Tuesday, July 16, 2019

US Gov’t Wants to Destroy Assange. And Hack Journalists Are Eager to Help

from Russia Insider:

Trump administration officials were enthusiastic when Ecuador decided to expel Julian Assange from its embassy in London, where he had received sanctuary for nearly seven years. British authorities promptly jailed him for jumping bail on sexual assault charges in Sweden, and U.S. officials began plans to have Assange extradited to face espionage charges in this country. He just turned 48 in prison on July 3.

Exclusive — U.S. Virgin Islands Senator on Epstein: ‘Widespread Corruption’ in Territory, ‘He Has People on His Payroll’

by Matthew Boyle, Breitbart:

U.S. Virgin Islands Sen. Oakland Benta, a St. Croix Democrat who previously served as the island’s chief of police, is speaking out in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News about billionaire Democrat donor Jeffrey Epstein and demanding wide-ranging investigations in the territory into Epstein’s and others’ alleged “widespread corruption.”

“There is widespread corruption within the territory that needs to be addressed and looked at with fresh eyes,” Benta said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Thursday.

Terrorist Who Firebombed ICE Facility Wrote in Manifesto: “I Am Antifa”

by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News:

The terrorist who firebombed an ICE facility in Washington State yesterday released a manifesto before the attack stating, “I am Antifa” and said the attack was motivated by his opposition to “concentration camps” in the U.S.

69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen was shot dead by police after he threw Molotov cocktails at the building and nearby cars on Saturday morning.

According to his manifesto, a copy of which was obtained by Jack Posobiec, Van Spronsen was armed with an AR-15 and stated, “I am Antifa”.

FEDERAL JUDGE DESTROYS KEY MUELLER CLAIM: THE FINAL NAIL IN RUSSIAGATE’S COFFIN?

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

In what could be the final nail in the Russiagate hoax’s coffin, a federal judge has destroyed a key claim made by Robert Mueller. A federal judge ruled that Mueller’s indictment of a “troll farm” is not actual proof of it.

Mueller’s charges against Concord Management & Consulting, the Russian company accused of running a troll farm and sowing discord on social media in the United States back in 2016 during the presidential election, do not establish a link between that private company and the Russian government, US District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich pointed out.  This was a key aspect of Mueller’s Russiagate election interference hoax, and the judge shot holes in it.

WATCH: Citizens Swarm Cops As They Violently Arrest Musician Over Playing Music

by Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project:

New Orleans, LA — An apparent clash of culture and business occurred on the streets of New Orleans Monday evening. A brass band was playing on the street outside a bookstore in The Big Easy. The bookstore was accused by bystanders of calling the police on the band saying the band was causing a disturbance. When police arrived, one member of the band was accused of obstructing justice and resisting arrest — over playing music.

Eugene Grant, a 27-year-old member of the band, was accused of hitting one of the police officers’ body cameras with his trumpet prompting police to escalate use of force in what appears to be a violent take down and arrest of the trumpeter. Bystanders can be heard decrying the manner in which the arrest was made in a video which has now gone viral.

Art Laffer On The Fed, What Would Milton Friedman Say?

by Steve H Hanke, Market Oracle:

Art Laffer, the supply-side guru and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom has caused yet another stir among the chattering classes. Last week, he told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York that “The Fed shouldn’t be independent of the administration. Never should be. None of those people were elected. They were appointed.” He repeated those sentiments on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning.

What would my good friend Milton Friedman say? Well, unfortunately, we don’t know for certain because Milton is no longer with us. That said, Nobelist Friedman weighed in on the issue of central bank independence on several occasions. Indeed, an essay he penned in 1962 was titled “Should there be an Independent Monetary Authority?” His essay appeared in In Search of a Monetary Constitution, which was published by Harvard University Press and was edited by my collaborator, the late Leland B. Yeager. Friedman was unambiguous. He concluded that “The case against a fully independent central bank is strong indeed.”

Promise The Moon

by Doug Casey, International Man:

In the 2018 US general election, a spate of liberal candidates appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, each making dramatic promises for a more collectivist US.

Until the 2016 election, the US hadn’t seen many openly collectivist candidates since before World War II, but since the campaign that gave rise to avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialist candidates have appeared in abundance and have become “the other democrats.” They’re not only plentiful, but unapologetic in their socialist stance.

But why should this be? And, more importantly, where will it lead?

Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “Not Worth Fighting”

by Jessica Corbett, Activist Post:

The majority of American veterans and members of the general public agreed in two new surveys that the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the U.S. military campaign in Syria were all “not worth fighting.”

The Pew Research Center, for the pair of polls published Wednesday, asked all respondents to consider the costs versus the benefits to the United States in their analysis of whether each conflict was worthwhile.

Roughly two-thirds of both veterans and members of the public told Pew that the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn’t worth it, and nearly 60 percent said they felt the same way about the ongoing 18-year war in Afghanistan—the longest in U.S. history. The numbers were slightly lower for opposing the American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War, which is also ongoing.

Epstein and the Explosive Crisis of the Deep State

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

Since the battle is for the legitimacy of the state, it must be waged at least partially in the open.

Speculations by outsiders must give Deep State insiders many opportunities to chuckle, “if only they knew.” We don’t know, of course, and public leaks are engineered to misdirect our attention from what’s actually going on or “frame” our understanding in a positive way.

Decades later, history reveals a very ordinary mix of great successes and horrific failure in secret operations, caused by errors of judgment, faulty intelligence, poor planning and so on. In other words, life isn’t tidy, either inside or outside the Deep State.