Chess

Putin's annual marathon press conference: What he isn't telling us

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© Presidential Press and Information Office
Even facing what under any circumstances is a perfect storm; President Putin delivered an extremely measured performance at his annual press conference and Q&A marathon.

The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war - as in siege by sanctions - and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of the Russian economy. Washington's endgame is clear: impoverish and defang the adversary and force him to meekly bow to the 'Empire of Chaos's' whims. And bragging about it all the way to "victory."

The problem is Moscow happens to have impeccably deciphered the game - even before Putin, at the Valdai Club in October, pinned down the Obama doctrine as "our Western partners" working as practitioners of the "theory of controlled chaos."

So Putin neatly understood this week's monster controlled chaos attack. The Empire has massive money power; a great deal of influence over the world's GDP at $85 trillion, and the banking power behind that. So nothing easier than using that power through the private banking systems that actually controls central banks to create a run on the ruble. Think about the 'Empire of Chaos' dreaming of driving the ruble down by 99% or so - thus wrecking the Russian economy. What better way to impose imperial discipline on Russia?

Comment: To read the transcript of Putin's conference, see here.



USA

Forget the redacted 'torture report', Abu Ghraib video shows young boys raped in front of their mothers

Hersh
© Press TV
Journalist Seymour Hersh
After Donald Rumsfeld testified on the Hill about Abu Ghraib in May, there was talk of more photos and video in the Pentagon's custody more horrific than anything made public so far. "If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse," Rumsfeld said. Since then, the Washington Post has disclosed some new details and images of abuse at the prison. But if Seymour Hersh is right, it all gets much worse.


Comment: No shit, Rumsfeld! Things really do get 'worse' for people like Ted Bundy when the atrocities they perpetrate on other humans come to light. The question is this: does the fact that things will get worse necessarily mean that's a bad thing? The answer is simple: absolutely not.


Comment: We said it in both our SOTT Radio Network shows this last weekend (Behind the Headlines and The Truth Perspective): the details released in the Senate CIA torture report are just the tip of the iceberg; they have done and are doing far worse. And here it is: raping young boys in front of their mothers. These psychopaths' depravity knows no bounds. They and the scumbags covering up for them need to be exposed, identified, prosecuted, and punished. Anything less is simply unacceptable. Details like this only go to show that the American empire is not just dying: it is dead. And as long as it continues to infect the world with the stench of its corruption, the world will suffer.

Pirates

They hate us for our chocolate? Sydney store siege another staged "lone Islamic wolf" attack?


Suspect had multiple aliases, granted political asylum by Australian government, interviewed by Australian media, spent years as fake pro-Western "Shia'a cleric" condemning Iran and Syria before recently "converting" to Sunni and supporting ISIS.


Another embarrassing chapter has unfolded for Western intelligence and security communities in the wake of the so-called "Sydney Siege."

The suspect named by the media as "Man Haron Monis" also has gone by the names "Manteghi Boroujerdi" and "Mohammad Hassan Manteghi" and was an individual now confirmed to have long been on the radar of the Australian government, media, law enforcement, and court system since his arrival on Australian shores almost two decades ago.

Claiming he was a "lone wolf" attacker whose violence and extremism could not have been foreseen is betrayed by an extensive criminal record including murder, preceded by the suspicious circumstances that brought him to Australia to begin with.

Comment: This siege smells very much like another setup by authorities, much in line with the Sandy Hook school massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing. Especially the "lone wolf" theory, or the claim that the suspect was just a "fruitcake" raises a red flag.

Interesting also how the Australian media reacted to this attack:
"Australian security analyst Rory Medcalf of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a foreign-policy think tank based in Sydney, said the siege would likely damp opposition to the government's recent counterterrorism measures. It wasn't clear whether authorities would seek to tighten the laws further."
Source: Australia Confronts Security Challenge After Sydney Siege

For more information about the Sandy Hook massacre and the Boston Marathon see:
Sandy Hook psy-ops: Police state here we come
Sandy Hook hoaxes and the terror of the situation
Were The Boston Marathon Bombers 'Mind Controlled'?

Bizarro Earth

In the grips of psychopaths: Ferguson is Baghdad is New York is Kabul

© AP/Ted S. Warren
Police with wooden sticks stand guard next to a protester with a sign that reads “Justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and justice for us all” Monday in downtown Seattle.
There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report and the need for accountability. There is little overlap between the two groups, and yet the common threads between the U.S.' foreign and domestic policies are disturbingly uncanny.

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law. Behind the prison walls of Guantanamo and Texas, some authorities have tortured and brutalized rather than interrogated. They have not protected nor served; they have attacked and killed. They have not gathered intelligence; they have violated people's humanity.

I am an immigrant to the United States. The names of those killed and tortured in Iraq and Afghanistan invoke in my imagination people who look like me, people I could have known, who could be my family. In the faces of those killed and tortured in Ferguson and Los Angeles, I see my neighbors and friends, people I know and love and think of as family. These are not separate and distinct. The pain I feel while reading the CIA report is as strong as the grief that comes from perusing the images of unarmed people of color who have been killed by U.S. police. The U.S. tortures and imprisons people of color both at home and abroad.

Comment: Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He was one of only a few leaders in recent history who could see the connections made in the above article, and was murdered for it. What is a little known fact was that, in addition to speaking out against institutionalized racism and economic inequality, he was also very strongly against the U.S.'s war in Vietnam and stood as a stalwart voice in opposition to it.

See the must watch video 'Evidence of Revision' for it's documentation of the real events leading to King's assassination by the psychopathic elite running the United States.



Eye 1

Berkeley protests: Undercover police officer pulls gun after being caught infiltrating group and instigating looting and violence

© Michael Short/SF Chronicle
One of last nights undercovers pointing his gun directly at freelance photographer Michael Short
Plainclothes California highway patrol officers have walked among demonstrators for weeks, report stated

An undercover California highway patrol officer who had infiltrated protests against police violence in Oakland pulled a gun on demonstrators after his and his partner's cover was blown.


According to accounts in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Berkeley Daily Planet, a few dozen protesters remaining from larger demonstrations yelled that two men in plainclothes were police.

"Just as we turned up 27th Street, the crowd started yelling at these two guys, saying they were undercover cops," the Chronicle's freelance photographer Michael Short told the newspaper on Thursday.


Comment: As these Twitter reports show, these very same cops were the ones instigating for violence and looting among the protesters:






Comment: This is nothing new. Police have been infiltrating peaceful protests for years and instigated violence and looting. But with the atmosphere already heated of late and people very angry at police, it's no surprise they were attacked when discovered. It's also not surprising that the California Highway Patrol, whom the undercover officers worked for, told reporters in a conference call that the officers "followed procedure", that he "pulled his badge" and identified himself, and that the officer "didn't target a person's head". That last statement is totally false just based on a few of the pictures taken of the incident.

Cloud Grey

U.S. Congress's insane and untrue Russophobic rantings


An apt metaphor, the U.S. government is literally being swept up, and threatens to be drowned by, its own insanity.
Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government.

Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10.

As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War."

H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy.

Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem:

"The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia in August 2008."

Bullhockey. On Aug. 7-8, 2008, Georgia invaded South Ossetia, a tiny province that had won its independence in the 1990s. Georgian artillery killed Russian peacekeepers, and the Georgian army poured in.

Only then did the Russian army enter South Ossetia and chase the Georgians back into their own country.

The aggressor of the Russo-Georgia war was not Vladimir Putin but President Mikheil Saakashvili, brought to power in 2004 in one of those color-coded revolutions we engineered in the Bush II decade.

Comment: Incredible. The U.S. is guilty of everything - everything - it accuses Russia of. Shameless hypocrisy at its very worst. It goes way beyond hypocrisy, actually, and reaches the phantasmagoric realms of mass delusion. But how? How has it come to this in the United States? After all, the U.S. doesn't have a charismatic leader hypnotizing its citizens on the level of a Hitler. The U.S. hasn't been subject to war reparation debt that left it resentful of neighboring countries. The U.S. doesn't even have an enemy that it didn't literally create itself. Where did the incentive to be so evil, for lack of a better term, come from? Can the simple fact of it be that those who have a will to political power are more likely than not to be psychopaths and happen to have an inordinate amount of influence over suggestible individuals? Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski, the author of Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, seemed to think so. And so do we.



People

Oligarchic, corporate elites have created a society of captives

© AP/John Minchillo
Protesters conduct a “die-in” Dec. 6 at Grand Central Station in New York City as police watch. The demonstration opposed a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to launch a pilot program in New York City to place body cameras on police officers and conduct training seminars to help them reduce their adrenaline rushes and abusive language, along with the establishment of a less stringent marijuana policy, are merely cosmetic reforms. The killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island was, after all, captured on video. These proposed reforms, like those out of Washington, D.C., fail to address the underlying cause of poverty, state-sponsored murder and the obscene explosion of mass incarceration - the rise of the corporate state and the death of our democracy. Mass acts of civil disobedience, now being carried out across the country, are the only mechanism left that offers hope for systematic legal and judicial reform. We must defy the corporate state, not work with it.

The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites. These elites have committed $26 billion in financial fraud. They loot the U.S. Treasury, escape taxation, drive down wages, break unions, pillage pension funds, gut regulation and oversight, destroy public institutions including public schools and social assistance programs, wage endless and illegal wars to swell the profits of arms merchants, and - yes - authorize police to murder unarmed black men.

Police and national intelligence and security agencies, which carry out wholesale surveillance against the population and serve as the corporate elite's brutal enforcers, are omnipotent by intention. They are designed to impart fear, even terror, to keep the population under control. And until the courts and the legislative bodies give us back our rights - which they have no intention of doing - things will only get worse for the poor and the rest of us. We live in a post-constitutional era.

Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. They have, in the process, demolished civil society. Karl Polanyi in "The Great Transformation" warned that without heavy government regulation and oversight, unfettered and unregulated capitalism degenerates into a Mafia capitalism and a Mafia political system. A self-regulating market, Polanyi writes, turns human beings and the natural environment into commodities. This ensures the destruction of both society and the natural environment. The ecosystem and human beings become objects whose worth is determined solely by the market. They are exploited until exhaustion or collapse occurs. A society that no longer recognizes that the natural world and life have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, commits collective suicide. Such societies cannibalize themselves. This is what we are undergoing. Literally.

Comment: This is all so true, and what is so saddening is that we, the American people, have allowed this to happen. We've bought the government and media propaganda that the War on Drugs and War on Terror were created to help us. That couldn't be farther from the truth. The psychopathic elite created these "organs of internal security" to protect them against all of us. We are the enemy, and we allowed them to create the conditions that allow them to, paraphrasing George Orwell, hold a boot over our face, forever.To free ourselves from captivity, we have to overcome our greatest obstacle: psychopathy.

Ponerology 101: Lobaczewski and the origins of Political Ponerology

Eye 2

U.S. stooge NATO leading fascist charge towards attack on Russia


War is the only business America has left
On July 24th, the Times of London did not headline as this news-report is headlined, but instead headlined much more obscurely, "Russia fears prompt Nato to look east for HQ." Of course, people in the West tend not to care a lot about what "Russia fears." They also don't care much about whether "Nato," or actually NATO [it's an acronym and so is supposed to be all-caps], would "look east for HQ." So, this news report did not garner much attention - as it was, indeed, not intended to.

Online (where the critical, analytical, readers increasingly are), it received even less, because that newspaper isn't online, except for its subscribers - people who are willing to pay for such poor journalism as the Times; i.e, pay to read corporations' PR presented in the form of 'news reports.'

The lengthiest excerpt from the article that's online is at NATO's own site, the PR delivered straight from the horses' mouth, which posting there is certainly validation that the article represents NATO's position accurately, even if it does so in 'appropriately' vague terms. (Of course, that's not "appropriate" for readers, but for NATO, which is the weapons-manufacturers' trade-organization, that's being served in this 'news' story.)
Hourglass

#ICantBreathe - Comedian Jon Stewart on Eric Garner grand jury decision: 'The idea that we live in a society, much less a post-racial society, is a joke'


John Stewart couldn't find anything to laugh about following the grand jury non-indictment of NYPD cops murdering black man Eric Garner
It's part of Jon Stewart's job to make comedy out of the terrible things happening in the world, but even he was unable to find anything to laugh at following a grand jury's decision not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner.

He only got to covering the situation in Ferguson after being on vacation last week, but at least there was something for him to poke fun at in regards to the Twitter war between the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Police Officers Association. The Eric Garner case hit closer to home, just over in Staten Island.

As people began to gather outside to protest the decision in New York City and around the country, Stewart admitted defeat. Despite the footage and the coroner's ruling that Garner's death was a homicide, the grand jury ruled against indictment, just like with Michael Brown.

"I don't know. I honestly don't know what to say. If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time. But I would really settle for less fucking tragedy to be honest with you."

Evil Rays

Western media has created an alternate reality to support the Oligarchy's 'War on Russia'

Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war - with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.

The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an "invisible government". It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies.

The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media - a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.

This power to create a new "reality" has building for a long time. Forty-five years ago, a book entitled The Greening of America caused a sensation. On the cover were these words: "There is a revolution coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originate with the individual."

I was a correspondent in the United States at the time and recall the overnight elevation to guru status of the author, a young Yale academic, Charles Reich. His message was that truth-telling and political action had failed and only "culture" and introspection could change the world.

Within a few years, driven by the forces of profit, the cult of "me-ism" had all but overwhelmed our sense of acting together, our sense of social justice and internationalism. Class, gender and race were separated. The personal was the political, and the media was the message.

Comment:
"What we need is a Fifth Estate: a journalism that monitors, deconstructs and counters propaganda and teaches the young to be agents of people, not power."
This is SOTT.net's mission, in a nutshell. Deconstructing lies, reporting truths suppressed by the mainstream, and empowering our readers to see the world as it is.

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