Monday, May 25, 2015

Straw man

A technique of the conspiracists is to use a straw man to blunt the significance of a leak: "Did the US DIA see ISIL as a strategic Ally against al-Assad in 2012?" A lot of this is just word play:  if you know about something about to happen, and are in theory the big player in the region, and do nothing to stop it, did it just happen, or did you intend for it to happen?

"Persian Empire, anyone?"  The usual faulty Zionist translation engine.

"Good news on TPP, as Senate passes Fast Track bill with human trafficking poison pill"  The politics here is nuts - ultra Zionist Menendez ends up helping the Rohingya, against whom a genocide is being committed, a genocide that cannot be mentioned as the victims are Muslims and World Jewry doesn't want anybody to get the crazy idea that it is possible to commit human rights abuses against Muslims.  (As usual, your human rights heros, aren't.)

"Netherlands Bans Monsanto’s Roundup to Protect Citizens from Carcinogenic Glyphosate (Roundup)"

"The tales we tell to cope with unwinnable wars"  The lies told to explain/excuse the loss in Vietnam are recycled by the neocons to serve as a propaganda base for present and future Wars For The Jews.  Vietnam partly explains why some Americans are such suckers for these wars.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

'More Than Half Of Syria'

"Kim Philby’s last straw"  Another good piece by Weiss.  Note:
  1. Rothschild and power;
  2. despite all the other obvious signs, it was a suspicion of anti-Zionism that did Philby in.
"U.S. Britain & Canada reject nuclear disarmament so Israel can keep its nukes" Every society eventually realizes that the luxury of kowtowing to the Jews is unaffordable.  "Canada stands by Israel 'through fire and water,' Harper tells Montreal Jewish group"  "We Support Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Stand For Israel"  They can and do gloat to us about their power, but it is 'anti-Semitic' for us to notice.

"Young Moldovan Jewish Businessman Under Arrest In Alleged $1 Billion Looting Of Poor Country’s Banks"

"Turning a south Lebanese village into Israel’s next target"  The warmongering of the Jew York Times is a crime under international law, and someday the perps will be punished severely for it.

"The Nation magazine’s shameful history of aiding ethnic cleansing in Palestine"  It is not a coincidence that I can almost never find anything in The Nation worth mentioning.

"Hillary Clinton’s lucrative life of crime" by Ted Rall.  Are Americans being set up for a Republican President when all the Republican clowns disappear to reveal the real candidate - Mitt? - and the sheer massive weight of all the Clinton corruption renders her unelectable, with no Democrat replacement in the wings.

"Amnesty International raises alarm over war crimes in Ukraine"  Note the usual human rights false equivalency of all the massive crimes by the junta's neo-Nazis up against the self-defensive actions by the eastern Ukrainians.  Read the story carefully to see how Amnesty pulls the usual 'human rights' trickery.

"Russia's Putin signs law against 'undesirable' NGOs" Anti-Kaganism.

"Good News on TPP, as Senate Passes Fast Track Bill with Human Trafficking Poison Pill"  No Dominican underage prostitutes were harmed in the making of this poison pill.  A comment on Barry by Doug Terpstra:
"None of these are errors or failures. All were calculated and deliberate. Nor will TPP be an error if it passes. For Obama, it will be his greatest achievement and the linchpin of his legacy. A few failures include the failure to bomb Syria, despite his worst intentions (thanks to Putin), the failure of the Ukrainian coup to date to provoke Russian aggression, the failure to seize Russia’s Black Sea port in the Crimea, the failure to destroy Social Security (so far) via the Cat Food Commission, the failure so far to effect a coup in Venezuela despite great effort, the failure so far to completely defund Medicare via ACA, though he’s made progress, failure to thwart China’s Asian Infrustructure Bank, and an apparent failure in losing Yemen to Houthi rebels. These are failures to be thankful for. Let’s add TPP, TTIP, and TISA to that list. In almost every endeavor, if Obama fails, we the people succeed."
"Stakes getting dangerously high for Saudi Arabia and its young prince" World Jewry must think the Saudis should tone it down a notch.

"Murderous spooks drive journalism project to WikiLeaks":  ". . . due to death threats and DDoS attacks on its infrastructure."

We're receiving a now volley of Zionist propaganda - even more ironic than most such propaganda given the ISIL-JSIL alliance - based on the idea that Assad has already lost to ISIS and thus needs to be replaced by a new strong leader to ensure al Qaeda doesn't end up with its own state:  "With ISIS Controlling "More Than Half Of Syria", The US Prepares To Pounce":  "Not really, no."

"Obama’s Strategic Shift"  (Parry)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reading list

If a liar is caught in a lie, a common strategy is to 'prove' the lie is the truth by providing details.  'I had to stay late at work.'  'No, I know you went to the bar.'  'I worked on the Smith file; could I tell you that if I'm lying?'  "Was Osama a 9/11 Truther (and Also a GamePro Reader)?"  Once Hersh attacked the American government lie about the removal of computers, etc. from the Osama compound, do you think the CIA held a contest to generate a list of Osama reading material, filled with in-jokes?

"Phil Geraldi on Bin Laden's Fate"

"Writing History Before It Happens"

"Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?" At this point, with the Americans wisely deciding to cut their losses and throw Ukraine to the wolves - while trying to block the Russian pipeline with an Albanian color revolution in Macedonia - you have to wonder why the colonies are wasting money on ancient propaganda.

"Boston Bombing Trial: Lawyers Reveal Witness' Disappearance"  Given how the American government has treated potential inconvenient witnesses, up to and including cold-blooded murder, not testifying is a life-extending move.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Neocon captivity

"The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity"  Weiss is loosening up of late, perhaps under some intellectual pressure from the extreme state of Israeli politics.  The comments also appear to be much less censored.  I should note that the odd difficulties Republican Presidential candidates are having in discussing the wisdom of the American attack on Iraq stem directly from the fact that the Jewish billionaires who bribe them have them under strict orders not to say anything that might compromise future Wars For The Jews.

"Steve Campana, Canadian biologist, 'disgusted' with government muzzling"  As always, Conservatives don't like facts.

"Obama Administration Dilly-dallying On Islamic State Action" Not a mistake, but Yinon in action (an improved Yinon, as it is considered better to keep potential enemies of Zionism in perpetual internal disruption rather than break them up).  Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, all destabilized.

Universal Nakba:  "A Tale of Two Nakbas":
"However, there is another Nakba, another catastrophe, that is ongoing today that even many pro-Palestinian voices fail (or choose not) to see – the war on Syria, Iraq, and indeed much of the region. For while 1948 saw the destruction of whole villages, extermination of families, displacement of millions, and the stealing of land throughout Palestine, so too have the last few years seen a similar phenomenon in Syria and Iraq. But while the rape of Palestine is a cause around which millions all over the world can unite, the war on Syria and Iraq has left much of the international movement divided. Many even today refuse to see this continuing war as even a war at all; it is “sectarian conflict,” it is “merely a proxy war,” and many argue that “all sides should be condemned.” But is this really true? Or, are these merely the empty platitudes of intellectual and moral cowards who prefer to stick with just Palestine because Syria and Iraq are “not their issue”?"

"The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail: This Prison Is Kind of Corrupt"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clamato

"Why Is an Israeli-American Billionaire Pouring Millions into the Clinton Foundation?"  The one-issue guy.

"Dog takes bullet, likely saves Montana shooting victim's life"

"Law or no law, Canadians better not criticise Israel"

"US officials leak information about the ISIS raid that’s more sensitive than anything Snowden ever leaked"

"The Accidental Operative" "Rumsfeld let Bin Laden escape in 2001, says Senate report"  "America Could Have Killed Usama bin Laden — But Didn't"  "Bush Had No Plan to Catch Bin Laden After 9/11"

"Defying “The Vulture Consensus” on Syria"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wirt D. Walker III and David Boren and Barry McDaniel

"Stratesec’s Walker And His Top Secret Business Partners"  Refers to:  "Evidence for Informed Trading on the Attacks of September 11":
"Although the investigators were clearly concerned about insider trading, and considerable evidence did exist, none of the investigations resulted in a single indictment.  That’s because the people identified as having been involved in the suspicious trades were seen as unlikely to have been associated with those alleged to have committed the 9/11 crimes.
This is an example of the circular logic often used by those who created the official explanations for 9/11.  The reasoning goes like this: if we assume that we know who the perpetrators were (i.e. the popular version of “al Qaeda”) and those who were involved in the trades did not appear to be connected to those assumed perpetrators, then insider trading did not occur."
and:
"On September 21, 2001, the SEC referred two specific transactions to the FBI for criminal investigation as potential informed trades.  One of those trades was a September 6, 2001 purchase of 56,000 shares of a company called Stratesec, which in the few years before 9/11 was a security contractor for several of the facilities that were compromised on 9/11.  These facilities included the WTC buildings, Dulles airport, where American Airlines Flight 77 took off, and also United Airlines, which owned two of the other three ill-fated planes.
The affected 56,000 shares of Stratesec stock were purchased by a director of the company, Wirt D. Walker III, and his wife Sally Walker.  This is clear from the memorandum generated to record the FBI summary of the trades investigated.[22] The Stratesec stock that the Walkers purchased doubled in value in the one trading day between September 11th and when the stock market reopened on September 17th.  The Commission memorandum suggests that the trade generated a profit of $50,000 for the Walkers.  Unfortunately, the FBI did not interview either of the Walkers and they were both cleared of any wrongdoing because they were said to have “no ties to terrorism or other negative information.” [23]
However, Wirt Walker was connected to people who had connections to al Qaeda.  For example, Stratesec director James Abrahamson was the business partner of Mansoor Ijaz, who claimed on several occasions to be able to contact Osama bin Laden.[24] Additionally, Walker hired a number of Stratesec employees away from a subsidiary of The Carlyle Group called BDM International, which ran secret (black) projects for government agencies.  The Carlyle Group was partly financed by members of the bin Laden family.[25] Mr. Walker ran a number of suspicious companies that went bankrupt, including Stratesec, some of which were underwritten by a company run by a first cousin of former CIA director (and President) George H.W. Bush.  Additionally, Walker was the child of a CIA employee and his first job was at an investment firm run by former US intelligence guru, James “Russ” Forgan, where he worked with another former CIA director, William Casey.[26] Of course, Osama bin Laden had links to the CIA as well.[27]"
And to "Two Oklahoma Airports: David Boren, KuwAm, and 9/11" (Boren is the Urquell of the Official Story):
"On the morning of 9/11, CIA Director George Tenet was having breakfast in Washington with his long-time mentor, former Oklahoma Senator David Boren.  While a Senator, Boren was the longest serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  According to Tenet, Boren plucked him from obscurity in 1987 to serve first as his aide and then, later as the staff director for the SSCI.

Boren was a member of the Yale secret society Skull & Bones, like George W. Bush was five years later.  After serving four years as Governor of Oklahoma and 15 years in the U.S. Senate, he became the President of the University of Oklahoma, a position he has held since 1994.  Boren lives in Norman where his university housed Airman Flight School, and where the alleged 9/11 hijackers sought training and Moussaoui lived and trained.

Boren went from his breakfast meeting with Tenet to join James Woolsey in helping to produce the media story.  Although the CIA and FBI didn’t seem to have any idea what to look for prior to 9/11, Boren certainly seemed to know what the 9/11 attacks were all about as soon as they happened."
And to "Barry McDaniel and 15 Reasons to Investigate Stratesec"

I'm sure there would have been a group or groups, outside the government but with connections to high Bush Administration insiders, who would have managed the logistics of the attack and, separately, the logistics of managing the patsies..

Grim

"Key details about the ‘bin Laden evidence’ in Chelsea Manning’s court-martial"  The persecutors/prosecutors told the court in the Chelsea Manning trial that the leak to WikiLeaks was particularly bad - and a crime - because the leaked info ended up in the hands of al Qaeda, proven to a large extent by the fact they found it on bin Laden's computers, computers which we now know, thanks to Hersh, are mythical.  They didn't have to outright lie about it, as they tricked Manning into accepting a statement of facts including the lie, but if you scroll to the end you will see they were prepared with a witness who would have lied under oath.

"‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord"  'Anti-Semitism' is still legal as long as you are careful about it.

"Why Did One Boston-Area Cop Let Tsarnaev Escape?" Two key parts of the Official Story is that the brothers robbed a convenience store and killed a policeman.  Isn't it odd, in such an important matter, that neither of these commonly accepted facts is true?:  "BOSTON UPDATE: Is Officer Collier’s Killer Still at Large?"  In a patsy management situation, the reason you murder a cop - think back to J. D. Tippit - is to create a frenzy of violence in the other police, leading to the almost comic book level of violence leveled at Dzhokhar in the boat (his survival was literally a miracle), the main goal being to ensure the patsy doesn't live.

"Mandy lobbied Blair to give Janner a peerage AFTER sex abuse claims: Grandee said to have asked then-Labour leader about ennobling him ahead of 1997 election"  Janner-Mandelson-Blair

"Oil Billionaire Attempts to Silence University Scientists"  The first rule of frack club . . .

"Trident whistleblower says nuclear subs are insecure, unsafe and 'a disaster waiting to happen'"  Also the first rule of nuke club.  "Trident whistleblower 'to hand himself in to police'"  As always, the only person in trouble is the one who reported the massive wrongdoing.

"Leaked to the Press: France's official "targeted killing" squad"

"Has Ramadi fallen to IS?"  Armored bomb-laden bulldozers driven by suicide bombers break through the defenses.

Note the debate in the comments of the posting above is whether the suicide bombers are 'crazies' or just soldiers.  "Statue marks centennial of John McCrae’s famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’"  The soldiers in the trenches at Ypres could also be described as crazy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crazy things

"Government anti-Semitism conference endorses net censorship"  The orders have been sent around the world.

An example of what you soon won't be allowed to read:  "6 Crazy Things Israel Has Done to Maintain Racial Purity"

"Israel only beneficiary of Syria turmoil: Mark Glenn"

"What if the Times had sent Rudoren to Selma in 1965?"  Whatever you do, don't notice the obvious common factor, violent racist supremacism.

"Racism Is Off Topic in NYT Profile of Justice Minister"

"LOOPS OF LIES:  The full story behind the fake "yellow cake" deliveries to Iraq"  The comments are worth reading.

"Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic"

"Lapdogs, redux: How the press tried to discredit Seymour Hersh’s bombshell reporting on CIA domestic spying"  "The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful"  Hersh is 'cranky' because every single major piece he has written, including those that have been completely accepted into established fact, have received the same disgraceful reaction from American 'journalists'.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

War salesmen

"New York Times sells Israel’s next war" "Taking the Heat Off Israel: Why The NYT Obsesses Over Campus Debates"

"Anti-Corporate Hero Alan Grayson Keeps Millions in Offshore Tax Shelters"  "Alan Grayson erupts as Senate bid looms"  Another blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist who passes as a 'progressive' to the pathetic and disgusting American 'left'.

"Supreme Court rules Omar Khadr was sentenced as a juvenile in minutes"  The Canadian Supreme court is profoundly mediocre these days, but even they were able to laugh Harper's arguments out of the court.

"No, Just Because Seymour Hersh Had The Same Story As You, It's Not 'Plagiarism'"  No one owns facts.

Tweet (Ali Abunimah):
"It is perhaps fitting that Obama, who helped Israel steal so much Palestinian land, will build his monument on seized Chicago park land."
Presidential libraries are just a scam to steal public records and hide the embarrassing parts.

"Documents Detail US Complicity in Operation Condor Terror Campaign":
"After Kissinger suggests that the Argentine government deport the approximately 500,000 refugees, primarily from Chile, who had entered Argentina (and jokes about sending them to join the PLO “terrorists”), Guzzetti brings up Operation Condor, which he describes as the “joint efforts to integrate with our neighbors” in order to confront the “terrorist problem.” Kissinger said the coalition between Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Brazil “sound[ed] like a good idea.”
Kissinger assures the Argentine minister “We want you to succeed. We do not want to harrass [sic] you. I will do what I can.”" 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Swarm of lies

We're in the middle of quite the swarm of lies from the usual Zionist suspects concerning the Syrian government:
  1. "Eight Problems with Amnesty’s Report on Aleppo Syria"
  2. "Inspectors in Syria Find Traces of Banned Military Chemicals: (the usual product of the Barnyard)
  3. "Ken Roth keeps on digging?"
  4. "Ali Mamluk is shown on Syrian regime TV to the left of Bashshar: the credibility of Carol Malouf of Daily Telegraph and her stories"
  5. "How the Daily Telegraph defends its Mamluk story"  When caught red-handed in an obvious lie, she makes a joke about it.
"Explosive new report on bin Laden raid highlights deceptive security state shell games"

"What You Should Know About Bernie Sanders' Dark Side"  Progressives for genocide.  American voters don't get a free ride on this.  If Bernie has blood dripping from his fangs, it will be your blood too.

I guess we know the plan of World Jewry:
  1. "Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel"
  2. "Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters"
  3. "Canadian Government Slams ‘Bizarre’ Report on Use of Hate Crime Laws Against Pro-BDS Groups (UPDATE)"
  4. "BDS a hate crime? In France, legal vigilance punishes anti-Israel activists"
  5. "Aipac Wants Congress to Criminalize BDS"
"Sheldon Adelson on the Hot Seat for Organized Crime Ties at His Macau Casinos" It's quaint how Nixon's friendship with Bebe Rebozo led to allegations that he was being funded by organized crime.  It is no longer a problem but a prerequisite for a Republican nominee to be funded by organized crime.  Also:  "Following Paul Singer’s Money, Argentina, and Iran (Continued)"  "Are property speculators bankrolling European Friends of Israel?"

Very sunny view of Barry:  "Obama’s overture to Putin has paid off"  "Yet another huge diplomatic victory for Russia"  With Nuland there, I suspect the Americans attempted to barter taking the pressure off in Ukraine in return for Russia selling out Assad.

"The latest Koolaid vendor"

You have to bomb the village to save it:  "European powers seek to bomb Libya to stop migrants"  This mess is the direct result of following Zionist plans for Libya.

"Sy Hersh, journalism giant: Why some who worshiped him no longer do"  You'll never get back the time you wasted reading the article, but the comments are hilarious.  If you have one excellent source, parts of whose story are backed up by a number of other sources and whose story is internally logical and consistent, but, as a whistle blower in Barry's world - look how Sterling was railroaded, on no real evidence except for a dubious circumstantial concoction based on the metadata they say they don't keep! - insists on being anonymous, what are you supposed to do?  Should you not publish, and reward Barry for his war on facts?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Unraveling

"AIPAC-backed amendments add to trade bill turmoil"  When horrible policies cancel each other out.

"Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling?"  Barry's entire web-of-lies speech was written backwards, starting with the CIA's need to provide propaganda support for the efficacy of torture to keep Americans safe.

"New York Times and NBC Reporters Back Portions of Osama bin Laden Story"  Essentially all of Hersh's story has now been confirmed by multiple sources except what was done to the body (which will be tough to confirm as the Seals are incorrigible liars).

"Killing bin Laden"

We're getting another wave of propaganda about dissent in Assad's government:  "Bashar al-Assad's spy chief arrested over Syria coup plot"  "The Ali Mamluk Story in the Daily Telegraph"  "Ali Mamluk, again"  The last time the tide turned for the Syrian government was when the Iranians and Hezbollah provided a lot of support.

Tweet (Daniel Pipes):
". is a new org'n that builds bios of US campus anti- fanatics so future employers will know their full college records."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's very easy to control news

Hersh interview.  "It's very easy to control news"  I like the clear way Hersh puts everything into the obvious geopolitical context.  Does he sound crazy or senile to you?

Philip Mudd:  "Stephen Colbert's most awkward interview ever?"

"Was there a cover-up in bin Laden killing?" by Peter Bergen.  Shameless.  All these 'experts' are so far up the ass of the national security state and the CIA that you can't trust them as far as you can throw them.

"Hersh: Obama lied. Obama: No, I didn’t. NBC: Yep, you did. And again just now."

Do not necessarily

Tweet (Cryptome):
The second link contains a lot of information on the type of Washington connections that lead to a facility with retyping the Official Story.

"The Story Behind The Story Of Bin Laden’s Killing"  This Barry-lovin' take down starts by claiming Hersh is full of shit as his story is a conspiratorial attack on Pakistan, and ends by claiming it can't be right as it makes Pakistan look too good.

"Pakistanis Knew Where Osama Bin Laden Was, U.S. Sources Say"  Mainstream (extremely high-level pro liar Andrea Mitchell!):  Hersh might have stumbled on something which we can spin as sorta/kinda not inconsistent with the White House story, so we're not as incompetent/mendacious as it might appear.  "The new revelations do not necessarily cast doubt on the overall narrative that the White House began circulating within hours of the May 2011 operation."

Tweet (Michael Arria):
"Most reporters just rolled with WH narrative on bin Laden death. The fact Hersh considers it critically is what offends many of them."

Tweet (Michael Arria):
 "If you got paid to produce hot takes like this wouldn't investigative work on ME policy upset you on some level? "

Tweet (Asa Winstanley):
 "Hilarious that Max Fisher thinks well-established fact that the US backed the terrorist MEK army is "a spectacular international conspiracy""
I just noticed that Fisher, in a vain attempt to make Hersh sound like a nutter, refers to Eliot Higgins as a 'respected analyst' in referring to another superb - and certainly correct - Hersh story on false-flag chemical attacks in Syria!!!  I have never paid enough attention to Vox to realize what a piece of shit it is, so Fisher's attack has been very useful.

Hersh's piece is far more important than its content as it is a direct attack on the entire American press corps and its corrupt/stupid connection with power.

"Special Report on the escalating situation in Macedonia"  "Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary discuss ‘Turkish Stream’"  For various reasons, all those countries are partly outside of the American Empire, so American mischief is to be expected.

"Saudis Snub Obama Over Iran Deal"  "Putin May Be a No-Show During Kerry Visit to Russia"  The United States used to be strong enough that other countries at least had to pretend to respect American leadership.

"Scott Walker’s rabbi"  Someone should produce a set of playing cards depicting all the relevant Jewish billionaires.

"In Convicting Jeff Sterling, CIA Revealed More Than It Accused Him of Revealing"  Oman always seems to stay out of the various Gulf State shenanigans.

"Monsanto’s Glyphosate Blankets GMO Crops Near U.S. Schools. 3,247 Elementary Schools across America Affected"  It wasn't that long ago that we wondered how we could have been so stupid to allow mass use of DDT.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Riddled With Inaccuracies And Falsehoods

"Why Is The Hersh Abbottabad Story Coming Out Now?"  It has long been known that various Saudi princes have supported bin Laden, both financially and politically.  Of course, the Americans encouraged this until it became necessary to cast al Qaeda as an American enemy for the purposes of the inside job on September 11 (in Syria and Yemen today, al Qaeda is again an acknowledged American ally)  Unlike the previous king, the current Saudi king is one of these main supporters of bin Laden.

"Seymour Hersh Succumbs To Disinformation — Paul Craig Roberts"  At the time I said I didn't believe the story that bin Laden had died as it was far too important a martyrdom to pass by so unnoticed by those who make a big deal of dying in the cause.  Who knows?  Of course, the entire White House story is even more of a lie if bin Laden was dead all along.  Also, if anybody is qualified to tell when a source is trying to lead him down the garden path, it would be Hersh.  It helps that Hersh's account is consistent with existing plausible but non-mainstream accounts, existing Pakistani accounts, and common sense and geopolitical realities.

"Hersh on Bin Laden: The Anatomy of a Cover Up"

"White House Denies It Fabricated bin Laden Killing, Says Hersh Report "Riddled With Inaccuracies And Falsehoods""

"Hersh: Everything We Were Told About Osama bin Laden’s Killing Was a Lie"  We're going to be hearing a lot like this - Hersh . . . great reporter . . . stellar reputation . . . great history of revealing major government leaks . . . oh, and too bad about the dementia.  This story undermines the entire power system of American reporting-lying (all of which consists of inaccuracies and falsehoods and lies), and thus cannot be be allowed to go unchallenged.

More on Hersh

"Obama Uses the New Yorker to Bamboozle America"  From 2011.  Contains the entire major framework of the Hersh article and presumably also explains why the New Yorker isn't publishing the Hersh piece.  Hersh added the details and a lot of very plausible data on the story about the body, a story which everybody thought sounded suspicious at the time.  Burial at sea?  Ha!

Hey, let's ask the CIA! (you have to laugh):  "Ex-CIA Chief: Seymour Hersh Wrong About Osama Bin Laden's Death"  Don't forget that one of Hersh's points is that Barry's whoppers were crafted, in part, to protect the CIA.  Of course, the main motivation was to create a Barry The Conquering Hero Story to get Barry reelected (and it worked!).

"The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory"  Pathetic. Seriously pathetic. The unexpected helicopter crash explains why the American-Pakistani plans died.  The only journalism here is details on the Hersh-New Yorker break, a break which reflects very badly on the New Yorker.  I used to refer to New Yorker pieces quite often.  There is almost nothing left of what was once an important magazine.

"Hersh's Latest Article":
"It is my opinion that bin Laden could not have lived at Abbottabad for six years without the knowledge of the Pakistan military and intelligence.  pl"

What we're seeing here is the complete undermining of the credibility of the entire American press corps.  Hersh is about the only guy with the chops and the balls to bring it down.

The Hersh thing

The Hersh thing:  "The Killing of Osama bin Laden".  Note that he has one main source, but the entire story is logically consistent, and consistent with sources in Pakistan, unlike all various lying American media accounts.  Read the whole thing (it should be a model taught in journalism school, and he doesn't waste a word), but I've chopped out some stuff if you are in a hurry (my emphasis in red):
"It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI – were never informed of the US mission. This remains the White House position despite an array of reports that have raised questions, including one by Carlotta Gall in the New York Times Magazine of 19 March 2014. Gall, who spent 12 years as the Times correspondent in Afghanistan, wrote that she’d been told by a ‘Pakistani official’ that Pasha had known before the raid that bin Laden was in Abbottabad. The story was denied by US and Pakistani officials, and went no further. In his book Pakistan: Before and after Osama (2012), Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies, a think tank in Islamabad, wrote that he’d spoken to four undercover intelligence officers who – reflecting a widely held local view – asserted that the Pakistani military must have had knowledge of the operation. The issue was raised again in February, when a retired general, Asad Durrani, who was head of the ISI in the early 1990s, told an al-Jazeera interviewer that it was ‘quite possible’ that the senior officers of the ISI did not know where bin Laden had been hiding, ‘but it was more probable that they did [know]. And the idea was that, at the right time, his location would be revealed. And the right time would have been when you can get the necessary quid pro quo – if you have someone like Osama bin Laden, you are not going to simply hand him over to the United States.’

This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms; that the CIA did not learn of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking his couriers, as the White House has claimed since May 2011, but from a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer who betrayed the secret in return for much of the $25 million reward offered by the US, and that, while Obama did order the raid and the Seal team did carry it out, many other aspects of the administration’s account were false.

. . .

The major US source for the account that follows is a retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. He also was privy to many aspects of the Seals’ training for the raid, and to the various after-action reports. Two other US sources, who had access to corroborating information, have been longtime consultants to the Special Operations Command. I also received information from inside Pakistan about widespread dismay among the senior ISI and military leadership – echoed later by Durrani – over Obama’s decision to go public immediately with news of bin Laden’s death. The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad. He offered to tell the CIA where to find bin Laden in return for the reward that Washington had offered in 2001. Walk-ins are assumed by the CIA to be unreliable, and the response from the agency’s headquarters was to fly in a polygraph team. The walk-in passed the test. ‘So now we’ve got a lead on bin Laden living in a compound in Abbottabad, but how do we really know who it is?’ was the CIA’s worry at the time, the retired senior US intelligence official told me.

The US initially kept what it knew from the Pakistanis. ‘The fear was that if the existence of the source was made known, the Pakistanis themselves would move bin Laden to another location. So only a very small number of people were read into the source and his story,’ the retired official said.

. . .

‘It didn’t take long to get the co-operation we needed, because the Pakistanis wanted to ensure the continued release of American military aid, a good percentage of which was anti-terrorism funding that finances personal security, such as bullet-proof limousines and security guards and housing for the ISI leadership,’ the retired official said. He added that there were also under-the-table personal ‘incentives’ that were financed by off-the-books Pentagon contingency funds. ‘The intelligence community knew what the Pakistanis needed to agree – there was the carrot. And they chose the carrot. It was a win-win. We also did a little blackmail. We told them we would leak the fact that you’ve got bin Laden in your backyard. We knew their friends and enemies’ – the Taliban and jihadist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan – ‘would not like it.’

A worrying factor at this early point, according to the retired official, was Saudi Arabia, which had been financing bin Laden’s upkeep since his seizure by the Pakistanis
. ‘The Saudis didn’t want bin Laden’s presence revealed to us because he was a Saudi, and so they told the Pakistanis to keep him out of the picture. The Saudis feared if we knew we would pressure the Pakistanis to let bin Laden start talking to us about what the Saudis had been doing with al-Qaida. And they were dropping money – lots of it. The Pakistanis, in turn, were concerned that the Saudis might spill the beans about their control of bin Laden. The fear was that if the US found out about bin Laden from Riyadh, all hell would break out. The Americans learning about bin Laden’s imprisonment from a walk-in was not the worst thing.’

Despite their constant public feuding, American and Pakistani military and intelligence services have worked together closely for decades on counterterrorism in South Asia. Both services often find it useful to engage in public feuds ‘to cover their asses’, as the retired official put it, but they continually share intelligence used for drone attacks, and co-operate on covert operations. At the same time, it’s understood in Washington that elements of the ISI believe that maintaining a relationship with the Taliban leadership inside Afghanistan is essential to national security. The ISI’s strategic aim is to balance Indian influence in Kabul; the Taliban is also seen in Pakistan as a source of jihadist shock troops who would back Pakistan against India in a confrontation over Kashmir.

Adding to the tension was the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, often depicted in the Western press as an ‘Islamic bomb’ that might be transferred by Pakistan to an embattled nation in the Middle East in the event of a crisis with Israel. The US looked the other way when Pakistan began building its weapons system in the 1970s and it’s widely believed it now has more than a hundred nuclear warheads. It’s understood in Washington that US security depends on the maintenance of strong military and intelligence ties to Pakistan. The belief is mirrored in Pakistan.

. . .

A Pakistani with close ties to the senior leadership of the ISI told me that ‘there was a deal with your top guys. We were very reluctant, but it had to be done – not because of personal enrichment, but because all of the American aid programmes would be cut off. Your guys said we will starve you out if you don’t do it, and the okay was given while Pasha was in Washington. The deal was not only to keep the taps open, but Pasha was told there would be more goodies for us.’ The Pakistani said that Pasha’s visit also resulted in a commitment from the US to give Pakistan ‘a freer hand’ in Afghanistan as it began its military draw-down there. ‘And so our top dogs justified the deal by saying this is for our country.’

. . .


‘Of course the guys knew the target was bin Laden and he was there under Pakistani control,’ the retired official said. ‘Otherwise, they would not have done the mission without air cover. It was clearly and absolutely a premeditated murder.’ A former Seal commander, who has led and participated in dozens of similar missions over the past decade, assured me that ‘we were not going to keep bin Laden alive – to allow the terrorist to live. By law, we know what we’re doing inside Pakistan is a homicide. We’ve come to grips with that. Each one of us, when we do these missions, say to ourselves, “Let’s face it. We’re going to commit a murder.”’ The White House’s initial account claimed that bin Laden had been brandishing a weapon; the story was aimed at deflecting those who questioned the legality of the US administration’s targeted assassination programme. The US has consistently maintained, despite widely reported remarks by people involved with the mission, that bin Laden would have been taken alive if he had immediately surrendered.

. . .


At the Abbottabad compound ISI guards were posted around the clock to keep watch over bin Laden and his wives and children. They were under orders to leave as soon as they heard the rotors of the US helicopters. The town was dark: the electricity supply had been cut off on the orders of the ISI hours before the raid began. One of the Black Hawks crashed inside the walls of the compound, injuring many on board. ‘The guys knew the TOT [time on target] had to be tight because they would wake up the whole town going in,’ the retired official said. The cockpit of the crashed Black Hawk, with its communication and navigational gear, had to be destroyed by concussion grenades, and this would create a series of explosions and a fire visible for miles. Two Chinook helicopters had flown from Afghanistan to a nearby Pakistani intelligence base to provide logistical support, and one of them was immediately dispatched to Abbottabad. But because the helicopter had been equipped with a bladder loaded with extra fuel for the two Black Hawks, it first had to be reconfigured as a troop carrier. The crash of the Black Hawk and the need to fly in a replacement were nerve-wracking and time-consuming setbacks, but the Seals continued with their mission. There was no firefight as they moved into the compound; the ISI guards had gone. ‘Everyone in Pakistan has a gun and high-profile, wealthy folks like those who live in Abbottabad have armed bodyguards, and yet there were no weapons in the compound,’ the retired official pointed out. Had there been any opposition, the team would have been highly vulnerable. Instead, the retired official said, an ISI liaison officer flying with the Seals guided them into the darkened house and up a staircase to bin Laden’s quarters. The Seals had been warned by the Pakistanis that heavy steel doors blocked the stairwell on the first and second-floor landings; bin Laden’s rooms were on the third floor. The Seal squad used explosives to blow the doors open, without injuring anyone. One of bin Laden’s wives was screaming hysterically and a bullet – perhaps a stray round – struck her knee. Aside from those that hit bin Laden, no other shots were fired. (The Obama administration’s account would hold otherwise.)

‘They knew where the target was – third floor, second door on the right,’ the retired official said. ‘Go straight there. Osama was cowering and retreated into the bedroom. Two shooters followed him and opened up. Very simple, very straightforward, very professional hit.’ Some of the Seals were appalled later at the White House’s initial insistence that they had shot bin Laden in self-defence, the retired official said. ‘Six of the Seals’ finest, most experienced NCOs, faced with an unarmed elderly civilian, had to kill him in self-defence? The house was shabby and bin Laden was living in a cell with bars on the window and barbed wire on the roof. The rules of engagement were that if bin Laden put up any opposition they were authorised to take lethal action. But if they suspected he might have some means of opposition, like an explosive vest under his robe, they could also kill him. So here’s this guy in a mystery robe and they shot him. It’s not because he was reaching for a weapon. The rules gave them absolute authority to kill the guy.’ The later White House claim that only one or two bullets were fired into his head was ‘bullshit’, the retired official said. ‘The squad came through the door and obliterated him. As the Seals say, “We kicked his ass and took his gas.”’

After they killed bin Laden, ‘the Seals were just there, some with physical injuries from the crash, waiting for the relief chopper,’ the retired official said. ‘Twenty tense minutes. The Black Hawk is still burning. There are no city lights. No electricity. No police. No fire trucks. They have no prisoners.’ Bin Laden’s wives and children were left for the ISI to interrogate and relocate. ‘Despite all the talk,’ the retired official continued, there were ‘no garbage bags full of computers and storage devices. The guys just stuffed some books and papers they found in his room in their backpacks. The Seals weren’t there because they thought bin Laden was running a command centre for al-Qaida operations, as the White House would later tell the media. And they were not intelligence experts gathering information inside that house.’

On a normal assault mission, the retired official said, there would be no waiting around if a chopper went down. ‘The Seals would have finished the mission, thrown off their guns and gear, and jammed into the remaining Black Hawk and di-di-maued’ – Vietnamese slang for leaving in a rush – ‘out of there, with guys hanging out of the doors. They would not have blown the chopper – no commo gear is worth a dozen lives – unless they knew they were safe. Instead they stood around outside the compound, waiting for the bus to arrive.’ Pasha and Kayani had delivered on all their promises.

. . .


Obama’s speech was put together in a rush, the retired official said, and was viewed by his advisers as a political document, not a message that needed to be submitted for clearance to the national security bureaucracy. This series of self-serving and inaccurate statements would create chaos in the weeks following. Obama said that his administration had discovered that bin Laden was in Pakistan through ‘a possible lead’ the previous August; to many in the CIA the statement suggested a specific event, such as a walk-in. The remark led to a new cover story claiming that the CIA’s brilliant analysts had unmasked a courier network handling bin Laden’s continuing flow of operational orders to al-Qaida. Obama also praised ‘a small team of Americans’ for their care in avoiding civilian deaths and said: ‘After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.’ Two more details now had to be supplied for the cover story: a description of the firefight that never happened, and a story about what happened to the corpse. Obama went on to praise the Pakistanis: ‘It’s important to note that our counterterrorism co-operation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.’ That statement risked exposing Kayani and Pasha. The White House’s solution was to ignore what Obama had said and order anyone talking to the press to insist that the Pakistanis had played no role in killing bin Laden. Obama left the clear impression that he and his advisers hadn’t known for sure that bin Laden was in Abbottabad, but only had information ‘about the possibility’. This led first to the story that the Seals had determined they’d killed the right man by having a six-foot-tall Seal lie next to the corpse for comparison (bin Laden was known to be six foot four); and then to the claim that a DNA test had been performed on the corpse and demonstrated conclusively that the Seals had killed bin Laden. But, according to the retired official, it wasn’t clear from the Seals’ early reports whether all of bin Laden’s body, or any of it, made it back to Afghanistan.

Gates wasn’t the only official who was distressed by Obama’s decision to speak without clearing his remarks in advance, the retired official said, ‘but he was the only one protesting. Obama didn’t just double-cross Gates, he double-crossed everyone. This was not the fog of war. The fact that there was an agreement with the Pakistanis and no contingency analysis of what was to be disclosed if something went wrong – that wasn’t even discussed. And once it went wrong, they had to make up a new cover story on the fly.’ There was a legitimate reason for some deception: the role of the Pakistani walk-in had to be protected.

. . .

Asked whether bin Laden had fired on the Seals, as some reporters had been told, Brennan repeated what would become a White House mantra: ‘He was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in. And whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don’t know … Here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks … living in an area that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield … [It] just speaks to I think the nature of the individual he was.’

Gates also objected to the idea, pushed by Brennan and Leon Panetta, that US intelligence had learned of bin Laden’s whereabouts from information acquired by waterboarding and other forms of torture. ‘All of this is going on as the Seals are flying home from their mission. The agency guys know the whole story,’ the retired official said. ‘It was a group of annuitants who did it.’ (Annuitants are retired CIA officers who remain active on contract.) ‘They had been called in by some of the mission planners in the agency to help with the cover story. So the old-timers come in and say why not admit that we got some of the information about bin Laden from enhanced interrogation?’ At the time, there was still talk in Washington about the possible prosecution of CIA agents who had conducted torture.

‘Gates told them this was not going to work,’ the retired official said. ‘He was never on the team. He knew at the eleventh hour of his career not to be a party to this nonsense. But State, the agency and the Pentagon had bought in on the cover story. None of the Seals thought that Obama was going to get on national TV and announce the raid. The Special Forces command was apoplectic. They prided themselves on keeping operational security.’ There was fear in Special Operations, the retired official said, that ‘if the true story of the missions leaked out, the White House bureaucracy was going to blame it on the Seals.’

The White House’s solution was to silence the Seals. On 5 May, every member of the Seal hit team – they had returned to their base in southern Virginia – and some members of the Joint Special Operations Command leadership were presented with a nondisclosure form drafted by the White House’s legal office; it promised civil penalties and a lawsuit for anyone who discussed the mission, in public or private. ‘The Seals were not happy,’ the retired official said. But most of them kept quiet, as did Admiral William McRaven, who was then in charge of JSOC. ‘McRaven was apoplectic. He knew he was fucked by the White House, but he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Seal, and not then a political operator, and he knew there’s no glory in blowing the whistle on the president. When Obama went public with bin Laden’s death, everyone had to scramble around for a new story that made sense, and the planners were stuck holding the bag.’

. . .

There was another reason to claim there had been a firefight inside the compound, the retired official said: to avoid the inevitable question that would arise from an uncontested assault. Where were bin Laden’s guards? Surely, the most sought-after terrorist in the world would have around-the-clock protection. ‘And one of those killed had to be the courier, because he didn’t exist and we couldn’t produce him. The Pakistanis had no choice but to play along with it.’ (Two days after the raid, Reuters published photographs of three dead men that it said it had purchased from an ISI official. Two of the men were later identified by an ISI spokesman as being the alleged courier and his brother.)

. . .

In June 2011, it was reported in the New York Times, the Washington Post and all over the Pakistani press that Amir Aziz had been held for questioning in Pakistan; he was, it was said, a CIA informant who had been spying on the comings and goings at the bin Laden compound. Aziz was released, but the retired official said that US intelligence was unable to learn who leaked the highly classified information about his involvement with the mission. Officials in Washington decided they ‘could not take a chance that Aziz’s role in obtaining bin Laden’s DNA also would become known’. A sacrificial lamb was needed, and the one chosen was Shakil Afridi, a 48-year-old Pakistani doctor and sometime CIA asset, who had been arrested by the Pakistanis in late May and accused of assisting the agency. ‘We went to the Pakistanis and said go after Afridi,’ the retired official said. ‘We had to cover the whole issue of how we got the DNA.’ It was soon reported that the CIA had organised a fake vaccination programme in Abbottabad with Afridi’s help in a failed attempt to obtain bin Laden’s DNA. Afridi’s legitimate medical operation was run independently of local health authorities, was well financed and offered free vaccinations against hepatitis B. Posters advertising the programme were displayed throughout the area. Afridi was later accused of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison because of his ties to an extremist. News of the CIA-sponsored programme created widespread anger in Pakistan, and led to the cancellation of other international vaccination programmes that were now seen as cover for American spying.

The retired official said that Afridi had been recruited long before the bin Laden mission as part of a separate intelligence effort to get information about suspected terrorists in Abbottabad and the surrounding area. ‘The plan was to use vaccinations as a way to get the blood of terrorism suspects in the villages.’ Afridi made no attempt to obtain DNA from the residents of the bin Laden compound. The report that he did so was a hurriedly put together ‘CIA cover story creating “facts”’ in a clumsy attempt to protect Aziz and his real mission. ‘Now we have the consequences,’ the retired official said. ‘A great humanitarian project to do something meaningful for the peasants has been compromised as a cynical hoax.’ Afridi’s conviction was overturned, but he remains in prison on a murder charge.


In his address announcing the raid, Obama said that after killing bin Laden the Seals ‘took custody of his body’. The statement created a problem. In the initial plan it was to be announced a week or so after the fact that bin Laden was killed in a drone strike somewhere in the mountains on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and that his remains had been identified by DNA testing. But with Obama’s announcement of his killing by the Seals everyone now expected a body to be produced. Instead, reporters were told that bin Laden’s body had been flown by the Seals to an American military airfield in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and then straight to the USS Carl Vinson, a supercarrier on routine patrol in the North Arabian Sea. Bin Laden had then been buried at sea, just hours after his death. The press corps’s only sceptical moments at John Brennan’s briefing on 2 May were to do with the burial. The questions were short, to the point, and rarely answered. ‘When was the decision made that he would be buried at sea if killed?’ ‘Was this part of the plan all along?’ ‘Can you just tell us why that was a good idea?’ ‘John, did you consult a Muslim expert on that?’ ‘Is there a visual recording of this burial?’ When this last question was asked, Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, came to Brennan’s rescue: ‘We’ve got to give other people a chance here.’

‘We thought the best way to ensure that his body was given an appropriate Islamic burial,’ Brennan said, ‘was to take those actions that would allow us to do that burial at sea.’ He said ‘appropriate specialists and experts’ were consulted, and that the US military was fully capable of carrying out the burial ‘consistent with Islamic law’. Brennan didn’t mention that Muslim law calls for the burial service to be conducted in the presence of an imam, and there was no suggestion that one happened to be on board the Carl Vinson.

. . .


Within weeks of the raid, I had been told by two longtime consultants to Special Operations Command, who have access to current intelligence, that the funeral aboard the Carl Vinson didn’t take place. One consultant told me that bin Laden’s remains were photographed and identified after being flown back to Afghanistan. The consultant added: ‘At that point, the CIA took control of the body. The cover story was that it had been flown to the Carl Vinson.’ The second consultant agreed that there had been ‘no burial at sea’. He added that ‘the killing of bin Laden was political theatre designed to burnish Obama’s military credentials … The Seals should have expected the political grandstanding. It’s irresistible to a politician. Bin Laden became a working asset.’ Early this year, speaking again to the second consultant, I returned to the burial at sea. The consultant laughed and said: ‘You mean, he didn’t make it to the water?’

The retired official said there had been another complication: some members of the Seal team had bragged to colleagues and others that they had torn bin Laden’s body to pieces with rifle fire. The remains, including his head, which had only a few bullet holes in it, were thrown into a body bag and, during the helicopter flight back to Jalalabad, some body parts were tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains – or so the Seals claimed. At the time, the retired official said, the Seals did not think their mission would be made public by Obama within a few hours: ‘If the president had gone ahead with the cover story, there would have been no need to have a funeral within hours of the killing. Once the cover story was blown, and the death was made public, the White House had a serious “Where’s the body?” problem. The world knew US forces had killed bin Laden in Abbottabad. Panic city. What to do? We need a “functional body” because we have to be able to say we identified bin Laden via a DNA analysis. It would be navy officers who came up with the “burial at sea” idea. Perfect. No body. Honourable burial following sharia law. Burial is made public in great detail, but Freedom of Information documents confirming the burial are denied for reasons of “national security”. It’s the classic unravelling of a poorly constructed cover story – it solves an immediate problem but, given the slighest inspection, there is no back-up support. There never was a plan, initially, to take the body to sea, and no burial of bin Laden at sea took place.’ The retired official said that if the Seals’ first accounts are to be believed, there wouldn’t have been much left of bin Laden to put into the sea in any case."
I'm sure there is more to the helicopter crash story.

Do you think parts of the body are being kept as trophies?

Hersh is no longer publishing in the irrelevant New Yorker, but in the increasingly important LRB.

Ignatius should be fired or resign as his retyping of propaganda is at a Judy Miller level:  tweet (Adam Johnson):
"Recall: Ignatius' harrowing bin Laden Obama assassination plots based on computer files Hersh says never existed "
I really have to wonder whether the Hersh piece will win all the journalism awards or whether it will be mocked and ignored. An early sign: tweet (Max Fisher of Vox):
"i guess hersh will explain the opus dei / knights of malta connection in the next piece"

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Just once

"Exclusive: Why a company chairman supported a Prophet Mohammad cartoon event"  Robert J. Shillman Philanthropy  Whenever you see something really, really awful there is always a Jewish billionaire hiding in the wings, providing funding.

"The Jewish Billionaire Behind a New Christian Anti-Iran Group":  Singer

"Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally"

"The March of the Immortal Regiment - TTG":
"RT interviewed an Englishman participating in the march. John Laughland carried his uncle’s photo while marching with the Immortal Regiment in Moscow. His uncle, his father’s younger brother, died while serving with the Royal Navy on Arctic convoy duty. Also marching with the Immortal Regiment, was Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin carrying a large framed photo of his father. I’m sure he had security nearby, but they weren’t evident on the RT report. The image was of the President of Russia marching shoulder to shoulder with his fellow Russians honoring their fathers and mothers and keeping their memories alive. This image and the whole idea of the Immortal Regiment leaves me in awe.

In stark contrast, our boycotting of the Victory Day celebration in Moscow was shameful and petty. To force others to join us in this boycott is beyond shameful. And all this to support Nuland's Nazi adoring, atrocity committing  junta in Kiev. It fills me with disgust."
"Modern Ukraine RIP (Born 1991- Died 2014)"  "It has started or Wise up Macedonians!"  Ukraine should be a cautionary tale, as once you go down this road your country is permanently ruined.

"US frowns at India-Iran port deal"

What an curiosity it would be if the American government just once - just once - did something positive and in its own national interest.  We'd all fall down dead in amazement.

"Monsanto operatives bully academics who discuss cancer links to GMOs and glyphosate"  "Colombians Tired of US Planes Dumping Tons of Monsanto’s Roundup on Them to Fight the Drug War"

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Hung

As bad as Amnesty, PEN, Reporters Without Borders, and so many other 'human rights' groups are, Human Rights Watch is the gold standard of using fraud and lies to promote Zionist goals:  "Human Rights Watch Again Accuses Syria Of "Barrel Bomb" Damage Done By Others"

"Free expression group PEN America gets sponsored by apartheid Israel":
"The Israeli sponsorship of the World Voices festival suggests views at PEN’s America Center which extend beyond a Western liberal reification of “freedom of speech” over basic values of responsibility and anti-racism.
The association with Israel seems to stem from the appointment of Suzanne Nossel as the executive director of PEN American Center last year. Nossel had previously attracted controversy during her brief stint as head of Amnesty International’s US office. Before that, as her whitewashed biography on the PEN America website puts it, she worked for the US State Department and the US mission to the United Nations and served as a board member of Human Rights Watch.
As a classic example of the “revolving door,” Nossel has brought the influence of the US government to the nongovernmental organizations in which she works — the same groups which have often provided the selective arguments about human rights with which Washington justifies its wars.
She has also been a staunch supporter of Israel. In 2005, for example, she wrote in Dissent magazine that “Longstanding US perceptions of the UN membership as anti-Western, unprincipled, motivated by petty biases, and dominated by a herd mentality stem largely from— and are given continuing basis by —the body’s history of anti-Israel conduct … Israel became something like the proverbial friendless kid in a schoolyard, always attacked and in need of constant help.”
While working for the State Department in 2011 she reasserted her views, saying: ”At the top of our list is our defense of Israel, and Israel’s right to fair treatment at the [UN] Human Rights Council. This is the most challenging issue we face.”
And in 2012, she rejected the Goldstone report, the findings of a UN investigation into Israel’s slaughter in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, saying that the paper put “the most negative possible spin that you could put on Israeli behavior … It draws a series of inferences about Israel’s motives and behavior that are simply not supported by the facts … We do take exception to that.”"

World Jewry is a little shocked that the Geller provocations aren't playing well with Americans, even with their traditional supporters:  "Alan Dershowitz Likens Pamela Geller To Martin Luther King"

"More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas"

They really are, there is no comparison:  "Israel's crimes are "infinitely worse" than in Apartheid South Africa"

"A Canadian in Occupied Palestine":  "Canada no good!"

"U.K. pollsters wonder why they got British election so wrong" In the last Canadian election, Harper was able to use the polls to portray the danger of the lefties having control of the Canadian government (as the Liberals could not obtain a majority and would have to rely on NDP support, or even that the NDP might win outright), a prospect so scary that it forced voters to avoid the Liberals.  The same strategy was employed in the UK using the code word 'hung parliament'.  In each case, the polls were used as a tool for a conservative win.

"Was the US Complicit in Ethnic Cleansing in Syria?"

Tweet (Murtaza Hussain):
" I'm convinced this is why they've been fighting so hard to keep him locked up, very eloquent and humble: "

Friday, May 08, 2015

Kids of the family

"How to steal $1 billion in three days"  As one always does, I quickly scanned the article to confirm that the perp had successfully absconded to Israel, only to be astonished to find that he was under house arrest in Moldova.  Needless to say, he is Israeli.

"Obama: Just Do It the TPP Swoosh Way, Brother Milton Friedman"  Nike?  Really?  Has Barry lost all his political instincts?

"Why Roma kids don't fit in at Czech schools"  "Canadian Indian residential school system"

The big false flag is getting tattered:  "McCain weighs in on NSA ruling: 'People seem to have forgotten 9/11'"  It is nice to see an express connection made between the strategy of tension and the fascist policies.

"African-Americans and the US Justice System: political racist rheotric versus reality"

"Israeli defense minister promises to kill more civilians and threatens to nuke Iran":
"“we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep discussion … we did it then, we did it in [the] Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future.”"

This can't be good for Greece:  "Is the mystery woman in Pulp's 'Common People' really Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis' wife?"  "Common People" lyrics.

"What Is A Super PAC?":
"Q: Isn’t it true that super PACs drown out the voices of everyday Americans with their narrow, self-serving messages, effectively crippling the democratic process and reinforcing a vicious cycle in which all politicians are beholden to multimillionaires and merely feign interest in the working and middle classes in a cynical attempt to clinch their election and advance the interests of the country’s moneyed elite, further dividing a crumbling nation already hopelessly mired in inequality?
A: No."


Thursday, May 07, 2015

The biggest stories are always missing, a conspiracy

"Secret Record Revealed In Austrian Court – Yanukovich Pressured Into Union With Eu By Nuland Threat To Imprison Firtash" (pre-coup shenanigans):
"A Vienna, Austria, court has ruled that Victoria Nuland (right), the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, attempted to pressure the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich (left), into accepting Ukrainian association with the European Union (EU) by threatening Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash with arrest, extradition to the US, and imprisonment on allegations of bribery several years ago in India.

The details were exposed for the first time in public in a proceeding in the Landesgerichtsstrasse Regional Court last Thursday (April 30). Austrian judge Christoph Bauer was presiding on the application by the US Government for the extradition of Firtash. The transcript of the proceeding has not yet been issued publicly, nor the official text of the judge’s ruling from the bench.
Judge Bauer rejected extradition, ruling there had been improper political interference by the US Government in the Firtash case. This is a violation, according to Bauer’s judgement, of Article 4, section 3 of the US-Austria Extradition Treaty of 1998. “Extradition shall not be granted,” the proviso declares, “if the executive authority of the Requested State determines that the request was politically motivated.” Read the treaty in full here."
"Amnesty whitewashes another massacre" All 'human rights' organizations are Zionist fronts.  Exactly as you world expect.  If you are going to commit massive human rights violations, you need to stifle the groups that might complain about it.

"At Gala, PEN Doubles Down and Defends Itself"  The publishing-industrial complex is controlled by World Jewry, so it follows that PEN is absolutely disgusting, not to mention self-righteous about being disgusting.  Don't buy books!

"Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'"

"The MeK - Washington's Favourite Communist Terrorist Cult (by CP)"

"Where Porter is On and Off in Explaining US Media Bias on Saudi Aggression against Yemen"

"Yemen Update 6 May 2015":
"the Saudis tried to get Pakistan and Egypt to hire out 30 or 40 thousand troops to them for a ground war in Yemen.  That appeal failed.  Now they are bringing in Sudanese and Senegalese mercenaries.  This should become really interesting."

"The Foreclosure Crisis Caused a Great Migration in Miniature"  I'm always struck by the fact that the biggest stories, particularly those involving human suffering on a large scale, are never discussed, or discussed only after years.  Stories about the criminality of the financial system, the large scale murder operation being conducted by American police forces, the massive suffering caused by 'free trade' deals, all the problems caused by the American housing crisis (created by criminal acts which remain unpunished), the issues associated with fracking and the transport of oil, all the effects of climate change including drought, the disruptions to the lives of ordinary people caused by the 'war on drugs' and the mass surveillance state (though, to be fair, much of the mass surveillance state is just an expensive boondoggle), etc, etc, etc - the conspiracy is to withhold the information, or delay it until it is too late to do anything about it.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Debs

"NDP wins stunning majority in Alberta election, Jim Prentice resigns"  These are real socialists winning in one of the most conservative places in Canada.  For decades, it has been inconceivable that anyone other than a Conservative could win in Alberta.  For Americans, I'd like to say it is as if _______ won as governor of some state, but there is nobody to put in the blank.  It is as if Eugene Debs won the 1912 Presidential election.

"Thomas Piketty on Saudi Arabia"

Tweet (Anonymous):
"Why didn't kill Speers. "
"The epic legal battle for Omar Khadr’s release" (my emphasis in red):
"This meaning Khadr’s legal odyssey: three times to the Supreme Court of Canada, dozens of lower court hearings, a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit and more than half a million in taxpayer dollars spent on the government’s legal fight against the former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

So far, Ottawa has lost every case."
Having fuck all else to run on, and an election coming up, Harper has decided to put all his campaigning eggs in the basket of proving he is the biggest asshole in Canada.  Given the Alberta election result, with Alberta being Asshole Central, there may not be enough assholes in Canada to save him.  Until then, pile on Khadr:  "Alberta court delays Omar Khadr bail decision for 48 hours"

"recalled watching a civilian while he was “writhing in pain""

"It's Official: The U.S. Collaborates With Al Qaeda"

"New York Times Publishes Name Of CIA's Drone Strike 'Architect' While Other Media Outlets Pretend This Is Still Some Sort Of Secret"  We see a lot of this phenomenon - with the NYT often on the other side, particularly in attempting to hide the awful truth about Israel - of pretending that the internet doesn't exist.  Tweet (Peter Feld):
"Explosive Israeli soldier testimony in BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, Haaretz, WaPo but not 's "

"The Other Side to "Monuments Men""

"Sheldon Adelson: Wild card"  He's matured from the 76-year-old 'wild card' to the 80-year-old responsible adult of today.  What if his real plan is to so embarrass the Republican candidates that his real pawn, Hillary, wins?