USA “Freedom” Act Dies in a Midnight Session – Expect “Crisis Compromise” on May 31

by Scott Creighton

Don’t get too excited folks. This is just more cheap theatrics setting up a “crisis compromise” on May 31.

Last night during a special midnight session of the senate, the latest House version of the USA Freedom Act was blocked by a narrow margin in a 57-42 vote. President Obama has been pressuring congress to pass the Freedom Act as a “fix” to the bulk collection authorization found in section 215 of the USA Patriot Act which is set to expire at midnight, May 31.

The senate also failed to extend the Patriot Act for a few more months as they headed off for their Memorial Day vacation.

But don’t worry, a last minute emergency “crisis compromise” session is already scheduled:

Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill. Verge

That gives them 7 days to have their corporate lawyers slap in all kinds of new language in the “Freedom” Act so they can dump it on the desks of Senators and Representatives at the last minute then scare them into signing it into law.

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Senate Voting on Fast Track Today While Case from El Salvador Exposes Dangers of “Free Trade” Agreements

by Scott Creighton

“There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and inane interactive, interwoven multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars”

“it is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet”

Aside from massive profits for a tiny sliver of oligarchs who rule in New York, Tel Aviv, London and Brussels, has there ever been a single reported positive outcome from any of the “free trade” agreements of the past? Has there been one that anyone knows of?

Today is a rather illuminating day or it should be for anyone paying attention. Two nations, two stories, two different approaches to the same globalist cancer infecting us all.

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“ISIS” Guy Who Threatens More Attacks in US Seems to be an American Contractor (Living in California?)

by Scott Creighton

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Little is known about Abu Ibrahim Amriki, a US-born terrorist who was seen in this propaganda video released by a group calling itself the “German Taliban Mujahideen,” which is based in Pakistan’s tribal areas” Long War Journal 2009

The guy who claims to have threatened Pam Geller and promised to have “71 “ISIS” fighters in 15 US states” ready to attack us is actually an American-born, bald Special Ops looking “jihadist” formerly stationed in Pakistan.

But wait, it gets better.

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Protests grow in Baltimore in defiance of police-military siege

(“Authorities and the media are seeking to condition the population to accept routine police state measures and the suspension of democratic rights.” Yep. That’s the ticket)

by Jerry White, WSWS

Thousands of workers and students demonstrated in Baltimore Wednesday, defying the military-police crackdown in the city of 622,000.

Solidarity protests, including those demanding the removal of the National Guard from Baltimore, spread to other cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

While the police murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was the trigger of social opposition, the outpouring of protests is driven by deeper social causes.

In addition to police violence, angry youth on the streets of Baltimore spoke out against deteriorating schools, impoverished neighborhoods, poverty level jobs and the vast social chasm that has produced “two Baltimores”—one for the rich and powerful, the other for the poor. They complained of the indifference of the political establishment in the city, which has long been dominated by a corrupt layer of African American Democratic Party politicians.

As the immense class tensions that characterize American society are beginning to rise to the surface, the ruling class is responding with violence and repression…

Much of the media coverage Wednesday was characterized by a self-congratulatory tone over the success of the military-police crackdown and the supposed popular support for the dispatch of armed troops

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Baltimore Protests: This is What They Wanted – N. Guard Rolls in With Military Vehicles

by Scott Creighton

National Guard troops stand watch along E. Pratt St. in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015. (Reuters/Eric Thayer)

Ruptly has released video footage of the National Guard rolling through the streets of Baltimore with armored personnel carriers and troops decked out like they are back in Iraq. They are an occupying force on the ground in an American city and the end result will be people not only accepting this behavior as legitimate, but in some cases even applauding it.

As I wrote the other day, this is all in preparation for what is to come when the TPP and the TTIP are shoved down our throats.

 

Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars

by Sarah Lazare , Common Dreams

Accepting and soliciting bribes. Diverting public funds for personal profit. Lying about the number of students. These are just a few examples of the fraud and malfeasance committed by charter school officials—cheating communities out of millions dollars that were supposed to go to education, a new report finds.

The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse (pdf) was released Tuesday by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

It concludes that, in 15 states alone—a third of states with charter schools—such waste cost more than $200 million.

This number is significantly higher than estimates released last year by CPD, which identified at least $136 million lost to fraud and waste. The revised figure of $203 million includes “all of the cases from the 2014 report, $23 million in new cases, and $44 million in additional cases not included in  the 2014 report,” the study states.

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Hillary’s Campaign Will Focus on Global Warming According to Her Campaign Chairman, a Major D.C. Lobbyist

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: John Podesta’s lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, helps international corporations position themselves to take full advantage of the TPP and the TTIP. One of their VPs, Jordan Valdes, claims to have been on Obama’s team to help write the TTIP. Now she sells her insider knowledge and connections on behalf of the Podesta Group to help companies get ready for the fascist takeover of America.

UPDATE: So I went to her campaign website, Ready for Hillary, so I could see for myself where Global Warming factored into her platform and guess what I found? No platform. Not a page or a word about what she stands for or what she intends to do as president. Nothing. You can sign up to volunteer for her campaign, you can sign up to be on the mailing list and receive requests for donations, you can buy all kinds of ridiculous crap and you can watch that stupid video they released yesterday. But there is nothing outlining her platform which makes me wonder if Podesta isn’t once again using Think Progress as a focus group to see how the Global Warming issue resonates with their audience before adding it to her platform.

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Another of the clients of the Podesta Group is a little group called American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

A hard-core career Clintonista and D.C. lobbyist for Big Business is now Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and he kicked off his campaign efforts with a Tweet stating global warming is going to be a major issue in the campaign.

John Podesta was Chief of Staff for Bill in the latter days of his second term in office (from 1998 to 2001) and currently serves as Councilor to Barack Obama. Before that, he had a long, on-again/off-again career in D.C. taking full advantage of the revolving door that laughingly “separates” government and Big Business in America.

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