Category: Politics

Assange Arrest A Priority Says US

David Smith in Washington
Julian Assange’s lawyer said he had not been told anything about charges against his client.

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority” for the US, attorney general Jeff Sessions has said.

Hours later it was reported by CNN that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Donald Trump lavished praise on the anti-secrecy website during the presidential election campaign – “I love WikiLeaks,” he once told a rally – but his administration has struck a different tone.

Asked whether it was a priority for the justice department to arrest Assange “once and for all”, Sessions told a press conference in El Paso, Texas on Thursday: “We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks. This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious.”

He added: “So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

Citing unnamed officials, CNN reported that prosecutors have struggled with whether the Australian is protected from prosecution from the first amendment, but now believe they have found a path forward. A spokesman for the justice department declined to comment.

Barry Pollack, Assange’s lawyer, denied any knowledge of imminent prosecution. “We’ve had no communication with the Department of Justice and they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges against Mr Assange,” he told CNN. “They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr Assange’s status is in any pending investigations. There’s no reason why Wikileaks should be treated differently from any other publisher.”

US authorities has been investigating Assange and WikiLeaks since at least 2010 when it released, in cooperation with publications including the Guardian, more than a quarter of a million classified cables from US embassies leaked by US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Republican politicians expressed fury at the time, accusing Assange of treason, and Trump himself told an interviewer: “I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something.”

All that changed during the election when WikiLeaks published emails acquired via Russian-backed hackers from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Trump and his associates seized on the revelations, citing them with relish during speeches, prompting accusations of cynical opportunism.

Now in power, their attitude seems to have reverted to Republican orthodoxy. In a speech last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said: “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

He added: “Julian Assange has no first amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an embassy in London. He’s not a US citizen.”

But US authorities cannot touch Assange while he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain, seeking to avoid an arrest warrant on rape allegations in Sweden. Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno, who won the recent election in Ecuador, has promised not to extradite Assange

 

Hillary’s Promise; Never Again!

by IWB · April 8, 2017
Hillary Clinton has promised she will never, ever run for elected office again, sparking wild celebrations across the country as Americans embrace the reality of a post-Clinton future.

Hillary Clinton has promised she will never, ever run for elected office again, sparking wild celebrations across the country as Americans embrace the reality of a post-Clinton future.

In her first post-election interview on Thursday, Clinton alluded to the pain of her loss of the presidency that she took for granted, hinting that there were times she didn’t want to get out of bed.

The aftermath of the election was so devastating,” Clinton said Thursday during the Women in the World Summit hosted by Tina Brown at New York’s Lincoln Center. “I had to make up my mind I was going to get out of bed, yes; I was going to take walks in the woods, yes.

As a person, I’m OK. As an American, I’m pretty worried,” said Clinton.

Hillary’s announcement comes after emails made public by Judicial Watch revealed Huma Abedin has been planning her funeral – a military affair involving a Washington D.C. motorcade.

LA Times reports: Among her worries, she cited President Trump’s policies toward women and healthcare, Russian interference in the election and the downward spiral of Syria.

However, Clinton approves of Trump’s decision to bomb Syrian government airfields.

That air force is the cause of most of the civilian deaths, as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days,” said Clinton, referring to Tuesday’s chemical weapons strike in Syria’s Idlib province that killed more than 70 civilians.

I really believe that we should have — and still should — take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.

Clinton still cannot understand her defeat

After months sticking close to her house in Chappaqua, N.Y., Clinton has been emerging more in recent weeks to speak in public, but Thursday’s appearance was the first interview.

Pressed by columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Clinton said she has struggled to explain her defeat, including the fact that 53% of white women voted for Trump. She blamed Russian interference in the election, the release of embarrassing WikiLeaks documents, FBI Director James B. Comey’s statement about investigating her emails shortly before election day and misogyny as contributing factors. She warned young women contemplating a public career that they had to be prepared for more abuse than their male counterparts.

Every woman who enters the public arena needs to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros. Boy, do I relate to this,” said Clinton, paraphrasing Eleanor Roosevelt. “By the time they were finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary.”

by · April 8, 2017

All I can say is……

More Fake News From Washington, By Paul Craig Roberts

More Fake News From Washington

More Fake News From Washington
this time it is about employment

Paul Craig Roberts

The US government continues to lie about everything, not just Russia, Syria, Iran, and China. The US government is incapable of telling the truth about something as straightforward as employment. According to the government, March produced only 98,000 new payroll jobs, an insufficient amount to reduce unemployment, but the unemployment rate fell from 4.7 to 4.5 percent.

How did that happen? Not because the unemployed found jobs. The unemployment rate fell because the government did not count as unemployed large numbers of unemployed people who did not look for a job during the four week period prior to the survey. The US has a low unemployment rate, because the government does not count the unemployed.

The government knows the reported unemployment rate is wrong, because other data are inconsistent with the low rate. For example, the labor force participation rate consistent with a 4.5% unemployment rate is 67%, whereas the current participation rate is a low 63%, which implies a much higher rate of unemployment than 4.5%.

The 4.5% reported unemployment rate is also inconsistent with the Conference Board help wanted data, which has been in a downward trend since 2010 and shows a March 2017 year over year decline of 17%.

I don’t see the financial press investigating the inconsistencies among the data, asking the government questions, and providing the public with explanations. John Williams at shadowstats.com does, but the economics profession shows no observable interest.

Just as the government doesn’t measure unemployment, it doesn’t measure inflation. The government has created the myth of a growing real GDP since a recovery was declared in June 2009. However, when the implicit price deflator is adjusted for the government’s understatement of inflation, as John Williams does, real GDP growth has been flat since June 2009.

The government uses fake facts in order to create a fake picture of the economy so that the stock market’s rise is perceived to be real and not the result of Federal Reserve manipulation and corporations using their profits and borrowing money in order to buy back their own stocks. The buy-backs drive up the stock prices and executive “performance bonuses.” Stock prices are higher than can be explained by profits and real retail sales. Indeed, stock prices are so high that one would think there would be massive business investment, but there is very little.

One would think that someone in the financial press would be interested in the many inconsistencies in reported data, just as one would think that reporters would be more interested in the inconsistencies in the government’s stories about Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Russia, China, 9/11, Snowden, Julian Assange, and reformist Latin American heads of state, who Washington always finds reasons to overthrow. But reporters aren’t interested and neither are their editors.

The facts are inconsistent with the propaganda, so the facts are ignored. In the place of facts, we have fake facts that sustain the propaganda. By controlling explanations, the government maintains The Matrix that serves the One Percent and war and is driving the world to destruction.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/04/08/fake-news-washington/

Russia: “The US Can’t Aim For Shit” Suspends Pentagon Agreement

Former Ambassador To Syria, Peter Ford, Tells It As He Sees It

Trump’s Condemnation And Response To Syria Attack

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the deadly chemical attack in Syria crossed “many, many lines” and abruptly transformed his thinking about Syrian President Bashar Assad. Still, he pointedly refused to say what action the U.S. might take in response.

Facing one of his first global crises, Trump blamed the attack squarely on Assad’s forces, even as the embattled Syrian leader and his Russian backers denied it. He suggested that the attack that killed 72 people had cut into his former reluctance to plunge the U.S. further into the complex and dangerous turmoil in the Middle East.

“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies — babies, little babies — with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. U.S. officials said the gas was likely chlorine, with traces of a nerve agent like sarin.

While continuing to blame predecessor Barack Obama for much of the current situation in Syria, he acknowledged that dealing with the crisis is now his own responsibility and vowed to “carry it very proudly.”

Only days earlier multiple members of Trump’s administration had said Assad’s ouster was no longer a U.S. priority, drawing outrage from Assad critics in the U.S. and abroad. But Trump said Tuesday’s attack “had a big impact on me — big impact.”

“My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much,” he said.

Raw: Storms Hit Texas, Crash Kills 3 Chasers

Yet Trump was adamant that he would not telegraph any potential U.S. military retaliation, even as his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, was promising a strong and perhaps even unilateral American response. Trump said disclosing military action ahead of time was a mistake the Obama administration had repeatedly made.

“I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or another, but I’m certainly not going to be telling you,” Trump said.

Since the attack Tuesday in rebel-held territory in northern Syria, Trump has been under increasing pressure to explain whether the attack was egregious enough to force a U.S. response. After all, Trump’s first reaction to the attack was to blame Obama’s “weakness” in earlier years for enabling Assad.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)© The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama had put Assad on notice that using chemical weapons would cross a “red line” necessitating a U.S. response, but then failed to follow through, pulling back from planned airstrikes on Assad’s forces after Congress wouldn’t vote to approve them. Trump and other critics have cited that as a key moment the U.S. lost much global credibility.

“I now have responsibility,” Trump said. “That responsibility could be made a lot easier if it was handled years ago.”

Standing alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah II at a joint news conference, Trump appeared to adopt the first part of Obama’s stance — that chemical weapons use is intolerable — while stopping short of saying what might come next.

The strongest indication that the U.S. might act actually came at the United Nations, where Trump’s envoy held up photos of the attack’s victims in an emotional plea to the Security Council to intervene.

“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley declared.

Though Trump has assigned no blame to Russia or Iran — Assad’s two staunchest allies — both Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have argued adamantly that both must use their influence to prevent Assad from mounting further attacks. As the Security Council weighed a resolution condemning chemical weapons use in Syria, Haley accused Moscow of blocking action and closing its eyes to the “barbarity” of three previous chemical attacks, also blamed on the Syrian government.

The most recent attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun bore telltale signs of nerve agent exposure such as victims convulsing and foaming from the mouth. Videos showed volunteer medics using firehoses to wash chemicals from victims’ bodies and lifeless children being piled in heaps.

Early U.S. assessments show the attack most likely involved chlorine and traces of the nerve agent sarin, according to two U.S. officials who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about intelligence assessments and demanded anonymity. Use of sarin would be especially troubling because it would suggest Syria may have cheated on its previous deal to give up chemical weapons.

After the 2013 attack, the U.S. and Russia brokered a deal in which Syria declared its chemical weapons arsenal, agreed to destroy it and join the Chemical Weapons Convention. Chlorine, which has legitimate uses as well, isn’t banned under that convention except when used in a weapon. But nerve agents like sarin are banned in all circumstances.

As Trump and other world leaders scrambled for a response, the U.S. was working to lock down details proving Assad’s culpability. Russia’s military, insisting Assad wasn’t responsible, has said the chemicals were dispersed when a Syrian military strike hit a facility where the rebels were manufacturing weapons for use in Iraq.

An American review of radar and other assessments showed Syrian aircraft flying in the area at the time of the attack, a U.S. official said. Russian and U.S. coalition aircraft were not there, the official said.

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Associated Press writers Vivian Salama, Ken Thomas, Lolita C. Baldor and Bradley Klapper in Washington, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/trump-condemns-syria-attack-but-wont-telegraph-us-response/ar-BBzsgf8?li=BBqdk7Q&ocid=SK2MDHP

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Epic April Fool’s Day Prank

This is a Classic! Funniest part is that AP had to check if it was a joke or not!:

 

Russia is known for many things—communism, vodka and bizarre dancing, for starters—but one thing Russia is not well-known for is its sense of humor. Perhaps that’s about to change.

In what could go down as one of the most interesting April Fools’ Day pranks of all time, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file that supposedly showed the agency’s new switchboard message.

The message begins with, “You have reached the Russian Embassy. Your call is very important to us.”

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording continues (in both English and Russian). Users are then instructed to “press 2” in order “to use the services of Russian hackers.” For “election interference” requests, “press 3.”

The Associated Press reports—because, apparently, AP felt the need to check—it was able to confirm the recording was meant as a “joke.”

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized those in the United States who continue to play the “Russian card” to score political points, alluding to the Democratic Party. He also called the accusations of election interference made against his government “endless and groundless,” according to a report by CBS News.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/01/russia-trolls-democratic-party-in-epic-april-fools-day-prank/

Geopolitics: The World Of Grown Ups, By G-Squared.

America will be correctly presenting itself in the upcoming Helsinki Conference with Russia.

Russia is currently America’s greatest ally and partner. Many hidden events took place during the insane Clinton-Obama era. Apart from the US Military, particularly The USN, deciding to run its own race.

It was a worse scenario than the rogue MacArthur, necessarily sacked by Truman. He sent; Eisenhower, Ridgway, and Clark to Korea. They had very specific instructions. MacArthur refused to attend a Pacific meeting  with Truman and had requisitioned twelve devices from The American Nuclear Arsenal, without authority. They were delivered to Darwin Australia. He planned to resolve the disaster he caused in Korea by dropping atomic bombs on Russia and China.

Russia is resilient and understood that The  Clinton-Obama idiocy with which America represented itself would eventually pass. Russia has defended itself at the doors of its homes. Which is very different to a computer game military.

For the first time in many decades, Trump and Putin are the way forward.

America still has nuisance elements in; Belarus, Chechnya, Georgia, and The Ukraine. They need to be shovelled off.

In Yalta 1945, Roosevelt was no match to Stalin. Potsdam was a rubber stamp. In Vienna 1961, Kennedy was no match to Khrushchev. The Cuban Missile Affair was very different to what is commonly believed in The West. In Moscow 1972, Nixon was no match to Brezhnev.

America; has been left militarily incapable of defending itself. Russia is the world’s strongest military power. And the only one with global reach. The American long range missile system has been inoperative for some three years. While political imbeciles in America waffled on, and The US State Department postured its stupid proxy armies, Russia was watching America’s back.

Mattis is the first Defence Secretary to take control of The Pentagon in many decades. Rumsfeld was as useless in his second term as he was in his first. Carlucci was running a business. Cheney was a good little contract organiser. He would later take America and its sucklings into the greatest military contract disaster in history; The FA-35. McNamara admitted he had no idea. A classic interview before he died.

Fortunately at this time in history, Russia is correctly and fully focussed on trade. America now has a common purpose with trade. The way forward for the world.

Occupations, Invasions, Regime Changes, Democratising, Humanitarian Aid, Removing Dictators, and all the rest of the rhetoric couching genocides, resource theft and asset looting are gone. America had become the preeminent terrorist. The way to prevent a consolidation of collective hatred against America, was not to continue and attempt to obliterate all objection, but to stop.

In recent decades, The Eagle has been high pitch screaming and jumping up and down. The Bear rolls over and continues its slumber. From WWII, when Russia drew a line in the sand, America did not cross.

On the two occassions that US State Department proxy forces gathered in Georgia; Russia flew 35 kms. into Georgia and destroyed them. On the two occassions that the same was attempted from The Ukraine, and the forces were allowed to cross. Russia ‘arrested’ them, without a shot fired. When Russia was no longer prepared to accept stupid childish behaviour in The Crimea, Russian forces moved in one sunday night and evicted the squatters; without a shot fired.

Russia quashed three civil wars in Chechnya. It has a 500,000 standing force for any disturbance in Belarus. It maintains a 200,000 force on The Ukrainian Border.

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The Kursk incident ramming was definately an act of war. When the message was finally driven home to Bill Clinton, he read the Putin statement as delivered. There have been force downs at Murmansk, The USS Virginia was chased out. The USS Donald Cook was disabled and had to be towed off.

The developed fixation in the minds of the noisy, concerning Russia the great enemy, and channelled back to The Cold War, continues. A study of true history delivers different answers.

Particularly since The 1853 Crimean War. When Russia had to fight Britain to remove The Ottomans from occupied territories including Jerusalem. Quite different to the school text renditions.

On two particular occassions; Russia and China had to chase out American over reach. The 38th. Parallel North was drawn in the sand in Korea. And America was vanquished at The 30/4/1975 Battle of Saigon. From 1961 to 1989 America sat staring at The Berlin Wall. The Eastern Bloc agreed at Yalta, was rubber stamped at Potsdam.

America even lost The Cold War to an internally fragmented Soviet Union. If that is a difficult swallow, search for reparations and concessions.

America has breached every weapons treaty it has ever signed, from long range to medium to threatre. It has breached sailing agreements as The Montreau Accords, and troop movements as The Bucharest Accords.

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All in all, American militarism has accomplished nothing beyond destroying its domestic economy.

The Battle of The Coral Sea, used as some cementing of defensive accords between America and Australia, was always meaningless. What happened with Papau and Timor?

Occasionally the children jump behind the wheel and pretend they can drive. And the herds are kept amused by circus performers in The Western MSM Big Top.

The Grown-Ups can now get on with the running of the real world. The toys are being moved into a safe corner where the children can play and shout.

G-Squared.