March 5, 2015

SPECIAL REPORT: Was Clinton’s Personal Email System Courtesy of Soros’s Techies?…

March 5, 2015

by Wayne Madsen
Wayne Madsen Report

There is no question that Hillary Clinton and George Soros are very close politically and socially. However, did Mrs. Clinton’s tight relationship with Soros result in the multi-billionaire mogul instructing his army of tech-savvy social networking gurus to install the private e-mail server at the Clinton home in Chappaqua, New York that the then-Secretary of State used to communicate privately and outside the purview of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Federal Records Act (FRA) with her closest advisers, many of whom previously worked for Soros’s NGOs?

As more details are revealed about the nature of Clinton’s email network, these and other questions are being asked about the true nature of Clinton’s decision to have her staff, just two months ago, cherry pick through hundreds of thousands of emails and release only 50,000 of those which she and her staffers deemed compliant with the FARA.

Aside from Clinton skirting the intent of the FARA and FRA, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest could not say whether Clinton’s use of a private email system resulted in a security vulnerability. Earnest even directed a question whether Mrs. Clinton linked her private email system to the State Department’s classified email system back to the State Department.

Clinton’s private email system at her New York residence was registered by an aide named Eric Hothem. However, Internet registration records list his name as Eric Hoteham. The original clintonemail.com domain name was registered by another aide named Justin Cooper. Cooper now works for Teneo Holdings, a firm that advises corporate clients that was co-founded by former Bill Clinton personal assistant Doug Band. Mr. Clinton’s and Band’s names appeared on the passenger manifests of several flights made with convicted underage sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on his private Boeing jetliner.

Those who defend Clinton’s use of the private system claim that it was already in place when she became Secretary of State. However, Internet domain registration records for clintonemail.com show that there domain was registered on January 13, 2009, eight days before she was confirmed as Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate. Obama announced his selection of Clinton as Secretary of State at a December 1, 2008 press conference in Chicago.

The registration records also indicate that updates of the Whois database record for clintonemail.com were made on February 26 and March 5, 2015 just prior to and after the story about the private email broke in The New York Times. Clinton’s service provider is Perfect Privacy LLC, a private domain registration firm listing its address in Jacksonville, Florida although its website claims its headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia. Florida Secretary of State corporation records contain no record for Perfect Privacy LLC of Jacksonville.

Domain Name: CLINTONEMAIL.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Sponsoring
Registrar IANA ID: 2
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL:
http://networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS15.WORLDNIC.COM
Name Server:
NS16.WORLDNIC.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date:
14-nov-2013
Creation Date: 13-jan-2009
Expiration Date: 13-jan-2017

Last update of whois database: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:27:03 GMT 


Domain Name: CLINTONEMAIL.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1537310173_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Registrar URL: http://networksolutions.com
Updated Date: 2015-01-29T00:44:01Z
Creation Date: 2009-01-13T20:37:32Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-01-13T05:00:00Z
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Registrar IANA ID: 2
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@web.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8003337680
Reseller: 
Domain Status: 
Registry Registrant ID: 
Registrant Name: PERFECT PRIVACY, LLC
Registrant Organization: 
Registrant Street: 12808 Gran Bay Parkway West
Registrant City: Jacksonville
Registrant State/Province: FL
Registrant Postal Code: 32258
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.5707088780
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: kr5a95v468n@networksolutionsprivateregistration.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: PERFECT PRIVACY, LLC
Admin Organization: 
Admin Street: 12808 Gran Bay Parkway West
Admin City: Jacksonville
Admin State/Province: FL
Admin Postal Code: 32258
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.5707088780
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: 
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: kr5a95v468n@networksolutionsprivateregistration.com
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: PERFECT PRIVACY, LLC
Tech Organization: 
Tech Street: 12808 Gran Bay Parkway West
Tech City: Jacksonville
Tech State/Province: FL
Tech Postal Code: 32258
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.5707088780
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: 
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: kr5a95v468n@networksolutionsprivateregistration.com
Name Server: NS15.WORLDNIC.COM
Name Server: NS16.WORLDNIC.COM
DNSSEC: Unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:37:45 GMT <<<

It has been reported by The New York Times that those who used the private Clinton email system represented Mrs. Clinton’s inner circle of family, friends, and close advisers. They included daughter Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds,” and Mrs. Clinton’s personal assistant Huma Abedin, the wife of disgraced New York congressman Anthony Weiner who resigned after “sexting” photographs of his genitals to unknown women using the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” Questions are being asked about Mrs. Clinton’s use of the private system to help raise money from foreign sources for her and her husband’s and daughter’s Clinton Foundation, which has been mired in controversy over receiving generous donations from foreign governments.


Was Hillary’s high-tech email system provided and funded by George Soros to conduct a private foreign policy?

There are also credible reports that Mrs. Clinton’s deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg, also used the private e-mail along with other top aides at the State Department. After Mrs. Clinton took over the reins at Foggy Bottom, she appointed current Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as her deputy secretary of State for resources and management. Neither Lew nor Steinberg have commented on what knowledge they had of the private email system although it would have been Lew’s responsibility to manage Mrs. Clinton’s email usage of the official unclassified and classified email networks.

WMR has learned that the private email system used by Mrs. Clinton is similar to those installed with funding by Soros’s Open Society Institute in countries targeted for internal subversion. These private systems, such as the one being installed for Cuba’s Jewish community by State Department/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor Alan Gross, jailed by Cuba for espionage, were developed by Soros’s technical personnel as part of his “Internet Training and Access Program (ITAP).” ITAP was designed to permit activists in certain countries to bypass government restrictions on Internet access and communicate between themselves domestically and internationally with foreign colleagues.  The ITAP project was underwritten by funding from USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and other State Department programs.

It is believed by some observers of State Department operations that Mrs. Clinton’s private system may have been used by her top echelon, including then-spokesperson Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, Steinberg, and Lew to foment “themed” revolutions, some of which led to civil wars, in the Arab world. The focus of congressional investigators examining clintonemail.com, WMR is told, should be on the other possible users of the system, which, in addition to Steinberg, Nuland, Feltman, and Lew, may also include Bill Clinton, Doug Band, Soros, and NED president Carl Gershman.

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About Wayne Madsen – Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2015

REPORT: Epstein Plea Deal With Feds Protected Bill Clinton and the House of Bush…

January 23, 2015

by Wayne Madsen 
Wayne Madsen Report dot com

WMR obtained the heretofore sealed Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) struck between lawyers for billionaire Florida registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and George W. Bush-era federal prosecutors. Epstein received the NPA after he was charged with soliciting sex from an alleged “prostitute.” However, the so-called “prostitute” was actually a 14-year old girl who was recruited by a network of Epstein’s employees who basically served as child sex traffickers and pimps.

Lawyers for Epstein attempted to block federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Kenneth Marra from unsealing the NPA as per the wishes of attorneys for four child sex trafficking victims known as Jane Does 1 through 4. However, Marra decided to unseal the NPA on January 21 and WMR was present at the Paul G. Roberts Federal Building to obtain a copy of the NPA. However, it was also discovered that the publicly-accessible case database maintained in the court’s clerk’s office has been malfunctioning recently and court records are difficult to retrieve. An employee for the clerk’s office told WMR that the computer system was to have been fixed but that no steps have been taken to restore ease of access to court records.

The NPA was agreed to on October 30, 2007 by U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta. Although Acosta later criticized the plea deal in an open letter, he did not respond to WMR’s request for an interview on the current case in which four of Epstein’s victims are suing the U.S. government claiming that the NPA violated their rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. The victims, who are now adults, claim that the federal government’s NPA with Epstein violated the 2004 CVRA. The government argues that because Epstein was never charged with a federal crime, the victims have no rights under the CVRA. In their request to Marra to unseal the NPA, the attorneys for the Jane Does, said that the federal government and Epstein colluded “to avoid a firestorm of public controversy that would have erupted if the sweetheart plea deal with a politically-connected billionaire had been revealed.”

The NPA was signed on behalf of Acosta by A. Marie Villafana, the then-Assistant U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida who is now the U.S. Attorney under Attorney General Eric Holder. The plea deal with Epstein was concluded after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami and the FBI investigated Epstein separately from the investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Police Department and the Florida Attorney’s Office.  The deal cut between Acosta and Villafana and the state of Florida, which was then under the governorship of then-Republican Governor Charlie Crist and Republican Attorney-General Bill McCollum stated that the federal government would defer to Florida the prosecution of Epstein. Acosta has gone on to become the dean of the law school of Florida International University in Miami.

The NPA also stipulated that a list of individuals who the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami and the FBI has identified as victims of Epstein’s sexual abuse and trafficking would be provided to Epstein’s attorneys who included Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Jane Doe 3, identified as Virginia Roberts, has claimed that Dershowitz has sex with her while she was a minor. Dershowitz has vigorously denied the allegations and he has cited a “conspiracy” against him by anti-Semites who are getting even for his longtime support for Israel. Unsubstantiated conspiracy theories by Dershowitz aside, the fact remains that the NPA immunized all of Epstein’s co-conspirators, who allegedly include Dershowitz, former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew of Britain from future federal prosecution. The NPA states: “. . . the United States also agrees that it will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Goff, or Nadia Marcinkova.” The NPA also suspended the federal Grand Jury investigation against Epstein and held ion abeyance all federal Grand Jury subpoenas in the case against Epstein. These subpoenas presumably included those directed to witnesses in the case, individuals that likely include Dershowitz, Clinton, and Andrew.

Flight manifests of Epstein’s Gulfstream jet and Boeing 727 indicate that Epstein’s passengers were often a mix of underage sex traffic victims and some of the world’s most powerful politicians and businessmen. These include Clinton, Dershowitz, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Chicago Pritzker family chieftain and Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker (the first cousin of U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker), and failed Palm Beach mayoral candidate Gerry Goldsmith.

Epstein’s Gulfstream II-B (N909JE) has, along with his Boeing 727, been spotted at Paris’s Le Borguet Airport in frequent occasions. Epstein’s Sikorsky S-76B helicopter has been seen flying between Palm Beach International and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Epstein’s Cessna 172-XP has flown to and from Double Eagle II Airport outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Epstein’s Boeing 727-31 on ground at Prague’s Vaclav Havel International Airport in May 2004. Tail number N908JE. It’s the same plane that Bill Clinton flew on.

Also appearing on the flight manifests are the names of some of the alleged victims of Epstein’s sex trafficking: Virginia Roberts, Cindy Lopez,   Other passengers are only listed by their first names: Colleen, Tatianna, Margarita, Carolina, Lisa, Margaret, Dana, Julie, and Jessica. Epstein’s two major pimps are also frequent flyers on Epstein’s “Pederast Airlines” — Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late publishing tycoon and Mossad asset Robert Maxwell, and Sarah Kellen (now Sarah Kensington), the girlfriend of NASCAR driver Brian Vickers.


Alan Dershowitz’s name appears on Epstein flight manifests on flights from Bedford, Massachusetts to Teterboro Airport, New Jersey (Feb. 5, 2004) and Pierre Trudeau International in Montreal (Nov. 17, 2005). “AD” appears to be Alan Dershowitz on a Nov. 17, 2005 flight from Teterboro to Palm Beach International Airport along with”JE” (Jeffrey Epstein) and “SE” (Sarah Kellen) and another flight from Bedford to Teterboro with Epstein (“JE”), Tatianna, and an “AM.”


Larry Summers’s name appears on a Sep. 14, 2005 flight with Epstein from Bedford, Massachusetts to Westchester County Airport, New York.


Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s Boeing 727 from Miami to Westchester, New York on February 9, 2002 with Epstein, four Secret Service agents (has the recent prosecution of Secret Service agents for liaising with prostitutes been an attempt to intimidate them if they ever decide to speak out about Clinton on Epstein’s flights?), “2 males” (unidentified), “1 female” (unidentified), Ghislaine Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, and a “BP.”

It is noteworthy that Charlie Crist, who became a Democrat after leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent, received the enthusiastic backing of Bill Clinton in Crist’s failed bid to oust GOP Governor Rick Scott last year. It now appears that Clinton may have owed Crist more than a political favor as details begin to emerge of the Crist administration’s deal with Acosta in Miami to immunize Clinton from any future prosecutions in the Epstein case. Although the NPA with Epstein was agreed upon during the Crist and McCollum tenure, Epstein’s 2005 arrest for having sex with a 15-year old and the onset of his attorneys’ back-and-forth with the government occurred during the Jeb Bush administration and his Attorney General Crist. The U.S. Attorney General from 2005, when Epstein was first charged with having sex with an underage minor, to October 2007, when the plea deal was signed with Epstein, was Alberto Gonzales, President George W. Bush’s former chief counsel. The Epstein case, therefore, tarnishes both the Clintons and the Bushes.

Up to 40 women have been identified as being the victims of sexual abuse by Epstein. Court records indicate the number may be higher with one reference to a Jane Doe 103.

Epstein’s 97-page address book, called the “Holy Grail,” contains the personal phone numbers and email addresses for some of the world’s most rich and famous, which, in addition to Clinton, includes Prince Andrew, John Kerry, Donald Trump (also a resident of Palm Beach), Tony Blair and his chief spokesman Alastair Campbell, Ehud Barak, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, George Mitchell, Henry Kissinger, Andrew Cuomo, Itzhak Perlman, Dustin Hoffman, Tea party financier David Koch, former newspaper tycoon and convicted felon Conrad Black and his extreme pro-Israel wife Barbara Black, Andrew’s former girlfriend and porn actress Koo Stark, and Mick Jagger. Epstein is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Prince Andrew used the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as a platform where he denied allegations that he was involved in Epstein’s underage sex ring. Virginia Roberts  (Jane Doe 3) alleges that she had sex with Andrew when she was still a minor.
'Met three times': Prince Andrew with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts, centre, and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001
Andrew [far left] with 17-year old Virginia Roberts (Jane Doe 3) [center] and Ghislaine Maxwell [right] in 2001.

WMR also obtained from federal court records unsealed on January 21 a partially-released transcript of an April 7, 2011 telephone conversation between attorneys Brad Edwards, who is representing Roberts and other Jane Does, and Jack Scarola, who was representing Edwards. In the conversation, Roberts recounts that Epstein was presented with two 12-year old girls from France as a “birthday gift.” The two girls were said to be from poor families in France. Roberts recalled how Epstein sent her when she was 19 to Thailand to learn Thai-style massages. However, in Thailand, Roberts said she met an Australian kick boxer, fell in love with and married him, and moved to Australia. Before that Epstein asked Roberts to bear his child and sign it over to him and Maxwell. Epstein offered Roberts a mansion and a monthly allowance if she agreed to the terms. Roberts opted instead to move to Australia with her husband.

Epstein Non-Prosecution Agreement with Bush-era Justice Department with connivance of Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum:

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The victims of Epstein’s sex slave ring may never see justice or adequate compensation. Attorneys for the victims, who are scattered from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, appear as interested in grabbing hefty contingency fees in the event of successful suits against Epstein as much as Epstein’s well-paid attorneys are interested in limiting Epstein’s financial drain.

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Wayne Madsen – Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.

November 24, 2014

#MichaelBrown Family Asks for 4 and Half Minutes of Silence Following the Reading of GJ Decision…

STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN

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“After the Grand Jury’s decision, we are asking for 4 1/2 minutes of silence to remember why we lift our voices. We are not here to be violent. We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women, and children can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.”

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@THEAPJOURNALIST

 

November 21, 2014

Open Letter From the Students Who Vandalized the Phi Psi House…

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FROM: Anonymous Students

TIME: Thursday, Nov. 20 at 4:02 p.m.

We wish that the recent Rolling Stone article regarding the culture of rape in the University’s Greek system had come as a shock. Unfortunately, as students, we are all too familiar with the rape and assault that is ubiquitous on Rugby Road.

We have been assaulted, our friends have been assaulted, and the University––students and administrators alike––continue to minimize the problem. The administration has consistently failed to take the drastic steps that are necessary to halt the epidemic, and the students go about their lives complacently, tolerating the abuse. Rapists go unpunished and wander our campus––our campus, where they haunt their victims and even openly mock them. We are fed up with it. We applaud the bravery of those who have shared their stories, and we promise that their bravery will not be in vain. This situation is just beginning. We will escalate and we will provoke until justice is achieved for the countless victims of rampant sexual violence at this University and around the nation.

To that end we list the following short-term demands:

– An immediate revision of University policy mandating expulsion as the only sanction for rape and sexual assault.

– The immediate suspension of UVA’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter, and a thorough review of the entire fraternity system.

– A thorough overhaul of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Board and the resignation of Dean Nicole Eramo.

– The immediate implementation of harm reduction policies at fraternity parties, such as policing, University supervision, or permission for parties to be held in safer environments such as sorority houses.

Rape is not a political issue to be negotiated and discussed with an eye towards gradual improvement. It is a criminal act of violence that cannot be tolerated. Inaction on the part of anyone––students, faculty, and administrators––allows more young victims to be raped every weekend. Rolling Stone discussed UVA’s culture of rape, and it is pervasive. But we are UVA students too, and we reject that culture. The silent majority of this University cannot remain silent: change will be made on this campus only if we force it. We appeal for action to President Sullivan, who has shown promise as a strong and progressive administrator, but we will no longer confine ourselves to working through a bureaucratic and ineffective system.

UVA will not be the same after this––we will not allow it.

Sincerely,
The students who vandalized the Phi Psi house

August 27, 2014

Global Post, the employer of freelancer James Foley, fails to pass smell test

August 22, 2014

by Wayne Madsen
WayneMadsenReport dot com

National news media operations based in Boston are almost like musicals that run “off Broadway.”

We can add Global Post to the off-Broadway journalistic hit parade. Global Post is the Boston-based website that employed freelance photo journalist James Foley in Syria, recently beheaded by his Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) guerrillas in Iraq, appears to be a subsidized operation with an agenda that matches up nicely with that of international hedge fund tycoon George Soros.

National media operations not based in New York or Washington, DC are usually subsidized by interests with agendas. One Boston-based media operation that has a clear agenda is The Christian Science Monitor, a church-owned operation, which has become increasingly neo-conservative in its coverage since it scrapped its print edition and became an exclusively web-based operation. The other Boston-based national media operation is CAMERA  – the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America — which serves as the Israel Lobby’s often rabid media watchdog.

Foley, who was kidnapped on November 22, 2012 in northern Syria, near Idlib, by Syrian guerrillas who were not members of ISIL for the simple reason that ISIL did not yet exist. Foley was originally captured by an Islamist group that took its orders from the Central Intelligence Agency-organized and trained Free Syrian Army (FSA), whose leaders led their “army” not from the battlefield but from posh Istanbul hotel suites paid for by the Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari governments.

In early 2013, ISIL took over the rebel group holding Foley and other kidnap victims. Foley, like other journalists, was offered up for ransom by ISIL, which is now said to have some 4000 members who are Europeans, Australians, North Americans, and even a few Japanese, who have no Muslim or Middle Eastern familial backgrounds. In fact, the British citizen who beheaded Foley on video is said to go by the first name of “John,” which is certainly not a Muslim name.

Ransom payments for kidnap victims like Foley have turned into a big business for ISIL and other terrorist groups. France, Italy, and Spain have paid large ransom amounts for its nationals taken hostage in Syria, West Africa, and Somalia. It is stated U.S. and British policy not to pay ransoms for hostages, however, as witnessed in the Iran-contra scandal, the U.S. is known to have traded arms to Iran for the release of hostages held by Shi’a groups in Lebanon.

In the case of Foley, ISIL had been in email communication with his family and Global Post to work out a ransom deal. However, ISIL said it beheaded Foley in retaliation for U.S. air strikes against ISIL guerrillas who were advancing toward the Kurdish capital of Erbil in northern Iraq.

There are reports that ISIL has even purchased kidnapped Westerners from other groups as far afield as Kashmir, Somalia, and Yemen in order to trade them for cash. Al Qaeda’s reputed leader, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri, is said to have called for Islamist groups to seize Western hostages in return for freeing Islamists held in prisons around the world.

The focus on Global Post yields some interesting connections. Foley had previously covered other U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Foley was always embedded with U.S. troops, as was the case in Iraq and Afghanistan, or U.S.-supported militias in Libya and Syria. During the 2011 CIA-initiated Libyan rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi’s government, Foley was taken captive by Qaddafi army loyalists and held for 44 days.  Foley preferred being embedded with those fighting on the side of the United States rather than cover wars from different perspectives. Such wartime journalism would lead some believe that Foley was performing non-journalistic tasks on U.S.-created battlefields, that is, espionage.

President Obama interrupted his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to condemn Foley’s beheading. Obama also phoned Foley’s parents who live in New Hampshire. Subsequently, it was reported officially that U.S. Special Forces had attempted a rescue mission in Syria to free Foley and other American hostages but it failed. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that normally such operations would not be revealed but that in the case of Foley an exception had been made because the information on the failed rescue operation had already been “leaked” to the press. One could ask why an administration that is intent on putting some journalists in prison for publishing leaks of classified information would make such an exception, itself involving classified special forces operations, for Foley?

There has long been a debate within the U.S. intelligence community as to whether it is proper to use intelligence agents operating abroad under journalistic cover. Past administrations, including those of Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, banned the use of journalists and missionaries by the CIA. Others, including the Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations were not so adamant against the use of journalists as spies. The Obama administration’s leeway given to the CIA for all sorts of operations previously prohibited or inhibited opens the door for journalists, once again, being used as agents in hot spots like Syria, Libya, and Iraq.

Which brings us back to Global Post. The media operation has not been around long. It was initiated on January 12, 2009, a week before the inauguration of Barack Obama as president, by two Boston businessmen, Charles Sennott and Philip Balboni. The new website claimed it was going to “redefine international news for the digital age.” Originally charging an annual subscription of $199 a year, Global Post cut its annual rate to $30 a year, which has been WMR’s unchanged annual subscription rate since 2005. However, Global Post’s subscribers’ base only stood at around 400. Yet, Global Post could boast of 65 worldwide correspondents, albeit, many of whom, like Foley, were freelancers. But how does an on-line media with subscribers only in the hundreds manage to finance reporters in war zones like Syria and Libya while maintaining a worldwide network of correspondents?

Global Post, with its lackluster business revenues, was able to cut syndication agreements with the Public Broadcasting System (sometimes mockingly referred to as the “Pentagon Broadcasting System”), the Sumner Redstone-owned CBS, and the Mort Zuckerman-owned New York Daily News. Oddly, just two years after its start-up, Global Post had garnered Peabody, Polk, and Edward R. Murrow awards for its “On Location” video coverage. Clearly, someone wanted to increase Global Post’s street credentials through an “award washing” campaign.

Owned by Global News Enterprises, LLC and headquartered on Boston’s affluent waterfront, Global Post’s board of directors and management includes those who have had only a glancing encounter with actual journalism: former cable television executives, a former chairman of C-SPAN, a former member of the board of The Boston Globe, a former publisher of The Boston Globe, an assistant to the CEO of the Hearst Corporation, a public relations flack for PBS, and a board member of the Boston public television station WGBH.

But even more suspicious is the presence on the staff of Global Post of two former editors for The Cambodia Daily, a CIA-connected publication officially owned by Cambodian orphanage “aficionado” Bernard Krisher; a former senior correspondent for the CIA- and Soros-linked Radio Free Europe in Prague; a graduate of the CIA-linked Sasin Business Institute in Bangkok; a former Boston Globe Jerusalem bureau chief, a former editor for the CIA-connected Tico Times of Costa Rica, and a former editor for the hard-neocon publication The Atlantic. Global Post’s team of international correspondents are steeped in neocon credentials, from The Daily Beast and Kyiv Post to The New Republic and The Daily Telegraph.

While the White House and journalists mourn the death of Foley, it is important to point out that his photo reporting seldom departed from the confines of U.S. military units or irregular rebel forces supported by the CIA. It is tragic that one of those CIA rebel forces ultimately would subject Foley to a gruesome videotaped beheading. However, as much blame for that rests with those who supported the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, individuals like CIA director John Brennan and national security adviser Susan Rice, as with the rebel executioners themselves.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and columnist. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, Counterpunch, Online Journal, CorpWatch, Multinational Monitor, News Insider, In These Times, and The American Conservative. His columns have appeared in The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Sacramento Bee, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.

Madsen is the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London: Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law; Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999); co-author of America’s Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II (Dandelion, 2003); author of Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates; Overthrow a Fascist Regime on $15 a Day; The Manufacturing of a President: the CIA’s Insertion of Barack H. Obama, Jr. into the White House; L’Affaire Petraeus; National Security Agency Surveillance: Reflections and Revelations; and, The Star and the Sword.

August 26, 2014

CEASEFIRE DEAL REACHED BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINIAN UNITY GOVERNMENT

Gazan Twitter Reactions to extended ceasefire deal reached between Israel & Palestines Unified Government –

I can breath for the first time. A ceasefire has been declared and my family is safe and unharmed. Endless gratitude to the resistance — 48Refugee (@48Refugee) August 26, 2014

confirmed information, ALL of the Palestinian leadership backs call to join ICC, the ICC themselves want Pal to join. Only exception: Abbas.

— Jalal (@JalalAK_jojo) August 26, 2014

— kholoud Diab (@kholoudEllouh) August 26, 2014

Khaled Mashaal reportedly forced by Hamas’ Gaza leadership to accept Egypt’s ceasefire. Apparently he’s not a happy camper right now.

Key elements of ceasefire deal –

  • Opening of the borders and freedom of movement between Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  • Extension of fishing waters from six to 12 miles.
  • Start of rebuilding process in Gaza

I wish i could hug every mom who lost her child and cry with her

— Ziad Bakri (@ZiadBGaza) August 26, 2014

@Lamis_Deek @MaxBlumenthal the deal was put on hold by resistance for 1 word: lifting or easing the siege. Today’s deal says: lifting siege — Raja Abdulhaq (@Raja48) August 26, 2014

Big winners: proponents of the status quo ante.

— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) August 26, 2014

Live blog: Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the #Gaza Strip to celebrate the start of the #ceasefire http://t.co/bKPI68Esvh — Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) August 26, 2014

 

MiddleEastEye Live Blog reporting “Senior Israeli cabinet members are opposed to the ceasefire agreement, reports Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid.” “Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Lieberman and Yitzhak Aharonovitch have said they are opposed to the deal agreed with Hamas – no vote was held on the agreement.”   — Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) August 26, 2014

Everybody is happy EVERYBODYYY #Gaza — Guess what (@Farah_Gazan) August 26, 2014

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The end of a stupid, cruel, pointless conflict. Thousands dead, tens of thousands maimed, hundreds of thousands homeless. For nothing. — Tom Gara (@tomgara) August 26, 2014

  More than 2133 Palestinians killed, 11K wounded… 51 days of #GazaUnderAttack: The Israeli assault on #Gaza is over, but occupation is NOT. — Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) August 26, 2014

This is pissing me off! STOP THE DAMN FUCKING SPORADIC GUNFIRE IN THE AIR! #Gaza #ceasefire — Omar Ghraieb (@Omar_Gaza) August 26, 2014

“Palestine’s Interior Ministry has warned people not to shoot in the air in celebration, after reports of injuries. The Interior Ministry demands that citizens immediately stop shooting in the air, and find other methods of celebrating out of concern for their lives.”     

Palestinians in #Gaza are now flooding the streets to celebrate the ceasefire after 51 of ongoing carnage and destruction. #Love   — Maha Rezeq – مها رزق (@GazaInAndOut) August 26, 2014

 

Long live Palestine, long live Gaza. pic.twitter.com/Gw7AO31DbQ — Gaza Youth Break Out (@GazaYBO) August 26, 2014

Reminder, Mahmoud Abbas had ZERO EXCUSED not to ratify the Rome Statute, and now he has -1 excuses http://t.co/6BxeVF1eie #ICC4Israel NOW! — Jalal (@JalalAK_jojo) August 26, 2014

Ceasefire is official. Cheers and gunfire erupt throughout Gaza City. pic.twitter.com/h31vbYPc18 — Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) August 26, 2014

Abbas now: supplies will enter & we’ll continue negotiations tosatisy all parties, Qatar has helped with this, Kerry was in regular contact — Lamis Deek لميس ديك (@Lamis_Deek) August 26, 2014

  Abbas now says he wants to avoid “useless negotiations,” says terms must be clear. Has he ever abided by his own guidance? — Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 26, 2014

Gag order on discussion of details of three kidnapped Israeli teens supposedly component of vague Israel-Hamas deal http://t.co/W1MQeNxk6N — Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 26, 2014

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“Together we will rebuild our free country”, said Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, right before requesting an Israeli permit to return to Ramallah.

— Jareer Kassis (@JareerKassis) August 26, 2014

August 14, 2014

President Obama’s Citizenship Bona Fides — The Controversy Continues

August 14, 2014

by Helen Tansey
The T-Room dot us

Seeking restitution of $90 in injuries and settling the question of Obama’s citizenship bona fides is what Petitioner Christopher John Rudy is asking the Supreme Court to address in Rudy v Lee. The William J. Olson law firm issued the the following press release today detailing their recent filing of a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of Mr. Rudy –

Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

On August 13, 2014, our firm filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting a patent attorney’s claim that a law mandating an increase in patent application fees was invalid because it was signed into law by President Obama who does not meet the constitutional requirement to be a “natural born citizen.” The lower courts in the case ruled that the question of President Obama’s citizenship is a “political question” and thus an issue for Congress — not the courts — to decide.

Until now, the question of President Obama’s qualifications as a “natural born citizen” has been dodged by the judiciary because those challenging his eligibility had not suffered any personal injury compensable by a court — and thus lacked “legal” standing. There is no such barrier in this case because the patent attorney suffered an out-of-pocket loss of $90.00 because of the new law signed by President Obama.

Also, until now, no one has questioned the validity of a law signed by the President. Rather, previous cases have sought the removal of President Obama from the presidential ballot or from office altogether. In this case, however, the complaining patent attorney is not seeking President Obama’s removal from office, but simply a refund of his $90.00 and a declaration that, unless he is a “natural born citizen,” President Obama does not have the constitutional authority to sign a bill into law. Yet, the courts are attempting to avoid declaring what the law is based on the judge-made expedient of labeling the issue a “political question.”

In addition to possessing the standing that prior challengers lacked, Mr. Rudy’s case comes at an opportune time — just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in National Labor Relations Board v. Canning that an Order of the NLRB was invalid because three members of the board were constitutionally ineligible to serve.

Our amicus brief in Rudy argued that if the U.S. Supreme Court can decide whether members of the NLRB meet the constitutional requirements of their office, it can also decide whether the President of the United States meets the constitutional requirements of his office.

Further, as our brief demonstrated, the requirement that a President be a “natural born citizen” is a fixed legal principle prescribed by the Constitution, with the purpose to insulate the office from foreign influences that would compromise the President’s sworn oath to “defend, preserve, and protect” the Constitution of the United States.

Many object to any challenge to the eligibility of a president, or presidential aspirant, but if the law is to apply equally to every person, Presidents cannot be deemed to be above the law based on vague tests such as whether the case presents “political question.” Indeed, demonstrating that the term “natural born citizen” is a constitutional requirement that has continuing political significance which needs resolution are questions not just about President Obama, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, and others.

Our brief was filed on behalf of U.S. Justice Foundation, Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, Abraham Lincoln Foundation, U.S. Border Control, U.S. Border Control Foundation, Institute on the Constitution, Policy Analysis Center, and Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The Supreme Court is currently in recess returning in September. There is no guarantee SCOTUS will hear this case, so don’t get your hopes up, however, after reading the exceptionally strong arguments put forth in the Olson friend-of-the-court brief (see below), the Court would be hard pressed to simply ignore Rudy’s complaint. After all, they only recently ruled appointments made by Obama to the NRLB to be unconstitutional, he has standing and all he wants is a simple “refund of his $90.00 and a declaration that, unless he is a “natural born citizen,” President Obama does not have the constitutional authority to sign a bill into law.”

From the beginning, when thousands upon thousands of voters were questioning and challenging Mr. Obama’s citizenship status, this very question was asked ad naseum “if he’s not a natural born citizen then how can the legislation he signs be legal?” But no one, then nor now, who has been given the trust to serve the People, has ever provided an unequivocal answer. Instead all that is heard is silence with the only exception being the paid for crazy choir of birther obots.

It is unfathomable that in six years not one governor, not one state attorney general, not one secretary of state, not one representative, not one senator, not one judge has once settled the most basic of questions for the most powerful position in the world – what is the definitive definition of a ‘natural born citizen?’  Sure the People know, we’ve always known, but ask any in authority and they turn into quivering nannies? No offense to nannies intended.

Just my opinion, but if SCOTUS refuses this case, especially after reading the Olson brief, then the People indeed have their answer, that is Mr. Obama’s citizenship status is, unequivocally, something other than natural born.

Rudy v Lee USJF Amicus Brief (2)

July 29, 2014

Senior U.S. Intelligence Officers: Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence

Preface:  With the July 17 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, former U.S. intelligence veterans urge President Obama to release what evidence he has about the tragedy and silence the hyperbole.

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane

Executive Summary

U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources.

Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists.

Your administration has not provided any satellite imagery showing that the separatists had such weaponry, and there are several other “dogs that have not barked.” Washington’s credibility, and your own, will continue to erode, should you be unwilling – or unable – to present more tangible evidence behind administration claims. In what follows, we put this in the perspective of former intelligence professionals with a cumulative total of 260 years in various parts of U.S. intelligence:

We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government service and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide a fresh, different perspective.

As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgment, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence. And that goes in spades with respect to inflammatory incidents like the shoot-down of an airliner. We are also troubled by the amateurish manner in which fuzzy and flimsy evidence has been served up – some it via “social media.”

As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”

Painting Russia Black

We see an eerie resemblance to an earlier exercise in U.S. “public diplomacy” from which valuable lessons can be learned by those more interested in the truth than in exploiting tragic incidents for propaganda advantage. We refer to the behavior of the Reagan administration in the immediate aftermath of the shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983. We sketch out below a short summary of that tragic affair, since we suspect you have not been adequately briefed on it. The parallels will be obvious to you.

An advantage of our long tenure as intelligence officers is that we remember what we have witnessed first hand; seldom do we forget key events in which we played an analyst or other role. To put it another way, most of us “know exactly where we were” when a Soviet fighter aircraft shot down Korean Airlines passenger flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983, over 30 years ago. At the time, we were intelligence officers on “active duty.” You were 21; many of those around you today were still younger.

Thus, it seems possible that you may be learning how the KAL007 affair went down, so to speak, for the first time; that you may now become more aware of the serious implications for U.S.-Russian relations regarding how the downing of Flight 17 goes down; and that you will come to see merit in preventing ties with Moscow from falling into a state of complete disrepair. In our view, the strategic danger here dwarfs all other considerations.

Hours after the tragic shoot-down on Aug. 30, 1983, the Reagan administration used its very accomplished propaganda machine to twist the available intelligence on Soviet culpability for the killing of all 269 people aboard KAL007. The airliner was shot down after it strayed hundreds of miles off course and penetrated Russia’s airspace over sensitive military facilities in Kamchatka and Sakhalin Island. The Soviet pilot tried to signal the plane to land, but the KAL pilots did not respond to the repeated warnings. Amid confusion about the plane’s identity – a U.S. spy plane had been in the vicinity hours earlier – Soviet ground control ordered the pilot to fire.

The Soviets soon realized they had made a horrendous mistake. U.S. intelligence also knew from sensitive intercepts that the tragedy had resulted from a blunder, not from a willful act of murder (much as on July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people, an act which President Ronald Reagan dismissively explained as an “understandable accident”).

To make the very blackest case against Moscow for shooting down the KAL airliner, the Reagan administration suppressed exculpatory evidence from U.S. electronic intercepts. Washington’s mantra became “Moscow’s deliberate downing of a civilian passenger plane.” Newsweek ran a cover emblazoned with the headline “Murder in the Sky.” (Apparently, not much has changed; Time’s cover this week features “Cold War II” and “Putin’s dangerous game.” The cover story by Simon Shuster, “In Russia, Crime Without Punishment,” would merit an A-plus in William Randolph Hearst’s course “Yellow Journalism 101.”)

When KAL007 was shot down, Alvin A. Snyder, director of the U.S. Information Agency’s television and film division, was enlisted in a concerted effort to “heap as much abuse on the Soviet Union as possible,” as Snyder writes in his 1995 book, “Warriors of Disinformation.”

He and his colleagues also earned an A-plus for bringing the “mainstream media” along. For example, ABC’s Ted Koppel noted with patriotic pride, “This has been one of those occasions when there is very little difference between what is churned out by the U.S. government propaganda organs and by the commercial broadcasting networks.”

“Fixing” the Intelligence Around the Policy

“The perception we wanted to convey was that the Soviet Union had cold-bloodedly carried out a barbaric act,” wrote Snyder, adding that the Reagan administration went so far as to present a doctored transcript of the intercepts to the United Nations Security Council on September 6, 1983.

Only a decade later, when Snyder saw the complete transcripts — including the portions that the Reagan administration had hidden — would he fully realize how many of the central elements of the U.S. presentation were false.

The intercepts showed that the Soviet fighter pilot believed he was pursuing a U.S. spy aircraft and that he was having trouble in the dark identifying the plane. Per instructions from ground control, the pilot had circled the KAL airliner and tilted his wings to order the aircraft to land. The pilot said he fired warning shots, as well. This information “was not on the tape we were provided,” Snyder wrote.

It became abundantly clear to Snyder that, in smearing the Soviets, the Reagan administration had presented false accusations to the United Nations, as well as to the people of the United States and the world. In his book, Snyder acknowledged his own role in the deception, but drew a cynical conclusion. He wrote, “The moral of the story is that all governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.”

The tortured attempts by your administration and stenographers in the media to blame Russia for the downing of Flight 17, together with John Kerry’s unenviable record for credibility, lead us to the reluctant conclusion that the syndrome Snyder describes may also be at work in your own administration; that is, that an ethos of “getting your own lie out first” has replaced “ye shall know the truth.” At a minimum, we believe Secretary Kerry displayed unseemly haste in his determination to be first out of the starting gate.

Both Sides Cannot Be Telling the Truth

We have always taken pride in not shooting from the hip, but rather in doing intelligence analysis that is evidence-based. The evidence released to date does not bear close scrutiny; it does not permit a judgment as to which side is lying about the shoot-down of Flight 17. Our entire professional experience would incline us to suspect the Russians – almost instinctively. Our more recent experience, particularly observing Secretary Kerry injudiciousness in latching onto one spurious report after another as “evidence,” has gone a long way toward balancing our earlier predispositions.

It seems that whenever Kerry does cite supposed “evidence” that can be checked – like the forged anti-Semitic fliers distributed in eastern Ukraine or the photos of alleged Russian special forces soldiers who allegedly slipped into Ukraine – the “proof” goes “poof” as Kerry once said in a different context. Still, these misrepresentations seem small peccadillos compared with bigger whoppers like the claim Kerry made on Aug. 30, 2013, no fewer than 35 times, that “we know” the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical incidents near Damascus nine days before.

On September 3, 2013 – following your decision to call off the attack on Syria in order to await Congressional authorization – Kerry was still pushing for an attack in testimony before a thoroughly sympathetic Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. On the following day Kerry drew highly unusual personal criticism from President Putin, who said: “He is lying, and he knows he is lying. It is sad.”

Equally serious, during the first week of September 2013, as you and President Vladimir Putin were putting the final touches to the deal whereby Syrian chemical weapons would be given up for destruction, John Kerry said something that puzzles us to this day. On September 9, 2013, Kerry was in London, still promoting a U.S. attack on Syria for having crossed the “Red Line” you had set against Syria’s using chemical weapons.

At a formal press conference, Kerry abruptly dismissed the possibility that Bashar al-Assad would ever give up his chemical weapons, saying, “He isn’t about to do that; it can’t be done.” Just a few hours later, the Russians and Syrians announced Syria’s agreement to do precisely what Kerry had ruled out as impossible. You sent him back to Geneva to sign the agreement, and it was formally concluded on September 14.

Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down of July 17, we believe Kerry has typically rushed to judgment and that his incredible record for credibility poses a huge disadvantage in the diplomatic and propaganda maneuvering vis-a-vis Russia. We suggest you call a halt to this misbegotten “public diplomacy” offensive. If, however, you decide to press on anyway, we suggest you try to find a less tarnished statesman or woman.

A Choice Between Two

If the intelligence on the shoot-down is as weak as it appears judging from the fuzzy scraps that have been released, we strongly suggest you call off the propaganda war and await the findings of those charged with investigating the shoot-down. If, on the other hand, your administration has more concrete, probative intelligence, we strongly suggest that you consider approving it for release, even if there may be some risk of damage to “sources and methods.” Too often this consideration is used to prevent information from entering the public domain where, as in this case, it belongs.

There have been critical junctures in the past in which presidents have recognized the need to waive secrecy in order to show what one might call “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind” or even to justify military action.

As senior CIA veteran Milton Bearden has put it, there are occasions when more damage is done to U.S. national security by “protecting” sources and methods than by revealing them. For instance, Bearden noted that Ronald Reagan exposed a sensitive intelligence source in showing a skeptical world the reason for the U.S. attack on Libya in retaliation for the April 5, 1986 bombing at the La Belle Disco in West Berlin. That bombing killed two U.S. servicemen and a Turkish woman, and injured over 200 people, including 79 U.S. servicemen.

Intercepted messages between Tripoli and agents in Europe made it clear that Libya was behind the attack. Here’s an excerpt: “At 1:30 in the morning one of the acts was carried out with success, without leaving a trace behind.”

Ten days after the bombing the U.S. retaliated, sending over 60 Air Force fighters to strike the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the city of Benghazi. The operation was widely seen as an attempt to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who survived, but his adopted 15-month-old daughter was killed in the bombing, along with at least 15 other civilians.

Three decades ago, there was more shame attached to the killing of children. As world abhorrence grew after the U.S. bombing strikes, the Reagan administration produced the intercepted, decoded message sent by the Libyan Peoples Bureau in East Berlin acknowledging the “success” of the attack on the disco, and adding the ironically inaccurate boast “without leaving a trace behind.”

The Reagan administration made the decision to give up a highly sensitive intelligence source, its ability to intercept and decipher Libyan communications. But once the rest of the world absorbed this evidence, international grumbling subsided and many considered the retaliation against Tripoli justified.

If You’ve Got the Goods…

If the U.S. has more convincing evidence than what has so far been adduced concerning responsibility for shooting down Flight 17, we believe it would be best to find a way to make that intelligence public – even at the risk of compromising “sources and methods.” Moreover, we suggest you instruct your subordinates not to cheapen U.S. credibility by releasing key information via social media like Twitter and Facebook.

The reputation of the messenger for credibility is also key in this area of “public diplomacy.” As is by now clear to you, in our view Secretary Kerry is more liability than asset in this regard. Similarly, with regard to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his March 12, 2013 Congressional testimony under oath to what he later admitted were “clearly erroneous” things regarding NSA collection should disqualify him. Clapper should be kept at far remove from the Flight 17 affair.

What is needed, if you’ve got the goods, is an Interagency Intelligence Assessment – the genre used in the past to lay out the intelligence. We are hearing indirectly from some of our former colleagues that what Secretary Kerry is peddling does not square with the real intelligence. Such was the case late last August, when Kerry created a unique vehicle he called a “Government (not Intelligence) Assessment” blaming, with no verifiable evidence, Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attacks near Damascus, as honest intelligence analysts refused to go along and, instead, held their noses.

We believe you need to seek out honest intelligence analysts now and hear them out. Then, you may be persuaded to take steps to curb the risk that relations with Russia might escalate from “Cold War II” into an armed confrontation. In all candor, we see little reason to believe that Secretary Kerry and your other advisers appreciate the enormity of that danger.

In our most recent (May 4) memorandum to you, Mr. President, we cautioned that if the U.S. wished “to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern Ukraine, you may be able to do so before the violence hurtles completely out of control.” On July 17, you joined the top leaders of Germany, France, and Russia in calling for a ceasefire. Most informed observers believe you have it in your power to get Ukrainian leaders to agree. The longer Kiev continues its offensive against separatists in eastern Ukraine, the more such U.S. statements appear hypocritical.

We reiterate our recommendations of May 4, that you remove the seeds of this confrontation by publicly disavowing any wish to incorporate Ukraine into NATO and that you make it clear that you are prepared to meet personally with Russian President Putin without delay to discuss ways to defuse the crisis and recognize the legitimate interests of the various parties. The suggestion of an early summit got extraordinary resonance in controlled and independent Russian media. Not so in “mainstream” media in the U.S. Nor did we hear back from you.

The courtesy of a reply is requested.

Prepared by VIPS Steering Group

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)

Larry Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)

Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)

Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East (ret.)

Coleen Rowley, Division Counsel & Special Agent, FBI (ret.)

Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret)

Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret); Foreign Service Officer (ret.)

h/t Washingtonsblog.com

July 24, 2014

“The Israeli army used ten families as human shields. They took over their homes and wouldn’t let them escape.”

Who is it exactly using Gazan’s as human shields? Any who are believing a word out of any official gov spokesperson’s mouth needs to read the firsthand account, posted below, of a Gazan who lived through pure hell today just trying to get him and his family to safety. No part of me can imagine the depth of the fear he, his family, his friends, his neighbors experienced.  All I can do is bear witness via social media to the most abominable, horrific, intentional, evil destruction of a people, entire families mind you, and their teeny sliver of a life. That is if you can call it a life – imagine a million plus people living in a cage barely 25 miles in length, two miles wide everyday, every single fucking day of their existence.

Bother yourself and read Mohammad Alsaafin’s eyewitness account to the slaughter of his family, neighbors and friends today, July 24, 2014 –

Eyewitness acct of Israeli Massacre in Khuza July 23, 2014_1

 

Eyewitness acct of Israeli Massacre in Khuza_2 July 23, 2014

 

July 10, 2014

BUSTED: Germany’s Chairman of NSA Inquiry Phone Tapped by NSA

TRANSLATED: http://www.swr.de/landesschau-aktuell/bw/ulm/kiesewetter-offenbar-abgehoert/-/id=1612/did=13735756/nid=1612/1hqz7ou/index.html

Chairman of the NSA Committee of Inquiry Kiesewetter apparently bugged

The Aalen Member of Parliament Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU) has apparently been spied by intelligence services. Brisant: He is also Coordinator of the NSA investigation committee. In SWR he has now demanded by the Bundestag better protection for MPs.

Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU), Unions Coordinator on the NSA committee of inquiry is on 08.05.2014 before the meeting of the NSA investigation committee of the Bundestag in Berlin a statement from.

Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU) has been apparently bugged

Russian and U.S. intelligence agencies would certain MPs who have “interesting work” a watch, Roderich Kiesewetter said SWR. Technicians of the Bundestag have found that third parties have access to his mobile phone. However, it was not clear what exactly foreign services skim.

Kiesewetter since April chairman of the Union Group in the NSA investigation committee. The committee will examine the eavesdropping activities of the United States and Britain as well as the role of the federal government there.
Kiesewetter for better protection of MPs

The Bundestag must finally make better arrangements for MPs. Kiesewetter was particularly critical that the U.S. company Verizon was commissioned as provider by the Bundestag although it is known that Verizon was working closely with the NSA.
Spying may all Stewards

He therefore called for, that the Bundestag touting the new telecommunications services. Not only the cheapest supplier might come into play, and data security must be ensured. Kiesewetter said he had evidence that the chairmen of all four parties had been intercepted on the NSA investigation committee.

The Bundestag has set up a Committee of NSA affair on March 20, 2014. The Committee, chaired by Mr Prof. Dr. Patrick Sensburg (CDU / CSU) to clarify the extent and background of the Ausspähungen by foreign secret services in Germany. The Committee has eight members of the Bundestag: Four of the CDU / CSU, the SPD and two each from the left and from the Greens.

June 16, 2014

UPDATE #NET NEUTRALITY: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promises He’s Not a Dingo

Following HBO’s John Oliver’s spectacular takedown of the FCC’s proposed changes to internet access aka #Net Neutrality a couple of weeks ago, Tom Wheeler, former President of National Cable and Telecommunications Association now FCC Chairman, wants “to state for the record” he is not a dingo –

ICYMI here is the full episode of Oliver’s #Net Neutrality clip –

June 12, 2014

UPDATE: Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors: Tell Us What’s In Your Beer!

UPDATE X1: Jay Brooks over at Brookston Beer Bulletin has posted a lengthy response to Foodbabe’s petition demanding Anheuser-Bushch and Miller Coors list ingredients they use in making there beer. Brooks article is a solid read and raises several valid points related to Foodbabe’s potentially misleading campaign. The T-Room encourages folks to read his article so as to gain a balanced perspective on what appears to be a growing concern in internet advocacy journalism, especially related to listing food/beverage ingredients –

Her first salvo was last year when she sensationally claimed to expose The Shocking Ingredients in Beer. Almost every one was as un-shocking as it gets, especially if you understand the brewing process. But that’s the new yellow journalism, and unfortunately you see it all over the internet. A provocative headline to grab page views, link bait or something just overly sensational is all you need. It’s happened so many times since I’ve been writing online that I’ve lost count. And it works. The beer community rushes in to correct egregious mistakes, faulty reasoning, uninformed opinion while the hit count spikes, advertisers smile and websites raise their advertising rates. It rarely matters that what’s written is often wrong, sometimes so utterly wrong that it should be embarrassing for not only the author, but the publication, too. And yet curiously, it’s not. And for me, that’s why it’s yellow journalism. It’s not intended to be factual, or well-researched or reasoned. It’s sole purpose is to get eyeballs on the page. And facts apparently are boring. The truth is somnambulistic. Controversy, even the manufactured kind, is what brings the traffic.

We’re keeping the petition up and linking to her site only because The T-Room is a staunch supporter of all food and beverage labeling no matter who is making the request or how they are making it.

The T-Room encourages our readers to support Foodbabe’s  petition  asking “Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors, America’s largest beer brands to disclose their full set of ingredients online for all consumers to see.”

“Nearly every other food and beverage provider is legally required to make this information available—yet these two companies, which collectively sell more than $75 billion in beers each year, have not. I grew concerned about the beer after discovering there is a long list of additives the government has approved for use in beer during an investigation last fall. High fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, stabilizers that are linked to intestinal inflammation, artificial colors – like caramel coloring, ingredients found in airplane deicing liquid, genetically modified ingredients, and even fish swim bladders are allowed in beer. ”

Beer Petition

 

Read more – http://foodbabe.com/2014/06/11/anheuser-busch-miller-coors-tell-us-whats-beer/#more-16950

 

June 10, 2014

WHO IN THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEY ARE???? (Updated)

Tonight, my husband and I went to vote in the [Virginia] primary and were SHOCKED by the fact we were only allowed, ALLOWED, geesh, unfathomable, allowed, to vote in either the a) federal primary or b) city primary due to Party (24.2-530 – going on memory here).

We were told, as well as other voters disgusted at the process at the same time we were at the precinct, we could not vote in BOTH, which, quite frankly, infringes upon our constitutional right to cast a vote for the candidates who we believe will best represent us on BOTH the federal and city level, AND the respective candidates right to muster votes to secure their Fall election ballot. We were FORCED to cast our vote in either NOT or. Thus, our primary concern is to kick the bum out of congress who represents AIPAC and Israel rather than the constituents in the 7th Congressional District.

But I digress. We are furious with said choices. My right as a Virginian is and should always, and I mean ALWAYS, be to vote for any candidate no matter the Party affiliation and office i.e., federal, state or city should be ours to make NOT the Virginia General Assembly.

Tonight, the candidate for the city primary got totally screwed by 24.2-530 (note: if I’m citing the correct code it says “party” not office or federal vs state primary). We had every intention of voting in both the federal and city primaries, but, like I said above, we were totally robbed of that opportunity. We, along with others, immediately filed official complaints which were either left with the SBE volunteers at our precinct or, those who trust the political system even less than we do, chose to send there’s in. I spoke with many of the volunteers about this ABSURDITY and they freely informed me that they had received such complaints ALL DAY. They too felt helpless. Why on earth would the state put these volunteers in such a position?

Please know, if the Virginia GA passed a law that infringes on Virginian’s voting rights then trust I, along with a plethora of others, are utterly unaware.

Exactly when did the Virginia General Assembly pass such an authoritarian law? We want to know. We do not believe they did, but rather the Sec’y of the SBE has been terribly counseled. However, if they did, pass such a stupid ass statute, you damned well better know we will use every tool available to ensure said archaic election laws are rescinded in their entirety. Dumb. Dumb. Dumber.

Candidates who worked their tail ends off to convince us to vote for them, challenger or sitting, were absolutely, one-hundred percent robbed of our votes today. This is wrong, wrong, wrong and must be in violation of federal election laws, if not, state election laws or just plain old common sense.

We want answers and we want them now. Yes, we’re furious. ALL VIRGINIAN’S DESERVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR WHOMEVER THEY WISH. ALL!

Helen

UPDATE x1 –  We just learned Cantor’s challenger won tonight’s primary. NEWS FLASH, Cantor got screwed by the Va SBE just like the city treasurer position did. We have no love for Cantor, trust us, but when someone gets royally screwed like Cantor just did then hell YES we’re going to speak up. Wrong is Wrong no matter the party or stupid ass policies they put forward!

UPDATE x2 – The two votes were for either congress OR City clerk not Treasurer.

 

May 29, 2014

Reaction, Insight, Opinion and Clips from Snowden’s Interview You Didn’t See #Patriot #Traitor

NBC News is steering those who missed last night’s interview with Snowden over to their site. They’ve taken down YT vids that cut out all of the ads leaving only the interview. If you missed the interview and want to watch or re watch it click here.

One more item worth noting following the Snowden interview. NBC asked folks on Twitter to weigh in on whether they believe Snowden to be a “#Patriot” or “#Traitor.” Well, the vote tally is in with 59% #Patriot v 41% #Traitor.

Here are some additional articles you may want to read. They take on various pieces of the interview with the first link leading you to portions of the interview that didn’t make the final cut.

The Edward Snowden clips NBC didn’t broadcast on TV

NBC Censors Snowden’s Critical 9/11 Comments from Prime Time Audience

Not Snowden but *Keith Alexander*: Hero or Traitor (the debate we should be having)

Kerry To Snowden: “Man Up and Come Back to the United States.”

And the NSA just released this slightly redacted email from Snowden making an inquiry to NSA General Counsel on the hierarchy laid out in a training he attended –

Edward J. Snowden email inquiry to the NSA Office of General Counsel<br />
May 29, 2014<br />
NSA has now explained that they have found one email inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed. The e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse, but posed a legal question that the Office of General Counsel addressed.<br />
There was not additional follow-up noted. The e-mail will be released later today. There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations. We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.