Compromised by Candid Camera

What happened to America First?

On what appears to be the eve of military strikes against Syria – and by ominous extension, Russia – as a retaliation over alleged chemical attacks supposedly perpetrated by Assad (though no proof is offered), how are the interests of the people of the United States served? They aren’t, of course. Other nations in the region however – two in particular, as well as the economic interests associated with them – have had a consuming interest in overthrowing Assad since the launch of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011. For a refresher on that historical moment and the role the then U.S. president played in it, as regards the fate of Libya, see our two part article at our old home, Wxxx News, Compromised by Birth I and II. There we examine factors that may very well have been exploited to compel Barack Obama to do that which he was not necessarily inclined to do.

In the present circumstance, we appear to be in an analogous situation, with the current president Donald Trump disinclined to have any more involvement in the Syrian civil war, in as much as the Islamic State has been essentially defeated – a campaign promise fulfilled (even if Russia deserves the greater share of credit). This desire to pull out came to a head in a recent confrontation with his generals. Out of frustration over the options presented to him which amounted to an either/or choice of varieties of continued engagement or abrupt and withdrawal, a flabbergasted Trump chose the latter…

Daily MailTrump’s furious Situation Room row with his top general is LEAKED: Chairman of joint chiefs reprimanded him on Syria – so the president demanded immediate pull-out

But cold turkey was not what they were counting on. Neither was Netanyahu…

HaaretzNetanyahu Had ‘Tense’ Call With Trump Over U.S. Plan to Leave Syria, White House Officials Say

Then a game-changer happened, saving the day…

ReutersDozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack; Damascus denies

Jerusalem PostIsraeli officials: U.S. must strike in Syria

By current reports, such a strike is immanent…

Zero Hedge“Imminent Announcement” Of US Action In Syria Coming Amid Expectations Of Air Strikes “Within Hours”

How did we get here? Consider our December 25 2107 edition, where we quoted the following from a Wayne Madsen Report of Dec. 9

Trump reportedly made lewd comments in the dressing room of the Miss Teen USA pageant, which was, along with the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, owned by Donald Trump. The tapes from all the pageants were bought, along with the Miss Universe Organization, by WME-IMG, whose co-chief executive officer is Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Chicago’s Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ari Emanuel has refused to release any outtakes or other recorded material from Trump’s appearances in the dressing rooms of all three pageants, including Miss Teen USA, where Trump barged in where girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were dressing and undressing…

More recently, in a somewhat unrelated WMR report of last week concerning the YouTube shooter – Nasim Aghdam — Bahai, Iranian, Persian satellite personality, and what else? – Madsen notes the following of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS)…

Just a day before Aghdam shot up YouTube headquarters, MbS and his royal party were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in nearby East Palo Alto. While in the Bay Area, MbS and senior Saudi officials met with high tech business executives, including those from Apple and Google, the parent company of YouTube. MbS then traveled to Los Angeles, where he met with Hollywood executives and stressed that Israel has a right to “their own land,” claimed Saudi Arabia has common interests with Israel, and told The Atlantic’s uber-Zionist reporter and one of Israel’s favorite polemicists, Jeffrey Goldberg, that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, is “worse than [Adolf] Hitler.”

While in Beverly Hills, California, MbS met with such pro-Israeli luminaries as News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News; Disney CEO Bob Iger; WME (William Morris Endeavor) boss Ari Emanuel (brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel); producer Brian Grazer; tabloid publisher and close Trump friend David J. Pecker; actor Michael Douglas; and Oprah Winfrey. MbS hammered out a deal with Emanuel that sees the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia invest $400 million (equaling a 10 percent share) in Endeavor, the holding company of WME…

See also…

The WrapAri Emanuel’s Endeavor Close to Investment by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

Which puts Trump on “candid camera” (in footage said to be far more embarrassing than the Billy Bush-whack tapes released in October 2016) not only in the palm of Ari Emanuel – son of the Irgun ultra-Zionist Benjamin Emanuel – but also in that of the future king of Saudi Arabia, MbS, who presently is in France, preparing to get his way…

Zero HedgeSaudis Prepare For Regime Change In Syria

Smile Donald, as the world prepares to wail…

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Headlines of interest for March 2018 [updating]…

We usually end with science news, but for this edition we begin…

arXiv.org (S. W. Hawking, Thomas Hertog) – A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?

Science Alert (The Times) – 2 Weeks Before Death, Hawking Submitted a Mind-Melting Paper on Parallel Universes

Washington Post (Christopher Mellon) – The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science2015 GO FAST FOOTAGE

Noted, a common theme to be found in the Overview statement of the To The Stars Academy

The public interest in the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint.

We believe there are transformative discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research, discovery and innovation.

To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science has mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the US intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, that have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.

Without the restrictions of government priorities.

And Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly…

President of RussiaPresidential Address to the Federal Assembly

Finally, the world is now accumulating a tremendous technological potential making it possible to achieve a real breakthrough in improving the people’s quality of life and modernising the economy, the infrastructure and state governance and administration. How effectively we will able to use the colossal potentialities of the technological revolution, and how we will respond to its challenges depends on us alone. In this sense, the next few years will prove decisive for the country’s future. I reiterate, these years will be decisive…

The speed of technological progress is accelerating sharply. It is rising dramatically. Those who manage to ride this technological wave will surge far ahead. Those who fail to do this will be submerged and drown in this wave.

Technological lag and dependence translate into reduced security and economic opportunities of the country and, ultimately, the loss of its sovereignty. This is the way things stand now. The lag inevitably weakens and erodes the human potential. Because new jobs, modern companies and an attractive life will develop in other, more successful countries where educated and talented young people will go, thereby draining the society’s vital powers and development energy.

As I have said, changes concern the entire civilization, and the sheer scale of these changes calls for an equally powerful response. We are ready to provide it. We are ready for a genuine breakthrough…

That to which he may be referring…

OilPrice.comThe New Atomic Age: Nuclear Fusion And Beyond

Towards the end of the address, Putin reveals one Russian breakthrough in military technology which subsequently has gotten much press, particularly with those outlets which specialize in pimping fears of Russian bogeymen. Now we truly have something to fear. What hasn’t gotten much attention however are the conditions which helped to bring about this development. Let this be a lesson in the perils of uni-polar hubris, as Putin explains:

Back in 2000, the US announced its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Russia was categorically against this. We saw the Soviet-US ABM Treaty signed in 1972 as the cornerstone of the international security system. Under this treaty, the parties had the right to deploy ballistic missile defence systems only in one of its regions. Russia deployed these systems around Moscow, and the US around its Grand Forks land-based ICBM base.

Together with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the ABM Treaty not only created an atmosphere of trust but also prevented either party from recklessly using nuclear weapons, which would have endangered humankind, because the limited number of ballistic missile defence systems made the potential aggressor vulnerable to a response strike.

We did our best to dissuade the Americans from withdrawing from the treaty. All in vain. The US pulled out of the treaty in 2002…

For a certain time, the question was not whether we would be able to develop a strategic weapon system – some wondered if our country would even be able to safely store and maintain the nuclear weapons that we inherited after the collapse of the USSR. Russia had outstanding debts, its economy could not function without loans from the IMF and the World Bank; the social sphere was impossible to sustain.

Apparently, our partners got the impression that it was impossible in the foreseeable historical perspective for our country to revive its economy, industry, defence industry and Armed Forces to levels supporting the necessary strategic potential. And if that is the case, there is no point in reckoning with Russia’s opinion, it is necessary to further pursue ultimate unilateral military advantage in order to dictate the terms in every sphere in the future.

Basically, this position, this logic, judging from the realities of that period, is understandable, and we ourselves are to blame. All these years, the entire 15 years since the withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, we have consistently tried to reengage the American side in serious discussions, in reaching agreements in the sphere of strategic stability…

Despite our numerous protests and pleas, the American machine has been set into motion, the conveyer belt is moving forward. There are new missile defence systems installed in Alaska and California; as a result of NATO’s expansion to the east, two new missile defence areas were created in Western Europe: one has already been created in Romania, while the deployment of the system in Poland is now almost complete. Their range will keep increasing; new launching areas are to be created in Japan and South Korea. The US global missile defence system also includes five cruisers and 30 destroyers, which, as far as we know, have been deployed to regions in close proximity to Russia’s borders. I am not exaggerating in the least; and this work proceeds apace.

So, what have we done, apart from protesting and warning? How will Russia respond to this challenge? This is how…

New York TimesPutin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities

i24 (AFP) – Russia test-fires ‘ideal’ hypersonic missile

RT Goodbye ‘Satan’: Russia to get rid of iconic ICBM & get top replacement

Russian nuclear subs quietly reached US coast & left undetected – Navy officer

Consortium News (Gilbert Doctorow) – Missile-gate: U.S. Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity

Calling for Arms Talks with Russia, is the U.S. Raising a White Flag?

FOX NewsUS Navy’s Virginia attack submarines will now fire nuclear weapons, marking dramatic shift

TimeMikhail Gorbachev: The U.S. and Russia Must Stop the Race to Nuclear War

Club OrlovBetter Nukes for a Safer Planet

Washington ExaminerOfficial Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps

 China’s hypersonic weapons could sink US aircraft carriers, Pentagon official says

Reuters‘Significant’ consequences if China takes key port in Djibouti: U.S. general

FOX NewsTrump-Kim summit plan draws positive reactions from key players

Antiwar (David Stockman) – Trump’s Spur of the Moment ‘Yes’ Unmasked 68 Years of Washington Duplicity

Zero HedgeNorth Korea Ready To Denuclearize “If Regime Safety Is Guaranteed”

US Imposes More Sanctions On North Korea Despite Diplomatic “Breakthrough”

Strategic-Culture (Peter Korzun) – With World Focused on North Korea, Japan Quietly Expands Its Military Might

Taiwan NewsTaiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act

ReutersXi warns Taiwan will face ‘punishment of history’ for separatism

BBCChina’s Xi allowed to remain ‘president for life’ as term limits removed

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Tolo News) – Pak/US Historical Sabotage of ANY Afghan Peace Efforts

Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – The FSA’s Victory In Afrin Exposed Alt-Media’s Fake News About Syria

Rudaw (March 7) – Turkey boosts tank defences in Afrin as SDF claims 96 armoured vehicles destroyed

(March 30) – Afrin civilians claim targeted by Turkey-backed militias when returning

Turkey commences Tal Rifaat operation

Al MonitorDeciphering Russia’s delivery of Tell Rifaat to Turkey

Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar brace for possible Turkish attack

SputnikIranian General Wants to ‘Slap West in Face’ With Proof of US-Daesh Cooperation

Global Research (Eric Zuesse) – Trump Seeks Congressional Funding for 60,000-Man Army to Overthrow Assad

WaPo –  After reports of chemical attacks, White House considers new military action against Syrian regime

TASSRussia vows to retaliate against militants’ possible provocations in Syria

By the end of the month – after Putin’s address and Tillerson’s exit – Mr. mixed-messages Trump was doing an about face…

Wall Street JournalTrump Freezes Funds for Syrian Recovery, Signaling Pullback

Meanwhile, however, a warm up for Armageddon?…

Breaking DefenseUS, Israel Begin Joint Anti-Missile Operations In Juniper Cobra

Jerusalem PostU.S. and IDF troops, in major joint drill, simulating battle on 3 fronts

“The United States and Israel enjoy a strong and enduring military-to-military partnership built on a trust that has been developed over decades of cooperation,” said USAF Third Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Richard Clark, who also serves as the commander for the deploying Joint Task Force – Israel…

And those US troops who would be deployed to Israel, are prepared to die for the Jewish state, Clark said.

Unmentioned were the 34 Americans who already gave their lives for Israel, at the hands of Israel, in 1967…

American Free PressUSS Liberty Memorial Planned for Visible Site Near Jerusalem

HaaretzIran, Syria and Saudi Arabia: Top Three Stunning Admissions From the Top U.S. General in the Middle East

MondoweissIsrael is trying to ‘suck America into’ Iranian war that could lead to world war — Lawrence Wilkerson

Al MonitorThe story behind Israel’s secret strike on Syria’s nuclear reactor

Israeli security forces posing as journalists endanger press

Videos expose shocking IDF cruelty

Experts speculate on causes of rising birth defects in Gaza

Israelis, Palestinians consider alternatives to two-state solution

Times of IsraelLiberman: Abbas trying to force Hamas into conflict with Israel

Fuming at US, Abbas calls ambassador a ‘son of a dog, settler’

Israel HayomSaudi Arabia, Egypt set up $10B fund for planned mega-city in Sinai

BloombergPrince Alwaleed Reveals Secret Deal Struck to Exit Ritz After 83 Days

NBC NewsU.S. sells 6,700 missiles to Saudi Arabia as part of $1 billion deal

U.S. officials: Saudi crown prince has hidden his mother from his father, the king

ThereAreNoSunglasses (a rough google translation of Ad-Diyar) – Saudi Boy-King A College Dropout and A Loser, Leading King’s Vanity Army To Hell

(Business Insider) – Saudis Boast of 7 Missile Interception, But Videotape Says Otherwise

Al Jazeera (Mohamed Elmenshawy) – JASTA: Still a thorn in the side of US-Saudi relations

Al MonitorUS still pouring weapons into Yemen war

Thousands forced from Libyan town stopped just short of home

Maghreb ConfidentialMisrata Free Zone declares independence from Tripoli

Husni Bey makes stealthy return to the port of Benghazi

Africa NewsGaddafi’s son, Saif al Islam welcomes Sarkozy arrest, offers evidence

RaialyoumQadhafi’s Revenge

INTERNATIONALIST 360°US Military Base in Ghana Sparks Nation Wide Protests

Popular ResistanceWestern Sahara Calls For Independence In Historic Symbolic Referendum

ReutersItaly’s League, 5-Star vie for power after inconclusive vote

EurozineSlovakia’s prime minister sets his sights on ‘Soros’

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Kyiv Post) – MH17-Linked Ukrainian Pilot Shoots Himself In Ukraine

Breitbart (Court News UK) – UK Court Hears of Plot To Rape, Dissolve in Acid Children For Pleasure of Unnamed ‘Top Politicians’

WaPoTrump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

BBCEmails show UAE-linked effort against Tillerson

Just prior to his appointment as National Security advisor…

Wayne Madsen ReportMarch 13-14, 2018 — John Bolton seen more frequently around the White House

John Bolton, the only unconfirmed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to have ever represented his country in the international organization, has recently been seen more frequently around the White House. There are strong rumors that Donald Trump’s next purge will claim the National Security Adviser, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, and that Bolton has the inside track to replace him. Bolton taking over the National Security Council will, after a nine-year hiatus, put the neo-conservatives back in the foreign policy and national security driver’s seat in Washington…

Bolton, like Trump, is plagued by allegations of bizarre sexual activities. Bolton’s first wife, Cristina Bolton, claimed in court filings in Virginia that Bolton forced her into having group sex at Plato’s Retreat, a Manhattan swingers club that catered to heterosexual couples and bisexual women and operated between 1977 and 1985. The club was located in what had been a gay bathhouse known as Continental Baths. Plato’s Retreat moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it changed its name to “321 Slammer” and is now a gay male sex club. On August 15, 1982, while John Bolton was on a two-week trip in his position as assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mrs. Bolton fled their residence at 918 Grand Court, Vienna, Virginia, taking with her all of her personal possessions and most of the furniture…

Trump may not be the only top U.S. official with a blackmail problem over sex claims. A photograph of a bulletin board at Plato’s Retreat clearly offers customers the videotaping of their sex acts. [Pictured] Whether or not Bolton knows it, his “swinging acts” may have been captured on video, which may explain his subservience to Israel. Plato’s Retreat was founded by a high school friend of New York pornographer Al Goldstein. Goldstein had something in common with Trump’s convicted child molester friend, Jeffrey Epstein: they both shared the same criminal defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz has also been an ardent defender of Trump and his policies

March 28-29, 2018 — Worry at NSA that Kushner gave away the store to Israel

There are increasing worries that Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, specifically requested Top Secret intelligence files to pass gleaned information to Israeli intelligence. WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that Kushner’s compromise of National Security Agency and allied FIVE EYES partners’ intercepts of foreign leaders led to his losing his temporary access to Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

According to our sources, NSA intelligence analysts became suspicious when Israeli companies specializing in not only gathering signals intelligence (SIGINT) information, but also protecting against such collection, began aggressively marketing their services to particular countries, especially those in Africa.

Kushner has already been accused of passing NSA communications intercept transcripts on key government and business leaders in Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). After determining who in the House of Saud and Saudi business community were opposed to his rise to power, MbS singled them out for arrest and torture. In a few cases, MbS’s targets were executed.

NSA fears that not only transcripts of its intercepts of Saudi officials were passed by Kushner to MbS, but also to the Israeli government. [right, Kushner pictured with his Israeli handlers in Jerusalem] This not only compromised targets of NSA’s wide surveillance net, but also the agency’s sensitive sources and methods for collecting such intelligence.

What alarmed NSA officials more than anything else is their observation that Israeli signals intelligence (SIGINT) companies, comprised of former SIGINT officers with Israel’s Unit 8200 communications intercept agency, began aggressively marketing offensive and defensive SIGINT capabilities to other countries. These countries are routine targets for NSA collection efforts. Through the use of the joint NSA-Central Intelligence Agency Special Collection Service (SCS), intercepts of diplomatic, military, and other official communications are provided in either full or abridged transcript form to cleared U.S. policymakers. These are the files that were routinely requested by Kushner for no apparent reason, raising eyebrows within the upper echelon of the National Security Council. One of those who raised concerns about Kushner’s “curiosity” for such information was Lt. General H. R. McMaster, who was recently fired by Trump, largely at the urging of Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump. National Security Adviser John Bolton, a pro-Israeli neo-conservative, has vowed to fire those who questioned Kushner’s motives and those of his father-in-law in not taking immediate steps to curtail Kushner’s access to such intelligence.

Kushner, who has no intelligence or military experience, specifically requested intercept transcripts on governments that are now on the receiving end of aggressive Israeli marketing efforts. Although Kushner has reported responsibilities for U.S. relations with the Middle East, Mexico, and China, there is no valid reason for him to have requested and read NSA transcripts of intercepted communications of such African leaders as Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouatarra, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, or Gabon’s President Ali Bongo.

Many African countries use low-level forms of encryption, mostly supplied by French firms, that are easy to break. NSA is able to decrypt foreign communications, including those transmitted over Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), using a system code-named BIRDWATCHER, which forwards such coded communications to other NSA systems for code-breaking. However, Israeli firms are now able to sell more sophisticated systems to such governments. What the foreign governments do not realize is that Israeli intelligence has the decryption keys. Upgrading foreign government encryption with Israeli products also makes it that much harder for NSA to decrypt the communications, including e-mail. By providing such information on communication security vulnerabilities to the Israelis, Kushner has caused irreparable harm to U.S. national security. If such a security violation resulted in a criminal indictment, Kushner could be looking at multiple life terms in federal prison.

One such Israeli company that has moved into Africa to the chagrin of NSA and its partners in Britain and Canada is SAFNA, a firm headquartered in Israel’s “intelligence city” of Herzliya, where Unit 8200, [pictured left] the lesser known Unit 8100, and various Mossad operations are located. The company’s president is a Moroccan-born Jew named Didier Sabag, who also runs two Israeli firms based in Hong Kong, Hamsa Ltd. and Orot Ltd., both of which appear to be Israeli intelligence fronts. NSA is concerned that SAFNA will stymie its ability to monitor governments in the Sahel region that are also targets for the Islamic State and Al Qaeda jihadists. Governments courted by SAFNA include Morocco, Guinea-Bissau (a major transshipment point for narcotics from Latin America to North Africa and Europe), Benin, and the Central African Republic.

Another Israeli firm, A.D. Consultants of Nes-Ziona, Israel is marketing communications intercept and security equipment to President Alpha Condé of Guinea. Guinea is the location of mining resources coveted by Kushner’s real estate business partners, the Steinmetz family of Israel. Other African countries receiving full-court presses from A.D. Consultants, include Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Cabo Verde, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Gabon, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Niger.

Other Israeli SIGINT firms are marketing their services in India. A recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to India cemented growing military and intelligence links between Tel Aviv and Delhi. Similar aggressive Israeli SIGINT marketing is being reported from Azerbaijan, which shares a border with Iran; Angola; Mozambique; Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; and the United Arab Emirates.

The compromise of SIGINT by Kushner followed the revelation that Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s short-lived National Security Adviser, had a contractual relationship with another large Israeli cyber-warfare firm specializing in hacking computer systems. The firm was NSO Group Technologies, also located in the Herzliya espionage metroplex. Trump –whose presidential campaign’s links to the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica have been established — may also be linked to another Israeli electronic surveillance firm, Black Cube, primarily consisting of ex-Mossad officers. Black Cube cyber-spies were retained to penetrate the email and medical records of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, while he was a presidential candidate; and to dig up dirt on Kenyan opposition politicians; Mexican, United Arab Emirates, Moroccan, and Bahraini human rights activists; and women who accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

NBC NewsHope Hicks told House Intelligence Committee she was hacked, sources say

USA Today (Gregory Korte) – A pardon expert emailed me his life’s work. Then he killed his two sons and himself.

Mint Press NewsIsrael’s Online Shadow Operations

Zero Hedge (citing Forbes) – Israeli Firm Can Now Hack Into Virtually Any Cellphone, Tablet

Electronic IntifadaHow “Russiagate” helps the Israel lobby

N.Y. TimesKushner’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings

Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation

WaPoMueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin

Al MonitorThe dealmaker: Mueller witness helped broker $4.2 billion Iraq-Russia arms deal

InterceptGeorge Nader, Cooperating Witness in Mueller Probe, Was Arrested for Child Pornography in the 1980s

BloombergMueller Subpoenas Former Trump Aide, Who Says He’ll Ignore It

TelegraphPoisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was close to consultant who was linked to the Trump dossier

The HillAustralian diplomat whose tip prompted FBI’s Russia-probe has tie to Clintons

PoliZetteAussie Complaints Headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation’s Dealings Down Under

Channel FourRevealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians

WaPoRoger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates

Zero HedgeContradictions In Seth Rich Murder Continue To Challenge Hacking Narrative

– Brennan, Holder, Comey Rage After McCabe Fired; Veiled Threats And Temper Tantrums Fly

AL.comWho is Cameron Ross Burgess? 26-year-old Alabama man fatally shot himself near White House

As we’ve previously noted, this man has a knack of finding himself in the general vicinity of D.C. skullduggeries and the corpses left in their wake…

George Webb (Youtube) – Day 134.8. Don’t Rush North Gate at White House – Day 135.3 Marine Ones Become Attack Helicopters – Fiddler Knocked Off WaPo Roof? – Day 136.5. Two Loud Booms, Not Pistol Shots.Day 138.4 Why Go To DC From Florida To Commit Suicide When You Are Happy?Day 140.5. Children Protective Services Needs More Scrutiny

KVUETIMELINE: Bombs, explosions rock Austin over 19 days

InfowarsAre Austin Bombings Zodiac Part 2?

Disobedient MediaTexas Man Facing Weapons Charges Said He Was On Classified Government Mission “Dealing With A Virus”

State of the NationOPERATION HOGG WASH: Phase I of Deep State’s Psyop to Impose Strict Gun Control Measures Nationwide

James FetzerFOI Request reveals March for Our Lives planned MONTHS before shooting took place

Orlando SentinelPolice seize first firearms under Florida’s new gun-control laws

SHTFPlanSeattle Police Begin NAZI STYLE Gun Confiscation: No Laws Broken, No Warrant, No Charges

Trump Administration To Release Obama-Era Fast And Furious Documents

ThereAreNoSunglassesOrlando Gunman’s Afghan Father Collecting Money For Terrorism Against Pakistan

Newsbud (Kurt Nimmo) – Gun Control Mass Murder: The 25th Anniversary of the Waco Siege.

Who What WhyWhat’s Buried in the Missing JFK Documents?

World Socialist Web SiteThe CIA Democrats

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

ReutersTrump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies – sources

InterceptThe Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal

RT‘NSA-proof’ Tor actually funded by US govt agency, works with BBG, FBI & DOJ – FOIA docs

Since October a mysterious, purportedly deep-state-white-hat oracle has been keeping the alt-blogosphere occupied with cryptic missives on 4/8chan; we haven’t been keeping with it all, but thanks to “Rose” we can find it collated here…

roseramblesdotorgFind then here…all QAnon posts ~ March 7, 2018

A Russian version of the same?…

Newsbud (Philip Kovacevik) – Top General Reveals Russian Intelligence Documents: Secret Technology, Antarctica & the “Escape” of Hitler

Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertySuspected Russian Cocaine Trafficker Blames U.S. For Argentina Bust

Crypto InsiderPuerto Rico: Crypto-Utopia or Crypto-Cult?

NPRAn Anarchist Explains How Hackers Could Cause Global Chaos

ReutersIn a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

Former Israeli spy chief and team of elite hackers form cybersecurity firm

GuardianRevealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

Daily BeastMark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook’s Data Leak Damage Control Session

Zero HedgeObama’s Former Campaign Director Makes Bombshell Claim: Facebook Was “On Our Side”

CNN Reports From Stormy Daniels’ Latest Strip Club Performance

N.Y. Daily NewsSecond porn star claims President Trump invited her to hotel room wearing only ‘his tighty-whities’

Headlines of interest for February 2018 [updating]…

New York Daily News (AP) – Trump administration’s new nuclear policy falls short of campaign promises, takes tougher stance on Russia

Paul Craig RobertsThe Nuclear Posture Review

ReutersNorth Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification

U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders – sources

KCNA WatchU.S. Hit for Bringing Clouds of War to Hang over Korean Peninsula

Alex Jones, at the “tip of the spear,” goes full neo-con…

InfowarsUS Intel: North Korea Planning Preemptive Strike Between March 28th And April 2nd

As old skeletons come out of the closet…

Medium (Jeffery S. Kaye) – REVEALED: The long-suppressed official report on US biowarfare in North Korea

(Caitlin Johnstone) – Gabbard: North Korea Has Nukes Because They Saw What The US Did To Libya

Libya Holocost

Libya War the Truth43,000 Tawergha People Returning Home Trapped by Misurata Terrorist Militiasn

Truthout (Gareth Porter) – How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump to Continue Its Perpetual “War on Terror”

Russia InsiderTurkey-Backed Rebels and US Troops Have Been Clashing for Months, but Pentagon Has Been Keeping It Under Wraps

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Asharo Al-Aswat) – Turkey Opens Fire on Regime Forces In Afrin

(SANA) – Syrian Press Reports US Occupiers Defend Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda) Against Syrian Army Assault…100 Syrian Soldiers Killed

Today’s Drama Centers Around the Syrian Al-Tabiya Gas Field, 100 Syrian Soldiers Killed For Gas

SputnikMoscow Raises Questions About US Attack Against Pro-Damascus Forces in Syria

Zero HedgeRussian Fighter Jet Shot Down By Syrian Rebels, Pilot Killed

Video Captures Cruise Missile Strike On Militants That Shot Down Russian Fighter Jet In Syria

ThereAreNoSunglasses (SANA) – Israeli Press Confirms Syrian Shoot-Down of IDF F-16s Over Syria

SputnikWATCH Syrian Anti-Air Forces Shoot Down Israeli Combat Jet

Al MonitorNetanyahu focuses in on new archenemy

Israel moves forward with gradual annexation of West Bank

Trump opposes Netanyahu on annexation plans

Is Israel prepping its public for third Lebanon war?

Al Masdar NewsIsraeli DM claims eastern Mediterranean gas field belongs to them, not Lebanon

Press TVYemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta’izz with ballistic missile: Report

ReutersU.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

Amity Underground (Conflict Armament Research) – International arms watchdog finds that most ISIS weaponry was purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia before being shipped to opposition forces in Syria and Iraq.

Intelligence OnlineMohammed bin Salman prepares international roadshow

BBCSaudi king replaces military chiefs in shake-up

Al Monitor Saudis recruit legal muscle for leverage in US nuclear negotiations

With countering migration in mind, Italy to deploy troops to North Africa

ReutersMigrant boat capsizes off Libya, 90 feared dead, mostly Pakistanis

AntiwarPakistan Condemns Unilateral US Drone Strike on Their Territory

ThereAreNoSunglassesPakistan Lends Thousands of Troops Saudi Arabian Anti-Iranian Forces, Commanded By Former Pak. Army Chief

Washington’s Islamist Assets Being Relocated Once Again, This Time To Southeast Asia

Oriental Review (Andrew Korybko) – RAND Corporation Proves Link Between US Military And Hybrid War

Intelligence OnlineBusy times for the CIA’s favourite airline

Global Research (F. William Engdahl) – Washington’s Quad Alliance Targets China

IndependentIndia to build major military facility in Seychelles amid growing China influence

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Keeping Them Guessing: Duterte Has Secured a Weapons Deal For The Philippines, But He Won’t Say From Where

Venezuela’s “El Petro” Has Raised $732 Million As President Maduro Vows to Take On “Superman” – the US Dollar

teleSURMexico Arrests Ex-Chief of Israeli, US-Trained Elite Unit Over Disappearances

DWInvestigative journalist Jan Kuciak killed in Slovakia

Slovak SpectatorKuciak investigated links between politicians and mafia

Intelligence Online‘Oligarch list’ causes City headaches

The SakerUS sanctions, baffled Russians, hot air and history

ReutersRussia says U.S. ‘hunting’ for Russians to arrest around the world

North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas – sources

Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group

Zero HedgeRothschild Set To Crown Dynasty Heir As Head Of Legendary Bank

(Feb. 5) – Dow Crashes As Much As 1500 Points As Bond Yields Flash-Crash

“Termination Event” Arrives: Traders Panic As XIV Disintegrates -90% After The Close

Meanwhile, the memo war commences…

FISA Memo Released: Here’s What It Says

GOP Reps Seek Criminal Prosecution Of FBI, DOJ Officials For “Full Throated” Illegal Misconduct And “Treason”

Grassley: “2nd Dossier” Fed To Christopher Steele By Obama State Dept, Routed Through Clinton Crony

Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate

LaRouchePACNew “Grassley” Memo Exposes More on Coup Against Trump; Stakes Are War or New Paradigm of Development

FOX NewsClinton associates fed information to Trump dossier author Steele, memo says

Wall Street JournalFBI Officials Knew of New Clinton Emails Weeks Before Alerting Congress

Former Trump Aide Carter Page Was on U.S. Counterintelligence Radar Before Russia Dossier

Yahoo NewsMichael Isikoff describes crucial meeting cited in Nunes memo

VoxRead: Democrats’ response to the Nunes memo

Informed Comment (Juan Cole) – Spying on the Wrong People: The Hypocrisy of the Nunes Memo & FISA

Judicial WatchDocuments Reveal Obama State Department Provided Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump

GaurdianMueller files new charges against ex-Trump aides Manafort and Gates

Disobedient MediaLawyers For The DNC Argue That Primary Rigging Is Protected By The First Amendment

Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – FL Valentine’s Massacre Saves DWS Dems From Awan Probe

FL School Attack Exposes Pedophile Jewish Vigilantes

Commando Strike In Parkland Is A Polygon Puzzle

‘March for Our Lives’ Is The Spearhead For A CIA Coup

Hogg-Tied To The Gunfire At Parkland School (Pt 5)

American EverymanFather of New Anti-Gun Crusader Works for Major CIA-Linked GWoT Defense Contractor

Parkland Shooting: Witness Says “3 Shooters” and Indicates They Were Wearing Masks

IntellihubTeacher grazed by Parkland shooter’s bullet: ‘Shooter was in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting a rifle I never seen before’

News agencies sue for Parkland school shooting video footage captured on cameras outside school but not inside

SeemorerocksThe crisis industry spawned by the 2012 NDAA

Public Intelligence BlogMongoose: Parkland False Flag School Shooting — Chabad, Broward County, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Pedophilia Judges, and More…

Revisionist Review (Michael Hoffman) – Necromancy in Parkland at Stonemason High – The Ceremonial Aspects of our National Death Trip

AangirfanFlorida School False Flag

BloombergFlorida Teachers’ Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun

Oddly, less than two weeks before the Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day massacre at Parkland, Fla. the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 was introduced, but it has seen no action since the attack (Congress.gov).

Daily BellDomestic Terrorism Bill Targets Patriot Groups and Citizen Militias

Of course, when the feds “target” far right terrorists, as with radical Islamists, it usually means they are cultivating the same…

Free Thought Project (August 17, 2017) – Parents Catch FBI in Plot to Force Mentally Ill Son to Be a Right Wing Terrorist

Jon RappaportWorld famous psychiatrist says: more psychiatric drug treatment means more mass shootings will happen

Trump will meet his political Waterloo if he keeps up with this kind of talk…

USA TodayTrump says take guns first and worry about ‘due process second’ in White House gun meeting

Defense OneUS Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

NBC NewsSen. Tim Kaine demands release of secret Trump war powers memo

NewsbudRQ Construction to Build A Contingency Mass Migration Complex In Guantánamo Bay!

Unicorn RiotIcebreaker Pt 1 – Secret Homeland Security ICE/HSI Manual for Stripping US Citizenship

Pt 2 – Confidential Homeland Security Asset Forfeiture and Search and Seizure Handbooks

The NationThe FBI Is Setting Up a Task Force to Monitor Social Media

AntiwarState Dept Gets $40 Million to Fund Troll Farm

PJ MediaSharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 ‘Fake News’ Narrative in TedX Talk

Corbet ReportYouTube is Now ThemTube: Time to Flee the Failed Platform

We are entering the age of epistemic burlesque…

ViceAI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked

Evergreen DigestUS Military and Intelligence Agencies Have Turned Over 1,800 Movies and TV Shows Into Pro-War Propaganda.

But Russian click-bait is the real threat…

Moon of AlabamaMueller Indictment – The “Russian Influence” Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme

Unz Review (Philip Giraldi) – Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger

(Mike Whitney) – Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

Medium (Caitlin Johnstone) – Ex-CIA Director Thinks US Hypocrisy About Election Meddling Is Hilarious

Hilarious: the fine art of Russian pranksterism…

Daily MailAdam Schiff sent his staff to try and collect ‘classified materials for the FBI’ after Russian pranksters told him Putin has NAKED blackmail pictures of Trump

N.Y. TimesU.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets

USA Today3 arrested after SUV crashes main gate of NSA headquarters; 3 injured

MotherboardKey iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online in ‘Biggest Leak in History’

ARLnowHazmat Situation at Marine Corps Headquarters

He specialized in Zika and Ebola, and in emergency response…

NBC NewsCDC employee Timothy Cunningham went missing more than a week ago

Daily StarUS nuke dome LEAK: Fatal RADIOACTIVE waste from 43 tests POURING into ocean

ENENewsReport: Massive radiation leak at Fukushima plant — Extremely high levels being detected outside reactor — Officials can’t explain why — Expert warns of global threat: “It’s a disaster of unseen proportions”

Government.no (Norway) – The government proposes to allocate 100 million NOK to upgrade the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Space NewsAir Force Chief Goldfein: ‘We’ll be fighting from space in a matter of years’

CBS NewsHawaii man who sent alert says he was “100 percent sure” attack was real

World Socialist Web SiteFalcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration

Headlines of note for January 2018 [updating]…

A dated but timely read?…

Commentary (Henrik Bering-Jensen / Dec. 1, 1984) – Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy, by Richard H. Shultz and Roy Godson

Empty WheelOn Disinformation and the Dossier

Gordon M. HahnRussian Propaganda Machine: Much Ado About Little as Compared with Western Stratcomm

Dances with Bears (John Helmer) – THE CIA BULL IN GLENN SIMPSON’S RUSSIA SHOP

FOX NewsHouse Intel votes to release controversial surveillance memo to the public

Zero HedgeSecond “Trump Dossier” Emerges One Day After FISA Memo Vote

FBI Director Wray “Shocked To His Core” By FISA Memo, McCabe ‘Removed’ Next Day, More Heads To Roll: Report

Trump Refuses To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

SputnikRussia Intercepts US Spy Plane in International Airspace Over Black Sea

Washington Free BeaconPentagon: China, Russia Soon Capable of Destroying U.S. Satellites

Earlier in the month…

Bloomberg (Jan. 8) – Classified Military Satellite Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch

Digital TrendsDid SpaceX lose the classified Zuma payload during its latest launch?

Washington Post (Jan. 13) – ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,’ the alert screamed. It was a false alarm.

Hawai’i Free Press38 Minute Delay–State EMA Got Permission from FEMA Before Retracting False Alarm

Daily Mail (Jan. 16) – Japanese broadcaster issues false North Korea ballistic missile alarm urging people to take shelter just three days after alert caused panic across Hawaii

Wayne Madsen Report (Youtube) – January 15-16, 2018 — Why was MSNBC reporter inside Hawaii emergency center just before missile warning was sent?

What was an MSNBC reporter, who is normally based in New York and Los Angeles, doing at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency just hours before “mistake” was made in transmitting missile alert warning? Jacob Soboroff has close links to Israel and the Los Angeles Police Department.

NJ.com (Jan. 18) – TV crew tried to sneak fake explosive device through Newark Airport security, feds say

Live ScienceIs America’s Spy Plane Back — and Hypersonic?

IS largely defeated in Syria, and yet the war continues…

RTRussian army repels attack by 13 militant drones on its Syrian compounds – MoD

Russia knows who staged attacks on Syrian base & it’s not Turkey – Putin

South FrontRussian Military Advisors Are “Attached To Nearly All Units” Of Syrian Government Forces – General Staff

Fort RussTurkey begins invasion of Kurdish-held Afrin in northern Syria as Russian personnel withdraw

Al Masdar News‘We saw them with our own eyes’ – SDF fighters share footage of IS convoys leaving Raqqa

Al MonitorIs Islamic State back in Kirkuk?

Is Turkey aligned with al-Qaeda affiliate in Idlib? 

Turkey is becoming new hub for Salafist-jihadi exodus from Syria

Israel National NewsErdogan: Assad is a terrorist

AntiwarSyria Confirms Major Israeli Attack on Damascus

Sputnik (ФАН) – Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria

Times of IsraelReport: US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran nuclear and missile threat

Israel and the United States have secretly signed a far-reaching joint memorandum of understanding providing for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive, its missile programs and its other threatening activities, an Israeli TV report said.

The document was signed on December 12 at the White House, culminating intensive talks between representatives of the major Israeli and American intelligence and defense hierarchies, headed by the US and Israeli national security advisers, H. R. McMaster and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, the Channel 10 report said Thursday.

IndependentWhy is Trump’s man in Iran, Michael D’Andrea, missing from conversations about the protests?

SputnikIran Envoy to UN: Tehran Has ‘Hard Evidence’ Protests Incited From Abroad

Wall Street Journal (archive.is – June 2 2017) – CIA Creates New Mission Center to Turn Up the Heat on Iran

The Iran Mission Center will bring together analysts, operations personnel and specialists from across the CIA to bring to bear the range of the agency’s capabilities, including covert action. …

Trend News Agency (Dec. 13) – Iran’s intelligence forces disband counterfeit money gang

Moon of AlabamaIran – Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests

Consortium NewsIntel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor

Mondo WeissA foreign leader — Netanyahu — set Trump’s agenda in Middle East, Michael Wolff book says

ReutersTrump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

Al MonitorTrump’s Jerusalem decision opens Israeli expansionism floodgates

Israel seeks to revive long abandoned railway to Gulf

Israeli nationalists’ messiah complex

HaaretzPreacher Pence’s Speech to Israel’s Knesset Had Everything but Fire and Brimstone

Ruptly (Youtube) – Israel: Brawl disrupts Pence’s address to Israeli parliament

Times of IsraelSettlers filmed destroying 100 Palestinian olive trees as IDF appears to look on

Middle East MonitorIsrael assassinates more people than any Western country, concludes new book

ThereAreNoSunglasses (ANSAmed) – Judge indicts Israeli agents for MP Hariri assassination plan

(Yeni Şafak) – U.A.E., Mohammed Dahlan and Zionist Terrorist Conspiracies Called “DAESH”

(Al Bawaba) – Bomb Under Seat of Hamas Official In Sidon 1st. Military Action By Dahlan’s Terrorist Forces?

(Hurriyet) – US Announces Plans For 30,000 Man Terrorist Army In N. Syria, Turkey Declares Intention To Destroy Same Force

Turkey launches ‘Olive Branch Operation’ against ‘PKK threat in Syria’

Zero HedgeUS, Turkish Troops Headed For Military Showdown In Syria

Stars and StripesPentagon budget calls for $143 million buildup at Jordan air base

Al SuraJordan’s King arrests brothers and cousin in suspected Saudi-led coup

Intelligence OnlineWashington and Riyadh proceed with plans to make Morocco an ISR heavyweight

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – What Is ‘Safari Club II’ and How It Can Change Middle East Dynamics

KhameneiRecent damage inflicted on Iran by U.S. will gain a response

Al ManarShamkhani: Saudi Launching Proxy War against Iran

American ConservativePropaganda Aiming to Prove Iran Supplied Missiles Backfires

Middle East MonitorYemen’s Houthis control 100 miles of Saudi Arabia’s territory

(Basler Zeitung) – Swiss Newspaper reveals: Secret military cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel

Mondo WeissHow Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Al MonitorSaudi Arabia uses aggression abroad to calm clerics at home

Libyan slave trade feeds on endless supply of migrants

Erdogan’s Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea

Indian Ocean NewsletterThe Turkish crescent arcs across Egypt and Saudi Arabia

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Pajhwok) – Turkey hosts Afghan talks with Rebel Taliban faction, Loyal To Mullah Rasoul

TelegraphBritish 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears

XinhuaIran’s top leader says U.S. relocates IS to Afghanistan

AntiwarPentagon Considers Sending Another 1,000 US Troops to Afghanistan

Times of India‘From our bases, you attacked Afghanistan 57,800 times’, says Pak foreign minister to US

SputnikPakistan’s State Bank Green Lights Yuan-Based Trade With China

Russia Truth (Adam Garrie) – The Yuan Brings About Pakistan’s Second Declaration of Independence

Wall Street JournalWith U.S. Aid Cut, Pakistan Drifts Closer to China

Huawei, Seen as Possible Spy Threat, Boomed Despite U.S. Warnings

Intelligence OnlineMacron scores top marks with Chinese intelligence

Beijing pursues plan to dominate GEOINT sector

South China Morning PostChina ‘warns off’ US destroyer near South China Sea’s strategic Scarborough Shoal

The DiplomatWhen a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City

ReutersU.S. hails Korea talks, despite North’s rejection of denuclearization

Medium (Caitlin Johnstone) – Gabbard: North Korea Has Nukes Because They Saw What The US Did To Libya

AntiwarCar Bombs Hit Mosque in Libya’s Benghazi, Killing Dozens

Klagemauer.tv« Les crimes atroces contre le peuple libyen » (mémorandum du Dr. Saïf Al-Islam Kadhafi)

The DuranSaif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for President of Libya in 2018

Global Research Obama’s Trojan Horse: America’s Cuban Soft Coup

(Tony Cartalucci) – Sanctions, Subversion, and Color Revolutions: US Meddling in Cambodian Elections

GuardianFive Britons arrested for ‘pornographic dancing’ in Cambodia

Fresh News –  36 Illegal Foreigners Arrested, No Passport but Drug

NDTV“Marriage Made In Heaven”, UN Vote Won’t Affect Ties: Netanyahu On India

ThereAreNoSunglasses Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve–PART II

Daily MailRussia simulated invading Europe and bombing Germany with massive drills just months ago, analysts reveal

Consortium News (Gilbert Doctorow) – A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

ABC NewsUS to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

Oriental ReviewUkraine’s future Nazi leader?

New Low of Ignorance: Nikki Haley Targetted by the Russian Pranksters

Moon of AlabamaSlapstick In Kiev

Domestic U.S. news…

Sputnik (Loud & Clear) – DC Political Elite Form Circular Firing Squad as “Russiagate” Unfolds

GefiraBannon’s target isn’t Trump, it’s still Kushner

Disobedient MediaCourt Order Confirms DNC Fraud Lawsuit Appeal Will Proceed

The Hill (John Solomon) – Comey’s original Clinton memo released, cites possible violations

FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation

TMZBill and Hillary Clinton House Fire!!!

Washington TimesClintons’ ‘Mr. Fixer,’ ally Sidney Blumenthal emerge on list of Russia collusion figures

George Webb (Youtube) – Day 102.4 Uranium One, Andrew You Stole For Hillary

(Dec. 9) – Day 50.7. Final Thoughts on Mark Lambert

Zero HedgeDOJ Unseals Indictment Involving Uranium One Scandal

GOP Senators Ask For Criminal Probe Of British Spy Who Wrote “Trump Dossier”

FBI Agents Discussed “Secret Society” Within DOJ And FBI Working To Undermine Trump

Daily CallerFBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents

Gateway PunditCONFUSION: FBI Claims Five Months Of Strzok-Page Texts Missing — Yet DOJ IG Says He Received Them In August

N.Y. Post (Judicial Watch) – Classified documents among newly released Huma Abedin emails found on Weiner’s laptop

Politico – NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

InterceptNSA Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Loophole That Lets FBI Spy on Americans Without a Warrant

ReutersSenate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

Free Thought ProjectAs No One Watched, Trump Pardoned 5 Megabanks For Corruption Charges—Who He Owes Millions

Sessions Wages War on Natural Weed, As He Grants Maker of Fentanyl a Monopoly on Synthetic THC

USA TodayIn stark reversal, Trump administration removes Florida from offshore drilling targets

AxiosTrump team considers nationalizing 5G network

Project VeritasSr Network Security Engineer Reveals Twitter Ready to Give Trump’s Private DMs to DOJ

UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions

HIDDEN CAMERA: HUNDREDS of Twitter Employees Paid to View “Everything You Post Online” Including Private “Sex Messages”

International Business TimesJulian Assange says Google and Facebook have become an ‘existential threat to humanity’

GuardianGeorge Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

InterceptFacebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

ReutersHow a researcher hacked his own computer and found ‘worst’ chip flaw

WaPoU.S. military reviewing its rules after fitness trackers exposed sensitive data

The NationThe Disturbing Parallels Between US Policing at Home and Military Tactics Abroad

Unicorn RiotMinneapolis Unrolls Corporate Red Carpet & Largest Security Op for Super Bowl LII

Zero HedgeAlarming Rise In The Number Of Gun-Store Burgalaries Across America

IntellihubStephen Paddock’s brother Eric is furious at the coroner’s decision to cremate, not deliver, alleged shooter’s body

Body autopsied by doctor likely not Steven Paddock’s, official LVMPD report reveals

Stephen Paddock requested a suite in another wing of hotel before being internally reassigned to 32-135

Free Market ShooterLas Vegas Update: Irregularities Cause Story Behind Massacre To Stink To High Heaven

Las Vegas Review JournalSearch warrant document names 2nd ‘person of interest’ in Las Vegas shooting

Top Secret WritersCIA Agent Says Agency Supplies Pedophiles With Children

CBC NewsBarry and Honey Sherman were murdered by multiple killers, private investigators believe: source

Rest in Peace, Robert Parry…

Consortium NewsRobert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews

Headlines of interest for December 2017 [we continue to update]…

Merry XXX-mas, in lieu of an update to matters we have previously reported on at Wxxx News

Wayne Madsen ReportDecember 22-25, 2017 — Trump’s Puerto Rico psychopathy

When it comes to the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States where the residents are all U.S. citizens, Donald Trump maintains an extreme psychopathy. Trump’s volatile and manipulative behavior toward Puerto Rico and its people has been on full display. This includes Trump’s misogynistic post-Hurricane Maria treatment of the mayor of San Juan to his colonialist attitude toward Puerto Rican manufacturers now faced with an effective 12.5 percent tariff on goods “exported” to the U.S. mainland.

Trump is ambivalent, at best, toward the plight of Puerto Ricans faced with no electricity until May 2018 and lives of Puerto Ricans left homeless by Maria and who now exist day-to-day in Florida motels with questions about how long the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue to pick up the tab…

But there is a deeper psychopathy with Trump when it comes to Puerto Rico. This manic reaction to Puerto Rico stems from Trump’s involvement, with New York billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, with a child sex trafficking operation in Manhattan in 1993.

Trump admitted to New York magazine in October 2002 that by 1994, he had known Epstein for seven years. Trump told the magazine in a telephone interview: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy . . . He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Epstein was criminally charged in 2005 after a Palm Beach mother claimed that Epstein paid $300 to her 14-year old daughter for sex. Epstein pleaded guilty of soliciting sex from a 14-year old girl and received a light prison sentence and a non-prosecution agreement from Alex Acosta, the U.S. Attorney for southern Florida who was rewarded by Trump by being named his Secretary of Labor.

In a lawsuit filed by Jane Doe, later identified as Katie Johnson, it was charged that Trump knew that 13-year old Johnson was that age when he allegedly assaulted and raped her in 1993. Johnson said it was Trump who initiated contact with her at four different parties at Epstein’s residence in Manhattan. The suit states that at their fourth encounter at an Epstein party: “Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.”

Johnson claimed that at two parties, Epstein raped her, once, after she had been raped by Trump. During the second encounter with Epstein, Johnson stated that Epstein raped her “anally and vaginally despite her loud pleas to stop.” She stated that Epstein attempted to strike her on the head “with his closed fists,” while he angrily screamed at that he [Epstein], rather than Trump, should have been the one who took the girl’s virginity.

According to the suit, Trump told Johnson that if she ever revealed the sexual encounter with Trump, the girl and her family would be “physically harmed if not killed.” Johnson also stated that Epstein periodically reiterated to her Trump’s earlier threat that if she were to “reveal any of the details of his sexual and physical abuse of her or else,” she and her family would be “seriously physically harmed, if not killed.”

After filing her first complaint against Epstein and Trump in California on April 26, 2016, Johnson said she began receiving threatening phone calls on her cell phone from blocked numbers.

On July 23, 2016, “Joan Doe,” a classmate of Johnson during the 1994-1995 school year, signed an affidavit avowing that Johnson told her during the summer of 1994 about the sexual assaults by Epstein and Trump.

Tiffany Doe signed an affidavit in support of Johnson’s suit on June 18, 2016. Tiffany Doe stated she was hired in 1990 by Epstein, when she was 22, to “provide entertainment” for his various “guests.” In 1991, Tiffany Doe was hired by Epstein as a “party planner” to, among other duties, entice “attractive adolescent women” to attend Epstein’s parties. Tiffany Doe stated she personally witnessed Trump’s sexual assault and rape of Johnson during four encounters.

Johnson also stated in the suit that Trump told her that she “shouldn’t ever say anything if she didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident” with Trump. Johnson said she had not seen Maria after the third sexual encounter with Trump. Tiffany Doe said she witnessed Johnson and 12-year old Maria perform oral sex on Trump.

WMR has succeeded in identifying “Maria,” who is still alive. Although our investigation is still in progress, we can report that Trump’s psychopathy involving Puerto Rico likely revolves around the fact that “Maria” hails from Ponce, Puerto Rico. A psychotic like Trump obviously was mentally triggered when Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria, a reminder that a 12-year old girl who he raped and knew as Maria, someone who is now 37, has in her possession the details that could very well bring down Trump and his administration. Trump has good reason to fear Puerto Rico, a storm and a woman named “Maria,” and a history of sexual assaults, not only of adults, but of children.

Like the young girl Cosette in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, “Maria,” which is not her actual name, could be the most important Puerto Rican in the history of the United States, an individual born in abject poverty who is in a position to help oust a despotic American president.

This story is receiving some corroboration from as unlikely a source as Steve Bannon…

International Business TimesSteve Bannon raises sexual misconduct claims against Donald Trump involving 13-year-old girl

Moreover, also reported by Madsen earlier in the month, the 2016 October surprise “Billy Bush-whack” tape (see Wxxx News) may be just the tip of the iceberg of uncouth Trumpisms…

December 9-11, 2017 – WMR – New York, NY — Trump’s “Apprentice” outtakes reportedly reveal boasts about sex and young girls

There are reports from media insiders that Donald Trump made favorable comments about sex with underage girls during several taping sessions of “The Apprentice” reality television show during its 11-season run. These comments are in addition to previously reported remarks by Trump that were racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic in nature.

The video outtakes of Trump are said to be secured in a vault at NBC Studios in Universal City, California. However, there are reports that the tapes were moved from NBC Universal to a more secure vault at MGM Studios.

Although NBC broadcast “The Apprentice,” MGM originally claimed ownership of the series and “Apprentice” producer, Mark Burnett, has refused to release the tapes, claiming that they are his intellectual property. Burnett also produced another reality TV show, “Survivor.” In addition, Trump reportedly made lewd comments in the dressing room of the Miss Teen USA pageant, which was, along with the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, owned by Donald Trump. The tapes from all the pageants were bought, along with the Miss Universe Organization, by WME-IMG, whose co-chief executive officer is Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Chicago’s Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ari Emanuel has refused to release any outtakes or other recorded material from Trump’s appearances in the dressing rooms of all three pageants, including Miss Teen USA, where Trump barged in where girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were dressing and undressing…

It would seem then that the Trump presidency is at the mercy of MGM (owner of Mandalay Bay, the site of the Las Vegas massacre in October) and Ari Emanuel’s WME-IMG. A curious side note, the other brother of Ari and Rahm, Ezekiel, had met with Trump earlier in the year, ostensibly regarding the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, of which Ezekiel was the chief architect…

Chicago Tribune (March 21) – Ezekiel Emanuel, an ACA architect, is now advising Trump as GOP works to level the law

Also worth noting: the brothers Emanuel have rather militant Zionist roots in their father Benjamin Emanuel, who was a member of the Irgun, the terrorist arm of the Zionist movement whose deadliest attack targeted a hotel, the King David, killing 91 (Haaretz). Madsen neglects to remind us of this in his current report, but had covered it years ago…

May 8-9, 2010 — Rahm Emanuel’s father specialized in bus bombings in Palestine

A well-placed British source informed WMR that Rahm Emanuel’s father, Benjamin Emanuel, specialized in the terrorist bombings of buses carrying British troops and policemen during the British mandate in Palestine. British MI-6 files contain information on the elder Emanuel’s participation in the terrorist activities of Irgun Zvai Leumi, a Jewish terrorist organization that targeted British forces, UN officials, and Palestinian Arabs in the lead up to Israeli independence in 1948.

Benjamin Emanuel, a Jew from Russia whose real name was Ezekiel Auerbach, was arrested by British police for terrorist activities in the months prior to Israeli independence. Many of the British policemen killed by Emanuel and his Irgun colleagues between 1947 and 1948 had been transferred to Palestine upon Indian and Pakistani independence in 1947. Irgun saw the increase of British policemen from the Indian subcontinent as a major threat…

British intelligence also believed that Benjamin Emanuel may have been related to Vladimir Jabotinsky, a Russian Jew from Odessa who founded Irgun. Jabotinksy, who was an admirer of Benito Mussolini and who secretly negotiated for the expatriation of Jews to Palestine with the Nazi government in Germany and Admiral Miklos Horthy’s pro-Nazi regime in Hungary, died of a heart attack in New York in 1940…

Seventy seven years later, what then has induced Trump to go for broke for Israel, designating Jerusalem as its capitol?…

NewsweekDOES DONALD TRUMP HAVE FALSE TEETH? PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED AFTER SLURRED JERUSALEM SPEECH

Lending some credence to this Sept. 11 Infowars exclusive?… President Trump’s Being Drugged Ahead Of Coup, Sources Claim

Al MonitorWas Trump’s Jerusalem declaration a honey trap?

MondoWeissPalestinians clash with Israeli forces across the West Bank following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

Israel Palestine NewsFollowing Jerusalem, Israeli Ambassador calls on Trump to recognize Israeli control over Golan

The American ConservativeDid Saudi Arabia Just Try To Give the West Bank to Israel?

Meanwhile, is the deep state loathing of Trump so great to have induced otherwise verboten investigations of the Israeli lobby?…

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Mueller Names Trump’s Foreign ‘Colluding’ Power: Israel

GuardianWere other Trump aides lobbying for Israel illicitly alongside Michael Flynn?

The Duran (Alexander Mercouris) – The case against Michael Flynn: Lying to the FBI about asking Russia’s help to protect Israel (full analysis of indictment and Flynn’s guilty plea)

Newsweek (Chris Riotta) – Jared Kushner Failed to Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements Before U.N. Vote

Jared Kushner Can’t Pass His Security Clearance Investigation, Officials Say

ForwardJared Kushner Was Right To ‘Collude’ With Russia — Because He Did It For Israel

FOX NewsErdogan: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘red line’ for Muslims

On this Christmas Day, so much for Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All…

Cape Fear Caller (Military.com) – Top Marine General warns troops: ‘There’s a war coming’

Neller emphasized to the Marines that they should remain ready to fight at all times, predicting a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said. ” … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”

Neller later told the Marines that he expects the Pacific and Russia to be the service’s operational points of focus as the nation looks beyond the fights in the Middle East that have stretched into the better part of two decades…

CBCCanada, U.S. held joint exercises simulating nuclear attack on both sides of border

Zero HedgePakistan Opens Fire Along Border Killing Indian Troops, Warns “Nuclear War Cannot Be Ruled Out”

Al Masdar NewsSaudi airstrikes kill 48 Yemeni civilians in 24 hours

Middle East EyeSaudi Arabia, like the Nazis, uses ‘hunger plan’ in Yemen

RTPentagon confirms ‘multiple ground ops & 120+ strikes’ in Yemen

Earlier in the month…

(Dec. 4) – Houthis claim takeover of Yemeni capital, president calls for ‘all people’ to rise against them

Al JazeeraYemen: Ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed

ThereAreNoSunglassesHuthi Press Claims That Patriot Volley Missed Their Riyadh Missile, Again

Syrian Status Quo Map 12/17/17

South FrontIsraeli Warplanes Launch Missiles On Scientific Research Center In Northern Damascus (Maps, Videos)

Newsbud (F. William Engdahl) – Netanyahu’s Real Agenda for Golan Heights

ReutersDefector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal

TASSUS instructors train IS militants to fight Syrian Army – reconciliation center

GuardianBritish aid scheme suspended amid allegations of payments to Syrian jihadis

BBCTurkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer Fuller over coup plot

Intelligence OnlineAnkara sends private detectives after Gulen

Al MonitorCongress advances bill imperiling Iran nuclear deal

Pro PublicaWhite House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

Middle East EyeSaudi video shows kingdom’s troops as ‘liberators’ of Tehran

HaaretzEx-CIA Adviser Denies Report That Obama Thwarted anti-Hezbollah Operation to Save Iran Deal

Intelligence OnlineGulf Cooperation Council implodes behind closed doors

Indian Ocean NewsletterWith the US sanctions lifted, al-Bashir stabs Trump in the back in Moscow

VOA NewsRussia Negotiating Deal for Its Warplanes to Use Egyptian Bases

Democracy NowNew Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up

New York TimesNiger Approves Armed U.S. Drone Flights, Expanding Pentagon’s Role in Africa

Asharq Al-AwsatLibya’s Haftar in Confrontation with Neighboring Countries after Declaring End of Skhirat Agreement

LIBYA AGAINST SUPER POWER MEDIALIBYANS ACCUSE FRANCE AND QATAR HAVE DIRECTLY ORDERED THE KILLING OF QADDAFI

Which serves as a reminder of why the DPRK should be suspicious of those who say they want to “deal”…

PR News WireTulsi Gabbard Calls for Diplomatic Solution With North Korea as Hawai’i Residents Prepare for Nuclear Attack

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – US Germ Warfare Apology to North Korea Could Advance Dialogue

Global Research (Peter Koenig) – North Korea – UN Security Council’s “Killer Resolution”,15 to 0: Choking a Country into Submission

GuardianAftershocks detected after North Korea nuclear test moved Earth’s crust

TelegraphUS making plans for ‘bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea

MacleansHow Canada fits into Rex Tillerson’s plan for North Korea

NewsBytesIndian drone “invaded” our airspace, then crashed: Chinese media

Global TimesIndia should apologize for drone intrusion

Updates on events in Cambodia (see our September 30 edition)…

Phnom Penh PostNew spy school announced

SputnikCambodian PM Prays at ‘Political Stability’ Ceremony After Opposition Dissolved

Fresh NewsChina Announces to Support Cambodia

OPEN LETTER: US Ambassador Should Avoid Using Hated – Incited and Destructive Rhetoric Language !

President of Cambodian Youth Party’s Facebook Hacked

Khmer TimesFresh News hackers say Hun Sen murdered

Somebody’s playing “fun and games” in Cambodia, much as what went down in the Ukraine four years previous. Wiser now?…

The DuranMaidan 2.0: The slow moving and more authentic Ukrainian uprising

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Times of Malta) – Family of Murdered Maltese Journalist Facing Same Fate?

GuardianFormer Catalan leaders appear before supreme court in Madrid

@CollectiuEmmaCatalonia is a European nation where members of a political party have to leave their phones outside meeting rooms for fear of police hacks.

US News & World ReportEnter the ‘Petro’: Venezuela to Launch Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency

teleSURHonduras Suspends Constitution as President ‘Flees’ Violence

Honduras: 1,031 Ballot Records Under ‘Special Scrutiny’

Common Dreams“We Don’t Want to Repress”: Police in Honduras Refuse Orders to Stamp Out Pro-Democracy Protests

Domestic U.S. news…

FOX NewsSupreme Court permits full enforcement of Trump travel ban

Unicorn RiotFCC Repeals Net Neutrality: Interview with Electronic Frontier Foundation

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this, but have not the Internet oligarchs already done the damage feared?…

WikiTRIBUNEQ&A: Tim Berners-Lee on net neutrality and why he won’t have Alexa in the house

QuartzFacebook is giving the US government more and more data

Daily CallerWhy Is Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt Technically Serving In The Department Of Defense?

EngadgetAmazon and Microsoft employees caught up in sex trafficking sting

The White HouseExecutive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Russia Russia Russia boomerangs…

The DuranWife of Fusion GPS founder admits her husband was behind fake “Russiagate” story

Here’s how ABC’s slip exposes how Deep State sabotaged President elect Trump’s policy of rapprochement with Russia

Covington and Burling: The secret conspiracy undermining Michael Flynn

LarouchePACRobert Mueller Is an Amoral Legal Assassin: He Will Do His Job If You Let Him

Zero HedgeFBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated

Targets of the neo-McCarthyism…

BuzzfeedThe Senate’s Russia Investigation Is Now Looking Into Jill Stein

New York TimesWikileaks Faces U.S. Probes Into Its 2016 Election Role and CIA Leaks: Sources

Off Guardian (Joe Lauria) – How Russia-gate Rationalizes Censorship

It’s Going DownCriminalizing Dissent: After Proving “Mere Presence” J20 Prosecution Rests Case

IndependentJ20 protest trial latest: Anti-Trump activists found not guilty and avoid lengthy prison sentences

Charlottesville police chief leaves in disgrace…

Lisa Bloom busted…

The Hill (John Solomon and Alison Spann) – Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

Project Veritas busted…

Washington PostA woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

Intercept (Glenn Greenwald) – The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

InterceptNSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, Classified Documents Reveal

Strategic Culture (Eric Zuesse) – Americans Are Only Now Beginning to Learn that We Live in a Dictatorship

SFGate (Business Insider) – Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco

USA TodayFeds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks

SHTFPlan (TIME) – ‘There Was A Helicopter Above Us Shooting’: Bombshell New Eyewitness Testimony From Las Vegas Massacre Survivors Revealed

Squawker4chan Users Find Evidence Atlanta Airport Blackout Was Part Of Intentional Cover-Up

Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – Atlanta Airport Blackout – The Grinch That Stole A Nuclear Stockpile

KOMONews (Dec. 4) – Lakewood mayor predicts deadly accidents from high-speed train service

Lakewood Patch (Dec. 18) – Washington Amtrak Derailment: 3 Confirmed Dead, 77 Injured

Technical difficulties not limited to the civilian sector…

USNIElectrical Problems Shorten Second Zumwalt-class Destroyer’s Builders Trials

Russia InsiderPoland Balks at “Unacceptable” $10.5 Billion Price Tag for US Patriot Missiles That Don’t Work

The HillPentagon starting first-ever financial audit

Global ResearchVideo: OVERCAST: An Investigation into Climate Engineering, Chemtrails and Weather Warfare

ENENewsTop official reveals UFOs exist, and they’re “often being reported” over nuclear power plants… “We’d never seen anything like it” — Military: “Ominous correlation” between sightings and atomic sites — TV: “Mystery intruders over nuke facilities”

N.Y.TimesGlowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

Intelligence OnlineParis prepares to become sixth intelligence ‘Eye’

Updates on old news…

HR14The NSA’s Role In 9/11

National Security ArchiveNATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

Democracy NowDaniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation

CounterpunchOperation Paperclip: Nazi Science Heads West

MirrorBritish spies recruited paedo IRA chief: Spooks used pictures of Joe Cahill to ‘turn him’

Strategic CultureHague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again

Headlines of interest, November 2017…

[Editor’s note: this is a work in progress, as we continue updating…]

We begin with an extraordinary case in point of a reporter becoming the story. With the buzz about (NYT) that Mueller is preparing indictments against Michael Flynn, the story – with Wayne Madsen’s role in it as a potential witness? – may yet to come to full fruition…

Wayne Madsen ReportNovember 20-21, 2017 — Flynn and Turkey’s self-coup

The Russian-Israeli mob was not the only foreign entity colluding with the Donald Trump presidential campaign. In April 2016, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then Trump’s national security adviser, was involved in a series of meetings with Turkish government and private individuals, as well as Americans who constitute the CIA’s off-the-books “deep black” operations, to help Turkish authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan a self-coup in Turkey. Flynn and his partners’ involvement centered around a series of high-level meetings in Washington and Turkey.

The editor is aware of this operation because he was invited to be a part of it. An interlocutor for both Flynn and the Erdogan government told me that my participation in a Turkish “project,” without specifying details, was requested by his Turkish “partners.” The Turkish side let it be known to the U.S. partners that the Turks valued my knowledge and wanted to solicit my contribution to the “project.” This interest likely stemmed from two visits I made to Turkey in 2010. The first was in April of that year and it was sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), whose secretary-general happened to be Turkish and an ally of Erdogan. During the April trip, our delegation of American journalists met with top Turkish officials, including President Abdullah Gul, a member of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and political ally of Erdogan. [Pictured right, editor with President Gul in Ankara after presenting him with a copy of the editor’s book, “Jaded Tasks,” which examines the Bush family’s Deep State in America]. A meeting with Erdogan, then the prime minister, was canceled due to a scheduling conflict. We also had a meeting with officials of an Ankara foreign policy think tank that was linked to then-Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and members of the AKP. The AKP was touting its Islamist-oriented but democratic credentials.

These meetings took place before the Turkish constitutional change that saw Erdogan elected president and the nation becoming a strong presidential, rather than a parliamentary, republic.

In meetings with those close to the Erdogan government, as well as pro-Erdogan media like the Anatolia News Agency, our hosts seemed happy with my longtime views, which stood opposed to American world dominance and foolish military adventures abroad. This was prior to the Arab Spring that saw rebellions by Islamists, secretly supported by Erdogan’s government, in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Alarmed that a group of American journalists had been subjected to Erdogan propaganda, the religious group headed by exiled Turkish cleric and businessman Fethulleh Gulen arranged for a journalist trip to Turkey in June 2010, one in which I also participated. This trip involved meeting individuals and organizations that were either part of or partly financed by Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania. We visited Gulen schools and think tanks in Istanbul and Ankara. Little did any of us realize that Erdogan and Gulen, once political allies, had become bitter enemies over Erdogan’s plans to transform Turkey into a de facto Islamic state. Gulen’s brand of Islam is much different than that of the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports Erdogan’s agenda. Gulen stresses moderation and business acumen over such concepts as jihad and rejection of Western ideals.

As I am always suspicious of any religious figures, especially those with billions of dollars at their disposal, I was on guard against the Gulenists’ propaganda. The sponsorship by Gulen high schools of “mini-Davos” summits, in which students play the roles of international financiers and politicians, was more than unsettling. However, given the close ties between Gulen and the Central Intelligence Agency, which has successfully fought against attempts to extradite Gulen to Turkey, the fascination with Davos and similar international conclaves is understandable.

In WMR articles and interviews with Turkish media, I expressed concern over reports that Gulen operatives had infiltrated the Turkish police force and Ministry of the Interior. That was until it became apparent that Erdogan was trying to become a strongman president, which, occurred in 2014. The only faction that made any sense in Turkey was the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the heirs to the strong secular policies of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state. However, the CHP had its own set of problems, having tolerated the Turkish military to seize control of the Turkish government on more than one occasion, the last being in 1996. During my April 2010 visit to Turkey, one parliamentary member representing the CHP first agreed to meet with our delegation and then became belligerent with our interlocutor when he discovered the trip was sponsored by Erdogan’s friends at the OIC. The CHP official abruptly canceled the planned meeting.

In April 2016, the stage was set for a confrontation between Erdogan and the Gulenists. Erdogan required an event that would justify his banning all Gulenist organizations, seizing Gulen-owned property, including newspapers and television stations, and arresting Gulenists holding positions throughout Turkish government and society.

Based on various news reports and the focus of Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of Flynn and other senior Trump campaign and administration officials, it is now apparent that Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was involved in a $15 million venture with Erdogan officials to arrange for the kidnapping of Gulen from his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, and returning him to Turkey and into the hands of Erdogan. The “project” as Flynn’s interlocutors called it, also involved having the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, drop criminal charges against Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, an ally of Erdogan. Zarrab, who has been linked to corruption involving members of Erdogan’s family and government ministers, is now reportedly cooperating with Mueller’s investigators in their probe of Flynn and other Trump officials.

However, “the project’s” major goal was to carry out the July 15, 2016 military “coup” against Erdogan, a coup that would be blamed on Gulen and result in his immediate extradition to Turkey. It is not known how much Trump knew about the Turkish “project,” but Flynn signed on as Trump’s national security adviser in February 2016. In April, there were reports that Trump briefly considered Flynn as his vice presidential running mate, a prospect that undoubtedly pleased the Turkish government.

However, “the project’s” major goal was to carry out the July 15, 2016 military “coup” against Erdogan, a coup that would be blamed on Gulen and result in his immediate extradition to Turkey. It is not known how much Trump knew about the Turkish “project,” but Flynn signed on as Trump’s national security adviser in February 2016. In April, there were reports that Trump briefly considered Flynn as his vice presidential running mate, a prospect that undoubtedly pleased the Turkish government.

My participation with unnamed third parties at a meeting in Washington, DC, followed by meetings in Turkey, was being requested in April 2016 and, when I was unable to attend certain meetings in Washington, the requests resumed in May. The May requests entailed flying to Turkey to meet with unidentified Turkish individuals. Based on the U.S. interlocutor, I had reason to be suspicious and feigned too busy a schedule to attend meetings in DC or Turkey. The individual had family ties to a major CIA contractor, one that has been involved in all sorts of deep state activities, including setting the stage for the 2001 anthrax attacks on Congress, U.S. Postal Service, and the media. The first contact by the American go-between, in April, came after he said he had just attended a meeting with Flynn in Washington.

Flynn’s statement in support of the military coup, which was actually carried out by Erdogan in order to justify rounding up all Gulenists as members of a non-existent “Fethulleh Terrorist Organization (FETO), (Fethullahçı Terör Örgütü), masked his dealings with Erdogan and his allies. The coup attempt was highly unprofessional and collapsed after troops moved on strategic targets in Istanbul and Ankara, including the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. [pictured, left] Flynn was rewarded for his support for the “false flag” Erdogan coup on August 9, 2016, when Flynn Intel Group received a lucrative contract from the Dutch company, Inovo BV, related to “improving U.S. business organizations” confidence regarding doing business in Turkey.” Inovo BV is the Dutch arm of Inovo Turkije, a firm owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, a close associate of Erdogan. Alptekin also heads the U.S.-Turkey Business Council, a Turkish government-financed lobbying organization in the United States that holds an annual joint meeting in Washington with the American-Turkish Council (ATC), the latter patterned after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The last meeting of the two Turkish organizations was held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Inovo BV was also involved with an Israeli firm, Ratio Oil Exploration, to import natural gas from Israeli-controlled eastern Mediterranean blocks to Turkey.

After the July coup attempt against Erdogan and the round-up of Gulenists and other members of Turkey’s opposition to Erdogan’s policies, the requests for my attendance at meetings in both Washington and Turkey involving the Turkish “project” ceased.

On September 19, 2016, Flynn met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Erdogan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, who also serves as Turkey’s Energy Minister. In April 2010, I sat next to Cavusoglu at a dinner held at AKP headquarters in Ankara. We discussed Gladio, a deep state paramilitary group that the late Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was the first to publicly disclose, and the presence of “deep states,” not only in Turkey, but also in Jordan, Egypt, and, most interestingly, Syria. At the time, Erdogan and Gulen appeared to have joined forces to undermine the Turkish deep state, commonly known as Ergenekon.

The September 2016 meeting was also attended by former CIA director James Woolsey, who had also signed on to the Trump campaign as an adviser. Woolsey later claimed that he became alarmed when the subject of kidnapping Gulen and renditioning the cleric back to Turkey came up in conversation. On October 16, 2016, a mere few weeks before the election, Flynn held talks with Turkish community leaders in New York who were allied with Erdogan.

On November 8, 2016, Election Day, Flynn penned an op-ed in The Hill newspaper that referred to Gulen as “Turkey’s Osama bin-Laden.” This occurred at a time when Flynn failed to register as an agent of Turkey pursuant to the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). In any case, Flynn’s charge against Gulen was as ludicrous, as it was libelous. It is now known that Flynn’s information on Gulen and the cleric’s sponsorship of “madrassas” masked as charter schools, was originating from conspiracy fringe websites like Breitbart and Infowars.

On November 9, 2016, Trump received a phone call from Erdogan congratulating him for his upset victory over Hillary Clinton, an ally of Erdogan’s in his jihadist campaigns against Bashar al Assad in Syria and Muammar Qaddafi in Libya.

On November 10, 2016, President Obama, in a meeting with Trump at the White House, warned Trump not to hire Flynn as his national security adviser. Intelligence reports on Flynn showed that he worked with Erdogan to help stage the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, a move that placed the U.S.-NATO airbase at Incirlik in extreme danger. Rejecting Obama’s advice, Trump named Flynn his national security adviser on November 18, 2016.

On January 18, 2017, Flynn met over breakfast at the Trump International Hotel in Washington with Foreign Minister Cavusolglu and House Intelligence Committee chairman and Trump transition team member Devin Nunes. In February 2017, acting Attorney General Sally Yates notified White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was a national security risk due to his unreported contacts with foreign intelligence officials. Flynn resigned as national security adviser on February 13, 2017 over reportedly “lying” to Vice President Mike Pence over Flynn’s contacts with Russian government officials. While the corporate media swarmed all over the Flynn-Russia contacts, they all-but-ignored Flynn’s contacts with Turkey and his involvement in April-June meetings involving Erdogan’s July self-coup in Turkey and the plot to kidnap Gulen from Pennsylvania. On February 15, 2017, Trump said Flynn was a “wonderful man,” adding, “it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn.”

If Flynn had had his way, what would have happened to Fethulleh Gulen would not have only been unfair, but illegal and likely fatal to Gulen. As for this editor, ignoring the proposed “project” in Turkey in 2016 was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It smelled from the outset and turned out to be rotten, after all.

Intel TodayFormer National Security Advisor Mike Flynn under FBI investigation for kidnapping plot

Another former spook become reporter, with another perspective, who over the years has had an interested role in the Gulen story…

NewsbudGulen Movement Retaliates Against Sibel Edmonds For Exposing $50 Billion Criminal Network

The Coming Two Coups: The Mysterious Zarrab Case, Mueller, Trump & Erdogan

Events of the weekend of Nov. 4 et seq. in Saudi Arabia…

HaaretzLebanese PM Hariri Resigns Over Tensions With Hezbollah, Vows Iran’s Arms ‘Will Be Cut Off’

Zero HedgeIn Shocking Purge, Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown

SputnikHelicopter With Saudi Prince, Government Officials Crashes Near Yemen Border

The DuranSaudi Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, a business partner of former Lebanese PM Hariri, dies during arrest

Daily Mail‘American mercenaries are torturing’ Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince – and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down ‘just to send a message’

The kind of treatment he could have received in Guantanamo? From Feb. 2015…

TelegraphSaudi princes ‘supported al-Qaeda before 9/11’ claims twentieth hijacker

Senior members of the Saudi royal family were major al-Qaeda donors and were intimately involved with Osama bin Laden’s terror network in the 1990s, one of the group’s former members has testified to a New York court…

Among those listed were Prince Turki al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States and Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor.

BloombergSaudi Prince Who Wooed West Finds Few Friends in Tough Times

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Middle East Eye) – Even Prince Bandar Gets Caught In Prince’s Net

The SakerThe MBS – Blackwater marriage of convenience

Ahram OnlineArab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request: Diplomats

Daily StarSaudi Arabia ‘scrambles fighter jets’ amid fears of WAR in Middle East

Baghdad PostSaudi aeroplanes to shell terrorist Hezbollah positions

WMRNovember 10-12, 2017 — Saudis ask Egypt for overflight permission to hit Lebanon

According to WMR’s sources in Lebanon and France, Saudi Arabia has further inflamed tensions in the Middle East by requesting from its ally, Egypt, permission for Saudi warplanes to overfly Egyptian territory to bomb Lebanon. The de facto new Saudi regime led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) considers Saudi Arabia to be in a state of war with Lebanon.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was called to Riyadh from Lebanon and was forced to read a resignation statement on Saudi television. WMR and other media outlets have reported that Hariri is being held against his will in Riyadh, news that prompted a hasty unscheduled visit to the Saudi capital by French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron was expected to ask MbS to allow Hariri to travel to France, where the ex-prime minister has a home. Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian, has stated that he will not recognize Hariri’s resignation until he has a chance to meet him face-to-face in Beirut. In an ambiguously-phrased statement, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “As far as we know, yes. We think he [Hariri] is free of his movements and it’s important he makes his own choices.”

The International Support Group for Lebanon, which includes the United States, Russia, the European Union, China, and the Arab League supported Aoun’s call for Hariri’s immediate return to Lebanon. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, is a dual Lebanese-Saudi national. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, traveling with Donald Trump in Asia, parroted denials from Saudi Arabia’s chief liar and propagandist Adel al-Jubeir that Hariri is not being held hostage in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait have warned their citizens not to travel to Lebanon.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he opposes any Saudi war with Lebanon and the Shi’a-led Lebanese Hezbollah, which is represented in the rump government formerly headed by Hariri. However, some observers dismiss El-Sisi’s remarks about a Saudi-Lebanese war and point to the fact that he has strongly backed MbS’s coup in Saudi Arabia. El-Sisi said of MbS, “I have confidence in the kingdom’s leadership” and called the situation in Saudi Arabia an “internal issue.”

A Saudi request for overflight of Egyptian territory to launch air attacks on Lebanon would specifically require both Egyptian and Israeli approval for the nearest air corridor — one over the Sinai Peninsula — to be used. The 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty established a series of demilitarized zones in Sinai that may only be breached with the approval of Cairo and Jerusalem. Saudi overflight of Jordan would entail flying over Syria or Israel. Syria would view any Saudi use of Syrian airspace for an attack on Lebanon as an act of war and Saudi planes would be easy prey for Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems deployed in Syria. Saudi overflight of Israeli airspace to hit an Arab country like Lebanon would inflame Arabs and Muslims around the world and likely lead to MbS’s ouster and execution for apostasy by rival Saudi princes.

A Saudi attack on Lebanon using Egyptian Sinai airspace would probably originate from King Faisal Airbase, co-located with Tabuk Regional Airport, the headquarters of Royal Saudi Air Force Wing 7 and home of the “Saudi Hawks” aerobatic display team. [pictured right] The airbase is home to Saudi advanced F-15s and F-16s, as well as E-3A AWACS aircraft that would be used for command, control, and communications for a Saudi attack on Lebanon. A U.S. Air Force cyber-warfare “training unit” is believed to be assigned to the airbase. Israeli Air Force planes have also been sighted at the base delivering military equipment as part of a secret Saudi-Israeli agreement that allows King Faisal Airbase to be used by Israel as a forward support base for an Israeli air attack on Iran. During Israeli flight operations at the airport, civilian flights are canceled and stranded passengers are accommodated, at Saudi government expense, at four-star hotels in Tabuk.

It is ironic that King Faisal Air Base is being used as a hub for Israeli-backed military operations by the Saudis. King Faisal was shot in the face and killed in 1975 by a half-nephew who had just returned from a visit to the United States. Faisal, out of all the Saudi kings, was the most pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. King Faisal was known to present as gifts to official visitors to the kingdom, which included U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, beautifully-bound and gold-embossed copies of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Intelligence OnlineMansour Hadi practically under house arrest

Saudi concern grows over Hezbollah’s support for Houthi

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Daily Star) – Hariri Back In Beirut, Withdraws Resignation

Al MonitorHow Riyadh orchestrated its own downfall in Lebanon

Can Lebanon handle truth about Hariri, Saudi Arabia?

Details of Abbas’ mysterious Saudi trip still scarce

Middle East EyeSaudi Prince Miteb and brother released after three weeks in detention

BloombergCitigroup, UBS Are Among the Banks Most Exposed to Wealthy Saudi

ReutersSaudi Arabia agrees to buy $7 billion in precision munitions from U.S. firms: sources

Intelligence OnlineDefence industry channels in disarray

Real NewsAs US Fuels War Crimes in Yemen, House Says US Involvement is Unauthorized

21st Century WireIndia’s Secret Involvement in the War Against Yemen

Al MonitorSinai massacre forebodes more violence

Pentagon reports troop surge in Middle East

Iran Front PageGen. Soleimani to Iran Leader: ISIS Completely Defeated in Iraq, Syria

Jerusalem PostReport: Israel vows to destroy Iranian positions within 40 km of Syrian border

HaaretzIsrael May Demand Iran Leave Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game

American Herald Tribune (Philip Giraldi) – Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War

Renegade Inc (Daniel Margrain) – How Western imperial power set out to destroy Syria

SputnikWarehouses Full of US-Made ‘Lethal Weapons’ Found by Syrian Army

ThereAreNoSunglasses (The National) – UK Cab. Min. Fired For Visiting Golan Hospital That Also Treats Al-Nusra Wounded

Turkish MinuteTurkish intelligence agency MİT leased busses to transport jihadist to Syria

Zero HedgeIn Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War

Putin Is Mediating A Secret Deal Between Assad And Netanyahu, Bombshell Report Reveals

IndependentVladimir Putin says all big Russian businesses should be ready for war production

Asharq al-AwsatBashir Discusses with Russia Setting up Military Base on Red Sea

Middle East MonitorUAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

INTERNATIONALIST 360°CNN breaks story on Slave Trade in Libya; French Government voices concern for African Migrants

USA TodayOutrage across Africa after report exposes slave trade in Libya

North Africa Post‘Italy is trying to recolonize Libya,’ Saif al-Islam

National InterestLibya: The Forgotten Reason North Korea Desperately Wants Nuclear Weapons

Intel TodayLibyan Nuke Program Was CIA-MI6 Sting Op

Zero HedgeNorth Korea Says “Completed State Nuclear Program”; Warns “The Whole US Is In Range”

NBC NewsNorth Korea missile went 10 times higher than space station

ReutersU.S. warns North Korean leadership will be ‘utterly destroyed’ in case of war

Intelligence OnlinePyongyang turns to Raul Castro

BloombergRussia Suggests North Korea Taking Step Toward Denuclearization

Wall Street JournalTrump, Xi Push Opposing Views on Trade

WSAZ 3 (Huntington WV) – Delegation from China in West Virginia, governor says

il GiornaleLa versione dei cecchini sulla strage di Kiev: «Ordini dall’opposizione» – translation at Washington’s Blog

BloombergSoros Says Hungarian Campaign Against Him Is Based on Lies

RTIt flies, and it snoops: Norway’s pricey F-35s caught sending ‘sensitive data’ to US

Intel TodayBarcelona Terror Attacks — Imam was CNI Informant

ReutersZimbabwe’s army seizes power, Mugabe confined but “safe”

Black Agenda Report (Netfa Freeman) – Clearing the Smoke and Mirrors Around Zimbabwe

(Yash Tandon) – Robert Mugabe: A Political Epitaph

teleSURVenezuela Reaches Deal with Russia on Debt Restructuring

BloombergTrump Administration Restricts Cuba Travel and Business Dealings

RTWashington orders RT America to register as foreign agent by Monday

International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsParadise Papers: Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia links and Piggy Banks of the Wealthiest 1 Percent

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Tolo News) – Does Pentagon Have CIA Permission To Wage War On Its Afghan Opium?

InterceptTOP U.S.-BACKED HONDURAN SECURITY MINISTER IS RUNNING DRUGS, ACCORDING TO COURT TESTIMONY

New York Times – Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation

The NYT does not have the best record when it comes to uranium stories (as in Judith Miller’s yellow-cake uranium fabrications which abetted G.W. Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq), credit must be given however to the NYT for braking the Uranium One story over two years ago, April 24, 2015, via Wayback MachineCash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

And it found new life with the Malheur standoff in Oregon…

Intellihub (Wayback Machine Jan. 23, 2016) – Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russian’s along with one-fifth of our uranium ore

Redoubt NewsAlternative Media Vindicated in Uranium One Reports

Steemit (libertyranger)  – Hammond and Bundy Ranch Standoffs tied directly to.. wait for it.. wait.. wait .. URANIUM ONE!…

Blacklisted NewsEX-CLINTON FOUNDATION OFFICIAL TIED TO CHINESE KINDERGARTEN EMBROILED IN BIZARRE SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL

Free Thought ProjectJudge Protects Fmr House Speaker and Admitted Child Rapist, Telling His Victim He Can’t Sue

America’s Freedom FightersMAJOR Player In Hillary’s INNER CIRCLE ‘Suddenly’ ‘COMMITS SUICIDE,’ LOOK What He Knew

Arkansas Democrat-GazetteJudge to look at files in 1987 deaths of 2 boys found on central Arkansas railroad tracks

FOX News‘Blowback’: Clinton campaign planned to fire me over email probe, Obama intel watchdog says

Politico (Donna Brazile) – Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

Daily CallerDonna Brazile Has A Theory About Who Killed Seth Rich

The DuranWhen Donna Brazile begged Hillary Clinton to find Seth Rich’s killer, Hillary “blew her off”

Judicial WatchNew FBI Records Show FBI Leadership’s Conflicts of Interest Discussions on Clinton Email Investigation

Foreign PolicyRussian Billionaire Files Application Seeking Testimony of British Spy Behind Trump Dossier

SputnikWikiLeaks: CIA Wrote Code to ‘Impersonate’ Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab

From April, but timely to revisit…

American SpectatorConfirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

InfowarsRoger Stone’s Statement on His WikiLeaks Contact Randy Credico

Zero Hedge (Eric Zuesse) – Why Robert Mueller Was Selected To Be The Special Prosecutor

HuffPo Yanks Article On Russiagate Hysteria By Award Winning Journalist Joe Lauria – So Here It Is

The tin-foiling of Bill Binney…

InterceptCIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory — at Trump’s Request

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – NBC Pushes an Unfounded Conspiracy Theory on Behalf of CIA

IntelNews (Vanity Fair) – Israeli armed raid in Syria reportedly led to US banning laptops on some flights

Intelligence OnlineJenovice invents automatic WiFi interceptor

New YorkerHarvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies

Middle East MonitorThe Israeli spy company which protected Weinstein operates in London; Britain must investigate its activities

Washington ExaminerTime Inc. will be sold to Meredith Corporation for $2.8 billion in deal partly funded by Koch brothers

Medium (David Huerta) – Why the NSA Can’t Listen to My Mixtape …and why I mailed it to them as a reminder.

Physics-Astronomy.comChinese Researchers Have Achieved The Impossible: They Have Actually Created An EM Drive

IndependentUS military to develop genetically modified plants to spy in environments ‘unsuitable for traditional sensors’

Farm Wars (ENSSER) – New research finds common herbicides cause antibiotic resistance

RTMexico revokes Monsanto’s permit to market GMO soy

Japan TimesJapan still at a stalemate as Fukushima’s radioactive water grows by 150 tons a day

ENENews“Fears of a major nuclear accident” — Reuters: Radioactivity levels surged to 1,000 times normal in Russia — AP: “Extremely high contamination” — Concerns over gov’t cover-up

AP: “Japan poised to flood Pacific with 1 Million tons of nuclear water contaminated by Fukushima” — Newsweek: “Experts want Japan to push a Million tons of radioactive water Into ocean” — Release could kill fishing industry

SeemorerocksSigns of an accelerating increase in methane concentration in the atmosphere after 2014: satellite data for the Arctic

GeoEngineering WatchOzone Layer Collapse, A Former NASA Contract Engineer Warns Of Planetary Omnicide

…headlines of interest, September/October 2017…

[Editor’s note: we are falling woefully behind in our project of aggregating the news of note in what had been fortnightly installments, then monthly, now bi-monthly, and the way things are going, perhaps eventually in quarterly, or “the year that was…” editions. As it stands, this edition is riddled with the lacunae of stories which ought to be included (much more lacunae than the usual), but we will sporadically fill in the blanks with updates. Those of you who have Auribus Arrectis delivered to your inbox, take note. The organized chaos you now have will become more organized, less chaotic on the website as we update.]

After over a year of anticipation for the Trump/Russia collusion scandal…

Circa (Sara Carter) – A US consulting firm with ties to the Clintons lobbied on behalf of Russia’s nuclear giant

Sen. Charles Grassley: Let former FBI informant speak about Uranium One scheme

The Hill (John Soloman and Alison Spann) – FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision

FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says

Meanwhile, Mueller fires his volleys…

Manafort indicted, surrenders to FBI

The DuranWas Papadopoulos the victim of a sting? Some evidence suggests it

NBC NewsMueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta

PoliticoTony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe

Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate

Wall Street JournalRussia Probe Puts Focus on Washington Research Firm

Look in the mirror WSJ

Daily CallerCNN’s Undisclosed Ties To Fusion GPS

Washington Free BeaconFusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon

Moon of AlabamaBritish Involvement In “Trump Dossier” Needs Further Investigation

Roll of the bullets in Vegas…

CryptogonLas Vegas: Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Wayne Madsen ReportOctober 9-11, 2017 — The politics surrounding a massacre

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo was surprisingly open to the press about where his initial investigation was leading in the wake of alleged gunman Stephen Paddock’s massacre of 58 people and wounding of some 489 others gathered at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1. At a press conference on October 4, Lombardo held out the possibility that Paddock may have had assistance in carrying out his deadly massacre from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip.

Lombardo said, “Do you think this was all accomplished on his own? . . . Self value, face value, you got to make the assumption that he had to have had some help at some point. And we want to ensure that that’s the answer. Maybe he’s a super guy … [he] was working out all of this on his own. But it’d be hard for me to believe that.”

Lombardo also revealed that Paddock booked an AirBnB room at the Ogden condominium in Las Vegas the prior weekend. That room overlooked another concert venue, the Life Is Beautiful music festival. Other factoids offered by Lombardo included the fact that Paddock, while firing his weapons, stood back from the hotel’s smashed-out windows to protect himself from return police sniper fire. Lombardo later revealed that a note with a list of numbers was found in one of the two adjoining suites comped to Paddock by the Mandalay because of his high-roller gambler status. The sheriff’s office was also the apparent source for a report that someone with a room key card and who was not hotel staff entered Paddock’s suite while he was away from the hotel.

Lombardo’s willingness to be open with the public hearkens back to the “Sagebrush Rebellion” of the 1980s, when elected sheriffs in the Rocky Mountain West demonstrated their fierce independence from dictates out of Washington. The more information Lombardo offered the press, the more Las Vegas FBI special agent-in-charge (SAC) Aaron Rouse pushed back against Lombardo’s revelations. The conflict between Western sheriffs and the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are ingrained in federal-state relations extending from Arizona through Nevada and into the upper Rockies.

Lombardo, a Republican, was elected sheriff of Clark County in 2014. Lombardo spent 30 years as a Las Vegas police officer prior to being elected sheriff. His office also places him in charge of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Department. While Lombardo has police authority within the city limits of Las Vegas, the famed “Strip” lies outside the city limits but Lombardo still has ultimate police authority over the casino region as the sheriff of Clark County.

It was noteworthy that Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman pushed back against Lombardo’s statement that Paddock may have had help. Goodman brushed off additional parties being involved in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. She insisted that the word “may” was key and reiterated the investigation remained inconclusive, despite the earlier comments by Lombardo. Ms. Goodman succeeded her husband Oscar Goodman as mayor seven years ago.

Oscar Goodman, who owns a steakhouse in Las Vegas, is a former Philadelphia lawyer for mobsters like Nicky Scarfo and Phil Leonetti. While practicing law in Las Vegas, Goodman represented other mobsters, including Meyer Lansky, Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein, and Stardust “skim” boss Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. Now an independent, Oscar Goodman ran for mayor in 1998 as a Democrat. Carolyn Goodman declined to endorse either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Some local Las Vegas journalists regard the Goodmans as part of the mob scene in Las Vegas. Oscar Goodman pushed hard for U.S. Congressional approval and budget earmarking for Las Vegas’s Mob Museum, located in the old U.S. Post Office Building and which honors the mob’s contributions to the founding of Las Vegas.

FBI agent Rouse only offered up the fact that the FBI’s investigation of the mass shooting extended “across the United States and all across the world.” Paddock is known to have traveled widely international, including booking cruises to Europe and the Middle East. Rouse was appointed Special Agent-in-Charge for Las Vegas in 2016 by then-FBI director James Comey. His previous job was section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. Prior to that he served in the Tampa and San Antonio Divisions. In what may represent a first, Rouse announced that the FBI, Las Vegas Police, and Clear Channel Outdoors, a subsidiary of the right-wing iHeartMedia, Inc., were partnering in a Las Vegas area billboard information campaign to encourage people to contact the FBI if they have information on Paddock or anyone else with knowledge of the shooting. Borrowing from the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign on counter-terrorism, the FBI is spearheading a campaign based on “If you know something, say something,” along with a 1-800-CallFBI tip line.

The FBI did not seem interested in the fact that on the morning of October 2, the morning after the Las Vegas shooting, Nye County Sheriff’s deputies arrested wanted violent felon Duane Johnson, who may have been armed, run into Manse Elementary School in Pahrump, Nevada, which is about 62 miles to the west of Las Vegas. Johnson was not apprehended. Nye County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to reports of an armed man at both Floyd Elementary and Rosemary Clarke Middle Schools, both also in Pahrump.

In the past few days, Lombardo has apparently been sidelined at joint FBI-Las Vegas Sheriff’s Department press conferences by his Undersheriff Kevin McMahill, a graduate of the CIA-connected Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. McMahill is a graduate of Columbia Southern University, a distance-learning and for-profit institution headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama. Lombardo’s recent absence coincides with a tightening up on law enforcement information provided to the media concerning the mass shooting.

There is increasing evidence, based on Paddock’s life style, background — including being a private pilot — financial wealth, and international travel, that he may have served as an underworld hitman. Two Hollywood movies, “The Mechanic” and “The Accountant,” provide main characters — hit men — who mirror Paddock’s personality and background. Paddock’s fascination with numbers and weapons, as well as his previous job as an accountant for a Lockheed subsidiary and the Internal Revenue Service, closely match the persona of the Ben Affleck character, Christian Wolff, in “The Accountant.”…

Las Vegas is the capital city of contract hits. Adding credibility to the Paddock-as-a-professional-hitman theory is Lombardo’s stated belief that Paddock [pictured left] intended to survive the aftermath of the shooting. Paddock may have had a specific target in the concert crowd but some other party may have altered the scenario from a single hit to a mass shooting. Paddock appears to have specialized in sniper hits into large crowds at long ranges and from tall structures as evidenced by his interest in renting hotel rooms overlooking Chicago’s Grant Park during a major music festival there in the summer of 2016 and Boston’s Fenway Park, another popular venue for concerts…..

Mad Cow NewsThe Vegas shooter, general aviation, & CIA planespotting

MFA TV (Vimeo) – Key Tropicana Witness Bombshell Videos / Shooter on Roof of MB? / Multiple Shooters Proven

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Courier-Mail) – Aussie Witness Reports Multiple Shooters At Las Vegas Massacre

(New York News Day) – Las Vegas Shooting Victim Reports He Was Shot By Gunman On Ground Has Horizontal Bullet Entry Wounds

LiveLeakLas vegas PD radio shooting at Mandalay Bay

Black Pilled (Youtube) – Entire Vegas Shooting Continuous Synced from Different Angles rendered at 4k

Kip HerriageInsider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack

Events in the Koreas…

September 2

FOX NewsTrump considers withdrawing from trade deal with South Korea amid tensions with North

Korean Central News AgencyRodong Sinmun Ridicules S. Korean Puppet Warmongers Going Reckless

Though the puppet forces kick off war hysteria, backed by the U.S., they are more than scabby sheep.

If we fire, they will die. This is the inescapable fate of the puppet warmongers.

The puppet military gangsters should always be mindful that if they pretend to be brave, they would not save their skins as they have neither measure nor capability to cope with the ensuing consequences.

It is as foolish an act as exposing the neck under straw cutter to dare counter the world-level military power equipped with powerful nuclear striking means.

If the south Korean puppet forces continue to go reckless, misjudging the surging resentment and will of our army and people, they would face a horrible disaster. -0-

Minju Joson on Unlimited Might of DPRK’s National Defence Industry

In the past period, the DPRK was unilaterally exposed to nuclear blackmail and threat by the U.S. as a non-nuclear state, but today it has tremendous capability of making nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland. The U.S. bluffing that not even a shell has been dropped in its mainland has already become a past thing.

The will of the Korean army and people to make the mainland of the U.S., not the Korean peninsula, the final and decisive battle-site, has been accepted as an established theory, not as a hypothesis…

[Comment: If the DPRK has dropped a shell on the U.S. mainland, that would be a KCNA exclusive.]

DPRK Nuclear Weapons Institute on Successful Test of H-bomb for ICBM

Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) — The Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK gave the following statement in connection with the perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for ICBM:

Scientists in the nuclear field of the DPRK successfully carried out a test of H-bomb for ICBM in the northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK at 12:00 on September 3, true to the Workers’ Party of Korea’s plan for building a strategic nuclear force.

The H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility of the power control technology and internal structural design newly introduced into manufacturing H-bomb to be placed at the payload of the ICBM.

The result of the experimental measurements showed that the power specifications of nuclear warhead including total explosion power and fission to fusion power rate and all other physical specifications reflecting the qualitative level of two-stage thermo-nuclear weapon fully complied with design figures. It was also confirmed that even though the recent test was carried out with the bomb of unprecedentedly big power, there were neither emission through ground surface nor leakage of radioactive materials nor did it have any adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment.

The test re-confirmed the precision of the compression technology and the fission chain reaction start control technology of the first system of the H-bomb and proved once again that the nuclear material utility rate in the first system and the second system reached the levels reflected in the design.

Symmetrical compression of nuclear charge, its fission detonation and high-temperature nuclear fusion ignition, and the ensuing rapidly boosting fission-fusion reactions, which are key technologies for enhancing the nuclear fusion power of the second-system of the H-bomb, were confirmed to have been realized on a high level. This helped prove that the directional combination structure and multi-layer radiation explosion-proof structural design of the first system and the second system used for the manufacture of the H-bomb were very accurate and the light thermal radiation-resisting materials and neutron-resisting materials were rationally selected.

The test helped draw the conclusion that the Korean-style analytic method and calculation programs for the complicated physical processes occurring in the first and second systems were put on the high level and that the engineering structure of the H-bomb as a nuclear warhead designed on the Juche basis including the structure of the nuclear charge of the second system was creditable.

The test once again confirmed the reliability of the concentration-type nuke detonation control system fully verified through a nuclear warhead detonation test and test-launches of various ballistic rockets.

The perfect success in the test of the H-bomb for ICBM clearly proved that the Juche-based nukes of the DPRK have been put on a highly precise basis, the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed and the design and production technology of nuclear weapons of the DPRK has been put on a high level to adjust its destructive power in consideration of the targets and purposes. It also marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force.

The Central Committee the WPK extended warm congratulations to the scientists and technicians in the nuclear field in the northern nuclear test ground on their successful H-bomb test for ICBM. -0-

Intel TodayNORTH KOREA Claims to Have Successfully Tested H-Bomb [First estimate of the Yield]

ReutersNorth Korea says it conducts hydrogen bomb test; Trump issues trade threat

North Korea warns U.S. of ‘greatest pain’, rejects sanctions

China’s military practices for ‘surprise attack’ over sea near Korea

Organization of Asia Pacific News AgenciesU.S. Administration Will Have to Pay Dearly for Haley’s Tongue-lashing: KCNA Commentary

The DuranKim Jong-Un delivers rare personal address to Donald Trump

South Korean President Moon calls for peace – endorses Putin style economic cooperation

Zero HedgeBannon Held Secret Meeting With China’s Second Most Powerful Man

“Tired Mountain Syndrome” – North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Is Headed For A Deadly Collapse

38 NorthNorth Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects and New Activity in Alternate Tunnel Portal Areas

South China Morning PostLandslides detected at North Korea’s nuclear test site after Chinese expert warns blast zone at risk of imploding

It went on Oct. 31…

Korea Herald (Asahi) – As many as 200 N. Koreans killed in tunnel collapse at nuclear test site: report

NK DailyQuanhe Customs closes following nuclear test

The SunLOCK AND LOADED North Korea ‘secretly moving ballistic missile towards west coast’ and threatens America with the ‘final miserable end’ after US warns Kim Jong-un is begging for war

Global ResearchStatements of Russia’s President Putin and South Korea’s President Moon Regarding Economic Cooperation and North Korea

Yonhap News AgencyS. Koreans clash with police over U.S. missile system

Alert 5Additional THAAD launchers being deployed in Seongjun, South Korea

AntiwarUS Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula in Show of Force

Reuters – U.S. warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea – U.S. officials

A North Korea nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying

NASA SpaceflightSpaceX launches first X-37B launch with a Falcon 9

Business InsiderThe Air Force’s ‘rods from god’ could hit with the force a nuclear weapon — but with no fallout

RTRussia to help Japan clean up Fukushima disaster – Putin

McClatchy DCChina speeds ahead of U.S. as quantum race escalates, worrying scientists

The Duran (Adam Garrie) – BRICS in talks to create own cryptocurrency in another blow to US Dollar

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – The real BRICS bombshell

OilPrice.comChina Readies Yuan-Priced Crude Oil Benchmark Backed By Gold

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Pajhwok) – Hekmatyar has links with Daesh

CIA Fake News About Taliban/ISIS Deal Falls Flat On Its Face In Nangarhar

Zero HedgeRussia Accuses US Of “State Hooliganism”

Wayne Madsen ReportSeptember 5-6, 2017 — Closing Russian mission in San Francisco slaps a rich cultural history

The decision by the Trump administration to order the Russian Consulate-General closed within 48-hours is not only a violation of the 1964 Soviet-American Consular Convention but a slap at the rich Russian cultural history of San Francisco and northern California. For the Trump administration to give a fully-functioning consulate-general, busy issuing Russian visas to U.S. citizens and permanent residents and renewing Russian passports of Russian citizen permanent residents and dual citizens in the United States, is as much an act of a tin pot dictatorship as was the U.S. visa ban imposed against seven predominantly Muslim nations and the decision to deport from the United States some 850,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) registrants after they were promised a road to permanent residency and citizenship.

The 48-hour notice given to the Russian government before FBI and CIA agents rummaged through the consulate-general forced consular staff to initiate an emergency destruction protocol. Consular officials had to burn sensitive blank visas, files containing personal data on U.S. and Russian nationals, and other sensitive material, including Russian coding documents, as San Francisco thermometers reached triple-digit temperatures. While Russian crews in San Francisco were hastily packing to meet the 48-hour notice, the staffs of Russian trade offices in New York and Washington were also busy emptying their buildings. However, in New York and Washington, Russian diplomats had the luxury of moving some of the more critical files and equipment to the Russian Mission to the United Nations and the Russian embassy. The San Francisco mission did not have that choice. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the U.S. move “boorish.”

Even after the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany subsequent to the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. never entered the grounds of the German embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. Moreover, the German staff was given enough time to burn classified coding material before they turned themselves in to American authorities for internment at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia. The Swiss government, not the FBI, took possession of the German embassy as the protecting power for Germany in the United States. The literal storming of the Russian missions by FBI and CIA personnel during a period of full diplomatic relations with Moscow is without precedence in modern U.S. diplomatic history. The actions are more of those of a Third World banana republic than a functioning democracy.

The last time a country gave a 48-hour notice to a diplomatic mission to pack up and leave was in January 2016, when Saudi Arabia gave Iran two days to evacuate its embassy in Riyadh. The move followed the Saudi severance of diplomatic ties with Iran.

In 1961, when the U.S. shut down its embassy in Havana following the severance of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, U.S. ambassador Philip W. Bonsal was faced with the problem of having to destroy or transfer some 50,000 visa applications that were on file from Cubans wanting to come to the U.S. Had these files fallen into Cuban government hands, the repercussions for the visa applicants may have been swift and severe. Yet, the Trump administration showed no regard for the thousands of visa applications and U.S. and other passports that were in the hands of the Russian Consulate-General when it issued its Third World-style 48-hour closure notice.

In 1973, the U.S. embassy in Kampala, Uganda was closed within a 48-hour window as a result of threats to the embassy staff from the cannibalistic Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin. The evacuation of the embassy came after Amin sent President Richard Nixon a message that wished him “a speedy recovery from Watergate.” The Deputy Chief of Mission had to contend with many issues in the two-day window provided for evacuation: the breaking of leases; transferring U.S. diplomatic property to the protecting power, West Germany; and providing local employees with normal and severance pay. In the case of the Russian Consulate-General in San Francisco, there is no protecting power to assume control of the property since diplomatic relations with Russia have not been severed. The missions in San Francisco, New York, and Washington have been placed under U.S. State Department custodianship. In any event, Donald Trump’s 48-hour notice is more in keeping with the diplomatic protocol recognized by Idi Amin than any rational world leader.

The Russian Consulate-General, with the exception of a few intervening years, was the oldest foreign consulate in San Francisco. The consular office, located at 2790 Green Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood, has served as a cultural center for San Francisco’s Russian-American and Russian community in San Francisco. The decision by Washington to close the Russian consular office in San Francisco was as much a cultural slap for an American ethnic group as would have been the expulsion of the Irish consulate in Boston, the Israeli Consulate-General in New York, the Mexican Consulate-General in Los Angeles, or the French Consulate-General in New Orleans…

The history of the Russian diplomatic presence in San Francisco goes back to 1852. The first Russian diplomatic envoy in the Bay Area, Vice Consul Peter Kostromitinov, also served as the chief administrator for Russian settlers in Alta California, who were the original inhabitants of the first Russian-American Company colony at Fort Ross, established in 1812. Fort Ross was located on what is now Bodega Bay, previously known to the Russians as the Gulf of Rumyantsev. Fort Ross — Ross being the shortened word for “Rossiya” — was the hub for Russian settlements along the northern California and Oregon coasts and which extended inland along the banks of the Russian River to towns like Sebastopol. Fort Ross was also linked to the Russian community in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco…

There is some question about the legality of the sale of the Russian-American colony to the agent for a Mexican citizen originally from Switzerland named John Sutter, of California Gold Rush infamy. Sutter’s agent, a pro-slavery former Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury named William Montgomery Steuart, may have swindled the Russians in the sale by the Russians of their California land holdings sometime between 1841 and 1849. There is no record of the agreed-to price of between $20,000 and $30,000 in gold and U.S. currency being paid to the Russian government by either Steuart or Sutter, both known to be notorious grifters of their time. Historians cannot agree on the actual year of the alleged sale and accounts claim it was in 1841, 1842, and 1849. Lacking is any legitimate documentation proving the date of the sale or its overall legality. What is known is that in 1848 gold was discovered in California and Sutter presided over an onrush of schemers and ne’er-do-wells who flooded into the region, mostly from points east.

Under business law, the lack of a consideration in a contract, in this case money, would result in a null contract. However, under English civil law, which permits adverse possession of property by usurpers, invaders, or squatters, there is little legal recourse for the Russians today. However, in a purely legal world, without arcane feudalistic laws that permitted the ownership of humans as chattel and occupation of native American lands by white invaders, instead of the U.S. ordering Russian Consul-General Sergey Petrov from the Russian compound in San Francisco, the Russians could have ordered the U.S. government out of Russian-claimed lands from Point Arena to Tomales Bay and Sebastopol and Santa Rosa to Healdsburg and Forestville. Unlike the Americans, Spaniards, and Mexicans, the Russian-American Company agents who first set shore upon the Alta California coast and the banks of the Russian River negotiated the sale of lands from the local native American tribes. In fact, the Russians treated the local native peoples as equals and not as savages, as was the method of the Americans…

From 1863 to 1864, the Russian Consulate in San Francisco served as an important liaison between the Union forces and the Russian Far East Fleet. Tsar Alexander II, in response to a request from President Abraham Lincoln for Russian help in defending the two critical American ports of San Francisco and New York, dispatched his Far East and Baltic Fleets to San Francisco and New York, respectively. The Far East Fleet that arrived from Vladivostok consisted of the Finnish-built corvette Kalevala, three other corvettes, Bogatyr, Rynda and Novik, and two Finnish-built clippers, the sister-ships Abrek and Vsadnik.

With the defense of New York and San Francisco in the hands of the Russians, the U.S. Navy was free to attack Confederate ports, as well as Confederate merchant ships and raiders. One such raider, the CSS Shenandoah, transferred to the Confederacy by the British Navy, was planning to attack San Francisco. However, when Confederate spies in the city reported to the Shenandoah that the Russian fleet commander, Rear Admiral A. A. Popov, ordered his ships to fire on and sink the Shenandoah upon first sight, the Confederate ship decided to head for southern waters to prey on unarmed American whaling fleets…

In 1867, the deal whereby Russia sold its Alaska Territory to the United States was partly enabled by the ethnc Finnish consul for Russia in San Francisco, Gustave Niebaum. Finland was then an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. In 1879, Niebaum established the Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, California…

After the Russian Consulate closed in 1924 when the new Soviet government failed to pay for its operational costs, the last consul-general of the Russian Empire, Artemy M. Vyvodtsev, voluntarily maintained consular services at the consulate on California Street at his own expense until 1933, when the United States and Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. The consulate reopened at a building on Divisadero Street. In 1948, the consulate was closed during the “Red scare-mongering” days of the Cold War and would not reopen until 1973 at the Green Street location…

IndependentRussia was the target of Nato’s own fake news

US ‘to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert’ for first time since Cold War

NewsmaxNuclear Bombers Alert? No Immediate Plans, Air Force Says

ReutersJews around world alarmed by far-right breakthrough in Germany

Unz Review (The Saker) – The Crooks, the Clowns and the Nazis

Consortium News (James W. Cardin) – Fueling More Bloodshed in Ukraine

Intelligence OnlineRepublicans relaunch Ukrainian cyber counter-offensive

Kiev to provide SIGINT materiel to Abu Dhabi

UkrinformSBU says explosion in Kyiv investigated as terrorist attack

Fort Russ (DNR News) – Ukraine: 30,000 evacuate from ammunition depot blast zone

“Sabotage”: Will the Kalinovka Explosion reach Kiev?

(Новороссия) – Ukraine’s defense minister blames arsenal fire on “Suspicious Space Vehicles”

(Новороссия) – Pravy Sektor unit comes under Ukrainian mortar fire

Video has surfaced of the knockout in the Kiev Oblast Council

US praises Kiev’s new law undermining Minsk Agreements

(FreiPresse) – Railfan captures pictures of US tanks crossing Germany by the trainload: officials are saying nothing

(Breakingnews.sy) – Syria urges UN to put an end to the illegal Israeli violations of its airspace and bombing its military positions

ABC NewsIsrael strikes deep in Syria, said to hit military facility

Al MonitorRussian defense minister arrives in Tel Aviv as Israel strikes Syria

SputnikIsrael Destroys Syrian Air Defence Battery After Alleged ‘Shelling’

US Aircraft Evacuates Over 20 Daesh Commanders From Deir ez-Zor – Source

Al Masdar NewsISIS fighter admits that ISIS is forbidden to attack Kurdish forces in Deir Ezzor

RTSyrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS

Zero HedgeMore Than 100 Turkish Soldiers, 30 Armored Vehicles Cross Into Syria

Fort RussHay’at Tahrir Al Sham terrorists escort Erdogan regime officers to Idleb to discuss the deployment of the Turkish forces

Joulani, the supreme leader of Tahrir Al Sham (ex-Al Nusra Front) seriously injured in a Russian air strike, loses an arm

Al-Nusra claims leader is in good health contradicting Russian claims following devastating airstrike

Hezbollah fighters get killed by US Air Force amid their anti-ISIS campaign in Palmyra countryside

(Вести) – Pentagon in bed with terrorists – Investigative Report

Moon of AlabamaSyria – U.S. CentCom Declares War On Russia

ThereAreNoSunglasses Syrian/Russian Counter-Offensive Stops CIA-Coordinated Al-Nusra Terrorist Advance

Pentagon’s War Crimes Grow, They Just Laid Claim To Central Syria, Where Syria’s Oil Is

(Arab News) – Trump Forces Reversal of Saudi-Qatari Spat In Yemen, Al-QAP Is Screwed

(Nakhel News Iraq) – The Real Reason For Donald Trump’s Anti-Iran Vendetta Losing A Nightclub To Anti-Shah Revolution?

Al Monitor (Fars) – Iran: Trump requested Rouhani meeting in New York

Wayne Madsen ReportSeptember 15-17, 2017 — New threat emerges in the Middle East: the MBZ-MBS axis

A new and dangerous political duo has emerged on the Arabian peninsula, one that threatens to further radicalize Sunni Islam and engage in aggression against smaller countries in the region. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), who secretly met with members of the Donald Trump transition team in New York in December 2016, and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), have created an alliance dubbed the “MBZ-MBS” team.

To date, MBZ-MBS have destabilized the Middle East by concocting a false story and planting it on the web site of the Qatar News Agency (QNA). The false story claimed that Qatar’s emir was consorting with Iran against Saudi Arabia. The Saudis and the United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is the dominant emirate, also accused Qatar of harboring Islamist terrorists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah. It was MBZ and MBS who led international sanctions against Qatar, convincing Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, and other Muslim countries to join in.

The false story inserted into the QNA computers was reportedly the brain child of Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States. Otaiba enjoys warm relations with the Israeli Mossad, as well as with Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, the pro-Israeli Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Israeli agent-of-influence in Washington, Elliott Abrams. Kushner began inserting himself into Persian Gulf politics after Qatar’s former prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, a.k.a. H.B.J., refused Kushner’s request for a $500 million investment in Kushner’s money-losing building at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Otaiba is believed by some intelligence circles of being a key intermediary in the sale of Israeli missile technology to North Korea, using the UAE as a go-between.

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, MBZ flew to New York last December to meet with senior Trump transition officials, including Kushner, Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, and Trump’s designated national security adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn. What eventually emerged was a Donald Trump who was quick to embrace the Saudis and Abu Dhabi and criticize Qatar and Iran as “supporters of terrorism.”

Shortly after the MBZ-Trump team meeting in New York, another Trump national security adviser, Erik Prince, the founder of the Blackwater mercenary firm, met with a Russian government envoy in Seychelles. The meeting was arranged under the auspices of MBZ, who owns a large mansion near the capital of Victoria. Prince and MBZ are close business partners in the Abu Dhabi-based mercenary firm, Reflex Responses (R2). MBZ’s government owns 51 percent of the shares in the company, which maintains a massive training and logistics support base outside the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi at a military base called Zayed Military City.

It is believed now that the Seychelles meeting involved MBZ and entailed assigning areas of responsibility to R2, on behalf of the Trump administration, to engage in military operations in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia and its semi-autonomous State of Puntland, and Afghanistan. Prince and MBZ met with the Russian envoy to urge Russia to pull its support for Iran and the Bashar al Assad government in Syria. The Seychelles meeting may have also involved discussions about a Flynn operation for the Trump administration to work with the Russians to provide nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Flynn and Prince are suspected of being in cahoots in providing military equipment to UAE mercenary and regular forces in Yemen and other countries. Flynn’s four companies, Flynn Intel Group, LLC., Flynn Intel, Inc., FIG Cyber Inc., and FIG Aviation, all headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, are in close proximity to Knowledge International, LLC, a firm that includes such retired brass as General Bryan Brown, former head of the U.S. Special Operations Command; General James Conway, former commandant of the Marine Corps; and General Stanley McChrystal, former U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan. Knowledge International LLC, also based in Alexandria, provides over $500 million in military equipment sales to the UAE per annum. Some of that assistance ends up in the hands of Prince’s R2. Flynn Intel Group used McChrystal’s Alexandria townhouse as its corporate address…

One of the reasons why current national security adviser Lt. General H. R. McMaster, White House chief of staff John Kelly, and Defense Secretary James Mattis wanted Bannon fired from the White House was Bannon’s support for R2 and Prince taking over responsibility for fighting the Taliban and other Islamist groups in Afghanistan from the U.S. military. Bannon had some support for his proposal from within the Trump cabinet. Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos is Prince’s sister.

The MBZ meeting at the Trump Tower was considered such a threat to U.S. national security that Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the National Security Agency to lift minimization controls imposed on intercepts of the communications of “U.S. persons” to discover who was present at the clandestine meeting with MBZ.

R2 employs no Muslim mercenaries. Its force is primarily composed of former special forces personnel from Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Australia, United States, Honduras, Panama, El Salvadoran, Romania, Britain, and France.

MBS recently ordered the arrest of relatively “moderate” Wahhabi Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia who urged reconciliation with Qatar. Several Saudi intellectuals were also arrested. MBS is known to be close to a number of radical Salafists who dominate Saudi religious institutions. In February of this year, MBS ordered the arrest of the UAE chairman of the UAE Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, for planning a coup in the country. Al Thani was reportedly colluding with Dubai’s Emir, sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as Vice President of the UAE. Dubai has not been happy with MBZ’s and MBS’s sanctions against Qatar and Iran, two countries with which Dubai has maintained close relations. The son of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, has also weighed in against MBZ, calling him a “deceiver.”

MBS and MBZ have supported a Qatari royal faction suspected of planning a “bloodless coup” to overthrow Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. In June of this year, MBS took power as heir apparent of Saudi Arabia after his father, King Salman, deposed his nephew, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince. The royal palace’s internal coup resulted in several of Nayef’s supporters, especially in the Interior Ministry, which was previously headed by Nayef, being purged and Nayef being confined to house arrest.

MBZ has reportedly engaged in a program of colonizing various islands and regions for the UAE. Abu Dhabi has established a colonial-like presence on the Yemeni islands of Socotra and Abd al Kuri in the Gulf of Aden, Perim island in the Red Sea, large swaths of South Yemen, and the port of Berbera in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, in a deal approved by Israel, is gaining control of the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir in the strategic Strait of Tiran. The UAE has also shown an interest in the Caribbean island of Barbuda, now totally devoid of its population in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The Saudis are known to be shopping for islands in the Maldives and Seychelles. The Seychelles and Comoros have also attracted the attention of the UAE.

Trump claims to be fighting “radical Islamic terrorism.” However, Trump’s attendance at a Sunni-only Muslim summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; his coddling of MBS and MBZ; and his bellicose statement directed against U.S. ally Qatar have all served the interests of “radical Wahhabist Islam” and have made the Middle East a more dangerous place.

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