North Korea Blames Obama Administration For Warmbier’s Death

A day after US student Otto Warmbier was laid to rest at a funeral service in his home town of Cincinnati on Thursday, the North Korean foreign ministry released a statement to local state-controlled television saying his death was a mystery and dismissing accusations that he had died because he was tortured and beaten during his captivity, according to Reuters.
Instead, the North’s foreign ministry blamed the Obama administration for Warmbier’s death, which never formally requested Warmbier’s release, claiming Warmbier was ‘a victim of the policy of strategic patience.’
“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U. S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well,” the foreign ministry was quoted by KCNA as saying.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.

Stockman Warns “A Great Big Coup Is On The Way”

So let’s start with an obvious point about the whole Russia fiasco…
Namely, there is no ‘there, there.’ First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) ‘sources and methods’ in the slightest.
That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice – and most especially Washington’s adversaries – that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids.
Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging that fact by publishing the Russia-Trump intercepts would provide new knowledge to exactly no one.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.

Ron Paul On “Enemies, Foreign And Domestic” And Liberty

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul likes to joke that when he gets invited to speaking engagements in Washington, DC, audiences typically don’t applaud. But at the Future of Freedom Foundation, Paul was right at home, delivering a speech entitled “Enemies: Foreign And Domestic” about how to apply the principles of non-interventionism in domestic and foreign policy.
He spoke about how his stint in Congress made him more skeptical of government and wary of the deep state’s capacity for maliciousness, beginning with his early days in Washington.
‘When I went to Washington, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the Constitution and we went back and forth and it turned out my understanding was completely wrong and they had to convince me. But I had a little trouble listening to their arguments. They told me that the Constitution should be more flexible, it should be a living document, that it shouldn’t be overly rigid, that’s how you get into trouble. I sort of struggled with that tremendously.”
Paul says he didn’t strive to be the chairman of an important committee during his time in Congress. Instead, he studied the bureaucracy and concluded that government had become far too large.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.

Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists – Here’s Why

One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation through both the House and the Senate that would bar federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also bar the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support (directly or indirectly) terrorists such as Saudi Arabia.
To our surprise – or should we say shame? – only 13 other lawmakers out of hundreds have co-sponsored Gabbard’s House bill. Paul’s Senate version of the bill, on the other hand, has zero cosponsors.
While both pieces of legislation were introduced in early 2017, no real action has been taken as of yet. This proves that Washington refuses to support bills that would actually provoke positive chain reactions not only abroad but also at home. Why? Well, let’s look at the groups that would lose a great deal in case this bill is signed into law.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 23, 2017.

Caught On Video: Russian Ships, Sub Fire Cruise Missiles At ISIS Targets In Syria

A little more than a week after launching the strike that reportedly killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, Russian navy ships and a submarine launched six cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Syria’s Hama province, destroying an ISIS command center and ammunition depot, according to Russia Today. The missiles were launched from the eastern Mediterranean by Russian Navy frigates the Admiral Essen and the Admiral Grigorovich, the Defense Ministry said.
The cruise missile strike follows a similar attack by Russian forces on May 31, when a nearly identical arrangement of Russian warships and a submarine also struck ISIS targets near Palmyra.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.