Global Power Project: Meet the Bilderberg Group, High Priests of Globalization

Originally posted at Occupy.com
This is the first instalment in a series examining the activities and individuals behind the Bilderberg Group.
Meet the Bilderberg Group – an annual gathering of 130 of the Western world’s top financial, corporate, political, academic, media, military and policy elites, held every year since 1954.
They meet behind closed doors, at five-star hotels, where participants are encouraged to speak frankly – meaning ‘off the record’ and away from the prying eyes and piercing ears of the public. Some journalists and media executives are invited, but they don’t actually cover the meetings: they simply attend them as guests.
The famous exclusivity and secrecy of the Bilderberg Group, we are told, is designed to encourage frank and open discussions among some of the most influential people in North America and Western Europe. But unlike its portrayal as a place where powerful people simply ‘talk shop,’ critics for years have considered the meetings a form of secret world government, and a shadowy cabal.
The truth, as it often is, rests somewhere between these extremes.
Bilderberg is a meeting of the movers and shakers, the managers and policy-makers, the plutocrats, technocrats, financiers and imperialists of the North Atlantic powers. Its original purpose was to provide a forum where Western European elites could meet in private with American officials to encourage the strengthening of the ‘Atlantic Alliance.’ The forum has provided the geopolitical and economic framework for behind-the-scenes collaboration and cooperation between the major NATO powers.
Founding members of the group in 1954 included Joseph Retinger, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and David Rockefeller of the United States. Named after the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, where the first conference took place, attendees decided to hold a conference annually with locations rotating between Europe and North America. In its early years, much of the funding for the group came from the CIA and American philanthropic foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 27, 2014.

Least Transparent Ever – Obama Administration Fighting to Prevent Release of C.I.A. Torture Report

If you’re already reading this site, you don’t need me to tell you how much of a fraud Barack Obama is. His love affair with cronyism and devotion to lack of transparency has been documented in countless venues for many years now. Nevertheless, his actions continue to do irreparable harm to this nation, and as much as it has become a tedious affair at times, highlighting his hatred for justice remains an important job.
His latest intervention on behalf of the forces of opacity, revolves around the release of a report on CI. A. torture put together by The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is 6,000 pages long and has been five years in the making. Naturally, the Obama Administration is taking painstaking efforts to block its release.
The New York Times reports that:
WASHINGTON – In a tense confrontation with President Obama’s closest adviser on Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats accused the White House of trying to censor significant details in a voluminous report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency.
During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, the senators said that the White House was siding with the C. I. A. and trying to thwart negotiations over the report’s release. The negotiations have dragged on for months because of a dispute over the C. I. A.’s demand that pseudonyms of agency officers be deleted from the report.
The C. I. A., supported by the White House, has argued that even without using the real names of the officers, their identities could still be revealed.
Perhaps I missed something, but we are preventing the public from seeing the torture report to protect officers who may be guilty of war crimes? Absolute madness.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 21, 2014.

THE TWO SPEECHES THAT GOT JFK KILLED (PART ONE)

Ten days following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and 10 days after a defiant JFK said no to the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, the Mafia and the Cuban refugees, by refusing to provide air cover for the invasion of Cuba by CIA trained Cuba refugees, JFK made the speech that put one of the final nails in his coffin.
The JFK speech is now known as his famous ‘Secret Society’ speech. He is the first, and the only President to ever identify the globalists as the enemy of America and humanity as a whole. For a man in his position, JFK was stunningly detailed in calling out the globalists of his day.
If you have never listened to the speech, you should take the time to listen, now, for if you do, the events of today’s America will make a great deal more sense.


This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Nov 20, 2014.

Why the Western Hype of Fake Russian Invasions?

On Friday, the Ukrainian military’s P.R. machine spun-up its latest episode of the illusive “Russian Invasion”, this time accusing Moscow of dispatching a column of 32 tanks and “truckloads of Russian troops” into the country’s eastern region.
The West are being very choosy with their language – in case they have to deny they ever said it later. Presently, the West and Kiev are stopping short of labeling the non-event as an invasion, instead calling it “Russian aggression”, and a “cross-border incursion” to aid separatists, with the all-important caveat of “unconfirmed report”, a PR system standardized by CIA media handlers currently in residence inside the U.S.-backed Kiev regime.
Another ‘Russian Invasion’?
The timing, and the sheer desperation of this latest P.R. move is designed for one thing: deflecting public attention away from the fact that Ukrainian military have already broken the fragile ceasefire with rebels, as Kiev resumes its shelling of civilian areas around Donetsk and Lugansk.

This post was published at Russia Insider

The Endgame of US ‘Islamic State’ Strategy: ‘Keep Arabs Divided, Rule Over Them’

21st Century Wire says…
The ISIS/ISIL phenomenon is a custom-built, violent gang organisation, which is the media face of a Salafist Islamic pseudo-ideology specifically designed to weaken the region. The end result is a 360 theater of terror designed mainly for western audiences.
Since the beginning of this ‘ISIS Crisis’ we’ve shown readers various facets of who the ‘Islamic State’ really is, where they came from and why. The timing of the emergence of ISIS is also important. There are still many unanswered questions however, like what is the Islamic State’s actual relationship with foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, and Israeli intelligence? In time, history will flush out the answers to these and other key steps in the ISIS DNA strand, and the guilty parties will be duly noted. The following is a major piece to that puzzle. Here’s what the CFR mob and the mainstream media do not want you to know, or understand…
By Nicola Nasser
Dismantling what the former US President George W. Bush once described as the Syria-Iran component of the ‘axis of evil,’ or interrupting in Iraq the geographical contiguity of what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the ‘Shiite crescent,’ was and remains the strategic goal of the US-Israeli allies in the Middle East unless they succeed first in ‘changing the regime’ in either Damascus or Tehran.
The US, Israel and their regional allies have been on the record that the final target of their ‘regime change’ campaign in the Middle East was to dismantle the Syria – Iran alliance.
With the obvious failure of Plan A to dismantle the self- proclaimed anti-Israel and anti-US, Syrian-Iranian ‘Resistance Axis’ by a forcible ‘regime change’ in Damascus, a US-led regional alliance has turned recently to its Plan B to interrupt in Iraq the geographical contiguity of that axis.
This is the endgame of President Barak Obama’s strategy, which he declared on last September 10 as ostensibly against the Islamic State (IS).
This would at least halt for the foreseeable future all the signed and projected trilateral or bilateral Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian pipeline networks to carry oil and gas from Iran and Iraq to the Syrian coast at the Mediterranean.
Israeli Col. (res.) Shaul Shay, a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and former Deputy Head of the Israel National Security Council, anticipated in writing on last January 21 what he called the ‘Salafi Crescent’ that is dangerously emerging to challenge the ‘Shia Crescent.’
‘The growing involvement of Sunni Salafi jihadis in Iraq (since 2003), among the rebels in Syria (since 2011), and in Lebanon has created a ‘Salafi Crescent’ from Diyala [in eastern Iraq] to Beirut,’ he wrote.
‘A positive outcome’ of this ‘Salafi Crescent’, will be the decline in Iranian influence in the region,’ Shay concluded.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 11, 2014.

Is Barack Obama Attempting To Harass And Intimidate Media Personalities On His ‘Enemies List’?

Someone is attempting to harass and intimidate media personalities that are very critical of Barack Obama and his administration. Whoever is doing this has extremely advanced technical capabilities. As you will see below, there is very strong anecdotal evidence that federal agents are involved. But these agents would never commit such actions on their own. It seems clear that they are getting orders from someone above them. Of course Barack Obama (or any of his top lieutenants) would never come out and publicly admit that Gestapo tactics are being used against media personalities on Obama’s rumored ‘enemies list’, but that appears to be precisely what is happening. Hopefully by shining a light on these activities it will cause those that are doing these things to cease and desist. And it is very important to point out that what is being done to these media personalities isillegal. Anyone that is involved in harassing media personalities because of what they are saying is violating federal law and is in danger of going to prison for a very, very long time.
Later in this article, I want to share with you the shocking harassment and intimidation that Rick Wiles of TruNews has been enduring lately. But first, let’s review what has happened to former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson. She was an award-winning journalist for more than thirty years, but that didn’t stop the Obama administration from systematically harassing her. In her new book entitled Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, she makes some extremely startling claims. She believes that the harassment and intimidation that she experienced were the direct result of her determination to get to the truth about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the green energy scandals and Obamacare. The following are some of the main points that she has been sharing with the media in recent weeks…
-While she was working at CBS News her computers were hacked by the government, her keystrokes were monitored and potentially incriminating classified material was planted on her hard drive.
-She says that her computers would ‘turn themselves on in the night, make strange noises, then shut themselves down’.
-An exhaustive examination of one of her computers found that it had been hacked by ‘a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.’

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on November 9th, 2014.

Addicted to Lies: Kiev, CIA Still Pushing Fake Reports of Russia Invading Ukraine

On Friday, Ukrainian military’s PR machine spun-up its latest episode of the illusive ‘Russian Invasion’, accusing Moscow of dispatching a column of 32 tanks and ‘truckloads’ of Russian troops into the country’s eastern region.
Thursday’s In what they are calling a ‘cross-border incursion’, with the all-important caveat of ‘unconfirmed report’, standardized by CIA media handlers within the US-backed Kiev regime.
The timing, and the sheer desperation of this latest PR move is designed to deflect public attention away from the fact that Ukrainian military have already broken the fragile ceasefire with rebels, as Kiev resumes its shelling of civilian areas around Donetsk and Lugansk. The indiscriminant shelling by Kiev has already been roundly condemned by international groups and human right organizations, but has attract no interest from the US State Department who are avoiding addressing any of Kiev’s military deployment against its own civilians – with many of the victims being unarmed.
Eastern regions also held long-overdue elections last Sunday, and despite international observers giving favorable reports on voting, the elections were (predictably) condemned as ‘illegitimate’ by the West, even as major political parties and representatives in Eastern Ukraine have been banned and disallowed from participating in Kiev’s new junta government.
Still the western media is spinning this latest Kiev lie as yet another reason to, ‘call into question Russia’s commitment to a two-month-old ceasefire deal’.
This latest fake Kiev/CIA attempted report are is the first. Here are some previous attempts to create a ‘Russian Invasion’:
July 28, 2014: After their total failure to blame eastern Ukrainian Rebels and Moscow for shooting down Fight MH17 on July 17th, Washington and its NATO allies have shifted their propaganda strategy in a new attempt to implicate Russia for ‘international war crimes’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 8, 2014.

Five ways to protect your privacy in an increasingly intrusive world

We have moved into the age of Big Brother. Though not as crudely obvious as two-way TVs in everyone’s dwelling the way George Orwell depicted in his novel 1984, all the electronic devices we use can be tapped into by Homeland Security, the CIA and the the NSA (National Security Agency).
Let’s get a concise understanding of what the NSA is about from a couple of unnamed NSA officials interviewed in 2012 by WIRE magazine, as their hugely sprawling center was nearing completion in rural Utah.
They explained how the NSA had made incredible breakthroughs with cryptanalyzing, or breaking through any and all encryption codes for computers and cell-tower-dependent communications, which are crucial for maintaining privacy and security.
The mammoth Bluffdale, Utah, NSA center will be able to pry into any online activity and cellular or satellite communication anywhere to harvest data for its databanks. According to one of the officials, “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.” [1] But it’s not just the Big Brother operations that one needs to be wary of. There are private companies and criminal hackers who want to get into your communication systems as well.
(1) Avoiding biometric scanner facial/iris identification:
Biometric scanners are appearing in many train or bus stations, airports, banks, schools, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, intersections and even computers and phones. Who knows who ultimately has access to that data?
Some are concerned that scanners can be used to track someone’s identity from place to place, and have created several convoluted, impractical measures to avoid being recognized facially or by iris reading that, in this author’s opinion, are much ado about nothing.
Besides, some of these silly “solutions” may get you into more trouble, while others are not cost-efficient. [2] There’s a much easier, old-fashioned way. Wear large, high-quality sunglasses.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, November 08, 2014.

Why Most Americans Are Still Stuck on The Oswald ‘Lone Gunman’ Narrative

Why JFK is still the most important Lone Gunman story? Because it was the first in a long series of psy-ops (psychological operations) directed against the American people. It wasn’t just the killing of Kennedy – it was also the death of common sense in America, as a nation surrendered to the false flag narrative.
Over 50 years on, and most of the United States are still ‘stuck on stupid’ when it comes to the dreadful assassination of US President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963). Why is the Oswald ‘lone gunman’ theory still so appealing for so many?
By definition, a Lone Gunman is an individual person who acts on his or her own initiative, without partners, especially one who has sole responsibility for doing something questionable, confidential, or iniquitous. In other words, it’s the diametric opposite of a Conspiracy.
Based on the mass success of the lone gunman theory as an official plausible explanation for any and all improbable crime scenes, government and media have enthusiastically deployed it as a final nail to close down most high profile murders of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Was former US and CIA spy and operative Lee Harvey Oswald really the ‘lone gunman’?
In the case of the JFK assassination, the government’s Lone Gunman Theory claims that only three shots were fired by the alleged assassin, but the evidence simply doesn’t match up toOfficial Conspiracy Theory. Spartacus Educational summarizes the conundrum as follows:
‘The Warren Commission came to the conclusion that John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. This theory has been supported by several other investigators including Arlen Specter, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Hugh Aynesworth, Gerald Posner, John McAdams and Kenneth A. Rahn.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 6, 2014.

BFP Roundtable Takes on ‘Islamic Terror’

On this edition of the BFP Roundtable the panel gets into a lively discussion on the marketing of the ‘ISIS’ brand of ‘Islamic Terror.’ But if the terror boogeyman is the product, then who’s the customer and who are they buying from? Join Peter, Sibel, Guillermo and James for an uncensored conversation on terror, black ops, boogeymen, CIA, and blowback.


This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on November 1, 2014.

‘SAND PIRATES’: Are ISIS America’s 21st Century Terror Privateers?

What is ISIS? If you believe government and corporate media propaganda, then you probably still think that ISIS is a grassroots Islamic ideological movement – with no connection to foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.
You would be partly correct, in that there is a grassroots element to ISIS, one which coalesces around vulnerable poor, economically and politically disaffected, young Sunni Muslims – all needed to refill the lower foot soldiers ranks of their fighting force, and yes, some members of ISIS have an ideological belief system, even though it’s not a very pleasant one. Theirs is a highly distorted, violent version of Islam, and a 360 theater of terror.
According the latest UN report, foreign jihadists are heading into Iraq and Syria on ‘an unprecedented scale’, with bulk of the Syrian rebellion being 15,000 ‘Islamist’ foreign fighters. Hardly an Arab Spring. The middle and upper ranks of ISIS include thousands of seasoned mercenary Islamic fighters from countries far and wide including, but not limited to, escaped terrorist convicts, and former detainees released from Guantanamo Bay.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 1, 2014.

Government Drug Dealing: from “Kill the Messenger” to “Pinocchio”

‘For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.
This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the ‘crack’ capital of the world. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America and provided the cash and connections needed for L. A.’s gangs to buy automatic weapons.
It is one of the most bizarre alliances in modern history: the union of a U. S.-backed army attempting to overthrow a revolutionary socialist government and the Uzi-toting ‘gangstas’ of Compton and South-Central Los Angeles.’
These are the opening sentences of Gary Webb’s three-part series ‘Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion’. Published for the San Jose Mercury News, Gary Webb’s year long investigation culminated in the ‘most talked about piece of journalism in 1996′. It was released on the internet at the same time of its print publication, making it one of the first national security stories to ‘go viral’ by bringing the Mercury’s website over 1 million hits a day. ‘Dark Alliance’ prompted congressional hearings by Rep. Maxine Waters, an internalCIA investigation in 1998, and now, 18 years later, a major motion picture starring and produced by Jeremy Renner.
The movie Kill the Messenger is based on the book of the same title by Nick Schou, subtitledHow the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb. In the film, Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) is cryptically warned by a Washington insider, ‘They’ll make you the story’, and that, more than the CIA-Contra-Cocaine controversy itself, is what the book and movie are about.
In today’s era of Snowden’s NSA revelations and government distrust at an all-time high, the allegations made in the Mercury series and Gary Webb’s follow-up book Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion seem almost quaint in comparison. While it was as early as 1986 that the government publicly acknowledged that cocaine smuggling was funding the CIA-backed Contras, Gary Webb was the first one to answer the question of where that cocaine went and where the money came from. The answer was found in’Freeway’ Rick Ross, the ‘king of crack’ who sold $3 million worth of coke a day, bought 455 kilos a week, and in today’s dollar had earnings over 2.5 billion between 1982 and 1989. Rick Ross was a true entrepreneur in his field. Unlike typical drug dealers, he didn’t get bogged down in petty street rivalry because the whole nation would be his market. He would introduce himself to other dealers by giving them a kilo for free and then offering them his price that was $10,000 per kilo lower than anyone else, thereby turning all of his would-be competitors into customers.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 1, 2014.

SAND PIRATES: Are ISIS America’s 21st Century Terror ‘Privateers’?

What is ISIS? If you believe government and corporate media propaganda, then you probably still think that ISIS is a grassroots Islamic ideological movement – with no connection to foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.
You would be partly correct, in that there is a grassroots element to ISIS, one which centers around poor, economically and politically disaffected, young Sunni Muslims – all needed to refill the lower foot soldiers ranks of their fighting force, and yes, some members of ISIS have an ideological belief system, even though it’s not a very pleasant one.
According the latest UN report, foreign jihadists are heading into Iraq and Syria on ‘an unprecedented scale’, with bulk of the Syrian ‘rebellion’ being 15,000 Islamist foreign fighters. Hardly an Arab Spring. The middle and upper ranks of ISIS include thousands of seasoned mercenary Islamic fighters from countries far and wide including, but not limited to, escaped terrorist convicts, and former detainees released from Guantanamo Bay.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 1, 2014.

Ray McGovern, CIA Analyst for 27 Years, is Arrested and Roughed Up in NYC for Trying to Protest Retired General Petraeus

The following post should serve as a serious red flag to all of you who currently mindlessly serve the state in some capacity. First off, here’s a little background on Ray MacGovern. His bio on Wikipedia starts off with:
Raymond McGovern (born August 25, 1939) is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief. He received theIntelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement, returning it in 2006 in protest at the CIA’s involvement in torture.
So here we have a decorated, lifetime government employee who served the U. S. power structure in a greater capacity than 99.9% of all those flag waving, ‘thank you for your service’ phonies out there. Over time, Mr. McGovern recognized the evils of American empire and he became an activist. Ever since then, he has been harassed, abused and placed on watch-lists by the country he so diligently served.
Earlier this month, I highlighted a separate encounter McGovern had with thuggish police-state goons in the post: A Tale from Post-Constitutional America – This is What Happens if You Turn Your Back on Hilary Clinton. In it, I noted:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Oct 31, 2014.

Vladimir Putin Is The Leader Of the Moral World – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Friends,
Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.
In a sane Western society, Putin’s statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the ‘exceptional’ and ‘indispensable’ country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named ‘presstitutes’ by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. ‘You are with us or against us,’ which means ‘you are our vassals or our enemies.’ This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.
This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history.
As an American, try to image any known American politician, or for that matter any professor at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or Stanford capable of giving an address to an educated discussion group of the quality of Putin’s remarks. Try to find any American politician capable of responding precisely and directly to questions instead of employing evasion.
No one can read Putin’s remarks without concluding that Putin is the leader of the world.
In my opinion, Putin is such a towering figure that Washington has him marked for assassination. The CIA will use one of the Muslim terrorists that the CIA supports inside Russia. Unlike an American president, who dares not move among the people openly, Putin is not kept remote from the people. Putin is at ease with the Russian people and mingles among them. This makes him an easy target for the CIA to use a Chechnya terrorist, a Jihadist suicide bomber, or the traditional ‘lone nut’ to assassinate Putin.
The immoral, wicked, and declining West is incapable of producing leadership of Putin’s quality. Having defamed Putin, assassinating him will cause little comment in the Western media.
Here are Putin’s remarkable remarks:

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 25, 2014.

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

Vladimir Putin has effectively accused the Administration and the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a ‘unilateral diktat’ upon the rest of the world. Putin also Obama denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia’s neighbors and has stated bluntly: ‘We did not start this.’
On this score, Putin is correct. The US moved NATO forward and Obama’s policy has been to impose sanctions on Russia in hopes that he would be overthrown by his own people. This is amazing audacity on the part of Obama that is just shy of what the CIA use to do – just assassinate people – but honorably since they world for government. Putin has boldly warned that the Obama Administration in Washington is trying to ‘remake the whole world’ based on its own self-interests. Hard to actually deny that one.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics by Martin Armstrong/ October 26, 2014.

Stratfor: Inside the World of a Private CIA

The leak of over five million emails from the US-based intelligence firm Stratfor, including information about credit card details, passwords, and the identities of sources, sheds new light on the rapidly changing world of intelligence gathering and exposes those behind it. Al-Akhbar gained access to the data obtained and published by WikiLeaks, including sensitive material pertaining to the Middle East.
The Strategic Forecasting Inc., commonly known as Stratfor, is a private firm dealing in the lucrative business of intelligence gathering and assessment.
Founded in 1996, the company gained global prominence during the NATO bombing of Kosovo in 1999 when its seemingly cutting-edge analysis was publicized by various news agencies. But it was the events of 9/11 and the subsequent ‘war on terrorism’ that elevated the stature of the firm, turning it into a highly sought after informant for major Western media organizations like Bloomberg, Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, and the BBC.
Commonly referred to as the private CIA, Stratfor claims that it gathers its intelligence through a number of publicly accessible sources, such as wire services, chat hubs, other Internet sites, and unclassified government studies, in addition to well-placed sources internationally. The agency now boasts close to 300,000 subscribers and over two million recipients of free email updates.
Until recently, much of the inner workings of Stratfor had been shrouded in mystery. But last December, members of the internet activism collective Anonymous hacked into the system during the ‘LulzXmas’ campaign to highlight the plight of Bradley Manning, an American soldier currently incarcerated by the US government for suspicion of passing on information to WikiLeaks.
Preliminary readings of these new emails gradually shed light on how the institution is structured, the process of bringing and building up sources, and an intriguing insight into how employees interact with each other. Notably, and contrary to the impression Stratfor tries to project, the emails reveal a corporation that has organizational issues, at times shockingly uninformed, and over-dependent on certain sources in manufacturing their predictions that are highly coveted.
What is Stratfor?
Stratfor was founded over a decade ago in Austin, Texas by George Friedman, a former political science professor. Friedman is the company’s chief intelligence officer, financial overseer, and CEO.
Presenting himself as a ‘best selling author’ on the company’s About Us page, Friedman has a history of working on matters of security and defense with the American military, as well as other institutions like the notorious RAND Corporation.
A self-proclaimed disciple of neo-conservative icons such as Leo Strauss, Friedman has routinely emphasized the ‘jihadist threat’ of al-Qaeda. Indeed, the forecast report compiled by members of Stratfor for the decade between 2005 and 2015 is mainly concerned with the prominence of the United States as a global hegemonic power and its conflict with al-Qaeda

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Oct 23, 2014.

Dear Mr. President: Why is U.S. ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Going Straight to ISIS?

21st Century Wire says…
The US State Department, led by the fumbling John Kerry, and flippant Jen Psaki and the even more flippant CIA sorority operative, Marie Harf, all seem to be Stuck on Stupidwhen it comes to Syria.
The tired old lie – that U. S. foreign assistance is spread around the world in the name of ‘peace and good will’, has finally been delivered the knock-out blow it needed to be put out of its banal misery this week…

SORORITY BRAIN TRUST: Lack-luster spin merchants Psaki and Harf fail to cover for droll Kerry’s gross incompetence.
A truly glorious effort by ‘The Do Gooders’ and NGO syndicates of Washington DC and Europe, making sure Jihadi lunatic murders of ISIS warm blankets and hot dinners at night.
According to this latest revelation out of Syria (see full article below), ‘Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies – even clinics – going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 22, 2014.

Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America’s Covert War on China

China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.
In China’s southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to ‘infect’ the mainland.
What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly ‘internal’ conflicts – and that they both lead back to a single source beyond China’s borders. With the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) now implicated in receiving, training, and employing terrorists from China’s Xinjiang province, and considering the fact that ISIS is the result of an intentional, engineered proxy war the US and its allies are waging in the Middle East, along with the fact that the unrest in Hong Kong is also traced back to Washington and London, presents a narrative of an ongoing confrontation between East and West being fought on the battlefield of fourth generation warfare.
ISIS: Washington’s Global Expeditionary Force
If one was asked to name a global-spanning military and intelligence operation opposed to Syria, Iran, Russia, and China, they might say the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US Government – and they would be right. But they could also easily answer by saying the ‘Islamic State’ or ISIS/ISIL as it is also known. This is especially true after revelations surfaced that US-backed Uyghur separatists in China’s western-most province of Xinjiang have joined ISIS for training with intentions of leading an armed rebellion against Beijing upon their return.
Reuters in their article, ‘China militants getting IS ‘training’,’ would claim:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 21st, 2014.

The Highly Amusing Western Strategy to Undermine Russia

Western Bankers vs. Eastern Alliance
We’ve already taken a close look at the battle lines being drawn between East and West, between NATO and the SCO, between D. C/Brussels and the BRICS. Not only are these lines not going away, they are being reinforced with each passing day. The tension has grown worse, not better. It’s obvious why all of this is happening, too. We know that D. C. is desperate to keep its dollar as the world reserve currency, and that their current strategy in doing so is to tighten all the right screws, so that the new would-be challengers all cry ‘Uncle!’, and simply bow to their rightful masters at the Pentagon and the CIA.
There’s only one problem: the Russian bear is still standing, and appears ready for 10 more rounds!
With each passing day however, it becomes more apparent to all that the key BRICS nations(especially Russia, China, and India) are simply not going to ‘cry’ anything. They’re in this to the end, together. No one has budged in the East, despite the most hellish sanction firebombing that D. C. has brought down on any nation in quite some time.
Most of the shield brothers here, know who the target that of that firebombing is. That’s right: Russia is in the crosshairs of D. C. and NATO. They’ve been told by the President, that there would be ‘costs’ for acting out a different script than the one D. C. gives them. They’ve been told, in no uncertain terms, by the globalist minions, that they must abandon their dream of a new multi-polar, non-dollar-denominated world, and accept D. C.’s rightful role as emperor of the earth.
What has this strategy wrought for the past 2 years? Well let’s listen in at a private meeting between Cameron, Obama, and Putin that took place not so long ago, and hear them tell it in their own words:

This post was published at The Wealth Watchman on OCTOBER 20, 2014.