Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ron Paul: No One Should Be Surprised That a Gov’t Who Kills for Profit is Full of Rapists

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Ron Paul just went on an epic rant exposing the failed and immoral system that is Washington D.C. and the violence and propaganda it uses to maintain its power.

In a weekly column, put out on Christmas day, Ron Paul delivered a scathing report on how political immorality is the norm and not the exception. Given the recent revelations over the millions spent in taxpayer dollars to silence the sexual abuse victims of federal politicians, Ron Paul noted that Americans shouldn’t be surprised those who spend their lives at your expense defending immoral wars and engaging in horrifying abuse would also engage in immoral personal conduct.

“It is only natural that an immoral system, like the welfare-warfare state, tends to attract individuals likely to practice personal immorality,” wrote Paul.

Going further to blow the lid off of the cesspool that is DC, Paul explained how the welfare-warfare state is built on a foundation of theft and corruption. Paul notes that while some taxation may be necessary to fund a few legitimate government functions, taking people’s money to give away through domestic and corporate welfare at home and funding a global empire through illegal wars abroad “is nothing more than theft.”

Going even further into his epic Christmas day rant, Ron Paul explained that this entire immoral system of theft and war is held together through the state’s monopoly on the initiation of force—violence.

Every law preventing us from living our lives as we choose — whether forbidding us from working for below minimum wage, preventing us from smoking marijuana or drinking raw milk, telling private business owners who can and cannot use what restroom, or requiring us to purchase government-approved health insurance — rests on the threat of force being used against those who refuse to obey.

Indeed, he is absolutely correct as police in America demand your obedience to the state through the threat of violence. If you doubt this claim, try not paying a ticket for a victimless crime like window tint. If you fail to pay your extortion fee, you will be issued a subpoena to show up in court. If you do not show up in court, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. You will then be kidnapped and locked in a cage. If you resist the armed men kidnapping you for refusing to be extorted over window tint—you will be killed.

Such a long-standing reliance on violence to solve problems has led to a system of endless war and domestic oppression.

The neocons and “humanitarian interventionists” who control our foreign policy have disregarded the wisdom of the Founders. They actually promote endless wars not to protect our security but to promote “democracy” and “universal human rights.” They are impervious to evidence of the failure of military interventions to achieve these goals and indifferent to the human and fiscal costs of endless war. They dismiss the loss of innocent lives — including the deaths of children — as unavoidable “collateral damage,” while using their influence in the media to spread pro-war propaganda. They also smear their opponents as aiding America’s enemies and sympathizing with terrorists.

Sound familiar? It should. the above paragraph summarizes the foreign policy of all our recent presidencies, including the current one.

The reason this system is allowed to continue, according to Paul, is that no one wants to admit it is broken. No politicians—other than a very select few, like Paul—are willing to admit that the system they uphold is immoral and a failure.

 Therefore, defenders of the welfare-warfare state rely on lies and deceptions. They ignore all evidence of the failure of big government to accomplish its ends, instead pretending they can fix the system with a few reforms.

When those who dare speak truth to this immoral power, they are shouted down by the establishment’s Praetorian Gaurd in the mainstream media, who, as Paul notes, promulgate the lie that without the welfare state the masses would remain poor and uneducated, and without the warfare state we would be overwhelmed by those who hate us for our freedoms. Never does the media mention the fact that these enemies abroad hate Americans—not for our freedoms (or lack thereof)—but for America’s foreign policy which lays waste to their lives and the lives of their children.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

ROGER STONE: Cabinet Members Are Plotting To Remove President Trump From Office

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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

Former Trump advisor Roger Stone says Cabinet members have discussed removing President Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. When pressed on the specifics, Stone replied “Like you, Tom [LoBianco of the Associated Press], I cannot reveal those sources, and I’m not prepared to do so, but this is not a conspiracy theory.”

Washington Times reports:

Mr. Stone claimed during a recent interview aired on C-SPAN that he heard that some members of Mr. Trump’s administration have weighed whether they can invoke the 25th Amendment to take him out of office.

“Do you have any evidence that anyone is actively plotting or attempting or laying the groundwork right now inside the Cabinet — inside the administration — to make that removal?” Associated Press reporter Tom LoBianco asked Mr. Stone.

“I have sources, and I work my sources, and yes, I believe there are some who have had this discussion. This is both outside the Cabinet and in. I think it’s the fallback plan for the establishment. That’s why I’m trying to sound the clarion call,” Mr. Stone responded.

Stone is not the only major political or media figure to argue there is plot to remove Trump from the White House. As The Gateway Pundit‘s Jim Hoft reported, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton believes Trump faces a coup threat from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Ambassador Bolton said recently that we are witnessing the first coup d’état in US History.

Ambassador Bolton: They are the ones who are illegitimate… The Wall Street Journal says this is the first coup d’état in American History. It’s a mini coup d’état but it goes right along with the idea that they should have won the election.. And one recalls the famous scene in the debate where during the debates where, I believe it was Chris Wallace, who asked both candidates if you lose will you accept the result…

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

A 25 Point Blueprint For A Pro-Trump Congress

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

In 2016 the Trump movement took the White House, and now in 2018 we can take control of Congress.  The mainstream media and the Democrats are eagerly anticipating a massive anti-Trump backlash in November 2018, but I say that the mid-term elections will be a golden opportunity to give President Trump dozens of new allies in Congress.  The Make America Great Again agenda is a winning agenda, and if we are able to mobilize pro-Trump forces all over the nation we can pull off another miracle next November.  But first, we have got to win the Republican primaries that will start happening early next year, because otherwise we won’t even have any pro-Trump candidates to vote for in the mid-term elections.

We have identified several dozen major pro-Trump candidates all over the nation, and you can find that list on Facebook right here.  If you know of another pro-Trump candidate that should be added to that list, please let me know.

The mainstream media would like us to believe that Trump’s support is falling, but the truth is that he has very high approval ratings among Republicans from coast to coast.  If we can get the voters to understand who the pro-Trump candidates are, we should be able to win primary after primary all over the nation.

In the end, it isn’t that complicated.  We just need to take our pro-Trump message and share it everywhere that we possibly can.  The following are 25 basic pro-Trump principles that I am running on, and I believe that they could be used as a blueprint for pro-Trump candidates across the country…

#1 A Pro-Trump Conservative – Donald Trump helped restore my faith in America by winning the 2016 election, and I will fight like mad to implement his agenda if I am elected to Congress.

#2 It’s Time To Drain The Swamp – The same rules that apply to the rest of us should also apply to Congress, and all federal officials should be banned from working as lobbyists for at least ten years after they leave government service.

#3 Every RINO Must Go – Way too many Republicans have been fighting Trump’s agenda and acting like Democrats.  It is time to hold them accountable, and that means every ‘Republican in name only’ needs to go.

#4 100% Pro-Life – No money for Planned Parenthood ever.  Nearly 60 million babies have been murdered since 1973, and I am making an unbreakable pledge to vote against any bill that funds Planned Parenthood 100% of the time.

#5 100% Pro-Gun – The Constitution says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I believe that every American has a constitutional right to carry a gun, and I will never back down from defending the Second Amendment even a single inch.

#6 Abolish The IRS & The Income Tax – We didn’t have an income tax from 1872 to 1913, and that was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history. As we fight a long-term battle to abolish the income tax, in the short-term we can at least go to a flat tax or a fair tax, both of which would be far superior to what we have now.

#7 Abolish The Federal Reserve – Since the Fed was created in 1913, we have had 18 recessions, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by about 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 6000 times larger. Abolishing this debt-based system is one of the keys to a bright economic future for America.

#8 Cut Red Tape – As President Trump has proposed, two existing government regulations should be eliminated for every new regulation that is enacted.

#9 Getting Federal Bureaucrats Off Our Backs – I will work very hard to get federal control freaks off of the backs of our farmers, our loggers, our miners, our ranchers and our small business owners.

#10 Local Control Of Education – It is time to get the federal government out of the education business. I want to abolish Common Core and the Department of Education, and I want control over education to be as close to the local level as possible.

#11 Shut Down Big Brother Spying – Government agencies have been conducting unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens for decades, and that needs to stop now.

#12 True Limited Government – President Trump has proposed shutting down more than 60 different government programs and agencies. That would be a good start. Instead of asking which government agencies we should close, we should be asking which government agencies really need to remain open.

#13 100% Repeal Of Obamacare – Rapidly rising health insurance premiums are financially crippling Idaho families. Republicans in Congress have fumbled the ball, and we must repeal Obamacare immediately.

#14 Build The Wall – We need to make sure that everyone comes into this country through the front door. We must end illegal immigration, and so I support President Trump’s call to build a wall on the southern border.

#15 End Sanctuary Cities – President Trump has proposed cutting off all federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities”, and I will fight very hard to get this done.

#16 Supporting Our Veterans – My father is a vet, and I will work passionately to make sure that our veterans receive the respect, care and support that they deserve.

Read More @ EndOfTheAmericanDream.com

Mueller and Neocon Unilateralists Escalate Against Trump

by Harley Schlanger, Rogue Money:

The release this week of a National Security Strategy document reveals that neocons within Trump’s administration are trying to steer the administration into confrontation with both Russia and China.  The document identifies both nations as pursuing policies directly counter to U.S. interests.  In the introduction, the document claims that “China and Russia challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.  They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”

Later, the document asserts that Russia and China “want to shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests.”  In a passage which is a thinly-veiled attack on the Belt-and-Road Initiative, China is singled out as seeking “to displace the United States in the Indo-Pacific Region, expand the reaches of its state-driven economic model, and reorder the region in its favor,” while Russia is accused of seeking “to restore its great power status and establish spheres of influence near its borders.”  President Xi’s “win-win” approach, embodied in his New Silk Road policy, which would replace geopolitical confrontation with pursuit of common goals, is falsely characterized as a plan to dominate its neighbors economically, with military threats to back it up. 

In commenting on the document, Trump’s National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster explicitly endorsed geopolitics in a speech delivered to the U.K.-based think tank Policy Exchange, stating “Geopolitics are back with a vengeance, after this holiday from history we took in the so-called post-Cold War period.”  He identified both Russia and China as strategic adversaries.  It is reported that the document reflects the views of McMaster and two assistants who participated in drafting the paper, Nadia Schadlow, a deputy assistant for National Strategic Strategy, and Dina Powell, deputy National Security Adviser and a Goldman Sachs alumnus. Both Schadlow and Powell served in the administration of George W. Bush.  

Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp LaRouche identified this language as an attempt to return the U.S. to the “neocon geopolitical confrontation” approach of the two previous administrations, and pointed to sharp denunciations by Russian and Chinese officials, which identified the document as an example of “old, outdated thinking.”  But Mrs. LaRouche also pointed out Trump, in releasing the document, was less confrontational, as he said he will “attempt to build a great partnership with those [Russia and China] and other countries….”  The document also represents a restatement of Trump’s commitment to oppose regime change, stating, “We understand that the American way of life cannot be imposed on others, nor is it the inevitable culmination of progress.”  She identified the divergent points of emphasis as indication of an ongoing internal battle, noting that Trump recently had a very successful trip to China and has spoken repeatedly of his “great” personal relationship with China’s President Xi, and has had several recent very productive discussions with Putin.

GEOPOLITICS MEANS WAR

It should be noted that the confrontational language in the report echoes comments of former top Obama officials, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who were part of the “Get Trump” team from the outset, signing on to the infamous, still-unsubstantiated assessment released by the intelligence community on January 7, 2017, that concluded, “with high confidence”, that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential campaign.  On leaving their posts, both continued to attack Trump as naive for believing he can work with Russia.  On June 7, 2017, in Australia, Clapper claimed [in bizarre language reminiscent of Nazi racial theories about the genetic inferiority of Slavs — JWS] that it is in Russia’s “genes to be opposed, diametrically opposed, to the United States and western democracies.”  The two joined forces again on CNN’s “State of the Union” on November 12, 2017, to slam Trump and Russia.  Brennan said that Trump is “intimidated” by Putin, and that Russia is “a threat to our democracy.”  Clapper chimed in, adding that “Putin is committed to undermining our system,” and that Trump, by rejecting that view, “poses a peril to this country.”

Read More @ Roguemoney.net

While You Were Distracted With Christmas, Senate Released How Many Harassment Settlements It Paid Out

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

While you and I were enjoying the celebrations and time with family surrounding a time often established to remember the Incarnation of the Son of God to save sinners, the US Senate quietly released a report stating how many harassment settlements it has paid out.

The report was released on behalf of the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, on behalf of Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.), and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, on behalf of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

According to the Office of Compliance, the Senate has paid $1.5 million on workplace harassment settlements since 1998.

The largest settlements were applied to race discrimination.

Here’s the breakdown from the report.

Settlements Arising from Claims against Member-led Senate Employing Offices

Claims

Settlement Amount

Age and race discrimination and reprisal $8,964

Reprisal $9,000

Disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal $9,000

Age discrimination $9,618.60

Race discrimination $12,456

Sex discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal $14,260.25

Age discrimination and reprisal $15,000

Age discrimination and reprisal $15,500

Age and disability discrimination and FMLA violation $20,800

Age discrimination $54,000

Age and disability discrimination, FMLA violation, and reprisal $60,000

Age and national origin discrimination and reprisal $102,903.62

FMLA and FLSA violations $267,750

TOTAL: 13 settlements

$599,252.47

 

Settlements Arising from Claims against Other Senate Employing Offices

Claims

Settlement Amount

Sex discrimination and reprisal $4,000

Disability discrimination and FMLA violation $9,750

Age, sex, and disability discrimination $10,000

Race discrimination $10,000

Race, age, and disability discrimination, FLSA violation, and reprisal $15,300

FMLA violation and reprisal $30,000

Disability discrimination, FLSA and FMLA violations, and reprisal $30,450

Sex and disability discrimination and FMLA violation $42,000

Disability discrimination $280,500

Race discrimination and reprisal $421,225

TOTAL: 10 settlements

$853,225

“Harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated under any circumstances, but particularly not in the United States Senate,” said Chairman Shelby of the Senate Rules Committee. “While the Rules Committee has been eager to provide this information in a transparent manner, it has been our priority to protect the victims involved in these settlements from further harm. I am pleased that we have received assurances from Senate Legal Counsel that the release of this data does not violate confidentiality and as such, are able to make it public.”

How about the names of those who were involved in the harassment?  Why aren’t those names forthcoming?  Those should receive no protection as they are employees of the people, and since the peopel are getting stuck with the bill of a settlement for harassment that their employees are accused of, we have a right to know who that money covered.

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

It’s about time: Legislation proposed to force Facebook and Twitter to stop censoring conservatives

by Jayson Veley, Natural News:

In an ideal world, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution would be enough to stop all lawmakers and Internet-based corporations from actively looking for ways to censor those with whom they disagree politically. Sadly, however, the Constitution gets about as much attention as a rock on the side of the road, so conservatives are now forced to find other ways to preserve freedom of speech.

One of these conservatives looking to combat political censorship on the Internet is Paul Nehlen, who is currently challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan for his seat in the GOP primary. Nehlen has proposed “Shall Not Censor” legislation, which would essentially prohibit companies like Google and Facebook from censoring Americans’ lawful right to free speech on the Internet.

“We need a federal law prohibiting censorship of lawful speech on major social media platforms,” Nehlen has stated. “It is well-known that Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube discriminate against the right-wing, as evidenced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent comments. While widely heralded for those comments, they rang hollow with no suggested solution. This law is that solution. It will extend Americans’ First Amendment free speech protections onto social media platforms.” (Related: News Corp CEO has warned that the algorithms used by Facebook and Google are a whole new kind of Orwellian censorship.)

For the purpose of the proposed legislation, Nehlen has been very clear about what he means when he uses the word “censorship.” The term includes the denial of users to access the platform, “shadowbanning,” the “issuance of ‘verified’ status based on any factors unrelated to identity authentication,” demonization, modifying certain algorithms in a way that censors users with particular viewpoints, “embargoing content,” and “throttling accounts and/or content without disclosure.”

If freedom of speech as outlined in the First Amendment was actually respected and followed, then perhaps Nehlen’s proposed “Shall Not Censor” legislation would not be necessary. Internet-based companies would recognize that while they may have the ability to censor people on the other side of the political spectrum, they would ultimately accept the fact that the Constitution prevents them from doing so. Unfortunately, and as previously mentioned, the Constitution is often not followed and not respected, and therefore, Nehlen’s proposed legislation is absolutely necessary.

Just this past October, Breitbart News reported that Twitter blocked a pro-life advertisement posted by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, in which Rep. Blackburn proudly stated that she “stopped the sale of body parts.” When pressed for an explanation by Marsha Blackburn’s social media team, Twitter explained that the reason the advertisement was removed was because the line “stopped the sale of body parts” could be seen by some as inflammatory, and that it was “likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.” Twitter than stated that if that part of the advertisement were removed, the video would be permitted.

The popular video-sharing website YouTube has also developed a reputation for censoring conservative voices. Notably, several of conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Prager U videos have been suppressed or silenced, including “The Most Important Question about Abortion,” “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” “Why America Must Lead,” The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” and many more.

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

New Trump Executive Order Targets Clinton-Linked Individuals, Lobbyists And Perhaps Uranium One

from Zero Hedge:

The Trump Administration quietly issued an Executive Order (EO) last Thursday which allows for the freezing of US-housed assets belonging to foreign individuals or entities deemed “serious human rights abusers,” along with government officials and executives of foreign corporations (current or former) found to have engaged in corruption – which includes the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, and corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources. 

Furthermoreanyone in the United States who aids or participates in said corruption or human rights abuses by foreign parties is subject to frozen assets – along with any U.S. corporation who employs foreigners deemed to have engaged in corruption on behalf of the company.

In fact, anyone in the world who has “materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services” to foreigners targeted by the Executive Order is subject to frozen assets.  

 

The EO, based on the 2016 Global Human Rights Accountability Act, immediately added 13 foreign individuals to a list of “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDN) maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – several of whom have ties to the Clintons, the Clinton Foundation, or Clinton associates (details below). Moreover, the Treasury Department sanctioned an additional 39 people,  for a total of 52 under the new order – including the son of Russia’s prosecutor general. 

The Order reads: 

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.

Last Week’s Executive Order could have serious implications for D.C. lobbyists who provide “goods and services” (e.g. lobbying services) to despots, corrupt foreign politicians or foreign organizations engaging in the crimes described in the EO. “Virtually every lobbyist in DC has got to be in a cold sweat over the scope of this EO,” said an attorney consulted in the matter who wishes to remain anonymous. 

And because the phrase “person” means “an individual or entity” in the order – any US organization which merely employs a foreigner engaging in the listed offenses is also subject to frozen assets. “Consider, what would happen if Apple, say employed a foreign national who bribed a PRC official for government approvals? How about a hypothetical case of a company like Northrop or Boeing where an employee, or consultant, who is a foreign national bribes a Saudi official to direct government purchases of airplanes and military equipment?At least some or all of their assets could be frozen.”

ow consider that if reports from The Hill are accurate – an FBI mole deep within the Russian uranium industry uncovered evidence that “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow (the Uranium One approval)” – a deal which would eventually grant the Kremlin control over 20 percent of America’s uranium supply right around the time Bill Clinton also collected $500,000 for a Moscow speech, as detailed by author Peter Schweitzer’s book Clinton Cash and the New York Times in 2015. 

The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials. –The Hill

The same FBI informant claims to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money related to the controversial Uranium One deal:

In a report by Tucker Carlson, a former long-time executive of now-defunct D.C. lobbying firm, The Podesta Group – who has been interviewed extensively by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, claims that Tony Podesta was “basically part of the Clinton Foundation,” frequently meeting with the charity to discuss the Uranium One deal. Meanwhile, Tony’s DNC operative brother John Podesta reportedly recommended that the Podesta Group hire David Adams – Hillary Clinton’s chief adviser at the State Department, giving them a “direct liaison” between the group’s Russian clients and Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

Fancy Frauds, Bogus Bears & Malware Mimicry?!

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by Adam Carter, Disobedient Media:

Anomalies Discovered In Malware Found By CrowdStrike Merit Further Inspection

It’s amazing what people retain and how they pick up on conflicts of information and inconsistencies. I’ve been impressed by a lot of people I’ve come to know through Twitter and one great example is Stephen McIntyre (of Climate Audit – a blog that has an interesting history of its own in relation to the ClimateGate hack of 2009).

Over recent months McIntyre has given some attention to the topic of the alleged hacking of the DNC in 2016 and his findings have been particularly interesting, at least, to anyone interested in unraveling digital deception.

As always, some of the background helps for context, if you’re familiar with CrowdStrike’s activity at the DNC, their background and the dates of their activities, feel free to skip the next couple of paragraphs.

CrowdStrike and DNC Malware Discoveries

End of April 2016 – Breach Detected
Towards the end of April 2016, the DNC (Democratic National Convention) contacted a cyber-security firm called CrowdStrike in relation to a suspected breach.

Early May 2016 – CrowdStrike Called In, Falcon Installed
CrowdStrike visited the DNC early in May and soon discovered malware. They installed their flagship product “Falcon” (a product supposed to prevent both hackers and malware) across the network and on or before May 11, 2016, the DNC started paying their service subscription fee to CrowdStrike.

Late May 2016 – Emails Acquired
Approximately two weeks after Falcon had been installed, emails were acquired (with dates going up to 19th-25th of May depending on mailbox) that were subsequently leaked to WikiLeaks.

Early-Mid June 2016 – WikiLeaks Announce Leaks & CrowdStrike Announce Hackers
WikiLeaks first gave indication they were in possession of leaked emails (relating to Hillary Clinton) when Julian Assange stated it in an interview with ITV’s “Peston on Sunday” on June 12, 2016.

Within 48 hours of the announcement (on June 14, 2016), an article appeared in the Washington Post, covering a story from CrowdStrike executives Shawn Henry and Dmitri Alperovitch. In the article, they claim to have just been working on eliminating the last of the hackers from the DNC’s network during the past weekend (conveniently coinciding with Assange’s statement and being an indirect admission that their Falcon software had failed to achieve it’s stated capabilities at that time, assuming their statements were accurate).

The following day, June 15, 2016, they publicized a report in which they share IOCs (Indicators of Compromise) and samples of the malware code.

To date, CrowdStrike has not been able to show how the malware had relayed any emails or accessed any mailboxes. They have also not responded to inquiries specifically asking for details about this.

In fact, things have now been discovered that bring some of their malware discoveries into question.

Fancy Bear Malware & Compile Times

It was reported that Cozy Bear (aka APT29) was at the DNC since the Summer 2015 and that Fancy Bear (aka APT28) didn’t start their attacks until Spring 2016.

While it would seem logical to infer this as meaning that the Fancy Bear activity occurred just before CrowdStrike’s visit, there is a reason to think Fancy Bear didn’t start some of its activity until CrowdStrike had arrived at the DNC.

Read More @ DisobedientMedia.com

MUELLER’S FRAUD EXPOSED, AS NEOCONS CONTINUE PUSH FOR GEOPOLITICAL CONFRONTATION

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouchePac.com:

The urgency of defeating the efforts of special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a coup against elected U.S. President Trump, on behalf of British and Wall Street imperial interests, can be seen in the attempt by neocons both within the administration and outside, who insist that the U.S. must continue the policy of geopolitical confrontation with Russia and China, which was supported by his opponents.  In the last days, there are further indications that it is Trump’s continuing commitment to strategic collaboration with Russia and China that precipitated “Russiagate,” and not “meddling” in the U.S. election by Russian President Putin, nor “collusion” by Trump with Putin to steal the election, that has made him a target of unprecedented vitriolic attacks, lying media stories, and a corrupt “investigation” which his opponents hope will lead to his ouster. 

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump aggressively targeted both the Bush Republicans and the Obama-Hillary Clinton Democrats as supporters of endless wars, which have resulted in millions of casualties and the waste of trillions of dollars, while America has become less safe.  He launched devastating attacks against the Bush administration, accusing President George W. Bush of “lying” to get the U.S. into a war with Iraq, and against Obama and Clinton, for the policy of “regime change” in Libya and the attempt to oust Syrian President Assad, at the risk of a war with Russia.  He also blasted the deployment of U.S. and NATO troops eastward, targeting Russia, saying he was convinced that it would be “great” if the U.S. and Russia would be friends and allies, especially in the war against terrorists.  He said at several campaign events that he would have no neocons in his administration. 

The war-weary American people responded to his attacks on the neocon wars, by electing him President.  The neocons responded to his election by launching Russiagate! 

The release this week of a National Security Strategy document reveals that neocons within Trump’s administration are trying to steer the administration into confrontation with both Russia and China.  The document identifies both nations as pursuing policies directly counter to U.S. interests.  In the introduction, the document claims that “China and Russia challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.  They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”

Later, the document asserts that Russia and China “want to shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests.”  In a passage which is a thinly-veiled attack on the Belt-and-Road Initiative, China is singled out as seeking “to displace the United States in the Indo-Pacific Region, expand the reaches of its state-driven economic model, and reorder the region in its favor,” while Russia is accused of seeking “to restore its great power status and establish spheres of influence near its borders.”  President Xi’s “win-win” approach, embodied in his New Silk Road policy, which would replace geopolitical confrontation with pursuit of common goals, is falsely characterized as a plan to dominate its neighbors economically, with military threats to back it up.  In commenting on the document, Trump’s National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster explicitly endorsed geopolitics in a speech delivered to the U.K.-based think tank Policy Exchange, stating “Geopolitics are back with a vengeance, after this holiday from history we took in the so-called post-Cold War period.”  He identified both Russia and China as strategic adversaries.  It is reported that the document reflects the views of McMaster and two assistants who participated in drafting the paper, Nadia Schadlow, a deputy assistant for National Strategic Strategy, and Dina Powell, deputy National Security Adviser and a Goldman Sachs alumnus.  Both Schadlow and Powell served in the administration of George W. Bush.  

Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp LaRouche identified this language as an attempt to return the U.S. to the “neocon geopolitical confrontation” approach of the two previous administrations, and pointed to sharp denunciations by Russian and Chinese officials, which identified the document as an example of “old, outdated thinking.”  But Mrs. LaRouche also pointed out Trump, in releasing the document, was less confrontational, as he said he will “attempt to build a great partnership with those [Russia and China] and other countries….”  The document also represents a restatement of Trump’s commitment to oppose regime change, stating, “We understand that the American way of life cannot be imposed on others, nor is it the inevitable culmination of progress.”  She identified the divergent points of emphasis as indication of an ongoing internal battle, noting that Trump recently had a very successful trip to China and has spoken repeatedly of his “great” personal relationship with China’s President Xi, and has had several recent very productive discussions with Putin.

GEOPOLITICS MEANS WAR

It should be noted that the confrontational language in the report echoes comments of former top Obama officials, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who were part of the “Get Trump” team from the outset, signing on to the infamous, still-unsubstantiated assessment released by the intelligence community on January 7, 2017, that concluded, “with high confidence”, that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential campaign.  On leaving their posts, both continued to attack Trump as naive for believing he can work with Russia.  On June 7, 2017, in Australia, Clapper claimed that it is in Russia’s “genes to be opposed, diametrically opposed, to the United States and western democracies.”  The two joined forces again on CNN’s “State of the Union” on November 12, 2017, to slam Trump and Russia.  Brennan said that Trump is “intimidated” by Putin, and that Russia is “a threat to our democracy.”  Clapper chimed in, adding that “Putin is committed to undermining our system,” and that Trump, by rejecting that view, “poses a peril to this country.”

At the same time the National Security Strategy document was released, Newsweek magazine ran a cover story in its December 21 issue with the headline, “Putin is Preparing for World War III.”  The article has the usual Fake News characterization of Putin as a paranoid authoritarian dictator who uses the threat of encirclement and war to cover up for his economic failures.  For example, it states that the Kremlin is mobilizing because “it is convinced war is imminent.”  It includes a quote from a former British Ambassador to Russia (naturally, who wishes to be an anonymous source), who said “Russia is engaged in a strange sort of unilateral arms race.”

This attempt to scare its readers is not a new tactic by Newsweek.  In August 2016 it reported, “Europeans Are Quietly Preparing for War with Russia.”

An even more hysterical fantasy appeared in the German mass tabloid Bild Zeitung on December 20, citing two unnamed NATO officials who charged that the Zapad 2017 military exercise was a rehearsal for a full scale Russian military assault on Europe.  According to this story, the Russians plan to occupy three Baltic states, while attacking by air key infrastructure in Germany, Sweden and Finland, the latter two nations being pushed hard to play a more active role in NATO.  The article says the goal of Russia in launching such an attack is to paralyze NATO, while preventing reinforcements in the East.  This article appears as there is a concerted effort to boost defense spending in Europe, along with the promotion of a European Union “defense union.”

MUELLER UNDER S
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The move toward more aggressive war propaganda in the Trans-Atlantic region comes at a point when the Mueller witch hunt is being seriously undermined by exposes of corruption within its ranks.  The revelations of the role of top FBI Counterintelligence official, Peter Strzok, are particularly damaging, as they demonstrate conclusively that Strzok is at the center of a “web of corruption” which includes the highest levels of British intelligence, the Clinton campaign, and the FBI.  The effort to contain the damage by supporters of Mueller, by belittling the evidence of corruption as a “conspiracy theory”, fell apart last week, as Congressional Republicans have become emboldened, in questioning leading FBI officials.  What is emerging in ongoing Congressional hearings is a picture that shows that Strzok was brought into the operation begun by James Comey, Clapper and Brennan to smear Trump with allegations that he was in a conspiracy with Putin to become President.  Comey’s team, with Strzok at its head, was engaged in the smear campaign to prevent Trump from winning the election.

The most damning evidence is a text message sent by Strzok to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, which was discovered by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ).  In the message, Strzok wrote to Page on August 15, 2016, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way Trump gets elected, but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.  It’s like an insurance policy….”  Andy’s office refers to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a close ally of the Clinton political machine, meaning that the FBI hierarchy was directly involved in a scheme to sink Trump’s campaign; the “insurance policy” obviously refers to using the Russiagate story, which was just then being developed by Strzok’s team, to remove Trump, should he win the election!

It was at this same time that Strzok and other top FBI officials were brought into collaboration with “former” MI6 official Christopher Steele, who produced a dossier alleging that Putin had sexual blackmail material against Trump.  Steele’s dossier, produced for Fusion GPS “opposition research” company, was funded by the Clinton campaign, likely with full backing from leading elements of British intelligence, whose GCHQ had begun tracking Trump in the summer of 2015, long before he laid waste to a field of 17 Republican opponents.  Despite more than a year of attempts to corroborate Steele’s allegations, McCabe admitted, in part through not answering questions in a Congressional hearing, that they have not been able to do it!

There are many other pieces to this story, including that of Strzok’s role in exonerating Clinton for her use of a private server, his role in the set-up which led to Michael Flynn’s plea to a single count of “lying to the FBI”, and top DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s meeting(s) with Steele, while his wife was employed by Fusion GPS.  These are coming out due to the work of Republican Congressmen, with more hearings to come.  A sample of some of the responses from Congressional investigators to these revelations gives a flavor of how things are turning against Mueller’s prosecutorial thuggery and the FBI’s systemic corruption.

On December18, Rep. Trey Gowdy (South Carolina) responded to the Strzok revelations by saying the anti-Trump messages sent back-and-forth with his mistress show an “unprecedented” level of bias.  “It is devastating” that they spoke of developing an “`insurance policy` in case Donald Trump won.  What I hope is that insurance policy was not a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.  This was a level of bias that you rarely see.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (California), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, followed his committee hearings by asking, “I hate to use the word corrupt, but they’ve become at least so dirty that who’s watching the watchmen?  Who’s investigating these people?  There is no one.”  

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), who has been demanding subpoenas be issued so that all those involved can be interrogated, is especially focused on the Steele dossier, and whether it was used to obtain warrants from the secret FISA Court to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign.  In reviewing the role of Strzok and Ohr, he said, “Everything points to the fact that there was an orchestrated plan to try to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the President of the United States.”

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who recently spoke directly to Trump about what has been turned up involving “conflicts of interest” and “outright corruption”, said “…it’s time for Bob Mueller to put up or shut up.  If there’s evidence of collusion, let’s see it.”  He said, in reference to the meeting in “Andy’s room”, that it is disgusting that a “bunch of bureaucrats can sit around and scheme about how to deprive the American people of their duly elected President.”

ILLEGAL SEIZURE OF TRANSITION EMAILS

One other element of Mueller’s prosecutorial fraud came to light last week, which was his team’s seizure of tens of thousands of emails from Trump’s transition team, despite the legal ruling by the General Counsel for the General Services Administration (GSA), Richard Beckler, that these were private, and should remain in the hands of the GSA.  When Beckler was hospitalized, Mueller’s operatives seized the records, without receiving a court-approved subpoena.  Shortly after his hospitalization, Beckler passed away.

The seizure of these documents was the subject of a biting op ed by constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley in {The Hill} on December 18.  Turley, who is no fan of Trump, nevertheless correctly identified Mueller’s action as “legally unprecedented and strategically reckless,” warning that the use of “tainted” evidence could lead to the overturning of any conviction that Mueller might get.  Turley described this as an abuse of law, following in the footsteps of the notorious former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, writing that “Hoover’s attitude toward the use of federal power lingers [within the FBI] like a dormant virus.  Too often investigators interpret uncertain legal questions as a license for action.”  Turley specifically identified Mueller’s lead prosecutor Andrew Weissman as one whose record includes “major reversals in past prosecutions for exceeding the scope of the criminal code or questionable ethical conduct.”

Turley’s comments, along with those of Fox News legal commentator Jeanine Pirro, represent a sharp break into the open in major media, reflecting the turn against Mueller’s operations.  Pirro  called Mueller’s team a “criminal cabal”, which should be taken out in “cuffs” (handcuffs).  They are acting as a “core group of arrogant, corrupt and lawless individuals that felt that they, and not we, should decide a presidential election.”

As these quotes from Congressman and legal experts show, there is now finally a willingness to break through the cover-up and get at the truth about Russiagate, that it has been a story concocted, from the beginning, with no evidence, to either contain Trump, or get rid of him, in defense of an old crumbling order, and that the real “meddling” in the election by a foreign country came from Britain, in coordination with the Clinton campaign and the FBI.  But that is not enough.  It is now time that the deeper issue behind Russiagate is exposed, and that issue is the unwillingness of the promoters of the neocon unilateral world order to give up their power.  The endless wars, and endless bailouts they have imposed are necessary for them keep the world embroiled in deadly, useless geopolitical conflicts, which inflict misery on the majority of the world’s people, while allowing them to loot with impunity. 

Donald Trump’s election victory showed that the American people were tired of this immoral, bankrupt order.  Now citizens must m
obilize to shut down Russiagate, to free Trump to bring the United States into the New Paradigm of cooperation and development initiated by President Xi Jinping of China, with full support from Russia’s President Putin.  The era of geopolitics must be put to an end, if the annihilation of mankind is to be prevented.  Shutting down the Mueller investigation, and jailing the corrupt officials behind it, would be a good first step in that direction.  Toward that end, LaRouchePAC activists delivered this week, to every U.S. Senate office and to many committee staffers, the report which first exposed Russiagate as a fraud, “Robert Mueller is an Immoral Legal Assassin.”  As Lyndon LaRouche commented, “the gate has been opened” — it is now the time to move!

Downsizing Government: EPA Shrinks By More Than 700 Workers Since Trump Too Office

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

Since taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump has overseen the shrinking of the unconstitutional Environmental Protection Agency by more than 700 workers, and that’s a positive thing for Americans.

The story comes by way of The New York Times & ProPublica, both of which are clearly in support of bigger government.

WASHINGTON — More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout package since the beginning of the year, more than 200 are scientists. An additional 96 are environmental protection specialists, a broad category that includes scientists as well as others experienced in investigating and analyzing pollution levels. Nine department directors have departed the agency as well as dozens of attorneys and program managers. Most of the employees who have left are not being replaced.

The departures reflect poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency, which has been criticized by President Trump and top Republicans in Congress as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach. That unease is likely to deepen following revelations that Republican campaign operatives were using the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of emails from E.P.A. officials suspected of opposing Mr. Trump and his agenda.

The cuts deepen a downward trend at the agency that began under the Obama administration in response to Republican-led budget constraints that left the agency with about 15,000 employees at the end of his term. The reductions have accelerated under President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to dramatically scale back the E.P.A., leaving only what he called “little tidbits” in place. Current and former employees say unlike during the Obama years, the agency has no plans to replace workers, and they expect deeper cuts to come.

If you recall, immediately after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order that for every new regulation, two regulations must be revoked.

Apparently, that has had a strong effect on the EPA and other agencies.

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

Political Immorality and Personal Immorality

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

Many Americans have been shocked by recent revelations of the extent of sexual harassment in Congress. However, no one should be too surprised that those who spend their lives defending and expanding the welfare-warfare state engage in immoral personal conduct. It is only natural that an immoral system, like the welfare-warfare state, tends to attract individuals likely to practice personal immorality.

The welfare-warfare state is built on a foundation of taxation and fiat currency controlled by a secretive central bank. While some type of taxation may be necessary to fund the few legitimate functions of government, taking people’s money to fund a redistributive welfare state at home and a global empire abroad is nothing more than theft. The Federal Reserve’s erosion of purchasing power is also a form of theft.

The welfare-warfare state relies on violence. Every law preventing us from living our lives as we choose — whether forbidding us from working for below minimum wage, preventing us from smoking marijuana or drinking raw milk, telling private business owners who can and cannot use what restroom, or requiring us to purchase government-approved health insurance — rests on the threat of force being used against those who refuse to obey.

The warfare side of the welfare-warfare state is obviously rooted in violence. War inevitably leads to deaths, including the deaths of innocents. A permanent warfare state is also the quickest way to lose our liberties. This is why the Founding Fathers counseled against standing armies and foreign entanglements.

The neocons and “humanitarian interventionists” who control our foreign policy have disregarded the wisdom of the Founders. They actually promote endless wars not to protect our security but to promote “democracy” and “universal human rights.” They are impervious to evidence of the failure of military interventions to achieve these goals and indifferent to the human and fiscal costs of endless war. They dismiss the loss of innocent lives — including the deaths of children — as unavoidable “collateral damage,” while using their influence in the media to spread pro-war propaganda. They also smear their opponents as aiding America’s enemies and sympathizing with terrorists.

No one holding political power wants to admit the system he supports is immoral and a failure. Therefore, defenders of the welfare-warfare state rely on lies and deceptions. They ignore all evidence of the failure of big government to accomplish its ends, instead pretending they can fix the system with a few reforms. They also work with allies in the media to promulgate the lie that without the welfare state the masses would remain poor and uneducated, and without the warfare state we would be overwhelmed by those who hate us for our freedoms. They never mention that many foreigners hate America because of the suffering caused by our hyper-interventionist foreign policy.

Read More @ RonPaulInstitute.com

Massive FBI corruption forces Deputy FBI Director to retire early

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by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe set to retire early.

The real US election collusion has surfaced, and it involved the DOJ and FBI working in unison, first to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House, and then putting together an “insurance policy” (in the form of a salacious and disgusting dossier) to handicap the Trump Administration once in power.

One of the main players in the FBI’s collusion against American Democracy, Hillary Clinton supporter and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, is being forced to retire early next year after his corruption was fully exposed by text messages uncovered between his subordinate and mistress.

The Gateway Pundit reports that McCabe’s retirement announcement comes on the heels of a major shake up at the FBI; Wray just removed Comey “confidant” and suspected leaker James Baker from his top post as general counsel.

Via WaPo…

Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.

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McCabe won’t become eligible for his full pension until early March. People close to him say he plans to retire as soon as he hits that mark. “He’s got about 90 days, and some of that will be holiday time. He can make it,’’ said one.

A spokesman for McCabe declined to comment, as did an FBI spokesman.

The pressure on McCabe has only intensified, though. He got an eight-hour grilling from the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, and returned to Congress on Thursday to face more than nine hours of questions from the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

Other senior FBI officials, including those who worked closely with McCabe and Comey, are expected to face similar questioning from Congress next year.

The Gateway Pundit reports…

Andrew McCabe took a grilling in a closed door testimony last week which left many saying he would be fired from his position as FBI Deputy Director.

McCabe treated Hillary’s criminal email investigation with kid gloves.

As previously reported, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) revealed on Fox News Friday that email evidence from FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe indicates the Hillary Clinton email probe was coded “HQ Special.” The term suggests the probe did not follow standard investigative procedures, likely ‘softening,’ the bureau’s findings.

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Iraqis Erect a 30-Foot Christmas Tree in Baghdad to Celebrate the Defeat of ISIS

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by Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart:

Residents of Baghdad have erected a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree to celebrate Christmas and to mark the end of the terror army Islamic State (ISIS), beaten back by Iraqi Security Forces.

The giant tree made international news, according to a Fox News tweet which read, “Iraqi Christians have raised a 30-ft. tall Christmas tree in Baghdad to celebrate both the holiday and the expulsion of ISIS extremists by Iraq Security Forces”:

Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders also remarked on the incredible display in a December 24 tweet reading, “Thank God for the President’s leadership in fight to defeat ISIS”:

This year’s display mirrors last year’s tree erected by Muslim businessman Yassi Saad who then said he hoped that the display would help bring together Christian and Muslim Iraqis in a new spirit of cooperation as his country continued to heal after being freed from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny.

In 2016, Saad said that his goal was to join “our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations and helping Iraqis forget their anguish.”

Read More @ Breitbart.com