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By The Last American Vagabond

It should be a huge red flag when Mike Pompeo and others of his ilk stand up and say that they are on the side of protesters.

While it is understandable that there is an uprising over the recent massive spike in gas prices, the violent aspect to it must be called into question.

The Last American Vagabond takes a closer look at what is being said in Iranian media that is NOT being said in mainstream Western media.



This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 11/18. Full Episode Can Be Seen Here:…

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By John W. Whitehead

“When a man unprincipled in private life[,] desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper . . . despotic in his ordinary demeanour — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day — It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.’”—Alexander Hamilton

By all means, let’s talk about impeachment.

To allow the President or any rogue government agency or individual to disregard the rule of law whenever, wherever and however it chooses and operate “above the law” is exactly how a nation of sheep gives rise to a government of wolves.

To be clear: this is not about Donald Trump. Or at least it shouldn’t be just about Trump.



This is a condemnation of every government toady at every point along the political spectrum—right, left and center—who has conspired to expand the federal government’s powers at the expense of the citizenry.

For too long now, the American people have played politics with their principles and turned a blind eye to all manner of wrongdoing when it was politically expedient, allowing Congress, the White House and the Judiciary to wreak havoc with their freedoms and act in violation of the rule of law.

“We the people” are paying the price for it now.

We are paying the price every day that we allow the government to continue to wage its war on the American People, a war that is being fought on many fronts: with bullets and tasers, with surveillance cameras and license readers, with intimidation and propaganda, with court rulings and legislation, with the collusion of every bureaucrat who dances to the tune of corporate handouts while on the government’s payroll, and most effectively of all, with the complicity of the American people, who continue to allow themselves to be easily manipulated by their politics, distracted by their pastimes, and acclimated to a world in which government corruption is the norm.

Don’t keep falling for the Deep State’s ploys.

This entire impeachment process is a manufactured political circus—a shell game—aimed at distracting the public from the devious treachery of the American police state, which continues to lock down the nation and strip the citizenry of every last vestige of constitutional safeguards that have historically served as a bulwark against tyranny.

Has President Trump overstepped his authority and abused his powers?

Without a doubt.

Then again, so did Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, and almost every president before them.

Trump is not the first president to weaken the system of checks and balances, sidestep the rule of law, and expand the power of the president. He is just the most recent.

If we were being honest and consistent in holding government officials accountable, you’d have to impeach almost every president in recent years for operating “above the law,” unbound by the legislative or judicial branches of the government.

When we refer to the “rule of law,” that’s constitutional shorthand for the idea that everyone is treated the same under the law, everyone is held equally accountable to abiding by the law, and no one is given a free pass based on their politics, their connections, their wealth, their status or any other bright line test used to confer special treatment on the elite.

When the government and its agents no longer respect the rule of law—the Constitution—or believe that it applies to them, then the very contract on which this relationship is based becomes invalid.

Although the Constitution requires a separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in order to ensure accountability so that no one government agency becomes all-powerful, each successive president over the past 30 years has, through the negligence of Congress and the courts, expanded the reach and power of the presidency by adding to his office’s list of extraordinary orders, directives and special privileges.

All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush—to kill American citizens without due process, to detain suspects indefinitely, to strip Americans of their citizenship rights, to carry out mass surveillance on Americans without probable cause, to suspend laws during wartime, to disregard laws with which he might disagree, to conduct secret wars and convene secret courts, to sanction torture, to sidestep the legislatures and courts with executive orders and signing statements, to direct the military to operate beyond the reach of the law, to operate a shadow government, and to act as a dictator and a tyrant, above the law and beyond any real accountability—were inherited by Donald Trump.

These presidential powers—acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements and which can be activated by any sitting president—enable past, president and future presidents to act as a dictator by operating above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.

Yet in operating above the law, it’s not just the president who has become a law unto himself.

The government itself has become an imperial dictator, an overlord, a king.

This is what you might call a stealthy, creeping, silent, slow-motion coup d’état.

This abuse of power has been going on for so long that it has become the norm, the Constitution be damned.

There are hundreds—make that thousands—of government bureaucrats who are getting away with murder (in many cases, literally) simply because the legislatures, courts and the citizenry can’t be bothered to make them play by the rules of the Constitution.

Unless something changes in the way we deal with these ongoing, egregious abuses of power, the predators of the police state will continue to wreak havoc on our freedoms, our communities, and our lives.

It’s the nature of the beast: power corrupts.

Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.

We’re seeing this dynamic play out every day in communities across America.

A cop shoots an unarmed citizen for no credible reason and gets away with it. A president employs executive orders to sidestep the Constitution and gets away with it. A government agency spies on its citizens’ communications and gets away with it. An entertainment mogul sexually harasses actors and actresses and gets away with it. The U.S. military bombs civilian targets and gets away with it.

Abuse of power—and the ambition-fueled hypocrisy and deliberate disregard for misconduct that make those abuses possible—works the same whether you’re talking about sexual harassment, government corruption, or the rule of law.

Twenty years ago, I was a lawyer for Paula Jones, who sued then-President Clinton for dropping his pants and propositioning her for sex when he was governor of Arkansas. That lawsuit gave rise to revelations about Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old intern at the White House, and his eventual impeachment for lying about it under oath.

As Dana Milbank writes for The Washington Post:

We didn’t know it at the time, of course. But in Bill Clinton were the seeds of Donald Trump. With 20 years of hindsight, it is clear… Clinton’s handling of the Monica Lewinsky affair was a precursor of the monstrosity we now have in the White House: dismissing unpleasant facts as “fake news,” self-righteously claiming victimhood, attacking the press and cloaking personal misbehavior in claims to be upholding the Constitution…. Clinton set us on the path, or at least accelerated us down the path, that led to today.

It doesn’t matter what starts us down this path, whether it’s a president insisting that he get a free pass for sexually harassing employees, or waging wars based on invented facts, or attempting to derail an investigation into official misconduct.

If we continue down this road, there can be no surprise about what awaits us at the end.

After all, it is a tale that has been told time and again throughout history about how easy it is for freedom to fall and tyranny to rise, and it often begins with one small, seemingly inconsequential willingness on the part of the people to compromise their principles and undermine the rule of law in exchange for a dubious assurance of safety, prosperity and a life without care.

For example, 86 years ago, the citizens of another democratic world power elected a leader who promised to protect them from all dangers. In return for this protection, and under the auspice of fighting terrorism, he was given absolute power.

This leader went to great lengths to make his rise to power appear both legal and necessary, masterfully manipulating much of the citizenry and their government leaders.

Unnerved by threats of domestic terrorism and foreign invaders, the people had little idea that the domestic turmoil of the times—such as street rioting and the fear of Communism taking over the country—was staged by the leader in an effort to create fear and later capitalize on it.

In the ensuing months, this charismatic leader ushered in a series of legislative measures that suspended civil liberties and habeas corpus rights and empowered him as a dictator.

On March 23, 1933, the nation’s legislative body passed the Enabling Act, formally referred to as the “Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation,” which appeared benign and allowed the leader to pass laws by decree in times of emergency.

What it succeeded in doing, however, was ensuring that the leader became a law unto himself.

The leader’s name was Adolf Hitler, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Yet history has a way of repeating itself.

Hitler’s rise to power should serve as a stark lesson to always be leery of granting any government leader sweeping powers.

Clearly, we are not heeding that lesson.

“How lucky it is for rulers,” Adolf Hitler once said, “that men cannot think.”

The horrors that followed in Nazi Germany might have been easier to explain if Hitler had been right. But the problem is not so much that people cannot think but that they do not think. Or if they do think, as in the case of the German people, that thinking becomes muddled and easily led.

Hitler’s meteoric rise to power, with the support of the German people, is a case in point.

On January 30, 1933, Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in full accordance with the country’s legal and constitutional principles. When President Paul von Hindenburg died the following year, Hitler assumed the office of president, as well as that of chancellor, but he preferred to use the title Der Füehrer (the leader) to describe himself. This new move was approved in a general election in which Hitler garnered 88 percent of the votes cast.

It cannot be said that the German people were ignorant of Hitler’s agenda or his Nazi ideology. Nazi literature, including statements of the Nazi plans for the future, had papered the country for a decade before Hitler came to power. In fact, Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, which was his blueprint for totalitarianism, sold more than 200,000 copies between 1925 and 1932.

Clearly, the problem was not that the German people did not think but that their thinking was poisoned by the enveloping climate of ideas that they came to accept as important.

At a certain point, the trivial became important, and obedience to the government in pursuit of security over freedom became predominant.

As historian Milton Mayer recounts in his seminal book on Hitler’s rise to power, They Thought They Were Free, “Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people‑—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies’, without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.”

The German people were not oblivious to the horrors taking place around them. As historian Robert Gellately points out, “[A]nyone in Nazi Germany who wanted to find out about the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the campaigns of discrimination and persecutions need only read the newspapers.”

The warning signs were definitely there, blinking incessantly like large neon signs.

“Still,” Gellately writes, “the vast majority voted in favor of Nazism, and in spite of what they could read in the press and hear by word of mouth about the secret police, the concentration camps, official anti-Semitism, and so on. . . . [T]here is no getting away from the fact that at that moment, ‘the vast majority of the German people backed him.’”

Half a century later, the wife of a prominent German historian, neither of whom were members of the Nazi party, opined: “

  • n the whole, everyone felt well. . . . And there were certainly eighty percent who lived productively and positively throughout the time. . . . We also had good years. We had wonderful years.”

In other words, as long as their creature comforts remained undiminished, as long as their bank accounts remained flush, as long as they weren’t being discriminated against, persecuted, starved, beaten, shot, stripped, jailed and turned into slave labor, life was good.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

The American kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves) has sucked the American people down a rabbit hole into a parallel universe in which the Constitution is meaningless, the government is all-powerful, and the citizenry is powerless to defend itself against government agents who steal, spy, lie, plunder, kill, abuse and generally inflict mayhem and sow madness on everyone and everything in their sphere.

This dissolution of that sacred covenant between the citizenry and the government—establishing “we the people” as the masters and the government as the servant—didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen because of one particular incident or one particular president. It is a process, one that began long ago and continues in the present day, aided and abetted by politicians who have mastered the polarizing art of how to “divide and conquer.”

Unfortunately, there is no magic spell to transport us back to a place and time where “we the people” weren’t merely fodder for a corporate gristmill, operated by government hired hands, whose priorities are money and power.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, our freedoms have become casualties in an all-out war on the American people.

So yes, let’s talk about impeachment, but don’t fall for the partisan shell game that sets Trump up as the fall guy for the Deep State’s high crimes and misdemeanors.

Set your sights higher: impeach the government for overstepping its authority, abusing its power, and disregarding the rule of law.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  is available at Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected].

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Kaspersky, Operation Safe Escape and seven other organizations today launched the Coalition Against Stalkerware to unite and mobilize security software companies and advocates for domestic abuse victims in actions to combat and shut down malicious stalkerware apps.

Stalkerware, a type of commercially available surveillance software, is installed on phones without device owners’ knowledge or consent to secretly spy on them. The apps track victims’ locations and allow abusers to read their text messages, monitor phone calls, see photos, videos, and web browsing, and much more. It’s being used all over the world to intimidate, harass, and harm victims, and is a favorite tool for stalkers and abusive spouses or ex-partners.

Groups supporting targets of domestic abuse are seeing a growing number of victims seeking help about stalkerware. According to Kaspersky, the number of its antivirus users finding stalkerware on their devices rose by 35%, from 27,798 in 2018 to 37,532 in 2019. The threat landscape for stalkerware has also widened, as Kaspersky has detected 380 various forms of stalkerware in the wild in 2019—31% more than a year ago.



The Coalition Against Stalkerware aims to provide help for victims and bring leaders in antivirus technology together to establish best practices for ethical software development. As a first step, the coalition’s founding members have created a proper definition of stalkerware—distinguishing it from surveillance software used for legitimate purposes—and reached consensus on criteria for detecting it.

Going forward, the coalition will work together to call attention to and warn people about the apps, educate consumers about how stalkerware works and how to spot and remove it on phones, provide online resources and help for stalkerware victims, and push antivirus makers to build stalkerware detection into their products.

The coalition launched an online portal today,, with links to stalkerware survivor stories, a map identifying states with anti-stalkerware laws, and groups that provide support and services for victims of domestic violence.

Further, the group will work with law enforcement and lawmakers on the federal, state and local level to enforce existing statutes, or enact new ones, to protect people against stalkerware and hold stalkerware vendors and abusers accountable.

“This malicious software is being marketed as a way to check if your partner is cheating on you, or monitor teens and children, but the truth is spyware is explicitly marketed to stalkers and bad actors,” said  EFF Cybersecurity Director Eva Galperin. “The apps have made it all too easy for domestic abusers and violent ex-partners to intimidate, threaten, and invade safe spaces of their targets, who are at risk of physical abuse.”

Founding coalition partners include Avira, EFF, European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, G Data Cyber Defense, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, NNEDV, Norton Lifelock, Operation Safe Escape, and Weisser Ring.

Most stalkerware isn’t available through app stores; rather it’s available for download on dedicated websites for as little as $7 a month. But stalkerware can still find its way into app stores by posing as child- or employee-monitoring software. In July Google removed seven apps designed to surveil people from Play Store. Last month the Federal Trade Commission brought its first case ever against developers of a stalkerware app for compromising users’ privacy and security.

“Our cellphones contain intensely private information, and having full access to them is like having full access to our minds. We want to see these apps disabled, disrupt development of new ones, and have stalkerware operators and abusers prosecuted and even jailed for illegally accessing and collecting highly personal, private digital information,” said Galperin.

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By Joziah Thayer

On October 7th, President Donald Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria. This announcement knocked Warhawks off their perches in our nation’s capital. General Jack Keane went on Fox News and called Trump pulling out of Syria a “strategic blunder” for the president. The next day after appearing on Fox News and criticizing Donald Trump. Jack Keane went to the White House to have a meeting with Trump about U.S. troops leaving Syria.

Although reports came out that General Jack Keane’s meeting with Trump left an “impression” on the President, Trump did not change his mind on withdrawing troops from Syria. It wasn’t until a week later on October 14th, when General Jack Keane and Senator Lindsey Graham, convinced President Trump to stay in Syria.



General Jack Keane showed President Trump during this second meeting maps of the oil fields in Syria. If this sounds familiar to you, that is because General Jack Keane also showed President Trump maps of the rare earth minerals in Afghanistan when Trump threatened to remove troops from Afghanistan earlier this year. President Trump came out of this second meeting with Graham and Keane with a different narrative about America’s role in Syria. It went from overthrowing Assad to defeating ISIS than to defending Israel, and now our troops’ mission is to protect oil fields in Syria?

General Jack Keane would instantly profit if the United States were to continue to occupy parts of Syria because he is involved in companies that are in the business of changing the energy infrastructure in the Middle East. Jack Keane is the chairman of AM General, which makes military vehicles for the United States government.  Jack Keane is the chairman of the Institute For The Study Of War, and the co-founder of IP3 International, which is an energy consulting firm. In the past, General Keane has served as the Director of General Dynamics and was a strategic advisor to Academi, the military contractor convicted of war crimes in Iraq in 2007.

AM General is currently under a five-year 2.2 billion dollar contract that they signed with the U.S. military to build 11,500 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles back in 2017. According to a report in the South Bend Tribune, AM General has 250,000 Humvees in more than 60 countries. Many will argue that the U.S. military does not use the Humvee any more, but this does not address the fact that many other nations still do. Nor does it address the fact that the U.S. Military signed a five-year contract worth 2.2 billion to build 11,500 Humvees for the U.S. military two years ago.

In 2017 Jeff Adams, the spokesman for AM General, stated that the contract is “absolutely a clear signal of the global demand for these vehicles in the future.” It is unethical for any president to take advice for an active military operation from any person who will benefit financially from that military operation. General Jack Keane will not only profit from AM General but also the energy consulting firm he co-founded IP3 International.

The House Oversight Committee’s investigation into IP3 International and the Trump administration’s role in trying to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia is still ongoing.

Since 2017, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings—who served as Ranking Member of the Committee—has been seeking information about the Trump Administration’s efforts to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, the actions of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in these efforts, and the role of IP3 International, a private company that assembled a consortium of U.S. companies seeking to build nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia.

Even if we disregard the conflict of interest involving General Jack Keane, AM General, and President Trump’s decision to keep troops in Syria to “protect the oil,” there is a much bigger conflict of interest involving Jack Keane and IP3 International. Members of Trump’s administration including Jared Kushner, Micheal Flynn, and Senator Lindsey Graham were all promoting a new “Marshall Plan” for the Middle East as part of Jared Kashner’s “Deal Of The Century” to bring peace between Israel and Palestine.

IP3 International is currently under Congressional investigation for trying to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. As part of this probe, the Oversight Committee uncovered documents that indicate a violation of the Atomic Energy Act (Page 22).

IP3 officials traveled to Saudi Arabia in December 2016—after the election and before the inauguration—to solicit a $120 million investment from then-Saudi Deputy Crown Prince MBS in exchange for a 10% stake in IP3. The documents suggest that IP3 was soliciting these funds by highlighting its close ties to General Flynn and the support of the incoming Trump Administration for IP3’s plan to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. In direct communications with General Flynn, IP3 officials wrote that: “much of our confidence derives from how emphatically positive your message expressing your—and the President Elect’s—support for the Marshall Plan, was received by the leadership of KSA. (Page 17-Staff Report: Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia)

General Jack Keane has a direct financial interest in any policy decisions involving the Middle East; this is public information, and an indisputable fact. IP3 International, the energy consulting company General Jack Keane co-founded in 2016 during Donald Trump’s election campaign, has hundreds of millions of reasons to keep our armed forces in the Middle East. IP3 International didn’t just advise the Trump administration on their Marshall Plan for the Middle East, it is IP3 International’s plan entirely. Trump’s Marshall Plan for the Middle East should be described as IP3 International’s Marshall Plan for the Middle East.

Written by Joziah Thayer. You can find more of my articles at, where this article first appeared, and – Please Follow me on Twitter @ Dapeaple

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By John Vibes

Biographer for the Royal Family, Lady Colin Campbell, recently appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain where she defended Prince Andrew against claims of pedophilia.

In her defense of the disgraced prince, Campbell pointed to the “prostitution” charge that Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of in 2008, and attempted to downplay the fact that the girls were underage by suggesting that he was simply hiring sex workers.

“You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offense for which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was for soliciting prostitution from minors. That is not the same thing as pedophilia,” Campbell told a shocked panel Monday morning.



Host Piers Morgan immediately challenged her claims, saying:

If you solicited a 14-year-old for prostitution, you’re a pedophile.

You’re procuring an underage girl for sex. That’s what he was convicted of. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, with respect, that is nonsense.

Campbell then immediately attempted to backpedal, claiming that a distinction must be made between a minor and a child.

“Was he? 14? Well, I’m not justifying Jeffrey Epstein. Pedophilia, I suspect there’s a difference between a minor and a child,” she said.

“A 14-year-old is a child. Legally, she’s a child,” Morgan replied.

Campbell then admitted that the prince may have “made many mistakes,” but insisted that his only mistake was being too clueless to realize that one of his closest friends was a predator.

“You can’t criticize someone because they aren’t as bright as you would like them to be,” she said.

The controversy surrounding Prince Andrew has grown since his Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis. In the interview, the prince gave a variety of bizarre excuses and defenses for the accusations against him, including a claim that he could not sweat due to a rare physical condition.

He also denied knowing about the trafficking victim, Virginia Giuffre—formerly known as Virginia Roberts—despite appearing in photos with her when she was under the age of 18. However, he has previously suggested that these photos are “doctored.” Photographic evidence has been uncovered showing that the prince does, in fact, sweat. He also claimed that even though he did not remember meeting the victim on the night that she said, he does vividly remember his alibi, saying he went to a Pizza Express in Woking before returning home that night.

“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do. I’ve never been… I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly,” he said.

The interview was so disastrous for the Royal Family that one of Prince Andrew’s PR advisors quit in response to the broadcast. And to make matters even worse, a video clip from 1984 recently resurfaced showing Johnny Carson, then-host of The Tonight Show, making a joke about Prince Andrew being a pedophile.

None of this looks good for the Royal Family.

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By Tyler Durden

Update: The FBI is treating Epstein’s death as a criminal matter, according to Bloomberg.

Two federal correctional officers who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died were arrested early Tuesday on federal charges related to their failure to check on him the night he died in his cell, according to the New York Times, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.



The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees were expected to be charged later Tuesday morning and appear in United States District Court in Manhattan.

The charges would be the first to arise from a criminal inquiry into the death of Mr. Epstein, who hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. –NYT

The guards faced harsh scrutiny after Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on August 10, after failing to check on him every 30 minutes as required. Instead, they fell asleep for hours and falsified records to cover up what they had done according to reports.

Prosecutors offered the officers a plea deal according to CNN, which they declined, reporting that “at least one federal prison worker on duty the night before Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell was offered a plea deal in connection with the multimillionaire’s death.”

Of the two officers who had the responsibility to monitor Epstein, one was not a detention guard but was temporarily reassigned to that post, according to CNN reporting. The guard, a man not identified by officials, had previously been trained as a corrections officer but had moved to another position. Rules at the Federal Bureau of Prisons allow people who work in other prison jobs, such as teachers and cooks, to be trained to fill in for posts usually manned by regular guards.

The official ruling on Epstein’s death was suicide, although skeptics have suggested that Epstein’s sudden death was all too convenient as it also buried the toxic secrets of countless implicated “luminaries” and Wall Street and Beltway VIPs across all sectors of US life.

At the end of October, prominent forensic expert Michael Baden refuted the official narrative, stating at the end of October that Epstein was “strangulated.”

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By corbettreport

How do you encapsulate a news story in an article? And how do you capture the essence of that article in a headline? More to the point, does any of it matter if people only end up discussing the headline itself?

And just what is Andrew Yang’s ideas for regulating misinformation online anyway?

Join James for this jam-packed edition of #PropagandaWatch.




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By Clint Siegner

Department of Justice prosecutors charged a sixth JPMorgan executive for cheating in the precious metals markets.

Jeffrey Ruffo stands accused of racketeering and spoofing metals prices from 2008 – 2016, along with other crimes including conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The indictment outlines nearly a decade spent coordinating with other traders in JPMorgan’s precious metals department to rig prices. The activity includes thousands of fraudulent trades placed for two purposes.

The first was to benefit favored JPMorgan clients at the expense of other investors.



The second was to benefit JPMorgan and the traders directly by cheating their own clients.

The investigation is ongoing, and more indictments, including charges against traders at other bullion banks, may be on the way. It appears that at least some of the executives now facing prison time have decided to cooperate and provide evidence against others involved.

The DOJ prosecutions are certainly a step in the right direction. It is getting harder for even the staunchest defenders of futures trading to dismiss price manipulation as a mere conspiracy theory.

The genuine prospect of prison time may be giving pause to any crooked bankers still working in the gold and silver markets. And, the story should be an eye opener for bullion bank clients and speculators still gambling in the rigged casino also known as the COMEX.

For those who have been watching this story, it is hard to fathom why anyone is still expecting fair treatment in the futures markets. It is clear, however, that plenty of confidence remains. Gold open interest made new all-time highs last week.

As long as investors rely upon the COMEX and other exchanges for price discovery, it is the job of federal regulators to do something to curb the rampant cheating. Unfortunately, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the primary regulator for futures markets, is still captured and/or incompetent.

The CFTC has taken no responsibility for its failed 5-year investigation of price manipulation in the silver market. Agency officials somehow managed to overlook the massive pile of evidence that DOJ investigators have rounded up.

They have taken almost no action despite the DOJ indictments and guilty pleas. JPMorgan is still active in the markets even though its bullion trading desk seems to operate like a criminal enterprise.

CFTC officials are in a quandary similar to those who constantly dismiss allegations of price manipulation as mere conspiracy theory.

It is getting harder and harder for them to ignore the facts.

Congressman Alex Mooney from West Virginia is asking Attorney General Bill Barr to have a look at the price rigging which continues largely unchecked by the CFTC. Price spoofing may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of criminal activity.

The Congressmen previously sent letters to the CFTC with pointed questions about some of the questionable activity in the futures markets, but has yet to get a response.

All this begs the question about what the CFTC might do if dozens of bankers at multiple banks are ultimately convicted. Will officials there still be able to sit on their hands and protect their crooked friends on Wall Street from enforcement?

Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named “Best in the USA” by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, Siegner puts his experience in business management along with his passion for personal liberty, limited government, and honest money into the development of Money Metals’ brand and reach. This includes writing extensively on the bullion markets and their intersection with policy and world affairs.

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By MassPrivateI

In the never-ending War on Terror, Big Brother has proven time and again that it has no shame when it comes to creating suspicion or the illusion of terror where there is none.

The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) Jester Center for Housing and Dining has decided that the best way to celebrate their 50th anniversary is to encourage students and faculty to report people to the police.

Our Vision is to create transformative living and learning environments where students feel safe, involved and inspired to change the world.



And what better way to create a “transformative living environment” than to reward students and faculty with free pizzas for sending crime tips to the police.

The University of Texas at Austin, Police Department’s (UTPD) “Safer By The Slice” program, explains that crime tips do not have to lead to an arrest to qualify for a free pizza.

This program simply is our way of thanking UT community members for helping us keep the campus safe. Maybe your call is to a report a medical situation and you save a life. Our officers will use this program to reward you for your quick action. Rewards are based on officer discretion.

In other words, law enforcement and the UT are encouraging students and faculty to report on innocent people for free pizzas. 

Credit: UTPD

The UTPD claims their Surveillance By The Slice program, as I like to call it, has been very successful saying, “Staff and faculty have proven to be a fantastic resource for us.”

Staff and faculty have become a fantastic resource? Why not just come right out and say what everyone is thinking. Staff and faculty have proven to be a fantastic resource for surveilling everyone when law enforcement is not around.

The Daily Texan revealed that the “Safer By The Slice” program was originally called “Hungry for Justice.”

Are students and faculty hungry for a pizza justice?  If so, then please report suspicious students or faculty members to the police even if they have not committed a crime.

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Police think it is fun to bribe people with free food,

“It’s fun for the officers because we get to meet the party who saved the day and buy them lunch, and it gets the word out a little bit,” UTPD officer Dustin Farahnak said. “We would like to see a lot more reports than that. I’d be happy to do this every single day.”

According to The Daily Texan, the UTPD renamed “Hungry For Justice” to encourage more people to report on each other.

To encourage more students to report crime, the department is both rebranding and expanding the program, UTPD spokesperson Noelle Newton said. It is now called Safer by the Slice.

How is that for “transformative living”?

The UTPD also patrols Austin city streets

The above video, “We Are The UTPD” is particularly worrisome because it shows the UTPD patrolling Austin’s city streets.

On November 20th, the UTPD is holding their #PizzaWithPolice event at the Pizza Press. One cannot help but wonder how long it will be before the Austin Police Department begins offering residents free pizzas in exchange for crime tips.

Selling out your fellow man for a free pizza is a hallmark of a police state that rewards people for spying on one another. In 2020 the War on Terror will be 19 years old, so when are we going to demand an end to this madness?

You can read more at the MassPrivateI blog, where this article first appeared.

Top image credit: Univ. Of Texas-Austin Police

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By Aaron Kesel

Anonymous has hacked into various Chinese websites and databases dumping files from government employee data to corporate data including user names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, passwords for databases, IP addresses and more. It is all a part of what the collective is calling #OpHongKong and they vow these actions will continue until Hongkongers’ demands are met and Hong Kong is free.

This writer spoke to OpHongKong via email who sent a tip that the decentralized hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has initiated “OpHongKong” no-holds-barred hacks against China for the escalation against Hong Kong protesters, holding students hostage at Polytechnic University; and for what China is doing to Muslim Uighurs in concentration camps, as well as its own people with its Orwellian facial recognition surveillance-state.

Hong Kong seems to be escalating more and more each passing week. Last week protesters used gasoline bombs and shot fire bows-and-arrows in their fight to keep riot police backed by armored cars and water cannons off of two university campuses in Hong Kong.



There were dozens of injured people at Polytechnic University on Monday night, while others escaped by climbing down ropes. The surroundings remained under police control with over 500 people still trapped inside the University, according to RHTK.

The news agency added that “police fired tear gas near the campus despite a ceasefire agreement, the students’ union warned that hundreds of people were still stuck inside – many badly injured and suffering from hypothermia following the multiple bursts of police water cannon since Sunday.”

In a coordinated effort, tens of thousands of Hongkongers sought to protect their comrades at the PolyU campus and break the siege, as clashes simultaneously raged with police nearby in Kowloon. Protesters rescued each other with dozens of motor bikes showing up to save those trapped who climbed down from a nearby bridge. The ongoing tragedy is trending with the hashtags # #PolyMassacre #SOSPolyU #HongKongProtests #StandwithHK.

RHTK interviewed one of the students who escaped, expressing that the “situation was getting desperate on the campus by dawn with supplies running out and people gripped by fear.”

This piles on top of previous police brutality and random attacks happening in Hong Kong by triads against resistance leaders of the Free Hong Kong movement.

In early October, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong resistance, Jimmy Sham, was assaulted by an organized group of four to five people wielding hammers, according to Civil Human Rights Front, the organization he heads, SCMP reported. This isn’t the first time that Sham and others have been attacked by mercenaries seeming to act at the behest of China. In September of this year a 15-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man were arrested over assault with a baseball bat and a rod against Sham and his assistant, Law Kwok-wai.

Many others have had the same attacks happen to them by what have been deemed “triads” within China going back as recently as July. In a recent article, Channel News Asia writes, “Since late August, eight well-known dissidents have been beaten by unknown assailants as fear swirls that some ‘triad’ crime networks have flocked to Beijing’s cause after five months of protests. The victims include rally organizers, opposition lawmakers, student leaders and people standing for upcoming polls.”

The Guardian also reported the following incident during that month showing protesters getting beaten in a subway by suspected hired hands of China or Hong Kong to intimidate them.

Triads are otherwise known as the Chinese mafia, and there are at least half a dozen main groups in Hong Kong with some 100,000 members, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper. The three best-known groups — 14K, Sun Yee On and Wo Shing Wo — also operate just across the border in southern China and as far afield as the U.S., according to the Washington Post. The newspaper further notes that attacks by triads go back to at least 2014, “when thousands of student-led pro-democracy protesters occupied Hong Kong’s major retail and business districts, there were arrests after triads beat up demonstrators.” Actions which even the likes of mainstream media like the New York Times reported as early as July of this year.

But the triads aren’t the only ones attacking protesters, it is also the legal militarized arm of Hong Kong and China, the police, as The Guardian has reported.

Months of increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong were sparked by protests against an extradition law which would have allowed suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to various destinations, including authoritarian mainland Communist China.

Yahoo News reports the case of Chan Tong-kai, 20, who was wanted in Taiwan for the 2018 murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing, as one of the catalysts that started the protests, which was an attempt to change the law.

This proposal that spurred outrage was scrapped last week; however, activists continue flooding Hong Kong’s streets and subways. Additionally, there are other things piled on that continue to enable the protests like the killings and police brutality against civilians protesting. One officer has even been caught brandishing a shotgun and aiming it at a crowd of protesters on video.

Just a few weeks ago another civilian was shot and killed by police. In this video you can see the officer being attacked by a student; the officer then decides to use lethal force, pulling out his revolver firing a shot into the 18-year-old’s chest. Couple this with the fact that in August a woman had her eye shot by police in an extremely graphic video, and you can see why the protests are still raging strong across Hong Kong. Although, in a win for the Hong Kong protesters, a court has ordered that a woman identified only as ‘K’ can sue the Hong Kong police for their actions, SCMP reported.

However, make no mistake, violence is also happening on the side of Hong Kong protesters; this fight has been going on for almost half a year at a massive 118 days according to a Bloomberg report on October 4th. During August, a pro-Hong Kong police journalist from the Chinese mainland was beaten and tied up by rioters at Hong Kong International Airport. After the mob tied the journalist’s hands and feet, the man said: “I support the Hong Kong police, you can beat me!”

Police have also been accused of agent provocateur behavior by infiltrating protest groups and getting violent for no reason, or using lethal force when they could have just used nonlethal methods — but potentially still deadly — bean bag guns, rubber bullets or tear gas, edging on the violence as can be seen with these videos and more (here, and here), and also with this clip of police vans driving into protesters:

Another key issue is that some of the weapons being used by Hong Kong police including tear gas, pepper spray, and batons, are coming from U.S. companies producing the chemicals and ammunition. So far, two lawmakers in early August called for a ban on those weapons of war that are being used for crowd control, The Epoch Times reported.

Amnesty International has identified several U.S.-based companies that are supplying the crowd control equipment to police, according to a statement by the humans rights organization.

U.S. President Donald Trump promised Chinese President Xi Jinping in a June phone call that he would stay quiet on the protests in Hong Kong in exchange for progress in the trade war, Business Insider reported.

Although in September during a meeting at the UN after the trade deal seemed to fizzle out, Trump criticized China by stating that it must respect the city’s democracy and abide by the decades-old agreement giving it semi-autonomy, CBS reported.

However, recently President Donald Trump said in an Oval Office meeting with China’s Vice Premier, Liu He, that he thinks protests in Hong Kong are slowing down and they will take care of themselves, and that a partial trade accord the two leaders reached on Friday will be a “great deal” for the city’s residents.

“We discussed Hong Kong and I think great progress has been made by China in Hong Kong, and I’ve been watching and I actually told the vice premier it really has toned down a lot from the initial days of a number of months ago when I saw a lot of people, and I see far fewer now,” Trump told reporters.

Trump added, “I think that’s going to take care of itself. I actually think this deal is a great deal for the people of Hong Kong to see what happened. I think this is a very positive thing for Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong protesters largely agree that China is threatening their limited autonomy as defined by basic law. While Anonymous says they are more concerned by China’s recent aggression against the protesters, fearing another Tienanmen is possible if the world doesn’t react.

“We have hacked 4 Chinese mongodb databases.and had donated its user data to now. The latter has today loaded the leaks into their directory – go to the directory list and sort it by latest date and you’ll see the following:”


Ningxia Water Department


MD5 & no passwords

This writer asked the hacktivists 10 questions to better understand their motive and mindset for the aforementioned hacks.

Hacktivists provided this author with a preview of the data to show they weren’t bullshitting, the data showed it to be an accurate authentic leak from a Chinese website. The data is being held back from publication by Activist Post but the threats are very real. The hackers replied sternly that they “did a private leak now but in the future they won’t be as forgiving if policy makers escalate violence in Hong Kong, security is an illusion,” Anonymous said.

China has vowed it will “never be soft” in its crackdown in Xinjiang, after a massive leak of government documents shed new light on the mass detention of Muslims in the far-west region.

Over 400 pages of internal papers obtained by The New York Times showed that President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with “absolutely no mercy” against separatism and extremism in Xinjiang.

The documents, which are now known to be leaked by an unnamed official, included unpublished speeches by Xi as well as directives on the surveillance and control of the Uighur minority, Business Insider reported.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang accused the Times of “turning a blind eye to the facts” while “taking meaning out of context to publicize so-called internal documents, slander and smear counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts in Xinjiang”.

“China will never be soft in its fight against violent terrorists,” Geng said at a press briefing.

China has expressed much of the same rhetoric towards Hong Kong protesters and their supporters with the Chinese President Xi Jinping stating that any attempts to cause division in China “will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones.”

“Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones,” Xi told Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli , according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

Chinese state media added that Nepal’s leader pledged to “firmly support China in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity and stand firm in upholding the ‘One-China policy,'” which refers to China’s position against Taiwan. To make matters worse for protesters, China’s military is on the ground in Hong Kong “cleaning up” according to several reports.

Actually, China begun building up its military in Hong Kong at the end of September according to Reuters which reported that there were a total of 12,000 Chinese troops in the city at the time. That number has surely doubled or even tripled by now, two months later, given the situation.

What Xi references above about crushed bodies and shattered bones is very clearly a tongue-in-cheek hit at Tienanmen Square when tanks rolled over the bodies of protesters, crushing and eviscerating them with the weight of the armored vehicles, Hong Kong FP reported.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says campus protesters must surrender if the three-day stand-off was to be resolved peacefully, Channel News Asia reported.

As Activist Post reported, Hongkongers recently joined Anonymous in celebration of November 5th, i.e. Guy Fawkes day, defying a law against wearing masks which on Monday was turned down in Hong Kong as unconstitutional. However, China is threatening to upend Hong Kong’s legal system, CNN reported.

1. Question: OpHongKong, when did you breach the servers?

Answer: We breached the servers on the end of October and throughout early this month.

2. Question: What have you breached data wise, any gems you would like to share with the world?

Answer: A particular gem we wanna share with the world is the possibility of solving both Hong Kong and North Korean crisis all at once like two birds in a stone. Long story short, adapted from Sheperd Iverson’s “Stop North Korea” book a lone singular hacker Cyber Anakin proposed on his blog that in a wider political bargain, China can be induced to have HK voluntarily cave in to all the protesters demands in exchange for a greater role in making two Koreas become one in peace by bribing all of them and became a ‘great hero’.

Full text of the short proposal:

As he seemed to have trouble bringing it to the fore we decide to lend help with that for purely humanitarian reasons. Although to be fair many might’ve thought about this beforehand but don’t have right channels to get it out.

We found it interesting for that doesn’t involve the Chinese PLA on one hand, and the greedy military-industrial complex at our side on the other hand. This looks controversial to most, but it offers the best chance to solve all of these without tragedy and bloodshed. It’s ultimately up to all the policymakers (be it from China, Hong Kong, both Koreas, and the US) on whether to take up this offer.

3. Question: What are the motives behind these hacks, can you tell our readers what has been going on in Hong Kong?

Answer: We wanna support the Hong Kong protests with this op. Free Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times! Blitzchung did nothing wrong! RIP Alex Chow!  With respect to computer hacking, all is possible, nothing is secure.

4. Question: We see the Chinese military is now publicly on the ground in Hong Kong, do you think another Tienanmen square is possible?

Answer: We fear a Tienanmen is possible unless the gem at #2 is brought to the fore just in time.

5. Question: Are there any other operations planned?

Answer: If talking about Anonymous as a whole, yep certainly there are many operations in the making. Right now we in particular are offering all the policymakers an option of a peaceful endgame. This time to avoid going too far we did a limited release of the leak like for instance giving these to But we, Anonymous as a whole, won’t be as forgiving and kind as now should the policymakers choose to double down on the path to violence.

6. Question: Are other cells of Anonymous new fags and old fags working together for the Hong Kong people?

Answer: One of few things we’re certain about is like you said, new fags and old fags are working behind the scenes to support the Hong Kong people, if we’re talking about Anonymous as a whole. Heck, there’s a nice list of HK government DNSes for targeting out there:

7. Question: Are we witnessing 2019’s OpTunisia? Which saw the overthrow of Egypt’s corrupt leader at the time and spurred Arab Spring.

Answer: Hopefully yeah especially if the gem at #2 succeeded to be brought on the fore and the policymakers courageously act on it. After all Asian countries like China and Hong Kong are known for their ‘face culture’ so they might gladly accept it if a solution that let them ‘save their face’ is offered.

8. Question: What’s really at stake here if the Hong Kong people fall to the Chinese tyrannical dictatorship?

Answer: If Hong Kong is suppressed then China would eye Taiwan as the next target, which can precede a World War 3. We wouldn’t want WWIII would we?

9. Question: Why should the public support Hongkongers? And what can someone to do to help? Has anyone set up a dial-up connection for Hongkongers to connect to in case China or Hong Kong cuts the internet like we have seen in Egypt and Turkey in the past?

Answer: MLK Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

In addition to usual methods like this one, here we wanna urge our brothers and sisters to spread the gem we’ve mentioned at #2 across as many Lennon Walls as you can to get the politicians aware of this. Furthermore you can as well get it onto MSM by posting as op-ed or letters to the editor to garner further attention on that. When defacing websites remember to put it in too. If you know how to hack billboards and printers, great. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves but time is running out fast so we all gotta act very quick especially when people are still trapped in Hong Kong Polytechnic now.

10. Question: A leak dropped over the weekend of documents on China’s Muslim mass detention policies that show President Xi Jinping urging the ruling party to use the ‘organs of dictatorship’ to round up the ethnic minority, did Anonymous have anything to do with this leak?

Answer: We in particular are not involved in the leak, though other parts of Anonymous might. Ultimately Anonymous is not just a group; it’s an idea.

We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!”

Other members subscribed to the idea of Anonymous within the collective are echoing the same consensus that Hong Kong and China is a massive target for hacktivists against oppression. Many see China becoming a dictatorship, but the truth is it’s already a tyrannical oppressive power that is now expanding into Orwellian surveillance including the social credit system. Still, what many fail to realize is that for the Hong Kong people this is freedom or death. If the Western world knew what has happened to China and lived in the vicinity of the country facing an influx of those same systems, then they too would stand up with Hong Kong. If China gets its way and Hong Kong falls, the next country is Taiwan without a doubt.

In other words, unless you are there and a part of this momentous time in history you won’t realize what’s at stake here (Hongkongers’ human rights and future) to fully understand the situation.

China has begun rolling out an Orwellian surveillance state with facial recognition cameras in bathrooms, on street corners, required to use the internet, for transportation and even in classrooms, as Activist Post has previously reported. If that’s not bad enough, China is planning to merge its 170+ million security cameras with artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology to create a mega-surveillance state. This compounds with China’s “social credit system” that ranks citizens based on their behavior, and rewards or punishes depending on those scores as well as the now leaked undeniable concentration camps.

Hongkongers have begun covering their faces due to the rise of facial recognition technology used by police, threats from police and triads and security cameras on the streets themselves. Activists are often seen shining laser pointers to disrupt the facial recognition technology used by police. U.S. citizens haven’t quite gone that far, yet, but there is an interactive Fight For The Future map, which shows everyone how they can begin fighting back through legislation, and contacting state senators, as well as organized efforts to fight the police state surveillance agenda, as Activist Post has reported.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Support us at Patreon. Follow us on Minds, Steemit, SoMee, BitChute, Facebook and Twitter.

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