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By Tyler Durden


In the latest reversal to his campaign promise to bring American troops home, the Trump administration is considering “significantly expanding” the US military footprint in the Middle East, by sending as many as 14,000 additional troops, along with military hardware and a dozen ships, the WSJ reported.


If confirmed, the deployment would double the number of US military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. The decision whether to send thousands more American soldiers into harms way is expected to be made as soon as this month.


         



      

So how will Trump face the electorate with elections in less than a year, and justify his decision to keeps deploying more US troops abroad instead of bringing them back home? Simple: he will blame everything on Iran. As the WSJ notes, on Iran—and partly at the behest of Israel—Trump is convinced of the need to counter the threat his aides say Tehran poses. Apparently that means deploying thousands more troops to places like Saudi Arabia, which already is the biggest US purchaser of weapons yet somehow is incapable of defending itself from those constant “Iranian attacks.”


And this is where the US military industrial complex – which is only paid when more troops are deployed, not when they return – comes into play:


There is growing fear among U.S. military and other administration officials that an attack on U.S. interests and forces could leave the U.S. with few options in the region, officials said. By sending additional military resources to the region, the administration would be presenting a more credible deterrent to Tehran, blamed for a series of attacks, including one in September against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran has denied involvement.


Ironically, while the new deployment is designed to be a deterrent against possible Iranian retaliation – for mounting sanctions brought about by Trump no less designed to leave the Iranian regime with no way out but military escalation – apparently nobody has considered that a build up of even more American military resources in the region will only further provoke Tehran. Then again, this is the same “thinking” that led to the 2014 Ukraine (and Crimea) fiasco when NATO was “shocked” that its threat to expand into Ukraine would prompt Russia to become take appropriate retaliatory steps.







John Rood, the Pentagon’s senior policy official, on Wednesday hinted at an expanded deployment to counter Iran. Mr. Rood said no decision has been made on additional capabilities but that the situation is expected to remain fluid.


“Deterrence is dynamic, our response is going to be dynamic,” he said at a breakfast with reporters.



Should Trump approve the plan, the additional US troops would join the roughly 14,000 service members already in the region since May, when American intelligence analysts “identified a threat” from Iran and the U.S. Central Command commander, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, requested additional ships, missile-defense platforms and troops.




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So far that threat has failed to materialize in anything more than an occasional staged false flag attack on some tanker sailing through the Gulf.


This article was sourced from ZeroHedge.com


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By Brandon Smith


In the second week of October, after the “partial” U.S.-China trade deal was announced to much fanfare, I made this prediction:


US and Chinese officials rarely waste an opportunity to use trade talk headlines to head-fake markets with false hope. Rumors of a “partial” or tentative trade deal are circulating today, with MORE trade talks in a month or two. In other words, “more trade talks” means there is no deal of any substance and there’s plenty of time for the whole thing to fall apart once again. I give it less than a month. In the meantime, there will be plenty of other distractions for the general public, including the impeachment circus, tariffs against Europe, tensions in Syria, the Brexit mess, etc, etc.


My estimate was incorrect; it took a little OVER one month for the whole thing to fall apart. That said, I think the primary point remains the same. The trade war is not going to end anytime soon and there is a very good reason why this is the case: It serves the globalist agenda as a perfect distraction for the collapse of the “Everything Bubble” and the launch of the global economic reset into a what the elites call a “new world order”.


         



      

But let’s go back for a moment to understand what just happened. A month ago, the trade deal was treated as essentially done. China had partially folded on most of Trump’s demands and Trump was going to pull off a major economic victory just in time for the 2020 election season. The Dow was going to rocket past 30,000 and Trump’s second term was now assured. This was the narrative in the majority of the alternative media, and I have to say, it is sad to see so many otherwise intelligent analysts make such a huge blunder.


I have lost track of how many times the trade war was put on hold in light of an optimistic “new deal”, and how many times people bought into the farce. For many, though, this event seemed different. The rhetoric on both sides was more conciliatory and they even had a tentative date set for a “phase one” deal signing. The problem is that after every deal announcement, the establishment has always left at least a few separate “linchpins” in place that would allow them to explode trade deal exuberance down the road.


A year ago, the linchpin was the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in the middle of a 90-day truce. This time, it was the U.S. passage of a bill supporting Hong Kong protesters only weeks before the trade deal was to be signed and before new U.S. tariffs were to be implemented against China.


The Hong Kong issue is an interesting one. I won’t get too involved in the domestic politics of Hong Kong vs. China because I think this is peripheral to the bigger discussion. I will say that if I was living in Hong Kong, I would not want to concede further control to the totalitarian aspirations of mainland China. But U.S. involvement doesn’t help the protesters. In fact, it hurts them.


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Mass protests against government dominance require grassroots momentum to be successful. They require the public and the rest of the world to view their efforts as a legitimate fight for freedom against the oversteps of the political elites. Such activist efforts are derailed when they are sullied by associations with foreign powers. Meaning, when a protest or rebellion is accused of being a puppet movement of a foreign government seeking war by proxy, the rebellion loses support in the eyes of the rest of the public and thus loses momentum.


Americans should be intimately familiar with this problem. Conservative activist groups have been accused for years of being puppets of the Russian government, and this is clearly designed to undermine their image as true Americans fighting for a freer society. In Hong Kong, the U.S. is being presented as the foreign power whose tentacles are spreading through every facet of the protests. And even if the Hong Kong rebellion started on honest terms as a real domestic response to Chinese Big Brother collectivism, it doesn’t matter now. The U.S. government has sabotaged those efforts by injecting itself into the situation.


U.S. legislation in support of Hong Kong also wrecks any future possibility of a trade deal, because it directly attaches the Trump Administration and the trade talks to the violent tides in Hong Kong. Trump cannot sign a trade deal with China while China brutalizes protesters, and China cannot sign a deal while Trump encourages what they consider domestic terrorism. Even if one side or the other wanted to capitulate, now it is impossible.


Of course, it is my belief that neither side ever had any intention of signing a trade deal in the first place. It is also my belief that the next escalation of the trade war will be used by the establishment as a scapegoat for the ongoing collapse in economic fundamentals and eventually a crash in stock markets.


Currently, it appears that the December phase one deal signing is off. Donald Trump has stated that he “likes the idea” of delaying a trade deal until after the 2020 election. The Chinese state-controlled media has accused the U.S. of “backpedaling” on recent agreements. And, rumors are that the Trump Administration is poised to assert new and higher tariffs on China by December 15th. I think the people betting on a Santa rally in markets this holiday season are about to get the same shock they got during the 2018 holiday season.




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In the meantime, precious metals, which saw a pull-back in recent weeks due to economic optimism fueled by a potential trade deal, will soon return to their previous rally as the trade deal falls apart yet again. There is a reason why countries like Russia and China have been stocking gold like mad the past few years. They know what is about to happen.


But why reignite the trade war now? As I noted at the end of October:


Trump has no intention of “winning” the trade war, and China has no intention of giving any real concessions to the US. In the meantime, the banking elites are conditioning the public to associate the trade war with the success or failure of stock markets, and separating themselves from any blame for the ongoing crash in fundamentals. When the trade deal finally and fully falls apart and markets crash, the public will assume the two things are directly related, and the banking elites hope that everyone will forget that it was they that created the Everything Bubble in the first place…


The Federal Reserve’s overnight and month-long repo purchases conveniently coincided with October and November’s trade deal optimism. Stock markets rocketed upwards despite almost all economic data showing a severe decline in every sector from housing to manufacturing to retail sales and store closures to auto sales, all on top of historic levels of corporate and consumer debt not seen since the crash of 2008. Now the Fed’s repo-loans are coming due and companies are going to have to buy back the collateral they initially gave the Fed in exchange for quick cash, conveniently at the same time as the trade war is being accelerated.


You will notice that in almost every instance that there is a policy shift by the Fed, something extreme seems to happen in the trade war. The central bankers are acclimating the public to the idea that every time good things happen in markets, it’s because of trade deal optimism. And, every time something bad happens in markets, it’s because the trade war is getting worse.


The masses are being conditioned to forget all about the epic financial bubble the elites engineered over the past decade through stimulus measures and QE, not to mention the fact that the Fed popped that bubble over a year ago through interest rate hikes and balance sheet cuts into economic weakness.


Another rather advantageous aspect of the trade war is that it provides cover for the destruction of the current monetary order and makes way for what the establishment elites call the “global economic reset”. As “de-dollarization” continues in Russia, China, the EU and other nations, eventually the American public is going to discover that their currency is being replaced as the world reserve with a basket system that includes a cashless digital alternative. This system is already being created by the IMF, and many nations including China and Russia have proclaimed their support for it.




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The U.S. will see considerable inflation or stagflation as the reset evolves. The elites hope that Americans will blame China and perhaps Russia for the pain of the dollar crash. The trade war creates a false paradigm of East vs. West, while the global banks and their political allies escape all blame. At least, that is the plan.


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By Press For Truth


If you publicly say something negative of the police they will detain, interrogate and shake you down into compliance! That’s the current reality in China as a new video shows police interrogating a man because of a social media post he made the night before speaking negatively of the local police practice of confiscating motorcycles.


In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains how this will eventually become a common practice in the West and how with corporate-state media approval, it could be sold to the public fairly easily.


         



      


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By Stefan Gleason


Through the first half of 2019, silver significantly underperformed gold. Put another way, gold gained relative to silver – culminating in the gold:silver ratio registering a 27-year high of 95:1.


That market signal was received by the mining industry. Since there are few primary silver producers, and those that do mine silver also typically mine gold and some base metals, precious metals miners had an incentive to invest more into gold production and less into silver.


Precious metals analyst Adam Hamilton wrote in a recent commentary,


As silver wasted away in recent years, its bombed-out prices heavily impaired silver mines’ ability to generate operating cash flows and profits. The silver miners were forced to adapt and shifted their focus and capital into adding gold production rather than boosting silver output.


         



      

Hamilton notes that the top 17 components of the GlobalX Silver Miners ETF (SIL) produced a total of 72.2 million ounces of silver last quarter, amounting to a 4.4% year over year decline. At the same time, their total gold output increased by 11.9%.


What this suggests is that the silver market is being under-supplied. In fact, the Silver Institute recorded a 2.4% global silver supply shrinkage in 2018.


And things certainly aren’t looking up this year.


Silver’s mining supply problem could be a super-bullish driver of higher prices. Higher prices will eventually incentivize increased production from the mining industry. But it will take much higher prices sustained for some time in order to move the needle of mining production in any significant way.


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As silver miners have become less silver-centric, their stocks can be expected to show less correlation to the silver price. In fact, some stocks that have “silver” in their name derive a large majority of their business outside of the white metal.


Consider Pan American Silver (PAAS), a $3.6 billion company that makes up a 5.4% weighting in the Silver Miners ETF (SIL).


While Pan American is indeed a producer of silver, its business comes mainly from other metals. According to BMO estimates, only 33% of Pan American Silver’s revenue in 2019 will come from silver production.


SIL’s third-largest holding is Korea Zinc. It is base metals smelter, not a silver miner. It processes some silver, but that particular aspect of its business amounts to just 17% of annual revenue.






Rare is the “silver” company that actually derives most of its revenue from silver. Since silver deposits tend to accumulate around other metals, valuable byproducts will be extracted during the mining process. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of mining for base metals, so primary silver mines are few and far between.


One exception is First Majestic Silver (AG). It is the purest major producer, with 62% of its revenue attributable to its namesake metal.


Of course, you will never find a purer silver play than actual .999 pure silver bullion products.


The further your silver-related investments get from the underlying metal, the more they will be driven by other factors you may not necessarily understand or believe in.


When silver starts becoming a hot commodity again, Wall Street will surely supply a bevy of new “silver” equities and exchange-traded derivative products – most of which will serve to divert casual investors away from investing in silver itself.


Physical Silver Outperforms Corporate Silver

Silver bullion investors have tended to fare better than silver stock investors in recent years. Since its inception in 2010, the Silver Miners ETF has underperformed the silver price by a net 25%. See the chart below…


Silver Global Chart


Despite an impressive spike in 2016, silver equities have languished before and since versus silver itself.


Silver companies – especially those that actually derive the bulk of their business from silver – could certainly see the value of their shares multiplied during the next big precious metals run-up. But investing or speculating in mining companies is inherently riskier the owning the metal itself.




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Silver is plenty capable of delivering eye-popping gains far in excess of gold’s when market conditions are favorable for the white metal. Silver’s volatility is more than some investors can stomach – in which case gold may be more suitable in a more conservative portfolio.


Silver, however, currently offers the more compelling supply story – combined with a heavily discounted relative valuation.



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Huffington Post General Discussion / Banks Are Cutting 75,700 Jobs Worldwide
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By Kevin Helms


Banks worldwide have announced major job cuts this year. Globally, 75,700 jobs are reportedly being eliminated, with the most recent announcement coming from Italy’s largest bank. Unicredit has become the latest major bank to unveil layoff plans, joining Deutsche Bank, Santander, Commerzbank, HSBC, and more. The negative interest rate environment and slowing economies have forced banks to cut costs and lay off employees.


Unicredit Eliminating 8000 Jobs

Italy’s largest bank, Unicredit, unveiled its new business plan to 2023 on Tuesday, which reportedly includes laying off 8,000 employees and closing 500 branches. CEO Jean Pierre Mustier claims that this round of job cuts will help eliminate 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) of the bank’s gross expenses.


         



      

Unicredit also announced a separate buyback of 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion), Bloomberg detailed, noting that the job cuts equal to more than 9% of the bank’s workforce. The bank, however, said it intends to spend 9.4 billion euros on information technology and human resources over the next four years to update its technology and improve compliance.


Banks Are Cutting 75,700 Jobs WorldwideUnicredit’s worldwide presence. Source: Unicredit

The bank currently has 12,000 branches in over 50 countries and 30 representative offices around the world, according to its website. It provides products and services to approximately 26 million customers in areas of corporate investment banking, commercial banking and wealth management. Its 14 core markets are Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.


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Two Italian banking unions told Reuters on Tuesday that they expect the actual number of job cuts to be around 5,500 instead of the 8,000 announced. They also expect 450 branches to close instead of the planned 500 branches.


Banks Cutting Over 75,700 Jobs Worldwide

The job cut announcement by Unicredit brings the total number of layoffs announced by banks globally this year to 75,700, according to Bloomberg. 83% of these banks are in Europe where negative interest rates and slowing economies have forced financial institutions to cut costs. In September, news.Bitcoin.com reported that the number of announced job cuts totaled over 60,000.


Banks Are Cutting 75,700 Jobs WorldwideGlobal layoff breakdown. This chart is an updated version of the one included in our previous bank layoff coverage. Source: company filings and Bloomberg.

Overall, banks in Europe have announced job cuts of 63,036, representing more than 10 times the total number announced by banks in North America, the news outlet conveyed. In Europe, banks in Germany top the list of major job cuts. Deutsche Bank leads the pack with a plan to lay off 18,000 employees through 2022 as it scales down its investment banking business. Besides cutting jobs, banks in Germany are passing on the burden of negative interest rates to their clients. A recent survey by the German central bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank, shows that 58% of banks surveyed are already doing so. Some are charging all savers negative interest rates while others only target wealthy and corporate clients.


According to data compiled by Bloomberg, other banks with major layoff plans include Banco Santander which is cutting 5,400 jobs, Commerzbank 4,300 jobs, HSBC 4,000 jobs, Barclays 3,000 jobs, Alfa Bank 3,000 jobs, KBC 2,100 jobs, Societe Generale 2,100 jobs, and Caixabank 2,000 jobs. HSBC may actually be laying off more workers as the company said in October that it may cut up to 10,000 jobs.


What do you think of big banks cutting costs by laying off workers? Let us know in the comments section below.



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By Tyler Durden


Seriously WTF! 


We tend to report on how Baltimore City’s socio-economic crisis is sending the region into a collapse. Now there’s a new report that appears to be literally from a third world country!


Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young warned in an interview this week with WBAL News’ Vanessa Herring that a white van has been running around the city targeting young girls for their organs, reported The Baltimore Sun.


“We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” Young said. “It’s all over Facebook.”




         



      

Police spokesman Matt Jablow told The Baltimore Sun that the department is “aware of the posts on social media, but we do not have any reports of actual incidents.”



WBAL asked the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office about any reports of abductions in the city, and they responded by indicating no reports have yet been filed.


A spokesman for the mayor said Young was discussing a general problem of human trafficking in the city, not a specific incident.


Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, the co-chair of the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative, said: “While it’s important that we do raise awareness about human trafficking, I would note that rarely are people snatched as you may see in film or may see on social media.”


Young’s latest claims of a body-snatching van come after a news conference last month, which he said: “I’m worried about people pulling up in vans, snatching young girls to take their organs or sell them into prostitution.”



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Op-Ed by Tyler Durden


In a bid to end the massive welfare state, the Trump administration is expected to announce new measures Wednesday that would end food stamp benefits for nearly 750,000 low-income folks. The new rules will make it difficult for “states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program,” according to Bloomberg sources.


Republicans have long attempted to abolish the welfare state, claiming that the redistribution of wealth for poor people keeps them in a state of perpetual poverty. They also claim the welfare state is a system of command and control and has been used by Democrats for decades as a political weapon against conservatives, hence why most inner cities vote Democrat.


House Republicans tried to cut parts of the federal food assistance program last year, but it was quickly rejected in the Senate.


         



      

The new requirements by the Trump administration would only target “able-bodied” recipients who aren’t caring for children under six.


Sources said the measure would be one of three enacted by the Trump administration to wind down the massive federal food assistance program.


The measures are expected to boot nearly 3.7 million recipients from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Though it comes at a time when employment is in a downturn, manufacturing has stumbled into a recession, and the US economy could be entering a mild recession in the year ahead.


As to why President Trump wants hundreds of thousands of low-income folks off SNAP ahead of an election year while the economy is rapidly decelerating could be an administrative error that may lead to social instabilities in specific regions that will be affected the hardest. Then again, no turmoil could come out of it, and it’s hailed as a success during the election year.




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The Department of Agriculture estimates that the new measures could save the agency $1.1 billion in year one, and $7.9 billion by year five.


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Nearly 36.4 million Americans in the “greatest economy ever” are on food stamps. At least half of all Americans have low-wage jobs, barely enough to cover living expenses, nevertheless, service their credit cards with record-high interest rates.


The economy as a whole is undergoing profound structural changes with automation and artificial intelligence. Tens of millions of jobs will be lost by 2030. It’s likely the collision of these forces means the welfare state is going nowhere and will only grow in size when the next recession strikes.


Cutting food stamps for low-income folks is the right move into creating a leaner government, but there are severe social implications that could be triggered if the new measures are passed.




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And while President Trump wants to slash the welfare state for poor people, his supply-side policies and bailouts of corporate America have been record-setting in some respects.


Actions by the administration clearly show that corporate welfare for Wall Street elites is more important than welfare for low-income folks.


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By Matt Agorist


In one of the most ridiculous cases of police overreach we’ve ever seen, an innocent woman was placed under arrest and cited for “disobeying” a sign recommending that individuals on the escalator hold the handrail. Now, after fighting for justice for years, Bela Kosoian is finally seeing justice.


The incident unfolded when Kosoian was at the Montmorency Metro station. As this innocent woman rode the escalator, a police officer — who just knew he had found himself a hardened criminal hellbent on burning down society for not holding a handrail — targeted her for extortion and kidnapping.


The officer pointed out that Kosoian was disobeying a pictograph with the instruction “Hold the handrail.” Knowing that she had done nothing wrong, Kosoian flexed her rights and refused to comply with the officer’s unlawful stop and refused to identify herself. This infuriated the officer who then escalated the situation, no pun intended.


         



      

Kosoian was then arrested and held for 30 minutes before being let go. She was given two tickets: one for $100 for disobeying the plastic sign recommending escalator riders hold the handrail and a $320 fine for obstructing the cop by refusing to identify herself.


This incident happened in 2009 in Montreal, Canada and she’s been fighting it ever since. As the CBC reports:



She was acquitted of the two infractions in Montreal municipal court in 2012 and subsequently filed a $45,000 lawsuit against Montreal’s transit authority, the City of Laval and one of the officers, Fabio Camacho.


Her suit was rejected by Quebec court in 2015 and by the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2017, which said Kosoian was the “author of her own misfortune.”


The Supreme Court has ordered $20,000 be paid to Kosoian in damages. The Société de transport de Montréal, which operates the Metro, and Camacho will each be liable for half the amount.



Luckily, when Kosoian’s case made it to the Supreme Court, logic prevailed.




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“An unlawful arrest — even for a short time — cannot be considered one of the ‘ordinary annoyances, anxieties and fears that people living in society routinely … accept,’” the court wrote. “In a free and democratic society, no one should accept  or expect to be subjected to  unjustified state intrusions.”


The court further ruled that a plastic sign recommending escalator riders hold the handrail cannot be considered law and, “given that the offence alleged did not exist in law, (Kosoian) was perfectly entitled to refuse to identify herself and then simply to walk away.”


The court went further, pointing out that the arresting officer was also found to have committed “a civil fault by ordering Ms. Kosoian to identify herself and by arresting her and conducting a search based on a non-existent offence, namely disobeying the pictogram indicating that the handrail should be held.”


The Supreme Court’s findings directly contradicted the previous findings from both lower courts.




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“It follows that a pictogram that only warns, advises or informs cannot serve as the basis for this offence. After all, one does not ‘disobey’ a warning. At most, one refuses to take notice of it,” the court wrote. “A reasonable police officer looking at the STM’s sign would have concluded that the pictogram simply advises users to be careful and does not impose an obligation.”


Indeed.


Had this case taken place in the United States, where police officers routinely beat, kidnap, and kill people over such minor “offenses,” Kosoian’s refusal to identify could’ve ended much worse. Luckily for her, the court saw through the color of law and ruled in her favor.




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By Janet Phelan


The reports are in and the conclusion is unavoidable—a number of American citizens are stating they have been tortured by their own government.


Back in 2004, the world was given a glimpse of human rights violations executed by US soldiers and contractors in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The violations included rape, sodomy, torture and murder. Soon after, allegations of torture via waterboarding came to light.


Under pressure, President George Bush announced that the US was ceasing these activities, which he insisted on terming as “enhanced interrogation.” Bush refused to admit that waterboarding, which involves simulated drowning, constituted torture.


President Trump has signaled that he desires to reinitiate waterboarding. “It works,” he stated.


         



      

But these are all foreigners, right? No one would dare torture an American. Right?


Recently, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer issued a call-out for submissions from NGOs, UN agencies, State parties and Academia, requesting input on “psychological torture.”


As a result of this request for submissions, Special Rapporteur Melzer has been deluged with reports from NGOs, US citizens and others claiming that the US government has put them into weapons testing programs without their consent. The reports submitted revolve around “no touch torture” claims involving deployment of electronic and chemical weapons.


The mainstream media has for some time sneered at such claims.  However, when US diplomats were assaulted with electronic weapons in Cuba and Canada, the US press dropped the slurs and took the reports – at least of the diplomats – seriously.


Earlier reports had determined that similar weapons were deployed against the US embassy in Moscow for at least two decades.


According to the recent report submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur by PACTS INTERNATIONAL,


Members of our community experience the same symptomology of ‘no touch’ torture as recently experienced by the US diplomats to Cuba and China, which included: nausea, headaches, sleep problems, vertigo, hearing loss and memory and cognitive issues, along with the following forms of “psychological torture”: workplace harassment, which may lead to termination, vehicle tampering, computer tampering, email tampering, phone tampering, phone monitoring, 24 hr. surveillance,home entry, gaslighting, involuntary detention in a mental facility, vehicular stalking, organized group stalking, community-based harassment, blacklisting, and much more.


The PACTS submission, which was signed by over fifty individuals from the US, China, Canada and Europe, went on to quote Dr. Robert Duncan, who has worked on sensitive projects with DARPA, the CIA and other agencies, to wit:



…the US military and the CIA have been researching a number of interrogation and behaviour modification protocols, such as:



Induction of manic/depressive states – various methods of verbal abuse
Memory erasure using drugs Use of fear tactics – gaslighting, stalking, mock burials and executions, etc.
Remote mind manipulation – Every drug effect can be artificially induced in the target’s mind, including those of poisons.
Imprisonment and isolation
Personal and spiritual defamation


PACTS goes on to quote Cheryl Welsh, founder and director of Mind Justice, as follows:


The psychiatric sequelae of PT [psychological torture] are severe. They include delirium, psychosis, regression, self-mutilation, cognitive impairment, and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Neuroscience research on these and related mental disorders continues to establish their neurobiological underpinnings, thus challenging the popular view that PT is not physical, not serious, and perhaps not even torture at all.


In a separate report to the Special Rapporteur, mental health professional Tina Henderson, M.A., LCSW explained how people get chosen as test subjects:


These type of torture PROGRAMS are being carried out by state and local fusion centers across the United States. They are being done covertly and apparently being paid for with tax dollars. Typically, persons can be placed on a “watch” list for minimal reasoning. Once on the list, they can be extra judiciously used for non consensual human experimentation which may include the use of military technologies…


Henderson went on to explain the effects of being placed on the watch list.


As per above, most “PROGRAMS” designs for psychological torture are based on the idea that a person’s symptomology will present in such a way that makes them appear mentally unstable. In this way, individuals enduring psychological torture have a disincentive from speaking out for fear they will be labeled as mentally ill. This is just one more form of psychological torture–not being able to ask for help out of fear.


Henderson went on to note that





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One example can be seen in the use of what is known as “The Voice of God” technology whereby individuals hear voices via technologically transmitted waves. This is utilized for the purpose of intimidation and control. It is also known as V2K. Individuals presenting with this issue would be seen by doctors or psychiatrists as psychotic and mentally ill. They would be placed in mental institutions which would serve the interests of those doing the torture, because confinement represents control.



In fact, fear of being labelled as crazy is not the only disincentive for US torture victims to get help. There are legal disincentives as well. The twenty or so torture rehabilitation agencies in the US are restricted through the stipulations attached to their HHS funding and will not assist domestic torture victims. The sole federal law governing torture defines it as something occurring outside the borders of the US, therefore making it impossible for domestic victims to sue.


However, some of these agencies appear to also deny the existence of torture in the US. When asked if US torture victims had contacted the Center for Victims of Torture, a Minnesota based organization, media representative Jenni Bowring-McDonough reverted to the fall back of mental illness and replied that


CVT has served small numbers of U.S.-born individuals whose torture occurred outside the U.S. over the years, and we continue to receive calls from U.S.-born individuals with a variety of mental health concerns (including those having nothing to do with torture). (emphasis added)


Bowring-McDonough added that “We direct all U.S.-based callers requesting help with torture that occurred in the U.S. immediately to other US-based resources, such as these: https://www.cvt.org/lookingforhelp.”


When she was informed that the organizations listed in the link would not provide assistance to US domestic torture victims, she cut off contact and refused to answer any further questions.


There appears to be only one organization in the US which provides services to domestic torture victims. The Chicago Torture Justice Center was founded in 2015 as a result of the disclosures that police officers in Chicago had tortured a number of black Americans in order to secure false confessions. The Center does not accept HHS funding and has focused its efforts on police brutality victims in Illinois.


“Trip” Oldfield, director of another torture rehabilitation organization, opined that torture services were not needed for American citizens because “The US has an intact legal system.” However, given that there is no right to sue on a federal level for torture in the US and given the mounting concerns that the judiciary in the US is compromised Oldfield’s assertions do not pan out. In addition, when queried further about the contacts he has received from US born torture victims, Oldfield also reverted to the mental health fall back, stating that these people appeared to be afflicted with mental illness.


The mental health fall back is politically convenient. It serves to buttress the perception that the US does not torture and further assaults the mental integrity of its victims.


Josephine Grace submitted a declaration to the UN Special Rapporteur through the organization Targeted Justice, which she also sent to this reporter. She wrote me, “…please list my name and Springfield, MO….so everyone knows who murdered me when I die. ”


Her experience of electronic torture at the hands of the US government reportedly began when she engaged in anti-nuclear activism:





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1980- Woke up one morning with tinnitus- high ringing, ever-changing shrill sound in ears while peacefully, legally gathering signatures to put issue on US ballot regarding:  Stopping construction on the only nuclear power plant in Missouri (Calloway Unit) until a national radioactive waste repository is built to store spent uranium fuel rods.



Her detailed account includes the following:



June 2016- Perps outside home 24/7 after let go from job. Using hand-held DEWs to cause spot-specific remote torture on different parts of body:  Heart pumping so fast, hard think it will burst (but only upon laying down at night).  Sudden pressure in head, feels like it will explode (but only upon laying down).  Extreme shaking from vibrations inside body as if electric current running through physical body. Top of head feeling numb and pressure like band around head.  Sizzling in head as if ‘bees in a bonnet.’ Sleep deprivation begins.


June 2016 entire south side of home begins to register in danger level magnetic 9 on EMF reader set on 0-3 magnetic.  During day began to experience eyes literally jiggling in sockets, organs shaking in abdomen, extreme exhaustion, inability to make decisions, short term memory loss at home.  Decide to start blog first time in life to document what was happening- as had no idea.



As succinctly stated by Tina Henderson,


There is NO law that protects American citizens from these kinds of torture. In the US, only non Americans seeking political asylum are protected from torture. You can be a born US Citizen and be subjected to all out psychological and physical torture in America.


The cat may be out of the bag: The leader of the free world tortures people. Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer has promised his report to the Human Rights Council in March of 2020. That would be the same Human Rights Council that the US resigned from in 2018, after Trump accused it of bias. It remains to be seen if Dr. Melzer will begin to tackle this issue head on or if he will fall prey to other influences.


Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist and author of the groundbreaking exposé, EXILE. Her articles previously appeared in such mainstream venues as the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, etc. In 2004, Janet “jumped ship” and now exclusively writes for independent media. She is also the author of two collections of poetry—The Hitler Poems and Held Captive. She resides abroad. You are invited to support her work on patreon here: patreon.com/janetphelan


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By Elias Marat


Around the world, the problem of homelessness has only grown over the last several years. The roots of the problem are social in nature: rising housing prices in large cities are leading to mass evictions and displacing communities, while poor access to health care and medical health services overlaps with a number of other public health crises.


To make matters worse, once people end up without housing—by and large through no fault of their own—they are at the mercy of not only society in general, but a number of brutal health risks such as exposure to weather and disease. Homelessness is often the beginning of a never-ending cycle that either leads to, or is accompanied by, mental disorders, untreated medical issues, substance abuse, and complete social isolation.


In Australia, the latest census data shows that the problem of a growing unhoused population has increased in recent years. As a result, many are forced to sleep in the streets under improvised dwellings and tents or find themselves in severely overcrowded dwellings hardly fit for human habitation.


         



      

With these horrible conditions affecting an increasing number of people, charity group Beddown has devoted itself to creating new spaces for people in need—especially those “spaces that are commonly used and busy during the day but at night are left vacant or empty,” according to their website.


Continuing, the charity group explained:


Beddown then activates and repurposes the space at night into pop-up accommodation to ensure the homeless, those who are sleeping rough are then able to come and get into a bed at night.


Such spaces include vacant office building parking lots. So Beddown partnered with major parking garage operator Secure Parking to launch a two-week trial in Brisbane where a parking garage is converted into a housing facility where homeless people can get some much-needed rest and refuge.




 












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The primary aim is to allow people without housing to get a good night’s rest. Many homeless people suffer from sleep deprivation due to their harsh living conditions, which the charity notes can lead to myriad problems, including: depression, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, memory loss, and impaired cognitive functioning that can lead to substance abuse disorders.


The charity also provides some key services to restore the dignity of its “guests,” including dentists, doctors, nurses, and a hairdresser. Guests are also given access to social services.




 












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It was great to start bringing the Beddown vision to life last night with a group of our awesome volunteers for the Dry Run. Thank you to our awesome group of volunteers who came in late on a Saturday night to help us trial and set-up some beds. Although as expected we had a few challenges to overcome, but it was awesome to start bringing Beddown to life. Thank you also to one of our many awesome collaborators @sunny_street_ for popping in to see what we are looking to achieve, thanks Sonia

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