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Deep state versus nation state: The case of the KEERFA "anti-racist" movement

Petros Konstantinou is an Athens city councilman who heads a major “anti-racist” organization, while little is publicly known about his background.

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In Greece every year, the UN sponsors an “anti-racist” rally which is run by KEERFA (“Movement United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat”). Who are they and what do they stand for? They are an “anti-racist” unit that appears everywhere anytime an “issue” develops with illegal migrants.
What does one mean by the word “illegal”? No migrants in Greece were ever legal or did they ever arrive with an agreement prior to appearing in Greece (apart from a few under the military junta of the late 1960’s-70’s from Pakistan). Once the Soviet Union fell, tens of thousands of Albanians arrived. Decades later, the government started to “legalize” their status. The Greek population was never told that Albania had de-facto joined the Schengen zone, nor were they ever told when joining the EEC (precursor to the EU) that a regime of open borders would exist with neighboring countries such as Bulgaria or Italy. Hence, anyone and more often than not everyone who fancied coming to Greece arrived, from Bangladeshis to Pakistanis, and in the last two years according to Frontex (the EU’s “border force”) from over 70 countries. A neoliberal free-for-all.

The omnipresent Petros Konstantinou


KEERFA was set up as a front by a far-left group called SEK, whose leader Panos Garganas is the twin brother of the ex-central banker of Greece (under the PASOK-Costas Simitis government that introduced the Euro) and is currently led by a certain Petros Konstantinou. This individual has been involved in almost everything and pops up everywhere like a jack in the box. Konstantinou rallied the migrants when the Greek police allegedly burnt a Koran, he was outside Marfin Bank when it was burnt to smithereens by alleged “anarchists,” he was present when migrant strawberry fruit pickers were allegedly shot at, he attended rally after rally to open the borders in the Evros region adjacent to Turkey, and also made his appearance at all of the migrant squats that developed in Athens after German chancellor Angela Merkel invited half the planet to the EU. A characteristic example is that of the former Olympic Airways terminal at the decommissioned Ellinikon Airport in Athens. Konstantinou has also been instrumental in organizing anti-Trump rallies in Athens.

Petros Konstantinou (in white) near a young Alexis Tsipras (circled) at the G8 protests in Genova in 2001.


Indeed, Konstantinou has apparently been making the rounds going back quite a few years. In 2001, at the infamous G8 “anti-globalization” summit in Genova, which has long been a cause célèbre for the globalist “anti-fascist” left, Konstantinou is seen pictured with a young Alexis Tsipras, at a time when Tsipras was an unknown for the majority of Greeks. In 2005, Konstantinou appeared in court as one of the witnesses in defense of the alleged co-founder of the infamous November 17 terrorist group Giannis Serifis, at his trial.
Will the real Petros Konstantinou please stand up?
Who is he really? Despite being an elected councilor in the municipality of Athens, it is almost impossible to find an actual biography, resume, or CV of this individual. He originally hails from Cyprus, and his English is superb. He has appeared at British Labour Party sponsored rallies in the UK and with their affiliated trade unions, speaking about “racism” in Greece and fighting… Golden Dawn. Recently this famous “anti-racist” was published in the Avgi newspaper — a SYRIZA party organ — supporting the nationalism of Skopje (FYROM) whilst condemning the… “nationalism” of Greece.
Despite the murders of countless of Greeks at the hands of migrants, Konstantinou has never once organised a rally in defense of the Greeks murdered (as there have never been violent deaths of Greeks according to Konstantinou after torture for petty thefts!). Meanwhile, one of the two most infamous cases of murder by migrants against Greeks, the case of Manolis Kantaris — who was murdered inplain sight for his camera, leaving behind a wife that was about to give birth — never once reached the radar of KEERFA. After all, anti-racism works only in one direction. It can only be Greeks who are racist, no one else.

Petros Konstantinou at an ANTARSYA event


Konstantinou’s economic motives and the sponsors behind him are globalist big business who want wages adjusted downwards between the EU and Asia. If they can’t export all business to low cost zones, they import tens of thousands of workers to higher income regions. KEERFA is there to defend illegal migration, illegal business operations and a zero tax economy with slave labor wages. It’s that blunt.
For more than a decade, right in the middle of Greece’s main shopping thoroughfare in central Athens, Ermou Street, there were African migrants selling their wares (Chinese counterfeits of famous named brands). While Greeks who have been caught selling goods on the street without a licence are immediately arrested and fined up to €5,000 for tax evasion, no such laws apply to migrants. When shopkeepers began protesting and chasing migrants who were camped outside their shops they were immediately branded as “racist.” Paying workers wages and social insurance is obviously racist when maintaining a shop with legal employees and maintaining a license to operate.
KEERFA’s neoliberal free-for-all is from a dystopian future whereby anyone does whatever they want, irrespective of any given laws which have emerged over the course of history. They appear to be “progressive” whilst promoting absolute degenerate decline. If, for instance, dozens of migrants set up camp in a square (as they did in the infamous Agios Panteleomonas neighborhood in Athens) drinking booze and selling drugs all day and harassing local women, those who are seen to be complaining about such behavior (as for instance local Greek residents did) makes those people unwilling to accept migrants and their …shortcomings.
Globalism has its moral equivalence: everything is to be accepted, from female genital mutilation to the rapes of women, religious obscurantism, overt male chauvinism and sexism, and public displays of gross anti-gay prejudice all in the name of accepting any race of migrants from wherever they happen to arrive from. Nowadays, being part of an indigenous nation with its own issues and shortcomings is passé. Being a citizen of the world, footloose, with no concern as to how one affects others is the new fashion. “Tolerance” and “acceptance” are the new catchphrases. So in practice, to paraphrase George Orwell in Animal Farm, “[a]ll beliefs are equal, but some beliefs are more equal than others.” The result is extreme intolerance towards all nation state-based cultures.
One could argue that this range of global diversity in a city encourages people to stay put. They don’t need to go to Colombia to obtain cheap cocaine or fly to Indonesia to rape underage children. These services can be available right around the corner, and if you are still in a protected occupation like a successful author or a lawyer, you can always find a cheap builder who pays no taxes or social insurance contributions to service your housing needs, when not looking for small boys to service your… sexual needs. KEERFA caters for all tastes by branding individuals and entire groups of citizens as… “racists.” By sheer “coincidence,” these “racists” are always Greek. What else could they be?
In fact, certain studies that have been carried out show that too much ‘diversity’ leads to massive increases in mental health issues and what has been termed as “white flight.” Who would want their children attend schools where the overwhelming majority do not speak the main language of the country they are residing in, or where customs are so different whereby one cannot eat certain foods or drink alcohol without being branded an… “infidel”?
Konstantinou is apparently isolated, and politically is located on the “far left” in a group known as ANTARSYA, which receives around 1 percent in national parliamentary elections but is always in the media and always holds highly visible press conferences. Konstantinou himself always is protected wherever he goes.
Oddly enough, ANTARSYA proclaims itself as a leaderless party, governed collectively by committee instead of by one individual. In turn, Konstantinou, a public official via his position as city councilman in Athens, is a man without a past, with no public biography available. However, the CIA’s World Factbook in fact lists Konstantinou as the leader of the “leaderless” ANTARSYA. Slip of the tongue?

Did the CIA World Factbook reveal Petros Konstantinou as the leader of the “leaderless” ANTARSYA party?


In a new public rally by KEERFA (Socialist Workers Party, SWP) appeared alongside DEA (Sunday School for Migrants) and the occupation of City Plaza on March 17 against “Fortress Europe,” as their statement declares. This is the slogan raised three years ago by the SWP as a cornerstone of the anti-imperialist demand of the whole of the anti-imperialist movement (in relation, of course, to the pro-NATO “left”).
To be precise, once again there is an attempt of the Greek deep state and the migrant exploiters to place pressure to “open the borders” with Turkey in the Evros region. This is a demand of the arch-“philanthropist” and funder of the NATOist and deep state “left” George Soros.
Soros, via the pseudo-humanitarianism of “open borders,” aims for concrete things:

a) Getting employment for migrants
b) Abolishing labor standards and workers’ rights
c) Weakening the states where the migrants are trapped
d) Using the migrants as a “trojan horse” in fronts the deep state seeks to break
e) The rise of xenophobia and the far right, to serve as a “bogeyman.”
f) Organizing anti-Trump rallies in support of Hillary Clinton, as KEERFA has usefully done.

They have on their side all the organizations that are directed by Soros and function for the furtherance of his agenda, such as the deep state KEERFA, that uses the aid it provides to the migrants to exploit them later on. For instance, migrants have been used by KEERFA as an object for the promotion of the pre-electoral campaign of Petros Konstantinou. Another example is the migrants KEERFA has transported to Evros to demand the abolition of the border with Turkey, as without them, KEERFA would have no one to show up at these protests.
Now how can work be found when real unemployment in Greece is between 30 and 40 percent, and even those that allegedly are “employed” can’t find work for more than a few hours a day? How can they claim there is a border between Greece and Turkey now it has been revealed that Greek soldiers were allegedly caught wandering across the woods and ended up in Turkish territory? The media then was obliged to reveal that there is no actual physical border between Greece and Turkey, but that did not stop the globalists from marching with the slogan “down with the fence in Evros.”
Murder and rape of Greek nationals
No Greek government ever stated they would open the borders en masse to all and sundry. A study of neoliberal globalisation and the labour movement is encapsulated in an article here, and more extensively in a book on the purpose behind mass migration. Indeed, a Parliamentary Committee of all the main parties in 1992 did not agree to uncontrolled migration or migration specifically from Muslim countries, as that would endanger the Greeks’ way of life, but as with everything, political parties in Greece always go back on their word.

Placard reading “we are all Pakistanis” at a KEERFA rally


What becomes interesting is that KEERFA realizes that the opposition of the average Greek is massive against uncontrolled migration, and no opinion poll has ever shown otherwise. Realizing they are losing the globalist war of or propaganda in defense of all migrants under any and all conditions, KEERFA focused on the death of a Pakistani migrant and assigned “racist” credentials to it. So in other words, someone can arrive illegally in the country then start blaming the locals for… racism, irrespective of what they have done, or his other compatriots and how they have behaved.
Of course, none of the migrants ever hang out in any wealthy suburbs, so those blamed as being racist are always working class and that is the stick used to beat them into silence. The only alternative would be the dispatch of riot police and imprisonment, as in the famous cases of Ag. Panteleomonas, where a whole community was penalized for not wanting their public square to be turned into a latrine and their women accosted every time they went out. Konstantinou then held rallies with Pakistanis and started chanting in central Athens “we are all Pakistanis”! Konstantinou, of course, can allege to be whatever he wants.
Video of Petros Konstantinou chanting “we are all Pakistanis”:

When a young 15-year old Greek girl from the island of Paros by the name of Myrto was raped and bashed in the head by a Pakistani migrant and left to die, but ended up living in a vegetative state, the response from the “anti-fascist” globalists was that Greeks do much worse things.

15 year old Myrto, raped and brutally attacked by a Pakistani migrant in the island of Paros, now living in a vegetative state


That, of course, is why not these “antifa” and “anti-racist” groups have never once held a demo against the rape or torture of underage girls or pensioners. After all, Greeks are infamous for killing the elderly members of their society, its part of their tradition but they just don’t know it! And right on cue, we have Petros Konstantinou re-educating us, as he did over the Macedonian issue where the nationalism of FYROM is deemed “progressive”…
SEK – The Socialist Workers Party
SEK is a group which establishes various political fronts to promote pure globalism. The irony of the situation is that Konstantinou emerged from there to run their “anti-racist” front. Who runs SEK? None other than Panos Garganas, the twin brother of former central banker during the Simitis regime that introduced the euro to Greece. Not only are we talking Greek deep state here, but specifically its globalist wing which is allied with the shipowners who have no actual nation state-based address and act as footloose corporations in the world they have created: that of the offshore tax-free system that favors their operations. These are KEERFA’s political backers, for to believe that two sons of an ex-ERE (quisling right) member of parliament, the Garganas brothers are actually singing from a different hymn is like believing that KEERFA is interested in… stopping racism.
It was SEK that launched demonstrations in Greece against Trump when he was elected, but did not organize similar demonstrations against Obama who of course didn’t start… any wars. Their problems will magnify now that globalist corporations like Apple and Nike have begun criticizing the U.S. government for implementing protectionist laws against foreign imports, signifying the reversal of the process of globalization. They will be seen to be siding openly with the globalist wing of the ruling class. But they are on the retreat, as no one actually takes them seriously. Konstantinou’s eclipse is pre-determined, as it is part of the conflict between globalism and nation-states. If nations are to survive and thrive, globalism and all of its variants have to buried deep underground, as after all they originate from the shady deep state of politics.
The UN-sponsored anti-racism day

Poster advertising the March 17, 2018 KEEERFA “anti-racist day” rally, on an Athens street.


Every year in March, KEERFA organizes a demonstration alongside the UN’s anti-racism day. Taking into account that no one has never seen Konstantinou gainfully employed anywhere and no record exists of what he actually knows but that he is seen everywhere, one would assume he is on the payroll of various NGOs and is sponsored by some UN fund or other.
There are never any more than a thousand participants at any of the rallies for migrants, and they are specifically chosen to be held at around 3 pm on a Saturday to avoid contact with Greeks, as most would have left the center. In turn, the police, in order to ensure they can create maximum discomfort, block off all roads from Omonoia Square to Syntagma Square and alongside the Parliament all the way to the Megaro Maximou mansion (the prime minister’s official residence). This is done in order for the “demonstrators” to pretend they are railing against the government when, in fact, they are directly in favor of the government and the policy of open borders.
One also notices that Konstantinou readily has access to the global media. For instance, one reading such reports in the Chinese press might come away believing that the open border for the import and sale of Chinese goods in Greece has no repercussions on domestic production and unemployment. A similar argument was made when successive governments pushed hard to bring in Chinese companies and workers at Greece’s ports, operating on Chinese wages. The ideal world of Konstantinou and his “anti-racism” is all about a new global slave labour empire, whilst anyone who criticizes it is branded with the label of being a… racist.

KEERFA-sponsored “anti-racist day” rally at Omonoia Square in Athens, March 17, 2018


After this year’s anti-racist day march on March 17, which was supported by the SYRIZA breakaway party Popular Unity (LAE), KEERFA produced a statement on its website. It is noteworthy that they never publish an aerial view of their demos, as their size is minimal and the time chosen is when there are no Greeks in the vicinity. The statement claimed that they were again attacked by violent thugs from Golden Dawn. The fact is that KEERFA circulates leaflets bearing the name “Republic of Macedonia” just after the giant Macedonian rallies, while they allege Greece is being aggressive in the Aegean despite the kidnapping of the two Greek soldiers in full army uniform by Turkey, with accusations that they were spying (how could one be spying in military uniform!).
KEERFA demonstrators have been rounded upon by citizens in areas they considered their turf, such as Kallithea and Galatsi in Athens. KEERFA allege that the police didn’t intervene, as obviously they are all Golden Dawn supporters. The case may be that the “attackers” were instead average citizens who were provoked by the globalist garbage that spews out of the mouth of KEERFA.
Either way, this is perhaps a sign of things to come. Globalism is on the retreat in more ways than one.
Opinions expressed are those of the author alone and may not reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Hellenic Insider, its publisher, its editors, or its staff, writers, and contributors.

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Airline wars heat up, as industry undergoes massive disruption (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the global commercial airline industry, which is undergoing massive changes, as competition creeps in from Russia and China.

Reuters reports that Boeing Co’s legal troubles grew as a new lawsuit accused the company of defrauding shareholders by concealing safety deficiencies in its 737 MAX planes before two fatal crashes led to their worldwide grounding.

The proposed class action filed in Chicago federal court seeks damages for alleged securities fraud violations, after Boeing’s market value tumbled by $34 billion within two weeks of the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX.

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According to the complaint, Boeing “effectively put profitability and growth ahead of airplane safety and honesty” by rushing the 737 MAX to market to compete with Airbus SE, while leaving out “extra” or “optional” features designed to prevent the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes.

It also said Boeing’s statements about its growth prospects and the 737 MAX were undermined by its alleged conflict of interest from retaining broad authority from federal regulators to assess the plane’s safety.

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Boeing said on Tuesday that aircraft orders in the first quarter fell to 95 from 180 a year earlier, with no orders for the 737 MAX following the worldwide grounding.

On April 5, it said it planned to cut monthly 737 production to 42 planes from 52, and was making progress on a 737 MAX software update to prevent further accidents.

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Step aside (fading) trade war with China: there is a new aggressor – at least according to the US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer – in town.

In a statement on the USTR’s website published late on Monday, the US fair trade agency announced that under Section 301 of the Trade Act, it was proposing a list of EU products to be covered by additional duties. And as justification for the incremental import taxes, the USTR said that it was in response to EU aircraft subsidies, specifically to Europea’s aerospace giant, Airbus, which “have caused adverse effects to the United States” and which the USTR estimates cause $11 billion in harm to the US each year

One can’t help but notice that the latest shot across the bow in the simmering trade war with Europe comes as i) Trump is reportedly preparing to fold in his trade war with China, punting enforcement to whoever is president in 2025, and ii) comes just as Boeing has found itself scrambling to preserve orders as the world has put its orderbook for Boeing 737 MAX airplanes on hold, which prompted Boeing to cut 737 production by 20% on Friday.

While the first may be purely a coincidence, the second – which is expected to not only slam Boeing’s financials for Q1 and Q2, but may also adversely impact US GDP – had at least some impact on the decision to proceed with these tariffs at this moment.

We now await Europe’s angry response to what is Trump’s latest salvo in what is once again a global trade war. And, paradoxically, we also expect this news to send stocks blasting higher as, taking a page from the US-China trade book, every day algos will price in imminent “US-European trade deal optimism.”

Below the full statement from the USTR (link):

USTR Proposes Products for Tariff Countermeasures in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found repeatedly that European Union (EU) subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States.  Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) begins its process under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to identify products of the EU to which additional duties may be applied until the EU removes those subsidies.

USTR is releasing for public comment a preliminary list of EU products to be covered by additional duties.  USTR estimates the harm from the EU subsidies as $11 billion in trade each year.  The amount is subject to an arbitration at the WTO, the result of which is expected to be issued this summer.

“This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and the time has come for action. The Administration is preparing to respond immediately when the WTO issues its finding on the value of U.S. countermeasures,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  “Our ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with the EU to end all WTO-inconsistent subsidies to large civil aircraft.  When the EU ends these harmful subsidies, the additional U.S. duties imposed in response can be lifted.”

In line with U.S. law, the preliminary list contains a number of products in the civil aviation sector, including Airbus aircraft.  Once the WTO arbitrator issues its report on the value of countermeasures, USTR will announce a final product list covering a level of trade commensurate with the adverse effects determined to exist.

Background

After many years of seeking unsuccessfully to convince the EU and four of its member States (France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom) to cease their subsidization of Airbus, the United States brought a WTO challenge to EU subsidies in 2004. In 2011, the WTO found that the EU provided Airbus $18 billion in subsidized financing from 1968 to 2006.  In particular, the WTO found that European “launch aid” subsidies were instrumental in permitting Airbus to launch every model of its large civil aircraft, causing Boeing to lose sales of more than 300 aircraft and market share throughout the world.

In response, the EU removed two minor subsidies, but left most of them unchanged.  The EU also granted Airbus more than $5 billion in new subsidized “launch aid” financing for the A350 XWB.  The United States requested establishment of a compliance panel in March 2012 to address the EU’s failure to remove its old subsidies, as well as the new subsidies and their adverse effects.  That process came to a close with the issuance of an appellate report in May 2018 finding that EU subsidies to high-value, twin-aisle aircraft have caused serious prejudice to U.S. interests.  The report found that billions of dollars in launch aid to the A350 XWB and A380 cause significant lost sales to Boeing 787 and 747 aircraft, as well as lost market share for Boeing very large aircraft in the EU, Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, and UAE markets.

Based on the appellate report, the United States requested authority to impose countermeasures worth $11.2 billion per year, commensurate with the adverse effects caused by EU subsidies.  The EU challenged that estimate, and a WTO arbitrator is currently evaluating those claims

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s ‘Russiagate’ report has cleared Donald Trump of ‘collusion’ charges but maintains that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. Yet concrete evidence of that is nowhere to be seen.

The report by Mueller and his team, made public on Thursday by the US Department of Justice, exonerates not just Trump but all Americans of any “collusion” with Russia, “obliterating” the Russiagate conspiracy theory, as journalist Glenn Greenwald put it.

However, it asserts that Russian “interference” in the election did happen, and says it consisted of a campaign on social media as well as Russian military intelligence (repeatedly referred to by its old, Soviet-era name, GRU) “hacking” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the DNC, and the private email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.

As evidence of this, the report basically offers nothing but Mueller’s indictment of “GRU agents,” delivered on the eve of the Helsinki Summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in what was surely a cosmic coincidence.

Indictments are not evidence, however, but allegations. Any time it looks like the report might be bringing up proof, it ends up being redacted, ostensibly to protect sources and methods, and out of concern it might cause “harm to an ongoing matter.”

‘Active measures’ on social media

Mueller’s report leads with the claim that the Internet Research Agency (IRA) ran an “active measures” campaign of social media influence. Citing Facebook and Twitter estimates, the report says this consisted of 470 Facebook accounts that made 80,000 posts that may have been seen by up to 126 million people, between January 2015 and August 2017 (almost a year after the election), and 3,814 Twitter accounts that “may have been” in contact with about 1.4 million people.

Those numbers may seem substantial but, as investigative journalist Gareth Porter pointed out in November 2018, they should be regarded against the background of 33 trillion Facebook posts made during the same period.

According to Mueller, the IRA mind-controlled the American electorate by spending “approximately $100,000” on Facebook ads, hiring someone to walk around New York City “dressed up as Santa Claus with a Trump mask,” and getting Trump campaign affiliates to promote “dozens of tweets, posts, and other political content created by the IRA.” Dozens!

Meanwhile, the key evidence against IRA’s alleged boss Evgeny Prigozhin is that he “appeared together in public photographs” with Putin.

Alleged hacking & release

The report claims that the GRU hacked their way into 29 DCCC computers and another 30 DNC computers, and downloaded data using software called “X-Tunnel.” It is unclear how Mueller’s investigators claim to know this, as the report makes no mention of them or FBI actually examining DNC or DCCC computers. Presumably they took the word of CrowdStrike, the Democrats’ private contractor, for it.

However obtained, the documents were published first through DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 – which the report claims are “fictitious online personas” created by the GRU – and later through WikiLeaks. What is Mueller’s proof that these two entities were “GRU” cutouts? In a word, this:

That the Guccifer 2.0 persona provided reporters access to a restricted portion of the DCLeaks website tends to indicate that both personas were operated by the same or a closely-related group of people.(p. 43)

However, the report acknowledges that the “first known contact” between Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks was on September 15, 2016 – months after the DNC and DCCC documents were published! Here we do get actual evidence: direct messages on Twitter obtained by investigators. Behold, these “spies” are so good, they don’t even talk – and when they do, they use unsecured channels.

Mueller notably claims “it is clear that the stolen DNC and Podesta documents were transferred from the GRU to WikiLeaks” (the rest of that sentence is redacted), but the report clearly implies the investigators do not actually know how. On page 47, the report says Mueller “cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.”

Strangely, the report accuses WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange of making “public statements apparently designed to obscure the source” of the materials (p.48), notably the offer of a reward for finding the murderer of DNC staffer Seth Rich – even though this can be read as corroborating the intermediaries theory, and Assange never actually said Rich was his source.

The rest of Mueller’s report goes on to discuss the Trump campaign’s contacts with anyone even remotely Russian and to create torturous constructions that the president had “obstructed” justice by basically defending himself from charges of being a Russian agent – neither of which resulted in any indictments, however. But the central premise that the 22-month investigation, breathless media coverage, and the 448-page report are based on – that Russia somehow meddled in the 2016 election – remains unproven.

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Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight

The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote.

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Authored by Philip Giraldi via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

American Exceptionalism became the battle cry for an increasingly clueless federal government as well as for a media-deluded public. When 9/11 arrived, the country was ready to lash out at the rest of the world. President George W. Bush growled that “There’s a new sheriff in town and you are either with us or against us.” Afghanistan followed, then Iraq, and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats came up with Libya and the first serious engagement in Syria. In its current manifestation, one finds a United States that threatens Iran on a nearly weekly basis and tears up arms control agreements with Russia while also maintaining deployments of US forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and places like Mali. Scattered across the globe are 800 American military bases while Washington’s principal enemies du jour Russia and China have, respectively, only one and none.

Never before in my lifetime has the United States been so belligerent, and that in spite of the fact that there is no single enemy or combination of enemies that actually threaten either the geographical United States or a vital interest. Venezuela is being threatened with invasion primarily because it is in the western hemisphere and therefore subject to Washington’s claimed proconsular authority. Last Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council that the White House will remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, preferably using diplomacy and sanctions, but “all options are on the table.” Pence warned that Russia and other friends of Maduro need to leave now or face the consequences.

The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly ten times as much on “defense.”

Iran is also upgrading its defensive capabilities, which are formidable. Now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran, has placed a series of increasingly punitive sanctions on the country, and, most recently, has declared a part of the Iranian military to be a “foreign terrorist organization” and therefore subject to attack by US forces at any time, it is clear that war will be the next step. In three weeks, the United States will seek to enforce a global ban on any purchases of Iranian oil. A number of countries, including US nominal ally Turkey, have said they will ignore the ban and it will be interesting to see what the US Navy intends to do to enforce it. Or what Iran will do to break the blockade.

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189. It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The current version of the bill was introduced on April 11th and it is by no means clear what kind of support it might actually have, but the fact that it actually has surfaced at all should be disturbing to anyone who believes it is in the world’s best interest to avoid direct military confrontation between the United States and Russia.

In a a press release by Gardner, who has long been pushing to have Russia listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a February version of the bill is described as “…comprehensive legislation [that] seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the US government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.”

The February version of the bill included Menendez, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors, suggesting that provoking war is truly bipartisan in today’s Washington.

Each Senator co-sponsor contributed a personal comment to the press release. Gardner observed that “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.” Menendez noted that “President Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress” while Graham added that “Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. He should cease and desist meddling in the US electoral process, halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop efforts to create chaos in Syria.” Cardin contributed “Congress continues to take the lead in defending US national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad” and Shaheen observed that “This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”

The Senatorial commentary is, of course, greatly exaggerated and sometimes completely false regarding what is going on in the world, but it is revealing of how ignorant American legislators can be and often are. The Senators also ignore the fact that the designation of presumed Kremlin surrogate forces as “foreign terrorist organizations” is equivalent to a declaration of war against them by the US military, while hypocritically calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is bad enough, as it is demonstrably untrue. But the real damage comes from the existence of the bill itself. It will solidify support for hardliners on both sides, guaranteeing that there will be no rapprochement between Washington and Moscow for the foreseeable future, a development that is bad for everyone involved. Whether it can be characterized as an unintended consequence of unwise decision making or perhaps something more sinister involving a deeply corrupted congress and administration remains to be determined.

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