My first guest on OUT OF THE BAG this week is Chris Spivey. Chris has been a journalist, blogger and researcher for quite a while, giving his own take on what is really happening and that the main stream media will not tell us! His brilliant website is worth checking out on http://chrisspivey.org/ I am honoured to invite Chris on to elaborate on his great work!
The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the "Western media," have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be vaporized due to the US missile bases that Europe hosts to guarantee its "security."
As reported by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, the Russian response to the extra-legal ruling of a corrupt court in the Netherlands, which had no jurisdiction over the case on which it ruled, awarding $50 billion dollars from the Russian government to shareholders of Yukos, a corrupt entity that was looting Russia and evading taxes, is telling. Asked what Russia would do about the ruling, an advisor to President Putin replied, "There is a war coming in Europe. Do you really think this ruling matters?"
The West has ganged up on Russia, because the West is totally corrupt. The wealth of the elites is based not only on looting weaker countries whose leaders can be purchased (read John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for instruction on how the looting works), but also on looting their own citizens. The American elites excel at looting their fellow citizens and have wiped out most of the US middle class in the new 21st century.In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies, while the US and UK submerge into tyranny shielded by lies.Western elitesdesire to loot Russia, a juicy prize, and there stands Putin in the way. The solution is to get rid of him like they got rid of President Yanukovich in Ukraine.
The looting elites and the neoconservative hegemonists have the same goal: make Russia a vassal state. This goal unites the Western financial imperialists with the political imperialists.
I have recorded for readers the propaganda that is used in order to demonize Putin and Russia. But even I was stunned by the astounding and vicious lies in the UK publication The Economist on July 26. The cover is Putin's face in a spider web, and, you guessed it, the cover story is "A Web of Lies."
You need to read this propaganda both in order to see the gutter level of propaganda in the West and the obvious drive to war with Russia. There is no evidence whatsoever in the story to support The Economist's wild accusations and demand for the end of Western "appeasement" of Russia and the harshest possible action against Putin.
The kind of reckless lies and transparent propaganda that comprises The Economist's story has no other purpose than to drive the world to war.
Remember the name "Pine Gap." It lies at the heart of this story.
I've always thought Australians were more blunt and forthright than Americans. I don't know if that's true, but the current debate about total surveillance in the Land Down Under is cutting to the bone.
The government wants to tax the Australian people so it can use giant telecoms to collect wall to wall "metadata" on them. (Pay us so we can spy on you.)
The Age newspaper reports on an Australian senate inquiry into the plan:
"ASIO [the national security service of Australia] chief David Irvine told the inquiry last week that increased data retention powers were needed to tackle terrorism and that 'the public should not be concerned that there's going to be gross misuse' of them.
'''For the life of me I cannot understand why it is correct for all your privacy to be invaded for a commercial purpose, and not for me to do so to save your life,'' he [Irvine] said.
Blunt. That's what I'm talking about. Notice Irvine's use of "me". He's personally going to save Australia.
And Irvine assumes no one in Australia cares about corporations profiling them seven ways from Sunday, in order to sell them products, and therefore, why not let the government invade their lives?
American politicians rarely let the cat out of the bag in that way. Primped by PR minions, they circle vaguely around a point, and spout empty generalities until everyone falls asleep.
Not this man Irvine. He lets loose. He may as well have been saying, "You morons have already surrendered yourselves to corporations, so let me come in and finish the job."
Infowars.com reports on another gem dropped at the senate inquiry: "One so called Liberal senator, Ian MacDonald, agreed, saying that he would 'rather be alive and lack privacy than dead with my privacy intact'."
Terrific. Come right out with it. Better a slave than dead. 'Yes, we're going take away your privacy and freedom, but you'll still be breathing.'
In an US senate committee room, you'd hear something like this instead: "We've introduced very specific algorithms that ensure privacy protections are handled with sensitive concerns for all citizens, in accordance with our long-standing American traditions..."
Former NSA attorney Stewart Baker, a visiting meddler from the US, testified to the Australian Senate in language he would never use in America. He said the war against terror was being obstructed by ''an unholy alliance of business and privacy activists.''
Obviously, Baker was there to help expand American-Australian sharing of spy-data. NSA sniffs a new data-mining program anywhere in the world, and they want in on it.
But there is more. Much more.
Richard Tanter provides context in his article, "The US Military Presence in Australia." (The Asia-Pacific Journal, Nov. 11, 2013)
"Australia is now more deeply embedded strategically and militarily in US global military planning, especially in Asia, than ever before...[there is an] integration of Australian military forces organizationally and technologically with US forces, and a rapid and extensive expansion of an American military presence in Australia itself."
"...[An] Australian government mantra, usually from the Defence Minister, has been that 'There are no US bases in this country.'... This is...in fact a complete misrepresentation of strategic reality, which is in fact one of fundamental and inherent asymmetrical cooperation between the United States and Australia."
Tanter goes on to describe, in detail, a number of military bases in Australia which are "joint access" for the US and Australia.
The glittering crown jewel is Pine Gap.
"The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap outside Alice Springs remains the most important US intelligence base outside the US itself."
Underline that statement.
In addition to monitoring movements of missiles in Russia and China, and detecting missile launches, "Pine Gap, and the wider US global signals intelligence system of which it is a part, now integrates surveillance and monitoring of global internet and email traffic and mobile telephone use."
Corollary: without Pine Gap, the NSA has no existing way to spy on the world.
"Pine Gap undoubtedly has a major role in providing signals intelligence in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
"This has now extended to US counter-terrorism operations, including the provision of data facilitating drone strike targeting in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen in close to real time."
Thus, Australia, whether it likes it or not, is playing a major role in US drone attacks.
"Since May 2013, the role of Pine Gap's principal, signals intelligence gathering and processing role has returned to the world's front pages courtesy of the extraordinarily courageous whistle blowing by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden."
Snowden revealed that Pine Gap is one primary base from which the now-infamous NSA PRISM spying program operates.
Pine Gap is absolutely crucial to US military and intelligence agendas around the world.
It a vital link in NSA's world spying operation.
Tanter remarks that, since Pine Gap is used to collate data directing US drone killing-strikes, the Australian government is legally culpable in those killings.
Suppose, in Australia, a significant political movement arose, with the objective of shutting down Pine Gap or severely limiting its functions. I don't mean some protestors on the streets now and then. I mean a large, visible, continuing social and political force.
Now we have the bottom-line reason the Australian government, with heavy-handed encouragement from the US, wants to increase, vastly, spying on all its citizens: no such political movement must be allowed to grow.
The embrace between the Pentagon, the NSA, and the Australian government is one of the greatest priorities of US leadership.
Before the start of Israel’s siege of Gaza, we predicted that the government of Israel would not relent until approximately ’1,500′ Palestinians were dead. That looks to be the case this time around, as the death toll in Gaza reaches 1,200 today. Tel Aviv made noises to the effect that they want to continue their military campaign until they feel that Gaza is ‘disarmed’, or crippled with the inability to resist, in any way, Tel Aviv’s strangulation of Gaza.
Previous over-the-top bombing campaigns and ground incursions in Gaza and Lebanon have seen those numbers reached, before Israel would back down on hostilities. If past history is any guide, the 1,500 number seems to be limit before international, and even US, public opinion kicks in and demands an end to hostilities by the IDF.
Israelis Celebrate the Massacre
As Israelis gather, appearing to celebrate (see below) this latest massacre waged in the name of ‘security’, long-term observers of Israeli military’ operations can easily see a bombastic pattern, of wanton bloodsport, becoming the new standard for Israel.
There are many other, more humane voices within Israel, who are repeatedly silenced and marginalized because of their nonviolent stance. Last night on CNN, anchor Don Lemon hosted a panel to discuss the violence in Israel: Marc Lamont-Hill (American), Peter Beinart (Israeli) and of course, Alan Dershowitz. Moderate Peter Beinart was all but ignored by Lemon, who chose to give the majority of talking time to the more militant Zionist, Dershowitz, who claimed that the entire IDF operation was only about “tunnels”. As a result of this routine marginalization of moderate, reasonable voices on the Gaza and Israel, American audiences are conditioned to believe what they hear – and on CNN, all they can hear is Dershowitz calling for more militarized violence by the IDF.
One of the most disturbing aspects of Israeli society has to be the enthusiasm with which some Israelis display for mass killing of Palestinian civilians, particularly women and children.
In the video below, dated July 26, 2014, a large crowd of young Israelis, each decked out in designer T-shirts, iPhones, back-packs, and tattoos, can be seen proudly festooning and shouting as they chant en mass, “There’s no school tomorrow, there’s no children left in Gaza! Oleh!”. From a sociological or psychological analytical perspective, this can only be described as an extremely dark, low point for humanity. Watch:
For other Israelis, the Gaza massacre is a morbid form of entertainment. A number of media reports featured people gathering on Israeli hillsides to drink, snack and pose for ‘selfies’ against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive.
“Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.”
“A group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke.”
IMAGE: Israelis sit on a hill to watch air strikes on Gaza, some bring drinks and snacks as they cheer the explosions a few miles away. Photograph: UPI/Landov/Barcroft Media (Photo viaGuardian)
This latest Gaza siege by Israel should be disturbing, even to a hardened neocon. The Israeli army claims to have “targeted hundreds terror sites” in Gaza, yet, their not required to provide any real proof, other than “we say it is” to justify their hourly massacring of civilians and destroying homes. Out of 1.7 million residents crammed into the Gaza Strip, the main UN agency in Gaza, UNRWA, has more than 167,000 displaced Palestinians, forced to take shelter in schools and buildings – before being targeted again for Israel forces.
Can't post as much as I would like due to technical difficulties with my telephone line and internet connections which are spasmodic. However, I was pleased to see this morning that you picked up on Mike Adam's article "Fluoride is contaminated with toxic heavy metals,"at naturalnews.com.
Dr Mercola's latest post reveals that 84 people have been exposed to anthrax.
Over at http://www.tomatobubble.com/id634.html todays article talks of the deadly Ebola virus which has already killed 600 people in four African countries and that locals are singling out international "aid group" (NGO-CIA) Doctors Without Borders, one Guinian charged, “Wherever those people have passed, the communities have been hit by illness.”