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Privatizing the Police State: Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

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A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.

Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component” and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters. One report, dated February 27, 2017, states that since the movement “generally followed the jihadist insurgency model while active, we can expect the individuals who fought for and supported it to follow a post-insurgency model after its collapse.” Drawing comparisons with post-Soviet Afghanistan, the report warns, “While we can expect to see the continued spread of the anti-DAPL diaspora … aggressive intelligence preparation of the battlefield and active coordination between intelligence and security elements are now a proven method of defeating pipeline insurgencies.”

More than 100 internal documents leaked to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor, as well as a set of over 1,000 documents obtained via public records requests, reveal that TigerSwan spearheaded a multifaceted private security operation characterized by sweeping and invasive surveillance of protesters.

As policing continues to be militarized and state legislatures around the country pass laws criminalizing protest, the fact that a private security firm retained by a Fortune 500 oil and gas company coordinated its efforts with local, state, and federal law enforcement to undermine the protest movement has profoundly anti-democratic implications…

Included among the documents obtained via public records requests were “daily intelligence updates” developed by TigerSwan that were shared with law enforcement officers, thus contributing to a broad public-private intelligence dragnet..

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Brazil’s president forced to rescind order calling out the army against protesters

by Bill Van Auken, WSWS

Brazil’s President Michel Temer Thursday was forced to rescind an executive order he had issued the day before calling the army into the streets and giving it powers of arrest for the period of one week.

The measure was ostensibly taken to quell a protest Wednesday in the capital of Brasilia called by the unions and social movements to oppose pension and labor “reforms” attacking basic social rights and to demand Temer’s ouster and replacement through the calling of direct elections.

Calling out the army, however, had the air of an act of desperation on the part of a president who is facing multiple corruption charges and is viewed as illegitimate by the majority of the Brazilian population.

The most recent opinion polls indicate that Temer, the former vice president who was installed in the presidential palace through the impeachment of his predecessor, Workers Party (PT) President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 on trumped-up charges of budgetary irregularities, is opposed by 95 percent of the population, with 85 percent favoring the immediate convening of new elections…

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Quebec premier amplifies threat to outlaw 175,000-strong construction strike

by Keith Jones, WSWS

On the second day of a strike by 175,000 Quebec construction workers that has shut down hundreds of building sites across Canada’s second most populous province, thousands of workers took to the streets to highlight their opposition to the construction bosses’ sweeping concession demands.

While the workers were marching Thursday morning, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced his Liberal government will illegalize the strike if workers are not back on the job by Monday morning.

“We can’t let the economy bleed $45 million each day,” declared Couillard from Israel, where he is on a trade mission to promote Bombardier and other Quebec-based businesses. “I have asked the government to be ready to act Monday.”

Already last week Couillard signaled he would move rapidly to outlaw a building workers’ strike, saying his government would not “remain arms folded” while a “vital part” of Quebec’s economy was paralyzed.

Among the largest worker job-actions in North America in years, the Quebec construction strike has angered and unnerved the Canadian ruling elite.

Quebec’s largest employer group, the Conseil du Patronat (CPQ), has denounced the workers for taking the province “hostage.” It is urging Couillard not only to pass an “emergency” back-to-work law, but to consider permanently stripping construction workers of the right to strike.

What has piqued the ire of big business and their political hirelings is that the strike has pointed to the enormous social power of the working class. When Couillard and the CPQ rage about the $45 million a day the strike is “costing” Quebec they are admitting, albeit backhandedly, that the workers produce vast wealth. This wealth is appropriated by the construction bosses, banks, and other sections of big business in the form of immense profits…

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Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada’s terror list

by Evan Dyer, CBC

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself off Canada’s list of designated terrorist entities following its latest identity shift.

That complicates the task of prosecuting Canadians who travel to join the group, send it money or propagandize on its behalf.

It also illustrates the pitfalls of Canada following the lead of the U.S. in designating terror groups…

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (the Organization for Conquest in the Levant) began life as an expeditionary force called Jabhat al-Nusra (the Support Front), despatched into Syria in 2011 by the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, now “caliph” of the Islamic State (ISIS). Jabhat al-Nusra was led by Syrian jihadist Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani.

The United States put the group on its terrorist list in 2012, as the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, and Canada followed suit.

Al-Baghdadi soon crossed into Syria himself, renouncing his allegiance to al-Qaeda and founding ISIS in April 2013…

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What’s In A Name? U.S. Takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda Off Terror Watchlists

by Whitney Webb, Mint Press News

It turns out that getting off the U.S.’ and Canada’s terror watchlist is as simple as changing your name. While the terror watchlist in the U.S. has long been both secretive and controversial – as “reasonable suspicion” is enough to label any individual a “terrorist” – terrorist groups tied to al-Qaeda have found that getting off the watchlist only requires minor rebranding.

The terror group, long known to most as Jabhat al-Nusra or the al-Nusra Front, has continued to function as al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria long after Daesh (ISIS) renounced its allegiance to the group in 2014. It was first placed on the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists in 2012.

But by changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the group has managed to secure its removal from terror watchlists in both the U.S. and Canada, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money to the group, travel to fight with them and disseminate the group’s propaganda without incident.

In response, Nicole Thompson of the U.S. State Department told CBC News last Monday that while “we believe these actions are an al-Qaeda play to bring as much of the Syrian opposition under its operational control as possible, […] we are still studying the issue carefully.”

But the State Department is likely hesitant to label HTS a terror group, even despite the group’s link to al-Qaeda, as the U.S. government has directly funded and armed the Zenki brigade, a group that joined forces with al-Nusra under the HTS banner, with sophisticated weaponry…

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Salman Abedi Wasn’t a “Radicalized” Muslim: He Was Part of Britain’s Version of Brigade 2506

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: H/T Polly Ticker

‘Sorted’ by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi

By all accounts, 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, fingered as the suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena who supposedly killed 22 attendees of a concert Monday night, was a normal, well adjusted Libyan kid living in England. But that doesn’t mean he was a normal kid in Great Britain. He was a normal Libyan kid from Manchester, which is something entirely different.

Apparently Manchester is something like Miami here in the United States.

In Miami there is a large population of Cuban exiles who want nothing more than a complete, bloody overthrow of the socialist Castro government in that country and many of them would do whatever it takes to see that happen. Cuban exiles have been used by the U.S. government for various guerilla warfare operations for decades. Operations that attempted to destabilize the government of Cuba making it ready for regime change.

The most well known of these actions was to be known as the Bay of Pigs, April 1961.

“(Bay of Pigs) was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. A counter-revolutionary military (made up of Cuban exiles who traveled to the United States after Castro’s takeover), trained and funded by the United States government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (DRF) and intended to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro. Launched from Guatemala and Nicaragua, the invading force was defeated within three days by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under the direct command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro.”

Brigade 2506 was made up of about 1,300 Cuban exiles, mostly from Miami. They were exiles themselves or children of exiles. They were shipped to Guatemala, trained to be terrorists by the CIA for a year and eventually they were unleashed on the Cuban people on April 17th, 1961.

There was absolutely no way 1,300 rag-tag “freedom fighters” was going to overthrow the legitimate government of Cuba. That was never the intention. They were bait designed to be horribly outnumbered and over-matched so that the new president, John F. Kennedy, would be forced to launch airstrikes and a ground invasion against Cuba in order to save them.

It didn’t work out that way and most of them were captured by the Castro government and eventually released about a year later to go back home to Miami where they were treated as heroes and had a party thrown for them at the Orange Bowl by President Kennedy.

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Once Exposed for Lying to the Senate, John Brennan Testifies Before Congress about Donald Trump as the Fake Left Swoons

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: It should also be noted that John Brennan’s emails were published by Wikileaks in 2015. Was that the dreaded Russians as well? Perhaps Trump colluded on that project?

“(Brennan’s) remarks, before the House Intelligence Committee, are the most direct acknowledgment yet by a current or former U.S. official that Russia sought to recruit Americans to help in its effort to affect the 2016 contest. ” Politico

Anyone who bothers to read the statement made by Brennan might have a little trouble with the use of the term “direct acknowledgment,” It was certainly anything but “direct”

He was at one time called “Deputy President” by his colleagues at the Pentagon and other various Deep State assets. They called him that because of his influence on foreign policy and his absolute control over the extremely controversial Obama administration drone program (what I call the “Death Squad from Above” plan)

Since then, former CIA chief John Brennan has suffered something of a fall from grace.

CIA Director John Brennan today petulantly denied that he lied in March when he publicly insisted that the CIA had not improperly accessed the computers of Senate staffers investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees.

Since then, an  internal investigation found the CIA had done just that, and Brennan was forced to apologize to Senate intelligence committee members. The Intercept, 2014

That happened because while serving as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan went before congress and lied about spying on members of congress when they were investigating the CIA. He said it didn’t happen. It did. He apologized for lying

Guardian 2014: CIA director John Brennan lied to you and to the Senate. Fire him – Private apologies are not enough for a defender of torture, the architect of America’s drone program and the most talented liar in Washington. The nation’s top spy needs to go

They called him “Deputy President”. I called him “The Witch King of Angmar” because he is the personification of the Deep State’s Praetorian Guard, serving them with tireless ambition and a ruthless dedication to his mission much like the fictional Nazgûl or “Ringwraiths” serve Sauron in Mordor. The Witch King is a nameless, faceless creature that was once human but transformed by power and the lust for more of it.

Brennan’s statement to congress yesterday was a careful dance of innuendo and misdirecting nuance that was sure to provide the complicit media with everything they need to continue the unconventional warfare campaign against the seated president while also being mindful of his last trip before the hollowed halls of congress.

“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.” John Brennan

Brennan never once said there was evidence of collusion between Trump and the dreaded Russians. He talked in cryptic circles inferring something he couldn’t come right out and say without being prosecuted in the future for lying to congress… again. Nor did he make mention of the 5 Eyes program being used to spy on the Trump campaign, certainly that was the source of the information he was speaking about.

But that didn’t stop the fake left press as it continues it’s “strategy of tension” campaign in the media against the target of opportunity known as President Trump.

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