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Caliphal Co-Founder: Hillary Rodham Clinton

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 Some time ago, the Drumpf (aka Donald J. Trump) shocked the world by saying: “No, I meant [Obama]’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton”.[1] In spite of his poor grasp of the English language, Drumpf was clearly accusing his Democratic rival of having been behind the Caliph’s sudden rise to infamy on the world stage. And then, the exiled Julian Assange dropped another time bomb: “Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that Wikileaks have obtained information that, when released soon, will guarantee a Hillary Clinton indictment”.[2] On Tuesday, 11 October 2016, then, “Wikileaks released what is, by far, the most devastating leak of the entire campaign. This makes Trump’s dirty talk video looks like an episode of Barney and Friends”.[3]

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In order to make these revelations more readily intelligible, I would now like to quote the above-reproduced e-mail message: “*From*: John Podesta [mailto:john.podesta@gmail.com]” “*To*: H” [aka “H” <hrod17@clintonemail.com> aka Hillary Rodham Clinton], stating that “[a]rmed with proper equipment, and working with U.S. advisors, the >> Peshmerga can attack the ISIL with a coordinated assault supported from the >> air. This effort will come as a surprise to the ISIL, whose leaders >> believe we will always stop with targeted bombing, and weaken them both in >> Iraq and inside of Syria. At the same time we should return to plans to >> provide the FSA, or some group of moderate forces, with equipment that will >> allow them to deal with a weakened ISIL, and stepped up operations against >> the Syrian regime. This entire effort should be done with a low profile, >> avoiding the massive traditional military operations that are at best >> temporary solutions. While this military/para-military operation is moving >> forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence >> assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, >> which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region. This effort will be enhanced by >> the stepped up commitment in the KRG. The Qataris and Saudis will be put >> in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to >> dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure. By >> the same token, the threat of similar, realistic U.S. operations will serve >> to assist moderate forces in Libya, Lebanon, and even Jordan, where >> insurgents are increasingly fascinated by the ISIL success in Iraq”.[4]

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The U.S. is thus supporting the Peshmerga, the FSA or “or some group of moderate forces” as well as cooperating with the “governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia”, “which are [in turn] providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region” . . . While these sentences might come as a surprise to some, those in the know have known this all along . . . Still, the above-quoted e-mail missive shows the complicity of the Obama White House in full living colour . . . After all, Mister Podesta is at present the “Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. [who] previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama”.[5]

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[1] Tal Kopan,” Donald Trump: I meant that Obama founded ISIS, literally” CNN Politics (12 August 2016). http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/11/politics/donald-trump-hugh-hewitt-obama-founder-isis/.

[2] “Julian Assange: My Next Leak Will Ensure Hillary’s Arrest” Anonymous (s.d.). http://www.anonews.co/hillary-assange/.

[3] “IT’S OVER: Hillary’s ISIS Email Just Leaked & It’s Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined…” Friends of Syria (11 Oct 2016). https://friendsofsyria.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/its-over-hillarys-isis-email-just-leaked-its-worse-than-anyone-could-have-imagined/.

[4] “Congrats!” WikiLeaks. https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3774.

[5] “John Podesta” Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Podesta.

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War on Whistleblowers (2015)

‘With President Obama’s commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. But according to the film, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers. Obama’s administration has attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined (28 May 2015)’.

Anonymous Threat: Real, Fake, or Something Else???

On the YouTube channel FawkesS3curity the following has been posted, purporting to be an Anonymous threat:

‘Dear citizens of the world,

We are anonymous. As of today 200 kilograms of composite Nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have effectively been concealed in a government building, situated in the united states of America. on the 5th of November 2012 the device will detonate remotely via the transmission control protocol, leaving behind severe consiquences. We would like to advise that the contraption is built inside a tamper proof apparatus sensitive to physical intrusions or attempted disarmament, thus resulting in the desired effect, if the military grade device is found before the 5th of November. there is no intention, risks or circumstances what so ever to cause harm to innocent people, but we can not, say the same for the people who are the real terrorists, oppressors and war creators.

we are anonymous

we are legion

we do not forget

we do not forgive

on the 5th of November, you will expect us (22 Oct 2012)’.

But the authenticity of the message remains disputed, as YouTuber AnonymousBelle562 makes plain: ‘WTF is this still doing up? We are here to expose the corrupt, not be the corrupt. This person isn’t a real Anon, because Anonymous is a hive, and this individual is a lone wolf without a pack. Too bad this isn’t a copyright infringement of Justin Bieber, or it would have been deleted, and reported before it was ever even be viewed’. Will it be a November surprise or is this just another video in YouTube???  On the examiner website Joe Newby, ‘an IT professional who has been involved in conservative politics for years’, writes that in “response, another group posted a message at Pastebin saying that the threat does not come from Anonymous. “Let us be perfectly clear: Anonymous is not a terrorist organization. Anonymous does not use bombs. Anonymous does not condone violence in any way. Anonymous supports justice and universal equal rights. We support peaceful protest,” the Pastebin statement read. “At this time, we are not sure whether or not @FawkesSecurity is trying to troll, or if he’s trying to discredit the name of Anonymous in the eyes of the world. Maybe @FawkesSecurity’s twitter and YouTube account was hacked. Perhaps this is the FBI’s way of trying to label Anonymous as terrorists so they can begin using the NDAA against us,” the statement added. Tech News Daily said that the online threat “seems out of step with the Anonymous ethos.” Moreover, Tech News Daily said the “mention of the ‘transmission control protocol,’ or TCP, may be a clue to other hackers that the whole thing is a joke. TCP is one of the underlying networking protocols of the Internet.” Commenters on the YouTube video say the message is fake, while some claim the government is behind the threat. “November 5th is a significant date, as it is the date that Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Parliament building in England as part of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. The incident, as well as the infamous Guy Fawkes mask, has been memorialized in movies such as V for Vendetta. Anonymous has adopted the Fawkes mask as one of the collective’s symbols,” Breitbart.com reported”.[1]


[1] Joe Newby, “Hacker claiming ties to Anonymous posts bomb threat for November 5 on YouTube” examiner (23 October 2012). http://www.examiner.com/article/hacker-claiming-ties-to-anonymous-posts-bomb-threat-for-november-5-on-youtube.

OWS, Tea Parties, Sharon Angle vs Lee Camp and Tahrir Square

On BBC’s Newsnight, the ever-aloof Jeremy Paxman hosted an unlikely couple to debate the current political malaise in the U.S. Teabagger Sharon Angle and comedian Lee Camp talk about the Republican wanna-be candidates for the 2012 presidential elections and the accompanying gaffes.[1]  In an effort to provide some context, last year Angle declared the following: the “Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level”,[2] proving that Rick Perry is not completely on his own.

 

All the while the Occupy Movement continues unabated, albeit that the police and other agencies are trying very hard to extinguish the flames of resistance in the Land of the Free. As written by Wonkette Jr. on the eponymous website: back in the day when the Bush administration was in charge “people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting complain-y about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment? That day is now, and has been for some time. But it’s also now confirmed that it’s now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide yesterday and today”.[3]  Wonkette’s source is Minneapolis-based Rick Ellis who writes that according to an unnamed “Justice official, each of those [anti-OWS] actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies”, particularly referring to conference calls made just prior to crackdowns.[4]  In other words, as I wrote last year in Today’s Zaman, “the quickly passed Patriot Act clearly limit[s] the much-valued constitutional rights of US citizens as well as ‘aliens’ deemed threats to US national security. To date, the Obama administration has not revoked this legal measure” and now the Act seems to have been put to good use suppressing the Occupy Wall Street movement.[5]  In an effort to boost the credibility of his story, Ellis adds that his “original source for the story (who still works at the Justice Dept.) stands behind the original story and we’re working to flesh it out in more detail today”.[6]  Moreover, here is Keith Olbermann shedding light on this and other topics on Friday, 18 November.

 

Meanwhile in Egypt, the revolution that in some ways sparked the current wave of protest movements worldwide, is undergoing a kind of revival, due to the fact that the ouster of Mubarak did not usher any tangible change but merely solidified the military’s grip. Tahrir Square has been the scene of violent repression since last Friday, 18 November. The Daily Telegraph reports that on ‘a fourth morning of violence in Cairo, Tahrir Square protesters report police firing live rounds but remain firm in their beliefs as they demand that Egypt’s military name a date on which they will hand over power to elected officials (22 November 2011’.

And now, it seems that something has changed in the state of Egypt, as reported by RT: ‘Egypt’s government has resigned amid huge protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Since Friday up to 33 have died in clashes between protesters and security forces, with riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets against stone-throwing demonstrators (22 November 2011)’.

 


[1] Cfr. “Rick Perry: Three Government Agencies to Abolish” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (11 November 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/rick-perry-three-government-agencies-to-abolish/.

[2] Daniel Kurtzman, “The 10 Most Ridiculous Sharron Angle Quotes (So Far),” About.com. http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicanquotes/a/Sharron-Angle-Quotes.htm.

[3] Wonkette Jr., “Surprise, Homeland Security Coordinates #OWS Crackdowns” Wonkette (15 November 2011). http://wonkette.com/456282/surprise-homeland-security-coordinates-ows-crackdowns-nationwide.

[4] Rick Ellis. “Update: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials” The Examiner (15 November 2011). http://www.examiner.com/top-news-in-minneapolis/were-occupy-crackdowns-aided-by-federal-law-enforcement-agencies.

[5] C. Erimtan, “9/11 and the occupation of Afghanistan” Today’s Zaman (13 September 2010).

[6] Rick Ellis. “Update: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials”.

OWS protesters reclaim Zuccotti Park

Following the forceful eviction of protesters and occupiers, the ‘Occupy Wall Street’s encampment is gone, but the movement lives on. No one knows, however, just how long it can survive without a literal place to call home. Police cleared Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan early Tuesday [, 15 November] and although protesters are being allowed to return, they can bring only a small bag with them. No tents or sleeping bags are being allowed’.

 

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge

Keith Olbermann talks to Will Bunch, the author of the 99cent e-book The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge.

‘Will Bunch is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News – where he writes the popular political blog Attytood – and a senior fellow with Media Matters for America. He shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting in 1992 when he was at New York Newsday. His books include The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, and Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, American Prospect, American Journalism Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family . . . To those among us who get their news via mainstream channels–television, newspapers, public radio–the “battle of the Brooklyn Bridge” may have come as a shock. The movement called Occupy Wall Street had received precious little media attention until Saturday, October 1, 2011, when an idea that arose at Adbusters–a semi-obscure, anti-capitalist magazine based in Vancouver, BC–galvanized hundreds of New York City protesters, who then attempted nothing more than to march across one of the most hallowed symbols of accomplishment in the United States. On the bridge itself, police arrested more than 700 protesters, as is now well known, and thanks to viral videos, the whole world was watching. In The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge, Will Bunch captures the spirit of the day from the sympathetic viewpoint of those who claim that “We are the 99%.” And how. His extended essay–part reportage, part oral history–nails the screaming immediacy of the events with the eloquence of scholar and the pace of a straightforward thriller. As of its publication date, the long-term import of this this event has yet to play out, but Bunch’s gripping narrative of the day’s events will provide a lasting testament to those who were there, and an eye-opening call to attention for the rest of us. –Jason Kirk . . . On the rain-soaked morning of October 1, 2011, the couple hundred protesters camping out in a concrete park in Lower Manhattan and calling themselves Occupy Wall Street were a ragtag army of young revolutionary dreamers, whose declared war against corporate greed and appalling income inequality was mostly ignored by the media and struggling to get any traction with America’s battered middle class. By nightfall, the Occupy Wall Street movement had captured the national imagination – exploding onto the front page and sparking a wave of protest in all 50 states. This is the remarkable story of the tense few hours that changed everything: “October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge.” In this instant history, you’ll see the dramatic showdown between marchers and a wall of New York Police Department officers, resulting in 700 arrests, through the eyes of the everyday Americans who lived it – an idealistic and daring college radical, a salty-tongued retired Vietnam-era lawyer on a quest for social justice, the shy  theatrical props manager taking part in his first protest, and many more. “October 1, 2011” goes behind the headlines to show a miscalculating NYPD struggling to protect the status quo, to reveal the improbable sparks touching off a new American revolution, and to relive the life-altering choices faced by average citizens trapped inside a police “kettle” as a damp darkness descended on the Brooklyn Bridge. But most importantly, it recasts the Occupy Wall Street movement as a struggle over something even more fundamental than economic injustice: A yearning by ignored and unheard Americans to simply reclaim the public square – the battle that came to a head on a Saturday afternoon high atop the most famous bridge in the world’.[1]

 


[1] “October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]” amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/October-2011-Battle-Brooklyn-ebook/dp/B005Y27VLU.

Religion Claims Its Place in Occupy Wall Street

From Boston to New York, many religious faiths are playing a role in the Occupy Wall Street protests (24 Oct. 2011).