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19 January, 2018

Totalitarianism completed: the US deep state becomes more powerful than ever


Whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Coleen Rowley spoke to Aaron Maté and the Real News about the horrifying consequences of the new bill that is about to extend the government's warrantless surveillance of American citizens.

As they point out:

The database is so large that if people now check a name, and they don't need probable cause to check any American's name in there, and they come up with something, they can build a criminal case based on whatever information is already collected in that database. That would just affect ordinary Americans.

What it's doing is simply extending the Executive Branch's ability to do warrant-free monitoring of a significant portion of domestic communications involving Americans. It also permits what-about searches against the database and it provides a "loophole," what Senator Ron Wyden has referred to as the backdoors mechanism, and all under the guise of "conducting foreign intelligence for national security purposes."

Not only does it monitor, which is otherwise known as surveilling Americans as part of this program, if Jeff Sessions declares that it's for National Security purposes, it is unreviewable by the courts. In essence, the Executive Branch is now taking onto itself the review process, which is a violation of the separation of powers in terms of the three branches of the government. Of course, Congress is just going along with this.

This is simply a continuation of what has been in place now since shortly after 9/11 under "legal means."


A first serious impact here is that Whistleblowers will be fiercely prosecuted automatically with absolutely zero chance to fight-back in courts, even if they expose big crimes of any US administration against US citizens or foreign countries. Which is actually the key target of this totalitarian bill on the pretext of 'terrorism'.

But we have to look back at some stories related with the first days of the Internet to understand that the US deep state will become more powerful and authoritarian than ever.

One of the leading exponents of the idea that cyberspace could be a place where we would be liberated from the old, corrupt hierarchies of politics and power and explore new ways of being, was John Perry Barlow. Barlow wrote a manifesto that he called A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. It was addressed to all politicians, telling them to keep out of this new world. It was going to be incredibly influential, because what Barlow did was give a powerful picture of the internet not as a network controlled by giant corporations, but, instead, as a kind of magical, free place. An alternative to the old systems of power. It was a vision that would come to dominate the internet over the next 20 years.

But two young hackers in New York thought that Barlow was describing a fantasy world, that his vision bore no relationship at all to what was really emerging online. They were cult figures on the early online scene and their fans followed and recorded them. They called themselves Phiber Optik and Acid Phreak and they spent their time exploring and breaking in to giant computer networks that they knew were the hard realities of modern digital power.

In a notorious public debate online, the two hackers attacked Barlow. What infuriated them most, was Barlow's insistence that there was no hierarchy, or, controlling powers in the new cyber world. The hackers set out to demonstrate that he was wrong.

Acid Phreak hacked into the computers of a giant corporation called TRW. TRW had originally built the systems that ran the Cold War for the US military. They had helped create the delicate balance of terror.

Now, TRW had adapted their computers to run a new system, that of credit and debt. Their computers gathered up the credit data of millions of Americans and were being used by the banks to decide individuals’ credit ratings. The hackers broke into the TRW network, stole Barlow’s credit history and published it online. The hackers were demonstrating the growing power of finance. How the companies that ran the new systems of credit knew more and more about you, and, increasingly, used that information to control your destiny.

Today, the US deep state becomes more powerful than ever. It will be able to do what corporations and hackers did, combined, almost twenty years ago.

But it's even worse: its mechanisms will be able to collect any kind of data, any time, without being prosecuted by any court. If you still believe that Democracy is not dead in the US empire then you are suffering heavily from some kind of illusion ...

Πιθανές επιχειρήσεις προβοκάτσιας εναντίον της Κίνας τους επόμενους μήνες


Πριν από λίγες μέρες, το ανεξάρτητο ειδησεογραφικό δίκτυο NewsBud ανέβασε ένα βίντεο ως έκτακτη είδηση, υποστηρίζοντας ότι η CIA σχεδιάζει επιχειρήσεις προβοκάτσιας (false flag operations) τους επόμενους μήνες εντός Κινεζικού εδάφους.

Η ιδρυτής και αρχισυντάκτης του δικτύου Σιμπέλ Έντμοντς, επικαλούμενη πληροφορίες από προσεκτικά επιλεγμένες πηγές, δίνει εντυπωσιακές λεπτομέρειες για τη διαδικασία και εμπλέκει το δίκτυο του Τούρκου πρώην ιμάμη, Φετουλάχ Γκιουλέν. Αναφέρεται μεταξύ άλλων:

Το δίκτυο του ριζοσπάστη κληρικού Φετουλάχ Γκιουλέν, το οποίο δρα για λογαριασμό της CIA στα πλαίσια των επιχειρήσεων προβοκάτσιας με την ονομασία Gladio B [σύμφωνα με την Έντμοντς], έχει δώσει εντολή σε υψηλόβαθμα στελέχη του στην Αλβανία, Βουλγαρία, Βοσνία και Λεττονία, να αναλάβουν δράση.

Τα στελέχη αυτά έχουν λάβει εντολή να δίνουν αναφορές στις Αμερικανικές πρεσβείες και τα προξενεία στις χώρες αυτές προκειμένου να λάβουν Αμερικανικές βίζες που έχουν ήδη εγκριθεί, ώστε να εγκατασταθούν προσωρινά στις ΗΠΑ.

Με την εγκατάστασή τους στις ΗΠΑ πρόκειται να παντρευτούν προεπιλεγμένες γυναίκες Κινεζικής υπηκοότητας, προκειμένου να αποκτήσουν θεωρήσεις από την Κινεζική πρεσβεία και όλα τα προξενεία. Στη συνέχεια και όσο το δυνατόν συντομότερα, θα μετεγκατασταθούν στην Κίνα και θα περιμένουν περαιτέρω οδηγίες για μια σειρά επικείμενων τρομοκρατικών επιχειρήσεων στην ηπειρωτική Κίνα.

Τα συγκεκριμένα επιχειρησιακά στελέχη θα δράσουν ως πράκτορες ενεργειών προβοκάτσιας, προκειμένου να προκαλέσουν περιστατικά βίας και τρομοκρατίας που θα αποδοθούν στους Ουιγούρους, μια [Τουρκογενής] εθνική μειονότητα της Κινεζικής επαρχίας Σιντσιάνγκ [στα βορειοδυτικά της χώρας]. Ο στόχος είναι να αναγκαστεί η Κινεζική κυβέρνηση να απαντήσει με βία.

Κατά τη διάρκεια των προηγούμενων εβδομάδων, η CIA έδωσε εντολές σε μέσα ενημέρωσης όπως το Radio Free Asia, να κλιμακώσουν τις μεταδόσεις τους αναφορικά με την επαρχία Σιντσιάνγκ και την αποκαλούμενη παραβίαση των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων. Επιπλέον, έχει ζητηθεί από συγκεκριμένους παραγωγούς, υποστηριζόμενους από τη CIA, να σκηνοθετήσουν ντοκιμαντέρ που θα εστιάζουν και θα μεγεθύνουν την παραβίαση των δικαιωμάτων των Ουιγούρων από την Κίνα.

Σύμφωνα με πηγή του Newsbud, οι συνεχιζόμενες επιχειρήσεις προβοκάτσιας θα ξεκινήσουν μέσα στους επόμενους τρεις με έξι μήνες στην ηπειρωτική Κίνα.


Όπως αναφέρεται σε άρθρο του journal-neo.org, κατά τη διάρκεια της δεκαετίας του '90 το δίκτυο του Γκιουλέν, εκπροσωπώντας το πολιτικό Ισλάμ, είχε επεκταθεί από τον Καύκασο έως την Κεντρική Ασία και την Κινεζική επαρχία Σιντσιάνγκ με σκοπό να αποσταθεροποιήσει τις Ρωσικές και Κινεζικές σφαίρες επιρροής στην ευρύτερη περιοχή, σύμφωνα με ορισμένους αναλυτές.

Η οργάνωση του Γκιουλέν είχε ενεργό ρόλο στην αποσταθεροποίηση της πρώην Σοβιετικής Ένωσης και στην κατάρρευση της το 1991, όταν οι Σοβιετικές Δημοκρατίες της Κεντρικής Ασίας, με έντονο το Μουσουλμανικό στοιχείο, κηρύξαν την ανεξαρτησία τους από τη Μόσχα. Πρώην υψηλόβαθμο στέλεχος του FBI είχε χαρακτηρίσει τον Γκιουλέν ως ένα από τα κεντρικά πρόσωπα των επιχειρήσεων της CIA στην Κεντρική Ασία και τον Καύκασο.

Επίσης, ένα εσωτερικό έγγραφο του Stratfor, από το 2010, μέσω WikiLeaks, περιγράφει με εντυπωσιακές λεπτομέρειες τον τρόπο με τον οποίο το δίκτυο Γκιουλέν στρατολογεί τα στελέχη του και τα τοποθετεί σε καίριες θέσεις στο στρατό, την αστυνομία, τη δικαστική εξουσία, τα ΜΜΕ, κ.λ.π., ενώ κάνει λόγο για οργάνωση που μοιάζει πολύ με μια επαγγελματική υπηρεσία πληροφοριών. Χαρακτηρίζει επίσης τη χρηματοδότηση του δικτύου Γκιουλέν ως 'αδιαφανή'.

Υπενθυμίζεται ότι η Σιμπέλ Έντμοντς υπήρξε πρώην μεταφράστρια του FBI και ανακάλυψε ότι μια σειρά ντοκουμέντα και υποκλοπές που είχε στην διάθεση της η υπηρεσία της πριν την 11η του Σεπτέμβρη, δεν είχαν συνειδητά μεταφρασθεί. Με βάση τις πληροφορίες αυτές η κυβέρνηση θα έπρεπε να κηρύξει συναγερμό από την άνοιξη του 2001. Παρά τις απειλές που δέχθηκε από τους ανωτέρους της, η Έντμοντς ζήτησε να ερευνηθεί η υπόθεση με αποτέλεσμα να απολυθεί από το FBI. Μετά από παρέμβαση του υπουργού Δικαιοσύνης όλες αυτές οι πληροφορίες θεωρούνται σήμερα κρατικά απόρρητα και τα δικαστήρια θέλουν να απαγορεύσουν στην Εντμοντς να αναφέρεται στην υπόθεση.

Rep. Gabbard speaks truth to power about the real reason Korea has nukes

by Dave Lindorff

We already knew that Tulsi Gabbard was courageous, when the Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii resigned from her position as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in disgust during the primary season in 2016, declaring publicly what we now know to have been true — that the DNC was manipulating the primaries to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders — was courageous. Now as basically the only member of Congress with the guts to call out the US as the cause of our current knife-edge threat of a nuclear war, she’s demonstrated her courage again.

Gabbard, interviewed on ABC News, declared unambiguously that the reason that North Korea has worked so diligently to develop nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them to the US is that the United States over several decades and under a number of presidents, has had a policy of “regime change,” and a history of violently attempting to overthrow governments that it doesn’t like. As she put it in an interview over the weekend with ABC news host George Stephanopolos, “Our country’s history of regime-change wars has led countries like North Korea to develop and hold on to these nuclear weapons because they see it as their only deterrent against regime change.

Rep. Gabbard, who has been calling for the US to negotiate directly “and without pre-conditions” with North Korea to resolve the crisis, says the US also needs to recognize the reality that North Korea already has nuclear weapons and is not going to give them up unless it feels secure from US attack.

She is firm in saying that the US history of overthrowing Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi after first convincing him that if he dropped his efforts to develop a nuclear weapon they would not attempt to overthrow his government, and then invading and overthrowing him, and of invading and overthrowing Saddam Hussein after trumping up a fake claim that he was attempting to develop nuclear weapons, will make it all the harder to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to agree to halt or scale back, much less eliminate his nuclear weapons and missile arsenal. She adds that President Trump’s current threat to cancel an agreement reached by his predecessor, President Barack Obama and the leaders of Iran to terminate their nuclear fuel enrichment program in return for the US dropping sanctions on that country will also undermine any future efforts by the US to reach negotiated agreements on weapons and nuclear disarmament with Kim and any other countries that might seek to go nuclear.

It was all a little more than Stephanopolos, once a press spokesman for the administration of President Bill Clinton, who asked her, feigning incredulity, “Just to be clear, are you saying that Kim Jong-un’s nuclear arsenal is our fault?

That’s the point in an interview where your typical American pol would backpedal like mad to defend the sanctity of American exceptionalism, but Gabbard remained as forthright and direct as her analysis was correct, replying, “What I’m saying is the Democratic and Republican administrations for decades, going back over 20 years, failed to recognize the seriousness of this threat, failed to remove it, and we know that North Korea has these nuclear weapons because they see how the US in Libya, for example, guaranteed Gaddafi ‘We’re not going to go after you. You should get rid of your nuclear weapons.’ He did, and then we went ahead and led an attack that toppled Gaddafi.

Of course Rep. Gabbard is correct. A country that acts unilaterally, violating international law by overthrowing the governments of sovereign nations and that lies about its intentions when negotiating, is a country that will never be able again to negotiate to solve international problems. It will only have force remaining as a tool (and we’ve seen in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria how costly and ineffective a tool US force is these days). But as Gabbard also says, pointing to the chaos and panic that ensued when Hawaiians were given what appeared to be an alert about an actual nuclear missile attack on the islands by North Korea, when dealing with a nuclear power — even one as small as North Korea — force is simply not an option. There is only negotiation. And because nuclear weapons are so destructive, the size and power of the parties is irrelevant in such negotiations — it is inevitably a negotiation between equals.

Brava for this singularly courageous and outspoken member of Congress! Once again she has proven that she stands head and shoulders above her colleagues, Republican and Democrat, in the Capitol, just as she did when she quit the DNC and outed it for its perfidy in stealing the primaries for Hillary Clinton.

This Samoan American, elected to the House in 2013 from Hawaii, also, by the way, has been courageously calling for the US to “get out of Syria,” where she correctly notes it has been supporting Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups — another position that puts her at odds with almost all of her congressional colleagues who are afraid to challenge US militarism. At the same time, she also happens to be a major in the US Army, a member of the Hawaiian National Guard, and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. She served a tour in Iraq in 2006 and volunteered for a second tour in the Middle East in 2009, again making her a standout among all the chicken hawks of both parties in Congress and the White House.

As far as I’m concerned, Gabbard, not Opra, is the person Democrats should be talking about as the ideal candidate for 2020 to give Trump the boot.

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WikiLeaks under attack

The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) was set to break ties with WikiLeaks amidst concerns among the foundation’s board, which includes such well-known figures as Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, John Cusack and Glenn Greenwald, among others. The news was confirmed less than a month later when the nonprofit’s board officially voted to stop accepting U.S. donations for WikiLeaks, which had been blacklisted for years by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal after publishing leaked U.S. government documents provided by Chelsea Manning. WikiLeaks took to Twitter to suggest that something more nefarious was behind the board’s decision to cut ties. Once the news became public, WikiLeaks and its associated accounts linked the FPF’s decision to the fact that many of its members now work for organizations financed by eBay billionaire and PayPal co-founder Pierre Omidyar. In addition, the FPF itself has received large sums of money from Omidyar and his various businesses and foundations. Pierre Omidyar, prior to the founding of The Intercept, was known not for any commitment to journalism or free speech but rather for his connections to the U.S. government and his role in the financial blockade of WikiLeaks that began in 2010. Sibel Edmonds, FBI whistleblower and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, told MintPress News that the FPF has a reputation for being a “very, very partisan organization and populated with ideologues.” She further asserted that the “number one reason” for the FPF’s decision was directly related to Wikileaks’ releases in 2016, namely the DNC leaks and the Podesta emails.

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The Daily Beast ran an exclusive report detailing how the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) was set to break ties with WikiLeaks amidst concerns among the foundation’s board, which includes such well-known figures as Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, John Cusack and Glenn Greenwald, among others. The news was confirmed less than a month later when the nonprofit’s board officially voted to stop accepting U.S. donations for WikiLeaks, which had been blacklisted for years by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal after publishing leaked U.S. government documents provided by Chelsea Manning.

Even though the FPF had been founded to allow WikiLeaks to circumvent the banking blockade — which, according to WikiLeaks, sapped nearly 95% of the transparency organization’s funds — the board’s decision to end its founding mission was unanimous.

Last Monday, the FPF made it official, severing its ties with WikiLeaks, leaving it to rely on cryptocurrencies and other esoteric means of funding in order to get around the banking blockade. Journalist Trevor Timm, the FPF’s director, told WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief Julian Assange in an email that the foundation’s reason for ending the partnership was “that the financial blockade by the major payment processors is no longer in effect, and as such, we will soon cease processing donations on behalf of WikiLeaks readers.

The financial censorship of WikiLeaks is ongoing in various ways, as is our litigation in response,” Assange told Timm in response, adding that: “The FPF faces criticism for receiving donations on our behalf, but that is its function. If it bows to political pressure it becomes part of the problem it was designed to solve and yet another spurious free-speech organization — of which there are plenty.

Assange had made the exchange public by publishing it on his personal Twitter, but it has since been deleted.

Indeed, the pressure against WikiLeaks has reached fever pitch, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ calling Assange’s arrest a “priority” and CIA Director Mike Pompeo labeling it a non-state hostile intelligence service. Last Thursday, former CIA analyst and whistleblower John Kiriakou stated his belief that “the Americans want Assange’s head on a platter.” All of this has followed Wikileaks’ publication of the Podesta emails and DNC leaks in 2016 prior to that year’s U.S. presidential election, as well as its more recent publication of CIA hacking secrets in the “Vault 7” and “Vault 8” releases.

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Tired of US “aid” (exploitation), Africa and Global South look to China

How much can Raytheon, Mastercard, Nokia, Monsanto and the like be trusted to invest in long-term outcomes in the global South? When you see the actors behind U.S. ‘aid and development’ in Africa, is it any wonder that African leaders would look for any other partner to work with?

by Jim Carey

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There has been a growing focus on the economic development underway in Africa. There is a reason behind this seemingly new interest of Western powers in events happening in Africa, and the reason is simple: China is a new power dominating business on the continent and has clearly caught the West’s attention.

China now has partner nations spanning the entire continent from Mauritania to South Africa, in a growing number of relationships that challenge the perceived hegemony of the triumvirate of Western capital, military, and NGO operations. This is making the U.S. nervous, as more African nations begin to see China as the better choice as an economic partner, due to Beijing’s fewer-strings-attached approach.

If one were looking for the best place to see the differences between these two approaches to investing in the global South, then look no further than the differences between how the U.S. and China help African countries develop infrastructure and distribute aid resources.

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