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Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 24 09:46

Video: Israeli police destroy Palestinian tombstones in Jerusalem cemetery

Due to the fact that many slain Palestinians were buried in al-Mujahidin cemetery, it became a place where Palestinians from Jerusalem, and those visiting from the West Bank and elsewhere, would visit to pay their respects.

The tombstones of the slain Palestinians were engraved about a year-and-a-half ago with a verse from the Quran and the sentence “graves of heroic martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” Israeli authorities objected to the use of the word “hero,” and demanded the cemetery administration removed the new addition.

After the administration refused, the Israeli officers broke in in the middle of the night and destroyed the tombstones with hammers and other hand tools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hammers and other hand tools became "weapons of mass destruction", in the hands of IDF officers who objected to how the Palestinians saw their recent history at Israeli hands.

Because to the Israeli mind set, if they don't like how the Palestinians see their recent history, they believe that they have every, perfect right to destroy those cultural elements to which they object; even...tombstones.

Mar 24 09:37

UK's Porton Down denies it could have been source of nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy

Britain's military research facility at Porton Down said it could not have been the source of the nerve agent that poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury this month, the BBC reported on Friday.

The BBC quoted Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead as saying there was "no way" the substance could have come from its laboratories as Russia has suggested.

He said the laboratory had the "highest levels" of controls and security, the BBC said.

Russia denies any involvement in the attack on the pair who have been critical in hospital since they were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in Salisbury.

Russia's EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov noted in an interview with the BBC earlier this week that the Porton Down lab is only eight miles (11km) from Salisbury, insinuating that may have been the source

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead is making this statement, one has to wonder then, if its leadership was given orders from the highest level of the British government to make this happen, as something to be blamed on Russia.

And of course, one has to recall Porton Down's egregious history, when it came to experiments on human beings:

There are also examples of government-run research that took advantage of the vulnerability of the subjects to ensure their participation and which resulted in the subjects experiencing severe harms, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis trials or the UK-run Porton Down chemical experiments in which 11,000 military personnel were exposed to mustard and nerve gas between 1939 and 1989.

Wait, am I reading this correctly?!? 11,000 guys were exposed at Porton Down to these chemicals?!?

Mengele would have been so proud!!

So NO, Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead; morally "squeaky clean", and the institution you represent are mutually exclusive, and for damned good historical reason.

And the question no one is asking is, why would Putin do this, so many years after the damage had been done to Russian intelligence?!?

The short answer is, he wouldn't; Prime Minister Theresa May is playing this for all it's worth, because Brexit is falling apart at the seams, and she is desperate for a distraction.

I can tell you, Prime Minister May, this is absolutely not working.

Mar 24 09:22

Afghanistan: Deadly car bombing near Helmand stadium

wounded in a car bomb explosion near a sports facility in southern Afghanistan, a health official has said.

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province, said Friday's blast in the city of Lashkar Gah took place close to the Ghazi Muhammad Ayoub Khan stadium, where a wrestling match was taking place.

Aminuallah Abed, chief of the provincial public health department, said that 40 people who were wounded were receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The death toll is expected to rise, with hospital sources telling Al Jazeera that a number of wounded people were in serious condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good look at that kid in this image, bleeding out, as an older adult scrambles to get him care; looking at the paucity of medical care here, the kid just may not make it.

Welcome to the world of another young victim of the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan, 17 years on.

And as someone who loves kids, and believes all kids should have a decent future, I cannot look at this child, and begin to use the word "collateral damage" with a straight face.

What the Trump admininstration and NATO should be doing right now, because there is absolutely no military metric by which either can say that the US has "won" in Afghanistan, is to have troops leave as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that.... would be logical.

Mar 24 09:13

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

The U.S. military stands astride the Greater Mideast region on behalf of an increasingly rogue-like regime in Washington, D.C. Worse still, this isn’t a Donald Trump problem, per se. No, three successive administrations – Democratic and Republican – have widened the scope of a global “war” on a tactic (terror), on the basis of two at best vague, and at worst extralegal, congressional authorizations for the use of force (AUMF). Indeed, the US is veritably addicted to waging undeclared, unwinnable wars with unconvincing legal sanction.

Mar 24 09:09

Britain urges Israel to improve treatment of detained Palestinian children

Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention on Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.

The Foreign Office issued a statement in the wake of the sentencing of Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested after kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank in December.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, accepted a plea deal this week under which she will be sentenced to eight months in prison, her lawyer said.

Alistair Burt, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, said in the statement: “The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved (Israeli-Palestinian) conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation who should be growing up together in peace, but continue to be divided.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love how Reuters, very carefully and conveniently, leaves out of this story, the reason why Ahed Tamimi slapped and kicked the IDF member:

The Story Behind Ahed Tamimi's Slap: Her Cousin's Head Shattered by Israeli Soldier's Bullet

The story goes on to state the following:

"Half a head.

The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; theres congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boy's face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and won't be returned to their place for another six months."

Now, the IDF apparently believes that such acts against Palestinian kids should be accepted, both by the Palestinians and the world, and that they should be allowed to continue to do these brutal acts with savage impunity.

Ahed Tamimi was of a different opinion on this, when she learned what had happened to her cousin at the hands of the IDF.

The IDF would kill every Palestinian child it has incarcerated, if they thought they could get away with it; fortunately, they cannot, at this point in Israeli history, because the unblinking gaze of a 24/7 news cycle is bearing down on them, and that is starting to make a difference.

Even Israeli Rabbis encourage complete ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, their "Final Solution" for ridding Israel of them. Take a look at the following story from Tikun Olam last year:

Israeli Chief Rabbis Endorse Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian Servitude

I can never advocate or condone violence; but I can understand why, when a people are so violently oppressed and their history systematically and pathologically erased, violence can happen.

Mar 24 08:50

War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give ‘pieces’ of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt

The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment of Bolton as President Trump's National Security Advisor, an appointment over which Congress has absolutely zero oversight, is officially horrible, and does not augur well for any kind of peace in the Middle East.

In fact, this appointment almost guarantees a war against Iran, which will almost inevitably mean war with Russia.

President Trump has morphed from the non-interventionist on the campaign trail to an avid supporter of war, as the only way in which the Unhinged Surveilled State of America can ever acheive its geopolitical goals.

The only reason we are looking at potential peace talks between the US and North Korea is that when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited Washington for AIPAC earlier this month, he gave President Trump his marching orders, which were: "Forget about North Korea; regime change Tehran for me!!"

One has to wonder just what, precisely, Netanyahu has on President Trump, to make him so willing to sacrifice so much potential blood and money toward the achievement of this goal.

But like that architypical dream about a slo-mo train wreck, I can see this war coming, and soon.

I am bitterly disappointed with him for this, and think that, once again, the American people had utterly zero choice in the last election in 2016; it was warmonger vs/warmonger, both completely vetted, and blessed, by the Israeli political establishment, as their supreme candidates of choice, and the US military/industrial complex, as demonstrated by the passage of the omnibus spending bill yesterday.

Mar 24 08:31

Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military

The last minute signing of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in the US is a big windfall for the Pentagon, who will be getting the majority of the money, in the realm of $700 billion. This includes 14 new ships, 28 new helicopters, and 56 of the costly F-35 warplanes. This $700 billion does not include other military-related spending, including the VA.

This is part of a $61 billion spending increase over the previous year, and virtually every aspect of the Pentagon is getting more money, more equipment, higher pay, and just general boosts in funding. Which isn’t to say everyone’s happy.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, complained that the massive increase is “not enough to fix our problems. Though the military budget is tentatively to swell to $716 next year, policy-makers seem to be setting the stage for another multi-month round of outdoing one another on increases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot simply throw more money at the problem, which is little to no oversight of weapons manufacturers' programs, from concept to execution, and expect the problems here to magically go away.

In Russia and China, these governments are getting far better outcomes to their weaponry manufacturing for far less money than for the US government is spending.

As we have seen with Russia's campaign in Syria, Russian weapons work as advertised; they field test brilliantly; and the cost overruns are far less than we have here in the US.

But in every weapons procurement contract from henceforward, the executives of weapons manufacturing companies have to understand that if their product does not test out as advertised; if they are delivered far too late to be of real help, and have come with stiff over-rides on costs, someone is going to jail, because not doing this is a form of treason against our military, things will not change in the military/industrial complex culture.

And very unfortunately, because weapons companies are allowed to contribute lavishly to both sides of the aisle in this country, both overtly and covertly, this corporate culture in this industry will not change until pigs discover they are aerodynamic in nature.

This has to be stopped, but those congressional representatives feeding at the collective teat of these companies, will never want these practices to end.

Mar 24 08:14

U.S. steel tariffs meet barrage of criticism at WTO

- U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs met a barrage of criticism at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, as the European Union, Japan, Australia and others joined a debate started by China and Russia.

The EU representative dismissed U.S. assertions that the steps were needed to protect national security, saying Washington was just trying to support its industry, a Geneva trade official said.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said it was positive to see the discussion happening within the WTO’s walls, since taking disputes outside greatly increased “the risk of escalation in a confrontation that will have no winners”.

“Disrupting trade flows will jeopardize the global economy at a time when economic recovery, though fragile, has been increasingly evident around the world,” he said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here is the ability of trade wars to escalate into actual shooting wars; I am hoping like heck that this doesn't happen wit either Russia or China.

Mar 24 08:10

VENEZUELA'S OIL-BACKED CRYPTOCURRENCY WILL BE CONVERTIBLE TO RUSSIAN RUBLES – PRESIDENT MADURO

The so-called ‘petro’ digital currency, which was successfully launched by Venezuela last month, will be traded for several global currencies, including the Russian ruble.
“Starting March 23, all legal and physical entities will be able to purchase the petro directly… within the next 15 days for convertible currencies: yuan, rubles, Turkish liras and euro,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

He described these are the most important currencies for “the economic future of the planet.”

Maduro said state companies that are exporting goods, such as the country's energy giant PDVSA, can already trade for petro. “PDVSA and those enterprises that trade for foreign currency are authorized from now on to receive ‘el petro’ for their export deliveries,” he said, adding that they will be able to supply products for the Venezuelan cryptocurrency "to all countries and enterprises in the world.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only guess at what the US government's next step against this will be, and how effective it can be, given these financial arrangements between Venezuela and Russia.

Mar 23 10:39

POLICE FACIAL RECOGNITION SMARTPHONES WILL BE USED TO CREATE SECRET WATCHLISTS

A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement.

The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone.

“It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition and FACE Plus facial recognition applications.”

Dataworks claims police can identify anyone “regardless of factors such as hair color, glasses, and image background”.

So the next time, you see a cop pointing their smartphone at someone don’t be fooled, they are probably using ‘Evolution’ to identify them without a warrant.

Mar 22 19:43

Trump Dossier 2018: Double Agent

In light of Trump's continuing betrayal of US patriots who voted for him, stuck with through thick and thing during the contested election, the Russian collusion lie ... we now have a growing list of Trump double-crosses: the retirement of dozens of Republicans in the Senate, Congress; the CIA infiltration in the electorate; Jerusalem to be capital of Israel; US troops in Syria, WWIII against Russia; Pompeo to the State Department, Bolton to the NSC; 2nd Amendment rights eviscerated in the new budget (#omnibus2018); I now think that he was a ringer all along, the Russian collusion story just a distraction from a darker agenda for honest US citizens and Christians.

Mar 22 18:15

THEY GOT HIM: TRUMP REPLACES MCMASTER WITH NEOCON SCUM JOHN BOLTON

Any support I’ve shown for Trump has gone out the window this evening. And no, I am not being melodramatic. I am a simple man with modest needs. One of them is for my country to stop fighting unnecessary wars. When you wake up and realize that we’re the bad guys and that the media propaganda is there to make you docile, you will see that nothing else matters but human life. Forget about healthcare, transgender bathrooms, abortion, tax cuts — everything is secondary to the life expectancy of the men and women who serve in our military — our sons and daughters, or neighbors.

In an unbelievable move, Trump has replaced Gen. McMaster with the very worst person living in America, John Neocon Scum Bolton.

Bolton was part of a neocon cabal, spearheaded by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), founded by Bill Kristol, whose lineage is Trotskyite through and through.

Mar 22 18:09

John Bolton File

John Bolton is a long time leader of the War Party, was a major promoter of the lies about Iraq which fostered our war, was former Vice President of the neocon nesting American Enterprise Institute and advisor to JINSA (Likud Think Tank in Washington which long urged Israel to violate Oslo accords). Bolton never gained congressional approval, the is legitimacy for his "Ambassadorship" to the UN and is despised by most of the outside world's nations.

America is not safer being hated and represented to the world by one of the main architects of the policies which led to such hatred. Every time he speaks he is a symbol of go-it-alone America and a lightening rod for hate against America.

Mar 22 16:30

The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress

Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.

Mar 22 12:05

The ‘Deep State’ Is Real — and Dangerous — Paul Says

“Absolutely, there is a deep state, because the deep state is the intelligence agencies that do not have oversight,” he said. “Only eight people in Congress know what they’re doing, and traditionally, those eight people have been a rubber stamp to let the intelligence communities do whatever they want. There is no skeptic among the eight people that are supposedly overseeing the intelligence community.”

Paul said the deep state was on full display during President Barack Obama’s administration, with CIA Director John Brennan and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

“John Brennan and James Clapper were doing whatever the hell they wanted, without any judicial warrants, and I think there were numerous people in the Obama administration who were using intelligence — one, to try to bring Trump down; but two, also, they were using it for political purposes,” he said. “And this is very, very worrisome.”

Mar 22 12:03

GOV'T 'FUSION CENTERS' SPYING ON PATRIOTS IN ALL 50 STATES

All 50 states have at least one DHS fusion center, and the story of Brenda Arthur lends credence to the views of civil libertarians that these centers, whatever their stated purpose, have been weaponized against law-abiding American citizens.

Fusion centers were established a few years after the 9/11 attacks by the President George W. Bush administration and expanded under Barack Obama.

The West Virginia Fusion Center website says its mission is to "[e]mbrace proactive intelligence efforts. Those efforts are key to inhibiting criminal networks, whether those groups are terrorists, drug-related groups, organized crime, or other criminal enterprises."

Fusion centers work with "non-traditional sources," including corporate America, to build threat assessments on people.

Mar 22 12:02

THE WAR ON DRUGS IS FAR DEADLIER THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE

The death toll from the drug war is much less than the actual warfare throughout the world. However, his sentiment is quite appropriate because a significant percentage of the world’s violence could be prevented with a flick of a pen by ending the war on drugs. Imagine if we could essentially eliminate the black market for drug trafficking in Chicago, which has the highest number of gang members and homicides. It’s estimated that up to 80% of the city’s murders are gang-related and one of the main causes of this violence is connected to controlling turf for drug sales.

Mar 22 11:59

Offensive Jokes: The UK's Latest Absurd National Security Threat

This time, the UK brought to justice a comedian who taught his girlfriend’s dog how to do a Roman salute.

On Tuesday, Scottish YouTuber Mark Meechan - better known as “Count Dankula” - was found guilty of the hate crime of being “Grossly Offensive” for teaching a pug how to imitate the fascist gesture.

The stunt was not meant to promote fascism or white supremacy in any way and was merely a joke done to irritate Count Dankula’s girlfriend. The court appeared unfazed by this argument, and found him guilty of a crime that could result in two months of jail-time.

Mar 22 11:44

As Scandal Rocks Facebook, Something More Sinister Emerges That Should Concern Everybody

Independent Media has consistently informed readers that Facebook is nothing more than a data collection site, and how it is the first time in history that users were basically creating their own dossiers because of the amount of information they share with and on the Facebook platform. According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, Facebook is nothing more than a"surveillance company" rebranded as "social media" as he explained on March 17, 2018.

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies." Their rebranding as "social media" is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense. (Edward Snowden - Twitter)

Earlier Snowden was more blunt, stating "Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices."

Mar 22 11:41

New World Order Targets American Freedom – Alex Newman

Award winning journalist Alex Newman has extensively covered the push towards a so-called New World Order by the global “Deep State.” New revelations about millions of Facebook user profiles show the battle lines start in cyberspace. Newman says, “It’s really hard to tell where the social media firms begin and where the “Deep State” ends. . . . In all these globalist confabs . . . what you see are the leading executives of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linked In, Amazon and Microsoft. These are the same people involved in the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the World Government Summit. They all come and give their little speeches, and what you see, and it’s becoming clearer in the last few weeks, they are undergoing a systematic campaign to censor, to silence and to sideline conservatives, Christians, Libertarians and people who say anything that contradicts the agenda. We saw a massive purge just in the last few weeks of YouTube channels.

Mar 22 11:29

YouTube Bans All Gun Demonstration Videos

YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories.
The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform’s desire to “prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.”

Ironically, guns built at home have not been part of the mass public attacks that have drawn national attention over the past months and years, but guns acquired at retail via background checks have been.

Mar 22 10:53

Women Fined $100,000, Face Potential Jail Time, Just for Braiding Hair

Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair for her entire life. She became so good at it that she jumped through all the legal hoops, sat through hundreds of hours of needless classes, and paid thousands of dollars so she could finally turn this passion into a career.

“I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” Diouf told the Institute for Justice. “I cannot recall a time when I did not know how.”

However, because the state is dependent on revenue it generates from citizens—via taxation or extortion—the Tennessee government has begun cracking down on hair braiders.

Mar 22 10:44

American Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the term ‘Deep State,’ according to recent polling they are nevertheless skeptical of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, John V. Walsh reports.

Mar 22 10:11

Conservative paper pressured into suspending publication

Students reacted with "fear" and "anger" after several professors at Taylor University, a Christian college in Indiana, started an "underground" publication to challenge "social justice" from a conservative, Christian perspective.

The paper has temporarily suspended publication amid public condemnations from both students and the university administration, but plans to restore its website at some point in the near future.

Mar 22 09:05

MEET THE REAL DEEP STATE

Most people, when talking about the deep state, are not very clear at all about what they are actually dealing with. They are still stuck at the entrance of the rabbit hole and got so horrified by what they saw that they did not dare to go any further.

They confuse the deep state with shadow government. The latter is also known as the “Senior Executive Service” (SES), which obviously sounds far more palatable than shadow government. The SES consists out of around 9000 staff members, 8000 of which were appointed by the former president.

Mar 22 08:22

The Chilling Similarities Between the Ukrainian Genocide and the Depopulation of Venezuela

I have never been too interested in politics - not other than major events or some regional news - until I went through a process of accelerated growth of my political conscience. This is not going to be an extremely prepper-oriented article, but I hope it will provide some guidance to identify some uncommon situations that happened in Venezuela, and add critical info to our spreadsheet, allowing you to make an informed choice. There are startling similarities between the Ukrainian genocide and the depopulation of Venezuela.

Mar 21 23:33

Federal judge scolds Kobach for violating her trust at contempt hearing

This judge ordered Kobach to register voters without proof of citizenship. He refused to follow her UnConstitutional order and she is going to hold him in contempt for following Kansas law and refusing to register illegal aliens as voters.
I have seen it all.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach could be facing a contempt order from a federal court after a judge on Tuesday tore into the Kansas Republican about repeatedly skirting her orders.

Robinson in 2016 ordered Kobach to fully register thousands of Kansas voters who had registered at the DMV but had failed to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, as required by a Kansas law that Kobach crafted.

Mar 21 10:42

Retired FBI agent guilty of sex abuse Was bureau's chief of internal affairs

The alleged bomber Mark Anthony Conditt makes remarks on social media in 2012 about how a sex offender should not have to register after he has done his time.
Is this person related to former FBI official John H. Conditt?

By Associated Press | February 18, 2004

WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.

Mar 21 08:56

THE NSA WORKED TO “TRACK DOWN” BITCOIN USERS, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS REVEAL

INTERNET PARANOIACS DRAWN to bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, bitcoin started out as a high-minded project to make financial transactions public and mathematically verifiable — while also offering discretion. Governments, with a vested interest in controlling how money moves, would, some of bitcoin’s fierce advocates believed, naturally try and thwart the coming techno-libertarian financial order.

Mar 21 07:55

The @NSAgov worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world,

according to classified documents provided by @Snowden.

Mar 21 03:06

Chief High Court Justice rules against Barack Obama subpoena in Kim Dotcom case

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has failed in his bid to have former United States President Barack Obama served with a court order and forced to give evidence before a New Zealand judge over a damages claim for his defunct streaming website.

Obama is in the country for three days and enjoyed a round of golf today alongside former Prime Minister Sir John Key and his son Max at Kauri Cliffs.

However, late on Monday, Dotcom's legal team filed an application for a subpoena to have Obama examined in a Kiwi court.

But the German-born Dotcom, who is represented by lawyers Ron Mansfield and Simon Cogan, realised his request was a long shot and also asked for, in the alternative, an order sending a letter of request to US judicial authorities to take Obama's evidence stateside.

The Chief High Court Judge, Justice Geoffrey Venning, convened an urgent telephone conference this morning to deal with the application.

Mar 20 20:08

Take Back Your Power - Full Movie HD [InPower Movement]

The 2013 NSA spying scandal exposed vast programs to monitor your personal communications. Now, energy utilities and governments are reaching into your own home, through fast-tracked "smart" meters and spy-ready technology. But what if you have a choice? At stake is in-home surveillance, increased bills, emerging health risks and more hacking vulnerabilities. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, researchers, government agents, lawyers, doctors and environmentalists, the award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power takes us on a journey to expose corporate and government corruption and erosion of rights in the name of "smart" and "green." What you'll discover will surprise, unsettle and empower you.

Mar 20 17:16

Kim Dotcom Affidavit for Obama to appear in NZ court

AFFIDAVIT OF KIM DOTCOM IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION FOR ORDERS PURSUANT TO RULE 9.17 AND APPLICATION FOR SUBSTITUTED SERVICE SWORN 19 MARCH 2018
I,
Kim Dotcom
of Coatesville, Auckland, businessman,

swear:
Introduction

Mar 20 15:44

FLASH=> Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor Charged With Murder Of Justine Damond

Daily Mail UK reports:

A Minneapolis police officer who shot dead an unarmed Australian yoga teacher in her pyjamas after answering her 911 call has been charged with murder.

Mar 20 11:29

Time for political change and social unity in Ethiopia

Graham Peebles says a new Ethiopian prime minister and spurious reforms will not silence the cries for change, and that what is needed is the lifting of the state of emergency, general elections, the release of political prisoners, and unity among all ethnic groups and tribes. >>

Mar 20 11:10

Al Jazeera Did a Hard-hitting Investigation into US and Israeli Lobbying – So Why Won't They Air It?

So when am I going to be able to watch Al Jazeera’s hard-hitting investigation into Israel’s powerful lobby in the United States? Remember Al Jazeera? The tough, no-holds-barred Middle East satellite channel that transformed Qatar into a media empire whose reports frightened dictators and infuriated potentates and presidents alike? Why, George W Bush once wanted to bomb its headquarters in Doha – so it must have been doing something right. It even has an office in Jerusalem.

Mar 20 09:32

Fooling American masses with false-flag terror no longer easy

We now know for certain that the Ruling Cabal has been using USG and its secret factions in various agencies like DHS, FEMA, the FBI, the CIA, and foreign groups like the Mossad, DVD and other subcontractors, to repeatedly engineer and stage Gladio-style False-flag attacks.

More and more these Cabal ordered, USG run false-flag attacks are now being exposed for what they actually are, inside-job attacks on We The People. And they are being deployed in order to convince We The People to give up more Constitutional rights (especially the right to bear arms) in exchange for promises of increased safety from terror.

Mar 20 06:24

Israeli Courts Denies Ahed Tamimi’s Request For Public Trial

Israel’s military appeals court ruled on Monday against an appeal by 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and her defense team to hold the teenager’s trial proceedings in open court, citing historical “benefit” of closed-door trials for minors.

After she was indicted for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, a military court decided to close the hearings to the public, citing her rights as a minor to privacy — a claim Tamimi’s family and defense team claim were never afforded to her in the first place.>>>

(*What a great opportunity for The President of The United States to step up and demonstrate The Influence of The Most Powerful Office On Earth !

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oh that's right , he answeres to Israel .)

Mar 19 17:44

Majority in new poll: 'Deep state' is manipulating policy

A majority of Americans believes a faction of unelected officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 74 percent of respondents believe in a “deep state” when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.

The poll notes that more than 7 in 10 Americans polled in each political group, Republican, Democrat and independent, believe in a deep state. Thirty-one percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents say they believe a deep state “definitely exists,” while 19 percent of Democrats believe this.

Mar 19 16:29

Who Controls The U.S. Government?

This is a very good documentary.

Mar 19 13:31

"Brazen Plot To Exonerate Clinton' Starting To Seep Out" - - Interview with Joe DiGenova

Joseph diGenova talked about the investigation into emails sent to and
from Hillary Clinton’s personal email server during her time as
Secretary of State.

BREAKING: TRUMP HIRES JOSEPH DIGENOVA

Mar 19 12:51

UPROAR AFTER NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL ALLEGEDLY SUSPENDS STUDENTS OVER GUN-RANGE PHOTO

A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after it allegedly suspended two students over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a shooting range.

Mar 19 12:19

Americans have a constitutional right to boycott Israel

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) concluded its annual policy conference last week with a lobbying day on Capitol Hill. High on its legislative agenda was advocating for bills that would penalise Americans for engaging in their First Amendment-protected right to boycott for Palestinian rights.

AIPAC conference attendees pressed their elected officials to support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). The original, draconian version of this bill, unveiled at last year's AIPAC conference, proposed to jail individuals for 20 years if they advanced an international organization's call for a boycott of Israel, or even of products from its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Mar 19 12:07

France to get tougher on social media hate speech: PM

France will toughen rules on hate speech to ensure social media giants do more to remove racist and anti-Semitic content from internet, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday.

The announcement comes as the 28 European Union countries work on rules that would compel Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google to be more proactive in filtering and weeding out hate speech on their platforms.

"These days a newspaper director is criminally responsible if hateful comments are posted on its website but if you run a social network anything goes," Philippe said in a speech on France's policy on racism.

"Nobody is going to convince me that the social networks live in space. What gets published and circulated in France is published and circulated in France and must answer to the laws of the French republic."

Philippe said France would tighten up its own rules pending progress at EU level, but did not elaborate on when or how.

Mar 19 11:45

Did Kim Dotcom Sell Out The Deep State? A Discussion on The Inner-workings of the Deep State Shadow

Mar 17 10:49

Syrian War For Dummies - Three Versions

As the Ghouta campaign continues to unfold, we should expect that both politicians and mainstream media will give us - in the words of philosopher and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr - "necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications" intended to shape our perceptions of events.

This worldview is what BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis accurately characterized as a 'goodies and baddies' dualistic vision of global events which keeps the Western public under the illusion that its own political leaders are perpetually driven by concern over human rights, defending the weak and oppressed, and spreading democracy over and against the unenlightened megalomaniac dictators of the world who are simply bent on brutalizing their own people.

Mar 17 10:44

NEW ORLEANS CANCELS SECRET PRE-CRIME POLICE PROGRAM AFTER MEDIA EXPOSURE

I’m happy to report some good news coming out of New Orleans thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Ali Winston with The Verge.

As I reported two weeks ago, Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive policing program that had been ongoing for 6 years by the New Orleans PD in cooperation with CIA-connected Palantir Technologies. The program had been designed to operate behind the cover of a philanthropic partnership orchestrated by political operative James Carville so as to avoid having to disclose the details to citizens and even to their elected representatives in the city council. Now it appears that the intrepid reporting of Ali Winston has led to the abrupt cancelling of the program just a short time after the initial article was published.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is investigative reporting, done right; bravo, Mr. Wilson, bravo!!

Mar 17 10:41

China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday.

Those found to have committed financial wrongdoings, such as employers who failed to pay social insurance or people who have failed to pay fines, would also face these restrictions, said the statements which were dated March 2.

It added that the rules would come into effect on May 1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for such rules starting to take effect here in the US, in the not too distant future.

But hey, there's always an upside, right?!?

Look for car ownership in China to begin to spiral like crazy, if public transport is out of the question, because of some real - or imagined- slight against its Central Government.

Mar 17 10:37

JOURNALIST CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HARASSMENT FOR ATTEMPTING TO SET UP AN INTERVIEW

Two of the largest parts of a journalist's job are waiting and making phone calls. When you're waiting, it's likely for someone to return a call. When you're making a phone call, it's likely to set up an interview, or interview someone over the phone, Skype or whatever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She lied; the reporter was going to call her out on that lie, and HE is the person arrested here?!?

I used to believe that Canada was a very cool place; Mike and I visited a number of times when we lived in Washington state.

But its rising level of political correctness, coupled with a massive assault on journalists, now makes it a place I would never want to visit again.

Mar 17 10:31

POLICE REFUSING TO INVESTIGATE MASSIVE CHILD SEX RING, SAY GIRLS AS YOUNG AS 11 ‘CONSENTED’

As the Free Thought Project reported earlier this month, a jaw-dropping independent investigation has revealed that hundreds of children, some as young as 11-years-old, are estimated to have been drugged, beaten, and raped over the last several decades in a single town. According to the investigation, the abuse was allowed and is continued to be allowed because authorities look the other way. Now, TFTP has confirmed that this is indeed the case.

The investigation claims that allegations dating back to the 1980s were mishandled by authorities, who repeatedly failed to punish a network of abusers, according to the Telegraph.

According to a new report, it appears police were told from within their own department—via an internal memo—claiming that “in most cases the sex is consensual.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only the monied, in any country, who can carry on with these kinds of bestial abuses of children with impunity, and suffer no consequences for their behaviour.

If you have young children, and are thinking about going on holiday in the UK, you really should think again.

Mar 17 10:26

US SENATE WARNS RUSSIA OF SANCTIONS IF S-400 SOLD TO ANY FOREIGN NATIONS

A group of US lawmakers led by Senator Bob Menendez told the State Department in a letter that any sale of Russian S-400 air defense system should lead to new punitive measures as stipulated in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

“We are writing today to specifically inquire about reported negotiations between Russia and certain countries over sales of the Russian government’s S-400 air defense system and whether these reported deals could trigger mandatory CAATSA sanctions,” the letter said on Friday. “Under any circumstance, a S-400 sale would be considered a ‘significant transaction’ and we expect that any sale would result in designations.”

The lawmakers also requested that the State Department provide detailed analysis on the current status of Russian S-400 talks with China, Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and any other country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In that last statement, Senator Menendez is definitely heading into "pot...kettle...black" territory.

Does the Senator suffer from such a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder), that he cannot remember that in 2014, the US sponsored the coup in Ukraine which unseated the duly elected President Yanukovich, and replaced him with Western Centric Poroshenko, a gentleman most likely with family mob connections, and assassins on speed dial?!?

President Obama admitted as much, as reported from globalresearch.ca in the following article:

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

Now, as to preventing other nations in dialogue with Russia about the S-400 weaponry, such as China, Turky, India Saudia Arabia and Qatar; the system works far better, and is a lot cheaper than anything the US has to offer.

As described in Wikipedia:

The S-400 has been described, as of 2017, as "one of the best air-defence systems currently made."

The fact that the US's military industrial complex appears to be incapable of producing anything, to date, which can best it, is not Russia's fault.

To deny these countries access to it, is a form of international restraint of trade, and sanction Russia for selling this to them, creates insult added to injury, as though relations with Russia are not bad enough at the moment.

I would politely suggest, Senator, that what you COULD do, from an American perspective, is go on a fact-finding mission, as to why the American military complex, at this point, has nothing really to compete with the S-400, and just what they intend to do about it.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

Mar 17 10:09

COP CAUGHT FRAMING 3 INNOCENT MEN, SENDING THEM TO JAIL FOR DECADES—NO CHARGES

Louisville, Kentucky – Three innocent men have been released from prison after serving a combined total of more than 50 years for crimes they did not commit, and they all have one thing in common—a homicide detective who they blame for their wrongful convictions.

Edwin Chandler spent nine years in prison after he was convicted of shooting and killing store clerk Brenda Whitfield during a robbery in 1993. However, he was exonerated in 2010 after it was determined that another man, who was already serving 20 years on an unrelated assault charge, was responsible for the robbery and the murder.

Chandler sued the city of Louisville and the police department and received $8.5 million in damages. However, the officer who he blames for forcing him to give a false confession faced no repercussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What kind of ba*tards is the State of Kentucky hiring as its police officers?!?

IF this is how Kentucky police interprets the phrase "to protect and serve", were I a resident of that state, I would be voting with my feet, and getting the hell out of there, and immediately.

Mar 17 09:57

DEM OFFERS TO HIRE MCCABE TO HELP HIM QUALIFY FOR HIS PENSION

A Democratic lawmaker on Saturday offered to hire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe in an effort to help McCabe qualify to receive his pension after being fired from the agency two days before he qualified to receive it.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) was responding to a tweet from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who said the former FBI official might still be able to receive his pension if he’s hired by a member of Congress.

“Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C.,” Pocan tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It figures; the chronically corrupt rarely eat their own.

Mar 17 09:51

Russia Claims US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attack

Well, it appears that Assad is a relentless glutton for punishment, because not even a year later, the WaPo reported two weeks ago that the US is considering a new military action against Syria for - what else - retaliation against Assad's latest chemical attack, which took place several weeks earlier.

How do we know Assad (and apparently, Russia) was behind the attack? We don't: in fact, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a moment of bizarre honesty, admitted that he really doesn't know much at all about "whoever conducted the attacks." But hey: just like it is "highly likely" that Russia poisoned the former Russian double agent in the UK - with no proof yet - so it is "highly likely" that a clearly irrational Assad was once again behind an attack which he knew would provoke violent and aggressive retaliation by the US, and once again destabilize his regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact what General Rudskoy is stating is true, we are seriously looking at war with Russia over Syria.

The "President Whisperers" around President Trump have gently fed him the koolaid over time, probably on an industrial-strength IV drip, that the US could actually triumph over Russia in this circumcumstance, which is not at all certain, given the Russian military's understanding of terrain, and superior weapons systems, which have been tested, successfully, in Syria.

I am completely disgusted at a US government and American Deep State, which still believes they can lie to the American public with impunity, and get away with it; NOT THIS TIME!!

Because the logical question to ask is, why would Al Assad order a chemical attack against his own people, when his, and the Russian militaries, are winning the fight against the jihadists?!?!

The logical answer is, he would not, and has not.

Mar 16 15:41

Obama DOJ Ordered 500,000 Fugitives Deleted From Background Check Database

rom the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

Mar 16 15:13

Are Soros and the Deep State Updating an Old PSYOP to Depose Trump?

Revisiting the Vietnam Era: Are Soros and the Deep State Updating an Old PSYOP to Depose Trump?

Mar 16 12:40

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Mar 16 12:05

Drums Along The Potomac

The amateur psychologist in me suspects that the more the USA heaps Russia with censorious opprobrium and punishments, the closer this floundering polity actually is to completely losing its shit. Friday morning’s front-page headline in The New York Times appears to have been written by Pee Wee Herman:

"Finally, Trump has something bad to say about Russia."

I can just hear Vlad Putin blowing a raspberry out of the Kremlin: “Nyah, nyah, nyah… I know you are, but what am I…?” We’re also informed today by that august journal that U.S. Accuses Russia in Cyberattacks on Power Plants. (Oh, wait a second, they changed the headline at 8:02 to Russia Wormed Its Way Into Access at Power Plants, U.S. Says.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The hunger for a war against Russia is reaching a very intense place in the Bowels of Power in DC; not because it is morally right, but it might be something with which the US government wants to distract us. There is a financial collapse coming, and one might say, relatively soon.

But the US government is having one hell of a time, because this time, the American people are very skeptical, as they have every right to be, when it comes to its leadership declaring war, or just starting to attack, the allegedly bad government it doesn't like.

But the lost credibility of this government is causing its people to never believe anything it says, ever again. Credibility is delicate; and once it has been broken, and shown to be a sham, that goverment loses it forever.

Mar 16 11:47

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms Over Trump White House

John Bolton as National Security Adviser, with Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. and fundamentalist Christian dominionist Mike Pompeo moving from CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, means that the neocons — never happy with the prospects of a Trump administration – will, once again, be in the driver’s seat of American foreign policy after a nine-year hiatus. Bolton’s tenure at the U.N. was punctuated by his own undiplomatic outbursts, as well as those of his spokesman, Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Germany. Bolton strenuously pushed the neocon foreign policy line, as spelled out in the charter for the movement founded in 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this happen, this will be officially horrible.

Mar 16 11:39

Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen’s Houthis

Publicly, Saudi Arabia has shown no sign of looking for a negotiated end to the war in Yemen. Behind the scenes, however, they’ve been in secret talks with the Shi’ite Houthis for the past two months.

Three years into the Saudi invasion, signs are that there is some war weariness, and that they’ve been making secretive approaches to the Houthis, by way of neighboring Oman, for the past two months. Diplomats say the Houthis are eager for a diplomatic agreement.

One senior Houthi confirmed that the talks have been underway, with spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam repeatedly traveling to Oman for meetings with Saudi officials, and trying to carve out a “comprehensive political solution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, there may be a reason for hope in Yemen.

Mar 16 11:33

Return of the Neo-Cons: Mike Pompeo and the Death of Diplomacy

Secretary Tillerson was far from an ideal choice, but his anointed successor at the State Department – Mike Pompeo – may ditch diplomacy all together and start a war!

We both attended West Point. That’s where the commonalities end. I’ve been a soldier opposed to (endless) war; he’ll be a statesman opposed to peace. That should give us cause for pause.

So who is Mike Pompeo? The short answer: a startlingly hawkish Tea Party Republican oilman with a penchant for combative rhetoric and a near hysterical hatred for Iran. But he’s smart – valedictorian of his West Point class and a graduate of Harvard – and that makes him even more dangerous. His primary qualification, though, is his loyalty and propensity for mind-melding with his boss, Donald Trump. For the last year, he often personally delivered Trump’s presidential daily briefing (PDB) at the White House each morning and they agree on just about everything; as Trump says of Pompeo: "we’re always on the same wavelength."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Pompeo's watch, we may well be looking at more wars, until we wind up in a war with Russia.

I would not be surprised at seeing an attempt at the reinstitution of the draft in this country, this time, coming for our young women as well as our young men.

Mar 16 11:24

GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

Some leaders are arguing the issue is too “divisive,” and that the matter should be sent back to a committee for closer study. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), by contrast, endorsed the Pentagon’s argument, saying the US does so much military engagement around the world that it would be dangerous to think the War Powers Act could apply to all of it.

But of course the whole point of the War Powers Act is that it does apply to any commitment of US forces overseas. It’s just that in recent years, presidents have relied on catch-all authorizations with vague limits to join some wars, and other times simply assumed Congress wouldn’t mind, as they generally have not minded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality of this situation is, having armed, and provided guidance and mid-air refueling to the Saudi military, the US government has colluded in Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

There is nothing "divisive" about this; it is as real a statement of fact as are all the other horrible facts about this sordid military campaign in Yemen, 3 years on, and with no resolution in sight:

Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Because Yemen cannot grow its own food, and it has to be imported, the Saudis, with US military assistance, have blockaded the ports, meaning that malnutrition is causing death, and a massive health crisis for the country.

Cholera (perhaps weaponised?!?) and diptheria now haunt Yemen:
Images: Yemen malnutrition has generated a cholera crisis

The skyrocketing increase in massive fetal abnormalites, cancers and stillbirths in Yemen indicate that the Saudis have used depleted uranium, with the predictable results on Yemen's children:

Image: Yemeni child exposed to du in the womb (image courtesy of RUPTLY

In my world, the poisoning of a child in the womb with this atrocious weapon, is criminal and inhuman beyond belief. And what gets me, is that the man who ordered this campaign, is not at all an uneducated man; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is very bright, university educated, has a law degree, and wound up 2nd in his class.

But could his hatred of the Iranian Shiias, who are acting as advisors to the Houthi rebels, be so great as to compel him to order the death, by direct military assaults; starvation, and disease, of non-combatants, and Yemen's children?!?

Sadly, the short answer here is "Yes"; and as a Christian pacifist activist, I will have to continue to bear witness to these atrocities on this site as long as I have breath.

When you destroy the children of a country, you destroy that country's future.

History will not be kind to this man; I understand that he is known by many honorifics in Saudi Arabia, because he is Saudi royalty.

History, however, will remember him as the Butcher of Yemen.

Senator Corker, the US government has to stop this madness; as you are perfectly aware, according to our Constitution, only Congress can declare war. It has not done so in Yemen.

I don't know what your portfolio holds in terms of weapons stocks, but I do know approximately, your net worth: Google has scrubbed the articles on this, but there are always other places to go to find such facts:

Senator Corker Undervalued his Wealth by Millions The story, from 2015, stated the following:

And Senator Schatz, whose office I called last week, to encourage you to vote for this bill, you, sir, owe me a return phone call!

Or have your alleged constituents with a point of view on this war different from that of your own, become....expendable and irrelevant in the State of Hawaii?!?

Just checking, sir.

Mar 16 10:46

McMaster: US Troops Will Stay Until Syria Is Stabilized

Despite conceding that the US and others had effectively liberated “100%” of ISIS-held territory in Syria, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster dismissed the idea that US forces might withdraw from the country any time soon.

“We have more work to do,” McMaster insisted, saying the US will stay “until ISIS is fully defeated, population centers are stabilized, and refugees can safely return home.” This vision of stability also appears to depend heavily on imposing a regime change in Syria.

Underscoring the focus on regime change, McMaster demanded that “all civilized nations” come together to punish both Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian government. He warned Assad would not have impunity, and neither would Russia or Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of McMasterese: the US is going to "neutralize" Syria before it tackles regime change in Tehran, even if that potentially means war with Russia.

Mar 16 10:40

Syrian army captures key rebel stronghold in Eastern Ghouta as 12,500 civilians evacuate

The Syrian army captured the Hamouriyeh district in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside after the withdrawal of the Failaq al-Rahman rebel group as 12,500 people evacuated that area on Thursday, a monitor group reported.

The Syrian government forces have started deploying in Hamouriyeh and set up their positions in that area amid an ongoing evacuation process of civilians from that area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This comes amid heavy shelling from the government side on the remaining posts of Failaq al-Rahman in the towns of Jisreen, Zamalka, Kafar Batna and Saqba, said the London-based watchdog group.

The observatory added that 12,500 civilians have left the areas of Failaq al-Rahman rebels through Hamouriyeh on Thursday, marking the largest wave of evacuation from civilians since the Russian-backed humanitarian pause for the civilian evacuation started two weeks ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syria, with Russia's help, is winning this on the ground, and the Western/US jihadis are being expunged.

This is why you can most probably expect to see yet another chemical attack against civilians, to be blamed on the Syrians and Russia, as the US pretext for going in, full bore, and invading the country.

This means that we will most likely wind up in a shooting war with Russia in Syria, and it may well be a war that the US military cannot win; they don't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria.

Mar 16 10:33

Obama DOJ Ordered 500,000 Fugitives Deleted From Background Check Database

The Obama administration ordered the removal of over 500,000 fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in late 2016, according to testimony from Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

Bowdich confirmed a November report from the Washington Post which set the figure at "tens of thousands," after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked him if more than 500,000 names were dropped from the database.

The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

This is one of the things about Obama, besides his faux populism, which used to drive me up the wall; he was sneakily enormously punitive to people he didn't like.

And how better to welcome an incoming president, not YOUR choice, he thought, than make sure that 50,000 or more criminal fugitives were still on the streets, and not getting arrested for their crimes?!??

This idea must have given him great pleasure.

After all, he massively increased the number of extrajudicial drone assassinations committed by US forces overseas way beyond those of his predecessor; it must have given him a real sense of power over life and death itself, even when he had to realize that the drone assassinations were creating more radicalized individuals among the survivors, leading to a nearly perpetual state of war in the Middle East and Africa, as we are seeing now.

Mar 16 10:22

Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

In his first public reaction to the UK measures against Russia in ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK.
A “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added.

It was Putin’s first public reaction since the UK announced steps against Moscow on Wednesday. Accusing Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was expelling 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempted poisoning certainly does not have what I would characterize as a "Putin signature" on it.

Why would he order it done, and so sloppily that it hit over 20 people more than the intended victims, Skripal and his daughter?!?

What in heaven's name would he - or Russia - have gained by it, when the damage Skripal inflicted on the Russian intel infrastructure happened years ago?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

But we have a very embattled British Prime Minister, perhaps, intending to deflect some very real British rage and frustration about how she is handling the Brexit issue with the EU; perhaps she thought that blaming and shaming the Russian government for something it may well not have done was "just the ticket".

And what is that old phrase of Rom Emanuel's "Never let a good crisis go to waste"?!?

There are a large number of people who might have wanted to see Skripal dead.

We don't know enough about what really happened to lay the foundation for an evidence chain yet; that may only come about when Skripal and his daughter are conscious enough to give investigators a timeline about when they became ill, and what they noticed right before that happened.

But the dismissal of diplomats, coupled with sanctions, can be a very nasty prelude to a potential shooting war with Russia, which would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing in the world for the west to do right now, for innumerable reasons.

I am hoping Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg's refusal to "drink the Koolaid" on this issue yesterday, by NOT invocing Article 5 of the UN Charter, as May begged him to do yesterday, will through heaping amounts of ice-cold water over this whole "Russia did it" thing.

Article 5 of the NATO Charter

Mar 16 10:03

The Democrats are Running CIA Agents as Candidates

Mar 16 10:03

Facebook ‘Hid Webpages’ And Bragged About Ability To Influence Elections

While many leftists in the United States are still screeching about “election meddling” by Russia, they may want to take a long look at Facebook. The social media giant actually hid webpages and bragged about its ability to influence elections.

According to The Intercept, when Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder, and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had, in fact, an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of political campaigns that used the social network to influence electoral outcomes. That page, however, is now gone, even as the 2018 congressional primaries get underway.

Mar 16 09:59

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement: The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Amazon has turned over a record amount of customer data to the US government in the first-half of last year in response to demands by law enforcement.

The retail and cloud giant quietly posted its latest transparency report on Dec. 29 without notice -- as it has with previous reports -- detailing the latest figures for the first six months of 2017.

The report revealed 1,936 different requests between January and June 2017, a rise from the previous bi-annual report.

The company received:

1,618 subpoenas, of which the company fully complied with 42 percent;
229 search warrants, of which the company fully complied with 44 percent;
89 other court orders, of which the company fully complied with 52 percent.
It's not clear why there was a spike in requests during the half-year period. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's simple, doing business with Amazon; just consider it a 4th intelligence arm of the US government, in its "disclosures" to them, ,and that should govern your buying habits and decisions in using them.

Mar 16 09:56

HOTEL AND MOTEL STAFF SPY ON HOW MUCH YOU DRINK AND HOW YOU DRESS

Since at least 2016, hotel and motel staff have been spying on guests and notifying law enforcement of anyone that dresses inappropriately for their age or has lower quality clothing.

Unfortunately, asking for extra towels or having lots of alcohol in your room is only the tip of the iceberg.

Hotel & motel staff will contact police for almost anything

Welcome to police state America 2018, where hotel and motel staff will notify law enforcement for almost anything.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting, how the hospitality industry has been turned into the "spyspitality" business, courtesy of the DHS; I don't travel all that well at 68, but upon reading this, I think we will arrange to only stay with trusted family and friends, henceforward.

Mar 16 09:50

US REVIVES DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT RUSSIA HACKING THE ELECTRICAL GRID

While they always stopped short of official allegations in the past, US officials have, since 2016, repeatedly insinuated that Russia had been trying to hack the US electrical grid. Thursday say the Trump Administration directly making those allegations for the first time.

This new report appears to be timed to come out with new US sanctions against Russia, which cited “malicious cyberattacks” as one of their justifications. The allegations, however, stem from accusations which have been out since the Obama Administration-era, and have long since been discredited.

The report itself is largely just a whitepaper on how hacking in general works, with scant mention of what Russia is even alleged to have done. The report dates the incidents to “since 2016,” however, and the description clearly mirrors the much vaunted Burlington Electric hack in Vermont in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that the Trump administration has "jumped the proverbial shark" with this accusation, which absolutely cannot be proven.

IF this was a trial balloon to get the American public to buy in to an actual shooting war with Russia, it was way too weighted down with the lead of illogic and massive inconsistencies to succeeed.

That the Administration would actually think the American people would buy in to this, is more than a little terrifying.

Mar 16 09:45

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech crusaders typically — and quite tellingly — fail to mention is that the most potent such campaigns are often devoted to outlawing or otherwise punishing criticisms of Israel. The firing by the University of Illinois of Professor Steven Salatia for his “uncivil” denunciations of the Israeli war on Gaza — a termination that was privately condoned by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin — is merely illustrative of this long–growing trend.

Mar 16 09:45

'YOU SHOULD BE FIRED, NOT REWARDED': WARREN SLAMS SCANDAL-RIDDEN WELLS FARGO CEO FOR 35 PERCENT RAISE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a longtime outspoken defender of consumer rights and critic of Wall Street banks, condemned Wells Fargo on Thursday for giving its CEO a 35 percent pay raise following several scandals at the bank, and slammed executive Tim Sloan when he criticized her remarks.

Warren tweeted her outrage after regulatory documents revealed Sloan's 2017 pay rose significantly from the previous year, even as Wells Fargo was facing rebuke after its employees opened millions of fraudulent accounts in customers' names. The bank has been forced to pay nearly $200 million in fines due to its actions.

The bank was also sanctioned this week by regulators over another scandal in which it signed up and charged customers for auto insurance that they didn't need or request. Wells Fargo will have to give refunds to about 570,000 consumers.

In January, Sloan admitted that the bank was unsure whether it was operating without continued widespread fraudulence by its employees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose Warren must be congratulated for her magnificent grasp of the obvious; but what is she actually doing in Congress to make actions by financial institutions like Wells Fargo stop?!?

Were I a current customer of Wells Fargo, after all these scandals, I would make sure to close my account, taking my money elsewhere, and be very politely vocal about why this was happening.

But Sloan behaved as all the one percenters nearly always behave; creating illegal schemes to scam money out of customers, and getting pretty much away with it with impunity.

He knows that having most likely "greased the wheels" of both parties to lay off him and his practices, by way of significant, overt and covert donations, he had purchased immunity for any crimes which he may have committed, or upon which he had personally signed off.

Mar 16 09:44

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, “Free speech is threatened on campus.” The debate concerned higher education generally, not just the host institution. And at the event’s conclusion, having heard arguments on both sides of the question, 66 percent of the crowd agreed: free speech is threatened. That represented a 17-point shift from a poll taken as the event began. The evidence is that persuasive.

One of the losers in the debate was Professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania, who heads its Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. He began by noting that “there has been a significant increase in the demand for our campus climate work” since last semester’s protests. In fact, he added, “this past December, we brought together 8,000 college presidents and other senior leaders who came to us for guidance on how to respond to racism on their campuses.”

Mar 16 09:43

U.S. Trying to Criminalize Free Speech - Again

The resolution refers to hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, Hindus, and Sikhs and was sponsored by Senator Kamala Harris and co-sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Susan Collins.

On April 6, almost the exact same text was introduced as House Resolution H.Res. 257, "Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States". A House Resolution can be reintroduced as legislation.

Mar 16 09:36

SLOVAK PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER MURDER OF JOURNALIST KUCIAK AND FIANCÉE

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Rico resigned Thursday after widespread outrage in reaction to the murder of a journalist who reported on potential links between organized crime and government officials.

“Today I have offered my resignation to the president of the republic,” Fico told reporters. “If the president accepts it, I am ready to resign tomorrow.”

The journalist, 27-year-old Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot to death in Kuciak’s apartment on February 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Rico to resign so abruptly, rather than cling on to power, may hint that he already knew of massive improprieties in the Slovakian government, and wanted to distance himself from it; but I have to reserve judgement here until all the facts are truly known.

Mar 15 15:19

High School Teacher Placed on Leave after Questioning National School walkout

The teacher says all she did was open up a debate about the politics of the protest in her classroom.

Mar 15 15:04

Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud as Biggest Scandal in US History

Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the reason for all the crime and treason at the FBI and DOJ all boils down to one thing – the Clinton's so-called “charity.”

Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton was running and is running a global financial criminal syndicate. She was using these secret servers to conduct Clinton financial money laundering business."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is true.... one has at least an explanation for why these crimes have been whitewashed for all these years. It is the interconnection between all these people, at the highest levels of the 1%, which has prevented Hillary from having to account for these actions.

Mar 15 14:10

The Next Big Republican Spending Bill Is Packed With Liberal Priorities

Republicans may have majorities in the House and Senate, but the only group they seem to care about pleasing are the Dem minorities.

Mar 15 14:01

BREAKING: Unlawful FISA Spying Widespread Under Obama Administration

Led by Comey’s & McCabe’s Out-of-Control FBI

Mar 15 13:59

Youtube Reveals Plan to Erase Conspiracy Theory Videos From Platform

You have to understand what we're dealing with here, an extreme tyrant by the name of Susan Wojcicki.

Who is she?

Her sister is Anne and Anne is married to Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Susan is also worth ~$400 million -- and she's very smart, and she's been the CEO of Youtube since 2014. However, after the elections, the free speech mood over at YT changed and Susan promised to do something about it. She promised to crack down on fake news and also demonetize hate speech. Because the platform is so big, she deployed machine learning idiot robots to do this. The subsequent result was the complete destruction of the Youtube community. People who've made their lives on YT, professional vloggers, went from making hundreds of thousands to almost nothing at all. The iBankCoin channel, which is now suspended for posting "hate speech" in the form of a CNN interview, went from netting monthly revenues of $4,000 to a few hundred bucks. Lucky for me, I don't need that money.

Mar 15 13:16

SPAIN CONFISCATES PROPERTY OF BASHAR AL-ASSAD’S UNCLE

The French customs service, in cooperation with its Spanish counterpart, confiscated the property of the current Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s uncle, which amounted to 600 million Euros. Quoting the French newspaper Le Figaro, the Russian news agency Tass reported that around 503 facilities worth 600 million Euros, owned by Rifaat Al-Assad and his relatives in the Spanish city of Marbella, were confiscated.

Mar 15 12:38

Supreme Court draws criticism for shielding police against wrongful-shooting claims

It all happened in less than a minute. Three police officers arrived outside a small house with a chain-link fence near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. They were responding to a “check welfare” report of woman hacking at a tree with a knife. They saw a young woman emerge from the house holding a large kitchen knife and walk down the driveway toward Sharon Chadwick, who owned the home.

The officers called out, “Drop the knife!,” but Amy Hughes did not acknowledge them and kept walking. Cpl. Andrew Kisela dropped to his knees and fired through the fence, hitting her with four shots. Hughes was wounded but survived, and later sued Kisela, claiming unreasonable seizure and an excessive use of force.

But the Supreme Court will decide whether she can take her claim before a jury. Lawyers for the Police Department have appealed a 9th Circuit ruling that allowed Hughes to sue, arguing her case should be tossed out because there is no proof of a “constitutional violation.”

Mar 15 11:04

A student walked out without saying a word peacefully put up his sign which said “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” he was escorted off the property

he was escorted off the property by the principal and threatened to be put into a police car.

Mar 15 10:53

THE BATTLE FOR A FREE INTERNET IN AFRICA

Earlier this year, Valery Colong Nyiwung lost $10,000 in just three months — almost 10 times the annual per capita income of Cameroon. And it wasn’t from playing the ponies. The only bet the tech entrepreneur made seemed to have winning odds: co-founding ActivSpaces, one of Cameroon’s leading technology hubs and an enterprise — naturally — that’s heavily reliant on reliable internet service. Nyiwung’s bad luck was to establish his company in a West African country where the government “requests” that telecommunications companies shut down the internet whenever it wants to stifle political dissent in certain parts of the country.

Mar 15 09:08

POLITICIANS CAMPAIGN ON FREE SPEECH WHILE VOTING TO PENALIZE BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL

POLITICIANS AROUND THE country are seizing upon highly publicized episodes of conservatives faced with harassment and heckling on college campuses by responding with a wave of legislation supposedly aimed at preserving free speech rights for campus speakers. But that commitment, while draped in the mantle of a principled defense of the First Amendment, does not always extend to speakers who criticize Israel and its policies.

This renewed concern about free speech comes after a number of high-profile incidents in which students interrupted conservative speakers, and in a few cases, even used violence at protests. At a hearing on campus free speech in October, U.S. senators expressed bipartisan support for the First Amendment on college campuses, but lawmakers around the country are demanding free speech with one hand, and passing laws that punish boycotts of Israel with the other.

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