Puppet Masters
Map


Stormtrooper

U.S. police routinely travel to Israel to learn methods of brutality and repression

© Unkown
When McKinney, TX police officer David Eric Casebolt brutally took down a teenage girl at a pool party in June, he was using a form of martial arts called Krav Maga in which he trained exclusively. These combat techniques were developed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

This is a small reflection of a larger reality that exists in U.S. law enforcement, one that helps explain the brutality and militarization that now characterizes so many police forces. Since 9/11, cops have been traveling abroad to learn from one of the most repressive and dangerous State forces in the world today—the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus.

Political commentator John Miranda recently stated that police brutality is directly linked to the training some officers receive in Israel.
"As for the increase in police brutality within the United States, I think this definitely can be pointed towards the Israeli training that the Department of Homeland Security is giving all of American police officers.

Some police officers are actually being flown to Israel for the training, not all of them but some, and then those that are flown to Israel, they come back home and they train the head officers in the training that they've gotten in Israel.

All these incidents, it is not just happening to African Americans. Police are literally being brutal with all Americans."

No Entry

Israel harassing, detaining, interrogating U.S. Palestinians at border crossings

Image
© RT
The US is tolerating Israel's mistreatment of US citizens of Palestinian origin, Arab-American advocates are saying. Israeli authorities have recently refused entry to several Palestinians with US passports, including an outspoken activist.

When Nerdeen Kiswani tried to cross into the West Bank at the Allenby Bridge crossing, she was interrogated for 15 hours, and then denied entry based on her"hostile behavior towards Israel."

Kiswani, a student at CUNY Staten Island and Hunter College in New York City, has crossed without much trouble in 2013 and 2014. Last month, however, Israeli border guards interrogated her about her political activism, including the involvement with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Her US passport meant nothing to the Israelis, Kiswani told RT.

"It doesn't matter to them what passport Palestinians hold," she said.

"I think simply being a Palestinian in itself is a threat to Israel, because it challenges their narrative," said Kiswani, who believes she was singled out because of her outspoken activism.

Palestinians not involved in activism have faced similar treatment, however. George Khoury, 70, was a deacon from San Francisco on a pilgrimage, while Habib Joudeh, 62, was a Brooklyn pharmacist headed for a family wedding. Both flew into Ben Gurion international airport last month, and had to fly back at their own expense, according to James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute.

Writing in The Hill, Zogby blasted the US government's position on the issue, which he said amounted to quiet consent. The State Department's travel advisory page for Israel simply notes that "Israeli authorities consider anyone who has parents or grandparents who were born or lived in the West Bank or Gaza to have a claim to a [Palestinian Authority] ID."

Comment: U.S. rebuking Israel? State Dept. says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation


Document

Julian Assange: Snowden's escape to Russia was my idea

Image
© Anthony Devlin, Vincent Kessler / Reuters
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange could have played a role in the decision by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to seek asylum in Russia, instead of Latin America. Assange says it was he who advised Snowden to turn to Moscow for refuge.

Snowden "preferred Latin America, but my advice was that he should take asylum in Russia despite the negative PR consequences, because my assessment is that he had a significant risk of being kidnapped from Latin America on CIA orders...kidnapped and possibly killed," Assange said in an interview with The Times.

Snowden flew to Moscow from Hong Kong in June 2013. A year later, he received a Russian residence permit valid for three years, starting from August 1, 2014.

The WikiLeaks co-founder added that the ex-NSA agent "was well aware of the spin that would be put on it if he took asylum in Russia." The whistleblower faces several charges, including espionage and theft of government property, which could lead to 30 years in prison if he returns to US.

Speaking to the newspaper, Assange said that he still fears for his life as there are certain "security issues with being on the balcony."


Comment: If the powers that be wanted Assange dead, he would have died from 'natural causes' quite some time ago. The same applies to Snowden.


Comment: See also:


Top Secret

Spy found dead in padlocked bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret U.S. data on Bill Clinton'

Image

Spy Gareth Williams (right) had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton (left).
  • Gareth Williams's body was found in a bag at his London flat five years ago
  • Spy illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton
  • Personal voicemail messages left by the spy were deleted after he died
The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed. Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved.
Today, it has been revealed the spy had dug out a guest list for an event Clinton was due to attend as a favour for a friend.

The hack breached Mr Williams' security clearance and this sparked anger among MI6 bosses as tensions rose with U.S. security services over the spy's transatlantic work, The Sun on Sunday has reported. A source said: 'The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams' work with America was of the most sensitive nature. 'It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.' The paper has also reported that voicemail messages Mr Williams, a math genius and expert cryptographer, left for family and friends were deleted shortly after his death.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that detectives who investigated the mysterious death believe he was murdered and that his killers then broke back in through a skylight to cover their tracks. The claim centres on the revelation that part of the forensic equipment placed in the flat after the body was found was moved - despite the fact the building was under armed police guard. The theory supports his family's suspicions he was murdered by 'agents specialising in the dark arts of the secret services'.

Image

During Mr Williams' inquest, a yoga expert failed to lock himself inside an identical bag without any outside assistance.

Comment: The body count on people connected to the Clintons is quite long. One wonders what powerful people on the guest list would warrant such damage control. What type of event was it? And who was this friend he was getting this list for?

Voting for Hillary? You may want to recall the Clinton body count


Lemon

Color revolution in Malaysia? Ex-PM calls for 'people power' mass protests to topple govt

© Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters
Protesters exercise during a rally organised by pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) near Dataran Merdeka in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015.
Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad called for the current prime minister to be ousted in a speech to tens of thousands of people, who have gathered for a second day of anti-government protests in Kuala Lumpur.

The protesters want PM Najib Razak to resign over a financial scandal.

"The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister," Mahathir told media before going to the protests in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

"And to remove him, the people must show people's power. The people as a whole do not want this kind of corrupt leader."

The protest rally, which started Saturday, has remained peaceful so far. Mahathir made a brief appearance on the first day, encouraging the people to carry on.

The Saturday rally attracted 300,000 people, according to the organizers' count. Police estimated the crowd at 25,000.

Comment: On the one hand, Mahathir has been a thorn in the side of the West: he opposed the Iraq war and initiated a war crimes tribunal against Bush and Blair. He has called for a new 9/11 investigation and has criticized Western NGOs like NED. On the other hand, the yellow-shirted Bersih movement, US-funded and led by Anwar Ibrahim, looks like typical Western-sponsored color revolution fodder. So what's going on? Is Mahathir attempting to hijack the movement and tear it away from its Western backers?


Cult

Sott Exclusive: 'Ashley Madison' hacked, Rentboy.com raided - Are the Feds cleaning dirty laundry, or using it for blackmail?

Image

Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Insecurity as well as the New York Thug Department raid Rentboy's central Manhattan offices 8/25/15
The Ashley Madison hack exposed state and federal judges and prosecutors, federal employees, military personnel, college professors, journalists, Hollywood celebrities, lawyers, teachers and even members of the British Parliament, as inveterate adulterers. On Tuesday 25th of August, 'Rentboy', a website that facilitates gay prostitution, had its offices raided by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the NYPD.

A business owner active in the NYC gay community told me:
"How does a high-profile company which has been reported on by the mainstream press and lampooned by countless late night show hosts, become a target for Homeland Security 18 years after its founding? Isn't there a "statute of limitations" law that a defendant can point to, stating that if the government hasn't taken action after a certain amount of time on what they perceive to be illegal activity, then that activity is essentially being condoned by the government?"
While the DHS claim that raid was conducted because Rentboy was participating in 'criminal prostitution', the real reason, undoubtedly, has more to do with the threat of the names of habitual users of Rentboy's 'services' being made public.

Treasure Chest

Knowledge equals power in the hands of the masters of surveillance

© Washington Post
Covert action. Surveillance. Counterintelligence. The U.S. “black budget” spans over a dozen agencies that make up the National Intelligence Program.
Suppose masters of surveillance know exactly what emails have been scrubbed from Hillary Clinton's private server? Suppose they've had a complete collection of all her emails all along?

Suppose masters of surveillance have an enormous database of emails and phone calls from every current presidential candidate and his/her staff?

Suppose the actual details of Benghazi, Fast&Furious, the IRS-Tea Party scandal, and numerous other events are in the hands of these surveillance masters?

Suppose the secret negotiations surrounding several trade treaties, including the TPP, are known, in great detail, by the masters of surveillance?

Suppose this is not science fiction.

Comment: The NSA was designed with the aim of establishing control over everyone and everything. Like a secret society with varying inner circles, there are probably only a relative few who know and understand why the apparatus is in place and what its function truly is.


Eye 1

How covert agents infiltrate the internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations

Image

A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It's time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about "dirty trick" tactics used by GCHQ's previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking "Five Eyes" alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled "The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations."

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse "hacktivists" of using, the use of "honey traps" (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Dollars

Washington's financial/currency war on China and the Yuan's eclipse of the US dollar

© financesonline.com
Dueling currencies, the eagle versus the dragon.
The Chinese are in the process of displacing the monopoly of the US dollar. They are dropping their US Treasury bonds, stockpiling gold reserves, and opening regional distribution banks for their own national currency. This will give them easier access to capital markets and insulate them from financial manipulation by Washington and Wall Street.

Fearing the eclipsing of the US dollar and the Bretton Woods system by a rival financial architecture the US response has been an attempt to damage the Chinese markets and increase the value of China's currency. China has responded through regulations in the market and then quantitative easing of its currency to maintain the low prices of Chinese manufactured goods and exports.

Beijing's quantitative easing is a reaction or response to the financial manipulation of Washington and Wall Street. Additionally, Washington never thought that the Chinese would respond by dumping US Treasury bonds. Instead of the hysteria about the Chinese economy, "the impending collapse of the US dollar should be getting all of the attention of investors," one US economist (Peter Schiff) has warned. Schiff's voice is one of many analysts saying that the talk about the Chinese economy faltering is exaggerated and bad spirited.

Comment: Is the dollar in immediate jeopardy of losing its world prominence to the yuan? Most central banks in other countries hold a lot of dollars Federal Reserve Notes for the capital market. The yuan is not among the next top four reserve currencies (euro, yen, pound sterling, Swiss franc). However, in its favor is the future for a number of reasons: Americans are getting poorer while Chinese are getting richer; Chinese middle class will be four times larger than the American counterpart; the Yuan is already being traded with Australia and Japan snubbing the dollar; China's total trade in goods has surpassed the US in face value; the US home market is 310 million persons while China is a burgeoning 1.3 billion consumers.

Short story: The USA prints all the money it needs to remain dominant. It is backed by nothing. "Nothing" can't remain in charge.


Satellite

The US tests space weapon: Back to Star Wars (II)

© infoodessa.com
Are they meteors or the Rod of God Space Weapon?
Weapons in orbit: legal aspect

We may not know the whole truth, but it is generally believed that until now arms systems have not been stationed in space. Weapons of mass destruction are banned from space under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. But the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit.

The issue has come to the United Nations' attention. According to general agreement, an arms race in outer space should be averted. The present US actions and programs have evoked concerns about non-nuclear arms in space. Due to the objection of some states, including the United States, a treaty has not yet been negotiated to comprehensively prevent the deployment of space-based weapons. The US argues that an arms race in outer space does not yet exist, and it is therefore unnecessary to take any actions.


Comment: What are the chances this is the truth? How else would the US answer this question?


On 12 February 2008, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the Conference on Disarmament and proposed the first ever draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT), developed by Russia and backed by China. Sergey Lavrov explained that the document was designed "to eliminate existing lacunas in international space law, create conditions for further exploration and use of space, preserve costly space property, and strengthen general security and arms control." Before that China and Russia had presented several "working papers" on preventing an arms race in outer space and the draft treaty refined elements from previous joint documents.

Comment: There is increasingly a lot of strangeness happening in the atmosphere and in specific locations on the planet. Some of it may be due to an uptick in meteor or electric universe activity, or be attributed to random and negligent industrial accidents. But there are question marks when it comes to the recent spate (and possible pattern) in similar incidents of chemical plants, and other strategic facilities, that have exploded without warning or apparent reason. Are there completely logical, scientific, land-based explanations for the latest string of mishaps or should we perhaps expand our thinking into orbit and look to the skies?

Huge blaze erupts at steel works plant near Tokyo airport
Large explosion reported at U.S. military base in Kanagawa, Japan
Another explosion in China: Fires at Shandong chemical plant
Huge blaze after blast rocks petrochemical plant in China (VIDEO)
Drone footage captures apocalyptic scenes following massive explosions at busy Chinese port - 44 dead, over 500 injured (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)