Before Presidential Debate, Obama Admin Weakened Endangered Species Act Under Oil Industry Pressure

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As eyes turned to the most viewed presidential debate in U.S. history, the Obama administration meanwhile quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and delivered a blow to the Endangered Species Act. 

How to stop weapons of mass destruction aimed at Africa

By Carrie Giunta

In Africa, as in the Middle East, the US is creating a vicious circle of war and destabilization. Libya like Iraq became a failed state after US-led regime change in 2011. Trouble and a deepening refugee crisis followed regime change. This contributed to the destabilization of North African countries and effected sub-Saharan countries. Fallout from the 2011 intervention led inexorably to the worsening situation in Libya today.

Now the vicious circle of killing and instability will run at a furious pace as the US Department of Defense (DOD) shifts the speed of war in the Middle East and Africa. A strategically important navy base located opposite Libya on the Mediterranean houses the global military telecommunications system known as MUOS.

Syria News - Sept 29, 2016

John Kerry: U.S. is 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Moscow on Syria - US News

VIDEO: Interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria, Iran, and diplomacy - YouTube

U.S. weighs tougher response to Russia over Syria crisis: officials - Reuters

VIDEO: United States Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken can't tell Congress what Plan B in Syria is - YouTube

Syrian rebels get new Grad rockets from foreign states: commander - Reuters

'Aleppo must not fall': US reportedly to allow its Gulf allies to flood the city with shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missiles, according to a rebel source - Middle East Eye

Ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke: How the US armed-up Syrian jihadists - Consortiumnews

Special Ops pushing Pentagon to define Islamic roots of terrorism, The 2015 version of the National Military Strategy does not mention Islamic ideology -

U.S. and EU sanctions are punishing ordinary Syrians and crippling aid work, U.N. report reveals -

Saudi Crown prince’s Turkey visit to cement ties between regional heavyweights, Syria will likely be top issue on the agenda - Arab News

Politics and economy on the agenda of Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Turkey - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT



Kremlin says continuing Russia's 'anti-terrorist' air operation in Syria - Business Insider

Kremlin: US failed to fulfil promise of separating Syria opposition, terrorists in 1 Week - Sputnik

Lavrov draws Kerry's attention to reports Jebhat al-Nusra receives weapons from US - TASS

Russia says it would support 48-hour truce in Aleppo, not a 7-day pause because it would give militant groups time to regroup - Fox

Russian Su-34 front-line fighter jets reappear in Syrian sky due to aggravation of the situation (VIDEO) -

Terrorists mull ‘chemical attack’ in Aleppo to frame Syrian govt: Russia’s Defense Ministry - RT News

Pro-Syrian government forces control Aleppo's Handarat camp: rebel - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army takes control of Kindi Hospital in northern Aleppo - Sputnik

Syrian troops and an estimated 5,000 foreign Shia fighters plan imminent advance to capture east Aleppo - The Guardian

Pro-government Palestinian militia fights in Aleppo - The Long War Journal

Syria's UN envoy says: 'We don't bomb civilians’ - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: US failed to fulfill any of their promises & commitments in Syria: Assad adviser - YouTube

Russian campaign saved Syria from ‘becoming part of new Ottoman empire': Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim - Sputnik

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US Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Russia in Full Gear over One-Sided Dutch/Aussie Report on Flight 17 Downing

By Dave Lindorff


If the danger of the anti-Putin, anti-Russian disinformation propaganda campaign out of the Pentagon and promoted by the US corporate media weren't so serious, the effort itself might be laughable. I did laugh,

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Focus: FBI Director James Comey's Congressional Testimony on Clinton Emails - Sept 28, 2016

Congressman Issa says FBI gave broader immunity to Clinton aides than first disclosed (read UPDATE) - LawNewz

VIDEO: Issa grills Comey: Why did Cheryl Mills receive immunity for 'destruction of materials' as well for laptop? - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO (Starts at 3:43:45) : Issa: Mills received immunity under 18 U.S.C. § 2071, which covers concealment, removal or mutilation of government documents - C-SPAN

VIDEO: Gohmert grills Comey: You gave immunity to people who could have made your case - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Gowdy to Comey: You have five immunity agreements and no prosecution, 'That's not the FBI that I used to work for' - RealClearPolitics

Gowdy: Mills walked out of FBI interview when they ‘went into an area she didn't want it to go’ (VIDEO) - Breitbart

Comey: Cheryl Mills' laptop contained 'some' classified information - Fox News

Comey: Unusual but not unprecedented for Clinton to bring nine lawyers, including Cheryll Mills, to FBI interview - Washington Examiner

Clinton aide Cheryll MIlls asked Pagliano for information on 'wiping' servers, and not with a cloth - Hot Air

Comey denies Clinton email 'Reddit' cover-up, says the computer aide Combetta was trying to replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public - POLITICO

VIDEO: FBI Director Comey: Clinton IT contractor Combetta's Reddit posts are not evidence of a 'cover-up,' not a violation of immunity deal - RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Chaffetz grills FBI's Comey: Did Combetta destroy federal records on his own or under instruction? - YouTube

Comey silent on pending Clinton perjury probe - TheHill

VIDEO: Full video of FBI Director Comey's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -

ARCHIVE: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation connection - Breibart

ARCHIVE: Comey has long history of cases ending favorable to Clintons - WND

ARCHIVE: James Comey And KPMG: Isn't it ironic - Forbes

FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of 'confidential' Clinton aide - Fox News

Huma Abedin caught in falsehood—but no followup - Breibart

Hillary failed to take highest security training at State Dept in 2009 - The Daily Caller

Fewer than one in five State Dept employees with security clearance completed classified info training - Fox News

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Syria News - Sept 27, 2016

Syrian troops advance in central Aleppo near old quarter - AP

VIDEO: Syrian flag flies on the Citadel of Aleppo - YouTube

Nusra & armed groups in E Aleppo are threatening residents who decide to leave for western part will have their houses burnt - EHSANI2, Twitter

Russian Foreign Ministry: Aleppo to be liberated with assistance of Russian aerospace forces - Sputnik

Bunker-buster bomb reports may mark new stage in Russia's Syrian assault - The Guardian

Moscow slams the United States and Britain for accusing Russia of 'barbarism', says their statements on Syria at UN ‘unacceptable’ -

Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is expected to arrive to Eastern Mediterranean Sea in Mid-October - Already Happened on Twitter

Moscow makes public full text of Russia-US Deal on Syria - Sputnik

Assad's aide: Russia seeks Damascus approval of all Syrian settlement deals - Sputnik

U.S. officials: 3,000 Iran-backed fighters converge on Aleppo amid deadly Syria airstrikes - Fox News

400 Iraqi fighters joined Iran-backed militia in Aleppo: source - ZAMAN ALWSL

Iran admits conducting drone strikes in Syria - NOW

Commander: IRGC supplies intelligence to Russia for airstrikes in Syria - The Long War Journal

Iraqi Shiite militia commander close to Qassem Soleimani killed in Aleppo - The Long War Journal



House Dems back Obama on Syria despite bloodshed, calling on him to "persevere in this diplomatic path" - POLITICO

Letter of nearly 60 House Democrats to Obama on Syria - POLITICO

White House spokesman: Obama ‘reviewing all of the available options' on Syria -

Gulf countries may arm rebels with shoulder-fired missiles against Syrian and Russian warplanes now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials - Reuters

Russia claims that Nusra in Aleppo receives military hardware from its backers, 'with the US, presumably, turning a blind eye' - South Front

US not willing to attack Nusra: Russian FM -

In interview Nusra commander says US arming jihadists indirectly via 3rd countries: 'They support the countries [Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar] that support us’...‘Americans are on our side’ - RT News

VIDEO (English Subs): Interview with Nusra commander about foreign support in Syria - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Nusra commander about foreign support in Syria - M of A

"Experts" fail to debunk the Nusra commander interview as a hoax - M of A

US denies providing anti-tank missiles to Nusra - Sputnik

Damascus says it has audio of Daesh talks with US military before strike on Syrian Army - Sputnik

Pentagon dismisses Syria's ‘ludicrous' allegations of coordination with Daesh - Sputnik

Turkey's presidential spokesman urges Syria safe zones -

Turkey’s de facto safe zone in northern Syria, Ankara is planning to send troops 45 kilometers into the country - NOW

Turkey faces decision over boots on the ground in Syria -

Turkey says Kurdish militia role in Raqqa offensive would endanger Syria - Reuters

Ankara needs Damascus' consent to conduct military op in Syria: Russian Envoy - Sputnik

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Talk Nation Radio: Benjamin Madley on the California Indian Catastrophe

Benjamin Madley is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also chair of American Indian Studies. He discusses his new book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe.

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John Kiriakou: The Good Go On To Do More Good



CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored for Integrity



The U.S. government gives free passes to officials who commit war crimes but imprisons whistleblowers who tell the truth, a fate that befell CIA’s John Kiriakou for disclosing torture. But he was honored on September 25 at American University by some ex-intelligence officers.

By Ray McGovern

Former CIA official John Kiriakou, who spent two years in prison for revealing the truth about White House-sanctioned torture, became the 15th recipient of the Sam Adams Award for Integrity at a ceremony at America University.

Focus: Syria question at the presidential debate - Sept 26, 2016


At the presidential debate Trump and Clinton may be asked what is their position regarding the new Syrian and Russian offensive in Aleppo. My answer is that the US mission is to defeat and eradicate Islamic State, not to remove Assad from power. According to a poll, after 15 years of wars the majority of US active duty troops oppose the regime change and nation building policies advocated by Hillary Clinton in Iraq, Libya and Syria, which led to loss of life, destruction, migrations and the rise of 'radical Islamic terrorism.’ Only the Syrian people, including the opposition, must decide who will be their leaders in a free, fair and UN supervised presidential and parliamentary elections. To this end US must drop demanding the ouster of Assad, which must not be a precondition for negotiations leading to a new Syrian constitution and democratic elections. Unfortunately, it is a fact that while Assad is willing to negotiate with the opposition, at this time the opposition is not ready to negotiate with Assad a peaceful end of the conflict. 

To defeat Islamic State, US must cooperate with all State and non-State actors willing to fight that threat, including foremost Russia. Accidents such as the killing of Syrian troops and the bombing of the Aleppo aid convoy could have been prevented if a US-Russia cooperation were into effect. The US administration, who has been reticent, if not hostile, to establish such a cooperation, risks a confrontation with Russia on Syria (and also Ukraine), which will be a calamity for US and the world. Also China plans to boost counterterrorism efforts and cooperation with the Syrian government, including training for soldiers, military hardware deliveries and humanitarian aid. China has been an exporter of weapons systems to the Syrian government. reports that "China will likely also play a key role in Syria’s post-conflict economic recovery….In December, China offered Syria 6 billion USD worth of investments in addition to 10 billion USD worth of existing contracts, as well as a significant deal signed between the Syrian government and Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to rebuild Syria’s telecom infrastructure as part of China’s 900 billion USD ‘Silk Road’ infrastructure initiative."

Finally, a successful anti-Islamic State strategy must combine both military and political means, including aid, reforms, economic and job growth in Middle East and African countries where terrorism threatens State institutions. 

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Where Is That Wasteful Government Spending?

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force.  Although the cost of this increase would be substantial―about $90 billion per year―it would be covered, the GOP presidential candidate said, by cutting wasteful government spending.

Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Sept 25, 2016

Clinton campaign defends FBI immunity deal for Mills and other key aides, presses the point that it was limited - Fox News

VIDEO: Benenson: Limited immunity deals given to Clinton staffers are “fairly appropriate and routine" - RealClearPolitics

GOP: FBI mishandled the process by granting immunity unnecessarily for “cooperation” the agency would just compel - Liberty Unyielding

Jason Chaffetz on the FBI: "No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case. They were handing out immunity deals like candy” -

Republicans incensed that the FBI immunity deals did not require witnesses to cooperate with Congress - POLITICO

Legal analysis: Why did the Obama Justice Department grant Cheryl Mills immunity? There was no need to grant concessions - National Review

History of Cheryl Mills as Hillary’s aide obstructing investigations, Why did the feds give a key suspect who orchestrated the destruction of government records immunity as a witness? - New York Post

Cheryl Mills immunity bombshell: She avoided signing mandatory security forms - Breitbart

Insiders: FBI used agents as pawns to insulate Hillary, aides & Clinton Foundation from prosecutions - True Pundit

Former NSA analyst and counterintelligence officer Schindler op-ed: The FBI investigation of emailgate was a sham - Observer

VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani: It is disgraceful. To give immunity to so many people... The violations here were so many, so often, so gross - RealClearPolitics


Clinton campaign manager has no answer when asked about an email in which the Clinton IT contractor referred to the 60-day email retention policy as “Hillary cover-up" (VIDEO) - Daily Caller

Clinton aide told FBI there were internal concerns raised at State over private email server - The Washington Post

Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal - POLITICO

27 things we learned from Clinton's FBI files - Washington Examiner

Text of the FBI interview notes from Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation for mishandling of classified information - Public Intelligence

ARCHIVE: EmailGate and the mystery of the missing GAMMA, Clinton’s 'unclassified' email included highly classified NSA information—why didn’t the FBI mention this fact? - Observer


Ruling means most of Hillary Clinton’s newly uncovered 2,800 work-related emails will come out after election - The New York Times

The public deserves to know what is in those emails, well before November 8. It is outrageous the State Dept has had these emails since late July, but has only released 5 records - Judicial Watch

The State Department has said that Clinton did not include any of her emails with Petraeus when her lawyers screened and returned what they said were all her work emails in 2014 - Reuters

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New TCBH! poem by resident poet Gary Lindorff: 'Viva fuerte'

I’m standing firm and
you’re a rock.
The plinth is fracturing.
Your filter isn’t filtering
but at least it caught this poem.
My tongue is angry!
I have a snake in my shoe.
I’m in a funk:
Why aren’t we rising up
Like a thunderhead
Like a new brain in a petri dish?
A heart-shaped leaf
is waving in the breeze.
A lavender-tinted cow
stands behind me.
She is my ally.
A bird caught in a spider’s web
who I free just in the nick of time
is announcing an event
to a girls’ soccer team.
And they are listening.
I’m re-schooling myself.
My teachers were all afraid of me.
They were afraid of their own subjects.
The tests were all slanted toward
Submission and prostitution.

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this election or to participate in the ongoing American Revolution.

Turn the Pentagon into a Hospital

The United States government recently gave more than a million dollars to the family of one victim it had killed in one of its wars. The victim happened to be Italian. If you were to find all the Iraqi families with any surviving members who had loved ones killed by the United States it might be a million families. A million times a million dollars would be enough to treat those Iraqis in this respect as if they were Europeans. Who can tell me — raise your hand — how much is a million times a million?

That’s right, a trillion.

Now, can you count to a trillion starting from one. Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Actually we won’t wait, because if you counted one number per second you would get to a trillion in 31,709 years. And we have other speakers to get to here.

A trillion is a number we can’t comprehend. For most purposes it’s useless. The greediest oligarch doesn’t dream of ever seeing a fraction of that many dollars. Teeny fractions of that many dollars would transform the world. Three percent of it per year would end starvation on earth. One percent per year would end the lack of clean drinking water. Ten percent per year would transform green energy or agriculture or education. Three percent per year for four years, in current dollars, was the Marshall Plan.

Syria News - Sept 22, 2016


U.S., Russia fail to reach Syria deal at the meeting of the International Syria Support Group -

John Kerry says negotiations for Syrian ceasefire at an impasse - AP

Kerry demands Russia, Syria ground warplanes to save truce - Reuters

VIDEO: At the UN Security Council Kerry calls for no-fly zone over parts of Syria - YouTube

Syria crisis: Read John Kerry's comments to the UN Security Council in full - The Independent

Russia rejects Kerry's idea of grounding Russian, Syrian planes as unworkable - Reuters

VIDEO: Lavrov: No more unilateral pauses in Syria used by militants, including Jabhat al-Nusra, to regroup and get reinforcements - YouTube

VIDEO: Full Lavrov speech at UN Security Council on situation in Middle East and North Africa - YouTube

Russia does not rule out strikes against Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar Al-Sham - TASS


Russia to deploy its flagship aircraft carrier off the Syrian coast -

Russian Election Commission inadvertently reveals Russian troop numbers in Syria, more than 4,000 soldiers are stationed in the country -

China, Russia and Iran come together in a tripartite alliance supporting the Syrian government, fighting Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (former Nusra) -

EXCLUSIVE: Text of Syria cease-fire deal reached by the United States and Russia on Sept. 9, 2016 - AP



Syrian army announces new Aleppo offensive as truce talks fail - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Syria and Russia mount heavy air strikes against rebel-held districts of Aleppo, defying U.S. calls for a halt to flights - Reuters

Syria's Assad says US 'lacks will' to work with Russia to defeat terrorists (VIDEO) -

Assad denies striking Aleppo aid convoy, says U.S. intentionally killed Syria's soldiers - Chicago Tribune

Full transcript of AP interview with Syrian President Assad - Fox News

Sec. Carter: Russians responsible for airstrikes on Aleppo aid convoy, 'whether they conducted it or not because they associated themselves with the Syrian regime' - NBC News

Top US general: ‘No doubt' Russia to blame in Syria convoy attack, Syrian planes were also in the area so he couldn't definitely say who dropped the bombs - AFP

Top U.S. general: Unwise to share intelligence with Russia on Syria - KFGO-790

VIDEO: Russia's Defence Ministry denies involvement in attack on aid convoy - YouTube

A wiki analysis of the attack on Red Crescent convoy in Urm al-Kubra (Aleppo) - A Closer Look On Syria

Pentagon: U.S., Russian defense officials continue dialogue on Syrian airspace ' to mitigate incidents' - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 

U.S. forces will be in the Middle East long after ISIS, Carter says - Military Times

POLL: After 15 years of war, America's active-duty troops has about had it with 'nation building' - Military Times

Clinton’s new hard line on Moscow: As president, she is prepared to take a much tougher stance on Russia than Trump — or even Obama. Syria’s civil war will be the first test. - Foreign Policy



Obama considers arming Syrian Kurds against ISIS, plans assault on Raqqa before he leaves office - The New York Times

Count us out if PKK’s Syrian wing joins Raqqa offensive, Turkey warns US - Daily Sabah

Turkey bombs Kurdish positions near Syria's Tel Abyad - ARA News

Turkey aims to establish safe zone in northern Syria -


Top whistleblower exposes how Turkey is arming and funding ISIS, 'I am the police chief who was asked to guard ISIS terrorists' - Medium

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity

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Acting on Bill Ayers' Radical Manifesto

Bill Ayers' short new book, Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, is different from the typical liberal view of a better world in two ways. First, its goals are a bit grander, more inspiring. Second, it adds as the first and most important goal one that others don't include at all.

A typical proposal that a lesser evilist might give for "voting against Donald Trump" might include minor economic or police or prison reforms, a bit of environmentalism, healthcare, or education. Ayers wants to abolish prisons, end capitalism, disarm the police, redesign schools, create universal healthcare, and nationalize energy companies. And he's right. The radical vision is the better one, not just because it leads to a better place but also because the incrementalist approach will get us all killed -- only a bit more slowly than doing nothing.

The more important, because rarer, difference in Ayers' manifesto is the addition of the missing topic. Most U.S. "progressives" imagine a world of greater economic equality and opportunity, environmental sustainability, fewer police killings, shorter prison sentences, investment in human needs, and the withering away of all sorts of bigotries, prejudices, sexisms, racisms, and other sorts of unfairness and cruelty -- resulting in a multicultural community all united in our support for dumping a trillion dollars a year into preparing for battle with our collectively loathed foreign enemies, and supporting the weapons trade as a supposed economic program.

Ayers takes a different approach. "What," he asks, "if we broke from the dogma of militarism -- rejecting the anemic and seemingly endless debates about whether the United States should bomb this country or instead boycott some other country . . . -- and organized an irresistible social upheaval strong enough to stop U.S. invasions and conquest[?] What if we occupied bases, blocked munitions shipments and private militias, boycotted arms dealers, sabotaged surveillance operations and drone manufacturers -- and forced the U.S. government to disarm and close all foreign military bases within a year? . . . Or what if we built a colossal transnational movement that organized shadow elections (initially), inviting any resident of a country with a U.S. military presence within its borders to vote in U.S. national elections?"

Ayers proposes that we take on the culture of militarism, not just the industrial structure of it. "[I]magine," he writes, "any bit of the war culture transformed into a peace-and-love culture: the Super Bowl opening with thousands of local school kids rushing through the stands distributing their poetry, and then everyone singing 'This Land Is Your Land,' or 'Give Peace a Chance,' or 'We Shall Overcome'; an airlines or bus terminal clerk saying, 'We want to invite any teachers or nurses in the gate area to board first, and we thank you for your service'; urban high schools eliminating ROTC and banning military recruiters in favor of school-wide assemblies for peace recruiters featuring Code Pink, and after-school programs led by Black Youth Project 100 and the American Friends Service Committee."

Some of us like this idea so much we've organized an event this weekend to try to advance it. The event is called #NoWar2016. This Friday and Saturday, you can watch the live stream at Videos of Friday through Sunday will be quickly posted online. Sunday will include activism workshops and a planning session for a protest at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The details are all at

Focus: The Clinton Foundation - Sept 20, 2016

Report: Clinton Foundation gave ‘watered-down' AIDS drugs to Third World countries - The Daily Caller

Press release: Congressman Marsha Blackburn releases Clinton Foundation report -

REPORT: The Clinton Foundation and the ‘India success story': Self-serving philanthropy, watered-down drugs, and money in sub-Saharan Africa -

ARCHIVE: Although The FDA sent a public “warning letter” to Ranbaxy in 2006, Bill Clinton praised the company for fight against AIDS - The Economic Times

ARCHIVE: Ranbaxy pleads guilty and agrees to pay $500 Million to resolve false claims allegations, violations and false statements to the FDA - Department of Justice

New documents that reveal Bill Clinton's backdated contracts and multimillion $$$$ frauds in the name of HIV/Aids - Michael Smith News

Clinton's "bottom of the harbour" AIDS business - Michael Smith News

Bill Clinton's early days in tax-exempt business - and his original sin in The Bahamas tax haven - Michael Smith News

The CHAI Lie and the HIV/AIDS treatment: What connects Haiti with Papua New Guinea – Medium



POLL (Gallup): Hillary is 'email,' 'lie,' 'foundation,' 'scandal,' 'pneumonia' - Washington Examiner

Networks ignore Clinton Foundation conflict of interest in 95% of stories -

Clinton gave State Department appointments to 194 donors, nearly 40 percent of the 511 advisory appointments - Washington Examiner

Bill Clinton’s speaking fee overlaps with Foundation business, paid by industry that later benefited from family charity’s Haitian project - WSJ

Exclusive: Clinton charities ignore law requiring them to disclose millions from foreign donors - ABC  Newsnet5

Bill Clinton falsely claims Foundation discloses all info on donors, activities -

Clinton Foundation deceived IRS on tax exemption - The Daily Caller

The problem with the Clinton Foundation's tax status - The Daily Caller

The 21 pages deleted from The Clinton Foundation's 2005 IRS tax-exempt annual return - Michael Smith News

Opinions: Clinton Foundation taxes deserve close scrutiny - Belleville News-Democrat


"Clinton Foundation is charity fraud of epic proportions", analyst Charles Ortel charges in stunning takedown - Zero Hedge

The Clinton Foundation's problems are deeper than you think - Current Affairs

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Wells Fargo’s Stumpf leads the way: We Should All Start ‘Taking Responsibility’ for Our Transgressions

By Dave Lindorff


Hey Americans! Let's all start taking responsibility for what we do wrong. Let's all start being accountable for our actions or our lack of action.

John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's biggest "too-big-to-fail" banks, is showing us the way in to this bright new stand-up world.

Talk Nation Radio: Reese Erlich and Coleen Rowley on Syria, War, and Peace

Reese Erlich is a foreign correspondent and book author. The paperback edition of Erlich's book Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, has just been published this week. See

Coleen Rowley is an FBI whistleblower, peace activist, retired FBI agent, former legal counsel who taught law enforcement ethics, and member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and of Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. See

Coleen Rowley will be participating in No War 2016. See

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World War Two Was Not a Just War

By David Swanson

Excerpted from the just released book War Is Never Just.

World War II is often called “the good war,” and has been since the U.S. war on Vietnam to which it was then contrasted. World War II so dominates U.S. and therefore Western entertainment and education, that “good” often comes to mean something more than “just.” The winner of the “Miss Italy” beauty pageant earlier this year got herself into a bit of a scandal by declaring that she would have liked to live through World War II. While she was mocked, she was clearly not alone. Many would like to be part of something widely depicted as noble, heroic, and exciting. Should they actually find a time machine, I recommend they read the statements of some actual WWII veterans and survivors before they head back to join the fun.[i] For purposes of this book, however, I am going to look only at the claim that WWII was morally just.

No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you’ve advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question. This belief that there was a good war 75 years ago is a large part of what moves the U.S. public to tolerate dumping a trillion dollars a year into preparing in case there’s a good war next year,[ii] even in the face of so many dozens of wars during the past 70 years on which there’s general consensus that they were not good. Without rich, well-established myths about World War II, current propaganda about Russia or Syria or Iraq or China would sound as crazy to most people as it sounds to me. And of course the funding generated by the Good War legend leads to more bad wars, rather than preventing them. I’ve written on this topic at great length in many articles and books, especially War Is A Lie.[iii] But I’ll offer here a few key points that ought to at least place a few seeds of doubt in the minds of most U.S. supporters of WWII as a Just War.

Mark Allman and Tobias Winright, the “Just War” authors discussed in previous chapters, are not very forthcoming with their list of Just Wars, but they do mention in passing numerous unjust elements of the U.S. role in WWII, including U.S. and U.K. efforts to wipe out the populations of German cities[iv] and the insistence on unconditional surrenders.[v] However, they also suggest that they may believe this war was justly engaged in, unjustly conducted, and justly followed through on via the Marshall Plan, etc.[vi] I’m not sure Germany’s role as host of U.S. troops, weapons, and communications stations, and as collaborator in unjust U.S. wars over the years is included in the calculation.

Here are what I think of as the top 12 reasons the Good War wasn’t good/just.

  1. World War II could not have happened without World War I, without the stupid manner of starting World War I and the even stupider manner of ending World War I which led numerous wise people to predict World War II on the spot, or without Wall Street’s funding of Nazi Germany for decades (as preferable to communists), or without the arms race and numerous bad decisions that do not need to be repeated in the future.
  1. The U.S. government was not hit with a surprise attack. President Franklin Roosevelt had quietly promised Churchill that the United States would work hard to provoke Japan into staging an attack. FDR knew the attack was coming, and initially drafted a declaration of war against both Germany and Japan on the evening of Pearl Harbor. Prior to Pearl Harbor, FDR had built up bases in the U.S. and multiple oceans, traded weapons to the Brits for bases, started the draft, created a list of every Japanese American person in the country, provided planes, trainers, and pilots to China, imposed harsh sanctions on Japan, and advised the U.S. military that a war with Japan was beginning. He told his top advisers he expected an attack on December 1st, which was six days off. Here’s an entry in Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s diary following a November 25, 1941, White House meeting: “The President said the Japanese were notorious for making an attack without warning and stated that we might be attacked, say next Monday, for example.”
  1. The war was not humanitarian and was not even marketed as such until after it was over. There was no poster asking you to help Uncle Sam save the Jews. A ship of Jewish refugees from Germany was chased away from Miami by the Coast Guard. The U.S. and other nations refused to accept Jewish refugees, and the majority of the U.S. public supported that position. Peace groups that questioned Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his foreign secretary about shipping Jews out of Germany to save them were told that, while Hitler might very well agree to the plan, it would be too much trouble and require too many ships. The U.S. engaged in no diplomatic or military effort to save the victims in the Nazi concentration camps. Anne Frank was denied a U.S. visa. Although this point has nothing to do with a serious historian’s case for WWII as a Just War, it is so central to U.S. mythology that I’ll include here a key passage from Nicholson Baker:

“Anthony Eden, Britain’s foreign secretary, who’d been tasked by Churchill with handling queries about refugees, dealt coldly with one of many important delegations, saying that any diplomatic effort to obtain the release of the Jews from Hitler was ‘fantastically impossible.’ On a trip to the United States, Eden candidly told Cordell Hull, the secretary of state, that the real difficulty with asking Hitler for the Jews was that ‘Hitler might well take us up on any such offer, and there simply are not enough ships and means of transportation in the world to handle them.’ Churchill agreed. ‘Even were we to obtain permission to withdraw all the Jews,’ he wrote in reply to one pleading letter, ‘transport alone presents a problem which will be difficult of solution.’ Not enough shipping and transport? Two years earlier, the British had evacuated nearly 340,000 men from the beaches of Dunkirk in just nine days. The U.S. Air Force had many thousands of new planes. During even a brief armistice, the Allies could have airlifted and transported refugees in very large numbers out of the German sphere.”[vii]

Perhaps it does go to the question of “Right Intention” that the “good” side of the war simply did not give a damn about what would become the central example of the badness of the “bad” side of the war.

  1. The war was not defensive. FDR lied that he had a map of Nazi plans to carve up South America, that he had a Nazi plan to eliminate religion, that U.S. ships (covertly assisting British war planes) were innocently attacked by Nazis, that Germany was a threat to the United States.[viii] A case can be made that the U.S. needed to enter the war in Europe to defend other nations, which had entered to defend yet other nations, but a case could also be made that the U.S. escalated the targeting of civilians, extended the war, and inflicted more damage than might have occurred, had the U.S. done nothing, attempted diplomacy, or invested in nonviolence. To claim that a Nazi empire could have grown to someday include an occupation of the United States is wildly far fetched and not borne out by any earlier or later examples from other wars.
  1. We now know much more widely and with much more data that nonviolent resistance to occupation and injustice is more likely to succeed—and that success more likely to last—than violent resistance. With this knowledge, we can look back at the stunning successes of nonviolent actions against the Nazis that were not well organized or built on beyond their initial successes.[ix]
  1. The Good War was not good for the troops. Lacking intense modern training and psychological conditioning to prepare soldiers to engage in the unnatural act of murder, some 80 percent of U.S. and other troops in World War II did not fire their weapons at “the enemy.”[x] The fact that veterans of WWII were treated better after the war than other soldiers before or since, was the result of the pressure created by the Bonus Army after the previous war. That veterans were given free college, healthcare, and pensions was not due to the merits of the war or in some way a result of the war. Without the war, everyone could have been given free college for many years. If we provided free college to everyone today, it would then require much more than Hollywoodized World War II stories to get many people into military recruiting stations.
  1. Several times the number of people killed in German camps were killed outside of them in the war. The majority of those people were civilians. The scale of the killing, wounding, and destroying made WWII the single worst thing humanity has ever done to itself in a short space of time. We imagine the allies were somehow “opposed” to the far lesser killing in the camps. But that can’t justify the cure that was worse than the disease.
  1. Escalating the war to include the all-out destruction of civilians and cities, culminating in the completely indefensible nuking of cities took WWII out of the realm of defensible projects for many who had defended its initiation—and rightly so. Demanding unconditional surrender and seeking to maximize death and suffering did immense damage and left a grim and foreboding legacy.
  1. Killing huge numbers of people is supposedly defensible for the “good” side in a war, but not for the “bad” side. The distinction between the two is never as stark as fantasized. The United States had a long history as an apartheid state. U.S. traditions of oppressing African Americans, practicing genocide against Native Americans, and now interning Japanese Americans also gave rise to specific programs that inspired Germany’s Nazis—these included camps for Native Americans, and programs of eugenics and human experimentation that existed before, during, and after the war. One of these programs included giving syphilis to people in Guatemala at the same time the Nuremberg trials were taking place.[xi] The U.S. military hired hundreds of top Nazis at the end of the war; they fit right in.[xii] The U.S. aimed for a wider world empire, before the war, during it, and ever since. German neo-Nazis today, forbidden to wave the Nazi flag, sometimes wave the flag of the Confederate States of America instead.
  1. The “good” side of the “good war,” the party that did most of the killing and dying for the winning side, was the communist Soviet Union. That doesn’t make the war a triumph for communism, but it does tarnish Washington’s and Hollywood’s tales of triumph for “democracy.”[xiii]
  1. World War II still hasn’t ended. Ordinary people in the United States didn’t have their incomes taxed until World War II and that’s never stopped. It was supposed to be temporary.[xiv] WWII-era bases built around the world have never closed. U.S. troops have never left Germany or Japan.[xv] There are more than 100,000 U.S. and British bombs still in the ground in Germany, still killing.[xvi]
  1. Going back 75 years to a nuclear-free, colonial world of completely different structures, laws, and habits to justify what has been the greatest expense of the United States in each of the years since is a bizarre feat of self-deception that isn’t attempted in the justification of any lesser enterprise. Assume I’ve got numbers 1 through 11 totally wrong, and you’ve still got to explain how an event from the early 1940s justifies dumping a trillion 2017 dollars into war funding that could have been spent to feed, clothe, cure, and shelter millions of people, and to environmentally protect the earth.


[i] Studs Terkel, The Good War: An Oral History of World War II (The New Press: 1997).

[ii] Chris Hellman, TomDispatch, “$1.2 Trillion for National Security,” March 1, 2011,

[iii] David Swanson, War Is A Lie, Second Edition (Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2016).

[iv] Mark J. Allman & Tobias L. Winright, After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2010) p. 46.

[v] Mark J. Allman & Tobias L. Winright, After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2010) p. 14.

[vi] Mark J. Allman & Tobias L. Winright, After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2010) p. 97.

[vii] War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing, edited by Lawrence Rosendwald.

[viii] David Swanson, War Is A Lie, Second Edition (Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2016).

[ix] Book and Film: A Force More Powerful,

[x] Dave Grossman, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (Back Bay Books: 1996).

[xi] Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times, “U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Tests in Guatemala,” October 1, 2010,

[xii] Annie Jacobsen, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America (Little, Brown and Company, 2014).

[xiii] Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, The Untold History of the United States (Gallery Books, 2013).

[xiv] Steven A. Bank, Kirk J. Stark, and Joseph J. Thorndike, War and Taxes (Urban Institute Press, 2008).

[xv], “Move Away from Nonstop War. Close the Ramstein Air Base,”

[xvi] David Swanson, “The United States Just Bombed Germany,”

As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Photo Credit: C-SPAN

On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters.

Obama Will Take It As a Personal Insult If Blacks Don't Support Hillary




Obama’s Legacy But Clinton’s Judgment




Editor Note: President Obama calls on blacks to vote for Hillary Clinton to protect the first black president’s legacy, but there are questions about Clinton’s judgment and Obama’s legacy that deserve answers.

By Ray McGovern

Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner on Saturday, President Barack Obama warned, in what has become for him a typically regal manner: “I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this [African-American] community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.”

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Sept 19, 2016

Paul Combetta, who deleted Hillary Clinton emails, may have asked Reddit for tips on how to remove a 'VERY VIP' email address - US News

House panel looking into Paul Combetta’s Reddit post about Clinton's email server - TheHill

Platte River executives fretted about being ordered to purge Clinton emails believing it was a cover up - New York Post

Text of the exchange on Reddit involving Paul Combetta: Remove or replace to/from address on archived emails? - exchangeserver

VIDEO: Hillary’s bleachbit specialist Paul Combetta deleting all of his reddit posts on video - Erik Jones on Twitter

ARCHIVE: Tech firm charged Clinton $250 an hour for Paul Combetta’s interviews with Feds - Fox Nation

Senator Grassley: FBI withholding key information about Clinton's deleted emails - PJ Media

Judge blasts State Dept. for slow-walking Hillary Clinton emails - Washington Times

State Department delays records request about Clinton-linked firm until after the 2016 election, the latest in a string of similar postponements - IBTimes

Judicial Watch: New State Department documents reveal top agency officials raised questions about Clinton emails in early August 2013 - Judicial Watch

Sen. seeks formal damage assessment of Clinton email secrets loss -



Bill Clinton says it was only ‘natural’ for Clinton Foundation donors to ask State Department for favors - The Daily Caller

More Clinton Shenanigans in Haiti, Emails show the State Department and the Clinton Foundation collaborated on policy - WSJ

Ex-Haitian President of Senate says Clinton Foundation withheld billions of donations, calls to 'disclose the audit of all the money' - Daily Caller

VIDEO: Speech of the former Haitian President of Senate - YouTube

Millions from Clinton Foundation donors bought seats to WH dinners, those who authorized the special invitations were ensconced in the Department of State’s Office of Protocol - The Daily Caller

Emails detail State Dept. effort under Clinton to aid Foundation donor Walmart - Washington Examiner

Clinton charity partner slams ‘philanthropic abuse’ -

Clinton Foundation donor kicked out of China’s National People’s Congress on accusations of bribing his way into office - The Daily Caller

Bill Clinton’s birthday bash proves the Clintons just can’t stop influence-peddling - New York Post

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Snowden: Whistles Are Blowing over Oliver Stone's Newest Film

Snowden: Whistles Are Blowing over Oliver Stone's Newest Film
Reviewed by Gar Smith

I just saw Oliver Stone's Snowden, a film that Los Angeles Times movie critic Kenneth Turan characterized as an "unashamed mythologizing of Edward Snowden." NPR's David Edelstein, seeming to begrudge director Stone's history as a "gonzo conspiracy theorist," offered diminished praise, calling the film a "textbook political conversion narrative." Time magazine dismissed Snowden as "lifeless," which, I assume, refers to the fact that the film contains no car chases, fistfights, or bloody shootouts. No body count? How ho-hum.

(A note of caution: there are some deaths in Snowden -- real ones, captured by US drones that routinely videotape human targets on the ground in distant countries moments before they are devoured by exploding US-launched Hellfire missiles.)

Outlier that I am, I found the film, well-crafted, thought-provoking and edgy. As a result, I'm granting the film a good review: Two thumb drives up!

Everybody Must Get Stone
Many critics seem to hold Stone at a distance, fearful of appearing too sympathetic to a filmmaker (and former soldier) who refuses to promote Washington's mythology of America as a benign "global policeman."

Edelstein, for instance, complains: "The funny thing about the movie is that it doesn't acknowledge there are terrorists and that the government surveillance equipment could actually be used to protect Americans. We only see agents blackmailing foreign officials to protect the interests of American corporations and using drones to wipe out unlucky families."

What Edelstein seems to miss here is that is the very acts of blackmailing foreign officials, promoting the profits of American corporations over human rights and civil liberties, and "using drones to wipe out unlucky families" are some of the very acts that continue to feed the growing, global blowback of anti-American "terrorism."

Clearly, there is more than a film review at stake in the release of this politically charged biopic. It coincides with a growing global campaign to demand that Pres. Obama grant a pardon to one of this century's two greatest whistleblowers (Chelsea Manning being the other). You can find a link to White House petition below.

It is no coincidence that, the day before the movie opened, members of the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter to the president insisting that he not pardon Snowden. The House committee also chose this day to release an unclassified summary of the 36-page investigation of the Snowden controversy. Was he a hero? Was he a traitor? The bipartisan House committee made their conclusion clear, describing Snowden as "a serial exaggerator and fabricator" who "caused tremendous damage to national security."

(Snowden's defenders continue to point out that, to date, no one has produced any evidence that any provable damage has been caused to "national security" by Snowden's revelations. However, the disclosures that our government was secretly conspiring to deprive American citizens of constitutionally protected First Amendment rights has certainly caused profound embarrassment within national security circles and triggered extreme indignation on the part of most Americans.)

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