by Scott Creighton
That was Democralypse 2016 in a nutshell and it was the most offensive display of “democracy” we have ever produced in this country to date. And yet, here we are in the aftermath and it’s only gotten worse.
MSNBC and CNN have continued with their “bash Trump all the time!” operational plan so much so you would think they don’t even have a news division anymore. You can’t find news on those channels these days, just new and or warmed over attempts to bash President Trump all day every day.
The “deep state”, something they used to call me a conspiracy theorist for writing about, is now out of the shadows and doing their level best to undermine the president’s choices (some of them) so they can force him to conduct his foreign policy in a manner THEY deem fit for American “values”. It’s not even a question anymore. The spooks, liars and murderers of the CIA want to run the show and apparently the neocons and the “progressives” are just fine with that.
Amazing populist concern over US deep state influence that hasn't been seen since the 1970s. Positive but it's CIA/contractors not UN etc. pic.twitter.com/ZmeuwOyQTW
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) February 17, 2017
Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 14, 2017
It’s remarkable. They got rid of Mike Flynn after he had been tasked to help figure out how to tame the CIA and roll the agency back under the control of the White House. They attacked him for daring to chat with a Russian ambassador about ridiculous sanctions ObamaGod put on them based on their “hacking” our election, a crime which never happened, by the way.
It seems like the only senators we hear about today are Lindsey Graham and John McCain and that’s because they spend all their time running around bashing Trump from the neocon war-mongering right.
And speaking of the neocon war-mongering right, have you seen the left these days? They make McCarthy look like Jimmy Carter.
In the wake of the slaughterfest the fake left endured in November, you have all sorts of wannabe “leaders” popping up all over the place in the unDemocratic Party trying to establish themselves as the default nominee for 2020. One of them is running for Debbie’s old job at the head of the unDemocratic Party table and he’s an interesting one… he backs rethuglican tax-breaks and “centrist” economic ideologies… but he’s called “progressive” because he kinda-sorta hinted that, yes, the unDems did “slightly” rig the nomination process in favor of Killary. Jimmy Dore calls him a “truth teller” for that little tiny, ballless sliver of honesty.
Over at the Young Turks they are trying their best to reclaim the young disenfranchised voters for the unDemocratic Party, looking to hook them back into the fold in spite of the insult and chaos that the party inflicted on em during the nomination process. They call themselves “Justice” Dems or some such nonsense and Cenk himself is looking to sheepdog himself a nice cushy job in D.C.
And there is another ridiculous effort being put out there by some mousy looking guy who was part of Bernie’s Sheepdog 2016 campaign. His particular shtick is to “draft Bernie” for 2020 I guess and model an entire new political party wrapped around him. Of course, by then Bernie will be a thousand years old and little mousy guy will be 30 maybe, so I wonder who that guy thinks will actually be leading the “party” by then.
The Draft Bernie campaign is one of the most pathetic things I have seen this election cycle and trust me, we’ve seen a lot of pathetic things this year. Not only did he lose, but he was cowed after they stole the nomination from him to the point where when he was offered a chance to run at the top of the Green Party ticket, an opportunity that would have produced victory for him, he declined the offer and then backed the woman who stole the nomination from him.
And he got a new summer cottage by the lake out of the deal.
And you want to build a new “progressive” party around that?
The state of politics in this country is in decay. The foundations are so rotted they cant support the illusion of democracy that we have enjoyed for so many years. The establishment republicans secretly hate their party leader while the fake left doesn’t even have one anymore.
They are terrified that something legitimate will surface from the ruins of Democralypse 2016 so much so they will do anything they can to make sure they craft it themselves to be ineffectual, tepid and corrupt at birth.
All of their efforts failed this past year. Bernie was supposed to serve as a kind of bait to keep the real progressives in the Big Tent of the unDemocratic Party but he won instead and so they had to steal the nomination from him and his millions of supporters.
Trump was supposed to be a foil for Bush and/or Clinton, but instead he won the office and no amount of post-election vote rigging could make it unso. The people “voted the wrong way” in spite of all the work the press did demonizing him prior to Nov. 8th and now we have the head terrorists of the world, the CIA, destabilizing our elected government as a result.
I guess in the end you had to expect as much out of this past election cycle. Maybe they are ready to do away with the illusion of democracy altogether and that was the real endgame they envisioned all along. Or maybe they’re just not as clever as they tell themselves they are.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure: the blinders are off for most of the people in this country today. We don’t live in a democratic republic anymore. It’s an oligarchy run by the deep state on behalf of vested interests and all of us are just spectators to the horror show that’s about to unfold.
by Sarah R. Runge, Medium.com
As the controversy over fake news rages on, a notable conflict of interest exists concerning one of the media outlets that has driven much of the conversation.
While much of the blame for so-called “fake news” has been placed on smaller, more independent publications, it may turn out that the lion’s share of responsibility actually belongs to the more established media outlets.
As a leading American publication, the Washington Post has earned an air of legitimacy that many newer, less well-known publications do not yet possess. This may not last however, as the conflict of interest that was created when the ownership of the Washington Post changed hands recently may have already begin to call into question the credibility of one of America’s most distinguished publications.
In 2013, the Washington Post was purchased by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon. That same year, Amazon also obtained a CIA contract worth $600 million. At the time, the Nation pointed out the conflict of interest that these dealings posed…
Shortly after the CIA contract was finalized, Amazon issued a statement, saying simply, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”..
Bezos’ conflict of interest is again worth mentioning after the Washington Post used highly questionable sources to promote identifying and blacklisting “fake news” sites in late November..
..the Washington Post’s fake news expose was riddled with questionable information and unsubstantiated claims…
Several weeks later, in early December, the Washington Post again created controversy by alleging Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election… The article cited an anonymous CIA source…
[read more here]
With the “ISIS” boogeyman losing credibility and al Qaeda now back to being our friends and allies in Syria, a new Cold War is just what the doctor ordered to pump up MIC expenditures, right?
by Scott Creighton
Yes, Virginia, there really are monsters working at the CIA.
This morning, after waking from the first good night’s sleep I have had since Friday night, I suffered through the first 20 minutes of Morning Joe during which their entire panel basically got down on their knees in the studio and offered a collective blow job to anyone working in the CIA because… “liberty” or some such nonsense.
Though that is a bit of an exaggeration, what they actually did was probably more disturbing to watch as they repeatedly justified a US intelligence agency openly working against a seated president because they didn’t like his policies. That’s treason folks. Treason on an agency-wide basis and treason being openly supported by the gaggle of neoliberal war-mongers at Morning Joe.
Some will try to tell you that this apparent war between The Donald and the CIA is a fabrication. I wont. It’s very real and it’s been on since Killary stole the nomination and the CIA’s leadership made it painfully clear she was their tainted choice to lead the nation into the new age of Red-baiting McCarthyism.
Ever since their corrupt candidate of choice lost, the CIA and the DNI have been doing everything they could to gin-up hostility toward both Russia and the current president of the United States. As one reported noted, we are looking at an unprecedented development in this country: intelligence agencies actively waging information warfare against a seated president because they perceive, rightly or not, that he will be less aggressive toward a nuclear armed state than they would like him to be.
Can you imagine what would have happened in this country had any intelligence agency been this hostile toward President Obama in the first month of his presidency?
On January the 4th, 2017, The Hill reported on Trump’s plans to restructure the two intelligence agencies.
“President-elect Donald Trump is crafting plans to restructure at least two of the nation’s top intelligence agencies, according to a new report.
Trump is eyeing overhauls of the CIA and the office of the director of national intelligence (DNI), The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” an individual close to Trump’s transition operation said. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring agencies and how they interact.”
Trump is targeting the CIA and the DNI as he publicly wars with the U.S. intelligence community over its conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.” The Hill
Key to that report is the following line:
“The Journal added that advisers helping Trump draft the proposed alterations include retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.).” The Hill
That would be the same Mike Flynn the CIA just did away with.
That’s unfair. The CIA didn’t do away with him by themselves. They needed the help of all their Mockingbirds in the complicit corporate press as well as from members of the unDemocratic Party of America.
I saw Maxine Waters yesterday on some CNN show regurgitating all the current talking points about various “connections” members of the Trump administration supposedly have with “da ebil Rooskies”. She concluded that because 5 people have some kind of 6 degrees of separation to Moscow, The Donald has to be impeached because… “liberty” or some such nonsense.
Maxine smiled a big smile at the end because she was able to recount all the correct propaganda lines without messing up like she did last time when she said “Russia invaded Korea”.
Maxine Waters is a complete idiot and she’s an old idiot which is even worse. She’s like what John McCain would be if he were black and a woman.
The Dems are busy doing the public wet-work of the CIA in congress. They want investigations into what they claim was Russia derailing our election process. They are rabid and foaming at the mouth and regardless of how much they want to believe that old CIA-crafted lie, the fact remains there is no evidence at all to suggest Russia played any part in influencing the election other than being a country at the time and sitting back and watching like everyone else, the unDemocratic Party failing on a BIBLICAL SCALE in their loss to Donny Tiny Hands.
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting Donald Trump has decided to continue with his CIA restructuring plan. They say he’s picked a vulture capitalist named Steve Feinberg to head up the program to evaluate the current structure of the intelligence agencies and make recommendations to fix it.
“President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.
The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T. Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested.
There has been no announcement of Mr. Feinberg’s job, which would be based in the White House, but he recently told his company’s shareholders that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration.” New York Times
So Trump is moving forward with his plan to remake the CIA and DNI and folks in the intelligence community are not happy about it. Nor were the sycophants on Morning Joe who saw this as some kind of “McCarthyite” move on Trump’s part. Cute how they spun that one, huh?
The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported on the fact that various intelligence agencies have been withholding intel from the president of the United States because… “liberty” or some such nonsense.
“The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified current and former officials familiar with the matter, reports that officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.” Zero Hedge
I’m not going to sit here and tell you Donald Trump is some kind of hero for standing up to the CIA. He might just be naive enough to think he can get away with it. After all, they are attacking him on all fronts, doing their best to remove members of his team and manufacturing connections between his staff and “da ebil Rookies” like they’re run by the ghost of McCarthy himself and The Donald is still pressing forward with his restructuring plans rather than cowering in the corner and recanting his previous statements. That can’t be the smartest thing he ever did.
I’m also not going to tell you this is the first time a White House administration feuded with the CIA over power and policy. It certainly has happened in the past and at least one time back in ’63, it didn’t end so well for the seated president (or the country for that matter)
What I will tell you is conflict between presidents and the CIA has never been this public nor this overt. Again, at least not since ’63.
How it will end is anyone’s guess. But it is real and this out of control agency of terror, the CIA, is walking a fine line right up to the edge of treason. Why they are doing it is anyone’s guess. Yeah, they wanted Killary in power because under the unDemocratic Party the agency has risen to unimaginable levels of power in this country and across the world and they are probably concerned their new Cold War will wither on the vine under a Trump presidency.
It could also be as simple as the fact that they tipped their hand in the run-up to the election and now they’ve pissed off Trump so much, they expect the restructuring to cripple them in ways it will take decades of Democratic Party leadership to rebuild.
Yes Virginia, there really are monsters working at the CIA. They want endless war with a nuclear state and are willing to slander and undermine the president of the United States in order to save themselves and their piece of the power pie in Washington. Someone needs to yank on their leash a bit. The only question is.. is Trump the man for the job or will he fold under pressure like a comb-over in high winds?
I guess we will find out.
from The Saker
Okay, my sense is that a large number of commentators are misunderstanding the nature of what is going on. So, this time, rather than writing an analysis, I will spell it out, ‘talking points’ – style and, hopefully, do a better job about making my point. So, here we go.
[read more here]
from RTUS President Donald Trump has criticized the US intelligence community for allegedly leaking classified information to the media, responding to the latest report on alleged communications between his campaign aides and Russian intelligence agents.
Trump tweeted that information is “being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community,” wondering whether the NSA and FBI could be behind the leaks.
In a later post, he said it was “very un-American” that classified information “is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.”…
[read more here]
by Scott Creighton
So the fake left like CNN, MSNBC, Glenn Greenwald and Cenk “what’s his face” from the Young Turks think it’s just peachy keen for the CIA to be interfering in the political process here in the states. They prefer allowing Capitalism’s Invisible Army to dictate foreign policy to our elected leaders? Is that how fucked our system has become? The fake left cheering for the CIA destabilizing American democracy?
Didn’t I just write about this today?
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: see update at end of article
(Hi folks. I’m still sick but recovering a bit. Didn’t even turn the computer on yesterday. Thanks for all the well wishes on the other thread.)
The rabid ankle-biting yip-dogs that are the unDemocratic Party these days are currently engaged in a feeding frenzy.
They were able to get Mike Flynn to resign due to his communications with the Russian ambassador that took place around the same time the war-mongering/Red Baiting, New McCarthyite Obama administration was imposing new sanctions on Russians for “hacking our democracy”.
What happened was Obama kicked a bunch of Russian diplomats out of the country for no reason whatsoever and Flynn spoke to the ambassador and reassured them that they could expect better treatment when Trump took office. That resulted in the Russians deciding not to kick US officials out of Russia and further escalate the situation. Most people would think that was a good thing. Not the Red Baiters from the left.
This “disclosure” was brought to us by a leaked transcript of some of his calls. I’m sure they were carefully edited for effect. What no one seems too concerned about though is how exactly they got these calls. As I have been saying for years, everything, your emails, texts, browser history and yes, even the content of your phone calls, are recorded these days. And it doesn’t matter if you are an out of work carpenter or the next National Security Advisor… everything is recorded and stored for future use. Flynn was no exception.
This is just a continuation of the CIA’s war on the Trump administration. And they seem to be stepping up their efforts to impose their will on our political process like they have done in countless other countries across the globe.
MoA is asking some interesting questions about why Trump allowed Flynn to take the fall for this.
Meanwhile the raging yip-dogs are now targeting Kellyanne Conway. Seems like they want to get her out of the White House as well.
They are also now regurgitating the old propaganda line that Trump campaign bigwigs were colluding with “da ebil Rooskies” on the “hacked election”
While all that plays out, Trump replaced Mike Flynn with Gen. Keith Kellogg. Kellogg has been at Trump’s side for a while now. Along with Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares, and Joseph E. Schmitz he was named to Trump’s foreign policy advisory team way back in March of last year. Kellogg had been part of the disastrous Coalition Provisional Authority right after the illegal invasion of Iraq.
In 2012 Kellogg became president of Abraxas and then later he was named VP of Cubic:
“In September 2012, Cubic named Kellogg president of Abraxas, a subsidiary company. Abraxas states on its website that it “provides specialized support, develops and integrates state-of-the-art technologies, and implements trusted and unique solutions to address the global challenges faced by the National Security community today and those that it will face in the future.” In January 2014, Kellogg became vice president of strategic initiatives of Cubic. According to the Washington Business Journal, Kellogg left Cubic later that year.” Ballotpedia
Over at Another Day in the Empire, Kurt Nimmo points out all the connections between Abraxas and the CIA. It’s part of the super secret surveillance apparatus of the deep state and was quite probably one of thousands of companies started with CIA seed money.
So they get Flynn out and manage to force Trump to take one of their very own in as his replacement. A powerful message.
UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald, a man who was instrumental in the passage of the new CISPA bill which served the interests of the privatized surveillance state, implies the CIA fed David Ignatius and other “jounalists” intel on the Flynn conversations and admits their “leaking” said info was certainly highly illegal… but says it’s “ok” because “Flynn lied” to the public. As if the greater crime here was not illegally recording conversations of US citizens or foreign diplomats or violating US law by leaking top secret SIGINT info (which is a really big no-no)… but instead, according to Greenwald, the big crime is Flynn lying to the public about what he talked about with the Russian ambassador.
“That Flynn lied about what he said to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was first revealed by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who has built his career on repeating what his CIA sources tell him. In his January 12 column, Ignatius wrote: “According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking.”
That “senior U.S. government official” committed a serious felony by leaking to Ignatius the communication activities of Flynn. Similar and even more extreme crimes were committed by what the Washington Post called “nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls,” who told the paper for its February 9 article that “Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials.” The New York Times, also citing anonymous U.S. officials, provided even more details about the contents of Flynn’s telephone calls.
That all of these officials committed major crimes can hardly be disputed…
Yet very few people are calling for a criminal investigation or the prosecution of these leakers, nor demanding the leakers step forward and “face the music” — for very good reason: The officials leaking this information acted justifiably, despite the fact that they violated the law. That’s because the leaks revealed that a high government official, Gen. Flynn, blatantly lied to the public about a material matter” Glenn Greenwald
Flynn was not communicating with the Russians to give them state secrets or cut deals behind Obama’s back. He was simply trying to derail the former administration’s efforts to cripple Russian/US relations as they slimmed their way out the door of the White House.
So no, these kinds of flagrant violations of US law, BY THE CIA and other intelligence agencies, is NOT justified. Not on the grounds that Flynn misled the public and/or the Trump administration about the nature of the calls.
Greenwald couches his argument such that it supposedly defends the whistle-blowers but these aren’t whistle-blowers that he’s defending. This is the deep state of the CIA and the intelligence industry.
This is not an effort to get out an important truth being hidden from the American public. This is an effort, by the CIA, to shape the foreign policy of a new president and his cabinet to a more aggressive one targeting a major world and nuclear power. So no, Glenn, it’s not justified. This is another example of an out of control CIA trying to impose their will once again on this administration and nothing more.
Greenwald let’s his Mockingbird show with this one.
by Scott Creighton
Hi everybody. I’ve been sick all weekend. Got some flu bug from my mother Sat. morning. Haven’t eaten since Fri. Slept about 2 hours since Sat. Combine that with me not being therapeutic with my INR and all the ramifications of that and it’s a pretty unpleasant time in the AE household.
You know, I wonder if people understand the purpose behind this reactionary austerity measure of Obama’s attack on the disabled in 2013. Few write about it. Hell, no one writes about it. I wouldn’t if I wasn’t one of its many victims. And that’s what happens every time. Because people just don’t give a shit about the disabled. (this is a depressing post written by someone in a bad situation so if you don’t wish to continue reading, I certainly understand)
In ’81 when Reagan did the same thing, eventually it got some coverage and exposure and in ’84 it was halted and a new piece of legislation was put in place to keep future reactionary fascists from targeting the weakest and most defenseless in our society.
But Obama and the “moderates” got around that, they took a percentage from the 6% SS withholding tax in 2010 so by 2013 they could claim there was a “crisis” in SS which of course allowed them all the cover they needed to pump an additional 1.4 billion annually into the program that “reviews” the disability status of the disabled and then kicks them off the program. In many cases, like mine, wrongly and deceitfully.
You know what’s funny? Someone who was actually faking a disability wont be harmed by this move. That’s the funny thing. They’ll just find a job and go to work, as if they weren’t already working off the books in the first place.
The ONLY ones who will be harmed by this policy, and it was the same in ’81, will be the truly disabled. They wont be able to work and no body would hire them even if they could, for a while, because the company’s insurance provided wont allow them to be hired.
It’s a horrible little way to die, you know? You watch your life fall apart piece by piece. Family relationships are strained, your credit hits the toilet, homelessness, madness, depression, arrest, incarceration… that’s what happens when you can’t work and you cant get health care.
Funny thing is, in this great country of ours, this weekend at least once, some self-satisfied snobbish fake leftie was marching to some protest somewhere to scream and yell to keep some criminal in this country who is here illegally and working for 5 bucks an hour under the table, and he walked by some disabled American citizen sitting on the sidewalk with his hand out and that self-absorbed fake leftist sneered down at him and told he would be just fine if he had just a little of the gumption of all these illegal immigrants.
That happened. No doubt in my mind.
People don’t give a shit about the truly disabled. In fact, since that phony “crisis” they manufactured, my bet is, a lot of people secretly applaud the decision to let us die in the streets. That way SS is “saved” for when THEY retire… right? Something about war-time triage and cutting off the dead flesh. Yeah, of course the right-wingers and the Randians will openly admit to this, but I’m talking about the fake left, the one’s who wear their hearts on their sleeves and pretend they stand up for the weakest of our country.
They don’t. They stand up for cheap labor and yelling at congress members at town hall meetings because THEY’RE scared THEY might lose THEIR healthcare.. like us poor miserable disabled folks.
Hell, I understand that. It’s a horrible thing to be excluded from any kind of medical care due to circumstances beyond your control. Actually, it fucking sucks. Especially when you paid for SSDI for 30+ years just in case something unforeseen happened.
But don’t expect the left to start running around demanding an accounting of how many truly disabled people have been cast aside, made homeless, destroyed bit by bit and then died on the side of the road someplace. Don’t expect them to give a shit about that. Because ObamaGod of the Left Cover did it.
And don’t expect the Trumpers to give a shit either. They are fine with the whole process. Disability for them is nothing more than an entitlement a bunch of frauds take advantage of to bring down our Shining City on the Hill. Until they get sick. Until they need it. Then it’s different.
It’s been a bad weekend and I’ve been left stewing in my heart all night long thinking thoughts reasonable people should never think. I can’t sit here for too long and this is already longer than I thought it would/should be.
The people in this country don’t give a shit about the disabled. They’re broken so why bother with them? What can they contribute anyway?
I hope sometime soon someone with more resources and ability starts to look more closely into the tens of thousands of people kicked off disability since 2013. I hope someone comes to the conclusion that it’s not about getting frauds off the system as much as it is about getting rid of the damaged and dying.
I gotta sleep. Trolls go ahead and have your field day.
by Scott Creighton
At first it was a “Muslim ban”. Then it was a “travel ban”. But let’s call it what it is… a ban on cheap labor shipped over from destabilized countries made up of refugees the Obama administration has created with their endless Globalist Free Market Wars and his “moderate” terrorists, his CIA company men, that helped destabilize them.
Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court in San Fransisco voted 3-0 to usurp national and constitutional law and uphold the Temporary Restraining Order issued by Judge James L. Robart on behalf of the plaintiffs, the states of Washington and Minnesota along with a number of Big Businesses from those states. Their argument (once you got past the PR bullshit that Microsoft, Amazon and other only cared about keeping some woman from visiting her sister here in the states that just happened to be working at Amazon or some such crap) is that the ban would hurt their business by keeping them from profiting off the cheap labor.
“Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia have filed a lawsuit basically claiming the Trump executive order is going to hurt their profit margins because the cheap labor provided by the refugees will be unavailable now.” Scott Creighton
“A federal judge in Washington has joined several of his counterparts across the country in ruling against the federal government’s executive order that restricts citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
In the suit, which was filed by the State of Washington earlier in the week, officials from Expedia and Amazon filed formal legal declarations saying that their employees are directly affected by the President Donald Trump’s policy. Expedia further explained that its business interests would be negatively impacted if the executive order was allowed to stand.” Ars Technica
“Both Amazon and Expedia are also preparing statements that demonstrate the order’s negative impact on their business.” CNBC
Judge Robart’s decision did not overturn Trump’s executive order, all it did was issue a temporary ban on the restriction based on Robart’s opinion that there was a possibility of the suit’s success in the future.
What that did was keep the doors open a little longer for Obama’s terrorists to file into the country so they can start their new lives (and new jobs at Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia and Starbucks) after terrorizing places like Syria and Libya, just like the CIA and State Department promised them. Can you say “special immigrant visas”?
On Tuesday, he and other DHS officials announced additional exceptions to the order. Iraqi nationals will now be eligible for entry using Special Immigrant Visas, which are granted to people who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq, officials said.” Elise Folley
The Ninth Circuit ruling is a striking example of judicial reactionary activism gone too far… on behalf of Big Business. Like we haven’t seen that before. Ironically enough, it is being couched in the complicit press as an example of the “liberalism” of the court when nothing could be further from the truth.
Listen to how the Ninth Circuit twists logic to come to their pro-Business decision:
“The decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. It upheld a ruling last Friday by a federal district judge, James L. Robart, who blocked key parts of the travel ban, allowing thousands of foreigners to enter the country.
The appeals court acknowledged that Mr. Trump was owed deference on his immigration and national security policies. But it said he was claiming something more — that “national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections.” New York Times
Essentially, what the Ninth Circuit has done is too say “yes, the president does have authority to do this… but we have the authority to second guess who he considers to pose a threat to the national interests”… that the president’s decision regarding national security concerns are not “unreviewable”
The Times goes on to explain the ruling basically asks how many terrorists have come over from these countries and killed people in the past and suggests there isn’t enough prior cause to suggest Obama’s “moderate” terrorists in Syria would do anything harmful here in this country.
Or, more accurately, they suggest the RISK of them doing something like that is far outweighed by the PROFITS these cheap laborers will provide our national interests, in this case, Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia.
Pretty “liberal” of them huh?
Some “news” agencies are reporting the Trump administration has been dealt a terrible blow with this one. I doubt it.
Post 9/11, who the hell is going to side with a bunch of judges who presume to know more about the security of the nation state than the president and his host of national security advisors? Of course, the CIA and the State Department are going to help the Ninth Circuit push it’s ruling because, they all work for Big Business anyway.
In terms of public opinion… I know people don’t care much for that in this “democracy” of ours… the VAST majority of Americans sided with Trump on this one. Whether it’s because they are “terrified of the big bad MooOoooOoolems” or because they have enough common sense to realize this ruling helps keep their pay scale trending on the constant downward spiral, who knows. But the fact is, most American supported the temporary restrictions set in place by Trump. As if that mattered anymore in this country.
The ruling is almost certain to be brought before the Supreme Court some time in the future. That is, if we ever get a full Supreme Court again.
Meanwhile you can expect an endless barrage of hearts and minds propaganda like the crap we were made to suffer through watching the Super Bowl. All kinds of images of little girls fighting across the fictional wastelands of Mexico to get to ‘Merika! so they can craft stupid little flags from the torn Monsanto corn bags they collected along the way.
Meanwhile, the (near) slave trade is booming with the usual suspects cashing in.
“On November 15, 2016 GEFIRA published evidence they had gathered that various NGOs were utilizing a fleet of more than a dozen boats in the Mediterranean to illegally transport migrants from the North African coast to Italy. GEFIRA used AIS Marine Traffic (Ship-tracking software) signals, Twitter and the live reports of a Dutch journalist on board of the ship Golfo Azzurro to document alleged collaboration between NGOs, the Italian Coast Guard and smugglers coordinate their actions. The ships were caught on radar moving between the Italian and Libyan coast moving migrants into the EU…
The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) was founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs Christopher and Regina Catrambone. MOAS operates the ships the Topaz Responder and the Phoenix in the migrant fleet. Mr. Catrambone was listed as a major donor to Hillary Clinton, giving over $416,000 to her presidential campaign bid in 2016. Another major supporter of MOAS is avaaz.org, who donated €500,000 to MOAS’ “search and rescue operations.” Avaaz.org was founded by Moveon.org, an American organization owned by George Soros. Avaaz.org acts as the European branch for Moveon.org.
For those of you on the fake left who are wrapped up in your warm blanket of self-satisfaction and think you are standing on the side of the poor and downtrodden refugees, think again. You’re on the side of Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia in their never ever quest to race to the bottom of U.S. pay-scales by bringing in cheap labor, near slave labor, from all the countries ObamaGod destabilized over his 8-year “liberal” rule.
And they are also bringing in his “moderate” terrorists on those “special immigrant visas” after they served their time working for the deep state, raping, burning, pillaging nation after nation. If these are the kinds of folks you want serving you your $8 cup of coffee on Monday morning, be my guest. Enjoy the moment. It wont last. Never forget… once a company man, always a company man.
by Scott Creighton
Condi Rice’s “New Middle East” isn’t dead yet. The election of a candidate who promised to leave other countries alone to find their own fate has not thwarted their plans in the slightest, I’m sorry too say.
“Donald Trump campaigned on an “antiwar” platform vis-a-vis Syria and it was the primary reason that many a revolutionary activist entertained his many, MANY flaws and preferred his candidacy over the certifiably bloodthirsty Hillary Clinton. Well, without any further ado, that idea can be chucked out the window ’cause President Supercilious Orange, following up on his crime against humanity in Yemen’s Al-Bayda, committed unspeakable atrocities in Syria just a few days ago. On February 3rd, American warplanes, continuing to illegally fly in Syrian airspace without Syrian approval, carried out several sorties over ISIS’s de facto capital of Raqqa. But it wasn’t the Daeshi terrorists who were targeted. Instead, what the US ZOG bombed were the new and old bridges of Raqqa City, key outlets that allowed at least handfuls of Syrians to escape the barbaric Takfiri hell that the northern Syrian province had become, as well as the bridges of Al-Kalta and Al-Abbara in Raqqa’s northern countryside.” Jonathan Azaziah
Trump did indeed campaign on an anti-interventionist platform which is one of the reasons the complict MSM hated him so much. But then again, so did “W” and ObamaGod before him.
“Air strikes on Friday in Raqqa hit two bridges over the Euphrates river, hindering movement from the city southwards and killing six IS militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
U.S. support for the SDF has been a point of tension with NATO ally Turkey, which views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group that has fought a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.” Reuters
Raqqa is located on the east bank of the Euphrates river. For some, that river is quickly becoming the border between Syria and “Rojava” or the “Western Kurdistan” part of Greater Kurdistan.
South Kurdistan is the stolen part of Iraq. “Northern Kurdistan” will be hacked out of Turkey (that plan is already underway). And “Eastern Kurdistan” will be the last piece, chopped from a segment of what is currently known as Iran today.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the Greater Kurdistan project and that is why no matter how many times they seem to have failed in Syria, they keep going on and on with their murder and destabilization like a Nazi Energizer Bunny on Meth.
The purpose of destroying the bridges is simple: make life unbearable for the civilian population of Raqqa like they tried to do in Aleppo, so they will leave and the city will become “lawless’ and the Western forces can hand it over to the Kurds in the vacuum created by “ISIS”
“Around Raqqa, coalition strikes continue taking a toll on the enemy capacity as strikes remove enemy fighters and resources. Recent targets include tunnels, weapons caches, command and control nodes, and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices,” he concluded.
On Tuesday 7 February, the Syrian Democratic Forces with their Syrian Arab Coalition partners, cleared 63 square kilometers of territory northeast of Raqqa, for a total of 3,410 square kilometers of territory liberated from ISIS control since they launched their operation to isolate Raqqa on November 6th, 2016.” Ara News
The pattern has been repeated over and over again.
“ISIS” goes into a city, terrorizes the population driving some of them out and killing others. The US and their allies say “Hold on! We’ll take care of “ISIS” over there!” and they proceed to destroy water facilities, electric companies, bridges and anything else they can think of to make life harder for the people in the targeted city who are resisting “ISIS” and staying. They do this under the cover of “cutting off an “ISIS” stronghold” but they never actually target “ISIS”. In the end, when enough civilians are dead or have been made into refugees, they declare victory and then, remarkably, let “ISIS” leave in buses and head over to the next targeted town. This is how they are clearing so much Syrian territory for the Kurds and their “Rojava” project.
The two greatest allies the Kurds have in Iraqi Kurdistan are the United States and Israel. They are determined to see a new nation born out of the rubble they are creating in the Middle East. A nation with resources and strategic placement that will make it rival Saudi Arabia and a nation completely controlled by a brutal, corrupt puppet dictator, Masoud Barzani.
Some of us had hoped (“hope and change”?) that Trump would leave this project to rot on the vine, but apparently not. His Zionist son-in-law advisor certainly wouldn’t let that happen. Nor would his buddy in Israel, Netanyahu.
It may be that Trump hopes to be the godfather of this new Middle Eastern country. If he ends up setting up “safe zones” in Syria and then has to move into Turkey and eventually Iran to set up a buffer since they backed Assad and the Syrian people in this conflict, Trump will be to Greater Kurdistan what Clinton is to Kosovo… a founding father.
Perhaps Trump envisions a glorious statue of himself standing tall with his combover in “Rojava” somewhere and that is a bit too much of a temptation for someone with such low self-esteem as he has. Get rid of the combover and the Twitter account, you doofus.
I had hoped if nothing else, The Donald would make good on this one campaign promise if no others. But I guess I was wrong. Condi Rice’s nation building exercise is just too much of an enticement for him. Either that or his planners were working on a trip for him down to Dallas in a convertible.
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Richie fixed the video so it now includes a photo of me rather than one of the other Scott Creighton.
I had a great time yesterday talking with Richie Allen on his radio show. We talked about a lot of current issues including the Amnesty International fake news report about 13,000 slaughtered “moderate” terrorists held captive in Saydnaya prison in Syria, the Trumpening and Di$info Jone$ of all things. You can listen to the entire podcast of his show from yesterday here or you can watch the Youtube video Richie put up last night. You might notice I appear to have changed a little bit since the last time you saw me. That’s because I’m eating right, taking my vitamins and sucking t-cells out of the lifeless bodies of fetal abortions. Highly recommend it. Of course, Trump’s SC pick is going to screw that up for me… bastard.
Ok. No, that is not me. That’s the other Scott Creighton. The guy who writes about ancient aliens building pyramids or something like that.
I have sent Richie a photo I took of myself this morning so he could replace it if he wishes… but honestly, I might get some groupies if he leaves that Scott’s pic up on the video. And you know how I live for the groupies.
I should have done what everyone else does and sent him a pic from like 30 years ago. But I don’t give a shit about such things. I think it’s funny and it just goes to prove what many of you guys have been telling me… I need to build up my Youtube page so folks will know who I am when they are talking to me. OH MY BRAND!!!!
Richie is probably going to change it pretty quickly so you might want to take a screen-shot. It’s pretty funny.
All that aside, it was great talking with him. He’s a good interviewer. I hope to be back on the show soon. (Here’s the photo I sent him)
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Over at 21st Century Wire, they have put together a long list of outstanding articles on this subject, some of which I have quoted in my articles and some I have not. The list includes works by folks like Vanessa Beeley, William Engdahl and others. It’s a great resource for information about this propaganda campaign as well as the many others aided by AI and HRW. Well worth the time to check it out and bookmark.
As my coverage of this Amnesty International (AI) propaganda campaign continues, I have often been asked what I think about the timing of the creation and release of Nicolette Waldman fictional “Human Slaughterhouse” report. And I say “fictional” because it is based entirely on statements she garnered from former president Obama’s “moderate” regime change mercenaries. So yes, it is a work of fiction.
The timing could not be more obvious. The story hit the press on February 7th of 2017. Previously scheduled for Feb. 8th of 2017 was the latest round of UN sponsored Syrian peace talks between “opposition” groups, the Syrian government, Russia and other interested parties in Geneva. On Jan. 27th, those talks were pushed back a couple weeks and are now scheduled for the end of February. But the wheels of articulation were already in motion.
“The report has been released conveniently two weeks before talks are set to begin in Switzerland between the Syrian government and the so-called opposition. This is no accident. Already, suit-wearing terrorists are crying that the Syria Peace talks scheduled in two weeks must address the report and the accusations. This “convenient” timing brings to mind the now infamous “Caesar” report produced and paraded around Western media as fact but which, in reality, was nothing more than Qatari-sponsored propaganda.” Brandon Turberville
As Tuberville points out over at Activist Post, this is a carbon copy replay of what they did three years ago just prior to a previous set of peace talks. Only this time they have better visuals.
“On January 20, 2014, only two days before negotiations were set to begin over Syria in Switzerland, a now famous report was released claiming to hold photographic evidence of Bashar al-Assad’s brutality against his own people and institutional torture programs in place by the Syrian government. The report, whose source was an alleged “defector” going only by the name of “Caesar,” and photos he allegedly took at a Syrian government military hospital, was touted as evidence of Assad’s cruelty and an example of how the Syrian president was committing war crimes reminiscent of Nazi Germany.” Activist Post March 2016
The deep state has a long sordid history of staging events just prior to peace negociations with the express purpose of making sure they fail. Most recently we remember the 8th Day campaign where they “accidentally” attacked Syrian army positions and had their “moderate” terrorists attack a UN aid convoy outside of Aleppo so the US military wouldn’t have to hand over all their information on “ISIS” to the Russians once the 8th day of the cease fire successfully completed that part of the agreement. Like what happened in 2014 and earlier this year, this is just one more effort by the masters of the universe to destabilize potential peace in favor of continued war. By accusing Assad of crimes of this nature and magnitude, even with deeply flawed evidence or no evidence at all, they send the message that they intend for their “moderate” opposition members to push for regime change on humanitarian grounds as a prerequisite for the deal which of course will not be on the table and therefore it will be a deal breaker.
This year, the propagandist’s campaign comes with it’s own dramatic CGI webpage, also made public just before the previously scheduled Geneva peace talks. It’s called “Explore Saydnaya“. Computer aided modeling to help the “wow” effect for this year’s regime change propaganda campaign.
The model comes complete with dramatic audio tracks designed to put the viewer right there in the shoes of the “moderate” terrorists as they are taken to prison to serve time for terrorism committed in Syria in the cause of forcing “regime” change.
The entire 3d model experience, which is quite dramatic and extensive, is based solely on the say-so of former prisoners who were also Free Syrian Army terrorists who were held and released by the Syrian government in that facility, Saydnaya… or so they say.
No one bothers to explain how they claim all the “activists” are being exterminated yet these guys are now free to provide testimony about their incarceration. Here’s a screen shot of one of them talking to al Jazeera with a couple kids they found to stick in the video with him as if they were his kids. Notice the looks on their faces.
The immersive 3d model was cobbled together by something called Forensic Architecture. On their webpage they freely admit they have no idea what the inside of the prison looks like and that everything they did with the model is based entirely on the statements made by the regime change mercenaries who were held there… and then released. It uses lighting, sound and other theatrical tricks to induce an emotional connection to their subject matter. It is a carefully constructed “hearts and minds” production and there is no other way to look at it.
Forensic Architecture is part of Goldsmiths College, University of London. University of London is also the umbrella federal system which plays host to the London School of Economics, birthplace of neoliberal economic ideology. This statement is front and center on their main page:
“We provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.” Forensic Architecture
How could this possibly be considered “evidence” when it is based entirely on the statements of men who have been dedicated to helping force a massive change in the political structure of Syria?
That would be like having someone make a 3d model presentation of Abu Ghraib prison based entirely on statements from the CIA director and Dick Cheney. Undoubtedly it would look something like this:
Luckily we have real photos from inside Abu Ghraib and they tell a slightly different story.
You will notice the first might have been what Rumsfeld and Cheney would have presented as “the public truth” and the second is simply the truth. Whether or not they were deliberately released to incite fear in the hearts of potential insurgents is not terribly important right now.
Let me make this point very clear: the problem with basing the AI report and this 3d model on the statements by former regime change actors in Syria is more 3 dimensional than one might think. Not only do they have ample motivations to lie about what happened but in fact, the lies they tell might not even register in their minds as lies. Certainly Cheney and Rumsfeld would have a different perception of what life was like in Gitmo or Abu Ghraib. They may lie about what happens in those locations, but ultimately, even if pressed to tell you the truth about what happens there, their understanding of the truth of the facilities would almost certainly be vastly different that the facts on the ground, so to speak. Same holds true with someone held in a prison for a prolonged time. Memory forensic architecture is flawed in this key, unavoidable fact. The way we perceive adverse events in the history of our lives will often become worse over time than they actually were. So even if these “witnesses” were telling what they perceived to be the truth about what they saw and heard, one has to anticipate embellishment, if only by accident of human nature.
What Forensic Architecture claims to do is “forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth” and they get that from the founder of the program, Eyal Weizman who has written on the subject and has done extensive work in the occupied territories of Palestine. I have not studied his previous work or read his book on the subject so I have no idea if he uses it to minimize the criminal efforts of the IDF or expose them more fully. He was on the board of B’Tselem so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
Like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Forensic Architecture has done some important work in the past. Work that exposed brutality of those who commit it in the name of globalization and NATO imperialism.
However, it would seem that FA has also aligned themselves with HRW and AI in a totally different way with this effort. Both of those “humanitarian” organizations have long histories of provided aid and comfort to various propaganda efforts in the past. Propaganda efforts designed to help bring about “regime” change or destabilization of nations led by less-than-friendly leaders targeted by the masters of the universe.
Clearly in this case what we have is a “hearts and minds” campaign unlike many we have seen in the past. Along with FA, AI is trying to articulate a notion of the “public truth” which bears little semblance to the truth but which serves perfectly their Geo-political agenda at this particular moment in the 6-year history of the “regime” change operation in Syria.
As I wrote yesterday, Nicolette Waldman is busy running around informing anyone who will put her in front of a camera of this “public truth” which is well written and reads like something she read in college about the work camps in Nazi Germany. Certainly, that is not by coincidence.
I have to wonder just how many folks understand this “public truth” is comparable to the “public truth” that got us into the Iraq quagmire in the first place. Just imagine the work Forensic Architecture could have done with this rough draft that also happened to be manufactured on behalf of a UN meeting (H/T Greg Bacon):
by Bruce Dixon, BAR
Roland Martin pretends to be a journalist. But what does a guy do when the one percent won’t pay for an informed public? Roland is a hustla for hire, and he’s found a dependable set of clients. Roland is all about blackening up and selling us the destruction and privatization of public schools, which is what both elite Democrats and Republicans want. Journalists tell the truth without fear or favor. Hustlas do what they’re paid to do, and the charter school sugar daddies pay well…
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by Scott Creighton
if you missed it live, this is the podcast location
I am pleased to announce: tomorrow I will be on the Richie Allen Show, broadcast live (I think?) from Manchester England. Richie contacted me regarding the work I’m doing on Amnesty International’s bogus “Human Slaughterhouse” report and wants to talk about it. I’m looking forward to speaking with him.
He seems like someone I can have a pretty well rounded chat with as far as Syria is concerned and the continuing effort by the masters of the universe to remake the map of the Middle East.
Today Richie talked with economist Norbert Haering about the effort to promote cashless societies by those same masters of the universe and he also had Kevin Barrett on to discuss his view that we are not long for another false flag event which will provide Trump the cover he needs to strip us of the last of our civil rights and to launch a full scale attack on yet another Middle Eastern nation (Syria? Iran?)
In my earlier article I wrote we need to get out in front of these propaganda efforts quickly and stay on top of them as they develop. Seems to me the Richie Allen Show is a great opportunity for me to take some of my own advice.
I am going on at around 4:05 pm eastern time but I think he starts a little earlier.
Yeah, Richie starts the show at 8pm UK time so you more knowledgeable types can figure out what that means in your neck of the woods. (It’s 3pm eastern if that helps
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Check out al Jazeera story which features one of the sources of Nicolette’s report. He is a Free Syrian Army terrorist who did two years in the prison AND WAS RELEASED. Wait a minute… I thought they were exterminating everyone? What gives? (check out video at 1:10 mark)
I wonder who’s kids they grabbed for this PR shoot.
Nicolette Waldman is on a one-woman campaign to rekindled Obama’s Syrian regime change operation by first cobbling together her bogus ‘Human Slaughterhouse” report for Amnesty International and now running around giving interviews to anyone who will put a microphone in front of her so she can make up even greater lies about the government in Syria killing Obama’s “moderate” mercenary terrorists en masse.
As I reported this morning (and many others have as well) Nicolette Waldman’s AI report is complete bunk. It’s based on sketchy math extrapolating numbers of hanged prisoners based on lies told to her by former and current regime change mercenaries in Syria as well as a “report” of 375 people hung by Assad in Syria coming from a regime change propaganda outlet known as the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Starting with the New York Times, Waldman has taken her fabricated propaganda piece everywhere she could. The accounts get more breathless and outrageous every time she tells it.
“We now know where, when and how often these hangings are taking place, as well as which elements of the Syrian government have authorized them,” said Nicolette Waldman, an Amnesty researcher specializing in detention issues and one of the report’s authors.” New York Times
“We believe these practices are known about and approved by the highest level of the Syrian government,” Waldman told Fox News. “People need to understand that Saydnaya has been manufactured to be a place of slaughter for human beings.” Fox News
“This is a prison that’s operated by the Syrian military police. And usually detainees end up at this prison after they have gone through a horrible process of interrogation and torture in the intelligence agency branches. They’re also subjected to this incredibly dehumanizing set of rules.
One of these rules is that they can never speak even when they’re being tortured. They’re not allowed to look at the guards. If they do, they will be killed immediately. And actually one person in the cell is usually put in charge of the cell and has to pick out people to be tortured each day.” Waldman on NPR
Unfortunately, people like Dennis Kucinich are listening to this crap and it’s sinking in. Just like they did before when AI helped push the Libyan invasion and bombing and like they did when they helped push the “incubator babies” story way back when, AI is helping sell a regime change operation which will undoubtedly result in countless civilian deaths.
Over 900,000 documents begrudgingly made public by the world’s greatest terrorist organization, the Capitalism’s Invisible Army (CIA).
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE 2: Also… please read The “Human Slaughterhouse” Propaganda Campaign: “Articulating Notions of Public Truth”
UPDATE: Check out al Jazeera story which features one of the sources of Nicolette’s report. He is a Free Syrian Army terrorist who did two years in the prison AND WAS RELEASED. Wait a minute… I thought they were exterminating everyone? What gives? (check out video at 1:10 mark)
I wonder who’s kids they grabbed for this PR shoot.
Everyone from CNN to al Jazeera covered the Amnesty International report of the 13,000 prisoners hanged by the Assad government during President Obama’s “moderate” terrorist regime change operation in Syria yesterday. They titled the report “Human Slaughterhouse” so the concentration-challenged American public wouldn’t have to read much further than the title to get their water-cooler talking points for the day at the office. Fox covered it. The Guardian covered it. ABC, USA Today, Telegraph, BBC, Red State, Breitbart, Business Insider you get the picture, right?
All day yesterday, Amnesty International was trending on Twitter. Thousands of people left comments reflecting their outrage at Assad “the monster” and various news organizations published the baseless comments as news. It was a megaphone project that worked perfectly… for a little while.
You’ll notice the story has been relegated to the back pages today and some publications have actually pulled their articles on it. There’s a reason for that. The AI report is complete and total bunk. It’s baseless, technically flawed and as they accurately reported over at Moon of Alabama, it wouldn’t stand up in even the most rigged kangaroo court on the planet.
Do you want to know many of those 13,000 victims of “torture, hanging and extermination” that AI has actual evidence of?
It’s not 13,000 which is the high range of their “estimate” which everyone is touting on various regime change backing “news” outlets.
It’s not 5,000 which is the low range of that “estimate”
It’s not 375 that were provided by the western-backed, regime hating, openly lying Syrian Network for Human Rights.
It’s not even the “additional” 36 names that were provided to AI by “witnesses”
It is total,complete, absolute fake news and there is no other possible way to look at it.
Here is what Amnesty International says about the “documented deaths” in their report. It is found in section 4.3.4 on page 40 of their study. It is the entirety of the documentation of deaths in this report and therefore the entirety of the factual basis they offer.
“Amnesty International’s research, along with the research of the UN Commission of Inquiry, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch, suggests that tens of thousands of detainees have died in Saydnaya and other government-run detention centres since 2011 as a result of the extermination policies discussed above. Because the Syrian authorities have withheld information on the names and whereabouts of the individuals they have in their custody as well as the names of those who have died in the detention centres it operates, the exact number of deaths in Saydnaya is impossible to specify. However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights has verified and shared with Amnesty International the names of 375 individuals who have died in Saydnaya as a result of torture and other ill-treatment between March 2011 and October 2016. Of these, 317 were civilians at the time of their arrest, 39 were members of the Syrian military and 19 were members of non-state armed groups.170 In the course of the research for this report, Amnesty International obtained the names of 36 additional individuals who died as a result of torture and other ill-treatment in Saydnaya. These names were provided to Amnesty International by former detainees who witnessed the deaths in their cells.171
170 Email correspondence with Chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights on 25 November 2016.
171 These names are on file with Amnesty International.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights is something akin to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and they have about as much credibility with regards to what is really happening in Syria.
They are a UK-based “not-for-profit” that is focused on helping the Western-backed ‘coalition’ force a brutal regime change in Syria at any cost. As Steven Lendmen pointed out in Aug. of 2016 (a couple months before the SNHR provided AI with their “list”) the SNHR has a long history of making unsubstantiated claims about brutality in Syria and always their claims are focused on aiding the regime change operations in one way or another.
“Instead of reporting truthfully, SNHR falsely claimed “Russian forces have killed no less than 2704 civilians including 746 children and 514 women” from September 30 last year through end of July.
Its assertions aren’t based on credible documentation, Western-sponsored propaganda alone. Saying “(t)he Russian regime has terrorized and massacred the Syrian people and surpassed the extremist group ISIS,” then adding “(w)e have to be brave enough to acknowledge this truth (sic)” is simply crude propaganda anyone paying attention understands instantly.
Ghani is a poor liar. SOHR’s Rami Abdulrahman does a better job of reporting misinformation and Big Lies. Maybe they should get together and compare notes.
Their purpose is similar. Demonize Syria and Russia. Support US-led imperial aggression. Blame its high crimes on Assad and Putin.” Lendman, Aug. 2016
If you go here, you can watch the chairman of SNHR give a presentation before the UN in 2013 which he accused Assad of everything from ordering institutional rape of women to the Lindberg baby kidnapping. He was literally screeching for regime change. He was saying that peace “at the cost of justice” would lead to more instability not less. Meaning, no deal between opposition and Assad government could be tolerated without removing and executing Assad and other members of the legitimate government back then. The chairman, Fadel Abdul Ghani, set up a Youtube channel back in 2013 in which he featured a number of poorly made fake propaganda videos.
This video is one of the first on his ridiculous channel. It features a bunch of Obama’s “moderate” terrorists taking a break from shelling civilians population centers to make a propaganda video where they grab local kids and pretend to weep like they are their fathers. Apparently these Salafist monsters didn’t understand back then of the power of the image of the mother holding their dead child. Either that, or the other terrorists were too busy raping the women to stick one or two in the video.
SNHR is apparently the precursor of the White Helmets al-Qaeda production company.
Taking ANYTHING this organization offers as “evidence” and basing a report such as this on that alone, is beyond irresponsible. It’s almost criminal. The history of this liar Ghani speaks for itself. The fact that the organization is located in the UK and probably receives funding from organizations that support the regime change program makes anything they offer all that more tainted in terms of evidence.
In short, the 375 names emailed to AI for their “extensively researched study” is bunk. And their using it in this report makes it “fake news” pure and simple.
And what about those 36 others reported by “witnesses”?
So, let me get this straight… some released “moderate” terrorists say, without providing evidence of course, that they know of 36 other “moderate” terrorists who were executed by the Syrian government for launching homemade Hell Cannon mortars into population centers and killing and raping civilians during their time in Syria… and yet, remarkably, AI doesn’t wonder why these particular terrorists were allowed to leave and tell their story?
Does anyone else notice a stark contradiction in the “extermination of the opposition” story here?
Does anyone else notice the fact that these guys who were released had at one time been dedicated to the regime change operation and that MOTIVE might just still be part of their agenda?
Would such testimony be permissible in court? Would it be laughed out of court if allowed by a rational jury of 12?
So now what are we at? We have gone from 13,000 “exterminated” “activists” to 5,000 to 375 to 36 and now we are left with what?
See how the math works with that one?
For a good explanation of how AI fraudulently came up with their extrapolations which provided them the massive numbers of inmate hangings, based entirely on hearsay “evidence” (they literally took a lie, extrapolated it as a baseline norm, and then multiplied the lie over the course of the 5 years… I’m not kidding, that is what they did) you need to read Moon of Alabama’s work on the bullshit study. It’s well worth the time and while you are there, check out the informed comments as well.
Does anybody remember this?
That was one of the many fake photos of Iraqis WMDs they used to try to get the UN Security Council to agree to our illegal war of aggression against Iraq. It failed. The image was a fraud. Much like AI’s pics of “mass graves”
This whole story is I call a foundation lie. When they came up with this idea, they knew it was bound to be torn apart on the merits by the few conscientious journalists still working these days, but they went forward with it anyway knowing the complicit media would ask no questions, do no independent investigation of their sources or their methods and megaphone their conclusions without pause.
The purpose of crafting such disinformation is that in the future, talking heads and politicos will be able to now say “Assad must go because he hanged 13,000 peaceful activists” and if someone dares challenge them on the lie, they can refer them to all those fraudulent MSM outlet articles posted yesterday without having to worry about the fact that the study itself is entirely baseless. That kind of discussion would take longer than the 45 seconds they have allotted for the segment.
From there, they can call for things like “safe zones”, humanitarian bombing campaigns and even “boots on the ground”
If you want recent examples of other foundation lies, there was the one about Gaddafi killing thousands of his own people, Assad using chemical weapons or even Saddam’s WMD story, which even today is being revisited by the revisionists trying to white wash the Bush administration’s crimes against humanity.
But the foundation lie is key. It pops up, it can’t stand the light of day… and ultimately it’s purpose is to serve as that tiny tidbit of disinformation rumbling around in the back of someone’s head so that when a war-monger brings it up in the near future, all he has to do is mention it and the audience accepts it at face value.
Upon these lies, the structure of future war-crimes is based.
It’s not enough to run around with a “No War for Lies” sign a year from now while Trump is bombing Syria into the stone age. These kinds of efforts they produce must be attacked and dismantled when they surface. Google will certainly prevent searches for the real truth about the 13,000 in the future, as they already do today regarding the truth of things like faked aerial photos of Iraqi chemical weapon sites. We understand that and move on regardless.
This is not going to be the last time AI produces politically based disinformation. In fact, right now, front and center of their website, they are still promoting the stopping of what they call Trump’s “Muslim Ban” even though most complicit MSM outlets have already given up on that line of destabilization.
When you find good, well researched work on disinformation campaigns like this one, share it widely. Make a point to do so. That’s what ultimately stopped Obama from acting on the “redline” violation his “moderate” terrorists in Syria crafted for him with the chemical weapon use in Syria (his mercs did it). When the internet journalists exposed the fraudulence of that event en masse, he couldn’t respond the way they wanted him to because it was already well known and circulating through the internet that the Syrian government didn’t do it.
Yet that foundation lie continues to be used today as well.
Moon of Alabama’s work on this “study” should go viral. Everyone should read it and make IT the topic of discussion at the water cooler today.
It’s not enough to run around on the streets waving signs while bombs are dropping in foreign countries.
We have to undermine the foundations of these war-crimes BEFORE they happen by chipping away at the fake news as it is crafted. That is the only way to stop them.
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by Scott Creighton
I have written about this neoliberalization crap all day long for almost a decade now and as it unfolds it still makes me as sick as the first day I figured out what these fascist bastards were really up to.
Trump’s VP, Pence, had to step in and break the tie vote in the senate and so the billionaire privatizer who’s married to the Amway pyramid scheme fortune and the sister of Eric Prince (former owner of Blackwater and a guy looking forward to when he can cash in on the new Phoenix Program right here in America) is now your Secretary of Education.
Her goal, now that her cover is blown, will be to privatize as much of the Department of Education as she can, making billions in profits for her colleagues in the charter business while cheating at least a generation of young poor Americans out of their education.
This isn’t about conservative verses liberal ideology. This is about bringing Milton Friedman’s economic brick to America and watching the Miracle of Chile being imposed on us in slow motion. School for profit ideology is sickening just like running prisons for profit or police for profit or wars for profit. It is all the same. And it sickens me.
Donald Trump has done a lot of things already that make me proud to have refused to vote for him. This tops the list thus far. Makes you kinda wonder what he has up his sleeve next, doesn’t it?