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Vegas Police Blame Journalist For ‘Missing’ Security Guard

Jamie White - October 17, 2017 - 1122 Comments

Laura Loomer’s fault Jesus Campos is ‘missing,’ says LVMPD.


Hollywood Elite: Vocal on Trump and Silent on Weinstein

Infowars.com - October 17, 2017 - 129 Comments

Hypocritical entertainment industry leaders show their true colors.


Demon Clowns Visiting Preschools To Traumatize Children

The Alex Jones Show - October 17, 2017 - 159 Comments

“Horrible, demon psychopath outfits that make Pennywise look beautiful.”


Study shows how water could have flowed on ‘cold and icy’ ancient Mars

Barely above freezing temperatures could have carved surface with melting ice


More evidence for a Planet 9

20 times farther from the sun than Neptune?


North Korea Threatens Nuclear War At United Nations

The Alex Jones Show - October 17, 2017 - 54 Comments

Kim Jong-Un won’t stop running his mouth.


Big-brained dolphins and whales lead ‘human-like lives’

Ocean mammals developing region-specific languages


Leftists Now Say Hoop Earrings are ‘Cultural Appropriation’

Infowars.com - October 17, 2017 - 696 Comments

“[S]eeing white women wearing them is unnerving”


Google Maps Removed Their Calorie Counter Because Fat People Got Offended

Paul Joseph Watson - October 17, 2017 - 492 Comments

Yes, really.


MUST SEE: Insider Reveals The Secrets Of Trump And The Deep State War

The Alex Jones Show - October 17, 2017 - 125 Comments

Find out what Trump is doing to scare the global elite.


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Top 10 List Of American Fears Funnily Coincides With The Evening News

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Are you scared of the government and all its corruption? A flunking economy or healthcare? Does your heart palpitate to the idea of a radioactive mushroom cloud, courtesy of North Korea? Do you agree that oceans are going to disappear leaving nothing but a…

US Air Force AIRLIFTS! ISIS Fighters From Raqqa to Fight Russians - Russian TV Report

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Despite completely leveling Raqqa Dresden-style, the US deliberately let 1000 ISIS fighters escape, and, get this: AIR-LIFTED! them to Deir ez-Zor, to aide in the battle against Russia and Syria there.

Can't make this stuff up.

‘Muslim Teen Raped, Killed Near Virginia Mosque’

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The brutal murder of a teenage Muslim girl in the US state of Virginia has turned into a capital murder and rape case.

Monday’s indictment includes capital murder and rape charges and will allow prosecutors to pursue a death-penalty case against Darwin Martinez Torres, 22.

Madrid Rejects Puigdemont’s Call For Talks In Catalan Referendum Crisis

On Monday, Spain’s Popular Party (PP) government rejected Catalan Premier Carles Puigdemont’s call for a two-month period of negotiations with Madrid after the “yes” vote in the October 1 Catalan independence referendum. With Spanish armored forces and thousands of police preparing for action, Spain is on the brink of martial law and a military crackdown in Catalonia.



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Scott Adams: The North Korea Reframe

North Korea is building nukes and ICBMs to prevent the United States from attacking. Meanwhile, the United States does not want to attack North Korea. And yet we find ourselves at the brink of nuclear war while not actually having a root problem on which we disagree. They don’t want to be attacked and we don’t want to attack them. Doesn’t that seem solvable?

The problem, as I see it, is psychology more than weaponry. As long as North Korea sees the United States as a military threat, expect North Korea to keep upgrading their nuclear arsenal.

So what would it take to “reframe” the situation from two mortal enemies on the brink of war to something less dangerous?

North Korea wants parity before diplomacy.

New York City Rabbi Gets Prison for Stealing $5 Million in Funds for Disabled Preschoolers

Samuel Hiller and three co-defendants used the money to cover personal expenses, including a family wedding, home renovations and jewelry

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics.

Pro-Palestine Posters On Balfour Centenary ‘Censored’ By London Transport Authority

Transport for London (TfL) has been accused of censorship after refusing to allow campaigners to display posters giving the Palestinian perspective on the Balfour Declaration. The posters were designed to mark the 100th anniversary of the colonial-era document that led to the creation of Israel.



‘US, Saudi Arabia Threaten Human Rights’

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The US government’s support for Saudi Arabia in its brutal war against Yemen highlights that Washington and Riyadh threaten human rights and are indifferent to human suffering, says an American analyst.

“Human rights matter for the United States as rhetorical device to allow intervention in various countries’ affairs,” said Don DeBar, a political commentator and radio host in New York.

FLASHBACK - The Clintons’ connection to the Panama Papers

When the recently leaked “Panama Papers” exposed the existence of thousands of offshore bank accounts of the politically high and mighty, Hillary Clinton quickly decried them as “outrageous tax havens” for “the super-rich.”

But it turns out that the Democratic presidential front-runner and her husband have multiple connections with people named in the papers — including staffers and major donors, McClatchy Newspapers revealed Saturday night.

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL TRUMP MEME STOP THE HAMMERING

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Since O'Donnell is in the news again. This Trump meme is pretty damn funny.

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Norway Considers Massive “Tesla Tax”

Elon Musk can’t seem to catch a break lately with cash burn rates surging to new highs every quarter and embarrassing rumors suggesting that the company, one that was supposed to be the most technologically sophisticated auto manufacturer in the world, has been making parts by hand to try to get Model 3s on the road.

Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Marines Aboard

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Just one week after uttering his now-infamous “this is the calm before the storm” statement to the press ahead of a dinner with military leaders, we now learn that President Trump has dispatched a second nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, filled with 7,500 marines, to the Korean Peninsula. Of course, this comes after rumors swirled earlier this week that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18th.

Iraqi Kurd Army Agrees To Return To 2003 Border, Oil Slides

In a dramatic de-escalation of recent hostilities in Iraqi Kurdistan, where in a blitz campaign the Iraqi army was able to recapture Kirkuk , effectively regaining control of the oil-rich region, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, i.e. the army of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan told Sky News Arabia that it has agreed to return to the 2003 Iraq border, which if confirmed would be a major concession to Iraq which has been pushing for just this conclusion for the past month.

We just might have had a moment of true sanity enter this conflict.

"The System Is Broken": Angry Baltimore Dad Lashes Out As 12th Grader Tests At 4th Grade Math Level

One Baltimore resident and disable Army veteran, Victor Able, Sr., is fed up with the public education that his son, a 12th grader on the verge of graduation, received from City Neighbors Charter School after he recently tested at 4th grade level in math and 5th grade level in reading. Able says his son was simply passed to the next grade year after year so that his school could continue to receive extra federal funding even though it failed to deliver results. After his complaints fell on deaf ears at city council and the mayor’s office, Able has now hired an attorney to address a system he says is "broken." Per Fox News:

According to the IEP report, the 12th grader reads at a 5th grade level; does math at a 4th grade level.

“It’s not supposed to happen,” stated Able. “I don’t want him to fall out into the streets.”

“They failed my son,” said Able. “Not just my son, a whole lot of kids. The system is broken. They need to stop and fix it.”

God bless this man for taking on the teachers' union in Baltimore.

Unions are an absolute blight on the system, many times preventing students from receiving anything approximating an excellent education.

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions

As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves...and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

This is fact; it is real; it happened; and yet no one in the government is investigating?!?!?

Report: FBI Uncovers Confirmation of Hillary Clinton’s Corrupt Uranium Deal with Russia

New evidence has emerged to confirm Peter Schweizer’s account in his bestselling book Clinton Cash about the corrupt tactics behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s approval of Russia’s purchase of 20 percent of U.S. uranium.



JULIAN ASSANGE RESPONDS TO LIES FROM HILLARY

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This Aussie interview clip of Hillary Clinton is pretty frightening.

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Witness to Oct. 1 Planet Hollywood gunfire event comes forth with key details of her shocking encounter

By: cyberknight
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A woman who was inside Planet Hollywood the night of the Route 91 music festival massacre came forth with shocking details which prove that there was, in fact, gunfire outside of Planet Hollywood as other eyewitnesses have also reported.

US 'not taking sides' between Iraqi forces, Kurds: Trump

Washington is "not taking sides" following clashes between Iraqi forces and the country's Kurds, US President Donald Trump said Monday, as tensions escalate following the autonomous Kurdish region's independence referendum.

Speaking after Iraqi troops and tanks swept across the northern province capturing oil and military targets from the Kurds and seizing the governor's office in Kirkuk city, Trump made clear he was not going to inject himself into the dispute between two US allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

"We're not taking sides, but we don't like the fact that they're clashing," Trump told journalists. "We've had for many years a very good relationship with the Kurds.

"We've also been on the side of Iraq," he said, "but we're not taking sides in that battle."

President Trump, a word here; you cannot wiggle out of your complicity, via your foreign policy in both Iraq and Syria, in creating this train wreck; please don't even try here, because it is making you look foolish.



U.S. Evacuation Drills in South Korea Heighten Fears of Military Action

The United States military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

It has conducted similar evacuation exercises for decades. But with fears rising in the South that the United States might be preparing for military action against the North, the American military issued a rare news release on Monday stressing that the noncombatant evacuation exercise was a “routinely scheduled” drill.

Were I a non-combatant American in South Korea, understanding that this kind of drill was taking place, in and around the other drills being performed, I would definitely be more than a little antsy also.

Despite Campaign Promises, Arms Shipments to Saudis Skyrocket Under Trump

Before President Donald Trump flouted longstanding tradition by choosing Saudi Arabia as the destination of his first foreign visit as president, where he was lavished with gifts and reportedly struck a record-setting arms deal with the kingdom (after his administration called the CEO of Lockheed Martin to get a cheaper deal for the Saudis); before he took part in the male-only sword dance in Riyadh; before he ramped up support for the widely criticized Saudi-led war in Yemen; before he undermined his own secretary of State’s position by siding with the Saudis in their alarming diplomatic row with the Qataris—before any of this, Trump actually castigated Saudi Arabia.

The sad reality here is, no political candidate for President, no matter their protestations on the campaign, is any less bought than their rivals by the corporations which own them, and have been placed into a position of high power to do their bidding.

That is the truth; and in the most profoundly disappointing way possible, President Trump has proven this once again.

Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest, but most socially backward countries in the Middle East; the practice of any religion other than the very severe Wahabi interpretation of the Koran, is forbidden; young women are still routinely gentially mutilated; and most of the population lives in abject poverty, while the monied and titled live in a degree of splendor very hard to comprehend by people who have not witnessed it.

President Trump has acted as though he believes that war is "good for business".

The only problem with this, vis a vis Saudi Arabia, is that the Saudi government and military, with US military assistance, are waging a genocidal war against the Yemeni people.

Toddlers and children are routinely killed and maimed in Saudi bombing strikes; together, with US Naval assistance, Saudi military has blockaded Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, leaving children dying from the complications of malnutrition; and now (possibly a weaponized strain of) cholera has taken hold of Yemen, in the worst outbreak in recorded history.

These, folks, are war crimes; and I am not someone who wants to be a citizen of a country complicit in war crimes. Unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to move to a country which doesn't indulge in this massively uncivilised behavour.

Yes, the American Merchants of Death are having a field day, with these sales of bombs, fighters, and bullets to Saudi Arabia, and their bottom lines look incredibly terrific; but at what moral cost to the soul and spirit of this country?!?

This is a question no one in the US government, including President Trump, seems to dare to want to ask, but I have to.

And in terms of President's Trump's new BFF in the Middle East, Prince Salman, who has orchestrated this brutal asault on the Yemeni people; you may have many honorifics which come with your royal title. However, there is one title which will soon haunt you to your grave and beyond: that of The Butcher of Yemen.

NASA’s Ion Thruster Breaks Power & Propulsion Records

NASA’s newest ion thruster has broken previous records of generating maximum power and propulsion in its latest test, suggesting the technology may become the future of deep space exploration.

Video: Russian Security Services Bust ISIS Cell Preparing ‘High-Profile’ Attacks

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Officers of National Antiterror Committee and police officers discovered a group of militants allegedly tied to ISIS in Makhachkala on Saturday.

In a Cashless World, You’d Better Pray the Power Never Goes Out

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Two US partners fighting ISIS are now fighting each other

raqi Security Forces staged an assault on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday morning, forcing Kurdish Peshmerga forces to withdraw from the area.

Civilians began to flee the area as the assault began. Some reports claim that the Peshmerga units withdrew instead of fighting back, though Kurdish officials reported some exchanges of fire. Government forces targeted Kirkuk's rich oil fields and a military air base. Pictures posted on social media showed massive lines of vehicles attempting to flee the attack.

The Peshmerga command referred to the operation as "a war against the Kurds." Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the assault due to concerns that the country was in danger of "partition." Kurdish fighters seized the city from Islamic State forces three years ago after the Iraqi military failed to push back against the terrorist group.

So what is the US government going to do now?!?

Is there ANYONE in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, who can think a scenario through to its logical conclusion?!?

This was confirmed yesterday at antiwar.com in the following article:

Pentagon backs away as US allies perpare to battle in Iraqi Kurdistan

The article goes on to clarify the Pentagon's categorisation of the initial skirmishes as a simple"misunderstanding."

"MISUNDERSTANDING", my ASTROLABE; WE ARE LOOKING AT FULLY FLEDGED CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ RIGHT NOW!

OF COURSE, the Iraqi military wanted Kirkuk back from the Kurds, as it has one of the most oil-rich portions of the Middle East.

I cannot believe the complete insanity of the timing of this referendum by the Kurdish leadership, and what they thought their chances would be of miraculously having this happen, without Iraq fighting back.

I am just shaking my head here, at the Kurdish, Iraqi, and US leadership, or rather the absence thereof.

U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's NW region misses top Haqqani leader but kills commander

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan Monday evening missed the leader of Pakistan's notorious Haqqani network by minutes but killed roughly twenty other militants, including one top commander of the terrorist group, as they gathered for a meeting, a Pakistani local intelligence official and a local government official confirmed to Circa.

U.S. intelligence officials would not comment on the strike but news reports from the region earlier in the evening suggest only five people were killed in the strike. Intelligence officials in Pakistan said one of the Haqqani's top commanders, Sangeen Wali, was killed during the strike, as reported by other outlets.

Of course, not a word about civilian casualties, as usual.

Idaho deputies face lawsuit for fatal shooting of rancher

The family of an Idaho rancher who was fatally shot by two deputies filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday, accusing law enforcement officials of violating federal civil rights during and after shooting.

Jack Yantis, 62, was killed two years ago after one of his 2,500-pound bulls was hit by a car and charged emergency crews on a highway just north of the tiny town of Council in west-central Idaho. Yantis arrived with a rifle just as deputies decided to put down the animal. Authorities have said there was an altercation, and Yantis and two deputies fired their weapons.

“Even assuming for the sake of argument that the deputy had probable cause or reasonable suspicion, the deputy used excessive force to seize Jack,” states the 37-page complaint. “The deputies’ subsequent use of deadly force to kill Jack was intentional, unreasonable, and contrary to clearly established law.”

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran Not Returning to Congress This Week Due to Health Problems

Last week, we reported about rumors that Mississippi senator Thad Cochran wouldn’t be returning to Congress this week due to his ongoing health issues. We just got confirmation that the rumor was true: Cochran won’t be returning to Washington this week.

Politico reports: “Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will not return to Washington on Monday as planned due to continued health problems — denying Senate Republicans a reliable vote as they take up a must-pass budget later this week.”

ISRAEL IS HIDING THAT ITS STATE-OF-ART F-35 WARPLANE WAS HIT BY SYRIAN S-200 MISSILE – REPORTS

According to the available information, the Syrian Defense Forces used a S-200 missile against the Israeli warplane. This Soviet-made missile is the most advanced long range anti-aircraft system opearated by the Syrian military. Even in this case, it’s old-fashioned in terms of the modern warfare.

Despite this, the Syrian Defense Ministry said in its statement that government forces responded to the violation of the airspace and “directly hit one of the jets, forcing [Israeli aircraft] to retreat.” This statement contradicts to the Israeli claim that “no hit” was confirmed.

Few hours after the missile incident with Syria, the Israeli media reported that the Israeli Air Force’s F-35 stealth multirole fighter went unserviceable as a result of an alleged bird collision during a training flight.

AstraZeneca buy Acerta faked cancer drug data, company admits

Back in 2015, AstraZeneca bought a majority stake in blood cancer biotech Acerta for $4 billion. But over the weekend, it said that some early data for its drug acalabrutinib was falsified.

AZ invested in the biotech for its bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor acalabrutinib (ACP-196). That drug is in a number of early, mid- and late-stage clinical trials across several blood cancers, including CLL and mantle cell lymphoma. It works in a similar way to AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson’s Imbruvica.

But Acerta had to recently retract an abstract, published in medical journal Cancer Research two years back—and just months before the AstraZeneca cash injection—which showed the drug as being effective in treating solid tumours in mice.

Type 1 Diabetes doubles in Mississippi children, are vaccines to blame?

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While much of mainstream medicine would be loath to admit it, there is actually evidence that suggests vaccines can contribute to the onset of type 1 diabetes, in addition to other health problems. As the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) reports, doctors first started noticing signs of trouble back in 1949. At that time, doctors reported that children who received the pertussis vaccine (now part of the DPT shot) had issues with maintaining normal blood glucose levels. According to NVIC, research conducted with mice confirmed that the pertussis vaccine could cause type 1 diabetes.

But it’s not just the pertussis vaccine, now is it?

BOMBSHELL: Flu shots scientifically proven to weaken immune response in subsequent years… researchers stunned

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A medical study conducted at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that women who received flu vaccines had a weakened immune system response in subsequent years.

Lisa Christian, PhD, the lead researcher on the study, concluded, “Growing evidence shows that those who received a flu shot in the prior year have lower antibody responses in the current year.”

Serious Crypto-Flaw Lets Hackers Recover Private RSA Keys Used in Billions of Devices

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If you think KRACK attack for WiFi is the worst vulnerability of this year, then hold on…

...we have got another one for you which is even worse.

Microsoft, Google, Lenovo, HP and Fujitsu are warning their customers of a potentially serious vulnerability in widely used RSA cryptographic library produced by German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies.

It's noteworthy that this crypto-related vulnerability (CVE-2017-15361) doesn't affect elliptic-curve cryptography and the encryption standard itself, rather it resides in the implementation of RSA key pair generation by Infineon's Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Microsoft Kept Secret That Its Bug-Tracking Database Was Hacked In 2013

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It was not just Yahoo among "Fortune 500" companies who tried to keep a major data breach incident secret.

Reportedly, Microsoft had also suffered a data breach four and a half years ago (in 2013), when a "highly sophisticated hacking group" breached its bug-reporting and patch-tracking database, but the hack was never made public until today.

According to five former employees of the company, interviewed separately by Reuters, revealed that the breached database had been "poorly protected with access possible via little more than a password."

This incident is believed to be the second known breach of such a corporate database after a critical zero-day vulnerability was discovered in Mozilla's Bugzilla bug-tracking software in 2014.

Dangerous Malware Allows Anyone to Empty ATMs—And It’s On Sale!

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Hacking ATM is now easier than ever before.

Usually, hackers exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities to hack ATMs and force them to spit out cash, but now anyone can simply buy a malware to steal millions in cash from ATMs.

Hackers are selling ready-made ATM malware on an underground hacking forum that anybody can simply buy for around $5000, researchers at Kaspersky Lab discovered after spotting a forum post advertising the malware, dubbed Cutlet Maker.

Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season

All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as "catastrophic" by experts.

It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, meaning adults had to travel further for food.

It is the second bad season in five years after no chicks survived in 2015.

Screenwriter close to Weinstein calls out Hollywood: 'Everybody f**king knew'

If you've tired of hearing Hollywood A-listers feign shock while sending proverbial "thoughts and prayers" to Harvey Wesintein's sexual assault victims, you're not alone.

Scott Rosenberg, a screenwriter (Beautiful Girls, Con Air, High Fidelity) who worked closely with Weinstein and Co. for a little under a decade, has had enough of the bullshit, too. And he's saying something not too many people in the industry are saying right now: "I am sorry."

"Everybody fucking knew," he wrote (not once, not twice, but three times) in a lyrical, near novella-length Facebook response to those shrinking away from responsibility in enabling Weinstein's behavior.

Hollywood's general unwillingness to face the music of personal accountability for the rot in their own industry added insult to injury in the onslaught of allegations. Because those (seemingly) well-meaning yet spineless responses only ensure one thing: that this will keep happening.

ICE Detainer Issued for Suspected Wine Country Arsonist in Sonoma Jail

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a detainer request on the Sonoma County Jail for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Wine Country fires that have killed at least 40 residents.

PRO-ISRAEL HOAXER HITS DC

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Over several months, between June of 2016 and January of this year, he cultivated a relationship with several pro-Israel organizations in D.C., becoming one of the town’s best-liked Zionist activists.

There was only one problem: Antoine Kleinfeld isn’t a Zionist. He isn’t even Antoine Kleinfeld. His name, several sources have told Tablet, is James Anthony Kleinfeld, a pro-Palestinian filmmaker who, it seems, embedded himself with the Washington pro-Israel crowd, surreptitiously filming his new associates there in the hope, presumably, of producing a movie—or at least viral clips—that would publicly embarrass them. He has now disappeared.

The Lobby

Al Jazeera Investigations exposes how the Israel lobby influences British politics. A six-month undercover investigation reveals how Israel penetrates different levels of British democracy.

Episode One: In part one, Al Jazeera Investigations reveals how pro-Israel groups are trying to influence Britain’s youth.

Episode Two: In part two, our undercover reporter joins a delegation from the Israeli embassy at last year’s Labour Party Conference.

Episode Three: In part three, our undercover reporter witnesses a heated conversation between two opposing activists. The evidence raises serious questions about whether accusations of anti-Semitism are used to stifle political debate.

Congress Is To Blame For the Opioid Epidemic Plus All Vaccine Tragedies; Investigate Both Now

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Sunday, October 15, 2017, CBS TV news 60 Minutes dropped a proverbial “bombshell” regarding the problems with the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and the “shills” who promote Pharma’s wares—licensed medical doctors, distributors, pharmacists, etc...

UK: Corbyn calls for probe into Israeli 'interference'

The leader of the United Kingdom's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for an inquiry into the activities of an Israeli embassy officer who was caught on tape in an Al Jazeera investigation discussing a plot to "take down" British politicians.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Corbyn described the actions of Israeli embassy official Shai Masot as "improper interference in this country's democratic process".

EXCLUSIVE: Israel's parliamentary plot against UK politicians (2:42)
Explaining that he was "concerned" by UK foreign minister Boris Johnson's announcement that the embassy's activities were a closed matter, Corbyn urged May to launch an inquiry: "This is clearly a national security issue."

"He Shivved Me": Angry Hillary Lashes Out At Comey And Assange In Australian TV Interview

An angry Hillary Clinton has been making the rounds in recent weeks blaming all the usual suspects for her election loss last year...you know, Assange, Comey, the unfortunate mall cop who tripped over a microphone cord and ruined her speech at the Little Rock Mall food court in 1984...

But we can't remember a recent interview in which the former presidential candidate came off quite so bitter as when she sat down with Australian anchor Sarah Ferguson of 4 Corners for an interview that aired earlier today.

On Assange, Clinton described him as a "tool of Russian intelligence" and scoffed at the idea that he's a "martyr for free speech and freedom of information."

Toxic Hollywood culture exposed

List of alleged Harvey Weinstein victims continues to grow

Media mogul Harvey Weinstein has been outed by nearly 30 women in a Hollywood sex scandal that has rocked the industry and set the media ablaze.

How deep has this casting couch culture infected the ivory towers Hollywood?

And just how many men and women have found themselves in the webs of these serial sexual predators?

Kobe Steel Scandal Goes Nuclear: Company Faked Data For Decades, Had A "Fraud Manual"

Well, as of moments ago that tipping point was this much closer, when the same Nikkei reported that some Kobe Steel plants in Japan had been falsifying product quality data for decades, well beyond the roughly 10-year time frame given by the lying steelmaker. According to the Japanese newspaper, "employees involved in the data manipulation used the industry term tokusai to refer to shipping of products that did not meet the standards requested by customers", the Nikkei source said. Though tokusai usually refers to voluntary acceptance of such products, plants sometimes sent substandard goods without customers' consent. The word was apparently in use at some plants for 40 to 50 years.

North Korea Drops Propaganda Leaflets On Seoul: "Let's Behead Mad Dog Trump, Death To The Old Lunatic"

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Following President Trump's United Nations' speech threats to "totally destroy" North Korea, lambasting the North's leader Kim Jong-un as "a rocket man on a suicide mission," it appears he is not the only one capable of public and aggressive hyperbole.

As The Independent reports, propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling US President Donald Trump a “mad dog” have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them.

“Death to old lunatic Trump!” reads one poster, with a North Korean soldier with rifle in hand, crushing what looks to be Trump’s head with his tongue dangling out of his mouth.

Massive WiFi Flaw Affects All Connected Devices: ‘You Have To Wonder If It Was Corrupted On Purpose’

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of WiFi connections has been broken. This will expose wireless internet traffic to malicious attack, according to the researcher who discovered this weakness.

It doesn’t bode well that the mainstream media is also ignoring this problem completely because it’s a very big deal. Anytime the mainstream media brushes something off, most start asking questions. Unfortunately, none of the answers we have so far to those questions are of comfort.

Considering every single cellphone now has WiFi in it and this major “weakness” could affect almost everyone. According to ARS Technica, researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows attackers within range of vulnerable device or access point to intercept passwords, e-mails, and other data presumed to be encrypted, and in some cases, to inject ransomware or other malicious content into a website a client is visiting.

China’s Plot to Deploy Army Against North Korea Could Start WW3

New photos of a recent highway construction in China could be part of a contingency plan to invade North Korea or amass a huge army on their shared border. Experts fear this newly uncovered plot could stoke the fires of World War 3, inevitably involving the United States.

Dramatic moment Iraqi forces enter Kurdish Kirkuk, captured by RT (VIDEO)

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An RT Arabic crew has been on the frontline in Kirkuk and managed to film dramatic scenes showing the very moments the Iraqi military forced its way into the Kurdish-controlled city Monday.

The exclusive footage brought by RT Arabic correspondent Bzurk Muhammad shows tanks and armored personnel carriers roaming the empty Kirkuk roads while brandishing red, black and green Iraqi flags.

As they stream deeper into the city, thick white smoke starts filling the air. Men armed with rifles can be seen firing shots in the direction of the procession from a sidewalk, sparking panic among the onlookers.

As the Iraqi forces were preparing to take over, many of the locals opted to flee Kirkuk as it turned into a battle zone.

Globalization Is Poverty: "The Endgame Is Painfully Obvious"

Central bankers have never done more damage to the world economy than in the past 10 years. One may argue this is because they never had the power to do that. If their predecessors had had that power, who knows?

US destroying Syrian cities liberated from ISIS to obstruct pro-Assad forces – analyst

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The United States is losing ground, both in Syria and Iraq, and it wants to hold on to whatever it can in order to enter into negotiations later on, Jamal Wakeem, international relations professor, Lebanese University, told RT.

WATCH: Mrs. Bill Clinton Compared Harvey Weinstein to Trump? Here’s a BETTER Comparison

Election loser Hillary Clinton commended women who stepped forward to share stories about the lecherous Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood executive and Clinton donor, but she didn’t have feminist things to say when women stepped forward to expose what her husband, Bill Clinton, did to them.

David Clarke, former sheriff of Milwaukee County, did not like “Mrs. Bill Clinton” comparing President Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein. At all.

Lost temple of Ramses II is discovered in Giza: Incredible find sheds light on the ruler who fathered more children than ANY other pharaoh

The lost temple of Ramses II has been uncovered by archaeologists, shedding light one of Egypt's most revered leaders.

Among the 3,200-year-old ruins, researchers uncovered motifs devoted to ancient Egyptian sun gods - giving a unique insight into who he worshipped.

The temple, which was uncovered in the Abusir Necropolis in Giza, measures around 110 feet in width and 170 feet (34 by 52 metres) in length.

It is the latest colossal building revealed by archaeologists to have been constructed during Ramses II's illustrious 67-year reign.

Susan Rice calls ‘BS’ on AIPAC — but she pandered to the lobby when she was in power

One of the choicest moments from Donald Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal Friday was when the Israel lobby group AIPAC applauded his speech for “accurately” outlining the history and dangers of Iran’s “aggression,” and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice promptly called bullshit.

The tweet is deliciously disturbing because Susan Rice had ample opportunity while she was in office to call out AIPAC’s bullshit, but she never did. In fact, she groveled to AIPAC on at least two occasions– below– and pleaded with the group to support the Iran deal– and completely affirmed the claim of Iran’s aggression she refutes now.

AN AL JAZEERA REPORTER WENT UNDERCOVER WITH THE PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY IN WASHINGTON

BRITAIN’S BROADCASTING REGULATOR on Monday concluded that Al Jazeera did not violate any rules in its controversial undercover investigation exposing the Israeli embassy’s campaign to target British citizens critical of Israel, a campaign that included attempts to destroy the careers of pro-Palestinian British politicians.

The Creed of Sleaze has a Warm Spot in Hell

The easiest way to destroy a country is to eliminate the moral fiber of her people.

As the predator ethos expands into every corner and crevice of society, the pervaders of filth dominate the mentally disturbed minds that have emerged as the new measure of public amorality.

The linkage between the war party within the District of Criminals and the screenplays used to direct the action of mass murder in the green lighted picture shows are startling.

Athens vs. Mondoweiss

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In my new book, Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, I delve into the clear distinction between Athens and Jerusalem. Athens is the capitol of philosophy. In Athens we think things through. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the city of laws that set the boundaries of correct thinking. In Jerusalem we obey first and think later.

In Being in Time I argue that the dystopia in which we live has a lot to do with the victory of Jerusalem over Athens. The tyranny of correctness is the backbone of the Identitarian and New Left reign. It has managed to obliterate our ability to apply reason and engage in an open vibrant intellectual exchange. It dismantles our dialogical culture and makes a farce of our academic institutions.

VANISHED: ‘Hero Security Guard’ and Star Witness of Las Vegas Shooting is Missing

In addition, reportage by former Project Veritas operative Laura Loomer, suggests that the Campos family may have had a gag order placed on them not to talk about the mass-shooting case.

Now we can report that Jesus Campos is missing.

This has all the hallmarks of a cover-up. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media appear to be disinterested in this story now.

VIDEO OF THE DAY ~~ ‘GOOD RIDDANCE ISRAEL!’

The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO over what they call an ‘anti-Israel bias,’ but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a new unity deal.

Kate Winslet’s shameful hypocrisy over Weinstein, Polanski and Woody Allen is why I don’t believe morally repugnant Hollywood will ever change

So forgive me if I’m not massively convinced by Tinsel Town’s panicky little bout of ethical house cleaning.

In fact, the whole on-going torrent of nauseating hypocrisy surrounding the Weinstein scandal makes me puke.

It’s epitomized by British actress Kate Winslet, who is suddenly very, VERY keen for all of us to know exactly how far she went to stand up to Weinstein.

Winslet, 42, told the LA Times she deliberately refused to thank him when she won an Oscar in 2009 for starring in his movie The Reader.

I remember being told, “Make you sure you thank Harvey if you win”,’ she recounted. ‘And I remember turning around and saying, ‘”No, I won’t. I won’t.” And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?’

Lest we be in any doubt as to what happened, Ms Winslet emphasised:
‘That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate.’

I think we get the drift, Kate.

Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, Are Linked to Clinton Uranium One Deal - MOST CORRUPT OFFICIALS EVER!

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Mueller, Rosenstein and McCabe are now key players in investigating Donald Trump for ‘Russian collusion’.

Paedophile Cambridge University doctor, 28, committed so many crimes it took 35 MINUTES to read them in court: Pervert called himself '666devil' to blackmail children on Gumtree

A Cambridge University graduate has pleaded guilty to 137 offences - including blackmailing victims into sending him severe abuse images of themselves and sharing them on the dark web.

Dr Matthew Falder, 28, also admitted causing the sexual exploitation of a child, voyeurism, making and distributing indecent images of children and encouraging the rape of a four-year-old.

There were so many charges that it took 35 minutes for them to be read out in court.

The Missing Money – $21 Trillion in Undocumentable Adjustments and Counting with Dr. Mark Skidmore

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This week Dr. Mark Skidmore, Morris Chair of State and Local Government and Policy at Michigan State University joins me on the Solari Report to discuss his recent report on what is now $21 trillion in undocumentable adjustments at the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) between 1998 and 2015. I had been using the number $18 trillion. However, Dr. Skidmore and his team have identified another $3 trillion which we have added to the documentation that he and his students have reviewed and provided. See DOD and HUD Missing Money: Supporting Documentation for $21 Trillion in Undocumentable Adjustments.

IRGC Commander: Iran Not to Stop Missile Production Under Any Condition

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh blasted US President Donald Trump's anti-Iran rhetoric, and said that Tehran will not stop boosting its missile capabilities under any circumstances.
"Even if a wall is constructed all around the country, the production of missiles will not be halted, because this is a completely indigenous and domestic industry,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said on Monday.

The IRGC aerospace commander reiterated that the IRGC was defending the Iranian nation’s interests and would not be deceived by the enemies, and said, "The IRGC would continue to boost its capabilities on a daily basis, because security is paramount in all conditions."

Abortionist Caught with Aborted Baby Parts in His Car Pleads ‘No Contest’

The 75-year-old appeared in a Macomb County Circuit Court Monday in the latest episode of a saga dating back to October, 2015, when police discovered stolen drugs, abortion equipment, and aborted baby remains in the trunk of his car.

According to reports at the time, police in West Bloomfield, Michigan, found “14 containers of human tissue, possibly fetuses, medical equipment and large amounts of Fentanyl, a drug used for pain and sedation,” leading to the suspicion that Roth had been secretly carrying out illegal home abortions.

LEFTIST HARVARD PROF OUTLINES PLAN TO IMPEACH TRUMP, INSTALL HILLARY AS PRESIDENT

Lessig’s plan involves Trump being impeached for colluding with the Russian government during his election campaign, for which there is no evidence, and hasn’t been any evidence forthcoming for over a year now.
Once that happens in Lessig’s fantasy, he then suggests Vice President Mike Pence would resign.

In the final stage of the plan, Speaker Paul Ryan would be urged to “do the right thing,” and also resign, but not before installing Hillary Clinton as Vice President, thus leaving her to become the President.

One small technicality. The VP has to be the same party as the Prez. Will Hillary change parties?

Yeah, she probably would.

HRC Adviser -You Can’t Buy the Presidency for $100,000

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-- The fake news about fake news is practically endless

Trump prevents US companies from coming to Iran

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Iran’s oil minister stated that Iran does not prevent American companies from doing business in the country; rather it is Trump who creates the obstacles.
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh questioned Trump asking why he is concerned that Europeans take money from Iran and why he does not allow American companies to benefit from Iran.

Zanganeh made the remarks Tue. speaking to the reporters following his meeting with South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Hyun-mi, adding that Trump prevents American companies to enter Iran’s market, they are not blocked by Iran.

“We are prepared to negotiate with American corporations on developing petroleum and gas resources. Mr. Trump does not need to feel so concerned about this.” The Iranian official stated.

Trump, not Iran, blocking US companies: Iran's Petroleum Minister

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Iran's Minister of Petroleum said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump is unhappy with the fact that Europeans work with Iran and earn money.

US President Donald Trump is unhappy with the fact that Iran sells its oil in currencies other than the US dollar!

Norman Finkelstein was arrested last night. He is out on bail.

It seems American Law’s propensity for lawlessness is limitless. The Long Island Police came to Norman’s house last night, beat him up mercilessly and then shoved him inside a jail cell. All because he dared challenge the mafiosi duo Michael Chetkof and Allyson Burger. All because he brooks no injustice, and is loath to see the life of a dear friend destroyed before his very eyes.

Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel

Austria’s ambassador in Tel Aviv sees nothing wrong with Arab parties being excluded from Israel’s government.

As his own country looks set to put neo-Nazis in power in Vienna, this is yet another remarkable demonstration of the racist values shared by European and Israeli elites.

Just as in Germany, there are clear indications of ties between Austria’s neo-Nazi far right and Israel’s right wing.

Spain Constitutional Court Declares Catalan Referendum Void

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While it will not come as a surprise to anyone following ongoing events in Spain, moments ago the country's Constitutional Court said on Tuesday the referendum law passed by the Catalan government Sept. 6 to hold a vote on independence was unconstitutional and void, a spokesman said. The court's full statement can be found here, while the opinion is at this link.

The court had originally suspended the referendum law as it studied its legality, though the Catalan government went ahead with the ballot regardless.

This is, of course, a violation of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

They’re All In It Together – Weinstein Paid for Bill Clinton’s Legal Fees During His Sex Abuse Scandal

When Bill Clinton was at the height of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, Hollywood was by his side, offering donations for his legal fees, and one significant donor was a man who is now going through his own sex scandal—Harvey Weinstein.

More than 20 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. After the New York Times and the New Yorker published in-depth stories detailing the testimonies of women who have been abused by Weinstein—and in many cases, paid off with airtight non-disclosure agreements—the stories have continued to come to light.

'War is SCHEDULED' US General reveals future timeline of North Korean nuclear crisis

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A US GENERAL - known for his calculated comments - shocked a television interviewer last night when he revealed that "war is scheduled" with North Korea.

General Barry McCaffrey’s comments come as fears mount that the US and North Korea are headed towards an imminent war.

The respected retired general claimed that the US would be at war with the communist regime "by next summer" during a TV interview with NBC last night.

Kim Jong-Un has continued to escalate his threatening rhetoric against the United States and its allies, amid the deepening crisis on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

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Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

Trump’s “Israel-First”, “Saudi-Second” And “America-Last” Iran Strategy

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President Donald Trump’s move to decertify the Iranian nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), entered into a little over two years ago, was applauded by Israel, Saudi Arabia and a couple of Persian Gulf States, but by no one else. Quite the contrary, as the European and Asian co-signatories on the agreement, having failed to dissuade Trump, have clearly indicated that they will continue to abide by it. Also, the decision to kick the can down the road by giving Congress 60 days to increase pressure on Tehran in an attempt to include other issues beyond nuclear development like its ballistic missile program and labeling the country’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group are likely to create confusion as Washington is unable to communicate directly with Iran. That uncertainty could possibly lead to a fraught-with-danger Iranian decision to withdraw completely from the agreement.

Jesus Campos’s private security guard ‘Troy Goff’ spotted with unmarked vehicle

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A so-called ‘private security’ guard who is presumably a man by the name Troy Goff was confronted in front of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos’s residence where he was captured on video emerging from an unmarked (likely law enforcement) vehicle.

Spotlight follow-up: A nurse’s aide plays video games while a veteran dies at Bedford VA hospital

Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.

But his daughter, Brigitte Darton, felt reassured because her mother had found a bed for the ailing Vietnam veteran and retired police detective at the Bedford VA Medical Center. He would be under the watchful eyes of the staff at a hospital ranked by the Veterans Administration as one of its best nationwide.

So Darton went on a long-planned family vacation in July 2016, only to get a shocking call from her mother the next day. “Your father passed away,” Carol Nutter said. “He didn’t wake up.”

A doctor eventually told Carol Nutter that a staff member on the night shift had failed to check on him hourly, as she should have.

MEDIA SILENT AS GOV’T USES VEGAS SHOOTING TO PUSH BILL ALLOWING WARRANTLESS SEARCHES

As the mainstream media provides relentless coverage of the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sex scandal, there is one major piece of legislation it is ignoring, and if passed, it will have massive repercussions for all Americans.

More than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, have joined together to condemn the USA Liberty Act, a trendy name for a dangerous bill that reauthorizes and creates additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the coalition noted that one of the most obvious problems with the USA Liberty Act is that it fails to address concerns with the “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to “conduct warrantless searches for the information of individuals who are not targets of Section 702, including U.S. citizens and residents.”

Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

 

Nestlé Removes Christian Cross from Greek Yogurt Packaging

In eliminating the cross, Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has mimicked the choice of supermarket giant Lidl for its similar packaging

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Former Bush Aide Michael Gerson Tells GOP Establishment: ‘It’s Time to Panic’ About Trump

“Is Trump psychologically and morally equipped to be president? And could his unfitness cause permanent damage to the country?”

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Bannon Predicts Trump Will Win In A Blowout In 2020 [VIDEO]

"President Trump is not only going to finish this term, but he will win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.”

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ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria’s Raqqa

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in the “final” battle for control of Raqqa

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December 29, 2016

Executive Order -- Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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TAKING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT MALICIOUS CYBER-ENABLED ACTIVITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities declared in Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, and in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions, hereby order:

Section 1. Section 1(a) of Executive Order 13694 is hereby amended to read as follows:

"Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;

(ii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States that are reasonably likely to result in, or have materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States and that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) harming, or otherwise significantly compromising the provision of services by, a computer or network of computers that support one or more entities in a critical infrastructure sector;

(B) significantly compromising the provision of services by one or more entities in a critical infrastructure sector;

(C) causing a significant disruption to the availability of a computer or network of computers;

(D) causing a significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; or

(E) tampering with, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions; and

(iii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State:

(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, the receipt or use for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain, or by a commercial entity, outside the United States of trade secrets misappropriated through cyber-enabled means, knowing they have been misappropriated, where the misappropriation of such trade secrets is reasonably likely to result in, or has materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States;

(B) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any activity described in subsections (a)(ii) or (a)(iii)(A) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

(C) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(D) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (a)(ii) and (a)(iii)(A)-(C) of this section."

Sec. 2. Executive Order 13694 is further amended by adding as an Annex to Executive Order 13694 the Annex to this order.

Sec. 3. Executive Order 13694 is further amended by redesignating section 10 as section 11 and adding a new section 10 to read as follows:

"Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to determine that circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of the property and interests in property of a person listed in the Annex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effect to that determination."

Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 5. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 29, 2016.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 28, 2016.

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December 13, 2016

‘West has been blaming Russia for everything, now there’s backlash’ – Gorbachev

 
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There is a need for Moscow and Washington to cooperate, but it's hard for Russia when it understands “it’s being cheated,” former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said in an interview with AP, focused on Russia-US relations.

Gorbachev said the West’s scapegoating Russia for such a long time couldn’t but leave a trace.

“They have been badgering Russia with accusations and blaming it for everything. And now there is a backlash to that in Russia.”

It doesn’t mean that Moscow doesn’t want the collaboration with Washington, he hastened to add, but there are issues interfering with it – for example, the US itself.

“Russia wants to have friendly ties with America, but it's difficult to do that when Russia sees that it's being cheated," Gorbachev told AP.

He added that the tension between modern Russia and the West dates back to the collapse of the USSR.

“They were rubbing their hands, saying, ‘How nice! We had been trying to do something about the Soviet Union for decades, and it ate itself up!’” Gorbachev said, slamming Western “triumphalism” as a key issue in relations between Russia and the West.

Nevertheless, Russia and the US should develop amicable relations because they are “so important and concern everyone else, so we must take the interests of others into account.”

“The world needs Russia and the United States to cooperate. Together, they could lead the world ... to a new path.”

Gorbachev went on to explain why Moscow-Washington friendship is essential.

“If we don't cooperate, if we don't pull our efforts together and talk to each other, everyone will build up arms. If there is a rifle on the wall in the first act of a play, it will go off in the end,” he said, referring to Anton Chekhov’s famous dramatic principle.

Gorbachev also voiced his opinion on President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump.

Putin, according to the former Soviet President, is “a worthy president.”

“He has proven his worth. He is a strong person,” Gorbachev added. “I almost fully supported him first, and then I began to voice criticism. I can't renounce my views, and he wants something else.”

As for Donald Trump, Gorbachev said, “He has little political experience, but maybe that's a good thing.”

 
 

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December 26, 2014

Wrongfully convicted inmates fight for compensation - LA Times

After Ricardo Aguilera took a bullet to the back of his head in a drive-by shooting, he recovered enough to tell police he had seen the gunman: a light-skinned Latino with a goatee, riding in a Dodge Ram pickup with a guy from the Ford Maravilla gang.

The police put together a photo lineup, and Aguilera pointed to a young man with a shaved head and facial hair. It was him, he said.

Deputies showed up at Rafael Madrigal's door in Mira Loma, about 45 miles from the crime scene in East Los Angeles. Madrigal, who had never been in a gang, who hadn't even lived in East L.A. for five years, was incredulous.

The photo in the lineup was at least eight years old, he said — snapped by a gang task force when he was a teenager. He had a house, a good job, two kids he coached in soccer. A time card indicated he'd been at work the day of the shooting in 2000, but the date stamp on the machine was broken, and the supervisor had written in the date by hand.

Investigators didn't believe him, and neither did a jury.

Madrigal was sentenced to 53 years to life for attempted murder. It took three years before he found an attorney willing to appeal, three more years before they could convince a judge that Madrigal's original attorney defended him ineffectively.

Madrigal walked out of Chino State Prison on Oct. 6, 2009, with the clothes on his back and $187. He was free to return to the life he'd left behind nine years earlier.

Except it didn't exist.

Under a state law intended to compensate those wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit, Madrigal appeared to qualify for $281,700 from the state of California.

In the five years since his release, he has argued his case before a state hearing officer and a state compensation board. But though a federal judge found "compelling evidence" that he was "actually innocent,"Madrigal has been paid nothing.

The Los Angeles Times has documented dozens of cases nationwide in which people convicted and later cleared by DNA or new evidence never received state compensation. Some — especially the low-income minorities who make up a large share of the wrongfully imprisoned — never file a claim because they can't afford a lawyer or find one willing to take the case.

"They just opened the door and said, 'Hey, walk away!'" said Madrigal, 39. "I didn't have much when I went in. But I had what I had, and that little bit that I did have was all taken from me."

His house was gone, sold by his wife to avoid foreclosure. The daughter born shortly after he was imprisoned barely knew who he was. He got a job, but was soon fired when his employer learned he had spent time behind bars.

The number of people exonerated each year in the United States has nearly tripled over the last two decades, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, an academic database that tracks those declared innocent, pardoned, acquitted at retrial or released by a judge based on new evidence.

A total of 1,493 wrongfully convicted inmates have been set free since the first DNA tests in 1989. Hundreds of them have been ushered out of prison with no compensation, even in the states — a total of 30, plus the District of Columbia — that have passed laws providing for the payments. In fact, of those cleared by DNA evidence, only 57% received state compensation, according to the New York-based nonprofit Innocence Project.

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"If someone gets paroled, they get ... food vouchers, clothing vouchers, benefits, even places to live. But for someone who gets exonerated, they just throw you on the street and don't even give you an apology," said Dwayne Provience, 41, who spent nearly a decade in prison before his murder conviction in Detroit was overturned in 2010. The city rejected his bid for compensation and then declared bankruptcy; Provience now works two jobs to support his four children.

Last year, Andrew "A.J." Johnson, 65, was declared innocent of rape as a result of DNA evidence after serving 24 years in a Wyoming prison. That state offers no compensation, however, and today Johnson is nearly broke.

"A wrong was done, and they should at least help me get my life back together," Johnson said.

California was among the first states to pass a compensation law in 1913, capping payments at $5,000. That amount was later raised to $10,000, and then to $100 per day spent in prison — with an annual maximum of $36,500.

A 2012 survey by a researcher at the State University of New York at Albany found that California pays less than many other states and provides fewer services.

Since 1981, the earliest year with records available, the three-member board that decides compensation claims in California has denied 59 and granted 22, awarding payments of about $6.2 million.

A decade ago, President George W. Bush signed the Innocence Protection Act, which guarantees those exonerated of federal crimes $50,000 for every year they spent in prison, $100,000 for each year on death row.

Only a handful of states meet or exceed that federal standard. Compensation payments range from $5,000 a year in prison in Wisconsin to $80,000 a year in Texas.

Those who resort to pleading their cases in legislatures and civil courts face stiff odds. In civil court, they must prove that police and prosecutors — generally protected by immunity laws — committed flagrant, intentional misconduct.

Exonerees and their advocates have lobbied to pass compensation bills in numerous states, but in recent years such efforts have failed in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

In Washington state, though, one passed last year, with support from an unusual source: Seattle's top prosecutor, a Republican.

"Money is the mechanism by which we apologize and express regrets in our legal system," King County Prosecuting Atty. Dan Satterberg told lawmakers.

Satterberg had just dropped all charges against Brandon Redtailhawk Olebar, 31, a member of the Lummi tribe mistakenly prosecuted by his office for robbery a decade earlier.

The bill passed. Olebar received $496,712 — and, to his surprise, an apology and a hug from Satterberg.

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After his release, Madrigal eventually found shift work managing logistics at a warehouse. But he still awoke at 3 a.m., as he had for his prison kitchen jobs. He struggled to reconnect with his children; his eldest, Andrew, was 6 years old when his father left for prison and was now a tall, college-bound wrestler.

"Me missing those years when a kid goes from junior high school to high school; that guidance that a boy needs from a father. He was mad at the situation," Madrigal said one morning at his home in Ontario. "Why it happened to us."

Making lunches at the kitchen counter as his children awoke, Madrigal faced a rosary draped over a sign that reminded him, "Always be grateful for the life you have."

His wife, Veronica, 37, was preparing to drop the kids at bus stops and school on her way to work at her family's used electrical equipment store. Andrew, who still lives at home, was heading out to community college. The family's three English bulldogs barked outside.

To Andrew, his father's conviction had been "terrifying." The family had to move in first with one set of grandparents, then another. Each time, he switched schools.

"In high school, I just drowned myself in wrestling," said Andrew, 20, now studying to become a high school biology teacher.

During those years, Andrew's paternal grandfather looked after him, offering encouragement when his grades slipped.

"He knew I was a good student, but I had stages where I would just think about why was my life so difficult. We were struggling — I didn't understand why we couldn't have our own house," Andrew said.

During his sophomore year, eight months before his father was released from prison, his grandfather died of a heart attack.

Now every few weeks, the family visits the cemetery in Whittier after church. Rafael Madrigal kneels on the grass to polish his father's headstone portrait with baby wipes. He places bouquets just so and shares a can of Dos Equis, pouring it slowly onto the grave as Andrew looks on.

"Nobody can give me back those years, the time with my kids and my dad," Madrigal said. "But the little you could give me, I could give my kids a better future."

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States that offer compensation face a challenge: separating the innocent from those released solely based on technicalities — for example, because a judge found a defect in the prosecution, or concluded that their lawyer did not represent them effectively, as in Madrigal's case.

On appeal, Madrigal argued that there was significant evidence of his innocence.

When Madrigal found an attorney willing to take his case, one of the first things the lawyer had him do was take a polygraph test. He passed.

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The lawyer next offered the court a variety of new evidence: testimony from Madrigal's supervisor that he was at work at the time of the shooting; a jailhouse phone call in which the convicted driver of the truck used in the shooting, Francisco "Go-Go" Olivares, told his girlfriend that Madrigal wasn't involved; forensics showing that the gun belonged to a Ford Maravilla gang member who matched the victim's description of the shooter.

After three years of petitions and hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marc Goldman found there was "compelling evidence" that Madrigal was "actually innocent."

Madrigal could have been retried, but prosecutors decided against it, saying that, after many years, physical evidence was not available and that witnesses could not be located or could no longer remember what happened.

In July 2011, a federal judge dismissed all charges. Two months later, Madrigal filed for compensation.

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Some states only compensate those cleared by DNA evidence. Others pay only those who had no prior criminal record or were cleared by a judge with a finding of "actual innocence" or "factual innocence."

When Madrigal was released, California had an even tougher standard. Applicants had to prove that they were innocent and had not "contributed to their conviction" — for instance, by pleading guilty, running from police or belonging to a gang. In several cases, the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims board denied compensation to applicants who had been found factually innocent or exonerated by DNA, because the board decided they had contributed to their convictions.

At hearings in Sacramento last year, Madrigal and other advocates for the wrongfully convicted urged lawmakers to scuttle the provision barring compensation to those who contributed to their convictions. They also wanted to compel the state to compensate those found factually innocent, cleared by DNA or released when evidence pointed "unerringly to innocence," a standard Madrigal was convinced would apply to him.

But they faced opposition from lawmakers, prosecutors and victims' advocates who shared a concern voiced by counterparts in other states: that not all those seeking compensation are really innocent, and criminals might benefit.

"It's really hard, the thought that we would actually be paying somebody who was gaming the system," Sen. Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) said as Madrigal looked on.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), said that was unlikely — and that those who were innocent deserved to receive their money more quickly.

"Many of them wait many, many years — if they get anything at all," Leno said.

The legislation Madrigal and the others had sought was approved by an overwhelming majority and took effect in January — just as Madrigal was preparing for his hearing before the state compensation board.

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Those seeking compensation in California for wrongful convictions have had to undergo a lengthy hearing process, first before a lawyer who has been designated as a hearing officer. The officer makes a recommendation to the state compensation board, which hears the case and makes a decision on whether to grant compensation. Denials can be appealed in court.

In order to receive compensation, claimants must prove their innocence by a "preponderance of evidence," meaning it is more likely than not that they did not commit the crime.

Claimants are not entitled to court appointed-attorneys. They can testify and present witnesses but cannot compel them to appear.

The state attorney general's office also can present evidence and often actively opposes compensation.

"In each case, we make a recommendation based on the facts and the statutory standard for compensation claims," the attorney general's office said in a statement. "Ultimately, however, the state compensation board is vested with the sole authority to grant or deny a compensation claim."

David LaBahn, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Assn. of Prosecuting Attorneys, acknowledges that the process is rigorous but he defends it as necessary to ensure that only the innocent are compensated.

Even with the changes to the California compensation law, some still wage uphill battles to receive money for their time behind bars.

In 2010, the board refused to compensate Timothy Atkins, 47, a former gang member convicted of a 1985 murder and robbery in Venice. Atkins served 19 years before a key witness recanted and said police had forced her to snitch. A judge released him, but when Atkins applied for compensation, he got nowhere.

A state compensation board member, San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Michael Ramos, dismissed Atkins' witnesses as "uncredible, family and friends of a gang member." He said state witnesses had been intimidated into recanting. Compensation was denied.

Atkins went back to court and this year persuaded a judge to find him "factually innocent." The board is reconsidering his claim for $713,100. But the state attorney general's office still opposes it, arguing the new law does not apply retroactively to Atkins and others awaiting compensation.

Even when the board does grant compensation, it must be approved by the Legislature, a requirement that can jeopardize or delay payment.

In 2007, for example, the board approved $74,600 in compensation for David Allen Jones, 47, a mentally disabled Los Angeles janitor whose murder convictions were overturned in 2004 when DNA evidence implicated another man, a serial killer, in what the district attorney called "a system failure."

Some lawmakers, however, still questioned Jones' innocence and the bill to pay him died on the Senate floor.

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Nearly 10 years after he was sentenced, Madrigal got his chance to plead for compensation.

In a windowless Sacramento conference room, he addressed a hearing officer who would recommend whether the state compensation board should pay him for the 2,817 days he spent in prison.

"I had nothing to do with this crime," Madrigal testified. "I was never there. I wasn't involved in it one bit."

The deputy attorney general sitting across from him disagreed. He questioned Madrigal's alibi, his testimony, and the veracity of his defense witnesses.

"The evidence establishing his guilt was not refuted — that included three eyewitness identifications and a fairly strong showing that he did not in fact have a rock-solid alibi," said Deputy Atty. Gen. Sean McCoy.

For Madrigal, it was like going on trial all over again — except hearing officers are not judges. Many are former government lawyers. Madrigal's hearing officer had passed the bar four years earlier, after working as a staffer for the board.

It took six months for him to make his recommendation — that Madrigal had not established his innocence by a preponderance of the evidence, and the board should deny compensation.

Madrigal's hearing before the board didn't get underway until months later, in March.

He nervously claimed his seat in front.

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Madrigal wore a gray sweater, knife-creased khakis and new black leather shoes, a gift from his wife. His boss had given him the day off.

The family needed money now more than ever. Madrigal's eldest son had received scholarships to transfer from community college to a four-year school in Arkansas. Even with the promotion Madrigal would soon receive, the family couldn't afford Andrew's room and board without state compensation.

The three-member panel included a tax lawyer standing in for Controller John Chiang; Marybel Batjer, head of the Government Operations Agency that oversees state programs, and a gubernatorial appointee: Ramos, the San Bernardino district attorney, who has served on the board for a decade.

After the hearing opened, the deputy attorney general argued against compensation.

Batjer, who is not a lawyer, flipped through the case file before asking the first question: Could Madrigal have clocked in to his job that day and slipped out?

No, said Madrigal's attorney, Alex Simpson. He cited testimony from Madrigal's supervisor, who had pointed out that Madrigal was the only employee working that day trained to operate his laminating machine, and had he not been there, the production line would have shut down.

Ramos focused on why Madrigal's conviction had been overturned.

"The court didn't reverse it and say that this happened because he's innocent — it's because of the incompetence of his counsel, correct?" he asked.

"After we established the alibi to the court, they reversed the conviction," Simpson said.

The vote was taken: two opposed, with Batjer casting the sole vote for payment.

Madrigal had been denied compensation.

Outside, Madrigal's attorney slung a consoling arm over hisshoulder.

"The good news is we had at least one," Simpson said of the vote. "I've never seen that before."

They would appeal, the lawyer said, but he warned that it would take time.

Madrigal stepped aside to call his wife.

"How did it go?" she asked.

Muscles in his neck pulsed with tension.

"Not too good."

"Is it over?" she asked.

"Not even close."

War Build Up

December 14, 2014

War Drums Beat Louder

December 14, 2014

On Saturday, December 13th, Russian media reported that U.S. President Obama evidently can’t wait to sign the congressional authorization for war against Russia (which has already been passed in draft form by 98% of U.S. House members and 100% of U.S. Senate members), and that he is already shipping military supplies into Ukraine for use against Ukraine’s ethnic Russians that the Ukrainian Government is trying to eliminate.

Mikhail Emelyanov, a leading Russian parliamentarian, was quoted as saying on Saturday, Russia “cannot calmly watch as the US arms Ukraine with the most modern lethal weapons. In this regard, we should not appear weak. The situation is very alarming. Judging by US intentions, they want to turn Ukraine into a fighting platform against Russia.”

The popular Russian website “Colonel Cassad” reports that the reason why Ukraine’s airports in Zaporozyhe, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk mysteriously shut down for other traffic on Saturday was to unload weapons-shipments from the U.S. Specifically, it said that, at Zaporozyhe, “one of the airport workers replied that the airport has to be prepared to accept military aircraft with equipment, including Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. The equipment is expected from the United States.” For the time being, civilian traffic at all three of those airports is being reduced during the next few days, in order to unload that U.S. freight.

Also reported Saturday at fortruss.blogspot was that, “Right now at Zaporozhye airport they are unloading two transport planes from USA. Cargo is in boxes. According to additional information two more planes are expected to arrive.”

Just one day prior, Foreign Policy had bannered on Friday, “Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?” and their reporter naively claimed that, “little aid is forthcoming for Ukraine as its government faces a shortfall.”

The “aid” is actually already coming, in the form of U.S. military cargo shipments, gratis from U.S. taxpayers (though hardly gratis from the U.S. armaments-makers, whose business is booming from this). And the Ukraine “government faces a shortfall” thing is actually far worse than that: as Forbes’s Mark Adomanis headlined on April 15th, “Ukraine’s Economy Is Nearing Collapse.” He reported, “The central bank was forced to take such desperate measures because the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. The Hryvnia has been the world’s worst performing currency in 2014.” And: “The only reason that things haven’t totally imploded is because of the $18 billion package of assistance from the IMF and the $9 billion in additional assistance pledged by the United States and the European Union. This financial assistance is desperately needed and will obviously help the Ukrainian government keep the lights on. The problem is that Ukraine’s funding needs aren’t a static target but are directly influenced by changes in its economic outlook. Since that economic outlook is darkening, Ukraine’s already large funding needs have grown commensurately.”

Forbes’s Kenneth Rapoza then noted on November 12th, “The nation’s currency, the hryvnia, has lost 91.5% of its value so far this year.”

On December 11th, Ukraine’s new Minister of Economic Development admitted, “By and large, the state is bankrupt.”

So: U.S. and European taxpayers will be funding all of those ‘loans,’ which will never be paid back, they’re actually donations instead of loans, because Ukraine was already tens of billions of dollars in debt even before the West took over; and none of these additional ‘debts’ will be able to be paid back one cent unless and until those earlier debts are, which will never be possible in that spiraling-downward country, which is now designing a military graveyard with a capacity for 250,000 fresh corpses of Ukrainian soldiers, and that’s not a very productive “investment” for any country to be making. America’s ‘investment’ in Ukraine is an ‘investment’ in corpses; and far more of those will be of the millions of residents in the targeted region than of the soldiers on either side of the conflict.

One of Russia’s loans to Ukraine has a provision saying that if Ukraine’s ratio of debt to GDP exceeds 60%, then Russia can demand and Ukraine must pay in cash the full due amount. The ratio has already exceeded that, but the official figure won’t be announced until March 2015, and, as Britain’s Economist noted, “That could trigger a default on all Ukraine’s other international bonds (which are worth about $16 billion up to 2023).” So: all of the money that is being ‘loaned’ to Ukraine now is purely a donation, since Russia will certainly pull the plug and flush Ukraine down the toilet this coming Spring. Then, all of a sudden, that $16 billion in cash will need to be put up by the Ukrainian Government, and whatever there is to put up, practically all of it will have to be paid to Ukraine’s old chief lender: Russia. The West will get little or nothing of it.

Washington isn’t out to help the Ukrainian people; it’s solely using Ukraine as a launching-pad for WW III against Russia. That’s all it’s “good for” now. And that’s what Obama is using it for: to slaughter, first, the residents in the parts of Ukraine that refuse to be ruled by the regime that Obama put in place; and, then, everybody else.

If this sounds crazy (and of course it does), then please ask your two Senators and your one Representative in the House: “Why did you vote to approve sending weapons to the Ukrainian Government?” (Mine refuses to answer.)

Please then report back here, in the reader-comments below, what the answer to that question is. Everyone who reads this article here will be interested to know what the answer to that question is.

Here is the list of the only 10 members of Congress who voted no on that bill, and all of them are in the House:

California’s George Miller (D)

California’s Dana Rohrabacher (R)

Florida’s Alan Grayson (D)

Florida’s Alcee Hastings (D)

Kentucky’s Thomas Massie (R)

Michigan’s Justin Amash (R)

North Carolina’s Walter Jones (R)

Tennessee’s John Duncan (R)

Texas’s Beto O’Rourke (D)

Washington’s Jim McDermott (D)

If any of those Representatives happens to be yours, then don’t ask him why he voted for the bill; he voted against it.

Texas State Bill

December 14, 2014

Texas State Bill Will Nullify All Federal Unconstitutional Acts

Saturday, 13 December 2014 Written by  

Texas lawmaker Dan Flynn has introduced legislation that would invalidate within the sovereign borders of his state every act of the federal government that exceeds its constitutionally derived authority.

State Representative Dan Flynn’s bill — House Bill 98 — denies to the federal government:

the power to take any legislative, executive, or judicial action that violates the constitution, specifically including those actions that unconstitutionally undermine, diminish, or disregard the balance of powers between the states and the federal government established by the constitution.

Flynn goes on to cite chapter and verse of the Constitution and the principles of federalism in defense of his position that the state of Texas retains the power to refuse to carry out federal mandates that are not specifically authorized in the Constitution’s enumeration of federal powers.

Beyond his understanding of core concepts of federalism, Flynn is to be commended for the bold warning he included in his legislation:

This Act serves as notice from this state to the federal government to cease and desist any and all unconstitutional activities that are outside the scope of the power delegated to it by the United States Constitution, including those activities that unconstitutionally undermine, diminish, or disregard the balance of powers between the states and the federal government established by the constitution.

This state and its people retain their sovereign power to regulate the affairs of this state, subject only to the limitations prescribed by the United States Constitution.

Nothing more needs to be said. Flynn’s bill, officially titled the Texas Balance of Powers Act, is a full-throated defiance of federal tyranny and attempts to subjugate the states into nothing more that administrative sub-units of the plutocracy on the Potomac.

Representative Flynn seems to appreciate the fact that states are not left defenseless in the battle to fight the cancer of consolidation. There is a remedy — a “rightful remedy” — that can immediately retrench the federal government’s constant overreaching. This antidote can stop the poison of all unconstitutional federal acts and executive orders at the state borders and prevent them from working on the people. 

The remedy for federal tyranny is nullification, and applying it liberally will leave our states and our nation healthier and happier.

The bill creates a Joint Legislative Committee on Nullification composed of key officers in the Texas state government that will be charged with "review[ing] any federal action to determine whether the action is an unconstitutional federal action."

Texas — and her sister states — retain this right of refusal owing to their role as creators of the federal government.

The states created the federal government and reserve the right to resist the exercise by Congress of any powers not specifically granted to it by the states in the Constitution.

The documents sent by the states to Congress announcing their ratification of the Constitution provide additional evidence of the founding generation’s appreciation of the states’ and federal government’s respective roles as creator and creation. In nearly every one of these letters, the state legislature or ratifying convention delegation explicitly remind Congress that the consent of the states formed the federal government.

Delaware, for example, declared: "We the Deputies of the People of the Delaware State, in Convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the Federal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the Deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the City of Philadelphia."

New Jersey expressed a similar understanding of the parties to the constitutional compact: "Whereas a convention of Delegates from the following States, vizt. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, met at Philadelphia for the purpose of deliberating on, and forming a constitution for the United States of America."

Georgia’s ratification notice letter also recorded the states’ role as creators of the new federal government: "Whereas the form of a Constitution for the Government of the United States of America, was, on the seventeenth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, agreed upon and reported to Congress by the Deputies of the said United States convened in Philadelphia."

And on, and on, and on. The ratifying conventions called throughout the 13 states understood that the delegates sent to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 created a general government of limited power, retaining for themselves nearly the full panoply of powers they had exercised successfully for over a century. 

If nullification is to be successfully deployed and defended, other states lawmakers must follow Dan Flynn’s example and remember that the Constitution is a creature of the states and that the federal government was given very few and very limited powers over objects of national importance. 

As the Texas Balance of Powers Act makes clear, any act of Congress, the courts, or the president that exceeds that small scope is null, void, and of no legal effect. No exceptions. James Madison said it best in Federalist 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” 

There are those commentators, however, who insist that the Civil War settled the question of sovereignty and supremacy once and for all. They are wrong.

The Civil War made one thing clear: The federal government believes (and the Confederacy was forced to concede) that might makes right. The Union army defeated the army of the Confederacy, therefore, so the thinking goes, secession is no longer a constitutional remedy available to states. Might makes right.

Only it doesn’t. 

Think of it this way. Assume my neighbor and I disagree over the exact location of the boundary line between our properties. One day, while I’m out building a shed that my neighbor believes encroaches on his property, we start arguing, and the argument escalates to a full-fledged fist fight and I knock out my neighbor. Does that mean that the location of our mutual property line has been settled? Does the pummeling of my neighbor make my opinion of the location of that line the legal boundary? 

Of course not. 

Might, it seems, does not make right, neither in boundary disputes regarding land nor in similar conflicts over state sovereignty.

Nullification, as defined by Jefferson and Madison, and understood so well by Representative Flynn, is the most powerful weapon against the federal assault on state sovereignty and individual liberty. By applying the principles repeated in HB 98, states can simultaneously rebuild the walls of sovereignty once protected by the Constitution, in particular the Tenth Amendment, and drive the forces of federal consolidation back inside the constitutional cage meant to restrain them.

During this session of the Texas legislation, Representative Flynn will sponsor many important bills. “Today we filed bills that support the free exercise of faith, family, and freedom,” said Representative Flynn in a press release. 

These bills included needed Second Amendment legislation, others to save taxpayer dollars with local water utility districts, assuring American law is practiced in American Courts, that district farmers and ranchers have the right to farm and ranch and sell their products without government interference, the free exercise of religion, and a law requiring students to take a semester on the U.S. Constitution prior to graduation from high school.

Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a correspondent for The New American. Follow him on Twitter @TNAJoeWolverton.

Breaking News

December 11, 2014

Is This America?

December 11, 2014

Prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding,” “rectal hydration,” and similar violations

According to the newly released Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere in the CIA’s global archipelago of “black sites” were subjected to “rectal feeding,” “rectal hydration,” and similar violations.

Defenders of the Warfare State insist that such methods are a cruel but necessary tactic in a generational struggle against implacable foreign enemies. After all, “we’re at war,” supposedly, and foreign enemy combatants aren’t entitled to Due Process or the protection of law.

The same perspective informs the domestic “War on Drugs,” and similar forms of interrogation-through-torture have been employed by police on the basis of nothing more substantive than a hunch.

David Eckert was stopped by police in Deming, New Mexico, without cause, subjected to an illegal search of his vehicle and person, and eventually forced to undergo what amounts to object rape in the form of multiple rectal probes, forced enemas, and a colonoscopy.

The announced justification for this treatment was suspicion of narcotics possession. A more credible explanation is that the police wanted to punish Eckert for politely asserting his rights by denying a search of his vehicle during an encounter a few weeks earlier.

A second man named Timothy Young was also detained by Deming’s Anal Probe Patrol, and given roughly the same treatment Eckert experienced: He was abducted by deputies and taken to Gila Regional Medical Center for abdominal X-rays and a rectal exam. As in Eckert’s case, this was done without the victim’s consent, and outside of the jurisdiction covered in the search warrant.

Reciting the same song of self-justification chanted by the CIA officials who authorized and committed torture, Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante insisted: “We follow the law in every aspect and we follow policies and protocols that we have in place.”

A third case involved a woman detained on suspicion of narcotics smuggling while crossing the border in El Paso, Texas. According to an attorney, police took her to a nearby hospital, where “medical staff observed her making a bowl movement and no drugs were found at that point. They then took an X-ray, but it did not reveal any contraband. They then did a cavity search and they probed her vagina and her anus, they described in the medical records as bi-manual–two handed. Finally, they did a CAT scan. Again, they found nothing.”

Obviously, the victim did not consent to this abuse. Her government-employed kidnapers didn’t bother to seek a judicial permission slip (sometimes called a “warrant”) to inflict it on her. This is simply standard procedure in the American Soyuz.

People who defend the use of torture against foreign “terrorists” generally don’t understand that they are subject to the same “protocols” here at home. Any American can be subjected to Gitmo-grade abuse at the whim of a police officer who – like the CIA’s hired torturers and foreign subcontractors – will never be held accountable for that crime.

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