Archive | January 17, 2017

Cops at DAPL Now Have Missile Launchers*

Cops at DAPL Now Have Missile Launchers*

While many are being caught in the cabals in-fighting and fracturing of the global elite as evidenced with the storm being whipped up in the pro/anti-Trump coming up to his inauguration as president….

Pictures surfaced on Jan. 16 of a purported police-operated anti-drone missile system in Standing Rock - Photo Credit: Jon Ziegler/Facebook

Pictures surfaced on Jan. 16 of a purported police-operated anti-drone missile system in Standing Rock – Photo Credit: Jon Ziegler/Facebook

Pictures surfaced on Jan. 16 of a purported police-operated anti-drone missile system in Standing Rock – Photo Credit: Jon Ziegler/Facebook


By Matt Agorist

Over the last several months, the world has watched the American police state in action as cops from more than a dozen states beat, gassed, pepper sprayed, tasered, shot, and severely injured water protectors and protesters in North Dakota. Using their militarized gear, police have blinded at least one person and blown up the arm of another. With all the heavily armed police and military in the area, one would think that having a missile launcher would be entirely unnecessary — however, one would be wrong.

Jon Zeigler has been live streaming from DAPL since last year. On Monday, he found something quite disturbing — the Avenger AN/TWQ-1 Air Defense System.

Knowing their history of brutality over the last several months, the idea that police and national guard have an actual missile launcher at their disposal is nothing short of bone-chilling.

According to the Army Recognition website, the Avenger AN/TWQ-1 Air Defense System vehicle is a missile mounted system which provides mobile, short-range air defense protection for ground units against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, low-flying fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters.

The AN/TWQ-1 missile system has been around since the 1980s, however, it has recently been equipped with a “High energy laser weapon used to neutralize small unmanned air vehicles. Also neutralized unexploded ordnance at standoff distance.”

What possible reason could police and military have to justify the use of a short-range missile defense system against unarmed protesters trying to protect a native American water supply?

Yes, there have been people filming the area with drones. However, there have been zero reports of police or anyone else being injured by a drone. It is also inconceivable to think that police would fire a missile to take down an amateur drone with hundreds of innocent people below.

According to Ziegler, the missile system is on top of a hill guarding the DAPL drill pad. When water protectors attempted to ask police about the missile system, they were reportedly met with mace.

It is entirely possible that the missile tubes are empty. It is also possible that they are simply using this vehicle’s heat sensing camera. However, that does not negate its presence. The deployment of this missile system to Standing Rock can be seen as little more than an act of intimidation.

If the National Gaurd needed the humvee to bring troops into the area, the AN/TWQ-1 is hardly effective as it only seats two people. This vehicle was specifically selected and deployed to Standing Rock. Its presence cannot be discounted or overlooked.



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Planned Parenthood was Caught Covering up Child Sex Trafficking*

Planned Parenthood was Caught Covering up Child Sex Trafficking*

By Claire Chretien

Planned Parenthood lied to the media after employees were caught on camera in an undercover string operation attempting to aid and abet sex traffickers prostituting 14- and 15-year-old girls, according to a new Live Action investigation.

A former Planned Parenthood manager told Live Action that while the abortion giant claimed in 2011 that it was retraining thousands of staff to identify child sex traffickers, it was really just fortifying itself against future undercover investigations.

“When we were called into this meeting, I went in really believing that Planned Parenthood could redeem themselves,” former Sherman, Texas, Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño says in the video.

“I walk into the room…and there’s a projector screen pulled down and they began to play all of the previous undercover videos that had been put out.”

Treviño said she was “perplexed” as to what her employer was doing and wondered what she could do as a manager to help her employees enforce policies and procedures protecting women who were victims of sex trafficking.

Treviño says the presenter told her,

We are not here to talk about that, Ramona. We are here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped, or recorded, or entrapped in any way.” 

“At that moment, my heart just sunk,” said Treviño.

Live Action’s 2011 sting videos exposed eight Planned Parenthood staffers at seven different facilities aiding and abetting sex traffickers.

In response to the videos, Planned Parenthood said that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country to properly report suspected sexual abuse of minors to authorities. The abortion company also claimed that it had “been in contact with federal and local authorities” to identify Live Action’s suspected sex traffickers who had visited its facilities.

Live Action used public records requests to check the abortion chain’s claim that it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities. Out of five states and Washington, D.C., only one state – Arizona – had records showing Planned Parenthood reported anything to authorities.

A letter that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sent to then-Attorney General Eric Holder about the sex trafficking contained several problems, according to Live Action.

“First, the letter failed to correctly identify all the states visited by the investigators posing as sex traffickers,” Live Action’s new video explains. Planned Parenthood didn’t identify New York as one of the states where it was visited by Live Action’s “sex traffickers.”

“Second, the letter claimed that Planned Parenthood staff members ‘made it clear’ to the sex trafficker that they would comply with state laws and report suspected conduct that endangered minors,” the video explains. This claim is demonstrably false, Live Action points out, because their video footage shows that staff never told the investigators anything like that.

“When confronted with child sex traffickers, Planned Parenthood cared more about protecting its image than protecting children,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action.

“It appears that many media outlets simply took Planned Parenthood’s word that it reported the suspected child sex traffickers to the proper local authorities.”

“If Planned Parenthood can provide proof that it actually tried to protect children it thought were being forced into prostitution by reporting the suspected crimes to local law enforcement, we’d love to see the evidence,” said Rose.

“I couldn’t see how Planned Parenthood could ever redeem themselves after” responding to the sex trafficking scandal by teaching its employees to watch out for investigators and whistleblowers, said Treviño. That experience left her “so disgusted.”

Nearly 30% of sex trafficking victims come into contact with Planned Parenthood, according to research from Dr. Laura Lederer, former senior advisor for trafficking in persons for the U.S. Department of State.

“Survivors [of human trafficking] also had significant contact with clinical treatment facilities, most commonly Planned Parenthood clinics, which more than a quarter of survivors (29.6%) visited. … Since pimps and traffickers generally exercise nearly complete control of their victims, these points of contact with healthcare represent rare opportunities for victim identification and intervention,” Lederer wrote.


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Eight Ex-Military Behind Operation Condor Sentenced to Life*

Eight Ex-Military Behind Operation Condor Sentenced to Life*


Many human rights advocates will be disappointed by the court’s failure to sentence 19 other military officials charged in the case.

A court in Rome handed down Tuesday life sentences to eight former military officers from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay who were found guilty of the forces disappearance and death of about 20 Italian nationals as part of the bloody “Operation Condor” in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

Only eight of the 27 military officers charged from the four countries received jail time in the high-anticipated sentencing hearing after a lengthy 9-year investigation.

“We are disappointed by the decision,” said Uruguay’s Vice President Raul Sendic, who was present at the hearing. The prosecutor had asked for life sentences for the 27 officers.

The former military men sentenced were Chile’s Hernan Jeronimo Ramirez and Rafael Ahumada Valderrama; Uruguay’s Juan Carlos Blanco; Bolivia’s Luis Garcia Meza and Luis Arce Gomez; and Peru’s Francisco Morales Bermudez, Pedro Richter Prada and German Ruiz Figueroa.

The investigation, opened by Italian attorney Giancarlo Capaldo, initially included 140 people accused of human rights abuses, but the list was eventually whittled down to the 27 who were charged, as many of the accused had died or were found too old to be tried.

When the trial launched on Feb. 12, 2015, the case involved 34 former heads of state, military officials, police and secret services agents and other operatives of military regimes in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

On Dec. 28, 2016, former president and military dictator of Uruguay from 1982 to 1985, Gregorio Alvarez, died while serving a sentence for human rights abuses carried out during his reign.

The deadly multi-state Operation Condor intelligence operation was designed to destroy opposition to U.S.-backed right-wing regimes in Latin America.

Operation Condor operations are thought to have led to the death or disappearance of 50,000 people throughout Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s.



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German Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead*

German Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead*

By Gordon Logan

Director of Central Intelligence, John Brennan, and Barack Obama used to hold meetings on Tuesday mornings in order to review the week’s list of victims to be droned or otherwise eliminated. Even wedding guests in Pakistan were murdered en masse. This article describes another death that can be laid at the door of the usual suspects. I survived two plans to kill me, in 2002 and 2005. Both were initiated by an American colleague for implementation by MI6. So this sort of thing is fairly commonplace. Read this article and find out why the British press and TV are crap. – Gordon Logan.

The former editor of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, the largest newspaper in Germany, revealed that the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring war to Russia

By Baxter Dmitry

Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56

Ulfkotte was an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, when he published Bought Journalists, the bestselling book that cost him his job and perhaps his life.

German media, who were banned from reporting on his work in recent years, are reporting he died of “heart failure”.

Acknowledging that his life was under threat, Ulfkotte explained that he was in a better position than most journalists to expose the truth because he didn’t have any children who could be threatened.

Speaking to the Russian newspaper Russian Insider, Ulkfotte said:

When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte’s newspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets – but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of.

His fears for a war in Europe, lead him to his decision to tell the truth about corporate media being controlled by intelligence services on behalf of the financial class.

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I’ve been educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public,” Ulfkotte told Russia Today.

I was supported by the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Why? Because I am pro-American.

The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say… it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia.”

Ulfkotte said most corporate media journalists in the United States and Europe are “so-called non-official cover,” meaning that they work for an intelligence agency.

I think it is especially the case with British journalists, because they have a much closer relationship. It is especially the case with Israeli journalists. Of course with French journalists. … It is the case for Australians, [with] journalists from New Zealand, from Taiwan, well, there is many countries,” he said.

Ulfkotte’s book Bought Journalists became a bestseller in Germany but, in a bizarre twist which Ulfkotte says characterizes the disconnect caused by CIA control of the western media, the book cannot be reported on by the German press.

Ulfkotte said: “No German mainstream journalist is allowed to report about [my] book. Otherwise he or she will be sacked. So we have a bestseller now that no German journalist is allowed to write or talk about.

Among the stories Ulfkotte says he was ordered by the CIA to plant in his newspaper was a fake story that Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was building poison gas factories in 2011.

The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia,” he told RT.

This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say … it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe. … I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too. … We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war. … I don’t want this anymore; I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic, and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom.


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NATO Auditor Who Discovered U.S. Funds ISIS Found Murdered*

Assassination Hit list Revealed in Hillary Clinton’s Emails*

NSA’s Medical Intelligence Hit List*

‘Google is Doing Things the CIA Cannot*

There Were 88 Media Companies & Now There Are 6 which get their News from Rothschild*

As Rothschilds Did to China, the CIA is Drug Running in the Philippines*

CIA Covert Operations in Tibet*

FBI not Allowed in Iceland!

U.S. Promises $3mn to Family of Innocent Killed by CIA Drones*

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CIA Pays each Terrorist in Syria $1000*

Netanyahu’s Former Driver gets 27 years for Raping Minors*

Netanyahu’s Former Driver gets 27 years for Raping Minors*

Is time is up for Bibi ? …. the Spooky Times of Israel (Shin Bet?) are dishing up the dirt. Hopefully saner heads will prevail once he is gone.

Netanyahu’s former driver gets 27 years for raping minors

Ilan Shmuel, who worked for the PM until 2014, was convicted in September of a variety of sexual offenses against 6 girls.

Police first began an investigation into Shmuel in 2012 after a woman, now an adult, claimed he had sexually assaulted her from when she was 9 until she was 16. Investigators then identified nine more women and young girls whom they suspected were victims of Shmuel, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported in 2014.

All of the attacks were allegedly carried out when the victims were young and occurred between 1988 and 2009, according to Hebrew media reports.

During the years of the investigation Shmuel continued to work as a driver at the Prime Minister’s Office, including behind the wheel of Netanyahu’s limousine.


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Clean Water Returns to Damascus as Syria Reclaims Key Water Source from Terrorists*

Clean Water Returns to Damascus as Syria Reclaims Key Water Source from Terrorists*
By Whitney Webb
U.S.-backed “rebel” forces, who earlier this month poisoned and then damaged Damascus’ chief water supply, have now been ousted from Barada Valley reservoir.


Credit- Activist Post

Credit- Activist Post

While much of the world’s population was busy celebrating winter holidays and the end of the calendar year, Syrians living in Damascus found themselves without running water. For much of the past month, Damascus residents have been in the midst of an intense water crisis, leading to long lines at wells and a dearth of resources in the city.

Though some other notable droughts abroad have been caused by severe droughts or other climactic factors, Damascus’ water crisis is just another casualty of Syria’s nearly six-year internal conflict that has seen it become a battleground for rival “proxy” factions of the United States and Russia.

However, Damascus’ water crisis did not come about solely due to in-fighting between pro-government and anti-government groups. Evidence suggests that the crisis was deliberately engineered by rebel groups as a last-ditch attempt to gain leverage as recent and impressive advances by the Syrian Army had significantly reduced rebel holdings throughout the country. Rebels located in the Barada valley, which historically supplies most of Damascus with water, allegedly contaminated the key reservoir in the area with diesel fuel, which led to the initial shut off of the capital’s water supply. Following this initial contamination, each side traded accusations that the other had also damaged the infrastructure of the reservoir. Though many Western newspapers were quick to imply that the Syrian government was to blame for cutting off the water supply to its own headquarters, they overlooked the fact that rebel forces had repeatedly threatened to target the Wadi Barada reservoir. A video released during the crisis showed rebel groups threatening to detonate explosives in a tunnel used to bring water to Damascus as a means to physically deprive the population of water. Depriving a civilian population of its water access constitutes a war crime, which the United Nations has admitted, though they have stopped short of placing blame.

Yet, finally, another recent military victory has finally put the nearly month-long water crisis to an end. The Syrian military were afforded another key victory last week when they reclaimed the Wadi Barada valley from rebel hands. A successful operation to seize a nearby village allows the Syrian Army to cut rebels off from the Al-Fijah Springs, which left rebels with the unpleasant options of either starving to death or surrendering. Since the area has been reclaimed, technicians and engineers have entered the area in order to begin the re-building key infrastructure that brings clean water to the Syrian capital. However, much of the Wadi Barada region remains in rebel hands, though an upcoming reconciliation agreement is set to lead to its full surrender to Syrian forces.

As True Activist reported recently, the Syrian government is well on its way to reclaiming its land, resources, and infrastructure from anti-government and foreign-funded factions. However, that will only remain the case as long as the U.S. government or its allies don’t directly intervene. Interestingly, last Friday – the same day that the Syrian government reclaimed the Wadi Barada reservoir – Israel bombed a major military airport near Damascus in close proximity to Assad’s personal residence. This bombing – and any others that may occur before Obama officially leaves office on Friday – are a clear attempt to provoke Assad into attacking a foreign power, thereby justifying a foreign invasion of Syria. Western powers, which have invested so much in their attempts to depose Assad, are unlikely to sit idly by as their rebels become increasingly irrelevant. At least, for the moment, some semblance of normalcy is starting to return to Damascus with the restoration of its water supply.


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French Court Rules It Unconstitutional to Cut Anybody off from Water!*

Scientists Use Lasers to Project Movie onto Clouds. What about ‘UFOs’*

Scientists Use Lasers to Project Movie onto Clouds. What about ‘UFOs’*

A green ghost rider appeared in the sky over the British city of Nottingham when scientists started testing a newly developed projecting device which allows the beaming of moving images directly onto clouds for the first time ever.

The image of a galloping horse rider was projected onto the clouds from a distance of 50 metres by a special laser-based projection system mounted on an aircraft.

The system beaming the images into the clouds was invented by a research team, calling itself Project Nimbus. It is composed of a designer, Dave Lynch, and a chemist, Dr Mike Nix, from the University of Leeds, who ultimately want to be able to beam the movies onto the clouds from the ground.

The video of the galloping horse-rider is a result of a five year long research project.

“Project Nimbus is the exploration of digital and analogue techniques to project moving images onto clouds from the ground, sea level and aircraft including planes, paragliders and hot air balloons,” the researchers explain on their website.

The application range of the new device is not restricted only to clouds, as “the project aims to deliver multiple projection installations also onto cooling towers, steam trains and urban vents,” the Project Nimbus team claims.

The idea of such a device originally came to Dave Lynch as he was doing his master’s degree. During his studies he stumbled upon a military paper on the war in Vietnam, describing sky projections that were used as a psychological weapon against the Vietnamese.

Inspired by the idea, Lynch started his own experiments in 2007. However, they were unsuccessful because of the lack of the necessary equipment.

In 2012, he returned to experimenting after he received funding from the AND festival and the arts incubator Octopus Collective, New Scientist reports.

zoopraxiscope animation

zoopraxiscope animation

zoopraxiscope animation

The working principle of the Lynch’s device is based on a zoopraxiscope – a creation of a 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, which is thought to be a kind of the world’s first movie projector.

Eadweard Muybridge, Film Projectors, Image Film, 1879,


The device developed by Muybridge projected a series of pictures from glass discs having images of a galloping horse on them. The modern researchers decided to also use the image of a moving horse for their experiments, as a tribute to the Muybridge’s creation.

“The experimental projection devices fuse old and new methods developed from ubiquitous technology,” the project authors say.

The original principle of the zoopraxiscope would not work for projecting images onto the clouds, so the team decided to use a laser.

As a result, the Project Nimbus device uses 2.5W 532nm laser as a light source with hemispherical lenses transforming the laser beam and creating the shape of the image.

The researchers presented the findings of their study at Leeds City Museum on Saturday, July 4.

Referring to the future of the project, Dave Lynch expressed hope “to collaborate with someone like flight pioneer Richard Branson to develop a digital art piece which allows us to interact and experience the world through cloud projections,” as he told the New Scientist.


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Indonesia’s President Grants First-ever Indigenous Land Rights to 9 Communities*

Indonesia’s President Grants First-ever Indigenous Land Rights to 9 Communities*

President Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi). Photo: Global Media Sharing on flickr

President Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi). Photo: Global Media Sharing on flickr

President Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi). Photo: Global Media Sharing on flickr.

For the first time, Indonesia’s central government has recognized the rights of nine indigenous communities to the forests they call home, a milestone for a national indigenous peoples movement that is seeking to bring to a close an era of abuse and discrimination at the hands of the state.

That movement still has a long way to go. The nine “customary forests” — known as hutan adat in Indonesian — acknowledged by President Joko Widodo’s administration last week encompass a total of 13,100 hectares (32,370 acres). But the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) has mapped more than 8.2 million hectares of customary lands it says belongs to the nation’s adat groups, as those who practice ancient modes of knowledge, belief, community and economy are called here.

By point of comparison, Indonesia’s nine biggest oil palm firms in 2013 had planted nearly 2 million hectares.

It might be a drop in the ocean, but the development marks Jokowi’s first real act of follow up to a landmark 2013 decision by Indonesia’s highest court that removed indigenous peoples’ customary forests from state control.

The action comes as AMAN contemplates withdrawing its support for Jokowi, who has been slow to act on campaign pledges that earned him the organization’s first-ever presidential endorsement. Jokowi has yet to establish a promised task force on indigenous issues, or throw his weight behind a draft law on indigenous rights now languishing in parliament.

Indonesia’s constitution recognizes the rights of indigenous groups, but in seven decades of independence no law has been passed to operationalize them, leaving adat communities vulnerable to loss of lands to those who see profit in their forests.

The administration’s latest move “rekindles our hope in Jokowi, which had dimmed,” said Abdon Nababan, AMAN’s secretary general.

The actual Ministry of Environment and Forestry decrees establishing the customary forests have yet to be released, so the exact parameters of what they entail remain unclear.

“Hutan adat” is a new land-use designation with no clear legal precedent. AMAN’s ultimate goal is to secure hundreds of “customary territories” — wilayah adat — which contain not only forests but other lands too.

One of the nine customary forests consists of 5,172 hectares of land that until last week was part of PT Toba Pulp Lestari’s concession in North Sumatra province. The timber company is a subsidiary of the Royal Golden Eagle conglomerate, whose Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) is Indonesia’s second-largest paper firm.

The nine customary forests, according to a list provided by AMAN:

Kerinci district

Kerinci district

Hutan Adat Bukit Sembahyang (Kerinci district, Jambi province, 39 hectares)

Hutan Adat Bukit Tinggai (Kerinci, 41 hectares)

Hutan Adat Tigo Luhah Permenti Yang Berenam (Kerinci, 252 hectares)

Hutan Adat Tigo Luhah Kemantan (Kerinci, 452 hectares)

Geopark Merangin Jambi

Geopark Merangin Jambi

Hutan Adat Desa Rantau Kermas (Merangin, Jambi, 130 hectares)

Bulukumba Sulawesi

Bulukumba Sulawesi

Hutan Adat Ammatoa Kajang (Bulukumba, South Sulawesi, 313 hectares)

Hutan Adat Wana Posangke (North Morowali, Central Sulawesi, 6,212 hectares)

Sawarna Village, Bayah Lebak district, Banten

Sawarna Village, Bayah Lebak district, Banten

Hutan Adat Kasepuhan Karang (Lebak, Banten, 486 hectares)

Humbang Hasundutan

Humbang Hasundutan

Hutan Adat Pandumaan-Sipituhuta (Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra, 5,172 hectares)


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