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CIA Files Say Staffers Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren't Prosecuted

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Declassified CIA inspector general reports show a pattern of abuse and a repeated decision by federal prosecutors not to hold agency personnel accountable

Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children.

Though most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime. Prosecutors sent the rest of the cases back to the CIA to handle internally, meaning few faced any consequences beyond the possible loss of their jobs and security clearances. That marks a striking deviation from how sex crimes involving children have been handled at other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration. CIA insiders say the agency resists prosecution of its staff for fear the cases will reveal state secrets.

The revelations are contained in hundreds of internal agency reports obtained by BuzzFeed News through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.

Dominoes

Lavrov: Peace plan for Donbass is 'lost cause'

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© Sputnik / Maxim Zakharov
Broken window panes as a result of shelling are seen in a house on the contact line in the village of Zolotoye, Luhansk Region, Eastern Ukraine
Kiev is making the prospect of a peace deal in the east of Ukraine increasingly difficult, Moscow has warned, as Washington urges the Eastern European country to implement a previously agreed deal to bring an end to the conflict.

Addressing senators during a 'government hour' session on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted the neighboring nation as "a lost cause."

According to him, authorities in Kiev are "becoming more and more insolent... with its aggressiveness towards the Minsk agreements, towards Russia, and in its attempts to provoke the West into supporting its militant aspirations."

Eye 2

The Siloviki to Russiagate's Rescue

Obama CIA
The U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies (what Russians call siloviki or 'organs of coercion' and Americans increasingly view as the the Democrat Party-controlled parallel or 'deep state') and the formerly mass DP-tied media continue to defend Russiagate, in particular the fraudulent Christopher Steele-Obama-Clinton-Biden dossier, even as some of their ilk attempt to cover up their tracks and retract their illegal and slanderous lies. This is a continuation of the American cold civil war sparked by the 2016-2020 Obama-Clinton-Biden Democrat Party (DP) coup plot aimed at seizing power in perpetuity and create a single-party dominant authoritarian regime in a revolution from above (Part 1 and Part 2). The intel community is in panic and beginning to circle the wagons.

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Belarus could take major step towards integration with Russia, Lukashenko claims

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© Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko
Moscow and Minsk could decide to be bound by a single currency in an effort to boost trade and strengthen ties between the two members of the so-called Union State, Belarus' embattled leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has said.

Speaking about the prospects of economic integration in an interview with RIA Novosti published on Wednesday, Lukashenko said, "There's the Russian ruble... Everyone wants a single currency."

According to him, a past agreement with former Russian president Boris Yeltsin said that if the two countries shared a currency, "it wouldn't be the Belarusian ruble or the Russian ruble, but a different, third currency. But seeing as we have the ruble, and you have the ruble, why make something up and call it [something else] or what-have-you? Yes, it will be the ruble."

"We'll have to get to the currency step-by-step," he added.

Eye 1

New law allows for warrantless spying on Australians - where next?

Australian Signals Directorate Logo
© Wikipedia
Australian Signals Directorate Logo
The Australian Signals Directorate, Canberra's equivalent of Britain's GCHQ or the US National Security Agency, will be granted sweeping new powers to spy on Australians for the first time since its November 1947 founding.

The move allows the agency to collect signals intelligence on individuals within the country without a warrant, although allegedly only in situations where there is an "imminent risk to life." Domestic terror suspects are cited as a key target in the Directorate's crosshairs, and it will also collect intelligence in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force for military operations, with ministerial authorization.

Rules governing the reform and protecting citizens' privacy will be published on the agency's website, and subject to review and scrutiny by the Australian parliament's security and intelligence committee. While framed as sincerely concerned with keeping Australians safe, experts have expressed grave reservations about the development. Among them is John Blaxland, Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies at the Australian National University, himself a military intelligence veteran, who warned the powers were ripe for abuse.

Comment: The author makes an interesting point regarding Australia being a testing ground, given the totalitarian measures taken in response to COVID. See also:


Attention

Russia warns about 'nightmare scenario' of military confrontation in Europe

Balka Sentinel 21
© Reuters/Spasiyana Sergieva
Soldiers from the US Army, Georgia and Bulgaria take part in the 'Balkan Sentinel 21' military drill at Novo Selo training grounds, Bulgaria, May 31, 2021.
Europe may be returning to a situation of military confrontation, and NATO is completely refusing to listen to all Russian proposals to de-escalate tensions, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed on Thursday.

Speaking in Stockholm, which is currently hosting a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Lavrov emphasized that Moscow wants to improve "strategic stability" on the continent, which he said is "rapidly eroding."
Accusing the US-led bloc of rejecting constructive discussion, Lavrov said:
"NATO refuses to consider our proposals on de-escalation of tensions and prevention of dangerous incidents. On the contrary, the alliance's military infrastructure is moving closer to Russia's borders... The nightmarish scenario of military confrontation is returning."
Lavrov's comments come amid increasing fears over an alleged military buildup on the Russian border with Ukraine. Since the start of November, some Western media outlets have claimed that Moscow is planning an "invasion" of its neighbor, an allegation strongly denied by the Kremlin.

Comment: Unending accusations may sadly manifest, driving irretrievable actions on the part of the accusers. Russia now claims military action in Ukraine is highly likely:
The risk of an all-out armed conflict in south-eastern Ukraine is extremely high and is becoming a matter of grave concern for Russia, Moscow has cautioned, as international tensions heighten over the war-torn Donbass region.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that "the probability of hostilities in Ukraine is still high" when asked about the likelihood of a war in the country's east. "This is a matter of particular concern and worry for us," he added.

Peskov's remarks come a day after Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman alleged that Kiev was significantly beefing up its military force in the region by "pulling heavy equipment and personnel" into the area. Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday:
"According to some reports, the number of troops... in the conflict zone already reaches 125,000 people. This, if anyone does not know, is half of the entire composition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."
Tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border have grown in recent weeks. Speaking on the same day at the Kiev Security Forum, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland warned Russia against making any moves "to internally destabilize Ukraine or use these forces to enter the country."

Should Russia's military do so, she insisted, Moscow "will be met with high-impact economic measures, the likes of which we have not used before, from all of [NATO,]" she insisted.

The Kremlin, however, has consistently rejected claims made by the US-led military bloc and Western media reports that Moscow is massing its military along the frontier line with Ukraine, blasting the claims as "hysteria."

Peskov also insisted that Russia poses no threat to anyone, and that "the movement of our armed forces on our own territory should be of no concern to anyone."
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Attention

Biden's contradictory COVID policies are getting even worse

Biden
© Reuters/Tom Brenner
US President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden's COVID policies have been incoherent since he took office. And somehow, the problem is getting even worse.

Biden implemented "emergency" vaccine mandates only to push back the deadlines for when people would need to be vaccinated. He pushed back the deadline for large employers to have their employees vaccinated from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4, and, though the administration says that it set a Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees, the Office of Management and Budget is telling federal agencies that they can postpone firing unvaccinated employees until after the holidays.

Apparently, emergencies operate on a slower time frame, or perhaps the coronavirus spreads less quickly, when Christmas is approaching.

Meanwhile, Biden is also planning on requiring all travelers to the United States to test one day before boarding their flight, regardless of vaccination status. He is also considering requiring them to test again within three to five days of arriving in the country and requiring all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to quarantine for seven days even if they test negative or face fines.

Somehow, Biden has decided that U.S. COVID policies should be more strict now that we have a vaccine than before it existed.

Comment: Like 'truth' for Biden...Coronavirus is being stretched.


Syringe

EU must consider mandatory Covid jabs, says Von der Leyen

Ursula van der Leyen
© screenshot
EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen
The EU must consider mandatory vaccination in response to the spread of the "highly contagious" Omicron Covid variant across Europe, the European Commission president has said.

In a call to action, Ursula von der Leyen said the EU's 27 member states should rapidly deploy booster doses and a commission communique backed countries opting to temporarily enforce pre-travel PCR tests even within the bloc's borders.

There have been a total of 59 identified cases in the EU of the Omicron variant all of which have involved mild symptoms or been asymptomatic.

Asked whether she supported the Greek government in its imposition of a €100 (£85) monthly fine on those aged 60 and over who failed to get a Covid jab, Von der Leyen said the spread of the disease and lack of vaccine take-up in parts of the EU meant mandatory vaccination had to be on the table as a policy response.

Comment: From other most recent reports, the Omicron variant is a complete dud. Meanwhile, persons of influence, such as Von der Leyen, will parlay fear into policy, mandates and penalties.

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Belgian court rules vaccine passport illegal in Wallonia, fines local govt €5,000 a day until restrictions removed

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© Official website of the European Union https://ec.europa.eu/
Region's representatives did not appear in court to argue case due to public holidays
A court in Belgium's Wallonia region has ruled that use of a COVID pass is illegal and ordered the local government to pay a daily fine of €5,000 ($5,658) until they withdraw the measure, local media reported Wednesday.

Namur city's Court of First Instance ruled Tuesday that use of the COVID Safe Ticket (CST) was illegal in the Wallonia region.

According to the judgment, rules requiring everyone to show their CST before entering cafés, restaurants, gyms and cultural venues were curbing individual freedoms in a disproportionate way which does not serve the goal they pursue.

Comment: This isn't the first court ruling against vaccine passports and lockdowns, however, many of them have been ignored or later overturned, likely reflecting that these orders are coming from a place that has much more influence than a regional court:


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Four-star general to lead Pentagon investigation into Syria airstrike that killed dozens

General Michael Garrett
© FORSCOM US ARMY
General Michael Garrett
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of women and children, the Pentagon's top spokesman said Monday.

"The secretary has directed today a review of the civilian casualty incident that occurred on March 18, 2019, in Baghuz, Syria," press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

The investigation will be conducted by Gen. Michael Garrett, the head of Army Forces Command, who will review investigations already conducted on the incident and "conduct further inquiry into the facts and circumstances related to it," according to Kirby.

Garrett will have 90 days to complete the investigation, first reported by The New York Times.

The new high-level review comes after an investigation by the Times, released earlier this month, that detailed the U.S. airstrike that killed 70 civilians and allegations that top officers and civilian officials tried to hide the casualties. The strike, which was carried out by the classified special operations unit known as Task Force 9, was unknown to the public until the Times report.

Comment: As long as the public remains clueless, the military and the government have carte blanche.