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More Articles with More Reasons to Distrust the Gubmint

Brandon Smith on Red Flag laws: once the Pandora’s box of pre-crime and hearsay evidence is opened, the sky is truly the limit.

Bretigne Shaffer discusses civil disobedience in the forced-vaccine issue.

Pepe Escobar says we are all hostages of 9/11.

Jon Rappoport discusses some earlier questions about the gold stored at the NY Federal Reserve Bank just blocks away from the WTC on 9/11, and possible witness intimidation during the 9/11 Commission hearings.

Washington’s Blog asks, Why would Iran attack the Saudis NOW?

William Astore on the F-35: A wasteful weapon for America’s forever wars.

Barbara Boland on the tell-all book James Mattis didn’t want published.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on the courts protecting the people’s right to force government to purge records of their First Amendment activities.

Chris Hedges on the CIA and our invisible government.

Laurence Vance asks, What is it that libertarians don’t get about the military?

Patrick Cockburn on Saudi Arabia’s plans for us to forget about the murder of Khashoggi.

And Daniel McAdams points out the healthcare advantages our rulers have over We the Sheeple.

Your 9/11 18th Anniversary Primer

Today is the 18th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center, the Pentacon, and in Pennsylvania. Where was I on that day? Well, I was here in this same apartment sitting at my table doing some writing and my father (now deceased) called at around 10 am saying that their trip that they were going to go on that day was canceled and he told me why. Hmm.

The government’s propaganda began immediately on that day and after. 99% of the news media were the White House press spokesmen. There was no discussion of the attackers stated motives, or the history of U.S. government and military’s invasions, bombings and occupations of the Middle East in the 10 years prior to that time. Anyone who did mention those things was labeled “Anti-America,” or “blaming America” for the attacks. Sean Hannity has been especially bad in that regard ever since that time. He is the worst of the worst as far as apparatchiks for the national security state are concerned. I just thought I’d mention that.

However, given that Hannity and all the other radio ditto-heads are accepting of the idea that actual U.S. government FBI, CIA etc. abused their powers including FISA spying in the Russiagate fiasco, maybe now some of these obedient worshipers of the national security state can at least consider the possibility that the official 9/11 narrative isn’t what the government has been telling us for 18 years. (But, I am not holding my breath.)

So, I’m sure that a lot of people reading this post will just skim it and not really take it seriously or click on any of the links for further information. This is because they are satisfied with what the government and its spokespeople of the mainstream media have been telling us since September 11, 2001. All these things they haven’t heard about must be merely whack-job “conspiracy theory” and all that. But there are still some people who are open to the truth.

In the years prior to the attacks, Congressman Ron Paul had several times warned that the U.S. government’s interventionist policies and war that it started against Iraq and elsewhere and Iraqi sanctions would cause blowback and retaliation within our shores. (And the response? Crickets.)

Addendum: For information on the U.S. government’s pre-9/11 sanctions on Iraq throughout the 1990s and their effects, see Jacob Hornberger, Sanctions: the cruel and brutal war against the Iraqi people, and James Bovard, Iraqi sanctions and American intentions: blameless carnage?

It’s amazing just how brainwashed so many people can be by daily propaganda, watching the TV news, listening to chickenhawk warmonger conservative talk radio, and so forth. “Al Qaeda.” “Osama bin Laden,” and “Islamic” were words that people heard over and over and over, but they rarely heard about Saudi Arabia and blowback.

I don’t know what else to write so I will post links to some new and old articles on the subject, and maybe some videos.

James Bovard on the 9/11 Commission, a bootlicking national disgrace.

Paul Sperry from the New York Post writes this week how Robert Mueller helped Saudi Arabia cover up its role in 9/11.

Related to that, a year ago “28 Pages,” which documents Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, had an exclusive article on FBI telling a counterterrorism agent not to help 9/11 victims build their case against Saudi Arabia because that might harm U.S.-Saudi relations. (Doh!)

Prior to 9/11 the FBI were told by the Bush Administration to lay off the bin Laden family and Saudi connections to terrorism.

Paul Craig Roberts writes today:

Over the years I have reported the findings of scientists, engineers, and architects that indicate that the official story is false.I had an open mind for two reasons.One is that having been an engineering student, I could tell the difference from a building falling down from asymmetrical structural damage and a building blowing up.The other is that having been involved in policy issues in Washington for a quarter century I knew that such a humiliating defeat suffered by the world’s only superpower at the hands of a few Muslim terrorists would have brought instant demands from the White House, Congress, and media for investigation into how every aspect of the American national security state failed simultaneously on one morning.Instead the White House resisted the 9/11 families demands for an investigation for one year and never delivered a forensic investigation.Instead, the country was given a 9/11 Commission Report that was merely the government’s official story of what happened.No heads rolled.No one was fired or even reprimanded.To hold no one accountable for such a massive failure and humiliating defeat is not a believable response if the official 9/11 story is true.

Washington’s Blog: Everything we’re doing now was planned before 9/11. And Washington asks, Will the mainstream media ever report on the numerous admitted false flag terror attacks? Many examples given. And another post about U.S. government’s foreknowledge and aiding and abetting the terrorists.

The Guardian: Osama bin Laden had ties to CIA

David Ray Griffin asks, Where is the evidence that Osama bin Laden had responsibility in 9/11? (Remember, Hannity et al. have been complaining ad nauseam, and rightly, that people accusing Trump of “Russia collusions” do not have any evidence, and so on. Evidence is important.) The FBI’s 10 most wanted list included Osama bin Laden because of the African embassy and USS Cole bombings, but NOT because of 9/11 because they had no evidence linking the two. Further info from the Muckraker Report. Read Griffin’s book, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?

In 2009 the Daily Mail asked, Has Osama bin Laden been dead for 7 years?

An early 2002 Dan Rather CBS News report on bin Laden’s serious illness:

A December, 2001 Fox News story, still online: Bin Laden already dead.

Of course, how could Osama bin Laden have been killed and thrown out to sea by SEAL Team 6 in 2011 if bin Laden had already died in 2001 or 2002? Paul Craig Roberts again with some questions.

Another question to ask is what caused the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed several SEAL Team 6 members who were involved in the Osama bin Laden “killing” just a couple months before that.

And Paul Joseph Watson on the Bin Laden fable shortly after he was “killed” in 2011. While Steve Watson explains the U.S. government’s history of fake bin Laden tapes.

Former CIA asset Susan Lindauer, a whistleblower who was railroaded and labeled a psychiatric case by USGov, explains more truth about 9/11, and the missing security tapes for the World Trade Center.

Here is an interview in which Lindauer tells about her experiences:

James Corbett with an hour-long discussion on who was really behind the 9/11 attacks:

And here is a video documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth explaining the evidence that explosions brought down the World Trade Center, and not the fire caused by planes crashing into the buildings:

I admit it. I’m a “truther.” That’s because the truth is important. And as the late Justin Raimondo wrote, the opposite of a “truther” is a “liar.”

USSA Amerika in All Its Glory

It seems that everything in Amerika is politicized. With the social activists and “social justice” warriors wanting to silence and “demonetize” those who have a different point of view, and trying to impose a “social credit” score like in China, every aspect of every day life will be politicized and Amerika will be a Soviet 2.0 (if we’re not already there).

The idiots who run Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, and Micro$oft have no clue of history, so they are setting out to aid in the tyrannizing of Amerika.

And this seems to be what all or most of the Democrats running for President want to force on us. Trump is just as bad. And ignorant.

Socialists believe in the empowerment of parasites and bureaucrats and the coercion and the enslavement of others. Democrats fit that mold. (But then, so do the Republicans!)

For example, “Medicare for All,” which isn’t that much different as regular Medicare and Social Security. Workers and producers can’t opt out. Employers and workers must do what bureaucrats order them to do. There is no choice in the matter. No freedom.

And Laurence Vance once again points out that Republicans are just as much socialists as their Democrat opponents in the Republicans’ support for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SCHIP, “Earned Income Tax Credit,” and Medicare Part D (prescription drug program). All socialist programs.

Even the Libertarian Partly has gone downhill since the Ron Paul-Harry Browne days, with their support in the last two Presidential elections for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the pukeworthy “social justice” warriors and interventionists from the Rethug party.

But everything in Amerika now is politics-obsessed and government-obsessed. Only government can solve problems (even though government is mainly the cause of most of the problems!), and the worst of the worst climb up the political ladder to grab that POWER! As soon as the 2016 Presidential election was over, immediately the news media robots were discussing the 2020 election! Doh!

And look at the current bunch of Democrats. Or rather, DON’T look! Yech! Take Elizabeth Warren. Please. She lies on her law school employment applications to fraudulently get work at Harvard, at the expensive of actual minorities who didn’t commit acts of fraud in their applications. Warren lied to the voters of Massachusetts during the last election, promising that if reelected she would stay the full 6-year term as Senator and wouldn’t run for President. The minute she won reelection last November she announces her run for President. We should call her “Liawatha,” no?

And is she a communist who wants the government to run all the industries? Envy, Inc. Warren also gave us the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” whose stated purpose is to weed out fraud. (How does a known fraudster weed out fraud?) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a Democrat money-laundering racket. Did you know that?

And then there’s Kamala Harass, who giggled and replied, “Well said” this week to someone calling Trump “mentally retarded.” And then she tries to lie her way out of it.

Tulsi Gabbard pointed out Harris’s 1,500 marijuana arrests, and that she “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so,” and that she “kept people in prison beyond their sentences” for cheap labor.

Also as a California prosecutor Harris arrested and jailed the parents of kids who missed too much school, and laughed about that, too. If I were a psychiatrist, I would love to have her in my office and find out, you know, what happened in her early childhood. I think there are probably similarities among all these parasites, shysters and psychopaths.

And, oh yes, here’s a real doozie. “Beto” O’Rourke, who puts baby poop in his wife’s food, and does “Psycho” scenes when she’s in the shower. And fantasized about murdering children. These people are sick degenerates.

“Mayor Pete”? The one who criticized Trump for getting out of the Vietnam War, but didn’t criticize the war itself? And the warmongers in Washington (which he strives to be, if elected) who sent 58,000 Americans to their deaths for no good reason? Nothing to say about that.

Speaking of the warmongering psychopaths in Washington (which all those Democrats strive to be), there was apparently a “secret meeting” planned with Donald Trump and Afghan Taliban officials to be held at Camp David, but because of a suicide car bomb attack that caused the death of an American soldier, Trump and his minions cancelled the meeting. They were to have an agreement with the Taliban but the Taliban were reluctant because they don’t recognize the “stooge government” in Kabul. (What about the “stooge government” in Washington?)

Now, the American soldier who died as a result of the bombing did so for the same reason that all the other American soldiers died in Afghanistan or Iraq (and Vietnam, etc., etc.), because they shouldn’t have been over there in the first place. They have no place being there, and the U.S. government had no good reason to start either of those two wars over there.

As the aforementioned Laurence Vance has stated, the U.S. government can eliminate the risks involved in U.S. troops being in places where they do not belong: just get the hell out of there. It’s not complicated.

But Democrats are just as much warmongers and foreign interventionists as the Republicans. They both suck.

But I don’t know whether the bureaucrats of Washington really want to end that Afghanistan war that they started for no good reason, and, given the U.S. government’s record of false flags, war crimes and shenanigans in other countries, it wouldn’t surprise me if the recent car bombing was really a CIA false flag. Now, I’m not accusing anyone, just saying it wouldn’t surprise me.

If it was a false flag, then it would be because the bureaucrats really don’t want to leave Afghanistan. Just look at all the boondoggles for the American military contractors and construction contractors, and the CIA opium fields and all the profits with the drug trade. I mean, who would want to give that up? (The criminals and gangsters of Washington, that is.)

And then there’s Secretary of Belligerence State Mike Bombpeo on all the Sunday shows, Chinese phone books and all, giving lots of sickening propaganda. When he and John Bolton speak, I just assume they are lying, like the other warmongers of the U.S. government.

Speaking of the Sunday talk shows that I hear on Bloomberg Radio, I couldn’t believe all the propaganda and lies yesterday. Chuck Toady with “Meet the Press” and CBS Fake the Nation were the worst.

If the economy is good by a year from now and Trump hasn’t started any new wars that his awful minions Bombpeo and Bolton seem to want to do, and the Democrat candidate still wins the 2020 election, it would be because of so much propaganda in the news media, probably combined with the shutting down of alternative media that the “SJW”s want to do.

Either way, Republican or Democrat, Trump or Liawatha, it’s Soviet 2.0. Perhaps the Libertarian Partly might actually consider nominating a libertarian this time. Or perhaps not voting is the best solution.

News and Commentary

Aaron Kesel with an article on Google, Facebook, Twitter meeting with government officials to figure out how to weed out “fake news” during the 2020 election. (What could go wrong?)

Dagney Taggart on Trump’s new fave: a new social credit plan with Big Tech and Big Brother and Big Government colluding to further gun control efforts. (See above.)

Jessica Prol Smith and Jeremy Tedesco discuss the SPLC’s dishonest slandering of others with whom they disagree as “hateful.”

Caitlin Johnstone has some meditations on Twitter’s silencing of antiwar/non-interventionist voices.

James Bovard on James Comey as a reckless, untrustworthy FBI director.

Barry Brownstein on the myth that our planet faces an overpopulation crisis.

Mike Adams says that Bernie Sanders has announced support for global eugenics and depopulation, and called on accelerating abortions in countries populated by people of color.

Robert Murphy asks, Do migrants drain wealth from America when they send money home?

Eric Margolis on Trump’s foolish trade war.

David Stockman on Trump’s fake MAGA and fake markets.

And the Daily Mail with an article by former FBI agent Mike German who says that Robert Mueller and James Comey made the FBI a threat to democracy, lost public trust in its agents and clouded Donald Trump’s presidency by going political.

Lew Rockwell on Rothbard and War

Lew Rockwell gave an important antiwar speech, discussing Murray Rothbard’s antiwar views, at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s conference on “Breaking Washington’s Addiction to War.”

I especially liked these passages, which describe Rothbard’s basic point of view on war:

War distorts our sense of what service to others truly means. Only to members of the military are we urged to say, “Thank you for your service.” Toward the great entrepreneurs who extend our lives and make them more fulfilling, we are taught to be envious and resentful. They are most certainly not thanked for their service.

The state is able to get away with its aggression thanks in part to its manipulation of language. A soldier who perished in the Iraq war was said to have been “serving his country.” What could that mean? The war was launched on preposterous pretexts against a leader who had not harmed Americans and was incapable of doing so. If the war was in the service of anything, it was the imperial ambitions of a small ruling group. By no means did such a mission, which diverted vast resources away from civilian use, “serve the country.”

War distorts reality itself. Schoolchildren are taught to believe that the American soldier purchased their freedom by his sacrifices. Blasphemous bumper stickers compare the American soldier to Jesus Christ. But in what way was American freedom threatened by Iraq, or Panama, or Somalia? For that matter, how could any 20th-century adversary have managed an invasion of North America, given that even the Germans couldn’t cross the English Channel?

But this carefully cultivated mythology helps keep the racket going. It increases the superstitious reverence people have for past and present members of the military. It puts critics of war on the defensive. Indeed, how can we criticize war and intervention when these things have kept us free?

In short, war is inseparable from propaganda, lies, hatred, impoverishment, cultural degradation, and moral corruption. It is the most horrific outcome of the moral and political legitimacy people are taught to grant the state. Wrapped in the trappings of patriotism, home, songs, and flags, the state deludes people into despising a leader and a country that until that point they had barely even heard of, much less had an informed opinion about, and it teaches its subjects to cheer the maiming and death of fellow human beings who have never done them any harm.

And I like the individualistic view Lew Rockwell gives here:

If we believe in the cause of peace, putting a halt to aggressive violence between nations is not enough. We should not want to bring about peace overseas in order that our rulers may turn their guns on peaceful individuals at home. Away with all forms of aggression against peaceful people.

The people and the warmakers are two distinct groups. We must never say “we” when discussing the US government’s foreign policy. For one thing, the warmakers do not care about the opinions of the majority of Americans. It is silly and embarrassing for Americans to speak of “we” when discussing their government’s foreign policy, as if their input were necessary to or desired by those who make war.(4) Never use “we” when speaking of the government.

But it is also wrong, not to mention mischievous. When people identify themselves so closely with their government, they perceive attacks on their government’s foreign policy as attacks on themselves. It then becomes all the more difficult to reason with them – why, you’re insulting my foreign policy!

Likewise, the use of “we” feeds into war fever. “We” have to get “them.” People root for their governments as they would for a football team. And since we know ourselves to be decent and good, “they” can only be monstrous and evil, and deserving of whatever righteous justice “we” dispense to them.

The antiwar left falls into this error just as often. They appeal to Americans with a catalogue of horrific crimes “we” have committed. But we haven’t committed those crimes. The same sociopaths who victimize Americans themselves every day, and over whom we have no real control, committed those crimes.

Now, it would be nice if he would apply such individualism philosophy to the immigration issue!

Jeffrey Epstein and the Dishonest Media Labeling Others “Conspiracy Theorists”

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is either dead from murder or suicide, or been taken off to escape justice or be interrogated by goons, we are getting the usual “conspiracy theorist” label by those who are either very dishonest or just plain dumb, naive or ignorant.

Especially with those in the media as well as apparatchiks, we get a good view as to who someone really is when they immediately label someone as “conspiracy theorist” when that person isn’t obediently and gullibly believing every word that “officials” and their media stenographers tell us.

Perhaps there are those who immediately call someone a “conspiracy theorist” for merely questioning the official narrative, because the alternative explanations (with facts or circumstantial evidence given) cause the labelers anguish. For example, we’d rather not hear about someone such as allegedly Epstein sexually exploiting or abusing teenage girls. But further, it is more distressing when it turns out to be an elaborate scheme that involves many, many people, well-known or not, and that a lot of innocent young girls are being abused by all those scum.

I have a feeling that some of the high-profile people who have been involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s escapades include people in the news media, as well as politicians, Wall Street cronies and other very well-known personalities not involved in finance or politics. Craig Murray analyzes whether some events in the past involving Bill Clinton and Epstein are mere coincidences.

And Caitlin Johnstone writes about the labeling of people as “conspiracy theorist,” and about an NBC reporter Ken Dilanian who warns of “conspiracy theorists” who aren’t buying the official narrative. Apparently Dilanian is also a known CIA asset. So who is the real “conspiracy theorist” here?

There are many obedient sheeple in the news media now, either just out of authoritarian devotion to their rulers in Washington, or just out of a naive and gullible simpleton mentality. Some of them will literally repeat word for word whatever government officials tell them in their “news” reports.

As I wrote in this post last December,

For example, Glenn Greenwald pointed to court historian Douglas Brinkley’s fawning interview of Barack Obama, and that “journalists joyously dance with top officials, swing on their tires, are creepily grateful when they’re sprayed in the face by their squirt guns, and play fun beach games with the very campaign officials they’re ostensibly covering.”

…some examples provided by Greenwald have included Bob Schieffer kissing up to former NSA directer Michael Hayden, and Bob Shieffer hatchet-jobbing Ron Paul on foreign policy. And Scott Pelley’s “13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling propaganda” interview of Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta, how Wired manipulated chat logs to aid and abet the government’s persecution of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, and Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross’s anti-Iran fear-mongering (things haven’t changed much).

We have just gone through more than two years of “Trump-Russia collusions” conspiracy theory, and it was all theory because not only was there never any evidence for such collusion or Trump-Russia conspiracy, and the Mueller Report says just that, but there has been no evidence that the DNC computers or emails were actually hacked.

But the “Trump-Russia collusions” and “Russian election meddling” false narratives i.e. “fake news” propaganda were being disseminated by the news media over and over and over, so many Americans really believed it all. Now, not so much.

So we don’t really have a “news media” now, we have a government media, the propaganda wing of the U.S. government. And it’s not just the national media, but many or most local news media outlets throughout the U.S. That’s because a lot of people are just easily propagandized.

But also a lot of people in the media are too damn lazy to do actual fact-checking, actual investigative research, and instead they tend to take information that a government official gives them as the word of God.

So this “conspiracy theorist” label being thrown around and directed toward those who question the official narrative is distressing, especially, as Johnstone pointed out in her article, when our beloved yet decrepit FBI tells us that “conspiracy theorists” are the new “domestic terrorism” threat.

And that is distressing because we now live in an age false accusation, an era of ignorance and hysteria regarding many issues, including the paranoid and triggered college snowflakes, and the climate fanatics who call people “deniers” and who want to jail or kill the “deniers.” And an era of false accusation now being the norm, such as with Title IX abuse. The accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were false accusations with NO evidence to back them up. And I detest Kavanaugh, if you didn’t know, but I still think the truth is important.

And the whole “Russia collusions” matter was a false accusation against a political candidate and then sitting President.

Charles Burris posted two posts on eugenics on the LRC blog. I’m not sure if it was because of the Epstein case now in the news, because we have heard that Jeffrey Epstein was into eugenics. The Burris posts are The Eugenics Crusade and Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich.

In the 2nd Burris post, he writes about the “documentary Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich, the single most important film about the Nazi’s Aktion T-4 euthanasia program.” He says “It shows exactly how the Nazis marginalized people with disabilities and mental illnesses by making them less and less until it became acceptable to exterminate them.”

That reminded me of the climate fanatics calling people “deniers” and wanting to jail them or have the “deniers” killed. Have you heard that?

But, speaking of references to the “mentally ill,” we are hearing of the importance of gun-buying background checks, using FBI or otherwise government databases, of course. And people want to take guns away from those labeled “mentally ill,” because the gun-grabbers want to disarm already more vulnerable people and make them even more defenseless.

However, the problem here is how “mentally ill” will be defined, and by whom. Given that the U.S. is becoming more like a USSA, an American Soviet Union, it seems to me that civilians or “any non-government employee” who owns an illegal gun will eventually be determined to be a “danger” or a “terrorist” by the “authorities.” Or determined to be “mentally ill” by our whacked out Xanaxized society and by the gubmint in Washington. But not just gun owners, also people who don’t share the “transgender” ideology, people who support the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, people who live “off the grid,” etc., etc. Yeah, those “mentally ill” people.

And, oh yes, “conspiracy theorists.”

The Mass Shootings – And, Are “Conspiracy Theorists” Terrorists? (Updated)

Once again, this past weekend there were two mass shootings, in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio, resulting in 29 deaths and many injuries.

I have already addressed many times here the fact that quite a few of the mass murders in the past 15 or 20 years were by people having been on those psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants. Now, I am not saying that people taking psychiatric drugs become mass killers. But I am saying that most of the mass murders that have happened in all these recent years now, coincidentally, happen to have been committed by someone taking those drugs. But the mainstream media don’t want to reveal that fact because the pharmaceutical companies are some of the news outlets’ biggest sponsors.

But that is not what I wanted to discuss in this post. This morning I heard someone on the radio talking about the El Paso shooter’s “manifesto,” that he published online prior to his shooting spree at the Walmart, in which all weekend the news media were referring to it as a manifesto of “racist white supremacy” and anti-Mexican and “pro-Trump.” However, the person on the radio was saying that the manifesto also included the alleged shooter’s being big on the climate change stuff, like we’ve only got 12 years (as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes), and other typically left-wing nonsense.

So, given that the alleged shooter’s manifesto mixes anti-Mexican, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant racism and white supremacy with leftist ideological claptrap, if that is true, it is very hard to believe what we are being told by the media.

And then I see a post by Kurt Nimmo who sees some coincidences between this shooting (or these shootings including the Dayton shooting by an alleged left-wing Elizabeth Warren supporter) and the other recent shootings including the synagogue shooters in California and Pittsburgh, and the New Zealand shooting.

Those events and the timing of the FBI’s recently telling us about “conspiracy theorists” being associated with terrorism, i.e. “anti-government” critics and journalists writing about the corruption and criminality in Washington as = terrorists, in order to psy-op the public to reject even considering a non-mainstream media-promulgated perspective of events. For example, “Russia-Russia-Russia” — when it turns out that the U.S. government and Congress had zero evidence to prove any connection between the Trump campaign and Russia, and also had zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC computers and emails or that they were even hacked at all.

So given what Nimmo is saying about the FBI’s attempts to psy-op the public regarding “conspiracy theorists,” and these incidents, I have no confidence at all that the FBI will ever get cleaned up after the Russiagate fiasco that’s gone on for 3 years in which spooks and goons from various national security agencies attempted to frame up Donald Trump in conspiring with the Russian government to illegitimately get elected President. The FBI’s Chris Wray is just another Regime apparatchik.

I have no hope that thug James Comey, commie John Brennan, “Strzok and Page,” Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein et al. will be held accountable. The ones who fraudulently signed FISA application warrants and knowingly lied to judges to get them to sign on to the warrants will not face prosecution. Right now, the FBI is working to double down on its cover-up and working on a psy-op of the public to dismiss those who have exposed the Russiagate criminality as “conspiracy theorists” who = “terrorist” because the honest journalists dare to expose the regime. (And I don’t believe Sean Hannity and Andrew McCarthy and Joe deGenova etc. in their saying that people definitely will be held accountable. It doesn’t look good right now.)

UPDATE: An August 1st article: Justice Department declines to prosecute Comey over memos, and further info in this article.

UPDATE II: (It gets worse.) FBI director Wray welcomes Peter Strzok back to FBI.

Remembering Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo

One of my favorite antiwar writers and foreign policy analysts, Justin Raimondo, passed away last month at age 67, of lung cancer. He was probably the most consistent and profound antiwar writers out there.

A founder of “Antiwar.com,” Justin was no leftist (like of the “Code Pink” variety). No, he was a champion of the “Old Right,” promoting the views of Republicans like Sen. Robert Taft.

In more recent years Raimondo had been a Trump supporting “America First” nationalist. I don’t know if he would describe himself as such, but his articles and twitter statements had shown that. I don’t particularly agree with that point of view, as I am more along the lines of “freedom first” rather than “America first.”

This extensive obituary of Justin on Antiwar.com tells a lot about him and his earlier years that I knew nothing about. Justin grew up in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hometown of Yorktown Heights, New York, right near New York City, a place that according to Wikipedia was “of strategic importance during the American Revolution, with the Pines Bridge crossing of the Croton River guarded by the 1st Rhode Island Regiment…”

Justin was a revolutionary in his own way.

The obituary also notes that because he was a rambunctious little kid, he was forced to have to see a psychiatrist. I guess even in those years there were people who viewed little boys showing a lot of energy (i.e. acting normally) as having some sort of disorder. And the psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Soblen, turned out to be a Soviet spy of all things. Not good.

Justin had met Ayn Rand at the age of 14, and was politically active at an early age and co-founded the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus.

Justin was also gay and was actively involved in gay liberation and gay rights. Yet at the same time he supported the very conservative Pat Buchanan for President in three elections, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

I enjoyed reading Justin’s columns because he was a great writer, and because he effectively promoted the foreign policy views of many of America’s founders: policies of non-interventionism.

From the Antiwar.com obituary:

His two most important books were his 1993 Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement, published by the Center for Libertarian Studies and reissued in 2008 by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute with a Foreword by Pat Buchanan and an introduction by George W. Carey, and his 2000 biography, An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard, published by Prometheus Books.

Justin also certainly had an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When the gangsters and thugs of the U.S. Congress were considering the NDAA provisions in which Americans could be detained and imprisoned for life without charges or trial, he saw exactly where that was going:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) exults that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and anyone can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Graham doesn’t care about any of that sissy constitutional stuff, and never did – throw ‘em in the brig! Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican from the “Live Free or Die” state, doesn’t care that she’s destroying the American republic and our constitutional liberties by voting for this draconian measure because, she says, “America is part of the battlefield.”

Nothing illustrates the longstanding warning from antiwar advocates that “war is the health of the state” than this ominous development. The principle that war leads inevitably to the erosion and eventual destruction of our constitutional form of government is being dramatized on the floor of Congress even as I write these words.

The real purpose of the Levin-McCain provisions is entirely unrelated to “terrorism,” either by al-Qaeda or any known domestic outfit. It was put in there to codify a number of important “legal” precedents, which make it possible for the President to declare an American citizen an “enemy combatant” and hold him or her indefinitely without charges. This is the final step in a process that will enable the President to establish a de facto military dictatorship: it’s the “unitary presidency” meets the global economic crisis.

“America is part of the battlefield,” says Sen. Ayotte, quite accurately – and Americans are the target. Resistance is “terrorism”: dissent is a crime, and you’d better shut up and take it if you know what’s good for you. That’s the message they’re sending – and how, one wonders, will Americans respond?

Well, Obama responded by signing that NDAA bill into law, with those provisions in place. (Obama wasn’t exactly a friend of civil liberties, you know.) But then a federal judge struck down those provisions to indefinitely detain Americans, Obama appealed that ruling, the ruling was then given a temporary stay by another judge, but that ruling was finally itself struck down by an all-Democrat-appointed three-judge panel, and that was the end of that. Obama and the Democrats got their way, the legal ability to use the military to detain or jail those who dissented from the Regime’s diktats.

And all this was after Justin had been the target of FBI harassment, so he was rightfully concerned about where the Regime in Washington was headed.

In her tribute to Justin Raimondo on The American Conservative, Kelley Vlahos included the story of how the FBI were investigating Justin and Antiwar.com co-founder Eric Garris, and here is an excerpt from her tribute on that fiasco:

The government had opened secret files on Garris and Raimondo, and at one point the FBI agent writing the April 30, 2004 memo on Antiwar.com recommended further monitoring of the website in the form of  a “preliminary investigation …to determine if [redaction] are engaging in, or have engaged in, activities which constitute a threat to national security.”

Why? You can read in detail here, but much of it was because of Antiwar.com’s mission to criticize U.S. war policies, its linking to government watch lists at the time, and Justin’s writing, particularly on five Israelis who were detained by the FBI in New Jersey after they were spotted by witnesses on a rooftop celebrating and taking pictures in sight of the burning NYC towers on 9/11 and later deported.

The ACLU had taken up their case, rightly, as an example of the government’s hostile attitude against the 1st Amendment. The government had taken advantage of its new 9/11 authorities and the country’s war-time footing to spy and harass dissidents just like the old days. Garris and Raimondo won, but their efforts to have all of the government records expunged is still tied up in appeals. Garris said Justin was at least able to see the latest June 12 hearing in the Ninth Circuit.

And the Antiwar.com obituary notes:

One of the last pleasures Justin had as part of his Antiwar.com activities was seeing, on June 12, three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in 18-15416 Dennis Raimondo v. FBI, roundly rebuke the pathetic Department of Justice lawyer who claimed that the court should have no say in how the FBI held on to evidence when it was clear that no crime was committed.

You see, the FBI and government spooks and goons don’t like it when others expose and shine a light on such apparatchiks’ incompetence, buffoonery, corruption and criminality, so they investigate and harass the ones who do the exposing and/or whistleblowing.

Regarding the aforementioned Israelis, in his September 10, 2010 column, The ‘Meaning’ of 9/11, Justin wrote:

The craziness that ensued in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks had to be sustained if Israel was to take full advantage of the moment – a moment their intelligence operatives anticipated, according to Fox News, in a four-part series [link no longer working, here is another one at YouTube] by their topnotch journalist Carl Cameron, which started out as follows:

Since September 11, more than 60 Israelis have been arrested or detained, either under the new patriot anti-terrorism law, or for immigration violations. A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States.

There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are “tie-ins.” But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, ‘evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.’”

Fox News has never retracted a word of this story, although they did – after pressure from the Israel lobby – delete it from their web site. It was never mentioned again, at least in “respectable” quarters, and, to be sure, it was never forgotten, thanks to the Internet, where Carl Cameron will be exposing the Israeli connection to the 9/11 terrorist attacks unto eternity.

Cameron’s noting that “more than sixty” Israelis had been arrested immediately after 9/11, along with and under the same legal rubric as thousands of Arabs, had also been noted here in this space, before the Fox News broadcasts. Why, I asked in a column, was the US government rounding up Israelis, of all people – unless there was some kind of Israeli connection to the attacks? The answer came in Cameron’s reporting, and subsequent stories in the “mainstream” media: the Israelis, whose intelligence services had been very active on our soil in the months leading up to 9/11, had been following the hijackers, shadowing their every move, without telling us – almost as if they were protecting them rather than trying to stop them.

According to this Salon story on the “Israeli art students,” which Justin linked to and which also refers to Carl Cameron’s report that caught the attention of the DEA and DoD, the Washington Post attempted to put the story to rest, “quoting anonymous officials” (or “unnamed sources,” or “unnamed anonymous government officials,” etc., etc., which is what the news media usually do when they make things up, or are too lazy to do any actual investigative research).

Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi has written about the Americans caught spying on the U.S. for Israel but mostly getting away with it, as well as a possible Israeli spy in the U.S. getting too chummy with U.S. national security officials including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But we dare not tell the truth about such taboo subjects. Except, Justin Raimondo dared and he wasn’t afraid to tell the truth.

In November of 2013 Justin wrote about a new nuclear agreement between the “P5+1” (China, France, Russia, the U.K., the U.S., “plus” Germany) and Iran.

An Israeli attack on Iran, however, would be Bibi’s last resort: the Israelis are good at agitating for other nations to go to war on their behalf, but when it comes to actually doing the fighting themselves – and losing some of their own people – their enthusiasm tends to cool down a bit. Before they attack Iran, the Israelis will do everything in their power to derail the agreement – and no one should underestimate what they’re capable of.

Their first line of attack is through Congress, where the Israel lobby holds a dominant position. Even before the agreement was signed, the lobby’s congressional contingent was already being lined up to introduce new sanctions on Iran. Prominent Democrats, including Majority leader Harry Reid, New York’s Chuck Schumer, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey have already endorsed the new sanctions bill, and the usual Republican suspects are already denouncing the agreement as “another Munich.”

The second line of attack is a possible provocation engineered by the Israelis: this could involve an incident between the US and Iran in international waters in the Gulf, as has happened before, or it could be a simple exposure of an alleged Iranian violation of the terms of the interim agreement. This latter course could be carried out by Israel’s regional allies, including the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), a neo-Marxist cult that has long been an instrument in Israeli hands and has a history of pushing disinformation about Iran’s alleged nuclear activities. Nor should we rule out Israeli collaboration with hardliner elements within Iran: although they are ostensibly in irreconcilable opposition, both Israeli and Iranian hardliners are united in their opposition to a nuclear deal.

The third line of attack would be direct Israeli action against the US – no, not military action (don’t be silly), but some kind of covert action that would inflict enough damage to impact our ability to make the interim agreement permanent.

This isn’t pure speculation: in 1954, the Israelis recruited a group of Egyptians to plant bombs in Western targets, including the American information center, in major Egyptian cities. The idea was to blame the attacks on Islamists and Nasserites, and cause the British government to keep its troops in the Suez Canal zone. The plan failed, but only because the Israeli scheme was exposed: after years of denying the affair, the Israeli government finally owned up to it by awarding their agents medals of appreciation, bestowed on the surviving spies by President Moshe Katzav in 2005.

For years the Israelis have been saying their country faces an “existential” crisis on account of Iran’s nuclear program: another Holocaust, they have said, is imminent unless the Iranians are stopped. And Tehran, they aver, is intent on breaking any agreement they make with the West: the Iranians are determined to acquire nuclear weapons, and will stop at nothing in their drive to destroy Israel.

Justin wasn’t afraid to tell the truth, and he wasn’t afraid of Israel’s “Amen Corner” in the U.S. I think a lot of people believe many false narratives, including about Israel, because they hear nothing but the propaganda over and over from media and pop culture. So most people believe the propaganda about Israel, and that’s just the way it is.

Similarly, many also believe the propaganda about “Trump collusions with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election,” none of which actually happened. It was all made up.

Justin was on to the “Trump-Russia collusions” propaganda from the very beginning. In his November 28, 2016 article, The Witch Hunters: Washington Post pushes campaign to censor alternative media, he discussed the Washington Post‘s post-election article that called non-Hillary-supporting Internet or media outlets “fake news.” In actuality, the Post‘s article, titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” was itself propaganda and the beginning of a crusade to call the actual truth-tellers “fake news.”

In fact, the Washington Post already began with its “Russian hacking the election” false narrative months before the election, in June of 2016, as soon as Trump’s nomination for President was secured. The Post‘s June 14, 2016 article, titled, “Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump,” goes on and on with this or that detail. But, according to former NSA tech expert William Binney and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, the DNC computers couldn’t have been remotely hacked, but were accessed locally, with possibly a USB flash drive.

Binney and McGovern debunked the Post‘s evidence-free claims. And of course by July of 2016, Justin Raimondo’s “BS-ometer” was already going off quite loudly, regarding the Washington Post‘s claims of Russia hacking the DNC.

So when the DNC hack made headlines, the anti-Trump media – i.e. the entire “mainstream” media – pushed the Kremlin conspiracy narrative hard. But what is the technical evidence for such a charge? As it turns out, it is thin-to-nonexistent.

What’s striking is that for all this subjective “analysis” and cyber-sleuthing, no one is pointing to what should be the first suspicion in such a case: that the hacking of the DNC server was an inside job.

An “inside job” and not a hack, by the way, has been further backed up most recently by more evidence. The DNC insider who leaked to WikiLeaks is again said to be the murdered Seth Rich. Eventually, that whole “Russia hacking the 2016 election” and “Trump-Russia collusions” conspiracy theory, promoted by the fake news media and believed by millions, will be thrown into the dustbin of history, thanks to investigative researchers and writers like Justin Raimondo.

So, Justin was like Radar O’Reilly on M*A*S*H, who could hear the choppers from far away before anyone else could. Justin could sense and expose the “BS” and the “fake news” before most others, and he will be missed.