Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:01 UTC
"We knew there were attempts by someone to break into the hospital mortuary. We had to take precautions. We will not allow anyone to tamper with the mortuary," Malaysia's Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar said at a press conference, as reported by the Malay Mail.
Khalid would not identify the break-in suspects, but said they were known to police.
The alleged break-in attempt comes after North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia reportedly had his request to have the body returned to the country denied. North Korea claims the body is not that of Kim Jong-nam and that the Malaysian police cannot be trusted.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:12 UTC
The Iraqi government on Sunday 19th February 2017 launched the second stage of its campaign to liberate Mosul - Iraq's second largest city - from ISIS.
The initial target of the offensive is Mosul's airport. Al-Jazeera has published a dramatic account of the early stages of the battle, which includes this evocative phrase
Comment: Trump's 'refugee ban' caused a lot of consternation in Iraq, which Mattis is alleged to be resolving on his visit. As Sputnik reports,
Trump's executive order on immigration, putting a temporarily halt on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iraq, also caused a lot of controversy in the Middle Eastern country, including demands in Iraq's parliament that Baghdad 'retaliate', Wing noted. "The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi tried to deal with that situation with his remarks that Iraq wasn't going to retaliate against the United States," the observer said, adding that the government needs the US for cooperation in the war against Daesh.
"So again, this trip by the secretary of defense is there to try to smooth over relations, and to make sure that [the two countries remain] allies in the war against Islamic State," he added.
12 years after £1 million pay-off by UK government, British ex-Gitmo resident turns up as dead 'ISIS suicide-bomber' in Mosul
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:16 UTC
Al-Britani is thought to be Jamal Udeen Al-Harith, born Ronald Fiddler, a former Guantanamo detainee from Manchester who was released from the US prison camp in 2004, after being captured in Pakistan in 2002.
He was reportedly paid £1 million by the UK government to keep quiet about British complicity in torture and abuse.
Comment: As a long-term member of 'the database' (al Qaeda), the British security services no doubt knew exactly where he was and exactly what he was doing.
We're not at all surprised. The two founders of 'Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula' were also Gitmo graduates. Clearly, at least some of the 'detainees' were held there (and in other 'black sites') in order to 'turn them', further indoctrinate them, maybe even train them, then pay 'em loads of money and set them loose in order to ramp up, not damp down, the 'War on Terror'.
That's Western liberal democracy for ya folks: gotta have an enemy to justify the war crimes!
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:38 UTC
NBC News earlier reported that "a dossier on Donald Trump's psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin."
The Free Thought Project
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:11 UTC
And the outspoken publisher isn't at all dissatisfied with the current propaganda of "fake news" — because, as Assange explained to Australian comedian Chas Licciardello, according to CNET,
"WikiLeaks is very happy that there is a narrative about fake news out there because we have a perfect record of having never got it wrong in terms of authentications."
Laying the groundwork: Former Mossad officer predicts that Trump will be impeached on grounds of treason
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
"Dear Mr. President: Letters from the American Children," opens with a young boy expressing his excitement to have a political outsider solve the disconnect between the Washington establishment and the American people. But the conversation quickly turns to much more mature subjects, such as racism, a border wall, and Trump's immigration executive order.
"When you speak on things that make me feel uncomfortable or I disagree with, you make me feel small because I know I can't change it," one girl remarks.
Comment: MSM is desperate to influcence people against Trump. These kids are not capable of realizing that Trump is trying to protect them from Pedophiles.
Q. How many other politicians have been secretly extorted?
A. One in three, roughly. It's not just the Island, its all of their activities. The reason #Pedogate terrifies the media, the CIA, the Israel Lobby, is because they are all part of this "shadow swamp".
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:51 UTC
"Isn't it yet another piece of evidence that the European Union is particularly good at doing a terrible job, but handling what should be a very manageable crisis," Varoufakis told CNN on Tuesday.
He noted that, in fact, the goals set for Athens are nearly impossible to reach. "The people at the IMF [International Monetary Fund]... told us that the Greek debt is unsustainable and the austerity that is being [imposed] upon Greece is catastrophic for the program itself."
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:28 UTC
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in a statement published on the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) website.
"The Bundeswehr faces demands like never before," said von der Leyen. "In the fight against IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] terrorism, the stabilization of Mali, or our considerable NATO presence in the Baltic States."
Germany's armed forces "must also be able to grow with its tasks," she added.
The Rutherford Institute
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:24 UTC
"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security... This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter."—Historian Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45
There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn't bode well for the future of this country.
Anytime you have an entire nation so mesmerized by the antics of the political ruling class that they are oblivious to all else, you'd better beware. Anytime you have a government that operates in the shadows, speaks in a language of force, and rules by fiat, you'd better beware. And anytime you have a government so far removed from its people as to ensure that they are never seen, heard or heeded by those elected to represent them, you'd better beware.
The world has been down this road before.
As historian Milton Mayer recounts in his seminal book on Hitler's rise to power, They Thought They Were Free, "Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people‑—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and 'crises' and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the 'national enemies', without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us."
We are at our most vulnerable right now.
The gravest threat facing us as a nation is not extremism—delivered by way of sovereign citizens or radicalized Muslims—but despotism, exercised by a ruling class whose only allegiance is to power and money.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
We're in a national state of denial.
Yet no amount of escapism can shield us from the harsh reality that the danger in our midst is posed by an entrenched government bureaucracy that has no regard for the Constitution, Congress, the courts or the citizenry.
If the team colors have changed from blue to red, that's just cosmetic.
The playbook remains the same. The leopard has not changed its spots.
Scrape off the surface layers and you will find that the American police state is alive and well and continuing to wreak havoc on the rights of the American people.
"We the people" are no longer living the American Dream.
We're living the American Lie.