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Huffington Post General Discussion / A Primer: USAID and US Hegemony
« on: July 08, 2016, 05:12:13 PM »

   

      

USAIDBy Tony Cartalucci


A nation is its institutions. If those institutions are overrun and no longer exist, so, too, does the nation itself cease to exist. Institutions range from the offices of government, to education, to agricultural and economic development, to the management of natural resources, national infrastructure including energy and transportation, and security. These are the things we think about when we think about the concept of a modern nation-state.


Contrary to popular belief, the invasion and occupation of any particular nation is not a mere exercise of military might. It also, by necessity, involves the destruction or overrunning and eventual replacement of all the above-mentioned institutions.


The most extreme modern-day example of this was the US invasion of Iraq, where Iraqi institutions from top to bottom were either entirely destroyed and replaced, or taken over by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). The CPA was literally headed by an American, Paul Bremer, who, far from being a military man, was instead drawn from the US State Department and a background of chairing corporate-financier boards of directors.



The CPA assumed responsibility for all aspects of life in Iraq, from the privatization of Iraq’s economy, to “reconstruction,” to reorganizing the nation socially, politically, and economically.


The average onlooker will remember US President George Bush’s “shock and awe,” and may remember several of the more notorious battles of the invasion and subsequent occupation. What they rarely recall is the all encompassing dominion the US assumed over the nation through the CPA which was merely underpinned by US military forces. Yet despite the relatively dull nature of the CPA’s work versus security operations carried out by American forces, the CPA is what essentially “occupied” and ultimately conquered Iraq.


USAID and Co. – Low Intensity Invasion and Occupation








Iraq and Afghanistan are extreme examples of the US exercising global hegemony, which included spectacular, full-scale military invasions, lengthy occupations, and nationwide “nation-building” carried out by various organizations utilized by the US to project power abroad.


One of these organizations is USAID. It should be, but rarely is, troubling to the world’s nations that USAID played an integral part in the invasion, occupation, and conquest of Iraq and Afghanistan, while it also maintains an extensive presence everywhere else US interests have directed their attention.


USAID and a virtual army of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and front-companies it supports worldwide, are engaged in activities in other nations ranging from education, energy, natural resources, economic development, transportation, and security – or in other words everything foreign nations should already be attending to themselves.


USAID does not seek to genuinely partner with foreign governments, but instead, create networks that operate independently of and parallel to existing, indigenous institutions and networks. USAID and its expanding network of facilitators extends into any given nation, slowly assuming responsibility over all areas a sovereign government should be managing, leaving existing governments irrelevant, empty shells. When parallel networks gain critical mass, they can then be used as a means of removing existing governments from power, and installing a client regime in its place – one that answers to the special interests that sponsored and directed USAID’s activities to begin with.


USAID actively seeks to co-opt local talent – both individually and small groups of talented individuals. They generally target start-ups and independent NGOs which is why USAID and other US government-funded NGOs are increasingly engaged in co-working spaces – even sponsoring the creation and management of new spaces across the developing world to create a convenient poaching ground for local talent.


A Global Game of Go


USAID does not exist to “aid” anyone. It functions solely to overrun a targeted nation by building their networks over existing indigenous ones, turning a nation’s people against itself, and making preexisting networks irrelevant.


They are essentially filling up the sociopolitical, geostrategic, technological, and information space with their own influence, displacing all else.


Unlike the Western game of chess, where players seek to eliminate their opponent’s pieces from the board in a game of strategic attrition, USAID and other organizations like it and the strategy they are pursuing is more comparable to the Eastern game of Go. In Go, players seek to place as many pieces as possible onto the board, assuming control over the most territory.


In this context, any nation could represent a board, with its own pieces scattered across it in areas like energy, education, healthcare, and security. USAID seeks to place its own pieces on this board, generally under the guise of charity or foreign aid. It continues placing its pieces on the board, backed with inexhaustible resources and the benefit of its true intentions often being poorly understood by the governments and the people of the nations it is operating in.


The US through USAID is essentially playing a game of go against an unskilled player who doesn’t even know the game has begun. USAID is then able to quickly and easily overwhelm the board with its “pieces” – NGOs it funds, organizations and talent it has co-opted, and entirely parallel institutions running various aspects of a targeted nation right under the nose of that nation’s government.


In coordination with other US State Department-funded political fronts and NGOs, the business of then eliminating indigenous institutions and overthrowing established governments in favor of proxy institutions run by Western interests and client regimes bent to the will of the US, can begin in earnest.


Targeted nations often realize too late that the “space” on the board has been dominated by these foreign interests with whatever remains of indigenous institutions and networks so badly neglected and atrophied, they stand little chance of putting up any resistance.


Counterinsurgency Manuals are USAID’s “Rule Book”


USAID’s version of Go has its own rule book of sorts, found easily online as free downloads from any number of US government websites in the form of counterinsurgency manuals. In these manuals, it is described how gaining control over any given population requires controlling the basic essentials that population depends on – everything from energy production to education, to garbage collection and job creation.


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By controlling these aspects in any given population, one then controls that population itself. It is the key to not only defeating an “insurgency,” it is also the key to running a successful insurgency oneself. USAID projecting its influence into any given nation is in fact a sort of insurgency – a literal attempt to take control of a government – however incremental and patient the nature of that insurgency might be.


Areas included in US counterinsurgency manuals as essential to control include (but are not limited to):



police and fire services,
water,
electricity
education and training,
transportation,
medical,
sanitation,
banking,
agriculture,
labor relations,
manufacturing and,
construction

When inquiring into how many of these are regularly included in USAID programs, the answer is virtually all of them.


Beating USAID’s Game


For any given nation, USAID should be listed as a foreign agency and its activities heavily restricted. Every penny they administer, if allowed to operate at all, should go straight into government programs. USAID programs should be made subordinate to government institutions, carried out by government institutions, and its role in such programs credited subordinately to government institutions. USAID should be strictly forbidden to operate independent networks, programs, workshops, contests, and meetings anywhere beyond America’s borders.


But more importantly, nations must understand the Go board their territory and populations represent. They must create and place their own superior pieces upon this board in such numbers and of such quality that there is no room for USAID’s pieces to begin with. By doing so, a nation is not just countering USAID and the conspiracy it represents, it is defeating it at the most fundamental level this “game” is being played.


A nation creating strong institutions and networks within their own borders to manage and move forward those areas essential to the progress of modern civilization precludes the need for “foreign aid” in the first place. It is not just a matter of pride that a nation need not rely on “foreign aid,” but a matter of its survival, as “aid” is not given freely, and as in the case of USAID, serves as a vector for hegemony’s projection into the very heart of one’s nation.


Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


   

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mobile-phone-998871_960_720By Amando Flavio


An India-based multinational mobile advertising company, Inmobi, has agreed to pay a fine of $950,000 to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for using Wi-Fi signals to secretly track phone users in the country, obtaining their locations for adverts on their mobile phones.


InMobi was founded in 2007. The company has financial support from the Japanese telecommunications giant, Softbank, and the American venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 2013, InMobi won a spot in MIT Technology Review’s 50 most disruptive companies of the year.



In a civil lawsuit filed on June 22, 2016, at a District Court in San Francisco, California, FTC alleged that InMobi undermined mobile phone users’ ability to make informed decisions about the collection of their location information.


According to the lawsuit, InMobi’s software used nearby Wi-Fi signals to infer locations when permission was not given. The company then archived the location information and used it to push targeted advertisements to individual phone users.








Also, InMobi collected nearby basic service set identification addresses, which act as unique serial numbers for wireless access points. The company, which thousands of Android and iOS app makers use to deliver ads to end users, then fed each BSSID into a “geocorder” database to infer the phone user’s latitude and longitude; even when an end user had not provided permission for location to be tracked through the phone’s dedicated location feature, Ars Technica reports.


Ars Technica quoted part of the lawsuit as saying: “In fact, defendant collected and used BSSID and other Wi-Fi network information to track the consumer’s location and serve geo-targeted ads regardless of the application developer’s intent to include geo-targeted ads, and regardless of the consumer’s location settings.”


According to the FTC, the InMobi advertising network has reached more than one billion devices worldwide through thousands of popular apps integrating the InMobi code.


s-3-48-e1466862587410The FTC said it acted swiftly to bring the lawsuit against InMobi. Many of the third-party app makers have revealed that their software was designed for children, many under the age of 13. The FTC claimed this makes the locations collection a violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.


“Collectively, hundreds of millions of consumers have downloaded the thousands of child-directed applications from which defendant collected and used personal information. Defendant collected such personal information each time an application made an ad request to their network—typically every 30 seconds when an application is in use,” the lawsuit said.


InMobi maintained that its software collected geographical whereabouts of users, but only when the users provided opt-in consent. However, the company agreed to enter into a settlement with the FTC in order to end the case.


The company has, therefore, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $950,000 and delete all information it collected from children and adults who did not give consent. The FTC requested for a $4 million civil penalty, but the amount was reduced to $950,000, due to InMobi’s current financial condition.


The settlement also requires InMobi to implement a comprehensive privacy program that will be independently audited every two years for the next 20 years.


From what transpired in court, privacy advocates recommended that users turn off their Wi-Fi receivers in their mobile devices if connection is not needed. Because, by leaving it on, it can be used by both access point operators and ad networks tracking the comings and goings of user’s mobile devices, which can result in more damage than what InMobi has done.


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ryan_moran_minimum_wage


By Ryan Moran


Stop waiting for government to give you a raise and start maximizing your earning potential on your own. Minimum wage laws won’t lift you out of poverty. Plus you don’t get paid more for merely existing. You get paid more when you add more value to the market place.




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13625131_1362311577130787_1629810429_nBy Everett Numbers


Workers at a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear site in South Carolina have reported that unmanned aerial vehicles flew over the facility eight times in recent weeks. Officials say no drone has been recovered.


From June 19 to July 5, an 18-day period, a drone flew over the Savannah River Site (SRS) on at least eight occasions, according to employees at the federal facility, as well as Department of Energy officials, the Aiken Standard and local ABC-affiliate WJBF reported.


Each time one of the remotely operated aircraft is spotted, a call goes out over the facility’s PA system, and SRS employees receive an email with information regarding the sighting, SRS officials told the Standard.



“Over the last two weeks,” the most recent internal email read, “there have been several reports of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flying over various areas on SRS to include the K Area Complex, H Area, E Area and the [mixed oxide fuel] MOX Facility. Although airspace over the SRS is not currently restricted, these flights do pose a safety and security concern.”


SRS personnel have been asked to watch for drones and report them, along with photographic or video evidence of the sightings. The facility, managed and operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, is cooperating with local, state, and federal authorities.








The Federal Aviation Administration has a well-established Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that “strongly advises” pilots to steer clear of nuclear facilities, and new FAA rules for drone pilots will be enforced this August.


Despite helicopters taking off from the facility to attempt to catch or identify one of the drones, none have been recovered. There are no leads. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state’s equivalent, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, are investigating the matter.


Tom Clements, director of Savannah River Site Watch, an organization critical of the facility, told South Carolina newspaper, The State, that FBI agents visited his home to ask him questions.


Clements not only told the paper he had no information about the drone sightings, but that the FBI agents “were not well informed about my organization or the situation.’’


The SRS facility is located in South Carolina near the state’s border, southwest of the city of Aiken, South Carolina and southeast of Augusta, Georgia. It sits on land in three South Carolina counties.


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smart_meter_radiationBy Catherine J. Frompovich


If everyone, who is so enthralled with technology, would wake up to what really is going on in cyberspace utilizing computer networks to surveil and undermine your personal space and rights, especially what’s going on with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating platform, we could take back our inherent God-given power of self-determination and keep our blest rights of privacy and informed consent!


Dr Katherine Albrecht, a technology security expert, discusses what YOU – and probably most folks – don’t know about Windows 10, plus how your personal space IS being invaded by Microsoft, Google, etc. who save the data you generate and send it to law enforcement, academic researchers, and marketers!  Did you know that?



Your life is being monitored like you never could have imagined!  And you willingly have allowed it to happen by buying into all the ‘smart’ stuff they are foisting on us in order to build the Internet of Things, a global gulag the likes of which we can’t even begin to fathom.  Think the NSA’s Utah Data Center.








If you don’t believe that you literally are being tyrannized silently by electronic and technological surveillance—along with electromagnetic frequencies from Wi-Fi and other microwave devices, then you ought to watch this 30 minute video that will open your eyes to the hidden realities of smart technology, something you probably will be totally disappointed to learn how you are being monitored and, literally, controlled to do what big brother wants—just like lab rats in giant cages.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GLiozMpqV80#t=1271


Do readers know what the “Killer App” really is about?  


According to Albrecht, Google’s vision of the future is to build total surveillance into every appliance and object—even a coffee cup—to transmit what’s going on with it or around it, and to transmit that information back to what’s being called the “Internet of Things.”  We, too, will be forced to have chips, or some sort of EMF device on or probably embedded in us, to report back to big brother our every action, even our intimacies of love making, via a tracking device—big brother’s ultimate obsessive compulsive disorder dream of reality fulfilled.


Will vaccines with their nanoparticles become part of that surveillance technique?  And, is that why all vaccines now are being mandated from birth to death for everyone in the USA?


Have you heard of the “Thync App” that sends a signal into your brain! Be careful of that app, I’d caution.


We are on our way to transhumanism via the dumb ‘smart’ technology everyone loves to embrace.  However, we need to reassess technology and how it’s being used to imprison us by our willingness to buy into their technological surveillance gadgets from TVs to iPhones and everything in between, including the kitchen sink in the very near future.  That’s what utility company AMI Smart Meters are all about—not saving energy or pricing, because your bills will increase dramatically.  Obviously those two-way microwave AMI SM transmitters are all about surveillance and tracking of appliance usages in your home with the ability to disconnect your services regardless of the fact that your utility bills (electric, natural gas and water) are paid in full.


Microwave technology, in particular, is a very sharp double-edged sword!


Every time you use it, not only are you enabling big brother to take that much more control over you, your life and every aspect of social interaction, but you are exposing yourself to inordinate amounts of non-ionizing RF/EMF radiation.  Please rethink that comment.  Microwave energies have been declared a Class 2b carcinogen by the IARC at the World Health Organization!



PRESS RELEASE N° 208 31 May 2011


IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS


POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS


Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.  [1]  [CJF emphasis added]



Dr Albrecht advises us to uninstall Windows 10, plus go to encrypted programs.  Her website is www.KatherineAlbrecht.com On Albrecht’s website, there’s the link for “Take Back Your Email Privacy” that readers may want to know about.


Isn’t it time for REAL change?


Reference:


[1] http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich coming in Summer 2016


   

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hillary above the law


By Melissa Dykes


The only thing that surprises me is that anyone is surprised that the FBI cleared Hillary Clinton of criminal charges despite admitting she was “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information.” Obviously the laws don’t apply to the elite. The FBI are there to protect the agenda and prosecute peasants. Watch the video below to find out what the FBI is really up to.




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politics and freedomBy Isaac Davis


“Our continued participation in this circus performance we call politics feeds the illusion of its legitimacy.”


When even the highest agencies of the law cannot prosecute the political elite for their crimes, and when no mainstream media organization is willing to press for truth on obvious election fraud, it’s naive to expect the political system to improve just because we got involved and cast a vote for the least terrible of two shady candidates.


The rule of law in America is now effectively dead, and its time to hunker down and prepare for the worst, while doing everything possible to create a better society within our own communities, cities, states and world at large. Change happens on the ground level, and while getting worked up about American elections is a popular thing to do, it doesn’t really do much to free us from tyranny or a slave mentality.


It’s time to break free from the programming that tells us voting is our only opportunity to make a difference, because there are a million other things any of us can do to improve this place. Politics is distracting us, it’s fooling us, and it’s sucking our revolutionary and evolutionary potential into a vacuum of deceit, dirt, broken promises and lies.



READ: Your Awakening Counts More Than Your Vote



Is it conceivable that our electoral system is cleverly designed to exhaust our positive, community-minded energies and to pacify our inherent human will to live the prosperous and peaceful lives we deserve? Could it be that the resources and energy we have applied to this social mechanism have been squandered in one of the greatest opportunity costs of all time?


When looking at politics as a drain on society, it’s easy to see how we’re wasting our greatest potential for societal progress in an endless game of ego satiation and public parade. Furthermore, it appears that the lost opportunity costs of our political efforts have been quite vast, and have had many detrimental effects to our collective psyche and identity. – Dylan Charles



READ: Gardening More Meaningful than Voting in a Rigged Political System


As motivation for walking off the playing field, consider these 15 statements of truth about what election season really means in America now, and why you should free yourself from politics.








1 – Politics devours time, energy and resources that could be spent elsewhere.


2 – Politics creates widespread division amongst the populace by providing us with few choices and then positioning those choices as mutually exclusive enemies.


3 – Politics nullifies the value of society’s potentially most effective members by forcing passionate, community-oriented individuals into a rigid arena that demands conformity and ultimately defers to entrenched power cliques.


4 – Politics falsely empowers the thoughtless by providing an arena for people to believe they are positively impacting the world by simply pressing a button or checking a box when told to do so.


5 – Politics erodes our natural idealism by fragmenting our grandest ideas for our future into single-issue chunks that make little sense when taken out of context. Then by ranking and marginalizing them in accordance with various political agendas, then, again, by prioritizing them against conflicting entrenched interests.


6 – Politics gives us false impressions about what it means to be civilized. For example, it is not civilized to allow yourself to be raped by even the most polite of rapists, yet the success of politics relies on violated people being kind and patient with those who would selfishly saddle our futures with unbearable debts, endless wars and unacceptable restrictions to our personal liberty.


7 – Politics prohibits us from ever reaching our highest societal potential. Because politics never concludes it is always dramatic and we learn to adjust our lives according to its highs and lows, thus our psychological development is trapped by the imposition of these never-ending patterns.


8 – Politics protects society’s most heinous criminals by providing them the infrastructure, security apparatus, public platform, time and resources to obfuscate truth and protect themselves from meaningful prosecution. Election cycles, hearings, recalls, investigative committees and impeachments are an insult to justice when the accused are part of the government.


9 – Politics demands that we become dishonest in order to gain advantage.


10 – Politics consumes an absurd amount of financial and material resources.


11 – Politics creates and exacerbates massive public cognitive dissonance between the prosperous and peaceful world we know we should have and the world that a corrupt political class can actually create for us. By repeatedly failing to deliver on its promises, the political system becomes so unbelievable that we have no choice but to believe it.


12 – Politics severely limits society’s possibilities for meaningful and timely solutions to our most pressing problems by subjecting every opportunity for progress to the scrutiny, whim, and interests of largely corrupted and under-informed political bodies.


13 – Politics insults our intelligence with its embarrassing pomp, flashiness, hubris, blatant rigging, hokey formatting, omissions, dumbing down and oversimplification of important complex issues.


14 – Politics selfishly frames issues in terms of their impact upon people and fiat economics, largely disregarding our unmistakable dependence on the natural world for the gift we call life.


15 – Politics exhausts our spiritual energy by claiming the authoritative role in our lives and diminishing our intuitive capacities and will to search for spiritual truth.


As the choices that we are given in elections continue to deteriorate, we’re expected to give more of our selves and our souls to a rigged game that only eats resources rather than applying them to solving our problems. The only way win a rigged game is to not play. Walk off the field and go do your thing.


Let’s spend our time finding each other and co-creating the true reality – not reinforcing the false one by being lured into contacts and contests with it. – Zen Gardner


Take a look at this presentation by Stefan Molyneaux for some excellent thought exercises on how you can break the lock on your mind and free yourself from politics:



Read more articles from Isaac Davis.


Isaac Davis is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and OffgridOutpost.com Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and of a voluntary society. He is an avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.


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guns and dronesBy Claire Bernish


Obama’s drones have ‘officially’ killed more innocent people than mass shooters — despite paranoia surrounding gun control and propaganda about unhinged loose cannons shooting civilians en masse.


According to President Obama’s administration — in a years-in-the-making report — drones used in military combat overseas killed between 64 and 116 civilians between 2009 and the close of 2015 — almost certainly a paltry representation of the true total, considering accurate record-keeping remains a near impossibility.


But the voluntary disclosure, praised by some human rights advocates, nonetheless proffers an official U.S. tally for innocent lives lost in various geopolitical melanges.



“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, Hina Shamsi, told The Intercept.


Indeed, as Ryan Devereaux pointed out:


Organizations such as the Long War Journal, the New America Foundation, and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism estimate that at least 200 and as many as 1,000 civilians have been killed by American drone strikes in nations where the U.S. is not at war since Obama took office. The administration offered no individual accounts to explain where its numbers came from, or who the civilian casualties were.








As the Guardian summarized, “Between 2009 and 31 December 2015, the administration claimed that it launched 473 strikes, mostly with drones, that killed between what it said were 2,372 and 2,581 terrorist ‘combatants.’”


Assessing the true number of civilians killed during combat operations can be a matter of interpretation — to an extent. But lowballing estimates already widely considered conservative typifies the severe curtailment of transparency the public has come to expect from the government Obama once aggrandized as “the most transparent administration in history.”


For all that pellucidity, Obama’s drone assessment went public immediately prior to the July 4th holiday weekend — as if it were hoped no one would notice — complete with a number of glaring flaws.


“In releasing only aggregate figures that did not include when or where the strikes occurred, the administration shielded those claims from meaningful public scrutiny, even as it sought to bolster its own assertions about the accuracy and effectiveness of the operations,” the Washington Post keenly explained.


To wit, in explaining how the administration arrived at its altogether opaque numbers, a vague description devoid of any meaningful analysis left many scratching their heads:


The information that was provided to the [Director of National Intelligence] regarding combatant and noncombatant deaths is the result of processes that include careful reviews of all strikes after they are conducted to assess the effectiveness of operations. These review processes have evolved over time to ensure that they incorporate the best available all-source intelligence, media reporting, and other information and may result in reassessments of strikes if new information becomes available that alters the original judgment.


In comparison to this exercise in semantics gymnastics and its dubious underestimation of innocents killed, a count of those killed in mass shootings in the U.S., compiled by the Los Angeles Times last month and noted by Rare, offers telling insight into Obama’s drone program — if you overlook the administration’s laughable figures.


According to the Times, 168 people have perished at the hands of mass shooters between 1984 and the end of 2015 — 218 when including the 2016 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Both figures massively undercut the up-to 1,000 — and likely far more — civilians killed by drones in the aforementioned conservative estimates noted by the Intercept. This means Obama’s drone program abroad, when looking at independent estimates, has killed up to 500 percent more innocent people than mass shootings in the United States.


In these times of hot tempers and the seeming imperative need by many to swiftly assign blame, it’s necessary to emphasize this article isn’t intended to condone wanton violence — no matter who perpetrates it. Nor does this article seek to condemn guns or call for any measure of gun control.


But what must be noted are the lengths the government goes to in order to obfuscate exactly how deadly its drone warfare program can be — treating innocent lives as meaningless through statistical legerdemain for the sole purpose of justifying its continuance — while simultaneously posturing about gun violence at home.


This is heightened hypocrisy at its finest. And we would expect nothing less.


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Freda endless warBy Joshua Krause


After nearly 15 years of conflict and 2,378 deaths, the United States is still trying to find an exit to the longest war in American history. Millions of Americans voted for President Obama because he promised to withdraw our military from countries like Afghanistan; and two years ago he promised that by the end of his term, the only troops who remained would be guarding the US Embassy in Kabul.


Instead, it looks like there will be no further troop withdrawals for the duration of Obama’s presidency. The President announced today that the 8,400 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain there until 2017. That is 3,000 more troops than he had originally planed.



“The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday, with Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford standing beside him. “I strongly believe it is in our national security interest … that we give our Afghan partners the best opportunities to succeed.”








However, the President tried to spin the current deployment numbers as a success. “Compared to the 100,000 troops we once had there, today, fewer than 10,000 remain. And compared to their previous mission, helping to lead the fight, our forces are now focused on two narrow missions: training and advising Afghan forces and supporting counter terrorist operations against the remnants of al Qaeda as well as other terrorist groups, including ISIL,”


What he didn’t mention was that the “training and advising” is not working. The Afghan Army is crumbling under the weight of mounting casualties, desertions, supply shortages, and poor enlistment rates. Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s police forces are rife with corruption and run by a bunch of pedophiles.


It’s clear to anyone with a brain that the war in Afghanistan is an irredeemable failure, and no amount of soldiers or advisors will change that. The only reason why Obama is prolonging this conflict, is to preserve his legacy. He’s passing the buck on to the next president, so that he won’t be known as the man who let Afghanistan fall apart.


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Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.


   

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government watch list TAMBy Tenth Amendment Center


“Here’s the short version. Whatever power you give politicians and bureaucrats to use against other people will eventually be used by future politicians and bureaucrats against you.” – Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center




TAC memberships help us produce more educational tools like this. Members can download this video and read the full transcript at this link.


Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.



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british pound crashesBy Michael Snyder


The fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rock the European financial system.  On Wednesday, the British pound dropped to a fresh 31-year low as confidence in the currency continues to plummet.  At one point it had fallen as low as $1.2796 before rebounding a bit.  As I write this, it is still sitting at just $1.293.  Meanwhile, the problems for the biggest banks in Europe just continue to mount.  At one point on Wednesday Credit Suisse hit an all-time record low, and German banking giant Deutsche Bank closed the day at an all-time record closing low of 12.93.  Overall, Europe’s Stoxx 600 Bank Index closed at the lowest level in almost five years.  What we are watching is a full-blown financial meltdown in Europe, but because it is not personally affecting them yet, most Americans are not paying any attention to it.


The collapse of the British pound that we have seen since the Brexit vote has been nothing short of breathtaking.  In fact, CNN says that this “is what a currency crash looks like”…




This is what a currency crash looks like. The pound has slumped to $1.28, its lowest level in more than three decades.


Investors are dumping the pound following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on June 23. The pound has dropped roughly 15% since the referendum day, when it reached $1.50.


After appearing to stabilize, the pound resumed its decline this week after three big asset management firms halted withdrawals from real estate investment funds.









Of course this is likely only just the beginning.  There are some analysts that are suggesting that the British pound could eventually hit parity with the U.S. dollar at some point.  We are seeing seismic shifts on the foreign exchange market right now, and this is going to affect trillions of dollars worth of currency-related derivatives.  It will be exceedingly interesting to see how all of this plays out.


Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank continues to get absolutely hammered.


If the biggest and most important bank in Germany is not completely imploding, then why does the stock price continue to crash time after time?


Since the start of 2016, the value of Deutsche Bank has fallen by half, and many have pointed out that the trajectory that it is on is very, very similar to Lehman Brothers in 2008.


My regular readers are probably sick and tired of hearing me warn about Deutsche Bank, so today I will let someone else do it.  According to an article that was just published by the BBC, Deutsche Bank is now “the most dangerous bank in the world”…



Deutsche Bank shares hit a new record low today. It’s value has halved since the beginning of the year.


So is it now the most dangerous bank in the world?


According to the International Monetary Fund – yes.


Last week, the IMF said that, of the banks big enough to bring the financial system crashing down, Deutsche Bank was the riskiest. Not only that, Deutsche Bank’s US unit was one of only two of 33 big banks to fail tests of financial strength set by the US central bank earlier this year.



At this point Deutsche Bank is scrambling to raise cash to stave off an imminent implosion.  Just today, I came across a report about how they plan to sell at least a billion dollars worth of shipping loans in order to bring in some much needed funds.  Many of the steps that they are taking are reminiscent of what Lehman Brothers tried to do just prior to their collapse, and that alone should tell you something.


         

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At the same time all of this is going on, things in Italy just continue to get even worse.  As of this moment, approximately 17 percent of all bank loans held by Italian banks are considered to be “non-performing.” In other words, they are absolutely swamped by bad debts.  At the height of the 2008 crisis, only about 5 percent of the loans held by U.S. banks were bad.  So what we are watching unfold in Italy right now could definitely be described as “cataclysmic.”


Since the Brexit vote, Italian banks have been hit harder than anyone else.  The following comes from CNN…



Shares in Italy’s Banca Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena have crashed 45% in 10 days, forcing regulators to temporarily ban short-selling in the stock. The bank has been given until Friday to come up with a plan to reduce its bad loans by 40% by 2018.


It’s not alone. Other Italian bank stocks have fallen by about 30% since June 23, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. Italian officials are trying to find ways to shore up the country’s financial system.


Italian banks have been choking on bad debt for years, but the U.K. vote has thrown their problems into sharp relief.



Personally, I have been amazed that the European financial system has been able to hold it together for this long.  A total collapse was inevitable, but I really thought that it would have started before now.  Up until this time we have seen small crisis after small crisis, but in 2016 the full-blown meltdown has finally arrived.


And this growing crisis in Europe is going to have a dramatic impact on the entire planet.  Everywhere you look the economic fundamentals are getting worse, and if you won’t believe me, perhaps you will believe this editorial by Tim Quast on CNBC…



The bottom line is that the fundamentals of the economy and market don’t look good: Whoever you’re listening to — the Federal Reserve, to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to the International Monetary Fund — hoary heads of the dismal science see deepening malaise worsened by the Brexit, creaky European banks, possible copycat flight from the euro zone — even a slowdown for the U.S.


Can a market characterized by declining money flows, weakening fundamentals and arbitrage that has posted no material gain in over 18 months gather steam? Anything is possible. But it’s not a sound conclusion.



Whenever I post an article about Europe, it tends to get significantly less response than many of my other articles do.


But I hope that my fellow Americans will start paying attention to this growing crisis, because it is going to deeply affect all of us.


What is happening to the European financial system right now is truly history in the making, and I believe that it is going to be one of the biggest news stories of the second half of 2016.


Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


   

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chemtrails_climate_2By Derrick Broze


In a recent speech, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency discussed the controversial topic of geoengineering, leading some activists to ask whether the agency is actively and deliberately modifying the weather.


In late June, John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting about threats to global security. Director Brennan mentioned a number of threats to stability before discussing the science of geoengineering. Brennan said the technologies “potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change.”



(Brennan mentions geoengineering at 12:05)



According to a 2013 congressional report:



The term ‘geoengineering’ describes this array of technologies that aim, through large-scale and deliberate modifications of the Earth’s energy balance, to reduce temperatures and counteract anthropogenic climate change. Most of these technologies are at the conceptual and research stages, and their effectiveness at reducing global temperatures has yet to be proven. Moreover, very few studies have been published that document the cost, environmental effects, socio-political impacts, and legal implications of geoengineering. If geoengineering technologies were to be deployed, they are expected to have the potential to cause significant transboundary effects.








In general, geoengineering technologies are categorized as either a carbon dioxide removal (CDR) method or a solar radiation management (SRM) (or albedo-modification)method. CDR methods address the warming effects of greenhouse gases by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. CDR methods include ocean fertilization, and carbon capture and sequestration. SRM methods address climate change by increasing the reflectivity of the Earth’s atmosphere or surface.

Aerosol injection and space-based reflectors are examples of SRM methods. SRM methods do not remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, but can be deployed faster with relatively immediate global cooling results compared to CDR methods.



Director Brennan specifically mentions a type of SRM known as stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI. As Brennan notes, SAI is “a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do.”


Brennan goes on to claim that an SAI geoengineering program could limit global temperature increases, a claim that has been disputed in several studies. For example, Activist Post recently reported on a new analysis released by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The FMI is the government agency responsible for reporting weather data and forecasts in Finland. The Institute’s study, “Modelling radiative and climate effects of aerosols: from Anthropogenic emissions to geoengineering,” examined the potential for SRM to combat climate change.


The study specifically looked at two types of SRM. The first involved marine aerosol concentrations use to increase clouds, while the second looked at increasing the amount of sulphur concentrated in the stratosphere. The researchers stated that their key objectives were to “investigate the potential of aerosols to cool the climate at the global scale, and identify the possible limits in the effectiveness of the Solar Radiation Management techniques as well as the risks related to these techniques.”


The researchers found that the geoengineering techniques which were studied do in fact have the potential to cool the climate and slow down warming. “However, the cooling effect has limitations,” the team writes.“The cooling effect attributable to aerosols would be rather small due to the geographical change in tropospheric aerosol emissions or change in energy production studied here when compared to the warming due to the increased greenhouse gas emissions,” the paper states.


In other words, the effort, money, and time it would take to invest and create geoengineering methods would likely do very little to actually limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers even state that, based on their models, if the world replaced coal with nuclear power for energy production it would lead to a “temporal cooling effect,” but after several years “the warming effect from simultaneously increased GHG emission would exceed the cooling effect.” Also, the cooling that does result from an increase in aerosols is “often achieved at the cost of air quality” which could “lead to an increase in premature mortality.”


In February 2015, an international committee of scientists released a report stating that geoengineering techniques are not a viable alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat the effects of climate change. The committee report called for further research and understanding of various geoengineering techniques, including carbon dioxide removal schemes and solar-radiation management before implementation.


The scientists found that SRM techniques are likely to present “serious known and possible unknown environmental, social, and political risks, including the possibility of being deployed unilaterally.” The report was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. intelligence community, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy.


According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, if geoengineering programs were started and then suddenly halted, the planet could see an immediate rise in temperatures, particularly over land. The study, titled, “The Impact of Abrupt Suspension of Solar Radiation Management,” seems to indicate that once geoengineering begins, the programs cannot be suspended without causing the very problem the engineering was intended to solve.


Conspiracy Fact or Theory?


The idea that aerosols could be sprayed from planes is eerily reminiscent of various conspiracies involving the government using weather control technology to manipulate world events. This is what is derogatorily called the “Chemtrails Conspiracy.” Essentially, some believe geoengineering is actively taking place in our skies, and the “contrails” are actually geoengineering programs covertly being carried out. The “chemtrails” label comes from the portion of the crowd that believes these programs are delivering dangerous chemical additives to the food, water, soil, and humans below for nefarious purposes.


Despite the knee-jerk dismissal from many casual researchers, the theories might be grounded in reality. In February 2015, while speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, Professor Alan Robock discussed the possibility that the CIA is using the weather as a weapon of war. Robock has done research for the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in the past.


Robock stated he was phoned by two men claiming to be from the CIA, asking whether or not it was possible for hostile governments to use geoengineering against the United States.


Professor Robock’s fears of the government using the weather as a weapon are not completely unfounded. In a 1996 document entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather by 2025”  the U.S. Air Force discusses a number of proposals for using the weather as a weapon. The Environmental Modification Treaty was signed by the United States and other nations to halt global weather modification.


But the government did not simply research these ideas, they actually implemented them. During the Vietnam War the US government operated covert weather modification programs under Operation Popeye. The government does not only experiment with technology in foreign countries, they like to try it at home as well. In 2012 it was revealed that the US Army sprayed toxic chemicals over the skies of St. Louis without informing the public.


Whether or not Professor Robock’s theory is correct remains to be seen; but for now, Director Brennan’s speech makes it perfectly clear that America’s favorite spy agency is interested in manipulating the weather on a global scale. Whether it’s happening already or will be in the near future, the thought of the CIA (or any agency of government) using the weather as a weapon of war should make it clear that the U.S. government is not operating with reason or concern for the people.


Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.


Derrick is available for interviews. Please contact Derrick@activistpost.com


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emailgateBy Derrick Broze


As WikiLeaks released another 1,000 emails about the Iraq War from Hillary Clinton’s private server the FBI announced that they would not be recommending any charges against the former Secretary of State.


In honor of Independence Day 2016 WikiLeaks published more than 1,000 emails about the Iraq War from Hillary Clinton‘s private server during her time as secretary of State. The move by the whistleblowing site came one day before the Federal Bureau of Investigations announced that they are not seeking charges against Clinton for improperly storing classified emails.


On Monday WikiLeaks tweeted a link to 1,258 emails that Clinton sent and received. The emails were part of a larger cache of documents released by the State Department in February. WikiLeaks identified all the emails related to the Iraq War and compiled them into a searchable database.



“The development comes after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said last month the website had gathered “enough evidence” for the FBI to indict Clinton,” The Hill noted.


“We could proceed to an indictment, but if Loretta Lynch is the head of the [Department of Justice] in the United States, she’s not going to indict Hillary Clinton,” Assange told London-based ITV. “That’s not possible that could happen.”








It seems as if Assange’s prediction will ultimately be proven correct after FBI Director James B. Comey announced the Bureau is not recommending that Attorney General Loretta Lynch seek charges against Mrs. Clinton. Lynch previously said she would defer to the FBI decision on whether or not to indict Clinton.


“Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities,” Director Comey said in a statement.


Comey also said the investigation sought to “determine whether there is evidence of computer intrusion in connection with the personal e-mail server by any foreign power, or other hostile actors.” The FBI was able to determine that 110 e-mails contained classified information when they were sent or received. Eight of these emails contained Top Secret information, 36 were marked Secret, and another eight were labeled Confidential.


Ultimately, Comey concluded “we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”


Disturbingly, Director Comey said although “there is evidence of potential violations” the Bureau believes “that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” The FBI encouraged the Department of Justice to let Hillary Clinton go free because “no charges are appropriate in this case.”


Probably the most upsetting aspect of Director Comey’s remarks is the fact that he admitted that someone without the credentials or connections of Hillary Clinton who took the same actions would likely face punishment. “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” Comey said. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”


The announcement burst the hopes of millions of people around the United States who were hoping that, for once, a member of the political class would be held accountable for their actions. The newly organized emails from WikiLeaks are also unlikely to knock Clinton down from her throne as most of the deadstream (previously known as the mainstream) continues to ignore the crimes of the Clinton family. In fact, Clinton seems to be protected from all angles, including by social media giant Facebook.


In March, WikiLeaks demanded Facebook to stop censoring their content. The activist group posted a message to their Twitter account, saying “stop censoring our Hillary Clinton email release,” with a saved screenshot of a Facebook error message on the attempted post. WikiLeaks was attempting to share the first batch of emails from the former Secretary of State’s emails, but was apparently censored from sharing the link via Facebook.


I hate to say it, friends and family, but if you actually believed Hillary Clinton would be held accountable for her email crimes you are ignoring the amount of corruption and deceit that exist within the U.S. political system. It’s time for the people of this land to stop acquiescing and giving away our power. It’s time to stop looking to presidents as saviors. The only hope we have to turn this situation around is for each and every individual to begin participating in massive campaigns of non-resistance, non-compliance, and creation of new institutions that can replace the centralized government we have today. Let’s do it.


Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.


Derrick is available for interviews. Please contact Derrick@activistpost.com


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web-homeless-vetsBy Rebecca Em Campbell


“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around(these banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” — Thomas Jefferson during the congressional debate to renew the United States National Bank Charter – 1809


“There are thousand hacking at the branches of evil, to one who is striking at the root.” Henry David Thoreau – Walden, or A Walk in the Woods – 1854


During the week of June 26-July 2, 2016, it was announced that both corporate mainstream and allegedly independent media in both Seattle, Washington State and San Francisco, California would on June 29 launch a media blitz of “investigative reports” on homelessness in their two respective cities. Here is a brief aggregated summary and analysis of the two week’s end compilations of these “investigative reports” and their larger implications, in the weblinks provided below:



San Francisco Homeless Projecthttp://www.sfgate.com/homeless/


Seattle Media All in on #SeaHomeless Projectwww.crosscut.com/2016/06/seattle-media-all-in-on-seahomeless-project/


Examination of both titles and contents of approximately 100 articles listed in these two compendiums indicate routine reexamination of all of the many well-known elements of homelessness: mental health/substance abuse problems, littered cityscapes, ubiquitous panhandling, underfunded social/affordable housing programs, increasing crime, unemployment, underpaying jobs, lack of universal healthcare and overpriced housing/healthcare.


There were also a fair number of these articles at least mentioning possible second-tier solutions, such as housing first, day centers, more shelters/treatment centers/affordable healthcare clinics and affordable housing, more jobs, as well as increasing the minimum wage. There were also many tear-evocative first-person accounts of what it was like to be homeless, as well as faux-populist reporter-on-the-streets articles concerning same. It was most significant, that, despite the professed solidarity with the homeless population that these media blitzes would imply, almost none of these reports were written by the greatest living practical experts on this issue — homeless people themselves.








Nothing in any of these “investigative reports” examined the actual root causes of homelessness. In fact, there have been virtually no real investigative reports connecting all of the dots on the real root causes of homelessness in any of the corporate-controlled media – either mainstream or allegedly independent – for over thirty-five years, when the insidious tsunami of homelessness in America began in the early 1980s with the draconian policies of the Republican Reagan administration, and continued by whatever dumbed-down dialectic of the Demopublican duopoly has been in power ever since.


So to end this long media blackout on the actual root causes of homelessness, here is a concise bullet point listing of these root causes, with evidentiary weblinks, on the outside chance that readers and members of the corporate-controlled media – both mainstream and alternative – might possibly be interested in doing their own research concerning, exposure of, and taking effective localized action on this urgent multifaceted systemic issue:


1. All levels of corporate government and media in America – from local to federal – are complicit in the systemic foreclosure fraud being perpetrated on we the people by the criminal globalist banking cartel through the private, for-profit Federal Reserve system. This systemic foreclosure fraud is the largest cause of increasing homelessness in formerly middle class families and individuals.


The local governments, courts and media of Seattle/King County, Washington State and Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon, for example, are complicit with the criminal banking cartel in enabling foreclosure fraud in these two major municipalities of the US Pacific Northwest by refusing to indict/report on systemic foreclosure fraud by the banking cartel; the US government is guilty of similar crimes on a larger scale. Notice that these evidentiary weblinks are from authentic independent media online; none of the local corporate-controlled media – mainstream or allegedly independent – bothered to cover these news stories actually dealing with one of the main root causes of homelessness in America:


City-Funded Titles Audit Finds at Least 93% of Seattle MERS Foreclosures Fraudulent; Seattle City Council Refuses to Hold Hearing on Findingshttp://galacticconnection.com/leaked-seattle-audit-concludes-many-mortgage-documents-are-void/


Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon Unlawfully Settles $38 Million MERS Foreclosure Fraud Case for Mere $9 Million, Allows Bank of America to Continue Criminal Assault on Homeownershttps://livinglies.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/oregon-county-enters-into-illegal-setlement-with-mers-boa-et-al/


Whistleblower Tran vs. Wells Fargo Bank: US “Department of Justice” Declines to Intervene-Banks to Continue Foreclosure Fraud with Impunityhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-11/unsealed-tran-vs-wells-fargo-doj-declines-intervene-banks-continue-foreclose-impunit


2. All levels of corporate government in America — from local to federal — are complicit in enabling systemic gentrification by absentee foreign investors/private equity firms and mutual/pension funds, with consequent mass displacement of we the people. This is because these corporate governments do not at any level credibly investigate massive money-laundering by the globalist banking cartel, and its associated legal and real estate industries, of funds obtained from drug/weapons/human trafficking, as well as theft, extortion and fraud. These sanitized, ill-gotten gains are invested in new and existing high-end commercial/residential real estate and construction, driving up home and rental prices, gentrifying neighborhoods and displacing much of the local population, destroying the lives of many to fill the coffers of the few.


Seattle now has over 600 high-end construction sites of this type of development taking over the city; the numbers are likely similar in San Francisco, and Vancouver British Columbia, that has virtual shacks now selling for millions of dollars to absentee foreign and corporate investors, pricing longtime local residents out of living their own city.


CBS’ 60 Minutes Video/Transcript: New York Real Estate Attorneys – One President of American Bar Association – Tell Undercover Activist How to Launder Money Using High-End Real Estate; One Lawyer Tells Him, “We Run the Country” – 2016http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anonymous-inc-60-minutes-steve-kroft-investigation/


New York Times – Towers of Secrecy: Piercing Real Estate Shell Corporations – 2014http://www.nytimes.com/news-event/shell-company-towers-of-secrecy-real-estate


Zero Hedge: Vancouver, BC Shack Sells for $4 million, $735,000 Above Asking Price – 2016http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-29/pretty-freaking-nuts-vancouver-home-sells-735000-above-asking-price


Huffington Post/Tom Dispatch: Private Equity Funds Purchase Large Numbers of Rental Properties Within Cities, Then Cheat/Evict Renters-2014http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-gottesdiener/when-predatory-equity-hit_b_5110461.html


         

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3. All levels of corporate government in America – particularly the federal CIA – are complicit in systemic drug-running operations delivering at the very least a large portion of illegal street drugs being sold in urban areas, fueling major mental health/substance abuse issues and associated street crime.


Classic Pulitzer Prize-Winning Exposé of CIA Drug-Running in Los Angeles-San Jose Mercury: Dark Alliance – 1996http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/start.htm


Suppressed Investigative Report – Washington Post – The Crimes of Mena-CIA Drug-Running/Murders in Arkansas Under Governor Bill Clinton/First Lady Hillary Clinton 1983-1992http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/ARCHIVE/CRIMES_OF_MENA.html


4. All levels of corporate government in America are complicit in taking the major portion of the revenues provided to them by we the people – 66% – and quietly placing our money in corporate Wall Street investments benefiting only the 1% that these private, for-profit government corporations controlled by the globalist banking cartel through the private, for-profit Federal Reserve system actually serve.


Government entities then claim yearly “budget deficits” and each year cut more of the social services made necessary by their enablement of the above-mentioned systemic corporate crimes against we the people, and their legislated stealing of our monies.


Criminal Charges Against the Washington State Government/Media for Ongoing Systemic Financial Fraud and Treason – 2012http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/government/judicial_and_courts/news.php?q=1348243806


Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) Show Double Bookkeeping Fraud of All Government Entities in America, from Local to Federalhttp://www.cafrman.com/


Huffington Post – The Mysterious CAFRs: How Stagnant Pools of Government Money Could Help Save the Economy – Ellen Brown – 2011http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-brown/the-mysterious-cafrs-how_b_585011.html


5. We have been thus deterred from insisting that the following effective, replicable actions be taken to end the crisis of homelessness in our nation:


Government agencies investigating, prosecuting and convicting those corporate government and commercial corporate officials responsible for the aforementioned systemic crimes against the American people; the policy of housing first, that has already ended at least 90% of all homelessness in Utah and several cities in the province of Alberta, Canada, among all virtually veterans in the State of Virginia, and among considerable portions of the homeless population in Seattle and other cities; community land trusts, that can be used to keep whole portions of cities affordable for most; use of eminent domain and block purchases of mortgages, that, when rightly used by municipal governments, as in New York City and Richmond, California, can maintain affordable housing by public local government land banks of vacant buildings or fraudulently foreclosed homes for the public good of providing shelter for those who have been so wrongfully denied it, as well as the creation of municipal public banks providing funding for many such innovative public initiatives.


Seattle City Council President: Use of Eminent Domain/Financial Best Practices to Return Foreclosed Buildings to Reuse – 2015http://housingactionfund.org/sites/default/files/2015%20Seattle%20City%20Council%20Responses%20-%20Bruce%20A.%20Harrell.pdf


Yes Magazine: How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks Using Urban Community Land Trusts – 2015http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/cities-are-now/how-one-boston-neighborhood-stopped-gentrification-in-its-tracks


Los Angeles Times: Utah Winning War on Chronic Homelessness with Housing First Program – 2015http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-utah-housing-first-20150524-story.html


6. Finally, we the American people are complicit in helping cause the present crisis of homelessness in this country. We in our willful complacency have become alienated from the spiritual home that eternally abides within the sanctuary of our hearts. We throughout our history collectively have denied the truth or hearts would teach, and so we largely abide as ignorant slaves living just outside the long-promised land of freedom, no matter what the opulence of our physical shelter or our material wealth and power as individuals, and as a nation, might presently be.


For we have given over our power to those unworthy of safeguarding the public good, and have all but superficially refused to acknowledge, much less work to change, the decadent human – more accurately, inhuman systems – that presently cause the suffering of our homeless brothers and sisters in America and worldwide, that will cause our own suffering in the near future, if such suffering has not already begun. And unless we the American people declare our independence from our own past indifference to this human suffering and its dark systemic causes, truth also will remain homeless among we the people of the United States, now disowned from our sovereign heritage in this, the land of the fee and home of the slave.


Democracy Now! – What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Speech by 19th Century American Black Leader Frederick Douglas – 1852http://www.democracynow.org/2016/7/4/what_to_the_slave_is_4th?


   

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chilcot-reportBy Claire Bernish


In a damning commentary on the rush to invade Iraq, Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry found “diplomatic options had not” at the time “been exhausted. Military action was therefore not a last resort” — as then Prime Minister Tony Blair led the people of the U.K. to believe.


While the Chilcot Report proffers scathing insight into the circumstances surrounding the U.K.’s part in one of the most contentious invasions of a sovereign state in modern times, findings dually skewer then U.S. President George W. Bush’s reckless rush to force military action.


“Military action might have been necessary later,” the BBC summarized several key points found by the Inquiry, “but in March 2003: There was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein; The strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time; The majority of the Security Council supported continuing UN inspections and monitoring.



“Judgments about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction — known as WMD — were presented with a certainty that was not justified” and “Intelligence had ‘not established beyond doubt’ that Saddam Hussein had continued to produce chemical and biological weapons.”


Comprehensive in scope at 2.6 million words, the report covers the U.K.’s role in Iraq from 2001 to 2009, and includes preparations for the invasion, troop preparedness, the actual conflict, and the lack of forethought of the consequences — both in civilian and other casualties, as well as other repercussions — aggression would have on the country and region.








Chilcot investigated the nuanced codependent relationship between the U.S. and U.K. under the leadership of Bush and Blair, paraphrased by the BBC, “former prime minister Tony Blair overestimated his ability to influence US decisions on Iraq; and the UK’s relationship with the US does not require unconditional support.”


Though many expected the seven-year investigation to ‘whitewash’ widely-known mistakes in intelligence and support for the U.S. goal of “regime change,” Chilcot did not hesitate to keenly criticize the unjustified and heightened rush to initiate an all-out military assault — despite the report’s somewhat subdued language in doing so.


Nor does the report let either government off the hook for the enormity of the tragedy — in the civilian death toll, lack of planning for the aftermath in Iraq, nor in Blair’s capitulation to Bush’s bellicosity, despite lack of sufficient justification for war. Indeed, “despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated,” as the report’s Executive Summary states.


While the findings severely undercut the total number of Iraqi civilian noncombatants killed — at least 150,000 by July 2009 — Chilcot did admit the figure’s shortcomings.


Further, the report notes despite warnings about the potential for an invasion to destabilize the region — and what that ensuing stability might mean far into the future — Blair (and thus Bush, without stating as much) pressed the case for invasion past the point of disputability.


Additionally, Blair’s previous reluctance to involve the U.K. militarily in favor of forcing the Iraqi leader to accept the return of U.N. weapons inspectors, the report found, vanished following his visit to Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch. As it states:



Following his meeting with President Bush, Mr Blair stated that Saddam Hussein had to be confronted and brought back into compliance with the UN.


The acceptance of the possibility that the UK might participate in a military invasion of Iraq was a profound change in UK thinking. Although no decisions had been taken, that became the basis for contingency planning in the months ahead.



Flawed intelligence — the bulk of Bush’s justification for the invasion — should have been questioned by members of Parliament, but wasn’t, the report noted, adding the putative procedures determining legal justification for such an action were “far from satisfactory.”


Overall, the Blair-led government “failed to achieve its stated objectives.”


“If Tony Blair and other politicians responsible had told the truth it [the Iraq War] never would have happened,” asserted Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary and organizer of a massive protest, as cited by RT. “A country was destroyed, millions of innocent Iraqis were killed, British soldiers were killed, and terrorism has spread across the Middle East. Those responsible must now be brought to justice.”


In the years following the effectively unjustified invasion of Iraq, countless advocates, activists, and policy critics have issued calls for the summary prosecution of members of the Bush and Blair administrations for war crimes and/or crimes against humanity. Whether or not the Chilcot Inquiry’s findings will add sufficiently to the rather stunning case in favor of doing so remains to be seen — as do other potential repercussions — though it’s widely believed the report doesn’t quite go far enough to do so.


Indeed, by not making a summary judgment on legality, a seeming paradox has been created. While any judgment concerning legal issues in the Iraq War must be undertaken in a court of law, the report’s open hinting there could means for prosecution based on this evidence could be seen as allowing such proceedings — but contrarily could suggest the evidence to prosecute the politicians responsible isn’t sufficient.


Encompassing 12 full volumes — some 6,000 pages — the Chilcot Inquiry had been expected to take just two years — but instead took seven. Considering the sheer volume of information contained therein, it’s possible further revelations will become apparent in the days ahead.


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


   

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