Monday, January 27, 2020

BREAKING: First Uranium One Indictment Unsealed – Maryland Man Indicted on 11 Counts of Bribery and Fraud

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

On Friday DOJ officials in the District of Maryland announced Mark Lambert from Mount Airy, Maryland was indicted with 11 counts related to foreign bribery.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme by Lambert to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX).

FBI informant William D. Campbell told reporters in November that he has video of briefcases full of money in the Uranium One bribery case.

Campbell says he is in fear for his life since he was outed by the Sessions Department of Justice to the liberal media.

Justice.gov reported:

An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, was unsealed today for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning of the District of Maryland, Principal Deputy Inspector General April G. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Andew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office made the announcement.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged in an 11-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

The case against Lambert is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the District of Maryland.

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX. In order to effectuate and conceal the corrupt and fraudulent bribe payments, Lambert and others allegedly caused fake invoices to be prepared, purportedly from TENEX to Transportation Corporation A, that described services that were never provided, and then Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to wire the corrupt payments for those purported services to shell companies in Latvia, Cyprus and Switzerland. Lambert and others also allegedly used code words like “lucky figures,” “LF,” “lucky numbers,” and “cake” to describe the payments in emails to the Russian official at his personal email account. The indictment also alleges that Lambert and others caused Transportation Corporation A to overbill TENEX by building the cost of the corrupt payments into their invoices, and TENEX thus overpaid for Transportation Corporation A’s services.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

GOLD BREAKS OUT AS BANKERS ENGAGE IN BOTH GOLD/SILVER SHORT COVERING

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD RISES $11.65 TO $1334.45/SILVER ADVANCES 20 CENTS UP TO $17.15/AT THE COMEX WE EXPERIENCED A HUGE 11,170 GOLD EFP TRANSFERS TO LONDON/SILVER COMEX EXPERIENCED 1,316 EFP TRANSFER CONTRACTS TO LONDON/IN THE USA A BIG MISS IN RETAIL SALES/MORE SWAMP STORIES FOR TODAY

GOLD: $1334.45 UP $11.65

Silver: $17.15 UP 20 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1338.85

silver: $17.26

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: $1333.53 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1326.50

PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $7.03

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1340.21

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1329.00

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$11.21

SHANGHAI REJECTS NY /LONDON PRICING OF GOLD

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1332.90

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1331.10

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1326.80

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1327.00

For comex gold:

JANUARY/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR JANUARY CONTRACT: 181 NOTICE(S) FOR 18100 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 437 FOR 43700 OZ (1.3592 TONNES),

For silver:

jANUARY

5 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

25,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 537 for 2,685,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $14,021/OFFER $14,141 UP $807 (morning)

 Bitcoin: BID   13,837/OFFER  $13,957 UP  $624(CLOSING)

 

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY A TINY 216 contracts from 196,660 FALLING TO 196,444 WITH YESTERDAY’S  6 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICING.  WE HAD MINIMAL COMEX LIQUIDATION BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT WE WITNESSED ANOTHER FAILED MAJOR BANK SHORT- COVERING OPERATION. NOT ONLY THAT , WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER GOOD SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: A GOOD 1034 EFP’S FOR MARCH (BUTALSO STRANGELY 282 EFP CONTRACTS FOR THE FRONT FEBRUARY MONTH)  AND THUS TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 1316 CONTRACTS. HOWEVER THE MOVEMENT ACROSS TO LONDON IS NOT AS SEVERE AS IN GOLD AS THERE SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR PLAYER TAKING ON THE BANKS AT THE COMEX. STILL, WITH THE TRANSFER OF 1316 CONTRACTS, WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. YESTERDAY WITNESSED  EFP’S FOR SILVER ISSUED. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST HAVE HAD SOME MAJOR BANKER SHORT COVERING AGAIN TODAY.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/ STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF JANUARY:

23,761 CONTRACTS (FOR 10 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 23,761 CONTRACTS OR 118.805 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 2376 CONTRACTS OR 11.880 MILLION OZ/DAY)

 

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SUPPLY THIS MONTH IN SILVER:  SO FAR  118.805 MILLION PAPER OZ HAVE MORPHED OVER TO LONDON. THIS REPRESENTS AROUND 16.8% OF ANNUAL GLOBAL PRODUCTION SO FAR THIS MONTH.

RESULT: A TINY SIZED LOSS IN OI COMEX WITH THE TINY 6 CENT FALL IN SILVER PRICE WHICH USUALLY INDICATES ANOTHER FAILED BANKER SHORT-COVERING. WE ALSO HAD A FAIR SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 1316 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS.  FROM THE CME DATA 1316 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR TODAY (FOR MARCH EFP’S, THEY ISSUED 1034 CONTRACTS AND A STRANGE 282 EFP CONTRACTS FOR THE FRONT  FEB CONTRACT MONTH) FOR A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. WE REALLY GAINED 1100 OI CONTRACTS i.e. 1316 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A DECREASE OF 216  OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE TINY FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER OF 6 CENTS AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $16.95 WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.9820 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 140% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT JANUARY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 5 NOTICE(S) FOR 25000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL BY 3379 CONTRACTS DOWN TO 564,056 DESPITE THE  RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING ($4.15). IT LOOKS LIKE OUR BANKERS STARTED TO COVER THEIR GOLD SHORTS IN A SIMILAR FASHION TO WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IN SILVER. IN ANOTHER HUGE DEVELOPMENT, WE RECEIVED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED YESTERDAY FOR TODAY AND IT TOTALED A GOOD SIZED  11,170 CONTRACTS OF WHICH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SAW 8533 CONTRACTS , APRIL SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 2537 CONTRACTS WITH DECEMBER ADDING ANOTHER 100 CONTRACTS.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 565,497. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN GOLD COMEX OI  TOGETHER WITH  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD. THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO APPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER (BIG RISE IN BOTH GOFO AND SIFO) AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES. IN ESSENCE WE HAVE ANOTHER GOOD GAIN OF 7791 OI CONTRACTS: 3379 OI CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX AND A GOOD SIZED 11,170 OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 7571 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S/ GOLD(EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY STARTING WITH FIRST DAY NOTICE: 91,602 CONTRACTS OR 9.1602 MILLION OZ OR 284.91 TONNES(10 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 9,160 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 916,020 OZ/DAY)

TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA AS TO THE HUGE SIZE OF THESE EFP TRANSFERS :   SO FAR THIS MONTH IN 10 TRADING DAYS: IN  TONNES: 284 TONNES

TOTAL ANNUAL GOLD PRODUCTION, 2017, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EX CHINA EX RUSSIA: 2200 TONNES

THUS EFP TRANSFERS REPRESENTS 284/2200 TONNES =  12.90% OF GLOBAL ANNUAL PRODUCTION SO FAR IN JANUARY ALONE.

 

 

 

Result: A CONSIDERABLE SIZED DECREASE IN OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE  RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD TRADING ON YESTERDAY ($4.15). WE HAD ANOTHER FAIR SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 11,170. THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE ALSO OBSERVED A HUGE DELIVERY MONTH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COME
X FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES. IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 11,170 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN IN OPEN INTEREST OF 7,791 contracts:

11140 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND  3379 CONTRACTS DECREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the gain in total oi equates to 24.23 TONNES)

we had: 181 notice(s) filed upon for 18100 oz of gold.

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

GLD

With gold up again today, we had no changes in inventory from the GLD:

Inventory rests tonight: 828.96 tonnes.

SLV/ 

NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/

INVENTORY RESTS AT 316.348 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 FELL BY A TINY 216 contracts from 196,660 DOWN TO 196,444 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE  THE FALL IN PRICE OF SILVER TO THE TUNE OF 6 CENTSWITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING.  WE HAD WITHOUT A DOUBT ANOTHER FAILED  SHORT COVERING FROM OUR BANKERS AS THEY HAVE CAPITULATED.HOWEVER THIS TIME THEY WERE JOINED BY GOLD. NOT ONLY THAT BUT OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER 834 PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM) AND 200 EFP’S FOR THE FRONT FEBRUARY MONTH AS SOMEBODY WAS IN URGENT NEED OF SILVER METAL.  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. WE HAD NO COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. BUT, IF WE TAKE THE  OI LOSS AT THE COMEX OF 216 CONTRACTS TO THE 1316 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S WE OBTAIN A GAIN OF 1100 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANOTHER FAILED  BANKER SHORT COVERING. WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN JANUARY (SEE BELOW). THE NET GAIN TODAY IN OZ: 6.05 MILLION OZ!!!

RESULT: A SMALL SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE TINY FALL OF 6 CENTS IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER 1316 EFP’S ISSUEDTRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON. TOGETHER WITH THE GOOD  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS MAJOR BANK SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN GOFO AND SIFO RATES INDICATING SCARCITY.

(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 WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 3.51 points or 0.10% /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 46.67 pts or 0.15% / The Nikkei closed DOWN 77.77 POINTS OR 0.33%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.48%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN at 6.5080/Oil UP to 63.97 dollars per barrel for WTI and 69.42 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED MOSTLY MIXED LEANING TO RED.   ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.5080. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.5130 //ONSHORE YUAN  WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS  STRONGER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS STILL  HAPPY TODAY.(GOOD MARKETS )

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Global Networks Are Necessary to Overcome Abusive Governments and Oligarchy

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

The world around us is changing at an incredible pace, and with such change come many pitfalls as well as immeasurable opportunities. At the same time, the more things change the more some things stay the same. For example, the most important issue humans will have to confront in the years ahead is the age old issue of concentrated power.

One of the most destructive side effects of the financial crisis and the corrupt official response to it, has been an even greater concentration of wealth and power in the hands of some of the most unsavory characters planet earth has to offer. If we are to evolve and create a better paradigm, we’ll need to address this forcefully and thoughtfully.

I say thoughtfully, because what history has shown is that the typical response to a small group of crooked elites seizing all money and power is to launch a violent revolt that merely empowers another small group who said all the right things during their crusade, but then act as viciously and unethically as those they replaced once in power. This situation can and should be avoided at all costs. The idea isn’t to swap one group of rulers for another. We need to think about building a world defined by networks governed by rules, but with no rulers.

Indeed, this is the greatest lesson Bitcoin has shown to the world. It is a global network/community of people who have voluntarily opted into an alternative monetary system with no one in charge. Let me repeat that again, nobody is in charge. There’s no CEO, there’s no individual empowered to come in and just make changes to the code. In contrast, there’s a sprawling community of developers, entrepreneurs, hodlers, thinkers, writers, etc, whose degree of influence within the network changes over time.

It’s no surprise then that many of the most influential and respected leaders within the community at this moment were largely unknown five years ago. Bitcoin’s governance can be best described as anarchy, and it’s precisely this structure that appeals to so many. It’s a voluntary system governed by rules, but there are no rulers. There are key influencers and people whose opinions matter to the direction of the project, but these people have no official position, and their influence can disappear as quickly as it rose. It may not be clean and pretty, but it’s the way I think governance ought to work.

Another significant and potent lesson we can learn from the success of Bitcoin is the global community that’s been built around it. This global network helps people understand how connected we are as human beings. That we have infinitely more in common with each other than the corrupt governments and sleazy oligarchs who rule our respective nation-states. It’s a very valuable lesson that “we the people” on a global level need to internalize if we’re to overcome the centralized hierarchies that dominate human affairs on earth at this time.

Humans are easily divided and conquered, both within our respective nation-states and on a global level. Here in the U.S. we’re instructed that there are two main ways of viewing the world politically (Democrats or Republicans) and that we must make a choice between one or the other. This is beyond ridiculous and we should stop playing such a stupid game immediately.

On a more global level, we’re constantly propagandized that some outside barbarian is right outside the gates and we must give up our civil liberties in order to stay safe. In my own lifetime alone, it’s gone from Russia to Iraq, to al-Qaeda, to ISIS and now back to Russia. There’s never really been a break from non-stop fear mongering, particularly since the military-industrial-surveillance complex was institutionalized after 9/11.

In contrast, the universal truth is we’re a global family of human beings and we must stand in solidarity with one another on a planetary level if we’re to overcome centralized oppression, which all of us suffer from irrespective of what our passports say. The very wealthy and powerful work together on a global basis, and we must do the same. We’re all in this together, and we have a common enemy. That enemy is concentrated power, within our communities and on a global basis.

A perfect example of what human beings are up against on a global level was outlined in a recent article by Glenn Greenwald published at The Intercept titled, First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plans to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News.”

Here are a few key paragraphs:

Yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account of Brazil’s Federal Police (its FBI equivalent) posted an extraordinary announcement. The bureaucratically nonchalant tone it used belied its significance. The tweet, at its core, purports to vest in the federal police and the federal government that oversees it the power to regulate, control and outright censor political content on the internet that is assessed to be “false,” and to “punish” those who disseminate it. The new power would cover both social media posts and entire websites devoted to politics…

Tellingly, these police officials vow that they will proceed to implement the censorship program even if no new law is enacted. They insist that no new laws are necessary by pointing to a pre-internet censorship law enacted in 1983 – during the time Brazil was ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that severely limited free expression and routinely imprisoned dissidents…

The move to obtain new censorship authority over the internet by Brazilian police officials would be disturbing enough standing alone given Brazil’s status as the world’s fifth most populous country and second-largest in the hemisphere. But that Brazil’s announcement closely follows very similar efforts unveiled last week by French President Emmanuel Macron strongly suggests a trend in which government are now exploiting concerns over “Fake News” to justify state control over the internet…

Both Brazil and France cited the same purported justification for obtaining censorship powers over the internet: namely, the dangers posed by alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. But no matter how significant one views Russian involvement in the U.S. election, it is extremely difficult to see how – beyond rank fear-mongering – that could justify these types of draconian censorship powers by Brasília and Paris…

All censorship efforts rest on the same tactic: generating fear over exaggerated threats posed by villains, sometime domestic ones but more often foreign villains. The Brazilian and French tactic for inducing the public to acquiesce to this censorship faithfully follows that script…

Ill-defined terms that become popularized in political discourse are, by definition, terms of propaganda rather than reliable, meaningful indicators of problems. And invariably, they wreak all kinds of predictable havoc and inevitably give rise to abuses of power. More than anything else, such terms – which, by design, mean wha
tever powerful groups wielding them want them to mean – so often produce arbitrary censorship in the name of combatting them. Just consider two similarly ill-defined but popular propagandistic terms – “terrorism” and “hate speech” – which have been appropriated by governments all over the world to justify the most extreme, repressive powers.

The last decade has seen multiple countries on every continent – including the world’s most repressive regimes – obliterate basic civil liberties in the name of stopping “terrorism” – by which they mean little other than “those who oppose our regime.” And then there’s “hate speech,” which can sometimes be used to silence Nazis or overt racists, but also can be and often is used to silence a wide range of left-wing views, from war opposition to advocacy of Palestinian rights. State censorship is always dangerous, but the danger is exponentially magnified when the censorship targets (terrorism, hate speech, Fake News) lack clear definition…

Then he sums up the situation perfectly in a brilliant paragraph at the end.

Ultimately, the core question here is a simple one. What is a more serious threat: the ability of people to publish false claims (which have existed since humans developed the capacity to speak or write and are subject to correction), or vesting governments around the world to censor entire websites and social media postings on the ground that they have judged them to be “false” or “Fake”?  Since the advent of the internet, the one danger regarded as most menacing was having states and corporations assume control over the political content that one can express.

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James O’Keefe Blasts Liberal Media: “We Broke the Biggest Censorship Story of Our Times. Why Aren’t You Covering This?” (VIDEO)

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

On Thursday James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released an investigative video on Twitter shadow banningthat is being compared to his culture changing ACORN undercover videos from 2009.

The 2009 O’Keefe video series resulted in ACORN losing its federal funding and its filing Chapter 7 liquidation a few months later.

On Thursday morning James O’Keefe released the a stunning video showing how Twitter engineers ban conservatives through “shadow banning.”

The video shows how Twitter engineers regularly censor conservative views on their platform. 
The video has over 138,000 views in about 8 hours.

On Thursday night James O’Keefe challenged the liberal media to cover the story.

The liberal mainstream media ignored the story today as they regularly do when the story does not fit their left-wing narrative.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

US Keeps Korea Crisis Hot As Pretext for Military Presence Near Russia

by Finian Cunningham, Russia Insider:

This is why the biggest threat to the current inter-Korean peace talks is US sabotage

There was near-unanimous welcoming of the surprise peace talks this week between North and South Korean delegations. Even the bellicose US President Donald Trump put aside his fiery rhetoric to endorse the diplomatic engagement between the two divided Koreas, saying he “hoped something good would result”.

The two Korean sides met for 11 hours of discussions in the “peace village” of Panmunjom near the Demilitarized Zone that has separated the states since the Korean War (1950-53). The cordial handshakes and friendly words exchanged raised hopes that a major breakthrough was underway – this after a year of mounting tensions and fears of an all-out war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia and China lauded the opening of talks this week – the first in nearly two years of impasse – saying it was exactly what they had been prescribing for the past several months in order to calm escalating tensions. The United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres also praised the new commitment to dial down conflict.

Perhaps surprising was the apparent welcome given by Washington to the talks. President Trump said he was “100 per cent” behind South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s initiative to invite the North to dialogue.

Previously, Washington has been adamant that there would be no talks with Communist North Korea until its leader Kim Jong-un first gave a commitment to end the country’s nuclear weapons program. Evidently, Washington seems prepared for its South Korean ally to proceed with negotiations without conditions. At least for now.

Trump reportedly acceded to the South Korean leader’s request for joint American military exercises to be postponed until after the Winter Olympic games and the follow-up Paralympics which end in March. That move was seen as a major concession to North Korea, which has long protested that such drills are a provocative rehearsal for war.

With the postponement of the US-South Korea military maneuvers, Pyongyang quickly responded to agree to attend the talks this week at the DMZ with a delegation from Seoul.

Again, this is the kind of trust-building that Russia and China have been advocating. Both Moscow and Beijing have maintained that the “freezing” of US-led military exercises can lead to the North Korean side halting its nuclear missile tests, which in turn helps to consolidate negotiations for a final peace settlement to the decades-old Korean conflict. Last year, Washington rebuffed Moscow and Beijing’s “freeze-freeze” proposal. But the new year opening of talks vindicates the proposal.

The progress achieved from talks this week alone is impressive. Not only has North Korea agreed to send athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea next month, thereby removing security fears over the event; the two sides went further to re-establish military-to-military dialogue in a bid to reduce tensions. They are also planning to resume reunification exchanges between families separated by the Korean War.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

‘The Most Sinister Threat To Free Speech In History’ – Mention God, Guns, America Or Trump And Twitter Says You Are A Redneck Republican Russian Bot

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

– Remember The Nazis Censored Viewpoints That Threatened Their Beliefs Also

The headlined quote comes from Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell via a statement released on January 11, 2017in regards to a new Project Verita’s video and article, where multiple members of Twitter staff describe their practices, how human liberal bias controls the decisions on who gets shadow banned, what items get deleted, and more importantly how those same liberal programmers are teaching their algorithms to treat anyone talking about guns, god, America or President Trump as if they are “rednecks,” Republicans, Russians or bots, to be silenced.

MRC President Brent Bozell: “I have been a critic of some of James O’Keefe’s work in the past, so I have the credentials to say the following: What O’Keefe has produced is not just extraordinary but it demands national attention. If social media is the communicationsvehicle of the future — and it is — then this represents the most sinister threat to free speech in history. That is no exaggeration. The radical left is out to censor the voices of all with whom they disagree. O’Keefe has proven it. Every American needs to watch this — if, of course, Twitter will allow it. Read and watch it here.” 

O’Keefe has uncovered some amazing things in his American Pravda series, where we saw CNN employees admitting the whole Russia/Trump collusion story they constantly pumped out for the better part of the last year, was nothing more than “bullsh*t”  and “about ratings” with one calling it all a “nothingburger,” and their revelations on Washington Post  and New York Times, were just as devastating, but the direct quotes from Twitter engineers and other employees, completely contradicts  Twitter’s “mission statement”which claims “Our mission: To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, instantly, without barriers.”

Being one of the largest social media platforms across the world, the chilling statements seen and heard in the Project Veritas videobelow, shows why it is of paramount importance to find an alternative to Twitter and to encourage other conservatives to start utilizing it.

While the majority of headlines being seen in regards to this latest Project Veritas video details the acknowledgment by Twitter employees at how they “shadow ban” conservative users because of Twitter employees political biases, what caught my attentions is how they are teaching their AI, their machine learning, how to flag Conservative opinions and keywords such as God, guns, America, as bots, Russian bots to be silenced.
 

Key Quote:

Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer: “Just go to a random [Trump] tweet, and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like guns, God, ‘Merica, with the American flag, the cross.” After some cross talk with those doing the undercover filming, he continues on to say “Like who does that? Who talks like that? It’s for sure, a bot.” When asked “can you get rid of them?” He says “Umm, Yeah. ” Asked how, he responds, “You just delete them, but, like, the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you got to like, write algorithms that do it for you.”

He goes on to talk about those algorithms, and when asked how do you know if it’s a bot and not a normal person, he answers ” You use machine learning.” He also admits that in writing the algorithms they target those with the Trump in their name, or phrases like “America first.” Singh states “You look for Trump or America, or any of, like, five thousand, like keywords to describe a redneck. And then you look and like, parse all the messages, all like the pictures, and then you look for, like, stuff that matches, like, that stuff. … you assign a value to each thing, so like Trump would be, like, .5, and a picture of a gun would be like 1.5, and like, if it comes up… the total comes up above, like, a certain value, then it’s a bot.”

In other words, they are targeting middle America, heartland voters, teaching their “machine,” to highlight talk of America, guns, god, the flag, and President Trump, and to automatically categorize them as bots, so they can delete them.

Asked straight up if the majority of algorithms were against Conservatives or Liberals, Singh responds “I would say the majority are for Republicans, because they are all from Russia and they wanted Trump to win.” The undercover journalist then asked “So, you mostly just get rid of Conservatives?” He said “Yeah.”

That part of the discussion is around the 10 minute mark, before that, they film others, Twitter engineers, a former Twitter content review agent, the Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety,  talking about how shadow bans are applied and why, how they try to rank “sh*tty people to not show up,” how they ban accounts then hand the review to another liberal that simply dislikes Conservative views so they will just let it go.

While we have seen reports about Twitter’s shadow banning practices, and their purge of Conservative views and their liberal biases, the company has always deinied such reports, but here Project Veritas has their own employees not only admitting to those behaviors but informing those speaking with them that “Twitter was probably about 90% Anti-Trump, maybe 99% Anti-Trump.”

The entire video is a must-see, especially since O’Keefe assures us at the end “Stay tuned, Jack Dorsey, because we at Project Veritas are just getting started.” Dorsey is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter.
 

Read More @ AllNewsPipeline.com

No Conspiracy: US military seeks to control your Facebook

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by Seraphim Hanisch, The Duran:

US Army seeks new intel tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French, and which can post answers on its own

For years the conspiracy theorists have claimed that Facebook is a CIA front operation, and that it serves as a way to track everyone in the USA.  In the most recent years, especially from the time of the 2016 Presidential elections to now, Facebook, Twitter, Google and other platforms which allow social media have been charged with being biased and “against” the posting and activities of people who dissent with the way the government and powers-that-be want you to think.

Today we find some rather clear evidence that the US Army wants to truly have access to private citizen accounts in social media, and they want to have the tools to observe AND post things in the same idiom and style, apparently, as though it were you making the posts.  We appear to be somewhere beyond the tinfoil hat stage now.

So, who is hacking whom now?

Here we show excerpts from the request made by INSCOM (The United States Army Intelligence and Security Command). The boldface type is mine for emphasis. First, we look at the purpose of INSCOM:

INSCOM has an Administrative Control (ADCON) relationship with 1st Information Operations Command. INSCOM G7 executes materiel and materiel-centric responsibilities as a Capability Developer and as the Army proponent for design and development of select operational level and expeditionary intelligence, cyber, and electronic warfare systems. 1st Information Operations Command (Land) provides IO and Cyberspace Operations support to the Army and other Military Forces through deployable support teams, reachback planning and analysis, specialized training, and a World Class Cyber OPFOR in order to support freedom of action in the Information Environment and to deny the same to our adversaries.

Then we look at what they are asking for.  Again, the bold typeface is my own addition for emphasis.

Additional Info: This RFI requests a vendor service and not hardware/firmware/software, and therefore should not require an Authority to Operate (ATO) or a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN). 1st IO Command has identified areas for which we are requesting White Papers from Industry on mature COTS solutions with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of at least 7, relevant to the following Focus Areas and requirements:

0001: Content Translation of PAI

A. Capability to translate foreign language content (message text, voice, images, etc.) from the social media environment into English. Required languages are Arabic, French, Pashtu, Farsi, Urdu, Russian, and Korean.

B. Identify specific audiences through reading and understanding of colloquial phrasing, spelling variations, social media brevity codes, and emojis.

1. Automated capability for machine learning of foreign language content with accuracy comparable to Google and Microsoft Bing Translate. Must be able to incrementally improve over time.

2. Recognize language dialect to ensure effectual communication.

0002: Automated Sentiment Analysis (SA)

A. Capability to derive sentiment from all social media content.

1. At minimum, distinguish negative, neutral, and positive sentiment based on collective, contextual understanding of the specific audience.

a) Capability to determine anger, pleasure, sadness, and excitement.

2. Capability to recognize local colloquial and/or slang terms and phrases, spelling variations, social media brevity codes, capitalization, and emojis will be included.

 

3. Automated machine learning of SA must be able to incrementally improve over time.

a) Software should allow for heuristic updates to improve overall capability; e.g., manually suggest updates based on personal knowledge and experience.

B. Capability to suggest whether specific audiences could be influenced based on derived sentiment.

0003: Content Generation Based off of PAI

A. Capability to translate English into Arabic, French, Pashtu, Farsi, Urdu, Russian, and Korean.

B. Automated capability to generate/create at least three, and up to 10, unique statements derived from one (1) original social media statement, while retaining the meaning and tone of the original.

1. Customize language in a dialect consistent with a specific audience including spelling variations, cultural variations, colloquial phrasing, and social media brevity codes and emojis.

0004: Assessment

1. Capability to continually inform MOE with/through sentiment analysis, content generation, and new target audience content.

2. Capability for end user to extract empirical data and visualize metrics of service, including number of content samples translated, number of content samples generated, number of content samples downloaded,number of conversations influenced by generated content, etc.

0005: Data Protection and Management

Data protection will meet all standing DoD regulatory and security protocols.

This is a formidable request for a quite powerful eavesdropping AND propaganda disseminating application. It is also not the first time the military has sought or deployed such an application.  The Guardian reported that the US Military had software in use six years ago that was able to create propaganda videos that used fake online personas.  Now it appears that the military wants to piggyback – or hijack – REAL people’s accounts to do a similar purpose.

Read More @ TheDuran.com

Swedish City Sees 300 Per Cent Increase in Shootings in 2017

by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart:

The Swedish city of Helsingborg has seen a steep rise in shootings, with fatalities in three of the 20 cases recorded in 2017.

In 2016, there were only five shootings in the city which lies on the south-west coast only miles from neighbouring Denmark. In less than a year, the number of shootings had surged to 20, in the city of less than 100,000 inhabitants — a number of attacks unheard of until recently in the formerly peaceful Scandinavian nation.

In almost all of the cases, the victims of the shootings were young men in their 20s and police believe them to be linked to organised crime, Swedish broadcaster, SVT reports.

“It’s our local criminal networks that shoot each other and the reasons are for money, drugs, and weapons. These are the three ingredients,” said local police district manager in Helsingborg Sven Holgersson.

Holgersson added that solving the crimes has been particularly difficult because many involved refuse to speak to police.

“Although we spend thousands of hours investigating these crimes, nobody wants to talk to us. No one has heard or seen anything. We are dependant on the witnesses and for someone to tell us what has really happened,” he said.

Two of the three fatal shootings occurred within two weeks of each other. On May 13th, a 24-year-old was found shot and injured and later died of his wounds. Police had to drop the case due to a lack of leads.

The second shooting, which saw a 25-year-old fatally shot in the head, was also dropped by police and no one was arrested for the murder.

Statistics from the National Board of Sweden’s Cause of Death register show that the number of fatal shootings in Sweden has doubled in the previous nine years.

Shootings and criminal violence have become particularly bad in the heavily migrant-populated no-go zones in places like Malmö and the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

Bitcoin conference unable to accept payment in bitcoin

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from RT:

People hoping to attend an upcoming conference dedicated to cryptocurrencies have been told they must pay for their tickets in regular old dollars because using crypto is too slow and expensive.

The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC), which will be held in Miami next week, said on its website that it has closed payments using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies due to network congestion and manual processing.

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“Due to the manual inputting of data in our ticketing platforms when paid in cryptocurrencies, we decided to shut down bitcoin payments for last minute sales due to print deadlines,” the organizers said.

“Hopefully, next year there will be more unity in the community about scaling and global adoption becomes reality.”

Rising transaction fees and lengthy processing times have been a big bone of contention in the crypto community in recent times and organizer Moe Levin told Bitcoin.com that they also made it difficult for the conference to accept digital currency.

According to Blockchain.info it currently takes more than 50 minutes to confirm a bitcoin transaction.

“We wish this was easier, but no ticketing options exist which can handle large volumes of ticket sales, and transaction fees on the Bitcoin blockchain exceed $30 at certain times of the day,” Levin said.

Read More @ RT.com