of a hydrographic survey ship, the HMS Echo, which docked in Odessa on 19 December, to Ukraine was announced by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson last month.

The Russian Embassy in London has blasted UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s trip to Ukraine, stating that he is “instigating” Kiev to new provocations.

"Having failed to effectively neutralise drones over Gatwick Airport, Williamson seems to be engaged in a more important matter – instigating Ukraine to new military provocations. Russia has indeed accepted the signal: it implies that the British conservative government will provide the Kiev regime with political and military support no matter how irresponsible its steps are. This is how London tries to ‘assist’ in the settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict”, the embassy’s statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can certainly understand Russia's upset about the UK setting up Ukraine to be the "picador" here.

Dec 22 09:26

IRGC holds major drills, debuts ‘offensive’ component

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf, launching an “offensive” component in Iran's defensive strategy for the first time.

The Great Prophet 12 drill entered its final chapter in the general area on Saturday, with IRGC chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari saying "we hope the enemies have more than ever grasped the power of our response."

"This was a response to allegations made by the enemies who should know that the defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are deterrent, and as the Eminent Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has said, 'if they try to hit us once, they will definitely be hit 10 times more'," Jafari told reporters.

The IRGC Ground Force’s chief Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the drills take place on a strategic and defensive level proportionate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just yesterday, as if right on cue:

USS Stennis is the First US carrier in the Persian Gulf after a long absence, and just in Time for Christmas

I am hoping and praying, that there will be no escalation of tensions here; the the military staff on both the Iranian and US sides of this low-rumbling conflict need to behave calmly and responsibly.

But of course, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is no guarantee, that it won't actually do it.

I am very concerned about a potential "false flag" happening here, to be blamed on the Iranians, and off we go.

Dec 22 09:15

Is The US Preparing For A War Between LatAm States?

Little by little, the partisans of the Cebrowski doctrine are advancing their pawns. If they must cease creating wars in the Greater Middle East, they’ll just turn around and inflame the Caribbean Basin. Above all, the Pentagon is planning to assassinate an elected head of state, ruin his country, and undermine the unity of Latin-America.

When he arrived at the White House, President Donald Trump opposed the Cebrowski plan. However, two years later, he has so far only been able to prevent the Pentagon and NATO from handing over States to the terrorist groups they employ (the « Caliphate »), but not to stop manipulating terrorism. Concerning the Greater Middle East, he has managed to diminish the tension, but the wars still continue there at lower intensity. Concerning the Caribbean Basin, he restrained the Pentagon, forbidding them to launch direct military operations.

Dec 22 09:11

Psychoanalysing NATO: The Diagnosis

Authored by Patrick Armstrong via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

In previous essays I argued that NATO tries to distract our attention from its crimes by accusing Russia of those crimes: this is "projection". NATO manipulates its audience into thinking the unreal is real: this is "gaslighting". NATO sees what it expects to see – Moscow's statements that they will respond to medium range missiles emplaced next door are re-jigged as the "threats" which justify NATO's earlier act: this is "confirmation bias". And, finally, NATO thinks Russia is so weak it's doomed and so strong that it is destroying the tranquility of NATO Land: this is a sort of geopolitical "schizophrenia". (I must acknowledge Bryan MacDonald's marvelous neologism of Russophrenia - a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world.)

Dec 22 09:07

Loan Market Is Freezing: Banks Fail To Sell $1.6 Billion In Loans

One week ago we noted that ominously the junk bond market appeared to have frozen without a single high yield bond pricing in the month of December, the first such occurrence since 2008. Yet while the bond market was on the verge of locking up especially in the lower rating tiers, we observed that the leveraged loan market was still functioning because even as prices had slumped over the past two months, banks that committed to finance highly leveraged buyouts offered loans at substantial discounts to entice investors. And, as the chart below shows, the average new issue yield by month had risen to the highest in years, with CCC-rated issuers forced to pay the most in 7 years to round up investor demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get ugly...

Dec 22 08:54

Military contractor KBR files brief with Supreme Court in attempt to nix burn pit review

Military contractor Kellogg, Brown, and Root has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to throw out multiple lawsuits filed by veterans who say they were made sick by burn pits the company used for waste disposal on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a brief filed last week, officials for KBR and its former parent company Halliburton urged the court not to restore dozens of the lawsuits filed against the companies, who handled daily operations for many of the bases starting in 2001. They claim that the lawsuits were already dismissed properly because the courts have no jurisdiction over military strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of corporate codswallop that comes from having one's conscience surgically removed.

Technically, the argument may well be solid; but what about any moral responsibility for how these military people became ill, if KBR staff actually knew what the consequences of not having proper protective gear on when working at the burn pits ?!?

Therefore, I will be watching KBR's maneuverings in this case very carefully; and any attempt to completely efface any corporate responsibility, because KBR's accounting team simply thought it "too expensive" to give our military proper, protective gear, will result in getting this company named and shamed by every independent blog internationally.

Dec 22 07:40

US to give Ukraine extra $10mn for naval buildup in response to Kerch Strait incident

The US will provide $10 million extra in military aid to help Ukraine beef up its naval capabilities, the State Department has announced, days after a Senate resolution called for such aid in response to the Kerch Strait incident.
Russia was ordered to "immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews" involved in last month's naval provocation and to allow Ukrainian ships to freely navigate the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov in Friday's statement from deputy State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino. The financial decision was made "in solidarity with" Lithuania and the UK, which also plan to step up their funding of the Ukrainian military, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please; 10 million dollars which will probably be frittered away by the uber-corrupt Poroshenko government, with utterly no accountability as to how this is spent, while our homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets?!?

Really?!?

And please, the utter hubris of "ordering" Russia to " "immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews" involved in last month's naval provocation and to allow Ukrainian ships to freely navigate the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov in Friday's statement from deputy State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino."?!?

For anyone paying attention, the optics here are God-awful, hubristic, and belligerent beyond belief.

The Ukrainian vessels did not follow protocol, and for that, they were picked up, their boats impounded, and its crew arrested.

And Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council head Alexander Turchinov, if I hear the "A" word, as in "annexed" from any of you, or your obviously fact-avoidant colleagues on this issue, I shall be compelled to call you out, peacefully and responsibly.

Now, please let me use reasonably small words, so I don't lose you on the logic or the timeline.

Let's go back to the way-back machine of 4 years ago, when Ukraine's duly elected President Yanukovich got thrown under the proverbial bus, and Petro Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's President, in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

The people of Crimea, understanding that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev, opted to hold a referendum, asking the people of Crimea if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or request admission to the Russian Federation.

By an overwhelming vote, the Crimean people requested that they wanted to become a part of the Russian Federation; petitioned the Russian Federation to have that happen, and that petition was accepted by the Russian Federation.

Mr. Turchinov, Ukraine is a member of the UN, or at least the last time I looked, which means that it is a signatory to the UN Charter, giving all people whose countries have signed that charter, the right of peaceful self determination, which is precisely what Crimea did.

And just in case, sir, you are experiencing a really lousy bout of SMD (selective memory disorder) please remember that Crimea was annexed to Ukraine from Russia by Nikita Kruschev in the 50s.

And one last historical reality, before your SMD kicks in again; President Obama himself, in an interview on CNN, admitted that the US had been a part of the group to support regime change in Kiev.

President Obama admits that the US government brokered a deal in support of regime change in Ukraine

So sir, in conclusion, it has become painfully clear that Ukraine's and the US government's narrative of both how Crimea rejoined the Russian Federation, and why the Ukraine's military boats got pinched by the Russians in the Kerch Strait, are complete and utter fictions, woven around an agenda which, most probably, cannot be be realized; the Ukraine's forcible taking Crimea back from Russia by the Ukrainian military.

And we have a companion piece, from sputniknews.com, on this story:

US 'Has to Babysit Poroshenko' Since Too Much Money Was Put in Ukraine - Kremlin

Dec 22 06:56

RECORDS RELEASE UNEARTHS NEW DETAILS ON GOVERNMENT'S HEMISPHERE SPYING PROGRAM

A public records lawsuit has unearthed new details on the efforts government agents made to keep secret a spying tool that accessed decades of phone records.

To settle a lawsuit with civil liberties watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Justice Department surrendered hundreds of files on its Hemisphere spying project, which pairs AT&T employees with law enforcement agents to track trillions of phone records dating back to 1987.

After settling the lawsuit last month, EFF released a massive trove of files Wednesday.

“The government has worked with AT&T to create this database where there are almost no barriers to law enforcement’s ability to access the information,” EFF attorney Aaron Mackey said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Retention is forever.”

The files show that AT&T urged the government in 2007 not to include the use of Hemisphere information in court filings so the program would stay hidden from the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the 4th Amendment, protecting Americans from unreasonable electronic search and seizure, has been thoroughly eviscerated by this practice.

Dec 22 06:51

FIRST FALLOUT OF TRUMP'S DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM SYRIA

Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis resigned from his position effective February 28. He disagreed with the president's decision. It was the second time in five years that an elected commander in chief had a serious conflict with Mattis' hawkishness. President Obama fired him as Central Command chief for urging a more aggressive Iran policy. Mattis is also extremely hawkish towards Russia and China.

President Trump campaigned on lessening U.S. involvement in wars abroad. He wants to get reelected. He does not need a Secretary of Defense that involves him in more wars that have little to none defined purpose.

Mattis is an ingrained imperialist. He always asked for more money for the military and for more meddling abroad. One of Mattis' little notice acts as Defense Secretary was a unannounced change in the mission of the Pentagon:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please reread that last sentence until it absolutely sinks in......

And again, if there was ever a time that this US government needed a Department of Peace, it is right the heck now!!

Dec 22 06:47

U.S. POLICE UNDER PRESSURE TO END THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

When the International Olympic Committee announced that Atlanta would host the 1996 Summer Olympics, security for such a massive event was an immediate concern.

As part of their preparation, local police traveled to Israel to learn about its security and counterterrorism strategies. In May alone, Israel saw a total of 684 “terrorist events,” according to an Israeli government website. By contrast, since 1980, there have been 11 notable terrorist attacks with fatalities on American soil.

Georgia State University criminologist Robert Friedmann — who was raised in Israel and launched the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) to help police secure the Atlanta Games — says these exchange programs provide an opportunity for U.S. police to learn counterterrorism prevention and response from a country with significantly more experience.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you approach policing as does the Israeli military and police, suddenly...everyone becomes a Palestinian, and one is thoroughly experiencing the darkest sides of Code Napoleon Law; where everyone is guilty, until proven innocent

Dec 22 06:40

DOW DIVES 400 POINTS, HEADS FOR WORST WEEK IN 10 YEARS

Stocks plunged again on Friday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst week since the financial crisis in 2008, down nearly 7 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed in a bear market and the S&P 500 was on the brink of one itself, down nearly 18 percent from its record earlier this year.

The Federal Reserve's rate hike on Wednesday drove the losses this week and fears of an extended government shutdown only added to the pain on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 414.23 points to finish at 22,445.37 in turbulent trading that sent the blue-chip index up as much as 300 points earlier in the day, only to trade back in negative territory less than one hour later. The initial rally upward on Friday came as Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams told CNBC that the central bank could reassess its interest rate policy and balance sheet reduction in the new year if the economy slows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember that this economy is only "great" for the one percenters, and even they tasted the vile poison of the downturn this last week.

I don't know when this volatility will end; but it looks as though the financial "roller coaster" is not done with investors yet, and not by a long shot.

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