WAR, DEBT, DEFAULT AND SOCIALISM – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA

WAR, DEBT, DEFAULT AND SOCIALISM – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA

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JEFF BERWICK
I’ve accepted that there are evil forces in this world that will do what they can to destroy you and your family in order to build globalism. From the Brussels bombings to the Panama Papers to the ongoing Syrian massacres and turmoil in the Middle East and the refugee crises, it is all planned out.

People have a hard time with that insight. It’s very difficult to live with the idea that the top controllers of Western society are actively trying to kill you or at least destroy the society you live in.

I’m not surprised for instance that troops continue to build up in the Middle East and now there are reports that China will send its military to help Syria. We’ve predicted this escalation in previous articles. And we fully expect a situation that spirals into a kind of World War III.

Of course war is not the only kind of chaos psychopathic elites want to inflict. Economic jolts continue to rock the West and particularly the US. Just yesterday, US stocks plunged to a three-week low . Stock analysts had suggested that energy stocks along with commodity-oriented stocks would firm as the economy improved. The idea is that the US is fighting its way out of a recession. But it’s not a recession. It’s a depression. And it’s lasted since 2008.

Europe and China both sold off again, and that’s no surprise given that Europe too, at least its southern flank, is gripped by depression and China’s economic collapse can no longer be staved off by easy money. Given Janet Yellen’s rhetoric about the coming “recovery” one might expect that the US would at least be fighting its way out of the worst of its budgetary woes. Instead, since the so-called budget deal – which was nothing more than a Republican surrender – the US has added another staggering $1 trillion in debt.

The deal signed by President Obama rearranged the debt ceiling until March 15, 2017. One might think that legislators would use that time to make adjustments but the only adjustment has been upwards. On Oct. 30, 2015, the total federal debt was $18,152,981,685,747.52. As of April 28, 2016, it was $19,186,207,744,589.55 – an increase of $1,033,226,058,842.03.

All this means is that the federal debt is out of control. Neither party can stop its inexorable growth nor wants to. While politicians don’t seem concerned by the impossible-to-control debt, those who are not directly involved with the process can see where it’s heading. Filmmaker and American citizen Agustin Blazquez is a Cuban native who sees the same catastrophe looming in the US that afflicted his home country.

In an interview with the The Daily Caller News Foundation, he called the left “very clever” in the way it had taken control of US institutions in order to destroy them. He was especially incensed by Sen. Bernie Sanders’s popularity with the youth of America, calling it absurd. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba made him “want to throw up.”

There is a moral element to his anger, especially when it comes to the Congressional Black Caucus that is “wined and dined by the political elites but are blind to their betrayal of blacks in Cuba.”

Ironically moral rhetoric has afflicted Puerto Rico as well, which has just declared default – even as politicians have protested that they will not cut back on government services to honor outstanding payments to investors. The Government Development Bank failed to repay almost $400 million and while that doesn’t sound like so much, the danger here is a cascading default that could jeopardize the country’s solvency.

Of course Puerto Rico, like the US is basically insolvent anyhow. Or to put it another way, the insolvency that has afflicted Puerto Rico is going to visit the US as well, and also Europe, China, Japan, etc. This is the REAL “debt jubilee” of 2016. It’s already happening. There is nothing to be done to stop the process. The faster the West enters bankruptcy, with or without world war, the sooner elites will be able to force a new more globalized system onto the world.

For individuals, one of the only ways out of the economic trap is gold and silver. This is one of the reasons we’ve been so emphatic about taking action to protect yourself utilizing precious metals.

While gold and silver offer the best solvency and safety you can have long-term. we also suggest that you make deliberate forays into other investments, especially in the junior mining sector which is starting to grow blazing hot. Junior miners made many millionaires in the late 1970s and it looks like they are beginning to do so again.

Over the past months, we’ve had an incredible string of profitable investments and trades. We’ve noted many of them in our blogs, so you can see for yourself.

Many wonder how it is possible. But, it’s not actually that hard when you can see what is really going on. As I’ve explained before, Jubilee 2016 is providing us a pathway to profits even though its going to bring a lot of people a lot of pain. I’m sure we’ll have some bad trades from time to time, but Jubilee 2016 provides us a road-map just the way Shemitah did in 2015.

Our latest pick, which just came out on Friday, is already up nearly 100%… but that’s only the beginning in our view. We’re just putting together the next 50+ page issue of our TDV newsletter for subscribers. That’s where we initiate most of our investment predictions. This issue has some tremendous market follows and includes a lot more information on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which we’ve championed.

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I’ll have more on bitcoin tomorrow… there’s been quite a ruckus in the bitcoin world in the last few days and I’ll give you my take on it, one that may surprise even long-term readers.

Jeff Berwick
Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences including his own, the world’s largest anarcho-capitalist conference, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox

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Exposing Zionism and Israel: A Definitive Guide

Exposing Zionism and Israel: A Definitive Guide

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This is an in-depth and comprehensive overview for people who care enough to learn the truth about the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict, Zionism, and the hidden forces that created it. If there is ever to be peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, the truth must be known. Like a “well-meaning” band aid on a bullet wound, concessions will not suffice. After decades of war, only a thorough understanding of the underlying, hidden facts will create a solid foundation for any lasting healing and peace to be made.

This may be controversial, but we’ve reached a dangerous point of critical mass where we need to start facing the facts about our collective actions instead of “politely” running away from them. This issue affects us all in many ways which we’ll discuss. But because it’s a sensitive subject for some people, let’s rip the band-aid off quickly and get right to the core of the issue – ZIONISM.

First off, we need to make a clear distinction between “Jews” and Zionists”. They are very different. Judaism is a religion. Zionism is a nationalistic movement that demands the return of the Jewish people to “their” “homeland” to establish Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel based on a fictionalized Bronze-Age religious superstition. Not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are religious Jews. In fact, many Jews in Israel disagree with Zionist Religious Nationalism. They see how Zionism differs in both principle and practice from the fundamental Jewish faith, and has been used by wealthy elites as an emotionally-driven tool of brainwashing and infiltration that manipulates Jewish people to usurp sociopolitical control.

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“Zionists” are a group of people that believe Jews must be in control of the historical land of Israel, and are willing to use unlimited violence, theft, and subversion to achieve this goal. This is not an opinion – this is a restatement of many Zionist figureheads’ own words.

“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.”
~Yisrael Koenig, The Koenig Memorandum.

“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!'”
~ Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

“We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai.”
~ David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

Some religious people may cling to the Zionist notion of “the chosen people” and their “god-given right to the holy land” that is based on a completely absurd Bronze-Age religious superstition with no scientifically factual legitimacy.  In a sane, rational world, your beliefs don’t entitle you with magical “god given rights” to take away the inherent rights of others.

For example: the following clip refers to the lunacy of religious fanatics condemning gays because of what it says in the Bible. But it can also be applied to the lunacy of Zionism condemning everyone who doesn’t completely agree with them, their twisted interpretations of old scripture, and their demand for Religious Nationalism.

Check it out.

Honestly, if simple logic and reason were enough to resolve the situation, we could stop the article here and begin the conscious evolution of the human species.

But religion, including the religion of the State (of which Zionism comprises both), isn’t based on logic and reason. Religious and statist brainwashing is based on emotional “justification”, social pressures, and fear-based indoctrination. So, in case you happen to be someone who needs an avalanche of facts and statistics to show you the horrific illegitimacy of Zionism, along with how people around the world, Jews and non-Jews, are being manipulated towards global destruction by Zionism, let’s continue.

The imaginary religious rhetoric used as the justification of Israel’s establishment says, ‘Semites are God’s chosen people with a right to their holy land’. Even if you believe this megalomaniacal, borderline insane declaration, most Israelis (estimates suggest between 70-85%) aren’t actual Semites! They are converted Ashkenazi Jews from Europe that immigrated to Palestine after World War II. Ironically, the TRUE Semites are the Palestinians, having descended from the Semitic tribes in the Middle East! It’s sadly hypocritical that Israel’s apartheid genocide of Palestine over the past 70+ years is the most horrific “Anti-Semitic” oppression in the world.

Since we’ve clarified the “Semitic” issue, in regards to the “Anti-Semitic” claim, we can see that it too quickly falls apart with no legitimacy. Even former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni admits that “calling people ‘Anti-Semitic’ is a trick. We always use it.” It’s a manufactured form of cultural shaming based on lies. It’s part of a desperate attempt to shut down dissent, critical thinking, and inquiry, since obviously using facts, logic, and reason doesn’t work so well in support of Zionism.

So now that we’ve deconstructed the fundamental justifications of Zionism, let’s address Israel’s purported “right to self-defense”. Israel’s main opponent is Hamas, and there has been years of horrific fighting with both parties carrying responsibility. However, did you know that Israel (and the US, by proxy) created Hamas? For those unaware, the Israeli Mossad (their CIA) created Hamas in 1987, with the frontmen Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi. Why? Because, as Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says: “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).”

Divide and conquer: the oldest military tactic in the book.

Well, isn’t that interesting?

This is the same story for the creation of Al Quaeda/ ISIS by the USA in the endless, hypocritical “War on Terror”. Since war is profitable, the psychopaths in power “solve their problems” by making an even bigger problem, then use the state-controlled mainstream media cover up their responsibility by spinning the situation to play the victim card when things get out of hand. This is the same behavior seen in psychopaths. Psychopaths covertly and purposefully create their own problems, using guilt, gaslighting, and divisive rhetoric to act like the victims, doing exactly what they demonize others of doing (like using children as human shields), pandering to their allies while simultaneously manipulating them, inflaming the drama to generate more power, all while continuously lying and feeding off the energy of others.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was even caught on film admitting all of this!

It doesn’t get much more blatant than that.

In the same way, Israel has continued to lie, manipulate, murder, and drain resources from other countries with impunity, despite breaking international law, arms laws, and unjustly murdering tens of thousands of innocent civilians in Palestine and other countries which creates even more civil unrest and backlash. It’s all part of the Machiavellian plan to maintain power, and Zionist sympathizers have fallen for it, hook, line, and sinker.

Bottom line: when you are illegally occupying territories that are not yours based on fictional beliefs, contrary to consensus of international law, purposefully arming other religious extremists to create bigger problems, you have no inherent moral superiority deserving of defense or “rights” over that land. PERIOD. Don’t agree? Let’s say I broke in to your house declaring, “One of my ancestors wrote in a book a long time ago saying this is my land forever because I believe something different than you, so I’m taking everything you own and putting you in a concentration camp. And If you fight back, I have the right to kill you.” Would you allow it to happen and say, “Well, he has a right to self-defense because of his religious superstition”, or would you consider me a criminal who’s mentally delusional? Obviously, it would be criminally insane! So why would any person with a conscience and an ounce of sanity allow it to happen to Palestine?

In this way, we can compare Zionism to the American settlers’ apartheid genocide of Native Americans under the fictional, religious ideology of “Manifest Destiny”. Same as always, those with more power demonize those that resist with propaganda, calling them “terrorists”“savages”, “lesser”,  “insurgents”, and “a threat to civilization”.

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Just like America’s excuse of their oppression and expulsion from England to “seek their own land”, Zionism also uses a fictional, wildly exaggerated narrative of the Holocaust as the justification for turning Palestine in to an apartheid concentration camp. And just like America ignores the underhanded, subversive details of its history, Zionism also conveniently leaves out much of its history which causes the conflicts it pretends to be the victim of. For example, Zionists ignore being responsible for the economic collapse and cultural exploitation of Germany in the early 20th century. And when they were removed from their positions of power, unable to usurp off Germany unto its demise, International Zionists used the Jewish people as a scapegoat for declaring war on Germany pre-World War 2.

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They say “Truth Fears No Investigation”, yet the Holocaust continues to be ILLEGAL to simply question in many countries. This is one of the many mechanisms of mind control we see to maintain social ignorance so Zionists can continue their endless predation of entire countries.  I guess the Zionist declaration “Never Again!” doesn’t apply when you are the one committing the genocidal atrocities. How convenient… for the psychopaths behind it all.

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With these psychopathic commonalities, is it any surprise that America is Israel’s biggest supporter– politically, industrially, militarily, and financially? Even while America’s infrastructure crumbles, it has increasingly given hundred of billions of dollars to Israel, at $3 billion per year and rising (not including loan guarantees, massive weapon stockpiles, military and private development contracts, and more). If a government’s loyalties are supposedly to the betterment of its people first and foremost, above all, then why would the US government sacrifice the well-being of its own people to support a foreign country? It’s more than just strategic positioning to spread control in the Middle East. The reason why is because, just like in pre-WW2 Germany, behind the scenes, key elements in government, banking, industry, and media have been hijacked by Zionists who are beholden to the elite private interests that put them in positions of power over the interests of the people. History repeats itself when people don’t learn the lessons.

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Speaking of “history repeats itself”, we’ll come back to discussing who’s behind the scenes after a quick historical segue to better understand how and why the situation came to be.

In my discussions with Israeli supporters, people try to justify the occupation by claiming, “The region is better now with Israel there because before Israel came along, nobody was really in Palestine. It was full of violent, uncivilized people oppressing women and cutting peoples’ head off.” This too is incorrect, and desperately in need of some education. Here’s a quick history lesson to set the record straight, so get ready for rapid fire facts.

From 1517-1917 Turkey’s Ottoman Empire stretched across what is presently known as Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Israel. During World War I (1914-1918), Turkey supported Germany. When Germany was defeated, so were the Turks. Prior to this in 1916, as the region was being taken over by the Allied forces, control of the southern portion of the Ottoman Empire was “mandated” to France and Britain under the Sykes-Picot Agreement supervised by the League of Nations, which divided the Arab region into zones of influence. This was not meant to permanently retain control, since the region had been under Middle Eastern control since the 16th century. Instead, it was intended as a temporary measure to facilitate the transition “until such time as they [the native communities] are able to stand alone“, as was stated in The Covenant of the League of Nations. In other words, “Don’t try and manipulate the region for control. Just keep the peace and let people govern themselves”. This was considered a very reasonable agreement to everyone involved at the time (except the Turks and the Axis powers in the war, obviously). Lebanon and Syria were assigned (mandated) to France, and “Mandatory Palestine(today’s Jordan, Israel, and Palestine) was mandated in trust to Great Britain.

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To the well-established native Arab population who lived in Palestine, it was their homeland. Return of their native rights had been promised to them both implicitly in The Covenant of the League of Nations which was the charter for the League of Nations through which they formed an agreement with local communities, but also by the Allies in the McMahon Agreement (1915) for their help in defeating the Turks in World War 1. However, soon after in 1917 this would be betrayed by the Balfour Declaration, wherein the British would also promise Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild and his Zionist counterparts the establishment of a Jewish state in exchange for financial, industrial, and political support to win WW1 (and gain support for all future conflicts, obviously). This betrayal and introduction of privatized ultra-wealthy elitist Zionist sociopolitical control is the pivotal demise in the history of the region. It also ties in to the imposed injustice in Treaty of Versailles after World War 1, the socioeconomic destruction of Germany between the two wars, and the hidden history of World War 2, all of which was instigated and manipulated by Zionist interests to their benefit for the creation of Israel.

But from these facts, we can see that before Israel, Palestine was a relatively modern, well-established area with a diverse, thriving culture under Turkish/ tentative British rule and influence. Now it’s well known as the largest concentration camp in the world. For anyone who wants further proof that Palestine was a legitimate region with a cohesive national community which was destroyed by Zionist interests, having existed well before the illegitimate creation of Israel, there are several authenticated photographs which document that period in history. Even more, here is a minted coin from 1927 worth 10 Mils (this currency is obviously no longer used).

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Note that the word “Palestine” is written in both Arabic and Hebrew indicating not only a Jewish presence, but a prominent one! Jews and Arabs DID live side by side in peace. The modern idea that they cannot coexist is an absolute fallacy, purposefully manufactured by the same wealthy Zionist interests who wanted to destabilize the region for their own power.

There are a dizzying number of crimes and offenses by Zionists that we could further address. The unprovoked attack of the USS Liberty by Israel, complete US political control by AIPAC, the suspicious assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (referred to as Israel’s JFK trying to make peace with Palestine) by a proud Zionist, the Golan Heights development and other continuing land grabs, the horrific human-rights-violations towards the Palestinians, the myth of the Iron Dome defense, MOSSAD’s involvement in the 9-11 attacks, and much more. But each one is deserving of an article (if not a book) by itself. This is simply an overview. If you want to go deeper, please check out the links provided and do your own research.

But since we’ve laid the groundwork, it seems appropriate for a foremost researcher on the subject, David Icke, to elaborate and tie together the history of Zionism & Israel, he hidden controllers behind it all, and the specific puppets in power we see at work today.

So there it is.

Looking throughout history, this is nothing new. From Egypt, to the Dark Ages, to the Vatican, religion and politics have been “partners in crime” since their inception, creating conflict for the benefit of a few psychopaths in power, outside the public eye, at the expense of everything else. Until people realize the Zionist Story and learn who is behind these manipulations, history will continue to repeat itself. Mere concessions and appeasement will not suffice. Considering the state of the world and the consequences of our collective ignorance, we desperately need truth, love, and justice, and we need it fast.

Religion, politics, society are exploiting you, and you are being conditioned by them; you are being forced in a particular direction. You are not human beings; you are mere cogs in a machine. You suffer patiently, submitting to the cruelties of environment, when you, individually, have the possibilities of changing them.”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

What To Expect From Donald Trump After Winning The Nomination

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Trump: We’re going to cherish and protect Israel

Trump: We’re going to cherish and protect Israel

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The US is currently holding its presidential primary elections. None of the candidates from either party ever says a critical word about the Jewish state of Israel and only heap praises on to Israel. The only exception is the only Jewish candidate, Bernie Sanders. However, for all practical reasons, Sanders is now out of the race, even though it’s not official as of yet. That leaves 100% of the remaining candidates giving their 100% unquestioning support for the Jewish state of Israel.

For over 30 years US politicians from both parties have been taking BILLIONS of tax dollars from Americans and giving them to the Jewish state, which currently amounts to over $10 million EVERY DAY. (I would think this would be considered a violation of the US Constitution as it is mixing government with religion since once the government takes tax dollars from its citizens, that money is government money which is then given to Israel which is a religious state based on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.)

Just recently Republican candidate Donald Trump was on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren. Trump was gushing with praise for Israel and said, “And we’re going to take great care of Israel. We’re going to cherish and protect Israel.” Why would any US politician ever say anything like this? By saying the US under Trump will “cherish and protect Israel” he is saying the oath taken by people who join the US military needs to be amended and instead of swearing to protect the US Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, a clause needs to be added “and to protect the Jewish state of Israel.” Also, the Marine Corps Hymn needs to be changed from,

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea
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From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shires of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s and Israel’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea
(It’s interesting that a definition and example of the word “cherish” mentions loving your native land, not a foreign nation. The definition reads, “to hold or treat as dear; feel love for: to cherish one’s native land.”

Hillary Clinton also wants to continue the blind and unquestioning US support for Israel. She has been in favor of the unbalanced US Middle East foreign policy for her entire political career. When she was a member of the US Senate, she voted for the US war against Iraq which was fought by the US military and paid for by American tax payers to protect the Jewish state. The neocon movement, which was key in promoting the war, is grounded on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The ancient Jews who wrote the Bible wrote that God said any nation that will not serve Israel “will perish” and “be utterly wasted” (Isaiah 60:12) and that God will set Israel “high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1) and that all the people of the earth “shall be afraid” of Israel (Deuteronomy 28:10). Jewish superiority and Israel over all runs through the entire Bible. Hillary Clinton believes all of this anti-Gentile nonsense to be true based on her statement in an interview with the New York Times in which she said, “I think the whole Bible is real.”

Compare Trump and Clinton’s desires to use the US and Americans to promote the foreign nation of Israel to the reasoned thinking of the first President of the United States, the Deist George Washington. In his Farewell Address, Washington laid out how the US should interact with other nations. He wrote:

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.
So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
Marine_body_bag_IraqIf we had valued and heeded Washington’s rational ideas for a US foreign policy, we would not be giving away BILLIONS of dollars every year to Israel (that amount will soon increase to a new historical high), we would not have started the Iraq War for Israel’s benefit which would mean, if the commonly held belief is correct, the religious terror organization of Islamic State would not exist today as it was born in Iraq out of al Qaeda (al Qaeda was never able to get into Iraq until after the US politicians started the Iraq War) and US politicians would never promise to “cherish and protect” a foreign nation.

Instead of following the advice of the American Deist George Washington, US politicians are following the advice of the Jewish Christian, Saul/Paul, who wrote in Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.” Zionist Christian con-man and warmonger John Hagee uses this Bible quote to encourage Christians to support Israel.

If Deists DO all they can to promote Deism, the US will get back to its Deistic roots and eventually we’ll weaken the “revealed”/hearsay religions by winning over their members and supporters to Deism. Once this important goal is achieved, the world will be a much happier and more peaceful place!

 

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Group Seeks Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Cops Who Kill The Unarmed

Group Seeks Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Cops Who Kill The Unarmed

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Washington, DC – After a review of options by a panel of activists, a petition has been launched on Whitehouse.gov seeking to create a mandatory minimum sentence to be imposed on officers who kill unarmed citizens. The activists hope to create an incentive for officers to think before they act. Under this legislation, officers will not be able to use the excuse they were in fear for their lives when encountering a unarmed citizen. When officers carelessly destroy the lives of the unarmed, their life will also be destroyed.

Heather Lucas described it as:

“The first bill that dissolves the seeming impenetrable corrupt safety net the FOP provides to murderous police.”
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Sam Andrews of the Missouri-based Tactical YETIs, said:

“No more free passes for Government employees committing criminal acts.”

Mike Kay said:

“The people have waited far too long for a positive step towards police accountability. This will expose who’s side our ‘protectors’ are on.”

John Fairhurst stated:
“Any police officer that shoots and kills an unarmed person should be held personally liable rather than the tax payers who end up paying for the inevitable lawsuit. That’s not justice.”

The following is the statement released by the activists.

“For decades the citizens have been told by the government that long mandatory sentences provide a deterrent for those bent on committing criminal acts. We demand the federal government move to curtail the epidemic of police murders by immediately instituting legislation at a federal level that imposes a twenty-year mandatory minimum sentence upon any law enforcement officer that kills an unarmed citizen under any circumstance and a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence upon any government employee that assists in the cover-up of such a crime.

The constant killing of unarmed citizens has lead to an epidemic of US citizens being forcibly denied their inalienable right to due process as outlined by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The denials constitute a violation of federal, rather than state law.

We demand the United States legislature introduce and immediately pass legislation aimed at restoring the rule of law in this country and that the President of the United States sign such legislation.

(a) Denial of Due Process by Murder is the unlawful killing of an unarmed human being through the use of force by any federal, state, or local representative of any agency of government during any law enforcement activity regardless of stated fear.

Sample Legislation as follows:

(b) Within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States,

Whoever is guilty of Denial of Due Process by Murder shall be imprisoned for a minimum of 20 years;

Whoever is guilty of any act attempting to conceal Denial of Due Process by Murder shall be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years.

 

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Middle-school girl accused of using counterfeit 2$ bill in lunch line

Middle-school girl accused of using counterfeit 2$ bill in lunch line

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When 13-year-old Danesiah Neal, an eighth grader at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Fort Bend Texas tried to spend a 2 Dollar Bill on her lunch break, she was detained by police, questioned without parental supervision, and threatened with “big trouble..third-degree felony big”, all because the 2 dollar bill used was so old that the school’s ‘ink testing marker’ didn’t work properly, and neither, the lunch lady, the school officials, or the Fort Bend ISD police liaison for the campus could identify the bill.

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The bill so old, dating back to 1953, the school’s counterfeit pen didn’t work on it.

Daneisha was hoping to eat lunch that day. She was looking to buy some chicken tenders with a $2 bill which was given to her by her grandmother earlier that morning.

After what could be called a overly through investigation by the yet unnamed officers involved, eventually the cop went to a bank to examine the bill and found out that the $2 bill wasn’t a fake at all. It was real. The bill went from the lunch lady, to school officials, to the cop…who took the $2 Bill to the convenience store..and finally then to the bank.

“I went to the lunch line and they said my $2 bill was fake,” Danesiah said “They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. [and] A police officer said I could be in big trouble.” 

ABC13In Texas juveniles can face between two and ten years for attempted forgery. Apparently lunch line forgery is a big thing in surrounding Houston schools, according to records obtained by  and Trent Seiber of ABC13, Daneshia’s case is just one of eight counterfeiting charges investigated against high- and middle-school age students in the Fort Bend school district since the beginning of the school year. In the last two years there have been 40 different criminal cases dealing with ‘lunch line forgery’ from Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD & Cy-Fair ISD.

When examining the records, Ted Oberg Investigates could not find a single white student that was suspected of forgery. 

Not a single white student has ever been suspected or charged with anything related to possessing counterfeits in the Fort bend / CY-FAIR school districts. No district wanted to weigh in on why they thought that was.

“We see a disproportionate impact on minority youth when it comes to these charges,” attorney Mani Nezami said. “African-American and Hispanic boys in particular, but girls as well, tend to be over-criminalized for offenses that one might speculate if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be seeing a criminal charge.”

It is unclear however if all the students tagged for forgery are minorities. In the 29 pages of Cy-Fair ISD police records, abc13 found five students who were listed as black, three students listed as Hispanic, and another whose race was listed only as “E.” And 15 reports had no race listed.

Still Investigating a 14 year old African american student for using a fifty-five year old 2 dollar bill in a school lunch line where 82-percent of the kids get free or reduced price lunches, does not appear to be the best use of our educational resources.

“He brought me my two dollar bill back,” Joseph said. He didn’t apologize. He should have and the school should have because they pulled Danesiah out of lunch and she didn’t eat lunch that day because they took her money.”

No one has said, “I am sorry”. to Danesiah Neal or her grandmother.

link to the contact information to the School officials is [here]

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TSA Agents Grope and Humiliate Paralyzed Olympic Champion

TSA Agents Grope and Humiliate Paralyzed Olympic Champion

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The Transportation Security Administration is admitting their mistake and claiming that agents “did not follow correct screening protocols,” after they “humiliated” a wheelchair-bound six-time Olympic champion at the Denver Airport over the weekend.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a famed Olympic swimmer who was in an ATV crash in 2014 that left her paralyzed from the waist down, she now uses a wheelchair for mobility.

On Sunday, Van Dyken-Rouen was at the Denver International Airport where she was subjected to a full body search, despite having TSA’s Pre-Check pass. She immediately took to Instagram to detail the incident and speak out against their actions.

“With the positive in my journey, there is also negative. Need to make changes for all in ??. @denairport @tsa pre check officer was rude, and in correct. Said every airport in country BUT Den is doing it wrong. Had a full body pat down, and was humiliated by him as well. Thank you STSO Keith Rogers!!! I’m going to find out if the rest of the country is wrong, or if HE is wrong. I’ll get back to you,” Van Dyken-Rouen wrote in the Instagram caption.

She also spoke to the Denver ABC affiliate and told them that, “they go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing.”

On Monday, the TSA released a statement that the officers involved in the incident were being retrained.

“TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process. TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well,” the statement said.

Van Dyken-Rouen hopes that by speaking out she will help prevent the same embarrassment from happening to others.

Doing interviews about this TSA situation. Thank you all for your support. It means so much to me!! #LoveYou

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“It’s really sad, I just want to help other people out who don’t have a voice, just fair treatment for everybody, respect for everybody, that’s all we need,” Van Dyken-Rouen stated.

Kentucky tax payers forced to fork over $18 million for creationist’s ‘Ark Encounter’ theme park

Kentucky tax payers forced to fork over $18 million for creationist’s ‘Ark Encounter’ theme park

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By Jerry Gallegos

The taxpayers of Kentucky will be forced to put their money towards a creationist theme park built by evolution-denying Christian fundamentalist Ken Ham, who seeks to spread the seed of misinformation to the malleable minds of children.

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the “long-pending” application of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis for the tax breaks this Monday.

“A state board restocked last week with new appointees by Gov. Matt Bevin has quietly approved the long-sought tax incentives worth up to $18 million for the controversial Noah’s Ark theme park due to open this summer in Grant County,” the Journal reported.

The Lexington Herald Leader also reported that the tax break “initially was approved by the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority in 2014 under Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, but it was later canceled after tourism officials learned that the theme park would hire only Christians.”

“Ark Encounter officials sued the state in federal court, saying the state’s decision to withhold the tax break violated its free speech. In January, U.S. District Judge Greg Van Tatenhove ruled that the theme park was eligible to receive the tax incentive, which has neutral requirements that can be met by religious and secular groups alike.”

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Tor and VPN users labeled as criminals will be hacked and spied by FBI under new law

Tor and VPN users labeled as criminals will be hacked and spied by FBI under new law

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Tor and VPN users will be target of government hacks under new spying rule

We had reported a landmark judgement by the United States Supreme Court, which will give FBI powers to hack any computer in the world using a single warrant. The same judgement contains a innocuous para related to Tor and VPN users.

The newly approved rule change by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow FBI to search and seize any computer around the world, found to be using privacy tools like VPN or Tor. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a rule change to Rule No.41, that would allow a federal magistrate judge to issue a search and seizure warrant for any target using anonymity software like Tor to browse the internet.

Rule 41 will become a law in December if the U.S. Congress doesnt take any legislative action against it. As said in our previous article, the new ruling bestows enormous powers to FBI to be able to search computers remotely—even if the bureau doesn’t know where that computer is located—if a user has anonymity software installed on it.

The rule changes, which the FBI said were necessary to combat cyber crime, come amid escalating tensions between the intelligence community and technology and privacy advocates, and just a day after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill that would require the government to obtain a probable cause warrant from a judge before seizing data stored with tech companies such as Facebook, Google, and Dropbox.

“Whatever euphemism the FBI uses to describe it—whether they call it a ‘remote access search’ or a ‘network investigative technique’—what we’re talking about is government hacking, and this obscure rule change would authorize a lot more of it,” said Kevin Bankston, director of the policy advocacy group Open Technology Institute (OTI), which previously testified against the changes.

“Congress should stop this power-grab in its tracks and instead demand answers from the FBI, which so far has been ducking Congress’ questions on this issue and fighting in court to keep its hacking tactics secret.”

The new rule will affect millions of Tor and VPn users. Many Facebook users are already preferring Tor to surf FB. As of April, over one million people use Tor just to browse Facebook, the social media giant noted in a blog post.

Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the change to Congress as part of the court’s annual collection of amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which inform every federal prosecution in the country.

Rule 41, in its current form, stipulates that magistrate judges can only authorize searches within their own jurisdiction. The amendment would allow them to issue warrants to hack into and seize information on a computer if its location has been “concealed through technical means.”

Absence of opposition to the rule could mean that we have a subversive spying campaign against Tor and VPN users around the world without even the user knowing it.

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The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month

The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month

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None of the allegations against Abu Zubaydeh turned out to be true. That didn’t stop the CIA from torturing him for years.
By Rebecca Gordon
Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in Al Qaeda.
The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In that capacity, he has managed a network of training camps…. He also acted as al-Qaeda’s coordinator of external contacts and foreign communications.”
CIA Director Michael Hayden would tell the press in 2008 that 25 percent of all the information his agency had gathered about Al Qaeda from human sources “originated” with one other detainee and him.
George W. Bush would use his case to justify the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program,” claiming that “he had run a terrorist camp in Afghanistan where some of the 9/11 hijackers trained” and that “he helped smuggle al-Qaeda leaders out of Afghanistan” so they would not be captured by US military forces.
None of it was true.

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And even if it had been true, what the CIA did to Abu Zubaydah—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials like Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called Global War on Terror.

So who was this infamous figure, and where is he now? His name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, but he is better known by his Arabic nickname, Abu Zubaydah. And as far as we know, he is still in solitary detention in Guantánamo.

A Saudi national, in the 1980s Zubaydah helped run the Khaldan camp, a mujahedeen training facility set up in Afghanistan with CIA help during the Soviet occupation of that country. In other words, Zubaydah was then an American ally in the fight against the Soviets, one of President Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters.” (But then again, so in effect was Osama bin Laden.)
Zubaydah’s later fate in the hands of the CIA was of a far grimmer nature. He had the dubious luck to be the subject of a number of CIA “firsts”: the first post–9/11 prisoner to be waterboarded; the first to be experimented on by psychologists working as CIA contractors; one of the first of the Agency’s “ghost prisoners” (detainees hidden from the world, including the International Committee of the Red Cross which, under the Geneva Conventions, must be allowed access to every prisoner of war); and one of the first prisoners to be cited in a memo written by Jay Bybee for the Bush administration on what the CIA could “legally” do to a detainee without supposedly violating US federal laws against torture.

Zubaydah’s story is—or at least should be—the iconic tale of the illegal extremes to which the Bush administration and the CIA went in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. And yet former officials, from CIA head Michael Hayden to Vice President Dick Cheney to George W. Bush himself, have presented it as a glowing example of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” to extract desperately needed information from the “evildoers” of that time.

Zubaydah was an early experiment in post–9/11 CIA practices and here’s the remarkable thing (though it has yet to become part of the mainstream media accounts of his case): it was all a big lie. Zubaydah wasn’t involved with Al Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America’s top leaders and its major intelligence agency.

Yet notorious as he once was, he’s been forgotten by all but his lawyers and a few tenacious reporters. He shouldn’t have been. He was the test case for the kind of torture that Donald Trump now wants the US. government to bring back, presumably because it “worked” so well the first time. With Republican presidential hopefuls promising future war crimes, it’s worth reconsidering his case and thinking about how to prevent it from happening again. After all, it’s only because no one has been held to account for the years of Bush administration torture practices that Trump and others feel free to promise even more and “yuger” war crimes in the future.
EXPERIMENTS IN TORTURE
In August 2002, a group of FBI agents, CIA agents, and Pakistani forces captured Zubaydah (along with about 50 other men) in Faisalabad, Pakistan. In the process, he was severely injured—shot in the thigh, testicle, and stomach. He might well have died, had the CIA not flown in an American surgeon to patch him up. The Agency’s interest in his health was, however, anything but humanitarian. Its officials wanted to interrogate him and, even after he had recovered sufficiently to be questioned, his captors occasionally withheld pain medication as a means of torture.

When he “lost” his left eye under mysterious circumstances while in CIA custody, the agency’s concern again was not for his health. The December 2014 torture report produced by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (despite CIA opposition that included hacking into the committee’s computers) described the situation this way: with his left eye gone, “[i]n October 2002, DETENTION SITE GREEN [now known to be Thailand] recommended that the vision in his right eye be tested, noting that ‘[w]e have a lot riding upon his ability to see, read, and write.’ DETENTION SITE GREEN stressed that ‘this request is driven by our intelligence needs [not] humanitarian concern for AZ.’”

The CIA then set to work interrogating Zubaydah with the help of two contractors, the psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell. Zubaydah would be the first human subject on whom those two, who were former instructors at the Air Force’s SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training center, could test their theories about using torture to induce what they called “learned helplessness,” meant to reduce a suspect’s resistance to interrogation. Their price? Only $81 million.

CIA records show that, using a plan drawn up by Jessen and Mitchell, Abu Zubaydah’s interrogators would waterboard him an almost unimaginable 83 times in the course of a single month; that is, they would strap him to a wooden board, place a cloth over his entire face, and gradually pour water through the cloth until he began to drown. At one point during this endlessly repeated ordeal, the Senate committee reported that Zubaydah became “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.”
Each of those 83 uses of what was called “the watering cycle” consisted of four steps:

“1) demands for information interspersed with the application of the water just short of blocking his airway 2) escalation of the amount of water applied until it blocked his airway and he started to have involuntary spasms 3) raising the water-board to clear subject’s airway 4) lowering of the water-board and return to demands for information.”

The CIA videotaped Zubaydah undergoing each of these “cycles,” only to destroy those tapes in 2005 when news of their existence surfaced and the embarrassment (and possible future culpability) of the Agency seemed increasingly to be at stake. CIA Director Michael Hayden would later assure CNN that the tapes had been destroyed only because “they no longer had ‘intelligence value’ and they posed a security risk.” Whose “security” was at risk if the tapes became public? Most likely, that of the Agency’s operatives and contractors who were breaking multiple national and international laws against torture, along with the high CIA and Bush administration officials who had directly approved their actions.

In addition to the waterboarding, the Senate torture report indicates that Zubaydah endured excruciating stress positions (which cause terrible pain without leaving a mark); sleep deprivation (for up to 180 hours, which generally induces hallucinations or psychosis); unrelenting exposure to loud noises (another psychosis-inducer); “walling” (the Agency’s term for repeatedly slamming the shoulder blades into a “flexible, false wall,” though Zubaydah told the International Committee of the Red Cross that when this was first done to him, “he was slammed directly against a hard concrete wall”); and confinement for hours in a box so cramped that he could not stand up inside it. All of these methods of torture had been given explicit approval in a memo written to the CIA’s head lawyer, John Rizzo, by Jay Bybee, who was then serving in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. In thatmemo Bybee approved the use of 10 different “techniques” on Zubaydah.
It seems likely that, while the CIA was torturing Zubaydah at Jessen’s and Mitchell’s direction for whatever information he might have, it was also using him to test the “effectiveness” of waterboarding as a torture technique. If so, the agency and its contractors violated not only international law, but the US War Crimes Act, which expressly forbids experimenting on prisoners.

What might lead us to think that Zubaydah’s treatment was, in part, an experiment? In a May 30, 2005, memo sent to Rizzo, Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, discussed the CIA’s record keeping. There was, Bradbury commented, method to the CIA’s brutality. “Careful records are kept of each interrogation,” he wrote. This procedure, he continued, “allows for ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of each technique and its potential for any unintended or inappropriate results.” In other words, with the support of the Bush Justice Department, the CIA was keeping careful records of an experimental procedure designed to evaluate how well waterboarding worked.

This was Abu Zubaydah’s impression as well. “I was told during this period that I was one of the first to receive these interrogation techniques,” Zubaydah would later tell the International Committee of the Red Cross, “so no rules applied. It felt like they were experimenting and trying out techniques to be used later on other people.”

In addition to the videotaping, the CIA’s Office of Medical Services required a meticulous written record of every waterboarding session. The details to be recorded were spelled out clearly:

“In order to best inform future medical judgments and recommendations, it is important that every application of the waterboard be thoroughly documented: how long each application (and the entire procedure) lasted, how much water was used in the process (realizing that much splashes off), how exactly the water was applied, if a seal was achieved, if the naso- or oropharynx was filled, what sort of volume was expelled, how long was the break between applications, and how the subject looked between each treatment.”

Again, these were clearly meant to be the records of an experimental procedure, focusing as they did on how much water was effective; whether a “seal” was achieved (so no air could enter the victim’s lungs); whether the naso- or oropharynx (that is, the nose and throat) were so full of water the victim could not breathe; and just how much the “subject” vomited up.
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It was with Zubaydah that the CIA also began its post–9/11 practice of hiding detainees from the International Committee of the Red Cross by transferring them to its “black sites,” the secret prisons it was setting up in countries with complacent or complicit regimes around the world. Such unacknowledged detainees came to be known as “ghost prisoners,” because they had no official existence. As the Senate torture report noted, “In part to avoid declaring Abu Zubaydah to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which would be required if he were detained at a US military base, the CIA decided to seek authorization to clandestinely detain Abu Zubaydah at a facility in Country _______ [now known to have been Thailand].”

TORTURED AND CIRCULAR REASONING
As British investigative journalist Andy Worthington in 2009, the Bush administration used Abu Zubaydah’s “interrogation” results to help justify the greatest crime of that administration, the unprovoked, illegal invasion of Iraq. Officials leaked to the media that he had confessed to knowing about a secret agreement involving Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (who later led Al Qaeda in Iraq), and Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein to work together “to destabilize the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.” Of course, it was all lies. Zubaydah couldn’t have known about such an arrangement, first because it was, as Worthington says, “absurd,” and second, because Zubaydah was not a member of Al Qaeda at all.

In fact, the evidence that Zubaydah had anything to do with Al Qaeda was beyond circumstantial—it was entirely circular. The administration’s reasoning went something like this: Zubaydah, a “senior al-Qaeda lieutenant,” ran the Khaldan camp in Afghanistan; therefore, Khaldan was an Al Qaeda camp; if Khaldan was an al Qaeda camp, then Zubaydah must have been a senior al Qaeda official.

They then used their “enhanced techniques” to drag what they wanted to hear out of a man whose life bore no relation to the tortured lies he evidently finally told his captors. Not surprisingly, no aspect of the administration’s formula proved accurate. It was true that, for several years, the Bush administration routinely referred to Khaldan as an Al Qaeda training camp, but the CIA was well aware that this wasn’t so.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report, for instance, made this crystal clear, quoting an August 16, 2006, CIA Intelligence Assessment, “Countering Misconceptions About Training Camps in Afghanistan, 1990-2001” this way:
Khaldan Not Affiliated With Al-Qa’ida. A common misperception in outside articles is that Khaldan camp was run by al-Qa’ida. Pre-11 September 2001 reporting miscast Abu Zubaydah as a ‘senior al-Qa’ida lieutenant,’ which led to the inference that the Khaldan camp he was administering was tied to Usama bin Laden.

Not only was Zubaydah not a senior Al Qaeda lieutenant, he had, according to the report, been turned down for membership in Al Qaeda as early as 1993 and the CIA knew it by at least 2006, if not far sooner. Nevertheless, the month after it privately clarified the nature of the Khaldan camp and Zubaydah’s lack of Al Qaeda connections, President Bush used the story of Zubaydah’s capture and interrogation in a speech to the nation justifying the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program. He then claimed that Zubaydah had “helped smuggle Al Qaida leaders out of Afghanistan.”

In the same speech, Bush told the nation, “Our intelligence community believes [Zubaydah] had run a terrorist camp in Afghanistan where some of the 9/11 hijackers trained” (a reference presumably to Khaldan). Perhaps the CIA should have been looking instead at some of the people who actually trained the hijackers—the operators of flight schools in the United States, where, according to a September 23, 2001 Washington Post story, the FBI already knew “terrorists” were learning to fly 747s.

In June 2007, the Bush administration doubled down on its claim that Zubaydah was involved with 9/11. At a hearing before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger, discussing why the Guantánamo prison needed to remain open, explained that it “serves a very important purpose, to hold and detain individuals who are extremely dangerous…[like] Abu Zubaydah, people who have been planners of 9/11.”

CHARGES WITHDRAWN
In September 2009, the US government quietly withdrew its many allegations against Abu Zubaydah. His attorneys had filed a habeas corpus petition on his behalf; that is, a petition to exercise the constitutional right of anyone in government custody to know on what charges they are being held. In that context, they were asking the government to supply certain documents to help substantiate their claim that his continued detention in Guantánamo was illegal. The new Obama administration replied with a 109-page brief filed in the US District Court in the District of Columbia, which is legally designated to hear the habeas cases of Guantánamo detainees.
The bulk of that brief came down to a government argument that was curious indeed, given the years of bragging about Zubaydah’s central role in Al Qaeda’s activities. It claimed that there was no reason to turn over any “exculpatory” documents demonstrating that he was not a member of Al Qaeda, or that he had no involvement in 9/11 or any other terrorist activity—because the government was no longer claiming that any of those things were true.

The government’s lawyers went on to claim, bizarrely enough, that the Bush administration had never “contended that [Zubaydah] had any personal involvement in planning or executing…the attacks of September 11, 2001.” They added that “the Government also has not contended in this proceeding that, at the time of his capture, [Zubaydah] had knowledge of any specific impending terrorist operations”—an especially curious claim, since the prevention of such future attacks was how the CIA justified its torture of Zubaydah in the first place. Far from believing that he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person in” Al Qaeda, as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had once claimed, “the Government has not contended in this proceeding that [Zubaydah] was a member of al-Qaida or otherwise formally identified with al-Qaida.”

And so, the case against the man who was waterboarded 83 times and contributed supposedly crucial information to the CIA on Al Qaeda plotting was oh-so-quietly withdrawn without either fuss or media attention. Exhibit one was now exhibit none.

Seven years after the initial filing of Zubaydah’s habeas petition, the DC District Court has yet to rule on it. Given the court’s average 751-day turnaround time on such petitions, this is an extraordinary length of time. Here, justice delayed is truly justice denied.

Perhaps we should not be surprised, however. According to the Senate Intelligence Committee report, CIA headquarters assured those who were interrogating Zubaydah that he would “never be placed in a situation where he has any significant contact with others and/or has the opportunity to be released.” In fact, “all major players are in concurrence,” stated the agency, that he “should remain incommunicado for the remainder of his life.” And so far, that’s exactly what’s happened.

The capture, torture, and propaganda use of Abu Zubaydah is the perfect example of the US government’s unique combination of willful law-breaking, ass-covering memo-writing, and what some Salvadorans I once worked with called “strategic incompetence.” The fact that no one—not George Bush or Dick Cheney, not Jessen or Mitchell, nor multiple directors of the CIA—has been held accountable means that, unless we are very lucky, we will see more of the same in the future.

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