The ISIS Crisis™ in Ferguson

by Scott Creighton

As if you needed more evidence that the “protests” in Ferguson are being staged by agent provocateurs… I present  The ISIS Crisis™ in Ferguson with no additional commentary. Also of note, those phony protesters pass by an MSNBC reporter and pelt him with two little rocks claiming the mini-protests are no longer about Mike Brown but rather “everyone”

Kiev’s War Without Mercy Continues

by Stephen Lendman

Kiev fascists are murdering their own Southeastern citizens in cold blood. They’re doing it with full support and complicity from Washington.
Russia’s RIA Novosti news service quoted Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Defense, Franz Klintsevich, saying:
Use of ballistic missiles against Lugansk civilians “suggests that the Ukrainian security forces have been granted carte blance from the Americans.”
“They do not care what Russia says, what the international community or even Europe says today.”
“They got their carte blanche, and while it remains active they want to deal with the situation in Donetsk as quickly as possible.”
Using ballistic missiles against civilian neighborhoods shows how far Kiev and Washington will go to solidify hardline neo-Nazi-infested fascist rule.
Rule of law principles don’t matter. War without mercy ignores them. Ballistic missiles are powerful weapons.
On impact, “huge explosion(s)” follow. Maximum damage is inflicted. Rossiya-24 television said Kiev forces attacked Lugansk with Tochka-U ballistic missile systems.
They can carry nuclear and chemical weapons, as well as high explosives. Moscow’s protests about using this weapon against civilian neighborhoods are ignored.
Kiev has Washington’s support. It’s taking full advantage. Both countries are guilty of high crimes against peace.

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Greenwald, Democracy NOW! and Press TV Try to Catch Up with American Everyman

by Scott Creighton

Big news on Democracy NOW! and Press TV – Thu Aug 14, 2014:

Glenn Greenwald was on Democracy Now! Wednesday morning (8/13/14) talking about his new piece in the Intercept (8/12/14) critical of an NPR report (Morning Edition, 8/1/14) describing “tangible evidence” of a “direct connection” between Edward Snowden’s revelations of unchecked National Security Agency spying and increased al-Qaeda efforts to protect its communications via cryptography.

Greenwald called the report, by NPR reporter Dina Temple-Raston, “a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit.” It’s hard to say he doesn’t have a point.

The piece is basically a summary of claims made by Recorded Future, described by Temple-Raston as a “big data firm” and “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Mass.” She didn’t describe it, as she did in a 2012 report (Morning Edition, 10/8/12), as a group with “at least two very important financial backers: the CIA’s investment arm, called In-Q-Tel, and Google Ventures. They have reportedly poured millions into the company.”

Not only is Recorded Future financially backed by the CIA, the intelligence community is one of its chief clients (along with Wall Street), and In-Q-Tel. Press TV

Not quite the ground breaking story Glenn might have you think it is. I wrote this on Aug 7th, 2014:

“Just days prior to Snowden announcing he was staying in Russia, an “online intelligence firm” released a study claiming Snowden was actually helping “al Qaeda” indirectly. The Washington Post dutifully published an article about this supposed connection on Aug.3 of this year just a few days before Snowden’s announcement. Here’s something interesting about the online intelligence firm called Recorded Future:

The software analyzes sources and forms “invisible links” between documents to find (create?) links that tie them together and may possibly indicate the entities and events involved. The company was founded in 2008 by Christopher Ahlberg[2] and has 20 employees as of November 2011.[3] Both Google (on May 3, 2010)[4] and the CIA have invested in the company, through their investment arms, Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel, respectively.

Yes, it’s a CIA company run by a hedge funder which uses “invisible links” to make connections where there aren’t any. So what does that mean by extension? Russia is providing safe haven to al Qaeda linked individuals. Nice timing huh?” Manufactured Hero Edward Snowden: Where’s Edwardo Update – Livin Large in Ruskitown

Mass Murder as Political Marketing – The Phoenix Program and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam, Douglas Valentine, 1990. Reissued by Open Roads as e-book in the new series “Forbidden Bookshelf” curated by Mark Crispin Miler, 2014

The CIA’s infamous program to crush the resistance to U.S. occupation of South Vietnam is largely remembered as a gigantic campaign of assassination that claimed tens of thousands of lives. However, the Phoenix Program is best understood as an extension of U.S. propaganda.

“The CIA and other covert action agencies (over which the CIA has ultimate control) were founded to protect Business.”

Douglas Valentine explained the purpose or at least the subject of his study of the Vietnam Phoenix Program as “terror and its role in political warfare”. He is generous, like most Americans—even critical ones—when he writes “It will show how, as successive American governments sink deeper and deeper into the vortex of covert operations—ostensibly to combat terrorism and Communist insurgencies—the American people gradually lose touch with the democratic ideals that once defined their national self-concept. This book asks what happens when Phoenix comes home to roost?”1 Valentine is generous to his readers since he ascribes to them ideals which while attributed to the US regime and naively held by many, in fact bear little resemblance to the political reality in the USA. Valentine is not ironic. His book is written with sincerity to readers in a frustrating appeal to transcend their sentimental illusions and look honestly at the real political praxis of their country in a war it just happened to lose. In this sense it is also a polemic—although no way polemical in style—to learn the right lessons from the US invasion, occupation and genocidal war against the people of Vietnam.

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Neoliberal News of the Day

by Scott Creighton

While much of today’s news cycle will be somberly distracted by the death of Robin Williams, here at American Everyman the fight rolls on.

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Stephen Lendman is Back Home

by Scott Creighton

A few months ago I was concerned when I found out that Stephen Lendman had taken ill and was in a hospital. For those of you who don’t know his work, he is a fearless journalist, author and activist and has been for many decades. He has helped many come to a clearer understanding of the world, specifically Palestine, and you can count me as one of them.

Today I read a brief article he posted on Global Research announcing his return home and his subsequent return to the fight we all know all too well. If you wish to send him well wishes he can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

He’s one of those rare writers that makes the world a better place by pecking at a keyboard. I wish him health and comfort as he recovers at home.

Battle Developments in Ukraine: Hmmm… would you look at that?

by Scott Creighton

This map of current battle developments in eastern Ukraine was Tweeted yesterday. You may find it looks vaguely familiar.

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Monster’s Ball: Obama’s Fascist Human Right’s Violator’s & CEO Summit

by Scott Creighton

“CHANGE” : Government of, by and for Big Business

GUESTS

Red = real bad dictator Orange = average dictator

President Peace Prize has just concluded the first ever Monster’s Ball in the White House. This is where he has put together some of the worse human rights violators on the planet along with Big Business leaders from across the globe in an effort to promote the Washington Consensus across the whole of the African continent.

At a Washington, DC gathering of African state leaders and U.S. corporations, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a multi-billion dollar drive to promote U.S. business investments in Africa.

…Obama’s much-touted “Africa Summit”—which started Monday and ends Wednesday—is co-sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation, and was attended by chief executives of General Electric, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, IBM, and other multinational corporations.

Obama took the opportunity to announce $7 billion in what the White House describes as “new financing to promote U.S. exports to and investments in Africa.” Common Dreams

Hosted by the Commerce Department and Billionaire Bloomberg and formally known as the U.S. Africa Business Forum, heads  of state from the Obama administration were all in attendance including:

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Ukraine army shelling residential buildings in Donetsk

Israeli soldiers really enjoy bombing houses in Gaza (video)

“The most moral army in the world” laughs and jokes as they blow up people’s homes in Gaza.

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Washington’s “Special Relationship” – bout sums it up

Ain’t it special?

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FBI entrapped suspects in almost all high-profile terrorism cases in US

(We’ve obviously written about this before, but at least HRW is finally admitting what we already know. The FBI is also keen on framing mentally challenged individuals. Lot’s of their patsies have been handicapped in that way. I guess because anyone with half a brain can see right through their less-than-crafty undercover assets and don’t get suckered in with promises of shiny beads, free beer and pizza)

from RT

A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses the FBI of using sting operations to entrap informants, creating terrorists out of law-abiding individuals and targeting American Muslims in the agency’s counterterrorism investigations.

The Justice Department and the FBI have targeted American Muslims in “abusive” counterterrorism sting operations based on religious and ethnic identity, according to the new report from HRW and Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute. The study found that many of the over 500 terrorism-related cases since the War on Terror began in 2001 have alienated the communities that the government should rely on to prevent terrorism.

“This is a number that sounds really big, and it makes it sound like Americans are being kept safe from terrorism attacks,” Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director for HRW, said in a video released with the report. “But we found that in a lot of these cases, people were prosecuted who never would have committed a terrorist attack in the first place, if it weren’t for the involvement of the FBI.”

The 214-page report, Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions’, focuses on 27 of those cases, including the Rezwan Ferdaus and the Newburgh Four cases, which RT has covered. HRW used some of RT’s footage in its video.

“The theory behind some of these cases is that these people are terrorists-in-waiting: If the FBI hadn’t shown up and taken them down the path of committing this terrorist act, Al-Qaeda would instead,” Prasow said. “But we don’t have evidence of that actually happening.”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

Flight MH17 UPDATES

by Scott Creighton

Some new developments out of Ukraine regarding the supposed downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. My car is down for the count again today so I have to spend the rest of the day assessing the damage (blown seals leaking water into engine possibly… :(  oh well, it was a noble effort)

Departure of Train With MH17 Crash Bodies to Kharkiv Delayed – OSCE    (someone blew up the tracks so the bodies can’t be taken to study) “The departure of a Kharkiv-bound train carrying bodies of victims of last week’s Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine was delayed Monday because of a damaged railway, an OSCE official in Ukraine said.”

Holland, Russia Agree Investigation Into Boeing Crash Should Be Led by ICAO – Reports

Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash – Moscow

 

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