North Korea is accusing the US of seizing an official diplomatic package from a team of diplomats headed home from a UN summit on the rights of the disabled – an act it said was tantamount to ‘mugging’ its delegates, who enjoy diplomatic immunity. The North’s foreign ministry says agents from the Department of Homeland Security, along with local police, intercepted the diplomats at John F Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a day after the North released 22-year old American student Otto Warmbier, who was freed and sent back to the US in a coma, Reuters reported. The incident marks the conclusion of a brief episode of detente between the North and US that culminated in Warmbier’s release. For their part, officials at the State Department and White House have refused to confirm or deny the story, and won’t talk about it. As evidenced by Warmbier’s release, the US and North Korea appear to have opened a dialogue, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the two powers are continuing to discuss the possibility of releassing three other Americans being held by the North.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 18, 2017.
The military/security complex spent seven decades building its empire. The complex assassinated one American president (JFK) who threatened the empire and drove another (Richard Nixon) out of office. The complex does not tolerate the election of politicians in Europe who might not follow Washington’s line on foreign and economic policy. Suddenly, according to the Western and even Russian media, the complex is going to let one man, Trump, who does not rule America, and one woman, Merkel, who does not rule Germany, destroy its empire. According to the presstitutes, by pulling out of the Paris Accord (the global climate pact) and stating that NATO members should contribute more to the alliance’s budget for which the US taxpayer has an overweighted share, Trump has caused Merkel to conclude that Europe can no longer rely on Washington. The discord between Trump and Merkel and Washington’s resignation of its leadership position has destroyed the Western alliance and left the EU itself on the verge of being torn apart.
In Megyn Kelly’s much anticipated interview with Vladimir Putin for her debut episode of NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly”, the Russian President said he never met Donald Trump during his business trips to Russia (including Trump’s 2013 visit to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant), stated that he was unaware of any proposal from Jared Kushner to set up an alleged “secret line” of communications between the Trump administration and the Russian government, and that it’s ‘nonsense’ to say Russia has collected compromising material about Trump among many other topics covered in the 7 minute interview (see below). ‘I am not aware of such a proposal,’ Putin said referring to Kushner’s alleged proposal. ‘No such proposal ever reached me.’ Putin said many CEOs of major U. S. companies visit Russia and then asked rhetorically, “do you think we’re gathering dirt on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your mind?”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 4, 2017.
The Cold War could have ended in 1958 when Van Cliburn won the Piano Competition in Moscow. Van Cliburn was overwhelmed with Russian applause and his stage with the profusion of flowers. The judges asked Khrushchev if they were permitted to award the prize to the American. Khrushchev asked, ‘was he the best?’ ‘Yes,’ replied the judges. ‘Then give him the prize,’ said the Soviet leader. Khrushchev achieved the de-Stalinization of Russia and worked with US President John F. Kennedy to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Their cooperation opened an end to the Cold War. However, hardliners in both countries removed both leaders from office, thus condemining the world to the ever present risk of nuclear armageddon. Thanks to the insane US governments in the post-Reagan era, this risk is higher than ever. Take time to enjoy Van Cliburn’s performance in Moscow of Tchaikovsky’s piano Concerto No. 1. Here is Van Cliburn’s 1958 performance.
Years ago James Jesus Angleton left me with the impression that when an intelligence agency, such as the CIA, pulls off an assassination, bombing, or any event with which the agency does not wish to be associated, the agency uses the media to control the explanation by quickly putting into place a cover story that, along with several others, has been prepared in advance. I suggested that the new story that ‘the Saudis did 9/11’ was put into play to take the place of the worn and battered first cover story. When the Oswald cover story for JFK’s assassination came under heavy suspicion other cover stories appeared in the media. One was that the Mafia killed JFK, because he was having affairs with their molls. The fact that it made no sense did not stop many from believing it. It did not occur to people more gullible than thoughtful that a gangster would simply get another woman and not take the risk of assassinating the US president over a woman. The last thing the Mafia would want would be for Attorney General Robert Kennedy to bring the law down on the Mafia like a ton of bricks.
This Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, is the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as he approached the end of his third year in office. Researchers who spent years studying the evidence have concluded that President Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy between the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secret Service. (See, for example, JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass) Kennedy entered office as a cold warrior, but he learned from his interaction with the CIA and Joint Chiefs that the military/security complex had an agenda that was self-interested and a danger to humanity. He began working to defuse tensions with the Soviet Union. His rejections of plans to invade Cuba, of the Northwoods project, of a preemptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and his intention to withdraw from Vietnam after his reelection, together with some of his speeches signaling a new approach to foreign policy in the nuclear age (see for example, ), convinced the military/security complex that he was a threat to their interests. Cold War conservatives regarded him as naive about the Soviet Threat and a liability to US national security. These were the reasons for his assassination. These views were set in stone when Kennedy announced on June 10, 1963, negotiations with the Soviets toward a nuclear test ban treaty and a halt to US atmospheric nuclear tests.
Former Congressman Ron Paul opined about President Trump’s alleged involvement with Russia. Paul equated Trump’s relationship with Russia to assassinated President John F. Kennedy’s attempts to extend the olive branch to the USSR, a move which got him killed, according to some. Presumably in light of Thursday’s call for impeachment of the president by Representative Al Green (D-TX), and with the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor to investigate dubious claims the president and his campaign colluded with Russia to undermine the election of 2016, Paul posted a message to Facebook, which reads: Which President had the following accusations cast against him: 1) He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold. 2) He has committed treason by befriending Russia and other enemies of America. 3) He has subjugated America’s interests to Moscow. 4) He has been caught in fantastic lies to the American people, including personal ones, like his previous marriage and divorce. President Trump? No, it was President Kennedy.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on THEFREETHOUGHTPROJECT.COM / MAY 23, 2017.
Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. Before the American Health Care Act, aka ‘Ryancare,’ was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support – of 17 percent of Americans. Had it passed, it faced an Antietam in the GOP Senate, and probable defeat. Had it survived there, to be signed by President Trump, it would have meant 14 million Americans losing their health insurance in 2018. First among the losers would have been white working-class folks who delivered the Rust Belt states to President Trump. ‘Victory has a thousand fathers; defeat is an orphan,’ said JFK. So, who are the losers here? First and foremost, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans who, having voted 50 times over seven years to repeal Obamacare, we learned, had no consensus plan ready to replace it. Moreover, they put a bill on the floor many had not read, and for which they did not have the votes.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 28, 2017.
Earlier this week at least two US Customs and Border Protection officers boarded a domestic Delta Air Lines flight from San Francisco when it arrived at JFK Airport in New York, stood inside the doorway as passengers disembarked, and ‘requested’ that each passenger hand over their identification ‘documents’. CBP says that this was a ‘request’. One passenger told Rolling Stone, ‘the Delta flight attendant alerted passengers, ‘You’ll need to show your papers to agents waiting outside the door.’’ In fact, the agents were inside the door, as clearly shown in photos posted to Twitter by passengers here and here, and in some cases appear to have been between the passengers they were questioning and the exit, closing them in so that they couldn’t have left. It’s often unclear whether a statement of what law enforcement officers ‘need’ is a request or a demand. Another passenger, a photo editor for Vice News, says passengers were given an order, not a potentially ambiguous statement of ‘need’: ‘We were told we couldn’t disembark without showing our ‘documents.’’
If you want to track a civilization as it collapses, watch what happens to the concept of the rebel. From the 1960s onward – starting with Lee Oswald and the assassination of JFK – the whole idea of ‘the rebel’ with power has been sequentially updated and repackaged. This is intentional. The objective is to equate ‘rebel’ with a whole host of qualities – e.g., runaway self-serving paranoia; random destruction; out-of-control drug use; generalized hatred; the commission of crimes… On a lesser, ‘commercialized’ level, the new rebel can define himself by merely showing up at a concert to scream and drink heavily and break something, having already dressed to make a dissident fashion statement. He can take an afternoon off from college classes and have his arms tattooed. All the while, of course, he functions as an avid consumer of mainstream corporate products. You even have people who, considering themselves rebels of the first order, support a government that spies on its people 24/7, launches military attacks all over the world, and now funds a Manhattan Project to map every move of the 100 billion neurons of the brain, for the ultimate purpose of controlling it. Going back as far as the 1950s, the so-called decade of conformity, psyops professionals sculpted notions of The Rebel: He was the person who, because he had psychological problems, didn’t want to take part in the emerging bland corporate culture.
– In 1947, the president of the United States, Harry Truman, decided: I’m going to create a snake and call it the CIA. Its watchword will be secrecy. It will collect secrets of our enemies and hold them secret and report the secrets to the president, who will decide what to do. Of course, the snake will remain under the president’s control. Its entire personality will be based on deception, but it will remain loyal to the president. No problem. Sure. I’m thankful for Charles Hollander’s challenging piece on Thomas Pynchon’s novel, The Crying of Lot 49: ‘Pynchon, JFK and the CIA: Magic Eye Views of The Crying of Lot 49.’ Hollander offers vital reminders of the war between two parts of the Executive Branch: the presidency and the CIA. ‘Implicit in Pynchon’s fiction is the view that events in recent American history have led to a virtual constitutional crisis, a challenge to the supremacy of the presidency by the intelligence community.’ ‘When Eisenhower made his ‘open skies’ proposal, in July 21, 1955, at a Geneva summit conference, calling for unrestricted but monitored overflight of national territories on both sides of the Iron Curtain, many observers felts its acceptance would have gone a long way toward thawing the Cold War. To make a gesture of good faith toward Soviet Premier Khrushchev, the president ordered the CIA (under Allen Dulles) to halt its U – 2 photo – reconnaissance flights. But Dulles secretly arranged for the flights to continue. When Francis Gary Powers’s U – 2 spy plane was shot down in the Ural mountains on May 1, 1960, and Khrushchev announced the facts to the world media, the embarrassed Eisenhower lied to cover up. To many it appeared that the CIA chief had disobeyed a direct order from the Commander – in – Chief. The St. Louis Post – Dispatch asked the next day, ‘Do our intelligence operatives enjoy so much freewheeling authority that they can touch off an incident of grave international import by low – level decisions unchecked by responsible policy – making power’?’
Trump and Roosevelt: two peas in a pod? *** For the record, I voted for Donald Trump. Not that I was in love with the guy. It was really a matter of default. On the Oklahoma state ballot, I had the choice of Hillary ‘Crimes Against Humanity Here Comes World War III’ Clinton, the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Mr. Trump. I chose Trump, a populist, sometimes demagogue and buffoon, but a real outsider who might shake the establishment up. It is still early, but no one can say that the first two weeks of Trump’s administration have been boring or predictable. He loudly called the outgoing CIA director, John Brennan, a liar and said that the agency’s Russia dossier was all fake news. John F. Kennedy said just as much in private and paid the ultimate price for his honesty. Trump has apparently kept on his own private security services, since getting elected, to avoid the same fate as JFK.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 2, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… This week a US presidential executive order temporarily restricted travelers and refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering America. In response to the controversial order, a wave of anti-Trump ‘flash mob’ protests emerged seemingly out of nowhere at New York’s JFK Airport and other airports across the nation. While the airport angst appeared to be an organic effort to reject Trump’s executive order on immigration, it was revealed that the heavily organized protests were found to be tied to social movement financier George Soros. Participating groups included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center, the Urban Jusric Center, and ‘Make The Road’ advocacy group, to name only a few – are all funded by Soros front organizations led by his Open Society Foundation. The airport protests erupted just a week after a string of multi-million dollar Soros-linked/Democratic Party-affiliated NGO’s organized what was dubbed a Women’s March on Washington DC. The Soros-backed ‘women’s march’ was full of Hollywood celebrities in addition to a bevy of other speakers that included Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, activist Gloria Steinem, filmmaker Michael Moore, as well as the convicted felon Donna Hylton, who took part in kidnapping and torturing a 62-year-old real-estate broker named Thomas Vigliarole, in a botched ransom plot from 1985. The recent airport protests and mainstream media reportage regarding the immigration based executive order prompted a response from President Donald Trump over the past 24 hours:
With banners and chants proclaiming “build a wall… we’ll tear it down”, “let them in”, “hey, hey, JFK, no more fascists USA”, and “refugees in, racists out”, hundreds of protestors are assembled at JFK airport (and Chicago O’Hare) following President Trump’s ‘Muslim’ ban. As NBC4New York reports, With chants of “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” protesters gathered at John F. Kennedy Airport where 12 refugees were detained Saturday under President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from entering the United States for four months. More than 300 demonstrators held homemade signs that read “No ban, no wall” and “Refugees welcome” in front of Terminal 4’s international arrivals area. One sign called for President Trump’s impeachment and the deportation of the first lady.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 28, 2017.
Without explanation and just a week before inauguration, President Obama has suddenly announced he is removing the Major General in charge of the DC National Guard who helped plan and was set to oversee event security that day, effective at 12:01 pm right in the middle of the ceremony – the very minute after Donald Trump is sworn in as president.
If Trump intends to survive, he must break the CIA into a thousand pieces as President John F. Kennedy intended before the CIA assassinated him. Trump must arrest for treason the neoconservatives and put them on trial. Trump must curtail NSA’s spying, which is in complete violation of the US Constitution, on all communications of all Americans. Trump’s oath of office is to the Constitution, not to war on the American public. Trump must ban all presstitute print and TV media from White House press conferences and only give credentials to the alternative Internet media. The print and TV media are operatives of the CIA and are totally devoid of integrity. Indeed, perhaps the presstitutes should be arrested for treason and put on trial along with the neoconservatives and the CIA. If Trump fails to take these decisive actions, he is too weak to achieve any change. The McClatchy news service is the only element in the mainstream media that sometimes reports honestly. Below is a McClatchy report that a Russian tech expert, whose name was used to give credibility to the notorious fake news dossier, says the dossier is a fake report. ‘A Russian tech expert whose name and company are mentioned in the now-notorious document alleging connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian hackers says no intelligence officers have ever contacted him about the accusations, which he says are false.’