Mar 28

Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 2 – Clinton Foundation Took Millions From Countries That Also Fund ISIS

- IRS Scandal Deja Vu: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server “Wiped Clean” (ZeroHedge, March 28, 2015):

If, as one claims, one is innocent of i) using a personal email account to send out confidential information and/or to take advantage of one’s political position to abuse opponents and ii) deleting said confidential emails against government regulations, what would one do when faced with a government subpoena demand? If one is the IRS’ Lois Lerner, one would claim, against subsequently revealed facts, that a hardware error led to a permanent loss of all demanded emails, even though by email protocol definition, said emails are always stored on at least one off-site server. Or, if one is Hillary Clinton, one would just format the entire server.

This, according to the Hill, is precisely what Hillary Clinton has done as the recent clintonemail.com scandal continues to grow bigger and impair ever more the already frail credibility and decision-making skills of the former first lady and democratic presidential hopeful.  According to the head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has erased all information from the personal email server she used while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Yuan

As Moscow and Seoul throw their support behind China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the question is no longer about the end of dollar hegemony but rather about the extent to which the new venture will be used to institute a global shift towards the yuan. 

De-Dollarization Continues As Russia Seeks AIIB Membership (ZeroHedge, March 28, 2015):

As we noted a week ago, Vladimir Putin’s calls for a Eurasian currency union clearly demonstrate that the Russian President is acutely aware of the fact that the unipolar world of the 1980s is long gone. Putin’s security council also made it clear this week that the Kremlin is well aware that the sole aim of US foreign policy is preserving Western hegemony via an implicit (and sometimes explicit) policy of containment aimed at perpetuating the idea of US exceptionalism. Moscow then took the rhetoric up a notch on Thursday, accusing the US of attempting to take the “mutual” out of “mutually assured destruction” (i.e. Moscow thinks Washington is trying to tip the nuclear power balance).

Given all of this, we weren’t surprised to learn that Putin is now backing a Russian bid for membership in China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (for a summary of AIIB developments, see here).

Here’s more via RT:

Russia decided to apply to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Saturday.

“I would like to inform you about the decision to participate in the AIIB,” which was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Shuvalov said at the Boao Forum for Asia. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Secret Trials In Britian

- Erol Incedal: The trial we couldn’t report (BBC News, March 26, 2015):

On 13 October 2013, armed police blew out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London. That much we know for sure about the arrest and prosecution of Erol Incedal for preparing for acts of terrorism.

Since then, he has faced two trials for preparing for acts of terrorism. But what was his alleged plan?

Well, we simply do not know – and the jury at his retrial has decided it did not buy whatever it was being told he was supposed to have done.

This has been the most secret prosecution since World War Two – and it has ended with the only defendant being cleared. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

H/t reader M.G.:

“Here is the full text of the TPP trade agreement………..we might as well have our worst enemies passing our laws. This is akin to treason in my opinion.
I was wrong about the NYT, they are not saying a word……they have sunk a long way in the last 20 years, it is only Wikileaks showing the courage to report the truth.”

- Read the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – Investment chapter


H/t reader M.G.:

“It was Wikileaks who got the data on Obama’s TTP, not the NYT. The NYT is not saying a word about it…….
Here is the text from Wikileaks press release from yesterday.”

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- Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – Investment Chapter:

WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014).

The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states. This system is a challenge to parliamentary and judicial sovereignty. Similar tribunals have already been shown to chill the adoption of sane environmental protection, public health and public transport policies.” Continue reading »

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Mar 28

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- Greek Energy Minister Slams “Unscrupulous, Imperialist” Germany, Will Seek “Bold Alternatives” In Russia (ZeroHedge, March 28, 2015):

With fresh rumors springing late on Friday that “this” just may be the weekend Greece – with close to no funds left in either the financial or government sector – imposes capital controls, a precursor to a full-fledged Grexit, the situation in Athens is on a knife’s edge. Yesterday is also when the Syriza government submitted its list of 18 proposed reforms to the Troika: a reform package which the Guardian dubs reform-for-cash“, as Greece hopes the roughly €3 billion in revenue generated from the reforms will unlock €7.2 billion in financial assistance.

Rather, make that promises of reforms to generate €3 billion in revenue. Because the question, and problem for Athens, is which comes first: does Greece implement the reforms and generate the revenue or does Europe disburse the funds. It is a problem because the reforms will be extremely unpopular if and when they pass. According to Bloomberg, which sources Greek Skai TV, among the proposed reforms is an increase on the duty paid on cigarettes and alcohol. Other proposals include: Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Organised Crime

- Meet the Overseas Contingency Operations Account – Washington D.C.’s Crony Capitalist War Slush Fund (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 27, 2015):

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has called it a “gimmick,” and Democrats complain that larding up the separate war funding bill with extra spending amounts to an “abusive loophole.” Yet so far, the massive increase is likely to remain in this year’s budget.Another major criticism of the process has been its common use to fund favored projects and other items not directly tied to the war — a trend that has steadily grown over the years as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dragged on and the Pentagon loosened the definition of war-related spending.

From 2001 to 2014, nearly $71 billion of nonwar funding was provided through war appropriations, according to the Pentagon’s own definition, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported in December.

– From the Politico article: War Budget Might be Permanent ‘Slush Fund’

Many people will read this post, and posts like it, and shrug their shoulders saying that there’s always going to be corruption. True; however, there are degrees of corruption. When empires such as the U.S. attain a certain level of corruption that reaches the point where it becomes engrained within the fabric of society, and you couple that with zero accountability for the super rich and powerful, you have the ingredients for societal collapse. We are rapidly approaching this point, and I personally don’t think there’s any way to stop it. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Pentagon loses track of equipment

- True Story – U.S. Military Lost Equipment from $750 Million Program, Some Ended up on eBay and Craigslist (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 26, 2015):

The Pentagon lost track of sensitive equipment from a $750 million program to help U.S. soldiers spot roadside bombs — and some of it wound up for sale on eBay, Craigslist and other websites, according to a Navy intelligence document obtained by The Intercept.

The report went on to state that “more than 32,000 pieces of equipment were issued” under the program, and the items “are NOT for civilian use and are controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.” The devices went missing because the military units had poor control over equipment distributed to them, according to the intelligence brief.

JIEDDO has been heavily criticized over the years for expending large sums of money without attaining clear results. According to a 2012 report by the Government Accountability Office, JIEDDO had spent over $18 billion yet lacked an effective way to oversee its programs.

– From the Intercept article: Sensitive Military Gear Ended Up on eBay, Craigslist

Another day, another example of the inconceivable incompetence of the U.S. government.

Just yesterday, I published a post titled, Can’t Make This Up – U.S. Providing Aid in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Alongside Iranian Troops. Here’s an excerpt in case you missed it: Continue reading »

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Mar 28

Geopolitical Relationships In The Middle East

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 Source: @KarlRemarks

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Mar 28

- Police Gas Student Protesters In Quebec (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

Earlier this week we reported that the Blockupy movement — supporters of which set fire to the streets of Frankfurt earlier this month in an anti-austerity protest timed to coincide with the grand opening of the ECB’s new headquarters — had apparently spread across the Atlantic to the streets of Montreal where students describing themselves as “an association of young communists and anti-capitalists” got tear gassed, sound bombed, and shot with rubber bullets after they failed to provide police with an itinerary as to what they planned to vandalize and when.

Just days later and aggrieved Canadian students are at it again, this time in Quebec City where hundreds gathered to protest austerity measures like shorter library hours. Here’s more from RT News:

Students in Quebec City were sprayed with tear gas by Canadian police after holding an ‘illegal’ gathering to protest the provincial budget. A brief scuffle broke out before law enforcement officers began randomly gassing the demonstrators. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

FYI.


As a Saudi-led coalition wades into the fight for Yemen – currently under siege from Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran
As a Saudi-led coalition wades into the fight for Yemen – currently under siege from Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran – Robert Fisk examines the much wider-reaching repercussions of this escalating conflict

- The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss (Independent, March 27, 2015):

Saudi Arabia has jumped into the abyss.

Its air attacks on Yemen are a historic and potentially fatal blow to the Kingdom and to the Middle East.

Who decided that this extraordinary battle should take shape in the poorest of Arab nations? The Saudis, whose King is widely rumoured in the Arab world to be incapable of taking decisions of state? Or the princes within the Saudi army who fear that their own security forces may not be loyal to the monarchy? Continue reading »

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Mar 28

- Australia outlaws warrant canaries (Boing Boing, March 26, 2015):

The exceptionally broad new surveillance bill lets the government do nearly unlimited warrantless mass surveillance, even of lawyer-client privileged communications, and bans warrant canaries, making it an offense to “disclose information about the existence or non-existence” of a warrant to spy on journalists.

Despite that move away from retaining communications metadata by the EU and continuing concerns in the US about the National Security Agency’s bulk phone metadata spying program, the Australian government was able to push through the amendments implementing data retention thanks to the support of the main opposition party. Labor agreed to vote in favor of the Bill once a requirement to use special “journalist information warrants” was introduced for access to journalists’ metadata, with a view to shielding their sources. No warrant is required for obtaining the metadata of other classes of users, not even privileged communications between lawyers and their clients. Even for journalists, the extra protection is weak, and the definition of what constitutes a journalist is rather narrow—bloggers and occasional writers are probably not covered. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

Putin chess

- Syria “Welcomes” Larger Russia Presence (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

Following Vladimir Putin’s demands for an “immediate cessation of military activities” in Yemen, AFP reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comment during a recent interview that “with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on Syrian coasts and ports,” including the port of Tartus. Amid the Western-backed opposition National Coalition’s planned boycott of talks, Assad pointedly remarked, “the negotiating parties must be independent and must reflect what the Syrian people want… people would not accept that their future, their fate, or their rules are decided from outside.”

Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday. As AFP reports,

“I can say with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on Syrian coasts and ports,” including the port of Tartus, Assad said. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

H/t reader M.G.:

“From the Intercept…..TSA’s list of how to spot a terrorist..

I have known many who show some of these symptoms due to fear of flying…..evidently, anyone can be labeled a terrorist.

This is so absurd, I had to show it to you…..”


TSA-Behavior-Checklist-To-Spot-Terrorists

- Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists (The Intercept, March 27, 2015):

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.

The checklist is part of TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception — known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to watch and interact with passengers going through screening. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

erdogan-turkey-police-state

- Turkey Devolves Into A Full Police State: Law Grants Unlimited Powers To Weaponized Police Force (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

While a source of much schadenfreude by its neighbors and casual onlookers, Turkey has become a glaring example of what happens to a formerly respectable nation as it devolves entirely into a banana republic with not only authoritarian overtones but a police state to boot. And earlier today, Turkey’s conversion to a full blown police state was complete when, after weeks of heated debates and brawls in parliament, Turkey’s government passed a security package expanding police powers, along with an online surveillance law and a discretionary fund for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to fund covert operations.

In other words, president Erdogan has just voted himself quasi-dictatorial powers with a private police force to defend him. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

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- It’s Official: Americans Spent All Their “Gas Savings” On Obamacare (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

Last quarter, when we showed what was “The Reason For The “Surge” In Q3 GDP”, some were shocked to learn that in the quarter in which US GDP posted a 5% surge, it was none other than Obamacare – a mandatory tax according to the Supreme Court which has the benefit of flowing through the US income statement – which contributed the bulk of this upside.

Final Q3 GDP contribution_2

We are happy, and we use the term loosely, that history has just repeated itself, and now that the final number is available, what we wrote a month ago in “Here Is What Americans Spent Their “Gas Savings” On” has just been confirmed, and as the chart below shows, in the final revision of Q4 GDP, while virtually every other category of household spending was largely unchanged or revised lower, it was Healthcare, of which Obamacare was the biggest contributor on the margin, which saw an unprecedented surge in total spending, from $1.858 trillion to $1.871.9 trillion just between the second and final GDP revisions: a bump of $13.9 billion, without which Q3 GDP would have grown well below 2%!

Obamacare Q4 GDp_1

It gets better, because in the fourth quarter total spending on healthcare in chained-dollars was a whopping $35.3 billion. An all time record! Continue reading »

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Mar 27

FYI.

Related info:

- Germanwings Airbus A320 Remote Recovery System Used To Crash German A320, FINAL ANSWER – Why The Cockpit Lock Out Story Is A LIE:

Next up from the liars: THE AGENDA. Lie#354: The suicide pilot Muslim tie-in to get support for that war in Yemen!

waiting, waiting, waiting . . . . .


- BREAKING: German Media Site Says Germanwings Co-Pilot Was Muslim Convert (TPNN, March 27, 2015):

German Media Site Says Germanwings Co-Pilot Was Muslim Convert

According to a German media site, it is speculated that the 28 year old copilot who crashed a Germanwings flight this week had converted to Islam. Andreas Lubitz had stayed for a time in Bremen, home of the radical mosque, Masjidu-l-Furqan, where he trained at the Lufthansa Flight Training School.

Michael Mannheimer of Spiesa.com wrote: Continue reading »

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Mar 27

Related info:

- Hugo Chavez On Cancer Inducing Technology – Why He Had To Be Eliminated – To Obama: “You Are The Shame Of All Black People! Leave Us Alone!” (Videos)

- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Hugo Chavez

- Bolivian President Evo Morales ‘Almost Certain’ Hugo Chavez Was Poisoned


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Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, left, Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez, second left, and Cuba’s President Raul Castro talk during the inauguration ceremony of the Latin American and Caribbean States Community, CELAC, summit in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

- Ecuadorian President Says The CIA Is Attempting To Overthrow His Government (MintPress/ANTIMEDIA, MArch 25, 2015):

The CIA has a history of contributing to coups in Ecuador. Back in 1963, the CIA led a coup which deposed President Carlos Julio Arosemena because he criticized the United States and supported Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba.

Over the weekend several outlets reported that Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa made comments alluding to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “being increasingly involved in the political opposition with the avowed aim of dragging the country into chaos.” 

The reports also claim Correa stated the CIA was attempting to weaken the government through “a series of coordinated nationwide protests.”

However, Ecuador has released a statement claiming the president was speaking about the role of U.S. intelligence services meddling the county’s affairs and support of opposition groups, but not direct involvement in the recent protests.

President Correa tweeted that the AFP incorrectly reported the news and accused the news agency of distorting the truth and misrepresenting his statements. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

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- MoSSaD MaDNeSS 2015…:

mossad-madness-2015 Continue reading »

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Mar 27

jeb-bush

- Emails Show Jeb Bush Coordinated With Florida Legislature for Favorable Primary Date (The Intercept, March 23, 2015):

mails obtained by The Intercept via a public records request reveal Jeb Bush closely coordinating with the Florida legislature to schedule Florida’s 2016 presidential primary in a way most favorable for Bush.

State Representative Matt Gaetz wrote to Bush on January 2 that he is “concerned that Florida’s current primary date will lead to proportional allocation of delegates” and that a “winner take all” system would be preferable. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

- Did Saudi Arabia Just Suffer Its Largest Foreign Capital Flight In 15 Years? (ZeroHedge, March 26, 2015):

The last few days have been almost the worst for the Saudi Arabian stock market in 4 years. Between low oil prices, a new King’s big social welfare budget, and now “war,” it appears this year’s dead cat bounce from last year’s exuberance is dying rather rapidly. However, what is perhaps even more troublesome for The Kingdom than the net worth destruction and potential blowback from instigating war against the Houthis is the fact that this month saw the largest drop in foreign curreny reserves on record (over 15 years) for the Arab nation… somewhat suggesting capital flight on a scale never seen before in one of the richest states in the world.

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