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The Strategy behind Washington’s Destabilization of Venezuela*

The Strategy behind Washington’s Destabilization of Venezuela*

Venezuela represents everything that the U.S. opposes in the region: socialism, anti-imperialism, economic independence via energy exports and a viable ally for China, Russia, Iran and other countries that oppose the hegemonic designs of Washington.

By Eric Draitser

An anti-government protester wields a shotgun taken from security forces during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, May 8, 2017. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

 

The corporate media continues to churn out endless stories detailing repression, state violence and socioeconomic collapse in Venezuela. Conspicuously absent from their stories, however, is the fact that much of the turmoil in the Bolivarian Republic is a result of an economic and psychological war being waged against the country by right-wing elements inside Venezuela and their backers in the United States.

Naturally, this charge has been dismissed out of hand by the imperial stenographers at the New York Times, Washington Post and The Economist, who continue to insist that there’s nothing at all nefarious going on in Venezuela aside from the “corrupt dictatorship” led by President Nicolas Maduro.  Of course, were there real journalists covering Venezuela, they’d make note of the fact that a campaign of economic and psychological war, targeted assassinations, and corporate intrigue have helped plunge the country into an existential crisis.

Rather predictably, none of those factors are incorporated into a well-rounded analysis of the situation in Venezuela; instead, it is sensationalist headlines and narrowly defined issues that grab the media spotlight. And perhaps no concept is more taboo within elite media circles than the strategic imperatives of the U.S.-led system of global political and economic hegemony that dominates the world. No, for the yellow journalists employed by the likes of Newscorp, Comcast and Amazon, Venezuela is just another wayward child in need of a stern rebuke and hand-holding back to the path of the good little oil colony.

Ultimately, the empire’s beef with Venezuela is two-fold. First, it is a country that has attempted to free itself of the architecture of neo-colonial domination that the U.S. and other global powers use to control the Global South.  Secondly, Venezuela represents everything that the U.S. opposes in the region: socialism, anti-imperialism, economic independence via energy exports and a viable ally for China, Russia, Iran and other countries that oppose the hegemonic designs of Washington.

Regime change is the ultimate objective in the destabilization of Venezuela, a bringing to heel of the rogue state in order to serve Washington’s global objectives. The U.S. thirsts for the reversal of the Bolivarian Revolution and the legacy of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Target: Venezuela

A mural featuring an image of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was defaced in the Bronx borough of New York, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (AP/Seth Wenig)

 

There is a misconception spreading through the Beltway like an airborne virus, infectious in its obliviousness to reality: the idea that the administration of President Donald Trump is so bogged down by scandal and controversy that it cannot achieve any geopolitical and strategic objectives. In fact, the opposite is true. Like a cornered animal, Trump and his team are exceedingly dangerous, both in their unpredictability and, strangely enough, also in their predictability.

And when it comes to Venezuela, their strategy is transparent.

Oil reigns supreme in the minds of Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the rest of the administration. In the case of Venezuela, oil remains the lifeblood of its economy.  So in a very real sense, the White House and State Department’s interests converge with the economic imperatives of corporate America in the Bolivarian Republic.

Tillerson represents perhaps the perfect embodiment of U.S. government attitudes toward Venezuela. A slick oil man through and through, Tillerson has long sought to destabilize Venezuela in an attempt to reassert ExxonMobil’s supremacy in the country.

Venezuela’s recent rocky history begins with Chavez’s nationalization of the oil sector under the state oil company PDVSA in 2007. The Chavez government offered ExxonMobil book value for assets that it intended to assume control over, while the Tillerson-led company demanded market value, which they priced at roughly $15 billion.  Eventually, the World Bank’s arbitration court ordered Venezuela to pay $1.6 billion to ExxonMobil.

But ExxonMobil’s anger at Caracas was certainly not assuaged with that settlement agreement. In fact, the following decade saw ExxonMobil step up efforts to destabilize Venezuela’s socialist government using a variety of tactics.

None have been more potent than Venezuela’s border dispute with Guyana. At the heart of this border dispute is energy and the billions of dollars in profits likely to be extracted from the offshore territory. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), “The Guyana Suriname Basin [is] 2nd in the world for prospectivity among the world’s unexplored basins and 12th for oil among all the world’s basins – explored and unexplored.” The basin, which stretches from eastern Venezuela to the shores of northern Brazil, is one of the major prizes in the world for energy corporations and governments alike.

Indeed, the USGS estimates that roughly 15 billion barrels of undiscovered oil and 42 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves lie under the basin, just waiting to be extracted. Such staggering economic potential has made the territorial waters off Venezuela and Guyana highly sought after, especially since contesting border claims make legal obstacles to exploration far more surmountable, as they allow companies to deal with a compliant government in Georgetown, rather than an independent one in Caracas.

So it should come as no surprise that Tillerson and ExxonMobil have been backing the Guyanese government. Venezuelan officials say their support has included providing financial support to Guyanese President David Granger’s election campaign in 2015. Of course, ExxonMobil has denied these claims.  But the company cannot deny the fact that, as the Huffington Post reported:

“Under Secretary Clinton, the State Department set up a program called the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative. The program aims to both promote fossil development and prevent the ‘resource curse’ by providing ‘independent oversight’ of the oil and gas industry in nascent oil states. The program is currently helping the Guyanese government write profit sharing agreements, environmental regulations, and develop a strong rule of law to counterbalance corporate power.”

An effigy representing Judas Iscariot, with a sign that labels it also as “Mr. Exxon”, referred to the Texas-based Exxon Mobil oil corporation, is burned during Holy Week in Caracas, March 23, 2008. (AP/Howard Yanes)

 

In other words, the U.S. State Department oversees the program that is literally writing the regulatory and financial architecture that will govern energy extraction in Guyana. And Tillerson, the former CEO for ExxonMobil, is the top official at the State Department. The conflict of interest is clear as day.

Indeed, ExxonMobil has effectively made Guyana into a subsidiary.  As the Washington Post noted:

“…countries such as Guyana that have no existing oil industry are considered ‘frontier’ locations, and typically offer the most lucrative terms to foreign companies willing to invest.  Guyana’s foreign partners stand to earn 60 to 65 percent of profits… a far larger share than what more established nations are willing to offer investors.”

Does anyone really believe that the State Department is not going to target Venezuela when it is led by a man who has fomented conflict with Venezuela, is raking in billions from Venezuela’s neighbor and has a long-standing vendetta against the Bolivarian Republic?

In fact, Tillerson’s oil goons have already uncorked the champagne numerous times this year, having announced multiple oil finds off the coast that are worth billions. Naturally, this is as much political as economic. For Tillerson and Trump, every barrel of oil extracted from Guyana is a thumb in the eye of the Venezuelan government.

Oil as a geopolitical weapon

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fist bumps a worker of the state-run oil company PDVSA during a visit to the Orinoco oil belt in Venezuela in 2013. (Photo: Miraflores/AP)

 

However, it would be a mistake to assume that U.S. policy toward Venezuela revolves exclusively around the profits to be made by ExxonMobil and other oil companies. While that is undoubtedly a factor, ultimately it is about political leverage and strategy vis-à-vis rival powers and power blocs.

Consider the fact that Venezuela’s oil reserves alone account for roughly one-quarter (24.8%) of all proven crude oil reserves within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This makes Venezuela hugely influential when it comes to decisions about oil production and, consequently, global oil prices. And when you couple Venezuela with Iran, a key ally of the Bolivarian Republic, both countries together account for nearly 40% of OPEC crude.  Add to that non-OPEC member Russia, which accounts for 12.4% of global crude production, just behind Saudi Arabia and the U.S., and you begin to see just how significant these three countries are to global oil prices and production.

One must also consider Saudi Arabia, which closely trails Venezuela in terms of proven crude reserves (22% of OPEC reserves). The centrality of Venezuela should be immediately apparent. Installing a right-wing, pro-U.S. government in Venezuela would mean that the U.S. would effectively control, or at least have significant influence over, nearly 85% of OPEC production (Venezuela and the Gulf monarchies), thereby isolating Iran within the grouping. Put differently, Venezuela is the only thing keeping OPEC from being a plaything of Washington and Wall Street.

Russia and China also figure centrally in this calculation. With Venezuela under Washington’s boot, Moscow and Beijing would be significantly weaker, as they would have no influence over OPEC. Nor would they be able to satisfy each other’s needs alone – Russia needs consumer goods and imports far beyond what China can provide, and China needs energy and other raw materials far beyond what Russia can offer.

In effect, regime change in Venezuela would cut the legs out from under Moscow and Beijing.

An instructive example can be found in Venezuela’s neighbour, Brazil.  An oil exporter almost as large as Venezuela in terms of production – Brazil accounts for 3% of global crude production, while Venezuela accounts for 3.1%  – Brazil saw a quick political transformation in the form of a coup against the democratically-elected government of Dilma Rousseff, a coup that was orchestrated by right-wing elements in the country and their backers in the U.S.

And with the takeover of the government by the right wing and Goldman Sachs, Brazil’s oil exporting potential flipped overnight from a liability to an asset for Washington and Wall Street.  Trump and Tillerson seem to have a similar vision for Venezuela.

The Sino-Venezuelan partnership

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP/Andy Wong)

 

For decades, corporations in the U.S. saw Venezuela as little more than an American possession, an oil colony whose dependence on U.S. exports made it little different from a true colony in the traditional sense of the word. However, with the ascendance of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela ceased to be a dependent client of the U.S., and instead became a political adversary.

One key aspect of Venezuelan economic relations with other countries that has undoubtedly rubbed strategic planners the wrong way has been its ongoing partnership with China. Under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has signed countless deals with Beijing, many of which are based on an oil-for-credit framework wherein Venezuelan oil underwrites Venezuelan borrowing from Chinese banks. The Chinese cash has been used to stave off default and pay the financial obligations of the Venezuelan government.

Beyond that, Venezuela and China have inked agreements in the areas of energy, mining, finance, infrastructure and agriculture. There is also the Joint Chinese-Venezuela Fund, which finances infrastructure projects and economic development in the Bolivarian Republic.

In February 2017, China and Venezuela signed a raft of agreements, including the construction of a refinery in China that will process 400,000 barrels of crude per day, 70 percent of which will come from Venezuela. The deals totaled $2.7 billion.

China has also become one of the leading manufacturers of transportation in Venezuela, with taxis and buses being purchased or manufactured by the Chinese for the Venezuelan market. This tangible example of the Venezuela-China relationship illustrates the importance of Beijing to the daily life of Venezuela.

Unlike China, Russia has little need for Venezuelan oil.  However, the one other area of Russian economic might is critical for the Bolivarian Republic: weapons.

According to Rostec, a Russian state corporation involved in the sale of military hardware to Venezuela, the estimated value of Russia-Venezuela arms contracts is roughly $12 billion. From 2005 to 2013, Venezuela was the largest buyer of Russian weapons in Latin America, with roughly $11 billion in purchase contracts.

But Russia’s ties to Venezuela are not simply about mutual enrichment, there is also a somewhat predatory aspect to the relationship, one that is likely making observers in both Washington and Caracas wary.  Russia’s $1.5 billion loan to Venezuela in November 2016 came with the condition that the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA pledge a 49.9% stake in Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of PDVSA, as collateral for the loan.

This means that Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, run by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close friend Igor Sechin, could control much of Venezuela’s economic clout. Translation: Russia wants Venezuelan oil to use as leverage against the U.S.

Venezuela has become a geopolitical flashpoint in recent years. As the country has moved forward on the path of socialism and anti-imperialism, it has increasingly been targeted by a wide range of destabilization tactics, as well as the collapse of global oil prices in 2014 and 2015 that crippled the Venezuelan economy.

The future of the revolution?

A government supporter holds an image of Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chavez, during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP/Fernando Llano)

 

Now, with Trump and Tillerson at the helm of the imperial warship, it seems that the target on Venezuela’s back has grown larger still. And with the right-wing resurgence throughout Latin America, strategic planners might feel that it’s only a matter of time before they achieve their objective: the destruction of the Bolivarian Revolution and a return to Venezuelan dependence on the U.S.

But while it seems that the U.S. is in control, there’s just one small issue – chavismo, the political ideology associated with the ideas and governing style of Hugo Chavez.

While Washington won’t officially admit it, there is a fear that any direct intervention in Venezuela could trigger a mass outpouring of anti-U.S., pro-Chavez sentiment.  The U.S. government hopes that Venezuela will collapse from within, thanks in large part to the millions of dollars spent by USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy to fund the right-wing opposition and other anti-government interests.

The trouble is that, despite the economic instability and destabilization, tens of millions of Venezuelans have made it clear that they’ll never accept being put in colonial chains again. And as the right wing demonstrates and demonizes, defenestrates and destabilizes, the revolution continues.

The question in the coming months will be whether China and, to a lesser extent Russia and Iran, will recognize that relations with Venezuela are not simply about money and profit, but about gaining leverage against the U.S. Will Venezuela be seen in its proper context as the frontline in the fight against the U.S. empire? Or will it be left to fend for itself as the imperial dogs of war howl for the blood of the Bolivarian Republic?

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U.S. Wants to Imprison These Six Water Protectors*

U.S. Wants to Imprison These Six Water Protectors*

These cases likely mark the first time that United States authorities have pursued felonies against individuals involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure

By Will Parish

An elderly woman is escorted to a transport van after being arrested by law enforcement at the Oceti Sakowin camp as part of the final sweep of the Dakota Access pipeline protesters in Morton County, Feb. 23, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune)

 

In February, a federal grand jury issued indictments of four Standing Rock water protectors on charges of Federal Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Crime.

The federal investigators accused the four men—James White, Brennan Nastacio, Dion Ortiz, and Brandon Miller-Castillo—of involvement in setting three highway barricades on fire, which obstructed police during a highly-militarized October 27 raid of the “Front Line Camp” just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Another water protector, Michael Markus, was indicted on identical charges on January 24, and his case has been combined with those of the other four men. Prosecutors are also pursuing three federal felonies against a 38-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. They accuse her of firing a gun during her arrest, even as multiple police officers had her pinned face-down on the ground. Fallis’ arrest also occurred on October 27.

These cases likely mark the first time that United States authorities have pursued felonies against individuals involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure.

All six people facing the charges are indigenous. Under sentencing guidelines, Red Fawn Fallis faces 25 years or more in prison. The other federal defendants—Markus, White, Nastacio, Ortiz, and Miller-Castillo—face up to fifteen years.

Starting in August of last year, indigenous people and their allies devoted months to attempting to block the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs through four Midwestern states near North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux reservation and underneath their main water source, Lake Oahe.

The project sparked opposition in communities spanning the pipeline route, including in Iowa and Illinois. In North Dakota, police carried out over 700 arrests. State prosecutors have since brought felony charges against more than 100 people.

But the federal cases are arguably more serious, since they entail prosecutions by some of the U.S. government’s most elite attorneys and may result in lengthy prison sentences. The cases are also likely to exert a chilling effect on indigenous-led resistance to resource extraction and fossil fuel infrastructure.

In fact, in each case, the U.S. Attorneys for the District of North Dakota filed a most unusual charge: federal civil disorder.

“Nobody I’ve worked with previously has ever seen that charge,” the Water Protector Legal Collective’s Sandra Freeman, an attorney for Michael Markus, said in an interview.

“It comes from a law that is usually only invoked when the federal government decides to prosecute people involved in resistance.”

The National Lawyers Guild’s Bruce Ellison, the lead attorney for Red Fawn Fallis, agrees. He says he has only encountered federal civil disorder charges “a few times” before, including during federal prosecutions of American Indian Movement (AIM) activists who reclaimed Wounded Knee as part of an armed stand-off with federal and local police on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1973.

Ellison is a long-time attorney for AIM political prisoner Leonard Peltier.

Records obtained via an open records request indicate high-level operatives within the U.S. domestic security state were involved in coordinating the enormous law enforcement mobilization against Standing Rock “water protectors” from last summer through early March of this year.

These records, which will be the subject of future stories, show officers from numerous federal agencies—the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Dakota—coordinated with state and local police as part of an inter-agency “intelligence group” that monitored Standing Rock protests in real-time, with a focus on ferreting out “instigators” and “leaders of the movement.”

Among those who helped orchestrate this multi-agency intelligence effort was National Security Intelligence Specialist Terry W. Van Horn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office—the same entity now prosecuting Fallis, Markus, White, Nastacio, Ortiz, and Miller-Castillo.

The intelligence-gathering operation in which Van Horn participated appears to have been coordinated by the State and Local Intelligence Center, one of numerous law enforcement “fusion” centers set up by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Supporters of the six federal defendants, as well as others facing possible prison and jail sentence, say that their court cases are a major front in the struggle for indigenous self-determination and against resource extraction.

“The government is looking at how to deal with calls for indigenous self-determination and resistance to resource extraction nationally, and the people facing these charges could become symbols of their ability to carry out that repression,” Ellison contends.

The October 27 Raid on Front Line Camp

Dakota Access pipeline protesters face off with police who are trying to force them from a camp on land in the path of pipeline construction on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D.

 

The six federal prosecutions all stem from a highly-militarized October 27 raid of the “Front Line Camp,” or “1851 Treaty Camp,” which occupied some of the last remaining ground in the pipeline’s construction.

The camp was located on unceded Dakota territory, which was affirmed in the 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty to be part of the Standing Rock Reservation. It was later stripped away under an 1889 statute from Congress.

Over 300 police officers—some carrying M16 rifles and clad in flak vests—advanced down North Dakota Highway 1806 toward Oceti Sakowin camp, the main nerve center of the water protectors’ resistance to the pipeline.

The police were flanked by a MaxxPro Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) designed to withstand bombing attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), an extremely loud device used for crowd control, was mounted atop the MRAP. Snipers occupied positions on surrounding hills.

In the course of the raid, the police fired tear gas and concussion grenades and peppered the water protectors with rubber-tipped bullets and bean bag pellets, causing dozens of injuries.

Watch footage from the October 27th raid:

Four officers broke from the line to tackle and arrest Red Fawn Fallis, a Denver resident and lifelong member of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement, whose family hails from the Oglala Sioux reservation at Pine Ridge in South Dakota.

As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, at least two gunshots went off alongside her. According to an affidavit filed by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota, a deputy “saw a gun in Fallis’ left hand and wrestled it away from her.”

Native American activist Red Fawn Fallis.

 

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Department claims Fallis was arrested for “being an instigator” and “acting disorderly.”

According to attorneys for protesters, “instigator” and “camp leader” have emerged as keywords in both state and federal prosecutions.

Fallis was initially charged with attempted murder, but a state judge removed that charge from the docket, and she is now being accused of three federal felonies. They include “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” and “discharge of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence.”

According to numerous accounts, Fallis was a widely-respected coordinator at the Sacred Stone Camp, another major gathering place for prayerful opposition to the pipeline, and had played an instrumental role in the movement as a whole.

“Red Fawn was the kind of person who was down to help with anything at any time,” says one camp participant who asked not to be identified.

“She was integral to the camp.”

Many water protectors and members of Fallis’s family have organized a support campaign for her. They stridently maintain her innocence.

Glenn Morris, a leader of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement, released a statement on behalf of Fallis’s family this past November, saying she is “an intelligent, informed and determined Oglala Lakota woman, who has defended the rights of native peoples and nations, in multiple circumstances.”

Water Protector Facing Federal Felony Charges for Disarming DAPL Contractor

Brennan Nastacio has became a hero to water protectors for his role in disarming a DAPL security guard security guard, Kyle Thompson, who had entered Oceti Sakowin camp wielding an AR-15. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot)

One of the other people facing federal felony charges, Brennan Nastacio, became a hero to water protectors for his dramatic role in disarming a DAPL security worker, who had entered Oceti Sakowin camp—a base of prayer and opposition to DAPL—wielding an AR-15.

The security guard, Kyle Thompson, drove into the camp and claimed to be a water protector, according to a camp security guard. He had a long-nosed semi-automatic rifle and a 30-round clip seated in the passenger seat of his truck.

Nastacio spent nearly a half hour pleading with Thompson to abandon the weapon while also calming other “water protectors,” who were clamouring around him. Thompson, who works for Texas-based Leighton Security, finally handed the gun over to Bureau of Indian Affairs officers, who arrested him. Soon after, Thompson’s truck was driven to a barricade and set on fire.

North Dakota prosecutors declined to charge Thompson instead charging Nastacio with felony terrorizing of Thompson because he briefly walked toward him with a hunting knife during the incident.

In a January YouTube video, Nastacio noted his goal was “the protection of everybody at the camp,” and that he was concerned Thompson himself would be shot by the police. Thompson claims he came to the camp to investigate vandalism to a DAPL vehicle.

Ironically, on the same day as Nastacio helped disarm the Dakota Access security worker, a security firm hired by Dakota Access collected the aerial surveillance photos that now form a major basis for federal prosecution of him, as well as of Miller-Castillo, Ortiz, Markus, and White, court records show. (*Note: This public-private “fusion” model of law enforcement that played out at Standing Rock will be the subject of future stories.)

Ellison, Fallis’s attorney, is attempting to introduce evidence that demonstrates the dubious role the FBI has played in the charges against Fallis.

Terry VanHorn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

The Role of the FBI in Suppressing Opposition to the Pipeline

In this image provided by Morton County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement and protesters clash near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Cannon Ball, N.D. (Morton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

 

Police in North Dakota went to enormous lengths to portray many anti-DAPL protesters as violent criminals for their role in the protests.

More recently, the allegations against Fallis, Nastacio, Markus, White, Ortiz, and Miller-Castillo have become fodder for domestic security agency warnings about potentially violent threat posed by protests against other fossil fuel infrastructure.

A Department of Homeland Security report, published by the conservative Washington Examiner on April 18, spells out the possibility that “environmental rights extremists” and “anti-government militia” may muster up attacks on the in-construction Diamond Pipeline extending from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

The report states that “[p]rotests surrounding the DAPL have resulted in the arrest of hundreds of individuals for allegedly committing criminal acts,” and that

“[o]ne individual was charged with attempted murder for allegedly discharging a firearm at officers during removal efforts.”

But water protectors and their advocates point out that the real criminals at Standing Rock were the police and the oil companies’ private security firms, who consistently used violent repression to sabotage constitutionally-protected political activity.

Meanwhile, the federal government has failed to hold the police accountable for a single act of violence.

On a single night in November, the police injured more than 300 unarmed and generally highly-restrained protesters by spraying water on them amid freezing temperatures and firing rubber bullets and concussion grenades.

A police officer struck 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky with a concussion grenade that nearly severed her forearm. A fellow water protector named Steve Martinez drove her to the hospital, where she underwent emergency surgeries in an effort to save her arm.

On the day after Wilansky nearly lost her arm, seven FBI agents—including two clad in Joint Terrorism Task Force jackets—came to her hospital room and collected articles of clothing and shrapnel freshly dislodged from her arm. They also subpoenaed hospital visitor logs and videos of her room.

The JTTF visit “created a chilling atmosphere where anyone who’s a protester is under suspicion of being a terrorist,” Sophia Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, says.

The same grand jury that has indicted Fallis, Markus, Nastacio, White, Ortiz, and Miller-Castillo on felony charges subpoenaed Steve Martinez soon afterward. The subpoena implied that a federal investigation of the extremely far-fetched claim that Wilansky’s injury was caused by an improvised explosive was underway, and that Martinez was a subject of that investigation simply because he had driven Wilansky to seek medical attention.

It ordered Martinez to produce, among other things, “photos and SD cards; written statements; and any other information in [his] possession.”

Martinez appeared before the grand jury on January 4th and was asked a single question: “When did you arrive in North Dakota?” He immediately invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify.

In a written statement, Martinez, who is partly of Pueblo and Apache ancestry, called the grand jury “a fishing expedition to find out information about the water protector movement, and organizations and people related to it,” and asserted that “to comply with this subpoena would violate my spiritual duty to protect my loved ones.”

Martinez was expected to begin a jail sentence for contempt of court on March 1, but in late February, the U.S. Attorney’s office unexpectedly withdrew its subpoena of him, meaning he’s free for now. About 20 supporters nevertheless gathered in front of the courthouse on March 1 holding up banners with slogans, such as “The Frontlines Are in the Courtroom.”

The Water Protector Legal Collective, the Freshet Collective, and other volunteer-driven collectives have provided legal support and advice for the water protectors now slogging through various court cases.

Notwithstanding the temporary victory in Steve Martinez’ case, members of the collectives say they intend to continue support for those whose sacrifices made the water protector movement possible in their various courtroom-related struggles.

The History of the Federal Civil Disorder Charge

At a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse October 29, 1969, Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens to Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party. (AP Photo/stf)

 

The civil disorder statute used against the six federal defendants can be traced to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, which spurred Congress to pass the U.S. Civil Rights Act one week after his death.

It was passed in the aftermath of riots across the country in protest against substandard living conditions in segregated Black communities. The best known section of the act is Title VIII, known as the Fair Housing Act, which was designed to end residential segregation and promote racial integration. But a little-remembered section of the bill, Title X, is known as the Civil Obedience Act.

U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, an avowed segregationist, was the amendment’s main author and offered it as a quid pro quo for his support of the legislation as a whole.

The amendment created stiff penalties for such activities as “interfering with law enforcement officials during the course of civil disorder.”

Long previously offered up the Civil Obedience Act as an amendment to a bill that would have specified punishments for violence against civil rights workers in the Deep South.

Biographer Michael S. Martin recalled in his book, “Russell Long: A Life in Politics,” a speech Long made to the Senate floor, in which he described the pro-civil rights worker legislation as “a bill to aid and abet H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael,” in reference to leaders of the Black Power movement. He also claimed the people the bill supported were “known to stir up hatred and ill will among people of their race and put cities to the torch.”

In response, Long proposed the Civil Obedience Act as a means to “strike the very thing which really concerns the people of this country: the rights and the safety of 200 million Americans whose property and whose very lives have been seriously endangered.”

Nearly a half-century later, the federal government is using this same racially-charged legislation to pursue felony charges against six indigenous people at Standing Rock.

Ellison recalled one of the few previous times he encountered Federal Civil Disorder charges was during prosecutions of AIM activists in the 1970s. He experienced first-hand the murderous FBI-coordinated counter-insurgency campaign against AIM at Pine Ridge, he noted, whereby a paramilitary organization known as the Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOONs) went on a rampage of beatings and assassinations of AIM leaders and supporters.

Federal prosecutions are viewed as one aspect of an escalating effort by domestic security agencies, police, politicians, and fossil fuel industries to break the spirit of resistance movements nationwide.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said more than 30 separate anti-protest bills were introduced since November 8, representing “an unprecedented level of hostility towards protesters in the 21st century.”

“The government is looking at how to deal with protests nationally, and these federal prosecutions are certainly a part of that,” Ellison concluded.

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Pipeline Shut Down In North Dakota after Leaking into Little Mississippi River*

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Will South Africa’s Downgraded Status Pull the Region Down?

Will South Africa’s Downgraded Status Pull the Region Down?

In April, Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) downgraded South Africa’s rating to junk status [GCIS]

Concern about the health of the South African economy and its impact on the rest of the continent has been mounting in recent days.

 

Following the sacking of revered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in late March, South Africa’s markets went into a downward spiral as investor confidence took a beating.

A few days later, S&P Global Ratings cut South African foreign debt to sub-investment grade in April.

For its part, Fitch downgraded both the foreign and local currency debt to “junk” status.

Business experts believe that the downgrades will adversely impact the service sector in South Africa, already suffering from economic contraction of 0.3 per cent in Q4 2016.

Jessica Rees-Jones, executive director at civil society group Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, told Xinhua that about $10 billion will leave the country as investors search for more stable markets elsewhere.

Gordhan was well liked in the business community and his departure upset markets which saw his ouster as a threat to the strength of South Africa’s institutions.

He was replaced with 45-year-old Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba, who was previously the Minister of Home Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Pedagogics in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Social Policy.

“The cabinet reshuffle [which included Gordhan’s firing] is an attack on the institution of the National Treasury (NT) and as such will trigger multiple downgrades,” warned Peter Attard Montalto, a prominent South African economist.

Such multiple downgrades will pressure South African companies, already reeling from a battered economy in the past three years, to decrease the level of investments they have in other countries in Africa.

Sectors such telecommunications service provision, retail, mining and real estate in neighboring countries are likely to suffer, experts warn.

For now, South African economists acknowledge that the country is in stagnation but are hoping to avoid a second quarter of contraction which technically would trigger a recession.

There are signs that the country will narrowly avoid a recession.

Official data showed that retail sales bounced back in March to 0.8 per cent year on year growth, beating forecasts of a 0.7 per cent contraction.

Better still, South Africa is emerging from one of its worst droughts and expects its maize harvest to jump 87 per cent this year.

The boost in maize output has pushed the International Monetary Fund to predict that South Africa’s GDP will grow by one per cent, not 0.8 as previously forecast, in 2017.

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Africa’s Auschwitz: The Concentration Camp the West Erased from History*

Africa’s Auschwitz: The Concentration Camp the West Erased from History*

 

By Johnny Liberty

 

 

Perhaps no atrocity has been more extensively covered than the Holocaust carried out by the Third Reich in Germany. Yet few Americans are aware that there was a holocaust committed by the Second Reich 40 years prior.

 

While Adolf Hitler is a household name, synonymous with evil, his predecessor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, is far less recognizable — although many of his crimes were just as bad, if not worse, than Hitler’s.

Wilhelm II was crowned in 1888 and launched a “New Course” in German foreign relations. His policies ultimately resulted in Germany’s involvement and eventual defeat in World War I. Despite his notable involvement in World War I, little else is taught about Wilhelm’s reign, in American schools.

 

The Beginning of the 1st German Holocaust:

Germany’s African reign of terror began in 1883, when they raised their flag in South West Africa, heralding the first conquest of the Second Reich’s African empire. Wilhelm II later used the land (now the country of Namibia) as a testing ground for his Lebensraum policy.

Wilhelm II’s Lebensraum, or “living space,” policy was advocated by 19th-century German geographer Friedrich Ratzel, who believed that a race’s survival was dependent on migration. Wilhelm II used this theory to advance a policy with the goal of creating a “New Germany” on African Soil.

The disastrous consequences of this policy led to the suffering of tens of thousands of indigenous African people. Similar to the Jew’s treatment during World War II, the native Herero and Nama people were labeled an “Inferior race” and watched as their human rights were repeatedly violated.

After two decades of mistreatment, the Herero people revolted. In 1904, Germany responded by dispatching 14,000 Soldiers to quell the insurgent colony. After the brutal campaign to defeat the Herero ended, German Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha announced a new disturbing policy, saying,

“I believe that the nation [the Herero] as such should be annihilated. Only following this cleansing can something new emerge, which will remain.”

Africa’s Auschwitz: Death Island, the ‘Original’ German Concentration Camp

“Death Island,” also known as Shark Island, served as an ideal location for a prison camp due to its low possibility of escape. General Trotha’s troops transported the defeated Herero and Nama people to the island and several other concentration camps within the German colony. Prisoners were transported in cattle cars and served as slave labour for the new colony’s railway system, along with a number of other construction and demolition projects.

Labor conditions on the island were extremely dangerous, resulting in a high number of fatalities. One German Technician noted that his 1,600-slave workforce had decreased to only 30-40 available labourers. By late 1906, at least seven slaves were dying daily due to the grisly working conditions.

Food and provisions on the island were also extremely scarce, as witnesses recalled, “prisoners fought like wild animals and killed each other to secure a share.” Conditions on the island continued to deteriorate and prisoners starved to death or committed suicide to escape the nightmarish conditions. Eventually, German soldiers began referring to it as a “Death Camp”.

One of the first civilians to visit the island briefly described the horrific scene he saw:

“A woman, who was so weak from illness that she could not stand, crawled to some of the other prisoners to beg for water. The overseer fired five shots at her. Two shots hit her: one in the thigh, the other smashing her forearm…in the night she died.”

 

During their imprisonment, captives were frequently whipped, forced into unsanitary living conditions where diseases such as typhoid rapidly spread, and received virtually no medical care. Herero women were photographed being raped and the images were sent back to Germany as “pornographic postcards.”

German scientists also used the island and its prisoners to conduct medical experiments. Shark Island camp physician, Dr. Bofinger injected prisoners with a toxic cocktail of arsenic and opium in attempts to determine if scurvy was a contagious disease.

As bodies continued to pile up, researchers began to perform autopsies on the dead to conduct further experiments. According to German medical statistics, 778 autopsies were conducted in just one year.

After they concluded their experiments, the Germans forced Herero women to boil the heads of their own people and clean them, so they could be sent back to Germany for further research. In all, Over 3,000 skulls of Herero people were sent to German Universities, which they used in an attempt to prove the similarity between the Herero people and apes.

The human cost of Germany’s African Holocaust.

In 1907, German officials finally relented to domestic and international pressure, and shut down “Death Island.” While there is no ‘official’ death toll of the prisoners held on Death Island, the German Imperial Colonial Office estimates 7,682 Herero and 2,000 Nama people died in colonial concentration camps in South West Africa. Historians estimate that, of these deaths, as many as 4,000 may have occurred at “Death Island.”

The consequences of German colonialization in Namibia are staggering. It is estimated that, in a matter of decades, the Herero population was reduced from 100,000 to less than 15,000, and the Nama population was cut in half.

A report released by the United Nations in 1985 listed the German holocaust in Africa as the first genocide of the 20th century.

While Germany’s outright murder of Africans in Namibia temporarily ceased, as any student of history can tell you, this would not be the last attempted genocide by a German ruler. In fact, many people would say Wilhelm II ‘perfected’ the development of concentration camps, a model later employed by Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

 

 

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America’s New Syrian Army*

America’s New Syrian Army*

By Gordon Duff

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing…. other than keeping the rich very rich and the rest of us scared and easily manipulated…

[ Editor’s note: The polemic below began after Michael Shrimpton informed us that the BBC did a hit piece on us yesterday, if we could, we would remind the BBC of just a couple of things:

  • The biggest news story in the world today is the war in Syria, VT has a full-time news bureau in Damascus and received an award this week from the Russian Reconciliation Commission; in fact, we have more foreign bureaus, staffed with exclusive correspondents, most often academics or military officers, than the BBC has.

 

  • Most Americans don’t know the BBC – one thing we thank Trump for is making the world aware of Fake News. Even by Fake News standards. the BBC is state-funded saccharin drivel from a TV network barely competent to deal with such controversial subjects as animal husbandry and the making of cheese.

 

  • For the past 15 years that the current wars have been going on, the BBC has been consistent in one way only – they have never been right. Long gone are the days of Martin Bell braving the world’s warzones in his white linen suit, reporting actual events.

There is no analysis available that is not deception – the truth is treated like a dangerous poison. News reporting today comes in trite, vapid and worthless 400 word screeds, when we see a piece of length and some substance, our first thought is invariably ‘I wonder which intel agency funded this?’

Towards this end, in a morning editorial meeting, Jim, Ian and the infamous Uncle Gordy leave you this gift, something the BBC or no American network could or would ever publish… Jim, Ian and the notorious Uncle G]

The U.S. militant groups change their names so often that one might get suspicious they are trying to hide their true identities and allegiances, or might even be Americans themselves. Imagine that

 

An ISIS analog has entered the Syrian stage with all the flair and glory of a Hollywood spectacular; the U.S. has decided to push forward a full-scale ground offensive in Syria. Securing this new offensive against Damascus is one of the real purposes for Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner’s 100 billion dollar deal with the Saudis as well.

General Mattis

 

This combination of Trump’s equivalent of ‘narco-diplomacy’ while Kushner rakes the cash into the family coffers, has been greatly beneficial to both Saudi financiers and U.S. arms suppliers such as Raytheon and Lockheed, while funneling exorbitant back-payments into the Trump family’s Cayman Islands bank accounts.

Much of this was laid out by Mattis who bought off Abadi in Baghdad and hopes to drag British, French and German ground forces unto what the U.S. is calling a ‘deconfliction zone’. Once the European elections are out of the way and NATO has been leveraged, the case against Assad is going to take on new drama.

We saw the phony gas attack – America blocked an investigation, failed to produce even a scrap of evidence, while Trump went cap in hand to Putin, promising to never do it again; then only a few days later, the U.S. fabricated a story about Syria’s Auschwitz, imaginary death camps, incinerators, mass graves and zombie Sonderkommandos, which the Syrian U.N. Ambassador characterised as Hollywood clap-trap.

Behind it all is the hand of Israel – the fabricated attacks and what we are not seeing – and this is a very important part, of how Israel controls the White House, Pentagon and particularly members of the U.S. Congress charged with military oversight.

SIGINT

America spends up to 100 billion dollars a year of signals intelligence. The top 16 agencies in the U.S. are entirely dependent on signals intelligence. America’s satellite intelligence is useless without backup from signals intelligence and despite efforts to reform during Michael Flynn’s failed tenure at DIA, America has no HUMINT (Human Intelligence) sources left anywhere in the world.

Not only do they simply not exist, America doesn’t train any of it’s services in agent recruiting, handling or, and this has to be frightening – vetting information at all. In fact, the U.S. now considers Facebook posts and blogs to be human intelligence. They look to Twitter and Youtube and

During the Bush administration the White House hired the most disreputable sources to produce sexed-up dossiers on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan – fake everything. The two we are most familiar with are SITE intelligence, which is Rita Katz.

According to our sources claims she gets her information from a guy in a Brooklyn delicatessen; the other is MEMRI.org, which is failed conspiracy blogger Steve Emerson, with a bushel of White House cash, Emerson went to Oman in 2002 and contracted with local media to produce fiction about Iraq and Saddam.

This was called the Middle East Intelligence Project. One of his editors contacted us and said ‘Gordon, I’m a good Muslim, but this guy is asking us to lie’; Duff replied ‘how much are they paying you?’ Farouq answered ‘30,000 dollars’ to which Duff replied ‘take the money, they have decided on their war anyway’.

Behind this were dozens more organisations, run from the Brooking Institution, Heritage Foundation, Washington Institute and Jamestown foundation, all fronts for Israeli Intelligence.

Rita Katz

 

Our real issue is Signals Intelligence and the traffic created for the United States. In 2014, we investigated Israel’s role in the downing of MH17 – the fake news story of a Russian missile shoot down reeked of implausibility and physical impossibility, but key SIGINT capabilities made this act of terror possible and the fingerprints of Tel-Aviv were there from day one.

Before the phony missile story drowned out the truth, even in the utterly infiltrated Russian press, the world new that air traffic controllers in Kiev had insanely sent MH17 over a combat zone, with two Ukrainian jet fighters on its tail.

It was no surprise to anyone when the plane was downed or how it was done, however within 48 hours the world’s media was awash with tales of the ‘limitations’ of the SU-25’s chasing ill-fated MH17 ‘they can’ fly that high’, ‘they don’t carry the right missiles’, ‘they don’t have any guns’.

It was U.S. Army Special Forces Forward Air Controller Gene ‘Chip’ Tatum that broke the story, you see, Israel has a black box that it installed on Ukrainian planes – it receives radar signals, alters them and ghosts them back; thus, a fast, high-flying pursuit plane like an Su-27 could be made to look like a flying school bus – not only is the capability there, but based on analysis of news reports and the deceptions used, not only were ‘spoofed’

We are absolutely certain that this was done; additionally, within hours of the downing of the plane, we received reports from a Canadian air traffic watchgroup that told us a flight had left an airport in Azerbaijan, vectoring in on what we believe is the intercept site of the Ukrainian Su-27 downing of MH17. The airport that flight left from we know is a covert base for Israeli F-15E bombers, placed there in 2010 as a threat against Iran.

In 2012, two Azeri army defectors to Iran confirmed this information; we also know that the powerful radar on the F-15E, combined with the Raphael avionics allows this plane to be used as an AWAC platform. The flight vector of this Israeli plane when added to those of the two ‘spoofed’ Ukrainian jets is what we would call a ‘package’ for what turned out to be an act of mass assassination.

This is one instance of a false-flag intelligence operation that uses Israeli SIGINT. On the 2nd of May, 2017, an Israeli intelligence team, having placed covert radio repeaters disguised as rocks, paddled out to an awaiting Dolphin submarine off the Syrian coast.

Two hours later, the submarine was lying on the bottom of the Mediterranean, its hull split open, its crew, including two commando teams, 84 men in all, lie dead, victims of a Russian-made anti-submarine torpedo from, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a naval patrol craft.

The purpose for this deeply paralleled MH17, MH17 was to blame Russia for shooting down an airliner; whereas here, Israeli SIGINT spoofing produced phony Syrian Arab Army radio traffic acknowledging the use of Sarin gas against civilians.

With the U.S. totally dependent on SIGINT and receiving its confirmation from corrupt organisations, un-vetted, no security clearances and highly agenda-driven – one and a half decades of American intelligence failures should now be much easier to understand. The newest incarnation of phony intelligence is the theatrical troop, sometimes paid locals, sometimes the dead children are pretending, sometimes the film company, when it can get away with it, and it needs that kinds of dramatic film effect, finds it more convenient to murder the child rather than pay for a sedative.

Time and time again we have caught the Syrian White Helmets, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SHRO) working with film groups from Al-Jazeera and the Reuters news agency, along with Turkish TV and aided by ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the MIT (Turkey’s intelligence agency), staging false terror attacks.

It is normal for an enemy subjected to air attack to place valuable assets in schools, churches, mosques and hospitals – using local residents as human shields; what is now being done however, is the result of changes on the battlefield.

You see, those assets are no longer worth protecting, the war in Syria is lost – why protect a small arms depot or communications centre when your mercenary jihadists are fleeing for their lives, tossing aside their weapons and shaving their beards, when the real war can be won with sanctions and American retaliatory strikes. The lesson is simple: just blow up the school yourself, film the dead children, put on a white helmet, grab a dead child, run back and forth in front of the camera until they got the shot just right. The BBC will carry it and the photo will be displayed in front of the U.N. Security Council by the U.S. ambassador. With luck, Ivanka Trump will personally supervise the attack for you.

This is the changing face of the war on Syria; staged terrorism, stories of mass graves, executions, torture, all sounding strangely familiar, like things we have heard before; Israel’s infamous ‘victimisation narrative’ in action yet again….

For the U.S., in order to support White House policy increasingly dominated, particularly under the Trump administration, by foreign intelligence agencies and even organised crime, as alleged by many, top intelligence positions are going to people with less and less experience – even alleged Israel hater Obama made these blunders, although Obama did move Chuck Hagel into defence and Martin Dempsey into the Joint Chiefs, thus cleaning out the Pentagon, albeit temporarily and obliterating the armageddon death cult that had taken control of America’s nuclear command, no, we are not kidding one bit about this.

Compounding this problem was the move against America’s service academies – West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, which took place in the late 80s under Bush 41. Pentecostal and dominionist cultists took total control of these factories for young military leaders while newly selected officer candidates were channeled through a selection process requiring ‘moral flexibility’, limited intelligence and a cocktail of personality – they wanted George Custers, not George Pattons.

Those that slipped through the cracks – the next generation of Omar Bradleys, were harrassed and abused; at one point in 2009, 159 cadets at the Air Force Academy contacted VT and the American Religious Freedom Foundation complaining of a religious ‘Inquisition’. As the service academies were more and more dominated by extremist Evangelical theology, their academic programmes faltered, but they did have a massive rise in another area – reported sexual assaults were up 60%, but the story behind this indicates the number was more likely 300% as overt intimidation.

This gave us the military that former Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz, co-architect of the Israeli intelligence offensive against the U.S., their ‘inside man’, what he needed for his global War on Terror. This was an American army that now worked inter-operably with mercenaries, terrorists and thugs; an army that would openly not just protect the world’s largest narcotics production facilities but build that capability itself.

American military bases around the world became centres for mandatory prayer – bibles were carried more often than weapons and a special kind of blindness took root as well. Reported sexual assaults against both men and women serving in America’s military did increase 300%, unreported may well have gone up 1000%. American bases around the world began transiting victims of America’s rendition programmes – tens of thousands or more that almost invariably turned out to be innocent or mistakes – arrest anybody named Mohammed.

With upto 5 trillion dollars spent on the War On Terror, America was booted out of Iraq and a pro-Iranian government was elected while in Afghanistan the narcotics continued to flow in every greater volumes while the government in Kabul governs only in Kabul and only during daylight hours.

The failures of course are failures of policy, the ‘dull knife’ military lead by the dull minds from the service academies, following policies from the ‘Washington Swamp’ to use Trump’s descriptive term – the real horsepower behind this is two-fold: overtly, many blame the ‘Fake News’ press, and there is good reason, as we stated earlier, the FBI and CIA are notoriously addicted to software programmes that scan conspiracy blogs and Facebook for intelligence. The real disaster this represents cannot be overstated, but behind this is that smug world of top Secret intelligence only the chosen few get to see – the gilded gems that now hit Donald Trump’s and perhaps even Vladimir Putin’s desks. We suggest that if they do hit Putin’s desk they usually shortly after roll into the trash can.

What are we talking about? There is a beautiful simplicity to SIGINT – it is almost never real, not since the Zimmermann Telegram of 1917 – here’s one for you and no, this isn’t a joke: Israelis are notorious for taking a simple mobile phone and making this call: ‘hi, it’s just us terrorists here, making our suicide vests and we are just checking in to see how the family is doing’; they then take their 30 dollar phone, toss it over a wall and wait for an American drone to come by and blow the living daylights out of some poor, innocent fool and his family.

A typical scenario in such cases involves the hapless victims having failed to pay a commission on a diamond trade and no, we aren’t kidding, not one bit. Did CIA Director Pompeo know this? Quite truthfully, he doesn’t know anything that is why he is there. How about General Mattis – does he know? We have no way of telling, what we can tell is that he is now, and always had been, oblivious to simple issues of right or wrong, legal or illegal, even of good and evil.

We learned this lesson in Vietnam – what lesson is that? You don’t need to fight an enemy to win a war. In 1968, Richard Nixon announced he was going to pull American troops out of Vietnam if he was elected president and turn the war over to what we now know was a non-existent South Vietnamese Army. Let me explain. This is going to really hurt and what should hurt most about this is this one simple truth has never been heard before and yet it is so frigging obvious.

You see, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army spent 70% of their military capability trying to hold and control regions of South Vietnam – they were fighting a political war, largely a war of defence, holding most of the land and most of the population while the U.S. fought a war of attack and mobility; Nixon changed all that.

With the announced U.S. pullout, the VC and NVA no longer had to hold anything – they only had to keep the Americans shuffling towards the door, which freed up 70% of their forces. Since they no longer had to hold land or seize territory here is what Nixon and Kissinger really did: Vietnam transitioned from a Civil War to a war where 540,000 Americans suddenly had targets on their back; you see, most of the casualties from the Vietnam War are from 1969 and 1970, not from the years before. The only goal of the NVA and VC became to kill as many Americans as possible; no American force needed to be defeated in battle, no area needed to be protected; it was just slaughter.

This is what made taking over the service academies so easy – a military that couldn’t get rid of its combat vets quick enough; a military deeply steeped in corruption and a war exclusively fought with small units and NCOs; there were lessons from the Vietnam War – it was the death knell of America’s officer corps. Vietnam was the type of jungle fighting the Marines saw in WW2, while sometimes only a few miles away, commanders basked poolside and whiled away evening in nightclubs while units commanded by sergeants and even PFCs engaged in hand-to-hand combat; this is the real shame of Vietnam, the real story of Vietnam and the roots of the level of corruption that rules America’s military.

This is the American military that lost all operational capability; a military that shed itself entirely of combat veterans at the end of the war, with the rare officer like Col. David Hackworth, co-founder of VT, fired for saying what you are reading here now.

In 1991 the U.S. sent its last war fighting command – 3rd Army, to the Middle East; VT’s Jim Hanke was chief operations officer. From that time onward, blame Clinton, blame Clinton, blame anyone, or maybe there was nothing wrong at all – there was no war fighting capability in the U.S. Army. You see, back at the time of Vietnam, service in the National Guard or Reserve made the likelihood of possibility of service in combat an improbability – you dodged the draft by joining the reserves.

The War On Terror changed that. Analogies between 9/11 and Pearl Harbour that were made almost immediately began to draw suspicion onto the perpetrators of that event. America went to war using National Guard and reservists – weekend, part-time soldiers – because as Rumsfeld correctly pointed out, ‘they are cheaper’.

The professional army that in Vietnam was paid as low as 60 dollars a month now paid a PFC in Iraq 6,000 dollars a month – not ten times more, 100 times more!

For every overpaid civilian, whose daily food and laundry maintenance costs, contracted to Halliburton and other political insider groups, and this is a daily personal cost, ran as high as 3,000 dollars. Drinking water at 300 dollars a gallon – there were two private contractors paid twice as much, or more.

No-one in the U.S. Army digs a latrine or peels a potato anymore, what was once done by two 60 dollar a month privates is now farmed out to a contracting firm that is paid 6000 dollars and two barefoot Ethiopians do the dirty work and they are paid 6 dollars a month – with that kind of math is it easy to understand why wars are never going to end?

In Vietnam, officers dodged combat, faked medal citations for each other and stole anything that wasn’t tied down. However, by today’s standards, this is nothing; what kind of officer guards a convoy of opium paste on it’s way to a heroin processing plant in Helmand Province? Who was the Air Force general in command of Bagram AFB when Dr. Aafiasaddiqui was raped and beaten by FBI, DHS and Navy SEALs? Can anyone forget Abu Ghraib?  The U.S. facilities in Libya were 50 times larger, the one in Poland one hundred times larger; all under the supervision of an American Officer Corps built on the stumbling wastrels of Vietnam and instilled with the Love of Jesus and more than a little bit of buggery.

This is the environment that permanent corrupt war, engineered, and we are now returning to it, by SIGINT, by fake Israeli SIGINT, has gifted us. The largest budget line item in Israel is electronic intelligence, far beyond their nuclear programmes and far more secretive than anything Trump could ever give Putin.

We recently touched on the role of Movements.org and Google’s Jigsaw; it doesn’t take long to discern that almost all those involved are tied directly to Israeli intelligence and Israeli fake intelligence projects. What we have is an end to end solution – we start a war based on fake radio intercepts, backed up by staged atrocity videos and stoked by controlled media. It is funded by a bribed and controlled Congress and fought by an officer Corps dedicated to ‘Endtimes Prophecy’ and bringing about the biblical Armageddon.

Adding depth to this are hundreds of robot blogger websites spewing a flood of conspiracies – enough to drown any investigative reporting efforts in a sea of disinfo and room after room of trolls creating a fake narrative on comment boards, Facebook and Wikipedia, poisoning any dialogue on a massive global scale, bad manners on an industrial scale.

Behind all of this we have phony SIGINT, and endless flow of utterly fake and we mean childishly fake intercepts creating a comprehensively fleshed out world of falsehood. Washington runs on this fake intelligence, there are maps in the Pentagon filled with enemy bases that never existed; due to the money spent, the profits made on SIGINT, control of Americas foreign policy and Americas trillion dollar military budget is entirely subject to fake intercepts manufactured by Israel’s highly advanced five billion dollar a year electronic deception apparatus, to add insult to injury, much of it paid by the US taxpayers.

It would be nice if we could stop here, but we simply cannot; working alongside all of what we just described to you are fake terror cells, fake assassins, fake mass murderers and in some cases, fake victims as well. When we saw a Paris police officer shot point blank with fake bullets or when, time and time again, the same dead and wounded are seen in incident after incident, we move from to suspicion to revelation to nausea.

Thus, as we watch ISIS lose the war, we begin to ask ourselves – why was there a war and we remember the 300 dollar a gallon Halliburton Corp. drinking water, direct and unaltered from the Euphrates River. We look at the ISIS Jihadists and his endless supply of Raytheon-built TOW missiles or maybe we look to Africa to Boko Haram and a barefoot tribesman chatting all day on a 2,000 dollar satellite phone with someone picking up the 35 dollar a minute fees.

It’s always the unasked question, never to be asked by a corrupt officer corps or a fake Congress or a fake President who has pointed out repeatedly, that we are dealing with a fake NATO as well. SIGINT is fake, HUMINT is gleaned from the internet and fake, our news videos are fake, nearly as fake as Ivanka Trump…

It is obvious what we have created, in 1935 General Smedley Butler warned us that war is a racket, even Paul Wolfowitz thought he was sending troops to steal oil – it took him two years to realise it was far easier to hold a gun to the head of the American people, build a police state in the United States and to duplicate Orwell’s world from the novel 1984.

The perpetual war scenario laid out in 1984 is now reality, Orwell really was trying to warn us of things to come, too bad no-one in a position of power seems to have paid him any heed.

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Bilderberg 2017 Meeting in U.S.*

Bilderberg 2017 Meeting in U.S.*

 

Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange covers the breaking news of the Bilderberg Group’s location and date of this year’s secretive meeting. We go over correlation of Trump’s impeachment with the location of this year’s meeting in D.C, the lies in the official Bilderberg group press release, its contradictions, and its history.

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Largest Group of Terrorists Exit Barzeh District in Damascus*

Largest Group of Terrorists Exit Barzeh District in Damascus*

By Leith Fadel

The third batch of Barzeh rebels and their families have exited this large district in Damascus, today, Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh reported from the capital city today.

According to Joudeh, at least 30 buses consisting of 2,672 people, including 1,076 rebels, departed from the Barzeh District of Damascus for the Idlib Governorate.

Joudeh added that several rebels stayed in Barzeh to settle their cases with the government, as they seek amnesty in order to remain in this district.

Today’s departure of 1,076 rebels from Barzeh is the largest batch to leave this imperative district since the commencement of this agreement last week.

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