Victor Thorn’s Best Friend Bares All

A PERSONAL NOTE . . .
FROM PETE PAPAHERAKLES

On Monday morning, I received a phone call that completely turned my world upside down. Nothing could have prepared me for it. The call was from Victor’s son, Josh, informing me that Victor had just committed suicide.

I felt like a truck had just run over me. Was this some kind of a practical joke? Was it a dream? Not Victor. Not in a million years. I had just spoken to him the day before, and he was as happy and cheerful as ever. I had packed a surprise present for him and he kept trying to get me to reveal what it was.

“You’ll find out soon enough,” I’d told him.

Just as I was leaving for the post office on Monday morning, the phone rang. Victor would never find out what the present was.

Josh informed me that I was the first person he called outside the immediate family. Per Victor’s post-mortem instructions he requested that I be the one to write his obituary article.

“What am I supposed to write?” I exclaimed in my grief and anger. “That he was an idiot for going off and killing himself?”

“My dad said you’ll know what to write,” Josh calmly explained.

Victor always did have more faith in me than I do, but I stepped up to the task and penned it with a heavy heart.

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I want to personally give my condolences to Victor’s family for their loss—his parents, his son, his brother. I’m sure this has been devastating for them.

I want to start by reiterating that I still feel he was an idiot for killing himself. Not a day has passed since his death that I haven’t called him every name in the book for what he did. He was in the prime of his life and at the peak of his career. He was in perfect health, was happy, and had a great attitude about life. Why would he do such a stupid thing?

Victor caused great pain to his family, friends, and thousands of fans around the world. He was a huge part of AMERICAN FREE PRESS, and he will never be replaced.

On a personal level, Victor was my best friend. We spoke on the phone almost on a daily basis. I loved him like a brother.

His loss has ripped a hole in my heart.

Prominent Political Researcher Victor Thorn Commits Apparent Suicide Near Home

• Family spokesmen strongly deny he was a victim of Bill & Hillary Clinton

By Pete Papaherakles

On the morning of August 1, AMERICAN FREE PRESS received news that investigative reporter and prolific author Victor Thorn was dead. Victor always marched to his own beat. He lived life on his own terms and chose to die on his own terms. We might not agree with how he went about it, but Victor was never one to seek approval anyway.

Although raised as a Catholic, his understanding about spiritual matters was light years beyond any organized religion, having read hundreds of books on religion and philosophy. He even wrote many of his own books on these subjects. Victor was not terribly concerned about any moral judgment of his deed either by a god or by any religious moralists. He offered no apologies to anyone.

Victor will be remembered as one of the giants in the alternative media. In his own chapbook, Conspiracy Hall of Fame, Victor inducted about 20 top conspiracy writers of all time. The heavyweights listed included George Orwell, Jim Keith, and Michael Collins Piper. However, Victor needs to be inducted at the very top of the list with the best of them. Who else can boast of having written 60 books?

Since Victor’s death, many conspiracy theories have popped up across the Internet about Victor possibly having been murdered by the Clintons, because of his books exposing their crimes. Others have their own theories.

However, it is important to state the family remains adamant that there is no basis in truth to these charges.

The world may not know exactly why Victor took his own life, but some of us have a general idea. Victor had planned this for at least two years. His son, Josh, even knew the exact day it would happen. That day was on Victor’s 54th birthday. It had to be on that particular birthday, according to Victor’s way of looking at things. He even wrote a book about it, which Josh is now in the process of going over. Details about the book are unclear at this point, but it was Victor’s intention that the book be published eventually.

It seems Victor has managed to be even more provocative and controversial in death than he was in life. From a young age, Victor had determined that he would not grow old. In addition, the timing he chose had to do with his perceived destiny due to his birthday of 8-1-1962, which makes him a triple nine, 999, something he considered unique.

No one knew Victor better than his son and only child, Josh, who lived in the same house with him for the last 20 years.

Josh has read every single book his father wrote and had countless conversations with Victor on these topics.



 

The following statement was released by Josh. Here is what he had to say about his dad’s life, death, legacy, and character:

My dad was a truth-seeker. At his innermost core, he was an artist, a writer, a creator, and a philosopher. For him, his own destruction served as his greatest creative expression, the taking of his own life the ultimate expression of free will.

His purpose for writing, be it political or philosophical, was to knock down walls. What he wanted was for people to seek the truth without any boundaries or dogma, to strip away any kind of programming or conditioning put there by others, and to think about things for themselves.

My father viewed knowledge as the key to freedom. To him, the mind is an extremely powerful thing. If you put seeds in, they’ll grow. The key to Victor was, who’s putting in the seeds? Outside forces that seek to control and manipulate, or inner forces that seek self-knowledge and personal growth? That’s what his writing was about.

Ultimately, he was a rebel. He rebelled against the status quo, against the enemies of truth. His collective work stands as a monument to anyone who dares to peek behind the curtain, even if it means turning everything you think you know upside down.

He will be greatly missed.

Unlike most researchers who specialize in issues within a certain niche, Victor was multi-dimensional in his writing, equally proficient in exposing the 9-11 deception, the Clinton crimes, and the Obama lies as he was in explaining quantum physics and parallel universes. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding, his thirst for the truth, and his enthusiasm for exposing lies and deception were boundless.

Victor’s brother, Bill, in an interview with AFP two days after Victor’s death gave much insight into Victor’s life. He noted that when Victor was in school he had scored in the top 1% in the state of Pennsylvania, a fact that Victor never mentioned.

Based on AFP’s work with Victor over the years, it was clear Victor was at the genius level. He was also extremely well read. His books and articles are a testament to this fact.

Victor had the unique talent of “putting the hay where the goats can get to it,” an expression often used by another good friend and AFP writer who left us too soon, the late, great Jim Traficant. Victor could take any subject, no matter how complex, study it in record time, and present it to his readers in a comprehensible, exciting, easy-to-understand manner.

Victor’s legacy is the enormous body of work he left us. In the 60-some books he penned, he explores in depth a tremendous array of subjects ranging from basic NWO conspiracies to the very nature of reality itself. His expose on the Holocaust fraud is one of the best books on the subject. However, he also wrote many books on art, cinema, entertainment, and music.

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But, most of all, Victor loved America. He loved baseball, hot dogs, the American flag, rock-and-roll, and small-town America, and he adored his dog, Midas.

The basic drive behind his writing was to expose the hidden forces at work destroying the America he knew and loved. In this, he was exactly like legends Willis Carto, Traficant, and Piper, whose combined losses recently have been hard for AFP. And, yet, this newspaper continues to carry on their legacy nonetheless.

Like these other great men, Victor was a legend, and, like them, he will live on forever through the extensive number of books he left behind.

Victor’s books will forever haunt the New World Order. Largely due to Victor’s brilliant research, Hillary Clinton has not been able to conceal her crimes. Through Victor’s tireless work, Donald Trump just might be the next president, and, if so, Victor will have succeeded in saving the America he so much loved.

Farewell, Victor. You will always be remembered.

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Clinton Gets Off, U.S. Navy Sailor Gets 1 Year Behind Bars for Taking 6 Photos

• Prosecution of sailor reveals glaring inequity of U.S. judicial system.

By the Staff at AFP

In a shocking legal case that underscores the fact that there are at least two sets of rules in the United States, one for us and one for them, a U.S. Navy sailor who took a total of six photos of the interior of the nuclear submarine he served aboard was sentenced to one year in prison, given a $100 fine, six months home confinement, 100 hours of community service and a ban on owning guns.

Contrast the justice meted out to Kristian Saucier, a patriotic American serving his country in the U.S. Navy, to the justice not meted out to Hillary Clinton, for mishandling 113 emails—22 Top Secret and 65 Secret—while U.S. Secretary of State.

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Saucier, 29, of Arlington, Vermont, plead guilty on May 27, 2016 to one count of unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information. He admitted to taking six photos inside the USS Alexandria (SSN-757), a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, in 2009 when he was 22-years-old. “The photos were deemed ‘confidential,’ the lowest level for classification,” reported U.S. News & World Report.

Saucier’s attorneys argued that Clinton had been “engaging in acts similar to Mr. Saucier” with information of much higher classification. They argued that it would be “unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid.”

After sentencing, one of Saucier’s defense attorneys commented that “it could be argued here that depending on what your name is, that’s the type of justice you get in the United States.”

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Black Professor Suspended for Stating Opinions

• Professor suspended for posting thoughts on 9-11, Israel.

By John Friend —

Dr. Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Ohio, has been placed on paid administrative leave following an investigation related to her social media posts, university officials recently announced.

Professor Karega made national headlines earlier this year when a number of her controversial social media posts were publicized by the media. The Oberlin College professor, who is black, made numerous Facebook posts which were deemed to be anti-Semitic and promoting “conspiracy theories.”

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In her posts, Ms. Karega opined Israel played a key role in the events of 9-11 and also argued that ISIS was a joint Central Intelligence Agency-Mossad creation designed to stage even more September 11-style false-flag attacks. In other posts, Ms. Karega expressed her support for the Palestinian cause and pointed out that the notorious Jewish banker Jacob Rothschild, among other elite money lenders and international financiers, “own your news, the media, your oil, and your government.”

University officials, including Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov, who is Jewish, originally defended Ms. Karega’s controversial posts and her right to freedom of expression while distancing the university from her views.

“I believe, as the American Association of University Professors says, that academic freedom is ‘the indispensable quality of institutions of higher education’ because it encourages free inquiry, promotes the expansion of knowledge, and creates an environment in which learning and research can flourish,” Krislov wrote in a letter publicly released shortly after Ms. Karega’s posts initially garnered widespread media attention. “Cultivating academic freedom can be difficult and at times painful for any college community. The principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech are not just principles to which we turn to face these challenges, but also the very practices that ensure we can develop meaningful responses to prejudice.”

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Unsurprisingly, Krislov has backtracked on his initial support for Ms. Karega, likely as a result of heavy pressure from the pro-Israel community and other enforcers of political correctness.

Following the media coverage of Ms. Karega’s social media posts, leading Jewish politicians and activists, including New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, demanded that Oberlin College fire Ms. Karega. Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, even insisted U.S. presidential hopefuls of both political parties “stand up against this kind of hatred.”

“I truly hope the leaders of America will see [fit] to address this atrocity and will send a clear-cut message that anti-Semitism and any form of hatred won’t be tolerated,” Hikind stated.



 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other Jewish organizations met with Oberlin College officials in early March “to address the seriousness of the anti-Semitic views shared on social media by Assistant Professor Joy Karega,” according to an ADL article. “During the meeting, potential implications of espousing such extreme personal views, and how these sentiments have the potential to create an atmosphere where students feel uncomfortable, were discussed.”

Given the immense influence Jewish and pro-Israel organizations wield in American society, which was demonstrated quite clearly in this particular case, university officials have decided to suspend Ms. Karega’s professorial duties. Krislov added that this will take place until “an equitable review process” has been completed.

“While the process is pending, Professor Karega is on paid leave and will not be teaching at Oberlin,” he announced. “Arrangements are being made to cover her teaching and advising responsibilities.”

Despite the rational and legitimate views expressed by the professor, it is highly unlikely she will be asked to return to her teaching duties.

Numerous independent researchers, journalists, and scholars, including the late Victor Thorn, have conclusively demonstrated that Israel and an international network of pro-Israel criminals planned, organized, and benefited from the events of 9-11. More recently, alternative and independent analysts have posited that ISIS is tied to Israeli and Western intelligence agencies, views Ms. Karega expressed publicly but has now been punished severely for doing.

Ms. Karega did not respond to email requests for comment before AFP went to press.

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Death by Doctor: A Hidden Holocaust

• More than 250,000 people killed every year by doctors’ mistakes in U.S. alone.

By James Spounias —

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to Dr. Martin A. Makary, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, whose study detailing death-by-mistake was recently published in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.

Alarmingly, 251,454 people die each year—nearly 700 a day—from preventable medical mistakes, accounting for 9.5% of all deaths annually in the U.S., according to The Washington Post.

Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death, responsible for 614,348 and 591,699 annual deaths respectively, and respiratory disease is the number four killer, causing 147,101 deaths per year.

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Makary told the Post for the May 3 article, “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care.”

Mistakes are attributed to incompetence, communication breakdown, and bureaucratic bungling.

If dying from medical error isn’t bad enough, what may be more shocking is an estimate that serious injury caused by error may account for 40 times the number of deaths, according to Frederick van Pelt, a doctor with the Chartis Group, a healthcare consultancy firm, reported the Post.

If van Pelt’s estimation is near accurate, this means that more than 10 million Americans are seriously injured each year by medical errors. That’s a significant amount of misery visited upon a massive number of people.

What adds insult to injury is the high cost Americans pay for healthcare.

Healthcare costs were roughly $3.2 trillion in 2015, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). That’s about $10,000 per American, making up 17.5% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Americans spend much more on healthcare compared to other first-world nations.

The Dallas Morning News writer Jim Landers reported in a 13-part series titled “Cost of Care: The U.S. healthcare system is bleeding green” that in 2013, per-person cost of healthcare in Canada was $4,602, $5,178 in the Netherlands, $6,758 in Norway, $6,080 in Switzerland, $3,183 in Italy, $4,884 in Germany, and $2,411 in South Korea versus $9,255 in the U.S.

There are many reasons why Americans pay more—as much as 3.5 times more—than other first-world countries.

This is because the American healthcare regulatory scheme is neither “free market” nor “socialistic” but rather, monopolistic, allowing massive profits for a few with little competition or incentive to cut costs.

Those who think that America’s healthcare system is “free market” should take a sober look at the massive regulation that restricts market entry, including state licensure that limits the number of physicians and hospitals, the federal government’s drug and device approval process, and regulations on health insurance companies, especially those added in response to the Obamacare mandate guaranteeing that Americans buy health insurance.

One glaring example of monopolistic business practice involves the approval of drugs. The cost to bring a single drug from development to market in 2016 is a staggering $2.558 billion, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Nonetheless, Big Pharma’s profits are astronomical. Pfizer, among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, made a huge 42% profit in 2013.

Only the secretive Federal Reserve System tops healthcare in terms of profit and privilege.

In America, most working people pay for “private” healthcare insurance, now a mandate under Obamacare, plus Medicare, also mandatory. This makes America exceptional in the sense that citizens are obligated to pay twice for allopathic care insurance premiums that enrich a few fat cats and provide make-work for a significant part of the employment sector.

Given that Americans pay much more than other high-income countries, one should be able to assume that at least we are healthier and living longer than our counterparts. Not a chance.

In almost every statistic, Americans live shorter and unhealthier lives than our counterparts, and this cuts among all racial, ethnic, and educational lines, according to a 2013 report by the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.



 

Dr. Steven H. Woolf, the lead author of the report, told National Public Radio (NPR) in a January 9, 2013 interview, “What struck us—and it was quite sobering—was the recurring trend in which the U.S. seems to be slipping behind other high-income countries.”

Woolf also told NPR, “People with seemingly everything going for them still live shorter lives and have higher disease rates than people in other countries.”

The report noted, “The health disadvantage is pervasive—it affects all age groups up to age 75 and is observed for multiple diseases, biological and behavioral risk factors, and injuries.”

Is it any surprise the mainstream elite media, politicians, and pundits keep us in the dark regarding medical mistakes, let alone the larger picture of our bleak healthcare system, reflecting ill health from cradle to grave?

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If you only listen to the controlled media, you’d think the chances are high you’re going to die at the hand of a Muslim terrorist. In reality, as of May 2016, overdoses on Tylenol have killed more people than Muslim terrorists in the U.S.

And while the left-wing-controlled media rants about gun violence, pointing to Chicago as an example of the need for gun control, that city’s gun violence problem is arguably tied to the illegal drug trade brought about by the prohibition of drugs.

The staggering problem of medical mistakes—251,454 deaths and 10 million serious injuries annually—should be at the forefront of our minds rather than Muslim terrorism or gun control.

How America got so unhealthy—from food to environmental assault to poor quality healthcare—should be explored to its fullest.

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Global Team of Scientists Attack Chemtrails “Conspiracy Theorists”

• Evidence of a secret large-scale atmospheric program has the establishment worried.

By the Staff at AFP

The New York Times is reporting that scientists across the globe have teamed up to counter the “conspiracy theory” that a secret large-scale atmospheric program, or SLAP, is in place to impact the health of humans and the environment.

The “study,” the first peer-reviewed expert response to the chemtrails “conspiracy theorists,” entitled “Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program,” was published by Environmental Research Letters, the “quarterly, open-access, electronic-only, peer-reviewed, scientific journal covering research in all aspects of environmental science.” The study’s existence is a clear sign that the powers-that-be are increasingly concerned that the number of people suspicious that something is not quite right in the skies is growing.

The project to discredit those questioning what they see up above had its beginnings in an unlikely setting, when a climate scientist at the University of California was shopping for a mattress.

When the salesman discovered what Steven J. Davis did for a living, “he had very serious questions about what we were going to do about the chemtrails problem,” Davis told the Times.

Although almost all of the 77 experts surveyed for the study claimed that there is no evidence pointing to “the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program,” the authors stopped far short of proving that chemtrails, or chemical trails, exist for nefarious reasons.

“Changes in aircraft technologies may be causing contrails to persist longer than they used to, and changes in industrial development could potentially be increasing aerosol deposition in some areas,” the study concludes.

The study may have offered a lot more insight into the recent chemtrails phenomenon if they actually asked the following questions:

Do changes in aircraft technologies cause contrails to persist longer than they used to?

Are changes in industrial development increasing aerosol deposition in some areas?

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Obamacare Close to Collapse

• Another ill-planned policy blunder by the elite in Washington.

By the Staff at AFP

The Washington Post is reporting that insurance giant Aetna has decided to cease offering almost all of its individual health coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Around 80% of Aetna’s customers will be affected in 11 of the 15 states where it offers coverage through Obamacare, which will soon collapse.

Aetna’s announcement “was the latest sign that large insurers are losing money in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, heightening concerns about the long-term stability of a key part of Obama’s domestic policy legacy,” reported the Post.

Wall Street is of course calling the shots.

“If insurers continue to lose money, more are likely to withdraw from the marketplaces, a move that would reduce choices for consumers and could contribute to higher premiums,” writes the Post.

In one county, Aetna’s 2017 exit “could leave no insurers offering policies through its marketplace.”

Another insurer, Humana, said earlier this month that it will cut back its involvement in Obamacare. Ditto for UnitedHealth. Anthem and Cigna have said they are both losing money with Obamacare.



 

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Innocent White Man Shot in Milwaukee, Media Mute

• Almost no coverage by mainstream media after stray bullet ends up in white man’s neck.

By the Staff at AFP

The mainstream media’s agenda was on full display during the recent black, lawless uprising in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On the second night of the savagery, an innocent white man had a bullet lodge in his neck, no doubt by some black thug with minimal brain power.

Ben Olson was dropping off a friend when they saw the commotion and decided to check it out.

A short time later, he was shot.

“I heard no gunshots or anything before that, so everything caught me by surprise,” Olson said.

The bullet, which is still lodged in his neck, hit his vertebrae and is causing numbness in his hands. Doctors plan on removing the bullet sometime in the future.



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Obama’s War on Police Is for Real

By Robert Romano —

The Obama administration has been using the controversial practice of sue and settle to engage in a federal takeover of local police and corrections departments.

The way the regime works is the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DoJ) files a suit against a city, county or state, alleging constitutional and civil rights violations by the police or at the prison, and the local government simply agrees, resulting in wide-reaching policy changes being imposed on local police and corrections departments via federal court order.

An Americans for Limited Government review of DoJ-reported court documents and public statements has revealed a number of cases being brought against major city police departments—and settled without contest.

These include, for example, a 77-page March 30 consent decree between the DoJ and the City of Newark, New Jersey that resulted from a 2011 investigation, a 2014 series of findings by the Civil Rights Division, and then finally a federal lawsuit alleging police misconduct in the United States District Court in the District of New Jersey.

The original complaint alleged that the Newark Police Department (NPD) “has engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations in its stop and arrest practices, responses to individuals’ exercise of their rights under the First Amendment, uses of force, and theft by officers. The investigation also revealed that the pattern or practice of constitutional violations stems in part from deficiencies in NPD’s systems that are designed to prevent and detect misconduct, including its systems for reviewing force and investigating complaints regarding officer conduct.”

The city of Newark via the consent decree agreed to the allegations and to implement “comprehensive and agency-wide policies and procedures that are consistent with and incorporate all substantive requirements of this agreement,” which include requirements of how searches are conducted, how the use of force must be handled, the mandatory use of on-body cameras by the police, allowing civilians to film police during stops, and so forth.

The agreement imposes a five-year compliance review regime, with a two-year implementation deadline.

This means even if the political administration changes in the city of Newark, the new mayor and city council would still be required to implement the court order.

In short, the Civil Rights Division via these consent decrees is regulating every aspect of policing.

Similar processes and mutual consent agreements on policing have been initiated by the DoJ in Miami, Florida, Los Angeles, California, Ferguson, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and many, many other locations at various degrees of implementation. The Obama DoJ has been at this for years—and nobody noticed.

Almost nobody. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts held a hearing where witnesses testified to this practice on November 17, 2015.

Prosecuting individual cases against abusive police officers is one thing. The Civil Rights Division under federal law has brought numerous charges and achieved convictions in individual cases of police and corrections facilities misconduct. Agree or disagree with the practice of the feds prosecuting local police officers, it was Congress that decades ago created law making such individual cases a federal crime when rights are deprived, such that the DoJ can then prosecute.

At least if it was thought those cases were illegitimate or otherwise maliciously prosecuted, the people and states certainly would have remedy in Congress to change the law to bar the practice.

These consent decrees, on the other hand, are a different species entirely. They subvert the lawmaking process and countermand representative government. There are no administrative procedures requirements, no public input via comments, no limits to the regulations that would otherwise be imposed by Congress, no challenge to the allegation of civil rights violations—just the Civil Rights Division at the DoJ and a consenting liberal city government and suddenly, the city police department has been federalized with a whole scheme of new regulation.

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When reached for comment, former attorney in the Civil Rights Division J. Christian Adams decried the consent decrees, writing via email, “Local officials are [insane] not to force DoJ to prove these cases in court. DoJ fears having to go to trial more than just about anything else. They can be beaten. Targets who fight back have found that DoJ moves on to easier prey. Targets who surrender find the financial costs and federal interference come with a heavy price.”

Meaning, these consent decrees will come with very heavy burdens on cities that assent to them, so buyer beware.

Further, the regulatory requirements, for example, requiring on-body cameras, would almost certainly not arise in an adversarial court situation where a type of police stop practice was sued against, for instance. A court could find the stop to be unconstitutional, but never come back with a requirement that therefore every cop in the jurisdiction was suddenly required to wear a camera. Yet that is exactly what the consent decree does.



 

This may be the first stage of federal regulation over local police. Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the regulation over local zoning ordinances that creates requirements on where people of certain races and income backgrounds must be zoned to live originated as a consent decree against Westchester County, New York requiring affordable housing units to be built in the county.

Subsequently, Republican Robert Astorino was elected county executive after fighting against the consent decree. But he was still required to implement it. Fast forward a few years, and the Obama administration had concocted the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” regulation that would impose similar zoning requirements on any municipality that accepted any part of the $3 billion of annual Community Development Block Grants to 1,200 recipient cities and counties.

Who’s to say that there isn’t another regulation in the works that will impose similar policy changes, including on-body cameras for police officers and regular federal reviews, by police departments that accept federal funds?

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning ominously warned: “Obama’s wholesale assault on the uniquely American concept of federalism and local policing would have gone entirely unnoticed had it not been for the radicals who took to the streets in places like Ferguson and Baltimore, forcing the federal usurpation of local police powers into the public eye. The next presidency will determine whether Obama’s war on police and the federalization of traditional local power becomes the new norm, never to be rescinded.”

The war on police is real. The war on local government and federalism via Common Core education and HUD zoning requirements is real. And it will not end with Obama. This revelation puts a whole new perspective on the 2016 election. The reality is this: Either Donald Trump will restore the rightful powers of local government and local police, or nobody will. This is the last stand. People either rise up now or this fundamental transformation of our system of government will be complete once Hillary Clinton is through destroying what remains of local governance in America.

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Obama Accused of Sabotaging IRS Probe

• D.C. watchdog group says president played key role in undermining probe into IRS abuses.

By John Friend —

Beginning in 2013, the Obama administration engaged in a widespread and coordinated effort to target certain politically oriented groups deemed hostile or opposed to the leftist agenda promoted by the White House. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in particular targeted conservative and tea party groups in an effort to hinder their activities and, eventually, terminate their tax-exempt status.

Knowledge of the blatant political targeting of opponents of the ruling regime sparked outrage, congressional hearings, and an undoubtedly compromised federal investigation into the scandal spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DoJ).

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Unsurprisingly, the DoJ announced in late October of last year that no charges would be filed against the IRS, any of its officials—including Lois Gail Lerner, who directed the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS which is in charge of processing tax exempt applications from political organizations—or specific individuals in the Obama administration suspected of being involved with the politically motivated targeting.

At the time, the DoJ’s decision to close the investigation without bringing charges against those responsible for the politically motivated targeting of opponents of the regime as well as the corruption and mismanagement of the IRS drew fierce criticism from House Republicans and leading conservatives.

Representative Darrell Edward Issa (R-Calif.) served as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee at the time it investigated the IRS scandal and correctly argued that the DoJ’s decision gave the impression that “government officials are above the law.”

“The Justice Department’s decision to close the IRS targeting investigation without a single charge or prosecution is a low point of accountability in an administration that is better known for punishing whistleblowers than the abuse and misconduct they expose,” Issa noted in a statement at the time. “After stating that their investigation confirms that tea party and conservative groups were improperly targeted, they dismiss it merely as a byproduct of gross mismanagement and incompetence—ignoring volumes of evidence in the public record and efforts to obstruct legitimate inquiries.”

Judicial Watch (JW), a conservative-leaning non-partisan educational and investigative foundation that “promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law,” according to its website, has been instrumental in bringing to light the sordid details of the IRS scandal. The Washington, D.C.-based watchdog recently revealed the fact that DoJ attorney Barbara Bosserman, who despite being a major donor to both the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was nevertheless appointed by then-Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee the FBI’s investigation of the IRS scandal. She dedicated a whopping 1,529.25 hours toward investigating the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. When Ms. Bosserman’s scandalous appointment was announced, House Republicans, including Issa and House Subcommittee on Economic Growth Chairman Jim Jordon (R-Ohio), stated that her appointment was politically motivated and represented an obvious conflict of interest.

JW President Tom Fitton has also been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the IRS scandal, as well as the appointment of Ms. Bosserman. In an effort to hold the administration accountable, JW has requested information from the Obama White House regarding the IRS scandal. However, the administration has done everything in its power to remain as nontransparent as possible.



 

Commenting on the significance of the revelation by his organization of the total number of hours Ms. Bosserman spent investigating the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, Fitton stated: “These numbers, extracted from the Obama administration after two years of hard fought litigation, show the central role that a conflicted Obama donor played in the Justice Department investigation of the Obama IRS scandal. Is it any surprise that this compromised investigation found no reason to prosecute anyone in the Obama IRS scandal?”

Fitton also offered harsh criticism of the Obama administration’s decision not to pursue criminal charges following its investigation into the IRS scandal.

“President Obama’s IRS was used against his opponents to help him win re-election. So the Obama Justice Department’s decision to shut down its IRS abuse investigation with no prosecutions is as unsurprising as it is corrupt,” Fitton noted in late October following the administration’s decision. “Judicial Watch’s independent litigation proved the Obama IRS obstructed justice and destroyed evidence. And we uncovered that the IRS and Lois Lerner conspired with the Justice Department and FBI on a plan to jail the very Americans the IRS was illegally suppressing. . . . Congress needs to get its act together and consider the impeachment and removal from office of the officials, including Barack Obama, responsible for the worst abuse of the IRS in American history.”

The recent decision by the FBI to not recommend criminal charges be brought against Hillary Clinton offers the American people even more proof—as if any was necessary at this point—that the Obama administration in particular and the political establishment generally is not interested in the rule of law.

High-level political and corporate operatives of all political persuasions are simply above the law, as evidenced by the IRS scandal, the Clinton email scandal, the Wall Street bailout, and myriad other crimes committed by the ruling elite in America.

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Is Donald Trump the ‘Peace President’?

• American public supports Trump’s non-interventionist foreign policy stances.

By Patrick J. Buchanan —

With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 Democratic National Convention emails to help Trump, The Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails. Not funny, and close to “treasonous,” came the shocked cry.

Trump then told The New York Times that a Russian incursion into Estonia need not trigger a United States military response. Even more shocking, by suggesting the U.S. might not honor its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commitment, under Article 5, to fight Russia for Estonia, our foreign policy elites declaimed, Trump has undermined the security architecture that has kept the peace for 65 years.

More interesting, however, was the fact that Americans seem neither shocked nor horrified. What does this suggest?

Behind the war guarantees America has issued to scores of nations in Europe, the Mideast, and Asia since 1949, the bedrock of public support that existed during the Cold War has crumbled.

We got a hint of this in 2013. Barack Obama, claiming his “red line” against any use of poison gas in Syria had been crossed, found he had no public backing for air and missile strikes on the Assad government in Syria. The country rose up as one and told him to forget it. He did.

We have been at war since 2001. And as one looks on the ruins of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen, and adds up the thousands dead and wounded and trillions sunk and lost, can anyone say our War Party has served us well?

On bringing Estonia into NATO, no Cold War president would have dreamed of issuing so insane a war guarantee.

Dwight Eisenhower refused to intervene to save the Hungarian rebels. JFK refused to halt the building of the Berlin Wall. LBJ did nothing to impede the Warsaw Pact’s crushing of the Prague Spring. Reagan never considered moving militarily to halt the smashing of Solidarity. Were all these presidents cringing isolationists? Rather, they were realists who recognized that we were not going to risk a nuclear war, to achieve it. Period.

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In 1991, George H.W. Bush told Ukrainians that any declaration of independence from Moscow would be an act of “suicidal nationalism.”

Today, Beltway hawks want to bring Ukraine into NATO. This would mean that America would go to war with Russia, if necessary, to preserve an independence Bush I regarded as “suicidal.” Have we lost our minds?

Eisenhower, the first NATO supreme commander, said that if U.S. troops were still in Europe in 10 years, NATO would be a failure. In 1961, he urged JFK to start pulling U.S. troops out, lest Europe become a military dependency of the U.S.

Was Ike not right? Even Obama today riffs about the “free riders” on America’s defense. Is it really so outrageous for Trump to ask how long the U.S. is to be responsible for defending rich Europeans who refuse to conscript soldiers or pay the cost of their own defense, when Eisenhower was asking that same question 55 years ago?



 

In 1997, geostrategist George F. Kennan warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe “would be the most fateful error of American policy in the post-Cold War era.” He predicted a fierce nationalistic Russian response.

Was Kennan not right? NATO and Russia are today building up forces in the eastern Baltic where no vital U.S. interests exist, and where we have never fought before—for that very reason.

There is no evidence Russia intends to march into Estonia. But if she did, how would NATO expel Russian troops without air and missile strikes that would devastate that tiny country?

And if we killed Russians inside Russia, are we confident Moscow would not resort to tactical atomic weapons to prevail? After all, Russia cannot back up any further. We are right in her face.

On this issue Trump seems to be speaking for the silent majority and certainly raising issues that need to be debated.

How long are we to be committed to go to war to defend the tiny Baltic republics against a Russia that could overrun them in 72 hours?

When, if ever, does our obligation end? If it is eternal, is not a clash with a revanchist and anti-American Russia inevitable? Are U.S. war guarantees in the Baltic republics even credible?

If the Cold War generations of Americans were unwilling to go to war with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union over Hungary and Czechoslovakia, are the millennials ready to fight a war with Russia over Estonia? What is needed now is diplomacy.

The trade-off: Russia ensures the independence of the Baltic republics that she let go. And NATO gets out of Russia’s face. Should Russia dishonor its commitment, economic sanctions are the answer, not another European war.

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World Suffers When U.S. Makes War

• Rights group says Israel, United States worst abusers of human beings on the planet.

By Paul Craig Roberts —

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released its report, “Extreme Measures: Abuses Against Children Detained as National Security Threats.” From my reading of the report, Israel and the United States are the two worst abusers. Boko Haram is a distant third.

Which country is the worst abuser, Israel or the U.S.? Taking into account that the U.S. is responsible for the violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria that has resulted in torture and detention, if we include these victims in the American total, then the U.S. is the No. 1 torturer of children. As it is unlikely that Israel could get away with abuse of Palestinian children without D.C.’s support, we can add Israel’s abuses to Washington’s total.

Guantanamo Bay is a great distance away from Washington’s wars against Muslims in Afghanistan, North Africa, and the Middle East. Yet even at Guantanamo, where the only violence is the violence that the U.S. military inflicts on detainees, the U.S. government tortured children, according to the Human Rights Watch report.

What kind of military tortures children? The only answer that I can come up with is a military that has no self-respect.

What kind of U.S. government would pay two U.S. psychologists $81 million to help the Central Intelligence Agency devise torture techniques?

Only a lawless government with no respect for U.S. law and international law.

Think back to the torture memos written by Department of Justice officials John Choon Yoo and Jay Scott Bybee. These memos justifying the U.S. government’s torture of detainees despite the prohibition of torture by both U.S. statutory law and international law to which the U.S. is a signatory have been denounced by civil libertarians as the work of legal incompetents or criminals or both. Yet Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, and for his service to the White House torturers Bybee was appointed a federal judge to the second highest court. If Hillary Clinton becomes president, Bybee and Yoo could end up on the Supreme Court.

The positions held by Yoo and Bybee tell the world all that is needed to know that the U.S. is a lawless entity and that this lawlessness is accepted by America’s legal, political, and educational institutions and by the American people.

Do you remember the 775 Guantanamo detainees described by the secretary of defense and the vice president as the most dangerous, most violent men on Earth? We will never know how many of these detainees were tortured in an effort to elicit a confession in support of the government’s unfounded claims, but nine of them died in custody.

We do know that despite torture and the assurances from the highest officials that the detainees were dangerous and violent, as of July 12, 90% of the detainees have been released without charges. Only 76 remain, and apparently there is no evidence that can be used to charge them. Apparently, they are being held only in order to save the U.S. government from being 100% wrong. Being 90% wrong is close enough for government work.

Do you remember those photos of the torture of the Abu Ghraib prisoners? As horrifying as the photos are, they are the mild part. Other photos were not released. The photos reveal more than torture. The photos reveal the extreme  pleasure that the U.S. soldiers got from torturing the prisoners. They were having the time of their lives abusing other humans.

The Abu Ghraib photos required silencing. Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the senior American commander in Iraq, appointed Major General Antonio Taguba to compile a report based on an investigation of the torture. All Taguba had to do was to explain away the torture and be promoted from two-star to three-star general.

If that is what Sanchez intended, he chose the wrong man. Taguba filed an honest report:

That between October and December 2003, at the Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility (BCCF), numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees. This systemic and illegal abuse of detainees was intentionally perpetrated by several members of the military police guard force (372nd Military Police Company, 320th Military Police Battalion, 800th MP Brigade), in Tier (section) 1-A of the Abu Ghraib Prison (BCCF). The allegations of abuse were substantiated by detailed witness statements (ANNEX 26) and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic evidence. . . . In addition to the aforementioned crimes, there were also abuses committed by members of the 325th MI Battalion, 205th MI Brigade, and Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC).

Instead of becoming a three-star general with lucrative consulting opportunities and board memberships at the end of his military career, Taguba was sent into retirement.



 

In the past 15 years, the U.S. “beacon of hope” has destroyed in whole or part seven countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria. The beacon of hope has overthrown representative governments in Honduras, Ukraine, Egypt, Argentina, and Brazil, installing in their place crooks, and is working hard to overthrow the elected governments in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. The extraordinary range of death and suffering for which “the beacon of hope” is responsible is unprecedented.

As if this is not enough, “the beacon of hope” is now recklessly and irresponsibly threatening two nuclear powers—Russia and China—with military encirclement justified with the most blatant and transparent lies. We hear the propaganda 24-7. Is it hopeful to convince two nuclear powers that the U.S. is preparing to attack?

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It is Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, who says he doesn’t want conflict with Russia and sees little point to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Yet, the “liberal” media doesn’t miss an opportunity to demonize Trump, just as the presstitutes demonize the peace-seeker, Vladimir Putin.

The presstitutes are screaming: “Give us Hillary and more war!” Feminists want Hillary for war on the glass ceiling. The neoconservatives want Hillary in order for them to achieve their ideology of world hegemony. The military-security complex and Wall Street want Hillary for profits.

Why is it Trump, the candidate who says he wants to avoid dangerous conflict with nuclear powers, who is being demonized?

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Voters Reject ‘America-Last’ Policies of GOP

• Whether the GOP likes it or not, Trump may have saved the Republican Party.

By Patrick J. Buchanan —

Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned prince of Wales, was in Cleveland. John McCain and Mitt Romney, the last two nominees, also were also no-shows.

These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so.

For Trump’s nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma.

America crossed a historic divide and entered a new era. Even should Trump lose, there is likely no going back.

Trump has attacked the North American Free Trade Agreement, Most Favored Nation status for China, and the South Korea trade deal as badly negotiated. But the problem lies not just in the treaties but in the economic philosophy upon which they were based.

Free-trade globalism was a crucial component of the New World Order (NWO), whose creation George H.W. Bush called the new great goal of United States foreign policy at the United Nations in October 1991.

Bush II and Jeb are also free-trade zealots.

But when the American people discovered that the export of their factories and jobs to low-wage countries and sinking salaries were the going price of globalism, they rebelled, turned to Trump, and voted for him to put America first again.

Does anyone think that if Trump loses, we are going back to Davos-Dubai ideology, and Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is our future? Even Hillary Clinton has gotten the message and dumped TPP.

Economic nationalism is the future.

The only remaining questions are how many trade deficits shall America endure and how many defeats shall the Republican Party suffer before it formally renounces the free-trade fanaticism that has held it in thrall.

The Bush idea of remaking America into a more ethnically, culturally, diverse nation through mass immigration, rooted in an egalitarian ideology, also appears to be yesterday’s enthusiasm.

With Republicans backing Trump’s call, after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, for a moratorium on Muslim immigration, and the massacres in Paris, Nice, and the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, diversity seems to be less celebrated.

Here, the Europeans are ahead of us. Border posts are being re-established across the continent. Behind the British decision to quit the European Union (EU) was resistance to more immigration from the Islamic world and Eastern Europe.

Recently, French President Francois Hollande was booed at memorial services in Nice for the hundreds massacred and maimed by a madman whose family roots were in the old French colony of Tunisia.

Marine Le Pen of the National Front, who wants to halt immigration and quit the EU, is running far ahead of Hollande in the polls for next year’s elections.

As for the foreign policies associated with the Bushes, the NWO of Bush I and the crusade for global democracy of Bush II “to end tyranny in our world” are seen as utopian.

Most Republicans ask: How have all these interventions and wars improved our lives or our world? With 6,000 U.S. dead, 40,000 wounded, and trillions of dollars sunk, the Taliban is not defeated in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda and ISIS have outposts in a dozen countries. Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen are bleeding and disintegrating. Turkey appears headed for an Islamist and dictatorial future. The Middle East appears consumed in flames.



 

Yet, despite Trump’s renunciation of Bush war policies and broad support to talk to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the neocons, who engineered many of the disasters in the Middle East, and their hawkish allies, seem to be getting their way for a new Cold War.

They are cheering the deployment of four battalions of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops to the Baltic states and Poland, calling for bringing Sweden and Finland into NATO, pushing for sending weapons to Ukraine, and urging a buildup on the Black Sea as well as the Baltic Sea.

They want to scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal and have the U.S. Navy confront China to support the rival claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia to rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, some of which are under water at high tide.

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Who represents the future of the GOP?

On trade and immigration, the returns are in. Should the GOP go back to globalism, amnesty, or open borders, it will sunder itself and have no future.

And if the party is perceived as offering America endless wars in the Middle East and constant confrontations with the great nuclear powers, Russia and China, over specks of land or islets having nothing to do with the vital interests of the U.S., then it will see its anti-interventionist wing sheared off.

At issue is the battle between the Party of Bush and Party of Trump: Will we make America safe again and great again? Or are globalism, amnesty, and endless interventions our future?

Do we put the world first, or America first?

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Government Escalates Surveillance of What You Say, Read on the ’Net

• Industry, watchdogs resist expansion of ultra-secretive, powerful surveillance program.

By Shane Smith —

When using the Internet, most people probably have an implicit understanding that there is, somewhere, some anonymous federal agent sitting inside some anonymous federal building, tracking and recording the websites we visit, the emails we send, and generally everything we do online. And while the Internet has been revolutionary in its ability to break the information stranglehold that the political class held before the advent of the World Wide Web, governments around the world have eagerly developed extensive networks to spy on anyone they wish.

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When exposed, this spying tends to rankle the tech companies drafted into the federal government’s army of snoops, and in response, several companies have released transparency reports to inform the public how often governments request information and the specific nature of the request. What those reports reveal, while not all that surprising, should alarm us nonetheless.

A new report by Internet giant Google on the requests it receives from governments and courts to hand over user data reveals much about the activities of the surveillance state and its relationship with the tech giant.

The report shows that for 2015, 40,677 requests for user data were made. For 2014, the number of requests reached 35,365. The number of requests has tracked upward each year since Google began releasing the reports in 2009. Of all the governments that have requested data, the United States makes up 79% of those requests that have yielded data, far and away the state that makes the most user data requests.

The requests made by the U.S. government take the form of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, National Security Letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and requests from other law enforcement organizations.

Google isn’t allowed to share the specific number of FISA requests it receives; it can only share a range of requests. For example, from January to June 2015, between 500 and 999 content requests were made under FISA. The same goes for NSLs; Google can only share a range of NSLs received, not an exact number. Information on law enforcement data requests, however, is much more specific, with data on subpoenas, wiretap orders, and other information disclosed.

The good news—if there can be any—in Google’s transparency report is that, while user data requests are increasing, the gap is widening between the requests and Google’s compliance with them. But that probably doesn’t mean too much, considering that Google, along with Amazon, complies with government requests for user data far more often than does Apple. According to Apple’s latest transparency report, the company only gave requested user information to the government in 27% of cases between June 2014 and June 2015. That number is much higher for Google at 67%.



 

Amazon has a rate of compliance similar to that of Google. According to Amazon’s own transparency report, the company complied with around 67% of the 813 subpoenas they were served.

Do we have a right to know when we are being spied on by our own government? Microsoft seems to think so, and filed a lawsuit over the matter in April of this year. The U.S. government, of course, thinks otherwise, and asked that the lawsuit be thrown out. According to a July 22 Bloomberg article, the Justice Department responded to Microsoft’s lawsuit by stating that the lawsuit has no basis because, it claims, U.S. law allows for interception of electronic communications without a warrant. But after dealing with thousands of government-issued secrecy orders that prevent Microsoft from informing their customers that they are being spied on, the company has had enough.

Secretive surveillance of all our activities, online or off, should always be viewed as an outrage, as a violation of our liberty and not to be tolerated. But while several tech giants have been fighting the battle against warrantless mass surveillance of our online activities, should we really rely on these distant mega-corporations to fight this battle for us? After all, aside from Apple, they are complying with the surveillance state more often than not.

The issue at hand is how much intrusion into our private lives we will tolerate. How much longer will we allow the hobgoblins of so-called terrorism and crime to be used to justify secret spying for unknown purposes?

We are being conditioned to accept this as the new normal. Death, taxes, endless war, total surveillance . . . the new inevitability, perhaps, but more comparable to a prison than to a free society.

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Shane Smith is a freelance writer with an economics background, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma. This article originally appeared on the website Red Dirt Report.




Modern-Day ‘Operation Gladio’ in France?

• “You were supposed to attack civilians, women, children, innocent people outside the political arena, for one simple reason—to force the Italian public to turn to the state and ask for greater security.

By Paul Craig Roberts —

Commentators who have learned to distrust official explanations have raised questions about the attack in Nice, France. It seems odd that a lone person driving a large truck can gain access to blocked-off areas where French people have assembled to watch Bastille Day fireworks. It’s also odd that the event is branded terrorism when the alleged perpetrator’s family says he was not religious with no religious motivation.

We will never know. Once again, the alleged perpetrator is dead and conveniently left behind his ID. It looks like a permanent state of martial law in France will be one consequence. This shutdown of society will also dispose of the protests against the repeal of France’s labor protections by capitalist puppet Francois Hollande. Those protesting the take-back of their hard-earned rights will be closed down under the martial law.

Amazing how convenient the attack was for global capitalism, the primary beneficiary of Hollande’s new “labor reform.”

This reminds many of Operation Gladio. Gladio is the codename for a secret North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operation set up by Washington after WWII as a result of fear that the Red Army would overrun Western Europe. Originally, Gladio consisted of hidden arms caches and an organization to conduct guerrilla war against the Soviet occupying army.

Instead of a Soviet invasion, the threat that emerged was the popularity of the Communist Party in France and especially Italy. Washington was fearful that communist parties would win enough votes to form a government and that Washington’s Western European Empire would be breached as these communist governments aligned with Moscow.

Consequently, Gladio was turned against the European communist parties. The Italian intelligence service, together with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), began bombing public places in Italy, such as the Bologna train station in which 285 people were killed, maimed, and otherwise wounded.

Gladio operative Vincenzo Vinciguerra first revealed the group’s existence during his 1984 trial for the bombing of the Bologna train station in 1980. Questioned about the Bologna bombing, Vinciguerra said, according to the Wikipedia entry on his name:

“There exists in Italy a secret force parallel to the armed forces, composed of civilians and military men, in an anti-Soviet capacity that is, to organize a resistance on Italian soil against a Russian army . . . a secret organization, a super-organization with a network of communications, arms and explosives, and men trained to use them . . . a super-organization which, lacking a Soviet military invasion which might not happen, took up the task, on NATO’s behalf, of preventing a slip to the left in the political balance of the country. This they did, with the assistance of the official secret services and the political and military forces.”

It was not until six years later, 1990, that the prime minister of Italy, Giulio Andreotti, officially acknowledged the existence of Gladio.

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Italian General Gerardo Serravalie commanded Italy’s participation in Gladio in the first half of the 1970s. Wikipedia reports that Serravalie testified that those responsible for planning and coordination “were the officers responsible for the secret structures of Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Italy. These representatives of the secret structures met every year in one of the capitals. . . . At the stay-behind meetings representatives of the CIA were always present.”

There were many bombings with many civilian casualties from the 1960s through the mid-1980s. Vinciguerra said in a YouTube video:

“You were supposed to attack civilians, women, children, innocent people outside the political arena, for one simple reason—to force the Italian public to turn to the state, turn to the regime, and ask for greater security. . . . This is the political logic behind all the bombings. They remain unpunished because the state cannot condemn itself.”



 

The bombings were blamed on communist terrorist groups, such as the Red Brigades and the Baader-Meinhof gang, groups that might have been real or invented intelligence covers to aid the discrediting of European communist parties.

In 1984, Judge Felice Casson reopened a 12-year-old case of a car bombing in Peteano, Italy. The judge found that the case had been falsified and blamed on the Red Brigades, but had actually been the work of the military secret service, Servizio Informazioni Difesa (SID), in conjunction with Ordine Nuovo, a right-wing organization created or co-opted by Gladio. The police official who falsified the investigation was sentenced to prison. Casson’s investigation concluded that the Peteano bombing was part of a series of bombings carried out by Gladio including the Milano Piazza Fontane bombing, which killed 16 and injured 80, and the 1980 Bologna railway station bombing, which killed 85 and injured 200.

Based on the Italian revelations, Belgian and Swiss governments undertook investigations of Gladio operations in those countries. The United States government has denied any participation in the bombings. However, Casson’s search of the archives of the Italian military secret service turned up proof of the existence of the Gladio network, and links to NATO and the U.S.

Western peoples whose democracies have degenerated into plutocracies are inoculated against the belief that the government would kill its own citizens. Clearly, they need to learn about Operation Gladio.

Is Operation Gladio still alive and well? The terror events of today are blamed on Muslims instead of on communists. Is it possible that the terror attacks in France and Belgium are modern-day Gladio operations?

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Turkey’s Stewardship of U.S. Nukes Troublesome; Whose Coup?

• Will U.S. nuclear arsenal be safe under Erdogan’s new Turkey?

By Richard Walker —

There are growing concerns that the ongoing purge of Turkey’s military, judiciary, and education system will last for months, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exploits the failed coup against him to rid his nation of secularists and transform it into a radical Islamic state.

He has already declared a three-month state of emergency in which his intelligence service will root out his enemies and hold show trials before newly appointed radical Islamic judges. Meanwhile the streets of Istanbul and other centers are being controlled by extreme Islamic elements. Academics from across the world are expected to return immediately to Turkey for screening, and academics in the country have been banned from leaving. He has also shut many private schools.

On the bright side, Turkey’s likely drift away from secularism will erode its relations with the European Union and weaken its ties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, there could be a new political alignment between Turkey and Russia and possibly the Assad government in Syria, which Turkey has been trying to overthrow.

Recently, Erdogan has made secret overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in what he hopes will be a reset of relations, something which is sure to place Turkey at odds with Washington.

While all of this can be linked to a failed military coup on July 15, it has to be acknowledged that Erdogan’s ambition has always been to make Turkey a deeply religious Islamic nation towering over the Middle East.

This raises an important question.

What is the U.S. going to do about the dozens of nuclear weapons it has stored in an underground facility at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base close to the Syrian border? These weapons, part of NATO’s Cold War arsenal intended to be used against Russia, are guarded by Turkish soldiers.

A European diplomat who preferred to remain anonymous told AMERICAN FREE PRESS that he believes, as do others in NATO, that in an ever-changing political environment in Turkey the nukes present a nightmare scenario for Washington.

“What if Turkey, or radical Islamists in the Turkish military, seized some of those nukes? What would Washington do?” he asked.

According to United States intelligence sources, the nuclear devices have been deactivated and specialist knowledge, as well as secret codes, would be required to make them operational. The diplomat said he did not find that kind of reasoning especially comforting.



 

This writer was in Turkey when the latest coup was launched. Thankfully I managed to drive through a small border crossing into Greece before Turkey sealed its borders with Bulgaria, Greece, and Russia. The next day, I was in Alexandroupolis, a village on the sea in Greece, close to the Turkish border, when a Black Hawk helicopter carrying six Turkish coup plotters seeking asylum in Greece passed overhead. It was escorted into Greek airspace by two jet fighters and landed at a tiny airport.

It could be argued that the political turmoil and terror attacks Turkey has suffered this year owe much to the West’s exploitation of its geographical proximity to Syria and Iraq. For years the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its Arab allies have used Turkey as a gateway to train, support, and transport terror groups into Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. The process has corrupted Turkey and destabilized its military.

But on a more fundamental level, Turkey’s internal battles between secularists and Islamists, and between the military and Erdogan, have created the fractures that led to the latest coup, an amateurish one by any standards because it lacked the backing of the entire senior military leadership.

Some have suggested it was a false-flag operation run by Erdogan since many of the soldiers who took part thought they were participating in an anti-terrorist operation. What struck this writer as particularly strange was how Erdogan within 24 hours of the coup was able to round up thousands of members of the judiciary and military. That showed he had lists of his enemies ready to pass to police and intelligence services in the event of such a scenario. He was so singularly well prepared that he called on the imams of mosques throughout the country to order people onto the streets. The call was answered by radical elements.

Erdogan has since pointed an accusing finger at Washington and has linked the coup to Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish cleric, scholar, and former politician who lives in exile in the U.S.

Gulen was once an ally of Erdogan, but they have been adversaries since 2008. Gulen runs a global organization with deep roots in Turkish society. According to Erdogan, those roots lead to the military, the judiciary, and the education system.

In the wake of the coup, many media outlets in the U.S. portrayed Gulen as a moderate imam, but when he and Erdogan were political buddies, they united in purging the Turkish military of its secular leaders.

The two later fell out over tactics rather than fundamentals.

Some believe Gulen has close ties to the CIA and has cultivated his moderate Muslim image for the benefit of Washington. It has even been reported that Gulen donated money to the Clinton Foundation.

As AFP goes to press, Turkey is a political mess. There are allegations that hundreds of Turkish citizens have been imprisoned, tortured, raped, and starved.

Should Erdogan succeed in his purge, secularism will likely die in Turkey. Of course, one cannot rule out another military coup since coups are in Turkey’s DNA.

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Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.

Who, What Behind Military Coup in Turkey?

• Failed coup offers Erdogan opportunity to purge critics, tighten grip on power

By Dr. Matthew Johnson

The July 2016 military coup in Turkey ended in failure, but a failure that seemed to exclusively benefit the ruling party. While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long kept a list of his political enemies to use at an expeditious time, this coup was, at least for now, a godsend for the beleaguered Turkish leader. That it was his own creation is a difficult argument to make only in the immense risks such a strategy entails.

That the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was in part behind this coup is highly unlikely, also, since a risky strategy with the main linchpin to a United States war footing in the Middle East is dependent on Turkish support. Excluding Turkey from NATO would be suicidal and would never happen voluntarily.

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Erdogan is aware of his country’s immense strategic importance. The coup did not succeed in winning any significant portion of the huge Turkish military, which begs the question as to why it began in the first place. Usually, this is decided beforehand.

Within a few hours after seizing parts of the capital, Erdogan, who just a year ago dealt with an attempted “color revolution” in those same streets, called on his supporters to “pour into the streets.” They obediently did so, fully confident in victory. Military coups, if serious, come into existence precisely to avoid this occurrence. No one stands in the way of tanks unless they’re certain they will not immediately be crushed.

Turkey is in a disastrous position internationally. Erdogan’s allies have alienated every major world power. NATO said the Turks were on their own against Russia after the infamous downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber aircraft. Relations with Russia have been disastrous since then. Turkey has also angered Iran due to its continuing support for the anti-Assad forces in Syria. Making matters worse, the U.S. backs the Kurds, which is a major area of disagreement with Turkey.



 

Russian sanctions on Turkey have been harsh. What was recently the world’s fastest growing economy is now shrinking. As Germany, Russia, and Iran are Turkey’s three largest trading partners, the coup does have legitimate foundations.

It is strange that the communications of the military during the coup itself never mentioned these issues. Erdogan’s blaming of the Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen for this coup diplomatically overlooks the more serious reasons for the desire for a radical change in government.

The president, in 2015, expressed some harsh words against Zionism. He stated in the opening of the 25th legislature: “I would like to mention that Israel’s ongoing practices in Jerusalem based on pressure, violence, and disrespect are dragging the region as well as the whole world into a dangerous situation. Israel pursues a very wrong policy by continuously violating the holiness of Al-Aqsa Mosque which is the first kiblah and Harem-I Sharif of Muslims.”

Given that Turkey is so essential to the U.S. and a long-time Israel supporter, such words certainly did not go unnoticed in Washington.

One of the strangest elements of this failed coup was the message sent by the plotters. Given that a coup entails tremendous risks to the conspirators, it is highly unlikely that they would issue such a bland, uninteresting statement.

The Syrian Free Press, a pro-Assad journal published in English, reprinted the Turkish conspirators’ “manifesto.” They aimed to “maintain all democratic rights and freedoms” while “honoring all present foreign commitments.” The purpose was to “ensure the rule of law” in Turkey. This is almost the entirety of the brief message, saying absolutely nothing and giving no indication as to why anyone would risk life and limb to support this coup.

Weakening Turkey could only benefit Russia and Syria. Overthrowing the present Turkish government would mean the possible restoration of relations with Russia and Iran. It would help rebuild the economy that Russian sanctions have harmed.

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Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson, an Orthodox priest and the author of several books, is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy, whose research focuses on ethnic nationalism, Eurasianism and the Orthodox tradition as forms of rebellion against globalism. He is a former professor of both history and political science at the University of Nebraska, Penn State University and Mount St. Mary’s University. The massive increase in writing on Russian politics over the last few years has granted him the honor of being one the most plagiarized men on the Internet.