combat

combat

I am reading a book that I should have read in high school. It falls into line behind another book I should have read in high school, and a third one in which I am making slow progress. (I’m listening.) 

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I went to a very good high school and had one very very good teacher for AP English who was an Army veteran and who introduced me to writing, literature, and World War One war poems in a way that no one else did.

My AP History teacher was a veteran of World War One (his arm was permanently damaged in battle and he wore an early prosthetic forearm in a sling, inert and dysfunctional, perhaps for me the next level in empathy after Farragut’s Theorem).

Either one of these live human beings who taught me on a daily basis might have stood in for the fictional high school instructor of History and Moral Philosophy described in Starship Troopers.

The author described high school classes I wish were available to me, but weren’t. The course in survival preparation described in Tunnel in the Sky is unlike anything offered even today by small companies of preppers and former soldiers; the final exam was its climax.

 

Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is topically resurgent online today and has also spin off movies, role-playing games, and more.  But here today I’m focused on the book and the philosophies.

And the reason that I’m reading this book and looking at the phenomenon of its resurgence is simple: we’re going to war.

And we have not yet begun to even glimpse the final exam for that course.

We’ve been at war for a long time. We are a warring nation.  We like war.  Many of our elite get rich through war.  They foster and incite violence, conflict and hatred regularly. There is a long tradition among the extremely wealthy of funding both sides of a war at the same time. They probably get some form of perverse enjoyment out of the sacrifices of humans to their fantasies of power. Henry Kissinger has a quote or two about these things. Mike Rivero has published an article on war and bankers. Today’s alternative news will bring you forecasts of impending war with Russia (and perhaps China, or both).  Many people are aware of and concerned about the Soros-driven waves of Islamist refugees into Europe. The EU and NATO are described as the modern-day version of the Third Reich.

Others are concerned about waves of immigrants from various countries and cultures arriving via the US southern border. Imigration out of Asia into the Pacific Northwest has been forecast. War, weather and color revolutions have put a lot of peole on the march.

Civil war is forecast; the CONUS military exercises like Jade Helm have been widely discussed. Political change and degradation of rights enumerated under the Constitutiuon, itself widely degraded and no longer deemed worthy of protection by many, will be visible on the streets of the nation’s Capitol as a new President is inaurgurated (or perhaps assassinated, if you read some people).

So an old piece of science fiction that isn’t much younger than I am and that describes political and other virtues of military discipline and training comes into sharp focus for an individual concerned about the well-being of his family.

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“… Science fiction is a useful tool of cultural criticism in that it posits future worlds so as to reflect contemporary social concerns.”

Masters’ thesis in literature

http://scholarworks.uno.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2322&context=td 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYFcV004RfU

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“War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government’s decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence. But it’s not your business or mine to decide the purpose of the control. It’s never a soldier’s business to decide when or where or how–or why–he fights; that belongs to the statesmen and the generals. The statesmen decide why and how much; the generals take it from there and tell us where and when and how. We supply the violence; other people–“older and wiser heads,” as they say–supply the control.”

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

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“LANCE CPL. STEVEN West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet visor, until a shock of static feedback knocks him to the dirty floor. A band of locals surround him with pipes and rebar. “The feedback stopped, leaving his ears ringing, and grainy video feed warped back into view as he was struck again. And again.”

This scene isn’t pulled from the latest Clancy-esque techno-thriller, but a short story written as part of a new Marine Corps exercise using science fiction to think about possible threats 15 to 30 years in the future.

“Water’s a Fightin’ Word” recounts what happens when a squad of Marines on a humanitarian mission in Africa gets surrounded during a global freshwater shortage. The author slips in glimpses of military technology in its infancy today, such as the exoskeleton, electromagnetic pulse weapons, and combat-ready robots, and combines it with likely geopolitical scenarios, such as conflict over water and other environmental resources.

Officers at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Futures Directorate in Quantico, Va., came up with the idea last year to host a sci-fi contest to spur creativity, as well as get uniformed Marines to conceive of threats in a different way. A total of 84 entries were narrowed down to 18 finalists, who were paired with professional sci-fi writers—including “World War Z’s” Max Brooks—during a workshop co-hosted by the Atlantic Council. After months of editing, the top three stories were collected in “Science Fiction Futures: Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast 2030-2045″ and published online [ http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/Portals/34/Documents/FuturesAssessment/Marine%20Corps%20Science%20Fiction%20Futures%202016_12_9.pdf?ver=2016-12-09-105855-733 ].

The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first US boots on the ground in the toughest situations, the toughest challenges may stem from the latter.

“It will not be like Fallujah or Hue City,” said Marine Lt. Col. Patrick Kirchner, citing intense block-by-block conflicts in Iraq 2004 and Vietnam 1968. “But more like Manhattan, and not on a weekend.” Kirchner’s comments came at a panel on the sci-fi Marine warfighting project at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “You can’t pick out the enemy and you can’t just shoot him. You’ve got to figure out how to clear a skyscraper. You can’t just hang green t-shirts or chem-lites in the window and say it’s clear. We have to find out how to figure out this kind of situations.”

More:

https://www.wired.com/2017/01/better-way-marines-prepare-future-wars-sci-fi/ 

 

Music:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onGWF8mz1Zw 

 

“Robert Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’ is the only novel on the required reading list at the Army War College and Annapolis for the study of small force tactics.” 

“Small Unit Tactics” by Will Serwetman is available as a free download on the Internet.

On YouTube, you can find hours of assessment by major national think tanks on Russian military capabilities, hybrid warfare, urban warfare and the growth of mega-cities, and I probably only scratched that surface

YouTube is also resplendent with videos on squad tactics, urban warfare techniques, land navigation, and more.  Books and classes are available on community squad formation, how to conduct local “intel”, etc.  In today’s world, whether in the military or on the home front, we must consider the role and presence of women.

Preparing for war has become part of our culture. 

Somebody wants to bring combat upon you.

Are you ready for it?

Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a story about boot camp and military duty.

“COMBAT – that means life and death with people actively seeking to destroy you.”  Learning how to survive combat  is a serious business involving “the teaching of serious skills in a dynamic, live-fire environment. It takes tough men [and women[ to have first acquired the skills in order to teach them and it takes tough men [and women] to maintain order, discipline and safety in an environment to teach those skills.”

Starship Troopers: Thoughts #1

Note that I am not an expert in, nor have I ever experienced combat. 

 

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“… Advanced sensors, air/land/sea vehicles that can stay on alert for extended periods of time, and immediate battle damage assessment have changed the rules of warfare — as well as what is considered acceptable collateral damage.

All these factors make it easier to control violence. But it’s up to the politicians to tell the military what purpose the violence serves, and that hasn’t gotten any easier. Sun Tzu himself warned about it, saying, “He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.” However, Sun Tzu never had to deal with satellite communications, a 24-hour news cycle, or a pesky thing called democracy.”

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a13103/starship-troopers-is-the-new-the-art-of-war/ 

[Ed.: But we don’t have a democracy, and never did; we have what’s left of a constitutional republic….]

 

Heinlein’s tidy piece of science fiction offers lessons in civilian leadership.

 

8 Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Tips from Starship Troopers

Oct 21, 2015

Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic Starship Troopers, published in December 1959, is a permanent fixture on military reading lists among the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Starship Troopers describes how Johnnie Rico starts as a private in the Mobile Infantry, an Earth-based military force that serves as a galactic and heavily armed raiding force. The Mobile Infantry was similar to a WWII Marine Raider force or the Army Rangers of WWII – high on firepower, shock tactics, and infantry force.  The essence of Starship Troopers was a fight for survival of the human race across the galaxy.  Humans were threatened by a race of intelligent, highly skilled, and ferocious spider-like creatures (“Bugs”).  Standing in their way, the front line of Earth’s defense forces, was the Mobile Infantry.  The Mobile Infantry could be considered as interstellar Marines, transported from plant to planet in huge starships and then “parachuted” from planetary orbit.  On the ground, the Mobile Infantry fought in incredible, 2,000 lb, powered, armored suits.

Starship Troopers showed us that, despite the technology, being in the Infantry was still the Infantry with constant hard work, impossible odds, and zero thanks.  The Mobile Infantry fought and trained as Infantry has always done: outnumbered, in the cold and dark, and against incredible odds to save the human race and each other.  Starship Troopers made its way into the modern military lexicon more than a decade ago, most notably during the U.S. involvement in Somalia, where local Somali militia were referenced as “Skinnies” in comparison to one of the antagonist militaries that the Earth forces fought against in the opening chapters of the book.

Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a great refresher on some of the truly vital and critical skill sets that veterans bring to organizations in their post-military careers. If you are on the first day or your 10th year of your military transition, be sure to look down this list to contribute all you can.  There are 8 key insights that matter to how effective military veterans can be in business and their second careers.

1  The Entire Team Works On The Primary Mission.

The motto of the Mobile Infantry is, “Everybody drops and everybody fights.” On numerous drops, all of Rico’s unit went into combat.  Regular soldiers, but also cooks, administrative personnel, and even Chaplain’s – everyone fought.  From an organizational standpoint, this was the sheer genius from the Mobile Infantry. Literally, 100% of the organization was dedicated to its primary purpose of combat. The concept of “everybody fights” was a simple and valuable reminder that the majority of your organization should be dedicated to its mission.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  When you come into a new company or organization, how much of your job should be dedicated to doing what your company does for its customers? If your primary job reinforce safety standards on oil rigs, then how much of your time do you actually spend enforcing and training on oil rig safety standards? In the military and in the corporate world, it can be very, very easy to be distracted by activities that take time and effort, but do not contribute to the primary purpose of your organization towards its customers.

1  Performance in The Present, Not In The Past, Is All Important

Every person in the mobile infantry, and society at large, was judged by what they did, how they performed, and how well they followed orders. This focus on performance as the sole benchmark of personal value weas refreshing. In Heinlein’s sci-fi future, you could be rich or poor, from a great family or a questionable one, or have a PhD or a high school degree, and the only thing that mattered in the mobile infantry was well you performed.  In business, you can have a great corporate culture but if the product was bad, the customer service ineffective, or the company was not innovative, then you failed.  For both business and the military, performance was everything.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  Performance was a central driving criteria for veterans because no matter that you were a crewmember on a destroyer or an Apache Helicopter pilot, what mattered was how well you performed your current job. Don’t worry about how your background compares to others in your organization. Worry about how well you perform and always seek to improve.

1  Difference And Diversity Is A Non-Issue In The Modern Workplace

Starship Troopers gets some diversity and gender issues right and others completely wrong.  Gender, physical disability, and race played significant roles throughout the book. Women were allowed to perform all combat roles, even direct ground combat. However, there were barely any women in the Mobile Infantry because they were better suited for more vital military roles, like being starship pilots, serving in military intelligence, or weapons development. Women, it turns out, were even more valuable than men in effective combat performance and outcomes. The most important, strategic positions were reserved for women.

What Heinlein missed was the concept that a woman would want a direct combat position?  If Heinlein had ever met Ronda Rousey, then the whole Mobile Infantry might have been women.  The vast majority of Rico’s teachers were disabled combat veterans.  His Strategy instructor was the best military strategist who only happened to be blind. If anything, according to Rico, it made him a better strategist. Based on the concept of superior job performance that permeates the book, disability was an illogical reason to exclude anyone, because everyone’s value was based on how they performed.

Relevance to Military-To-Civilian Career Transition.  For military veterans, we are used to dealing with gender, diversity, and other issues on a daily basis.  Military members, like the Mobile Infantry, are used to dealing with different races and religions.  Veterans will need to work with other non-veteran civilians to have their military service fully understood and how it contributes to their current workplace.  Veterans will need to strive at times to be open and understanding with others as they explain and demonstrate the value of their service for their employer’s success.  The lesson from Starship Troopers was that when an organization unites under a compelling mission, truly focuses on performance, then difference does not apply.

5 More Lessons at Military One Click.  Content Provided Courtesy of Military One Click: http://militaryoneclick.com/8-military-to-civilian-career-lessons/ 

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-robert-a-heinlein.html 

“… A scientifically verifiable theory of morals must be rooted in the individual’s instinct to survive–and nowhere else!–and must correctly describe the hierarchy of survival, note the motivations at each level, and resolve all conflicts. We have such a theory now; we can solve any moral problem, on any level. Self-interest, love of family, duty to country, responsibility toward the human race . . . . The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual.”

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

 

 

 

 

If it is true, as Heinlein says, that “The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war’s desolation”, then a lot of us have a lot of thinking and work to do, even those of us who are physically impaired, elderly, or otherwise not inclined to sign up for some physically-punishing romp up and down some hills in the Appalachians, the Rockies, or even the flatlands.

With or without training, with or without armaments, in forthcoming wars, civil or otherwise, you will have to be mindful, self-aware, alert, prepared, and trained in the use and maintenance of your arms, your legs, your heart, your lungs, and your brain.

“It is a basic function of self defense and your job as an adult member of your family/ community. It is not a responsibility to be handed off the the police, or the State. When you do, it is all too easy to take that responsibility and capability away from you entirely, by disarming you and making you incapable of self defense. Whether by physically disarming you, or brainwashing your mind, you are gelded.”

https://www.maxvelocitytactical.com/2015/04/starship-troopers-thoughts-1/ 

Isn’t that in parallel with one of my most favored quotes from Tim Gallwey in Summon The Magic ?

One’s true capacity for moving,

or being moved, can be achieved

only when one’s commitment to others

is in fact connected to and derived from

his primary commitment to himself. 

When we find this kind of alignment of purpose,

there is a harmony of motivation

that can provide the fuel and clarity

to overcome great obstacles

in the pursuit of great challenge.

from The Inner Game of Work, by W. Timothy Gallwey

 

If your nation unleashes an environment — whether or not you are its target or merely it witness — of engineered super-soldiers, the use of drones, EMP and other directed-energy weapons, artificial intelligence and cyberwar, robotic military vehicles, drones and neuroweapons, are you ready?

Are you left of bang ?

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“… To permit irresponsible authority is to sow disaster; to hold a man responsible for anything he does not control is to behave with blind idiocy….”

Resources:

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2534973-starship-troopers 

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers 

https://www.part-time-commander.com/17-quotes-and-leadership-lessons-from-the-book-starship-troopers/ 

https://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9780425071588 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers 

http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Robert_Heinlein 

http://www.heinleinsociety.org 

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2016/05/26/reverse-engineering-humanity/ 

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Webb’s Braverman videos

Webb’s Braverman videos

There is a growing awareness in the world about the video series that has been put together by one fellow named George Webb.

As was said at Occurrences  previously,

Essential viewing: this and/or any segment in an ongoing series of analyses by George Webb in which he identifies the formulaic connections between Syria, Haiti, the Clinton Foundation, Petraeus, oil deals, pipelines, rat lines, weapons sales, regime toppling, and human trafficking.

Or you can read about it in The Captain’s Journal.

 

music:

Mark Lettieri Group: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Uptown Jazz Dallas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qislIOSqRx4

 

I have caught a few of the most recent ones and watched enough to know that there is something here to which Americans must pay attention, particularly those still concerned about liberty, the Republic, governmental transparency, the free press, and the Bill of Rights. 

The work stands on its own merits simply in terms of depth, perserverance, etc.,, but also in the fact that he has created and placed on line a complete set of slides that he uses in the tapes, as well as more information on his sources (slide #73, expanded below for readability).

George Webb posted 3 weeks ago

I am going to throw some dead man switch info out there just in case. I’m George Webb Sweigert from Portland, Oregon. If the videos stop, check the news and carry on the torch.

https://www.blogger.com/profile/14616689288744868067

 

Here is George’s full YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb 

 

I have not yet watched all of these; I’ve been busy compiling, for my own benefit and use by others, a complete list of available videos.  Some of them are longer than others; on some days, he makes as many as three to five videos. They are numbered for both day (the first number) and order (the second number). So, for example, the fifth video on day #12 wouild show up as [5/12].

It’s been said, perhaps erroneously, that some of the videos were disappearing, which is why I made this compilation. I do not know the date or the number of the very first video.  There is progression over time as more and more information came to light. The collection of information and its analysis continue.

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1X2ZNdpHMx23Nm-pGZULrBbU6SxpfiNMId6KXqe3deIE/edit#slide=id.g1906d72a88_0_0  [slides]

 

slide #73 exploded for readability

James Risen, NYT, Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize Winner,

FOX news – Brett Baier, Gregg Jarrett, Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne,

Wikileaks, Judicial Watch

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/05/doj-abruptly-drops-case-against-gun-runner-who-threatened-to-reveal-clintons-libya-dealings.htm l

Did Braverman Figure Out Clinton Foundation Was An Arms Merchant and Oil Broker?

Were the 1,000 Hidden Donation Funneled Through Giustra Enterprise Partnership to avoid the eyes of Eric Braverman?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html?utm_term=.69c48ae5db68

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-29/clinton-foundation-failed-to-disclose-1-100-foreign-donations

Tulsi Gabbard – US Directly and Indirectly Funding ISIS

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Says The U.S. Government Is Directly Funding… https://youtu.be/_qdf2WH4g9k  via @YouTube

Obama to Directly Supply ISIS?

http://uawire.org/news/president-barack-obama-lifted-restrictions-on-the-supply-of-weapons-to-us-allies-in-syria

Did Hillary Go After Libya’s $30B?

Drumheller Blumenthal Documents 2012

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1697077-3.html#document/p1

Drumheller Blumenthal Germany, South Korea,  Algeria, Magreb, Libya Documents – 2013

https://cryptome.org/2015/03/guccifer-drumheller-blumenthal-memos.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/16/world/africa/16libya.html

Judicial Watch Asks For Videos of CF FBI Testimony

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/12/clinton-email-depositions-release-judicial-watch-23221 3

Libya’s Current Civil War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Civil_War_(2014%E2%80%93present)

Are CF Donations Stinger Sales?

Sid Was Emailed The Coup Plans For South Sudan

http://observer.com/2016/01/hillarys-emailgate-goes-nuclear/

2016 UN Report on Recovered Weapons Libya – Dolarian Bouncing Beatties APMs

http://www.derechos.org/peace/libya/doc/unlby23.html

Hillary Gave Joe Wilson’s Company Symbion Lucrative Contract

http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/03/after-an-email-to-hillary-company-directed-by-ambassador-joe-wilson-was-awarded-africa-contract/2/

Sid Blumenthal Had a Financial Stake in Mercenary Group

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425295/gowdy-sidney-blumenthal-sent-classified-info-lobbied-clinton-profit-libya

Clinton Sent Dozens of Classified Reports to Mercenaries

https://www.propublica.org/article/private-emails-reveal-ex-clinton-aides-secret-spy-network

Hillary Clinton Had SAP and SCI Top Secret Info Reclassified

http://observer.com/2016/09/emailgate-and-the-mystery-of-the-missing-gamma/

National Review Article on Clinton Foundation Donors

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419791/clinton-foundation-reeks-crooks-thieves-and-hoods-deroy-murdock

Did Hillary Delay Boko Haram Terror Designation?

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/05/did-clinton-foundation-donor-get-hillary-to-delay-boko-haram-terror-designation/

Hillary Forces Out Kenya Ambassador To Open Somalia Off Shore Oil Leases

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Tensions-Spike-As-Kenya-And-Somalia-Battle-For-Oil-Rich-Offshore-Blocks.html

Some Nigerian Army Officers Selling Arms to Boko Haram

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-09-04/nigerian-military-some-officers-selling-arms-to-boko-haram

Same Qatar Individuals That Gave To Clinton Foundation Gave To ISIS

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/julian-assange-clinton-foundation-isis-same-money-saudi-arabia-qatar-funding-a7397211.html

UN Security Council Libya Panel On Recovery of Libya Weapons

http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/s_2016_209.pdf

Charles Ortel – UNITAID (21 minute mark)

http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/05/clinton-foundation-is-the-largest-unprosecuted-charity-fraud-ever-video/

How the Hillary Email Case, Huma Email Case, the Clinton Foundation investigations, the Mark Turi Stingers from Libya to Benghazi Case, and the David Petraeus Sex Scandal Case are all pieces of the Same Puzzle.

New York Times – Timber Sycamore

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/world/middleeast/us-relies-heavily-on-saudi-money-to-support-syrian-rebels.html?_r=0

NYT – Libya Arms Supplied Syrian Rebels

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/middleeast/cia-arms-for-syrian-rebels-supplied-black-market-officials-say.html

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/22/1000-clinton-petraeus-emails-missing-from-records-sent-to-state-fbi-files-show.html

An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/an-attempted-hillary-email-coverup/article/2004907

TRUMP TO PRESSURE FOREIGN LEADERS TO PROBE CLINTON FOUNDATION

http://www.infowars.com/trump-to-pressure-foreign-leaders-to-probe-clinton-foundation/

Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal, Force Release of Documents

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-asks-federal-court-find-government-misconduct-clinton-email-scandal-force-release-documents/

NATO has 10,000 Stingers Missing

In addition, George has appeared on a number of radio shows; where they have been found, those links appear as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc8jMrce7mE

George Webb on the Max Igan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcBwXC6xrU

George Webb on the Jeff Rense Show

 

Here is the list of individual videos (oldest show number last, but first show part first); in some cases, the numbering is erratic.  Hopefully I have not erred by mixing things up.

I’m not sure when Webb started the series, despite the numbered-day titling (a la the birth of ABC’s Nightline/Ted Koppel show); if you have found one of the missing shows, please send its link to me via http://www.thesullenbell.com/contact/.

 

Note that each YouTube video carries comments from viewers as well as further notes.

 

If you have comments about the nature and quality of Webb’s work and analysis,

feel free to comment on the newest YouTube videos or by using  http://www.thesullenbell.com/contact/

 

Format: htt#YouTube link [series #/part #]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_E4tW1fq-k [83/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-JeR-J8bTE [82/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tAhMlBCEc [82/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJNpf5GIvZg&feature=em-uploademail [82/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1955PlW3Nbs [81/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVOM0mdWnc8 [81/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RiPfG1miG8 [81/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-km5K9uOQw [81/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfinFUWIH6s [80/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RuZKVxt6fg [80/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyOXw2dtb-o [80/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCcSrCng8Rg [80/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADVVhtwumIE [79/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JscBxQCcRwU [79/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-zlUhrGyvo [78/1]

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/survivor-of-child-sex-traffickers-wants-to-help-others-still-being-exploited

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMJutrdWxsE [78/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMdaCwEpCYk [77/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYAN-9Lg6iw

George Webb on the Richie Allen Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5DvITArYl0 [77/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp144GSAANI [77/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU72gYydjk [76/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzvGNmpM1to [76/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU72gYydjk [76/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REgyxQrzwk4 [76/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8zYltSvKE&t=32s [76/5]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8zYltSvKE [76/5]*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StN7y3SPsAU [76/6]

* It is not known yet if this is a duplicate or was re-taped to replace one taken down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yisqDe7lmoA  [75/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3vL1csT3yI [75/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73OqOGZCriU [74/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDJB26FJOlk [74/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T7o5BhARTY [73/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk0tcW6DWUA [73/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9zyaHDfrB0 [72]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpwXb__QNps [71]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vam6qxfQrgA [70/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlLN2wUaXwA [70/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjnAcacvsOA [70/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6gvBEutuRM [69]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUvoOVYjNuE [68/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTNPN0snwEU [68/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3mwF1W_jnI [67/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSjcaCbOpZQ [67/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWItaf3JlAM [67/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZVLs5rL5E [66]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44zXm1EdVmw [66/Erdogan]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-huk9-kIU0 [66/2 Arms & Oil]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BveyoMUeprs [66/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVkkLCrj3w [65/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjhfXhTVjJ4 [65/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvW4k3hDfLQ [65/3, researcher version]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiXyk7G6GRE [65/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4nQdCMic0 [64]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q3i_fH4RXk [63/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bV_vAn9hys [63/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgzFdmldoFs [63/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfxdl-Rw4p0 [62]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUBZ89Zvj0 [62, again?]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWl_6SOX4i4 [61]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECJhrDoA6Ms [61, too]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO4zw_dJScM [60]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrhV1POBGus [59]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-BYdDRbug0 [59, late edition]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xja4KYUa22A [58]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuLs9VIf55U [57/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivw8v4a1gAs [57/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NQqHuQgSYw [56]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9VyrKB88DM [55]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc45mbeAMNI [54]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCTzFNrsKns [53]

At this point in the progression, the shows could not be found on the Webb Channel; #’s 46-52 showed up as mirrors on another channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyie4wZ2ZQw [52]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p82gGwmfFVk [51]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Q5ZxQ5KYM [50]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUQRBH-cgNs [49]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrKWpnw4Voc [48]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy0yj3pKC-Q [47]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsmxkQYN0KY [46]

From here on, shows became exceedingly difficult to find in series; these were mirrored on a third channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfFcHiDC0m8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [John Shedlock]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOorF8cjiK8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=18 [45, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5PZD1VCgQw&index=17&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [43, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqnKLJhe8g&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=16 [42, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV7UJ2ZbJSs&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=15 [[40, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYBkOFVY6vM&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=12 [35, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MDiu32qQMQ&index=11&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [34]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqXNj9RpTA&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=10 [33]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86XRMFGaUk&index=9&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [32]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkN0bHdvEX0&index=8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [31]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KOY6muWUWA&index=7&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [30]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqqwS0N9Ppc&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=6 [29]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmAH4sSGHKE&index=5&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [27]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3dXhJmgN1I&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=4 [26]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifuprc_WeQY&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=3 [25]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fYCQV2I_ew&index=2&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [24]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfFcHiDC0m8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [23]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh9l3VTAukQ&index=14&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [20, mirrored from RU12]

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organized political upheaval

GEORGE SOROS CONJURES HITLER IN ATTACK ON ‘ASCENDANT POPULISTS’, WARNS “DEMOCRACY IS NOW IN CRISIS”

“Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for. I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived…..”

Read the whole nokedii, in George’s own words, here:

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ 

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This is a friendly observation from out here in the deep bleachers, aimed at the global socio-political-informational playing field: 

 

Can we back off on the usage of the concept and phrase ‘coup d’etat’ unless it is fully warranted and fully explained? A search for the term at Google News gained a massive response; five of the ten on the first page were about the possibility inside the United States given the election of Trump, and the top ten did not include Stephen Lendman’s column from earlier today. Nor did it include, at that time, at least, James Petras’ warning about a forthcoming coup against Trump and his military/Wall Street/Defense. Petras notes a crescendo of media hysteria.  

  

https://manchikforcongress.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/tjeffsmlr.jpg 

Source of graphic: 

https://manchikforcongress.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/the-corporate-coup-d-etat-of-america-and-the-end-of-democracy-in-america/ 

[Note that he’s a Jill Stein supporter.]

 

There has been a great deal of attention given to Trump’s generals recently (even by me).  That attention is most amusing when rendered by people who have stood silently by as a couple of bushes and an obomber have wreaked global havoc with their military toys.

That august and revered (not) but too-easily-used  (even by me) Wikipedia cites the august and revered (not) Samuel Huntington: 

 

“Writing in 1968, political scientist Samuel P. Huntington identified three types of coup d’état, which correspond to the role the military plays in three different types of praetorian society”. As society changes, so does the role of the military. In the world of oligarchy, the soldier is a radical; in the middle class he is a participant and arbiter; as the “mass society looms on the horizon he becomes the conservative guardian of the existing order”.

“During the Carter administration, Huntington was the White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He is best known for his 1993 theory, the “Clash of Civilizations“, of a post-Cold War new world order. He argued that future wars would be fought not between countries, but between cultures, and that Islamic extremism would become the biggest threat to Western world domination. Huntington is credited with helping to shape U.S. views on civilian-military relations, political development, and comparative government.[1] He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he began teaching at age 23…. His first major book was The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations (1957), which was highly controversial when it was published, but presently is regarded as the most influential book on American civil-military relations.[8][9][10] He became prominent with his Political Order in Changing Societies (1968), a work that challenged the conventional opinion of modernization theorists, that economic and social progress would produce stable democracies in recently decolonized countries.

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentration of the rural population of South Vietnam, via a strategy of carpet-bombing and defoliating the rural lands and jungles of Vietnam, as a means of isolating the Viet Cong…. He also was co-author of The Crisis of Democracy: On the Governability of Democracies, a report issued by the Trilateral Commission during 1976. In 1977, his friend Brzezinski – who had been appointed National Security Adviser in the administration of Jimmy Carter – invited him to become White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He served in this position until the end of 1978….” [ Huntington

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/accp/is3003/fig2-2.gif

At about the same time, another tactical Zio-NWO prong arrived out of the London School of Economics embodied in the persona of Edward Luttwak, who “has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the United States Department of State, the United States Navy, United States Army, United States Air Force, and several NATO defense ministries. Working for OSD/Net Assessment, he co-developed the current maneuver-warfare concept, working for TRADOC, he introduced the “operational level of war” concept into U.S. Army doctrine, wrote the first manual for the Joint Special Operations Agency, and co-developed the Rapid-Deployment Force concept (later U.S. Central Command) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Affairs…. His book Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook has been reprinted numerous times, and translated into 18 languages. His well known book Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace is widely used as a textbook in war colleges and universities, has also been translated in several languages.”

Richaerd A. Posner, on page 142 of his book “Public Intellectuals” notes that “Luttwak described the United States as a country on the way down. He asked “When will the United States become a third-world country?” and answered “One estimate would place the date as close as the year 2020. A more optimistic prediction might add another ten or fifteen years. Either way, … all but a small minority of Americans will be impoverished soon enough….” 

Luttwak’s revised “practical” handbook on coups d’etat “offers an altogether new way of looking at political power one that considers, for example, the vulnerability to coups of even the most stable democracies in the event of prolonged economic distress. The world has changed dramatically in the past half century, but not the essence of the coup d etat. It still requires the secret recruitment of military officers who command the loyalty of units well placed to seize important headquarters and key hubs in the capital city. The support of the armed forces as a whole is needed only in the aftermath, to avoid countercoups. And mass support is largely irrelevant, although passive acceptance is essential. To ensure it, violence must be kept to a minimum. The ideal coup is swift and bloodless. Very violent coups rarely succeed, and if they trigger a bloody civil war they fail utterly. Luttwak identifies conditions that make countries vulnerable to a coup, and he outlines the necessary stages of planning, from recruitment of coconspirators to postcoup promises of progress and stability. But much more broadly, his investigation of coups updated for the twenty-first century uncovers important truths about the nature of political power.”

 

If the reader has an historical curiosity, he might consult Wikipedia’s list of coups d’etat and coup attempts as a starting point; you’re own historical analysis may offer an alternative. It reminds me of the old joke about what South Americans love most: futbol: “Isn’t it revolting?” “No, that’s their second favorite thing.” The wiki list talks a lot about military figures but fails to artioculate those shadowy figures flitting around near and sinside the military.  Note that there is no mention either of any of the real or imagined coups d’etat within the United States. 

Listverse.com has a more succinct list of the top ten significant historical coups detat

For fans of the UFC-style “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality, List25.com has the 25 most violent military coups. 

William Blum, the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, has his master list master list of instances of he United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War (* indicates successful ouster of a government).

Intellectuals and academics may be interested in this undated final copy of a paper (the most recent case study is 2011) from within NYU’s Deprtment of Politics entitled “Popular Protest and Elite Coordination in a Coup D’Etat” which presents a model that “suggests that protests in countries with media freedom better facilitate elite coordination”. 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514URs8kudL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Perhaps you favor an alternative POV, one from Britain via  Jeff Bezos’ global monopoly bookstore: How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution, “a unique textbook for the armchair revolutionary, as well as a practical guide for the idealist with a soft spot for the sound of artillery fire”

Note the OTPOR fist variant.

https://theinternationalreporter.org/2016/09/27/george-soros-false-flag-factories/ Gyorgy has been a prominent and active supporter of the near-moribund Clinton campaign. 

Pretend that you can hear the “whump” or mortar fire here

https://westernrifleshooters.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/generalissimo-jarrett.jpg 

Generalissimo Jarrett was said — by a known Satanist and seminal information wars strategist — to be involved in a “purge” of top-level U.S. military officers during the Obama administration.

 

If you want to take the pulse of an online community, see the discussion at Quora.com What-country-has-had-more-coups-and-coups-detats-than-any-other? but you may have to sign in with one of those social media giants which play such a huge and heavily-biased role in our socio-political milieu, either Google or Facebook.

 

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NEW YEARS 2017: COPS TO USE ‘MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS’ ON EVERYONE

Happy New Years and welcome to nightmare 2017. Last week, I warned everyone, that beginning next year cops will be using pot breathalyzers to arrest innocent people but what’s about to happen in Texas, should scare the ‘you know what out’ of everyone. According to an article in the ‘Dallas News’ beginning this spring, Texas cops will begin using ‘Mental Health Assessments’ (MHA) on everyone!

Nine bogus ‘risk assessments’ in use right now:

1 Firefighters are giving homes risk assessments

2 Police are giving homes ‘social disorder’ ratings

3 Our homes are given color-coded threat assessments

4 DHS and the FBI are giving our homes threat assessments

5 Americans being given threat assessments while travelling inside the U.S.

6 Risk assessments used to sentence people to death and jail

7 Probation officers give nearly 7 million Americans threat assessments     

8 American students being given threat assessments

9 Grade school kids are being given social and emotional mindset assessments

 

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cops_to_use_mental_health_assessments_on_everyone/56010/0/38/38/Y/M.html 

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Star Wars: Lucas wrote a ‘false flag’ historical allegory about US devolution to rogue state empire. It’s true: US ‘leads’ ‘developed’ nations to war-poverty murder ~400 million in last 20 years as most evil government in world history

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Carl Herman

Star Wars’ Rogue One is a story of rebel leaders’ strategy development to stop a total-evil empire fooling many with “fake news” of bringing “safety and security” to the public after a history of false-flag terrorism (and here). In the story, insiders leak literally explosive data that unfolds to to escalating military engagement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY

Our real world is a story exactly the same of a rogue state empire, but with an option for public awakening to Emperor’s New Clothes facts that could end the empire through lawful arrests of .01% criminal leaders.

Edited from what I wrote about Star Wars in 2015:

“How do democracies get turned into dictatorships? The democracies aren’t overthrown; they’re given away… Star Wars was really about the Vietnam War.” – George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

“The (Star Wars) Empire is like America ten years from now.” – George Lucas, 1973 

Adjusted for inflation, Star Wars is likely the most popular film series in history. Stories are popular because they communicate themes that resonate with the public. Creator George Lucas communicates that a powerful republic is overcome by false flag deception that devolves all into the most evil dictatorial empire possible.

“Dictatorship” literally means a government from what is dictated/said whenever government “leadership” says so. The US has lost almost all Constitutional rights to the dictates of “leaders” in government. In contrast, a constitutional republic is limited government acting within its constitution.

⇒ Keep Reading for many more links and two more videos

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“… “The information that current marketers can use in order to generate targeted advertising is limited to the input devices that we use: keyboard, mouse, touch screen,” says Michael Madary, a researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University who co-authored the first VR code of ethics with Thomas Metzinger earlier this year. “VR analytics offers a way to capture much more information about the interests and habits of users, information that may reveal a great deal more about what is going on in [their] minds.”

The value of collecting physiological and behavioral data is all too obvious for Silicon Valley firms like Facebook, whose data scientists in 2012 conducted an infamous study titled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” in which they secretly modified users’ news feeds to include positive or negative content and thus affected the emotional state of their posts. As one chief data scientist at an unnamed Silicon Valley company told Harvard business professor Shoshanna Zuboff: “The goal of everything we do is to change people’s actual behavior at scale. … We can capture their behaviors, identify good and bad behaviors, and develop ways to reward the good and punish the bad.”….”

Read the entire long article here:

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/23/virtual-reality-allows-the-most-detailed-intimate-digital-surveillance-yet/ 

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THE MOST DANGEROUS PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET IN 2016

WRITTEN BY WIRED STAFF

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12.22.16.

TIME OF PUBLICATION: 7:00 AM.

NOT SO LONG ago, the internet represented a force for subversion, and WIRED’s list of the most dangerous people on the internet mostly consisted of rebellious individuals using the online world’s disruptive potential to take on the world’s power structures. But as the internet has entered every facet of our lives, and governments and political figures have learned to exploit it, the most dangerous people on the internet today often are the most powerful people.

A Russian dictator has evolved his tactics from suppressing internet dissent to using online media for strategic leaks and disinformation. A media mogul who rose to prominence on a wave of hateful bile now sits at the right hand of the president. And a man who a year ago was a reality television star and Twitter troll is now the leader of the free world.

Vladimir Putin

Since experts pinned the Democratic National Committee breach in July on two teams of hackers with Russian-state ties, the cybersecurity and US intelligence community’s consensus has only grown: Russia is using the internet to screw with America’s electoral politics. The Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, followed by the leak of those groups’ private communications, injected chaos and distraction into the Democratic party at a crucial moment in the electoral season, and may have even helped tip the scales for Trump.

Even before those Russian hackers’ handiwork came to light, Putin’s government was already hard at work poisoning political discourse online. Its armies of paid trolls have been busy injecting false stories into online discussion forums, attacking the Kremlin’s critics on Twitter and in the comments of news sites. Taken together, that hacking and trolling makes Putin’s government one of the world’s most malevolent forces for disinformation and disruption online. And if anything, recent events have only emboldened them.

Donald Trump

When WIRED compiled its list of the internet’s most dangerous people in 2015, we called Trump a “demagogue, more interested in inciting backward fears and playing to Americans’ worst prejudices than addressing global problems.” None of that has changed. Trump still hasn’t officially renounced his promises of a ban on Muslim immigration or apologized for calling Mexican immigrants rapists. Now, he’s weeks away from becoming President of the United States.

As President-elect, Trump has continued to act as the world’s most powerful internet troll, telling his 17.6 million Twitter followers that anyone who burns the American flag should be unconstitutionally imprisoned and have their citizenship revoked, and arguing, with no evidence, that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in an election that he won. Trump’s Twitter account telegraphs his apparent disregard for the Constitution, spreads disinformation on a massive scale, and has baselessly called America’s electoral process into question.

Steve Bannon

Before Steve Bannon joined Donald Trump’s campaign as CEO, he was already in Trump’s corner as the publisher of the righter-than-right wing news site Breitbart.com. During his tenure running that site, Breitbart published the racist, anti-semitic and overtly misogynist content that made it the paper of record for the bigoted new political fringe known as the alt-right. Now, as the chief strategist for Trump’s transition team coming presidency, he stands to bring that fascist agitprop perspective into the White House itself.

James Comey

In the weeks before November’s election, FBI Director James Comey cemented his already controversial reputation by revealing that his agents would continue the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, after previously setting it aside in July. He did not explain anything about what a newly found trove of emails entailed, or why they might be significant (they weren’t). That half-clue was all the Trump campaign and its surrogates needed to start a wildfire of speculation, and even to claim that Clinton would be imminently indicted (she wasn’t).

But even before Comey’s unwarranted insertion of the FBI into the most sensitive political moment of a tense election, the FBI head had led the federal government’s war on encryption to a dangerous standoff: demanding that Apple write code to help the bureau crack its own device, the locked iPhone 5c of San Bernadino killer Rizwan Farook. That six-week battle, which finally ended in the FBI finding its own method of breaking into the phone, showed Comey’s willingness to compromise Americans’ cybersecurity and privacy in the interests of surveillance, and put a lasting strain on Silicon Valley’s relationship with the FBI.

ISIS

The pseudo-religious apocalyptic cult known as the Islamic State may be losing money, resources, and ground on its home turf in Iraq and Syria. But its tendrils still extend throughout the web and social media. The group showed in 2016 that it can still reach lone, disaffected, and even mentally ill people to inspire tragic acts of violence. Even as its direct power crumbles, ISIS’s propaganda this year contributed to horrific massacres from the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice to the Pulse night club shootings in Orlando. And unlike the rest of the individuals on this list, ISIS’ danger comes from what social media extremism expert Humera Khan calls “the ISIS Borg collective.” The deaths of dozens of top ISIS commanders in 2016, in other words, hasn’t dulled the group’s message.

Milo Yiannopoulos

The Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannpoulos in 2016 illustrated everything that’s wrong with Twitter. Not simply his role as an “alt-right troll”—a polite term for a race-baiting, misogynistic, immoral fame-monger. Yiannopoulos graduated from awful ideas to actual targeted abuse, gleefully turning his hordes of followers on targets like actress and comedian Leslie Jones, who thanks to Yiannopolous was drowned in so much nakedly racist, sexist abuse that she temporarily quit the site. Twitter eventually banned him, a decision Yiannopolous lauded as only increasing his fame. And there are plenty more people who still espouse his ideas on the platform. But it will at least keep his vile statements confined to the darker corners of the internet, where they belong.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

For a brief moment this summer, the world feared that a military coup would topple Turkey’s elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Then it watched in horror as Erdoğan used that failed coup to justify a internet and media crackdown rarely, if ever, seen in modern democracies. More than a hundred Turkish journalists have since been jailed, and access has been intermittently throttled or cut to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp. In response to protests that have since embroiled the country, Erdoğan’s regime has at times cut off internet access entirely to millions of Turks, denying them both the means to assemble and spread dissident information, as well as basic services.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange proved in 2016 that even from the two-room de facto prison of London’s Ecuadorean embassy, it’s possible to upend the powers-that-be. In WikiLeaks’ most influential and controversial moves since it first rose to national attention in 2010, Assange masterminded the leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the email account of Hillary Clinton campaign staffer John Podesta. Never mind that those leaks appeared to come not from internal whistleblowers but from external hackers, believed by US intelligence agencies to be on Russia’s payroll. Assange has denied that his source is Russian. But it’s a curious claim: WikiLeaks is designed to guarantee sources’ anonymity, so that even he can’t identify them. He also promises those sources he’ll “maximize the impact” of their leaks. And in this election, he kept his promise.

Peter Thiel

After supporting Donald Trump’s campaign financially and vocally, Peter Thiel ended this year as arguably the most influential person in Silicon Valley, literally sitting at the left hand of the president-elect in the tech industry’s meeting with him earlier this month. The intelligence contractor Palantir, which he co-founded, will no doubt rise with him, and its powers for privacy-piercing analysis could become more broadly applied within America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies than ever before.

But we’ll leave all that for next year’s “most dangerous” list. Thiel’s real demonstration of his power in 2016 came in the form of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, which the tech billionaire was revealed to have funded. The suit effectively wiped one of his personal enemies off the internet—which, as Thiel has calmly explained, was his goal. Given that win for censorship, his role on the Trump transition team, and Trump’s promise to “open up” libel laws, Gawker may just be the canary in the First Amendment coal mine.

Updated 12/22/16 2:30pm EST to include Peter Thiel.

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/most-dangerous-people-on-the-internet 

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December 22-23, 2016 — Snopes co-founder embezzled funds for prostitutes 

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES December 2016) 

Dec 22, 2016

Snopes called WMR a “disreputable web site” while it employed a porn actress and aberrant sex blogger.

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December 23-26, 2016 — “Fake News” and “Fake Intelligence” are the neocon stock-in-trade (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES December 2016) 

Dec 23, 2016

Neocons continue to lie about Russia as they did about the Soviet Union in 1981.

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Cybersecurity firm finds evidence that Russian military unit was behind DNC hack

Washington Post

somewhere around the turn of the solstice

A cybersecurity firm has uncovered strong proof of the tie between the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee and Russia’s military intelligence arm – the primary agency behind the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election.

[Ed.: Ayuh.]

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First, pizza…; now fried chicken

https://www.rt.com/viral/371518-snowden-tweet-kfc-confusion/ 

[Ed.: Does the future of covert communication lie in fast food?]

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“The US government is planning to quiz foreign travelers entering the country about their social media status.

Anyone entering the US from another country will face questioning about their Twitter and Facebook updates, in the hope that it will help to spot and curb security-related threats. Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) the US ask foreign travelers to provide their social media information. The VWP is for citizens of nearly 38 countries that do not require a visa for tourism, business or while in transit for up to 90 days when entering the US. However, they do need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as a valid travel document, during which time their social media information will also be requested….

However the proposal made by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in June had faced months of criticism from many tech giants and privacy campaigners, who believe this to be an invasion of people’s lives and privacy. Nonetheless, it was recently given the go-ahead by the Department of Homeland Security. ….”

Read more:

https://en.ria.ru/us/201612231048934370-us-foreign-travelers-quiz/ 

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How an Evidence-Free CIA Finding Alleging Russian Interference in the US Election was Turned into an Indisputable ‘Truth’

By Stephen Gowans

Global Research, December 19, 2016

What’s Left 17 December 2016

An excerpt:

“… The US newspaper of record reported that “two Russian hacking groups” were “found at work inside the D.N.C. network,” “Cozy Bear and “Fancy Bear.” Cozy Bear, according to the newspaper, “may or may not be associated with the F.S.B., the main successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B”

(emphasis added.) Fancy Bear, it turns out, also may or may not be associated with the Russian government, in this case, “the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency.” Nevertheless, the New York Times revealed that both groups are “believed” by Washington to be Russian government operations (though they may or may not be.) [4]

How was this belief arrived at? Through a process the New York Times describes as attribution, “the skill of identifying a cyberattacker.” This is a fancy way of describing conjecture. Attribution is “more art than science,” the newspaper concedes, while acknowledging that it “is often impossible to name an attacker with absolute certainty.” [5] Finding water with a divining rod, and predicting the future with a Ouija board, are also more art than science, and both involve the process of attribution, the skill of identifying hidden water and hidden events, though it is often impossible to find water, and foretell the future, with absolute certainty. Divination and CIA analyses apparently have much in common. ….”

Read the entirety here:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-an-evidence-free-cia-finding-alleging-russian-interference-in-the-us-election-was-turned-into-an-indisputable-truth/5563458 

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“Newspeak” and the Duplicity of Mainstream Journalism

By Julian Rose

Global Research, December 22, 2016

“… Real journalism can now only be found on discerning alternative media sites. Please note that I said ‘discerning’. Main stream journalists who knowingly distort the truth, especially in life and death situations, should be considered as directly complicit in crimes against humanity…..”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/news-speak-and-the-duplicity-of-mainstream-journalism/5563834 

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Seven Times [with video] The MSM Got Destroyed In A Debate In 2016

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/64454.html 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w42CTq5QZtI

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Edward Snowden: Don’t Rely on ‘Referee’ to Censor ‘Fake News’

Original article “Snowden did not state whether he believed the claims that ‘fake news’ had swung the election in any way but rather pointed out the dangers of companies using terms like ‘fake news’ to censor content with which they disagreed. Snowden stated that rather than waiting for gatekeepers to define what is and isn’t ‘fake news,’ people should have an open dialogue with each other and point out proven facts.”

via

http://www.strike-the-root.com 

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Ideas are welcome.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/12/false-news-by-omission-misinforms-pointing-such-out-may-soon-be-censored.html 

Trump’s Generals

Trump’s Generals

“Democrats are growing uneasy with the number of generals President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for his administration, citing concerns about the amount of sway the military will have in the government. Trump has so far named three generals to top positions –– and there’s the potential for more.”

Read the full story here

music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkGL-roQig 

 

https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_800_800/AAEAAQAAAAAAAATQAAAAJDQ2ZTE3NmEwLWZjM2EtNDZlNi1iMTAwLTJlNWYxYzViOGZiMg.jpg

There seems to be a great degree of uncertainty, concern, queasiness or even disdain for the fact that Donald Trump appears to be surrounding himself with generals. The degree to which these people are accepted or cleared into key positions within his administration remains in the future; he hasn’t even been sworn in yet and there are a lot of people floating scenarios, ideas and suggestions for preventing that occurrence.  

While you wait for the calendar to flip, consider what a general must have learned by the time stars arrived for shoulder boards.

“Generals understand the scope and scale of large problems.”

http://www.physicianspractice.com/mentoring/how-military-general-became-physician-leader-expert 

Generals are “able and willing to coordinate their activities with a number of other” high-level and highly-capable individuals.

http://www.cmaconsult.com/generals-as-talent-management-experts/ 

It’s a maxim that a good general must understand logistics. Logistics must certainly be a major consideration in making a nation function efficiently. 

http://aitcinc.com/images/logistics.jpg

Generals have significant experience in the management of large and diverse organizations. 

“The willingness to allow yourself to be influenced by other people and to share your ideas openly enhances the know-hows, while being psychologically closed can cause problems. Leaders who are psychologically open seek diverse opinions, so they see and hear more and factor a wider range of information into their decisions. Their openness permeates the social system, enhancing candor and communication. Those who are psychologically closed are secretive and afraid to test their ideas, often cloaking that fear under the guise of confidentiality. They’re distant from their direct reports and have no one outside to bounce ideas off of or to provide information that counters their own beliefs. In the new environment of complexity, being psychologically closed makes it particularly difficult to reposition the business, because the leader lacks perspectives from diverse disciplines, functions and cultures….”

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/on-the-job/6-traits-for-improved-leadership-skills.html  

Generals know how to recruit (enroll into his assigned mission), manage, trust, motivate, respect and push teams.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/220667 

 

If you want to study military leadership, start with this book by this man.  

 

Qualities of an Effective Leader 

There are five personal attributes or qualities of an effective leader: courage, will, intellect, presence and energy. Courage can be described as both physical courage and moral courage. Will is defined in terms of both boldness and tenacity. Intellect is explained as the use of innovation, flexibility and judgment. Presence is used to rally and to inspire. And energy is a characteristic that provides dynamism to the other qualities, animates those who are following, and as an intensity that gets things accomplished.

Physical courage in warfare is more important than it is in athletics. But if we think of danger less in terms of personal physical harm than as a threat to the competitive presence of the team, then courage in sports has more to do with hanging tough, sucking it up, sticking it out, taking one for the team, stepping up, and so on. Among soldiers and athletes, phoniness and the lack of guts are soon discovered.

In warfare, we think of physical courage in terms of the officer leading the charge up the hill. In sports leadership, we must think more in terms of moral courage. We must recognize and appreciate that the leader is under the scrutiny of everyone in or observing the contest. The leader has the ability to make a decision, and the courage to act on the decision. With time and experience, those decisions will increasingly be the right ones. The leader is one who, having made a decision, has the resolution and the determination to stand firm and not waver when the issue remains in doubt.

Leadership is, in part, visibility. But moral courage is quiet, the calm determination that exists in and operates in the minds — and hearts — of the team, and strengthens the will against uncertainties and frustrations. It is what makes the strong-minded appear that way and enables you to stand against anything the opponent can muster up against you.

Leadership and moral courage have to do with responsibility. In warfare, that responsibility is sobering. In sports, life itself does not hang in the balance. In a team context, the leader must be capable of making others accomplish their mission in spite of their shortcomings. Two opposing elements of will are boldness and tenacity.

Boldness suggests a daring action, one that balances the risks with the outcomes. Boldness suggests flair, and perhaps impetuous action, but boldness without effective use of the mind is rash behavior with potentially disastrous consequences. When is the time for boldness and when is the time for caution? How does the leader go about deciding where and how to be bold?

Proper boldness is a calculated risk. The situation has been carefully reviewed. Meticulous planning has been involved. Risk and potential have been weighed. The opponent’s situation, resources and weaknesses have been assessed. Thought has been given about what can be done. Wishful thinking has been eliminated. Every means available has been used to eliminate the possibility of error. Then a time and place for a bold action is selected, when conditions will be favorable. This is not to say that bold action cannot be instant. It can, but it must be based on skill, experience and knowledge, on awareness and intuition.

Tenacity is the characteristic that enables the leader and his or her followers to hold out, no matter how adverse the odds or conditions, until the mission has been accomplished. Tenacity arises from an underlying sense of duty, rests squarely on discipline, and is aided by will.  At such times, it seems the team cannot go on, but it must. Everyone has been pushed to their limits. Relief is nowhere in sight, unless quitting provides it. If you’re the leader, you can’t tell your group any baloney; they know what they’re up against. You can’t let talk or even thoughts of defeat creep into your mental fortress. You will improvise. You must continue to think, to strategize, to communicate. You

will squeeze every drop of value out of what your team has to offer.

Leadership in any major sphere is a clearly-defined professional discipline, but it is also a highly-personalized art.

Leadership is embodied in the individual, and no where is this more evident than in the area of presence. Presence in a military setting is again dominantly a physical and geographical concept; face-to-face contact is important in any relationship, but when the general shows up at the front, it has an immediate and visible impact. Presence as a means of rallying means using personal example and force

of character to bring order out of potential chaos during a critical turn of events.

At all times, the leader must be sincere. Insincere and repetitive appeals soon lose their value. A leader’s “presence” is best used when it is absolutely necessary to get people’s attentions, when it is useful in terms of changing people’s mindset or attitude, when it is essential to accomplishing the mission. In its most practical sense, the leader’s inspiration must produce the results he seeks before he arrives at the place and time where he thought his “presence” would turn the trick.

Pure brainpower is a critical element in leadership. In order to make judgment, flexibility and innovation work for you, you’ve got to be able to think clearly, you have to have done your homework, and you must develop and update an accurate assessment of and insight into what is happening in front of you.

Any of those qualities of intellect can help you produce a successful result.

Judgment is the ability to make a sound assessment of what is known about the opponent, the situation and capabilities of those on your team, to decide upon a practicable course of action, and to act.

Flexibility is the ability to shift mental gears under pressure without confusion of purpose. An accomplished leader has learned all of the principles or maxims of his craft. But the leader with experience learns to recognize the moment when the game’s maxims can be bent or disregarded. Innovation, of course, is the creation of change, of finding a new way of attacking the same problem. Having scouted and studied the opponent in front of him, having charted his tendencies, strengths, weaknesses and character, the leader has the information that will enable correct judgment when it is required. Having drilled his own team, with a clear and effective system of signs and signals, he is better assured of flexibility.

Energy does not stand alone as an attribute of leadership. It is the foundation and the cement that provide continuous support to the leader’s expression of courage, will, intellect and presence. Indeed, an energetic leader who cannot express the other four attributes will not achieve her goals; the followers will be aimless, or soon absent.

 

Spend a few dollars and a few hours; order the book and sit by the fireplace.

Leaders and Battles: The Art of Military Leadership, Lt. Col. William Wood, U.S.Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

http://www.alibris.com/Leaders-and-Battles-The-Art-of-Military-Leadership-W-J-Wood/book/3816400 

The whole idea of emotional intelligence comes into focus too. You need not spend a lot of time reading the history of battles past; you are immersed in a massive battle right now.  Look around you, and open your eyes.

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.

-Talleyrand

yet another

yet another

So let me repeat: The man who has been chosen to be the National Security Advisor to the president tweets dangerous, malicious, unproven conspiracy theories that have now led to a near disaster at a local family restaurant.

https://rewire.news/article/2016/12/04/gunman-acts-conspiracy-perpetuated-trump-nsa-advisor-michael-flynn/ 

Dec 4, 2016, 9:20pm Jodi Jacobson

 

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music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zei3xnivwFk 

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https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/edgar-maddison-welch-51.jpg?quality=65&strip=all 

“… No evidence has been found to confirm the theory, which has been debunked by Snopes, many news sites, including the New York Times, and also on Fox News. …”

“Welch has had a brief career in the film industry, according to an IMDB profile.

“An employee of the restaurant told the owner of a neighboring store, Bradley Graham, that Welch went into the kitchen of the restaurant, “presumably looking for the alleged tunnels” used to hide, torture and traffic children, the Post reports.”

http://heavy.com/news/2016/12/edgar-maddison-welch-comet-pizza-pizzagate-washington-dc-gunman-suspect-photos-pictures-facebook-conspiracy-north-carolina/ 

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“Pizzagate” Explodes After Man Arrested In Comet Restaurant Shooting

Written by Tyler Durden  //  Dec 04 2016  //  Zero Hedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-04/pizzagate-explodes-after-man-arrested-comet-restaurant-shooting 

“… One can’t help but wonder, as Congress considers a bill “to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence,” whether this is yet another false flag to raise awareness of what is a possible outcome of “fake news”? “

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Pizzagate IX

BY HERSCHEL SMITH

circa 11:30 PM GMT-5 12/4/16

In shotgun fashion, I’m throwing out a number of things for your consideration.

Back in January of 2015, J. R. Dunn had a prescient piece entitled Pedophilia And The American Future at American Thinker.  Read it all, and ask yourself the question, did you know about the extent of this back in 2015? [“In imperial Rome, homosexual and heterosexual rape, carried out as an expression of male potestas (dominance) was a commonplace.]

At Medium.com, Lori Handrahan has a piece entitled State Department Dan Rosen’s Arrest: Cheat Sheet For Journos.  I notice that WRSA also picked this up.  The article has an almost mind boggling list of recent arrests of other government employees for pedophilia.  Read the list and look at their government stations.  Warning.  The article is very long because the list is very long.

Well looky, looky looky here what the boys and girls at Voat have dug up.  James Alfantis – he goes by other names – of Comet Ping Pong is connected as business partners with Dr. Pong, a shady Berlin dive strongly suspected of the same sort of thing.

One painter,  Scot G. Brooks, is a collaborator with a photographer, Todd Franson, who took pictures for James Alfantis.  Here is a discussion of some of his work, with a one linked painting involving infants that will make you sick to your stomach if you care to look at it.

Here is a sordid discussion of these sorts of things at work in British history.  Disgusting, isn’t it?

Finally, to close this installment out, I mentioned to you that I had been getting some interesting visits to my web site, including Pizzagate posts.  These visits keep compounding: CIA, FBI Department of Criminal Justice, U.S. Senate, State Department, and on and on the list goes.

So I’ve been asking myself the question lately, why would these folks be interested in a small to medium size blog posting about “fake news?”  You know, it’s all “fake.”  So if it’s all “fake,” why would so many people in such positions be so interested to stop by my place on what is becoming a regular basis?

Prior:

Pizzagate VIII

Pizzagate VII

Pizzagate VI

Pizzagate V: Pizzagate In Theological Perspective

Pizzagate IV

Pizzagate III

Pizzagate II

Pizzagate

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2016/12/04/pizzagate-ix/ 

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“…. When a pedophile does act on his or her feelings or desires, they may be committing acts of child sexual abuse or molestation, child exploitation, child pornography, incest, kidnapping, statutory rape, or the prostitution of minors.

There is no definitive profile of a pedophile, as individual characteristics can vary significantly. A pedophile can be a man or a woman. Of those pedophiles that commit unlawful acts involving children, the perpetrator is much more likely to be a man (80-90 percent) than a woman (10-20 percent). A pedophile may be a trustworthy and respectable adult in the community, who shows no outward signs of their condition to others…..

Any sexual act that involves a minor and an adult is unlawful. Individuals who are below the age of consent are considered by the law to be unable to give consent to any type of sexual activity. It is commonly believed that any person who molests a child is a pedophile and that is not always true. According to research, only two to ten percent of all child molesters are pedophiles in the true definition of the word. The majority of child molesters are situational offenders whose motives and desires are different than those of a pedophile. Regardless of motive or offender characteristics (pedophile or not), any act committed by an adult or older child that is sexual in nature and involves children is an illegal felony offense.

A pedophile will typically not stop their behavior on their own, will not turn themselves in and will not take responsibility for or acknowledge their own wrongdoing. A true pedophile can be treated but not cured of their condition. A pedophile who commits any sexual act involving children can be charged with a felony crime and face years of prison time, heavy fines, and other penalties. A convicted pedophile is required to register with a sex offender registry upon release from incarceration and must do so for the rest of their lives in most cases.

A sex offender registry provides information to the public about sex offenders who live, work, or otherwise reside in their communities. This registry requirement is mandated by a federal law known as Megan’s Law which was passed in 1996. If you would like to learn more about pedophilia, please contact us to speak with an attorney.

http://www.criminal-law-lawyer-source.com/terms/pedophile.html

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8 U.S. Code § 2251 – Sexual exploitation of children

(a) Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, or who transports any minor in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, with the intent that such minor engage in, any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct or for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct, shall be punished as provided under subsection (e), if such person knows or has reason to know that such visual depiction will be transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, if that visual depiction was produced or transmitted using materials that have been mailed, shipped, or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer, or if such visual depiction has actually been transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed.

(b) Any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor who knowingly permits such minor to engage in, or to assist any other person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct or for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct shall be punished as provided under subsection (e) of this section, if such parent, legal guardian, or person knows or has reason to know that such visual depiction will be transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, if that visual depiction was produced or transmitted using materials that have been mailed, shipped, or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer, or if such visual depiction has actually been transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed.

(c)

(1) Any person who, in a circumstance described in paragraph (2), employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct outside of the United States, its territories or possessions, for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct, shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).

(2) The circumstance referred to in paragraph (1) is that—

(A) the person intends such visual depiction to be transported to the United States, its territories or possessions, by any means, including by using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or mail; or

(B) the person transports such visual depiction to the United States, its territories or possessions, by any means, including by using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or mail.

(d)

(1) Any person who, in a circumstance described in paragraph (2), knowingly makes, prints, or publishes, or causes to be made, printed, or published, any notice or advertisement seeking or offering—

(A) to receive, exchange, buy, produce, display, distribute, or reproduce, any visual depiction, if the production of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and such visual depiction is of such conduct; or

(B) participation in any act of sexually explicit conduct by or with any minor for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct;

shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).

(2) The circumstance referred to in paragraph (1) is that—

(A) such person knows or has reason to know that such notice or advertisement will be transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer or mailed; or

(B) such notice or advertisement is transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer or mailed.

(e) Any individual who violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, this section shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 15 years nor more than 30 years, but if such person has one prior conviction under this chapter, section 1591, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact involving a minor or ward, or sex trafficking of children, or the production, possession, receipt, mailing, sale, distribution, shipment, or transportation of child pornography, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years, but if such person has 2 or more prior convictions under this chapter, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to the sexual exploitation of children, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 35 years nor more than life. Any organization that violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, this section shall be fined under this title. Whoever, in the course of an offense under this section, engages in conduct that results in the death of a person, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for not less than 30 years or for life.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2251 

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“… Unless the Satanic Pedophile Cabal (SPC) is able to neutralize the alternative press and reestablish the lost credibility of the Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM), they will not be able to easily hijack the newly emerging, incredibly powerful populism in America and much of the world.”

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/12/04/satanic-pedophile-cabals-iron-grip-of-evil/ 

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2016/12/breaking-victory-at-standing-rock.html 

synthetic esoterica

synthetic esoterica

Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

NPR   1700 hours GMT-5 11/29/16

Legislation to bolster medical research and revamp the way new drugs and medical devices are approved is on the fast track through a Congress that has had little success to celebrate this year.

 

source of featured image: 

http://www.theopenscroll.com/pharmakeia.htm 

 

 

doyoumind_banner

http://www.ifpma.org/resource-centre/research-based-pharmaceutical-industry-launches-do-you-mind-campaign/ 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74MI_tnuzWw

 

 

[ Ed.: great graphics here, plus a lot of info]

http://www.unique-design.net/library/drugs.html 

 

 

CIA MKULTRA: drugs to ruin the nation

by Jon Rappoport

November 29, 2016

Drugs to transform individuals…and even, by implication, society.

Drug research going far beyond the usual brief descriptions of MKULTRA.

The intention is there, in the record:

A CIA document was included in the transcript of the 1977 US Senate Hearings on MKULTRA, the CIA’s mind-control program.

The document is found in Appendix C, starting on page 166. It’s simply labeled “Draft,” dated 5 May 1955 (note: scroll down to #123-125 in the document).

It states: “A portion of the Research and Development Program of [CIA’s] TSS/Chemical Division is devoted to the discovery of the following materials and methods:”

What followed was a list of hoped-for drugs and their uses.

First, a bit of background: MKULTRA did not end in 1962, as advertised. It was shifted over to the Agency’s Office of Research and Development.

John Marks is the author of the groundbreaking book, Search for the Manchurian Candidate, which exposed MKULTRA. Marks told me a CIA representative informed him that the continuation of MKULTRA, after 1962, was carried out with a greater degree of secrecy, and he, Marks, would never see a scrap of paper about it.

I’m printing below, the list of the 1955 intentions of the CIA regarding their own drug research. The range of those intentions is stunning.

Some of my comments gleaned from studying the list:

The CIA wanted to find substances which would “promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness.” Serious consideration should be given to the idea that psychiatric medications, food additives, herbicides, and industrial chemicals (like fluorides) would eventually satisfy that requirement.

The CIA wanted to find chemicals that “would produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way.” This suggests many possibilities—among them the use of drugs to fabricate diseases and thereby give the false impression of germ-caused epidemics.

The CIA wanted to find drugs that would “produce amnesia.” Ideal for discrediting whistleblowers, dissidents, certain political candidates, and other investigators. (Scopolamine, for example.)

The CIA wanted to discover drugs which would produce “paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.” A way to make people decline in health as if from diseases.

The CIA wanted to develop drugs that would “alter personality structure” and thus induce a person’s dependence on another person. How about dependence in general? For instance, dependence on institutions, governments?

The CIA wanted to discover chemicals that would “lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men.” Sounds like a general description of the devolution of society.

As you read the list yourself, you’ll see more implications/possibilities.

Here, from 1955, are the types of drugs the MKULTRA men at the CIA were looking for. The following statements are direct CIA quotes:

A portion of the Research and Development Program of TSS/Chemical Division is devoted to the discovery of the following materials and methods:

1. Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.

2. Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.

3. Materials which will prevent or counteract the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

4. Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

6. Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.

7. Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called “brain-washing”.

8. Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.

9. Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.

10. Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.

11. Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.

12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

13. A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.

14. Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.

15. Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.

16. A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.

17. A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a man to perform any physical activity whatsoever.

At the end of this 1955 CIA document, the author [unnamed] makes these remarks: “In practice, it has been possible to use outside cleared contractors for the preliminary phases of this [research] work. However, that part which involves human testing at effective dose levels presents security problems which cannot be handled by the ordinary contactors.

“The proposed [human testing] facility [deletion] offers a unique opportunity for the secure handling of such clinical testing in addition to the many advantages outlined in the project proposal. The security problems mentioned above are eliminated by the fact that the responsibility for the testing will rest completely upon the physician and the hospital. [one line deleted] will allow [CIA] TSS/CD personnel to supervise the work very closely to make sure that all tests are conducted according to the recognized practices and embody adequate safeguards.”

In other words, this was to be ultra-secret. No outside contractors at universities for the core of the experiments, which by the way could be carried forward for decades.

A secret in-house facility.

Over the years, more facilities could be created.

If you examine the full range of psychiatric drugs developed since 1955, you’ll see that a number of them fit the CIA’s agenda. Speed-type chemicals to addle the brain over the long term, to treat so-called ADHD. Anti-psychotic drugs, AKA “major tranquilizers,” to render patients more and more dependent on others (and government) as they sink into profound disability and incur motor brain damage. And of course, the SSRI antidepressants, like Prozac and Paxil and Zoloft, which produce extreme and debilitating highs and lows—and also push people over the edge into committing violence.

These drugs drag the whole society down into lower and lower levels of consciousness and action.

If that’s the goal of a very powerful and clandestine government agency…it’s succeeding.

Jon Rappoport

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/cia-mkultra-drugs-to-take-down-the-nation/ 

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In a long footnote to Book Two, Chapter Four of A Terrible Mistake, H. P. Albarelli, Trine-Day, 2009, which is found on pages 792-793, Albarelli notes:

“Readers familiar with Freemasonry will recognize that many of these esoteric subjects are related to that secret society. Some readers may also know that many of the CIA’s subcontractors under MKUKTRA and ARTICHOKE, as well as other programs, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, were Masons, some of the 33rd degree. For decades there have been rampant speculations about Freemasonry and MKULTRA. Nowhere is this best witnessed them on the Internet. Some of the speculation is been fueled by the documented activities of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry as related to behavior modification programs. The possible connections are intriguing but not a primary subject for this book. When this book was close to completion, in yet another another of numerous coincidences that occurred over the course of his writing, author Peter Levenda had just completed a book on Freemasons and America. I asked Peter about the CIA’s pursuits of such matters, and he said: “CIA’s interest in matters esoteric was prompted by several concerns. In the 1st place, esoteric organizations–secret societies, cults, etc.–run parallel to intelligence agencies in terms of the culture of secrecy and deception. A secret society operates below the radar of social and governmental oversight and control; their membership lists are secret; their members use pseudonyms; and they believe that they have secret power to control the outcome of world events. Members of secret societies are often intelligent, are familiar with foreign languages and cultures, and travel incognito across national borders. Thus, purely as a security matter, CIA would be interested in those groups and would be tempted to infiltrate them, or otherwise keep an eye on them. The SS and Gestapo did the same in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, when it was understood that secret societies–like the Masons, but also the Golden Dawn and other groups–provided a covert network of potential anti-government operatives that had to be suppressed. In the 2nd place, the very arcane pursuits of the secret societies hinted at avenues of knowledge, power and control there were not available to the government. CIA would have wanted to know is how cults were so successful in “brainwashing” their members, convincing them of the truth of the most unbelievable ideas and concepts. Was the Korean War era method of brainwashing captured American soldiers equivalent to the approach used by cults and occult groups on their own members? What was the effect of these methods on memory, perception, volition? Did the cults know something about the functioning of the human brain that the government scientist did not?

Thirdly, the interest of CIA in such matters paralleled that of the Nazis and their SS-Ahneherbe.  Himmler’s desire to find ancient artifacts–including the holy Grail, the Ark of the covenant, etc.–was motivated not by a sincere religious sentiment but by the naked pursuit of the power they represent. This is an astonishing development, for it indicates that somewhere within the CIA’s labyrinthine bureaucracy there were (and are) individuals who were able to get funding to search the world for these artifacts. For instance, Robert K Temple in the new preface to his much acclaimed The Sirius Mystery tells of how CIA approached him as he was researching the religion of the African Dogon tribe. What possible reason could CIA have for keeping tabs on such an arcane, academic study involving ancient astronomy? If we realize that such practices as remote viewing, hallucinogenic drug research, and the investigation of cults, ESP, if hypnosis and other factors were taking place all at the same time within America’s intelligence establishment–involving not only the CIA but also the Army and the Navy–then we are forced to consider that CIA had a reason for all of this that transcends mere curiosity. It was the era of the weaponization of esoterica, something that had not been seen in the Western world since the Middle Ages.”

***

“Major Abramson, assisted by 1st Lt. Frank Olson and several other Edgewood scientists, began his search for the proper aerosol using a solution of sodium hypochlorite. Also assisting was in Dr. Vernon Bryson of the Long Island Biological Association. Still operational today, the Association is a private research group founded by 1924 by number of wealthy entrepreneurs, including J.P. Morgan and William K Vanderbilt. The group has organizational ties to the controversial eugenics research conducted by Charles Davenport’s Cold Spring Harbor Department of Eugenics. During World War II, Vannevar Bush, head of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, strongly supported the association’s work.”  [Page 40]

“In response [to Pres. Roosevelt’s increasing concern over mounting intelligence reports about the Axis powers stockpiling poison gas], the War Department created a War Research Service (WRS), and installed George Wilhelm Merck as its director. Merck was a natural for the job, as he was already a high-ranking consultant of the war Department on biological warfare. He was also head of Merck and Company, one of the oldest and largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The firm had its beginnings in the late 1600s in Germany as the E.  Merck chemical factory. In 1891, George Merck, George Wilhelm’s father, left Germany to establish Merck and Company in New York City. His son, George Wilhelm Merck, born in West Orange, New Jersey and a Harvard graduate, assumed control had assumed control of the company in 1925. The younger Merck dynamically guided the company to become the largest full-line producer and distributor of pharmaceuticals in the world. Merck and Company has since been responsible for countless innovations in the drug industry, including many in the controversial areas of enthnogenic products and shamanic inebriants.

In 1914, Merck’s German operation was the first company worldwide to synthesize and patent methylene dioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. As readers shall see, MDMA, a semisynthetic psychoactive drug properly known today as Ecstasy, was tested in the early 1950s under the codename EA–1475 at the Army’s Edgewood Arsenal….” [Page 42]

“George W Merck, however, was no neophyte in biological warfare. Previously, he had served as a high-ranking consultant to a top-secret group called the WBC committee. The WBC committee had been formed in the fall of 1941, two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, when Secretary of War Henry L Stimson asked Frank B Jewett [whose dad was a Mason and is a cousin from the other branch ten generations removed], president of the National Academy of Sciences, to appoint a working group to make a complete survey of the biological warfare capacities of other nations. Wrote Stimson to Jewett, “because of the danger that might confront this country from potential enemies employing what may be broadly described as biological weapons, it seems advisable that investigations be initiated to survey the present situation and the future possibilities.”

Julie turned to his good friend Dr. Edwin B Fred at the University of Wisconsin to identify who would be best for the group. Fred picked Merck; Dr. Ira Baldwin; Thomas Bourne Turner, chair of the department bacteriology at Johns Hopkins University; Thomas Rivers, director of the Rockefeller Hospital in New York; William Hay Taliaferro at the University of Chicago; and Louis O Kunkel of the Rockefeller Institute. Merck chaired the group, which was named the War Bureau of Consultants, or, as it was commonly referred to, the WBC committee. Acting as military liaison to the committee were major Arvo Thompson and Lieut. Col. James A. Defendorf from Edgewood Arsenal.

Starkly illustrating the enemy dangers that preoccupied the Secretary of War were series of incidents that had occurred 2 years earlier in New York. The 1st incident occurred on February 3, 1939. Dr. Ryoichi Naito, an assistant to Dr. Shiro Ishii–head of Japan’s secret germ warfare program–visited the Manhattan offices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and asked for samples of the yellow fever virus strain stored there for use in vaccinations. The Institute refused the request, but Dr. Knight told repeatedly returned, harassing Rockefeller Institute scientists with questions about the virus.

During one of Naito’s uninvited visits, scientists were stunned to hear him brag that he had recently spent 18 months at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. At the time, the Koch Institute, a renowned research facility, was a hub for Nazi biological research.” [Page 43]

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“On April 10, 1953, just 3 days before he approved MK-ULTRA, Allen Dulles made a major policy speech in Hot Springs, Virginia to the National Alumni Conference of Princeton University …  Dulles focused exclusively on what he termed “Brain Warfare”,” or the “battle for men’s minds” provoked by “the international tensions” called the Cold War. Said Dulles… :

“ The human mind is the most delicate of all instruments. It is so finely adjusted, so susceptible to the impact of outside influences, that it is proving a valuable tool in the hands of the sinister men.  The Soviets are now using brain perversion techniques as one of their main weapons in prosecuting the Cold War. Some of these techniques are so subtle and so a bar and to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them.”

Dulles went on and politically recited a long litany of evil Soviet practices, including the domination of huge landmasses and populations, using “powerful jamming equipment” to “eliminate the reception of foreign radio messages,”  a “government approved” media, persecution of and mass purges of racial minority groups, religious intolerance, and a concentrated program of “brain-conditioning” directed at turning human beings “into humble confessors of crimes they never committed or [to] make them the mouthpiece for Soviet propaganda.” Dulles seemed most concerned with “brain-conditioning” and Soviet efforts to develop “new techniques” that employed Russian “science and ingenuity” in the “study of mental reactions and in the nefarious art of breaking down the human mind.”

Most alarming, Bellows declared, was that the Communists were now applying brainwashing techniques “to American prisoners in Korea.” It “was not beyond the range of possibility,” he warned, “that considerable numbers of our own boys there might be so indoctrinated as to be induced, temporarily at least, to renounce country and family.” The United States would do all possible to combat communist oppression, Dulles said, but it was “handicapped” in doing so because there were “few survivors” of Soviet brainwashing, and “we have no human guinea pigs ourselves on which to try out these extraordinary techniques.”

One can only imagine how uncomfortable it might have been from Dulles to be questioned about having “no guinea pigs” in light of the fact that CIA programs he had approved 2 months earlier were aggressively experimenting on human beings with an array of mind control and behavior modification techniques far surpassing anything the Soviets were accused of.” [Pages 136-137]

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“By early summer 1951, Project BLUEBIRD administrators had further refined their interrogation research to focus exclusively on “special interrogation and hypnotism techniques” applied to “war and specific agency problems.” The problems were listed with startling specificity:

Can we ‘condition’, by posthypnotic suggestion, Agency employees (or persons of interest to this Agency) to prevent them from giving information to any unauthorized source or for committing any act on behalf of a foreign or domestic enemy?

Can we, in the matter of an hour, 2 hours, one day, etc., induce a hypnotized condition in the unwilling subject to such an extent that he will perform an act for our benefit?

Could we seize a subject  and in the space of an hour to by  posthypnotic control have him crash an airplane, record train, etc.?

Can we [long and short range] through posthypnotic control induces a subject to commit violence against another individual, or induces subject to murder another individual or group of individuals?

Can we through posthypnotic control create a condition whereby a subject would forget any such induced act after the subject is brought out of his “conditioned” state? [Pages 223-224, A Terrible Mistake, H. P. Albarelli, Trine-Day, 2009.]

[Ed.: Who, in the context of the year 2016, post-Patriot Act, post-NDAA, four years after the publication of the Presidential Memorandum on Insider Threat Policy ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/21/presidential-memorandum-national-insider-threat-policy-and-minimum-stand ) in light of extensive evidence for foreign infiltration or or interference with domestic political control and in view of alleged treason/intraparty squabble/military insurrection, controls the definition of foreign or domestic enemy?]

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“Surviving minutes from nearly a dozen ARTICHOKE  committee meetings so that the committees work mostly focused on ARTICHOKE  team recruitment and project enhancement, and that the committee functioned in a routine in congenial fashion. However, not everything was always peachy keen with the group. A handwritten note by one CIA official on the committee reveals what might have been strong dissent among committee members. That dissent could just as easily have been expressed again some of today’s “war on terror” practices. The note reads:

“What in God’s name are we proposing here? Does it not strike anyone but a few that these projects may be immoral and unethical, and that they may fly in the face of international laws? What really are we attempting to accomplish? Where does respect for life and human dignity come into play?”

The unidentified rider was reacting to a proposal concerning “the possibilities of inducing subjects to go against their will and personal beliefs and commits acts such as murder.” Another note, scribbled by someone with the initials “JG” on a proposal drafted months later, reads: “Where does this stuff end? The sheer madness of some of these ideas is getting difficult to swallow.”

ARTICHOKE conference meetings regularly delved into consideration of immoral practices. At one of its earlier meetings, in December 1951, the six-member group discussed at length how to use a “standard electric shock machine” to produce “normal shock effects” including convulsions and eventually amnesia, “following a series of shock treatments.” An unnamed college professor, who was also identified as a psychiatrist, appeared before the conference and explained that through the use of Reiter electric-shock machines he “could guarantee amnesia for certain periods of time and particularly he could guarantee amnesia from any knowledge of use of the convulsive shock.” According to conference minutes, the professor explained that electric shock machines set up producing “lower current type of shock” would have the “effective making a man talk.” [Pages 230-231]

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“… It is suspected that Goodenow may have consulted with the CIA and Mulholland to help devise a special pinprick type device to be used to covertly induced diseases in targeted individuals.” [Page 258]

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“White was sent to Camp X not only to be trained, but also to become a trainer himself, which he did when he was assigned in 1942 as branch chief of schools and training for the OSS counterespionage division in Washington DC. Subsequently, he became deputy chief of counterespionage, or X2, as it was commonly called. In his trainer role, White rotated among several secret sites, including area B3, a 9,000 acre center hidden away in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park, a few miles from today’s Camp David presidential retreat. Another secret training site was known as area A2, a 5,000 acre wooded site near Quantico Virginia. “The Farm,” located 40 miles from Washington DC, was a 3rd site. White’s own training continued, as well. In May 1942, together with Garland Williams and Philip Strong, White took a brief break from his trainers position to attend a six-week advance commando and parachute school in Virginia.

Among White’ first OSS students were several novice officers who would later become top CIA officials: Richard Helms, Frank Wisner Jr, James Jesus Angleton, Lyman B Kirkpatrick Junior, Thomas Karmessines, and William Colby. Several other notable students were anthropologists Carleton S Coon and Gregory Bateson, psychologist Dr. James A. Hamilton, future Federal Narcotics agent Howard Chappell, and Alfred M. Hubbard, an elusive and fascinating figure who arrived at OSS’s Area B fresh from a stint in prison. Hubbard, as readers already know, would later become “the Johnny Appleseed of LSD.” Michael Burke, who would also become a CIA employee and then a high-profile executive who ran the New York Yankees in Madison Square Garden, was another of White’s trainees in Maryland…..”

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“ Dr. Henry Murray, OSS psychological warfare chief who later conducted secret CIA-funded experiments at Harvard in the 1950s, observed:

“The whole nature of the functions of OSS were particularly inviting to psychopathic characters; it involves sensation, intrigue, the idea being a mysterious man with secret knowledge.”

It was not long before George White’s training skills were demanded that other newer locations. The OSS training complex soon expanded to several other additional locations in Maryland, including one that bordered Edgewood Arsenal, and another in Garrett County, just a few miles away from Deep Creek Lake. There were others, including a converted estate in Fairfax Virginia, and a West Coast commando center in San Clemente, California. In addition, several urban centers or “finishing schools” were established in New York City at 630 Fifth Avenue and 55 W. 42nd St., with an adjunct branch on Long Island.  Other “finishing schools,” were operated in San Francisco and in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. These schools focus primarily on imparting the skills of “urban terrorism,” “partisan recruitment,” and counterintelligence techniques. Here it is interesting to note , the OSS’s location at 635th Ave. was the international building and Rockefeller Center, which also served at that time is the headquarters of British intelligence in the United States.

Kermit Roosevelt, OSS chief historian, reveals in his declassified war report of the OSS, that all OSS training “stressed from the beginning the importance of maintaining cover.” Students at all its schools “were forbidden to disclose their real identities and lived under assumed names. At the same time, they were instructed to attempt to pierce the cover of their fellow students.” Roosevelt explains:

“Intensive interrogation exercises of various types were carried on in attempts to force the student to break is assumed identity. In each of these the student was made familiar with the various techniques of interrogation and the importance of the most minute detail was stressed. The entire atmosphere at all training establishments was designed to prepare the trainees psychologically for the fact that the life of an agent is a constant and continuing gamble with detection.”

In the same report, Roosevelt explained the basic concept of “compartmentalization” in intelligence matters, which he dubbed the “principle of insulation,” as well as the need for, and functions of, “safe houses.”

In his position as OSS training chief, Col. White demonstrated a pronounced flair for innovation. He designed several challenging field exercises that required individual students to develop their own cover stories, secure “appropriate cover credentials,” and then attempt to penetrate a highly secured industrial establishment in one of the 4 selected cities, Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia. White’s field exercises, in addition to providing training, served the added function of pointing up serious security weaknesses in the nation’s defense plants.” [Pages 399-400]

Fresh off the presses:

 

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By the same author:

dissidentvoice.org/2015/09/creating-a-crime-how-the-cia-commandeered-the-dea/ 

 

landscape gardening (with new addenda)

 landscape gardening

I guess it’s a fantasy of mine, perhaps a quixotic aspect of my inexorable aging, that some form of collaborative effort could address the issues noted in the articles noted in this blog entry and the comments I added after I posted it.

They describe the recent (and ongoing?) battles between entrenched ideologies, mainstream media and the alternative media with regard to truth, truthiness, and fake news. 

I wrote to a few people about this idea and thought I’d write to a few more, but I decided to write this blog entry and then send them a link.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crkbFnAIz7U

Geoff Lowe – Bass

Pat Bitautas – Drums

Tom Tallman – Flugelhorn

Rich Moore – Tenor Saxophone 

My creeping paranoia tells me that Google saw to it that my e-mails were never delivered; my more realistic sense tells me that the recipients have been busy and pre-occupied with work, health, life and their own priorities, or perhaps that they were not quite ready to take on an entrenched authority that quite obviously has no problem killing people. I understand; such courage is difficult to summon.

I envisioned (fantasized about) some means of communicating across time and distance with an online meeting, symposium or teleconference that was devoted to strengthening the alternative media. (There are lots of technologies, including our own inherent ability to project thought to other people located far away.)  

There are probably several sub-sets of “breakouts” in some form of larger “meeting” that involve teaching and learning discernment, or how to tell “crap” from 18-karat fact and insight, or how to determine the validity, veracity and verifiability of information and sources. 

My own “crap detector” (as Hemingway called it) has been through a great deal on the last fifteen years and is probably due for some “detailing” and re-buffing. But I’ve assembled and posted files on information warfare and a lot of related topics. I’m a grizzle (or maybe grisly) veteran with scars, stripes, and a commendation or two. 

I mused about a group process that would not get bogged down, as so many do and have, in inertia, minutiae, interference or apathy, or become vulnerable to destruction from inside or outside. 

What I dreamt about (and be careful, for last night I dreamt about forgetting to go to an important job interview, though I’ve been disabled/retired for almost a decade) was the crossroads of investigative journalism, reality, high perception or awareness, and rhizomatic progression.

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I saw an organized approach by many to 

  • develop a multi-media library that would teach about known methods of dissimulation, propaganda, information warfare, mind control, et al.;
  • build a toolchest that would enable individuals, groups and organizations to learn about methods used in legal research, archival research, and investigative journalism;
  • create a living database of media outlets that was fed by a cloud of information about their validity, authenticity, transparency and accountability.

I envisioned a process by which more and more people could get together to talk about and learn informational technologies, cybersecurity, media production skills, new methods for information dissemination (ex.: live-streaming), etc.

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I envisoned a gathering that featured guest appearances by people like Wayne Madsen, Jon Rappaport, Kris Millegan, Joachim Hagopian, Wendy Painting (lonewolf research), and others. A list needs to be built of who has this kind of expertise so we can tap it, reward it, and replicate it. You can start by doing a search for tools for journalistic verification, and finding organizations devoted to the development of investigative journalists.  

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I envisioned a process and an organization that would direct, nurture and nourish this on an ongoing basis. 

We could call it the society of truth horticulture; it’s a form of landscape gardening. 

 

 

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https://elearningindustry.com/top-6-open-source-web-conferencing-software-tools-elearning-professionals 

Want to get more information about the various video conferencing fee structures to choose from? Read the article The Insider’s Guide To Video Conferencing Pricing Models to learn about the most common pricing models that you should keep in mind when choosing your next virtual meeting tool.”

via

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real news

real news

The getting of real news — the sort one can learn from minstrels (and perhaps from teleconferencing) — is not a mechanical act so much as a social process, and the social precondition for it is community.

Amory and Hunter Lovins

in

“The Writing on The Wall” (p. 29)

Communications in the 21st Century

(ed. Haigh, Gerbner & Byrne)

John Wiley & Sons 1981

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YOUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MILITARIZE SOCIAL MEDIA TO INFLUENCE YOUR BELIEFS

A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as “a new front in warfare” and a tool for the Armed Forces. The overriding theme of the event is the need to exploit social media as a source of intelligence on civilian populations and enemies; as well as a propaganda medium to influence public opinion.

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ESTABLISHMENT MEDIA DECLARES WAR ON THEIR COMPETITION AS “FAKE NEWS”

The establishment media is dying. This is not a biased view coming from “alternative media,” it is a fact borne out by metrics and opinion polls from within the establishment itself. It was true before the recent election, and is guaranteed to accelerate after their shameless defense of non-reality which refused to accept any discontent among the American population with standard politics. Now, with egg on their face after the botched election coverage, and a wobbling uncertainty about how they can maintain multiple threads of a narrative so fundamentally disproven, they appear to be resorting to their nuclear option: a full shut down of dissent. Voices within independent media have been chronicling the signposts toward full-on censorship as sites have encountered everything from excessive copyright infringement accusations, to de-monetization, to the open admission by advertising giants that certain images would not be tolerated. [Source:  ACTIVIST POST ]

 

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The Truth About Fake News

Posted on November 18, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog

The discredited mainstream media who have spread propaganda and lies causing the needless death and suffering of millions are now arrogantly trying to censor the alternative media who are working to expose their lies and save lives.

History has proven that the corporate/state media is the truly dangerous and deceptive “news”.

The irony is that alternative news sites would never have become popular if the mainstream media had not failed humanity by lying to us from Vietnam to Iraq.

They have the blood of millions on their hands and are panicking at the thought of brave whistleblowers and real investigative journalists exposing their crimes.

Of course there are fake stories in alternative media. It takes very little discernment to debunk these obvious frauds.

It’s like getting an email from a Nigerian prince who promises you millions. It does not take a genius to figure out it’s a scam.

We don’t need truth police censoring information the establishment does not like.

We need an honest fourth ward to speak truth to power, but they had their chance and blew it.

Now it’s our turn.

The age of the citizen journalist is here.

The age of the dinosaur media is done, and thank God for it.

 

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“… who gets to decide what is real and what is not real? And – in an age when all sides propagate propaganda – when does conformity in support of a mainstream “truth” become censorship of reasonable skepticism?

As a journalist for more than four decades, I take seriously the profession’s responsibility to verify information as much as possible before publishing it – and as editor of Consortiumnews.com, I insist that our writers (and to the extent possible, outside commenters) back up what they say.

I personally hate “conspiracy theories” in which people speculate about a topic without real evidence and often in defiance of actual evidence. I believe in traditional journalistic standards of cross-checking data and applying common sense.

So, I am surely no fan of Internet hoaxes and baseless accusations. Yet, I also recognize that mainstream U.S. news outlets have made horrendous and wholesale factual errors, too, such as reporting in 2002-03 that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program (The New York Times) and was hiding stockpiles of WMD (many TV and print outlets, including The Washington Post).

And, mainstream outlets getting such life-and-death stories wrong was not just a one-off affair around the Iraq invasion. At least since the 1980s, The New York Times has misreported or glossed over many international issues that put the United States and its allies in a negative light.

For instance, the Times not only missed the Nicaraguan Contra cocaine scandal, but actively covered up the Reagan administration’s role in the wrongdoing through the 1980s and much of the 1990s.

The Times lagged badly, too, on investigating the secret operations that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair. The Times’ gullibility in the face of official denials was an obstacle for those of us digging into that constitutional crisis and other abuses by the Reagan administration. [For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “New York Times: Apologist for Power.”]

In that same era, The Washington Post performed no better. Leonard Downie, its executive editor at the time of the Contra-cocaine scandal, has continued to reject the reality of Ronald Reagan’s beloved Contras trafficking in cocaine despite the 1998 findings of CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz that, in fact, many Contras were neck-deep in the cocaine trade and the Reagan administration covered up their criminality for geopolitical reasons.

More recently, during the mad dash to invade Iraq in 2002-03, the Post’s editorial-page editor Fred Hiatt wrote repeatedly as flat fact that Iraq was hiding WMD and mocked the few dissenting voices that challenged the “group think.”

Yet, Hiatt suffered no accountability for his falsehoods and is still the Post’s editorial-page editor, still peddling dubious examples of Washington’s conventional wisdom.

Ministry of Truth

So, who are the “responsible” journalists who should be anointed to regulate what the world’s public gets to see and hear? For that Orwellian task, a kind of Ministry of Truth has been set up by Google, called the First Draft Coalition, which touts itself as a collection of 30 major news and technology companies, including the Times and Post, tackling “fake news” and creating a platform to decide which stories are questionable and which ones aren’t.

Formed in June 2015 and funded by Google News Lab, the First Draft Coalition’s founding members included Bellingcat, an online “citizen journalism” site that has gotten many of its highest profile stories wrong and is now associated with NATO’s favorite think tank, the Atlantic Council.

Despite Bellingcat’s checkered record and its conflicts of interest through the Atlantic Council, major Western news outlets, including the Times and Post, have embraced Bellingcat, apparently because its articles always seem to mesh neatly with U.S. and European propaganda on Syria and Ukraine.

Two of Bellingcat’s (or its founder Eliot Higgins’s) biggest errors were misplacing the firing location of the suspected Syrian rocket carrying sarin gas on Aug. 21, 2013, and directing an Australian news crew to the wrong site for the so-called getaway Buk video after the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

But like many news outlets that support establishment “group thinks,” Bellingcat wins widespread praise and official endorsements, such as from the international MH-17 investigation that was largely controlled by Ukraine’s unsavory intelligence agency, the SBU and that accepted Bellingcat’s dubious MH-17 evidence blaming the Russians.

If such a Ministry of Truth had existed in the mid-1980s, it might well have denounced the investigative reporting on the Contra-cocaine scandal since that was initially deemed untrue. And if “Minitrue” were around in 2002-03, it almost surely would have decried the handful of people who were warning against the “group think” on Iraq’s WMD.

Power and Reality

While it’s undeniable that some false or dubious stories get pushed during the heat of a political campaign and in wartime – and journalists have a role in fact-checking as best they can – there is potentially a greater danger when media insiders arrogate to themselves the power to dismiss contrary evidence as unacceptable, especially given their own history of publishing stories that turned out to be dubious if not entirely false.

It’s even more dangerous when these self-appointed arbiters of truth combine forces with powerful Internet search engines and social media companies to essentially silence dissenting opinions and contrary facts by making them very difficult for the public to locate.

Arguably even worse is when politicians – whether President-elect Donald Trump or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or President Obama – get into the business of judging what is true and what is false.

On Thursday, an impassioned President Obama voiced his annoyance with “fake news” twice in his joint news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — “because in an age where there’s so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television. … If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect.”

Let that phrase sink in for a moment: “We won’t know what to protect”? Is President Obama suggesting that it is the U.S. government’s role to “protect” certain information and, by implication, leave contrary information “unprotected,” i.e. open to censorship?

On Friday, a New York Times front-page article took Facebook to task, in particular, writing: “for years, the social network did little to clamp down on the false news.”

The Times added, in a complimentary way, “Now Facebook, Google and others have begun to take steps to curb the trend, but some outside the United States say the move is too late.”

Info-War

This new alarm about “fake news” comes amid the U.S. government’s “information war” against Russia regarding the Syrian and Ukraine conflicts. Obama’s State Department insists that it is presenting the truth about these conflicts while Russia’s RT channel is a fount of disinformation. Yet, the State Department’s propaganda officials have frequently made false or unsupported claims themselves.

On Wednesday, there was the unseemly scene of State Department spokesman John Kirby refusing to answer reasonable questions from a Russian journalist affiliated with RT.

The RT journalist asked Kirby to identify the hospitals and clinics in Syria that he was claiming had been hit by Russian and Syrian airstrikes. You might assume that a truth-teller would have welcomed the opportunity to provide more details that could then be checked and verified.

But instead Kirby berated the RT journalist and tried to turn the rest of the State Department press corps against her.

QUESTION: Don’t you think it is important to give a specific list of hospitals that you’re accusing Russia of hitting? Those are grave accusations.

KIRBY: I’m not making those accusations. I’m telling you we’ve seen reports from credible aid organizations that five hospitals and a clinic —

QUESTION: Which hospital —

KIRBY: At least one clinic —

QUESTION: In what cities at least?

KIRBY: You can go look at the information that many of the Syrian relief agencies are putting out there publicly. We’re getting our information from them too. These reports —

QUESTION: But you are citing those reports without giving any specifics.

KIRBY: Because we believe these agencies are credible and because we have other sources of information that back up what we’re seeing from some of these reports. And you know what? Why don’t [you] ask … Here’s a good question. Why don’t you ask your defense ministry … what they’re doing and see if you can get…”

QUESTION: If you give a specific list —

KIRBY: No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

QUESTION: If you give a specific list of hospitals —

KIRBY: No, no, no.

QUESTION: My colleagues who are listening hopefully would be able to go and ask Russian officials about a specific list of hospitals that you’re accusing Russia of …”

KIRBY: You work for Russia Today, right? Isn’t that your agency?

QUESTION: That is correct. Yes.

KIRBY: And so why shouldn’t you ask your government the same kinds of questions that you’re standing here asking me? Ask them about their military activities. Get them to tell you what they’re – or to deny what they’re doing.

QUESTION: When I ask for specifics, it seems your response is why are you here? Well, you are leveling that accusation.

KIRBY: No, ma’am.

QUESTION: And if you give specifics, my colleagues would be able to ask Russian officials.

As Kirby continued to berate the RT journalist and stonewall her request for specifics, an American reporter intervened and objected to Kirby’s use of the phrase “‘your defense minister’ and things like that. I mean, she’s a journalist just like the rest of are, so it’s – she’s asking pointed questions, but they’re not …”

Kirby then insisted that since RT was “a state-owned” outlet that its journalists should not be put “on the same level with the rest of you who are representing independent media outlets.” (But the reality is that Voice of America, BBC and many other Western outlets are financed by governments or have ideological benefactors.)

Public Diplomacy

Kirby’s hostility toward legitimate questions being raised about U.S. or U.S.-allied assertions has become typical of Obama’s State Department, which doesn’t seem to want any challenges to its presentation of reality.

For instance, during the early phase of the Ukraine crisis in 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry called RT a “propaganda bullhorn” and Richard Stengel, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, issued a “DipNote” saying RT should be ostracized as a source of disinformation.

But Stengel’s complaint revealed a stunning ignorance about the circumstances surrounding the February 2014 putsch that overthrew Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

For instance, Stengel cited RT’s “ludicrous assertion” about the U.S. investing $5 billion to promote “regime change” in Ukraine. Stengel apparently wasn’t aware that Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland had cited the $5 billion figure in support of Ukraine’s “European aspirations” during a public speech to U.S. and Ukrainian business leaders on Dec. 13, 2013.

At the time, Nuland was a leading proponent of “regime change” in Ukraine, personally cheering on the Maidan demonstrators and even passing out cookies. In an intercepted, obscenity-laced phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Nuland said her choice to lead Ukraine was Arseniy “Yats is the guy” Yatsenyuk, who ended up as Prime Minister after the coup.

So, was Stengel a purveyor of “fake news” when he was accusing RT of disseminating fake news or was he just assembling some propaganda points for his underlings to repeat to a gullible Western news media? Or was he just ill-informed?

Both democracy and journalism can be messy businesses – and credibility is something that must be earned over time by building a reputation for reliability. There is no “gold seal” from the Establishment that makes you trustworthy.

It’s simply important to do one’s best to inform the American people and the world’s public as accurately as possible. Awarding trust is best left to individual readers who must be the ultimate judges of what’s real and what’s fake.”

By Robert Parry, the investigative reporter who many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Originally published at Parry’s Consortium News (republished with permission).

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/11/what-to-do-about-fake-news.html#more-63382 

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 Emergent Complexity and the Role Attributes of Media

Davis Foulger

CUNY Brooklyn College, Montclair State University, and Evolutionary Media

May, 2005

Presented at the Spring, 2005 Meeting of the International Communication Association

Abstract

This paper explores the “roles in media” as a consequence of the processes of structuration. It treats the generic roles that people play in enabling the smooth operation of a medium as generically useful solutions that solve recurrent problems across a variety of media. The processes of structuration are explored through the development of a typology, based on a dataset that codes 18 generic roles across 167 distinct media. Seven distinct role-based clusters of media are identified within a two dimensional solution. When the clusters are viewed as endpoints within these dimensions, several emergent solutions to role complexity in media are observed, each of which appears to be a consequence of a different kind of complexity. One of these solutions appears to parallel the hierarchical subassemblies suggested by Simon (1969) as the single emergent solution to complexity. The other emergent solutions to role complexity, serial complexity and floor contention, appear entail very different role profiles. Four research questions are satisfied by the results. The typology successfully groups structurally similar media. The structures reflect general solutions to problems that are encountered in the operation of media. A fundamental set of problems, different kinds of complexity, engenders the solutions. Finally, the typology is found to have practical value in its suggestion that that while technology may enable the convergence of user interface devices for very different media, role structures may make it difficult to merge companies that manage different kinds of media.

 

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Google Empire

Google Empire

JULIAN ASSANGE — ‘GOOGLE IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS’ — THEY ‘DO THINGS THE CIA CANNOT’

November 14, 2016

Julian Assange cautioned all of us a while back, in the vein of revelations similar to those provided by Edward Snowden, that Google — the insidious search engine with a reputation for powering humanity’s research — plays the dark hand role in furthering U.S. imperialism and foreign policy agendas. Now, as the Wikileaks founder faces days of questioning by a Swedish special prosecutor over rape allegations inside his Ecuadorian Embassy haven in London today — and particularly in wake of the presidential election — Assange’s warning Google “is not what it seems” must be revisited.

Under intense scrutiny by the U.S. State Department for several controversial Wikileaks’ publications of leaked documents in 2011, Assange first met Google Executive Chairman, then-CEO, Eric Schmidt, who approached the political refugee under the premise of a new book. Schmidt, whose worth Forbes estimates exceeds $11 billion, partnered with Council on Foreign Relations and State Department veteran, Jared Cohen, for the work, tentatively titled The Empire of the Mind — and asked Assange for an interview.

Later acknowledging naïvte in agreeing to meet the pair of tech heavyweights, Assange found afterward how enmeshed in and integral to U.S. global agendas Schmidt and Cohen had become.

In fact, both have exhibited quite the fascination with technology’s role in burgeoning revolutions — including, but not-at-all limited to, the Arab Spring. Schmidt created a position for  Cohen in 2009, originally called Google Ideas, now GoogleJigsaw, and the two began weaving the company’s importance to the United States into narratives in articles, political donations, and through Cohen’s former roles at the State Department.

That same year, Schmidt and Cohen co-authored an article for the CFR journal Foreign Affairs, which, seven years hence, appears a rather prescient discussion of Google’s self-importance in governmental affairs. Under the subheading “COALITIONS OF THE CONNECTED,” they wrote [all emphasis added]:

“In an era when the power of the individual and the group grows daily, those governments that ride the technological wave will clearly be best positioned to assert their influence and bring others into their orbits. And those that do not will find themselves at odds with their citizens.

“Democratic states that have built coalitions of their militaries have the capacity to do the same with their connection technologies. […] they offer a new way to exercise the duty to protect citizens around the world who are abused by their governments or barred from voicing their opinions.”

Perhaps appearing laudable on its surface — at least to some degree — as Assange pointed out, there is a self-mischaracterization by the American and other Western governments and inaccurately-monikered ‘non-governmental organizations’ that their interests in other nations’ affairs are innately good.

This cult of government and non-government insiders have a firm belief their goals should be the unassailable, unquestionable motivator for American imperialism — whatever the U.S. thinks best as a “benevolent superpower,” so should the rest of the ‘non-evil’ world.

“They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them,” Assange wrote in When Google Met Wikileaks.“This is the impenetrable banality of ‘don’t be evil.’ They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.”

Cohen, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the notorious Council on Foreign Relations, lists his expertise in “terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran,” and has worked for both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton at the Department of State. Fortune, calling Cohen a “fascinating fellow,” noted that, in his bookChildren of Jihad, the young diplomat and technology enthusiast “advocates for the use of technology for social upheaval in the Middle East and elsewhere.”

Under the auspices of discussing technological aspects at Wikileaks’ disposal for the upcoming book, Schmidt; Cohen; Lisa Shields, a CFR vice president at the time; and Scott Malcomson — who would shortly afterward be appointed Rice’s lead speech advisor for her role as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — descended on Assange’s safe haven in Norfolk, outside London.

It wasn’t until weeks and months after this gathering Assange fully realized how closely Google operates in tandem with the government of the United States — and how perilous the innocent mask of its public intentions truly is in light of such cooperation.

Ironically enough, in Wikileaks’ publishing three years later of the Global Intelligence Files — internal emails from private security firm, Stratfor — Cohen’s and Google’s true depth of influence became strikingly apparent. Assange wrote:

“Cohen’s directorate appeared to cross over from public relations and ‘corporate responsibility’ work into active corporate intervention in foreign affairs at a level that is normally reserved for states. Jared Cohen could be wryly named Google’s ‘director of regime change.’ 

According to the emails, he was trying to plant his fingerprints on some of the major historical events in the contemporary Middle East. He could be placed in Egypt during the revolution, meeting with Wael Ghonim, the Google employee whose arrest and imprisonment hours later would make him a PR-friendly symbol of the uprising in the Western press. Meetings had been planned in Palestine and Turkey, both of which—claimed Stratfor emails—were killed by the senior Google leadership as too risky. Only a few months before he met with me, Cohen was planning a trip to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan to ‘engage the Iranian communities closer to the border,’ as part of Google Ideas’ project on repressive societies.”

However, most significantly, Stratfor vice president for intelligence Fred Burton, also a former official with the State Department, wrote in one of those emails:

“Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do . . . [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag.”

Of course, the massive company — its various facets now under the umbrella of Alphabet, Inc. — has never been fully absent government involvement. Research for what would become ultimately become Google had been undertaken by company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — the strictly secretive technological testing and planning arm for the Department of Defense.

Indeed Google’s continued coziness with the diplomacy, military, and intelligence wings of the United States government should not be, though perpetually are, ignored.

Political establishment bulldogs on both sides of the aisle and their cheerleader corporate media presstitutes will continue for months or years to debate the failed presidential bid of Hillary Clinton and the apparently-shocking rise and election of Donald Trump, but technology played a starring role in those events. Several reports last year cautioned Google’s algorithms could swing the election — and not only the American election, but national elections around the globe.

“We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,” said Robert Epstein, a psychologist with the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and author of one of the studies, “that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”

Considering lines between the tech giant and the government have essentially been abandoned, this revelation puts power and influence into acute, if not terrifying, perspective.

Google’s ties with the Pentagon and intelligence communities never ceased. Revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request cited by Assange, Google founder Brin, together with Schmidt, corresponded casually by email with National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander in 2012, discussing a program called the “Enduring Society Framework.” Alexander wrote to Brin:

“Your insights as a key member of the Defense Industrial Base are valuable to ensure ESF’s efforts have measurable impact.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Industrial Base is “the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements .”

It also provides “products and services that are essential to mobilize, deploy, and sustain military operations.”

Although Schmidt and Cohen ultimately watered down their book title The Empire of the Mind into the more palatable and less blatantly imperialistic, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business, its message amounted to self-congratulatory justification for broader foreign policy goals. Nefarious warmonger Henry Kissinger, for one, praised the work, which included telling lines by the Google execs, such as:

“What Lockheed Martin was to the twentieth century, technology and cyber-security companies will be to the twenty-first.”

So ubiquitous has Google become, its presence — like similarly U.S. government-connected Facebook — is nearly indispensable in the daily lives of hundreds of millions worldwide.

However well-known is the government intelligence framework in such platforms, it would be ill-advised to ignore the far darker Machiavellian aspects of private corporate technology’s intersection with global political agendas — and the force that coalition wields around the planet.

Whether or not the American establishment’s empire suffered a blow in the election of Donald Trump will be a debatable point for some time, but it’s a veritable guarantee its cogs — seeing themselves as the planet’s saviors — have planned in advance for just such an occasion.

“If the future of the internet is to be Google,” Assange noted, “that should be of serious concern to people all over the world—in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union, and even in Europe—for whom the internet embodies the promise of an alternative to US cultural, economic, and strategic hegemony.”

Empire will remain empire until its dying breath — particularly if it functions under the obstinate belief it, alone, can save the world. Julian Assange should be praised for the transparency and insight he and Wikileaks have readily given the world, instead of excoriated and blamed for faults which lie in the establishment framework — it is this political, intelligence, and military web deserving of a pointed finger.

SOURCE: CLAIRE BERNISH 

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/julian-assange-google-cia/ 

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Google Will Ban Websites That Host Fake News From Using Its Ad Service

New York Times

2100 hours GMT-5 11/14/16

Google said it would ban purveyors of fake news on the web from using its online advertising service, AdSense.

 

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Sony Wants To Patent A System For Scoring Journalists’ ‘Veracity’

from the the-truth-scale dept

Spotted by Eriq Gardner over at The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has applied for a patent measuring how accurate reporters are. From the patent abstract:

The methods and systems take into account a multiplicity of approaches to reputation determination and integrates them together in a way that determines not only a reputation index but a veracity scale on which to gauge that reputation. The system proposed herein will create reputation indices based on input from other participants in the ecosystem taking into account the weighting of the value of the input of the various participants based on their credibility as applied to the judgment at hand. The system will also take into account temporal components, the historical value of the work, passive input based on usage behavior, comments by casual observers as well as independent assessment in public fora. The system is able to be applied to journalists and their work to generate a veracity scale for articles.

While I’m sure many can see the value in actually rating journalists on how accurate/truthful their reporting is, the idea that a rating system like this should be patentable is fairly ridiculous. I mean:

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Like anyone wouldn’t have come up with such a system if there wasn’t patent protections?

Separately, as the EFF’s Vera Ranieri asks, it’s questionable whether or not granting such a patent would be consistent with the First Amendment. Remember, just a month ago, a top judge at the Federal Circuit appeals court (the place where all patent case appeals go to) noted that patents could be rejected on First Amendment grounds if “they are allowed to obstruct the essential channels of scientific, economic, and political discourse.” So if this patent were granted, and (bizarrely) it excluded others from ranking the accuracy of journalists — would that violate the First Amendment?

Hopefully the patent office rejects this patent application entirely and we never have to find out.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161111/07452136017/sony-wants-to-patent-system-scoring-journalists-veracity.shtml

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