Headlines of interest, late May 2016…

Middle East EyeUS commandos aid Kurdish-led push on Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold

Pictures show US troops manning a grenade launcher in Fatisah, Raqqa. One shows what appears to be a US soldier wearing a badge of the YPG, an element of the SDF that defended Kobane from IS attacks in 2014 and last year.

The fog of war is thick – just last month Islamic State claimed that US forces mistakenly killed Kurdish fighters. Loose lips sink ship? – this was the final post from the IS WordPress site, now deleted, but not before we snagged the headline…

Amaq AgencyDead and wounded fighters in the ranks of Kurdish units after a mistaken U.S. bombardment that concurred with an infiltration operation by Islamic State fighters east of the Faruq dam.

On the ISIS strategy of water control, see Joep Schenk of Universiteit UtrechtISIS’s Water Wars and the Land of Two Rivers

Penny for your thoughtsMosul: it’s Precarious Dam & an Earthquake? CENTCOM/ DOD. Baghdad Protests, AgainSaving Mosul Dam from Afar? Sweden of all places?

Antiwar – Mounting Concerns for Fallujah Residents; 259 Killed in Iraq –  Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed in IraqMass Grave Found near Mosul; 219 Killed Across IraqCarnage in Baghdad; 184 Killed in Iraq, including Australian

RTSenior US commander secretly visits Syria to ‘prepare push to Raqqa’

Over 100 killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

21st Century WireSyria: US, NATO Terrorist Suicide Bombers Massacre Civilians in Coastal Towns

Intelligence OnlineUSAID still operating in Syria

Voltairenet (Said Al-Khalaki) – Angela Merkel’s “Grey Zone”: How the Islamic State (ISIS) Acquired German Weapons

Hurriyet Daily NewsNATO to send exploratory mission to Iraq

DEBKAfilePM thanks NATO chief for offer to open liaison office at headquarters

ObserverClose Encounters of the Wrong Kind: Russia and Israeli Planes Near Dogfight

GuardianWest and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander

PravdaCrimea to defend Russia from nuclear strike again

Sputnik‘Projecting Stability’? NATO Vows Even More Anti-Russian Build-Up

France Hesitant to Approve NATO Control of Missile Defense System in Europe

Le MondeCe que l’on sait de l’avion d’EgyptAir disparu entre Paris et Le Caire

NBC NewsEgyptAir Flight MS804: Three Air Marshals Were Aboard Crashed Jet

DEBKAfileEgyptAir flight blown up by ISIS time bomb

Greencrow As the Crow FliesEgypt Air – Shot out of Sky by missile while flying over Naval Exercises in Mediterranean?

TASSRussian Defense Ministry summons US Embassy attache over spotted reconnaissance plane

The Aviationist“U.S. spyplane almost hit two passenger jets over the Sea of Japan” Russia MoD says

Fort Russ (translating Le Matin) – Swiss Airbus avoids a US spy plane; Russia to US: near our borders, leave your transponder ON

(translating POLITRUSSIA) – Azov threatens “regime change” if Kiev fulfills Minsk-2

(translating Политхаос) – “Azov” Capture “Borispol” Airport

(translating Sputnik Italy) – Donbass: the end of the war is near?

(translating News Front) – German soldiers once again in Donbass: Have the lessons of history been forgotten?

RTEast Ukraine rebels oppose presence of armed OSCE police, ‘would consider it intervention’

Poroshenko vows ‘to bring back’ E.Ukraine, Crimea after Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

TASSPoroshenko admits Ukraine can get Donbass back only peacefully

Ukrainian troops shell DPR city, local teenager wounded, says source

Radio Free EuropeSeven Ukrainian Soldiers Reported Killed In Eastern Conflict

Stars and StripesNATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

NATO Review“Nordic duo should stay together” — study on NATO membership published in Finland

ReutersSwedish authorities hold crisis talks after suspected telecoms sabotage

ScienceSweden expels Russian research plane amid spying concerns

Intelligence OnlineUnited Kingdom: Emergency measures on Russian analysis

PressTVUK arms company defends weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

Fars News AgencySaudi Warplanes Bombing Yemen’s Sada’a

DEBKAfileSuicide bombers hit army induction center in Yemen; over 45 dead

Middle East MonitorIs Britain’s part in the Saudi campaign in Yemen clouded by a ‘white saviour’ complex?

LaRouchePACRep. Brad Sherman: Saudis Always Follow British Orders

MEMRIArticle In Saudi Daily: U.S. Planned, Carried Out 9/11 Attacks – But Blames Others For Them

NYPostSchumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour

NYTimesFearing a Last-Minute Obstacle in a Push to Release 9/11 Findings

Israel’s Army Goes to War With Its Politicians

Middle East EyeThe coup against Israel’s army

Israel set to form ‘most right-wing government in history’

(AFP) – Car bomb, IS clashes kill 32 Libya unity government forces: Military

(The Times) – British special forces fighting in Libya: Report

Moon of AlabamaNo U.S. Troops in Libya? One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Maghreb ConfidentialLibya: Embassies hit by wave of panic

VoltairenetThe head of the Congolese opposition had engaged mercenaries to perpetrate a coup d’État

Indian Ocean NewsletterKampala defies the West and turns to Pyongyang

Japan TimesAngry Okinawans rally at Kadena Air Base following ex-marine’s arrest

ReutersAtomic bomb survivors to attend Hiroshima event for Obama visit

SputnikCozying Up to Vietnam: Is Obama’s Arms Embargo Drop a Bid to Isolate China?

NBC NewsChinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

XinhuaChina urges U.S. to stop close-in reconnaissance

ThereAreNoSunglasses Malabar-16 Is India Sucking-Up To Obama Without Pissing-Off China Too Much

Mullah Mansour Reportedly Killed Again—This Time By Drone In Balochistan

Was Muhammad Wali “Mullah Mansour”?

The Double-Death of Mullah Mansour and the Recrowning of New Taliban King Haibatullah

MondoweissWhistleblower: US General Sean Swindell bears responsibility for deadly Kunduz hospital attack

Intelligence OnlineKaya, intermediary for the MIT

Al MonitorTurkey’s Islamists, nationalists both silent on Israeli weapons flow to Azerbaijan

An autopsy of the new Turkish government

Erdogan vs. the world

PRIInternational leaders are meeting in Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit – the perfect soundtrack: 2/5bz ’ ISISTANBUL ’ live @ transmediale 6.2.2016

DWEurope breathes ‘sigh of relief’ after Austria’s presidential election

Democracy NowThis Confirms It was a Coup: Brazil Crisis Deepens as Evidence Mounts of Plot to Oust Dilma Rousseff

YnetIsraeli made president Brazil’s Central Bank

The Hacker News Ecuador Bank Hacked — $12 Million Stolen in 3rd Attack on SWIFT System

IBTimesUS Spy Plane Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry Violated Venezuelan Airspace Twice In May, Maduro Says

BloombergVenezuela Readies Biggest Military Exercise in Its History

teleSURCapriles Tells Venezuela Military to Revolt, Invokes Protest Violence If Opposition Demands Not Met

Venezuelan Police Arrest Right-Wing Leader’s Head of Security

One Dead in Chile Protests as Bachelet Delivers Annual Address

IntelNewsChile will ask US to extradite three men wanted in killing of UN diplomat

International ManObama’s Cuban Ambitions as Seen by Cubans Themselves

ReutersU.S. targets spying threat on campus with proposed research clampdown

ElectrospacesGerman journalists about working with the Snowden documents

GuardianHow the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

Washington’s Blog (interview with Thomas Drake) – Senior NSA Executive: We’re In a Police State

Stanford NewsStanford computer scientists show telephone metadata can reveal surprisingly sensitive personal information – Jonathan Mayer et al in PNAS: Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata

FuturismArtificial Intelligence Isn’t Just About Intelligence, but Manipulating Humanity

RTThe FBI’s secret biometrics database they don’t want you to see

Privacy SOSBoston Police Dept. uses controversial social media spy tool made by CIA-linked firm

CounterpunchHillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders: In-depth Report on Exit Polling and Election Fraud Allegations

Clinton Does Best Where Voting Machines Flunk Hacking Tests: Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders Election Fraud Allegations

Zero HedgeHacker Who Got Inside Hillary Clinton’s Server Said To Cooperate Fully With Ongoing Email Investigation

CryptomeGuccifer Plea Agreement, Statement of Facts

Judicial WatchState Dept. OIG Report on HRC Emails

APOrigin of key Clinton emails from report are a mystery

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

Sanders: Democratic convention could be ‘messy’

Opperman Report (Spreaker) – Full True Story About NV Democratic Caucus and Convention Delegate THEFT!!!

Washington PostSecret Service agent shoots armed man outside White House

Monster aircraft rattle residents: ‘This is Northern Virginia; it’s not the Green Zone.’

FOX59 (Indianapolis) – Military training wakes Beech Grove residents early Tuesday morning

Zero HedgeShocking Images Of Record Long Lines At US Airports

Prison PlanetExperts: TSA Gridlock Could Be A ‘Manufactured Crisis’

LegitGovMulti-agency disaster drill in Seattle area same day as big power outage hits city

Black Agenda ReportFreddie Gray Case Judge Rules it is Unreasonable to Expect Cops to Obey the Law

Common Sense ShowDHS Using “Compromised Communities” to Train and Launch Martial Law

America Is Being Invaded by an Alien Species Called the Ze’s and the Hir’s

TelegraphElijah Wood: ‘Hollywood in the grip of child abuse scandal similar to Jimmy Savile’

The Daily Sheeple“No Woman Should Be Subjected to It”: Trump’s New Attack Ad Against Bill Clinton Is Just Creepy  – and it is most effective as looped on Instagram


AlternetTrump’s Top Campaign Adviser Made Millions From Arms Dealers, Warlords, Dictators and Oligarchs

Yahoo! NewsHow a convicted felon nicknamed ‘Joey No Socks’ covered Donald Trump in stars

WaPoFormer Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump

AllGov (AP) – Justice Dept. Wants to Keep Media Eyes off Court Records on Former Trump Associate’s Mafia Informant Work

Congressional Research ServiceRICO: A Brief Sketch

Daily Mail100 French police raid Google’s Paris headquarters as part of £1.2 billion tax and money laundering investigation

WiredFacebook and Microsoft Are Laying a Giant Cable Across the Atlantic

Les moutons enragés (Upr.fr) – TAFTA, ne croyez pas les belles promesses de ce gouvernement, François Hollande tente discrètement de promouvoir l’arbitrage privé de celui-ci au sein même de l’UE

Global ResearchGermany Buys Monsanto – and Sells the TTIP to Europe

ForbesBayer Confirms Merger Discussions With Agriculture Giant Monsanto

GuardianMonsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Sustainable Pulse European Trade Unions Join Fight against Glyphosate Herbicides

EcoWatchNebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto Alleging Roundup Gave Them Cancer

Natural BlazeMonsanto Threatens Argentina Over Recent Food Inspection Decision

NDTV (AFP) – High Risk Of Zika Virus Spread In Black Sea Area: WHO

NatureUS reviews plan to infect mosquitoes with bacteria to stop disease

Cryptogon‘If you have pigs with partly human brains…’

Daily MailA goat with two heads, eight-legged pigs and a puppy born with a TRUNK: Shock photos of the mutant beasts with bizarre deformities ’caused by GM pesticides’

ENENewsExpert: Billions of pieces Fukushima nuclear fuel have spread pretty much everywhere — “It’s truly frightening… wherever there’s cesium, there’s plutonium” — Atomic bomb had one pound of uranium… Fukushima had hundreds of tons — TV: “Abundant quantities” of plutonium are being found

Geoengineering WatchCovering Up Climate Engineering Contamination, “EPA Caught Buying It’s Independent Science Advisors”

NJ.comFireball that tore through night sky was visible from N.J.

Space NewsNRO planning shift to smaller satellites, new ground system

NRO discloses previously unannounced SpaceX launch contract

Secrecy NewsNational Security Space Launch, and More from CRS

The Daily SheepleIs NASA Covering up a Giant Hole in the Earth at the North Pole?


Headlines of interest, early to mid May, 2016…

The Monroe Doctrine surging again?…

IndependentVenezuela accuses US of plotting coup as Washington warns of ‘imminent collapse’

N.Y.TimesCristina Fernández de Kirchner, Ex-Argentine President, Indicted on Financial Charge

Dilma Roussef’s last stand…

Telegraph Chaos in Brazil as Rousseff impeachment vote ‘anulled’

BloombergDead-of-Night Reversal Puts Brazil Impeachment Back on Track

teleSURBrazil House Speaker Reverses His Impeachment Process Annulment

Brazil’s Rousseff Goes to High Court to Block Impeachment Bid

SputnikBrazil’s Supreme Court Rejects Rousseff’s Appeal to Cancel Impeachment Vote

The BRICS PostSenate votes to unseat Rousseff in Brazil

Her replacement is the U.S. pick Michel Temer…

Zero HedgeAnother US-Sponsored Coup? Brazil’s New President Was An Embassy Informant For US Intelligence


teleSURImperial Designs? Current US Ambassador to Brazil Served in Paraguay Prior to 2012 Coup

A flashback to 2013 reminds us of why she was a target…

Independent (18 September 2013) – Brazil plans national Internet redesign in order to avoid US web surveillance

Though she had moderated in this particular effort (see Foreign Policy, June 16, 2015: Why Did Brazil’s President Change Her Tune on Spying?), the BRICS factor sealed her fate, as anticipated by William Engdahl in 2014…

New Eastern Outlook (18. 11. 2014) – BRICS’ Brazil President Next Washington Target

In other news, NATO/crypto-Nazi forces assemble in 21st Century bid to conquer Russia’s lebensraum

Executive Intelligence ReviewNATO’S NEW OPERATION BARBAROSSA: What Business Does the German Military Have in Lithuania?

ThereAreNoSunglassesInsane Foreign Policy Highlighted By Dueling, Simultaneous US/Russian War Games In Moldova

DOUBLE THREAT—Massive US/Georgia War Games, New US Anti-Missile System In Romania—SAME DAY

ReutersU.S. to switch on European missile shield despite Russian alarm

Russia warns of retaliation as NATO plans more deployments in Eastern Europe

SputnikRussia Could Drop START Treaty Due to New Air Defense Systems in Europe

N.Y.TimesRussia Calls New U.S. Missile Defense System a ‘Direct Threat’

PravdaWho is rattling nuclear club?

TASSNATO prefers to deal with Putin rather than his circle — Breedlove

Virginian PilotNavy releases nearly two dozen videos of Russian jets, helicopter buzzing USS Donald Cook

RTChina scrambles fighter jets, warships after US destroyer sails near disputed reef

XinhuaChina warns U.S. against shows of strength in South China Sea

Japan TimesNorth Korea leader hails nuclear progress as rare party congress opens

Yonhap News AgencyN. Korea threatens to build up nuclear attack capability against U.S.

Voltairenet (Valentin Katasonov) – The SWIFT System: A Potential Weapon in the Hybrid War

WikiLeaksTransatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

FOX NewsPanama Papers reveal George Soros’ deep money ties to secretive weapons, intel investment firm

The HillSenate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Executive Intelligence Review‘Will the 28 Pages Turn Into 80,000 in Saudi 9/11 Connection?’

N.Y.TimesMemos on Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support of the 9/11 Attacks

Al MonitorSaudi king’s Cabinet reshuffle may ‘rattle many royal spines’

Al Masdar NewsPanama Papers Data Leak : King of Saudi Arabia sponsored Netanyahu’s campaign

Fars NewsIsraeli Airstrikes over Damascus Confirmed

Antiwar – Heavy Fighting in Anbar Province; 362 Dead in IraqBloody Day for Baghdad; 188 Killed in IraqDozens Afflicted in Chemical Attack; 163 Killed in IraqEscalating US Air Strikes Kill Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul242 Killed in Iraq, Including U.S. Soldier

NBC NewsCharlie Keating IV, Grandson of Notorious Banker, Identified as Navy SEAL Killed by ISIS


Fort RussSalafist Shades of Gray: US Uses Veto to Protect Proxies in Syria

(translating Das Bild) – The Erdogan family business

Hurriyet Daily NewsDavutoğlu stepping down as Turkish PM, AKP to hold snap congress

Opposition leaders call resignation decision a ‘coup’

Fort Russ (translation of Известия) – Davutoglu Paid the Price for Disagreements with Erdogan

Al Monitor (citing pelikandosyasi) – How mysterious new Turkish blog exposed Erdogan-Davutoglu rift

Cairo marks World Press Freedom Day with raid on journalists’ syndicate

Journalists under fire all over the place…

ThereAreNoSunglassesAgency-Affiliated Mehsud Terrorists Murder Khurram Zaki, Just As They Killed Col. Imam and Khalid Khawaja

TASSUkraine’s publication of personal data of journalists working in Donbass sparks outcry

Free Thought ProjectPolice Throw Stun Grenades Into Crowd, Ripping a Journalist’s Face Open

Zero HedgeGunman Attempts To Murder Prominent Turkish Journalist Outside Court In Broad Daylight

Berbatullaz (2/5bz Vimeo channel) – GEZiLLA 10000 YEARS

— On 19 September 2014, all preparations for the camp and the festival had been completed. Everything seemed to be allright, until the we hear the devastating news about the massacre, on the first day of the festival.ISIS had attacked Kobane. People who tried to save their lives and escape to the other side of the border were attacked by the soldiers.We were confronted with companies trying to eliminate the habitat of millions of beings, states trying to control the water politics in the Middle East and the ISIS. I believe that it was the first time that we faced the most bitter form of the phrase “if i can’t dance, i don’t want to be part of the revolution”which was widely shared in the social media. This situation must have scared the State Water Authority, so the second day, they opened the dam shutters.The concert venue and the camp area right at the banks of the river Tigris (Dicle) were under control by helicopters whereas where everything was under the flood, The Festival continued with audio-visuals performance,enhanced with images and speeches of Yılmaz Güney and Gezilla footages continued. Hasankeyf Castle and it’s caves which was closed to general public, have been reopened for visit and had been occupied on the third day of the festival. They opened the dam shutters and they applied this method later on, on the villages of Kobane, as well. –

Academia.org (Joost Jongerden) – Dams and Politics in Turkey: Utilizing Water, Developing Conflict

RTTurkish Army shells Kurdish-majority town at Syria border

LiveLeak(Video): Kurdish PKK shoots down a Turkish military helicopter in Hakkari

Moon of AlabamaMANPAD Used By PKK Against Turkish Helicopter May Have Come From Turkey Via “Rebels” In Syria

ShadowproofRival Libyan Armies Prepare for Sirte Battle, Pentagon Reveals US Troop Deployment

Al MonitorThe story behind the general who will likely shape Libya’s future

Spook news…

N.Y.TimesSeeking Robert Levinson, the C.I.A. Consultant Who Vanished

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 13-15, 2016 — U.S. Navy riverine craft captured by Iran were on spy mission

WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that two U.S. Navy riverine patrol boats, captured near Iran’s military-sensitive Farsi Island on January 12 of this year, were on a National Security Agency-linked electronic surveillance mission. The Iranians captured the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB 802 and 805), which were assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters while en route from Kuwait to Bahrain. The two boats were to be refueled by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy before they were taken into custody by members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. The seizure of the boats and their total crew of ten came as the U.S., Iran, and other nations were hammering out the last details of the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran.

WMR has learned that Secretary of State John Kerry, a veteran of U.S. Navy riverine intelligence penetrations of neutral Cambodia during the Indochina War, reacted quickly to defuse the incident when he became aware of the botched U.S. Navy intelligence mission targeting Farsi Island. Kerry phoned his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif within five minutes of being informed about the seizure and demanded their “quick” release.

The two RCBs were built by SAFE Boats of Bremerton, Washington but were designed and licensed to the Bremerton builder by Dockstavarvet of Sweden. The Swedish design is intended to maximize the ability of the craft to quickly enter and retreat from hostile waters while covertly collecting electronic and photographic intelligence. The boats’ weapon systems are controlled by a system manufactured by the Israeli defense company Rafael.

The Obama administration was criticized by Republicans because the Iranian captors of the American crewmen forced them to keep their hands behind their heads while being videotaped for later viewing by worldwide television audiences. The U.S. personnel were held for 16 hours and one of them apologized to Iran on videotape. WMR has learned that the reason the Iranians forced the Americans to keep their hands behind their heads was to prevent one or more of them from disposing of thumb drives overboard or pushing any data destruction buttons on the boats that were rife with surveillance gear.

Initially, the U.S. Navy claimed the boats suffered a “navigation error.” However, there was nothing wrong with the Global Positioning Systems on board the vessels or on portable units in the possession of the crew.

[imageRCBs 802 and 805 on maneuvers in Kuwait prior to their capture by Iran in sensitive waters off Iran’s heavily-fortified Farsi Island.

The capture of the two RCBs by Iran resulted in one of the worst compromises of U.S. intelligence information since the April 1, 2001 forced landing of a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries electronic intelligence aircraft on China’s Hainan Island. The compromise of NSA and other intelligence by the capture of the RCBs has led the Navy, as a result of a formal review of the incident, to remove from his duties Commander Eric Rasch, the Executive Officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3. Rasch began his Navy career as an intelligence specialist. Rasch was removed from his duties for failure to “provide effective leadership.” The Commanding Officer of CRG 3, Commander Gregory Meyer, is presently on administrative hold with CRG-1, pending the completion of the formal investigation.

After Iran returned the boats to the U.S., an inventory accounted for all weapons, ammunition, and communications, except for two satellite phone SIM cards. The Navy made no mention of surveillance or navigation equipment. The Obama administration has resisted efforts by Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain to subpoena the ten sailors captured by Iran. WMR has been informed that some of them may actually be assigned to a U.S. intelligence agency and were on the boats under U.S. Navy official cover.

Boiling Frogs Post (Filip Kovacevic) – What is Cooking in the Bosnian Pot? CIA Director’s Visit to the Balkans

Jerusalem PostAnalysis: Intelligence agencies succeeding in penetrating Hezbollah

HaaretzHezbollah Knows Exactly Who’s Responsible for Their Commander’s Death

Intelligence OnlineBlack Cube targeted by Israeli intelligence

Schneier on SecurityNIST Starts Planning for Post-Quantum Cryptography

IntelNewsGerman nuclear power plant found to be infected with computer viruses

USA TodayNew rule allows feds to hack millions of computers more easily

WiredEverything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People

BuzzfeedInside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Company

Wall Street Journal (mirrored at Cryptome) – Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

GovTechWorksIntel Chiefs Eye Social Media for Internal Security Risks

Secrecy NewsPunishing Leaks Through Administrative Channels

InterceptSnowden Archive ——The SidToday Files

Edward Snowden – Inside the Assassination Complex

Traditionally, in the context of military affairs, we’ve always understood that lethal force in battle could not be subjected to ex ante judicial constraints. When armies are shooting at each other, there’s no room for a judge on that battlefield. But now the government has decided — without the public’s participation, without our knowledge and consent — that the battlefield is everywhere. Individuals who don’t represent an imminent threat in any meaningful sense of those words are redefined, through the subversion of language, to meet that definition. Inevitably that conceptual subversion finds its way home, along with the technology that enables officials to promote comfortable illusions about surgical killing and nonintrusive surveillance.

Take, for instance, the Holy Grail of drone persistence, a capability that the United States has been pursuing forever. The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route. Once you know the devices, you know their owners. When you start doing this over several cities, you’re tracking the movements not just of individuals but of whole populations.

By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they’re in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level it’s so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it won’t be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology has a tendency to follow us home…

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media

International ManThey’re Bringing Back Feudalism… and Nobody Seems to Notice

TechdirtFBI Doesn’t Want Privacy Laws To Apply To Its Biometric Database

GuardianGoogle given access to healthcare data of up to 1.6 million patients

PoliticoSources: FTC taking second look at Google search

GizmodoFormer Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

CBS SFHidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

MassPrivateI‘Secret’ ministers, teachers and social workers are spying on us

Trump seals the deal…

Lame CherryobliteraTED

The Common Sense ShowBy Securing the Nomination, Trump Has Put Every Loyal American In Danger

LewRockwell (Thierry Meyssan) – Mattis Versus Trump

InfowarsKoch-Soros Insiders Attempt to Take Over Trump Campaign

Sipsey Street IrregularsFrom Mike: Milestone on the road to the civil war.

RTNever-ending ‘gun show’: US gov’t sent $2bn in military gear to cops since ’06

GuardianThe rise of militias: Patriot candidates are now getting elected in Oregon

Black Agenda ReportBernie to Deliver Captive Constituencies to the Democratic Convention

Real Clear PoliticsChaos At Nevada Democratic Convention; State Party Chair Flees Building As Sanders Supporters Demand Recount

American MirrorSALLY MILLER: Bill Clinton’s fantasies inspired by his mother

Hillary and her ‘coke habit’

N.Y. PostHillary Clinton is unraveling quickly

PoliticoFBI’s Comey: I feel ‘pressure’ to quickly finish Clinton email probe

FOX NewsRomanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy’

Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender’s jet much more than previously known

Radar OnlineEpstein Sex Slave Lawyer: Donald Trump ‘No Way Involved In Any Untoward Activity’

Washington ExaminerWashington Post assigns army of 20 to dig into ‘every phase’ of Trump’s life

Zero HedgeThe Biggest Threat to Jeff Bezos and Amazon: President Trump

Washington PostTrump will soon be getting briefings from U.S. spy agencies. It might not go well.

AllGov (AP) – Criminal Past of Former Trump Business Partner to be disclosed in Unsealed Court Documents

For more about Felix Sater, see Courthouse News from May 14, 2013, Did CIA Help a Swindler Walk?; The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 10, 2012, Strange bedfellows: Swindler, Stinger-missile brokers, the CIA; Securities Lawyer 101 from Dec. 16, 2015, Cry Me a Sater…Felix Sater & Donald Trump

Tampa Bay TimesCybersleuth’s hacking of Florida elections websites draws criminal charges

L.A.TimesFederal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally

Science news…

ENENewsEPA data reveals “sharp spike in radiation level” around US nuclear site — “It’s been reportedly leaking huge amounts of radioactive materials for more than 2 weeks” — Evacuations enacted… Almost 50 workers have sought medical attention… Symptoms include bleeding ulcers, burned lungs

N.Y.TimesScientists Hold Secret Meeting to Consider Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

The WeekHow scientists are harnessing the ice-making powers of bacteria

InterceptNew Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup

ScienceZika causes microcephaly in mice

BloombergPlum Island’s Mysterious Past Yields an Uncertain Future

FOX 13 (Salt Lake City) – Dugway declassified: A rare look at the mysterious Utah site’s experiments, then and now

teleSURThousands of Tons of Dead Creatures Hit Chile’s Beaches

IntellihubChina and U.S. to set up shop, secret space facilities, in Argentina: A race to mine the moon and further explore Antarctica

CERNThe 2016 physics season starts at the LHC

Phys.orgPhysicists abuzz about possible new particle as CERN revs up

TelegraphFormer CIA spy says he helped South Africa arrest ‘communist toy’ Nelson Mandela

IndependentThe Witching Hour: from Comme des Garçons to Marc Jacobs, fashion’s unseasonable fascination with dark magics


[Latest revision, May 9]

From Gary Webb to Gary Welsh (of the Advance Indiana blog), sadly there is another casualty to add to the American journalism suspicious deaths body count. Reading his final blog post of April 29If I’m not around to see the vote results, my prediction is that Trump wins Indiana… it would appear that Welsh had some premonition of his demise. Whether this came from his own intention or from knowledge of an immanent danger to his life is up for question.

In any case, not only did Trump win Indiana handily, his victory prompted the unexpected withdrawal of Ted Cruz from the race late in the evening of the primary (see below however for another factor that may have prompted this surprise exit). It is as if Welsh were a sacrificial lamb offered to usher in the eventual President Donald J. Trump inaugural speech before throngs to be gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on January 20th, 2017. Trump is suspected to be a Freemason (see Renegade Tribune). The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis is a masonic mirror to the National Mall. The original street plan of Indianapolis was designed by Alexander Ralston who was an assistant to fellow Freemason Pierre Charles L’Enfant in the design of Washington D.C. (see National Parks Service: Capital at the Crossroads of America; The Barn Door: Indianapolis; Micheline’s blog: Designing Washington, DC: Pierre-Charles L’Enfant).

Indianapolis is the home of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Wikipedia: The “General Grand Chapter” was formed in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 6, 1876. Committees formed at that time created the Ritual of the Order of the Eastern Star in more or less its current form.

The five-pointed star is common to the symbol of the General Grand Chapter and a somewhat comical Trump campaign logo. An illuminated eight-pointed star is the centerpiece of the Shrine Room of the Indiana World War Memorial Military Museum (Wikipedia). Subscribers to the Trump campaign email list are familiar with the formal address to “STARS”. The Indianapolis daily is the “Star”…

Indianapolis StarPolice think pundit’s death was suicide

Indiana Business JournalBlogger Gary Welsh dies in apparent suicide

Note the extreme skepticism of some of the commenters to the latter article as to the alleged cause of death, and the suspicion of masonic involvement: Certainly Gary knew too well how the Freemason lawyers and judges “manage” Indiana…

But leaving these esoteric considerations aside for the nitty-gritty of the campaign, Welsh was the initial source for Wayne Madsen’s gay Rubio reports (e.g. at Infowars)…

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 2-3, 2016 — Welsh suicide? Not!

Welsh had gone beyond Madsen’s reports on the Rubio affair however; in a January 25 blog post, he cites a tip on the existence of a video of Rubio in gay porn on the CRAZY DAYS AND NIGHTS website of January 24

This Presidential candidate, who, still has a good chance of winning made a gay porn back in the day . Several people know he did it, but so far the recording has remained elusive. It won’t forever.

The question has been raised whether Welsh was in fact the source of the tip and possessed a copy of the video. It may seem a moot point at this stage, when Rubio had suspended his campaign following his devastating primary defeat in his home state of Florida. “Suspended” is the key word , however, as Rubio has not freed up his delegates (NBC News). He may yet be hoping against hope for a come-back in a contested convention, in which case the existence of a video would pose a problem.

Welsh had also been looking into the numerous questions about Ted Cruz’s family background (see his post of April 23). In his last email to Madsen, Welsh congratulated him on the Rafael Cruz connection to Oswald story of last month – see the WMR April 7-8 and April 18-19 reports. More recently, there have been even further developments with the story, solidifying Rafael Cruz’s connection to elements involved in the JFK assassination plot. We re-post it here in its entirety…

April 29 – May 1, 2016 — SPECIAL REPORT — McLean, Virginia (WMR) — Solid links found between Rafael Cruz’s employer and plot to kill JFK

A long-since forgotten dossier maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s investigation of the links between Lee Harvey Oswald, expatriate Cubans in New Orleans, and the CIA points to solid links between Rafael Cruz’s ultimate oil industry employer, Schlumberger of France and the Netherlands Antilles, and the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.

Cruz’s relationship with Schlumberger eventually led to the purchase by the company of Rafael B. Cruz & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that employed both Rafael, the father of presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Eleanor Darragh Wilson Cruz, Senator Cruz’s mother.

The April 27, 1967 issue of the New Orleans States-Item featured a story written jointly by the States-Item and the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News that points to CIA undercover agent Gordon Novel as having played a part in the CIA’s false flag “Fair Play for Cuba” operations in New Orleans that also employed Oswald and, as WMR previously reported, Rafael Cruz. While flying the “pro-Fidel Castro” flag, Fair Play for Cuba, which was headquartered in the same building and office space that also housed former FBI agent and JFK assassination co-conspirator Guy Banister, was a front for anti-Castro activities in the New Orleans area beginning as early as 1961.

Garrison issued arrest warrants for Novel and Oswald and Banister associate Sergio Arcacha Smith, the leader of a militant anti-Castro organization also working out of Banister’s Newman Building office of Guy Banister Associates, a detective agency in downtown New Orleans.

By the CIA’s own admission, Arcacha Smith was paid by the CIA indirectly. Arcacha Smith’s Frente Revolucionario Democratico (FRD) office in New Orleans received funds from the FRD headquarters in Miami. The FRD was created by the CIA’s anti-Castro Miami operation JMWAVE. FRD leader Dr. Jose Miro Cardona directed CIA funds to Aracacha Smith and Novel, according to the CIA’s own records.

On April 1, 1967, Novel was arrested in Gahanna, Ohio, outside of Columbus on a warrant issued by Garrison that stated Novel and Archacha Smith burglarized an oil services firm’s munitions bunker in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, near New Orleans, in 1961. Novel and Arachaca Smith were arrested and charged with burglarizing the Houma bunker by Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Wilmore Broussard. The records of the case were later stolen from the custody of the Houma Police Department. A declassified CIA document revealed a third person was involved in the “theft” of munitions from the Schlumberger warehouse. Like Oswald, the third man, Layton Patrick Maartens, was an ex-U.S. Marine.

Upon his arrest, Novel began “graymailing” the CIA by telling all about his role with covert CIA activities in Louisiana prior to the assassination of Kennedy. Novel said that he was a New Orleans French Quarter bar owner who also served as an electronics expert for the CIA. Novel operated a CIA front in New Orleans called the Evergreen Advertising Agency. Through the company, Novel prepared special Christmas tree radio commercials aired in late 1960 and early 1961 by 300 stations in the United States and Canada that contained code phrases designed to alert CIA agents to the date of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba on April 17, 1961. The key code phrases were “Star Christmas Trees” and “Holiday Trees.” A formerly SECRET EYES ONLY dated May 31, 1967, confirmed that the coded radio messages were part of a CIA operation code named JMHOPE.

Novel’s statements were determined to be factual by a psychiatrist and polygraph examiners. Novel also told the Dayton Daily News, “I think Garrison will expose some CIA operations in Louisiana.”

The Washington Daily News of March 27, 1967 reported that Novel was in McLean, Virginia during the weekend of March 25-26, 1967. In McLean, Novel was administered a polygraph by the Washington, DC firm REDEX, operated by private detectives Lloyd Furr and Richard L. Bast. The CIA later accused REDEX, Furr, and Bast of being “unscrupulous and untrustworthy.” Novel was determined to be telling the truth by the REDEX polygraph examiners.

On March 29, 1967, Novel called the FBI New Orleans office from an unknown location and reported that he had “not furnished Garrison with any information about “Double Check” of Miami. Operation Double Check was a CIA “cover and funding” mechanism for recruiting and paying American pilots participating in the Bay of Pigs operation.

Novel again called the FBI office on March 29 to report that Walter Sheridan, a former FBI and National Security Agency operative who joined NBC News to shred Garrison’s investigation of the Kennedy assassination and trial of Clay Shaw, was present during the polygraph of Novel in McLean. McLean is adjacent to Langley, Virginia, the home of the CIA’s headquarters.

[image] –Rafael B. Cruz, third from left, carrying pro-Castro poster at demonstration at University of Texas in January 1959. Other pro-Castro CIA agents in 1958 included David Ferrie and Donald Norton. Norton hid out in Calgary, a CIA safe city for JFK assassination conspirators.

On May 22, 1967, Novel and a friend Gary Edwards were sitting in a WKDA-AM radio truck in downtown Nashville, Tennessee while preparing to do an interview that “would blow the New Orleans investigation wide open.” A sniper opened fire on the truck and Novel and Edwards were injured by flying glass. Edwards immediately returned to Washington, DC and it was determined his real name was Gerald Mundy. Novel returned to Columbus. Nashville police discovered five bullet indentations on the truck’s right side.

What Novel revealed to the press was that the CIA unit in New Orleans transferred munitions from the oil services company’s bunker, leased by Schlumberger Well Services Company of Houston, to three destinations in New Orleans: Novel’s Evergreen Advertising Agency building, the home of CIA contract pilot David Ferrie, and the office of Guy Banister in the Newman Building on Lafayette Street. In early 1961, an associate of Banister revealed that he saw as many as 100 boxes of munitions in Banister’s storeroom. They were all marked “Schlumberger,” the same firm with which Rafael Cruz had a contractual relationship. Inside the boxes were rifle grenades, land mines, and small missiles. The munitions from Schlumberger were eventually transported by boat to Cuba.

[image] –CIA’s use of highly-restricted EYES ONLY caveat in document on Schlumberger’s Bay of Pigs weapons smuggler Gordon Novel.

Garrison charged that the director of the New Orleans International Trade Mart, Clay Shaw, who Garrison also indicted for conspiring to kill President Kennedy, was ultimately in charge of the weapons movement from Schlumberger to Cuba. Shaw was also the director of a CIA front company called World Trade Center Corporation, which moved its headquarters from Switzerland to Rome and then to Johannesburg, South Africa, after Kennedy’s assassination. The World Trade Center Corporation and George H. W. Bush’s Zapata Corporation, whose ships moved weapons to Cuba for the Bay of Pigs invasion, were under the control of a CIA foreign commercial operations program code-named WUBRINY/LPDICTUM.

Rafael Cruz’s eventual employer Schlumberger has always been a virtual CIA front in its own right. As late as 1986, the CIA’s proprietary airline charter company Stern Air of Dallas, flew explosives for Schlumberger to such locations as Pakistan and Qatar. Stern Air also flew CIA missions to such countries as Chile, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Scotland, Ireland, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, South Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Angola, Rhodesia, South Africa, Libya, and Zaire.

[image] –Schlumberger used CIA proprietary airline Stern Air to ship explosives around the world. Rafael Cruz sold his consulting firm to Schlumberger subsidiary.

One of Schlumberger’s major stockholders was William Casey, who served as Reagan’s CIA director. The husband of the heiress to the Schlumberger fortune, Jean de Menil, was a board member of one of Clay Shaw’s other CIA front companies, Permindex Corporation of Montreal. De Menil’s wife, Dominique Schlumberger de Menil, a member of Houston’s oil elite, was tied to French Secret Army Organization (OAS) plots to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle in the early 1960s.

Garrison’s investigation of the CIA’s New Orleans links to the Kennedy assassination were stymied by the fact that several witnesses sought by Garrison fled Louisiana to other states and countries, one of which was Canada. Rafael Cruz left New Orleans for Calgary, Alberta in 1967, the same year Garrison indicted Clay Shaw. Cruz was not the only New Orleans resident tied to the Kennedy assassination to flee to Calgary. CIA agent Donald P. Norton, who claimed he delivered an attaché case containing $50,000 in cash to Oswald in Monterrey, Mexico in exchange for documents handed over by Oswald. Norton, a musician, said he was instructed by the CIA to proceed to Calgary where he played the piano in a well-known Calgary restaurant. The Vancouver Sun and The Albertan confirmed Norton’s activities on behalf of the CIA. Norton also took on a public persona and even appeared on CHCT-TV in Calgary. Norton also worked for the Alberta Piano Company, Ltd., where he gave piano lessons. Norton claimed his CIA contact was a well-known oil company employee in Calgary.

Norton, who had owned a record production company in Athens, Georgia, said he worked for Ferrie in 1958 and was ordered to deliver $150,000 to pro-Castro revolutionaries in Havana. Rafael Cruz also claims to have supported the Castro revolution before he left Cuba in 1957 and later, while attending the University of Texas in Austin in 1959. Oswald, Ferrie, Shaw, and a photographed man said by imagery experts to be Rafael Cruz, were all involved with the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba operation in New Orleans in 1963. Norton said Ferrie used the alias Hugh Pharris. Norton said he met with Shaw in Alabama in 1962 before traveling to Monterrey to meet one “Harvey Lee,” a CIA alias used by Oswald. Norton was questioned by Garrison’s investigators and they concluded that his information largely matched up with their investigation’s results. Norton said he moved to Calgary and ultimately to Vancouver for peace of mind. He said the CIA fired him in 1968.

The CIA documents shine a light on CIA activities related to the Kennedy assassination in New Orleans and Calgary. As much as the Cruz campaign denies any connections between Rafael Cruz and the Cuban-CIA conspirators in New Orleans, the document trail linking the elder Cruz to the presidential assassination plotters grows longer.

On the morning of his victorious Indiana primary, Donald Trump cited Wayne Madsen (without attribution) on Rafael Cruz’s connection to the JFK assassination…

FOX NewsWATCH: Trump Connects Cruz’s Father to Lee Harvey Oswald

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous . . . “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it . . . I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.”


In other headlines of interest, April into May, 2016…

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RT14 killed in hospital strike in Syria’s Aleppo while UN’s de Mistura urges to protect ceasefire

Middle East EyeUN says air strike on Aleppo hospital is ‘inexcusable’

Moon of AlabamaSyria – Russia Rejects Kerry’s New Attempts To Shield The Terrorists

Syrian Arab News AgencySyria stresses entry of 150 US troops into its territory is illegitimate and totally rejected

DEBKAfileAssad’s military claims to have seized Israeli arms shipment in S. Syria

Fars News AgencySweida: Israeli-Made Arms Cargo Seized by Syrian Army

Hurriyet Daily NewsGermany plans to build fixed location in Turkish air base for 65 mln euros

AntiwarIraq Army Advances Towards Mosul; 311 Killed Across Country

N.Y.TimesDays of Chaos in Baghdad: Protest or Meltdown?

China Blocks U.S. Navy Flotilla’s Visit to Hong Kong

Al MonitorKhamenei to US Navy: Keep your drills in the Bay of Pigs

Washington Free BeaconRussian Warplane Flies Within 50 Feet of U.S. Spy Plane in Asia

TASSDefense Ministry: all Russian flights held in compliance with international regulations

ITVBritish Airways flight escorted by Hungarian fighter jets

Yonhap News AgencyN. Korea’s 2nd midrange missile test seen as failure: military

ReutersNorth Korea test-fires two missiles, both fail: U.S.

KatehonWhy was the Russian rocket not launched in a proper time?

LNR Media (citing Министерство иностранных дел) – The Russian foreign Ministry reacted to the plans of NATO to create the black sea fleet

Georgia TodayGeorgian Intelligence Arrests Five for Attempted Nuclear-Grade Material Sale

TelegraphAll Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation

Paul Craig RobertsWorld War III Has Begun

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RTMay Day rallies turn violent in Europe, Turkey as police & protesters clash

New Eastern Outlook (William Engdahl) – EU Commission Plays Brussels Roulette on Glyphosate

Anti-MediaCIA-Backed Artificial Intelligence Firm To Spy on Wall Street Traders

Mad Cow NewsThe Rigged Democratic Primary in New York

Election company in NY primary has ‘arm-long’ rap sheet


Porter Goss wants full disclosure?…

Florida BulldogIts spy vs spy as CIA directors differ on making public 28 hidden pages of 9-11 report

N.Y.Daily NewsCIA Director John Brennan says documents that could link Saudi Arabia to 9/11 terrorists should be kept classified

Is it on account of the damage that could be done to other “special relationships”?…

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Radical Press (Mohammad Sakher) – The Jewish Roots of the Saudi Royal Family

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Washington PostNational sheriffs’ group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance

RTEvery single member of House votes to require warrants to access all emails

N.Y.TimesDennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse

Ham&HighRenowned lawyer who represented Julian Assange died after being struck by train in West Hampstead

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Why why why… Why Gary Welsh and not Glenn Beck?…

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