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The government's divide-and-conquer strategy is working at Standing Rock

"We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."— Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in The Works of Benjamin Franklin
© A Government of Wolves
Divide and conquer.

It's one of the oldest military strategies in the books, and it's proven to be the police state's most effective weapon for maintaining the status quo.

How do you conquer a nation?

Distract them with football games, political circuses and Black Friday sales. Keep them focused on their differences—economic, religious, environmental, political, racial—so they can never agree on anything. And then, when they're so divided that they are incapable of joining forces against a common threat, start picking them off one by one.

What we're witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government's battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution.

Militarized police. Riot and camouflage gear. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Drones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force.

© A Government of Wolves
This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force.

Only this is martial law without any government body having to declare it.

This is martial law packaged as law and order and sold to the public as necessary for keeping the peace.

These overreaching, heavy-handed lessons in how to rule by force have become standard operating procedure for a government that communicates with its citizenry primarily through the language of brutality, intimidation and fear.

What Americans have failed to comprehend is that the police state doesn't differentiate.

In the eyes of the government—whether that government is helmed by Barack Obama or Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton—there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats, between blacks and whites and every shade in the middle, between Native Americans and a nation of immigrants (no matter how long we've been here), between the lower class and the middle and upper classes, between religious and non-religious Americans, between those who march in lockstep with the police state and those who oppose its tactics.

Snakes in Suits

Australia clears itself of blame in Deir ez-Zor bombing but watches on as Palmyra falls to ISIS

A US investigation found the coalition 'botched' a strike in Deir al Zour, hitting the Syrian Army by mistake. Why did they not return to kill the IS fighters who moved in, or the IS fighters who just moved back to Palmyra?

Following a two-month investigation into the US coalition attack on a Syrian Army base in Deir al Zour in September, the Defense departments of the US and Australia concluded that the 'botched' strike was a result of poor information and human error, and no-one will face charges over the 'incident'.

Australia's chief of Joint Military Operations, David Johnston described it thus in a prepared statement:
"Although the identity of those killed or wounded could not be substantiated, the investigation found it was more likely than not that those struck were irregular forces aligned to the Syrian government.

The situation on the ground in Syria is complex and dynamic. In many ways these forces looked and acted like Da'esh fighters the coalition has been targeting for the last two years. They were not wearing recognizable military uniforms, or displaying identifying flags or markings."

Propaganda

Victory in Aleppo breeds onslaught of fake news in Western media

I have not ever experienced a #fakenews onslaught as today. Every mainstream media and agency seems to have lost all inhibitions and is reporting any rumor claim regarding east-Aleppo as fact.

Consider this BBC headline and opener:

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot
Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children, the UN says.

The UN's human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were shot on sight.
1. A UN human rights office does not exists. What the BBC means is the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR). That commissioner is the Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a Hashemite educated in the UK and U.S. and a relative of the Jordanian dictator king. That is relevant to note as Jordan is heavily involved in the supporting the "rebels" against the Syrian government.

War Whore

Fmr. British MP demands Obama attack Russia: 'I want bombing raids'


The inner world of Louise Mensch
RUSSIA INSIDER EDITOR'S NOTE: If you don't know who Louise Mensch is, please stop reading this internet article and instead go for a nice walk in the forest, or have a picnic, or do something equally innocent and pleasant. You have yet to be forever cursed by the knowledge of Louise Mensch's existence. Enjoy life.
There are approximately 7 billion people currently living on our beautiful blue landfill, Earth. Because they are humans, and not kittens, we can safely assume that of these 7 billion, no less than 1 billion are complete jerks. And of these 1 billion jerks, there are probably several hundred million who could be described as "extremely unpleasant/ potentially toxic to everyone around them". Of these, it would be prudent to place all Huffington Post contributors and Raytheon executives into a separate, even more dangerous category of human.

And then there are people like Louise Mensch, who prove that gender is a fluid social construct because sometimes you really aren't a "boy" or a "girl", but instead "Satan with a Twitter account."

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Attention

Unnamed official says US halted weapons sales to Saudis over growing civilian casualties in Yemen conflict

© AP Photo/ Osamah Abdulrhman
A rapidly-increasing civilian death toll resulting from Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen has prompted the White House to halt the sale of weapons to Riyadh. Washington announced that instead it will shift focus to improving target practice in the kingdom and training the Saudi Air Force.

In the 20 months since the Saudis, at the behest of Yemen's exiled president, became involved in the country's civil war, President Barack Obama's administration has been vexed by some 10,000 casualties and massive food shortages that have created a humanitarian crisis amid already scarce resources.

In late October, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien addressed a statement to Obama on conditions in Yemen, writing, "This humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is a man-made disaster, where conflict has exacerbated and exponentially increased the suffering of the 50 percent of the Yemeni population who already were in dire and extreme poverty."

Comment: Germany is also looking to train the Saudis: German opposition rightfully slams 'hypocritical' MoD plans to train Saudi officers


Vader

Russian 'shelling, execution' videos in Aleppo faked by militants - MoD

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ISIL terrorists
The videos of alleged 'Russia's shelling and executions' as well as other similar footage are fake and were shot by the militants themselves, said Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman.

"All of the statements by high-ranked Western officials, which cite so-called 'reports by the activists,' as well as 'flicks,' showing alleged 'Russian bombardments,' 'executions' and other stuff are staged videos, produced by special film crews formed by militants,"Konashenkov said in a statement Tuesday.

The spokesman said that "it remains a question, why some media outlets were so eager to use them without checking."

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Bad Guys

Total terror in eastern Aleppo: There were NO "humanitarian organizations" or "human rights watchdogs" as claimed by Western Media

© AFP 2016/ GEORGE OURFALIAN
Syrian pro-government forces patrol Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed, on December 12, 2016, after troops retook the area from rebel fighters
"In Eastern Aleppo, there were no 'opposition', 'local councils', or so-cherished by London and other capitals, 'humanitarian' NGOs with 'western values' such as the 'White Helmets', 'medical' associations or 'human rights defenders'," he said.

Konashenkov noted that, according to locals, there were only hunger and total terror exerted by militants as punishment for any attempts to express discontent or leave the enclave.

Russian combat engineers "have not found a single operational hospital or school that had been used in militant-held areas for their designated purposes," he added.

Instead, those facilities were used as staffs, Sharia courts, ammo depots, production facilities for making improvised rockets, he said.

Comment: The Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov has refuted allegations of "250,000 trapped" Aleppo civilians.
"The Syrian troops' operation to liberate the eastern parts of Aleppo, successful and humane in every sense in regard to civilians... showed a number of important things... All of the dramatized outcries, allegedly in defense of the '250,000 trapped' Aleppo civilians, especially those which are loudly voiced by representatives of Britain and France, are nothing more than russophobic chatter," he said.

Konashenkov underscored that terrorists had held more than 100,000 civilians as human shields in Eastern Aleppo. The civilinas have already left the embattled city.

"All of them left the enclave at the first opportunity and entered government-controlled areas for the sake of security, real aid and food," he added.



Propaganda

US Congress to put foreign broadcasting under direct White House control

© AFP 2016/ PAUL J. RICHARDS
Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, the US Senate has quietly passed reforms to put government-funded media outlets directly under the control of the White House.

Previously, US-funded outlets such as the Voice of America and Radio Liberty have been overseen by a Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a nine-person, bipartisan board which includes the US Secretary of State, which serves as a buffer between state-sponsored media outlets and the administration.

Congress has long been frustrated over the unpopularity and expense of US government-funded media outlets, especially when compared to the listenership of state-funded media of other nations. BBG's annual budget is over $760 million, while all global operations of RT (including its English, Spanish, Arabic television channels, as well as French and German web-based projects) cost less than $250 million annually. Nevertheless, according to congressional testimony from Helle Dale, senior fellow for public diplomacy at the Heritage Foundation, US government-funded media has no influence on Russians: Voice of America's site ranks 3,828 in Russia, while RT reports that its weekly audience reached 70 million, and half of of those watch RT daily.

Comment: Spending more money hasn't worked so more control of the message should do it, not. The message is the problem and people stopped listening.


War Whore

White House hypes 'Russian threat,' claims that Trump team has personal ties with Russia

© AFP
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, has accused Donald Trump and top members of his team of 'lucrative' ties with Russia, and to TV channel Russia Today.

With close to one month left in Obama's Presidency, the current White House continues to carry water for Hillary Clinton, sore about her election loss which is not only a rebuttal against Hillary's corrupt character, but also against Barack Obama's eight years of political correctness, identity politics, and general mismanagement of the United States of America.

Instead of working with President-elect Trump to ensure a smooth and scandal free transition, Obama, being the petty child we always knew him to be, has decided to lie and cry about the legal, constitutional Trump victory, by playing along with Hillary's "Russian election hack" meme.

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Smiley

Paul Joseph Watson explains the truth about Russia 'Hacking the Election'


Watson savages the dumbbells (again)
The idea of trying to sell the American people on the idea that the elections are invalid because the Russians manipulated them is, predictably, blowing up in the face of the people trying to pull this one over - that would be you neocons, CIA, democrat party leadership, and mainstream media.

Very, very, dumb move. Now you have every people like Paul Joseph Watson, Glenn Greenwald, Alex Jones, the Trumpster himself, and a million other people with audiences that dwarf yours, explaining to everyone what morons you are.

Comment: See also: The CIA's big lies about 'Russian hacking' puts everyone in danger