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Phnom Penh PostCambodia’s ties with US frayed, says official

Thu, 28 September 2017 Ben Sokhean

In a speech to 65 senior government officials yesterday, Cambodia’s acting foreign affairs minister said this month had been “the worst” so far in the history of Cambodia-US relations.

“Our relationship seems to be difficult,” said Ouch Borith, who is second-in-command at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Citing the widely condemned arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha – over accusations of a purported US-backed plot to foment revolution – as well as the closure of US-backed and -owned independent media outlets and the dispute over deportations of Cambodian citizens living in the US, Borith said this month had been a “hot” one for the two countries.

“We are concerned about only one thing – that there is a push in the US Congress to impose economic sanctions,” Borith said. “That is a huge market . . . If the US goes, the US will take the EU with it as well.”

Borith echoed Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials in criticising the US for deporting Cambodian residents who were convicted of felonies despite many of them having lived in the US as refugees since they were children.

“[The deportees] were sentenced and did their time for five or six years already, and now they are sent to Cambodia,” Borith said. “It seems like that they are being punished twice. Some do not speak Khmer, our officials have interviewed them. And once we asked them, they are Vietnamese, Thais and sometimes Laotians,” he said.

Speaking at a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Cambodian Constitution, Borith said the ministry was working to promote the garment industry to consumers outside of the US in case the administration of President Donald Trump imposed economic sanctions.

“Not having visas is not a problem – it won’t kill us,” he said, referring to a recent visa ban imposed by the US on certain Foreign Affairs officials in response to the Kingdom’s suspension in accepting the deportees.

Borith also defended the government’s actions in shuttering the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the American-owned newspaper the Cambodia Daily, both of which he said had “violated the law”.

He said the NDI in particular had failed to register on time with the ministry under a 2015 law governing NGOs – a claim that the US Embassy in Phnom Penh has refuted.

The US Embassy declined to comment yesterday, referring reporters instead to a statement delivered by US Ambassador William Heidt earlier this month in which he noted that the events of the past month “aren’t hurting the United States, they are hurting Cambodia”.

Khmer Times (Sothea Nim) – Please stick to the facts

New Eastern OutlookCambodia’s US-Backed Opposition Leader Charged With Treason

Land Destroyer – Cambodian Opposition Leader Bragged About US-backed Sedition

The U.S. has a long history of meddling with the democratic process of various “Third World” nations, and this isn’t the first time for Cambodia. For an intimate account of the pre-Khmer Rouge history, see Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s My War With the CIA (1973). Sihanouk favored non-alignment (i.e. not taking sides in the Cold War) as a policy. He suggests that in the view of the CIA, this is a greater sin than siding with the communists. For this, he was ousted, exiled and replaced by the U.S. favored Lon Nol in 1970. A persuasive argument can be made that if not for the CIA orchestrated coup and the brutality of the puppet regime, the greater brutalities that were to follow with the Khmer Rouge may never have happened.

But that was then; in the present, we have what looks like the beginnings of a George Soros inspired (and funded?) color revolution, to the purpose of aiding the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), as exposed in the leaking of National Democratic Institute (NDI) documents (Phnom Penh Post, Fresh News). See the My War With the CIA blog for similar operations elsewhere in the region –  NED-funded NDI and Asian Colour Revolutionary Network, NOYDA (亞洲青年民主網絡) – The Anti-Empire Report Far East 2016-2017

From another CIA front…

Voice of AmericaWho’s Playing Whom on Cambodian Facebook?

Amidst all of this, a curious death. The body of Kurt Smolek, a U.S. State Department official assigned to Cambodia, was found late August in the Potomac River…

WHIODiplomatic Security special agent, former Dayton police officer, found dead in Potomac River

George Webb, who has an uncanny way of finding himself in close proximity to assorted skullduggeries (see our July 4 edition), just happened to be in the neighborhood; he notes Smolek’s connection to Hillary Clinton at his Youtube channel: Day 314.6 600 Water Street – Dead Body in the Potomac – You Know Where It Is Already

And now an intermission: Dead Kennedys -Holiday In Cambodia (Live at Target Studio)

Smolek’s contact info can be found in this Cambodia 2016 Crime & Safety Report, where U.S. tourists are warned not to eat the marijuana-laced “happy pizza”. The reference, along with warnings about human trafficking, has captured the interest of pizza-gate researchers at Steemit and Voat.

Wayne Madsen neglects to mention the Clinton tie-in, or Cambodia, but happenstantially connects Smolek’s death with that of others in proximity, though seemingly unrelated…

September 6-7, 2017 — Suspicious deaths plague Washington and Wall Street

On August 30, the body of former Dayton, Ohio policeman Kurt Smolek, 45, was pulled from the Potomac River. Local Ohio news reports identified Smolek as a graduate of the Dayton police recruit class of 1997. Reports also stated he resigned from the police force in 2003.

There is more to Smolek’s background than being a Dayton police officer. In 2003, he was recruited as a special security agent for the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department. Smolek had been assigned to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s personal security team. The agent was last seen on August 28, 2017, on the 600 block of Water Street in Southwest DC, which is located on the Potomac waterfront. However, he drove a GMC SUV with Virginia tags, an indication that he did not live in the district. As is normally the case with suspicious deaths of State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and other national security personnel in the DC area, DC Metro police quickly concluded, before an autopsy report, that no foul play was involved in Smolek’s death. However, WHIO-TV in Dayton has requested a copy of Smolek’s autopsy report from the DC Medical Examiner’s office, which is notoriously slow in issuing final autopsy reports in high-profile cases.

WHIO did report that Smolek had been assigned a new position in August of this year and that he was working in a building next door to one where a fellow Dayton police academy graduate was working. That classmate was described as working for an unidentified U.S. military branch.

The last day Smolek was seen alive, August 28, William Pete, Jr., a father of two and a poet and amateur comedian, was reported to have jumped in front of a Metro train on the Blue-Orange-Silver line at the L’Enfant Plaza Station at 400 7th St. SW, not far from where Smolek was last seen alive. The reported suicide of Pete occurred at 10 am. Pete was described by a family member as homeless and diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. Around the area of the Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza are found a number of federal departments and agencies.

A half hour after Pete jumped in front of the DC Metro train, Lindsay Jacoby, 40, a mother of two children and the president and CEO of her own Wall Street recruiting firm, Jacoby Staffing, leaped to her death at 10:30 am on August 28 from the rooftop of her and her husband’s $3.6 million four-story house, located at 12 Henderson Place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Jacoby previously worked for JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Oppenheimer and Company.

The three deaths follow reports that Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking a closer look at the alleged suicide of GOP political adviser Peter Smith, 81, the president and CEO of the Chicago-based financial advisory firm Corporate Venture Alliances and a Delaware shell company called KLS Research. The latter specifically specialized in avoiding federal campaign financial reporting.

Smith was allegedly a go-between for providing hacked Democratic Party emails to the Donald Trump campaign. Smith allegedly committed suicide in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room prior to receiving medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Smith, who was a close friend of former House Speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, died ten days after providing a “tell-all” interview to The Wall Street Journal about his contacts with “Russian hackers” who claimed to have obtained 33,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s email server. The official police report on Smith’s death stated he died from “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.” Next to Smith’s body was a note that stated, “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.” Apparently, Mueller is not totally convinced that Smith’s “suicide” involved “no foul play.”

There is more?…

Daily MailDiplomat probing MH370 mystery is shot dead in Madagascar amid conspiracy theorist claims he was about to deliver newly-found parts of the jet to Malaysian investigators

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Occupy Alt Right/Antifa in the Summer of Hate… Korea War II brinkmanship… Twilight of of the nationalists in Trump admin?… much, much more…

…among our headlines of interest for July & August 2017…

[Editor’s note: so much for slow news summertime; we just can’t keep up – meeting our Aug. 31 deadline but still updating as of Sept. 7…]

Unicorn RiotViolent White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Murder

DATA RELEASE: Discord Logs Expose Regional Networks Planning for #UniteTheRight

It’s Going Down‘Unite the Right’ Organizers Encourage Guns: “We Want a War”

Daily Stormer (down now, but mirrored at White Locust) – PSA: When the Alt-Right Hits the Street, You Wanna be Ready

Committed neo-nazis might question the bona fides of their (((fearless leaders))). Among the Unite The Right organizers were Mike Peinovich a/k/a Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff.biz

Upper East Side Patch (Jan. 19) – Neo-Nazi Blogger Outed In New York As Upper East Sider With Jewish Wife

Gateway PunditREPORT: White Supremacist Leader in Charlottesville Jason Kessler Was Obama Supporter – Occupy Protester

True PunditFBI Admits Federal Informants Linked to Deadly Charlottesville Riots; Unlikely To Face Charges

Blacklisted News (Daily Progress) – KKK leader has history as FBI informant

(Reddit) – On scene journalist working for The Hill confirms that multiple police believe Charlottesville car crash was caused by driver fleeing from violent Antifa attacks. Subsequently deletes Tweets

American EverymanVanguard America is Indeed a Honeypot Run by a Marine Corp Recruiter

PieczenikCharlottesville Staged Confrontation!

Why Evolution Is TrueArmed Leftists in Charlottesville

InfowarsBiological Warfare? Antifa Protesters Threw Bottles Filled with Sh*t, Piss at White Rally

The ingredients – indeed from “both sides” – were present to catalyze the initiation of a civil war, but how dare the President of the United States point this out…

The HillTrump defiant: ‘Blame on both sides’ in Charlottesville

The people of Charlottesville however seem to understand that their elected officials were responsible for combining the volatile ingredients, in the kettling of alt-right marchers through antifa gauntlets…

Daily ProgressThree arrested as councilors vote to shroud Confederate statues at meeting overwhelmed by anger

WhoWhatWhy (Peter Dale Scott) – Charlottesville Police Inaction: Part of a Nationwide Development

Free Thought ProjectConfirmed: Police Told to Stand Down in Charlottesville—Did Nothing as War Broke Out

Multiple High-Level U.S. Officials Publicly Warn of Govt Plot to Assassinate Trump

Police Chief Outed as Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Prepping for Bloody ‘Race War’, Owner of KKK Website

iBankCoinDOJ Demands 1.3 Million IP Addresses Of Visitors To Antifa Website Used To Coordinate Riots

Zero HedgeUrban Warfare: NATO Issues RFP For Training To Fight In Big Cities With “Dense, Interconnected Populations”

Occurrenceson the brink

Fellowship of the MindsSigns of Charlottesville ‘white supremacist’ rally being a false flag

Washington PostMan charged in anti-government bomb plot in Oklahoma City

@JulianAssangeThe new face of America is eerily familiar.

Strategic Culture (Finian Cunningham) – Pentagon Denounces American Nazis While Arming Ukrainian Nazis

Drudge headlines Aug. 17...

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS STAYING UP IN GETTYSBURG!

Lincoln bust torched in Chicago…

Vandals deface Robert E. Lee at Duke…

Activists Float Criminalization of Imagery…

VICE TWEETS: BLOW UP MT. RUSHMORE…

‘Nazis’ Spray-Painted on NH Republican Headquarters…

Swastikas on Miami Palms…

YALE censors ‘hostile’ historic artwork…

WRALDurham protester charged in Confederate statue vandalism

Baltimore BrewColumbus statue in Baltimore vandalized

Baltimore’s 225-year-old monument to Christopher Columbus, said to be the oldest in the country and the world dedicated to the explorer that is still standing, has been severely vandalized.

Government SlavesWas the FBI complicit in a left-wing terrorism cover-up? BOMBSHELL evidence emerges following attempted bombing of Houston statue

Truthdig (Chris Hedges) – How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Observer (John Schindler) – How to Avoid America’s Coming Years of Lead

Schindler – a spook in his own right of the Angletonian Russian-under-every-rock legacy – of course fails to note the role of NATO’s Gladio program in stoking European terrorism during the Cold War. But he does raise a worthy question as to who may be provocateuring both sides towards more and more violent action. Not just the “occupation” of the alt-right, as we suggest, but vice-versa, as Louise Neu tweets in response to Schindler…

@ninaandtitospeaking of provocation: Mike Ma, Milo pal. left side: dressed as Antifa at UW when shooting happened. right side: WP handsign w Milo at WH [jpg]

Civil war in the cyber sphere…

Electronic Frontier FoundationFighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression

ReutersNeo-Nazi group moves to ‘Dark Web’ after website goes down

Tech CrunchCloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

Activist PostPurge Begins: Cloudflare Terminates Service to Cody Wilson’s GhostGunner Website

It’s Going Down – Patreon Caves to Tim Pool and the Alt-Right, Bans IGD

“Hate Preachers” and Militia Turn Tail in Face of Mass Numbers in Berkeley

How full-blown it goes remains to be seen, but the civil war is on. On the Internet and in the real world, open season has been declared by ‘both sides’ with each provocateuring the other, white nationalists vs. Black Lives Matter, antifa vs. the racist alt-right, and so forth… There is one group however that is human racist, that is, against the species, the eco-extremist Individualists Tending Toward the Wild, or ITS…

IGS Not Our Comrades: ITS Attacks on Anarchists

325  – “ITS, or the rhetoric of decay” (Joint statement of insurrectional groups in Mexican territory)

They have no qualms in killing whites. peoples of color, fascists, anti-fascists, moderates, anarchists, etc. It makes no difference, since a human is a human is a virus. They already have a body count going…

Atassa (May 6) – Twenty-Ninth Communique of the Individualists Tending Toward the Wild / Indiscriminate Group Tending Toward the Wild

We’ve been warning you from the beginning… we take responsibility for the following actions:

-Sunday, April 30th: The murder of two individuals at the foot of Tlaloc Mountain.

-Thursday, May 4th: Abandoning an incendiary device in Room 104 of the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM

With these actions we make it clear that this isn’t a game. Our words are serious.

Every human being merits extinction and we will make sure that they lose hope. When our name is merely mentioned they will tremble since we do not respect the integrity nor the life of the human being. At this stage of the game it is stupid to believe in a better life or a better world. At this stage there’s no hope that something “better” will happen in the future. We see seas contaminated with oil and chemical products. We see rivers full of trash, we see forests burned due to the presence of human beings. We see skies turned gray due to the slag of heavy metals, soil made infertile by chemical products, alterations in biological systems, unnatural species mutations, and we see the human being turned into a mass that only subsists like a virus (1) on planet Earth. Why do we say this? The human being is not necessary in the natural biological systems of planet Earth, the only thing that it does is modify it in a negative manner. To put it more simply: The modern human being is a virus that invades the Earth (cell), it take advantage of all of the systems that exist in it, and afterwards destroys the cell (a joke of the paranoid, and of course they’ll say we’re conspiracy-mongers. Why else do you think that they are looking for other habitable planets? So that the human virus after replicating itself can invade another cell LOL). That’s what the modern human being represents to us: only a virus that has infected planet Earth and that is why it should cease to exist…

Shall their wish be granted? The doomsday clock ticks closer to midnight (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists), as Trump threatens to nuke the only anti-nuke nuclear nation…

Global Research122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. North Korea is the only Nuclear Country Which Voted Yes

Press TVNNSA test-drops second gravity nuclear bomb in five months

Alert 5U.S., South Korea conduct ballistic missile exercise following North Korean ICBM launch

NBC NewsU.S. Test-Launches ICBM Amid North Korea Tensions

ReutersChinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane – U.S. officials

Zero Hedge (WSJ) – “Time Is Running Out” – China Is Planning For A Crisis Along North Korean Border

(Munhua Ilbo) – South Korea Is Preparing A “Surgical Strike” Against The North: Report

Senator Graham: Trump Is Prepared To Strike; “There Is A Military Option To Destroy North Korea”

(KCNA) – Kim Jong Un: “The Entire US Territory Is Now Within Our ICBM Range”

GuardianNorth Korea may have ability for miniaturised nuclear warhead, Japan says

Japan TimesNorth Korea threatens U.S. with ‘nuclear hammer’ after CIA chief appears to hint at regime change

NBC NewsTrump Vows North Korea Threat Will Be Met With ‘Fire and Fury’

Among those who would be killed…

chojiro22 (Youtube) – North Korea: Opening Performance by Kindergarden Children in Sinuiju 新義州の幼稚園

North Korea: Morning Music in front of Pyongyang Station 北朝鮮:早朝の平壌駅前

A standing ovation for their inspired song The Whistleblowers in Pyongyang, Aug. 15, 2015, from the film, Liberation Day

GoldhidherZLaibach Performs Live In North Korea

We’ve been having some difficulty with our ISP browsing directly to KCNA, but in a roundabout way (via kfausa.org) we have finally accessed it for the unfiltered, inimitable prose…

Korean Central News AgencyU.S. War Hysteria Will Only Bring Miserable End of American Empire: Spokesman for KPA General Staff

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) issued the following statement on Tuesday:

Timed to coincide with the fabrication of the heinous “sanctions resolution” against the DPRK at the UN, the U.S. war-thirsty forces are engrossed in war hysteria without discretion.

In the U.S. Trump is talking rhetoric without hesitation that “he will not rule out a war against the north rather than taking a folded-arm approach towards its development of long-range nuclear missile advancing with a rapid speed” and “even if a war breaks out, it will be fought on the Korean peninsula and even though thousands are killed, they will be there, not in the U.S. mainland.”

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Haley is openly saying that the “U.S. has the inexhaustible power” and “it will exercise the right to all the military options”.

An assistant to the President for National Security is saying that “if the north has access to the nuclear weapons capable of threatening the U.S., it is an intolerable thing for the president. Therefore, the U.S. is preparing all the military options including a fresh preventive war for neutralizing the north’s nuclear strike capabilities”.

The military warmongers of the Pentagon such as Secretary of Defence Mattis, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford and commander of the U.S. combined special warfare are chiming in, unhesitatingly talking about the necessity of the “beheading operation”, “preemptive strike at the north”, “secret operation”, “internal harassing operation” and “special operation”.

Timed to coincide with this, the 82nd airborne division, the U.S. imperialist forces’ only air-dropping one, went into a large-scale airdrop and mobile drill, anticipating its involvement in the Korean front and the 25th light infantry division and the 10th mountain division are running high fever in their drills for getting familiar with the terrain of the Korean peninsula.

Navy SEAL which earned an ill-fame across the world and other special warfare units specializing in terrorist operations were urgently dispatched to south Korea. The plan for bringing strategic assets including B-52, B-1B, B-2A and F-22 formations to south Korea is in the pipeline.

At the Edward Air Force Base in California State B-52H formations are busy making preparations for a “secret operation” aimed to create chaos within the depth of the KPA, while staging a drill of dropping PDU-5/B bombs containing propaganda leaflets for psychological warfare.

The U.S. plans to bring huge naval forces including its two nuclear aircraft carrier task forces and a nuclear sub to the waters off the Korean peninsula.

All these military actions being conducted in the ground, sea and air clearly go to prove that the nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. authorities including Trump has reached an extremely reckless and rash phase for an actual war after crossing the red line.

Under the prevailing grave situation, the General Staff of the KPA clarifies at home and abroad its resolute stand as follows to mercilessly smash all sorts of military provocation, being planned by the U.S. imperialist warmongers, with the inexhaustible military might of the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army which has so far been built.

1. The KPA will start the Korean-style preemptive retaliatory operation of justice to wipe out the group of despicable plot-breeders once a slight sign of the U.S. provocation scheming to dare carry out a “beheading operation” against the supreme headquarters of the Korean revolution out of wild calculation is detected.

The “beheading operation” being pursued by the U.S. is just an extremely imprudent and heinous operation for “eliminating” the supreme headquarters of the DPRK, which has long been premeditated by the U.S. to “put under its control” Pyongyang where the supreme headquarters of the Korean revolution are located and neutralize the use of nukes and strategic rockets.

Once the U.S. shows a sign of starting to carry out the foolhardy plot, we will launch the Korean-style pre-emptive retaliatory operation of justice to annihilate the masterminds of the thrice-cursed operation and all the criminals involved in it.

No matter how much specially they have been trained and prepared, the commandos group will be completely eliminated outside the blockade lines of the seas, underwater and air of the DPRK in which its sovereignty is exercised and on the line before the Military Demarcation Line before they reach the supreme headquarters.

We have a world’s best special operation force, not merely a “team” or platoon or company or battalion in its scale.

Once the pent-up indignation of the service personnel of the special operation force of the KPA, which regards it as the greatest mission of the army of the leader and the party and the first maxim of soldiers to devotedly defend the headquarters of the revolution, against the U.S. and other enemies erupts, the U.S. will be forced to suffer an imaginably terrible disaster for the “beheading operation.”

The world will clearly witness how the fate of Trump and war merchants crying out for “not ruling out a war” and daring attempt to hurt the supreme dignity of the DPRK and eliminate its supreme headquarters will end in miseries once the fully prepared heroic special operation force group of the KPA on standby launches its operation.

2. The provocative “preventive war” the U.S. has devised and plans to execute will be countered with a just all-out war of wiping out all the strongholds of the enemies including the U.S. mainland.

The “preventive war” allegedly under the preparations by the security think tank of Trump is an extremely provocative aggression war concept envisaging a sudden strike at the nuclear and rocket bases of the DPRK, which have the U.S. mainland within their striking range, and preventing possible danger of the U.S.

Inventors of the “preventive war” admitted themselves that their act is a brigandish military option that can cause an international uproar.

Yet, they set the northern half of the Republic, in which the sovereignty of the DPRK is exercised, as the theatre of the “preventive war” and claim it can be an “ideal option” unharmful to them as only Koreans will die there.

This is a silly idea bereft of elementary sense, cognition and discretion of those ignorant of how things change, who their rival is and where the trend goes.

War is by no means a game.

The U.S. should remembered, however, that once there observed a sign of action for “preventive war” from the U.S., the army of the DPRK will turn the U.S. mainland into the theatre of a nuclear war before the inviolable land of the DPRK turns into the one.

We do not hide that we already have in full readiness the diversified strategic nuclear strike means which have the U.S. mainland in our striking range.

3. The attempt at “preemptive attack” oft-repeated by the U.S. military warmongers will be mercilessly foiled by the Korean style preemptive attack which will be mounted earlier.

Preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the U.S.

The DPRK has its own style peculiar preemptive strike mode capable of holding back any military preemptive attack of the U.S. in advance as it has made preparations for a do-or-die confrontation with the U.S. imperialist aggressors for decades.

It is ridiculous to talk about preemptive strike at the nuclear and rocket bases of the DPRK.

The Korean-style earlier preemptive attack will burn up all the objects in the areas under the control of the first and third field armies of the puppet forces including Seoul the moment the U.S. reckless attempt at preemptive attack is spotted, and will lead to the all-out attack for neutralizing the launch bases of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces in the Pacific operational theatre together with the simultaneous strike at the depth of the whole of the southern half.

All the strike means to be involved in the Korean-style earlier preemptive strike are ready to open fire of justice by order which can be made any moment.

4. The U.S. “secret operation” targeting the creation of disorder inside the DPRK and a regime change in it will be foiled by its all-people resistance.

The “secret operation” touted by the U.S. policy-makers is a foolish scheme aimed at bringing down the social system of the DPRK, in combination with psychological warfare after creating disarrangement with such disorderly conducts as murder, arson, destruction with the use of rogue-like special commandoes to be infiltrated into the DPRK.

In order to realize this scheme, a large-size bomb-dropping drill for psychological warfare is being conducted in the U.S. mainland.

The “secret operation” is a type of special operation which the U.S. applied to countries in Mid-east like Iraq and Libya and several other countries in Africa and Europe.

The anti-U.S. resistance of all the people including three million Children’s Union members and five million youths will smash to pieces the “secret operation” which the U.S. dreams to conduct in the DPRK.

A saying goes that a war with full knowledge of oneself and one’s rival will emerge ever-victorious but a war without knowledge of oneself and one’s rival would always end in loss.

The U.S. has gone hysteric, being quite unaware of the army and people of the DPRK.

The DPRK is an invincible ideological power in which all the service personnel and people are united around their leader in single mind and a country of an impregnable fortress in which all the people are armed and the whole country has been fortified.

The U.S. policy-makers have no idea that the country on a declining slope is none other than the American empire where they reside. Herein lies their tragedy.

This means that the U.S. is bound to meet a miserable end as it goes helter-skelter without knowledge of itself and its rival.

Those who make their way to this land for their dirty dream can never be scot-free as the entire army and people tightly hold arms with strong hatred and hostility toward the U.S.

The officers and men of the Korean People’s Army and the members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards replete with the transparent spirit of devotedly safeguarding the leader and defending the country are waiting for the time of do-or-die battle while closely following the every move of the U.S. imperialist aggressors.

The U.S. should not forget even a moment that its mean and crafty attempt at an aggression war against the DPRK will further strengthen the intensity of the military counteraction of the Korean People’s Army.

Should the U.S. finally opt for a reckless military adventure, defying the stern warning of our revolutionary armed forces, the tragic end of the American empire will be hastened. -0-

KPA Will Take Practical Action: Commander of Strategic Force

Pyongyang, August 10 (KCNA) — General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army, released the following statement on August 9:

As already clarified, the Strategic Force of the KPA is seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.

On Tuesday, the KPA Strategic Force through a statement of its spokesman fully warned the U.S. against its all-round sanctions on the DPRK and moves of maximizing military threats to it. But the U.S. president at a gold links again let out a load of nonsense about “fire and fury,” failing to grasp the on-going grave situation. This is extremely getting on the nerves of the infuriated Hwasong artillerymen of the KPA.

It seems that he has not yet understood the statement.

Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him. This is the judgment made by the service personnel of the KPA Strategic Force.

The military action the KPA is about to take will be an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the U.S. in the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity.

The Hwasong artillerymen of the KPA Strategic Force are replete with a strong determination to fully demonstrate once again the invincible might of the force, which has developed into a reliable nuclear force of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the world’s strongest strike service, through the planned enveloping strike targeting the U.S. imperialist bases of aggression.

The Strategic Force is also considering the plan for opening to public the historic enveloping fire at Guam, a practical action targeting the U.S. bases of aggression.

This unprecedented step is to give stronger confidence in certain victory and courage to the Korean people and help them witness the wretched plight of the U.S. imperialists.

The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan. They will fly 3 356.7 km for 1 065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.

The KPA Strategic Force will finally complete the plan until mid August and report it to the commander-in-chief of the DPRK nuclear force and wait for his order.

We keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S. -0-

The Sun KIM AND HAVE A GO IF YOU’RE HARD ENOUGH North Koreans stage mass rally as thousands raise their fists in show of strength after Donald Trump threatens to destroy the regime

KBS World RadioRFA: N. Korea Makes Emergency Standby Orders

“Preventive War” Is Not Privileged Option for U.S.

Pyongyang, August 11 (KCNA) — Now when the situation on the Korean peninsula is inching close to the outbreak of a war, it was reported that the security think tank of Trump devised a plan for “preventive war” and makes preparations for its materialization.

This war scenario, the gist of which is to give a sudden strike to the DPRK’s nuclear and rocket bases to prevent the U.S. mainland from their strike, is a plan for war of aggression which can be nurtured only by the U.S., a shameless gangster state…

It is ridiculous that the U.S. warmongers are unaware of the fact that even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of a new world war, a thermonuclear war.

We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time…

NikkeiJapan readies missile shield as Pyongyang threatens Guam

Pacific Daily News‘Don’t look at the flash or fireball’ — Guam Homeland Security releases fact sheet in light of North Korea threats

Wall Street Journal (Aug. 14) – North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat

International Institute of Strategic Studies The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

New York TimesNorth Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say

IntelNewsUkraine releases rare footage showing arrests of North Korean nuclear spies

The sabre-rattling goes on with U.S./S.Korea military drills in the end of August…

Yonhap News AgencyN.K. warns of ‘ruthless’ retaliation over S. Korea-U.S. military drills

Korea HeraldUS, Korea kick off military drills amid tensions on peninsula

FOX NewsNorth Korea’s latest propaganda puts Trump in cemetery

Hawaii News NowNew Hawaii campaign to help residents plan for North Korea attack

RTBlack Hawk down: 5 feared dead in Army helicopter crash off Hawaii

Moscow ‘preparing inevitable response’ as US hits Russians with new sanctions over N. Korea

Fort Russ (Известия) – US – North Korea stand off: Russian air defenses in Far East put on high alert

France24Air France expands North Korea no-fly zone after missile test

Blacklisted NewsFirst video of US Missile Defense Agency’s THAAD test

The DriveChinese Spy Ship Was Snooping Off Alaska For the First Time During THAAD Test

Alert 5 (PACAF) – B-1Bs flew to South Korea again

YonhapN. Korea conducts SLBM ejection test: CNN

Demonstrating flexibility for Hwasong-14 launch sites…

38 NorthNorth Korea’s No. 65 Factory Is Not a Missile Base

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: New Media Reports of an Imminent Sixth Test Again Cannot be Corroborated

USA TodayU.S. missile defense plans to zap North Korean threats

Missile Defense Agency: U.S. warship successfully shoots down missile in test off Hawaii

Reuters (Aug. 29) – North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

Zero HedgeNorth Korea Warns “More Drills” Coming, Says Launch Was “Prelude To Containing Guam”

U.S. Imperialists Introduce Nuclear Strategic Bombers and Stealth Fighters into S. Korea

Pyongyang, August 31 (KCNA) — The U.S. imperialist aggressors on Thursday let fly B-1B nuclear strategic bomber formation and F-35B Stealth fighter formation on a moment’s notice to sky above south Korea and conduct joint exercises for mounting preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK with the puppet warmongers, according to KBS of south Korea.

The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces do not hide their bellicose nature, claiming that the exercises are to “counter” the DPRK’s ballistic rocket launches and nuclear weapons development.

But the wild military acts of the enemies are nothing but the rash act of those taken aback by the intermediate-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket launching drill conducted by the army of the DPRK as the first military operation in the Pacific. -0-

Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNorth Korea’s “not quite” ICBM can’t hit the lower 48 states

Not quite The Onion

The DriveOne Of North Korea’s Most Dangerous Weapons Is The Ancient An-2 Biplane

The SunRED ALERT China reveals its terrifying military weapons with vast parade including stealth jets, nuclear missiles, attack helicopters and thousands of elite troops

ReutersU.S. destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef

Ten days later…

Commander, U.S. 7th FleetUSS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca

Was it AIS mischief? (See our previous edition)

gCaptainUSS John S. McCain Collision: AIS Animation Shows Tanker’s Track During Collision

ThereAreNoSunglassesDoes Latest U.S. Naval Collision Reveal That “Freedom Of Navigation” Operations Are Dangerous Game of “Chicken”?

Business InsiderThe Navy’s 4th accident this year is stirring concerns about hackers targeting US warships

Mischief on the Western Front…

ABC News12 US paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania

Zero HedgeUS Approves $3.9 Billion Patriot Missile System For Romania; Putin: “We Will Be Forced To Respond”

(Известия) – “We Are Forced To Strike Back”: Russia Set To Expel 30 US Diplomats, Seize US Assets

(Financial Times) – EU To Retaliate “Within Days” If US Imposes New Sanctions On Russia

(July 25) – House Overwhelmingly Passes Veto-Proof Russia Sanctions Deal

(Rossiya 1) – “It’s Time To Retaliate”: Putin Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats

BreitbartDonald Trump Signs Russia Sanctions

Strategic Culture (Eric Zuesse) – America Declares Economic War Against Europe

(Peter Korzun) – Russia, Belarus Joint Drills Used As Pretext for NATO War Preparations

– NATO Beefs Up Logistics Infrastructure for Offensive Operations

(Alex Gorka) – Ukraine Hosts US Military to Be Permanently Stationed on Its Soil

Alert 5Patriot deployed to Lithuania for the first time

ReutersNATO intercepts Russian jets near Estonian airspace

Anonymous News (РИА Новости) – Russia Unveils ‘Invisible’ Supersonic Fighter Jets Hard To Track On Enemy Radars

Global Research (Paul Craig Roberts) – Trump’s Choices. Russian Military has Concluded that Washington is preparing a surprise Nuclear Attack on Russia

SHTFPlanChechnya’s Leader Claims “Russian Doomsday Device” Is Activated

Military.com (AFP) – NATO Vows Support for Ukraine Against Russia’s ‘Aggressive Actions’

SputnikPentagon Reportedly Devises Plan to Arm Ukraine With Antitank Missiles

Novorossiya TodayDONETSK AND LUGANSK REPUBLICS HAVE DECLARED TO BECOME ONE NATION, MALOROSSIYA ! 

No Country, No Home, Former Nazi Ukraine Junta Governor And X Georgia President, Tie Muncher Saakashvili Seeks Asylum In The USA !

Fort Russ (translating Политнавигатор) – NATO exercises begin in Odessa, despite locals’ protests

(Известия) – Not meddling? US drone spies over Donbass

(Sputnik France) – UN notes doubling of civilian casualties in Donbass* (But neglects to say who is killing them)

(Русская весна) – Something doesn’t stack up: Serbia to hold military exercises with NATO

(RT Russian) – NATO looks on as Russia, China carry out first joint Navy training in the Baltic

(Политнавигатор) – Russia has deployed divisions ‘for attack on Vinnytsa and Berlin’ – Ukrainian General of Staff

FEMEN now in Putin’s employ?…

(Политнавигатор) – African-Ukrainian Femen activist against Poroshenko

Eduard Popov- Trump and Putin at the G20 – Part 1: High Stakes and Low Chances in the New Cold WarPart 2: The Ukrainian Problem Still Front and Center

TheLocal (AFP/DPA) – AS IT HAPPENED: Rioting steals attention from politics on first day of G20 summit

It’s Going DownHamburg vs. the State: How the City is Fighting Back and the Police Are Losing, Again

DWInterior Ministry shuts down, raids left-wing German Indymedia site

ReutersFrance’s armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts

WikiLeaksMacron Campaign Emails

Voltairenet (Manlio Dinucci) – Macron-Libya: the Rothschild Connection

IntelNewsSerbia recalls all staff from embassy in Macedonia, alleges espionage

Port of Cueta reeling from influx of migrants seeking passage to EU…

ExpressENOUGH! Spain shuts its border with Africa as Spanish blame EU for immigration crisis

Zero Hedge13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Driver Still At Large, ISIS Claims Responsibility

RTFirst CCTV video emerges showing van attack in Barcelona

GefiraSoros-sponsored immigration network in Italy

Al ArabiyaThe Mafia-ISIS connection: Partners in crime or perfect strangers?

OilPrice.comIs The Mafia Helping ISIS Smuggle Oil Into Italy?

The way the mafia smuggles oil into Italy is by setting up shale companies abroad that act as oil exporters. They sell crude directly to gas station operators at much lower prices, and then close the shell companies. The mafia uses the scheme to avoid VAT payments and to launder money.

The logistics involve tankers rendezvousing with smaller vessels out of Turkey and Libya in the middle of the Mediterranean. The smugglers transfer the oil from the smaller vessels to the larger ones, and then return the small vessels to their country of origin while the bigger tankers set sail for the southern Italian ports.

Is Bilal Erdogan and his BMZ Group tankers involved? See our post of 4/4/16 on the suspected transport of ISIS oil and other materials; see also our 4/23/16 post monitoring the irregular navigation of these ships – irregularities which may be explained by the type of maneuvers described above. Bilal had been under investigation for money laundering in Bologna, though the probe was dropped late last year (ANSA)

Washington PostTrump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow

AntiwarNetanyahu Opposes US-Russia South Syria Ceasefire Deal

Intelligence OnlineMossad fears its Syria policy is failing

Mint Press NewsHow A Free Syrian Army Unit Uncovered The Rebels’ Israeli Connection

21st Century Wire (Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban) – SYRIA: The Axis of Resistance Reduces Zionist Entity to a Quivering Wreck

Zero Hedge (Weekly Standard) – Trump Saw A Disturbing Video, Then He Shut Down The CIA’s Covert Syria Program

Jordan Releases Footage Of Green Berets Killed While On Secret CIA Syria Mission

US Coalition Attacks ISIS Convoy, Accuses Syria And Russia Of “Terror Transfer”

(Trud.bg) – Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

IntelNewsUS troops in Syria battle anti-Assad rebels once funded by the CIA

Al MonitorUS, UK join Lebanon’s strange military bedfellows

Al Masdar NewsAhrar Al-Sham breaches ceasefire to attack Syrian Army troops in Latakia

ISIL members claim Baghdadi was killed: Al-Sumaria TV

ReutersIslamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive – Kurdish security official

Syrian Arab News Agency“International coalition” shells Raqqa National Hospital with phosphorus bombs`

Fort Russ (SOHR) – US airlifts ISIS fighters to safety for the second time in a week, war monitor claims

It’s Going DownAmerican Anarchist Killed in Battle to Liberate Raqqa from ISIS

France24 (AFP) – Erdogan threatens to ‘chop off’ traitors’ heads in coup anniversary speech

Turkey seeks arrest of 35 media professionals over alleged Gulen ties

Andolu AgencyUS increases military posts supporting PKK/PYD in Syria

Orient NewsAA’s map of US bases in Syria infuriates Pentagon

DWGermany starts to withdraw troops from Turkish Incirlik base

Zero HedgeBack to Back US Drone Crashes In Turkey Come Amidst Severe Strain Between NATO Allies

Strategic CultureMoscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

NATO Member Turkey Turns to Russia for Air Defense Cooperation

Al MonitorTurkish-YPG clashes rage around critical sites in northern Syria

Turkish dam project would wipe out ancient town

Ankara-Islamic State story emerges between lines of Turkish report

Mint Press NewsExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel Pushing Washington To Partition Iraq And Syria

Wall Street JournalSaudis Open Iraqi Border and Forge Ties to Counter Iran

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Baghdad Post) – Saudi Petrodollars Buy-Off Madman Muqtada al-Sadr To Be Front-man In Sunni-Owned Rogue Shia Movement

Qatar Being Scapegoated For Carrying-Out CIA/Bandar Terrorist Support Operation In Syria

OilPrice.comSaudis To Take ‘Significant’ Measures To Bolster Oil Prices

Libya’s Oil King Won’t Be Stopped By OPEC

YemenExtraThe Saudi-Israeli Alliance

Middle East MemoWikiLeaks: Riyadh flirts with Tel Aviv through normalisation

Mint Press News (ABNA) – Saudi King Hospitalized For Dementia

New York TimesSaudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival

Intelligence OnlineAl Howairini, Mohammed bin Salman’s ears at interior ministry

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – A coup in the House of Saud?

BBCSaudi Arabia’s missing princes

Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting

Intelligence OnlineAnti-Qatar quartet report builds case against Doha

AntiwarTrump Hints at Abandoning Key Qatar Military Base in Talks With Saudi King

Saudis Block Fuel for UN Aid Flights in Yemen

Foreign PolicyConfidential U.N. Report Accuses Saudi Coalition of Killing Hundreds of Yemeni Kids

New Arab (al-Badil) – Leaked documents ‘reveal Saudi and Emirati crown princes’ support for al-Qaeda and IS in Yemen’

Khaleej TimesAbu Dhabi royal family member among injured in chopper crash

Geopolitics AlertU.S. Troops Flow Into Yemen and More Are Probably on the Way

Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Oil Refinery with Long-Range Missile

Fort Russ – Saudi-led Forces Kill 22 Civilians After Targeting Refugee Camps in Southern Yemen

Yemen Reports Sharp Increase of Cancer-related Deaths and Birth Defects, Caused by the British-made Cluster Bombs

(translating Al Mayadeen) – Saudis Maintain Close Relations with Israelis, Plan to Open up an Israeli Embassy in Riyadh

(translating Русская весна) – Iran building missile plant in Syria, protected by Russian air defense – Israeli media

Iraqi Forces Penetrate the Heart of the Last Major ISIS Stronghold in Iraq

(translating Breakingnews.sy) – Iraq to Receive Hundreds of Tanks, Worth More than $1 Billion, After Striking a Deal With Russia

(translating Вести) – Turkey to buy Russian S-400s for 2.5 billion dollars

RTTurkey & Qatar stage military drills amid Gulf diplomatic crisis

Gulf NewsKuwait expels Iran diplomats, shuts mission

Arutz ShevaArabs riot in Jerusalem

Middle East EyeAl-Aqsa dispute leaves three Palestinians, three Israeli settlers dead

New York43 Senators Want to Make It a Federal Crime to Boycott Israeli Settlements

Penny for your thoughtsIsraeli Organ Harvesting from Syrians: “paying the poor and the hungry to slowly dismantle their bodies”

HaaretzNetanyahu Suspected of Bribery and Fraud, Police Tells Court

Alert 5Israeli Air Force declares Hermes 900 operational

(Haaretz) – Israeli company accused of attacking Armenian military position with suicide drone

Voltairenet (Manlio Dinucci) – Now in orbit: the first “Italian” spy satellite

Euro NewsIsrael unveils plans for artificial island off Gaza

XinhuaChina sets up base in Djibouti

Indian Ocean NewsletterChina reveals the true intentions behind its naval base

ReutersEgypt’s Sisi meets Kushner after U.S. holds back aid

– Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian vessel

CryptogonU.S. Navy Ship in Persian Gulf Armed with Laser Weapon

Washington Free BeaconIran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup

Zero Hedge (Fars) – Iran Arrests 4 Saudis On A Vessel Inside Its Territorial Waters

(Army Times) – Sarin Unaccounted For At U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground

Mint Press NewsFederal Judge Fast-Tracks Demand For Legal Basis Of Syria Strikes

Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – Hiding US Lies About Libyan Invasion

New ArabLibya’s Haftar ‘provided with Israeli military aid following UAE-mediated meetings with Mossad agents’

Newsbud (Sibel Edmonds) – Israel’s Mossad Replaces CIA as Handler of Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar

NBC NewsU.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

PhilstarPhilippines disputes reported US airstrikes plan

Global ResearchHistoric Shift in Geopolitical Alignments: India and Pakistan Join Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Voltairenet (F. William Engdahl) – Has Narenda Modi Switched Sides?

Hindu TimesChina raises the heat on Doklam standoff

Global TimesMilitary clashes possible as border standoff drags on – expert

ReutersIndia, China soldiers involved in border altercation: Indian sources

Zero HedgeVideo Emerges Showing Clashes Between Indian, Chinese Soldiers

Who Is Michael Vickers? The CIA’s Afghan Jihad Architect Declares War On Trump

AntiwarBotched US Drone Strike Kills 15 Afghan Police

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit New Record High

Fort Russ (Вести) – Russia denies US accusations of arms supplies to the Taliban

VoltairenetRemarks by Donald Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

(Thierry Meyssan) – Trump and Pakistani support for jihadists

The NationHas Pentagon been orchestrating the terrorism roller coaster from the US embassy in Islamabad?

ThereAreNoSunglasses (The Globalist) – Shutting-Down the ISI/CIA Jihadi Academy–The Key to Winning in Afghanistan

(Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) – Taliban Chief Hibatullah Akhundzada Sends Message of Peace To President Donald Trump

(The Sun) – Does resurgeance of Brit. SAS in Afghanistan mean that Trump has gone w/Blackwater Solution?

RTWings for hire? Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince reportedly offering private air force for Afghan War

Cambodian PM calls US democracy ‘bloody & brutal’ in row over USAID-funded NGO

The Cambodia DailyUS Democracy NGO Joins Gov’t Doghouse

Fresh News (Phnom Penh) – NDI Clarifies on Neutrality

Peace Youth League Reacts to U.S Embassy Statement

Defense Spokesman: Cambodian Troops Are Ready for Laos

Amnesty InternationalCameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture

Zero Hedge (NewsDay) – Mugabe Says Zimbabwe “Will Not Prosecute Killers Of White Farmers”

BBCAfter Trump, “big data” firm Cambridge Analytica is now working in Kenya

Indian Ocean NewsletterKenyatta sows discord in opposition ranks

Miami HeraldState Department drops Cuba entirely from annual detail of terrorist activity

TimeU.S. Diplomats in Cuba Attacked With Sonic Weapon That Caused Hearing Loss

Radio HavanaCuban Government Rebuts Washington’s Harassment Allegations on U.S. Diplomats

American Herald TribuneBolivia’s President Declares ‘Total Independence’ from World Bank and IMF

teleSURHaiti Network Blames UN Mission for Rape, Killings, Cholera

US Plotting Against Venezuela, CIA Head Confirms

Trump Does Not Rule Out a Military Option for Venezuela

Zero HedgeCaught On Tape: Explosion Rocks Caracas, Injures Police As Venezuela Votes

Venezuela Analysis10 Dead, 200 Voting Centers Attacked as US Sanctions Maduro

ReutersVenezuelan election turnout figures manipulated by one million votes: election company 

Moon of AlabamaCountdown To War On VenezuelaStep II: Trump Imposes More Sanctions

OilPrice.comAggressive U.S. Oil Sanctions Could Bankrupt Venezuela

Mission VerdadUS Occupation Has Already Begun and Is Being Conducted by ExxonMobil

DWChile, Germany establish Colonia Dignidad commission

“Blood spilled on graphite destined for Tesla”…

Regeneración RadioNOCHIXTLÁN: MIXTEC BLOOD SPILLED OVER MINING CONCESSIONS

Los Angeles TimesMexico’s bloody drug war is killing more people than ever

Time (El Universal) – U.S. Government Helped Rise of Mexican Drug Cartel: Report

New York SunBezos, Slim, and Buffett, Publicly Pleading Poverty, Ask Congress for Help With Their Newspapers

Activist PostMozilla Joins George Soros’s Efforts In Launching A Strike Against “Fake News”

Middle East EyeSaudi investor ploughs millions into liberal icon of UK media

APBombshell stories spur news war with a twist

New York TimesTrump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign

Zero HedgeDonald Trump Jr Releases Emails Exchanged Ahead Of Meeting With Russian Lawyer

BloombergRussian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Saw a Clinton Scandal in Tax Inquiry

Wall Street JournalRussian Officials Overheard Discussing Trump Associates Before Campaign Began

The HillDOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team

IndependentRussian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr linked to investigation group behind salacious Steele Dossier

FOX NewsCo-founder of firm behind Trump-Russia dossier to plead the Fifth

NBC NewsFormer Soviet Counterintelligence Officer at Meeting With Donald Trump Jr. and Russian Lawyer

APRussian-American lobbyist joined Trump’s son’s meeting, too

Mad Cow News‘8th Man’ in mystery purchase of U.S. Mining Co. – 8th Man was part of Putin-Bush ‘Oligarch’s Ball’

Business InsiderHouse Democrats want to know why a major Russian money-laundering case was abruptly settled

GuardianDeutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation

Zero HedgeMueller Expands Probe Into Trump Business Transactions: Dollar Tumbles, Stocks Slammed

Trump Legal Shake Up: Kasowitz Out As Personal Attorney, Corrallo Resigns

Trump Preparing Counteroffensive; Begins Investigating Mueller’s Team For Conflicts

In Furious, Bizarre Tweetstorm Trump Slams Leaks, “Amazon Post”, “Failing NYT”, Hillary, GOP Senators

Wayne Madsen ReportJuly 21-23, 2017 — Trump lashes out as Mueller’s investigators close in

In a July 19 audio-taped interview with three reporters from The New York Times, a paper that has been disparaged by strongman President Donald Trump as a failing business reporting “fake news,” Trump had harsh words for the entire upper echelon of the Department of Justice. Trump lambasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the “Russia probe” and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for being a secret Democrat from “Baltimore.” Trump also attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI director James Comey, and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Trump made it clear that he would have not chosen Sessions as his Attorney General had he known he would recuse himself from Russian investigatory matters.

The day following the interview, Trump floated the idea that he may pardon himself, members of his family, and business colleagues from any future indictments involving Mueller’s investigation. Earlier, in his interview with the Times, Trump indicated that he has set a “red line,” namely investigation of Trump’s business connections, over which Mueller will cross at his own peril. Trump held out the distinct possibility that he might fire Mueller as special counsel. Trump’s threats have created pandemonium within the Justice Department and FBI, as well as his own White House staff. Trump’s comments to the media resulted in the departure of Trump’s criminal defense legal team of longtime Trump real estate attorney Marc Kasowitz and his spokesman Mark Corallo.

The flurry of resignations and threats came after it was reported that Mueller was focusing his investigation on Trump’s business dealings, including the use of Trump-owned properties for money laundering activities. These Trump money laundering connections involving members of what the FBI calls the “Eurasian mafia,” were previously reported by WMR and the links are illustrated in our massive Trump Syndicate “Road Map.” WMR also previously reported that Trump’s primary vulnerability lies within his business dealings and not the links to members of the Russian government and security services.

In response to a question posed by the Times to Trump about charges of money laundering and Trump properties, the president responded, “. . . it’s possible there’s a condo or something . . . so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows? I don’t make money from Russia.” Contrary to Trump’s assertion, it is not one person from Russia who has purchased a Trump condo, but dozens. Trump’s sale of condos to reputed Eurasian, including Russian mobsters, according to WMR’s research into Trump’s business empire, goes back decades. Trump outright owns 422 condos from New York City and southern Florida to Las Vegas and Honolulu. That does not include thousands of other condos in buildings bearing the Trump trademarked name, for which Trump receives licensing fees. These condo complexes are found in Panama, Seoul, Chicago, Toronto, and other locations.

There are reports that Mueller’s investigation is also focusing on the business activities of Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. Here, too, one finds a massive web of real estate and other operations involving offshore shell companies, pass-throughs, and dodgy secret overseas bank accounts. Moreover, Kushner’s and Manafort’s business dealings are connected by solid lines to the operations of the Trump Organization. The major problem for Trump, Manafort, and Kushner is that many of their business associates have previously been investigated by the FBI and Department of Justice, as well as Interpol, for organized crime syndicate activities, including money laundering, smuggling, tax evasion, human trafficking, bribery, and price fixing…

The morning after Trump castigated Sessions and Rosenstein in his interview with the Times, Sessions and Rosenstein held a mid-morning news conference at the Justice Department. The Washington rumor mill was rife with reports that the two senior officials of Justice were going to tender their resignations in protest over Trump’s comments. However, Sessions and Rosenstein announced an action much more perilous to Trump. Sessions, Rosenstein, acting FBI director McCabe, and Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, announced the take down of the world’s largest criminal Dark Web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa. Dark Web servers in the Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania were seized by authorities. Tens of thousands of addresses of foreign buyers of stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, heroin and fentanyl, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms, child pornography, and fraudulent services were identified in some 40 countries around the world. One of AlphaBay’s key administrators, Canadian national Alexandre Cazes, was found dead in his Bangkok jail cell after his arrest by Thai authorities on July 5. Police claimed the cause of death was “suicide,” however, the Eurasian mafia is very powerful in Thailand and it has police officers on its payroll.

There are several connections between the Dark Web bazaar operators and the criminal syndicates involving Trump and Kushner, including money laundering banks specializing in crypto-currency transactions and offshore business entities. The morning after Trump’s threats to the Justice Department, Deutsche Bank, charged in the past with money laundering for Eurasian mob rings, including those connected to Trump, Kushner, and Manafort, agreed to hand over information on Trump’s business activities to Mueller. Mueller’s probe is likely extending to Trump’s fellow Mar-a-Lago member, billionaire, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The Bank of Cyprus, where Ross served as vice president before joining Trump’s cabinet, is also a target of Mueller’s investigation, especially in relation to Trump’s and Manafort’s activities. The Bank of Cyprus’s chairman is Josef Ackerman, who just happens to be the former CEO of Deutsche Bank. A major shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus is Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian fertilizer oligarch who in 2008 purchased Trump’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida for $95 million, much more than the assessed value at the time.

The “Eurasian Mafia” predominates in both real estate money laundering and the Dark Web. By not resigning from their jobs, the Justice Department leadership sent a stark warning to Trump. While Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe conducted by Comey and now being handled by Mueller, that did not include a criminal pursuit of the same Eurasian mob elements involved in Dark Web activities. A successful investigation by Mueller of Trump, Kushner, and Manafort will not be successful without the type of international cooperation shown in the Dark Web bazaar take down. Sessions, Rosenstein, McCabe, and Wainwright demonstrated to the Trump White House that it can be done. Trump’s personal legal team quit the very next day. The success at which the Dark Web illegal profiteers were rolled up and indicted can also be applied to the criminal real estate activities involving Trump and his associates. With that as DoJ’s official response to Trump’s threats, it is only a matter of time before indictments of key Trump associates are announced at a similar morning press conference.

USA TodayPresident Trump has sent private messages to Russia special counsel Robert Mueller

Inquisitr (Spectator) – Felix Sater, Trump Business Partner, Reportedly Tells Family He Is Preparing For Prison Time With POTUS

Shooting The Messenger – The Felix Sater Files  (Part II)

BloombergKushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash

InterceptJared Kushner Tried and Failed to Get a Half-Billion-Dollar Bailout From Qatar

Wall Street JournalJared Kushner Details Russia Meetings, Denies Collusion

Paul Manafort’s Overseas Political Work Had a Notable Patron: A Russian Oligarch

InfowarsRobert Mueller’s Role in Clinton Scheme to Sell 20 Percent of US Uranium to Russia

ABC NewsSpecial counsel’s Russia probe loses top FBI investigator – noted by Zero Hedge/Daily Caller, Peter Strzok was the FBI agent who interviewed Hillary Clinton three days before Comey dropped her email server investigation.

McClatchyDCJohn McCain faces questions in Trump-Russia dossier case

Becker’s Hospital ReviewSen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer at Mayo Clinic – Phoenix

Disobedient MediaLeaked State Department Emails Reveal Connection To Donald Jr. Meeting

(The Forensicator) – New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally, Not Hacked

Washington TimesHacked computer server that handled DNC email remains out of reach of Russia investigators

Washington’s BlogNSA Officials and Computer Expert: Forensic Evidence Proves DNC Emails Were LEAKED, Not Hacked

Zero HedgeWasserman-Schultz IT Aide Arrested While Attempting To Flee Country, Charged With Bank Fraud

One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.

Arrested DNC Staffer Awan Retains Long-Time Clinton Associate For Legal Help

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer “Frantically” Liquidating $2 Million In Real Estate Assets

Daily CallerFBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

House Democrat’s Office Approved $120k Write-off Linked To Awan Brothers

FOX NewsCase against Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide expands with 4-count indictment

National Review (Andrew McCarthy) – The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers

Gateway PunditQuestions Surface Regarding Imran Awan Attorney and His Connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: Awan Brothers Sent Sensitive Intel to the Muslim Brotherhood

N.Y. PortIT staffers may have compromised sensitive data to foreign intelligence

The obligatory fog of infowar disclaimer goes with much of this section…

Radar OnlineSeth Rich Gave Natalia Veselnitskaya Secret DNC Emails One Month Before His Murder

BloombergTrump Worked With Fox News on DNC Staffer Story, Suit Claims

Sy Hersh the man in the middle? But washing his hands…

NPRBehind Fox News’ Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale

[Harold Butowsky, a wealthy Texas Trump supporter who had financed Rod Wheeler’s investigation of the murder ostensibly on behalf of Seth Rich’s family,] says he became convinced that the FBI had a report concluding that Seth Rich’s laptop showed he had had contacts with WikiLeaks after speaking to the legendary reporter Seymour Hersh, who was also investigating Rich’s death. According to the transcripts in the lawsuit, Butowsky says Hersh had an FBI source who confirmed the report.

In an interview this week, Hersh sounds unconvinced.

“I hear gossip,” Hersh tells NPR on Monday. “[Butowsky] took two and two and made 45 out of it.”

But then there was this; citing an FBI report, Hersh directly connected Seth Rich to the DNC leaks…

Big League PoliticsAudio: Seymour Hersh States Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks Source

Global ResearchBreaking: Seymour Hersh Cracks ‘RussiaGate’ as CIA-Planted Lie, Revenge Against Trump (full transcript)

It wasn’t quite “breaking” – found at Butowsky’s Debunking Rod Wheeler Youtube channel, Audio 2 is dated July 11. Quite a blockbuster recording to have lurked unnoticed by either MSM or alt-news outlets for nearly three weeks. (We comb the feeds as thoroughly as we can and yet it did not come to our attention until late Tuesday, Aug. 1) In any case, it is noteworthy that before Hersh said ‘2  + 2 ≠ 45’ he had been saying the contrary. Might his choice of the number “45” (that of the current POTUS) be taken perhaps as some sort of a wink and nod?

In an email exchange with Joe Lauria, an angry Hersh says the recording of the phone call (which apparently occurred before June 2) was surreptitious and made public without his permission. The release may have compromised one of his vital sources…

Consortium NewsA New Twist in Seth Rich Murder Case

The NationA New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

Blacklisted News (FOX) – Jailed Hacker Guccifer Says U.S. Govt Fabricated Guccifer 2.0 As An “Inside Job”

New Zealand HeraldGCSB ‘had no idea’ spy gear was still targeting Kim Dotcom

GCSB found to have illegally spied on others in new Megaupload twist

Circa (Sara A. Carter) – A top FBI lawyer is allegedly under an investigation for leaking classified information to the media

BuzzFeedAs Leak Probes Abound, Tillerson Promotes Diplomat Who Passed Classified Info To AIPAC

ReutersU.S. appeals court upholds gag orders on FBI data surveillance

The HillComey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material

Zero HedgeGauntlet Thrown: House Judiciary Demands Special Counsel To Investigate Comey, Lynch, And Clinton

House Intel. Chair Accuses Obama Staffers of “Hundreds Of Unmasking Requests”

New Evidence Reveals Comey Drafted Statement Exonerating Hillary Before Key Witness Interviews

American Center for Law and JusticeDOJ Document Dump to ACLJ on Clinton Lynch Meeting: Comey FBI Lied, Media Collusion, Spin, and Illegality

@KimDotcomBREAKING: Did Loretta Lynch use an alias to communicate with DOJ officials and why? Who is Elizabeth Carlisle? Dear Internet, investigate! pic.twitter.com/oqngTKDhLY

New York PostNew holes in Loretta Lynch’s story on the Hillary probe

Washington Free BeaconFmr. U.N. Amb. Power Emerges As Central Figure In Obama Unmasking Investigation

The Hill (John Solomon) – Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests

Judicial WatchNew Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Donors Receiving Special Treatment from Clinton Department of State

Federal Court Hearing Thursday, July 20, in Hillary Clinton Email FOIA Lawsuit – Update on Deleted Clinton and Weiner Laptop Emails

Western JournalismDocuments From Weiner’s Computer Turned Over As Part Of Clinton Email Lawsuit

Counter Propa (Caitlin Johnstone) – The DNC Fraud Lawsuit Has Been Dismissed. Dismiss The Democratic Party.

Free Thought ProjectSuicided? Despite No Gun, Police Say Lawyer Connected to DNC Fraud Suit Shot Himself

InfowarsAttorney Fears For Her Life After Exposing Clinton Body Count

Miami HeraldFormer Haiti government official shoots himself in the head in Miami-area hotel

Chicago TribunePeter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show

Daily CallerDoubt Surfaces About ‘Suicide’ Claim of Clinton Investigator

Wall Street JournalWho Paid For The ‘Trump Dossier’?

The HillWatchdog files complaint alleging DNC worked with Ukraine

WaPoFBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home

Economic PolicyFormer Goldman Sachs Executive to be Named White House Director of Communictions

It was to be short lived…

New Yorker (Ryan Lizza) – Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

Zero HedgeScaramucci Implicates Priebus In Now-Deleted Tweet Following ‘Felony’ Leak Of Financial Disclosures

New York TimesJohn Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci

CBS NewsHarvard accidentally lists Scaramucci as dead in alumni directory

Town and CountryThe White House Is Undergoing a Major Renovation

The work, which will be carried out by the General Service Administration, includes:

  • Refurbishing cracked stairs leading into the White House from the South Lawn, which have not been restored in 64 years
  • Performing exterior electricity upgrades, power-washing, and resurfacing an exterior door
  • Upgrading the HVAC system, which is 27 years old and runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Fixing leaks in the lower press area of the West Wing
  • Renovating the kitchen of the Navy Mess
  • Painting and renovating to freshen up the colors and switching out curtains and carpets
  • Removing temporary stairs by the press briefing room

Patrick J. BuchananIs Trump Entering a Kill Box?

The Hill (AP) – Mattis, Kelly hatched travel pact to keep tabs on Trump: report

PoliticoSteve Bannon’s disappearing act

Bannon has not been entirely absent from the West Wing’s heftiest policy discussions. On Monday, he attended a meeting of the NSC’s Principals Committee, which includes top officials from throughout the government, according to a senior White House aide. Though the president removed Bannon from the NSC in April, the aide estimated that Bannon has been at approximately 20 percent of the Principals Committee meetings since then. Bannon has reportedly dueled with McMaster over troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria, in each case warning against deeper U.S. involvement…

Bannon’s internal retreat has coincided with distance from other White House aides — most surprisingly Miller, a personal and ideological ally of many years. The two are “no longer working together in any substantive way,” according to a top White House aide.

Miller has followed a divergent path, integrating himself into the White House’s staff and building a strong relationship with less-ideological figures like McMaster and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with whom he has developed an increasingly close relationship as the two have collaborated on dozens of presidential speeches and policy initiatives…

By the end of August, Bannon and friends (except Miller) were officially out…

Daily Caller (Roger Stone) – Bannon’s Time Is Up

N.Y. TimesWhite House Purging Michael Flynn Allies From National Security Council

Circa (Sara Carter) – A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance

McMaster fired Rich Higgins over memo that discusses globalist, Islamist and deep state war against Trump…

Atlantic (Rosie Gray) – An NSC Staffer Is Forced Out Over a Controversial Memo

Foreign PolicyHere’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC

Intelligence OnlineThiel is Trump’s intelligence guru

Wayne Madsen ReportAugust 29-30, 2017 — The Trump/Kushner “Trojan horse” inside the CIA has agency on alert

The Central Intelligence Agency is no stranger to “moles” feeding highly-classified intelligence to outside parties. The Cold War and subsequent years saw moles within the CIA being ferreted out by U.S. counter-intelligence officers. However, what is unprecedented is the fact that the current CIA director, former Kansas Tea Party Republic Representative Mike Pompeo, is suspected by CIA counter-intelligence officials of conveying critical intelligence on certain key CIA operations to Donald Trump and his close associates, including Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. It is well known that Kushner and his ex-con father, Charles Kushner, enjoy close relations with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Mossad.

What has CIA internal security and counter-intelligence personnel particularly worried is a decision by Pompeo to have the agency’s Counterintelligence Mission Center (CMC) to report to him directly. The CMC is responsible for investigating Trump and the Trump Organization’s links to a myriad of Russian and other Eurasian individuals, companies, and syndicates. Pompeo’s decision was so egregious to CIA career employees, one or more leaked to The Washington Post Pompeo’s unusual decision to have the CMC bypass its intermediate superiors within the agency’s chain-of-command and pass on all relevant information on counter-intelligence operations, including raw intelligence, directly to Pompeo.

The CMC is an outgrowth of the CIA’s original counter-intelligence center formed by the legendary CIA mole-hunter James Jesus Angleton, who suspected Soviet moles had penetrated the CIA and other government agencies. However, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover believed that Angleton was so paranoid about moles that Angleton may have been one himself. If Angleton, who was very Catholic and very anti-Communist, was a mole, it was probably for Mossad, with which he maintained an unauthorized close relationship…

When Ronald Reagan’s campaign finance chairman William Casey took over the reins at the CIA in 1981, he immediately appointed New York businessman Max Hugel to the post of Deputy Director of Operations. Hugel’s off-the-books contacts with Mossad and the Israeli government ensured his quick departure from Langley and a counter-intelligence damage assessment from his short tenure — May 1981 to July 1981  — as the head of CIA clandestine operations. The official reason Hugel was sacked was a seven-year old civil case involving securities fraud. It was much more convenient for Casey and the agency to cite an old civil case in firing Hugel than having to admit they placed a suspected Mossad mole in charge of the CIA’s espionage operations.

Bill Clinton’s CIA director, John Deutch, was investigated by CIA counter-intelligence and the FBI for mislabeling several classified CIA laptop computers as “unclassified” and taking them home. After Deutch pleaded guilty on January 19, 2001, to a misdemeanor of mishandling government secrets, Clinton pardoned him. Deutch was discovered to have used his classified laptops from home to access a number of pornographic websites, some of which downloaded data-retrieving “cookies” programs on to the computers’ hard drives.

CIA officers told the Post that Pompeo’s political activism on behalf of Trump has the agency extremely concerned about security compromises. Agency officials expressed concern to the Post that never in the history of the CIA has there been a director so willing to place politics over the agency’s non-partisan intelligence and counter-intelligence mission.

In what could be bad news for Trump and Pompeo, career CIA officers have responded to Pompeo’s political meddling in CIA operations by providing counter-intelligence evidence on suspected security breaches committed by Pompeo to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and agents with the FBI. Although the CIA and FBI have had a traditionally stormy relationship, the unofficial and low-level cooperation between the CIA and the Bureau has grown closer as Pompeo has shown himself to be a dangerous mole within Langley.

Pompeo has no prior intelligence experience, other than peripheral, from serving as an Army officer in Germany after graduating from West Point. Pompeo, who ran businesses in the oil sector, received his political boost from the Koch brothers.

One anonymous CIA officer told the Post, “People have to watch him [Pompeo] . . . It’s almost as if he can’t resist the impulse to be political.” Another CIA officer fretted, “if you were passing on something too dicey [to Pompeo] he would go to the White House with it.” Even though White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster have purged the White House of far-right political hacks, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, with McMaster previously purging from the National Security Council ex-NSA Michael Flynn loyalists Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Victoria Coates, Pompeo remains a significant malignant Trojan horse within the national security structure. Moreover, the continued presence of Kushner and Trump speechwriter, Stephen Miller, within the White House pose a significant counter-intelligence threat, especially where Israel’s Mossad is concerned.

Thanks to Kelly and McMaster, neo-con war hawk and former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, is now also persona non grata in the Oval Office. Bolton has been trying to undo the Iranian nuclear agreement on behalf of his Israeli paymasters.

InterceptFire McMaster, Urges Pro-Israel Group Backed by Sheldon Adelson

NSO Group -covered in our June 1 edition- coming under increasing scrutiny…

N.Y. TimesSpyware in Mexico Targeted Investigators Seeking Students

CBCSlain activist’s lawyers latest known targets of spyware sold to Mexican government

Intelligence OnlineNSO chiefs’ Founders Group invests in cybersecurity firms

teleSURBlackstone Group Poised to Buy Stake in Israeli Spyware Firm

Equus Technologies is another…

Middle East MonitorIsraeli spyware found on Google Play

Pedo news…

Free Thought ProjectLargest Sex Trafficking Ring in Western US Busted — Children Openly Sold ‘In Plain Sight’

Yahoo StyleLittle girls model lingerie in ‘Victoria’s Secret’-style show

Neon NettleNavy SEAL has Assets Seized for Trying to Expose Elite Pedophile Ring

InterceptDiplomatic Underground The Sordid Double Life of Washington’s Most Powerful Ambassador

New Zealand HeraldVatican rocked: Police raid drug-fuelled gay orgy at cardinal’s apartment

Chicago Sun TimesFormer House Speaker Dennis Hastert released from Minnesota prison

Wayne Madsen Report: Former Nebraska state senator John DeCamp dies. DeCamp vigorously pursued the perpetrators of the “Franklin scandal” involving top GOP officials involved in trafficking child sex victims. The Omaha World-Herald, which was involved in the scandal itself, chose to omit the pedophile scandal from its obituary of DeCamp.

MirrorEx-BBC reporter who quit corporation after bosses shelved her investigation into Jimmy Savile dies aged 52

L.A. TimesHomicide detectives probe man’s overdose death at the home of prominent L.A. Democratic donor Ed Buck

WSJJoseph Rago, Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer, Dies at 34

His final piece: The ObamaCare Republicans

Zero HedgeJohn McCain Kills Obamacare Repeal With Single Decisive Vote

Senate GOP Rejects Rand Paul’s “Repeal-Only” Healthcare Plan

Trump Threatens To End Obamacare Payments And “Insurance Bailouts” Unless Repeal Passes

Trump-Bezos War Escalates: “Is WaPo ‘Lobbyist Weapon For Amazon’ Against Congress?”

Market WatchAmazon is getting too big and the government is talking about it

CNBCAmazon juggernaut sets its sights on its next victim: The middleman

CryptogonWorld’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals

World Socialist Web SiteAmazon and the CIA: a match made in hell – Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillancePart Two: Amazon, war propaganda, and the suppression of free speech

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites – Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount

Liberty BlitzkriegGoogle: Search Engine or Deep State Organ?

Mint Press NewsNew Senate Bill Targets WikiLeaks, Russia, Independent Press and the First Amendment

Washington ExaminerNew fears Drudge, InfoWars, Breitbart could face Dem FEC ‘inquisition’

Arizona RepublicEx-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court

FOX NewsJudge orders IRS to reveal who took part in Tea Party targeting

Zero Hedge (Time) – Leaked Obama Plan To Fight Election-Day Meddling Included ‘Martial Law’

Stock Board AssetBused In Baltimore Protesters Promote Violent Revolution In America

Counter Current News (AP) – Federal Probe Into Killing Of Black Man In Walmart Ends; Cop Who Shot Him Won’t Be Charged

Star TribuneJustine Damond fatally shot through door of Minneapolis police car, sources say

Milwaukee Journal SentinelMan charged in mass shooting plot at Milwaukee Masonic center seeks release

Free Thought ProjectParents Catch FBI in Plot to Force Mentally Ill Son to Be a Right Wing Terrorist

Congress Quietly Passed a Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Homes—Only 1% Opposed It

Indigenous AmericanIn Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

National ReviewGhost Voters: At least 3.5 million more people are on U.S. election rolls than are eligible to vote

APPostal Service: More red ink, missed payments as mail slumps

EFFAs First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

WSJRegulators’ Penalties Against Wall Street Are Down Sharply in 2017

GuardianCommonwealth Bank accused of money laundering and terrorism-financing breaches

Wolf StreetCryptocurrencies Collapsed

Fearing Contagion, Russia Bails Out Bondholders in its Biggest Bank Collapse Yet

ReutersU.S. indicts suspected Russian ‘mastermind’ of $4 billion bitcoin laundering scheme

Zero HedgeMysterious Trader With “Nearly Unlimited Bankroll” Said To Manipulate, Dominate Price Of Bitcoin

(Pastebin) – Mysterious Hacker Leaks Emails Of Top US State Department Expert On Russia

Vice MotherboardResearcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con

Sander LaarhovenIdentities of NSA Developers Exposed on GitHub

WikiLeaks (Vault 7) – BothanSpyHighriseUCL / RaytheonImperialDumbo – CouchPotatoExpressLane

WMC Action News16 dead in Marine KC-130 crash in Mississippi

The DriveThis Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

MassPrivateIU.S. Virgin Islands being turned into a police state by a former NYPD police officer

Guns.comOregon governor signs gun confiscation bill into law

USA TodayTrump lifts ban on military gear to local police forces

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – How the CIA made Google Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet— part 1

American Intelligence ReportPolice Receive God’s Eye Technology, Google Earth with Real Time Tivo Capabilities

The SunPARANOID ANDROID: How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

Center for Public IntegritySaving face: Facebook wants access without limits

AtlanticHave Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Counter Current NewsFBI Issues Urgent Warning On ‘Spy Toys’: They Put ‘Privacy and safety of children at risk’

eLIFEMagneto-thermal genetic deep brain stimulation of motor behaviors in awake, freely moving mice

In other words…

BGRScientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

Daily MailUS military reveals $65m funding for ‘Matrix’ projects to plug human brains directly into a computer

Privacy InternationalThe Military-Industrial Complex’s Secret War for Our Data

IEEE SpectrumNaval Research Lab Tests Swarm of Stackable CICADA Microdrones

Defense OneUS Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – Pentagon study declares American empire is ‘collapsing’ – Report demands massive expansion of military-industrial complex to maintain global ‘access to resources’

Strategic Culture (Alex Gorka) – US Military Presence Overseas Mushrooming: Here, There and Everywhere

BloombergThe Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution

Washington’s BlogMajor Mistake Found in Congressional Creation of Space Army

(Solari Report) – Documentation of US Dept of Defense admitting ‘losing’ $6.5 trillion ($65,000 per average US family), with 18 year history of ‘losing’ trillions. Your .01% illegal rogue state government at ‘work’ until ‘We the People’ demand arrests for OBVIOUS crimes in war, looting, lying

(Eric Zuesse) – Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Is Unaccounted-For

Newsbud (Sibel Edmonds) – NATO-CIA-Pentagon: Junction of the Real Druglords & Warlords

McClatchyDCPentagon secretly tested chemical weapons on US troops. Vets demand to know the cost

Prison PlanetStudy Suggests Drugging Up Germans to Accept More Migrants

CryptogonThe Strange Case of Wyndham Lathem, Andrew Warren and Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau

MIT Technology ReviewFirst Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

RTScientists 3D-print ‘high-resolution’ living tissue

Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – Worries about a Galveston Bio-Lab

InhabitatHurricane Harvey damaged ExxonMobil refineries, causing hazardous pollutants to leak

NBC NewsCrosby, Texas, Chemical Plant Explodes Twice, Arkema Group Says

The Economic CollapseEnvironmental Nightmare! Dozens Of Highly Toxic Substances Have Been Found In Tap Water All Over America

ReutersScant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis

N.Y. TimesMonsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer

Bangor Daily NewsLePage signs food sovereignty law, the first of its kind in the nation

TruthoutThe Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs From the Inside

Scientists Warn of “Biological Annihilation” as Warming Reaches Levels Unseen for 115,000 Years

GuardianPepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction

UK condemned over ‘shocking’ export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

KATU 2Radioactive plutonium detected in air near Hanford

Wayne Madsen Report – BBC: Unexploded “World War II bomb” discovered at Fukushima nuclear site. Nonsense, workers likely found a casing for one of Japan’s quick turnaround nuclear bombs that relied on nuclear material at Fukushima reactor site.

National GeographicPlastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific

Obama fulfills 2008 campaign promise…

SHTFPlan (NASA) – NASA Confirms Falling Sea Levels For Two Years Amidst Media Blackout

ReutersScientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

Liberty BeaconGeoEngineering Targeting Texas w/Hurricane Harvey & Exclusive Interview with Weather War 101

OilPrice.comResearchers Announce Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

ExpressFears that deadly Yellowstone supervolcano about to BLOW after 1400 earthquakes hit

SHTFPlanNASA’S Risky Plan To Save Us From Yellowstone Could Trigger A Massive Eruption

The Sun‘Strange’ signals that appear to be coming from a star close to Earth may have been sent by ALIENS, scientists say

Business InsiderAstronomers have detected ‘strange signals’ that may come from a star 11 light-years away

Planetary Habitability LaboratoryStrange Signals from the Nearby Red Dwarf Star Ross 128 – The Weird! Signal

New AtlasNew exoplanet-hunting camera fires up in Chile

TASSRussia, China to sign cooperation deal on Moon exploration

Updates on old news…

IndependentLabour joins 9/11 survivors in demanding Theresa May release suppressed Saudi Arabia terrorism report

Theresa May rejects appeal from 9/11 survivors to release suppressed Saudi Arabia terror report

RTFBI allowed to hide details of secret 9/11 report – judge

28 PagesGitmo Judge Blocks 9/11 Defense Attorneys from Viewing 28 Pages

YourNewsWireCIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11’

Al JazeeraJury to decide fate of CIA torture psychologists

Zero HedgeFederal Court Tosses Murder Conviction Of Ex-Blackwater Guard In 2007 Iraq Massacre

Newly Unearthed CIA Memo: Media Are The “Principal Villains”

Penny for your thoughtsEU President Donald Tusk Testifies, Again, On Polish Government Plane Crash Coup

LiveLeakOdessa massacre: Ukrainian expert stated that phosgene was used in Trade Unions House!

Fort Russ (translating Политнавигатор) – Love triangle or something else? Nemtsov killer sentenced to 20 years in prison

Cryptogon (University of Washington) – Synthesizing Obama

Blacklisted NewsTruman put Nukes in Guam and Gave the Order to Nuke North Korea

(National Archives) – NEW: 3,810 JFK assassination documents. 441 never seen before. 3,369 now unredacted

WhoWhatWhyWhat CIA Hid from the Rockefeller Committee

IntelNewsCold War files show CIA support for guerrilla warfare inside USSR (Part I) (Part II)

Trump beholden to neocons leaves Syria policy floundering… Saudi regime shift motivated to protect 9/11 perps?… USS Fitzgerald struck by AIS hack off coast of Japan?… Was Capitol Hill targeted to spark civil war?… much, much more…

…among the many questions raised with our headlines of interest for June into July 2017…

[Editor’s note: we will update this timeline, but expect the next edition to publish in the late summer, barring any major developments]

If it seemed that the month began on a happy note regarding U.S./Russia coordination in Syria, the situation soon devolved…

Al Monitor (June 1) – US, Russia hold secret talks over south Syria safe zone

RT (June 6) – US-led coalition destroys pro-government forces within deconfliction zone in Syria – Pentagon

Syrian Arab News AgencyForeign Ministry: Coalition’s attack on Syrian army is act of supporting terrorism

ReutersPro-Assad alliance threatens to hit U.S. positions in Syria

(June 8) – U.S. downs pro-Syrian drone that fired at coalition forces: spokesman

There is some question (@vszyb) about the time-stamp of the drone video.

Washington Free BeaconIranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack

Al Masdar NewsSyrian Army overruns US-backed rebels, recaptures strategic hilltop

(June 10) – US warplanes bomb ISIS neighborhoods in Raqqa with incendiary airstrikes

(June 12) – Humongous ISIS convoy allowed to escape Raqqa to fight the Syrian Army instead

Tolo NewsUS-led Coalition Colluding With Daesh In Syria: Russia

RT (June 16) – ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi reportedly killed in Russia-led airstrike – MoD

SputnikIranian Revolutionary Guard Confirms Daesh Chief Baghdadi is Dead

Tehran Times (June 18, videos at Alert 5) – Iran fires missiles at ISIS in Syria for Tehran attacks

SANAArmy general command: international coalition air force targets an army’s warplane in Raqqa countryside

Zero Hedge (June 19) – Russia Slams US Downing Of Syrian Jet As “Act Of Aggression” And “Support For Terrorists”

Alert 5This F/A-18E fired a AIM-9 and AIM-120 to down the Syrian Su-22

ABC NewsRussia warns it will treat US-led coalition jets in parts of Syria as targets after US downed Syrian plane

Washington ExaminerUS pilots will defend themselves as Russia threatens aircraft over Syria, Pentagon says

GuardianAustralia suspends air missions over Syria amid US-Russia tensions

Blacklisted News (Eric Zuesse) – Russia Announces No-Fly Zone in Syria — War Against U.S. In Mid-East

FOX News (June 20) – US shoots down Iranian drone in Syria

Spiritual leader of Islamic State killed May 31, announced June 20…

U.S. Central CommandCoalition forces killed Turki-al-Bin’ ali

ReutersIslamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’: Iraqi military

Al Masdar NewsTurkish troops arrive at northern Aleppo to fight Kurds

The Saker (June 23) – Kalibr cruise missiles strikes on ISIS targets in Syria by the Russian Navy

June 25: The latest from Seymour Hersh, now publishing even further afield from his original home at the NYT, as the London Review of Books proved too timid to challenge the orthodoxy regarding Assad and chemical weapons…

Welt am SonntagTrump’s Red Line

In this account of the early days of April, a broad swath of U.S. military and intelligence was well appraised of the immanent Syrian decapitation attack against a meeting of jihadist leadership at Khan Sheikhoun. The Russians had provided the Syrians with a guided missile containing conventional explosives, and in keeping with deconfliction protocol, informed U.S. and allied forces of the planned flight path. The “chemical attack” was likely a case of collateral damage as a result of stored materials in the same facility being released in a toxic cloud with the explosion. Following the attack, Hersh’s sources say that Trump was well appraised of the facts, but was too strongly affected by the ghastly televised images (of unknown provenance) to heed the caution of his intelligence community officials.

As if on cue, days before the publication of the Hersh article, DCI Mike Pompeo assures the public in an MSNBC interview that Trump is an “avid consumer” of IC product. Anticipatory damage control? It is noteworthy that Welt am Sonntag independently confirmed Hersh’s source – whether directly or indirectly, this would involve communications originating from a foreign location, and these were in all likelihood intercepted by CIA and/or NSA.

Excerpts from a chat protocol between “a security advisor and an active American soldier on duty at a key base in the region” as provided to Hersh…

April 6, 2017

American Soldier: We got a fuckin‘ problem

Security-Adviser: What happened? Is it the Trump ignoring the Intel and going to try to hit the Syrians? And that we’re pissing on the Russians?

AS: This is bad…Things are spooling up.

SA: You may not have seen trumps press conference yesterday. He’s bought into the media story without asking to see the Intel. We are likely to get our asses kicked by the Russians. Fucking dangerous. Where are the godamn adults? The failure of the chain of command to tell the President the truth, whether he wants to hear it or not, will go down in history as one of our worst moments.

AS: I don’t know. None of this makes any sense. We KNOW that there was no chemical attack. The Syrians struck a weapons cache (a legitimate military target) and there was collateral damage. That’s it. They did not conduct any sort of a chemical attack.

AS: And now we’re shoving a shit load of TLAMs (tomahawks) up their ass.

SA: There has been a hidden agenda all along. This is about trying to ultimately go after Iran…

And there’s the rub. In the article, Hersh notes that an “allied nation” (our guess: Israel) provided intercepts of Syrian communications…

U.S. intelligence was tasked with establishing what had happened. Among the pieces of information received was an intercept of Syrian communications collected before the attack by an allied nation. The intercept, which had a particularly strong effect on some of Trump’s aides, did not mention nerve gas or sarin, but it did quote a Syrian general discussing a “special” weapon and the need for a highly skilled pilot to man the attack plane. The reference, as those in the American intelligence community understood, and many of the inexperienced aides and family members close to Trump may not have, was to a Russian-supplied bomb with its built-in guidance system.

Hersh does not name the aides and family members, but it has already been widely reported that Ivanka and Jared Kushner had strong emotional reactions to the images. There are other motivations at play, however; likely among those pushing for a false interpretation of the images and intercepts were two holdovers from Michael Flynn’s brief tenure on the National Security Council – Ezra Cohen-Watnik and Derek Harvey – who have been persistently advocating U.S. escalation against Iran backed forces in Syria as a pathway for an ever widening conflict…

Foreign PolicyWhite House Officials Push for Widening War in Syria Over Pentagon Objections

The FP article is somewhat reassuring that the Pentagon brass will not allow the White House neocons to get very far with their agenda, unlike in the G.W. Bush administration where chicken-hawk neocons  Perle and Wolfowitz and Feith did prevail. There is some confirmation of this with a June 23 Pentagon press conference (transcript) where U.S. coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon virtually roots for Assad and Iran-backed forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS, quoted in…

Moon of AlabamaLocked Into Al-Tanf U.S. Military Concedes It Lost The Race To Occupy South-East Syria

We are here to fight ISIS as a coalition, but if others want to fight ISIS and defeat them, then we absolutely have no problem with that. And as they move eastward toward Abu Kamal and to Deir Ezzour, if we — as long as we can de-conflict and make sure that we can focus on what it is we’re there to do, without having any kind of strategic mishaps with the regime or with pro-regime forces or with Russians, then that is — we’re perfectly happy with that.

Our emphasis, since we can count on the neocons to game for those “strategic mishaps”… Lo and behold, the day after Hersh’s article…

APUS cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria

Operative term: “it appeared” that Syria was going to launch another chemical attack. And then they didn’t. What if, however, as with what was reported by Hersh, another decapitation strike was being prepared with conventional weapons against the rebel leadership? Then IS and other jihadist forces get a little more breathing space, just as they were being suffocated…

ReutersU.S. says its warning appears to have averted Syrian chemical attack

ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of RT France) – Predicted Chemical Weapons Provocation Materializes In East Ghouta…NOW WHAT?

GuardianSarin used in April Syria attack, chemical weapons watchdog confirms

Fort Russ (translating Русской Весны) – OPCW report on sarin at Idlib based on terrorist sources — Syrian Foreign Ministry

(translating Al Mayadeen) – Israeli Air Force Raids Syria Right After the Syrian Forces Annihilate at Least 45 Al Nusra Front Terrorists

ISIS and the Coalition Forces Jointly Attack the Village in Syria, Coalition Forces Admit to Have Used White Phosphorous in Raqqah 

(translating SANA) – “We Have Evidence US and its Allies Are Secretly Providing Cover for Al Nusra/Tahrir Al Sham Terrorists” – Lavrov

Global Research (Stephen Lendman) – More Evidence of US Support for ISIS

Guardian (Seumas Milne) – Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Free Thought ProjectDeclassified Docs Prove US Gov’t Knowingly Armed ISIS, Claimed Weapons Were ‘Lost’

As for the moral outrage expressed over the atrocity exhibition du jour – as seen on TV – the pleas of humanity coming from a Bush, Obama, Clinton or Trump ring hollow in light of these things not seen so much on TV…

(AP) – They Were ‘Grilled Alive’: US Govt Exposed Running Nazi-Like Torture Program

IndependentUS-led coalition admits killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq

AntiwarUS Airstrikes Hit Apartments in Raqqa, Kill 43 Civilians

Al Masdar NewsUS-backed forces cutoff water to over 1 million people in Aleppo City

NPRU.S.-Led Coalition Has Used White Phosphorus In Fight For Mosul, General Says

Middle East EyeAfter Mosul: The coming break-up of Iraq and end of the Middle East

Concurrent with the events in Syria, the “get Iran” crowd enjoyed shake-ups in the Gulf…

Another Day In The EmpireSaudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE Sever Ties with Qatar Over Terrorism

Zero Hedge (FT) – The Shocking Trigger Behind Today’s Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal

(June 6) – Terrorists Raid Iran Parliament, Mausoleum; Gunmen, Suicide Bombers Leave At Least 12 DeadISIS Releases A Video Of Iran Parliament Attack

Fars News AgencyIran’s IRGC Vows to Avenge Tehran Terrorist Attacks

Leader Plays Down Tehran Attacks as Fireworks, Says Incident Proves Preciseness of Iran’s Strategy

Mehr News AgencyFemale terrorist of Tehran terror attacks in custody

Middle East EyeIranian Revolutionary Guard blames Saudi Arabia for Tehran attack

BloombergTop Middle East Ports Shun Qatar as Saudis Tighten Isolation

Wayne Madsen ReportJune 7-8, 2017 — Adelson, Israel behind Gulf Arab split

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Israeli interests he funds are behind a series of computer hacking incidents that have resulted in a serious split between Qatar, the home of the U.S. Central Command’s massive Al-Udeid airbase, and a bloc of Qatar’s erstwhile Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

WMR has learned from unimpeachable intelligence sources who monitor Adelson’s worldwide activities that the casino tycoon has used the neo-conservative and Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and like-minded groups, all with close propaganda links to the Israeli government, to spread falsehoods attributed to the Emir of Qatar and the UAE government. The reason for the propaganda operation is to drive a wedge between Arab states that take a strong stand against Iran and those who maintain cordial ties to Iran. …

InterceptHacked Emails Show Top UAE Diplomat Coordinating With Pro-Israel Think Tank Against Iran

Al MonitorSaudi foreign policy pushes Iran, Turkey closer

ReutersTurkey rejects call to shut military base in Qatar

The DuranTURKEY: new accusations against UAE for financing anti-Erdogan coup

Al JazeeraTurkish parliament approves troop deployment in Qatar

Middle East EyeRevealed: Secret details of Turkey’s new military pact with Qatar

The Trump effect: How the political offensive against Qatar started

Intelligence OnlineHow Washington allowed the anti-Qatar offensive to come into being

Thiel seeks to share Palantir and SpaceX with Gulf

Notwithstanding the now singled out “bad guy” on the block, there is still money to be made…

AntiwarUS and Qatar seal $12bn deal for F-15 fighter jets

BBCHow BAE sold cyber-surveillance tools to Arab states

Intelligence OnlineUNITED ARAB EMIRATES/ISRAEL 07/06/2017 Diplomatic row over arms contract negotiating protocol

The Times (June 17) – Trade talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia mark a historic first

TelegraphUAE warned US it could end intelligence cooperation over 9/11 victims claims

The Saudi royals are also liable to 9/11 claims; they could at the very least be asked to testify as material witnesses, which prospect perhaps was a factor in deposing Muhammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince. Though Nayef has been heralded as the “Prince of counterterrorism” (Brookings), he was an official in the interior ministry beginning two years before 9/11. His father, Nayef bin Abdul-Azziz, dubbed the Black Prince for his close alignment with the Wahhabi spiritual leaders, had supported Osama bin Laden’s alliance with the mujahedin in Afghanistan and was slow to recognize Al Qaeda as a threat; when 9/11 came, he said of the Saudi 15 out of 19 alleged hijackers, that they were simply “dupes in a Zionist plot”. The elder Nayef died before he could assume the throne, leaving Nayef the son in his place, until the usurpation by the much younger Mohammad bin Salman (who had only turned 16 on Aug. 31, 2001)…

GuardianMohammed bin Salman al-Saud: the hothead who would be king

Zero Hedge (June 21) – After Shocking Saudi Shakeup “Not A Question Of If But When New Escalation With Iran Starts”

(NYT, Reuters) – Saudi Deny Deposed Saudi Crown Prince Barred From Leaving Kingdom, “Confined To Palace”

AhlulBayt News Agency18 Israeli fighter jets landed in Saudi Arabia to prevent coup

Middle East Monitor (thenewkhalij.org) – Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king

Consortium News (Alastair Crooke) – How Israeli/Saudi ‘Alliance’ Plays Trump

Similar motivations would seem to be driving policy in the UK as well…

RTTheresa May ‘sitting’ on UK terrorism funding report to protect Saudi allies

Mint Press News (IGA) – Report: Saudi Arabia Hid Knowledge Of Saudi Students In U.S. Who Joined ISIS

Fars News Agency (June 22) – Whistle-Blower: Saudi Arabia, UAE Plotting to Stage Coup in Qatar

Guardian (June 23) – Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

Middle East Eye‘An attack on free thought’: Middle East Eye responds to Saudi demands

UAE crown prince asked US to bomb Al Jazeera, says 2003 cable

Daily MailAttack on Grand Mosque in Mecca is foiled as suspect blows himself up after a gunfight with Saudi security forces as Ramadan nears climax

As the 10 day ultimatum expires…

Zero Hedge (July 3) – Saudi Grants Qatar 2-Day Ultimatum Extension As Saudi King Unexpectedly Skips G-20 Summit

Strategic-Culture (Peter Korzun) – NATO Launches Its Own Operation in the Middle East

Daily SabahGermany to start moving its planes from Incirlik in July

Penny for your thoughtsTurkey/US Relations Nosedive & Brett McGurk as Lawrence of Kurdistan?

Al MonitorTurkey wary of NATO’s decision to join fight against IS

German troops poised to leave Turkey for Jordan

IDF prepares for future of war in region

Netanyahu dictates agenda in meeting with US envoys

USS George H. W. Bush arrives in Israeli port on July 1…

Ynet NewsUS aircraft carrier to dock in Haifa

AangirfanIsraeli Commandos in Cyprus

Wall Street JournalIsrael Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels

Moon of AlabamaIsrael’s Fire Support For Its Al-Qaeda Mercenaries Started Three Years Ago

TasnimIsraeli Warplanes Hit Multiple Targets in Gaza Strip

Islamic Republic News AgencyIranian, Chinese joint military exercises kick off in Persian Gulf

Arab NewsSaudi navy has foiled terror attack on offshore oilfield — SPA

Middle East EyeTehran says Saudi coastguard killed Iranian fisherman

Alert 5 (Saudi Press Agency) – Missile attack on UAE vessel off Yemen

Abna24Four Saudi troops killed by Yemeni snipers in Asir

GeoPolitics AlertSaudi Arabia Conducts Over 50 Air Raids on Yemen in Just 24 Hours

Antiwar (N.Y.Times) – US Aid Coordinator in Yemen Also Oversaw Commando Shipments

NBC NewsPentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost

Voice of AmericaUS Strike Targets Al-Shabab in Somalia

News24Jihadists kill two, kidnap others in Mali army camp attack

IntelNewsEmiratis, Saudis, secretly assisting Libyan rebels with air power, says UN

Intelligence OnlinePutin moves up a gear in his support for General Haftar

Africa IntelligenceLibyan Wings soars over anti-Belhadj blockade… for now

Battle for control of the BSIC, Gaddafi’s former nest egg in the Sahel

Maghreb ConfidentialLiberation of Saif sparks off tribal bidding war

Gaddafi’s supporters return home

Fort Russ (translating Mathaba Media) – Support for the return of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

(L’Antidiplomatico) – ICC calls for immediate arrest of Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi

The DuranThe mysterious fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Newsbud (Bas Spliet) – The ‘Humanitarian’ Destruction of Libya – Part 2: Gaddafi and NATO, a History of DeceptionPart 3: The War on Africa

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Morocco World News) – Morocco Leads the Mavericks, Refusing To Bend To Saudies/Emiratis On Qatar

Al Bashir fires minister Taha Osman Ahmed al Hussein returning from Riyadh; accused as CIA asset…

Indian Ocean Newsletter  – Khartoum strictly neutral in Qatar dispute

Eritrea, everybody’s favorite enemy

Middle East MonitorReport: Saudi Arabia paid Egypt $25bn for Red Sea islands

Center for Public IntegrityTrump appointee is a Saudi government lobbyist

Wolf Street“Largest Single Arms Deal in US History” Turns into “Fake News”

ReutersLockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

‘Axis of love’: Saudi-Russia detente heralds new oil order

Love?…

The DuranSaudi Arabia won’t “go soft” on Putin anymore, vows to destroy “Russian forces in Syria in 3 days”

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – A wind of secularism blows over the Muslim world

On the eastern front…

Yonhap News Agency (June 7) – Cheong Wa Dae says deployment of THAAD should be suspended for now

Hours later, as if making a sales pitch for the Pentagon…

N. Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles: S. Korean military

Yet it remains a hard sell…

Strategic-CultureSouth Korea Delays THAAD Deployment – What Next?

Alert 5 (Chosunilbo) – China wants to inspect THAAD battery in South Korea

(Reuters) – North Korean drone was spying on THAAD site before it crashed

Shades of the USS Liberty?…

Zero Hedge (June 17) – Seven Sailors Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan

US Destroyer Nearly Sunk After Deadly Collision; Bodies Of Seven US Sailors Found

ReutersAn hour passed before Japan authorities were notified of Fitzgerald collision

U.S. likely to bar Japan investigators from interviewing warship crew, official says

U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

Washington Free BeaconFreighter Was On Autopilot When It Hit U.S. Destroyer

Wayne Madsen suggests AIS hacking involved (see our April 23, 2016 for other possible instances of AIS manipulation)…

WMRJune 26-27, 2017 — U.S. Navy heading into cover-up mode in collision of the USS Fitzgerald

U.S. Navy sources report to WMR that the Navy is heading into familiar cover-up mode in the official investigation of the collision of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) with the ACX Crystal, a Philippines-flagged container ship manned by a Filipino crew of 20. The collision, which killed seven U.S. Navy sailors who drowned in a flooded below-water line berthing compartment, took place near Japan’s Izu Peninsula on June 17 at 2:20 am local time. The Crystal  was under charter to a Japanese firm, Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), and was en route from Nagoya to Tokyo. The Crystal’s registration holder is Sinbanali Shipping, Inc. based in Manila, and its actual owner is Dainichi-Invest Corporation of Kobe, Japan.

The Navy’s investigation of the incident is headed by Rear Admiral Brian Fort, a Navy nuclear power-trained surface warfare officer. The Fitzgerald is not nuclear powered but driven by four gas turbine engines.

Significant questions have been raised internally within the U.S. Navy about the Crystal’s pre-collision series of bizarre maneuvers, including “corkscrew” turns. Such maneuvers are practically unheard of for merchant vessels, particularly container ships, which follow direct routes in order to save time and money. After the odd series of turns, the Crystal struck the Fitzgerald amidship.

The Crystal waited for almost an entire hour before it reported the collision to the Japanese Coast Guard, a factor that may have led to the seven fatalities aboard the Fitzgerald. The Crystal, which was heading east toward Tokyo from Nagoya, turned around off the Izu Peninsula, completing a full circle, before making a sharp right turn and striking the Fitzgerald. Plainly put, the container ship, which is three times the size of the Fitzgerald, appears to have turned around purposely in order to collide with the Navy destroyer.

[jpg] Crystal made a circular course deviation prior to the one that resulted in the collision with the Fitzgerald

There is also the curious fact that the Crystal engaged in approximately the same circle pattern before making the same series of turns just prior to colliding with the Fitzgerald. It is as if the Crystal was making a dry run test some 45 nautical miles to the west of the impact point before making the actual fatal right turn into the Fitzgerald.

[jpg] The Crystal veered off course twice prior to colliding with the Fitzgerald

The Crystal’s charter company, NYK, reports the collision occurred at 1:30 am and the Japanese Coast Guard has come around to agree with that as the time of the incident. The commander of the 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, has offered no explanation for the 50 minute time discrepancy for the collision between the Crystal’s crew, NYK, and the Japanese Coast Guard and the Navy. There is also the curious event of President Trump waiting two entire days before tweeting his condolences to the families of the drowned Navy sailors.

Several questions will dominate the Navy’s investigation. First, why was the Crystal navigating on unsupervised autopilot in one of the busiest shipping channels in the world? Why did the Fitzgerald’s state-of-the-art combat information center, in addition to the bridge watch section, not detect the presence of a ship three times the destroyer’s size? Why didn’t the starboard lookout on board the Fitzgerald detect that his ship was in extremis from the well-known danger signals of a vessel on a constant bearing with decreasing range? Why did the Fitzgerald not know of the Crystal’s close proximity via the container ship’s Automatic Identification System’s (AIS) repeated VHF radio transmissions? Although U.S. Navy ships have similar AIS systems, they often disable them when on sensitive missions. However, Navy ships routinely turn on their AIS systems when under the control systems of local vessel tracking services (VTS), such as the Tokyo Bay VTS. AIS systems are installed on some 400,000 ships, navigation buoys, lighthouses, and offshore oil drilling platforms around the world. If the Fitzgerald’s AIS was activated, there should have been a warning on both vessels of the Crystal’s close proximity. The Crystal’s AIS was squawking its location at the time of the collision, as evidenced by its track being transmitted to various websites, including Marinetraffic.com.

[jpg] Two U.S. Navy navigational incidents in five months in Tokyo Bay have Navy officials concerned about maritime cyber-hijacking. Left: USS Fitzgerald after collision with container vessel. Right: USS Antietam after running aground in Tokyo Bay in January 2017.

In January of this year, the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) ran aground in Tokyo harbor, near the Navy facility at Yokosuka. The cause of the incident, which resulted in a leak of 1100 gallons of hydraulic oil, but no injuries, remains as murky as the collision outside of Tokyo harbor between the Fitzgerald and Crystal.

There is one scenario that has some Navy officials extremely alarmed. They fear that the Crystal  may have fallen victim to maritime cyber-hijacking of its Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). Some “white hat” hackers have previously hacked AIS systems, causing them to cease broadcasting their locations. In one case, hackers corrupting an AIS system managed to have a tug boat disappear from the Mississippi River. Not only did the tug disappear, but the hackers manipulated the AIS data to have it reappear on a lake in downtown Dallas, Texas. ECDIS, which replaces paper nautical charts, can also be hacked because its components of AIS, Navtex (navigational telex), radar, and depth sounders are all vulnerable to data manipulation. The satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) has fallen victim to similar cyber-hacking attacks.

Although the U.S. intelligence community would rather not reveal the extent of the vulnerability of ships to cyber-hijacking on the high seas, it is believed that North Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Iran, Israel, Australia, India, and the United Kingdom are among the nations that possess such a capability. Even pirates based in Somalia have shown an interest in cyber-hacking to support their plunder on the high seas.

The Crystal’s crew was reportedly asleep during the ship’s odd turning patterns and the autopilot’s warning system appears to have been disabled. However, the hacking of the Crystal’s navigation system does not explain the failure of the Fitzgerald to detect the container ship, unless the Fitzgerald’s combat information center, including navigation and radar systems, also came under a cyber-attack. If the vessels fell victim to a simultaneous cyber-attack and there was any intelligence pointing in that direction, it would explain why the White House waited two full days to comment on the incident and send condolences, albeit via Twitter, to the victims’ families.

A White House that thrives on a lack of transparency, coupled with the Navy’s long tradition of obfuscation and faulty investigations into such incidents as the June 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, the July flight deck fire on board the USS Forrestal, the sinking of the submarine USS Scorpion in 1968, the 1989 explosion of a gun turret on the USS Iowa, the 2000 terrorist attack in Aden harbor on the USS Cole, the January 2001 collision between the submarine USS Greenville and Japanese fishing trawler Ehime Maru, and countless others, will likely result in the real reason for the Fitzgerald-Crystal collision never being revealed.

FOX News (June 19) – Otto Warmbier dead: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ North Korea regime

WLWT (Cincinnati) – Coroner: Otto Warmbier’s family objects to autopsy

@realDonaldTrump (June 20) – While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!

Yonhap (June 21) – N. Korea is open to moratorium on nuclear, missile tests: report

(June 22) – N. Korea conducts rocket engine test in suspected ICBM development: report

Korea TimesMoon observes test-firing of new ROK ballistic missile

DPRK celebrates U.S. Independence Day…

RTPyongyang claims to have fired first ICBM

Korean Central News AgencyReport of DPRK Academy of Defence Science

Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) — The Academy of Defence Science of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released the following report Tuesday:

Scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science successfully carried out the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14, newly researched and developed by them under the strategic decision of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army.

The rocket blasted off from the northwestern part of the DPRK at 9:00, July 4, Juche 106 (2017) to make 39 minute flight along its pre-set trajectory before accurately hitting the target waters in the open sea in the East Sea of Korea.

The test-launch was carried out at the maximum angle launch system and had no adverse effect on the security of neighboring countries.

The rocket flew 933km, reaching an altitude of 2, 802km.

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of our party, state and the army, personally observed the process of the test-launch in field and solemnly declared before the world its shining success.

The success in the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14, final gate to rounding off the state nuclear force, at just one go is a powerful manifestation of the invincible state might and the tremendous capability of the self-reliant national defence industry of Juche Korea that has advanced at a remarkably rapid pace under the great Workers’ Party of Korea’s new line on the simultaneous development of the two fronts, and a great auspicious event to be specially recorded in the history of the DPRK which has long craved for powerful defence capabilities.

As a full-fledged nuclear power that has been possessed of the most powerful inter-continental ballistic rocket capable of hitting any part of the world, along with nuclear weapons, the DPRK will fundamentally put an end to the U.S. nuclear war threat and blackmail and reliably defend the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region. -0-

Alert 5Hwasong-14 ICBM test-firing video from KCTV

If war should come, what is the principle motivating factor? This?…

38 NorthNorth Korea Nuclear EMP Attack: An Existential Threat

Or this?…

QuartzNorth Korea is sitting on trillions of dollars of untapped wealth, and its neighbors want in

Rense (Yoichi Shimatzu) – Israeli Lobby And Obama Served Up Warm Beer To Cold Korea

KTOO (Juneau, Alaska) – Kodiak to host test for Israeli interceptor missile

Intelligence OnlineGEOINT “Three Eyes” ready for take-off in the Pacific

Zero HedgeChina Sends Warships, Fighter Jets To Intercept US Destroyer In South China Sea

AntiwarUS Troops Are Inside ISIS-Held Philippines City of Marawi

SITEIS Operative Indicates IS Responsibility for Resorts World Manila Attack

InquirerDuterte: Resorts World attack work of ‘crazy man,’ not Islamic State

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Manila Bulletin) – Philippines Claims Maute Terrorists Nearly Mopped-Up

ReutersSeven U.S. soldiers wounded in insider attack at Afghan base: official

APTroop plan for Afghanistan seeks to regain battlefield edge

ThereAreNoSunglasses (June 3) – Mourners of Yesterday’s Kabul Protesters Deaths Attacked By Suicide-Bombers At Funeral

(June 23 Reuters) – TTP Terrorist Remnants Murder 40 In Parachinar and Quetta, Pakistan

(The Times of Islamabad) – Afghan Air Force mysteriously drops weapons supply to ISIS-Khorasan 2 days ahead of blasts in Pakistan: Russia

(The Times) – British SAS—Terrorists Or Storm-Troopers?

Pentagon/CIA Repackages Afghan Govt. Terrorist Force As “The Renouncers”

ReutersChina, Kyrgyzstan border forces hold exercises to stop arms smuggling

Труд350 diplomatic flights carry weapons for terrorists

New Eastern Outlook (Tony Cartalucci) – ISIS “Coincidentally” Appears Along China’s One Belt, One Road

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

The DiplomatIndia and Pakistan to Join SCO, Is Iran Next?

Daily PakistanIran operating drones in Balochistan since March

India TimesSCO could give platform to India, Pakistan to resolve disputes: Chinese media

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Conflict Danger Atop the ‘Roof of the World’

On the western front…

Baltic TimesNATO to closely follow Russia, China, Belarus drills near Baltic borders

ReutersRussia scrambles jet fighter to intercept U.S. bomber over Baltics

FOX NewsArmed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet

RTRussian Su-27 warns off NATO F-16 trying to approach defense minister’s plane over Baltic (VIDEO)

Daily MailUS deploys all its nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Britain for the first time amid growing tensions with Russia

TASSRussian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missile

Fort RussRussia Successfully Completes Tests of its Brand New Hypersonic Missile

(Русская весна) – Spy craft: US drone carries out an unprecedented flight along Russian border

The SakerUkraine escalates an armed conflict in Donbass

Novorossia TodayNazi Ukraine Junta Continues It’s Madness Of Bombing Civilian Areas Of Lugansk Republic As OSCE SMM Ignores The Ceasefire Violations Committed By The Poroshenko Regime ! (Report Lt. Col Marochko LPR)

Больше пострадавших от обстрела украинских боевиков. В Ясиноватском районе ранены 3 мирных – translated at Fort Russ: Children and civilians killed, wounded by Ukrainian shelling

Fort Russ translations…

Новости Донецкой РеспубликиUkraine resumes offensive against Donbass – 4 localities shelled in past day

Новости Донецкой РеспубликиUS advisers arrive in Donbass, offer further support to Ukraine

Новости Донецкой РеспубликиUkrainian intelligence Boss killed in car blast

Zero HedgeExplosion At US Embassy In Ukraine After Device Thrown Inside Compound In “Terrorist Act”

LiveLeak (June 17) – US Senate approves Russian sanctions over Russia’s actios in Ukraine

(June 20) – President Trump Meets with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Fort Russ (Политнавигатор) – Ex-Foreign Minister of Ukraine: Trump received Poroshenko as president of Banana Republic

(Русская весна) – “Putin restoring the world order that was violated by the US” – Oliver Stone

World Socialist Web SiteGermany issues stinging rebuke of US sanctions against Russia

ReutersWarning of U.S. desertion, EU chief calls for European defense

RT‘European army is inevitable’ – German defense commissioner

Gatestone InstituteGermany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs

Skirmishes in the Clash of Civilizations on LiveLeak

Chaos at Brussels station as reported terror attack

Video Footage of the Hammer Attack in Paris

UK: Attacker arrested amid chaos outside Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park

The SunSECONDS FROM SLAUGHTER London Bridge attack – Moment sick terrorists stroll past pub mid-van and knife rampage – as PM declares war on extremism

Telegraph‘They shouted ‘this is for Allah’, as they stabbed indiscriminately’ – How the London terror attack unfolded

The DuranCNN BUSTED using crisis actors to stage “Muslim outrage” in London after terror attacks

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – ISIS recruiter who radicalised London Bridge attackers was protected by MI5

From Behind Enemy LinesSalman Abedi’s suitcase, and the far more interesting (but hidden) Libyan dimension

Mark CurtisA London attacker’s links to UK covert operations in Syria and Libya

Corbyn gains in UK elections…

LiberationReport from London: How Corbyn defied all odds

ReutersElection debacle leaves UK government in a minority on eve of Brexit talks

BBCConservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Daily MailFears of a Grenfell Tower cover-up as Labour MP who lost artist friend urges police to carry out raids to stop firms and councils from destroying evidence

Wolf Street“Bail-In” Era for Europe’s Banking Crisis Begins 

Unicorn Riot (July 4) – #NoG20 Protests: Live Updates from Germany

Truth and Shadows (review of J. Michael Springmann’s Goodbye Europe? Hello, Chaos?: Merkel’s Migrant Bomb) – Manufactured migrants are tools in U.S. Empire’s ‘grand chessboard’

Zero Hedge (RT, BBC) – Italy Furious After Austria Deploys Troops, Armored Vehicles To Border

GuardianBilderberg 2017: secret meeting of global leaders could prove a problem for Trump

Prison PlanetBilderberg Schemes to Overthrow Trump

BloombergTrump to Exit Climate Pact as Allies Deride Call for Do-Over

GuardianWorld leaders react after Trump rejects Paris climate deal

China and California sign deal to work on climate change without Trump

KING5 (Seattle) – Inslee forms ‘US Climate Alliance’ with New York, California governors

OPBOregon Will Join Climate Change Coalition To Meet Paris Goals

Boston GlobeMass. joins other states to fulfill U.S. pledges on carbon

David Y. IgeGOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Hawai‘i becomes first state to enact law that aligns with Paris agreement

Front PageThe Treasonous Secession of Climate Confederacy States

Today in PoliticsCalifornia Takes the First Step Toward Secession

If it happens, the flag can remain the same…

NPRPuerto Rico Votes For U.S. Statehood In Non-Binding Referendum

Patrick J. BuchananAre We Nearing Civil War?

American EverymanWhat is this New McCarthyism Really About? What’s Old is New Again

Doug Wead, a long time friend of the Bush dynasty (see Feb. 20, 2005 N.Y. Times) openly proclaims the coup…

SHTFPlanDeep State Operatives Attempt A Coup d’état Of Donald Trump

Steve PieczenikSame Old CIA

Was the coup set to turn bloody on Capitol Hill?…

The Hill (June 13) – Senate Republicans crack down on press access

Did George Webb’s presence prompt the change? The day previous he was visiting Senators, including Rand Paul, there to alert them of his investigation of the Awan brothers (which he claims is a Pakistani ISI spy ring), then Youtube posting from the Senate office building “Bullpen” – Day 234.6. Hillary’s Leakers Hackers and Henchmen

Then on June 14, from another bullpen…

Zero HedgeMultiple People Shot, Including House Majority Whip, At Congressional Baseball Practice; Shooter Dead

SHTFPlanShocking Footage: The Terrifying Moment Crazed Gunman Opened Fire On GOP Lawmakers

ABC NewsJames Hodgkinson, man who opened fire on GOP congressmen, turned online rage into real-world violence

St. Louis DispatchShooter had long history of run-ins with police around Belleville, Ill.

Belleville News-DemocratJames Hodgkinson’s life from home inspector to congressional shooter

Belleville_Strange (Voat) – Something Strange- 51 botched cases and 53 children deaths reported by investigative journalist in Belleville (pizzagate) – Of special note, in the June 6 Belleville News-Democrat, following a tip from the wife of Jason Quate, who is charged with sex trafficking in Las Vegas, NV: Child’s body found in garage; Belleville Police conducting homicide investigation

Among the targets on the Del Ray practice field, including one of the Senators whom George Webb met with two days previously, discussing the Awan brothers spy ring…

Lexington Herald-Leader‘We had no weapons and no place to hide.’ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul describes shooting.

Seriously injured, the House Majority Whip…

Rep. Steve Scalise (Youtube) – Fighting Human Trafficking

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, the physician and colleague who probably saved Scalise’s life, in a June 6 Op-Ed…

Cincinnati EnquirerHuman trafficking: As easy as ordering a pizza

Hagmann ReportThe Virginia Shooting is Tied to Sex Trafficking

A list found in his pocket included members of the Republican Freedom Caucus…

Daily CallerAssassination List Found On James Hodgkinson’s Body

George “Webb” Sweigert arrested Thursday morning, June 15, after warning of DU attack on Charleston, SC…

Times Recorder (Zanesville OH) – Man who allegedly reported dirty bomb in Charleston arrested in Zanesville

Post & CourierConspiracy theorist who posted videos about a ‘dirty bomb’ threat: ‘I never said shut the Port of Charleston down’

See thread at Lunatic Outpost for summary Webb’s claims: The Maersk Memphis Ship, shipments of nuclear waste to the US, smuggling of items & more.

This was the day after the assassination attempt against congressmen…

Belleville News-DemocratEdwardsville man charged with threatening to assassinate President Trump

Redshirts vs. brownshirts…

American MirrorMore left-wing terrorism: Trump supporter stabbed 9 times in parking lot

Al JazeeraMuslim girl killed after leaving mosque in Virginia

Gilad AtzmonPhysically Attacked by Antifa

ABC NewsDashcam video from police shooting of Philando Castile released

Star-Trubune (Minnesota) – Hours after officer Yanez is found not guilty in fatal shooting of Philando Castile, marchers close I-94

InterceptAs Standing Rock Camps Cleared Out, TigerSwan Expanded Surveillance to Array of Progressive Causes

Activist PostNew Video Emerges of #NoDAPL Provocateurs Setting Vehicles on Fire

Free Thought ProjectFBI Agent Indicted for Lying About the Killing of Lavoy Finicum

It’s Going Down!Oregon Republicans to Use Militia for Security

The Alt-Right Agrees: It’s Members Are Pizzagating Young Boys

Counter Propa (Caitlin Johnstone) – Want To Resist Trump Without Being A Corporate Tool? Focus On War Crimes

Civil war on 2D battlefield: with his Twitter cannon, Trump has been decrying the “failing” New York Times, which the NYT has denied, until reality caught up…

Zero HedgeRebellion At The NYTimes: Newsroom To Walk Out After “Decrying Direction Of Paper”

BuzzFeedThree CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Russia Story – preserved at Wayback MachineCongress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials

Project VeritasAmerican Pravda: CNN Part 1, Russia narrative is all about “ratings”Van Jones: Russia is “Nothing burger” — American Pravda: CNN Part II

N.Y. TimesTrump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground

There goes “Russiagate” as it has been pimped by the MSM for nearly a year. Yet, where the story may have legs, there has been relatively little coverage…

Wayne Madsen ReportJune 13-14, 2017 — As Mueller focused on Trump’s RICO crimes, special prosecutor Mueller became Trump’s latest target

Donald Trump may be a lot of things, but being a poker player is not one of them. Trump showed his hand when he began floating the idea through surrogates that he is considering firing Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the investigation of the “Russia matter.” In fact, the investigation of Trump and his associates has never been about the James Bond-esque story line that Russian hackers flipped a U.S. presidential election with advanced software weapons.

Far from choosing a team of prosecutors familiar with Russian espionage, Mueller chose for his team largely those with experience in uncovering major corporate fraud and criminal political chicanery. Mueller tapped as one of his chief investigators Justice Department’s Criminal Division chief of the fraud section Andrew Weissmann, who headed the Enron Task Force and prosecuted mafia gangsters while working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. Weissmann’s knowledge of the criminal syndicates based in Brooklyn, especially in Brighton Beach, provides a clue as to Mueller’s interest in Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s business associates who call Brooklyn their home.

Mueller’s choice of assistant Watergate prosecutor James Quarles also provides some insight as to where Mueller is focusing his probe of the Trump administration: the cover-up in addition to the underlying possible criminal offenses. Based on the Trump Organization’s myriad of dubious business links, these underlying crimes include money laundering, tax evasion, witness intimidation, smuggling, bribery, extortion, insider trading, forgery, perjury, illegal gambling, wire fraud, extortion, and last, but not least, murder-for-hire.

In other words, prosecutors specializing in Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) matters are more beneficial to Mueller than those with backgrounds in prosecuting national security cases. Mueller, himself, cut his teeth as a RICO prosecutor in going after the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) while serving as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of DOJ.

Trump is clearly worried about anyone in Justice or the FBI familiar with New York criminal mob operations, especially those linked to what the FBI calls “Eurasian” organized crime syndicates based in Brooklyn. All of the DOJ and FBI officials fired after being pressured into some form of “cooperation” by Trump — FBI director James Comey; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates — were knowledgeable about the “Eurasian” syndicates. Eurasian is the politically-correct term for the Jewish mafia, which has its roots in the former Soviet Union but which has extended its business influence and multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise to the United States.

It is Mueller’s focus on Trump’s past and current business activities that has made the former FBI director the latest target of Trump for possible firing. While he was still president-elect, Trump attempted to work out quid pro quos with Bharara and Comey, offering to let them remain in their jobs in return for their “cooperation” with the new administration. In fact, in March, just two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a DOJ team effort “pep talk” conference call with Bharara and 45 other Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys who had not yet submitted their resignations, he fired Bharara and all the other conference call participants. Trump had previously told Bharara he wanted to keep him in his job. The fired U.S. Attorneys thought it odd that they would be fired so soon after Sessions’s morale-boosting conference call, one in which he gave no hint that their jobs in the immediate future were in jeopardy. Bharara has indicated that he believes that Trump wanted to clean house of anyone in DOJ who might pose a threat to him and his close associates.

Trump had particular reason to fear Bharara. The chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan had indicted several members of the “Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization,” a “Eurasian” syndicate that had operated from several condominiums located in the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and right under the nose of Trump and the Trump Organization hierarchy. Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, someone who gives new meaning to the term “shyster,” is being quoted as telling Trump, “This guy is going to get you,” a reference to Bharara. Kasowitz’s warning helped convince Trump to sack Bharara.

In addition to the Taiwanchik-Trincher syndicate, other suspicious elements, including the criminal “Kazakhstan Trio” and close Trump assistant Felix Sater, an ex-con, all operated from the Trump Tower. Add Paul Manafort, who is linked to criminally-suspect oligarchs Dmytro Firtash and Oleg Deripaska, to the other dubious characters having residences in Trump Tower, there is little wonder why the FBI and the National Security Agency had a full-court electronic surveillance net over the building during the 2016 presidential campaign. This surveillance of criminal activity by the FBI and NSA is what prompted Trump to accuse President Obama of “wiretapping” him during the campaign. During his recent public testimony, Comey asked the Senate Intelligence Committee to go into a private session so that he could fully describe the FBI’s reasons for implementing specific Title III and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders for surveillance of the Trump Tower.

Trump’s reason for wanting to sack Mueller may also have something to do with the recent arrest by U.S. Marshals near Miami of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, a Trump friend who is wanted for corruption while serving as president of native Panama. Martinelli was indicated for insider trading, embezzlement, and illegal wiretapping of his political opponents.

Although Panama has issued an extradition request to the United States for Martinelli to be returned to Panama, Trump’s friend is claiming political asylum in the United States. Martinelli and his associates were involved in the building of the Trump International Hotel and Ocean Club in Panama City. There are so many similarities between Martinelli, who was a well-known billionaire tycoon before becoming president, Panamanians call Trump “the American Martinelli.” One stark similarity between Trump and Martinelli is that Martinelli is a constant user of Twitter, which he uses to protest his innocence in tweets intended for his supporters in Panama. The U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida, Wilfredo Ferrer, whose brief would have included the extradition request for Martinelli and questionable Trump real estate links in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Hollywood, and Palm Beach to known Colombian drug cartel interlocutors, resigned in February, before Trump fired the remaining Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys in March.

Trump may be in a real quandary with Martinelli. If he grants his friend political asylum, the ex-president could be questioned by Mueller’s prosecutors on past dealings with the Trump Organization. If Trump extradites Martinelli to Panama, he would be out of the grasp of Mueller but in the hands of Panamanian prosecutors who might grill him about Trump’s Panamanian offshore companies found in the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack-Fonseca. The firm’s files, dubbed the “Panama Papers,” were leaked and became the subject of dozens of criminal probes around the world…

Madsen and Gordon Duff, though by no means friends, are perhaps converging on Trump…

Veterans TodayISIS, the Mob and Trump, More History than we knew

Trump’s octogenarian body count?…

Raw StoryWSJ reporter: No one will tell me how GOP source who tried to get Hillary’s emails from Russia died

BBCAdnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire arms dealer dies aged 82

Mad Cow NewsTrump, Khashoggi, & Germany’s Criminal Deutsche Bank

PoliticoWhite House lawyers face a Clinton-era legal trap in Russia probe

Like Roy Cohn, Marc Kasowitz is an attorney who ‘brutalizes for you’…

N.Y. TimesMarc Kasowitz, ‘Toughest of the Tough Guys,’ Stands Beside Trump

Washington’s BlogSpecial Prosecutor Mueller Is a Political Hack

CounterpunchComey and Mueller: Russiagate’s Mythical Heroes

IntellihubHillary Clinton requested FBI Dir. Mueller deliver highly enriched uranium to the Russians in 2009 in secret ‘plane-side tarmac meeting’

Daily CallerSoros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute

BloombergKushners Hunting Hard for a Loan to Pay Back Chinese Investors

Zero HedgeChinese Workers “Disappeared” While Investigating Ivanka Trump Brands

L.A. TimesSome of China’s richest and most powerful men have mysteriously vanished

Spook news…

WikiLeaksPandemicCherry Blossom – Brutal KangarooElsaOutlawCountry

Ars TechnicaAdvanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years

The Century FoundationSurveillance without Borders: The “Traffic Shaping” Loophole and Why It Matters

The RegisterAustralian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

ElectrospacesDutch-Russian cyber crime case reveals how the police taps the internet

SpiegelGerman Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

QuartzUS intelligence agencies are beginning to build AI spies

BloombergQuantum Computing Might Be Here Sooner Than You Think

Follow-up to the top of our August 31 2016 edition…

Physics-Astronomy (Science) – Quantum Breakthrough: Quantum Satellite Communication Has Been Achieved By Chinese Researchers

GIZA DEATH STARCHINA BREAKS ENTANGLEMENT RECORD, AND SOME HIGH OCTANE SUSPICIONS

Activist PostLow-Cost Micro Satellites are Spawning a Global Surveillance Arms Race

Fort Russ (Известия) – Spy or runaway? FSB detains US hacker crossing Chinese – Russian border

CNBCBooz Allen stock plummets on word of federal government probe

Intelligence OnlineNSA, GCHQ look to private sector for cyber-offensive firepower

The HillAlleged NSA leakers capitalize on ransomware scare based on their wares

ReutersCyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see ‘WannaCry’ link

Maersk brings major IT systems back online after cyber attack

IndependentUkraine cyber attack: Chaos as national bank, state power provider and airport hit by hackers

Russia was behind global cyber attack, Ukraine says

TelegraphBritain prepared to use air strikes or send in troops as retaliation against future cyber attack

Daily Mail (NYT) – Inside what Trump leaked to the Russians: He told them details of how Israeli cyberspies got inside ISIS bombmaking cell and discovered their plans for laptop battery bombs

IntelNews (Haaretz) – Israeli spy agency to launch anonymous technology investment fund

American spies use US Federal Reserve to monitor foreign banks

Empty wheelIn Opinion Mostly Rejecting Jeffrey Sterling Appeal, Fourth Circuit Criminalizes Unclassified Tips

SputnikFrance Finds No Traces of Russian Hackers in Attack on Macron’s Campaign

Blacklisted NewsObama Ordered Cyberweapons Implanted Into Russia’s Infrastructure

(Reuters) – U.S. senators seek military ban on Kaspersky Lab products amid FBI probe

N.Y. PostSketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators

GuardianNigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia

ABC NewsTrump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller eyed in House’s Russia probe, sources say

CircaDid the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching Russia probe?

Flynn’s connection to NSO Group gets a mention here…

N.Y. TimesUsing Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families

Increasingly, governments have found that the only way to monitor mobile phones is by using private businesses like the NSO Group that exploit little-known vulnerabilities in smartphone software. The company has, at times, operated its businesses under different names. One of them, OSY Technologies, paid Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, more than $40,000 to be an advisory board member from May 2016 until January, according to his public financial disclosures.

HuffPostMichael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents

PoliticoThe ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal

Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be focusing on Flynn’s lobbying for Turkey via Bijan Kian…

ReutersU.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner

On Sept. 19 [2016], Kian and Flynn met in New York with Turkey’s foreign minister and energy minister, who is Erdogan’s son-in-law, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.

In late October Kian invited staff of the House Homeland Security Committee to Flynn Intel Group’s headquarters in Virginia. The meeting was called to show off new mobile phone security technology, but Kian also used the opportunity to try to get a congressional hearing on [Fethullah] Gulen, according to a person at the meeting.

What is curious here, and unmentioned by Reuters, is the fact that Flynn had been advising the Israeli firm NSO Group which specializes in hacking mobile phones. There is also the matter of the fired congressional IT staffers Imran Awan, his wife and brothers, who worked for Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee (May 22 Daily Caller). The staffers were fired on Feb. 2 and Flynn was fired as National Security Advisor on Feb. 13. Though working for opposing political teams, the question might be raised whether beneath the surface the firings were connected via the deep state skullduggery of Turkish MIT, Pakistani ISI, Israeli Mossad and Unit 8200, et cetera.

Are any of the above or other IC agencies the answer to these questions posed in the wee hours of June 22?…

@realDonaldTrump…Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It’s all a big Dem HOAX!

…Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t? It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!

ReutersCOVFEFE Act would preserve Trump’s tweets as official statements

BloombergPodesta Meets With House Intelligence Panel Behind Closed Doors

Leaks of NationsUS Seize Dotcom’s Assets, Despite Him Never Stepping Foot in the US

Disobedient MediaDid Guccifer 2.0 Fake “Russian Fingerprints?”

DNC Lawsuit Attorneys Report Receiving New Ominous Phone Calls

Questions Linger About Seth Rich Murder Details

WJLA (DC) – Independent group releases new report on Seth Rich murder investigation

Gateway PunditAlleged Eyewitness to Seth Rich Murder: ‘He Didn’t Even Know He Was Shot’

World Net DailyBurglar stole guns off nearby FBI vehicle hours before Seth Rich shooting

Miami HeraldA month later, mystery shrouds case of federal prosecutor found dead on Hollywood beach

As always, take unvetted anons with a grain of salt, but among the “unfounded political conspiracies” mentioned…

Voat (paulf) – Bombshell: original FBIAnon connects Seth Rich, Pizzagate, Awan brothers and Beranton Whisenant’s murder

IntellihubJoint FBI/DOJ/NYPD raid Dearborn residence may yield evidence in Clinton probe

FOX NewsState Department probes Clinton handling of government emails, could pull her security clearance

Washington TimesSenate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

Judicial WatchObama NSC Advisor Susan Rice’s Unmasking Material is at Obama Library

As Sheriff Arpaio prepares for trial (AP), the Dennis Montgomery story is getting legs, courtesy Sara Carter and John Solomon at…

CircaDid the FBI have evidence of a breach larger than Snowden? A lawsuit says yes.

Pierre Omidyar’s toy would rather go full WaPo

InterceptTop-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

…with the obligatory caveats…

While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying “raw” intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive.

Washington’s BlogHow Serious Was Russia’s “Probing” of U.S. Election Systems?

Sloppily betraying its source…

Errata SecurityHow The Intercept Outed Reality Winner

U.S. Department of JusticeFederal Government Contractor in Georgia Charged With Removing and Mailing Classified Materials to a News Outlet

Empty wheelThe Complexities of Reality Winner’s Case

CNN doublespeak: REALITY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! LOVE, Anderson Cooper

American EverymanReality Winner “Leak” DOES NOT Prove Russian Hacking: it’s COVER for DNC Purging of Voter Rolls/Promotes Omidyar’s Turbo Vote Project

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAlleged NSA leaker met with Perdue staff months before arrest

Recalling a December 8 WSB-TV story, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp charged that attempted hacks had traced back to a DHS IP address…

Blacklisted NewsGeorgia says it has traced a voter hacking attempt back to the DHS, Not Russia

Or is the trouble with vote-rigging simply home grown?…

Columbus Free PressJim Crow GOP Steals Another Election As Brain Dead Democrats and Media Say Nothing

Police state news…

Tech DirtDEA Deploying Powerful Spyware Without Required Privacy Impact Assessments

Compare to NSO Group’s Pegasus system…

SoftpediaApple Could Spy on iPhone Users and Provide Real-Time Reports to the Police

Blacklisted News (The Jurist) – Supreme court rules that police can break into your house without a warrant and shoot you

Rutherford InstituteExecution by Firing Squad: The Militarized Police State Opens Fire

SAGE journalsMilitarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program

Not being shared with police forces yet, but in time…

Daily MailUS Army fires high-energy LASER from an Apache attack helicopter for the first time – destroying a target almost a mile away

Infowars (Providence Journal) – Military Training Exercises Freak Out Residents, Helicopters Buzz Treetops, Simulated Explosions

It’s Going Down!The Dawn of 21st Century American Paramilitarism

Medium (Tom Secker) – Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

TheVergeFacial recognition is coming to US airports, fast-tracked by Trump

MassPrivateICities across the country are using street lights equipped with microphones and surveillance cameras to spy on everyone

Miami New TimesMDPD Wants to Record Entire County From the Sky Using Iraq War Technology – MDPD Scraps Plan for Aerial Spy Planes After Public Outcry

Mother JonesLawsuit Accuses Private Prison Company of Illegally Funding a Trump Super-PAC

South of the border…

Prensa LatinaI Do Not Regret Expelling the DEA from Bolivia, Says Evo Morales

DEA leak to los Zetas led to March 2011 massacre in Allende, Mexico…

ProPublicaHow the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico

teleSURPolice Investigated after Clashes with Students in Mexico

Brazil’s Attorney General Formally Accuses Temer of Corruption

Business Insider (AFP) – Venezuela condemns US-led efforts to resolve crisis, dares Washington to ‘send in your Marines’

RT‘Terrorist attack’: Hijacked military helicopter strikes Venezuela court, ministry

ReutersVenezuela movie actor behind helicopter attack on government buildings

It was one of the few good moves of the Obama administration, but now…

Radio HavanaTrump Turns Back Clock on Rapprochement with Cuba, Announces New Measures

Miscellania…

APTrump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

CBS NewsSenate delays health care vote until after July 4 recess

Kansas City StarAbout half of all U.S. retail jobs could vanish due to computerization, analysis finds

Wolf StreetAmazon to Slash Jobs at Whole Foods, Dump Cashiers, Switch to Cheaper Products in Price War with Wal-Mart

Institute for Local Self RelianceReport: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

Farm WarsTrump to Force Toxic GMOs on other Countries

Palm Beach PostFeds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

TRT WorldAustralian police charge Vatican Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Catholic HeraldPope Francis grants Cardinal Pell leave of absence to ‘clear his name’ over historic abuse allegations

Sydney Morning Herald (March 1, 2014) – Is ‘Pell Pot’ the Pope’s perfect prefect?

Tzipi Livni, porno honey pot “Belle of the Knesset” (WxxxNews) is now wanted for war crimes…

Swiss InfoWar crimes suit filed in Switzerland against former Israeli minister

Antiwar (AP) – Wall Street Journal Fires Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Over Arms Dealer Links

Fort RussSHOCKING! Under the Cover of “Diplomatic Flights”, Azerbaijani Regime has been Shipping Weapons to Terrorists Worldwide, Leaked Documents Claim [Video]

RTFeds probe Los Alamos lab for mislabeling & shipping nuclear materials by air

Free Thought Project (CBS News, Task & Purpose) – CIA Agent Busted Running a Massive Drug Smuggling Operation

teleSURAfghan Opium Production 40 Times Higher Since US-NATO Invasion

Fort Apache the Bronx goes to rural Ohio…

WCPOPike County sheriff warns of laced heroin ‘hotshots’

Zero Hedge (WaPo) – One Ohio Politician Has A Simple Solution To The Overdose Problem: Let Addicts Die

Business InsiderThe killer drug at the heart of the opioid crisis is being cut into cocaine and killing users

Is this a depopulation effort?…

Natural NewsDrug overdose is now the LEADING cause of death for Americans under 50… Big Pharma’s opioid death machine marches on

Natural SocietyMore Wildlife Fish are Experiencing ‘Intersex’ – What Could be Causing This?

IndependentMale fish mutating into females because of waste chemicals, expert warns

Daily MailStudy finds ‘gender bending’ chemical BPA still in 40% of canned foods

IEEEDraper’s Genetically Modified Cyborg DragonflEye Takes Flight

GEN NewsCrack in CRISPR Facade after Unanticipated In Vivo Mutations Arise

International Business TimesIn Pictures: Fukushima Is A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare

Waking TimesRadioactive Waste Flowing Freely into Columbia River Because There’s No Money to Stop It

ENENewsHuge number of sea creatures washing up dead along West Coast — “It’s a crisis all along Southern California… large numbers getting sick and dying”

Record radiation detected at Fukushima nuclear plant — Multiple locations register highest levels ever measured — “Radioactive materials in groundwater toward the ocean”

Follow-up to the top of our April 8, 2016 edition – Elites planning extra-dimensional exodus in the event they make this planet uninhabitable?…

Prison PlanetCERN Director Visits Bilderberg, Fueling Fears Collider Opens Doors to “Extra Dimensions”

Physics-Astronomy (Nature) – Scientists Create Black Hole Inside Lab Using World’s Strongest Ever Laser

HuffPost (60 Minutes) – Aerospace Executive ‘Absolutely Convinced’ There Are Aliens On Earth

WaPoNo, NASA is not hiding kidnapped children on Mars

Public Intelligence BlogRobert Steele with Peter Holley: NASA, Kidnapped Children, Mars — Open Letter

IndependentNasa speaks out over ‘Anonymous’ video claiming it is about to reveal alien discovery

Federal News RadioHouse panel votes to split Air Force, create new U.S. Space Corps

Breaking DefenseSpaceX ‘Kicking Major Butt’ To Launch X-37B For First Time, Not ULA’s Atlas V 

Astra 2 SatSES Transfers Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite Following Significant Anomaly

Updates on old news…

Foreign Policy64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

Why Don’t You Try ThisWhat Happened When The CIA Sprayed A French Town With LSD…

Open CultureRare Footage Shows US and British Soldiers Getting Dosed with LSD in Government-Sponsored Tests (1958 + 1964)

Free Thought ProjectReal Life Air America: CIA Exposed Running a Covert Drug Smuggling Airline

June 8 marked the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest acts of treachery in history of an “ally” upon the United States. And yet, for a commemoration of the event that does justice to its significance, among the domestic MSM we must go to where?…

West Volusia BeaconThe USS Liberty: A test for Americans

N.Y. Times‘Last Secret’ of 1967 War: Israel’s Doomsday Plan for Nuclear Display

NewsbudThe Confessions of Spy Masters: CIA’s Tennent Pete Bagley & KGB’s Sergei Kondrashev

Fort Russ (Русская весна) – New research shows Communist Party won 1996 election – Yeltsin implanted by Clinton

RT (Balkan Insight) – ‘Up to 15 tons of depleted uranium used in 1999 Serbia bombing’ – lead lawyer in suit against NATO

ReutersCourt confirms Dutch U.N. peacekeepers partly liable for Srebrenica massacre

Poland finds other body parts in coffin of president killed in 2010 crash: prosecutors

A Sheep No MoreHillary Emails Reveal NATO Killed Gaddafi to Stop Libyan Creation of Gold-Backed Currency

APEx-spy says NSA did mass surveillance during Utah Olympics

Privacy SOSACLU sues over secret warrantless surveillance documents related to Occupy Boston

If the hacks at NBC and LAT did basic due diligence, they would correct the record and note that it is James Fetzer who claims that Sandy Hook was a complete hoax, whereas Jones, while acknowledging that there were many anomalies in the event, remains non-committal as to what did or did not happen…

L.A. TimesNBC presses ahead with Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview despite backlash

James FetzerSandy Hook: Neil Heslin CONTRADICTS Official Narrative

Where were the Sandy Hook children in the Newtown schools?

Sandy Hook “Collateral Damage”? Lawyer found in overturned car, bullet in head, declared “sucide”

House Oversight and Government Reform CommitteeCommittee Releases Fast & Furious Report: Obstruction of Congress by the Department of Justice

Trump rebuffs Silk Road Summit in favor of Saudi sabre rattlers and Korea escalations… Macron the CIA plant in Élysée Palace… Was DNC “hack” a self-inflicted frame-up of Russia?… Did Trump alert Lavrov of Israeli ISIS “mole” via Flynn intel?… much, much more…

…among our headlines of interest, May 2017…

China is on the moon…

Physics-AstronomyChina Reaches the Moon Snapping Incredible, Never-Before-Seen High-Definition Images

Intelligence OnlineCHINA: Intelligence services look for extra-terrestrial life

While leading a massive terrestrial infrastructure project…

XinhuaFrom G20 Hangzhou Summit to Belt and Road forum, Xi’s global prominence on the rise

Zero HedgePutin Plays Soviet Classics On Badly Tuned Piano During China Silk Road Summit

Fort Russ (translating РИА Новости) – Eurasian Integration: Putin praises China’s One Belt One Road

Global Research (Rick Sterling) – Russia Looks East, Capitalism with a Strong State Sector. Observations and Impressions from Russia

China DailyTrump encouraged to attend Belt-Road forum

It ought to have been his first foreign visit; instead, he went to Riyadh…

Giza Death StarWHILE TRUMP WAS IN RIYADH DANCING AND SELLING ARMS, THIS WAS HAPPENING …

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – World Leaders Gather in Beijing While the US Sinks into Irrelevancy

LarouchePACWhither the United States: Nuclear War or New Silk Road?

Xinhua (May 25) – China protests U.S. warship entering South China Sea

NBC NewsChinese Jets Intercept U.S. Plane in ‘Unsafe’ Incident

Alert 5Russia to start delivery of S-400 to China this year

(Huanqiu.com) – Global Times: China will soon send aircraft and ships to U.S. territories

(AMTI) – China can now deploy military assets to Spratly Islands

Timeline of ongoing tensions in the Koreas…

IntelNews (May 2) – CIA director makes unannounced visit to South Korea to discuss tensions

Yonhap News Agency (May 10) – Liberal Moon Jae-in elected S. Korea’s new president

Concerning the escalating tensions with Pyongyang…

President Moon Jae-in’s inaugural address

I will solve the security crisis promptly. I will go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula. If necessary, I will fly straight to Washington. I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and under the right circumstances go to Pyongyang as well. I will do whatever I can to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. I will further strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance. Meanwhile, I will negotiate earnestly with the U.S. and China to solve the THAAD problem. Strong security depends on robust defense capabilities. I will try hard to strengthen our independent defense power. I will also lay the foundation for the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue. I will provide a turning point to lower tensions on the peninsula by firmly establishing a Northeast Asia peace regime.

Korean Central News AgencyDPRK People Vow to Revenge upon Terrorist Maniacs

Pyongyang, May 6 (KCNA) — The statement released by the Ministry of State Security of the DPRK as regards the recent heinous crime committed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. and the Intelligence Service (IS) of south Korea sweeps all the army and people of the country to anger. Enraged at the thrice-cursed state-sponsored terrorism targeting the supreme leadership of the DPRK hatched by CIA and IS, they are bursting out their anger to annihilate homicidal maniacs.

    In this regard, Kim Jong Son, a worker of the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex, told KCNA:

    I can not repress my surging indignation against CIA and IS who dared hatch a vicious plot to commit state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme leadership by use of biochemical substance.

    The dirty plotters and bloodthirsty felons, shocked by the victorious advance of the socialist Korea despite of their moves to isolate and stifle it, are making last-ditch efforts.

    Those idiots who are dreaming of eclipsing the eternal sun of the DPRK can never be left alive.

    Han Jong Chon, a resident in Haeju City, South Hwanghae Province, said:

    We should eradicate the groups of terrorist fanatics and homicidal maniacs by ferreting out to the last one the organizers, conspirators and followers of the recent hideous state-sponsored terrorism even by ransacking the whole earth.

    Jon Myong Chol, an officer of the Korean People’s Army, said that it is as clear as noonday that such heinous crime would continue to be attempted, as long as there exist CIA and IS, the most heinous groups of terrorism and dens of plot and trick.

    We should never leave them to themselves anymore, he said, adding:

    It is high time to launch a series of powerful anti-terrorism striking actions to root up all the dens of plot. -0-

IntelNewsNorth Korea accuses US of murder plot as CIA opens new DPRK mission center

Asahi ShimbunKim Jong Nam thought to have met U.S. agent ahead of slaying

Yonhap (May 10, also Alert 5) – N. Korea unveils ‘satellite photos’ of THAAD in S. Korea

The Duran (May 14) – Kim Jong-Un fires missile that lands 60 miles from Russia’s Vladivostok

Korea Herald (May 16) – THAAD radar detected N. Korea’s missile launch: defense chief

KCNA (May 22) – Kim Jong Un Supervises Test-fire of Ballistic Missile

….The test-fire of Pukguksong-2 was aimed to finally verify all the technical indexes of the weapon system and thoroughly examine its adaptability under various battle conditions, before its deployment at military units for action.

     The Supreme Leader issued an order to launch the missile at the observation post…

     Saying with pride that the missile’s hitting accuracy is very high and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

     Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way to arm the KPA Strategic Force, he said.

     He set forth the strategic tasks for bolstering up the country’s nuclear force.

     He expressed belief that the national defence scientists and workers at the munitions factories intensely loyal to the WPK would produce better and more Juche weapons, nuclear offensive means of Korean style.

     He had a photo [jpg] taken with all the national defence scientists, technicians, workers and officials who carried out the successful test-launch.

     Accompanying him were Ri Pyong Chol, Kim Jong Sik, Jong Sung Il, Yu Jin, Jo Yong Won and other senior officials of the C.C., WPK and General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the KPA Strategic Force. -0-

(May 23) – Foreign Ministry Spokesman Refutes U.S. Act of Faulting DPRK’s Test Launch of Strategic Missile

…Nothing favorable can be expected from the U.S. and its followers obsessed by inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward the DPRK. But it is absolutely ridiculous to see them finding fault with the DPRK’s every measure for self-defence.

     The DPRK substantially displayed the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack at Hawaii housing the U.S. pacific forces command and the Pacific operational theatre including Alaska, and has built full capabilities for attacking the U.S. mainland, the stronghold of aggression.

     The U.S. and its followers’ despicable act of taking issue with the DPRK’s measures for bolstering nuclear force will only result in increasing our hostility to them and furthering the efforts to diversify and modernize our own nuclear force. -0-

ReutersKim’s rocket stars – The trio behind North Korea’s missile program

Yonhap News AgencySouth Korea fires warning shots at flying object from North

KCNAMilitary Provocation to DPRK by S. Korean Warmongers

Pyongyang, May 27 (KCNA) — The puppet military of south Korea let a spy drone “Heron” intrude deep into the territorial air of the DPRK four times while flying above the hotspot waters of the West Sea of Korea and its vicinity from 07:46 to 20:40 on May 26.

    Such grave military provocation was committed when the U.S. imperialists forward-deployed four “Global Hawks” and over 100 pilots at the Yokoda air base of Japan, near the DPRK, from Guam under the pretext of escaping from typhoon.

    The recent adventurous provocation is prompted by their sinister scheme to ward off the growing demand of the south Korean people for improved north-south relations and ignite a war for invasion of the north, pursuant to their U.S. master’s anti-DPRK policy…

Asahi Shimbun (May 27) – U.S. to deploy 3rd carrier group to deter North Korea

KCNA U.S., S. Korean Warmongers’ Plan to Stage Largest-ever Joint Military Drills Flailed

Pyongyang, May 28 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea released a statement on Sunday to denounce the U.S. and the south Korean warmongers for planning to stage the largest-ever joint military exercises with the involvement of Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan nuclear task forces in the waters off the Korean peninsula in upcoming June under the pretext of the DPRK’s legitimate measure for bolstering the military capabilities for self-defence.

    In the past the U.S. frequently infiltrated nuclear carrier task force into the waters off the Korean peninsula in its frantic bid to pose military threat to the DPRK. But never has it gone so desperate as now as it plans to stage the joint military drills with the introduction of the two nuclear carrier task forces…

    Now that the aggressors and provokers are watching for an opportunity to invade the DPRK, regarding it as a thorn in the flesh, it is quite natural for the DPRK to bolster the nuclear sword for justice to defend the destiny of the country and the nation and the life of its people. No one can find fault with this as it is an extremely just option for self-defence…

    The U.S. must clearly understand that its frantic moves of holding joint military drill against the DPRK with the introduction of nuclear carrier strike groups will only make our nuclear weapons target the heart of the enemies…

38 NorthSpring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

North Korea’s “Carrier-Killer” May Be No Such Thing

Apparently the U.S. kept Moon out of the loop on THAAD deployment…

Morning StarSouth Korea: Moon angered by arrival of weapons

L.A. TimesNorth Korea is building mysterious artificial islands that would be perfect for missile launches

Alert 5Primary U.S. targets for North Korean ICBMs

Video of North Korea’s latest test-firing of KN-06

KCNA (May 30) – Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of Ballistic Rocket Based on Precision Guidance System

…The test was conducted in the way of medium range firing for minute remote observation to the last-stage guidance of warhead. It is aimed to verify the technical indices of new-type precision guided ballistic rocket capable of making ultra-precision strike on the enemies’ objects at any area and examine the reliability of caterpillar self-propelled launching pad vehicle, newly designed to operate under various battle conditions.

    The ballistic rocket flew toward the east sky where the day was breaking and correctly hit a designated target point with deviation of seven meters after flying at the medium range.

    The test-fire verified the flight stability of ballistic rocket loaded with fin-controlled warhead in the active flying section and reconfirmed the accuracy of velocity correction and attitude stabilization system by a small heat jet engine in middle flying section.

    It also verified the accuracy of ultra-precision guidance in the re-entry section by more precise late-stage guidance system and fully confirmed the running features in different geographical conditions of newly-developed caterpillar self-propelled launching pad vehicle and features of its automated launching preparation process.

    Seeing the successful test-fire of ballistic rocket, he said that the rocket, which appeared for the first time at the square of military parade marking the Day of the Sun, seems to be sharp shooter’s arms of precision hitting a target and such accurate hit would dig up eyes of the enemies…

It is noteworthy that the preceding DPRK missile tests in April had failed – accompanied with very conspicuous “no comments” by Trump administration. The successful tests in May followed the landing of the X-37B on May 8…

Alert 5X-37B has landed, this time in Florida

ReutersUnmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission

(May 30) – Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time

Earlier in the month…

30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB (Youtube) – GT-222GM Minuteman III Launch

TASSRussia’s military satellite delivered into orbit

Global Research (Eric Zuesse) – America’s Top Scientists Confirm: U.S. Goal Now Is to Conquer Russia. “Disarming Enemies with a Surprise Nuclear First Strike”

Strategic-CultureNATO Builds Infrastructure for Permanent Military Presence Near Russia’s Borders

Occult Nazi nomenclature (see Bibliotecapleyades: The Nazi Party, the Thule Society, the Occult, and Freemasonry) persisting as the New Cold War revitalizes Thule Air Base…

CBS NewsArctic air base gets $40 million upgrade in face of increasing missile threats

Wall Street JournalU.S. Jet Fighters Flex Muscle Amid Russia Tensions

FOX NewsRussian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort

Iran attempted missile launch from submarine, US officials say

Fort Russ (translating Al Mayadeen) – Iran Builds the Third Underground Missile Factory, Will Soon Test its First Ballistic Surface-to-surface Missile

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Tasnim) – Iran Threatens Saudi-Sponsored Pakistani Terrorists For Killing Border Guards

Express Tribune (May 8) – Pakistan army kills 50 Afghan troops in Chaman: IGFC

ThereAreNoSunglasses (May 28) – Nighttime Helicopters spotted landing in Taliban areas, Once Again

(May 31) – Powerful Tanker-Truck-Bomb Hits Kabul…80 confirmed dead

(Pajhwok) – After Big Kabul Blast, Motorcycle-Born Suicide-Bomber Stopped In Kabul City

Consortium NewsAlleged Russia-Taliban Arms Link Disputed

Moon of AlabamaState Department: Renamed Al-Qaeda Not A Terrorist Organization – Can Receive CIA Supplies

RT (May 5) – US-led coalition warplanes banned from Syria safe zones – Russian envoy

Acivist Post (SMART, AMN) – Report: U.S., British Forces Enter Southern Syria Alongside Terrorists; Is A Bigger Battle Shaping Up?

21st Century Wire (May 20) – US Coalition Attacks Syrian Forces – Helping ISIS in the Process

Минобороны России (Youtube) – Russian Navy conducted strikes by 4 Kalibr cruise missiles on objects of ISIS near Palmyra

Military Times (May 24) – US increases use of deconfliction hotline with Russia amid pending operation to liberate Raqqa

Alert 5 (CNN) – Russia fighter perform barrel-roll over a KC-10

Al Masdar NewsSyrian drones spot hundreds of US, Jordanian armored vehicles at the border

Al MonitorJordan high on agenda for top US military adviser’s Israel visit

AntiwarUS Airstrike Kills at Least 30 Syrian Civilians Near Iraq BorderUS Bombs East Syria Village Second Day in a Row, Over 115 Civilians KilledUS Attacks on East Syria Town Kill Over 100 Civilians

– 52 Killed in Heavy Fighting in the Libyan Capital

Egypt Launches Airstrikes Against Libya Islamist Camps

US Boosts Libya Presences With Base in Country’s South

Moon of AlabamaLibya – Massacre At Brak al-Shatti May Trigger Larger Civil War

Vice NewsThe war you’ve never heard of

Asharq Al-AwsatUS Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia Clash with Al Shabaab Militants

Indian Ocean NewsletterSOMALIA: Military bases a token of UAE-Turkish rivalry for clout

Intelligence OnlinePakistani commandos for Yemen

NewArabYemen’s ‘third government’ emerges in southern Yemen

Fort Russ (translating Al Mayadeen) – Yemeni Resistance Forces Capture Key Strategic Area in Marib Province

KABOOM! Yemeni Resistance Strikes Riyadh With a Long-range Ballistic Missile Amid Preparations for Trump’s Visit

24 Resistance Axis (Youtube) – Yemen launches Burkan 2 missile on King Salman Base in Riyadh, KSA

World Conflict Films (Youtube) – Saudi Air Defense Intercept Incoming Houthi Ballistic Missiles

Al JazeeraYemen rebel missile shot down 200km from Saudi capital

Newsbud (Kurt Nimmo) – New York Times Makes Case for Killing Children in Yemen

SputnikAl-Jazeera Films False Flag Fake Chemical Attack Against Civilians in Syria

Syrian Arab News AgencyTerrorist confesses to working with “White Helmets” in Aleppo to fabricate chemical attack and blame Syrian Army

Naked CapitalismYet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria

Fort Russ (translating Breakingnews.sy) – Former White Helmets Associates Speak About the Group’s Fabrications and Possession of Prohibited Chemicals

Syria Dismisses US Accusations About Crematory at Sednaya Prison, Demands the UN to Take Action Against Coalition’s Slaughters of Syrian Civilians

Moon of AlabamaFrance Prepares Pro-AlQaeda Intervention In Syria

Middle East Eye‘Sorted’ by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi

LiveLeakFake, squirting amputated legs and fake wounds at the IDF Medical Corpse display for families,kids

Jerusalem PostIsraeli minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Assad

Al MonitorNetanyahu’s old friend becomes Trump’s new ally

Having former lobbyist Dan Coats in Trump’s DHS is not hurting Lockheed Martin and its customers…

Flight GlobalIsraeli air force to receive unique test F-35

Business Insider (Reuters) – The State Department just approved a $2 billion sale of Patriot missile systems to the United Arab Emirates

Alert 5Lockheed Martin receives delivery order to provide Kuwait with Sniper pods

Lockheed Martin to assemble 150 S-70s in Saudi Arabia

The DuranHere’s why Saudi Arabia and Israel are allies in all but name

BloombergGulf Spat Escalates as Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Media Attack Qatar

Intelligence OnlineSAUDI ARABIA: Bin Salman sidelines Bin Nayef on security

OilPrice.comSaudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

(RFE/RL) – Putin And Erdogan Agree On Normalization Of Relations

Al MonitorTurkey-Ukraine defense industry ties are booming

Hurriyet DailyTurkey tests its first national missile in Black Sea

Middle East EyeErdogan family acquired oil tanker through tax havens: Reports

McClatchyDC Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent

Al MonitorTurkey trial seeks to account for six critical hours during coup

Turkey angry, stoic with US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

Erdogan-Trump: The most unsuccessful Washington visit ever

ReutersTurkey ready to retaliate against any threats, Erdogan warns

Penny for your thoughtsUS/Kurds Do Damage Control After Russian Outing of Terrorist Colllusion

International Business TribuneErdogan calls on Muslims to flood Jerusalem’s iconic mosque and protect its Islamic identity

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 4-5, 2017 — Brennan’s last mission at CIA: Greater Albania project

WMR has learned from knowledgeable Balkans sources that the final mission of John Brennan before leaving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency was giving the Albanian government the green light to pursue its long-held goal of establishing a “Greater Albania” in the Balkans.

Brennan paid a highly-suspicious visit to Tirana, Albania, on December 7, 2016. Most Obama administration appointees would have been updating their CVs and arranging for post-government employment a month prior to the inauguration. But not Brennan, who had other priorities. Brennan was not in Albania to discuss measures to oppose jihadism in the Balkans, but to promote it by combining Albanian nationalism with radical Muslim fervor. Brennan was in Albania to promote the CIA’s top secret Operation WIZARD OF OZ, concocted by Langley and the CIA’s station in Milan. The Milan station was the perfect location for Brennan and his inner circle to plan for the launch of the Greater Albania project.

Milan Station, notorious since the days when Robert Seldon Lady was the station chief who orchestrated the illegal kidnapping of a Muslim cleric from a street in Milan and his rendition to face torture in Egypt, is a repository for CIA “cowboys.” Under Brennan, Milan Station was a focal point for recruiting Albanian mafiosi to don Muslim mufti and travel to Syria to join Islamic State (ISIL) and Al Qaeda units fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad. Many of the Albanian veterans of the Syrian campaign returned to the Balkans and stood ready to implement the Greater Albania operation. All that was needed was a personal order from Brennan. That order was delivered on December 7 to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Albanian Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli, and Albanian National Police chief Haki Cato.

Officially, Brennan was lauding Albania’s efforts to fight Islamist terrorism. In fact, he was arranging for Albanian terrorists with links to ISIL, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), and the National Liberation Army (UCK) of Macedonia to begin a program of destabilization of majority Albanian regions in the Balkans. These include those in Macedonia, which has been wracked by political violence with the aid of George Soros-funded political groups; Kosovo; Montenegro, and the Chameria region of northwestern Greece, where the Albanian Chameria Liberation Army (UCC) receives military assistance from the KLA and UCK…

In Macedonia, the Democratic Party, the major Albanian political party, working with the CIA Station in Milan and the U.S. embassy in the capital Skopje, engineered an unconstitutional takeover of the parliamentary speaker’s chair by party leader, Talat Xhaferi.

Xhaferi assumed control of the position with the encouragement of the U.S. State Department’s chief envoy for European affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee; the US ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily; and the agreement of the Soros-run and pro-NATO and European Union Macedonian Social Democratic Party led by Zoran Zaev. Baily is a leading State Department expert on nation-breaking, having served in Erbil, the capital of secession-minded Iraqi Kurdistan, and Bangladesh, which borders the secessionist and violence-prone Burmese Muslim region of Rakhine.

Donald Trump’s CIA director, Mike Pompeo, has continued the CIA’s role in the Greater Albania project. WMR learned that during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s phone call with Trump on May 3, Putin emphatically told Trump to stay clear of any further attempts to conduct regime change in the Balkans, especially in Macedonia and Serbia.

Xhaferi is tied to the murder by UCK and KLA terrorists of 8 Macedonian policemen in 2001. The massacre of the policemen came in the same year that UCK paramilitary forces attempted to seize control of the towns of Tetovo, Kumanovo, Radusa, and Aracinovo, as well as surrounding regions. It was discovered that the U.S. mercenary firm, Military Professional Resources, Inc. (MPRI) of Alexandria, Virginia, was providing weapons to the KLA and UCK on the Albanian side and Macedonian government troops who were battling them.

In May 2016, Brennan paid a secretive visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia, where he met with Bosnian intelligence-security agency (OSA) chief Osman Mehmedagić. Brennan sought assurances from Mehmedagić that Bosnia would support the Greater Albanian operation. Brennan reportedly received Sarajevo’s full support. In order to preoccupy Serbia and distract it from events in Macedonia and Albanian regions of Montenegro, Bosnia agreed to increase pressure on the Srpska Republic, the Serbian component of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation.

In many ways, Macedonia now finds itself in the same Balkans ethnic tinderbox position as did Bosnia in 1914. The assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo by a Serbian terrorist was the trigger that started World War I. Brennan and his associates have set the ground in Macedonia for another hair trigger event in the Balkans that could lead to World War III. The U.S. and NATO have absorbed Montenegro while the Russians have let it be known it will not stand idly by while NATO moves into Macedonia, Serbia, and the Srpska Republic, which represent Moscow’s “line in the sand” in the Balkans.

From the CIA department of hi-jinx?…

Tirana TimesAlbania opposition rally hit with unknown eye, face irritant, 76 seek medical attention

NewsbudAnother War in the Balkans? NATO and Russia Digging the ‘Hybrid’ Trenches

Zero HedgeMapping Europe’s Secessionist Movements

In the larger conflict of sovereigntism vs. globalism, do secessionist movements better serve the globalist agenda? Are a patchwork of weaker jurisdictional entities easier to lord over by transnational corporations and institutions? Within this ongoing struggle, globalism enjoys a respite with Emmanuel Macron’s defeat of Le Pen in the French election, in spite of a last ditch effort to sink his campaign…

Macron Says He Is Victim Of “Massive, Coordinated” Hack After 9 Gigabytes Of Private Documents Released

France Warns Media Not To Publish Hacked Macron Emails, Threatens With Criminal Charges

Wayne Madsen reveals Macron to be a tool of these very transnational corporate and intelligence interests…

WMRMay 6-7, 2017 — Breaking. Macron set up offshore corporate tax evasion contrivance in Nevis and Grand Cayman

Excerpts from extensive articles available to WMR subscribers…

May 8-9, 2017 — SPECIAL REPORT. Was Macron involved in handing over control of French smart card leader to CIA/NSA?

Buried within the some 12 gigabytes of files hacked from the computer systems of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche presidential campaign movement are several key documents, some classified as “Confidential,” describing how an American front company for the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency took over control of Gemplus International, France’s leading manufacturer of smart cards.

The move by the American intelligence services began in 2001 and the operation was largely complete by 2004. In September 2001, just a few days before the 9/11 attack, this editor spoke at the annual European smart card applications and technology (ESCAT) conference in Espoo, Finland with the chairman and founder of Gemplus in 1988, French businessman and technology guru Marc Lassus. He related how his company was being pursued in a hostile takeover bid by Americans fronting for the U.S. intelligence services. Lassus would have known about American economic espionage conducted against France since his former employer, Thomson-CSF, was a top target of NSA and CIA surveillance. The documents about the successful takeover of Gemplus, along with its main factory in Gemenos, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, by an American firm called Texas Pacific Group (TPG) are included in the tranche of files lifted from the En Marche computers. TPG first acquired Gemplus shares in February 2000. In 2006, Gemplus merged with Axalto to form Gemalto.

The French press, which is lavishing in its praise of Macron, a former Rothschild banker, describes the Gemplus documents as having nothing to do with Macron. The French media argues that Macron was a mere student at the elitist French civil service academy, the École nationale d’administration (ENA) until he graduated in 2004. However, as the leaked documents clearly indicate, the Gemplus takeover was still being investigated by the French government when Macron became an Inspector of Finances in the French Ministry of Economy in 2004. Macron’s role was to ensure that French companies were free of foreign attempts to stymie French economic growth. It is very likely that En Marche’s files on the Gemplus takeover were to have backup information at the ready in the event Macron’s role in covering up details of the American takeover were to become public. It is also noteworthy that one of En Marche’s few policy statements is to “monitor,” but not prevent foreign ownership of strategic French industries and businesses.

In 2008, Macron left government to join the Rothschild & Cie Banque. He also became a leader in the neoconservative-heavy French-American Foundation, which counts among its alum Hillary Clinton, General Wesley Clark, and former World Bank president Robert Zoellick.

The operative question about Macron is: what did he know about the Gemplus takeover and when did he know it? The En Marche Gemplus files, contained in a folder marked “Macron,” and dealing with the American takeover read like a spy novel.

One file [jpg], marked “Confidential,” and sent to Stefan Quandt of the billionaire Quandt family of BMW and Daimler fame in Germany, deals with the firm’s plummeting stock value in 2001 amid “extremely tense relationship and clashes between the main people at the top echelons, and breakdown of communication with the personnel. As a result, the bulk of them is completely unmotivated today.”

As an inspector within the French Economy Ministry, it is astounding that Macron would not have been aware of the violation of French law that occurred with the American takeover of Gemplus. This is also described in the file from his campaign, which points to: “Irresponsible statements, often followed by reversals on site closures and firing of personnel, even before consulting with their representatives (as the law and common sense requires).”…

The memo to Quandt contains information that one might normally expect to see from a government financial oversight agency like the Inspector of Finances of the Economy Ministry. The negative information on Gemplus resulted in a January 24, 2002, report from Goldman Sachs that urged the company to continue with its American-directed restructuring in order to maintain market health. Although he was a student at the ENA, there is scant information on what projects to which Macron was assigned in 2001 by his civil service professors.

The Quandts are very publicity-shy and there is a good reason for it. Guenther Quandt manufactured Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft rockets for the Third Reich. He divorced his first wife, Magde Quandt, after they had one child, Harald Quandt. Magde then married Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Stefan Quandt, who was involved in the takeover of Gemplus, is the son of Harald Quandt’s half-brother Herbert Quandt.

The Confidential memo to Quandt continues:

“As a result:- the unions are at the local governor’s office twice a week complaining and seeking immediate action against the dominant ‘American’ position in their company and against the ‘foreign management’ imposed on them. Several legal actions are envisaged, and some have already started.

 – the unions have already attacked the ‘advantages’ given to the CEO Peres [sic] [reference to Antonio M. Perez, Gemplus CEO from June 2000 to December 2001, Perez was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gemplus International and the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award recipient from B’nai B’rith International] and to the management team.  
– The Luxembourg superstructure is also under close scrutiny. The labour unions are equally implicating the shareholders that have approved such actions, including the family Quandt, in the criminal proceedings.”

It is also noteworthy that Perez’s successor as CEO of Gemplus in December 2001 was Ron Mackintosh, the former CEO of Computer Sciences Corporation Europe (CSC). At the time, CSC was also a major contractor for the NSA….

Other Gemplus-related files in the En Marche folder include issues related to one of the principals of Gemplus, Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese Druze arms broker and graduate of the CIA-linked American University of Beirut, who helped engineer the American takeover with the help of Herr Quandt. Takieddine has helped conclude major French arms deals with Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Accused of money laundering in the British Virgin Islands by his ex-wife, Takieddine is also the uncle of Amal Alamuddin, the wife of actor George Clooney. Takieddine is also a bitter political foe of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost out in the presidential race in 2017 to rival conservative François Fillon. Macron edged out Fillon in the first round of the presidential election, coming in second to Fillon’s third place finish.

Takieddine, Quandt, and Texas Pacific (TPG) were all clearly part of a conspiracy to get rid of Lassus and the French ownership, as a decision to dump Lassus and Perez was made at a Gemplus board meeting held in Washington, DC, not in France, on December 15, 2001.

Another principal in the American takeover of Gemplus was Lee Kheng Nam, a Singapore business executive and a recipient of an M.S. degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The co-founder of TPG, David Bonderman, of Fort Worth, Texas, was also involved in the hostile takeover of GemPlus. TPG’s acquisition of Gemplus shares was conducted through a virtually unknown shell company registered in Gibraltar called “Zensus.” Bonderman, who is Jewish, created a political stir in 2012 in Egypt when he met with Khairat El-Shater, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a member of the Mohamed Morsi government. Bonderman said he was looking at investment opportunities in Egypt….

In September 2002, Alex Mandl, an American native of Vienna, Austria, and a former President of AT&T, chairman and CEO of Teligent, board member of the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL, and member of the board of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, was named CEO of Gemplus International. He continues as the executive chairman of Gemalto, which replaced Gemplus after its merger with Axalto.

As a result of the disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it is now known that the British Government Communications Headquarters, working with the NSA, successfully penetrated the SIM cards used by Gemalto. The GCHQ/NSA successfully intercepted mobile communications using encryption-enabled Gemalto SIM chips of mobile carriers in Afghanistan, Yemen, India, Serbia, Iran, Iceland, Somalia, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The GCHQ-NSA attack also targeted Gemalto SIM card personalization centers in Japan, Colombia. and Italy. The NSA and GCHQ hack of Gemalto’s SIM chips by their joint Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET) represents perhaps the largest NSA interception operation in history, one that saw billions of mobile calls and text messages successfully intercepted and decoded by NSA and its GCHQ partner. More sinister is the inclusion of Gemalto SIM card identification data in the CIA’s database of cell phones targeted by U.S. drone strikes…

Macron’s role in the takeover of Gemplus International SA by Americans, fronting for the CIA and NSA, would certainly be quite in line with his thinking as a globalist, Rothschild banker, European Union advocate, and Zionist. At the very least, Macron appears to be a full CIA asset residing in the Elysée Palace. With the success of NSA and CIA in gaining access to Gemplus, now Gemalto’s SIM technology and knowing of Macron’s strong pro-American credentials, did he help engineer the Gemplus takeover by refraining from investigating it as an Economy Ministry financial inspector? It sure looks that way.

May 11-12, 2017 — Macron’s time as Economy Minister coincided with major U.S. takeovers of French industries

WMR’s recent article on French President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s possible role in the U.S. Intelligence Community completing the seizure of French smart card giant Gemplus International, while Macron was an inspector in the French Industry Ministry triggered immense interest in France. On the heels of our article, we received details of Macron’s role as the Minister of Economy, Industry, and Digital Affairs in the second government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2014 in delivering other French industries into the hands of the Americans.

While Economy Minister, Macron, a former Rothschild banker, never raised a single objection as American executives began taking senior positions in the European aerospace giant Airbus. In 2016, a 38-year old American-Ukrainian named Paul Eremenko, took the job of technical director at Airbus. What concerned French labor leaders and Airbus employees is the fact that Eremenko’s previous employer was the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which works closely with the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Security Agency in developing new weaponry and surveillance techniques. Eremenko also previously worked with Google, a firm that also has close ties to the U.S. Intelligence Community, owing to its receipt of start-up seed money from IN-Q-TEL, the CIA’s venture capital firm that was also involved in the U.S. takeover of Gemplus from the French.

Joining Eremenko at Airbus as the Head of Technology Planning was Olivier de Weck, a Swiss engineer who took a leave of absence from the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to take the job with Airbus. In 2015, MIT’s ESD, which worked closely with the U.S. Air Force, closed up shop. The French magazine, Le Canard Enchaîné, noted that de Weck had been the engineering program manager on the Swiss acquisition of the F/A-18 fighter plane from the large Pentagon contractor McDonnell Douglas. After de Weck arrived at the Airbus R&D center in Suresnes, there was a recommendation from the consulting firm Cap Gemini to close the research and development center in the Paris suburb. There was a fear that Airbus would move many of its R&D positions to Mobile, Alabama, where Airbus was building a final assembly line for the Airbus 320 passenger plane. French workers and their union leaders at Airbus smelled a large American rat, just as was the case in 2001 and 2002 when American executives initially took over key positions at Gemplus’s headquarters in the south of France.

The U.S. “invasion” of Airbus followed the 2015 acquisition of the French power firm, Alstom Energy, by the U.S. General Electric Corporation. GE purchased the French turbine manufacturer for $10 billion. Macron never raised a single objection to the deal, an agreement over which his ministry had oversight. Even French intelligence worried that GE’s takeover of Alstom would give the Americans access to French nuclear technology. Alstom provides its Arabelle turbines to two French nuclear technology firms, Areva SA and Eléctricité de France SA.

When the proposed GE-Alstom deal was first floated in 2014, the French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg tried to stop it. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt called the deal with Alstom  “good for Alstom, for France and for GE.” Many French business and labor leaders did not share Immelt’s enthusiasm and believed the deal was another takeover of a crown jewel of French industry.

Montebourg issued the “Montebourg Decree” (décret Montebourg), which gave the French government the right to veto “foreign takeovers of assets in the fields of energy supply, water, transport, telecoms and public health.” Montebourg’s stance earned him a dismissal from the Valls cabinet and his replacement by Macron, who raised no objection to the GE takeover of Alstom and the virtual creation of an American “Trojan horse” within the French nuclear industry. One of Macron’s first actions was to scrap the Montebourg Decree…

Leak of Nations#MacronLeaks Uncensored: The CIA takeover of smart card company Gemplus (Gemalto) 

AFP (via Yahoo) – French MP dies campaigning for Macron

Intelligence OnlineCorporate intelligence firms jockey for position in Macron era

Electronic IntifadaFrance’s Macron dumps parliamentary candidate after Israel lobby pressure

Middle East EyeIran reformists sweep to power in major citiesDecoding Iran’s 2017 presidential election

Al MonitorSenate tones down Iran sanctions bill after input from Obama team

SputnikNo Coincidence: Why Obama Visited Merkel Hours Before Trump Joining NATO Summit

Merkel Hints Europe Can No Longer Rely on US, Britain

New York TimesPro-Nazi Soldiers in German Army Raise Alarm

GuardianPope looks glum after Vatican meeting with Donald Trump

VoltairenetRemarks by Donald Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials

TASSUkrainian military launch more than 180 shells, mines on Donetsk within one day

Novorossia TodayMore War Crimes As The Nazi Ukraine Junta Once Again Targets And Bombs Civilians Areas Of Donetsk And Lugansk Republic, 2 Homes Destroyed !

Fort Russ (translating ДНР) – NATO begin training Ukraine fighters to “use force legally”

(translating Eduard Popov) – Did Semenchenko just signal the start of a Nazi Maidan?

(translating АНТИФАШИСТ) – US shows rare sensibility – bans funding of Neo-Nazi battalion “Azov”

Bernard-Henri Levy Gets Pied in Belgrade, Attempts to Assault a Man [Video]

ΝΑΥΤΕΜΠΟΡΙΚΗBomb blast targets former Greek PM Papademos’ car; one injury reported

GefiraGeorge Soros secretly rushes to Italy as NGOs activity in the Mediterranean now face political and judicial scrutiny

Spook news…

IntelNewsSwiss officials defend alleged spying on German tax-fraud investigators

Ars TechnicaAn NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide

InterceptLeaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World

Washington’s BlogTop NSA Whistleblower: Ransomware Hack Due to “Swindle of the Taxpayers” by Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence OnlineWannaCry, a smokescreen for government cyber-attacks

Zero HedgeNorth Korean Hackers Emerge As “Culprits” Behind Global Malware Cyberattack

Russian Hacker Claims FBI Coerced Confession Over Clinton Cyberattack

Hackers Unleash Second NSA-Developed Cyber-Weapon On Dark Web

theshadowbrokers (Steemit) – OH LORDY! Comey Wanna Cry Edition

More to come…

TheShadowBrokers Monthly Dump Service – June 2017

RTShadow Brokers launches monthly subscription service offering nuclear, banking secrets

Schneier on SecurityWho Are the Shadow Brokers?

…the obvious list of countries who fit my two criteria is small: Russia, China, and­ — I’m out of ideas.

We have others: the USA itself, or more widely the Atlanticist “deep state” releasing four year old exploits which it has already outstripped, but can utilize as cyber-terror false flags to advance the usual centralized control agenda. Revisit “Snowden signals NSA 9/11” in our Aug. 31 2016 edition, where Ed Snowden, after his Aug. 5 cryptic “distress call” (deleted but captured at Sputnik), followed up ten days later – on the occasion of Shadow Brokers going live – with a Twitter essay where he (or someone posting from his account) noted:

…I suspect this is more diplomacy than intelligence, related to the escalation around the DNC hack. Circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom indicates Russian responsibility. Here’s why that is significant: This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove US responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server. That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted US allies. Particularly if any of those operations targeted elections…

The assumption we entertained at the time was that this concerned previous European elections. Given recent developments in the Seth Rich murder case, however, the elections in question may have been the recent U.S. Democratic primaries (which belonged to Bernie Sanders to lose or have stolen from him), as well as the general election fast approaching. Consider the current speculation (particularly at George Webb’s Youtube channel: Day 217.17. Hillary’s Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen) that the Guccifer 2.0 DNC emails publication may have been a deliberate pre-emption of WikiLeaks, but a scoop spoofed to appear of Russian hacking origin (using Marble Framework), when it was known that the emails were coming anyway as the insider breach had been discovered and liquidated. (Scroll below in our current edition for developments in the Seth Rich murder investigation.) Thus was born the “Russia hacked the election” narrative which, however unsupported by concrete evidence, is still being exploited for all it’s worth…

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – NSA Director Uses «Russian Hacker Threat» to Gain Access to Voting Systems

Rense (Yoichi Shimatzu) – WannaCry Virus Attack Launched By The Oedipal CyberState

–  Shadow Brokers Slam NSA-Microsoft For WannaCry Outbreak

NSA-Equation And Its Minions Plotted The WannaCry Atttack

WikiLeaksVault 7; ArchimedesAfterMidnightAthena

BBCMet Police use of Indian hackers probed by watchdog – Undercover counter-extremism officers used hackers in India to access the emails of journalists and environmental activists, it has been claimed.

Leak of NationsOver 200 Android applications track users through TV ultrasound beacons

Al Masdar NewsWikileaks publishes documents showing how Google helped Al-Qaeda in Syria

N.Y. TimesKilling C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Empty WheelWere Shitty SAIC Systems the Cause of the CIA’s China Disaster?

GuardianSwedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation

DC Skullduggery timeline for the month of May…

Reuters (May 2) – NSA collected Americans’ phone records despite law change: report

Zero Hedge (May 3) – Watch Live: FBI Director Labels WikiLeaks “Intelligence Porn” And Other Senate Hearing Updates

True PunditFBI Director Comey Confirms True Pundit’s Exclusive: Thousands of Classified Hillary Clinton Emails on Weiner Laptop – Wiener pleads guilty for pedo charges on May 19

Free Thought ProjectFBI Email Exposes Attorney General Promise to Protect Clinton from CRIMINAL CHARGES

Global ResearchThe FBI James Comey Saga: Hillary Bribed the FBI Official in Charge of the Email Investigation

PoliticoSusan Rice declines to testify before Senate subcommittee

Intelligence Online (May 4) – Donald Trump’s former intelligence chief Mike Flynn advised Israeli spyware company NSO

CircaPresident Obama’s team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

(May 5) – Rand Paul: Obama may have spied on me, other lawmakers using NSA intercepts

FOX NewsComey pressed for anti-Trump dossier in classified Russia report, sources say

NBC News (May 8) – Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials

He would – it was Flynn who blew the whistle on the rise of ISIS. A refresher, from Seymour Hersh’s Military To Military (LRB)…

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. ‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’

As for Flynn’s replacement, following a Mike Cernovich report of May 2 at MediumNational Security Advisor McMaster May Accept Role as Army Vice Chief of Staff, Receive Promotion to General – Trump counters: “I couldn’t be happier with H.R. He’s doing a terrific job.” But as Eli Lake reports, maybe not so much – “H.R.” is a little too “Hillary Rodham”…

BloombergWashington Loves General McMaster, But Trump Doesn’t

Zero Hedge (May 8) – Yates / Clapper Hearing: Flynn In Deep Trouble But Still “No Evidence” Of Trump Collusion With Russia

May 9, the hatchet comes down, though not where it was anticipated…

President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

Notably, the bad news was delivered to Comey by Trump’s long time ex-NYPD security chief Keith Schiller (TPM)

(May 10) – FBI In Turmoil Over Comey Ouster; Chaos Ensues As The Search For New Director Gets Underway

(May 11) – More Drama: WaPo Says Deputy AG Threatened To Resign Over Comey Termination; DOJ Denies

(WSJ) – Deputy AG Presses White House To “Correct” Comey Narrative

True PunditNew FBI Director McCabe Celebrates Promotion in His Six-Figure Luxury Porsche 911; White House & FBI Agents Outraged

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 10-11, 2017 — Rosenstein at DOJ to insulate Intelligence Community and Kushners

Based on his activities under two presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein only has a position in the Justice Department to insulate key Intelligence Community officials from any prosecutorial fallout emanating from the multiple investigations of Trump’s campaign connections to Russian interests. Rosenstein gladly agreed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sign Sessions’s letter to Trump recommending the termination of FBI director James Comey to ensure his longevity as the DOJ’s number two.

Rosenstein has always looked out for the interests of the U.S. Intelligence Community. As an attorney within the Public Integrity Section (PIN) of the Department of Justice from 1990 to 1993, Rosenstein conveniently ignored the mounds of evidence linking then-President George H. W. Bush and his top cronies, including former National Security Adviser John Poindexter, former Poindexter aide Oliver North, State Department official Elliott Abrams, and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to the Iran-contra “arms-for-hostages” scandal. PIN’s job is to prosecute corruption through all levels of government, including DOJ itself. During the probe of the scandal by independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, DOJ prosecutors and Attorney General Richard Thornburgh stonewalled attempts by Walsh’s investigators to gain access to intelligence documents on the roles played by Bush, Poindexter, North, and the late CIA director William Casey in Iran-contra. One of the stonewallers was Rosenstein…

As U.S. Attorney for Maryland, Rosenstein officiated over the National Security Agency’s “rocket docket” court, the U.S. Federal Court in Greenbelt, Maryland. Not only did Rosenstein prosecute several NSA’s employees in order to cover up the crimes of the Bush administration in lying America into war in Iraq, but he also failed to prosecute senior NSA officials for fraud and corruption. These include NSA directors Michael Hayden and Keith Alexander. In one egregious case, Rosenstein ensured that an NSA employee, whose analysis of Saddam Hussein’s communications in Iraq concluded that Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction, was prosecuted on manufactured espionage charges in order to please Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney was determined to “make examples” of Intelligence Community naysayers on the Iraqi WMD issue and Rosenstein gladly accommodated the Vice President. Rosenstein worked closely with the Assistant U.S. Attorney for Southern Maryland David Salem, U.S. Judge Peter Messitte, and the accused’s defense attorney to ensure a guilty verdict against the former NSA employee. It is also significant that Rosenstein, Salem, Messitte, and the defense counsel are all Jewish and the former NSA employee was one of the few African-Americans placed on a face-track for promotion at NSA. That fast track was derailed, thanks to Rosenstein, to a sentence at a federal prison. There was also the problem of Judge Messitte contaminating the trial jury with at least one NSA contract employee. Messitte was  assigned the case after it was yanked from the docket of an African-American federal judge.

Rosenstein ensured that no individual in the U.S. District for the State of Maryland received a fair trial if they were targeted by the district’s chief employer, the NSA at Fort Meade. While this editor covered the trial in Greenbelt, there was an attempt by Messitte and Salem to call this editor to the witness stand and be ordered to divulge my sources on a story implicating Cheney in bringing about the prosecution of the defendant. Fortunately, a faulty automobile kept me from covering the trial that particular day. Had that not been the case, I would have been looking at jail for refusing to take the stand and be subject to a contempt of court charge, all courtesy of Rosenstein’s political retribution operation, masked as a U.S. Attorney’s Office, in Baltimore.

Taking into account Rosenstein’s social and professional linkages, his placement within the DOJ is also likely to benefit the interests of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump. If, as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper indicated in his recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump and his associates are under an investigation for their ties to Russian interests, Rosenstein may attempt to immunize the Kushners from any fallout.

Considering Rosenstein’s long history of covering up for the Intelligence Community and military infrastructure, he will also likely ensure that a political downfall for Trump does not include people within the Trump administration who are in their positions to protect their agencies and not Trump. Chief among these are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a close friend of Vice President Mike Pence and the Bush family; Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo; Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly; National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster; Defense Secretary James Mattis; and whoever the Senate votes to confirm as a replacement for Comey.

WBAL-TVFBI searching Annapolis GOP fundraising firm

@WMRDCFBI vehicle outside GOP Strategic Campaign Group in Annapolis w/Florida tags. Poss. involvement of FBI West Palm Beach/Miami in TrumpGate?

5:26 AM – 12 May 2017…

@realDonaldTrumpJames Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

The Ides of May…

Confusing developments in the Seth Rich murder case, as FOX chases its own tail…

FOX5DCFamily’s private investigator: There is evidence Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death

By the next day, a headline metamorphosis from ‘Slain DNC staffer had contact with WikiLeaks, investigator says’ to…

FOX NewsFamily of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich blasts detective over report of WikiLeaks link

The article was removed as of May 23, but a summary remains at…

OKCFOX‘No facts, no evidence’ supporting claim slain DNC staffer tied to WikiLeaks, family says

@wikileaksSeth Rich’s new “family spokesman” is Brad Bauman a professional Democrat crisis PR consultant with the Pastorum Group.

Meanwhile…

Washington Post Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

Zero HedgeMcMaster Responds To Wapo: “I Was In The Room, It Didn’t Happen. The Story Is False”

4:03 AM May 16 (Twitter time-stamps are PDT)…

@realDonaldTrumpAs President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining….

4:13 AM – with some deliberation over how to finish the sentence…

…to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.

Later that day…

N.Y. TimesIsrael Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

BuzzfeedIsraeli Official: Trump Sharing Intelligence With Russia Is “Worst Fears Confirmed”

SAN FRANCISCO — Two Israeli intelligence officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the US regarding ISIS plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes, and that it appeared that that intelligence had been shared with Russia without prior coordination.

The revelation that Trump had shared that intelligence with Russian officials was Israel’s “worst fears confirmed,” said one of the intelligence officers…

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 16-17, 2017 — Intelligence sharing brouhaha has more to do with protecting Israel

…What was learned was that Israel provided the United States with intelligence on a planned terrorist attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The U.S. Intelligence Community then slapped the intelligence with a sensitive compartmented intelligence code word, restricting it from wide access within the intelligence community.

Details of the ISIL terror plan had already leaked out and it was pretty much in plain sight. Apparently, the Israelis had a mole inside an ISIL bomb making unit located in a Syrian town still occupied by the terrorist group. The Israeli agent reported that he had witnessed ISIL constructing bombs in laptop computers. That intelligence was used as justification by the Trump administration to order the Transportation Security Administration to ban laptop computers from passenger cabins on flight to the United States originating from specific Middle Eastern airports. That ban has now been extended to U.S.-bound flights from Europe. Passengers with laptops are required to check them with their baggage…

Although it is not known in what Syrian town the laptop bomb making factory is located, it is reasonable to believe that it is close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in southwestern Syria. Wounded ISIL fighters have been transported to Israel over the 1974 Syria-Israel cease fire “Disengagement Line” in the Golan region for medical treatment and the Golan-Syria “border” has served as a practical meeting point between the Israelis and the Islamic State. Israeli logistics aid, including ISIL flags, has also been supplied to ISIL by the Israelis across the Golan armistice line. The Israeli-ISIL cooperation in Golan makes it a much easier location from which to slip Mossad agents into ISIL ranks.

As for Russia learning about the Israeli intelligence on ISIL, they likely already knew about it. The relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin is much closer than that between Putin and Trump. Since Russian airlines fly numerous routes to the Middle East, including Israel, it is inconceivable that Israel had not already informed Moscow about the laptop bomb plot.

The Mossad press office would beg to differ, suggesting something like NSO Group’s Pegasus system (Lookout, Citizenlab) was compromised…

DEBKAfileTrump bared Israel’s interception skills to Lavrov

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal that the classified information concerned Israel’s capabilities for intercepting operational communications and signals. This branch is one of the most sensitive and secret in the field of military intelligence. Possession of this advanced capability makes it possible to monitor the most clandestine military operations, without leaving any clue to the tracker. This interception technology is also capable of seriously disrupting the military operations of an enemy.

Until President Trump shared this information with Lavrov, the Russian military and intelligence services were not aware that Israel possessed this intelligence technology, or that it was operational. Neither were the Russians aware that Israel had let the Americans know about it. The learned all this for the first time when Lavrov and Kislyak talked to the president in the White House last Wednesday…

Foreign Policy (May 19) – Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump’s Loose Lips

The details Trump spilled likely came from a source that was also useful on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hezbollah proxies in Syria and Lebanon, which are much higher priorities for Israel, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

“To the Israelis, ISIS is not that big of a concern,” the defense official said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. “We have a partner that has done us a favor. They went out of their way to support us in a campaign against ISIS, that they have no real skin in.”

In the first 48 hours after the news broke, the Israelis saw little engagement from the Trump administration on the issue. Instead, the administration remained focused on planning for the president’s visit next week.

“There’s been no collaboration on this issue or any outreach. But it’s like a [public relations] circus,” the official said.

Following the revelation of Israel as the source of the intel, the NYT fires the next volley. Like the WaPo scoop of the day previous, this one comes late in the afternoon of May 16, in time for the network nightly news broadcasts to make it their lead, and jolting White House staff into overtime spin zone…

N.Y. TimesComey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

The memo, even as taken out of context, lends weak support to the headline; in essence it shows wishful thinking that the rule of law does not compel Comey to continue the investigation…

 “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

But concerning the investigation, do we know what the referent of the “this” is? Was Comey’s investigation focused on Flynn’s ties to Russia or to Turkey (see May 17 McClatchy cited above) or to something else? It is noteworthy that just weeks before the election, Flynn took time off from the campaign to deliver the keynote address at the Black Duck Flight16 user conference in Boston. In the press release, Flynn is touted for his expertise in cyber-security as relates to the feared Russian digital disruption of the election. Remarkably, Flynn had another foreign tie relating to cyber-hacking – one that might shed some light on Trump’s leading tip in the wee hours of May 16? – having gone unreported until the May 4th edition of Intelligence OnlineDonald Trump’s former intelligence chief Mike Flynn advised Israeli spyware company NSO. In an unattributed followup on the blog Intel Today, it is noted that the San Francisco-based Francisco Partners purchased a controlling share of NSO in 2014 (Jewish Business News 3/19/14, Reuters 11/2/15), and it is asked whether the SF FBI office was selected to investigate the Guccifer 2.0 leaks (Reuters 2/18/17) for this reason…

Intel TodayFormer NSA Mike Flynn advised Israeli cyberweapons dealers

As noted in another of the blog’s headlines, with Flynn, “The more you know, the less you understand.” Granted, but in the daily gruel of the MSM, the bulk of attention has been directed upon Flynn’s ties to Russia and its bogeyman du jour Putin, which only prompts us to remind of Seymour Hersh’s much neglected January 2016 LRB article quoted above, and to ask: In the obsession to scandalize Flynn as a puppet of Putin, what is it that is being attacked after all? And who is being protected? Consider that Obama – in his obsession to oust Assad – was oblivious (to be charitable) that the jihadists would likely seize power in a post-Assad Syria and beyond, as Flynn’s DIA was trying to warn. In their frustration, Flynn and members of the Joint Chiefs did lend intel to the Russians (and to the Germans and Israelis) which was to be passed along to Assad in order to help him defeat ISIS, Al Nusra, and other jihadists in Syria. The great irony then is that it is out of his efforts in helping Russia to defeat one of recent history’s most barbaric movements, Flynn has thus been demonized by association with “the hun”.

Beset as they are with “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” do these “intrepid reporters” realize that in weakening the potential for an alliance between the U.S. and Russia in the Middle East (if nowhere else), they are effectively aiding and abetting ISIS? The cog-in-the-machine hacks know not what they do, and in their sleep may dream themselves dancing in fields of sugar-plums and fairies and Woodward and Bernstein, but at the ownership level, there are other motivations at play. The WaPo and the NYT for instance are organs of the monopolists Jeff Bezos and Carlos Slim, whose respective monopolies have been threatened by Trump. See USA Today of a year ago – Trump: Bezos using ‘Washington Post’ to protect Amazon monopoly; and Breitbart just days before the election – Trustbusting: Trump Vows to ‘Break Up The New Media Conglomerate Oligopolies’. While these are campaign promises we have yet to see any significant movement on, the motivation is self-evident for the owners of these “toys” to pile on. Perhaps the lesson is that these promises should have been among the first to be fulfilled.

May 17…

U.S. Department of JusticeAppointment of Special Counsel

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” said Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”…

This says nothing however about abnormal chains of command. See the above cited Wayne Madsen on the loyalties of Rosenstein. Mueller, moreover, became FBI director just prior to 9/11/2001, and every coverup relating thereunto came under his watch. If there is any thing at all to do with Russia, it is unlikely to involve Flynn, or the hacking of the DNC/Podesta emails, or anything else over which the MSM and congressional Democrats have been maniacally focused upon. It may have more to do with other relationships in common. Wayne Madsen has been very busy this month; what follows is the meat of his extended articles…

WMRMay 15-17, 2017 — SPECIAL REPORT — Trump’s “Russian” ties are with the “Red Kosher Nostra,” not the Kremlin

…Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey primarily because Comey asked for additional resources from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to beef up the FBI’s “follow-the-money” investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI’s receipt of data from the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) regarding the money laundering involving Trump and Kushner businesses, accounts maintained by the Bank of Cyprus, HSBC, Bank Hapoalim of Israel, and other banks, and the Trump presidential campaign are what lie at the heart of the FBI’s investigation of Trump. The FBI is reportedly focused on Trump’s associates’ financial dealings with banks in Cyprus. As with previous political scandals, including Watergate and Iran-contra, most of the perpetrators were caught when federal investigators began to “follow-the-money.”

WMR has counted at least eight past and current separate FBI investigations involving those close to Trump, including members of his own family, as well as that of Trump’s close adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Among the criminal investigations involving Trump associates were those prosecuted by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was fired by Trump after the sacking of acting Attorney General Sally Yates. While Yates was the Deputy Attorney General from 2015 to her sacking by Trump on January 30, 2017, she was also involved in criminal cases targeting Trump business associates in the shady underworld of the Red Kosher Nostra.

Among the federal and a few state crimes for which Trump/Kushner associates have either been convicted or investigated are wire fraud, extortion, money laundering, bribery and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, first degree assault, homicide, obstruction of justice, smuggling, racketeering, tax evasion, prostitution, and illegal gambling.

The complex nature of the network and sub-networks of criminal syndicates doing business with the Trump family and/or the Kushners would have necessitated Comey to ask for more resources for the FBI to pursue the Trump/Kushner connection to the money laundering operations that helped finance the Trump campaign. These criminal syndicates involve secret bank accounts, offshore tax havens, and dummy corporations…

May 17-18, 2017 — Federal civil suit exposes Trump business practices and syndicate ties

A civil RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) lawsuit exposing Donald Trump’s associates’ criminal business practices was filed in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of Manhattan on June 20, 2016. The suit was filed by two principals of Bayrock Group, LLC, which developed the Trump SoHo condominium-hotel complex in Manhattan. The Kushner Companies, then run by Trump’s son-in-law and current senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, developed property adjacent to the Trump SoHo complex. Alex Sapir of the Sapir Organization is linked to the development of both the Trump and Kushner properties in SoHo. However, Sapir was not named as a defendant in the suit against Bayrock.

Among those named in the civil RICO suit against Bayrock were three of Trump’s close Bayrock business associates, Felix Satter (aka Felix Sater and Felix Sheferovsky), the managing director of Bayrock LLC; Julius Schwarz; and Tefvik Arif, Bayrock’s principal owner and associate of the infamous mafia syndicate, the “Kazakhstan Trio,” comprised of Alexander Mashkevich, Patokh Chodiev, and Alisan Ibragimov. Bayrock also developed the Trump International Hotel and Residence in Phoenix, Arizona. Sater now serves as an unofficial adviser to Trump and is a close associate of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen…

The RICO case against Bayrock and its affiliates has been active for seven years. Details of the case, including the involvement of Trump properties in New York, Florida, and Arizona in racketeering and tax evasion can be found in the 165-page lawsuit.

Counter Current News (ZEMBLA) – Dutch Documentary Details Trump’s Ties To Russian Oligarchs and Mobsters

WaPoIn a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese

Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say

BloombergManafort’s Real-Estate Deals Said to Be Probed by N.Y.’s Top Cop

Saudi-U.S. Ties Shift as Kingdom Turns to Trump for Investments

In his first foreign visit – to Saudi Arabia – although Trump may not have bowed as deeply to the monarch as have his predecessors, his actions still qualify, as we have characterized them, as abject genuflection…

Al MonitorTrump goes to Riyadh

Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour

ThereAreNoSunglassesTrump’s Trip Is “Green Light” For UAE’s Colombian-Led Blackwater “Foreign Legion”/Mercenary Army To Attack Iran

This Is What Evil Trump Has Aligned America With–Bloody repression resumes in Bahrain

Public Intelligence BlogJared Kushner Working for Israel to Enable Saudi Arabian Nuclear Attack Against Iran

In the wake of Trump’s arms deal with the Saudis…

RTRussia & Iran sign oil-for-goods trade agreement

Still the optimist, Thierry Meyssan…

VoltairenetDonald Trump against jihadism

Blacklisted NewsTrump Inks Largest Arms Deal in U.S. History with Country He Said Funded ISIS

The Saudi’s are not alone in funding and arming ISIS. Has the U.S. has been doing the same, albeit “accidentally”?…

BreitbartAudit: U.S. Army Loses Track of $1 Billion-Plus Worth of Weapons, Other Equipment in Iraq

The HillPaul plans to force vote on $110B Saudi defense deal

Is this supposed to be some kind of a settlement?

InterceptTrump’s “America First“ Infrastructure Plan: Let Saudi Arabia and Blackstone Take Care of It

We maintain that the ultimate test of POTUS 45 – as a champion of U.S. sovereignty – remains to be seen in what he does, or preferably does not do, in allowing the JASTA cases to proceed without obstruction…

28 Pages9/11 Defense Lawyers Push for Access to Unredacted 28 Pages

Consortium News (Kristen Breitweiser) – Trump Lets Saudis Off on 9/11 Evidence

IndependentDonald Trump should worry about another 9/11 rather than making claims about Iran, says Tehran

The SakerHassan Nasrallah on Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia

Strategic-Culture (Eric Zeusse) – Which Government Dominates US-Saud Alliance?

N.Y. TimesWhat Was That Glowing Orb Trump Touched in Saudi Arabia?

The occasion was the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, based in Riyadh, and the orb was in fact a translucent globe, with the world’s waters represented in light gray and the continents in black. Its purpose appeared to be decorative…

The globe did not appear to have any magical powers, but when the king and Mr. Trump touched it, background music of the kind that might accompany a reality show’s elimination sequence or introduce a cable news program soared and pulsed. The screens glowed with statistical displays and videos about fighting terrorism. An unnamed official who narrated the features of the new control center said the displays used artificial intelligence to track, in real time, news reports and online statements.

See also the visitors guide to the center at Al Arabiya. What came with the “activation” of the center, however, was the further metastasizing of ISIS terror around the globe…

Daily Mail (May 23) – ISIS: ‘We killed your children’. Terror group claim responsibility for Manchester bombing ‘in the midst of a gathering of the Crusaders’

Al MonitorIranian media ties Manchester bombing to Trump’s Saudi visit

OccurencesMukhtar Trump’s UK flash-bang

Jakarta Post (May 24) – Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Kampung Melayu attack: PoliceFurther attacks feared following IS-claimed Jakarta twin blasts

Manila BulletinMindanao under martial law

Independent (May 26) – Minya bus shooting: Children among at least 28 Coptic Christians killed and dozens injured in Egypt gun attackIsis claim responsibility for attack which left 29 Coptic Christians dead

Press TV (May 30) – Massive bombings strike heart of Baghdad

The Spark (May 31) – Attack kills 90 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

And as Trump was clasping the orb in Riyadh…

City of Palm BeachSinkhole in front of Mar-a-Lago

A 4′ x 4′ sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago. It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main. West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today.

Also imploding, the DNC’s coverup of Seth Rich murder, though the story thus far remains sequestered to right wing media outlets, with a concerted efforts of social networks to suppress it (Zero Hedge)…

Gateway Pundit (May 21) – Breaking: ‘Complete Panic’ at Highest Levels of DNC Over Kim DotCom’s Seth Rich Announcement

World Net DailyDonna Brazile warned off private eye on Seth Rich murder

Developments with Awan bros. (who George Webb believes handled Weiner/Huma devices: Day 202.2) …

Daily CallerHouse IT Aides Fear Suspects In Hill Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data – Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In PakistanWasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes

Meanwhile, myopic MSM and Congress stick to Russia Russia Russia….

Zero Hedge (May 22) – Michael Flynn To Plead The Fifth, Will Decline Senate Subpoena

Manafort, Stone Give Russia Docs To Senate Intel Committee

Comey Hearing Delayed: Chaffetz Postpones Hearing So Comey Can Speak With Special Counsel

Trump Asked Intel Officials To Help “Push Back” Against Russia Probe: WaPo

(May 23) – Ex-CIA Chief Says Was Aware Of “Contacts And Interactions” Between Trump Associates And Russia

And so it goes, as it were a simulacrum of a Watergate; but in the real world, is there any thing to it? More and more, this Russomania appears to be a distraction from the meat of a real scandal, and one that does involve the interference of certain foreigners – namely Julian Assange and Kim Dotcom – though acting as intermediaries when the complicit domestic media was not an option for a whistle-blower.  Following his May 20 teaser tweet in reply to Sean Hannity: I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @Wikileaks source. I was involved. https://t.co/MbGQteHhZM — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom)

Kim Dotcom Disappoints: Offers Full Seth Rich Testimony But Only To Special Counsel Mueller

It may be the case that “I never lived there I never traveled there I had no company there,” but Kim Dotcom nevertheless may have had an integral role in altering the U.S. 2016 election. As noted in our Nov. 5 edition, he seemed to own it with “Bingo! We did it 😎” on Oct. 28 as Comey reopened the Hillary emails case.

Voat (Jem777) – Happening in Washington DC right now. Researchers, independent journalists citizens swarm D.C.

May 24 – palindromic Dow Jones close (21012.42   74.51   0.356) and another late day “bombshell” from…

WaPoHow a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe

Once again, new media upstages the dinosaurs…

CircaObama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

VOAIsrael Alters Intelligence Sharing with US

Following the May 22 Manchester bombing, the White House leaker(s) now sabotaging US/UK relations?…

Bloomberg (May 25) – May Talks to Trump on Intelligence Leaks as U.S. Vows Probe

Reuters (May 26) – Trump condemns leaks after UK police briefly halt information sharing

MI5 LIHOP?…

Daily MailFBI ‘warned MI5 in January that the Manchester bomber was planning an attack on Britain’

Back to the USSR…

WaPoRussian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Wall Street On ParadeWall Street Funds Hold Hundreds of Millions in Sanctioned Russian Bank Subject to Kushner Probe

Zero Hedge (May 29) – Three Leakers Of Classified White House Information Said To Be Identified, Expected To Be Fired

Axios (May 30) – Trump’s comms director leaving White House

ABC NewsCongress expands Russia investigation to include Trump’s personal attorney

WJLA (DC) – Pa. physician staying at Trump Hotel arrested with guns, 90 rounds of ammo in car

Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Evidence Backs Claim Pro-Bernie Seth Rich Was DNC Leaker

Disobedient MediaDNC Lawsuit Exposes Corruption, Data Breaches, Raises Questions About Death Of Shawn Lucas

Counter Propa (May 31) – Awan Brothers Visas Raise Questions In Wake of Murder of Beranton J. Whisenant Jr.

True PunditAwan Brothers: Wasserman Schultz Admits Hill IT Security Violations, Blames House Administrators For Not Stopping Her

Daily CallerGroup Sues Mayor, Police, For Details Of Seth Rich Murder Investigation

N.Y. PostThe government is spying on journalists to find leakers

Wall Street Journal House Intelligence Panel Issues Seven Subpoenas as Russia Probe Ramps Up

Zero HedgeObama-Era Officials Subpoenaed By House Intel Committee In Trump “Unmasking” Probe

Blame God…

CNNClinton slams New York Times, DNC, Comey for her loss

More realistically, courtesy of Joe Lauria and WikiLeaks

O/R BooksHow I Lost By Hillary Clinton

While Comey covered for her in July before the “stab in the back” came on October 28, it wasn’t a knife he was wielding, but a Weiner…

NBC News (May 19) – Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Teen Sexting Case, Wife Huma Abedin Files for Divorce

CryptomeAnthony Weiner Court Filings

N.Y. PostHuma Abedin has invited Anthony Weiner back home

WhoWhatWhy (May 9) – How Trump Backers Weaponized Anthony Weiner to Defeat Clinton

Russ Baker et al update the timeline to our election coverage late last year of The Roy Cohn Coup, though they gloss over many details of the case. The bias is evident, with the presumption of ‘nothing to see here’ with Hillary’s emails and Wiener’s laptop. The authors in their month long investigation fail to note certain key aspects of the case that could bolster their claims. Little is said about retired NYPD connections to Trump’s security detail via Keith Schiller; unmentioned is Roger Stone; nothing of how certain unusual emails from the WikiLeaks Podesta cache were exploited with pedophilia insinuations swiftly interpreted from a spurious FBI code; omitted from the timeline, as we had noted on Election Day, is the curious timing of  Comey’s Nov. 6 announcement closing the Clinton investigation that he had just reopened, coincident with Katie Johnson’s dropping of the statutory rape suit against Trump and Jeffery Epstein; and Epstein isn’t even brought up, though he is obliquely referenced in “a Clinton ‘sex island’ with ‘underage sex slaves'” as if it were something fantastical – Epstein owned the island and Bill Clinton visited it, according to Virginia Roberts in a 2011 affidavit, as has been frequently reported. Evidently, Baker et al are cowering from the subject of pedophilia in lieu of “Pizzagate”. Their central claim is that the 15 year old sexting target of Anthony Wiener is perhaps fictional (despite the claims of several reporters working on the story at the time to have confirmed her authenticity), or at best was a “weaponized” honeypot exploited by Trump operatives – led by Chuck Johnson acting as an intermediary to the girl – in a conspiracy to take down Hillary via the wrecked marriage of Huma and Wiener. The timeline does give circumstantial support for the weaker claim, but as a whole the article should be topped with a question mark headline.

Speaking of the Trump/Epstein relationship, there are new developments to what we covered at WxxxNews in Dec. ’15 – Ghislaine Maxwell is the defendant in new civil suit…

PoliticoThe one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile

Daily MailJeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts wins round in defamation lawsuit against British socialite and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell who ‘passed her around for sex’ and trained her to be ‘everything a man wanted’

Daily Caller (Conchita Sarnoff) – Jeffrey Epstein: Money Conquers Justice, Deception Reigns

Radar OnlineFBI Sex Crimes Cover-Up! Feds Refuse To Release Files On Clintons’ Pedo Pal

FBI‘Playpen’ Creator Sentenced to 30 Years

Free Thought ProjectEx-NYPD Cop Gets 15 Months for Pimping Hundreds of Women to NY’s Elite

N.Y. Daily NewsCity worker and head of Manhattan Young Democrats cuffed on child porn charges

ProPublicaTrump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Students Accused of Sexual Assault

Chicago TribuneNew accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse

Courthouse News ServiceBizarre Sex Scandal Alleged at D.C. Spy School

Ninth Circuit Boots Anti-War Group’s Appeal

Unicorn RiotDAPL Security Leak Shows Coordinated Surveillance and Repression of Water Protectors

Zero HedgeFederal Judge Declares Constitution Void, Threatens Civil Defendant With Death

Harbingers of civil war…

It’s Going DownNew Orleans, LA: Nose Liberated from Confederate Statue

Why Did Those Anarchists Destroy Downtown Olympia?

Free Market ShooterMembers Of An Antifa “Gun Club” Are Fishing For Death With This Fake Gun Stunt

IdaVoxKentucky Fried Chickensh*t – Nazis Come to Pike County, KY

Willamette WeekThe Man Accused of MAX Double Murder Is a Portland White Supremacist Who Delivered Nazi Salutes and Racial Slurs at a “Free Speech” Rally Last Month

The Economic CollapseThousands Flee Chicago For Safer Areas Of The Country As America’s Third Largest City Becomes A Gang-Infested Wasteland

APChicago police issue bulletin on gangs, high-powered weapons

ReutersTexas governor signs into law bill to punish ‘sanctuary cities’

BreitbartTrump Quietly Continues Obama’s ‘Catch and Release’ at Border

It’s Going DownNarco-State´s reign of horror: A bloody week for México

GuardianAuthorities haven’t found ‘even a dollar’ of El Chapo’s $1bn drug fortune

Wolf StreetGoldman Sachs Accused of “Aiding and Abetting” Venezuela’s “Dictatorial Regime” 

BloombergVenezuela Secretly Plotted to Sell Banned Syrian Oil to the U.S.

IndependentVenezuela protests: Hugo Chavez’s childhood home set on fire as violence clashes continue

Morning Star (People’s Daily) – Venezuela: 21-year-old burnt alive by Mud mob

VENEZUELAN opposition thugs burned a young man alive at the weekend on suspicion of being a government supporter. Orlando Jose Figueras was set upon by a mob of Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition supporters in the Altamira suburb of the capital Caracas. Video footage taken from a nearby building showed the 21-year-old being surrounded and attacked on the ground by dozens of masked militants, who then doused him with petrol and set him on fire. The assailants fled in panic as Mr Figueras ran off with his body engulfed in flames. He was taken to the Domingo Luciani Hospital with first and second degree burns to 80 per cent of his body and stab wounds to his back. The Mud called the latest nationwide demonstrations on Saturday to demand the calling of early elections with the aim of ousting socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition is supported by the US, EU and right-wing governments of Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

SHTFPlanShocking Footage: Venezuelan National Guard Truck Drives Through Crowd of Dissidents

teleSURRight-Wing’s ‘Poop Bombs’ Are ‘Biological Weapons,’ a Health Hazard: Venezuelan Official

Brazil’s Temer Invites US to Joint Military Exercises

GuardianBrazil: explosive recordings implicate President Michel Temer in bribery

MercoPressChaos taking hold of Brazil; a desperate Temer calls in the military to restore order

The DawnBrazil: 150000 People filled the enormous Copacabana beach in a Historical act demanding “Direct Elections Now!”

Prensa LatinaEvo Morales Confident in Recovering Bolivian Access to Pacific

Pacific fallout continues…

ENE NewsPeak of Fukushima radiation now moving to West Coast — Levels much higher than predicted — Huge red blob of nuclear waste near shore — San Francisco area being hit hardest — Concern over Iodine-129 with 15 million year half-life (MAPS)

Millions of dead sea creatures wash ashore in Hawaii — Carcasses found along miles of beach — “That should trigger some alarm” — “I don’t know what’s going on over there… I’ve never seen anything like this”

Alarming mass die-off on California beaches — “Extremely high” number of sick and dead animals — Seabirds, sea lions, dolphins affected — Experts: Never seen this many sick birds — “How many have to die before somebody cares?” 

ALERT: Officials warn of more collapses at US nuclear site — “High spikes” in radiation levels recorded — Expert: Plutonium could go airborne — Major concern over radioactive releases — Gov’t delays revealing data to public

KING5Another Hanford emergency: Signs of another leaking tank

Natural SocietyScientists Fearful of ‘Ecological Risks’ Sparked by GMO Microalgae

Hygeia-AnalyticsWill There be Mandatory Herbicide Spraying on Organic Farms in Sherman County, Oregon?

SHTFPlanEbola Spreading: Infections Up 800% In Last Week: Officials Race To Track Down 400 Possible Contacts

GuardianArctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Global pandemic alert!…

Daily Mail (May 3) – Queen calls her entire household to ‘highly unusual’ emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace today but mystery surrounds the reason why

TelegraphPrince Philip retires: Queen’s husband to step down from public life in autumn, Buckingham Palace announces

Background: Prince Philip – His Royal Virus (Propaganda Matrix)

Perhaps a more specific culling was under discussion, however. The rehearsal: May 10…

RT (Youtube) – Not an action film! Anti-terror drill featuring fake suicide attack in Manchester mall, UK 

May 22 it goes live…

CBS NewsUK police: 22 confirmed dead after terror incident at Ariana Grande concert

TelegraphEverything we know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber

Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber

AangirfanMANCHESTER FALSE FLAG

And so it goes, as Her Majesty’s subjects remain sitting ducks…

Evening StandardManchester bombing: Army arrives at Westminster and Buckingham Palace as London landmarks put on lockdown

Updates on old news…

Gilad AtzmonThe Balfour Declaration – A Century of Jewish Power

Paul Craig RobertsJFK at 100

Greencrow As The Crow Flies9/11: A Nuclear Event: As Heinz Pommer says…it was a “Nuclear Field Experiment”

Disclosure ProjectJFK, Lennon, Reagan, and 9/11 — The Bush Connection

Free Thought ProjectJohn Lennon ‘Murdered by CIA-trained Killer to Stop ex-Beatle Radicalising Youth’ – Author

Washington’s BlogMartin King assassinated by US government: new 36-minute interview of King Family civil trial verdict

IndependentManuel Noriega, obituary: Panama dictator worked with CIA while murdering political opponents

ThereAreNoSunglassesZbig Is Gone…but the war he engineered in Afghanistan keeps going, and going, and going

Orlando SentinelNew Pulse police body cam video sheds light on shooting

Infowars (Boston Globe) – Boston Bombing: Father of Chechen Killed by FBI Sues Over 2013 Death

Miami HeraldFirst alleged terrorist tortured by CIA sheds immunity to testify about secret prison

Judicial WatchCourt Rules State Department Must Release Clinton Emails Detailing Obama Response to Benghazi

New AmericanTrump State Department Fights to Keep Clinton Benghazi E-mails Secret

The SakerSBU cleans-up after Ukrainian air force shoots down MH17

 

 

Trump’s “Angel Is Next”?… “Hillary Rodham” McMaster ascendant at NSC… much, much more…

…among our headlines of interest, mid to late April through May 1, 2017…

In the the days just preceding and following Trump’s unexpected turnabout in his Syria policy (the 48 hour switch from ‘Assad can stay’ to ‘Assad must go’ following his alleged 4/4 sarin attack, whence POTUS 45 honored the August ’13 “red line” of POTUS 44), there were a series of incidents in the vicinity of the Joint Base Andrews (the home of Air Force One) that recall the specter of the “Angel is next” threats received by George W. Bush during the 9/11 attacks – the threats are examined in Chapter IX of Webster Tarpley’s  9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, currently out of print, but copied at 911truth.org: “ANGEL IS NEXT” – THE INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT SPEAKS and summarized at 911blogger.

In early April of 2017, it sounded as if a small battle were taking place just outside of Washington D.C…

WUSA9 (April 5) – Pilot ‘did all he could’ before plane crashed near Joint Base Andrews

Baltimore SunF-16 crashes in Prince George’s near Joint Base Andrews

Some residents in the area told reporters that they heard what sounded like gunfire after the crash.

Military officials said the plane was armed with “training rounds,” which are real bullets that lack the armor-piercing and explosive capabilities of rounds used in combat…

Crystal Hollingsworth, who lives near the crash site and had to evacuate, said she heard a “huge crash” followed by the sound of “live rounds.” Crystal Hollingsworth’s husband, Tony Hollingsworth, said the “house shook” and he also heard the sound of gunshots in the woods, something that “sounded like a shootout.”…

Brady [Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady] said he tweeted pictures from the crash scene from his official account but then was asked by military police on the scene to delete those images. The military did not explain why it did not want the images to be published, he said. He deleted the images about 20 minutes after posting them. “

I simply was complying with the request from the military,” he said.

Washington PostF-16 military jet crashes near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland; pilot parachutes out

The pilot, whom military officials would not identify, had only seconds to find a safe place to drop tanks containing more than a ton of jet fuel,… The pilot safely ditched the tanks, which military patrols would later recover. The plane plunged into woods flanked by suburban cul-de-sacs. The crash was close enough to spray debris and set small brush fires in the surrounding neighborhood…

Patrick Dodson had just stepped out to his front porch Wednesday morning in Clinton, Md., when a noise made him glance up….“I’d never in my life thought that I would run toward a falling jet,” said Dodson, 38…

A fireball rose in the air. The blast knocked Dodson off his feet, he said. He jumped up and kept running, only to feel sharp stings in his arm and hand. He pulled a small piece of metal from his thumb, so hot he dropped it immediately. He could hear the whizzing of what sounded like bullets all around him, and he ducked momentarily around the corner of a house, wondering if a jet-load of ammunition was about to explode. Later, homeowners would report hearing the “pop” of exploding rounds for at least 10 minutes after the crash.

Infowars (NBC News rejecting link) – F-16 Military Plane Crashes Near Joint Base Andrews: Sources

The base added that the single-engine jet, which is part of the D.C. Air National Guard’s 113th Wing, carried only one person — an update from earlier reports that a second person was on board.

Military TimesPilot in F-16 crash near Joint Base Andrews released from the hospital

Days later, a close call with Air Force One?…

Voice of America (April 9) – Reporters Surprised When Another Plane Spotted Close to Air Force One

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND — A U.S. military plane appeared to come unusually close to Air Force One moments before the jet carrying President Donald Trump landed at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday.

The sighting aboard Air Force One of a C-17 Globemaster occurred at 6:23 p.m. (2223 UTC) as the presidential aircraft was descending into its home base located in the state of Maryland, just outside Washington…

Strange Occurrence

Several journalists, including a VOA correspondent aboard the flight witnessed the incident after being alerted by Associated Press staff photographer Alex Brandon who managed to snap a picture of the other plane after it approached at a slightly lower altitude from the north and veered off to the starboard (right) side of Air Force One. [photo]

Those from the media who saw the other plane, including a television audio technician who has been flying on Air Force One since the Carter administration, agreed they had never witnessed such a close encounter aboard the presidential aircraft…

Now back to the Masters…

Among others on the flight were the president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon; adviser Stephen Miller, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, Joe Hagin…

N.Y. Post (April 11) – Trump won’t definitively say he still backs Bannon

A week later, and a little further south…

Alert 5 (CBS News) – Blackhawk crash in Maryland golf course kills one

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 6-7, 2017 — Neocons now ascendant in Trump administration

On February 15, 2017, WMR warned that there was a civil war within the Trump administration between alt-right players surrounding presidential strategic adviser Stephen K. Bannon and neo-conservatives in Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s circle. With the removal of Bannon as a principle member of the National Security Council, the neocons have won the civil war. Henceforth, the United States and the world can expect a Trump administration foreign policy that differs little from that of George W. Bush.

There are reports coming out of the White House press corps that Bannon’s high-visibility irritated Trump, hence his dismissal from the NSC. It is not quite that simple, however. Trump, besieged by congressional investigations over his links to Russia, pivoted in foreign policy with the help of the neocons and American state security apparatus. The latter is represented by National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster and his deputies K. T. McFarland, a longtime gadfly among the neocon Right, and Dina Powell, who is married to the managing director of the powerful and very-much “connected” DC public relations firm of Quinn, Gillespie & Associates.

Before Bannon could be demoted, the White House had to rid itself of McMaster’s predecessor, Lt. General Mike Flynn. Flynn’s entourage at the NSC have largely been purged. Reports of Blackwater founder Erik Prince meeting with a Russian government official in Seychelles in the Indian Ocean involved the government of Abu Dhabi acting as an intermediary. The goal was to establish a pre-inauguration back channel between the Trump team and Moscow. Prince now bases his mercenary company, Reflex Responses, in Abu Dhabi, courtesy of his chief patron, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the future president of the United Arab Emirates. It is now known that Bannon was likely involved in setting up the covert meeting between Prince and the Russian official in Seychelles.

The surprise decision by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes to step aside from chairing his committee’s investigation of the Trump White House’s and campaign’s relationship with Russia hands the gavel over to Representative Mike Conaway, who represents the Midland, Texas area and is a close friend of the Bush family. Chalk that up as another win for the neocons.

The effects of the Kushner-dominated White House have already been seen. Kushner’s ascendancy over the demoted Bannon was recently on display as Trump’s son-in-law, someone with absolutely zero experience in foreign policy or the military, accompanied Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford to Iraq on a fact-finding mission. In reality, this trip by Kushner was to prepare him for a higher-visibility role within the Trump White House in a multitude of areas. No sooner had Kushner and Dunford returned to Washington, Dunford, who had been dropped from the NSC, was reinstated as a full principle member. And simultaneous to Bannon’s demotion from the NSC, the Director of National Intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, a close friend of Vice President Mike Pence, was also restored to full membership on the NSC. The team of Kushner, Pence, and Coats ensures that the neocons are now fully in charge of Trump’s foreign policy apparatus…

The consequence however is not only to adopt the preventative intervention policy of Bush, but to embrace the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) of Obama – these two doctrines in fact are variations upon each other, working hand in hand in succession with the patina of “change” for the domestic audience particularly during election season. By either approach, the result of the removal of “evil dictators” has been the relinquishing of territory to regional Al Qaeda affiliates (AQ of the Arabian Peninsula, the Islamic Maghreb, Al Nusra in Syria) as well as to the Islamic State. Hence, Trump goes from calling Obama the “founder” of ISIS (NYT 8/10/16) to adopting his policy…

SputnikUS Missile Strike Against Syria Gives Free Rein to Daesh – Medvedev

Moon of AlabamaWhite House “Intelligence Assessment” Is No-Such-Thing – Shows Support for Al-Qaeda

…Who are the likely perpetrators (with Saudi, Turkish, Israeli, and/or US/UK intelligence benefactors) of the atrocity blamed upon Assad…

Chlorine, Not Sarin, Was Used In The Khan Sheikhun Incident

Similar to the August 2013 chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by Assad, claims and counterclaims are muddying Trump’s justification for the “kinetic action” (the familiar euphemism for war). A fourteen page report (PDF) of Theodore Postol (Professor Emeritus at MIT) is enough to raise serious doubt upon the veracity of the claim…

RTWhite House claims on Syria chemical attack ‘obviously false’ – MIT professor

Naked Capitalism (Gaius Publius) – New Evidence that Syrian Gas Story Was Fabricated by the White House

Radio Sputnik (Soundcloud) – False Flag Attack: Ex-CIA Officer Unravels Idlib Chemical Incident

Robert David Steele, a former CIA officer who personally managed false flag operations, told Radio Sputnik. “We now know from a source that serves on the staff of one of three American traitors that I will name: Senator John McCain, former CIA Director John Brennan, and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Herbert McMaster — [that] they conspired with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The White Helmets were paid over $300,000 and this was a false flag attack and an MIT professor [Theodore A. Postol] provided superb analysis which says that it was a ground improvised-explosive device and that was not sarin gas,” Steele said.

Occurrences (IWB) – itchy-nosed corpse

Meanwhile, the usual suspects of the MSM – who only days previously doubted every utterance issuing from Trump’s twittering maw – now are backing him up in the dubious claim…

Washington PostDeadly nerve agent sarin used in Syria attack, Turkish Health Ministry says

Remember that Turkey was accused of being behind the earlier sarin attack in Seymour Hersh’s LRB articles Whose Sarin? and The Red Line and the Rat Line.

And from the home of Saddam’s yellow-cake uranium…

N.Y. TimesWhite House Accuses Russia of Cover-Up in Syria Chemical Attack

L.A. TimesSyrian chemical attack bears Assad’s signature, France says

New Eastern OutlookFrench “Investigation” in Syria Neither Impartial nor Independent

Consortium News (Robert Parry) – Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence

Trump’s Syria Attack Trampled Many Laws

CBS NewsHow Trump was able to order U.S. strikes on Syria without congressional approval

ElectrospacesMysterious devices in Trump’s pop-up situation room

TASSRussian Defense Ministry to suspend communications hotline with Pentagon as of April 8

But other channels remain open…

Fort Russ (translating InfolPolk.ru) – US Air Force requests Russian permission for flights over Syria

(translating Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten via Русская весна) – US military better connected to Russia than to its own mercenaries

Daily MailSatellite images show destruction of Assad’s air base as US says 58 of 59 Tomahawk missiles hit their target

RTDRONE VIDEO of Syria missile strike aftermath released by Russian MoD

‘Low efficiency’: Only 23 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 reached Syrian airfield, Russian MoD says

We had to bomb the children in order to save the children…

Women & children among casualties of US missile strike – Homs governor

Risk HedgeDid Russia Shoot Down US Missiles in Syria?

ThereAreNoSunglassesDid Trump’s Missiles Get Past Putin’s Air Defense Shield?

British Journalist Interviewed Live In Damascus

Fars News AgencySyria’s Shayrat Air Base Resumes Operation against Terrorists

Antiwar (April 8) – US Airstrikes Kill 21, Mostly Civilians, in Northern Syria

Al Masdar News (April 9) – US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS

Zero Hedge (April 10) – Assad Accused Of Dropping Incendiary Bombs In Idlib Days After US Strikes

TASSPutin: Russia has data on new provocations planned against Syrian authorities

DEBKAfileUS Air Force to quit Incirlik, move to Syria base

(April 13) – Coalition warplanes accidentally kill 18 Kurdish SDF troops in N. Syria

Express‘Israeli airstrikes rain down on Syria’ in alleged attack on Hezbollah

AMNCivilians killed as US jets bomb ISIS chemical depot in Deir Ezzor: Syrian MoD

RTRussia can’t confirm fatal chemical release in US-led coalition strike in Syria

AMN (April 15) – Death toll from west Aleppo terrorist attack rises to 70

Fort RussSaturday’s Horrific Bombing in Syria Gets Captured on Camera

(translating SANA) – No Pause: Syrian Fight Against Terrorism Goes on With Full Force

(translating Almayadeen) – Up to 75 Saudi and Jordanian Terrorists Killed in the Syrian Army Operations

(April 23) – 3 Killed in Israeli Raids on Syria’s Quneitra Province

Following an earlier clash in the same border region…

Times of Israel – Ex-defense minister says IS ‘apologized’ to Israel for November clash

Al Jazeera (April 27) – ‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus

Though explosions were reported in SW part of airport, perhaps this was helpful to ISIS? which had recently retreated from area 6 km E of airport. We’ll append a very tentative question mark to this headline…

ThereAreNoSunglasses (citing April 25 AMN) – Israeli Air Forces Destroy Weapons Depot Left By Retreating ISIS In Damascus ?

BBCSyria war: Israel Patriot missile downs ‘target’ over Golan

Al MonitorHow the IDF is plotting Islamic State’s next move

Middle East MonitorIsrael seeks buffer zone on borders with Syria

IndependentRussia and Iran warn US they will ‘respond with force’ if red lines crossed in Syria again

SputnikRussia Has Withdrawn Almost Half of Its Air Group From Syria’s Hmeymim Airbase

N.Y. Times (April 25) – Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of U.S. in Iraq and Syria

Rudaw (April 28) – PKK threatens war with Turkish forces following deadly air strikes

APReports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

Seafarer Times (April 28) – Russian Spy Ship ‘Liman’ Sinks in Black Sea after Collision with Freighter Loaded with Sheep

USNI NewsSinking of Surveillance Ship Highlights Increase in Russian Navy Operations

LiveLeakSea Star 2017 Turkish Naval Forces Exercise at Black Sea (Footage)

AntiwarTurkish Warplanes Bomb Northern Iraq; 62 Killed Across CountryISIS Mutilating Own Members; 165 Killed in IraqCivilian Casualties in Airstrikes Reported; 114 Killed Across Iraq – Turkish Friendly Fire Kills Kurdish Troops; 86 Killed in Iraq – New Zealand and Australia Deploying More Troops; 134 Killed in Iraq – Fresh Civilian Airstrike Deaths; 151 Killed in IraqBomb Targets Baghdad Police Station; 221 Killed in Iraq

The HillPentagon looking into US soldier chemical exposure after ISIS attack

SputnikUS, Gulf States Wrap Up ‘Eagle Resolve’ War Games in Kuwait

Other theaters…

Voice of AmericaDozens More US Troops Deployed to Somalia

Middle East EyeFive Sudanese troops killed in Yemen war

Zero Hedge12 Killed After Saudi Military Helicopter Shot Down In Yemen

Fort Russ (translating Al Mayadeen) – Saudis Kill Own Soldiers in Yemen

(translating InfolPolk.ru) – Yemen launches Iranian-made missiles into Saudi Arabia. Mattis flies to Saudi Arabia

AhramonlineDeath toll rises to 25, 71 injured in explosion at Coptic church in Egypt’s Tanta

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Dispatch News des K) – Moscow’s 11-Nation Peace Conference Boycotted By Both Taliban and Pentagon

N.Y. TimesU.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

Citing 9/11/05 NYT

Tolo NewsKarzai Slams Govt, Threatens To Oust U.S From Afghanistan

One India500 Pakistanis including ISI officers blown up in mammoth Afghan bombing by US

Ariana News‘MOAB’ Reportedly Did Not Target ISIS Cave Complexes

ThereAreNoSunglassesMOAB Near Achin, Nangarhar–(watch in full screen)

(Al Jazeera) – Taliban Kill 140+ In Mazar e-Sharif, Despite On-site German Troops and US Special Forces Nearby

(Tolo News) – 250+ Name Casualty List Compiled From Afghan Camp Shaheen Massacre

(Reuters) – TTP/ISIS Stage Revenge For MOAB Attack On CIA Base Chapman

US Drone Kills David Headley Co-Conspirator In N. Waziristan

AFP (Yahoo) – US Marines return to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand

Arms race underway…

TelegraphRussian army ‘tests the father of all bombs’

Zero HedgeUS Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

Daily Mail (Defense One) – US Army is considering resurrecting ‘devastating’ weapon that moves at three times the speed of sound and destroys EVERYTHING in its path

The SunSHOCK TACTICS Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’ in bizarre propaganda report

Timeline of developments on the Korean peninsula…

NBC News (April 7) – Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea

Xinhua (April 8) – Xi, Trump pledge to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences

Korea HeraldMoon expresses misgivings about possible military action on peninsula

Military.com (April 9) – Carrier Strike Group Sails Toward Korea After North’s Missile Test

Chosun.com (translation at Zero Hedge) – 日언론, “中, 15만 병력 北국경에 전진 배치 소문 확산”

As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy’s nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances…

Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported on the 9th that the Syrian missile strike in the United States shocked China, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army forces are moving toward the Yalu River…

Yonhap News Agency (April 10) – S. Korea, China warn of strong response to N. Korea nuke, ICBM tests

(April 11) – Russian Navy vessels make port call in S. Korea for friendship visit

Fort Russ (RG.ru) – Russian missile cruiser Varyag arrives in Korea before Americans

FOX News (April 12) – Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly near Japan, US officials say

AviationistU.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 “nuclear sniffer” plane to Japan to monitor North Korea’s possible nuke weapons tests

UPIChina tells military to be ready to ‘move’ to North Korea border

LiveLeakChinese troops amassing on North Korean Boarder [sic]

Zero HedgeChina Warns North Korea Situation Has Hit “Tipping Point”, Threatens “Never Before Seen” Measures

Space NewsChina launches an experimental communications satellite

DPRK advancing in quantum communication…

38 NorthCatch Me If You Can: North Korea Works to Improve Communications Security

Zero Hedge (April 13) – North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; Test Site Is “Primed And Ready”

NBC NewsU.S. May Launch Strike if North Korea Reaches for Nuclear Trigger

Antiwar (April 14) – Pentagon Denies Reports US May Attack North Korea Over Nuclear Test Plans

Korean Central News AgencyU.S. Provocative Option Will Meet Toughest Counteraction of DPRK: KPA General Staff

   All the brigandish provocative moves of the U.S. in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK.

   Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.

    Under the prevailing grave situation, the U.S. has to come to its senses and make a proper option for the solution of the problem.

    The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly foil all the provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style toughest counteraction

YonhapN. Korea sends radio broadcast of new encrypted numbers ahead of key anniv.

Air China to halt flights to North Korea from Monday: report

(April 15) – N.K. stages massive military parade on founder’s birthday

Tank leaves N. Korea’s military parade while in progress

Daily MailKim’s Special Forces: North Korean despot unveils elite grenade launcher-wielding troops trained to defend him if Trump tries to ‘remove’ him from power

Zero HedgeNorth Korea Shows Off New ICBM, Sub-Based Missiles As US Aircraft Carrier Approaches

(April 16) – North Korean Missile “Blows Up” During Launch; President Trump Aware, Has “No Further Comment”

The SunMISSION KIMPOSSIBLE North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack as Donald Trump warns his military may ‘have no choice’ to strike the rogue nation

ExpressSPOTTED: Putin ‘moves military forces’ to North Korea border as world prepares for WAR

Yomiuri ShimbunChina, Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier

BBC (April 17) – North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC

Guardian (April 18) – US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say

WaPoDespite talk of a military strike, Trump’s ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea

Korea HeraldCarl Vinson to arrive next Tuesday: Seoul

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 17-18, 2017 — Trump’s neocon cabal misses the boat on North Korea

Donald Trump’s neo-con cabal of National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster and his assistants Dina Powell and Fiona Hill, the latter in charge of the National Security Council’s Russia desk, are poor choices to gauge subtle messages coming out of North Korea. McMaster, a student of professional Army pencil sharpener David Petraeus, fails to grasp that there are many more methods to ascertain the policies of a secretive country like North Korea…

If the CIA and NSC were doing their jobs, which they are not, they would have focused on Kim’s choice of wearing a black suit, along with a white shirt and white tie, at the Pyongyang military parade. It was a signal that he, a civilian, exercises control over North Korea’s notoriously paranoid and rigid military. The North Korean military high command has enjoyed privileges not even extended to civilian government officials. There is a reason why most of the North Korean defectors originate from the civil government: the military brass have it reasonably well-off in North Korea. Therefore, in order to send a subliminal message to Pyongyang-watchers around the world, Kim ditched the green military outfit and the Communist period “Mao jacket” for a Western business suit. Kim’s white shirt with the white tie are also significant. In North Korea, the color white symbolizes purity, strength, and dignity. In other words, Kim was sending a message that he is willing to open up to Western ways, while preserving North Korea’s unique system and philosophy of self-reliance (Juche)… [img 1, 2, 3]

Yet, the sabre-rattling continues…

The Sun (April 19) – WAR FOOTING China tests missiles on deadly new destroyer ship near North Korea as it warns it’s getting troops ‘battle ready’

Reuters (April 20) – North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as U.S. plans next move

Nikkei (April 21) – Beijing may cut crude oil to Pyongyang, says Chinese expert

38 NorthNorth Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go

Yonhap (April 23) – Third U.S. citizen detained in North Korea: sources

Amid much dreadful anticipation of a nuclear test on the NK state holiday, all that happened was…

(April 25) – N. Korea stages firing drill marking military anniv.: source

(April 26) – THAAD equipment installation underway amid residents’ protests

Zoom in KoreaUSFK and Riot Cops Continue Excessive Force to Deploy THAAD

Zero HedgeIn Warning To North Korea, US Releases Video Of Overnight Minuteman III ICBM Launch

Senators Told North Korea “Urgent National Security Threat”, US Military Prepared To Act

(April 27) – China To Test New Weapons, Stage Live Fire Drills In Retaliation To US THAAD Deployment

(April 29 Yonhap) – North Korea Ballistic Missile Test-Fire Fails; US Pacific Command Aware

Reuters – Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacyU.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

Trump will be a real “lady killer”…

The SunKIM’S GIRL WARRIORS Kim Jong-un ‘ready to send army of up to 500,000 women soldiers to the frontline’ if war with the US erupts

KCNA (April 30) – U.S. Nuclear Carrier Carl Vinson and S. Korean Puppet Navy Start DPRK-targeted War Drill

The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers started joint military exercise in the East Sea of Korea on April 29 defying the repeated warnings of the DPRK.

Hurled into the saber-rattling were Carl Vinson nuclear carrier strike force, Aegis destroyer, sea-patrol planes, helicopters and other lethal operation means of the puppet navy.

The U.S. imperialists and the puppet warmongers claim the exercise is a missile warning drill for detecting, tracking and intercepting missiles of the DPRK.

Nikkei (Kyodo) – Japan issues 1st order to protect U.S. ships amid N. Korea tension

DoD Buzz (May 1) – B-1B Bombers Fly Training Missions Near Korean Peninsula

KCNADPRK Will Bolster Nuclear Deterrence at Maximum Speed: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

The situation on the Korean peninsula proves once again that the U.S. is the chieftain of aggression and war, and harasser of peace who is escalating tension and that the DPRK was just and far-sighted when it opted for bolstering its powerful nuclear deterrence for self-defence under the uplifted banner of the simultaneous development of the two fronts.

If the DPRK had not had access to the powerful nuclear force and had not gotten itself ready to counter the U.S. and its vassal forces’ provocation with merciless military counteraction, the U.S. would have committed without hesitation the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.

In order to check such high-handed and arbitrary practices and defend the sovereignty and the right to existence of the country and the nation, and to contribute to regional peace and security and genuine international justice, the DPRK has been bolstering its nuclear deterrence despite manifold difficulties.
The recent confrontation with the U.S. reminds us once again of the iron truth that one has to build one’s own strength in order to defend oneself from the whirlwind of history in which it is neither aided nor sympathized by anyone.

Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called “maximum pressure and engagement”, the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence.

The DPRK is fully ready to respond to any option taken by the U.S., and unless it withdraws its hideous hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threat and blackmail, the DPRK will continue to bolster its military capabilities for self-defence and preemptive nuclear attack with the nuclear force as a pivot.

The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership. -0-

Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – Korea Crisis – Trump’s American Armada Faces Destruction In Remote SeasWar On A Lake Of Death Will Prove That Men are Gods

Cryptome (John Stanton) – War with North Korea: No Joke

Strategic-Culture (Finian Cunningham) – Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War

Not so quiet on the Western Front…

Fort Russ (Русская весна) – Donetsk sees increased fighting, armoured vehicles & artillery pour in

30,000 reserves gather in Donetsk

Macedonia Powderkeg: Serbian Forces May Clash With Albanian Terrorists

Zero Hedge“This Is A Coup”: Masked Men Storm Macedonia Parliament – Live Feed

Another Trump policy flip? – compare to WMR Jan. 25, Trump quietly orders Pompeo to sever all CIA ties with George Soros – the CIA is still working with Soros foundations in E. Europe…

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 28-30, 2017 — Trump enabling Soros “color revolutions” in Macedonia and Serbia

The current destabilization campaign is not only targeting the governments of Macedonia and Serbia, but also the Srpska Republic of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation. The CIA destabilization and coup efforts are, according to Balkans sources, part of an overall program code-named OPERATION WIZARD OF OZ. The operation is being staged from a joint CIA-British MI6 special station in Milan. The short-term goal of WIZARD OF OZ is to replace governments friendly to Russia in Macedonia, Serbia, and the Srpska Republic…

The CIA and Soros want to ensure that the Macedonian nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party and its leader, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who was forced out of office amid Soros- and CIA-financed street demonstrations in 2016, and President Gjorge Ivanov are forced from office. Soros and the CIA have groomed the pro-NATO and EU and anti-Russian Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev to replace the VMRO-DPMNE. There are also plans afoot to eventually purge the VMRO-DPMNE from Macedonian politics in the same manner that the U.S. neocons destroyed the Ba’ath Socialist Party in Iraq and the pro-Russian Party of Regions in Ukraine. The VMRO-DPMNE is the successor to the anti-Ottoman Macedonian political party, also called the VMRO, during the period of Ottoman occupation of Macedonia…

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who has faced street protests similar to those taking place in Macedonia over his re-election sees a wider conspiracy by Soros and the West to undermine Balkans stability. Although Vucic won re-election with 55 percent of the vote, Soros groups charge that the vote was rigged and that Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party stole the election. As in Macedonia, the Soros groups, backed by the CIA, are demanding that the Serbian Progressive Party government resign along with Vucic…

Another target of the neocons, Soros, and the Trump White House is Srpska Republic leader Milorad Dodik, who has also faced protests. There are demands from the Muslim-dominated Bosnia-Herzegovina federation government in Sarajevo for Dodik and his Serbs to give up constitutionally-guaranteed autonomy of the Srpska Republic and start taking orders from Sarajevo and cut ties with the Serbian government in Belgrade. Serbia and Russia have come to Dodik’s defense and warned Sarajevo and its masters in the EU and NATO against any attempt to curtail the Srpska Republic’s self-government.

Vucic is well-aware that before he left as CIA director, John Brennan visited Tirana, Albania on December 7, 2016, to give a green light for the establishment of a “Greater Albania” incorporating the Republic of Albania, Kosovo, Albanian regions of Macedonia, and Albanian pockets in Montenegro. The action would likely spell the end of Macedonia, with the remaining portions of the nation being absorbed by Serbia and Bulgaria. Greater Albania would become an important religious, military, and political ally of Erdogan’s recreated Ottoman Empire. The plan by Soros, the CIA, NATO, and the EU for a Greater Albania now has the active support of Pompeo and the neocons within the Trump administration, including national security adviser and one-time General David Petraeus understudy Lt. General H. R. McMaster, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Not just “soft power,” but tip of the spear sabre-rattling advances on Russia’s western borders as well…

Fort Russ (translating Русская весна) – “We Will Respond” – Russia states it will respond to Norwegian deployment of NATO missile systems

ReutersRomania intends to buy Patriot missiles from U.S. to boost defenses

RT‘Dream of generations’: Poland officially welcomes US contingent of NATO’s Russia-deterrent force

Royal Navy ‘detects’ & ‘marks’ Russian warships in English Channel

ean.newsTory government would launch preemptive nuclear strike, defense secretary says

Daily MailBritain would be ‘literally wiped out’ if it entered a nuclear war with Putin, Russian senator warns

Plane spotters with £2.99 app expose top secret UK spy plane off Russia: Highly-classified mission involving £650m aircraft is watched by thousands online

Washington ExaminerUS stealth fighters intercept two Russian bombers near Alaska

FOX NewsRussian bombers again fly near Alaska

Alaska DispatchNorthern Edge military exercise again brings unease to Alaska coastal towns

The Duran‘Strategic messaging’ – Russia flies bombers along US coast 4 times in 4 days

Washington PostThe Soviet Union fought the Cold War in Nicaragua. Now Putin’s Russia is back.

Prensa LatinaGuatemala Opens Regional Military Exercises with USA

The DuranDonald Trump approves NATO membership for Montenegro

Summary of press conference following the April 12 Tillerson & Putin/Lavroff meetings…

Zero HedgeLavrov Rejects America’s “Hysterical Campaign” Of Interventionism: “We Know All Too Well How This Ends”

Fort Russ (РИА Новости) – Lavrov revealed details of meeting with Putin and Tillerson

Al MonitorAssad’s departure still non-starter for Putin

How about Trump’s departure?…

InquisitrDonald Trump Impeachment: Tulsi Gabbard Says She’s Studying It

The Democrats would rather sacrifice one of their own…

Zero HedgeLiberals Call For Ouster Of Democrat Representative After She Questions Syria Attacks

The HillGabbard: ‘We need to learn from Iraq’

But Iraq went, as Syria is going, according to the plan…

NewsbudThe Balkanization of Syria & Iraq: The Roadmap to US-Israeli Hegemony in the Middle East

Free Thought ProjectDeclassified CIA Doc Reveals Plan to Destroy Syria for Oil Pipeline, Predicts Current Crisis

US Repeating Same War Crime in Syria that Starved 500,000 Children to Death in Iraq

As applied in Libya by the first African-American president, the policy of destabilization has had the ironic consequence of reviving an ancient, ignoble institution…

GuardianMigrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’

teleSURSpicer Praises Hitler, Admits US Goal Is to Destabilize Syria

Black Agenda ReportTrump, Moved by Blond-Haired Victims, Surrenders to War Party

Newsweek‘Heartbroken’ Ivanka Urged Donald Trump to Bomb Syria

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnDStrategic Message Of The Syrian Strike

Thierry Meyssan has a rather optimistic take on these events…

VoltairenetTrump – two steps forward, one step back

Much of what follows below however makes us less so…

The SakerTrump has lost control over the Pentagon

InquisitrHillary Clinton Once Accused of Approving Delivery Of Sarin Gas To Syrian Rebels In Order To Set Up Assad

NBC NewsHillary Clinton Called For Attack on Syrian Airfields Hours Before Attack on Syrian Airfield

IISS alumnus comes to aid of ISIS: Hillary Rodham McMaster carried out the order…

Disobedient MediaH.R. McMaster’s Ties To Soros-Supported Think Tank Raise Questions

The Real DealGeorge Soros is the secret financier behind Kushner-backed startup Cadre

ThereAreNoSunglasses (N.Y. Post)- 666 Fifth Avenue–Centerpiece In Kushner Empire, Obstacle To White House Ambitions?

Strategic-Culture  (Wayne Madsen) – Jared Kushner: A Suspected Gangster Within the Trump White House

Investment Watch BlogDina Habib Powell – New Deputy Security Advisor – Close to Valerie Jarrett and Jared Kushner – Husband is President of Teneo

Politico (3/15/17) – Dina Powell to be named Trump’s deputy national security adviser

Powell, an Egyptian-American and an Arabic speaker, has taken a more prominent role recently in foreign affairs with Trump. She was seated at the head of the table during his lunch with the Saudi deputy crown prince this week…

One Man’s Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11

ReutersSaudi banks, bin Laden companies face $4.2 billion U.S. lawsuit by 9/11 insurers

28 PagesComplaint in 9/11 Suit Reveals Depth of Case Against Kingdom

The ultimate test in proving the authenticity of Donald Trump as an American president shall be his actions (or preferably his lack of action) in allowing the JASTA cases to proceed to their conclusions, without any invocations of State Secrets Privilege or the like in the discovery process, or any concession whatsoever to the Saudi regime in shielding it from full disclosure and from the execution of justice upon it for its role (along with that of any collaborators, foreign or domestic) in support of the 9/11 attacks. “Hillary Rodham” McMaster however is pressuring him to intervene…

Mike Cernovich (Medium) – Trump has Major Trip to Saudi Arabia Planned, will Discuss Massive Weapons Deal for Saudis

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will also be on the agenda. McMaster is loybbing Trump to give Saudi Arabia an exemption from JASTA.

His actions in complement to the Saudis in Syria, and in Yemen, and with growing belligerence towards Iran, moreover, are not encouraging either…

Saudi Press Agency (April 7) – An official source at Foreign Affairs Ministry expresses Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s strong support for US military operations on military targets in Syria

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Saudi Arabia (April 8) – Readout of the President Trump’s Call with King Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

RT (April 13) – Saudi Arabia’s first Islamic bond sale raises $9bn

Shia Post (April 17) – Riyadh offers financial aid to Trump for continued strikes on Syria

Saudi Arabia has sponsored the United States’ recent missile strikes on al-Shayrat airbase in the Syrian province of Homs, Arab diplomatic sources revealed, adding that Riyadh has even offered more financial aid to Donald Trump for continued attacks on Syria.

“The Saudi officials who were not optimistic following the election of Trump decided to coax the American businessman into cooperation by financial offers,” a diplomatic source close to the Saudi family said on Sunday.

Referring to the Saudi King’s initiative for a phone conversation with Trump immediately after the US missile attack on Syria, the source said the phone call was not just aimed at expressing pleasure in the attack, and the Saudi King expressed the hope that similar strikes on Syria would be repeated by the US.

According to the source, King Salman has also underscored his country’s preparedness to provide Washington with great financial incitements to continue airstrikes on Syria.

Other source close to the Saudi family also said that Trump has ordered his team to assess the whole costs of launching missile attacks and airstrikes against Syria to be submitted to Riyadh…

Fars News Agency (April 18) – Analyst: US Bribed into Yemen War with $200bln

Fort Russ (translating April 19 Кто в курсе) – Saudi Arabia trying to oust Russia from European oil market

For the second month, the largest state-owned oil company of the country – Saudi Arabian Oil – is utilising the policy of reducing prices for oil of all varieties for the North-West Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as some Asian countries. It is noteworthy that another company – Aramco – raised the prices for the United States.

Zero Hedge (April 20) – Tillerson: ‘Iran’s Provocative Actions Threaten the United States’

Another Day in the Empire (April 23) – Mad Dog Meets with Israeli Leaders on Iran

AntiwarMattis: US to Increase Support for Saudis in Yemen

Doth he protest too much?

Reuters (April 28) – Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

Intelligence OnlineSauds back in favour at the White House

APSaudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

Other emissaries for the Wahabbist regime…

AangirfanPENCE IN JAKARTA TO PROMOTE ISLAMISATION

InterceptTrump’s Indonesian Allies In Bed With ISIS-Backed Militia Seeking to Oust Elected President

Wall Street JournalWhite House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal

انجمن نجات ايرانIRAN: Senator McCain Meets Maryam Rajavi, PMOI/MEK Members in Tirana

Cronkite NewsGuess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

Liberty BlitzkriegIraq War Architect, Paul Wolfowitz, is Becoming Optimistic on Trump

Paul Craig RobertsTrump Now a Captive of the Deep State

The ousted…

The DuranMichael Flynn under Pentagon investigation. AP says he was warned “not to accept foreign government payments”

GotNews@BarackObama’s CIA Director John Brennan and His Allies Are Targeting Trump Supporters For Surveillance

BloombergBlackwater Founder Said to Have Advised Trump Team

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – NATO’s Emerging Outsourced Eastern Flank

SputnikManufacturing Consent: UK PR Firm Hired by Saudi Arabia to Promote ‘Muslim NATO’

PressTVUS approves another hundreds-million-dollar arms sale to Israel

Daily CallerTurkey Is Investigating Chuck Schumer, Ex-CIA Director John Brennan In Probe Of US-Based Cleric

Al MonitorFears of foul play hang over Turkish referendum

ReutersTurkey’s Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge

RTUp to 2.5 million Turkish votes were possibly ‘manipulated,’ intl observer says

Moon of AlabamaTrump Enthrones Erdogan – Destroys Trust In U.S. Diplomacy

Penny for your thoughts“Barkey-ing” the Turkish Referendum

The ever quotable…

APDuterte says he can be 50 times more brutal than terrorists

“…just give me vinegar and salt, I’ll eat his liver.”

As we have previously covered, Spain is an entry point into Europe of ISIS munitions; evidently, this particular ratline continues…

The SunTOOLS OF JIHAD Shocking police pictures reveal 10,000-weapon arsenal including howitzers, machine guns and grenades intended for the hands of terrorists in Europe

Zero Hedge (April 7) – “There Are Dead People In The Street” – Truck Rams Into Crowd In Stockholm “Terror Attack”: Live Feed

(April 20) – Police Officer, Kalashinikov-Yielding Shooter Killed In Paris “Terrorist” Attack; ISIS Claims Responsibility

IntelNews (April 19) – British tip helped French police foil ‘imminent’ terrorist attack

Le MondeCe que l’on sait au lendemain de l’attaque terroriste sur les Champs-Elysées

Daily MailRevealed: ISIS terrorist who shot dead cop in Paris attack was arrested TWO MONTHS ago for threatening to kill police and served 15 years for trying to murder two officers

ExpressHow Marine Le Pen is facing wipe out in French election after COMPUTER BLUNDER

France24 (AFP) – Macron faces Le Pen for French presidency as mainstream parties bow out early

It’s Going Down“Night of Barricades” Erupts Against French Elections

The Local.frThe 56 French villages where Marine Le Pen didn’t get a single vote

JacobinThe Mélenchon Factor

Olive PressBaron Rothschild indicted in France over fraud case

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – The Sovereigntist Movement Is Not Going Anywhere

teleSURVenezuela: Maduro Accuses Right-Wing of Buying Protest Violence

‘We Want Peace’: Chavistas Slam Right-Wing Hospital Attacks

Zero HedgeEight Venezuelans Electrocuted To Death While Looting Bakery Amid Massive Protests

Venezuela On The Verge Of Revolution As Hyperinflated Currency Crashes To New Record Low

ReutersGeneral Motors says Venezuela illegally seizes auto plant

Brazil protesters, police clash in first general strike in decades

International Business TimesTrump’s Pick For Drug Czar Hauled In Thousands Of Dollars From Drug Distributors He Wrote Bill To Protect

OccurencesGeorge Webb deserves your time and attention

George Webb’s daily Youtube series continuing now into its seventh month.  Some have noted that a particular Middle Eastern country – Israel – known to host organized crime networks (which specialize in many of the ratlines discussed) goes largely unmentioned in this series. A case of investigatory distraction? Don’t look at our mob, look at their mob! Perhaps, but that caveat aside, it’s presents valuable information, annotated by…

911bodysnatchers322 (Reddit) – Part 29: Cliff Notes, “Awan Brotherhood / Hillary’s Hackers”

Daily CallerHillary Aides Threatened Prime Minister’s Son With IRS Audit, He Says

FOX NewsCarter Page: FBI reportedly obtained FISA warrant to monitor ex-Trump adviser

Zero HedgeObama, Comey Relied On Discredited Dossier To Obtain FISA Warrant On Trump Campaign

Empty WheelThe Virgin Birth of the Most Inflammatory Trump Dossier Claims

PoliticoThe Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin

Henry MakowKushners Belong to Jewish Supremacist Doomsday Cult

HaaretzReports Uncover Jared Kushner’s Business Ties With One of Israel’s Richest Families

New AmericanTrump Picks Neocon to Head Council of Economic Advisors

Liberty BlitzkriegGoldman Sachs and the Deep State Have Taken Over the Trump Administration

Wall Street JournalExxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume Russia Oil Venture

ReutersTrump considers trade order that could lead to duties: official

Zero HedgeTrump Explans Why He Flipped On NAFTA: Canadian, Mexican Leaders Called Me To Renegotiate

U.S. NewsDHS Lays Groundwork for Deportation Force

It’s Going DownNotes on Recent FBI Activity in the Northwest

Militant Tactics in Anti-Fascist Organizing

InfowarsVideo: Anti-Trump Vs Pro-Trump Brawls

SHTFPlanPortland Rose Parade Cancelled Amid THREATS OF VIOLENCE From Anti-Fascists: “You Have Seen How Much Power We Have… Police Can’t Stop Us”

There Will Be Blood: Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down: “Combat Training, Better Equipment, Guns…”

Operation Gotham Shield: U.S. Gov’t To “Simulate Nuke Blast Over Manhattan” As Actual War Nears

Total Chaos: Cyber Attack Fears As MULTIPLE CITIES HIT With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures: Shockwave Of Delays In San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York

Stock Board AssetYesterday’s Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm

New YorkJared Kushner Hires Horror-Film Publicist to Run PR for His New White House Office

Pink News (citing Новая газета) – Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men

Fort Russ (URA.Ru) – Fake News Bust: There are no “Gay Gulags” in Chechnya

APUN child sex ring left victims but no arrests

CBCYork police say 104 men arrested after child sex sting

Talking Points MemoTwo-Thirds Of Military Supreme Court Cases Are About Child Pornography

L.A. TimesNavy SEAL accused of molesting girl on camera, raping a woman and hoarding a stash of child porn

Daily MailMIT graduate, 40, indicted on weapons of mass destruction and terror charges after police find explosive materials ‘strong enough to penetrate a military tank’ at his Vegas home

On his computer, police discovered ‘violent child pornography ‘snuff films,’ and images of Mork having sex with ‘seemingly unconscious women,’ police said

Free Thought ProjectArmy General & Fmr VP of Company at the Heart of Child Sex Trafficking Scandal Arrested for Child Rape

Pastors Advocating for Foster Kids Caught Running Child Sex Trafficking Ring

Fmr Trump Campaign Chair Just Arrested for Child Sex Trafficking — During the Campaign

Does “Pizzagate” have anything to do with the apparent uptick in official pedo prosecutions? Within corporate Internet fiefdoms, however, the messengers are being targeted…

Leaked Docs Show Google Contractors Suppressed Alternative Media, Google Confirms

Able Danger (HoneyBee) – Podesta Pizza Patriarch and Heart Progress – Fame, Fraud, and Foster Kids #PEDOGATE

EFFSpying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

ConsumeristParents In Germany Face $26,500 Fine If They Don’t Destroy Controversial ‘My Friend Cayla’ Dolls

WikiLeaksVault 7: GrasshopperHiveWeeping AngelScribbles

Hacker NewsSource Code for CIA’s Tool to Track Whistleblowers Leaked by Wikileaks

Blacklisted NewsHow Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Build MSM News

Intercept (Glenn Greenwald) – Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms

CBS NewsCIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

CNNSources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

GuardianCIA liaison is first casualty of conflict between intelligence agency and Trump

Zero Hedge – Hacker Group Releases Password To NSA’s “Top Secret Arsenal” In Protest Of Trump Betrayal

SymantiecLonghorn: Tools used by cyberespionage group linked to Vault 7

Empty WheelThe Shadow Brokers Vulnerability Equities Process: NSA Has Had at Least 96 Days to Warn Microsoft about These Files

CyberScoopShadow Brokers leaks show U.S. spies successfully hacked Russian, Iranian targets

InterceptNSA Blimp Spied in the United States

Burn After Reading: Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident

Heat Street‘Guccifer 2.0’ Chat With Nude Model Sparks New Conspiracy Theories About Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich

R.I.P. Don Rickles, who kept slinging the mockery to the very end – at 90, he was booked into 2018.

Still kicking, Lyndon LaRouche…

Executive Intelligence ReviewThe Bitch Set Him Up!

LaRouchePACLaRouche Denounces British Propagandists as Liars

GuardianBritish spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia

American SpectatorConfirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

BBCLibor: Bank of England implicated in secret recording

TechworldTim Berners-Lee lays out nightmare scenario where AI runs the financial world

MIT Technology ReviewThe Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

IndependentPharmaceutical giant ‘plotted to destroy cancer drugs to drive prices up 4000%’

EcowatchBP Arctic Oil Well Still Leaking, Too Unstable to Shut Down

Daily MailAerosols to protect Earth from global warming will be sprayed into the stratosphere NEXT YEAR, but scientists warn the results could be ‘catastrophic’

ENE NewsFukushima a “ticking time bomb” — Fires now “raging” near nuclear plant — Blaze doubles in size; “Smoke rising from wide areas” — Concern over fallout of highly radioactive material; Officials closely watching radiation levels

Mass die-off ongoing along US West Coast — TV: “It’s just not clear why all the marine life is washing up like this… Reports coming in every day” — Experts: ‘Unknown’ organisms eating away brains, hearts… New infection never seen before

Motherboard (CNS Neurosci Ther) – Scientists Just Transplanted Small Rat Heads Onto Bigger Rats

Anti-MediaFacebook Announces Mind-Controlled Computer Technology

RTArtificial wombs successfully pass 1st test, human trials could begin within 3yrs

SpaceX successfully launches ‘classified’ military satellite in all-or-nothing gamble

The SunBIG BRO-BOT: U.S. Navy funds development of robot surveillance system which can spy on humans in incredible detail

The DriveU.S. Air Force Is Planning Something Big in the Nevada Desert

On a happier note…

ScienceThis new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

The villagers with their torches and pitchforks lay siege to Dr. Frankenstein’s castle…

Bomb attack damages Monsanto research center in Italy

Counter Current NewsTribunal Finds Monsanto Violated Global Food, Health and Environmental Rights

(March Against Monsanto) – President Trump Pushes GMOs In New Executive Order

APItalian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

Free Thought ProjectThousands Sue Merck for Shingles Vaccine “Causing What It’s Supposed to Prevent”

Updates on old news…

N.Y. Times‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

21st Century WireNEVER BEFORE SEEN: FBI Trove of 9/11 Pentagon Photos Refuels Conspiracy Suspicions

Mint Press NewsBoston Bombers Claim To Have Been Contacted By FBI Before Attack

Boston HeraldFeds refuse to share secret files with Tsarnaev lawyers

Republican AmericanNewtown waiting for Trump’s answer on school shooting deniers

PoliticoWill Trump Release the Missing JFK Files?

Daily SheepleOminous Sign in the Sky: Did Google Space Attempt to Hide the “Red Dragon of Revelation”?

QuantaA Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery

On Centennial of U.S. entering World War I, Trump gambits WWIII…

…among our headlines of interest, late March into April 2017…

Events have forced us to relinquish our hoped for monthly update format…

Zero Hedge“Russian Forces Were Notified In Advance”: Pentagon Statement On Air Strikes In Syria

CBS NewsWatch Live: Trump orders airstrike on Syria

FOX NewsInitial reports indicate Syrian airbase ‘almost completely destroyed’ after US strike

Washington PostU.S. strikes Syrian military airfield in first direct assault on Bashar al-Assad’s government

Wayne Madsen notes: According to Reuters, Dec. 3, 2015, Russian forces moved into Shayrat with technicians and installations. Way to go Trump, you orange-faced shitgibbon war monger.

TASSPutin calls US strikes against Syria ‘aggression against sovereign country’

Moscow suspends US-Russia memorandum on flights safety in Syria

@YorukIsik (Bosphorus Observer) – FAST TURNAROUND; Redeployed to Eastern Mediterranean in 9 days: #ВМФ #ЧФ frigate Admiral Grigorovich departs BlackSea & transits Bosphorus

New & powerful: Armed with Kalibr SS-N-27 missiles, #ВМФ #ЧФ frigate Admiral Grigorovich transits Bosphorus en route to Eastern Med #Syria

Fort Russ (translating РИА Новости) – Coincidence? ISIS goes on offensive while US bombs Syrian airbase

White House (April 4) – Statement from President Donald J. Trump

Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a “red line” against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.

As “humanitarian” bombings go…

AntiwarIraqi Officials: Last Month’s US Mosul Strike Killed Nearly 300 Civilians

Occurrencesawoken by a dream

Only the first shoe to drop?

Yonhap News AgencyS. Korea succeeds in test of 800km-range new missile: source

In answer to…

N. Korea fires projectile into East Sea

Also known as the “Sea of Japan,” which is East of Korea…

U.S. military all at sea over East Sea naming

Note the co-author of the following, James Woolsey – the Clinton era neocon CIA director – he had been on the Trump train briefly during the campaign, was bumped off, but now as Trump has vacated his own train, Woolsey’s back, pulling out all of the fear-mongering phantasmagoria from his neocon bag of tricks…

The HillHow North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

Even if it’s true – America can kill 100% of North Koreans, so calm down everyone.

ShadowproofDemocrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack

Indeed, Trump and the “FAKE NEWS” media kiss and make up (and Hillary makes it a three-way), war mongering stronger together now for a two front WWIII…

CNNWhite House: ‘The clock has now run out’ on North Korean nuclear program

Hillary Clinton: US should ‘take out’ Assad’s air fields

Survivors of Syrian attack describe chemical bombs falling from sky

The White House and the UK blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun while many were still asleep…

The argument is that ISIS, Al Nusra and other rebel forces in Syria do not have an air force – this however is not entirely true…

Intelligence OnlineAttack drone technology proliferation changes power-balance in war on terror

Chicago Tribune (Oct. 12, 2016) – New challenges in Syria as militants weaponize drones

Al Masdar NewsJumping to conclusions; something is not adding up in Idlib chemical weapons attack

Global ResearchThe Syria Chemical Weapons Saga: The Staging of a US-NATO Sponsored Humanitarian Disaster

21st Century WireReviving the ‘Chemical Weapons’ Lie: New US-UK Calls for Regime Change, Military Attack Against Syria

MIT Researcher: Syria WMD ‘Facts’ Were Manufactured to Fit U.S. Conclusion for Ghouta in 2013

Evidence of staging in a previous Beeb-touted outrage in Aleppo…

Fabrication in BBC Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children’Who are these men?

Man in white Shalwar Kamiz, a dress common in Indo-Pak-Afghantistan not in Arab world and nowhere in Syria. — Sayyed Zaydi

Blacklisted NewsPakistan’s Military-Industrial Complex and the Gulf States

Planning U.S. casualties in Af-Pak theater in case of likely Russian casualties in another?…

Tolo NewsRussians Visited ‘Taliban Training Centers’ In Waziristan

Moon of AlabamaIsrael Just Received A HUGE Gift From Russia. What Is Its Side Of The Deal?

Russia Beyond the HeadlinesTen killed, almost 50 injured in St. Petersburg metro blast

ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of ZANOZA) – Russian Train Bombing Linked To Krygyz Native

(NBC News) – Eric Prince (Blackwater) Rumored To Be Backdoor Dealing For Trump In Dubai

Middle East MonitorSecret Meeting Between UAE, Russia And Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Investigated By FBI

Press TVTrump, UAE attempting to get Russia to break away with Iran: Report

teleSURUAE Acts Pro-Palestine, but Joins Military Drills with Israel

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 3-4, 2017 — Israel’s secret role in Wahhabist-waged war in Yemen

The recent disclosure that Israeli and United Arab Emirates pilots are jointly training in the annual Iniohos 2017 military exercise in Greece has pointed out the open secret that the Israelis and UAE maintain close military and intelligence relations. This “secret” relationship is as open as those between Israel and the Wahhabist royalist regimes of Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar.

One secret that is not as well known is the role that Israeli Jewish commandos of Yemeni descent who are active in their native country on behalf of the Sunni coalition that is waging a bloody genocidal war against the forces of the former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh and his Houthi allies. The Israeli commandos, according to a top Mossad source, blend in well with the Yemeni population, owing to the Israelis’ fluency in the Yemeni dialect of Arabic and familiarity with Yemeni culture. Most of Yemen’s large Jewish population of 50,000 were transported from Yemen to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet, which lasted from 1949 to 1950. Last year, Israeli commandos covertly spirited 19 Jews out of Yemen to Israel. The clandestine operation had the cooperation of the Saudis and Emiratis, who had imposed a naval and air blockade of Yemen.

Fifty Yemeni Jews continue to live in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, where they are protected by the Houthi-run government.

The Houthis, a tribe of Zaidi Muslims — a branch of Shi’a Islam — are backed by Iran. In the Middle East, where the familiar refrain is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” the Sunni/Wahhabi battle lines with the Shi’as have placed the Israelis and the royalist regimes of the Arabian peninsula on the same side.

The Israeli security company, Asia Global Technology (AGT) International, which is owned by Mati Kochavi, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, has reportedly cornered the security market in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital and one of the seven emirates that makes up the UAE federation. The Israeli firm has a contract with Abu Dhabi to protect the critical infrastructure in the emirate. The emirate-wide surveillance system is known as Falcon Eye.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi plays host to Reflex Responses (R2), a foreign mercenary firm that primarily employs ex-Colombian military and paramilitary personnel, and is headquartered at the Zayed Military City. R2 was founded by Erik Prince, the former U.S. Navy SEAL who founded Blackwater USA. Prince’s sister is Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. AGT and R2 are believed to be partners in the security sector in the UAE and in countries like Yemen, Somaliland, Eritrea, and Djibouti where UAE forces are active in countering Iranian influence. Somaliland, a self-declared republic that was formerly British Somaliland, recently gave the UAE the rights to establish a naval base at the port of Berbera. Israeli doctors have, according to some reports, been dispatched to the Eritrean port of Assab to treat Emirati soldiers wounded in battle in Yemen…

Most likely these matters were under discussion with Sisi’s visit to the White House at the beginning of April…

Middle East EyeANALYSIS: Sisi visits Washington for military aid

All East Africa (Feb. 21) – Doubts grow over Egypt’s role in UAE military base in Somaliland

Goobjoog News (March 18) – US and Egypt were involved in Berbera Port talks-UAE official

Oodweyne NewsSomalia, UAE, USA and Egypt Signatories of Berbera Naval & Airbase

Intelligence OnlineAbu Dhabi’s NSA and its helping hands

Washington puts Sunni regional tie-up back on track

American ConservativeWhy U.S. Troops May Fight Alongside al-Qaeda in Yemen

OilPrice.comEU, Israel Agree To Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline

World Socialist Web SiteTrump administration plans economic and military offensive against Africa

Eric Prince has been a busy guy; besides his role in the previously reported here “Roy Cohn coup,” and beyond his activities in the horn of Africa/Arabian peninsula region (discussed above), he is now venturing into the hinterlands of China…

Newsbud (Peter Lee) – America’s Shadow Army Invades China

Sibel Edmonds does not have the best track record in making such predictions, but with the present volatility, she could prove to be on the mark; we shall see…

CIA-NATO to Eliminate Turkish President Prior to April Referendum

(Christoph German) – Germany Protects Gülen Movement from Erdogan

With Gülen being an asset, it is not surprising that the CIA would push this…

LiveLeak (ZDF) – German intel expert says Erdoğan was behind failed coup based on CIA, BND reports

Deja vu 1588…

Sky NewsSpanish gunship in illegal incursion into UK waters off Gibraltar

TelegraphSpain appears to back independent Scotland’s membership of EU as row over Gibraltar escalates

Fort Russ (translating Breakingnews.sy) – Post-Brexit Britain Turns to Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile, a slow moving chain of revelations has been underway, such that, had it been allowed of its own accord to reach its natural conclusion, may have well unraveled the “deep state”. This may be precisely why the deep state, “shadow government,” “cryptocracy” (however one prefers to characterize it), has through the Military-Industrial Complex resorted to the “kinetic action” it is now pursuing. It is a tortoise vs. hare dynamic. The tortoise may in the end prove victorious, but it will prove a Pyrrhic victory if the hare has already scorched the Earth…

Medium (Mike Cernovich) – Susan Rice Requested Unmasking of Incoming Trump Administration Officials

Bloomberg (Eli Lake) – Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel

Circa (Sara Carter) – White House logs indicate Susan Rice consumed unmasked intel on Trump associates

US spy agencies intercept and unmask congressional figures as often as once a month

Daily CallerFormer US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump

Trump Supporter Labeled ‘Fake News’ By ’60 Minutes’ Beats Everyone To Susan Rice Scoop

How he did so however is reminiscent of a situation in 2005, when the N.Y. Times belatedly published the Pulitzer Prize winning story on Bush’s warrantless surveillance; but editor Bill Keller’s hand was forced to do so because reporter James Risen was preparing to publish his book, State of War, which would include the story with or without the Times publishing it first – see a pot calling Keller’s kettle black in the Dec. 17, 2005 WaPo: At the Times, a Scoop Deferred

Zero Hedge (WSJ) – Susan Rice Was Not Alone In “Unmasking” Team Trump

House Intel Committee Chair Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Probe

Steve Bannon Removed From Trump’s National Security Council, Threatened To Quit

CryptomeNational Security Presidential Memorandum 4

Assange has a sigh of relief…

teleSUREcuador’s Lenin Moreno Defeats Banker in Presidential Election

Opposition Protests Support US-Led Coup Plot: Venezuela VP

Farm WarsPro-Biotech Governor of the Year as Trump Ag Secretary

ReutersTrump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules

Electronic Frontier FoundationLondon Police Ink Shadowy Deal with Industry on Website Takedowns

Another Pyrrhic victory?…

Wolf StreetGetting Serious Now? Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell, and King Introduce New Glass-Steagall Act

Collective EvolutionThe Pentagon Has Never Been Audited & Trillions Of Dollars Are Unaccounted For. Where Has It Gone?

If the DPRK should nuke Japan, will it only be hastening the inevitable?…

Asia-Pacific JournalReconstruction Disaster: The human implications of Japan’s forced return policy in Fukushima 復興災害:福島の強制帰還政策が意味すること

ENENewsNuclear Engineer: Fukushima is “worst industrial cataclysm in history of world… As close to hell as I can imagine” — Melted fuel ‘disappeared’ — Contamination will go on for hundreds of thousands of years… “No one knows when it’ll end” — Gov’t perpetrating ongoing cover-up

“Most catastrophic fisheries collapse in history” expected along West Coast — Official: “This is a nightmare, I have never in my life dreamed that it could get this bad” — Threat of “coast-wide fishing failure”

Report: Hundreds of millions of Pacific salmon missing, presumed dead — Gov’t issues emergency order along US West Coast — Japan suffering historic collapse, fish starving to death — All forms of ocean life dying in stunning numbers across Pacific

Live Science‘Doomsday’ Library Joins Seed Vault in Arctic Norway

 

Trump genuflects to Saudis as Wahhabism continues to metastasize through Islamic world and beyond… D.C. distractions with Russia ruse amidst three letter turf wars… much, much more…

…among our headlines of interest for March, 2017…

Introducing the companion bill to Tulsi Gabbard’s H.R. 608…

U.S. SenateDr. Rand Paul Introduces the Stop Arming Terrorists Act

Liberty BlitzkriegTrump Administration Moves to Approve New Arms Sales to Saudi Arabian War Criminals

Common Dreams‘Galling’: US Lifts Human Rights Restrictions on Arms Sales to Bahrain

Intelligence OnlineSaudi Arabia: Security apparatus goes to Washington with MbS

ReutersSaudi deputy crown prince to meet Trump, investment in focus

Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a ‘turning point’: Saudi adviser

Town HallAmerican Game of Footsie with Saudi Arabia Must End

Strategic-Culture Foundation (Kristen Breitweiser) – America First or Saudi Arabia First?

WPIX119/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks

Mayer Brown (March 28 Webinar) – Anti-Terrorism Act and JASTA: What They Mean for You

28 Pages (March 29) – DOJ Complaint Filed Over Saudi Lobbying Campaign That Exploited Military Veterans

BBCBin Laden family members ‘incinerated’ in plane crash

OilPrice.comAre U.S.-Saudi Relations Turning Sour?

Al MonitorSaudis jump on Trump bandwagon

Blacklisted News (Bloomberg) – Saudi Aramco to become sole owner of largest US refinery

BloombergSaudi Arabia Bulks Up in Asia to Boost Appeal Before Oil IPO

DEBKAfile (Feb. 22) – Saudi spy chief visits Israel, Ramallah

Daily Times (PK) – Saudi king’s Bali beach holiday turns into military exercise

South China Morning PostWhy King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud upcoming visit to China is important to Beijing … and a worry for Washington

Japan TimesAbe courts Saudi king as pair agree to launch study on special economic zones

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – A New Global Construct and Realigned Relationships

ThereAreNoSunglassesSaudi Arabia Buying Maldives’ Island For Islamist Training Facility?

New Indian ExpressBombers from the Maldives

The HinduMaldives govt rejects claims it is selling off atoll to Saudi Arabia

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Daily Pakistan) – Nawaz Sharif Plays “Pious” Card, Goes For Full Wahhabization of Pakistan

SputnikIsrael-Backed Anti-Iran ‘NATO 2.0’ Puts Russia and Saudi Arabia ‘on Thin Ice’

On the ever nebulous front-lines in Syria…

LiveLeakAmbush Against A Saudi Military Vehicle In Alhgelh Site In Najran!

Syrian Arab News Agency (March 17) – Syrian air defense shoots down one of 4 Israeli warplanes targeting military site near Palmyra

The DuranIsrael’s raid on Syria (DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS)

DEBKAfile (March 21) – Israeli drone crashes. Russia fails to de-escalate

Times of IsraelRussia summons Israeli envoy, demands clarifications on Syria strike

RTNetanyahu to Putin: Israeli airstrikes in Syria will continue

New Eastern Outlook (Tony Cartalucci) – Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria

Le Monde (summary at Haaretz) – Associés dans l’opération « Ratafia », les espions français et israéliens se sont-ils espionnés entre eux ?

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – Revelations – Lafarge-Holcim’s jihad

Penny for your thoughtsWinds of War Blow From Israel’s Borders..

NATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack??

Daily SabahPlane reportedly shot down by Syrian opposition crashes in southeastern Turkey

Mint Press NewsSyria’s Water Cut Off By Turkey Following McCain, Erdogan Meeting

AntiwarTurkey Claims to Have Killed 71 US-Backed Kurds in Syria Attacks

SANAPresident al-Assad to Chinese Phoenix TV: any foreign troops coming to Syria without permission are invaders-video

CBS NewsConflicting claims on U.S. role in deadly airstrike near mosque in Syria

Possible U.S. strike allegedly kills 33 civilians in school – The source is the questionable Syrian Observatory of Human RightsCitations Needed; it is however confirmed by SANA: Foreign Ministry calls on UNSC to assume its responsibility, stop massacres perpetrated by international coalition

AntiwarGermany Admits Role in US Airstrike That Killed 33 Civilians in Syria

ReutersU.S. priority on Syria no longer focused on ‘getting Assad out’: Haley

What is the policy then? To let him preside over a pile of rubble?…

Russia InsiderRussian General: US Trying to Destroy Syria’s Critical Infrastructure

US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation For Syria Partition

Lavrov Responds to US Decision to Block Advance of Syrian Army

Earlier in the month…

Zero HedgeRussian Jets Nearly Bomb US Forces In Syria, Hit US-Backed Rebels

DEBKAfile – Epic US, Russian, Turkish military summit on Syria

Fort Russ (translating Русской Весны) – Turks Shell Syrian Village as Russians Arrive

Erdogan Regime Forces Kill Syrian Soldiers and Border Guards

(translating Al Mayadeen) – Terrorists Claim to Have Struck Damascus with SCUD Missiles [Video]

(translating Русской Весны) – Terrorist war : ISIS and Al Nusra cut each other’s heads off in gruesome battle [+photos

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Ekathimerini) – Greek Police Bust Captagon Lab, Intercepting 635,000 Tablets Headed For Syrian Jihadis

The One Reason That Barack Obama Set the Middle East On Fire

Free Thought Project2 Years After This American Journalist Was Killed, Her ‘Conspiracy Theories’ on Syria are Proven as Facts

Other theaters of war in the region…

Army TimesThe US is sending 2500 troops to Kuwait, ready to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq 

AntiwarUS to Send Up to 300 Paratroopers Into Mosul for Latest Escalation

IndependentUS admits it conducted Mosul air strike ‘at location’ where ‘200’ civilians died

New York TimesDevices Seized in Yemen Raid Offer Some Clues to Qaeda Tactics

Press TVPentagon conducts 20 airstrikes in Yemen, first since botched raid

ThereAreNoSunglasses (SABA) – Saudis Murder Boatload of Somali Refugees Off the Coast of Yemen

Greencrow As The Crow FliesYemen – What is behind US Proxy Invasion?

FOX NewsIran launched 2 ballistic missiles, US officials say

Jerusalem PostDavid’s Sling air defense shield to be fully operational in Israel in early April

Fort Russ (Al Mayadeen) – Iran Allows Russia to use its Military Bases

Russia establishes military presence in the Maghreb…

ReutersRussia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role – sources

IntelNewsRussian special forces troops seen in Egypt and Libya, say reports

Al MonitorPutin gets some payback with ‘alternative project’ for Libya

Maghreb ConfidentialDynamic on secret mission over Tripoli

Military TimesThe Pentagon wants to keep ground troops in Libya and go on offense in Somalia

The DriveA Guide To The Pentagon’s Shadowy Network Of Bases In Africa

Indian Ocean NewsletterErdogan’s secret plan for Madagascar

Oriental Review (Hybrid Wars 8) – South Sudan’s Total Collapse Could Destroy Central And Eastern Africa

It was never entirely clear to us what the Obama/Clinton “Asia pivot” policy was meant to be – if it was to be a containment of the rising military power of China, then Trump/Tillerson have inherited a buckling pivot, with China now asserting itself in other theaters…

SHTFPlanBeijing Goes Global: China to Expand Marine Force by 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

Military TimesChinese troops appear to be operating in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is OK with it

XinhuaFM: China, U.S. can avoid Thucydides Trap, Kindleberger Trap

Japan TimesDid America’s top diplomat inadvertently offer China a ‘new great power relationship’?

Philippine StarDuterte hits US for lack of action in South China Sea

Intelligence OnlineDuterte could befriend Tel Aviv to arm himself against Beijing

ReutersJapan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say

Space.comJapan launches new spy satellite to keep eye on North Korea

Wall Street Journal (also Zero Hedge) – White House Options on North Korea Include Use of Military Force

Korea Central News Agency (March 7) – Kim Jong Un Supervises Ballistic Rocket Launching Drill of Hwasong Artillery Units of KPA Strategic Force

Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets, he appreciated that Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force are very good at organizing and commanding fire strikes and strictly ensuring rapid and simultaneous fire strikes.

The four ballistic rockets launched simultaneously are so accurate that they look like acrobatic flying corps in formation, he said.

Alert 5 (NHK) – North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles; 3 flew 1,000km into East Sea

KCNA (March 19) – Kim Jong Un Watches Ground Jet Test of Newly Developed High-Thrust Engine

The development and completion of a new-type high-thrust engine would help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability in the field of outer space development, he noted, adding with pleasure that today when a great leaping forward has been made in the development of the rocket industry is the day to be always remembered, a historic day which can be called “March 18 revolution”.

38 NorthPreparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Continued Activity at Key Plutonium Production Facilities at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Complex; Purpose Unclear

Defense OneUS Anti-Missile Batteries Arrive in South Korea, Touching Off Geopolitical Tumult

South China Morning PostChina readying countermeasures against missile defence shield in South Korea, retired PLA general says

ReutersNorth Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer

U.S. deploys attack drones to South Korea amid tension with North

KBS World RadioS. Korea, US to Create Joint Missile Command

Alert 5 (Commander U.S. 7th Fleet) – JMSDF, ROKN, USN destroyers in missile defense informational link exercise

Korea JongAng DailyNorth may be developing an anti-ship missile

SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden joins drills in Korea

Yonhap News AgencyEx-CIA chief: U.S. should consider nuclear attack on N. Korea if necessary

Ex-President Park arrested in corruption probe

Following her impeachment…

SputnikPark Geun-hye Accused of ‘Illegal Occupation’ of S Korean Presidential Residence

ABCUS attempt to recoup Cambodian debt ‘cack-handed’: former Australian Ambassador

In Europe, the rising tide of nationalism suffers a setback in Dutch election…

ReutersDutch PM cheers EU leaders by seeing off far-right’s Wilders

In spite of, or thanks to Erdogan’s diplomatic volleys?…

RTTurkey bans Dutch ambassador, suspends diplomatic flights and high-level govt meetings – Deputy PM

The DuranTurkey plays nuclear card, warns EU it will flood Europe with millions of refugees

Malaysia SunShocking claims made by former captive: A second Islamic State is rising near Europe and the Turkish border

Middle East Eye‘I could see people being hit’: London suffers attack at heart of democracy

Tim Pool (Youtube) – SWEDEN HAS REAL PROBLEMS

Judicial WatchU.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Conservative Govt.

Zero HedgeSenators Demand State Department Probe Into Soros Organizations

InfowarsSenate Approves Montenegro Joining NATO Despite Rand Paul’s Objection

TimeSen. Rand Paul: Montenegro Joining NATO Is Against U.S. Interests

Ruptly (Youtube) – 500 people detained as anti-corruption protest hits Moscow

Fort Russ (translating Occhi della Guerra) – The real face of Aleksei Navalny: convicted for embezzlement, he protests “corruption”

Russia-Belarus Union in Crisis: Part 1 – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Russia-Belarus Union in Crisis: Part 2 – Lukashenko’s Maidan

(Sputnik) – Belarus arrests “armed provocateurs,” Lukashenko points finger at Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland

(translating RuBALTIC.ru) – SOFA agreement with Baltic states quietly signed by Obama before departure clearing way for permanent US military presence

CBS NewsRussian spy ship returns off U.S. coast, near sub base

Zero Hedge (Komsomolskaya Pravda, MEMRI) – Retired Russian Colonel Warns Trump: “We’re Seeding The US Shoreline With Nuclear Mole Missiles”

ReutersPoland expects to ink $7.6 billion deal for Patriot systems by end-2017

IHS Jane’s 360UK to deploy Typhoons to Romania in May

MirrorBritish troops join showdown against Vladimir Putin as they travel to the frontline in Russia

Estonian WorldBritish and French troops arrive in Estonia

RTEU ministers agree to create joint military command center in NATO footsteps

8,000 NATO troops launch exercise near Russian-Norwegian border

Barents ObserverNorway moves military intelligence away from Russian border

Strategic-CultureRussia Invites NATO to Take Part in Moscow Security Conference

TASSRussian and NATO top brass hold first talks over past years

Executive Intelligence ReviewNATO Military Committee Chair Initiated Call to Russian Chief of Staff

Moscow TimesRussian Military Pilot in Fatal Black Sea Crash Was in ‘Full Control of Plane’ — Reports

Not since the Battle of Karkov have such fireworks been seen?…

Накануне (translation at ThereAreNoSunglasses) – “Диверсия Порошенко” под Харьковом: подробности

Fort Russ (РБК) – Former Russian MP murdered in downtown Kiev

ReutersUkrainian intelligence officer killed in car blast in Mariupol port

RTArms smugglers used postal service to deliver weapons from US to Russia – FSB

Russia InsiderWashington Cracks Down on Kiev: Feds Bust Ukrainian Weapons Smuggling Ring

Investigation Into Murder of Russian Ambassador Takes an Unexpected Turn

The HillState Dept. seeks to keep Russian diplomat’s cause of death private

IndependentFrench police sniper accidentally shoots two people during Francois Hollande speech

Nicola Sturgeon announces second Scottish referendum

BBCHolyrood and the great Brexit numbers game

ReutersG20 financial leaders acquiesce to U.S., drop free trade pledge

True PublicaEC Entrenches Dangerous ISDS System – Global Super Court For Corporations To Subvert Democracy

Quartz AfricaNamibia doesn’t want “aid” to make up for Germany’s genocide—it wants $30 billion

Global Research (Stephen Lendman) – Israel’s Crime of Apartheid: UN Agency Head’s Forced Resignation

Continuing D.C. skullduggery…

CBS NewsSuspicious cellular activity in D.C. suggests monitoring of individuals’ smartphones

The AtlanticWashington’s Spy Paranoia

N.Y. Times (March 1) – Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

Note the new WashPo motto: Democracy Dies in Darkness – very apt inasmuch as this paper has for decades been committing sins of omission (on the JFK assassination, CIA, 9/11, etc.), and our democracy has suffered immeasurably because of it. Meanwhile, making much ado about nothing…

Washington Post (March 2) – Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose

Zero HedgeJeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probe

Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Exposed: Insider Coup to Sabotage Trump

Breitbart (March 3) – Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump

In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.

Trump evidently reads the article, then goes ballistic in the early morning of Saturday, March 4, from his Mar-A-Lago redoubt in Palm Beach. Writer Massimo Calabresi couldn’t have put it better in the opening of the following essay…

TimeInside Donald Trump’s War Against the State

At 6:35 a.m. on March 4, President Donald Trump launched an attack against the government of the United States…

Where existential alarm over the fate of the U.S. is invoked, however, we see – with admitted wishful thinking – cause to hope for the restoration of the Constitutional Republic of the U.S., particularly where the Fourth Amendment is concerned…

@realDonaldTrumpTerrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

Before heading to the “Winter White House” however, a heated discussion had taken place in the Oval Office – perhaps over the tactics to take in dealing with the above allegations…

Daily MailDonald’s eruption in the Oval Office: Video emerges of Trump’s ‘furious argument’ with top adviser Steven Bannon as Ivanka and Jared look on, hours before President made phone tapping claims

Denials and speculations ensue…

N.Y. Times (March 5) – Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Zero HedgeObama’s Surrogates Continue to Deny Trump Tower Surveillance, But Evidence Suggests Otherwise

Blacklisted News (citing Common Dreams, Guardian) – Obama’s wiretaps on Trump Tower were routed through and conducted by British Intelligence, in an effort to circumvent U.S. surveillance law.

The HillGrassley probes FBI’s ties to British spy who investigated Trump

Empty WheelThe Feedback Loop in Christopher Steele’s Dossier

U.S. News and World ReportNSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims

Judicial Watch (March 6) – Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ and Treasury for Records Related to Intelligence Leaks Regarding Investigation of General Flynn

Prison Planet (FOX News) – Catherine Herridge: Top Level Deep State Operatives Leaked Flynn Phone Call Transcripts

March 7, – NSA payback to CIA?…

WikiLeaks (also Zero Hedge) – Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Download at link with the password, (a quote of JFK’s prescribed remedy): “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds”

Empty WheelPassword: 0sbP@ss

Zero HedgeSnowden: What The Wikileaks Revelations Show Is “Reckless Beyond Words”

Hunt For Snowden 2 Begins: Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Wikileaks’ CIA Source

Counter-Coup Spookmaster Dr. Steve Pieczenik Discusses Destruction Of CIA And Game Changing Implications Of #Vault7

Canada Free PressCIA DIRTY CYBER TRICKS?

InterceptWikiLeaks Dump Shows CIA Could Turn Smart TVs into Listening Devices

TechdirtCIA Leaks Unsurprisingly Show The Internet Of Broken Things Is A Spy’s Best Friend

FortuneSex Toy Maker Pays $3.75 Million to Settle ‘Smart’ Vibrator Lawsuit

MirrorCIA planned to hack cars and trucks to carry out undetectable assassinations claims WikiLeaks

Vigilant CitizenNew Wikileaks Dump About CIA Hacking Sheds Light On the Mysterious Death of Michael Hastings

Mint Press NewsWikileaks Vault 7 Release Paints A Grim Picture For Journalism

Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Vault 7: CIA Can Stage Fake Russian Hacking to Undermine Trump

Zero Hedge (March 15) – DOJ Charges Two Russian Spies In Massive Yahoo Hack

Blacklisted News (FOX) – Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich Warns Congress that CIA Wiretaps Are Real and It Happened to Him

Newsmax (Larry Klayman) – Nunes Must Ask FBI’s Comey About Montgomery Mass Surveillance Case

WaPo (March 20) – FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign

Raw Story (McClatchy) – Here’s what one top Democrat finds suspicious about Trump-Russia contacts

McClatchyDCFBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites

One of which then proceeds to drop the bomb…

Infowars (Corsi) – NSA Documents Prove Surveillance of Donald Trump & His Family

Millennium Report“THE HAMMER” — Ultra-secret Supercomputer System Used by CIA/NSA to Wiretap Trump

Politico (March 22) – Nunes: Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration

FOX News (March 23) – Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Zero Hedge (March 29) – SMOKING GUN? Obama Defense Deputy Slips Up On Live TV – Reveals Spying On Trump Team And Leaking Of Intel

NBC NewsObama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents to Keep Them Safe

N.Y. Times (March 30) – 2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports

As Zero Hedge notes, one was a Flynn protégé whom McMaster had attempted to oust…

Politico (March 14) – Trump steps in to keep 30-year-old NSC aide

BloombergWhite House Invites Lawmakers to View Surveillance Documents

Washington Free BeaconNSA Set to Provide Classified Communications Intercepts to House Committee

The willingness of the White House to be forthcoming on details of the investigation may throw cold water on the following conjecture, or the NSA may confirm it, that indeed the surveillance had nothing to do with Russia, but instead was prompted by investigations concerning matters South of the border…

Wayne Madsen ReportMarch 23-24, 2017 — Nunes and Schiff unintentionally let the Trump cat out of the bag

Although journalists and those who believe in open government hate it, there is a reason why senior intelligence officials often reply “no comment” to questions surrounding intelligence matters. In the world of intelligence gathering, even the most innocuous comment can reveal information not intended for the ears of the general public. In the world of operational security, these minor tidbits of information are known as “essential elements of friendly information” or simply, EEFI.

In the partisan bickering that broke out on March 22 between House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and the ranking member on the intelligence oversight committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA), both, likely unintentionally, revealed EEFI concerning the U.S. intelligence community’s “incidental surveillance” of Donald Trump and his transition team between Election Day, November 8, and the inauguration on January 20.

During a March 22 briefing for reporters outside the White House after a controversial briefing for Trump and his advisers, Nunes revealed that “dozens” of intelligence reports he was given about the Trump “incidental surveillance” made “no mention of Russia.” Nunes said the information was brought to him by “sources who thought we should know it.” Nunes said the interceptions of the Trump team were “legally collected” pursuant to a warrant issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge and involved “foreign” surveillance not involving Russia.

Nunes elaborated further in stating that “normal, formal surveillance” provided to him yielded “significant information” about both Trump and his “team.” But Nunes provided a caveat to that particular revelation, stating that details about Trump and his team had “little or no apparent foreign intelligence value” and  “were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting” because their identities had been “unmasked” within the U.S. intelligence community during the transition phase. However, if the “formal” surveillance of Team Trump did not involve foreign intelligence, that means it must have involved a law enforcement matter and was authorized by a Title III “wiretap” order authorized by a normal federal court outside of the FISA aegis and carried out by the FBI and Justice Department’s Electronic Surveillance Unit.

Nunes’s EEFI offering provides the following points of interest:

– The incidental surveillance made no mention of Russia.
– The formal surveillance was of little or no intelligence value.
– The formal surveillance, while of no value to intelligence agencies, may have been of great interest to law enforcement, especially the FBI. Hence, FBI director James Comey’s reticence to provide details concerning its investigation of the Trump transition team during his recent testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
– If some of the surveillance information made no mention of Russia, perhaps it did mention other countries.

The definition of “team” is important since if it extended beyond the transition team to the campaign team, it would include Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, national security adviser Michael Flynn, and foreign policy adviser Carter Page. It is now known that Manafort was contracted to the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine that was ousted in the 2014 U.S.-inspired coup while Page also had business dealings with the Russian government-owned energy firm Gazprom and Flynn’s consulting company had Russian business connections.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that Nunes’s statement appeared to reveal “classified information.” It, at the very least, revealed EEFI from which more sensitive intelligence can be derived.

Trump’s problems may not be found with Russia but, ironically, south of the U.S. border, a border which the president is trying to seal with a great and “beautiful” wall.

The “incidental surveillance” of Trump and his associates, which was cited by Nunes and made no mention of Russia, may very well been a result of National Security Agency and its FIVE EYES partners’ surveillance of a major fraud case involving billionaire former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who escaped an arrest warrant in Panama and is now living in Miami. Last September, at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela requested the Obama administration’s State and Justice Departments to extradite Martinelli.

Martinelli is wanted by Panama for embezzlement of funds, wiretapping his political and business enemies, insider stock trading, money laundering, and other crimes. So far, the Trump administration has taken no action on the Panamanian extradition request. Perhaps that is because in Panama, Trump is known as the “American Martinelli.” Moreover, Martinelli is a close friend and business associate of Trump. Martinelli, exiled in Miami as a fugitive from justice and wanted by Panama, was invited to attend Trump’s inauguration in Washington. Before he deleted it, Martinelli posted a photograph of his Inaugural invitation on Twitter. As president, Martinelli was on hand for the 2011 opening of Trump’s first tower in Panama City, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower. During the ceremony, Trump referred to Martinelli as his “friend.”

The ties between Trump and Martinelli run even deeper. The bank in which Martinelli owns a significant stake, Global Bank Corporation, was a co-trustee of Trump’s Ocean Club. When the Trump property developer, Newland International Properties Corporation, defaulted on its Global Bank loan in 2013, the Martinelli bank was forced to bail out Newland. The real estate scams surrounding the Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC, Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC — both incorporated in Delaware — Newland Properties, Trump Ocean Club Unit 2710 Inc., K Group — which pays Trump Marks Panama $5 million per year for using the Trump brand name — the Trump Organization, the Trump Ocean Club, and Global Bank are merely the tip of the iceberg surrounding the overall criminal accusations surrounding Trump’s friend Martinelli…

Hundreds of thousands of documents were leaked from the Panama City law firm Mossack Fonseca, which incorporated thousands of offshore shell companies for the Central Intelligence Agency, narcotics syndicates, Arab oil sheikhs, and businessmen like Martinelli, Trump, and Trump’s Argentine friend, President Mauricio Macri. It is known that Latin America’s largest ever bribery scandal that involves the huge Brazilian building contractor Odebrecht SA, now laps at the shores of the Trump Organization via Martinelli.

In December 2016, during the presidential transition phase, the U.S. Justice Department announced a settlement with Odebrecht in which the firm and its affiliate Braskem agreed to pay a fine of $3.6 billion for violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Most of the fine collected by Justice was to be turned over to Brazil, which began the investigation of Odebrecht with its “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) probe.

As part of its deal with DOJ, what information did Odebrecht’s executives share with Justice Department prosecutors concerning its operations in Panama, especially those involving the Trump Tower and Martinelli? Any involvement of Trump with the Odebrecht and Mossack Fonseca criminal scandals would have prompted any U.S. judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or on the bench of a regular U.S. court district to authorize electronic surveillance of the Trump Organization. When Nunes stated the “incidental surveillance” of Trump and his associates did not involve Russia, was he actually implying it involved another country, perhaps Panama?

The political fallout from Odebrecht is beginning to stick to Trump. Odebrecht paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to politicians in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala,the Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Angola, Mozambique, and other countries and some of these politicians are linked to Trump business enterprises.

Argentina’s Macri has been linked to the Odebrecht bribery scandal mainly through the connections to the firm of his cousin Angelo Calcaterra, Macri’s Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren, and other officials of his government. With the help of business associates of Macri, a Trump Tower was built in Uruguay in 2012. Trump has been pressuring Macri and his friends to build the first Trump Tower in Buenos Aires and a Buenos Aires building permit for the deal was apparently the subject of a phone conversation between Trump and Macri after Trump’s election in November.

However, not all has been well between the Trump and Macri families over the years. Franco Macri, the father of the Argentine president, believed the mastermind behind the kidnapping for ransom of Mauricio Macri in 1991 was none other than Donald Trump, who the elder Macri described as the “true intellectual author” of the crime. Perhaps that is why the right-wing Mauricio Macri openly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

In Peru, an arrest warrant has been issued for former President Alejandro Toledo who stands accused of receiving a $10 million bribe from Odebrecht for a highway contract. Toledo was on his way to Israel but is now in the United States. The current President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was Toledo’s finance minister. The Trump administration has not responded to Peruvian requests for Toledo’s extradition from the U.S. and Kuczynski has been mired in allegations concerning his own connections with Odebrecht. Perhaps that was the reason why Kuczynski followed up a phone call with Trump with a personal visit to the White House in February. All Trump and Kuczynski spoke about during their joint remarks was Kuczynski receiving an award from Princeton University, Kuczynski’s two daughters attending Princeton and Columbia, and Peru’s decision to buy some U.S. military vehicles. If Kuczynski and Trump are subject to FISA and Title III wiretaps concerning Odebrecht, they may have found more than family to chat about. Kuczynski previously asked Trump to extradite his former boss Toledo to Peru. But with Kucynski now a target of the Odebrecht probe, he may have asked Trump to keep Toledo under wraps in the U.S. and not singing to a Peruvian court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office most likely to have been assigned the investigation of the Martinelli extradition request is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. This office has historically been occupied by right-wing prosecutors linked to Latin American right-wing leaders, many of which, like Martinelli, maintain residences in the Miami area. If Trump is looking at protecting those who could spill the beans on his and his Trump Organization’s own ties to Odebrecht, what better way than to nominate a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida to his cabinet. Trump nominated such a former U.S. Attorney, Alexander Acosta, to be his Secretary of Labor. Acosta was involved in negotiating as U.S. Attorney the sweetheart plea deal with convicted child molester and Trump billionaire friend Jeffrey Epstein. The deal immunized from future prosecution Epstein’s VIP friends who were involved in his underage sex operations. 

As a former U.S. Attorney in Miami and former dean of Florida International University law school, Acosta has enough clout to help ward off any federal investigations emanating from the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office, which would include advocating for the extraditions of Martinelli and Toledo back to their home countries where they might start naming names, including that of Trump and his associates. Odebrecht, the company that built Miami International Airport, may also have dirt on southern Florida politicians, including members of the Republican Cuban-American political “mafia,” which also includes Acosta. Odebrecht maintained a Division of Structured Operations, which was dubbed the “Department of Bribery” by U.S. Justice Department investigators. Were Trump and members of his business empire caught up in a legitimate DOJ investigation of Odebrecht, with ancillary intelligence being provided by the NSA and its Canadian counterpart, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), which conducts full-time surveillance of Latin American communications? If the answer is yes, and it appears to be so, that would explain Nunes and Schiff talking around the issue, which involves the collection of raw signals intelligence data on a massive number of foreign businesses and “U.S. persons.”

teleSURArgentina Set to Drop $2 Billion for Largest Weapons Acquisition Since Malvinas War

From Manafort to Deripaska to Brassington, Daniel Hopsicker uncovers a tie in to the South of the border networks that he has been exposing for years…

Mad Cow NewsRussian Oligarch in Election Probe Linked to Drug Cartel

Russian in hacking probe linked to alt-right stock fraud

WhoWhatWhyWhy FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia

Daily Kos (wnemirow) – Trump’s Russian/Kremlin Connections (with Citations & Links & Updates)

New Yorker – Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Various theories as to the ringleader of the stay-behind “deep throats”…

Lame CherryThe Ringleader of the Trump Coup was Sec. of State John Kerry

Infowars (RT) – Former CIA Analyst: Obama Gave “Green Light” For NSA, CIA to Sabotage Trump

Citing a Jan. 12 BBC story linking the origins of the Russia-Trump allegations to an April 2016 report from a Baltic intelligence agency shown to DCI Brennan, this being the basis of the FISA applications…

American SpectatorAll Roads Lead Back to Brennan

Also alleged to be the basis of the October FISA application; a “secret server” in Trump Tower communicating with Alfa Bank. This story broke on the momentous day of Hallowe’en at Slate, by-lined Franklin Foer. The Intercept however quickly disputed the allegation.

Washington Free Beacon (OAN) – DOJ Found Malware in Trump Tower Servers ‘Mimicking’ Contacts to Russian Entities

So much for the alleged Russian DNC hackers and their “Fancy Bear”. What is quite odd in the following story however is that the discrediting of these allegations is coming from what has long been recognized as a U.S. propaganda tool – the VOA historically being to the Soviets much as RT is now to America…

Voice of AmericaThink Tank: Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data

Cyber Firm Rewrites Part of Disputed Russian Hacking Report

Liberty BlitzkriegWhat is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired by DNC has Ties to Hillary Clinton, a Ukrainian Billionaire and Google

WikiLeaks Vault 7 continues March 23 with Dark Matter and March 31 with Marble Framework, revealing the tools by which the source of viruses, trojans, and hacking attacks can be falsely attributed.

Russia InsiderCIA’s Frankfurt Spy HQ Could Be Source of ‘Ties’ Between Putin and Trump

ReutersCIA contractors likely source of latest WikiLeaks release: U.S. officials

“Likely,” but with spook matters, always look for the ‘volatile smiles’ in the probability margins for the actual; for instance…

WMRMarch 9-10, 2017 — CIA SIGINT disclosure appears to be retaliation for Langley’s involvement with Snowden leak

When this editor worked in the National Security Agency’s “S Group” in the mid-1980s, our center chief, an Army colonel, once cautioned us not to say anything about our White House-directed mission to the “opposition.” The comment was bizarre, since everyone in our group was cleared for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), polygraphed, and even voice stress analyzed. When the colonel asked us if there were any questions, I asked why he would caution us against saying anything to the Soviets because we all knew very well what the law was and the severe ramifications for breaking it. The colonel replied, “I’m not talking about the Russians, I’m referring to the CIA!”….

WMR previously reported that the massive leak of NSA documents by CIA officer-turned-NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have been part of an operation by Langley to expose the massive surveillance capabilities of NSA. The exposure of these NSA operations may have been predicated by the compromise to NSA of extremely sensitive and potentially illegal operations by the CIA in areas of banking, finance, sexual blackmail, and human trafficking.

Now, with a massive unauthorized disclosure of CIA SIGINT and offensive information warfare capabilities to WikiLeaks, the NSA may have engineered its revenge against Langley for the Snowden operation. The CIA document disclosures provides evidence of massive redundancy of SIGINT and offensive cyber-warfare operations between the CIA and the joint activities of NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, the headquarters of both located at Fort Meade and led by NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers. On November 17, 2016, Rogers had an unauthorized meeting with president-elect Trump at the Trump Tower. Rogers’s actions resulted in demands by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and, according to WMR’s sources, CIA director John Brennan, for President Obama to fire Rogers. Rogers continues to serve Trump as NSA director and U.S. Cyber Command chief.

On February 14, 2014, WMR reported the following:

“Sources within the U.S. intelligence community have told WMR, on the condition of anonymity, that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden gained access to and released tens of thousands of classified NSA documents because a faction within the Central Intelligence Agency was growing increasingly alarmed over the massive surveillance system controlled by NSA. In many cases, highly compartmented CIA covert operations abroad were made known to NSA because of the ability of the signals intelligence and cyber warfare agency to monitor full spectrum digital communications worldwide, including those of the CIA.

A group of active and retired CIA officers, in addition to CIA contractors, set out to expose the NSA’s massive surveillance operations, as well as those of its foreign partners. Snowden, a former CIA employee who worked for the joint NSA-CIA Special Collection Service in Geneva, Switzerland as an official cover CIA employee attached to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and in Misawa, Japan under non-official cover with Dell Computer and Booz Allen Hamilton, was chosen by the CIA faction as the person best positioned to collect NSA documents and leak them to the media

NSA recently fired a U.S. government civilian who worked at the NSA Regional Security Operations Center in Kunia, Hawaii. The unnamed male civilian, who was not charged with any crime, is said to have shared his “Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate” with Snowden, allowing access to the NSANet. NSA claims that Snowden did not have access to NSANet. NSA’s claims of collusion between Snowden and the civilian employee are contained in an UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY memo for the House Judiciary Committee dated February 10, 2014. The memo also states that Snowden was assisted by two other personnel in Kunia, an active duty military member and a contractor, in collecting the NSA documents. Although the FBI investigated all three unidentified employees at the Kunia facility, no criminal charges against them were filed by Justice Department prosecutors. The memo states that the civilian government employee “remained in an uncleared employee status pending an appeal of the revocation [of his security clearance], and he resigned on 10 January 2014.”

Our report continued:

“Elements within the CIA have also informed the Obama White House, particularly John Podesta, the counselor to the president for all matters dealing with the NSA leaks, that if the White House or Justice Department moves against the CIA for the Snowden leaks, the CIA will release highly embarrassing personal information on the president.

The CIA faction helped arrange, through its own back channels, safe passage for Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow. Attempts to kidnap or assassinate Snowden in Moscow have been stymied by close cooperation between the CIA faction and the Russian domestic security service, the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki or SVR).

The involvement of Booz Allen Hamilton, which is owned by the CIA- and Bush family-linked Carlyle Group, has put the Obama White House on notice that the operation to expose NSA involves powerful political forces. Suggestions by some within the Justice Department, including Attorney General Eric Holder, and Rick Ledgett, the NSA official in charge of the Snowden leak damage assessment, that some sort of clemency deal might be worked out between the U.S. government and Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States from Russia is a realization that the operation to expose NSA involves major elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Russia has granted Snowden permanent political asylum.

WMR has learned that NSA’s communications surveillance net compromised sensitive CIA operations for which NSA has no certified need-to-know or special compartmented access. The exposure of these CIA operations, including a weapons transfer operation that saw Libyan caches once in the hands of Muammar Qaddafi being transferred from Benghazi to jihadist forces in Syria. This intelligence became known to NSA’s FIVE EYES signals intelligence partners in Canada, Britain, and Australia. The compromise of such information to NSA resulted in CIA programs in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East being placed in jeopardy. Some of the more sensitive aspects of the CIA operations, including drone operations, were passed on to Israeli, Indian, French, and German intelligence by the Communications Security Establishment Canada, Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and the Australian Signals Directorate.”

In February of this year, former NSA contractor and Reserve U.S. Naval officer Harold T. Martin III of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was indicted for illegally possessing at his home 50 terabytes of highly-classified electronic files, mostly from the NSA, with others originating from the CIA, U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Most of the documents were from NSA. Martin worked as a contractor from  December 1993 to August 2016. One of the firms he worked for was Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm that employed Snowden in Japan and Hawaii. The indictment of Martin was generated by the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, Rod Rosenstein, nominated by President Trump to be the deputy Attorney General under Jeff Sessions.

The FBI is now investigating CIA contractors for the leak of the so-called “Vault 7” document tranche to WikiLeaks. Two companies reportedly involved in the CIA’s cyber-warfare operations are Booz Allen Hamilton and Palantir, the latter owned by Trump friend and adviser Peter Thiel.

CBCFamilies who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong ask Canada for asylum

USA TodayWikiLeaks will give tech firms access to CIA hacking tools: Assange

Business InsiderLeaked emails reveal Nigel Farage’s long-standing links to Julian Assange

Prison PlanetTrump Forced To Issue Apology To Britain Over Obama Wiretapping Claims

Intelligence OnlineFive Eyes search for intranet contractor

TelegraphThe spy base where real-life British ‘Qs’ collaborated with CIA to hack TVs and phones

DWFrankfurt used as remote hacking base for the CIA: WikiLeaks

TechDirtGermany’s Spy Agency Walks Away From Three-Year Investigation With Expanded Spy Powers

Gateway PunditRussia Threatens To Leak Things Obama Asked Moscow To “Keep Secret”

ThereAreNoSunglassesThe Vampiric Cheney Rises From the Dead, Croaking Russian “Act of War”

Counterpunch (William Binney and Ray McGovern) – The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate: Will Trump Take on the Spooks?

Regrettably the answer appears to be no…

Blacklisted NewsThe Transformation Of Our Nation Into A Surveillance State Is Almost Complete

McClatchyDCFISA Section 702: Is warrantless surveillance national security or a hit to privacy?

CryptogonNSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

MassPrivateIDOT creating a nationwide spying database of everyone’s cell phones, Bluetooth devices and license plates

Daily MailTake off for police drones air force: Remote-controlled ‘flying squad’ to chase criminals and hunt for missing people

U.S. News (AP) – Bill Would Allow Connecticut Police to Put Weapons on Drones

Free Thought ProjectOrwell Rolls in Grave as Police Roll Out Unprecedented Drone Air Force to “Track Anti-Social Behaviour”

Infowars (citing Las Vegas Review-Journal) – FBI Posed as Filmmakers to Infiltrate Bundy Supporters

Rutherford InstituteCourt Rules in Favor of Police Who Pounded on Wrong Door, Didn’t Identify Themselves, Then Killed Innocent Man for Holding a Gun

BoingBoingTSA’s new “pat-downs” are so invasive, airports are pre-emptively warning cops to expect sexual assault claims

Mint Press NewsHow The CIA And A Tech Startup Are Arming Police, Intelligence Agencies

InterceptMeet the Midwestern Contractor That Appears Hundreds of Times in the CIA WikiLeaks Dump

Bad… Sad… Disaster… (and the rest of The Donald’s favorite negative adjectives)…

Wall Street JournalWith Washington’s Blessing, Telecom Giants Can Mine Your Web History

Trump Broadens CIA Powers, Allows Deadly Drone Strikes

GuardianPentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields

Breaking DefenseTrump Picks Technocrats, Not Billionaires, For Top Pentagon Posts

Intelligence OnlineThreat Pattern, a CIA and Wall Street alliance

Eurasia ReviewPresident Trump’s New Director Of Central Intelligence (DCI) – Analysis [sic – the headline should read: Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats]

Another Day in the EmpireTrump’s Disastrous Pick for National Intelligence Director

N.Y. TimesTrump’s Intelligence Nominee Gets Early Lesson in Managing White House

NYT catching up with what we covered in our February edition…

Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign

WSJMike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Well, not quite “immunity,” but…

Zero Hedge“He Certainly Has A Story To Tell” – Statement From Mike Flynn’s Lawyer

Senator Grassley Asks Why “Extremely Careless” Hillary Still Has Access To Classified State Dept. Info

The Last RefugeJulian Assange Claims Pro-Clinton “Deep State” Supporting Mike Pence Coup – And Pence Responds…

World Net DailyGOP senator grills Gorsuch on impeaching Trump

PoliticoKnives are out for Reince

ZDNetUS military leak exposes ‘holy grail’ of security clearance files

ElectrospacesTrump’s “beautiful” Oval Office phones and what was changed on them

N.Y. Daily News (also Politico) – Laptop holding Trump Tower floor plans, Hillary Clinton email investigation info stolen from Secret Service agent

Is it in Huma’s Prada?…

Daily MailBergdorf blonde: Hillary and Huma spotted after day at top store’s salon – with Clinton debuting a new coif and color while Abedin lugs around her boss’ $2500 purse

‘Everything went wrong’: Surveillance footage of White House fence jumper shows he ‘lingered’ for 17 minutes as Secret Service agents were ‘lackadaisical’ in tracking him down

The Economic CollapseThe Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…

Newsmax (Politico) – Critics Say Trump NAFTA Replacement Too Similar to TPP

Mint Press NewsTrump’s NAFTA Reversal Likely Tied To Oil Industry Pressure

TennesseanTennessee sues federal government over refugees

California Courts NewsroomChief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Objects to Immigration Enforcement Tactics at California Courthouses

N. Y. TimesPreet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

Zero HedgePreet Bharara Fans Speculation He Was Probing Trump When He Was Fired

Palmer ReportKey witness in Preet Bharara’s Russian crime probe was just thrown from fourth floor of building

Bloomberg‘Anonymous’ Joins Hacker Army Targeting Central Banks for Cash

Bank of Russia? Greece? Mexico? Bangladesh? What about the big enchilada?…

Investment Watch BlogRand Paul’s Audit The Fed Bill Passes House Committee – What Does This Mean For The Federal Reserve?

Libertarian RepublicRand Paul Blocked By Armed Guards From New Obamacare Bill

Energy and Commerce CommitteeEnergy and Commerce Republicans Release Legislation to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

CNBCObamacare replacement yanked in House as GOP fails to win support

Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Obama Illegally Robbed Fannie, Freddie to Fund Obamacare

Daily MailBarack Obama’s close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home, which is now the nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump

Daily SheepleShock Video: Loretta Lynch Calls For More ‘Blood In The Streets’ and ‘Death’

AtlanticAn Israeli American Teen Has Been Arrested in the JCC Bomb Threats Case

American EverymanRace-baiting Agent Provocateur “Journalist” Juan Thompson Arrested for (Making Bomb Threats Targeting Jews?) Cyberstalking

An embarrassment to his profession, Scott Pelly declares potential diagnosis of Parkinson’s on Hillary as “nonsense”. Dr. Ted Noel stands by it…

Vidzette60 Minutes is Fake News

GizmodoThis Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account

Ars TechnicaTo keep Tor hack source code secret, DOJ dismisses child porn case

Town HallWhy the MSM Is Ignoring Trump’s Sex Trafficking Busts

But Trump’s pick for Labor – Alexander Acosta – is responsible for Jeffery Epstein’s country club sleepover sentencing…

Miami HeraldFeds planned to indict Epstein, but U.S. attorney retreated from child sex-abuse charges

WaPoComet Pizza gunman to plead guilty in tentative deal with prosecutors in Washington

InfowarsA Note to Our Listening, Viewing and Reading Audiences Concerning Pizzagate Coverage

Alefantis ex-partner David Brock suffers heart attack on 3/22, but survives…

CryptogonMarch 7 4Chan Prediction: David Brock’s Death by Heart Attack

Raw StoryTrump ally Roger Stone says US intelligence tried to assassinate him in Wednesday hit-and-run crash

Daily CallerFormer DNC Official Partnered With Convicted Bomb Maker To Investigate Trump

Podesta Didn’t Register As A ‘Foreign Agent’ When He Represented A Bank With Ties To Russian Spy Agencies

TASSSberbank confirms hiring Podesta Group for lobbying its interests

ABC News (AP) – Ex-Trump adviser swaps messages with DNC hacking suspect

Black Agenda ReportWhen the Fox Becomes a Wolf: Understanding the Election of DNC Chairman Tom Perez

Counter Current NewsAnarchists Begin Fixing Roads and Potholes Because the Government Won’t

Science and environment news…

MIT Technology ReviewThe Entrepreneur with the $100 Million Plan to Link Brains to Computers

Cryptogon‘We Are the Biological Boot-Loader for Digital Super-Intelligence’

Daily SheepleDARPA Insider Reveals the Coming Hive Mind Control Grid: “If Even 20% Of What This Guy Says Is True…”

EngadgetHard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Activist PostWhat Are Laboratory Rats Indicating About Wi-Fi Exposures The High Tech Industries Deny?

GeoEngineering Watch (ref. Guardian) – Trump Administration Backs Geoengineering, Full Disclosure Of The Climate Engineering Atrocities Grows Near

CNBCLockheed Martin completes new battle laser for US military

Mini-nukes and mosquito-like robot weapons being primed for future warfare

Defense OneRussia Joins US in Race to Field Gun-Launched Swarmbots

The DriveUniquely Configured RQ-170 Stealth Spy Drone Appears At Vandenberg AFB

Space.comNew American Spy Satellite Launches on Classified Mission

TruNewsSecret USAF X-37B space plane nears 674 days in orbit

NBC NewsSpaceX Successfully Launches, Lands Recycled Falcon 9 Rocket

APTrump signs NASA bill, ponders sending Congress to space

MirrorBizarre ‘megaship’ captured by International Space Station camera before Nasa ‘dims the feed’

First photos of radioactive wild boar roaming Fukushima’s nuclear wastelands as they’re culled for attacking people

Global Research (Helen Caldicott) – Fukushima Radiation, What Prospects for Humanity

The Mind Unleashed347 Bee Species Dangerously Close to Extinction

Zero HedgeCourt Docs Reveal Monsanto Colluded With EPA To Prove Roundup Does Not Cause Cancer

The Economic CollapseThe Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

Is Something Strange Happening Inside The Earth?

ExpressWeaponised black hole? Texas town terrorised – portal opens over secret Army research base

ARRLHAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign

Updates on old news…

Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryPhysicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

Fellowship of the MindsObama’s Kenyan birth certificate posted online by his half-brother Malik

Collective EvolutionThe FBI Just Released New & Never Before Seen Photos of 9/11 Pentagon Wreckage

Unicorn RiotRoots of Iran-Contra Crisis Found in Recording of Airport Attack Plan

MuckrockAs CIA Director, George Bush waffled on promise to not destroy records of Agency’s illegal activities

The FBI and the mysterious death of “God’s Banker”

Lucifer’s banker now burning in hell…

Veterans Today (Kevin Barrett) – David Rockefeller dies — link to JFK assassination exposed!

For more, see Morgan Reynolds at No More Games: The Assassination of JFK, 9/11 and David Rockefeller

News time warp…

RTRevolution begins: Mass protests, bloody uprising & Tsar abdicates (#1917LIVE coverage)

Government AtticNational Security Agency (NSA) listing of all Automated Document Management System (ADMS) documents identified with a date field [oldest] up to 31- December -1929