Australian Senate Kills Civil Liberties with Draconian New Anti-Terror Law in Orwellian Orgy of Baseless Fear-Mongering

Understanding how the power structure thinks, and how it intentionally manipulates the emotions of the masses, is key to overcoming and rolling back totalitarian ambitions. I have spent the last few posts talking about how instilling fear throughout the general populace is one of their primary tactics. Indeed, to borrow a term from Glenn Greenwald, ‘fear-manufacturing’ has been in overdrive across the Five Eyes nations over the past several weeks. In the UK, we saw it used to convince elderly Scots to overwhelming vote against independence, thus swaying the result decisively to the NO side. In the USA, we have seen it used to drum up support for another pointless war in the Middle East, which will benefit nobody except for the military/intelligence-industrial complex.
While these examples are bad enough, nowhere is fear being used in a more clownish and absurd manner to strip the local citizenry of its civil liberties than in Australia. This should come as no surprise, considering that nation’s Prime Minister is a certified raging lunatic. In fact, Tony Abbott is such a little nazi in disguise, I dedicated a post to him back in June titled: Video of the Day – Meet Australia’s Creepy Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
Remember, when the power structure sees a meme is working they double and triple down on it. With the beheading videos effectively pushing the American public back into a post-9/11 fetal position, it became clear that the fear of ‘beheadings’ is enough to send the Western public into a total panic state. Then, suddenly a plot emerges that ISIS related terrorists were planning to publicly behead an Australian citizen in the middle of Sydney. As usual, mainstream media rushed to scare the shit out of everyone. NBC reported the following:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 25, 2014.

The Globalist Playbook for the Takeover of the United States

The globalists have published their playbook for the planned takeover of the United States. The playbook consists of a series of massive drills, held in a six week period, in which the subjugation of this country was rehearsed.
The Primary Architect Meet Zbigniew Brzezinski is an insider’s insider and he is one of the architects for the coming globalist takeover of the United States. He and David Rockefeller co-founded the Trilateral Commission. He served as Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser. He may as well have been called Mr. President during the Carter years because he ran the US economy into the ground while undermining American sovereignty during the Carter administration.
Many suspect that Brzezinski also controls Obama. He was, after all, Obama’s Russian Studies professor at Columbia back in the 1980′s. We know that he handpicked Jimmy Carter to become the President and many suspect he had a large hand in grooming Obama for the same job. Brzezinski’s close affiliation with Rockefeller makes him a person of interest when it comes to the subjugation, of not only this country, but of the entire planet. Brzezinski is obviously the globalist’s man on the ground and serves the role as puppet master. Therefore, we would be wise to listen and to take seriously what this New World demagogue has to say because he and his globalist colleagues are beyond hiding their intentions, they are making their move because they know if they don’t move soon, that too many people on the planet will awaken and stop their tyranny in its tracks.
Brzezinski Admits That the NWO Is Losing the Propaganda War During a speech in Poland, Brzezinski publicly lamented that it has become ‘increasingly difficult to suppress’ and control the ‘persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples.’ Brzezinski is clearly referring to us, the people in the truthful media.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 25, 2014.

High Cost of Bad Journalism on Ukraine

The costs of the mainstream U. S. media’s wildly anti-Moscow bias in the Ukraine crisis are adding up, as the Obama administration has decided to react to alleged ‘Russian aggression’ by investing as much as $1 trillion in modernizing the U. S. nuclear weapons arsenal.
On Monday, a typically slanted New York Times article justified these modernization plans by describing ‘Russia on the warpath’ and adding: ‘Congress has expressed less interest in atomic reductions than looking tough in Washington’s escalating confrontation with Moscow.’
But the Ukraine crisis has been a textbook case of the U. S. mainstream media misreporting the facts of a foreign confrontation and then misinterpreting the meaning of the events, a classic case of ‘garbage in, garbage out.’ The core of the false mainstream narrative is that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the crisis as an excuse to reclaim territory for the Russian Empire.
While that interpretation of events has been the cornerstone of Official Washington’s ‘group think,’ the reality always was that Putin favored maintaining the status quo in Ukraine. He had no plans to ‘invade’ Ukraine and was satisfied with the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych. Indeed, when the crisis heated up last February, Putin was distracted by the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Rather than Putin’s ‘warmongering’ – as the Times said in the lead-in to another Monday article – the evidence is clear that it was the United States and the European Union that initiated this confrontation in a bid to pull Ukraine out of Russia’s sphere of influence and into the West’s orbit.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 24, 2014.

U.S. Propaganda Enters Into Insane, Irrational Overdrive in Attempt to ‘Sell’ War in Syria

Thanks to a dizzying barrage of lies, mainstream media fear-mongering and a couple of beheadings, the Obama Administration finally achieved its long sought after war in Syria. The tactic that proved most effective in mobilizing the American public back into a shivering, post-9/11 fetal position, was the same tactic used by elites in the UK to convince Scotland against voting for independence. That tactic, as I detailed in a recent post, is fear.
However, fear in itself is not enough. It must be coupled with endless slogans and misdirection by the mainstream media and politicians. It must lead the public to subconsciously embrace a thought process that is completely irrational. Such tactics can be labeled propaganda, and it results in a public suddenly supporting a war it strongly opposed only a year ago. All it takes is a little repackaging. Propaganda allows those who profit from war to push the American public into a tizzy of trepidation based on a couple of beheadings from ISIS, while not batting an eye over the daily beheadings that were simultaneously occurring in Saudi Arabia.
So the power structure and its impotent puppet, Barack Obama, intentionally pushed the American public into a frenzy of fear and finally got their little war. Nevertheless, serious people immediately began to call into question two very significant issues with respect to the aggression.
First, it appeared clear to almost everyone without a biased penchant for overseas death and destruction, that the war is completely unconstitutional and illegal no matter how you slice it. As I highlighted in the post, Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 24, 2014.

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation. You know, a dj -vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and he presciently declined, saying sardonically, ‘So you’re gonna be the one to write the last book on failure in Iraq?’I couldn’t do any of that. As someone who cares deeply about this country, I find it beyond belief that Washington has again plunged into the swamp of the Sunni-Shia mess in Iraq. A young soldier now deployed as one of the 1,600 non-boots-on-the-ground there might have been eight years old when the 2003 invasion took place. He probably had to ask his dad about it. After all, less than three years ago, when dad finally came home with his head ‘held high,’ President Obama assured Americans that ‘we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.’ So what happened in the blink of an eye?The Sons of IraqSometimes, when I turn on the TV these days, the sense of seeing once again places in Iraq I’d been overwhelms me. After 22 years as a diplomat with the Department of State, I spent 12 long months in Iraq in 2009-2010 as part of the American occupation. My role was to lead two teams in ‘reconstructing’ the nation. In practice, that meant paying for schools that would never be completed, setting up pastry shops on streets without water or electricity, and conducting endless propaganda events on Washington-generated themes of the week (‘small business,’ ‘women’s empowerment,’ ‘democracy building’). We even organized awkward soccer matches, where American taxpayer money was used to coerce reluctant Sunni teams into facing off against hesitant Shia ones in hopes that, somehow, the chaos created by the American invasion could be ameliorated on the playing field. In an afternoon, we definitively failed to reconcile the millennium-old Sunni-Shia divide we had sparked into ethnic-cleansing-style life in 2003-2004, even if the score was carefully stage managed into a tie by the 82nd Airborne soldiers with whom I worked.
In 2006, the U. S. brokered the ascension to power of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia politician handpicked to unite Iraq. A bright, shining lie of a plan soon followed. Applying vast amounts of money, Washington’s emissaries created the Sahwa, or Sons of Iraq, a loose grouping of Sunnis anointed as ‘moderates’ who agreed to temporarily stop killing in return for a promised place at the table in the New(er) Iraq. The ‘political space’ for this was to be created by a massive escalation of the American military effort, which gained a particularly marketable name: the surge.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 23, 2014.

FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired “Homegrown Extremists” & “Disgruntled Employee” Threats

While careful to note ‘no specific threats‘ have been found, it appears the FBI and DHS have decided it’s time to show why local police departments needed to be fully militarized after all. In the first bulletin, according to Bloomberg, US security officials warned federal and local police to watch for ‘homegrown violent extremists’ who may be motivated to attack by airstrikes in Syria. In the second bulletin, the FBI and DHS assess that disgruntled and former employees pose a significant threat to US businesses due to their authorized access to sensitive information and the networks businesses rely on (no doubt inspired by today’s dreadful occurrences at UPS in Birmingham). It’s just a good thing all those local police forces have MRAPs, don’t you feel safer already? However, don’t forget, as The UK made clear, the definition of terrorist is a tricky one since even viewing ISIS propaganda constitutes a criminal offense.
*U. S. WARNS LOCAL POLICE TO WATCH FOR `HOMEGROWN’ EXTREMISTS *FBI, DHS SAY U. S. AIRSTRIKES MAY INSPIRE TERROR PLOTTING Money well spent?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/23/2014.

FRACKED UP

There is no doubt that fracking stopped the long-term decline in U. S. oil output. Since the all-time low output in 2006, daily oil production has increased by 30%. Natural gas production has soared even higher, but seems to have leveled off. Ignoring the environmental impacts of fracking, just the economics alone show that shale oil and gas are not the miracle that will save us from the perils of peak cheap oil. Fracking extraction of oil is extremely expensive. If oil prices were to fall to $80 per barrel, there would be no profits for frackers. They would stop drilling wells. So don’t plan on ever paying less than $3 per gallon for gasoline ever again.
Other inconvenient truths about fracking are self evident, but covered up by the MSM and Wall Street shysters. To maintain production of 1 million barrels of oil a day from Iraq one needs to drill just 60 new wells a year. Extracting the same amount from the Bakken would require 2,500 new wells. A typical fracked well poked in the ground in Oklahoma in 2009 debuted with an output of about 1,200 barrels of oil per day. Just four years later, however, output from the same well has fallen to just 100 barrels of oil per day. To double that output from the Bakken, for instance, would require 5,200 new wells a year, and tripling it would require 7,800 and so on. Then, to the horror of all, less than a decade after all that was done, that additional million barrels of oil a day in production would be reduced to just 100,000, no matter what the oil companies do, because of the nature of the formation where the well was drilled. California’s Monterey Shale, which the U. S. Energy Information Agency thought contained 13.7 billion barrels of oil in 2011, came up a little light in the loafers. Closer examination revealed the formation to be much more broken up underground than previously thought – so much so that only around 600 million barrels may ultimately be recovered with current technology. That’s a 97 percent downgrade, and there is no guarantee that other rosy predictions of shale oil riches both in the U. S. and elsewhere won’t have similar outcomes. The best fracking locations were selected first. As time goes on, the new locations will be less productive. The existing locations deplete rapidly. The shale oil and gas boom will be peaking out over the next few years. Don’t believe in miracles.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 23rd September 2014.

Keiser Report: Price Propaganda (E657)

The following video was published by RT on Sep 23, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the price propaganda of markets that convinces voters and investors to vote and bet against their own self-interest. Meanwhile, banking crooks seldom pay their high-profile fines and French farmers have just set the tax office on fire in protest at sanctions driving down the price of their goods. In the second half, Max interviews Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about the latest in ponzi economics: average weekly earnings, median household income, house prices and Alibaba’s valuation.

Must See: Border Patrol Insider Speaks Out: ‘They’re Anticipating A Large National Crisis… Something Drastic’

The southern border of the United States has never been safer. There is no credible threat from terrorists. And, the government has everything under control.
That’s the narrative being disseminated to the masses and it’s being done in such a way that anyone who disagrees is labeled a racist, an alarmist, or an anti-government extremist.
But the story being told by the mainstream media and proponents of open border policies in Washington is quite different from the realities on the ground.
According to one retired Border Patrol insider, the U. S. border with Mexico poses a significant risk to public safety and national security. In the following interview excerpt from the Back to the Border documentary posted by Joe for America, Zach Taylor provides a shocking first-hand account of security issues he has witnessed and shares some frightening insights with the American people.
According to Taylor, this entire border crisis is a controlled event designed to shape the perceptions of the American people. But more importantly, it is being used to facilitate what Taylor describes as a widespread national crisis.
In this situation where you have hundreds of thousands, literally, of people coming across the border and you’re only catching a small fraction… If you’re not telling the public that 80% to 90% of what’s coming across the border is not being apprehended and you’re putting their focus on this ten percent that is being apprehended… only showing them the 1% that are 6, 8, 10 years old… and appeal to the compassion of the American people… and not show them the people with these serious communicable disease, the fact that they are known gang bangers.. they have the gang tats all over them.. because they do not have a conviction in the United States, they’re turned loose…

This post was published at shtfplan on September 23rd, 2014.

Is Your Investment Portfolio Exposed to Crumbling Elite Narratives?

Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C. I. A. and the Islamic State Are United … The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C. I. A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking. – The New York Times
Dominant Social Theme: The Islamic State is a threat to everybody.
Free-Market Analysis: The New York Times is scrambling to keep up with 21st century realities. It’s very doubtful that the Times would have run similar stories to this one, excerpted above, in the 20th century. But that was then and this is now. The Times‘s readership is doubtless demanding more truth and less spin.
Not that the Times‘s reaction, such as it is, is helping much. In fact, the paper of record is about to undergo yet another round of layoffs, according to recent reports. The Times has ripped through numerous editors and subeditors and laid off a slew of writers in the past few years; it has even solicited outside funding to stay afloat.
Management is obviously struggling to find an editorial path that allows the Times, like other prestigious mainstream media, to continue to serve the interests of elite insiders that use the major media to create dominant social themes while offering just enough real news and information to retain credibility.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 22, 2014.

EU Caves to Powerful, Scandal-Infested Finance Paradise, the City Of London

y Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.
There’s been a common misconception doing the rounds in Europe – namely that whatever is good for Brussels and Frankfurt must by extension be bad for the City of London, that small incorporated area of London known as the Square Mile that isuniquely powerful and at once unaccountable. The basic premise behind this flawed assumption is that with the creation of a single supervisory mechanism for all of Europe’s disparate banking sectors, including the UK – set to occur at the end of October – the City’s see-no-banker-evil, hear-no-banker-evil regulatory environment will lose much of its appeal.
However, as I reported previously (here and here), the stone-cold reality is that the EU’s new banking regulation is primarily aimed at increasing the concentration and consolidation of Europe’s financial sector, to the obvious and exclusive benefit of Europe’s biggest banks, including British banking behemoths such as HSBC and Barclays. In its ongoing negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the European Commission is doing everything it can to water down banking regulations on both sides of the Atlantic, in the process even outdoing its U. S. counterparts.
All of which will naturally benefit the City of London. After all, when it comes to the art of passing voluminous folios of toothless financial regulation riddled with gaping loopholes, no one – not even Washington – can hold a candle to the City’s servile watchdog, Westminster Palace.

This post was published at Wolf Street on September 21, 2014.

Obama Is Defeated in Ukraine. Status-Quo Truce-Lines Agreed.

Russia’s Leader Putin Rejects Ukrainian Separatists’ Aim to Become Part of Russia.
But Separatists Will Almost Certainly Receive Reconstruction Aid from Russia.
Eric Zuesse
The great German newspaper German Economic News, headlined on Saturday, September 20th, ‘Welcome Russia at the G20 summit: End of Isolation’ (German original: ‘Ende der Isolation: Russland bei G20-Gipfel willkommen’), and reported that, ‘Because the USA needs Russia in its fight against terror-IS, the G20 speculation to isolate Russia in the world community has been shelved. The conflict in the Eastern Ukraine is therefore classified as [being only] regionally [important].’ Moreover, ‘Americans and Russians agreed behind the scenes on a division of the Ukraine. … The Ukrainian government and the rebels in the east have agreed on the establishment of a buffer zone in the east of the country. … The resulting 30 km wide buffer zone along the [battle] front will be monitored by observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).’
This is, essentially, the announcement introducing truce-lines, such as were established at the end of the Korean War and many others.
However, the foreign-affairs leader of the Ukrainian separatists says that their efforts to get Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to accept their territory as being a part of Russia have been firmly rejected by Putin’s Government; and, so, ‘We will build our own country.’
This important statement from the foreign-affairs leader Andrei Purgin on Wednesday, September 17th, was not headlined nor even the topic of any U. S. news report; it was instead inconspicuously buried halfway through an AP news story that focused on ‘East Ukraine Casualties.’ It’s common for propagandistic news reports, such as characterize the U. S. media, to bury what’s important in the news story, and not even to headline that crucial information, when that information violates the regime’s propaganda that they’ve been trumpeting. So: this information was buried, and was not headlined. The American media had portrayed Putin as the aggressor behind Ukraine’s war, and had hidden that Obama was actually the aggressor. The extremely violent February 22nd overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was, as this proves, a fascist coup by the U. S. And as the transcript of the phone conversation between two EU officials shown here documents, they recognized on February 25th that it had been precisely that. Furthermore, President Obama’s agent, Victoria Nuland, on February 4th, had already selected Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whom she affectionately referred to there as ‘Yats,’ to run the country. And her U. S.-engineered coup in Ukraine didn’t occur until February 22nd, and it then installed ‘Yats’ to run the country.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 21, 2014.

Stupid Senate: Lawmakers put $10 million bounty on head of ISIS YouTube actor

21st Century Wire says…
This is getting silly now…
For US lawmakers, summer holiday is never enough. Before disappearing for an extended seven-week vacation, the US Senate unanimously passed some manly ‘WANTED’ legislation, which earmarks $10 million for, ‘any information leading to the capture of individuals involved in the online ‘beheadings’ of American James Foley and Israeli-American Steven Sotloff.
The obvious logic of this one must have escaped the brain trust in Washington. The only people actually able to supply such information are the ones who are involved in the ISIS(L) operation. A $10 million deposit into the ISIS general fund?
Maybe it’s a way of funneling $10 million to someone inside ISIS, presumably because they need, or are owed that cash, but to try and sell it to the American people as a bounty is a child-like proposition. One thing is certain: you will never hear about whether that reward is ever collected or not – that payment will be ‘classified’, but you can be sure it ended up in an important pocket.

Take Abdel Bary aka ‘Jihadi John’ (photo, above), for example. He starred in at least two ISIS propaganda videos released on YouTube featuring alleged ‘beheadings’. Is Washington going after the voice of Jihadi John, or the image in the video, because as we’ve pointed out already on 21WIRE, they are not necessarily the same thing. It might also be painful to point out here that none of the so-called ‘beheading’ videos actually show anyone getting beheaded. So then, you cannot rightly call them ‘beheadings’, unless you are fudging it. Is that too complicated for the Senate ‘intelligence’ committee?

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014.

“Surprising” MH17 Crash Update

The title of this article, “Surprising” MH17 Crash Update, is accurate only in the sense the average sheep believes the average mainstream media report.
Since that is the majority, the title is accurate. Mish readers, however, may find this report not surprising.
Reader Marina from Toronto explains via email ….
Hello Mish,
My name is Marina. I am a long-time fan of your blog and a friend of Nicole Foss at Automatic Earth.
I am also a volunteer translator for The Vineyard Saker website. Our team has just translated a very important report on the MH17 crash released by the Russian Union of Engineers.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 19, 2014.

ISIS Posts Video Of British Hostage To “Dispel Manipulated Truths” Of The Western Media

In an unusual turn of events, ISIS has released a ‘news’ video – absent gruesome beheadings and threats – that features ISIS captive UK report John Cantlie explaining, calmly, how “there are two sides to the story,” in Iraq and Syria and attempting to “dispel the manipulated truths” of the Western media… “think you’re getting the whole picture.. as history repeats itself yet again.”
According to Cantlie, this is the first in a series – “You may be surprised at what you learn.”

Zero Hedge


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/18/2014.

ISIS Targeting White House For The Next False Flag Event – Episode 469

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 17, 2014
Fitch warns Europe might be facing a doom loop. Homebuilder sentiment is up, meanwhile prices are falling, sales are falling, and mortgage apps are falling. Fed reports economy is strong, job outlook looks good. Venezuela hit with a strange virus that mimics Ebola. Liberia’s newspaper reports the ebola was created by the US. Ukraine building up forces for a new offensive. President Obama is in violation of international law. US Government/Corporate media using Assad chemical weapons propaganda to link Syria to the Islamic State. The Islamic State put out a new video targeting the White House. Be prepared for a false flag event.

Andy Duncan Explains The Charade of Independence for UKIP and Scotland

This is a transcript of Jeff Deist’s interview with Andy Duncan on Mises Weekends.
Jeff Deist: Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to Mises Weekends. I’m your host, Jeff Deist, and I’m very happy to be joined by Andy Duncan. Andy, how are you this evening in the UK?
Andy Duncan: Well, it’s very nice to be with you again, Jeff.
JD: Andy, I’d like to get your impressions about UKIP. In the Western media, it seems to be portrayed a populist, nationalist, anti-immigration movement, but I’d like your thoughts.
AD: Well, the thing about UKIP, is it’s mostly a wing really of the Conservative Party. If you take the British Conservative Party from the 1970s, there was some very, what the media would call rightwing people in there, like Sir Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher and people like that. There’s also a big body of people behind them and they wanted to be independent with England. They wanted England to be like a free market, like a Singapore of the world, only a big Singapore, but the Conservative Party itself, the larger party, was much more kind of statist, socialist with a small ‘s,’ so there is always this rump inside the Conservative Party and about 5-10 years ago, they just had enough, these people, and they just created the UK Independence Party because they didn’t believe the Conservative Party anymore, which has always been playing the rhetoric of we will leave Europe one day and they didn’t believe it anymore, so they decided to go it alone.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on September 17, 2014.

The New Great Game Round-Up: September 15, 2014

China- Russia Keep a Very Close Eye on the Islamic State, SCO Counts on India-Pakistan in Dealing with Afghan Chaos & More!*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U. S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
When the heads of state and the heads of government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization gathered in Wales last week for the 2014 NATO summit, Western media made a big fuss about the underwhelming meeting hailing it as ‘one of the most important summits in NATO’s history’ but when the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held a historic summit in Tajikistan one week later, it did not even make the news in the West. Although the heads of state of the SCO are not exactly on the same page when it comes to Ukraine, they found common ground and they also agreed on a number of other issues. In a swipe at Washington, the SCO leaders condemned any unilateral buildup of missile defense systems and, most importantly, they finally approved the documents for the admission of new members:
SCO approves new procedure for joining organization The leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have approved a new procedure for joining the organization, RIA Novosti reported.
Memorandum on the obligations of a State wishing to join the SCO was signed after the meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Member States of the SCO in Dushanbe Sept. 12.
New admission rules will allow including India and Pakistan into the SCO at the next summit in 2015. India and Pakistan have already applied for full membership in the organization.

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on Christoph Germann | September 15, 2014.

ISIS Releases New Video, Warns “Fighting Has Just Begun”

The Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL has released its initial ‘rebuff’ propaganda response to President Obama’s declaration of war against the ‘non-islamic’ terrorist organization. The brief video entitled “Flames of War” is shot like a blockbuster-movie-style trailer and threatens US troops and the White House. As Politico reports, the militant terror group vows that the ‘fighting has just begun’ in the minute-long video, which features clips of American military forces under fire and a wounded U. S. soldier being taken from the battlefield. The video concludes as the words “Flames of War” flash on the screen, followed by “Fighting has just begun” and ends ominously: “Coming Soon.” Even more concerning perhaps is al-Qaeda branches calling for all jihadists to unite against the common threat from a US-led coalition.
Brief Michael-Bay-esque video below (warning: disturbing and graphic images)


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/17/2014.

From the Very Start, the CIA Has Engaged In Covert Terrorism to Give Government Plausible Deniability

‘So Planned and Executed That Any US Government Responsibility For Them Is Not Evident To Unauthorized Persons And That If Uncovered The US Government Can Plausibly Disclaim Any Responsibility For Them’ Everyone knows that the CIA spies …
But – from the beginning – the CIA has also carried out black hat covert operations.
Specifically, the CIA was formed in September 1947.
A mere 9 months later, the National Security Council issued a directive to the CIA to engage in covert operations:
As used in this directive, ‘covert operations’ are understood to be all activities (except as noted herein) which are conducted or sponsored by this Government against hostile foreign states or groups or in support of friendly foreign states or groups but which are so planned and executed that any US Government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the US Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. Specifically, such operations shall include any covert activities related to: propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world. Such operations shall not include armed conflict by recognized military forces, espionage, counter-espionage, and cover and deception for military operations.
Since then, the CIA has engaged in a variety of unsavory covert options, including:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 16, 2014.