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

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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.

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Psychopath Obama belittles US military with tasteless joke to troops


Comment: Not content with the "fight them over there to keep us safe here" BS, President Obama recently tried to cover up the fact that US soldiers are used as cannon fodder to line the pockets of the political and corporate elite by suggesting they were like "Santa in fatigues" for deploying abroad to kill innocent civilians at Christmas time.


Monday, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, during an address to the troops, President Obama made a joke that they are like "'Santa in Fatigues," which was received with complete silence, prompting the president to nervously name-drop the military aircraft C-130 to evoke a response.

President Obama said, "We are free and safe and secure over here because you are willing to serve over there," adding "You never stop serving, you never stop giving, you guys are like Santa in fatigues. Although I bet one of those C-130's is a little more efficient then Santa's sleigh."

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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'?

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Slaughter in Pakistan: Who put the Taliban into power? Who is funding them now?

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Taliban militants stormed an army public school in the northern city of Peshawar, killing over 100, including many young students. It is believed up to 10 militants took part in the attack, dressed as soldiers to first infiltrate the school's grounds before beginning the attack.

While the details of the attack are forthcoming, the background of the Taliban and the persistent threat it represents is well established, though often spun across the Western media.

Who Put the Taliban into Power? Who is Funding them Now?

In the 1980's the United States, Saudi Arabia, and elements within the then Pakistani government funneled millions of dollars, weapons, equipment, and even foreign fighters into Afghanistan in a bid to oust Soviet occupiers. Representatives of this armed proxy front would even visit the White House, meeting President Ronald Reagan personally.

The "Mujaheddin" would successfully expel the Soviet Union and among the many armed groups propped up by the West and its allies, the Taliban would establish primacy over Kabul. While Western media would have the general public believe the US rejected the Taliban, never intending them to come to power, it should be noted that the Afghans who visited Reagan in the 1980's would not be the last to visit the US and cut deals with powerful American corporate-financier interests.

In 1997, Taliban representatives would find themselves in Texas, discussing a possible oil pipeline with energy company Unocal (now merged with Chevron). The BBC would report in a 1997 article titled, "Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline," that:
A senior delegation from the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan.
A spokesman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas.
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Unocal, now merged with Chevron, had attempted to build a pipeline across Afghanistan in cooperation with the Taliban and with the expressed backing of the US government - then operating under the Clinton administration.

Comment: For more background on the Taliban attack in Pakistan see: At least 126 killed after Taliban militants stormed an Army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar

For more information on U.S. sponsoring of terrorist groups see: "Game" of Wars: US "fighting" terrorists it fostered
Since at least the end of the Second World War, the US has been directly and indirectly fostering, aiding, funding and training fighting militias and groups in different regions of the world to further its own interests. However, the irony of this policy is that in most of the cases, the US ended up fighting, in the name of establishing peace, these very forces of destruction. History is replete with such examples. As the 'sole' super power of the world, it has actually been fighting the war of its own survival, that is, to continue to survive as the 'sole' super power. As such, not only does it 'invent' enemies, but also reasons to fight them. Let's have a look at some of these 'invented' wars.


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Update! Italian politician Giulietto Chiesa arrested and deported from Estonia for threatening to speak positively about Russia

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Giulietto Chiesa
Authoritative Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa is being kept in custody in Estonia without proper explanation of the causes, his wife, Fiammetta Cucurnia, told TASS late on Monday.

"Giulietto is being kept in a detention ward. His mobile phone has been taken from him. But what is most surprising is that neither he nor the Italian foreign ministry have been explained the reason for his detention," she said.

Chiesa arrived in the Estonian capital city Tallinn early on Monday to take part in a conference entitled "Is Russia Europe's Enemy?" However he failed to do that, since he was arrested in a hotel, his wife said, adding that the Italian ambassador to Italy was staying with the journalist.

The local media said the Italian journalists and former member of the European Parliament, who openly criticizes the policy of NATO's eastwards expansion conducted by the United States and some European countries, particularly the Baltic republic, had been put on a blacklist of personae non grata.

Chiesa spent many years in Russia and witnessed the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the birth of new Russia. He visits Russian quite frequently and now he is among the few in Europe who openly speaks about what is going on in Ukraine and where the Ukrainian crisis is rooted in. Chiesa organizes conferences and seminars where he condemns the United States' policy and warns against one-polar world. The latest such conference took place on December 12 at the national parliament and involved international experts, political observers, commentators.

On December 13, Chiesa organized a roundtable meeting within the framework of the Nobel Peace Prize Winner summit in Rome. The meeting was attended by Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Comment: We only have to read the statements of Giulietto Chiesa to understand why the U.S. puppet Estonia is keeping him in custody.
"There is no freedom of information in the West," he said. "World media are dominated by the American dictates. There is only one opinion. It is nothing else but censorship." [...]

"The revolt in Ukraine was preceded by long and thorough preparations by the United States," the Italian journalist stressed. "This is the only way once can interpret Victoria Nuland's words about five billion dollars. It is absolutely obvious." [...]

"Journalists are ignorant themselves and are playing on people's ignorance. In Italy, for instance, they have been suggesting the idea that Russia has intruded into Ukraine." [...]

He said he strongly believed Russia's actions could be characterized as "defence," not as "attack."
Update 22:53 CET, 17 Dec 2014

Tallinn police have expelled Chiesa from Estonia. The country's Foreign Minister told RT in an e-mail that this was "due to his pro-Russian views, which make him a threat to Estonia's national security."

The gloves have completely come off: it is now a crime to speak favorably about Russia in NATO-stan. The psychopathic Western oligarchs must be getting desperate!

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Combat readiness exercise held in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad region

The snap check involved up to 9,000 people, 642 pieces of weaponry and equipment, including 250 tanks and armored vehicles, about a hundred artillery mounts, 55 ships, and 41 aircraft
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A surprise inspection of combat readiness of troops was held from December 5 through December 10 in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad region
, which is an exclave territory in the southeast of the Baltic Sea littoral area, General Andrei Kartapolov, the chief of Operations Department at the General Staff of the Armed Forces said on Tuesday.

The troops were inspected in line with a decision of President Vladimir Putin, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

"It embraced up to 9,000 people, 642 pieces of weaponry and equipment, including 250 tanks and armored vehicles, about a hundred artillery mounts and salvo systems, 55 naval ships, and 41 aircraft," says a report issued by the General Staff. "The inspectors assessed combat readiness of the group of troops of the Western Military District and its capability to ensure security of the Kaliningrad region."

"The exercise involved the units or missile troops, artillery, mechanized infantry, airborne troops, marine forces, reconnaissance, signal corps, logistics, as well as combat aircraft and airlifters and ships of the Baltic Fleet," the report said.

Over a period of two days, the airlift jets and ships of the Baltic Fleet relocated two a missile brigade and an airborne brigade to the Kaliningrad region.

Units of the missile brigade had Iskander-M missile complexes among the equipment delivered to Kaliningrad.

Comment: Is this Russia's response to the recent NATO exercise called 'Trident Lance' which dealt with "the hypothetical invasion of NATO member Estonia?"

See: Operation "Trident Lance" - Is Kaliningrad NATO's real target?
Of course Russia is not going to "invade Estonia", an absurd hypothesis. There is no conceivable evidence or reason for a "Russian invasion" of Estonia.

But examine a map of the Baltic. There, very discretely, lies Kaliningrad. A small enclave of half a million people belonging to Russia. It used to be Königsburg, a part of Germany, lost in the Second World War. Wedged between Poland and Lithuania, it is already hit by damage to its trade with the E.U. resulting from U.S.-imposed sanctions.The prospect of recuperating Kaliningrad/Königsberg through some manipulated incident could be a factor in the present official German anti-Russian position, which goes against German economic interests and about half of German public opinion.

A war to conquer Kaliningrad would be started by some contrived "international crisis" to "respond" to.


Arrow Up

Extreme moderates: Syrian 'opposition' losing ground, ISIS gaining upper hand

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Follow the leader, guys! Don't let Uncle Sam down!
The U.S. has given up on the Fee Syrian Army in the north of Syria:
The United States has stopped paying most of the pro-western rebels fighting in northern Syria and has suspended the delivery of arms to them, rebel commanders told McClatchy Tuesday.
Some of the FSA mercenaries, now no longer getting paid, are joining jihadi groups:
As many as 800 to 1,000 fighters from U.S.-vetted rebel groups already have joined Nusra, ...
The stop of support in the north is confirmed by additional reports. That this is likely real can also be seen in the number of arms video posted. The U.S. gave TOW anti-tank missiles to the mercenaries but demanded video uploads to prove their use. Eliot Higgins, though not always trustworthy, counted these numbers:
TOW videos posted by the opposition by month Apr 9 May 16 Jun 16 Jul 37 Aug 35 Sep 44 Oct 58 Nov 26 Dec 3
The U.S. is still paying for some small FSA groups within Aleppo city but these are now surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army and unlikely to be able to hold their positions. Their hold of Aleppo city is politically symbolic and therefore something the U.S. wants them to keep. It is the reason why the UN envoy is trying to negotiate a ceasefire for Aleppo. Syria and Russia are playing along but Aleppo will likely be completely in government hands before any ceasefire is reached.

Comment: Israel has also been giving support to Nusra in Syria. And you can bet both Israel and the States have at least some degree of control over ISIS -- it is their creation, after all. So while it may not look to MoA above that ISIS will pose an existential threat to the Syrian government, that depends entirely on the amount of covert support directed their way by their Western handlers. The plan or contingency seems to have been to arm the moderates -- with the full awareness that any support given to them would fall into the hands of ISIS eventually, whether through defection, defeat, or surrender -- until the point when ISIS consolidates all that material, at which point it can do Washington's job without leaving any American fingerprints, by taking down Assad's government. Whether that will happen or not depends on many factors, including support given to Assad from friendly countries (like Russia).

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Ron Paul: All I want for Christmas is a real Government shutdown

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Former Congressman Ron Paul
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.

Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress' failure to reduce spending and debt.

Comment: Here is what Senator Elizabeth Warren had to say about that 1,774 page omnibus, and what snuck into it through Wall Street/Bankster cronyism/corruption that now makes up our government. This is little more than a declaration of war on the people.



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SOTT Exclusive: EU helps ISIS by banning the export of jet fuel to Syria

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On December 12th, Reuters reported the following:
European Union governments agreed on Friday to ban the export of jet fuel to Syria from Sunday, saying it was being used by the Syrian air force for indiscriminate attacks against civilians.
As has become the norm for the 'European Union governments,' they all agreed on something that has no basis in reality. There is actually no proof that the Syrian Air Force is targeting civilians. Are we supposed to believe that amid fighting foreign backed insurgents, the Syrian government decided to take a break and bomb their own people? For what purpose? To justify further intervention from the U.S. and their coalition of the guilty? Should we forget that the U.S. has a long history of fabricating atrocities just for that purpose? Just last year we had the alleged chemical weapons attack which nearly lead to another U.S. sponsored 'humanitarian bombing' if it weren't for Russia. The claims that 'Assad gassed his own people' turned out to be fictitious as are those that he is now bombing civilians.

Mainstream media propaganda aside, there is plenty of evidence that the U.S. air strikes are targeting civilians. Here are a few reports from SOTT. Despite the EU decrying the 'indiscriminate attacks against civilians,' banning the export of jet fuel will do nothing but cause more civilian casualties as it would weaken the Syrian Army which has been effectively countering the foreign sponsored insurgency that the U.S. unleashed in the region.

By their actions we can see that it's not the civilians that the EU stooges worry about, but pleasing their masters in U.S. who care about nothing but "degrading, disrupting and destroying" Syria using a proxy-terrorist force of their own creation.
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The U.S. is using Ukraine as a launching-pad against Russia

On Saturday, December 13th, Russian media reported that U.S. President Obama evidently can't wait to sign the congressional authorization for war against Russia (which has already been passed in draft form by 98% of U.S. House members and 100% of U.S. Senate members), and that he is already shipping military supplies into Ukraine for use against Ukraine's ethnic Russians that the Ukrainian Government is trying to eliminate.


Mikhail Emelyanov, a leading Russian parliamentarian, was quoted as saying on Saturday, Russia "cannot calmly watch as the US arms Ukraine with the most modern lethal weapons. In this regard, we should not appear weak. The situation is very alarming. Judging by US intentions, they want to turn Ukraine into a fighting platform against Russia."

The popular Russian website "Colonel Cassad" reports that the reason why Ukraine's airports in Zaporozyhe, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk mysteriously shut down for other traffic on Saturday was to unload weapons-shipments from the U.S. Specifically, it said that, at Zaporozyhe,
"one of the airport workers replied that the airport has to be prepared to accept military aircraft with equipment, including Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. The equipment is expected from the United States."
For the time being, civilian traffic at all three of those airports is being reduced during the next few days, in order to unload that U.S. freight.

Also reported Saturday at fortruss.blogspot was that,
"Right now at Zaporozhye airport they are unloading two transport planes from USA. Cargo is in boxes. According to additional information two more planes are expected to arrive."
Just one day prior, Foreign Policy had bannered on Friday, "Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?" and their reporter naively claimed that, "little aid is forthcoming for Ukraine as its government faces a shortfall."

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The “aid” is actually already coming, in the form of U.S. military cargo shipments, gratis from U.S. taxpayers
The "aid" is actually already coming, in the form of U.S. military cargo shipments, gratis from U.S. taxpayers (though hardly gratis from the U.S. armaments-makers, whose business is booming from this). And the Ukraine "government faces a shortfall" thing is actually far worse than that: as Forbes's Mark Adomanis headlined on April 15th, "Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse." He reported, "The central bank was forced to take such desperate measures because the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. The Hryvnia has been the world's worst performing currency in 2014." And:
"The only reason that things haven't totally imploded is because of the $18 billion package of assistance from the IMF and the $9 billion in additional assistance pledged by the United States and the European Union. This financial assistance is desperately needed and will obviously help the Ukrainian government keep the lights on. The problem is that Ukraine's funding needs aren't a static target but are directly influenced by changes in its economic outlook. Since that economic outlook is darkening, Ukraine's already large funding needs have grown commensurately."
Forbes's Kenneth Rapoza then noted on November 12th, "The nation's currency, the hryvnia, has lost 91.5% of its value so far this year."

Comment: Also see: SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Despite talks of peace Ukraine is actively preparing for war

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