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The Mossad Caucus Exposed

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Politics

That the very same people who support surveillance of Americans and vehemently denounce efforts by civil libertarians to end the NSA’s scooping up our data indiscriminately are now screaming foul when confronted with their own canoodling with Israeli foreign agents is the kind of hypocrisy we have come to expect from this crowd. Spying on ordinary Americans is fine with them, but when it comes to stopping Israeli espionage – well, that’s just not cool.

Yet a broader point needs to be made. These people have inverted the proper role of government surveillance: they support it when it involves spying on, say, Antiwar.com, as revealed in this FBI memo. But when it comes to perfectly legitimate targets of such intelligence gathering – such as the efforts of a hostile foreign power aimed at scotching delicate negotiations – they’re against it.

And they know perfectly well what they’re doing. Marco Rubio joined his neoconservative backers in denouncing the US “spying on our allies,” and even averred it might be “worse than some people might think,” but in private he defended the surveillance.

More @ [Anti-War]

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CS-2 has been busy.

Rochester’s two recent high-profile terrorism-related arrests apparently share a common denominator — an informant, known as CS-2, who worked for the FBI in the arrests of both Mufid Elfgeeh and Emanuel Lutchman.

Elfgeeh, a Rochester pizza shop owner, has pleaded guilty to recruiting for the terrorist network, the Islamic State. Lutchman was arrested Wednesday and accused of an ISIS-inspired plot to abduct or kill patrons at a Rochester bar on New Year’s Eve.

FBI spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey declined to discuss the Lutchman investigation or to comment about whether an informant, also referred to as a confidential source, in the two cases is the same, but court papers make clear that he likely is.

And the informant’s activities could add to a refrain that has become common after similar FBI arrests of alleged terrorist sympathizers: Was the target of the investigation a true threat and terrorist sympathizer or was he instead pushed toward an illegal plot by informants paid by federal law enforcement?

More @ [Democrat & Chronicle]

Federal agencies are circumventing constitutional obligations by utilizing a secret fusion center where illegally obtained information is passed on to be used against American citizens. All federal law enforcement agencies are teaching their agents how to fabricate evidence and commit perjury under oath if necessary in order to protect and conceal the illegal sources of their investigations.
Attorney Robert Bernhoft and Former IRS Special Agent Joe Banister tell you how this unprecedented case will affect you.

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Federal agents raided the offices of a Jewish college that has prospered from millions of dollars in federal aid even though almost all its students live in Israel and hardly any of them graduate.

Federal officials declined to comment on the reason for the July 7 raid at Michigan Jewish Institute, in a suburb of Detroit.

But in 2012, the Forward showed how MJI’s assets soared as the college enrolled thousands of students in distance and online learning courses.

During a five-year period, MJI’s students claimed $25 million under the Federal Pell Grant Program, which is designed for the neediest American students.

Almost all those students took degree courses in Judaic studies at yeshivas and seminaries in Israel that they never completed.

Although MJI’s academic record has been poor, its assets have increased to $4.6 million in 2013, the most recent tax year available, from $1.2 million in 2008.

Source: [haaretz]

The Future Of Patriotardery

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Politics
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Gallup polling has announced that “Extreme Patriotism” is in irrefutable, perhaps irreversible decline.

As Independence Day approaches, most in the U.S. say they are proud to be an American, including a slight majority, 54%, who are “extremely proud.” The percentage saying they are “extremely proud” is slightly lower than in recent years and down from peaks at and around 70% between 2002 and 2004, after 9/11.

Is there not something odd and suspicious about people publicly saying that they are “extremely proud” to be American? Is this not like the stereotype of a Communist who not only joins the Party but overpays his dues and informs on his neighbors? Does not Extreme Patriotism indicate a hidden doubt . . . a state of denial . . . or a state of fear?

Putting that aside, there is no partisan political message to the data. Extreme Patriotism had a bump after the 9/11 terror attacks and during the invasion of Iraq and George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. This was the “Age of the Flag Pin,” color-coded “terror threat” alerts on Fox News, and the rest. Some 15 percent of the public became alienated with Extreme Patriotism during Bush’s second term, and haven’t returned it.

Also, many Extreme Patriots have probably died.  In other words, the American cultural, media, and political establishment is seeking to dispossess the people who most fervently believe in its legitimacy. Perhaps some Extreme Patriots express their loyalty because they are being dispossessed, much like an abused child might desperately try to please his parents.

Full Story @ [radixjournal]

In response to a Facebook post claiming that a Texas militia leader had been contacted by the FBI and instructed to alert militias, Oath Keepers, and three percenters to be ready and alert for possible terror attacks on July 4, Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes posted the following on Facebook:

Oath Keepers has not been contacted by any Federal agency or agents with a request for assistance. However, we all certainly should be on heightened alert, with our heads on a swivel this weekend and ready to protect ourselves, our families, and our fellow Americans if there is an attack. Frankly, we should all be doing that all the time, anyway, and that means going armed at all times so we are able to put a stop to an active shooter or shooters wherever, or whenever, they attack.

Robert-HeinleinAnyone who is trained and competent with their weapons should have a rifle and a rifle bag or chest rig with sufficient loaded magazines in their vehicle, at the least, and also a pistol on their person, at all times. But not just this weekend, and not just because of any particular threat – because that is our standing duty, day in, day out, 24/7 and 365 days a year. We the People are the true first responders. That’s how we should all be, all the time. We don’t need the FBI to tell us that. Now, if some field agent is switched on and has a clue, that’s great. But we have not been contacted by any.

And for those who don’t trust the FBI, I think you are perfectly justified in not trusting them. The FBI has a long history of COINTELPRO and manipulation, including sending in agent provocateurs, confidential informants, and actual agents to stir people up, cause division, and otherwise just wreak havoc. I don’t trust that agency any more than I would trust the CIA or NSA. Are there individual agents who are on our side? Yes, there are. But unless you know them personally, and have some proof that they are on the side of the Constitution, I think your suspicion is healthy and more than justified. And if I see anything suspicious on the 4th, I will alert a local cop, not the FBI, since the damn FBI could be part of the suspicious activity. They have been caught several times grooming and handling would-be terrorists (some of whom likely only became wannabe terrorists because of some FBI agent or paid informant recruiting them and talking them into it). – Stewart Rhodes

Source: [Oath Keepers]

PATCHOGUE, NY– KrisAnne Hall, speaker, author, educator and talk show host visits NY and takes us through some history to explain how the early colonists, who believed that “laws” which violate liberty are no laws at all, responded to the government mandates of their day. Hall urges New Yorkers to learn this history and follow their examples so that we may preserve liberty for future generations. Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

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The Declaration stipulates that those who govern the people are supposed “to secure” their pre-existing rights, not impose the will of a majority of the people on the minority. And, as the Virginia Declaration of Rights made explicit, these inalienable rights cannot be surrendered “by any compact.” So the “consent of the governed” cannot be used to override the inalienable rights of the sovereign people.

The political theory announced in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by the proposition I mentioned above: First come rights, and then comes government. According to this view:

  • The rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but pre-exist its formation.
  • The protection of these rights is both the purpose and first duty of government.
  • Even after government is formed, these rights provide a standard by which its performance is measured and, in extreme cases, its systemic failure to protect rights—or its systematic violation of rights—can justify its alteration or abolition.
  • At least some of these rights are so fundamental that they are “inalienable,” meaning they are so intimately connected to one’s nature as a human being that they cannot be transferred to another even if one consents to do so.

Full Story @ [Washington Post]

Just one day after Turkey’s announcement of plans to invade Syria by implementing a “no-fly zone” or “buffer zone,” Jordan has now announced that it is considering doing the same.

According to a report by the Financial Times published on Monday, the Jordanians also plan to implement a “buffer zone” on the southern border with Syria, stretching across the provinces of Deraa and Suwayda. The “buffer zone” would most likely include the city of Deraa and, like the Turkish incarnation, a “militarized zone” to “separate the buffer area from government forces.”

While the Jordanian military would obviously be involved, the zone would largely be manned by terrorists receiving support from the United States and the West.

Despite the fact that the “buffer zone” is being given the coloration of a humanitarian effort to end the fighting, protect the Jordanian border, and provide an area for refugees to gather, the fact that the Free Syrian Army fanatics and other “anti-Assad rebels” known to civilized humans as cannibals, rapists, and murderers, is a clear signal that there is nothing humanitarian about this measure.

Full Story @ [Brandon Turbeville ]

A train carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their families plunged into a canal on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers, when a bridge collapsed in what the army suspects was sabotage, officials said.

The military’s media wing confirmed that four carriages fell into the canal. It said the commander of one unit was among the casualties.

The military is fighting a Taliban insurgency in several regions of the country’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan in the northwest.

The crash in Pakistan’s Gujranwala district, in the northeast, happened as an army unit was being transported from southern Sindh province to northern Pakistan.

“There were around 300 passengers on board,” Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq told Reuters. “It is too early to say about the reason for the mishap. Rescue work is under way.”

The collapse also raises concerns about the safety of infrastructure. Several TV channels reported that the bridge had been marked as “extremely dangerous”.