Presidential Rape Allegations

The mainstream media cares only about the abuse of women if there’s a buck in it for them. That may explain why many don’t know about these alleged crimes by several American presidents.

By Donald Jeffries

In the wake of sexual harassment claims that rocked major U.S. industries including Hollywood and the mainstream media—colloquially known today as the #MeToo movement—it is interesting to consider how many U.S. presidents have been accused of literal rape over the years.

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In 1873, for example, Maria Halpin accused President Grover Cleveland of sexually assaulting her on the evening of Dec. 15 that year. In her affidavit, Halpin alleged that Cleveland sexually assaulted her “by use of force and violence and without my consent.” Halpin added that Cleveland “told me he was determined to ruin me if it cost him $10,000, if he was hanged by the neck for it. I then and there told him that I never wanted to see him again [and] commanded him to leave my room, which he did.”

Ms. Halpin became pregnant as a result of the assault, and the boy she gave birth to became the basis of the campaign slogan, “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa?” Cleveland and his powerful associates smeared Ms. Halpin as promiscuous and a drunk.

She was later thrown into the Providence Lunatic Asylum, and the child was taken from her and sent to an orphanage in Buffalo. Ms. Halpin died at age 66 in 1902, with $200 to her name, irreparably scandalized and wronged.

In Kitty Kelly’s 1991 book Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography, she reported the allegations of actress Selene Walters. Ms. Walters, a 19-year-old actress at the time, claimed that the then-41-year-old Reagan forced himself sexually on her during a date in 1952. This quintessential “date rape” stayed surprisingly under the radar, even after Walters reiterated her story in the April 29, 1991 issue of People magazine. Reagan was confronted by the press about the accusation just as Kelly’s book was being released. He was about to enter church at the time, and issued one of his trademark responses, “I don’t think a church would be the proper place to use the word I would have to use in discussing that.”

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Bill Clinton was accused of varying degrees of sexual harassment by many women. One of them, Juanita Broaddrick, claimed that, when Clinton was the governor of Arkansas, he had brutally raped her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1978. Four witnesses backed her story, including a nurse who treated her injuries. NBC News, to its eternal discredit, sat on the story for a year as the impeachment process unfolded, in an obvious attempt to save Clinton further negative publicity.

George W. Bush was accused of raping a black woman, Margie Schoedinger. Virtually the entire press, including abroad, ignored this story completely.

The only paper to cover it, in fact, was England’s New Nation, which represented London’s black community. Schoedinger told American journalist Jackson Thoreau that Bush himself had threatened to have her killed, and was quoted as saying, “People have to be held accountable for what they do and that is why I am pursuing this lawsuit.” Sadly, Ms. Schoedinger supposedly shot herself shortly thereafter.

Donald Trump, like Bill Clinton, has had myriad allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him. The most serious of these was from a woman known only as Jane Doe, who accused Trump and fellow billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (convicted of soliciting underage girls for prostitution) of raping her when she was a 13-year-old aspiring model. She dropped her lawsuit against Trump in November 2016 on the eve of the presidential election.

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Jane Doe failed to show up for a Los Angeles press conference, allegedly out of tremendous fear. Her attorney Lisa Bloom cited “numerous threats” against her client. Jane Doe herself had quoted Trump as threatening to have her and her family “physically harmed, if not killed,” if she didn’t keep quiet. She also claimed that Trump responded to her screams of protest by striking her in the face and screaming that he would do what he wanted.

It appears that the mainstream media really isn’t worried about rape allegations against presidents unless exposing them can increase their ratings—and thus their profits—or help them to ruin a president they don’t like.

Donald Jeffries is a highly respected author and researcher whose work on the JFK, RFK, and MLK assassinations and other high crimes of the deep state has been read by millions of people across the world. Jeffries is also the author of two books currently being sold by AFP, Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics and  Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All.

In Spies Battle, Trump Holds the High Ground

Former intelligence officers have a First Amendment right to criticize the president and call him whatever names they choose. But holding a security clearance is not a right; it is “a privilege, an honor and a necessity for those serving in the security agencies of the U.S. government—while they serve.”

By Patrick J. Buchanan

In backing John Brennan’s right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seemed to recognize that Sunday when he conceded that ex-CIA Director Brennan had the subtlety of “a freight train” and his rhetoric had become “an issue in and of itself.”

After Donald Trump’s Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, Brennan had called the president’s actions “nothing short of treasonous.”

The battle is now engaged. Trump cannot back down. He must defy and defeat the old bulls of the intel community. And he can.

For a security clearance is not a right. It is not an entitlement.

It is a privilege, an honor and a necessity for those serving in the security agencies of the U.S. government—while they serve.

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Brennan is not being deprived of his First Amendment rights. He can still make any accusation and call the president any name he wishes.

But to argue that a charge of treason against a president is not a justification for pulling a clearance is a claim both arrogant and absurd.

Again, a security clearance is not a constitutional right.

Said Defense Secretary James Mattis: “I have taken security clearances away from people in my previous time in uniform . . . a security clearance is something that is granted on an as-needed basis.”

Brennan is now threatening to sue the president. Bring it on, says national security adviser John Bolton.

With 4 million Americans holding top-secret clearances, and this city awash in leaks to the media from present and past intel and security officials, it is time to strip the swamp creatures of their special privileges.

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The White House should press upon Congress a policy of automatic cancellation of security clearances, for intelligence and military officers, upon resignation, retirement or severance.

Clearances should be retained only for departing officers who can demonstrate that their “need to know” national secrets remains crucial to our security, not merely advantageous to their pursuit of lucrative jobs in the military-industrial complex.

Officials in the security realm who take clearances with them on leaving office are like House members who retain all the access, perks and privileges of Congress after they step down to earn seven-figure salaries lobbying their former congressional colleagues.

The White House statement of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on John Brennan’s loss of his clearances was spot on:

“Any access granted to our nation’s secrets should be in furtherance of national, not personal, interests.

“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations—wild outbursts on the Internet and television—about this administration. Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets, and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.”

Trump is said to be evaluating pulling the security clearances of Clapper, ex-FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

This is a good start. Some of these individuals have been fired. Some are under investigation. Some were involved in the FBI’s “get-Trump” cabal to prevent his election and then to abort his presidency.

Some have become talking heads on cable TV, exploiting the credibility of their former titles and offices to undermine an elected president.

Again, they have a First Amendment right to do this. But they should be stripped of their clearances to show the nation that the president is dealing with insiders who have joined the Resistance.

At bottom, the issue is: Who speaks for America?

Is it the mainstream media, the deep state, the permanent government, the city that gave Trump 4% of its votes? Or is it that vast slice of Middle America that sent Trump to drain the swamp?

Trump’s enemies, and they are legion, want to see Robert Mueller charge him with collusion with Russia and obstructing the investigation of that collusion. They want to see the Democratic Party take over the House in November, and the Senate, and move on to impeach and remove Trump from office. Then they want to put him where Paul Manafort sits today.

For Trump, a truce or a negotiated peace with these people is never going to happen. But this issue of security clearances is a battlefield where the president cannot lose, if he fights wisely.

Americans sense that these are privileges that should be extended to those who protect us, not perks for former officials to exploit and monetize while they attempt to bring down the commander in chief.

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and previous titles including The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? and Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, all available from the AFP Online Store.


The Dems’ Tyrannical Plan to ‘Cleanse’ the Internet

Under a plan being promoted by Senate Democrats to “protect” Americans from so-called disinformation, tech companies would be forced to ban dissident thoughts lest the companies be held liable. Numerous social media sites seem to be leading the way even before regulations are developed.  

By John Friend

Senate Democrats have outlined a tyrannical plan for combating so-called fake news and purported “foreign meddling” in America’s electoral process in a recently circulated memo calling for tougher regulation of the tech industry.

Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), a top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a memo that was recently obtained by “Axios,” a media outlet founded by a group of reporters formerly connected to Washington daily newspaper Politico, which offered recommendations to the government for combating disinformation, fake news, and other supposed problems posed by the rise of social media and large tech companies.

The white paper, entitled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” recommends that large social media platforms introduce mandatory location and identity verification tools which require users to authenticate their geographical origin and identity.

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The paper also recommends that media platforms be held legally liable for “defamation, invasion of privacy, false light, and public disclosure of private facts” on their platform.

“The size and reach of these platforms demand that we ensure proper oversight, transparency and effective management of technologies that in large measure undergird our social lives, our economy, and our politics,” the paper argues. “The hope is that the ideas enclosed here stir the pot and spark a wider discussion—among policymakers, stakeholders, and civil society groups—on the appropriate trajectory of technology policy in the coming years.”

The release of the controversial memo comes as a number of conservative and independent media outlets face increasing levels of censorship by some of the largest tech companies operating today. American Free Press has certainly taken repeated hits from tech companies as well as banking giants going after AFP’s sales on the Internet. Many extreme right-wing websites, such as the “Daily Stormer,” as well as leading figures in the alt-right movement, such as Richard Spencer, have felt the tyrannical effects of online censorship and de-platforming.

Now, under pressure from a variety of subversive lobbying organizations, left-wing agitators, and even large corporations, some of the world’s leading tech firms and social media platforms have outright censored Alex Jones and his popular “InfoWars” media outlet.

Earlier this week, YouTube, Facebook, and Apple announced they were removing content related to Alex Jones and “InfoWars” from their platforms for so-called “hate speech” and other alleged violations of the platforms’ terms of service.

Additionally, libertarian and anti-war activists, including Scott Horton, the editorial director of “,” and Daniel McAdams, the director of the Ron Paul Institute, had their Twitter accounts suspended.

Critics argue that tech giants have unfairly targeted conservatives and other right-leaning commentators and independent media outlets, though some left-wing groups and individuals have been hit hard as well.

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In a powerful op-ed published by Fox News, Nigel Farage argued that the recent censorship of Jones “represents a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media history.”

“These platforms that claim to be ‘open’ and in favor of ‘free speech’ are now routinely targeting—whether by human intervention or not—the views and expressions of conservatives and anti-globalists,” the former British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party argued.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reaffirmed its support for a newly hired editorial board member with a long history of extreme anti-white statements posted to the Internet, which were recently exposed by social media users following the announcement of her hiring. Sarah Jeong, a technology reporter, was recently promoted to the Times’s editorial board. Her ugly social media posts, which denigrated and targeted white people specifically, are apparently acceptable to not only her employer but also the very same social media platforms shutting down and censoring conservatives for alleged “hate speech.”

Many have called on President Trump to act to ensure large social media outlets do not unfairly target their political opponents, which is clearly the intention of many of these companies.

John Friend is a freelance author based in California.

Former Georgia Rep. Says D.C. ‘Occupied by Zionists’

Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) talked with AFP’s Dave Gahary about Israel’s influence on Washington, D.C. and the pledge AIPAC expects legislators to take—something she knows all about from her 12 years in office.

By Dave Gahary

In the shadow of the more than 500,000 Americans who are homeless on any one night, Congress is poised to give the Zionist state of Israel $38 billion over the next decade—more than half of all direct military aid the U.S. provides worldwide—forcing many Americans to ask who really controls the levers of power in this once-great nation.

One of those Americans, former Rep. Cynthia Ann McKinney (D-Ga.)—currently an educator, as well as an anti-war and human rights activist—knows more than most who’s in charge, and for those who still think it’s their president, senators, or representative, it’s time to smell the coffee.

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Ms. McKinney—who earned her Ph.D.—sat down with this reporter for an hour-long candid discussion of the power of Israel in the United States. She is one of several U.S. politicians targeted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for not being sufficiently servile to the Mideast state, and who lived to tell about it, specifically about the pledge of allegiance to Israel all U.S. politicians are forced to sign if they want any real chance at reelection.

AIPAC targeted Ms. McKinney for termination for her refusal to sign “the pledge,” but many other politicians weren’t as lucky, like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“He’s in prison not because he had a conversation,” explained Ms. McKinney. “It’s because of his appointment to the Senate. The Israel-first people had their candidate he was supposed to appoint to the Senate, and he didn’t do that . . . and they sought their revenge. That is the underlying reason for his prosecution.”

She continued: “You can cite as an example to Rep. Jim Traficant. They’ve got a whole trail of people who have been in prison. You can go to Bob Ney from Ohio. You can go to Curt Weldon; he didn’t go to prison, but he got kicked out, with an FBI raid, just because he talked about 9/11. So, you’ve got a trail of detritus, the carcasses of politically dead politicians—with my carcass there as well—for the vultures to feed on.”

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Ms. McKinney first detailed “the pledge”—a result of President George H.W. Bush’s defiance of AIPAC—on a PressTV episode, which she elaborated upon to this reporter. “The pledge was a piece of paper that was faxed to my home,” she said, unabashedly sent from AIPAC. Its demands were clearly listed. “I only remember the first three,” she said.

“There were five or seven. I can’t remember.” Jerusalem is the capital, the military superiority of Israel, and economic assistance were the three that stood out, she said. “The third one that I remember was about keeping the levels of aid consistent with Israel’s request,” she explained, “so that I would not vote for aid levels to go down.”

“In other words, do everything that Israel wants?” asked this reporter.

“Yes,” she answered. American-Jewish politicians did AIPAC’s dirty work, with Congress resembling more the German Democratic Republic’s Volkskammer (unicameral legislature) than the bastion of representative democracy.

“You knew when there were these certain point people,” she explained, “and when those point people [Ben Cardin, Eliot Engle, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Ackerman] authored legislation, you knew that was AIPAC’s making, and they were also in the room taking notes on who said what during the deliberations of the bill.”

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Ms. McKinney recalled a time when AIPAC’s authorship of a bill was exposed. “There was a letter or bill or something that AIPAC had sent over to one of the congressional offices,” she explained, “and the congressional office was not savvy enough to erase the original title, which was AIPAC’s. Then that became like a little mini-firestorm, but there is no such thing as a real firestorm with AIPAC, because they are able to suppress everything.”

Ms. McKinney lasted through six terms without ever signing the pledge. “I was offended by it,” she said. “My entire 12 years in Congress was bumping up against these people who controlled everything. They literally controlled the budget process; what got in the budget, what got a line item.” Ms. McKinney explained how AIPAC uses “the pledge” to control Congress. “I would get a call and the person on the other end of the phone would say, ‘I want to do a fundraiser for you,’” she explained. “And then we would get into the planning. I would get really excited because you have to have money in order to run a campaign. And then two weeks, three weeks into the planning they would say, ‘Did you sign the pledge?’ And then I would say, ‘No, I didn’t sign the pledge,’ and then my fundraiser would go kaput.”

She added: “The Zionist, Israel-first money is what underpins the Republican and the Democratic parties.”

She then described how it’s done. “The way it works is that the pro-Israel money is in your environmental PAC [political action committee], is in your labor union PACs, is in your corporate PACs,” she explained. “It’s across the board.”

Ms. McKinney, who never took a “free” trip to Israel, remains unapologetic. “The U.S. national interest is not equivalent to the Israeli national interest,” she stated.

“Is the U.S. a Zionist occupied government?” asked this reporter.

“Yeah, yeah, for sure,” she chuckled.

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.

Israel’s Military Strategy a Failure

The Zionist state refuses to abandon its dream of gobbling up the territory of neighbors in its never-ending pursuit of Greater Israel.  

By Richard Walker

The failure of the coordinated efforts of the West, its Arab allies, and Israel to redraw the map of the Middle East by forcing regime change in Syria has exposed Israel’s declining power across the region.

Russia’s intervention in the Syrian war on the side of Syria’s government turned the tide against ISIS, al Qaeda, and the al-Nusra Front who received arms, intelligence, and training from the West and its allies, especially Britain, France, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. It also placed a spotlight on a regime change policy that had all the hallmarks of a neoconservative agenda that risked helping Israel find an excuse to go to war with Hezbollah in Lebanon and provoke a major confrontation with Iran that would drag in Western powers.

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Israel has been advocating for regime change in Syria from the days of the Bush-Cheney administration. It convinced Vice President Dick Cheney that Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran were ripe for a campaign to overthrow their leaders. Cheney saw to it that Syria was at the top of a regime hit list drawn up in the Pentagon and in the smoke-filled rooms of big corporate donors in Washington.

The reason Syria featured so prominently was because of Israel’s undue influence in Washington politics and its determination to hold on to the Golan Heights, which it illegally seized and has continued to hold since the 1967 Six-Day War. The Golan Heights was and, according to international law, remains Syrian territory that Israel is exploiting for military and financial gains.

From the time it seized the Golan Heights, Israel has been determined not to lose it. To that end, it has plotted to weaken Bashar al-Assad’s government and to advocate in Washington for a plot to put in place a pro-Western Syrian government that would never question Israel’s Golan occupation.

During this latest regime change war in Syria, Israel secretly aided the al-Nusra Front and illegally bombed Syria. It has continued to do this as the war winds down. Israel has also made every effort to drag Hezbollah and Iran into a shooting war, but they have not taken the bait.

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Israel’s aim has been to widen the Syrian conflict so that Syria would be one of the dominoes to fall should the West be encouraged to join a wider war. The West, too, has no longer taken the bait and has decided that the regime-change effort was a disaster. Turkey was one of the first NATO nations to see the writing on the wall and moved closer to Russia, thereby ending its own efforts to unseat Assad.

In the past three years, as Israel has contemplated the possibility of the Assad government remaining in power, it has feared that Syria will eventually relaunch its rightful claim to the Golan Heights, with backing from Russia and China. This reality encouraged devious warmongers in the Israeli government like Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett to plot ways to ensure the Golan Heights can never be returned to Syria. Bennett wants to resettle over 100,000 Jews, many from Eastern Europe, in the Golan Heights, enabling Israel to eventually argue before the UN that it could not hand over an area populated by Jews to a non-Jewish regime.

Another strategy is the building of expanded military fortifications in the Golan Heights. An intelligence source in Moscow who spoke to American Free Press off the record warned that Israel may have put missiles with a nuclear capability in the Golan Heights.

“But you have no hope getting that confirmed,” the source added.

Netanyahu has long believed if Washington can be persuaded to publicly declare the Golan Heights Israeli territory the sovereignty issue will be over. He believes he has found a way to do that, knowing oil and gas provide a route map to Washington decision makers’ bank accounts and influence. When he learned that the Golan Heights held massive quantities of oil and gas, he made an unknown American company, Genie Energy in New Jersey, a partner to sharing in those riches, giving it the rights to explore 135 square miles of the Golan Heights. It was, of course, no ordinary little company. Its board membership tells you how powerful it could be in ensuring Israel gets what it seeks while Genie gets the energy riches. The board includes Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, former CIA director James Woolsey, and Larry Summers, the treasury secretary under Barack Obama.

It must, therefore, have come as a shock to Israel when Russia suddenly announced that it was entering the Golan controversy. On Aug. 2, Russia dispatched its military police to patrol the Golan Heights where it meets the border with Syria. The tactic was designed to stop Israel exploiting Islamist activity in the area to continue bombing the Syrian military.

Russia said its military police would operate eight command posts under a UN mandate to monitor the Golan Heights.

UN forces withdrew from the border area in 2012 fearing they were vulnerable. The Russian military appears to have no such fear. In a move sure to anger Netanyahu, Russia said it would transfer control of the command posts to the Syrian military when tensions eased.

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

Rather Covers for Fake News Media

Not surprising to readers who watched the “dishonest rise and notorious fall” of Dan Rather, the fraudulent journalist is now blasting Trump and supporting the establishment’s lying press.

By S.T. Patrick

When the mainstream media is attacked, it can always count on its own aging lions to protect the den. The barrels of former CBS news anchor Dan Rather’s ideological bully pulpit recently turned to President Donald Trump. In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Rather said Trump’s attacks on the media were “straight out of Orwell.” Rather also referred to Trump as an “authoritarian” and someone who believes that “the one and only truth comes from him.”

Ironically, but not surprisingly, Rather has built a career on portraying himself as an authority on major events and someone who should be trusted to relay truth to the American public. The problem with Rather’s career is that those dubious goals were diametrically opposed to the plot points of his dishonest rise and notorious fall.

Rather’s rise at CBS can be attributed to having been in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. However, his bungling of details also coincides with the same event. Rather was among a handful of reporters to have seen the Zapruder film the day after the assassination.

The American public at large would not view the film until March 6, 1975, when Robert Groden showed the “Z-Film” on an episode of “Good Night America” with Geraldo Rivera.

Upon Rather’s viewing, he rushed to air with the shocking description of what he had seen—a presidential head that “went forward with considerable violence.” As it turns out, both Oliver Stone and the writers of “Seinfeld” were more accurate than Rather when they described Kennedy’s head obviously jolting “back and to the left.”

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Rather also later reported that President Nixon was about to fire the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover and a top Vietnam official. These last two reports were later proven to be false. Rather was notorious for being one of the first storm-chasing reporters who would tie himself to a tree as a hurricane approached. Clutching the tree as if his life was in jeopardy, the moment of truth would inevitably come when a random elderly person would walk through the background, unaffected by the winds.

In 1980, Rather earned the critical nickname “Gunga Dan” from Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales for his over-dramatized walk across the Afghanistan border. Rather told America he was “risking his own safety.” The accompanying interpreter seemed wholly unaffected.

The fall of Rather occurred when he, once again, jumped the gun on news—and truth—by reporting false information about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard Service in Texas. This was the end for an overdramatic news anchor who always fancied himself as “hard news.” Today,

Rather still brandishes a reporter’s notebook that can be used at any moment if his AXS-TV interviewees—such as Kid Rock or Crystal Gayle—need to share any information on deep background.

Rather had mastered fake news before “Fake News” was a hip criticism. And while he was a maestro, he was not a solo act. In 1993, NBC had to settle a defamation suit with General Motors when its cornerstone “Dateline NBC” program rigged a fiery crash. After the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, NBC massacred alleged bomber Richard Jewell in a trial-by-media outbreak that was nothing short of omnipresent—and false. Rather’s CBS News broadcasts followed NBC’s lead. Despite doubts, all three networks (and all of the cable outlets) aired false reports on the death of Pat Tillman and the faux-heroic story of Army private Jessica Lynch in Iraq.

New journalists at old media encampments are told by the Rathers of the world that the mainstream media is reliable, and social media giants like Facebook are told that these same media organizations should be the arbiters of fact.

A December Washington Post headline may tell the sad truth of media believability. The headline read “Polls Show Americans Distrust the Media. But Talk to Them, and It’s a Very Different Story.” When you ask an individual American about their trust in the mainstream media, they will most likely describe their negative view of the MSM. But like similar polls about trusting politicians, they will blast the national media while exhibiting faith in their local media or their favorite mainstream national media outlet. And while distrusting media is a commonplace opinion, media sources are still regularly cited when one person wants to prove the veracity of an event to another person.

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“I just saw it on the news!” still holds considerable weight in a personal debate. One of the largest hurdles still faced by the consuming public is the idea of partisanship in news. Much of the public distrust in national news outlets has to do with a perceived partisan bias held by the media outlet. A Fox News diehard has serious reservations about CNN, MSNBC, and The Washington Post. A nightly CBS News viewer distrusts Fox News, National Review, and The Weekly Standard. In holding either view, the consumer fails to understand that on large, overarching issues, all major media in America functions on one accord. They are pro-war; they favor the financial and media elite; they unflinchingly trust government spokesmen, retired military officers, and establishment historians; and they always favor Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, Big Education, Big Finance, and the biggest lies in the history profession. On these issues, Fox News and MSNBC agree. Therefore, how can one be trusted and the other be reviled?

To find a news outlet that challenges the state-sponsored media dictates that are shared by all mainstream outlets, a consumer has to look toward the alternative media. The mainstream media is in a death spiral, accelerated by their own refusal to report critically on the most difficult stories, trends, and ideas of our time. A viewer’s or a reader’s time and money are the only vote they have regarding their media.

Real change requires an absolute change in lifestyle. To affect the reliability and the availability in trustworthy media, it is imperative that consumers support those alternative media outlets they find valuable. Like any failed idea, collapsing company, or crumbling empire, the mainstream’s frustrated loyalists (e.g., Rather) will sound their horns until the last noise is made. And if there is to be a true change in the American media, the final blow of the trumpet will permeate an empty forest and, thus, will not make a sound.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent 10 years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News Show.” His email is 

President Gets 9/11 Memo, But Will He Respond to It?

A group of 27 scholars have united in writing “Memoranda to the President” to demand Trump expose the truth of 9/11 this year. Will he respond? This compilation of writings is now available from the AFP Online Store (details below).

By Kevin Barrett

“God Bless America and God Bless Donald Trump.” So begins a collection of memos to President Donald Trump by 27 experts on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The presidential briefing on 9/11 was organized by Robert David Steele, a former CIA Clandestine Services Officer and founder of the Open Source Intelligence movement. Contributors include David Ray Griffin, widely considered the unofficial dean of 9/11 studies, Peter Dale Scott, the University of California-Berkeley professor emeritus who popularized the term “deep state,” Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and two dozen others including yours truly.

Steele knows people close to Trump and believes the president will “get the memo.” In a recent radio interview, Steele said:

I’ve written a letter of transmittal to the president that focuses on what’s in the book and what he can do next. It’s about six pages long. I would say the chances of [President Trump] reading that memo are 80% or better. The chances of his getting a one-page summary are 95%. The chances of his actually getting the binder are probably down around 60%. The chances of his reading all the memos are in the 40% range. The bottom line is that Donald Trump knows this book has been published. He knows this book exists. He knows this book is calling him out on fulfilling his promise to get to the bottom of 9/11. And so I’ve presented him with something he cannot ignore as he goes toward his planned speech on the 11th of September this year.

Though the mainstream fake news media constantly attacks Trump’s “conspiracy theories,” it never mentions the president’s most explosive campaign promise: Elect Trump and “you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center.” Donald Trump made that promise on Feb. 15, 2006 to a cheering crowd in Bluffton, S.C. Why isn’t the media holding Trump’s feet to the fire on this astounding promise—if only to further demonize him? Perhaps because the people who control the media are terrified that Trump might actually act on it? Or perhaps because they know how obvious it is that the World Trade Center was blown to kingdom come with high explosives, so they don’t want to draw attention to the issue?

The media’s treasonous participation in the 9/11 cover-up underlines the truth of Trump’s charge that mainstream newspapers and TV channels are purveyors of fake news. The MSM’s false and libelous claim that radical Muslims were responsible for 9/11, when, in fact, the deed was done by Israeli agents and their treasonous American accomplices, is the biggest fake news story ever concocted.

The fake news 9/11 official story is a racist lie. It directly triggered the murder of 32 million Muslims worldwide, according to avoidable mortality expert Gideon Polya. The racist assault on the Muslim world, whose major beneficiary is Israel, has created a flood of tens of millions of refugees that has overwhelmed Turkey, Pakistan, and various European nations. Yet the murderous, racist, genocidal 9/11-lie-purveying MSM says its truthseeking critics are the racists. It should cast out the beam in its own eye before worrying about the mote in the other side’s.

Trump could use 9/11 truth as a “nuclear option” to blow up the entire deep state and its lapdog media. But he would need the support of a dedicated core of patriots in the military and law enforcement communities. Whether that patriotic core has reached critical mass yet is an open question.

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The contributors to Steele’s Memorandums for the President on 9/11 certainly hope that it has. Among them are ex-insider whistleblowers Tom-Scott Gordon, Susan Lindauer, and Scott Bennett.

Gordon was part of a team that documented the need to demolish the World Trade Center by 2007 at the latest, due to structural flaws, corrosion, and asbestos. Conventional, legal demolition would have been prohibitively expensive. 9/11 provided “urban renewal by other means.”

Ms. Lindauer was a CIA asset reporting to Case Officer Richard Fuisz. Both knew about 9/11 in advance but weren’t given full details. On Sept. 11, 2001, Ms. Lindauer was on the phone with Fuisz. According to Lindauer, as they both watched the explosive demolitions of the towers on television, Fuisz flew into a rage, screaming “the goddamn Israelis!”

Bennett, a U.S. Army counter-terrorism officer working out of the Joint Interagency Operations Center at U.S. Central Command, was ordered to investigate Booz Allen Hamilton’s Terrorist Financing Operations Director, Rabbi Dov Zakheim—the comptroller of the Pentagon on 9/11, when $2.3 trillion went missing. What Bennett found implicates Zakheim and others in high treason.

These and other 9/11 whistleblowers could help Trump finish off the deep state. Mr. President, are you listening?

Kevin Barrett, Ph.D., is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. From 1991 through 2006, Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin. In 2006, however, he was attacked by Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions. Since 2007, Dr. Barrett has been informally blacklisted from teaching in American colleges and universities. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, public speaker, author, and talk radio host. He lives in rural western Wisconsin.

America’s Lengthening Enemies List

Buchanan asks, “How many quarrels, conflicts and wars, and with how many adversaries, can even the mighty United States sustain?” Good question, given the list of conflicts in which we’re now embroiled.

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Friday, deep into the 17th year of America’s longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar.

The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle.

“As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to soar on Sunday,” The Wall Street Journal reported, “hospitals were spilling over with dead bodies, corpses lay in Ghazni’s streets, and gunfire and shelling were preventing relatives from reaching cemeteries to bury their dead.”

In Yemen Monday, a funeral was held in the town square of Saada for 40 children massacred in an air strike on a school bus by Saudis or the UAE, using U.S.-provided planes and bombs.

“A crime by America and its allies against the children of Yemen,” said a Houthi rebel leader.

Yemen is among the worst humanitarian situations in the world, and in creating that human-rights tragedy, America has played an indispensable role.

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The U.S. also has 2,000 troops in Syria. Our control, with our Kurd allies, of that quadrant of Syria east of the Euphrates is almost certain to bring us into eventual conflict with a regime and army insisting that we get out of their country.

As for our relations with Turkey, they have never been worse.

President Erdogan regards our Kurd allies in Syria as collaborators of his own Kurdish-terrorist PKK. He sees us as providing sanctuary for exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan says was behind the attempted coup in 2016 in which he and his family were targeted for assassination.

Last week, when the Turkish currency, the lira, went into a tailspin, President Trump piled on, ratcheting up U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel. If the lira collapses and Turkey cannot meet its debt obligations, Erdogan will lay the blame at the feet of the Americans and Trump.

Which raises a question: How many quarrels, conflicts and wars, and with how many adversaries, can even the mighty United States sustain?

In November, the most severe of U.S. sanctions will be imposed on Iran. Among the purposes of this policy: Force as many nations as possible to boycott Iranian oil and gas, sink its economy, bring down the regime.

Iran has signaled a possible response to its oil and gas being denied access to world markets. This August, Iranian gunboats exercised in the Strait of Hormuz, backing up a regime warning that if Iranian oil cannot get out of the Gulf, the oil of Arab OPEC nations may be bottled up inside as well. Last week, Iran test-fired an anti-ship ballistic missile.

Iran has rejected Trump’s offer of unconditional face-to-face talks, unless the U.S. first lifts the sanctions imposed after withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

With no talks, a U.S. propaganda offensive underway, the Iranian rial sinking and the economy sputtering, regular demonstrations against the regime, and new sanctions scheduled for November, it is hard to see how a U.S. collision with Tehran can be avoided.

This holds true as well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Last week, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia for its alleged role in the nerve-agent poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury.

Though the U.S. had already expelled 60 Russian diplomats for the poisoning, and Russia vehemently denies responsibility—and conclusive evidence has not been made public and the victims have not been heard from—far more severe sanctions are to be added in November.

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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is warning that such a U.S. move would cross a red line: “If . . . a ban on bank operations or currency use follows, it will amount to a declaration of economic war. . . . And it will warrant a response with economic means, political means and, if necessary, other means.”

That the sanctions are biting is undeniable. Like the Turkish lira and Iranian rial, the Russian ruble has been falling and the Russian people are feeling the pain.

Last week also, a U.S. Poseidon reconnaissance plane, observing China’s construction of militarized islets in the South China Sea, was told to “leave immediately and keep out.”

China claims the sea as its national territory.

And North Korea’s Kim Jong Un apparently intends to hold onto his arsenal of nuclear weapons.

“We’re waiting for the North Koreans to begin the process of denuclearization, which they committed to in Singapore and which they’ve not yet done,” John Bolton told CNN last week.

A list of America’s adversaries here would contain the Taliban, the Houthis of Yemen, Bashar Assad of Syria, Erdogan’s Turkey, Iran, North Korea, Russia and China—a pretty full plate.

Are we prepared to see these confrontations through, to assure the capitulation of our adversaries? What do we do if they continue to defy us?

And if it comes to a fight, how many allies will we have in the battles and wars that follow?

Was this the foreign policy America voted for?

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and previous titles including The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? and Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, all available from the AFP Online Store.


Soros Wants to Pick Supreme Court Judges

In his attempt to keep Congress from confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, thus shifting the court away from its current progressive stance, the billionaire Bolshevik is dumping big bucks into smear campaigns to get Democrats elected. 

By Mark Anderson

A group called Demand Justice (DJ) has popped up on the scene—armed with oodles of funding derived mostly from internationalist multi-billionaire seditionist George Soros. DJ’s goal is to taint public discourse and stop Congress from confirming President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, a well-qualified former D.C. circuit judge, pledged not to legislate from the bench and said he will rule according to an “originalist” interpretation of the Constitution, in keeping with the objective textual meaning established by the nation’s framers.

This gives hardened leftists like those in DJ a rather severe case of the ideological jitters, since “progress” from a leftist-progressive viewpoint requires a judiciary that will subjectively read things into the Constitution that simply aren’t there. Absent an activist court, some of the left’s most sacred cows, such as unfettered access to abortion—especially since confirming Kavanaugh evidently would create the most conservative-leaning Supreme Court in history—would be at risk of being gored.

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DJ, organized and financed by a 501(c)(4) named the Sixteen Thirty Fund, was formed this past spring. The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), one of Soros’s primary donation vehicles, contributed about $2.2 million to the Sixteen Thirty Fund between 2012 and 2016 according to documents posted by “” The fund has financial statements on file that show just three contributors accounted for 70%—or about $11.5 million—of the fund’s total donations and grant revenue. Disclosure forms filed in 2016 present similar facts.

According to the OSPC’s tax forms, the Soros group “gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the [Sixteen Thirty Fund] each year between 2012 and 2016, the last year in which records are publicly accessible. The [OSPC] gave the fund $350,000 in 2012; $772,000 in 2013; $125,000 in 2014; $550,000 in 2015; and $481,483 in 2016,” the news website “” noted.

As if Soros’s money isn’t enough of a problem, DJ’s staffers include alumni from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and from the Obama administration—strongly indicating that the deranged former secretary of state and her former White House boss simply won’t accept her 2016 loss and are working through DJ to upset Trump’s agenda in the judicial arena. Accordingly, DJ reportedly plans to put $5 million behind a multi-platform effort to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Television ads will promote embattled Democratic Senate incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia who face competitive Republican challengers this November.

DJ also will run ads in Alaska and Maine, urging GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to oppose Kavanaugh, because Collins and Murkowski have parted ways with their party on the Obamacare federal health-insurance repeal as well as federal funding for abortion provider and accused baby-parts peddler Planned Parenthood.

The TV spots will “urge the senators to protect abortion access by withholding support for nominees [like Kavanaugh] who oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” “” added.

Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving editor.

AFP Introduces All-New ‘China-Free’ Vitamin C

By AFP Staff

Following on the heels of recent news that, once again, a Chinese company has been busted making and selling products that are laced with deadly carcinogens, American Free Press is now selling in its online store vitamin C that is made outside of China.

In early July, The European Medicines Agency announced that its researchers had learned a Chinese biotech firm by the name of Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals was selling blood pressure and heart medication with the active ingredient valsartan that was found to be laced with a carcinogen. Health authorities in Europe and the United States have issued mandatory recalls for the medication, citing concerns that the vital medicine could sicken or even kill those who take it.

According to The Epoch Times, the medicines “contain an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that is carcinogenic.”

The recall reportedly affects 2,300 batches of valsartan that were sold to 20 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Though the toxic medication from China was not sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is still not taking any chances and issued its own recall in the U.S.

China is notorious for making and selling poison products. According to reports, in the past few years, 60% of recalls for products in the U.S. have involved Chinese-made products. These include toothpaste, cosmetics, pet food, drywall, car tires, even children’s toys.

Just this week U.S. news headlines are cautioning parents to steer clear of certain school supplies after the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that one brand of crayons—sold at one of the discount chains where many of today’s cash-strapped parents are looking for deals on ever-rising costs of back-to-school necessities—contain asbestos. In its recently released 2018 ”Safer School Supplies Shopping Guide,” U.S. PIRG reports phthalates and other dangerous chemicals have been found in other products, from 3-ring binders to erasers.

Why the United States continues to allow imports from China is beyond any of us, since the country cannot be trusted to maintain quality control of products its companies manufacture. Obviously that day will never come, so it is advised to avoid products that are made in China whenever possible.

There are always other options available.

Since China reportedly makes 95% of the vitamin C that is sold to all different brands of vitamin makers, it is almost guaranteed that any supplement you buy in stores or on the Internet will contain Chinese vitamin C. The keyword here, however, is “almost.” American Free Press is now partnering with Inteligent Vitamin C, which makes its supplements from a vitamin C that is manufactured in Scotland.

Sure, you may have to pay a few more dollars for clean products than for the cheap Chinese versions, but how much is your health—and your family’s health—worth to you? We would say it is worth paying an extra $10 a month for high-quality, safe, nontoxic vitamins.

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Unite the Right 2 Peaceful Rally Scheduled

Jason Kessler, the organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, has scheduled “Unite the Right 2” to take place August 12 in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.

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Attendees will assemble at 2:00 p.m. at the Vienna Metro Station in Vienna, Va., to travel to the parade entrance at Foggy Bottom Station.

At 5:00 p.m. there will be a parade march from Foggy Bottom Station to Lafayette Square, the seven-acre public park located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets NW.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. a demonstration will take place followed by transportation back to the Vienna Metro Station for disassembly.

Kessler has some very specific instructions on what attendees may and may not bring, the best way to travel, a code of behavior, accepted flags and sizes etc.

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Are Globalists Plotting a Counter-Revolution?

Today, writes Buchanan, “as tribalism and nationalism are making a comeback, it looks more like the transnational ‘New World Order’ may be headed for the dumpster. As long as Trump is in the White House and the party base is so viscerally behind him and his America-first agenda, a renunciation of tariffs or a return to globalism is dead.” But, he asks, what happens after Trump?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the EU drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.”

Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone?

We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore, and Arthur Laffer broke into the “Hallelujah” chorus of Handel’s “Messiah.”

“Amen,” they thundered in The New York Times.

Trump should declare “total trade disarmament” to be national policy and make free trade his “legacy” to America. Such a proclamation, they wrote, would assure Trump the “moral high ground” in the global debate and transform him from “evil disrupter of international commerce to potential savior.”

For free trade is always and ever a “win-win for trading partners.”

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To read the Times op-ed is to appreciate that what we are dealing with here is an ideology, a political religion, a creed, a cult.

For consider the fruits of free trade policy during the last 25 years: the frozen wages of U.S. workers, $12 trillion in U.S. trade deficits, 55,000 factories lost, 6 million manufacturing jobs gone, China surpassing the U.S. in manufacturing, all causing a backlash that pushed a political novice to the Republican nomination and into the presidency.

To maintain a belief in the superiority of free trade to economic patriotism, in the face of such results, is to recognize that this belief system is impervious to contradictory proof.

Still, the enduring enthusiasm of free trade zealots is not the only sign that GOP globalists, having learned nothing and forgotten nothing, are looking to a post-Trump era to resurrect their repudiated dogmas.

In USA Today, Jeffrey Miron, director of economic studies at the libertarian flagship think tank Cato Institute, wrote last week:

“The solution to America’s immigrant problems is open borders. . . . Open borders means no walls, fences, screenings at airports, ICE . . . deportations, detention centers or immigration courts.”

And what would happen after we declare open borders?

“Immigrants will not flood into America. . . . Crime will not skyrocket. . . . Even if values and culture change, so what? . . . Who says America’s current values—some of them deeply evil—are the right ones?”

Bottom line for Cato’s Miron: If we throw open America’s borders and invite the world to come in and to remake who we are as a nation, “Think about the money we could save and make.”

This is truly economics uber alles, economy before country.

Other open borders and free trade true believers have begun speaking out. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, a megadonor to the GOP, has just lashed out at Trump as “divisive” and denounced the “rise in protectionism.”

Nations, organizations, and individuals, said Koch, “are doing whatever they can to close themselves off from the new, hold onto the past, and prevent change.”

He added, “This is a natural tendency, but it is a destructive one.”

In a pair of tweets, Trump fired back:

“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. I made them richer.

“Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First and the American Worker—a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!”

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, are threatening to have their network, Americans for Prosperity, withhold funding from GOP candidates who echo Trump on immigration and trade.

The open borders, free trade ideology of the Kochs, the Cato Institute, and such supply-siders as Moore, Forbes, and Laffer, have deep roots in the Republican Party establishment.

Milton Friedman was of this school, as was the longtime editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, Bob Bartley, who for years pushed for a constitutional amendment declaring, “There shall be open borders.”

Bartley, somewhat prematurely, predicted that the nation-state was “finished” in the New World Order. Yet, today, as tribalism and nationalism are making a comeback, it looks more like the transnational “New World Order” may be headed for the dumpster.

As long as Trump is in the White House and the party base is so viscerally behind him and his America-first agenda, a renunciation of tariffs or a return to globalism is dead.

But what happens after Trump? Who and what comes next?

Republican recidivism—a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Bush Republicans—would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.

Yet, while these ideas have lost Middle America, they are alive and well among the establishment elites of both parties, who have also not given up on a foreign policy of using America’s economic and military power to attempt to convert mankind to democracy.

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever and previous titles including The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? and Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, all available from the AFP Online Store.


Trump Criticizes Bankers’ Policies

President Trump has unnerved the powers-that-be by breaking an unwritten rule: He’s questioning the decisions of the parasites at the Federal Reserve. He will potentially fill six of the seven Fed governors positions by the end of his first term in office. 

By Mark Anderson

President Trump had already said and done enough to unnerve the powers-that-be on various fronts—from hedging on free-trade deals to making bold foreign-policy strides with North Korea and Russia—when he upped the ante even further July 19, speaking out against the Federal Reserve central bank that’s seen by worshipful monopoly capitalists and their media cohorts as being too kingly for presidential criticism.

Most interestingly, in the wake of the president’s nomination of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court—which the dominant political-media establishment fears will pack the court to Trump’s liking for decades to come—there also are grave concerns among those in the same crowd that the president will soon reconstitute the Federal Reserve Board in his image to prevent further interest-rate hikes. Trump sees rate hikes as highly detrimental to his ambitious economic-growth plans, concerning jobs, infrastructure renewal, and U.S. manufacturing.

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On July 20, right after Trump complained that the Fed’s interest-rate increases are hurting the economy, Richard Bove of CNBC—one of many Fed apologists in the “mediasphere” who quickly leapt to the Fed’s defense—noted, “Trump will have the opportunity to fashion the central bank in the image he would like, as he has four vacancies to fill on the board of governors. The result could be a more politicized Fed.”

Bove, looking at this matter from Trump’s perspective, added, “President Donald Trump has multiple reasons as to why he should take control of the Federal Reserve. He will do so both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so. The president is anti-overregulating American industry. The Fed is a leader in pushing stringent regulation on the nation. By raising interest rates and stopping the growth in the money supply, [the Fed] stands in the way of further growth in the American economy.”

Bove also acknowledged: “The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. . . . [I]t is possible that six of the seven board members will be put in place by Trump.”

The Dodd-Frank Act’s 2010 passage increased the Fed’s power by giving it sweeping authority to regulate the banking industry. The Fed began to penalize banks that disobeyed its new rules, including determining which loans were desirable to approve and which weren’t, along with dictating how much banks could pay out for investors’ dividends. The Fed also crippled lending in the housing market. Trump, as an opponent of over-regulation, wants to rectify this situation.

The CNBC host conceded what many in the alternative media, including this AFP writer, have been saying all along: It’s a myth that the Fed overloads the mainstream money supply to cause price inflation, when, in fact, raising interest rates increases the cost of borrowing and burdens small businesses and consumers with higher debt-servicing costs for lines of credit, credit cards, car loans, some mortgages, consumer loans etc. Higher borrowing costs for businesses translate into higher prices or layoffs, as is also the case with higher energy costs, for instance. Meanwhile, higher consumer rates reduce demand for goods and services, especially when the money supply is already too low in relation to productive output.

“In the second quarter of 2018, the growth in non-seasonally adjusted money supply (M2) has been zero. That’s right, the money supply did not grow at all,” Bove wrote. “This is because the Fed is shrinking its balance sheet ultimately by $50 billion per month. In addition, the Fed has raised interest rates seven times since Q4 2015. Supposedly there are five more rate increases coming. . . . Current Fed monetary policy is directly in conflict with the president’s economic goals.”

The U.S. reportedly has the tightest monetary policy since the mid-1980s, when Paul Volcker of Trilateral Commission fame headed the Fed and caused back-to-back recessions. Retired Texas A&M economist Dick Eastman, a staunch critic of economic orthodoxy, responded to Trump’s remarks by reminding AFP that the nursery rhyme always trotted out by the media—blaming President Richard Nixon for intervening in the Fed’s policies and “causing” the double-digit inflation of the 1970s and early ‘80s—is a lie. Volcker was behind “extreme open-market purchases of securities” (the “QE” of its day) as head of the New York Fed branch, to which he was appointed after the Nixon years. The resulting double-digit inflation would destroy the savings and loans institutions—competitors of the big banks—and bring about massive banking deregulation.

“Then after that dirty deed is done, Carter appoints Volcker chairman of the Fed itself, and Volcker, having caused the inflation with his ‘QE’ in New York, tightens the money supply at the lending end, to lend less and call in loans more frequently—a tight-money regime that has pretty much persisted to this day. Of course, Volcker got credit for ‘squeezing out’ the inflation that he caused,” Eastman added.

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So, while the people, especially America’s middle and lower classes, have been economically shackled for over 100 years due to boom-and-bust cycles and other disturbances wrought by the Fed’s usurious monopoly of credit, the Fed’s defenders wince at the slightest challenge to their financial fiefdom. Kevin O’Brien of The Washington Post—a newspaper headed from 1933 to 1959 by former Fed chairman Eugene Isaac Meyer—went hyperbolic over Trump’s remarks, scolding him for breaking “the unwritten rule against presidents criticizing the Federal Reserve.”

In other words, thou shalt not regulate the Fed, even though the Fed is authorized to regulate the nation, perhaps to ruin.

The truth is, the matter goes way beyond regulation. The Federal Reserve, which operates as a private cartel despite its “public” sounding name, hijacked the monetary system of the entire country in December of 1913 by voiding the constitutional money-creation powers reserved to Congress. In the treacherous process, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act but did not bother amending the Constitution to authorize the Fed’s creation and the massive transfer of monetary power attendant to that creation. Any time such fundamental changes are made without amendment, the American republic’s authority dissolves, making the nation ripe for overthrow by private interests, in this case a banking consortium.

Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving editor.

Blame Deep State for New Superweapon

Russian scientists have wed a massive nuclear bomb with torpedo technology and artificial intelligence, and one an expert in nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and cyber warfare is sounding the alarm. Dave Gahary interviewed Dr. Peter Pry for an exclusive AFP Podcast. 

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What seemed like a new détente on the horizon between the United States and Russia from Donald Trump’s campaign promises of warmer relations has all but devolved into a new Cold War.

As the aggressive tactics of the warmongering neocons infesting Washington, D.C. push the superpowers toward an inevitable military confrontation, President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is preparing for the conflict with a weapon so threatening it has some U.S. nuclear weapons experts shaking in their hazmat suits.

A new book is sounding the alarm about Russia’s new weapon. Poseidon: Russia’s New Doomsday Machine is by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, an expert in nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and cyber warfare and a former award-winning Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst on the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee.

Pry sat down with this newspaper for an exclusive interview.

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Code-named “Poseidon” by the Russians—and “Kanyon” by the CIA—this new “doomsday machine” is a nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed, unmanned (i.e., drone) underwater vehicle (i.e., a really big torpedo) capable of traveling thousands of miles to strike an enemy’s (i.e., the U.S.) coastal targets by detonating a thermonuclear bomb underwater, which would create nuclear tsunamis and spread radioactive fallout.

In fact, six months ago, the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review admitted that Poseidon can “defeat U.S. anti-submarine capabilities by speed, stealth, and elusiveness, to deliver a 100-megaton warhead [10,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb], by far the most powerful nuclear weapon in existence.”

Although Pry believes Poseidon can deliver on its promises of coastal destruction, he thinks its true purpose is something more strategic.

“During the Cold War,” he began, “the Soviet Union achieved the ability to destroy our ICBMs, our long-range missiles in their silos, our bombers in their bases, and our submarines in port. But they couldn’t figure out a way to get our ballistic missile submarines that were on patrol at sea. And many analysts, including myself, think the only reason that we didn’t get a nuclear World War III is because the Soviet Union couldn’t figure out how to get those ballistic missile submarines that were on patrol at sea.”

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Pry explained that during the Cold War the U.S. had up to 40 ballistic missile submarines, while today there are only 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, with only half of those operational.

“Our sea-based nuclear deterrent,” he explained, “the only leg of the triad that’s still really survivable, is down to seven ballistic missile submarines, so this is a great opportunity for the Russians to finally take out that last survivable leg of the triad.”

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Poseidon is also equipped with artificial intelligence (AI)—to evade and defeat anti-submarine warfare systems, how and when to track ballistic missile submarines, and when to detonate itself—something that scares Pry.

“It’s the first time that a nuclear superweapon has been married to artificial intelligence,” he said.

As we’ve seen lately, AI can err—fatally—evidenced by self-driving cars.

“Do you want your fate and the fate of your children and grandchildren to be dependent upon an artificially intelligent doomsday machine, with a 100-megaton warhead trolling the world’s oceans based on a piece of Russian software?” Pry rhetorically asked.

Pry is also worried about another nightmare scenario: EMP, basically a lightning strike that fries all the electronics in the blast radius.

“Another purpose is to loft a 100-megaton warhead into space and detonate it in outer space over North America,” he said. “It would take out all of the 48 contiguous states, most of Canada, and a big chunk of Mexico, and put us—literally and figuratively—into the Dark Ages.”


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The Mysterious ‘Others’ Who Compromise National Security

Should Special Counsel Robert Mueller determine who those “others” are referred to by Trump when he said there “could be other people also” that had been involved in interfering in the election, and look into their activities? Russia haters might be surprised.

By Philip Giraldi

President Donald Trump reckoned on Monday that the United States intelligence community (IC) just might be overreaching in its assessment that Russia had sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election but then decided on Tuesday that he misspoke and had the greatest confidence in the IC and now agrees that they were correct in their judgment. But Trump, interestingly, added that there “could be other people also” that had been involved in interfering in the election, presumably either in an attempt to understand what was going on or to subvert it, though he was not specific and the national media has chosen not to pursue the admittedly cryptic comment. Many inside-the-Beltway pundits believe that he was primarily referring to China, both due to possible motive and to the possession of the necessary technical resources to carry out such an operation.

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Indeed, the China hypothesis gains strength because there are credible reports that China may have hacked the 30,000 Hillary Clinton emails that are apparently still missing. China also was described as America’s principal enemy last week by The Spectator, which denounced Russiagate as much ado about nothing, citing Byron York of the Washington Examiner who described the enterprise as “. . . a small, poorly funded operation with a level of effectiveness that is impossible to measure but could be near zero” before also observing that:

Meddling in other countries is something that sovereign nations, especially rich and powerful ones, do [but] the Russians don’t seem very good at it. The activities outlined in Mueller’s indictments are partly pathetic, partly comical. Beginning in 2014, the Russians took out Facebook and Twitter ads under false names. Some supported Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein. Some attacked Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Much of their effort was directed against Clinton. Someone, for example, built a cage to house an effigy of Mrs. Clinton. But the Russians concentrated on Hillary because they, like everyone else, thought she was going to win. Late in the game, they sponsored some pro-Trump ads and events.

While this Kabuki was going on, the Chinese, who have been identified hacking into Pentagon computers, were reportedly also working quietly and methodically to expand their influence worldwide and increase their military readiness. Their military technology has already caught up to that of the United States in a number of areas, and, as America de-industrializes, the advantage to a still-growing China high-tech sector will increase. A number of congressmen have also described China as the number one cyber threat, aided and abetted by illegal technology transfers and widescale industrial espionage.

Identifying just how one interferes in an election in a large country with numerous polling stations located in different states using different systems is, of course, problematical. But a country’s government can be undermined in other ways. A consensus is growing that China is a competitor or even an enemy, according to one White House advisor, a state engaged in “economic aggression” against the U.S. It has apparently eschewed the violent route to obtain hegemony and is instead seeking an empire in the old-fashioned British model, based on economic dominance through penetration of markets and the achievement of comparative advantage. It is the same model that the United States, at least initially, used successfully post World War II.

But Trump referred to “others” in the plural as interfering in the 2016 election. Surely America’s friends and allies would not spy on Washington, or would they? The British or Germans would not be so bold as to hack into U.S. government accounts, but they are certainly quite willing to do random collection of telecommunications information out of their embassies in northwest Washington and their consulates general in places like Seattle and Los Angeles, near defense industry hubs. Those antenna and dish arrays on the tops of their buildings are not there to enable telephone calls to the homeland.

And then there is, of course, Israel. Trump continues his delusional babble on how wonderful Israel is, even citing it in his Helsinki press conference comments:

We’ve worked with Israel long and hard for many years, many decades. I think we’ve never, never has anyone, any country been closer than we are. President Putin also is helping Israel and we both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu and they would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel. So in that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel and Israel will be working with us. So both countries would work jointly. . . . But I think that their working with Israel is a great thing and creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much.

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Israel’s intelligence operations directed against the American government and people are well-documented and have been going on for 70 years. Their propaganda has clearly convinced Trump and others like him, but Israel is the aggressor in the Middle East, not the victim, and is a strategic liability for the United States, though it would be difficult to explain that to the president in ways that he would understand. Some might argue that Israel does not need to steal U.S. secrets because we Americans share everything with them anyway. That would not be correct, as Israel features as No. 1 on the FBI list of foreign countries that are ostensibly friendly that spy on the U.S. Israeli companies also provide the telecommunications technology that enables it to tap into phones nationwide, including at the White House.

So Russiagate is a lot less than it seems while competitors and friends have also been interfering in how our government runs and thereby compromising national security. One might propose that Special Counsel Robert Mueller determine who those “others” referred to by Trump are and begin to look into their activities. The results just might surprise a lot of Russia haters.

Philip Giraldi is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer and a columnist and television commentator. He is also the executive director of the Council for the National Interest. Other articles by Giraldi can be found on the website of the Unz Review.