Friday, 30 November 2018

Poroshenko's Kerch Strait Stunt Aims at Derailing Trump-Putin G20 Meeting


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Poroshenko's claims of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, and how the recent Kerch Strait tensions will feed nicely into the neocon war agenda, derailing any rapprochement between Trump and Putin during the G20 summit.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

US Officials Call for More Anti-Russia Sanctions After Kerch Strait Debacle


The Russian President has called clashes between Ukrainian and Russian vessels in the Kerch Strait on Sunday a rating's stunt as Kiev's authorities look ahead to the 2019 presidential election.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

Deal of a lifetime: The real story on how Jeffrey Epstein only got 13 months for sexually assaulting over 300 girls


On a muggy October morning in 2007, Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz.

It was an unusual meeting for the then-38-year-old prosecutor, a rising Republican star who had served in several White House posts before being named U.S. attorney in Miami by President George W. Bush.

Instead of meeting at the prosecutor’s Miami headquarters, the two men — both with professional roots in the prestigious Washington law firm of Kirkland & Ellis — convened at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, about 70 miles away. For Lefkowitz, 44, a U.S. special envoy to North Korea and corporate lawyer, the meeting was critical.

His client, Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.

The eccentric hedge fund manager, whose friends included former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, was also suspected of trafficking minor girls, often from overseas, for sex parties at his other homes in Manhattan, New Mexico and the Caribbean, FBI and court records show.

Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life.

But on the morning of the breakfast meeting, a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.

Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.

The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.

As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it.

This is the story of how Epstein, bolstered by unlimited funds and represented by a powerhouse legal team, was able to manipulate the criminal justice system, and how his accusers, still traumatized by their pasts, believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them.

“I don’t think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did,’’ said one of Epstein’s victims, Michelle Licata, now 30. “He ruined my life and a lot of girls’ lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn’t prosecuted so it never happens again.”

Now President Trump’s secretary of labor, Acosta, 49, oversees a massive federal agency that provides oversight of the country’s labor laws, including human trafficking. He also has been on a list of possible replacements for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned under pressure earlier this month.

Acosta did not respond to numerous requests for an interview or answer queries through email.
But court records reveal details of the negotiations and the role that Acosta would play in arranging the deal, which scuttled the federal probe into a possible international sex trafficking operation. Among other things, Acosta allowed Epstein’s lawyers unusual freedoms in dictating the terms of the non-prosecution agreement.

“The damage that happened in this case is unconscionable,” said Bradley Edwards, a former state prosecutor who represents some of Epstein’s victims. “How in the world, do you, the U.S. attorney, engage in a negotiation with a criminal defendant, basically allowing that criminal defendant to write up the agreement?”

As a result, neither the victims — nor even the judge — would know how many girls Epstein allegedly sexually abused between 2001 and 2005, when his underage sex activities were first uncovered by police. Police referred the case to the FBI a year later, when they began to suspect that their investigation was being undermined by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office.

Not a ‘he said, she said’

“This was not a ‘he said, she said’ situation. This was 50-something ‘shes’ and one ‘he’ — and the ‘shes’ all basically told the same story,’’ said retired Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter, who supervised the police probe.

More than a decade later, at a time when Olympic gymnasts and Hollywood actresses have become a catalyst for a cultural reckoning about sexual abuse, Epstein’s victims have all but been forgotten.
The women — now in their late 20s and early 30s — are still fighting for an elusive justice that even the passage of time has not made right.

Like other victims of sexual abuse, they believe they’ve been silenced by a criminal justice system that stubbornly fails to hold Epstein and other wealthy and powerful men accountable.

“Jeffrey preyed on girls who were in a bad way, girls who were basically homeless. He went after girls who he thought no one would listen to and he was right,’’ said Courtney Wild, who was 14 when she met Epstein.

Over the past year, the Miami Herald examined a decade’s worth of court documents, lawsuits, witness depositions and newly released FBI documents. Key people involved in the investigation — most of whom have never spoken before — were also interviewed. The Herald also obtained new records, including the full unredacted copy of the Palm Beach police investigation and witness statements that had been kept under seal.

The Herald learned that, as part of the plea deal, Epstein provided what the government called “valuable consideration” for unspecified information he supplied to federal investigators. While the documents obtained by the Herald don’t detail what the information was, Epstein’s sex crime case happened just as the country’s subprime mortgage market collapsed, ushering in the 2008 global financial crisis.

Records show that Epstein was a key federal witness in the criminal prosecution of two prominent executives with Bear Stearns, the global investment brokerage that failed in 2008, who were accused of corporate securities fraud. Epstein was one of the largest investors in the hedge fund managed by the executives, who were later acquitted. It is not known what role, if any, the case played in Epstein’s plea negotiations.

The Herald also identified about 80 women who say they were molested or otherwise sexually abused by Epstein from 2001 to 2006. About 60 of them were located — now scattered around the country and abroad. Eight of them agreed to be interviewed, on or off the record. Four of them were willing to speak on video.

The women are now mothers, wives, nurses, bartenders, Realtors, hairdressers and teachers. One is a Hollywood actress. Several have grappled with trauma, depression and addiction. Some have served time in prison.

A few did not survive. One young woman was found dead last year in a rundown motel in West Palm Beach. She overdosed on heroin and left behind a young son.

s part of Epstein’s agreement, he was required to register as a sex offender, and pay restitution to the three dozen victims identified by the FBI. In many cases, the confidential financial settlements came only after Epstein’s attorneys exposed every dark corner of their lives in a scorched-earth effort to portray the girls as gold diggers.

“You beat yourself up mentally and physically,’’ said Jena-Lisa Jones, 30, who said Epstein molested her when she was 14. “You can’t ever stop your thoughts. A word can trigger something. For me, it is the word ‘pure’ because he called me ‘pure’ in that room and then I remember what he did to me in that room.’’

Now, more than a decade later, two unrelated civil lawsuits — one set for trial on Dec. 4 — could reveal more about Epstein’s crimes. The Dec. 4 case, in Palm Beach County state court, involves Epstein and Edwards, whom Epstein had accused of legal misdeeds in representing several victims. The case is noteworthy because it will mark the first time that Epstein’s victims will have their day in court, and several of them are scheduled to testify.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

Pedo blackmail network.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

There's Embedded Enemies in the Trump Administration. Mike Pompeo Just Hired Another One


Trump Has Embedded Enemies in His Administration. Mike Pompeo Just Hired Another One in Mary Kissel



Is Trump allowing what is happening here because he is controlled? There is a sad underlying fact about the Presidency, and that is if the President steps out of line the establishment can kill him or kill members of his family.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

9/11 Related Grand Jury Proceedings – U.S. Attorney Will Comply


From the Lawyer’s Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

Press Release:

Quote:
 
On Monday November 26, 2018, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, a nonprofit public interest organization, announced its receipt of a letter from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York reflecting the initiation of 9/11 related grand jury proceedings requested by the Lawyers’ Committee. The U.S. Attorney’s letter is in response to the Lawyers’ Committee’s April 10, 2018 Petition and July 30, 2018 Amended Petition demanding that the U.S. Attorney present to a Special Grand Jury extensive evidence of so-far-unprosecuted federal crimes relating to the destruction of three World Trade Center Towers on 9/11 (WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7).

The Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition noted that the U. S. Attorney is legally required to present this evidence of 9/11 related federal crimes to a Special Grand Jury pursuant to a federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3332.  The U.S. Attorney, in his November 7, 2018 letter to the Lawyers’ Committee, has agreed to comply.  (See the U.S. Attorney’s letter below)
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Excerpt from the Grand Jury Petition:

Quote:
 
“The evidence presented in this Petition supports the conclusion that during the months preceding 9/11 explosive and/or incendiary devices were pre-planted at the WTC, and then on 9/11 these explosives and/or incendiaries were detonated and ignited causing the complete destruction of WTC1 and WTC2 and the Salomon Brothers Building (WTC Building 7). The detonations of these pre-planted explosive and/or incendiary devices on 9/11 at the WTC were timed and coordinated with the aircraft attacks on WTC1 and WTC2, and substantially contributed to the destruction of those three WTC buildings and their contents, and substantially increased the tragic loss of life that occurred on 9/11. The evidence presented below and in the accompanying exhibits permits no other conclusion — as a matter of science, as a matter of logic, and as a matter of law.

This evidence, which includes forensic and physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and expert scientific analysis, deserves to be presented to and investigated by a special federal grand jury, or in the alternative a federal grand jury as soon as possible. The issue of whether the perpetrators, domestic or foreign or both, involved in the placement of the explosives included individuals acting across national boundaries is a matter to be investigated by and ultimately determined by the grand jury. The evidence available to the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc. relating to who and what acts might have been involved will be presented in a supplement to this Amended Petition.”
http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/9-11-related-grand-jury-proceedings-u-s-attorney-will-comply/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

Macron Calls Most of His Population "Thugs" (Styx)


Jupiter or stupider?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

Trump TROLLS Theresa May for her Brexit 'deal-making' abilities


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at US President Trump's recent comments on UK PM Theresa May's handling of the Brexit negotiation.

The man behind 'the art of the deal' does not believe May did a particularly good job negotiating the UK's exit from the European Union, and furthermore May's Brexit deal may actually impede trade between the US and the UK.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

Keiser Report (E1312): Frackers Burning Cash


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the ‘sweet spot’ for Russian oil producers as profits surge, while frackers in Texas continue to burn investors’ cash. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Egon von Greyerz of GoldSwitzerland.com about the credit cycle turning and what next for gold. And, if the gold rallies, what happens to precious metals? They also discuss Venezuela’s gold being held hostage by the Bank of England.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 30th, 2018.]

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Black Sea Crisis: Russia Deploys Anti-Ship Missiles. Kiev Says Russian Warplane Attacks Its Ships




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Literal Fake News from the Guardian about Manafort Meeting With Julian Assange (Styx)


More conspiracies about Assange being a Russian asset too



Obvious mainstream lies undermine mainstream news credibility. All this does is show the mainstream media is in bed with the corrupt establishment.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Trump Blamed for Teargassing of Migrants... But was he the First One Dispersing People?


President Trump has found himself at the centre of yet another media storm – this time it's over incidents at the US-Mexico border. Authorities reportedly responded with tear gas when a group of migrants, who were trying to cross into the US, allegedly became violent.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Border Patrol Says the News Media is Lying!




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

China's TERRIFYING Social Credit System


And how it's already operating in the west.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Twitter is Imploding Under it's Own Rules (Bearing)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Trump Under Fire After General Motors Closes 5 Plants, Vows to Get Tough


President Trump's in the firing line, accused of failing to keep a signature campaign promise. American car maker, General Motors, says it's closing 5 factories and shedding around 14,000 workers, including in a town where Trump pledged to protect American jobs.



The US economy is hollowed out. Too many jobs were exported outside the borders over the last few decades and there are not enough jobs returning to the country. Too many people don't have enough money to buy new cars. Trump needs to ban imports and erect tariffs in order to return the manufacturing jobs.

ALL countries around the world need to impose tariffs to stop globalised/centralised production stripping away their productive industrial/work base.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 29th, 2018.]

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

NO MORE!...We Must Stop The 40-Year Old Obsession With Iran (Liberty Report)


Consistent failure has not deterred those who wish to rule the world militarily. With each passing decade, the foreign policy of America's Founders is looking more and more attractive. Ron Paul has consistently advocated their policy of non-intervention and peace.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Babies on Bayonets - #PropagandaWatch


In this clip from The WWI Conspiracy (Part Two) we examine the propaganda surrounding the "Rape of Belgium" at the start of WWI and the actions of the baby bayonetting evil Hun savages...



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Merkel Says EU Nations Must Hand Over National Sovereignty to Brussels!!!




Related:

UNLIMITED POWER!


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Can Italy Survive EU Financial War About to be Launched Against it? (The Duran)


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris explore the deficit standoff between Italy and the European Union, and how the EU's financial threats against the Italian government are meant to punish the anti-EU leaders of Italy, who have dared to question the rule of Brussels with regard to immigration policy, and closer ties with Russia.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Demographers Warn About America's Changing Demographics




The double standard and bias being pushed against white people by the left and race orientated groups highlighted by The Red Elephants.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Tom Fitton on Holding Hillary Clinton Accountable: 'Facts & Law are on Our Side!'




The Justice Department and State Department are protecting Hillary Clinton, while they are persecuting Trump on trumped up charges of Russian collusion.

Related:

Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint Against Maxine Waters For Inciting Violence and Assaults on Trump Cabinet

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Lord of the Rings is Racist (Sargon)


Just because the orcs are undocumented migrants, doesn't mean we shouldn't try to understand why they hunger for manflesh and empathise with their plight.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Keiser Report (E1311): Shell-Shocked Investors in Market Carnage


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the market carnage in 'crude, crypto and credit’ as 'nothing is working’ in any asset class at the moment. The only asset, in fact, staying quite boring is gold. They also look at Stacy's 'bumper sticker index' and how 'Medicare4All' could be an unexpectedly big thing in 2020. In the second half, Max interviews Egon von Greyerz of GoldSwitzerland.com about the Swiss National Bank dumping their Apple shares but maintaining their reckless euro position. They also discuss gold and where it is heading... literally.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2018.]

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Real Reason Behind Ukraine's Sudden Martial Law


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and International Affairs and Security Analyst via Moscow, Mark Sleboda take a look at the real reason behind Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's Kerch Strait provocation, and how it has less to do with conflict towards Russia and more to do with self preservation, as Ukraine's '8% approval rating' President.



BACKGROUND: The Ukrainian regime had been detaining Russian flagged civilian vessels in the Sea of Azov and militarising the area that is supposed to be jointly controlled by both countries. It appears the Russians have had enough of these shenanigans and used overwhelming force to cut out the Ukrainians. Also remember that Ukraine has a land blockade running against the people living in Crimea.

The Russian Government must seriously be thinking about launching a military drive along the coast so that the Donbass region can be linked up with Crimea in order to improve the overall security situation. The problem is that this will be seen as an act of provocation and might invite Western intervention. The best case scenario for Russia would be to counter attack against a land invasion by Ukraine against the Donbass territories. Perhaps Russia will engage in further efforts to provoke a general attack? The current Russian strategy has been to wait for the Government of Ukraine to collapse under the weight of its own corruption.

If the hardliner Yulia Tymoshenko becomes President in the upcoming election, then we may well see escalated activity in Eastern Ukraine.

One correction. The Ukrainian tugboat that was hit didn't turn into the Russian ship. It simply refused to turn around and was rammed by the Russian ship. The account of the second encounter is correct, where the Russians did fire upon the Ukrainian ships.

Related:

‘West doesn’t pay attention to any wrongdoings Ukraine does’ – Russian UN diplomat


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 27th, 2018.]

Jerome Corsi Rejects Mueller Plea Deal


Jerome Corsi, who is a close confidante of Roger Stone, says he has been offered a plea deal from special counsel Robert Mueller. He sat down with One America's Chris Carter for an exclusive interview in New York City.



1. OAN EXCLUSIVE – Mueller extends plea bargain of a SINGLE COUNT OF PERJURY to author Jerome Corsi for what Corsi says is a faulty memory, not willfully and knowingly lying. Corsi calls Mueller’s tactics “GESTAPO” like.

2. OAN EXCLUSIVE – Investigative Journalist Jerome Corsi is preparing to file a CRIMINAL COMPLAINT against Mueller’s Investigation with acting Attorney General WHITAKER.

3. OAN EXCLUSIVE – Corsi expected to REJECT Mueller’s extended single count of perjury. Expect the 72 year old Corsi to respond with a soon to be released book highlighting special counsel Mueller’s “GESTAPO” tactics.
http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/jerome-corsi-claims-we-have-a-criminal-department-of-justice/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 27th, 2018.]

MUELLER REPORT WILL GIVE PELOSI EXCUSE TO CONTINUE TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE IN THE HOUSE (HA Goodman)




Related:

TRUMP ASK MUELLER TO INTERVIEW CLINTON CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATES AS PART OF RUSSIA PROBE (HA Goodman)


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 27th, 2018.]

US President Donald Trump is Leaking Out a Little Bit of Forbidden Truth About the False Flag Operation of 9/11, American Scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett Says.


US President Donald Trump is leaking out a little bit of forbidden truth about the false flag operation of 9/11, American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett says.

Dr. Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on a verbal between Trump and Adm. William H. McRaven, the former Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.




Story thanks to Trump is Right.

Related:

911 and War by Deception


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 27th, 2018.]

Top Cold and Snow Records Broken Thanksgiving Blizzard 2018 (Adapt 2030)


With the blizzard and Arctic front crushing temperature and snow records across the US and Canada, here are the final numbers, and this coupled with the new (Fourth National Climate Assessment) released out of the US, somehow record cold was caused by residual heat and claimed as a one off event. Now a second blistering Arctic front before winter set to crush cold records in southern Mexico and Cuba. These are the top snow and cold records broken during the Thanksgiving 2018 blizzard.



We're getting all these incidents of record cold, and yet we still have a lot of glacial ice loss in the Northern Hemisphere. This is due to dirty snow, where air pollution, particulate matter, darkens the snow and ice that causes more melting when the spring and summer sun hits the planet. This also keeps the temperatures higher than they otherwise would be with the cooling now impacting the Earth. Gaseous CO2 is not a driving factor in the climate.

Question: Do the IPCC climate models include variations in solar output, undersea volcanism impacting ocean temperatures, or the impact of particulate contamination on ice loss (as opposed to CO2)? If they do not include these variables then their models will not be accurate.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 27th, 2018.]

Monday, 26 November 2018

Email Leak: Crown Prince Salman Seeking Meeting w/ Hillary as SoS, Was Told to Contact the Clinton Foundation First


Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment…2009, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.

www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/new-abedin-emails-reveal-hillary-clinton-state-department-gave-special-access-top-clinton-foundation-donors/

In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Here’s how I gather it…

Party A goes through State Dept. contacts to meet with SoS Clinton, but is directed to contact the Clinton Foundation instead. Then Party A makes a donation to the CF or hires Bill to speak – like an opening commitment. Then Party A is directed to set up some kind of “foundation” or “charitable program” connected to the Clinton Global Initiative. Then SoS Clinton would do all kinds of US Government endorsed favors and string pulling for Party A, with the bribes and business directed through Clinton Global Initiative and Party A’s “foundation.”

On a related subject, when the DNC email leaks were made available, they showed that Hillary had personal bank access for the DNC accounts and individual Dem state accounts. So money would go into the DNC, then some would transfer to say, Minnesota, and then w/in 24 hrs the money would transfer straight to Hillary. It makes you wonder if Hillary/Bill/Chelsea has bank access (control) to Party A’s foundation, such as the “Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program,” and they did a lot of the money transfers to the CGI personally?
http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/email-leak-crown-prince-salman-seeking-meeting-w-hillary-as-sos-was-told-to-contact-the-clinton-foundation-first/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

Dozens hospitalized in Syria's Aleppo After Militants Shell City with Poison Gas – Reports


Dozens of people, including children, have been hospitalised - after an apparent chemical attack, targeting the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

Trump Claims He Knows “Nothing” About the Julian Assange He Cited Hundreds of During in His Campaign


President Donald Trump told a reporter outside the White House on Tuesday that he doesn’t “know anything” about WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange, whose political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is believed to be under threat largely from pressure by the U.S. government.

Trump’s statements have been widely criticized as hypocritical, given that he heavily promoted WikiLeaks’ release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in the months and weeks prior to the October 2016 presidential election.

Trump claimed to know very little about Assange or his increasingly precarious situation when a reporter had asked him “Should Julian Assange go free?”

The question was a likely response to the recent news that the Department of Justice was set to indict Assange with the intent of immediately prompting his extradition, as well as the apparently accidental revelation that the DOJ has a sealed indictment waiting for Assange should he ever be extradited to the United States.


In response to a question on whether Assange should be prosecuted or not, Trump responded that “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.” However, footage of Trump mentioning WikiLeaks and its releases over 140 times in October 2016 alone has since resurfaced, suggesting that Trump’s recent claims of ignorance in regard to Assange and WikiLeaks are insincere at best.

While Trump heavily promoted WikiLeaks prior to winning the 2016 election, his administration has since taken an aggressive stance towards WikiLeaks and Assange as well as towards government whistleblowers and leakers.

For example, Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general who was forced to resign earlier this month, had stated last year that Assange’s arrest was a “priority.” The Trump administration’s aggressive pursuit of Assange has also been revealed by statements made by top administration officials such as current Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence as well as several U.S. senators, among other important figures in the Washington political establishment. Yet Trump himself has largely avoided speaking publicly about the matter, as his recent response to a direct question about Assange’s fate reveals.

Aside from WikiLeaks, the Trump administration has also pursued draconian sentences against alleged whistleblowers. For instance, whistleblowers Reality Winner and Terry Albury were given lengthy prison sentences for providing information to the same online publication, The Intercept. Winner was given five years and three months in prison while Albury was sentenced to four years.

Both had been charged under the Espionage Act, a practice regularly adopted by the Obama administration in its pursuit of whistleblowers. However, the prison sentences sought by the Trump administration have been much more draconian than those previously handed out under Obama’s tenure. Indeed, Winner’s sentence is the longest sentence ever given for an unauthorized disclosure to the media in U.S. history.

If Assange were extradited to the U.S. and indicted, it is likely that he too would be charged under the Espionage Act, as WikiLeaks recently suggested on Twitter.

U.S. government efforts to charge Assange under the Espionage Act long precede Trump’s tenure as president, as the existence of a sealed indictment targeting Assange was “unofficially” revealed after WikiLeaks released emails from the U.S.-based private intelligence company Stratfor.

Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice-President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security and former State Department official, wrote in a 2011 email that “Not for Pub — We have a sealed indictment on Assange. Pls protect.” In a separate email from that same year, Burton had written “Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever.” The emails had been written just a few months before Assange began his extended stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has remained since 2012 in an effort to avoid extradition to the United States.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-doesnt-know-the-julian-assange-whose-wikileaks-releases-he-used-hundreds-of-times-in-his-campaign/252153/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

MI6 Scrambling To Stop Trump From Releasing Classified Docs In Russia Probe


The UK's Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, has been scrambling to prevent President Trump from publishing classified materials linked to the Russian election meddling investigation, according to The Telegraph, stating that any disclosure would "undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers." 

Trump's allies, however, are fighting back - demanding transparency and suggesting that the UK wouldn't want the documents withheld unless it had something to hide. 
The Telegraph has talked to more than a dozen UK and US officials, including in American intelligence, who have revealed details about the row. 
British spy chiefs have “genuine concern” about sources being exposed if classified parts of the wiretap request were made public, according to figures familiar with discussions.
It boils down to the exposure of people”, said one US intelligence official, adding: “We don’t want to reveal sources and methods.” US intelligence shares the concerns of the UK. 
Another said Britain feared setting a dangerous “precedent” which could make people less likely to share information, knowing that it could one day become public. -The Telegraph
The Telegraph adds that the UK's dispute with the Trump administration is so politically sensitive that staff within the British Embassy in D.C. haver been barred from discussing it with journalists. Theresa May has also "been kept at arms-length and is understood to have not raised the issue directly with the US president." 

In September, we reported that the British government "expressed grave concerns" over the material in question after President Trump issued an order to the DOJ to release a wide swath of materials, "immediately" and "without redaction." 

Trump walked that order back days later after the UK begged him not to release them
Mr Trump wants to declassify 21 pages from one of the applications. He announced the move in September, then backtracked, then this month said he was "very seriously" considering it again. Both Britain and Australia are understood to be opposing the move. 
Memos detailing alleged ties between Mr Trump and Russia compiled by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, were cited in the application, which could explain some of the British concern. -The Telegraph
The New York Times reported at the time that the UK's concern was over material which "includes direct references to conversations between American law enforcement officials and Christopher Steele,the former MI6 agent who compiled the infamous "Steele Dossier." The UK's objection, according to former US and British officials, was over revealing Steele's identity in an official document, "regardless of whether he had been named in press reports." 

We noted in September, however, that Steele's name was contained within the Nunes Memo - the House Intelligence Committee's majority opinion in the Trump-Russia case.

Steele also had extensive contacts with DOJ official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who - along with Steele - was paid by opposition research firm Fusion GPS in the anti-Trump campaign. Trump called for the declassification of FBI notes of interviews with Ohr, which would ostensibly reveal more about his relationship with Steele. Ohr was demoted twice within the Department of Justice for lying about his contacts with Fusion GPS. 

Perhaps the Brits are also concerned since much of the espionage performed on the Trump campaign was conducted on UK soil throughout 2016. Recall that Trump aid George Papadopoulos was lured to London in March, 2016, where Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud fed him the rumor that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. It was later at a London bar that Papadopoulos would drunkenly pass the rumor to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer (who Strzok flew to London to meet with). 

Also recall that CIA/FBI "informant" (spy) Stefan Halper met with both Carter Page and Papadopoulos in London. 
Halper, a veteran of four Republican administrations, reached out to Trump aide George Papadopoulos in September 2016 with an offer to fly to London to write an academic paper on energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea.
Papadopoulos accepted a flight to London and a $3,000 honorarium. He claims that during a meeting in London, Halper asked him whether he knew anything about Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails.
Papadopoulos had other contacts on British soil that he now believes were part of a government-sanctioned surveillance operation. -Daily Caller
In total, Halper received over $1 million from the Obama Pentagon for "research," over $400,000 of which was granted before and during the 2016 election season.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-23/mi6-scrambling-stop-trump-releasing-classified-docs-russia-probe

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

TRUMP DOJ CAN INDICT CLINTON USING JAMES COMEY 2016 BRIEFING ON STATUTE VIOLATIONS (HA Goodman)




We'll believe that Hillary and others will be prosecuted when it happens. The problem for Trump and his family is that unless the prosecutions involve mass arrests and detentions then his family is in dire peril. The Clintons and the CIA they partner with are killers. They kill people that cross their path. This is the REAL problem and why Hillary confidently says that nothing will happen to her and that she is not concerned.

Related:

TRUMP PLANNING ON INDICTING CLINTON AFTER NEW YEARS FOR NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS OF LAW (HA Goodman) 


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

Trump Is Right: The U.S. Can’t Lose a Trade War


The conventional wisdom of the international expert class is that “you can't win a trade war.” What they really mean is that you can't win a trade war in a fair game . If all sides start in balance, the rules are the same for everyone, and no player has coercive power over any other, the winning strategy is for everyone to cooperate. Economics 101.

But if one country starts with a massive trade deficit, the existing rules are written to favor its opponents. And when the country with the trade deficit just happens to be the most powerful country in the world, it's safe to say that there are multiple paths to victory.

Despite being widely ridiculed in the press, the homespun wisdom encapsulated in President Donald Trump's April 4 tweet that “When you’re already $500 Billion DOWN, you can’t lose!” is essentially correct. The only thing incorrect was the figure. The U.S.trade deficit was $568 billion in 2017, and that figure incorporates America's trade surplus in services. America's trade deficit in goods alone was a whopping $811 billion.
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/trump-right-us-can%E2%80%99t-lose-trade-war-25202

Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

Gerald Celente: Systems & Societal Breakdown on Every Level. Great Reset Opportunity Report


Trends forecaster Gerald Celente shares his observations and insight regarding the Great Reset taking place at every level and across the globe.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 26th, 2018.]

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Swamp Discovers "Morality", Blasting Trump Over Saudi Realpolitik


RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at US President Donald Trump's recent statement to the press that he will continue to build on America's long standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, in spite of massive pressure to punish the Kingdom and its rogue prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is issuing its own red lines, claiming that criticism of MbS will not go unpunished.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Some are Obsessed with Human Rights, But Don’t Give a Damn About Stability of Countries – Lavrov


Russia's Foreign Minister has been answering some challenging questions in Rome, on a work visit to the 'Mediterranean Dialogues' event in the Italian capital. 



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

CONGRESS SUBPOENA JAMES COMEY AND LORETTA LYNCH FOR CLOSED DOOR TESTIMONY ON CLINTON EMAILS (HA Goodman)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Establishment GOP Runs Scared as Trump Says What it Has for a Decade about the Judiciary (Styx)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

EU nails down Theresa May and the UK in 26 page Post-Brexit Terms


The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at huge momentum swings in the Brexit fiasco for Theresa May.

The UK PM started the morning closing a deal to sell out her country to EU technocrats only to have a wide array of government factions voice their outrage at a flimsy 26 page agreement that requires few commitments from the European Union, while a 500 plus page agreement nails Britain down to EU dictate for decades to come.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Gender Equal Police Need Public Assistance (Sargon)


We want more wamen in the police, also, we need men to help us with the criminals.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Record Cold Thanksgiving Temperatures Caused by Global Warming & Dust Storms S.Hemisphere (Adapt 2030)


I was wondering how long it would take for media outlets to start with the "Record Cold Thanksgiving caused by Global Warming" headlines, your answer less than 24 hours. They state CO2 is to blame, and summer will be hotter, so we look at the Southern hemisphere where record cold and snow dump in Australia, Southern Africa way cold, South America way cold and frost on crops. Yep, hotter summers which is a week away as the official date, but its going to snow in Australia at the beginning of SUMMER.



Another record hot start to summer !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Europe Begins to Freeze with Deep Oceans Cooling Not Heating (Adapt 2030)


David DuByne creator of the ADAPT 2030 channel on YouTube discusses societal changes as our Earth shifts to a cooler climate as the Eddy Grand Solar Minimum intensifies, a 400-year cycle in our Sun which will affect crop production, the economy and everyone on our planet. This is a timeline for what you can expect from now to 2023.

•France will show signs of Grand Solar Minimum first in Europe
•Greenland gained 550 billion new tons of ice 2017-2018
•How to identify Atmospheric compression events using global temperature maps
•Migrating arctic birds cannot nest too much ice and snow on Greenland this summer
•California fires blamed on drought, but record rains last year in California opposite facts
•How to find ocean surface temperature charts and graphs of all oceans
•Harvard releases article about all deep oceans are cooling not heating



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 25th, 2018.]

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Why Did CIA Turn Against Saudi Crown Prince MBS? It's More than Khashoggi


CIA officials are signaling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must be replaced. Is this all about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Professor Asad AbuKhalil says there are other political reasons.



The assassination was so clumsy that it's indefensible. 

The video points out that MBS was not really the West's pick for the next leader of Saudi Arabia. That MBS is too unstable a character that could jeopardise the fragile nature of the Saudi regime.

A decision might have also been taken to throw MBS under the bus as a way of gaining a level of credibility for the CIA.

The (unlikely) flip side to MBS being the culprit is the possibility he was set up for removal via staging this assassination using his own men.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

Democrats Should Stop Pretending to Oppose Saudi Government Tyranny (Re: Khashoggi) - Styx


You said nothing as homosexuals were tossed off buildings, as women were stoned for being raped, or as dissidents were harassed or assaulted. Stop with the crocodile tears over the White House Khashoggi statement, stop being opportunists about the death of a journalist.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

UN MIGRANT COMPACT: THE DEATH OF NATIONS




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

Shithole Countries: Made in the USA


In two years, the world has become accustomed to being shocked by the words and actions of United States President Donald Trump. In January of this year, he again showed his lack of diplomacy, tack and common decency, when he referred to many poorer countries as “sh*ithole countries”, asking “Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here?” Former member of the House of Representatives Cynthia McKinney, in her new book, How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries, has gathered a collection of essays, including one of her own, that clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations.

The first series of essays describes U.S. foreign policy, and its true motives. In the essay, “The End of Washington’s ‘Wars on the Cheap’,” The Saker sums of U.S. foreign policy as follows: “Here’s the template for typical Empire action: find some weak country, subvert it, accuse it of human right violations, slap economic sanctions, trigger riots and intervene militarily in ‘defense’ of ‘democracy’, ‘freedom’ and ‘self-determination’ (or some other combo of equally pious and meaningless concepts).” The hypocrisy of such a policy is obvious. A weak and vulnerable nation is victimized by a far more powerful one. The U.S. has done this countless times in its ugly history, and there appears to be no appetite in the government to change.

This introduction and explanation of U.S. foreign policy is followed by essays on some, but certainly not all, of the countries that have been victimized by the United States, usually following the ‘template’ previously mentioned. As McKinney states in her essay, “Somalia: Is Somalia the U.S. Template for All of Africa,” “…while mouthing freedom, democracy, and liberty, the United States has denied these very aspirations to others, especially when it inconvenienced the US or its allies.  In Mozambique and Angola, the US stood with Portugal until it was the Portuguese people, themselves, who threw off their government and voted in a socialist government that vowed to free Portugal of its colonies.”

In the essay, “How the U.S. Perpetuates the Palestinian Tragedy,” Sami Al-Arian states the following:
It might be understandable, if detestable, for Israel and its Zionist defenders to circulate false characterizations of history and myths to advance their political agenda. But it is incomprehensible, indeed reprehensible, for those who claim to advocate the rule of law, believe in the principle of self-determination, and call for freedom and justice to fall for this propaganda or to become its willing accomplices. In following much of American political leaders’ rhetoric or media coverage of the conflict, one is struck by the lack of historical context, the deliberate disregard of empirical facts, and the contempt for established legal constructs and precedents.
The U.S. leads in these distortions, with its officials proclaiming, each time that Israel bombs Gaza, that “Israel has a right to defend itself”. Never is there any mention of the brutal, illegal occupation and blockade; never a discussion of the fact that Palestine has no army, navy or air force, and Israel’s military is one of the world’s most powerful, thanks to the U.S. It is never stated that international law allows an occupied people to resist the occupation in any way possible, including armed struggle. The countless United Nations resolutions condemning Israeli actions in Palestine are ignored by U.S. officials.

Once again, U.S. hypocrisy is on very public display.

The third section of this very informative book describes the United States’ mostly-successful efforts to camouflage its vile intentions and international crimes. Christopher Black, in his essay “Western Imperialism and the Use of Propaganda”, clearly articulates how this is done:
The primary concern they [U.S. government officials] have, in order to preserve their control, is for the preservation of the new feudal mythology that they have created: that the world is a dangerous place, that they are the protectors, that the danger is omnipresent, eternal, and omnidirectional, comes from without, and comes from within. The mythology is constructed and presented through all media; journals, films, television, radio, music, advertising, books, the internet in all its variety. All available information systems are used to create and maintain scenarios and dramas to convince the people that they, the protectors, are the good and all others are the bad.
We are bombarded with this message incessantly.
Our memories are short, indeed, if we have forgotten both President George W. Bush and his Secretary of State, Colin Powell, telling the world from the United Nations the blatant lie that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction’, threatening civilization. We are not paying attention if we are unaware of the many innuendos given of the ‘dangers’ of all Muslims. Yes, the government fosters fear, proclaiming subtly and not so subtly that there is danger everywhere, and it is the role of the mighty United States to protect the world, whether or not such protection is wanted or needed.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50628.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

What Democracy? 70% of ‘Not Free’ Countries Get US Military Aid


Washington has a habit of bombing defenseless nations in the name of democracy, but isn’t the least bit squeamish about selling weapons and giving military aid to countries its own human rights watchdogs deem dictatorial.
   
Freedom House, a US-based non-governmental organization (NGO) set up in 1941, publishes an annual Freedom in the World report, which categorizes countries as either “free”, “partly free”, or “not free.” Funded almost entirely by the US government, Freedom House considers the US and its allies “free” while it designated enemy countries such as Russia and China “not free.” The group’s 2018 report described 2.7 billion people living in 49 countries as tragically “not free.”

Yet of those 49 countries, at least 35 – or 71 percent  – have either been customers of the US military-industrial complex, or received some form of military assistance from the Pentagon over the previous three years.

‘Worst of the worst’

Back in September 2017, Rich Whitney of Truthout cross-referenced the Freedom House report and the Pentagon reports on US military assistance, and came to the stunning conclusion: despite the public proclamations about spreading democracy and opposing dictatorships, Washington has provided military assistance of some kind to 73 percent of the “not free” countries on the NGO’s list. Little has changed since then.

Twelve of those countries are so awful, according to Freedom House, that they have been dubbed “the worst of the worst.” Yet half of them – Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Central African Republic and Libya – are ongoing recipients of US military aid.

Sure, Somalia has been ravaged by civil war, terrorism and clan strife since 1991, but the US keeps propping up the current central government, providing military assistance as well as “Make Somalia Great Again” hats.

The Central African Republic has been gripped by civil war between Christians and Muslims since 2012, and has a paltry 9/100 Freedom House ranking. A UN arms embargo has been in force since 2013. That has not stopped the US from delivering 48 vehicles to the CAR armed forces in August this year.

Libya is another case worth highlighting. In 2010, the North African nation was declared a “high human development” country by the United Nations, ranking 53rd out of 162 countries surveyed. The very next year, however, the country’s government was overthrown by US-and NATO-backed rebels. Seven years after being bombed into a moon crater and left to the tender mercies of warlords, tribal militias and even Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Libya has dropped to 108th place in the UN rankings, has a 9/100 score on the Freedom House index, and features open-air slave markets. On the other hand, the officially recognized government receives US military aid, so there’s that.

Saudi Arabia: Interest over moralizing

One of the worst-ranked countries on the Freedom House index is Saudi Arabia – with only 7/100 on the index, far below Washington’s favorite villains Venezuela (26), Russia (20) China (14), and even Iran (17), though not below North Korea (3).

As the State Department put it last month, however, the Saudi kingdom is the US “largest foreign military sales (FMS) customer, with over $114 billion in active cases.” Foggy Bottom expects a “significant increase” in FMS due to the $110 billion agreement to modernize the Saudi armed forces, signed in May 2017 by US President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. So far, $14.5 billion in sales have been implemented under this initiative.

Despite the ongoing calls for sanctions against Riyadh over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, the Trump administration has been reluctant to interfere with the weapons sales.
That has not stopped Germany from halting weapons deliveries to Saudi Arabia, citing Khashoggi’s death. Saudi Arabia was Berlin’s second-best customer, after Algeria, with an estimated $457 million worth of contracts just this year.

Norway and Spain have also canceled Saudi arms contracts, but France, which has ongoing deals with Riyadh for almost $12 billion, is so far refusing to follow suit.
https://www.rt.com/usa/444397-pentagon-dictatorships-military-aid/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

TRUMP HIRED MATTHEW WHITAKER TO INDICT HILLARY CLINTON. MEDIA PREPARING FOR INDICTMENTS (HA Goodman)




Hillary is likely tied to the corrupt CIA arm involved in drug dealing and human trafficking which is connected to the mainstream media (via Mockingbird), hence the media's protection of her actions. The media's likely covering up acts of espionage committed by Hillary.

HA Goodman has the best handle on what is happening here (along with Judicial Watch). A MUST SEE video.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

Tribulation Trump Vs Anarchy Acosta - Brother Nathanael




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

Keiser Report (E1309): Facade of Progressivism


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the ‘facade of progressivism’ that allows Amazon to get away with egregious violations of progressive norms relating to workers’ rights and anti-trust, for example. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Tyler Jenks of LucidFunds.com about technical analysis, Hyperwave theory, and why bitcoin is going to $1,000.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 24th, 2018.]

Friday, 23 November 2018

Yemen Genocide About Oil Control - F. William Engdahl


The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the fundamental casus belli for the US-backed Saudi war, ostensibly against the Shi’ite Houthi by the Sunni Wahhabite Saudis. As with virtually every war and destabilization since the British first discovered abundant oil in the Persian Gulf over a century ago, the Yemen war is about oil, more precisely about control of oil, lots of oil.

Yemen is a strategically key geopolitical stretch of land at the critical connecting point of the Red Sea which links to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean. It’s the site of one of the world’s most strategic shipping choke points, the Bab el Mandab, a narrow passage a mere 18 miles distance from Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, making it one of the US Department of Energy’s Oil Transit Chokepoints. According to the US Department of Energy an estimated 4.7 million barrels of oil passesthrough Bab el Mandab in both directions daily, including oil bound for China.

In March 2015 a new civil war raged in Yemen between the group known popularly as Houthis after Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, of the Zaidi sect of Islam. The Zaidi area traditionally moderate group who favors equality of women, something anathema to the Saudi Wahhabites. The Zaidi had ruled Yemen for more than 1,000 years until 1962.

The Houthi movement had forced the ouster of Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in late 2011 on charges of vast corruption. He was succeeded by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Saleh’s Vice President. At that time both Saleh and Hadi were proxy presidents of Saudi influence.

Things began to change whenHadi refused to step down after his mandate expired. His decision to cut subsidies on fuel prices as well as refusing agreed reforms led to his arrest by the Houthi movement forces in early 2015. He managed later to flee to Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2015 and that same day Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman ordered the start of the ongoing bombing war against Yemen and the Houthis.

By the end of 2015 Prince bin Salman and his coalition in the strangely-named Operation Decisive Storm (remember Desert Storm) had inflicted atrocities on the civilian population of Yemen. Within six months of relentless Saudi-led bombing, the UN declared Yemen a “Level Three” emergency, the highest level. Bombings destroyed critical civilian infrastructure, health facilities and the Saudis blockaded urgently needed food, water and medical aid to an estimated 20 million Yemenis, in violation of international law. Some 2,500,000 Yemeni civilians have been displaced. Famine and cholera are rampant. In short, it is genocide.

Cheney Oil Wars

The roots of the ongoing Yemen war with the Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states can be traced back to the Bush-Cheney Administration in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and declaration of the so-called War on Terror.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq was about oil. Several US officials admitted so at the time including Paul Wolfowitz. 
”You’ve got to go where the oil is. I don’t think about it [political volatility] very much,” Cheney told a meeting of Texas oilmen in 1998 when he was still CEO of Halliburton, the world’s largest oil services company.
As Vice President under Bush Jr, Cheney by all indications architected the US military campaigns of Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to “take out seven countries in five years,” as General Wesley Clark famously reported it several years later. All those seven are strategic to control of the huge Middle East oil flows to China, to the EU and to the world economy.

In 2004 when the Cheney-Bush “War on Terror” went to Yemen to support then-president Saleh, Saudi domination of Yemen was unquestioned. US and British forces backed Saleh against an uprising by the Houthi minority that began after Saleh tried to arrest Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, the Zaidi religious leader.

By 2015 that US proxy war changed and the Pentagon and Obama Administration quietly backed a full-scale catastrophic Saudi military assault on Yemen.

What is the US or Saudi interest in Yemen? Control of the oil is the short answer, but perhaps not in the usual sense.

In November 2005 the Republic of Yemen expropriated its oil basins — the Marib Al-Jawf Block — from US Hunt Oil Company and ExxonMobil. That was an irritant but not a decisive game-changer. It was in 2014 when the Houthi rebellion against the President, Saudi-backed Hadi, was victorious that the war took a new form. By March 2015 the Houthi-led Supreme Revolutionary Committee declared a general mobilization to overthrow Hadi, after taking over Sana’a and the Yemeni government and proceeding to Aden.

Undiscovered potential

There are two strategic aspects of who is in control of Yemen, especially the areas now in control of the Houthi. One is the mentioned geostrategic control of oil flows passing Bab el Mandab in the Horn of Africa. The second is the control of the largely untapped oil wealth of Yemen itself.

In 2002 a public report by the US Geological Survey (USGS) concluded that, “When undiscovered potential is added to known reserves, the total petroleum endowment for the MadbiAmran / Qishn TPS rises to 9.8 BBOE, which then ranks Yemen 51st for potential of petroleum resources, exclusive of the US.”

Now, 10 billion barrels of crude oil might not seem huge compared with the Saudi claim to hold proven reserves of 266 billion barrels. Here, however, a CIA report from 1988 becomes interesting. The report, South Yemen’s Oil Resources: The Chimera of Wealth, heavily redacted and declassified, has a cryptic note on potential oil reserves in the large disputed border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The CIA points to oil and gas reserves along what during the Cold War was the disputed border Neutral Zone between North Yemen and South Yemen.

The Hunt Oil Company of Texas has been sitting in the Alif Field since 1982 and discovered oil there in 1984. The Alif Field lies in the Houthi-controlled north of Yemen near the undefined border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The author had the occasion almost two decades ago during an interview with someone associated with the US Government to discuss notions of peak oil and oil geopolitics. At that point the person in discussion volunteered that the undefined desert lands between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, according to non-published US aerial and geophysical surveys, held oil reserve potential that likely exceeded that of Saudi Arabia.

Whether that statement was accurate is not possible to independently confirm. What is clear is that the space surrounded by the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, including Yemen and Somalia is one of the most tectonically active areas on our planet, a prerequisite for hydrocarbon discovery. Presence of huge oil and gas reserves in Yemen would explain much about why the Pentagon has actively backed the Saudi brutal effort to retake control of Yemen from the Houthi.

It has little to do with any Shi’ite versus Wahhabite Sunni conflict. Rather it has to do with strategic control of world energy. So long as Saana was in control of a Saudi proxy, whether Saleh or then Hadi, it was a secondary priority for Washington. The oil was “safe,” even if the Yemen government had expropriated the US company oil properties. Once a determined independent Houthi Zaidi force was in control of Yemen or a major part, the threat became serious enough to give the eager new Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman the green light to begin the war. That Houthi-controlled Yemen would be potential client for Russian or Chinese oil companies to open up serious exploration of the potentials. That combined with the fact that the Houthi also had friendly relations with Iran clearly set off red lights in the Obama Administration.

Salman not surprisingly claimed it was a war of Iran-led “imperialists” against the forces of Saudi-led “freedom-loving” Sunnis.China now has its first overseas military base across from Yemen in Djibouti, next door to the US whose Camp Lemonnier is the largest American permanent military base in Africa. Former colonial occupier France is also there. There is far more at stake in Yemen than we are being told.
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F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook” where this article was originally published. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/yemen-genocide-oil-control/5660415

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Trump's Saudi Statement: Missing The Real Message (Liberty Report)


Should we punish the Saudis or not over the killing of Khashoggi? Is this really the only choice being offered? That is what the mainstream media and Washington politicos and pundits would have us believe. As usual they are wrong. In this special Liberty Report we lay out how a real "America First" foreign policy would react to Saudi actions.



Ron Paul advocates, as usual, for a withdrawal from partnerships involving bad actors. He sees no reason to be involved in Middle Eastern affairs preferring a focus on US domestic activity.

The clip points out that Trump's statements on the Saudi assassination issue were layered with criticisms of Iran and excuses for the genocide in Yemen - echoing neocon foreign policy talking points.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Voter Fraud, Honest Elections, and California Fires. Michael Rivero


Brexit, Cryptos, Acosta, and Gold Standard
Guest's website: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

McRaven Calls Trump a Great Threat to the USA, Shows Lack of Understanding (Styx)


No, Trump is not a threat to this nation- if that changes I'll let you know.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

TREY GOWDY WANTS IVANKA TRUMP EMAILS WHILE CLINTON TRANSFERRED TOP SECRET INTEL ONTO SERVER (HA Goodman)




HA makes a great point that under Obama everything that happened was divorced from him as the President whereas today EVERYTHING that happens is the fault of Trump and a racist-fascist system.

Related:

Liberals cry hypocrisy over reports of Ivanka’s private email use for official communications  


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Heroic Mexicans Defend US from Invading Migrant Caravan (Sargon)


I can't wait for people to complain about this video.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

The Ethical State (Sargon)


Britain is on the cusp of a politically-correct Orwellian nightmare, in which the state dictates the morality of the public.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Bill Hicks on the Kennedy Assassination




Related:

The Men Who Killed Kennedy - Part 7 - The Smoking Guns (2003)  


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Enormous UFOs. Richard Dolan Intelligent Disclosure






[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 23rd, 2018.]

Thursday, 22 November 2018

JFK: A Conspiracy Theory


Everything you wanted to know about the JFK assassination in under 5 minutes. The Warren Commission: connecting the dots so you don't have to!



A brief MUST SEE Corbett Report summation of Oswald's movements, the assassination, the Warren Commission investigation, and the media's reporting on what happened.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 22nd, 2018.]

Assassination Autopsy Cover-up; Only One Picture is telling the Real story here:



I found this photo (here) that one could consider as a brief "anatomy" of the cover-up.

When these photos are juxtaposed with the damning physical evidence, indicating that Kennedy was shot from the front, we are left with the conclusion that the Dallas Doctors, who first saw the victim, correctly understood the nature of the wounds.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 22nd, 2018.]

CIA Document 1035-960 - Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report


3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories. In the course of discussions of the whole phenomenon of criticism, a useful strategy may be to single out Epstein's theory for attack, using the attached Fletcher [?] article and Spectator piece for background. (Although Mark Lane's book is much less convincing that Epstein's and comes off badly where confronted by knowledgeable critics, it is also much more difficult to answer as a whole, as one becomes lost in a morass of unrelated details.)
http://www.jfklancer.com/CIA.html

The same tactics outlined here are being used with the 911 evidence. Fortunately for interested observers, the evidence proving State involvement in these sorts of crimes is damning. The official smoke screen does not work when you look at particular aspects of the case particularly the physical evidence like the magic bullet for JFK or the Molten Steel and Free fall collapse seen with the World Trade Centre demolitions on 911. That kind of evidence REFUTES the official narratives.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 22nd, 2018.]

Jim Garrison Response - Kennedy Assassination


On July 15, 1967, NBC allowed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to respond to an NBC program that was highly critical of Garrison's pursuit of alleged Kennedy assassination conspirators in New Orleans.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 22nd, 2018.]

Proof JFK Hit in the Back Not Neck - Single Gunman Theory Debunked (RECAP)





[The position of the bullet hole seen in the shirt and jacket (top two pictures) clearly rules out scenario offered by the official story as described in the picture directly above.]

Thirty-three years ago, Gerald R. Ford took pen in hand and changed - ever so slightly - the Warren Commission's key sentence on the place where a bullet entered John F. Kennedy's body when he was killed in Dallas.

The effect of Ford's change was to strengthen the commission's conclusion that a single bullet passed through Kennedy and severely wounded Texas Gov. John Connally - a crucial element in its finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.
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''This is the most significant lie in the whole Warren Commission report,'' said Robert D. Morningstar, a computer systems specialist in New York City who said he has studied the assassination since it occurred and written an Internet book about it.

The effect of Ford's editing, Morningstar said, was to suggest that a bullet struck Kennedy in the neck, ''raising the wound two or three inches. Without that alteration, they could never have hoodwinked the public as to the true number of assassins.''

If the bullet had hit Kennedy in the back, it could not have struck Connolly in the way the commission said it did, he said.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/JFK/ford.html

Apologists for the official, lone gunman story have claimed that JFK's shirt and jacket were "bunched up" so that the hole, although appearing in the back, actually lined up with the neck. This claim has been disproven (see here). On this evidence alone it can be concluded that Oswald could not have been solely responsible for the assassination.

Related Info:

Connelly Describing His Wound in JFK Murder - AFTER Kennedy Had Been Hit the First Time (Four Shots)

Texas Governor John Connelly describing his wounding in the JFK assassination. Of significance, notice that John Connally is NOT bent over for several seconds AFTER we see him emerge from behind the sign. John Connally was shot in the back AFTER President Kennedy was shot in the back/neck.



Remember the official story has JFK shot through the neck, with the first round, simultaneous to Connolly being hit. Yet we have Connolly indicating he was still unhurt after already hearing the first shot. The Zapruder film confirms this account rather than the official narrative.

So we have one shot to JFK's neck, one into the road, one to Connolly and one more to JFK's head. That is 4. The sound recording also shows that there were at least 4, maybe up to 7 shots. If there were more than 3 shots, then there must have been more than one shooter.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 22nd, 2018.]