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Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's guilty verdict is a travesty of justice

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With the official government narrative of the 9/11 attack filled with a plethora of lies that have since been subsequently exposed, the next biggest "war on terror" event on US soil that the feds failed to stop was the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. And now the lone living suspect from that horrific crime that killed three people, left 17 limbless and injured 264 victims (though that number's been accused of being purposely inflated) has now been found guilty of all 30 counts after the jury's 11 hour deliberation earlier this week. As we mark the second anniversary of this tragic event and the second and final phase of the trial beginning on Monday that will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - whether he'll live out the rest of his life in prison or be put to death, a critical review of preceding events and developments surrounding his high profile, extremely significant case seems both timely and much needed.

Despite Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleading not guilty to the 30 counts (17 carrying the death penalty) he was charged within a week after the April 15th bombings in 2013, his lead defense attorney Judy Clark several days ago conceded to the jury that her client was guilty in her closing argument. Apparently blaming the dead brother whose due process was denied became Dzhokhar's only defense strategy. The defense team insisted that he was coerced and bullied by his older brother into committing alleged acts of terrorism. Considering no real solid proof other than photos placing Dzhokhar and older brother Tamerlan both wearing backpacks at the scene of the crime where the two bombs exploded was even presented at the trial, no justice for either the Tsarnaevs nor the many victims can possibly come from this guilty verdict.

If the purpose of the US judicial system in criminal trials is to ensure that all factual evidence surrounding an alleged crime or crimes be accurately and fairly presented so that the jurors can properly assess the best semblance of the truth as presented by both prosecution and defense in order for the jury to adjudicate and decide a defendant's true guilt or innocence, this trial was a complete travesty of justice. And if a basic tenet of the justice system in the United States holds that a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, then again this verdict outcome is an obscene farce and a shameful joke exposing America's justice system for its gross injustice. Just as the 9/11 commission failed to adequately address and answer dozens of questions that its official narrative failed to deliver, and years earlier the Warren Commission failed JFK and America, so does the prosecution's case of evidence of Tsarnaev's guilt fail to be convincing, much less provide definitive and unequivocal proof that the 21-year old Chechen American with his brother committed the Boston Marathon crimes.

Airplane

More provocation: US recon aircraft intercepted by Russian fighter jet over Baltic - Pentagon

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RC-135 U.S. reconnaissance aircraft
An American RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft was buzzed by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet over the Baltic Sea near Russia's Kaliningrad Region, according to the Pentagon, which accused the Russian pilot of coming dangerously close to the US aircraft.

"On the morning of April 7, a US RC-135U, flying a routine route in international airspace, was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner," the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) cited Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez as saying.

"The United States is raising this incident with Russia in the appropriate diplomatic and official channels," she added.

The official said that a Russian Su-27 (NATO designation - Flanker) passed within a half-dozen meters of the unarmed reconnaissance aircraft, whereas the Sukhoi's wingspan is 14.7 meters. The Pentagon spokeswoman dubbed the behavior of Russian pilot "reckless" and endangering the safety of the RC-135 crew.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the interception was launched after "Russian air defense radars spotted an unidentified air target over the Baltic Sea making steady progress toward the national border." The aircraft had its transponder turned off, Konashenkov said.

The Sukhoi Su-27 dispatched to intercept the target identified it as a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U and reported the aircraft's type and tail number to headquarters. After the Su-27 made several fly-bys around the spy plane, the RC-135U altered course and moved away from Russian border.

"No emergency situation was reported during the fly-by of the American reconnaissance aircraft," Konashenkov said.


Bad Guys

Islamic State Twitter campaign threatens to unleash 9/11-like terror

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Islamic State radicals and their supporters started a Twitter campaign against Americans under the "WeWillBurnUSAgain" hashtag, saying they are going to repeat 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State radicals and their supporters have launched a Twitter campaign against Americans under the "WeWillBurnUSAgain" hashtag, referring to the 9/11 attacks, the SITE service, which monitors the online activity of extremist groups, warns.

"In a time of lone wolf attacks, and Americans and other Westerners pledging to the Islamic State, this kind of campaign should not be taken lightly," SITE Director Rita Katz stressed on Friday.


Comment: The fear factor must be ratcheted up a few notches.


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How to win hearts and minds: Putin returns Nazi-looted icon to Greek prime minister

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in Moscow Apr. 9.
President Vladimir Putin has presented Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with an ancient Greek icon that had been looted decades earlier, during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments to news site Vesti.ru on Thursday that Putin personally gave Tsipras the icon, which depicts Saint Nicholas and Saint Spyridon, following their talks at the Kremlin on Wednesday.

Peskov said the icon was stolen by a Nazi officer when Greece was under German occupation during World War II, and had recently been purchased from the officer's descendants by an unnamed Russian man.

With many private partners, Russia is eager to establish strong financial and political cooperation, but also cultural exchange.

"The Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras gave an icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and St. Spyridon, which was stolen during the occupation of the monastery of Sparta Nazi officer Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller", - quotes RIA Novosti source in the Greek government. Now, the relic will be able to return to their own rightful owners.

Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller - Nazi officer who stole the icon from Greek monastery - during the war, earned the nickname the Butcher of Crete. He has sanctioned the so-called massacre in Viannos, when in early September 1943, the German troops destroyed the inhabitants of almost 20 villages. In retaliation for their support of the guerrillas were killed over 500 people. In 1945 Mueller was arrested by the red army and handed over to Greek authorities. In 1947, he was executed in Crete.

Comment: And THAT is how to conduct international diplomacy. Putin recognized a historical wrong that deprived a nation of one of its cultural touchstones. There's something more here too. Russia's returning an important symbol of Greek national pride is perhaps a signal that they are willing to do more for Greece than just repatriate a piece of meaningful art.


Bomb

How ironic: Obama concerned China using 'size, muscle' to bully other countries

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U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a town hall meeting with young Caribbean leaders at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica April 9, 2015.
To be sure, China has had a good couple of months when it comes to projecting their rising superpower status to the rest of the world. Indeed, Beijing's military made history three times last week alone by agreeing to sell some $5 billion in subs to Pakistan, by getting set to start the country's first nuclear submarine patrols, and by swooping in to rescue more than 200 evacuees in the embattled Yemeni port city of Aden (and risking armed conflict in the process) in what Reuters notes is "the first time that China's military has helped other countries evacuate their people during an international crisis."

Of course the biggest coup of all was that represented by the incredible (and somewhat unlikely) success of the country's AIIB membership drive, which concluded at the end of March and saw everyone who is anyone (country wise) put in a bid to join — everyone but the US and Japan that is.

So in the space of two short months the country has managed to put its growing military prowess on display while simultaneously upending the post World War II economic order by threatening its most entrenched multilateral institutions from which they are now looking to hire — not too bad.

Meanwhile Washington was busy doing what Washington does when it comes to foreign policy: propping up one puppet government (in Ukraine) both financially and militarily while simultaneously switching on the damage control after a previously propped up puppet regime (in Yemen) was overthrown, bombing groups of marauding Middle Eastern militants (who may or may not have been trained by the CIA at one time or another) from the stratosphere, and explaining to the rest of the world how dangerous Vladimir Putin (still) is.

Comment: So Obama might as well say "do as we say, not as we do". Oh the irony indeed.


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South Front, Ukrainian Crisis News: Kiev violates Minsk 2.0, launches renewed offensive against east Ukraine

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Ukraine's armed forces have started massive battle-tank shelling of Donetsk, Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk. The positions of Donetsk People's Republic militia along the whole frontline are under shelling. Furthermore, serious clashes are ongoing in the settlement of Shirokino near Mariupol. One fighter from DPR forces has been killed. The crew of REN TV channel also came under fire.

NATO and Czech Republic soldiers took part in a drill called "Noble Jump" at the airport in Pardubice, Czech Republic on Thursday. This is an initial exercise and first test of its new rapid response force that NATO says is designed to "face new challenges from Russia". Some experts believe the drill is offensive rather than defensive, and is actually preparation for a first-strike against Russia. But the most important point is that "Noble Jump" started in the Czech Republic while the US-backed Kiev government began massive shelling in the Donbass region.


Stock Down

JPMorgan's CEO Jamie Dimon warns shareholders of coming economic crisis

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James "Jamie" Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
This time, it isn't just Peter Schiff, Marc Faber, David Stockman or Jim Rogers ringing the alarm bells warning about another looming financial crisis. One of the most prolific Wall Street CEOs is actually informing everyone that "there will be another crisis."

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon wrote in an annual letter to shareholders that another economic collapse is possible. In such an event, markets will become more volatile, while a recession would bring more chaos to the United States economy.

Here is what he wrote in his letter:

"The trigger to the next crisis will not be the same as the trigger to the last one, but there will be another crisis. Triggering events could be geopolitical, a recession where the Fed rapidly increases interest rates, a commodities price collapse, a commercial real estate crisis, bubbles, etc."

Dimon cited a lack of credit extension, enhanced federal regulation and a paucity of securities as just some of the reasons for another financial crisis. "[These] make it more likely that a crisis will cause more volatile market movements with a rapid decline in valuations even in what are very liquid markets."

Comment: Thanks for the heads up James! At least you're putting your undeserved freedom and pay raises to good use by giving people fair warning before you help tank the US economy again.


MIB

Paradise Stolen - The Myth of Terrorism

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Part 1 of this video series from Stefan Verstappen was a warning to children about a world that was stolen from them. It offered a stark condemnation to adults who continue to ignore the reality of the wicked ways in which government has used their money, both donated and extorted.

Part 2 suggested that the innate practicality of small, sustainable communities is a solution to the massive mismanagement by a government dedicated solely to a megacorporate/banker/war economy. Our modern economic system is actually not one built upon efficiency, as it is often believed to be; it is a system of massive inefficiency and predation, which has directly resulted in the bankrupt and war-ravaged world we see around us.

Part 3 made the controversial argument that overpopulation is a myth, once again designed to steal our natural rights and turn our lives over to a system of centralized management.

Now in part 4, Stefan turns his attention to the increasingly pervasive myth of terrorism. Is the government really being truthful when it claims that it is "trying to keep you safe"? Is spending $6 trillion actually getting the job done? Can government continue violating the rights of people across the planet and still maintain any claim to a moral high ground? This, and more, compounds the myth of terrorism firmly installed in the American psyche following 9/11 ...

Comment: Check out Stefan's book The Art of Urban Survival. In addition also listen to the excellent interviews with Stefan Verstappen on the Sott radio network:


Stormtrooper

Syria's "democratic terrorists" seek Western support to rule newly seized city

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Making headlines recently has been Al Qaeda's temporary seizure of the city of Idlib, in Idlib province, northern Syria. The embattled city lies just miles from NATO-member Turkey's borders. With the Syrian Arab Army controlling the south of Idlib, it is clear that militants based in and supplied via Turkey took part in the operation, leading the Syrian government itself to accuse the NATO member of directly supporting Al Qaeda.

Reuters in its article, "Syrian military source alleges Turkish role in Idlib offensive," noted:
A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend. The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and allies now control Idlib and said the Syrian air force bombed the city on Monday.
For years, prominent Western papers, including the New York Times in their report, "C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition," have admitted that Turkey (as well as Jordan to the south) has harbored militants throughout the duration of the conflict, and has even hosted the CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies as they armed, trained, and coordinated with militants bound for Syria. It is a coincidence, we are expected to believe, that now Al Qaeda's Syrian franchise, Jabhat al Nusra just so happens to be strongest in regions bordering Turkey, and its Arab accomplice, Jordan.


Comment: It's not too difficult to see that the U.S. creates the reality of terrorists just as easily as it does "freedom fighters". One group can be either one, depending on the side they are fighting on. If they are helping U.S. hegemony, like al-Qaeda is in Syria, then the prevailing narrative will be that these are "rebels" rising up against an oppressive regime. If it's the opposite, if a group is fighting against a U.S.-installed puppet like what is occurring in Yemen, then the narrative turns back to those people being evil terrorists.


Further implicating Western support behind the recent Al Qaeda offensive, comes not from the Syrian government, but from the Wall Street Journal, who has claimed, with the terrorists not even holding the city for a week, that they are already well underway to "governing" it.

Take 2

The Trans Pacific Partnership paves the way for world government

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A coalition of major business groups is urging Stephen Harper to take a "leadership role" in completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dan Dicks of Press For Truth breaks down the latest news on the TPP front.

Comment: More information on the TPP: