Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges for actions ranging from filing false overtime claims, stealing firearms, and robbing citizens.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
The officers are accused of shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims, all while Justice Department investigators were scrutinizing the department for what they concluded was widespread civil rights violations.
One of the officers was also accused in a separate indictment of participating in an illegal drug organization and tipping its members off to investigations.
U. S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said the Drug Enforcement Administration began looking at the officers about a year ago while investigating the drug organization. The probe eventually involved the FBI and electronic surveillance – including a recording device placed in a Baltimore police vehicle.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MARCH 2, 2017.

The Body Count Grows: Covert War Is Being Waged Against Russia

In October 2014, the Washington Post openly speculated that Russia was responsible for spreading Ebola.
So in the spirit of speculation, and especially considering that no less than four top Russian diplomats have dropped dead in the last two months, we would like to share a rough chronology of all the “tragic accidents” and straight-up assassinations that have happened to – or been blamed on – Russia.
We did not attempt to list all the things that Russia has been blamed for over the last two years – ranging from Brexit to killer squids. This is strictly a body count.

This post was published at Russia Insider

SYRIA: Repeat Cycle, MI6, CIA, ‘Regime Change’ Operations

21st Century Wire says…
Regime change policy in Syria is not a new concept, it is, in fact, a repeat cycle, standard foreign policy for the US administration and its partners in the UK, particularly where oil interests are concerned. The following article on Washington Blog gives a brief summary of previous assassination attempts and covert operations conducted inside Syria by the US deep state players and their Congress talking heads. It is a history of manipulation, puppet regimes and violation of International law that has never ended, leading to the 2011 dirty war on Syria that is still raging in 2017.
The U. S. Carried Out Regime Change In Syria In 1949 … and Tried Again In 1957, 1986, 1991 and 2011-Today
‘The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:
‘Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the ‘possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.’ [‘Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,’ Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55]

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 28, 2017.

Trump Never Was Serious – He’s a Fraud

Those of you who have been “believers” in the #MAGA nonsense just got put in the wood chipper feet first.
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal will not seek cuts in Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement federal benefits programs, U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
There are two ways to cut Medicare and Medicaid: The first is to screw everyone while the second is to enforce the law and start locking up health care providers, executives and pharma for anti-trust violations that embody law on the books for over 100 years.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-02-26.

The covert op to neuter the rebel

If you want to track a civilization as it collapses, watch what happens to the concept of the rebel.
From the 1960s onward – starting with Lee Oswald and the assassination of JFK – the whole idea of ‘the rebel’ with power has been sequentially updated and repackaged. This is intentional.
The objective is to equate ‘rebel’ with a whole host of qualities – e.g., runaway self-serving paranoia; random destruction; out-of-control drug use; generalized hatred; the commission of crimes…
On a lesser, ‘commercialized’ level, the new rebel can define himself by merely showing up at a concert to scream and drink heavily and break something, having already dressed to make a dissident fashion statement. He can take an afternoon off from college classes and have his arms tattooed. All the while, of course, he functions as an avid consumer of mainstream corporate products.
You even have people who, considering themselves rebels of the first order, support a government that spies on its people 24/7, launches military attacks all over the world, and now funds a Manhattan Project to map every move of the 100 billion neurons of the brain, for the ultimate purpose of controlling it.
Going back as far as the 1950s, the so-called decade of conformity, psyops professionals sculpted notions of The Rebel: He was the person who, because he had psychological problems, didn’t want to take part in the emerging bland corporate culture.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on February 23, 2017.

China Prepares For “Regime Collapse” In North Korea

Over the weekend, following reports that China has banned all North Korean coal imports – in the aftermath of last week’s North Korean ballistic missile launch- which marked a troubling escalation in relations between the two formerly “amicable” nations, we discussed how China was tipping its hand that not only was Kim Jong-Un potentially losing a “very big ally”, but that it could also lead to “jeopady” for his regime, and a potential political coup in the generally unstable dictatorship.
Now, it appears that the likelihood of a regime collapse in North Korea is being taken seriously by none other than the country’s formerly largest trading partner, China, which as SCMP reports, “will take the necessary measures to safeguard national security in the event of the collapse of the neighbouring North Korean regime”, a defence official said on Thursday.
The recent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam has sparked renewed concerns over the stability of Pyongyang and the possibility of a collapse of the reclusive regime, SCMP adds.
Beijing, long seen as the guarantor of Pyongyang’s security, had mostly largely silent on the incident. However in the aftermath of the abrupt coal import suspension, Chinese officials no longer had the luxury of avoiding the topic.
Asked whether China had a contingency plan for a North Korean collapse, defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Beijing has maintained its usual policy towards Pyongyang, and urged the ‘relevant parties to refrain from any actions that will escalate tensions’.

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


Ever wonder what the left envisions America would be like if Hillary were president right now?
Well look no further!
For all those Americans who are sad Hillary didn’t win, at least they can go visit, where all their dreams can come true under the banner ‘President Hillary Rodham Clinton: News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules’.
Not only is Hillary the new president on this alternate reality site, but apparently in this time line Hillary’s ‘oppressively intelligent press conferences’ are deemed ‘boring and too sane’ by the NYT, and she’s already been crowned one of the top five best presidents of all time, while a disgraced, mentally ill Donald Trump has to explain away his psychopathy by admitting he’s ‘on tons of cocaine’.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 21, 2017.

China Moves to Put North Korea in Its Place

In response to North Korea’s latest missile test, and perhaps to the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, China has declared it will cease coal imports from North Korea for the entirety of the year. Beijing’s threat to North Korea could significantly impact Pyongyang’s finances, already stretched as the North continually seeks ways around international sanctions. But it also shows the limits of Beijing’s actions toward North Korea. Even as China takes a more assertive role internationally, in finance, politics and even militarily, it views its global role – and potential responsibilities – far differently than the United States or earlier European empires.
The lens of China’s latest actions on North Korea is a useful prism to understand how China throughout history has dealt with its periphery and beyond – and how it is likely to do so in the future.
For on a nearly daily basis, there are reports suggesting the decline of US global power and the attendant rise of China. This despite the slowing pace of Chinese economic growth, high levels of domestic bad loans and the massive undertaking of a shift from an export-led economic model to one based on domestic consumption, with the attendant structural shift in political and social patterns. China is seen as the next major global power, overshadowing the former Soviet Union and giving the United States a run for its money.
This view of China contrasts with how the country has been viewed for much of the past century:

This post was published at FinancialSense on 02/21/2017.

Over-Regulation Has Criminalized the Practice of Medicine

This criminalization of everyday life is not just insanely costly and insanely counter-productive–it’s insanely punitive.
The average person has little exposure to the criminalization of everyday enterprise in America via over-regulation and outsized penalties for even accidental violations of rules and regulations. One field that continues to be burdened with excessive/counter-productive regulations and outsized penalties is the practice of medicine. I received the following email from a physician correspondent: “As you will see, physicians have to deal with the federal government’s increasingly crazy and copious rules (like which patients they can screen for disease and how often). The following is an email ad I received for an expensive service that provides no benefit to the ill and injured of America. It’s bureaucratic nonsense.” Here is the email ad: Can you afford a $1.1 million penalty and a 50-year exclusion from Medicare? That’s what one New Jersey provider is facing. And he’s not alone. In the last couple of months a facility in Utah is now under a 30-year exclusion, and a New York physician is now excluded from Medicare for five years. These penalties and exclusions not only affect those providers that are intentionally fraudulent. Even an innocent mistake can land you in serious legal and financial hot water. Being tagged as “excluded” by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) can crush your practice — especially considering the new guidelines that went into effect just a couple of days ago (on Feb. 13th).

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017.

Why Its Big Bet On Westinghouse Nuclear Is Bankrupting Toshiba

Toshiba, the venerable 80 year old Japanese electronics giant, appears to be going bankrupt.
Toshiba was supposed to have announced at least $6.3 billion in losses during an earnings call yesterday. Instead, it cancelled the report, saying “it was not able to immediately secure the approval of its auditor.”
Financial Times reports that “The delay to publication of Toshiba’s earnings came as the company said lawyers were examining claims by a whistleblower in the US that Westinghouse mishandled its takeover of Stone & Webster.”
Toshiba’s losses stem from its construction of new nuclear plants in the United States.
The collapse of Toshiba will result in the halting of all new nuclear power plant construction by its US-based subsidiary, Westinghouse.
Toshiba’s failure also raises the question of what happens to the Vogtle plants if Toshiba fails? Does it open two southeastern U. S. utilities – Southern and SCANA – up to exposure to Toshiba shareholder lawsuits? And who will build future U. S. nuclear plants?
How Bad Is It?
The loss estimate is already $2.6 billion higher than the estimate Toshiba gave in December, and could go higher.
The reason it could go higher is that nobody knows how long it will take to finish the U. S. plants, which are three years behind schedule and billions over budget.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 20, 2017.

The Billionaire-Owned, Corporate Media is as Worthless as Ever

Truly demented. — Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) February 17, 2017

I think the U. S. citizenry is being afflicted by a sort of mass insanity at the moment. There are no good outcomes if this continues. As a result, I feel compelled to provide a voice for those of us lost in the political wilderness. We must persevere and not be manipulated into the obvious and nefarious divide and conquer tactics being aggressively unleashed across the societal spectrum. If we lose our grounding and our fortitude, who will be left to speak for those of us who simply don’t fit into any of the currently ascendant political ideologies?
From the post: Lost in the Political Wilderness
Rather than focus its journalistic energy on chronicling the economic insecurity plaguing so many of our fellow Americans, the billionaire-owned corporate media appears entirely obsessed with chattering endlessly about Russia conspiracy theories and domestic coup plots. Instead of looking in the mirror and admitting how its countless errors and propaganda pushing led to multiple humanitarian disasters over the last couple of decades, the oligarch-owned mainstream media outlets insist upon a narrative that Trump the individual is the root of our problems, as opposed to an entrenched executive branch with excessive power. This is because the mainstream media isn’t actually concerned about our cancerous, systemic metastasizing statism, it merely doesn’t want Trump in charge of it. I, on the other hand, want to dismantle that unconstitutional state entirely and transfer power to the American people where it belongs – self-government. Does anyone actually think for a second the media would be this adversarial if Hillary won?

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 20, 2017.

SHOCKING: U.S. Government Assassination Plots Since End of World War II

In response to the establishment media’s contrived ‘fake news’ crisis designed to marginalise independent and alternative media sources of news and analysis, and due to our readers’ engagement on this important issue, 21WIRE is extending its #FakeNewsWeek awareness campaign for additional week, where each day our editorial team at 21st Century Wire will feature media critiques and analysis of mainstream corporate media coverage of current events – exposing the government and the mainstream media’s ‘fake news’ assembly line…
The U. S. bombing of Iraq, June 26, 1993, in retaliation for an alleged Iraqi plot to assassinate former president George Bush, ‘was essential,’ said President Clinton, ‘to send a message to those who engage in state-sponsored terrorism … and to affirm the expectation of civilized behavior among nations.’
Following is a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for same) the United States has been involved in since the end of the Second World War. The list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 20, 2017.

Kim Jong Nam Assassination Caught On Tape

Chilling closed-circuit security footage has emerged of the killing of Kim Jong Nam last week, showing two attackers took less than three seconds to carry out the assault on the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. As the WSJ first reported, the video clips from security cameras were obtained by a Japanese media outlet and posted by a third party on YouTube.
The clip shot inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport shows Kim arriving alone at a busy, well-lit departures hall shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb. 13. Police said he had been in Malaysia about a week, and intended to take a 10:50 a.m. AirAsia flight back to his home in Macau. From an airport mall area, Kim, wearing loafers, light-blue jeans, a sport coat and a flat cap, and with a black backpack slung over his right shoulder, strides past three police officers into a crowded departures hall.
Once he arrives at the entrance of the departure lobby, he stops momentarily to look up at the flight schedules. After checking the flight schedules, he then moves to a nearby self-check-in kiosk.
In a flash, the next scene shows two women approaching Kim, one in a whitetop appearing to lunge as she places her hand over Kim’s face. There is a flurry of movement, then after a matter of two or three seconds, the three break apart. The woman in white – whose hair and dress resembles a woman dressed in a top with an ‘LOL’ slogan who Malaysian police said was connected to the killing – walks briskly away.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 20, 2017.

Why Did SEC Acting Chair Take an Ax to Enforcement Unit’s Subpoena Power?

The Trump administration assault on investor protections put in place following the 2007-08 financial crisis continues apace. The war on investors takes place in arenas both large and small.
The large issues get the attention, of course. These include repeal of much of the Dodd-Frank law and regulations of the biggest Wall Street banks, limiting or eliminating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which actually helps individual customers abused by giant financial institutions, and preventing adoption of fiduciary standards for financial professionals recommending securities that line their pockets but are risky to customers.
But Washington is not merely a swamp of self-interest with large, highly visible alligators munching on small fish to satisfy their insatiable greed. Another apt metaphor is a field of giant weeds – weeds of rules, processes and procedures that can be manipulated for the interests of the Fat Cats.
These weeds are everywhere in Washington. Whether your particular self-interest lies in financial dealings regulated by the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission, looser regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency, exercising greater control of your employees by removing Labor Department regulations, or a host of other rules, processes and procedures, powerful interests with highly paid lawyers can push back easily against the much-maligned bureaucracy every day.
This is especially the case when there is one-party government and the president appoints those at the center of the oligarchy to head government agencies, as is true today.
What goes on hidden by these weeds is not usually paid attention to by either the press or the public.
Case in point: Although the SEC currently has three vacancies on its five-person commission, the designated temporary chairman, Republican Michael S. Piwowar, has quietly restricted the authority of the SEC’s civil servants in the Enforcement Division to issue subpoenas for witnesses and documents when investigating whether securities laws have been violated. A small number of news articles suggest this unwarranted reversal of an eight-year-old policy delegating authority to the supervisors in the Enforcement Division may remove Division discretion in its use of civil investigative powers completely.

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade By James A. Kidn.

CrossTalk: ‘Palace Coup for Trump?’

21st Century Wire says…
Host Peter Lavelle assembles a brilliant panel to give analysis on the the trials and tribulations of President Donald Trump.
‘The resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor is essentially a political assassination committed by the intelligence community and aided by the liberal mainstream media.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 18, 2017.

Buchanan Warns The Deep State Is Existentially Committed To Cold War II

Submitted by Patrick Buchanan via,
When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, ‘If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.’
To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties.
Yet it was this regime, the deep state, that carried out what Eli Lake of Bloomberg calls ‘The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn.’
And what were Flynn’s offenses?
In December, when Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador. He apparently counseled the envoy not to overreact, saying a new team would be in place in a few weeks and would review U. S.-Russian relations.
‘That’s neither illegal nor improper,’ writes Lake.
Vladimir Putin swiftly declared that there would be no reciprocal expulsions and U. S. diplomats and their families would be welcome at the Kremlin’s Christmas and New Year’s parties.
Diplomatic crisis averted. ‘Great move … (by V. Putin),’ tweeted Trump, ‘I always knew he was very smart.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 17, 2017.

Dow Dragged Lower By UnitedHealth After Government Sues Largest US Health Insurer

The Dow Jones “Industrial” Average is suffering one of its worst intraday declines in weeks as a result of a 3.6% drop in UnitedHealth shares, which are sinking on news that the DOJ joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the insurer filed by a former executive claiming the country’s largest health insurer overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars.
The company denied the allegations, with UnitedHealth spokesman Matthew Burns saying in a statement that “we reject these more than five-year-old claims and will contest them vigorously.”
Alleging insurance fraud, the lawsuit which was filed in 2011 and unsealed on Thursday, claims UnitedHealth Group overcharged Medicare by claiming the federal health insurance program’s members nationwide were sicker than they were, according to the law firm Constantine Cannon LLP. Overnight, the DOJ also joined in allegations against WellMed Medical Management Inc, a Texas-based healthcare company UnitedHealth bought in 2011.
The lawsuit by whistleblower Benjamin Poehling, a former UnitedHealth executive, has been kept under seal in federal court in Los Angeles while the Justice Department investigated the claims for the past five years. Constantine Cannon posted the lawsuit online when it was unsealed on Thursday. No total damages were specified in the lawsuit.
UNH’s drop is the biggest contributor to the DJIA’s intraday slide, accounting for nearly 80% of the total point loss in the index.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 17, 2017.

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the vice president. As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC‘s “Today Show” on Tuesday: “Misleading the vice president really was the key here.”
That sounds about as credible as when the president told CIA employees that the media had invented the story about his enmity toward the spy agency, not even two weeks after he had taken to Twitter to compare the CIA to Nazis. It’s about as credible as President Donald Trump’s insistence that it didn’t rain during his inauguration. Or that millions of people had voted illegally in the election he just won.
The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s “lie” to Pence would get him fired. It doesn’t add up.

This post was published at bloomberg

Is the NSA the real president of the United States?

The US intelligence community continues its war to kick Donald Trump to the curb and destroy his presidency.
Obviously, the NSA, the CIA, and their silent partners want to continue to run this country.
So they spy and leak, spy and leak.
We’ll get to the guts of the problem in a minute, but first a word from Bill Binney.
Breitbart: ‘William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is ‘absolutely’ monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump.’
‘Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001 after spending more than 30 years with the agency.’
‘Asked whether he believes the NSA is tapping Trump, Binney replied: ‘Absolutely. How did they get the phone call between the president and the president of Australia? Or the one that he made with Mexico? Those are not targeted foreigners’.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Feb 16, 2017.