VIDEO A Letter to Traitor Barack H. Obama : RESIGN

Aaron Karen Billy Vaughn
Aaron Vaughn
September 1, 2014 by Victoria Jackson

To: Barack Hussein Obama
From: Billy and Karen Vaughn (Gold Star Parents)

As published in World Tribune
August 27, 2014

“After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.

My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.

Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way.

That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.

As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.

Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.

Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.

But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks volumes of your true convictions. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” she said. I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re welcome.

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.

Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.

You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to

And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.

You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.

America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.”

Billy & Karen Vaughn are Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn, KIA 6 Aug 2011. Billy is the author of Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17. Read more at

And Millions of Americans including me agree with this letter and sign it


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VIDEO MSNBC: MB Obama Benghazi scandal to return with ‘vengeance’ – ‘Bill Clinton would have fired Hillary’

‘Bill Clinton would have fired Hillary’
Upcoming book, anniversary to cause ‘headache’ for president, Hillary
September 1, 2014

Controversy surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks is poised to return with a “vengeance” this month, threatening political headaches for President Obama and Hillary Clinton, warns MSNBC.

The news network specifically fingered a new book by radio host and WND reporter Aaron Klein, entitled, “The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don’t Want You to Know,” as being in part responsible for the renewed Benghazi publicity.

Also blamed is the upcoming anniversary of the attacks as well as the jumpstart of the special House committee investigating Benghazi when Congress returns from its August recess.

MSNBC reports Klein’s book promises “to blow the lid off” of the issue and provide “shocking,” “devastating” and “mind-blowing” new details of the Benghazi attack.

Continues the news network: “Klein’s audience is undoubtedly the already converted, but three of his previous books have made it to the New York Times bestseller list, and his latest is easy fodder for the conservative echo chamber.”

MSNBC reports Klein is launching a book tour in New York and Washington, and quotes the author’s publicist, Maria Sliwa, as stating Klein “has interview commitments with top-tier cable, radio and print outlets.”

The scandal may have been covered up, but the truth is about to come out in “The REAL Benghazi Story.

Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September,” is the title of the MSNBC article.

It reports the renewed interest in Benghazi is expected to cause “a headache for the teams surrounding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

Klein’s extensively sourced book breaks news on significant issues related to the Benghazi attack.

A sampling of what the publisher says is contained in the book:

- Everything is covered from the secretive activities transpiring inside the doomed facility to shocking new details about the withholding of critical protection at the U.S. special mission.

– Hillary Clinton’s personal role in the Benghazi scandal.

– Information that raises new questions about what really happened to Ambassador Chris Stevens that night.

– Answered for the first time is why the State Department hired armed members of the al-Qaeda-linked February 17 Martyrs Brigade to “protect” the facility.

– New reasons are revealed for not sending air support or Special Forces during the assault, while extensively probing jihadist groups behind the attack.

– How Benghazi has implications that go beyond the Sept. 11, 2012, attack and may have created major national security threats we now face, fueling conflicts from Mali to Syria to Gaza and beyond.

The book is slated for release Sept. 9, two days before the second anniversary of the Benghazi attack.

See a trailer:

‘Bill Clinton would have fired Hillary’
Rand Paul blasts ex-secretary of state for ignoring Benghazi warnings
September 1, 2014

DALLAS – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., certainly seems to have no doubt Hillary Clinton will run for president, after delivering a number of pre-emptive broadsides on her fitness to hold the highest office in the land.

Speaking to the “Defending the American Dream Summit” sponsored by Americans for Prosperity over the weekend, Paul zeroed in on the one incident alone he believes disqualifies her: Benghazi.

Paul, who is widely considered to be preparing his own run for the White House, pointed to one mistake in particular he believed she made as secretary of state when terrorists overran the U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, and killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

It’s been described as bigger than Watergate or Iran-Contra, and the details of the Benghazi terror attack scandal all can be found inside “The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don’t Want You to Know,” autographed by New York Times bestselling author Aaron Klein.

The senator said when Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 23, 2013, he asked her if she had read the numerous cables sent from Benghazi requesting more security in the weeks before the attack. “Cries for help,” he called them.

“She said, ‘Oh no, that wasn’t my job, that was the assistant’s job,’” recounted Paul.

He added, “For her to say she didn’t have time to read them, it was someone else’s job, it wasn’t her responsibility, is a dereliction of duty.”

The senator concluded that should disqualify Clinton from becoming president.

“If she wants to be commander in chief and she cannot protect our embassies … I think it precludes her from ever being commander in chief.”

Paul compared Benghazi to the Oct. 1993 incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which 18 American special operations forces died at the hand of terrorists, as was immortalized in the film “Black Hawk Down.”

The senator pointed out how the slaughter caused President Bill Clinton’s defense secretary, Les Aspen, to resign in disgrace.

“If Hillary Clinton had worked for Bill Clinton, she probably would have been fired,” Paul noted.

Paul said, of all the many scandals under President Obama, the one that sticks out the most in Benghazi.

He said Democrats may call the furor “political spin,” but politics includes determining whether decision-makers have the ability to be commander in chief.

“Decision after decision was made incorrectly,” according to the senator, with the worst being the one to guard the compound with only two Marines, as though it were Paris. “It was more like Baghdad,” he quipped.

Paul also blasted the administration for Obama’s admission that he had no strategy to deal with the terrorist army ISIS, which recently captured huge swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Sarcastically, he asked rhetorically whether Gens. Patton, McArthur and Eisenhower ever would have engaged the enemy without a strategy?

Paul didn’t just go after the Obama administration, he targeted big government in general.

“The wheels of government have ground to a stop because we can’t do anything. We are so dysfunctional that we can’t pass legislation even when we agree on it. We are so dysfunctional that, even when we shut the government down, it costs more money to keep it closed than to open it again.”

He recalled how, during the government shut down last year when only “essential employees” were kept on the job, 90 percent of IRS workers and 95 percent of EPA workers were sent home, saying, “There’s a real lesson we can learn from this.”

Another lesson learned, he said, was how many government employees were wasting taxpayer dollars by downloading porn or running side-businesses on the job, or not even showing up for work, sometimes, for years.

“The definition of a dysfunctional government is you can’t fire anyone, even people who lie, cheat and steal and who don’t show up for work. It’s crazy.”

The likely presidential candidate also emphasized his focus on Fourth Amendment rights against government snooping by bluntly declaring, “It’s none of the government’s damn business what you do on your phone.”

He blasted the government’s contention that even a citizen’s credit-card bill is not protected by privacy rights. Paul noted that just the information on people’s spending habits could reveal much about their personal lives, such as whether they drink, smoke, or gamble and what kind of medications they take.

He said he had no problem with law enforcement gathering all that information on someone the government suspected of being a terrorist, if officers go to a judge and get a warrant.

But, he proclaimed, but, “I don’t want the government looking at the records of 300 million innocent Americans.”

Benghazi They Watched Them Die
Benghazi real Americans
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Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11

Egypt set for military intervention as Libya spirals toward failed state
Mideast Libya
In this image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya’s capital
September 2, 2014 BY: Bill Gertz

Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.

Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.

“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”

The official said the aircraft are a serious counterterrorism concern because reports of terrorist control over the Libyan airliners come three weeks before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks and the second anniversary of the Libyan terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the Benghazi attack, which the Obama administration initially said was the result of a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muslim video.

A senior State Department counterterrorism official declined to comment on reports of the stolen jetliners.

A second State department official sought to downplay the reports. “We can’t confirm that,” he said.

Meanwhile, officials said Egyptian military forces appear to be preparing to intervene in Libya to prevent the country from becoming a failed state run by terrorists, many with ties to al Qaeda.

Libya remains an oil-rich state and if the country is taken over completely by Islamist extremists, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe it will become another terrorist safe haven in the region.

The officials said U.S. intelligence agencies have not confirmed the aircraft theft following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport in late August, and are attempting to locate all aircraft owned by two Libyan state-owned airline companies, as security in the country continued to deteriorate amid fighting between Islamists and anti-Islamist militias.

Video surfaced on Sunday showing armed fighters from the Islamist militia group Libyan Dawn partying inside a captured U.S. diplomatic compound in Tripoli. The footage showed one fighter diving into a pool from a second-story balcony at the facility.

Tripoli airport and at least seven aircraft were reported damaged during fighting that began in July. Photos of the airport in the aftermath showed a number of damaged aircraft. The airport has been closed since mid-July.

The state-owned Libyan Airlines fleet until this summer included 14 passenger and cargo jetliners, including seven Airbus 320s, one Airbus 330, two French ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, and four Bombardier CJR-900s. Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways fleet is made up of 13 aircraft, including three Airbus 319s, seven Airbus 320s, two Airbus 330s, and one Airbus 340.

The aircraft were reportedly taken in late August following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport, located about 20 miles south of the capital, by Libyan Dawn.

Al Jazeera television reported in late August that western intelligence reports had warned of terror threats to the region from 11 stolen commercial jets.

In response, Tunisia stopped flights from other Libyan airports at Tripoli, Sirte, and Misrata over concerns that jets from those airports could be on suicide missions.

Egypt’s government also halted flights to and from Libya.

Military forces in North Africa, including those from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt have been placed on heightened alert as a result of intelligence warning of the stolen aircraft.

Egyptian military jets reportedly have conducted strikes inside Libya against Libyan Dawn positions recently, and U.S. officials said there are signs a larger Egyptian military incursion is being planned.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi was quoted as denying Egyptian air strikes into Libya have taken place but suggested that military action is being considered.

Secretary of State John Kerry last week told his Egyptian counterpart that the United States would speed up the delivery of Apache attack helicopters, although it is not clear the Apaches would be used in any Libyan operations.

Egypt’s military-backed government appears to be seeking a more significant role in regional security after the Obama administration helped engineer the ouster of Libyan strongman Moammar Qaddafi in 2011. Since then, the Obama administration, through its announced policy of “leading from behind,” has stood by while Libya gradually has spiraled into chaos.

The Libyan government announced Sunday that it no longer controlled the capital of Tripoli.

“We announce that the majority of the ministries, institutions, and associations in the capital Tripoli are no longer under its control,” a government statement said.

Libya’s parliament in August declared both Ansar al Sharia and Libyan Dawn as terrorist organizations working to overthrow the government.

Ansar al Sharia, which is based in Benghazi, recently publicized on social media that it has obtained large numbers of more sophisticated weapons, including SA-6 surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, assault rifles, and armored vehicles. The group is closely aligned with al Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria.

Abderrahmane Mekkaoui, a Moroccan military expert, told Al Jazeera television, which first reported the airline theft Aug. 21, the alert regarding the stolen jetliners was preventive and covers the region from Cairo to Lagos Nigeria.

Mekkaoui said the jets being held by the Libyan group called Masked Men Brigade that was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in December.

The Masked Men Brigade is linked to al Qaeda and Ansar al Sharia—the group behind the Benghazi terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2012.

Until the Libya Dawn takeover of the airport, announced Aug. 24, two other militia groups, known as Al Qaqa and Al Sawa controlled the airport and all aircraft belonging to Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways.

Mekkaoui said “credible intelligence” reports given to states in the region indicated the Masked Men Brigade “is plotting to use the planes in attacks on a Maghreb state” on the 9/11 anniversary.

Counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka said that if the theft is confirmed, the stolen aircraft could be used in at least two ways.

“The first would be how commercial airliners were used on Sept. 11, 2001, literally turning an innocent mode of mass transit into a super-high precision guided missile of immense potency,” said Gorka, who holds the Maj. Gen. Charles Horner chair at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va.

“The second tactic could be to use the airframe with its civilian markings as a tool of deception to insert a full payload of armed terrorists into a locale that otherwise is always open to commercial carriers,” he said.

Michael Rubin, a counterterrorism specialist with the American Enterprise Institute, said commercial jetliners in the hands of terrorists could be formidable weapons.

“Who needs ballistic missiles when you have passenger planes? Even empty, but loaded up with fuel they can be as devastating,” Rubin said.

“Each plane could, if deployed by terrorists to maximum devastating effect, represent 1,000 civilian casualties.”

Among the potential targets are urban areas and economic targets, like Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.

“Anyone who has ever flown over Saudi Arabia at night can see refineries like Yanbu lit up like Christmas trees against the blackness of the desert,” Rubin said. “One Saudi security officer once told me that they would only have about 90 seconds to shoot down a hijacked plane from the time it left international airspace to impact in one of the region’s most important refineries.”

Rubin said in 2003 a Boeing 727 went missing in Africa fueling concerns about a terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi.

“What is striking is that more than a decade later, the United States hasn’t taken the need to safeguard what are effectively giant guided missiles seriously,” he said.

A former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, has been leading anti-Islamist forces. His group has access to Libyan air force MiG jets that have conducted strikes on Libyan Dawn positions in recent days. Haftar also has conducted military raids in Benghazi.

The United Nations Security Council on Aug. 27 announced plans for new sanctions on Libyan militias and terrorists. In a resolution the U.N. warned of the “growing presence of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups and individuals operating in Libya.”

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VIDEO Disinformation, Hysteria and Justification for a NATO against Russia – How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine

September 1, 2014 by By Paul Craig Roberts

“If you think that Russia is sending its regular units here, then let me tell you something. If Russia was sending its regular troops, we wouldn’t be talking about the battle of Elenovka here. We’d be talking about a battle of Kiev or a possible capture of Lvov.” – Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk National Republic

September 02, 2014 “ICH” – Lvov is in western Ukraine near the border with Poland. In other words, if Russia invades Ukraine, the fighting will move from the east side to the west side of the country.

As I observed in a recent column, the fantasy spread by Western governments and their media whores that 1,000 Russian troops have invaded Ukraine is the height of absurdity.

Despite the absurdity of the claim, some of the Western tabloids, which is what all Western newspapers now are, have declared these 1,000 troops to be a “full-scale invasion.” All of this nonsense is a buildup to the upcoming NATO conference in Wales. Disinformation is being used to create hysteria and justification for a NATO military buildup on Russia’s borders that could easily result in the final war.

Ask yourselves this question: Is the entirely of the Western media so ignorant and incompetent not to realize that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would not consist of 1,000 troops (the evidence of which no one can find), or is the entirety of the Western media simply willingly serving as a propaganda ministry for Washington’s warmongers, as the Western media did for George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq based on fabricated evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. There are only two conclusions that can be reached about the Western media: Either it is completely stupid or completely corrupt.

Dmitry Orlov tells you what a Russian invasion of Ukraine would look like – below

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine?
September 01, 2014 By Dmitry Orlov

“ICH” - Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine’s borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

You be the judge. I put together this helpful list of top ten telltale signs that will allow you to determine whether indeed Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, or whether Thursday’s announcement is yet another confabulation. (Credit to Roman Kretsul).

Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.

1. Ukrainian artillery fell silent almost immediately. They are no longer shelling residential districts of Donetsk and Lugansk. This is because their locations had been pinpointed prior to the operation, and by Thursday afternoon they were completely wiped out using air attacks, artillery and ground-based rocket fire, as the first order of business. Local residents are overjoyed that their horrible ordeal is finally at an end.

2. The look of military activity on the ground in Donetsk and Lugansk has changed dramatically. Whereas before it involved small groups of resistance fighters, the Russians operate in battalions of 400 men and dozens of armored vehicles, followed by convoys of support vehicles (tanker trucks, communications, field kitchens, field hospitals and so on). The flow of vehicles in and out is non-stop, plainly visible on air reconnaissance and satellite photos. Add to that the relentless radio chatter, all in Russian, which anyone who wants to can intercept, and the operation becomes impossible to hide.

3. The Ukrainian military has promptly vanished. Soldiers and officers alike have taken off their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and are doing their best to blend in with the locals. Nobody thought the odds of the Ukrainian army against the Russians were any good. Ukraine’s only military victory against Russia was at the battle of Konotop in 1659, but at the time Ukraine was allied with the mighty Khanate of Crimea, and, you may have noticed, Crimea is not on Ukraine’s side this time around.

4. There are Russian checkpoints everywhere. Local civilians are allowed through, but anyone associated with a government, foreign or domestic, is detained for questioning. A filtration system has been set up to return demobilized Ukrainian army draftees to their native regions, while the volunteers and the officers are shunted to pretrial detention centers, to determine whether they had ordered war crimes to be committed.

5. Most of Ukraine’s border crossings are by now under Russian control. Some have been reinforced with air defense and artillery systems and tank battalions, to dissuade NATO forces from attempting to stage an invasion. Civilians and humanitarian goods are allowed through. Businessmen are allowed through once they fill out the required forms (which are in Russian).

6. Russia has imposed a no-fly zone over all of Ukraine. All civilian flights have been cancelled. There is quite a crowd of US State Department staffers, CIA and Mossad agents, and Western NGO people stuck at Borispol airport in Kiev. Some are nervously calling everyone they know on their satellite phones. Western politicians are demanding that they be evacuated immediately, but Russian authorities want to hold onto them until their possible complicity in war crimes has been determined.

7. The usual Ukrainian talking heads, such as president Poroshenko, PM Yatsenyuk and others, are no longer available to be interviewed by Western media. Nobody quite knows where they are. There are rumors that they have already fled the country. Crowds have stormed their abandoned residences, and were amazed to discover that they were all outfitted with solid gold toilets. Nor are the Ukrainian oligarchs anywhere to be found, except for the warlord Igor Kolomoisky, who was found in his residence, abandoned by his henchmen, dead from a heart attack. (Contributed by the Saker.)

8. Some of the over 800,000 Ukrainian refugees are starting to stream back in from Russia. They were living in tent cities, many of them in the nearby Rostov region, but with the winter coming they are eager to get back home, now that the shelling is over. Along with them, construction crews, cement trucks and flatbeds stacked with pipe, cable and rebar are streaming in, to repair the damage from the shelling.

9. There is all sorts of intense diplomatic and military activity around the world, especially in Europe and the US. Military forces are on highest alert, diplomats are jetting around and holding conferences. President Obama just held a press conference to announce that “We don’t have a strategy on Ukraine yet.” His military advisers tell him that his usual strategy of “bomb a little and see what happens” is not likely to be helpful in this instance.

10. Kiev has surrendered. There are Russian tanks on the Maidan Square. Russian infantry is mopping up the remains of Ukraine’s National Guard. A curfew has been announced. The operation to take Kiev resembled “Shock and Awe” in Baghdad: a few loud bangs and then a whimper.

Armed with this list, you too should be able to determine whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine last Thursday.

Dmitry Orlov is a Russian-American engineer and a writer on subjects related to “potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States,” something he has called “permanent crisis”.

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VIDEO Goon Thugs and Gullible Conservatives – Army Plans to Battle Anti-Gov’t Dissidents – ‘Fake’ Cell Towers

-Florida Police Officers Blow Whistle On Their Chief
-U.S. Army Plans to Battle Anti-Government Dissidents in “Megacities”
-Mysterious ‘Fake’ Cell Phone Towers Found Across America
where are the class action suits?
September 1, 2014 by Paul Craig Roberts

Reports, such as this one , are routine occurrences that happen many times each day. Gratuitous police violence in America is totally out of control. Every day police murder 1.4 Americans, and beat, taser, body slam, and break into the homes of many others. Ferguson made it into the news, but Americans suffer police violence every day.

In response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, apologists for police brutality concocted every possible excuse imaginable in order to justify Brown’s killing. Yet, we know for a fact that unprovoked police violence is routine and apparently unavoidable. The willingness of “law and order conservatives” to give the police the benefit of the doubt in the face of all evidence to the contrary is inexcusable.

In the story reported in the above link, a 68-year old woman and her adopted daughter were attacked in their home by a goon thug SWAT team that destroyed their unlocked front door, threw stun grenades into the home blowing out the windows, ordered the women to the floor with rifles pointed at their heads, handcuffed them and paraded them out of the house in front of neighbors.

What was it all about? More stupid incompetence and outrageous behavior by our goon thugs.

The women’s wireless internet signal was not protected by a password, and a neighbor used it to post a silly message that read as a threat to the Evansville police. The police followed the IP address to the women’s home and terrorized them.

Before the police were militarized, detectives would have arrived at the house with a search warrant to inspect cell phones and computers for evidence of the threatening message. None would have been found, and the detectives would have realized that someone nearby was operating on the women’s wireless signal. The search would have been expanded and the matter resolved without violence.

The violence inflicted on the women and their home was totally unnecessary and totally unjustified. Luckily, the women did not have a pet dog or it would have been shot by the goon thugs. The trauma gratuitously inflicted on the two women is experienced by Americans many times each day. Our taxes are used not to protect us but to traumatize us and to inflict property damage on us. The Federal Reserve reports that 52% of American households cannot raise $400 in cash, which is about the cost of replacing a shattered door and door frame.

Other than the endless wars cooked up in Washington by the neoconservative warmongers, the police are the greatest threat that Americans face. The police do not protect anyone. They get their jollies murdering, beating, and tasering American citizens. We would be much safer without the police.

The SWAT team assault on the women’s home demonstrates that police lack sufficient judgment and humanity to be trusted with weapons and authority of any kind. The police behave in brutally mindless ways for which no justification exists. Moreover, they seldom tell the truth about their brutal encounters with the public. Nevertheless, the “law and order” conservatives can always be counted on to believe whatever tale the goon thugs tell and, indeed, to add to the exculpatory tale themselves.

It has long been known that power attracts bullies and psychopaths and that the less accountable power is the more unrestrained its use will be. Given this fact, it is impossible to comprehend the stupidity of government that gave the go ahead to the militarization of the police. The police are taught that their lives are so important–exceptional lives–that no risk whatsoever must be taken with them, even when confronting elderly women and children.

The consequence of this training is to elevate the role of violence in police encounters. The police are trained to ensure that the citizen bears all the risks of a police confrontation even in instances in which citizens are incapable of harming the police.

In my opinion, it was a felony to train police to abuse their authority and the public. We need to find out who is responsible and to bring class action suits seeking restitution against the criminals who trained the police to become a deadly threat to the public.

Florida Police Officers Blow Whistle On Their Chief
Sept 2, 2014 By: Annabelle Bamforth

Waldo, FL- Four officers in the Waldo Police Department revealed to the city council last Tuesday that the department’s chief was assigning required quotas for writing tickets. The information was brought forth while discussing other complaints about activities in the department.

Quotas are illegal according to Florida state law.

Officer Brandon Roberts explained to city council members that Chief Mike Szabo ordered the officers in the department to write 12 tickets in a 12-hour work shift in order to keep their jobs. Roberts used printed emails from Szabo to validate his claims.

One such email read “Looks like you have some work to do when you come in,” written by Szabo to an officer who had issued four speeding tickets.

“We’re doing this with a heavy heart,” said Roberts. “We would never want to go against our fellow officers but we have no faith in our chain of command.”

“It’s very stressful driving through there. I mean you’re always- they’ll pull you over for anything,” said Cheryl Griffis, a Waldo resident.

In a poll conducted by the National Motorists Association regarding the worst speed traps in the country, the town of Waldo ranks third. Waldo is home to about 1,000 people.

According to Waldo documents, about half of the town’s $1 million budget relies on “police revenue”. The American Automobile Association (AAA) classified Waldo as a “traffic trap” that uses “unfair, unethical or illegal law enforcement tactics or traffic control devices.”

Waldo city manager Kim Worley suspended Szabo on August 12th after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated “an alleged violation of police procedure”. It is unclear if that investigation is related to the allegations from Roberts and the other officers as city officials have been disclosing little information, but a document from Worley stated that an investigation is underway.
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U.S. Army Plans to Battle Anti-Government Dissidents in “Megacities”
Future operations will neutralize groups which ‘undermine the authority of the state’
September 2, 2014 by Paul Joseph Watson

The U.S. Army is preparing to fight political dissidents who challenge the power of the state as “megacities” become the battleground of the future, according to a new report in the Army Times.

The article details how the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) worked with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year to wargame the future of armed combat, which will revolve around the neutralization of groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state,” a chillingly vague description which could easily be applied to political dissidents.

The plan foresees an unprecedented realignment of U.S. military strategy focused around putting “boots on the ground” in megacities to deal with “politically dispossessed” populations while relying on “more lethal and more autonomous” methods.

“It is inevitable that at some point the United States Army will be asked to operate in a megacity and currently the Army is ill-prepared to do so,” asserted a report by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno’s Strategic Studies Group, while Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster warned that the Army will increasingly have to expand its presence to battle an enemy which operates in “other contested spaces like organized crime and politics.”

The report also notes how the Army will utilize directed energy weapons which “would allow U.S. to have direct-fire capabilities with significant logistics reduction, and to counter enemy long-range missile capability.”

The article also cites a recent report by the Australian Army which identifies the fact that “these cities represent the battlefields of the future.”

Confirmation that the U.S. Army is preparing to fight disaffected groups and individuals who attempt to ‘undermine the authority of the state’, which could apply to a whole host of perfectly legal political activities, is particularly concerning given the recent militarized police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

A 2012 study by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland which was funded by the Department of Homeland Security lists Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty” and “suspicious of centralized federal authority” alongside violent terrorist groups.

Will citizens who ‘undermine the authority of the state’ by espousing these beliefs also be a future target for the U.S. Army under this new doctrine?

Earlier this year we also highlighted how the U.S. Army built a 300 acre ‘fake city’ in Virginia complete with a sports stadium, bank, school, and an underground subway in order to train for unspecified future combat scenarios. The city included a Christian chapel and subway signs in English, suggesting it was intended to double as a domestic town in addition to an overseas location.

The Army Times report is also disconcerting in light of a recently uncovered U.S. Army training document which detailed preparations for “full scale riots” within the United States during which troops may be forced to engage in a “lethal response” to deal with crowds of demonstrators.

As with previous examples, the manual made it clear that such operations were being planned not just for foreign occupations but for inside the “continental United States (CONUS)” in the event of “unruly and violent crowds” where it is “necessary to quell riots and restore public order.”

The document also describes the deployment of a “lethal response” directed against “unarmed civilians,” including “sniper response” and “small arms direct fire,” while making reference to domestic political upheavals such as the 1999 demonstrations against the WTO in Seattle.

While the U.S. border remains wide open amidst reports of ISIS insurgents planning attacks, the fact that the security apparatus of the United States is more concerned with taking on political dissidents inside megacities is likely to prompt fresh outrage.

Mysterious ‘Fake’ Cell Phone Towers Found Across America
Imposter towers discovered near U.S. Army bases
September 2, 2014 by Paul Joseph Watson

Are strange imposter cell phone towers discovered across the country part of a secret government surveillance program?

No-knock SWAT raid leaves Texas father dead, family traumatized

The Police State in 2014

MSM Whitewash Of Police State Exposed

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VIDEO MB Obama Attacks GOP has Welcome Mat for ISIS – Ignore 6 K Missing Illegals – ISIS beheads second U.S. journalist

-JUST FOUND Video Of American Steven Sotloff Getting Beheaded By ISIS
-Obama Attacks Republicans while Leaving Welcome Mat out for ISIS
-Feds Ignore ISIS Border Terror Threat Focus instead on political groups in America
-ISIS Terrorists Get Stuck in a Septic Tank
-War Propaganda Works: Large Majority Of Americans Now Want Military Action In Syria, Iraq
September 2, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo

On Sunday, Judicial Watch tweeted that it was good to see Tom Fitton and the El Paso Times taking the ISIS terror threat seriously:

However, when it comes to the rest of the media, there is nothing but silence.

Beyond Fox News and a handful of alternative news websites, few are mentioning the Judicial Watch report. The organization cited sources within the government that said an ISIS attack on the United States emanating from Ciudad Juarez is “coming soon.”

Government Focuses On Domestic Political Enemies, Not Islamic Terror

The FBI, in addition to tracking down who posted nude photos of celebrities on the internet, is concentrating on non-Muslim would-be terrorists. Its National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism doesn’t mention Muslim terrorists or the possibility of an attack launched from the southern border.

“The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting– both carried out by radical Muslim Americans,” writes Bill Gertz for the Washington Free Beacon.

The most prominent threat to America, according to the FBI and the government, comes from “eight types of domestic extremist movements – none motivated by radical Islam.”

“They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.”

According to the report, “lone actors” and “small cells” inspired by “anarchist, anti-government militias, white supremacy, and sovereign citizen extremists… will engage in lethal violence, although it is most likely the majority of violent criminal acts will continue to be characterized as serious crimes, such as arson and assault, but which are not, ultimately lethal.”

DHS, FBI, DOJ, State Police: Political Opposition in America Are the Real Terrorists

The absence of Islamic terror in the FBI assessment is hardly surprising given previous reports produced by the agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

In June reported on Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee,” a revamped version of Janet Reno’s post Oklahoma City bombing task force. It will include members from the FBI and Justice Department’s National Security Division.

“We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” Holder said in a video posted on the Department of Justice website. “As the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet, it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home.”

“Holder pointed to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report that claims domestic terrorism has produced more than two dozen incidents since 9/11 as justification for the task force, specifically noting the Boston Marathon bombing and Fort Hood shooting,” writes Mikael Thalen.

The Department of Homeland Security has produced a number of reports warning patriot groups and others pose a threat to national security.

In 2012, the agency produced Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 (PDF), a document characterizing Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

“While largely omitting Islamic terrorism – the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism,” writes Paul Joseph Watson.

In 2011, the DHS produced several PSAs, or Public Service Announcements, depicting non-Muslim Americans as terrorists. “Far from representing some superficial nod to political correctness, this is in fact a deliberate effort by the feds to characterize predominantly white, middle class, politically engaged Americans as domestic extremists. It’s all part of the agenda to frame dissent against big government as dangerous radicalism,” Watson wrote in August, 2011.

In 2009, reported on “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” a DHS produced document that characterized patriot groups as potential terrorists.

Prior to the release of the DHS report, Alex Jones and reported on a Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) document on the “Modern Militia Movement” dated February 20, 2009, that “describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties,” we reported on March 11, 2009.

The documents produced by the government demonstrate the establishment is more concerned about political opposition at home than Islamic terrorism abroad that has the potential of crossing over an unprotected border.

The Judicial Watch report reveals the possibility of a terror attack by a group that has repeatedly demonstrated its desire to attack civilians and military forces alike. The establishment media is now ignoring this threat.

Obama Attacks Republicans while Leaving Welcome Mat out for ISIS
September 2, 2014 By Ben Barrack

The U.S. Border with Mexico is wide open; ISIS is beheading people with reckless abandon in Iraq and Syria. One of its victims was American journalist James Foley. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that ISIS poses an “immediate threat” to the U.S. thanks to growing immigration issues. The Obama administration is not only refusing to enforce immigration laws; it is facilitating lawlessness.

U.S. President Barack Obama compared ISIS to a “jayvee” team and then proceeded to tell the American people that he doesn’t “have a strategy” for dealing with the terrorist group in Syria. His strategy relative to the U.S. border with Mexico is apparently to make it easier for ISIS to enter the U.S. which, again serves his anti-Republican agenda.

When it comes to Republicans, there is no equivocation or ambivalence; Obama seeks all out defeat:

President Barack Obama used his Labor Day speech on Monday to slam Republicans for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, equal pay for women, affordable health care and more.

“Republicans in Congress love to say ‘no.’ Those are just facts, they’re facts of life. They say ‘no’ to everything,” Obama said to the crowd gathered at Milwaukee’s Laborfest.

The president began to outline his goals for working-class families, saying that he has “put [his] money down” on the middle class.

“I want an economy where your hard work pays off with higher wages, and higher income and fair pay for women, and workplace flexibility for parents, and affordable health insurance and decent retirement benefits,” Obama said. “I’m not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for Americans.”

He continued, “Most of the policies I’m talking about have two things in common: They’re going to help more working families get ahead, and the Republicans who run our Congress oppose almost all of them.”

Even with the premise that people actually believe all that, should they not admit that at a minimum, Obama has an extreme case of misplaced priorities?

The enemies of the United States don’t need to divide and conquer. Obama is leaving the gate open for ISIS to enter through the southern border while dividing Americans at home.

Meanwhile, the face of his opposition – the most powerful Republican by position – is making videos in which he compares himself to a monkey:

ISIS Terrorists Get Stuck in a Septic Tank
September 2, 2014

Yes, what you see in this video is what you see, ISIS terrorists found hiding in a septic tank as they were caught and now you can see them oozing out of it one by one:

JUST FOUND Video Of American Steven Sotloff Getting Beheaded By ISIS
September 2, 2014 By Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE has just found the video of ISIS beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff.

ABC, while not having the video, said that the video “purportedly” showed the beheading. The rest of the mainstream media is saying the same thing. Well now we know for a fact that Steven Sotloff, like James Foley, was beheaded.

Some complained about showing the video, but this is naive and is irresponsible by the U.S. government and the media alike in which they for decades watered down the real threat that Americans face when they pussyfoot with Islam. Perhaps the only way to help people understand why we post the video is to explain the hard lesson that needs to be sent to people who only learn the hard way, especially the liberal type who are sympathetic to Islamic causes and think that a cobra is simply just another fish. Here is Sotlof’s naive and typical western lack of comprehension about Muslim fundamentalists which cost him his life:

As was the case with Foley, Sotloff appeared to be sympathetic to the causes of opposition groups in Libya and Syria (sounds familiar?) as well as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Unfortunately, these American journalists like most liberals are often times far too willing to befriend Muslim fundamentalists who will turn on them.

In the days after the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was overthrown last year, Sotloff visited the site of the Brotherhood protests at the Raba’a al-Adawiyya mosque and wrote about the experience:

When I told my Egyptian friend Ahmad Kamal that I wanted to go to the Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Nasser City, a pallid look gripped him. “Don’t go there!” he pleaded. “They are fanatics who hate foreigners. Americans like you are in danger there.”

After an hour of fruitless conversation over endless glasses of sweet tea, I rose, shook Ahmad’s hand, and headed straight to the lair where he believed I would be devoured.

But when I arrived at Nasser City, the picture Ahmad painted of long-bearded, club-wielding extremists bent on roughing up secular Egyptians was just as devoid of truth so much else in this divided country. Coups depicted as revolutions, peaceful protesters painted as fanatics, and disgruntled citizens hailed as revolutionaries have transformed Egypt into a circus where the main attraction is the uncertainty of heading into the unknown.

Was it “devoid of truth”? Its time for folks to listen up; this is Islamic fundamentalism which we warned you about for decades, and Soltof’s head is the result. Stop pussyfooting with cobras.

The full details surrounding Sotloff’s disappearance are not known but it happened about one month later in Syria and if he was willing to go to Raba’a al-Adawiyya in the days after Mursi was overthrown, there’s no telling what he was willing to do in Syria.

As has reported, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood are now fighting each other, not because of a difference in ideology but more over turf and what each side envisions as the model and leadership of any Caliphate.

In hindsight, Sotloff would have done well to listen to Ahmad, the man who pleaded with him to stay away from Raba’a al-Adawiyya. These journalists who don’t understand the mindset of the likes of the FSA in Syria (as Foley apparently did not) also don’t understand the stealth mindset of Muslim Brotherhood figures like Gehad el-Haddad.

Gehad El-Haddad

While at the mosque, Sotloff interacted with a former Clinton Foundation employee and Muslim Brotherhood leader Gehad el-Haddad, who was the Chief of Staff to Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Khairat el-Shater:

Drawing on his vast knowledge of Western liberalism, Haddad explained how the military’s coup contravened the pillars of democracy. “President Morsi was elected by the people at the ballot box,” he noted, scratching his perfectly trimmed beard. “Only there can his legitimacy and position be removed. Not in the streets with tanks and machine gun toting soldiers.”

Haddad’s sentiments were echoed by those in the crowd albeit less articulately and more fragmented. “The people voted for Morsi,” 45-year-old teacher Sa’id Rashwan told me. “Why have a few now decided he cannot rule?’

Such frustrations were the main theme of the Nasser City protests. But others expressed puzzlement with the very fundamentals of electoral politics. “Is this how democracy functions?” asked a 38-year-old carpenter, Salim Moussa. “When people get mad at your president does he have to resign?”

Despite their indignation, Morsi supporters were adamant they would not resort to violence. “We have made our commitment to elections and democracy,” Haddad explained. “We believe violence neither serves our cause nor that of the Egyptian people.”

At the time, one of Sotloff’s tweets directed followers to Haddad’s twitter feed in order to get the Muslim Brotherhood perspective about what was going on in Egypt:


Haddad’s last tweet was on September 12th of last year. He was jailed soon thereafter as Egypt came under the control of Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. As has reported on extensively, Haddad was an employee of the Clintons (Bill and Hillary) for years.

In a bizarre type of macabre foreshadowing, Sotloff ended his article with a paragraph that would ultimately prove his friend Ahmad right:

Ahmad refuses to countenance that the Brotherhood and its supporters have legitimate grievances. Such stubbornness is blocking the path to reconciliation Egypt desperately needs to extricate itself from its security and economic woes. And until Egyptians like Ahmad extend an olive branch to those in Nasser City, Egypt will continue to be mired in a zone of uncertainty.

In the case of Foley, as reported, despite his support for the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a group affiliated with the FSA reportedly turned Foley over to his ultimate killers as a goodwill gesture.

As for Sotloff, he demonstrated a willingness to put himself in a very bad spot and attempted to ingratiate himself with bad actors.

When those bad actors are Muslim fundamentalists, betrayal should always be in the calculus.

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War Propaganda Works: Large Majority Of Americans Now Want Military Action In Syria, Iraq
Complete turnaround on attitudes of one year ago
September 2, 2014 by Steve Watson

In a complete 180 degree turnaround, a sizeable majority of Americans now want the government to engage in military action in Syria and Iraq, following the brutal beheading of an American journalist, and other stories of atrocities committed by ISIS terrorists.

A YouGov poll released this week, found that four times as many Americans now support US led military action than oppose it.

The survey notes that 63 percent of Americans back airstrikes in Syria, while 16 percent do not. Just one year ago, as the Obama administration campaigned for military action in Syria against President Bashar Assad’s troops, the numbers were almost exactly reversed, as 60 percent opposed military action with only 20 percent declaring support.

Ironically, any US military action in Syria will be sold on the exact opposite reasoning, that militant Islamic rebels are taking over the country. Last year, US airstrikes were proposed to help the rebels fighting against the Syrian government.

The latest survey also shows that support for military action is spread across political divides, with 60 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents and 76 percent of Republicans declaring support for military action against ISIS.

“Attitudes towards the use of military force in Syria have changed significantly over the past year.” YouGov’s analysis of the findings states. “In September 2013, when a deal to disarm Syria’s chemical weapons was agreed, 62% of Americans opposed the use of military force while only 20% supported it. Today when asked whether they support the use of military force against ISIS militants in Syria, the situation is reversed.”

In addition, YouGov notes that “support for military action has increased significantly despite the fact that expectations of deeper US involvement remain the same.” This is due to the fact that the latest figures show 40 percent of Americans said that strikes would be the first step towards having US troops in Syria. In 2013, that figure was 45 percent, just a five point difference.

The flip in Americans’ attitudes comes in the wake of the James Foley beheading video being used by the government and the mainstream media as a poster child to reinvigorate support behind a military attack on Syria, almost exactly a year after a dubious chemical weapons attack was exploited for the same purpose.

As Infowars reported, top forensic experts have concluded that the alleged beheading was likely “staged” and that the footage in the clip does not show the execution of Foley. Despite this, the footage has continued to be paraded as a casus belli for expanding U.S. military operations. It seems that previous massive public and political opposition to America’s involvement in the region has now been offset.

In Iraq too, where support for military action has been consistently low and dwindling for a long period, a majority, 64 percent, now back airstrikes, with only 20 percent opposed.

Over the weekend, the Obama administration green lighted airstrikes in Iraq under the War Powers Resolution, which gives presidents authorization for temporary military action. Democrat leaders, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also openly declared their backing for military action on the weekend news network shows.

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Taiwan ‘regrets’ China’s decision to prescreen HK chief executive candidates – China Quashes Democracy in Hong Kong

China Quashes Democracy in Hong Kong
A pro-democracy march in Hong Kong, Aug. 17. (File photo/Xinhua)
Taiwan - China
September 1, 2014

Taiwan’s China policy planner expressed regret Sunday that candidates for the next chief executive of Hong Kong must be screened before they are eligible to run in the special administrative region’s first popular election in 2017.

The Mainland Affairs Council expressed disappointment in the decision from China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), which the council said did not meet pro-democracy campaigners’ wishes for a free election of their chief executive.

“Democracy and popular voting are universal values. We understand the Hong Kong people’s expectation for the implementation of real universal suffrage,” the council said in a statement.

“We feel regret,” the council said, stating that there is a difference between public opinion in nominally self-governing Hong Kong and the policies of the government in Beijing, which through the NPC chose to set restrictions on the nomination system and number of candidates for the next Hong Kong chief executive.

The Mainland Affairs Council urged cooperation among the people of Hong Kong, the city’s special administrative government and the central government in Beijing to continue seeking common ground with “wisdom and patience,” so that the Hong Kong chief executive election in 2017 can be held in a peaceful and rational manner.

The 12th Standing Committee of the NPC, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, decided earlier in the day that Hong Kong’s next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017, but only two to three candidates may be put forth and must be selected by a nominating committee.

The decision must win approval from at least two-thirds of Legislative Council members and the chief executive, and must get the NPC’s final ratification, before it is implemented.

“The principle that the chief executive has to be a person who loves the country and loves Hong Kong must be upheld,” said the NPC on the decision.

The decision at once sparked outcry from pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, with some gathering for an impromptu protest against Beijing’s move to “designate” a Hong Kong leader.

Hundreds of activists joined the protest rally, with some carrying posters and placards reading “Occupying Central, Changing Society.” Central is the financial and political district of Hong Kong.

The organizers estimated that the rally would attract at least 2,000 people by midnight.

Pro-democracy group Occupy Central vowed to go ahead with its plan to take over Central in protest, despite repeated warnings from authorities against the idea.

Li Fei, the deputy head of the NPC’s standing committee, dismissed democracy advocates’ demands for an election based on “international standards,” decrying that designation as a subjective one.

He said the NPC’s decision was the government’s way of “strictly upholding” Hong Kong’s Basic Law, the constitution-like document that went into effect when Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997.

China Quashes Democracy in Hong Kong
Ruling allows Beijing to still control nomination process for city’s top leader
August 31, 2014 BY: Daniel Wiser

China’s legislature on Sunday denied fully democratic elections to Hong Kong in a move that could spark mass protests in the city’s streets.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled that nominees for Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017 would still have to obtain approval from 50 percent of a mostly pro-Beijing committee. The financial center’s pro-democracy movement had pushed for minimal involvement from China in both the nomination and election process.

One pro-democracy legislator in Hong Kong told the New York Times that the city’s residents feel “betrayed.”

“After having lied to Hong Kong people for so many years, it finally revealed itself today,” said Alan Leong. “Hong Kong people are right to feel betrayed. It’s certain now that the central government will be effectively appointing Hong Kong’s chief executive.”

China regained administrative control of the former British colony in 1997. Hong Kong has since operated under a “one country, two systems” agreement that grants it more civil liberties and local freedoms than the mainland, making it a potential flashpoint in the clashes between Beijing and pro-democracy groups.

The group Occupy Central now says it will stage nonviolent demonstrations in Hong Kong to protest the new electoral rules.

Democratic members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council could still attempt to block implementation of the electoral changes, which require approval by a two-thirds majority. However, the city’s current chief executive—loyal to Beijing—warned that not passing the rules could bar residents from voting at all.

Hong Kong’s chief executive is currently selected by a 1,200-member election committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites. Under the new guidelines, residents can vote for their leader but only after the nominees receive approval from at least half of the committee.

Ellen Bork, director of democracy and human rights for the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), previously told the Washington Free Beacon that the United States and other Western democracies should speak out in support of fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.

“The question is whether the real democracies are willing to stand up for Hong Kong’s people who have repeatedly and overwhelmingly showed they want to choose their own leaders, not be governed by Beijing’s proxies,” she said.

The Hong Kong ruling comes amid a widening crackdown on dissent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s communist leaders likely feared that more democratic elections in Hong Kong could prompt calls for more freedoms on the mainland, analysts say.

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