As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position it’s best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice president’s enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel.
Saying that Haspel would make a great CIA director, Cheney dismissed concerns over the CIA’s torture program. Asked in a television interview last week about the program, Cheney said, “if it were my call, I’d do it again.”
Sadly, the majority of the US Senate agreed with Cheney that putting a torturer in charge of the CIA was a good idea. Only two Republicans – Senators Paul and Flake – voted against Haspel. And just to confirm that there really is only one political party in Washington, it was the “yes” vote of crossover Democrats that provided the margin of victory. Americans should really be ashamed of those sent to Washington to represent us.
Just this month, the New York Times featured an article written by a woman who was kidnapped and send to the secret CIA facility in Thailand that Haspel was said to have overseen. The woman was pregnant at the time and she recounted in the article how her CIA torturers would repeatedly punch her in the stomach. She was not convicted or even accused of a crime. She was innocent. But she was tortured on Haspel’s watch.
Is this really what we are as a country? Do we really want to elevate such people to the highest levels of government where they can do more damage to the United States at home and overseas?
As the news comes out that Obama holdovers in the FBI and CIA infiltrated the Trump campaign to try and elect Hillary Clinton, President Trump’s seeming lack of understanding of how the deep state operates is truly bewildering. The US increasingly looks like a banana republic, where the permanent state and not the people get to decide who’s in charge.
But instead of condemning the CIA’s role in an attempted coup against his own administration, Trump condemned former CIA director John Brennan for “undermining confidence” in the CIA. Well, the CIA didn’t need John Brennan to undermine our confidence in the CIA. The Agency itself long ago undermined the confidence of any patriotic American. Not only has the CIA been involved in torture, it has manipulated at least 100 elections overseas since its founding after WWII.
As President Trump watched Gina Haspel being sworn in as CIA director, he praised her: “You live the CIA. You breathe the CIA. And now you will lead the CIA,” he said. Yes, Mr. president, we understand that. But that’s the problem!
The problem is not Haspel, it’s not John Brennan, it’s not our lack of confidence. The problem is the CIA itself. If the president really cared about our peace, prosperity, and security, he would take steps to end this national disgrace. It’s time to abolish the CIA!
— Ron Paul
It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he’s managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who’ve searched for irrefutable evidence for two years. (We still await special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.)
But there’s a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread misuse of America’s intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.
Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump for political reasons…..
It’s a given that the FBI and CIA are totally compromised given their coverup if not complicity in the OKC bombing and 9/11. The fact that trump is on their “most wanted” list is a badge of honor as far as I can see.
And he was right. For all his many faults, Trump is the only thing standing between this country and a totalitarian nightmare with a “liberal” face.
(Natural News) There are many troublesome aspects to the Obama administration’s spy operation — codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane,” a reference to a 1960s Rolling Stones hit — against the 2016 campaign of President Donald J. Trump that ought to alarm all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.
One of them is the use of an investigatory tool called a “National Security Letter,” a secret order that essentially gives the intelligence community, FBI and Justice Department carte blanche investigatory powers over anyone inside or outside the U.S., including American citizens.
The FBI is a regular user of NSLs. The counterterrorism division uses them more frequently than other divisions within the bureau to obtain sensitive electronic data and to retrieve phone records.
As The Intercept notes:
The letters are among the FBI’s most potent instruments, because they function like subpoenas without requiring the approval of a judge. Internal guidelines suggest that the bureau has been using them to pursue sensitive electronic data and phone records — despite the fact that such attempts overstep the bureau’s legal authority.
The bureau issues thousands of these letters each year, and that included, of course, James Comey’s FBI. They are simple to attain — probably too simple, truth be known.
“To issue one, an FBI official just needs to attest that the information sought is relevant to a national security investigation,” The Intercept notes, adding that they have been oft-criticized in the past because they are “shrouded in secrecy.”
For instance, according to The Intercept, the FBI uses the letters to obtain sensitive information about email transactions, despite the fact that the Justice Department has advised the bureau specifically it doesn’t have the authority to use NSLs in that manner….
Is the “deep state’s” domestic destabilization campaign backfiring? The most obvious remedy to school shootings is to refrain from setting them up as oppressive “gun free” mass murder zones full of psych-drugged powder kegs. Given that this is somehow impossible within the carefully tended boundaries of american political discourse, exiting the system altogether would be a sensible alternative to imposing the same model of social control on the entire society. Dr. Jekyll would be most disappointed.
In the wake of recent tragic school shootings, anxious parents are contemplating homeschooling to protect their children. After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Heraldreported that more parents were considering the homeschooling option. And after Friday’s disturbing school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, a local ABC news affiliate in Alabama reported the increasing appeal of homeschooling.
“If I had the time, I would teach my kids myself, and I would know that they’re safe,” a father of four told ABC station, WAAY31. A public school teacher interviewed by the channel disagreed with the idea of homeschooling. According to the news story, the teacher “says resorting to homeschooling is teaching your children to run from reality.”
But that raises the question: Is compulsory mass schooling “reality”?
Public Schools Are Consuming More and More of Kids’ Time
Segregating children by age into increasingly restrictive, test-driven classrooms where they are forced by law to be unless a parent or caregiver liberates them is hardly “reality.” What’s worse is that young people are spending increasingly more time in this coercive “reality” than ever before.
For young children ages six to eight, schooling increased from an average of five hours a day in 1981-82 to an average of seven hours a day in 2002-03. And for today’s teens, schooling consumes much more of their time than it did for previous generations, seeping into summertime and other historically school-free periods. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 percent of teens were enrolled in school during July 2016, compared to only 10 percent enrolled in July 1985.
In the case of teens, spending more time in school and school-like activities may be further separating them from the actual real world in which they previously came of age. As Business Insiderreports: “Almost 60% of teens in 1979 had a job, compared to 34% in 2015.” Spending more time in the contrived reality of forced schooling and less time in authentic, multi-age, productive communities may be taking its toll on today’s youth….
You can guess who Dr. Jekyll is. Hyde is just his deeper self, his “deep state”.
In May 2016, a fact-finding mission conducted by the Brisbane Archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission reported that West Papua was experiencing a “slow-motion genocide.” The report also warned that West Papua’s indigenous population is at risk of becoming “an anthropological museum exhibit of a bygone culture.”
The culprit behind these atrocities is none other than the Indonesian military, which has long received immense protection from the United States, as well as from regional allies like Australia. Rather than withdrawing its support for the practice of wiping out the victims in West Papua, these countries continue to enable Indonesia as it carries out numerous atrocities, which receive close to zero media coverage.
For example, just last month the Jakarta Post reported that the Indonesian military shot dead a parishioner standing on his church’s front porch, injuring three other parishioners as hundreds of villagers were forced to flee into nearby forests.
“His name was Timotius Omabak, he was shot and killed recently during Indonesian military raids in West Papuan villages,” the Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) told Anti-Media via email.
When the Indonesian army arrives in the villages people are scared. People often run and hide in churches, but the military will chase them. The Indonesian military claim they are hunting for people who support independence, but in reality, almost everyone in these areas supports independence. Recently, the West Papuans people’s petition, calling for an internationally supervised vote on independence, was signed by 1.8 million West Papuan people, 70% of the population. How can the Indonesian military hunt for people who support independence when an overwhelming majority of people support independence? These instances are part and parcel of daily life while there is Indonesian rule in West Papua. They have gone on for over 50 years and will only stop when the Indonesian military finally leaves.
A recent Facebook post purporting to show a bombing raid by Indonesian forces (also completely ignored by the corporate media) is apparently a common occurrence for the subjugated people of West Papua.
“The bombing of West Papuan villages by the Indonesian military is nothing new,” FWPC explained to Anti-Media.
Over the last 50 years, countless thousands of West Papuans have been killed by Indonesian bombs. We received reports that the Indonesian military had fired rockets into some West Papuan villages around the Freeport mine area. It was reported that two people had been killed. There is no international media presence in the area so it remains very difficult to find out exactly what happened. The Indonesian military keeps tight control of who goes anywhere in the area. The FWPC urges all international media to go to the area where the Indonesian military is carrying out its operations to find out the truth from local people on the ground.
Indonesia has a long, documented history of blocking reporting on its activities in Papua. Earlier this year, the Indonesian military forced a BBC journalist to leave Papua and return to Jakarta after her statements on Twitter “hurt soldiers’ feelings.”…
Jekyll gets along just fine with Mohammed, and they both take good care of their boys:
Just different masks of social control. Thanks Doktor! http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/MGM/primer.html And btw, none of this would be possible without the active complicity of our self-adulatory mass media.
Missouri police departments do an end-run around strict state asset forfeiture requirements and skim millions of dollars from Missouri schools using a federal loophole to circumvent state law.
Missouri has some of the most strict asset forfeiture laws in the country. Prosecutors must get a conviction or a guilty plea before they can proceed with asset forfeiture, and all forfeiture proceeds must go the state’s public education fund.
But according to the ACLU, of the $19 million in cash and property seized by Missouri law enforcement since 2015, only $340,000 made its way into school funds. In 2016, law enforcement agencies only sent $100,000 to public schools, even though seized $6.3 million worth of property.
So, how are Missouri law enforcement agencies skirting state law and pocketing millions in cash?
A federal program known as “Equitable Sharing” allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by simply passing cases off to the federal government. Using a process known as “adoption,” state and local law enforcement agencies circumvent more strict state forfeiture laws by claiming cases are federal in nature. Under these arrangements, state officials simply hand cases over to a federal agency, participate in the case, and then receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds….
It’s not a secret where all these refugees are coming from: western governments and corporate conglomerates wrecking their home countries with financial looting, bombs, bullets and coups. Funneling the victims back to the west with no attempt at integration just shows that we are definitely in the end game. When all is wreckage, the last bastard standing will rule in hell. Is this satanism or what?
Paramedics have been issued a list of over 200 ‘no-go zones’ in the Australian state of Victoria, home to Melbourne and the country’s second highest population.
Data released by Ambulance Victoria in response to a freedom-of-information act reflects a total of 229 localities – which could include single addresses or entire regions – where emergency medical personnel are at-risk if they enter.
An additional six locations are flagged due to “previous violent incidents and unpredictable behavior,” and require that Ambulance Victoria staff must be accompanied by a police escort due to “aggressive dogs at the premises, weapons on the premises, unsafe houses, verbal threats of aggression and actual assaults.”
Local media reports that many of the areas listed are “scenes where groups have been known to gather and commit violent crimes.”
Infowars consulted with Australian activist and political blogger, Kirralie Smith, to better understand some of the underlying issues fueling the surge in crime and related effects.
“I’d say there are probably two things – there is the drug culture in some of those suburbs, but you also have the enclaves,” Smith said. “Multiculturalism has failed because we’ve insisted that all these cultures remain independent and withdrawn, and there’s no motivation, no incentive for integration, and so we have these enclaves all around the country where groups of people are importing their own problems from their own countries – African nations, Middle Eastern nations, you name it.”
Smith said she is receiving messages from citizens around the country saying that scenarios similar to Victoria’s are playing out in every Australian state….