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"We'll show no restraint!" IDF vows zero-tolerance against Gazans' border violence

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The IDF will no longer show any restraint in cracking down on Palestinian protesters who stir trouble at the Gaza border, an Israeli general has warned following the extreme escalation in violence witnessed this week.

Just days after Hamas unleashed an unprecedented bombardment of southern Israel which saw over 400 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza, Tel Aviv made it clear that it will no longer tolerate any unrest at the border.

"Our patience has broken and we will respond harshly." "We will show no restraint," Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), warned Gazans through his Facebook page.

Stressing that weekly border clashes are nothing short of "terrorist acts" which are well planned and coordinated by Hamas, Rokon issued explicit orders to the Palestinians to stay at least 100 meters clear of the border fence. Anyone who approaches the fence and tries to destroy it "will put himself at risk," the general said. Leniency, Rokon said, will not be shown to anyone who "hurls bombs, grenades and Molotov cocktails" or those who attempt to detonate explosives.
"I offer you the opportunity to wake up and understand that Hamas and the other terrorist organizations are leading you to the edge of the abyss," Rokon said."Understand this before it's too late, you have been warned."

Comment: This was an announcement for the global public, not per se the Palestinians. Israel doesn't require provocation to deliver a lethal message and it is more than capable of escalating petty violence into a war.


New book gathers high-level testimony that CIA/NSA actively prevented sharing of intel that would stop 9/11

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The book The Watchdogs Didn't Bark by John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski, with new insider interviews and documentary evidence, convincingly establishes that named people at the CIA and NSA actively prevented the FBI from learning information that could have disrupted the 9/11 plot. Principals at these agencies manipulated government investigations to cover up responsibility, and to exploit the public's fear after 9/11 in order to justify the so-called 'war on terror', the Iraq invasion, torture, the NSA's massive warrantless domestic spying programs, indefinite detention and extrajudicial killing even of Americans. The authors don't claim to have proved that US government officials deliberately allowed or facilitated the 9/11 plot, but that's what the actions and inactions of key people accomplished, and the Establishment has rewarded their incompetence or criminality. The authors quote Stafford Beer: "The purpose of a system is what it does." While 'serendipity' for the Military-Industrial Complex may be in the range of theoretical possibility, official responsibility for 9/11 and its evil consequences remains an urgent issue for the People of the US and the world, along with establishing effective public oversight of government and elite power.

This case has been made effectively by others*, but the Duffy-Nowosielski Watchdogs book is significant, as it's the kind of book that 'serious people' take seriously. So seriously, that when the authors posted their Richard Clarke video "Interview #7" in 2011, DCI George Tenet, CTC Director Cofer Black and CIA Alec Station (Bin Laden Unit) Chief Rich Blee released a joint public statement denying Clarke's shocking allegations - that they had been running an illegal domestic CIA spy operation with Saudi help. So seriously, in fact, that the CIA threatened the authors with criminal prosecution if they revealed some of the names in this book (7-9, 239-245). Other journalists have declined to name these public officials, while reporting on their criminal involvement.


Why 9/11 Truth is More Relevant Than Ever

On 9/11 the imperialists considered themselves powerful enough that they could get away with the biggest false flag event in history, now 17 years later this reality is openly being challenged by Russia.
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Another Imperial war, another false flag. Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold in Syria is about to get crushed. In response, the Empire desperately tries to halt the defeat of their proxies with yet another planned fake chemical attack, as a pretext to bomb Syrian Arab forces. Only this time, Russia, Syria, Iran and other nations who stand at the forefront against the real war on terror try to expose the US, warning them not to go forward with their scheme.


Giuliani: 'They can't indict Trump'; 'Mueller knows' he can't charge a sitting president

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Legal Counsel Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller has acknowledged to President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani that a sitting president can't be indicted under current rules, meaning that the year-long Russia probe is unlikely to unseat Trump.
"The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him," Giuliani told CNN on Wednesday. "They acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules. So, what does that leave them with? That leaves them with writing a report." said the former New York City mayor, who recently took over representing Trump in the special counsel probe. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling."
The former New York City mayor, who recently took over representing Trump in the special counsel probe stated "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling." Mueller's team has declined to comment on Giuliani's statements to CNN.

The news comes ahead of the anniversary of Mueller's appointment as special counsel, which followed Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Comment: Question: Is it that Mueller's team 'can't indict' or are 'not looking to indict'. If it is the latter, it suggests they can.

In another interview with NBC News:
...on Thursday, Giuliani revealed that the acknowledgement from Mueller's team that they do not plan to indict Trump came from Jim Quarles, a member of the special counsel team. Giuliani said that Quarles had informed Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump's personal legal team, that they are not looking to indict the president.
From CNN:
A lack of an indictment would not necessarily mean the President is in the clear. Mueller could issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives.The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since the Nixon administration and reaffirmed in the Clinton administration, but it has never been tested in court.
And from TIME:
The argument that the President is immune from the criminal laws is just that - an argument.

First is the question of whether an obstruction of justice charge can be brought in this case. The President's supporters argue that key elements of any such indictment could not support a conviction. If everything the President did was legal, they say, he could not possibly be convicted of a crime.

The second question is not whether, but when. Can the President avoid indictment while in office? But again, there is no language in the Constitution saying he enjoys any such protection.


New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi burglarized Corey Lewandowski's home - now he's suing

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Corey Lewandowski • Olivia Nuzzi
Liberalism has seriously become a mental disorder - to the point where these people have no moral boundaries - proven once again after liberal reporter Olivia Nuzzi with New York Magazine not only broke into Trump associate Corey Lewandowski's home - but then stole - and bragged about it on Twitter.

These people have lost their minds, folks, let me tell you, and the more they become unhinged, the greater the risk of the danger they place others in as well as themselves.

What kind of person breaks into your home? A criminal. Except, in this case, it was a reporter with New York Magazine.

Olivia Nuzzi was assigned a story for New York Magazine to cover former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, in which she arrived at Lewandowski's home at began knocking.

She stood at the entrance for ten minutes pounding on the door, and nobody answered. At that time, Nuzzi took it upon herself to break into the home and began taking pictures.


Report: Evidence of Trump effort to establish back channel with Kremlin

Kirill Dimitriyev
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Kirill Dimitriyev
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before U.S. President Donald Trump took office was an effort by his campaign to establish a back channel with the Kremlin, The Washington Post has reported.

The meeting in the Indian Ocean island nation in January 2017 was between Erik Prince, a prominent U.S. military contractor who is the brother of Trump's education secretary, and Kirill Dmitriyev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund who is close to President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported late on March 7.

Citing people familiar with the matter, whom it did not identify, The Washington Post said that a witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition team could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries.

Comment: The Prince meeting took place January, 11, 2017, with across the board denials of any backchannel attempt. See also:


Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph

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Amtrak passenger train #501, derailed near DuPont, WA
Tragedy-prone Amtrak suffered another terrifying setback Tuesday - when a high-speed Acela train broke apart as it raced north toward Penn Station at 125 mph, sources said.

In the third wreck in just one week - and the fourth in two months - several cars of an Acela Express heading from Washington, DC, to the Big Apple decoupled at about 6:30 a.m. and were left held together only by their air hoses.

Sparks flew from dragging cables and the train jerked wildly, but none of the 52 terrified passengers aboard were injured, according to reports.

Comment: Also See:

Alarm Clock

France's former Foreign Minister: UK Government prepared war in Syria two years before 2011 protests

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French foreign minister in the 1980s, Roland Dumas.
Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas stated in a 2013 televised program on French media (LCP) that British government officials had told him about preparations for "sending rebels into Syria" two years prior to the start of the 2011 "protests" and conflict.

Dumas makes it clear that it is Assad's anti-Israel stance that has made him a target for Western-backed "regime change". The fact that over 200,000 Syrian civilians have been killed in the process appears to be of little consequence to Western politicians.


NHS cuts and flu crisis push UK hospitals to the brink - Doctors describe 'third world conditions' and 'system fail'

NHS flu crisis
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Many hospitals have come under the cosh since Christmas amid very cold weather and higher than usual prevalence of flu.
Growing numbers of hospitals are struggling to cope with the onset of the NHS's winter crisis, with one A&E doctor apologising to patients for the "third world conditions" in his overcrowded unit.

Milton Keynes hospital admitted it was under "extreme and sustained pressure" because of the "very high" number of patients turning up and needing to be treated as medical emergencies.

"We are seeing very high numbers of very sick patients in the emergency department and fewer patients being able to be discharged - many because they also remain in need of acute care. Staff are working under incredible pressure to look after the patients in our care. I cannot overstate that. We are doing our best in extraordinarily difficult circumstances," said the hospital's chief executive, Prof Joe Harrison.

Comment: Consecutive governments, both Labour and Conservative, at the behest of Big Business have been lobbied to drive the NHS into debt so they can then claim that a health service which has operated successfully for over 50 years is now a failure, at which point they'll turn it over to privatisation. And if the country's railways are anything to go by, or if we look at the system in the US, the results will be catastrophic: FERRARI: COMPLETELY INSANE TO GIVE AWAY BILLIONS IN FOREIGN AID WITH NHS IN CRISIS


Mueller removed FBI agent from Russian election meddling probe over 'anti-Trump texts'

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FBI agent Peter Strzok • Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed on the matter told US media. The move came after the Justice Department began probing whether the agent had sent anti-Trump text messages.

Mueller, the special counsel examining alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, removed FBI agent Peter Strzok from the investigation over the summer, according to The New York Times. He was reportedly reassigned from the investigation to the FBI's human resources department, a move which is largely seen within the bureau as a demotion.

Three sources told the Times that the catalyst was the discovery of text messages in which Strzok reacted to news events - including presidential debates - in ways that could be deemed critical of Donald Trump. The text message exchange was between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, another member of Mueller's team, according to The Washington Post. Strzok and Page, who were engaged in an extramarital affair at the time, reportedly wrote disparaging comments about Trump and appeared to favor Hillary Clinton, according to sources cited by the Post.

"Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the special counsel's office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, as quoted by the Times. Page left Mueller's team weeks before news of the text messages broke, Carr added.