Circumstantial Evidence Indicates Latest Assassination Attempt May Have Failed Just Before Liftoff

Curious events indicate (another) Deep State assassination attempt was thwarted. If events on the main stage seem peculiar, it would be a thrill to see behind the scenes. The timeline of circumstantial evidence looks a little like this:

Jan 3, 2019: Pelosi invited President Trump to address Congress for the annual State of the Union address, designating the date for January 29. President Trump accepted the invitation.

Jan 16:  Pelosi sent a letter to POTUS asking him to postpone his State of the Union Address or to submit it in writing.

Peculiarities:

  • It’s thirteen days before the SOTU. This implies Pelosi did not anticipate the government shutdown to be resolved in the next almost two weeks?
  • Knowing the nature of President Trump, she most likely anticipates a refusal to this request.
  • She cites “security concerns” because of the partial government shutdown affecting the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security. However, she has not checked with either of those departments.
  • The shutdown is because an agreement for funding the wall for national security on the border has not been arrived at. The irony of citing security issues (for government officials) while ignoring the security issues of Americans is hard to dismiss.

Jan 16, 11:25am:  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen tweeted that both HS and the USSS are “fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”  This indicates Pelosi has spoken on behalf of those departments – and is in error.

Jan 16:  21 year old Muslim Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia was arrested and charged for plans to attack the White House with an anti-tank rocket (AT-4), explosive devises, and semi-automatic rifles.  The alleged attack was to occur the next day, Jan 17.

Jan 17:  Pelosi tweaked her rhetoric to now state they should postpone the SOTU because the workers in those departments aren’t getting paid.

Peculiarities:

  • All of Congress and the Senate are receiving their pay (unless they’ve manually requested not to) during this shutdown, so it seems the better response here is let’s get this resolved now or withhold our pay as well.
  • Democrats vacationed over the holiday (during the shutdown), including Pelosi in Hawaii. Then spent a weekend taking chartered jets to Puerto Rico, lounging on the beach, and attending a play just days before she sent that letter.  (Clearly not that concerned about furloughed employees.)
  • President Trump has in essence been working without pay since his inauguration. He has donated every paycheck since he’s been in office to various departments to better the nation.  President Trump stayed at the White House over the holiday break instead of his usual family holiday in Florida, and even visited trips in the Middle East.

Jan 17:  Pelosi and her group of seven (CODEL) are stopped on the Air Force bus on their way to take a military craft to Afghanistan by a letter from POTUS stopping all tax-payer funding for (unnecessary) travel until the government shutdown is over.  Trump released the letter shortly after two.  Pelosi’s group was to fly out at three.  He cites, “Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.  We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”

Peculiarities:

  • Rampant reports indicate Pelosi’s entire family (and other delegate families) was making this trip as well, to the tune of 93 people. What would Pelosi’s entire family be doing on a trip to a war zone?
  • Pelosi allegedly wanted to select the crew for the C-40 (modified 757 military) plane. Why?
  • Adam Schiff was part of the CODEL. (Along with Rep. Eliot Engel and Rep. Mark Takano.)
  • The plan for this trip was apparently initiated about two weeks prior, which would place it around the Christmas holiday. From Politico, “In Afghanistan, government staffers were not necessarily thrilled about the pending trip, according to a person familiar with the planning process.  ‘A lot of people here were very pissed off about this trip,’ the person told POLITICO.  ‘Foreign Service Officers have been working overtime for two weeks on this trip for no pay, and [Pelosi] was set to arrive on a holiday weekend.  And after the letter she wrote to the White House yesterday it seemed like hypocrisy.’”  We know Pelosi traveled to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday.  I’ve been unable to discover if BO was in Hawaii at the same time, but it’s a usual modus operandi for him.  The CODEL trip was formed and set in motion after this break.
  • Pelosi made a public reply through spokesman Drew Hammill indicating the stop in Brussels was to meet with NATO commanders to “affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance.” Interestingly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Brussels Dec. 3-5 to meet with NATO officials.
  • While Pelosi denied that she was traveling to Egypt, I have trouble believing the plane’s itinerary was in error as late as an hour before departure. Interestingly as well, Pompeo was in Egypt himself just ten days earlier on Jan. 10.

Jan 17:  Literally hours later, Melania and Barron made a quiet and unannounced departure for Florida.  This was observed by planefags (civilians who watch flight manifests and logs).

Jan 18:  Pelosi attempted to fly commercially to keep her original itinerary but accused the White House of leaking their commercial flight plans and jeopardizing their “security” – which was adamantly denied by the White House.

Jan 18:  President Trump announced he will be making a “major announcement” Saturday that will be broadcast live from the White House.

Jan 18:  Donna Brazile tweets: #MadamSpeaker today  #President Pelosi shortly thereafter  #MLKWeekend is underway  Keep Hope Alive!

Peculiarities:

  • Just what?!?! Is this sedition?  Premeditated assassination?  Why are we calling Pelosi “President” for a near future event?
  • MLK was assassinated. Hope was part of the BO regime mantra.  Is this a cryptic message?

Jan 18:  Pelosi and entourage are spotted at Reagan airport.

Jan 19:  Pelosi releases  a statement in ADVANCE of the President’s speech rejecting his terms.

Jan 19:  POTUS spoke to the nation about his plans for border security and asked for bipartisan cooperation to begin immigration reform, build part of the wall in vulnerable areas, and get the government back to work.

The peculiarities in recent events are hard to ignore.  The shutdown occurred shortly before Christmas.  Speculation is there was a plan made over Christmas holiday to shore up Deep State alliances in key strategic locations.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been at two of those locations in the last four weeks.  Why would this entourage be traveling to a war zone with their families?

Did President Trump quickly send his family to Florida in case the situation wasn’t fully contained?  They flew on the same plane that Pelosi was supposed to be on, which would have been prepped and ready.  This does ask the question if it was a previously prepared trip, there would have been two planes ready – a separate one for FLOTUS.

Interestingly, the six of John F. Kennedy’s Cabinet plus his press secretary were out of the country when he was assassinated.  They were flown to Tokyo (Nov. 1963).  There are eerie strains of conspiracy and plotting.  When the Air Force bus arrived back at the White House after being turned back, it circled the parking lot numerous times.  It was speculated because the passengers didn’t want to face the media.  But could it have been because they were concerned an AT-4 might be launching through walls at any moment and they were supposed to be in the air, or overseas, or anywhere but there?

What are the implications if these circumstances are more than ironic?

Source: by Ms. Smallback | News With Views

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Citizen – Government Relationship In A Post National World

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The Citizen In A Democratic Empire

(TheZMan) When most people think of citizenship, they think of their nation’s constitution or the rights guaranteed to them in the law. They will think of their obligations to their country, like paying taxes, obeying the law and defending the nation. In the West, a citizen is pretty much as the dictionary defines it, “a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.” It is a reciprocal set of obligations in the law, animated by a sense of duty by both the rulers and the ruled.

Additionally, at least in America, citizenship comes with a belief in equality between the people and the office holders. Every American grows up hearing that anyone can be President. The House of Representatives is known as the people’s house, because it was designed to not only represent the people, but be populated by representatives from the people. In other words, the citizens are ruled by their fellow citizens, not strangers or hired men paid by strangers. You can only be a citizen in your nation.

In the post-national world, that old definition of citizen no longer works. In a world where foreign people can just move in, claim the benefits and protections from the government, citizenship loses all value. At the same time, the state is increasingly alien to the people over whom it rules. In the European Union, the people are no longer ruled by their national governments, as all of the big decision are made in Brussels. In America, political offices are increasingly being filled by exotic weirdos with no connection to the natives.

The question then is what does it mean to be a citizen in a democratic empire?

The most obvious thing about the new citizen in the new post-national world is that the relationship between the citizen and the state is transactional. The state looks at the people as assets and liabilities. Theirs is a custodial role. The people that serve the interests of the state are treated differently from the people who depend on the state for their existence. It is a corporate relationship, except that people cannot be fired, so the useless ones will be stashed away while the productive are put to work.

Similarly, the citizen looks at his government in terms of what it can provide to him. He owes the state no more than he owes the coffee shop. The rules promulgated by the state are to be navigated around, rather than respected. If the rules work for the citizen or his group, the law is supported by the citizen or his group. On the other hand, if the law is an obstacle, then the law is subverted or ignored. In a post-national world, respect to the spirit of the law makes no more sense than having loyalty to a country.

This means that patriotism has no role in the democratic empire. Loyalty to your country only works if you actually have a country. The residue of patriotism will last for a while, as people will still think of their neighbors and friends as their countrymen, but in time, as those people are replaced by strangers, patriotism will disappear. In a transactional world populated by stranglers, your primary loyalty cannot be to the state, as it is just as much a stranger to you as the new neighbors, who just moved in from over the horizon.

The sterile transactionalism is already evident. Consider the change in relationship between employers and their workers. Everywhere in America, employment is at-will, which means an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason. Further, local business is atrophying as global enterprise monopolizes the marketplace. It used to be local business was a part of every community, sponsoring little leagues and charity drives. You’ll never see your kid’s little league sponsored by Google or Amazon.

Of course, this will have unforeseen consequences. For example, the military will no longer be able to rely on patriotism for recruitment. Since no one is a citizen in the old sense, the military stops being a citizen military. Instead, it takes on the characteristics of a mercenary army. The decision to join is no different than the decision to take one job over another. This will also apply to the police. The cops will no longer be citizens protecting and serving their community. They become free range prison guards.

Humans are social animals so the loss of national and regional identity means something will replace it. In a transactional world where everyone is a civic stranger, the old fashioned loyalties will become more important. Family, community, and tribe will be the only identities that have meaning. Again, we see the beginnings of this with the administrative layer of the managerial class. Those FBI agents plotting to overturn the 2016 elections were motivated by the emerging new identity politics.

That’s the thing that gets overstated in discussion of identity politics. The old identities will surely play a role, like race, ethnicity, and religion. New tribes resulting from the post-national relationships will emerge. The managerial state will begin to fracture and balkanize, as the rival power centers begin to jockey for power. Again, this can be seen in the obstruction of the Trump agenda by career bureaucrats in the government. They have become their own tribe and they have become class aware.

This paradise comes with a cost. Nations hold together for the same reason communities hold together. The social capital, those invisible bonds between people, breathe life into the organizing structure. Patriotism and civic duty are what animate the republic. Duty to king and the people is what animates a monarchy. This social capital is what binds the rulers to the ruled. In a highly transactional world, where social capital has been monetized or pushed to the margins, something else must animate the system.

That something else must be force driven by the self-interest of the people occupying positions in the power centers. We see some of that with the censorship campaigns by the tech giants and banks. This will become more overt until everyone has a natural hostility to everyone outside their social group. The cost of maintaining order will increase, but the means for imposing order will increase the cost of imposing that order. The empire will have no choice but to become more ruthless in its dealings.

If one wants to a preview of the post-national world, look at Lebanon. Every hill and every valley is its own nation, so to speak. Groups of the same religious sect or political persuasion can form temporary alliances, but Lebanon is not a coherent country with a common purpose. It’s just a place on the map with meaning only to those completely removed from the realities of Lebanese life. The future citizens will highly local and covetous of the small benefits he and his group can extract from the whole.

Source: The Z Man

Coventry School Fake News Incident Exposed

This is defamation. They should sue CNN into the stone age.
I read the students already have lawyers. Lawsuits are coming. 😂😂😂😂
Any leftist who harasses or makes any type of threat to a child needs to be dealt with for the safety of all children.
Thank you Tucker for exposing the sick adults on Twitter.
This is what Trump means by “enemy of the people”.
White America better wake up, because we are being demonized and silenced. And God help you if you’re a christian, pro life, and have morals.
I swear Tucker Carlson has been gifted from God … his ability to convey truth.
jeff clark
The only people being racist were the Black Hebrews.
Will G
The media and celebrities are guilty of inciting violence against these boys. The boys did absolutely nothing. They were attacked for being white and refusing to bow down to nonwhites who confronted them with insults and intimidation.Trump needs to arrest all of the media.
Darin Triplett
Keep in mind, if you see the full video, they are using racial slurs against the kids. How is “build a wall” anti Native American? The lefties attacked these kids because of their skin color and that’s what sane people call racism. To make the kids the bad guys in this narrative, you have to knowingly edit out the racism against them. This attack on these kids isn’t a mistake, it’s evil plain and simple.
Rebecca JJ
Tonight on Twitter, black posters are out in droves, saying these kids “deserved” what they got, are still racist because they are white, and should be KILLED. I’m reading it. All over Twitter. Just your average black folk out here tweeting this stuff. So… my understanding of minorities and their victim hood has just come to an end with this incident. After 8 years of Obama-crap & racism issues that were non-existent, and then after two years of anti-Trump hatred so unhinged it is bordering on civil war, this is my last straw. I simply no longer care about black poverty, unemployment, Native American crapola, or any other minority issue. And, I’ll never care about it again.

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Covington MAGA Kids To Meet With Trump; Families Plan To Sue After MSM Witch Hunt Results In Death Threats

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Trumps Best Chance To Drain The Swamp

Trump Puts Schumer and Pelosi in a Brilliant Vise Grip

The federal government shutdown has presented a unique opportunity for President Donald Trump to clear out the deadwood in the federal bureaucracy, saving U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars in salaries, perks, and rented office space for people who aren’t doing anything productive.

At the same time, Trump can get rid of dozens, possibly even hundreds of Deep State operatives in the government, handpicked by Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for their loyalty to the Democratic Party, not their country or the law.

These people leak like a screen door in a submarine, mainly to CNN and MSNBC, the twin headquarters of Trump-hatred on cable TV.  Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were choreographing their leaks to the media via text messages.  Even though Strzok was fired and Page resigned, it’s clear there are many others.  They actively resist Trump and the Republicans at every opportunity.  This is the core of the Resistance.

A high-ranking Trump administration official wrote four days ago in the Daily Caller that the shutdown enables Trump to get rid of people like this.  As members of the Senior Executive Service, many of them can’t be fired unless they’re convicted of a felony, or of committing some flagrant misconduct.

This is indeed Trump’s chance to “smoke out the Resistance,” but he must do it carefully.  Thomas Lifson has published two columns in the American Thinker, here and here, explaining that SES employees cannot be furloughed (laid off) under normal circumstances, but they can be removed during a Reduction in Force (RIF) when their positions are found to be unnecessary.

In the D.C. article, our unnamed administration official explains that roughly 80% of the federal work force in many departments, including his own, simply don’t do anything.  They plan shopping trips and vacations.  They send out résumés for better-paying positions, perhaps without realizing that any new employer might expect them to actually get some work done.

My experience in employment law teaches me that all federal employees are working under some kind of written contract, whether it’s a collectively bargained contract with a union or an individual employment contract.  As of today (January 18), the shutdown is in its 28th day.  At 30 days, even SES executives loyal to the Democratic Party become vulnerable to the RIF monster.

Lifson believes, and I also suspect, that Trump suckered the Democrats into a battle royale over the southern border wall Trump has proposed.  By refraining from declaring a national emergency and then building the wall (with Department of Defense funds saved from the withdrawal from Syria), Trump can simply bypass Congress.  He can order the Army Corps of Engineers to build it.

I believe that by making that threat and repeating it, but not following through on it, Trump has created a lingering atmosphere in which Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer feel compelled to stop him at any cost.  In political terms, they’re willing to die on this hill.

Immigrants, when they gain the right to vote for the first time, almost always vote for Democrats.  A recent Yale-MIT study reveals that the actual number of illegal aliens in the U.S. is 22 million, which is roughly the populations of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland combined.  The largest landslide in U.S. presidential history (Reagan vs. Dukakis Mondale, 1980) was 17 million.  And the Democrats want all 22 million to have amnesty, citizenship, and voting rights as quickly as possible.

So Chuckie and Nancy want no wall.  They want no ICE.  They may not have openly expressed the latter sentiment, but several prominent younger voices in their party have done so clearly.

The longer-term goal of a vastly larger, mostly Latino U.S. voting population would be an enormous gain for the Democratic Party, but Trump may bait them into losing their Deep State network of loyal Democratic Party operatives in the bureaucracy.

As Lifson explains, and Michael Roberts explains at The Balance Careers here, on Day 30 of the shutdown, a clause is triggered in these federal employment contracts that enables RIF.  The Office of Personnel Management oversees the RIF process.

A downsizing plan must be presented to OMB on Day 31.  Trump’s team needs to act fast.  The plan must include all of the people who just sit around texting each other about their next leak to MSNBC, or planning their next protest march in a pink hat.  It will take another 30 days to implement the plan.  Roughly 800,000 federal employees could be permanently removed under this plan, with an annual savings of roughly $80 billion in salaries alone.  Including the pensions; the government vehicles; and the rented office space, furniture, and equipment, it could be $150 billion.

In particular, removing the SES employees and their hefty salaries represents a huge savings.  After the massive RIF, Trump could go ahead with Plan B, declare an emergency, and send that order to the Corps of Engineers.  The Democratic Party will be faced with a Hobson’s choice: lose the Latino vote, or lose the Deep State.  I suspect that when presented with this possibility, Chuckie and Nancy will immediately cave in (they aren’t that stupid).

At that point, Trump should raise the stakes.  “Approve all of my judicial nominees immediately, or the shutdown continues, and the RIF takes effect.  Then I declare an emergency, and I get my border wall anyway.”

Since the Latino vote isn’t a sure thing, they’ll choose to keep the Deep State, and they’ll cave in.  The Latino population will gradually go from mostly pro-Democrat to independent, or even Republican, as so many Latinos in the Rio Grande Valley have done.  Most people outside Texas don’t know this, but Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) won with a plurality of the Latino vote – and a slender majority (50%-49%) of Latino males.  If we can duplicate that in the rest of the country, the Democratic Party is finished.

We didn’t hire Trump to go to church with us.  We hired him to clean house. This is the best chance to get it done.

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Two years ago, America inaugurated the American Nationalist, Donald J Trump, as President of the United States despite incredible odds, and the opposition has only gotten worse since. The globalist shadow government, their apparatchiks and fellow travelers have been sending everything they’ve got against him to stop the America First movement to claim national sovereignty. Yet, he takes all of these slings and arrows, gladly for you and with his Steel Will he stands against all the enemies of the people. From the Deep State bureaucrats to the Deep State fake news media; from the Party of Crime, the Democrats, to the Party of Slime, the Republicans; from foreign frenemies to extracting trading partners; from globalist agreements that tie us up to domestic terrorists who ruin the remnant of our culture; our Super President takes them all on and wins! His will is unstoppable; how’s yours? Are you prepared for the most winning you’ve ever seen; while experiencing the most danger you have ever experienced? Your mission is to follow President Trump and Make America Great Again!

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Politics is about one thing and one thing only: POWER! Trump has the power. The idiots that killed the Republic and brought us into Empire NEVER expected Trump….he is the Emperor they never wanted.

The globalists’ shadow government is in panic as Trump is about to reveal their crimes. He must be stopped at all costs; the American Nationalist Giant must never be aware of how numerous her members are, nor how weak the globalist controlling oligarchy is. We are in a state of emergency, we are about to weather the Storm, stand together as the sky falls.

If you fail, if you lose focus, if you get distracted, if you attack laterally, if you fight the last war, if you pick the wrong battle, you are not helping, you are hindering and that makes you more dangerous than the enemy. FOCUS UP. Don’t get too Qurious. Drop your ideological pretension. Realize that you are one among many and we hold the line together, we advance together, we crush the enemy together…as ONE. Petty bullshit is more dangerous than the opposition. Seek not friends nor fellow travelers; as Americans, as soldiers of Trump, we are One. Where we go one, we go all. Phalanx.

Our enemy is not a foreign nation-state; our enemy has no state, but controls aspects of most states including governments within our union.

In the storm, right the ship; where we go one, we go all; for good or for ill. We are witnessing a centuries-long war in its final phases, and this time we are winning. Dialectical choices in the age of Trump will leave you behind, we need a whole new thinking. Every empire either conquers or collapses. The president is conquering the world and preventing the collapse of the American Empire…what will that empire be?

There is no Republican Party; There is a Trump Party – John Boehner

Disloyal R’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win – I will teach them! – President Trump

Americans finally have a champion to lead for America First while deconstructing the Enemedia, Marxists and the nearly defunct New World Order globalists. Victory is ours, but only if we never let up. Ladies and gentlemen, we are still at WAR.

President Bolsonaro Decrees Expanded Gun Ownership Access For Brazilians

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Brasilia, Jan 15 (EFE).- President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree facilitating gun ownership in Brazil, thus fulfilling one of his main campaign promises.

Giving the public greater access to weapons has been one of Bolsonaro’s flagship issues, and he had promised to take a hard line against criminality in a country where last year there were 63,880 known murders, an average of 175 per day.

Current law already permits people over age 25, without criminal records and with legal employment to own weapons once they prove that they are psychologically able to be trusted to possess them and can justify their need for them, requirements that now will be eased.

The measure does not – however – make it easier to carry weapons outside the home or, for instance, on the street.

Bolsonaro, who signed the decree at a ceremony at Planalto Palace, made reference to the nationwide referendum held in 2005 in which 63 percent of Brazilians voted against a proposal to completely ban gun sales.

“Given that the people made a sovereign decision in the 2005 referendum, to guarantee themselves that legitimate right to self-defense, I, as president, am going to use this weapon,” said Bolsonaro, displaying the pen with which he then signed the decree.

“The people decided to buy weapons and ammunition and we cannot deny what the people wanted at that time,” the president added at the signing ceremony, at which some of his Cabinet ministers, including Justice and Public Safety Minister Sergio Moro, were present.

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At his inauguration on Jan. 1, Bolsonaro reiterated his desire to facilitate gun ownership for “good citizens” so that they can defend themselves and fight crime in one of the world’s most violent countries.

The measure, Bolsonaro said, seeks to allow “good citizens to be able to have peace within their homes.”

According to a survey (probably fake) published by the Datafolha institute late last year, the percentage of Brazilians who feel that owning guns must be “prohibited since it represents a threat to the lives of other people” increased from 55 percent in October, when Bolsonaro was elected president with a 55 percent majority, to 61 percent in December.

The decree will expire in 120 days unless it is ratified by the Brazilian Congress.

Source: by EFE | Al Dia International

 

A ‘Convenient Killing’ Of US Troops In Syria

With unseemly haste, US news media leapt on the killing of four American military personnel in Syria as a way to undermine President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from that country.

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(By Finian Cunningha, The Strategic Culture Foundation) The deadly attack in the northern city of Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was reported to have been carried out by a suicide bomber. The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group reportedly claimed responsibility, but the group routinely makes such claims which often turn out to be false.

The American military personnel were said to be on a routine patrol of Manbij where US forces have been backing Kurdish militants in a purported campaign against ISIS and other terror groups.

An explosion at a restaurant resulted in two US troops and two Pentagon civilian officials being killed, along with more than a dozen other victims. Three other US military persons were among those injured.

US media highlighted the bombing as the biggest single death toll of American forces in Syria since they began operations in the country nearly four years ago.

The US and Kurdish militia have been in control of Manbij for over two years. It is one of the main sites from where American troops are to withdraw under Trump’s exit plan, which he announced on December 19.

Following the bombing, the New York Times headlined: “ISIS Attack in Syria Kills 4 Americans, Raising Worries about Troop Withdrawal”. The report goes on, “the news prompted calls from Republicans and Democrats for President Trump to reconsider his plans to withdraw troops from the country.”

A more pointed headline in The Washington was: “Killing of 4 Americans in Syria Throws Spotlight on Trump’s Policy”.

The Post editorialized, “the bombing showed that [ISIS] is likely to be a force to be reckoned with in Syria for the foreseeable future.” It quoted politicians in Washington claiming the “bombing deaths… were a direct result of a foolish and abrupt departure announcement [by Trump], and made the case for staying.”

Democrat Senator Jack Reed, who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said: “From the beginning, I thought the president was wrong [in ordering the withdrawal]. It was a strategic mistake for the whole region.”

With macabre smugness, anti-Trump politicians and news media appeared to exploit the death of US troops in Manbij to score points against Trump.

The president’s claims made just before Christmas of having defeated ISIS were widely replayed following the Manbij attack this week by way of ridiculing Trump’s order to pullout US troops from Syria.

Nevertheless, despite the deaths, Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence stated they were still committed to bring the 2,000 or so US troops home. Some military figures also went on US media to defend Trump’s pullout plan in spite of the terror attack in Manbij.

There clearly is a serious division in Washington over Trump’s policy on Syria. For Democrats and supportive media outlets, anything Trump does is to be opposed. But there are also elements within the military and intelligence nexus which are implacably against, what they see as, his “capitulation to Russia and Iran” in Syria. That was partly why his Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned days after Trump made his announced withdrawal at the end of last month.

Having invested years and money in regime-change machinations in Syria, there is bound to be US military and intelligence cabals which are resistant to Trump’s move to pack up. Not that Trump’s move portends a peace dividend for the region. It is more a “tactical change” for how US imperialism operates in the Middle East, as his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Cairo last week.

That is why Trump’s order to take troops out of Syria may not be a clear-cut withdrawal. His National Security adviser John Bolton on a tour of the Middle East last week has already tried to undermine Trump by attaching all sorts of vague conditions to the troop pullout. Bolton and Pompeo have talked about the need to ensure the total defeat of ISIS and of the countering of Iranian presence in Syria.

This brings up the question of who may have carried out the bombing in Manbij? Was it really a suicide bomber? Was it really ISIS? Several observers have pointed out that ISIS have not had any presence in Manbij for the past two years since the Americans and Kurds took control of the city.

As always, the key question arises: who stands to benefit from the killing of the American troops? The scale of the attack suggests it was carried out with a sharp political message intended for Trump.

One potential beneficiary are the Kurdish militants who are being abandoned by the putative US withdrawal. Without their American sponsor on the ground, the Kurds are in danger of Turkish forces launching cross-border operations to wipe them out, as Ankara has vowed to do. A Machiavellian Kurdish calculation could be to “disprove” Trump about “ISIS being defeated”, and that US forces are needed to prevent any resurgence of the terror group in Manbij and northeast Syria.

Another sinister player is the CIA or some other element of US military intelligence. It is certainly not beyond the realm of plausibility that the CIA could facilitate such an atrocity against American personnel in order to discredit Trump’s withdrawal plan.

Certainly, the way the anti-Trump media in the US reacted with such alacrity and concerted talking points suggests there was something a bit too convenient about the massacre.

It would in fact be naive to not suspect that the CIA could have pulled off such a false flag in Manbij. As in 1950s Vietnam, as told by Graham Greene in ‘The Quiet American’, the CIA have been doing such dirty tricks with bombing atrocities and assassinations for decades in order to precipitate wars in foreign countries that the agency calculates are in America’s geopolitical interests.

Source: ZeroHedge

Belarus Hooker Arrested In Moscow After Thailand Detention; Claims To Be Trump-Russia “Missing Link”

A prostitute from Belarus and three associates were arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after being deported by Thailand following nearly a year in a Thai prison, according to Reuters. The four have been transferred to a police station, Interfax cited the Interior Ministry as reporting. 

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She was booked to fly to Minsk, Belarus, but was detained along with three others traveling with her as she changed planes at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Inter­national Airport, according to her husband and another person traveling with her.

Gregory Kogan, a close friend of Vashukevich, asserted that Russian and Belarusan diplomats in Thailand had pledged the group would be safe if they left for Russia or flew via Moscow.

The four now face charges of inducement into prostitution, said a police statement quoted by the Interfax news agency. They face a maximum of six years in prison. –WaPo

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27-year-old Anastasia Vashukevich – known better by the alias Nasta Rybka – was arrested in Thailand after a raid on her $600/head “sex training” seminar after claiming to be the “missing link” who can provide recorded evidence of a connection between President Trump and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska – who the Trump administration slapped with harsh sanctions over Russian interference in the 2016 US election, along with three of his companies. 

Deripaska agreed to partially divest from his companies, bringing his ownership below 50% in an agreement with the Treasury department which would see sanctions lifted on those entities – while remaining in place on Deripaska himself. The move has been met with sharp opposition in Congress, as 136 Republicans joined House Democrats to oppose the plan.

https://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/oleg-deripaska-and-hooker.jpg?w=330&h=331&zoom=2Anastasia Vashukevich yachting with Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska

Deripaska, who had business dealings with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was rumored to be Donald Trump’s “back channel” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian oligarch hit back in September – admitting to “collusion” when he served as an FBI asset during the Obama administration. He has denied that Vashukevich was his mistress and accused her of fabricating the claims.

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Throughout her detention in Thailand, Vashukevich somehow posted to her instagram account about her ordeal. In one post, she is said to have fallen ill, has no bed to sleep on, and has “frostbitten kidneys.”

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Now they are kept in worse conditions. Concrete floor. No beds available. Food is only what they bring. The doctor did not call for Nastya. She frostbitten her kidneys. The condition is very poor. According to our eyewitnesses, someone from the Russian consulate worked on the Thai police. –Instagram (translated)

Vashukevich claimed over Instagram that Moscow “will simply kill us if Thailand gives us to Russia.” 

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I appeal to all media, journalists who work using my materials to spread all the information and investigate this strange situation which shed the light on some topic that led to a worldwide political scandal.Russia has already reached  the Thai kingdom where police volunteers are afraid of this affair and afraide to be involved with it. And Thai immigration is dancing to the tune of Russia and in fact will simply kill us if Thailand gives us to Russia. We have no more money – we spent everything  on bail. If there is anybody who can help – please write to those contacts that we indicated.  ______________________________________________ Я призываю все СМИ, журналистов, которые работают используя мои материалы которые не по моей воле пролили свет который привёл к мировому политическому скандалу распространить всю информацию и расследовать это странное дело. Россия влезла уже в Тайское королевство в котором волонтеры в полиции боятся этого дела и связываться с ним. И тайская иммиграция идёт на поводу у России и по сути просто убьёт нас если выдаст России. Денег у нас больше нет – мы все потратили на залог. Если есть те, кто могут помочь – пишите пожалуйста по тем контактам, которые мы указывали

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“I am the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the U.S. elections – the long chain of Oleg Deripaska, Prikhodko, Manafort, and Trump,” Vashukevich said in a live Instagram broadcast on last year, apparently filmed while being driven through the Thai resort city of Pattaya in an open-air police van. “In exchange for help from U.S. intelligence services and a guarantee of my safety, I am prepared to provide the necessary information to America or to Europe or to the country which can buy me out of Thai prison.” 

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In March, CNN flew to Bankgkok to interview Vashukevich – with the network’s Ivan Watson reporting: “

She described herself as a seductress. This woman claims to have evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The question, is this a desperate ploy to get out of jail, or as her friend claims, is this young woman truly in danger because she knows too much?”

“For days several Russian friends have been held at this jail in the capital of Thailand where visitors are not allowed to bring cameras,” Watson reports.

“I came out of this detention center. It was loud and hot and chaotic and talking through the bars she says she witnessed meetings between the Russian billionaire and three Americans who she refused to name. He claims they discussed plans to effect the U.S. elections but she wouldn’t give any further information because she fears she could be deported back to Russia.”

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