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Paul Craig Roberts book review of "The CIA As Organized Crime"

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book. The strength of this book is that it gives us the goods on the Phoenix program used in Vietnam for assassination and murder and explains its use in Afghanistan and how it has been established in the US under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. The CIA's influence over the media lets the CIA avoid accountability and control explanations. Everything works to serve the CIA's agendas, which are essentially power and profit.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes. For example, the CIA plants deceptive articles in foreign newspapers. Domestic media are notified and dutifully report the stories. Such disinformation or "black propaganda" creates false perceptions that generate public support for military actions or economic sanctions against foreign governments the US government wishes to overthrow, or it can provide assurance for the public that abusive regimes like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are worthy of massive tax-funded aid programs. In either case, language is the key to creating perceptions and assumptions that make immoral and illegal policies acceptable to the American public.

Comment: Check out Sott.net's interview with Valentine here:The Truth Perspective: Interview with Douglas Valentine: The CIA As Organized Crime


Arrow Down

Rachel Maddow compares Trump inauguration to Hitler's rise to power

As Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony came to a close, Rachel Maddow commented that America's new president struck an alarming note through much of his speech earlier today.

Trump used his speech to talk about his "America First" mantra and his various campaign promises to lead America into a new order. Even so, Trump did talk at length about the nation's problems, and Maddow reacted by noting the contrast between Trump and the more optimistic, hopeful speeches of former president Barack Obama.

"It was militant and it was dark," Maddow said. "The crime, the gangs, the drugs, this 'American carnage,' disrepair, decay. You can't imagine the outgoing president giving a speech like that."


Comment: Maddow is correct, but only in the sense that Obama would never give a speech that portrayed the realities of the United States or the world. The left prefers the comfort of lies over the discomfort of truth. And if anyone is ushering in the same fascist energies as Hitler these days, it is the left along with their neocon friends.


Jet5

From Russia with love: Long-range bombers continue to hit ISIS targets near Deir ez-Zor, Syria

© Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Six long-range bombers have flown all the way from Russia to the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor to attack Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. A similar raid was conducted on Saturday.

The Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers flew through Iranian and Iraqi airspace on Monday and conducted airstrikes on the terrorist group's command centers and weapons stockpiles, the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian military said all targets were successfully destroyed.


Hotdog

Bill Clinton wasn't only one to go to 'sex slave island,' Killary went with him--'six times'

© Getty - Brendan Smialowski
Breitbart News has cooked up a real doozy of a claim about Hillary Clinton, but as we've learned the hard way in 2016: Stranger things have happened.

The source for this claim is Erik Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater (yes, that one.) In an exclusive interview at Breitbart News, Prince first states that the NYPD is "ready to make arrests in Weiner case."

Prince, who is a Trump supporter and major donor to pro-Trump Super PAC Make America Number 1, had plenty to say about the hot water that Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin may be in, according to his NYPD sources.
"I believe - I know, and this is from a very well-placed source of mine at 1PP, One Police Plaza in New York - the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making in this investigation, and they've gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department, with the Justice Department threatening to charge someone that had been unrelated in the accidental heart attack death of Eric Garner almost two years ago. That's the level of pushback the Obama Justice Department is doing against actually seeking justice in the email and other related criminal matters," Prince claimed.

Comment: It's hard to trust a guy like Prince but as that old saying goes "where's there's smoke there's fire"


Cloud Precipitation

Obama's final departure into a wet, foggy California night

© Frank Bellino/Press-Enterprise/Associated Press
Former president Barack Obama's plane flies over Palm Springs International Airport in California and is diverted to March Air Reserve Base after bad weather prevented him and his family from landing on Jan. 20.
Most presidents begin their post-White House life by returning to their childhood homes or the places where they began their political careers.

Their arrivals often are marked by cheering crowds, speeches from local dignitaries and, in the vast majority of cases, the strains of a high school marching band.

Former president Barack Obama made a different choice. Hours after he witnessed President Trump's swearing in as the 45th commander in chief, Obama was on a plane circling the small airport here. His pending arrival was announced over the same static-filled loudspeaker used to inform weary travelers about flight delays and gate changes.

"Attention, all airport personnel," the loudspeaker voice said, "a ramp freeze is in effect."

A few hundred people in the airport terminal — most of them returning home from golf or spa vacations — edged toward the windows overlooking the tarmac where a convoy of black sport-utility vehicles was forming.

"I heard he wanted to get some warm weather," a retiree on his way home to Canada said of the former president.

"I heard he just wanted a good night's sleep," said a woman who had volunteered for Obama's campaign in 2008.

A former president's return to private life is frequently a reflection of the man. Those first few hours as a citizen can offer an unvarnished and unscripted glimpse into his regrets, insecurities and hopes for the future.

Comment: Good riddance. Fog and rain make for a fitting departure of a president whose promises were nothing but smoke and mirrors.


Quenelle - Golden

'We're not going to take it': White House promises to fight MSM attempts to delegitimize Trump

© Mario Anzuoni / Reuters / Reuters
The White House has promised to fight "tooth and nail" efforts to "delegitimize" Donald Trump's presidency as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus blasted the media for its coverage of the inauguration.

During Friday's inauguration, major TV networks across the country juxtaposed Trump's crowd with that of Barack Obama's first swearing in ceremony of 2009. News outlets concluded that Trump managed to gather a significantly less amount of supporters that his predecessor.

With the inauguration numbers debate reaching fever pitch, Priebus, in an interview with Fox news on Sunday, said the White House will not just sit idly watch news outlets delegitimize Trump.

Comment: Further reading: MSM caught faking inauguration crowd size as CNN's president warns Trump his network will deliberately discredit him
92% of electors in Washington, DC voted for crooked Hillary Clinton. Do we expect that many of them came to see their nemesis Trump take office? Conversely, most of those who voted for Trump live far from DC (and the East coast in general), so the fact that so many people actually made the trip is evidence of the high level of support the new president enjoys. The alternative view on this is that Trump enjoys far more support than the election results would have us believe.



Propaganda

Fake news CNN lashes out: Is dictator Trump making you 'doubt your own eyes' to truth?

CNN's resident anti-Donald Trump alarmist Brian Stelter took to his show, Reliable Sources, Sunday and issued his arguably most dire/bonkers warning about the president yet. "Do citizens in dictatorships recognize what's happening right here right now," he sneered, "Are they looking at the first two days of the Trump administration and saying, 'Oh, that's what my leader does?'" Stelter's cries of despot were triggered by Trump doing what all politicians do, exaggerate their own performance.

Stelter showed nothing but contempt for the president as he ridiculously asked, "Will President Trump deny reality on a daily basis? Will he make up his own false facts and fake stats? What will the consequences be?"

"Is Trump gaslighting us, trying to manipulate? Make you doubt your own eyes. Does he know what gaslighting means," he pontificated.

Comment: And here is another anchor having a meltdown on NBC: Conway Tells Chuck Todd "We Are Going To Have To Rethink Our Relationship With The Press"




Chess

French presidential hopeful Fillon: "Sanctions can't break Russia, we need partnership"

© Philippe Wojazer / Reuters
Francois Fillon, member of Les Republicains political party
Europe must be less dependent on the US in economic and defense areas, and needs stronger ties with Russia, a "vast" country essential for the future of the continent, says Francois Fillon, the French Republicans' presidential hopeful.

Fillon, who is the Republicans' nominee to face far-right and socialist rivals in the presidential elections in April-May, after his landslide victory in the primaries for the center-right party, outlined his vision for France in an interview on Sunday with Le Monde and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"Relations with Russia are a strategic issue for the future of Europe. We made mistakes in the past pushing Russia into faulty actions," he said, adding that Russia is a country without a democratic tradition, but with a nuclear arsenal.

Comment: For more on Francois Fillon check out:


Bad Guys

'Most wanted French jihadist' turns himself in, charged with terrorist offences

© Stringer / Reuters
One of the UN's most wanted jihadists has been charged with terrorist offences in France after being transferred from Turkey where he had turned himself in.

Kevin G., 24, is a high-profile French jihadist who converted to Islam 10 years ago, and who was placed on a blacklist in 2014 and is suspected of being a major recruiter for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL).

The suspect's reported role was to attract young French people to join IS in Syria and Iraq. The jihadist is also thought to have had connection with some of the perpetrators who carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015.

Comment: Finance the jihadis in Syria and only condemn them when they turn themselves in? It's as hypocritical as it is dangerous.

Read more: Blowback: France's self-inflicted refugee crisis
Following rhetoric regarding Europe's refugee crisis, one might assume the refugees, through no fault of Europe's governments, suddenly began appearing by the thousands at Europe's borders. However, this simply is not true.

Before the 2011 wave of US-European engineered uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) transformed into Western military interventions, geopolitical analysts warned that overthrowing the governments in nations like Libya and Syria, and Western interventions in nations likeMali and the Ivory Coast, would lead to predicable regional chaos that would manifest itself in both expanding terrorism across the European and MENA region, as well as a flood of refugees from destabilized, war-racked nations.



Pirates

Let the blame game begin: Obama Admin says Syrian Rebels encouraged US to 'work with' al Qaeda

© twitter.com
Handy local distributor?
Smell that? Yes, that's the magnificent aroma of Washington trying to cover its ass now that its brilliant strategy of "arming human scum and shipping them into Syria by the Toyota-load" has failed miserably.

Here is Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes talking about the horrible moral dilemma Washington faced while arming random (but "moderate"!) weirdos in Syria:
What's strange is, I met with the Syrian opposition, and often they would argue that we should work with al-Nusra, who we know is Al Qaeda. And I'm sympathetic if you're in a neighborhood where al-Nusra is defending you against Assad. You want us to work with them. But let's say a U.S. president does that, and then al-Nusra is using weapons that we gave them against us. That's something you never recover from, right?
"We didn't want to directly/indirectly aid al-Nusra — and even if we sometimes did, by accident, the 'moderate' rebels made us do it!" We remember employing a similar line of argument ... in first grade.

Yeah, it's really really strange that the "rebels" would ask Mr. Rhodes to arm Al Qaeda, especially when the rebels are already arming Al Qaeda with weapons provided by the Pentagon. Even stranger that al-Nusra commanders have stated, on the record, that the U.S. is "on their side". It's not our fault! The "moderate" rebels made us do it!

And we love the ending anecdote about sympathizing with Al Qaeda, who, after all, sometimes aren't terrorists, but actually noble freedom fighters protecting Syrians from Assad's savagery.

Comment: The ex-administration is like the emperor (empire) with 'no clothes'...all was revealed long ago and, believing its own lie, is the last to own it.