from Operation Freedom:
by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
The All-Pervasive Military/Security Complex
The article below by Professor Joan Roelofs is reproduced with permission from CounterPunch.
The article appeared in the print edition of CounterPunch Vol. 25, No. 3, and is available online at https://joanroelofs.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/insecurity-blanket.pdf
The article is long but very important and is worth a careful read. It shows that the military/security complex has woven itself so tightly into the American social, economic, and political fabric as to be untouchable. President Trump is an extremely brave or foolhardy person to take on this most powerful and pervasive of all US institutions by trying to normalize US relations with Russia, chosen by the military/security complex as the “enemy” that justifies its enormous budget and power.
by Catherine J Frompovich, DC Clothesline:
Back in May of 2017, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and USAID after both failed to respond to a former FOIA filing of “March 31, 2017, FOIA requests (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-01012)” regarding documents pertaining to funding George Soros activities and his ‘philanthropic’ financing to topple governments known as “Open Society Foundations.”
Recently JW received 49 pages about that, which can be accessed here.
New “Grassley” Memo Exposes More on Coup Against Trump; Stakes Are War or New Paradigm of Development
by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:
Yesterday morning, yet more damaging revelations came out on the attempted coup against the U.S. Presidency, from the release of an eight-page memorandum, by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa,) Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the FBI. Though highly redacted, this document, covering the 2016 Presidential election period, reports that the Clinton campaign shopped anti-Trump charges from an unknown foreign source, into the Obama State Department, from which the charges were then shopped to “ex”-British spy Christopher Steele, who then got them to the media and the FBI. Steele produced a dossier, dated Oct. 19, 2016 — different from the known “dodgy” dossier—which so far has not been made public.
Grassley’s memo was originally written Jan. 4, when he, joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), provided it to the relevant Justice Department and FBI authorities, demanding a criminal investigation of Steele. The memo states, “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.” Grassley has called for criminal charges to be brought against Steele and all others implicated in this dirty operation.
Yesterday’s developments open a “Phase Two,” coming after the release of the “Nunes” memo on Feb. 2 by Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. The Nunes memo focusses on the wrongful use of the FISA surveillance authorization process by top anti-Trump FBI and Justice Department figures, and Steele. In the new Grassley memo, the State Department is implicated. More “phases” of revelations are coming. This can blow open the lid on those responsible in London and Washington for what happened in Ukraine, to impose a nazi regime-change through the Maidan process in 2013-14. No wonder that Victoria Nuland yesterday tried to distance herself from Christopher Steele, on CBS News. Nuland, a former Obama State Department official, and Steele et al., directly promoted the Maidan coup.
The impetus for the stream of revelations and prospect of jail for the guilty, is the LaRouchePAC Special Investigative Report, “Robert Mueller Is and Amoral Legal Assassin: He Will Do His Job If You Let Him,” first issued in September, 2017.
The stakes in all this are not simply truth “in the abstract,” but whether there will be war, or a New Paradigm of development—the “New Silk Road.” The Old Paradigm of monetarism and geopolitics is dead, but still dangerous. Those backing it are prepared to trigger war. An expression of this is the cover of The Economist of London for Jan. 25, declaring, “The Next War—the Growing Danger of Great Power Conflict.”
The only winning anti-war drive is the mobilization for a New Paradigm, especially in the Trans-Atlantic, for the emergency measures laid out in the LaRouche Four Laws, and the link-up to the Belt and Road Initiative.
Read More @ LaRouchePAC.com
by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:
Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, isn’t all that happy with deep state puppet John Kerry meddling in foreign policy. Nunes has now called for the arrest of Kerry on charges of treason.
According to US law, (laws these same politicians write with no attempt to obey) no private citizen may meet with a foreign power to negotiate a deal. Since Kerry was working directly against US policy and is and trying to sabotage the elected government the charge of treason would apply, according to Steadfast and Loyal.
by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:
“[The] nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.” (Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1969)
This famous quote from one of the world’s leading Globalists could have been written more truthfully. For example: “We must do everything we can to eliminate the reality of separate and individual countries. In this regard, breaking down borders with massive waves of immigration will go a long way.”
And what about Brzezinski’s remark that corporations and banks are acting in ways that are “far in advance” of the nation-state?
Mueller’s House Of Cards Continues To Crumble After ‘Unlawfully’ Obtaining Trump Team Transition Emails
by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
– How Many Scandals Have To Engulf Team Mueller Before He Is Disqualified?
Team Mueller appears to be a gift that never stops giving….. to President Trump.
Never have we seen a “special counsel” team become so embroiled in scandal, corruption, political bias and now, ‘improper” activities, with the recent accusation by the top lawyer of the Trump presidential transition team, that Robert Mueller’s team illegally obtained thousands of transition documents, including attorney-client communications and other privileged communications.
First lets go over the acronyms we will be using in this article: GSA – General Services Administration – An independent agency declared by congressional act to help “promote the orderly transfer of the executive power in connection with the expiration of the term of office of the President and the inauguration of a new President.” TFA – Trump for America also known as the PTT: Presidential Transition Team or PETT for President-elect Transition Team.
THE BACK-STORY: MUELLER ‘IMPROPERLY’ OBTAINS EMAILS FROM GSA
Via Fox News:
The attorney said they discovered the “unauthorized disclosures” by the GSA on Dec. 12 and 13 and raised concerns with the special counsel’s office. The Associated Press reported that the GSA turned over a flash drive containing tens of thousands of records on Sept. 1 after receiving requests from Mueller’s office in late August.
Those records included emails sent and received by 13 senior Trump transition officials. Among the officials who used transition email accounts was former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to FBI agents in January and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
“We understand that the special counsel’s office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims,” Langhofer wrote. He added that some of the records obtained by the special counsel’s office from the GSA “have been leaked to the press by unknown persons.”
The special counsel team, led by Robert Mueller, requested, without a subpoena, emails sent and received by Trump transition officials. GSA handed over said transition documents, said to include thousands of emails, to the special counsel, in an act that Kory Langhofer, the counsel to (TFA) calls “unlawful conduct,” in a letter sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.
Via page one of the seven page document:
1. To inform the Committees of unlawful conduct that undermines the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, and will impair the ability of future presidential transition teams to candidly discuss policy and internal matters that benefit the country as a whole. More specifically, we write to inform you that (a) career staff at the General Services Administration (“GSA”) have unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office; and (b) although the Special Counsel’s Office was aware that the GSA did not own or control the records in question, the Special Counsel’s Office has extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege, and without notifying TFA or taking customary precautions to protect TFA’s rights and privileges; and
2. To request that Congress act immediately to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.
Team Mueller denies the illegality of receiving the documents from the GSA, versus having to go directly to the TFA, who is claiming they legally owned the documents, stating “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”
Mueller’s team has not addressed how some of the information contained in those documents ended up being leaked to the press. Nor have they issued a statement on why they approached the GSA rather than TFA.
Mike Allen over at Axios explains the nature of what those emails included as part of the transition process: “The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters such as potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes.”
The fact that Michael Flynn was part of the transition team makes the issue of whether GSA had a legal right to hand over transition activity extremely important, if any of that information was used to force Flynn’s compliance, and the information was provided illegally to Mueller, that taints any potential cases against any of the transition team, including Flynn.
This was highlighted by well known and respected law professor, Jonathan Turley, who states “Trump lawyers claim Mueller obtained privileged email through GSA. If so, it would be a uniquely stupid mistake that could taint the SC investigation.” Turley continues on to say “The privilege issue is a novel one but it was clearly inappropriate to use the GSA as an avenue to obtain emails that should be reviewed by counsel first.”
I specifically use Turley as the expert to quote because in a case like this we have liberal leaning lawyers favoring Mueller’s actions, while conservative leaning lawyers will make a different argument, but Turley has a self-proclaimed “socially liberal agenda” for the most part, while favoring the rule of law and is highly respected and the second most cited law professor in the country.
Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com
by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
Executive Summary: From the standpoint of Russia’s dilemma, this is an important column. Putin’s partial impotence via-a-vis Washington is due to the grip that neoliberal economics exercises over the Russian government. Putin cannot break with the West, because he believes that Russian economic development is dependent on Russia’s integration within the Western economy. That is what neoliberal economics tells the Russian economic and financial establishment.
Everyone should understand that I am not a pro-Russian anti-American. I am anti-war, especially nuclear war. My concern is that the inability of the Russian government to put its foot down is due to its belief that Russian development, despite all the talk about the Eurasian partnership and the Silk Road, is dependent on being integrated with the West. This totally erroneous belief prevents the Russian government from any decisive break with the West. Consequently, Putin continues to accept provocations in order to avoid a decisive break that would cut Russia off from the West. In Washington and the UK this is interpreted as a lack of resolve on Putin’s part and encourages an escalation in provocations that will intensify until Russia’s only option is surrender or war.
by James Tracy, The Sleuth Journal:
Multimillion Dollar Charity Aligned with US Secret Service.
Sandy Hook Promise, the multi-million dollar 501(c)3 predicated on the Sandy Hook Massacre event, is actively partnering with school districts throughout the United States to institute a nationwide, extralegal intelligence-gathering system targeting students at taxpayer-funded public schools.
The trade-marked “‘Know the Signs’ prevention programs” feature the “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” which encourages minor students and school staff whose institutions have partnered with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to divulge observational information directly to an SHP-operated “crisis center” on peers they suspect of being future “active shooters,” or who may otherwise be perceived as “at-risk of hurting themselves and others.”
WILDFIRE: FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON’S STUNNING DEFEAT IN PARIS AS ITS CITIZENS RISE UP TO REJECT GLOBALISM AND CLIMATE TAXATION
by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
The images televised around the world last weekend were of burning cars in the French capital. The retreat by the 40-year-old French leader was mocked by Trump. Macron admitted, via his prime minister, that he’s not been able to connect with the French people. “No tax merits putting our nation’s unity in danger,” Edouard Philippe said in a televised address. The trouble for opponents of Trump-style nativism and protectionism is that there’s no one else to take up his mantle, Dungan said.
Less than a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron staked his claim as the flag-bearer for globalism. In a speech to 60 world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe, he eulogized the United Nations and declared nationalism the “betrayal” of patriotism.