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Makes sense? Mueller says Russian 'agents' organized rallies for both Hillary and Trump

FBI Robert Mueller
The mainstream media's year-long narrative that the Trump campaign "colluded" with Russian officials continued to crumble Friday, with special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment claiming foreign agents held anti-Trump, pro-Hillary rallies in 2016.

Mueller's court filings show 13 Russian nationals attempted to sow chaos throughout the election cycle and beyond; holding competing events for both Trump and Clinton on the same day in the same city.

"On one day, Nov. 12, 2016, the defendants organized a rally in New York to 'show your support for President-elect Donald Trump' while at the same time organizing a 'Trump is NOT my president rally' that also was held in New York," writes CNBC.

NBC News also reports that the Russian agents held a "Support Hillary" rally in July 2016 in Washington, DC.

The bombshell revelations throw even more cold water on the liberal conspiracy theory that President Trump and his staff "colluded" with Russian officials to steal the election from Hillary Clinton; just one of many excuses commonly touted by the former Secretary of State following her stunning defeat.

Comment: The Mueller team's narrative is that the Russians conspired to 'create chaos' (as if America needed any help with that), thus their alleged support for both parties. However, as Virginia State Senator Richard Black told RT, if you want to influence an election you do it in favour of one or another party; "creating chaos" simply does not achieve anything.

More on the indictments story:


Quenelle

Hungary rejects the UN's position that mass migration has a positive effect

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Migrants arrive in Italy
Janos Lazar, Hungary's chief of the prime minister's office, said he rejects the UN's position that migration has a positive effect on the economy.

Although there's a difference of opinion, the chief of the government office said his country will continue talks with the UN about the current migrant package.

According to Lazar the plans to "remove legal or physical barriers and open up borders" are unacceptable. He added that "making migration organised, continuous, and legitimate" is against Hungary's interests.

Comment: Hungary isn't the only country defying the destructive mass migration policies of the UN and EU: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Weapons of Mass Migration: Interview with Michael Springmann on Europe's Migrant Crisis


Bullseye

Virginia State Senator Richard Black: Mueller indicted 13 Russians to drag probe out and keep his position (VIDEO)

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FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller
By indicting Russian nationals and entities for meddling in the 2016 US election, FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller seeks to drag the probe out for his own gain, Virginia State Senator Richard Black told RT.

Thirteen Russian individuals and three entities, were accused of attempting to advance the presidential bid of Donald Trump and tarnish the reputation of Hillary Clinton with the ultimate goal to "spread distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general." However, none of the activities described in the indictment were able to sway the vote, US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told media.


Comment: More on this latest round of anti-Russian hysteria:


Cult

Mueller indictments: Insane anti-Trumpists call for yet more escalations against nuclear superpower Russia

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US empire loyalists are so close to telling the truth when they babble about "Russian propaganda". They are openly admitting that it is wrong to use media to manipulate the ways that Americans think and vote. Now all we need is for them to admit that they themselves do this constantly, and we'll be on the right track.

The word "Russians" is America's top trend on Twitter at the time of this writing because of a Mueller indictment of thirteen alleged members of a Russian troll farm, those nefarious supervillains who posted pictures of puppies and promoted Bernie Sanders to "sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. election." Predictably, no evidence is added to cohesively tie the establishment Russia narrative together with allegations of Russia hacking the Democratic party and giving their emails to WikiLeaks, meeting with Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower, any shenanigans with well-hydrated Russian prostitutes, or indeed anything tying the troll farm to Trump or the Russian government at all.

The focus instead is on people disguising their identities to troll Americans on social media, which we have now learned constitutes a "conspiracy to defraud the United States." As Disobedient Media's Elizabeth Lea Vos rightly points out, it is also behavior that the Hillary Clinton campaign is known to have funded and engaged in extensively.


Comment: See also: Mueller indicts 13 Russians, 3 companies for trolling the US election, saying mean things about Killary


Dollar

George Soros spending big money against Texas DA who opposes sanctuary cities

George Soros
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Billionaire George Soros
Left-wing billionaire George Soros is flooding yet another district attorney's race with massive out-of-state donations.

Soros has already spent just under $70,000 backing a primary challenge to Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood, according to campaign finance documents reviewed by The Daily Caller. LaHood is a Democrat but opposes sanctuary cities and said he supports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's crackdown on cities that defy federal immigration law.

Soros has been boosting LaHood's challenger, attorney Joe Gonzales, through a political action committee (PAC), Texas Justice & Public Safety. The PAC's spending included more than $30,000 on mailers attacking LaHood.

One of the mailers attacked LaHood as "bigoted," "racist" and "Islamophobic" in both English and Spanish. LaHood fought back by displaying the mailer in one of his own campaign ads and accused Soros of trying to purchase his seat.

"We know George Soros is a billionaire who has purchased at least 10 other district attorney's offices around the country, not to mention other political positions," LaHood said in the ad, titled, "Your DA's Office is Not For Sale."

Comment: Deep pockets, wide reach. Soros is rebuilding the US legal apparatus to his liking and ideology, creating a personal network of stooges.

According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Soros has pushed millions into district attorney races in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi and others.

Soros, who has quietly pushed cash into a number of district attorney races in recent years, tends to operate the same way in each city he targets: The billionaire financier establishes Super PACs, floods them with money, refunds himself any leftover cash at the conclusion of a race, and shuts down the PAC.



Cow Skull

White House accuses Russia of having launched NotPetya cyber attack 'to destabilize Ukraine'

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Late last night the White House accused the Russian military of having launched the destructive "NotPetya" malware which in June 2017 hit many global companies:
Statement from the Press Secretary

In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history.

The attack, dubbed "NotPetya," quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin's ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia's involvement in the ongoing conflict. This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attack that will be met with international consequences.
The statement has the same quality as earlier statements about Spain sinking the Maine or about Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction had.

Comment: The US has to come up with some cockamamie reason to keep supporting Ukraine - as Kiev continues to violently attack civilians and infrastructure in Russia-supported Donbass. Not to mention: 'cause Russia'.


War Whore

Assessment: US cold war-era nukes in Europe are not only almost useless, but pose a catastrophic risk of terrorism

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The US plans to spend $10 billion upgrading 150 Cold War-era nuclear bombs stationed in Europe, even though the weapons may be more of a security liability than a strategic deterrent, according to a new report by arms experts.

Assumptions about the safety and security of US nuclear weapons stored in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Turkey have been undermined by "recent terrorist attacks and political instability," the report, published by arms control advocacy group the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), claims.

A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US-NATO control are believed to be stored at Turkey's Incirlik Airbase - which was locked down and had its electricity cut during the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish commanding officer of the base was later arrested for his alleged role in the plot.

Noting "just how quickly assumptions about the safety and security of US nuclear weapons stored abroad can change," the report argues that "forward-deployed US nuclear weapons in Europe increase the risk of accidents, blunders, or catastrophic terrorism and invite pre-emption. Given these added risks, it is past time to revisit whether these forward-based weapons are essential for military deterrence and political reassurance."

Comment: Weapons spending; another reason why the successful demonization of Russia is so crucial to the military-industrial complex. See also:


Info

Mueller indicts 13 Russians, 3 companies for trolling the US election, saying mean things about Killary

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Shortly after noon on Friday, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts.

In the indictment announced on Friday - the first criminal case to accuse Russians of seeking to influence the outcome of the U.S. election and support Donald Trump - Mueller describes a sweeping, years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians aimed at criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump. He charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities and accused them of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with the political process.

Mueller charges "defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016."

The indictment adds that the Russians "were instructed to post content that focused on 'politics in the USA' and to 'use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump - we support them)'."

It gets better: the defendants reportedly worked day and night shifts to pump out messages, controlling pages targeting a range of issues, including immigration, Black Lives Matter, and they amassed hundreds of thousands of followers. They set up and used servers inside the U.S. to mask the Russian origin of the accounts.

Comment: RT adds:
The defendants, according to the indictment, were advised to "focus their activities on purple states like Colorado, Virginia, and Florida."

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press conference that the defendants engaged in "information warfare against the US, with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general."


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He went on to say that they "recruited and paid real Americans" to engage in political activity by pretending to be grassroots activists, adding that those Americans did not know they were working with Russians. Rosenstein noted, however, that "there is no allegation in the indictment that it had any effect on the outcome of the election."
Some Russian responses:
"Turns out, there've been 13 people, in the opinion of the US Justice Department. 13 people interfered in the US elections? 13 against billions budgets of special agencies? Against intelligence and counterespionage, against the newest technologies? Absurd? - Yes." Zakharova said in a Facebook post. The indictment, however, is the "modern American political reality," Zakharova added, jokingly suggesting that the number 13 was picked due to its negative associations.

One of the indicted, Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, said he was not really upset by the accusations.

"The Americans are very emotional people, they see what they want to see. I have great respect for them. I am not at all upset that I am on this list. If they want to see the devil, let them," Prigozhin told RIA Novosti.




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DACA is unconstitutional, Obama admitted it

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Overturning DACA
President Donald Trump has caught a lot of heat for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six-month wind-down. Few people seem aware that he's ending an administrative amnesty for illegal aliens that President Barack Obama lacked the constitutional and legal authority to implement.

How do we know? Because even Obama admitted it - repeatedly.

Responding in October 2010 to demands that he implement immigration reforms unilaterally, Obama declared, "I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself." In March 2011, he said that with "respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case." In May 2011, he acknowledged that he couldn't "just bypass Congress and change the (immigration) law myself. ... That's not how a democracy works."

Yet in 2012, he did it anyway. He put DACA in place to provide pseudo-legal status to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors, including as teenagers. He promised them that they wouldn't be deported and provided them with work authorizations and access to Social Security and other government benefits.

And he did this despite the fact that the immigration laws passed by Congress do not give the president the ability to do this. Indeed, Congress specifically rejected bills to provide such benefits.

Comment: Finally some legal parameters on this issue with clear guidelines as to who and how it should be approached and concluded. Congress needs to read up on its duties before it strikes out at those upholding the laws it has created and tasked with cleaning up the mess it has made.


Snakes in Suits

Tillerson pledges limited weapon supplies to SDF, Manbij now priority in Syria

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Washington and Ankara are making an effort to mend relations, strained over the former's support of Kurdish forces in Syria. During a visit to Ankara, the US secretary of state said the ties were "too important."

Rex Tillerson tried to reassure Ankara over US's involvement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), much of which is comprised of Kurdish YPG, outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization.

"We take it seriously when our NATO ally says it has security concerns," Tillerson said at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday. "We have always been clear with Turkey that the weapons provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces would be limited, mission specific, and provided on the incremental basis to achieve military objectives only."

Both Tillerson and Cavusoglu that the countries have found themselves at "a crisis point," and have agreed to address "critical issues" in the bilateral relations. "We've decided, and President Erdogan decided last night, we needed to talk about how do we go forward? The relationship is too important," Tillerson said.


Comment: A conundrum. A juggling act. Too many players in Syria with differing objectives and agendas. Should the US and Turkey be the deciders for this area? Or is it still Syrian soil and Syria's responsibility...the elephant in the room.

More from Fort Russ:
"We will closely coordinate on the final defeat of ISIS and other terror groups located in Syria," [Tillerson] said. "US and Turkey objectives in Syria are the same - defeat ISIS, stabilize the country, return IDPs, and support a political solution that results in a unified, democratic Syria with no internal divisions," he continued.

During the press conference, Cavusoglu revealed that the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) will be withdrawn from Manbij in northern Syria, where a US military base is located, and was a major point of contention. "US-Turkey coordination will start with Manbij. The US has promised the YPG will leave the Manbij region. Once the YPG leave, based on trust, we can take steps forward with the USA," Cavusoglu said.

In light of this new understanding, Tillerson expressed hope of bettering relations with Turkey. "US and Turkey are locking arms. We're not going to act alone any longer... We are going to act together from this point forward," Tillerson said.
It appears the Kurdish YPG are out of luck in the US-Turkey version of the Manbij sift-off. It is unclear from these two reports whether Ankara is currently demanding the US remove Kurds from Manbij or the US has already agreed on this action. OK with the Kurds?