Introduction by Karl Pomeroy
December 20, 2015
Updated December 21, 2015
That acting US President Barack Obama is trying to destroy the United States and replace its secular influence with Islam-dominated extremism has been one of my principle concerns for some time. The US remains one of the most powerful nations on earth, and Obama’s destructive policies have had a far-reaching impact on the stability of the world as a whole, leading us perhaps to the brink of full-scale war. In the commentary presented below, analyst Ken Eliasberg offers the intriguing thesis that Obama’s weak presidency has caused a political vacuum, with dangerous consequences on a global scale.
Of course, the notion of “American Exceptionalism”, which Eliasberg seems to favor, is distinctly absurd in view of the foreign policy blunders made by recent Washington officials. Indeed, the stature of the United States has dropped precipitously since George W. Bush’s infamous War on Terror, an hysterical reaction to the 9/11 tragedy. Instead of striking the perpetrators’ homeland, and perhaps out of childish revenge for Saddam Hussein’s threat on his father’s life, Bush struck instead the innocent nation of Iraq, thereby demolishing a stable secular state in a region rife with Islamic fundamentalist oppression. The tendency to repeat that blunder has only increased with time.
Author Ken Eliasberg’s position on Russia and Ukraine is unfortunately the opposite of the truth; he is apparently unaware that Ukraine was destabilized by a rash and ill-conceived American-intigated coup, against which Russian President Vladimir Putin did not reciprocate strongly enough. Perhaps Eliasberg has been reading exclusively Western sources. In any event, his bold condemnation of Obama’s subversive motives is unsurpassed in today’s political discourse.
Obama — Disengaged, Delusional, or Diabolical?
Guest article by Ken Eliasberg
December 20, 2015
President Obama’s reactions to recent terrorist attacks have been the source of some consternation among many who have been following these attacks. While it is becoming increasingly more difficult to disregard the terrorist nature of these events, Obama has certainly given it the old college try, doing his best to change the subject to gun control or alleged climate difficulties. In a recent TV discussion of Obama’s effort to change the subject in this manner, Charles Krauthammer suggested that Obama was either disengaged or delusional. But in fact, “diabolical” may be the better term. But Obama may have foreseen just such happenings when he informed us that it was his desire to “fundamentally transform” America. No one thought at the time that he might have in mind the weakening of America to the point of our being so vulnerable as to possibly being taken over by an Islamic caliphate that his neglect had made possible. And while this may seem far-fetched, let’s take a closer look at what Barack Obama and his feckless former secretary of state have accomplished in just seven short years.
Shortly after taking office (and not long after his “fundamental transformation” speech) Obama flew to Cairo to deliver an apology and a loving outreach to Islam — going so far as to suggest that Islam has deep roots in the USA. As recent events have made clear, there is no question that they are buried deep in the soil of the Obama administration. One very stark example is the Muslim Brotherhood, mother of all Islamic terrorist organizations; it is banned in Egypt, its birthplace, but welcome in the White House.
Moving right along, Obama has always been desirous of closing Guantanamo Bay, arguing that its existence is a recruiting tool for Islamists — although he never demonstrates why this is so. Are we to assume that throwing these barbarians in American jails — where they can really do some active recruiting — sits better with ISIS? This position is preposterous, but, then again, preposterous is the order of the day when it comes to Obama’s foreign policy — you know, leading from behind, strategic patience, soft imprint, all slogans to cover up for not leading at all. In any event, consistent with his desire to close Gitmo, he has been systematically downsizing the facility by returning the less dangerous barbarians to “safer” places in the Middle East (are there really safer places in the Middle East?). In this regard, his arrangements with respect to the Bowe Bergdahl transaction, the American deserter soon to be court-martialed for desertion — i.e. exchanging 5 extremely dangerous terrorists for one American traitor (a win-win for the enemy) is typical of Obama’s fecklessness.
The greatest American recruiting tool ISIS has is our feckless leader, Obama — because weakness is the greatest recruiting tool an enemy can have, and no group of people is more aware of this than the Arabs, who firmly believe in a “strong horse” approach to violent confrontation. Weakness emboldens one’s enemies, and draws possible recruits to their ranks, and it is hard to imagine a weaker leader than we now have, in the person of Obama. For an excellent elaboration of this point, I strongly recommend a book by Lee Smith, The Strong Horse — Power, Politics, And The Clash of Arab Civilizations.
Throughout his tenure, Obama has made it clear that American exceptionalism is to be denied at all cost; we are no more exceptional than any other country, and our imperialistic and hegemonic tendencies are to be reined in. The only problem with this approach is that America is the preeminent world leader, and when it steps back from its natural leadership role, it creates a vacuum, one that the world’s most dangerous and corrupt elements are only too willing to fill. Witness what has happened in Libya, Egypt immediately after Mubarak was deposed, Syria, Yemen, and, on a larger scale, Russia’s moves on the Crimea and Ukraine, China and the South China Sea, etc. Taking even a sympathetic approach to Obama’s handling of foreign policy, one might not be too wide of the mark in suggesting that what he had in mind re a fundamental transformation was bringing America low, i.e. that contrary to Krauthammer’s more generous assessment of Obama’s actions as “disengaged” or “delusional,” he is doing exactly what he set out to do — destroy America.
Afterword by Kennedy Applebaum
December 21, 2015
To those liberals who share with us the egalitarian ideal, remember that Muslim extremists do not practice egalitarianism. They have departed from the original teachings of Abū al-Qāsim Muhammad ibn Abd Allāh ibn Abd al-Mussalib ibn Hāshim (born 570, Mecca, Arabia — died June 8, 632, Medina), prophet of Islam, whose wife was a businesswoman, and who did not advocate the oppression of women. Not only do Muslim extremists consider women as animals, they also practice religious intolerance, and believe it a noble act to murder Christians.
Thus, to support a complete tolerance of Muslims, some sizeable percentage of which harbor extremist sentiments, is as far from egalitarianism as supporting a tolerance of Nazis.
The United States, under the current acting President, has aided Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East and continues to do so, possibly at the behest of the global financial elite, who reap huge profits from both the oil smuggling trade and a general world disarray that promotes the theater of corruption under which they make their money, and who take advantage of a weak American President’s Muslim sympathies.
A disturbing video (with subtitles) on the Muslim invasion of Europe can be found at the following source. I recommend turning the sound off and watching the images silently, to allow your own thoughts to emerge unaffected: Click here.
Egalitarianism is an ideal, to be extended to those who practice it and taught to those who don’t.
‘Diabolical’ Obama Actions Lead to Weakening of America – US Media
December 20, 2015
Obama’s reaction to global threats of terrorism can be considered absurd. As global terror is becoming “more difficult to disregard,” the American leader is focusing on issues including gun control and climate change, a columnist Ken Eliasberg stated.
During a recent TV show, journalist Charles Krauthammer suggested that Obama’s attempts to switch to other issues in the face of an imminent terror threat indicates that the leader is either “disengaged” or “delusional.”
But according to Eliasberg, writing in the online magazine American Thinker, the best word to describe the US president’s policy is “diabolical.”
To justify his use of that satanic adjective, the author has listed several arguments, including the notion that soon after coming to power Obama visited Egypt, and delivered a “loving outreach” to Islam, in a pretence that the religion was relevant to American culture.
Another in Eliasberg’s list is an instance of special treatment for Islam by the Obama administration in welcoming to the White House representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group considered by some to be the mother of all terrorist organizations, despite it’s restriction in Egypt, its birthplace.
Another in the author’s list to ‘prove’ the president is weakening the US is Obama’s intent to shut the Guantanamo Bay prisons, by reason that the facility is an instrument for recruitment by Islamists. But if all Gitmo facilities were closed, Eliasberg argued, authorities would have to throw violators affiliated with Daesh (ISIL/Islamic state) into regular privately owned US jails, where other inmates could be influenced by Islamist propaganda.
“This position is preposterous, but, then again, preposterous is the order of the day when it comes to Obama’s foreign policy — you know, leading from behind, strategic patience, soft imprint, all slogans to cover up for not leading at all,” Eliasberg declared.
The right-wing author suggested that Obama’s “fecklessness” is humiliating to Americans and ultimately encourages worldwide war.
Ruling Elite Plays “Dare” with Global Conflagration
New World Order Agenda: Obama’s Reckless Roadmap to World War III?
Guest Article by Joachim Hagopian
December 5, 2015
Posted December 7, 2015
In the last couple years US-NATO forces have intentionally pursued an aggressive path with a current trajectory leading humanity straight into World War III. In contrast to the West’s overt warmongering transgressions, the political, economic and military forces of the East in Russia and China have exercised far more prudent, defensive posturing that has demonstrated remarkable restraint, thus saving us from a potential nuclear war.
This presentation will lay bare the tendencies displayed by the actions of a handful of neocons in Washington carrying out marching orders issued by the ruling elite whose New World Order agenda for over a century has been a one world government.
Fearing wrath from a fast growing population of world citizens actively opposing the elite’s diabolical agenda, 2015 has seen the globalists fast tracking their orchestrated world catastrophes, i.e., the convergence of unprecedented global terrorism designed to act as the incendiary device used to ignite the so called East versus West world war accompanied by the complete collapse of their bankrupted, house of cards, debt-based economy and the rapid global breakdown of civil order.
Through their proven divide and conquer formula, the global elite intends to bring to fruition its one world government fully implemented by 2016. And at the escalating pace fueling today’s most disturbing world events erupting at near daily frequency, unless we citizen-activists of the world finally raise up in solidarity to stop this process, 2016 may well go down in history as the year they ultimately achieve their fully operational one world government.
The twentieth century has been called America’s century representing the apex of American Empire rule over the planet, culminating with the cold war breakup and defeat of the Soviet Empire, and the US claiming exclusive title as sole global superpower, wielding its full spectrum dominance and hegemonic control over every corner of the globe. But the neocons whose careers rapidly advanced under the Reagan-Bush senior regime, spearheaded by the likes of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz as the Dr. Frankensteins of US neocon foreign policy was unabashedly spelled out in their ambitious take-over-the-world Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
In the wake of the Cold War, the PNAC came up with the 9/11 blueprint of a “new Pearl Harbor,” spawning their long war on terror against Muslim extremists as their newly designated enemy.
With fellow partners-in-crime Israel and Saudi Arabia, the Neocons having successfully stolen this century’s first two presidential elections to affix George W. as the dumbed down version of his demonic father in the White House flanked by Dick Cheney.
In the first 15 years of this century, the elite’s agenda to destabilize, impoverish and increase totalitarian control over the planet has advanced at breakneck speed. Having hijacked virtually every national government in the West, if the elite’s international crime cabal has its way, the twenty-first century will have to be remembered as the century that ushered in a barbaric age of New World Order tyranny.
Though the neocons’ foreign policy of constant regime change around the globe (7) would not be achieved within their overly optimistic 5-year vision vis-à-vis Syria and Iran, their endless war on terror would be fully actualized in spades during the century’s first decade with two costly protracted invasion-occupations changing how America fights its wars while using the central banking cabal’s unlimited fiat dollars to obliterate nation after nation with the killing power of the US military as overreaching global empire conquerors.
The exponential rise of the military industrial complex and deep state totalitarianism fueled by the cancerous growth of Homeland Security, FEMA, UN and private civilian contracting armies sucking the cash funded by the no bid contracts of corrupt crony capitalists is the driving force behind an unsustainable, insurmountable national debt at taxpayer expense and middle class demise. But the ruling elite in 2015 has never been more blatant in its power grabbing and the global population more in peril because of it.
And with NATO member Turkey shooting down a Russian jet near the Turkish border in Syria last week, the stakes of a global war have never been higher. How did we get here to this brink of self-annihilation? A timeline roadmap of the last two years graphically illustrates just how deadly and reckless a course the US Empire of Chaos has been blundering, now seemingly driving humanity right off the doomsday cliff.
August 2013 Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria
Obama instantly blamed Assad for a horrific chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb launched by US-backed terrorists. The president used this false flag operation to justify would-be airstrikes on Syria. Complete with photos of the children’s corpses, Obama self-righteously exalted his infamous red line ultimatum all the while acting as an accomplice himself to the war crime atrocity for financially supporting the murderers who without his guns and money would never have been able to kill those innocent kids. He shamelessly paraded their corpses out before the world sanctimoniously calling for airstrikes that he knew risked starting World War III with Russia and China lining up their warships off the Syrian coast in defense of their ally. Had the entire world not reacted so strongly in protest against Obama’s lust for war, combined with Putin’s last minute brokered deal with Assad to turn in his chemical weapons, we all might not even be alive right now.
February 2014 Violent Overthrow of Ukraine Government
On February 18th, 2014 the Ukraine revolution turned violent. Through Hillary Clinton’s State Department NGO’s funded in part by the likes of billionaire George Soros, the US invested $5 billion to incite staged protests over several months that culminated in the US-induced coup that led to another democratically elected leader of a sovereign nation ousted from office and forced to flee the capital for his life. The US had an army of CIA and military intelligence operatives along with hired agitators and snipers in the streets escalating the level of violence in Kiev that toppled the existing government. The US had been aggressively courting Ukraine to join the EU as yet another former Soviet state to turn against its previous master when President Viktor Yanukovych decided to accept Putin’s loan offer, at which point the US regime change operation covertly shifted into overdrive. Of course part of the prize would have been stealing the Crimean naval base for maritime control over the Black Sea that belonged to Russia. A telling moment came when Hillary’s right hand woman Victoria Nuland, pushing and shoving amongst the demonstrating Kiev crowd, was caught uttering her infamous “fuck the EU” statement, telling because that’s the neocon way – ever-at-the-ready to throw Europe or anyone else under the bus, anything to retain global hegemony.
March 2014 Crimea Chooses Annexation to Russia
Heading US Empire off at the pass, on March 1st Vladimir Putin strategically reclaimed his Russian naval base in Sevastopol. Just two weeks later in an emergency referendum election, 96% of Crimea’s residents voted for annexation with Russia. The West was stunned by this turn of events. Despite Crimea being part of Russia since 1783 until Ukrainian Soviet Premier Khrushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, the US-led international community began denouncing Putin’s move as an illegal land grab. Thus unleashed was the West’s relentless demonization of Putin who was simply acting in both his nation’s interest as well as the interests of ethnic Russians who refused to live under the corrupt US neo-Nazi installed Kiev government. The US has maintained a long historic policy of attempting to isolate Russia and China by turning neighboring countries into their enemies as US puppets. This longstanding strategy of course is a flagrant violation of international law – interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, including the Ukrainian coup a month earlier. But because of US dominance, it gets away with it. Hypocrite Secretary of State John Kerry chastising Putin: It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. That is not 21st century, G-8, major-nation behavior.
Tell that to Afghanistan and Iraq who had nothing to do with the neocons’ 9/11 inside attack on America. In response to the West’s hypocritical lambasting, Putin truthfully proclaimed: We have every reason to think that the notorious policy of confining Russia, pursued in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, continues today.
Putin’s reference to “today” has everything to do with the United States actively recruiting the entire former Iron Curtain of Eastern European nations as NATO members hostile to Russia punctuated with nuclear warhead missiles aimed directly at Moscow… the US induced Ukraine coup only adding insult to injury.
Spring-Summer 2014 Separatist Movement in Donbass Region and US-Backed War against Freedom Fighting Rebels
After watching events unfold in nearby Crimea the month before, in April ethic Russian separatists living in Eastern Ukraine followed suit, moving to become independent. On May 11th a referendum in the largest cities of Donetsk and Luhansk was held with over 90% voting for independence. Of course having just lost Crimea to Russia, the US and Kiev government were not about to concede losing any more control over existing Ukraine territory. All-out war was then declared against the rebels as Ukrainian military launched a major offensive into Donbass region during late spring into the summer. With full US-NATO support that soon included international mercenary volunteers, arms and supplies, the Kiev forces fired rockets, mortars and heavy artillery directly into residential neighborhoods in Donetsk and Luhansk, with at least 1130 dead in the Donbass region from April to late July. Meanwhile, Putin placed 20000 of his own troops along the Eastern Ukraine border. In their lust for war against nuclear powered Russia, US NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove, a Dr. Strangelove throwback, and his colleague commanding general of US Army forces in Europe Lt. General Ben Hodges took turns falsely accusing Russian troops of invading Ukraine.
After corrupt US puppet billionaire Petro Poroshenko was elected Ukrainian president on May 25th, by summer his advancing Kiev forces were using superior firepower to brutally engage in cultural and ethnic cleansing. Amidst Poroshenko’s merciless slaughter of civilians he insisted were his own Ukrainian citizens, after reaching a peace agreement that he’d soon renege on, he had the audacity to utter these hollow words belying his murderous action: The highest value is human life, and we must do everything possible to stop the bloodshed and put an end to suffering.
July 17th, 2014 Flight MH17 Shot Down over Eastern Ukraine
On July 17th all evidence points to two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets trailing the Malaysian airliner for several minutes prior to its abrupt radar disappearance at 5:23PM Moscow time. The fighter jets were armed with both air-to-air missiles and a machine gun mount that likely brought the Flight MH17 down filled with 298 passengers headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur but ended up at a crash site outside Donetsk in Donbass region. However, it’s also been confirmed that the Ukrainian military moved three or four of its own BUK surface-to-air missiles in place inside the rebel held territory. Among the many smoking guns is the fact that as soon as the airliner left Polish airspace entering Ukraine, Kiev air traffic control ordered the ill-fated plane two hundred miles north from its original standard flight path into the eastern Ukrainian warzone. With confirmed records of the Ukraine traffic control diversion, the hovering Ukraine jet and the Ukraine missile ground systems, the Kiev government’s fingerprints were left all over the before, during and after MH17 crime scene, strongly indicating that the perpetrators causing the MH17 crash were all based out of Kiev. As always with false flags, right from the get-go to the present, Western media constantly protects the Empire evildoers spinning nonstop lies falsely casting judge, jury and executioner blame onto US designated enemies Putin and the Donbass rebels.
However, shrewd, fast thinking Putin released incontrovertible satellite and air traffic control evidence proving that both the rebels and Russia had nothing to do with the preplanned disaster carried out by US-NATO-Ukraine, forcing the US false narrative to have to regroup and assume a lower profile in its bombastic propaganda war. Also the West’s claim that a Su-25 could not fly at the cruising airliner altitude of 33000 feet was debunked by simply using an oxygen mask in a pressurized cockpit. “The mountain of evidence” Secretary of State John Kerry had so smugly claimed right after the crash “proving” that Putin and his rebels committed the crime suddenly evaporated into thin air. Putin’s smoking gun proof also uncovered the sloppy US-Ukrainian after-the-fact cover-up that had falsified and changed traffic control data, weather and satellite imagery records in its failed desperation attempt to blame Moscow.
Once the lies of the West were exposed, of course accompanied by accomplice Western media blackout, a recoiling US retaliated by committing another obstruction of justice crime immediately securing the airliner’s black box into US-NATO puppet England’s hands thereby ensuring the truth never get revealed and making sure that the US-NATO puppet Dutch authorities conducting the prelim investigation still feebly hold the fabricated line implicating by false innuendo Russian involvement.
Eventually the investigation has expanded to include a four nation commission. But the Dutch helped install the current illegitimate Ukraine government that’s been added to the investigative team and given veto power over what ends up released to the public. Major conflict of interest there that quashes any chance of the truth coming out. Other Western puppets on the commission are Australia and Belgium. As an afterthought, Malaysia’s been invited as the nation with both the downed airliner and aside from the Dutch the most dead. However, even the pilot’s body remains off limits to Malaysian inspectors as well as the pilot’s own family. Plus, the pilot’s seat still left in the field where the plane hit the ground has been discovered with very noticeable gunshot holes from a machine gun that would easily have been fired from one of the Su-25’s, ruling out the possibility that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air BUK missile fired from the ground. A recovered piece of the Boeing 777‘s fuselage also was riddled with gunshot holes. All guilty roads lead to a Ukrainian Air Force jets taking MH17 down with a massive cover-up from the West. The strategy of the whitewashing commission is to delay its “conclusive” findings due to its obvious need to hide the plain-to-see truth of another cover-up of yet another Western false flag.
2014-15 Expansion of War in Ukraine
At the time that flight MH17 went down too many co-occurring events beyond mere coincidence further point to the West’s criminal guilt. It was reported that Kiev troops were losing their resolve fighting an unpopular war on the eastern front and were deserting in large numbers, forcing Poroshenko into sending conscripted underage boys to the frontline quagmire. To turn the world against Putin and thus provide the pretext of US-NATO entering the Ukraine war, a false flag blaming Russia for murdering near 300 innocent people onboard MH17 was conceived to surely do the dirty trick. What US-NATO failed to consider is the truth exposing them as lying murderers on the wrong side of history.
Both the airliner crash and a major Ukrainian military offensive had been planned months in advance, with the air disaster scheduled on July 17th and Kiev’s aggressive war campaign in Eastern Ukraine launched the very next day on July 18th. The US also just happened to be conducting two military live drills in Ukraine right up to the time of the false flag.
Where have we heard that before?
Operation Sea Breeze is an annual land, air and sea exercise conducting electronic warfare that involves monitoring passenger aircraft in the region and data collection from a spy satellite that happened to be sighted over the Donetsk area at the time of the crash. The other military exercise, Rapid Trident 2014, was a joint NATO-US-Ukraine sponsored operation to enhance cooperation between land forces. Overwhelming evidence proves that the taking down of the civilian airliner was yet another false flag operation for which the US-NATO are notoriously guilty. Western history is a history made of false flags.
Thus by US-NATO design, throughout the second half of 2014 despite several ceasefire agreements in Ukraine, emboldened by US Empire prodding to make its push east to crush the rebellion, Kiev would repeatedly violate the truces to resume its carnage. A negotiated September peace treaty did little to stop the bloodshed. Fighting for both their lives and for their freedom, the rebels managed to launch a counteroffensive trapping 2500 Ukrainian soldiers under siege in a key link city between rebel strongholds Donetsk and Luhansk, a major defeat for US-NATO-Kiev. Separatists claimed 3000 dead from the Ukrainian Army while Kiev claimed the farcical low number of just 22 KIA’s. In response to seeing his team floundering, Obama desperately began deploying US-NATO advisors to the warfront as well as proposed shipments of heavy arms to Ukraine for the first time. Ukraine military launched another major campaign in January 2015 ignoring another ceasefire.
Meanwhile fearing the high risk volatility of having to potentially fight another world war in their own backyard and hurt more than Russia with its winter natural gas supply cutoff by US-led negative sanctions against Putin, in February 2015 Germany and France began mediating peace talks between Ukraine and Russia in Minsk. Obama’s timing in wanting to raise the ante sending heavy arms and ammo along with US combat troops, CIA and FBI operatives was clearly intended to sabotage the Minsk negotiations. While Europe sought peace through conflict resolution, the Washington warmongers were busily plotting preemptive nuclear war strikes against Russia and deploying a rapid buildup of US military presence joining NATO forces amassing along the Russian border in Eastern Europe. Over recent months US-NATO troops have conducted a series of enormous, unprecedented joint military exercises as overt preparation for war against Russia.
While the US sends more armored tanks and troops to Europe integrating with NATO as they densely align along Russia’s border and continuing to deploy scheduled missile installments on Russia’s doorstep, Putin is forced to respond in kind. As the arms race intensifies, so does their eventual use. With nothing but lies and propaganda pumped out 24/7 by mainstream media demonizing Putin for the last two years, Western globalists have used their puppet Obama to aggressively exploit Ukraine along with Syria as the two primed hotspot startups for World War III.
June 8th, 2014 ISIS Invasion of Iraq Taking Mosul
Despite possessing the technological means to monitor the whereabouts of virtually every human alive on this planet, much less an invading army moving from one country to another, Obama and his Pentagon pretended not to notice the miles long caravan of freshly US-armed Islamic State terrorists driving freshly US-gifted brand new Toyota trucks kicking up desert sand from Syria to Iraq. And then the Iraqi security forces that alleged war hero General David Petraeus worked so long and hard training the previous decade suddenly abandoned their positions surrendering their second largest city Mosul to ISIS. The June 2014 Islamic State incursion into Iraq read like an unbelievable B movie script. But we’re supposed to be convinced that ISIS just suddenly sprang out of nowhere to overnight become the biggest, baddest monsters alive, at least that’s how Obama and his puppet masters presented their half-assed staging of Middle Eastern theater featuring their bumbling US war operations in Syria and Iraq.
Forget that Obama was explicitly warned that this particular Islamic jihadist group entertained such grand ambitions to establish a massive Islamic caliphate throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Because Obama chose these terrorists over his former favorite proxy mercenary ally al Qaeda, the US was bankrolling a brand new brand of terrorism over all the others, confident that these ones would finally take down Assad.
So way back in 2012 before ISIS even had its name, per Defense Intelligence Agency documents and a former DIA commander, our treasonous commander-in-chief favored these guys to keep the endless war on terror going and Bush-Cheney’s regime change operation still alive. Just as Osama and his al Qaeda were used as the patsies blamed for 9/11 that the neocons with help from their Israeli-Saudi friends pulled off, now it was ISIS’ turn to play the US manufactured heavy (along with Putin of course) while working closely with CIA to stage the beheading of the week theater for Western shock and awe YouTube entertainment. Cutting the throats of Western journalists and Middle Eastern Christians graphically made Islamic State legendary for their brand of evil in the minds of a horrified world. The August 19th beheading of James Foley garnered MSM top billing ratings for weeks.
July 8th, 2014 Israel Launches Operation Protective Edge against Palestinians in Gaza
As if the violent chaos and destruction in Ukraine and Syria/Iraq weren’t bloody enough all summer long last year, a third spectacle of horror and tragedy was brought to you by our best buds the apartheid butchers from Israel, the same ally US taxpayers are forced to give $3.7 billion of their hard earned dollars each year as Israel’s genocidal military aid. Using the excuse that three Jewish teenage boys were murdered by Palestinians, a likely false flag in and of itself, for two straight months Israel sought revenge by firing rockets daily into residential Palestinian neighborhoods including schools and hospitals in another genocidal rash of Gaza ethnic cleansing. During the summer bloodbath in 2014, Israel murdered over 2200 Palestinians, many of whom were children and women. And these days attacks on Palestinian civilians appear to be once again flaring up.
The United States has never ceased being a willing accomplice to Israel’s state sponsored terrorism that amounts to crimes against humanity. After all, for decades it’s the brutal US partner that’s been committing terrorist atrocities throughout the Middle East with impunity protection from the US world bully Empire. Likewise, the US has also perpetrated decades of terrorism on behalf and behest of Tel Aviv, fighting long costly proxy wars against Muslim nations posing no threat whatsoever to US national security. Allowing the nation Israel to defiantly refuse to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty then proceed to willfully develop an enormous nuclear stockpile, even handing over nuclear secrets knowing Israel stole American secrets, covering up Israel’s 1967 massacre of 34 US Navy sailors onboard the USS Liberty along with its role in 9/11, allowing Israel’s nuclear blackmail with its Sampson Option threatening to nuke its allies should they somehow fail to adequately defend the Jewish state – all of these are flagrant violations of international law. Yet the DC neocons – half of whom hold dual citizenship – along with the bribed bought and sold Congress, both exercise their true loyalties to Israel while treasonously failing to uphold the US Constitution, much less protect and defend American citizens from foreign and domestic enemies.
August 9th, 2014 Ferguson Riots
The day after Ebola’s declared a global threat after infecting so many black people in Africa, within 24 hours later the militarized US police state declares war against black people in America with the Ferguson riots. The US federal government has a long history of victimizing people with darker-skinned complexion, be it in the US as well as around the globe. Using bio-warfare and race war as a means of increasing control over targeted populations is not a stretch of the imagination, especially when considering the facts.
The Tuskegee experiment cold-bloodedly infected poor American black males with lethal untreated syphilis for forty years spread to wives and children – all in the name of “science.” Most states in America passed eugenics laws legalizing a widespread half-century practice up till 1974 of compulsory sterilization of mostly poor African American and Native American women without obtaining either victims’ consent or knowledge.
Summer 2015 Jade Helm Operation
The massive three-month Jade Helm military operation that took place in nine states across Southern America this last summer was a psyops operation to learn about the so called domestic enemy that happens to be law abiding citizens like you and me. The goal was to determine the level of citizen resistance in advance of the next major false flag crisis when martial law goes into effect. It was another beta test dry run for Americans to get used to soldiers operating on US soil in their streets and neighborhoods rather than restricted to US military reservations or foreign deployment.
The Posse Comitatus law prohibiting US military use in civil matters became permanently suspended when the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was passed allowing US military to break into your home in the middle of the night, arrest you without a warrant or charge, and imprison you without legal rights, without a trial for an indefinite period of time. Increasingly, average Americans are being viewed by both law enforcement and the feds as the most threatening enemy, even more so than ISIS. When veterans, constitutionalists, dissident-activists, gun owners, Christians, tea party members are all targeted on a growing watch list deemed as domestic terrorists, belligerents and enemies of the state, and especially when such federal agencies like the EPA, FDA, IRS, postal service, fish and wildlife department and the Social Security Administration have all been buying up billions of rounds of hollow point bullets. If that’s not declaring war on US citizens, I don’t know what is.
January 7th, 2015 Charlie Hebdo Paris Attack and November’s Friday the 13th Paris False Flag Terror II
Whether violations of Fourth Amendment invasive surveillance/search and seizure/right to privacy laws, First Amendment peaceful assembly free speech laws, Second Amendment private gun ownership laws, Sixth Amendment due process laws, civil liberties in a totalitarian police state are no longer upheld or enforceable. Ever since 9/11 an assault on citizens has been launched throughout the Western world in the misnomer name of national security where tyrannical public servants have illegally usurped and obliterated cherished freedoms. Western governments have resorted to staging dozens of false flag “terrorist” incidents to pass hundreds of draconian antiterrorism laws worldwide in order to keep the masses living in both paranoid fear and under increasingly oppressive surveillance and control. From 9/11 to 7/7 London to 3/11 Spain to the two Paris attacks this year, the international intelligence community like the CIA, Mossad and MI5 have worked hand-in-hand with Muslim jihadist terrorists.
This month’s second attack in Paris in less than a year brought martial law to France that’s been extended for at least the next three months. This latest terrorist event killing 130 innocent people and injuring over 350 more also reinvigorated the ruling elite/US Empire/West’s global war of terror, not so much to join Putin in actually destroying ISIS terrorists but to stop Putin from ending their endlessly long “war on terror.” You see, they cannot continue wreaking havoc around the world, destabilizing and impoverishing nations (including both developing and developed countries) without their secret symbiotic allies the terrorists. After all, the terrorists-r-us! It’s been proven beyond any doubt they are the twisted creation of Western elites, funded, trained, armed, supplied and protected by US Empire, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Europe, NATO and Arab Gulf States like Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan.
Late August 2015 to Present Mass Migration Refugee Crisis
Under the benign catch-all term “multiculturalism,” meant to conjure up the warm and fuzzy of universal tolerance embracing the richness of human diversity, arriving late this summer in Europe and continuing to spin out of control across the continent comes the globalist Trojan horse of the mass migration crisis. Just as the wars in the Middle East and North Africa using the antagonists US Empire to do its dirty bidding and ISIS to spread terror are all by globalist design, so too is this growing crisis placing a top heavy burden on European nations to absorb the massive, unending waves of new immigrants whose backgrounds are of such disparate ethnicity, language, culture and religion from Europe’s majority host populations. The accomplished mission of turning nations like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan that resisted US global hegemony into war ravaged failed states, murdering millions of innocents and displacing eleven million mostly Muslims from Syria alone, carries a part two agenda to destabilize and ultimately destroy the cultural fabric and identity of largely Caucasian inhabited developed nations in Europe and North America. The flooding of mass migration refugees quickly overloads host nations and potentially creates civil unrest
So what if it also increases unemployment and creates an enormous burden on the social human service systems that will soon reach critical mass? To the elite it delivers more money, more power and more control over the suffering masses. Ultimately it permanently changes the national and cultural identity of the developed world, rapidly homogenizing and lowering the standard of living to be of equal parity with the Third World. The elite’s goal ultimately is to create such dire uniform conditions across all continents by incrementally eliminating the distinction between First and Third Worlds.
October 5th, 2015 TPP Trade Deal Reached
Of course in addition to the chaos, strife and instability caused by the migration crisis comes the elitist plan to remove the sovereign barriers that independent nations like the United States pose toward facilitating a one world government. When the dozen trade ministers representing the twelve nation members of the Tran Pacific Partnership signed off on the finalized agreement in October, the globalists moved one giant step closer to their one world government exercising tyrannical control over the human terrain. Within the next several months the twelve national governments will need to ratify TPP to make it law of the 12 nation land that generates 40% of the world’s economy. If and when this happens, there will no longer be a United States of America. The TTIP merges North America with Europe and serves the same sinister purpose promoting the globalized New World Order. There will only be corporatization of virtually the entire planet. Corporate lawyers will dictate how we are governed as their laws will supersede all national US laws.
September 28th, 2015 Putin Outing Obama’s Fake War vs. Putin’s Real War against Terror
At the UN General Assembly Putin publicly outed to the world Obama’s façade of supposedly “hunting down” the ISIS terrorists since late August 2014. Despite leading an allied coalition alleged to have dropped over 16,000 airstrikes during the first year alone in its fake war against ISIS, Obama has little to show for himself. And the reason is all too obvious. Obama and the Pentagon’s actual mission in both Iraq and Syria has been to protect the Frankenstein monster that they’ve created.
Putin’s intelligence sources gathered the lowdown and confronted Obama on September 28th when he exposed the West’s pretend game to coddle and protect terrorists instead of killing them. Because Putin was all too aware that the United States was in fact promoting the spread of terrorism far beyond the Middle East and North Africa, including north Caucasus into Russia and unwilling to sit by and risk losing his ally Assad replaced by another corrupt weak US puppet like every other destroyed nation on America’s kill list, Putin announced that at Assad’s request, Russia is sending troops, naval ships and launching airstrikes against ISIS.
Putin’s bold stand was received resoundingly well by virtually the entire world, that is except Obama and his terrorist allies like ISIS, Turkey, Israel. Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered and outsmarted his US counterparts Clinton, Bush and Obama put together in his long run in power. Even US-NATO puppet nations like Germany’s Angela Merkel applauded Putin’s resolve as welcome relief. After all, Europe is also being victimized indirectly by US Empire’s overly aggressive need for unipolar hegemony, overrun by a massive refugee problem caused by US Empire wars, suffering without Russian oil and natural gas due to US sanctions against Putin, uneasy over the US belligerence destabilizing Ukraine as part of Empire’s apparent rush to global war that would be fought in Europe’s backyard, and tired of being bullied as longtime US puppets, more than they could publicly let on, European leaders were embracing Putin’s decisive rise as a real world leader versus the deceptive paper tiger.
October 1st, 2015 to Present: Putin’s War against Islamic State Terrorists
Throughout October and November Putin has been conducting a massive air campaign along with using heavy artillery, armored vehicles and supplying intensive ground support for the Syrian Arab Army, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters to destroy ISIS in Syria. After two months fighting the tide has decisively turned against Obama and his West’s terrorist allies. In November the Putin coalition overtook a military airbase in northern Syria that the terrorists were holding under siege the last two years, liberating 250 grateful, relieved Syrian soldiers. Putin’s going after the terrorists’ bread and butter, the black market oil stolen from hijacked oil refineries in Syria and Iraq. In recent weeks Russian bombers have been destroying truck convoys of oil tankers miles long, hitting ISIS where it hurts most, money to fund its madness.
The neocon Obama administration is having a tizzy watching everything they’ve been building up and secretly supporting be mowed down by a true antiterrorist force. Kerry was anxious to make a deal with his Russian counterpart Sergie Lavrov in Vienna last month to spare losing ISIS in exchange for the West accepting Assad’s stay in power. Putin embarrassed a number of G-20 leaders at the mid-November meeting in Antalya, Turkey by revealing that Putin is well aware of the 40 nations that have been financially supporting the Islamic State, alluding to some being present in the room, and that he intends to hold every last one accountable. Of course as always, not one Western media outlet bothered to carry that piece of rather significant news.
October 27th, 2015 US Navy Patrol-by Incident in South China Sea
For several years now the US has purposely soured its relations with its closest rivals Russia and China, unilaterally resurrecting the cold war again. Tensions between America and China neared the breaking point on October 27th when the naval destroyer the USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of a couple of manmade islands China has claimed as its own in the Spratley Islands located in the South China Sea. Obama defied China’s warnings insisting that because the islands are artificially made, regular maritime rules don’t apply. The childish gesture is reminiscent of playground behavior with such defiant taunting as “you can’t make me!” The only problem is such a provocative act of aggression by Obama when conflict is boiling over is downright reckless and stupid.
October 30th, 2015Russian Airliner Brought Down over Sinai Desert
Russian investigators determined that the most likely cause of the plane going down killing all 224 passengers and crew was caused by a homemade bomb equivalent to one kg of TNT breaking the airliner apart in midair. Putin vows to hunt the perpetrators down and punish them. The Islamic State immediately took credit for it and since they had both probable access as well as motive, in all likelihood, the terrorists committed the heinous crime as revenge against Putin for going after them in Syria with a vengeance they’ve never seen before.
Despite the feeble dismissal from the Egyptian government not wanting to lose tourism dollars over its breach in security, the consensus from multiple intelligence sources is that ISIS did it. Now whether the Islamic State operated alone outside the probable Egyptian airport accomplices that enabled access to the plane for terrorists to plant the bomb remains to be seen. Though US Empire was steeped in the downing of MH17, any US culpability in this air disaster at this still early phase of investigation is far more questionable. Nonetheless, with the proven recklessness of Washington policymakers displayed earlier that week in the South China Sea, and then a NATO member shooting down a Russian warplane last week, anything is possible.
November 7th, 2015 Missile Launch over LA Harbor
A week and a half after the South China Sea fiasco and a week following the Russian airliner disaster, the US was at it again with more provocative warmongering in a strange incident involving an unarmed missile launched from a US submarine off the Pacific coast of Southern California. It brightly lit up the Saturday night sky seen by thousands of surprised witnesses from hundreds of miles around wondering what they were observing. Speculation went wild on the internet with claims that it was a UFO. Several hours earlier just a few miles away at the neocon holy ground of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, US Secretary Ash Carter delivered a speech that in so many words bashed and threatened Putin accusing him of everything the US Empire is actually guilty of. Oddly enough, Carter downplayed the danger that ISIS poses (of course as his secret ally and partner-in-crime, why would he view terrorists as a threat?).
November 24th, 2015 Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet near Syrian-Turkish Border
Less than a week after Carter’s public tirade, Paris was struck by more Islamic State terrorists who had been under surveillance for months in advance with all kinds of Intel reports warning of preeminent attacks specifying a concert venue as their target. If Western intelligence didn’t actually coordinate the attacks, it was complicit in allowing them to happen. Bottom line, the diabolical elite used 130 massacred lives in France to jump start the West’s war against Assad and Putin in Syria after Putin had stolen their thunder by completely upending the US-NATO agenda.
Just two weeks after Carter’s warmonger speech punctuated by the missile warning came what looks like the premeditated shoot down of a Russian jet by NATO member Turkey. To further complicate the already uneven, jagged Syrian-Turkish borderline, in June 2012 Turkey unilaterally altered the airspace moving it five miles south into Syrian territory. Back in early October there was an incident where apparently a Russian Su-24 fighter-bomber may have inadvertently skirted into Turkish airspace, especially if it was this artificial airspace that Turkey illegally grabbed. Pissed over Putin’s wrecking their agenda, the West self-righteously made a big to-do about it, thus setting the stage for yet more unavoidable confrontation.
So in all likelihood the United States and Turkey had already conspired to do their dirty deed and looking for an excuse to both literally and figuratively clip Russia’s wings, having their terrorist darlings suddenly losing their war against Assad and running for cover back into Turkey, 3000 big bad jihadists the first week alone. Putin had publicly humiliated ISIS on the run as well as both Turkish tyrant Erdogan and dictator Obama at both the UN and again at the G-20 conference in Turkey just a week earlier, outing the fact that both Erdogan and Obama among others were still actively funding and supporting the Islamic State terrorists. From Obama and Erdogan’s point of view, Putin had defiantly not been heeding his warnings – from Carter’s missile meltdown to the Russian airliner takedown over Sinai. So US-NATO had made the decision once that alleged Russian airspace violation occurred back in early October to not hesitate the next time in shooting down a Russian plane daring to come even close to Turkish airspace. The crash site was five miles from the border and the downed plane at the moment the Turkish air to air missile hit was estimated to be about a mile inside the Syrian border. So on November 24th, Turkey was waiting in ambush to strike, taking full advantage of that next opportunity as the US-NATO-Turkey crime cabal struck its unsuspecting prey, and the villains were celebrating and giving thanks two days earlier than Thanksgiving after Turkey blindsided that Russian jet and its hapless pilot.
Both the Russian pilot and his co-pilot navigator exited the hit aircraft moments before it went down. But while they were parachuting to the ground, the pilot was shot and killed by hostile local ground forces. This is a war crime. Turkish authorities claim that the two Russian bombers that together had violated airspace were targeting ethnic Turks known as Turkmen who lived in mountainous villages inside Syria. Putin stated that the Russian planes were seeking militia forces from the north Caucasus that had joined the anti-Assad coalition. The navigator was able to make it to safety reaching the friendly forces of the Syrian army. However, a Russian rescue helicopter that had been dispatched was also fired upon and crashed killing one Russian marine. The weapon used by rebel forces to shoot the helicopter down was an American made anti-tank TOW missile launcher.
Of course not surprisingly, Turkish accounts of what transpired were very different from the surviving navigator and Russia’s side of the story. The Turks claim that they repeatedly warned the two Russian jets to move out of their airspace adding that no response came from the Russians. The navigator maintains that no warning was ever given. Russia also insists that at no time did the Russian aircraft violate Turkish airspace, each nation releasing a map of the projected radar flightpath of the Russian jet. The Russian Ministry of Defense furnished video evidence however corroborating the Russian contention that the Su-24 bomber never entered Turkish airspace. The Turks also stated that the Russian warplane had moved through its airspace for a full 17 seconds.
Two Belgian physicists have calculated that that claim is physically impossible based on even the Turks’ projected flightpath. Assuming the Russian plane had entered Turkish territory, their scientifically arrived at conclusion based on the jet’s flight speed was that the plane could only have been inside Turkish airspace for all of about 5 seconds. Additionally, retired US Air Force Lt. General Tom McInerney drawing from years of his own ample experience stated emphatically on Fox News that the US-made Turkish Air Force F-16’s shoot down had to have been “preplanned” based on the short time span of the alleged violation.
Furthermore, Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu the next day went on public record stating that he personally gave the final order to shoot down the Russian plane. No doubt based on how rapid the unfolding chain of events in the air were that day, Davutoglu’s assertion seems extremely unlikely. Whereas the Turkish account has a number of discrepancies, the Russian version of events appears to hold up under closer scrutiny and analysis far more accurately than does Turkey’s.
The first thing Turkey did afterwards was notify NATO following the incident, seeking advisement and support from US-NATO allies. The Turkish official played an alleged recording of the Turks supposedly warning the Russians repeatedly for the five minutes that’s alleged to have drawn no response. Loyal to the Turks’ story to the end – however false, both Obama and American NATO rep Col. Steve Warren maintained Turkey’s right to defend its own space. The Obama administration is used to lying and then even when the lie has been exposed, the standard response is to live the lie right to the end in true psychopathic form. Available data proves that the Turkish assertion of repeated warnings for five minutes is a boldface lie. Both the Turkish and Russian projected flightpaths of the downed Russian jet a full five minutes before it was hit would have placed the aircraft flying in the opposite direction away from the border, so the alleged warnings that Turkey claims are preposterous since the Russian plane five minutes prior to missile impact would have been moving in a direction away from the border. The only realistic conclusion is that the Turkish F-16 that shot the Russian plane down had to have already been in the air and waiting to pounce, confirming the coldblooded, premeditated nature of the crime.
Four days prior to the shoot down the Turkish foreign minister met with the Russian ambassador and delivered the ultimatum that unless the Russians suspend all operations near the border inside Syria, bombing what Turkey calls local “civilian Turkmen villages,” the foreign minister warned the ambassador “there might be serious consequences.”
As a more viable anti-Assad force than the Turkmen, the al Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, also operates in that same northern Syria area. It’s been a persistent military presence since 2012 and has been instrumental in maintaining the vital supply line open from Turkey into Syria. But with the strengthened air support Russia’s been able to provide for two months, the Russian coalition has made some notable progress threatening to sever the all-important Islamic State supply line. Turkey is so invested in its war against Assad that it was unwilling to concede any more setbacks or defeat. Thus, with full US-NATO support, Turkey took an aggressive threatening position to initiate hostile action that now takes the conflict to a whole new critically dangerous level. Obviously Putin is not about to suddenly back down but it appears with Obama standing by Erdogan on however shaky the moral ground, neither is Turkey willing to alter its course. Though all parties have paid lip service to leaving diplomatic channels open for resolving future conflict, it’s highly doubtful that any participant will be willing to change their position and another violent violent conflagration appears inevitable.
A whole other dimension is precariously at play here as well – millions of dollars in lost revenue for ISIS are at stake each day that Putin’s cruise missiles are destroying the Islamic States’s stolen oil shipments. The all too conspicuous added wrinkle is that the bulk of the illegal ISIS oil is transported in daily tanker truck caravans directly to Turkey. In recent weeks Putin has targeted these convoys and been blowing them up prior to their reaching their destination inside Turkey for sale. And who owns the Turkish oil company that’s been buying the terrorist oil in bulk volume on a daily basis also making a killing? None other than Turkish president Erdogan’s son as chief buyer of black market crude petroleum. Additionally, Erdogan himself is reported to be an investor in the family’s illicit business. And with Putin’s interventions, the Erdogans are also losing millions each day. This added piece makes the Turkish retaliation and willingness to escalate the war against Putin at grave risk and cost both more plausible and personal despite Erdogan’s denial and compromised involvement in an unlawful business violating international law. While Erdogan has the audacity to say he’ll resign if proof cab be presented confirming that he buys oil from terrorists. Putin counters in Paris at the Climate Conference with: we have recently received additional reports that confirm that [stolen] oil from ISIL-controlled territories is delivered to the territory of Turkey on an industrial scale.
The plot thickens and if the world is fortunate, Erdogan will be pressured to resign as soon as Putin delivers the goods on the Turkish leader’s unsavory family business. Turkey has been as guilty a party as any including Obama for the exponential rise and success of the Islamic State terrorists. As a NATO lackey, it takes its orders from the US. That’s why the plane going down was a payback by both Turkey and US Empire. Turkey has been busily fueling the rich pockets of the biggest terrorist group on the planet, provided training camps for ISIS, offered a safe zone and staging area for terrorists and a constant flowing supply line from Turkey extending right to the Syrian battlefronts that’s absolutely essential for the terrorists’ survival. And just before Putin’s interventions in Syria, with the greenlight from Obama, Turkey was planning to enter the war sending its own military contingent into Syria to join the anti-Assad fray, even working out a covert deal with Obama to establish a no fly zone over northern Syria, thus securing a perfect haven inside northern Syria for the terrorists to maintain the strategic luxury of a large safe zone base of operations compliments of Erdogan and Obama.
Putin’s decisive move to take charge in Syria completely shattered the US-NATO agenda from materializing and the foiled evil ones are thoroughly pissed off to no end. Plus as the key NATO member supplying airbases for Empire’s strategic MENA operations, Erdogan’s Turkey has received full support and carte blanche protection from the powerful NATO killing force, prompting Erdogan’s personal vendetta against Putin to be that much more brazen and risky. Had Erdogan not had the luxury of hiding behind Empire’s shadow, Putin would have already dropped bombs over Ankara. Obama himself has peevishly gone on record recently defending Erdogan’s aggression, insisting that, “Turkey, like every other country, has a right to defend itself,” protect its sovereign territory and strategic airspace” … just like Assad as a sovereign leader in a sovereign nation posing no threat to America? The hypocrisy never ends. Despite Turkey shooting itself in the economic foot, losing even more billions worth from lost Russian tourism, the dead south stream pipeline deal and the enormous trade it no longer shares with Russia, Putin has pulled the plug on all business transactions, calling Erdogan’s act of war, “a stab in the back.”
Aggression from US-NATO-Turkey has forced Putin to now deploy Russia’s most modern S-400 air defense missile system in Syria to protect the Russian airbase in Latakia. The system can fire at targets up to 248 miles away which covers all of Syria and beyond. Nearby Russian warships are poised off the Syrian coast and warplanes with air-to-air missiles are now providing beefed up air and ground cover for its coalition force operations. Aside from imposing retroactive economic sanctions on Turkey, Putin may be motivated to begin shooting back, taking down Turkish planes. Meanwhile, Erdogan continues to be combative, claiming that Turkey will respond if Russia targets its planes violating Syrian airspace. First the airliner a month ago with 224 Russians onboard dead, then a week ago a warplane and helicopter are shot down with two dead Russian soldiers.
The very latest story just now breaking reports that Turkey may be exercising its power to establish a blockade to prevent Putin’s naval vessels from accessing the Mediterranean Sea, in effect blocking and restricting his Black Sea fleet from leaving its immediate port and adjacent waters. An old maritime treaty document from 1936 authorizes Turkey when at war to be able to exercise the right to restrict passage of enemy ships. At this point it’s unclear what Erdogan’s intentions are. But if in fact he invokes that war power, it would no doubt be taken by Putin as a clear act of war. Currently on each side of both the Bosporus Straits to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and the Dardanelles Straits to the Black Sea where Russia’s Sevastopol naval port is located, there are Russian ships lined up waiting for clearance.
The implications of an enforced blockade could be enormous as if war breaks out between Russia and Turkey, as a NATO member the US and other European members would be expected to also come to Turkey’s defense. However, given the fact that Turkey has been the aggressor in shooting down the Russian Su-24 last week, and then this second act of clear provocation, reasonable assessment would judge that Turkey is behaving both erratically and aggressively on the wrong side of history.
This latest flare-up between Putin and the West has only magnified the conflict and tension stretching to the limit. Last week’s violence may well have opened the Pandora’s Box. This week’s may be opening the floodgate.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing and has a blog site at http://empireexposed.blogspot.co.id/.
Quemado Institute Comments
We have long held that it is the global elite, which Vladimir Putin, in his December 3, 2015 State of the Nation Address alluded to as the “ruling establishment”, that is responsible for US-NATO aggression. We are very much in agreement author Joachim Hagopian on this crucial point. Many political analysts gloss over this connection, placing full blame, even for unethical policies in so-called “vassal” states of Europe, on the American government. Erecting false targets, however, makes the human battle for a peaceful Earth harder to fight and win.
Hagopian also elucidates the NWO tactic of divide and conquer, which pits nation against nation, instead of the World against the Few. Quemado Institute advocates that the major nations of the globe recognize their goals are one and the same and work together in an enlightened atmosphere of partnership.
It is not entirely clear why the Ruling Establishment has let greed lead them into flirting with World War III, under which scenario they would end up with nothing but ashes. Apparently they have gone blind, as elites have tended to do throughout history.
The founding rationale for One World Government was that it would eliminate war. Yet, in their obsession for total control, the global elite have exacerbated the risk and reality of war to extremes never seen by mankind.
Russia and Europe’s Crucial Alliance Against Islamic State
Will Allies and Axis Join Ranks
A Century Later?
Introduction by Quemado Institute
November 27, 2015
As the world news zeroes in on the hidden—or ot so hidden—subversive financial motives for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s shootdown of the Russian SU-24 and his criminal support of the Islamic State, the more progressive countries of the West are at last waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin is ten steps ahead of them in combatting the biggest threat to our civilization: extremist Islamic terrorism.
We present below four articles from news platforms on different sides of the curtain: first a report from Strategic Culture Foundation on the Putin-Hollande press conference, followed by guest reports form rt.com, Aljazeera and the Washington Post, each underscoring the urgency of forging an alliance between Europe and Russia, which, unlike the alignment in the World Wars of the twentieth century, would include Germany in its ranks, despite that a stubborn NATO insists on digging its head in the sand, no doubt fearing its officials will be out a cushy job if the quasi-Russian-Atlantic feud is exposed as the robeless emperor it is.
Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande Press Conference
Strategic Culture Foundation
November 27, 2015
On Nov 26 following their bilateral meeting in Moscow, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the President of France François Hollande took part in a press conference in Kremlin to give a statement on the results of the meeting and answer journalists’ questions. Mr. Putin started his address by calling the concluded meeting “frank and substantive” and naming “the issue of jointly combating international terrorism” as its primary objective.
“Russia and France know what it means to act in the spirit of alliance; we have come together more than once throughout our history. Today, we agreed to step up our joint efforts on the anti-terrorist track, to improve the exchange of operational information in the fight against terrorism and establish constructive work between our military experts in order to avoid overlapping incidents and to focus our efforts on ensuring that our work in fighting terror is more effective, avoiding any strikes against territories and armed forces that are themselves fighting terrorists. Mr Hollande and I are looking at this kind of cooperation as concrete and practical input towards forming a broad anti-terrorist coalition, a broad anti-terrorist front under the auspices of the United Nations. I will note that the number of nations sharing this initiative is growing.” noted the President.
Following the opening speech delivered by Vladimir Putin President Hollande stated: “Last week, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that all countries in the world should take the necessary measures to coordinate their efforts to eliminate the ‘Islamic State’, and we should pursue this process. …Since 2011, the chaos in Syria has created a huge wave of refugees, and over 300,000 people have been killed, and so now we need to find a political solution to this crisis, but there are requirements for this that should be followed. We believe that the following conditions should be met if we are to ensure a political transition process. A coalition government, an independent government, should be formed during a transition period. … it is imperative that Russia should play the main, one of the main roles in this process. I’ve told Mr Putin that France is ready and willing to work with Russia hand in hand towards our common objective, which is to fight terrorist groups, above all ISIS. It is for this reason that I believe our meeting today to be of outmost importance. Mr Putin and I have agreed on three main points.
“First, we intend to step up the exchange of intelligence and any other information between our respective forces. Second, we will intensify strikes against ISIS and coordinate them so as to enhance their efficiency. Third, as Mr Putin has also pointed out, we need to make sure that our air strikes concentrate on the ‘Islamic State’ and terrorist groups.
“Let me tell you that Europe is about to mobilise its forces to combat terrorism. I would like to ask defence ministers from across Europe to take the necessary decisions for coordinating their actions. The United Kingdom will also participate. I spoke with Mr Cameron about this. I also discussed a number of issues with Ms Merkel yesterday. Mr Putin and I have also agreed that we will exchange information and specific actions as regards another important issue – the developments in eastern Ukraine. We will continue to work on that within the Normandy format. Our fight against terrorism in Syria does not affect France’s commitment to find a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis. We must fully implement all the measures that are stipulated in the Minsk Agreements. This is why I wanted to come to Moscow today to meet with Mr Putin. Mr Putin will come to Paris on Monday to participate in the climate change conference. I think the current situation and the fight against terrorism required my visit to Moscow today.”
Answering a question about the role of President Assad in the future of Syria, President Putin replied: “I believe that the fate of the Syrian president should be entirely in the hands of the Syrian people. This is the first point. Second, we all believe that successfully fighting terrorists in Syria is impossible without ground operations, and today the only force that can conduct ground operations against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organisations, is the Syrian government army. In this regard, I believe that President Assad’s army and he himself are our natural allies in fighting terrorism. There may be other forces that claim they are willing to fight terrorists. …We have already established such contacts with some of them, and … we are willing to support their efforts in fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups, just as we support the Assad army.
“We …will exchange information with France about the areas that are being held by healthy opposition, not terrorists, and will refrain from delivering air strikes at them. We will also exchange information, when we – France and Russia – know for sure that certain areas are captured by terrorist organisations, and we will coordinate our efforts with regard to those areas.”
When asked about the incident that took place on Tuesday as a result of which a Russian bomber was shot down by Turkish jet fighters and possible implications of the incident, Vladimir Putin stated: “…we considered Turkey to be a friendly state and simply didn’t expect an attack from that side. This is why we regard this attack as treacherous. Now we see what’s possible, and our people were killed. We’re duty bound to ensure the safety of our air force. This is why we’ve deployed the modern S-400 system there. It’s a long range air-defence system and is one of the most effective such systems in the world. However, we won’t limit ourselves to this. If necessary, we’ll support our air operations with fighter jets, and any other means, including electronic warfare systems. We have plenty of alternatives, and now we’ll use them.
“This is not in conflict with what we’re doing with the US-led coalition. We exchange information with them, but now we’re very worried about the nature of this exchange and the results of this cooperation. …The American side, which leads the coalition, to which Turkey is also a party, knew about the location and time of our operation. And this is precisely where we were hit. …We considered Turkey not just a neighbour, but a friendly nation, almost an ally. It is very sad to see this being destroyed in such a thoughtless and reckless manner. … It’s highly regrettable that instead of seriously analysing this issue and making sure that such incidents never happen again, we are hearing inconclusive explanations and statements that they don’t have anything to apologise for. Anyway, this is Turkey’s choice, not ours.”
Mr Hollande also offered his comment on the issue: “This is a very serious incident, and I regret that it happened. It is perfectly clear that it is necessary to avoid any risk and any possible repetition of this sort of thing at this time and place. It is critical that we refrain from escalating the situation. The only goal that we should all set for ourselves is the fight against ISIS and the elimination of the terrorists. We have no other goals. We must enhance coordination between our countries so that the armed forces present in the region and the aircraft capable of conducting air strikes do not interfere with each other so as to prevent any encounters leading to deplorable consequences and collisions. We need to do our outmost to prevent this from happening again.
“…we have agreed on the need to carry out strikes against terrorists only, only against ISIS and jihadist groups. It is crucial in this respect that groups that are also combating terrorists are not targeted by air strikes. It is in this area that we intend to share information with each other, as was discussed during the meeting. We have to understand who can fight and who can’t, who should or should not be targeted. Consequently, our current objective is to try to avoid any incidents of this kind between the countries that are engaged in counter-terrorist efforts in Syria. Second, we must identify goals that would be clear to everyone.”
Anti-ISIS Bombing Hits Commercial-Scale Oil Smuggling to Turkey
Axis of Logic
November 27, 2015
Islamic State’s daring and impudent oil smuggling into Turkey should become a high-priority target in order to cripple the terrorist group, President Putin said, backed by French President Francois Hollande. Both agree that the source of terrorist financing must be hit first and foremost. Commercial-scale oil smuggling from Islamic State controlled territory into Turkey must be stopped, Putin said after meeting Hollande in Moscow.
“Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” said Putin, reminding the press that the scale of the issue was discussed at the G20 summit in Antalya earlier this month, where the Russian leader demonstrated reconnaissance footage taken by Russian pilots. The views resemble a “living oil pipe” stretched from ISIS and rebel controlled areas of Syria into Turkey, the Russian President stressed. “Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there – empty.”
“We are talking about a commercial-scale supply of oil from the occupied Syrian territories seized by terrorists. It is from these areas [that oil comes from], and not with any others. And we can see it from the air, where these vehicles are going,”
Putin said. “We assume that the top political leadership of Turkey might not know anything about this [illegal oil trade]. Hard to believe, but it is theoretically possible,” Putin said, adding that this however does not excuse Ankara from not stopping the illegal smuggling of oil.
Putin pointed out the lack of smoke from any fires or the existence of any commercial enterprises created to deal with the destruction of oil, which would be possible to find if the Turkish leadership is aware and is seizing and destroying smuggled products, as it claims. “But if the top political leadership [in Turkey] doesn’t know anything about this, let them find out. I can admit that there may be some elements of corruption, secret dealing, they should sort it out,” said Putin.
Putin stated that sales of oil from ISIS are in direct violation of international law, and that the proceeds from ‘black gold’ cost innocent people their lives. “In this respect there is a special UN Security Council resolution banning the direct purchase of oil from terrorists, because these barrels, that they supply, it is not just oil, there is the blood of our citizens, because from the money [received], terrorists buy weapons, ammunition, and then conduct bloody actions,” Putin said.
However, the Turkish leadership is not rushing to investigate whether any of the ISIS oil smuggling routes end up in Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself refuting any suspicions that Syrian oil might be getting into his country illegally as absolute “slander.”
“Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh [ISIS] are obliged to prove it,” Erdogan said earlier on Thursday in an attempt to shift the blame for ISIS oil profits onto Damascus. “If not, you are a slanderer. Shame on you!”
“ISIL sells the oil they drill to Assad. To Assad. Talk this over with Assad you support,” Erdogan said, as cited by AFP.
Putin reminded that ISIS claimed responsibility for a number of deadly terrorist acts throughout the world, including the Russian plane bombing in Sinai and the series of Paris attacks in mid-November.
After French President Francois Hollande’s meeting with Putin on Wednesday, he said that the focus of the fight against terror should be the destruction of the Islamic State oil trade. “It is necessary to hit ISIS training centers, to hit those centers where this terrorist army is being trained,” Hollande said. “But the main thing is to hit the sources of financing, which give [the terror group] life in the first place – first of all oil,” The French leader emphasized. The most effective way, the French leader said is to target “trucks that transport oil,” transferring it to buyers on the black market, “thus giving ISIS uncontrolled amount of money.”
The Russian Foreign ministry meanwhile wants Ankara to properly address reports of its alleged involvement with ISIS oil smuggling. “We have a very large number of questions … [for] the Turkish side in relation to information found in the media and social networks about the relationship with the terrorists on the oil business, all kinds of assistance to groups that carry out the relevant activities,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.
Meanwhile the Russian air force continues to engage terrorist targets in Syria and increasingly focusing on illegal terrorist oil smuggling. Between November 23 and26 the Russian air force carried out 134 sorties on 449 targets. “Russian aviation continues to strike refining facilities in the territories controlled by ISIS terrorist organization,” defense ministry spokesman General-Major Igor Konashenkov told a media briefing on Wednesday. In the past few days Russian aircraft have destroyed oil trucks, refineries, and oil storage facilities in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.
France’s Hollande, in Moscow, Calls for Anti-ISIL Coalition
November 26, 2015
French President Francois Hollande told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday that world powers must create a “grand coalition” to combat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Hollande’s comments come amid calls from international leaders to ramp up efforts against ISIL in the Middle East and around the world following the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people. ISIL has also said it downed a Russian plane on Oct. 31 over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. “Our enemy is Daesh, Islamic State, it has territory, an army and resources, so we must create this large coalition to hit these terrorists,” Hollande said, using alternative names for ISIL, in televised remarks at the start of bilateral talks with the Russian leader in the Kremlin.
Putin said that Russia was mourning for Paris victims and those who died in the downing of the Russian passenger plane over Egypt. He praised Hollande’s efforts to build a coalition and said that Moscow was open for stronger cooperation. “It is for [the victims of the attacks] that we must act,” French newspaper Le Figaro quoted Hollande as saying.
Earlier Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande had urged Britain to join the military campaign and argued that the Paris attacks have given new urgency to the fight against ISIL. “These are our closest allies and they want our help,” he said.
Cameron, who lost a vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in 2013, needs to persuade several lawmakers in his own Conservative Party and some in the opposition Labour Party to back his cause if he is to win parliament’s backing for military action.
Germany, meanwhile, has decided to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIL.
Hollande’s visit comes two days after he met with President Barack Obama in Washington, where both leaders vowed to escalate airstrikes against ISIL and bolster intelligence sharing. Hollande’s difficult task became even more arduous after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday. The incident underscored the complex military landscape in Syria, where a sprawling cast of countries and rebel groups are engaged on the battlefield and in the skies overhead, sometimes with minimal coordination.
The French president hopes to make progress on three priority issues: to prevent Assad from targeting civilians, to focus the airstrikes on ISIL fighters – not other groups that comprise the Syrian opposition – and to move forward on a political transition in Syria. France will also seek to “avoid an escalation” between Russia and Turkey, according to a French diplomatic official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. In advance of Hollande’s meeting with Putin, France sought to dismiss concerns that it might soften its stance on
international sanctions against Russia over Ukraine in exchange for Russia’s cooperation in the fight against ISIL. France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, tweeted on Tuesday evening that “Hollande has confirmed the sanctions will be maintained as long as the Minsk agreements are not implemented.” Araud was referring to peace agreements for eastern Ukraine forged in the Belarusian capital in February.
Following his meeting with the French president, Obama said Russian cooperation in the fight against IS would be “enormously helpful.” Both Obama and Hollande, however, insisted that a political transition in Syria must lead to Assad’s departure. Russia, on the other hand, has been Assad’s staunchest ally. Last week, Hollande called for the U.S. and Russia to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and “fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition.” But his office acknowledges that “coordination” sounds like a far more realistic goal.
With two suspects of the Paris attacks at large, tensions were still high in Belgium on Thursday with the capital, Brussels. But authorities lowered the threat level in Brussels to the second-highest level.
Since Saturday morning, Brussels – home to the European Union and NATO headquarters – had been wary of a threat that was considered “serious and imminent.” The lowering of the threat level came as a surprise, since the government had said that it would likely keep the highest threat level in the capital through the weekend. Authorities launched a raid in southern Belgium on Thursday afternoon linked to the Paris attacks, but didn’t detain any suspects.
In Brussels, a civil protection squad decontaminated several people as a precaution at the main mosque after a suspicious parcel arrived. The person who opened the package discovered white powder and immediately contacted authorities. A specialized crew from the fire department was sent, witnesses at the scene said.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided in the wake of the Paris attacks to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIL. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters that the government had also agreed to provide satellite surveillance. During Merkel’s visit in Paris on Wednesday, Hollande had said it would “be a very good signal in the fight against terrorism” if Germany could do more against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Von der Leyen said the warship would help protect France’s aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean and the tanker planes could help refuel French warplanes in the air. The satellite surveillance could provide important information on IS and also help protect civilians with precise information. The reconnaissance aircrafts will also support France in its fight against Islamist extremists. The decision still needs parliamentary approval, but it was expected to not meet much resistance by lawmakers.
Hollande, on Moscow Visit, Calls for
Broad Anti-ISIS Coalition
Source: Washington Post
November 26, 2015
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin late Thursday said he was ready to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State with the United States and its allies. After talks with French President François Hollande at the Kremlin, Putin said, “We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States.” It was the most forthright commitment to a joint effort between Russia and the West since Moscow’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
But it was far from the declaration of a new grand coalition in Syria, potentially under United Nations auspices rather than American leadership, that Putin has proposed. The deep disagreement between Russia and the West over the future of the embattled Syrian president, Bashar Assad, has not been put aside.
Hollande said France was ready to fight alongside Russia but added, “Of course, Assad cannot play any role in the future of this country.” Since Russia intervened in Syria two months ago, Moscow and Washington have agreed on measures to “de-conflict” their aerial operations there. But as each country pounds its targets in Syria, they have not worked in tandem in any way.
Hollande arrived in Moscow after meeting with President Barack Obama earlier this week. The terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 have led France to step up its operations in Syria and to seek some sort of workable agreement among the foreign powers involved there. The idea has not been warmly embraced by the United States, which has accused Russia of targeting Assad’s foes among the American-backed rebels, rather than the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Hollande said that he and Putin had agreed “to only carry out strikes against terrorists, only against ISIS, and only against jihadist groups.”
“It is important not to strike those groups who are also fighting against terrorists,” he said.
Putin has long argued that the Western powers, Russia and China all face a common Islamist threat, and he has made it clear that he resents what he sees as relative Western indifference to attacks on Russia. He also has suggested that the United States has been negligent in taking the Islamist threat seriously enough.
The Paris attacks occurred shortly after a bomb brought down a Russian airliner on its way from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 aboard. On Thursday, Putin and Hollande commiserated over the those attacks. The occasion gave Putin an opportunity to reiterate his argument about the common threat and about the need for the major powers to act in concert.
Putin has emphasized the fight against global terrorism as a means to repair, or at least re-establish, a meaningful partnership with the West. “Our positions are the same,” Putin told Hollande before they began their private talks. “That forces us to join our forces in fighting terrorists. We are prepared to work with you, Mr. President.”
Hollande said, “I am in Moscow with you to figure out how we can act together in order to coordinate our actions to hit this terrorist group and look for political solutions for Syria.” Putin also said that he and Hollande had agreed on “how we will cooperate in the near future, on a bilateral basis and with, as a whole, the coalition led by the United States.” That would include where to launch strikes, Putin said.
In London, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday argued the case for extending Britain’s airstrikes targeting ISIS to Syria, telling Parliament that the group posed a “fundamental threat” to the security of Britain and that the United Kingdom should not “wait until an attack takes place here.” He added that British police and security services have foiled seven plots over the past year either linked to ISIS or inspired by its propaganda. Cameron told Parliament that if Britain won’t act “when our friend and ally France has been struck in this way, then our allies in the world can be forgiven for asking: If not now, when?”
With two suspects of the Paris attacks at large, tensions were still high in Belgium on Thursday in the capital, Brussels. But authorities lowered the threat level in Brussels to the second-highest level.
Since Saturday morning, Brussels — home to the European Union and NATO headquarters — had been wary of a threat that was considered “serious and imminent.” The lowering of the threat level came as a surprise, since the government had said that it would likely keep the highest threat level in the capital through the weekend. Authorities launched a raid in southern Belgium on Thursday afternoon linked to the Paris attacks, but didn’t detain any suspects.
In Brussels, a civil protection squad decontaminated several people as a precaution at the main mosque after a suspicious parcel arrived. The person who opened the package discovered white powder and immediately contacted authorities. A specialized crew from the fire department was sent, witnesses at the scene said.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided in the wake of the Paris attacks to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIS. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters that the government had also agreed to provide satellite surveillance. During Merkel’s visit in Paris on Wednesday, Hollande had said it would “be a very good signal in the fight against terrorism” if Germany could do more against IS in Syria and Iraq.
The Price of Truth: Assange and Snowden as Heroes of Civil Disobedience
Two Truth Researchers Bear the Burden for Us All
Introduction by Kennedy Applebaum
October 29, 2015
Keep in mind who the guilty are.
It is the US Government that has broken its own laws.
Civil disobedience, a cause made famous by Henry David Thoreau, has inspired many notable figures, including Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi (a.k.a. Mahatma Gandhi), American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., existentialist Martin Buber, author Leo Tolstoy, American President John F. Kennedy, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and writers Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, and William Butler Yeats.
Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and American top-secret information researcher Edward Snowden are modern warriors at the forefront of the cause. Public recognition of their moral service, now long overdue, is slowly emerging among factions of the establishment, as the following accounts reveal.
European Parliament Demands an End to Persecution of Snowden
October 29, 2015
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection. “By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender,” the press service said in a statement. In the same resolution, the EU parliament raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, released in 2013 a trove of classified documents detailing bulk US intelligence data collection in the United States, Europe and many other targets around the world.
Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August 2013, before receiving a three-year residency permit from the country the following year. In the United States, he may face up to 30 years in prison on espionage charges for his revelations of the depth of illegal surveillance activities by the US intelligence community.
European Parliament: Edward Snowden Should be Granted
Asylum as a ‘Human Rights Defender’
Guest Article by Paul Sawyers
October 29, 2015
NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden should not face criminal charges and should be granted protection as a “human rights defender” against extradition from Europe, according to a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
In a vote of 285 to 281, MEPs — made up of representatives from the 28 constituent European Union states — called on all E.U. countries to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”
Snowden has been living in Moscow since June 2013, with most countries around the world refusing him asylum. But with increasing pressure from within Europe to change the way the E.U. cooperates with the U.S. in terms of sharing data, which recently led to the quashing of the Safe Harbor Pact, attention has clearly been drawn back to Snowden. Indeed, it was Snowden’s actions in 2013 — revealing details on government snooping programs and other confidential information — that kickstarted the global debate on online privacy.
In a press release issued today, the European Parliament stressed its concerns about mass surveillance, saying that “too little has been done to safeguard citizens’ fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance.”
It’s worth noting that today’s vote is not a final resolution. MEPs have the right to put questions to the European Commission and the Council of the European Union and vote to achieve consensus, which is what they have done. Whether member countries take note is an entirely different issue.
However, it is a noteworthy turn of events, one that Snowden himself was keen to point out.
Separately, the MEPs urged the E.U. Commission to “ensure that all data transfers to the U.S. are subject to a ‘effective level of protection,’” a resolution that was voted in favor of by 342 to 274. The resolution expresses concern about the lack of action taken by Europe following recommendations issued by the European Parliament in 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of E.U. citizens, which were a direct result of Snowden’s revelations.
MEPs ask the Commission to: Take the necessary measures to ensure that all personal data transferred to the US are subject to an effective level of protection that is essentially equivalent to that guaranteed in the EU.
While there may be a growing army of Snowden-supporting politicians in Europe, it’s not likely he’ll be able to return to the U.S. anytime soon without fear of prosecution. Indeed, he’s currently up against at least three charges under the Espionage Act, and the White House recently rejected a We the People petition to pardon him.
Meanwhile, British politician, broadcaster, writer and former Member of Parliament George Galloway has claimed, during an appearance at the Cambridge Union Society, that Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange should receive the Nobel Prize. “… Julian Assange should receive the Nobel Peace Prize, He has performed a service to the world and to those with enquiring minds,” said Galloway. “I am therefore glad the Cambridge students did what they should have done in the referendum in the last few days and he will be able to speak to you for himself.” The referendum Galloway refers to allows Assange to speak in a debate with the Cambridge Union Society, the largest society at Cambridge University, as described in the following account:
Cambridge Union Members Vote to Invite Julian Assange to Speak
Guest Article by Chris Elliot
October 23, 2015
Student members of the Cambridge Union Society have voted 3 to 1 to host a debate featuring controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Nearly 1,500 members voted in the referendum on the issue, with 76.9 per cent saying yes, and 23.1 per cent saying no. It means Mr Assange, who was granted political asylum and has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2013 following accusations of sexual offences in Sweden, will speak in a debate on November 11.
He will not be there in person however – it will be done by weblink.
The invitation from the Union Society to Mr Assange has prompted controversy among members, with many feeling strongly that he should not be given a platform to speak. The members’ referendum was held yesterday, and the Union tweeted today: “We can officially confirm that with 1,463 votes cast – AYE: 76.9%, NAY: 23.1%. Thus the Union will host Julian Assange on November 11th.”
Earlier, Oliver Mosley, president of the Union, said: “Considering the unique nature of Mr Assange’s position, in that the UK Supreme Court has approved his extradition to Sweden to face charges of lesser degree rape but he has refused to come to trial or indeed be questioned; the decision has been taken to consult the entire membership of the Union around the world on the platforming of him as a speaker during Michaelmas term.”
After the vote, he said: “With record turnout, they have clearly stated that they believe the Union should host Assange. The unique nature of this situation means that this does not set a precedent for future invitations, but this matter has now been decided. “The format of the coming event will be announced closer to the time, and the union will ensure that it can act as a platform for those that wish to criticise or question, as has been the case so many times in the past. ”
Mr Assange launched Wikileaks, which publishes confidential documents and images, to expose government and corporate misconduct. The US authorities want to question him over the release of secret and sensitive military documents, which they say has endangered American lives all over the world. He is also sought by Sweden to answer the lesser degree rape allegation. Mr Assange, who fears being extradited from Sweden to the US, says the encounters were consensual.
Mr Assange was due to appear via video link at the Union in November 2012, although that was cancelled for “technical reasons”. His appearance then was bitterly opposed by women’s groups at the university, who said it was an “insult to survivors of rape”.
The Cambridge Union Society, commonly referred to as “the Cambridge Union” or “the Union”, is a debating society in Cambridge, England, and the largest society at the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1815, the Union is the oldest continually operating debating society in the world. [–Wikipedia]