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By Brandon Turbeville


Only hours after a very questionable chemical weapons incident that may very well have been staged from the word ‘go,’ U.S. President Donald Trump stood before reporters and the nation and channeled his inner Barack Obama, feigning human emotion and sadness at the death of children in Syria.


Trump repeated thoroughly discredited claims while attempted to drum up support for military action against the Syrian government by pulling at the heartstrings of the typically hardened American public.


“Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children” he said. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror.”



But more children of God suffered such horror only hours later when Trump himself ordered a barrage of Tomahawk missiles to strike the al- Sha’aryat airbase near Homs, Syria. While many of the missiles did strike their targets – a tragedy in its own right – others missed, tearing into the al-Sha’aryat countryside, killing approximately nine civilians, four of whom were children.


According to the AFP,



A US missile strike targeting an airbase in central Syria killed nine civilians, including four children, on Friday, state news agency SANA reported.


The news agency said five of the civilians, among them three children, were killed in the village of Shayrat just outside the base of the same name.


“An American missile also hit the village of Al-Hamrat, which killed four civilians including a child,” it added.


“Another seven civilians were wounded when a missile hit homes in Al-Manzul, four kilometres (two and a half miles) away from the Shayrat air base,” it added.



Of course, since these children were murdered by America’s missiles, we can only assume they were not “beautiful babies.” In fact, they must not have been children at all since no child of god should ever suffer such horror. They were, as they will be known, collateral damage; just numbers to Americans who have become the most bloodthirsty population on the face of the earth, second only to the population of Israel.


Nevertheless, since these children will likely never be acknowledged, the Trump administration and all the blood-drenched warhawks in the American Congress can claim they took a stand for human rights. Business as usual in the U.S. government.


Only days after showing signs that the United States was going to back away from the policy of destruction and destabilization of Syria, Trump has become the Baby Killer In Chief, taking over right where his predecessor left off. Indeed, one can only wonder the psychological state of a man who can order missile strikes on an army of valiant soldiers fighting terrorism where he knows that lives will be lost within minutes of his order, but who still goes straight to dinner as the missiles are raining down on his victims.


In closing, Trump would do well to pay heed to his own words:



Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.





We ask for god’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.


We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.



So do we all.


But not all of us have blood on our hands.


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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By Claire Bernish


Russian President Vladimir Putin has now responded to the U.S. blasting Al-Shayrat airbase in Syria with over 50 Tomahawk missiles launched from two destroyers Thursday night, as quoted by spokesman Dmitry Peskov, saying he “regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” adding the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”


Media reports indicate six military and nine civilian casualties — including, unironically, four children — and several wounded in the first direct act of aggression by the United States in Syria.


That pretext being a chemical attack against civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib Governate, for which President Donald Trump and other Western leaders pinned squarely on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — a claim which, despite a dearth of evidence and lack of independent investigation, became the impetus for the U.S. to jump head first into a war otherwise drawing to a close.



Peskov avowed “the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons” — and that has been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”


Through Peskov, the Russian president deemed the airstrikes a distraction from one of the ‘deadliest attacks on civilians in recent memory,’ in which nearly 300 people were killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq — widely suspected to be the work of the U.S.-led coalition, although an investigation is currently underway.


Worse, the abrupt show of military force prior to unassailable confirmation Assad had been responsible for inexplicably gassing to death civilians veritably decimated already tightly strained relations between the U.S. and Russia.


“This step deals significant damage to US-Russian ties, which are already in a deplorable state,” Peskov asserted.








“The main thing, Putin believes, is that this move [by the U.S.] doesn’t draw us nearer to the end goal in the fight with international terrorism and on the contrary, deals a serious setback to the creation of an international coalition in the fight with it.”

Putin, the spokesman said, accused the U.S. of repeatedly ignoring the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria, which has only served to aggravate the situation.


“Without bothering to investigate anything,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized in a statement, “the US went forward with a demonstration of force, a military confrontation with a country that is fighting international terrorism.


Obviously, the cruise missile attack was prepared beforehand. Any expert can tell that the decision to strike was made in Washington before the events in Idlib, which were used as a pretext for a demonstration.


Before Trump green-lighted the astonishing use of force, a number of U.S. officials, analysts, independent journalists, and others conjured the memories of former President George W. Bush and the ramp up to the Iraq War under the premise Saddam Hussein had ferreted away Weapons of Mass Destruction. That claim, of course — doubted by critics at the time — later proved to be an utter fabrication, despite its championing as an excuse for the illegal invasion.


Abominable though the torturous deaths of at least 86 civilians to an as-yet-undetermined chemical agent certainly are, aggressive military actions will not only ensure further killing of innocents, it undoubtedly will worsen Syria’s humanitarian and refugee crises.


“When speaking about the military intervention in Iraq many years after it happened,” Lavrov elaborated, “Tony Blair (who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007) acknowledged that they had misled everybody. Now they did not even bother to provide any facts referring only to photos. They indulged in speculations on children’s photos, on evidence provided by various non-governmental organizations, including the so-called White Helmets, which staged various ‘incidents’ to instigate action against the Syrian government.”


Displaying utmost restraint at the U.S.’ hot-headed reaction, Lavrov insisted Moscow would still demand a thorough investigation of the dubious chemical attack in Idlib. Quoted by TASS news agency, Lavrov lamented,


It is regrettable that all these causes do more harm to the already damaged relations between Russia and the United States. Hope remains that these provocations will not entail irreversible effects.


Other top Russian officials were equally adamant that U.S. missile strikes would further fray relations and could plunge the Middle East into even worse destruction and chaos — with little, if any, benefit to any of the parties involved.


“It’s a new round of escalation in the Middle East. These ill-judged, irresponsible actions don’t contribute to global security, security in the Middle East,” railed Russian Airborne Troops Colonel Andrei Krasov told state-run RIA, cited by Zero Hedge. “Other military conflicts, an expansion of military conflicts, are entirely possible.”


Russian officials expressed doubt broad international cooperation against terrorism would be possible if the United States continues raining missiles on Syria, as Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev surmised such a coalition now “bites the dust before it was even born.”


Still others shared concerns with Western critics of the military endeavor — that an already-boiling proxy war between the U.S. and Russia in Syria could explode into active engagement if extreme caution isn’t employed in the coming days.


“The U.S. is being dragged into the war in Syria in the full knowledge that Russia is supporting Syria and our troops are there, which means it’s fraught with direct clashes between Russia and the U.S. and the consequences could be the most serious, even armed clashes and exchanges of strikes,” admonished Russian lawmaker, Mikhail Emelyanov.


Indeed, with the tangible potential for Russian forces to come under fire, unintentionally or otherwise, Moscow suspended the memorandum of understanding on flight safety in Syria with the United States. Originally signed in October 2015, the memorandum sought to prevent blunders as both nations operated independently of one another inside Syria.


Although Washington’s immediate plans remain unclear, the revocation of that agreement gives the Russian military additional options for defending its operations — and possibly those of the Syrian government.


Notably, if portentously, Moscow also deployed the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate, The Admiral Grigorovich — armed with Kalibr cruise missiles — which is slated to arrive in the Mediterranean later today before visiting a logistics base in the Syrian port of Tartus.






Whether or not the Grigorovich remains in place near the Syrian coast after that time will be decided by actions next undertaken by the United States, an unnamed Russian military-diplomatic source told TASS.


RIA reported just 23 of the 59 total Tomahawks fired by the U.S. met their intended targets, though media reports do vary. RIA, cited by Reuters, quoted an unidentified employee of Syria’s Al-Shayrat base, who noted, “All the aircraft on the base have been taken out of action, it’s safe to say they are completely destroyed” — though reports variously dispute that claim, as well.


“The US pretends it doesn’t get obvious things,” the Russian Foreign Ministry gently castigated. “It turned a blind eye on terrorist usage of chemical weapons in Iraq, which Baghdad officially reported. It dismissed documented cases of terrorist chemical warfare usage in Aleppo. All this does is abet international terrorism and bolster it.”


Perhaps most ironically in the Trump administration’s lustful rush to retaliate is its playing directly into terrorists’ desires — embittering those previously moderate or apathetic to the point radicalizing and fighting back becomes an appealing option.


Blowback.


Provocation of this magnitude, the Foreign Ministry warned, would only lead to an increase in terrorist attacks “with weapons of mass destruction.”


Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen. This article first appeared here at TheFreeThoughtProject.com


   

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By Jeff Paul


After a very murky report of a sarin gas incident on McCain’s mercenaries in Syria, all of a sudden Trump supports regime change and, with Hillary Clinton’s recommendation, launches a missile attack on Assad’s government. Influential Trump supporters feel betrayed and slam the decision.


In the video below, veteran and Trump supporter Angelo John Gage expresses his disgust over the Syria missile attack directly to Trump on Twitter. This sentiment seems to be growing among Trump supporters who believed his promises to stop foreign interventions and focus on re-building America.





Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars also stated last evening “I’m officially OFF the Trump train.” after the illegal strikes against the Syrian government.




Watson must’ve got a call from upstairs because he walked back his rhetoric this morning, accusing the “fake news” misunderstanding him.




Even Stefan Molyneux managed to get in some blows against Trump. Molyneux says attacking Syria is a huge mistake.



Welcome back to reality fellas.


But perhaps Trump is his own best critic in previous tweets to Obama about Syria:






Jeff Paul writes for Activist Post where this article first appeared. He is also the co-editor for Counter Markets agorist newsletter.


   

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By Bernie Suarez


This just in. According to mainstream media president Trump, even if for a day, is no longer Hitler. He is no longer a threat to the world now that the Trump administration has been officially compromised by the Neocon war hawks who have been (along with their partners on the Liberal Left) trying to undermine Trump since day one. It is important for people to see that the recently reported missile attack on a Syrian airbase is entirely contrary to the recent commitment by the US to not call for Assad’s stepping down. If you are a Trump supporter or someone trying to make sense of all this you may be thinking, huh? What’s going on? And, false flag alert!


All of this is completely normal nowadays, however, with the ongoing JFK-style internal struggle for the undermining of the Trump administration; a struggle that marks an administration which is becoming known for all of its 180-degree turns. One day Trump announces his desire to break away from NATO, another day VP Pence tells the EU of the US commitment to NATO. One day Trump says he wants to be friends with Russia, then the mainstream media and the Neocons attacks him for this so he later mysteriously changes his position. One minute threatening rhetoric comes out saying “Iran is on notice” only to see nothing happen over the coming months.



And now just days after Syrian president Bashar al Assad is officially declared a non-threat, all of a sudden we see a chemical weapons (false flag?) attack accusation blamed on Assad which apparently justifies a new attitude toward Assad and a missile being fired into a Syrian position. Notice that as opposed to the old Iraq “weapons of mass destruction” accusation, there apparently was no need to investigate the nature of this “attack.” Now it is apparently sufficient and justified to go straight for the counterattack missile strike without any need to prove to the world anything.


As much of the alternative media has been pointing out for months, we are in the middle of a coup d’etat and as we can see that nothing can be trusted because we no longer know who is in charge. The forces that have been trying to undermine and take over the Trump administration are coming not only from the Liberal Left but from their Neocon partners as we saw recently with the ridiculous Dick Cheney statements falsely accusing Russia of an “act of war” for supposedly “influencing” the US elections. And with this recent event we must all wonder – is the coup d’etat against the Trump administration complete and official now?


I suppose the main point or the more important point I want to make about this recent development regardless of what direction this goes is that now for the first time all year the mainstream media is NOT bashing Trump! And that should be all that anyone needs to see to be convinced that up to now Trump has been a threat to the ruling elite’s (Liberal Left and Neocon) new world order plans. Yes, these globalists are operating right in front of us as millions of Americans on the Liberal Left have been brainwashed by their leaders to think that Trump is “Hitler,” an “isolationist” and a dangerous “nationalist” for not going along with the globalist agenda. Note to the Liberal Left: if Trump continues aggression in Syria or anywhere in the Middle East and aligns himself with the globalists, all of a sudden all of your (“social justice warrior”) criticism of Trump will be labeled “conspiracies” by the very same mainstream media that had been bashing Trump up to now for not cooperating with the globalist agenda.


If nothing else comes out of this, I hope that people see the political nature of the world we live in. There is a ruling class that intends to implement their new world order as soon as they can and they will not let any president or anyone get in the way of this plan. They want to rule over you and they hate the individual, they hate all religions, traditional values and cultures, they hate nation states with an enforceable rule of law that gets in their way, and they hate freedom, free speech and the concept of a free press (think alternative media). All of these are threats to their plans and the mainstream media today including the social media giants today (Facebook, YouTube) more than any other entity is tasked with pushing this globalization and new world order plan forward regardless of what it takes. As I urge viewers in the video below, if you forget politicians and just notice what the mainstream media says and run the other way you’ll always be right!





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By Rory Hall


The IMF (International Monetary Fund) or as I like to call them – International Mafia Federation – is showing its true colors and proving beyond question this organization is nothing more than street-corner thugs in high-priced suits.


With the release of this latest working paper on how to enslave nations, steal the remaining sovereignty of the people and nations they have drawn up plans to force a cashless society upon all the people within IMF member nations.



The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington has published a Working Paper on “de-cashing”. It gives advice to governments who want to abolish cash against the will of their citizenry. Move slowly, start with harmless seeming measures, is part of that advice.


In “The Macroeconomics of De-Cashing”, IMF-Analyst Alexei Kireyev recommends in his conclusions:



Although some countries most likely will de-cash in a few years, going completely cashless should be phased in steps. The de-cashing process could build on the initial and largely uncontested steps, such as the phasing out of large denomination bills, the placement of ceilings on cash transactions, and the reporting of cash moves across the borders. Further steps could include creating economic incentives to reduce the use of cash in transactions, simplifying the opening and use of transferrable deposits, and further computerizing the financial system.


The private sector led de-cashing seems preferable to the public sector led decashing. The former seems almost entirely benign (e.g., more use of mobile phones to pay for coffee), but still needs policy adaptation. The latter seems more questionable, and people may have valid objections to it. De-cashing of either kind leaves both individuals and states more vulnerable to disruptions, ranging from power outages to hacks to cyberwarfare. In any case, the tempting attempts to impose de-cashing by a decree should be avoided, given the popular personal attachment to cash. A targeted outreach program is needed to alleviate suspicions related to de-cashing; in particular, that by de-cashing the authorities are trying to control all aspects of peoples’ lives, including their use of money, or push personal savings into banks. The de-cashing process would acquire more traction if it were based on individual consumer choice and cost-benefits considerations. Source



It doesn’t get much clearer than that – if the people resist, simply change the rules and, as we have stated time and again, simply enact a new law that the majority of people will accept and the remaining 3-5% will be forced into enslavement with the rest.


Let’s break it down a little so the picture is as clear as possible.


Step one – The de-cashing process could build on the initial and largely uncontested steps, such as the phasing out of large denomination bills, the placement of ceilings on cash transactions, and the reporting of cash moves across the borders.


Strip out, for example, the $100 bill from the U.S. economy. This would eliminate more than half the cash value in circulation with one stroke of the draconian pen.


Next, as France and Spain have already done, and most of the European Union have cash transaction limits – set a limit, for example, transactions larger than$1,000 must be made using electronic means or have a bank involved at some level, e.g. cashier’s check so their is a record of the transaction for tax and tracking purposes. The good news is, Germany attempted to set a $5,000 euro cash transaction limit and the people revolted.


Finally, make it almost impossible to get cash out of your country and into another. In the U.S. you are required to declare more than $10,000 cash moving across the border and my guess is this suffer a substantial cut.


Another handy tool the criminals are planning on using is to have, for example, “big-box stores” to simply no longer accept cash “for your safety” of course. By implementing this type of policy change the government is not seen as the ‘bad guy’ but a much more friendly “retail outlet” looking out for your safety and the safety of their employees. One question – when was the last time an armed robbery occurred at any big box store worldwide? Criminals are not so stupid as to attempt to rob a big-box store due to the sheer volume of cameras on the grounds and inside the stores.


Once these the steps are in place, it makes it much easier to get people to accept financial enslavement as a “convenience” and “for your protection and safety” – “for the children.”






Note, that the author is not talking about unreasonable objections and imagined disadvantages: He does count it among the advantages of de-cashing in the very next paragraph that personal savings are pushed into banks and he also does count total control of all aspects of financial life under the pros, as in the last sentence of the last quote below.


“As de-cashing gives incentives to economies’ agents to convert their currency in bank deposits, the deposit base of the banking system will increase, which can help reduce the lending rates and expand credit.” Source



As the criminal banking cabal becomes more desperate to steal our remaining wealth they are devising more devious ways of doing it. Soft-sell the people into their own enslavement instead of forcing them. The past few decades we have been treated just a step above cattle, now the gloves seem to be coming off and the banking cabal no longer cares that we can see their crimes and their true colors.


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You can read the entire – pdf that will download to your computer – IMF plan to financially enslave the planet by clicking here.


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By Vin Armani


In this video, Vin Armani covers a recent story of an immigration raid on a US citizen where the multi-decade-long homeowner was killed by agents. The police state grows with every new law. People need to realize that all laws are backed by violence that may come visit you even if you’re innocent.




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By James Corbett


It has begun. Trump, declaring “national security interests,” has ordered an attack on Syria, striking a Syrian government airfield with a volley of 50 Tomahawk missiles. The news is still breaking and could include a Russian military response. Please help in compiling data on these events by leaving links and info in the comments section below.




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By Brandon Turbeville


Shortly after the chemical weapons incident in Syria, Donald Trump paraded himself in front of the world posing as emotionally distraught over the deaths of “beautiful babies” in Syria as a result of what he claimed was a Syrian government chemical attack. Of course, while no one knows definitively who was responsible for the attack, it is clear that the Syrian government was not the responsible party. At best, a weapons depot was bombed that was housing chemical weapons belonging to Western-backed terrorists.


Only a number of hours after feigning concern over gassed children, Trump ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against Syrian military bases in Syria, under the guise of protecting civilians.



The Guardian, reporting on the strikes up to the minute, reported,



The map shows al-Shayrat airfield, a Syrian military site close to Homs, which was targeted by around 60 US Tomahawk missiles.


It’s currently Friday 4.30am in Syria. It is not yet clear precisely what time the strikes were carried out.



At 9:40pm, The Guardian wrote,


CNN reports that the missile launches took place around an hour ago, at 8.45 ET – that would have been 3.45am in Syria. The targets at the military airbase included runways, aircraft and fuel points.


Five minutes later, The Guardian reported,


The strike comprised dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the guided-missile destroyers USS Ross and Porter in the eastern Mediterranean. An airfield near Homs was targeted, signalling a limited initial engagement. The US did not target Syria’s formidable air defences, as it does before a concerted airpower campaign.


Below are Trump’s comments regarding his orders to strike Syrian military positions, given before reporters in Florida:



My fellow Americans,


On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent.








Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.

No child of god should ever suffer such horror.


Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.


It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.


There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the UN security council.


Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.


As a result the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.


Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.





We ask for god’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.


We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed.


And we hope that as long as America stands for justice that peace and harmony will in the end prevail.


Goodnight and god bless America and the entire world. Thank you.



To this, I would add “God help America.” What the United States has done is to come to the rescue of terrorists, al-Qaeda, ISIS and, of course, forwarded its own agenda of imperialism in the process.


We now await the Russian response and the consequences that will possibly have dire ramifications for the rest of the world.


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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By Lily Dane


Police departments aren’t the only ones seizing money from citizens without charging them with a crime: the IRS is in the civil asset forfeiture game too.


In just two years – from 2012 to 2014 – the IRS stole more than $17 million from innocent business owners, deliberately targeting their earnings for an easy steal. Using obscure anti-money laundering rules and civil asset forfeiture, the agency compromised the rights of individuals and their businesses, a government watchdog has discovered.


The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on March 30 that details how IRS investigators seized hundreds of bank accounts from business owners based on nothing but a suspicious pattern of deposits.



In more than 90 percent of those cases, the money was completely legal. The audit also found that investigators violated internal policies when conducting interviews, failed to notify individuals of their rights, and improperly bargained to resolve civil cases.


From The Washington Post:



To combat criminal activity, individuals and businesses are required to report all bank deposits greater than $10,000 to federal authorities. Intentionally splitting up large sums of cash into sub-$10,000 amounts to avoid that reporting requirement is known as “structuring” and is illegal under the federal Bank Secrecy Act.


But many business owners engaged in perfectly legal activities may be unaware of the law. Others are covered by insurance policies that don’t cover cash losses greater than $10,000. Still others simply want to avoid extra paperwork, and keep their deposits less than $10,000 on the advice of bank employees or colleagues.









Under the Act, structuring IS technically a crime, but the reporting requirements were enacted to detect serious criminal activity – including terrorist activities, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

They “were not put in place just so that the Government could enforce the reporting requirements,” as the IG’s report explains.


But the IRS didn’t let that stop them. The agency pursued hundreds of cases from 2012 to 2015 on suspicion of structuring, but with no indications of connections to any criminal activity. Simply depositing cash in sums of less than $10,000 was all that it took to arouse agents’ suspicions, leading to the eventual seizure and forfeiture of millions of dollars in cash from people not otherwise suspected of criminal activity.


The inspector general found that money seized and forfeited by the IRS was legally obtained in 91 percent of a sample of 278 structuring investigations it reviewed occurring between fiscal years 2012 and 2014. Altogether, those funds totaled $17.1 million and involved 231 cases.


The investigation was launched in 2014 after lawsuits and research by the Institute for Justice (IJ), including its report Seize First, Question Later, which is cited by TIGTA, helped bring the abuses to the public’s attention.


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The investigation also found, reports IJ:



Department of Justice attorneys working with the IRS encouraged “quick hits,” where property was easier to seize, “rather than pursuing cases with other criminal activity (such as drug trafficking and money laundering), which are more time-consuming”;
“The Government appeared to bargain non-prosecution to resolve the civil forfeiture case”;
Investigators often ignored reasonable explanations for transactions that appeared to fit a pattern of structuring.

IJ Attorney Robert Everett Johnson issued a statement in response to the report, and some details he points out are particularly concerning:


The IRS gave no warning prior to these seizures, and the IRS did not speak to property owners to see if there might be some honest explanation for the pattern. Shockingly, even when property owners provided an innocent explanation for their banking practices following the seizures, the IRS watchdog found that the agency did not even consider whether it might be true. That disregard for the pursuit of justice is the unfortunate but unsurprising result of civil forfeiture’s profit incentive, which allows agencies like the IRS to use money that they seize to fund their budgets.


The IRS and the DOJ have returned some money to some victims, but until all of the ill-gotten assets are returned to their proper owners, justice will not be served, says IJ.


It is unclear whether structuring forfeiture cases make up a small or large percentage of all IRS forfeitures, because the IRS does not publish that information and denied requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act to make it public.


The findings of the TIGTA audit were released shortly after another government corruption bombshell was revealed: The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized $3.2 billion in cash over a 10-year period from people who were never under criminal investigation.





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By Lily Dane


Police departments aren’t the only ones seizing money from citizens without charging them with a crime: the IRS is in the civil asset forfeiture game too.


In just two years – from 2012 to 2014 – the IRS stole more than $17 million from innocent business owners, deliberately targeting their earnings for an easy steal. Using obscure anti-money laundering rules and civil asset forfeiture, the agency compromised the rights of individuals and their businesses, a government watchdog has discovered.


The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on March 30 that details how IRS investigators seized hundreds of bank accounts from business owners based on nothing but a suspicious pattern of deposits.



In more than 90 percent of those cases, the money was completely legal. The audit also found that investigators violated internal policies when conducting interviews, failed to notify individuals of their rights, and improperly bargained to resolve civil cases.


From The Washington Post:



To combat criminal activity, individuals and businesses are required to report all bank deposits greater than $10,000 to federal authorities. Intentionally splitting up large sums of cash into sub-$10,000 amounts to avoid that reporting requirement is known as “structuring” and is illegal under the federal Bank Secrecy Act.


But many business owners engaged in perfectly legal activities may be unaware of the law. Others are covered by insurance policies that don’t cover cash losses greater than $10,000. Still others simply want to avoid extra paperwork, and keep their deposits less than $10,000 on the advice of bank employees or colleagues.









Under the Act, structuring IS technically a crime, but the reporting requirements were enacted to detect serious criminal activity – including terrorist activities, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

They “were not put in place just so that the Government could enforce the reporting requirements,” as the IG’s report explains.


But the IRS didn’t let that stop them. The agency pursued hundreds of cases from 2012 to 2015 on suspicion of structuring, but with no indications of connections to any criminal activity. Simply depositing cash in sums of less than $10,000 was all that it took to arouse agents’ suspicions, leading to the eventual seizure and forfeiture of millions of dollars in cash from people not otherwise suspected of criminal activity.


The inspector general found that money seized and forfeited by the IRS was legally obtained in 91 percent of a sample of 278 structuring investigations it reviewed occurring between fiscal years 2012 and 2014. Altogether, those funds totaled $17.1 million and involved 231 cases.


The investigation was launched in 2014 after lawsuits and research by the Institute for Justice (IJ), including its report Seize First, Question Later, which is cited by TIGTA, helped bring the abuses to the public’s attention.


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The investigation also found, reports IJ:



Department of Justice attorneys working with the IRS encouraged “quick hits,” where property was easier to seize, “rather than pursuing cases with other criminal activity (such as drug trafficking and money laundering), which are more time-consuming”;
“The Government appeared to bargain non-prosecution to resolve the civil forfeiture case”;
Investigators often ignored reasonable explanations for transactions that appeared to fit a pattern of structuring.

IJ Attorney Robert Everett Johnson issued a statement in response to the report, and some details he points out are particularly concerning:


The IRS gave no warning prior to these seizures, and the IRS did not speak to property owners to see if there might be some honest explanation for the pattern. Shockingly, even when property owners provided an innocent explanation for their banking practices following the seizures, the IRS watchdog found that the agency did not even consider whether it might be true. That disregard for the pursuit of justice is the unfortunate but unsurprising result of civil forfeiture’s profit incentive, which allows agencies like the IRS to use money that they seize to fund their budgets.


The IRS and the DOJ have returned some money to some victims, but until all of the ill-gotten assets are returned to their proper owners, justice will not be served, says IJ.


It is unclear whether structuring forfeiture cases make up a small or large percentage of all IRS forfeitures, because the IRS does not publish that information and denied requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act to make it public.


The findings of the TIGTA audit were released shortly after another government corruption bombshell was revealed: The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized $3.2 billion in cash over a 10-year period from people who were never under criminal investigation.





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By Mac Slavo


While those at the top of the heap are getting richer than ever, millions upon millions of Americans are struggling more than ever before.


As a general institution, jobs for the masses increasingly feature frozen wages, evaporating benefits, part-time hours, and less than stellar opportunities.


For these people, just getting by can be very stressful.


And that is being reflected in a big way in a recent Gallup poll that has captured unprecedented levels of concern among lower-income people who are statistically terrified of losing their grip.



via Wolf Richter of Wolf Street:



Lower-income Americans worry more in general than those with higher incomes. Everything is riskier and tougher for them. But nothing compares to the worries about hunger and homelessness. Gallup:


Since 2001, worry has been highest among those residing in lower-income households, likely because those with limited financial resources are more at risk of going hungry or becoming homeless. A consistent majority of lower-income adults worried about the problem before 2012, but that has only increased in the past five years.


[…]








On average, across the 13 issues, the percentage of lower-income adults who worry a great deal is seven percentage points higher than among middle-income Americans, and 17 points higher than among upper-income Americans.

But differences in concern about hunger and homelessness far exceed those norms. In fact, the 20-point difference in worry about hunger and homelessness between lower-income and middle-income Americans is higher than for any of the other issues. Similarly, the 30-point difference in worry about hunger and homelessness between lower-income and upper-income Americans ties for the highest, along with concern about crime and violence.


Turns out, among Americans making $30,000 or less a year, 67% worry “a great deal” about hunger and homelessness! Food and shelter, two of the most basic human needs. That’s the highest percentage ever in Gallup’s data series on this question going back to 2001.



Obviously everyone already knows that poor people struggle more than well-off people whose needs are easily provided.


The unknown here is why those who are making less than $30,000 per year are so much MORE worried about hunger, homelessness and ‘just the basics’ than they were fifteen years ago.


Moreover, why are the middle-class people – making a healthy $30k-$75k also more worried than they have been about personally being homeless and hungry?


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What has changed?






Though it is hard to pinpoint, there has been a squeeze on the economy. Somewhere out there, there is a monster.


The glut of money created to give the banks liquidity was reinvested back into government bonds, and companies’ own stocks. Investment did not, generally, trickle down to the working man. Jobs weren’t created, and a recovery never happened. And many people are on the brink of losing everything – obviously many of those making at or under $30,000 are finding it pretty difficult to make it through.


The disillusionment hasn’t helped. Even with an expanded SNAP government food aid program, people are more freaked out than they ever have been about how food is going to be put on their table, and about how they are going to keep a roof over their head.


The level of worry here is frightening enough in of itself.


As Wolf Richter asked, is there some particular reason why things have suddenly “gotten a lot riskier, scarier, and uglier in some profound ways for lower-income Americans, those making $30,000 or less a year?”


Read more:



A Hidden America: Living in Cars, Tents and Cheap Motels *Video Report*
This Is How To Survive If You Lose Everything (Including Your Home)
What American Dream? “The Middle Class Is Dying And Poverty Is On The Rise”
Americans Pay More In Taxes Each Year Than “Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined”

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By Daniel Lang


It’s been months now since the mainstream media became hysterical following the election, and began a veritable witch hunt over “fake news” on the Internet. Now this madness is spilling into the real world. California’s legislature recently tried to pass legislation that would ban fake news.


Last week, the California Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs filed AB 1104, or the California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act. This law would have essentially made it illegal to knowingly publish or share fake news that is related to an election. The bill made no exception for satire or hyperbole, and failed to explain by what standard anyone would determine if a story was fake.



18320.5. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following:


(a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election.


(b) Any candidate for election to public office.




What’s truly hilarious, however, is that this bill could have stifled the same reporters in the mainstream media who have been complaining about fake news. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed out, journalists who reported on supposed fake news stories wouldn’t be able to quote them, even if it was in an attempt to debunk those stories.


Clearly the bill was not only unconstitutional, it was incredibly dumb, too. That’s probably why it was pulled not long after it was introduced. That’s kind of a relief, but the fact that we have people in our government who don’t think twice about proposing these ideas, is quite disturbing.


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By Jon Rappoport


During the transition between election and inauguration, Trump associates have phone conversations with foreign leaders. Those conversations are recorded by US intelligence agencies and turned into secret intelligence reports…


Former Obama National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, is accused of “unmasking” the names of Trump team members contained in those US intelligence reports and illegally leaking their names to the press. Bloomberg reports: “One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.”


In other words, US intelligence agencies, under Obama, were spying on Trump associates—and Rice obtained the names of those associates, which are supposed to be kept confidential.



Leaking the names to the press, in the current political atmosphere, would result in the impression that Trump associates were having improper conversations with foreign leaders, or even “colluding” with them. Lots of innuendo here.


The Susan Rice spying scandal points to what? More. Other Americans the Obama team spied on. Other Americans who were opposed to the Obama agenda. Other Americans who were critical of the Obama administration. Other Americans who were exposing the Obama administration.








For example, former CBS star investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson—who has sued members of the Obama team and several federal agencies. That lawsuit has just been referred to another venue by the judge in the case. He could have dismissed the suit, but he didn’t. He wants it to proceed. He wants Attkisson to have her day in court.

You might remember Attkisson was uncovering highly embarrassing details about the gun-walking operation, Fast & Furious, and the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. She was making the Obama administration extremely uncomfortable.


But let me quote Judge Emet Sullivan’s recent order transferring Attkisson’s suit:


“In 2011——at the same time that Ms. Attkisson was conducting investigations and issuing certain of her high-profile news reports——the Attkissons ‘began to notice anomalies in numerous electronic devices at their home in Virginia.’ These anomalies included Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer and a family desktop computer ‘turning on and off at night without input from anyone in the household,’ ‘the house alarm chirping daily at different times,’ and ‘television problems, including interference.’ All of these electronic devices used ‘the Verizon FiOS line installed in [the Attkissons’] home,’ but Verizon was unable to stanch the anomalous activity despite multiple attempts. In January 2012, the Attkissons’ residential internet service ‘began constantly dropping off’.”


“In February 2012, ‘sophisticated surveillance spyware’ was installed on Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer. A later forensic computer analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson’s laptop and the family’s desktop computer had been the ‘targets of unauthorized surveillance efforts.’ That same forensic analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson’s mobile phone was also targeted for surveillance when it was connected to the family’s desktop computer. The infiltration of that computer and the extraction of information from it was ‘executed via an IP address owned, controlled, and operated by the United States Postal service.’ Additionally, based on the sophisticated nature of the software used to carry out the infiltration and software fingerprints indicating the use of the federal government’s proprietary software, the infiltration and surveillance appeared to be perpetrated by persons in the federal government.”


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“An independent forensic computer analyst hired by CBS subsequently reported finding evidence on both Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer and her family’s desktop computer of ‘a coordinated, highly-skilled series of actions and attacks directed at the operation of the computers.’ Computer forensic analysis also indicated that remote actions were taken in December 2012 to remove the evidence of the electronic infiltration and surveillance from Ms. Attkisson’s computers and other home electronic equipment.”


“As Ms. Attkisson’s investigations and reporting continued, in October 2012 the Attkissons noticed ‘an escalation of electronic problems at their personal residence, including interference in home and mobile phone lines, computer interference, and television interference.’ In November of that year, Ms. Attkisson’s mobile phones ‘experienced regular interruptions and interference, making telephone communications unreliable, and, at times, virtually impossible’.”


“Additionally, in December 2012, a person with government intelligence experience conducted an inspection of the exterior of the Attkissons’ Virginia home. That investigator discovered an extra Verizon FiOS fiber optics line. Soon thereafter, after a Verizon technician was instructed by Ms. Attkisson to leave the extra cable at the home, the cable disappeared, and the Attkissons were unable to determine what happened to it. In March 2013, the Attkissons’ desktop computer malfunctioned, and in September of that year, while Ms. Attkisson was working on a story at her home, she observed that her personal laptop computer was remotely accessed and controlled, resulting in data being deleted from it. On April 3, 2013, Ms. Attkisson filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Justice. The Inspector General’s investigation was limited to an analysis of the compromised desktop computer, and the partially-released report that emerged from that investigation reported ‘no evidence of intrusion,’ although it did note ‘a great deal of advanced mode computer activity not attributable to Ms. Attkisson or anybody in her household’.”


“The Attkissons allege that the ‘cyber-attacks’ they ‘suffered in [their] home’ were perpetrated by ‘personnel working on behalf of the United States.’ Accordingly, they have asserted various claims against the United States and against former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and unknown agents of the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service, and the United States, all in their individual capacities. Those claims include claims against the United States under the FTCA and claims against the individual federal officers for violations of constitutional rights under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971)…”


Spying, surveillance, harassment, interference, attempts at intimidation.


Are you noticing any significant mainstream news coverage of this case? Of course not.


Ordinarily, mainstream reporters protect their own colleagues, but here there is silence.





Let’s call it what it is: PARTISAN POLITICAL SILENCE.


The silence is based on a principle they don’t teach at journalism schools:


“We omit the news that contradicts our agenda. Our agenda IS the news.”


Memo to the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions: You could launch your own investigation into the Attkisson case. Bring it front and center. Uncover all the nasty details. Expose the perpetrators.


Now.


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By Brandon Turbeville


As former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley does all she can to eclipse Samantha Power as being the most bloodthirsty warmonger at the United Nations, consistently shrieking and shilling for war with Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump, who won partially because of the support given him by people who opposed the war on Syria is doing whatever he can to become Barack Obama.


After the questionable chemical weapons incident (there is not even enough evidence to call it an attack), Nikki Haley stood before reporters and hinted as possible U.S. military intervention in Syria with or without a U.N. resolution.


“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said.



Trump also repeated the lie that the Assad government was the responsible party for the chemical weapons incident and rejected the Russian explanation that the chemical weapons were released as a result of the destruction of a terrorist weapons depot that was also being used to produce chemical weapons.


“And I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” he said, adding that the incident “crossed many, many lines.”


When pressed as to what the U.S. response would be, Trump played coy, stating only, “You’ll see.”


As Reuters reported,









Trump’s comments, which came just a few days after Washington said it was no longer focused on making Assad leave power, suggested a clash between the Kremlin and Trump’s White House after initial signals of warmer ties. Trump did not mention Russia in his comments on Wednesday but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it was time for Russia to think carefully about its support for Assad.

Pence said the time had come for Moscow to “keep the word that they made to see to the elimination of chemical weapons so that they no longer threaten the people in that country.”


Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad’s armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than four years.



Yet, Trump’s willingness to provoke Russia and possibly go to war in Syria stands in direct contrast to Trump in 2013, during a period when another gas attack took place in Syria, then also blamed on Assad but which was later proven to be the actions of the Wests’ terrorists.


One need only take a look at his infamous Twitter page and a collection of his tweets in 2013 regarding the chemical attack in Syria to see a stark difference. One such collection was put together by Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl) who herself tweeted, “Tweets reveal @realDonaldTrump wasn’t emotionally effected by the #2013SyriaChemicalAttack he used his brain. The Deep State castrated him.”





In response to the same event, writer and journalist Kurt Nimmo tweeted, “I am flabbergasted nobody saw this coming. His election comments on stealing oil, torture and killing families should have been a tip off.”





Regardless, for those hoping Trump’s “you’ll see” will actually be a surprise to the Deep State and result in greater cooperation with Assad and Putin, such wishes do not jive with Trump’s other statements on the incident. If it is a surprise, however, he would do well to tell Nikki Haley to shut her mouth, an order for which the entire country would be grateful.





More than likely, however, the Trump policy is going to be more of the same with a slightly new presentation, a comb-over instead of hope and change.


While leftists and Democrats forage for the most idiotic reasons to impeach Trump, they will no doubt miss the fact that launching a war of aggression based on a lie is indeed an impeachable offense.


However, since leftists have been the biggest cheerleaders for war with Syria over the last six years, we expect the war to continue and progress with nothing but the occasional criticism from your average Democrat and renegade Republicans demanding that Trump intensify it.


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By Brandon Turbeville


Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against civilians. Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their being no evidence that it committed the attacks. Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the available credible evidence suggests that the deployment of chemical weapons this time around, like all the others before it, was the work of terrorists and their supporters.


But the evidence does not matter to propagandists and, despite the public appearance that the U.S. President is battling the Deep State apparatus, it seems now that the Deep State and the head of the country are now finally reading from the same page.


The Incident


According to a flurry of reports, an incident occurred on April 4, 2017 in Idlib, Syria in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, where it has been reported that chemical weapons were used or detonated resulting in the death of at least 58 people including 11 children. And that is all we know about the incident. We do not know it was an attack. We do not know it was an accident. We only know that whatever happened has been turned into an international incident aimed at demonizing the Assad government and testing Russia in Syria yet again.



Assad and the Syrian Government Denies Using Chemical Weapons


For its part, the Syrian government has categorically denied launching chemical weapons against civilians or terrorists in Idlib. Russia has reaffirmed that the Syrian military is innocent of the charges brought by the West with a military source telling al-Masdar News that the army “has not and does not use them, not in the past and not in the future, because it does not have them in the first place.”


But to listen to the Western corporate press, one would be excused in believing that there was overwhelming and damning evidence to the contrary as both the press and Western governments continue to hurl accusations at the Syrian government. Indeed, some outlets have even gone so far to blame Russia for dropping chemical-laced missiles into Idlib, an impossibility since Russia was not conducting any airstrikes over Idlib at the time.


The Weapons Depot


According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the incident was not a “chemical weapons attack” but the result of an SAA airstrike against a terrorist weapons depot that was also being used for the production of chemical weapons. Major-General Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry Spokesman, stated that the facility was being used to produce these chemical weapons for shipment to terrorist forces inside Iraq. The warehouse that was bombed, according to Konashenkov, was being used to both produce and store shells that contained toxic gas which were then shipped to Iraq and used there. He pointed out that both the Iraqi government and a number of international organizations have confirmed the use of these types of weapons by terrorists operating in Iraq.








Konashenkov added that the terrorists used the same type of weapons in Aleppo, where Russian military experts took samples in 2016. The Russian Defense Ministry claims to have confirmed this information as being “fully objective and verified.” The Ministry also claimed that the victims of Khan Sheikhoun exhibited identical symptoms to those shown by victims in the Aleppo attacks.

“According to Russian airspace monitoring systems, yesterday between 11.30 and 12.30 local time the Syrian aviation carried out an airstrike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhun, targeting a major ammunition storage facility of terrorists and a cluster of military hardware. The territory of this storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles stuffed with toxic agents,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.


“From this major arsenal, chemical-laden weapons were delivered by militants to Iraq. Their use by terrorists was confirmed on numerous occasions by international organizations and official authorities of the country,” he said.


Video footage from social networks shows that those affected in Khan Sheikhun demonstrate the same symptoms of poisoning as the victims of the Aleppo attack had last fall,” he added. “We assure that this information is completely unbiased and true.”


The terrorists, however, disagree with the Russian statement. As RT reports,



Hasan Haj Ali, commander of the Free Idlib Army rebel group, rejected Russia’s version of the incident, saying the rebels had no military positions in the area.


“Everyone saw the plane while it was bombing with gas,” he told Reuters.


“Likewise, all the civilians in the area know that there are no military positions there, or places for the manufacture [of weapons]. The various factions of the opposition are not capable of producing these substances,” he added.



This is false. Khan Sheikhoun is terrorist-held territory and it is held by force. Naturally, the Syrian people in Khan Sheikhoun are no more interested in being ruled by Neanderthal freaks as any other town in the country and thus terrorists must be present to maintain order and prevent Syrians from expressing civilized behavior.


Second, terrorists in Syria have, for years, had the ability to manufacture, produce, and use chemical weapons. Back in December of 2012, after the death squads managed to capture a chlorine factory inside Syria, the Syrian government actually issued a warning that the death squads might attempt to use chemical weapons of this nature in their battle to overthrow and oppress the government and people of Syria respectively. The Syrian Foreign Ministry stated, “Terrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian people … after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factory.”


Likewise, the chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta were initially blamed on Assad and the Syrian government but later found to be the work of the Western-backed terrorists who had gone so far as to capture civilians from Lattakia and use them as human stage props for video footage and propaganda purposes.


It was also reported in August of 2012 that the death squads had managed to capture a missile site belonging to the Syrian army which contained chemical weapons. The death squads erroneously claimed that the reason for attacking the site was to prevent the Assad government from using the weapons against members of the “opposition.” Regardless, one does not have to speculate very much as to the possibilities available here – in June, the death squads gain access to chemical weapons. In August, they gain access to a delivery mechanism in the form of missiles.


It is just such a coincidence that should cause one to examine another event which occurred shortly before the assault on the missile site. In July 2012, Tony Cartalucci of LandDestroyerReport, described “reports of so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ militants seen trying on gas masks, along with reports of Libyan chemical weapon caches & equipment being discovered in Damascus.”


Together with the acquisition of the missile delivery capability by virtue of the conquering of the Syrian missile site and the possession of the chemical weapons themselves via Libya, the acquisition of gas masks points to the preparation for the launch of an actual chemical attack, or at least the possibility of it, on the part of the death squads.


As one of the death squad members stated to Reuters in April, 2012, “The rebels are getting better at bomb-making; as you know, desperation is the mother of invention.” Reuters also commented that the death squads were now able to develop “more sophisticated bombs” due to “rare outside donations” although Reuters did not attempt to name those mysterious sources.


Moving forward to August 2012, a false flag plot was discovered which had been hatched between NATO and Saudi Arabia that would have staged a chemical weapons deployment in Syria either by mercenary firms or by the NATO-backed death squads, an attack that would subsequently have been blamed on the Assad government, thus serving as a pretext for NATO intervention and the creation of a “buffer zone” in the country.


The source reporting the impending attack stated to Syrian news channel Addounia that a Saudi Arabian firm “had fitted 1400 ambulance vehicles with anti-gas & anti-chemical filtering systems at a cost of $97,000 dollars each, in preparation for a chemical weapons attack carried out by FSA rebels using mortar rounds. A further 400 vehicles have been prepared as troop carriers.”


Interestingly enough, the attack was set to make use of white phosphorous, sarin and mustard gas. It then stands as yet another questionable “coincidence” that, among the weapons possessed by the Libyan regime and now in the hands of the death squads, was large quantities of bulk mustard agent.


Nevertheless, the potential false flag attack reported by Addounia was set to be launched on densely populated areas, most likely Daraa, a city on the Syria/Jordan border, after which the newly fitted ambulances would pour into Syria under the guise of humanitarian aid. Although painted with the labels, “Syrian People’s Relief,” the ambulances would actually be nothing more than armored personnel carriers designed to capitalize on a manufactured disaster for the purpose of deploying such personnel in order to create the desired buffer zone.


Furthermore, the same company that manufactured and fitted the ambulances to be used in the attack is one that is based in Riyadh and was negotiating a contract with the Yemeni government for the manufacture of military vehicles for the Yemeni army.


In December 2012, a video was obtained by the Syria Tribune and subsequently released in their report and posted on YouTube which allegedly shows the NATO-backed death squads testing chemical weapons on “lab” rabbits.


As the Syria Tribune describes the video,


The video (see here) starts with several scenes showing chemical containers with Tekkim labels (Tekkim is a Turkish chemicals company) and some lab equipment, while playing Jihadists chants in the background. A glass box then appears with two rabbits inside, with a poster on the wall behind it reading The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat A Reeh Al Sarsar). A person wearing a lab mask then mixes chemicals in a beaker in the glass box, and we see some gas emitting from the beaker. About a minute later, the rabbits start to have random convulsions and then die. The person says: You saw what happened? This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites, I swear by ALLAH to make you die like these rabbits, one minute only after you inhale the gas.


The Syria Tribune also comments that “Judging from the rabbits’ reaction, the gas must be a nerve agent. The number of containers, if not a bluff, indicates ability to produce a considerable amount of this gas. Deployment could be by means of a smoke generator placed in the target area, an explosion, possibly a suicide one, of a ”chemmed” car, or simply by using a humidifier.”


In March, 2013, yet another YouTube video was released which contained a clip of a second “test” of chemical weapons on captive rabbits by the death squads.


The video also contains an alleged audio recording of a phone conversation between two Free Syrian Army fighters discussing the “details of a plan to carry out a chemical weapons attack capable of impacting an area the size of one kilometer.”


The recording of the phone conversation is supposed to be between two FSA terrorists, one located in Syria and the other outside of the country. The terrorist inside Syria, Abu Hassan, asks the one on the other end of the line to send a message to Sheikh Suleiman, a then-terrorist-held military base in Aleppo, and asked for “two chemical bombs . . . . phosphoric” so that they could “finish this whole thing.”


“I want them to be effective,” states Hassan, adding, “The radius of the strike, or reach of the gases, has to be 1km.”


The video also contains a clip of the death squads openly announcing their plans to engage in chemical weapons attacks, all the while surrounded by bottles of nitric acid and other substances.


Was It Sarin or Something Else?


Writer, journalist, and analyst, Brad Blankenship questions whether or not the attack was actually sarin gas.


“First, it was not sarin gas that was used, but was most likely chlorine gas,” he says. “Victims reported a smell from the exposure to whatever chemical was used, while sarin gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The Syrian opposition has had access to the means to produce chlorine gas for some time, has used these weapons frequently as it is cheap to produce, easy to use, and they receive a steady supply of chlorine agents from the Saudis, which have at times been ceased by the Syrian Arab army, particularly in Aleppo where photographs have been released.”


Indeed, as Blankenship points out, the terrorists have long had the ability to produce, manufacture, and deploy chlorine gas as well as other chemical weapons since early on in the conflict.


Why Would The Syrian Government Use Chemical Weapons? Why At Khan Sheikhoun?


Considering the hysteria over chemical weapons and the constant attempts by Western governments to use them as an excuse to invade Syria, why on earth would the Syrian government use them even if the government did indeed retain the weapons? Such an act would be absolutely foolish in terms of world public opinion and in terms of the opinion of the United Nations. On top of that, Khan Sheikhoun is not even militarily significant, so why would the Syrian government choose to use chemical weapons at this location and not somewhere more important?


“It is unlikely that such an attack was carried out deliberately by the Syrian armed forces,” says Blankenship. “The Syrian Arab army is decisively winning the war at this point in the conflict on essentially every front– a resort to weapons of mass destruction would be not only militarily irrational (considering Khan Sheikhoun is nowhere near the front line), but would be politically absurd considering the new US admin’s statement last week that the Assad government would no longer be the primary target in Syria. It is important to be skeptical of the idea that a government at war that relies on broad cross-sectional support from its own people to maintain its sovereignty is willing to attack its own civilians.”


Did Chemical Weapons Get Released At All?


To go a bit further down the rabbit hole, there might be a very real possibility that the chemical weapons attack did not take place at all, even as an unknowing side effect to a Syrian Air Force strike against a terrorist weapons depot. Only a day after the incident took place, a litany of holes are beginning to show up in the story posed by Western governments, terrorists, and the corporate Western press.


Sources


One of the first red flags regarding the official story of this incident is the fact that the sole source of the reports come from the “opposition,” i.e. the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, White Helmets, and terrorists themselves.


The SOHR, of course, is a notorious pro-terrorist organization run by one man out of England and funded by a nameless “EU country.” SOHR is, at best, only connected to Syria through its connections to terrorists and Western intelligence agencies.


The White Helmets have been extensively exposed in my previous writings and even more so by Vanessa Beeley of 21st Century Wire and The Wall Will Fall. One may read for days the treachery of the White Helmets listed in the articles below. Suffice it to say, however, that the White Helmets are nothing more than a terrorist support group as well as an ever-ready Hollywood propaganda video team. The group has been known to stage a number of “atrocities” allegedly “committed by the Assad regime” only to be revealed later as frauds. Indeed, White Helmets supporters even demonstrated how easy it is to fake such tragic scenes when, during a street demonstration in Europe, the demonstrators painted themselves to look like victims of the evil Bashar al-Assad. Any “evidence” produced by this group is completely untrustworthy and should be regarded as propaganda. That being said, it should be noted that it was this very group that produced the first videos of the incident which were disseminated throughout the Western media as fact.



White Helmets Show Solidarity With al-Qaeda – Hold Citizens Hostage In Damascus With No Water
Medical Doctors Question Veracity Of Footage In White Helmets Documentary; Al-Qaeda Wins Documentary
White Helmets NGO: A ‘Rescue And Assist’ Operation Under Guise of Human Rights
White Helmets: War By Way Of Deception
EXPOSED: Syria’s White Helmets Are al-Qaeda’s ‘Civil Defense’

Of course, in this video, it does appear that whether or not the incident was staged or real, children were actually killed, making the possibility of a “staged” incident even more gruesome on the part of any group that may have staged it.


As Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl) writes,


Several children appear in the videos suffocating from an unknown chemical substance, while others appear to have unexplained head injuries. It is known 250 people were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda last week from the nearby city of Hama, which is the same number as the current body count of wounded and killed civilians.


The Terrorist Doctor


One of the rock stars of this latest incident is alleged doctor, Shajul Islam, a Pakistani British doctor who is being used as a source for many of the reports being used by Western media and is being represented as a selfless hero saving innocent lives during this whole event. However, for a doctor in the middle of one of the biggest gas attacks and atrocities of the war, Islam is quite active on social media and the media in general. Indeed, one only need access Islam’s Twitter page to see that the young doctor is tweeting info in real-time that patients and victims are pouring into the hospital. Shouldn’t a doctor be treating these victims instead of tweeting about them? In fact, at one point, Islam actually put out an offer to video chat with anyone who wished to interview him. This from a doctor allegedly tending to hordes of emergency chemical weapons victims.


But there is much more to Islam than meets the eye. In fact, Islam is facing terror charges in England for kidnapping and torturing two British journalists in Syria. He was even struck off the British medical register. Other sources, such as Dutch media, have even taken to describing Islam as a “rebel,” thereby demonstrating his allegiance to al-Qaeda, an organization not known for its love of innocent civilians.


The organization that sent medical equipment to Islam, Prism The Gift Fund, is being criticized (slightly) because it provided Islam with the material (which no doubt goes to terrorists and terrorist brigades) which was supposed to be delivered to refugees.


Questionable “Convenient” Circumstances


It is also worth noting that the White Helmets, who were operating in the same area as the incident, were provided with sarin-protective respirators and hazmat suits. Photos exist which show these terrorists trying on the suits one month ago in the same location as the attack that took place on Tuesday. Despite the nature of a Sarin attack (contact with skin can cause the same symptoms as inhalation), the photos show the heroic White Helmets team handling the victims who had, apparently, just been gassed, without their suits and with no gloves on their hands.


As Laham writes,



The al-Qaeda-linked rebels have claimed the chemical was sarin gas used by the Syrian government; however, the OPCW has confirmed Syria no longer has chemical weapons and completely dismantled their stockpiles in 2013.





In contrast, the rebels have not gotten rid of the chemical weapons at their disposal.


According to award winning journalist Seymour Hersch, intelligence reports show the rebels smuggled in chemical weapons from Libya through Turkey with the approval of Hillary Clinton.


In 2013, so-called moderate rebels had filmed themselves killing rabbits with gas and threatening to kill religious minorities. ISIS is also known to be in possession of chemical weapons having conducted attacks on Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor.


However weaponized, sarin would have killed or at least injured unprotected first responders. Sarin can be absorbed through skin and requires a full body suit; however, the White Helmets appeared to wear only masks and no gloves while they handled exposed victims. Others in the vicinity appear not to be wearing a mask at all and are yet unaffected.


Weaponized sarin is a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) capable of killing thousands. If sarin was indeed used, it must have been a weak, non-weaponized form.


Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media and neo-con politicians have been quick to regurgitate the al-Qaeda-linked rebels version of the events before any investigation takes place.



Laham also reports that a day prior to the attack, Gulf-based Orient TV ran a story where it stated that “Tomorrow we are launching a media campaign to cover the airstrikes on Hama country side including the usage of chemical warfare against civilians.” What is that but demonstration of foreknowledge of the attack?


The attack also comes shortly after the United States suggests that it is no longer focused on forcing Assad to step down. Within days, Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson began to walk back on that statement and only a few days after that, just as Steve Bannon is removed from the National Security Council, we have the attacks at Khan Sheykhoun. Now, Trump himself is claiming that Assad has “crossed many, many lines.” When asked about his plan to deal with Syria, he only responded cryptically, “you’ll see.”


Syria No Longer Has Chemical Weapons


Faced with one of the most apathetic, distracted, and ignorant populations in the world, the Western corporate media is accustomed to making numerous ridiculous claims without evidence to back them up. This time, the narrative is that the Syrian government has used sarin gas. The problem with that claim is that the Syrian government does not have sarin gas to use. In fact, it gave up all its chemical weapons in 2014, as confirmed by the OPCW. As the BBC reported in June of that year,



The last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country for destruction, the international watchdog OPCW says.


“The ship has just left the port,” the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in The Hague.



Conclusion


There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Syrian government is responsible for the attack in Khan Sheikhoun. In fact, while an accidental discharge of chemical weapons from a facility bombed by the Syrian government is possible, there is also the distinct possibility that the attack was actually staged from the very beginning by Western intelligence agencies and their terrorist pawns operating on the ground in Syria such as the White Helmets.


After the questionable chemical weapons attack, Western world leaders have reacted like little children on Christmas day, virtually hopping up and down with excitement at the thought of finally being able to team up against Syria. Israel has hypocritically condemned attacks on civilians despite the fact that, for Israel, attacks on civilians is simply part of the national culture. Europe’s banana republic, France, has also roundly condemned the Syrian government, sheepishly looking toward Britain and the United States with wonder in its eyes that begets the question, “Are you guys really going to attack Syria? If you are, can we play to?”


Of course, England’s Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the real deal across the pond have responded with their own ridiculous rhetoric, with Trump even stating that Assad has crossed a number of lines for him. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has even threatened to act unilaterally if the United Nations does not vote to invade and destroy Syria.


Russia, however, has reaffirmed its support for the Syrian government.


Regardless of any disagreement between Donald Trump and the Deep State apparatus which may or may not have existed previously, it appears that the President and the intelligence community are finally on the same page.


With Western Europe and Russia at odds over NATO’s imperialist agenda in the Middle East, the world once again faces a dire set of consequences if the confrontation goes from a Cold War to a hot one.


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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