Friday, 1 August 2014

American Intelligence Officers Who Battled the Soviet Union for Decades Slam the Flimsy “Intelligence” Against Russia


The tortured attempts by your administration and stenographers in the media to blame Russia for the downing of Flight 17, together with John Kerry’s unenviable record for credibility, lead us to the reluctant conclusion that the syndrome Snyder describes may also be at work in your own administration; that is, that an ethos of “getting your own lie out first” has replaced “ye shall know the truth.” At a minimum, we believe Secretary Kerry displayed unseemly haste in his determination to be first out of the starting gate.

Both Sides Cannot Be Telling the Truth

We have always taken pride in not shooting from the hip, but rather in doing intelligence analysis that is evidence-based. The evidence released to date does not bear close scrutiny; it does not permit a judgment as to which side is lying about the shoot-down of Flight 17. Our entire professional experience would incline us to suspect the Russians – almost instinctively. Our more recent experience, particularly observing Secretary Kerry injudiciousness in latching onto one spurious report after another as “evidence,” has gone a long way toward balancing our earlier predispositions.

It seems that whenever Kerry does cite supposed “evidence” that can be checked – like the forged anti-Semitic fliers distributed in eastern Ukraine or the photos of alleged Russian special forces soldiers who allegedly slipped into Ukraine – the “proof” goes “poof” as Kerry once said in a different context. Still, these misrepresentations seem small peccadillos compared with bigger whoppers like the claim Kerry made on Aug. 30, 2013, no fewer than 35 times, that “we know” the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical incidents near Damascus nine days before.

On September 3, 2013 – following your decision to call off the attack on Syria in order to await Congressional authorization – Kerry was still pushing for an attack in testimony before a thoroughly sympathetic Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. On the following day Kerry drew highly unusual personal criticism from President Putin, who said: “He is lying, and he knows he is lying. It is sad.”

Equally serious, during the first week of September 2013, as you and President Vladimir Putin were putting the final touches to the deal whereby Syrian chemical weapons would be given up for destruction, John Kerry said something that puzzles us to this day. On September 9, 2013, Kerry was in London, still promoting a U.S. attack on Syria for having crossed the “Red Line” you had set against Syria’s using chemical weapons.

At a formal press conference, Kerry abruptly dismissed the possibility that Bashar al-Assad would ever give up his chemical weapons, saying, “He isn’t about to do that; it can’t be done.” Just a few hours later, the Russians and Syrians announced Syria’s agreement to do precisely what Kerry had ruled out as impossible. You sent him back to Geneva to sign the agreement, and it was formally concluded on September 14.

Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down of July 17, we believe Kerry has typically rushed to judgment and that his incredible record for credibility poses a huge disadvantage in the diplomatic and propaganda maneuvering vis-a-vis Russia. We suggest you call a halt to this misbegotten “public diplomacy” offensive. If, however, you decide to press on anyway, we suggest you try to find a less tarnished statesman or woman.

A Choice Between Two

If the intelligence on the shoot-down is as weak as it appears judging from the fuzzy scraps that have been released, we strongly suggest you call off the propaganda war and await the findings of those charged with investigating the shoot-down. If, on the other hand, your administration has more concrete, probative intelligence, we strongly suggest that you consider approving it for release, even if there may be some risk of damage to “sources and methods.” Too often this consideration is used to prevent information from entering the public domain where, as in this case, it belongs.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/obama-release-ukraine-evidence.html

Related Info:

US intelligence officers think evidence on MH17 downing not adequate


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 1st, 2014.]

George Galloway Speech on Gaza/Israel War - 23rd July 2014


George Galloway speaking in Bolivar Hall on the Gaza/Israel conflict.



This video tells you a great deal about what is going on in Gaza, dealing well with propaganda and misunderstandings. Stick with it for at least 20 minutes.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 1st, 2014.]

Anyone Can Deconstruct 911 Disinformation: Simple Strategies to Help Cut through the 'Debunker' Con-Artistry


Whatever the issue, official propagandists and false skeptics (disinformation artists) use similar ploys, involving the use of misplaced arguments from authority, false analogies and fraudulent 'scientific' reports, when trying to mislead the public.

Whether it is through fraudulent studies such as the 911 NIST reports, or via the public defence of their overall conclusions - such as we see from members of the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF) - the same strategies apply. As independent free-thinking individuals there are a few key points to keep in mind that can help us think critically about the subject matter and avoid being captured by unreasonable obfuscations.

Firstly, be aware of the problematic nature of arguments based on appeals to authority. Ultimately an argument based solely on authority does not hold any weight. To quote Richard Feynman; "Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts." In science, and rational argument, you must show how you came to your conclusions starting with the raw data (hard evidence or observations) followed by the application of logic and the scientific method. Taking things on faith, like NIST's secret computer model of the collapse of World Trade Centre building 7, is like taking the side of the church over Galileo's reasoned observations. Without the underlying data or evidence, there is no valid argument.

Secondly we must ignore ridicule and ad hominem attacks, that focus on the person rather than the argument. These sorts of ploys do nothing to advance a discussion that focusses on specific evidence. Name calling and attacks on an opponent's work unrelated to the topic are largely irrelevant. Regardless of the person's background, if their source material is unimpeachable and their argument is rational it matters not who they are. If you can confirm or replicate the argument then it is solid.

Thirdly be aware of the employment of trick arguments used by fake skeptics who pretend to act as 'independent arbiters' of the issue. The two main tricks are outlined below.


1. FALSE ANALOGIES

False analogies are one of the most commonly encountered tricks that are used in two main ways.

The first is in a general way designed to freeze out or stop a detailed appraisal or prevent thinking about a contentious subject before the person even looks at any facts or data. A disinformation artist will try to associate the criticism of an official narrative by associating it with discredited or 'lunatic' ideas that imply mental impairment (stupidity or illness). The 'guilt by association' trick, a logical fallacy, is a powerful psychological deterrent to many who only have a passing interest in the debate. By telling the public that a belief in one subject is similar to a belief in another 'discredited' or 'socially repugnant' issue will prevent people, who often have limited 'spare' time, from even considering what is being debated.

The second way the false analogy is used occurs within a fairly detailed argument, when considering points of evidence. The disinformation artist will use a false analogy that pretends to account for a point of (damning) evidence, often showing off a ton of detailed knowledge in the process, and yet  not actually offering a valid rebuttal. The analogy being used will not apply to the particular circumstance. This is how long winded and science packed 'debunker' or official reports are produced. They may seem impressive in terms of volume, but get an 'F' when it comes to relevance. We see this in various failed fire collapse analogies, applied to the world trade centre buildings on 911.

The disinformation artists might claim there was a raging inferno inside the Twin Towers, and use damage seen in a wildfire analogy to show warped metal, upon which a great amount of material can be compiled, whilst ignoring the fact that the specific fires in question on 911 cannot be construed as a 'raging inferno', that fire tests on steel beams, and previous fires in steel-framed high rise buildings, show negligible damage to such structures despite fairly intense fires. The analogies do not hold.

2. PRODUCING FALSE OR ERRONEOUS STUDIES

False or erroneous studies are used to claim an explanation that satisfies the official position. The disinformation artists will contend that the argument has been settled (this time not via an ad hoc analogy) but through direct analysis or experimentation. The Bazant twin tower 'crush down' collapse paper and the Millet study on the nano-thermite are the two main faux explanations outside the fraudulent NIST paper (that has been thoroughly dismantled by the AE911truth.org) that are/were often cited (even if implicitly). 911 truth 'debunking' proponents will point to this research whilst being unaware or unwilling to acknowledge the bankruptcy of these sources. Other sources like the National Geographic 'documentary' or the Popular Mechanics book on 911 make up some of the other cited material used in debate that have been thoroughly debunked.

In open discussions the disinformation artists will point to the fraudulent and erroneous studies and claim this as an answer.


*Disinformation Artist Rebuttal strategy - which they use after their bankrupt points of argument have been exposed.

General false and hypercritical (nit-picking) rebuttals are commonly found in many online discussion threads, usually delivered when their position flounders. You can easily identify the invalid nature of these accusation by following the course of the discussion and fact checking what was said. Disinformation artists will accuse their targets of cherry picking (take out of context) information, that the targets are avoiding certain key issues, that they have inflated trivialities, or they will accuse the target of being unable to comprehend the argument when IT IS THEY WHO are GUILTY of acting in such a way.

Propagandists will use this tactic to frustrate, discourage and insult their opponent and stifle the thread. This may fool some observers to the debate thread but will actually educate anyone with a shred of intelligence as to the nature of the 'debunker' and thus teach a valuable lesson.

So dear reader, by keeping these points in mind you should be able to see through the propaganda.

All you need to do is research both sides of the argument, understand the crux of the issue or key scientific principle, and be aware of the established (primary source) facts which will reveal who is being truthful. This exercise may take some time, but various online resources are available to help you speed the process. Common sense will tell you if one of the debaters is trying to twist the discussion.

Be aware that minor 'mistakes' may appear on both sides of a debate, especially when we deal with murky subjects where not all the facts are known (although key facts may be known - like melted steel). Dead ends in criminal investigation do not mean the end of the investigation. Wise observers will recognise that an error does not necessarily invalidate the entire argument so long it does not strike at the crux of the matter under analysis (melted steel, nano-thermite, freefall collapse rates).

Carefully check the facts and the evidence will speak for itself. Given time anyone can come to their own reasoned conclusions.

Spookyone

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 1st, 2014.]

Oklahoma City Bombing Conspiracy Heads to Court


Jesse Trentadue is taking the FBI to court to obtain evidence he believes will exonerate his dead brother, whose death shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing remains surrounded in controversy. While the law enforcement agency states that Trentadue’s sibling committed suicide while in their custody, some evidence exists to support the claims that his death was actually a homicide. Central to the conspiracy claims are video tapes missing from FBI evidence storage units, which Trentadue hopes the courts can shed light on. RT’s Ameera David takes a look at his claims and what is next in the legal battle



The confiscated video tapes that show another person with McVeigh are being held by the Government. One might conclude that their refusal to disclose to constitute guild demeanour.

Related Info:

An Inside Job - More than One Bomb in the Oklahoma City Bombing

Oklahoma City Bombing - The Timothy McVeigh Tapes Debunked

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 1st, 2014.]

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ebola: Doctors Told to Prepare for Global Outbreak After Victim was Allowed on Two Planes


Liberia: Patrick Sawyer, whose sister also died from Ebola, was allowed on two ASKY Airlines flights in Liberia while infected.

Doctors fear Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer may have sparked a worldwide spread of the killer disease after being allowed on two flights while infected.

And tonight a desperate race was on to find dozens of passengers who flew on the same jets as the 40-year-old American.

British doctors and border officials have been warned to be on the lookout for people in the UK showing signs of the disease.

Mr Sawyer was allowed to board an ASKY Airlines flight in Liberia, where Ebola is rife, despite vomiting and suffering from �diarrhoea. His sister was recently killed by the virus.

He had a stopover in Ghana then changed planes in Togo and flew to the international travel hub of Lagos in Nigeria.
http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2000129933/doctors-told-to-prepare-for-global-outbreak-after-victim-was-allowed-on-two-planes

The borders should have been closed long ago (see previous posts on this subject) to prevent this occurrence. It is because our global society has become more accepting of cover-ups and irresponsibility that responsible measures have failed to be implemented. Revealing truth (whistleblowers, leaks) about corruption is essential in changing the world and developing a more transparent and accountable civilisation.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

War Is Coming — Paul Craig Roberts


The West has ganged up on Russia, because the West is totally corrupt. The wealth of the elites is based not only on looting weaker countries whose leaders can be purchased (read John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for instruction on how the looting works), but also on looting their own citizens. The American elites excel at looting their fellow citizens and have wiped out most of the US middle class in the new 21st century.

In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies, while the US and UK submerge into tyranny shielded by lies. Western elites desire to loot Russia, a juicy prize, and there stands Putin in the way. The solution is to get rid of him like they got rid of President Yanukovich in Ukraine.

The looting elites and the neoconservative hegemonists have the same goal: make Russia a vassal state. This goal unites the Western financial imperialists with the political imperialists.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/28/war-coming-paul-craig-roberts/

The West is pushing for conflict, but with their economies and financial institutions in a mess, they may fall apart before anything is initiated, especially if the BRICS nations come together and destroy the US dollar system (which they are doing slowly). The talking between Russia and Germany may indicate that the Germans are aware of this slow long term game and are looking to move away from US influence.

Let's hope wiser heads within the US can stall any of the current war plans or false flags. A peaceful people's revolution against Washington, using the Constitution as their justification, would be helpful.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

False Flag? Fake Video of Alleged Pro-Russian Militia Claiming Responsibility for MH 17 Attack Was Made Before Plane Crash


This could almost be a smoking gun of the false flag attack with respect to MH 17. Some five hours after the loss of MH 17, the Ukrainian Security Service published a recording of alleged pro-Russian military officers led by commander Bes, who is based in Gorlovka (Horlivka), allegedly confirming that they shot down the Malaysian Boeing 777.

The video was uploaded about 5 hours after the time of the plane’s crash–20:16 PM local time.
The video tape claims that the call took place at 16:40 local time. But the plane was lost between 17:15-20 local time. The timing might be put in order if one assumes that, for some strange reason, the Ukrainian secret service decided to put their Moscow Time instead of the time in Donetsk. But this seems to be a stretch and does not appear to be warranted. It does not make sense for Ukrainian secret police to mark the time of their videos according to the time in Moscow.

Moreover, and even more importantly, as the log of the video shows (see the photo), it was actually made the day before on June 16 at 19:10 PM

The first alleged recordings are at 16:40 and 16:33. Apparently local time. At the alleged 16:40 (still more than half an hour before the plane was supposed to crash), a person in the taped conversation claims that the plane was shot down “about half an hour ago.” At 17:10 the next call is made that is telling about allegedly finding a first casualty.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flag-fake-video-of-alleged-pro-russian-militia-claiming-responsibility-for-mh-17-attack-was-made-before-plane-crash/5391985

The options, in terms of what happened, are:

1. The rebels accidentally shot down the aircraft, that was directed by Ukrainian Air Traffic Control over the warzone,

2. The Ukrainian army, accidentally or deliberately, shot down the aircraft using a BUK system and this was pinned on the rebels, or

3. A Ukrainian aircraft, either an SU-25 or SU-27, perhaps flown by foreign mercenaries, shot down the flight as part of a false flag operation (or by mistake thinking it was Vladimir Putin's Presidential jet which is of similar colouring).

One thing that is true, the US has not released any satellite data, that should exist, showing a rebel BUK missile system in the area of the attack. The US could instantly prove the rebels were responsible - but have done nothing - which makes one strongly suspect the separatists had nothing to do with what happened. The only evidence we have is a video of a BUK system missing some missiles on the back of a flatbed truck and this highly suspect audio recording, both released through the Ukrainian authorities.

On the other hand the Russians have reported, confirming witness sightings aired by BBC Russia (see here also), that military aircraft had shadowed the MH17 flight, and that there were Ukrainian Army BUK missile systems in the area (also seen on Russian satellite photos) in the immediate area before the attack, and that they subsequently vacated the area in the follow up flyover pics.

Related Info:

The Malaysian Airline MH17 Crash: Sixteen Central Issues Which Cannot be Ignored

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

25 Recent Events in Ukraine the U.S. Wants You To Forget


Remember when our rulers told us that regimes like Saddam, Gaddafi, and Assad were the epitome of evil and must be liberated because they allegedly killed their own citizens? Probably not. Americans have short memories.

I only remind you to let you know that the U.S. and other Western governments have reversed their stance on regimes killing their own citizens. They now fully endorse and support this rule-with-an-iron-fist so long as the victims can be successfully labeled “separatists” or “terrorists”.

In fact, they want in on the action. The Pentagon began wargaming this week with the regime in Ukraine on how best to kill pesky citizens in Eastern Ukraine who oppose the U.S. Vice President’s son stealing and fracking shale gas on their land.

People who defend their land and families are called “terrorists” when imperial powers want their resources. In turn, Western rulers call violent coups “duly elected” if they pledge allegiance to the IMF.

This situation is creating friction among the world’s superpowers not seen since the Cold War. Obama recently expressed concern that ”The old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order.” Later in the speech he blamed uncooperative nations (read Russia) for standing in the way of the New World Order.

It seems if Russia doesn’t get on board with the Western-led world order, these powers are destined to clash in a West vs. East showdown over international banking and the control of gas supplies.

Here are 25 recent events, or data points, that our rulers hope we forget when they blame the collapse of the old world order on Russia:
  1. US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine, not to mention the millions NGOs spent on “opposition groups“. The State Department was even caught playing kingmaker in Ukraine in secret recordings during the takeover.
  2. November 21st, 2013 - Ukraine’s President abandons an agreement on closer trade ties with EU, instead seeking closer cooperation with Russia. Violent pro-EU protests begin to organize.
  3. December 17th, 2013 - Putin offers to buy $15bn of Ukrainian debt and discount the price of Russian gas by about a third.
  4. February 2014 – Violence of coup peaks on the 20th. On 22nd protesters took control of Kiev and Parliament votes to remove president from power.
  5. February 23rd – New interim government named, replaces head of Ukraine central bank.
  6. March 6th – Obama signs national emergency executive order to punish Ukrainians that ”undermine democratic processes and institutions” of the coup government in Ukraine. You can’t make this stuff up.
  7. March 16th - Crimea holds voter referendum to split from coup government in Kiev and ally with Russia, passes by over 95%.
  8. March 20th – Obama announces more unilateral sanctions on Russia.
  9. March 24th – Leaked tape where former prime minister of Ukraine and darling of the West, Yulia Tymoshenko, calls for wiping out all Russians with nuclear weapons.
Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/25-recent-events-in-ukraine-the-u-s-wants-you-to-forget/5393572


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

Jesse Ventura Vindicated After MSM Smear Campaign


Alex Jones breaks down the decision on the recent Jesse Ventura case. A jury ruled in Ventura's favor against the slanderous claims by Chris Kyle, former Navy Seal.



The importance of this story is the attempt to smear a public figure that challenges the establishment. Ventura is not right about everything, but he does have a lot of supporters plus people who respect his honesty, which makes him a target. The other interesting aspect of this story is the death (assassination?) of Chris Kyle and his connections to neocon types.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs


Immigration - Global humanitarian reasons for current U.S. immigration are tested in this updated version of immigration author and journalist Roy Beck's colorful presentation of data from the World Bank and U.S. Census Bureau. The 1996 version of this immigration gumballs presentation has been one of the most viewed immigration policy presentations on the internet.



Because of the vast number of poor in foreign nations, immigration will not do very much to help the situation. They key is to help other nations build better states - which is almost impossible seeing how the West treats Third World countries with unfair trading rules and how they accept crooked governments that loot the wealth of these nations and give the profits to a small elite circle and complicit Western Corporations.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2014.]

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wrap-Up: Lavrov on ‘Containing Russia’, Ukraine & MH17 Crash


Russia's Foreign Minister says the groundless allegations against Moscow over Ukraine need to stop, but insists there will be no tit-for-tat response to any Western sanctions.



The US has accused Russia of involvement in Ukraine but with NO PROOF. On the other hand there is abundant evidence of US involvement in Ukraine.

The key point here is that Russia is offering to have European Observers on its border with Ukraine, to show they are not involved in the resistance fighting in the East of the country, and yet the EU and USA do not take up the offer - so they can push prowar propaganda against Moscow. This situation shows who the real criminals are in facilitating the conflict.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2014.]

Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told




Good clip from Storm Clouds Gathering that provides background information on the shootdown - highlighting the fact that the US facilitated the coup in Kiev that led to the war.

Related Info:

Lavrov: Time to investigate MH17, not to cover tracks


The problem for investigators at the MH17 crash site at the moment is the fact that the area is under attack by Ukrainian Government forces. There was supposed to be a ceasefire in the area. It's like the people in Kiev do not want the international investigators to succeed, which makes one suspicious of the official western account of what happened.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2014.]

Israel Takes Away 44% of Gaza Land … Herds Gazans Into Remaining Area


Daily Beast reports (hat tip Wall Street Journal reporter Tom Gara):

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the three-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”


Source: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/israel-takes-away-44-gaza-land-herds-gazans-remaining-area.html

This appears to have been the objective from the beginning. The murders of the three Israeli teens that initiated the conflict were know at the time to be murders, but the Government pretended it was a kidnapping in order to arrest and kill Palestinians until HAMAS reacted with rocket fire. It's even admitted that HAMAS had nothing to do with the initial murders that occurred in the West Bank not Gaza.

The Israelis will not agree to any immediate ceasefire, will reject all terms offered by HAMAS, and will continue their incursion, accepting a level of international condemnation for the moment because they know they will not face any serious rebuke in the long run - especially with US Government support. 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2014.]

Keiser Report (E633): Casino Gulag


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert the nouns, like ‘poor,’ who want to be known as verbs, like ‘can’t make ends meet,’ and the thieving verbs (i.e., ‘defrauding investors,’ ‘manipulating markets’) who want to be called nouns, like ‘wealth creator.’ In the second half, Max interviews Liam Halligan about his recent Spectator cover story, “The Next Crash: We could be on the brink of another financial crisis.” They look at derivatives, leverage, GDP and more.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2014.]

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Influence of Israeli Lobby in West - Why Nothing is Done to Stop the Gaza Massacre


Nearly 1,050 Gazans have been killed since Israel launched its onslaught in the Gaza Strip on July the eight. At least 6,000 more Palestinians have also been wounded. According to the UN, over two-thirds of the fatalities among the Palestinians have been civilians. Meanwhile, Israel has extended a cease-fire in its offensive against Gaza for an additional 24 hours. Hamas has rejected the ceasefire proposal saying any truce that does not include withdrawal of the Israeli troops and tanks from Gaza will not be acceptable.





The discussion here cuts to the heart of the problem - Israel's lack of accountability in the global community. The clip also deals with the overall agenda to ethnically cleanse Palestine.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2014.]

Ryan Dawson Comment on Gaza


"Terrorism is a predictable consequence and reaction from an out matched oppressed people who are being ethnically cleansed and racially colonized by religious fanatics installed there in the 1940s by European powers."
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2014.]

'US 'Proof' [of Russia Strike on Ukraine] so Unprofessional - Social Media Propaganda' - Paul Craig Roberts on RT


The US State Department has released satellite images via email which it says act as “evidence” that Russia is firing rockets at Ukrainian troops across the border.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2014.]

A Reply and Reaction: Stop with the Ridiculous Russia Bashing and Get your Facts Straight - Letter to Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens Party


I sent an email to the Greens leader here in Australian over some Russia Bashing comments she made a week or so ago. Some advisor actually wrote back ... (I've included my short win-no-friends reply below):
 
-----Original Message-----
From: xxxx, John (Sen C. Milne)
Subject: RE: [General] Stop with the Ridiculous Russia Bashing and Get your Facts Straight
...
 
Dear [Spook]
Thank you for your e-mail and for sharing your thoughts on this matter with us.
In response to the situation in the Ukraine, Senator Milne's has confirmed her support for the course of action proposed by the UN Security Council resolution.
Regards
John xxxx
Office of Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Leader


MY REPLY:

Mr John xxxx,

This response does nothing to address the fact-based observations I raised. I am not confident that you know what you are doing by now stating that you are simply following the UN security Council Resolution. It does not explain the knee jerk and unsubstantiated Russia bashing episode I had witnessed.
 
It is because of the fact that people and politicians have trouble identifying the causes of war and conflict that we are condemned to repeat ourselves. When the instigators of conflict face no punishment - such as we saw with the illegal US-UK invasion of Iraq - then further outrages will continue.

Thanks for being part of the problem,

[Spook]
_____________________________________

Here is my Original Letter/Post:

The following letter was sent to the leader of the Australian Greens party in response to her views appearing in this link. I also heard her speak in a similar fashion on radio. I just hope someone is paying attention here.

EMAIL:

As an online News Blogger, and researcher, I know that your views on Russia's involvement in Ukraine, and with the Malaysian Airlines shootdown, are unfounded. The term factually incorrect comes to mind.

Your erroneous views are most likely due to the advice you have been given. Your advisers obviously have no clue.

 Firstly, your view that Russia is to blame for what is happening in Ukraine, with your comment about reacting to their 'going into Crimea', grossly distorts what actually happened.

The facts are that the corrupt pro-Russian Government in Kiev was overthrown by a US sponsored coup that included anti-Russian fascists, oligarchs, and actual neo-Nazi types (you can view videos of them), and that subsequently the semi-autonomous region of Crimea VOTED to separate itself from the newly installed regime. This is what is called 'self determination' in places like Kosovo, where it suits western interests.

The reasons for Crimea, and other regions of Ukraine, separating from the Kiev Government are abundantly clear - it is the presence of the anti-Russian fascists who are on record as wanting to rid Ukraine of the Russian speaking people in the East. This was one of the first calls coming from the Kiev Government - to ban the Russian language - and although soon retracted, was taken to heart in the East and South of the country. The multitude of other threats and strong arm tactics against those that opposed the coup, plus the right wing massacre of the anti-Kiev protesters in Odessa, led to a strong determination to resist their control.

I would not blame the Government of Russia for aiding the rebels in their fight against Kiev considering the circumstances. The various proposals at negotiating a peace, that would have included elections that would have removed the largely unpopular neo-Nazis, and other fascists installed in Government positions, were scuttled. Having Poroshenko as the head of the Kiev regime did not change anything.

And as for the MH 17 shootdown itself, you have stepped way out of line, along with our no good Prime Minister, in admonishing the reactions of the Russians.

It is because of the war, and efforts to vilify resistance to the Kiev Government, that the Russians, plus the rebels in Ukraine, will not outright accept any claims made by their present enemies. In fact we should be extremely cautious about ANY claims being made by all sides regarding this issue, and mindful that our western side lied shamelessly during the Crimean separation claiming that the Russians had 40,000 troops and tanks on the border whereas an NBC News crew travelling the area at the time found no signs of a military build up. The Russians pointed out that the NATO pictures of troops and tanks were from an exercise that occurred the year before.

The problem you face here is that there WILL be false information put out about what happened. The Russians and Ukrainian rebels could easily be the victims of such a ploy (that includes fake radio communications and imagery) rather than the perpetrators. This scenario would explain their present reactions to the accusations levelled against them.

You cannot simply assume that Russia or the rebels are at fault for the shootdown of MH17. IF they are at fault then the shootdown would have been accidental - just as the US shootdown of the Iranian airliner in 1988 was accidental. You have already wrongly assumed that the Russian Government had the leading role in causing the break up of Ukraine whereas it was the nature of the coup in Kiev that facilitated the rise of the resistance/self-determination movement.

If you have research staff that can type into a Google Search engine you will be able to VERIFY everything I have mentioned here. I'll include one link below that gives you a small window into what happened regarding the Kiev coup and how the actions of those fighting against the Government are REACTIONARY. ie They are not the true instigators of the trouble:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkfpGCAAuw&list=UUEHsSWvrGVSIA63OV3J6vhA

You should also consider watching this video that includes raw footage that clearly shows what happened in the Odessa Massacre:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4dJRnI-X8Q&list=UUEHsSWvrGVSIA63OV3J6vhA  

As a News Blogger I always check the facts when it comes to situations like these. You and your advisers should start doing the same.

ps. I was very very unhappy to hear what you had said about the Ukraine Crisis - hence the tone of this response.  Please take what I have said here very seriously. People are being killed, once again, for no good reason. If there were more people challenging the western corporate/government media discourse, things would be different.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2014.]

Media Reports 23 Americans Killed by Terrorists Bombing a Plane; Obama Grabs a Burger


Geez. Wow. The guy can't even muster up the effort to PRETEND anymore. And here I thought he said he couldn't go visit the border crisis when he was already here in Texas because he wasn't interested in photo ops...



Interesting non-reaction from Obama.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2014.]

Monday, 28 July 2014

Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future? Europe is Complicit in its Own Demise — Paul Craig Roberts


The Russian government has finally realized that it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining bitterly about the propagandistic lies and disinformation issued without any evidence whatsoever against the Russian government by Washington, its European vassals, and presstitute media.

Perhaps the Russian government thought that only Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and Edward Snowden would be subjected to Washington’s lies and demonization.

It was obvious enough that Russia would be next.

The Russian government and Europe need to look beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worst.

NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill 2277 clearly indicate that Washington is organizing itself and Europe for war against Russia (see my previously posted column).

Europe is reluctant to agree with Washington to put Ukraine in NATO. Europeans understand that if Washington or its stooges in Kiev cause a war with Russia Europe will be the first casualty. Washington finds its vassals’ noncompliance tiresome. Remember Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s “fuck the EU.” And that is just what Washington is about to do.

The US Senate’s Russian Aggression Prevention Act, about which I reported in my previous column, does even more mischief than I reported. If the bill passes, which it likely will, Washington becomes empowered to bypass NATO and to grant the status of “allied nation” to Ukraine independently of NATO membership. By so doing, Washington can send troops to Ukraine and thereby commit NATO to a war with Russia.

Notice how quickly Washington escalated the orchestrated Ukrainian “crisis” without any evidence into “Russian aggression.” Overnight we have the NATO commander and US senators taking actions against “Russian aggression” of which no one has seen any evidence.

With Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Washington learned that Washington could act on the basis of baldfaced lies. No one, not Great Britain, not France, not Germany, not Italy, not the Netherlands, not Canada, not Australia, not Mexico, not New Zealand, not Israel, nor Japan, nor S. Korea, nor Taiwan, nor (substitute your selection) stepped forward to hold Washington accountable for its blatant lies and war crimes. The UN even accepted the package of blatant and obviously transparent lies that Colin Powell delivered to the UN. Everything Powell said had already been refuted by the UN’s own weapons inspectors. Yet the UN pussies gave the go-ahead for a devastating war.

The only conclusion is that all the whores were paid off. The whores can always count on Washington paying them off. For money the whores are selling out civilization to Washington’s war, which likely will be nuclear and terminate life on earth. The whores’ money will incinerate with them.

It is hardly surprising that Washington now targets Russia.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/25/russia-humanity-future-paul-craig-roberts/

Great article from Roberts about the need for the rest of the world to stand up to lunatic US hegemonic moves. The crazies need to be held accountable. Inside the USA special Grand Juries or independent military JAG units could act to stop the criminals. US States have the capacity to organise and act to bring to account those in violation of their Oaths of Office - to protect the Constitution.

Related Info (Recommended Reading from Washington's Blog):

Why Does Anyone Believe the State Department … After Being Caught In Repeated Lies?


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2014.]