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Pat Buchanan Backs Away From Putin Worship

by Cliff Kincaid on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 1211 of 1211 in the topic International

Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan, who once declared that Vladimir Putin was a Christian “planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity,” has decided that his support for the virtual dictator’s regime has its limits.

The veteran columnist and former anti-communist communications director for President Ronald Reagan has decided that he cannot justify the Russian shoot-down of the Malaysian civilian airliner.

Buchanan is the author of a well-regarded new book on Richard Nixon’s political comeback. His old friends and associates have been wondering when Buchanan would make a comeback himself, by disavowing his vocal support of the Vladimir Putin regime in Moscow.

In a column on the website of his American Conservative magazine, Buchanan still tries to get Putin personally off the hook for the mass murder of nearly 300 people by calling the shoot-down a “horrendous military blunder” on the part of Russian-backed forces. But he does admit that the Russians have blood on their hands.

“They have been armed and advised by Russia,” Buchanan said of those who conducted the shoot-down. “And it was a Russian SA-11 that brought the airliner down. While the separatists say they got the surface-to-air missiles from an army depot, there is evidence the missile was provided by Russia, and Russians may have advised or assisted in the fatal launch.”

Nevertheless, Buchanan doesn’t want to do much about it.

The title, “Don’t Let the Hawks Hijack MH17,” is a warning from Buchanan against increasing sanctions on the Putin regime and sending weapons to the government of Ukraine as a response to the shoot-down. A confrontation with Russia could lead to “something unthinkable,” he says, suggesting a nuclear war if the U.S. stands up to Putin’s aggression.

If we antagonize Russia, he says, Putin could tighten his ties with Beijing, and break up the U.S.-led sanctions regime on Iran. However, he also thinks the U.S. and Russia can still cooperate against terrorism.

We had called Buchanan a modern-day Russian dupe for his enthusiastic support of the Putin regime.

While Buchanan’s policy of appeasement continues, he does seem to have had an awakening that Putin is not the choir boy he previously thought he was.

In a December 17, 2013, column, “Is Putin One of Us?,” Buchanan wrote that “Putin says his mother had him secretly baptized as a baby and professes to be a Christian.”

In an April 4, 2014 column, “Whose Side Is God on Now?,” Buchanan wrote that Putin is actually not only leading the Christian world by standing up to “America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony,” but is also engaged in a “tribal defense of lost Russians left behind when the USSR disintegrated.”

However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of this year violated a 1994 agreement pledging to respect the sovereignty of the nation that had suffered tremendously under Soviet imperialism. The pro-Russian president of Ukraine, exposed for his corruption, fled the country for Russia.

In his new approach to Russia, Buchanan acknowledges the Russian role in the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner, and does not seem to accept the lies emanating from Moscow that attempt to blame the U.S. or Ukraine for the destruction of the plane.

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Russian Disinformation for a Conservative Audience

by Cliff Kincaid on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

This is article 557 of 557 in the topic Media

Knowing that evidence would implicate Russia in the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane, the Russian disinformation apparatus went into action early in the crisis, putting out the story that the plane was travelling almost the same route that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s jet had travelled before. In short, the accusation was that Ukraine downed the plane, thinking Putin was on it. Hence, it was an assassination attempt.

This bizarre piece of disinformation surfaced on RT (Russia Today), the Moscow-funded English-language propaganda network known to critics as KGB-TV. It was linked to by the popular Drudge Report, used by many conservatives as their homepage, and then picked up by the Alex Jones’ Infowars.com site, a reliable outlet for pro-Russian propaganda.

Drudge posted the item, “RT: Putin’s plane might have been target,” apparently to suggest that there was honest confusion over whether the Russians had shot down the plane.

In the U.S., RT is carried by such giant media companies as Comcast, Time Warner, DISH and Verizon. Jones claims to be on the list of the “Top 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America,” and boasts that his work has led to “Matt Drudge giving Infowars.com a much coveted spot on the permanent links section of his hugely influential and highly trafficked website, DrudgeReport.com.”

The purpose of this RT story is to confuse people about Moscow’s intentions, and suggest a nefarious U.S. behind-the-scenes role in the tragedy.

But some people immediately recognized the item as Russian propaganda, with one commentator expressing disgust with Drudge by saying that it “Took Drudge only 5 minutes to regurgitate” Russian propaganda after the RT item was posted.

Drudge doesn’t grant interviews to explain his peculiar choice of news items, but his relationship with Jones has been criticized by such diverse sources as RedState on the right and Media Matters on the left.

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer for Alex Jones, apparently considered the RT report to have some validity. “Putin’s presidential plane was original target of shoot down,” he posted.

We noted back in 2010 that RT has been eager to publicize Alex Jones and his various anti-American conspiracies because “they divert attention from the increasingly totalitarian nature of the Russian regime and the military threat that Russia still poses to American interests.” Jones was a regular guest on the RT propaganda channel, and defended Moscow’s invasion of its former Soviet republic of Georgia in 2008.

The eager acceptance of the Russian disinformation has once again focused attention on how some conservatives, such as talk-show host Michael Savage, are following the Kremlin line. Once an advocate of a strong U.S. foreign policy, Savage has featured Jones and his writers on his “Savage Nation” radio show, carried on more than 200 radio stations, including WMAL in Washington, D.C. On his Friday show, Savage blamed Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in part for the shoot-down, saying McCain had encouraged the overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, leading to the Russian invasion.

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Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 1209 of 1211 in the topic International

In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else?

The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose leadership Germany has made great progress in the social, economic and political spheres.”

The message noted “the high level of cooperation that Russia and Germany have reached,” and reported that Putin told Merkel “that the further development of bilateral ties regardless of the political situation serves the interests of both nations.”

The comments were included in the context of greetings on Merkel’s 60th birthday.

The Kyiv Post reports that the people of Ukraine, who are involved in that “political situation” alluded to by Putin, are not amused.

Kyiv Post website editor Oksana Torhan reports that “tens of thousands of Ukrainians and their supporters worldwide began taunting Merkel immediately after photographs of her laughing with Putin [during the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13] were made public.”

Some comments or posts depicted Putin and Merkel kissing.

Despite the close relationship, David Wise, a writer for Reuters, the worldwide news service, said recently that it is “mind-boggling” that the National Security Agency had wiretapped Merkel’s cell phone and that the CIA is monitoring the German government.

At the same time, he admitted that German industry “has strong ties to both Russia and Iran” and this fact “may offer a clue.”

Later in the piece, Wise gets to the heart of the matter in a strange way, saying, “Germans are particularly sensitive to surveillance and spying, given the legacy of the Nazi Gestapo and, more recently, the years of domestic surveillance by the Stasi spy service in Communist East Germany—where Merkel grew up.”

Yes, Merkel grew up in East Germany. But Wise neglects to mention that she was a propagandist for a communist youth group, a fact that alarms those who think she has been a loyal U.S. ally while catering to Russia.

He said some of this spying on Germany “would have been justified during the Cold War if, for example, it uncovered information about the Soviet nuclear arsenal—knowledge that in a war could conceivably save the lives of millions of Americans. But the Cold War is long over.”

This is almost laughable. Isn’t Putin a former KGB spy? And hasn’t Putin been on a tour of Latin America, solidifying his relations with such figures as the Castro brothers in Cuba?

Amy Davidson of The New Yorker wrote that Merkel’s own life in East Germany “gives her some perspective on spying,” as if she had some hostility toward the East German spy agency or the East German regime. The German book, The First Life of Angela M, suggests the opposite, noting she was a propagandist for an East Germany youth group, but concealed that part of her background during her rise to political power.

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New Film Exposes and Mocks “Progressives”

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 69 of 69 in the topic Book & Movie Reviews

Former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, Larry Grathwohl, is one of the stars of Joel Gilbert’s new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” which is premiering in Denver on Friday and then goes nationwide.

Friday, July 18, also happens to be “Blog About Larry Day,” to remember his service to the nation and his untimely death last year. His friend Tina Trent says, “we are asking that bloggers, radio folks, podcasters, and others in the media use July 18th to tell the truth about violent leftist radicals like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk.” She adds, “Their war against America began with bombs, but it continues today in our institutions of higher education, the media, and the government.”

Grathwohl was a veteran of the Vietnam War, fighting the communists in Southeast Asia, before infiltrating their ranks and fighting them on the streets of America.

Gilbert says, “Larry Grathwhol was a hero of mine because he was on the front lines protecting America from the Marxist terrorist movement that wanted to destroy America.”

In addition to highlighting the service of Larry Grathwohl, the new film shows Gilbert visiting and joking with liberals and Obama supporters in order to understand what makes them tick, and to see whether they have become disillusioned. Inside an abandoned church in Detroit, Gilbert surveys the wreckage, including the busted stained glass windows and broken pews, and sings “Hallelujah, I’m Ready to Go.”

The film is both serious and entertaining. It makes you laugh and almost want to cry, as he skillfully describes what seems like the planned destruction of America.

Gilbert goes to Chicago where he interviews a local politician, sort of a young Barack Obama, who continues the “hope and change” rhetoric. He even started out, like Obama, as a “community organizer.”

Those who think we can overturn this unfolding disaster—and learn from what has been happening to us—have to be disappointed by the comments made in the interviews that Gilbert conducted with young Chinese visitors to Washington, D.C.

One admits that Mao killed 50 million people and made “great mistakes,” but is nevertheless still held in respect. “He’s great,” one of the young Chinese visitors tells Gilbert. At the same time, they admit—and seem quite comfortable in saying—that they have no free speech rights in China. “You can’t say communism is a bad thing,” one tells Gilbert. Otherwise, you go to a labor camp.

So is there a real possibility of recognizing the dangers of Marxism before they engulf a country? Or even after? That’s the open question left by Gilbert’s ultimately disturbing film.

Of course, an awakening of any kind in the U.S. is not likely if young people turn into zombies. Gilbert travels to Colorado to learn about the widespread availability of legalized marijuana, another project encouraged by the Obama administration. One young man talks about using dope to address the problem of high arches in his feet. It is a ploy to get high.

Massive illegal immigration, another project to solidify Democratic Party rule in America, is addressed through Gilbert’s interview with a military veteran who examines how the demographics of Denver have changed and the quality of education has deteriorated.

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Germany is Hardly a U.S. Ally

by Cliff Kincaid on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This is article 1205 of 1211 in the topic International

The media are full of stories about “two allies,” the U.S. and Germany, in a controversy over alleged “U.S. espionage” against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. All of the fingers are pointing at the NSA, and now the CIA, whose station chief in Berlin has reportedly been told to leave.

The Washington Post reported, “In ordering the CIA station chief to leave, Germany resorted to a form of retaliation that is occasionally employed by espionage adversaries such as the United States and Russia, but rarely by such a close ally.”

But where is the evidence that Germany under Merkel is such a close ally?

The paper fails to cite the evidence that Merkel is regarded with suspicion because she came out of East Germany, when it was a Communist state, and hid a very important aspect of her early life—as a propagandist for a communist youth group.

Breitbart picked up the controversy in a story headlined, “Questions raised Over Merkel’s Communist Past.”

Even without this damaging information, one has reason to be suspicious about Merkel.

If you continue reading the Post and take a look at the paper’s editorial on Ukraine, you might get a different impression of our “ally.”

It starts out by saying that “Ukraine’s new leader is making progress in regaining control over eastern areas of the country that were seized by Russian-backed insurgents, but he’s getting no help from the United States or the European Union.” The European Union (EU) primarily means Germany and France.

It says Russia’s Vladimir Putin “can only be encouraged by the fecklessness of the European Union and the United States,” another clear reference to Germany and France, as well as the Obama administration. It goes on to complain that “German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are leaning on [the Ukrainian President] Mr. Poroshenko to stop trying to regain control over his country” from Russian forces.

In other words, they are working on Putin’s behalf.

So if Merkel is working on behalf of Putin, why shouldn’t the German government be under surveillance? And perhaps France as well?

Referring to “crippling unilateral sanctions on Russia” that can be imposed by the West, the Post editorial says, “If the Ukrainian government can act [against Russian forces] without the permission of France and Germany, so can the United States.” But it’s doubtful that Obama will do anything significant to thwart Putin’s war drive.

Earlier in the editorial, the Post says that “Germany and France have been pressing for a cease-fire and peace talks [in Ukraine] that would include the rebels, Russia and Ukraine but not Western governments.”

In other words, they want to settle the conflict on terms agreeable to Russia.

Hollande is a socialist and his political party is a member of the Socialist International. By contrast, Merkel represents the supposedly “conservative” Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

M.E. Synon, the Europe correspondent for Breitbart London, writes, “Some Americans are now asking: was there a good reason the US needed to keep an eye on Merkel’s private conversations?” Yes, indeed.

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Author Says “Muslim Brother” Obama Betrays Israel

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 1203 of 1211 in the topic International

The “liberation of Palestine” is widely recognized as a euphemism for the destruction of Israel. But the term “Palestinians,” according to American-Israeli political commentator and journalist Sha’i ben-Tekoa, is itself a commonly used deception. The “Palestinians,” he argues, don’t really exist. They are an “invented” people whose purpose is to serve as the means by which the destruction of Israel and the Jews will ultimately be achieved.

Ben-Tekoa, author of the new book Phantom Nation: Inventing the ‘Palestinians’ as the Obstacle to Peace, told Accuracy in Media in an interview that the term “Palestinian people” originated with a Columbia University professor, the late Edward Said, who had a major influence on the thinking of such figures as President Barack Obama in Middle East affairs. Said originally described himself as a Lebanese Christian, but then began identifying himself as an ancient Palestinian, saying that the “Palestinians” had as much right to a homeland as the Jews— and so the quest for their own “Palestine” was born.

Ben-Tekoa took courses from Said at Columbia before moving to Israel, where he runs a website on how to “Deprogram program,” meaning that the prevailing narrative about Israel being the obstacle to peace in the region has to be analyzed and deconstructed before the real truth can be understood.

He had conducted research for the Office of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and discovered that the term “Palestinians” didn’t emerge in United Nations resolutions until 1970, three years after the Six Day War that Israel won against the Arab states. “Before the 1970s there are no Palestinians on the table” for the United Nations to manipulate as a cause for “liberation,” he said.

“This is the language of liberation,” he says, “when there is nothing to liberate here. Palestine was liberated in 1948 when we Jews declared independence and returned it to their true ancient owners.”

Dr. Harris Schoenberg’s 1989 book, A Mandate for Terror: The United Nations and the PLO, describes how the world body came to endorse and embrace the terrorism campaign of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). In the 1970s, international terrorism was rampant. In 1972, Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. Two years later, PLO chief Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, wearing a gun.

Ben-Tekoa acknowledges a Soviet role in this phony “liberation” narrative as well. At its core, he says, the Palestinian cause is Islamic, with its hatred of Israel and the West. But he says the PLO, its first chairman Yasser Arafat, and many of its factions had their bases in the Soviet Union and were trained by the Soviets.

He adds, “Both Islam and Communism are totalitarian systems and both of them ideologically hate Jews and are behind the murder of Jews. So they work together. But the history of Jewish-Arab relations…goes back thousands of years [and] predates the monstrosity of modern-day communism. Islam is a religion which is steeped in hostility toward the Jewish people.”

Christians in the Middle East, he notes, are also targets of this hostility. “It’s a nightmare for them these days.”

He notes that the current president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who also serves as chairman of the PLO, did his Ph.D.

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Obama Prepares Pardons for Terrorists

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 775 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

Bill Ayers’ recent appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program appears to be part of a systematic campaign to whitewash the activities of the communist terrorists who were murdering policemen and FBI agents during the 1960s and 70s, and to set the stage for their release and rehabilitation.

Kelly was unprepared for the interview and failed to consult prominent experts on the case, such as former FBI agent Max Noel. “I’m extremely disappointed, as are a number of us who actually worked the WUO [Weather Underground Organization] case on a daily basis, in your attempt to ‘confront him’ without availing yourself of the knowledge that those of us who actually worked the case could have given you,” Noel said in a message to Kelly. The former FBI agent, who arrested the UNABOMBER and has co-authored a sensational new book about that case, was a member of the Weatherman Task Force in San Francisco, where Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were operating.

Noel has sensational details about how the Weather Underground constructed its bombs in order to kill people, not just damage property. This information, if publicized on “The Kelly File,” would have exposed Ayers as the crazed and committed communist he truly is. As a result of this glaring omission, Ayers succeeded in coming across as simply an aging “anti-war activist” or “radical” who carried things a little too far with bombings that caused  some property damage but killed no one.

This is as big a lie as Ayers’ claim made to Kelly that he didn’t know Barack Obama very well, even though he helped him launch his political career in Chicago. “I knew him as well as he knew 10,000 other people,” Ayers said. “Today, I wish I knew him much better and I wish he’d listen to me.”

But the evidence indicates that President Obama, or at least his Attorney General Eric Holder, is listening.

Left unsaid on “The Kelly File” show was the critical fact that many of Ayers’ comrades are still in jail or prison, waiting for Democratic politicians such as President Obama and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to grant pardons or clemency. Some have already been released, with no significant press attention devoted to the pattern that is developing.

Ayers and Dohrn could themselves be charged in the Park Police Station case, in which Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell was killed. But apparently they are quite confident that this will never happen as long as President Obama and Eric Holder are running the Justice Department.

The insidious campaign of releasing and/or rehabilitating these terrorists has been underway for some time.

It began in 2003 when Kathy Boudin, one of Ayers’ more notorious associates, was granted parole from New York state prison. Boudin had gone to prison for her involvement in an October 20, 1981 armed terrorist assault that left Nyack, New York Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Patrolman Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige dead.

Taking a cue from the rehabilitation of Ayers himself, who had become a “professor” of education at the University of Illinois, Boudin is now an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

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Putin’s “Family Values” Include Murder

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is article 1197 of 1211 in the topic International

Businessman Bill Browder, who ran an investment fund in Russia called Hermitage Capital Management, told “60 Minutes” in February that “The Russian regime is a criminal regime. We’re dealing with a nuclear country run by a bunch of Mafia crooks.” In a more recent interview with this writer, he had some words for those American conservatives embracing Vladimir Putin as a spokesman for family values.

“If you want to talk about family values, go talk to the Magnitsky family about what happened to their family, as a result of Vladimir Putin’s evil,” he said.

Sergei Magnitsky, the attorney for Browder’s firm in Russia, was imprisoned and then killed by Russian authorities in 2009. He had uncovered official corruption involving the theft of $230 million.

Browder says people who find some good in Putin “ignore the fact that he is a stone-cold killer and kills for money…”

Browder, the grandson of Earl Browder, former head of the Communist Party USA, has a unique perspective, having invested in Russia when it appeared that the old Soviet system was dying, and that capitalism was taking root. The Magnitsky case became a concrete manifestation of how Putin and his group of former KGB officers were looting the country and consolidating their power.

Putin, he said, acts on the basis of a “Mafia principle” of “extracting as much money as possible from the state and staying in power and keeping that money.”

The invasion of Ukraine has been a wake-up call that the Kremlin is not to be trusted. Moscow, after all, had signed an agreement that was supposed to guarantee the country’s territorial integrity.

But Browder, in a telephone interview, said he believes Putin’s invasion of Ukraine doesn’t stem from some communist master plan to remake the USSR. Rather, he believes it was a reaction to the overthrow of his corrupt ally, President Viktor Yanukovych, whose luxurious presidential home in Ukraine included artificial lakes, a private zoo, golden toilets, a huge garage full of cars and motorbikes, and a new golf course.

“Vladimir Putin is a verified kleptocrat,” Browder says. “He has spent most of the last 12 years stealing as much money as he could, registered in the names of his friends. As he has done this, the Russian people have received no economic benefit from the rising oil and commodity prices. So after a certain period of time people started getting angry, and about two years ago, when Putin came back as president, there were 100,000 people on the streets of Moscow chanting ‘Putin is a thief’ and ‘Get rid of Putin.’”

In Ukraine, Putin “watched a junior varsity version of him—Viktor Yanukovych—who is a thief, but only a small thief, compared to Vladimir Putin—get completely run out of his own country for doing exactly what Vladimir Putin is doing on a larger scale in Russia. After Yanukovych was kicked out, Putin panicked and he needed an enormous distraction as quickly as possible.”

That “distraction” was the complete takeover of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.

“They used Crimea as a vehicle to distract and build the Russian population into a nationalistic fervor,” Browder said.

Other observers and experts, however, make the case that Putin does have a grand design that amounts to a resurgent Russia seeking to reconstitute the old Soviet system.

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Dave Brat’s Moral Values Victory

by Cliff Kincaid on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

This is article 41 of 41 in the topic Moral Values

Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor (R-VA) was attributed to his Tea Party backing, when national groups like the Tea Party Patriots gave him no financial assistance at all. What the media ignored was his campaigning in local churches and emphasis on family values.

In addition to opposing illegal immigration, Brat’s platform declared that “the most important factor in our nation’s success is the strength of the family unit.” It said that Brat would “protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith.”

“A man of deep faith,” his bio says, “Dave attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church with his wife Laura and their two children: Jonathan, 15 and Sophia, 11.” It says he went to Princeton where he obtained a Masters in Divinity and on to American University where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics.

During the campaign he also repeatedly emphasized a national security policy of “peace through strength.”

As they played down his pro-moral values message, in a victory that is continuing to send shock waves through the political establishment, our media have failed to report on how President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America has been working out in a process that can only be described as the homosexualization of the Armed Forces.

It is a topic that some Republicans, eager to sound like Democrats on social issues, want to avoid. But Brat’s victory—and the fact that his pro-traditional values message struck a chord—may cause them to start paying attention.

Many have been amazed at the lengths to which the Obama administration went to get Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl out of enemy hands, by exchanging him for five top terrorists. But consider the extraordinary June 5th Department of Defense “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Ceremony,” which featured “the highest ranking transgendered civilian appointment in the Department,” a “woman” named Amanda Simpson who used to be a man named Mitchell Simpson.

Simpson introduced the event and proudly identified herself/himself as transgender, generating a round of applause.

We reported on Simpson in 2010, when he/she became the first openly transgendered appointee to the federal bureaucracy. Simpson has since moved from the Commerce Department to the Defense Department.

Simpson reflects the aggressive infiltration of the federal government, even the Pentagon, by the George Soros-funded transgender movement. The Executive Director of something called the “Army Energy Initiatives Task Force,” Simpson served as a board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality from 2007 to 2009. George Soros has been a backer of the group, giving them $150,000 through his Open Society Foundations in 2011 alone.

You may recall that former Army soldier Bradley Manning had listed the National Center for Transgender Equality among his “likes and interests.” Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act, theft of government property, and other offenses, has now said, “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female.” He wants the taxpayers to pay for his sex-change operation and the Pentagon seems willing to oblige him/her.

At the Pentagon event, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work delivered the keynote address, saying, “We honor the service and sacrifices of our gay and lesbian service members…” Clearly, Manning is not somebody the Pentagon is necessarily “proud” of.

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Will Obama Make a Deal for Snowden?

by Cliff Kincaid on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This is article 32 of 33 in the topic Espionage

As the fallout continues from NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s first U.S. television interview, there is a dramatic report that “negotiations” are underway to allow the traitor to return to the U.S., in exchange for a form of immunity from prosecution.

The prospect of Snowden getting back into the U.S., and evading prosecution for some, or most, of his crimes has taken on special importance because of the Obama deal to exchange five terrorists from Gitmo for an American soldier who, by most accounts, deserted his fellow soldiers.

An Obama deal to take Snowden back, in negotiations that seem designed to make him look like a hero, cannot be considered out of bounds for an administration that makes deals that support terrorists in the Middle East. The broker in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deal, the government of Qatar, protected terrorists, including the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, for years. It also sponsors the Al Jazeera channel.

Snowden is “considering” returning home to the U.S. under certain conditions, his lawyer told German news magazine Der Spiegel. The lawyer, leftist radical Wolfgang Kaleck, insisted that “There are negotiations” underway and that “an amicable agreement with the U.S, authorities will be most reasonable” when it is completed.

His bio discloses that Kaleck worked from 2004 until 2008 with the Marxist Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to pursue frivolous criminal proceedings against members of the U.S. military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The allegations concerned treatment of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo and U.S. prisons in Iraq that were described by CCR as “war crimes.”

Another German lawyer assisting Snowden is Hans Christian Ströbele, who represented the communist terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhof Gang—also known as the Red Army Faction (RAF). Ströbele had met with Snowden in Moscow.

Despite the media’s best efforts to make the NSA leaker look like a patriotic whistleblower, an NBC News poll finds that only 24 percent back Snowden’s actions. The way NBC phrased the poll probably inflated support for Snowden.

In the poll, NBC asked people if they backed the “release of information about how government agencies collect intelligence data.” That phrase is a gross understatement about the impact of the classified documents Snowden stole from the NSA and released to Glenn Greenwald and others. Even so, only 24 percent in the poll supported the document thief. This compared with 34 percent who disagree with his actions, and another 40 percent who said they didn’t have an opinion.

Among those who say they’ve closely followed the story, NBC said that 49 percent oppose Snowden’s actions and 33 percent support them.

NBC added, “The overall numbers are essentially unchanged from a January 2014 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, when 23 percent of registered voters said they supported Snowden’s actions, versus 38 percent who opposed them.”

About a year ago, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that a majority of Americans—53 percent—said that Snowden should be charged with a crime for his leaks.

In fact, Snowden has been charged with various crimes, including espionage and theft of government property. But President Obama failed during his recent foreign policy address to call on Moscow to return the former NSA employee to the U.S. to stand trial. This stance can be explained by the fact that negotiations are underway for his return.

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