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Trump asks Supreme Court to review documents seized in FBI's sketchy Mar-a-lago raid

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Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, August 8 in Palm Beach, Florida
The ex-president is challenging an August raid on his home by the FBI, which has accused him of taking classified materials

Former US President Donald Trump has called on the Supreme Court to evaluate a tranche of documents seized from his home by federal law enforcement, hoping to reverse a ruling by a lower judge which denied any independent review of the allegedly classified papers.

Trump filed an emergency appeal in the nation's highest court on Tuesday, asking justices to overturn a recent decision by a federal appeals court, which insisted the documents in question are, in fact, classified and belong to the government, rather than a former commander in chief.



Patrick Lawrence: The strong, and the merely powerful

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Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping • June 5, 2019
Vladimir Putin's speech from the Kremlin last Friday, delivered to the nation and the world as four regions of Ukraine were reintegrated into Russia, was another stunner, in line with numerous others he's made this year, demonstrating a fundamental turn in the Russian president's thinking over the past eight months.

The implications of this new perspective warrant careful consideration. Putin has taken to looking forward and seeing something new, and in this he is hardly alone.

"The world has entered a period of a fundamental, revolutionary transformation," Putin said while standing beside the leaders of the Luhansk and Donetsk republics and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Phrases such as this bear the weight of history. By way of magnitude, presidential speeches do not get any larger. Here is how the Russian leader expanded on the thought:
"New centers of power are emerging. They represent the majority — the majority! — of the international community. They are ready not only to declare their interests but also to protect them. They see in multipolarity an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty, which means gaining genuine freedom, historical prospects, and the right to their own independent, creative, and distinctive forms of development, to a harmonious process."

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The United States declares war on Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France

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Russian satellite photo of boiling water after the sabotage of Nord Stream
While the international press treats the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines as a news item, we analyze it as an act of war against Germany and the European Union. Indeed, the three gas supply routes to Western Europe have been cut off simultaneously, while at the same time a new gas pipeline has been opened to Poland.
Just as Mikhail Gorbachev saw in the Chernobyl disaster the inevitable break-up of the USSR, so we believe that the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines marks the beginning of the economic collapse of the Union.

The United States' fight to maintain its global hegemony has reached its third stage.

After the expansion of Nato to the East in violation of Western commitments not to station US weapons in Central Europe, Russia, which cannot defend its huge borders, is under direct threat.

In violation of its World War II commitments, Washington has put "hardcore nationalists" ("Nazis" in Kremlin terminology) in power in Kiev. They banned their Russian-speaking compatriots from speaking their native language, deprived them of public services, and ultimately bombed those in the Donbass. Russia had no choice but to intervene militarily to put an end to their ordeal.

The third round is the authoritarian change of energy supply to Western and Central Europe. On the same day, the Baltic Pipeline came into operation, the two Nord Stream pipelines were shut down, while the maintenance of Turkish Stream was interrupted.


It's only a 'conspiracy theory' when it accuses the US government

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Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 seen from a Danish F-16 interceptor
The western political/media class has been dismissing as "conspiracy theories" all claims that the US is likely responsible for last month's sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, even while leveling the exact same accusations against Russia without ever using that term. Which probably says a lot about the way that label has been used over the years, if you think about it.

At a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, US envoy Richard Mills repeatedly accused Russia of promoting "conspiracy theories" in its Nord Stream accusations against the United States, saying:
"Our Russian colleagues have decided to instrumentalize the Security Council meeting to spread conspiracy theories and disinformation. It's important that we use this meeting not to foster conspiracy theories, but to focus our attention on Russia's blatant violation of the Charter and its crimes in Ukraine. The United States categorically denies any involvement in this incident and there is no justification for the Russian delegation raising conspiracy theories and mass disinformation in this Council."
Mills then hilariously spends the remainder of his remarks insinuating that it is actually Russia who perpetrated the attacks, mentioning the word "infrastructure" no less than nine times in his arguments to establish that in Ukraine, Russia has a history of attacking critical civilian infrastructure similar to the pipelines.


Zelenskiy claims gains in southern Ukraine as Biden pledges $625M in military aid

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his forces have made "rapid and powerful" gains in southern Ukraine and recaptured "dozens" of villages from Russia this week.

"The Ukrainian Army is quite rapidly and powerfully advancing in the south," Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on October 4. He said some of the territory was taken back in the regions of Kherson, Luhansk, and Donetsk -- three of four regions of Ukraine where referendums that Kyiv and the West denounced as a "sham" were held last month on joining Russia.

Zelenskiy cited eight settlements in the southern Kherson region where Moscow's forces had retreated in the face of a sweeping Ukrainian counteroffensive. And he said the eight settlements were "far from the full list."

Zelenskiy made the claim as maps revealed by Moscow on October 4 showed that Russian troops had left many areas in Kherson, including along the west bank of the Dnieper River. The Moscow-appointed deputy head of the Kherson region told residents there was no reason to panic.

Kirill Stremousov said "our artillery and fighter jets are hitting enemy forces that enter the sovereign territory of Russia." Neither side's claims could be independently verified.

Comment: 'Money don't buy you love'...neither does using another country to accomplish a sinister agenda.
To resume peace talks with Kiev, Moscow will wait for either a change of stance by the current Ukrainian president or for a new leader, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. This comes after President Zelensky signed a decree ruling out negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Even before the launch of Russia's military operation in Ukraine in late February, Moscow "was the supporter of the idea of achieving the terms put forward by the Russian side through diplomatic means," Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.

Russia is still ready to look for a negotiated solution to the conflict between the neighbors:
"It takes two parties to negotiate. We'll now be waiting for the current president to change his stance or for the arrival of the future president of Ukraine, who would change his position in the interests of the Ukrainian people,"
In his speech on Friday, Putin called upon Ukraine to "cease all hostilities, stop the war it started back in 2014 and return to the negotiating table."

However, he made it clear that the decision to unite with Russia, which the people of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions made during referendums, was not up for discussion. Kiev should treat the "free choice" of the four territories "with respect," Putin said, adding that it was "the only way for peace."


'Just the beginning': Trump drops big news about Durham probe

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Former US President Donald Trump • Special Counsel John Durham
Donald Trump is predicting that the recent court filings from Special Counsel John Durham are "just the beginning" of what's to come.

Trump reacted to reports that Durham said in a court filing that lawyers for the Clinton campaign paid a tech company to "infiltrate" servers belonging to Trump Tower and the Trump White House in an effort to establish a "narrative" linking Trump to Russia. He told Fox News:
"It looks like this is just the beginning, because, if you read the filing and have any understanding of what took place, and I called this a long time ago, you're going to see a lot of other things happening, having to do with what, really, just is a continuation of the crime of the century. This is such a big event, nobody's seen anything like this. Who would think a thing like this is even possible? Durham is also coming up with things far bigger than anybody thought possible — Nobody ever thought a thing like this would be even discussed, let alone an act like this committed."
According to the special counsel's filing, Durham revealed his investigation thus far has found inauthentic "user-generated" data on devices, adding that the CIA said the data that purportedly showed links between the former president and Russian banks "was not technically plausible," "did not withstand technical scrutiny," "conflicted with [itself]," and was "user-created and not machine/tool generated.


Musk slams former Russian chess champion Kasparov

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Gary Kasparov
Veteran Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov took to Twitter to partake in the flame war ignited by the controversial Ukraine peace plan floated by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The attempt in virtue-signaling, however, failed spectacularly after Musk shot back, wondering what exactly Kasparov had done himself about the situation in Ukraine, apart from tweeting.

Musk floated his peace plan on Monday, proposing to hold anew UN-supervised referendums in former Ukrainian territories currently being incorporated into Russia. Ukraine should also give up its claim to Crimea, which broke away from the country back in 2014, as well as ensure a steady water supply to the peninsula and declare itself a neutral country.

The plan invoked the fury of Ukrainian officials, Kiev supporters and assorted opponents of Russia. Among others, chess champ-turned political activist Kasparov showed up in the thread, accusing the billionaire of spreading "Kremlin propaganda".


Rock legend says he's on Ukrainian 'kill list'

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Roger Waters performs in New York's Madison Square Garden • August 30, 2022
British rock star Roger Waters, a co-founder of Pink Floyd, has allegedly been placed on a Ukrainian "kill list" after speaking out against Western military meddling and calling on Kiev to make peace with Russia.

In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Tuesday, the 79-year-old pushed back against accusations that he's been repeating Russian talking points about the conflict in Ukraine. "Don't forget, I'm on a kill list that is supported by the Ukrainian government. I'm on the fu**ing list, and they've killed people recently... When they kill you, they write 'liquidated' across your picture. Well, I'm one of those fu**ing pictures."

Waters gave the example of Darya Dugina, the Russian journalist murdered in August after appearing on the Ukrainian Mirotvorets list. As the musician noted, her entry on the list was marked "liquidated" after she was killed in a car-bombing. Others who have questioned or criticized the Kiev regime, such as photojournalists Andrea Rocchelli of Italy and Andrei Stenin of Russia, have also been killed after appearing on the Mirotvorets list. The site lists personal information on its blacklist targets, which also include politicians and NGO activists.

Comment: With each assassination truth and humanity come one step closer to extinction.


Le Figaro reports French spies being deployed in Ukraine

Headquarters of the Directorate General of External Security (DGSI) French foreign intelligence
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Headquarters of the Directorate General of External Security (DGSI), the French foreign intelligence agency, in Paris, France
Among other things, the agents process satellite imagery provided by France to Ukraine

Dozens of French operatives from the Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) have been deployed to Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev, Le Figaro newspaper has reported, citing an intelligence source.

The source told the newspaper's senior international correspondent Georges Malbrunot that "about fifty men from the DGSE Action Service have been deployed in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion." The agents are performing different tasks in the country, among these being processing satellite imagery provided by Paris to Kiev, Malbrunot added.

Comment: Macron makes sure France is a good little NATO puppet, even as he attempt to play statesman with Putin:


Secret societies: Harmless members-only clubs or dire threats to democracy?

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"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings."

- John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

Long before the fiction writer Dan Brown arrived on the literary scene with his stories of esoterica, people have been intrigued with the idea of secret societies working in the shadows, carrying out evil plots against them. On this score, it would be hard to beat the Freemasons.

Here is a group of characters that has piqued the imaginations of men throughout the centuries. Back in 1798, John Robison, a professor of Natural Philosophy, and Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, published a book that made a big splash throughout Europe. The publication carried the lengthy title, 'Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies.' Had John Robison attempted to publish such a book in our day, he would have been quickly written off as a conspiracy theorist nut job along the lines of Alex Jones. But in 1798, the book was taken quite seriously.

Robison, himself a Mason, attempted to prove that not only the French Revolution, but many other historic events of the day were the result of this secret fraternity's machinations.