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Can’t Feed the Trolls: UK Army PsyOps Unit Fails to Meet Recruitment Targets

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 13:40

from Sputnik International

77 Brigade, the British Army’s online media ‘PsyOps’ unit, is struggling to attract trolls to its ranks despite a two-year recruitment drive, Ministry of Defense figures indicate.

The ‘unit’ has a target size of 448, of which 182 are intended to be full-time soldiers, sailors and airmen, and 266 part-time reservists. However, as of December 31, 2016 it was home to a mere 276 cyber warriors, meaning the unit was undermanned by just under 40 percent. Of the 276, 123 were reservists, meaning the Brigade has a shortfall of 29 regulars and 143 reserves. Over 2016, just 125 soldiers were recruited to, or posted into it from elsewhere in the army.

The target size of 448 in itself represents a significant reduction of its originally-stated goal. In the midst of its recruitment blitz, 77 Brigade was envisioned as an “operational body of 1,500-2,000.” Around 42% of this total were to be reserve “weekend warriors.”

Formerly known as the Security Assistance Group, the unit was rebranded to 77 Brigade in 2015, the new name deliberately invoking Major-General Orde Wingate’s Indian 77th Infantry Brigade long-range penetration unit, which fought behind enemy lines in the Asia-Pacific theatre of World War Two. It was an effective merger of the Army’s Media Operations Group, 15 Psychological Operations Group, Security Capacity Building Team and Military Stabilization and Support Group.

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No. Putin Did Not Try to Thwart Hillary’s Candidacy Like She Did to Him in 2012. He Didn’t Have To

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 07:51

by Scott Creighton

Pussy Riot™  mission statement: When the world is being neoliberalized as fast as possible and the masters of the universe demand tribute from those seeking a place at the table, no effort to assist in that endeavor , no matter how sophomoric or insipid, no matter how ridiculous, no matter how contrived, shall go unrewarded. And Pussy Riot™ will be there to cash in

Not that long ago President Obama said that Russia and President Putin had tried to influence the outcome of our election process and that it was “unacceptable” behavior for a nation to attempt to influence the democratic process of other nations. Forget for a second that his evidence was so laughable that the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that cobbled it together, posted a disclaimer on the first page of the report that said it didn’t stand by a single shred of “proof” in it’s own report:

this report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.”

Let’s also forget for a moment the troubling rise of the New McCarthyism in America and the lynch-mob mentality that goes along with it.

Russia did not attempt to influence our election. They did not “hack” the DNC, Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server nor the email account of the perpetually corrupt John Podesta. Even if they did, which they didn’t, all they did was expose the truth about these three deeply tainted entities. No one has disputed the authenticity of the leaks. They stand as an accurate representation of the level of corruption that exists in the fake left that is the unDemocratic Party of America these days. This is a footnote that gets lost in the discussion far too often these days.

Which leads me to ask one simple question: since when is it considered “unacceptable” behavior to expose the truth about corruption at the highest ranks in the American political system?

Oh, that’s right. President Peace Prize made it a priority to wage war on whistle-blowers throughout the duration of his tenure.

For all the McCarthyite efforts being put forward by the breathless ladder-climbers of the corporate propaganda mills which pass for “news organizations” these days I am often awestruck by those who seem to wish to demand their guests present a kind of American exceptionalism when it comes to comparisons between this fake news story about Russia “hacking” our democracy and the altogether too real history of our State Department and the CIA doing the exact same thing to other countries across the globe. The hypocrisy is simply stunning.  And that is  when a guest has the audacity to bring up said history, which doesn’t happen very often.

And that is to say nothing of Hillary Clinton’s effort to use “smart power” to thwart Vladamir Putin’s reelection in 2012. In the corporate media the silence is deafening on that subject.

No one can deny our long history of meddling in the political affairs of other countries on behalf of our “national interests” and you even find a few MSM outlets having to address this seemingly sticky bit of trivia every now and again:

The U.S. has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries – it’s done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University.

That number doesn’t include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn’t like, notably those in Iran, Guatemala and Chile. Nor does it include general assistance with the electoral process, such as election monitoring.” L.A. Times, Dec. 2016

From the State Department to the CIA to NGOs like the National Endowment for Democracy or USAID, I think you would have an easier time listing all the elections in the world since WWII that the U.S. didn’t try to subvert or influence to suit their needs than then ones they did. It doesn’t matter the size of the country or their ranking on the global index of natural resource ownership. Take Haiti for instance. Or Palestine for that matter. They are hardly world leaders in anything, yet both little nations felt the brunt of our “democratization” efforts in ways that are both proven and disastrous to the citizens of those nations. Of that there is no doubt.

But what about Russia?

Now we can go back to the heyday of the neoliberalization of Russia if we want to and some suggest the Russian hacking might just be payback for the good-old Clinton days of spreading “democracy” by infecting various nations with the cancer of Milton Friedman’s “free market” ideology.

“Early 1996 Boris Yeltsin’s approval rate was in the single digits. He had carried out a presidential putsch, started a shambolic war in Chechnya and had helped oligarchs pillage the nation and brought the economy to its knees. July 1996 he was elected president for the second time. How did this happen?

Oh well, it just took one of the most unfair, costliest and most fraudulent election battles in the history of democracy. — All with the complicity of the United States which backed the Russian alcoholic in chief every step of the way (as it had during the ’93 coup) Russian Insider

It is no secret that the U.S.’s man in Moscow was the drunken puppet Boris Yeltsin. We installed him and we instructed him on how to neoliberalize the country, a process that was so entirely detrimental to the Soviet people they wanted to go back to communism before his first term in office was complete. The billionaires and the global bankers liked him though, so we sent some of Milton Friedman’s Chicago Boys and PR spin doctors to the country to help keep him in office. And if you think that quote from Russian Insider is biased and a conspiracy theory, just look up TIME magazine’s July 15th, 1996 cover page for a little more insight. It isn’t a conspiracy theory folks.

You can go back that far if you want, but I figure all we have to do is go back to their last election and see how we tried to influence it on behalf of the same “national interests” our political hacks have served since the beginning of time.

I would like to remind you of Hillary Clinton’s destabilization campaign in Russia circa Nov. 2011 through March 2012 and a little thing called “Pussy Riot”

Now I have written a great deal about these efforts of Hillary’s and I am not going to rehash all of it today. Here are a few choice articles you might want to review in order to get up to date on the REAL history of U.S./Russia democracy interference.

Back in those days Hillary Clinton was doing everything she could to influence the Russian democratic process and that is because Vladamir Putin was extremely popular among Russian citizens at the time. He was the symbol of the new anti-neoliberal revolution that took place once they finally got rid of our puppet Boris Yeltsin and the standard of living for many Russians improved greatly under his leadership. He arrested corrupt oligarchs who, along with their global partners in crime, attempted to fleece the entire country for every penny they could suck out of it while Yeltsin and the Chicago Boys ran the government.

Understanding that the parliamentary elections and the presidential elections were right around the corner, our NGOs started funding color revolution type destabilization campaigns (like Pussy Riot for starters) and Hillary installed a color revolution specialist as our ambassador to Russia (Michael Anthony McFaul)

“Want to know why so many Russians hated Boris Nemtsov? Here’s a video of him paying a visit on U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael Anthony McFaul, just after McFaul took office back in 2012. It’s well understood here and in Russia, that McFaul’s task was to attempt to instigate a color revolution in Russia from day one.

“Most Russia-watchers are diplomats, or specialists on security and arms control. Or Russian culture. I am neither. I can’t recite Pushkin by heart. I am a specialist in democracy, anti-dictatorial movements, and revolutions” (emphasis added). Michael Anthony McFaul

“(Hillary) Clinton noted that McFaul, who is a specialist in democratic transition – a Kommersant headline from January 11 touted him as a “color revolution specialist” – is uniquely suited for his new post, given Russia’s current climate.” Russia Profile

So in comes the color revolution specialist and one of the first to meet and greet the neoliberal scum, is Boris Nemtsov. Go figure.” Scott Creighton, March 1, 2015

Sending regime change specialists into targeted nations as our ambassadors was standard operating procedure for Hillary Clinton. She did it with Russia. She did it with Robert Ford in Syria in Dec. of 2010 just before the color revolution started over there. And she had a hand in selection Geoffrey R. Pyatt to take office in 2013 after she left the State Department. Soon after he took over, he started meeting with opposition leaders and the Ukraine color revolution was underway in Jan. of 2014.

This is what Clinton called “smart power”: going into various nations who don’t bow down to our “national interests” and getting some of the most deplorable, degenerate, out-of-power opposition leaders you can find to sign onto your regime change plan in exchange for a promise of future control. Future control under your thumb of course. Kinda like Boris Yeltsin.

In April of 2015 a Russian Federation council member explained it this way:

“Extremism is used as a geopolitical instrument, for reshaping the spheres of influence, overthrowing regimes undesirable for some countries by the means of organizing ‘color revolutions’,” Matviyenko said. “The West makes attempts to organize them [‘color revolutions’] in Russia as well,” she added. These efforts are directed at “discrediting the authorities and destabilizing the situation in Russia, and using both extremist elements and opposition for that,” the speaker noted.” TASS News

Smart power. Hiring terrorists and extremists to do the dirty work, the wet work, of overthrowing your enemies. Libya, Egypt, Syria, Thailand, Yugoslavia, Ukraine… all examples of “smart power” I suppose.

In the end, Hillary failed in Russia just like Obama has finally failed in Syria. She didn’t bring in the jackals though, like she did in Libya and Obama did in Syria. Russia is a nuclear state after all. More care must be taken in such circumstances. That’s one of the reasons they hired the Pussy Riot destabilization roadshow, called Proxy Poseurs by another writer a couple years ago.

Pussy Riot was perhaps the dumbest, most sophomoric bullshit destabilization psyop to ever get hatched by the neoliberal think-tanks that think they run the world. It was absolutely infantile in it’s conception and beyond pedestrian in it’s performance.

I wrote about their staged “beatings” scenes repeatedly in the run-up to the Russian elections. The fingerprints of George Soros and his ilk were all over it like those of a drunken uncle on his nieces underwear.

On February 20th, not even a month ago, I wrote about a poorly scripted and badly staged street-theater performance in Sochi performed by the Western backed agitation operation known as “Pussy Riot™ ”

Their hasty little performance was designed to demonize Russia under Putin since we all know, Russia under the neoliberal drunkard puppet Yeltsin was such a better place for the oligarchs and the international bankers.

It involved members of the “band” (if you wish to call them that) setting up under a Sochi Olympics sign in a parking lot and immediately being attacked by actors wearing what is supposed to look like Russian military or police uniforms.

The video was such a joke, it reminded me of that “news story” CNN did during the Gulf War where two reporters in a studio pretended to be reporting live from a hotel as scud missiles rained down on their heads. The first Pussy Riot™  video is almost as bad.

The latest Pussy Riot™  beating video is actually worse.” Scott Creighton, March 2014

For a broader understanding of the nature of our efforts to undermine democracy in Russia during those months, read the following:

With a recorded and unquestionable history like this, one could hardly blame Russia for trying to influence a U.S. election in which Hillary Clinton seemed to be the shoe-in candidate chosen by our own oligarchs. Turn about is fair play after all.

But they didn’t. Or at least, no one has presented a single shred of credible evidence to suggest they did at this point.

And after all, when you think about it, all someone really did was expose just how unqualified Hillary Clinton was for office. I mean it wasn’t like they hired a band of untalented misfit hookers to show their private parts in a church or something and then promote a global campaign against the outrage of them being arrested for doing so.

Whoever did it (my guess is a leaker from within and perhaps a branch of the CIA or even the NSA who were pissed off about the “Snowden” psyop?) simply told the truth, which I guess is a revolutionary idea these days and a treasonous one.

American exceptionalism aside, it is never acceptable when nations attempt to influence the democratic process of other countries though that has been the staple of our State Department’s diet since day one. And I know that it is all the rage these days to hate on Russia in both venues of the One Party System we laughingly call a democracy these days but I still cannot seem to get on board with that kind of bandwagon thinking.

No. Russia did not hack our democracy or attempt to thwart it like Hillary Clinton did back in 2012 to them. They didn’t have to. Hillary sucked so bad on her own, all they had to do was sit back and laugh and that probably pissed them off more than anything else.


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America’s Lynch Mob ‘Democracy’

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:37

by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture

The dark, infamous days of American lynch-mob rule and burning witches at stakes are back as never before. But not in backwater enclaves of benighted bigotry. Oh no, the modern lynch mobs are running amok in Washington’s seat of government, across prime TV and on the editorial pages of its supposed finest newspapers.

It is the effete, self-regarding ruling US elite who are acting like a murderous rabble. The hate-figures are Russian leader Vladimir Putin and incoming president Donald Trump. Both are being lined up to be lynched, one as a foreign enemy, the other as a traitor.

Lynch mob blood-lust is a mere finger pointed, the baying of deranged crowds and the stringing up of some unfortunate from the nearest tree without pause for a fair trial. «Guilty!» shouted with red-faced thunder is all that’s needed. And anyone who dares to question the madding crowd is liable to meet the same grim fate.

Public opinion in the US is being stampeded to accept as unquestioned fact that Russia «attacked American democracy» as Senators like John McCain are claiming on prime time television. Furthermore, Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused of being the mastermind behind the alleged cyber attacks, which supposedly subverted the US presidential election in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Is Iraqi Kurdistan heading toward civil war?

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:27

(Is the Greater Kurdistan project collapsing?)

by Denise Natali, from al Monitor

The campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul has diverted attention from simmering problems inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that will affect post-conflict stabilization. Within the last several months alone, there has been another assassination of a Kurdish journalist, an “honor” killing of a university student, death threats against a female Kurdish parliamentarian, bombing of an Iranian Kurdish party office that killed seven people and a string of foiled terrorist attacks in Sulaimaniyah province. These incidents have occurred alongside ongoing demonstrations by civil servants for unpaid salaries, a nonfunctioning Kurdish parliament, swelling numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, an expanded Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkish airstrikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq. They have not only reversed most gains the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has realized since 2011, but also leave the Kurdistan Region increasingly vulnerable to financial collapse and internal conflict.

Instead of “inevitable Kurdish statehood” after the defeat of IS, a more realistic scenario is weakened autonomy, political entropy and armed conflicts. The KRG launched “independent” exports in 2014, but the Kurdish economy is now in tatters. KRG debt exceeds $22 billion. The availability of electricity has decreased to 2005 levels, or about four hours a day in many areas without private generators. Tens of thousands of youths continue to migrate from the region. The once-touted Kurdish energy sector is being undermined legally and politically. Although the KRG exports about 600,000 barrels of oil per day to Ceyhan, these exports remain contentious, are dependent on Turkey and are largely sourced from Kirkuk — still a disputed territory — and not the Kurdistan Region. International oil companies have thus far abandoned 19 oil fields in the Kurdistan Region, including ExxonMobil’s withdrawal from three of its six fields.

Emails between the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources and Turkish officials released by WikiLeaks reveal the depth of the KRG’s financial crisis and the political fallout. In the eyes of some Kurds, the ministry’s attempt to secure an additional $5 billion in loans from Ankara and offer Turkey a larger stake in Kurdish-controlled oil fields may help protect the economic interests of the Kurdistan Region. Others, however, including parliamentarians in Erbil, see things differently and oppose the ministry’s proposal as the “selling of the Kurdish land to Turkey.” Iraqi officials in Baghdad have also reacted critically, arguing that the KRG does not have the legal right to sell oil fields to Turkey.

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Today, the FBI becomes the enemy of every computer user and every IT security professional worldwide

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:23

by Rick Falkvinge

Today December 1, the United States FBI is granted new powers to intrude into any computer anywhere on the globe, instantly changing the FBI from a random law enforcement agency to a global adversary. Law enforcement agencies are expected to be met with open arms and treated as good guys. There’s not going to be any good guy treatment of the FBI here, and for good reason.

The U.S. FBI has been sort of a random law enforcement agency somewhere on the planet doing physical law enforcement work, kind of like the Bundespolizei in Germany would appear to an American, or the way the Policía Federal Argentina would appear to a European. Today, the FBI becomes a global adversary and enemy to every security-conscious computer user and to every IT security professional, similar to how the mass surveillance agencies are treated. The FBI has requested, and been granted, the lawful power (in the US) to intrude into any computer in the entire world. In 95% of the world, this makes the FBI no different from a Russian or Chinese criminal intruder, and it will be treated in the same way by people defending their systems; defending their homes.

This has happened under the boring legislative name of “changes to Rule 41”, and is (as always!) presented as nothing of particular interest. This is an old trick: when you want sweeping broad new powers without accountability, don’t call it “sweeping broad new power without accountability”, but cloud it in a name so boring it will interest absolutely nobody. (This lawmaker trick was skillfully observed by John Oliver, who said we shouldn’t call the peer-to-peerness of the Internet a boring term like “net neutrality”, but the more to-the-point “preventing cable company fuckery”.)

These “changes to Rule 41” put a lot of people in the FBI’s crosshairs. As usual, most people think new powers for law enforcement can only target criminals – as in actual, violent criminals. This would be the reasonable course of action, but not so in this case, not so at all. Techdirt points out that anybody using encryption, or anybody trying to hide their identity or location, can be presumed to be engaged in crime (having a “guilty mind”, or mens rea in Legalese Latin) and therefore be a valid target.

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In Secret Vote, House Republicans Make it Easier for Big Business to Buy Them Off by Killing Office of Congressional Ethics

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 05:47

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: An avalanche of bad press on this move has forced the House republicans to backtrack on the plan.

The vote took place in secret, by anonymous ballot and behind closed doors, so it’s not possible to know which representatives approved of the measure.” Huffington Post

In a secret vote held by republicans in the House of Representative late yesterday, the Office of Congressional Ethics has been essentially neutered, giving the swamp critters a lot more leeway when it comes to committing crimes during their tenure. The new congress takes office today. The vote was 119-74.

Hillary Clinton should be proud of their proactive approach as it mirrors her own efforts at skirting potential accountability issues.

“The surprising vote came on the eve of the start of a new session of Congress, where emboldened Republicans are ready to push an ambitious agenda on everything from health care to infrastructure, issues that will be the subject of intense lobbying from corporate interests. The House Republicans’ move would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.” Boston Globe

How ironic is it that the first act of the new congress is to kill off the office with the word “ethics” in it’s name?

The Office of Congressional Ethics was set up in March of 2008 in the wake of a slew of very public arrests and convictions of U.S. congressmen busted for selling their influence to Big Business interests.

“It was created after a string of serious ethical cases starting a decade ago, including bribery allegations against Represntatives Duke Cunningham, a California Democrat; William J. Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat; and Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican. All three were convicted of such abuses, and served time in jail.” Boston Globe

The three criminals break down in this fashion:

Years ago the republicans (and some democrats) wanted the OCE done away with but they feared they wouldn’t have the backing of the president when push came to shove. Now they control both houses in congress and the White House, so the first order of business is apparently making congress more ready to take bribes… from Big Business.

“House Republicans are chortling over the Democratic majority’s troubles with ethics allegations, but they also are ominously signaling their distaste for the Office of Congressional Ethics — the one new player on Capitol Hill with a clear determination to do something about the morass.

The Republican minority leader, John Boehner, said he wants to “take a look” at the office if his party regains majority power — a reminder that his members fiercely opposed the quasi-independent office when it was created two years ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” New York Times, Aug. 2010

And yes, Democrats are just as happy to see the office effectively shuttered:

“The ethics case against Representative Charles Rangel, a Democrat of New York, predates the creation of the ethics office, but he ran afoul of its investigators more recently in being admonished by the House committee for leading a group on a Caribbean junket paid by corporate favor-seekers in violation of House rules.” New York Times, Aug. 2010

Essentially the new rules changes would prohibit the OCE from ever communicating with the public regarding any of their investigations, would keep them from contacting law enforcement and would require them to gain approval from the House Ethics Committee before conducting any investigation of House members.

They will also be prevented from investigating complaints filed from anonymous sources meaning anyone sending them tips will be named and forced to stand before the House Ethics Committee before any investigation even starts. Of course, that will essentially put an end to leaks coming from concerned inside sources since retaliation will certainly be an issue and they all know damn well that the Ethics committee will never allow an investigation to take place.

Is that how the swamp gets drained? Secret votes to crush oversight and accountability in Washington?

Now if they only passed a bill which made it legal for them to all use private email servers in their basements for government business…


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New McCarthyism on the Front Page as NY Post Rants About the “Reds”

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:51

The #NYPost is a few decades behind. It refers to people from #Russia as "Reds" in a headline. Oh boy. pic.twitter.com/aqtqkoaU31

— Caleb T. Maupin (@calebmaupin) December 31, 2016


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Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:39

(What is he going to do? Read the disclaimer on the front page of the phony DHS/FBI report or simply tell everyone the code they are talking about is Ukrainian, not Russian?)

from the New York Times

President-elect Donald J. Trump, expressing lingering skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian interference in the election, said on Saturday evening that he knew “things that other people don’t know” about the hacking, and that the information would be revealed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Speaking to a handful of reporters outside his Palm Beach, Fla., club, Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump cast his declarations of doubt as an effort to seek the truth.

“I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Mr. Trump said of the intelligence agencies. “If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,” he added, referring to intelligence cited by the George W. Bush administration to support its march to war in 2003. “So I want them to be sure,” the president-elect said. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”

He added: “And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

When asked what he knew that others did not, Mr. Trump demurred, saying only, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

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New UN Secretary-General calls on citizens, governments to make 2017 year for peace

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:33

from TASS

On January 1, the ninth UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the world community for the first time, calling on citizens and governments to make 2017 a year for peace. The video address is available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel.

In his message, released in seven languages including Russian, Guterres said that on his first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighed heavily on his heart: “how can we help millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight.” He went on to say that “civilians are pounded with deadly force, women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. And even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.” Guterres stressed that “no one wins these wars, everyone loses.”

According to the new UN Secretary-General, “trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Whole regions are destabilized and the new threat of global terrorism affects us all.”

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Terror attacks not independent from incidents in our region: President Erdoğan

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:25

(Destabilization subcontractors? Who does that sound like?)

from Hurriyet Daily

Attacks perpetrated by terrorist organizations in Turkey are not independent from incidents happening in the region, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after a gun attack at a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1.

In a written statement, Erdoğan vowed that Turkey was “determined to do whatever is necessary in the region to maintain the security and peace of Turkish citizens.”

“We are aware that these attacks carried out by different terrorist organizations targeting our citizens are not independent from incidents happening in our region. We are determined to destroy the attacks and threats against our country from its root,” he said.

Those who are targeting Turkey’s peace and their subcontractors are aiming to destabilize our country, demoralize our people and create chaos,” he added.

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Terror attack on Istanbul nightclub leaves 39 dead, 69 wounded

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:16

from Daily Sabah

An assailant dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing 39 people and wounding 69, and escaped afterwards, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early Sunday.

Police have launched a province wide search operation for the perpetrator who managed to escape after the attack.

Soylu said that 15 of the attack’s victims were identified to be foreigners, five were Turkish citizens. Efforts continue to identify the remaining 18 bodies. The interior minister also mentioned that 69 people are in hospitals, receiving treatment.

“4 of those injured are in a critical condition. One of them is severely injured,” Soylu said.

A police officer was among the killed in the attack targeting the popular Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district. More than one assailant may have been involved in the attack, sources said. Over 500 people were inside the club at the time.

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New False Claims Of “Russian Hacks” = Old Ukrainian Malware Found

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 05:08

from Moon of Alabama (H/T Jay)

All recent claims of “Russian hacking” are either outright false or are based on “evidence” that only shows run-of-the-mill attacks by some anonymous basement hacker.

The year 2016 saw the person elected U.S. president who Jeff Bezos’ propaganda rag, the Washington Post, hated most. To celebrate the end of this very bad year its writers and editors decided to put more egg on their faces.

It first published the piece promoted on the left and some three hours later the fundamentally “corrected” one on the right.

The claim in the first piece, based on anonymous “officials”, was that Russia hacked into the U.S. electricity grid through a utility company in Vermont. But then the utility companies in question, Burlington Electric, issued a statement that a recent scan of its IT systems had found only one laptop with some malware and that the laptop in questions was not connected to its networks at all. There was nothing found on any net-connected system. It had reported the find to the federal U.S. government. (Some very shortsighted “officials” immediately abused the confidential company information to miss-inform the Washington Post.) The utility company found the malware by scanning for a malware signature published in a lame recent assessment by Homeland Security and the FBI.

Dubious claims of foreign hacking of the electricity grid have already been made in 2009. Its an old trick of the Obama administration to achieve some political aims.

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The Walls Have Ears: Warrant Granted for Amazon Echo Home Data, Setting Precedent

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 13:46

and read my work on the subject:

by Alice Salles  from Antimedia

… Instead of reforming the system to make sure officials observe the constitution, laws have been passed to increase the government’s access to technologies used widely by Americans and visitors. The result? The widespread normalization of government spying.

Instead of sweeping outrage, many Americans continue to feel that being spied upon is part of their everyday lives — and that instead of fighting it, they should embrace it as a means to protect the country from external forces.

To nearly half of the population, recent news about a court order regarding a private Amazon Echo may not seem as shocking as it should.

A case involving a murder in Arkansas just helped the public learn that companies like Amazon often retain recordings of people’s conversations through devices like Amazon Echo — and that these recordings are stored in servers that may later be subject to law enforcement investigations. Depending on how the case shapes up, it could set a legal precedent that would open up government access to similar smart devices, and even force companies to keep these recordings in storage for future investigations…

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The Essence of Neoliberal Globalization in One Photo

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:19


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Statement by the President of Russia Regarding President Obama’s Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:12

from the official website of the President of Russia

We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.

As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.

It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.

My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.

I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.

December 30, 2016


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Obama’s Russian Sanctions Have Nothing to Do With Hacking: It’s About Syria, Not the FBI’s “Grizzly Lie” Report

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 06:41

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Putin refuses to retaliate against Obama’s bullshit instigation attempt.

Obama’s “Grizzly Lie” report is indeed a grizzly step toward total war across the Middle East and perhaps the entire world.

Since Russia and Syria were finally able to oust Obama’s “moderate” terrorists from Aleppo and liberate the city from it’s 5-year-long regime change siege, the Russian ambassador to Turkey has been murdered in cold blood, a Russian plane on route to Syria has mysteriously crashed into the Black Sea and now… President Peace Prize has evicted 35 Russian diplomats from U.S. soil and imposed some meaningless sanctions on a number of other Russian agencies and individuals. The claims are that we had nothing to do with the first two incidents and Obama’s actions against Russia are as “retaliation” against their supposed efforts at influencing our elections here in the states.

Of course, our intelligence agencies can’t very well take credit for killing ambassadors anymore than they can admit downing planes (Flight MH17 comes to mind). Wars have started for less and CIA Directors have been fired for meddling like this in the past (Bay of Pigs?). Not very often, but it has been done.

By the same token, President Obama can’t be seen as punishing Russia for driving al-Qaeda from eastern Aleppo. There’s that whole “providing aid and comfort” law to think about.

But the truth is there if you read a little between the lines… or if you just bother to actually read the lines instead of just listening to the lying talking heads giving their spin jobs on the MSM.

Mr. Obama said, and added that the United States acted after “repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.” New York Times

The expulsion of the 35 RussiansIt was unclear if they were involved in the hacking.”

closing of two waterfront estatesofficials declined to say whether they were specifically used in the election-related hacks.” New York Times

If they say it’s “unclear” if those expelled from the U.S. were involved in the hacking, that’s spinspeak for “they were not involved in the hacking

There have been no warnings coming from the United States to Russia about staying out of our election process. The warnings President Obama is speaking of were regarding staying out of Syria and out of the way of our “national interests” over there.

Like the president, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, avoided getting his message muddied up in spinspeak as well. He made it quite clear yesterday that the sanctions and expulsions had nothing to do with hacking and everything to do with Russia interfering with our “national interests” abroad.

Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world. While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia” Mediaite

Off the top of my head I imagine Ryan was speaking about Syria, Ukraine and BRICS but there could be other examples.

In Syria, Russia helped stop our regime change operation that intended to bring along with it the Qatar-Turkey pipeline and the creation of the western quarter of Greater Kurdistan.

In Ukraine our regime change operation took place immediately after the Ukrainian people decided they wanted no part of the European Union and the new IMF loans that came along with the deal.

And in regards to the BRICS nations… well, that speaks for itself.

And there are the interests of our neoliberal and Likudnik friends in London and Tel Aviv to think about as well.

These are the “national interests” Paul Ryan and President Obama speak of. They wont specify what they are because Americans are not likely to want to charge into global war over oil and banking hegemony since it’s their loved ones who will be fighting it, not Ryan’s or Obama’s. In fact, Sec. Kerry just lamented recently that it’s a “problem” that Americans are getting tired of sending their kids off to fight and die in these wars. You think I’m kidding?

And a lot of Americans don’t believe we should be fighting and sending young Americans over to die in another country. That’s the problem.” Sec. of State John Kerry

That’s the problem. We’re tired of sending our children to fight and die in other countries for the lies of corrupt people and the profits of our “national interests”. That, according to the Secretary of State in the Obama regime, is “the problem”.

Gee. I guess they need more motivation, huh? Lucky Larry been buying anymore buildings recently?

In response to the growing criticism of the New McCarthyites’ claims about Russian hacking (specifically that there is no credible evidence proving such a claim) the Obama regime (and lets face it.. they deserve that designation a lot more than Syria’s government does) has cobbled together a joint “study” from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI laying out their evidence.

Across the media landscape, this is all you are hearing about today. “FBI and DHS lay out PROOF of Russian Hacking!” … so take that you unAmerican Putin-apologists!

Of course.. those very same MSM outlets have yet to report on the very first thing listed on the very first page of that 15 page report:

“Everything in this report is bullshit” DHS

 “this report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.”

In other words… the report is complete bullshit. Useless. Meaningless. Propaganda. No one stands by it. It’s a lie. More lies. More lies from agencies that constantly lie. Iraq WMDs anyone? Colin Powell at the UNSC ring any bells?

Total.. fucking… bullshit.

And that is the top of the header of the first damn page and not one single MSM outlet makes any mention of that disclaimer in their reporting this morning.

You can go over to Zero Hedge and read an evaluation he did of the main “proof” in the report. As expected, there is no real proof.

“So with that useful background in mind, we present some more notable excerpts from the report, where we get an introduction to the alleged Russian “parties” –  APT and APT 28. and note that nowhere in the report is it actually confirmed that these are the two alleged hackers or that they were instructed to “hack” the DHS (or the election as Obama puts it) by the Kremlin.” Zero Hedge

Russia, Turkey and Iran have come together with Syria and some of the so-called “opposition” groups to hash out a cease-fire deal that may actually hold some promise of ending a good part of the violence taking place in Syria over the past 5 years of Obama’s regime change operation.

Notably, the United States is not involved in it nor is al-Qaeda, “ISIS” or the Kurds who want to bust off a piece of the country to make Greater Kurdistan.

Coincidence? No.

It’s also not a coincidence that this act of diplomatic aggression backed by pure official propaganda from DHS and the FBI happens to take place at this particular moment in time. We can expect the CIA and the Pentagon to do what they typically do when the prospect of peace breaks out in a country they are working to destabilize and assimilate. Last time we “accidentally” attacked Syrian troops killing a number of them in an all out act of war. When that didn’t seem to take, we got our terrorists in Syria to attack a UN aid convoy.

Russia has just announced the expulsion of 35 of our diplomats from their country as a retaliation to Obama’s move. They didn’t bother making up a fake “Grizzly Lie” report to justify their actions. They didn’t have to.

The covering energy is strong with this one folks. The MSM outlets are starting to ridicule and even imply treason to those who question the validity of the “evidence” involved in this latest McCarthism move.  They are beside themselves this morning ranting about da ebil Rooooskies and how they stole the election from Queen Killary. It is remarkable, scary and entirely predictable. They will jockey for opportunities to climb the old corporate ladders by fabricating greater and greater levels of panicked propaganda and angry feigned moral outrage at anyone who dares question the official line coming from the current regime in D.C.

McCarthy couldn’t have done it any better. Goebbels couldn’t have done it any better. Cheney couldn’t have done it any better.

But for those of you who are still interested in truth, understand this: it has nothing to do with Hillary being the worst candidate they could possibly have run against Donald Trump… the only living Democrat who could have lost to him.

It has everything to do with Russia getting between us and our Project for a New American Century and this last official move of Obama’s only goes to show just how much of a war-mongering neocon he really is.


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Neoliberal News of the Day: Tweets Edition

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:51

by Scott Creighton

After writing this morning and yet still recovering from my cold or whatever it was, I wanted to do a Neoliberal News of the Day for you guys but am too tired to write it all out. However, there is some interesting stuff on my Twitter feed this morning so I thought I would post a few of them after the break.

Here’s some of the handiwork of Obama’s “moderate” regime change mercenaries in Syria.

Our moderate rebels fire American anti-tank TOWs on people walking down the street South of Aleppo, at least they said Allah wo Akbar pic.twitter.com/zJz1y3eQxC

— Bassem (@BBassem7) December 28, 2016

If you ever had any questions about whether or not the Young Turks were controlled opposition, I’ll just leave this here. Shaun King, by the way, is the Soros owned and operated destabilization disrupter famous for Black Lives Matter. Now he’s on Young Turks. Wow.

Just when you thought The Young Turks couldn't get any worse… pic.twitter.com/2lGgmOwZVy

— Craig R. Brittain (@CraigRBrittain) December 29, 2016

Elizabeth “Sellout” Warren is apparently being groomed for higher positions in the unDemocratic Party of the future. Look at her doing her best Obama pose.

Hope? @SenWarren has ZERO credibility left & should be ashamed of herself! She selfishly & repeatedly abandoned the people & helped DT win. pic.twitter.com/KQBJGhBTJE

— Amir (@amiraminiMD) December 28, 2016

Apparently in Turkey everyone knows “ISIS” is just a creation of US/NATO/Israeli interests so much so our embassy has to put out press statements saying they aren’t. That’ll fool ’em.

New on MoA:
U.S. Embassy Turkey Openly Lies About U.S. YPG Supporthttps://t.co/iXEs2Yw3iu pic.twitter.com/N3T1hqvqJM

— Moon of Alabama (@MoonofA) December 29, 2016

Donald Trump. Just the right kind of vapid, soulless, self-centered and insipid president Israel needed at this tough time in their landgrabbing history.

Welcome to Greater Israel! The tail will be wagging the dog under Donald Trump https://t.co/c0pcEhdXUU pic.twitter.com/p2Fuo8MwQf

— James Corbett (@corbettreport) December 29, 2016

No evidence needed for President Peace Prize. Can’t you see his damn Peace Prize!?!

Without Providing Any Evidence of Hacking, Obama to Announce ‘Punishment’ Plan for Russia https://t.co/AFlBDXkFDd pic.twitter.com/TrgjmNFPSo

— The D.C. Clothesline (@DCClothesline) December 29, 2016


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The Collins Murder and Amazon Echo: Custom-Made Legal Case to Introduce Us to Big Business’ Version of Big Brother

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 06:50

by Scott Creighton

You would absolutely have a fit and swear to die with a gun in your hand before you let Big Brother watch and listen to everything in your home. Don’t say you wouldn’t. But when Big Business becomes Big Brother… well… let’s get our checkbooks.” Scott Creighton, Dec. 15th, 2016

The case seems like it was custom-made to introduce the notion of Big Brother to America. Not necessarily the murder… but the case. In order to explain this to you, I have to delve into the murder case itself a bit.

Victor Collins 1968-2015

On Nov. 21st 2015, James Andrew Bates, 31, of Bentonville, Arkansas invited a few friends over to watch a Razorbacks football game with him. The home team was playing Mississippi State in a game they lost 51-50. The game started at 6pm local time and was being played at home at Razorback stadium in Fayetteville. Bentonville is a straight shot north on I49 about 20 miles from the stadium.

3502 SW Elm Manor Avenue

On a Saturday in a modest home in a subdivision at 3502 SW Elm Manor Avenue, four friends got together to watch their local team lose a heart-breaker of a game by one point. Bates was there with his guests Victor Parris Collins, 47, Owen McDonald and Sean Henry.

On Sunday, Nov. 22nd at around 9:30am, James Bates called local police to inform them he found Victor Collins floating dead in his hot-tub.

Remarkably, it took Bentonville police until Feb. 22nd of 2016 to arrest James Bates and charge him with murder. At first he was held without bond but then released on bail in April of this year. The case is scheduled for trial sometime in 2017.

Why they waited to file charges or even need a trial in this case is beyond my comprehension. Here are some of the facts.

It is undisputed that after the game the men hung out for a while drinking beer and vodka until late in the evening.

First to leave that night was Sean Henry. After he left the three remaining men decided to hop in the hot-tub that was outside on Bates’ deck in the back yard. It was a very cold late November evening. ( ಠ_ಠ )

This is where the stories of the two surviving members of that hot-tub party diverge from one another.

According to Owen McDonald, he left somewhere around midnight, leaving Bates and Collins still drinking in the hot-tub. His story is backed-up by his wife who claims he returned home at around 12:30am that night as well as by a neighbor who picked him up and gave him a ride home when he saw Owen stumbling down the street, obviously drunk.

McDonald was later examined by police and found to have no signs of a struggle on his body (scratches, bruises, etc.)

Bates claims he went to bed around 1am leaving McDonald and Collins still drinking in the hot-tub. He says when he woke up he found Collins dead and McDonald gone.

But his story is much, much weaker.

Police noticed cuts on Bates’ hand and scratches on his arm. Upon further examination they found “a large bruise, as well as several deep scratches on his abdomen, back and arms

At the scene they found a pair of broken glasses at the bottom of the hot-tub. They belonged to Collins. They also found substantial amounts of blood in the water and on some cushions that surround the tub itself. They report to have found “Collins floating face up in the hot tub and noticed the water was tinted red and appeared to contain bodily fluids and blood, the affidavit states. They also noticed Collins had a black eye, a cut on his eyelid, his lips were swollen and bruised, and he was bleeding from his mouth and nose, according to the affidavit.”

Victor Collins did not simply pass out and drown in James Bates’ hot-tub after a night of drinking. He was beaten and apparently drowned by someone. Someone who had a number of scratches and a bruise on his body the next day.

Bates’ claim that he went to sleep at 1 am was contradicted by his cell phone records which showed some used his phone to send texts and attempt several phone calls after 1 am.

Police then learned the scene had been altered in what appears to have been an attempt to cover up a murder and make it look more like an accident.

“In December, detectives obtained water and electrical usage data from the Bentonville Utilities Department for the hours Bates said he was in bed the morning Collins died, according to the affidavit. The data showed the residence used 50 gallons of water between 1 to 2 a.m. on Nov. 22 and an additional 90 gallons of water between 2 and 3 a.m. In comparison, the residence only used 10 gallons of water when the men were together earlier that evening.

Detectives determined the extra water usage between 1 and 3 a.m. was consistent with the patio being sprayed down” 5 News Online, Feb. 2016

Seems to me this is about as cut and dried as a case can get. Their suspect has been caught in several lies regard the events of that night. He is the only one who had access to the crime scene and the victim, he was drinking excessively and apparently even tried to clean up the scene prior to calling the police. What the motive may have been remains a mystery but more likely than not, it had something to do with a drunken disagreement that went way too far. Whether or not Bates intended to kill Collins is not important. That was the outcome and it is tragic but not all that uncommon. People make mistakes especially when large amounts of intoxicants are involved.

Fast forward a year and now we have the story breaking about the prosecutor who has discovered that James Bates was a subscriber to Amazon’s Echo service and he wants that information to help him build a case against Bates.

I wrote about Echo back on Dec. 15th of this year in an article titled Aaron Swartz Rolls Over in his Grave as We Ignore the Rise of the Privatized Surveillance State (and even pay for it)

Echo is a system by which folks can access the internet and other available services by simply saying a keyword (Alexa) and either asking it a question ( capitol of Florida) or giving it a command (order pizza) from anywhere in their home. It is constantly listening and in my conclusion from the previous article, it is constantly recording everything that takes place inside your home.

Which is why the prosecutor wants the data from Bates’ home from Nov. 21st through Nov. 22nd 2015.

Amazon is reluctant to hand over the information.

“Amazon in a statement said it “will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.” NBC News

The prosecutor is challenging Amazon’s refusal to hand over the data saying ” Amazon has no legal standing in Bates’ case not to turn over pertinent information” and that my friends is the whole point of this case.

This isn’t about prosecuting James Bates or finding justice for Victor Collins.

If a prosecutor can’t go forward and win a conviction on the case I just laid out for you, with all that evidence, circumstantial as it may be, then that prosecutor should be working at Walmart and not for the people of his county.

This isn’t about that.

What Amazon needed was a test case from which they could be compelled to hand over your personal information to law enforcement taken from within your home.

Big Brother, in short.

Why did they need that? Their brand.

If you think for a minute that Amazon and all the other companies I wrote about the other day aren’t already sharing your private information with various government agencies you’re wrong. It’s part of the USA Freedom Act as well as part of CISA. They both set up systems by which the government PAYS these companies to collect and store this information for them.

That’s a fact.

This very public story is about brand perception and it’s also about getting us used to the idea that Amazon and other companies own whatever data they mine from us. It’s not ours. It’s theirs and they can do with it as they please.

That’s the legal issue this case centers around…not privacy… but ownership of the data. ownership of your data.

You can tell this case has been massaged from the start by the brand sensitive way various folks are talking about it, including, none other than the defense attorney herself:

“Kim Weber, Bates’ attorney, said that although he has nothing to hide, she is still worried about the issue of privacy. It’s a familiar concern: How cellphones are used to track people and whether seizing certain information on them is legal has been taken up by various courts.

“It is disconcerting for me as a defense attorney to know that we are purchasing these wonderful items to help us in our home … to help us in our quality of life, and then they can be turned around and … used against us to charge us in crimes,” Weber told NBC News on Tuesday.” NBC News

“Wonderful items”? “Help us in our homes”? Improve our “quality of life”? Really? Who do you think wrote that?

Watch any of the MSM press coverage of this story and you will see similar brand sensitive statements being made constantly about the case. That’s because Amazon is a monster. It’s huge. And folks don’t want to do anything to insult a major US business. Not good for their potential professional upward mobility if you know what I mean.

Years ago I wrote about how we were being tricked into “having the conversation about giving up some of our privacy for security” when they rolled out the “Edward Snowden” psyop on us.

Today the pundits on the MSM aren’t even talking about that kind of trade off anymore. Now it’s all about giving up our most sensitive personal information, the day to day ongoings inside our own homes, for a little bit of convenience. And this idea is being normalized with this case:

The Amazon Echo, by design, holds a wealth of knowledge. The Internet- and Bluetooth-enabled device is constantly listening. When someone gives the trigger word — usually the name Alexa — and then asks a question or makes a command, the virtual assistant does its best to comply.And, in those moments, Alexa is also recording.

Craig Ball, an Austin, Texas, attorney and computer forensic examiner who owns an Amazon Echo, said he’s able to go back to his recording history and listen to what he’s commanded in the past. If a conversation was going on simultaneously or the TV was on, he can hear that as well…”

Still, Ball said, people shouldn’t have a reasonable expectation that their data is off limits when a third-party company holds it.” NBC News

Before the “Snowden” story came along, people had a reasonable expectation to privacy in their homes. It’s guaranteed by the constitution. You know, one of our freedoms the “troops” are out there fighting for everyday?

But now, post “Snowden” (he’s got a movie out right now, isn’t THAT interesting timing?) and the involvement of Big Business, there is no expectation of protection from Big Brother.

Isn’t it funny how that worked out? Almost like something I have been writing for years.

This case is not about finding justice for the family of Victor Collins. As in all stories involving Big Business, the human side of it is meaningless.

Victor was survived by his wife Kristine Collins and his children, Brenden, Parris, Jackson, Kaelan and Avelynn. He was in law enforcement for most of his life.

Amazon needs this legal case to move forward for a number of reasons. The last thing they wanted was a case to come out where they simply handed over recordings of someone’s everyday life in their home to law enforcement without being legally compelled to do so. That would certainly result in loss of sales for their new devices as well as a rash of folks who already own them tossing them out in the street where they belong.

They also needed this case to set a precedent and that is of ownership of the data. It needs to be made very clear that Amazon, the “third party company” contracted by the government to collect and store such information about you, owns the data it collects and they can do whatever they want with it.

That’s terribly important because folks like myself (far too few in my opinion) who wrote about this years ago as it was unfolding were trying to warn us that the privatization of the surveillance state is FAR WORSE than what existed prior to the “Edward Snowden” manufactured hero pysop. And here it is staring us in the face.

The normalization of this for-profit Big Brother state is the real purpose of this event. The prosecutor does not need this info. But the company needs the case and the deep state needs the system to be introduced to the public and eventually accepted as the “new normal” we live under.

It’s not a happenstance that this is coming out right now in the wake of the release of the “Snowden” movie that serves to remind folks of just how scary and menacing the concept of government surveillance is. After all, everyone who mentions this case on TV also has to talk about how “wonderful” and “helpful” the Echo Big Brother systems is and how much it improves our “quality of life” as it listens to and records every sound made within our homes.

I feel for the family and loved ones of Victor Collins. It is ironic that he was a career law enforcement officer and his death is being used by nefarious forces within law enforcement in this way. Ironic and sadly uncommon.

Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t just about Big Business. It’s about the merger of Big Business and government and it’s about exposing to you just how much bigger government can become when they are so intertwined with business you can’t tell one from the other.. until they are the same entity.

Could you imagine if you took Amazon out of this story and replaced it with the NSA? We would already have armed militias out in the streets and millions upon millions of letters flooding into congress talking about our right to be secure in our homes and persons.

But now… not a peep. Not a word other than praise for Amazon’s “wonderful, helpful improvements to our quality of life”

Fascism does not reduce the size of government folks. It expands it in ways we have only begun to understand.

You would absolutely have a fit and swear to die with a gun in your hand before you let Big Brother watch and listen to everything in your home. Don’t say you wouldn’t. But when Big Business becomes Big Brother… well… let’s get our checkbooks.” Scott Creighton, Dec. 15th, 2016


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Di$info Jone$ ( Alex Jones ) Lets his Hasbara Slip Once Again

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 08:56

by Scott Creighton

(Just a quick note as I’m still very sick)

“Public diplomacy in Israel (also hasbara, Hebrew: הַסְבָּרָה‎‎ hasbará, “explaining”) refers to public relations efforts to disseminate abroad positive information or propaganda about the State of Israel and its actions.[1][2] The term is used by the Israeli government and its supporters to describe efforts to explain government policies and promote Israel in the face of negative press, and to counter what they see as delegitimisation of Israel around the world. “

Over at BOTH Prison Planet and InfoWars, Alex Jones (a.k.a. Di$info Jone$) has allowed a mindless, Henny Penny “sky is falling!” screed by Michael Snyder to be published about how Obama’s refusal to veto UN Security Council resolution 2334 is the worst possible thing anyone has done to the Israelis and in fact, by doing so, Obama has now cursed the United States… in the eyes of God.

“As I just explained in an article on The Most Important News, those that bless Israel will be blessed, and those that curse Israel will be cursed… By defiantly attempting to divide the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem during the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama has cursed America. You may not believe in blessings and curses, but the Word of God says that those that curse Israel will be cursed, and without a doubt we will most assuredly be cursed as a result of what Barack Obama has done.” Michael Snyder, on Di$info Jone$’ websites

Mr. Snyder’s arguments in this article are beyond irrational bordering on psychotic.  Can you imagine? You know that house you live in? God said I get to have it so you gotta get out and if you don’t like that, that means “you’re defiantly shaking your fist at the one true God” and you better stop it before you get us all cursed. You think I am exaggerating?

“Nothing else that Barack Obama has done during his entire time in the White House even comes close to this. He has greatly cursed America, he has set the stage for the bloodiest war the Middle East has ever seen, and he has defiantly shaken his fist at the one true God that created all things.

May God have mercy on us all.” Michael Snyder, on Di$info Jone$’ websites

Wow. We went back to the dark ages quick didn’t we?

Truth be told, Israel is occupying not only East Jerusalem but also a good part of the West Bank and they are doing so illegally. This has been the position of international law since June 1967. This is not a new position.

In fact, in spite of Mr. Snyder’s apocalyptic evaluation of the importance of this moment in our history, fact is, the Bush administration was much harsher on Israel and settlements than Obama has been and in fact, this is the first time the current administration every stood up to the Likudniks running Israel. Obama sat back and did nothing the three separate times Israel attacked the people in Gaza, never once uttering a harsh word about the cruelty of the IDF’s illegal actions.

Quite literally, Mr. Snyder is exactly WRONG about what this move signifies.

Were Israel to completely annex East Jerusalem, it would only be a matter of time before the crazies from Tel Aviv and their ranting, rocking back and forth hardliner orthodox leaders decided it was time to “relocate” the Dome of the Rock so they could build their new temple in it’s place. THAT would set off the ticking time bomb that is the Middle East today, not this resolution from the Security Council.

Perhaps someone in the current administration understood where Trump and his pick for ambassador to Israel (Milton Friedman’s ranting, Arab-hating son) would take the Middle East crisis so they acted to quell it prior to leaving office.

Or perhaps there is a darker purpose here.

Of course, Mr. Snyder’s childishly stupid and inane hasbara propaganda piece leaves me wondering if someone isn’t planning another Israeli false flag in Palestine. Get some Palestinian sellouts to sneak into Gaza or the West Bank and launch a couple of bottle rockets in the general direction of an Israeli town (or settlement?) as the Israeli press just HAPPEN to be set up to record the useless PVC bottle rockets flying through the air… which provides JUST ENOUGH pretext for YET ANOTHER Israeli slaughter of innocent Palestinian civilians.

For those of you who may have forgotten, this is exactly what they did when Obama took office. The Israelis never let a good cover story go to waste.

Di$info Jone$ has a LOOOOOONG history of having been exposed as an agent of Israeli hasbara services. It’s why he will keep his website up and running when a lot of “fake news” outlets will be shuttered in the near future.

Mr.Snyder’s ridiculous efforts didn’t go over so well with the Prison Planet crowd:

Might Makes Right • 6 hours ago

Remember, East Jerusalem is 95% or more Palestinian. Resident Palestinians, together with their ancestors, have lived in East Jerusalem for hundreds of years. So, where is the Israeli claim? At the end of an M-16, perhaps? Or a bulldozer?

No Comment9 hours ago

For once I’m proud of Obama. Int’l law applies to the Israelis too. I am so sick of their arrogance and I’m sick of sending those bloodsuckers tens of billions of American taxpayer dollars.

redshift2 hours ago

WHY IS ALEX PROVIDING A PLATFORM FOR ISREALI PROPAGANDA?

guest redshift2 hours ago

I think he is finally showing his true colors. I think this site is often a disinformation psyop, in my opinion. Even if the information is true, it is often skewed or misleading.

Di$info Jone$ is pure “fake news”. They always have been. Since reporting on Russian nukes flying over the north pole to wipe us all out, Alex Jones has been an information wars campaign designed to lead dissidents down the wrong roads or to sway them toward accepting neoliberal ideology as somehow being an alternative to the Washington Consensus, when in fact neoliberalism is the Washington Consensus.

But rest assured you Di$info fans boys out there, now that the CIA is allowed to shutter real truth sites and alternative media outlets that threaten to continue exposing the crimes of the New World Order, you don’t have to worry about AJ being shut down. He is doing just fine serving his masters in Tel Aviv.


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