Recall what we said earlier today: the proxy war Ukraine conflict, just like that in Syria preceding it, “is all about energy.” Recall also the following chart showing Ukraine’s shale gas deposits, keeping in mind that the Dnieper-Donets basin accounts for approximately 90 per cent of Ukrainian production. Finally, recall our story from May that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, just joined the board of the largest Ukraine gas producer Burisma Holdings. Now put it all together and you will like figure out what will happen next.
marxistplot visited me Friday with his brother. He insisted last Friday that MH17 had been shot down by the rebel separatists. I disagreed. I told him to wait for the satellite intel, but that early reports suggested that there were Ukraine military uniforms on the ground. Also the entire Ukraine cabinet resigned again Thursday. I told my nephew, “Either way the rebels don’t appear capable of pulling it off and this now looks like a false flag operation.” Anyway it appears today that the UN security council agrees with me. Since last night they have called the plane shootdown a war crime.
I also pointed out to my nephews that CIA & US military appear to be involved with NATO psyops. Alterations in wikipedia to the pages for Russia & Cuba were traced back to US Congress Also it appears that anyone internet searching for MH17 plane photos were being phished. I decided myself that CIA was probably involved with the unusual Congressional activity while the social media attacks were probably coming from US military out of Southern California, where they train the drone pilots. My nephews sneered at this suggestion and both stated “They probably would have done that in any case. I mean its US versus Russia” I came back to this with, “Well it may be a new Cold War, but it still does nothing to inspire my confidence that they are telling us the entire truth.” In other words I don’t ever expect to see an accurate assessment of the downing of that plane on MSM morning TV news. It’ll be from a FOIA request or document leak in about a half century or so.
Whatever Snowden’s origins and affiliations, he was not coming to his audience as a peer. He was coming as a prophet, and the gospel was liberty and anonymity and privacy and security.
[Anime OST] lolol
oldParasiteSingle: The anime is “Zankyou no Terror” (lit. “Echo’s Terror”) and the soundtrack is by Yoko Kanno. The story is about a pair of teenaged terrorists who plot to steal weapons grade plutonium from the Japanese government before going on a mad bombing spree with Tokyo PD. This fan sound clip post by The Anarchist has the twin towers burning in the background, in tribute to both the tv show and to the clandestine part of the 9/11 operation.
I like the OP & ED very much. They are both runners-up to best summer anime music. There’s a lot of excellent competition in the quality of music AMV this summer. Comic-con in San Diego this year is a global phenomenon with stars buying out the tickets in droves and anime has its own contribution to that conference.
About the Program
Evaggelos Vallianatos, who spent 25 years as an analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, argues that the EPA has failed miserably in protecting the public from harmful chemicals. He says that the EPA is no longer a watchdog organization and has instead become the “polluters’ protection agency,” beholden to the chemical companies that the agency is supposed to regulate. He says that neither political party is interested in reforming the EPA. Mr. Vallianatos spoke at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
About the Authors
E.G. Vallianatos worked as a risk assessment analyst for the EPA from 1979 to 2004. He is currently a blogger for The Huffington Post. Mr. Vallianatos is the author of several books, including “This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World.”
These are the consequences you don’t hear about.
oldParasiteSingle: MSM news trivial: Most TV news watchers in the US still don’t know that 85% of the water here is “Hard” water. They still think that the US is “filled” to the brim with “clean” water. Our ancestors sailed to a brackish continent full of salt marshes
Feds sow mistrust and target the poor, desperate and mentally ill
Adel Daoud is no Ferris Bueller.
A Chicago suburban teen, he couldn’t drive himself to the Jewel Osco grocery store down the street without getting lost, let alone pull a Bueller and hoodwink his parents into letting him have the day off school. He is a D student and forgetful in the extreme. “He’s not a person with a complete mind,” his mother told me.
Yet the FBI began targeting Daoud as a terrorist mastermind shortly after his 18th birthday. At the time the FBI began its sting operation, Daoud wasn’t part of a terrorist cell, nor was any group recruiting him. He was, though, on the Internet, looking for answers about Islam and jihad. At home and at his local mosque, the Muslim teen was told that jihad was nonviolent: It meant supporting your family by being a good son. FBI undercover employees, finding Daoud online, did not affirm that message. Instead, they worked with Daoud, ultimately driving him to downtown Chicago to detonate a weapon of mass destruction outside a bar.
Chicago’s Muslim communities were stunned by the Daoud’s arrest in September 2012. For many, the first question was why. Why target as a terrorist-in-waiting a teen who was plainly incapable of planning and conducting a terrorist attack? The second question was one of fear: Will my child be the FBI’s next target?
As a report released today by Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute documents, the FBI’s tactics in some terrorism sting cases are not only abusive but counterproductive. They instill fear of law enforcement instead of mutual trust. And they potentially divert FBI resources from actual terrorism threats.
Sting operations are nothing new, but the FBI is using significantly more aggressive tactics in American Muslim communities than it has in others. It is deploying informants and undercover FBI agents to mosques and community centers around the country in what sometimes appear to be virtual fishing expeditions. In some cases, the FBI has instructed informants to strike up conversations about jihad with anyone who will listen.
These investigations appear to pick off the lowest-hanging fruit, including the mentally ill and the poor, who are vulnerable to manipulation. In one case, the subject of “The Newburgh Sting,” an HBO documentary premiering this week, an informant promised a 45-year-old African-American man $250,000 to participate in a fake attack. After losing his job at Walmart, the man accepted the offer.
For every terrorism bust the FBI claims based on such tactics, there is a cost.
Deploying informants and conducting surveillance without reasonable suspicion has sent chills through many American Muslim communities. Some parents with whom we spoke feared the FBI might recruit their teenage kids to become informants on their communities. Others said they feared that strangers in their mosques and community centers could be undercover FBI agents or infiltrators, hunting for youth to entrap in fake terrorist plots.
This kind of fear — in any context and no matter its actual merit — is a recipe for bad policing, since distrust of law enforcement can deter citizens from reporting a crime tip or fully cooperating in bona fide crime investigations.
The government has racked up hundreds of convictions based on terrorism stings. Multiple studies have found that nearly half of federal terrorism convictions since the 9/11 attacks resulted from informant-based cases. Some may be lawful and justifiable, yet almost 30 percent of these convictions were sting operations in which the informant played an active role in the underlying plot. In too many cases, the government, often acting through informants, developed the fake terrorism plot, persuaded and sometimes pressured the targeted individuals to participate and provided the resources to carry it out. The FBI’s wisdom in pursuing these cases, rather than investigating threats and individuals who were actually operational, is questionable at best.
Similarly questionable is the government’s expansive surveillance and collection of information about all Americans, including American Muslims, which we continue to learn about through revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Rather than helping FBI analysts connect the dots, the flood of data is impairing the FBI’s ability to properly assess and respond to threat information it receives. While we can’t expect the FBI to prevent every terrorist attack, recent ones like the Boston Marathon bombing show the need for a sober re-evaluation of the agency’s methods.
Unfortunately, the Justice Department and the FBI appear unwilling or unable to critically evaluate their track record. Last week Attorney General Eric Holder urged U.S. allies to follow the FBI’s lead and adopt the same counterterrorism sting tactics. Before the U.S. exports these terrorism tactics, it should reckon with their costs.
A federal lawsuit filed by local activist Antonio Buehler against the Austin Police Department has cleared a hurdle as a U.S. magistrate judge this week upheld his constitutional right to photograph and film police officers.