Thursday, May 28, 2020

Report: Hate Groups on Decline in US — Except Alt-Left Antifa Terrorists

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Very #FakeNews CNN published a series of charts on hate groups in the United States.

Hate crimes continue to be on the decline since the 1990s.

Hate crimes against blacks are less common today as 20 years ago.

The number of racially focused hate groups are also on the decline since 2003.

Anti-Semitic hate crimes continue to be the most commonly reported hate crime.

The list did not include far left hate groups.

Today there are more Alt-left antifa members than all other groups combined.

Antifa continues tremendous growth in members and violent acts.
The Atlantic reported:

For antifa, the result has been explosive growth. According to NYC Antifa, the group’s Twitter following nearly quadrupled in the first three weeks of January alone. (By summer, it exceeded 15,000.) Trump’s rise has also bred a new sympathy for antifa among some on the mainstream left. “Suddenly,” noted the antifa-aligned journal It’s Going Down, “anarchists and antifa, who have been demonized and sidelined by the wider Left have been hearing from liberals and Leftists, ‘you’ve been right all along.’ ” An article in The Nation argued that “to call Trumpism fascist” is to realize that it is “not well combated or contained by standard liberal appeals to reason.” The radical left, it said, offers “practical and serious responses in this political moment.”

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Major Sanctions Escalation? Informed Sources Say Russian Bank Disconnected From SWIFT

by Paul Goncharoff, Russia Insider:

Rumors are swirling in Moscow that a Russian bank has been removed from SWIFT

What is the foreign policy game plan ranged against Russia? It looks like the first serious baby-steps to an existential sanctioned escalation may have just been quietly taken. It may very well be that the first Russian bank was disconnected from SWIFT. While I have not heard any confirmation, the word on the Moscow financial grapevine persists.

The Russian “Tempbank” (http://www.tempbank.ru/eng/) whose management has been individually sanctioned by the US for ongoing trade with Syria and Iran was disconnected from SWIFT according to apparently “informed sources”. It seems after the sanctions were removed from Iran a while ago Tempbank went ahead and legally opened correspondent accounts with the Iranian Central Bank and a number of large banks of that country. It has further been rumored that the Tempbank chairperson, Mr. Mikhail Gagloyev received a letter from the “human rights” organization “Associations against the Nuclear Program of Iran” (UANI). This is an interesting organization in its own right. In the letter, UANI warned the Russian bank against cooperating with Iranian or Syrian companies. Meanwhile, the talk in the financial street was that the management of Tempbank was targeted for personal sanctions because of their cooperation with Iranian and Syrian businesses. If these reports are correct, then it follows that with the right amount of influence from the right sources, any Russian bank can be disconnected from SWIFT without much legal recourse or chitchat. This does not look to be a de-escalation of tensions. Then what other domino’s might follow, and to whose real advantage?

While on the subject of money and banks. Governments are struggling to discover just the right fix to get a balance between controlling public debt, which now exceeds 110 per cent of GDP for the advanced economies, and boosting the rate of economic growth. The first goal requires quite a bit of budgetary tightening, while the second needs just the opposite. What is a government or central bank to do?

One option I overheard recently being discussed by some (very respectable) EU bankers recently imbibing vodka in Moscow is to restructure (i.e.; write off, disappear) part of the government debt that has been bought up by the central banks as a direct result of quantitative easing. Their logic was since both the government and the central bank are the public sector; a consolidated public sector balance sheet would net this debt out entirely. I paused and tried to puzzle this one out over my cappuccino as I stirred in my sweetener, but no bright lights illuminated my thinking. All I could come up with was a deep breath and a vision of hyperinflation spreading like diaper rash across the world’s financial backside.

Now consider what might happen if those bonds held by central banks were simply cancelled, instead of being sold at some point in the future back into the private sector as was initially dreamed up (before NIRP’s and ZIRP’s became household monikers). Should that happen the long-term restraining effect of bond sales would also be cancelled out, so theoretically there should be an immediate stimulatory effect on nominal demand in the economy. Theoretically. In fact, the central banks in both the USA, Japan and EU have purchased so much government and commercial debt since 2008 that the effects of such an action could be rather volatile putting it mildly. It follows also that the volatility of the financial markets would be even greater if instead of just cancelling past debt, the central bank were to agree with the government to further enhance financing increases in the budget deficit by printing even more money. We would then really be in a world of hurt, as the specter of “helicopter money” becomes reality. Say goodbye to pretending there is a firewall between monetary and fiscal policy. I wonder if this way of thinking has taken root at the Fed as well, time will tell no doubt.

Except in times of war, countries have not seriously considered unleashing such extreme actions. The hyperinflationary damage, which results from the elimination of central bank capital, has normally been considered too dangerous to let out of the financial cage.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

Purge Begins: Cloudflare Terminates Service To Cody Wilson’s GhostGunner Website

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from Activist Post:

A day after Cloudflare removed service to the Daily Stormer, it has now terminated service to Cody Wilson’s website GhostGunner.net, Wilson announced on Twitter:

Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned that this behavior to remove offensive speech is a dangerous path for technology companies to go down.

EFF lawyers wrote:

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is “dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.” Subsequently Cloudflare, whose service was used to protect the site from denial-of-service attacks, has also dropped them as a customer, with a telling quote from Cloudflare’s CEO: “Literally, I woke up in a bad mood and decided someone shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet. No one should have that power.”

We agree. Even for free speech advocates, this situation is deeply fraught with emotional, logistical, and legal twists and turns. All fair-minded people must stand against the hateful violence and aggression that seems to be growing across our country. But we must also recognize that on the Internet, any tactic used now to silence neo-Nazis will soon be used against others, including people whose opinions we agree with.

It appears the Wilson, the inventor of the first successful 3D-printed gun, is ready for a fight. He goes directly after Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince on Twitter.

Never one to back down from a challenge, when PayPal and others dropped service to his Defense Distributed project, Wilson turned to bitcoin to fund his operation. Because of that, Wilson worked to develop an anonymous wallet for the cryptocurrency called Dark Wallet. Wilson is also in a legal battle against the State Department over whether CAD files for printable gun designs fall under gun manufacturing laws.

Wilson continued to savage Cloudfare’s Prince on Twitter:

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Barcelona Attack on 17th August

from Rogue Money:

Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave, vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique”– Don Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quijote”

Once again we come together as a planet to witness yet another senseless terror attack. This time, the location of choice was beautiful Barcelona on a carefree summer esplanade called Las Ramblas.

As usual, we look at the numbers, at the codes, at the signs. What is similar, what is not similar, to Manchester, to Nice, to name-your-attack-here?

The first thing that popped out, of course, is the date. The 17th of August of 2017. 17-08-17, if written in European format. As my twitter friend noted below, we also saw the body count: 13 dead, 50 wounded (subject to change as this situation is ongoing.) However, I will point out, for several hours, the MSM was reporting only one or two dead. I found this strange because official sources, like El Mundo and RussiaToday had the correct figures posted as soon as government officials announced them.

Now, one thing I DID NOT see while skimming through dozens of news images, were shoeless feet. As you remember from our RM guest, Ole Dammegard, a sure sign of crisis actors in play are photos staged so that shoes are off on one or two feet. I really looked hard for this, but only came across two photos like that. Considering that this was a flip-flop kind of a day, you would expect to see people running with shoes off. But, no, I did not find that to be the case in this instance.

Nevertheless, we have enough codes in those figures of 17, 13, and 50 to rouse suspicion. From our friend W, we know that 17 is the Osiris number, the date of his death. The number 50 might still be important as a Jubilee “New World” kind of a number; this was the figure reported of the dead in the Orlando, Florida attack. Five is also the number of death to enemies and defense from attacks. The 13 goes without saying; the sign of bad luck especially for the Templars. And speaking of Templars, let us remember the historical significance of Barcelona.

Read More @ RogueMoeny.com

STEVE BANNON OUSTED/BREITBART PROMISES “THERMONUCLEAR WAR”

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD DOWN 35 CENTS/SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS ON 7TH CONSECUTIVE RAID/DEBORAH WASSERMAN SCHULTZ’S AIDE CHARGED.

GOLD: $1286.15  DOWN $0.35

Silver: $17.02  DOWN 4 cent(s)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1284.50

silver: $16.99

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX:  FIRST FIX  10 15 PM EST  (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX:  2:15 AM EST  (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1291.88 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1287.95

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $3.93

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1298.42

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1287.40

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$9.02

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1295.25

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1295.85 

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1295.50

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1297.65 ????

For comex gold:

AUGUST/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR  nil  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 4581 FOR 458,100 OZ  (14.248 TONNES) 

For silver:

AUGUST

 

 51 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

255,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 1051 for 5,255,000 oz

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Today for the 7th consecutive day we had a raid on both gold and silver.

 

Late at night after I received the preliminary data which gives me a good idea of where we are heading for the next day…..

 

I wrote this to my friends:

“my goodness!!……

I will be shocked if we do not have another raid for the 7th consecutive trading day.

the Oi for gold is just too high..

let us see.”

with gold ready to puncture $1300.00 and silver $17.25, you could sense that the bankers had to cool both of our precious metals. The fact that silver lagged behind gold was a good sign that a raid was called upon as well as the weak close of the gold/equity stocks.

The most important aspect of today’s data is in silver. In the COT report, the bankers did not increase their massive shortfall position in silver because they are aware of the acute shortage of metal in London. The COT report shows a huge increase in commercial short position in gold but not silver.

The bankers needed a good positive close at the Dow and Nasdaq with the Bannon firing. After the Dow initially rose past 50 points, it closed down 75 points on the day….expect huge weakness again once the new week begins.

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest  ROSE BY 1,565 contracts from 188,247 up to 189,812 with THE RISE IN THE PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK WITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING (UP 11 CENTS) . THE BANKERS AGAIN PROVIDED THE SHORT PAPER TO INITIATE ANOTHER RAID YESTERDAY (6TH CONSECUTIVE DAY OF TORMENT). THAT FAILED IMMEDIATELY AS SILVER STARTED TO ADVANCE IN PRICE.  NEWBIE SPEC LONGS REALIZING ANOTHER FAILED RAID, JUMPED ONTO THE BANDWAGON WITH PURCHASES.  HOWEVER THE COMMERCIALS WERE STILL LOATHE TO SUPPLY THE SHORT CONTRACTS. THUS A HUGE ADVANCE IN PRICE WITH A SMALLER THAN GOLD GAIN IN OI. 

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.949 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 136{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 51 NOTICE(S) FOR 255,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE by A MONSTROUS 10,722 WITH THE GOOD SIZED RISE in price of gold ($13.45 GAIN YESTERDAY.). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 493,127. A raid was called upon yesterday by the bankers and it failed. The bankers initiated the raid with short paper but newbie longs entered the arena with reckless abandon with the lower price of gold . Thus the bankers were not successful in covering their shorts but they did supply the necessary short paper to our newbie spec longs.  The result: increase in open interest with a higher price for gold.

we had: 0 notice(s) filed upon for nil oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD:

Today, no changes in gold inventory:

Inventory rests tonight: 795.44 tonnes

IN THE LAST 25 TRADING DAYS: GLD SHEDS 41.53 TONNES YET GOLD IS HIGHER BY $53.15 . 

SLV

Today:  WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY TONIGHT:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 334.407 MILLION OZ

 

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver RISE BY 1565 contracts from 188,247 up to 189,812 (AND now A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH THE  RISE IN SILVER PRICE (11 CENTS). THE INITIAL RAID THURSDAY MORNING WAS REBUFFED IMMEDIATELY BY A HUGE INFLUX OF NEWBIE LONGS ENTERING THE SILVER COMEX CASINO.  BUT THIS TIME IT WAS GOLD THAT WAS IN THE LEAD AND SILVER LAGGED BEHIND. THE BANKERS STILL HAD A HARD TIME COVERING DUE TO THAT RISE IN PRICE.  YOU CAN CLEARLY VISUALIZE BANKER CAPITULATION AS THEY TRY DESPERATELY TO EXIT SOME OF THEIR ENORMOUS SHORTS.. NEWBIE LONGS ENTERED ONCE THEY SAW THE FAILED RAID, WITH THE SUPPLY COMING FROM OLD SPECS EXITING FOR A PROFIT.  RESULT: HIGHER PRICE WITH A SMALLER OI GAIN.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

 

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

 i)Late THURSDAY night/FRIDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 0.29 POINTS OR 0.01{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 296.65 POINTS OR 1.08{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} The Nikkei closed DOWN 232.22 POINTS OR 1.18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.49{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.6722/Oil UP to 47.18 dollars per barrel for WTI and 51.02 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED DEEPLY IN THE GREEN , Offshore yuan trades  6.6807 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6722 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE IS WEAKER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN STRONGER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS STRONG TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE WEAKER DOLLAR. CHINA IS HAPPY TODAY

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

The Big Performance Is Just About To Start

by Richard Sauder, Event Horizon Chronicle:

It’s all about to get ever so much more serious. 

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia are just the beginning, like the loud, discordant, raucous, warm up notes that the musicians in a symphony orchestra play just before the actual performance commences.

It is obvious to me, and I suspect to a large number of others, that the entire event in Charlottesville was staged, albeit that a woman was killed and many others wounded. To begin with, Charlottesville is an alphabet soup agency town, and has been for many years. It is likely that both sides in the confrontation, protesters and counter-protesters alike, were being played and/or paid by the same unseen hand(s) with ties to one or more “intelligence” agencies.  It was all a big show, a deadly theatrical production, intended as mere prelude, as a stage-setting preview of coming attractions. 

The increasingly violent chaos in the USSA and elsewhere around the world is being well orchestrated by very dark agendas and actors, which feed off of strife, violence, confusion, fear, hatred, destruction, chaos, mayhem and death. 

The intent is to subject humanity to suffering, death, destruction, economic exploitation, degrading subjugation of all kinds, humiliation, abasement, increasingly more stringent mind and social control — and even outright elimination. 

Humanity is under attack, on multiple fronts simultaneously. There is a war underway, and it is not conventional. The battlefield is not conventional. The tactics are not conventional. More than anything, it is a war against consciousness itself. Those who are unconscious or heavily propagandized, who are running on reflexive, reactionary auto-pilot, are going to take a very heavy hit, like running headlong, forehead first, into a big, rapidly whirling, sawmill buzz saw — you know, the kind that slices up large tree trunks into boards and planks. What is coming is intended to slice and dice a lot of unthinking, gullible, weak-minded victims — on the right and left, and in between.

The only way to win at this game is to withdraw from the contest, to refuse to participate, to the extent that you can.

It’s a multi-dimensional chess game — political, economic, racial, social, mental, spiritual, ethnic, linguistic and more. And the chess masters behind the game are playing both sides — they are pushing both the black and the white pawns.

It is fruitless to ask which side they are on, because they are on both sides and neither. They have designed the parameters of the game, and are manipulating the gullible, stupid pawns in such a way, that no matter what the outcome of their game is — they will win! 

The pawns, and even the Kings and Queens, are being played off against each other, while those who have set the board and defined the boundaries of the game have ensured that any and all outcomes redound to their dark advantage. 

They are fully capable of putting someone like a Donald Trump, for instance, into a position of great political power and then eliminating that same player from the game — because it suits their dark purposes. They own or control all the meaningful pieces on the chess board and if they want to checkmate the King, then that is what they do. 

It Has To Do With Long Cycles And Celestial Geometry

The chess board extends well beyond the Earth, and includes the influence of other celestial bodies, in multiple ways and times. This is well understood by those who have mastered the ancient discipline of astrology. The science of astrology, yes, *science*, has long been used by those in positions of influence to bolster their political and military maneuvers.

Whether or not you know this, whether or not you believe this, whether or not you think that astrology is a real science is of little concern to those who wield its targeted use in the intelligence agencies, major corporations, military institutions and the like. In the main, they regard you and the rest of the teeming human masses as a herd to be managed, and from time to time, as a herd to be culled, a herd to be thinned out, a herd to perhaps be brought to a finer degree of control.

Read the rest of this article @ EventHorizonChronicle.blogspot.com

America’s Supernova: The Final Stage Of Collapse

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:

I started observing the slow-motion train-wreck in process in 2001 – a year removed from my perch as a junk bond trader on Wall Street and living several thousand miles away from NYC and DC in the Mile High City, where the view is a lot more clear than from either coast.

The United States has been in a state of collapse for several decades.   To paraphrase Hemingway’s flippant description of the manner in which one goes bankrupt:   two ways: slowly than suddenly (“The Sun Also Rises”).

The economic decay was precipitated by the advent of the Federal Reserve;  then reinforced by FDR’s executive order removing gold from the citizenry’s ownership, the acceptance of Bretton Woods, and the implementation of what is capriciously termed “Bretton Woods Two” – Nixon’s completely disconnecting the dollar from the gold standard.  If you study the monetary and  debt charts available on the St. Louis Fed’s website, you’ll see that post-1971 both the money supply and the amount of debt issued at all levels of the system (public, corporate, household) began gradually to go parabolic.

I would argue the political collapse kicked into high-gear during and after the Nixon administration, although I know many would argue that it began shortly after the Constitution was ratified in 1788.  At the Constitutional Convention, someone asked Ben Franklin if we now had Republic or a Monarchy, to which Franklin famously replied, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”

Well, we’ve failed to keep the Republic.  Now the political, economic and financial system is controlled by a consortium of big banks, big corporations, the Department of Defense and a handful of very wealthy individuals, all of which are ruthlessly greedy and misanthropic.

The current political and social melt-down is nothing more than a symptom of the underlying rot – rot that was seeded and propagated by the implementation of fiat currency and a fractional banking system.  The erection of the Fed gave control of the country over to those with the authority to create paper money and issue debt.

And now the political and social clime of the country has gone from ridiculous to beyond absurd.  James Kunstler wrote a must-read piece which captures the essence of the Dickensian  societal caricature that has sprung to life before our very eyes (Total Eclipse):

What do you know, long about Wednesday, August 16, 2017, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) discovered that the United States Capitol building was infested with statues of Confederate dignitaries. Thirty years walking those marbled halls and she just noticed? Her startled announcement perked up Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) who has been navigating those same halls only a few years. He quickly introduced a bill to blackball the offending statues. And, of course, the congressional black caucus also enjoyed a mass epiphany on the bronze and stone delegation of white devils…

…Just as empires tend to build their most grandiose monuments prior to collapse, our tottering empire is concocting the most monumentally ludicrous delusions before it slides down the laundry chute of history. It’s as if the Marx Brothers colluded with Alfred Hitchcock to dream up a melodramatic climax to the American Century that would be the most ridiculous and embarrassing to our posterity.

I would urge everyone to read the entire piece, which I’ve linked above.   And now for America’s coup de grace, it has offered up “president Trump,” which by the way would have been no better than the alternative.  Rather, it’s another symptom of the cancer beneath the skin.

Empires in collapse are at their most dangerous to the world when they are on the brink of imploding.  I was discussing this with a good friend the other day who was still clinging to the brainwashing we received in middle  school history classes that “America is different.” This just in:   it’s not.

The Financial Times has written a disturbing – yet accurate – accounting of the current turmoil facing the White House and the world (America Is Now A Dangerous Nation):

The danger is that these multiple crises will merge, tempting an embattled president to try to exploit an international conflict to break out of his domestic difficulties…Mr Gorka’s flirtation with the idea that the threat of war could lead Americans to rally around the president should sound alarm bells for anyone with a sense of history…Leaders under severe domestic political pressure are also more likely to behave irrationally.

In commentary which reinforces my view presented above, the FT article closes with:

A final disturbing thought is that Mr Trump’s emergence increasingly looks like a symptom of a wider crisis in American society, that will not disappear, even when Mr Trump has vacated the Oval Office. Declining living standards for many ordinary Americans and the demographic shifts that threaten the majority status of white Americans helped to create the pool of angry voters that elected Mr Trump. Combine that social and economic backdrop with fears of international decline and a political culture that venerates guns and the military, and you have a formula for a country whose response to international crises may, increasingly, be to “lock and load”.

Read More @ InvestmentResearchDynamics.com

OUTRAGE! GOOGLE MUST NOW BE REGULATED: ‘Full net censorship is HERE’: Google moves to de-platform Gab for being a ‘hate site’

from Twitchy.com:

Google has removed the Gab app from Google Play because they claim it violates their speech policy:

Is anyone surprised the company that fired a man for pointing out that men and women are different would consider a free speech site like Gab hate speech?

People who think silencing those they disagree with is a good thing certainly aren’t capable of understanding this simple point.

Considering how subjective ‘hate’ is, how do they determine what should be banned? Most Conservatives believe abortion is hateful, but we don’t see Google banning or suspending Planned Parenthood.

Read More @ Twitchy.com

 

CIA ‘torture psychologists’ avoid trial with secret settlement

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by Paul Handley, Yahoo News:

Washington (AFP) – Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured.

The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first public trial of the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

But it also allowed the two psychologists who supplied the CIA with “coercive” interrogation techniques, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, to maintain that they personally had nothing to do with the use of waterboarding, extreme stress positions and beatings on detainees.

“Neither Dr. Mitchell nor I knew about, condoned, participated in, or sanctioned the unauthorized actions that formed the basis for this lawsuit,” Jessen said in a mutually agreed statement attached to the settlement.

“We served our country at a time when freedom and safety hung in the balance.”

The American Civil Liberties Union brought the suit in 2015 against Mitchell and Jessen, who were recruited by the CIA in 2002 to design and help conduct interrogations of war-on-terror suspects captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

– CIA paid $80mn for their expertise –

The two were paid around $80 million for their work, which included helping interrogate Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda, and Abu Zubaydah, another top Qaeda suspect.

The suit accused Mitchell and Jessen of responsibility for the CIA’s use of torture methods on the three detainees, Tanzanian Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Libyan Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and Gul Rahman of Afghanistan.

Rahman died of hypothermia in a CIA prison cell in November 2002, after what the ACLU says were two weeks of brutal torture.

The ACLU had sought to pin responsibility in part on the psychologists, as well as gain a significant financial award for the men and Rahman’s family. The trial had been set to begin on September 5.

The ACLU and lawyers for the defendants declined to give any details of the settlement, including whether any money would be paid as part of it.

In the settlement statement, the plaintiffs stood by their allegations that Mitchell and Jansen had responsibility for the extreme interrogation methods used on them.

However, they said afterward, “We brought this case seeking accountability and to help ensure that no one else has to endure torture and abuse, and we feel that we have achieved our goals.”

“We were able to tell the world about horrific torture, the CIA had to release secret records, and the psychologists and high-level CIA officials were forced to answer our lawyers’ questions,” they said.

Read More @ Yahoo.com