Thursday, February 25, 2016

Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created by Orchestrated Events?

Most people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream media” has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged “terrorist events,” such as 9/11 and Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the “mainstream media” never asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities say. 
The sign of a totalitarian or authoritarian state is a media that feels no responsibility to investigate and to find the truth, accepting the role of propagandist instead. The entire Western media has been in the propaganda mode for a long time. In the US the transformation of journalists into propagandists was completed with the concentration of a diverse and independent media in six mega-corporations that are no longer run by journalists.
As a consequence, thoughtful and aware people increasingly rely on alternative media that does question, marshall facts, and offers analysis in place of an unbelievable official story line. 
The prime example is 9/11. Large numbers of experts have destroyed the official story that has no factual evidence in its behalf. However, even without the hard evidence that 9/11 truthers have provided, the official story gives itself away. We are supposed to believe that a few Saudi Arabians with no technology beyond box cutters and no support from any government’s intelligence service were able to outwit the massive surveillance technology created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NSA (National Security Agency) and deal the most humiliating blow to a superpower ever delivered in human history. Moreover, they were able to do this without the President of the United States, the US Congress, and the “mainstream media” demanding accountability for such a total failure of the high-tech national security state. Instead of a White House led investigation of such a massive security failure, the White House resisted for more than one year any investigation whatsoever until finally giving in to demands from 9/11 families that could not be bought off and agreeing to a 9/11 Commission.
The Commission did not investigate but merely sat and wrote down the story told to it by the government. Afterwards, the Commission’s chairman, co-chairman, and legal counsel wrote books in which they said that information was withheld from the Commission, that the Commission was lied to by officials of the government, and that the Commission “was set up to fail.” Despite all of this, the presstitutes still repeat the official propaganda, and there remain enough gullible Americans to prevent accountability.
Competent historians know that false flag events are used to bring to fruition agendas that cannot otherwise be achieved. 9/11 gave the neoconservatives, who controlled the George W. Bush administration, the New Pearl Harbor that they said was necessary in order to launch their hegemonic military invasions of Muslim countries. The Boston Marathon Bombing permitted a trial run of the American Police State, complete with shutting down a large American city, putting 10,000 armed troops and SWAT teams on the streets where the troops conducted house to house searches forcing the residents out of their homes at gunpoint. This unprecedented operation was justified as necessary in order to locate one wounded 19 year old man, who clearly was a patsy. 
There are so many anomalies in the Sandy Hook story that it has generated a cottage industry of skeptics. I agree that there are anomalies, but I don’t have the time to study the issue and come to my own conclusion. What I have noticed is that we are not given many good explanations of the anomalies. For example, in this video made from the TV news coverage,  the video’s creator makes a case that the person who is the grieving father who lost his son is the same person outfitted in SWAT clothes at Sandy Hook following the shooting. The person is identified as a known actor. Now, it seems to me that this is easy to test. The grieving father is known, the actor is known, and the authorities have to know who the SWAT team member is. If these three people, who can pass for one another, can be assembled in one room at the same time, we can dismiss the expose claimed in this one video. However, if three separate people cannot be produced together, then we must ask why this deception, which raises questions about the entire story. You can watch the entire video or just skip to the 9:30 mark and observe what appears to be the same person in two different roles.
The “mainstream media” has the ability to make these simple investigations, but does not. Instead, the “mainstream media” calls skeptics “conspiracy theorists.”
There is a book by Professor Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek that says Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control and that no one died at Sandy Hook. The book was available on but was suddenly banned. Why ban a book?
Here is a free download of the book: I have not read the book and have no opinion. I do know, however, that the police state that America is becoming certainly has a powerful interest in disarming the public. I also heard today a news report that people said to be parents of the dead children are bringing a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer, which is consistent with Fetzer’s claim.
Here is a Buzzsaw interview with Jim Fetzer: If the information Fetzer provides is correct, clearly the US government has an authoritarian agenda and is using orchestrated events to create a false reality for Americans in order to achieve the agenda. 
It seems to me that Fetzer’s facts can be easily checked. If his facts check out, then a real investigation is required. If his facts do not check out, the official story gains credibility as Fetzer is one of the most energetic skeptics. 
Fetzer cannot be dismissed as a kook. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, has a Ph.D. from Indiana University and was Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2006. He has had a National Science Foundation fellowship, and he has published more than 100 articles and 20 books on philosophy of science and philosophy of cognitive science. He is an expert in artificial intelligence and computer science and founded the international journal Minds and Machines. In the late 1990s, Fetzer was asked to organize a symposium on philosophy of mind. 
For an intelligent person, the official stories of President Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11 are simply not believable, because the official stories are not consistent with the evidence and what we know. Fetzer’s frustration with less capable and less observant people increasingly shows, and this works to his disadvantage. 
It seems to me that if the authorities behind the official Sandy Hook story are secure with the official story, they would jump on the opportunity to confront and disprove Fetzer’s facts. Moreover, somewhere there must be photographs of the dead children, but, like the alleged large number of recordings by security cameras of an airliner hitting the Pentagon, no one has ever seen them. At least not that I know of.
What disturbs me is that no one in authority or in the mainstream media has any interest in checking the facts. Instead, those who raise awkward matters are dismissed as conspiracy theorists. 
Why this is damning is puzzling. The government’s story of 9/11 is a story of a conspiracy as is the government’s story of the Boston Marathon Bombing. These things happen because of conspiracies. What is at issue is: whose conspiracy? We know from Operation Gladio and Operation Northwoods that governments do engage in murderous conspiracies against their own citizens. Therefore, it is a mistake to conclude that governments do not engage in conspiracies.
One often hears the objection that if 9/11 was a false flag attack, someone would have talked.
Why would they have talked? Only those who organized the conspiracy would know. Why would they undermine their own conspiracy?
Recall William Binney. He developed the surveillance system used by NSA. When he saw that it was being used against the American people, he talked. But he had taken no documents with which to prove his claims, which saved him from successful prosecution but gave him no evidence for his claims. This is why Edward Snowden took the documents and released them. Nevertheless, many see Snowden as a spy who stole national security secrets, not as a whistleblower warning us that the Constitution that protects us is being overthrown.
High level government officials have contradicted parts of the 9/11 official story and the official story that links the invasion of Iraq to 9/11 and to weapons of mass destruction. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta contradicted Vice President Cheney and the official 9/11 story timeline. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill has said that overthrowing Saddam Hussein was the subject of the first cabinet meeting in the George W. Bush administration long before 9/11. He wrote it in a book and told it on CBS News’ 60 Minutes. CNN and other news stations reported it. But it had no effect.
Whistleblowers pay a high price. Many of them are in prison. Obama has prosecuted and imprisoned a record number. Once they are thrown in prison, the question becomes: “Who would believe a criminal?”
As for 9/11 all sorts of people have talked. Over 100 police, firemen and first responders have
reported hearing and experiencing a large number of explosions in the Twin Towers. Maintanence personnel report experiencing massive explosions in the sub-basements prior to the building being hit by an airplane. None of this testimony has had any effect on the authorities behind the official story or on the presstitutes.
There are 2,300 architects and engineers who have written to Congress requesting a real investigation. Instead of the request being treated with the respect that 2,300 professionals deserve, the professionals are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists.” 
An international panel of scientists have reported the presence of reacted and unreacted nanothermite in the dust of the World Trade Centers. They have offered their samples to government agencies and to scientists for confirmation. No one will touch it. The reason is clear. Today science funding is heavily dependent on the federal government and on private companies that have federal contracts. Scientists understand that speaking out about 9/11 means the termination of their career. 
The government has us where it wants us—powerless and disinformed. Most Americans are too uneducated to be able to tell the difference between a building falling down from asymetrical damage and one blowing up. Mainstream journalists cannot question and investigate and keep their jobs. Scientists cannot speak out and continue to be funded. 
Truth telling has been shoved off into the alternative Internet media where I would wager the government runs sites that proclaim wild conspiracies, the purpose of which is to discredit all skeptics.

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"False Flags are Real - Professor Jim Fetzer", Portland, OR (21 February 2016)

by Jim Fetzer

It was my great pleasure to be invited to speak in Seattle, WA, and in Portland, OR, this past weekend. The request was for me to cover a range of "false flag" attacks, where I gave a "bare bones" presentation focusing on some of the key issues that expose them as frauds (or, at least, as having occurred completely differently than we have been told by our government. I addressed aspects of 9/11, Sandy Hook, the Boston bombing, San Bernardino and Paris, where contemporary events cannot be understood apart from the framework that their understanding affords. Here is the announcement of and the presentation from Portland, where the Seattle video should not be far behind.

"False Flags are Real" (Portland, OR, 21 February 2016)

The Greanville Post: Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump Gets It Right (!)

[Editor's note: While I do not regard Donald Trump as a flawless candidate, he appears to be head-and-shoulders above the alternatives, where his latest triumph in Nevada has put him in the position to "run the table" on Super Tuesday and all-but-seal the Republican nomination. The establishments of both the left and the right are petrified at the prospect, where The Greanville Post has identified some of the features that make his campaign of extraordinary significance. He is exposing the fraud implicit in the "official account" of 9/11, which invites a more searching exploration further down the road.]


Chased by the flames, some people simply jumped to their deaths. 9/11 is a brief, horrific sample of what America has visited across the world for generations. But the American public does not know that.
Donald Trump, for all his obnoxious demagoguery, is adding value to the presidential campaign by calling former President George W. Bush to account for 9/11 and the Iraq war, which set in motion the growth and spread of al-Qaeda and the rise of the Islamic State. Former U.S. rulers rarely face consequences for the horrible things they do in office. Condemnation is considered impolite.
Calcinated body. (Gov. exhibit)
Calcinated body. (Gov. exhibit)
So good for Trump. Unfortunately, he shows no sign of having done his homework; so his charges against Bush are little more than soundbites, allowing Bush defenders to dismiss Trump as a kook. But this time he is not a kook.
Trump presumably does not mean that Bush knew where and when al-Qaeda would attack. Detailed foreknowledge is not part of the case against Bush. All we need to know is that Bush and his top people, starting with Vice President Dick Cheney, were too busy in their first eight months in office to bother about al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Too busy doing what? Among other things, they were too busy looking for an excuse to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Bush’s father, George H. W. Bush, had left Saddam in power after sending the U.S. military to reverse Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991. But the elder Bush and successor Bill Clinton enforced killer economic sanctions, on the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction, but actually in hopes of driving Saddam from power. Saddam wouldn’t cooperate in his own regime change, however, so Bush Jr., Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and their neoconservative brain trust were determined to complete the mission.
911_big-NYTHedsBecause of this obsession, warnings from the CIA and counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke about al-Qaeda, which had previously attacked U.S. government assets and the World Trade Center in the 1990s, fell on deaf ears, despite growing signs that “Bin Laden [was] Determined to Strike the US.” Even the prospect of aircraft hijackings was raised.
Clarke wrote in his book, Against All Enemies, that when he finally managed to get cabinet-level meeting on al-Qaeda, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz objected that “I just don’t understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man, bin Laden.” Clarke responded, “We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al-Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the United States.” To which Wolfowitz replied, “Well, there are others that do as well, at least as much. Iraqi terrorism for example.”

Cheney, Condi Rice and G.W. Bush—three world-class criminals still walking free in America, while the prostitutes in the media busy themselves whitewashing their actions. Of course, they are only the tip of a huge establishment which is nothing but a criminal enterprise. [CC BY-SA by DonkeyHotey]
Thus Bush and his top people ignored al-Qaeda despite warnings from their experts and ominous events such as the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, (as Peter Beinart explains). Could the attacks have been prevented had the policymakers paid attention? Who knows? But that does not excuse Bush’s irresponsibility.As for the Iraq war, Bush and his defenders plead innocent on the grounds that everyone thought Saddam had chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, or at least active WMD programs.
That’s simply false. Well-sourced reporting at the time said the intelligence had been cooked under White House pressure. It meant little that former President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said they believed in the WMD. People with direct access to the intelligence seriously doubted the WMD existed, and they of course were right. But the establishment news media continue to give Bush a pass, just as as they did in 2002-2003. As I wrote three years ago:
“Today, like the Bush administration alumni attempting to duck responsibility, the media blame ‘bad intelligence’ for their conduct. But that will not wash. The dissenting reports of Knight Ridder’s Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay, along with a very few others, show definitively that in 2002–03 solid intelligence information undermining every propagandistic administration claim was readily available to anyone willing to use traditional reporting techniques. Strobel and Landay were mostly ignored. On the rare occasions when the New York Times orWashington Post reported on the doubts intelligence personnel had about the Bush narrative, the stories were buried deep in the paper. (See Bill Moyers’s special “Buying the War” and Greg Mitchell’s book Wrong for So Long.)”

Sheldon Richman
 keeps the blog “Free Association” and is a senior fellow and chair of the trustees of the Center for a Stateless Society.
[Editor's note: My hope would be that, once the public begins to reflect upon the implausibilities of 9/11, there will be opportunity to expose the culprits and get serious, which is a prospect that one and only one candidate promotes. See "The Real Deal Ep #103: 9/11--Who was responsible and why (with Dennis Cimino).]

Iran Review: How We Know ISIS Was “MADE IN THE USA”

James H. Fetzer
Iran Review
For those who may have missed the memo, 9/11 was brought to us by the CIA, the Neo-Cons in the Department of Defense (most of whom were dual US-Israel citizens) and the Mossad. Its objective was to transform US foreign policy from one in which we (at least, officially) never attacked any nation that had not attacked us first to one in which we would become the greatest aggressor nation in the world.[1]
Wesley Clark, upon his return from serving as Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe (the military chief of NATO), learned the plan was to take out the governments of seven nations in the next five years, beginning with Iraq and Libya and ending with Syria and Iran, which he shared with us during a speech at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, which may have been the most honorable act of his life.[2]
That it has not played out that way has not been from lack of trying. The brilliant intervention of Russia on behalf of Syria and its people and in defense of its maligned president, Bashar al-Assad, a staunch ally, has thrown a monkey wrench into the master plan, which would enable Israel to become “the Greater Israel” and fulfill “its destiny” by dominating the Middle East from the Tigris-Euphrates to the Nile.[3]
The massive control of the mainstream media in the United States, however, has obfuscated the grim reality of the situation, where the Obama administration was thwarted in its plan to lob cruise missiles into Syria on the fabricated context that Assad had gassed his own people, which Russia refuted with a 50-page dossier to the United Nations. This required the Neo-Cons who dominate his administration to regroup and contrive a more subtle rationale for attacking Syria.[4]
*A plan to take out 7 governments in the next 5 years*
Thus was ISIS born in a directive from the DIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, which Judicial Watch was able to obtain under a Freedom of Information request, which has revealed the hypocrisy that underlies US involvement in the Middle East, where we are performing “the dirty work” on behalf of Israel, which cleverly contrives to use our military, our money and our political resources to benefit Israel, where there have been no benefits to the United States from our intervention.[5]
That ISIS was “made in the USA” can be substantiated by a great many sources. Here are (what might be called) the “top twelve” reasons we know that ISIS was created by our government to promote its political agenda, which has nothing to do with bringing “freedom and democracy to Syria” but only in pursuing the master plan to create “the Greater Israel”, where most Americans, alas, haven’t a clue:
(1) On 23 February 2015, *FARS* reported that the (much maligned) Iraqi Army had downed 2 UK cargo planes carrying weapons for ISIL, which was among the first signs that things were not as the world was being told by Western—and especially US—news sources.[6]
(2) On 1 March 2015, *FARS* reported that Iraqi popular forces known as “Al-Hashad Al-Shabi” shot down a US helicopter carrying weapons for ISIL in Al-Anbar province of which they had photographs.[7]
(3) On 10 April 2015, *Press TV* reported that, in response to a request by Syrian that ISIL be named a terrorist organization, the US, Britain, France and Jordan refused, which was rather baffling on its face.[8]
(4) Photographs were appearing contemporaneously showing ISIS members sporting “US Army” tattoos, which the American media has yet to acknowledge.[9]
*Members of ISIS sporting "US Army" tattoos (on-line)*
(5) On 19 May 2015, Brad Hoof of, “2012 Defense intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State ‘in order to isolate the Syrian regime”, based upon the release of a selection of formerly classified documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the US Department of Defense and Department of State.[10][11]
(6) On 22 June 2015, ex-CIA contractor, Steven Kelley, explained the US “created ISIL for sake of Israel” and to have a “never-ending war” in the Middle East, which would make the countries there “unable to stand up to Israel” and to provide “the constant flow of orders for weapons from the military-industrial complex at home, which is feeding a lot of money to the senators pushing for these wars”.[12]
(7) On 11 July 2015, Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at, broke the story that a video of staged ISIS beheading videos had been hacked from the computer files of an assistant to Sen. John McCain.[13]
(8) On 12 July 2015, *TIME* magazine, a mainstream publication, admitted that ISIS was bringing arms and fighters in from NATO nations, which received extensive coverage from alternative media but unsurprisingly would not be reported by US news and TV media.[14]
(9) On 4 October 2015, Alexi Pushkov, head of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian Parliament, asserted the US is “not bombing ISIS at all . . . Obama is lying to the American people”.[15]
(10) On 18 November 2015, Vladimir Putin exposed that 40 countries—including some of the G20—are financially supporting ISIS, which begins to reveal the extent of the duplicity of the Western nations, including especially the United States, which has been using feigned attacks on ISIS to damage or destroy the infrastructure of Syria.[16]
(11) On 22 November 2015, multiple sources reported that the fuel trucks transporting oil from Syria to Turkey are “off limits” and that the truck drivers have to be warned before US planes attack them.[17]
(12) On 26 November 2015, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, was reported to have told his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, that the shooting down of a Russian plane appeared to have been “a planned provocation”, where identified Bilal Erdeogan, the son of the President of Turkey, as having been responsible for the shoot down and for the management of oil from Syria into Turkey.[18]
There are many other sources that confirm that ISIS was created by the US and is being supported by Western powers to promote their own political agenda, where nothing coming from the administration of Barack Obama is worthy of belief. Since the nullification of the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 (which precluded the techniques of propaganda and disinformation within the United States) by the NDAA 2013, there are no trustworthy news sources in the US, not even *The New York Times*.[19]
*From a sound state in Tel Aviv or even Hollywood*
*The Times* deserves emphasis because it is the nation’s “newspaper of record”, which records what it officially taken to be the history of the United States. *The Times* has served as a conduit for propaganda in the past, including a series of articles demonizing Saddam Hussein and publishing unfounded claims about weapons of mass destruction, which were used to justify the invasion of Iraq, even though none were ever found.
No doubt because ISIS is commonly called “John McCain’s Army” in Washington, D.C., The Times has published articles attempting to exonerate him from any connection to ISIS, even though he has been photographed with some of its leaders.*The Times* claims that McCain was among “the earliest advocates of military action” against ISIS, but the reality appears to be that he was fostering the policy of using the cover of those attacks to take out the infrastructure of Syria.[20]
Recent articles suggest that Turkey has an agenda and appears to be engaging in a proxi-war with Russia. Peter Koenig observes that Turkey had to know that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was within the borders of Syria, where the G-20 members all agreed to stand together as “voices in unison”, which raises serious doubt about the extent of the Turkish commitment, when Russia was taking the lead in the attack on ISIS. Turkey’s sincerity is very much open to doubt.[21]
Finian Cunningham has driven deeper by suggesting that the shoot-down may have been a deliberate provocation to scuttle cooperation between the members of the G-20 in fighting the extremist network in Syria. “Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.” Which may be the heart of the matter.[22]
And what could be more absurd than to blame Syria for the Paris attacks, when ISIS has claimed responsibility? Syria is at war with ISIS. And ISIS is a creation of the United States. For the United States to go to war with ISIS is for the United States to go to war with itself. The attempt to spin responsibility onto Syria is beyond ridiculous and into the theater of the absurd. Yet that appears to be the US position.[23]
For all its espousal of the principles of freedom and democracy, the Obama administration has been extremely aggressive in conducting military operations in other nations. The US does not have the right to determine the leadership of Syria, which is a sovereign nation, even to benefit Israel, whose leaders appear to be exercising a remarkable degree of control over the course of events. Like the psy-ops Charle Hebdo and now Paris, the benefits appear to be accruing to Israel, not to any other nation (including the United States) and certainly not to the people of the world.[24]
*James H. Fetzer, a former Marine Corps commissioned officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
[1] In addition to classic studies on 9/11, see especially James Fetzer and Preston James, “Peeling the 9/11 Onion: Layers of Plots within Plots” (originally published 14 October 2014) and “9/11: Who was responsible and why” with Dennis Cimino, “The Real Deal Show #103” (11 September 2015) accessible on-line by a search using their titles.
[2] Wesley Clark, Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco (3 October 2007), “US will attack 7 countries in 5 years”*(YouTube)*.
[3] Many commentators have observed that Russian intervention has turned the Zionist scheme into a nightmare. A nice case is “Russia destroys the Greater Israel Dream”, ** (19 October 2015).
[4] See, for example, Jusin Raimondo, “Transparent Hoax could lead to War”, ** (26 August 2013).  The chemical weapons are widely believed to have been provided to the “rebels” by Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, to whom the Bush family refers as “Bandar Bush”.
[5] That, of course, reflects that the billions upon billions in benefits to private contractors, such as Halliburton, has come out of the pockets of American taxpayers and into the pockets of “no bid” contractors, as part of the plan envisioned by Dick Cheney and The Carlyle Group.
[6] “Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weaons for ISIL”, *FARS *(23 February 2015). The enormity of the deception was not yet clear.
[7] “Terrorists Supported by America: U.S. Helicopter Delivering Weapons to the Islamic State (ISIS), Shot Down by Iraqi Popular Forces”, *FARS* (1 March 2015), but ignored by the American press.
[8] “US, Britian, France, Jordan refuse to name ISIL as separate terror group”, *PressTV *(10 April 2015). The reason would soon become clear.
[9] Search “ISIS members sporting ‘US Army tattoos’” on *YouTube.*
[10] The DIA report states, “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION . . . [SUPPORT] ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFITST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA . . . IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME . . .”. Even Judicial Watch does not appear to have appreciated the importance of this document, where its press release focused on the Benghazi attack. See * * (18 May 2015).
[11] As Nafeez Ahmed observed in ** (22 May 2015), “The revelations contradict the official line of Western governments on their policies in Syria and raise disturbing questions about secret Western support for violent extremists abroad, while using the burgeoning threat of terror to justify excessive mass surveillance and crackdowns on civil liberties at home”--which the US PATRIOT ACT exemplifies.
[12] “US ‘created ISIL for sake of Israel: Ex-CIA Contractor”, published by *Press TV* (23 June 2015), by *IRNA* (23 June 2015), and elsewhere.
[13] "Staged ISIS beheading video hacked from McCain Staffer", (11 July 2015), in a great journalistic scoop.
[14] in New Eastern Outlook (12 July 2015), reported, “Late last year, Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplied, flowing across the Turkish border into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS)”.
[15] He observed, “McCain accused us to striking out at US-trained insurgents . . . However, since they have either run away or joint al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible . . . The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets, but where are the results?”, (4 October 2015).
[16] As * * explains, Putin told reporters that he had shared Russian intelligence on Islamic State financing with G-20 colleagues: “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and there are some G-20 members among them. This topic [the war on terror] was crucial. Especially after the Paris tragedy, we all understand that the means of financing terrorism [including illegal trade in oil] should be severed.”
[17] Some of these stories are making it half-way into the mainstream press. **, “Obama Regime Ordered US Military to Warn ISIS fuel truck drivers before bombing their trucks”, that even FOX News has reported, “We dropped leaflets, warning the drivers to scatter. . . . Next we strafed the area [with 30mm cannons] before dropping bombs”, which is a clear sign of guilt on the part of Obama.
[18] “Meet the man who funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, the son of Turkey’s President”, ** (26 November 2015). The personal and financial benefits derived by Turkey, its leader and his son, are no doubt major contributing factors to why ISIS has succeeded to date.
[19] An excellent discussion of "amendment" of the Smith-Mundt Act to nullify the provisions excluding the use of propaganda and disinformation within the US has just appeared under the title, "Why did they pass a law that makes staged hoaxes and crisis-acted movies legal?" (YouTube). It was published on 24 November 2015.
[20] “Try as He May, John McCain Can’t Shake Falsehoods About Ties to ISIS”, *The New York Times* (11 September 2014), for good reason.
[21] See ** (25 November 2015), Peter Koenig, “Is Turkey Starting a Proxy-War for NATO?”
[22] Finian Cunningham, “Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet”, ** (25 November 2015).
[23] "ISIS claims Paris attacks as REVENGE for Syria airstrikes and insulting Islam's Prophet", Tom Parfitt, (15 November 2015).
[24] For a history of the descent of American into a terrorist state, see Timothy M. Silver, "Lifting the Veil: An Investigative History of the United States Pathocracy",** (26 November 2015).

*These views represent those of the author and are not necessarily Iran Review's viewpoints. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Hounding of Dr. James Tracy: An honorable man who deserves your support

by Jim Fetzer and Dr. Eowyn
Hound (verb): To harass, persecute, or pursue relentlessly.
18 days ago, on January 25, 2016, warrior for Sandy Hook truth Dr. James Tracy announced on his Memory Hole Blog the instauration of the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund.

The purpose of the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund is stated as follows:
Academic freedom and free speech are the basic and shared tenets of free and democratic societies. On January 6, 2016 Florida Atlantic University terminated Dr. James Tracy’s tenured position as Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, ostensibly for failing to fill out and file paperwork in a timely manner. Tracy began his employment at FAU as Assistant Professor in 2002, and was granted tenure in 2008. His 13-year record of teaching, research, and service-oriented contributions at the South Florida university has been consistently adjudged as excellent by his peers.   
Many observers contend that Tracy’s firing stemmed from his articles and commentary made on his personal blog, Memory Hole, interrogating the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of December 14, 2012 and similar controversial events. Beginning in early 2013 Dr. Tracy became a target of many mainstream journalistic outlets that have routinely failed to provide objective and responsible investigative coverage of such incidents. Dr. Tracy’s abrupt termination suggests a broader affront to free speech and academic freedom not only at FAU, but for free thinkers throughout the US and world.   
The James Tracy Legal Defense Fund was established as a nonprofit entity by Dr. James Tracy and other concerned scholars in January 2016. The central purpose of the Tracy Legal Defense Fund is to generate revenue toward retaining competent legal representation for researching and ascertaining the facts pertinent to Dr. Tracy’s case.
Florida Atlantic University first moved to terminate tenured professor Tracy on 16 December 2015, less than a week after the (Florida) Sun-Sentinel saw fit to publish an op/ed by Lenny and Veronique Pozner, parents of alleged Sandy Hook child victim Noah. In their op/ed, the Pozners accused Tracy of "harassment" by sending a certified letter demanding that Lenny produce proof that Noah really is dead. The Pozners' allegation has been repeated by countless subsequent news reports and readers' comments, including an "expert" on academic tenure who was interviewed on air by NBC and cited Tracy's alleged "harassment" as sufficient grounds for a university firing a tenured professor.

In writing the op/ed, the Pozners' intent was evidenced by the word "target" in the title of their Sun-Sentinel op/ed: “Sandy Hook Massacre 3rd Anniversary: Two parents target FAU conspiracy theorist". Target for what? -- to get Tracy fired, an objective in which the Pozners succeeded. To quote from their op/ed:
Although FAU issued a “reprimand” to Tracy for the irresponsible and insensitive comments he made in late 2012, he has shown no remorse and continues to conceive conspiracy theories out of each new mass shooting . . . . It is time FAU reassess if their priorities properly reflect the best interests of their staff, donors and — most importantly — their students. 
The Pozners accuse Tracy of "harassment" on the grounds that he had sent a registered letter to Lenny Pozner, which they claimed demanded proof that Noah was really dead, a demand, they asserted, that caused them "pain and anguish." As they wrote in their op/ed:
In fact, Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists.  
Tracy even sent us a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that we were his parents, and that we were the rightful owner of his photographic image. We found this so outrageous and unsettling that we filed a police report for harassment. 
But Tracy did no such thing. Instead, his letter to Lenny was a request for evidence that Lenny indeed has copyright ownership of Noah's photographic images. Claiming copyright, Lenny has successfully prevailed on YouTube and WordPress to remove videos and blogs containing Noah's images, including Tracy's  Lenny's claim to copyright is questionable on multiple grounds, because many images of Noah are already published in countless news reports, as well as on a Facebook page that Lenny had set up to memorialize Noah. Just "google" Noah Pozner and you will find plenty of his images on the Internet.

All of which means Noah's images are already in the public domain, which makes Lenny's copyright infringement complaints highly selective. He doesn't want some bloggers and YouTubers to publish those images, but it's okay if others do--including the people who put up an iconic image of Noah as one of the victims of another school shooting thousands of miles away in Peshawar, Pakistan, two years after Sandy Hook. In other words, given the wide availability of Noah's images on the Internet, it was not unreasonable for Tracy to ask that Lenny produce proof of his copyright claim. That precisely was the objective of the March 30, 2015 letter that Tracy sent to Lenny via USPS certified mail, which was certified in order that Tracy be assured that his letter was properly delivered and received. Here is the letter he sent:

In his letter, Tracy recounted that he had received an email from his Internet service provider of Lenny's copyright infringement complaint for an image of Noah that was published in a January 2, 2015 post on Tracy noted then that the image in question, "in addition to its broad circulation following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre event on December 14, 2012, was published by the BBC and numerous other outlets, receiving similar worldwide circulation due to its inclusion in worldwide coverage of the December 16, 2014 Taliban attack on the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar Pakistan."

Tracy then said that he had complied with Lenny's request and "voluntarily removed the image in question." However, since Lenny has made numerous similar copyright complaints, all directed against "parties that have publicly questioned and analyzed the Sandy Hook massacre event," which has "the potential weight to stifle free speech and the traffic of ideas," Tracy therefore asks the following from Lenny:
"1. Proof of your identity via copy of a government-issued document, such as a state driver's license or passport.  
2. Proof of your relationship to the deceased party, Noah Pozner, whose alleged photograph appears in the image in question referenced above. 
3. Proof of your ownership of said image via the signed and notarized statement from a qualified licensed forensic expert substantiating your legal ownership of said image, including the date and time of the image's capture." 
Please note that nowhere in Tracy's letter did he "demand proof that Noah once lived" or question whether Noah really is dead, but that's exactly what the Pozners' op/ed accused Tracy of doing. And on the basis of that false accusation, the Pozners urged Florida Atlantic University to "reassess" its "priorities," which resulted in FAU's termination of Tracy's employment.

If you were James Tracy, having lost you tenured professorship on account of the Pozners' outright misrepresentation of what you wrote in a letter, would you not appeal? And since Tracy is no longer employed, if you were him, would you not seek donations by good-hearted people in order to mount a legal defense? Tracy did just that, and on January 25, 2016, he notified the readers of Memory Hole Blog -- his personal, university-unaffiliated blog--of the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund. Where else would he give public notice of the fund?

But even that effort is now blocked. Tracy received a letter from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), dated February 1, 2016, that FDACS had "received information" that Tracy may be in violation of a Florida law, Solicitation of Contributions Act, because he had not registered with the FDACS "prior to soliciting contributions from the public in Florida." Failure to comply with that law may subject Tracy "to a cease and desist order and fines up to $1000 per violation."

Please consider donating to the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund, no matter how small a sum, if only to send a message to Tracy that he is not alone in this fight., which has republished Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, which banned, and has now published And Nobody Died in Boston, Either (to both of which James Tracy contributed chapters) have already donated $3,000 to the fund, and will be donating more. There are therefore at least three ways you can donate:
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thierry Meyssan: The Ted Cruz PsyOp

By Thierry Meyssan

Psychological Operations » (Psy Ops) are « tricks of war », like the Trojan Horse. Under the influence of General Edward Lansdale, the United States equipped their armies and the CIA with these special Psy Ops units, first of all in the Philippines, in Vietnam and against Cuba, then as permanent fixtures [1].
Psychological Operations are far more complex than propaganda, which is aimed only at deforming the perception of reality. For example, during the war against Syria in 2011, allied propaganda consisted of convincing the population that President el-Assad was going to abdicate, as President Ben Ali of Tunisia had done earlier. The Syrians therefore had to prepare themselves for a new régime. But in early 2012, a psychological operation planned on substituting false programmes on national TV channels which purported to show the fall of the Syrian Arab Republic, so that the population would offer no resistance [2].
Just as today, there exist mercenary armies like Blackwater-Academi, DynCorp or CACI, there also exist private companies specialised in psychological operations, like the British company SCL (Strategic Communications Laboratories) and its US subsidiary Cambridge Analytica. In the strictest secret, they have helped the CIA to organise the « colour revolutions » and are now branching out into the manipulation of the electoral public. Since 2005, they have been participating in the British Defense Systems & Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, and sell their services to the highest bidder [3]. Concerning Syria, SCL worked in early 2011 in Lebanon, where it studied the the possibilities of manipulating the population community by community.
Psychological Operations and the electorate
In modern societies, the political authorities are chosen by election. That may range from a simple choice between pre-selected candidates – according to their personal qualities – to the designation of personalities who are offering a specific political project. In any case, the candidates have to rely on their militants or their employees in order to wage their campaign. We know that the winner is always the person who is able to gather the greatest number of militants. It is therefore necessary not only to fabricate a candidate, but also a party or a movement to support them. 
However, today’s electors hesitate to subscribe to an organisation, and employees are expensive. SCL came up with the idea of using behavioural techniques in order to fabricate a political party which would sweep its client to power. Its psychologists define the profile type of the sincere and manipulable militant, then collect the data from the target population, determine who best corresponds to their profile, and design the most efficient messages to convince them to support their client.
For the first time, this stratagem has just been implemented on a huge scale – in the United States, with Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan – « TrusTed ».
Financing the operation
Robert Mercer, one of the principle donors to US public life, has indirectly paid more than 15 million dollars to SCL-Cambridge Analytica for them to handle Ted Cruz’s campaign [4].
Inventor of a vocal recognition software product, Mercer is today the boss of Renaissance, one of the top investment companies in the world. Between 1989 and 2006, his famous Medaillon fund made an average of 35 % profit per year, at the same time as designing a tax-evasion system for his clients [5].
Robert Mercer has never made any comment about his political opinions, and the US commentators don’t really know how to classify this « Republican ». No-one knows, for example, his position on social problems such as the right to abortion or gay marriage. At best, we know that he does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity, that he clearly opposes Hillary Clinton and his friend Donald Trump, and is close to John Bolton.
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The collection of personal data
In order to select citizens susceptible of becoming militants, SCL/Cambridge Analytica has secretly gathered documentation of millions of electors [6].
Doctor Aleksandr Kogan bought the data from Amazon, the US on-line sales giant, then paid approximately 1 extra dollar per client for a questionnaire to be sent to them via Mechanical Turk (MTurk). By accepting to identify themselves on Facebook, the internaut allowed MTurk access to his or her personal data – MTurk then compiled this data with Amazon’s information and transmitted them to SCL via Kogan’s company, Global Science Research (GSR). Despite the fact that Dr. Kogan assured The Guardian that he worked only on scientific research, and used only anonymous data, they are nonetheless today in the possession of SCL [7].
Within a few months, SCL had at its disposition a detailed data base on more than 40 million electors US – without their knowledge.
In 2008, the International Court of Justice decided to order the United States to revise the trial of a Mexican who had been found guilty without having been allowed consular legal assistance. However, Ted Cruz, then the Solicitor General of Texas, pleaded before the Supreme Court that a Federal State was not obliged to obey a foreign Court as long as the Treaty signed by Washington had not been transcribed into domestic law. He won, the United States denounced the additional protocol at the Vienna Convention, and the prisoner was executed.
The interpretation of personal data
Cambridge Analytica then proceeded with an evaluation of each profile according the OCEAN method, as follows :
- « Openness » (appreciation of art, emotion, adventure, uncommon ideas, curiosity and imagination) ;
- « Conscientiousness » (self-discipline, respect for obligations, organisation rather than spontaneity, goal-oriented) ;
- « Extroversion » (energy, positive emotions, tendency to seek stimulation and the company of others, “go-getter”) ;
- « Agreeability » (tendency to be empathetic and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic to others) ;
- « Neuroticism » (tendency to feel unpleasant emotions easily, like anger, anxiety or depression, vulnerability).
For each subject, the study managed to establish a personality graph by using the 240 questions of the NEO PI-R tests – (’Neuroticism-Extroversion-Openness, Personality Inventory – Revised).
On this basis, SCL identified the individuals who constitute sincere, manipulable militants, and then elaborated personalised arguments to convince them.
One might think that personality studies developed without the subjects’ knowledge would be too approximate. And yet…
A brilliant lawyer, Ted Cruz defended the Ten Commandments monument installed at the Texas State Capitol . He drew up the mémoires of the attorneys general of 31 states, according to whom the ban on handguns violates the right to bear arms guaranteed by the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States. He also defended the recitation of the Oath of Allegiance to the flag of the United States, « One Nation Under God », in public schools.
Ted Cruz the candidate
The candidate who seeks to be swept into the White House, Ted Cruz, is an excellent lawyer, a brilliant orator and debater. Specifically, he has pleaded several times, successfully, before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a libertarian rather than a conservative.
His father, the Evangelist pastor Rafael Cruz, is a Cuban immigrant who preaches that God gave men of faith the job of governing « America ». He claims that at the end of times, which is coming soon, God will give the wealth of evil men to the just [8].
Ted’s wife, Heidi Cruz,was the Director for South America to the National Security Council in the days of Condoleezza Rice. She then became vice-president of Goldman Sachs, tasked with the management of the fortunes of clients from the South-West US [9].
At the start of his Presidential campaign, Ted Cruz generated very few favourable opinions, and the Press commented on his unempathetic character. However, thanks to the help of SCL/Cambridge Analytica, he quickly formed a huge support group, and won the Republican primaries in Iowa.
In 1988, Ted Cruz spoke of his ideals in life : « Take over the world. World domination, rule everything, be rich and powerful, that sort of stuff ».
If he were to win the coveted place in the White House, it would prove that it is possible to subvert an electoral campaign by using the techniques of psychological operations.
[1Edward Lansdale’s Cold War, Jonathan Nashel, university of Massachusetts Press, 2005.
[2] “NATO preparing vast disinformation campaign”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Olivia Kroth, Komsomolskaïa Pravda (Russia), Voltaire Network, 11 June 2012. “NATO PsyOp Against Syria Imminent”, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 21 July 2012.
[3] “You Can’t Handle the Truth. Psy-ops propaganda goes mainstream”, Sharon Weinberger, Slate, September 2005.
[4] “The Man Who Out-Koched the Kochs”, Annie Linskey, Bloomberg, October 23, 2014.
[5] “Renaissance Avoided More Than $6 Billion Tax, Report Says”, Zachary R. Mider,Bloomberg, July 22, 2014.
[7] “Ted Cruz sing firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users”, Harry Davies, The Guardian, December 11, 2015.
[9] “Heidi Nelson Cruz, Ted’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”, Tom Cleary, Heavy, March 23, 2015. “Heidi Nelson Cruz: A Political Spouse Making Sacrifices and Courting Donors”, Steve Eder & Matt Flegenheimer,The New York Times, January 18, 2016.
Thierry Meyssan, a French intellectual, is the founder and chairman of the Voltaire Network and of the Axis for Peace Conference. His columns specializing in international relations feature in daily newspapers and weekly magazines in Arabic, Spanish and Russian. His last two books published in English are 9/11 the Big Lie and Pentagate.