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NBC's Brian Williams admits 'Our job is to scare people to death over North Korea'

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Brian Williams
On Tuesday night MSNBC's Brian Williams bluntly told his panel on the channel's flagship prime time program, The 11th Hour, that "our job tonight actually is scare people to death" over North Korea. The remarks came in the midst of a vigorous discussion which included Andrea Mitchell giving a detailed description of what the potential death toll on the Korean peninsula might be should a ballistic missile exchange occur. The panel also included MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance, to which Williams' remarks were specifically directed.

Williams begins his revealing comment at the 2:00 mark.

Comment: Who benefits by a populace that is driven by fear? Who benefits from a society that is purposefully destabilized in order to willingly compromise its freedom and principles to equalize a perceived threat? The bigger the 'show', the deeper we have to look.


Lavrov to meet with Libyan leader Haftar

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Kalifa Haftar, leader of the Libyan National Army
Russia is increasingly supportive of the Egyptian backed Libyan National Army. The leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar is to meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday to discuss growing relations between the secular Libyan House of Representatives and Russia.

The failed state of Libya is making baby steps towards becoming less fractured as it becomes clear that the only force currently operating in Libya with the ability to re-establish law and order in the country is that led by Haftar.

Sputnik cites Lev Dengov of the Russian Foreign Ministery who stated,
"He is arriving today. His plane is delayed ... Only the Monday meeting with [Russian Foreign] Minister [Lavrov] has been confirmed so far. Russia always welcomes their dialogue [between Haftar and Prime Minister of Libya's Government of National Accord Fayez Sarraj], they have met in Abu Dhabi, they have met recently in France. And given that Russia's position in this issue is to communicate with all the parties to the conflict, we, in our turn, are too working for the sides to reach an agreement and for Libya to achieve peace".
After years of total oblivion in Libya, 2016 saw the rise of Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, a former officer of the The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Gaddafi's post 1977 Libyan state). Haftar had relocated to the United States after falling out with Gaddafi in 1990. In spite of having relations with both Gaddafi's state and the United States, many welcomed Haftar back as he was seen as having experience and real credentials in a country whose self-proclaimed leaders frequently lack both.


Napolitano: FBI tactics more aggressive on Manafort than Hillary

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Fox News analyst Judge Napolitano said Thursday the FBI raid on Paul Manafort's home was "much more aggressive" than tactics used in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

"This is so much more aggressive than the investigation of Mrs. [Clinton]," Napolitano said on Fox and Friends. "The investigation of Mrs. Clinton didn't even use a grand Jury."

Napolitano said there is most likely evidence of wrongdoing due to the rare nature of the pre-dawn raid. "They had to use this extraordinary tool of a pre-dawn raid, the most forceful thing the FBI can do to you, short of an arrest in the middle of the night," he said. "Which they can only use when all other means of acquiring information have failed."

"Probable cause means that FBI agents went to a federal judge in secret and persuaded her that it was more likely than not that in Mr. Manafort's house they would find evidence of a crime," he added.

Comment: Is the FBI grandstanding, or looking for 'connective evidence' in a scenario without proof or merit? Suspected crime not stated.

According to the Washington Examiner:
Lawyer John Dowd said the FBI's request for a search warrant was an 'extraordinary invasion of privacy' because Manafort has voluntarily handed over documents and met with congressional committees about items related to the probe into possible collusion between Trump and Russia during last year's election, "These failures by special counsel to exhaust less intrusive methods is a fatal flaw in the warrant process and would call for a motion to suppress the fruits of the search."

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The Truth Perspective: Weapons of Mass Migration: Interview with Michael Springmann on Europe's Migrant Crisis

Europe's migrant crisis has been the biggest in modern history, prompting stark divisions along political lines. What prompted the crisis? Where is it going? Today on the Truth Perspective we welcome back ex-diplomat J. Michael Springmann to talk about his new book, Goodbye, Europe? Hello, Chaos?: Merkel's Migrant Bomb. Springmann argues that there's more to the crisis than meets the eye. Mass migrations are not random. Historically, they have been engineered to target both the source nations of the refugees, and their final destinations.

Join us at 12-2pm EST (4-6pm UTC, 6-8pm CET) as we discuss the origins and purposes of the migrant crisis, the polarization of Europeans, who bears the ultimate responsibility, and where we go from here.

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Snakes in Suits

Continuity of agenda: Trump's 'fire and fury' brewed under Bush and Obama

The United States has issued a provocative threat to North Korea of "fire and fury." Following it up, the Guardian would report in its article, "Trump on North Korea: maybe 'fire and fury' wasn't tough enough threat," further threats being made:
Donald Trump has issued another provocative warning to North Korea, suggesting that his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on the country was not "tough enough".

The US president told reporters that North Korea "better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world".
The Guardian never explores precisely what "trouble" was being referred to or the other "few nations" the US was hinting at.

However, the threats come amidst a barrage of familiar talking points, fearmongering, and fabrications that have proceeded all of America's military aggression worldwide - most notably Iraq in which "intelligence" was intentionally fabricated to bait Americans and the world into a devastating war with that cost over 1 million lives, trillions of dollars, and the effects of which are still being felt both in Iraq and throughout the Middle East today.

Red Flag

Review of 600 new chemicals completed by 'Industry friendly' EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has eliminated a backlog of more than 600 new chemicals it is reviewing under the agency's new chemical safety program.

"I am happy to report that the backlog of new chemical reviews is eliminated," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said. The goal of the agency "is to ensure a new chemicals program that is both protective of human health and the environment, while also being supportive of bringing new chemicals to market."

But environmental groups accused the Trump administration for marching to the chemical industry's orders.


Mike Pence and the art of staying out of trouble

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Vice President Mike Pence has so far avoided being dragged into the muck of the Russia probes that have engulfed President Donald Trump, his top aides and his family members. It's no accident.

Unlike his boss, Pence's Twitter feed is silent about a "Russia hoax" and "witch hunts." He's denied having knowledge of critical discrepancies in Michael Flynn's story - gaps that have landed the former national security adviser in prosecutors' crosshairs. And he's taken pains to note he wasn't even part of the Trump ticket at a controversial June 2016 meeting where a Kremlin-linked lawyer offered dirt on Hillary Clinton in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

The Vice President's office has also instituted strict rules against speaking to the press, and any staffers have to clear it with Pence's new chief of staff, Nick Ayers, his communications director or press secretary before talking to reporters. And unlike in the West Wing, where staffers have taken to slinging arrows and airing unattributed grievances through the media, the rules have held firm in Pence's orbit, where infighting is rare.

While Pence has become known for his aw-shucks persona, the former Indiana governor and longtime congressman is also a cunning politician who has developed a playbook for staying clean over his decades in the spotlight.

Bad Guys

CNN caves over obvious joke - fires Jeffrey Lord who says he won't back down on free speech issue

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Jeffrey Lord
Jeffrey Lord, whom CNN fired on Thursday for a tweet in which he said "Sieg Heil!" to mock the president of Media Matters, talked with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Friday's Breitbart News Daily.

"I had written a column in the American Spectator that appeared on Tuesday in which I went after Media Matters, which I renamed 'Media Matters Fascists,'" Lord recalled. "They make it their business to go after the sponsors of different people on television and radio, the latest of which was Sean Hannity. They've done this in past years with Glenn Beck. They've done it with Rush Limbaugh and others."

"I pointed this out and said, 'You know, this is outright fascism' and read their article on their website in which they are threatening sponsors - I mean, actually threatening them and saying that they're going to have a problem here if they continue to support Sean Hannity's shows," he continued.

"I, of course, took the side of the First Amendment. I printed the text of the First Amendment, and then I went into fascism and compared them to the Ministry of Popular Culture, which was a Mussolini invention, which basically decided what could and could not be published or broadcast in the day, in the 1930s. That in itself, as I learned in doing my research, was modeled after the Third Reich and their Bureau of Propaganda or whatever that Joseph Goebbels ran," Lord said of his article.


German FDP leader calls on Germany to recognize Russian Crimea and end sanctions

Crack in German consensus on sanctions as Christine Lindner head of Germany's FDP says sanctions policy has failed and time has come to face reality by recognizing Crimea as Russian.

Christian Lindner, the head of the German liberal FDP, has broken a taboo in German politics by saying that Germany should recognise Crimea as Russia as a "permanent provisional solution" and lift sanctions on Russia thereafter.
We have to get out of the dead-end situation. To break a taboo, I fear that we must see the Crimea as a permanent provisional arrangement, at least for now.
In making this call Lindner made the obviously true point that the sanctions are not working in that they have failed to change Russian policy. The result is that relations between Germany and Russia and between Russia and Europe are suffering, as are the commercial ties between them, to no purpose.


Iran adopts new bill to combat 'US terrorism' in the region

Iran's parliament today unanimously approved a draft of the new bill, aimed at countering the US sanctions against Tehran.

240 MPs voted in favor of the new bill, out of a total of 247 who were present at the meeting, with no-one voting against.

Members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Iranian parliament) were heard shouting "Death to America" ​​after the vote on the bill.

"The new bill was written carefully in order not to violate the nuclear deal and, at the same time, not allow the other party to exploit the deal to its advantage", said Abbas Araghji, Iran's chief negotiator, while addressing the parliament.