Wednesday, August 20, 2014

U.S. intelligence link to Brazilian plane crash that killed presidential candidate

The plane carrying Brazilian centrist, pro-business presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and his closest advisers, which crashed on August 13 into a residential area of Santos, Brazil, did not have a flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder, manufactured by a major U.S. National Security Agency contractor, was tampered with.

Campos was the candidate of the formerly leftist but now “pro-business” Brazilian Socialist Party. As with the British, Australian, and New Zealand Labor Parties, the Canadian Liberal and New Democratic Parties, and the U.S. Democratic Party, corporate and Zionist interests infiltrated the Brazilian Socialist Party and transformed it into a “Third Way” pro-business party.

It is clear that since disclosures of NSA spying on the e-mail and phones of incumbent Brazilian Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff and her ministers, Rousseff’s resultant cancellation of a state visit to Washington, and Brazil’s hosting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other BRICS economic bloc leaders, the United States has been trying to destabilize Brazil. The State Department and the CIA have been looking for weak links in Rousseff’s Brazil to create the same conditions of instability they have fomented in other countries in Latin America, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and Bolivia. However, Rousseff, who antagonized Washington by announcing in Brazil the establishment of a Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) development bank to compete with the U.S.- and European Union-controlled World Bank, looked unbeatable for re-election with Campos at the head of the Socialist Party ticket. That was the case until August 13 when Campos and his advisers were killed in the crash of their Cessna 560XL, killing all on board. 

The crash advanced to the head of the Socialist Party presidential ticket Campos’s vice presidential running mate, Marina Silva. In 2010, Silva received a surprising 20 percent of the vote for president as the Green Party candidate. Rather than run as the Green candidate this year, Silva opted to join Campos’s pro-business ticket. Silva is now seen as the Socialist Party’s best chance to defeat Rousseff for president in the October election. Silva, an evangelical Christian in a largely Roman Catholic country, is also seen as close to the global “civil society” infrastructure of “controlled opposition” groups financed by hedge fund master manipulator George Soros. As a leader of Brazil’s Amazon rain forest protection efforts, Silva has been lauded by environmental groups funded by Soros’s Open Society Institute. Silva’s campaign rhetoric is rife with such Soros code phrases as “sustainable society,” “knowledge society,” and “diversity.”

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to the Sixties

Nixon has imposed a curfew as black protests continue, militarized "police" prowl the streets, and the Black Panthers call for resistance –and, no, we haven’t traveled in a time machine back to the turbulent Sixties. The Nixon in question is Jay Nixon, the liberal Democrat Governor of Missouri, where the black majority town of Ferguson is embroiled in a racially explosive conflict over the police murder of an 18-year-old African-American by a white police officer. And, no, it’s not those Black Panthers – who were long ago neutralized and destroyed by the FBI’s infamous Cointelpro program – it’s the New Black Panther Party, whose role is somewhat more ambiguous.

And yet if history never repeats itself exactly, it often comes pretty close. If we look at where we are today, the parallels with the 1960s, modern America’s time of troubles, are too numerous to be missed:

The return of the Cold War with Russia – The Sixties were defined in large part by the cold war, an era of anti-communist hysteria at home and endless US military interventions abroad.

The crimes of "Uncle Joe" Stalin – the mass murder of millions and the imprisonment of many more in the Soviet gulag – had been blithely ignored in the previous era, when he was our ally in the war against the Axis powers. In the postwar era, however, with President Harry Truman at the helm, Washington suddenly espied an existential threat to the West in the ramshackle Soviet empire. That empire had been greatly expanded due to the war, and Soviet control of Eastern Europe had actually been signed, sealed, and delivered into Moscow’s hands by Franklin Roosevelt at Yalta. Yet that was conveniently overlooked as the Cold War commenced with the Marshall Plan – a welfare program for devastated Europe – and this was followed by a worldwide American effort to roll back the Communist "threat." In the wake of World War II, a new enemy was needed – and, not surprisingly, one was found.

Today the Russian "threat" is being touted by our political class as the latest in foreign policy fashion: from The New Republic, where Julia Ioffe recounts the supposed horrors of life under Czar Vladimir on an almost daily basis, to Fox News, where bleach-blonde "news" anchors have been breathlessly predicting a Russian invasion of Ukraine for the past three months, left and right march arm-in-arm in a new crusade against the Kremlin. Putin, they tell us, is a new Stalin, ruthlessly suppressing all domestic opposition and posing a threat to his neighbors. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Establishment Media Moves to Debunk ISIS CIA Asset Story

Last month Time Magazine posted an article refuting the claim ISIS — now the fully militarized Islamic State — is an intelligence operation.

The article by war propagandist Aryn Baker states “conspiracy theories are nothing new in the Middle East.” Baker squarely places responsibility for the declared conspiracy theory on Iran. According to Baker, the Iranians claim the ISIS offensive currently underway in Iraq is “part of a U.S.-backed plot to destabilize the region and protect Israel.”

Baker reports IRNA and the Tehran Times believe NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was responsible for uncovering details about operation Beehive, also translated as Hornet’s Nest, which is described as a joint U.S., British and Israeli effort to “create a terrorist organization capable of centralizing all extremist actions across the world.”

Baker concludes there is no evidence within the Snowden trove of any such plot. She chalks the accusation up to another baseless internet rumor. “Yet Iranian government officials and independent analysts in Iran alike cited IRNA’s report as definitive proof of ISIS’s American and Israeli origins,” she writes.

Evidence of IRNA and the Tehran Times, however, making the claim is suspiciously absent. “Regrettably, not knowing the date of IRNA’s scoop, or being able to view its text online, complicates investigation,” writes Alan Kurtz.


Kurtz traces responsibility for the “Snowden Hoax” to a German website, www.shababek.de, and Kareem al-Baidani. A photo of al-Baidani is used on the Facebook page of Abosamir Albaidani, identified by Kurtz as “an Iraqi Shiite writer based in Munich, Germany” who may or may not be associated with an al-Alam television show, Iraq Today. Al-Alam is an Arabic news channel broadcasting from Iran by the state-owned media corporation Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Is ISIS ‘An Existential Threat’?

U.S. air strikes since Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan.

The Kurds, whose peshmerga fighters were sent reeling by the Islamic State last week, bolstered now by the arrival of U.S. air power, recaptured two towns. But the peshmerga have apparently lost the strategically important town of Jalawla, 20 miles from Iran, the furthest east that ISIS forces have penetrated.

Last week’s gains by the Islamic State caused Republican hawks to flock to the Sunday talk shows.
“ISIS is a direct threat to the United States of America,” said Rep. Peter King. John McCain called for bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

But using air power to prevent ISIS from seizing the Kurdish capital of Irbil and Baghdad is not enough, said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “We need to go on offense,” he told FOX News, “There is no force within the Mideast that can neutralize or contain or destroy ISIS without at least American air power.”

The Islamic State is “an existential threat” to our homeland, Graham added, asking, “do we really want to let America be attacked?”

Friday, August 08, 2014

CIA’s history of dividing the Arab World

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which also calls itself the “Islamist State” and is led by former Abu Ghraib prison detainee Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released from U.S. detention in 2004, would not be in existence had the CIA abandoned its policy of creating Islamic extremist groups to sow dissension in the Middle East. 

After training and arming Sunni Islamist guerrillas in Turkey, Jordan, and post-Muammar Qaddafi Libya to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, CIA- and Saudi-nurtured jihadist insurgents have taken over large portions of eastern Syria, northern Iraq—including Kurdish regions—and are now moving into Lebanon. Targets of the ISIL forces are Kurds, Yazidis, Turkomans, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians, and Shi’a Muslims. These minority religious groups are witnessing their members being slaughtered and their religious shrines and places of worship destroyed by the ISIL radicals who hew to the Wahhabist line dominant in Saudi Arabia. 

Islamist mercenaries from the West would not be flocking to join the ranks of ISIL if it were not for the support given them by Saudi national security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan, whose fingerprints are all over the 9/11 false flag attack on the United States. Nor would Kurdish towns and dams on the Euphrates River be falling to ISIL forces if it were not for the tacit support given umbrella jihadist guerrilla groups in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey by CIA Director John Brennan. Brennan is probably the only senior member of the Obama administration who has been to Islam’s holiest shrine in Mecca, something that is only permitted for devout Muslims or “special guests” of the Saudi monarch. Brennan is a former CIA station chief in Riyadh and he is a confirmed Saudophile, a close friend and supporter of the misogynistic and arcane Saudi kingdom. 

Brennan’s operations on behalf of anti-Christian and anti-Shi’a Islamist radicals would not have been possible without the diplomatic cover provided to him by the female duo of National Security Adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, both students of the George Soros “responsibility to protect” (R2P) school of thought. R2P, in reality, is nothing more than a baked-over neoconservative interventionist foreign policy trimmed with “humanitarian” intentions. 

A formerly SECRET CIA reference guide, titled “Islam and Politics: A Compendium,” dated April 1984, outlines the agency’s divide and conquer policies in the Muslim and Arab worlds. Issued when Brennan was a junior-ranking CIA case officer fluent in Arabic, the CIA document, produced by the Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis branch, stressed the importance of the most radical of Muslims being natural allies of the CIA in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in the Middle East and South Asia. 

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Why Israel Lies

All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories—required under the rules of American journalism—although we know they are untrue.

I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way. Such incidents, in the Israeli lexicon, become children caught in crossfire. I was in Gaza when F-16 attack jets dropped 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs on overcrowded hovels in Gaza City. I saw the corpses of the victims, including children. This became a surgical strike on a bomb-making factory. I have watched Israel demolish homes and entire apartment blocks to create wide buffer zones between the Palestinians and the Israeli troops that ring Gaza. I have interviewed the destitute and homeless families, some camped out in crude shelters erected in the rubble. The destruction becomes the demolition of the homes of terrorists. I have stood in the remains of schools—Israel struck two United Nations schools in the last six days, causing at least 10 fatalities at one in Rafah on Sunday and at least 19 at one in the Jebaliya refugee camp Wednesday—as well as medical clinics and mosques. I have heard Israel claim that errant rockets or mortar fire from the Palestinians caused these and other deaths, or that the attacked spots were being used as arms depots or launching sites. I, along with every other reporter I know who has worked in Gaza, have never seen any evidence that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.”

There is a perverted logic to Israel’s repeated use of the Big Lie—Große Lüge—the lie favored by tyrants from Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to Saddam Hussein. The Big Lie feeds the two reactions Israel seeks to elicit—racism among its supporters and terror among its victims.

By painting a picture of an army that never attacks civilians, that indeed goes out of its way to protect them, the Big Lie says Israelis are civilized and humane, and their Palestinian opponents are inhuman monsters. The Big Lie serves the idea that the slaughter in Gaza is a clash of civilizations, a war between democracy, decency and honor on one side and Islamic barbarism on the other. And in the uncommon cases when news of atrocities penetrates to the wider public, Israel blames the destruction and casualties on Hamas. 

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Exceptional Empire - Enemy Within the Gates

In the 1990's the Neocon agenda was formulated as the 'Project for a New American Century (PNAC), developed by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. The Neocons (American supporters of Zionism) while assuming key Foreign Policy positions in the Bush Administration announced a new bold agenda proclaiming America's supremacy.

The next step in the PNAC agenda was RAD or 'Rebuilding America's Defenses' which forecast an expansion of American hegemony through preemptive war and acquisition of global resources. To implement the process, RAD called for a 'New Pearl Harbor', a catalyzing event to wake Americans up to the threats from other countries. Thus the 9/11 attack (perpetrated by the Neocon cabal within the government) became the 'New Pearl Harbor' they had envisioned and the bond with Israel was reinforced.

Due to the dedicated work of over 2000 Architects and Engineers (http://ae911truth.org/), they have proven scientifically that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were demolished by controlled demolitions. Explosions inside the twin towers were reported by many eyewitnesses and officials including several firefighters and security personnel just prior to the Towers' collapse. These explosions, evidenced by actual videos, support the theory of controlled demolitions (see: '9/11 Explosive Evidence' from ae911truth.org). Consequently this destroys the myth of the 19 Arab hijackers and the government's simplistic official story.

Illuminating the role of various key players especially the Neocons/Zionists, investigative researcher Chris Bollyn's book, 'Solving 9/11: The Deception that Changed the World' is available online as well as a paperback at Amazon. Chris provides a thorough independent analysis of the events of September 11 including the historical background.

The new emphasis on America being 'Exceptional' and 'Indispensable' reflects the Zionist conviction that they are the 'Chosen' people of the world. This is a far cry from America's long held belief that 'all men are created equal' as reflected in our Constitution.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Israel's Propaganda Machine Is Finally Starting to Misfire

To many readers the New York Times coverage of the war in Gaza comes across as neutered or as having a pro-Israeli bias. But not to Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador in Washington, who lambasts the paper for failing “to mention that a million Israelis were in bomb shelters yesterday as 100 rockets were fired at our civilian population.”

Mr Dermer is considered so close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he has been called “Bibi’s brain”. He is also a former student and employee of Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who produced a confidential booklet in 2009, promptly leaked, advising Israeli spokesmen how best to manipulate American and European public opinion. “Don’t confuse messages with facts,” Dr Luntz advises the spokesmen as he explains how facts should be selected and best presented to make Israel’s case.

It is a sophisticated document based on wide-ranging opinion polls, suggesting, for instance, that the removal of Israeli settlements from the West Bank should be denounced as “a kind of ethnic cleansing”. Dr Luntz stresses that spokesmen must demonise Hamas, but above all emphasise that they feel for the sufferings of Palestinians as well as Israelis. As a sample of what they should say, he gives: “The day will come when Israeli children and Palestinian children will grow up together, play together, and work together side-by-side not just because they have to but because they want to.”

The problem about this approach is that it sounds particularly hypocritical when, according to Unicef, 230 children have been killed in Gaza, an average of ten a day, and 2,000 have been wounded by Israeli bombs, shells and bullets. Israeli spokesmen are now denying their responsibility for the most notorious and televised atrocities such as the strike on the UN hospital last week. This is an old PR tactic, though not one recommended by Dr Luntz, which is sometime referred to as “first you say no story, then you say old story”. In other words, deny everything in the teeth of the evidence on day one and, by the time definitive proof of the massacre comes through, nobody notices when you have to admit responsibility.

A problem here is that propaganda that works in a short war comes back to haunt you in a longer one. This is now happening in Gaza. Israeli air and artillery strikes and Hamas mortars and rockets are often presented as if they balanced each other out in terms of lethality. But the most important statistic here is that some 1,100 Palestinians have been killed as opposed to three civilians in Israel.