NASA destroyed evidence of life on Mars - says former employee of 46 years
Former NASA Scientist Richard Hoover shares revelations with journalist Lee Speigel from the Huffington Post. Hoover talks about the fact that someone at NASA may have destroyed evidence of life on Mars. This took place at the Open Minds 2014 International UFO Congress and Film Festival in Fountain Hills Arizona
On July 10, 2016 DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. Was Rich the source who provided Wikileaks with DNC internal emails? Some have speculated this is the reason for his murder. If true, what becomes of the mantra “Russia did it?” Sources within the FBI confirm that Seth Rich was in contact with wikileaks... News outlets have confirmed the reports as well as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz complicity in the DNC cover-up.
US invaded Afghanistan to restore heroin industry – now pretending to fight it
The announcement by the US military (Nov 2017) that their new strategy (in Afghanistan) involves bombing drug labs is quite humorous given that the US went into Afghanistan in reality largely to protect the heroin industry. Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV. “Just as the Vietnam war was heavily driven by the fact that at that time most of the world’s heroin was coming from the Golden Triangle, today the heroin epicenter has moved with the CIA’s areas of interest to Afghanistan,” he stated. “The Taliban had shut down opium production in Afghanistan, and it was not tolerable to the Deep State which profits to the tune of $1.5 trillion per year from the heroin industry, which is then moved in a shell-game to various banks and corporations and leveraged into vastly more money than that,” he noted.
"UFOs Are REAL, We're NOT Kidding!!" Tucker Interviews UFO Expert Leslie Kean
Nigel Farage - 'Mr Brexit' - gave an OUTSTANDING Speech on Brexit, Gets a Standing Ovation
The Most Inspiring Speech I ever heard: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life | Rick Rigsby
March 8th 2019
BREXIT: "They don't believe in Brexit", furious ERG deputy Steve Baker CONDEMNS Downing St officials
[MP Steve Baker presented evidence before a special Parliamentary committee that EU President Donald Tusk offered Teresa May 'an advanced free trade agreement with zero tariffs' (see 9:14 min in video). Thereafter Baker's speeches were edited by No 10 so any references to the trade deal were removed]
European Research Group (ERG) deputy Steve Baker believes "fearful" Downing Street officials “do not believe” in delivering Brexit. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s number two told parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee it was “hard to be too damning” about the government’s Brexit negotiations. Mr Baker, the MP for Wycombe, served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) from June 2017 to July 2018. During his time in the department, No 10 staff and DExEU ministers were regularly at loggerheads over Brexit policy, he claimed. Mr Baker said: “The constant refrain throughout my time in government was this atmosphere of reluctance to leave. “While we won the vote, we did not win the argument with the governing class. “Our entire approach is suffused with a reluctance to deliver what the public wanted.” Mr Baker resigned from DExEU in July 2018 after the publication of Theresa May’s Chequers Brexit white paper. His resignation came shortly after then-Brexit secretary David Davis also resigned. During his time in the department, there was “instinctive tension” between Number 10 and Department for Exiting the EU (DeXEU) ministers, Mr Baker claimed. Downing Street ministers “overwhelmingly” wanted Britain to remain in the EU, Mr Baker said. He claimed government ministers edited a speech to remove offers on research, flights, security and advance trade free agreement by Donald Tusk that were not wanted by Number 10.
History Repeats Itself As Obama and CIA Train and Arm ISIS through the Free Syrian Army: CIA Trained & Armed Bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan against USSR
Brexit news: Mr Rees-Mogg insisted the Government has "a duty" towards fishermen (Image: GETTY•EXPRESS.CO.UK)
November 11, 2018
‘They were SACRIFICED to EU!’ Rees-Mogg issues BREXIT BATTLE CRY for Britain’s fishermen
JACOB Rees-Mogg reminded the British Government of their "duty" to ensure British fishermen recover their independence from European Union fisheries regulations after Brexit.
By AURORA BOSOTTI | Express.co.uk
Jacob Rees-Mogg says government has a duty to help fishermen
The staunch Brexiteer claimed the UK "sacrificed" British fisheries and fish stocks when the country joined the European Union. Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted the Government should ensure those fishermen suffering because of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are returned their rights to British waters after Brexit. The stern warning comes as it was revealed Brussels has demanded continued access to fishing waters in exchange for an agreement to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them during the interim period up until 2021.
"The coastal communities have really badly affected by our membership of the European Union. They were sacrificed in 1973 when we joined the European Union."
Mrs May’s plan would keep the whole of the UK in the EU’s customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland if the two sides cannot strike a trade deal by the end of the transition period in December 2020.
But Brussels wants to keep access to UK waters as the price for agreeing Mrs May’s proposal.
‘Brexit will be 'GREAT' for fishing industry says British fisherman. I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them’
The North Somerset MP continued: "I think we have a duty to them to help them get back some of their prosperity and to secure our own fishing waters for British fishermen.
"Actually, it would be particularly beneficial in Scotland, where a lot of the fish stocks are in Scottish waters."
The CFP, which allows European Union vessels access to UK fishing grounds and imposes strict quotas, is despised by many British fishermen who blame it for decimating what was once a national industry.
Despite voicing opposition to the CFP and it granting permission to EU vessels to catch fish in British waters, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has remained an outspoken critic of Brexit – going as far as suggesting Scotland be allowed to stay in the single market in 2017.
Fishermen across the country have torn into the Prime Minister for selling out the industry, and have warned: “Our freedom is in peril”.
Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said: “The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, quotas and mass discarding has been an environmental disaster as well as an economic and social one.
UK fish rotting on docks if EU decides to hammer Brit fishermen
“She is away to sell-out British fishing and coastal communities out again. It is disgraceful, disgusting…It looks like the time to go up the Thames again.”
Mr Hastings added: “As Fishing For Leave warned a transition means re-obeying all EU law with disastrous consequences.
“We warned that Chequers and a 'common rulebook on agri-goods' was the same dodgy wording as the Treaty of Rome which founded the Common Fisheries Policy and would be used to demand fisheries.
“Norway, Iceland, Faroe & Greenland export vast amounts of seafood to the EU. Does the EU demand and do they cave to surrendering their natural resource for market access? No.
“No other nation on earth gives up fisheries access and resources for markets...looks like the Conservatives are about to make Britain the first.”
Mr Hastings claimed the British Government had been “weak” before demanding MP’s “vote this disgrace of a deal down”.
He said: “To the public, our countrymen we say - our country and our freedom is in peril - Defend it with all your might!.”
Eton mess? Elite UK private school’s most questionable students
By News Pig
Eton College, alma mater to 19 prime ministers and a king-in-waiting, is one of the UK’s most elite private schools. However, its hallowed halls have produced some scandal-laden alumni – here’s a guide to the most infamous.
The most recent Eton alumnus to find themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons is Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. The scandal-ridden data analytics company suspended Nix on Tuesday after undercover recordings revealed him allegedly discussing bribery and entrapment with a potential client.
Nix got nixed just before Channel 4 aired its exposé on the company on Tuesday. The report shows Nix claiming his company was responsible for securing Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016. An earlier report showed him telling reporters posing as a potential client that they could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house” to get damaging information on a subject
David Cameron’s legacy as UK prime minister includes the very memorable – and very embarrassing – moment when an incident from his college days emerged. The Eton alumnus reportedly carried out a sex act on a pig when at university in Oxford. According to a book by former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft, Cameron put his penis in a pig’s mouth as part of an initiation ritual to get in to an Oxford dining club. Another member of the club reportedly has a photograph of the incident.
However, a penchant for pigs is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of Cameron’s dismal legacy. Cameron was responsible for UK intervention in Libya in 2011 and, seven years later, the country remains a failed state with a slave market trade. The former PM also tripled university tuition fees at the start of his time in government, sparking protests across the country, and resigned in 2016 in the wake of the Brexit referendum result.
Although Bumbling Boris is foreign secretary, he is unlikely to be top of the list when it comes to Eton’s most diplomatic students. Johnson, a former mayor of London, has a long list of past gaffes under his belt, from writing a poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan masturbating and having sex with a goat, to referring to Africa as “that country.”
His more recent blunders include jeopardizing the release of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, detained in Iran, by alleging she was training journalists in that country.
Another Etonian is mercenary Simon Mann, who attempted a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea in 2004. Mann’s company, Executive Outcomes, ran wars in Angola and Sierra Leone, while Sandline International, another company Mann worked for, suppressed rebellion in Papua New Guinea.
Mann also says the US asked him to give them a hand in starting the Iraq War. He told Vice a friend of “the American neocons” asked him to “come up with ideas to get the war kicked off.” “The first was to pick an Iraqi city away from Baghdad, go there with a rebel force made up of 6,000 Iraqi émigrés, take the city, then say, ‘Yah boo’ to Saddam. That would have forced him to come get us and be zapped on the road by the UK and US, or let the flag of rebellion spread,” Mann told Vice.
There’s certainly a theme among this set of Eton alumni. Former Conservative MP William Waldegrave, now Provost of Eton College, became embroiled in a scandal after it emerged he was involved in encouraging weapons sales to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, in contravention of sanctions in the 1980s.
The scandal broke after aerospace company Matrix Churchill went on trial for violating a government policy by selling arms to Iraq, but the trial fell apart after it emerged that the Government knew about the sales – and encouraged them. The Scott investigation into UK sales of arms to Iraq found that Cabinet ministers misled Parliament in 1989 and 1990 about the government’s policy
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare
The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history."
The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.
Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming "the economic development model" because she's really never seen it work. "If you look at Ms. Figueres' Wikipedia page," notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left. (original article)
The Gay Mafia and America’s aggressive homosexual
by Dr Eowyn | Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM)
One of FOTM’s faithful readers recently sent me an email of palpable frustration, a sentiment I share and no doubt by you as well. She wrote:
"Is it just me or is something really in the perverted wind of this country? I turn on the TV and suddenly on a soap I have watched decades, a character who has been on there for a few years is suddenly a transgender. I watch a Sunday show on PBS, “Calling the Midwife,” and suddenly a supposedly happily married man sexually approaches a stranger in a man’s restroom. Some of my favorite shows, like “CSI” have gay characters, and the list goes on. ABC-Disney is making a sitcom about the life of a gay man, Dan Savage, who is one of the nastiest-mouthed human beings out there.' How can 4% of the population control 80% of the viewing? I saw a couple of years ago that Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went to Hollywood and demanded changes. A few months ago, Ulsterman wrote that Jarrett was overheard in OUR White House bragging they have so much more to do to us…. Our viewing choices are shrinking daily. Not to mention the sad world we are leaving the children."
Indeed, how can such a small percentage of the population — the percentage of self-identified LGBTs in the U.S. population actually is less than 2% — control so much of entertainment, the media, and pop culture? Here’s how (full article)
Former US Four Star General Wesley Clark, who was the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe of NATO from 1997-2000, described a memo that said how the U.S. had “plans to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off, Iran”
By Arjun Walia | CollectiveEvolution.com
This article comes in light of the recent chemical attack in Syria. The images and footage you see that are spreading all over the internet are, well, there are really no words to describe them. These types of “terror” attacks have occurred time and time again, 9/11 being one of the biggest examples. When it comes to trying to resolve these issues, mainstream media always points to an enemy, referred to as terrorists, or various oppositions that warrant a western military intervention to supposedly ‘restore’ the peace.
Below is a statement from Michel Chossudovsky, an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, and the Editor of Global Research. He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, and more.
He brings up a point continually ignored by mainstream media and government for years, and that’s false flag terrorism:
In the light of recent developments and accusations directed against the Syrian government, it is important once more to set the record straight: the US supported rebels possess chemical weapons.
The following article first published in December 2012 [scroll down] documents how the Pentagon not only provided chemical weapons to Al Nusra, an affiliated Al Qaeda terrorist organization, but also provided training to the rebels in the use of these weapons.
While Washington continues to point its finger at president Bashar al Assad, a United Nations independent commission of inquiry confirmed as early as May 2013 that the rebels rather than the government have chemical weapons in their possession and were using sarin nerve gas against the civilian population.
Perhaps the home run statement by him was a more recent statement on his website:
And once these Al Qaeda rebels had been supplied and trained in the use of WMDs by military contractors hired by the Pentagon, the Syrian government would then be held responsible for using the WMD against the Syrian people.
What we are seeing here is the side that’s never given any mainstream media attention but instead is presented by people like Chossudovsky, which is that these events are acts of false flag terrorism. This occurs when a small group of powerful people who dominate western finance and politics create events, and then twist what actually happened using their own media. These fake news stories are then used as justification for the infiltration of another country.
It’s easy to understand why so many people deem this a ‘conspiracy theory,’ because these scenarios are so “immoral” that they are just too hard for some people’s minds to accept.
Former Four Star General Wesley Clark, who was the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe of NATO from 1997-2000, has spoken out about this subject. Clark said, in an interview with Democracy Now, that the U.S. had plans to invade countries in the Middle East, including Syria, for no justified reason at all. He offered the sentiments of some within the American military, that they have a “good military” and that they can “take down governments.” He spoke of a memo that described how the U.S. had “plans to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off, Iran”. (full story)
[Note - this image did not originate from the telegraph]
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make himself a virtual dictator in Turkey
by MICHAEL DAVENTRY | Telegraph
As you read this, a rapid and turbulent revolution is underway in Turkey. The country's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is pushing proposals through parliament that would radically alter the system of government.
By abolishing Turkey's long-established system of collective cabinet government, the AK Party says it will stabilise the country and streamline decision-making. But the proposed law will pool power in the hands of the president and dramatically reduce the top job’s accountability to parliament. In effect, it codifies a system of one-man rule for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
It wipes out the century-old role of prime minister and transfers its functions to the president. It strips Turkish MPs of their duty to scrutinise the executive and abolishes the vote of confidence needed for governments to take office. It grants the presidency new powers to directly appoint a vast range of public officials – cabinet ministers, provincial governors, and judges to the highest courts in the land.
Simply put, the government’s plans are an enabling act: they are designed to strengthen the individual over the collective. Powers and duties that are presently distributed among the prime minister, the cabinet and senior judges are being rerouted to one man. (full story)
Horrific (CIA) Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century
by Michael Snyder| The American Dream
Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations. Once upon a time, Americans were the good guys. But now, instead of fighting the Nazis we are behaving just like them. (full story)
Terror-Tied Group CAIR Causing Chaos, Promoting Protests & Lawsuits as Trump Protects Nation
by LEE STRANAHAN | Breitbart
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, aka CAIR, has helped launch a series of protests across the country and plans lawsuits related to President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration.
The orders are designed to keep Americans safer from terrorism by temporarily barring visitors from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan from entering the U.S. without “extreme vetting” and banning refugees from these countries for at least 30 days. CAIR has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding operation. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is also increasingly a part of America’s institutional left infrastructure and was one of the partners behind the recent Women’s March in Washington that drew hundreds of thousands, along with feminist groups like Planned Parenthood. On Saturday, protests broke out at airports around the country, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Saturday morning, two Iraqis were detained at JFK. Over 1,000 now at Terminal 4 at #NoMuslimBanJFK to say refugees and Muslims are welcome here!
CAIR chapters were actively promoting the protests on social media and acting as spokesmen for the issue. Protests at John F. Kennedy International Airport after #refugees were detained following Trump’s Immigration order.
ABC News reports on the Chicago chapter of CAIR’s involvement: At least one person was detained at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago today, and it is expected that she will return to Saudi Arabia, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Sahar Alghnimi, a Syrian woman who came to the U.S. on tourist visa to see her mother who had just undergone cancer surgery, was detained when she arrived from Saudi Arabia at 8:48 AM on Eithad Airlines, CAIR Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab told ABC News.
Meanwhile in Boston, CAIR is is planning another rally for Sunday at 1 p.m. on Boston’s Copley Square.
CAIR-Massachusetts Executive Director John Robbins said Trump is playing on “religious bigotry and intolerance” and will end up turning away men, women, and children fleeing violence and persecution.
Time magazine says that CAIR was behind a protest that happened earlier in the week at New York City’s Washington Square Park:
The demonstration, led by the New York Chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was hastily organized in response to Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from Muslim countries and efforts to curb undocumented immigration within the U.S. On Wednesday, Trump green-lighted the construction of a wall along the southern border, ordered the Department of Homeland Security to build more detention centers, and ended federal grant funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal anti-immigration efforts.
CAIR has announced on their website that they will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the “Muslim ban” executive order. CAIR’s news conference will be live-streamed on its Facebook page.
Residents Shocked as Local Walmart in Texas Transforming into Illegal Immigrant Shelter - 'Citizens worried needs of Americans being ignored'
Adan Salazar | Infowars.com
The shuttered retail building situated in Brownsville will re-open in March to house an undisclosed number of illegal immigrants under the age of 17, claimed a representative for the non-profit group Southwest Key Programs. The group contends the shelter is necessary to house the immigrant influx entering the US illegally via Mexico from Central American nations, according to KRGV News. The facility is reportedly the 4th of its kind in Brownsville and the 7th shelter to be built in Cameron County. Concerned tax dollars could be better spent on American programs, several Rio Grande Valley residents sounded off on the KRGV Facebook page.
“How about a shelter for our U.S. homeless veterans[?] Take care of our own before extending a hand to foreigners,” one South Texas resident commented.
“I believe we should ask Mexico to fund a building in Mexico. To what point does this stop. Parents, children, do things the right way and fix your paperwork to be here legally,” another frustrated Hispanic American wrote on Facebook.
“There goes my tax dollars,” another person wrote.
“Enough with these shelters, deport them back to their country of origin and let that government find their next of kin and tend to them,” wrote another Texas resident.
“Another facility to house and take care of illegals where we the tax payers foot the bill. BUT nothing for our homeless less fortunate people or our vets. SMH,” remarked Keith Robida. Another person pleaded with the newly-inaugurated president to “do something about this, send them back,” while another asked, “Ok Trump what are you doing about this[?] I can’t even get health insurance and [these] people are getting everything free from my taxes.”
“Welcome to America,” yet another upset Texas resident vented, “where hard working Americans have to pay for everything, where people are coming in are getting everything served to them on a silver platter.” Another person noted, “Zika… I wonder what other wonderful diseases Brownsville will get,” referring to the various infectious illnesses reported by Border Patrol agents among the immigrant population, including tuberculosis, scabies, measles and chickenpox to name a few.
As some Texans expressed concern over the new shelter, others claiming the moral high ground argued that taking in an infinite number of illegal migrants was the right thing to do. While the organization maintains shelters for illegal children using taxpayer money, it is apparently not keen on discussing its funding.
In 2014 Southwest Keys, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was the largest immigrant group receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. By July of that year the organization confirmed it had taken in more than $120 million in federal grant money, however, when questioned by local Austin news outlet KEYE regarding funding the non-profit did not respond. Similarly the Office of Refugee Resettlement did not answer requests for comment. Southwest Key operates several facilities throughout the country, with shelters also located in California, New York, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia. In October 2014 the organization also came under scrutiny after it was discovered they spent over $300 per immigrant per day, with some funds going to questionable items such as a petting zoo, a tilapia fish farm and guitar lessons for illegals. That year, Republican Sen Chuck Grassley of Iowa challenged the Department of Human Services’ request for additional funding, arguing the money was being thrown into a black hole.
“It is disturbing that HHS is funding such expensive facilities despite claiming to be unable to meet basic needs for UACs [Unaccompanied Alien Children],” Grassley wrote to then-Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. On Wednesday US President Donald Trump addressed the issue of federal funding for towns labeled “sanctuary cities,” the effect of the decree remains to be seen. (full article)
Counter-Propaganda Bill Quietly Creates US Propaganda Factory
by John Laurits | JohnLaurits.com
On Thursday December 8th, the US senate quietly passed the National Defense Authorization Act ( or the ‘NDAA’ ) for the fiscal year of 2017. Basically, the NDAA is passed every year to re-approve & add to the United States’ so-called “defense” spending — which is sort of like Christmas for the officials who run the profitable death-machine called “US foreign policy.” However, many would likely be shocked by the ridiculous & terrifying laws that our treacherous congress usually buries inside the yearly bill — for example, congress just used the NDAA to create a “Global Engagement Center,” headed by the Secretary of State. Sounds harmless, right? Well, it might seem that way until you realize that “Global Engagement Center” is code for our new “Ministry of US Propaganda.” (full story)
The IRS Has STOLEN Millions From Americans Under ‘Structuring’ Law Without Evidence
by Ali Meyer | Washington Free Beacon
The IRS has seized $43 million from more than 600 individuals by accusing them of violating “structuring” laws even when there has been no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, according to testimony heard at the House Ways and Means Committee today. In 2012, two armed IRS agents went to the farm of Randy Sowers, a dairy farmer for over three decades, to notify him that the IRS had seized the business’ bank account, which held more than $60,000. The agents told Sowers the IRS had done so because of structuring laws. (full story)
How The Royal Family Is Destroying Britain -
by Harry Paterson
I don’t understand the Brits. I never have. Although I’m from Scotland and, technically, I suppose, that makes me a Brit, I just don’t get the national psyche. They’ll rage furiously at the thought of a hard-working Polish plumber grafting his arse off because he’s “stealing our jobs” yet fawn, grovel, bow and scrape at a collection of German-Greek immigrant benefit-scroungers bleeding the country dry. As long, of course, as they’re wearing crowns while they do so. (full article)
Climate Report to UN: Trump right, UN wrong – Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit
by Marc Morano | Climate Depot
Renowned Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson: ‘I’m 100% Democrat and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on climate issue, and the Republicans took the right side’ – An Obama supporter who describes himself as “100 per cent Democrat,” Dyson is disappointed that the President “chose the wrong side.” Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, and humanity doesn’t face an existential crisis. ‘What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger.’
Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever, Who Endorsed Obama Now Says Prez. is ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Dead Wrong’ on ‘Global Warming’ – Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever: ‘Global warming is a non-problem’ – ‘I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.’ ‘Global warming really has become a new religion.’ – “I am worried very much about the [UN] conference in Paris in 2015…I think that the people who are alarmist are in a very strong position.’
[These are just two of the many prominent Scientists who are jumping ship from the hoax and global money ripoff known as 'Climate Change'.]
CO2 is not the tail that wags the dog. CO2 is a trace essential gas, but without it life on earth would be impossible. Carbon dioxide fertilizes algae, trees, and crops to provide food for humans and animals. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. Slightly higher atmospheric CO2 levels cannot possibly supplant the numerous complex and inter-connected forces that have always determined Earth’s climate. As University of London professor emeritus Philip Stott has noted: “The fundamental point has always been this. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2), is as misguided as it gets.” “It’s scientific nonsense,” Stott added. Even the global warming activists at RealClimate.org acknowledged this in a September 20, 2008 article, stating, “The actual temperature rise is an emergent property resulting from interactions among hundreds of factors.”
The UN Paris climate change agreement claims to able to essentially save the planet from ‘global warming’. But even if you accept the UN’s and Al Gore’s version of climate change claims, the UN Paris agreement would not ‘save’ the planet. (full article)
Does Homosexual Marriage Signal America's Final Undoing? It sure does - (itaiics -emphasis by WCM)
Chuck Baldwin | Prison Planet
The assault against traditional marriage is now in full swing. Across the country, judges, mayors, legislators, and governors are calling for the legalization and moral acceptance of homosexual marriage. Many people wonder if such an event signals the beginning of America's ultimate demise. (It does. )
Social and cultural acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle certainly contributed to the collapse of many empires of antiquity, including the Canaanite, Persian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman empires. In fact, Senator Zell Miller of Georgia recently quoted noted historian Arnold Toynbee on the floor of the U.S. Senate as saying, "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today." That statement is even more startling when one realizes that the statement was made some 30 years ago! If history is any teacher, one must conclude that the acceptance of homosexuality by any mainstream culture (will) doom that society!
That the United States has chosen to embrace the homosexual lifestyle by granting it legal protection, even political correctness, reveals just how depraved our once great nation has become. Should we now be shocked that homosexual marriage is on the verge of becoming a reality? It was inevitable. (full story)
George W. Bush: “My Dad Was Meeting with the Brother of Osama on September 11, 2001. Does That Make Him a Terror Suspect?”
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research
Anti-Terrorism Double Standards:
Ironically, the anti-terrorist legislation does not apply to politicians in high office, namely to the “State sponsors of terrorism”; nor does it apply to U.S. or Canadian diplomats, intelligence officials, who are routinely in liaison with terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Individuals can be arrested but presidents and prime ministers are allowed to mingle and socialize with family members of the World’s most renowned terrorist and alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks:Osama bin Laden. Lest we forget, one day before the 9/11 attacks, the dad of the sitting President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush was meeting none other than Shafig bin Laden, the brother of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. It was a routine business meeting on September 10-11, no conflict of interest, no relationship to the 9/11 attacks which allegedly were carried out on the orders of Shafiq’s brother Osama. (continue)
IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation
By RICHARD POLLO | Daily Caller
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen referred congressional charges of corrupt Clinton Foundation “pay-to-play” activities to his tax agency’s exempt operations office for investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
The request to investigate the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on charges of “public corruption” was made in a July 15 letter by 64 House Republicans to the IRS, FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They charged the foundation is “lawless.” (full story)
November 30, 2014
US Military Waste: Pentagon Announced the day before 9/11 $2.3 Trillion Gone Missing
On September 10th 2001, Donald Rumsfield announced the Pentagon had misplaced $2.3 trillion dollars. Although he vowed to resolve this accounting hiccup immediately, the whole incident was buried the very next day along with 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks. An Amazing coincidence? We think not. (full story)
Final Score: Brexit 1 - 0 Bilderbergs
[Although Stephen Lendman's critical review (below) of the Bilderberg Group was written in 2009, it still rings very true to this day. So it's no wonder those who oppose the Bilderbergs and all their diabolical plans are so ecstatic about today's triumph of the UK's Brexit vote to leave the EU - one of the puppet-masters of the Bilderbergs.]
“The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now
by Stephen Lendman | Global Research
. . . . . Whatever its early mission, the Bilderberg Group is now “a shadow world government….threatening to take away our right to direct our own destinies by creating a disturbing reality” very much harming the public’s welfare. In short, Bilderbergers want to supplant individual nation-state sovereignty with an all-powerful global government, corporate controlled, and check-mated by militarized enforcement. “Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.”
Early in its history, Bilderbergers decided “to create an ‘Aristocracy of purpose’ between Europe and the United States (to reach consensus to rule the world on matters of) policy, economics, and (overall) strategy.” NATO was essential for their plans – to ensure “perpetual war (and) nuclear blackmail” to be used as necessary. Then proceed to loot the planet, achieve fabulous wealth and power, and crush all challengers to keep it. Along with military dominance, controlling the world’s money is crucial for with it comes absolute control as the powerful 19th century Rothschild family understood. As the patriarch Amschel Rothschild once said: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” (full Story)
Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm
by Alex Newman | New American
[Is the Federal Govt preparing for Martial Law?]
A massive U.S. military drill in 2016 dubbed “Jade Helm 15” listed Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill caused widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may have been some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government (full story)
'Arthur' - a Stray Dog that followed Extreme Athletes on a 430 mile Trek across the Amazon Jungles and Andes Mountains - earned himself an Adoption by a Swedish Team Member.
With all of the craziness happening in the world today it's refreshing to hear a heart wrenching story about an injustice with a happy ending - in this case involving an abandoned dog in Ecuador - who ends up in a happy home in Sweden . The story of what Arthur did to get there though is nothing short of miraculous and could have been taken straight out of a Disney movie. (Full story)
ORLANDO ‘KNOWN WOLF’ Watched by FBI, Worked with DHS, Amid Crisis Actors, Drills & CI’s
by Shawn Helton | 21st Century Wire
Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting is said to be the largest mass shooting in American history and in less than 24 hours, investigators already determined the incident to be an “ISIS-related” attack prior to a any investigation or forensic analysis. In this report we will attempt to answer a number of questions about a number of anomalies and unlikely coincidences surrounding this global media event.We’re told that this tragic attack was carried out by an international security firm employee turned ‘radicalized’ gunman –but is there more to the story? (full story)
French Government orders destruction of CCTV videos in Nice Attacks by Gearóid Ó Colmáin
A report in 21st of July edition of Le Figaro newspaper states that France’s anti-terrorist executive ( sous-direction anti-terroriste- SDAT) has ordered Nice’s urban surveillance authorities to destroy all CCTV footage of the Nice Attacks on Bastille Day that rocked the city on the 14th of July 2015. Although SDAT have cited articles 53 and L706-24 of the prosecution procedure and article R642-1 of the penal code, authorities in Nice interviewed by Le Figaro say that it is the first time they have ever been asked to destroy evidence at a crime scene – something they point out is illegal. (full Story)
The explanation given by the French Ministry of Justice is that they don’t want ‘uncontrolled’ and ‘non-authorised (non maîtrisée) diffusion of the images of the terrorist attacks. The Judicial Police have noted that 140 videos of the attacks in their possession show ‘important pieces of the inquiry’ (éléments d’enquête intéressants). The French government claims it wants to prevent ISIS from gaining access to videos of the attacks for the purposes of propaganda. They also claim that the destruction of evidence is intended to protect the families of the victims. The comments section of the Le Figaro article is replete with outrage and disgust by the fact that the French government, instead of preserving evidence for the purposes of a thorough, independent investigation, is in fact behaving rather more like the chief suspect in the attack – ordering the destruction of vital evidence.
There is something rotten in France’s Judicial Police. Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attacks on the 7th of January 2015, the judicial police behaved suspiciously before and as they did after the ‘suicide’ of Limoge’s deputy Police Commissioner Helric Fredou.
Father of Orlando Shooter is Long-time CIA Asset
by 21st Century Wire
With the Orlando Shooting, many things are just not right with this story, including the father of the alleged shooter Omar Mateen, an Afghan-American, Seddique Mateen, who is closely linked to some of the most powerful leaders and agencies in Washington DC. Above is a photo of Omar’s father after a meeting at the US State Dept. in Washington DC where he met with “officials”, but oddly, no log of his visit is available in the public record. (full story)
Christian leaders slam US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, warn Christians of looming persecution
[WCM Postscript: In what promises to be the final demise of the American dream and all that is sacred to religious across the country, the not so supreme court's heathen decision to legalize same sex marriage - an 'obama-nation' in G-d's eyes - has resulted in a thunderbolt effect amongst G-d fearing people and organizations throughout America. Will this be the straw that broke the camel's back? It better be if America has any hope of surviving the inevitable onslaught of Divine retribution which will no doubt befall those who have no eyes to see nor ears to hear.]
By Jay Gotera | Christiantoday.com
. . . . By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court recognised same-sex "marriages" throughout the United States under the 14th Amendment. However, the ruling drew the rebuke of Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who said that the Supreme Court has knowingly chosen to reject biblical truths and endorsed sin instead, a Gospel Herald report said. "I'm disappointed because the government is recognizing sin," Graham told conservative columnist Todd Starnes. "This court is endorsing sin. That's what homosexuality is—a sin against God...I believe God could bring judgment upon America." Graham said Christians should prepare themselves for possible persecution following the Supreme Court's decision. "You better be ready and you better be prepared because it's coming. There will be persecution of Christians for our stand," he said. Regardless of the ruling, Graham said he will refuse to marry any same-sex couple. "I will never recognise it in my heart because God gave marriage between a man and a woman and that's what marriage is," he said. "And I don't think the court—since it never defined marriage—doesn't have the right to redefine it. God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesn't change his mind." Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, likewise denounced the Supreme Court ruling, saying it was "improper" for the court to redefine an institution that has existed long before man thought of establishing a government. "I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion," Moore warned. (Full story)
Senate Democrats Clash With White House on C.I.A. Torture Report
by The New York Times
In a tense confrontation with President Obama’s closest adviser on Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats accused the White House of trying to censor significant details in a voluminous report on the use of torture by the C.I.A. (full story)
BBC Claim of US Battling Opium Production in Afghanistan - a Farce!
It never ceases to amaze how corporate press trumpets the government party line - many times in the face of obvious contradiction to the truth of the situation. A press release by the BBC concerning the US military battling record level opium production in Afghanistan was no exception. In doing our own research we were shocked to find that not only has the USA done little to stop the opium production in Afghanistan, in fact historically, they have gone to great lengths to protect the country's opium production! Read more
Is the Latest “ISIS Attack” Another False Flag? —
by Paul Craig Roberts
I have not looked into the latest attack blamed on ISIS, this time in Belgium, and I am not going to investigate it. The explanation was set in stone by the initial reporting, and any skepticism that is expressed is disregarded as conspiracy theory. I have seen reports that the bombs were in the ceilings and that the initial film released by authorities was in fact film from several years ago of the Chechnya attack on a Russian airport. If these reports are correct, they raise questions about the official set-in-stone story. But the questions won’t be asked. If the various bombings are false flag attacks, the governments will get away with them, because the attacks blamed on Muslim terrorists fit every agenda that is out there. Government agendas for more war, military spending, and police state measures are served. But so also are the agendas of those who want to limit immigration, those who want to blame the bombings on blowback from Western imperialism, those such as the Russian government who desire a united front against terrorism, and those who use the bombings to stress the innate goodness of the West, which attracts hatred because of its goodness. Washington likes the bombings because they keep Europeans scared and the governments under Washington’s thumb. (full story)
The Untold History of US War Crimes
by By Peter Kuzinick and Edu Montesanti
In this exclusive interview, Prof Peter Kuznick speaks of: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki; US crimes and lies behind the Vietnam war, and what was really behind that inhumane invasion; why the US engaged a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and how that war and the mainstream media influences the world today; the interests behind the assassinations of President Kennedy; US imperialism towards Latin America, during the Cold War and today, under the false premise of War on Terror and War on Drugs. (full story)
December 5, 2017
Teresa May offers EU £50 billion to settle Divorce Bill while EU Mafia says thanks but offer not tied to trade deal!
The EU thugs make it clear they have no intention of giving the UK a good trade deal - let alone a free trade deal after Teresa May sells out the UK general public with an outrageous offer of £50 billion. (full story)
November 12, 2017
'You'll turn your back on British voters': Farage SNAPS at UK involvement with EU army
NIGEL Farage has warned the Government would be "turning its back" on British voters if it signs the UK up to what he says is the next step to creating an EU army.
By ALISON LITTLE | The Express
The former Ukip leader challenged UK ministers to keep out of a new defence cooperation agreement set to be discussed in Brussels on Monday by ministers from the European Union's 28 states.
Opponents of the EU's military ambitions fear the UK is poised to sign up to be part of the Permanent Structured Cooperation process - known as Pesco - even though we will leave the EU in 2019.
Supporters of Pesco - who included the UK - say the aim is to deepen defence cooperation among member states "who are capable and willing" to do so.
Participants will make "binding commitments" jointly to develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.
They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels
Opponents say it is a gateway to the development of a separate EU military organisation - which Brussels denies - that would challenge and undermine the role of the Nato transatlantic alliance.
Pesco will have its own HQ and plans for EU military missions abroad, and comes alongside plans for a centralised European Defence Fund designed to develop an EU-wide defence industry and reduce reliance on foreign powers like America for equipment.
The EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has said Pesco could be ready to take effect in January.
David Banks, of the group Veterans for Britain, told Mr Farage's LBC radio show that Britain should not be part of the agreement but he feared the Government’s past record of going along with EU defence initiatives suggested it would end up joining, as it has yet to rule out doing so.
Mr Farage said it showed he was right over many years to warn about the EU's much-vaunted "European Defence Union" ambitions, despite pro-Europeans (Nick Clegg in particular) accusing him of peddling "fantasy".GETTY
"It means a European Army, navy and airforce," stormed the MEP.
"They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels. They've got the money, the structures for all it, and they're divying up which country will do the helicopter work, which will be the major naval provider.
"All of that is happening right now.
"They're pushing full-steam ahead with the European army. What's alarming me is that it looks like the UK is signing up to this on Monday.
"I'm furious about this. It should be a massive public row.
"We should not become part of a European army in any way at all.
"It's a very very bad idea. We are leaving the EU. I don't believe we should be part of their defence policy."
He added: "Even if you think a European Army is a good idea, we voted Brexit.
"Surely a government considering signing up to this would be turning its back on the electorate. I'm hoping that by kicking off this debate, we can stop them from signing on Monday."
A Government spokesperson confirmed Pesco is on the agenda for Monday's Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where UK delegates will include Defence Minister Earl Howe. But they could not confirm if attendees would be asked to sign a document.
The spokesperson said: "We welcome the progress towards the launch of Pesco and are engaging with its development where appropriate.
"This will be a useful tool to support European security, provided it remains complementary to Nato and encourages Nato-EU cooperation."
No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco.
But Britain supported the agreement being open to some involvement of non-EU countries "where there is a clear benefit to do so".
14 October 2017
French intelligence texts jihadist by mistake, inadvertently warning of surveillance operation
by David Chazan | Telegraph
A French intelligence agent sent a text message by mistake to the mobile phone of a jihadist, inadvertently warning him that he was under surveillance and undermining an investigation, it emerged on Friday.The target of the probe, described as an “Islamist preacher” based in the Paris area, immediately understood that his phone was being tapped and his movements monitored.
He called the agent to complain and warned his contacts that they were under surveillance. As a result, separate investigations by two different intelligence services came to nothing, M6 television reported.
“It was undoubtedly the worst mistake the agent ever made,” M6 commented. Interior ministry sources confirmed the report.
ADVERTISINGThe intelligence officer had meant to send the text to a colleague last Saturday. It contained information about the Islamist and the progress of the investigation.
It was only when the Islamist decided to have some fun at the officer’s expense and phoned him minutes after he sent the text that he realised what he had done.
The two agencies involved, the Central Territorial Intelligence Service and the General Directorate for Internal Security, were furious over the mishap.
The incident came as France remains under a state of emergencydeclared after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.
Some of the emergency measures, notably beefed up police powers, are to be made permanent under a bill that has been approved by the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.
Despite criticism that the legislation risks curtailing civil liberties because it codifies measures such as stop and seizure and house arrest without judicial review, most of the provisions are expected to stand.
Human rights groups want greater oversight by courts, arguing that the bill would grant excessive powers to security forces whose suspicions could stem from flawed or incomplete intelligence.
November 6, 2017
AUTHORITIES ARE NOW REFUSING TO RELEASE ANY NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS MASSACRE – FBI SAYS “IT DOESN’T MATTER”
by Alex Thomas | The Daily Sheeple
In yet another obvious example of the massive cover-up currently underway surrounding the Las Vegas Massacre, authorities with both the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI have refused to provide any updates to the media since they ridiculously changed their entire narrative two weeks ago.
The silence from authorities has gotten so obvious that even local mainstream news outlets are sounding the alarm. When you couple this with the documented evidence that points to both the LVMP and the FBI lying directly to the American people you have all the hallmarks of a classic false flat terror operation.
“Fifty-eight people killed. More than 500 injured. And yet, nearly a month after the Las Vegas Strip experienced the worst mass shooting in modern American history, local and federal authorities are refusing to fill in the blanks,” The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“It wasn’t always like this. In the days after Oct. 1, when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival crowd from his Mandalay Bay corner suite, Las Vegas police were hosting multiple news conferences a day. Then, once a day. Then, once every few days.”
The above paragraph is striking in that it openly admits that at first authorities were quick to deliver their message, attempting to lock in the official narrative surrounding the worst mass shooting in American history. Only after independent investigators began to tear apart the official narrative did authorities all of a sudden decide they need to be cautious about what they put out, eventually moving to where we are now with literally no new information being released.
The Review-Journal goes on to note that by October 13th (when the alternative media had broken the story wide open) the sheriff had changed his manner completely, going from a seemingly straight forward and stern speaker to now emotional and combative. Keep in mind this was right around the time that outlets like The Daily Sheeple and Intellihub, as well as independent reporters like Laura Loomer, were publishing explosive reports that proved that the sheriff and his FBI handlers were indeed lying to the American people. (full article)
February 2, 2018
Homeless by the Sea - UK
by | BBC
[As homelessness sky rockets in the UK - and a recent estimate by the 'Shelter' Charity reveals over 300,000 Brits or 1 in 200 adults in Britain are either sleeping rough or living in inadequate housing - the BBC presents the direct experiences of 12 homeless adults and their views on the subject]
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January 28 2018
"Explosive", "Shocking" And "Alarming" FISA Memo Set To Rock DC, "End Mueller Investigation"
by Tyler Durden | zerohedge.com
All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.
These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. -Sara Carter
A source close to the matter tells Fox News that "the memo details the Intelligence Committee's oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance." An educated guess by anyone who's been paying attention for the last year leads to the obvious conclusion that the report reveals extensive abuse of power and highly illegal collusion between the Obama administration, the FBI, the DOJ and the Clinton Campaign against Donald Trump and his team during and after the 2016 presidential election.
Lawmakers who have seen the memo are calling for its immediate release, while the phrases "explosive," "shocking," "troubling," and "alarming" have all been used in all sincerity. One congressman even likened the report's details to KGB activity in Russia. “It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News. “It's troubling. It is shocking,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said. “Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered the motion on Thursday to make the Republican majority-authored report available to the members.
“The document shows a troubling course of conduct and we need to make the document available, so the public can see it,” said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the document. “Once the public sees it, we can hold the people involved accountable in a number of ways.”
The government official said that after reading the document “some of these people should no longer be in the government.” -Sara Carter
January 18, 2018
1980 Iranian Embassy siege Bob Curry has been left penniless and forced to live in B&B because council failed to house him
By Andrew Parker, David Willetts, Defence Editor and Danny Collins | The Sun
Bob Curry, 64, is in a B&B in Hereford thanks to mates as the council failed to house him. SAS hero Bob Curry has been left penniless and homeless as his local council can't find him a place to live
Bob, who helped free 19 hostages in London, warned: “This can happen to any veteran.” The hero told of his despair at facing life on the streets - broke and homeless after decades of service to his country.
“It was as if the society I had fought for all my life had turned its back on me.”
He is temporarily in a B&B, paid for by charity handouts, because his local council says it cannot find him a home. The former SAS sergeant fell on hard times when a business collapsed last July and he lost his home when splitting up with his partner of 25 years.
Proud Bob — who served in the Falklands war and undercover tours in Northern Ireland — said: “If this can happen to me it can happen to any veteran.
“And it is happening to veterans all over the country.”
The Sun backed a petition by SAS legend Andy McNab to urge Herefordshire County Council to recognise Bob’s service to his country and find him a permanent, suitable home.
The 64-year-old said: 'The society I had fought for all my life has turned its back on me'
Andy said: “He not only needs help, this guy deserves our help.
“We don’t want any veteran left behind, but Bob has paid his dues, and should be looked after.
"Hopefully we can put pressure on the council to act.”
Col Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: “He should go to the front of the queue for council housing right now. “He’s risked his life for this country — given a huge amount to defending her citizens.”
Bob and other hooded ‘Who Dares Wins’ troopers stormed the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980 to free hostages being held by terrorists. Known to mates as “Backdoor Bob”, he bravely stormed the rear of the building while comrades abseiled from the balcony in iconic TV images seen by millions around the world.
The 64-year-old bravely stormed the rear door of the Iranian Embassy in 1980 in iconic TV images which beamed across the world He was in a team who faced dissidents armed with pistols, sub-machine guns and grenades.Five gunmen were killed and one was arrested. Although one hostage died, 19 were freed.
Bob, who also worked as a close protection officer for Princess Diana, has since had two heart attacks, is registered disabled and a diabetic. In 2015 he sold his medals for more than £20,000 to raise funds as his business failed.
He said: “I've been in tough spots through my career but with my health now I wouldn’t have survived long on the streets — SAS training or not.
“I was sat in the council offices explaining my life to someone who looked at me as though I was nothing. It's hard to go cap in hand to the council and ask for help. I hated it but I had no choice.”
Herefordshire County Council told him in November to fill in forms for a council house to see if he fitted criteria. He is still waiting. The only place they could offer was a hostel containing ex-crooks, drug addicts and people with mental problems. But Bob could only cope there for two nights. He said: “I was sleeping on a sofa in my daughter’s rental house for all of December.”
He swallowed his pride and asked the Royal British Legion and SAS Regimental Association. if they could help. They found B&B accommodation in Hereford but only for 28 days.
Bob joined the Army as a boy soldier aged 15½ in 1968 before joining the SAS in 1979. He left in 1985 and later worked for then Harrods owner Mohammed Fayed and guarded son Dodi. Bob stressed: “A lot of veterans struggle and need help and they are not getting it.”
Herefordshire county council said: “We are continuing to work with the individual to help them secure appropriate housing.”
February 4, 2018
CIA, FBI Agents Respond To Nunes' Memo
by Tyler Durden | zerohedge
We already noted the opposing perspectives of those in the media with regard the Nunes' memo as being on the one hand "a nothing-burger" and on the other "we have never ever in history seen anything like this."
And we have heard from current ("talk is cheap... keep calm and tackle hard") and former ("dishonest and misleading") heads of The FBI.
But now we get to hear from the rank-and-file of America's intelligence agencies and, once again, the perspectives could not be further apart...
First, as The Hill reports, a former FBI agent says in a new op-ed that he has left the nation's top law enforcement agency due to the "relentless" attacks on the bureau from critics such as President Trump and congressional Republicans.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, former supervisory special agent Josh Campbell wrote that "political attacks on the bureau must stop."
"After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love." Campbell wrote.
"Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security," he continued.
"My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible."
Campbell also defended the agency's involvement in the events described in the memo, which alleges the FBI and Department of Justice abused their surveillance powers.
"[E]very statement of fact included in an affidavit for foreign intelligence collection must withstand the scrutiny of at least 10 people in the Department of Justice hierarchy before it is reviewed by an independent court," he wrote.
Campbell goes on to argue it would be "disingenuous" for Republicans to argue that the FBI is "plotting from within" against Trump or in favor of his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, despite text messages between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page seeming to confirm Strzok's political bias against Trump.
"These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the FBI cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe," he said.
Campbell's op-ed comes after the publication Friday of Nunes' memo allegedly detailing abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the FBI.
However, another former intelligence agency operative saw things very differently.
Ray McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), exclaims the newly released "Nunes Memo" reveals felony wrongdoing by top members of the FBI and DOJ for misrepresenting evidence to obtain a FISA warrant and may implicate other intelligence officials.
The long-awaited House Intelligence Committee report made public today identifies current and former top officials of the FBI and the Department of Justice as guilty of the felony of misrepresenting evidence required to obtain a court warrant before surveilling American citizens. The target was candidate Donald Trump’s adviser Carter Page.
The main points of what is widely known as the “Nunes Memo,” after the House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), have been nicely summarized by blogger Publius Tacitus, who noted that the following very senior officials are now liable for contempt-of-court charges; namely, the current and former members of the FBI and the Department of Justice who signed off on fraudulent applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: James Comey, Andy McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rob Rosenstein. The following is Publius Tacitus’s summary of the main points:
· The dubious but celebrated Steele Dossier played a critical role in obtaining approval from the FISA court to carry out surveillance of Carter Page according to former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe.
· Christopher Steele was getting paid by the DNC and the FBI for the same information.
· No one at the FBI or the DOJ disclosed to the court that the Steele dossier was paid for by an opposition political campaign.
· The first FISA warrant was obtained on October 21, 2016 based on a story written by Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News based on information he received directly from Christopher Steele — the FBI did not disclose in the FISA application that Steele was the original source of the information.
· Christopher Steele was a long-standing FBI “source” but was terminated as a source after telling Mother Jones reporter David Corn that he had a relationship with the FBI.
· The FBI signers of the FISA applications/renewals were James Comey (three times) and Andrew McCabe.
· The DOJ signers of the FISA applications/renewals were Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein.
· Even after Steele was terminated by the FBI, he remained in contact with Deputy Attorney General Bruce Our, whose wife worked for FUSION GPS, a contractor that was deeply involved with the Steele dossier.
From what Michael Isikoff reported in September 2016 it appears that the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence (as well as the FBI) are implicated in spreading the disinformation about Trump and Russia. Isikoff wrote: (Full Article)
Thursday, 14 January 2018
Trump Admin. Begins Paving the Way for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Go Free
by C. Mitchell Shaw | The New American
The Trump administration has laid the groundwork for clearing the biggest obstacle keeping WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown) from leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has been in exile there since August 2012 and has feared leaving, since the U.S. government has considered him a criminal suspect for his role in publishing classified documents detailing sometimes criminal actions by U.S. federal departments and agents.
In a tweet last week, WikiLeaks pointed out that the U.S. government has “decided to close its eight year long grand jury proceedings against @WikiLeaks (expanded in 2017 to cover our series on the CIA).” The WikiLeaks tweet was a reference to a statement made by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during a press conference on January 2. Speaking about Iran, Nauert said, “We support a freedom of the press. When a nation clamps down on social media, we ask the question, ‘What are you afraid of?’ What are you afraid of? We support the people of Iran, and we support their voices being heard.”
After the press conference, the official Department of State Twitter account tweeted Nauert’s quote. WkiLeaks retweeted it and drew the inference that the message — while directed at the government of Iran — was applicable to a shift in the policy of the United States as a result of the election of Donald Trump and that that shift was the reason why the eight-year-long grand jury proceedings have been closed.
Even more promising to Assange’s plight is the fact that President Trump’s lawyers have filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that Assange’s publication of the DNC and John Podesta e-mails was protected by the First Amendment even if the e-mails were stolen.
While that motion is specifically geared toward Assange’s publication of the DNC and Podesta e-mails, it recognizes WikiLeaks as a valid media organization protected by the First Amendment. WikiLeaks has not always been seen in that light by the powers-that-be in the U.S. government.
Assange and WikiLeaks first came to national (and international) attention in 2010 — four years after WikiLeaks was founded. What catapulted WkiLeaks onto the front pages of newspapers and websites around the world was the whistleblower organization’s exposé of the U.S. war in Iraq. That exposé included a trove of classified documents and other files leaked to WikiLeaks by Private Bradley Manning. Manning was working as an intelligence analyst and smuggled the files out by copying them to a CD marked “Lady Gaga.”
One of those files was a classified video recorded by the crew of an Apache helicopter that shows what WikiLeaks aptly described as “the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.” WikiLeaks ” (WARNING: The video is graphic and clearly shows the Apache firing on and killing innocent citizens. Viewer discretion is advised.)
Because of that publication and the infamous “CableGate” publication that followed shortly, Assange wound up on the wrong side of the U.S. government — with many (including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) calling for his death. When — shortly after that — Assange was accused of rape (those charges have since been dropped), he fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, saying that he believed that if he were arrested, he would extradited to the United States and would be killed.
Subsequent releases by WikiLeaks have certainly not helped ingratiate Assange to the U.S. government. In the WikiLeaks tweet above, there is a reference to a “series on the CIA.” That series — known as Vault 7 — was an exposé of hacking tools developed by the CIA which this writer covered in several articles. Those articles can be found (1) here, (2) here, (3) here, (4) here, (5) here, (6) here, (7) here, and (8) here. Many of those hacking tools were designed to spy on citizens by turning their own devices into surveillance tools. The CIA — in a move that would have embarrassed the Keystone Kops — managed to “lose” those tools and set them loose in the wild for any hacker to download and use.
So, while the powers-that-be in the U.S. government may (at least under the previous administration) have seen Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies, there is little doubt that the service WikiLeaks has provided to the cause of liberty is invaluable.
Now, with Nauert’s statement about “freedom of the press,” the closing of the grand jury proceedings, and the motion filed by Trump’s lawyers, WikiLeaks has received something close to the imprimatur of the U.S. government as a legitimate media organization. By extension, Assange is likewise “redeemed.” All of that may add up to Assange being able to finally end his exile and leave the embassy a free man.
January 14, 2018
The Climate Change Scam
by James Corbett | The Corbett Report
Fast forward the above video to 16:00 minutes and listen to James Corbett discuss the latest scandals on the Climate Change deception where ample proof shows key scientists deliverately and fraudlaently withheld data from the public to fuel the climate change scam. Corbett then blows the lid off the misconceotion that big oil is trying to derail climate change when if fact big oil are pouring millions of dollars into organizations promoting climate change - but why? Listen and you will see.
December 25 2017
Marriage” as a Sign of the End Times
By Scott Lively | Scott Lively Ministries
Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day, but he was right that the rise of the homosexual movement is a sign of the end times.
We are probably all familiar with the oft-cited fact that the collapse of numerous civilizations prior to our own were heralded by a rise in sexual immorality, especially homosexuality. That alone should alert us to the grave situation we find ourselves in today. But there is a deeper spiritual significance beneath that statistic. God has chosen rampant homosexuality to be a key warning sign for judgment of the world as a whole, and not just of individual nations.
Genesis is the book of beginnings which sets the tone and lays the foundation for all of our theology. It is there in the first chapter that God establishes the “one flesh” standard for human sexuality which is lifetime, monogamous heterosexual marriage. This isn’t just a guide for individual conduct, it is the essential bedrock of civilization.
Thus, the corruption of marriage was instrumental in bringing about the wickedness and violence that caused God to bring the flood upon the world. Jesus warned that “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. ‘For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark‘” (Matt. 24:37-38, referencing Gen 6-7). Not only had marriage been corrupted, the people were so apathetic of that fact that they gave no credence to Noah’s warning that their sin would soon end in judgement.
February 12, 2018
FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In "Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy"
by Tyler Durden | zerohedge.com
· Undercover FBI informant William Campbell has given written testimony to Congressional investigators after an "iron clad" gag order was lifted in October
· Campbell was a highly valued CIA and FBI asset deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry while Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI
· Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money - which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money laundering apparatus"
· He collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six year period, some of which detail efforts by Moscow to route money to the Clinton Foundation
· Campbell claims to have video evidence of bribe money related to the Uranium One deal being stuffed into suitcases.
· The Obama FBI knew about the bribery scheme, yet the administration still approved the Uranium One deal.
· To thank him for his service, Campbell was paid $51,000 by FBI officials at a 2016 celebration dinner in Chrystal City
· When it emerged that Campbell had evidence against the Clinton Foundation, a Yahoo News articleby Michael Isikoff (of FISA warrant application fame) slammed Campbell as a "disaster" potential witness
An undercover FBI informant embedded in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an "illegal NDA" by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has finally given his testimony to three Congressional committees.
William D. Campbell became an FBI counterintelligence asset after spending several years as a CIA operative who developed working relationships in the nuclear industry in Kazakhstan and Russia.
“For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.” -saracarter.com
The FBI embedded Campbell in the Russian nuclear industry for six years, where he gathered extensive evidence of two separate but related "pay for play" schemes related to the United States uranium industry:
First, Campbell discovered that Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm, Transport Logistics International (TLI) in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – which bribed a Russian nuclear official in exchange for a contract transport Russian-mined U.S. uranium, including "yellowcake" uranium secured in the Uranium One deal.
Second, Campbell says that Russian nuclear officials told him of a scheme to route millions of dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) through lobbying firm ARPCO, which was expected to funnel a portion of its annual $3 million lobbying fee to the charity.
“The contract called for four payments of $750,000 over twelve months. APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement.“ -William Campbell
Campbell told Congressional investigators that the Uranium One deal along with billions in other uranium contracts inside the United States during the Obama administration was part of a "Russian uranium dominance strategy" involving Tenex and its American arm Tenem - both subsidiaries of state-owned Russian energy company Rosatom.
“The emails and documents I intercepted during 2010 made clear that Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One – for both its Kazakh and American assets – was part of Russia’s geopolitical strategy to gain leverage in global energy markets,” he testified. “I obtained documentary proof that Tenex was helping Rosatom win CFIUS approval, including an October 6, 2010 email … asking me specifically to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal.” (full story)
March 16 2018
The Amazing True Story Of How Hillary Clinton Secretly Cheated Bernie Sanders Out Of A Fair Shot At The Democratic Nomination
by Michael Snyder | The American Dream
Yes, Hillary Clinton really did steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, but most people have absolutely no idea how she actually did it. In the end, it was all about the money. A secret joint fundraising agreement that was made between the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America gave the Clinton campaign full control of the Democratic Party nearly a year before she officially won the nomination. Normally, a presidential candidate for a major party would only be permitted to take full control once the nomination had been secured. But in Hillary’s case, her campaign had a stranglehold over the Democratic National Committee virtually the entire time she was engaged in a heated battle with Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
In her new book entitled Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, Donna Brazile gives us the inside scoop about what really happened inside the DNC during this time period. When she first took over the DNC, she actually had no idea of what had transpired, and when she finally discovered the truth it absolutely horrified her. On Thursday, Politico published an excerpt from Brazile’s new book in an article entitled “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC”…
'I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested. I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie.'
Brazile ultimately found the proof that she was looking for by following the money. The Democratic National Committee has been in terrible financial shape for years, and by the time Brazile took over it had become completely and utterly dependent on the Clinton campaign for financial support. Here is more from her new book…
The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.
Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn.
But this dependence on the Clinton campaign did not begin once she had won the nomination.
Actually, it started all the way back in August 2015, which was just four short months after Hillary Clinton originally announced that she would be running for president.
Brazile was able to find the joint fundraising agreement that had begun this arrangement, and it is the “smoking gun” which proves that Bernie Sanders never had a fair shot at winning the nomination…
When I got back from a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.
The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.
How in the world was Bernie Sanders supposed to have a fair chance if Hillary was in full control of “the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised”?
The mainstream media has spent months trying to prove that President Trump colluded with the Russians and they haven’t come up with anything.
And yet now we have smoking gun evidence that Hillary Clinton actually did collude with the DNC to cheat Bernie Sanders out of a fair shot at the Democratic nomination, and the big media outlets so far are not making a big deal out of it.
Sadly, most Americans have just become resigned to the fact that our political system has become a cesspool of filth and corruption. Most of us simply accept that it has always been this way and that things will never change.
Well, I happen to believe that things can change if we are willing to fight back. The election of Donald Trump showed us that anything is possible, and we need a new generation of leaders that are willing to go to Washington and drain the swamp.
We cannot let Hillary Clinton off the hook, and so please share this article as widely as possible. Just because she lost the election does not mean that we should forget about her crimes. We tend to get on members of Congress for doing this, but it is our responsibility as well.
It has been said that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”, and if we want to take our country back we have to hold corrupt leaders such as Hillary Clinton accountable. Because if we don’t shine a light on this kind of corruption, it will just keep on happening…
April 4, 2018
Towards “NATO-Exit”? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. Turkey’s Alliance with Russia, China and Iran?
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research
Reminiscent of World War I, shifting alliances and the structure of military coalitions are crucial determinants of history.
Today’s military alliances, including “cross-cutting coalitions” between “Great Powers” are equally dangerous, markedly different and exceedingly more complex than those pertaining to World War I. (i.e the confrontation between “The Triple Entente” and “the Triple Alliance”).
Contemporary developments point to a historical shift in the structure of military alliances which could contribute to weakening US hegemony in the Middle East as well as creating conditions which could lead to a breakup of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
NATO constitutes a formidable military force composed of 29 member states, which is largely controlled by the Pentagon. It is a military coalition and an instrument of modern warfare. It constitutes a threat to global security and World peace.
Divisions within the Atlantic Alliance could take the form of one or more member states deciding to “Exit NATO”. Inevitably an NATO-Exit movement would weaken the unfolding consensus imposed by our governments which at the this juncture in our history consists in threatening to wage a pre-emptive war against the Russian Federation.
In this article, we will largely be addressing a concrete case of a NATO member state’s intent to exit the Atlantic Alliance NATO, namely Turkey’s “NATO-Exit” and its evolving rapprochement with Russia as well as with Iran and China.
Turkey is contemplating a “NATO-Exit”, the implications of which are far-reaching. Military alliances are being redefined.
In turn, Turkey in Northern Syria is fighting against America’s proxy Kurdish forces, i.e. one NATO member state is fighting another NATO member state.
Russia’s stance in relation to Turkey’s military actions in Northern Syria is ambiguous. Russia is an ally of Syria, whose country has been invaded by Turkey, an ally of Russia.
From a broader military standpoint, Turkey is actively cooperating with Russia, which has recently pledged to ensure Turkey’s security. “Moscow underscores that Turkey can calmly withdraw from NATO, and after doing so Ankara will have guarantees that it will not face any threat [from US-NATO] in terms of ensuring its own security,” (According to statement of Turkish Air Force Major-general Beyazit Karatas (ret)):
Moreover, Ankara will be acquiring in 2020 Russia’s state of the art S-400 air defense system while de facto opting out from the integrated US-NATO-Israel air defense system. The S-400 deal is said to have caused “concern” “because Turkey is a member of NATO and the [S-400] system cannot be integrated into NATO’s military architecture”. (full article)
April 22, 2018
OPCW Chemical Inspection Team Reaches Douma After Issuing Statement Negating "Russia Cover-Up" Claim
by Tyler Durden | Zerohedge.com
After many days of delay inside the security arch of Damascus' city center, the international chemical weapons watchdog group, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), announced that its team of investigators finally entered the Damascus suburb town of Douma early on Saturday.
In an official statement posted to its website, the OPCW confirmed the following:
The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.
The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission will initially study the collected samples at an OPCW lab in the Netherlands, with potential sample distribution to its other designated labs. In the past, it's take up to multiple weeks or months for the OPCW to issue a preliminary report to the public.
The statement continues:
The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW’s designated labs. Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the FFM will compile their report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration.
It is unclear if any of what was collected includes tissue samples from corpses as it's now being widely reported that the jihadist group which previously held the area - Jaish al-Islam - hastily buried the bodies of alleged chemical attack victims.
Though the team was invited into the country by the Syrian and Russian governments - both signatories to the international body devoted to decommissioning global stockpiles of banned chemical weapons - there's been much spin and obfuscation regarding why the team was actually delayed, with a number of media outlets in the West falsely claiming that Syria and Russia were attempting a cover-up.
This was based in part on the unverified claims of political leaders in the West who have long sought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ouster, and who have given covert aid to various jihadist rebel groups.
France's foreign minister, for example, accused both Damascus and Russia of "obstructionism [which] is obviously undermining the caliber of the investigation. It is most likely aimed at removing evidence and other material elements linked to the chemical attack on the very site where it took place."
However, in spite of multiple international headlines, Western leaders, and journalists who reside far outside of Syria claiming a chemical cover-up conspiracy in the making, the OPCW in official statements confirmed that they were prevented from visiting Douma not by Syrian or Russian authorities, but by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), which has the final say over OPCW movements within Syria.
On Wednesday (April 18) the Director General of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü, issued a statement which proved the "Syria/Russia hiding evidence" theory false:
On 16 April, we received confirmation from the National Authority of the Syrian Arab Republic that, under agreements reached to allow the evacuation of the population in Ghouta, the Syrian military were unable to enter Douma. The security for the sites where the FFM plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has made the necessary arrangements with the Syrian authorities to escort the team to a certain point and then for the escort to be taken over by the Russian Military Police. However, the UNDSS preferred to first conduct a reconnaissance visit to the sites, which took place yesterday. FFM team members did not participate in this visit.
On arrival at Site 1, a large crowd gathered and the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the reconnaissance team should withdraw. At Site 2, the team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated. The reconnaissance team returned to Damascus.
Though the OPCW statement further acknowledged the area to be a "highly volatile environment" fraught with "security risks" - a number of journalists actually made it into Douma early in the week prior to the OPCW team's arrival.
Some among this early group of journalists which gained entry to the site, such as the UK Independent's Robert Fisk and One America News Network's Pearson Sharp found no evidence that a chemical attack took place in Douma, contrary to what's been widely reported in international media.
August 26, 2018
Pope Francis in Ireland, Live Updates: Call for Resignation Further Clouds Visit
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
(note - image above not from NY Times)
On the second day of a difficult mission to win back the confidence of Irish Roman Catholics, Pope Francis awoke on Sunday to a bombshell accusation from within his own citadel.
A former top-ranking Vatican official released a 7,000-word letter asserting that the pontiff had known about the abuses of a now-disgraced American prelate, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, years before they became public.
The official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a conservative critic of Francis and a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, claimed that the pope had failed to punish Cardinal McCarrick, who was suspended in June after allegations that he had coerced seminarians into sexual relationships. He was also found to have abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago, when he was a priest in New York.
In the letter, published on Saturday in Italian by The National Catholic Register and in English by LifeSiteNews, both critical of Francis, the archbishop called on the pope to resign.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church,” the archbishop wrote, “he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set an example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign with all of them.”
The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
The archbishop’s startling accusation will not come as a complete surprise to Vatican watchers, since he is part of a conservative camp that blames liberals, like the pope, for allowing homosexuality in the church. But it further complicates Francis’ efforts to convince Irish Catholics that the church is ready to confront its legacy of concealing sexual abuse.
• Francis prayed at the revered shrine in the village of Knock on Sunday and then returned to Dublin to celebrate Mass, after his meeting with survivors of abuse on Saturday.
• In Knock, he addressed the issue of child sexual and institutional abuse by members of the Catholic Church, begging “for the Lord’s forgiveness” for “the scandal and betrayal.”
• Vigils were held across the country, including in Tuam, where the remains of hundreds of children were found buried in an abandoned septic system of a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers.
• The New York Times has live coverage of the pope’s visit to Ireland. Here are highlights from Saturday’s (full story)
August 21, 2018
Kindergarten dresses children as jihadis for parade in Indonesia
Manager apologises for independence day march costumes and denies trying to ‘instil violence’ into children
Kate Lamb in Jakarta | The Guardian
A kindergarten in Indonesia has been criticised for dressing girls up in black, Isis-style costumes and replica rifles for an independence day parade, with organisers forced to apologise for the embarrassing gaffe. Photos of the “cultural” parade held in the city of Probolinggo, east Java, on Saturday showed lines of young girls marching on the street wearing niqab-style black veils, carrying cardboard cutouts of guns.
The head of the TK Kartika kindergarten apologised “deeply” for the costumes, expressing regret over the decision and saying they were not trying to “instil violence” in the kindergarten children.
“We raised the theme of the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah,” said kindergarten head Hartatik, when asked to explain the controversial attire.
The kindergarten is on the site of an Indonesian military complex, and Saturday’s parade took place a day after independence day, which falls on 17 August, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Asked to explain why the kindergarten had chosen the costumes, Hartatik admitted they had pooled props from previous years to save money.
“We used it to save funds,” Hartatik told BBC Indonesia. “[We] never thought about the impact. The important thing is to take part in the parade, that the children were happy, using the existing property.”
The kindergarten head did not offer any explanation as to why the jihadist-style costumes had been used in previous years.
Speaking at a media conference following uproar over the event, Probolinggo military commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kav Depri Rio Saransi said the parade was purely to educate the students about the “struggle of Islam” but was not intended to promote religious radicalism.
“There is not the slightest bit of radicalism. I emphasise that purely there is no such thing as an element of intentionally showing the existence of radical activities,” he said, before offering a further apology.
Images and videos of the parade went viral on social media in the country and hit the same day that Indonesia opened the 18th Asian Games in a spectacular ceremony in Jakarta, which celebrated the country’s rich cultural diversity.
The Probolinggo parade is an embarrassing gaffe for Indonesia as it works to show its best face to the world through the huge sporting event involving 45 countries, the largest of its kind after the Olympics.
News of the parade has also reached the Indonesian parliament, with House speaker Bambang Soesatyo describing it as an “inappropriate spectacle”.
“Ordering children to wear black veiled costumes and carry replica weapons gives a poor perception,” he said, “Treatment like that could damage children’s ideas.” (full article)