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FBI and CIA re-booted the Cold War in order to cover their own election meddling

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On December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration - with three weeks remaining in its term - issued harsh sanctions against Russia over supposed election interference. Two compounds in the United States were closed and 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country.

Russia responded by calling the actions "Cold War déjà vu."

In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the "intelligence" that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious.

A single unverified "dossier" compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the media as something real.

The dossier was opposition research by the Hillary Clinton campaign, a fact that was not disclosed and actively hidden by off-the-book transactions through the law firm Perkins Coie.

Comment: What's remarkable at this point is how easily the 'Russian collusion' narrative is not only crumbling around their feet, but upon further investigation and rigorous questioning, reveals just how criminally elements of the US intelligence community have behaved; not Trump.

Watch Deep State mouthpiece and hack author of Russian Roullete Michael Isikoff try to talk his way out of the damning facts he unwittingly presents in his own book about ex-CIA chief John Brennan!




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Facebook Announces Partnership With Atlantic Council to 'Protect Democracy'

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What better way to protect democracy than to have Amerika do it?
Facebook has engaged a think tank funded by weapons manufacturers, branches of the US military and Middle-Eastern monarchies to safeguard the democratic process. It's akin to hiring arsonists to run the fire brigade.

If Facebook truly wanted to "protect democracy and elections worldwide," it would build a broad coalition of experts and activists from a wide and disparate range of the countries it serves. Instead, the American social media giant has outsourced the task to NATO's propaganda wing.

For the uninitiated, the Atlantic Council serves as the American-led alliance's chief advocacy group. And its methods are rather simple: it grants stipends and faux academic titles to various activists that align with NATO's agenda. Thus, lobbyists become "fellows" and "experts," while the enterprise constructs a neutral sheen, which is rarely (if ever) challenged by Western media outlets - often reliant on its employees for easy comment and free op-eds.

While that has always been ethically questionable, Facebook's latest move, given its effective monopoly position, is far more sinister. Because it is now tied to a "think tank" which has proposed terrorist attacks in Russia and has demanded Russian-funded news outlets be forced to register as "foreign agents" in the United States.

Make no mistake: this is a dream scenario for NATO and those who depend on it for their livelihoods and status. Because the Atlantic Council is now perfectly positioned to be the tail wagging the Facebook dog in the information space.

Star of David

What really happened last week in Golan: New rules of engagement established in Israel-Syria-Iran conflict

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© Amir Cohen / Reuters
The exchange of missiles last week on the Syrian-Israeli border was anything but normal.

This firefight established new rules of engagement in the Levant, and made the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights an "operational theater" in the Syrian conflict overnight.

The mainstream media's version of events began with Israel retaliating against Iranian missile strikes, and the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) destroying Iran's military capabilities inside Syria. But that information is questionable: it comes almost exclusively from Israelis who rarely miss an opportunity to beat the "Iranian threat" war drum.

In the lead-up to the May 10 skirmish - just after the Trump administration exited the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement - Israeli officials began warning of an impending Iranian attack from inside Syria. Then, within hours of the ensuing firefight, an Israeli army spokesman announced that the elite "Quds Force" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had fired 20 missiles into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, after which Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman boasted that "we hit nearly all Iranian infrastructures in Syria."

IDF spokesman Brigadier General Ronen Manilas described Israel's actions as "one of the greatest operations of the Israel Air Force in the past decade." But as the dust settled, an altogether different version of events began to take shape.

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Sherlock

Death of Technician Linked to Andrew Breitbart Autopsy Remains Unexplained

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Michael Cormier, left, LA Coroner's autopsy technician
A right-wing media star drops dead... a coroner's technician dies weeks later

In the early afternoon of April 18, 2012, Michael Cormier, an autopsy technician at the Los Angeles coroner's office, drove himself to Kaiser Permanente Hospital complaining of heart and stomach pain and diarrhea. The doctors suspected a heart issue or an ulcer and recommended he follow up with his regular physician. Two days later, Cormier asked his wife to call 911. An ambulance took him Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he died several hours later from massive organ failure.

While he was at Providence St. Joseph, an unidentified family member called and recommended that the hospital check Cormier for poison. A screen test found a significant amount of arsenic in Cormier's system, and the hospital contacted the Los Angeles Police Department. In the early stages of the investigation into Cormier's death, the police wouldn't rule out an accident, suicide, or something more nefarious, and the coroner deferred the cause of death pending further toxicology results.

In all, it was not a remarkable set of circumstances, but Cormier's death made national news when numerous right-wing blogs linked it to the death of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative media juggernaut and Tea Party hero who had died on March 1 at the age of 43.


Comment: That's March 1st, 2012, 6 weeks before Cormier's death. In fact, Cormier died on April 20, the same day as the release of Breibart's (official) autopsy.


Comment: A 'head-scratcher' indeed. Someone skilled like him would know far better chemical means of 'leaving this world'.

There have been no media updates about Cormier's case since the above Daily Beast report, so we presume that his death remains unsolved.

Breitbart's death, of course, was officially solved: congestive heart failure ('of natural causes'). And maybe there was no 'unofficial', second, private autopsy.

That doesn't mean, however, that Breitbart simply 'dropped dead'. If it was feasible to 'heart attack' someone - at-a-distance - in the 1970s, it's been perfected today.

'Conspiracy theory debunkers' held up Breitbart's threat at that time to publish videos of Obama hugging 'social justice terrorists' during his younger days as a possible motive for any would-be Deep State spooks to 'beam' Breitbart. But at least one of those videos was published after Breitbart's death, and it wasn't all that 'explosive'.

More interesting were Breitbart's prescient rants about the Podesta brothers, whose role as 'dark arts puppet masters' has since been exposed via the stream of leaks in the run-up to the 2016 US election.


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RT documentary 'Coups R US' examines rationale and impact of US 'humanitarian' interventions and regime changes

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In the new RT documentary Coups R US, prominent American journalist Stephen Kinzer examines the rationale and impact of Washington's interventions, from complacent colonialism in Hawaii to regime change in Libya.

"There are three stages. In the first one, the government that we don't like shows bad faith by bothering an American company. Then we convince ourselves that this country is our geo-political enemy. And we sell the intervention as humanitarian intervention," says Kinzer, who currently lectures at Brown University, in his introduction.

"We only do it to help them. We don't do anything for ourselves; in fact we sacrifice ourselves for the good of others," he adds sarcastically.


Star of David

US slaps Palestine in the face by celebrating embassy move to Jerusalem on anniversary of Nakba - while Israel mass murders protesters

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© Mohammed Salem / Reuters
How obscenely ironic. Embassies traditionally symbolize diplomacy and peace. The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was occasioned by a grotesque baptism of murder of Palestinians, heralding wider war in the Middle East.

Not only that, but on the very anniversary of one of the most shameful episodes of ethnic cleansing and dispossession over the past century - the 1948 Nakba or Catastrophe for Palestinians - the US government is brazenly siding with the heirs of that historic violence, the Israeli state.

Trump's wholesale abandonment of any shame in endorsing Israeli violations against Arab historic rights is an incitement to regional conflagration.

It's hard to express the horror. Israeli snipers shooting unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, while some 100 kilometers away in Jerusalem, US dignitaries and evangelical pastors were blessing the opening of Washington's new embassy as 'God's work'.

US President Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East, if you could call it "policy", has descended into absolute lunacy. No wonder, most European states stayed away from the US reception for unveiling its new diplomatic center.

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Significant achievement: Putin leads column of trucks across new Crimean bridge to mark opening ceremony

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A direct path connecting the Crimean Peninsula to the Krasnodar region on mainland Russia is a significant achievement.
A new 19km bridge connecting the mainland with the Crimean Peninsula has been officially opened, making Russia the host of Europe's longest bridge. President Vladimir Putin personally drove a truck across it to mark the occasion.

The opening of the bridge was all about the people, who created the massive construction in record time. A column of dozens of heavy-duty vehicles including hauler trucks, construction cranes and cement-mixers buzzed along, occasionally tooting their horns. Putin, who showed up for the ceremonial trip unusually dressed in casual style, drove one of the two Kamaz trucks in the front of the motorcade. His usual entourage was literally sidelined, keeping at a distance on the other half of the road.


Comment: It's probably no coincidence that this happens just as the US and Israel 'mark their territory' in the Middle East.


Jet5

Damascus Imposes New Rules of Engagement on Israel: Syrian Counter-strikes Successful in Golan

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Middle Eastern Axis of Resistance
On Thursday 10th May 2018, an unprecedented exchange of strikes happened between Israel and Syria. The mainstream media, as well as some "alternative" media like Russia Today, were quick to relay the Israeli army version, according to which the Zionist entity "retaliated" against an "Iranian attack by Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Force" consisting of "twenty rockets" fired at Israeli positions in the occupied Golan, four of which were "intercepted by the Iron Dome" and the others "crashed into Syrian territory", no damage being recorded in Israel. Israel has reportedly responded to this unprecedented "act of aggression" with a "large-scale operation" that destroyed "the entire Iranian infrastructure in Syria", in order to deter the Islamic Republic from any stray impulse of conducting future strikes.

This narrative takes for granted the postulates, data and myths of the Zionist entity's propaganda - which imposes permanent military censorship on the Israeli media, exposing any offender to a prison sentence. And, reading the international media, one might get the impression that, like American economic sanctions, this censorship is extraterritorial. In any event, the narrative cannot withstand scrutiny.

Comment: Middle East correspondent Elijah Magnier had a similar analysis: Syria and Iran establish new rules of engagement with Israel: Golan Heights no longer off limits

See also: Joe Quinn's The Real Story Behind Israel's Attack on "Iranian" Targets in Syria and Trump's Abandonment of the Iran Deal


War Whore

J Edgar Hoover's FBI lives on: The persecution of Rakem Balogun

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© The Guardian
Rakem Balogun
The Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908 by a man named Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the great nephew of Napoleon. It remained a relatively marginal slice of the US Department of Justice until an ambitious sociopath named J Edgar Hoover rode a Red Scare panic to the top of the law enforcement food chain and used blackmail and illegal wiretapping to exponentially expand its size, scope and power under its new name, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hoover ruled over America with an iron fist for nearly five decades as the head of the FBI. He bullied, blackmailed and crushed anyone who stood in between him and his insatiable drive to acquire more power, eventually forming the frequently Constitution-violating Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) in the 1950s.

COINTELPRO was used to infiltrate and undermine any activist groups Hoover personally disliked under the pretense of protecting the nation from violence, targeting everyone from feminist groups to antiwar activists.

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British Deep State Floats Idea of Overthrowing Corbyn in Military Coup

Militaristic fantasies were unleashed on The Telegraph's op-ed pages this week, when a piece asked: 'What would a 21st century British coup look like? And what would a Corbyn government have to do to survive it?'
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Throwing partisanship out the window, The Telegraph published an opinion piece written by Paul Carter, a political commentator who is writing a book about Harold Wilson and Louis Mountbatten. He wondered if the near-coup led by Earl Mountbatten of Burma could happen in modern times. "Only one week after Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a serving general of the army warned of a direct and public challenge if a future Prime Minister Corbyn jeopardised the country's security: 'The army wouldn't stand for it... people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that,'" Carter wrote.

"The idea of a military coup against an elected Prime Minister Corbyn may seem fanciful. Yet, 50 years ago this week, this almost happened to Harold Wilson, a prime minister regarded by many as left-wing and anti-establishment, who had also been accused of consorting with communist spies."

Comment: The man hasn't even been elected yet. Maybe they know he would have been last year but for some vote-rigging? They certainly know it's a losing battle to contest Corbyn democratically.

This isn't actually the first time the British security services have floated this idea in the media.

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