Headlines of interest for February 2019 [updated]…

NDTV40 CRPF Men Killed In Worst Terror Attack On Forces In Kashmir, India Condemns Pakistan

Zero HedgeIndia-Pakistan War: Pakistan Army Prepares For Conflict, Tells Hospitals To Be Ready

Free Press KashmirStruck the biggest Jaish camp in Balakot, large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders eliminated, says India

DawnPAF shoots down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace; one pilot arrested

Times of IndiaIAF strikes in Pakistan updates…

Pepe Escobar shares this from social media…

INDIA AND PAKISTAN: FROM HYBRID WAR TO HOT WAR?

This is by my very good friend Prof. Junaid Ahmad.

Junaid’s credentials are unimpeachable. He is the Iqbal Chair of Pakistan Studies at the University of Leeds, UK, the Director for the Centre for Global Studies and Assistant Professor at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, a UC Berkeley Research Fellow in Islamophobia Studies, a Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) – Istanbul, and Secretary-General of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) – Kuala Lumpur.

Here we go:

“Indian belligerence and repression has reached unprecedented heights. In the ongoing brutal and murderous occupation of Kashmir, India has killed tens of thousands and made life a living hell for Kashmiris who are sold the cruel joke that they are part of ‘an integral India.’ Kashmiris resist noviolently, have done so for decades, only to meet more lethal repression.

The recent bomb attack on illegally occupying Indian soldiers in Kashmir, not on civilians, in the Pulwana district of Kashmir served as the pretext for the fascistic BJP regime of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to whip up mass hysteria, panic, fear – and a massive social engineering propaganda scheme to manufacture consent for bloodthirsty revenge.

The Indian rulers, politicians and generals, as well as their servile court jesters amongst the intelligentsia, know that this type of bellicosity is the only means by which the BJP can possible prevent its predicted horrible loss in elections this year. This has of course meant an even worse form of totalitarian rule for Kashmiris, found anywhere in all of India.

And most dangerously of all, it has mean that that racist genocidal madman running India right now is not averse one bit in raising the stakes in waging war with Pakistan. The air raids deep into Pakistani territory undertaken by New Delhi is sending the message that all bets are off, and sadly Indian generals are as hawkish as Modi himself.

What is most scandalous about this entire trajectory of events over the past few months is that Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has been virtually begging PM Modi to resume negotiations and talks, and has been rebuffed and humiliated by New Dehli every single time. Modi and the Indian generals have effectively made a decision that there will be no more diplomacy to ‘resolve’ things.

This signifies the most dangerous single moment in recent times: nuclear armed adjoining neighbours India and Pakistan moving from hybrid war to ‘real’ war.”

A nuclear conflict on the Indian sub-continent (with ensuing global nuclear winter) will then render the Trump-Kim negotiations pointless…

NK NewsKim Jong Un, Donald Trump meet for high-stakes second summit in Hanoi

Asahi ShimbunKim’s Hanoi hotel coup undone as White House press evicted

Much to Trump’s levity, while this perhaps gave some negotiating leverage…

TelegraphRotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-un

If an offer was made, it apparently wasn’t leverage enough…

Yonhap News AgencyKim leaves summit venue, lunch with Trump seemingly cancelled

KBS World RadioRival Parties Express Hope for Swift Resumption of US-North Talks

RTN. Korea offered to halt nuclear, long-range rocket testing for partial relief of sanctions – FM

38 NorthNorth Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: No Indications Plutonium Production Reactor Is Operating

Whatever progress was or wasn’t made to curb nukes the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration seems determined to  encourage proliferation elsewhere…

NBC NewsFlynn-backed plan to transfer nuclear tech to Saudis may have broken laws, say whistleblowers

Al MonitorTrump introduced Qatari to donor pursuing nuclear power project, report says

RT – US withdraws from INF Treaty in 180 days – Pompeo

Russia must create land-based hypersonic missiles with 500km+ range by 2020 – MoD

No limits for ‘Russian Tomahawks’? What we know about Moscow’s new nuclear cruise missile

Fort RussChief of US Navy calls for striking first against Russia

The Saker (Pepe Escobar) – Russian President warns West that deploying missile launchers in Europe could ignite ‘tit for tat’ response

Funker530Russian Navy Unveils New Weapon That Causes Hallucinations And Vomiting

Strategic Culture (Anatoly Karlin) – American Suspension of INF Treaty is Aimed at China

The TimesUK to send aircraft carrier to Pacific in show of strength to China

BloombergBlackwater Mercenary Prince Has a New $1 Trillion Chinese Boss

National InterestThe Little-Known Security Gaps In China’s Belt and Road Initiative

AntiwarTrump Insists On Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

(Task And Purpose) – US Expected to Pull 1,000 Troops From Afghanistan in ‘Efficiency Effort’

SputnikTaliban Shifts to Talks With Moscow Despite Possible US Peace Deal

ThereAreNoSunglasses (NYT) – Mullah Brother (Baradar) Represents the Real Taliban In Doha Meeting

Zero Hedge (CBS Face the Nation) – Death Knell For Syria Pullout: “We Have To Protect Israel” Says Trump

ThereAreNoSunglassesTrump Compounds His Surrender To Deep State, Doubles the Number of Troops For Sacrifice In Syria

Intelligence OnlineNorth Korean experts come to Assad’s aid

South FrontSyrian War Report – Feb. 11-13, 2019: New Israel Strikes And ‘Secret Missile Factory’ In Tartus

Syrian Arab News ServiceGold deal between United States and Daesh: Mission accomplished

Daily SabahUS Army transported 50 tons of gold from Syria, report says

Al JazeeraKushner meets Saudi’s MBS for first time since Khashoggi murder

Strategic Culture (Finian Cunningham) – Saudi Heir and Aramco Despair – a Motive for Khashoggi Killing

Middle East EyeSaudis don’t know where Khashoggi’s body is, Jubeir says

Intelligence OnlineHuta Group out to please MbS in Yemen

DWUS airstrike kills 35 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

Maghreb ConfidentialWashington decides to play the Misrati card

Fort RussHannibal Gaddafi: I was arrested only because I am the son of Muammar Gaddafi

Press TVIsrael burying nuclear waste in Syria’s Golan: UN

Elijah J MagnierIran to the Iraqis: do not attack US forces unless they refuse to withdraw following a parliamentary decision

Fars News AgencyIran Penetrates into US Command Center, Picks Up Drones Control

Press TVIran Navy successfully fires cruise missile from submarine

Al MonitorIran says foreign spy agencies behind terrorist attack in southeast

Trump allies hijack Warsaw summit with calls for Iran war, regime change

Intel: Iran’s top diplomat offers resignation after being iced out of Syria talks

Tehran TimesRouhani rejects Zarif’s resignation

Just prior to his resignation -or attempt at such – Zarif had made quite a splash in Munich…

The Iran ProjectEditorial – Iran’s foreign minister grabs Munich Security Conference spotlight, decries US & Israel for warmongering

Tom LuongoWarsaw and Munich: Whistling Past NATO’s Graveyard

Stars and StripesRussia shadows USS Donald Cook as it heads to Black Sea

Frankfurter AllgemeineEine Nazi-EU?

An axis reforming?…

DW – EU and Japan create world’s biggest free trade zone

An attempt to reestablish colonial empire?…

West Africa NewsletterParis to play secret military card to regain control

Indian Ocean NewsletterEmmanuel Macron takes Africa by the Horn

But Macron cannot even maintain obeisance domestically…

RT‘Due to police brutality’: Yellow Vests will no longer give officials prior notice of Paris protests

Among former colonies…

People’s DispatchAnti-government protests continue in Haiti

Le Nouvelliste8 individus lourdement armés arrêtés par la police

BBCHaiti arrests: US confirms Americans among group detained

Global Research (Yves Engler) – Canadian Military in Haiti. Why?

teleSURTrump’s Miami Speech High on Hyperbole Against Venezuela, Cuba

VenezuelanalysisVenezuelan Military Reject Trump’s Incitement to Rebel: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’

Moon of AlabamaVenezuela – Coup Propaganda Claims Gang Violence Is Coup Supporting Protest

Popular ResistanceVenezuela: US Pursuing Humanitarian Aid Path To War

Orinoco TribuneMaria Zakharova: US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border

RTVenezuela seizes ‘US weapons shipment’ as Trump vows to support ‘noble quest for freedom’

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

Zero HedgeVenezuela Aid Trucks Set Ablaze As Maduro Tells Trump: “Yankee, Go Home” – Venezuela FM Claims “CIA Expert” Pompeo Torched Aid Trucks In False Flag Attack

Global ResearchValuing Venezuela’s Orinoco Oil Belt

(Latin America Herald Tribune) – Venezuela Confirms Coltan Deposits, $100 Billion in Gold Reserves

The Real News NetworkElliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela

‘Tropical Trump’ not playing ball?…

AntiwarBrazil VP: US Can’t Use Brazilian Soil to Invade Venezuela

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Bolsonaro scandal puts Brazil on edge as farmers eye Amazon forest

Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey devotees of…

The SunSICKO PSYCHIC How John of God cult’s sick leader ran sex slave farms where young girls were held captive to produce babies like real life Handmaid’s Tale

Carta CapitalSabrina Bittencourt, que denunciou João de Deus, comete suicídio – translation at News Punch

He’s just an upstart in a very old racket…

BBCPope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

GuardianGeorge Pell: cardinal found guilty of child sexual assault

Spook news…

Daily MailMI6 spies ‘smuggled a defecting Iranian nuclear scientist into the UK on a dinghy by using Channel migrant crisis as cover’

New Yorker (Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow) – Private Mossad for Hire

The HillReporter: Bezos investigator believes ‘government entity’ may have obtained texts

Wayne Madsen ReportFebruary 12-13, 2019 — Saudi-Israeli intelligence links capture headlines

Washington

When WMR was the first to report on the longstanding intelligence links between Israel and Saudi Arabia in 2011, the corporate media scoffed at the notion. Today, eight years later, not only are the Israeli-Saudi links taken as a matter of fact, but details of the cooperation are hitting the front pages and headlines.

The links between the Israeli Mossad and the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID) are particularly pronounced in the area of cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare. The GID has reportedly relied on an Israeli Trojan horse spyware program called Pegasus to carry out its cyber-spying. In 2017, NSO Group, a Herzliya, Israel-based company owned by Francisco Partners Management, LLC, a San Francisco venture capital firm, sold the Pegasus surveillance suite to the GID for $55 million. Pegasus was used to infect the mobile phone and computer of Saudi dissidents and enemies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Chief on MBS’s enemies list was Saudi journalist and permanent U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi.

The Washington Post columnist was brutally killed and dismembered by a Saudi assassination team dispatched from Riyadh to interdict Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate-General in Istanbul. The operation would not have been a success without the Saudis’ use of Pegasus to electronically track Khashoggi’s movements and eavesdrop on his communications. It has recently been discovered that the Saudis have also used Pegasus to track the movements of a Saudi dissident colleague of Khashoggi, Omar Abdulaziz, a permanent resident of Canada living in Quebec, UK-based Saudi dissident Yahya Assiri, and Ensaf Haidar, the Canadian citizen wife of imprisoned Saudi dissident Raif Badawi.

To hide its Israeli origins, Pegasus is also being sold by a front company called Q Cyber Technologies or simply, “Q.”

[On that note, we interrupt to remind that Michael Flynn – a suspected author of the Q-Anon missives (MilitaryTribunals.org) – was a consultant for NSO Group; the Intel Today blog marks the anniversary: Two Years Ago — General Mike Flynn Has Resigned. Could An Indictment Lead To An Impeachment?]

It is now apparent that the Saudi-Israeli intelligence relationship goes far beyond conducting surveillance on Saudi dissidents. Jeff Bezos, the chief executive officer of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, Khashoggi’s employer, posted on his blog that the chief suspect in the illegal electronic surveillance of his communications, which included text and “sexting” messages with his mistress, is the Saudi government working in tandem with American Media, Inc. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, and AMI’s owner, David Pecker, a close friend of Donald Trump. Bezos said AMI and Pecker attempted to blackmail him over the intercepted text and sexting messages.

Bezos wrote, “Pecker and his company have also been investigated for various actions they’ve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government,” adding, “Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation. For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.” Gavin de Becker, the celebrity security specialist hired by Bezos to investigate the Saudi-AMI-NSO linkage, told The Washington Post that “it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his [Bezos’s] text messages.” AMI is reportedly seeking a financial bailout from the Saudis.

The accumulation of salacious material by AMI is part of its “catch and kill” operations used in support of the Trump campaign. Evidence of Trump’s many extramarital dalliances were quickly obtained by AMI to keep them from publication and the embarrassing consequences for Trump. One such document is the 2015 divorce suit that was to be filed in court in New York by Melania Trump. According to AMI insiders who spoke to WMR on background, Trump re-negotiated his prenuptial agreement with Mrs. Trump, with the addition of tens of millions of more dollars, to keep the marriage intact for his presidential run. The copy of the divorce suit was grabbed by AMI and filed away in its widely-rumored “safe.”

NSO also sold Pegasus to the United Arab Emirates intelligence service to spy on the communications of UAE dissident Ahmed Mansoor; Professor Abdullah Al-Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the British University in Dubai; blogger Obaid Yousef Al-Zaabi and his brother, Dr. Ahmed Al-Zaabi. Also targeted was Middle East Eye journalist and UK-based founder of the Emirates Center for Human Rights, Rori Donaghy. Khashoggi spoke at a London conference sponsored by Middle East Eye shortly before his death in Istanbul. The UAE cyber-warfare center employing Pegasus is known as Stealth Falcon. Two firms, Maryland-based CyberPoint, and an Abu Dhabi-based firm, DarkMatter, have hired former National Security Agency cyber-warfare operators to work for Stealth Falcon in the UAE. The chief U.S. recruiter for DarkMatter is a U.S. citizen named Victor Kouznetsov.

There is data forensic evidence that points to Pegasus being used by intelligence and police services of the following countries, in addition to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to conduct questionable surveillance of mobile communications: United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Panama, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Morocco, Turkey, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Palestine, Yemen, India, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan, Honduras, Brazil, Bangladesh, South Africa, Thailand, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Kenya, Croatia, Tunisia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Togo, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, France, Greece, Tajikistan, Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Libya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Lebanon, Oman, and Bahrain. Pegasus use has been especially active in southeast Florida and southern California.

Journalists appear to be the favorite target for Pegasus. In addition to Khashoggi, Mexican journalist Rafael Cabrera was targeted for his reports on a messy divorce situation involving the then-president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, and First Lady Angelica Rivera, a former TV soap opera star, who was also involved in a financial scandal. Their divorce was officially announced on February 9. Other Mexican journalists subjected to Pegasus surveillance include Carmen Aristegui and her son, Emilio Aristegui, a minor and resident in the United States at the time of the surveillance and cyber-hacking; Sebastián Barragán; Televisa news anchor Carlos Loret de Mola; Andrés Villarreal, Ismael Bojórquez, Salvador Camarena; and Daniel Lizárraga. In addition to Khashoggi, Pegasus was likely used to target and assassinate another journalist, Mexican investigative reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the founder of the Rio Doce newspaper, gunned down in May 2017.

Politicians have also been targeted by Pegasus. They include the Minority Leader of the Kenyan Senate, Moses Wetangula; Ricardo Anaya Cortes, President of the National Action Party (PAN) of Mexico; Senator Roberto Gil Zuarth, President of the Senate of Mexico; and Fernando Rodriques Doval, Communications secretary for PAN.

Activists with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also been the subject of Pegasus surveillance. These include Dr. Simon Barquera of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico; Director Alejandro Calvillo of Mexico’s Director of El Poder del Consumidor; Director Luis Encarnación of Mexico’s Coalición ContraPESO; Director Mario Patrón, as well as Stephanie Brewer (a U.S. citizen) and Santiago Aguirre of Centro PRODH; Juan Pardinas and Alexandra Zapata of Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO); the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) investigating the 2014 forced disappearance and massacre of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College; human rights lawyers Karla Micheel Salas and David Peña; Director Claudio X. González of Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI); and staff members of Amnesty International.

Former President of Panama Roberto Martinelli, a partner of Trump in the building of the former Trump Ocean Club Panama office and condo tower in Panama City, is currently standing trial for using Pegasus to spy on his political enemies. Martinelli is accused of using $13.4 million allocated for social welfare programs to buy the Pegasus surveillance suite. Martinelli’s targets included dozens of Panamanian businessmen, journalists, politicians, NGO leaders and activists, their family members and relatives (named in the indictment of Martinelli), diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Panama City and American political consultants Christian Ferry and U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Richard Downie. Ferry was the campaign chair of Senator Lindsey Graham’s 2016 presidential campaign and is the Alexandria, Virginia-based founding partner of The Trailblazer Group, a political consulting firm. If Pegasus also targeted Graham, it may have resulted in the collection of the same sort of information that was unsuccessfully used to extort Bezos, the only difference being that Graham’s embarrassing information may be of a homosexual nature with him being coerced by the blackmail into supporting Trump on every issue.

Downie was the first commandant of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)in Fort Benning, Georgia after the infamous “School of the Americas,” which trained brutal Latin American dictators and their aides, moved from Panama.

The Israeli cyber-surveillance program has been used to send fake messages to targets’ mobile phones, including crude sexual accusations, promises of nude photos of a spouse or partner, false news stories about affairs or pending release of sex videos, false reports of the deaths of family members, false filing of libel suits, false reports of the kidnapping of colleagues, and false accusations of plagiarism.

The use of Pegasus to target Bezos, who has been disparaged by Trump, is a clear sign that the United States has moved into the category of an authoritarian-run republic. If a gazillionaire like Bezos cannot be assured of privacy from the cyber-goons employed by Trump, every person in the United States is vulnerable to the cyber-antics enabled by Pegasus and similar programs used by non-state actors employed by Team Trump.

The fall guy?…

Zero HedgeIt Was The Brother: Michael Sanchez Identified As Source Of Leaked Bezos “Dick Pic”

InterceptJeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else

Intelligence OnlinePentagon prepares plan B amid hostility towards Amazon running its JEDI cloud programme

Intellexa: cyber-intelligence specialists Nexa and Wispear unite to take on NSO and Verint

Dark Matter AI, Sino-American contender in artificial intelligence

Nailing Oleg Deripaska…

CIA now seeks paid informers on strategic issues

New Republic (James Bamford) – The Spy Who Wasn’t

Sic Semper TyrranisWHY THE DNC WAS NOT HACKED BY THE RUSSIANS by Binney and Johnson

Update on the EU copyright law; they seem determined to completely ruin the Internet as we knew it (Internet 2.0 was ruination enough!)…

Electronic Frontier FoundationThe Final Version of the EU’s Copyright Directive Is the Worst One Yet

TechdirtItaly Tells Rest Of EU To Drop Articles 11 And 13 From The Copyright Directive

Free Thought ProjectGovernment to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State

Rutherford Institute (John Whitehead) – The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

Big League PoliticsChase Bank Shuts Down Proud Boys Leader’s Personal Bank Account

Mint Press NewsLeaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons

How One of America’s Premier Data Monarchs is Funding a Global Information War and Shaping the Media Landscape

Bona fides?…

InterceptPro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington

Mondoweiss‘Combating BDS Act’ passes Senate, 77-23, as Dem presidential hopefuls vote No

TruthdigIlhan Omar Makes Convicted War Criminal Elliott Abrams Squirm

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Bogota Post) – America’s Colombian Death Squads Still Active After All These Years

PoliticoIlhan Omar ignites new anti-Semitism controversy with comments on AIPAC

Ilhan Omar apologizes after Pelosi denounces tweet as anti-Semitic

Unz Review (Michael Hoffman) – My Service to the Nation of Islam

Revolution DispatchHow The Government And The Media Control Reality

FortuneAmazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits

Law & LibertyDid New York City Really Lose Out in Amazon Deal?

Greanville PostThe political role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rest In Peace to one of the rare doves of the House…

AntiwarRon Paul on Walter Jones – Hero of Peace

Picking up the mantle, Tulsi Gabbard?…

Intercept (Glenn Greenwald) – NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party

She talks a good talk, on Twitter

@TulsiGabardSay no to nuclear war. Say no to regime change wars.

But the deeds do not always reflect. Thanks to Carol Green for this summary of Tulsi’s questionable voting record on matters of war and peace (compiled from The New American‘s Freedom Index)…

Tulsi Gabbard:

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H RES 397: NATO
Vote Date: June 27, 2017 Vote: AYE Bad Vote.

“This legislation (H. Res. 397) “solemnly reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.” Under Article 5, the member nations of the NATO military alliance “agree that an armed attack against one or more of them … shall be considered an attack against them all.”

The House passed H. Res. 397 on June 27, 2017 by a lopsided vote of 423 to 4 (Roll Call 328). We have assigned pluses to the nays not only because the United States should stay clear of entangling alliances such as NATO, but also because the NATO provision that obligates the United States to go to war if any member of NATO is attacked undermines the provision in the U.S. Constitution that assigns to Congress the power to declare war. Moreover, the number of nations that the United States has pledged to defend under NATO has grown from 11 to 28 over the years, as the alliance itself has grown from 12 member nations (including the United States) when NATO was created in 1949 to 29 today. Although NATO was ostensibly formed to counter the threat from the Soviet bloc of nations, some of the nations the United States is now pledged to defend under NATO were once part of that bloc, including Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic (as part of Czechoslovakia), Hungary, Poland, and Romania.”

H R 5293: Authorization for Use of Military Force

Vote Date: June 16, 2016 Vote: NAY Bad Vote.

“During consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 5293), Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced an amendment to prohibit the use of funds in the bill for the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Act. Enacted in the wake of 9/11, the AUMF authorized the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against the terrorists involved, as well as those who aided or harbored them. It was used as the authorization for U.S. military entry into Afghanistan in 2001, and over the years has also been invoked on other occasions by the executive branch to justify U.S. military intervention abroad.

The House rejected Lee’s amendment on June 16, 2016 by a vote of 146 to 274 (Roll Call 330). We have assigned pluses to the yeas because presidents have been able to claim broad authority to go to war whenever or wherever they choose under the AUMF, despite the fact that the Founding Fathers never intended for one man to make this decision, and under the Constitution only Congress may “declare war.””

H R 4909: Use of Military Force

Vote Date: May 18, 2016 Vote: NAY Bad Vote.

“During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4909), Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced an amendment to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was enacted in 2001 for the purpose of authorizing U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. Since then, however, the AUMF has been invoked numerous times by the executive branch for U.S. military intervention not only in Afghanistan but elsewhere.

The House rejected Lee’s amendment on May 18, 2016 by a vote of 138 to 285 (Roll Call 210). We have assigned pluses to the yeas because presidents have been able to claim broad authority to go to war whenever or wherever they choose under the AUMF, despite the fact that the Founding Fathers never intended for one man to make this decision, and under the Constitution only Congress may “declare war.””

H RES 162: Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hres162

Vote Date: March 23, 2015 Vote: AYE Bad Vote.

“Ukraine Military Aid.
House Resolution 162, which calls on the president “to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” allows President Obama to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons to defend against aggression from Russia.

The House adopted H. Res. 162 on March 23, 2015 by a vote of 348 to 48 (Roll Call 131). We have assigned pluses to the nays not only because foreign aid is unconstitutional but also because this bill would further interject the United States into a foreign conflict. Allowing the U.S. president to provide lethal arms to Ukraine in order to fight Russia is tantamount to waging a proxy war on Russia without the constitutionally required congressional declaration of war. The House, by giving such power to the president, is relinquishing one of its constitutional responsibilities.”

H R 4870: On Agreeing to the Amendment 51 to H R 4870

Vote Date: June 19, 2014 Vote: NAY Bad Vote.

“Weapons to Syrian Rebels.
During consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill, Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced an amendment that would have prohibited any funding in the bill from being used to provide weapons to Syrian rebels. Fortenberry noted on the House floor that “the rebel movement is a battleground of shifting alliances and bloody conflicts between groups that now include multinational terrorist organizations,” that “sending our weapons into this chaotic war zone could inadvertently help these extremists,” and that “it has already happened.” He added: “The naive notion that we can deliver weapons to vetted, moderate opposition groups at war with other rebel militias gives no guarantee that our weaponry won’t be seized or diverted.”

The House rejected Fortenberry’s amendment on June 19, 2014 by a vote of 167 to 244 (Roll Call 328). We have assigned pluses to the yeas because arming “moderate” rebels in a foreign country is tantamount to going to war, which would require a declaration of war by Congress. Also, the United States should follow the Founders’ advice not to become involved in foreign quarrels”

H R 4152: To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4152

Vote Date: April 1, 2014 Vote: AYE Bad Vote.

“Ukraine Aid.

This bill (H.R. 4152), as amended by the Senate (see Senate vote below), would provide $150 million for direct aid to Ukraine. It would also provide for loan guarantees (meaning that U.S. taxpayers would be stuck holding the bag if the loans are not paid). And it would impose sanctions on Russian and ex-Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for the crisis in the Ukraine.

[ The Senate version of this legislation – offered in the form of a substitute amendment to the House version, H.R. 4152 – would provide $150 million for direct aid to Ukraine. It would also provide for loan guarantees (meaning that the U.S. taxpayers would be stuck holding the bag if the loans are not paid). And it would impose sanctions on Russian and ex-Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for the crisis in the Ukraine. ]

The House voted for this legislation on April 1, 2014 by a vote of 378 to 34 (Roll Call 149). We have assigned pluses to the nays because foreign aid is unconstitutional. The rationale for providing U.S. aid to Ukraine is that the country needs our assistance to resist Russian hegemony and build “democracy.” Yet the oligarchs wielding power in Ukraine are hardly “democrats,” and (because money is fungible) U.S. assistance could effectively be funneled to Russia in the form of Ukrainian energy and debt payments.”

CCNJohn McAfee Dishes on His Extraordinary Plan to Run for President from International Waters

WFAAForeign ownership of thousands of U.S. aircraft cloaked in secrecy

USA TodayThousands of migrant children report they were sexually assaulted in U.S. custody

Miami HeraldFederal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules

WaPoHow Manafort’s 2016 meeting with a Russian employee at New York cigar club goes to ‘the heart’ of Mueller’s probe

N.Y.TimesIntimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him

Wall Street JournalTrump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors

CBS NewsWhat Andrew McCabe told “60 Minutes” about Trump and the 25th Amendment

BloombergTwo Witnesses Back Account Rosenstein Considered Taping Trump

C-SpanMichael Cohen Testimony Before House Oversight Committee

PoliticoJudge gags Roger Stone from Mueller comments around D.C. courthouse

Gateway PunditDOCUMENTS SHOW CNN WAS TIPPED OFF on Roger Stone Arrest by 29 FBI Armed Agents – Leaked by Deep State!

Cyber-Security Experts Release Damning Report: Why The DNC Was Not Hacked By the Russians

The Hill (John Solomon) – The case for Russia collusion … against the Democrats

Zero Hedge (Judicial Watch) – FOIA Docs Reveal Obama FBI Covered Up “Chart” Of Potential Hillary Clinton Crimes

“WTF Is Going On In Downtown LA?”: Army War Drills Continue Across Los Angeles

Ars TechnicaPG&E: It’s likely our equipment was “ignition point” for deadly Camp Fire

CNBCMicrosoft workers protest $480m HoloLens military deal: ‘We did not sign up to develop weapons’

N.Y. TimesMcKinsey Advised Purdue Pharma How to ‘Turbocharge’ Opioid Sales, Lawsuit Says

CryptogonDr. Martin Pall: “The 5G Rollout Is Absolutely Insane.”

SHTFPlan – 5G Wireless: A “Massive Health Experiment” That Could Cause Cancer And Global CATASTROPHE

Global Research – Saving the Earth or Saving Capitalism? The Inconvenient Truth Behind Today’s Youth Climate Campaigns

Truthout (Dahr Jamail) – The World Is on the Brink of Widespread Water Wars

International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsWorld Bank’s Legal Immunity Stripped, Opening Door for Lawsuits

News in science…

CNBCTrump officially directs Pentagon to create Space Force legislation for Congress

OilPrice.comChina Plans To Build Space Solar Station

Foreign PolicyU.S. Military Warns of Threat From Chinese-Run Space Station in Argentina

RT‘Space is not your property!’ Beijing blasts US report on China & Russia ‘weaponizing’ space

Russian satellite spots baffling bursts of light on EARTH that science can’t explain

Jason A (Youtube) – Unexplained Events Happening Worldwide! (2019)

Mysterious UniverseOfficials Are Silent as Unexplained Mystery Booms On the Rise Around the US

Arkansas Democrat GazetteExplosive sound that rattled windows in Beebe remains a mystery; probably not aliens, professor says

WaPoHarvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think

Updates on old news…

Mint Press News (Whitney Webb and Vanessa Beeley) – As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were “Staged,” the “Humanitarian” Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship

WaPoCIA may have used contractor who inspired ‘Mission: Impossible’ to kill RFK, new book alleges

Hot Springs Village VoiceDallas P.D. officer shown Dealey Plaza pistol bullet by FBI agents

Rest in Peace…

LaRouchePACLyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.: 1922-2019, A Talent Well Spent

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