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Greek Minister Responsible for Derailing Cyprus Talks: Obvious Provocation!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:13
I’ve been trying to keep tabs on the Cyprus talks. It’s not easy, time constraints etc.,
It seems to me that Cyprus is being used to provoke Turkey.
The media here is pushing the usual “bad Turkey” meme.  That’s not exactly the case.
 I’ll shed some light on that fact!

With one qualifier- I worry for the people, on that beautiful island, what lengths the UK and Greece will go to to further provoke Turkey. Frightening.
For more background read the relinked post from earlier in the week. That tiny island has an oversized importance in the region
Israel-Turkey pipeline hangs on Cyprus peace talks- A Fail Benefits Russia
A reply to Ally, yesterday:

PennyJanuary 14, 2017 at 3:01 PMI'm starting to think Cyprus is being used as another front in the war against Turkey..
I notice the slanted news- Turkey won't withdraw troops from Cyprus- scream the headlines- but neither will Greece or UK- so obviously Turkey isn't going to- But the focus is on "bad Turkey"

rather then what is actually ocurring
The news story below made  clear, my suspicions had been correct

Greek minister blamed for derailing Cyprus talksGreek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will be kept out of future negotiations to reunify Cyprus after he “went rogue” and disrupted fragile talks in Geneva last week, according to two officials who follow the talks closely.Went rogue did he? Nice spin. He was intentionally provocative.

ProvocateurThe next political meeting on how to ensure Cyprus’ security and independence, which has not yet been scheduled, will be between heads of government rather than foreign ministers. Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras can represent his country following complaints by the United Nations and others about Kotzias’ behavior last Thursday.This may be a move to get Erdogan out of the Turkey...for some nefarious reason.. Perhaps another coup attempt? An assassination?
The first-ever conference between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders and the three countries charged with guaranteeing the Cyprus’ security and independence — Greece, Turkey and the U.K. — ended unexpectedly after just one day of talks.
The setback underscored the hard work that remains after 20 months of negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, facilitated by the U.N. Both sides and the U.N. still insist it’s a matter of weeks, not months, before they reach a deal. However, they have only just started to broach the divide between Athens and Ankara, both of which will ultimately have to sign off on the agreement.Kotzias holds presserDespite weeks of shuttle diplomacy between the United Nations, the two Cypriot leaders and the three guarantor countries to lay the ground for a Cyprus peace deal at the negotiations in Geneva last week, Kotzias entered the conference with surprise demands for Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, including the full and quick withdrawal of Turkish forces, and reiterated them at an impromptu press conference during a break in the talks.
This was where we got all the headlines here screaming Turkey refuses to withdraw troops...
Kotzias waltzes into a meeting with a pile of outrageous demands and then holds a press conference- Provocation 
The Tsipras government seemed to soften Greece’s position on Friday in an informal position paper, stressing that Athens is determined to protect the “considerable momentum” built toward a “just and viable” deal to reunify Cyprus.Tsipras to play 'good cop" -Tsipras is a lackey
“In constant coordination and cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus, we will continue to process and put forward proposals based on the principles we have proclaimed in the areas of guarantees and security, in which we are involved,” the document said, adding that “aggressive” statements have no place in the talks. Kotzias’ comments angered Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader and Cyprus’ internationally recognized president, who didn’t know about the press conference, and raised tension when the conference resumed on Thursday evening. Past 24 hours
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ISIS Launches New assault on Deir al- Zour Syria- Flashback Inc

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 18:35
"Islamic State" aka KurdISHIS militants launched their biggest assault in a year on government-held areas of the contested city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, attacking from several fronts and triggering intense fighting in the eastern region bordering Iraq, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.
Syrian state TV said three people were killed and nine were wounded in Islamic State rocket attacks on several neighborhoods of the city.
Intense fighting broke out between Syrian troops and the extremist group’s fighters both inside the city and around the vicinity of a nearby military airport controlled by government forces. The militants had launched their multi-pronged attack starting from the area of Baghaliyeh near the northwestern tip of the city. Deir el-Zour carries strategic significance for the Islamic State as it links the group’s Iraq territory to its de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria.

So, ISIS wants to connect Iraqi territory to Raqqa, Syria. Come on!
With the YPG/PKK steadily advancing on Raqqa? This is the KurdIShIS trying to connect territory for the Greater Kurdistan/Israel 2.0 project that the US and Israel have not given up on!

The Islamic State (IS) group on Saturday launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 government fighters and militants dead.
The brutal attack - on a day that saw many outbreaks of violence across Syria  - came as the political opposition said it "supported" forthcoming peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.
Unleashing a wave of suicide attacks, rockets, and tunnel bombs, IS killed at least 12 government forces and two civilians in Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
#UPDATE Over 30 dead as IS attacks city in east Syria: monitor  Syrian state news agency SANA said the army was repelling attacks by IS along several frontlines, including around the military airport controlled by the government.  "Daesh is amassing its forces to attack Deir Ezzor and breach government lines," a Syrian military source told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for IS. At Wadi Barada:
"Water supplies from the area to 5.5 million people in the capital and its outskirts have been cut since 22 December because of "... US backed terrorists - This is a  no spin blog, remember that. "Rebels and government troops had reached a local agreement on Friday so that water access could be restored"And then the terrorists supported by US/UK and Israel..killed the Syrian government chief negotiator by shooting him immediately after the meeting!

State news agency SANA on Saturday said that the government's chief negotiator in Wadi Barada, Ahmad al-Ghadban, was killed when "terrorists opened fire... after a meeting".  The Observatory confirmed Ghadban's death. Despicable! It seems the US and company are doing everything possible to destroy the ceasefire and ruin any chances for peace. From insisting YPG/PKK sit at the table in Astana to enabling their symbiotic proxy team to strike Deir al Ezor-

Deir al Ezor- Recall the US airstrikes killing all the Syrian Soldiers enabling ISIS to attack

From earlier: How the US loves it`s terrorists....
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If You Invite YPG/PKK May As Well Have ISIS at Astana too!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 18:19
Cavusoglu speaks regarding US insistence for PKK/YPG at the peace table:

 "If you are going to invite a terror group to the table then you might as well invite Al Nusra and Daesh"

"We do not deny the US role and contribution (to the talks), but we expect the following from the new US administration: It must stop co-operating with terror groups," he said.

"The current (US) administration is making serious mistakes," he said. While Washington has played a key role in attempts to bring Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table in the past, it has been notably absent from the cooperation between Ankara and Moscow to broker a nationwide ceasefire that is meant to pave the way for the 23 January peace talks. Russia and Turkey are keen for a deal to end the conflict.
Washington is NOT making mistakes. Washington is making calculated moves. As it has all along. Washington has been notably absent from the cooperative deal to broker the Syrian ceasefire, between Turkey and Moscow, because Washington doesn't want a ceasefire or a peace deal. 

KurdIShIS has no place at peace talks

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Yet more "Fake News": ISIS Destroys Mosul Bridges? What's CNN Saying Here?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 19:10
"ISIS destroys Mosul bridges as troops advance"

Yes, that is the CNN headline. Except it's not correct. 
Unless CNN is telling us that ISIS is the US? Which is the truth. 
But, is that really what CNN is going for? Doubtful. 
 First paragraph of this fake news from CNN..
 "ISIS has destroyed all five bridges crossing the Tigris River in Mosul, an attempt to slow the advance of Iraqi troops toward the western side of the city, according to Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah, the commander of Iraqi Forces in Nineveh province" ISIS didn't destroy all five bridges crossing the Tigris. In fact they didn't destroy even one bridge in Mosul! The US did that! Yup they destroyed all five bridges across the Tigris.. 
All five of them. With airstrikes! As was reported in 2016. Here at the blog.
Mosul's Last Bridge Destroyed By Coalition Airstrikes- From 5 to None Mosul residents said on Wednesday that an airstrike had disabled the city’s last functioning bridge across the Tigris River, forcing residents to cross the waterway in boats.If the bridge is "disabled" to the point that it cannot be used to cross the river, it is destroyed!
Residents were crossing the waterway with boats because the bridge, the last bridge, was destroyed by US airstrikes, last year! Not by ISIS.
 So CNN's headline is a lie as is their first paragraph.. 
The residents said the airstrike happened at dawn on Monday. Iraqi and officials from the US-led coalition battling ISIL were not available to comment.
Activists from inside Mosul published pictures on Tuesday night of the metal bridge, known as the Old Bridge, showing its twisted girders sinking into the water as boats ferried residents from both banks. The bridge, which was built during the reign of King Ghazi in the 1930s, is considered one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

 Until recently, Mosul had five bridges spanning the Tigris River, which runs through the centre of the northern city. One was disabled in the weeks before the offensive to retake the city began on October 17, while the other four have since been bombed in airstrikes. Furthermore.. It was reported in Iraqi media that the US bombed the last bridge crossing the Tigris River in late November- November 24/2016
 US-led fighter jets destroyed on Thursday the last of five bridges linking the western bank of Tigris River with the eastern bank, practically isolating the east and west of Mosul. The Nineveh province council said airstrikes destroyed the so-called, iron “Old Bridge”, the last after four others were demolished in military airstrikes over the past few days. ISIS doesn't fly coalition planes. Or do they?
Readers here know the answer to that!

CNN has used an intentionally misleading headline and their entire first paragraph is false.
 Look Down
What CNN counts on to catapult their fake news aka perception management is that the vast majority of people skim headline or just read the first paragraph.

Here's the truth nugget "The bridges had already been damaged in airstrikes by the US-led coalition in recent weeks"

That's right! The bridges had already been "damaged"- Made unusable. Unpassable. Uncrossable. The bridges were destroyed by US led airstrikes- Not ISIS

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Breaking: Israel Attacks Syria... Yet Again

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 20:02
RT as it unfolds

Undoubtedly in support of their terrorists..

Syrian state news agency SANA says Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, with ambulances rushing to the scene. The Syrian Arab Army has warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the “flagrant attackon the military base, state TV said, citing a Syrian army command spokesman. It also linked the alleged strike to Israel’s “support of terrorist groups.”
The army said several missiles were fired at the Mezzeh airport’s compounds from the Lake Tiberias area in northern Israel at about 12am Friday. The strike reportedly damaged one of the compounds of the crucial military facility.
#BREAKING Israeli jets attacked Syria army base in Damascus as part of its 'support of terrorists groups: Sana news agency— Guy Elster (@guyelster) January 12, 2017#Breaking#Syria Army warns #Israel of "consequences of blatant attack on #Almazza Airport." says missiles used NOT F-35.— Ali Alimadadi
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Turkey, Russia sign agreement of coordinating air operations in Syria

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:10

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Thursday to establish mechanisms and coordination for the safety of military aviation in Syria, the Turkish army said.
The meetings were held in Moscow between the Russian and Turkish military representatives to ensure the flight security during operations in Syria, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on its website.
"The purpose of the deal is to specify the mechanisms for coordination and cooperation for flight safety of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Turkish Air Force during offensive against terrorist targets," the statement said.
Ankara and Moscow are experiencing improved relations after Turkey and Russia brokered a nationwide peace deal in Syria.
A nationwide cease-fire deal in Syria was reached in December 2016 with the efforts of the two countries.
Russia reportedly began hitting the Islamic State (IS) positions near al-Bab.
The Russian support came after Turkey criticized the U.S.-led international coalition for not backing its military offensive against IS.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are also likely to meet next month within the scope of a Turkey-Russia High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) meeting, the Daily Sabah reported citing a diplomatic source.
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Israel-Turkey pipeline hangs on Cyprus peace talks- A Fail Benefits Russia

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:52

A behind the scenes peek into some wranglings over resource control. Share some thoughts?

The greatest beneficiary of a failure in Geneva would be Russia and its efforts to further expand its widening strategic footprint in the Eastern Mediterranean.

"Israel hopes to market its natural gas to Turkey, and via Turkey to the EU, but this aim may hang on the outcome of the potentially historic Cypriot peace negotiations currently underway in Geneva. Since an undersea gas pipeline from Israel’s Leviathan natural gas field to Turkey requires crossing Cyprus’s economic exclusion zone, failure to reach an agreement could force Israel to return to an older plan of marketing its natural gas via Egypt. However, in the new energy and geopolitical realities of the region that emerged in 2016, Israel’s selection of Egypt as its major export option could result in the Russia’s rise as a central player in Eastern Mediterranean energy.

The divided island of Cyprus has a “once in a generation” opportunity to resolve the conflict and unite the island. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Akinci have worked assiduously toward an enduring solution, narrowing the gap between the two sides on the most vexing issues blocking reunification. The current talks between the parties in Geneva will turn into an international conference on January 12 to include the three guarantor powers – Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom – for the first time since 1960.  I was surprised to even see the UK’s role as a guarantor power mentioned in JP. There role has been mentioned her previously, but the media, always portrays this as a power struggle between two parties only Greece and Turkey. Usually omitting the UK’s role.

 It’s  also being reported that the UK is willing to give up some of it’s territory which includes farmland- But don’t touch our military bases used to bomb Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria! Is Britain generous offer being made to insure success of the peace talks, simultaneously blocking Russia's massive market moves?

Daily Mail

However, while Greek and Turkish Cypriot positions are closer than ever before, there has emerged a widening gap between their guarantors in Athens and Ankara. The attempt to arrive at a settlement at this singularly exceptional moment could falter on Greece and Turkey’s failure to agree on the issue of guarantees.

The greatest beneficiary of a failure in Geneva would be Russia and its efforts to further expand its widening strategic footprint in the Eastern Mediterranean.

With international attention during 2016 focused on Russia’s pivotal role in the Syrian peace process, many have missed Russia’s strategic advance farther south in the eastern Mediterranean. Moscow’s late 2016 gains have come via two major energy deals concluded with Cairo, agreements that deepen Russo-Egyptian ties in a manner that affects the strategic interests of both Israel and Turkey.

On December 12, 2016, the Italian energy giant Eni agreed to sell a 30% stake in the Zohr natural gas field off Egypt’s coast to Russia’s Rosneft for US$1.575 billion.I know my anonymous commenter is aware of this news... pretty sure you mentioned it?

The largest gas find in the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt’s Zohr field contains 850 billion cubic centimeters of natural gas, 36% more than Israel’s Leviathan field. Rosneft will become the second largest stakeholder in Zohr, which is expected to start producing gas by late 2017. Moscow also maintains an option to buy an additional 5% share in the field.

While most of the gas produced at Zohr is slated for Egypt’s domestic market, natural gas from Zohr or neighboring suppliers such as Israel and Cyprus can now supply Egypt’s dormant liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, potentially rendering Egypt again into a net natural gas exporter. If Egypt became an LNG supplier to Europe, it could undercut the importance of Turkey’s Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), which, as the main pipeline of the Southern Gas Corridor extending from Azerbaijan to Greece, Albania, and Italy, is designated to transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the EU.

While the EU regards the Southern Gas Corridor as a transit corridor to reduce its critical dependency on Russia for its natural gas imports, Ankara’s ambition is also to use TANAP to become an energy hub for the distribution of natural gas from the Caspian Basin and Middle East to Europe. To thwart these developments, Russia has sought a role in developing and marketing Eastern Mediterranean gas, including repeated Russian overtures to Israel to partner in the development of Israel’s gas industry.

Moscow’s breakthrough in the region came via Cairo and not Jerusalem. After the December 12 agreement for Rosneft’s purchase of a 30% share in the Zohr field, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s office highlighted the new level of Russo-Egyptian cooperation stating: “The president reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to cooperate with Russian companies in all spheres, including [the] oil and gas sector[s], taking into account the immense experience and potential of Russian companies.”

The gas deal came on the heels of the November 19, 2016 agreement between Cairo and Moscow for Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in Dabaa on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. Scheduled for completion in 2022, the additional electricity produced by the Dabaa plant could reduce Egypt’s need to generate electricity from natural gas for its own domestic market thereby making more gas available for LNG exports to Europe.Nuclear power for Egypt.

Although Turkey constitutes Israel’s most commercially viable natural gas market, a failure in Geneva would lead Israel and the Republic of Cyprus government in south Cyprus, which controls the Aphrodite offshore gas field, to look for alternative ways to export natural gas to Europe. Both countries desperately need to secure a stable export market in order to finance the development of their gas industries. In this circumstance, Russia would have a strong strategic interest to incentivize Israel and the government in south Cyprus to export gas via Egypt in order to gain greater influence over non-Russian supply sources and routes to the EU natural gas market.

The future pattern of energy relations in the Eastern Mediterranean awaits the outcome in Geneva.
Interesting, no? 

From Earlier:
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Syrian Peace Talks : January 23rd Kazakhstan

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 18:16

ASTANA, January 11. /TASS/. Kazakhstan confirms its readiness to host the talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana, the country’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said during the open debate in the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

"Once again the Kazakh leadership’s readiness was confirmed to provide a venue for talks in Astana on establishing peace in Syria," the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

During the debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace, the Kazakh side drew the attention of participants to "the importance of joint efforts of preventive diplomacy, promoting and enhancing measures of trust, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, resolving conflicts and countering international terrorism," the ministry said.

The talks on Syria in Astana are scheduled to be held on January 23Of course I'll be following those talks

It’s being reported the “rebels” prefer to talk at the UN sponsored Geneva talks

"Behind the scenes we know that the opposition is not keen on these talks," Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, said.

"What they want to attend is the UN-sponsored talks in Geneva scheduled for February," she added.

"We are hearing that perhaps a low-level delegation by the Free Syrian Army and the High Negotiations Committee bloc could attend. At the same time, they are saying if violations of the ceasefire in besieged areas continue they will not do that."
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MSM Employs Fake News Tactic. Wags the Long Dead Nazi

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:21
This guy is supposed to have died 16 years ago, allegedly. 
But like Bin Laden and Baghdadi he will live again.. Because, the media chooses to make him real. Catapulting the propaganda- To keep specific themes alive
This non news story aka fake news is making the rounds globally today. 
As it did just a few years ago.  As covered here in 2013!
I’m counting 11 reports in the past 8 hours.







Link- Times of Israel


Digital Journal



As already mentioned the media also decided to employ the same fake news/wag the nazi tactic in 2013.I ridiculed the fake news then, same as today.

Israel & surrounding region Psyops, Propaganda, a nazi in Syria & more

To be fair the fake news of the day in 2013 absurdly entertained the possibility the man was still alive- rolls eyes It’s amazing just how often the news repeats... didn’t realize it till I began PFYT, but, there it is! My commentary from 2013- It applies just as well to this replay in 2017

“Simon Weisenthal Centre claims Alois was "last spotted in 2001"
When he was a spry 88 years old?
This stuff is tired. It's past its due date.
The only reason it's here is to point out the obvious propaganda in this theme. The reinforcement through repetition. And to make clear it is time to stop reacting and start thinking rationally”

Is there a hashtag in it for the twits on twitter?
Shakes head- The msm makes critiquing it just too easy
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The Perverse Ingenuity, and Routine Lawlessness, of Law Enforcers

freedominourtime - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 09:42

Enforcers of drug prohibition can be perversely ingenious in devising methods to subvert due process guarantees. One tactic widely employed by police officers looking for a way to circumvent the Fourth Amendment is to intimidate a subject into giving the officers permission to invade the rights of others – such as residents of an apartment building, or passengers in an automobile. That ruse has been rebuffed in two recent state Supreme Court rulings.

Police officers in Berlin, Connecticut who conducted a warrantless search of an apartment complex using a drug-detecting dog violated the Fourth Amendment, acknowledged a December 22ndruling from that state’s highest appellate court.

...but they can murder our dogs with impunity, natch. In May 2012, acting on an anonymous tip, police obtained permission from the owners and managers of an apartment complex to carry out what was called a “canine examination of the common areas of the building.” A drug-detecting dog named Zeusz was deployed in the hallway of each floor of the complex, and allowed to sniff at the bottom of each door. Zeusz displayed what is called a “passive alert” at unit 204, which prompted the officers to obtain a search warrant. This led to the discovery of several marijuana plants.

The Fourth Amendment’s definition of a reasonable search refers to a particular description of “the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”; this language was designed to forbid the kind of general warrants that were commonly used by British military and customs officials in the years immediately prior to the colonial rebellion. By getting the owners of the apartment complex to authorize a warrantless search – waiving the rights of dozens of people to be secure in their individual domiciles -- the Berlin Police behaved less like their British forebears than their antecedents in Communist East Germany.

The trial court threw out the evidence seized in that search as the product of a Fourth Amendment violation. The State of Connecticut appealed the case to the state Supreme Court, which upheld the trial court’s decision. The ruling cited a long string of federal judicial precedents – including a recent ruling in a very similar case from Florida – describing the use of warrantless “canine sniffs” as a violation of common law property rights and the un-enumerated right to personal privacy.

Given that dozens or scores of SWAT raids occur, on average, every day in the American Soyuz, it’s clear that Americans cannot look upon their homes as a refuge from government abuse. They are at even greater risk when exercising their freedom of movement, given the predatory conduct of opportunistic police agencies empowered to seize cash and other property in the name of drug prohibition.

Gerald Cleverly was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his friend Chris Jones when El Dorado, Kansas Police officer Brent Michael Buckley stopped them for not wearing seat belts. Buckley would later admit that he had executed a pretext stop for the purpose of arranging a “consensual” search of the vehicle and its occupants. Both Jones and Cleverly submitted to a pat-down search – which they were not legally required to do – and nothing was found.

Buckley issued the citation, and then – employing a deceptive tactic taught by police training programs such as Desert Snow– he told the motorist that although he was free to go, the officer wanted to ask “a few more questions” and requested permission to search the truck.

The purpose of what Desert Snow operatives call the “Roadside Conversation” tactic is to elicit potentially incriminating details from drivers who are ignorant of the fact that they have no legal responsibility to tell the officer anything. This also extends the traffic stop beyond its constitutionally permissible limit, allowing the officer to devise an “articulable suspicion” of criminal activity that will supposedly justify a “drug sweep” by a conveniently available K-9 handler. This charade inevitably ends with the dog “alerting” on something “suspicious,” which provides an excuse for a hands-on search of the vehicle.

This script was followed by El Dorado PD officers Buckley and Sam Huming, with the minor adaptation that a K-9 unit wasn’t necessary.

A search of the interior of Jones’s vehicle turned up no evidence of contraband. Since the driver had “consented” on behalf of his passenger, Cleverly was ordered out of the car and subjected to a second pat-down search. He was told that he was not free to leave and forbidden to use his cell phone, which means that he was in police custody, despite the officers’ subsequent claims to the contrary. A search of a cigarette package found a small amount of methamphetamine.

Idaho State Police Road Pirate Justin Klitch in action. Cleverly was arrested and later found guilty of drug possession and sentenced to eighteen months of probation. The court dismissed a motion to suppress the drug evidence on the grounds that it was produced through a consensual search. The Kansas Supreme Court has now reversed Cleverly’s conviction.

The rights protected by the Fourth Amendment and its state equivalent, wrote the court’s majority, belong to the individual and are “not merely inconvenient technicalities designed to irritate government agents.” Furthermore, “A driver of a vehicle subjected to a traffic stop does not have the authority, as a matter of law, to waive the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers in the stopped vehicle.”

Judicial rulings of this kind, while welcome, have little practical impact on the conduct of police and the prosecutors who eagerly exploit routine police lawlessness. In her June, 2011 UC-Davis Law Review essay “The Police Gamesmanship Dilemma in Criminal Procedure,” Professor Mary D. Fan of the University of Washington School of Law points out that police departments are adept at finding ways to “slide around the rules” and can always develop “tactics that undermine the purpose of rules” established by the judiciary.

It is for this reason that most of the criminal misconduct that occurs on America’s thoroughfares is committed by people engaged in what Fan calls the “competitive enterprise of ferreting out crime” – where “crime” is described as violations of government edicts that have nothing to do with the protection of persons and property.

This week's Freedom Zealot Podcast: Debtor's prisons are illegal, yet ubiquitous in the American soyuz --

Please be sure to visit the Libertarian Institute -- and tell your friends about it.

Dum spiro, pugno!

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The Reunification of Syria- PKK/YPG not Invited to Astana

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:19
Hoping you listened to the brief interview posted earlier today?Here it is again  Bashar Al Assad Interview January 2017
If you haven't yet you probably should
An oped from Gwynne Dyer: A first or maybe a second for the blog. Gwynne Dyer is much like Robert Fisk- Except he's Canadian. Not to be relied on, but, occasionally useful.
Japan Times 


LONDON – "So far the end game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government’s hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a cease-fire, and the Russians are now organizing a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, for later this month"YPG/PKK  Kurds are apparently, at least according to them, not invited:

"We are not invited. That's for sure," Khaled Eissa, a PYD member told Reuters in France. "It seems there were some vetoes. Neither the PYD or our military formation will be present," he said.This news doesn't break my heart- Their intent regarding Syria, like Turkey, has never been peaceful. It's really difficult for me to see them at peace talks. 

Gwynne Dyer continues:
"The one surprise is that Turkey, long the rebels’ most important supporter, will be co-chairing the conference. This means that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a deal of some sort with Russian President Vladimir Putin, for Astana is clearly going to be a Russian show. (America has not been invited, and Saudi Arabia probably won’t be asked to attend either.)

So what kind of deal has Erdogan made with Putin? The details may well have been fudged, for Turkey has not yet renounced its long-standing insistence that Assad must step down as the Syrian leader. (Yes they have. Gwynne get's that wrong. I've got quotes here from varying Turkish political leaders)  But it’s pretty easy to figure out most of what is going to be on the table in Astana (assuming the cease-fire holds until then).

Assad has won the war, thanks largely to Russian and Iranian intervention, and the Syrian rebels are doomed. There is no point in their fighting on, because all their outside supporters are peeling away. Turkey is now cooperating with Russia, on Jan. 20 Donald Trump will be U.S. president and also cooperating with Moscow, and Saudi Arabia is hopelessly over committed to its futile war in Yemen.

Even little Qatar, once one of the main paymasters of the Syrian rebellion, has now lost interest: It recently signed an $11.5 billion deal for a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer. The rebels are completely on their own, and their only options are surrender or dying in the last ditch.

Syria’s rebels are almost all Islamists of one sort or another by now, but the less extreme ones will probably be offered an amnesty at Astana in return for signing a peace deal — which may contain some vague language about an election that might replace Assad at some point in the indefinite future. That’s as much as will be on offer, because Assad does not intend to quit and Moscow will not force him to.
The extreme Islamists — Islamic State, which controls much of eastern Syria and western Iraq, and the former Nusra Front, which controls much of north-western Syria — have not been invited to Astana, nor would they accept an invitation if it was issued.

The ex-Nusra Front (now renamed the Front for the Conquest of the Levant to disguise its membership in al-Qaida) was refreshingly frank in condemning the cease-fire and the peace talks: “We did not negotiate a cease-fire with anyone. The solution is to topple the regime through military action,” it said. A political solution would be “a waste of blood and revolution.”

But a military victory over Assad is no longer possible, so these groups are destined to lose on the battlefield and revert to mere terrorism. In terms of what a post-civil war Syria will look like, the great unanswered question is: What happens to the Syrian Kurds?

They are only one-tenth of the Syrian population, but they now control almost all of the Kurdish-majority areas across northern Syria. As America’s only ally on the ground in Syria, they have played a major role in driving back Islamic State. (Islamic State being America's other ally) They are not Islamists, they are not terrorists and they have avoided any military confrontation with Turkey despite Erdogan’s war on his country’s own Kurdish minority. ( Only in Dyer's dreams are the  YPG/PKK Kurds  not Islamists, not terrorists and avoided confrontation with Turkey. He's prevaricating.)

Yet Erdogan publicly identifies the Syrian Kurds as Turkey’s enemy, and they have not (or at least not yet) been invited to the Astana peace conference. Was Erdogan’s price for switching sides a free hand in destroying Rojava, the proto-state created by the Syrian Kurds? Very probably, yes."
Rojova, not recognized by anyone... was created from annexed Syrian territory- no one in Syria agreed to it. The US aided the PKK/YPG in their forced annexation/ethnic cleansing of vast swathes of Syria and Syrians
"Assad would be content for that to happen, provided Turkey handed over the corpse afterward. Putin doesn’t care one way or the other, and it’s most unlikely that Trump does either. The Turkish Army will have its hands full fighting the Syrian Kurds, but it has the numbers and the firepower to prevail in the end.

So even if the current cease-fire holds, and even if the peace conference at Astana goes exactly according to Moscow’s plan, there is still some fighting to be done in Syria. Assad’s army, with Russian and Iranian support, will have to suppress both Islamic State and the former Nusra Front, and the Turks will have to subjugate the Syrian Kurds.
This will take time, but with no more weapons and money flowing in from outside (since Turkey has turned off the taps) it will probably happen in the end. Which means that Assad will probably one day rule once again over a united Syria"The problem with Dyer's contention? Turkey was not the only one supplying weapons to terrorists. He forgets all the other parties.. I don't. The largest provider of weapons to the terrorists being the US. Including all the ones they poured into Syria using the conduit of Turkey.

 Hopefully Syria can remain united. Intact. Complete. 
Dyer: That is a deeply discouraging prospect, but it is probably the least bad option that remains. Why does Dyer find this a discouraging prospect? Because a destabilization overthrow campaign backed by US/Israel/UK and France failed?
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Bashar Al Assad Interview January 2017

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:48
 About 11 minutes- Questions in French. Bashar Assad answers in English

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US Military Fueling Big Ambitions For PKK/YPG Terrorists

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 10:49
WaPo being pretty out in the open here with the arming, training and indoctrination of  and by PKK/YPG. Long term readers here won't be shocked by any of the information contained in the Washington Post article- Since I've long spoken of the middle east remake.

Washington Post
TAL ABYAD, Syria —In a former high school classroom in this northeastern Syrian town, about 250 Arab recruits for the U.S.-backed war against the Islamic State were being prepped by Kurdish instructors to receive military training from American troops.  Most of the recruits were from villages surrounding the Islamic State’s self-
proclaimed capital of Raqqa, and the expectation is that they will be deployed to the battle for the predominantly Arab city, which is now the main target of the U.S. military effort in Syria. 

But first, said the instructors, the recruits must learn and embrace the ideology of Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdish leader jailed in Turkey whose group is branded a terrorist organization by both Washington and Ankara.
 Can the connection to the PKK be any clearer? Can it be any more obvious the US is supporting terrorists and terrorism. Before the ‘recruits’ can get their military training from the US they must be indoctrinated into the PKK cult of terrorism/drug/human trafficking. No one can tell me, with a straight face, the US is not aware of the connection between YPG and PKK! If you tried to, you would be a liar and a fool.

 Turkey, which regards the YPG as an affiliate of Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, is enraged at the U.S. support for the Syrian Kurds, and this month called on President-elect Donald Trump to sever U.S. support for the militia when he takes office. As Russia, Syria and Turkey move closer toward a settlement to the overall Syrian conflict, the United States could also find itself at odds with Russia over its military role in Syria.  Turkey regards them as affiliates of the PKK because that is exactly what they are and have always been!  Hence the indoctrination into the cult of Ocalan. The extreme violent tendencies. The forced recruitment of children. The ethnic cleansing of Arabs and Christians. Like their Khazar cohorts, the extremists Kurds, detest Arabs and Christians. This fact has been written about extensively here at the blog.  (Most Kurds just want to go about their lives, however, others have  corrupted/criminal ambitions and are willing to force or manipulate many into doing their bidding)

 U.S. officials and military advisers in Syria declined to discuss details of the training being provided to the Arabs in the force. But they said they were unaware that the Arab recruits were receiving lessons in Kurdish political theory before their U.S. military training. “What happens to them before they come to us, we don’t know,” said one of the U.S. military advisers in Syria, who spoke on the condition that he not be identified by name or rank. Kurdish political theory aka cult indoctrination.
They were unaware the Arab recruits were receiving cult indoctrination before military training? Not credible! Not credible in the least. There in the same location for goodness sakes!

The gains have taken Kurdish fighters far beyond traditionally Kurdish areas into territory populated overwhelmingly by Arabs, threatening not only to stir up long-standing ethnic rivalries but also a wider conflict.
Of course the gains have taken the terrorists into territories overwhelmingly populated by Arabs. It was designed to do just that! 
 To assuage Turkish concerns and avert tensions between Arabs and Kurds, the U.S. military is channeling weapons and ammunition to an umbrella organization called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Arab fighters as well as the KurdsManbij recruits
 An umbrella organization that includes Arab fighters. A veneer of Arabs. An umbrella is a thin piece of material stretched over a wide frame. The so called arab fighters are that thin bit of material stretched over a mass of YPG/PKK Kurdish thugs and terrorists.  There the sugary coating on the bitter pill.

 U.S. officials acknowledge, however, that the Kurds constitute more than three-quarters of the SDF coalition and are leading the fight on the front lines, making them the biggest beneficiary of U.S. military assistance.
How much more then three quarters (75%)?  24% more then (75%) three quarters? Which would make PKK/YPG 99 percent of the SDF. To put it another way PKK/YPG is most probably nearly 100 percent of the SDF!

And it is the Kurdish vision of a future Syria that is being extended to the Arab areas that are being conquered, despite frequent statements issued by the U.S. government opposing the Kurds’ plans to create any form of new region in Syria.  “The military support has boosted the YPG’s confidence to move beyond Kurdish populated areas and grow their ambitions even beyond Syria,” said Maria Fantappie of the International Crisis Group. “It has huge political implications not only for Syria but also for neighboring ­countries.”
 Areas being conquered!  Get it, yet? Annexed. Stolen. Ethnically cleansed. All points that have been made here for years- The Washington Post is openly reporting on a fact the media has obfuscated for so long.

 But the Arabs who run Manbij are adherents of the YPG’s ideology, making them indistinguishable in Turkey’s eyes — and in the eyes of local residents — from the Kurdish force, according to Aaron Stein of the Washington-based Atlantic CouncilThe locals in Raqqa don't like these terrorists- surprise

Ocalan's Portrait at Tal Abyad On a rare visit by foreign journalists to northern Syria, Kurds were eager to explain Ocalan’s political theory, a mix of Marxism and the utopian dreams of a dead American leftist from Vermont named Murray Bookchin.You can read the rest for yourself- Including Ocalan's vision coming from Murry Bookchin
a marxist jew from Vermont- Coincidence? I think not. Israel 2.0 having the politics of a Marxist jew- sounds so Bolshevik...
  Bookchin was born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants[8][9] Nathan Bookchin and Rose (Kaluskaya) Bookchin. He grew up in the Bronx, where his grandmother, Zeitel, a Socialist Revolutionary, imbued him with Russian populist ideas
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Europe Shivers Due to AGW Aka “Human Forced “ Global Warming? Ontario's Junta Picks Pockets

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 19:10
Global Warming/ "Human Forced" of course-  Oh wait a minute it's freakin' freezing!

 "Human Forced" Just taking note of yet another rebrand... as Ontario begins the new year with a big fat carbon tax- Driving up costs across the board- And further impoverishing Ontarians.
Ontario being the biggest have not province in Canada- 3rd world like is the best way to describe it!

 The latest tax grab from the junta in Ontario

 Unfortunately the small hydro rebates Premier Kathleen Wynne is doling out, as she finds herself at 13 per cent in the polls largely because her green energy program has made electricity in Ontario the highest-priced in North America, pales in comparison to what Ontarians will be shelling out due to her new “revenue tool:” the job- and economy-hurting carbon tax. >
 Ontario businesses are already losing jobs to neighbouring jurisdictions, and we’ve seen a lot of capital and job flight to jurisdictions in neighbouring areas,” said Nathan MacDonald, policy and communications manager for the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade.>
 I recently invested in a gas stove in order to escape from the atrocious cost of hydro inflicted upon us by the premier of Ontario. Little did I know that the cost of natural gas was to increase, thus negating my decision to make this purchase.Am I to believe that my contribution will force me to use less gas to keep warm? Or is this increased price simply a tax to enrich the coffers at Queen’s Park? I am unlikely to freeze myself, so it must simply be another tax grab. That is not what the people of Ontario need at this time and it is likely the main reason for the loss of manufacturing jobs, with more to come.>
 By persistently describing cap-and-trade as “not very much” added to a household, the Star has failed to remind readers that the largest and least-efficient industries are exempted, so cap-and-trade is a licence to continue polluting.Getting poorer every day here in Ontario-

A glance at the global frigid temps– Including in Southern Italy! Where my Dad was born and spent his formative years- Where it  snowed BUT never stayed on the ground- He was surprised when i told him  that a "cold snap bites Italy" 

Rome, January 5 - Civil protection authorities have advised Italians to prepare for extremely cold weather as what meteorologists have dubbed the 'Epiphany blizzard' threatens to bring snow and ice to much of the country from Thursday afternoon . People are being advised to limit travel as far as possible particularly in those central and southern regions that normally see little snowfall
Here in Southern Ontario it’s frigidly cold at the moment and has been for the last few days-
-11C or 13 F right now
Tonight - 13 C or 9 F
Thankfully the furnace and my now carbon taxed heating costs will get a break in a few days

 Euronews: Europe Shivers in the New Years' Big Freeze

A big freeze is gripping parts of Europe at the start of 2017.
A severe cold warning has been issued in Finland where temperatures on Friday could plunge to -40C in the far north.
Heavy snowfall has also hit Bosnia where bone-chilling temperatures of between -11C and -26C are expected in a cold snap set to last for at least five days.
There is no escape in Italy with a warning of extreme weather for much of the country.Temperatures in Berlin are expected to plunge to -10 degrees Centigrade on Saturday.
Warsaw, Poland
Heavy Snow and Ice Gripping Parts of Europe

At least 10 people have died in the cold that has gripped Poland in recent days, including seven men aged 41 and 66 who died on Friday, authorities said.The chill did not spare sunny Rome. The fountains in St Peter's Square froze overnight and dripped icicles instead.The fountains in St Peter's Square froze overnight and dripped icicles instead. Temperatures dropped to minus 7C (19F) in Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, and minus 10C (14F) was expected on Sunday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Several Greek islands, otherwise known for their sunny and warm weather, were blanketed in snow. Roads were closed temporarily across large swathes of northern Greece due to snow and ice.

 Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures have continued to sweep the European continent, causing more than a dozen deaths, grounding planes and crippling ferries in Italy and Turkey.

At least 10 people have died in the cold that has gripped Poland in recent days, including seven men aged 41 and 66 who died on Friday, authorities said.

    Temperatures in Poland dropped below minus 20C (minus 4F) on Saturday, and weather forecasters said they would sink more overnight.

A man also died on Saturday in Belgium when his truck slid off a highway.

In Italy, sub-freezing temperatures were blamed for the deaths of half a dozen homeless people.
Heavy snow and high winds resulted in re-routed flights, delayed ferries, cancelled trains and closed roads, media reported.

With no indications of a let-up, some schools in southern Italy were ordered not to open on Monday because a metre of snow had already buried some areas, the ANSA news agency reported.

Temperatures dropped to minus 7C (19F) in Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, and minus 10C (14F) was expected on Sunday, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Several Greek islands, otherwise known for their sunny and warm weather, were blanketed in snow.
Roads were closed temporarily across large swathes of northern Greece due to snow and ice.

Heavy snow also crippled Istanbul, and national carrier Turkish Airlines cancelled more than 650 flights.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that even the Bosporus Strait - which runs through Istanbul and is one of Europe's busiest shipping lanes - was closed and ferry service halted.

Turkey's private Dogan news agency reported that one of the main highways in Istanbul practically turned into a car park after drivers deserted their cars on Friday night to walk home rather than battle the gusting snow and slippery roads.

Temperatures in Latvia were forecast to drop to minus 30C (minus 22F) late on Saturday, the Baltic News Agency said.

People walk on the Istiklal avenue during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 7, 2017.  France24

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bigdanblogger - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 15:27


HA!!!  I TOLD YOU!!!  The government BRAINWASHED the "shooter"!!!  So it was a FALSE FLAG or HOAX like I said!!!

CBS: “The federal government already knew about this for months, they had been evaluating him for a while, but they didn’t do anything.”
"the brother said: “The federal government already knew about this for months, they had been evaluating him for a while, but they didn’t do anything.” "

"Santiago, 26, had trouble controlling his anger after serving in Iraq and told his brother that he felt he was being chased and controlled by the CIA through secret online messages. When he told agents at an FBI field office his paranoid thoughts in November, he was evaluated for four days, then released without any follow-up medication or therapy.

“The FBI failed there,” Bryan Santiago told The Associated Press. “We’re not talking about someone who emerged from anonymity to do something like this.” "
Washington Post: fort Lauderdale suspect claimed government was controlling his mind months before shooting

NY DAILY NEWS: Santiago's brother blames FBI for killings


I'm getting sick of this. The Ft Lauderdale shooting was either a HOAX or a FALSE FLAG. First off, you can tell by the manufactured pictures in the "news" (FAKE NEWS). The pictures of the shooter and the scenes surrounding the shooting look like they are STAGED photos. The picture of the shooter is obviously staged, can you tell? It almost looks like his head is floating in front of everything else in the picture, just like the San Bernardino false flag/hoax shooters. It looks unrealistic. Keep staring at it, it looks like his head is floating in front of everything else, staring into the camera by himself, WHO TAKES A PICTURE LIKE THAT??? And ALL the FALSE FLAG/HOAX pictures are ALWAYS like that. This photo is OBVIOUSLY DOCTORED, you have to be a MORON not to see it:

Here's another picture, COME ON! HIS FUCKING HEAD IS FLOATING IN FRONT OF THE REST OF THE PICTURE! Have you ever seen pictures of people before? THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE THIS! I wouldn't be surprised if this face doesn't even exist on a human:

Take a look at this story from the FAKE NEWS OUTLET Washington Post.The "shooter" had previous contact with authorities. That's bad enough, but I think they plant these "previous contact" stories as a LIMITED HANGOUT.  LIMITED HANGOUT means they reveal SOME of the truth, but to distract from the ENTIRE truth of the FALSE FLAG or HOAX. They ALWAYS say the shooter had "previous contact" with authorities. What are the odds that these "shooters" ALWAYS had previous contact with authorities? Why would they always tell us this? TO DISTRACT. It's the TRUTH, but it stops people in their tracks because they say "WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE THE INEPT GOVERNMENT ONCE AGAIN HAD A KILLER EARLY ON AND THEY GOOFED UP AGAIN" and then people drop it right there and don't dig deeper into it being a FALSE FLAG or HOAX. It's a genius tactic. The "INEPT GOVERNENT" tactic. The government is anything but inept.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Santiago had walked into the FBI office in Anchorage in November to say that the U.S. government was controlling his mind and making him watch Islamic State videos. Agents questioned an agitated and disjointed-sounding Santiago and then called police, who took him for a mental health evaluation."

And ANOTHER tipoff that it's a FALSE FLAG or HOAX is when the mainstream media covers it AD NAUSEUM shoving it down our throats 24x7. In Chicago a week or so ago, 100 or so shootings occurred AND THE MSM SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT! That's 100 vs 5 or 10.

I'm SICK of these government FALSE FLAGS & HOAXES! They are INSULTING, they are intended to STRIKE FEAR IN THE PUBLIC, and they have to be OUTED and the perpetrators THROWN IN JAIL or EXECUTED.

Maybe people died, maybe they didn't. It's still a FALSE FLAG or HOAX. People DIE in FALSE FLAGS, see 911.

The point is: the government is doing these FALSE FLAG's and HOAXES to strike fear in the public, and it MUST BE STOPPED.

911, Boston Marathon, Batman Shooting, Sandy Hook, etc...THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!!!!!!!! I'VE HAD IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's mainstream media staged photos, be careful not to laugh your ass off while viewing:


The elephant in the room with the Russians hacking U.S. elections story is:


And what are we doing to FIX IT???????????



If the stories of Russian hacking U.S. elections are TRUE, then the U.S. government should be overturned and everyone fired and we should start all over again!

If the stories are FALSE, then the MAINSTREAM MEDIA is LYING TO US AGAIN!!!!!!!!

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Sheriffs as Slavemasters: Will Inmate Labor Be Used to Build Trump's Wall?

freedominourtime - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 20:54

“Liberty, if I understand it at all, is a general principle, and the clear right of the subjects within the realm, or of none,” declaredBritish statesman Edmund Burke in an April 3, 1777 message to the Sheriffs of Bristol. “Partial freedom seems to me a most invidious mode of slavery. But, unfortunately, it is the kind of slavery the most easily admitted in times of civil discord: for parties are but too apt to forget their own future safety in their desire of sacrificing their enemies.”

The tyrannical measures that had provoked the American rebellion, wrote Burke, threatened liberty throughout Britain’s dominions. Once imposed in a time of crisis, he explained, they “may be advanced further and further at pleasure, on the same argument of mere expediency.”
Thomas Hodgson is a sheriff of Bristol -- in this case, Bristol County, Massachusetts -- and a very different kind of "public servant" from those to whom Burke sent his message. Indeed, he seems to embody the preference for authoritarian expediency that Burke condemned, as demonstrated by his suggestionthat the federal government should conscript prison labor to build Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

Punitive poseur: Sheriff Hodgson“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” insisted Hodgsonduring the swearing-in ceremony for his fourth term. “Aside from learning and perfecting construction skills, the symbolism of these inmates building a wall to prevent crime in their communities around the country, and to preserve jobs and work opportunities for them and other Americans upon release, can be very powerful.”

Hodgson usedhis inaugural speech to announce an initiative he calls Project N.I.C.E. – National Inmates’ Community Endeavors – through which prison convicts and inmates of county jails would provide what he calls “volunteer” labor for disaster relief and other government public works projects.

“We need to turn this country around and put law and order back in place,” insisted Hodgson. “That’s why today, I am making a formal offer to President-elect Trump that inmates from Bristol County and others from across the nation through Project N.I.C.E. will help build the wall.”

Hodgson’s call for a nation-wide levee en masseof prison labor assumes a steady supply of convicts – and the State excelsat making innocent people into criminal offenders.
Contrary to what Trump and his most eager acolytes would have us believe, there is no paucity of “law and order” in American society. The level of violent crime remains at or near an historic low, even as the prison population continues to expand.

Analyzing the available data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, New York Daily News reporter David J. Krajicek contrastednational crime statistics from 2014 – the last year for which they are available – and 1987. His survey found that the overall crime rate at that point in Reagan’s presidency was 612 instances of violence for every 100,000 people; in 2014; it was 365 per 100,000, a 40 percent decline. There were roughly 320,000 fewer violent crimes in 2014 than in 1987; one notable comparison is offered by the fact that there were 20,096 murder cases in 1987, and 14,249 in 2014.

Adjusted for our larger population, there was a fifty percent decline in robbery during the same period, and an overall 48 percent decline in property crime generally.
Similar trends are seen in the number of on-duty police officer deaths: During the Reagan era, the average annual rate of officer fatalities was 189, compared to 135 during the Obama presidency.  Last year, there were 140 on-duty fatalities, a little more than half of which (77) were homicides.

He beat the Clintons, but he won't rein in the police state. With the decline in crimes against both property and person, the State has turned to prohibition as a way of feeding its carceral apparatus. In 2015, arrests for marijuana possession outnumberedarrests for all violent crimes. This may be seen as either the final throes of a dying institution – or the beginning of its revival, under anti-marijuana obscurantist Jeff Sessions.

The population from which Hodgson would collect his slave labor force would be – overwhelmingly, if not exclusively -- non-violent offenders. Most of those conscripted from county jails would be hapless, economically marginal people incarcerated for petty violations of useless municipal ordinances, including those whose “offense” consisted of such things as failing to manicuretheir yards to the satisfaction of code enforcement officers.

Indeed, the reason such statutes were enacted to begin with was to provide a steady stream of fine-generated revenue, and a self-sustaining supply of inmate labor. This is documented in Douglas A. Blackmon's bookSlavery by Another Name. Blackmon's research led him to conclude that municipal ordinances in the post-Emancipation South were designed and enforced with the purpose of producing large pools of inmate labor to be leased to large corporate interests. Other versions of this analysis had been advanced earlier in criminologist Thorsten Sellin's studySlavery and the Penal System, and David Oshinsky's bookWorse Than Slavery.

Blackmon's account begins with the story of 22-year-old Green Cottenham, who was arrested for "vagrancy" by the sheriff of Shelby County, Alabama. "Vagrancy" was the stickiest of catch-all charges used to round up anyone unable "to prove at a given moment that he or she [was] employed."

At the time and place of Cottenham's arrest, the charge was most frequently used to justify the arrest of young black men, many of whom were itinerant workers seeking gainful employment. Cottenham was quickly convicted following a burlesque of a trial and sentenced to thirty days of hard labor.

In a fashion instantly familiarto most people incarcerated today, Cottenham was unable to pay an array of "fees" that accompanied his spurious incarceration. So the thirty-day sentence was quickly expanded to a full year. Immediately thereafter, Cottenham was "leased" -- or, as his parents, both of whom former slaves, would put it, sold -- to the Tennessee Coal, Iron, and Railroad Company, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel.
Another tragic case of SYLP syndrome. One of thousands of black men vended by sheriffs across Alabama, Cottenham was dispatched to work in Slope No. 12, a coal shaft that formed part of the Pratt Mines near Birmingham.

"Imprisoned in what was then the most advanced city of the South, guarded by whipping bosses employed by the most iconic example of the modern corporation emerging in the gilded North, [Cottenham and his co-workers] were slaves in all but name," observes Blackmon.

Thousands perished from disease, overwork, and accidents, their mortal remains interred in shallow graves not far from where they expired. All of this is seen as an indictment of a barbarous past we have supposedly transcended. But the system described by Blackmon -- opportunistic law enforcement feeding non-violent offenders into a penal system hard-welded to government-favored corporations – still exists.

Like Communist China, the American Soyuz has a Laogai (“reform through labor) prisonmanufacturing system. Working through Unicor, a public-private partnership created during the Great Depression to create "factories with fences," corporations employ prisoners to manufacture products from designer jeans to computer circuit boards.

The entities that profit from the American Laogai would be eager to participate in Donald Trump’s border wall project, which would be among the largest corporatist undertakings since the New Deal. Law and Order Leninists would be thrilled by the spectacle envisioned by Sheriff Hodgson – until they learn, in the most unpleasant way imaginable, how easily the State can turn harmless people into slaves.

This week's Freedom Zealot Podcast: Debtor's prisons are illegal -- and ubiquitous in the American Soyuz --

Help free minds from government cages: Visit the Libertarian Institute, and share it with your friends.

Dum spiro, pugno!

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Canadian Woman Arrested For Insulting Facebook Posts? Absurd!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:50
Link- Windsor Star

The headline making the rounds  today about this woman from Ontario and her facebooks posts being the reason for her arrest, just didn’t pass muster. I was suspicious. Of course. So I read through a few varying news articles and an entirely different picture emerged.

 Cavorting with  PKK.

A recognized terrorist organization. Wreaking havoc all over the place!
Ece Heper is shown in a handout photo provided by Emrah Bayram
 But hey let’s pretend this is about freedom of speech and bad Erdogan rather then oh let’s say links to terrorists and terrorism

Just the facts:
Heper had been spending more time in Turkey over the past year, her friends said, after befriending a man in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border. She told friends the man had been in exile and living in a Kurdish region in Syria’s north.She told ‘friends” the man lived in exile- but that’s not the truth either as you will see. That's one lie already.
Heper’s friends said she was living in Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey, but travelled to Kars to get the man’s wife and bring her to visit him in jail. She was arrested in the woman’s home around 10 a.m., her friends said.
This isn’t about ‘freedom of expression’ which we have none of here in Canada-

The man has gone from being in exile to being in jail? Did she really go to get the man’s wife to visit?  Was this even the wife of the man in jail?

 The question is, what was Ece Heper really up to? 

Was she assisting or enabling the PKK in pulling off yet another terror attack in Turkey?
Delivering money? Materials? Can't be sure. Whatever she was up to with her PKK affiliates - the story about her arrest being over face book comments is nonsense to distract from her real activities

 "Heper has a log home in Norwood, Ont., about 150 kilometres northeast of Toronto"
Wonder how much that log home set her back?
 Perhaps she should have just stayed home with her 5 dogs 

Just a thought..

The arrest of this woman coincides/matches up with the arrest of 18 PKK affiliates for the Izmir bombing

Turkey's justice minister says authorities have detained at least 18 people in connection with an attack in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir this week that left a police officer and a courthouse employee dead.
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Erdogan And The Geopolitical Box Of Pandora

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:31
Via Southfront: I found this interesting

Written by Boyan Chukov; Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront

Famous French experts on Turkey, in analysis compared Recep Erdogan with Charles de Gaulle some 4-5 years ago. Incredible! Yes, that is how it was then! But certain events that took place led not only the French analysts but most of their Western colleagues to begin calling the Turkish President “Islamist”, a “Sultan” and a “dictator”The Western press and the press in our country began to talk about the “regime of Erdogan” while before it was not so.  Generally, the western propaganda opened all its “gateways” and began to wash Recep Erdogan with sloppy media. Good or bad, the Turkish President was in the same situation as Vladimir Putin since he started to recover the geopolitical subjectivity of the Russian Federation. Boyan Chukov. Photo: Antoaneta KiselinchevaLately, Turkey has been hit by an unprecedented wave of terrorism. Over time, more and more of the terrorist acts are being associated with DAESH. The Kurdistan “trace” is no longer number one in such cases. The jihadists increasingly wreak bloody chaos in major Turkish cities and they are becoming more violent and bloodier. Victims among the civilian population are numerous. Another bloody act in Istanbul took place in Istanbul on 1 January, 2017. Terrorism is causing severe impacts on the authorities in Ankara and personally, on Recep Erdogan. ( I've mentioned this point repeatedly though other mis/dis info sites have pushed the 'erdogan did it' meme ) The blow is on one of the most profitable sectors in the Turkish economy – tourism. Turkish people are traumatized not only politically and psychologically, but economically too. It is natural for the ordinary Turks to increasingly ask questions and look for answers. After all, it becomes clear that terrorist acts in Turkey are aimed at shaking and weakening the power position of Recep Tayyip ErdoganAnd it will not be particularly surprising if one of the uncaptured supporters of Fethullah Gülen, who is “left” in the personal security of the Turkish President, shoots him someday. Maybe, like in the case of Charles de Gaulle, someone will organize for him the next bloody Maidan on the tenets of “color revolutions”. (That colour revolution of sorts was organized for Turkey when the PKK broke the ceasefire in Turkey and when the YPG/PKK annexed Syrian territory with the help of the US) Generally, Recep Erdogan finds himself in the position of the bandits in the Wild West, pursued by the sheriff. The avalanche of terrorist attacks on Turkish territory speaks of one thing onlyfar away from Turkey, certain sensitive and discrete structures have his poster with a photo that says WANTED. One of the world leaders, who first reacted to the bloody act in discotheque “Reina” in Istanbul, was Vladimir Putin. He sent his condolences to Ankara. The Russian President wrote: “I can hardly imagine a more cynical crime of murdering peaceful people in the midst of New Year’s celebration. The concepts of human morality are totally foreign to the terrorists. Our common duty is to give a decisive response to the terrorist aggression”.  Vladimir Putin made it clear that Russia upholds the decision to fight against terrorism, partnering with Ankara. A significant nuance appeared after the shooting in the “Reina” disco-club on 1January. For several months, Russia and Turkey have been partners in the fight against terrorism in Syria. And the results were not late. First, the fighting in Aleppo died down; then just before the New Year, the city was finally liberated from the jihadists.  (Exactly as had been covered here but ignored everywhere else. Why?) Information has crept in the Turkish press that these days the Russian Military Space Force bombed DAESH positions around the Syrian town of Al Bab, providing air support to the Turkish army. Russian aviation has synchronized their actions with the Turkish troops on Syrian territory. But apart from this, it becomes obvious that the move towards closer Russian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against terrorism also applies in Turkey, which raises to an even higher level the military-political interaction between the two countries.  Russian Airstrikes Supporting Turkish Troops but US Support Lacking. Not a surprise.
Bulgarian media was silent about two mysterious killings that occurred around December 19, 2016, when the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ankara was shot dead. In his home, in the presence of his wife, an employee of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Petr Polshtikov, was shot dead. In Belgium, the “corpse shot in the head” of Auditor General of NATO, Yves Shanderlon, was found. According to media reports, he was investigating firms that have financed terrorism and were involved in money laundering. The first is always associated with the second. Some analysts believe that these mysterious murders are interconnected with each other and have a symbolic meaning. Something like a signal directed at Moscow. The terrorist act at the disco-club “Reina” also has a symbolic meaning. This time, as a signal directed at Turkey.- NATO Chief Auditor Yves Chandelon Found Dead In Suspicious Circumstances

-Pepe E: Who Profits From Turkey's Sarajevo Moment? CyberHeist Via SWIFT Turkey's Akbank(death of Petr mentioned here)
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said publicly something outrageous at a press conference in Ankara a couple of days ago. Not that it’s a secret. He stated that there is evidence that the coalition led by the United States provides assistance to terrorists in Syria, including DAESH. Recep Tayyip Erdogan literally said: “They accused us for supporting DAESH. But it turned out that they themselves supported terrorists, including DAESH. To us, that is clear. We have evidence, including photos and videos”.  The representative of the US State Department, Mark Toner, called the accusations of Recep Erdogan “ridiculous” and said that they did not contain “a single drop of truth”.
A few days ago, DAESH jihadists showed a video of two captured Turkish soldiers who were torched and burned alive. Again it is meant to cause trauma of Turkish public opinion and is directed against Recep Erdogan. Terrorists destroyed Turkish tanks on Syrian territory with the help of modern Western TOW anti-tank systems; the same, which a few weeks ago, Barack Obama enabled to procure a “moderate and armed Syrian opposition”. The number of Turkish military killed on Syrian territory already exceeds 40 people. Only on 22 December 2016 in the area of Al Bab, more than 16 Turkish military personnel were killed. It is obvious that Turkey in recent weeks is increasingly coordinating actions in the Middle East with RussiaApparently, the fight against terrorism will deepen the interaction of the special services. Recep Erdogan’s statement that the US assists DAESH has a more distant goal. In practice, the Turkish president has invaluable support of Donald Trump, who before taking office, led an uphill battle with the group around Hillary Clinton. The accusation that the United States supports DAESH, in fact, is charged against Hillary Clinton, not against the newly-elected US president. Recep Erdogan placed a “trump card” in the hands of Donald Trump in his battle with Hillary Clinton’s people at the CIA, the Pentagon and the State Department who worked actively against himIn practice, the Turkish president stuck the label “supporters of terrorists” to the neocons. And he claims that there is evidence of this. We observe preparations for a large-scale reformation of the relationships between the key players in the Middle East.  And since they all have a regional or global geopolitical code, it cannot but affect Bulgaria. Where are we? Unfortunately Sofia continues to behave as if Hillary Clinton has won the US presidential election and US foreign policy will not change. And Daniel Mitov together with his colleague, Nikolai Nenchev, will remain ministers. It looks like the rulers in Bulgaria rely on someone like Lee Harvey Oswald or at least someone like Jack Ruby to shoot Donald Trump before 20 January. It will not happen. The Russian press has raised enough noise that jihadists in Syria are fighting with Bulgarian weapons; it is something like a “yellow card”. In other words, Bulgarian weapons in Syria kill Russian and Turkish military personnel. Bulgarian media’s former senior officials and “experts” defended the policy of the current government of GERB in the trade of weapons in the Bulgarian media. Their arguments are in defense of the GERB government; however, it sounds like a meeting of 1989 of the Bulgarian-Russian bilateral commission on trade and economic cooperation in the “arms licenses”. Yes, Bulgaria came seventh in the world in the export of weapons last year; it exported military products worth US$780 million. For information, prior to 1989, we had annual exports of Bulgarian MIC worth about US$2 billion. What is the difference? Before 1989, Bulgaria was a member of the Warsaw Treaty which guarantees the territorial integrity of our country and an army that is adequate to the national interests, equipped with modern weapons. Which one of the two guarantees do we have today as a member of NATO? The Bulgarian army is in a catastrophic situation. Donald Trump does not consider NATO as an organization at present, adequate for American national interests. Bulgarian weapons kill Turkish soldiers who are NATO allies. This is bad. The fact that Boyko Borisov pretends to be a friend of Recep Erdogan in this case does not help. Bulgarian weapons killing Russian military; this is bad. The Bulgarian people in their pro-Russian majority remember that the Russians are of the same civilizational family.
So far, we have been saying that Sofia is between two empires: the Russian and the Turkish. Today we, in practice, are against both. Sofia has not yet realized that the new US president is named Donald Trump and the rules of the game are changing. Who can guarantee that after another month “the big ones” will not wash their hands with Sofia, which was supporting terrorism? Borisov, Nenchev, myths or someone else? The government of GERB continues to use the anchor points of Hillary Clinton and Victoria Nuland. There will be another NATO after 20 January. Things will also change in Germany after that date. Angela Merkel is an avatar or a copy of Hillary Clinton. What happens afterwards? The copy will lose its original. The famous French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard calls a copy without an original – a simulacrum. Angela Merkel will lose her political weight in Europe as she glowed with the reflected light of the US neocons. What is the conclusion of the foreign policy pursued by Boyko Borisov and his Foreign Minister, Daniel Mitov? On which side of the “barricade” are we? In foreign policy there are written and unwritten rules. Often, the unwritten ones are more important than the written. Someone should know them, though. Bulgaria in the face of the GERB government totally fails to comply with the unwritten rules in foreign policy. If anyone thinks he will get out of the mess which he stirs daily, with local tricks, he is lying to himself. Empires have the memory of an elephant and do not forgive anyone. Most likely, later on, Sofia will conclude that “the magician is sick and his trick did not work out” … but it will be too late. This is bad!
I don't know if I agree with every bit of this piece, but, none the less it's interesting. I was aware of Bulgaria's arms dealing ways- But if anyone can fill me in on what's up with Bulgaria in relation to the Russia and Turkey- I'd love to know- A few good reads, maybe?
Thanks in advance
I will get back to the nightclub terror attack- I've more to say on it. Still haven't seen the shooter in a Santa suit and have dismissed that completely as a media planted story, with no truth in reality, but I believe a message in metaphor. The author talks about symbolic meanings/messages for Turkey and Russia in these terror attacks- I agree 100 percent.
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Turkey: Pity the Nation That is Fooled Twice

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 19:51
My intention was to get back to the Istanbul shooting today.. Sadly it's not working out for me. Getting sidetracked with other topics. I'll get back to that tomorrow. Instead I'm featuring an oped from Daily Sabah. The author is addressing an absurd recent Robert Fisk piece. Fisk get's paid and he clearly kowtowed to his pay masters- I'm not a fan of his, at the best of time. I'm unsure how many readers here caught the piece of trash written by Robert Fisk? I know that Ally did because we exchanged comments regarding the piece. 
AllyJanuary 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM
Have you seen Robert Fisk's article for the Independent? ReplyDelete

  1. PennyJanuary 3, 2017 at 12:35 PMThe one about why the west doesn't care?
    It's a piece of trash, more typical of Fisk's writing
    He's not a go to person for me I've used his work once in the past few years- that's it

  2. AllyJanuary 3, 2017 at 1:26 PMYep, terrible. Why do you think that so many people have actually fallen for the bad Turkey meme? Why has it worked so well? I can't understand...
     Why has it worked so well? Because it's been repeated and reinforced so often !


    Robert Fisk  repeated and reinforced. Alexander Mercouris could have been mistaken for that neo con at AEI Micheal Rubin- spinning his whole analysis around a demonization of Turkey, only enabled by the fact that he fudged the truth about the UN Resolution. 
    Mr Mercouris couldn't touch the truth because then he couldn't have wrote an entire piece implying Turkey was bad and would surely victimize Russia- which I find to be a strange meme.
     Russia has strong leadership, that much is obvious, Putin and Lavrov,  don't strike me as they easily victimizable. Nor the type that will take abuse lying down. Pretty sure Turkey's leadership understands this obvious fact. Which is why I said.."Mr Mercouris should have pondered the possibility that those who would not endorse the ceasefire agreement may work the hardest to ensure the ceasefire fails"

    Considering the recent Robert Fisk article regarding Turkey..This is the reason why we don't dwell on Turkish deaths in the West

    I truly thought the article was a piece of trash. In short- all those people died because Erdogan is bad -  Switch out Erdogan and replace with Assad- That would be OK too!
     Let's compare that to 9/11? To bad, so sad, people died because GWB was evil. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Besides the usual demonization/cult of personality Fisk pushed the simplistic blowback theory- One I have very little use for and find it to be mostly distraction. Blowback as commonly presented is circular reasoning. Yet another logical fallacy
    Blowback: Begging the Question/Petitio Principii and Circular Reasoning  A simplistic meme for a simplistic trashy article. Seriously. I had intended to ignore it completely, but, an oped from Daily Sabah entered my consciousness- What can I say? The author made so many good points it had  to be posted.

    Keep in mind that the intentional destabilization of Turkey has been written about here for well over two years now- It's been obvious to me all that time and has only grown even more obvious since then.
    From November 2014 and forward:

    Martin R Jay  - Daily Sabah
    "The nightclub massacre has shocked many and has even reached the esteemed journalist Robert Fisk. But what's his problem with the Erdoğan administration? And why can't he see the blood on the hands of Western leaders?"Guilty of not sloppy journalism nor losing himself in the narcissistic vapidity of Oped writing, nor indeed for having one too many sharpeners before the 4 o'clock gong; no, Fisk is guilty of the most morose and unforgivable of all crimes by the fourth estate with his recent ejaculation across the pages of the Indie's opinion section, with his rant about Turkey's recent tragic nightclub shooting. In the words of Monte Python, for "stating the bleedin' obvious."
    Get involved in your neighbor's war and you pay a heavy price with reprisals on your own doorstep.
    But what Fisk alludes to touch on in the article in the first sentence, that "Turkey is alone," is left dangling and I would argue is really what these recent attacks in Turkey are all about. Turkey has become a rogue state in the minds of both London and Washington. And if anyone is kind enough to giving the EU the credit for being a geopolitical player – on paper at least – then, yes the EU also has turned its back on Ankara and made it a pariah state"
    I'll omit the paragraphs regarding the complex Russian/Turkish relationship and stick with the NATO aspect Recall? July 2015: NATO Bows Out on Turkey. Turkey and Article 4 Both the EU and NATO – and certainly Obama – all are guilty of pushing Turkey out into the cold and now what we are experiencing is the country having to punch above its weight just to defend its own turf against terrorism – whether that takes the form of old foes like the PKK or Daesh. Despite having a formidable army, fighting in Syria and Iraq against both Daesh and the Kurds is stretching its resources beyond what it was originally planned for back in the day when the bullshit press releases from the EU and NATO were actually believed; what Fisk fails to elaborate on – possibly because the Independent is such a poor newspaper and a servant of Brussels and its fake news – is that it is the West's fault that such a country is fighting the war that it is, on so many fronts. Where was NATO when those first bombs from Daesh exploded in Istanbul? Why didn't Fisk remonstrate that NATO had failed in its obligations to defend Turkey against a threat to one of its members? Brussels is becoming a graveyard of failed super power organisations, it seems, as it is hardly surprising that NATO has the crisis of confidence that it has, with many members only spending half of the required 2 percent of GDP on defense and – keeping the unwritten rule of ideally spending that with Uncle Sam.
     And where was the EU and that shambles of a British newspaper the Indie – which trumpets its cause so zealously by fillings its pages with its manufactured fake news from Brussels – when Turkey had to endure an attempted coup?
     More than 7,000 army officers are in jail because Erdoğan – who is portrayed as an anachronistic paranoid Ottoman leader - wants to ensure that another coup attempt can't happen? What would Fisk and his friends on the Independent prefer the Turkish leader to do with them? Send them on an EU-funded training course run by a Greek EU civil servant who explains how to overthrow a country by stuffing underpants into the exhaust pipe of a tank while giving you the powerpoint presentation on "how to write a good press release" before lunch?

    Has Fisk completely lost his mind?
     It is inconceivable that Fisk doesn't know that the West has been funding (training and arming)  Daesh through an ingenious yet simple manner of both allowing some Gulf states to support it, militarily and with cash in the early days, and also by funding, even to this day, a group of a dozen or so "moderate" fighters, who have certainly good relations with al-Nusra, which we shouldn't forget is al-Qaida at the end of the day.

    Such rank hypocrisy is startling. If Turkey did give logistical support to Daesh so that it could hit both Assad regime troops and the Kurds hard, few could blame it. The West can hardly wave the finger when it had the power to stop it, rather than let a bevy of third rate journalists to report on the diesel smuggling that was going on at one point across the border. They, and indeed Fisk, have all missed the point.
     The West and Turkey have in the past supported their own respected opposition groups in Syria and it is simply preposterous if not louche to isolate Erdoğan now with this over-simplified, disingenuous accusation. It is rather like the thumb-sucking foreign correspondents who like to run down Fisk on the dinner party circuit in Beirut for being a poor journalist in the region simply because he can't speak Arabic; I take the other view and salute him for being a great journalist who overcomes his language deficiency and still hits the mark with his work.
    On this one though, he missed the target altogether. But then it is only the Indie.
    And there you have it. Turkey is on it's own and fighting for it's survival. That much is clear and has been for  quite a while!-Robert Fisk is happy to blame and frame Turkey, while turning a blind eye to the involvement of the US/EU/UK and Israel. In fact Israel get the biggest free pass in all of this- Despite their involvement in destabilizing Syria & Turkey alongside the US/UK and the PKK.  Pity the nation that is fooled twice. Apparently Turkey doesn't want to get fooled again. 
    From earlier:
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Turkey Questioning NATO’s Use of Incirlik- Sever Ties With YPG/PKK

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:31
Al monitor

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed calls today for Washington to sever ties with the Syrian Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the top ally of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, and to provide air support to Turkish forces fighting to dislodge the jihadists from the Syrian town of al-Bab. 

US reticence, Cavuosglu charged, was leading the Turkish people to ask, “Why are you letting these people [the Americans] remain in Incirlik?” Defense Minister Fikri Isik echoed his comments, remarking, “The absence of coalition assistance for the al-Bab operation makes one question [their use of] the Incirlik air baseRecall months ago my stating the obvious that the US was not supporting Turkish operations?
Turkish forces and their rebel proxies have been struggling to capture al-Bab for more than a month, but IS fighters have put up fierce resistance. As a result, Turkish casualties are mounting.Gee I wonder who is assisting ISIS in their fight against Turkey ??
ISIS always gives it up for the PKK/YPG. Of course KurdIShIS has a vested interesting in fighting Turkey. For real.

Ankara is likely brandishing the Incirlik card because it is worried that President Barack Obama will sign a bill authorizing the Pentagon to train and equip the SDF before leaving office Jan. 20. ( Trump will be on the hook) The Kurdish and Arab SDF is dominated by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and Turkey insists that the YPG is no different from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. Thus, arming the YPG, Ankara argues, is the same as arming the PKK. Some US officials privately concur.I publicly concur! Jibes with all I’ve written here.
Turkey opened the base to coalition operations on July 22, 2015, after months of wrangling, and in all probability, would wait to gauge President-elect Donald Trump’s position on the YPG before deciding to pull the plug. Incirlik and an early warning radar station in the eastern province of Malatya remain Turkey’s greatest leverage in its perennially fraught ties with the United States. The Malatya facility, part of NATO’s missile defense system in Europe, is also used to spy on Iran. My opinion? Turkey should say buh-bye to NATO at Incirlik and at Malatya
On a more positive note, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to travel to Baghdad in the coming days to hold talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Haider al-Abadi

Speaking to reporters ahead of Yildirim's visit, Abadi confirmed that thorny issues like the PKK would come up during the meeting, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 5, but was postponed a few days. “We are not supporting the PKK, and the Iraqi constitution absolutely forbids the use [of its territory] for attacks against its neighbors, and we abide by that,” Abadi asserted, responding to claims that his government is arming and funding PKK rebels and their Yazidi affiliates in Sinjar as a counterweight to the Turkish troops based in Bashiqa, north of Mosul. Ankara believes the PKK is looking to use Sinjar as a bridgehead to Syria, (they absolutely are using Sinjar as a bridgehead as long term readers here have read) where the YPG is growing in strength and numbers by the day. Iraqi Kurdish officials confirm that Ankara will begin training a Syrian Kurdish force to rival the YPG. This should prove interesting. 

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