Kim Kardashian Disappointed After Senate Votes Down Four Gun-Control Proposals In One Day

So sad! The senate voted against background checks being needed to buy guns. So terrorists on fbi's wanted lists can legally still buy guns
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 21, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, there has been a renewed push by lawmakers to show their constituents that they are actually working on strengthening gun control measures – now if only anyone could agree on anything.
On the same day that the Supreme Court turned away two separate appeals challenging assault weapon bans in New York and Connecticut, the Senate rejected four total proposals centered around gun control. As The Hill reports, the Senate couldn’t agree on two proposals to block suspected terrorists from being able to buy a gun, nor could the Senate agree on two gun background background check proposals. All of the proposals would have been an amendment to the commerce, justice and science appropriations bill.
Background Check Proposals
The background check proposals, one from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and one from Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), were both rejected largely along party lines.
Grassley’s proposal would reauthorize funding for the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) and incentivize states to share mental health records with the federal system. The proposal would also crack down on preventing government agencies from selling guns to criminals as part of undercover sting operations such as Operation Fast and Furious, unless DOJ officials sign off that “sufficient safeguards” are in place.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Jun 21, 2016.

WHO ARE SYRIA’S WHITE HELMETS?

Who are the White Helmets? This is a question that everyone should be asking themselves.
A hideous murder of a rising star in UK politics, Jo Cox MP, has just sent shock waves across the world. Within hours of her death, a special fund was established in her name to raise money for 3 causes. One of those causes is the Syrian White Helmets.
Are we seeing a cynical and obscene exploitation of Jo Cox’s murder to revive the flagging credibility of a US State Department & UK Foreign Office asset on the ground in Syria, created and sustained as first responders for the US and NATO Al Nusra/Al Qaeda forces?
If this is the case, and I fear it is, the depravity of our government, the US government, the state led media and associated Syria Campaign support groups have reached a new level of perversion of Humanity. The White Helmets have been demonstrated to be a primarily US and NATO funded organisation embedded in Al Nusra and ISIS held areas exclusively.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 21, 2016.

Republican Senators Use Orlando Shooting to Push for Increased Government Spying Powers

‘This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement.
FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did ‘not condone the use of violence’ at occupy protests.
– From the post: It’s Official: The FBI Classifies Peaceful American Protestors as ‘Terrorists’
Well we knew this was coming, and it’s no surprise to see Mitch McConnell leading the charge. A man who never saw a 4th Amendment violating piece of legislation he didn’t like.
Reuters reports:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jun 21, 2016.

If You Value Life, Wake Up! – Paul Craig Roberts

Great Danger: US-NATO Missiles Threatening Russia.
Putin: ‘We Know and they Know that we Know… People do not Understand how Dangerous the Situation Really Is’
If You Value Life, Wake Up!
Paul Craig Roberts
Do you remember how close we came to Armageddon in the early 1960s when Washington put nuclear missiles in Turkey on the Soviet Union’s border and the Soviets responded by putting nuclear missiles in Cuba? Fortunately, at that time we had an intelligent president instead of a cipher. President John F. Kennedy pulled us back from the brink and was assassinated by his own government for his service to humanity.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on June 20, 2016.

Trolling for War With Russia

Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad.
A ‘judicious use of stand-off and air weapons,’ they claim, ‘would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U. S.-led diplomatic process.’
In brief, to strengthen the hand of our diplomats and show we mean business, we should start bombing and killing Syrian soldiers.
Yet Syria has not attacked us. And Congress has not declared war on Syria, or authorized an attack. Where do these State hawks think President Obama gets the authority to launch a war on Syria?
Does State consider the Constitution to be purely advisory when it grants Congress the sole power to declare war? Was not waging aggressive war the principal charge against the Nazis at Nuremberg?
If U. S. bombs and missiles rain down on Damascus, to the cheers of the C-Street Pattons, what do we do if Bashar Assad’s allies Iran and Hezbollah retaliate with Benghazi-type attacks on U. S. diplomats across the Middle East?

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 21, 2016.

NATO, the E.U. and the New Cold War: John Batchelor Interviews Stephen F. Cohen

The headlines this week are about NATO, the E.U. and escalation of the NCW—. NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg, is ecstatic that NATO countries are beginning to spend increases in budgets ‘against Russian aggression’ and that new military units, air, ground, missiles and troops are to be garrisoned on a more permanent basis in the E.U. – especially the Baltic States and ‘in hosting countries’ like Norway and Sweden. Recent military exercises are part of this and Cohen makes it clear that these events are permanent preparations for war and the Russian responses to them show the Kremlin is taking them very seriously. Also noted were Aegis planes to be sent to the M.E. to monitor the Syrian conflict and new shelling by Kiev of its breakaway provinces in the East. But most of Cohen’s worries centre around the increasing threat of NATO in the north where St Petersburg now finds itself (almost) within artillery range of these forces. In the coming July NATO summit meetings Cohen expects the permanent aspects of NATO building in Europe will be announced, plus more augmentations.
On the good news front we have a major energy corporation, Exxon Mobile making an effort to invest in Russian oil/gas developments. But the NATO provocations are decidedly destructive to all Western economies AND the U.S. That this is another example of working at cross-purposes that only makes sense in that it is the raison d’etre of the American Empire as expressed by the Wolfowitz Doctrine. With the possible devolution of the EU represented by Brexit, the later is now in question. And Batchelor notes that the anti-Brexit/anti Putin groups are using a Brexit argument that it would be good for Russia. That it is Putin’s stated government policy not to comment on other countries internal business, states Cohen, is never mentioned. It may not be a coincidence that this is obviously the very opposite to the Washington intervention policy. The recent Pew Pole, for that matter, indicates that the scare mongering is not working very well in the E.U. The failures of a policy of non-cooperation with Russia are again expanded upon.

This post was published at Audioboom

Is Orlando The New 9/11?

Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,
Last week America was rocked by the cold-blooded murder of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Unlike the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Orlando shooter appears to be a lone gunman who, while claiming allegiance to ISIS, was not actually working with a terrorist group. About the only thing Orlando has in common with 9/11 is the way power-hungry politicians and federal officials wasted no time using it to justify expanding government and restricting liberty.
Immediately following the shooting, we began to hear renewed calls for increased government surveillance of Muslims, including spying on Muslim religious services. Although the Orlando shooter was born in the US, some are using the shooting to renew the debate over Muslim immigration. While the government certainly should prevent terrorists from entering the country, singling out individuals for government surveillance and other violations of their rights because of religious faith violates the First Amendment and establishes a dangerous precedent that will be used against other groups. In addition, scapegoating all Muslims because of the act of one deranged individual strengthens groups like ISIS by making it appear that the US government is at war with Islam.
The Orlando shooting is being used to justify mass surveillance and warrantless wiretapping. For the past three years, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Department appropriations bill limiting mass surveillance. But, last week, the same amendment was voted down. The only difference between this year’s debate and previous debates was that this year defenders of the surveillance state were able to claim that the Orlando shooting justifies shredding the Fourth Amendment.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Jun 20, 2016.

Beyond the Current Fantasies in the Jihadist War

Before we start, I want to say ‘Thank You’ to the many of you who took advantage of our offer to subscribe to my new service at Geopolitical Futures. This effort was so successful that we have decided to extend it for one more week. If you’d like to read our analysis every day, you can subscribe today at the discounted price of only $99 per year. And now, let’s dig in…
Last week, I wrote an article on the massacre in Florida. It drew many responses and some criticisms. In general, the critics fell into two groups.
Some felt I should have demanded stricter gun control. Others, that I should have demanded an end to all immigration by Muslims. On the surface, both suggestions are reasonable, but they reminded me of something Will Rogers said.
Rogers was a renowned American humorist in the early 20th century. During World War I, German U-boats threatened the Allied war effort by sinking US ships headed to Europe. The Allied navies could not stop the slaughter.
Rogers was asked what he would do about it. He said that the only solution was to boil away the Atlantic Ocean, and then capture the U-boats sitting on the bottom. When asked how to do that, Rogers answered that he was responding as a policymaker, and that that question must be handled by others.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on JUNE 20, 2016.

THE ‘SNOWDEN REVELATIONS’ HAVE BEEN AN UNMITIGATED VICTORY FOR THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE

No doubt you know the basic story.
Beginning June 5th 2013, a series of explosive articles ran in The Guardian (and subsequently a handful of other newspapers/magazines) detailing a vast web of global surveillance (engineered by the U. S. National Security Agency and U. K. partner GCHQ). The revelations were backed by large troves of primary information (code-names/programme descriptions) and internal documents (charts and diagrams) apparently directly sourced from the NSA.
A storm of controversy soon erupted over the breadth and ubiquity of this global surveillance. Forthcoming details on the myriad of previously secret programmes made it clear that email, text, phone data and communications were being scooped-up, recorded and analysed on a mammoth and almost unimaginable scale around the world.
On June 9th, 4 days after the earth-shaking leaks began, the then 29 year-old Edward Snowden identified himself as the source of the leaks. Secreted in a Hong Kong hotel room, Snowden volunteered his motives and personal history to a voracious media and public. What followed in the succeeding 2 weeks resembled an international spy-thriller, as Snowden fled from one safe-house to another throughout Hong Kong, always one step ahead of the press and (presumably) U. S. law enforcement.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JUNE 20, 2016.

German FM Attacks ‘Warmongering’ NATO & Sanctions on Russia

21st Century Wire says…
High powered figures in foreign countries are finally coming out against NATO.
German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has branded NATO as a ‘warmongering’ force within Eastern Europe.
He has specifically attacked recent NATO exercises near Russia, speaking these very wise words:
‘Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken,’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 20, 2016.

Why China Is Arming Its Fishing Fleet

Forecast China will keep expanding the defense role of its fishing fleet, integrating it with the Chinese military. Beijing’s intentions will be filtered through local actors with strong interests of their own and different interpretations of how to carry out their missions, making their actions unpredictable. China’s rivals in the South China Sea will also rely heavily on civilian fleets to further their national goals, raising the risk of short, sharp crises unfolding as the disputed waters become more congested. Analysis Over the past four decades, China has gradually abandoned its self-imposed isolation in favor of deep ties with global markets. Though the approach has pushed the Chinese economy to new heights, it has also made the country’s supply lines more vulnerable, a reality to which the Chinese military has had to adapt. The seas – not the land – are now the key to China’s economic security and regional dominance, and protecting them has become one of Beijing’s greatest concerns.
But safeguarding the South China Sea, the most valuable of China’s waterways, is no easy task, and Beijing has employed a variety of creative tactics to try to do so. In addition to building up islands and troop numbers alike, China has encouraged its fishermen to venture out into the disputed waters. The civilian fleet, which has spread across the territory staked bythe “nine-dash line”, defends China’s claims as any navy might by harrying and diverting the ships of its competitors.

This post was published at FinancialSense on 06/20/2016.

The Boston Bombings and the CIA Connection. Graham Fuller and Uncle Ruslan Tsarnaev

One of the many unexplained (at least not officially) anomalies of the persons claimed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings is the presence of key CIA figure in the direct family of the accused brothers.
Ruslan Tsarnaev, the outspoken uncle of the brothers was married to Samantha A. Fuller until 2004. Samantha’s father is Graham Fuller, the senior CIA person who was the architect the Afghan Islamic fundamentalist Mujahideen war against the Soviets. He is also involved in creating a global jihad network, presumably acting on behalf of CIA interests.
Ruslan Tsarnaev, who changed his name to Ruslan Tsarni, lives in a posh Washington DC suburb of Bethesda Maryland. He has worked in the past for companies tied to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton as well as a ‘consultant’ in Kazakhstan with the State Department’s USAID which has been identified as a CIA front. [1]Take it all in The two brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, accused though never proven in a court of law to have been responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, had an uncle, the same uncle who agreed to bury the remains of the one dead brother. This uncle was married to the daughter of Graham Fuller, one of the most important CIA architects of using Islamic Jihadists/terrorists against the USSR during the Cold War and after, throughout Central Asia, including Chechnya and Kazakhstan.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 17, 2016.

“I Don’t Need A War In The Black Sea” – Another NATO Member Folds As Bulgaria Refuses To Join Naval Task Force

Days after it was revealed that the US had dispatched the destroyer USS Porter to the Black Sea, in what the US Navy said was “a series of drills with allies and forces of partner nations in what the United States called a routine deployment”, Russia responded that Moscow would respond with “unspecified measures”, adding that this and other US deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Jun 19, 2016.

The US Military is Not Ready for World War III

Sigh…now I really miss the 1980′s.
Not for the reason anyone might think as the women were fun, the music better, and the U. S. military was recovering from it’s Jimmy Carter induced slumber. As an American citizen in that era, the threat was not from some Jihadi Joe coming to the good old U. S. A. on a student visa or refugee program here to rape or kill my wife or shoot up night clubs. In fact by the late 1980′s the biggest threat to our existence was a nuclear exchange with the Russians as highlighted in the movies and culture of the era.
Fast forward to the news I posted yesterday:
Did Russia Just Order a Full Mobilization of its Armed Forces for War?
No one, and I repeat no one, thinks that the United States and Russia will engage in a nuclear exchange of the volume or voracity of what was planned in the 1980′s. Then again, the precision of the weaponry and devastating effects of a war between NATO and modern Russia, not the USSR, has seriously been war planned or considered beyond military colleges or certain segments of the Pentagon. The average citizen has been convinced by a decade of propaganda from Washington, D. C. that our military is supreme to all others in the world because we spend more than the next 20 nations on earth combined, blah, blah, blah.
The problem is that our military has been hollowed out by the Obama regime and turned into a gigantic social experiment for political correctness and ruined by greedy, inept military contractors working in concert with bureaucrats and generals inside the Pentagon who view this as an opportunity for personal profit, not our nation’s safety or defense.

This post was published at John Galt Fla on June 15, 2016.

Episode #140 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Wicked Game’ with guests Vanessa Beeley, Mike Robinson, Basil Valentine

Episode #140 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday June 19, 2016 as host Patrick Henningsen broadcasts 3 HOURS of LIVE power-packed talk radio on ACR…
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This week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from Devon in the southwest of England, from the former imperial maritime stronghold of Plymouth, England. This week host Patrick Henningsen is joined live in-studio by UK Column editor Mike Robinson to discuss the week’s international news, including breaking updates from London, Syria, and the incredible ‘mass shooting’ spectacle in Orlando, FLA. In the first hour, we’re also joined by a special guest and 21WIRE special contributor, Vanessa Beeley, to discuss her recent trip to Iran, and also Washington’s renewed drive to war in Syria, as well as urgent developments in Yemen, and the shooting of Jo Cox MP and how this mirrors a number of other high-profile European assassinations in recent history. In the third and final hour of overdrive we hope to connect with 21WIRE’s roving ‘democracy correspondent’, Basil Valentine, for a discussion on the BREXIT psy-op and how the recent shooting of Jo Cox is openly being used to leverage political capital just days before the scheduled EU Referendum vote.
SHOUT! POLL: EU #BREXIT: Stay or Leave? VOTE HERE.
Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world…
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This post was published at Spreaker on JUNE 19, 2016.

The Next 3 Countries to Drop Out of the EU If the Brexit Referendum Passes

Many economists believe if the Brexit referendum passes, then other countries could leave the European Union, too.
No state has ever left the EU – an economic bloc of 28 countries – since its creation in 1993. That’s why the Brexit referendum is such a big deal.
It could cause a domino effect of more ‘exit’ referendums from other member states, which would threaten the EU’s sovereignty.
There are three countries in particular that are most likely to leave the EU after Britain. These countries benefit least from their membership.
But before we take a look at these three countries, let’s talk about thereasons behind the Brexit vote and its current status…
The UK Prime Minister David Cameron is largely credited for the Brexit referendum – or the vote to exit the European Union. Although he personally supports Britain remaining in the EU, he promised in 2013 to hold a referendum to remain in or leave the EU if Conservatives won the 2015 election, according to the Financial Times.
Cameron set the referendum vote for Thursday, June 23, 2016.
The most current poll, published by Ipsos MORI poll on June 16 – exactly one week ahead of the vote – shows that the majority of Brits want Brexit:
53% of Brits want to leave the trade and customs union 47% want to remain

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on June 16, 2016.

NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia

On Tuesday, June 14th, NATO announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V ‘collective defense’ provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country. The preliminary decision for this was made two years ago after Crimea abandoned Ukraine and rejoined Russia, of which it had been a part until involuntarily transferred to Ukraine by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. That NATO decision was made in anticipation of Ukraine’s ultimately becoming a NATO member country, which still hasn’t happened. However, only now is NATO declaring cyber war itself to be included as real ‘war’ under the NATO Treaty’s ‘collective defense’ provision.
NATO is now alleging that because Russian hackers had copied the emails on Hillary Clinton’s home computer, this action of someone in Russia taking advantage of her having privatized her U. S. State Department communications to her unsecured home computer and of such a Russian’s then snooping into the U. S. State Department business that was stored on it, might constitute a Russian attack against the United States of America, and would, if the U. S. President declares it to be a Russian invasion of the U. S., trigger NATO’s mutual-defense clause and so require all NATO nations to join with the U. S. government in going to war against Russia, if the U. S. government so decides.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 16, 2016.

Noam Chomsky On The Breakdown Of American Society & A World In Transition

Submitted by C. J. Polychroniou via Truth-Out.org,
The US is facing uncertain times. While it remains the only global superpower, it is no longer able to influence events and outcomes to its liking, at least not for the most part. Frustration and worry about the risk of upcoming disasters seem to far outweigh US voters’ hopes for a more rational and just world order. Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky argues, the rise and popularity of Donald Trump is occurring due to the fact that US society is breaking down.
In this exclusive interview with Truthout, Noam Chomsky addresses contemporary developments in both the United States and around the world and challenges prevailing views about class warfare, neoliberalism as the outcome of economic laws, the role of the US as a global power, the status of emerging economies and the power of the Israel Lobby.
CJ Polychroniou: Noam, you have said that the rise of Donald Trump is largely due to the breakdown of American society. What exactly do you mean by this?
Noam Chomsky: The state-corporate programs of the past 35 or so years have had devastating effects on the majority of the population, with stagnation, decline and sharply enhanced inequality being the most direct outcomes. This has created fear and has left people feeling isolated, helpless, victims of powerful forces they can neither understand or influence. The breakdown is not caused by economic laws. They are policies, a kind of class war initiated by the rich and powerful against the working population and the poor. This is what defines the neoliberalism period, not only in the US but in Europe and elsewhere. Trump is appealing to those who sense and experience the breakdown of American society — to deep feelings of anger, fear, frustration, hopelessness, probably among sectors of the population that are seeing an increase in mortality, something unheard of apart from war.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Jun 18, 2016.

Read This Before The Government Uses The Orlando Shooting To Start Another War

Submitted by Claire Bernish via TheAntiMedia.org,
Late Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported, 51 State Department officials signed a statement condemning U. S. policy in Syria in which they repeatedly call for ‘targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.’
‘In other words,’ as Zero Hedge summarized, ‘over 50 top ‘diplomats’ are urging to eliminate [Syrian Pres. Bashar al] Assad in order to ‘defeat ISIS’, the same ISIS which top US ‘diplomats’ had unleashed previously in order to … eliminate Assad.’
This gordian knot created by United States foreign policy – and intensified by that same policy – means not only could war with Syria be on the horizon, but if that happens, the U. S. could be facing a far more serious threat.
While discontented officials used what’s known as the ‘Dissent Channel’ – ‘an official forum that allows employees to express opposing views,’ State Department spokesman John Kirby explained in the WSJ – Saudi government officials employed more direct means to press their interests with the U. S. in Syria.
In a meeting with President Obama on Friday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubair asserted, ‘Saudi Arabia supports a more aggressive military approach in Syria to get Assad to agree to a political solution,’ as CBS’ Mark Knoller tweeted.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Jun 18, 2016.