Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Anal Americans

In as much as the Order of Skull and Bones may be said to be integral to the origins of the CIA, so may it be said that excrement lines the embryo from which the agency has sprung. This much is alleged in the depiction of a Skull and Bones hazing rite in Robert DeNiro's 2006 film The Good Shepherd, wherein nude initiates wrestle in mud (or feces) while being rained down upon with the urine of their seniors. The scene is pruriently discussed here:

Towleroad: In the Mud with Matt Damon

(More sober reviews of the Eric Roth screenplay critique its accuracy, however, ranging from the limited hangout charge leveled by Conspirazzi to the sour assessment of the CIA's own court historians.)

A recent Wayne Madsen Report details the ongoing fascination the CIA has had with "Excrem-INT" throughout its history and up to the present. Some excerpts...

Genetic assassination weapons in CIA's quiver

Ever since Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double helix of DNA in the 1950s, intelligence agencies immediately began to discover ways to use the discovery of DNA for weapons research. Although it has always been assumed that intelligence services conducted MEDINT, or medical intelligence gathering, to discover what ailments were afflicting world leaders, it is also true that particular genetic traits of potential targets for assassination were being analyzed to develop genetic-specific weapons. A genetic susceptibilty of a targeted individual to develop cancer, heart disease, or other fatal or debilitating diseases would assist intelligence agencies to deliver particular "designer" genetic weapons.

The U.S. Secret Service goes to great lengths to collect all of the President's DNA samples while he travels abroad. Drinking glasses are wiped, napkins are collected, and even stool and urine samples are protected from being obtained by foreign intelligence agencies while the President is visiting foreign locales. This has always been one of the more closely-guarded operations of the Secret Service. However, such countermeasures are not only taken to ensure that medical information on a commander-in-chief's prescription drug usage, medical condition, and other health information is not obtained by a hostile or even friendly intelligence service but also to prevent medical intelligence from enabling a hostile service from developing a designer genetic weapon.

The State Department's program to collect DNA samples from foreign political figures was leaked in a 2010 SECRET/NOFORN cable from the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to U.S. embassies in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo requesting them to obtain "DNA," in addition to fingerprints, facial images, and iris scans, from government leaders. The collection needs were described as being part of the National HUMINT Collection Directive (NHCD). Other embassies and missions also received requests for DNA samples. The Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency were copied on the State Department biometric collection tasking cables. In 2005, the CIA director was designated as the National HUMINT Manager for the U.S. Intelligence Community.  The operations are carried out under the National Clandestine Service of the CIA...

The annals of the CIA are replete with operations designed to capture human waste samples from various world leaders. Included in the CIA's sweep for poop and urine were Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev whose solid waste was trapped by the CIA during his 1959 visit to the United States and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia whose urine was captured in the urinal of a Monte Carlo casino. Similar samples taken from Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Indonesian leader Sukarno, founders of the non-aligned movement, may have resulted in the CIA creating designer poisons to kill them both within a few months of each other in 1970. Nasser died from a sudden heart attack while Sukarno , under house arrest after a CIA coup, died from kidney failure...

In an WMR article from 2006, Even Bush's crap is classified top secret (mirrored at Rense), we read of other "Copro-ops" on foreign leaders...

The Israeli Mossad conducted one such operation against Syrian President Hafez Assad when he visited Amman, Jordan in Feb. 1999 for the funeral of King Hussein. The Mossad and its Jordanian counterpart installed a special toilet in Assad's hotel room that led not to a pipe but to a specimen canister. Assad suffered from diabetes and cancer and the operation was designed to discover the actual medical condition of the ailing leader. During Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to Washington in 1987, the CIA reportedly placed a special trap under a sewage tank to collect the Soviet leader's bodily waste for analysis. More recently, the CIA was reported to have collected waste samples from Ugandan President-dictator Yoweri Museveni's toilet when he visited Washington.


While such coprophagous "intelligence gathering" is purposed to specific operative or analytic goals, other practices can be only be characterized as purely gratuitous. For instance, take the case of "The IRF-ing of Omar Deghayes" at Guantanamo Bay. IRF is the acronym for Immediate Reaction Force or alternately ERF, Emergency Reaction Force, described in this Jeremy Scahill article found at WikiLeaks:

Guantanamo's Immediate Reaction Force still terrorizing detainees

ERF-ing Omar -- The Feces Incident

On one of the ERF-ing incidents where Omar was abused, the officer in charge himself came into the cell with the feces of another prisoners [sic] and smeared it onto Omar's face. While some prisoners had thrown feces at the abusive guards, Omar had always emphatically refused to sink to this level. The experience was one of the most disgusting in Omar's life.

The parallel of this treatment to the alleged coprophilic hazing rite of Skull and Bones is evident. It is clear however that these "enhanced interrogation" techniques go far beyond even the most elite of frat-boy antics. Today, with the U.S. Senate's release of the much anticipated CIA torture report, we find officials who are not concerned with what comes out of the anal cavity, but with what they can force in, as is detailed in footnote 584, pg. 100 (129 of the PDF), courtesy of Cryptome...

CIA medical officers discussed rectal rehydration as a means of behavior control. As one officer wrote, "[w]hile IV infusion is safe and effective, we were impressed with the ancillary effectiveness of rectal infusion on ending the water refusal in a similar case."...

The same officer provided a description of the procedure, writing that "[r)egarding the rectal tube, if you place it and open up the IV tubing, the flow will self regulate, sloshing up the large intestines." Referencing the experience of the medical officer who subjected KSM to rectal rehydration, the officer wrote that, "[w]hat I infer is that you get a tube up as far as YOU can, then open the IV wide. No need to squeeze the bag - let gravity do the work."...

The same email exchange included a description of a previous application of the technique, in which "we used the largest Ewal bag we had."...

Majid Khan's "lunch tray," consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins was "pureed" and rectally infused...

CIA leadership, including General Counsel Scott Muller and DDO James Pavitt, was also alerted to allegations that rectal exams were conducted with "excessive force" on two detainees at DETENTION SITE COBALT. CIA attorney [redacted] was asked to follow up, although CIA records do not indicate any resolution of the inquiry. CIA records indicate that one of the detainees, Mustafa al-Hawsawi. was later diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal·fissure, and symptomatic rectal prolapse.

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Perhaps these secret society initiates and intelligence operatives could apply their anal fixations to more productive endeavors...

33rd Square: Researchers Convert Human Waste into Rocket Fuel

Monday, December 1, 2014

Headlines of note for December 2014 [updated Dec. 21]...

A tide has turned...

Radio Enciclopedia: Comparecencia de Raúl sobre relaciones Cuba- EEUU

A belated milestone in U.S.- Cuba relations immediately follows re-entry of Bush dynasty into presidential politics and the sordid Gitmo revelations of the Senate's torture report.


Wayne Madsen Report pithy comments...

Karl Rove defends rectal feeding. Karl used to get rectally-fed at afternoon "Tea Dances" in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of DC. Guys known as "hairy bears" would rectally feed Karl until he squealed like a pig. This information came from a senior editor of The Washington Times who was not permitted to run with the story.

Michael Hayden defends rectal rehydration. That's because Hayden likely attended Dick Cheney's rectal rehydration parties at which female prostitutes squirted on glass top tables. Maybe Hayden got his expertise on this fetish when he was getting it on with "Captain AmErika" in Sarajevo in the 90s.

NBC NewsBin Laden Expert Accused of Shaping CIA Deception on 'Torture' Program

New YorkerThe Unidentified Queen of Torture

AKA Isla, She-Wolf of the CIA

Her name, Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, has been out there for some time: since September 2011...

Boiling Frogs PostConfirmed Identity of the CIA Official behind 9/11, Rendition & Torture Cases is Revealed


Of course the Brits have been integral to these infamies, while managing to evade the media circus, for the most part...

GuardianUS hid UK links in CIA torture report at request of British spy agencies


Around the world...

BBC: As it happened - Pakistan school attack

Dawn: Afghan Taliban condemn Peshawar school attack


Cryptogon: Australia - Hostage Situation in Sydney

Land DestroyerWho Created Cartoon Character "Man Haron Monis" Behind "Sydney Siege" Circus?


Al Monitor (translation of Radikal): Is Islamic State finding refuge in Turkey?

...while receiving reconnaissance courtesy of Israel?

Israeli fly-over coincides with attack on Lebanese army

...along with more lethal air support...

21st Century WireAIDING ISIS - Israel Bombs Syria For Fifth Time in 18 Months, Gives Arms, Medical Aid to Militants


Jerusalem Post: Is Obama secretly working to replace Netanyahu?

Intelligence OnlineWashington’s Sunni allies disgruntled


On the new cold warpath...

ThereAreNoSunglassesObama’s Russian War Resolution Passes By 411 to 23

RT‘If US sends weapons to Ukraine, Russia should send troops’ - lawmaker

Washington's BlogNATO Prepositions Weapons in Poland for Attack on Russia


It's up to Deutchland, the nation that brought us WWII, to save us from WWIII...

RT (Pepe Escobar): How Russia and Germany may save Europe from war

Die Welt: "Niemand kann Kiew den Weg in die Nato verbauen"

niqnaq translates: ukraine has the peculiar idea that it has “the right to join nato”

BRUSSELS – In Ukraine are growing doubts as to the policy of the German Federal government. Kiev is particularly frustrated about statements made by foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) at the beginning of this week which rejected the idea of NATO membership for Ukraine. The Ambassador of Ukraine to the European Union in Brussels, Konstantin Yeliseev, told Die Welt:  

"I can’t understand why the German foreign Minister Steinmeier wants to exclude NATO membership for Ukraine. This remark Mr Steinmeier made a few days ago is surprising and disappointing. Each partner country, including Germany, should respect the choice of a sovereign state such as Ukraine..."

Sovereign state? In the past year we would liken the Ukraine more to a playground of clandestine agencies' "fun and games". German foreign minister Steinmeier seems to be coming to the realization that this is no game...

Global Post: Germany wants NATO, Russia to restart dialogue

"We now have very few ways of talking about events which come up suddenly, for example military exercises, (aircraft) over-flights or the presence of Russian warships around the world," German Foreign Minister Franz Walter Steinmeier said.  

"We no longer have the possibility to determine what lies behind such moves and whether they are cause for concern or not," he said on the sidelines of a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels.  

Steinmeier warned that current contacts with Russia were even less than during the Cold War and this should be changed so as to avoid events getting "completely out of control."


We hope not this kind of "out of control"...

ENENews: Emergency repair reported at largest nuclear power plant in Europe — Prime Minister: I know that a nuclear accident has occurred (VIDEO)

The nuclear plant is just west of the E. Ukraine conflict zone: LIVEUAMAP


The war escalates on the economic front, with Russia reeling...

ZeroHedgeRussia Shocks With Emergency Rate Hike, Boosts Interest Rate From 10.5% To 17%

The Sellside Reacts: "17% Rate Hike Not Enough" According To Citi, JPM; Goldman Positive: "Removes CBR Uncertainty"

RussEurope: What happened to the Ruble?


Putin takes a set-back on South Stream, but not without a back-up plan...

Sputnik: Russia Scraps South Stream Gas Project - Gazprom

Gazprom Plans to Build New Black Sea Gas Pipeline to Turkey  

Gazprom will set up a legal entity for construction of a new pipeline with annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters to deliver Russian natural gas to Turkey and customers in Southern Europe, Alexey Miller added.

Al Arabiya: Erdogan eyes tighter Turkey, Russia alliance


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Police state news...

Global Grind: Police Brutality - Denver Police Attempt To Erase Video Of Cop Brutally Beating Unarmed Suspect, Injuring Pregnant Woman

Counter Current News: Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

NY Daily News: NYPD officer in Eric Garner 'chokehold' death not indicted by Staten Island grand jury

NYPost: NYPD chokehold decision sparks protests

AlternetNYPD Uses Military-Grade Sonic Weapon on Eric Garner Protesters

A few more copy-cats of this incident and Civil War II will be upon us...

NYPostGunman executes 2 NYPD cops as ‘revenge’ for Garner


Privacy SOS: So-called 'counterterror' fusion center in Massachusetts monitored Black Lives Matter protesters

Reuters: Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’

Infowars: Former Police Chief Admits Involvement in Federal Anti-Patriot Operation

Liberty Unyielding: Feds threaten Oath Keepers, allegedly at gunpoint, for protecting Ferguson businesses

ZeroHedge: Obama Planning To Increase Funding For The Militarization Of America's Police Force

Medium: America Has a New Commando Unit - National Guard Special Operations Detachment could boost secretive command

Cop BlockFORMER FEDERAL AGENT EXPOUNDS ON ILLEGAL MEANS USED TO FRAME TARGETS


TruthoutConvicted With No Evidence by an All-White Jury, Black Community Leader Faces Life in Prison


Prison PlanetThe TSA Will Be Unwrapping Your Gifts This Christmas

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Miscellania...

Telegraph: Brixton slavery case - suspected cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan is charged

Aangirfan: CHILD RAPE BY GURUS; CIA LINKS

THE BOYLOVERS WHO RUN THE UK


Wall Street on ParadeSlain MassMutual Executive Held Wall Street “Trade Secrets”


The Economic CollapseNew Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses

Washington PostJamie Dimon himself called to urge support for the derivatives rule in the spending bill


NHK: Shadow over NYC

Veterans Today: America’s Real Ties to ISIS


The U.S. will not relinquish policies of cultural harassment...

Radio Habana Cuba: La USAID considera que la múscia es una herramienta para desequilibrar a Cuba

Some might retaliate...

Vulture: Everything That’s Been Revealed in the Sony Leak Scandal [Updated]

Re/code: Sony to Officially Name North Korea as Source of Hack Attack

WiredThe Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

Or, some will be blamed for retaliation, whereas other factors may point to the true provenance of the attack...

CryptomeSony Options Greenwald's Snowden


Columbia Reports: ‘Colombian paramilitaries’ attack army post in Venezuela

Think Progress: Jeb Bush’s Four Mysterious Companies Share The Same Address And Have Never Done Any Known Business


Daily Mail: 'CIA paid me to use airstrip as rendition zone... and to look the other way': Former airport director reveals secret Polish staging post for U.S. torture programme


Sharyl Attkisson: CDC - More Than 1,400 People in U.S. Being Actively Monitored for Ebola


ABC News: Mystery Surrounds NASA's Secret Mission in Africa

Daily Mail: Is this proof mysterious bangs heard on both sides of Atlantic WERE caused by a top-secret US jet? Footage of hypersonic engine in action reveals it sounds almost identical to unexplained noises

Telegraph: The Night Sky in December - A new cold war waged not on Earth, but in space


ENENewsExperts: 100% death rate for baby killer whales along West Coast — ‘Alarm bells ring’ as no newborns have survived in past 3 years — “This is absolutely the worst thing possible”, pregnant orca dies with decomposing stillborn full-term fetus inside — “We’re going to lose them… they’ll be extinct for sure”


Nanowerk3D printed nanostructures made entirely of graphene


BeforeitsnewsInternet News Sites Blocked 12-2-2014 – Getting Ready to GO LIVE?


Updates on old news...

Russia Insider: MH17 - The Facts and the Cover-Up


IndependentMediaSolidarity: We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook

Infowars Nightly NewsThe Ultimate Sandy Hook Debate As The 2nd Anniversary Looms


Herald ScotlandRevealed 30 years on - secret role of Henry Kissinger in Bhopal tragedy


CounterpunchConversation with a CIA Interrogator

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Headlines of note for November, 2014...

Wall Street JournalObama Wrote Secret Letter to Iran’s Khamenei About Fighting Islamic State

Al MonitorIran official - Obama’s letters have been answered

From summer 2009 to October 2014, four letters were reported to pass from Obama to Ayatollah Khamenei.  However, according to the transcript provided by Iranian Students’ News Agency, Shamkhani said that there are “contradictions” between the contents of these secret letters and US public positions.

These "contradictions" are becoming public...

Obama says no plans to remove Assad

Asked pointedly if he was actively discussing ways to remove Assad in the context of plans for a political transition in Syria, Obama responded with a simple “No.” 

Obama’s clarity on Syria stood in contrast to an unusual presentation by US Secretary of State John Kerry the next day on how the Islamic State and the government of Syria are actually “co-dependent” or “symbiotic,” that is, they need each other as enemies, and the US must build and back a “moderate center” in Syria.

Kerry is clearly losing is mind; and as he is so fond of saying of others, he "needs to go". Instead of Kerry, however, Chuck Hagel is going...

ReutersBehind Hagel's ouster, tensions over Syria and Obama's team

Intelligence OnlineAssad brings down Chuck Hagel

The above contradicts much of the general impression of Hagel as being among the "doves" (relatively speaking) opposed to the "humanitarian bombers" in Obama's cabinet. (See Webster Tarpley's assessment for instance.) If Hagel, in the bomb Assad camp, was more at odds with Dempsey (the dove, ironically enough, as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), then we can take this unexpected resignation as a good sign, that Obama is finally coming around towards fulfilling one of the reasons he was voted into office to begin with; namely, to reverse the interventionist neo-con policies of the Bush administration. If indeed this reversal is underway, we cannot expect that the neo-con factions will accept it passively. One wonders about this sort of menacing...

ReutersWoman with gun arrested outside White House after Obama's immigration speech

KCRG: Davenport man arrested near White House with rifle, ammunition in car

On the political front meanwhile, they will - to the extent that they have infiltrated the TEA party - attempt to tap into that well of outrage...

Right Wing WatchPaul Vallely - Impeach Obama, Put Administration Officials On Trial For Treason

We must note the irony of General Vallely as a guest on Rick Wiles's ministry of Trunews - Vallely being co-author with Satanist Lt. Col. Michael Aquino of From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory. Vallely has been busy making the rounds from NewsMaxTV to the Liberty Brothers Radio Show to the Surprise Tea Party Patriots. It has been some time since he has made an appearance on FOX, but this 2010 op-ed tells us where he's coming from... Time to Get Tough With Iran. Neo-cons of course have been doggedly pursuing Iran since '79.

Back to Obama's letter to Khamenei...

FOXNewsSource says reported letter from Obama to Ayatollah ‘f***s up everything'

Is Obama attempting to bypass the neo-con elements in his own cabinet with his letter to Khamenei? Is there any acknowledgement in the letter of the role these elements had in giving clandestine support to IS? Is this a little too much wishful thinking on our part? Perhaps, but as we've previously reported, Obama has been something of a captive within his presidency from the beginning. Any attempt on his part then to break out of that captivity should be duly noted and encouraged.

Other matters that Obama may have (or should have) discussed in his letter...

Wayne Madsen ReportTwo CIA-funded "cults" team up in Middle East

WMR's sources in Turkey and Iran are confirming that links have been established between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iranian exiled terrorist group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) through Central Intelligence Agency and Israeli Mossad interlocutors.  

There have reportedly been personal contacts between the husband-and-wife leadership of the MEK, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, and the senior leadership of ISIL. These contacts have been authorized by ISIL's self-proclaimed "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIL and the MEK have also jointly approached the Baluchi terrorist group Jundallah, which operates in western Pakistan, on conducting joint terrorist operations against Iran. These contacts have been facilitated by Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and Mossad...

FARSNewsIraq Intel Report - US Planes Supplying ISIL with Weapons, Foodstuff

VoltairenetJohn McCain admitted he is regular contact with Islamic State

Penny for your thoughts: ISIS Supplying Half of all Afghan Heroin Entering Europe

Washington PostHow the Islamic State evolved in an American prison

TelegraphDoes Jihadi John have a body double?

BBCSyrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

Land DestroyerCNN - Libyan "Rebels" Are Now ISIS

Erdogan is less than pleased with Obama's turnabout on Assad...

Al Monitor: Erdogan slams US on Syria again, days after Biden visit

But Erdogan has his own designs on the former Ottoman Empire, as Wayne Madsen reports in ISIL-Ukraine link exposed:

...Erdogan, who has just inaugurated a 1000-room opulent "white palace" in Beştepe, outside of Ankara on a farm that once belonged to the Turkish Republic's founder Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, is increasingly seeing himself as a modern-day Seljuk emperor, according to our sources in Turkey. The new palace encompasses both Seljuk and Ottoman architectural designs. In fact, Erdogan has stated that Ankara is ultimately a "Seljuk capital." The Seljuk Empire, which preceded the Ottoman Empire, ruled over what is today Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and much of the Caucasus, including Chechnia. It is no coincidence that ISIL draws most of its volunteers from countries that made up the Seljuk Empire.


Obama's policies in other regions however show where the neo-cons/new cold warriors remain in ascendancy...

SkyNews:  NATO commander in Ukraine for talks

NYTimesIn Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

Strategic-CultureObama’s preventive coup in Burkina Faso

...and where they have come up short...

PravdaBRICS came near losing Brazil

...and where they will likely continue to come up short, as the rest of the world gets along quite nicely without "us"...

FruitnetChile seeks closer trade links with Cuba

Fiji SunLeaders Happy With Xi Meet Here

RTPutin - Russia, China close to reaching 2nd mega gas deal


The military challenge to the West becomes more formidable as well...

XinhuanetChina, Russia pledge to strengthen military cooperation


Nuland and Biden fly, women and children die...


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On October 28, celebrated finance journalist Matt Taibbi  left The Intercept following months of disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar and his immediate officers over the management of the digital journal Racket which Taibbi was to head...

InterceptThe Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media

In a little over a week, Taibbi publishes what is perhaps his biggest story on Wall Street fraud - at his previous employer...

Rolling Stone: The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

While this story reiterates much of what we already knew about Wall St. malfeasance leading up to the burst of the housing bubble in 2008, its significance is that it presents all the elements necessary for a prosecutable criminal case against high level officers, including Jaime Dimon, at JPMorgan Chase, in spite of Eric Holder's failure to do so. See also...

Wall Street on Parade: JPMorgan’s $9 Billion Witness Puts Government Testimony by Her Boss into Question

Inquiring minds would like to know, how long was publication of Taibbi's story delayed due to the management dispute? There was a hint of what was to come as early as a tweet on July 10 (but this is inconclusive at to whether or not Taibbi had his whistle-blower yet), and another more definitive on Sept. 25. Well before this, however, as we read in the article of whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann's epiphany: One day last spring, Fleischmann happened across a video of Holder giving a speech titled "No Company Is Too Big to Jail.".... That's when she decided to break her silence. The video referred to is this: Eric Holder: No such thing as "too big to jail", dated May 5.

Taibbi was with First Look Media for seven months. Knowing that Wall St. fraud has been Taibbi's specialty, and he just starting at "whistle-blower central," Fleischmann must have considered him the obvious journalist to contact, and would have done so in early to mid May, if she acted immediately upon her resolution. Supposing that he could have had her story ready for publication by sometime in June or early July, this gives us a full four months of delay. If this is the case, then in besetting Taibbi and his team with his millions and his micro-management (i.e. 'we're going to roll out this big deal... but that takes money and time'), Omidyar was effectively running interference for Dimon and Holder.

Between Fleischmann's decision to go public - if it was in May - and the time of publication came a much belated interview by criminal investigators, as Taibbi notes, "in late summer". Further questions as to who knew what when are raised by this timing. Did Holder's Department of Justice take a sudden interest in her allegations knowing that Taibbi's story was immanent? If so, how did Holder's DoJ know of it? The NSA? Omidyar? Presuming the foreknowledge of the story, was the DoJ's interest then an effort to head it off by giving Fleischmann the confidence that the DoJ was finally going to act? To resolve these questions, we will need a definitive answer as to when she contacted Taibbi. In spite of detailed questions relating to the time-line of the story in a Democracy Now interview of Taibbi and Fleischmann, the question remains unanswered (nor is it answered in an interview with Max Keiser on RT). The answer would satisfy another question regarding her motivation. Was it her conscience that drove her to the press after patiently but fruitlessly waiting for prosecutors to act, or is she pursuing a whistle-blower defense just as she comes under the scrutiny of an investigation? The latter possibility is raised by...

Willyloman: Matt Taibbi’s “Ball Washing” of Alayne Fleischmann Who Spent Two Years Crafting Toxic Assets for Chase

The answer to the timing question will add more or less fuel to the fire of charges that have beset Omidyar's media venture from the beginning. The very nomenclature is curious for its double-entendre, in that it would invite the charges: "First Look Media," to insure that the targets of its "adversarial journalism" get the first look, and hence a heads up for damage control - e.g., the timing of Holder's resignation announcement in late September is quite convenient for him in light of what was coming; while, "The Intercept" intercepts the journalistic football, so to speak, running it in the opposite direction from the goal line that is the public interest - see Cryptome's drip-rate tally of the Edward Snowden leaks; and, "The Racket" - whose racket?

On an unrelated issue, but supportive of the charges: notice that we haven't read anything in this quarter of a billion news venture about the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine. Is Omidyar turning a blind eye to what he helped stoke?...

Pando: Omidyar-funded candidate takes seat in new Ukraine parliament

More on Omidyar...

Rancid HoneytrapI Read the New York Magazine Omidyar Article So You Don’t Have To

But news-media moguls running interference for financial criminals is nothing new...

Steve PieczenikBen Bradlee, Washington Post - A Formidable, Charming Adversary in the Maryland Savings and Loan Crisis of the Late 1980s!


As a side note, on Oct. 1 Taibbi tweeted a congratulations to his father Mike Taibbi upon retirement from NBC. While the son has far outstripped the father as a journalist, we would agree with Not Dove Zakheim that Mike's career was nothing to celebrate. We note the irony of a hit-piece from early in his career against the noise rock group Missing Foundation, a group whose symbol - a negated upside down martini glass - signified  "the party's over," namely the fraudulent Wall St. boom of the 1980's and the disparate income gap it engendered (but which pales in comparison to today). Their music rallied for squatter's rights vs. slum-lord property rights and against police brutality, but Mike's effort to cover the story was a classic case of killing the messenger, replete with the kinds of unfounded slanders that were popular among yellow-journalists at the time...

Sensitive Skin: Missing Foundation and Mike Taibbi’s "Cult of Rage"

Some 23 years later, his coverage of Occupy Wall Street was not quite so yellow, but unremarkable.


Meanwhile, the kind of rage that MF had channeled so primordially in 1988 explodes again following the grand jury verdict in Fergusson, MO...

Reddit: Live Feed for riot and protest in Ferguson, MO. Scanner reports, news links

LiveStream: I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO

And elsewhere...

NBCBayArea: Ferguson Protesters Set Fires, Vandalize Shops and Assault Cops in Oakland: Police

Reuters: Scores arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

ZeroHedge: The REAL Looting Is Happening On Wall Street … Not In Ferguson


Irregularities in the investigation and in the grand jury proceedings do give protestors plenty to doubt as for the justice of the case...

Washington Post: Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents

Empty WheelFerguson/Wilson Grand Jury Return Thoughts and Working Materials

Think Progress: Experts Blast Ferguson Prosecutor’s Press Conference, Legal Strategy

MSNBC: Shocking mistake in Darren Wilson grand jury

Bedlam Magazine: Ferguson Prosecuting Attorney Raised Funds for Officer Darren Wilson

Certain discrepancies however between widely reported eye-witness accounts and previously unreported eye-witness accounts as heard in court raise the specter, once again (as with the Trayvon Martin case), of a media-manipulated provocation...

AP: Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

LATimes: Ferguson grand jury witnesses often cited fear in testifying


Whatever the circumstances of the Fergusson case, it isn't as if police brutality weren't an epidemic. They are more and more proving themselves to be of a predatory nature...

Cleveland Plain Dealer: 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police has died

KCTV: 80-year-old man says police beat him

Davy V.: Greenacres, Florida Police officer Jared Nash Breaks 15-Year Old Girl's Arm in School Over Cell Phone

PrisonPlanetCop Thrashes Mother In Front of 8-year-old Son After ‘Yelling’ Incident


In the Fergusson aftermath, questions are raised as to the stoking of fires by the police...

Popular Resistance: Did Police Set Autos On Fire During Ferguson Protests?

... and media: we are going with the original WaPo headline here (a mockingbird's mea culpa)...

Fergusson Decision and its Aftermath More a Media Event Than Organic Moment

As for those reporters who aren't "in the loop"...

RT: ‘They might be armed’- 2 journos attacked in Ferguson riots, police refuse to help

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Pedo news...

WMR: The "Grand Old Pedophile" party returns to power in DC

Nebraska's new GOP Senator, Ben Sasse, was a proctor and tutor for the House of Representatives pages who helped cover up a sex scandal involving Representatives Mark Foley (R-FL) and Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) in the late 1990s. Sasse will now represent in the Senate a state with a long history of promoting pedophilia and child prostitution involving top Republicans. In the 1980s, Nebraska and its iconic Boy's Town orphanage were "ground zeros" in the infamous Franklin Credit Union scandal involving rising GOP African-American star Lawrence King...

Sasse also served as chief of staff for Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) at the same time that another rising GOP staffer, Ryan Loskarn, was honing his political skills under Representatives Wally Herger (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Loskarn then moved to the Senate where he served as the chief of staff for Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who was just re-elected in the Republican electoral sweep. Earlier this year, Loskarn allegedly committed suicide in his parents' Maryland home after he had earlier been arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. The arrest appeared to have been a part of an international investigation of child pornography launched by the Toronto police as part of Operation Spade. Several politicians in Canada, the United States, and Europe were caught up in the arrest of the proprietors of Azov Films of Toronto and Stafford, Virginia, which is close to Washington, DC and was a leading distributor of child pornography images and videos...

The return of GOP pedophiles and their enablers to positions of influence in the Senate was heralded by the October 31 arrest by Washington, DC police of Michael Centanni, a top GOP conservative fund raiser. Centanni, like Loskarn, was arrested after an investigation of Gnutella "peer-to-peer" file sharing by child porn customers of Azov Films by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Homeland Security Department. Centanni is a major figure in the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference in Washington and was a partner at the GOP political fundraising company Base Connect, which occupies an office next to the upscale Madison Hotel in downtown Washington. Police discovered a hidden camera in the bathroom of Centanni's home which was pointed at the shower...


Meanwhile, across the pond...

Mirror: 'I watched Tory MP MURDER a boy during depraved Westminster VIP paedophile party'

DailyMail: Paedophile orgies in luxury flats and claims three boys were murdered by VIPs: Special report into the growing stench of a cover-up by the Establishment 

Aangirfan: SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN


CBS: CIA prototype of Osama bin Laden doll up for auction

Telegraph: Kim Jong-un photobombed by stuffed animals in compromising position


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Spook news...

Washington PostCIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes

The article evinces ignorance of CIA history, as Allen Dulles had advocated for and to some degree implemented the integration of the operational and analytic sides. Needless to say, Dulles is not the DCI we would like to see emulated - a Bill Colby or Stansfield Turner would be preferable (or better yet, Kennedy's proposed 'smashing into a thousand pieces'). Certain of the disasters and atrocities of the Dulles era can arguably be attributed at least in part to this integration, as any checks and balances of "afference" against "efference" (to speak in poli-sci/neuro-biological terms) were thereby lessened. Insofar as the counter-terrorism center integrates these functions, moreover, the same may be said for the current era...

Denver Post:  Mark Udall to consider all options to reveal CIA torture report


Wall Street JournalAmericans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program

InterceptSecret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

Cryptome (Bill Blunden): Et tu Poitras?

VoltairenetIranian version of U.S. drone captured in 2011 already flying

Columbia ReportsConvicted Israeli trainer of Colombia paramilitaries claims CIA ties

Y-netThe Rummenigge file opens - Mossad's top agent in Lebanon speaks for the first time

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Miscellania...




Organizing Notes: Rosetta Mission Helps Prepare for Mining the Sky

Space.com: Rosetta’s Comet Sounds Like This (Magnetic Oscillations)

ESA: Our Lander's Asleep


RT: Chelyabinsk meteor #2? Massive flash over Russia’s Urals stuns locals and scientists


DutchsinseMULTIPLE AMAZING HD VIDEOS OF THE HAWAII LAVA FLOW + NEW COLOR COMPOSITES


ENENewsNHK - Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP - Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific — Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” — Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism”

KING 5 News - US nuclear workers’ brains eaten away, hallucinating, mental capacity of preschooler — Wife films frightened, trembling husband on deathbed — It’s indescribable what they’ve done and they don’t care — They want you to die — Gov’t Experts: It’s allergies from cats or feathers… or B-12 deficiency — Doctor: Quit helping workers get help


UWToday: UW study shows direct brain interface between humans


NatureGut–brain link grabs neuroscientists


Farm Wars: GE Crops, Glyphosate, and the Deterioration of Health in the US

Factor GMO: $ 25 Million GMO and Pesticide Safety Study Launched in London

Common Dreams: Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County's GMO Ban

Honolulu Civil BeatJudge Invalidates Partial Ban on GMOs in Hawaii County


Matercare: Catholic Doctors Speak - Tetanus vaccination campaign is all about population control

Boiling Frogs PostWHO exposed in Prenatal Mass Murder Operation in Kenya


RT: Topless Femen deface Christian cross in Vatican (GRAPHIC VIDEO)


JFK Assassination 51 years on...

Video Rebel: Israel Killed JFK And Has Ruled America Ever Since

Radio Fetzer: Judyth Vary Baker (see our comment)

Newsmax: Mafia Hit Man Confesses to Killing President Kennedy

If so, he was but a cog, while the orders came from on high...

Nostalgia and Now: LBJ - JFK Assassination Kept Him Out of Prison

Another LBJ infamy...

Consortium News: Behind the USS Liberty Cover-up

JFKFacts: CIA intrigue enveloped Bradlee and Angleton


Mockingbirds today...

Sharyl Attkisson: Docs - Adviser Tells Attorney General Holder How to Manipulate Press on Fast and Furious

And for those who don't play...

PJMedia: Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson


Activist Post: Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet?

Aangirfan: HUMMINGBIRD HITS YOUR BLOG 

The boost in mainstream sites is not across the board - dinosaurs like CNN, FOX, NBC, etc. are continuing to implode - but the dip is common among nearly all of the larger independent news outlets, with the exception of First Look Media (if it should be counted among them). Hummingbird purports to detect the intent of the user, but the Alexa data could suggest that this isn't a purely afferent, or passive, detection, but an efferent "shaping" of intent. In answering user's queries, is Hummingbird relying on a rating system that deems certain sites as more reliable by its own preemptive estimation? Is Google telling you then, 'what you really wanted is this...'? What has long been feared of the revoking of net neutrality then may be taking place regardless of attempts to enforce or regulate it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Headlines of note for October 2014...

If only we can clean up the mess of the 20th century's nuclear clunkers...

ENENewsAgency - Fukushima workers urgently trying “to prevent groundwater from leaking into ocean” — Levels of nuclear waste surge next to sea — Strontium-90 shatters previous record by over 5 Billion Bq/m3 — Now 25 million times EPA limit

Official: “Plant Emergency” at U.S. Nuclear Facility, Uranium Gas Released — Eyewitnesses: “There’s the plume… It was moving across highway… Chemical taste in mouth… I could smell it!” — Size of release unknown — Emergency crew trying to find source and whether it has stopped

King5: Experts - Workers in danger at Hanford

A story that gave us exuberant hope in October 2011, only to be dashed with questions concerning the inventor Andrea Rossi (see bottom of March 2012), now has found new life...

Pure Energy Systems: E-Cat Fuel Analysis and Validation Paper Posted October 8, 2014

Sifferkoll: The Big Banks are Certainly Paying Attention to the E-Cat

...as is the Military-Industrial Complex?...

Phys.orgLockheed Martin pursues compact fusion reactor concept

If we detect here a race underway for the future of energy, pitting on the one hand the independent entrepreneur whose invention would favor a decentralized production model (with little need for distribution and metering of energy), versus on the other the corporate establishment whose R&D would favor a more centralized production and distribution model (though perhaps not quite as centralized as the current grid), so do we detect something of an arms race following similar tendencies...

WiredThe $1,200 Machine That Lets Anyone Make a Metal Gun at Home

StratRisksAirborne Directed Energy Technology Maturing in the U.S.

The contest here will be decidedly asymmetric: 19th Century Wild West vs. 21st Century Star Wars. The question remains, however; can strength in numbers of the former defeat strength in watts of the latter?

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Some loose ends from last month: on Sept. 18 "Puffy Cheeks" Poroshenko came to Washington, seeking lethal aid for Kiev's beleaguered fight against the breakaway republics of Novorossiya in the East. In spite of a receptive audience in the typically Pollyannish U.S. Congress, however, Poroshenko went away empty handed, admitting that "Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but one cannot win the war with blankets..."

RT: Obama declines to give Ukraine 'lethal aid' despite Poroshenko's plea

Two days before this disappointment - and indicative of the degree to which Israel and the U.S. coordinate their foreign policies (wisely so, in this rare instance) - Poroshenko was similarly rebuffed by Netanyahu...

Intelligence Online: Israeli drones won’t fly for Kiev

After several months of intense Russian pressure, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled the sale of a small fleet of drones to Ukraine on September 16...


Payback?

HaaretzFirebomb thrown at Kiev's oldest synagogue

The firebombing at the Great Choral Synagogue on September 24, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, reportedly did not cause damage.

Seemorerocks (Oct. 4): Nazis trash exhibit in NYC

Odessa massacre exhibit was attacked by Ukrainian Nazis in New York City. 3 young people entered the exhibit, started throwing papers with Azov battalion logos, spray-painting the walls and photographs with words 'Lies', broke a laptop and sprayed the organizer with tear gas. The free exhibit also showcased other pictures from Ukraine and Syria.


Deja vu, circa 1941...

ReutersGermany considers sending soldiers to eastern Ukraine - source

Anti-MaidanUkraine Crisis Front-Lines | Militia Storms Donetsk Airport | English Subtitles

Counterpunch: An Interview with "The Saker" - The Ukraine, As We Know It, Is Gone Forever

The Vineyard of the SakerSomething very, very interesting has happened in Novorussia

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Elsewhere around the world...

ZeroHedge"Anti-Petrodollar" CEO Of French Energy Giant Total Dies In Freak Plane Crash In Moscow

OilPrice.com: The Oil Weapon - A New Way To Wage War

Andolu AgencySaudi Arabia to pressure Russia, Iran with price of oil

Financial Express: India to take Moscow route to channel oil payments to Tehran


A hostage?...

LiveLeak: Propaganda Video By IS Featuring John Cantlie (ORIGINAL)

An accident?...

ISIS Captures US Military Airdrops in Kobanê City

A blunder?...

Daily BeastU.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

A conflict arena?...

There Are No SunglassesTurkish Military Prevents Thousands of Kurds from Reinforcing Besieged Kobane

Al MonitorErdogan's slow turnaround on foreign fighters in Syria

RTBattle for Baghdad - ISIS now within 8 miles of airport, armed with MANPADS

Asharq Al Awsat: Lebanese military foil ISIS attempt to establish emirate in Tripoli: sources

RéalitesSituation en Libye : Daech s’implante

Uprooted PalestiniansUS Attacked Iraqi Market, Killing 22 Civilians, a total disregard for human life

GuardianUS-led air strikes against Isis in Syria 'killed 10 civilians'

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar): A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

Aangirfan: HOT SEX IN THE CALIPHATE

Times of Israel: More French Jews said to join Islamic State

Wayne Madsen Report: Iranian police stopping and questioning Arab drivers

WMR learned while in Tehran that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have crossed into Iran from Iraqi Kurdistan along the mutual border that has long been known as a smuggling route. It is not known how many ISIL fighters have entered Iran but the news apparently triggered an alert by the Iranian government to police to be on the lookout for Arab-looking drivers.

Traveling on the road between Darvestan and Fasa in southern Iran on October 2, this editor noticed a number of police cars pulling aside drivers. When I asked my escorts the reason for the traffic stops, it was explained that the drivers had to prove that they were "Iranian" to the police...


ISIL has already attacked an Iranian border post on the border with Iraq, near the Iranian town of Qasr-e-Shirin. As many as 11 Iranian border guards were killed in the attack. There have also been reports of ISIL attacks bear the Iranian town of Urmia and Khoi in Iran's West Azerbaijan province. The ISIL units reportedly received support from Mossad operatives based in Azerbaijan, a country on Iran's northern border having close ties to Israel...

NYTimes: Explosion at Key Military Base in Iran Raises Questions About Sabotage

PressTV: Press TV reporter in Turkey killed in suspicious car accident

VoltairenetDisappearance of incriminating tapes of UN assisting Islamic State

Al Monitor4 arrested in acid attacks on Iranian women

Some Iran officials point to conspiracy behind acid attacks

Asia Times: Iran's Baloch insurgency and the IS

Intelligence OnlineGID turns to ISI for support

Ankara and Riyadh unite against Washington


Boiling Frogs PostThe New Great Game Round-Up: October 21, 2014


CryptomeHong Kong Protests Photos

Oriental ReviewThe ‘Umbrella Revolution’ and Secessionist Political Contagion in China

New Eastern Outlook: Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” is US-backed Sedition


RTPanetta reveals US nuke strike plans on N. Korea, spurs controversy

India Today: Cheese blamed for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's broken ankles


WikiLeaks: Updated Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - IP Chapter (second publication)


LaRouchePACChange in Argentine Central Bank President Signals Clampdown on Active Financial 'Coup-Plotters'

Strategic-Culture (Madsen): Soros and CIA Suffer Huge Defeat in Brazil

VenezuelaAnalysis: International Media Barely Raises Eyebrow over Assassination of Pro-Government Legislator in Venezuela

Morning Star: Venezuelan communists targeted in arson attack

McClatchyProtesters burn city hall in Mexico town where 43 students vanished


ZeroHedgeSpain Warns "Something Went Wrong" As Suspected Ebola Cases Rise In Madrid


Obama's invasion of Africa continues, by any pretense necessary: mad dog Qaddafi, Kony 2012, #bringbackourgirls, and now...

ReutersU.S. ramps up Ebola troop deployments, total may near 4,000

Global Research (Engdahl): Obama’s “War on Ebola” or War for Oil? Sending 3000 Troops to African “Ebola” Areas that Happen to Export Oil to China

Black Agenda Report (Freedom Rider): Privatized Ebola

Militarized Ebola...

RTUS Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn't be weaponized

Strategic-Culture: America’s Weaponization of Ebola

PrisonPlanetMadsen - Ebola Epidemic Linked to CIA

Information Clearing HouseUS Bio-warfare Laboratories In West Africa Are The Origins Of The Ebola Epidemic.


Now that Ebola is in the U.S., with an acknowledged handful of cases, we have been presented with a media fear-mongering blitz similar to the swine-flu scare of 2009 - a scare which in the end amounted to relatively nought. As none of the acknowledged Ebola cases contracted in the U.S. need have happened had proper protocols been followed, protocols which we anticipate will become more stringent as the "epidemic" progresses, we are inclined to say that this too shall blow over - in the U.S. (West Africa is certainly another matter). We are nevertheless obliged to acknowledge the possibility that the mainstream media, in seeming to over-hype a story, is in fact suppressing it. We must cite then the fear-monger site numero uno...

Infowars: Doctor - Health Authorities Covering Up Ebola-Like Cases in U.S.

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Police state news...

The expression "by any pretense necessary" may be used concerning the further encroaching of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Again, Ebola...

ZeroHedge: Public Health Emergency Declared In Connecticut Over Ebola - Civil Rights Suspended Indefinitely

Cop killers...

AOL: Under siege - People become prisoners in their own homes as authorities search for PA shooter

Killer cops...

Mint Press: Off-Duty St. Louis Cop Kills Black Man Near Ferguson, Reigniting Protests

CBS St. Louis: Protester - 'All Hell Is Going To Break Loose' If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted

 ISIS...

Alex Jones Channel: ISIS IS HERE

Also with our northern neighbors...

Globe and MailOttawa attack - MPs fashioned spears while Harper whisked into closet

DutchsinseCANADA PARLIAMENT SHOOTING FALSE FLAG — CAMERAS PRE-STATIONED AT EVERY ANGLE

AangirfanOTTAWA FALSE FLAG - Updated

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Spook news...

Hollywood Reporter: Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

Yahoo NewsFeds identify suspected 'second leaker' for Snowden reporters

CryptomeSnowden's First Comsec - Three Tales

Diane Roark Battle with NSA by James Risen

Intercept: Core Secrets - NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany

RIA NovostiNATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg And His Top-Secret KGB Past

CounterpunchNew Evidence Links CIA to APA’s “War on Terror” Ethics

Washington Post: Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets

Ars technicaNew docs show how Reagan-era executive order unbounded NSA

Liberty Blitzkrieg“Non-Official Cover” – Respected German Journalist Blows Whistle on How the CIA Controls the Media

B'Man's RevoltBEN BRADLEE, SECRET GOVERNMENT STALWART

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Miscellania...

Universe TodayMysterious Military X-37B Space plane Lands after Nearly Two Years in Orbit – Video

ReutersTest flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

RTRussia ready to deliver US supplies to ISS after Antares rocket explodes


NewsweekAssange - Google Is Not What It Seems


TruthoutThe CIA/MSM Contra-Cocaine Cover-Up

NarcoNewsThe Washington Post Needs a Bus – and to Throw Jeff Leen Under It


Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.


Judicial WatchValerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

Sharyl AttkissonJustice Dept. List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs is 1,323 Pages Long

FOX: The highly sophisticated hacking of Sharyl Attkisson's computers


Memory Hole: FEMA/DHS 12/14/12 Plan for “Mass Death of Children at a School By Firearms”


Inquisitr: Vatican Child Porn Scandal - Jozef Wesolowski Accused Of Storing Tens Of Thousands Of Videos And Photos

Akron Beacon-JournalErnest Angley’s Grace Cathedral rocked by accusations involving abortions and vasectomies

Jerusalem Post: Inside Goel Ratzon's cult

Washington Examiner: Hitler art is the new rage among collectors


Aangirfan: BEWARE THE DISINFORMATION BLOGS

Yes, even we may have fallen prey; see the bottom of ...

WxxxNews: Mary's assassin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mary's assassin

[See below for updates]

Fifty years ago this week, Mary Pinchot Meyer was shot and killed while walking on the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath along the Potomac river in Georgetown. According to a retired CIA agent, the assassin was Air Force Lt. Col. David Herbert Strier. He is named in a comment on Steve Pieczenik's blog by one "MITmichael" who also comments as "C_I_A_ operator". According to his short bio he was recruited by Walt Rostow in 1980. Elsewhere in comments on Pieczenik's blog he notes that David Strier was Rostow's "assassin buddy". Other biographical details on Strier: he was counter intelligence in Florence up to '56; he had a brain injury; he "worked as an assassin directly for Jim Angleton"; and he died in 2004.

MITmichael/C_I_A_operator's own blog, Simple Truths from my C.I.A. Career, has a post on the JFK assassination that is well worth a read. Lyndon Johnson is the lynchpin of Kennedy's assassination, without whose guaranteed complicity as POTUS in the ensuing coverup, nothing could have happened in Dallas on that day. Operator writes: "Lyndon broached the topic first with C.I.A. officer Cord Meyer.   Meyer had various motives for wanting to see Kennedy go..." Foremost among those reasons was the fact that Kennedy was having an affair with Meyer's estranged wife.

In his book, Mary's Mosaic, Peter Janney implicates Cord Meyer, along with James Jesus Angleton, Allen Dulles, Ben Bradlee and his own father, Wistar Janney, as having had some complicity in the assassination of Mary Meyer. A William Lockwood Mitchell, however, is named as the trigger man in the first edition of the book. This is based largely on a secondhand report of a phone conversation between journalist Leo Damore (since deceased - suicide?) and Mitchell, or someone claiming to be Mitchell. Mitchell was the star witness testifying to have spotted the accused, the patsy Raymond Crump, following Mary on the path shortly before her murder. The council for the defense, Dovee Roundtree, was able to raise enough doubt about the testimony to have Crump acquitted in the jury trial.

Janney has since backed away from the charge against Mitchell as the trigger man. While Mitchell was likely part of assassination team, it is evident that he already had his role to play as the witness, and it is more likely that the gunman was someone else. 


Memory Hole: The Murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer  

In January 2014 Janney deposed William Mitchell as part of a wrongful death civil lawsuit to procure information on Mitchell’s potential responsibility for Meyer’s murder. “I am still in the last stages of my research that I hope will pull the pieces together that may point to the fact that [William] Mitchell had a specific role in this event on October 12, 1964. But I do want to make clear that I no longer believe that he was the actual assassin.”

Thanks to MITmichael, we have a new lead...

Update, Oct. 20 - In new comments to Steve Pieczenik's article, C.I.A. Finally Tells the Truth about its Past Failures, further allegations are brought against David Strier, particularly for the defenestration of Frank Olson. This case was long thought to be an LSD-induced suicide, but in A Terrible Mistake (2009), H.P. Albarelli Jr. implicates mafia figures Francois Spirito and Pierre Lafitte, under the direction of Federal Bureau of Narcotics and CIA agent George Hunter White (of "Operation Midnight Climax" fame), for the murder of Olson.

We are informing the authors Peter Janney and Hank Albarelli of these claims, if perchance they have come across Strier's name in their investigations. Of course, it is possible that we are becoming the vehicle of a disinformation campaign, and so we must leave off with this disclaimer.

Update 2 - Hank Albarelli's response was quick and succinct: "Total baloney."