…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
Syrian Arab News Agency – Foreign Ministry: Coalition’s attack on Syrian army is act of supporting terrorism
There is some question (@vszyb) about the time-stamp of the drone video.
Washington Free Beacon – Iranian Drone Shadows U.S. Forces In Syria Day Before Attack
Al Masdar News – Syrian Army overruns US-backed rebels, recaptures strategic hilltop
Tehran Times (June 18, videos at Alert 5) – Iran fires missiles at ISIS in Syria for Tehran attacks
Zero Hedge (June 19) – Russia Slams US Downing Of Syrian Jet As “Act Of Aggression” And “Support For Terrorists”
Washington Examiner – US pilots will defend themselves as Russia threatens aircraft over Syria, Pentagon says
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 Command – Coalition forces killed Turki-al-Bin’ ali
Al Masdar News – Turkish 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 Sonntag – Trump’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…
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…
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…
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…
ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of RT France) – Predicted Chemical Weapons Provocation Materializes In East Ghouta…NOW WHAT?
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
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 Project – Declassified 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…
Middle East Eye – After 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 Empire – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE Sever Ties with Qatar Over Terrorism
Fars News Agency – Iran’s IRGC Vows to Avenge Tehran Terrorist Attacks
Mehr News Agency – Female terrorist of Tehran terror attacks in custody
Middle East Eye – Iranian Revolutionary Guard blames Saudi Arabia for Tehran attack
Wayne Madsen Report – June 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. …
Al Monitor – Saudi foreign policy pushes Iran, Turkey closer
Middle East Eye – Revealed: Secret details of Turkey’s new military pact with Qatar
Intelligence Online – How Washington allowed the anti-Qatar offensive to come into being
Notwithstanding the now singled out “bad guy” on the block, there is still money to be made…
The Times (June 17) – Trade talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia mark a historic first
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)…
Zero Hedge (June 21) – After Shocking Saudi Shakeup “Not A Question Of If But When New Escalation With Iran Starts”
AhlulBayt News Agency – 18 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…
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
As the 10 day ultimatum expires…
Strategic-Culture (Peter Korzun) – NATO Launches Its Own Operation in the Middle East
Daily Sabah – Germany to start moving its planes from Incirlik in July
Penny for your thoughts – Turkey/US Relations Nosedive & Brett McGurk as Lawrence of Kurdistan?
USS George H. W. Bush arrives in Israeli port on July 1…
Ynet News – US aircraft carrier to dock in Haifa
Aangirfan – Israeli Commandos in Cyprus
Wall Street Journal – Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels
Islamic Republic News Agency – Iranian, Chinese joint military exercises kick off in Persian Gulf
Middle East Eye – Tehran says Saudi coastguard killed Iranian fisherman
Alert 5 (Saudi Press Agency) – Missile attack on UAE vessel off Yemen
GeoPolitics Alert – Saudi Arabia Conducts Over 50 Air Raids on Yemen in Just 24 Hours
Voice of America – US Strike Targets Al-Shabab in Somalia
Intelligence Online – Putin moves up a gear in his support for General Haftar
Africa Intelligence – Libyan Wings soars over anti-Belhadj blockade… for now
Maghreb Confidential – Liberation of Saif sparks off tribal bidding war
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 Duran – The mysterious fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
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
Middle East Monitor – Report: Saudi Arabia paid Egypt $25bn for Red Sea islands
Center for Public Integrity – Trump appointee is a Saudi government lobbyist
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…
Yet it remains a hard sell…
Strategic-Culture – South Korea Delays THAAD Deployment – What Next?
Shades of the USS Liberty?…
Zero Hedge (June 17) – Seven Sailors Missing After US Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan
Washington Free Beacon – Freighter 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)…
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
Yonhap (June 21) – N. Korea is open to moratorium on nuclear, missile tests: report
Korea Times – Moon observes test-firing of new ROK ballistic missile
DPRK celebrates U.S. Independence Day…
Korean Central News Agency – Report 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-
If war should come, what is the principle motivating factor? This?…
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 Online – GEOINT “Three Eyes” ready for take-off in the Pacific
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Manila Bulletin) – Philippines Claims Maute Terrorists Nearly Mopped-Up
ThereAreNoSunglasses (June 3) – Mourners of Yesterday’s Kabul Protesters Deaths Attacked By Suicide-Bombers At Funeral
(The Times) – British SAS—Terrorists Or Storm-Troopers?
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 Diplomat – India and Pakistan to Join SCO, Is Iran Next?
Daily Pakistan – Iran operating drones in Balochistan since March
Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Conflict Danger Atop the ‘Roof of the World’
On the western front…
The Saker – Ukraine escalates an armed conflict in Donbass
Novorossia Today– Nazi 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)
Fort Russ translations…
Новости Донецкой Республики – Ukraine resumes offensive against Donbass – 4 localities shelled in past day
LiveLeak (June 17) – US Senate approves Russian sanctions over Russia’s actios in Ukraine
World Socialist Web Site – Germany issues stinging rebuke of US sanctions against Russia
Gatestone Institute – Germany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs
Skirmishes in the Clash of Civilizations on LiveLeak…
Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – ISIS recruiter who radicalised London Bridge attackers was protected by MI5
From Behind Enemy Lines – Salman Abedi’s suitcase, and the far more interesting (but hidden) Libyan dimension
Corbyn gains in UK elections…
Liberation – Report from London: How Corbyn defied all odds
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’
Prison Planet – Bilderberg Schemes to Overthrow Trump
KING5 (Seattle) – Inslee forms ‘US Climate Alliance’ with New York, California governors
Boston Globe – Mass. joins other states to fulfill U.S. pledges on carbon
Today in Politics – California Takes the First Step Toward Secession
If it happens, the flag can remain the same…
Patrick J. Buchanan – Are We Nearing Civil War?
American Everyman – What 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…
Steve Pieczenik – Same 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…
St. Louis Dispatch – Shooter had long history of run-ins with police around Belleville, Ill.
Belleville News-Democrat – James 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 Enquirer – Human trafficking: As easy as ordering a pizza
Hagmann Report – The Virginia Shooting is Tied to Sex Trafficking
A list found in his pocket included members of the Republican Freedom Caucus…
Daily Caller – Assassination 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
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-Democrat – Edwardsville man charged with threatening to assassinate President Trump
Redshirts vs. brownshirts…
American Mirror – More left-wing terrorism: Trump supporter stabbed 9 times in parking lot
Al Jazeera – Muslim girl killed after leaving mosque in Virginia
Gilad Atzmon – Physically Attacked by Antifa
Star-Trubune (Minnesota) – Hours after officer Yanez is found not guilty in fatal shooting of Philando Castile, marchers close I-94
Free Thought Project – FBI Agent Indicted for Lying About the Killing of Lavoy Finicum
It’s Going Down! – Oregon Republicans to Use Militia for Security
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…
BuzzFeed – Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Russia Story – preserved at Wayback Machine – Congress investigating Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials
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…
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 Today – ISIS, the Mob and Trump, More History than we knew
Trump’s octogenarian body count?…
Mad Cow News – Trump, Khashoggi, & Germany’s Criminal Deutsche Bank
Like Roy Cohn, Marc Kasowitz is an attorney who ‘brutalizes for you’…
Washington’s Blog – Special Prosecutor Mueller Is a Political Hack
Counterpunch – Comey and Mueller: Russiagate’s Mythical Heroes
Daily Caller – Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute
The Century Foundation – Surveillance without Borders: The “Traffic Shaping” Loophole and Why It Matters
Follow-up to the top of our August 31 2016 edition…
GIZA DEATH STAR – CHINA BREAKS ENTANGLEMENT RECORD, AND SOME HIGH OCTANE SUSPICIONS
Intelligence Online – NSA, GCHQ look to private sector for cyber-offensive firepower
Blacklisted News – Obama Ordered Cyberweapons Implanted Into Russia’s Infrastructure
Flynn’s connection to NSO Group gets a mention here…
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.
Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be focusing on Flynn’s lobbying for Turkey via Bijan Kian…
On Sept. 19 , 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?…
Leaks of Nations – US Seize Dotcom’s Assets, Despite Him Never Stepping Foot in the US
Disobedient Media – Did Guccifer 2.0 Fake “Russian Fingerprints?”
As always, take unvetted anons with a grain of salt, but among the “unfounded political conspiracies” mentioned…
Washington Times – Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election
As Sheriff Arpaio prepares for trial (AP), the Dennis Montgomery story is getting legs, courtesy Sara Carter and John Solomon at…
Pierre Omidyar’s toy would rather go full WaPo…
…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 Blog – How Serious Was Russia’s “Probing” of U.S. Election Systems?
Sloppily betraying its source…
Errata Security – How The Intercept Outed Reality Winner
U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Government Contractor in Georgia Charged With Removing and Mailing Classified Materials to a News Outlet
Empty wheel – The Complexities of Reality Winner’s Case
CNN doublespeak: REALITY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! LOVE, Anderson Cooper
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Alleged 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…
Or is the trouble with vote-rigging simply home grown?…
Columbus Free Press – Jim Crow GOP Steals Another Election As Brain Dead Democrats and Media Say Nothing
Police state news…
Compare to NSO Group’s Pegasus system…
Rutherford Institute – Execution by Firing Squad: The Militarized Police State Opens Fire
SAGE journals – Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program
Not being shared with police forces yet, but in time…
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
South of the border…
Prensa Latina – I Do Not Regret Expelling the DEA from Bolivia, Says Evo Morales
DEA leak to los Zetas led to March 2011 massacre in Allende, Mexico…
ProPublica – How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico
Business Insider (AFP) – Venezuela condemns US-led efforts to resolve crisis, dares Washington to ‘send in your Marines’
It was one of the few good moves of the Obama administration, but now…
Institute for Local Self Reliance – Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities
Farm Wars – Trump to Force Toxic GMOs on other Countries
Palm Beach Post – Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein
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…
Free Thought Project (CBS News, Task & Purpose) – CIA Agent Busted Running a Massive Drug Smuggling Operation
Fort Apache the Bronx goes to rural Ohio…
Is this a depopulation effort?…
International Business Times – In Pictures: Fukushima Is A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare
Follow-up to the top of our April 8, 2016 edition – Elites planning extra-dimensional exodus in the event they make this planet uninhabitable?…
Physics-Astronomy (Nature) – Scientists Create Black Hole Inside Lab Using World’s Strongest Ever Laser
Public Intelligence Blog – Robert Steele with Peter Holley: NASA, Kidnapped Children, Mars — Open Letter
Federal News Radio – House panel votes to split Air Force, create new U.S. Space Corps
Updates on old news…
Foreign Policy – 64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup
Why Don’t You Try This – What Happened When The CIA Sprayed A French Town With LSD…
Free Thought Project – Real 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 Beacon – The USS Liberty: A test for Americans
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…
James Fetzer – Sandy Hook: Neil Heslin CONTRADICTS Official Narrative
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – Committee Releases Fast & Furious Report: Obstruction of Congress by the Department of Justice