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07 августа, 03:54

Illinois Makes "Barack Obama Day" State Holiday

Former President Barack Obama got a special present for his birthday this year: his very own holiday. According to NBC Chicago, on Friday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure to designate Aug. 4 as "Barack Obama Day" across the state. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018. The holiday will be "observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities," Senate Bill 55 reads.  Gov. Rauner praised the idea behind the bill earlier this year after a previous version, which would have made the day a legal state holiday, failed. The new holiday is commemorative. "It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner told reporters in February. "I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration." SB 55 was introduced by Sen. Emil Jones III, the son of former Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., who played a major role in launching then-state Senator Obama to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and considers himself to be the former president’s political "godfather." While several lawmakers abstained from voting on the measure, it passed both houses without a single vote against. "Barack Obama Day" joins other commemorative holidays like Adlai Stevenson Day, Ronald Reagan Day and Jane Addams Day, for which workplaces do not close. Local legislators also voted in July to rename part of a Chicago-area highway after their former colleague, designating the stretch of Interstate 55 from the Tri-State Tollway south to mile marker 202 near Pontiac as the "Barack Obama Presidential Expressway." On Friday, Obama celebrated his 56th birthday, his first since leaving the White House, with Michelle Obama at Rasika West End in Washington, D.C. Also on Friday morning, Joe Biden wished Obama happy birthday on Twitter Friday morning. "Your service has been a great gift to the country, and your friendship and brotherhood are a great gift to me. Happy birthday, Barack."

02 августа, 04:50

Sorry Joe Biden And Eric Holder, Obama Just Picked His 2020 Candidate And It's Not You

For months now rumors have circulated over who might step forward to lead "The Resistance" for the Democrats and make a run for the White House in 2020.  While many names have been tossed around, two candidates from Obama's administration, VP Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, are the only ones to have seemingly taken the next step of directly hinting they would be interested in a run.  Biden made his most direct expression of interest back in May at the SALT conference when he said "at this point, no one in my family or I have made the judgment to run...I may very well do it." Meanwhile, Eric Holder recently raised some eyebrows about his future political aspirations when he told Yahoo News that he was looking "to be more visible." Here's more from the Washington Times: “Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes.  But that’s about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. A certain familiarity as the first African-American attorney general. There’s a justified perception that I’m close to President Obama. So I want to use whatever skills I have, whatever notoriety I have, to be effective in opposing things that are, at the end of the day, just bad for the country.”   “Now is the time to be more visible.  Now is the time to be heard. … I thought, frankly, along with everybody else, that after the election, with Hillary Clinton as president, I could walk off the field. So when she didn’t win, I thought, ‘We’ll have to see how this plays out.’ But it became clear relatively soon — and certainly sooner than I expected — that I had to get back on the field and be in effective opposition.” But, while Joe and Eric may be interested in a 2020 bid, we suspect that neither potential candidate will get very far along the campaign trail without the blessings of their former boss.  Unfortunately, according to Politico, Obama seems to have gone all-in on his long-time friend and former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick. Barack Obama is nudging him to run. His inner circle is actively encouraging it. Obama world’s clear and away 2020 favorite is sitting right here, on the 38th floor of the John Hancock Building, in a nicely decorated office at Bain Capital.   And Deval Patrick has many thoughts on what he says is Donald Trump’s governing by fear and a dishonest pitch for economic nostalgia, while encouraging a rise in casual racism and ditching any real commitment to civil rights.   Obama strategist David Axelrod has had several conversations with Patrick about running, and eagerly rattles off the early primary map logic: small-town campaign experience from his 2006 gubernatorial run that will jibe perfectly with Iowa, neighbor-state advantage in New Hampshire and the immediate bloc of votes he’d have as an African-American heading into South Carolina.   Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s close adviser and friend, says that a President Patrick is what “my heart desires.”   David Simas, Obama’s political director in the White House and now the CEO of his foundation, used to be Patrick’s deputy chief of staff and remains perhaps his biggest fan on the planet.   Obama himself—who is personally close to Patrick, and counts him among the very small group of people whom he thinks has actual political talent—has privately encouraged him to think about it, among others. Patrick has, up to this point, denied any interest in the White House. That said, in the political world, as we all know too well, those who deny the hardest are usually the most likely candidates. “I’m trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I’m a patriot first. It’s way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020,” Patrick told me in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast recorded at Bain headquarters in Boston. “So I’ll just leave it at that.”   Patrick fends off any attempts to corner him on the question, avoiding saying anything that could seem either cute or Sherman-esque—“don’t lead me down that path because it turns into something it isn’t, and I don’t want to go there,” he said. “I have no plans to make plans.”   But he’s clearly upset with what Trump is doing, on both policy and approach.   “The president, I believe, is at risk of diminishing the voice of the presidency because he pops off so often, and so, kind of, carelessly. I think there is a risk both domestically, and internationally for that matter, that we’ll begin to tune him out,” he said. Who is Deval Patrick?  Here's a little background on the future contender from Wikipedia: Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is an American politician, civil rights lawyer and businessman who served as the 71st governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as the United States assistant attorney general for the civil rights division under President Bill Clinton. He was first elected in 2006, succeeding Mitt Romney who chose not to run, and re-elected in 2010. He is the only African-American to have served as governor of Massachusetts.   Born to and raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick earned a scholarship to Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth grade. He went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating, he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner, at age 34. In 1994, Bill Clinton appointed him as the United States assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct.   Under his governorship, Patrick oversaw the implementation of the state's 2006 health care reform program which had been enacted under Mitt Romney, increased funding to education and life sciences, won a federal Race to the Top education grant, passed an overhaul of governance of the state transportation function, signing a law to create the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, increased the state sales tax from 5% to 6.25%, and raised the state's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2017. Under Patrick, Massachusetts joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the planned introduction of casinos in Massachusetts. His second term began on January 6, 2011, and in an interview with The Boston Globe, Patrick declared he would not seek re-election in 2014.[1][2] He is a managing director at Bain Capital[3] and currently serves as the chairman of the board for Our Generation Speaks. So, to the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez, you now have your marching orders for 2020: time to start undermining the campaigns of all other potential Democratic candidates and rally the support of those superdelegates around Deval Partick, in other words, time for your best Debbie Wasserman Schultz impression. And don't worry: if you get caught just blame it on the Russians hacking your servers, just make sure the FBI never gets access to them... again.

30 июля, 14:00

How 2018 became the new 2020

With a crowded presidential field taking shape, top Democratic prospects are seizing on the midterms to distinguish themselves from the pack.

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29 июля, 20:22

Joe Biden Reportedly Called John McCain Ahead Of Crucial Obamacare Repeal Vote

McCain has the same kind of brain cancer that Biden's son Beau died of in 2015.

29 июля, 15:08

How a tiny Baltic nation became a top destination for U.S. officials

Mike Pence’s visit reflects Estonia’s outsized clout amid a growing threat from Russia.

28 июля, 22:00

McCain to return to Arizona for chemotherapy and radiation

Fresh off of casting one of the decisive votes to sink his party’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will return to his home state to undergo treatment for brain cancer.“In accordance with the guidance of his physicians, Sen. McCain is returning to Arizona to undergo further treatment at Mayo Clinic,” his office said in a statement Friday. “On Monday, July 31, he will begin a standard post-surgical regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy.”McCain will maintain a work schedule during that time, his office said, with plans to return to Washington at the end of the August recess.The Arizona senator was diagnosed earlier this month with a particularly aggressive type of brain tumor that was discovered during a surgical procedure to remove a blood clot from behind his eye. The tumor is the same type that killed former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.McCain’s return to the Capitol was at first hailed by Republicans, eager to bolster their narrow Senate majority as they sought to find 50 votes for some sort of repeal-and-replace legislation.But McCain flashed his famous independent streak throughout the week, bashing the process by which Republicans advanced their health bill. In a vote early Friday morning, he helped defeat the GOP’s “skinny repeal” measure and dealt a major blow to the party's seven-year effort to dismantle Obamacare.

28 июля, 19:44

5 things Trump did while you weren't looking: Week 8

Behind the Obamacare votes, the Trump administration continues to change policy.

27 июля, 01:20

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Skinny, Clean, and Everything In Between

During the second day of deliberations, Senate Republicans voted against a “clean repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.

27 июля, 00:15

Hillary Clinton Book, Set To Drop In September, Can Be Summarized In Two Words: 'Russia' & 'Comey'

Hillary Clinton is set to drop a new book in September detailing her latest presidential campaign and we bet you can't even begin to imagine what the focus of the book might be...actually, you probably guessed "Russia" and/or "Comey" and you're exactly right...in fact, we suspect that you basically managed to summarize the entire book in just two words.  As The Hill notes today, details of the new book are slowly being leaked by Clinton confidants who promise a "bombshell." Privately, Clinton has told friends and longtime associates that she “wants the whole story out there” as she rushes to tweak and put the finishing touches on the book due out in September.   “She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no uncertain terms,” one longtime ally said. “She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.”   The ally said the book of personal essays will be a “bombshell.” Of course the book won't be entirely about Russia and Comey, it will also delve into other factors she insists played a role in her stunning defeat, including everything from sexism and misogyny to "everyone who just assumed she would win." And while we haven't seen the book, we would be willing to bet that if you played a drinking game based on the following list of excuses from Fox News that you wouldn't even make it beyond page 10.   Of course, it still remains a mystery to us why sexism, misogyny and the Russians only played a role in swaying voters in MI, WI, OH, PA but not those in CO, NV, VA and NM...does that strike anyone else as odd? Meanwhile, even Democrats in Congress are getting a little tired of Hillary's excuses.  Over the weekend, in a somewhat shockingly frank interview on ABC's "This Week", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer finally admitted that Democrats, not Russia, were to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump. "When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things - [James] Comey, Russia - you blame yourself."   "So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that."   Moreover, Joe Biden, who has dropped a lot of hints about a 2020 bid for the White House, told students at the University of Pennsylvania, in no uncertain terms, that Hillary lost because she abandoned the Democrats' blue collar base of voters. “What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Biden said in March at the University of Pennsylvania, where he launched the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. “You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess.”   Biden took it a step further at a Las Vegas hedge fund conference in May, saying: “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.” Conclusion: Save yourself the $14.99 and read the following summary of Hillary's "bombshell" instead.

23 июля, 23:20

Former Forbes Bureau Chief Blows Whistle On 9/11 & Fukushima

Via TheMindUnleashed.com, Few have put their lives on the line as journalist Benjamin Fulford has done. Going from the peak of his journalistic career, a massive salary and access to almost any door he wanted open, the former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine stepped away in disagreement of massive censoring and has since started reporting on geopolitical events that certain “elites” wish he would not. Blowing the whistle on a wide variety of topics, including 9/11 and Fukushima, Fulford has drawn the attention of many around the world and has even survived 5 assassination attempts. The Mind Unleashed was fortunate to be able to interview Mr. Fulford. 1. What is your education and journalistic background Benjamin?  My educational background is varied. I went to grade school in Mexico and Canada and studied in Spanish and English. My high school was in French. When I was 17 I went to the Amazon and studied under a Shipibo shaman on the banks of the Ucuyali river in Northern Peru. My university education was Sophia University in Tokyo and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. My degree is in Asian studies with a China area specialty. However, since I took about 10 years worth of undergraduate courses I think of myself as a generalist. 2. You also speak multiple languages, yes?  Yes. Native or near native in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. Conversational ability in Mandarin and the various romance languages. 3. Being with such a well known media company (Forbes), what caused you to leave your job?  There were many reasons but mainly it had to do with censorship. When Citibank was kicked out of Japan because they were caught money laundering for crime gangs, Forbes would not run the story even though my sources were Finance Ministry officials speaking on the record. The final straw was when they asked me to do a story about a computer virus software company. I went to the Philippines to visit their laboratories and while there I went to visit the creator of the “I love you” virus that caused billions of dollars worth of damage. He claimed the anti-virus company paid him to make the virus. I thought I had a big scoop but my editors refused to run the story because they thought I was becoming “unreliable.” Then Mr. Nakagawa, the business manager in Japan told me the real reason the story was cancelled was because the head of the anti-virus company paid Steve Forbes $500,000 to kill my story. That was the last straw for me. However, it was a very scary thing to give up that regular fat monthly paycheck and the prestigious name card that opened so many doors. I can understand why many corporate journalists put up with censorship and control just so they can keep up their lifestyles. 4. You’ve stated that the Japanese royal family showed you evidence that 9/11 was an inside job and that this was sort of your big “wake up call.” Can you elaborate on that a bit? I was planning to publish a book exposing the corruption in Japan. The day after I sent the first two chapters to my agent I got a call from Kaoru Nakamaru, a cousin of Emperor Hirohito who told me “I know a lot about the dark side of Japan but I understand nothing about the dark side of the West.” We met and she asked me not to publish the book because that is not what I really wanted to do in my heart. Then she gave me a 9/11 video. My thought at the time was “this is one of those anti-semitic conspiracy videos I read about in the New York Times.” I was thus reluctant to even look at it. However, when I did, it really opened my eyes and set me on a path of intensive research into the historical truth of false flags over the ages. 5. You wrote a book about 9/11, correct? Yes I did and it was a best seller in Japan. Here is the link. 6. You’ve also been very vocal about Fukishima being an intentional crime against humanity . Can you please elaborate on that? First of all the Japanese authorities were warned in advance of March 11, 2011 by an Australian government agent going by the code name Richard Sorge (now Alexander Romanov) that a 500 kiloton nuclear weapon stolen from the Russian submarine Kursk in 2000 had been smuggled into Japan for the purpose of nuclear terror against that country. Sorge also told me and I wrote about it. Sorge was a drug smuggler into Japan for over 20 years and went to the authorities when a nuclear weapon was sent together with his usual drug shipment. The bomb was first taken to former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone’s property in Hinodecho in Western Tokyo. It was then taken to the North Korean citizen’s association building. Later, according to Takamasa Kawase of Japanese military intelligence, the bomb was taken aboard the deep sea drilling ship Chikyu. Local news reports confirm the Chikyu was drilling deep into the seabed at the exact epicenters of the Fukushima earthquake prior to March 11, 2011 (or 311 as they call it in Japan). After the Tsunami and nuclear attack on Japan, a Christian Pastor by the name of Paolo Izumi was approached by a member of the Japanese self defense forces who said he was part of a 15 member crew that dismantled the bomb into 5 smaller nuclear devices and that these were drilled into the seabed by the Chikyu prior to 311. He thought at the time he was paricipating in earthquake research. After the terrorist attack, his colleagues were all murdered so he sought shelter from his Pastor. The person is now being protected under the witness protection program and is willing to testify in public about what happened. There is a lot more to this so please do a news search to see my previous articles on the subject. [Editor’s note: Benjamin asked that this book be read and shared by viewers of this interview.] 7. So this is some sort of global elite that have helped to orchestrate 9/11 and Fukushima?  The forensic trail of evidence led to Peter Hanz Kolvenbach, the former head of the Jesuits and the P2 Freemason lodge in Italy. These people are aiming for a fascist world government under their control. 8. You were the first journalist (to my knowledge) to publicly write about what is known as the global collateral accounts. Can you explain what these accounts are and some of their history, well as their intended purpose?  Again that would require a book on its own. The short version is that since Roman times the West sent gold and silver to Asia in exchange for silk, ceramics and spices. This meant that about 85% of the world’s precious metals ended up in Asia, mostly under the control of various Asian royal dynasties. This gold was used to back up the Bretton Woods system. However, when the West broke its promises to have a Marshal plan for the whole world and only applied it to the G7 countries under their control, the gold was cut off. The US thus ran out of gold in the early 1970’s which led to the Nixon shock when the US dollar was taken off the gold standard and put on the oil standard. The petrodollar standard is now being replaced once again with a gold standard but the process is not complete and there is a continuing stand off between the West, who have the Euro, US Dollar and Yen printing presses and the Asians, who have the gold. 9. In August of 2011, you wrote about a meeting that took place off the coast of Monaco between a man named Neil Keenan and 57 financial representatives from various countries around the world. What was that meeting about and why was it so important? Basically an alliance was formed with backing from US military white hats to try to take control of the global financial system away from the elite Western bloodline families I refer to as the Khazarian mafia. 10. So essentially, there is a large international alliance that is opposing a one world order? They are not opposed to a world united by friendship and the rule of law. They are opposed to a world fascist dictatorship controlled by Satan worshiping elite bloodlines. The anti-Russian hysteria on the part of the Khazarians is due to the fact they were kicked out of Russia and Russia is now undergoing a big Christian revival. 11. What are some sources that you receive your intelligence from?  My sources are many and varied but include people in the P2 Freemason lodge, the FSB, the NSA, the Gnostic Illuminati, the CIA, US military Intelligence, the various Japanese crime gangs, Asian secret societies, Japanese military intelligence, the North Koreans, etc. I have been a reporter here for 30 years which means I have developed a comprehensive set of contacts. 12. So there are many people within the intelligence community around the world who are working quietly and are also part of this international alliance seeking to end the corruptive power systems of our world? Yes indeed there is. 13. You’ve stated that you’ve had 5 attempts at your life. Clearly, “they” don’t like that you’re putting out such revealing information on a weekly basis. The five murder attempts include: Being poisoned in Italy by Vincenzo Mazzara, a cavalier of the teutonic knights and a senior member of the P2 freemason lodge. An attempt to shoot me by Japanese gangsters in Sakhalin, Russia. Multiple attempts to murder me in Osaka by Japanese gangsters paid to do so by Rothschild Agent Michael Greenberg An attempted attack with a heart attack inducing electronic device on a subway in Tokyo. Being stabbed with a poison needle by Mutsuaki Okubo, a North Korean agent. 14. Some people say that you’re disinformation because certain things have not come to pass that you’ve written about. However, many things have. Can you talk about some of those big events that have? When people accuse me of being a disinformation agent they are basically calling me a liar which is slander. What has happened is that my sources have told me certain things are going to happen and they do not always happen as my sources told me they would. In such cases, I was quoting my sources and they were wrong. For example, senior CIA sources kept insisting to me that Joe Biden would be President but it turned out to be Donald Trump. However, some of my sources accurately predicted events like the Lehman Shock, the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, the Fukushima nuclear terror attack on Japan, etc. 15. So essentially, good things are happening despite a lack of media attention on it?  Good things are definitely happening and that is obvious for all to see. Only 6% of Americans trust the mainstream media which means they have killed themselves with their constant lies and cover ups. 16. Any other messages you’d like to share with the world or anyone in particular? Yes, the process of creating and distributing money is the process of deciding what humanity does in the future. This process should be a transparently run public utility not a private monopoly in the hands of gangsters. We are fighting to free humanity from a horrific regime of babylonian debt slavery and we are winning.

23 июля, 16:22

Сенатор Сандерс готов участвовать в выборах президента США в 2020 году

Сенатор-демократ Берни Сандерс не исключает своего участия в выборах президента США в 2020 году, сообщает Hill со ссылкой на его помощника. Источник издания заявил, что 75-летний демократ считает, что «заслужил право» баллотироваться на выборы. Более того, Сандерс уверен, что ему бы удалось то, чего не смогла Хиллари Клинтон — победить Дональда Трампа. Помощник сенатора отметил, что Сандерс не отступит, поскольку не позволит экс-президенту США Джо Байдену получить эту должность.

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23 июля, 16:13

Сандерс готов баллотироваться, лишь бы Байден не стал президентом в 2020-м

Сандерс уверен, что обошел бы Трампа на выборах, если бы выдвигался от демократов. Отмечается, что при обдумывании вопроса об участии в выборах сенатор учитывает других потенциальных кандидатов.

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23 июля, 16:13

Сандерс готов баллотироваться, лишь бы Байден не стал президентом в 2020-м

Сандерс уверен, что обошел бы Трампа на выборах, если бы выдвигался от демократов. Отмечается, что при обдумывании вопроса об участии в выборах сенатор учитывает других потенциальных кандидатов.

21 июля, 15:32

These Are the Classic Cars Americans Can’t Get Enough Of

Thanks to some creative number-crunching from Hemmings, we now know what the most popular cars are in the U.S. on a state-by-state level.

21 июля, 01:54

Five Stories That Show Why People Love John McCain

There was something different about the torrent of grief, well-wishes and wistful anecdotes that greeted John McCain when his staff announced late Wednesday night that the Arizona senator had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Perhaps it’s because of the extraordinary heroism McCain showed as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Or maybe it’s his penchant for a delightfully barbed quip, or his habit of making shows of personal integrity in an age of partisan rancor. Maybe it’s because, unlike the scripted and staid politicians all around him, he “acts somewhat in the ballpark of the way a real human being would act,” as one scribe quoted in a famous Rolling Stone essay about McCain once put it. Maybe it’s because to many, he seems to be everything America’s current president is not.All of the best stories about John McCain over the years have chipped away at this thing that made him feel like a different politician—authentic, an image his aides cultivated with the famous Straight Talk Express campaign bus; and honorable and brave, which the tales of his brutal torture at the hands of North Vietnamese and his refusal to leave his Hanoi prison without his comrades underscored. Here is a little bit of what has stuck with people about the maverick Arizona senator over the years—articles, videos and stories that all highlight a quality that seems vanishingly rare in American politics today:David Foster Wallace: “The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub: Seven Days In The Life Of The Late, Great John McCain”The late David Foster Wallace plumbed the subject of McCain’s authenticity, and the inevitable question of just how authentic it was, in his 2000 Rolling Stone essay “The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub: Seven Days In The Life Of The Late, Great John McCain.” Wallace was initially struck by McCain’s unique nonpolitician quality on the 2000 campaign trail, marked first by the contrast of his non-dweebiness in a sea of dweeby politicians: “A guy who graduated near the bottom of his class at Annapolis and got in trouble for flying jets too low and cutting power lines and crashing all the time and generally being cool.” Given the inherent inauthenticity of the other politicians and the campaign machine around them, Wallace asks:And who wouldn't fall all over themselves for a top politician who actually seemed to talk to you like you were a person, an intelligent adult worthy of respect? … Who wouldn't cheer, hearing stuff like this, especially from a guy we know chose to sit in a dark box for four years instead of violate a Code? Even in AD 2000, who among us is so cynical that he doesn't have some good old corny American hope way down deep in his heart, lying dormant like a spinster's ardor, not dead but just waiting for the right guy to give it to?In the end, it becomes an essay on the fight between a voter and his cynicism, but not before a line that reminds us just why we might especially need McCain today: “Spring 2000—midmorning in America’s hangover from the whole Lewinsky-and-impeachment thing—represents a moment of almost unprecedented cynicism and disgust with national politics, a moment when blunt, I-don’t-give-a-shit-if-you-elect-me honesty becomes an incredibly attractive and salable and electable quality.” Michael Lewis, “The Subversive”A 1998 Michael Lewis profile of McCain begins with an anecdote about John McCain calling freshman Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold right after the 1994 elections. The talk soon turned to campaign-finance reform, but the phone call was notable in itself because it underscored another quality of McCain’s that is remembered often today: His ability to work with members of the opposing party—and befriend them. McCain told Lewis he called Feingold because of his friendship with another Democrat, Arizona Rep. Morris Udall, who reached out to McCain during his first year in the House in 1982.“Mo reached out to me in 50 different ways,” McCain recalled. “Right from the start, he’d say: ‘I'm going to hold a press conference out in Phoenix. Why don't you join me?’ … In the middle of it all, Mo would point to me and say, ‘I’d like to hear John's views.’ Well, hell, I didn't have any views. But I got up and learned and was introduced to the state.”For the article, Lewis goes with McCain to Udall’s hospital room, where the former congressman lay dying, and, the nurse says, with almost no visitors, despite Udall’s once-towering public stature. “This is the reason McCain keeps coming to see Udall even after Udall has lost his last shred of political influence,” Lewis writes. “The politics were never all that important.”Andrew Ferguson, “Reagan, McCain, and Sam McGee”No politician is gotcha-proof, but McCain once looked pretty close to it. Ferguson, a writer for the Weekly Standard, recounts watching McCain answer a question posed by a Comedy Central crew on the 2000 campaign trail about the candidate’s favorite poet. He answered that question fairly easily—Robert Service—and the follow-up, about whether he could recite any of it. He proceeded to recite “The Cremation of Sam McGee”—all 14 stanzas of it. But the kicker came later, when McCain explained to the Comedy Central team exactly how he had come to memorize the poem. “The guy in the cell next to me,” he said, according to Ferguson, “it was his favorite poem. He used to tap it to me on the wall, in Morse Code.”The ‘Arab’ Question VideoDuring the raucous late stages of the 2008 presidential campaign, when a woman began asking a question about then-candidate Barack Obama, she prefaced it by explaining why she couldn’t trust him. “He’s an Arab,” she said into the microphone, which McCain promptly took from her hands. “No ma’am,” he said, shaking his head. “He’s a decent family man and citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign’s about.” In September 2015, a Trump supporter’s comment about Obama being a Muslim at a town hall event in New Hampshire went uncorrected by the candidate—just one reason everyone was sharing that McCain video this week.The Joe Biden/John McCain friendshipMcCain and former Vice President Joe Biden have been close friends for almost 40 years, since McCain was the Navy’s liaison to the Senate in the late 1970s and Biden was a young senator representing Delaware. “John’s been my friend long before he was a senator,” Biden has said. “Jill and I were with John when he met his wife, Cindy, and he was staffing me on a trip to China.” During the 2008 campaign, Biden told a story about coming back from a dinner in Greece with the country’s prime minister to find his wife, Jill, dancing drunkenly on a concrete table on the beach with John McCain. “I’m thinking, ‘I’ve never trusted John since then, Jillie,’ Biden said.

20 июля, 16:42

US Congress On Pace To Be The Least Productive Legislature In 164 Years

Authored by Everett Numbers via TheAntiMedia.org, Without even enough Senate Republican support for a “clean repeal” of Obamacare, this Congress is on its way to historical levels of getting nothing done. So is the ‘Resistance’ winning? And will the divided GOP endanger President Donald Trump’s 2020 chances? Another U.S. civil war may not be just around the corner, but then again, just imagine the status quo for another 10 years. Congress is on pace to pass the least number of bills in 164 years, David Faris, associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University, wrote Tuesday in The Week. As Washington, D.C. revels in permanent division and another “lesser of two evils” 2020 election cycle creeps into view, something’s got to give. Immediately following the late Monday evening announcement that the Obamacare “repeal and replace” strategy would be split into two separate bills, many Republican voters expressed optimism that Congress may actually get something done. Or, rather, undone. But… Nope! Despite Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) all being on the same page for a “clean repeal” and ready to hear bipartisan “replacement” proposals, there were at least three other GOP voices already shutting down the entire plot. Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia all came out Tuesday against that proposal, with fellow Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas telling NPR that there were “five or six” total Republicans who opposed separating repeal and replace. An inactive Congress certainly has its benefits, but a pendulum swings hardest from either extreme. As opposed to former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush signing a “jobs” bill and a tax decrease by this time in 2009 and 2001, respectively, Trump has signed mostly symbolic bills. The current GOP-led Congress has successfully snipped away some administrative regulations in 14 signed bills, but there are 238 House-passed bills the Senate has yet to take up, with just a fraction having any shot at advancing, according to Faris at The Week. If it’s too much to draw parallels with the Civil War and today’s polarized politics, perhaps it could be more accurately stated that the U.S. is already in a slow-motion civil war. The Republicans’ control of Congress and the White House, which they haven’t had since 2006, could be lost in 2018 and 2020, notwithstanding a seemingly unfocused Democratic Party. Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warned in a Fox News interview Monday that if, by Thanksgiving, the GOP doesn’t pass “a very large tax cut, retroactively designed back to January 1,” there will be “real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019.” Trump also stands to lose from an inactive Congress, as he campaigned to be a D.C. dealmaker. But it remains to be seen how much blame Republican voters will assign to Trump, who won support as an outsider during the 2016 primary. Whether or not Trump maintains his base may not matter, anyway. A poll released Tuesday by the Washington Post and ABC News finds independents highly disapprove of the job the president is doing. Those non-affiliated voters decide elections, so when 59 percent strongly or somewhat disapprove of Trump — while just 32 percent approve — the base of Trump’s support may become less relevant come campaign season. That doesn’t mean anyone regrets not voting for Hillary Clinton, by the way. A poll by Bloomberg released Tuesday shows Clinton’s favorability is two points lower than Trump’s, at 39 percent. What is quite revealing is that more than 20 percent of Clinton voters told Bloomberg they had an unfavorable view of her while just 6 percent of Trump voters viewed him negatively. Trump is still weak against other Democrats, according to a Public Policy Polling report published Tuesday. It shows devastating losses for Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups against Sen. Bernie Sanders (52 percent to 39 percent) and former Vice President Joe Biden (54 to 39 percent), and then smaller defeats against prospective candidates Senators Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker. For what it’s worth, Trump tied with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Will “productivity” increase with any of these anticipated new leaders? Whether Congress is active or not, it doesn’t seem to change the course of American politics, with factions growing ever further apart. A civil war isn’t what’s needed, but it could be unavoidable if the only seat of power in the U.S. remains in Washington, D.C. as opposed to being divided up among states, cities, neighborhoods.

20 июля, 15:31

McCain tweets: 'I'll be back soon, so stand-by'

Prayers and well-wishes for Sen. John McCain poured in overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning from politicians past and present at the highest levels of both political parties.Former presidents and secretaries of state offered support for McCain, who is battling brain cancer, as did Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress, evidence of the extent to which the longtime Arizona senator and war hero is respected and revered across party lines. Echoing the sentiment of a statement released Wednesday by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence wrote online Wednesday night that his wife, “Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!”Pence’s predecessor, former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau Biden died in 2015 from the same type of tumor McCain has been diagnosed with, also weighed in on Twitter. “John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this,” said Biden, who served 35 years in the Senate before becoming vice president and has dedicated his post-political life to a “cancer moonshot” search for a cure.“Incredible progress in cancer research and treatment in just the last year offers new promise and new hope. You can win this fight, John,” Biden wrote in a second post.According to a statement from McCain’s Mayo Clinic doctors in Arizona, the senator was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor called glioblastoma during a surgical procedure to remove a blood clot from behind his right eye. McCain’s tumor is of a particularly aggressive and malignant type, according to the American Brain Tumor Association, because the cancer cells are fed by a large number of blood vessels that allow them to reproduce quickly.It was the same type of tumor that claimed the life of another long-serving and influential senator, Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, in 2009.Multiple former presidents offered their own words of encouragement for McCain, including Bill Clinton, who wrote on Twitter that, “as he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.” Barack Obama wrote online that “cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against” in McCain, urging the man he beat for the presidency in 2008 to “give it hell.”Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was McCain’s 2008 running mate, posted a photo of the two together to her Facebook page and wrote that the former GOP presidential nominee “is one tough fighter – we know he'll face this diagnosis with courage and strength. Our family continues to lift John and his family up in prayer.”Former President George H.W. Bush was one of many who referenced McCain’s history as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, where he was tortured but refused an offer for early release because he did not want to return home ahead of other prisoners who had been held longer, as proof that he was up to the challenge of fighting cancer. “The Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break John McCain’s spirit many years ago, so Barbara and I know – with confidence – he and his family will meet this latest battle in his singular life of service with courage and determination,” Bush said in his statement.John Kerry, a former secretary of state, fellow Vietnam War veteran and a longtime friend of McCain’s from their tenures in the Senate, also pointed to the Arizona lawmaker’s experience as a POW as proof of his toughness.“I love @SenJohnMcCain. Unbeatable, unbreakable. He's Teddy Roosevelt's ‘man in the arena’ even when we're on opposite sides. God bless,” Kerry wrote on Twitter in a post that also included a black and white photo of a younger McCain stepping off a military aircraft. In a second post, Kerry linked to the lengthy statement released by McCain’s daughter and wrote “Well said, Meghan. Teresa and I are thinking of you, your dad, and the entire family tonight.”Dozens of lawmakers from both parties offered their own warm words for McCain. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the Arizona senator “a warrior” who will “fight this with the same sheer force of will that has earned him the admiration of the nation.” The speaker added that “the prayers of the whole House are with Senator McCain and his family.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) weighed in as well, writing on Twitter that McCain “is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.” Her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said McCain is a “true fighter & I'll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain “a hero to our conference and a hero to our country.”"He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life," McConnell’s statement said. "We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon."

19 июля, 04:00

Murder Of Green Berets In Jordan Exposed Secretive CIA Syria Program Details

"The Jordanian government had a strong incentive to gloss over the murders of the three Green Berets.  Likewise, the CIA was scared of potential blowback and the exposing of their covert program," says investigative journalist Jack Murphy, himself an Army special forces veteran. A premeditated green-on-blue attack in Jordan outside of King Faisal Air Base (at al-Jafr in Southern Jordan) late last year resulted in the deaths of three elite US Green Berets in what the media initially dubbed a mere unfortunate gate incident and what the Jordanian government dismissed as a "a tragic accident devoid of any terrorist motives". But the whole event and subsequent attempts at cover-up just as Obama was leaving office enraged both the families of the slain and the US special forces community; and it further threatened to blow wide open the CIA's illegal Syrian regime change operation, called Timber Sycamore, which involved American special ops soldiers being tasked with training so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels in Jordan and Turkey as part of an inter-agency program. As details of the court case involving the shooter continue to emerge this week, the media continues to misreport the true nature of the what the US special forces personnel were doing in Jordan in the first place, and how a CIA secret program put them at risk. On Monday (July 17) a Jordanian military court sentenced the attacker, a Jordanian soldier named Marik al-Tuwayha, to life in prison with hard labor for the premeditated murder of Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Kirksville, Missouri; Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Arizona; and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas. In Jordan a "life sentence" can mean the possibility of being set free after serving 20 years for good behavior. Last November the three Green Berets were entering King Faisal Air Base assigned as part of the CIA's 'Timber Sycamore' training. According to court testimony as well as evidence collected by the Pentagon, a soldier in the US-allied Jordanian Army opened fire as the Green Berets' convoy was stopped in front of the base. The Jordanian guard fired for six minutes, reloading multiple rifle magazines. The Jordanian government and media attempted to paint a picture that the approaching US convoy charged the gate and neglected protocol, and that the guard thought he was acting in self defense (a claim later retracted by Jordan). But initially suppressed surveillance footage captured the entire event, and confirms a methodical and willed attack as the Americans yelled in English and in Arabic, “We’re Americans! We’re friendly!" (the Jordanian military court refused to show the footage). As Foreign Affairs reported, "they were hunted down and executed at close range." A fourth US soldier was able to wound the shooter, bringing the attack to an end. Crime scene photo evidence by the Army’s official 15-6 investigation.  Monday's verdict is being widely reported as "case closed" concerning the attack even as the victims' families and active special forces personnel themselves continue to ask questions. While family members consider the verdict a "good first step," they have all along pointed to deeper issues regarding their sons' presence in Jordan and the policies that sent them there. Official family statements from a March press conference included the following: Based on their behavior, the Jordanians apparently believe that our sons were expendable...   Finally, our government gives Jordan more than a billion dollars each year in foreign aid. The American public is told that the government of Jordan is our ‘ally.’ ...As for the foreign aid for Jordan, I say, ‘No more.’ Enough is enough. In a remarkably candid 2014 speech at Harvard, then Vice President Joe Biden admitted and emphasized Jordan's role among "our allies" in funding and supporting the rise of ISIS. After Trump took office Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe's father published a letter asking the new US president to "reconsider our relationship and aide to an ally who murders our soldiers and then lies about it.” Perhaps more significant is that the whole episode threatened to expose never before known details of the ground level nuts and bolts of how the CIA's program to destabilize and topple the Syrian government worked. While the program began to be the subject of vague references in major US media in 2013, specific names and locations of military units, persons, and places involved had never been known or understood until just before and after the tragic attack in Jordan. Even as of 2014, as reports and rumors of CIA training camps in Jordan's vast deserts were abundant, and as some enterprising journalists literally stumbled around Jordan looking for the whereabouts, locations and details remained a complete mystery. Training Jihadists for Syria Operations: Whistleblowers Speak One month before the attack at King Faisal Air Base, a Green Beret associated with covert operations in Syria spoke out to a prominent military news site called SOFREP, blowing the whistle on details surrounding the CIA's use of jihadists to overthrow Assad: "Nobody believes in it. You're like, 'F--k this.' Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, 'F--k it, who cares?' The lengthy whistleblower report (member restricted) circulated widely among special forces veterans and professional analysts, but never reached a broader public audience and was ignored in mainstream press as it sat behind a members only access site founded by a well-known Navy Seal for the purpose of 'insider' news and discussion impacting the special forces community. The report revealed that American Syrian rebel trainers (in Jordan and elsewhere) belonging to the Army's 5th Special Forces Group had been tasked with assisting a CIA covert mission, but they knew full well that they were being ordered by the Obama administration to train jihadists and ISIS sympathizers in the push to topple the Syrian government. They warned blowback was coming as the CIA was violating America's own counter-terror laws. Media figures like CNN's Clarissa Ward immediately attacked the report (Ward herself is a notorious regime change apologist), but SOFREP's reputation is as one of the few outlets in the world with direct access to covert and special operatives on the ground in remote places. Its two co-founders appear semi-regularly on Fox News and other outlets to discuss their investigative stories. Indeed SOFREP's team of journalists is made up almost entirely of former career intelligence and military operatives. The site's editor-in-chief, Jack Murphy, joined a group of high profile journalists last year which sat in a closed door interview with Syrian President Assad - among them were the New York Times regional bureau chief, a journalist from The New Yorker, and analysts from The Century Foundation. SOFREP's bombshell report was the result of months, and even perhaps years of a firestorm of controversy within military and intelligence ranks. Some members of the 5th Special Forces Group felt as if they were being used as pawns ("de facto expendable assets" as the SOFREP investigation describes it) by CIA bureaucracy in a legally and constitutionally questionable scheme that involved the US actively teaming up with jihadists to fight in Syria. While a general Western policy of using Islamic terrorism to pressure the Assad government has not been a secret in recent years, especially since the 2012 DIA 'salafist principality' memo came to light, details of how it all worked and how its overseers attempted to justify training jihadists have remained unknown. Screenshot of Syrian rebel video: unpacking US ordinance during training. Below are excerpts broken into sections from SOFREP's multi-part investigation (member restricted) into the joint CIA/Army Special Forces ("inter-agency") program. The total investigative series includes some 30+ printed pages of program history and details. It is unclear to what extent various elements of the program remained in place after Trump took office. 1) The three slain Green Berets were working under a program in which the CIA refused to properly vet trainees and allies: The slaying of three Green Berets comes after years of the Special Forces soldiers assigned to the CIA’s Timber Sycamore program complaining that the moderate rebels they had been sent to train were actually ISIS and al-Nusra infiltrators. The vetting that the CIA does of the rebels is dubious at best, consisting of bio-metric trace searches in old databases which are far from comprehensive. The Special Forces soldiers have repeatedly brought up the fact that the rebels they have to train have also failed their polygraphs and display allegiances to Islamists during interviews. Such concerns have also been expressed by the CIA’s para-military component, called Ground Branch, which have also gone ignored. ***** The shooter was an [Jordanian] Air Force soldier who came from the city of Ma’an, a hotbed of Islamic extremism.  Ma’an is known to be a city openly sympathetic to the Islamic State, and the black flag of ISIS has been flown over the city despite crackdowns by Jordanian Special Operations troops. ***** As of now, three 5th Group members killed outside a CIA base in Jordan by a Jihadist sympathizer is not enough to get Congress asking questions about what is really going on with these programs. ***** CIA officers, particularly the station chief in Turkey, are known to routinely blow off the concerns of the Special Forces sergeants. The CIA has a careerist culture in which numbers have to be met in order for their officers to be eligible for promotion, therefore the mission takes second place to checking tick marks on a ledger. Special Forces trainers complain that they were taking on too many rebels for them to control, and that many were actually terrorists.  Requests from the Green Berets for a security element from the Ranger Regiment to guard the rebels were dismissed.  The CIA blew off any and all concerns that the Green Berets had leading many of the trainers to actively sabotage the programs by passively refusing to train rebels that they know are actually terrorists. Some senior CIA staffers stayed away from the mission entirely, believing that the eventual blowback would be enough to destroy their careers. ***** “A good 95 percent of them were either working in terrorist organizations or were sympathetic to them,” a Green Beret associated with the program said, adding, “A good majority of them admitted that they had no issues with ISIS and that their issue was with the Kurds and the Syrian regime.” Like the militias being trained in Jordan, the rebels being trained in Turkey were not ready for combat. “It is not in their blood to be fighters. A large majority of them are criminals,” a Green Beret said. Many were foreign fighters, some from Iraq. One even turned out to be a Lebanese drug smuggler.   “The majority of these guys have been coached on what to say at the training site and give cookie-cutter answers,” the Special Forces soldier told SOFREP. They would portray themselves as being secular, but the Americans could tell who the hardliners were because they didn’t smoke (jihadis follow Wahhabi Islam, which does not permit it) and looked at the Green Berets with disdain. ***** Distinguishing between the FSA and al-Nusra is impossible, because they are virtually the same organization. As early as 2013, FSA commanders were defecting with their entire units to join al-Nusra. There, they still retain the FSA monicker, but it is merely for show, to give the appearance of secularism so they can maintain access to weaponry provided by the CIA and Saudi intelligence services. The reality is that the FSA is little more than a cover for the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra. 2) The CIA merely watched ISIS grow as its top priority had always been regime change in Syria: CTC [CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center] “didn’t even track ISIS worth a damn,” a CIA officer said. Amazingly, ISIS remained in the background, regarded by CIA leadership as little more than another insurgent group. The director of CTC, who had once been chief of station in Baghdad, did not care about Iraq one way or the other according to multiple sources in CTC who spoke to SOFREP confidentially. Since this was the party line held by the CTC director, it filtered down through the lower ranks in the CIA. In Syria, the overwhelming priority for the CIA is what some CTC officers call Director John Brennan’s baby: the removal of the Assad regime. ***** In 2012, with the Syrian Civil War already well underway, CIA Case Officer Doug Laux was dispatched to the Middle East in order to meet with allied nations and the leadership of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA). The mission was to “achieve the desired result of removing President Bashar al-Assad from power,” as Laux wrote in a memo. “Leadership on the seventh floor [of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia] and the White House had made it clear from the beginning that the goal of our task force was to find ways to remove President Assad from office,” the former CIA officer wrote in his memoir. Large sections of Laux’s book are blacked out by CIA censors, but what we do know is that American-made TOW anti-tank weapons began showing up in offensives waged by the FSA in Syria. ***** Brennan was the one who breathed life into the Syrian Task Force, which was able to draw upon resources from CTC/SI. “John Brennan loved that regime-change bullshit,” a former CIA officer commented. CTC/SI focuses on counterterrorism, while the Syrian Task Force conducts espionage, influence operations, and paramilitary activities in conjunction with the Special Activities Division (SAD) as needed in pursuit of regime change, including the covert arming of militia groups inside Syria. 3) Advanced weaponry went to al-Qaeda in Syria: Screenshot of Syrian rebel video: weapons training via American special ops instructor. Weapons were provided to the FSA by the CIA under US Code Title 50, which authorizes the CIA to conduct covert operations, including the supply of arms to foreign proxy forces, after receiving permission from the White House via a presidential finding. In 2014, it became perfectly clear that U.S.-supplied TOW missile launchers had fallen into the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria. ***** Concerns about the so-called moderate rebels have been brought up time and time again by the Special Forces trainers. Even the much lauded and allegedly successful program to arm the rebels with TOW missiles has proved to be a failure. Soon after the the TOWs were delivered, ISIS raided the storage facility where they were kept, the CIA-trained rebels abandoning their own weapons systems. Even the TOWs that remain in moderate FSA (Free Syrian Army) rebel hands end up benefitting the likes of the Al Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra. When a moderate FSA members fires TOW missiles in an offensive and takes new ground, that terrain is quickly ceded to al-Nusra, as moderate opposition groups are too weak to hold it. 4) The Obama White House and the intelligence bureaucracy sought legal loops holes to prevent prosecution of US officials for training terrorists as part of the covert Syria program: The legalities in arming groups which are designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the State Department are murky and complicated. If the orders are written the “right” way and lawyers are in sync at the White House and Department of Justice, they can be signed off on. Otherwise, the case can be made that support for the rebel programs are essential, admonishing the asset and personnel trained, while claiming that they will be monitored. The case would be that dubious groups have to be trained in the name of regime change in Syria, a regime that has backing from Russia, China, and Iran.   A curious loophole in 18 USC 2339, which makes it illegal to provide material support to terrorist organizations, is exception J which states that:   No person may be prosecuted under this section in connection with the term “personnel,” “training,” or “expert advice or assistance” if the provision of that material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization was approved by the Secretary of State with the concurrence of the Attorney General. The Secretary of State may not approve the provision of any material support that may be used to carry out terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act).   Exception J probably provides enough of a legal loophole for the CIA to train terrorists once DOJ and the White House of signed off on paperwork carefully written by a team of lawyers. ***** The White House and the Department of Justice have to be providing paper to the CIA for these actions, as senior management at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia won’t move without adequate protection for themselves. In this scenario, the CIA treats their Special Forces trainers as de facto expendable assets, using them to train known jihadists, when it was only a matter of time before something went wrong. ISIS social media released photos showing possession of the US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile. ***** The inter-agency mission given to 5th Special Forces Group sees the Green Berets seconded to the CIA in which they act under Title 50 covert action authorities instead of Title 10 military authorities. During such deployments, they also act in a compartmentalized manner to the point that even the Colonel who commands 5th Group is not read in on to the CIA missions. A Special Forces soldier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky is assigned a position called S3X in which he is read on to all of the missions and acts as coordinator. Special Forces Groups are assigned to handle different regions around the world, and 5th Group’s area of operations is the Middle East making them the natural choice for the training and equipping of rebel forces in Turkey and Jordan. ***** For the time being, the Special Forces soldiers assigned to carry out Title 10 programs feel as if they have to make it look like they are doing their job while actually doing nothing. With their hands tied behind their backs, options are few and far between. Many are actively sabotaging the programs by stalling and doing nothing, knowing that the supposedly secular rebels they are expected to train are actually al-Nusra terrorists. 5) Rare descriptions of covert training base details, housing and operations: Battlespace was delineated among the Special Forces members, with the troops stationed in Amman in charge of southern Syria, and others deployed to Turkey in charge of the north. However, Damascus X [the CIA station once located in Syria, now in Amman, Jordan] maintained a tremendous amount of clout over both commands. Gradually, funding and weapons flowed into Jordan for the Green Berets to use to further their mission. ***** One Green Beret commented on the great living conditions they had. A marble chow hall was built for them that employed a full-time cook. “They always have sweets out, ice cream, a giant freezer with chocolate milk, giant TVs, and an Xbox,” he said. He also mentioned they had a great gym. Between training rebel groups, they would take trips to see the local attractions. All and all, not a bad deployment. 6) Internal military pressures as well as media whitewashing attempted to censor SOFREP investigation details and end soldiers' leaking to the media: Since those articles have been published, 5th Special Forces Group has held “sensing sessions” between the commander and his staff.  The 5th Group commander has also conducted battalion briefs in which he stuck to the party line, but never actually denied any of the charges made in the SOFREP articles about what is going on in his unit.  One 5th Group member reported that the briefs were extremely awkward, especially when the commander told them that he got them all ball caps which at that point felt like it was compensation to the men for the mess he had gotten them in. ***** The commander, Colonel Leahy, went on the record for the Washington Times saying, “No one knows how to work with rebels better than our Green Berets…"   However, the [Washington Times] article glosses over the complaints that Green Berets have made about the Timber Sycamore program in which “moderate” rebels actually turn out to be Jihadists.  The Special Forces men complain and drag their feet, refusing to train the next generation of terrorists, but their words fall on deaf ears at the CIA.  The brass as Special Forces also seems uninterested in challenging the CIA, and the only mission that is keeping their unit relevant at the moment.    

18 июля, 21:50

As Trump's Ratings Hit Record Low, New Poll Shows He's Still More Popular Than Hillary

Where was this poll eight months ago? According to the latest Bloomberg National Poll, President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton is viewed favorably by just 39% of the electorate, a reading that’s two percentage points lower than the president’s. It’s the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009. As the Hill pointed out, a different poll put Trump's favorability at a record low, a development it blamed on the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised him damaging information about Clinton. Meaning that, even with favorability at record lows, Trump is still more popular than Clinton. Clinton has always been a polarizing figure, but support for the former secretary of state has fallen even among those who supported her in November…perhaps because they blame her for treating the presidency as a right, not a privilege, rigging the primary against her opponent, the more-popular Bernie Sanders and – most importantly – losing to Trump. “More than a fifth of Clinton voters say they have an unfavorable view of her. By comparison, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters felt that way in the final Bloomberg poll before the election, and just 6 percent of Trump’s voters now say they view him unfavorably.   ‘There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,’ said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. ‘It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.’” Clinton has made few speeches and, though she occasionally emerges to criticize Trump on Twitter, she has mostly kept out of sight since her defeat in November that shocked the political establishment and surprised markets. Her former supporters denied being frustrated that she lost the election (though let’s face it: they clearly are). Some said they’d wished the Dems had run Bernie instead. Even journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has expressed vociferous opposition to Trump and at times criticized Clinton, took a shot at Clinton on twitter. Hillary Clinton has somehow become even more unpopular since the election, now slightly lower than Trump's ratings https://t.co/Dp4xHlXzAd pic.twitter.com/i2ZwBUTUvx — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 18, 2017 “In follow-up interviews with poll participants, Clinton voters denied that their negative feelings about her had anything to do with her losing the election and, therefore, helping Trump move into the White House.   Instead, their comments often reflected the ongoing angst among Democrats about how best to position themselves against Trump and Republicans in 2018 and beyond. Many said they wished Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had won the Democratic nomination, or that they never liked Clinton and only voted for her because she was the lesser of two bad choices.” Others complained about her inauthentic vibe, which has struggled to overcome for decades. "‘She did not feel authentic or genuine to me,’ said Chris Leininger, 29, an insurance agent from Fountain Valley, California. ‘She was hard to like.’   Leininger, an independent voter who leans Democratic, said she found Sanders much more likable and with a better story to tell voters.   ‘But I don’t blame her for Trump,’ she said. “There were a lot of factors that fed into Trump becoming a president and she was just one of them.” The poll reaffirmed that, as was the case throughout the campaign, Clinton suffers from gender and racial gaps. Just 35 percent of men hold a favorable view of her, compared with 43 percent of women. And just 32 percent of whites like her, while 51 percent of non-whites do. Clinton's polling numbers reflect a broader trend of tumbling popularity for Democrats, with only 38.1% of Americans viewing them favorably.  Others complained that Clinton came off as smug… "'I felt like there was a smugness and that she was just a politician who was called a Democrat, but could have been a Republican,' said poll participant Robert Taylor, 46, a second-grade teacher from suburban Chicago who voted for Clinton, but would have preferred Sanders as the Democratic nominee. Even before the election, Taylor said he felt negatively about Clinton, but he doesn’t blame her for Trump being president. ‘I could vote for a competent leader or I could vote for a jackass,’ he said of his choices. ‘I think my negativity about her would be there whether Trump was elected or not.’” Some former supporters said they wouldn’t have voted for Clinton if she was running against anybody but Trump. “Ray Cowart, 75, the retired owner of a small software company from Elk Park, North Carolina, said he voted for Clinton even though he didn’t like her because “she was the better of two bad options.” Asked who he would rather have a beer with if neither one of them was president, Cowart said he’d rather stay home. ‘I wouldn’t go, even if I was thirsty,’ he said.” While Clinton’s favorability has only declined since she left the State Department, former President Barack Obama has fared better. He’s viewed favorably by 61 percent, up 5 points since December and at the highest level since the poll began tracking him in September 2009. Former Vice President Joe Biden is just one percentage point below Obama and at his highest level since the poll started asking about him in December 2009, according to Bloomberg. The telephone poll of 1,001 American adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, higher among subgroups. It was conducted July 8-12 by Iowa-based Selzer & Co.

17 июля, 17:01

Biden blasts GOP health care bill in Washington Post op-ed

Amid uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday slammed the GOP’s efforts to repeal the landmark health care law in a Washington Post op-ed. Biden chided his former Senate colleagues despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to appease undecided senators with an additional $45 billion put into the GOP’s revised health care bill to combat the opioid epidemic. “But my longtime Senate colleague is, I believe, missing the point” Biden wrote. “You can’t take away comprehensive health insurance from people struggling with opioid addiction and then just blow through $2 billion or, for that matter, $45 billion their way for treatment.”Biden said that the days before the Affordable Care Act are not a sustainable model and that the GOP plan would take Americans back to that time. “The ACA isn’t perfect, but the choices we made when designing the law flowed from a commitment to provide the best possible care to the most people," Biden wrote. Nearly a dozen senators are still undecided on whether they support the revised GOP health care bill, which was unveiled on Thursday. With Arizona Sen. John McCain out this week due to an unexpected surgery, a vote on the repeal bill is not expected to happen until next month at the earliest.

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28 декабря 2015, 18:12

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17 декабря 2015, 08:30

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10 декабря 2015, 12:53

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19 января 2015, 12:49

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