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Rex Tillerson: U.S. organizing coalition to remove Assad (politically?)

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:33

(Many are reporting on this as a sign that Tillerson and the Duke of Orange are going to attack Syria. That’s NOT what he says. The “coalition” to force “regime change” in the country has been “organizing” since a couple months before the first color revolution protests took place over 6 years ago. Back then the “coalition” was the Brits, U.S., Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. So that doesn’t mean anything. But look at what he says: first they have to defeat their destablization team known as “ISIS”, then they have to “stabilize the country” which means bust off part of it for Greater Kurdistan and THEN and only THEN… use a “political process” to eventually get Assad to leave the country. That’s a hell of a lot different than what some websites are claiming to mean they are ready to pull a Libya on Syria. And yes, the process is already “underway”. It has been for 6 years.)

by the Washington Examiner

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that steps are “underway” to organize an “international community effort” to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, a major policy shift triggered by the latest chemical weapons attack in the country’s ongoing civil war.

“With the acts that he has taken, it would seem that there would be no rule for him to govern the Syrian people,” Tillerson told reporters. “The process by which Assad would leave is something that I think requires and international community effort, both to first defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country to avoid further civil war, and then to work collectively with our partners around the world through a political process that would lead to Assad leaving.”

Tillerson added that “those steps are underway” already…

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Remember WHY Obama Didn’t Act on the Red Line Violation? Leaked Document Suggested Obama Greenlighted Chemical Weapon False Flag Attack

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:18

by Scott Creighton

Yesterday Trump hinted that Obama should have acted back in 2013 when, according to Trump, Assad violated the “red line” by using chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.

Trump and all sorts of raging war-mongers in the corporate media say Obama should have used that moment to launch a full scale war against Syria, killing God knows how many Syrian civilians and U.S. soldiers in the process.

They claim it was weakness on the part of Obama to fail to invade after the “red line” was crossed.

But it wasn’t weakness, it was self preservation.

President Obama couldn’t launch an invasion of Syria based on the chemical weapons attack that just happened to take place a week after he announced a chemical weapon attack against civilians would be the “red line” that would force him to act. He couldn’t because it was already clear that the Syrian’s didn’t launch the attack… Obama’s “moderates” did.

And then there was this:

There was no way in hell President Obama was going to launch a war against a country based on a chemical weapons attack that had ALREADY been exposed as a false flag he himself authorized.

It’s one thing for Bush and Cheney to lie 936 times in order to get a war of aggression started with Iraq. Lying is one thing.

Using chemical weapons against civilians of another country is something completely different.

The Daily Mail scrubbed that article from their website but unfortunately for them, the Wayback Machine exists and you can find it here.

The defense contractor, Britam Defence, sued the Daily Mail saying the email was forged and they won a measly 110k for the suit but what else do you expect them to do?

Whether or not the document was authentic is almost beside the point. The fact is, Obama made his announcement one day and not soon after, Assad is supposed to have done the very thing that promised to bring the wrath of the U.S. military down on his head. How much sense does that make?

It was a false flag attack and Obama, after the supposed leak of the email between contractors saying too much online, worried that it would be way too easy for historians to track back the cause of the conflict to his administration. So he pulled back from his threat.

The Russians had already exposed the attack as coming from the “moderate” terrorists. The alternative media (myself included) had already exposed it as a false flag. The jig was up and Obama wasn’t about to go down in history as a president who launched chemical weapons at civilians to start a war. Especially if that war could have escalated to include Iran and possibly even Russia.

Obama wanted no part of that legacy, so he backed off.

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Chris Mathews Drools Over a “Real Leader”… Jordan’s Dictator, King Abdullah II

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:39

by Scott Creighton

Last night, Chris Mathews was talking about President Trump’s meeting with King Abdullah the 2nd of Jordan because during that meeting, Trump said he had gotten his mind right on the subject of Assad and he went on to talk about the killing of “little babies. little babies. babies”

During his meeting and their press conference, Trump didn’t mention, nor did Mathews for that matter, how many “babies” he’s killed as his bombs rain down on civilians in Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Nor did he mention his SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen which killed an 8-year-old little girl along side a number of other innocent children and women for that matter.

None of that was discussed last night by Chris “Scoop Jackson” Mathews.

Instead, Chris showed a bunch of clips were Trump said “crazy” things (according to Mathews) during the campaign like he would rather see Assad in charge of Syria than “ISIS” or that the problems in Syria were Syria’s issues to deal with.

Most folks would think that was a logical approach to the subject. In fact, it was probably a selling point for some of his voters.

But it’s “crazy talk” to a sycophantic shill for the Deep State like Chris Mathews.

Then Chris played the clip of Sec. of State Tillerson committing the ultimate sin: he said the fate of the Syrian leadership was up to the Syrian people.

Holy shit. That is outrageous. Self determination cannot be allowed. You should have seen the overblown, overacted ranting from Lawrence O’Donnell last night on the subject of letting the people decide the fate of their own country in Syria.

O’Donnell actually said that statement was the REASON Assad dropped chemical weapons on babies. How fucking insane is that? The U.S. says nations can decide their own fate and that somehow unleashes chemical weapons attacks on babies. That’s pure Joseph Goebbels nonsense right there. Straight up Orwellian “freedom is slavery” But, it was prime time MSNBC in the Shining City on the Hill last night. Draw your own conclusions.

You know, it wasn’t that long ago, in case you forgot, that the Obama administration was denying they were focused on forcing a change in the leadership of Syria. They kept saying they were just there to “fight ISIS”… remember?

Now you have these clowns openly demanding “regime change” by force from Trump.

Used to be only “conspiracy theorists” said Obama wanted regime change and that’s all this was about from the start. Now that truth is plain too see.

Last night, while chiding Trump to drop the bomb on Assad and the Syrian Arab Army, slobbering Chris Mathews remarked of King Abdullah, “now there’s a REAL leader”. You could see the tingling going up his leg to his crotch like he used to get when they cued up a video of Dick Cheney.

All this time Mathews has been complaining, literally frothing at the mouth, about what a dictator he thinks Trump is trying to be. Yet, Chris idolized King Abdullah? Chris hates Assad because he claims he’s a brutal dictator and yet he gets all wet in the pants when talking about Abdullah?

Oh wait… you don’t have any context for my sarcasm. Here’s some

  • Jordanian law criminalizes speech deemed critical of the king, government officials, and institutions.. (talk about a “war on free speech”)
  • In October 2012, Jordan’s parliament approved amendments to the Press and Publications Law that require all independent news websites operating within the country to register with the Press and Publications Department, and empower the director of the press department to close down or censor unregistered sites.
  • The amendments also make an electronic publication’s owner, editor-in-chief, and director responsible, along with the author, for comments or posts that users place on its website
  • On June 2, 2013, the director of the Press and Publications Department ordered the blocking of over 260 news websites…
  • .. prosecutors continued to charge protesters with participating in “unlawful gatherings” under article 165 of the penal code…
  • … authorities did not permit entry to all those fleeing Syria’s conflict. In particular, they denied entry, in breach of international law, to Palestinian and Iraqi refugees residing in Syria, single males of fighting age, and people without documents (that’s Trump’s “enhanced screening” order that Mathews calls a “Muslim ban’)
  • … Hundreds of foreign migrants working in the duty-free Qualified Industrial Zones and in agriculture and domestic work complained about labor violations, including unpaid salaries, confiscation of passports, and forced labor (using the goddamned refugees as fucking slaves. SLAVES Chris… the fucker uses refugees as SLAVES in FORCED LABOR CAMPS)
  • … sometimes even detaining workers for “escaping” employers (can’t let the FUCKING SLAVES get away, now can we Chris?)
  • Jordan’s personal status code remains discriminatory (toward women) despite a 2010 amendment (really? King Abdullah rules over a sexist nation and Chris Mathews calls him a “real leader”?)
  • Perpetrators of torture or other ill-treatment continued to enjoy near-total impunity. Credible allegations of torture or other ill-treatment are routinely ignored… To date, no police or intelligence officer has even been convicted of torture (torture of dissidents is ok in Jordan, where the “real leader” King Abdullah leads his people)

Jordan got mad about two years ago when it was revealed they were helping the U.S. train “moderate” terrorists in their country. They shouldn’t have. Everyone already knew King Abdullah is a tool of the west. He was educated in the ways of neoliberal fascism in England and served in the military in the U.S. He is a tool of the State Department and the CIA.

But he did oppose the illegal invasion of Iraq because he said it would destabilize the Middle East, as if that was hard to figure out. But to his credit, he did try to take a stand on that one.

Other than that, Chris Mathews’ “real leader” is actually what Chris and other slobbering war-mongers claims Bashar al-Assad is. Ironic, right?

And King Abdullah is exactly what Mathews and folks like Rachel Madcow are worried that Trump will become.

The irony is thick with this one. Almost as thick as the dried drool on Chris’ lapel.

Sometimes I wonder if Chris Mathews is a bottom who likes to be dominated by strong young methed out party boys wearing Dick Cheney masks. And yeah, that’s a tasteless image for me to you leave you guys with, but I will tell you, watching his quickening slide to the ultra-far-right fascism of Henry Jackson and Joe McCarthy is troubling in that it seems so damn sensually satisfying for him while doing it. He’s looking like some kind of freak coming out of the closet with a dead house cat and a stain on his pants.

King Abdullah is a “real leader” Chris? Yeah, maybe to Pinochet, Papa Doc or Suharto he is. Not to me and probably not to a whole bunch of real liberals you try to sell you show to.

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Nikki Haley has her Colin Powell Moment at UN Security Council Meeting (video)

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:16

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: They stole my idea. I’m just kidding.

Syrian official reminds of West's claims Iraq has weapons of mass destruction after alleged #Idlib attack https://t.co/6VBDp69hZ7 #Syria pic.twitter.com/vhEyCDx3yK

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) April 5, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has had her Colin Powell moment like when he went to the UN Security Council and presented lie, after lie, after lie in pursuit of a seal of legitimacy for George W. Bush’s illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Lie After Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Ten Years Ago Today and What He Said

It was a shameful moment in American history and a proud moment for neocon war-mongers everywhere. I’m talking about today.

The neocons were outraged when Trump and Sec. of State Tillerson announced an end to the 6+ years of Obama regime change operations in Syria last week. They were mortified that the Deep State would not get their prize. That the Kurds would not get Greater Kurdistan. War-mongering trolls like Sen. John McCain were livid at the thought of a president coming into office with a plan of his own to end his predecessor’s regime change terrorist operation.

Today Nikki Haley has gone before the UN Security Council and held up phony “evidence’ in an attempt to motivate them into voting for a joint resolution to invade Syria and remove Bashar al-Assad from office. She waved around pictures of children, USING KIDS AS PROPS ONCE AGAIN, in hopes to shame them into a vote for more war and death… AND MORE DEAD CHILDREN of course.

Listen to the logic she employs to make her case. It’s like a 12-year-old’s debate class mid-term project.

We do not know everything about the attack. But we do know yesterday’s attack bears all the hallmarks of the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons… we know that yesterday’s attack was a new low for the barbaric Assad regime

Just that quickly, in three sentences, she went from admitting there is not one single shred of evidence that the attack happened or who it came from… to saying it was a “new low” for Assad. Done. Finished. Assad did it. What she basically said was: “We don’t anything about the attack, but evil Assad did it and he must be punished”

As Haley reads her scripted statement, she delivers her lies in the same, sing-songy wooden manner that Hillary Clinton used to. Talking about dead kids and chemical weapon usage like she is reading the daily action reports to a board room of stock holders. That should tell you something right there.

The press today asked questions of Trump at his meeting with the Jordanian leader that were tantamount to “so what you gonna do about it? Let Assad punk you like Obama did?” I mean, it’s outrageous. They are LITERALLY screeching for war.

I can’t wait to hear fake progressive Rachel Maddow doing her Bill O’Reilly circa 2003 impersonation tonight.

And they’ll all be doing it because.. well… let’s face it… launching a war would be a hell of a lot better for them than watching Susan Rice twist and turn in front of a congressional hearing.

Maybe this is all because Trump was leaning toward ending the regime change operation. Maybe they just needed a distraction from the Susan Rice thing. Maybe Trump just wanted to sound magnanimous the other day before this thing kicked off. Because maybe someone hasn’t given up on this yet:

 

Or maybe the Russians were right and they hit a chemical weapons munitions depot cut out of the rock in that area where we see all the victims in the staged videos and the war-mongers figured they could spin the attack into something in their favor that served all the interests I listed above.

Unlike our UN ambassador, I am not going to come to any conclusions without any facts to support them.

Fortunately, at this point, Trump and Mattis are being a bit coy about how they intend to proceed.

Haley says if the UN doesn’t authorize a “humanitarian bombing” based on this staged bullshit propaganda, then the US may just “go it alone” again. But last time I checked, Nikki Haley isn’t the Commander in Chief. Maybe she wants to be. But she isn’t right now.

Tell you what, this is what you get when you don’t prosecute war-criminals from previous administrations. Obama should have been arrested. Hillary should have been arrested. And Bush/Cheney should have been locked up LOOOONG ago.

That’s why you see these less than creative criminals retooling performances of criminals past. Yeah, this is her Colin Powell moment and it’s pretty sad.

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The Deep State Demands Satisfaction: Launches (or stages?) Yet Another Deal-busting “Chemical Attack” on Civilians in Syria

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 06:44

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: RT reported they hit a “moderate” terrorist chemical weapons depot in that area on that day so this could simply be an attempt to cover that fact by the terrorists and them using it as an opportunity to spin the story to their favor.

Last week Sec. of State Tillerson said the Syrian people would decide the fate of their leadership and the course their country would take in the future. John McCain was outraged. That statement smelled too much like “self determination” to the Deep State (7th Floor Group?) and thus, yet another brutal attack has taken place and as usual, without evidence, the international complicit Mockingbird media has immediately leapt to the aid of the CIA by casting blame squarely on President Bashar al-Assad.

It wasn’t that long ago that President Obama and Sec. of State Kerry cut a deal with the Russians to bring peace once and for all to the people of Syria. They had a deal in which there would be a cease fire for 8 day and at the end of the eighth day, if all went well, the Pentagon would hand over all it’s information on “ISIS” to the Russians and we would start working with them to put an end to the destabilization campaign.

The Pentagon “accidentally” opened fire on the Syria Arab Army for over an hour killing 100 Syrian regular army soldiers. We said “oops” but that didn’t put an end to the cease fire. So the CIA got their “moderate” terrorists to launch an attack on a U.S. aid convoy on the last day and that did end the cease fire. The attack on the aid convoy was initially blamed on Assad of course.

The Pentagon and the CIA and the 7th Floor Group couldn’t hand over their files on “ISIS” because they own and run “ISIS” and because they aren’t done with them yet. They drop them weapons, they watch as Israel provides them medical assistance, they target bridges in cities to keep the Syrian army from advancing on them and they allow them to leave Syrian cities unmolested after they terrorize the population and drive them out of their homes so the Kurds can move in and claim the land as their own.

There have been several instances where the Deep State has taken their own actions inside Syria with the purpose of prolonging the war and trying to force a president’s hand when it comes to escalating the conflict. You can go here to read a good analysis of that history.

It should be noted for the record that President Trump (as much as I dislike him and his actions thus far) and Rex Tillerson cleaned house on the 7th floor of the State Department, a.k.a. the 7th Floor Group, not that long after taking office. This caused a great deal of anger in the Deep State as those 40 or so employees they booted out were the lifers who have been running operations on behalf of our “national interests” for decades.

The timing of this highly questionable “chemical weapons attack” could not be more obvious.

Not only did Tillerson announce a new direction for U.S. policy regarding Assad and the Syrian people, but on April 4th, the Brussels Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” kicked off. This is a meeting hosted by the UN featuring representatives from 70 nations, the IMF, the World Bank and various business leaders discussing what should happen to Syria in the wake of the horrific Obama regime change operation that has been going on for 6+ years now.

Here is how various regime change agents at the conference reacted to the news of the “chemical weapons attack”

What timing, right?

The “White Helmets” leader has urged the conference members to reject any form of peace deal with Assad as a result of this.

Assad is said to be allowed to stay in power and so immediately, on the opening day of an international conference on what to do about Syria… he decides to launch a chemical weapons attack against civilians in his own country.

Nothing suspicious about that right?

The New York Times is busy doing their “Iraq WMDs” thing again laying the blame on Assad himself, with absolutely no evidence. Without the slightest modesty they state:

“But only the Syrian military had the ability and the motive to carry out an aerial attack like the one that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.” New York Times

The motive is clearly lacking as I have already pointed out. In fact, with recent developments, the only motive that is out there is one held by our regime change terrorist mercenaries and the treasonous Deep State actors who own them. As for the ability, it is well known that our Wahhabist terrorists in Syria have used chemical weapons in the past and at times, on areas they themselves control in efforts to frame the Assad regime for the attacks. Obama’s “red line” situation from back in 2012 comes to mind right off the bat, but there have been others.

As Tim Anderson points out, Assad certainly has no motive here, but our al-Qaeda certainly did:

#alQaeda the only ones to gain, but colonial media backs them without question, as usual. Dirty War on #Syria. https://t.co/Aqa539Vrai pic.twitter.com/6YljeCYmNl

— tim anderson (@timand2037) April 5, 2017

The Times also accompanied their ridiculous regime change propaganda with a nifty “hearts and minds” photo which looks rather suspicious to me.

Here we see another al-Qaeda “White Helmets” actor carrying another of their “suffering children” props. They do this all the time. Over and Over and Over again.

But the question is: why did someone bomb what appears to be an excavation site? Why is there a cave dug in the side of that wall?

Here’s another photo of the scene:

Why are civilians and children hanging out in what appears to be a “moderate terrorist” bunker?

And, doesn’t this look a little staged to you?

In this shot, al-Qaeda’s “White Helmets” pretend to be treating children by holding them down on that flatbed truck and torturing them by shaking them around and spraying them with a hose.

The “opposition’ controls the health services in this area of Idlib and they say 69 people died as a result of this attack.

The opposition-run Health Department in Idlib Province, where the attack took place, said 69 people had died, providing a list of their names.” New York Times

So the only confirmation of the casualties comes from opposition members who wish to see a regime change in Syria? That’s a trustworthy source, right? And they just happened to receive gas masks from the British government the day before the attack.

Same British doctor taking interview requests on chemical weapons attack received a gas mask from Britain a day prior. Coincidence? #Syria pic.twitter.com/pXYW3vJTBH

— Partisangirl (@Partisangirl) April 4, 2017

Another “coincidence”? Man, they are stacking up now, aren’t they?

As @Partisangirl points out later, this “doctor” was stripped of his license to practice medicine after it was revealed he helped take part in the kidnapping of journalists back in 2013. I guess they weren’t from CNN. Dude is a total terrorist. Another Twitter user confirmed this:

@willyloman1 @Partisangirl The same 'doctor' was struck off in the UK pic.twitter.com/Xauz6Tz0Oy

— Setanta Uladh (@McNeice1989) April 5, 2017

And he apparently has his priorities straight…

@Partisangirl @Icon99558924 He's treating patients still coming in and has time to tweet. It's laughable. I can't believe people believe this nonsense. Gullible.

— Ann (@notmyhollyweird) April 5, 2017

I’ll delve deeper into the staged quality of the “chemical weapons attack” later.

But for now it’s enough to point out the timing of this thing and how obvious it is that it serves the interests of the Deep State and all the actors who have been deliberately undermining the policies of this and the previous administration for their own purposes.

This is treason folks. Demanding war, possibly against the Russians and Iranians as well, when it seems peace could be within reach.

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What you are Not Being Told about the Susan Rice “unmasking” Story: It Wasn’t Incidental Collection Damn It

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:21

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Don Lemon on CNN last night told his viewers to “ignore” the stories about Susan Rice spying. As if we expected anything different from that sycophantic asshat.

UPDATE:Rice’s interest in the intelligence docs accelerated after Trump’s election in November, lasting through January.”

Today on Morning Joe (that callus echo chamber of neoliberal “centrist” apologists who openly admit their job is to control what you think) all the angry declarations of Trump “lying” about being “wiretapped’ are gone. Not a word of “mea culpa”. Not a single apology. Not a moment of reflection about how they jumped to conclusions and ran with an assumption because it suited their personal ideologies and those of their owners. None of that took place.

But they did have to admit that Susan Rice behaved in a potentially illegal manner and they did say it was “troubling” that an administration would use the powers given to them in such a manner because of course, in the future, Trump himself might do it.

They spoke about Rice’s unmasking and dissemination of classified data with the somber tones one would expect from a group of people who just had to admit they were completely wrong for the past month and then, like a light turning on in a dark basement, they all turned gleeful when they started talking about Eric Prince meeting with some Arab someplace because, according to the thought controllers, that means Trump works for Putin.

And all was right again the world of Morning Joe.

I am so sick of people couching the discussions about “unmasked” American Citizen One’s communications in terms of the collection of that private information being justified because it was “incidental collection”

It was not.

We know that Clapper and Brennan have already gone on record saying there is, to their knowledge, no evidence of Russia colluding with Trump officials before or after the election. We also know the BS dossier put together by that British spook has already been proven to be factually inaccurate as well as patently ridiculous and paid for by Clinton campaign officials.

We know that there is not one scintilla of evidence published so far that proves the Russians interfered with our election process in 2016 apart from the ridiculous statements made about RT covering legitimate news during the campaign.

We know Russia is NOT RESPONSIBLE for Hillary Clinton’s loss. They did not hack Podesta’s emails, they did not release scores of Hillary’s hidden emails and they did not hack the DNC servers to expose the corruption there either. That was a leak from an insider… a guy who ended up shot twice in the head in D.C. in a “robbery gone bad”… meaning there was no robbery and it was a hit.

The DNC knew there was no Russian hacking. That’s why they didn’t let the FBI examine their servers. They hired a corrupt private company to fabricate “evidence” of Russian hacking instead.

We as consumers of real news know all of this and we knew it then as well.  We knew about Guccifer. We knew about Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks and Wikipedia and Hillary’s illegal server and her lying about it constantly. We knew about James Comey giving Hillary a pass on her criminality and lying and we know he eventually gave her an even bigger pass when Anthony Weiner handed over her back-up laptop in order to keep himself out of prison.

We knew all of this stuff as it unfolded. Do you think the intelligence services didn’t know?

Of course they knew.

So … why was this “Russian hacking our election” investigation still going on?

In order to understand an event you have to look at the context of the time in which it happened.

What was going on right after the election in the early days of the Trump transition that everyone AND I MEAN EVERYONE is forgetting?

John Podesta was running a multi-pronged effort to de-legitimize the election results so that Hillary Clinton would end up being declared the winner. That’s why they got California’s state attorney general to pad the numbers of Clinton votes so that they could say she won the popular vote. That’s why he basically hired Jill Stein to challenge the election results in only 3 states so they could do a partial recount in those key states with the hope they could negate their Electoral College votes, which would ultimately cost Trump the election.

In the end, the Clinton people were BEGGING Electoral College voters to WITHHOLD their votes from Trump on Dec. 19, 2016 when the election results became official.

Remember, at that time they were doing everything they could to discredit the election results as well as the candidate who won. They were desperate to change the results before they became official.

And THAT is the climate that Susan Rice was working under when this “incidental collection” took place. That is the climate during which the unmasking of Trump campaign and transition officials occurred.

They were literally looking for anything they could use to sway Electoral College voters from casting their votes for the winning candidate. Looking for anything they could find to help turn the population against him and his team so that they could do it without causing too many riots across the nation.

It was not incidental collection. They knew damn well there were no Russian boogie-men hacking our election process. That’s a myth spoon-fed to simpletons for political purposes.

Stop tolerating the repetition of this foundational lie when you hear it. They were illegally using the tools of the surveillance state in hopes they could change the course of American history and install Hillary Clinton in the White House as the masters of the universe had wanted all along. They found nothing of consequence to use to that end and now they are being exposed for having done it.

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My Policy on the Discussion of the Holocaust

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 06:30

by Scott Creighton

I have noticed that some commenters here keep bringing up the holocaust regardless of the topic of the thread I have posted. So I figured I would post my feelings on the subject as a sort of policy statement. I first posted an earlier version of this as a comment but I figure this will be more easily accessible as a post. It is not specifically directed at anyone. It is simply what I feel about the subject.

I’m going too say this about the Holocaust and that is it. And for the record, let’s not turn every thread into a chat about how “true” the holocaust was, shall we?

Many Jewish people ended up in the forced labor camps. Probably more than any other single religion and yes, they were selected because they were Jewish.

But WHY is the question and the answer is simple… because back then, Jews were by and large a left leaning religion who were by a disproportionate rate, teachers, lawyers, doctors and writers.

They were influential. Left leaning “thought” and community leaders. So of course they were targeted by the fascist regime.

But they weren’t the first targeted which is an important distinction in terms of historical understanding and current events.

The communists, the socialists, the disabled, union leaders… they were the first shipped off to labor camps. Not the Jews. And the proof of that you can find in the Holocaust Museum itself, which, if you bother to browse their online facility, you will find a rather rational and somewhat objective (by comparison at least) accounting of these FACTS that I have just laid out for you.

One of the most well known non-Jew in the work camps went there in ’37. He was German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) and he gave a speech about the German intellectual class ignoring the horrors that were unfolding around them in Nazi Germany which, one variation of the poem about the speech goes something like this:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

There are variations on the speech, this one is a poem from the 50s based on this part of his speech in ’48

When Pastor Niemöller was put in a concentration camp we wrote the year 1937; when the concentration camp was opened we wrote the year 1933, and the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers.
Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians – “should I be my brother’s keeper?”
Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. – I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: Perhaps it’s right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn’t it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]? — Only then did the church as such take note. Then we started talking, until our voices were again silenced in public. Can we say, we aren’t guilty/responsible? The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers
I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.

Niemoller did speak out and he was sent to a work camp for it.

There is absolutely no doubt, the records bare it out, that Jews were sent in large numbers to these slave labor camps and in fact many died in them horrific, pitiful deaths. Perhaps millions did perish. But so did millions of socialists, communists and disabled people and in fact, they were selected for these camps and rounded up well before people of Jewish faith.

And again, you can find the evidence off all of that right there in the Holocaust Museum if you wish to take a peek.

Are the numbers inflated? Yes. By Israelis and Jews living in the rest of the world? Sometimes, yes. Are they inflated by others to make it LOOK like the holocaust was all about a crazy man’s irrational hatred of a particular religion? Yes.

Why?

Because we are a fascist country and the LAST thing our glorious leaders want us to know is that Nazi Germany was nothing more than an extreme version of what is happening in this country right now.

  1. What is one of the first things Reagan did when he took office in 81? Went after the disabled. In 2013 under the Obama administration, they did something very similar when they set out to kick millions of disabled off disability which will force them back into the workforce, if they can find someone who will hire them knowing they are sick (which is unlikely) and prevent them from receiving care (which will eventually kill them). And if you don’t believe that, I can tell you all about it…
  2. What is going on right now in this country, even on the left? The demonization of Russian sympathizers which is eerily similar to the far-right wingers demonization of the dreaded socialist and communists.
  3. The right has been demonizing the trade unions for some time now right?
  4. And the fake left does what in terms of their own ranks? They talk about “purity tests” and demonize anyone who “lets the perfect be the enemy of the good” and scream about how the “far left” kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
  5. And who have we replaced the Jews with? A religion that teaches that interest charged on loans is evil and is therefore banned in Muslim countries. In our culture, usury is expected… kinda like “campaign contributions” coming from major corporations we legally call “persons” with all the constitutional rights you as a citizen USED to enjoy. The Muslims don’t adhere to that ideology… much like the Jews didn’t adhere to the ideology of fascism all those years ago.

See a pattern?

I do not prohibit discussions of the holocaust or the subsequent inflation of numbers of victims. But I do strongly suggest you get it right when you discuss it.

I do not want to see the suffering of any people minimized across the world.

That’s why I write this blog.

I expose the cruelty of empire and globalization and neoliberal economic ideology and that has been the mainstay of this website since it’s inception. From Palestinians to Koreans to Chileans to Syrians to Libyans to Americans… I try to expose the wrongs done to people across the world and sometimes across history.

To that end:

  • I will not tolerate the dismissing of the suffering of Jewish people, disabled people, socialist people and people of all other sorts who were cruelly and methodically rounded up by fascists and used as slave labor to support the industry and the military industrial complex of Nazi Germany.
  • I don’t tolerate anyone dismissing the suffering of the Palestinians today any more than I will that of the Jewish people in the 30s.
  • I will not tolerate what I perceive as holocaust revisionism that implies or states no Jews were killed in work camps and the whole thing is a hoax. Discussions like that are designed to discredit websites and I will not permit them here.
  • The cruelty and dishonesty of Zionism does not mean Jews didn’t suffer and die as slave laborers in fascist Nazi Germany so don’t even try to make that connection.
  • The current and ongoing crimes against humanity which Israel is responsible for also does not equate to “the Holocaust is a hoax” so don’t even try to make that connection.

Discuss Israel and World War II and the holocaust to your heart’s content. Discuss exaggerations, disinformation, Zionism and Hasbara propaganda all you like. It is welcomed, not discouraged on this website.

But do not say Jews didn’t die in work camps and don’t say the disabled, the socialists and many others didn’t as well. Wont tolerate it.

There you have it.

Now… let the screeching begin..

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Di$info Jones and Prison Planet Promotes Endless Stream of pro-GWoT Propaganda About “Islamists” and Muslims in Wake of St. Petersburg Bombing

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:05

by Scott Creighton

For anyone who still questions just how much Prison Planet carries water for the masters of the universe and their Global War OF Terror operations, I present the front page stories from Di$info Jone$’s website for your consideration. They haven’t put any videos up done by Rita Katz and her propaganda outlet SITE as of yet, but the day is still young.

Prison Planet once pretended to expose the inner workings of the deep state… now they serve their interests, first and foremost.


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Ecuador’s Correa, Assange Troll Opposition Following Win in Presidential Race

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:52

(Did the people vote the wrong way again? Is a color revolution on the playbill for Ecuador now?)

from Sputnik International

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa couldn’t hide his jubilation after hearing the news that ruling PAIS Alliance candidate Lenin Moreno had defeated opposition CREO movement candidate Guillermo Lasso in Sunday’s tense presidential runoff. The opposition has taken to the streets in protest, leading to fears of a color revolution scenario in Quito.

Having processed over 98% of the votes from Sunday’s vote, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council reported that former Vice President Lenin Moreno is leading over right-wing contender Guillermo Lasso by a margin of 51% to 49%, following a close and highly contentious runoff race.

After hearing the preliminary results late on Sunday night, serving President Rafael Correa jubilantly reacted that this was “great news” not just for his country, but for Latin America as a whole…

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Media coverage of Iraqi Mosul op ‘censored & suppressed’ – RT reporter in embattled city

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:33

from RT

The Iraqi Army keeps press coverage of its operation in Mosul “censored and suppressed,” only allowing access to certain locations, RT’s Murad Gazdiev, reporting from the scene, says, as the UN warns of soaring civilian casualties.

When Murad Gazdiev arrived in the embattled city to cover the latest events, Iraqi officers warned his crew not to film what is being done to the city.

Gazdiev gave as an example an operation to dismantle a bomb, apparently left behind by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in one of the houses.

Iraqi troops made the decision to blow up the building rather than demine it. They also did not allow the media to cover the event…

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Developing: St. Petersburg Metro Explosion Kills 10

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 08:06

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Remember a few days ago… ‘Trump not stopping me from beating up on Russia’ – UN Ambassador Haley

UPDATE: Sputnik is reporting a homemade device was found in another location and disarmed. They provided a photo of it.

UPDATE: RT is reporting a secondary device has been found and disarmed at a nearby subway station. This is now officially a terrorist attack

UPDATE: RT is streaming live coverage

Extremist groups, will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations to include, no question, attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities...” US Spokesman under President Obama, Sept. 2016

A few minutes ago reports started surfacing of an explosion on a subway in St. Petersburg. The photographs above are reportedly from that event. From the way the door is blown outward, it would appear that the explosion took place inside the passenger section of the train as opposed to under it which was the case with 7/7.

We know very little about what caused it and the numbers of the dead and wounded right now stand unofficially at 10 and 20 respectively. RT is running a page with constant updates.

I certainly hope for our sake this is not terrorism. I say for our sake because…

In a veiled threat against the Russians, US State Department spokesman John Kirby warns Russia of ‘more body bags” and “attacks on Russian cities” if the Russians will not cooperate with them in SyriaGeopolitics

It is well known the Trump administration has been handing over more and more power to the Pentagon in terms of which targets they chose and which course of action they follow. Trump has also unleashed the CIA to make their own calls as well. The result has been a large increase in civilian deaths in places like Raqqa and Mosul.

Trump’s Sec. of Defense, James Mattis, is a long-time war-hawk when it comes to Russia. In fact he and CIA head Pompeo recently announced they were taking aim at Russia.

I will provide more information as it becomes available.

How long do you think it will be before the likes of Di$info Jone$, Paul Joseph Watson,Brandon Martinez and their new best buddies Rachel Maddow and John McCain blame Putin for this?

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New Zealand Using Same CNN “Unemployed = Junkie” Propaganda to Justify Neoliberal Flexible Workforce Policies

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:26

by Scott Creighton

(just a quick note)

A reader, flyinggabriel, left us a link in yesterday’s article that shows how New Zealand is also trying to use the addiction “crisis” in their country to justify Big Business hiring cheap foreign labor via the “refugee crisis”. Yesterday I wrote about how CNN was saying businesses in America are having to hire illegals and refugees because American job seekers are junkies.

The New Zealand government, with the enthusiastic help of the corporate MSM, have just trotted out the exact same accusation to justify it’s open-door immigration policy ie; that domestic workers can’t pass a drug test. (The failure rate is around 1%) Coincidence? I don’t think so.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89858196/bill-english-says-employers-are-regularly-telling-him-that-kiwis-cant-pass-drug-tests
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89876945/bill-english-claims-about-kiwi-jobseekers-using-drugs-not-backed-by-data

At a time when people at least started to understand what addiction was as opposed to thinking it was all about a lack of character on behalf of those who suffer from it, this latest developing trend of propaganda promises to set recovery sciences back a decade or so. Obviously this is not the reason business wishes to hire cheap labor, either via illegal immigration or by bringing in refugees by the tens of thousands to further cripple the wage structure.

What’s more, by blaming the “junkies” for this hiring trend, the implication is that when you see an unemployed citizen of the nation, your friend, your neighbor, your family member, it’s “probably because they’re junkies” and that is horrendously dismissive.

Labeling the addicted with that kind of stigma is bad enough as it hearkens back to the dark ages, the Reefer Madness days in America.

But now this new line of propaganda in support of the further destabilization of wage structures in the U.S. (and apparently New Zealand) looks to brand a Scarlet Letter “J” for “junkie” on anyone who is unfortunate enough to be unemployed as well.

“Labour employment spokesman Grant Robertson said English’s comments were a “diversionary tactic” based on anecdotes rather than hard fact.

“In his pathetic defence of his Government’s failing immigration policy, the Prime Minister has managed to condemn a generation of Kiwi workers as druggies,” Robertson said.” Stuff

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CNN Says It’s OK for Business to Hire Nothing But Refugees Because Americans are Junkies

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 08:11

by Scott Creighton

This morning on CNN they did a 20 minute segment about how businesses in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and elsewhere are hiring more and more refugees because, as they put it, American job-seekers are addicts.

This is remarkably obtuse propaganda. Even by the segment’s own inflated numbers of job-seekers who flunked pre-employment drug screenings (20% according to Sterling Technologies) they report that 80% of job-seekers passed the drug tests yet when they showed the inside of the manufacturing facility the owner proudly stated 100% of the workers on the floor were Syrian.

Truth is, refugees are cheaper than American workers. Businesses don’t have to pay certain benefits for them and I am sure they get some kind of tax-breaks for hiring refugees. Plus, they will work for less and put up with more.

That’s what explains the 100% refugee staff on that shop floor. It has nothing to do with Americans being junkies.

CNN had also just done a segment where GE’s CEO talked about his opposition to Trump growing more and more vocal. He opposed his travel ban and Trump’s position on the “Global Warming” hoax but mostly, he didn’t like the new president’s position on cheap illegal immigrant labor, though he didn’t put it quite that way.

The CNN interviewer didn’t bother asking the CEO if he had a problem with Trump looking to walk back the build-up of the New Cold War since that would cost GE, a major defense contractor, a lot of money.

But of course, his main problem with Trump was his stance on illegal immigration. i.e. “cheap labor”

The segment about Americans being junkies and that explains why refugees don’t find it hard at all to find a job was particularly offensive because I for one know what some of these “refugees” are.

Why do you think so many State Department and CIA officials opposed Trump and did what they could to undermine him once he took office? The travel restriction he put in place from those 7 countries was entirely justified.

It was justified because the State Department and the CIA has been hiring mercenary thugs from places like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and other Middle Eastern shit-holes run by dictators who are friendly with the U.S.

And how do you think the recruiters hire them? By telling them they should go to places like Yemen, Libya, and Syria to destabilize the country by murdering, raping and pillaging… risking imprisonment, torture and death, because … what? A caliphate? That’s the bullshit they tell us. A paycheck? How big does the paycheck have to be to motivate them to do all of that?

No.

That is NOT what the big part of the deal is.

The BIG part of the deal is… a future.

Work for the empire for 3 years/4 years whatever it is and then when it’s all said and done, when your tour of duty is over, you will be sent to the U.S. or Britain or Germany and set up with some start-up money, a guaranteed job and… a future.

That’s why when Trump initiated the travel restrictions from those nations the CIA sends hired thugs to, the intelligence community rebelled against him and the complicit media followed suit.

If you take away the most important part of the contractual agreement between spook central and their vicious contractors, what you are left with is pure, unadulterated CHAOS. A bunch of angry terrorists who might just turn their weapons on you or, even worse, start telling their stories to the papers about who hired them and for what duties.

What Trump wanted was simple: greater scrutiny of refugees from these 7 countries in order to fully investigate who they are and where they are really from but that couldn’t be allowed, now could it. Because part of the deal was that once these monsters finished their tours, they would be allowed to come on over as a “refugee”, no questions asked, and move right into a place with tons of other “refugees” where they start new lives with good paying jobs (in their minds) and a future in the land of milk and honey.

Keep in mind the kinds of shit-holes these thugs are recruited from. What kind of future do they have back there? They certainly can’t stay in the countries they’ve been terrorizing for fear of being recognized by some woman they raped or some kid who’s parents they burned alive. So they have to leave and they are not going back home.

Then Trump came along and said he would be taking a close look at everyone coming out of those countries to see who they really are with the expressed purpose of “keeping terrorists out of the country” and the CIA/State Department and complicit press went crazy… instantly.

Refugees are big business. They’re good for Big Business because they are cheap. And more importantly, without that deal to offer these thugs, the entire “New Middle East” plan is destabilized.

Do you have any idea how many of these “moderate” terrorist mercenaries are addicts while they do their dirty deeds in foreign countries? There are a lot of em. The Syrian army finds stashes of all sorts of hard-core narcotics and other various designer drugs every time they clear out a hole of these “moderates”

So saying they “can’t” hire Americans because so many are addicts is ridiculous. Not only did their stupid 20 minute propaganda piece make that clear with that “20%” number (which certainly was inflated” but they also just published a report in which the most studious sources say about 1.09% of whites “tried” heroin from 2012-2013. That’s the big number that is supposed to justify the new government thing Chris Christie is heading up these days. Some billions of dollars being handed over to a couple Big Businesses to cure addition. But aside from that non-sense, truth is, addiction is up… but for a reason:

“Heroin use also increased significantly among those with a high school education or less, as well as those who lived at less than 100% of the federal poverty line. The authors of the new report write “these trends are concerning because increases in the prevalence of heroin use and use disorder have been occurring among vulnerable individuals who have few resources to overcome problems associated with use.”  CNN

Unemployment, depression and self medication. Escapism. Drug addiction increases with the localized poverty level. Unemployed people seeing jobs that they could do and apparently WANT to do go to illegal immigrants or “refugee” thugs from Syria tend to find outlets of their desperation… and a cheap, readily available one right now is heroin.

What a catch 22 right?

And the funny thing is… if we hadn’t bombed the shit out of Afghanistan there would be far LESS refugees who want to come to Erie, Penn. for some shit job and there would also be FAR LESS HEROIN since the Taliban eradicated the poppy fields before we took over and planed all the heroin plants back where they were.

Funny how that works, aint it?

These employers are using the current heroin epidemic in America as an excuse to hire cheap labor, either via illegal immigrants or “refugees”. This creates more anger, depression and drug usage among native American working class folks trying desperately to survive in an environment that is increasingly hostile toward them.

CNN is doing their level best to help business owners white-wash the glaring truth of their greedy decisions. And in doing so they have come up with a new excuse as to why Americans are hired less and less these days while illegals and Wahhabist thugs are steadily cashing in: Americans are junkies.

So now we’re not just lazy or spoiled or entitled… now they have a new slander to level at the working class Americans … we’re all a bunch of junkies to boot. And who can blame Big Business for not hiring junkies? Illegal MS-13 members and al-Nusra terrorists… that’s alright… but junkies? Can’t have junkies.

American business has to have it’s standards.

p.s. Obviously not all illegals are MS-13 members and not all refugees are al-Nusra. And in fact I have written in the past that in many ways the least we can do for refugees AND illegals after our glorious leaders have decimated their countries with shock and awe, terrorist mercenaries and / or neoliberal economic austerity measures imposed the the World Bank and the IMF is to open our arms to them and welcome them in.. via legal channels.

But that said, when business and government collude with one another to use immigrants and refugees as weapons of economic regression for everyone else other than the Business Class and Wall Street and when they literally insult us EVERY FUCKING DAY to justify what is happening AS IF ITS OUR FAULT (remember when the crash happened and everyone tried to blame the homeowners?) it is sickening and it makes folks ANGRY. It is literally adding insult to injury.

So pardon me if I focus on the very real inclusion of Mexican gang-bangers and mercenary thugs in these waves of cheap laborers being shipped into the country these days. It is a fact. And yes, some more adequate screening of refugees from places like Iraq and Syria would be a good thing.

Do you know why?

Because REAL REFUGEES wont have a problem with it… because they have a history in that location and they AREN’T FOR-HIRE TERRORISTS. The only ones who will have a problem…

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Washington’s ‘Greater’ Middle East Project – An Interview With a Syrian About the Kurds

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 07:06

(Title slightly modified by me. Please remember, this is what Condi Rice was talking about when she went to Israel and gave a lecture about “the birth pangs of the New Middle East” in 2006.  Greater Kurdistan was Bush’s objective, Obama’s objective, Clinton’s objective and now it’s Trump’s objective. It is the single most influential and important foreign policy objective to the whole of the globalist community and no one, I mean NO ONE with a few notable exceptions, has been talking about it. Now it is slowly coming out of the closet as the U.S. tries to justify busting off a piece of a sovereign nation to hand over to the Kurds who are a minority in the region.)

by Sarah Abed & Mark Taliano from Global Research

The US-led coalition of war criminals is using elements of Syria’s Kurdish population to achieve the U.S Empire’s goal of destroying the non-belligerent, democratic country of Syria, led by its hugely popular, democratically-elected President, Bashar al-Assad.

Empire seeks to create sectarianism and ethnic divides in a country that, prior to the Western-launched criminal dirty war, had neither…

Syrian-American Sarah Abed, was born in Al Qamishly and has lived in both the USA and Syria throughout her life. She makes frequent trips back and forth. Sarah is in direct daily contact with family and friends that reside in different parts of Syria. Sarah conducted and translated an interview with a close family friend, “Samir”, who lives in Syria and is well informed about the conditions on the ground.

Samir’s commentaries are consistent with President Assad’s assessment of the Imperialists’ strategy of “divide and conquer”: (full interview after the break)

Question: What was life like in Al Hasaka prior to the launch of the dirty war on Syria?

Answer: Life was great. The diversity was a positive attribute to the area. Al Hasaka is influenced by the Turkish, Syrian, and Kurdish cultures. You would see Turkish soap operas on local TV. , hear Turkish music, along with Merdali, and other types in the streets, blaring from the speakers of cars. I used to go to the music shops and pick up the latest Turkish songs. There were many restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and outdoor parks. Kurds had assimilated into the culture. They were considered Syrian citizens. Many of the Christians had family in Sweden. They would come for the summer.  There were good relations between all of the different ethnicities and religious affiliations. It was hard to distinguish who was who in the streets. There was a bustling social life and people were generally content with their lives.

Question: Did the Kurds have equal opportunities for education, healthcare, and work?

Answer: Since the 19th century when most of the Kurds came into Syria there was a peaceful coexistence. Kurds lived and interacted with Muslim and Christian Syrians. Yes, they had equal rights in every sector. They attended schools with the Syrian government approved Arabic curriculum.  They had access to free education, free healthcare, must like their Syrian counterparts. They were in fact Syrian Kurds and were not treated any differently.

Question: Are the people in Al-Hasaka well educated?  Well informed?

Answer: Yes, they were considered to be among  the most educated people in Syria. They are also very conscious of what is happening in their country as well as abroad. Education was very important and they took pride in it.  Many had completed college.  Kurds represent about 30% of the population in the Al-Hasaka governorate.

Question:  How does the rest of the population feel about Kurdish aspirations for independence from Syria?

Answer:  Syrians are not entirely surprised by these recent demands by the Kurds for autonomy. They are however upset by it. Syrians feel that the Kurds were allowed to come in and have lived in Syria for centuries and were treated fairly therefore the need to now take a part of the country and claim it as their own federation is quite frankly an insult to the hospitality they were shown. They feel as though the Kurds are being unappreciative and are only looking out for their own interest and not taking into account the Syrians that live in the area. Kurds are the minority yet their demands for autonomy and to take over the areas  that they have alleged are now their property is very unfair to Syrians in the area. Kurds moved into Syria and called it home, but now they are acting like the Syrians in their areas are living in their federation and need to abide by their rules and share their views and follow their commands or else they will be driven out of their homes. This is a very harsh and criminal way to treat others. Lest we forget that  Kurds are ultimately nomads and their alliance lies with Israel.

Question: Do all Kurds in the area want independence from Syria?

Answer: In the beginning of the war the Kurds fought alongside the Syrian army, they were paid, armed, and trained by the SAA. When the USA came in and basically created the SDF Syrian Democratic Forces that’s when the Kurds became more adamant about wanting independence and autonomy.  This is a very important point that needs to be made clear, The USA’s involvement in Syria led to the Kurds demanding autonomy.  Had the US military not given them weapons, training, armed vehicles, and most likely paid them wages as well there is a good chance that the Kurds would not have made these demands. Not all Kurds want independence but those who speak up against it  are silenced and told to not say anything or else they will be sent out of the country. They have received threats that saying anything negative about the Kurdish desires for autonomy will have negative consequences.

Question: Why do they want independence?  Did Assad government not treat them well?  Did the U.S government promise support and democracy and other lies?

Answer: They have always wanted to establish Kurdistan, that has been a life- long desire of theirs stemming from centuries ago. They are originally nomads that moved into countries such as Syria, Iraq, Turkey but their origins are in Iran. It was brought up from time to time but recently it has been discussed more openly and adamantly. It has now become a demand and one they will stop at nothing to achieve. This is quite problematic and many people in the region are waiting to see how this will unfold. It is surely a battle, the end results are unknown. The Kurds were treated well and did not have any issues with the Syrian Government. They had equal rights, free education, free healthcare like the rest of the Syrians.   Many do not have a passport which makes traveling legally an issue but it doesn’t seem to be a big concern for them.

Question: How have the illegal Western sanctions on Syria impacted the Al-Hasaka area?

Answer: The illegal sanctions have had a detrimental affect on the entire country. Due to its location in the North East of the country at times it felt like the Hasaka province was cut off from the rest of Syria. It was not receiving any sort of shipments from the other parts of Syria and had to rely on goods coming in from Iraq that were originally made in Turkey and Iran such as food, oil, rice, sugar, sanitary products, children’s items such as diapers and formula. At some points during the war the only thing they were receiving from inside of the country was Medicine coming from Damascus, even this was cut off during certain periods. Medical concerns and issues have multiplied and caring for illnesses and health conditions has become a big concern. It is both very expensive and also very difficult to find medicine and items such as infant formula. Another concern is that medical equipment has now become outdated and most of the machines do not work. Spare parts to repair them are unavailable. Most people with severe health conditions have had to move out of the area. The price of everything has multiplied. In 2015-2016 people had to rely on whatever products, food, healthcare, medicine, and everyday products that were already in the stores.. nothing else was being brought in. The demand was still there but the supply was dwindling and that of course caused severe economic turmoil and inflation.  Another issue related to the sanctions is that right now there are no exports from Syria, which in turn made the price of the dollar rise which then had a negative effect on everything else. For instance the price of infant formula had reached 5,000 syp which is about 10x what it was worth before.. some people were stating they are willing to pay 10,000 syp for a few days of formula but even that was difficult to locate in the stores. For the past few months they have been receive more medicine.

Question: What do other people in the governorate think about the Mandatory Self-Defence Duty and the prospect of killing Syrian soldiers?

Answer: In Al Qamishly they have had a few conflicts between the SAA and the Kurdish soldiers.  The last one was nine months ago and it lasted for four days. Right now they are not having any issues, but there is tension and it could break out into a fight at any time.  Last time they killed four Syrian soldiers, and at that time there were Arabs who said they would no longer fight against the Syrian army, and they gave up their weapons and left the SDF. They refused to fight against the Syrian soldiers.

When they are taking over new areas they are forcing the people in the new area to fight along with them.  There were a few families in the villages that refused to fight along with them and they kicked them out of the villages and claimed that their homes now belong to the Kurds and they are not to return and claim their properties in the future.

Question: What happens if citizens refuse to fight the SAA? Are they threatened?

Answer: See above yes, they were given an ultimatum either fight with us or you will be forced to leave and forfeit their properties. Usually they would then move to other villages or the city where they are not forced to fight alongside the Kurds.  Once you start fighting with them, you are forced to fight whoever they need you to fight against and that includes the Syrian Army. You become trapped and ordered to follow their commands

Question: Do some people have no option?  (ie fight against Syria or starve? Fight or go to jail? )

Answer: As mentioned previously yes, the ultimatum is either fight with us or you will relinquish your property and move out of town. They have already done this numerous times.

Question: Which country is paying the Kurdish soldier wages?  How do they receive payment? Are they paid better than SAA soldiers?

Answer: Initially when they were fighting alongside the SAA it was the Syrian government that was paying their wages. Then the USA got involved and they formed the Syrian Democratic Forces on October 10th 2015.  Right now we are not certain who is paying their wages,  but it is rumoured that the U.S is the one providing them with money since we know that they are providing them with weapons, training and  armoured vehicles.

 Question: Are some of the Kurdish leaders criminals?

Answer: Many of the local leaders didn’t hold any titles or ranks before the war, they didn’t have any army or political experience.  They were not educated or well to do and most of them were in fact troublemakers with prior criminal convictions. These are on the local level. A differentiation needs to be made between the local leaders and their followers and the ones that came from Qandal Moutains in Turkey. On the local level yes they were smugglers and it’s been said that some are in the drug business. They loitered and stole items from the shops and homes in the areas they took control over. They were considered thugs. The ones that are coming from Qandal mountains have political and military experience.

Question: Can you tell us about the SDF?

Answer: First, I want to say that it’s not what the USA is trying to make it out to seem. The USA needed to support a group of people in Syria that did not have direct ties to terrorist groups. They did this after their union with the Free Syrian Army and “moderate rebels” fell through when it became clear that these were nothing less than terrorists and had ties to Al Qaeda and Daesh. The allies of SDF are the USA, France, UK, and a number of other smaller groups. Their headquarters is in AlQamishly. They state that they have about 50,000 fighters but we are unsure of that. They are mostly Kurdish and recently just a few days ago a large number of fighters defected from the SDF. They are led by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and their goal is to create their own federation in the NE of Syria.  There are US forces embedded with the SDF forces. The Pentagon confirmed the arms, ammunition, rifles, mortars, and ammunition it sent to them. The USA is heavily funding them and recently stated that they would continue to train and equip forces of the Manbij Military council.

Conclusion:

Sarah’s interview with Samir was a process that extended over a period of time, and she has amplified and clarified some of his commentaries.

What is clear is that the US and its allies, in particular Turkey in this case, are committing crimes of aggression against the sovereign state of Syria beneath the Big Lie of combatting terrorism.  The real plan, which is self-evident in this overview of the Kurdish issue, is to divide, conquer, and destroy Syria through economic and armed terrorism.

When a family chooses to leave, terrorists are quick to occupy the house, and to claim ownership.

Please read

The Donald Sends More Troops into Syria to Defend Land-grabbing Kurds on Behalf of Greater Kurdistan Project Mar. 9, 2017
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The Joseph Kony “Threat” was Always Fake News

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 08:59

(Check out what I wrote about the Kony 2012 psyop way back in 2012 when it mattered. I even did a little graphic to make my point. Still quite proud of that one)

by Glen Ford, from BAR

The United States government is the biggest purveyor of fake news on the planet. In fact, most of U.S. foreign policy is based on lies and outrageous distortions that are methodically disseminated by corporate media in the form of fake news. Fake news is a weapon that has killed millions in Libya, Iraq and Syria, where the United States and its allies have armed and trained jihadist terrorists to wage a proxy war against secular governments, while claiming to be fighting these same jihadists. Every word that President Obama ever said about Libya and Syria has been a lie — a fake story.

The threat that Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army supposedly posed in central Africa was also fake news, a lie circulated in order to justify sending 100 U.S. Special Forces troops to the region, in 2011. Obama needed a villain, so he chose Joseph Kony, a guerilla fighter from the Acholi people of northern Uganda, as his nemesis. The Acholi had been defeated in a civil war by another guerilla fighter, Yoweri Museveni, who went on to become Ronald Reagan’s favorite African and a main puppet and hit man for the U.S. in Africa. He would play a key role in the genocides in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But first, Museveni laid waste to the Acholi people’s lands in Uganda, massacred them by the thousands, and locked them up in concentration camps…

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Pentagon exercises free rein in global military escalation

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 08:21

(Yeah, we have “national interests” in Yemen. Which translates to “we gotta save Hunt Oil and those damn profits!”. Read Dancing with Snakes which I wrote in 2010 if you want to know what our “national interests” are in Yemen)

from the WSWS

Two months into the administration of Donald Trump, the US military is involved in a relentless military escalation from the Baltic Sea in Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. The “war on terror” launched by the Bush administration more than fifteen years ago, having already turned much of the region into a slaughterhouse, is taking an even deadlier turn.

In extraordinary testimony to a US Congressional panel, the top military commander of US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia essentially laid out a proposal for the buildup to war against Iran, even as the Pentagon is steadily escalating a murderous bombing campaign that has killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians in Iraq and Syria.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of the US Central Command, told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that Iran “poses the greatest long-term threat to security in this part of the world” and demanded that Washington act to “disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means.” He added, “We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable for the things that they are doing,” while calling into question the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the US and the other major powers.

Votel went on to present the case for an expanded US military intervention in Yemen, declaring that “there are vital US interests at stake” in this, the most impoverished Arab country, where Saudi Arabia and its allies have waged a near-genocidal war against the population using American weapons along with indispensable US intelligence and logistical support. The remark came as the Pentagon is preparing to back an offensive by the Emirati military aimed at capturing a Red Sea port that constitutes Yemen’s last link between the outside world and its starving population…

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No, Gen. Flynn did Not Ask for an Immunity Deal (full statement from Robert Kelner)

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 07:27

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Now if you want too see what a real immunity deal looks like, just go back to the FBI’s “investigation” of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server to keep her crimes from becoming public record. That’s what an immunity deal looks like. And that one is real.

The Mockingbird press are beside themselves this morning saying Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Gen. M. Flynn, has “requested immunity from prosecution” in exchange for his testimony before the new Senate Intelligence Witch Hunt Committee. That is absolutely fake news. Its a deliberate, bold-faced lie.

Below you will find the actual statement released by Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner.

The text of the unsigned statement is as follows:

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.

Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. But it is important to acknowledge the circumstances in which those discussions are occurring.

General Flynn is a highly decorated 33-year veteran of the US Army. He devoted most of his life to serving his country, spending many years away from his family fighting this nation’s battles around the world. He was awarded four Bronze Stars for actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the war on terror. He received the Legion of Merit twice, and the Defense Superior Service Medal four times. He is a recipient of the Defense Department’s Distinguished Service Award and the Intelligence Community Gold Seal Medallion for Distinguished Service, as well as numerous other decorations.

Notwithstanding his life of national service, the media are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him. He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.”

This is not a request for immunity in exchange for testimony. This is a stark condemnation of the rabid atmosphere in the complicit press to twist and turn anything they can in order to keep the story about Russia’s hacking Hillary’s doomed campaign in the headlines for one more day. He is saying he wont let his client testify at a kangaroo court and he’s absolutely right to do so.

Now that Trump has replied to this development saying Flynn’s lawyer is right, this is a “witch hunt”, I wonder if next week’s talking points for the Mockingbirds will be to call Trump a liar because no one is actually out there hunting real witches.

Here is the image of the statement as it is being reported. It is not signed.

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What we are seeing is a constant barrage of attacks on the Trump administration from the intelligence agencies via leaks and their associates at the various complicit media outlets.

The reasons for these most recent attacks could be multi-faceted. Maybe it’s because the Crowdstrike story is falling apart. Maybe because Rex Tillerson just said we would leave the choice of Assad remaining in power to the Syrian people. Who knows why they are doing it. Maybe because Trump has invited members of House leadership to come by the White House and see info on how the Obama administration illegally spied on him and his transition team and then leaked that info to the press.

However you look at it, this is a non-story. It’s the deliberate misinterpretation of Flynn’s lawyer’s statement in order to further slander the man and Trump by extension. It’s also a distraction.

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