The China Aid Bank Debate Gets Dumb and Dumberer

It’s been a while since any global development has generated so much hypocrisy, baloney, and hypocritical baloney as China’s new Asia infrastructure bank and America’s response. (OK – maybe it’s only been a couple of days.) Still, the hubbub about something whose name is dominated by a MEGO word if ever there was one (‘infrastructure’) is worth examining again. For it once again reminds that U. S. leaders, as well as most of our leading commentators, really aren’t smarter than a fifth grader when it comes to foreign policy, international relations, and the Pacific Rim.
Last week, I focused on how the rush of American allies to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) exposed the folly of President Obama’s dream of a Pacific Rim trade zone that would be governed by U. S.-style commercial rules. Since then, however, it’s become embarrassingly clear that the same ridicule is deserved by the president’s belief that his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will balance rising Chinese power in the region. For Japan is now apparently ready to join the long list of TPP countries (including Australia, one of the planned pact’s other major economies) that is signing up with the Chinese. Whether Mr. Obama really does believe in ‘leading from behind’ or not, it’s getting painfully obvious that he has precious few followers.
In addition, some recent commentary shows that it’s imperative to dispel two other myths surrounding the AIIB and hanging over the future of the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the globe.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson ‘ March 30, 2015.

Is This The Real Reason Putin & Xi Dislike The West?

When it comes to salary levels among world leaders, there is tremendous variation across the globe. Nobody earns as much as Singapore’s prime minister, though. U. S. President Barack Obama earns $400,000 every year, quite a distance short of Lee Hsien Loong but still very high by international standards, while Angela Merkel follows with $234,400. Russian President Vladmir Putin’s annual salary amounts to $136,000. That’s still substantially more than Xi Jinping, China’s leader, who earns just $22,000 every year.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/30/2015.

According To The TSA, You May Be A Terrorist If…

We were eager to assist the FBI with their recent push to ensure that New Yorkers remain ‘vigilant’ when it comes to identifying and reporting ISIS ‘recruits and people who may carry out attacks,’ but as we noted when the directive was first issued, ‘it was unclear what a person, pardon, recruit who ‘may carry out attacks in NYC’ looks like.” Lacking guidance, we speculated that Twitter usage in conjunction with Nutella eating could well be a tell-tale sign, only to learn that the real giveaway is traveling to Turkey from Egypt with an iPod.
Fortunately, the TSA has issued a set of guidelines that, if interpreted correctly, will assist in the identification of terrorists who may seek to use planes as instruments of jihad. The full list is below, but we would note that you don’t have to be a certified ‘Behavior Detection Officer’ to determine that if an individual ‘appears to be in disguise,’ shenanigans may be afoot. Other signs of intent to commit a terrorist act include: showing up late, yawning, having recently shaved, blinking, ‘bulging’ neck arteries, demonstrating an inability to match carry-on with body type, inability to assimilate to latest fashion trends, chest beating, crying, laughing, talking, and, worst of all, smelling bad.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/30/2015.

Four ‘Too Big to Fail/Jail’ Banks Threaten to Hold Back Funds to Democrats Over Elizabeth Warren

Having already proven that their institutions are above the law in the aftermath of the financial crisis, executives at the ‘Too Big to Fail and Jail’ banks have decided it’s time to teach Senate Democrats a lesson. Not being content with trillions in taxpayer backed bailouts to protect and further consolidate virtually all wealth within their oligarch fiefdoms, these bankers are irate at the notion that a commoner would dare criticize their unassailable crony privilege.
However, the worst part of this story, is that while Warren is harsher than most of her completely bought and paid for colleagues, she is still pretty meek when it comes to the big bank oligopoly. In her most misguided position, she doesn’t even support an audit of the largest organized crime institution operating within these United States, the Federal Reserve. Oh and for those of you who will claim the Fed is already audited, think again. Read: The Fed Impedes GAO Audits by Destroying Source Documents.
Thus it seems even Warren’s meager push for reform is simply too much for the thin skinned bailout baby banks to handle. From The Hill:
Four major banks are threatening to withhold campaign donations to Senate Democrats in anger over Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) attacks on Wall Street.
Representatives from financial powerhouses Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America recently met in Washington and discussed the growing hostility towards big business within the Democratic ranks, according to a Reuters report Friday.
Bank officials cited Warren and Senate Banking Committee ranking member Sherrod Brown (Ohio) as the two main lawmakers leading the charge against them. But the banks have not agreed on how to respond together, with each firm making its own decision on donations, Reuters reported.
Naturally, leading the charge is the biggest financial welfare recipient, monstrosity of them all: Citigroup.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Mar 30, 2015.

Cell Tower Problems to Know About: The Health Risks and How to Fight Back

Something is cropping up all over Los Angeles, California, like poisonous mushrooms, with equally toxic effects, but it’s not poisonous mushrooms.
It’s the standard cell tower, along with RF and EMF public relations pitches that are generated. Let’s hear what’s really happening in everyday, on-the-ground life, especially in ‘cell tower haven’ Los Angeles, California.
Concerned Los Angelinos feel there are several issues regarding all the cell towers being constructed in their area, but the most prominent concerns are health effects from EMFs and Constitutional 4th Amendment privacy matters. Numerous groups around the USA also are working on these very same issues. Maybe readers will become activists after having read this information. Those 4th Amendment Constitutional issues are being considered by a member of Congress on behalf of the LA activists. I hope to report more on that as things develop.
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) is an industry group that is active in discounting, nullifying, and educating about the ‘safety’ issues of any ‘smart’ technology, and its inability to cause health problems.
Cell towers in LA, which are cropping up like mushrooms after rain, have been able to unite citizens in a way that few issues probably would. LA’s firefighters dramatically oppose cell towers near their fire stations! Who would have ever thought that, since cells towers are being promoted as part of the homeland security issue. Well, take a read on what’s happened in LA.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 30th, 2015.

‘Whose Side Are We on Again?’ Jon Stewart Mocks US Teaming up with Iran While Fighting Iran

Everything America has done in the Middle East (especially since 9/11) has turned into such a giant cluster; most Americans barely know who we are fighting with or against, and many had no idea why our government chose to fight any of them in the first place.
Today it’s in the news that Al Qaeda, who supposed ‘did 9/11,’ is now our greatest ally in Libya… and what’s up with Iran?
Jon Stewart’s take is spot on.

‘We did it. It took decades of destabilizing conflict, but we did it. We finally figured out how to fight a proxy war against ourselves.’
American foreign policy is nothing more than a sick, sad joke.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 30th, 2015.

$67 MILLION STOLEN FROM KIM DOTCOM BY US GOVERNMENT STANDARD PROTOCOL

Kim Dotcom, friend of freedom and innovation, has been entangled in court drama ever since his house was raided in New Zealand. It should be noted that Kim Dotcom is not American, did not operate in the US and did not live in the US… but somehow the US government has deemed that he had broken one of their half-a-billion “laws” and sent in the valiant US military in Blackhawk helicopters to abscond with his property. All of this because he operated an innovative website which allowed people to share information.
During the raid, the United States government stole $67 million worth of assets, including cash, property, luxury cars, jet skis, large screen televisions and art.
Dotcom told the Herald on Sunday yesterday that he had not had a fair trial and lamented the “sad state” of the “United States justice system.” Though, considering it is truly an Injustice System, it is functioning quite perfectly.
“By labelling me a fugitive the US court has allowed the US government to legally steal all of my assets without any trial, without any due process, without any test of the merits. The asset forfeiture was a default judgement. I was disentitled to defend myself.”
Dotcom had a crash course in the US court system.
“First the US judge ruled that I can’t mount any defense in the asset forfeiture case because according to him I’m a ‘fugitive’. Think about that for a moment. I have always said that I’m innocent. There was no conspiracy. I have done nothing wrong.”
Moreover, he thinks the government is scared about returning his belongings due to the media spectacle it would create.
“They would have had to return everything. Imagine all of the New Zealand media at the mansion when the police has to return everything, all my cars, my TV’s, my servers and me directing them where to put my stuff.”
Not only does Dotcom have the asset forfeiture proceedings to suffer through, but also he will be a defendant in his upcoming extradition trial. Dotcom and his fellow Megaupload defendants are due to have an extradition hearing in June.
The takehome of the recent developments between Kim Dotcom and the US government is that the US steals from anyone, anywhere, including in the US. They steal anywhere from $30 to millions upon millions of dollars. It is a fact of life in “America.” Here are some of many, many cases involving US authorities and asset forfeiture:

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on March 30, 2015.

Why We Need the Crash & Burn

Comments are now coming in from those in central banks and governments, which ones I will not mention. They can see the proposition, but ask how can we actually reach the proposal? I do not expect that we can create such a reform without the pain. In the United States, we would need a constitutional amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment. That becomes possible ONLY in the middle of a crisis.
I reported in the Greatest Bull Market during 1931 chapter that on the ‘very floor of the Congress echoed words claiming that even a dictatorship was better than the pains of depression.’ Turn up the stress and you will accept anything to stop the PAIN. This type of political change becomes possible ONLY during a crisis. This is the Wave of Creative Destruction.
So what seems impractical today suddenly becomes the answer just like TARP. They pass something in 2 days not even knowing the details. So practical flies only in a crisis -not now. All we can do now is start the debate so the IDEA is out there. This is why I moved the conference up to set this in motion BEFORE the crisis hits.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on March 30, 2015.

Accusations Emerge That the U.S. Is Aiding ISIS – The Latest ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Circulating in Iraq

My belief is, we will, in fact be greeted as liberators.
– Dick Cheney on NBC’s Meet the Press, March 16, 2003
But that enmity for the United States circulates beyond the militias that once fought U. S. soldiers, surfacing also in parliamentary debates and Iraqi media reports and even at the highest ranks of the national armed forces that the United States is aiding.
‘Everybody knows that the Americans are dropping supplies to Daesh,’ said Brig. Gen. Abed al-Maliki, a senior Iraqi army commander based in the city of Samarra, about 80 miles north of Baghdad, using another term for the Islamic State.
What’s more, he said, during some of the fiercest fighting around Samarra last year, U. S. Special Operations forces dropped behind enemy lines to assist Islamic State militants.
‘They came in with parachutes, and they were helping to bomb the city,’ he said.
U. S. airstrikes against the Islamic State, he contended, are probably just a cover for efforts to support the group.
‘It’s just a show,’ he said, sitting in the city’s army command headquarters. ‘If the Americans want to finish something, they will finish it. If they wanted to liberate Iraq, they could.’
– From the Washington Post article, In Fight for Tikrit, U. S. Finds Enemies on Both Sides of the Battle Lines, March 27, 2015
How do you know your foreign policy is a complete and total destructive nightmare? When the country you supposedly ‘liberated’ not only turns into a horrific war zone, but all sides fighting accuse you of helping the enemy. This seems to be precisely what is happening in Iraq at the moment.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Mar 30, 2015.

Reuters Asks “Who Is More Of A Threat: Obama Or Putin”, Surprised By The Answer

People in the United States feel under threat, both from beyond our borders and within themand as Reuters reports, when asked about both U. S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was a pretty darn close call. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds a third of Republicans believePresident Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The blame, according to one sociologist, “the TV media here, and American politics, very much trade on fears.”
On the bright side for the Administration, ISIS and Al Qaeda still outrank him as more imminent threats… so that’s good (considering he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/30/2015.

A Middle East Holocaust – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Friends: We have had a satisfactory response to our request for your support. As long as you support this site, I will as well. Without your support the website would not exist.
Foundations and corporations do not support truth-tellers. American foundations underwrite war and US imperialism. Foundations support subversion of countries that are not Washington’s puppet states. Your website has no foundation support, no corporate support; it only has your support.
I have been around for a long time and have experienced more than most. The current situation in my experience is the most dangerous time of all for humanity.
Nuclear weapons are no longer restrained by the Cold War MAD doctrine. Washington has released them into pre-emptive first strike form.
The targets of these pre-emptive strikes – Russia and China – know it, because Washington proudly proclaims its immorality in public documents describing its war doctrine.
The result is to maximize the chance of nuclear war. If you were Russia and China, and you knew that Washington had a war doctrine that permits a surprise nuclear attack, would you sit there waiting while Washington cranks up its anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda machine, demonizing both countries as a threat to ‘freedom and democracy’?

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on March 30, 2015.

$20 Oil Looms As Iran-Nuclear Deal Nears Deadline

As the deadline for Iran nuclear talks looms, the possibility of a deal which in some way lifts crude export sanctions is starting to be realized. As we warned 2 weeks ago, despite all the rhetoric, a confluence of political factors makes a deal highly likely at this point; and as The Telegraph reports, Iran is a sleeping oil giant holding 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves and with an estimated 2m barrels per day of excess supply already sloshing around international markets, any significant increase in Iranian output could easily trigger a further rout in prices. While OPEC may well clamp down on this in June, as The Telegraph concludes, by then a barrel of oil may already be selling for $20.
Crude rejects Yemen premium and starts pricing in the supply from an Iran deal…
As we explained previously, a confluence of political factors makes a deal highly likely at this point however.
Firstly, the USA has a stated policy of pivoting from the Middle East and Europe toward Asia. There are a number of reasons for this, but the major one is that the rebalancing of China is likely to be a fraught affair and nobody can forsee the outcome. As such, the USA would prefer a balance of power stabilising the Middle East, of which Iran and Iraq form an important part.
Second, a number of traditional Middle Eastern alliances such as have been frayed in recent years due to certain conflicts and clashes on a leadership basis. This is not to say that Iran, who are leading the fight against ISIS, are a prospective ally, but they may no longer be part of a defined Axis of Terror.
Third, President Obama is a final term President looking for some final wins. The recent letter from 47 letters in which they claimed to have the power to rewind any Iran deal ironically highlighted his ability to push through a deal if he chose on the response, with a range of parties, from Iranian lead negotiator Zarif to US government officials pointing out that any agreement would be bilateral and binding and that Obama has the power to put this in place. This has been our view for some time as the persistence of multilateral agreements, particularly those likely endorsed by the UN security council is huge, with sanctions also only working if one has assistance from a wide range of parties. Any future US leader could theoretically renege on the agreement, but this is something almost unprecedented and with minimal upside given the agreement will have clauses in case Iran steps out of line.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/30/2015.

Military Drill Identifying Hostile U.S. States Sparks Alarm

A massive U. S. military drill dubbed Jade Helm 15 lists Texas, Utah, and part of California as hostile or insurgent pocket territory. The unclassified information about this drill is causing widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may be some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government. During the exercises, which will take place over the summer, Special Forces from various branches of the military will work with local law-enforcement in scenarios that, to critics at least, sound suspiciously like they are aimed at subduing rebellious American civilians and states amid a civil war or large-scale unrest. The federal government issued a response dismissing the concerns and saying that the training is to help U. S. forces prepare for overseas missions, but not everyone is convinced.
The most alarming components of the drills highlighted by concerned citizens and media commentators surround an unclassified presentation about Jade Helm 15s realistic military training that was apparently leaked. In a graphic showing the territory across which the training will take place ‘ essentially the American Southwest ‘ different states are colored based on the fictional status of their loyalty to Washington. Colorado, Nevada, and most of California, for example, are dark blue, indicating that they are permissive. Utah and Texas are both shaded red, indicating that they are hostile. Southern California is also red, with a note reading insurgent pocket. Arizona is light blue, which in the legend is listed as uncertain (leaning friendly), while New Mexico is brown, or uncertain (leaning hostile). Two more states, Florida and Louisiana, have reportedly been added to the exercise.
According to the presentation, the eight-week training program involves Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces Command (Green Berets), Air Force Special Operations Command, Marine Special Operations Command, Marine Expeditionary Units, the 82nd Airborne Division, and unspecified interagency partners. Underneath the logo for the Jade Helm drills, a sword with two arrows crossing it, it reads: Master the Human Domain. What exactly that means was not clear, but at least some critics of the exercise have suggested it may be a euphemism for subjugating the population of the United States. Indeed, as other analysts have noted, citing available information, the drill almost certainly has nothing to do with defending the Southern border from invasion. The few details that have been provided, though, are causing concern among analysts.

This post was published at Alt-Market on Monday, 30 March 2015.

The New Normal: Making Up Your Mind For You

Increasingly over the past year or so, when people ask me what I do, and that happens a lot on a trip like the one I’m currently on in the world of down under, I find myself not just stating the usual ‘I write about finance and energy’, but adding: ‘it seems to become more and more about geopolitics too’. And it’s by no means just me: a large part of the ‘alternative finance blogosphere’, or whatever you wish to call it, is shifting towards that same orientation.
Not that no-one ever wrote about geopolitics before, but it used to be far less prevalent. Much of that, I think, has to do with a growing feeling of discontent with the manner in which a number of topics are handled by the major media and the political world. Moreover, as would seem obvious, certain topics lay bare in very transparent ways how finance and geopolitics are intertwined.
In the past year, we’ve seen the crash of the oil price, which will have – financial and political – effects in the future that dwarf what we’ve seen thus far. We’ve seen Europe and its banks stepping up their efforts to wrestle Greece into – financial and political – submission. And then there’s the nigh unparalleled propaganda machine that envelops the Ukraine-Crimea-Russia issue, which has bankrupted the economy of the first and imposed heavy economic sanctions on the latter, for political reasons.
And while there are plenty people out there all across the west who may feel convinced that Greece had it coming, that waging wars in far away lands is the only way to keep the west safe, and that Putin is the biggest and meanest bogeyman this side of Stalin, if not worse, many also have come to question the official version(s) of events. Something that, if you ask me, is always good, even if it doesn’t mean the conclusions arrived at are always top notch.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/30/2015.

Is a Coming Martial Law Takeover of the Southwest Being Hidden in Plain Sight?

WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE COMING MARTIAL LAW TAKEOVER OF AMERICA
Sooner or later it will happen. The martial law takeover of the United States.
Have you ever wondered how or when the powers-that-be will ultimately usher in their much awaited plans for martial law right here in America? If so, have you also wondered what the catalyst will be?
If you haven’t given this subject matter much thought, prior to reading this article, let me urge you now may be the time to do a little more research on the subject. And if you have given the subject some thought, you have likely asked yourself one or more of the following questions:
What event will be responsible for triggering martial law in America?
What part of the country would go into martial law first?
What methods would the military use to gain and maintain a tactical advantage over the civilian population of the U. S. during a sustained period of civil unrest or martial law?
How long will martial law last?
Will myself and/or my family be okay?
Will grocery stores still be open?
How will I eat?
Will I still go to work?
Will I still be able to get the latest episode of Beverly Hills 90210 on Netflix?
Okay if you really asked yourself the last question then you may be in bit more trouble than you think and I would highly recommend you continue your studies on survival and potentially bugging out as a new ‘unclassified’ document recently surfaced, published, leaked, by the U. S. Army Special Operations Command is setting an entire picturesque backdrop for what may or may not be coming in the near future.
The document, about an upcoming drill, is titled Request to Conduct Realistic Military Training (RMT) Jade Helm 15 (JH15) and contains information regarding the participation of ‘over 1,200 service members throughout Texas’ alone but the exercise will also take place in 6 other nearby states including New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
The 8 week military exercise, scheduled to take place between the dates of July 15 and Sept. 15, 2015, and has some, like myself, scratching their heads as top individuals from the U. S. Army Special Forces Command (Green Berets), U. S. Navy Seals, U. S. Air Force Special Operations Command, USMC Marine Special Operations Command, USMC Marine Expeditionary Units, 82nd Airborne Division, and other inter-agency partners will allegedly prepare to undermine, outwit, out muscle and take control of the American populace in an all-out war active gaming scenario, said to be for the betterment of the U. S., against Posse Comitatus which is in effect right here and now on U. S. soil.
Additionally the document also reveals that there will also be an ‘increased military presence’ in the region, including an increase in military vehicles, airborne craft, armed soldiers, and even civilian looking participants. The report also details how there will be an increase in nighttime air-traffic which may generate a swarm of civilian ‘complaints’ allowing the military to test response times of the civilian population documenting how fast it will take word to spread that forces are in the area/region.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 30th, 2015.

Crimea Will Place Nuclear Weapons on Its Territory on President’s Orders: Official

Crimea would support the placement of nuclear weapons on its territory once such a decision is made in Moscow, said the head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov.
‘If such an order comes from our commander-in-chief, we are going to support it,’ Aksyonov said in an interview with the Sputnik news agency.
He added that he personally was sure that the nuclear weapons were perfectly safe for Crimea’s environment because Russian technologies in this field were the most advanced in the world.
During the latest major inspection of the Russian Military Forces the Defense Ministry reported on he plans to deploy ten Tupolev 22M3 strategic bombers to Crimea, but did not specify if it was planned to equip the aircraft with nuclear-tipped bombs and missiles.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 29th, 2015.

Four Years of Syrian Resistance to a US-led Imperialist Takeover

21st Century Wire says…
How long will the Washington-Tel Aviv-Riyadh axis continue to lay siege to the nation of Syria?

Sara Flounders Global Research
U. S. efforts to overturn the government of Syria have now extended into a fifth year. It is increasingly clear that thousands of predictions reported in the corporate media by Western politicians, think tanks, diplomats and generals of a quick overturn and easy destruction of Syrian sovereignty have been overly optimistic, imperialist dreams. But four years of sabotage, bombings, assassinations and a mercenary invasion of more than 20,000 fighters recruited from over 60 countries have spread great ruin and loss of life.
The U. S. State Department has once again made its arrogant demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down. This demand confirms U. S. imperialism’s determination to overthrow the elected Syrian government. Washington intends to impose the chaos of feuding mercenaries and fanatical militias as seen today in Libya and Iraq.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 30, 2015.

How Many Slots Are Open in the Upper Middle Class? Not As Many As You Might Think

Not only are there not that many slots in the upper middle class, the number of open slots is considerably lower.
If America is the Land of Opportunity, why are so many parents worried that their princeling/princess might not get into the “right” pre-school, i.e. the first rung on the ladder to the Ivy League-issued “ticket to the upper middle class”? The obsessive focus on getting your kids into the “right” pre-school, kindergarten and prep school to grease the path to the Ivy League suggests there aren’t as many slots open as we’re led to believe. Let’s set aside the endless debate over what qualifies a household to be “middle class.” Most people define themselves as middle class, with little regard for their income. Let’s cut to the chase and ask: how many young people aspire to joining this ill-defined middle class? Does this mean a rising standard of living and security? Not any more.
If you want those things, you must aspire to join the upper middle class.
So the more fruitful question is: what qualifies as upper-middle class?Here’s a handy line in the sand: Stanford University covers the tuition for all incoming undergraduates whose household income is less than $125,000.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015.

ANARCHAST: CASSANDRA FAIRBANKS: THE DANCING MAN TWEET THAT CHANGED THE WORLD!

Jeff interviews Cassandra of Cassandra Rules, topics include: the dancing man meme viral video, the social media storm that resulted, controversy over shoes, the power of social media, haters vs people power, we don’t need the state, individual action, lead by example, be the change you want to see, Russell Brand, big happenings in New York, Ferguson, feminism, porn and body shame…

The Dollar Vigilante


This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on Mar 29, 2015.

Republicans Blast Hillary: “Not Even Nixon Destroyed The Tapes”

As reported yesterday, the Hillary emailgate scandal took a turn for the worse and far more dramatic yesterday, when it was reported that not only did the former Secretary of State delete selected emails which in her opinion were “personal”, but that she then decided to wipe her home-server clean, a server which it is still unknown why she used when the US government itself was perfectly happy to host her email communication on far more secure, if FOIA-accessible, servers.
But what’s far worse than Clinton arbitrarily wiping any trace of her actions and demanding that the people take her word, is when she did it. This is what we said:
The key question is when said server formatting took place. This appears to have taken placeafter the first production request had come in, which means that Clinton may well be guilty of destruction of evidence. He said while it’s ‘not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.’ Today the answer was revealed, when it became clear that Clinton indeed is guilty of Contempt of Congress (not to mention the American people), after Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, reportedly told House investigators that after aides determined which emails were private and which were government-related, an account setting was changed to only save emails sent in the past 60 days, adding the setting was changed after she responded to the records request.
Said simply, Clinton deleted everything after she was expressly told to not only preserve the data but hand it over.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/29/2015.