Former Secret Service Agent Talks to AFP About Hillary’s Defeat

Following the Nov. 8 election, former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne sat down with AFP once again to discuss, among other things, his bestselling book about life in the White House with the Clintons and how happy he is to have played a significant part in the defeat of Hillary Clinton. Listen to the exclusive interview by clicking the audio image below.

By Dave Gahary

Gary J. Byrne is proof positive why America is still the greatest country in the world. Where else could a guy who was a law enforcement officer his whole life—a cop—become a New York Times best-selling author?

AMERICAN FREE PRESS readers were introduced to Byrne and his book, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate, in Issue 33&34, where he made no secret of the fact that he “wanted the American people to know who the real Hillary and Bill Clinton are before they have to make this decision for this election.”


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Well, with the election over and the dust settled, the surprise star author sat down with AFP to catch up on life in Clinton-free America.

There’s no doubt that Byrne’s first book had an impact on how many people voted—440,000 had been sold as of last month—although to what degree is almost impossible to discern at this point.


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“I do realize that my book had some effect,” Byrne told AFP in his typical self-deprecating style, “but the real credit goes to Mr. Trump and his family. They did an incredible job. And they did it in a way that normal politicians can’t do it. He stepped up and did the right thing for us.”


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Although Byrne is glad Trump won, that’s not what motivated him to put pen to paper.

“When I first started writing the book, my goal wasn’t to get anybody elected,” he said. “It was really to defeat her—to get the truth out and stop Hillary Clinton. From that perspective, I at least helped.”

Byrne, whose book remains almost entirely shunned by the mainstream media, got a chuckle out of the biased coverage on election night.

“When I watched the election the other night, it was comical watching the mainstream media,” he said. “They just couldn’t bring themselves to admit it. I thought George Stephanopoulos was gonna have a seizure. He just couldn’t say that she lost.”

He added: “I kept flipping back from Fox to CNN or MSNBC and they held him at 255 [electoral votes] and Mrs. Clinton’s numbers were still at 215, and they just couldn’t bring themselves to give him the states that Fox had said he had won like an hour before. At that point, that’s when I realized that they’re purposely holding this up, hoping for miracle. She lost, Mr. Trump won, and unless I wake up tomorrow and find out there’s an ice cream machine in the house, it just couldn’t get any better.”



AFP asked how he feels now that Mrs. Clinton was defeated.

“I feel very content,” he said. “I vote because I feel it’s a responsibility and usually vote Republican because I don’t want anybody screwing with my Second Amendment rights. I don’t believe it’s possible to be free if you’re not free to defend yourself with a firearm. If we lose that right, how are we really free? We can’t really protect ourselves.

“And I think that’s one of the most important things about living here. I knew in my heart of hearts based on my eight years that I protected [the Clintons], that was one thing she was always nuts about, flipping the Second Amendment.”

In spite of the mainstream media’s quarantine, the book was a smashing success on The New York Times Bestseller list “It was number one for five weeks and it stayed on the list for 11 weeks,” Byrne explained.





Byrne, however, is still not entirely comfortable with his status as a best-selling author.

“One day the publisher called me, and he was thanking me, and I laughed. He asked why, and I said, ‘I can’t believe you’re the owner of this company, you run it, and you’re calling me. Am I missing something? Is it that big of a deal?’ He said, ‘Yeah, you just don’t realize it.’ So I’m starting to get a grip on everything. There’s tens of thousands of great writers in this country whose books are sitting in desk drawers. I just got lucky, and believe me, I’m very grateful for it.”

AFP asked how he felt now that Trump will be in the White House soon.

“I am very happy about it,” he said. “I’m grateful and I’m so hopeful now. I didn’t even realize how concerned I was about what would happen if she got in. And I don’t mean about me; I mean about the country. I think we dodged an incredible disaster.”

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s “Underground Interview” series.




Toxic Fracking Wastewater Used on Food Crops

Wastewater from oil and gas drilling, which contains poisons and unknown chemicals, is now being used in drought-stricken areas to irrigate farm crops and to water livestock. It’s a shocking scenario that is leaving some physicians, doctors, and food activists to question what cost this is going to have on Americans’ health.

By James Spounias

One of the most underreported environmental stories in America affects us all. Wastewater from oil and gas drilling is being used to irrigate crops on farms in the bountiful Central Valley in California, which supplies 40% of America’s fruits and vegetables.

For two decades, water-scarce California has been using wastewater on its crops. The narrative is that, with California bursting at the seams in terms of population and a lack of water due supposedly to “global warming,” farmers have been forced to purchase wastewater, which is cheaper than fresh water. According to a May 2015 investigative piece in The Los Angeles Times, clean water costs about $60 an acre per foot, but gas-giant Chevron only charges $30 an acre-foot for its liquid waste.


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Wastewater is “blended with fresh water and then applied to almonds, pistachios and citrus trees along with grapes, carrots, beans, tomatoes, and potatoes,” reports the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Alarmingly, a wastewater permit also allows the toxic liquid to be used as drinking water for livestock as well as for “farmed fish.”

Is wastewater safe to use?

This is not an easy question to answer, because governmental bodies have had fairly light testing requirements to issue a permit for the sale of wastewater, mandating it only be tested for a handful of contaminants. After some limited mainstream reporting on wastewater was done, governments imposed additional requirements, but not enough to satisfy reasonable safety concerns.


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The EWG, in conjunction with 10 other environmental groups, wrote the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board: “There is no evidence to assure that long-term consumption of foods irrigated with produced water is safe. Providing such assurance would be a long-term and continuous endeavor for multiple reasons, including lack of full information regarding the chemicals used, lack of full information about the interactions of the chemicals used, and the need for long-term study. For these reasons, the existing projects must be immediately shut down and the board should not approve any additional projects.”

A few scientists quoted in The Los Angeles Times expressed concern. Black Sanden, an agricultural extension agent and irrigation water expert with UC Davis, told the Times, “When I talk to growers, and they smell the oil field crap in that water, they assume the soil is taking care of this.”

While micro-organisms in soil can naturally break down petroleum, dealing with hundreds of highly toxic, cancer-causing chemicals used to make wastewater—which are often the same as those used in fracking—is quite different, absent specific and expensive bioremediation.

Carl K. Winter at UC Davis, whose focus of study is on pesticides, explained it’s not certain that toxins will be taken up in the leaves or fruit, but “it’s difficult to say anything for sure because we don’t know what chemicals are in the water.”

Whether unidentified wastewater chemicals may block or reduce nutrient uptake or absorption by animals and humans is another unanswered concern.



Testing for all chemicals used in wastewater would seem to be a first step before even considering allowing this practice, but, of course, testing of industrial waste products would end up costing quite a bit thus making the “market” for wastewater undesirable.

Seth B.C. Shonkoff, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley who researches the dangers of fracking, told the Times, “As an environmental health scientist, this is one of the things that keeps me up at night. You can’t find what you don’t look for.”

Shonkoff’s point sums up the safety nightmare. Testing is complicated enough, but if what is being used isn’t identified and tested for, regulations and assurances of safety are comical.

Jamie Collins, who owns Serendipity Farms in Monterey, Calif. and has been farming since 2001, wrote an op-ed piece in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 16, calling for a ban on the use of wastewater in agriculture.

Collins wrote that Gov. Jerry Brown, who is portrayed as a left-wing environmentalist, supports the expansion of wastewater use throughout the Central Valley.

Collins stated, “By forcing more and more farmers to use oil wastewater, the state puts us in the middle of an impossible decision in a time of limited water supply: Use this waste for critical irrigation or watch our livelihoods dry up.”




 


Collins added: “Earlier this summer, we delivered more than 350,000 petition signatures to the capitol calling on Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to immediately stop this practice. Oil industry representatives and the local water districts are often quick to say their evaluations show the wastewater is safe, but this ignores how inadequate that testing is. This limited testing does not look for all 450 chemicals and compounds used in oil production. And these selective procedures leave out a number of chemicals known to cause cancer.”

This is why America needs a re-boot on environmental assaults to health. This can only come from we the people, demanding an unbiased accounting of what’s in our food, air, and water and a plan to clean the environment and provide treatment solutions for those damaged. Hoping politicians will “fix” this is foolhardy.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.




Post-Election Hate Crime Wave Appears to Be Creation of Extreme Left

Protests have popped up across the country against alleged discriminatory acts that have supposedly taken place in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. The problem is, most of these “racist acts” have been a fantasy of far-left-wing groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

By Sophia Meyer

Given recent reporting by corporate media and the terrified sob-stories rampant across social media, one could believe Muslims, Latinos, gays, blacks, Jews, and liberals in America are suddenly being assaulted on a regular basis by crazed, white, Klan-supporting Trump voters.

In the week since Donald Trump won the presidential election, the mainstream media have been having a heyday reporting “over 400” hate crimes and a “surge” of anti-Muslim crimes committed as a result of Trump’s victory.


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The implication is that white, heterosexual, Christian, Republican Americans, filled with latent hatred for anyone perceived as “other,” have had their underlying violent tendencies loosed by Trump’s election rhetoric and are now acting on that hatred by committing crimes against anyone who might be anti-Trump.

At least, that’s what the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) would like you to believe. The amount of free promotion the SPLC is receiving is surely a dream come true for its development and PR teams.

The SPLC reported, just three days after the election returns were in, “More than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported following Donald Trump’s election Tuesday night,” mostly among K-12 students and universities. The “incidents” included in their tally were gathered from social media, news reports and submissions to their website.


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CNN, leading the frenzy, reports that Trump’s rhetoric has unleashed these “ugly episodes of racist or anti-Semitic pro-Trump graffiti along with threats or attacks against Muslims.” Graffiti, including “Heil Trump” in one instance and a swastika next to Trump’s name in another, are being displayed as examples.

The possibility is not considered that these were instead created by people who oppose Trump and bought into the “new Hitler” moniker applied by his detractors during the campaign, as an expression of their fear.

CNN in particular has been incessantly railing about this alleged Trump-inspired hate-crime wave, parroting SPLC announcements in most of their articles as the go-to “experts” tracking hate crimes with a few alarming statements from the ADL thrown in for good measure, but other media outlets are joining in.

USA Today quotes SPLC president Richard Cohen as saying, “The white supremacists out there are celebrating [Trump’s] victory and many are feeling their oats.”



Adding fuel to the media-fire, on Nov. 14 the FBI released its annual “Hate Crimes Statistics,” which revealed the number of “bias-motivated incidents” reported to law enforcement officials in 2015 rose 6%. “[T]he vast majority . . . were targeted because of their race or ethnicity,” reports the FBI. Because white Christians are not yet a minority in America, “bias-motivated” crimes against them are not included in the reporting. Yet even in its coverage of the report authored by the FBI, CNN turned again to the SPLC for analysis.

On the other hand, the media mentions only in passing, if at all, recent “hate crimes” attacks on Trump supporters. “Daily Caller” writes, “Several liberal media outlets have ignored well-documented cases of violence toward Trump supporters and instead have been focusing on unconfirmed reports of Trump supporters attacking minorities.”

Likewise, media is essentially ignoring “the flood of Trump assassination threats,” the article continues. One UK journalist actually tweeted, “about time for a presidential assassination.” A particularly brilliant American Twitter-user shared his thoughts, as well: “I just pray that the first nigga who tries to assassinate Donald Trump don’t miss.”

The fact that this “rash” of hate crimes consists of mostly unconfirmed and in many cases unsubstantiated reports, which include acts of verbal bullying by elementary school students, is also brushed over by the corporate media. Even “Snopes,” which reduces seemingly every report of government wrongdoing to the imagined concoctions of “conspiracy theorists,” has begun debunking some of these incidents.




 


The SPLC notes that included in its tally are social media posts, yet any Facebook or Twitter user knows much of what’s posted is exaggeration or outright fabrication, like the Louisiana university student who claimed two white men, one wearing a Trump hat, screamed racial epithets at her as they ripped off her hijab and stole her wallet—only to later admit her story was entirely fabricated.

That so many of these “victims” of assault, supposedly singled out for attack solely because of their race, religion or sexual orientation, are not reporting the vicious crimes to police should also lead a thinking person to question such reports.

Unquestionably, hatred of “the other” exists in America, as it does throughout the world, and it should not be surprising that in this atmosphere of generalized frustration—as people awaken to the reality that the American dream has crumbled before our eyes and is no longer attainable by the vast majority—people are taking out their anger and aggression on each other in a desperate attempt to blame someone for our demise. Time after time, determined efforts to hold those in power accountable for undeniable crimes including treason have failed, only increasing the widespread anger.

Yet in a nation of 325 million people, the idea that 400 of them, including elementary school students, verbally or physically assaulted someone they don’t like, or spray-painted an expression of outrage, should not be either horrifying or outrageous. Even the FBI’s report of “5,850 hate crime incidents reported to police in 2015” does not lend credence to these breathless reports of America exploding with hate crimes.

Nonetheless, for his part, President-elect Trump addressed his supporters directly during a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast Sunday night.

When interviewer Lesley Stahl told him his supporters “were harassing Latinos, Muslims . . . ” and asked if he wanted to say anything to them, Trump replied: “I would say don’t do it. That’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together. . . . I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.’ ”

Originally from the Midwest, Sophia Meyer is a freelance writer and editor, small farmer and avid gardener now living on Florida’s sunny east coast.




Will Trump Keep His Campaign Promises?

As soon as he steps into the White House on Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump should make the following his top priorities: funding shovel-ready jobs for unemployed Americans, fixing crumbling roads and bridges, bringing industry back to the U.S., ending unnecessary foreign wars, and reducing the size of the federal government.

By John Friend

Perhaps no other major political candidate in modern American history has generated as much controversy and media coverage as Donald Trump, the now president-elect of the United States. On Nov. 8, Trump secured well over the 270 Electoral College votes required to win the presidency, but failed to win the popular vote—at least according to official government records.

Many of Trump’s key positions and public policy proposals, especially as they relate to immigration and trade policy, have resonated deeply with millions of Americans, including many of the writers, editors, and readers of this newspaper.


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We at AFP have remained cautiously optimistic about Trump, viewing the populist billionaire celebrity turned politician with both respect and guarded suspicion. Clearly, Trump’s bold stances on fundamental issues such as trade, immigration, political corruption, and political correctness are important, even vital for the future of this country.

However, Trump’s blind support for Israel, close connections to the organized Jewish community, and hawkish stance on Iran are concerning. Let us first review what we like about Trump and his proposals, followed by what we are concerned about.


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In October, the Trump campaign released a 100-day plan that a Trump administration would focus on once it officially took the reins of power. The plan, called “Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter,” is published in full at www.donaldjtrump.com/contract. Except for his stance on the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, there is very little with which we could disagree.

Throughout the campaign season, Trump regularly lambasted and criticized the political establishment dominating Washington, D.C., and has vowed to tackle the corruption and interest peddling plaguing the federal government head-on.

Trump has stated he wants to restore honesty, integrity, and accountability in Washington, and fundamentally transform the way politics are conducted.

His 100-day plan proposes to impose term limits on Congress, enact a hiring freeze on federal employees, curtail federal regulations, impose strict limitations on lobbying, and end the “revolving door” of federal officials leaving public service to work for private lobbying firms.

These proposals should be commended and enacted immediately to combat the shameless corruption and special interest peddling that have prevailed in our nation’s capital for far too long.

Trump’s proposals for restoring the American economy and protecting the American worker should also be commended. Trump has regularly criticized the various “free trade” deals America has signed and enacted over the years, particularly NAFTA, which has devastated the American economy and harmed the American worker. Millions of jobs have been exported while industry has crumbled at home.



Trump has admirably pledged to either renegotiate or scrap NAFTA, end the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and proceed with extreme caution on any and all so-called “free trade” deals.

For decades now, corporate America has placed the interests of shareholders and profits over those of the American worker, and Trump is finally addressing this issue.

Additionally, Trump has vowed to confront China on its currency manipulation and identify and end any and all trade abuses that harm the American economy and worker. He has also pledged to ramp up American energy production and redirect funds away from UN and globalist environmental projects in order to address America’s pressing infrastructure needs. Trump’s “America first” trade policy is long overdue and a major step in the right direction.

Arguably Trump’s most important—and controversial—proposals come in the realm of immigration policy.

America’s borders were opened with the 1965 Immigration Act without the approval of the American people. This single piece of legislation fundamentally transformed the demographics of this nation, which has led to the displacement of the traditional population of the United States, those of European descent.

In recent years, illegal immigrants have flooded this country while the federal government has turned a blind eye. Making matters worse, nongovernmental organizations and state and local governments have facilitated and even encouraged illegal immigration through various measures, including the scandalous “sanctuary cities” policies enacted in some of America’s most iconic and populous cities.





Trump has pledged to cut federal funding to all “sanctuary cities” and immediately deport the roughly 2 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States who have committed violent crimes.

He has also proposed to temporarily suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions.” It is vital that Trump follow through on these campaign pledges.

As the reader can see, Trump’s public policy proposals are dealing directly with some of the most crucial issues facing the future prospects and long-term viability of this nation: immigration, trade, rebuilding our economy, and ending the brazen corruption at the federal level.

All of that having been said, this paper has reservations about Trump’s hawkish stance on Iran and his ostensible desire to militarily confront the Islamic Republic—which, it is worth pointing out, has not invaded or attacked any of its neighbors while the United States and its NATO allies are occupying numerous countries in the region.

This type of neoconservative rhetoric and policy proposals, which flourished under the Bush administration and, to a lesser extent, the Obama administration, need to be reconsidered.

There is speculation that the neoconservative extremist John Bolton, an architect of the Bush administration’s disastrous Zionist-driven foreign policy agenda in the Middle East, is being considered for a position in Trump’s cabinet, which would be a travesty.

Trump must reject Bolton and the rest of the neocon Israel-first public policy advisers and D.C. insiders. If Trump truly wants to put America first, any Israel-first neocon hack is a non-starter, and he needs to make that clear.

Also of concern is Trump’s blind support for the Jewish state of Israel, his ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Jewish extremists in Israel, and his close connections with many in the organized Jewish community.

Many of Trump’s top advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, have close ties to Israel. Given the death grip the Zionist lobby has on the U.S. federal government, this is an issue Trump will have to eventually confront head-on.

If Trump truly wants to put America first, appeasing Israel and obeying the commands of the pro-Israel lobby are just not feasible, especially considering that virtually all of the public policies the Israeli lobby strives to achieve run contrary to American national interests.

AFP will continue to closely follow president-elect Trump and his transition team.

Although we do have concerns and reservations about Trump, his pledges on immigration, trade, and ending political corruption are vital and worth supporting. All of us must do what we can to ensure these policies are enacted and followed through on.

TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

On the first day of Trump’s term of office, his administration announced that he “will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C.”:

  • FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
  • SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
  • THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
  • FOURTH, a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  • FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
  • SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

On the same day, Trump said, he “will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers”:

  • FIRST, Trump will announce his intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal
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  • SECOND, he will announce U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
  • THIRD, he will direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator;
  • FOURTH, he will direct the secretary of commerce and U.S. trade representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately;
  • FIFTH, he will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal;
  • SIXTH, he will lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward;
  • SEVENTH, he will cancel billions in payments to UN climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure;

Also on the first day, Trump said, he will “take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law”:

  • FIRST, he will cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Barack Obama;
  • SECOND, he will begin the process of selecting a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from one of the 20 judges on his list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States;
  • THIRD, he will cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities;
  • FOURTH, he will begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back;
  • FIFTH, he will suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, Trump announced, he will “work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days” of his administration:

  • The Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act is an economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with two children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from seven to three, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35% to 15%, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10% rate.
  • The End the Offshoring Act establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  • The American Energy & Infrastructure Act will leverage public-private partnerships and private investments through tax incentives to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  • The School Choice and Education Opportunity Act redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school of their choice. It ends common core and brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and makes two- and four-year college more affordable.
  • The Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with health savings accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA. There are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
  • The Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents with matching contributions for low-income families.
  • The End Illegal Immigration Act fully funds the construction of a wall on the U.S. southern border with the full understanding that Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall. It establishes a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation and a five-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions, or two or more prior deportations. It also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  • The Restoring Community Safety Act reduces surging crime, drugs, and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police. It increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  • The Restoring National Security Act rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment. It provides veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice. It protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack. It establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.
  • The Clean up Corruption in Washington Act enacts new ethics reforms to drain the swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

 




Elites Want Free Trade, Military New World Order

With the recent election of Republican Donald Trump, there’s renewed hope that globalism is finally dead. That may be premature, though. Global big wigs recently hosted the world’s elite in Chicago, where attendees called for more foreign intervention, the passage of a massive trade deal, and faster expansion of free trade.

By Mark Anderson

CHICAGO, Ill.—Washington’s foreign policy should forever consist of America leading and bleeding to police the world, and there will be no ironclad guarantee that other nations will lend America financial and military support on par with America’s world commitment. That’s the crux of a speech given Oct. 18 by former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Speaking to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA), Rasmussen bluntly stated: “Whether you like it or not, you’re destined to lead.”

That jolting remark, although given to the denizens of high society in the Windy City with some 75 people in attendance, was uttered as if Rasmussen was directly addressing the American people.


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The CCGA is the former Chicago Council on Foreign Relations—a plutocratic cousin of the Rockefeller-linked Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The CCGA has some 200 programs a year dedicated to sustaining and expanding a worldwide economic and military order.

The former Danish prime minister, who started as an economics ministry bureaucrat in Denmark and went on to head NATO from 2009-2014, said the reason the U.S. cannot be a mere “gatekeeper” in the global crusade against terror is that, as he sees it, the threats to “freedom” are too serious—including ISIS and potentially Russia.

Therefore, the U.S. must suck it up and continue spending the multiple billions required to be the world’s invincible top cop.

His speech was riddled with references to the bleak outlook should the U.S. curl back into “isolationism.”

True to CCGA and NATO form, Rasmussen gave no middle ground, speaking as if even the slightest step backward by the U.S., anywhere in the world, would mean a total abandonment of America’s world presence and the instant rise of enemies. He ignored the idea that patrolling the world breeds enemies in the form of blowback.


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What soared over the heads of the audience was the real meaning of Rasmussen’s praise of the NATO-led destruction of Libya in 2011 when he still headed the nearly 70-year-old alliance.

“Libya is a failed state,” he said, without any hint that NATO played a key role in making that happen.

Rasmussen then mused that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “a great asset,” which drew laughter, since that “asset” could convince Europeans who live near Russia to spend more on defense and less on their welfare states, which would help the U.S. patrol the world.

Rasmussen took an unexpected step and proposed a never-heard-of “Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area,” or TAFTA—a grid for even more corrosive free-trade deals, toward a growing transatlantic alliance that Rasmussen sees as a key goal, lest the world succumb to the nationalist-populist parties and factions that are rising in Europe and beyond.

Rasmussen made it clear that the Bretton Woods economic conference, which happened as World War II ended (under his “hero,” President Harry Truman), gave the world what Rasmussen called “a rules-based liberal Democratic world order.”

That economic order, he said almost reverently, is worth defending to the death. Yet the oath that American officials and soldiers take only says Americans should defend the Constitution from all enemies near and far and is silent on defending Bretton Woods from the same.

Other CCGA talks scheduled for late October included an appearance by British Gen. Richard Shirreff, whose provocative topic was, “Road to War: Russia, NATO and the Threat of Inaction.” Secretary of State John Kerry addressed a meeting of the CCGA on Oct. 26.

JOHN KERRY: EMBRACE FREE TRADE

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Oct. 26 address to the CCGA was an urgent call for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the 12-nation trade and investment treaty that centers on the Asia-Pacific region but extends to the NAFTA nations of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Kerry’s evening delivery of the Louis B. Susman lecture at the downtown Hilton could have been delivered by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, as Kerry mainly offered arguments on world trade and economics, portraying the TPP as the undeniable ticket to the promised land for America and the other TPP nations that together represent 40% of world GDP.

His remarks evidently were timed to help influence Congress to approve the final TPP enactment legislation soon after the Nov. 8 election.

“If we were to see the TPP rejected, it’d be a giant self-inflicted wound on our nation,” the former Massachusetts senator told the CCGA and guests, with ample pomposity. “And our credibility as a country, with any country with which we’re trying to negotiate, would be in doubt.”

Absent the TPP, he said, American workers would be “hurt,” the economy would “slow,” and America’s ability to “advance a full range of . . . objectives in a region that’s important to our future” would falter. He didn’t say if the sun would refuse to shine.

But when Kerry says “our” future, to whom is he really referring when he speaks of the TPP’s beneficiaries?

Clues are found in other parts of his Oct. 26 speech and in two other CCGA programs just covered by this writer: the Oct. 18 speech by former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Oct. 24 populism symposium. (See story on page 10 in this week’s issue.—Ed.)

In the previous article, it was reported that Rasmussen declared that Americans, “whether they like it or not,” mustn’t hesitate in their support of the U.S. being the world’s permanent police force—and that the military’s central purpose is to protect the “rules-based liberal democratic world order.”

But the current “rules-based world order” phase, born in earnest at the 1944 Bretton Woods, N.H. conference, is in essence a banker-run construct that America’s armed forces have long been deputized to protect.

The Bretton Woods agreement, a precursor to the Bilderberg group’s formation 10 years later, seeded the World Trade Organization and created the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. It has become clearer than ever that Bilderberg’s core task is to carry Bretton Woods forward and add or modify components while keeping the basic building blocks in place through networking and status reviews.



Kerry announced an Oct. 31 London diplomatic meeting to discuss the status of Libya—a shattered nation that NATO forces all but destroyed in 2011.

He pointed to the Iran nuclear deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon as a major diplomatic achievement, given his leading role in the talks.

He also expressed hope that the International Syria Support Group, whose members include Syria and its ally, Russia, will reach an agreement to end the warring there, toward a “secular . . . transitional government,” put in place by new elections.

But besides that brief call—behind the mask of “diplomacy”—for removing already-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and apart from his remarks on the Iran deal, Kerry sounded less like the nation’s top diplomat and more like a war cabinet member.

He spoke in often aggressive terms in Chicago—especially in his assessment of terrorism since 9-11, hammering the so-called Daesh terrorist faction.

“Daesh” is an Arabic language acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group. Many government figures refuse to dignify ISIS with the words “Islamic State,” so Kerry, like other officials, uses the Daesh term as a slight against ISIS.

“Daesh is guilty of genocide, and we will hold Daesh accountable,” Kerry pontificated while claiming American soldiers have liberated Fallujah and other Iraqi towns. He also claimed ISIS hasn’t had any successful offensives since May 2015.




 


Kerry did not mention Israel’s genocidal, apartheid policy toward Palestinians, nor was American connivance with al Qaeda in Syria—the very faction blamed for 9-11 terrorism—included on Kerry’s list of achievements to note and foes to conquer.

As a fervent believer in climate change, Kerry discounted dissent and called for a “low- or no-carbon” future, while saying Europe must continue pursuing U.S.-backed efforts to become energy independent so Europeans can cut their usage of Russian energy and economically bruise Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Ironically, Kerry’s stated vision involves sending Europe liquefied natural gas and other “fossil fuels” whose emissions trap heat and supposedly cause global warming—a contradiction Kerry didn’t seem to catch.

Regardless, “business is business” when it comes to enforcing a rules-based world order as the new constitution of the ages.

Viewed objectively, the world order model is far more deceptive and potentially more menacing than some eventual ISIS-backed Islamic “Caliphate” that our war-prone top “diplomat” warned about in Chicago. After all, a caliphate of central bankers and their proxies is already here, and the CCGA is chief among the think tanks that sponsor the programs and compose the “authoritative” studies that keep the government-corporate-banking alliance intact and functioning.

Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving editor.




Mainstream Wrongly Piles on Steve Bannon as ‘Racist,’ ‘Anti-Semite’

The media worked itself into a tizzy after Donald Trump appointed Steve Bannon senior counsel for the presidency, wrongly claiming the man’s a “racist” and an “anti-Semite.” Now they have egg on their face, as the ADL was recently forced to backpedal. They could not find anything specific with which to smear the seasoned news executive.

By John Friend

On Sunday, president-elect Donald Trump announced Reince Priebus, a GOP insider and current chairman of the Republican National Committee, will serve as the chief of staff in his administration.

Priebus will play a key role as a liaison between the Trump administration, the Republican-led Congress, and the traditional Republican establishment, which still has factions that are not entirely in Trump’s camp, particularly on key issues such as Trump’s pledge to deport illegal aliens.

Trump also announced the appointment of Steve Bannon, who served as executive chairman of the popular news website Breitbart News prior to joining the Trump campaign as its CEO in August, as his chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon is known for his nationalist and populist views and his hard-line stance on immigration. He is also credited with leading Breitbart to become one of the world’s most influential right-leaning news outlets and will likely have tremendous influence within the Trump administration on both foreign and domestic policy issues.


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“Bannon and Priebus will continue the effective leadership team they formed during the campaign, working as equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive,” reads a statement released by Trump following the announcement. “Bannon and Priebus will also work together with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to help lead the transition process in the run-up to Inauguration Day.”

Trump described Bannon and Priebus as “highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory” shortly after the announcement was made public. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

Bannon’s appointment has triggered a hysterical, unhinged reaction from radical leftists, establishment Democrats and Republicans, political pundits, journalists, and the organized Jewish community. Unfairly denounced as a “racist” and “anti-Semite,” Bannon’s appointment has led to a media fury, with countless pundits and anti-Trump partisans describing Bannon as a leading figure in the alt-right movement.


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Charles Pierce, a writer for Esquire, was delusional enough to equate Bannon and Dr. David Duke, a man known for his open white nationalist and racialist views. “The hiring of Steve Bannon as a WH policy adviser is exactly the same as hiring David Duke,” Pierce hysterically proclaimed on Twitter.

The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that proudly seeks to advance pro-Israel interests, released a statement that it “strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist in the White House.”

“It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’—a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists—is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house,’ ” remarked Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL. “We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that make our country great.”

The ADL has since backpedaled, releasing a primer on Bannon and noting that it was unable to find anything that Bannon has said or written to be “anti-Semitic.”



Bannon’s supporters, and even some of his critics, have defended him and dismissed the hysterical and entirely baseless accusations that he is a “racist” and “anti-Semite.” Former editor-at-large of Breitbart Ben Shapiro told reporters that he never saw “any direct evidence that Bannon was an anti-Semite,” and also noted that Bannon and Breitbart are strong supporters of Israel. Indeed, Breitbart itself “was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel,” Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow stated in August after Bannon joined the Trump campaign, which drew fierce criticism from the Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

Trump also has a number of Jewish advisers in his inner circle, including Jared Kushner, who is married to his daughter, Ivanka, and has close ties to right-wing politicians in Israel.

The baseless smearing of Bannon as an “anti-Semite” and “racist”—despite overwhelming evidence and proof to the contrary—represents yet another effort by the political and media establishment to derail Donald Trump’s agenda for America.




 


Ironically, the more hysterical and unhinged the media and political class becomes in their attempts to discredit and tarnish Trump and his now-forming administration, the more the American public supports the populist president-elect.

John Friend is a writer who lives in California.




Working-Class Americans Won the Election

Why did Hillary Clinton lose the election when all of the media pundits and pollsters predicted a landslide? With all of the debate, the question remains, who really won the election for Donald Trump? According to Paul Craig Roberts, it was white working-class Americans who came out in droves to upend the way Washington has been doing business for decades.

By Paul Craig Roberts

The presidential election is historic, because the American people were able to defeat the oligarchs. Hillary Clinton, an agent for the oligarchy, was defeated despite the vicious media campaign against Donald Trump. This shows that the media and the political establishments of the political parties no longer have credibility with the American people.


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It remains to be seen whether Trump can select and appoint a government that will serve him and his goals to restore American jobs and to establish friendly and respectful relations with Russia, China, Syria, and Iran.

It also remains to be seen how the oligarchy will respond to Trump’s victory. Wall Street and the Federal Reserve can cause an economic crisis in order to put Trump on the defensive, and they can use the crisis to force Trump to appoint one of their own as secretary of the treasury. Rogue agents in the CIA and Pentagon can cause a false-flag attack that would disrupt friendly relations with Russia. Trump could make a mistake and retain neoconservatives in his government.

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With Trump there is at least hope. Unless Trump is obstructed by bad judgment in his appointments and by obstacles put in his way, we should expect an end to Washington’s orchestrated conflict with Russia, the removal of the U.S. missiles on Russia’s border with Poland and Romania, the end of the conflict in Ukraine, and the end of Washington’s effort to overthrow the Syrian government.

However, achievements such as these imply the defeat of the U.S. oligarchy. Although Trump defeated Hillary, the oligarchy still exists and is still powerful.

Trump said that he no longer sees the point of NATO 25 years after the Soviet collapse. If he sticks to his view, it means a big political change in Washington’s EU vassals. The hostility toward Russia of the current EU and NATO officials would have to cease. German Chancellor Angela Merkel would have to change her spots or be replaced. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg would have to be dismissed.

We do not know who Trump will select to serve in his government. It is likely that Trump is unfamiliar with the various possibilities and their positions on issues. It really depends on who is advising Trump and what advice they give him. Once we see his government, we will know whether we can be hopeful for the changes that now have a chance.

If the oligarchy is unable to control Trump and he is actually successful in curbing the power and budget of the military-security complex and in holding the financial sector politically accountable, Trump could be assassinated.

Trump said that he will put Hillary Clinton in prison. He should first put her on trial for treason and war crimes along with all of the neoconservatives. That would clear the decks for peace with the other two major nuclear powers over whom the neoconservatives seek hegemony.

Although the neoconservatives would still have contacts in the hidden deep state, it would make it difficult for the vermin to organize false-flag operations or an assassination. Rogue elements in the military-security complex could still bring off an assassination, but without neocons in the government a coverup would be more difficult.



 

Trump has more understanding and insight than his opponents realize. For a man such as Trump to risk acquiring so many powerful enemies and to risk his wealth and reputation, he had to have known that the people’s dissatisfaction with the ruling establishment meant he could be elected president.

We won’t know what to expect until we see who are the secretaries and assistant secretaries. If it is the usual crowd, we will know Trump has been captured.

A happy, lasting result of the election is the complete discrediting of the U.S. media. The media predicted an easy Hillary victory and even Democratic Party control of the Senate. Even more important is the media’s loss of influence and credibility, despite the vicious media attack on Trump throughout the presidential primaries and presidential campaign, the media had no effect outside the Northeast and West coasts, the stomping grounds of the 1%. The rest of the country ignored the media.

I did not think the oligarchy would allow Trump to win. However, it seems that the oligarchs were deceived by their own media propaganda. Assured that Hillary was the sure winner, they were unprepared to put into effect plans to steal the election.

Hillary is down, but not the oligarchs. If Trump is advised to be conciliatory, to hold out his hand, and to take the establishment into his government, the American people will again be disappointed. In a country whose institutions have been so completely corrupted by the oligarchy, it is difficult to achieve real change without bloodshed.

Paul Craig Roberts was assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for BusinessWeek, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has held many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are How AMERICA Was LOST: From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State and The NEOCONSERVATIVE THREAT to WORLD ORDER: Washington’s Perilous War for Hegemony.




IRS Agent Reveals How to Handle Tax Man

Richard Schickel, a 33-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is back with a new book that gives away the revenuers’ secrets. Schickel sat down with AFP to discuss the book as well as detail the tactics the IRS uses to cajole, persuade, coerce, scare, and intimidate taxpayers in order to force them to incriminate themselves.

By Dave Gahary

Richard M. Schickel is at it again. Fresh off the success of his first book, IRS Whistleblower: My 33 Years as an IRS Insider Will Show You the Secrets of How to Engage the IRS and Win, Richard’s latest, What to Do When the IRS Is After You: Secrets of the IRS as Revealed by Retired IRS Employees, is sure to have the IRS in a tizzy.

IRS Whistleblower confirmed what many AMERICAN FREE PRESS readers have long suspected: The revenue collecting arm of the Department of the Treasury is a rogue agency that rewards the aggressive collection of taxes, encourages violation of the due process clauses of the Fifth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution, and whose agents’ range is only limited by the amount of power each one cannot grab.

Click on the Listen button to hear AFP’s interview with IRS whistleblower Richard Schickel.

Now, Schickel shows the reader—step-by-step—how to deal with this unfortunate fact. After serving for 33 years at the hated agency, Schickel had had enough and decided to blow the whistle and dedicate his life to teaching others the ropes.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Schickel about his new book, and why it makes sense for just about every taxpayer to get a copy of it.

“I’ve always thought the tax code should be enforced the same way in New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Los Angeles and even here in Tucson, Arizona,” he explained to this writer, “and I was just shocked with the discrimination I saw.”

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Schickel explains in his new book that taxpayers will get tipped off that the IRS wants to get to know them better when they receive a letter in the U.S. Mail, which many are afraid to even open.

“Well, you have to open it, and if it’s certified, you usually get some appeal rights,” Schickel explained, “So,” he continued, “the only thing to fear is if you don’t open the letter.”


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It’s especially important, Schickel explained, that the letter is opened up immediately due to several factors.

“Sometimes the IRS gives you 10 days to respond, sometimes 30 days, sometimes 45 days, sometimes 60 days, sometimes 90 days,” he said. “Since you may lose appeal rights early on by ignoring the letter, you put yourself at a disadvantage.”

One of the chapters in the book discusses the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, also known as the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), which the vast majority of Americans are unaware even exists.

TAS, created in 1996, is an independent office within the IRS with around 2,000 employees tasked with helping taxpayers resolve their problems with the tax collection agency. To qualify, taxpayers must experience economic harm, significant cost or a delay of more than 30 days in resolving their tax issue, or have never received a response or resolution to the problem by the date promised by the IRS.

“It’s a valuable resource if you meet their criteria,” Schickel explained, “and I’ve always gotten help when I’ve gone there.”

Schickel explained a bit more of their internal affairs-type function.

“A lot of them don’t even seem to like the IRS at all,” he said. “They’ve seen what the IRS can do to people. It’s a really good operation.”

Schickel’s been getting quite a bit of attention since his first book hit the bookstore shelves, literally and figuratively.

“In the last month I got interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post about Donald Trump’s tax circumstances,” he revealed, where he told them maybe what they—and the rest of the corrupt mainstream media—did not want to hear.

“I told them that he probably doesn’t owe any taxes, because real estate developers rarely—or never—pay taxes until years down the road, but it’s perfectly legal,” he said.

This time around, it wasn’t just Schickel writing a book, as he was joined by two heavy hitters, William G. Dieken and Lauri Goff.

William was an IRS senior revenue agent for 34 years, who conducted field audits on businesses and individuals during that time, and Lauri was an IRS revenue agent who retired in 2015 after 34 years with the agency.

AFP asked Schickel why it makes sense for someone to get his new book.

“Even though I’m a tax professional, it’s still really hard to figure out which letter you have and what the implications are and what rights come along with it. And that’s me,” he explained. “For 36 years I’ve been doing this, and I still have trouble following the letters because they keep changing them, and they keep changing the rights and what’s listed there.”



 

Schickel concluded our interview by offering an important piece of advice for all taxpayers who get audited.

“Keep your mouth shut,” he said. “Don’t offer them anything that they didn’t specifically ask for. A lot of people will get into an audit situation and they’ll start volunteering things, and what was a simple, easy audit, all of a sudden becomes a big audit because you’ve told them too much about your life and your business.”

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s “Underground Interview” series.




Trump Wins!

Last night, the mainstream media was left scratching their heads, wondering how they could have missed the upset of Hillary Clinton by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. What they failed to realize was the anger across America among the silent majority, who are fed up with seeing jobs leave the country while Washington squanders taxpayers’ money on war.

By John Friend

The raucous and fast-paced 2016 presidential election is finally over and the results are in: Donald Trump, the renegade billionaire turned populist GOP nominee, won the 2016 election, locking up several key swing states including Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Trump also secured a victory in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, and Georgia, states that were viewed as crucial to this year’s presidential election. Overall, Trump dominated. With 270 electoral college votes required to attain the presidency, Trump won 290 compared to Clinton’s 232.

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Trump’s unorthodox campaign paid off tremendously, as his social media presence, huge rallies and public events, and online supporters paved the way for his victory.

To his credit, Trump was shunned by the GOP and “conservative” establishment, particularly the neocon faction that has dominated the party for decades. Several establishment conservative political pundits and politicians even went so far as to support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in protest of Trump.

Trump’s campaign skillfully outmaneuvered the entire political establishment, including members of his own party.

This election can accurately be described as a referendum on the future of America as a sovereign nation-state and, indeed, the future of Western civilization itself. Finally, after repeated setbacks and losses, the nationalists won.

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Nearly every public policy proposal championed by Trump is opposed to the forces of globalism and the New World Order. Trump gained immediate attention with his harsh—yet entirely accurate—critiques of American immigration policy and its systematic failure to enforce federal immigration laws.

Trump has also been a major critic of NAFTA and so-called “free trade” deals championed and promoted by the forces of globalism, including their bought-and-paid-for politicians.

His stance on the Second Amendment, free speech, and support for law enforcement and the rule of law generally gave him a tremendous advantage among law enforcement professionals, active duty military members, and veterans.

His America-first foreign and economic policies resonated deeply with the American people, and it showed during the election.

Despite its best efforts, the hostile mainstream mass media could not derail Trump’s campaign. Throughout the election season, Trump was the recipient of an unending barrage of hostile media coverage, fabricated scandals, and dishonest reporting and analysis on a daily basis. If this election proved anything, it’s that the mass media is totally out of touch with mainstream America. It is entirely corrupt and works to serve and advance the interests of the corrupt political and economic establishment while deceiving, manipulating, and programming the American public.

Assuming Trump sticks to his campaign promises, his victory is a major step in the right direction for nationalists and populists who care about the future of America, its sovereignty as a nation-state, the rule of law, and the economic prospects and well-being of the American worker and taxpayer.



 

Ensuring Trump stays true to his word and follows through on the many important public policy positions he has outlined and championed will largely depend on his supporters and honest media outlets to hold him accountable.

John Friend is a writer and lives in California.

[Edited on Nov. 16 to reflect updated electoral college vote totals.]




Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy

Regardless of how Americans vote in the presidential election on Nov. 8, the campaigns of Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders show that Americans are fed up with spending trillions of dollars on endless war and meddling abroad. The overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens want peace and to end the U.S. empire.

By Rep. Ron Paul

I have said throughout this presidential campaign that it doesn’t matter much which candidate wins. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are authoritarians and neither can be expected to roll back the leviathan state that destroys our civil liberties at home while destroying our economy and security with endless wars overseas.

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Candidates do not matter all that much, despite what the media would have us believe. Ideas do matter, however. And regardless of which of these candidates is elected, the battle of ideas now becomes critical.

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The day after the election is our time to really focus our efforts on making the case for a peaceful foreign policy and the prosperity it will bring. While we may not have much to cheer in Tuesday’s successful candidate, we have learned a good deal about the state of the nation from the campaigns. From the surprising success of the insurgent Bernie Sanders to a Donald Trump campaign that broke all the mainstream Republican Party rules—and may have broken the Republican Party itself—what we now understand more clearly than ever is that the American people are fed up with politics as usual. And more importantly, they are fed up with the same tired old policies.

Last month a fascinating poll was conducted by the Center for the National Interest and the Charles Koch Institute. A broad-ranging 1,000 Americans were asked a series of questions about U.S. foreign policy and the 15-year “war on terror.” You might think that after a decade and a half, trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives lost, Americans might take a more positive view of this massive effort to “rid the world of evil-doers,” as then-president George W. Bush promised. But the poll found that only 14% of Americans believe U.S. foreign policy has made them more safe! More than 50% of those polled said the next U.S. president should use less force overseas, and 80% said the president must get authorization from Congress before taking the country to war.

These results should make us very optimistic about our movement, as it shows that we are rapidly approaching the “critical mass” where new ideas will triumph over the armies of the status quo.

We know those in Washington with a vested interest in maintaining a U.S. empire overseas will fight to the end to keep the financial gravy train flowing. The neocons and the liberal interventionists will continue to preach that we must run the world or everything will fall to ruin. But this election and many recent polls demonstrate that their time has passed. They may not know it yet, but their failures are too obvious and Americans are sick of paying for them.

What is to be done? We must continue to educate ourselves and others. We must resist those who are preaching “interventionism-lite” and calling it a real alternative. Claiming we must protect our “interests” overseas really means using the U.S. military to benefit special interests. That is not what the military is for.



 

We must stick to our non-interventionist guns. No more regime change. No more covert destabilization programs overseas. A solid defense budget, not an imperial military budget. U.S. troops home now. End U.S. military action in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and so on. Just come home.

Americans want change, no matter who wins. We need to be ready to provide that alternative.

Ron Paul is a former congressman from Texas and presidential candidate. After leaving the House, he founded the Ron Paul Institute.




What Hath Trump Wrought?

What will happen if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump loses on Nov. 8? Will the majority of middle-class Americans—the so-called “deplorables” labelled by Hillary Clinton—unite behind the new president? According to this longtime advisor to past presidents, there’s no stopping the prairie fire that’s been lit by The Donald.

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“If I don’t win, this will be the greatest waste of time, money and energy in my lifetime,” says Donald Trump. Herewith, a dissent. Whatever happens Tuesday, Trump has made history and has forever changed American politics.

Though a novice in politics, he captured the Party of Lincoln with the largest turnout of primary voters ever, and he has inflicted wounds on the nation’s ruling class from which it may not soon recover.

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Bush I and II, Mitt Romney, the neocons and the GOP commentariat all denounced Trump as morally and temperamentally unfit. Yet, seven of eight Republicans are voting for Trump, and he drew the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of any GOP nominee.

Not only did he rout the Republican elites, he ash-canned their agenda and repudiated the wars into which they plunged the country.

Trump did not create the forces that propelled his candidacy. But he recognized them, tapped into them, and unleashed a gusher of nationalism and populism that will not soon dissipate.

Whatever happens Tuesday, there is no going back now.

How could the Republican establishment advance anew the trade and immigration policies that their base has so thunderously rejected?

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How can the GOP establishment credibly claim to speak for a party that spent the last year cheering a candidate who repudiated the last two Republican presidents and the last two Republican nominees?

Do mainstream Republicans think that should Trump lose a Bush restoration lies ahead? The dynasty is as dead as the Romanovs.

The media, whose reputation has sunk to congressional depths, has also suffered a blow to its credibility.

Its hatred of Trump has been almost manic, and WikiLeaks revelations of the collusion between major media and Clintonites have convinced skeptics that the system is rigged and the referees of democracy are in the tank.

But it is the national establishment that has suffered most.

The Trump candidacy exposed what seems an unbridgeable gulf between this political class and the nation in whose name it purports to speak.

Consider the litany of horrors it has charged Trump with.

He said John McCain was no hero, that some Mexican illegals are “rapists.” He mocked a handicapped reporter. He called some women “pigs.” He wants a temporary ban to Muslim immigration. He fought with a Gold Star mother and father. He once engaged in “fat-shaming” a Miss Universe, calling her “Miss Piggy,” and telling her to stay out of Burger King. He allegedly made crude advances on a dozen women and starred in the “Access Hollywood” tape with Billy Bush.

While such “gaffes” are normally fatal for candidates, Trump’s followers stood by him through them all.

Why? asks an alarmed establishment. Why, in spite of all this, did Trump’s support endure? Why did the American people not react as they once would have? Why do these accusations not have the bite they once did?

Answer: We are another country now, an us-or-them country.

Middle America believes the establishment is not looking out for the nation but for retention of its power. And in attacking Trump it is not upholding some objective moral standard but seeking to destroy a leader who represents a grave threat to that power.

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Trump’s followers see an American Spring as crucial, and they are not going to let past boorish behavior cause them to abandon the last best chance to preserve the country they grew up in.

These are the Middle American radicals, the MARs of whom my late friend Sam Francis wrote.

They recoil from the future the elites have mapped out for them and, realizing the stakes, will overlook the faults and failings of a candidate who holds out the real promise of avoiding that future.

They believe Trump alone will secure the borders and rid us of a trade regime that has led to the loss of 70,000 factories and 5 million manufacturing jobs since NAFTA. They believe Trump is the best hope for keeping us out of the wars the Beltway think tanks are already planning for the sons of the “deplorables” to fight.

Moreover, they see the establishment as the quintessence of hypocrisy.

Trump is instructed to stop using such toxic phrases as “America first” and “Make America great again” by elites who think 55 million abortions since Roe is a milestone of moral progress.

And what do they have in common with a woman who thinks partial-birth abortion, which her predecessor in the Senate, Pat Moynihan, called “infanticide,” is among the cherished “reproductive rights” of women?



 

While a Trump victory would create the possibility of a coalition of conservatives, populists, patriots, and nationalists governing America, should he lose, America’s future appears disunited and grim.

But, would the followers of Trump, whom Mrs. Clinton has called “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic … bigots,” to the cheers of her media retainers, unite behind her should she win?

No. Win or lose, as Sen. Edward Kennedy said at the Democratic Convention of 1980, “The work goes on, the cause endures.”

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority and Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

 




No Matter Who Wins Today, Health Loses

No matter who wins the election on Nov. 8, the fact remains that critical health issues will almost certainly be left unaddressed by the incoming president. We’ve seen this repeatedly for decades. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will do anything about the proliferation of chemical pollutants or Frankenfoods.

By James Spounias

No matter who is elected Nov. 8 to the presidency of the United States, one thing is certain: Vitally important health-related issues are ignored by the major candidates and the establishment press, which is controlled by six corporations.

Having researched health topics for 31 years, this writer remains astonished at the wide gap between the known harms and risks of specific environmental health assaults and the lack of media coverage and interest among the American population, especially in light of the prevalence of so-called alternative media outlets.

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Establishment propaganda is so pervasive that the public’s idea of discussion is merely repeating sound bites provided by talking heads who are placed in positions of authority by the elite.

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One would think that our nation’s health would be forefront, given the fact that in 2015, healthcare costs were 17.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or $3.2 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Instead, the conversation on healthcare is limited to the wrongly framed question of how to pay for it, rather than how Americans got so sick. The controlled dialectic, parroted by left and right, centers on sophomoric rhetoric about whether healthcare should be “socialist” or “free market” when, in reality, our system is corporatist—run by profit-driven private interests in league with state and federal government, having law and police power enforcement to protect their business interests against competition, in a racket second only to the Federal Reserve banking system.

What is completely ignored is the bigger picture of how America came to be so ill that hundreds of thousands of people die per year. Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death, responsible for 614,348 and 591,699 annual deaths respectively. Another 251,454 deaths occur by medical mistake, making this the third leading cause of death in America, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

Death by medical mistake is virtually ignored by all in the establishment media and most of the alternative press.

From cradle to grave, Americans suffer from diseases, many of which are brought on by known environmental assaults. The establishment even admitted that “to a large extent, babies are born pre-polluted,” as reported previously in AMERICAN FREE PRESS.

In addition, there are many diseases affecting the elderly, such as cognitive impairment, that are reported to have no known cause.

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While the establishment ducks the question of causation of many diseases, focusing instead on high-priced, patented pharmaceuticals and high-tech medicine provided only by the corporate elite, a handful of activists have doggedly pointed out the known dangers affecting us daily, without any of the reportage let alone repeated news-cycle coverage given to many completely unimportant, non-news events.

FLUORIDE

One of the most pervasive yet underreported hazards facing Americans is the fluoridation of water. Dismissed by the establishment as the province of kooks, fluoridation was black-washed by disinformation movie-maker Stanley Kubrick who, in his 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove” portrayed Gen. Jack D. Ripper as a raving nut who warned about exposed fluoride as a “communist conspiracy.”

The most recent assessment of how many Americans are exposed to fluoride was done in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reported that 74.6% of the U.S. population received fluoridated water, 67.1% of them through community water systems. This means that, of the 2012 population of 313,914,040 people, a stunningly significant 234,179,873 Americans were subjected to fluoride. Why is fluoride relevant in 2016?

In 1983, John Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D., a formidable scientist this writer had the pleasure of hearing speak in 1981, authored Fluoride: The Aging Factor, which made a compelling case that fluoride, purported to help reduce dental cavities, is a dangerous, cancer-causing neurotoxin that should be banned from our water supply.



 

Dean Burk, Ph.D., co-discoverer of biotin, found fluoride completely unacceptable. He made the point: “Everything causes cancer? Perhaps. Conceivably even a single electron at the other side of the universe.

The real question is, how likely is any one particular cause? In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer death, and causes it faster, than any other chemical.” Yiamouyiannis wrote: “Substances like fluoride, which cause genetic damage, are called mutagenic substances, and it is well-accepted fact that substances which are mutagenic also tend to be carcinogenic, or cancer producing. In fact, this is exactly what has been found with regard to fluoride.”

Critics of the use of fluoride cite studies that show fluoride is a neurotoxin, which has “the ability to interfere with functions of the brain,” according to the National Research Council, which also noted that in numerous studies, even scant amounts of added fluoride are correlated to lower IQ scores in children.

Fluoride is also implicated in compromised reproductive capacity, by way of lowering circulating testosterone in men, in numerous studies and can lead to early onset of puberty in children. Researchers observed that fluoride impairs normal thyroid function and it’s no wonder that six years ago, the second most prescribed drug was Synthroid, which is designed to treat an underactive thyroid.

Another area of concern is the way fluoride affects bone health. Hotly denied by the medical establishment, fluoride critics point out that fluoride disrupts proper bone formation.

In children, this is most apparent with dental fluorosis, where white spots and streaks, as well as cloudy splotches and brown stains are prevalent, caused by “too much” fluoride. According to Fluoridealert.org, Dr. John Colquhoun said, “Common sense should tell us that if a poison circulating in a child’s body can damage the toothforming cells, then other harm also is likely.”

Researchers cite studies that suggest fluoride exposure is linked to increases in hip fractures in the elderly and osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that often affects young people. Much of the world rejects the use of fluoride. This is especially true in western Europe, where 97% of the population doesn’t ingest fluoride, according to fluoridealert.org.

Fluoride is one of many examples of the cronyism replete in America, whereby private interests use the government to mandate (and pay for) a questionable substance on the pretense of protecting public health.

GMOs

When one considers the wide gamut of environmental ills plaguing America—genetically

modified organisms, genetically engineered mosquitos, pesticides, herbicides, electromagnetic radiation brought by unregulated cell phone towers and devices, Wi-Fi, smart meters, hydrogenated vegetable oils, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, as well as the loads of chemicals found in processed foods and drinks—it’s no wonder America is plagued with poor health.

Given the amount of money that is involved here, there’s little chance the light of truth will break through the establishment media and political system, which have a vested interest in the status quo.

This is why we must press on and continue to expose these dangers.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.




Was This an Assassination Attempt on Trump or Just a Dirty Trick?

The dirty tricksters were up to their old games this weekend when a man at a Trump rally forced an incident that nearly shut down the political gathering. What the dirty tricksters failed to realize was that the name of this supposedly innocent man showed up multiple times in documents leaked by WikiLeaks on its website.

By Sophia Meyer

The latest disruption at a Donald Trump campaign rally, this time in Reno, Nev. where the Republican presidential nominee was speaking on Nov. 4, turned particularly dramatic when Secret Service protective agents shrouded the candidate as they rushed him off-stage to safety. Some people went so far as to call it an assassination attempt on the billionaire presidential candidate, but the truth may be even more bizarre.

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Austyn Crites—who has been a registered Republican since 2011, according to “Heavy.org,” but now supports Hillary Clinton—was at the front of the large crowd when he raised a “Republicans Against Trump” sign over his head.

CNN reports a Secret Service statement said an unidentified person shouted “gun” as Crites was being tackled by the crowd. Law enforcement officers rushed in and carried him away.

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Crites told the media that law enforcement “saved” him from the violent crowd, and on Saturday told a Guardian reporter of his harrowing few seconds of fame, “I knew I could die at that moment.”

Trump returned to the stage in about five minutes to finish his speech. He later tweeted his appreciation to law enforcement and said, “Nothing will stop us—we will make America great again!”

No gun was found either on Crites or in a search of the surrounding area, and Crites was released without charges a short time later.

He then wrote on his now-defunct Facebook page, in part, “I have NO connection with the Clinton campaign . . .” and continued, “. . . we cannot allow a fascist/dictator to take our beloved freedoms to simply boost his ego and ‘get back’ at anyone who disagrees. Take what happened to me tonight as a classic example of dictator incitement of violence—against your own Republican brother with a stupid sign.”

Sounds innocent enough. After all, he was just holding “a stupid sign.”

But intrepid investigators almost immediately uncovered information about Crites that should cause a questioning mind to wonder which camp of dirty tricksters he may have been working for.

First, Crites’s name shows up in the WikiLeaks Global Intelligence Files, which consist of “over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered ‘global intelligence’ company Stratfor . . ..” dated between 2004 and 2011. Austyn Crites, it turns out, has a long and sordid history with Stratfor, as his name appears seven times in those emails.

WikiLeaks explains the significance of the Stratfor emails as revealing “the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques, and psychological methods.”



 

“ActivistPost.com” notes, “When you put this all together, it’s pretty hard not to think about the Project Veritas videos.” These undercover videos “allegedly showed Democratic operatives planting people to incite violence at Trump rallies.”

ABC News is reporting today, Nov. 7, a man has come forward claiming that he responded to a Craigslist ad and “was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills.” Paul Horner, 37, continued, “The actual check I received after I was done with the job was from a group called ‘Women Are The Future’.”

And while the Clinton campaign originally denied the allegations, when Trump confronted Mrs. Clinton on the matter during the final presidential debate she remained silent, neither confirming or denying it.

Was Crites simply holding “a stupid sign” or was he doing the dirty work of behind-the-scenes powerbrokers intent on influencing this presidential election?

The establishment elites are deathly afraid of the significance of electing someone like Trump and what it will mean for their hold on power. As a result, they have stopped at nothing to discredit Trump and, more importantly, the populist revolution he has inspired.

With only one day to go before the election, the Republican and Democrat appear to be neck and neck. But should Trump lose in key states like Nevada or Pennsylvania, he does not stand a chance.

Originally from the Midwest, Sophia Meyer is a freelance writer and editor, small farmer, and avid gardener now living on Florida’s sunny east coast.




Protesters’ Peaceful Battle for Clean Water, Sacred Lands Met with Brute Force

Demonstrators from across the country have joined with American Indians in North Dakota to protest a private oil firm that plans to run an oil pipeline underneath the Missouri river, the only source of clean drinking water for thousands of people in the area. The pipeline is planned to transport about 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

By Ronald Ray

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of the Dakota and Lakota Nations of American Indians has been seeking peacefully to block further construction of the 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access oil pipeline, which threatens the tribe’s water supply and sacred spaces. The tribe, recognized by the U.S. as a sovereign nation by treaty, thus has earned the wrath of Big Oil plutocrats and, consequently, law enforcement authorities.

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In a separate article in this issue we recount the jury acquittal of seven defenders of private property rights, who earlier this year occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, including sons of rancher Cliven Bundy. But unlike that peaceful protest, as well as the famous defense of the Bundy ranch in Nevada two years ago, the Indians have chosen to remain unarmed, despite sometimes facing vicious brutality by police and private security firms, which has included siccing biting attack dogs on protestors, arrests of reporters, and strip searches of arrestees.

The effort to protect the Missouri River—the Standing Rock Sioux’s primary water source—and sacred burial grounds now includes the participation of more than 300 native tribes and thousands of “water protectors” occupying federal land near the pipeline’s route south of Bismarck, N.D.

While filming an interview with a Native American man, Erin Schrode allegedly became a victim of excessive force by police Wednesday. She was interviewing activists protesting the Dakotas Access Pipeline, which they say threatens water used by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, when she says she was shot by a rubber bullet.

Facing militarized sheriff’s deputies from seven states, contracted security and National Guardsmen, the success of the unarmed Standing Rock Sioux and supporters remains dependent on an uncertain lawsuit result in federal court. That outcome will decide the safety of water supplies for millions of people who live along the pipeline route and in the Missouri and Mississippi river basins below the pipeline.

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The pipeline’s original route was to pass through Bismarck, a town of approximately 61,000 people, but in 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined the pipeline might contaminate local drinking water. Consequently, the route was moved to pass near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and its inhabitants, where the Army suddenly found no such danger, despite the pipeline’s having to pass under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River.

Charges of racism, perhaps founded, have arisen. While Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), which is building the pipeline, claims the pipeline is safe, the corporation has a dubious record. At least four current lawsuits have been brought against ETP by states and localities for groundwater contamination, while seven other states have cited the oil company for release of hazardous materials, according to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

Similar to the widespread pollution caused by fracking, the NLG stated more than 300 pipeline breaks occurred in North Dakota in one year alone. In January 2015, 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil—the same as will pass through the Dakota Access pipeline—spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

In answer to the tribe’s repeated complaints, the Department of the Interior and two other federal agencies have ordered a halt to pipeline construction on federal land around Lake Oahe, due to significant environmental concerns. The Army must now carry out a more thorough study than the previous “fast track” report. ETP remains determined to open the pipeline by early 2017, however.

The Indians’ protest occupation of federal lands began with a single teepee last April and burgeoned over the summer to as many as 3,000 people. Despite frequent confrontations with ETP security contractors and law enforcement authorities, the protestors have remained almost entirely peaceful, even when subjected to police brutality.

The occupiers’ intent to remain through the bitter North Dakota winter and moves to establish appropriate infrastructure have frustrated developers and the county sheriff, leading to increased tensions.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s decision in late October to apply eminent domain to private property on the pipeline route and to occupy the former burial ground led to a confrontation with militarized law enforcement on Oct. 27.

The tribe based its actions on the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty, which included those lands as Indian territory that the Sioux nations never ceded.

On Oct. 26, the Federal Aviation Administration established a “no-fly zone” over the protest encampment near Cannon Ball, N.D., effective until Nov. 5. The next day, as two vehicles were set on fire by alleged protestors, 200-300 law enforcement personnel and National Guardsmen moved against protestors’ barricades and prayer groups on the occupied private property. Armored vehicles, large amounts of pepper spray, police batons, painful sound cannons, rubber and bean-bag bullets, smoke grenades and tasers were used to corral protestors, according to The Bismarck Tribune. Jamming of video and mobile telephone signals was also reported. Police arrested 141, while the others retreated to federal land.



 

In this case, the government is disregarding the private property rights of the Standing Rock Sioux—their rights to safe, clean drinking water and land free of pollutants—in favor of monied corporate interests. But the issue also affects the millions of Americans and wildlife downriver.

Business interests must be limited by the welfare of the people. No one has the right to endanger the land and water necessary to sustain life for generations of human beings. And think about how you would feel if Big Oil bulldozed your great-great grandmother’s grave.

Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence. Contact Ron by email at write2ron@yandex.com.




Charges of Vote Fraud Come Up Before Election

It turns out, claims of vote rigging and election fraud, which were made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the last presidential debate, weren’t far-fetched after all. According to early published reports, vote scamming has already been witnessed—even before election day hit.

By John Tiffany

Nov. 8 had not even arrived, yet charges of election scamming and vote tampering had already been leveled by voters and activists across the country before the first voting booth had even opened. The establishment mass media has insisted—without any evidence other than a few isolated cases—that if any vote rigging occurred in the 2016 election it would likely be by Trump supporters.


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However, according to online journalist Mac Slavo, the real story is very different. Slavo noted that, if the latest flurry of emails leaked from the Clinton cohorts prove anything, it is that Hillary’s minions “have been actively manipulating and rigging the presidential election from the get-go.”

First Hillary conspired with the Democratic National Committee to “marginalize Bernie Sanders.” Along with billionaire George Soros, Hillary’s campaign paid agitators to provoke violence at Trump rallies to create the impression Trump supporters are violent.

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“And we know from recently released John Podesta emails that [Hillary supporters] have been tampering with polls,” Slavo wrote in an online article that was picked up by multiple alt-news websites on Oct. 31.

So far, three people in Florida and Virginia have been charged with voter fraud, on Oct. 28, 2016, reported Reuters news agency. A woman in Miami was caught filling in blank absentee ballots, another woman in Dade County was caught submitting phony voter registrations, and a former Virginia man is facing 40 years in prison for four counts of felony voter registration fraud.

In Amarillo, Texas, Lisa Houlette was shocked when checking her ballot after casting a straight GOP ticket: “As I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed . . . the Clinton/Kaine box was . . . highlighted. I tried to go back and change [this] and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers, and she couldn’t get it to go back, either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket.”

And in Arlington, Texas, Shandy Clark had this shocking story of vote-theft trickery to tell: “I had a family member that voted this morning, and she voted straight Republican. She checked before she submitted, and the vote had changed to Clinton. She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that it had been happening.”



 

In one bizarre case on Oct. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa, Terri Lynn Rote was arrested on a felony charge after she attempted to vote twice. The Republican reputedly cast an early ballot at the county Election Office and a second ballot at a county “satellite” voting location. She told police that she was responding to charges that Hillary’s campaign was stealing the vote, so she wanted to balance Democrat vote theft by voting at least twice.

Two other suspects, identities not yet reported, are accused of casting mail-in ballots and also voting in person, but so far neither has been arrested, the Des Moines Register told readers.

John Tiffany is a writer and editor and lives in West Virginia.