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By Elias Marat


Facebook has unpublished the page of Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, the social media giant confirmed on Thursday, claiming that the popular leftist leader violated the company’s security policies.


In a statement republished by Ecuadorean newspaper El Comercio, a company spokesperson said:


Protecting the privacy and security of people is central to Facebook [and] we have clear policies that do not allow the disclosure of personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, bank account data, cards, or any record or data that could compromise the integrity physical or financial of the people in our community.


         



      

The move comes on the same day that Ecuador’s government allowed British security personnel to enter their embassy in London to arrest journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been sought by U.S. officials for years due to his role in releasing scandalous information implicating Washington in a range of crimes, including war crimes.


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By Matt Agorist


As TFTP reported, on Thursday, several men in black suits, surrounded by a dozen cops, raided the Ecuadorian embassy in London and kidnapped Julian Assange. Moments later, the Department of Justice released a statement charging Assange with computer hacking “conspiracy” for allegedly working with US Army soldier at the time, Chelsea Manning. After the charges were levied, Donald Trump took to personally denouncing anything to do with WikiLeaks, claiming “I know nothing about WikiLeaks.”


Trump’s comments highlight a trend among all those in power and their two-faced relationships with this media outlet. When WikiLeaks is exposing their political rivals, they are the darling organization who deserves protection for journalism. However, when WikiLeaks—who toes no party line—exposes corruption within their party, calls for Assange’s assassination fill the news cycle.


         



      


During the 2016 elections, Trump frequently praised WikiLeaks for exposing his political rival, even declaring “I love WikiLeaks!” However, once he became part of the establishment, WikiLeaks was now his enemy and therefore he must distance himself.


When asked about Julian Assange’s arrest on Thursday, Trump said at the White House, “It’s not my thing. I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange and that will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who’s doing an excellent job. So, he’ll be making a determination. I know nothing really about him.”


Despite Trump decrying “Fake News” on a regular basis, his administration is prosecuting the only major outlet in the world who has never had to issue a retraction—because they’ve been 100% correct.


This is a hypocrisy which WikiLeaks themselves took to calling out recently.


“The only media outlet with a 100% verification record is the one your administration is prosecuting,” wrote WikiLeaks last month.






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Despite never breaking the law, Julian Assange finds himself a political prisoner, holed up in a cage as this article is being written. As Caitlin Johnstone points out, Assange’s bogus “charge is premised on a fraudulent and manipulative distortion of reality, and you may be one hundred percent certain of it.”


You can be absolutely certain that this charge is bogus because it isn’t based on any new information. The facts of the case have not changed, the information hasn’t changed, only the narrative has changed. In 2010 the United States opened a secret grand jury in Virginia to investigate whether Assange and WikiLeaks could be prosecuted for the publication of the Manning leaks, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration was conducting “an active, ongoing criminal investigation’’ into the matter. The Trump administration has not turned up any new evidence that the Obama administration was unable to find in this active, ongoing criminal investigation (US government surveillance has surely acquired some new tricks since 2010, but time travel isn’t one of them), and indeed it does not claim to have turned up any new evidence.




What this move by the United States and the United Kingdom actually represents is a threat to those who dare to challenge the status quo and expose the corruption of the system. Even congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sees this and was unafraid of calling it out on several national television outlets on Thursday.




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“This is a threat to journalists,” Gabbard told blowhard Chris Matthews on MSNBC, “but it’s also something that threatens every American, because the message that we are getting, that the American people are getting is: Be quiet, toe the line, otherwise there will be consequences.”




Americans will do well to heed Assange’s advice and resist this move to persecute journalism. For if we let one honest journalist go down, we let them all go down.


First they came for WikiLeaks….


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.


   
            


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By Derrick Broze


The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore?


A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead guilty to being a courier for Al Qaeda. Khan is a Pakistani citizen who spent seven years in Baltimore before being kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2003, where he faced various forms of torture. Since Khan’s first court appearance in 2003, the U.S. government has sought to keep the details of his torture secret.


The Times reports:



Seven years ago, when a former C.I.A. prisoner, Majid Khan, pleaded guilty at Guantánamo to being a courier for Al Qaeda, his lawyers were warned that any mention of the word “torture” would lead a court security officer to trigger a mute button so the public, listening on a 40-second delay, would not hear it.


This week the question of his treatment was front and center, this time in a pre-sentencing hearing. Mr. Khan’s lawyers asked a military judge on Monday to order prosecutors to produce evidence and witnesses about the secret prison network where the intelligence agency kept Mr. Khan incommunicado from March 2003 to September 2006.



         



      

Khan’s case is only the latest in a battle between attorneys defending accused terrorists and both the CIA and the U.S. military. While the military now allows torture to be discussed without the 40-second delay, the battle now centers on how torture evidence can be gathered and whether or not it can be used in military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The prosecutors cannot legally use evidence obtained via torture in the military court, but they are still reluctant to allow the details of the torture to become public. Khan’s attorneys are seeking data related to his torture so they may show his sentencing jury what exactly he was forced to endure.


During the Obama administration, some details of Mr. Khan’s torture at the hands of the CIA were made public. These include being beaten, hung naked without food for three days, kept in the dark for months on end, submerged into a tub of ice and water, and perhaps, most disturbing, being subjected to “rectal feeding.” As part of that process, the CIA shoved a blended mix of pasta, sauce, nuts, raisins, and hummus up Khan’s rectum after he went on a hunger strike. Khan’s lawyer David Nevin said the term rectal feeding, or rectal rehydration, “is a polite way of saying rape with the insertion of a foreign object into the rectum.”




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The Times reports that Khan has agreed to a plea agreement and could be sentenced to 25 years. With credit for time served he could be released by 2037. Still, despite the potential plea deal, the military has prevented Khan’s attorneys from contacting former employees of the CIA black sites where Khan and other suspected terrorists have been held over the last two decades. The CIA has fought to keep secret the names of the employees and the locations of these black sites.


As we approach yet another anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American people remain clueless as to the full extent of the torture, kidnapping, and killing carried out in the name of avenging those killed on September 11, 2001. Even worse, the psychologists who helped develop these sickening programs have been allowed to go free under secret deals. If the world is ever to heal from the tragedy of the 9/11 terror attacks, we must know the truth about what happened that day and we must know the truth about how the U.S. government and intelligence agencies violated international law when they chose to employ brutal, sick, and twisted methods of torture. Without these truths, the American people are simply living a lie.


Derrick is the founder of TCRN.


This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.


   
            


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By James Corbett


There’s something strange about the idea of a minimum wage. It’s one of those subjects that everyone has a strong opinion about, even if they have no idea what makes actual economic sense. But perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that the minimum wage has a dirty secret that most economists don’t want you to know about. Today we explore The Dark History of the Minimum Wage.



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Op-Ed by Amar Maruti Patil, Adithya Anil Variath


The decision of Donald Trump’s administration terminating India’s designation as a beneficiary of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme established by the Trade Act of 1974 following India’s “failure to provide the United States with assurances that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets in numerous sectors has created a furore among the Indo-US trade community.


No specific reasons were provided as to which Section/Provision of the Trade Act, 1974 India violates. On a general reading of Section 502 of Title V of the Act, a fair conclusion can be drawn that India has not transgressed any provision of the law. The reason cited for withdrawing Turkey’s designation from the GSP is that it has seen “an increase in Gross National Income per capita, declining poverty rates, and export diversification, by trading partner and by sector, are evidence of Turkey’s higher level of economic development as per the Office of the USTR. Thus, the programme intended only for developing countries cannot be extended to fairly developed countries. As per the United States, Turkey would fall in the basket of developed countries. However, if we glean through the legal jargon and look minutely at the intent behind withdrawing these designations it appears to be more politically driven rather than economically driven.


         



      

Already, the current dispensation in the United States has started doing away with unnecessary baggage that it had been carrying since so many years as the Leader of the Comity of Nations. It would also help the Republican Party keep its conservative and nationalist core voter base intact at home and toughen the stance of the USA in the International Polity.


The attitude of the current Indian Government to impose heavy customs duties on various products is resulting in a boomerang effect. The constant grouse of the US President is that India is imposing high tariffs and the charitable attitude of the USA regarding liberal trade policies and incentives is far from over and if India expects trade incentives from the USA, then it better reciprocate. This need for reciprocity is the real bone of contention.




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Though expectations of reciprocity and discrimination are against the fundamentals of GSP, this tit for tat policy adopted by the USA is a reflection of its protectionist regime and economic strategy. From the current scenario, two diplomatic ripostes can be predicted. The first being, India may make an attempt to solve this issue bilaterally through filing a review application to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) or an appeal to the President of the United States. The second step may be a multilateral route, taking the United States to WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body.


India has in the past approached the WTO when the European Union violated its obligations to the international body by granting tariff preferences to 12 countries including Pakistan under the European Commission Generalised System of Preference scheme’s special Drug Arrangements programme. The problem with the latter is, the U.S has been vocal about blocking the appointment of Judges to the Appellate Body. Vetoing of judicial reappointments may cripple the entire trade disputes mediation system.


The Indian Government’s Ministry of Commerce came out and said that the withdrawal of GSP benefits to India will have a minimal and moderate impact on the international trade as the total GSP benefits amount to about $190 million on overall exports under GSP of $5.6 billion between the two countries. International trade involves global logistics and involvement of various societies, so, every international action on policy may have an equal and opposite reaction on the domestic economy.




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In International Relations, no policy or decision of any government can be studied or analysed in isolation. Economic policy cannot be compartmentalized. It interacts with various political forces and the fulcrum of economic relations is the strategic and political partnership. With the United States playing a key role in the Taliban peace process and India showing an active interest to replace Pakistan as an alternative mediator the need of the hour is the maintenance of the strategic Indo-US partnership. With China once again vetoing the designation of Masood Azhar as an international terrorist in the UNSC, India would look up to the USA in future to secure its interests in the conundrum of South Asian geopolitics.


The worsening relationship between India and Pakistan would naturally push India and Pakistan towards the USA and China respectively. With the USA declaring India as not just a strategic partner but a key player in the Indo-Pacific region and with India’s diplomatic vision of Act East policy India and the USA would play a huge role in keeping the Chinese Dragon at bay in the Indo-Pacific region. The economic impact of withdrawing India’s designation can be speculated upon; however, the strategic partnership and collaboration on fighting terror cannot be compromised at the cost of a trade dispute.


It would be in the best interests of both the USA and India to solve this issue bilaterally and diplomatically as it dealt with the issue of steel tariffs whereby India was exempted from revised US tariffs on steel imports.


Authors Bio: Amar Maruti Patil and Adithya Anil Variath are final year students of law at the University of Mumbai’s School of Law.


   
            


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By B.N. Frank


No studies show 5G is safe – even The Telecom Industry has admitted that.  Many studies show 5G is harmful.  Many studies show 4G is harmful too.  Not only that – federal “safety” standards don’t apply to the way we use or are exposed to technology today.  They are 20+ years old.


From CBS SanFrancisco:



MORAGA (KPIX 5) — An East Bay neighborhood’s fight against 5G is the topic of a town council meeting scheduled for Wednesday night. Moraga residents are expected to turn out and demand the city do more to protect people from cell phone radiation exposure.


It is a fight that’s been going on across the country and has been particularly heated in the East Bay. Ellie Marks has been outspoken against 5G and cell phone companies for 11 years now.


“We may not see the full ramifications of this for 20-30 years. How can we just fly blindly into this? It doesn’t make sense,” Marks said.


         



      

Her fight began when her husband developed a brain tumor on the right side of his head back in 2008. She says he was a heavy cell phone user since 1986.


“He used it all the time; held it right to his right ear and the tumor developed right where he held the phone,” Marks said.


Fortunately her husband survived, but she says it was her wake-up call. Ever since then, she’s been touring the country, organizing against the spread of cell phone towers and raising awareness about increased exposure to radio frequency.


The FCC and cell phone companies all maintain RF exposure we receive from cell phones is well within safe levels.


“The FCC is lying to the general public,” Marks countered.


“So far every major study concludes it [5G] is not having a harmful impact,” CNET Editor at Large Ian Sherr said.


[…]


“The promise of 5G is that it will be a lot lot faster, so think of being able to download a movie in seconds rather than waiting a lot longer,” Sherr said.



Increased speed is more important to Americans than public health???  Ian Sherr must not be aware that in February, telecom industry employees confessed to Congress that no studies show that 5G is safe.  Either that or he has no problem with lying.



Whether you’re aware of it or not, 4G and 5G installation is being forced in communities all over the U.S (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) as well as in space – despite increasing opposition.





For more information on what you can do to stop this in your neck of the woods, visit the following websites:



Wireless Information Network
Americans for Responsible Technology
5GCrisis
5G Information
Environmental Health Trust
In Power Movement
Last Tree Laws
My Street, My Choice
Our Town Our Choice
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech
TelecomPowerGrab.com
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Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich


With the current Congressional upside-down investigative push that’s reached “fever pitch” since the release of the Mueller Report, one has to wonder, plus seriously question, how come, or why, other characters who ostensibly committed crimes, “uncovered but dismissed,” e.g., Hillary Clinton, et al,  have been exonerated by the FBI and other federal agencies? Good question?


Non-politician, but now President Donald J. Trump, has become the inexhaustible brunt of legal harassment from homegrown NeoDemocrats (Leftists, Socialists and possibly even communists) in Congress and at every level of the socio-political spectrum, e.g., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  If one doesn’t have one’s facts accurate, how can she be a member of Congress?  Isn’t there a credibility factor no one seems to be questioning nor investigating?


         



      

The New World Order’s apparent campaign regarding President Trump (since he’s a ‘monkey wrench’ in their one world order governance agenda implementation) is “get him out of the White House” at any and all costs?  However, how come no such campaign ever was undertaken for the collusive and criminal actions apparently undertaken by, and during, the Obama Administration?  See “Obama counsel faces charges from Mueller” Apr. 11, 2019



Craig, the first White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, would be the first Democratic operative charged in a case linked with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


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Additionally, let’s not forget Barack Obama’s surrendering his license to practice law!  Plus Michelle surrendered hers too! Why?  Shouldn’t that have been mainstream, lamestream news?  There’s a “two-for” there, and still no hound dogging!


Consider this:



President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer.” He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges that he lied on his bar application. A “voluntary surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license. No, a “voluntary surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something, and you “voluntarily surrender” your license before the state suspends you.
2. Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993 after a federal judge gave her the choice between surrendering her license or standing trial for insurance fraud.
3. So, we have the first black President and First Lady who don’t actually have licenses to practice law. Facts.Source:
 http://jdlong.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/pres-barack-obama-editor-of-the-Harvard-law-review-has-no-law-license


Source: What Happened to Michelle and Barack Obama’s Law Licenses?https://www.thoughtco.com/what-happened-to-obamas-law-license-3298910







Shouldn’t the above disclosures have prevented Obama from becoming the 44th President of the USA, or at least been investigated similarly to the way Mr. Trump’s life has been?


However, one character, George Soros, may be an enigma when it comes to legal prosecution.  Is he the proverbial Energizer Bunny for funding the New World Order’s agenda, all while acting like an “ordinary citizen” untouchable by law?


One probable unknown tidbit about George Soros is his organization(s) allegedly have funded “Snopes,” the Internet fact-checker.  If that be factual, can Snopes be considered ‘without conflict of interest’ in reporting New World Order issues?


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


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


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


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


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By Matt Agorist


On Thursday, several men in black suits, surrounded by a dozen cops, raided the Ecuadorian embassy in London and kidnapped Julian Assange. Moments later, the Department of Justice released a statement charging Assange with computer hacking “conspiracy” for allegedly working with US Army soldier at the time, Chelsea Manning. Assange was in handcuffs when he was brought out and as he was being dragged from the embassy, he managed to grab the book, Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State. As he was shoved into the van, Assange held the book facing forward so that it could be seen by the camera.




         



      

For those who may not know, Gore Vidal was an American author who has studied the actual history of the United States—not the propagandistic chest-pumping horse manure taught in schools—but the very real, violent and corrupt history of the United States government.


Vidal was born inside this system, educated in expensive private schools in Washington DC and grew up, quite literally, surrounded by the elite. His father was a high-ranking official in the Franklin Roosevelt administration and his grandfather was US senator Thomas Pryor Gore (D-Oklahoma). He was incredibly smart and would eventually become a best-selling author.


In his thirties, after writing a series of mainstream novels, Vidal decided to try his hand at historical fiction. This decision would set him on a path to waking up to the atrocities carried out by the United States dating back to Abraham Lincoln.


Vidal was one of the first public figures to question the motives and wisdom of Lincoln—and he was lambasted for it. Despite bipartisan attacks on all fronts for his critical skepticism of the United States, Vidal’s six-volume “American Chronicle” series of historical novels about the United States became best sellers.


As the years went on, Vidal became outspoken about the rise of the military industrial complex and predicted the very situation we find ourselves in today.


USA belongs to a handful of men who also control the media. Look at General Electric. It produces nuclear weapons for the Pentagon and also owns the NBC News cable channel, which is a very sophisticated censure apparatus, intrinsic to the system. It’s genius. It’s like an electronic cage around the nation which blocks information from getting through. ~ Gore Vidal


In the book Assange was pictured holding, Vidal explained how the United States established the “massive military-industrial-security complex” and the “political culture that gave us the ‘Imperial Presidency.’”


The book was written by Vidal and The Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay. In it, the two dissected the apparatus that would eventually facilitate Assange’s arrest. Through propaganda and manipulation, the establishment has tricked the masses into accepting their corrupt order as the norm. Both Vidal and Assange knew this.


It doesn’t actually make any difference whether the President is Republican or Democrat. The genius of the American ruling class is that it has been able to make the people think that they have had something to do with the electing of presidents for 200 years when they’ve had absolutely nothing to say about the candidates or the policies or the way the country is run. ~ Gore Vidal


In the book, Vidal explains the false history of the US and how this false history is used to manipulate people into supporting mass murder and corruption.




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“I think everybody should take a sober look at the world about us, remember that practically everything that you’re told about other countries is untrue, what we’re told about ourselves and our great strength and how much we are loved – forget it,” wrote Vidal.


Our strength is there, but it’s the kind of strength that blows off your hand while you hold up the grenade; it’s a suicidal strength as well as a murderous one.


Although Vidal died before realizing the plight of Julian Assange and the attack on the freedom of the press that it represents, he saw it coming decades in advance.




Sadly, not many people heeded Vidal’s words and we are witnessing a full-scale attack on true independent journalism as we know it, and we are seemingly powerless to stop it. This is likely the reason Julian Assange grabbed that book and made sure we saw it as he yelled out through dozens of cops that we “must resist.”


Though Vidal had become somewhat cynical in his final years, his wisdom can help to free us from our self-imposed slavery of worshiping corruption and statism.




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Julian Assange is a hero. His actions helped to expose horrifying crimes carried out by the US government, including mowing down innocent journalists with a .50 cal. His persecution by the UK and the US is retaliation and punishment for exposing these crimes and their actions, as Assange said, must be resisted.


If this established behemoth of media, government and tech giants are allowed to persist and snuff out the independent press—as they are currently doing—we may soon realize George Orwell’s prediction of a boot stomping on a human face—forever.


Like Vidal, Assange wanted people to know true history as this is the path to peace. “If wars can be started by lies,” Assange so eloquently noted, “they can be stopped with the truth.” 


We must resist.




Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.


   
            


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By Charles Hugh Smith


The entire global status quo is on the cusp of the S-Curve decline phase.


There is really only one unforgivable sin in the political realm, and that’s destroying the official narrative by revealing the facts of the matter. This is why whistleblowers who make public the secret machinery of the elaborately artful lies underpinning all official narratives are hounded to the ends of the Earth.


Employees of state entities such as Ellsberg, Manning and Snowden are bound by vows of secrecy and threatened by the promise of severe punishment. Outsiders such as Assange are even further beyond the pale because they can’t be accused of being traitors, as they never took the vows of secrecy required by the Deep State.


The single most damaging revelation to all the elaborate lies that make up official narratives is the truth revealed in official emails, documents and conversations. This is why virtually every document and correspondence is now “classified,” so anyone releasing even a mundane scrap can be sentenced to rot in federal prison.


         



      

In a recent C-SPAN interview, author Nomi Prins explained the incredible difficulty of accessing papers in presidential libraries now due to virtually everything being classified. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applications must be filed, and researchers must wait years to gain access to routine correspondence that was freely available to all a decade or so ago.


Official paranoia has a 100% correlation with the amount of damage done to official narratives by any leaks of the facts of the matter. What are they so afraid of? Here’s the dynamic in play: the more fragile the narrative, the greater the dependence on half-truths and lies, the greater the official urgency to crush all whistleblowers and maintain a Stasi-like vigilance against any murmurs of dissent or doubt.


If the entire contraption wasn’t so vulnerable to exposure and so dependent on lies, why the infinite paranoia? This paranoia extends past the present system of lies into the past, as exposing the lies in decades past calls into question the official narratives of today.


Any doubt is extremely dangerous, as if even a single thread is pulled loose, the entire fabric of ginned-up statistics, false assurances, half-truths and outright lies unravels. Once the Pentagon Papers revealed the facts of the war in Vietnam, support for the official narrative collapsed essentially overnight.






In the immortal words of Jean-Claude Juncker, when it becomes serious you have to lie, and it’s now serious all the time.


The entire global status quo is on the cusp of the S-Curve decline phase. Hence the vulnerability to disruption of its official narratives and the panicky paranoia of its handlers.



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By Derrick Broze


Donald Trump just signed two executive orders related to removing restrictions and speeding up approval of oil and gas projects while visiting Texas on Wednesday.


Crosby, Texas — During a day of fundraisers and rallies across Texas, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders intended to speed up the approval process for oil and gas projects. The orders also limit states’ ability to intervene in these projects.


“My action today will cut though destructive permitting and delays,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at the International Union of Operating Engineers. Trump stated that he “ended the war on energy” since entering the White House.


One of Trump’s executive orders is aimed at streamlining the approval process for energy infrastructure that crosses international borders. Trump said pipelines, roads, and railways along the border will take no more than 60 days to be approved or denied and that the decision will now come directly from the President himself. “The President will have sole approval, not the bureaucracy,” Trump told his supporters at the union. This order changes previous rules which gave the Secretary of State the authority to issue permits for cross-border pipelines and similar infrastructure—a process that has, in some cases, taken years.


         



      






Trump blamed the delay of pipeline projects on states like Washington and New York for restrictive policies on oil and gas. “New York is hurting the country because they are not allowing the pipelines to get through,” Trump said. He also blamed “radical activists” for slowing down the completion of pipeline projects around the nation, including the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The DAPL faced heavy resistance from environmental groups, indigenous communities, and allied activists from around the world in 2016.


In late March, the Trump administration approved the equally controversial and long-delayed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline by ignoring previous court rulings and issuing a new presidential permit for the project. Trump had approved the pipeline two years ago but the project was mired in legal challenges. While the southern portion of the project was completed years ago, construction of the portion from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, has been delayed.


“We approved the Keystone XL pipeline, almost on day one,” Trump stated at Wednesday’s event. “We got the Dakota Access Pipeline out of a lot of trouble. They had a little problem, they didn’t have a permit but I gave it to them.” Wednesday’s executive orders are an indication that Trump wants to speed up construction of the Keystone XL.




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Trump’s statements follow the passage of two new state bills in South Dakota that are meant to prevent protest of the construction of the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that passes through the state. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has stated that the so-called “Riot Boosting” legislation will help shut down protests of the Keystone XL Pipeline and prevent a battle between protesters and police as was seen during the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.


When considered together, the executive orders and the South Dakota bills do not bode well for opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline. These actions are just the latest in a string of actions putting the Trump administration’s allegiance to the oil and gas lobby (aka the Oilgarchy) on full display. In late March, The Mind Unleashed reported that oil executives were heard discussing Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt and celebrating the access they currently have to the Trump Administration on recently released recordings. The recording took place during a 2017 Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPPA) meeting in Southern California.


Whether you support oil and gas pipelines or not, it’s clear that the Trump administration is more concerned with pleasing their buddies in the industry than listening to the American people.


Derrick is the founder of TCRN, where this article first appeared.


This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.


   
            


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