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Russia's 9/11 and the rise to power of Vladimir Putin: 1999 FSB false flag bombings

While many look to Vladimir Putin and a strong Russia as a counterweight to U.S. imperialism, people also tend to forget that Russia's eternal leader came to power on the back of false-flag bombings carried out in September 1999 by his colleagues at the FSB (KGB).


Comment: See also:

Assassination of Russia (Blowing up Russia)

Vlad's Empire: The Putin System (Documentary)

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Vlad's Empire: The Putin System (Documentary)

CBC's "The Passionate Eye" presents The Putin System - a point-of-view documentary that presents an ominous view of what Putin is willing to do to ensure Russia regains its position on the world stage.

The Putin System chronicles the remarkable life of Putin, a tough, young leader who is not afraid to make harsh decisions and holds a secret purpose-to restore the old Russia of his dreams.

The Putin System is directed by Jean-Michel Carré in association with Jill Emery for the French production company Les Films Grain De Sable.


Comment: Putin did indeed change the constitution in 2008 and five years on, he remains firmly in control of Russia.

FSB Apartment Bombing False Flag Attack

Moscow Subway Bombings Kill 38 in Deadliest Attacks Since 2004

'Caucasian Mujahadeen' Claims Nevsky Express Bombing

Prominent Russian reporter shot to death

Kremlin to blame for Beslan deaths, claims Russian MP

Beslan victims' relatives allege cover-up

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Reporter Michael Hastings sent panicky email hours before sudden car crash death

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US reporter Michael Hasting says he was "onto a big story".
American journalist Michael Hastings told colleagues he suspected he was being investigated by the FBI just hours before he was killed in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles.
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Another whistleblower dead: journalist Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings was working on a story about the CIA prior to his death, according to LA Weekly. "That Hastings had the Central Intelligence Agency in his sights is no surprise to those who knew his work," writes Dennis Romero, adding that "the shadowy world of intelligence and off-the-record American aggression was a favorite topic of the journalist."

The story gets even more suspicious. Hastings apparently contacted Wikileaks a few hours before his death. The whistleblower organization posted the following tweet:
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Psychopath Avigdor Lieberman: Israel needs to conquer and thoroughly cleanse Gaza Strip

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a "thorough cleansing" of the Gaza Strip as a tenuous ceasefire between its Hamas rulers and the Jewish state frayed.

Speaking on Israel Radio, the far-right former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel to reconquer the crowded coastal enclave to avoid "finding ourselves in two years with Hamas having aircraft and hundreds of missiles that will reach beyond Tel Aviv".

His comments came as the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip after six rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel into the early hours of Monday morning. No one was injured. It was the first ceasefire breach since April.

Mr Lieberman suggested that neither the eight-day aerial campaign Israel launched in November with the stated goal of halting rockets from Gaza, nor the devastating Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 in which more than 1,100 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died, had proven effective at quelling the violence.

"Without willingness to take things to their conclusion we merely increase the threats," he said, adding that Hamas "has no intention of coming to terms with the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and therefore what is needed is to seriously consider conquering the Strip and carry out a thorough cleansing." Mr Lieberman was number two on Mr Netanyahu's electoral list during elections last January, and currently holds the post of chairman of parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee. Mr Netanyahu's office declined to comment on Mr Lieberman's statements. Yair Lapid, the centrist Finance minister, said the remarks were "irresponsible".

After the rocket fire, Israeli warplanes pounded what the military said were arms storage facilities and a rocket launch site in the Strip. There were no injuries from either the rockets or the air strikes. Israel ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings between Gaza and Israel, a step condemned as a "collective punishment" by Jaber Wishah, a spokesman for the Gaza City-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Israeli army officials believe the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad group, a small militant faction currently at loggerheads with Hamas. But Israel said Hamas, which has controlled the Strip since seizing power there in 2007, bears overall responsibility.

Meanwhile, police said vandals slashed the tyres of 21 cars in the Arab Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem in the latest of a wave of anti-Arab crimes by suspected Jewish extremists who have struck three times in and around Jerusalem in the past 10 days. Palestinian residents said the government was not doing enough to stop the vandalism. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police are treating the matter as a "high priority".

Comment: For more on Lieberman's poisonous attitude, see this -

Paramoralisms, twists and lies are the psychopaths trade: Spiegel interviews Avigdor Lieberman

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The show continues: Snowden didn't cross Russian border - Russian foreign minister

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Snowden Didn’t Cross Russian Border - Foreign Minister
Russia said on Tuesday that Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee wanted by the US for leaking state secrets, had not crossed the Russian border.

Snowden, who leaked details of a US surveillance program to newspapers in the US and UK earlier this month, was widely reported to have flown from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday, from where he was expected to fly - via Cuba - to Ecuador, where he has requested asylum.

"I want to say right away that we have nothing to do with Snowden, or with his attitude to the American legal system, or with his movements around the world. He chose his own route, and we found out about it - like most people here - from the media," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference.

"He did not cross the Russian border," the foreign minister said.
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Spying on the spies

The National Security Agency has its ear to the world, but doesn't listen to everyone at once.

That was one conclusion of a new report, Interception Capabilities 2000, accepted late last week by the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA).

The panel commissioned Duncan Campbell, a British investigative reporter, to prepare a report on Echelon, the US-led satellite surveillance network.

"I have no objection to these systems monitoring serious criminals and terrorists," said Glyn Ford, a British Labour Party member of parliament and a committee member of STOA. "But what is missing here is accountability, clear guidelines as to who they can listen to, and in what circumstances these laws apply."

Campbell was asked to investigate the system in the wake of charges made last year in the European Parliament that Echelon was being used to funnel European government and industry secrets into US hands.

"What is new and important about this report is that it contains the first ever documentary evidence of the Echelon system," said Campbell. Campbell obtained the document from a source at Menwith Hill, the principal NSA communications monitoring station, located near Harrogate in northern England.
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Undercover police whistleblower reveals disturbing details about his undercover deployment

In extracts from a joint Guardian and Channel 4 Dispatches investigation, police whistleblower Peter Francis reveals disturbing details about his undercover deployment. His full story is detailed in the book Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police, by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis.
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The biggest ponzi scheme in the history of the world

Unlce Sam
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Did you know that you are involved in the most massive Ponzi scheme that has ever existed? To illustrate my point, allow me to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was a man named Sam. When he was younger, he had been a very principled young man that had worked incredibly hard and that had built a large number of tremendously successful businesses.

He became fabulously wealthy and he accumulated far more gold than anyone else on the planet. But when he started to get a little older he forgot the values of his youth. He started making really bad decisions and some of his relatives started to take advantage of him. One particularly devious relative was a nephew named Fred.

One day Fred approached his uncle Sam with a scheme that his friends the bankers had come up with. What happened next would change the course of Sam's life forever.

Even though Sam was the wealthiest man in the world by far, Fred convinced Sam that he could have an even higher standard of living by going into a little bit of debt. In exchange for IOUs issued by his uncle Sam, Fred would give him paper notes that he printed off on his printing press. Since the paper notes would be backed by the gold that Sam was holding, everyone would consider them to be valuable.

Sam could take those paper notes and spend them on whatever his heart desired. Uncle Sam started to do this, and he started to become addicted to all of the nice things that those paper notes would buy him.
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US: Hong Kong's failure to arrest Snowden 'troubling'

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A banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed in a Hong Kong shopping mall.

The United States is disappointed by Hong Kong's "troubling'' failure to arrest fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden before he fled the territory, an official said Sunday.

A Department of Justice spokesperson insisted US officials had fulfilled all the requirements of Washington's extradition treaty with the autonomous Chinese region and were "disappointed'' by the decision to let him go.

Snowden, a 30-year-old former intelligence contractor, is wanted by the United States on espionage charges, after he quit his job with the National Security Agency and fled to Hong Kong with a cache of secret documents.

Yesterday Snowden left Hong Kong and fled for Moscow, despite Washington having requested his arrest and extradition.

He's been offered asylum in Ecuador.

Hong Kong officials said the documentation supporting the extradition request had been incomplete.

But the US Department of Justice denied there was anything missing.

"The US is disappointed and disagrees with the determination by Hong Kong authorities not to honour the US request for the arrest of the fugitive,'' the spokesperson said in a statement.

"The request for the fugitive's arrest for purposes of his extradition complied with all of the requirements of the US-Hong Kong Surrender Agreement.

"At no point, in all of our discussions through Friday, did the authorities in Hong Kong raise any issues regarding the sufficiency of the US's provisional arrest request.

"In light of this, we find their decision to be particularly troubling.''

The statement said senior US officials had been in touch with their Hong Kong counterparts since June 10, when they learned Snowden was in Hong Kong and leaking details of secret surveillance programs to the media.

On Wednesday, US Attorney-General Eric Holder spoke to Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen and urged Hong Kong to honour the request for Snowden's arrest.

The Hong Kong government had said that, as it "has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.''

Source: Agence France-Presse
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