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Movie review: 'Official Secrets' indicts Blair, Bush, and other mass murderers in the court of public opinion

Official Secrets film
© IFC Films
Keira Knightley as Katharine Gun, a 29-year-old British whistleblower who leaked a memo about an illegal NSA-sponsored operation digging for information that might be used to blackmail U.N. Security Council members into supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Official Secrets
, co-written and directed by Gavin Hood, is one of the best movies ever made about investigative reporting and whistle-blowing — a film in a league with All the President's Men and Snowden.

Like the 1976 Watergate classic starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and Oliver Stone's 2016 drama about exposure of the National Security Agency's clandestine mass warrantless surveillance program, the U.K.-set Secrets is based on a true story.

The film is about Martin Bright, a reporter with The Observer (played by Matt Smith), and Katharine Gun, a translator for the British government (played by Keira Knightley). Gun is responsible for what Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg called "the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen. No one else — including myself — has ever done what Gun did: tell secret truths at personal risk, before an imminent war, in time, possibly, to avert it."

In early 2003, during the lead-up to the U.S. attack on Iraq, Gun came across an email from a shadowy National Security Agency official named Frank Koza. It revealed U.S. plans to spy on U.N. Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting for a resolution approving a military offensive against Baghdad. The resolution was seen as key to providing the strike with a fig leaf of legitimacy from the international community for a war based largely on the dubious proposition that Saddam Hussein possessed "Weapons of Mass Destruction."

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Bizarro Earth

"Tragic and inexcusable": Chicago schools to overhaul handling of sex abuse complaints

Janice Jackson
© AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast File
FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Janice Jackson, chief executive officer for Chicago Public Schools, appears at a news conference in Chicago. Federal education officials called Chicago Public Schools' handling of sexual abuse complaints "tragic and inexcusable" and outlined legally-binding corrective steps after a systemic investigation of the nation's third-largest school district.
Chicago Public Schools will overhaul how it handles sexual abuse complaints after a federal investigation found "tragic and inexcusable" problems following student complaints, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

The agency's Office for Civil Rights called its review — which began in 2015 after student complaints — among the most comprehensive of any major urban school district. Federal officials concluded that the district's management, handling and oversight of sexual harassment violated Title IX, which is a federal law designed to protect students from abuse, harassment and gender-based discrimination.

Under the legally binding remedy that the nation's third-largest school district agreed to, any complaints will be reviewed by a second, independent party. The district also will review the actions of current and former employees and change its Title IX procedures, among other things. Federal officials will monitor the district for three years.

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Star of David

PewDiePie cancels $50,000 donation to the ADL: 'I messed up'

pewdiepie
© PewDiePie / YouTube
PewDiePie has changed his mind about donating $50,000 (£40,496) to a charity that campaigns to stop hate speech against Jewish people.

Earlier this week, he told fans he would give the money to the Anti Defamation League - a group which has previously criticised the YouTuber.

The gamer and comedian announced the donation to mark hitting 100 million followers on YouTube.

But he has since reconsidered, saying he was "sorry for messing this up."

Comment: The crux of the matter is missed in this article, along with all the other mainstream articles about Pewdiepie's donation and rescindment. It's stated best in Tim Pool's tweet:

This is why many in the small-creator community saw Pewdiepie's offer of donation as 'donating to the enemy'. The ADL's mandate is essentially to silence small voices on trumped up charges of 'hate speech', being at least partly responsible for YouTube's recent purge of 17,000 channels. Even Pewdiepie himself has been a victim of their broad brush-strokes. He should have known better, but as least he's corrected his mistake.

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Attention

Baby body parts trafficking company StemExpress admits to keeping babies alive so that whole, beating hearts and heads can be harvested

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StemExpress, a company that we previously exposed for its involvement in trafficking aborted baby body parts along with Planned Parenthood, is back in the news - and the reason why is sure to disturb you.

According to reports, the company's CEO admitted during a recent court hearing that StemExpress profits from the sale of fetal hearts and heads harvested from live human babies - meaning babies are being obtained by the biotech industry while they're still alive, and murdered on-demand to provide "fresh" flesh for "medical research."

During the hearing, Peter Breen from the Thomas More Society asked a question that was surely on everyone's mind: Where, exactly, is StemExpress getting these fully intact human children? And it's a question that demands an answer.

Comment: The word 'satanic' comes to mind.

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Airplane

Some airplanes did something?! New York Times article 'de-terrorizes' 9/11 attacks

World Trade Center plane hit
© Reuters / Sara K. Schwittek
A plane hits the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2001
On the anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil, a story by the New York Times suggested that "airplanes" brought down the twin towers. The seeming shift of responsibility did not sit well with readers.

"18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center," read a tweet from the New York Times on Wednesday. "Today families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died." Inside an accompanying article, the same bizarre sentence was repeated.

Though technological dystopia was all the rage in 2001, what with the success of 'The Matrix' two years earlier and the passing of Y2K after that, the 9/11 attacks were not carried out by sentient airplanes, but by terrorist hijackers. Enraged readers made sure the NYT knew that, slating the newspaper for omitting the terms 'Islamic terrorists' or even the less-loaded 'Al Qaeda' from its story.

Comment: See also: 9/11, Identity Politics And The Coming Storm


Binoculars

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong, seen with White Helmets boss, Kiev mayor, Rubio, Pelosi...

Joshua Wong and WHelmet guy
© Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke
Joshua Wong posed with the "White Helmets" head Raed Al Saleh (L), Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko (R) and Iranian-Austrian political activist Mina Ahadi
Hong Kong protest figurehead Joshua Wong, who has been rocking up to 'pro-democracy' meetings with various Western officials in recent weeks, has been spotted hanging out with the chairman of the White Helmets in Berlin.

Wong attended the 'Bild 100' summer party in Berlin this week, where he seems to have bumped into White Helmets boss Raed Al Saleh. That's a tad awkward, since the Syrian first-responders group has been heavily linked to Al Qaeda and US-sponsored jihadist militias - a fact that did not go unnoticed on Twitter.

Handcuffs

Former senior FEMA officials arrested on bribery, fraud charges re: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria relief efforts

HurricaneMaria PuertoRico
© Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Hurricane Maria, Canovanas, Puerto Rico, September 26, 2017
Two former officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency were arrested on charges of bribery and fraud following a federal corruption investigation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

The former president of Cobra Acquisitions, a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico's destroyed power grid, was also arrested by the FBI, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury includes 15 charges against Ahsha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson, who were former FEMA officials, and Donald Keith Ellison, who was president of Cobra Acquisitions up until June.

A Justice Department statement said Tribble, who was FEMA deputy administrator of the region, and Ellison are alleged to have "developed a personal relationship wherein Ellison provided Tribble with things of value with the intent to influence Tribble's performance of official acts. Ellison provided Tribble with personal helicopter use, hotel accommodations, airfare, personal security services, and the use of a credit card."

Patterson was a FEMA deputy chief of staff assigned to San Juan from October 2017 to March 2018 before being hired by Cobra.

If found guilty, the defendants face sentences up to 5 years in prison for conspiracy, travel act violations, conflict of interest, and false statements and 30 years for honest services wire fraud and disaster fraud, according to the Justice Department.

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NPC

'Bigoted trash!' Transgender coffee shop employee fired for kicking out conservative customer

pride
© Reuters / Lucy Nicholson
A coffee shop in Nebraska has fired a transgender employee after she began "yelling profanities" at a regular customer over their conservative and "bigoted" political beliefs.

The customer, Marilyn Synek, 23, who works for the Nebraska Family Alliance, said the employee asked her to leave the Cultiva Espresso & Crepes premises and warned that she would be "denied service" if she ever returned, due to her conservative opinions.

"You are f**king bigoted trash, and we do not want you in our restaurant. Over 80 percent of the people who work here are queer. You are not f**king wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don't come back!" Synek said she was told.

That, evidently, did not go over well with management, who promptly fired the employee, identified as Natalie Weiss. In a statement posted to Facebook, the coffee shop wrote that Weiss was fired "almost immediately" and an unreserved apology was made to Synek.

Comment: Really the only thing this person's actions have done is make life more difficult for trans people. Her twisted thinking reveals many of the problems associated with the so-called Woke Movement.


Question

Virginia residents skeptical that neighbor was actually Russian informant

Oleg and Antonina Smolenkov

The house in Stafford, Virginia, belonged to Oleg and Antonina Smolenkov, public records say.
As U.S. and Russian officials cast doubt on the accuracy of U.S. media reports that two years ago the CIA extracted a Russian intelligence asset who allegedly provided top-secret information on President Vladimir Putin, efforts to identify the man led to an estate an hour's drive southwest of Washington, D.C.

No one answered when an RFE/RL reporter rang the doorbell of 78 Partridge Lane in Stafford, Virginia, listed in public records as being owned by Oleg Smolenkov, the same name given by Kommersant and other Russian media as the alleged informant.

The drapes on the windows of the large home on a leafy cul-de-sac were pulled tight, and only a basketball court was visible in the back.

NPC

Marianne Williamson caught on a hot mic saying 'conservatives are nicer' to her than the left

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Spiritual guru and 2020 Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson was caught on a hot mic saying conservatives are 'nicer' to her than the left.

In an audio recording released from an interview last week, Williamson sounded off on the hostility she has faced from the political left.

"What does it say that Fox News is nicer to me than the lefties are? What does it say that the conservatives are nicer to me?... It's such a bizarre world," Williamson said. "You know, I'm such a lefty. I mean, I'm a serious lefty, but they're so... I didn't think the left was as mean as the right, they are."