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dnc-stagingBy Joseph Jankowski


An undercover video produced by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows Hillary Clinton campaign operatives admitting to starting the riot that occurred back in March after the Trump campaign canceled a Chicago rally over security concerns.


Project Veritas was able to infiltrate the private political consulting company Democracy Partners and its contractor the Foval Group which have ties to the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign.


According to Foval Group founder Scott Foval, “The campaign (Hillary Clinton campaign) pays the DNC, DNC pays Democracy partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval group, Foval Group goes and executes the shit on the ground.”


What Scott Foval means by “shit on the ground” is the agitation that starts disruptions and places bad press on whichever Trump or Pence event they decided to hit.



An operative by the name of Aaron Minter, who goes by the alias Aaron Black, told project Project Veritas that the disruption in Chicago during Trump’s rally in March was an operation of Democracy Partners.








“So the Chicago Protest when they shut all that, that was us. It was more him (Bob Creamer, founder of Democracy Partners) than me,” said Aaron Minter, “but none of this was suppose to come back to us, because we want it coming from people, we don’t want it to come from the party.”


It is not totally clear why Minter, a full-time employee of Democracy Partners uses an alias, but one can assume that it is to shield his true identity from being tied into the violence he helps stir.


According to Project Veritas, Minter’s job is to direct the “spontaneous” protests at Trump and Pence rallies.


“So if we do a protest and if its branded a DNC protest, right away the press is going to say partisan,” Minter went on. “But if I’m in there coordinating with all the groups on the ground and sort of playing field general but they are the ones talking to the cameras, then its actually people. But if we send out press advisories with DNC on them and Clinton campaign doesn’t have that same effect.”



Zulema Rodriguez, who works in the office of the Foval Group, appears on the video to also claim credit for the violent protest that prevented the Chicago Trump rally from taking place.


“So B and I did the Chicago Trump Event where we shut it down like all the yeah…” Zulema said before being interrupted.



Two police officers were hospitalized due to injuries they sustained during the riot and multiple arrests were made


Project Veritas’ video makes it clear that the disruption coordinated by Democracy Partners and the Foval Group is indeed that – coordinated and planned out disruption.


“We have to be careful because what we don’t need is for it to show up on CNN that the DNC paid ‘X’ people to..that’s not going to happen,” Scott Foval was caught saying on undercover video.


According to the founder of Democracy Partners Bob Creamer, his group has “a call with the campaign every day to go over the focuses that need to be undertaken.”


Zulema Rodriguez also admitted to having daily calls with the Clinton Campaign.


While the mainstream media has tried to paint Trump supporters as violent and over the top, it turns out that it was actually the other side of the aisle who was being just that.



Joseph Jankowski is a contributor for Planet Free Will.com. His works have been published by recognizable alternative news sites like GlobalResearch.ca, ActivistPost.com, Mintpressnews.com and ZeroHedge.com. 


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censor americaBy Katherine Hine


t is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands actions, engagement, and remembering.” Herman, Judith, Trauma and Recovery: New York: Basic Books, p. 7 (1997).


Maybe this kind of thinking is behind the victim bashing we see coming from individuals and organizations claiming to be much more than mere bystanders. “Human rights” organizations receive tax-free millions or even billions to “help” those victimized by their own governments, including refugees. But do they? And why should we care?


Thanks to the alternative press, we the people have been able to shed some of the divide and conquer messages coming from corporate media, re-think old “truths”, and evaluate concealed threats. One journalist helping us navigate this paradigm shift is Janet Phelan, a U.S.- born investigative journalist, human rights defender, prolific writer, and a refugee from the United States.



WHY YOU SHOULD CARE IF JANET PHELAN LIVES OR DIES


For years, Phelan’s journalism has dealt with issues of public corruption in the United States. In 2011 she traveled to Geneva on behalf of the organization ITHACA to be the first and only reporter to expose the enactment of Section 817 of the USA Patriot Act in which the U.S. gives itself immunity for violations of its own bioweapons legislation. In so doing, the US also violated the terms of the Biological Weapons Convention [aka BTWC], a treaty the U.S. ratified. She is also the first reporter to publish photographs documenting what appears to be a domestic delivery system for a bio/chem attack within the United States. She was one of the first reporters to publicize the ongoing abuses being committed by U.S. probate courts that authorize the plundering of the assets of the elderly and disabled whose lives are then cut short through court authorized drugging and isolation, a multi-billion dollar scandal now recognized even by corporate media. Her exposure of these and other issues appears to point to underground policies in the US promoting genocide.


Phelan has reported on a number of court cases in which individuals in the United States have been targeted for denouncing corruption. In a number of these cases, the publicity resulted in the individual being freed from false incarceration.


She has been a staunch advocate for the rights of journalists and has written on the increasingly alarming attacks on the First Amendment in the United States.








In conformity with the principle that no good deed goes unpunished, Phelan now joins the ranks of a growing body of journalists and whistleblowers whose work places them in fear for their liberties, and indeed, their lives. According to a recent petition filed with an international human rights body, Janet Phelan is now reporting having survived chemical assassination attempts. Still – her work continues as she plans to make at least one more presentation at the Biological Weapons Convention meeting in Geneva next month. While there she also intends to meet with officials from the Convention against Torture to turn over affidavits from citizens concerning what is happening to our loved ones under court authorized predatory guardianship.


JOURNALISTS AT RISK EVERYWHERE


A key area of grave concern that affects everyone who seeks accuracy and independence from media and exposure of the bioweapons, threats looming over us all, is the growing deadliness of exercising one’s free speech rights as a journalist. A truly accurate rate of murders, arrests and physical attacks of U.S. journalists seems to not be known. Wikipedia recognizes only some 5 journalists having been killed on U.S. soil since the beginning of the millennium – 2 in connection with reporting on 9/11.


Most conventional sources do not recognize the possibility that a number of journalists, activists and whistleblowers may have succumbed to chemical assassination weapons, potentially including journalist Andrew Breitbart, guardianship reform activist Tim Lahrman and hydrogen power inventor Stanley Meyer.


The arrest of U.S. journalists ostensibly for reporting on local corruption has been documented.


Mexico has a particularly bad track record for attacks on journalists and it seems to be worsening. At least the issue in Mexico is, at this point, being discussed. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the OAS, reported that in 2015 some 27 journalists were murdered apparently while practicing their professions, up from 25 in 2014, and 18 in 2013.


The IACHR indicates most of these journalists were covering organized crime and political corruption. Chemical attacks were also mentioned. In addition, a recent IACHR report has noted that 27,798 people are considered to be “disappeared” in Mexico.


APPEAL TO AN INTERNATIONAL BODY


On July 18, 2016, while continuing to experience chemical attacks even during a stay in South America, Phelan filed a petition and request for precautionary measures to enforce her own rights with the IACHR.


In her petition, supported by multiple exhibits and filed only against Mexico, given widespread blindness to U.S. human rights violations, Phelan states:



She was forced to flee the United States in 2008 following a police assault in Long Beach California which left her in a coma for three days. She fled to Mexico, as described in her well-documented book, Exile, which is an exhibit attached to her petition. Her petition states that her situation in Mexico became perilous following the 2014 publication of her book.
Her medical records show evidence of damage to her lungs and kidneys sustained from the reported chemical assassination attempts.
She also reports a ramping up of efforts to frame a reason to have her arrested. On two occasions in 2013 in Mexico, she was ordered to deboard a bus in the middle of the night and threatened with arrest by armed federales despite no reason to do so. They searched her, found vitamins, and tried unsuccessfully to make something inculpatory out of that. Following a second bus fiasco with the federales she filed a complaint with the satellite office of the Mexican Federal Office for Human Rights (CNDH) in San Cristobal, Chiapas. A CNDH attorney, Dulce María Culebro Velazquez, promised help with her complaint but during a follow up appointment called the police asking for Phelan’s arrest. Phelan left the office before that happened.
This and other incidents convinced her that it had become dangerous for her to engage the government of Mexico in any manner.
In May, 2015 she contacted the Embassy of Ecuador in Mexico City to ask for possible political asylum there. Their shocking betrayal of her to Mexican operatives is described in painful detail by journalist Robert Finnegan. Ecuador had shared her concerns with the Mexican government, against her stated wishes. According to another human rights agency she consulted in Mexico City, Sin Fronteras, Ecuador’s communication to Mexico could have put her at risk for deportation. At that point, she left Chiapas for Central America rather than face deportation to the US. “I cannot go back there,” she states. “My country brutally murdered my mother and when I tried to save her, I somehow ended up losing all my rights.”
Her petition states that the level of attacks increased again in the spring of 2016 and In May she fled Mexico again, this time for South America.
Phelan had already exhausted her legal remedies in the United States when she appealed to its notoriously mendacious Department of Justice [e.g. Powell, S. Licensed to Lie], which falsely replied that the statute of limitations had expired on attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, among other crimes Phelan had reported to them. She had also exhausted all efforts to enforce her rights to an investigation of her mother’s murder when she appealed to Presiding Judge Harold Hopp, of the Riverside Superior Court which had denied due process in her mother’s guardianship. In response to her request for an investigation, Judge Hopp wrote her claiming that an investigation had previously taken place but refused to provide the name of the investigator, the date of the supposed investigation, or any other documentation. Hopp then abruptly cut off further communication with Phelan, refusing to return phone calls and blocking her emails.

PHELAN’S 2016 RETURN TO MEXICO AND THE SNEERS OF THE “HUMAN RIGHTS” CROWD


Heartened by the possibility of justice from her IACHR petition filed in July, 2016, Phelan returned from South America to Mexico at the end of August to stay at the Quaker supported Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City. She hoped to be able to garner some support to facilitate at least a standoff with those intelligence operatives who appear to be behind the chemical weapons attacks that were most intense at Phelan’s home in Chiapas, Mexico, the home she had been forced to flee earlier this year but to which she hoped to return if the attacks could be halted.


The Casa de los Amigos proclaims on its website that it “works to support migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers” and others, but its employees repeatedly told Phelan, a paying client, there was no such entity as a refugee from the United States and that she would not be granted any of its refugee services. Apparently they are unaware of Edward Snowden. The disinterest in Phelan’s situation graduated to an uglier stance and within ten days seven long-time Casa workers quit. According to Phelan, several confided in her that the Casa had gone off track and was no longer working for peace and justice.


On September 23, 2016 Phelan returned to her room at the Casa in Mexico City to find evidence of yet another chemical assassination attack – by a heat-seeking chemical that causes cardiac symptoms after absorbing into the skin. Phelan has preserved the evidence from the bedding but local human rights organizations have refused to assist her in finding a lab which can be trusted to analyze it. This recent evidence, on top of what she has already documented by exhibit in her petition to the IACHR, could very well be the smoking gun. Citizens simply do not have access to these types of weapons – but governments do. Didn’t we run into something of this nature just after 9-11 with anthrax being sent “by the terrorists”?


Phelan then contacted the Chemical Weapons Convention at The Hague and on 9/30/16 a CWC bureaucrat with neither first nor last name responded to Phelan’s email seeking assistance with a laboratory analysis, telling her basically to report the attack to the governmental entity that had created the chemical: “The issue you mention in your e-mail falls under the remit of national authorities. Best regards.”


Phelan continued to seek out legal advocacy from several organizations including the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). CCR is a multi-million dollar organization funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Ford Foundation and associated with the Rothschild backed ACLU. CCR claims to advocate for journalists and often does so outside the United States. Despite a fervent plea interposed by New York based immigration attorney Simon Wettenhall that they help her, CCR refused to provide Phelan with a chance to even speak to any of their lawyers. One week after Phelan suffered the chemical attack at the Quaker Casa and informed Wettenhall that no one would assist her in getting the chemical analyzed, Wettenhall emailed Phelan that his only remaining concerns were that Phelan’s journalism not mention the name of Wettenhall’s contact at CCR – the man who had refused to allow Phelan to speak with any CCR attorney.


Earlier on 9/23/16, the day of the latest chemical weapons saturation of her bedding at the Casa, Phelan had been meeting with Amir Villalpando, an attorney with Casa de Los Derechos de Periodistas, a Mexican organization that supposedly assists journalists under attack. Amir, even after Phelan notified him of the attack and the consequent presence of fresh forensic material on her bedding, refused to show up for their next scheduled appointment or to refer her to a laboratory that could be trusted to analyze it.


DO “HUMAN RIGHTS” ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SOME OTHER AGENDA?


Among the usual NGOs believed to protect journalists’ free speech rights is Reporters without Borders, aka Reporters Sans Frontiéres, an organization well known for its lopsided attacks on third world left-leaning countries unfriendly to the Anglo-American establishment. RwB is admittedly funded by “U.S. organizations strictly linked with U.S. foreign policy” including George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) and the National Endowment for Democracy, a branch of the U.S. State Department (see here and here).


Article19.org, another supposed journalist protection group, also happens to be funded by the George Soros organization OSI, as well as the Ford Foundation and the European Commission, the group of unelected bureaucrats who run the EU. Although “Carla” from the Mexican office of Article 19 interviewed Phelan, she refused to follow up with a lab referral in response to the 9/23/16 attack. The London office of Article 19 had refused to even look at any of Phelan’s documentation concerning why she fled the US. My recent email as a reporter for www.wljaradio.net was sent to Carla and another Article 19 associate asking what Article 19 intended to do but both women completely ignored me.


Amnesty International is another prominent “human rights” organization that purports to help journalists but which has been exposed for its acceptance of governmental funds, contrary to its frequent proclamations that it does not do so and its carefully cultivated image of “impartiality and independence”. AI USA has also admitted to being funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.


AI’s 2010 hiring of “anti-Israel activist Deborah Hyams” raises questions as to the degree to which AI’s apparent anti-Israel sentiment may have played a role in its refusal to help Janet Phelan, who is Jewish. Although critical of many of the policies of the state of Israel, Phelan has written prolifically on the perception that the US intends to betray the Jewish state.


Perhaps the most disgusting display of hypocrisy Phelan encountered came from the UN’s High Commissioner on Refugees [UNHCR], an entity which receives billions from the U.S. and the wealthier European countries. In March, 2016 it named a United Arab oil tycoon as its first “Humanitarian Champion”. Its website claims “We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.”  It does not say except for U.S. citizens. However, its representative, Mark Manley, of the UNHCR Palenco, Mexico office, informed Phelan in Mexico City earlier in October, 2016 that the UNHCR is ‘not a human rights agency’ and could only suggest that targeted individuals seek asylum in their host countries, even in the face of evidence of significant persecution in the host country.


As of this writing, Janet Phelan finds herself forced by circumstances to return to her home in San Cristobal, Mexico. Her request for precautionary measures, including a request that measures be put into place to ensure that her home is not entered without her authorization, is still under review at the IACHR.


“I have to get ready to go to Geneva next month,” says Phelan. “Millions of lives are at risk due to the US’s covert biological weapons agenda. Someone needs to confront the UN concerning the US’s plans to launch a pandemic. I wish I wasn’t operating under this level of risk but I am not going to back down.”


An inactive attorney who practiced over 30 years in the courts of Oklahoma and Ohio, Katherine Hine is now with WLJA radio: www.wljaradio.net, hosting weekly broadcasts exposing illegalities of forced psychiatry in Ohio and the consequences of our current lack of judicial accountability. She continues to serve as executive director of the Ross County Network for Children in Ohio, was instrumental in 2008-2009 in helping rid the City of Chillicothe, Ohio of its traffic cameras through citizen initiative, and has authored articles critical of forced psychiatry in the Columbus Free Press and one article addressing retaliation in the treatise: Expose: The Failure of Family Courts to Protect Children. She can be reached at katherinehine@wljaradio.net.


   

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wikileaks-rt-bankBy Claire Bernish


In a major development being described as a brutal blow to free speech, RT — the Russian outlet formerly known as Russia Today — has now found its bank accounts allegedly blocked by the U.K.


“Our accounts in Britain have been blocked,” tweeted RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan Monday morning. “All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Hail to freedom of speech!”


According to RT, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said London abandoned any obligations to free speech when it moved to exit the European Union, as clearly evidenced in the inexplicable move by The National Westminster Bank.



In a statement from its press office on Twitter, RT announced:



RT has received a letter from Natwest, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which has a significant shareholding by the UK government, informing it that its UK banking facilities with the bank will be withdrawn without explanation or redress.


The decision is incomprehensible, and without warning. It is however, not at odds with the countless measures that have been undertaken in the UK and Europe over the last few years to ostracize, shout down, or downright impede the work of RT.


RT UK will continue its operations uninterrupted.







In the letter announcing its decision after reviewing the media outlet’s “banking arrangements,” NatWest indeed provides no explanation for the cancellation of its client relationship with RT, except to say:



We assure you that we have only reached this decision after careful consideration, however our decision is final and we are not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.








Given the secretive nature of the sudden termination, speculation naturally must include RT’s function as a state-run media agency — and the worsening situations between the West and Russia in Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere — particularly, as RT notes, the U.K.’s ‘significant shareholding in NatWest.


Perhaps the baffling move would not be as suspect were it not for another apparent act of extreme censorship which began to unfold yesterday evening.


On Sunday night, WikiLeaks announced via Twitter that Julian Assange’s Internet connection had been purposely cut in his sanctuary-turned-prison home inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London:



Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.






Prior to this accusation, WikiLeaks had tweeted a string of three tweets appearing to reference its ongoing October Surprise document leaks — including cryptic codes naming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ecuador, and the U.K.’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office — in turn setting off alarm bells by those concerned the tweets indicated Assange’s ‘dead man’s switch’ had been triggered.


Although neither the cutting of Assange’s Internet access nor that a state agent was responsible have been proven, if factual, speaks to the power wielded in the government transparency WikiLeaks continues to provide when, for instance, President Obama’s administration has failed.


WikiLeaks assumedly already has possession of whatever documents Assange might have obtained and plans to release in the future, but the attempt to silence the controversial and vociferously debated public figure are at least concerning — and at worst disturbingly indicative of the trouble an unknown will go to silence free speech and press.


Attempting to gag RT — no matter its Russian state association — also presents a troubling aspect about increasingly limited and denigrated press freedom.


“We have no idea why it happened,” RT’s Simonyan told RBT, “because neither yesterday nor the day before yesterday, nor a month ago, nothing special happened to us, nobody threatened us in any way. Hypothetically, this may have something to do with new British and American sanctions against Russia, which may be announced soon. It may not. Our legal department is dealing with the issue now.”


Publisher Marcus Papadopoulos echoed that surprise, as well as concern for what amounts to abrupt censure.


“I sincerely hope that there’s no political motive for this, because we know that the British government isn’t happy with RT in Britain,” Papadopoulos asserted to RT.



RT has a lot of viewers in Britain. Many British people now tune in to RT to receive information on major topics around the world, including in Britain. And many British people believe that the alternative accounts that RT puts forward and covers are more truthful than what they’re hearing from, for example, Sky News.


If no bank in Britain would allow RT to be a customer, then that could spell the end of RT broadcasting in Britain, which would be a catastrophic event for freedom of speech in Britain.



Russia, currently home to asylum-seeker and controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden, might indeed face additional sanctions by the United States and U.K. if American politicians infuriated over a false narrative of Russian aggression in Syria and elsewhere have their way.


U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May responded to outrage over the sudden proxy censure of RT, stating, “It’s a matter for the bank and it’s for them to decide who they offer services to based on their own risk appetite.”


However, as Zero Hedge pointed out, with both RBS and thus NatWest essentially acting as ‘wards of the state,’ such a politically-significant mover surely had prior clearance from the government.


As the already-chilled diplomacy between the West and Russia continues to deteriorate, an announcement from White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama is considering a response proportional to alleged Russian state hacking into the Democratic National Committee servers — despite the lack of unassailable evidence backing that claim.


On Friday, unnamed and unverified CIA officials told NBC News the “Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election.”


Whether or not any state agent — of the U.S., the U.K., or Russia — is responsible for any of these events might never be known. But the circumstances and timing are worthy of consideration.


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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politicalterrorismBy Bernie Suarez


We have all been watching as the US election campaign chaos has escalated to historic insults, accusations and war of words between the two major parties (Clinton-mainstream media vs Trump). The Jerry Springer Show has metastasized into the 2016 US presidential elections. By design of course.


Hidden in all the daily drama, chaos and propaganda being put out by the now entirely discredited and irrelevant “mainstream media” are the revelations of outright corruption and criminality exposed in the Clintons and DNC email hacks of the past few months.


Anyone falling for any of the many points of division being engineered by the ruling elite such as the race wars (KKK, Black Lives Matter, etc.), religious differences (Muslims vs Christians), gender (feminists vs men) and sexual orientation is not only ignorant of how you are being used and deliberately distracted by the elite but you lack the ability to step back and see the greater picture.



These (and other) divisive topics seem to have an appeal with many people. But a person’s ability to break away from their own personal attraction, feelings and identification with these points of division determines whether or not you will be able to see and appreciate the inevitably and objectively present bigger picture. Being able to see the bigger picture will eventually allow you to take control of your life. You will easily see how the timing of all these issues regularly presented by the mainstream media demonstrates a precise agenda almost every time. Never has this “timing and purpose” of the mainstream media and the establishment been more obvious to the objective and astute observer than during this 2016 US presidential election season.


What am I talking about? Any critical thinking truth seeker who has been paying attention to the ratcheted up (particularly liberal left) mainstream media propaganda knows the gloves are off. Everyone now officially knows or is aware that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt lifetime criminal that belongs in jail; yet amazingly she is not only still free but close to potentially becoming president of the United States even as new Trump scandals are put out to divert everyone’s attention. And while this in-your-face criminality is flaunted all over TV and mainstream media the people of America are being divided in a manner that is leading to a carefully planned state of maximum tension, fear and civil unrest. The exact kind of civil unrest, fear and chaos that you would need to destroy what’s left of the US Constitution, individual rights and due process. Chaos and destruction of America is moving along as planned.








So no one should be surprised that for the first time we are hearing a brand new phrase “political terrorism” after (we’re told by mainstream media) a firebomb was thrown into the County Republican Headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This story, timing and all, resembles quite nicely the engineered destruction of America I’ve been talking about for months. The first and most important thing I would ask all readers to notice about this story is that the story offers minimal details of what actually happened. Notice that specific people’s opinions and thoughts (commonly used as a trick to persuade the reader) then becomes the main part of the story. There is a difference between objectively reporting what happened versus writing an article where from the very start you’re being told what someone else thinks about what happened. Huge difference which is often goes unnoticed by the unaware reader. Opinions and inflammatory comments emphasized:



A county Republican headquarters in Hillsborough, N.C., was firebombed overnight Saturday, an attack that a party official called “political terrorism.”


Police said a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office in Hillsborough, a town in Orange County near Raleigh.


Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” was spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.


“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement. “Acts like this have no place in our community.”


Orange County, home to the University of North Carolina in nearby Chapel Hill, is overwhelmingly Democratic. Democrats and independents outnumber Republicans 5 to 1.


Hillsborough police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating.


Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party, called the bombing “political terrorism.”



Notice the repeated use of the term “political terrorism”? I believe that is to get you used to seeing the term. Somehow I expect to hear a lot more of this term in the coming weeks even months. We’ll see.


I personally do not believe there is any chance this is a random event. Welcome to the new world order where designated government agencies will tell you what really happened and we are expected shut up and believe them. Is there anyone out there who trusts anything these agencies say? I’m sure they will deliver us the “story” when they are ready. When you realize the political times in which we live you’ll see that questioning and simply not believing anything put out by the corporate Western mainstream media really should be the norm for all of us.


Perhaps the “domestic terrorist” didn’t gain enough traction and now it’s time to test the “political terrorist” card. Has anyone considered that the events of the past few months leading up to the present day chaos and over-the-top propaganda could all be designed to give birth to the new “political terrorist” bogeyman? Especially as ISIS is defeated in Syria and Iraq?


I always like to emphasize the stories before the stories to make us all think outside the box they have created for us. For readers who still believe it is logical and reasonable to believe mainstream media news until proven otherwise, good luck with that outdated logic. In the meantime, now we have “political terrorism” to work with; and just looking at the name, “political” plus “terrorism”, it isn’t very difficult to see where they are going with this one.


Bernie is a revolutionary writer with a background in medicine, psychology, and information technology. He is the author of The Art of Overcoming the New World Order and has written numerous articles over the years about freedom, government corruption and conspiracies, and solutions. A former host of the 9/11 Freefall radio show, Bernie is also the creator of the Truth and Art TV project where he shares articles and videos about issues that raise our consciousness and offer solutions to our current problems. His efforts are designed to encourage others to joyfully stand for truth, to expose government tactics of propaganda, fear and deception, and to address the psychology of dealing with the rising new world order. He is also a former U.S. Marine who believes it is our duty to stand for and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A peace activist, he believes information and awareness is the first step toward being free from enslavement from the globalist control system which now threatens humanity. He believes love conquers all fear and it is up to each and every one of us to manifest the solutions and the change that you want to see in this world, because doing this is the very thing that will ensure victory and restoration of the human race from the rising global enslavement system, and will offer hope to future generations.


   

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cnn-wikileaks-illegaBy Jack Burns


The mainstream media’s thought police are no longer hiding their movements as they patrol what readers can and cannot read, possess, or access. Chris Cuomo now even says as much.


The high society’s veteran news anchor of the Cable News Network, which many critics jokingly refer to as the “Clinton News Network,” told viewers Wednesday, “Remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents,” he said referencing WikiLeaks’ latest hacked emails, apparently trying to scare the general public away from searching WikiLeaks’ database.


The stern warning coming from Cuomo no longer disguises what the mainstream media has been doing for decades: control information to which viewers and readers have access. Cuomo continued, “It’s different for the media, so everything you learn about this (latest WikiLeaks’ revelations) you’re learning from us.”



But don’t hold your breath at the notion reporters like Cuomo and news organizations like CNN will do their jobs and delve into the WikiLeaks database to uncover any scandalous information which could possibly paint the Clintons in a bad light.


If you don’t know already, as The Huffington Post reported, Time Warner, parent company of CNN, is one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters, having already given Clinton’s campaign over $400,000. And that’s what we know.


But it’s not just money CNN gives Clinton, it offers up a healthy platter of good press as well. The HP reported CNN played politics with its own polls, polls which showed Sanders having bested Clinton in at least one of the debates, polls which were quickly replaced by a message stating, “Clinton triumphs in Democrat debate as rivals compete to lose.”


As the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times in the past, Clinton’s friends in the corporate media will go so far as to cut their own reporters off the air who dare portray her in a negative light.








But it’s not just CNN the Clintons are in bed with. As reported in July, when WikiLeaks leaked their first batch of DNC emails, it was revealed the Democratic National Committee appeared to have a cozy relationship with NBC’s Chuck Todd. The relationship was so cozy that DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Todd by his first name and demanded an end to bad press. Schultz, in an email to Todd, wrote in the subject line, “Chuck this must stop.”


The head of the DNC addressing Todd by his first name was enough for critics to put two and two together to see what was going on, and they’ve concluded the Democrats have the mainstream media in their pocket.


And now, it seems, they don’t want you poking your nose around within the contents of WikiLeaks’ database, which happens to be a searchable database that anyone, including the Free Thought Project’s readers, can easily navigate.


Judging from just the leaks the Free Thought Project has discovered, it is entirely clear why CNN would attempt to scare people into not reading the emails. But if Cuomo thinks warning and advising viewers to get all of their information about WikiLeaks from CNN will work, he really has no idea how powerful the free thought movement really is. And free thinkers are tired of being told what to think, and who to vote for, as if voting for billionaires, and propped-up candidates funded by multi-billion dollar corporations will change anything, let alone make America great again.


No, true and lasting change happens when people have all the facts, and begin to demand change. And for far too long, those facts have been hidden, spun by the media, and downplayed. A free-thinking movement and awakening appears to now be at work, and so If you’d like to search through the DNC emails, John Podesta’s emails (HRC’s Campaign Manager), and Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails (illegal to delete btw, Mr. Cuomo), by all means, you may do so by clicking here (link to WikiLeaks).


In the Land of the Free, the media has officially declared transparency — illegal.



Jack Burns writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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assange-wikileaksBy Claire Bernish


WikiLeaks continues dropping bombshell revelations in its coordinated October Surprise of documents and emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta — so many, in fact, it has been difficult to keep up. Damning best describes information released so far — damning not only for Clinton, but countless top U.S. politicians, officials, the FBI, the State Department, President Obama, corporate media, Big Banks, and nearly innumerable others.


For all intents and purposes, the sheer volume of damaging information should, theoretically, lay waste to Clinton’s bid for the presidency — if not land her behind bars.


Nonetheless, the same corporate media — proven in the leak to have colluded with the Clinton camp to have actively crafted the narrative about her personal email server, among other things — has dismissed the significance of the leak, and CNN even hubristically and falsely scolded actual journalists with integrity for their ‘illegal’ perusal of the cache.



And overnight, in an albeit unverified act of possible reprisal for the October Surprise, WikiLeaks tweeted that “Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.”






This, after previous cryptic tweets appearing to hold keys to files on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ecuador, and the U.K.’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office drew widespread and unfounded speculation about Assange’s assassination — under the assumption his ‘dead man’s key’ had been tripped.








Alternate theories to the intimation an unknown agent of an unknown state continue to run the gamut from the outright humorous to subtly tongue-in-cheek — including an account claiming to be Verizon Wireless Support offering its services, which drew the response, “If this is Verizon Support, I am Neptune of the Oceans.”


But the bizarre events didn’t end there. Donald Trump’s controversial and prominent advisor Roger Stone also took to Twitter with the accusation, “John Kerry has threatened the Ecuadorian President with ‘grave consequences for Ecuador’ if Assange is not silenced,” followed by, “Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized.”










WikiLeaks and its intrepid founder no doubt constitute one of the U.S. government’s most despised ‘enemies number one,’ with the enormity of disclosures leaked over its ten-year history lending credence to the accusation a state actor would indeed cut off one of Assange’s paltry remaining means of outside communication from inside his haven-turned-prison inside the Ecuadorian Embassy. Following are a mere sampling from the Podesta leaks thus far — any one of which evidences why there likely is a state target sight trained on Assange’s forehead.


In fact, Hillary Clinton once flippantly joked about assassinating Assange in a drone strike as revealed in a recent document — and though she has since employed the most notorious of government cop-outs, ‘I don’t remember saying that,’ further evidence disputes the remark constituting a humorous quip.


“Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton asked during a meeting in 2010, according to an anonymous source inside the State Department.


However, following that meeting, as The Free Thought Project reported, “Clinton aide Anne-Marie Slaughter emailed Clinton and aides Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, and Jake Sullivan with the subject ‘RE an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.’” True Pundit reported that email’s attachment — potentially fleshing out said strategies — has not been found by any of the various agencies investigating Clinton’s emails.


In what it deemed “the holy grail of U.S. journalism,” WikiLeaks unleashed the full transcripts of three paid speeches Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs in 2013, attached to an email dated January 23, 2016, sent by top aide Tony Carrk — who marked certain “problematic” excerpts in the event those texts ever surfaced publicly.


So problematic, in fact, Carrk prefaces the email: “Attached are the flags from HRC’s paid speeches we have from HWA. I put some highlights below. There is a lot of policy positions that we should give an extra scrub with Policy.” In one of the many speech passages, given during a Goldman Sachs conference in June 2013, Clinton heralded the need to intervene in Syria “as covertly as possible,” saying:


The problem for the US and the Europeans has been from the very beginning: what is it you – who is it you are going to try to arm? […] How do intervene – my view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene. We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can’t help themselves. They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we’re doing and I want credit for it, and all the rest of it.


But the retroactive scrubs of Clinton’s highly paid speeches appear to have been an ongoing practice. As the Intercept reported, in November 2015, Clinton campaign speechwriter Dan Schwerin retro-edited a $260,000 speech she gave to Deutsche Bank in 2014, by strategically adding a passage critical of Wall Street “precisely for the purpose of having something we could show people if ever asked what she was saying behind closed doors for two years to all those fat cats.”


Schwerin continued,


I wrote her a long riff about economic fairness and how the financial industry has lost its way. Perhaps at some point there will be value in sharing this with a reporter and getting a story written. Upside would be that when people say she’s too close to Wall Street and has taken too much money from bankers, we can point to evidence that she wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power.


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Additional emails surrounding the contentious Big Bank speeches show insider rifts over dealing with an obstinate Clinton family intent to make hefty profits when to do so would not have been politically prudent — such as a speech former President Bill Clinton had been set to give within days of Hillary’s formal announcement of her candidacy.


“I know this is not the answer she wants, but I feel very strongly that doing the speech is a mistake — the data are very clear on the potential consequences,” Clinton campaign strategist and manager Robby Mook wrote. “It will be three days after she’s announced and on her first day in Iowa, where caucus goes [sic] have a sharply more negative view of Wall Street than the rest of the electorate. Wall Street ranks first for Iowans among a list of institutions that ‘take advantage of every day Americans’, scoring twice as high as the general election electorate.”


While the long-sought transcripts and inter-office quibbling proving Hillary’s fealty to Big Banks and Wall Street certainly prove what many surmised, in another wholly unexpected revelation, it was revealed the former secretary of state — and by extension, the U.S. government — had known for some time its ally Saudi Arabia funds and assists the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State.


Ironically discussing potential strategies for combating the group’s growing influence in the Middle East in August 2014, Clinton stressed the need to “use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”


Apparently not a secret among State Department and other government insiders, the Saudi funding and backing of the terrorist group should — in an atmosphere less infused with corruption — brought an immediate end to billions in arms and other military equipment to the Kingdom.


Indeed an investigation by Reuters recently evidenced a 2015, $1.3 billion arms sale to known human rights abuser and notoriously imprudent coalition leader Saudi Arabia caused U.S. officials to worry about being “implicated in war crimes.”


Each of these stunning disclosures would certainly give WikiLeaks and Julian Assange sufficient concern to consider himself a marked man — but the organization’s dedication to provide the transparency so vowed and not delivered by the Obama administration make such leaks in indispensable tool for journalists dedicated to truth, and the public so desperate to know it.


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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del-bigtreeBy Cassius Kamarampi


A protest at the CDC building in Atlanta, Georgia, with the VAXXED documentary producer and crew in attendance was decimated by chemtrails this weekend.


Some reported respiratory symptoms, illness, and tiredness, something that is frequently reported after heavy exposure to spraying, which we documented earlier this year at Era of Wisdom in “The Geoengineering Escalation of 2016.”


This Era of Wisdom video explains:




(Image credit: Sara Ashley, Melissa Sfura)


Sources:



Video of the protest: facebook.com/kristinnichole1018/videos/10205654129832508/

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kansasBy Justin Gardner


When Colorado took the historic step of restoring freedom by legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, neighboring prohibitionist states became desperate.


Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court against Colorado, seeking to have federal government stamp out the legalization movement. Thankfully, the court denied the challenge, although the states can still take their crusade to lower courts.


The Kansas Attorney General didn’t jump into the lawsuit, but decided to actually gather evidence about the effect of Colorado legal cannabis on his state. AG Derek Schmidt surveyed law enforcement agencies and district attorneys across Kansas, receiving 390 responses in what represents “the first large-scale picture of the impact of Colorado’s legalization on Kansas.”



The results are in, and it’s unwelcome news for drug war fanatics. According to the Kansas City Star:



The amount of marijuana being confiscated appears to be dropping quickly…


The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that the number of marijuana stops has gone down since marijuana was legalized in 2014. And the amount of marijuana seized has decreased by almost half.



Even more interesting than the fact that less cannabis is being confiscated – contrary to what the fear-mongers were predicting – is that attitudes about cannabis have shifted dramatically in both law enforcement and the public.









In some jurisdictions, law enforcement are no longer enforcing marijuana laws much, and even when they do, it has become difficult to win convictions. Users may receive a fine in one county, probation or jail in another and told to move along in others.

“The criminal justice system is moving in the direction of what appears to be changes in public attitude,” Schmidt said. “Obviously not moving as far as some people would like, but there is obviously an evolution or a change, and this showed that it has reached the enforcement level as well.”



Kansas appears to have a population of good cops and district attorneys who realize that enforcing the war on weed is nonsense.


“Our local deputies and sheriff tell me they stop at least five cars a day with personal-use marijuana inside and absolutely refuse to issue a citation or report for it,” according to the district attorney’s office in Clark County. “They simply confiscate it and send them on their way.”


As a rather humorous consequence of this, one police department had to install fans in their drug storage facility “because of the overpowering strong odor that the Colorado marijuana has.”


Some authorities are recognizing the futility, and perhaps the injustice, of criminalizing cannabis users and putting them in jail.


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“We need our very limited jail space and male prison space to house violent offenders, sex criminals, meth head thieves and burglars, and sellers of opioid pills and Mexican brown heroin,” said the Ellsworth County DA.


Even if someone is unlucky enough to get caught by Reefer Madness cops and prosecutors, chances are the jury will find them not guilty. The AG report also shows that public sentiment is changing quickly, and this is coming through in the courts.



Some juries are refusing to hand out marijuana convictions.


“I have had a number of potential jurors during voir dire opine their belief that marijuana should be legal,” according to the district attorney in Labette County. “Oddly enough, these statements were made in nonmarijuana cases.”


This is true for young and old, black and white, according to the district attorney in Leavenworth County. The elderly say it should be allowed for medicinal purposes, while young jurors tell the DA it’s “less serious than tobacco or alcohol, and they oppose the use of tax funds to prosecute marijuana cases.”



All in all, the Kansas AG’s report is heartening news for those of us fighting to end the senseless war on drugs. Colorado’s revolutionary legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis is disproving the rhetoric of rabid prohibitionists, and is awakening public citizens and even cops to the reality that this plant should be legal.


Schmidt deserves congratulations for actually seeking out factual data, as opposed to his irrational colleagues in Oklahoma and Nebraska.


Justin Gardner writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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obamacare-generalBy Jon Rappoport


Press reports indicate Obamacare is in a death spiral, because its structure is unworkable. Premiums are escalating beyond reason, insurers are opting out, and efforts to prop it up are at best a temporary fix.


But when has one of its failed programs ever stopped the federal government from pushing ahead? Increase the debt, fund the whole mess, task PR people to tell one lie after another.


There are hundreds (or more) satellite bureaucracies that have been birthed to support Obamacare, expand its reach, and develop strategies for bringing the whole nation under the umbrella of a national health care system. These “planners” are busy generating schemes for mandatory vaccination, increased psychiatric screening for children, lifetime tracking of patients, etc. The planners revel in devising systems (any systems) that corral huge numbers of people within one-size-fits-all solutions. If you told them there was a new federal program to identify all Americans who use the term ‘individual freedom’ and send their vital statistics to the FBI and the Pentagon, they would jump in with both feet, without a second thought.



But the real secret of Obamacare is in plain sight: it’s the medical treatment itself.


As soon as the proposed bill to create Obamacare was sent to Congress, I began writing about what was in store for Americans. Here is a later article I wrote in 2012, after a constitutional challenge failed:


—June 28, 2012—


I want my Obamacare! I want my Obamacare!


Well, you’ve got it. The US Supreme Court just upheld it by calling the individual mandate a tax.


Those who shout victory to the rooftops have no idea what’s in store for them. No idea at all.








It’s vital to look at the real effects of this sinister plan. It’s all about the effects of mainstream medicine. That’s what the sold-out press is refusing to examine.


The “share and care” humanitarian mask will be peeled away. The US Dept. of Health and Human Services will create, as ordered, a complete list of approved treatments for every disease-label under the sun. And everyone in the insurance plan (everyone in America) will be forced to take what the doctor tells them to take.


For a bonus, unapproved treatments will be banned. People and practitioners who try to use alternative treatments will find themselves in trouble.


This is the hidden agenda of Obamacare. This is what it will morph into in the future—unless it is repealed by the Congress.


I’m not dreaming or fantasizing. I’ve been following and reporting on the medical cartel for 30 years, and I know the mindset of these people, these doctors, these bureaucrats, these pharmaceutical string-pullers behind the scenes. Obamacare is right up their alley. It’s about control, so it’s an answer to their prayers.


So what do we know about their mainstream medicine, the hospital-based drug-addled modern version?


On July 26, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a landmark paper by Dr. Barbara Starfield (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), “Is US health really the best in the world?” In it, Starfield revealed what many people inside the medical establishment already knew: every year, like clockwork, the medical system was killing huge numbers of people.


Each year in the US, as Dr. Starfield reported, there are:



12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries;
7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals;
20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals;
80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals;
106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines.

The total of medically-caused deaths in the US every year is 225,000.


This makes the medical system the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer.


In the wake of Starfield’s devastating report, other facts came to light: 2.1 million people in America, every year, are hospitalized as a result of reactions to FDA-approved medicines. Annually, 36 million serious adverse reactions to those drugs occur.


So, inclusive health coverage for many more Americans under the Obama Plan means these horrendous figures will rise.


This is the dirty secret.


Obama and his allies are promoting a medical system that is the third leading cause of death in America. It’s that stark and it’s that simple.


The Obama Plan involves appointing an “expert panel” to decide what treatments Americans should be given for what diseases, under the new regime.


Only a certified idiot would assume that, over time, alternative non-mainstream therapies would survive such an ongoing vetting. Hope may spring eternal, but common sense makes it easy to grasp the realities on the ground.


In the long run, alternative therapies will be edged out. Those that remain will be permitted for a narrow range of conditions, or as adjuncts to standard drug treatments and surgery.


Chiropractors and acupuncturists, who are temporarily basking in the notion that Obama “really cares,” are in for a very rude awakening. Their careers and practices will be significantly reduced. Not today, not tomorrow, but it will happen.


Doctors, under the Plan, will be telling patients they may not take nutritional supplements while in treatment. This will assume the status of an irreversible edict. In many cases, “while in treatment” will mean years.


What happens to a person, conscripted into the mandated Insurance Plan, who is told by his doctor that he should/must receive a vaccine? Suppose this person says no? What are the consequences? Will he then be labeled a defector? What penalties will he suffer?


Does a diagnosis of cancer imply a patient must submit to chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery? Can these treatments be forced upon him?


Perhaps, in the early days of the Plan, nothing untoward will happen. But then, as time passes, and the system assumes tighter and tighter controls, the hand of government will close around the recalcitrant patient’s neck.


“Take this vaccine. Take this chemo drug. If you don’t, you’re out of the system, and that makes you a criminal, because everyone has to be in the system.”


Doctors, who are an integral part of the Plan, will surely be punished if they give unapproved (alternative) treatments to patients.


And in order to make the Plan operate on a day-to-day basis, the records and bookkeeping data of every health-care practitioner in America will eventually be tracked on government computer networks.


Every person in America will have a traceable and trackable medical ID package. Government-issued. There is no way around it. The monitoring apparatus can’t work without it.


Orwellian consequences lie up the road in the field of psychiatric practice. In case you hadn’t noticed, the invention of “disorders” by committee is the preferred method for “discovering” more and more mental illnesses.


Yet, the science is completely fraudulent. For evidence, consult the many works of psychiatrist Peter Breggin, who has done more than any other person to expose the guts of his own profession. (breggin.com) Breggin establishes that mental disorders are not authoritatively diagnosed by a chemical or biological test. Conclusive tests do not exist. And worse, in this undefined and arbitrary territory, the drugs that follow diagnoses are killers: for example, 300,000 cases of motor brain damage, as a result of the administration of major tranquilizers.


Under the Obama Plan, you can bet your bottom dollar that psychiatric care will eventually become mandatory. A patient suddenly diagnosed with clinical depression or bipolar disease will be told he must take the drugs—and suffer their adverse effects.


Very young children will be given more and more debilitating and dangerous brain drugs.


Under the Obama Plan, it will be very convenient to declare new pandemics every few seasons, because these phony non-epidemics provide an opportunity to herd the sheep into clinics and remind them who is running the show. Go here, take this vaccine; go there, take that drug; the epidemic is endangering the herd, and you must help your brothers and sisters.


These are the figures on the last several “epidemics.” They are not yearly; they are grand totals, to date; global totals, except in the case of West Nile (US only):



SARS: 774 deaths.
WEST NILE: 1159 deaths.
BIRD FLU: 262 deaths.
SMALLPOX: (terrorist threat): 0 deaths.
SWINE FLU: 18,500 deaths. (Many if not most of these are not swine flu. Tests for the presence of the virus came back negative in the overwhelming number of cases.)

To give perspective, globally, the World health Organization claims 250 thousand to 500 thousand people die of ordinary flu-like illness every year. Yet this higher death rate accrues no interest as an epidemic. It is only the “teaching (brainwashing) moments” of the phony epidemics that are promoted by health agencies (e.g., CDC and WHO) and their pharmaceutical allies, who rake in billions by manufacturing new vaccines.


Yes, under the Obama Plan, there will be more declared health emergencies, and they will serve to cement the citizen to his new role as eternal patient in the medical march along bleak streets of the future.


Can you perceive the loss of individual freedom implicit in this universal system of health control?


You see, the widespread (and false) assumption is that more medical care for more people is a good thing. That’s what the politicians and the press tell us. That’s what the medical bureaucrats and the drug companies tell us. This is the central piece of brainwashing.


It’s a bald-faced lie. It’s a death-dealing lie.


And now the American people are saddled with it.


—end of 2012 article—



As I predicted, the march toward mandatory vaccination is escalating. Younger and younger children (even babies) are being screened for psychiatric disorders, diagnosed, and prescribed highly toxic drugs. Various bureaucracies are devising new ways to share medical records of patients. We have had more “epidemic” scares with dire predictions that didn’t pan out. Ebola was the most notable.


Obamacare is a RICO operation.


It’s a continuing criminal enterprise at its core, and it produces widespread debilitation and death.


Why not tell the truth about it?


(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)


The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.


   

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russia-carrierBy Jay Syrmopoulos


Yesterday, Russia’s flagship, and only aircraft carrier — the Admiral Kuznetsov — left the port of Severomorsk en route to the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.


The carrier will bolster the Russian anti-terror campaign in Syria and serve as a hedge against U.S. aggression, and is to be escorted by the battle cruiser Peter the Great, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer, the anti-submarine vessel Severomorsk, and four other naval vessels from Russia’s Northern fleet.


The move is not altogether unexpected, as just weeks ago Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the aircraft carrier would be sent to the eastern Mediterranean to boost the country’s naval forces in the region amid heightened tensions with the United States.



This is the first deployment of the Soviet-era Kuznetsov since undergoing a complete refurbishment, and is a sign of the increasing tensions between the US and Russia in Syria.


The U.S. activities in Syria are nothing less than a stealth form of regime change, while attempting to feign a humanitarian/anti-terror mission – a complete obfuscation of the truth.


In reality, the US is arming, via proxy, a number of extremist Islamist jihadi groups and providing logistical support on the ground for Islamist fundamentalists. Of course, the US attempts to claim they only support the “moderate rebels” (as if any of those even exist at this point).








Although the Syrian conflict began as a homegrown rebellion precipitated through a harsh crackdown by Assad, the fact is that the organic Syrian revolution has been almost completely co-opted by Western imperialist powers intent on installing a US/Western-friendly government in Syria – which, of course, doesn’t sit well with the current Syrian government nor their traditional allies, the Russians.


Russian forces are involved in the Syrian conflict, helping government forces against militants including the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Al-Qaeda off-shoot Al-Nusra Front, which recently changed its name in an effort to brand themselves “moderate rebels.”


Russia has maintained a base in government-controlled Syrian territory from which it has flown most of its bombing raids in the country since it became involved in the conflict – at the request of the Syrian government – over a year ago. The Russian military has long maintained a military presence in Syrian territory – long preceding the current conflict.


Just this week President Vladimir Putin signed a law ratifying Moscow’s agreement with the Syrian government to deploy its military forces indefinitely, a move that confirms the long-term intentions of Russia/Syria partnership. In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry last week noted that Moscow was set to convert its current naval facility in Tartus into a permanent Russian base.


In addition to providing logistics on the ground in Syria, Moscow has flown long-range bombing raids from bases in Russia and fired cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea and a submarine in the Mediterranean in support of the Assad government.


The reality in Syria is that the U.S. has essentially refused to cooperate with the Russians in fighting terrorism, and instead focuses on attempting to degrade the Assad government forces as a means of forcing regime change.


The Russians, being invited as guests of the Syrian government, provide legitimacy under international law for their posture and position in the Syrian conflict. However, the U.S. attempts to forward some half-cocked humanitarian responsibility to protect (R2P) narrative to provide cover for their support of Islamist jihadi extremists in their attempted overthrow of the Syrian president without legal underpinning. The Russian maneuvers have to be seen within this context. There is nothing menacing about their behavior at all, as it’s actually defensive in nature.


The White House is currently debating what moves to make next in Syria, claiming that “no options are off the table.” The Obama administration is rumored to be mulling targeting the Syrian government directly, which would essentially put them into automatic conflict with Russia due to the fact that Russians are likely to be killed in these assaults should they take place. Russia has responded by stating that if their positions come under attack they will target and take down any unidentified planes in Syrian airspace with their S-300 and S-400 system, which is rumored to be capable of targeting and taking out stealth aircraft.


Make no mistake that there is a very dangerous game afoot that has the potential to careen out of control.


Are Western imperial ambitions in Syria really worth the risk of an extreme escalation of the humanitarian crisis, and a potentially dangerous feedback loop that has the ability to devolve into nothing less than a World War?


Jay Syrmopoulos writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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valeantBy Justin Gardner


The saga of Flint, Michigan, where residents suddenly found themselves drinking lead-poisoned tap water, demonstrated how people become victims of corrupt government. If that weren’t enough, those who suffer the worst from lead poisoning find themselves the victim of shameless corporate greed.


As the Flint water crisis unfolded and we began finding out that lead-tainted water is a problem in cities across the country, one notorious pharmaceutical company saw a chance to cash in.


Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning by 2,700 percent after acquiring the drug in 2013. By 2015 – as the issue of lead poisoning became prominent news – the price for a package of vials rose from $950 to $26,927.



This intravenous treatment, called Calcium EDTA, has been available for decades at a stable price, and is the most effective for severe and life-threatening cases of lead poisoning. The dramatic price increase has drawn the ire of poison control specialists and hospitals since it began, but their concerns don’t make the MSM news headlines.









“This is a drug that has long been a standard of care, and until recently it was widely accessible at an affordable price,” said Dr. Michael Kosnett, an associate clinical professor in the division of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine and a consultant to the California Poison Control System, who has contacted Congress. “There’s no justification for the astronomical price increases by Valeant, which limit availability of the drug to children with life-threatening lead poisoning.”

The problem is, the drug does not have a long shelf life and is not needed in large quantities, since severe lead poisoning is relatively uncommon. This is precisely the excuse Valeant gives for its egregious price hikes, with a company spokesman telling STAT, “The list price increases over the past several years have enabled us to provide to the market consistent availability of a product with high carrying costs and very limited purchase volume of 200 to 300 units per year.”


The greed of Valeant Pharmaceuticals – which does little more than buy up other pharma companies and raise drug prices – was celebrated by Wall St. for two years until an accounting scandal and congressional hearings began tarnishing its image.


In October 2015, we reported that Valeant raised prices on a number of critical brand-name drugs by an average of 66 percent — five times as much as its closest industry peers. These included Cuprimine, a decades-old drug that treats an inherited disorder called Wilson disease, and a diabetes drug called Glumetza.


Valeant relies on insurance companies and government programs to shield most patients from the skyrocketing costs, but this leads to higher premiums and co-payments, as well as an extra burden on taxpayers.


Doctors have complained to federal officials about the astronomical prices hikes for the lead-poisoning drug and others acquired by Valeant, but the problem is they are complaining to the very State that enables such exploitation through patent monopolies and barring drug imports from other countries.


Even if the patent monopoly has ended on a drug and the free market is allowed, it would take years for generics to be developed in response to sudden price hikes.


As expected, nothing has come of doctors’ efforts to get government to intervene in the Big Pharma fleecing of suffering medical patients. Meanwhile, hospitals struggle with the outlandish price hikes on life-saving drugs, and public health suffers as a consequence.


“Lead poisoning is often an inner city problem and many hospitals don’t have a lot of resources in those areas,” said Dr. Lewis Nelson, who chairs the department of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “Hospital pharmacy budgets are not unlimited, and this is the kind of drug nobody wants to keep around because there isn’t a lot of use. So this can create a dilemma.”


Justin Gardner writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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bomb-flagBy Nika Knight





The United States, Britain, and the U.N. peace envoy to Yemen called Sunday for an unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to take place “within hours.”


The two nations are trying “to seize on outrage caused by the killing of 140 people in a Saudi airstrike,” the Guardian reports.


The newspaper describes the details of the proposed ceasefire:



The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said if Yemen’s opposing sides accepted and moved forward on a ceasefire then the UN special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, would work through the details and announce when and how it would take effect.




“This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table,” Kerry said after a brief meeting with the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and other officials in London. “We cannot emphasize enough today the urgency of ending the violence in Yemen.”


Kerry said he, Johnson and Cheikh Ahmed were calling for the implementation of a ceasefire “as rapidly as possible, meaning Monday, Tuesday.” Kerry and Johnson also met the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir.



The brutal Saudi-led bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels has lasted for over 18 months, and the U.S. continues to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia despite repeated reports that the kingdom has been targeting civilian sites.









The U.S. also joined the war and bombed Yemen itself earlier this week, claiming self-defense.


Johnson’s and Kerry’s ceasefire call “came after meetings in London with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and senior UAE officials,” Reuters reports. “Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday in Switzerland on the sidelines of Syria talks.”


Reuters quotes Kerry’s statements on the ceasefire at length: 



“It is a crisis now of enormous proportions with an increasing economic, increasing humanitarian and health crisis, and obviously the military components are troubling to everybody,” Kerry said.


He added that the release of two American prisoners by Yemen’s Houthi and the evacuation of Yemeni civilians wounded in a Saudi airstrike were “an important humanitarian gesture by the Saudis to address the humanitarian concern”.



Kerry did not appear to mention the United States’ most recent $1.15 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, nor address the U.S. airstrikes that struck Yemen Wednesday.


The conflict in Yemen “has killed almost 6,900 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since March last year, according to the United Nations,” AFP notes, adding that civilians “have paid the heaviest price in an increasingly dire humanitarian crisis.”








This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Nika Knight is a staff writer for CommonDreams.org, where this article first appeared.



   

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lawsuits-dnc-bushBy James Corbett, The International Forecaster


On June 28, 2016, the Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee served then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman and the DNC itself with a class action lawsuit for rigging the 2016 Democratic primary race in favor of Hillary Clinton.





The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, alleges that the DNC broke its own legally binding neutrality agreements by plotting to make Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee even before the primaries had begun. It points to evidence from leaked DNC emails that expose how DNC officials treated Clinton as the only Democratic candidate even after Bernie Sanders officially declared his candidacy in April 2015.


But the lawsuit did not gain international notoriety until August 2nd, when Shawn Lucas, the process server who served the suit to the DNC, was found dead in his home.


Although Lucas’ unusual (and still unexplained) death has dominated media coverage of the story, missing from this narrative is that the death of this process server has not changed, derailed or stopped the case from proceeding. Jared Beck, the managing partner of the law firm that brought the suit, stopped to discuss the case after an evidentiary hearing late last month.



We got involved because we got hired by hundreds and hundreds and now even thousands of people that after the primaries happened, and after all of these documents came out that we have from Wikileaks and other sources, they came to us and said: ‘You know, we don’t believe this is a fair process and we want to bring claims as representative plainants against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.’









And so we’ve been retained by so many people from around the country. It’s been an amazing outpouring of support. At one point I was getting literally ten emails a minute. My email box actually broke down for a little while cause you’re getting that much support from all around the country. Some people had donated thousands of dollars and really put a lot of resources into Bernie Sanders. Others had donated $27 or less and we’re talking about unemployed folks, homeless folks. They really scraped up what they could to contribute to this campaign and they felt robbed by the process.

And so we’re lawyers, we bring cases against companies of all sorts when they engage in deceptive conduct. And I don’t think the DNC is any different from any other corporation that engages in fraud, and so that’s why we were happy to bring this case and we’re happy to litigate it because we think it’s just so important to the political system.



Although only a civil lawsuit, the case stands as a very public rebuke to the DNC that so carefully stage-managed the primary process and defrauded their own members who believed the process was taking place in good faith. Should the case proceed and prevail, it would furthermore serve as a very public rebuke to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign that could even bring Clinton’s mandate into question should she win the presidency, thereby hampering her and further weakening public support for her aggressive, militaristic agenda.


Given the high profile neocons that are now lining up to throw their support behind a Clinton presidency, the DNC lawsuit is in effect a legal challenge to the neocon faction that is preparing to jump ship from the GOP to the Democrats in the current election cycle.


At the same time, another less talked about but no less important lawsuit is taking aim squarely at the heart of the neocon cabal. Saleh v. Bush is a class action lawsuit being forwarded by Inder Comar of Comar Law that was filed in 2013 on behalf of an Iraqi refugee who was displaced from her home by the Bush administration’s illegal invasion of the country. The lawsuit alleges that Bush and other members of his administration committed the crime of aggression against the Iraqi people, the supreme crime under the Nuremberg principles.


As Comar explained in a 2014 interview:



I practice here in San Francisco. I have my own private firm and I represent a client who’s seeking accountability for the Iraq war. She’s suing former high-ranking members of the Bush administration alleging that their conduct amounted to what’s called “aggression” under international law. That’s a principle that comes to us from the Nuremberg trials.


So she’s asking this federal court here in San Francisco to apply Nuremberg-era precedents on these six high-ranking members of the Bush administration. That includes George W. Bush, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz. She’s asking this court to look at their conduct leading up to the war and seeing if there’s any wrong-doing that might have been committed.



This is not the first time that Bush and the neocons have been pursued through the legal system.



In early 2011 former President George W. Bush was forced to cancel a trip to Switzerland to speak at a fundraiser for the United Israel Appeal after it was revealed that a number of human rights groups were planning to prosecute him for war crimes, including contravention of the Convention Against Torture to which the United States is a signatory.


Another round of lobbying preceded Bush’s appearance at a speaking engagement in Surrey, B.C. later that year, citing the evidence in a 2006 UN report, a 2007 Council of Europe report, a 2008 US Senate Armed Services Committee report, the testimony of UN Special Rapporteurs Nowak and Scheinin, a 2009 admission by Cheney and Bush’s own 2010 memoirs, but in this case Canadian authorities refused to enforce the law by bringing charges against him.


Perhaps most notably, Bush and seven key members of his administration, including Cheney, Rumsfeld and their legal advisers were tried and convicted in absentia by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission for the war crimes of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. Although the commission has no method of enforcing the decision, the conviction still stands and could potentially be used by a prosecutor if and when Bush or his colleagues step foot in a jurisdiction that is willing to uphold the law.


Whether it be the class action lawsuit against the DNC, Saleh v. Bush, or the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission conviction, there remains brave lawyers and prosecutors that are willing to stand up to the neocons, even if such a stand puts them in harm’s way. If the public is truly interested in justice for the war crimes and aggression of this dangerous faction, it is incumbent on them to stand with those who are attempting to prosecute them.


This article first appeared at TheInternationalForecaster.com


   

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obama-eo-spaceBy Mac Slavo


“Could Disable Large Portions Of The Electrical Power Grid… Cause Cascading Failures”



Once considered a fringe conspiracy theory, it appears that the Obama administration is now actively preparing for a massive solar event that could wipe out life as we have come to know it. Space weather events such as solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances have long been believed to pose a significant threat to our technologically advanced society with the ability to not only affect global positioning satellites, but on-earth electronics that include the entire domestic (and global) power grid.


In the latest Executive Order signed by Barack Obama, the President calls for coordination between various government agencies including the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland security should a major “space weather event” come to pass.




Via WhiteHouse.Gov


Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to prepare the Nation for space weather events, it is hereby ordered as follows:


Section 1. Policy. Space weather events, in the form of solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, occur regularly, some with measurable effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication, aviation, and the electrical power grid. Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation. Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.



Though often dismissed as nothing more than fear mongering, the threat of space weather events is not only possible, it is quite probable, as evidenced  by a massive solar flare which narrowly missed earth in 2012.



“The speed of this event was as fast or faster than anything that has been seen in the modern space age,” said Baker.








Had it hit Earth, the July 2012 event likely would have created a technological disaster by short-circuiting satellites, power grids, ground communication equipment and even threatening the health of astronauts and aircraft crews.



We have proposed that the 2012 event be adopted as the best estimate of the worst case space weather scenario…



Is it possible that the Obama administration has scientific evidence supporting the fact that a space weather event is imminent? One Congresswoman thinks so, having claimed that there is a 100% chance of a crippling event.


The Executive Order signed by Obama on October 13, 2016 certainly suggests this may be the case:


It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship. The Federal Government must have (1) the capability to predict and detect a space weather event, (2) the plans and programs necessary to alert the public and private sectors to enable mitigating actions for an impending space weather event, (3) the protection and mitigation plans, protocols, and standards required to reduce risks to critical infrastructure prior to and during a credible threat, and (4) the ability to respond to and recover from the effects of space weather. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) must coordinate their efforts to prepare for the effects of space weather events.


Coupled with a previous Executive Doomsday Order signed by the President in March of 2012, the federal government now has the ability to take full control of all critical national infrastructure elements including food resources, energy resources, farms, health facilities, water resources and even the nation’s workforce.



While millions of people have been preparing for the possibility of a catastrophic event by relocating to rural homesteads or farms, as well as stockpiling food, water, personal defense armaments and other essential supplies with the intention of utilizing these preparations if the worst happens, the latest executive order signed by President Obama on March 16, 2012 makes clear that in the event of a nationally deemed emergency all of these resources will fall under the authority of the United States government. 


Full report: Executive Doomsday Order: Obama Authorizes Gov to Seize Farms, Food, Processing Plants, Energy Resources, Transportation, Skilled Laborers During National Emergency



Recent projections from a secret Homeland Security report suggest that as many as 100 million Americans could be left without power should a powerful enough solar storm strike Earth. Another report paints an even more terrifying picture, indicating that without access to power via our grid, America would literally come to a standstill. Critical supplies including medicine, gas, and food would be undeliverable and within one year as many as 90% of Americans would be dead if the grid were not restored.


The problem, according to The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington is that over 90% of Americans are not only lacking any preparation for such a catastrophic scenario, but even if advance warning was sent to the population 12 hours ahead of time, it would simply be too late:



Unfortunately, that “12 hours” number doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s probably true that during a worst case scenario, it would take 12 hours for a solar storm to reach Earth. The only question is, can our scientific instruments detect a solar storm in that time frame?


Currently, our planet’s early warning system consists of a satellite called DSCOVR, which launched in February of this year, and reached its destination between the Earth and the Sun last June. The satellite it replaced could give us a 15 minute warning, but the DSCOVR satellite isn’t much of an improvement. It only gives us a 30-45 minute warning.



Pennington warns that a breakdown could happen very quickly and catch most people by surprise:



This is the point in this cycle where herds of people go to the grocery stores frantically grabbing supplies. Most grocery stores will not be able to meet the demand of the people’s need for supplies, and many could go home empty handed.


Bracing for the disaster, the prepared and unprepared will be hoping for the best outcome. What many do not realize is the hardest part of this event is soon to be upon them. Within days, the descent into the breakdown will begin.


Source: The Anatomy of a Breakdown



And it is this very descent into breakdown that will require an unprecedented government response and Obama’s Doomsday Executive Order has given them the pretext to do so.


Do government officials know that a life-threatening solar event is becoming increasingly more probable?


Or is the Obama administration simply taking proactive steps to prepare?


Whatever the case, it is important to note that Americans are not prepared to deal with the aftermath of such a scenario.


Millions will die. This is a fact.


Perhaps the actions being implemented on the federal level should be a wake up call to all Americans to prepare for disaster now.


Recommended:



Prepare For Any Disaster – A Step By Step Guide
Scientists Warn of Worst Case Scenario: “Solar Flares… Will Short Circuit Satellites, Power Grids, Ground Communication Equipment”
Congresswoman: “100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid”
‘Within One Year 9 Out of 10 Americans Would Be Dead’
Executive Doomsday Order: Obama Authorizes Gov to Seize Farms, Food, Processing Plants, Energy Resources, Transportation, Skilled Laborers During National Emergency

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You can read more from Mac Slavo at his site SHTFplan.com



   

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censor americaBy Nika Knight


In an ominous sign for press freedom, documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a whopping maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison—simply for reporting on the ongoing Indigenous protests against fossil fuel infrastructure.


Schlosberg was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota on Tuesday for filming activists shutting down a tar sands pipeline, part of a nationwide solidarity action organized on behalf of those battling the Dakota Access Pipeline.


The filmmaker was held without access to a lawyer for 48 hours, her colleague Josh Fox wrote in the Nation, and her footage was confiscated by the police.



Schlosberg was then charged Friday with three felonies, the Huffington Post reported: “conspiracy to theft of property, conspiracy to theft of services and conspiracy to tampering with or damaging a public service. Together, the charges carry 45 years in maximum prison sentences.”


“They have in my view violated the First Amendment,” Fox told the Huffington Post, referring to the state’s Pembina County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s fucking scary, it knocks the wind of your sails, it throws you for a loop. They threw the book at Deia for being a journalist.”


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden observed that Schlosberg faces more years in prison than he does for leaking secret documents about the NSA’s mass surveillance program in 2013:






“Deia isn’t alone,” observed Fox in an op-ed in the Nation. “The arrest of journalists, filmmakers, and others witnessing and reporting on citizen protests against fossil-fuel infrastructure amid climate change is part of a worrisome and growing pattern.”








Indeed, the news of Schlosberg’s arrest followed Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman announcement earlier this week that she will return to North Dakota to combat charges she faces as a result of reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline protest last month.


“Goodman, whose camera crew filmed a private security team attacking peaceful Native American protesters with dogs and pepper spray, faces charges of criminal trespassing—which many have said amounts to an assault on press freedom,” as Common Dreams reported.


It also emerged late Saturday that a North Dakota state prosecutor has dropped the trespassing charge and is seeking instead to charge Goodman with participating in a “riot,” Democracy Now reported.


“I came back to North Dakota to fight a trespass charge. They saw that they could never make that charge stick, so now they want to charge me with rioting,” said Goodman. “I wasn’t trespassing, I wasn’t engaging in a riot, I was doing my job as a journalist by covering a violent attack on Native American protesters.”


A warrant for Goodman’s arrest was issued September 8.


Meanwhile, actor Shailene Woodley was arrested Monday while live-streaming a prayer action at a Dakota Access construction site. “She was singled out, the police told her, because she was well-known and had 40,000 people watching live on her Facebook page,” Fox wrote. “Other filmmakers shooting protest actions along the pipeline have also been arrested.”


“Journalism is not a crime; it is a responsibility,” Fox said in a press statement about this pattern of arrests. “The actions of the North Dakota Police force are not just a violation of the climate, but a violation of the constitution.” 


Supporters have created a petition calling on the authorities in North Dakota to drop charges against Schlosberg, Goodman, and other journalists arrested for doing their work and reporting on the protests against Dakota Access.



Neil Young, Mark Ruffalo, Daryl Hannah, and other celebrities have also signed an open letter to President Barack Obama and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, calling on the leaders to intervene and for Schlosberg’s charges to be dropped. The charges were “unfair, unjust, and illegal,” the letter said, according to Reuters.


“This is not only about reporting on the climate-change movement,” Fox argued in the Nation. “Journalists have also been arrested reporting on Black Lives Matter, the movement for Native rights, and many other important movements the corporate media fails to cover. The First Amendment and the Constitution are at stake in this case. If we lose it, we lose America too.”


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Nika Knight is a staff writer for CommonDreams.org, where this article first appeared.


   

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