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U.S. creating crises around the globe to maintain totalitarian control

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The US' totalitarian national-security state apparatus created during the Cold War in order to counter the Soviet Union is now doing whatever it takes to stay in power, by enflaming new crises across the world, Jacob G. Hornberger notes.

American author and founder of The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) Jacob G. Hornberger asks what if Moscow announced that it was restoring the Warsaw Pact, involving Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Bolivia into its fold, and established new military bases along the US southern border, toppling the democratically elected president in Mexico.

"What would be the reaction of President Obama, Republican and Democrat presidential candidates, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the US mainstream press? I'll tell you: They would all be screaming like banshees! It would be a monumental crisis," Jacob G. Hornberger elaborated.

In that case Washington would have forced Russia to dismantle all of its bases near the United States and remove all of its missiles.

Surprisingly, when the roles are reversed nobody in the West is calling into question the legitimacy of NATO's rapid expansion to Russia's borders, he emphasized.

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U.S. government data theft likely perpetrated by Israel with help from U.S. corporations

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The recent discovery of a massive and unprecedented theft of US government personnel data - including personal details on every American spy, diplomat, national security official, Pentagon civilian employee and all other federal government employees, including retirees - ranks as the most important and extensive theft in cybernetic history.

The data taken reportedly includes 69 detailed categories of digitized personal information for every individual US government employee, and all detailed information on forms no. 85 and 86 — which every applicant for an intelligence, espionage or national security position must fill out.

These two forms are at the center of all national and intelligence security clearances in the US — and all information placed on them is typically verified and must be truthful in every respect.

Form no. 86 alone comprises 127 pages of personal details, according to Wall Street Journal reports published on June 12 and 13. Although the number of employee records taken has not been precisely estimated, the total is considered to be about 18 million, according to a WSJ report published on June 25.

War Whore

It's OK when we do it: U.S. admits paying terrorists in Syria for services rendered

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When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the factthat even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it wasfunding terrorists - directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia,the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian "rebels" being trained and "vetted" by the United States are receiving "compensation" to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America's proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these "new" terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Red Flag

Germany spreading anti-Russian propaganda through schools

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The Bundeswehr is intensifying its efforts to militarize German society and attracting young people into its ranks to fight against "new threats" and a "threat from Russia" in particular, World Socialist Web Site wrote.

Army and military equipment are seemingly becoming a natural part of leisure and family activities in Germany. The last major "military" event took place on June 13 in 15 various cities in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Bundeswehr, WSWS reported.

According to the website, staged combat and armor demonstrations, simulations of helicopter operations and personal conversations with soldiers coupled with entertainment facilities for children and families are a central component of a new strategy in foreign policy, which was announced by the federal government at the beginning of 2014.

German President Joachim Gauck had called for a stronger role of the army in the German society already in 2012.

"Generals, officers, Bundeswehr soldiers - come back to the middle of our society!" he appealed to his audience.

Comment: There appears to be a concerted effort to demonize Russia throughout Europe: SOTT Exclusive: Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks


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Stratfor analyst: West still looking at Russia through prism of Cold War

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Stratfor's analysts have admitted that Western media's portrayal of Russia as an "aggressor" is misleading and based on the outdated Cold War narrative, adding that actually Moscow just reacts to Washington's provocative moves.

According to American analyst, author and a member of Stratfor's editorial board Jay Ogilvy, the West is still looking at Russia through the prism of the old Cold War narrative, and such a stance is deplorable, since both Russia and the United States are the globe's two great superpowers.

The latest polls indicate that for the first time in twenty years Americans are inclined to consider Russia the number one enemy of the United States, replacing such stereotypical "adversaries" as Iran and North Korea.

"We're still coming to Russia from the old Cold War narrative. And this is sad because, as de Tocqueville pointed out so long ago, looking to the future, the United States and Russia are two of the globe's great superpowers. If we're not getting along, if we're not understanding one another, it's just bad for all of us," Jay Ogilvy emphasized.

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Wikileaks docs show NSA conducted economic espionage on France

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A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City
Washington has been leading a policy of economic espionage against France for more than a decade by intercepting communications of the Finance minister and all corporate contracts valued at more than $200 million, according to a new WikiLeaks report.

The revelations come in line with the ongoing publications of top secret documents from the US surveillance operations against France, dubbed by the whistleblowing site "Espionnage Élysée."

The Monday publications consist of seven top secret documents which detail the American National Security Agency's (NSA) economic espionage operations against Paris.

According to the WikiLeaks report, "NSA has been tasked with obtaining intelligence on all aspects of the French economy, from government policy, diplomacy, banking and participation in international bodies to infrastructural development, business practices and trade activities."


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South Front Crisis News 30 June: 75,000 Kiev militants in Donbass

Kiev has a grouping of 75,000 servicemen in the conflict zone in Donbass, head of Lugansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky told a briefing at LuganskInformCenter on Monday. Yesterday, the defence ministry of the Donetsk People's Republic reported that it registered the redeployment of tanks and Ukrainian troops to the town of Maryinka from Kurahovo. Ukrainian artillery positions of eight self-propelled artillery weapons found in the outskirt of the town of Ostroye. In Maryinka, protected artillery positions of these weapons were registered too.


Comment: Foreign Policy Diary: The New War of Transnistria:




Star of David

Israel admits it is assisting Syrian rebels in overthrowing Assad

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon attends an IDF exercise on May 7, 2015
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During a briefing with Israel's diplomatic correspondents at the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Ya'alon said that Israel's ongoing humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebel fighters, a source of growing conflict between Israel and its own Druze population, safeguards the minority population in Syria.

"We've assisted them under two conditions," Ya'alon said of the Israeli medical aid to the Syrian rebels, some of whom are presumably fighting with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. "That they don't get too close to the border, and that they don't touch the Druze."


Comment: It's highly likely that Israel is providing more than medical assistance to the Syrian rebels.


The Druze on Israel's side of the Golan, Ya'alon charged, acted "irresponsibly" last week by attacking an Israeli ambulance carrying wounded Syrian rebel fighters. One person was killed and another wounded during what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed a "lynching." The person in the Israeli ambulance was not affiliated with the al-Nusra Front, and his death would provoke calls for revenge, Ya'alon asserted.

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Argentine newspaper: Putin behind the renaissance of Russia's influence

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President Vladimir Putin helped to restore Russia, as well as the former influence of the Kremlin amid the European crisis, Argentinian newspaper Infobae wrote.

According to prominent Argentinian analyst and author Mariano Caucino, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, for many years Russia seemed to have lost its privileged position as a global player.

However, Russia's geographical location, stockpile of nuclear arms and veto rights in the UN Security Council, as well as Moscow's political, historical and energy influence point to the fact that the country is a world power.

The newspaper rhetorically asks who Vladimir Putin is: a hero who restored the superiority of Russia after the collapse of the USSR and national humiliation in the 1990s, or an "evil power" as Western media usually presents the Russian leader.

Vader

Remember why they need us: UK police stage mock terror attack in London streets

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Armed police, the military, SAS and spies are staging a mock 'marauding terrorist attack' on the streets of London today to test how emergency services deal with a deadly atrocity in the wake of the ISIS killings in Tunisia.

In the biggest exercise of its kind ever staged, Operation Strong Tower is a 'noisy and visible' practice run for more than 1,000 Met police, armed forces, transport workers and Whitehall officials.

In extraordinary scenes, volunteers posing as members of the public have been see with bloody wounds and fake severed limbs being lifted on stretchers by the emergency services.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner says the Met has never before put on an exercise of this magnitude and it was designed to be 'very realistic'.


Comment: The UK government is sure taking the opportunity to ramp up the fear factor in the populace and increase the population's desire for security: