Archive | June 7, 2015

The Misnomer ‘Freedom Act’ Kills Freedom*

The Misnomer ‘Freedom Act’ Kills Freedom*

 

By Brandon Turbeville

With the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, mainstream media outlets and even some “privacy advocates” are hailing the passage of the bill as a welcome step forward and a sign of defeat for the USA PATRIOT Act, the bill that was itself passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and widely representative of the United States’ rapid descent into outright police state tyranny.

Unfortunately, however, the passage of the FREEDOM Act is no victory for freedom. In fact, is an insultingly sound nail in freedom’s coffin.

The bill, which has been promoted and supported by many of the same members of Congress that supported the PATRIOT Act (notably, James Sensenbrenner) now comes on the heels of a 2nd US Circuit Court decision that bulk telecommunications data collection was not authorized by the PATRIOT Act, unconstitutional, and therefore an illegal act.

To be sure, the FREEDOM Act has been in the works for passage since 2013 when lawmakers began pushing it. At the time, the bill attempted to actually extend the PATRIOT Act provisions through the end of 2017 as well as maintain a number of violations of civil liberties and privacy concerns.

The new version of the FREEDOM Act is no better, except perhaps in the language being used to promote it.

When the 2nd Circuit Court ruled that the PATRIOT Act did not authorize the bulk collection of data nationwide and that doing so violates the Constitution, it essentially made the actions of the NSA and the rest of the US intelligence apparatus illegal. The FREEDOM Act does nothing to punish or prevent intelligence agencies who have been illegally wiretapping innocent Americans. In fact, it has simply legalized the process. According to Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute, the bill is able to legalize the storage and collection of bulk data by putting the responsibility upon the back of the major telecommunications companies who will be tasked with doing just that – storing and retaining all data – for future use by intelligence agencies. This data must be turned over to the agencies upon request. It is, essentially, the privatization of mass surveillance.

These Telecom giants who will now be in charge of the data collection have worked hand in glove with intelligence agencies for some time. Now the law will require them to do so. Of course, it should be remembered that, at the top levels of many corporations, the surveillance and intelligence apparatus along with the capitalist and governing corporate boards are often one and the same.

Daniel McAdams makes four points about how the FREEDOM Act influences the collection of data in the private sphere. He writes,

1) The recent decision of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the bulk collection of American citizens’ telecommunications information was not authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act means that as of this afternoon, the bulk collection of American citizens’ telecommunications information was an illegal act. The government was breaking the law each time it grabbed our metadata. The moment the FREEDOM Act is signed by President Obama that same activity will become legal. How is making an unconstitutional and illegal act into a legal one a benefit to civil liberties?

2) The FREEDOM Act turns private telecommunications companies into agents of state security. They will be required to store our personal information and hand it over to state security organs upon demand. How do we know this development is a step in the wrong direction? It is reportedly the brainchild of Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the NSA director at the time! According to press reports, this was but a public relations move to deflect criticism of the bulk collection program. Alexander “saw the move as a way for Obama to respond to public criticism without losing programs the NSA deemed more essential,”reports Homeland Security News.

3) The FREEDOM Act turns private telecommunications companies into depositories of “pre-crime” data for future use of state security agencies. It is a classic authoritarian move for the state to co-opt and subsume the private sector. Once the FREEDOM Act is signed, Americans’ telecommunications information will be retained by the telecommunications companies for the use of state security agencies in potential future investigations. In other words, an individual under no suspicion of any crime and thus deserving full Fourth and Fifth Amendment protection will nevertheless find himself providing evidence against his future self should that person ever fall under suspicion. That is not jurisprudence in a free society.

4) The FREEDOM Act provides liability protection for the telecommunications firms who steal and store our private telecommunications information. In other words, there is not a thing you can do about the theft as long as the thief is a “private” agent of the state.

In addition, the bill leaves loopholes in language wide enough you could drive a truck through. For instance, it does not define the term “Direct connection,” which would allow the NSA to access data on Americans through their smartphones via private providers, which would largely be seen as an expansion of NSA power, despite the fact that limits on power have never really been a concern to the NSA before.

While the bill has been presented as the negation of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, used by the Bush and Obama administrations to legally justify bulk data collection, the bill merely makes the telecom companies the first level collators of this information, with intelligence agencies able to request data from them at any time based on keywords (presumably like the myriad of publicly admitted words used for surveillance triggers today).

Despite deciding to support the bill, ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer stated that

“This bill would make only incremental improvements, and at least one provision—the material-support provision—would represent a significant step backwards. The disclosures of the last two years make clear that we need wholesale reform.”

Another organization that supported the bill (but “hoped that congress improved it”) was the Center for Democracy and Technology who admitted that the so-called limits to the PATRIOT Act provisions were virtually non-existent. It stated,

The USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 is not as comprehensive as CDT would prefer, and leaves several problems unaddressed. Notably, the bill omits an important provision that was present in the version Sen. Leahy introduced in 2014. The Senate 2014 bill – which CDT supported, but which failed to proceed in the Senate – would have required the government to limit the retention of information about individuals with no connection to a suspect or foreign power. This “enhanced minimization” language would have helped mitigate privacy problems raised by surveillance that is not “bulk collection.” In addition, the new bill’s transparency provisions require scant reporting on surveillance conducted under Sec. 702 of FISA.

Even more revealing, however, is an article written by Shane Harris of the Daily Beast in the weeks leading up to the passage of the FREEDOM Act. Harris writes,

Civil libertarians and privacy advocates were applauding yesterday after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to stop the National Security Agency from collecting Americans’ phone records. But they’d best not break out the bubbly.

The really big winner here is the NSA. Over at its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, intelligence officials are high-fiving, because they know things could have turned out much worse.

“What no one wants to say out loud is that this is a big win for the NSA, and a huge nothing burger for the privacy community,” said a former senior intelligence official, one of half a dozen who have spoken to The Daily Beast about the phone records program and efforts to change it.

Here’s the dirty little secret that many spooks are loath to utter publicly, but have been admitting in private for the past two years: The program, which was exposed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013, is more trouble than it’s worth.

“It’s very expensive and very cumbersome,” the former official said. It requires the agency to maintain huge databases of all Americans’ landline phone calls. But it doesn’t contribute many leads on terrorists. It has helped prevent few—if any—attacks. And it’s nowhere near the biggest contributor of information about terrorism that ends up on the desk of the president and other senior decision makers.

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The bill that the House passed yesterday, called the USA Freedom Act, doesn’t actually suspend the phone records program. Rather, it requires that phone companies, not the NSA, hold on to the records.

“Good! Let them take them. I’m tired of holding on to this,” a current senior U.S. official told The Daily Beast. It requires teams of lawyers and auditors to ensure that the NSA is complying with Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the program, as well as internal regulations on how the records can and can’t be used, he said. The phone records program has become a political lightning rod, the most controversial of all the classified operations that Snowden exposed. If the NSA can still get access to the records but not have to hold on to them itself, all the better, the senior official said.

“It’s a big win for common sense and for the country,” Joel Brenner, the NSA’s former inspector general, told The Daily Beast.

“NSA can get to do what it needs to do with a higher level of scrutiny and a little more trouble, but it can do what needs to do. At same time the government is not going to hold the bulk metadata of the American people.”
“What no one wants to say out loud is that this is a big win for the NSA, and a huge nothing burger for the privacy community.”

“The NSA is coming out of this unscathed,” said the former official.

If the USA Freedom Act passes the Senate—which is not a foregone conclusion—it’ll be signed by President Obama and create “a more efficient and comprehensive tool” for the NSA. That’s because under the current regime, only the logs of landline calls are kept. But in the future, the NSA would be able to get cell phone records from the companies, too.

“That’s great,” the former official said.

“I think no one thought it was in the realm of the possible before this bill.”

And there’s another irony. Before the Snowden leaks, the NSA was already looking for alternatives to storing huge amounts of phone records in the agency’s computers. And one of the ideas officials considered was asking Congress to require phone companies to hang onto that information for several years. The idea died, though, because NSA leaders thought that Congress would never agree, current and former officials have said.

The Daily Beast even reports that the FREEDOM Act was entirely a creation of Keith Alexander, former Director of the NSA. The article reads that “The USA Freedom Act”—the supposed reining in of the NSA—“was literally born from Alexander,” the former official said.”

The picture painted by the Daily Beast and the individuals commenting on the FREEDOM Act is thus one of the typical Problem-Reaction-Solution variety.

But the “gains” that civil libertarians supposedly made in regards to this bill are virtually nonexistent. The Daily Beast can really only find one to mention and even that has nothing to do with the bill itself. It is merely the fact that millions of Americans now know they have been spied on for the last decade. How that is a “win” is anyone’s guess.

Julia Sanchez of the CATO Institute, while trying to paint the bill as a level-headed agreement was also forced to admit that it simply gives the NSA greater flexibility. Harris writes,

“I’d certainly agree it’s not a loss for NSA in any meaningful way. Indeed, there are some respects in which a shift to the carrier-centric model is likely to give them greater flexibility by allowing them to query on data the FISC order doesn’t permit them to collect.”

For instance, billing addresses, which the NSA database doesn’t have now, but that the phone companies could, in principle, provide.

The FISC is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has been secretly authorizing the program for years. Under the new law, the NSA would have to get court approval to query the phone records. That adds another layer of oversight to the intelligence operations, but it doesn’t suspend them. And there’s no guarantee it would curtail them, either. The court has repeatedly found that the phone records program is legal. Presumably it’s not going to stop granting NSA’s requests just because the records now sit in an AT&T database instead of one owned by the U.S. government.

Consider also Representative Justin Amash’s summary of the FREEDOM Act.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the bulk telephone metadata program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act and is thus unlawful. The ruling is a big win for privacy and civil liberties advocates who have long argued that Section 215 clearly does not contemplate the type of mass collection we now know is occurring. But the win will be short-lived if H.R. 2048, the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act that’s scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives this afternoon, becomes law.

Section 215 authorizes the government to collect records and other “tangible things” that are “relevant” to a terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation. To support the bulk collection of data pertaining to millions of law-abiding Americans, the government has effectively claimed that all records everywhere are potentially relevant to a current or future investigation, and thus all records are fair game for collection. In its ruling, the Second Circuit had little choice but to reject the government’s broad interpretation of “relevant,” given that the rest of the statute gives no indication Congress ever contemplated collection on such a mass scale.

So far, so good.

But H.R. 2048 threatens to undo much of the progress resulting from the Second Circuit’s opinion. The bill’s sponsors, and unfortunately some outside advocacy groups, wrongly claim that H.R. 2048 ends “bulk” collection. It’s true that the bill ends the phone dragnet as we currently know it—by having the phone companies themselves hold, search, and analyze certain data at the request of the government, which is worse in many ways given the broader set of data the companies hold—but H.R. 2048 actually expands the statutory basis for the large-scale collection of most data.

H.R. 2048 does this by authorizing the government to order the production of records based upon a “specific selection term” (i.e., like a search term used in a search engine). The records sought still must be relevant to an investigation, so it’s possible the court’s ruling will continue to restrain the government in some fashion. But it’s more likely a court looking at H.R. 2048’s language will see the “specific selection term” as defining the outer limits of what Congress considers acceptably “relevant” under Section 215.

Indeed, the Second Circuit encouraged Congress in reforming Section 215 to make a “congressional judgment as to what is ‘reasonable’ under current circumstances.”

Unfortunately, “specific selection term” is defined so broadly under the bill as to have little effect on narrowing the scope of items the government may obtain through a 215 order.

A “specific selection term” may be a specific person (including a corporation, such as Western Union), account, address, or personal device, but it also may be “any other specific identifier,” and the bill expressly contemplates using geographic regions or communication service providers (such as Verizon) to define the records sought, so long as it’s not the only identifier used as part of the specific selection term. In other words, the bill doesn’t let the government require Verizon to turn over all its records without limitation, but nothing appears to prevent the government from requiring Verizon to turn over all its records for all its customers in the state of New York. Only a politician or bureaucrat wouldn’t call that “bulk.”

H.R. 2048 gives our intelligence agencies, for the first time, statutory authority to collect Americans’ data in bulk. In light of the Second Circuit’s opinion that the NSA has been collecting our information in bulk without statutory authority for all this time, it would be a devastating misstep for Congress to pass a bill that codifies that bulk collection and likely ensures no future court will ever again be positioned to rule against the government for over-collecting on statutory grounds.

H.R. 2048 falls woefully short of reining in the mass collection of Americans’ data, and it takes us a step in the wrong direction by specifically authorizing such collection in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Americans, and members of Congress, should demand that Congress instead pass the original, bipartisan version of the USA FREEDOM Act from 2013, which strengthened—not weakened—Section 215’s relevance standard to end bulk collection, while still allowing the government the flexibility it needs to pursue genuine threats against the United States.

Taken in concert with the fact that the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that Americans have no perception of privacy when it comes to records being held by a third party, one can easily see why the NSA would be high-fiving in the break room of their massive data center.

Of course, if Congress was interested in reigning in the massive dragnet of data being taken illegally by the NSA, they would have simply allowed the expiring sections of the PATRIOT Act to do just that – expire. This would have been the most simple and common sense action to take since the PATRIOT Act section 215 is itself unconstitutional. Instead, the American people are subjected to the FREEDOM Act, written by the NSA FOR the NSA and all the propaganda of civil liberties victories and “weakness in the face of terror” that comes with it.

Yet the unfortunate truth is that, even if the FREEDOM Act was never passed and relevant sections of the PATRIOT Act were allowed to expire, the power of the NSA would scarcely be diminished. Illegal government spying has taken place with every new advent of technology and communications since even long before 9/11. With the knowledge that programs such as Sentient World Simulation is in existence as well as the ability to record and store all the information on one individual for less than the cost of a mobile home, Americans would be naïve to think that a change on paper would change the surveillance state in which they live. While this is not to downplay the importance of codifying privacy and upholding the Bill of Rights legally and on paper, it is clear that it will take more than Congress to get it done.

Regardless, the FREEDOM Act is anything but freedom much like the PATRIOT Act was anything but patriotic. The FREEDOM Act is merely another nail in the coffin of civil liberties and a comical funeral procession over the corpse of privacy.

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For the First Time Since 9/11, Congress Checks the Security State*

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Blair’s Role Stands as he Continues to ‘Play in the Middle East*

Blair’s Role Stands as he Continues to ‘Play in the Middle East*

By Stephen Lendman

Despite resigning as Middle East envoy, he’s maintaining his regional activities. They made him super-rich. It’s anyone’s guess how much wealth he amassed.

Greed drives him. He wants more. He’s remaining active on regional affairs despite no formal role.

RT International reported he wants to be an Israeli/Arab bridge-builder – “drawing on relationships he has in the region.”

He wants to build his considerable fortune to an even greater one. He wants his status as a world figure maintained.

He’s an unindicted war criminal – complicit with US imperial aggression from Belgrade to Baghdad.

He made multi-millions supporting wrong over right. Blair, Inc. is a large enterprise – including hugely secretive offshore companies and trusts.

He parlayed his regional diplomatic role into a fortune. He abused the post he held. He plans continued abuse by sticking around.

His predecessor, James Wolfensohn, treated his responsibilities as a full-time job. Blair hardly showed up – a few times a month, if that. His remaining time was spent making money.

He has his own consultancy firm – Tony Blair Associates in London. It’s described as a secretive complex mix of companies. You’re known by the company you keep.

Blair advises regional despots, earns millions in speaking fees – millions more from New York-based JP Morgan Chase and Switzerland-based insurer Zurich International.

Stop the War UK lists Kuwait, the UAE, Kazakhstan, Albania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Colombia, Brazil, and Mongolia as nation-state Blair clients.

Egypt and Oman may be next. Other clients included the Democratic Republic of Congo and Serbia.

A former unnamed Blair, Inc. associate said “(h)e moves in mysterious ways. The Blair organization is like a sort of government with different departments doing different things.”

“His office is run on Downing Street lines. It’s like he’s never not been PM.” Before resigning as Middle East envoy, Council for Arab-British Understanding’s Chris Doyle said:

“Tony Blair has to decide between his Quartet role as envoy to one of the most dangerous conflicts on the planet, his burgeoning media role in pushing for intervention in Iraq and Syria and his business interests across the globe including in the Middle East. These roles are incompatible and create a huge conflict of interest.”

Blair is a crass opportunist parlaying his political background and contacts into lucrative business deals.

He established a post-Downing Street career working with disreputable clients – cashing in big.

On May 30, London’s Independent asked if he stepped down as Middle East envoy “to spend even more time with his dictators?”

His only accomplishment was making money. His conflicts of interest are rife. He lives like royalty with a number of multi-million dollar properties – 31 in Britain and five abroad, according to The Independent.

“Secretive off-the-shelf companies called Windrush Ventures and Firerush Ventures” are central to Blair’s corporate empire.

Years of investigation show he prostituted himself in pursuing Mammon, The Independent added.

Blair’s world is complex, secretive, opaque, distasteful, immoral and perhaps illegal given the rogue cast of characters he cast his lot with.

“Political friends and foes alike are left cold with disgust,” said The Independent.

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New York Food Banks Running out of Food*

New York Food Banks Running out of Food*

Food banks across New York state are running out of food due to rising need and falling benefits. Now they are asking the state legislature for an additional $16 million in funding, just to keep the shelves stocked through the end of the year.

Throughout New York, about 2.6 million people have trouble affording food, and must make the difficult choice between eating and paying for other necessities like rent, medication, child care or transportation, according to the Food Bank For New York City. So they turn to food pantries to help. Yet those same locations are running short on food.

“Being in New York [City], I think, is both a blessing and a curse. I mean, there is a lot of food, there is a lot of people, we’re a big city, but we’re also a city with very high need,” Triada Stampas, Food Bank For New York City’s vice president for research and public affairs, told RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky. “There’s about 1.4 million New York City residents ‒ so just here in New York City ‒ who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens over the course of a year. That’s about 16 percent of our population.”

The Food Bank For New York City is the supplier for one of the city’s biggest food pantries, where the shelves being fully stocked is the exception, not the rule, she noted.

“We’re seeing food banks and soup kitchens reporting food shortages at much higher rates than they had been before,” Stampas said. “In one month alone ‒ last September ‒ 60 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens reported running out of food.”

The situation is even worse in the rest of the state, leading Hunger Action Network to ask the New York legislature for $16 million in additional funding… just to get through the end of the year. It would be a mere drop in the bucket out of the $2.6 billion in currently unallocated funds in New York’s 2015 budget, Yaroshevsky reported.

Michael Berg, the director of an organization that runs three food pantries in Ulster County, told AP that requests for food there have risen by about 20 percent each year for the last few years. In Albany, a coalition of 53 food pantries says it is seeing its highest demand in its 36-year history.

Contrary to the stereotype that people visiting food pantries are homeless and jobless, most customers are employed, but it’s still not enough to put food on the table without help.

“Most people who actually use pantries are actually the working poor. And they are working, they just don’t get paid enough money,” Susan Zimet, director of the Hunger Action Network, told RT. “Also, a lot of seniors who have not seen their Social Security increase keeping pace with the cost of food, they cannot afford food. You also have veterans, veterans are not getting paid enough to support their family and then be deployed overseas.”

“On a local level, people are falling further and further behind,” she added.

Food banks across the country have had to do more with less for nearly two years now, ever since the US Congress cut federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits ‒ food stamps ‒ by an average of $18 a month. About 40% of those receiving SNAP benefits then turn to emergency food services, leading to an increase in demand, according to the New York Times.

“Benefits were cut in November of 2013, and the result in New York City has been a loss of more than 56 million meals for people who were receiving them,” Stampas said.

Despite the state doing “relatively well” at feeding its hungry compared to the rest of the country, New Yorkers now miss about 100 million meals each year, and 37% of food pantries say they have had to turn away needy people because they ran out of food, the NY Times reported.

“Dutchess County Outreach in 2013 saw an increase of 40 percent of people coming to the food bank, food pantries. Pantries up here in the Albany area have seen anywhere from a 20 to a 30 percent increase,” Zimet said.

Along with asking for more money from the state, food pantries are focusing on giving their customers choice in what foods they receive, as well as cutting waste.

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Deadline to Keep Homeopathy as a Health Choice*

The next stage in TPP preparedness...

Do you want the right to use alternative medicine?

The American Medical Association (AMA) has maintained a decades-long battle against “alternative” healing traditions, dating back to the 1920s and before…

While always claiming public safety as its reason for the attacks, the true reasons often involve protecting their monopoly of the healthcare market.

Soon after its formation, the American Medical Association adopted a code of ethics including the “consultation clause,” forbidding members to consult on medical cases initiated by homeopathic practitioners and stating that “no one can be considered as a regular practitioner, or a fit associate in consultation, whose practice is based upon an exclusive dogma.”In 1855, the American Medical Association required all the state societies to adopt the code of ethics. The constituents then proceeded to purge their homeopathic members over the next few years, with only the Massachusetts Medical Society failing to do so. No new homeopathic members were admitted, but there were no expulsions from the Medical Society until after the AMA meeting in 1870, at which point the Society was threatened with removal from the Association if it did not rid itself of homeopathic practitioners. The Society first resolved to do so and then reversed the decision, as there was some legal uncertainty regarding the ability to expel.

By Christina Sarich

Many people in the natural health community think that the FDA needs to stick with petrochemicals and pharmaceutical regulation and keep their meddling hands out of homeopathy. But the US Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at alternative medicine and ‘natural cures,’ and without your comments, they could be unavailable.

“We’ve had tremendous growth in the market and also some emerging safety and quality concerns,” Cynthia Schnedar, director of the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, told ScienceInsider. “In light of that, we thought it was time to take another look.”

It is more likely that the issue revolves around the fact that more people are turning to alternative treatments instead of mainstream pharmaceutical solutions.

Statements like this one made by Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the nonprofit Center for Inquiry’s Washington D.C. branch, really make me wonder:

“By its own definition, homeopathy cannot work.”

Though homeopathy is one of the alternative medicines that carries a heavy ‘controversial’ label, should the people not be able to pursue such relatively harmless alternative medicine instead of choosing side-effect riddled pharmaceutical drugs? If you’d like OTC homeopathic remedies to stay as an option for those who decide to take part in them, I suggest you submit your own comments to the FDA before the deadline of June 22.

Homeopathycenter.org has these suggestions for submitting your comments to the FDA:

  • Explain your experience with using homeopathic remedies.
  • Explain why you choose to purchase homeopathic products instead of their pharmaceutical counterparts.
  • Though those who use homeopathics have thousands of stories about how natural remedies led to solutions, for this comment period, the most effective stories will be those that address common ailments (colds, allergies, headaches, minor injuries, etc.)
  • Make comments that are neither too short nor too long. Around 300-400 words is ideal.
  • Keep comments respectful and constructive, and save your rant for Facebook, or comment below.

All comments must be submitted by June 22, 2015 here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2015-N-0540-0001.

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U.S. Accusations against Syria Backfire*

U.S. Accusations against Syria Backfire*

By Gordon Duff

Video (in Arabic with captions) is an ISIS captive describing how American resupplies ISIS with food and weapons

Today, a State Department a “Twitter” account has accused Syria in using air strikes to support ISIS moves against other “rebel” groups around Aleppo.  Over 200,000 Syrians have been killed by ISIS during the nearly 4 year old conflict including 35,000 Syrian military who have died fighting primarily ISIS and Al Nusra forces.

But there are other important stories the Western press won’t be carrying, those outlining resupply of ISIS by Turkey and the US.  Our first look at this will be with the story of the son of a high ranking Erdogan advisor, a Captain in Turkish intelligence, a pilot name Majeed Kamal.  Last week Kamal was with Al Nusra in Aleppo, today he is in Raqaa with ISIS.  This is his photograph, exclusive to VT from intelligence sources on the ground inside Syria:

Captain Majeed Kamal of Turkish intelligence with ISIS inside Syria (VT intel exclusive)

 

Captain Majeed Kamal regularly drops what he is told is medical equipment into Syria.  However, what he drops is military equipment, rockets, mortar rounds and ammunition, as his real job is flying logistical resupply for ISIS units operating against Syrian and Kurdish forces.  The photo below is of Captain Majeed Kamal with an Al Nusra intelligence officer.

Turkish intelligence officer, son of Erdogan confidant, with al Nusra contact (VT intel exclusive)

Background

The bizarre claim, officially credited by Reuters to the US government, reveals more than simply a willingness to put forward bizarre conspiracy theories as official US policy.  We have to take note that it isn’t just the missing WMD’s from the 2003 invasion that have plagued America’s credibility prior to this last “whopper” but there are also the dozens of underground cities that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld cited in a Tim Russert interview as well.

Both Rumsfeld and Russert asserted that hundreds of thousands of Afghan fighters with vehicles and armour were lurking in underground bases not unlike those many in the US now believe are beneath Walmart stores.

Then again, there is something far more sinister here than a simple lapse of sanity.  Whoever is responsible for this “tweet” has revealed the depth and nature of American surveillance capabilities in Syria and Iraq.   There are up to two dozen separate groups, some with a dozen members or fewer, fighting against the Damascus government in the region.

Many if not all of those groups, according to recent reports including threats made against journalists by Turkey’s strongman dictator, Erdogan, are receiving direct support from the Turkish army and Turkish intelligence.  Turkish officers have been captured inside Syria and Turkish military have been killed in fighting outside Aleppo and their bodies recovered by Damascus based forces.

If the US is aware of the position of the rebel groups, in a battle where there are no discernible lines, then the US has intelligence assets “on the ground” with the rebels, that assumption is not a bizarre claim.

A ranking Iraqi security officer tells a very interesting story.  He says that the US has, on two occasions, offered direct air support for Iraqi army operations.  Each time ISIS was waiting with an ambush and the US was nowhere to be seen.  This is a direct VT source at the highest levels in Baghdad.

Further, the US would also be aware of the level of illegal support from their NATO partner, Turkey, in support of Al Qaeda and ISIS forces, not just near Aleppo but further west at Kobani and against the Kurdish region of Iraq.

One of the most difficult things for an intelligence operation to accomplish is to discern the positions of units that are continually mobile in a war where there are no clear “fronts.”  This is done through air surveillance and signals intelligence primarily but in these circumstances, even that wouldn’t be enough.

Though Reuters, in their article, quote sources with terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and their “mouthpiece,” Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a joint CIA/Al Qaeda propaganda organization funded by Radio Liberty, led by, among others, Donald Rumsfeld.

The same funding sources for groups cited by Reuters also are responsible for reporting on the situation in the Ukraine as well, bizarre fantasies of aid convoys from Russia laden with poison gas and endless Russian invasions that never materialize.

What is perhaps more frightening is the tacit admission by the US, albeit inadvertent, that surveillance capabilities throughout the region are capable of tracking even small units.

With full “air supremacy” over the entire Middle East, with AWACs (command and control aircraft with advanced radar) on station 24/7, ISIS is still receiving air supply drops, once claimed to be accidental or “conspiracy theories from Iran” as a US Army spokesman recently stated.  Now that some of these drops have been recovered by the Bagdad government, the Saudi Arabian origin of much of what is dropped is as clear as the stencils on the boxes.

Then again, the US has recently “discovered” that ISIS now has 2300 Humvee vehicles, captured from Iraqi forces.  The Humvee runs on diesel fuel.  There is little or no diesel production in areas of Syria and Iraq held by ISIS.

Those limited capabilities were said to be among the first targets of the US air war over a year ago, yet ISIS gets fuel from somewhere. American intelligence and surveillance capabilities claim to “know nothing.”  Is that credible?

During the recent ISIS conquest of Ramadi, the US pressured the Baghdad government to hold back Shiite (most Iraqis are Shiites) militias and allow ISIS to take the city.  The militias were held without transportation only 30 miles from the front, units with a strong history of winning fights.  While all this was going on, air supply drops were spotted at least 3 times and the lines of vehicles moving openly through the day in support of ISIS numbered in the hundreds.

All of this happened with American pilots watching, pilots who now claim they weren’t allowed to attack ISIS units as “permission was withheld.

What is America’s game?

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