The U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union at the time it broke up and many other experts have said that the West promised Gorbachev that – if the USSR allowed German re-unification – NATO wouldn’t move “one inch closer” to Russia. While Western leaders have long denied that such a promise was ever made, newly-declassified …Read More »
Articles by George Washington
Talking heads act like Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is fair, impartial and unbiased. But the facts are a wee bit different … Failure to Aggressively Prosecute the BCCI Scandal The BBC noted: [Mueller] is also known for leading the probe into the 1991 collapse of the Luxembourg-registered Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Williams …Read More »
We’ve all heard that globalization lifts all boats and increases our prosperity … But mainstream economists and organizations are now starting to say that globalization increases inequality. The National Bureau of Economic Research – the largest economics research organization in the United States, with many Nobel economists and Chairmen of the Council of Economic Advisers as …Read More »
Kautilya (also called “Chanakya”) was a royal advisor thousands of years ago in ancient India. And his writing is considered as an important precursor to much modern thought. Wikipedia notes: He is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor …Read More »
Donald Trump Jr’s. emails regarding an apparent overture regarding Russian information on Hillary Clinton have created an absolute firestorm. Whether or not the emails are a “smoking gun”, horrible optics, or a frame job, momentum towards impeachment has just taken a big leap forward (the Dems and MSM have had their knives out and sharpened looking …Read More »
While I'm a professional, one of my hobbies is songwriting (see this). I wrote this song for Independence Day a couple of years ago. The king’s menHave betrayed usTricked us out ofOur homes No one elseGonna save usWe must stand upOn our own DividedWe’ve been conqueredFor too longWe’ve played their game UnitedWe’d be invincibleSo …Read More »
As shown below, the allegations that Russia has been hacking the entire world have been thoroughly vetted and verified. Germany Germany’s intelligence agency accused Russia of deploying cyberattacks to destabilize the government! (But German intelligence agencies later found no evidence of Russian interference.) And last December, German security officials said that Russia hacked secret German …Read More »
Preface: We spoke for quite a while with Dr. Postol by phone, and find him to be an ethical, honest, patriotic American man. He's made some interesting discoveries debunking the Syrian chemical weapons propaganda, and so we're helping to spread his findings.
By Theodore A. Postol, professor emeritus of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT. Postol’s main expertise is in ballistic missiles. He has a substantial background in air dispersal, including how toxic plumes move in the air. Postol has taught courses on weapons of mass destruction – including chemical and biological threats – at MIT. Before joining MIT, Postol worked as an analyst at the Office of Technology Assessment, as a science and policy adviser to the chief of naval operations, and as a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. He also helped build a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study weapons technology in relation to defense and arms control policy. Postol is a highly-decorated scientist, receiving the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society, the Hilliard Roderick Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Richard L. Garwin Award from the Federation of American Scientists.
This is my third report assessing the White House intelligence Report of April 11, 2017.
Intelligence and Military Sources Who Warned About WMD Lies Before Iraq War Now Say that Assad Did NOT Use Chemical WeaponsApril 11, 2017
Former U.N weapons inspector Scott Ritter warned before the start of the Iraq war that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction were false.
Sunday, Ritter wrote that current claims that the leader of Syria launched a chemical weapons attack was false:
Some sort of chemical event took place in Khan Sheikhoun; what is very much in question is who is responsible for the release of the chemicals that caused the deaths of so many civilians.
No one disputes the fact that a Syrian air force SU-22 fighter-bomber conducted a bombing mission against a target in Khan Sheikhoun on the morning of April 4, 2017. The anti-regime activists in Khan Sheikhoun, however, have painted a narrative that has the Syrian air force dropping chemical bombs on a sleeping civilian population.
A critical piece of information that has largely escaped the reporting in the mainstream media is that Khan Sheikhoun is ground zero for the Islamic jihadists who have been at the center of the anti-Assad movement in Syria since 2011. Up until February 2017, Khan Sheikhoun was occupied by a pro-ISIS group known as Liwa al-Aqsa that was engaged in an oftentimes-violent struggle with its competitor organization, Al Nusra Front (which later morphed into Tahrir al-Sham, but under any name functioning as Al Qaeda’s arm in Syria) for resources and political influence among the local population.
US Ambassador to USSR: “The Whole Brou-Ha-Ha Over Contacts with Russian Diplomats Has Taken On All The Earmarks of a Witch Hunt”March 24, 2017
By Jack Matlock, the 4-year U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991, at the time that the USSR fell. Before that, Matlock served as the Director of Soviet Affairs in the State Department, the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, and the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. Originally posted at JackMatlock.com. Posted with permission of the author.
Click here to see who Matlock is and what he's said in the past about U.S.-Russia relations.
Our press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump’s supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats. The assumption seems to be that there was something sinister about these contacts, just because they were with Russian diplomats. As one who spent a 35-year diplomatic career working to open up the Soviet Union and to make communication between our diplomats and ordinary citizens a normal practice, I find the attitude of much of our political establishment and of some of our once respected media outlets quite incomprehensible. What in the world is wrong with consulting a foreign embassy about ways to improve relations? Anyone who aspires to advise an American president should do just that.
This post won't debate whether Trump or Obama are good or bad guys. It will simply ask a historical question …
The Daily Mail claims:
Barack Obama is turning his new home in the posh Kalorama section of the nation’s capital – just two miles away from the White House – into the nerve center of the mounting insurgency against his successor, President Donald J. Trump.
Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.
And Obama is being aided in his political crusade by his longtime consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, who has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion with the former president and Michelle Obama, long time best friends.
According to the family source, Obama was at first reluctant to assume the role of leader of the opposition.
‘No longer the most powerful man in the world, he was just observing Trump and not liking what he saw,’ said the source.
‘He was weary and burned out after eight years in office. But Valerie convinced him that he didn’t have any choice if he wanted to save his legacy. And, as usual, he bowed to Valerie’s political wisdom and advice.’
‘He had hoped to write his memoirs, golf to his heart’s content. and bask in the glory of his eight years in power and the progressive achievements he brought about.
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was fired by Trump. Flynn was caught discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador even before Trump took office.
Sounds bad, right?
But Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake – the former senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast, who covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI – notes:
One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions. That’s neither illegal nor improper.
If true, then all that happened is that the Russian ambassador asked about sanctions, and Flynn responded that he couldn't say anything until he got marching orders from the Trump administration after it took the helm.
In other words, just more anti-Russia hysteria.
Martin Armstrong (Artwork by Washington's Blog)
Martin Armstrong is a controversial market analyst who correctly predicted the 1987 crash, the top of the Japanese market, and many other market events … more or less to the day.
Many market timers think that Armstrong is one of the very best. Armstrong credits a computer program he created (which he calls “Socrates”) for the accuracy of his forecasting.
Armstrong’s background is even more dramatic because he was jailed for 11 years on trumped-up allegations of contempt, fraud and an alleged Ponzi scheme. Armstrong was ultimately released without any charges, and – as the documentary The Forecaster explains – the 11-year imprisonment was a way to try to pressure him to hand over his forecasting program.
Washington’s Blog sent a reporter to Armstrong’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida, to see what all the buzz is about …
Armstrong presented a wealth of very specific predicts about the timing of various markets and currencies worldwide (Armstrong’s models are proprietary, so we won’t discuss them here).
But Armstrong also made a number of interesting economic and political comments which make us think he’s pretty darn smart …
For example, he said that world capital flows peaked in 2000, and – along with the world economy – have actually been declining ever since.
Saint Nicholas was a real, historical person.
But he didn’t live in some snowy Northern place like the North Pole or Scandinavia. And he probably wasn’t fair-skinned with ruddy cheeks.
He lived in the town of Myra – on the Southern Coast of Turkey – in the fourth century (it was then part of Greece). So he likely had an olive-colored, Mediterranean complexion:
Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life. Late 1400s or early 1500s. National Museum, Stockholm
And he didn’t ride a magic sleigh driven by flying reindeer, have a workshop full of elves, squeeze through chimneys with belly-defying dimensions, or maintain a naughty-or-nice list rivaling the NSA.
The real St. Nick came from a wealthy family, and his parents died in an epidemic when he was young. Nick used his large inheritance to help the poor.
For example, poor young girls were likely to be sold into slavery because they didn’t have a dowry with which to attract a husband. So on 3 occasions, Nicholas threw a bag of gold into a poor girl’s house through an open window … enough to provide a dowry so the girl could get married.
The bags of gold are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left in front of the fire to dry. This led to the custom of kids hanging stockings or putting out shoes, hoping for gifts from Saint Nick.
Glenn Greenwald notes that – in the face of Trump and Brexit (which were primarily caused by economic policies which have created massive inequality) – the Democratic National committee is trying to blame everybody and everything but their own status quo policies and candidates which rig the system for the fatcats and hurt the little guy:
The indisputable fact is that prevailing institutions of authority in the West, for decades, have relentlessly and with complete indifference stomped on the economic welfare and social security of hundreds of millions of people. While elite circles gorged themselves on globalism, free trade, Wall Street casino gambling, and endless wars (wars that enriched the perpetrators and sent the poorest and most marginalized to bear all their burdens), they completely ignored the victims of their gluttony, except when those victims piped up a bit too much — when they caused a ruckus — and were then scornfully condemned as troglodytes who were the deserved losers in the glorious, global game of meritocracy.
A short, incredibly insightful, and now more relevant than ever post-Brexit Facebook note by the Los Angeles Times’s Vincent Bevins … wrote that “both Brexit and Trumpism are the very, very wrong answers to legitimate questions that urban elites have refused to ask for 30 years.
There’s something interesting about the Washington Post's false smear of 200 news sites as being “Russian propaganda”.
Specifically, the Post actually attacked a more popular news source …
Specifically, in July of this year, the Washington Post had 369,476,000 combined pageviews … and the number of visits from Facebook was down 26% from the first quarter in 2016:
The number on the left is the important one: Combined Page-Views. The middle number is Desktop Facebook Visits, and the right number is Change in Facebook Visits Q1 Versus Q2.
Drudge, on the other hand, had combined pageviews of 1,472,220,000 … and its Facebook visits were up 50% from Q1:
To be fair, the Washington Post also has a print edition. Its circulation is around 474,767 daily, with a Sunday edition circulation of 838,014.
So let’s add it up …
WaPo had total impressions in July 2016 of:
369,476,000 (web impressions)
Plus [6 (daily editions per week) times 4 (weeks in a month) times 474,767 (daily edition newspaper circulation)]
Plus [4 (Sunday editions per month) times 838,014 (Sunday newspaper circulation)]
Equals 384,222,464 total impressions.
Bottom line: Drudge had over a billion more impressions than the Post in July (1,472,220,000 minus 384,222,464 = 1,087,997,536).
Put another, way, WaPo only had 26.1% of the impressions Drudge did in July.
Artwork by Anthony Freda, AnthonyFreda.com
Trump claims that Clinton’s policy on Syria would lead to World War 3.
Let’s fact check …
The Washington Post points out that a vote for Clinton is a vote for more military shenanigans:
In the rarefied world of the Washington foreign policy establishment, President Obama’s departure from the White House — and the possible return of a more conventional and hawkish Hillary Clinton — is being met with quiet relief.
The Republicans and Democrats who make up the foreign policy elite are laying the groundwork for a more assertive American foreign policy, via a flurry of reports shaped by officials who are likely to play senior roles in a potential Clinton White House.
It is not unusual for Washington’s establishment to launch major studies in the final months of an administration to correct the perceived mistakes of a president or influence his successor. But the bipartisan nature of the recent recommendations, coming at a time when the country has never been more polarized, reflects a remarkable consensus among the foreign policy elite.
This consensus is driven by a broad-based backlash against a president who has repeatedly stressed the dangers of overreach and the need for restraint, especially in the Middle East.
Obama, Clinton and the mainstream media all say that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and released emails to throw the election to Trump.
But former CIA, State Department, and House Intelligence Committee security expert Fred Fleitz notes:
Only two intelligence entities – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – have weighed in on this issue, not 17 intelligence agencies [as Hillary Clinton had claimed]. And what they said was ambiguous about Russian involvement. An unclassified October 7, 2016 joint DNI-DHS statement on this issue said the hacks
“. . . are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europa and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
Saying we think the hacks “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts” is far short of saying we have evidence that Russia has been responsible for the hacks.
Things are nutty …
Hillary and the gang are trying to get us into war with Russia (and China?) …
The Fed continues to manipulate the markets …
We're being spied on by big gov …
Need a quick mental vacation?
Enjoy a few pics from my recent travels around Bali:
Taman Kertha Gosa
Travels Around BaliRead More »
German Foreign Minister and Former MI6 Boss: US-Russia Tensions Now More Dangerous than During the Cold WarOctober 13, 2016
Preface: I will add quotes from U.S. intelligence officials and Russia experts as I receive them.
Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War:
It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous.
The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:
We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington.
This is even more dramatic when you realize that the U.S. and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of U.S. and Soviet individuals to say no when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war.
And many experts warn that we’re drifting towards nuclear war today. Indeed, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said in February:
The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.
Postscript: The American government and mainstream media cast all of the blame on Russia. But many top U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials disagree (and see this).Read More »
Soros: There Will Be “a Landslide for Donald Trump in the Popular Vote” … But Clinton’s Selection As President Is a “Done Deal”September 2, 2016
Nothing to see here, citizen … move along.Read More »
The Turkish dictator Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdo?an) has just been deposed by a military coup.
You have to know the history of the Turkish military to understand why this is a very good thing …
For many decades, the Turkish military insured that no Islamic fundamentalists could impose their will on Turkey. Whenever anyone tried, they were deposed.
It is only recently that the military stood down, and Erdogan imposed an Islamic fundamentalist rule over Turkey, suspended free speech and journalism, and otherwise crushed democracy.
He also launched a major campaign to support ISIS in Syria, destabilizing the entire region in the process.
With today’s coup, the people of Turkey have a chance once again for secular and democratic rule.
So long as the military quickly transitions to elections, they will have done Turkey – and the world – a great service.
Gun control – one of the main ways to combat terrorism proposed by liberals – wouldn't have stopped the terrorist from killing 80+ in Nice, France.
The terrorist killed with a truck … not a gun. And you can't outlaw trucks.
On the other hand, isolating and attacking Muslims would play into their hands … and is exactly what ISIS wants.
So what should we do?
The 9 Ways to Stop Terrorism
In the wake of the barbaric terror attack in Nice, France, everyone is arguing over what we should do to stop further terrorism.
Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties.
In reality – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping future attacks are well known …
I. Stop Overthrowing the Moderates and Arming Crazies
We know it’s a difficult concept to grasp, but if we want to stop terrorism we should – (wait for it) – stop supporting terrorists.
Specifically, we’re arming the most violent radicals in the Middle East, as part of a really stupid geopolitical strategy to overthrow leaders we don’t like (more details below). And see this, this, this, this and this.
We’re directly arming and supporting folks who are committing summary execution, torture, kidnapping, and imposing Sharia law at the point of the gun.
We’ve noted for more than 5 years that the European crisis would spread in the following order … more or less:
Greece → Ireland → Portugal → Spain → Italy → UK
We also warned that the EU’s approach to economic problems in the periphery would lead the cancer to spread to the core. For example, we’ve repeatedly warned that:
Bailing out the big European banks would just transfer the risk to the people
Propping up stocks and asset prices won’t get Europe out of the crisis
Covering up fraud by the European banks would sink the economy
Now, the IMF is forecasting that Italy could be in recession for two decades … and that it’s weakness could spread to the rest of the system.
Britain is – of course -in trouble. But it’s not just Brexit …
Europe has been stuck in a downturn worse than the Great Depression for years. The former Bank of England head Mervyn King said recently that the “depression” in Europe “has happened almost as a deliberate act of policy”. Specifically, King said that the formation of the European Union has doomed Europe to economic malaise.
He points out that Greece is experiencing “a depression deeper than the United States experienced in the 1930s”.
(Indeed, some say that the UK was smart to get out while it could.)
Even Germany’s largest bank, and the bank with the highest exposure to derivatives anywhere in the world – Deutsche Bank – is in big trouble.
NSA Whistleblower: Clinton Emails Damaged U.S. National Security Much More than Manning, Assange Or Any Other WhistleblowerJuly 7, 2016
FBI director Comey said today that Hillary Clinton running emails containing government information on an unsecured, private server was not as bad as former CIA director Petraeus sharing classified documents with his lover.
But the highest-level NSA whistleblower in history, William Binney – the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, and managed six thousand NSA employees – explains why Comey’s statement is nonsense.
By way of background, recall that – when the American press reported that U.S. intelligence services tracked Bin Laden through his satellite phone – he stopping using that type of phone … so we could no longer easily track him.
This is exactly what government officials mean whenever they say that someone – say Edward Snowden, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, or Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning – is threatening national security by “revealing confidential information-gathering methods or sources.
Banana Republic: One System of Justice for the Powerful (Like Clinton) … and Another For Everyone ElseJuly 6, 2016
FBI Director Comey’s announcement that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for sharing government documents on her private, unsecured email server is very troubling …
The FBI Re-Wrote 6 Criminal Laws to Let Clinton Off the Hook
Former FBI director Chris Swecker said Comey should have brought charges against Clinton:
He seemed to be building a case for that and he laid out what I thought were the elements under the gross negligence aspect of it, so I was very surprised at the end when he said that there was a recommendation of no prosecution and also given the fact-based nature of this and the statement that no reasonable prosecutor would entertain prosecution, I don’t think that’s the standard.
Andrew McCarthy – former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others, obtaining convictions for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – notes:
In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require.
A new poll by Marketplace-Edison finds that 71% of Americans – including “Americans from across the economic and political spectrum” – think the economy is rigged.
They’re right …
They’re also right about how broken and totally corrupt our political system has become …
The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, previously said:
The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe.
And in the wake of Brexit, today's Kremlin said much the same thing:
It’s obvious that the U.K. is going through a “turbulent, confusing and unpredictable period,” Dmitry Peskov [Vladimir Putin’s spokesman] told reporters on a conference call Monday. Russia “has gone through the collapse of the Soviet Union and many generations clearly remember the period of the Soviet collapse, that period of uncertainty.”
The USSR was dissolved in December 1991, more than 18 months after Lithuania led the Baltic republics in declaring independence.
Given that the Soviet Union was anti-democratic and authoritarian, and that EU appears to be pushing to destroy the sovereignty of individual European nations, the analogy might not be that far off.Read More »
Preface: We've previously shown that 9/11 couldn't have been an inside job, because:
9/11 was thoroughly and exhaustively investigated by the 9/11 Commission, Congress and U.S. scientific agencies
No one could have foreseen 9/11
Government officials didn't have time to stop the 9/11 attacks, once they realized America was under attack
It couldn't have been a conspiracy, because no one could keep such a big conspiracy secret … someone would have talked
Our government wouldn't do anything like that, and
Our free press would have reported on anything that outrageous
See for yourself.
But many people still believe that the World Trade Center buildings which collapsed on 9/11 were brought down with controlled demolition. This essay shows they can't possibly be right.
I. No One Could Have Planted Bombs In a Crowded Office Building
Conspiracy theorists don't realize that no one could have planted bombs in a crowded office building like the Twin Towers.
Admittedly, tightrope walker Philippe Petit snuck into the World Trade Center with a friend in 1974 with massive amounts of equipment, smuggled the equipment to the top floor and rigged up a highwire for his tightrope walking stunt without being detected.
Top NSA Officials’ Reaction To 9/11: “9/11 Is a Gift To The NSA. We’re Going To Get All Of The Money We Need, And Then Some” … “June 19, 2016
What was the NSA’s reaction to 9/11 … the greatest intelligence failure in history?
After all, overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable. Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.
And a top NSA whistleblower says that the NSA had all of the information it needed prior to 9/11 to stop the attacks. The only reason NSA didn’t share that information with other agencies is because of corruption … in an effort to consolidate power. And see this.
As a high-level NSA whistleblower notes in a brilliant new documentary coming out in September (the best documentary I've ever seen), the reactions to 9/11 by the number 2 and number 3 official at the NSA were:
“9/11 is a gift to the NSA. We’re going to get all of the money we need … and then some”
“We’ll milk this cow for 15 years”
How can this be true?
Because mass surveillance has nothing to do with preventing terrorism.