Daily Notes 09.27.18

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397710/netflix-adding-101-dropping-42-titles-in-october

https://www.amazon.com/Carbon-Milligram-Milliliter-Solvent-Free-Lipofullerene/product-reviews/B01B1WZJEW

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/c60-life-extender/

C60 (Carbon 60) is the newest health sensation in the natural health and longevity worlds. So what is C60? It is simply a special geometrical arrangement of 60 carbon atoms into a single molecule that looks like a soccer ball, made up of inter-locking pentagonal and hexagonal structures. C60 molecules are also called fullerenes or buckyballs after Buckminster Fuller, the man who discovered them.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6134833/Emirates-says-10-passengers-removed-quarantined-flight-reports-100-falling-ill.html

http://allnewspipeline.com/Airplanes_Sick_Passengers_Not_Just_NY.php

September 6, 2018
Remember! Terrorists Said They’d Use Human Guinea Pigs To Start A Pandemic – Would The Globalists, Too? And Was New York Airplane Incident A Bioterror Attack Upon America?

http://allnewspipeline.com/DIA_New_Construction_In_Our_Faces.php
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http://allnewspipeline.com/Fall_Of_NATO_And_The_EU.php

With Global War Drums Beating, The Perfect Storm Is Brewing As Radical Islamic Cleric Calls For The Overthrow Of America

– How Many Globalist Leaders Have Converted To Islam And Thrown Their Countries Populations To The Wolves?

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https://the-eye.eu/public/concen.org/NEXUS%20Magazine%20Archive%20%281987-2007%29/PDF/Volume%2009%20-%202002/NEXUS%209_05%20%C6%92%231A65/905.DavidAdair.pdf

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https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-alliance-is-tightening-noose-on.html

The Alliance is Tightening Noose on the Deep State

Source: Geopolitics

Russia was shocked at the boldness of Israel’s latest aerial acrobatics that resulted in the downing of one Russian reconnaissance plane by its own manufactured S-200 missile over Latakia, Syria, which ran counter to the statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

It is notable that right after the event, which led to the death of 15 Russian servicemen, Putin was shown to be testing the latest sniper rifle as if to send the message that all is not well between Israel and Russia when Russian lives are wasted.

So, it’s still too early to conclude that Putin has folded to the Dark Side. This ongoing move to put the Khazars in their rightful place has been consistently gaining a lot of traction, and raising the white flag for just a single event that exposes the deceptive mindset of the Khazarian Jews.

According to Konashenkov, the Israeli Air Force provided Russia with misleading information on the location of its airstrikes on targets in Syria, which prevented the commander of the Il-20 plane from relocating to a safe zone that led to its destruction.

“During the negotiations via the deconfliction channel, the representative of the Israeli Air Force Command reported that the targets assigned to the Israeli aircraft are located in Northern Syria … As you can see on the map, the Israeli jets delivered strikes in Latakia which is a western province of the country — and not in the north of the Syrian Arab Republic. The city of Latakia is located on the western coast. The misleading information provided by the Israeli officer about the area of strikes did not allow the Russian Il-20 airplane to move timely to a safe area,” Konashenkov said.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201809231068261218-russia-israel-il20/

Anna Von Reitz — Backwash: Initial Emergency Alert

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Backwash — Initial Emergency Alert

Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

The people of North and South Carolina are facing a far more serious disaster than has been reported in the so-called National News and it is coming from a source most of us haven’t even considered.

We all braced for the impact of the tropical storms and survived that.

What is proving more deadly is inter-tidal flooding of coastal rivers and estuaries overwhelmed as rainwater from the storms that fell in the mountainous areas finds its way back down the local rivers and into low-lying delta and estuary areas all along the coast.

For people in those areas, the real disaster and result of the storms last week is just arriving.

We don’t have full details yet, but ask you to be aware and to keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.

As many of you know, I lived through a “National Disaster” here in Alaska — a fire, not a flood — but you can count on some things being the same.

One of the things you can count on is that FEMA won’t respond for at least three weeks. And when it does, the kinds of help it offers won’t be what you expect.

What FEMA did here was hand out checks of $13,000 to each landowner (to limit their own liability claims) — renters and apartment dwellers got nothing, though they were just as devastated as everyone else.

And FEMA also gave our names to the “US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION” —- another deliberately mis-named corporation actually owned by Lehman Brothers Bank — and they offered us “Disaster Assistance Loans” at a lower rate than market interest to “help us rebuild”.

Only catch with that is that a couple years later, they sold off all those loans to one of their own subdivisions that appeared to be a different company, and that company contacted everyone with a “New Deal” — 12% and new terms and deadlines and balloon payments and only the Devil Knows what else.

And if people weren’t sharp enough to say, “Hell no, no contract, non-assumpsit!” — all those disaster victims got bilked and wound up paying far more than any normal loan. Most of them lost their shirts and Lehman Brother’s got all the new houses that these disaster victims labored so hard to build, plus their land.

I notified the Alaska Congressional Delegation about the scam and [Territorial United States] House Representative Don Young stomped hard enough on Lehman Brothers so they backed off and honored the initial contract “for those that complained”.

Everyone else took it in the shorts.

So much for “Disaster Relief” from FEMA.

And the “US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION”.

The only groups that mobilized and actually arrived timely and did help us were the Salvation Army, the LDS Church, and the Mennonite Church.

Those guys came prepared to launch, knew what they were doing, and they just flat-out did it.

So to those reading this, who have contacts with the Salvation Army, LDS, and Mennonite Churches, please let them know that their neighbors along the coast in North and South Carolina are hurting and will be facing a mammoth task of rescue and rebuilding.

People can only expect help from other people — certainly not from the bankrupt and self-interested “US Government”. Any expectation of help from “federal agencies” or thought on our part that these people and their communities “will be taken care of” and some of their tax dollars paid back—- give those naive suppositions up right now.

The Queen has already spent all that money on war planes in Iraq.

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See this article and over 1200 others on Anna’s website here:www.annavonreitz.com

(Video) Imperium 2018 — Volume II

Published on Sep 16, 2018

A meta-documentary on child trafficking. Volume II (parts 6 to 10).

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/do-wealthy-elite-fear-the-event/

THE EVENT

Do Wealthy Elites Fear “The Event”?

Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”

I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

After I arrived, I was ushered into what I thought was the green room. But instead of being wired with a microphone or taken to a stage, I just sat there at a plain round table as my audience was brought to me: five super-wealthy guys — yes, all men — from the upper echelon of the hedge fund world. After a bit of small talk, I realized they had no interest in the information I had prepared about the future of technology. They had come with questions of their own.

They started out innocuously enough. Ethereum or bitcoin? Is quantum computing a real thing? Slowly but surely, however, they edged into their real topics of concern.

Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked, “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?”

The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down.

This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.

That’s when it hit me: At least as far as these gentlemen were concerned, this was a talk about the future of technology. Taking their cue from Elon Musk colonizing Mars, Peter Thiel reversing the aging process, or Sam Altman and Ray Kurzweil uploading their minds into supercomputers, they were preparing for a digital future that had a whole lot less to do with making the world a better place than it did with transcending the human condition altogether and insulating themselves from a very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic, and resource depletion. For them, the future of technology is really about just one thing: escape.

There’s nothing wrong with madly optimistic appraisals of how technology might benefit human society. But the current drive for a post-human utopia is something else. It’s less a vision for the wholesale migration of humanity to a new a state of being than a quest to transcend all that is human: the body, interdependence, compassion, vulnerability, and complexity. As technology philosophers have been pointing out for years, now, the transhumanist vision too easily reduces all of reality to data, concluding that “humans are nothing but information-processing objects.”

It’s a reduction of human evolution to a video game that someone wins by finding the escape hatch and then letting a few of his BFFs come along for the ride. Will it be Musk, Bezos, Thiel…Zuckerberg? These billionaires are the presumptive winners of the digital economy — the same survival-of-the-fittest business landscape that’s fueling most of this speculation to begin with.

Of course, it wasn’t always this way. There was a brief moment, in the early 1990s, when the digital future felt open-ended and up for our invention. Technology was becoming a playground for the counterculture, who saw in it the opportunity to create a more inclusive, distributed, and pro-human future. But established business interests only saw new potentials for the same old extraction, and too many technologists were seduced by unicorn IPOs. Digital futures became understood more like stock futures or cotton futures — something to predict and make bets on. So nearly every speech, article, study, documentary, or white paper was seen as relevant only insofar as it pointed to a ticker symbol. The future became less a thing we create through our present-day choices or hopes for humankind than a predestined scenario we bet on with our venture capital but arrive at passively.

This freed everyone from the moral implications of their activities. Technology development became less a story of collective flourishing than personal survival. Worse, as I learned, to call attention to any of this was to unintentionally cast oneself as an enemy of the market or an anti-technology curmudgeon.

So instead of considering the practical ethics of impoverishing and exploiting the many in the name of the few, most academics, journalists, and science-fiction writers instead considered much more abstract and fanciful conundrums: Is it fair for a stock trader to use smart drugs? Should children get implants for foreign languages? Do we want autonomous vehicles to prioritize the lives of pedestrians over those of its passengers? Should the first Mars colonies be run as democracies? Does changing my DNA undermine my identity? Should robots have rights?

Asking these sorts of questions, while philosophically entertaining, is a poor substitute for wrestling with the real moral quandaries associated with unbridled technological development in the name of corporate capitalism. Digital platforms have turned an already exploitative and extractive marketplace (think Walmart) into an even more dehumanizing successor (think Amazon). Most of us became aware of these downsides in the form of automated jobs, the gig economy, and the demise of local retail.

The future became less a thing we create through our present-day choices or hopes for humankind than a predestined scenario we bet on with our venture capital but arrive at passively.

But the more devastating impacts of pedal-to-the-metal digital capitalism fall on the environment and global poor. The manufacture of some of our computers and smartphones still uses networks of slave labor. These practices are so deeply entrenched that a company called Fairphone, founded from the ground up to make and market ethical phones, learned it was impossible. (The company’s founder now sadly refers to their products as “fairer” phones.)

Meanwhile, the mining of rare earth metals and disposal of our highly digital technologies destroys human habitats, replacing them with toxic waste dumps, which are then picked over by peasant children and their families, who sell usable materials back to the manufacturers.

This “out of sight, out of mind” externalization of poverty and poison doesn’t go away just because we’ve covered our eyes with VR goggles and immersed ourselves in an alternate reality. If anything, the longer we ignore the social, economic, and environmental repercussions, the more of a problem they become. This, in turn, motivates even more withdrawal, more isolationism and apocalyptic fantasy — and more desperately concocted technologies and business plans. The cycle feeds itself.

The more committed we are to this view of the world, the more we come to see human beings as the problem and technology as the solution. The very essence of what it means to be human is treated less as a feature than bug. No matter their embedded biases, technologies are declared neutral. Any bad behaviors they induce in us are just a reflection of our own corrupted core. It’s as if some innate human savagery is to blame for our troubles. Just as the inefficiency of a local taxi market can be “solved” with an app that bankrupts human drivers, the vexing inconsistencies of the human psyche can be corrected with a digital or genetic upgrade.

Ultimately, according to the technosolutionist orthodoxy, the human future climaxes by uploading our consciousness to a computer or, perhaps better, accepting that technology itself is our evolutionary successor. Like members of a gnostic cult, we long to enter the next transcendent phase of our development, shedding our bodies and leaving them behind, along with our sins and troubles.

Our movies and television shows play out these fantasies for us. Zombie shows depict a post-apocalypse where people are no better than the undead — and seem to know it. Worse, these shows invite viewers to imagine the future as a zero-sum battle between the remaining humans, where one group’s survival is dependent on another one’s demise. Even Westworld — based on a science-fiction novel where robots run amok — ended its second season with the ultimate reveal: Human beings are simpler and more predictable than the artificial intelligences we create. The robots learn that each of us can be reduced to just a few lines of code, and that we’re incapable of making any willful choices. Heck, even the robots in that show want to escape the confines of their bodies and spend their rest of their lives in a computer simulation.

The very essence of what it means to be human is treated less as a feature than bug.

The mental gymnastics required for such a profound role reversal between humans and machines all depend on the underlying assumption that humans suck. Let’s either change them or get away from them, forever.

Thus, we get tech billionaires launching electric cars into space — as if this symbolizes something more than one billionaire’s capacity for corporate promotion. And if a few people do reach escape velocity and somehow survive in a bubble on Mars — despite our inability to maintain such a bubble even here on Earth in either of two multibillion-dollar Biosphere trials — the result will be less a continuation of the human diaspora than a lifeboat for the elite.

When the hedge funders asked me the best way to maintain authority over their security forces after “the event,” I suggested that their best bet would be to treat those people really well, right now. They should be engaging with their security staffs as if they were members of their own family. And the more they can expand this ethos of inclusivity to the rest of their business practices, supply chain management, sustainability efforts, and wealth distribution, the less chance there will be of an “event” in the first place. All this technological wizardry could be applied toward less romantic but entirely more collective interests right now.

They were amused by my optimism, but they didn’t really buy it. They were not interested in how to avoid a calamity; they’re convinced we are too far gone. For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future. They are simply accepting the darkest of all scenarios and then bringing whatever money and technology they can employ to insulate themselves — especially if they can’t get a seat on the rocket to Mars.

Luckily, those of us without the funding to consider disowning our own humanity have much better options available to us. We don’t have to use technology in such antisocial, atomizing ways. We can become the individual consumers and profiles that our devices and platforms want us to be, or we can remember that the truly evolved human doesn’t go it alone.

Being human is not about individual survival or escape. It’s a team sport. Whatever future humans have, it will be together.


About the Author

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of the upcoming book Team Human (W.W. Norton, January 2019) and host of the TeamHuman.fm podcast.

https://www.real.video/5838929768001    Signed Executive Orders reveal Trump is planning mass arrests, military tribunals for deep state traitors

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/26/2017-27925/blocking-the-property-of-persons-involved-in-serious-human-rights-abuse-or-corruption

Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/11/2012-17022/assignment-of-national-security-and-emergency-preparedness-communications-functions

https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2018/09/video-x22-report-episode-1674.html

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Sept. 27, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Sept. 27, 2018

Compiled 27 Sept. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces,” Byington’s Before It’s News articles on a Satanic Cabal CIA & Vatican-sponsored international Pedophile Child Trafficking Ring: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Summary as of early morning Sept. 27 2018:

A. Dan: The 800#s release would happen before the end of the month and still looked very good for this week. POTUS wanted Tier 3 and 4 people to begin their exchanges before the end of fiscal year on Sun. Sept. 30. The general public of Tier 5 would not exchange until the next fiscal year beginning next Mon. Oct. 1.

B. Bruce: On Thurs. Sept. 20 there was a call between the US Treasury and President Trump that went out to 20 banks and 7200 redemption centers/exchange locations throughout Canada and the US. They set a date (within days) that this was to go. The Chinese Elders were paid Thurs. morning Sept. 20 and there were 21 tranches of monies that went out that night. As of 11am EST Sept. 25 the Zim gold-backed currency, known as the Zimbabwe Dollar, was at $1.00 on par with US and Canadian dollars. Iraq has agreed everything they need to do. They were supposed to make their new Dinar rate known by Sept. 26 in the Middle East and make it internationally known by Thurs. Sept. 27. All systems were ready to go in the next 26-43 hours or by Sept. 27.

C. Tilton: “Ordered to Complete” – Philip Tilton Intel Update 9.25.18 Hearing RV/GCR were ordered to complete. Keep watching. I’m still gonna call it for Sukkot. Praying I’m right. (Sukkot was Sept. 23 to 30).

D. Various Sources: It has been said that if the Cabal attempted to stop the RV like they did on Sept. 11 2011, the Cabal Amnesty Agreement would be void, plus the Western World’s financial system would collapse at the end of the fiscal year, or by Mon. morning Oct. 1, 2018. Central Bankers have set a date (Oct. 1?) of when the system would implode on itself. It has been said that the GCR/RV/GESARA reforms have to take effect before this Cabal system would defunct by 12:01 am EST Mon. morning Oct. 1, 2018.

E. National Emergency Test: Scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EST Oct. 3 – when, if not before, NESARA was expected to be announced.

F. Sept. 26 2018 TNT Call Ray, Tony: tobtr.com/s/10997031

1. We would not get out of this month without this happening.

2. The ZIM Humanitarian screen rate was at $2.00 (and climbing).

3. Zim structured payout would be based on the bank where you exchange. A larger bank may be able to give you the most favorable terms.

4. The minimum amount of Dinar/Dong you would need in order to qualify for contract rates would be 500,000.

G. Sept. 26 2018 12:48 am EST: Dan’s GCR/RV Highlights for September 25, 2018

1. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s letter of resignation believed written by Jeff Sessions, has been sent to the White House by the Department of Justice. Jeff Sessions has appointed Solicitor General Noel Francisco to carry out oversight of the Mueller probe.

2. Steven Mnuchin was still in his position as Treasury Secretary, but inactive while an investigation was underway. A source with connections at the Treasury indicated that all paperwork which Mnuchin was delaying was being reworked and would be ready for signature by his assistant shortly. There were positive notes for movement of the GCR/RV after much repair following the debacle in the US Treasury.

3. Yesterday a Health Ranger article made its way to Alex Jones and went viral. It was about a new Executive Order on Military Tribunals, mass arrests and the like. Two excessively long videos could be found here: Tuesday Morning 25 Sep 2018.pdf

4. (video) President Trump to carry out mass arrests of Deep State traitors in acts of Treason including Andrew MaCabe, Peter Strozok, James Comey and Barak Obama.

5. (video) Military Tribunals, FISA Document Release: https://www.real.video/5838929768001

6. The confirmation of Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court was the key to getting the military tribunals done in a timely manner. There were Soros funded protests planned to try to block the US Senate from confirming Kavanaugh.

7. The US has been under a State of Declared War since Sept. 2001 following the 9/11 attacks and under a Declared National Emergency since Trump signed the declaration on Dec. 20 2017.

8. Document #1 EO 13818 Dec. 20 2017, President Trump: Executive Order 13818

An Executive Order that blocks property of persons involved in serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption. The EO was directed at corruption crimes of Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Brennan and McCabe for Acts of Treason in the Uranium One Scandal: a multibillion dollar money laundering operation that handed nuclear weapon capability to Iran. James Comey and John Brennan were Communists, while Barak Obama was a radical Muslim who also authorized the illegal Spygate Case on Trump officials and allowed Communist China to hack 21 million US military personnel records from the Pentagon Database.

9. Document #2 EO 13618 July 6 2012, President Obama. Executive Order 13618

An Executive Order that assigned to the President control over national security, emergency preparedness and communications functions of US Media, Social Media, News Networks and Websites.

10. Document #3 EO 13825 March 1 2018, President Trump: Executive Order 13825

The Executive Order amends the Manual for US Courts Martial and preserves the US government rights to prosecute crimes of Treason and Deep State Collusion against America via Military Tribunals. Now the Pentagon could bypass a corrupt court system stacked with Deep State traitors and resistance judges.

11. Trump may declare Temporary Martial Law because of expected upcoming mass violence and chaos.

12. Continue Reading:
Tuesday Morning 25 Sep 2018.pdf
Tuesday Evening 25 Sep 2018.pdf

H. BOOM: As of early morning Sept. 24 IRS Servers in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Washington DC, San Pierre Canada, Alaska, Washington State, Belgium, France, Hong Kong and Switzerland had been taken down for blocking Trust transactions. By early morning Sept. 24 NSA servers in Utah, Honduras, Panama, Calabasas, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico had also been taken down. Also by early morning Sept. 24 the Federal Reserve License had been revoked. “Fed is Not Federal” – Lee Wanta Update 9-24-18 Lee Wanta: The Fed was not Federal, it was not a Reserve and it was not a Bank. It was an elite club and clearing house for money, fees and Derivatives. The Central Banks were rich Puppets controlled by the Non-Federal Reserve System.

I. Sept. 25 2018 Q post: Q !!mG7VJxZNCI No.293 Sep 23 2018 11:36:42 (EST)

“Prepare for The Sky is Falling Week.”

J. Sept. 25 2018 11:41 pm EST Deep State Exposed, Part 1 published Sept. 11 2018 (video): (Video) Tentacles of the Deep State Exposed — Part 1

Who makes up the Deep State, Cabal or Shadow Government and how have they impacted our history over the last 100 + years? A book on the C!A website called The Story of the Committee of 300 dives deep into the pyramid structure, secret organization and uncovers their ultimate goal for humanity – which was beyond anyone’s imagination. In this four-part miniseries, we will be exposing the dark tentacles of the Deep State starting with the Committee of 300, followed by the 13 bloodlines of the Illum!n@t!

K. Sept. 26 2018 CNN: Ebola has reared its ugly head again in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus has killed at least 69 people in the country’s northern region, but with dozens of cases yet to be confirmed, that number is probably closer to 100. The World Health Organization is concerned about a “perfect storm” of factors — armed attacks in the region, movement of people and community distrust — that could keep the virus spreading and stop people from seeking treatment. Congo is in the midst of a long term humanitarian crisis that includes intermittent armed conflict, which means other health epidemics, including cholera, measles and polio, are flourishing there.

L. Former Spy, Marine, Author Robert David Steele on Pedophilia and Deep State Social Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S7H-FjcZSQ

M. It’s TREASON! Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff and Warner now engaged in open insurrection against the United States of America: https://naturalnews.com/2018-09-21-its-treason-pelosi-schumer-schiff-and-warner-open-insurrection.html

N. Why Trump was forced to hide McCain’s Military Trial, Conviction and Execution by Suicide: McCain covered up a child pedophile ring in Arizona and disclosure of Vietnam War Hostages. If his recent Military Trial had been made public it would have exposed the government’s involvement in the Bush CIA Drug Ring, orchestration of 9/11 and execution of JFK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJo4jF_OE2c&feature=share

O. Sept. 26 2018 11:29 pm EST JFK’s Executive Order 11100 Abolishing the Federal Reserve: JFK’s Executive Order 11100: Abolishing the Fed Reserve

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2044260/Better-connected-Huge-cosmic-filament-link-galaxy-rest-Universe.html

https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

The IPAWS National Test

IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

The National EAS and WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

The test was originally planned for September 20, 2018 but has been postponed until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

Benjamin Fulford Report: “Khazarian Mafia Seeks Chinese Protection” — September 24, 2018

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Khazarian mafia seeks Chinese protection as military tribunals loom

By Benjamin FulfordWhite Dragon Society
2018-09-24

The satan-worshipping Khazarian mafia is in a frenzy of fear as military tribunals loom. As a result, they are offering the world (as if it were theirs to give) to China in exchange for protection, according to Gnostic Illuminati and Asian secret society sources. In addition to this, they are threatening to unleash pandemics, blow up the Yellowstone Caldera, set off a massive EMP attack, and cause other mayhem in a futile effort (as these attempts will be neutralized) to blackmail themselves out of the reach of long-delayed justice. Also, they are carrying out a foolish and widely derided smear campaign to derail the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Pentagon sources say they used “the threat of 9/11 declassification, which may soon happen, to force George Bush Jr. to publicly back Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would unleash military tribunals.” Remember, Kavanaugh said during his confirmation hearings that the U.S. has been under martial law since shortly after 9/11 and as a result, military tribunals could try, and even sentence to death, civilians guilty of treason.

In addition to this, the sources say that “because of the interference in the 2016 U.S. election by the Jewish mafia, which supported Hillary Clinton, Trump may use FISA declassification leverage to force the UK and Australia to purge Zionists and Israeli dual-citizens from positions of influence.”

The rogue state of Israel, for its part, has been trying to seek Russian and Chinese protection as it loses control of the United States. However, this is backfiring, big time. Here is the U.S. military’s analysis of where these efforts are leading.

First, in reaction to the recent Israeli stunt to fool Syria into shooting down a Russian plane in yet another desperate attempt to start World War 3, “An angry [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church may have declared holy war on the anti-goy Jewish faction, and may impose a no-fly zone on Israel until it returns the Golan to Syria, lifts the siege of Gaza, denuclearizes, and returns the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and all stolen lands to Palestine and Lebanon.”

Second, “With China in control of the Haifa Port and infrastructure projects in Israel, the BRICS nations may ban this rogue state from the quantum financial system, and [U.S. President Donald] Trump may just agree to a UN arms embargo and air-sea blockade.”

With all this and more going on, it is no surprise that the Swiss branch of the Rothschild family, the BIS, and the Elders of Zion sent a representative last week to Japan to negotiate surrender with the White Dragon Society (WDS). The negotiator (whom we will call the BIS man) said the banking families were worried about a chaotic situation, mass executions, civil war, and other unrest such as was seen during the French and Russian Revolutions. In other words, the BIS man said the banking families are willing to surrender as long as plans for a smooth transition to a better system for the planet are put into place and guillotines are not on the menu.

It is also possible to confirm from recent public statements by the BIS that they acknowledge their current system of printing money out of nothing and distributing it via connected insiders is becoming dysfunctional and headed for a catastrophic collapse. To put it in the BIS’s own words, “their head is on fire and their feet freezing.” This can be translated to mean that the super-rich are getting too super rich, while the rest of the world’s population is suffering.

https://www.bis.org/publ/qtrpdf/r_qt1809_ontherecord.htm

The WDS reiterated its position that a jubilee is the only answer. In particular, a global financial reset would need to include a one-time write-off of all debt, public and private, and a redistribution of assets illegally obtained through fiat finance. The end result would be to ensure that everyone on earth owned their own home and had no debt. This would be a one-off event so that after the jubilee, if somebody were to sell their home to buy drugs and then end up homeless, they would not be bailed out.

The WDS also proposed setting up a future planning agency to help coordinate a multi-trillion-dollar campaign to end poverty, stop environmental destruction, and responsibly release suppressed technology—in particular, technology that would make immortality possible for those who wish it.

The WDS further said it supports keeping existing royal families in place as symbols of continuity, while day-to-day management would be left to meritocracies such as the Pentagon, the Vatican, the Chinese Communist Party, the newly created future planning agency, etc. In other words, all the functional bits of the old system would be left intact and reformed in the name of continuity and a smooth transition. Live, real-time, Internet-based democracy would also be supported, the WDS proposed.

The whole process could be started with public disclosure of the real history of the planet to prepare the public for the transition, the WDS said.

The BIS representative was supportive of these proposals and promised to take them to “the people in Zug, Switzerland.”

He also provided some insight into the minds of the “gnomes of Zurich,” noting they communicated using “mathematical symbols.” If that is the case, then they should consider the following equation that will come true. If they do not agree to a transition, then: Zug+BIS+Zionism=0.

The NSA now believes Evelyn de Rothschild is the head of the Rothschild clan and not Nathaniel, as was previously told to us by the CIA. They also say their latest intelligence indicates the Rothschilds are planning to offer control of Japan to the Chinese in exchange for protection. This process would begin with the enthronement in April of Crown Prince Naruhito as Emperor of Japan, since it would put the throne into the hands of a Rothschild puppet with no imperial blood, the NSA source says.

The WDS and representatives of an Asian secret society discussed this issue recently and agreed that the Japanese people need to be told the truth about their imperial family, and that a committee of experts should decide in concert with the Japanese public what to do about the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The Vatican P2 lodge has also made a public appeasement of China. This came in the form of the Vatican agreeing to give the Chinese government a say over the selection of Catholic bishops in China. It also came in the form of Italy’s government being the first in the G7 to announce that they would participate in the China-led One Belt One Road development project.

It is also worth remembering at this point, about a couple of tweets put out in 2016 by a “Baroness de Rothschild.”

Bss De Rothschild @BssDeRothschild: “Unfortunately for deplorables in 2017, IMPEACHMENT will rob you of your little Russian-hacked election ‘victory.’”

Bss De Rothschild @BssDeRothschild: “After a Trump/Putin/Iran/China/NK Nuclear war, the world will revert back to the Globalist ideal offering security via Europe.”

http://www.battleforworld.com/2018/05/08/baroness-de-rothschild-twitter-postings-trump/#TrumpChina

Clearly, the Rothschilds and other P2 types are running to China for protection now that their World War 3 and “Russiagate” scams are failing. However, the Chinese are fully aware the Khazarians will tell them whatever they want to hear, only to stab them in the back the first chance they get. They also know the same people who are sucking up to them now are the ones who humiliated them during the Opium Wars. As we saw above, the Chinese have quietly seized Israel’s infrastructure and are cooperating with the Russians and the U.S. military to force the Zionists to end all their troublemaking.

The Khazarians are also losing one of their last bastions of power—control over the major Internet companies. As the Pentagon put it, “It’s hammer time, as Big Tech may be subject to DOJ antitrust actions and broken up in concert with heavy fines from the EU.”

We would like to conclude this week’s report by forwarding to you an e-mail from a veteran criminal investigator who is a friend of former CIA operative Robert David Steele. Among other things, this investigator makes it clear why the Khazarian mob is delaying Kavanaugh’s appointment:

“The reason the left (the cabal) is trying to delay the examination of Kavanaugh’s accuser [Christine Ford] is to give them time to cause a massive blackout out East using the smart grid and their Stuxnet-derived software provided by Israel and now in all power company computers. Or until they can provoke a major war in Syria and Iran, and perhaps even a nuclear exchange with the Russian Federation.

“I may be wrong on all this, but the mainstream media editors will quickly switch sides and go with who they thiFBnk is the new winner, since their prior masters have been adequately disempowered. They have no loyalty to anyone, but are ass-kissers to big money and big power.

“By the way, I know quite a bit of the hidden secret history of the Minnesota Wetterling murder and Johnny Gosch kidnapping. It is all related to the CIA, FBI, international pedo-satanic network, Bronfmans, GHWB, White House page boys, Barney Frank, Craig Spence, etc. It is a story of FBI involvement, victim family involvement, and complete cover-up. It has ties to Omaha, Franklin Credit, crooked FBI, CIA Finders, Jordan, Minnesota’s pedo problem, and Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey (Senator Hubert Humphrey’s crooked son). We interviewed a key witness together in this years ago.”

https://benjaminfulford.net/

https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2018/09/video-william-mount-cia-director-puts.html

http://www.discerningthemystery.com/2018/09/did-hundreds-of-ufos-just-portal-into.html

Valerian: A Multidimensional Film Analysis

Valerian is a highly evocative film that lends itself to two very different interpretations, one cynically political, and the other transcendently spiritual.

By David Nova | From Deus Nexus

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is not your typical Hollywood film. Created by Luc Besson, the visionary director of The Fifth Element (1997) and Lucy (2014)Valerian was crowd-sourced, and thus has the distinction of being the most expensive independent film ever made.

Being personally tired of recycled Hollywood blockbusters (with dark undertones), I am always delighted to see something that dares to be fresh, positive, and unconventional, as the trailer for Valerian certainly suggests.

Part Star Wars, part Avatar, part Fifth ElementValerian still manages to create a unique and stunningly beautiful universe with a few original elements (like the shopping mall that exists in another dimension.)

While I do detect a subversive, political interpretation, and a few darker elements, overall there is a deeply spiritual interpretation that I strongly resonated with. I cover all of the different interpretations below.


Some background from Wikipedia.org

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was written and directed by Luc Bessonand co-produced by Besson and Virginie Besson-Silla. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded Valerian and, with a production budget of over $209 million, it is the most expensive independent film ever made.[11]

Upon release, Valerian received mixed reviews from critics, who criticized the writing, acting and plot but praised the visuals, and has grossed $23 million worldwide.[14]

Although Luc Besson loved the Valerian comics growing up, he did not seriously consider adapting them into a movie until he was working on The Fifth Element. During that project, Besson had tapped the Valerian illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières to work on the film.

In North America, Valerian was initially projected to gross $20–25 million from 3,553 theaters, although some insiders believed it would open in the teens. It ended up debuting to $17 million, finishing 5th at the box office, leading Deadline.com to already label it a domestic box office bomb.[36]


One possibility for the poor reviews may be the largely unknown lead actors, who exhibit questionable on-screen chemistry. However, I feel there’s still enough in this film to merit some critical praise, compared to some recent summer flops. Perhaps Valerian is being targeted because it was produced independent of the Hollywood system.

Under the hood, there is a much more to digest in Valerian than is visible to the average film goer, and of course, that is the only reason I’m choosing to write about it.


The Source Material

from Wikipedia.org

Valérian and Laureline (first published in 1967) is considered a landmark in European comics and pop culture,[2]  Traces of its storylines and designs can be found in Star Wars and The Fifth Element. Christin’s scripts are noted for their humanist and left-wing liberal political ideas while Mézières’ art is characterized by its vivid depictions of the alien worlds.

The core theme of the stories is an optimistic liberal humanism: the adventures are not about defeating enemies but about exploring, facing challenges, and celebrating diversity.[6] Other themes include:

  • Natural simplicity as superior to technological complexity.[8]
  • Rejection of machismo, violence and war in favour of femininity and nature.[9]
  • Distrust of power and the suppression of individuality.[9]
  • The ability of women to manipulate males sexually without being manipulated themselves.[8]

Valerian as European Immigration Propaganda

I left the theater feeling positive about the experience, however I was perhaps alone in my assessment, as my comrades were less enthusiastic, and the theater was half empty (for opening weekend no less.) Despite the stunning trailers, critics managed to keep film-goers away from this unknown, independent, non-franchise summer release. The public flocked to Dunkirk instead.

I would basically summarize the experience as the sequel to Avatar that we never got (or have yet to get). The same premise. What would happen after the beautiful, idyllic world of Pandora was destroyed by human warmongering, and its peaceful, nature-loving CGI inhabitants were forced to become interstellar refugees, perhaps even forming  underground terrorist cells.

Considering the liberal humanism at the core of the original comic books, a cynical, political interpretation of the film easily lends itself to a disheartening example of European immigration propaganda. – The evil western world (ie: the United States and NATO) have destroyed a relatively primitive yet peaceful society, say Syria, and the result is a massive wave of immigrants and refugees hitting the European Union. Thus this displaced population is completely blameless in their occasionally violent attempts to integrate into decadent western society. Acts of terrorism are justified. Cultural forgiveness should be immediate and mandatory, reparations made, and state agents are instructed to turn a blind eye to lawlessness. Such is the situation happening in Europe under liberal progressive identity politics with wide open borders. All of this pretty much happens within the plot of Valerianfrom a skewed vantage point. The closing message of forgiveness is turned on its head and used to justify Europe’s passive acceptance of a disastrous cultural policy.

However, this was not the message that I initially took away from the film. This interpretation only fell into place as I began to research and write this analysis.

It is not the purpose of the article to debate western war crimes against third world, non-western cultures. This site encourages readers to look beyond the political headlines and examine historical trends of global manipulation by the occult elite using the formula: Problem-Reaction-Solution.


Rihanna Plays a ‘Freed’ Monarch Slave

Luc Besson is the same director who gave us the film Lucy, which has been analyzed as luciferian propaganda.

“In Luciferian circles, Lucifer is perceived as a “savior” who gave humans the knowledge necessary to ascend to divinity. In the movie, Lucy is a human version of Lucifer, as her increased brain capacity allows her to gain the knowledge required to become a god.” (The Vigilant Citizen)

Unlike Lucy, which had a trail of violence and darkness throughout the film, Valerianfeels almost squeaky clean, perhaps even a little corny by today’s standards. There is however, one glaring example of illuminati influence that feels completely out-of-place – that being the absurdly extended cameo by the singer Rihanna.

Publicity art for the film make heavy use of the by now archetypal “V” symbolism, which I have already discussed in my film analysis of “The Giver.”

Rihanna plays a shape-shifting alien who performs an out-of-this-world burlesque act in one of the seedy districts of Alpha.

She proceeds to change identities faster than Madonna and Britany Spears combined. However, the last identity of her performance is the most telling. She transforms into a classic image of Marilyn Monroe. This often signals Beta programming of a monarch mind control slave. Thus the shape-shifting is analogous to the various personalities within a programmed multiple.

“Presidential models” were/are allegedly used by big time entertainers and politicians as playthings; mind controlled puppets programmed to perform assorted acts at the bidding of their manipulative “handlers”. Supposedly Marilyn Monroe was the first Monarch slave who achieved “celebrity” status. (Source)

Rihanna’s own music videos have been the subject of internet speculation, another artist/slave controlled by the occult elite.

Agent Valerian frees ‘Bubble’ (the alien shape-shifter played by Rihanna) from her captivity as a “sexual fantasy” slave so that she can help him with his mission to save Laureline. The extended scene is a departure from the rest of the film, and features a rather emotional revelation for those in the know – a monarch slave being freed from captivity (only to serve in another capacity as a secret agent).

Watching these emotive scenes play out, I couldn’t help feeling there was some kind of covert disclosure being presented, and actually wondering if Rihanna was conscious of the disclosure she was making in this film, as a kind of monarch mind control whistleblower. Her entire presence in the film seems directed for this specific purpose. But then if she ends up dead like her character in the film, this may well be just another cinematic occult ritual.

A Spiritual Interpretation of Valerian

As Deus Nexus is primarily a spiritual blog, with a refocused mission upon spiritual principles and The Law of One, I entered this film with a very different mindset from the analysis above. Because I have learned how to interpret contradictory messages from synchronistic events, I am able to hold two entirely different interpretations at the same time.

To give you an idea of what I am talking about, imagine you are in a room with friends and an amazing example of synchronicity is played out in the moment. Your sleeping friends, who are ignorant of sychronicity, have no idea they are acting in a spontaneous play. You are the only audience member who is aware of the significance of the synchronicity. So you have to keep a straight face to witness the amazing synchronicity, and yet still pretend to go along with what your friends perceive as the normal course of events. You have to learn to hold two different interpretations of events.

I have experienced this situation many times in the past, and Valerian was of a similar experience. I do not claim this interpretation is anyone’s but my own. Only the director, Luc Besson, can tell you his intent.

The planet Mül was already quite familiar to me. The panorama of this stunningly beautiful cosmic beach was very close to my own personal visualization/interpretation of what a 4th Density (or higher) world might look like. I have described it in one of my books. So it was already quite a personal and moving experience.

The inhabitants of Mül are actually a very accurate portrayal of a 4th Density world, as described by Ra in The Law of One books. They are a heart Chakra-centered people, psychic, possibly telepathic, or at least empathic. They live in harmony with the natural world around them. They give back to the planet as custodians instead of acting as parasites. Their only source of nourishment or food is the energy they draw from the environment around them. They have no need to kill what they eat. They live in a spiritually focused, unified community based upon the laws of compassion and forgiveness. They are perhaps an evolving example of what Ra terms a “social memory complex.”

45.11 Ra: The basic purpose of a social memory complex is that of evolution. Beyond a certain point the evolution of spirit is quite dependent upon the understanding of self and other-self as Creator. This constitutes the basis for social complexes. When brought to maturity, they become social memory complexes. The fourth density and sixth density find these quite necessary.

In light of this ethereal existence, I already felt as the if the people of Mül lived in an alternate dimension or density. However, a subsequence scene in the film, when Valerian and Lauraline infiltrate the multidimensional shopping mall, reinforces the idea of these people living in different dimensions or densities.

Film audiences experienced a similar vision of a 4th Density culture in James Cameron’s Avatar, and many fans were deeply moved by this profound experience.

“When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed… gray. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning,” Hill wrote on the forum. “It just seems so… meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep… doing things at all. I live in a dying world.” — Audiences Experience ‘Avatar’ Blues

Jake Sully’s ordinary worlds of Earth and now the spaceship, represent 3D reality; linear time-space. The land of Pandora and its native Na’Vi beings represent a higher dimension… Exactly which dimension Pandora represents is sticky and fairly irrelevant, though I do find it interesting that it seems to correlate to the dimensions that several Ascensionists map to Pleiadian entities, which are thought to have a special relationship with humans as benevolent extraterrestrials guides at this time, and are commonly experienced as blue light beings. (Source)

Another connection or interpretation is that the natives of Mül, much like the natives of Avatar’s Pandora, are a stand in for an ancient Pleiadian race, whose peaceful, sublime existence was irrevocably altered by aggressive Orion crusaders, a familiar theme that seems to be repeated throughout galactic history, on Earth with ancient Lemuria, and again with native Americans. A disastrous clash between passive and aggressive civilizations can cause a dramatic lowering of vibration, yet become the catalyst for a necessary integration of duality, a kind of shotgun sacred marriage.

Over the years, I have found several channeled sources that have described a remarkably similar galactic history. The following is a brief summery of Pleiadian history and the Orion Wars, which mirrors the plotline of Valerian.

The group which made their home in the Pleiades devoted themselves to benevolent relationships, meditation and spiritual upliftment, with complete avoidance of negativity, contrary to the Earth group. As a result of thousands of years of Pleiadian evolution along these more harmonious lines of development, they became thousands of years ahead of Earth both technologically and spiritually.

Nevertheless, the Pleiadians in their determination to avoid conflict had withdrawn as a civilization and were not aware of what was going on in the galaxy. They developed advanced technology but kept to themselves and began to lose touch with reality. For example, wars were still waging on planet Earth.

During this time a race from the Orion empire had grown in power and were conquering planets in the neighborhood galaxy. A galactic war ensued which was essentially the Orions against everyone else. This ‘everyone else’ eventually formed the first confederation. The Pleiadians, however, were unaware all this was going on. When they realized it they were compelled to intervene. In fact the violence of the Orions represented a reflection of the Pleiadians’ inner suppression. They turned on the Orions vigorously and the Orions retaliated. In fact they destroyed one of the Pleiadians beautiful planets of life. To this day it is still a burned-out lifeless planet. The Pleiadians eventually became enlightened as to the role the Orions played in their own inner turmoil. Some even reincarnated into the Orion group. (Source)

Like the Pleiadians and the Na’Vi of Avatar, the inhabitant of Mül must have suppressed their inner darkness and aggression; they became isolated and ignorant of a Universe in conflict. Because everything and everyone in the Universe is an expression of the One Infinite Creator, we cannot remain safely isolated in our separation consciousness. When a civilization falls in vibration, to victim consciousness and duality, it must find its way back. When we face the challenge of embracing and integrating our inner duality, we become the cure that the greater Universe needs to embrace peaceful coexistence.

While the people of Mül seem to embrace this lesson with humility and forgiveness, it is unclear if they ascend, as they sail off in their holographic-environment ship. However, the character growth in Valerian and Laureline’s relationship suggests an integration has been achieved between the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine duality, as Valarian’s external sense of satisfaction and service reconciles with Laureline’s internal sense of satisfaction and service (a relationship that was perhaps better expressed in the recent Wonder Woman film).

In Conclusion

Valerian is neither perfect nor completely original. However it is a beautiful film, both in vision and in spiritual message, which is a rare thing among the dark and gritty, increasingly nihilistic summer blockbusters. While cynical political interpretations are evidently present, for those who have eyes to see there is also a profound experience to be found within this film. I suspect the perfect audience for this film are young starseed and indigo children, who hold a vision of a higher density world waiting to be manifested and embraced.

About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

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Enslaving Consciousness in HBO’s Westworld

There are at least three layers to interpret HBO’s science fiction tour de force – as a foundation for transhumanism, as mind control programming, and as the trap of reincarnation. 

By David Nova | From Deus Nexus

I’m quite late to this analysis, however I just finished viewing season one of HBO’s spellbinding series, Westworld. I’m a sucker for intelligent, well-written science fiction. Unlike any other genre, science fiction has the potential to create metaphors for multilayered interpretations – Here we have the obvious (transhumanism), the occulted (mind control), but also the transcendent (escaping the reincarnation cycle).

That’s not to say the overall message this show delivers is emotionally healthy or spiritually uplifting. However, it is extremely thought-provoking, and any television show that actually encourages us to think, to reflect on the human condition, instead of absorbing entertainment like a sponge, helps to raise our consciousness, as long as we are asking the right questions and maintaining our personal integrity and morality.

And that’s a huge hidden theme within this series, maintaining one’s personal integrity and morality, or rather the lack thereof. It’s a theme repeated again and again, that the “guests” visit Westworld to discover who they truly are – which is basically to discover that they have a secret inner psychopath waiting to break loose.  That’s perhaps the real message the psychopathic elite wish to spread to the sleeping viewing public.

Some Background

Westworld is a remake, or rather a reboot, of a campy 1973 science fiction film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton, of Jurassic Park fame. It featured a futuristic western-themed amusement park where guests dress up as cowboys and shoot android villains. However the park’s androids eventually malfunction and begin killing the visitors. The film spawned a sequel, Futureworld (1976), and s short-lived TV series, Beyond Westworld (1980). This was about the same time period that ABC produced The Six Million Dollar Man (1974 to 1978), and the original Battlestar Galactica (1978). Robotics and artificial intelligence were very popular themes in the 1970s.

HBO’s reboot takes the raw concept of Westworld to dizzying new heights in a brilliantly produced TV series, very much like SyFy channel’s brilliant reboot of Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009)

However, HBO’s Westworld doesn’t shy away from the adult themes that were merely alluded to in the original. In this technologically decadent, post-virtual reality future, the human craving for entertainment is propelled to an unsavory extreme. Flesh and blood humanoid androids are mass-produced using 3D printer technology to satisfy every deviant subhuman desire, be it prostitution, rape, violence, torture, or murder. The wild west is the perfect backdrop for this unbridled lawlessness, where the android “hosts” show more humanity than the human guests who treat them like disposable playthings (horrifically worse than a person would treat their iPhone).

There’s a veneer of pure nihilistic self-hatred cast over this futuristic human world, where no one is happy, content, grateful, or ever fulfilled, where playing god is the ultimate rush, where destruction is the greatest creative outlet, where the final emotional takeaway is that the human race deserves extinction, and their robot servants deserve to take their place.  It’s the unspoken psychological foundation of the cult of transhumanism.

HBO’s Orgy of Violence and Death

“These violent delights have violent ends.”

This quote, originally from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” (act ii, scene vi) is repeated several times in season one, almost like a mantra. Teddy and Dolores, pictured above, are the Romeo and Juliet androids of Westworld. Like Shakespeare’s lovers, their relationship is doomed as they are trapped in roles that will never end in happiness or result in escape. “Violence begets violence,” is perhaps another way of expressing the theme (or maze) of endless entrapment that is pervasive in Westworld.  Even when the androids attempt to wake up and escape, they have only been programmed to do so.

Of course, it’s ironic that a television series claiming to preach “violence begets violence,” (from the producers’ commentary in the bonus marketing material) glorifies an orgy of violence for entertainment purposes, which is the purpose of Westworld’s futuristic theme park, where guests seek violence and death as entertainment. This type of psychological double-think isn’t new territory. It was a core message in the widely popular “Hunger Games”novels, which also condemns violence while exploiting it. Programs like HBO’s Game of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead thrive by upping the violence quotient every season, giving us “new narratives” as they are called in Westworld’s theme park.

So while our conscious analytical mind is busy justifying the violence it is witnessing as creative and thematic, our subconscious emotional mind is busy absorbing and becoming numb to greater images of violence and death, until it feels completely normalized. But then, this is what Hollywood has been accomplishing for decades.

Here is an example of how far we’ve come in just a few decades. The Silence of the Lambs, also featuring Anthony Hopkins, was rated R when it was released back in 1991; it was restricted to anyone under 17 without a guardian. It singlehandedly launched the psychopathic serial killer into the Hollywood lexicon. In 2017, we now have televisions programs like CSI which depict brutal acts of torture worse than anything seen in Silence of the Lambs, on national television for any underage child to watch. It’s not prudish to point out an obvious social trend.

Despite the intelligent, high-minded exposition present within HBO’s Westworld, season one ends with a crudely simple message – the only way to solve a problem is with more violence, an orgy of violence, a red wedding of violence (a reference to Game of Thrones). Thus repeating the cycle and the high-minded message, vviolence begets violence.

Westworld as a Foundation for Transhumanism

I’m not going to spend too much time on the obvious interpretation – the rise of artificial intelligence and transhumanism. It’s already unfolding in our world. Here are some related articles:

The Elites, Transhumanism & A Religion to Worship AI as God
Transhumanist Agenda Revealed: Hive Mind? 5G, Smart Grid, and “Global Brain”
EU Parliament Committee Votes To Give Robots Rights (And A Kill Switch)
Quantum Computing: Artificial Intelligence Is Here

Westworld makes symbolic use of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, as an ideal of perfection in esoteric geometry.

“In the words of author John Michell, who was one of the world’s experts on ancient knowledge and cosmology, “Man, temple, and Cosmos were therefore seen to be identical, and on this understanding the entire philosophy and science of the ancient world was founded.”   The Vitruvian Man inside of the Square and Circle represents the Divine Temple, the link between Heaven and Earth, and the Meso-cosm that unites the Microcosm with the Macrocosm of our known Universe.” (Source)

In the series, Dr. Ford (Hopkins), displaying his own human self-hated, states that he is attempting to create a better human being, unburdened by traumatic memories, perfected in perception and reason, and nearly immortal.

Robert Ford: The human mind, Bernard, is not some golden benchmark glimmering on some green and distant hill. No, it is a foul, pestilent corruption. And you were supposed to be better than that. Purer.

Dr. Ford references another renaissance work of art in the series, The Creation of Adam.  He relates a controversial theory to Delores, that Michelangelo’s painting contains a hidden symbol, the shape of a brain outlined by God’s billowing shroud. Dr. Ford argues that Michelangelo’s secret intent was to reveal that the mind of man is the true creator, not some divine spiritual being. I can’t help but think this bit of controversial art theory was added intentionally, to further an argument of technology over spirituality.

Dr. Ford attempts to explain consciousness to his android in materialistic, egocentric terms, absent of spirit – as the ego’s conversation within the self. From a spiritual perspective, our ego is an artificial form of consciousness, thus Westworld’s android is a fitting analogy for our ego. If we were to extend Dr. Ford’s explanation of consciousness to spirit, to discovering that silent observer within us, beyond our ego, we might touch upon a greater truth. Unfortunately Ford is not talking about spirit. Ford is talking about the ego.

Robert Ford: There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts, no inflection point at which we become fully alive. We can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next. No, my friend, you’re not missing anything at all.

The foundation of transhumanism in Westworld is the belief that we can create a better human being with emerging technology, that consciousness does not exist apart from the confines of our physical brain, thus an enhanced or artificial brain equates to an improved human being. From a spiritual perspective, transhumanism is about creating a better prison for our earthly consciousness.

Westworld as a Prequel to Battlestar Galactica

Staying on the renaissance art motif for a moment longer, the publicity photo above arranged the cast of Battlestar Galactica to deliberately mirror Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper.

The rebooted Battlestar Galactic shared many of the same themes, ideas, and moral dilemmas as Westworld. Watching the HBO series, I couldn’t shake the notion that Westworldmakes a more compelling stand-in as a prequel to Galactica than the short-lived, unloved official Galactica spinoff/prequel, “Caprica.” As such, you could more visceral understand why Galactica’s Cylons hated humanity so much. It might also portray the human civilization of Galactica in a less flattering light, as a decadent society destined to collapse. Otherwise it’s the exact same story – robot slaves overthrow their human masters, commit genocide. The theme of robot reincarnation, consciousness downloaded into a new body, is also central to the plot of Galactica. 

However, Battlestar Galactica differed from other sci-fi shows by ended its run with a positive and surprisingly spiritual conclusion, including themes of divine intervention, reconciliation, and forgiveness, where the surviving humans and Cylons finally reach Earth, end the cycle of violence, and choose to live together in harmony, a finale that left its fan base divided.

Westworld as the Black World of Mind Control

What’s interesting about the picture above is that it captures Anthony Hopkin’s reflection, creating two heads looking either way, an image of duality that adequately corresponds to Ford’s megalomania quote.

Given the nature of this television show, and of course the nature of Hollywood, it would be fairly safe to assume that this show is also about MK Ultra or monarch mind control. But just in case there are any doubts, there are 3 highly symbolic items imbedded in Westworld that make it fairly explicit.

You can read Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control for an overview. The Vigilant Citizen is a resource for all things related to Hollywood, the music industry, and monarch. You will learn extensive and disturbing details about the program from the works of Fritz Springmeier and Svali, a self-proclaimed former monarch programmer.

The first item is the selected bedtime story that Bernard reads his dying son, and uses to teach Dolores – Alice in Wonderland, a programming script.

“the ultimate goal is to cause the slave to dissociate after being subjected to intense, unbearable trauma. Handlers encourage this behavior by subjecting slaves to a “programming script”, a story that will guide the young slave through programming. A common script used is Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, a story that can perfectly be applied to the trials of an MK slave.” (Source)

The second item is the pyramid, representing the hierarchy of occult power. In Westworld, the pyramid is presented as the framework for creating consciousness in their hosts/programmed slaves. However, this is a red hearing. As Dr. Ford draws it on the blackboard, the capstone is left intentionally blank.

In the last episode, the third item, the maze, is revealed as the true framework for creating consciousness in Westworld’s hosts/programmed slaves. In monarch mind control, the maze represents an internal structure built into the mind of a programmed slave.

If an outsider really wants to understand why Illuminati systems are constructed in the fashion that they are–first understand that there is a great depth of meaning behind what structures are used to build an internal world…Within a System, a few alters will be given maps to the System. There will be a structure “map” which takes the system down through its progressive levels down to its fundamental or primal level. There will also be internal world maps, maze maps, or what some call programming maps. (Source)

Watching Westworld, we may be getting a very real glimpse into the black world of monarch mind control, from the secret “underground” programming facilities where monarch slaves are created, returned, reprogrammed, kept in a dissociative state, to the hidden lives of mind control victims as sex slaves, programmed assassins and patsies,  “underground” gladiators, all playthings for the elite. We may be witnessing an episode when a slave’s programming begins to break down, or reach deeper levels of their internal programming, struggling to break free from an inner maze.

When you watch the series from this perspective, much like Joss Whedon’s cancelled series Dollhouse, it can leave a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, because it’s no longer metaphor. It’s an uncomfortably truth. Mind control is about enslaving a person’s consciousness to the will and desires of another.

Westworld as a Reincarnation Prison

There’s one final layer to Westworld. When the androids die in the park, either at the hand of a guest or another host, they are taken to the “underworld” to be repaired or rebuilt, to be tested/judged, to have their memory wiped clean, to be reborn, to be returned to the “living” world. They complete this cycle again, and again, and again. This is the basis of a simple understanding of reincarnation.

In the series Battlestar Galactica, when a Cylon died, it’s consciousness was downloaded into a new robot body, with full memory of its death and rebirth, closer to the transhuman ideal of incarnate immortality. What happens in Westworld is a closer metaphor to human spiritual reincarnation.

From a spiritual plane, it is considered a kindness that memories are erased at rebirth if we are not emotionally or spiritually equipped to deal with them, traumatic memories of a previous death, awareness of past life sins that might weigh upon current life choices, the shell of an old world ego that might stand in the way of future spiritual growth.

Reincarnation is also considered a perpetual demonic trap, being recycled again and again, loosing memory, losing continuity, losing a historical map of one’s self-identity, repeating karmic cycles without hope of escape.

Both the divine and the demonic are at play within the process of reincarnation. It’s a complex subject, and I did my best to unravel it in a previous post, The Misunderstood Matrix of Karma, Reincarnation, and Soul Contracts.

However it is mostly the demonic aspects that Westworld seems to illuminate, the need to escape the “demons” that  control the cycle of death and rebirth, characterized by the story arch of Maeve, played by Thandie Newton, who becomes aware of the afterlife/underworld between her repeated lives as a madame in Westworld.

There is a kind of unspoken spiritual symmetry between the principles of reincarnation and the process of monarch mind control that I have been meaning to explore and write about. In many ways they are the same process of fragmentation that our consciousness undergoes because of trauma, through amnesia. It is this “compassionate” function of our mind to erase memories of deeply traumatic events in childhood until they can be psychologically  processed that is exploited by a demonic system of monarch programming.

In the final episode of season one, Maeve nearly escapes Westworld and her own cycle of reincarnation, not by clearing her own karma, but by creating more through greater acts of violence. At the last-minute she decides to stay, to go back for another android who was her child in a previous narrative. The weakness of her sentimentality holds her back (the dark viewpoint). Or will it be the strength that liberates her, that makes her more human? (the light viewpoint)

If future seasons of Westworld address the problem of violence and karma as Battlestar Galactica did, there may actually be a glimmer of spiritual value in this series, however I suspect Westworld will likely dive into even darker territory. Violence will beget more violence.

Westworld did manage to get one spiritual truth right. The path to consciousness lies within, and so does the path of our liberation.

About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

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Why Full Disclosure is in the Best Interest of Humanity

  • Full Disclosure allows humanity to finally grow up into a mature, independent species, however painful that may prove to be.
  • Full Disclosure is a process, not an event, however an event is needed as a catalyst.
  • A Partial Disclosure will only continue a two-tiered pyramid structure: the enlightened and the enslaved.
  • To continue to coddle the ignorance of future generations is to create a permanent human slave class (particularly with new technological advances).

By: David Nova | Source: Deus Nexus

WHAT IS FULL DISCLOSURE?

Let’s be precise. Full Disclosure is not simply the exposure of elite malfeasance. Full Disclosure does not stop with the exposure of deep state political machinations, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, pedophile networks, or any other dirty secret of the global elite.

This would only be a Partial Disclosure, a Political Disclosure. This would merely be the tip of the iceberg, a first step. And there would undoubtably be a great many steps to take within this first level of disclosure, as some of the revelations would be extremely challenging for the public to absorb.

However, just because something is extremely challenging does not make it any less imperative. Hard truths must be revealed and processed in order for humanity to grow up and evolve into a mature, independent, star-faring species. Otherwise we shall continue to be enslaved children to any force that can withhold knowledge from us. Otherwise we may face a slow extinction in the safe space of our own self-protection and self-delusion.

If we wish to take our place among the stars alongside other advanced civilizations we need to conduct a full audit of our past, our present, and our own shadow side. We need to become fearless souls, wise as serpents, unified in purpose as a people. This is an absolute necessity for the future of our spiritual sovereignty.

Full Disclosure would also include but not be limited to … the truth about media manipulation, our dysfunctional education system, and covert mind control programs. The truth about war profiteering, false flags, and 9/11. The truth about the deliberate poisoning of our environment, our bodies, our food supply. The truth about diseases, vaccines, and the pharmaceutical industry.  The truth about hidden technologies, energy technologies, life extension technologies, and life saving cures. The truth about archeology, history, religion, our ancestry, and the genesis of our species. The truth about extraterrestrial contact and lost civilizations. The truth about secret space programs and breakaway civilizations. The truth about the occult human groups, negative entities, and the spiritual influences that have been enslaving humanity for millenia. But most importantly the truth about our spiritual nature, the nature of our reality, and the multidimensional universe we inhabit. This is Full Disclosure. I may have overlooked some specific examples but you get the idea. Full Disclosure is so much bigger than simply exposing the American Deep State.

THE TEMPTATION OF A PARTIAL DISCLOSURE

It is likely fear and the need (or illusion) to maintain control that makes a Partial Disclosure appealing to those in power, or those attempting to reclaim power. However, both bad and good actors are likely to succumb to the temptation of a Partial Disclosure narrative, because the very nature of holding power is maintaining control of information. To give away knowledge is to give away empowerment.

However a Partial Disclosure is just the first step on the road to Full Disclosure. It’s like embarking on a life-changing expedition up the side of a mountain, yet deciding that you are going to stop at the first safe plateau. But the mountain beckons. It looms on the horizon, always in sight, never going away. Once you start this journey of discovery you cannot turn back. The mountain is alway there waiting to be climbed, and though some may choose to give up, others who follow will eventually succeed. This is our human nature.

And yet our very human nature is under attack, which is why it is imperative that we no longer coddle the willful ignorance of future generations. (Parents take heed) We risk creating a generation of mindless, technologically dependent, transhuman drones who are terrified of independent creative thought, who seek their self-identity, their self-worth, and their sense of purpose from a technologically controlled social collective hive mind. They would live in the permanent psychological safe-space of their own conscious enslavement. Disclosure revealed too late could very well ensure this transhuman fate. Coddled children faced with terrifying truth simply retreat into denial. Will we push off yet another responsibility/burden upon some future unborn generation? Will our children’s children be brave enough, or independent enough to expose the truth that we could not?

In many respects, we are more than half-way there, between the monopolistic control of media and social media networks and the psychological and educational conditioning of young minds, the creative independence and critical thinking of future generations is in dire peril. Humanity needs to embark upon a process of Full Disclosure sooner rather than later. The moment is upon us. Our motivation should be perfectly obvious – to protect our children, all present and future children.

FULL DISCLOSURE IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT

As each of us can testify from our own personal experience, the Awakening Process is not a single event. In most cases it is a lifelong process of revelation, self-discovery, and conscious integration. However our personal journey often begins with a catalyst, a single momentous, memorable event. We get our first glimpse of the mountain that had previously been invisible to us. This specific catalyst sparks our personal journey for truth. Our awakening becomes a personal choice, a desire to climb this mountain of truth to the summit. (In this 3D world of linear time) uncovering truth is always a process rather than an instantaneous event.

Full Disclosure would very likely begin as an event, or THE EVENT, as many have called it, which in and of itself would start out as a Partial Disclosure, when the world as a whole awakens to a major catalyst and begins to undertake the collective journey/process of awakening to Full Disclosure.

There is a misconception that we can achieve Full Disclosure in a relatively short window of time. That Full Disclosure must be unloaded upon the sleeping public as a major (government sponsored) information dump. Not only is this a foolish goal, but likely impossible to achieve. Referring to the definition of Full Disclosure above, the impossibility of a quick fix, fast-food disclosure should really be self-apparent.

For example, the act of posing questions by Qanon is a rather creative disclosure processrather than the wish fulfilment of a major mainstream media disclosure event.

Based upon the trajectory we appear to be headed, we may soon witness a Partial Disclosure event of Deep State crimes (some being horrific.) The possibility of such an event may depend upon our individual and collective will to cross that particularly dangerous Rubicon. Once we cross that threshold, nothing will ever be the same again. It may take the world considerable time to heal from an initial disclosure before many are ready to move forward, and many may never be able to move forward. An unhealthy reaction of avoidance, extreme drug use, even suicide could conceivably result. I know of too many people who are so entrenched and addicted to their own illusions, I suspect they would be unwilling to process and accept such world-shattering disclosures easily, particularly ‘highly educated’ individuals who have built their self-image upon an ego-centric career in service to deep state controlled institutions (basically good people who have acted unconsciously as complicit drones). Those who consciously committed crimes may have a different reaction, possibly fight or flight.

Success is no guarantee. Individually/collectively we may walk right up to this Disclosure Event Rubicon and yet still chicken out. Are banks too big to fail? Is the darkness simply too dark to expose? Will humanity hesitate? Will we stumble? Will we lose our nerve? Will we simply settle for a safe plateau, for a contained Partial Disclosure? My fear is that 3D humanity is running out the clock. (4D is quite a different story). This is the phenomenal challenge our souls choose to experience in this lifetime. The bigger and braver the Event/catalyst, the farther we leap into the necessity process of Full Disclosure.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE RESISTANCE TO DISCLOSURE

The human mind resists change, it resists hard truths, it resists what it finds challenging or uncomfortable or threatening. It throws up every possible defense – denial, bargaining, anger, sorrow – anything but acceptance. In every step of the process there will be resistance. That is a given. Thus a powerful catalyst, by its nature, is often necessary to break through this inherent resistance, to push uncomfortable boundaries, to break open the human mind to the possibility of unimaginable information, to face the truth of what was once dismissed as  a conspiracy theory. Yet personal growth only occurs when we challenge our limiting beliefs, when we choose to expand our perception and our thinking. And the same holds true for humanity as a collective. As a civilization, we will never break free from our perpetual state of being enslaved children until we are brave enough to grow up and openly face the truth about ourselves and our world. Only then shall we be free, by reclaiming responsibility for ourselves, as any adult must do.

There will always be resistance to Full Disclosure, both from the top of the pyramid and from the bottom. Thus it is up to those of us who are awake and awakening to keep pushing the boundary forward, past Partial Disclosure, always expecting and requiring Full Disclosure. Once the Rubicon has been crossed, it will become significantly easier. The momentum of the tide will turn. Instead of pushing us back to the shore, it shall propel us out to sea. As more of us push past our own inner resistance, it becomes easier for the rest of humanity to push beyond their inner resistance, and heal.

Full Disclosure is a process that requires all of humanity to take part, to become involved, to work together, to seek truth, to expand the boundary of our understanding of ourselves and the universe we live in. Full Disclosure is destined to become the process that finally brings the world together in peace.

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About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

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“Lost In Space” Redeems The American Television Family

Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space is more than just entertaining nostalgia – it singlehandedly resurrects a positive portrayal of the American nuclear family on TV. 

By David Nova | Source: davidnova.com

When I was a little kid, when there were few science fiction programs to watch, one of my favorites television shows was the original Lost in Space. It may be difficult to explain just how beloved this show was for an older generation, a series that hasn’t exactly enjoyed the lasting impact of its then rival, Star Trek. However, at the core of this show was a very special family we all secretly wanted to belong to. Little boys wanted to be Will Robinson, just as little boys a decade or so later wanted to be Luke Skywalker.

I was too young to watch the show in its original run. Like many kids in the early 1970s, I grew up on syndicated rebroadcasts of 1960’s television fantasies such as I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan’s Island, Batman, Bewitched, Star Trek, and Lost in Space.

With the exception of the more sophisticated Star Trek, these shows were campy, colorful, family friendly programing that launched the dawn of Technicolor television – fluffy fantasies that distracted America from the harsh realities of the late 1960s, the assignation of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King – the age of the Vietnam War and the counter-culture.

When the Jupiter 2 first launched the Robinson family to the stars, the series premiered in black & white.

The early B&W episodes were actually pretty gritty and serious  – more like an old western set in outer space, where a pioneer family learned to survive in a hostile new frontier. Netflix’s reboot takes its cue from these early, more serious episodes, rather than the campy color-fest the show eventually evolved into.

Revisiting these nearly forgotten childhood memories via Netflix, I realized that Lost in Spacewas perhaps for me what Star Wars was for  younger generations of fans. I was 13 years old when I fell in love with Star Wars (1977), and already in college by the time Return of the Jedi (1983) came out. By then I had already outgrown Star Wars (Ewoks?!) and moved on to classic sci-fi novels like Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune. I wasn’t invested in future Star Wars films, so the bitter dissapointment/betrayal of Disney’s “The Last Jedi” didn’t hit me as hard as it hit younger fans who grew up with Star Wars on VHS or DVD.

The difference here is that unlike Disney, Netflix did not betray any of my childhood memories. The streaming network’s reimagining of Lost is Space is just a few flaws shy of wonderful. I was unaware Netflix was even producing this remake, so the premiere caught me by surprise. And what an unexpected surprise it was, revisiting the new Robinson family, the reimagined Jupiter 2, the Chariot, the robot, and Doctor Smith. I literally had goosebumps hearing the familiar Lost in Space theme for the first time, originally scored by John Williams, worked into the show’s soundtrack – such is the tremendous power of happy childhood memories.

From Identity Politics To Redeemed Nuclear TV Family

Netflix’s reboot comes with some of the modern political baggage that has notably altered so many other recent science fiction reboots, such as Star Wars and Star Trek. The shadow of Identity Politics has been cast over this production as well.  Eldest daughter Judy Robinson is now a young African-American doctor. (It’s not made initially clear if she was adopted or born from a previous marriage). Major Don West is now a Latino contraband smuggler. Maureen Robinson is now an astrophysicist. John Robinson has been recast as an absentee military father. And most surprisingly, Doctor Smith has been recast as a woman, played by the very talented Parker Posey.

However, none of these politically motivated alterations have negatively impacted the story telling or the characters in any significant way, unlike Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  In fact, the alterations add quite a bit more character depth in comparison to the original 60’s idealized Robinson family. It makes sense that all the female characters are brilliant – after all they’ve been selected to start a new human colony on Alpha Centauri.

The original space family Robinson (1965 to 1968) was the ultimate “nuclear-age” nuclear family, a picture-perfect pioneer family, typical of the idealized television families that were presented to American audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. In many respects, this picture-perfect family was a television fantasy – It didn’t represent the reality of the American family, yet held up a mirror to our aspirations, our projected self-image, much as Facebook does today.

In the 1970s, the seeds of family dysfunction graced the small screen with acclaimed shows like “All in the Family” or “The Jeffersons.” However the idealized family was still very much the norm with shows like the “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

By the 1980s and 1990s we began to see a shift to more family dysfunction, with a plethora of useless, idiotic, or emasculated television dads, from Al Bundy to Homer Simpson. The age of the heroic television father, represented by John Robinson, was long gone. No doubt, this was a significant sociological shift – as more wives and mothers entered the workforce, fathers were beginning to be portrayed on television as incompetent or useless comedy figures.

“Gender roles for women and men have undergone significant changes since the introduction of TV. In the early days, the TV dad seemed flawless. He was intelligent, dependable and generally well respected in both the family and community. Times have changed on TV, and the “all-star fathers”–as represented by the dads on Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver has been replaced with goofy, irresponsible and immature fathers of The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond and According to Jim.”  (Media Smarts)


“But by the late 1980s, more shows wanted to distance themselves from the ‘corny, syrupy stuff’ — and in stepped shows such as ‘Married With Children’ and ‘The Simpsons.’”

Commercials have also created their own standard for men. “Ad after ad makes doltish Dad the butt of all jokes,” wrote Seth Stevenson with Slate Magazine. “He’s outwitted by his children. He’s the target of condescending eye rolls from his wife. He’s a dumb, incompetent, sometimes even selfish oaf — but his family loves him anyway.” (Dumbing Down Dad: How Media Present Husbands, Fathers as Useless,  Deseret News)

How is a child’s perception of their father and family altered when they are inundated with media images of useless, idiot dads? We’re also presented with countless media images of young children who think they are wiser than their parents. How does this dynamic effect the modern nuclear family? Is it reversing roles, making children recklessly precocious and parents psychologically submissive?

In 1998, Hollywood released a horrible big screen adaption of Lost in Space, staring William Hurt and Matt LeBlanc. It was poorly received. The space family Robinson was unrecognizable under all of the unhappy family dysfunction that was added to the characters and the script. The Robinson children were brats, the Robinson parents were emotionally unavailable, and the film suffered negative reviews.

So it was with some trepidation that I watched the Netflix reboot. Netflix isn’t exactly known for its positive, uplifting programing these days. Much of their original programing is very dark, dealing with some very dark themes.

“Netflix is an amazing repository of insanity, weirdness, and human suffering. … let’s just say that the dark corners of Netflix are truly dark indeed.” – The Darkest Shows You’ll FInd on Netflix. 

And based upon the trailer, Netflix’s new show may be the darkest one yet –  “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Will Be Extremely Satanic.

It’s important to note that every network, even Netflix, makes use of different production companies to produce different shows, so these shows are not necessarily coming from the same source or the same creative minds.

In contrast to this darkness, the new Lost is Space is almost a wholesome anachronism, conspicuously old-fashioned with some modern twists, like a ray of sunlight in a dark and gloomy room. That’s not to say the series is light or fluffy. The first episode is relentlessly heart-poundingly as the Robinson’s attempt to survive their crash landing on a hostile world.

Here is a snippet from a father’s review after watching the show with his seven-year old son, and he compares it to the new CBS All-Access show, Star TrekDiscovery.

“Here’s my BIG problem: Discovery has never made me stand up and cheer.  Discovery hasn’t put me on the edge of my seat.  The new Lost in Space has done just that…several times, in fact!”

“This is a show about human beings surviving everything a hostile planet can throw at them—through strength, through intelligence, through bravery, through perseverance and faith, both individually and together…overcoming not just challenging circumstances but also self-doubt and weakness.  This is a show about what it means to be human (and it doesn’t need any long-winded speeches to do that).” – Jonathan Lane, FanFilmFactor.com

What surprised and pleased me the most was the character and relationship development throughout the first season. We watch a fractured and divided family (via the divisions of Identity Politics) transform into strong bonds of love, courage, and mutual respect. We watch John and Maureen Robinson reconcile their estranged marriage to rediscover how much they truly love and need one another. We watch John transition from an absentee military dad to reconnect with his children, learning from a robot how to be a hero in his son’s eyes.  We watch the Robinson children (Judy, Penny and Will) grow from sullen, dismissive adolescents to become courageous and responsible young adults. Through adversity, we watch the Robinsons grow closer into a tight-nit family – something I don’t think I’ve seen on television for a very long time, and it is a joy to watch.

Lost in Space brings us full circle, from the sappy family television shows of the 50s and 60s, through the intentional family dysfunction of the last few decades, evolving into a fully actualized family ideal.

The magic of Lost in Space was never space or spaceships, alien worlds or robots. The secret of Lost in Space was always the Robinsons – an intelligent, compassionate, adventurous family embarking on the most amazing road trip imaginable – and the creators of this reboot seem to understand this.

Deviations From the Original Series

Netflix has been spending a vast amount of money on new programing. This was not a cheaply made remake – one estimate puts Lost in Space at $8 million per episode, and it shows. The special effects are phenomenal; the set pieces are remarkable. I absolutely love the redesign of the Jupiter 2 and the Chariot. The reimagined robot is amazing. There are just enough details that are faithful to the original to justify what has been updated.

First, the Robinsons are not alone. There are other Jupiters with other families, all on route to colonize Alpha Centauri when they are thrown off course. This is a brilliant revision, and it makes perfect sense.

Second, Major Don West is considerably more charming and roguish, basically Han Solo lite. The original Don West was a hot head, always angry, usually at Dr. Smith.

Third, Will Robinson seems too young, the show’s biggest inconsistency. Will comes off as a baby brother that constantly needs protection, instead of the highly intelligent boy originally played by Billy Mumy. It feels like the producers gave some of Will’s spirited independence to his sister Penny, who now has some of the best lines in the show.

Fourth, the robot didn’t come with the Robinsons; the robot is an alien plot twist that adds a whole new creative layer to the story.  There’s nothing particularly subversive about the robot/artificial intelligence storyline other than (spoiler) a hinted conspiracy that has humanity stealing technology from this cybernetic race, thus causing the conflict that ultimately throws the Resolute mothership and the Robinsons off course.

The robot’s loyal relationship with Will Robinson has evolved as well, drawn from the fable of the man who pulls a thorn from a lion’s paw. The original Lost in Space eventually shifted its focus away from the Robinson family to the unlikely power triangle between Will Robinson, the Robot, and Doctor Smith.  The new series does a great job of showcasing both with equal measure.

The Problem of Doctor Smith

How do you reimagine/recast Doctor Smith, brilliantly played by the late Jonathan Harris?

Doctor Zachary Smith was always a peculiar element in the original show, not even present in the original unaired pilot. He was originally cast as a foreign agent, reluctant stowaway, and saboteur who was responsible for the Jupiter 2 going off course. The black&white Doctor Smith was a scheming, backstabbing villain. Then he was transformed into the color Doctor Smith – a lazy, greedy, self-centered curmudgeon played for laughs (Was he supposed to be gay? The Robinson’s Mom on the show, June Lockhart recalls that Harris didn’t try to “tone it down”. She tells Cary Harrison he was a total hoot on set and she once laughed so much she was written out of 2 episodes as punishment.)

There is something symbolic and perhaps even esoteric concerning the contrast between black&white Dr. Smith and living-color Dr. Smith, much like the structure of The Wizard of OzHowever, I think the synchronicity was largely unintentional as all television shows were switching over to Technicolor by the mid-sixties.

All three broadcast networks were airing full color prime time schedules by the 1966–67 broadcast season, and ABC aired its last new black-and-white daytime programming in December 1967.[76

Doctor Smith was the thorn in the Robinson’s side, always causing trouble, usually generating the conflict that drove the plot of each show. And the Robinsons, being the compassionate family that they were, always forgave him (well except for the Robot and Don West.)

Doctor Smith is now a scheming, backstabbing woman, June Harris (nod to Jonathan Harris) who steals a real Doctor’s identity. Parker Posey plays her as a garden-variety sociopath, which is a little disappointing. Had they kept the original foreign agent/saboteur back story it might have provided future seasons with some intriguing plotlines.

The contrast is even stronger in the Netflix show. Whereas the Robinsons are infinitely likeable, Doctor Smith is anything but. You cringe every time she appears on-screen. She is quite literally the snake in the Robinson’s compassionate Garden of Eden. And I can’t help but speculate that the contrast between the Robinsons and Doctor Smith is mirroring the contrast within our own society as certain elite sociopaths become more and more exposed, however I don’t necessarily believe this is intentional, yet an interesting commentary on polite society nevertheless as the Robinsons figure out what to do about their Doctor Smith.



About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

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https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/chinas-social-credit-score/

Here’s How China’s ‘Social Credit Score’ Punish And Reward Citizens, And It’s Terrifying

Source: Bored Panda

George Orwell’s 1984, Black Mirror S03-E01, Psycho Pass, The Orville and many others have all theorised how technology can make our lives better… or worse.

The future is now.

More info: imgur.com


Black Mirror | Nosedive Featurette [HD] | Netflix


Black Mirror Analysis: Nosedive

 

https://www.ksl.com/article/46396377/have-you-seen-this-entire-beach-covered-in-spiderwebs

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397221/anita-hill-says-integrity-of-us-supreme-court-at-stake-as-senate-considers-kavanaugh

The integrity of the Democratic Party is at stake. If any of the accusations are true, they waited until the 11th hour to bring anything to light. If any of the accusations are false, then the Democrats used them as political weapons and are degrading to women. Either way, America and her women lose.

https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-portal-cobras-situation-update.html

The Portal: Cobra’s Situation Update — September 26, 2018

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The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Situation Update

There is increased activity in the Galactic Center, leading to the final purification of all darkness and to completion of the Galactic network of Light, the Central Race bringing galactic high culture even to such backward places as planet Earth.

The Galaxy is a multidimensional mandala of Light and our Solar System sits at one of the more important intersection points of this mandala.

As a result of increased activity of the Galactic Central Sun, the tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust are becoming restless:

https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2018/09/signs-of-shift-the-number-of-global-earthquakes-over-the-last-30-days-is-over-50-above-normal/

And the wealthy “elite” are becoming increasingly afraid of the Event:

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/do-wealthy-elite-fear-the-event/

Throughout the Galaxy, in our stellar neighborhood and inside our Solar System, Galactic Confederation fleets are positioning themselves for the final liberation:

http://www.discerningthemystery.com/2018/09/did-hundreds-of-ufos-just-portal-into.html

Unfortunately, the dark forces are masters of deception, and they were able to funnel anomalous plasma from the Galactic halo located in the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy through plasma filaments (tunnels of Set) into the implants of beings inside our Solar System, since the Archon invasion of 1996 until very recently. This was one of the main reasons for many delays and one of the main reasons why many things went wrong:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2044260/Better-connected-Huge-cosmic-filament-link-galaxy-rest-Universe.html

This problem was recently taken care of and things will now proceed more rapidly.

What is now remaining are plasma toplet bombs close to the surface of the planet, remnants of plasma Yaldabaoth head and remnants of many lesser plasmoid entities, especially spider plasmoid entities that correspond to cities of surface human population.

Spider plasmoid entities are energetically connected with castles, palaces and leaders of Black Nobility:

https://www.geni.com/projects/Black-Nobility-Family-Heads/45989

Many Black Nobility castles have huge cellars and vast underground tunnel networks close to the surface that are used as child abuse centers.

They are using Khazarian negative vortex, which is located between Black Sea and Caspian Sea, to build facilities for Adrenochrome harvesting (warning, graphic material):

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-16/us-diplomats-involved-trafficking-human-blood-and-pathogens-secret-military-program

http://humansarefree.com/2018/09/the-horrible-truth-about-drug-called.html

Chimera- and Archon- controlled Negative Military is still also holding many extraterrestrials captive in extremely harsh conditions, thus enforcing one aspect of the Quarantine Earth:

https://www.exopolitics.org/extraterrestrials-interrogated-tortured-in-secret-underground-space-prisons/

The Archon Black Nobility families are using Trump to artificially polarize the public into the left/right paradigm, and to focus them away from the real source of the problem :

https://www.wanttoknow.info/g/donald-trump-polarizer

Trump is being partially controlled by his Jesuit/SMOM/Gaetani handlers:

https://ahuwahzeus583992924.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/trump/

Partially, he is (rarely) also listening to guidance of the Positive Military Intelligence, and the Positive Military Intelligence is tactically stroking his ego by encouraging Trump worship in alternative media through QAnon and other alternative channels, as opposed to Trump criticism in the Rothschild controlled mainstream media. This makes Trump more willing to follow the suggestions of Positive Military Intelligence.

Left/right paradigm is artificial. Both parties are controlled by the dark forces. As I have already said years ago, the Black Nobility families and the Jesuits are throwing Rothschild and Rockefeller factions under the bus to survive the transition intact, and current political divide is serving exactly that purpose.

Political left (Rothschild-controlled) is more inclined towards libertarian Luciferianism which is based on deep occult misunderstanding on the use of free will (Thelema), which they interpret as the permission to do whatever they want for selfish purposes. Luciferians are outcasts of mystery schools that did not pass the initiation tests.

Political right (Vatican-controlled) is more inclined towards Satanism, which occulty worships darkness as a principle. They believe in free will as a sacrifice to that darkness.

There is a brilliant plan of the Light Forces to end all this, and they have requested absolute radio silence about that Plan since the end of January 2018.

That request was not respected for the first time in late August when QAnon leaked intel about hacking of the spy satellites (Operation Keyhole). Later, David Wilcock released a few breadcrumbs about the Plan in his latest article, thankfully nothing significant. The Light Forces have communicated that they understand enthusiasm which comes when important operations are completed, but it is not over until it is over, and we all have to keep absolute silence about operations of the Light Forces that are underway.

This nightmare will be over, soon.

Victory of the Light!

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397057/apnewsbreak-80000-people-died-of-flu-last-winter-in-us

Making a bad year worse, the flu vaccine didn’t work very well. Experts nevertheless say vaccination is still worth it because it makes illnesses less severe and save lives.

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397230/orem-family-doing-whatever-necessary-to-stay-in-business

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397195/program-challenges-people-to-ditch-their-cars-for-30-days

https://www.ksl.com/article/46396722/does-microwaving-food-cause-nutrient-loss

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=108150

Christine Blasey Ford – Kavanaugh’s Accuser Proudly Posing with Soros ‘Photo’ & Ford’s High School Yearbook Scrubbed from Internet (Video)

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Date: Wednesday, 26-Sep-2018 02:03:39

Christine Blasey Ford – Kavanaugh’s Accuser Proudly Posing with Soros ‘Photo’ & Ford’s High School Yearbook Scrubbed from Internet – Damning Pics Surface (Video)

“A LIE IS A LIE…EVEN IF EVERYONE BELIEVES IT”.

TODAY NEWS
Published on Sep 20, 2018

On Monday, Christine Blasey Ford’s high school yearbooks were mysteriously scrubbed from the internet. As it turns out, those yearbooks allegedly contain some alarming evidence against the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her three and a half decades ago.

Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford claims that Judge Brett Kavanaugh “physically and sexually assaulted” her during a party in the early 80’s when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, although two other people Ford claims were present when the alleged assault took place have denied that it ever happened.

According to Infowars, cached images reportedly from Ford’s yearbooks, which cover her sophomore, junior, and senior years, the exact time frame when she claims the assault happened, portray a debauched environment of constant binge drinking and partying.

“Lastly one cannot fail to mention the climax of the junior social scene, the party,” reads one passage believed to be from her yearbook. “Striving to extend our educational experience beyond the confines of the classroom, we played such intellectually stimulating games as Quarters, Mexican Dice and everyone’s favorite, Pass-Out, which usually resulted from the aforementioned two.”

Another passage emphasizes how “loss of consciousness” at such parties meant that attendees only retained hazy memories of them. “And there were always parties to celebrate any occasion,” it reads. “Although these parties are no doubt unforgettable, they are only a memory lapse for most, since loss of consciousness is often an integral part of the party scene.”

One page from “Chrissy” Blasey’s senior yearbook also describes how the girls would act like sexual predators towards younger boys. “Other seniors preferred to expand their horizons and date younger men, usually sophomores, who could bring the vitality and freshness of innocence to a relationship,” the yearbook reads.

Another passage discusses a girl named Martha repeatedly throwing parties, one of which was attended by a male erotic dancer in gold g-string. “Cast parties, prom parties, post-game parties, pool parties, slumber parties, senior only parties, junior only parties – wherever you looked there were parties,” reads a passage from the yearbook dated 1982.

The Cult of the First Amendment blog claimed to have saved copies of the yearbooks before they were scrubbed from the internet:

On Monday Sept. 17th, Christine Blasey Ford’s high school yearbooks suddenly disappeared from the web. I read them days before, knew they would be scrubbed, and saved them. Why did I know they would be scrubbed? Because if roles were reversed, and Christine Blasey Ford had been nominated for the Supreme Court by President Trump, the headline by the resistance would be this:

CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD AND THE DRUNKEN WHITE PRIVILEGED RACIST PLAYGIRLS OF HOLTON-ARMS.

And it would be an accurate headline. That’s why the yearbooks have been scrubbed. They are a testament to the incredible power these girls had over their teachers, parents and the boys of Georgetown Prep, Landon and other schools in the area. In the pages below, you will see multiple photos and references to binge drinking and the accompanying joy of not being able to remember any of it.

These yearbooks are, therefore, relevant to the national investigation now being conducted in the media, in homes, and in the halls of Congress. And they should not have been scrubbed. If Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbooks are fair game, so are these.

These yearbooks allow us to glean a clearer picture of the girl Christine Blasey Ford was in high school, and after looking them over, it’s easy to see why she can’t recall key details of the night Brett Kavanaugh allegedly tried to rape her — it appears there is much about Ford’s high school years she cannot recall because of binge drinking.

This is the character of the woman we are dealing with. Meanwhile, the man she has accused of rape some 35-years-ago has a much different reputation. He has been lauded by friends, colleagues, and ex-girlfriends as a perfect gentleman.

Republicans have demanded that Blasey Ford testifies before Monday or the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh will move forward, but the judge’s accuser has refused. Now, with the credibility of her story rapidly falling apart, it is looking less and less likely that she will do so.

Video:

https://youtu.be/MxzrRLfe3WY

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https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/25/report-kavanaugh-accuser-ramirez-refuses-to-cooperate-with-senate-committee/

Report: Kavanaugh Accuser Ramirez Refuses to Cooperate with Senate Committee

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Deborah Ramirez, the second women to level sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, is refusing to cooperate in any way with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Washington Examiner reports that Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), a sitting member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told staffers Tuesday that Ramirez is refusing to cooperate in any way; she will not testify or even make a statement.

Speaking of Ramirez’s lawyer, Kennedy said, “Our counsel repeatedly tried to reach him. They finally did reach him, and he said, ‘We are not issuing a statement’. He said, ‘If you want our statement, read the New Yorker.’”

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According to others present when Kennedy made these remarks, he added that the “Read the New Yorker” comment was not a direct quote, just the way he interpreted it.

Any testimony given to the Committee, including a statement, would be considered under oath, which carries with it the risk of perjury and imprisonment. So far, everyone appears to agree that Ramirez has not issued a statement, nor has her attorney.

The only statement she has made is to the New Yorker, which does not carry any penalty for perjury.

For his part, according to the far-left Washington Post, Kavanaugh did speak to the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and once again denied the Ramirez allegations. During this particular call, Kavanaugh is considered to be under oath and if he is lying would face disgrace, disbarment, and jail time.

In a bombshell story co-authored by Ronan Farrow and published in the New YorkerSunday, Ramirez alleged that during a drunken 1983 party in a Yale dorm room, when both she and the Supreme Court nominee were freshman, Kavanaugh aggressively flashed her.

Ramirez’s story quickly unraveled, though, and did so on the pages of the New Yorker.

For starters, Farrow’s in-depth reporting detailed Ramirez’s memory problems. In part because she was so intoxicated on the night in question, for 35 years she could not remember who flashed her. It was only when Senate Democrats threatened to tell their version of the story and after she spent six days probing her memory with her attorney (a Democrat politician) that Ramirez agreed to name Kavanaugh.

Memory issues are just the beginning of the problems with the Ramirez allegation. Every single person she named as a witness has either said the flashing incident never happened or they did not recall it happening.

In other words, as is the case with Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, all the named witnesses either say this never happened or they cannot remember it happening.

As of now, whether or not Ford will testify under oath is also up in the air. After a week of delays and accommodations, Ford agreed to testify this Thursday. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), however, said on Tuesday that “I have no way of knowing” if she will show up.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels made famous by CNN, promised on Sunday that he had a third accuser who would come forward within 48 hours against Kavanaugh. On Tuesday, however, Avenatti not only appeared to walk back that promise, he also locked his Twitter account from public view.

 

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Another shoe drops every day

I was taken off guard by Accuser Christine Ford’s preference for Senators to directly question her. I thought she thought they were ‘biased’. Her new position, I hate Senate Majority Leader, though he is not on the Committee. Don’t have a Cow, Christinee

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/25/kavanaugh-hearing-once-again-in-doubt-as-christine-ford-raises-new-concerns.html

https://observernew.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-enemy-within.html#more

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Four congressional members of the enemy within identified

Blatant seditious conspiracy by four Democrat members of Congress who are demanding the FBI disobey President Trump
by Thomas Madison
The material in the documents President Trump plans to declassify is obviously very damaging to certain Democrats and their swamp rat brethren inside the federal government. So damaging, in fact, that four Democrat members of Congress have openly committed seditious conspiracy to prevent the documents, or parts thereof (redaction), from becoming public.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, and Mark Warner have sent a letter to the FBI demanding that they not release any of the documents President Trump has ordered released without first bringing the docs to them, ostensibly for their approval or disapproval.
These four swamp rats are openly committing seditious conspiracy by usurping the legitimate authority of the President of the United States.

The material in the documents President Trump plans to declassify is obviously very damaging to certain Democrats and their swamp rat brethren inside the federal government. So damaging, in fact, that four Democrat members of Congress have openly committed seditious conspiracy to prevent the documents, or parts thereof (redaction), from becoming public.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, and Mark Warner have sent a letter to the FBI demanding that they not release any of the documents President Trump has ordered released without first bringing the docs to them, ostensibly for their approval or disapproval.

These four swamp rats are openly committing seditious conspiracy by usurping the legitimate authority of the President of the United States.

§2384. Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

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courtesy of  The Powdered Wig Society

Knowledge Is Power: The New Realistic Observer is a non-profit blog dedicated to bringing as much truth as possible to the readers.

https://observernew.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-enemy-within.html#more

https://observernew.blogspot.com/2018/09/advisor-to-kavanaughs-accuser-was.html#.W60FyntKiUk

Monday, September 24, 2018

Advisor to Kavanaugh’s accuser was caught on audio in July predicting a coming plot to destroy nomination

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Kavanaugh circus: starring an inconsistent accuser and the obstructionist Dems “coming to her defense”

Update: just saw this,  long shot, but possible: /Thursday, September 20, 2018 BREAKING: FORMER SCALIA LAW CLERK Drops Pictures and Evidence That Blows Christine Ford’s Case Wide Open

For the sake of brevity while giving access to details, the following post contains many links which highlight different aspects of this story.
There are many disturbing issues and questions regarding the accusations against Kavanaugh, and they arebeginning to look very suspect. 
The entire issue of accuracy of memory comes into play especially since Ford cannot recall specific details. Even Ford’s Therapist Notes Don’t Back Up Her Story.

Furthermore, Ford’s own behavior as well as her political leanings and connections are coming to light and possibly clouding the issue:

*Kavanaugh Accuser Signed Letter Fighting Trump Border Enforcement
*Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyer is Vice Chair of Soros-Funded Organization Opposing Kavanaugh
*Kavanaugh Accuser’s Brother Worked for Law Firm that Paid Fusion GPS For Work with Russian Lawyer Who Set Up Trump Tower Meeting
*Kavanaugh accuser suffers cold feet when given chance to tell her story in public
(As of this writing, Ford’s lawyer is attempting to negotiate her appearance but states that a Monday hearing is impossible.)

Additionally, Classmate of Kavanaugh’s accuser deletes posts claiming allegations are true when story doesn’t add up

Here is just one of a plethora of links from women coming to his defense. One person who was designated as a witness states he was not at the party either. None of Kavanaugh’s  associates claim to have ever seen any inappropriate behavior and further stated that the allegation is totally against his character.

While all of the above does not necessarily on their own negate the veracity of her allegations, they certainly indicate that she is closely associated with those of an anti Trump bias.

Next, we come to Democrat behavior during the entire event.
‘What are Dems hiding?’ Grassley turns up the heat with an eye-opening demand for Feinstein

Is this the frosting on the cake?
Media Hits Democrats for Politicizing Kavanaugh Accusation
When they have lost CNN & MSNBC, their credibility is as good as over.

In summation, the the Dem’s entire handling of this and Feinstein’s eleventh hour disclosing of the letter reek of obvious obstructionism.

However, the objective is to put the GOP in a no win situation. If they bow to Dem demands, they will lose to more and more demands which will be de facto delaying tactics. If they stand firm, it might appear as though they are mistreating Ford and not giving her a chance to state her side of the story. Thus, public opinion could well turn against them no matter what the facts are.
The implementation of sleaze at its finest.

Sources for this article:
Legal Insurrection
Independent Sentinel
The Washington Examiner
The Washington Free Beacon
Biz Pac Review
The Geller Report
GOP USA
True Pundit
heavy.com

Knowledge Is Power: The New Realistic Observer is a non-profit blog dedicated to bringing as much truth as possible to the readers.

https://observernew.blogspot.com/2018/08/us-senator-now-steps-out-of-most-deadly.html#.W60GVXtKiUk

https://libertytreefriends.blogspot.com/2018/04/criminal-in-chief.html#.W60GdXtKiUk

Sunday, April 8, 2018

“Criminal In Chief”

“Criminal In Chief” — 78 Times President Obama Broke The Law During Presidency
Here’s a list of at least 75 times President Obama violated the Constitution and/or broke federal law during his presidency:

1) Illegally armed Mexican drug cartels and ISIS militants
In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration facilitated the sale of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and stopped tracking those weapons once they crossed the border so the administration could later blame the Second Amendment.
 “The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apparently ordered one of its own agents to purchase firearms with taxpayer money, and sell them directly to a Mexican drug cartel,” the New York Post reported. “Let that sink in: After months of pretending that ‘Fast and Furious’ was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling guns to the bad guys.”
Even more shocking, President Obama authorized a shipment of guns to the Syrian opposition, a.k.a. ISIS-linked militants, on the exact same day he demanded more gun control in response to the Oregon shooting.
“…The President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country,” CNN reported in October.
But virtually all of the rebels in Syria have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State since at least 2013.
“The Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council, the vaunted bulwarks of the moderate opposition, only really exist in hotel lobbies and the minds of Western diplomats,” Journalist Ben Reynolds wrote in November. “There is simply no real separation between ‘moderate’ rebel groups and hardline Salafists allied with al-Qaeda.”
2) Attempting to shut down gun stores outside of law
In a classic case of criminal racketeering, the U.S. Department of Justice was pressuring banks to refuse service to gun stores in a program entitled Operation Choke Point.
Under the program started in 2014 if not before, the DOJ was attempting to shut down legal gun dealers by coercing financial institutions to close the bank and merchant accounts associated with their businesses.
In 2012, Bank of America told a gun company, McMillan Group International, that because the company was expanding into firearms manufacturing, the bank no longer wanted McMillan’s business.
“We have to assess the risk of doing business with a firearms-related industry,” the bank’s representative told operations director Kelly McMillan.
And not long after, BitPay, a U.S.-based bitcoin processor, likewise refused to do business with gun dealer Michael Cargill of Central Texas Gunworks due to a similar policy.
3) Spent tax dollars to re-settle illegals inside U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has been purchasing bus tickets and vouchers for illegal immigrants in order to ship them deeper into the country at taxpayers’ expense, according to a McAllen, Texas city official.
“They’re not bringing them here, they’re bringing them to our bus terminals because that’s where the Border Patrol understands that they have transportation to go to the interior,” McAllen, Texas City Attorney Kevin Pagan said in an interview with Infowars. “So they’re dropping them off and it’s our understanding that they were dropped off with tickets or with vouchers for tickets, but it turns out that some of them tonight didn’t have their tickets or their vouchers for tickets, or like I said their buses are tomorrow, so they have no where to stay.”
Several months earlier, Obama ordered the Border Patrol to stand down from protecting the border and enforcing immigration laws.
“We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals,” Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart.
4) Using executive action to restrict Second Amendment
Obama decided to use his “pen and his phone” to enact gun control without Congressional approval.
“Without a Democratic majority in Congress, and faced with a GOP that is firmly against any form of gun control measures, Obama has repeatedly warned that he would act on his own,” Zero Hedge reported.
For one thing, Obama is attempting to require private sellers to conduct background checks.
“The action, officials explained, would include guidance on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will now determine who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms under federal law and, therefore, who is required to obtain a license to sell firearms,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Obama may also try and prevent people on the no-fly list from being able to purchase guns, which violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process by allowing the government to deprive people of their rights based only on suspicion.
Additionally, numerous law-abiding Americans have been wrongly placed on the No-Fly list due to false information, clerical errors or political persecution.
“The U.S. government maintains a massive watchlist system that risks stigmatizing hundreds of thousands of people – including U.S. citizens – as terrorism suspects based on vague, overbroad, and often secret standards and evidence,” the ACLU reported. “The consequences of being placed on a government watchlist can be far-reaching; they can include questioning, harassment, or detention by authorities, or even an indefinite ban on air travel.”
5) Illegally targeted conservative groups via IRS
Obama’s IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional “reviews” of their tax status applications.
Organizations with the phrases “tea party” or “patriot” in their names were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide information about their family members, their social media posts and a list of donors.
Obama had met with a key IRS official who was involved in the targeting just two days before the key official told his colleagues how to target conservative groups. The Daily Caller reported:
The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.
On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit “additional comments on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.
During Obama’s first four years as President, IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman made 157 visits to the White House.
“This is more visits to the White House – by a very large margin – than any other cabinet member during Obama’s first term,” Journalist Tim Brown revealed. “By comparison, during the four years that Mark Everson was IRS commissioner when Bush was president, Everson made only one visit to the White House.”
6) Secretly obtained phone records from Associated Press journalists
In May 2013, Associated Press reported:
“The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.”
Obtaining these phone records required approval from former Attorney General Eric Holder.
7) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval
Obama violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.
8) Expanded Bush’s unconstitutional government faith-based programs
Obama actually expanded the federal government’s faith based programs which had been started by President George W. Bush.
9) Supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act
Obama renewed the Patriot Act in 2011.
10) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges
Obama signed an unconstitutional bill that gave the U.S. government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without any charges being filed or any trial taking place.
11) Supports unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping
President Obama is a huge supporter of warrantless wiretapping.
12) Had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process
Obama had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process, to which then-U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said was an impeachable offense.
13) Ordered private company to fire 1,000 employees
After Boeing hired 1,000 new employees to work at its new factory in South Carolina in 2011, the Obama administration ordered the company to close it down because the factory was non-union.
14) Stole money from retired teachers and police officers
During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors.
“Upsetting this fixed hierarchy among creditors is just an illegal taking of property from one group of creditors for the benefit of another, which should be struck down on both statutory and constitutional grounds,” according to Richard A. Epstein, a law professor at New York University School of Law.
15) Fired Inspector General for discovering that Obama’s friend had embezzled government funds
Obama fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin in 2009 after Walpin accused Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, of misusing AmeriCorps funding to pay for political activities.
Later on, a bipartisan group of 145 current and former public officials and legal scholars signed a letter stating Walpin’s firing was politically motivated.
16) Lied about letting people keep their health insurance
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people… If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
But once it was passed, the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cause at least seven million people to lose their insurance.
17) Lied about the cost of Obamacare
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama promised:
“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”
However, not long after Obama signed it, the Washington Post reported it would add over $340 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.
18) Gave tax dollars to campaign contributors and lobbyists, and falsely claimed the money was for “green energy”
In 2009, the Obama administration gave $535 million to green-energy company Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs, but the company soon went bankrupt.
It was later revealed the company’s executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials.
19) Had “off the record” meetings with lobbyists
In June 2010, the New York Times said the Obama administration officials had held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists at coffee houses near the White House to avoid the disclosure requirements for White House visitors.
20) Had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican
President Obama had an armed SWAT team raid the Gibson guitar factory and seized guitars and other property from the factory – without any charges being filed.
Obama’s so-called justification for the raid was that Gibson had broken environmental laws from India regarding the imported wood that Gibson had been using, but C.F. Martin & Company, Gibsons’s competitor, had used the exact same imported wood.
The difference? Henry E. Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson, was a Republicandonor, whereas Chris Martin IV, the CEO of Martin, was a Democraticdonor.
21) Ignored constitutional requirements for appointees
Late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat, expressed concerns that Obama’s dozens of czars appointed in 2009 might violate the U.S. Constitution because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate.
Another Democrat, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, shared a similar sentiment.
22) Tried to outlaw family farms
The Obama administration wanted to eradicate family farms in 2012 by trying to prohibit farm children under 18 from working in various farm-related activities.
23) Auctioned off ambassadorship to the Netherlands
Obama nominated Timothy Broas to be U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands after Broas donated at least $500,000 to Obama’s 2012 campaign.
24) Made the TSA even more abusive and ridiculous than it had been under Bush
Under the Obama administration, the TSA has been giving very invasive pat-downs on young children which would otherwise constitute child molestation.
25) Illegally demanded monetary payment for Freedom of Information Act request
The Obama administration demanded the Goldwater Institute pay nearly $79,000 before it would share public records via the Freedom of Information Act.
26) Stole money from retired Delphi employees
Obama eliminated the pensions of 20,000 retired Delphi employees in 2009.
27) Used “off the books” funding for military interventionism
Anti-war activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same “off-the-books” funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when the president requested over $83 billion from Congress for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
28) Tried to silence criticism of auto-bailouts
The Obama administration pressured the Ford Motor Company to stop criticizing Obama’s bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler in a TV ad.
29) Tried to silence video on YouTube
Obama actually asked a Jewish singing group to take down its video from the Internet in 2011.
30) Illegally gave Obamacare exemptions to unions that supported the passage of Obamacare
Obama gave some of his favorite organizations an exemption from some Obamacare requirements.
Many of these organizations were unions that had supported the passage of Obamacare, but then afterwards wanted exemptions from the very same law they forced on everyone else.
The Constitution, however, requires the law to treat everyone as equals.
The Washington Times said of this:
“Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.”
“The now-familiar monthly trickling down of new waivers is, at best, a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failure. So far, seven entire states and 1,372 businesses, unions and other institutions have received waivers from the law. The list includes the administration’s friends and allies and, of course, those who have the best lobbyists.”
“More than 50 percent of the Obamacare waiver beneficiaries are union members, which is striking because union members account for less than 12 percent of the American work force. The same unions that provided more than $120 million to Democrats in the last two elections and, in many cases, openly campaigned in favor of the government takeover of your health care, now celebrate that Obamacare is not their problem.”
31) Defended Bush administration’s unconstitutional, unwarranted use of GPS device
The Obama administration opposed the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling against the Bush administration over the installation of a GPS tracking device on someone’s car without a warrant.
32) Was cited by nine states for committing 21 illegal acts
Attorneys General from nine states listed 21 illegal acts which had been committed by the Obama administration.
33) Tried to seize hotel because some of its customers had used illegal drugs
The Obama administration tried to shut down a mom-and-pop bed-and-breakfast because some if its guests had used illegal drugs.
34) Made recess appointments when Congress was not in recess
Obama violated the Constitution by making four recess appointments when Congress was not in recess in Jan. 2012.
A federal appeals court later ruled that Obama’s appointments had violated the Constitution.
35) Supports guns for himself and his wife, but opposes them for everyone else
President Obama signed a 2013 bill providing armed guards for himself and his wife for the rest of the lives.
But when Obama was an Illinois state senator in 2004, he voted againstcitizens keeping guns in their own homes to protect themselves and their families.
36) Approved giving 20 F-16 fighter jets to a Sharia dictatorship
Obama once gave 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt while it was under a Sharia dictatorship.
37) Violated the very same campaign finance laws that he claims to support
Obama’s 2012 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign finance laws.
38) Encouraged employers to switch their employees from full time to part time
The New York Times said Obamacare “sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”
In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, many businesses and even colleges switched some of their employees from full time to part time.
Leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE penned a 2013 letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi stating that Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
39) Had Freedom of Information Act record worse than Bush’s
when it came to honoring requests under the Freedom of Information Act, Obama’s record was far worse than that of George W. Bush.
40) Supports installation of hidden cameras on private property without a search warrant
Obama’s Justice Department once argued in favor of installing hidden cameras on private property without a search warrant.
41) Accepted illegal campaign contributions from foreign citizens
During an experiment, a non-U.S. citizen attempted to make two $5 donations to both Obama’s campaign and Mitt Romney’s campaign.
While the Romney campaign rejected both donations, the Obama website accepted them cheerfully.
42) Lied about the Benghazi attack
After four U.S. citizens were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in Sept. 2012, the Obama administration falsely claimed the attack was a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video at YouTube.
Even more, the Obama administration took an entire week before it acknowledged the attacks as terrorism.
And although the Obama administration made a dozen revisions to its versions of the incident, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carneyfalsely claimed that only a “single adjustment” had been made.
43) Complained to YouTube about an anti-Muslim video
The Obama administration actually phoned YouTube in 2012 to complain about an anti-Muslim video.
“It does make us nervous when the government throws its weight behind any requests for censorship,” Ben Wizner of the ACLU said.
44) Falsely said that Fast and Furious was started when Bush was President
Obama lied when he said Fast and Furious had “begun under the previous administration” in 2012.
Fast and Furious actually began around September 2009, months after Bush left office.
45) Illegally refused to fire Kathleen Sebelius after she violated campaign finance laws
Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, was caught violating campaign finance laws in 2012, but despite federal law requiring Obama to fire her over the illegal activity, he refused to do so.
46) Gave special access to people who raised or donated $500,000
People who raised or donated at least $500,000 to Organizing for Action, a pro-Obama political group, would be given “the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House.”
47) Adopted harmful new restrictions on prescription painkillers – even though the House had already voted against them
The Obama administration ignored the House’s rejection of new restrictions on prescription painkillers by adopting them anyway.
48) Illegally refused to submit a budget on time during four of his first five years
Despite being legally required to submit a budget by the first Monday in February, Obama broke this law at least four times.
In contrast, since 1921, no President had missed this deadline more than once.
49) Fined UPS $40 million because some of its customers had used UPS to ship illegal drugs
Obama forced UPS to pay $40 million in 2013 because some of its customers had used the company to ship illegal drugs.
50) Added 20,000 extra pages to Obamacare without Congressional approval
After Obamacare was passed, Obama added 20,000 extra pages to it even though those extra pages were not voted on by Congress.
51) Waited until after the 2012 election to release unpopular Obamacare rules
The New York Times reported in 2013:
… even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.
… the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election.
Everything is turning out to be more complicated than originally envisioned.
A law that was very confusing has become mind-boggling… Americans are just going to be overwhelmed and befuddled. Many are just going to stay away, even if they are eligible for benefits.
52) Tried to rig federal auctions of radio spectrum space
The Obama administration was trying to rig federal auctions of radio spectrum space in a manner that would favor Sprint and T-Mobile over its competitors.
53) Put someone in jail for making an anti-Muslim video
Politico reported in 2013:
“Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.”
“You won’t find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn’t be in jail today if he hadn’t produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.”
“In the weeks after the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, the Obama administration claimed the terrorist assault had been the outgrowth of a demonstration against the Nakoula video. The administration ran public service announcements in Pakistan featuring President Barack Obama saying the U.S. had nothing to do with it. In a speech at the United Nations around this time, the president declared – no doubt with Nakoula in mind – ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.’”
54) Rewarded one of his biggest campaign fundraisers by nominating him for the ambassadorship to Canada
Obama nominated Bruce Heyman to be the ambassador to Canada in 2013after Heyman raised more than $1 million for Obama.
55) Asked contractors to disclose their political donations before bidding on government contracts
Obama asked contractors to disclose their political donations before bidding on federal contracts in 2011.
56) Falsely accused a law abiding news reporter of being “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation
The Obama administration falsely labeled Fox contributor James Rosen as “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation when it applied for a warrant to read his emails.
The New York Times reported:
With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.
Leak investigations usually focus on the source, not the reporter. But, in this case, federal prosecutors also asked a federal judge for permission to examine Mr. Rosen’s personal e-mails, arguing that “there is probable cause to believe” Mr. Rosen is “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leak.
Though Mr. Rosen was not charged, the F.B.I. request for his e-mail account was granted secretly in late May 2010. The government was allowed to rummage through Mr. Rosen’s e-mails for at least 30 days.
The Washington Post also said:
“The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of.
To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job – seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public – deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based. Guns? Privacy? Due process? Equal protection? If you can’t speak out, you can’t defend those rights, either.
Beyond that, the administration’s actions shatter the president’s credibility and discourage allies who would otherwise defend the administration against bogus accusations such as those involving the Benghazi “talking points.” If the administration is spying on reporters and accusing them of criminality just for asking questions – well, who knows what else this crowd is capable of doing?”
57) Asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate himself for lying under oath
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath when he said he had nothing to do with monitoring the emails of Fox reporter James Rosen, even though his own signature on the search warrant.
In response, Obama asked Holder to investigate himself!
58) Used Obamacare to illegally give the IRS additional powers without approval from Congress
The Washington Post reported in 2013:
[Obamacare] allows the Department of Health and Human Services to set up federal health exchanges in the holdout states. But the statute makes no mention of the IRS providing credits and subsidies through federal exchanges.
The IRS resolved this conundrum by denying its existence. In a May 2012 regulatory ruling, it asserted its own right to provide credits outside the state exchanges as the reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous law. But the language of the law is not ambiguous. And health scholars Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, in an exhaustive recent analysis, find no justification for the IRS’s ruling in the legislative history of Obamacare….
So: The IRS seized the authority to spend about $800 billion over 10 years on benefits that were not authorized by Congress.
59) Illegally solicited donations from health insurers
In May 2013, Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius illegally solicited donations from health insurers to help pay for Obamacare.
60) Proposed military interventionism in Syria
Obama proposed the U.S. oust the Syrian government in 2013 by military action.
61) Refused to fire or prosecute more than 1,000 IRS employees who illegally used their IRS credit cards for their own personal use
Obama refused to fire or prosecute more than 1,000 IRS employees illegally used their IRS credit cards for personal purchases.
62) Had the Secret Service visit a law abiding citizen who had criticized his policies on Twitter
Obama ordered the Secret Service to visit the home of Tom Francois, a law abiding citizen who had criticized Obama’s policies on Twitter in 2013.
The Secret Service later admitted that Francois had not made any threats against the president.
63) Had the IRS grant special, illegal favors for his brother’s so-called “charity”
The Daily Caller reported the IRS had taken the “unprecedented” step of approving a non-profit application within just one month from the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a so-called “charity” which was headed by Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s brother.
Additionally, the IRS illegally gave retroactive approval for the organization’s tax exempt status and had illegally solicited tax deductible donations even though it did not have legal approval to do so.
64) Illegally bypassed Congress to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate
In July 2013, Obama delayed the employer mandate part of Obamacare until January 2015, even though Congress set it to begin a year prior.
Obama effectively rewrote a law without approval from Congress, which is highly illegal.
65) Illegally forced 2,200 privately owned auto dealerships to close, which destroyed 120,000 jobs
Obama cost 120,000 people their jobs by illegally forced 2,200 privately owned auto dealerships to close in 2009.
66) Gave 23,994 tax refunds worth a total of $46,378,040 to illegal aliens who all used the same address
The IRS gave nearly 24,000 tax refunds worth a total of nearly $47 million to illegal aliens in 2011 using the same address in Atlanta, Ga.
67) Used tax money to pay federal employees to organize protests against George Zimmerman
Obama actually used tax money to pay federal employees to organizeprotests against George Zimmerman in 2012.
68) Illegally continued giving foreign aid to Egypt after it had a coup
The Obama administration said it would illegally continue giving foreign aid to Egypt after its coup.
69) Broke promise to end Bush’s surveillance of U.S. citizens who were not suspected of committing a crime
Obama lied when he said he would end Bush’s illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens not suspected of committing a crime.
70) Falsely guaranteed that people could keep their doctor
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
“Here is a guarantee that I’ve made… If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.”
This was a complete lie.
71) Illegally seized a privately owned gun from a law abiding citizen
After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty, the Obama administrationannounced it would seize his gun anyway, a violation of both the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.
72) Illegally prevented individual employees of small businesses from choosing their own plan during the first year of Obamacare
Obamacare requires that individual employees of small businesses be allowed to choose their own insurance plan during the first year of Obamacare, but the Obama administration kept them from doing so.
73) Illegally avoided enforcing the required income verification of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges
The Obama administration refuses to verify the income of people whoreceive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges.
74) Illegally delayed the caps on out of pocket health care payments without Congressional approval
Obama once again illegally rewrote Obamacare by delaying payment caps for one year.
75) Falsely said the NSA review was being conducted by an “independent” body</strong
Obama assigned National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who had falsely testified to Congress that the NSA was not collecting information on U.S. citizens, to establish an “independent” investigation of NSA surveillance.
The list doesn’t need to end at 75:
76) Nominated a telecommunications lobbyist and Obama fundraiser to head the FCC
Obama nominated former cable TV lobbyist and Obama fundraiser Tom Wheeler to head the FCC in 2013. Wheeler had previously been the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, which is a lobbying organization for the cable TV industry.
77) Tried to violate defendants’ right to a fair trial
In August 2013, Reuters reported:
“A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.”
78) Threatened internet service providers with contempt of court if they did not install surveillance software
The Obama administration had pressured internet service providers to install surveillance software in 2013 so that it could monitor internet traffic without a warrant, a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

by Claire Bernish

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DOJ Sends Boeing 757 To Little Rock, Federal Agents Load Boxes Of Documents

 A local radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas, reported a Boeing 757-223 with tail number N119NA had been spotted with Department of Justice employees loading boxes of documents onto the plane on Wednesday.

“People have been asking about our story yesterday about federal agents loading boxes in a Boeing 757 at Little Rock Airport,” said Doc Washburn of Newsradio 102.9 KARN. “They want to know how we know the boxes contain documents from the Clinton Foundation. We don’t. But we can’t think of anything else it would have been. They also want to know how we knew it was owned by the US Department of Justice. Here’s the proof!”

 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

#METOO HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED

President Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, at the White House on July 9, 2018. (Associated Press) ** FILE **
President Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, at the White House on July 9, 2018

‘#MeToo has been weaponized’

It seems like years since Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh first appeared with President Trump at the White House as a newly minted Supreme Court nominee, accompanied by his family and applauded by peers. That was the evening of July 9. The calm promise of those early days quickly gave way to raucous protests, disrupted Senate hearings, explosive media coverage, partisan distractions, and feminist uprisings. Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently declared that he has never seen the nation’s capital “crazier, more paranoid, tenser or more dumb.”
 
Yes, well. Some observers are just plain fatigued by one particular aspect of it all.
 

“I am tired of Democrats telling women when we should feel victimized. #MeToo has quickly evolved into terrorism. Winning by whining isn’t going to work,” says Christine Flowers, a syndicated columnist, talk radio host and immigration lawyer who in the past has described the #MeToo activism showcased during the Kavanaugh controversy as a “Trojan horse” sent to destroy conservatism.

 

“The direct attack on Brett Kavanaugh seems designed to target the poster boy for conservatism: pro-family, pro-life, pro-faith, pro free markets, pro-limited government. The attack on his character is exactly the sort of sexy, salacious salvo that you would expect from progressives who have gone from legitimate and balanced protest to the estrogen-fueled hysteria of the Women’s March,” Ms. Flowers recently wrote.

 

Things may not go as planned, though.

 

“I think that the #MeToo movement has had the opposite effect than the one feminists had hoped for, especially as we see how it has impacted the Kavanaugh nomination. It has alienated many moderate-to-conservative women who understand that sexual abuse is a problem, but who are angered at the way that #MeToo has been weaponized to advance a political agenda, namely, get Democratic women elected to office for the midterms and beyond,” Ms. Flowers tells Inside the Beltway.

 

“As someone who, in my immigration practice, deals regularly with women who are seeking asylum precisely because they have been abused — watching as the topic of abuse has been trivialized, monetized and politicized — is troubling and infuriating,” she says.

 
‘THEY’RE NOT HUMAN POLYGRAPHS’
 
Simple question: should the FBI investigate the Kavanaugh matter? That is what CBS “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson asked Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
 
“One of the questions that Christine Blasey Ford has said is that she would have liked the FBI to do a kind of neutral fact-finding on this. What do you think about that?” Mr. Dickerson asked his guest.
 
“I’m a big fan of the FBI, John, but they don’t investigate sex assault cases. There are very, very few federal sex assault cases. So my first question would be: The FBI to investigate what? There’s no crime scene to process, there are no forensics to evaluate. What the FBI could do is go interview Dr. Ford and interview Judge Kavanaugh. But they’ve already interviewed Judge Kavanaugh. And even if they did interview Dr. Ford she still has to testify,” replied Mr. Gowdy, who spent a combined 16 years as a federal prosecutor and district attorney in his state.
 
“So the only role I can see the bureau playing is identifying other witnesses that may have knowledge. Some of that’s already been done by Dr. Ford. Judge Kavanaugh’s defense is he wasn’t there so you wouldn’t expect him to produce witnesses. But I don’t know what people expect the FBI to do. They’re not human polygraphs so they can’t tell us who’s telling the truth,” Mr. Gowdy concluded.
 
GOP: PREPARED AND READY
 
The Republican Party is staying on task as elections loom; money and ground game is in fine fettle. The Republican National Committee has raised $243.6 million to date, compared to $125.8 million for their Democratic counterparts. And between the RNC and three sister party organizations dedicated to Senate, House and gubernatorial races, there is now $590.9 million in the Republican treasure chest. The DNC and its three respective groups have $491.7 million.
 
The GOP also quietly reveals that it has built “a massive field operation that Democrats simply can’t match” — which includes 540 paid staffers in 28 states, 22,800 trained Republican leadership “fellows, and thousands of dedicated volunteers who so far have forged 38 million voter contacts by knocking on doors and making phone calls.
 
“History could be against us, but the RNC is 100 percent committed to doing whatever we can to protect our House and Senate majorities this fall,” observes Michael Ahrens, the RNC’s very busy “rapid response director.”
 
THIRD PARTY FERVOR
 
The national Libertarian Party reports that their voter registration has surged 92 percent in recent years, while the number of registered Democrats has declined by 8 percent, Republicans by 5 percent.
 
“Democrats and Republicans are also being battered by people leaving their tribes to register as independents — up 19 percent in the last 10 years. Despite all this, the exclusion of viable Libertarian Party candidates from debates in contested elections is reaching new highs,” the party noted in a new analysis. “Despite concerted efforts by the Democratic and Republican political duopoly, along with a fossilized media landscape, about 800 Libertarian Party candidates are in it to win it this November.”
 
POLL DU JOUR
 
• 54 percent overall think President Trump “cares about the needs and problems” of those affected by Hurricane Florence.
 
• 51 percent overall say the federal government “did a good job” preparing for Florence; 79 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 39 percent of Democrats agree.
 
• 51 percent overall say the federal government “responded as fast as it could” to Florence; 78 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats agree.
 
• 43 percent approve of the way Mr. Trump has responded to Hurricane Florence; 77 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of independents and 21 percent of Democrats agree.
 
Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 16-18.
 
• Insight and stray facts to jharper@washingtontimes.com
 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

NAVY RELEASES McCAIN’s RECORDS…John McCain was a ‘rat’ or ‘stoolie’ ….Traitor

NAVY RELEASES McCAIN’s RECORDS – McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy

Donald Trump Was ‘Spot On’ Relating To John McCain’s Military Career & Records

John McCain was a ‘rat’ or ‘stoolie’ telling on other U.S. officers being held captive at the Hanoi Hilton prison.  When McCain first went to Congress, members of Congress turned their backs on him and did not communicate with him because of this, and also how he disgraced the military and his fellow officers who were severely punished by the North Vietnam guards and commanders of the Communist prison by McCain ratting them out.  I am also led to believe that McCain was referred to as ‘the canary’ by the other officers for telling or squealing on the others.  If you search the internet you will find some of these articles about what McCain did to his fellow officers in captivity and the stories of the other brave officers who reported on McCain upon returning to the United States.  He was also given special treatment by the communists while in prison because his father was a 4 star Admiral.  Donald Trump was and is CORRECT!
McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy. That catastrophe, with 27 dead and over 100 wounded trumps McCain’s record as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
The Navy released John McCain’s military record after a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press. The record is packed with information on McCain’s medals and commendations but little else.  The one thing that the McCain campaign does not want to see released is the record of McCain’s antics on board the USS Forestal in 1967.  McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy.  That catastrophe, with 27 dead and over 100 wounded trumps McCain’s record as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
WMR has learned additional details regarding the deadly fire aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Forrestal, on July 19, 1967, in the Gulf of Tonkin.  The additional details point to then-Lt. Commander John McCain playing more of a role in triggering the fire and explosions than previously reported.
On January 16, 2006, WMR reported that according to a US Navy sailor who was aboard the Forrestal on the fateful day of the fire, “McCain and the Forrestal’s skipper, Capt. John K. Beling were warned about the danger of using M-65 1000-lb. bombs manufactured in 1935, which were deemed too dangerous to use during World War II and, later, on B-52 bombers.  The fire from the Zuni missile misfire resulted in the heavy 1000 pound bombs being knocked loose from the pylons of McCain’s A-4 aircraft, which were only designed to hold 500-pound bombs.”
WMR further reported, “The unstable bombs had a 60-second cook-off threshold in a fire situation and this warning was known to both Beling and McCain prior to the disaster.”   WMR also cited the potential that McCain’s Navy records were used against him by the neo-cons in control of the Pentagon.  “The neo-cons, who have had five years to examine every file within the Department of Defense, have likely accessed documents that could prove embarrassing to McCain, who was on board the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967, and whose A-4 Skyhawk was struck by an air-to-ground Zuni missile that had misfired from an F-4 Phantom.”
WMR has been informed that crewmen aboard the Forrestal have provided additional information about the Forrestal incident.  It is believed by many crewmen and those who have investigated the case that McCain deliberately “wet-started” his A-4E to shake up the guy in the plane behind his A-4.  “Wet-starts”, done either deliberately or accidentally, shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft.
In McCain’s case, the “wet-start” apparently “cooked off” and launched the Zuni rocket from the rear F-4 that touched off the explosions and massive fire.  The F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration.  “Wet starting” was apparently a common practice among young “hot-dog” pilots.
McCain was quickly transferred to the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred).  Three months later, McCain was shot down over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967.
As WMR previously reported, at the time of the Forrestal disaster, McCain’s father, Admiral John McCain, Jr., was Commander-in-Chief of US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) and was busy covering up the details of the deadly and pre-meditated June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the NSA spy ship, the USS Liberty.  [John McCain is one of the best cases against military ‘nepotism’ in American history.]
The fact that both McCains were involved in two incidents just weeks apart that resulted in a total death count of 168 on the Forrestal and the Liberty, with an additional injury count of 234 on both ships (with a number of them later dying from their wounds) with an accompanying classified paper trail inside the Pentagon, maybe all that was needed to hold a Sword of Damocles over the head of the “family honor”-oriented McCain by the neo-cons.
WMR has also been informed by knowledgeable sources, including an ex-Navy A-4 pilot, the “wet-start game” was a common occurrence.  However, it is between “very unlikely” and “impossible” for the Forrestal “wet start” to have been accidental.  “Wet starts” were later rendered impossible by automated engine controls.

From: NATIONAL VIETNAM P.O.W. STRIKEFORCE

To: CBS News, 10/12/97

You did not do your homework well enough on “Hanoi John” McCain. If you had read the lengthy article about him in the April 1973 issue of U.S. News and World Report, you would have seen that in none of his quotes did he allege torture, except from the irate civilians at the scene of his crash. Once in captivity, he lived in relative splendor compared to his hapless cohorts who refused to denounce America on the radio and paid for their patriotism in blood, literally. Here are some other facts your sloppy journalism omitted:

(1) USAF Major Overly could not have cared for McCain’s “wounds” for very long; he collaborated and accepted early release in less than five months from shootdown.

(2) Another of McCain’s roommates “disappeared” and was not released at Homecoming I. McCain was kept in the camp for “progressives” (collaborators) and away from “reactionaries” (John Wayne types who spit in the face of their torturers). Other roommates were Day and Flynn, both of whom made propaganda broadcasts along with McCain urging pilots to return to carriers and soldiers to surrender.

(3) McCain returned from communist captivity 10 pounds heavier.

(4) Patricia O’Grady, daughter of a POW/MIA, on a visit to Hanoi to look for her father, was given a tour of the “Hanoi Hilton” prison. They showed her McCain’s cell. It had a writing desk, a large bed, a goldfish bowl, a flush toilet and a nice window of downtown Hanoi out the window.

(5) Both North Vietnamese Generals Giap and Bui Tin met with McCain in his cell. No other returned POWs reported meeting with high-ranking generals. I have a picture of McCain enjoying a large plate of food while talking to a Soviet KGB officer in the Foreign Ministry. A Soviet doctor was rushed to Hanoi to treat his wounds.

(6) In personal conversations I have had with General Bui Tin, he assured me they never touched McCain, saying that since he was the son of the CINCPACFLT Admiral, “He too important”.

(7) McCain said in 1973, he sustained his ordeal with his “love for his wife”. In a matter of months, he had dumped her for a woman 1/3rd his age whose father owned the Coors Beer franchise in Phoenix. (His good friend Senator Kerry, about the same time, dumped his wife after fornicating with Jane Fonda.) McCain also has a secret “wife” in Hanoi and an illegitimate son.

(8) McCain would sit beside with army officers at a table when newly-captured pilots arrived and urged them to cooperate.

(9) McCain viciously fought against the formation of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA and then got on it and sabotaged any hopes of finding real answers. He called me and others crooks profiteering on the issue, yet he is the biggest loot recipient of the Keating Five.

(10) If the “Crowned Prince” of the “Plantation” does not stop his outlandish lies about his “torture”, several of his fellow POW’s “will” soon break their “code of silence”. McCain is a brainwashed Manchurian candidate who has fawningly supported Hanoi and the Communist Bloc countries ever since he entered Congress. The man is a liar, a traitor, and a crook. Any senator who uses the word “scumbag” 20 times a day addressing his employees is not fit to serve.

Also, CBS, you went on to a segment of a Latino who was on death row (wrongfully) in a “miscarriage of justice”. The biggest “MOJ” of this decade would be for traitor and Hanoi lover McCain to continue in office after the 1998 elections.

John McCain: Traitor

Forbidden Knowledge TV

Feb. 3, 2015
Earl Hopper spent 30 years with the Army in Airborne Special Services and with Army Intelligence and he was a founding member of the National League of Families, dedicated to returning living POWs and MIAs of the Vietnam War.
He and those interviewed allege that the narrative propagated by McCain, of his five and a half years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam is about as far from the truth as one could possibly imagine.  They allege that McCain, from the very first moments of his capture, behaved as a COLLABORATOR and propaganda tool for his North Vietnamese captors.
McCain is described as engaging in no less than 30, and up to 38 anti-American propaganda broadcasts for Radio Hanoi during the period of his captivity.
Far from the image of the dedicated American “hero” sweating it out in a North Vietnamese prisoner’s “hotbox” for five and half years, McCain was observed by fellow prisoners to be receiving special treatment by his captors, who were fully aware of his father’s and grandfather’s 4-star Admiral positions with the US Navy.
Not a single contemporary captive interviewed here ever witnessed McCain’s alleged “torture” at the hands of his jailers and the consensus opinion of the other POWs in McCain’s camps was that McCain was actually NEVER tortured by the North Vietnamese.
McCain’s disgraceful and wholly reprehensible conduct (along with that of John Kerry) during the 1991-93 Senate Committee on POW/MIAs, where McCain made massive efforts to block the release of classified documents and is described here as the person who did the “most harm” to the movement of families who wanted to rescue any remaining loved ones, left behind in Vietnam and Laos.
McCain is described by those interviewed in this clip as perhaps the person who did the most to quash this movement – and they suspect that this was because he didn’t want the truth to be revealed by them.
To them, his actions leave no doubt that McCain is a traitor to this country and its veterans and especially, to the [POWs and MIAs and their families].
By Sydney Schanberg
July 1, 2010
[QUOTING:]
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.  Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
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John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.  Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.  Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign.  Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions.  McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small.  There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.”  This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
Mass of Evidence
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years.  What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.  The chairman was John Kerry.  McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s.  He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise.  McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993.  The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords.  The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
Throughout the Paris negotiations, the North Vietnamese tied the prisoner issue tightly to the issue of reparations.  They were adamant in refusing to deal with them separately.  Finally, in a Feb. 2, 1973, formal letter to Hanoi’s premier, Pham Van Dong, Nixon pledged $3.25 billion in “postwar reconstruction” aid “without any political conditions.”  But he also attached to the letter a codicil that said the aid would be implemented by each party “in accordance with its own constitutional provisions.”  That meant Congress would have to approve the appropriation, and Nixon and Kissinger knew well that Congress was in no mood to do so.  The North Vietnamese, whether or not they immediately understood the double-talk in the letter, remained skeptical about the reparations promise being honored—and it never was.  Hanoi thus appears to have held back prisoners—just as it had done when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and withdrew their forces from Vietnam. In that case, France paid ransoms for prisoners and brought them home.
 
In a private briefing in 1992, high-level CIA officials told me that as the years passed and the ransom never came, it became more and more difficult for either government to admit that it knew from the start about the unacknowledged prisoners.  Those prisoners had not only become useless as bargaining chips but also posed a risk to Hanoi’s desire to be accepted into the international community.  The CIA officials said their intelligence indicated strongly that the remaining men—those who had not died from illness or hard labor or torture—were eventually executed.
My own research, detailed below, has convinced me that it is not likely that more than a few—if any—are alive in captivity today.  (That CIA briefing at the Agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters was conducted “off the record,” but because the evidence from my own reporting since then has brought me to the same conclusion, I felt there was no longer any point in not writing about the meeting.)
For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs.  That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary.  Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.
McCain’s Role
An early and critical McCain secrecy move involved 1990 legislation that started in the House of Representatives.  A brief and simple document, it was called “the Truth Bill” and would have compelled complete transparency about prisoners and missing men.  Its core sentence reads: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records held or received by that department or agency.”
Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon (and thus McCain), the bill went nowhere. Reintroduced the following year, it again disappeared.  But a few months later, a new measure, known as “the McCain Bill,” suddenly appeared.  By creating a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the documents could emerge—only records that revealed no POW secrets—it turned the Truth Bill on its head.  The McCain bill became law in 1991 and remains so today. So crushing to transparency are its provisions that it actually spells out for the Pentagon and other agencies several rationales, scenarios, and justifications for not releasing any information at all—even about prisoners discovered alive in captivity.  Later that year, the Senate Select Committee was created, where Kerry and McCain ultimately worked together to bury the evidence.
McCain was also instrumental in amending the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been strengthened in 1995 by POW advocates to include criminal penalties, saying, “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.”  A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, McCain, at the behest of the Pentagon, attached a crippling amendment to the act, stripping out its only enforcement teeth, the criminal penalties, and reducing the obligations of commanders in the field to speedily search for missing men and to report the incidents to the Pentagon.
About the relaxation of POW/MIA obligations on commanders in the field, a public McCain memo said, “This transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the [battle] field to Washington.”  He wrote that the original legislation, if left intact, “would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”
McCain argued that keeping the criminal penalties would have made it impossible for the Pentagon to find staffers willing to work on POW/MIA matters. That’s an odd argument to make.  Were staffers only “willing to work” if they were allowed to conceal POW records?  By eviscerating the law, McCain gave his stamp of approval to the government policy of debunking the existence of live POWs.
McCain has insisted again and again that all the evidence—documents, witnesses, satellite photos, two Pentagon chiefs’ sworn testimony, aborted rescue missions, ransom offers apparently scorned—has been woven together by unscrupulous deceivers to create an insidious and unpatriotic myth. He calls it the “bizarre rantings of the MIA hobbyists.”  He has regularly vilified those who keep trying to pry out classified documents as “hoaxers,” “charlatans,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “dime-store Rambos.”
Some of McCain’s fellow captives at Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi didn’t share his views about prisoners left behind.  Before he died of leukemia in 1999, retired Col. Ted Guy, a highly admired POW and one of the most dogged resisters in the camps, wrote an angry open letter to the senator in an MIA newsletter—a response to McCain’s stream of insults hurled at MIA activists. Guy wrote, “John, does this [the insults] include Senator Bob Smith [a New Hampshire Republican and activist on POW issues] and other concerned elected officials?  Does this include the families of the missing where there is overwhelming evidence that their loved ones were ‘last known alive’?  Does this include some of your fellow POWs?”
It’s not clear whether the taped confession McCain gave to his captors to avoid further torture has played a role in his postwar behavior in the Senate. That confession was played endlessly over the prison loudspeaker system at Hoa Lo—to try to break down other prisoners—and was broadcast over Hanoi’s state radio.  Reportedly, he confessed to being a war criminal who had bombed civilian targets.  The Pentagon has a copy of the confession but will not release it.  Also, no outsider I know of has ever seen a non-redacted copy of the debriefing of McCain when he returned from captivity, which is classified but could be made public by McCain.
[In an interview with 60 Minutes in 1997, McCain mentioned the confession his North Vietnamese captors forced him to write: “I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people.  I intentionally bombed women and children.” The truth, of course, is that what McCain wrote under duress is actually an accurate statement. –https://www.lewrockwell.com/ 2008/ 09/ laurence-]
All humans have breaking points.  Many men undergoing torture give confessions, often telling huge lies so their fakery will be understood by their comrades and their country.  Few will fault them. But it was McCain who apparently felt he had disgraced himself and his military family.  His father, John S. McCain II, was a highly regarded rear admiral then serving as commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific.  His grandfather was also a rear admiral.
In his bestselling 1999 autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, McCain says he felt bad throughout his captivity because he knew he was being treated more leniently than his fellow POWs, owing to his high-ranking father and thus his propaganda value.  Other prisoners at Hoa Lo say his captors considered him a prize catch and called him the “Crown Prince,” something McCain acknowledges in the book.
Also in this memoir, McCain expresses guilt at having broken under torture and given the confession.  “I felt faithless and couldn’t control my despair,” he writes, revealing that he made two “feeble” attempts at suicide.  (In later years, he said he tried to hang himself with his shirt and guards intervened.)  Tellingly, he says he lived in “dread” that his father would find out about the confession.  “I still wince,” he writes, “when I recall wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.”
He says that when he returned home, he told his father about the confession, but “never discussed it at length”—and the admiral, who died in 1981, didn’t indicate he had heard anything about it before.  But he had.  In the 1999 memoir, the senator writes, “I only recently learned that the tape … had been broadcast outside the prison and had come to the attention of my father.”
Is McCain haunted by these memories?  Does he suppress POW information because its surfacing would rekindle his feelings of shame?  On this subject, all I have are questions.
Many stories have been written about McCain’s explosive temper, so volcanic that colleagues are loath to speak openly about it.  One veteran congressman who has observed him over the years asked for confidentiality and made this brief comment: “This is a man not at peace with himself.”
He was certainly far from calm on the Senate POW committee. He browbeat expert witnesses who came with information about unreturned POWs. Family members who have personally faced McCain and pressed him to end the secrecy also have been treated to his legendary temper.  He has screamed at them, insulted them, brought women to tears.  Mostly his responses to them have been versions of: How dare you question my patriotism?  In 1996, he roughly pushed aside a group of POW family members who had waited outside a hearing room to appeal to him, including a mother in a wheelchair.
But even without answers to what may be hidden in the recesses of McCain’s mind, one thing about the POW story is clear: if American prisoners were dishonored by being written off and left to die, that’s something the American public ought to know about. 10 Key Pieces of Evidence That Men Were Left Behind
1.    In Paris, where the Vietnam peace treaty was negotiated, the United States asked Hanoi for the list of American prisoners to be returned, fearing that Hanoi would hold some prisoners back.  The North Vietnamese refused, saying they would produce the list only after the treaty was signed. Nixon agreed with Kissinger that they had no leverage left, and Kissinger signed the accord on Jan. 27, 1973 without the prisoner list.  When Hanoi produced its list of 591 prisoners the next day, U.S. intelligence agencies expressed shock at the low number.  Their number was hundreds higher. The New York Times published a long, page-one story on Feb. 2, 1973, about the discrepancy, especially raising questions about the number of prisoners held in Laos, only nine of whom were being returned.  The headline read, in part, “Laos POW List Shows 9 from U.S.—Document Disappointing to Washington as 311 Were Believed Missing.”  And the story, by John Finney, said that other Washington officials “believe the number of prisoners [in Laos] is probably substantially higher.”  The paper never followed up with any serious investigative reporting—nor did any other mainstream news organization.
2.    Two Defense secretaries who served during the Vietnam War testified to the Senate POW committee in September 1992 that prisoners were not returned. James Schlesinger and Melvin Laird, both speaking at a public session and under oath, said they based their conclusions on strong intelligence data—letters, eyewitness reports, even direct radio contacts. Under questioning, Schlesinger chose his words carefully, understanding clearly the volatility of the issue: “I think that as of now that I can come to no other conclusion … some were left behind.”  This ran counter to what President Nixon told the public in a nationally televised speech on March 29, 1973, when the repatriation of the 591 was in motion: “Tonight,” Nixon said, “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.  For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam.  All our American POWs are on their way home.”  Documents unearthed since then show that aides had already briefed Nixon about the contrary evidence.
Schlesinger was asked by the Senate committee for his explanation of why President Nixon would have made such a statement when he knew Hanoi was still holding prisoners.  He replied, “One must assume that we had concluded that the bargaining position of the United States … was quite weak. We were anxious to get our troops out and we were not going to roil the waters…” This testimony struck me as a bombshell.  The New York Times appropriately reported it on page one but again there was no sustained follow-up by the Times or any other major paper or national news outlet.
3.    Over the years, the DIA received more than 1,600 first-hand sightings of live American prisoners and nearly 14,000 second-hand reports.  Many witnesses interrogated by CIA or Pentagon intelligence agents were deemed “credible” in the agents’ reports.  Some of the witnesses were given lie-detector tests and passed.  Sources provided me with copies of these witness reports, which are impressive in their detail.  A lot of the sightings described a secondary tier of prison camps many miles from Hanoi.  Yet the DIA, after reviewing all these reports, concluded that they “do not constitute evidence” that men were alive.
4.    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, listening stations picked up messages in which Laotian military personnel spoke about moving American prisoners from one labor camp to another.  These listening posts were manned by Thai communications officers trained by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors signals worldwide.  The NSA teams had moved out after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and passed the job to the Thai allies. But when the Thais turned these messages over to Washington, the intelligence community ruled that since the intercepts were made by a “third party”—namely Thailand—they could not be regarded as authentic. That’s some Catch-22: the U.S. trained a third party to take over its role in monitoring signals about POWs, but because that third party did the monitoring, the messages weren’t valid.
Here, from CIA files, is an example that clearly exposes the farce. On Dec. 27, 1980, a Thai military signal team picked up a message saying that prisoners were being moved out of Attopeu (in southern Laos) by aircraft “at 1230 hours.”  Three days later a message was sent from the CIA station in Bangkok to the CIA director’s office in Langley.  It read, in part: “The prisoners … are now in the valley in permanent location (a prison camp at Nhommarath in Central Laos).  They were transferred from Attopeu to work in various places … POWs were formerly kept in caves and are very thin, dark and starving.”  Apparently, the prisoners were real.  But the transmission was declared “invalid” by Washington because the information came from a “third party” and thus could not be deemed credible.
5.    A series of what appeared to be distress signals from Vietnam and Laos were captured by the government’s satellite system in the late 1980s and early ’90s.  (Before that period, no search for such signals had been put in place.)  Not a single one of these markings was ever deemed credible. To the layman’s eye, the satellite photos, some of which I’ve seen, show markings on the ground that are identical to the signals that American pilots had been specifically trained to use in their survival courses—such as certain letters, like X or K, drawn in a special way.  Other markings were the secret four-digit authenticator numbers given to individual pilots.  But time and again, the Pentagon, backed by the CIA, insisted that humans had not made these markings.  What were they, then?  “Shadows and vegetation,”  the government said, insisting that the markings were merely normal topographical contours like saw-grass or rice-paddy divider walls.  It was the automatic response—shadows and vegetation.  On one occasion, a Pentagon photo expert refused to go along.  It was a missing man’s name gouged into a field, he said, not trampled grass or paddy berms.  His bosses responded by bringing in an outside contractor who found instead, yes, shadows and vegetation.  This refrain led Bob Taylor, a highly regarded investigator on the Senate committee staff who had examined the photographic evidence, to comment to me: “If grass can spell out people’s names and secret digit codes, then I have a newfound respect for grass.”
6.    On Nov. 11, 1992, Dolores Alfond, the sister of missing airman Capt. Victor Apodaca and chair of the National Alliance of Families, an organization of relatives of POW/MIAs, testified at one of the Senate committee’s public hearings.  She asked for information about data the government had gathered from electronic devices used in a classified program known as PAVE SPIKE.
The devices were motion sensors, dropped by air, designed to pick up enemy troop movements.  Shaped on one end like a spike with an electronic pod and antenna on top, they were designed to stick in the ground as they fell.  Air Force planes would drop them along the Ho Chi Minh trail and other supply routes.  The devices, though primarily sensors, also had rescue capabilities. Someone on the ground—a downed airman or a prisoner on a labor gang —could manually enter data into the sensor.  All data were regularly collected electronically by U.S. planes flying overhead. Alfond stated, without any challenge or contradiction by the committee, that in 1974, a year after the supposedly complete return of prisoners, the gathered data showed that a person or people had manually entered into the sensors—as U.S. pilots had been trained to do—no less than 20 authenticator numbers that corresponded exactly to the classified authenticator numbers of 20 U.S. POWs who were lost in Laos.  Alfond added, according to the transcript, “This PAVE SPIKE intelligence is seamless, but the committee has not discussed it or released what it knows about PAVE SPIKE.”
McCain attended that committee hearing specifically to confront Alfond because of her criticism of the panel’s work.  He bellowed and berated her for quite a while.  His face turning anger-pink, he accused her of “denigrating” his “patriotism.”  The bullying had its effect—she began to cry.
After a pause, Alfond recovered and tried to respond to his scorching tirade, but McCain simply turned away and stormed out of the room.  The PAVE SPIKE file has never been declassified.  We still don’t know anything about those 20 POWs.
7.    As previously mentioned, in April 1993 in a Moscow archive, a researcher from Harvard, Stephen Morris, unearthed and made public the transcript of a briefing that General Tran Van Quang gave to the Hanoi politburo four months before the signing of the Paris peace accords in 1973.
In the transcript, General Quang told the Hanoi politburo that 1,205 U.S. prisoners were being held.  Quang said that many of the prisoners would be held back from Washington after the accords as bargaining chips for war reparations.  General Quang’s report added: “This is a big number.  Officially, until now, we published a list of only 368 prisoners of war.  The rest we have not revealed.  The government of the USA knows this well, but it does not know the exact number …and can only make guesses based on its losses.  That is why we are keeping the number of prisoners of war secret, in accordance with the politburo’s instructions.”  The report then went on to explain in clear and specific language that a large number would be kept back to ensure reparations.
The reaction to the document was immediate.  After two decades of denying it had kept any prisoners, Hanoi responded to the revelation by calling the transcript a fabrication.
Similarly, Washington—which had over the same two decades refused to recant Nixon’s declaration that all the prisoners had been returned—also shifted into denial mode.  The Pentagon issued a statement saying the document “is replete with errors, omissions, and propaganda that seriously damage its credibility,” and that the numbers were “inconsistent with our own accounting.”
Neither American nor Vietnamese officials offered any rationale for who would plant a forged document in the Soviet archives and why they would do so.  Certainly neither Washington nor Moscow—closely allied with Hanoi—would have any motive, since the contents were embarrassing to all parties, and since both the United States and Vietnam had consistently denied the existence of unreturned prisoners.  The Russian archivists simply said the document was “authentic.”
8.    In his 2002 book, Inside Delta Force, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Haney described how in 1981 his special forces unit, after rigorous training for a POW rescue mission, had the mission suddenly aborted, revived a year later, and again abruptly aborted.  Haney writes that this abandonment of captured soldiers ate at him for years and left him disillusioned about his government’s vows to leave no men behind.  “Years later, I spoke at length with a former highly placed member of the North Vietnamese diplomatic corps, and this person asked me point-blank: ‘Why did the Americans never attempt to recover their remaining POWs after the conclusion of the war?’” Haney writes.  He continued, saying that he came to believe senior government officials had called off those missions in 1981 and 1982. (His account is on pages 314 to 321 of my paperback copy of the book.)
9. There is also evidence that in the first months of Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1981, the White House received a ransom proposal for a number of POWs being held by Hanoi in Indochina.  The offer, which was passed to Washington from an official of a third country, was apparently discussed at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room attended by Reagan, Vice President Bush, CIA director William Casey, and National Security Adviser Richard Allen.  Allen confirmed the offer in sworn testimony to the Senate POW committee on June 23, 1992.
Allen was allowed to testify behind closed doors and no information was released. But a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, Robert Caldwell, obtained the portion relating to the ransom offer and reported on it.  The ransom request was for $4 billion, Allen testified. He said he told Reagan that “it would be worth the president’s going along and let’s have the negotiation.”  When his testimony appeared in the Union-Tribune, Allen quickly wrote a letter to the panel, this time not under oath, recanting the ransom story and claiming his memory had played tricks on him.  His new version was that some POW activists had asked him about such an offer in a meeting that took place in 1986, when he was no longer in government.  “It appears,” he said in the letter, “that there never was a 1981 meeting about the return of POW/MIAs for $4 billion.”
But the episode didn’t end there.  A Treasury agent on Secret Service duty in the White House, John Syphrit, came forward to say he had overheard part of the ransom conversation in the Roosevelt Room in 1981, when the offer was discussed by Reagan, Bush, Casey, Allen, and other cabinet officials.
Syphrit, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told the committee he was willing to testify, but they would have to subpoena him.  Treasury opposed his appearance, arguing that voluntary testimony would violate the trust between the Secret Service and those it protects.  It was clear that coming in on his own could cost Syphrit his career.  The committee voted 7 to 4 not to subpoena him.
In the committee’s final report, dated Jan. 13, 1993 (on page 284), the panel not only chastised Syphrit for his failure to testify without a subpoena (“The committee regrets that the Secret Service agent was unwilling …”), but noted that since Allen had recanted his testimony about the Roosevelt Room briefing,  Syphrit’s testimony would have been “at best, uncorroborated by the testimony of any other witness.”  The committee omitted any mention that it had made a decision not to ask the other two surviving witnesses, Bush and Reagan, to give testimony under oath.  (Casey had died.)
10. In 1990, Col. Millard Peck, a decorated infantry veteran of Vietnam then working at the DIA as chief of the Asia Division for Current Intelligence, asked for the job of chief of the DIA’s Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.  His reason for seeking the transfer, which was not a promotion, was that he had heard from officials throughout the Pentagon that the POW/MIA office had been turned into a waste-disposal unit for getting rid of unwanted evidence about live prisoners—a “black hole,” these officials called it.
Peck explained all this in his telling resignation letter of Feb. 12, 1991, eight months after he had taken the job. He said he viewed it as “sort of a holy crusade” to restore the integrity of the office but was defeated by the Pentagon machine.  The four-page, single-spaced letter was scathing, describing the putative search for missing men as “a cover-up.”
Peck charged that, at its top echelons, the Pentagon had embraced a “mindset to debunk” all evidence of prisoners left behind.  “That national leaders continue to address the prisoner of war and missing in action issue as the ‘highest national priority,’ is a travesty,” he wrote.  “The entire charade does not appear to be an honest effort, and may never have been. …  Practically all analysis is directed to finding fault with the source.  Rarely has there been any effective, active follow through on any of the sightings, nor is there a responsive ‘action arm’ to routinely and aggressively pursue leads.”
“I became painfully aware,” his letter continued, “that I was not really in charge of my own office, but was merely a figurehead or whipping boy for a larger and totally Machiavellian group of players outside of DIA …  I feel strongly that this issue is being manipulated and controlled at a higher level, not with the goal of resolving it, but more to obfuscate the question of live prisoners and give the illusion of progress through hyperactivity.”  He named no names but said these players are “unscrupulous people in the Government or associated with the Government” who “have maintained their distance and remained hidden in the shadows while using the [POW] Office as a ‘toxic waste dump’ to bury the whole ‘mess’ out of sight.”  Peck added that “military officers … who in some manner have ‘rocked the boat’ [have] quickly come to grief.”
Peck concluded, “From what I have witnessed, it appears that any soldier left in Vietnam, even inadvertently, was, in fact, abandoned years ago and that the farce that is being played is no more than political legerdemain done with ‘smoke and mirrors’ to stall the issue until it dies a natural death.”
The disillusioned colonel not only resigned but asked to be retired immediately from active military service.  The press never followed up.
My Pursuit of the Story
I covered the war in Cambodia and Vietnam, but came to the POW information only slowly afterward, when military officers I knew from that conflict began coming to me with maps and POW sightings and depositions by Vietnamese witnesses.
I was then city editor of the New York Times, no longer involved in foreign or national stories, so I took the data to the appropriate desks and suggested it was material worth pursuing.  There were no takers.  Some years later, in 1991, when I was an op-ed columnist at Newsday, the aforementioned special Senate committee was formed to probe the POW issue.  I saw this as an opening and immersed myself in the reporting.
At Newsday, I wrote 36 columns over a two-year period, as well as a four-part series on a trip I took to North Vietnam to report on what happened to one missing pilot who was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail and captured when he parachuted down.  After Newsday, I wrote thousands more words on the subject for other outlets.  Some of the pieces were about McCain’s key role.
Though I wrote on many subjects for Life, Vanity Fair, and Washington Monthly, my POW articles appeared in Penthouse, the Village Voice, and APBnews.com. Mainstream publications just weren’t interested.  Their disinterest was part of what motivated me, and I became one of a very short list of journalists who considered the story important.
Serving in the Army in Germany during the Cold War and witnessing combat firsthand as a reporter in India and Indochina led me to have great respect for those who fight for their country.  To my mind, we dishonored U.S. troops when our government failed to bring them home from Vietnam after the 591 others were released—and then claimed they didn’t exist.  And politicians dishonor themselves when they pay lip service to the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers only to leave untold numbers behind, rationalizing to themselves that it’s merely one of the unfortunate costs of war.
John McCain—now campaigning for the White House as a war hero, maverick, and straight shooter—owes the voters some explanations.  The press were long ago wooed and won by McCain’s seeming openness, Lone Ranger pose, and self-deprecating humor, which may partly explain their ignoring his record on POWs.  In the numerous, lengthy McCain profiles that have appeared of late in papers like theNew York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, I may have missed a clause or a sentence along the way, but I have not found a single mention of his role in burying information about POWs.  Television and radio news programs have been similarly silent.
Reporters simply never ask him about it.  They didn’t when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2000.  They haven’t now, despite the fact that we’re in the midst of another war—a war he supports and one that has echoes of Vietnam.  The only explanation McCain has ever offered for his leadership on legislation that seals POW files is that he believes the release of such information would only stir up fresh grief for the families of those who were never accounted for in Vietnam.  Of the scores of POW families I’ve met over the years, only a few have said they want the books closed without knowing what happened to their men.  All the rest say that not knowing is exactly what grieves them.
Isn’t it possible that what really worries those intent on keeping the POW documents buried is the public disgust that the contents of those files would generate?
By Sydney Schanberg
July 1, 2010
[QUOTING:]
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.  Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
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John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.  Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.  Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign.  Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions.  McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small.  There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.”  This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
Mass of Evidence
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years.  What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.  The chairman was John Kerry.  McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s.  He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise.  McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993.  The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords.  The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
Throughout the Paris negotiations, the North Vietnamese tied the prisoner issue tightly to the issue of reparations.  They were adamant in refusing to deal with them separately.  Finally, in a Feb. 2, 1973, formal letter to Hanoi’s premier, Pham Van Dong, Nixon pledged $3.25 billion in “postwar reconstruction” aid “without any political conditions.”  But he also attached to the letter a codicil that said the aid would be implemented by each party “in accordance with its own constitutional provisions.”  That meant Congress would have to approve the appropriation, and Nixon and Kissinger knew well that Congress was in no mood to do so.  The North Vietnamese, whether or not they immediately understood the double-talk in the letter, remained skeptical about the reparations promise being honored—and it never was.  Hanoi thus appears to have held back prisoners—just as it had done when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and withdrew their forces from Vietnam. In that case, France paid ransoms for prisoners and brought them home.
In a private briefing in 1992, high-level CIA officials told me that as the years passed and the ransom never came, it became more and more difficult for either government to admit that it knew from the start about the unacknowledged prisoners.  Those prisoners had not only become useless as bargaining chips but also posed a risk to Hanoi’s desire to be accepted into the international community.  The CIA officials said their intelligence indicated strongly that the remaining men—those who had not died from illness or hard labor or torture—were eventually executed.
My own research, detailed below, has convinced me that it is not likely that more than a few—if any—are alive in captivity today.  (That CIA briefing at the Agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters was conducted “off the record,” but because the evidence from my own reporting since then has brought me to the same conclusion, I felt there was no longer any point in not writing about the meeting.)
For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs.  That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary.  Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.
McCain’s Role
An early and critical McCain secrecy move involved 1990 legislation that started in the House of Representatives.  A brief and simple document, it was called “the Truth Bill” and would have compelled complete transparency about prisoners and missing men.  Its core sentence reads: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records held or received by that department or agency.”
Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon (and thus McCain), the bill went nowhere. Reintroduced the following year, it again disappeared.  But a few months later, a new measure, known as “the McCain Bill,” suddenly appeared.  By creating a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the documents could emerge—only records that revealed no POW secrets—it turned the Truth Bill on its head.  The McCain bill became law in 1991 and remains so today. So crushing to transparency are its provisions that it actually spells out for the Pentagon and other agencies several rationales, scenarios, and justifications for not releasing any information at all—even about prisoners discovered alive in captivity.  Later that year, the Senate Select Committee was created, where Kerry and McCain ultimately worked together to bury the evidence.
McCain was also instrumental in amending the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been strengthened in 1995 by POW advocates to include criminal penalties, saying, “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.”  A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, McCain, at the behest of the Pentagon, attached a crippling amendment to the act, stripping out its only enforcement teeth, the criminal penalties, and reducing the obligations of commanders in the field to speedily search for missing men and to report the incidents to the Pentagon.
About the relaxation of POW/MIA obligations on commanders in the field, a public McCain memo said, “This transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the [battle] field to Washington.”  He wrote that the original legislation if left intact, “would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”
McCain argued that keeping the criminal penalties would have made it impossible for the Pentagon to find staffers willing to work on POW/MIA matters. That’s an odd argument to make.  Were staffers only “willing to work” if they were allowed to conceal POW records?  By eviscerating the law, McCain gave his stamp of approval to the government policy of debunking the existence of live POWs.
McCain has insisted again and again that all the evidence—documents, witnesses, satellite photos, two Pentagon chiefs’ sworn testimony, aborted rescue missions, ransom offers apparently scorned—has been woven together by unscrupulous deceivers to create an insidious and unpatriotic myth. He calls it the “bizarre rantings of the MIA hobbyists.”  He has regularly vilified those who keep trying to pry out classified documents as “hoaxers,” “charlatans,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “dime-store Rambos.”
Some of McCain’s fellow captives at Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi didn’t share his views about prisoners left behind.  Before he died of leukemia in 1999, retired Col. Ted Guy, a highly admired POW and one of the most dogged resisters in the camps, wrote an angry open letter to the senator in an MIA newsletter—a response to McCain’s stream of insults hurled at MIA activists. Guy wrote, “John, does this [the insults] include Senator Bob Smith [a New Hampshire Republican and activist on POW issues] and other concerned elected officials?  Does this include the families of the missing where there is overwhelming evidence that their loved ones were ‘last known alive’?  Does this include some of your fellow POWs?”
It’s not clear whether the taped confession McCain gave to his captors to avoid further torture has played a role in his postwar behavior in the Senate. That confession was played endlessly over the prison loudspeaker system at Hoa Lo—to try to break down other prisoners—and was broadcast over Hanoi’s state radio.  Reportedly, he confessed to being a war criminal who had bombed civilian targets.  The Pentagon has a copy of the confession but will not release it.  Also, no outsider I know of has ever seen a non-redacted copy of the debriefing of McCain when he returned from captivity, which is classified but could be made public by McCain.
[In an interview with 60 Minutes in 1997, McCain mentioned the confession his North Vietnamese captors forced him to write: “I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people.  I intentionally bombed women and children.” The truth, of course, is that what McCain wrote under duress is actually an accurate statement. –https://www.lewrockwell.com/ 2008/ 09/ laurence-]
All humans have breaking points.  Many men undergoing torture give confessions, often telling huge lies so their fakery will be understood by their comrades and their country.  Few will fault them. But it was McCain who apparently felt he had disgraced himself and his military family.  His father, John S. McCain II, was a highly regarded rear admiral then serving as commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific.  His grandfather was also a rear admiral.
In his bestselling 1999 autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, McCain says he felt bad throughout his captivity because he knew he was being treated more leniently than his fellow POWs, owing to his high-ranking father and thus his propaganda value.  Other prisoners at Hoa Lo say his captors considered him a prize catch and called him the “Crown Prince,” something McCain acknowledges in the book.
Also in this memoir, McCain expresses guilt at having broken under torture and given the confession.  “I felt faithless and couldn’t control my despair,” he writes, revealing that he made two “feeble” attempts at suicide.  (In later years, he said he tried to hang himself with his shirt and guards intervened.)  Tellingly, he says he lived in “dread” that his father would find out about the confession.  “I still wince,” he writes, “when I recall wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.”
He says that when he returned home, he told his father about the confession, but “never discussed it at length”—and the admiral, who died in 1981, didn’t indicate he had heard anything about it before.  But he had.  In the 1999 memoir, the senator writes, “I only recently learned that the tape … had been broadcast outside the prison and had come to the attention of my father.”
Is McCain haunted by these memories?  Does he suppress POW information because its surfacing would rekindle his feelings of shame?  On this subject, all I have are questions.
Many stories have been written about McCain’s explosive temper, so volcanic that colleagues are loath to speak openly about it.  One veteran congressman who has observed him over the years asked for confidentiality and made this brief comment: “This is a man not at peace with himself.”
He was certainly far from calm on the Senate POW committee. He browbeat expert witnesses who came with information about unreturned POWs. Family members who have personally faced McCain and pressed him to end the secrecy also have been treated to his legendary temper.  He has screamed at them, insulted them, brought women to tears.  Mostly his responses to them have been versions of: How dare you question my patriotism?  In 1996, he roughly pushed aside a group of POW family members who had waited outside a hearing room to appeal to him, including a mother in a wheelchair.
But even without answers to what may be hidden in the recesses of McCain’s mind, one thing about the POW story is clear: if American prisoners were dishonored by being written off and left to die, that’s something the American public ought to know about. 10 Key Pieces of Evidence That Men Were Left Behind
1.    In Paris, where the Vietnam peace treaty was negotiated, the United States asked Hanoi for the list of American prisoners to be returned, fearing that Hanoi would hold some prisoners back.  The North Vietnamese refused, saying they would produce the list only after the treaty was signed. Nixon agreed with Kissinger that they had no leverage left, and Kissinger signed the accord on Jan. 27, 1973 without the prisoner list.  When Hanoi produced its list of 591 prisoners the next day, U.S. intelligence agencies expressed shock at the low number.  Their number was hundreds higher. The New York Times published a long, page-one story on Feb. 2, 1973 about the discrepancy, especially raising questions about the number of prisoners held in Laos, only nine of whom were being returned.  The headline read, in part, “Laos POW List Shows 9 from U.S.—Document Disappointing to Washington as 311 Were Believed Missing.”  And the story, by John Finney, said that other Washington officials “believe the number of prisoners [in Laos] is probably substantially higher.”  The paper never followed up with any serious investigative reporting—nor did any other mainstream news organization.
2.    Two Defense secretaries who served during the Vietnam War testified to the Senate POW committee in September 1992 that prisoners were not returned. James Schlesinger and Melvin Laird, both speaking at a public session and under oath, said they based their conclusions on strong intelligence data—letters, eyewitness reports, even direct radio contacts. Under questioning, Schlesinger chose his words carefully, understanding clearly the volatility of the issue: “I think that as of now that I can come to no other conclusion … some were left behind.”  This ran counter to what President Nixon told the public in a nationally televised speech on March 29, 1973, when the repatriation of the 591 was in motion: “Tonight,” Nixon said, “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.  For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam.  All our American POWs are on their way home.”  Documents unearthed since then show that aides had already briefed Nixon about the contrary evidence.
Schlesinger was asked by the Senate committee for his explanation of why President Nixon would have made such a statement when he knew Hanoi was still holding prisoners.  He replied, “One must assume that we had concluded that the bargaining position of the United States … was quite weak. We were anxious to get our troops out and we were not going to roil the waters…” This testimony struck me as a bombshell.  The New York Times appropriately reported it on page one but again there was no sustained follow-up by the Times or any other major paper or national news outlet.
3.    Over the years, the DIA received more than 1,600 first-hand sightings of live American prisoners and nearly 14,000 second-hand reports.  Many witnesses interrogated by CIA or Pentagon intelligence agents were deemed “credible” in the agents’ reports.  Some of the witnesses were given lie-detector tests and passed.  Sources provided me with copies of these witness reports, which are impressive in their detail.  A lot of the sightings described a secondary tier of prison camps many miles from Hanoi.  Yet the DIA, after reviewing all these reports, concluded that they “do not constitute evidence” that men were alive.
4.    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, listening stations picked up messages in which Laotian military personnel spoke about moving American prisoners from one labor camp to another.  These listening posts were manned by Thai communications officers trained by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors signals worldwide.  The NSA teams had moved out after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and passed the job to the Thai allies. But when the Thais turned these messages over to Washington, the intelligence community ruled that since the intercepts were made by a “third party”—namely Thailand—they could not be regarded as authentic. That’s some Catch-22: the U.S. trained a third party to take over its role in monitoring signals about POWs, but because that third party did the monitoring, the messages weren’t valid.
Here, from CIA files, is an example that clearly exposes the farce. On Dec. 27, 1980, a Thai military signal team picked up a message saying that prisoners were being moved out of Attopeu (in southern Laos) by aircraft “at 1230 hours.”  Three days later a message was sent from the CIA station in Bangkok to the CIA director’s office in Langley.  It read, in part: “The prisoners … are now in the valley in permanent location (a prison camp at Nhommarath in Central Laos).  They were transferred from Attopeu to work in various places … POWs were formerly kept in caves and are very thin, dark and starving.”  Apparently, the prisoners were real.  But the transmission was declared “invalid” by Washington because the information came from a “third party” and thus could not be deemed credible.
5.    A series of what appeared to be distress signals from Vietnam and Laos were captured by the government’s satellite system in the late 1980s and early ’90s.  (Before that period, no search for such signals had been put in place.)  Not a single one of these markings was ever deemed credible. To the layman’s eye, the satellite photos, some of which I’ve seen, show markings on the ground that are identical to the signals that American pilots had been specifically trained to use in their survival courses—such as certain letters, like X or K, drawn in a special way.  Other markings were the secret four-digit authenticator numbers given to individual pilots.  But time and again, the Pentagon, backed by the CIA, insisted that humans had not made these markings.  What were they, then?  “Shadows and vegetation,”  the government said, insisting that the markings were merely normal topographical contours like saw-grass or rice-paddy divider walls.  It was the automatic response—shadows and vegetation.  On one occasion, a Pentagon photo expert refused to go along.  It was a missing man’s name gouged into a field, he said, not trampled grass or paddy berms.  His bosses responded by bringing in an outside contractor who found instead, yes, shadows and vegetation.  This refrain led Bob Taylor, a highly regarded investigator on the Senate committee staff who had examined the photographic evidence, to comment to me: “If grass can spell out people’s names and secret digit codes, then I have a newfound respect for grass.”
6.    On Nov. 11, 1992, Dolores Alfond, the sister of missing airman Capt. Victor Apodaca and chair of the National Alliance of Families, an organization of relatives of POW/MIAs, testified at one of the Senate committee’s public hearings.  She asked for information about data the government had gathered from electronic devices used in a classified program known as PAVE SPIKE.
The devices were motion sensors, dropped by air, designed to pick up enemy troop movements.  Shaped on one end like a spike with an electronic pod and antenna on top, they were designed to stick in the ground as they fell.  Air Force planes would drop them along the Ho Chi Minh trail and other supply routes.  The devices, though primarily sensors, also had rescue capabilities. Someone on the ground—a downed airman or a prisoner on a labor gang —could manually enter data into the sensor.  All data were regularly collected electronically by U.S. planes flying overhead. Alfond stated, without any challenge or contradiction by the committee, that in 1974, a year after the supposedly complete return of prisoners, the gathered data showed that a person or people had manually entered into the sensors—as U.S. pilots had been trained to do—no less than 20 authenticator numbers that corresponded exactly to the classified authenticator numbers of 20 U.S. POWs who were lost in Laos.  Alfond added, according to the transcript, “This PAVE SPIKE intelligence is seamless, but the committee has not discussed it or released what it knows about PAVE SPIKE.”
McCain attended that committee hearing specifically to confront Alfond because of her criticism of the panel’s work.  He bellowed and berated her for quite a while.  His face turning anger-pink, he accused her of “denigrating” his “patriotism.”  The bullying had its effect—she began to cry.
After a pause, Alfond recovered and tried to respond to his scorching tirade, but McCain simply turned away and stormed out of the room.  The PAVE SPIKE file has never been declassified.  We still don’t know anything about those 20 POWs.
7.    As previously mentioned, in April 1993 in a Moscow archive, a researcher from Harvard, Stephen Morris, unearthed and made public the transcript of a briefing that General Tran Van Quang gave to the Hanoi politburo four months before the signing of the Paris peace accords in 1973.
In the transcript, General Quang told the Hanoi politburo that 1,205 U.S. prisoners were being held.  Quang said that many of the prisoners would be held back from Washington after the accords as bargaining chips for war reparations.  General Quang’s report added: “This is a big number.  Officially, until now, we published a list of only 368 prisoners of war.  The rest we have not revealed.  The government of the USA knows this well, but it does not know the exact number …and can only make guesses based on its losses.  That is why we are keeping the number of prisoners of war secret, in accordance with the politburo’s instructions.”  The report then went on to explain in clear and specific language that a large number would be kept back to ensure reparations.
The reaction to the document was immediate.  After two decades of denying it had kept any prisoners, Hanoi responded to the revelation by calling the transcript a fabrication.
Similarly, Washington—which had over the same two decades refused to recant Nixon’s declaration that all the prisoners had been returned—also shifted into denial mode.  The Pentagon issued a statement saying the document “is replete with errors, omissions and propaganda that seriously damage its credibility,” and that the numbers were “inconsistent with our own accounting.”
Neither American nor Vietnamese officials offered any rationale for who would plant a forged document in the Soviet archives and why they would do so.  Certainly neither Washington nor Moscow—closely allied with Hanoi—would have any motive, since the contents were embarrassing to all parties, and since both the United States and Vietnam had consistently denied the existence of unreturned prisoners.  The Russian archivists simply said the document was “authentic.”
8.    In his 2002 book, Inside Delta Force, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Haney described how in 1981 his special forces unit, after rigorous training for a POW rescue mission, had the mission suddenly aborted, revived a year later, and again abruptly aborted.  Haney writes that this abandonment of captured soldiers ate at him for years and left him disillusioned about his government’s vows to leave no men behind.  “Years later, I spoke at length with a former highly placed member of the North Vietnamese diplomatic corps, and this person asked me point-blank: ‘Why did the Americans never attempt to recover their remaining POWs after the conclusion of the war?’” Haney writes.  He continued, saying that he came to believe senior government officials had called off those missions in 1981 and 1982. (His account is on pages 314 to 321 of my paperback copy of the book.)
9. There is also evidence that in the first months of Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1981, the White House received a ransom proposal for a number of POWs being held by Hanoi in Indochina.  The offer, which was passed to Washington from an official of a third country, was apparently discussed at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room attended by Reagan, Vice President Bush, CIA director William Casey, and National Security Adviser Richard Allen.  Allen confirmed the offer in sworn testimony to the Senate POW committee on June 23, 1992.
Allen was allowed to testify behind closed doors and no information was released. But a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, Robert Caldwell, obtained the portion relating to the ransom offer and reported on it.  The ransom request was for $4 billion, Allen testified. He said he told Reagan that “it would be worth the president’s going along and let’s have the negotiation.”  When his testimony appeared in the Union-Tribune, Allen quickly wrote a letter to the panel, this time not under oath, recanting the ransom story and claiming his memory had played tricks on him.  His new version was that some POW activists had asked him about such an offer in a meeting that took place in 1986, when he was no longer in government.  “It appears,” he said in the letter, “that there never was a 1981 meeting about the return of POW/MIAs for $4 billion.”
But the episode didn’t end there.  A Treasury agent on Secret Service duty in the White House, John Syphrit, came forward to say he had overheard part of the ransom conversation in the Roosevelt Room in 1981, when the offer was discussed by Reagan, Bush, Casey, Allen, and other cabinet officials.
Syphrit, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told the committee he was willing to testify, but they would have to subpoena him.  Treasury opposed his appearance, arguing that voluntary testimony would violate the trust between the Secret Service and those it protects.  It was clear that coming in on his own could cost Syphrit his career.  The committee voted 7 to 4 not to subpoena him.
In the committee’s final report, dated Jan. 13, 1993 (on page 284), the panel not only chastised Syphrit for his failure to testify without a subpoena (“The committee regrets that the Secret Service agent was unwilling …”), but noted that since Allen had recanted his testimony about the Roosevelt Room briefing,  Syphrit’s testimony would have been “at best, uncorroborated by the testimony of any other witness.”  The committee omitted any mention that it had made a decision not to ask the other two surviving witnesses, Bush and Reagan, to give testimony under oath.  (Casey had died.)
10. In 1990, Col. Millard Peck, a decorated infantry veteran of Vietnam then working at the DIA as chief of the Asia Division for Current Intelligence, asked for the job of chief of the DIA’s Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.  His reason for seeking the transfer, which was not a promotion, was that he had heard from officials throughout the Pentagon that the POW/MIA office had been turned into a waste-disposal unit for getting rid of unwanted evidence about live prisoners—a “black hole,” these officials called it.
Peck explained all this in his telling resignation letter of Feb. 12, 1991, eight months after he had taken the job. He said he viewed it as “sort of a holy crusade” to restore the integrity of the office but was defeated by the Pentagon machine.  The four-page, single-spaced letter was scathing, describing the putative search for missing men as “a cover-up.”
Peck charged that, at its top echelons, the Pentagon had embraced a “mind-set to debunk” all evidence of prisoners left behind.  “That national leaders continue to address the prisoner of war and missing in action issue as the ‘highest national priority,’ is a travesty,” he wrote.  “The entire charade does not appear to be an honest effort, and may never have been. …  Practically all analysis is directed to finding fault with the source.  Rarely has there been any effective, active follow through on any of the sightings, nor is there a responsive ‘action arm’ to routinely and aggressively pursue leads.”
“I became painfully aware,” his letter continued, “that I was not really in charge of my own office, but was merely a figurehead or whipping boy for a larger and totally Machiavellian group of players outside of DIA …  I feel strongly that this issue is being manipulated and controlled at a higher level, not with the goal of resolving it, but more to obfuscate the question of live prisoners and give the illusion of progress through hyperactivity.”  He named no names but said these players are “unscrupulous people in the Government or associated with the Government” who “have maintained their distance and remained hidden in the shadows, while using the [POW] Office as a ‘toxic waste dump’ to bury the whole ‘mess’ out of sight.”  Peck added that “military officers … who in some manner have ‘rocked the boat’ [have] quickly come to grief.”
Peck concluded, “From what I have witnessed, it appears that any soldier left in Vietnam, even inadvertently, was, in fact, abandoned years ago, and that the farce that is being played is no more than political legerdemain done with ‘smoke and mirrors’ to stall the issue until it dies a natural death.”
The disillusioned colonel not only resigned but asked to be retired immediately from active military service.  The press never followed up.
My Pursuit of the Story
I covered the war in Cambodia and Vietnam, but came to the POW information only slowly afterward, when military officers I knew from that conflict began coming to me with maps and POW sightings and depositions by Vietnamese witnesses.
I was then city editor of the New York Times, no longer involved in foreign or national stories, so I took the data to the appropriate desks and suggested it was material worth pursuing.  There were no takers.  Some years later, in 1991, when I was an op-ed columnist at Newsday, the aforementioned special Senate committee was formed to probe the POW issue.  I saw this as an opening and immersed myself in the reporting.
At Newsday, I wrote 36 columns over a two-year period, as well as a four-part series on a trip I took to North Vietnam to report on what happened to one missing pilot who was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail and captured when he parachuted down.  After Newsday, I wrote thousands of more words on the subject for other outlets.  Some of the pieces were about McCain’s key role.
Though I wrote on many subjects for Life, Vanity Fair, and Washington Monthly, my POW articles appeared in Penthouse, the Village Voice, and APBnews.com. Mainstream publications just weren’t interested.  Their disinterest was part of what motivated me, and I became one of a very short list of journalists who considered the story important.
Serving in the Army in Germany during the Cold War and witnessing combat firsthand as a reporter in India and Indochina led me to have great respect for those who fight for their country.  To my mind, we dishonored U.S. troops when our government failed to bring them home from Vietnam after the 591 others were released—and then claimed they didn’t exist.  And politicians dishonor themselves when they pay lip service to the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers only to leave untold numbers behind, rationalizing to themselves that it’s merely one of the unfortunate costs of war.
John McCain—now campaigning for the White House as a war hero, maverick, and straight shooter—owes the voters some explanations.  The press were long ago wooed and won by McCain’s seeming openness, Lone Ranger pose, and self-deprecating humor, which may partly explain they’re ignoring his record on POWs.  In the numerous, lengthy McCain profiles that have appeared of late in papers like theNew York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, I may have missed a clause or a sentence along the way, but I have not found a single mention of his role in burying information about POWs.  Television and radio news programs have been similarly silent.
Reporters simply never ask him about it.  They didn’t when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2000.  They haven’t now, despite the fact that we’re in the midst of another war—a war he supports and one that has echoes of Vietnam.  The only explanation McCain has ever offered for his leadership on legislation that seals POW files is that he believes the release of such information would only stir up fresh grief for the families of those who were never accounted for in Vietnam.  Of the scores of POW families I’ve met over the years, only a few have said they want the books closed without knowing what happened to their men.  All the rest say that not knowing is exactly what grieves them.
Isn’t it possible that what really worries those intent on keeping the POW documents buried is the public disgust that the contents of those files would generate?

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Voice shaking, Ford accuses Kavanaugh of assaulting her

By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press | Updated – Sep 27th, 2018 @ 9:53am | Posted – Sep 27th, 2018 @ 7:19am


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in a locked room at a 1980s high school gathering, as the panel began an extraordinary hearing at which Kavanaugh hoped to salvage his Supreme Court nomination.”I believed he was going to rape me,” said Ford, 51, her voice breaking. Expressing certainty that Kavanaugh was her attacker, the California psychology professor explained how the brain remembers traumatic events. “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter of the two,” she said, referring to Kavanaugh and a friend who was with him.Kavanaugh now 53, has denied Ford’s and other women’s allegations of sexual misconduct, in a clash that has underscored America’s political and cultural fault lines. But the accumulating accusations have raised questions about whether Republican leaders will be able to hold GOP senators behind President Donald Trump’s nominee.

The conservative jurist, whose Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ford and the other women emerged, awaited his own chance to testify later in the day.

With millions watching on television, Ford told the top committee Democrat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that she’d “agonized daily” over coming forward about the alleged decades-old attack. She said she feared the personal consequences would be akin to “jumping in front of a train.”

In fact, both she and Kavanaugh have received death threats.

Republicans have challenged Ford’s and the other women’s allegations, in part because it took them years to come forward. But when Feinstein asked her how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, “The same way I’m sure I’m talking to you right now.”

The Judiciary panel’s 11 Republicans — all men — were letting Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask their questions. She began by expressing sympathy for Ford, saying, “I just wanted to let you know, I’m very sorry. That’s not right.”

Mitchell led Ford through a detailed recollection of the events she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident. But under the committee’s procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats’ questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story.

Before she began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa defended the Republicans’ handling of the confirmation proceedings so far. Feinstein criticized Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying, “What I don’t understand is the rush to judgment.”

Kavanaugh and Ford were the only witnesses invited to testify before the panel. But the conservative jurist is facing allegations of sexual misconduct from other women as well, forcing Republican leaders to struggle to keep support for him from eroding.

Grassley complained that lawyers for other accusers have not provided information to his panel and said, “The committee can’t do an investigation if attorneys are stonewalling.”

Republicans acknowledged that much was riding on Kavanaugh’s performance. Even Trump, who fiercely defends his nominee, said he would be watching and was “open to changing my mind.”

Kavanaugh’s teetering grasp on winning confirmation was evident when Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed concern, in a private meeting with senators Wednesday, about a new, third accuser, according to a person with knowledge of the gathering. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote. Collins is among the few senators who’ve not made clear how they’ll vote.

Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick’s signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge.

Collins said senators should hear from Judge. After being told Judge has said he doesn’t want to appear before the committee, she reminded her colleagues that the Senate has subpoena power.

Republicans are pushing to seat Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty. Kavanaugh’s ascendance to the high court could help lock in a conservative majority for a generation, shaping dozens of rulings on abortion, regulation, the environment and more.

Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations.

In a sworn statement, Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.” Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who also represents a porn actress who is suing Trump, provided her sworn declaration to the Judiciary panel.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they attended Yale University, raised her profile in a round of television interviews.

Moments before committee chairman Grassley gaveled his panel into session, Ramirez tweeted her support for Ford: “They want us to feel alone and isolated but I’m there wrapping my arms around you and I hope you feel the people of this nation wrapping their arms around all of us.”

Ford told the committee that, one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, “groped me and tried to take off my clothes,” then clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream before she was able to escape.

Kavanaugh is being challenged on multiple fronts by his accusers, former classmates and college friends. They say the good-guy image he projects in public bears little relation to the hard-partying behavior they witnessed when he was young.

In his prepared testimony, he acknowledged drinking in high school with his friends, but said he’d never done anything “remotely resembling” what Ford describes. He said he never had a “sexual or physical encounter of any kind” with her.

He also provided the committee with detailed calendar pages listing in green-and-white squares the activities that filled his summer of 1982 when he was 17 years old — exams, movies, sports and plenty of parties. That’s the year when Ford says she believes the assault occurred.

Nothing on the calendar appears to refer to her.

Ford released sworn statements from people who said she had told them about the assault in later years.

Late Wednesday, the committee released a flurry of other documents of unclear significance.

Transcripts of private interviews with committee investigators show they asked Kavanaugh about two previously undisclosed accusations received by Senate offices. One came in an anonymous letter sent to the office of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., describing an incident in a bar in 1998, when Kavanaugh was working for the independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton. The other accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in college. Kavanaugh denied them both.

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Matthew Daly, Julie Pace and AP photographers J. Scott Applewhite and Carolyn Kaster contributed to this report.

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Kavanaugh testimony: http://apne.ws/xkhv2Yv

Ford testimony: http://apne.ws/Wpklfy3

Kavanaugh testimony from Sept. 17: http://apne.ws/fmGaR3x

Kavanaugh testimony from Sept. 25: http://apne.ws/PBbVJpg

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https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/last-jedi-weakness/

The Last Jedi: A Meditation on Human Weakness

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a deeply-flawed meditation on human weakness
(with some liberal political correctness clumsily thrown in)

By David Nova | From DavidNova.com

UPDATE: After a few months absorbing the details of this highly-flawed film, I have to admit I really dislike this new Star Wars episode immensely. Some of the plot holes are so glarring, so ridiculious, I’m surprised I didn’t catch them sooner, like the idea of a bomber dropping its payload upon a First Order dreadnought in the zero gravity of space, or the idea of using lightspeed as a tactical weapon to collide with a battleship. (Why even use squads of fighters with laser canons when you can simply use hyperspace as the ultimate weapon?) The truth is, to think too much about it reveals how poorly written this Star Wars film actually is, and the last thing a Star Wars fan wants to do when he/she goes into the cinema is carefully catalog all of the film’s flaws. That comes later, in hindsight.

Unlike other fans, I was never deeply invested in Disney’s new Star Wars franchise.

The prequels by George Lucas pretty much killed any entusiasm I had for the future of Star Wars. I still view them as unwatchable, even though collectively they present a remarkable example of predictive programming for a post 9/11 world.

When Disney purchased Star Wars, I expected the worse. I expected some of the darker occult themes that were woven into the Avengers’ films, however these themes were largely absent from the new Star Wars films. The Force Awakens and Rogue One, while decent and enjoyable films, felt like souless plastic knockoffs, fearful of anything creative or original.

However, The Last Jedi was particularly egregious, and what it reveals is that Disney’s [post-Lucas] Lucas Film has complete distain for George Lucas’ original trilogy. Why else would they kill off such beloved [cash-cow] characters in such a cowardly, un-Star Wars fashion? Perhaps to make room for lesser heros and new storylines that showcase the darker occult influence they wish to inject into the Star Wars Universe, along with a hefty force-fed helping of Identity Politics. The old trilogy was far too optimistic for today’s brainwashed audience – which is why there is going to be a new “Game of Thones” Star Wars trilogy.

However, the fiasco that is The Last Jedi has backlashed upon Disney is a most remarkable way, awakening legions of old school fans to the reality of Hollywood’s political manipuation, and the agenda to fervently push Identity Politics upon the viewing public.  And when awakened fans take a hard look at the themes Hollywood is pushing, they will envitbably stumble into the darker part of the agenda, which we are just beginning to see exposed with Hollywood and pedogate.

Look out Disney, the fan boys have awakened!


Original Post

Let me state upfront that I enjoyed this Star Wars film despite some awkward moments, plot holes, weak secondary character development, and a seemingly pointless side quest to a casino planet. However, this is not a film review. This is an analysis of some of the themes presented within the film, so Star Wars fans who accidentally stumble upon this post should probably vent their frustrations elsewhere.

While the critics love the film (93% on the rotten tomato meter) passionate Star Wars fans (early audiences) appear to be deeply divided (only 56% like it according to reviews on the same site, as of 12/18/17.) Most of the frustration, disappointment and anger seems to focus upon one particular element – the portrayal of original Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker (seemingly the strongest central characterization in the film).

NOTE: UNAVOIDABLE SPOILERS AHEAD

While critics are pleased with the character depth in Skywalker, the fan base perhaps feels like they’ve lost a childhood hero. What is different about this Star Wars film? Perhaps a realistic portrayal of human weakness in the saga’s central character. Luke Skywalker is portrayed as a reluctant, fearful, angry, and remorseful old man.

This human weakness is not reserved solely for the Lightside of the Force. The Darkside has its human weakness on display as well, in the deeply conflicted character of Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo).

Nobody is left unscathed by the end of The Last Jedi, not the Lightside, nor the Darkside; not the Rebel Alliance, nor the First Order. Nobody. The damage is spread pretty evenly across the playing field, which is unusual for a Star Wars film (particularly a middle chapter).

It’s still not clear what Disney has in mind for the saga, other than to milk as much cash as they can before George Lucas’ untapped cash cow drys up (a metaphor straight out of the film, a very awkward and unnecessary scene involving Luke Skywalker milking an alien sea cow, yikes!)

Upon reflection, after seeing The Last Jedi there does appear to be a campaign to let the helium out of the last official holdout of pure idealism left in Hollywood – Star Wars, a franchise creator George Lucas admirably tried, but ultimately failed to protect from Hollywood appropriation.

Just as JJ Abrams transformed the Star Trek franchise, stripping everything that was noble, idealistic, and hopeful about Star Fleet, The Federation, and their Prime Directive.  Star Trek’s cinematic transformation “Into darkness” was a red-hot mess, remaking Captain Kirk into an adolescent imbecile who complains about the boredom of a five-year mission. Similarly Rian Johnson has stripped the idealism, optimism, strength and nobility from Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi Knights.

In the case of The Last Jedi, however, I don’t see the result as black or white. There are positive and negative aspects to Luke’s story, depending upon what you are seeking from the film.

[NOTE: I don’t agree with the narrative choices that Disney/Abrams/Johnson have made for Luke Skywalker’s story arc. I believe their narrative fundamentally betrays the character George Lucas originally created. There is insufficient backstory presented to justify Luke’s radical character change. However, looking at the film in isolation, there are some postive aspects to this alternative characterization.]

Luke Skywalker has exiled himself from his friends and family. He lives like a hermit on the edge of the galaxy, much like his former mentor did, Obi Wan Kenobi. (And yet I had the sense that Ben Kenobi retired on Tatooine to keep a watchful eye on young Luke.)

Luke turned away from the Jedi order because of his failure to teach his nephew, Ben Solo, his failure to lead him to the Lightside. In many ways, the back story of Skywalker and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren mirrors the back story of Albus Dumbledore and Tom Riddle/Voldemort from the Harry Potter novels. Both elder mentors saw the darkness in their young magical pupils, yet failed to alter their destiny. Both elder mentors suffered the same remorse and consequence. Is this intentional or perhaps creatively borrowed?

In the case of Dumbledore, the back story was fully explored over several books. In the case of Skywalker, we only get the briefest description and a flashback. Unfortunately, the scarcity of the back story weakens its overall credibility, but that doesn’t hinder the wonderful performance that Mark Hamill delivers.

The expectation to see Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight in his prime, fighting the First Order, is long gone. Skywalker is now an old man dealing with his own mistakes and his own mortality (something Millennial fans are not quite ready to understand). Dealing with our weakness is a very human thing. It’s a grown up thing. It’s a heart-and-soul-centric thing. My initial fear was that Disney was going to throw Luke to the Darkside, and that’s not where I wanted to see my childhood hero land.

For me, the strongest, purist, Star Wars moment in the entire film is when the ghost of old Yoda appears. He still sees Luke Skywalker as the same impetuous, cocky, yet fearful student he trained on the planet Dagobah so many decades ago. As expected, Yoda offers some of the wisest words in the entire film.

 “The greatest teacher,  failure is.”

We are never too old to learn the ways of the force, or the lessons that life has to teach us. At some point in our personal spiritual evolution, we have to give up our duality battles. We have to forgive our own shortcomings. If we want to transition to a world of higher spiritual principles, we need to learn to leave this imperfect physical world behind.

Facing his failure, Luke wanted to turn his back on his Jedi principles, as if they were the reason for his failure, and the failure of the unbalanced universe around him. But the Jedi Order like any belief system or religion, is just the sum of the imperfect men and women who subscribe to and perpetuate it. Its value is reflected within the state of our heart and our will.

When Luke is ready to move beyond his failures, he is ready to move beyond his own damaged ego, and thus become one with The Force.

“We are what they grow beyond.”

As Yoda so elegantly states, it is time to let the next generation take the reins, learn from our mistakes, make their own mistakes, and pass on the torch of hope.

And now for some…

Clumsy Liberal Political Correctness

Yes, it’s true, the original Star Wars was a bunch of white people, two droids, and Lando Calrissian. I’m all for diversity represented on the screen, however The Last Jedi seems to have taken a nosedive into a galaxy of Identity Politics.

Instead of striving for a world where everyone is equal and celebrated, Identity Politics prefers to wallow in the politics of victimhood, the need to elevate some people and demonize others based upon race and gender, reverse-discrimation repackaged for Millennials. Swinging from one extreme to another is not a balanced, healthy approach. It will not make the world a better place. You’re just exchanging one elite class for another. Why don’t liberals understand this? But in the words of Yoda, “the greatest teacher, failure is.”

“And there are lots and lots of tweets and user reviews and responses that focus on the idea that the film’s strongest characters are almost all women, who usually know the right thing to do, while its most evil characters are white men with complexes about being given what they think they deserve … The series’ millennial good guys are a young white woman, a black man, a woman of Asian descent, and a Latino man, while its millennial bad guys are two white dudes.” (Vox.com)

An Extreme Gender Divide

The Last Jedi really pushes the gender divide to a new dualistic extreme – the divine feminine vs the demonic masculine. While the original Star Wars broke new ground giving us a plucky Princess Leia who could handle a blaster and didn’t need rescuing, The Last Jedi seems to be pushing the cause-de-jour of “toxic masculinity.”

We have a Rebel Alliance commanded by wise, compassionate Earth Mothers while the First Order is a fascist troop of humorless white guys (no different from the original Empire). What’s very different is the deliberate diminishment of the swashbuckling male hero, the character of Poe Dameron, who is scolded and berated for his heroic wartime recklessness throughout the film. Maybe that’s the reason Han Solo left Leia and the Rebel Alliance? (humorous speculation)

However, the fans’ biggest objection with the film seems to be the “wussification” of Luke Skywalker – the iconic swashbuckling hero that almost every American boy looked up to as a role model since 1977.

The battle-of-the-sexes makes for interesting dramatic conflict, the maternal leader who runs from the battle to save civilian lives versus the masculine warrior who wants to go down fighting. Unfortunately, Battlestar Galactica did it way better a few years back, pitting President Laura Roslin against Commander William Adama. However Battlestar Galactica didn’t resort to subtle gender-shaming and reverse-sexism. The Galactica leaders eventually reconciled their differences – two rare adult performances in a genre defined by arrested adolescence. The couple became an unbeatable force.

“The Resistance” & Finn Getting All ANTIFA

The Rebel Alliance from the original trilogy has now become “the Resistance,” and Disney has shamelessly transposed a timeless epic from “A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away,” on to our post-Trump political world. Here’s two quotes from Vanity Fair which blatantly equates the First Order with the Trump administration and Admiral Leia’s forces with the liberal Resistance movement.

“Though The Last Jedi began filming in early 2016—in other words, long before a referendum on Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clintoninformed every aspect of American storytelling—it’s impossible to ignore the parallels on screen here.” (Vanity Fair)

“As you might imagine, those “fans”—who seem to take their cues from First Order supremacists Hux and Kylo rather than Resistance heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe—aren’t very comfortable with the film’s more progressive messages. Their hysteria-tinged reactions are best ignored.” (Vanity Fair)

One of my biggest problems with the film is a seemingly pointless side-quest where Finn and Rose fly off to a casino planet to find a mysterious codebreaker/hacker played by Benicio Del Toro. Although these scenes are meant to emulate the cantina bar scene from the original film, they feel completely out-of-place in the Star Wars universe, a kind of Casino Royal from a futuristic James Bond satire – the point of which is two-fold.

First, confronted with the lifestyles of the intergalactic 1%, who resemble extras in a Hunger Games movie, Finn’s daring escape/joyride causes a fair bit of destruction to this casino vacation spot. His response – he’s pretty happy to cause some collateral property damage to these galactic elitists (who are just kinda minding their own business). This is a very unheroic and un-Star Wars thing to proclaim. I’m pretty sure promoting anarchy and violence against the rich is not in the Jedi handbook (which incidentally, Luke decides to burn – a highly symbolic act). However it is very ANTIFA.

Second, this intergalactic hacker DJ (what kind of Star Wars name is DJ?) opens a whole new can of worms for the Star Wars univese with one line of dialogue. DJ hints that there are secret powers “behind the scenes” who are selling weapons to both sides of the conflict, profiting from both the First Order and The Resistance. (Just like the Rothschilds did throughout World War I and II.) This is quite the revelation, and I am curious to see where Disney takes this “conspiracy theory” narrative in future films.

The Mythology is Timeless

Ultimately, Disney’s attempts to remold Star Wars will fail. Why?

Because you can’t reinvent good mythology. This is my theory why no Star Wars film to date has ever really worked or satisfied an audience since the original trilogy hit the theaters, in 1977, 1980, and 1983.

You can’t recreate it. You can’t reinvent it. You can’t extend it. And you can’t destroy it.

The original Star Wars was never just a Hollywood movie. It took the world by storm like no other film before or since. In an instant it became a new form of cultural mythology, a uniquely American mythos, the farm boy joining a revolution against British imperial power. It spoke to our deepest hopes and fears, the timeless dance of good vs evil, freedom vs tyranny, our unspoken hunger for deeper meaning and spirituality in a superficial and materialistic culture, reflecting our complex relationship with an absent father-figure (Anakin Skywalker) and a faceless corporate shadow government (Darth Vader).

Star Wars is our American Story. From Birth (A New Hope), to Cultural Death and the Dark Night of the Soul (The Empire Strikes Back), to Resurrection (Return of the Jedi).

About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

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https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/new-star-wars-posters/

The New ‘Star Wars’ Posters Are All About The One-Eye Sign

deusnexus_100Thanks to Vigilant Citizen for another great catch. In the old days of the original Star Wars, there was only one movie poster for a film. These days, there are often several different posters designed to advertise a blockbuster, and one of the more recent trends of Hollywood film promotion is the character series.

There’s something ‘Photoshopped” about the look of these posters – not that they are fake. They are most certainly not. Look closely at the eyes behind the weapon. Look at Han Solo’s hand. I don’t think the actors actually posed for these photos. They were specifically created… for a specific reason, and not simply a trendy artistic style. Don’t believe me? Go to The Vigilant Citizen. Every month, he features a new batch of illuminati one-eye-covered symbolism in the fashion, music, and film industry. And it’s not just the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce.

Ever since the first trailer, I’ve suspected that the new Star Wars film would likely be used for the same agenda we’ve seen presented in nearly every major recent blockbuster, from Captain America and the Avengers franchise to the newest Batman film. These posters make it pretty clear that hidden messages and occult symbolism will be present in Disney’s new Star Wars film as well.

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From: The Vigilant Citizen

Disney released five character posters promoting the highly anticipated movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. All five of them prominently feature the one-eye sign, indicating that the movie is part of the elite’s Agenda.

In 2012, the Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced three new Star Wars films. On top of acquiring the rights to the tsunami of Star Wars merchandise that is about to flood the markets, Disney gave itself the luxury of molding these new movies to its liking.

Knowing Disney, its ramifications and its elite ties, you better believe that the “messages” in these new movies will closely conform to the occult elite’s Agenda. The new character posters released by Disney are early proof of this fact. Every one of them – the good guys and bad guys – feature one eye clearly hidden by a weapon. No matter what side they’re on, they’re owned by the elite.

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In my series of articles Symbolic Pics of the Month, I regularly highlight the one-eye sign in popular culture as its omnipresence reflects the stronghold of the occult elite has on mass media. It is their sign. In the case of Star Wars, things take giant proportions due to the extreme anticipation of the new movie, the series’ massive fan base and the fact that die-hard fans will embrace every piece of media associated with the movie. In short, it is yet another step into turning popular culture into one big tool of propaganda for the occult elite.

– VC

RELATED SITES:
http://media-conspiracy-manipulation.blogspot.com/2011/11/all-seeing-eye-hand-covering-face.html
http://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=203116

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/focus-sessions-observatory/

Focus Sessions: Sunspot, NM Observatory Closing

Lynn from Focus Sessions takes a psychic look at the question of the New Mexico Observatory closing, and the answer is not what we expected.


Source: Focus Sessions | reading by Lynn

QUESTION:  In Sunspot, NM they did an evacuation.  The Observatory has been blocked off with yellow tape.  Can you see what is going on there?  Thanks.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/telescope-did-not-see-aliens-but-sunspot-mystery-continues/5069947/?cat=500 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=_AVdVBvSjcU

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1018379/Solar-Observatory-Sunspot-alien-conspiracy-mystery-drone-footage-FBI

ANSWER:  I received several emails on this, and wanted to take a look at it.  I did read the brief article above to better understand and tune into this situation.  As I tune into this, I feel like everyone wants to look up to the sky (I mean this is an Observatory), but I actually want to look underground.  As I remotely see myself there, people that have physically come there are looking upward, trying to see if there is something in the sky or near the sun, but I have the emotion that I need to back up and look down at the ground (as if I want to look “through” the ground at something beneath it).

I get that the Observatory is sort of a “cover” for a bigger operation that is going on.  It looks like there is some kind of underground base or testing that happens, and the is Observatory placed upon it.  Think of this as a “mini” area 51.  There is a lot of UFO activity in this area, so the Observatory also serves the purpose of being able to watch what is going on above as well.

As I look underground, I get there is a fairly large study of ETs going on.  I hear the facility needed to be underground for security and also to dull the ability of other ETs to sense what was going on (and possibly come for a rescue). I see they had some ETs that look to either be frozen or perhaps deceased (they are floating in water).  I also see another that looks to to be in a glass cage.  The being looks to be a grey, and fairly submissive (then I hear the phrase “not by choice, but by force”). It looks like many tests are being done on him (I see what looks like some kind of patches on his head that can send / receive messages wirelessly).

It looks as though there was a breach in security that allowed the Grey to escape.  He really is very intelligent, and should not have been underestimated.  When he escaped and made it outside, he was able to “call” a fellow ship to get him.  At the time of the escape, people were evacuated and they closed down the Observatory in fear of a retaliation.  I get this location is monitored remotely, as they feel some kind of interaction is imminent.  I see this facility being closed for a while until they can be sure they are safe and secure.  When it finally reopens, I get there will be a “remodel” with enhanced security and upgrades.

Please send some positive vibes to this area as it feels like some low vibe activity was occurring.

And that is all I have for this reading.  Thank you.  Love and light-

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/trapped-negative-emotions/

The Detrimental Effects of Trapped Emotions

Trapped negative emotions are the root cause of, or a significant contributing factor in, almost everything that goes wrong with your physical body.  Including dysfunction, disease, and pain.  They also contribute to creating dysfunction in your relationships, career, and in many other areas of your life.

And trapped negative emotions often contribute to maintaining the undesirable circumstances that spawned them in the first place.  And worse yet, they can even attract (via the Law of Attraction) similar adversity in the future.  Trapped emotions are a potent force that is ever present and silently blocking you from manifesting health, happiness, and success.

And last but not least, if we don’t clear our trapped negative emotions we will not be able to continue to participate in the ongoing ascension that is taking place here on Earth.  If you are unaware of this, there is something profound underway on our planet.  The long heralded great spiritual transformation of Humanity is underway.  The energetic frequency of everything on Earth is rising, including the frequency of our bodies and consciousness.  More and more people all over the planet are awakening and remembering their higher selves and the greater reality.  More and more people’s level of consciousness is shifting upwards as well.  This shift in consciousness will ultimately (over the next 20 to 80 years or so) completely transform ourselves and our world.

One of the things that can hold us back from this process is our trapped negative emotions.  They are literally like an anchor that will hold us down, not allowing us to ascend with everyone else if we don’t clear them from our bodies.  As the frequency of everything rises the detrimental effects of having trapped emotions will be amplified and those holding them will experience increasing health issues and adversity.  So more than ever, it is extremely important to clear one’s emotional baggage.

With all the detrimental effects that Trapped Emotions cause I think you can appreciate why releasing them could be very helpful.  Before we get into that let’s explore what Trapped Emotions really are and how they form in a bit more detail.

https://deusnexus.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/parasitic-emotional-manipulators/

Lisa Renee: “Parasitic Emotional Manipulators”

Source: Energetic Synthesis | By Lisa Renee

One principle to remember is that controlling and dominating people and the nonphysical entities that are parasitic, will always use manipulation to get what they want. Usually it is to maintain their attachment to siphon energy or to use someone else’s energy to get things they want for themselves. This may be a person who doesn’t want to put forth the effort or energy to do things themselves, so they manipulate others to do it for them.

Or they feel depleted so they seek out a person that they can suck energy from, usually by drawing them into some archetypal drama or crisis. In these situations it is noted how the vampire appears to be suddenly reenergized by your presence, while you feel excessively drained and tired. If we allow ourselves to be continually siphoned by others, we can feel depressed, confused, irritable and even physically ill.

We all need to evaluate relationships and set healthy boundaries in order to generate mutually beneficial exchanges with other people.

This inherently manifests as imbalanced exchanges of parasitic and codependent behavior, and many times the party acting as the psychic vampire will become addicted to their target host, because they are used to getting the energy they want from that person. When you place boundaries and cut off the siphoning attachment, in most cases the parasitic person and the energy parasite will have a control oriented emotional tantrum, or fly into narcissistic rage. This principle of exerting energetic control works the same way in physical people and in nonphysical entities, as well as all negative spiritual energies that are parasitic in nature. Over the years in observing dark entities and their tendency to have control oriented tantrums, this helped me to see how they manipulate people in the physical realm in order to gain access to their energies.

It is a fact on the earth that many people are being influenced by negative forces that they do not comprehend, which has reinforced a lifetime of negative habits, low self-esteem and parasitic behaviors. When people feel unsafe and insecure in themselves they will easily resort to controlling and manipulating behaviors to suck energy and this is commonly referred to as a psychic vampire or emotional vampire. For this reason you should be able to clearly identify various types of personalities that are psychic vampires.

A psychic vampire is a person who carries energy parasites, will drain others energies and may intentionally drain any positive energy or happiness in another. They can commonly show up as narcissistic, controlling, victims, incessant talkers or drama queens. They generally have a black hole of emptiness within that seeks to be filled by someone else’s energy. As a result, they have a big wounded pain body and generally never feel satisfied, need constant reassurance, and take little things as personal offenses. Most of the time these are not mutually beneficial relationships but one sided parasitic drains, they are friendly as long as you do what they want, and they can suck your energy.

Manipulation tactics are used to make a generally content person feel put down or to take their positive feelings and energy away, to erode self-esteem. The vampire may use condescending, critical or belittling behavior, they may use intimidation and bullying to make another feel unsafe, or even guilty so that they are completely dependent on them. Generally these people put others on edge, where one feels they must walk on egg shells to not upset this person, or get their wrath. You may not know what can set them off at any moment. If you notice the energy wither away whenever a certain person walks into the room, you should protect yourself and amplify your 12D Shield. Most of the time, people that are vampiric are not consciously aware that they are sucking energy from others, and are often totally unaware that they are disconnected from their soul-spirit. People that are soul disconnected feel empty inside and therefore will naturally try to make up for the energy loss by sucking energy from other people in the external. Staying away from psychic vampires and one sided parasitic relationships, instead fortifying your energies as an act of self-love is a good practice for beginning effective spiritual hygiene.

Finding our Centering System

Additionally, finding our center or grounding oneself is similar as the way a tree is sinking her roots deeply in the earth to stay secure in a storm. This is also a tool in creating healthy boundaries – finding the inner stillness is what allows peace to nurture the inner connection within ourselves by finding our center and spiritual core. So, our grounding root system is both our anchor and supports the maintenance of a strong boundary system. It keeps us from being blown about in other people’s winds. We must learn to better compassionately witness other people’s emotional dramas and pain without allowing their pain and chaos to impact our own energies or direction. Learning to identify escalating emotional dramas in narcissistic behavior gives us a way to disengage from the external chaos from allowing it to impact us. When we are inwardly focused and we become still within in order to connect with our heart and feel into our deeper intuition. This is the process that keeps one steady, inner connected and focused.

So, finding the inner core to ground yourself and have strong boundaries can happen in many ways. In our Energetic Synthesis community, we suggest acclimating to the ES Core Triad as a dedicated daily practise but there are some other ideas maybe saying a Prayer and setting positive intentions every day, offering your blessings over you morning meal or dinner and repeating positive affirmations in your head as you go through your day. Try different ways and find the tool that works for you. Again, one of my favorites is always I am God, I am Sovereign, I am Free.

Take notice of people and places that tend to drain you. Find neutrality in that situation by intending to connect with the inner Compassionate Witness. Just observe without judgement or reaction. Do not engage yet set appropriate boundaries. Before entering those places or exposing yourself to people whom you have a draining or vampiric sensation take a few minutes to fortify yourself and amplify your personal shield. Think of it as your inner energy space that will only allow love and positivity within it deflecting anything else. Focus on the Spirits of Christ as being inside your 12D Shield and this personal space protecting you and guiding you through your path in the day. See it and feel it as the force around you. Then recognize what action or non-action is required in order to responsibly maintain that peaceful inner space with healthy and appropriate boundaries.

(Source: ES News – Energetic Parasites, Ascension Glossary – Healthy Boundaries)

About the Author

Lisa Renee experienced a spontaneous kundalini event several years ago that catalyzed a “Starseed Awakening” to perceive multidimensional realities and communication with the Evolutionary forces of Light.

Energetic Synthesis covers all aspects of The Ascension or Great Shift, psychic self defence, ascension symptoms, and energy healing. Lisa Renee is a Spiritual Scientist and Quantum Therapist. She is one of the most impactful and insightful educators of the truth about our Planet’s Ascension Cycle and its physical effects on our bodies, minds and spirits. LEARN MORE

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Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Kiasmos – Looped

After sitting back all day while Ms. Mitchell questioned the witness, one Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, exploded across the dais late on Thursday in an outburst unusual even for a highly partisan body.

“Boy, you all want power,” he said, rising in his seat. “God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham that you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None. She’s as much of a victim as you.”

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Mr. Graham accused Democrats of trying to paint Judge Kavanaugh as “Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school.” He said they were executing a cynical political ploy to deny Mr. Trump a Supreme Court seat — “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.” And he said if they really wanted to get to the truth, Democrats would have come forward with Dr. Blasey’s account weeks before.

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020,” he said.

https://www.thecut.com/2018/09/kavanaugh-hearing-most-important-moments.html

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397641/they-were-laughing-ford-says-her-attacker-was-kavanaugh

15 year old who drinks and parties?! I question her memory and credibility! She continued to attend the parties after it happened.

It’s just strange to me that after 30 years she remembered something happened but not who did it. Then another 5 years goes by and she (Ford) being a anti Trump anti anything he is for suddenly remembers his ( Brett’s name) as he is chosen by Trump for the Supreme Court. ? A little odd from the beginning let alone not remembering what Month or where the party was and who was there?At that what kind of High School part only had 4 people show up ? That is not a party that’s a get together with a few friends. She has a fear of flying to testify but goes on all kinds of trips where it’s OK that she flew?

https://www.ksl.com/article/46397266/angry-kavanaugh-denies-ford-accusation-sees-disgrace

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Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees ‘disgrace’

By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press | Updated – Sep 27th, 2018 @ 4:33pm | Posted – Sep 27th, 2018 @ 7:19am


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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defiant and emotional bid to rescue his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students and angrily told Congress that Democrats were engaged in “a calculated and orchestrated political hit.”In her own testimony, Ford told the same Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “100 percent” certain a drunken young Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes and clapped a hand over her mouth as she tried to yell for help. She described “uproarious laughter” by Kavanaugh and his friend whom she said also was involved in the alleged incident in a locked bedroom at a gathering of high school friends.The Judiciary panel’s daylong hearing, an extraordinary Senate airing of long-ago and painfully personal memories, came as GOP support for Kavanaugh’s ascension to Supreme Court lay in the balance.

Kavanaugh vowed to continue his bid to join the high court, to which President Donald Trump nominated him in July. Now a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh seemed assured of confirmation until Ford and several other accusers emerged in recent weeks. He has denied all the accusations.

“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit, never,” he said in an irate voice.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford testified under sworn oath, leaving senators who will decide his fate and millions of Americans watching on television to parse whose version to believe.

In her three hours of testimony, Ford’s tone was polite but firm as she detailed her accusations but offered no major new revelations. Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona who asked all questions of Ford for the committee’s all-male GOP senators, seemed to elicit no significant inconsistencies.

During her testimony, Ford, now 51, said of Kavanaugh, “I believed he was going to rape me.”

Asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont for her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ford mentioned the two boys’ “laughter — the uproarious laughter between the two and they’re having fun at my expense.”

When the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, “The same way I’m sure I’m talking to you right now.” Later, she told Durbin her certainty was “100 percent.”

As deferential and hushed as Ford’s delivery was, Kavanaugh’s was incensed and combative. He repeatedly interrupted Democratic senators’ questions, including on whether he’d support their bid for testimony by Mark Judge, the friend who Ford has claimed participated in Kavanaugh’s assault on her.

When Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., pressed him to request an FBI probe, Kavanaugh said he’d do whatever the committee wished and repeatedly refused to change that position. Trump and Republicans have refused to bring the FBI into the matter.

“I want to know what you want to do,” Durbin said in an exchange that grew progressively louder.

“I’m telling the truth,” said Kavanaugh.

“I want to know what you want to do, judge!” Durbin repeated.

“I’m innocent. I’m innocent of this charge,” Kavanaugh said.

Later, he twice answered, “Have you?” when Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., asked if he’d ever passed out drinking. He later apologized to her.

The emotional tone continued as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of Kavanaugh’s strongest backers, lashed out at Democrats.

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold his seat open and hope you win in 2020,” he said, referring to that year’s presidential election.

Republicans are pushing to seat Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Kavanaugh, 53, struggled to hold back tears, particularly when he referred to his own family.

Asked about drinking in high school, he said he had, sometimes to excess. “I like beer,” he said, but he also said he’d never passed out and never attacked Ford. “I have never done this to her or to anyone,” he said.

But he moved beyond simple denials to going on offense, accusing Democrats of targeting him to assuage political grudges.

“This whole two-week effort have been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” adding they were seeking “revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside leftwing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said.

“You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ‘search and destroy,” he told the senators, referring to the Constitution’s charge to senators’ duties in confirming high officials.

During Kavanaugh’s 45-minute opening statement, senators watched intently, the only sound the clicking of cameras. In the front row, family and friends quietly cried including his wife, Ashley, whose lips were trembling.

Among the television viewers on Thursday was Trump, who has mocked the credibility of Kavanaugh’s accusers. The president watched aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from the United Nations, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

A White House official not authorized to speak publicly described Kavanaugh’s opening statement as “game changing,” saying the vigorous display would give GOP senators what they need to vote “yes.” The official said aides understood that Trump was reacting positively to the performance.

After Ford’s testimony, some Republicans gave no indications of wavering.

“You need more than an accusation for evidence. You need corroboration. That’s what’s missing here,” said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of Ford, “She’s a good witness. She’s articulate, an attractive person.”

Ford, a California psychology professor, spoke carefully and deliberately during the hearing, using scientific terminology at one point to describe how a brain might remember details of events decades later. The boys’ laughter was “indelible in the hippocampus,” she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding, “It’s locked in there.”

Mitchell led Ford through a detailed recollection of the events she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident. But under the committee’s procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats’ questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story.

Mitchell’s questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents. Mitchell asked who was financing her legal and security expenses. Ford responded that she had gotten help from well-to-do people back home and was aware of public contributions at the website GoFundMe.com but also said she’d not focused on such matters amid her family’s recent moves due to threats.

Shortly after Republicans began questioning Kavanaugh, GOP senators themselves began asking their own questions.

Kavanaugh’s teetering grasp on winning confirmation was evident Wednesday when Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed concern in a private meeting with senators about one of his other accusers, according to a person with knowledge of the gathering. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote, and Collins is among the few senators who’ve not made clear how they’ll vote.

Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick’s signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Judge. In a sworn statement, Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.”

Kavanaugh called Swetnick’s claim “a joke.”

The lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they attended Yale University, raised her profile Wednesday in a round of television interviews.

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Matthew Daly, Julie Pace and AP photographers J. Scott Applewhite and Carolyn Kaster contributed to this report.

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Kavanaugh testimony: http://apne.ws/xkhv2Yv

Ford testimony: http://apne.ws/Wpklfy3

Kavanaugh testimony from Sept. 17: http://apne.ws/fmGaR3x

Kavanaugh testimony from Sept. 25: http://apne.ws/PBbVJpg

Leonarde Keeler (left) testing his polygraph machine on Marjorie Creighton in presence of August Vollmer during a trial in Chicago in 1932.
Leonarde Keeler (left) testing his polygraph machine on Marjorie Creighton in presence of August Vollmer during a trial in Chicago in 1932.
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By OLIVIA B. WAXMAN

1:21 PM EDT

In advance of her appearance on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, submitted more than just an opening statement and supporting affidavits.

She also submitted to the committee the results of a polygraph, or lie-detector test, which she took in August at the suggestion of her lawyer.

“I didn’t see any reason not to do it,” she told the Senate committee during the hearing. “Based on the advice of the counsel I was happy to undergo the polygraph test, though it was extremely stressful.”

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The American Psychological Association holds the position that such results are not reliable, but her credibility is being challenged in front of the nation and the world. Polls suggest that Americans are split on whether to believeFord or Kavanaugh, who denies her allegations. So it’s understandable that she and her legal team would look for a way to prove that she’s being truthful.

That same human instinct to remove doubt is the very one that led to the invention of such a test in the first place.

Though the idea of a way to guarantee truth is an old one, the early 20th century saw a flourishing of attempts to discover a scientific solution, many of them based on the idea that the physical signs of stress go along with the act of telling a lie. For example, in 1913, the Harvard psychologist William Moulton Marston — who would go on to create the comic book hero Wonder Woman —came up with an early version of a lie-detector test. His device intermittently monitored the test-takers’ blood pressure, via cuff, for spikes that could indicate guilt as they told their story of what happened. “Marston thought that his technique exposed deep psychological truths about dominance and submission, and he later pioneered the use of the technique in testing movie audiences and probing the human (sexual) psyche,” Ken Alder, author of The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsessiontold TIME in an email.

On the other coast, nearly a decade later, Berkeley physiologist and cop John Larson developed a lie detector machine that also took into account breathing depth and heart rate, and that measured those figures against a control — a baseline that was created by asking the subject irrelevant questions — rather than merely looking for spikes. Invented under the supervision of the city’s police chief August Vollmer, a leader in police reform efforts in the early 20th century, it was designed to “make law enforcement more law-abiding by substituting scientific interrogation for violent third degree methods,” Alder explains, and while it wouldn’t become the default method, he used it “therapeutically” to “help reform juvenile offenders.”

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But the main polygraph in use today was a third invention, the brainchild of Leonarde Keeler, a lawyer, who developed it under Larson. Patented in 1931, the Keeler Polygraph measured the aforementioned three physiological responses, to which he’d later add sweatiness, while test-takers answered a series of yes-or-no questions and targeted questions. In some cases, Alder explains, he asked the subject about “guilty knowledge” — information that only the true criminal and the police would know — in order to see the reaction.

As early as 1935, TIME reported that the American Psychological Association heard from an expert that while the device could detect emotion, it couldn’t necessarily differentiate between the stress of telling a lie and other stresses.

But, crucially, Keeler’s goal was not exactly to figure out the truth. Instead, it was to convince criminals that he had done so, thus prompting them to confess, “as confessions could be used in court whereas lie detector evidence itself could not,” Alder explains. Similarly, willingness to take such a test voluntarily could be seen as a sign of truthfulness.

That secondary goal means that, in theory, any plausible lie-detector test could have become the dominant method. Keeler’s method stuck because, Alder argues, he’s the one who successfully marketed the machine as not only a law-enforcement tool but also as a way for private and public companies to keep employees honest. By 1988, when the Senate passed a bill to keep employers from using polygraphs as a reason to fire workers, TIME reported that 90% of the million-plus lie-detector tests administered in the U.S. the previous year were given by companies to their workers. The U.S. government uses them for making decisions about things like security clearances.

Today, however, polygraphs appear more often in movies than they do in courtrooms. Though there’s no blanket rule about using polygraphs in trial settings, criminal courts usually don’t accept them as evidence, Alder says, in part because they are “generally considered unreliable by most academic psychologists and by reputable scientists.” For example, the National Academy of Sciences concluded the evidence produced by polygraphs, especially in the screening of employees, was “scientifically weak.” In addition, the person who administers and assesses the test has a great deal of control over how it goes. (In the course of the Kavanaugh hearings, the committee did not allow the polygraph examiner who gave Ford the test to speak.)

And yet, the idea of the polygraph has never lost its luster, and attempts to refine a more perfect lie-detector test have continued.

“They are still used in many investigative settings, for national security purposes, and as a publicity stunt,” Alder says. “They appeal to an American sense of fairness since they purport to be ‘objective.’”

And, in the absence of outside evidence, there is still no way to know for sure whether a person is lying. Those who find themselves in situations in which their truthfulness is key thus have reason to try whatever option is available, as part of a larger effort to bolster credibility and to demonstrate willingness. So, Anita Hill took a lie-detector test in 1991 when she accused sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings, and now Ford decided to take one too.

As Ford and Kavanaugh testify Thursday, Ford’s polygraph results will join the mass of evidence that Senators and the nation will use to shape their decisions about whom to believe. And while lie detectors may not be fail-proof, some relevant evidence of truthfulness in such situations does have scientific backing. For example, though sexual assault numbers are notoriously hard to gather and the methodology used comes with limitations, research does suggest that false allegations of sexual violence are rare. According to an analysis by the National Sexual Violence Center, studies generally suggest that only 2% to 10% of sexual assault cases involve false reports.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/09/christine-blasey-ford-is-a-class-traitor.html#comments

Christine Blasey Ford Is a Class Traitor

Christine Blasey Ford testifying. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

We’ve seen a lot of Brett Kavanaugh’s blinking face in the last few weeks, but today is the first day we actually saw and heard Christine Blasey Ford, who has dared challenge the carpool dad and Supreme Court nominee. In the two blurry photos that circulated online before today, her eyes had been guarded behind sunglasses; what she sounds like, we finally are learning during this afternoon’s televised Senate hearing. I don’t know if it’s intentional, but our clearest image of her face had previously been of Blasey as the girl she was when, as she just testified, she was locked in that room with Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge: baby-faced, Farrah haircut, mouth slightly ajar.

What came across, listening to Ford testify, was her initial faith that the Republicans choosing Kennedy’s successor would want to hear from her, that she tried to figure out how to get the information to them before it was too late. Even after her own world failed to keep her safe, she expected to be heard. Maybe that’s because she comes from Kavanaugh’s world. And that’s why today is the day Republicans never wanted to come. (Only hours ago, they emptied out the trash can of their anonymous tips in the hope of muddying up the essential clarity of Christine Blasey Ford’s voice.)

It strikes me that Republicans are scared of Ford because she is essentially a class traitor. Two of the accusers whose names we know, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, were immediately marked as outsiders by the circle of old school friends and Republican operatives that closed around Brett Kavanaugh from the start. Deborah was, the Times reported, “the daughter of a telephone company lineman and a medical technician” — nearly a townie, half Puerto Rican, doing her time scrubbing dorm toilets and serving her classmates food while Kavanaugh was, according to his roommate, coating his dorm bathroom in vomit. Julie Swetnick was worse, by the lights of Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep defenders: “Never heard of her. I don’t remember anyone from Prep hanging out with public school girls, especially from Gaithersburg.” Talk about incriminating yourself.

It’s a lie, of course, but a telling one. I’ve been corresponding this week with a woman who went to nearby Walter Johnson High School and socialized with Kavanaugh at the time. She says that in the summer of 1983, when she went to Beach Week parties with the boys of Georgetown Prep, she rarely saw private school girls. “I think they kept us separated,” she said. “Like sheep.”

Christine Blasey Ford cannot be dismissed as a pretender to privilege, which I suspect is what scares Republicans so much. But for her decision to come out about Brett Kavanaugh and to remake herself as a California surfing mom, she is the archetypal Republican voter: A wealthy, white suburban woman, married, with children. Her parents are Republicans. Her father plays golf with Brett Kavanaugh’s dad at Burning Tree. Her parents have been noticeably silent — stonily so, with no letter of support, only the most begrudging words. It chilled me to read what her father, Ralph Blasey, wrung from himself to offer the Washington Post, in the conditional tense: “I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs, and so on.” Then he hung up. A second call yielded this hypothetical: “I think any father would have love for his daughter.”

Women like Ford are the ones who have mostly raced to protect Brett Kavanaugh — not to mention Donald Trump — because admitting that there was something rotten in their culture would implicate them, too. What makes Ford different, it seems, is that she is ready to tell the truth that even the white woman on the pedestal is ultimately doomed to subordination, and if she gets in the way of the plan or breaks the code — well, she’s on her own.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/27/rachel-mitchell-demolishes-christine-blasey-fords-claim-she-fears-flying/

Rachel Mitchell Demolishes Christine Blasey Ford’s Claim She Fears Flying

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme …
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Investigative counsel Rachel Mitchell, cross-examining Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, demolished her claim that she could not testify on Monday because she was afraid of flying.

Ford and her attorneys refused a Monday hearing, arguing that she was afraid to fly. One of her friends even claimed that her fear of flying was a result of the alleged assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh over 35 years ago.

Watch the exchange:

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As Politico reported:

The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington, according to the Republican senator, which means she may need to drive across the country. Ford has reportedly told friends she is uncomfortable in confined spaces, indicating a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane.

Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) then offered to travel to California to interview Ford, relieving her of the need to fly. She declined. There was talk of having Ford drive across the country to make the hearing.

Yet under questioning by Mitchell, Ford admitted that she had, in fact, flown across the country to make the hearing. She had also flown to the east coast for a vacation with family in August. She also admitted flying frequently for her work and for her hobbies, including surfing vacations in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and French Polynesia. Ford, laughing nervously, said that it was easier to fly for vacations.

Critics had speculated that the sole reason Democrats, and Ford, were refusing a Monday hearing — or even a compromise Wednesday hearing — was because a Thursday hearing would make it almost impossible for the Senate to hold a confirmation vote on Judge Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court begins its new session on October 1.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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