Archive for May, 2017

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Observations and Impressions from Russia

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Libya’s Link to Manchester’s Tragedy

The “smoking gun” is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in “battle”: first to remove Mu’ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.

…Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on 22 May?

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‘Condemn Violence’: Portland Hero’s Mother Pens Open Letter To Trump

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She just exposed the entire reich wing as little, sniveling, shrieking flakes of snow. It’s a beautiful thing. They’re howling into the night on Twitter.

It’s lost on them that she is holding a puppet, while one of their own just slit the throats of two real, living Americans in Portland Oregon and claims to be a “Patriot.”

Not sure why Griffin is on CNN though. She’s a celebrity gossip monger and comedienne, not a journalist.

These sensitive racist bullies have that short-term memory condition from Memento.

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FBI ‘warned MI5 in January that the Manchester bomber was planning an attack on Britain’
  • The FBI told MI5 that Abedi was planning an attack in Britain in January this year
  • But they thought he might be planning to assassinate a key political figure
  • MI5 investigated but ‘nothing came of it’ and he slipped down the pecking order
  • It will pile more pressure on MI5 to reveal when and how they knew of Abedi 

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Manuel Noriega, obituary: Panama dictator worked with CIA while murdering political opponents

And by the time he took formal power in 1983, Noriega was very much a key asset of the CIA.

In return for payments (whose amounts may never be known), he helped get US weapons, military equipment and cash to anti-communist forces in Central America, including the US-backed Contras fighting against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He allowed the US to set up listening posts in Panama aimed at monitoring the leftist Sandinistas in Nicaragua while also channelling US money and weapons to the anti-Sandinista Contras.

By then, the CIA knew he was helping Colombian drug lords ship cocaine to the US but they turned a blind eye in return for his help.

Ghost in the Shell – My Review

Posted: May 30, 2017 in -

J. Giambrone

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I think anyone doing science fiction today needs to see this film just to be familiar with the state of the art in cyber-action-thrillers.

This was a pretty well-done version, some improvements over the original. The final set piece was a bit lesser than the anime though. Could have been drawn out and brought more of the feelies.

I suppose I’ll need to address the hate-fest against casting Scarlett, who did a very good job. But until China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines start casting blacks and Caucasians in the lead roles of their big movies, I really don’t think I should bother. #getoverit

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Exposition is the bane of the science fiction genre. There is almost always too much explaining, and there is here. But the opposite can be just as problematic, as the original perhaps didn’t insert enough marker posts to keep it comprehensible. Result: I like this…

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CNN finally has to report this fiasco, a week after the bombings.

MI5 launches internal inquiry over Manchester bomber warnings

British Home Secretary sells the cover up:

Asked during the interview: “Are you happy that MI5 should be investigating themselves?” Rudd replied, “I think it is right that they do this. In the future, we can look at anything else that might need to be done. As a first step, it is absolutely right.”

The heads of MI5 and MI6 should, of course, be arrested immediately for aiding and abetting terrorists. That cannot happen.

 

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JFK Cover-Up: Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire

Joe Giambrone

In November of 2003, Senator Max Cleland resigned from the 9/11 Commission investigation, directly disparaging it by way of the Warren Commission investigation.  Senator Cleland said:

[T]he Warren Commission blew it. I’m not going to be part of that. I’m not going to be part of looking at information only partially. I’m not going to be part of just coming to quick conclusions. I’m not going to be part of political pressure to do this or not do that (Boehlert).

The most obvious fact, to indicate that the true story of John F. Kennedy’s slaying is not as the government has presented, is the cover-up itself.  Elaborate cover-ups spanning 50 years cannot orchestrate themselves, and there must be compelling reasons for hiding the truth from the American people, or else it would simply be declassified and revealed.  If the killing of the president was committed by a lone nut single shooter named Lee Harvey Oswald, because of his great love of Marxism, there would be no compelling reason to keep his files secret five decades after the fact.  Quite the opposite, Mr. Oswald’s clear guilt and personal history would have been useful propaganda material in the ideological battle between the Western world and the Soviet bloc.  The ongoing and arguably illegal suppression of assassination evidence by the US government should be taken as a clear indicator of some level of official complicity in the original assassination.

Despite the US government and major media pressing the official story for fifty years, still relatively few Americans believe it.  By 2004, “74 percent” of Americans thought there was a “cover-up of the facts about the assassination of JFK” (Blanton).  Today, polls show a majority firmly behind the conspiratorial view, with an April 2013 Associated Press finding that, “59 percent of Americans think multiple people were involved in a conspiracy.”

Of course the 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) determined the killing was “probably” a conspiracy, with a pathetic guess their final determination.  Their committee was “unable to determine” the identities of other shooters or the “extent of the conspiracy” (Porter).  This is more evidence of cover-up, especially so given the sheer number of documents to be released after 1979, and, even more damaging, those that remain secret to this day.  We know of at least 1,100 multi-page records related to the JFK hit that remain classified.

Among those still classified records are details of the CIA’s surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination (Morley, “Top 7…” ).  Characters kept shielded from public scrutiny include Bill Harvey who headed an assassination team for CIA code named “ZR-RIFLE.”  CIA operative David A. Phillips was allegedly seen with Oswald in Dallas in September of 1963, two months before the slaying of a president.  At least 332 hidden pages concern E. Howard Hunt, a CIA thug and Nixon “plumber” (plugged leaks) involved in Watergate.  Hunt would confess on his deathbed to being part of the JFK hit, as published in Rolling Stone, although specifics of his story may be inaccurate (Maier).  In his confession E. Howard Hunt did name Cord Meyer, Bill Harvey, David Morales, David A. Phillips, Frank Sturgis and then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (Hedegaard).

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The second JFK investigation, the 1979 HSCA, in no way got to the truth of the matter, and nowhere is this more clearly shown than in its failure to interview Jerrol Custer when it addressed whether the Kennedy X-rays were forgeries or not (HSCA, “Section IV”).  Custer was the x-ray technician who took the pictures, and yet he was not brought in to clarify that the images were authentic.  Custer testified in 1997 to the Assassinations Records Review Board: “[W]hen I looked into the skull – I remember seeing an apparatus in there… It was non-human.  It had – I’m not sure if it was metallic or plastic…”  His commanding officer, Dr. Ebersole returned late that night with additional skull fragments from Dallas.  “High-ranking people had talked to [Ebersole].  And he suggested to me that everything I see from now on, I should forget” (ARRB, “Deposition…” p146).

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Three days after Kennedy’s killing, and just one day after Lee Harvey Oswald was also gunned down — while in police custody and having never confessed to anything — the assistant Attorney General of the United States, Nicholas Katzenbach, wrote a memo to a white house aide that included this point: “The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial” (Katzenbach).

Clearly, at this early juncture there was no way for Nicholas Katzenbach to know these things as facts.  In explaining his memo, Katzenbach told the House Select Committee on Assassinations that his emphasis was on full disclosure and not on pressing the lone assassin theory (HSCA, p.653).  Katzenbach’s premature memo also noted some conspiracy theories that the Soviets were behind the Kennedy killing or that the extreme right wing was behind it in order to blame it on leftists. “Unfortunately, the facts on Oswald seem about too pat, too obvious (Marxist, Cuba, Russian wife, etc.)” (Katzenbach).

So even as he relayed the (premature) determination of FBI agents that Oswald was responsible and that he acted alone, Katzenbach expressed a reservation that it seemed “too obvious” that Oswald was so blatantly linked to the Soviet bloc.

We see an official policy to stick to the lone assassin theory, and specifically not to blame the JFK hit on the Soviets or Cuba, from President Johnson as well.  A phone call on November 29th, one week after the slaying, from the President to Senator Richard Russell, made clear his concern.  Johnson said,  “[W]e’ve got to take this out of the arena where they’re testifying that Khrushchev and Castro did this and did that and kicking us into a war that can kill 40 million Americans in an hour…”  The direct threat of nuclear war supposedly took precedence rather than full disclosure, at least from the mouth of President Johnson.  This rationale for covering up some facts was already established and on the record, inside the white house, one week after President Kennedy’s murder.

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Government FINALLY uses powers to ban ISIS jihadis from returning to Britain

It is understood so far just one has been imposed, according to the Daily Mail.

A TEO, which is approved by a judge before being issued by the Home Secretary, makes it illegal for an extremist to return to the UK without informing the authorities and agreeing to be monitored.

And that is temporary!

The exclusion orders, which were introduced by Mr Cameron in February 2015, when issued last a maximum of two years.

 

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The Manchester suicide bomber was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views, but was not stopped by officers, it emerged Wednesday night.

(At least!)

Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber

 

The authorities were also aware that Abedi’s father was linked to a well-known militant Islamist group in Libya, which is proscribed in Britain. Abedi also had links to several British-based jihadis with Isil connections.

It’s GLARING now. US media has covered none of it. You won’t read about it on CNN or any major networks, nor even so far on Democracy Now or the foundation controlled “alternative media.”

That is why PFB exists.