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January 25, 2015

Open Thread 2015-05

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American Sniper, an incitement to hatred against Muslims ...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 25, 2015 3:25:37 PM | 1

Are they afraid of a full war of KSA against Yemen?

Posted by: Mina | Jan 25, 2015 3:34:05 PM | 2

A contemporary look @ crime & justice? in Colombia.

Dismemberment and Displacement in Buenaventura

A Jail in Colombia - Como es una Carcel en Colombia

Posted by: Shadow9echo | Jan 25, 2015 4:28:45 PM | 4

Thanks to Graham Phillips tweeting from Donetsk

Who killed the 30 persons in #Mariupol? Shell in court of school makes it clear (Russian)

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 25, 2015 4:52:24 PM | 5

Hope Reborn?

Posted by: Maracatu | Jan 25, 2015 6:43:41 PM | 6


A kitten recently showed up on our property and befriended my wife in a way that she has never experienced from any animal before. We, naturally adopted it, or more correctly, she did, and it is indeed so exceptional an animal that I have deduced that it is likely a robot or at least has an imbedded chip that allows the PTB to follow our moves and conversations. Far fetched? Well yeah, but the surveillance is so ubiquitous and efficacious that my paranoid self is always on alert. Radar to see inside our homes; sound pickups that can monitor our conversations from an outside wall or window; cops reading our cars computers to tell if we've been smoking a joint; satellite imagery of such high resolution that they can actually see if I'm smoking one. Well I guess it's all possible and probably here. I just assume that I'm being monitored most all the time. God, what a paranoid I've become. I wonder if it will really serve me in the long run. Aaarrrggg!

Posted by: juannie | Jan 25, 2015 6:49:34 PM | 7

Old news, but worth recalling this kind of government malpractice: New York Times

"Many of the human guinea pigs were mental patients, prisoners, drug addicts and prostitutes -- ''people who could not fight back,'' as one agency officer put it. In one case, a mental patient in Kentucky was dosed with LSD continuously for 174 days."

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 25, 2015 6:54:41 PM | 8

Juannie at 7 --

Welcome to the club.

That's the way it is with cats. My wife was not really a cat person before a stray turned up before Thanksgiving 10 yrs. ago, though she had indulged me with our first that. He was devoted to her, I was tolerated; she had seen him off and on for months before the weather changed, I'd seen him once. We're now up to three.

You'll find this out soon, if you don't know already -- dogs have masters, cats have staff. They're not good spies, they don't really follow orders.

Our only hope is that they have so much info. that they can really use it. And use older devices/vehicles that lack tracking capabilities.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 25, 2015 7:51:43 PM | 9

Greek elections: The next day

Posted by: nmb | Jan 25, 2015 8:15:04 PM | 10

Given the ubiquitous nature of IT and surveillance capabilities, I am of a mind that any popular opposition movement needs to develop structure and tactics in which it either doesn't matter what the police and NSA know, and/or the sheer volume of information works against them, overloading them or perhaps even as a smoke-screen for us.

As far as feline world domination goes, bring it on:

The cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization. (Anon.)

I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail. (Chinese proverb)

That’s the way with a cat, you know—any cat; they don’t give a damn for discipline. And they can’t help it, they’re made so. But it ain’t really insubordination, when you come to look at it right and fair—it’s a word that don’t apply to a cat. A cat ain’t ever anybody’s slave or serf or servant, and *can’t* be—it ain’t *in* him to be. And so, he don’t have to obey anybody. He is the only creature in heaven or earth or anywhere that don’t have to obey *somebody* or other, including the angels. It sets him above the whole ruck, it puts him in a class by himself. He is independent. You understand the size of it? He is the only independent person there is. In heaven or anywhere else. There’s always somebody a king has to obey—a trollop, or a priest, or a ring, or a nation, or a deity or what not—but it ain’t so with a cat. A cat ain’t servant nor slave to anybody at all. He’s got all the independence there is, in Heaven or anywhere else, there ain’t any left over for anybody else. He’s your friend, if you like, but that’s the limit—equal terms, too, be you king or be you cobbler; you can’t play any I’m-better-than-you on a cat—*no* sir! Yes, he’s your friend, if you like, but you got to treat him like a gentleman, there ain’t any other terms. The minute you don’t, he pulls freight.

—Mark Twain, “The Refuge of the Derelicts”

And, of course, from Colonel Cassad: He started first!

Posted by: Vintage Red | Jan 25, 2015 8:29:41 PM | 11

VR @ 11 --

It looks like the good colonel has let the cat out of the bag. Tx!

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 25, 2015 9:07:31 PM | 12

From the Guarnad:

The anti-austerity far left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, but just short of an outright majority. With more than three-quarters of the results in Syriza is projected to win 149 seats in the 300 seat parliament.

Now, we'll see if such events are "allowed". Already, in an interview with Yanis Varoufakis, a BBC interviewer threatened "you know what happened last time Greeks tried to overthrow the oligarchy...".

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 25, 2015 9:12:46 PM | 13


The World Today Special: The Greek Hope.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 25, 2015 9:13:25 PM | 14

As Varoufakis said: "Greece may force Europe to change." Let's be bold, maybe Greece somehow can be the pebble that starts the landslide that changes things everywhere.

Posted by: Ken Nari | Jan 25, 2015 9:32:42 PM | 15

@ #6 & 10: Thanks for the links on the Greek election. Cause for hope indeed.

Posted by: ben | Jan 25, 2015 9:48:04 PM | 16

Interview with Yanis Yarouufakis, Syriza's new finance minister.

Posted by: ben | Jan 25, 2015 9:54:15 PM | 17

All aboard the 'Lolita Express': Flight logs reveal the many trips Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz took on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's private jet with anonymous women

I'm sure every fifteen-year old girl dreams about having their virginity taken by a drooling, bad-breathed Alan Dershowitz.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 25, 2015 9:58:12 PM | 18

"The thing was ideal when IS was advancing on Baghdad because Sunnis were killing Shias. That's exactly what we need. - Our best hope right now is to get the Sunnis and Shias fighting each other and let them bleed each other white."

It's been the plan since 2003.

This type of scumbag - in any decent country - would be rounded up and shot.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 25, 2015 10:04:43 PM | 19

Europe turns Left as Greece breaks all records

Posted by: nmb | Jan 25, 2015 10:10:52 PM | 20

Quote from a Guardian article on Greece: “The hour of the left has come. The hour of the left has come. Hope has finally arrived.”

We heard about the same when Obama was elected. I hope this is different, the workers of the world need Greece to succeed in this.

Posted by: ben | Jan 25, 2015 11:06:30 PM | 21

Russian Spring


The Press-Center of 1st Cossack regimen, in the name of Platov, reports success on Debal`tsevo front:

“The forces of 1st Cossack regiment with help a tank battalion of Lugansk Republic took dominating heights near city Debal`tsevo.

Storm groups of the Cossack regiment took under control settlement Sanzharovka (?) and a stretch of highway from settlement Mirnovskiy (?) to Debal`tsevo, shutting of influx of additional ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) forces in Debal`tsevo.

The battles proceed for dominating heights near Mironovskiy that would allow for a ring around Debal`tsevo.

Russian Spring


A combatant of the Lugansk Republic army informed that city Popasnaya (west of Pervomaysk) has not been returned so far, but the combatants will regain the occupied city soon:

“Poposnaya is about to fall, and should be ours by 01/26. Reserves of rocket launch systems have arrived.

Debal`tsevo is blocaded.

Ukrainians are on fire in Bakhmutka.”

Russian Spring


Evening summary by Deputy the Minister of defense of Donetsk Republic Eduard Basurin:

The Ukrainian occupants turned into defense along entire front line and are imposing disturbing bombardments on positions of Novorossian forces.

Today, combatant units of Donetsk Republic continued to repel attack of the occupants having liquidated 20 opponent's soldiers summarily in all directions. Another six Ukrainian servicemen surrendered. Among the combatants 7 men died in clashes and other 24 were wounded.

Posted by: Fete | Jan 25, 2015 11:55:14 PM | 22

guess77 @ 18: Cannonfire's latest might interest you, on J. Epstein.

Posted by: ben | Jan 26, 2015 12:02:25 AM | 23


That whole story on Epstein, blackmail, and Mossad naturally leads one to wonder if the NSA isn't the only stone unturned.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 12:32:51 AM | 24

can we blame the myanmar govn for wetting their pants and ditching china for the murcunts ?
practically every country which was friendly to china from africa, asia to south east asia was either hit by multiple air disasters, ebola etc, or has its leaders murdered or behind bar.
sri lanka's Rajapakse, has just been deposed , merely 3 mths after xijing ping's state visit , wow, that was swift *justice * !
he now faces impending *war crime* trial, prosecuted by non other than the newly minted murcunt sponsored prez, who happens to be the ex deputy defence minister presiding over the campaign against the ltte separatists , the irony of it all !

but at least Rajapakse's still alive...for the time being.
he could have ended up like the kenney clan, the ghandi clan or...the nepalese monarchy family of king birenda which was wiped out in a palace massacre, 2001 !!

*King Birendra was killed 19 days after signing an agreement for the Rasuwagadhi-Safrubeshi road, an access road linking Tibet with Nepal. Furthermore, he was killed immediately after his official visit to China. *

king birenda in beijing

inquiring mind wants to know...
*For the death of King Birendra was preceded not only by rumors of a “big change” in policy, including a possible coup, but also by a series of visits to and from China: Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian visited this year, the first Chinese military figure of his rank to confer with his Nepalese counterpart, along with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji: King Birendra also made a trip to Beijing, his third. Could it be that Birendra was killed because he was perceived as tilting dangerously toward China?* [1]

most nepalese seem to think so...
*What really happened the night of June 1, 2001 at the Palace?

Was the coup engineered by the Bush administration? In the days before the massacre a team of Muscular murcunts were observed at the Hyatt Hotel in Boudha. They told everyone that they were their building a hospital in Patan but in the days after the massacre they left Nepal never to be seen again. [2]
they are now building a road from the Indian border to Lo Mothang. Lo Mothang on the Tibetan plateau bordering China was the jump off point for American-trained Tibetan guerillas fighting the Chinese. The CIA maintained a base there throughout the 1960s and 1970s–the Tibetan plateau being perfect for a forward airbase against China in the future.
I will all ways love Nepal and have many fond memories of my youth there and I am ashamed of what is obviously my own country’s hand in this murderous affair in the land of Lord Buddha. American foreign policy has ruined Nepal. The thought of B 52s based in the land of temples makes me shudder.*



Posted by: denk | Jan 26, 2015 1:40:01 AM | 25

@21 ben

would be nice, but don't count on it! the bankster mafiosos have a way of screwing any voice of the little people.. just think, slavery or some form of indentured life long servitude.. they always get the sand machine going to throw as much dirt in the wheels that they can off load on new gov'ts like this, beginning with the 'bought and paid for' rabid msm...

Posted by: ..james | Jan 26, 2015 2:32:23 AM | 26

General’s A-10 treason comment sparks concerns over protected speech

“In his defense, it was so outrageous that he couldn’t have been serious.”

This particular 'dispute' is about a place at the trough at the pentagon. It will probably be 'resolved' by funding everything - hammering yet another nail into the coffins of ordinary Americans in order to further enrich the 1% on Wall Street in their ('counter') terrorism play of the milennium.

But the phrase ... 'so outrageous that he couldn't have been serious' ... is the epigraph of our times and of our nation, apparently.

The Big Lie. Wikipedia says ' The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." '

And that's been the story of the US of A in this, the New American Century, from the 'attack' of 9/11, right through the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's destruction of Libya, Syria, Ukriane ... and now Iraq again.

The truth is so outrageous that ... it cannot be true, it must not be true : therefore the lie must be ... swallowed ... as the truth.

It's a lie. It's all a lie. We have to deal with it.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 3:38:43 AM | 27

Under the heading of 'you cannot make this up' ...

A 16 year-old teenager in France was indicted for glorifying terrorism after he published a cartoon representing a character with the Charlie Hebdo journal, hit by bullets, with an accompanying ironic comment.

... France was at one point considered a 'rational' country?

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 3:44:55 AM | 28


?Or was Dershowitz merely Clinton's dual-citizen Israeli 'handler', assigned to get Bubbha all liquored up, poling away like a marten in heat, then hey, Dershowitz hands over the 8mm sex tapes to Epstein for extortion and blackmail? Explains a lot! Epstein would be not only tolerated by the Clintons and UK Royals, but lavished upon! Please, please don't leak those sex tapes to the media! You can have any child you want!

Dershowitz then doubled as Clinton's lawyer go-between, so that he knew every counter-move Clinton's people might be trying to make.
"Yeah, Bill, tough break. Well, you know what we have to do when they ask us, right?"
"Thanks, Al, and gosh darn it, you're the best lawyer any unlucky President ever had!"

Good Israeli - Bad Israeli shakedown, right up until Graham-Leach-Bliley finally crack-spread the greatest aggregation of wealth left on earth, ...and Clinton rolled over like a drunk fraternity whore.

Now we're in the final looting stages, as US passbook savings are handed over to Wall Street, and Draghi fires up the debt presses, before the world realizes we're all Gazans now, all of us perpetual interest-only debt paupers ... FOREVER. And it took only 15 years for PNAC to destroy all the free nations of the world! The Yinon Plan was just the 'shiney object', the magician's distraction! It was all about The Chosen grabbing Western Wealth.

TomsDispatch has an article how the Israeli's are attempting to take over Department of Homeland Security through $40 BILLION worth of Arizona "Border Fence™" deals, part of the -8% proposed cuts across the board in US health & human services, (ex-Defense, ex-DHS of course, no cuts there) a $240 BILLION Republican slush fund to the highest foreign bidder, for corrupt Congressional re-election campaigns, because Congresscritters remain the only reptiles on earth who can 'legally' insider-trade in the markets, ...even that Hindu H1-B slave-trader, Bobby Jindahl.

Remember, Freedom Isn't Free and That's the Sound of Hebron!

Shekhinah, baby, Shek-hi-nah!

Posted by: ChipNikh | Jan 26, 2015 5:04:21 AM | 29

@Uncle $cam.

people whose ideology is blindered by right-wing propaganda are going to see "American Sniper" as a patriotic film, and one that condemns Muslims. These are the same people who think "Born in the USA" is a patriotic song. There is to reasoning with them.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jan 26, 2015 5:28:44 AM | 30

House Speaker John Boehner Sunday defended his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March, saying that President Barack Obama is ignoring threats posed by Iran and terrorists.

In a joint interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on CBS’ ‘60 Minutes,’ Boehner accused Obama of barely discussing terrorism in his State of the Union speech last Tuesday.

‘The president didn’t spend but a few seconds talking about the threat, the terrorist threat that we as Americans face,’ Boehner, R-Ohio, said. ‘This problem is growing all over the world. And you know, the president is trying to act like it’s not there. But it is there.’

Boehner said he wants Netanyahu to speak to Congress because ‘there’s nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody (who) can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to Israel…but to the entire world, but Bibi Netanyahu.’

Read more here:

This makes me question whether we might see another false flag terror attack, assuming Boehner is more a part of the deep state than O.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 26, 2015 9:04:04 AM | 31

This is a change in tone.

A possible re-framing to 'liberate' (former) Ukraine from a "foreign legion"?

Putin did say in early 2015 that Russia would come as liberators -- not invaders.

Obama is backing off 'direct' confrontation with Russian military -- excluding "outta-my-face" type assistance etc.

Greece has voted; EU printing presses are "on" ===> Game on, imo.

It may be time to take a holiday 'back home' if your not a real Ukrainian in the Ukraine.

The Ukrainian army is essentially a ‘NATO legion’ which doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine, but persists to restrict Russia, President Vladimir Putin says.

“We often say: Ukrainian Army, Ukrainian Army. But who is reality fighting there? There are, indeed, partially official units of armed forces, but largely there are the so-called ‘volunteer nationalist battalions’,” said Putin.

He added that the intention of Ukrainian troops is connected with “achieving the geopolitical goals of restraining Russia.” Putin was addressing students in the city of St. Petersburg.

According to Putin, the Ukrainian army “is not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case a foreign NATO legion, which, of course, doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine.”

RT link

Posted by: x | Jan 26, 2015 9:08:26 AM | 32

America needs leadership. America needs heroes. If heroes can’t be found or even conjured, they must be fabricated. Sad is the land that needs a hero, but pathetic is the land that makes them up out of thick, polluted air. America is shitting itself. It needs something, and that something is not a hero, it’s an…

American Diaper

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Jan 26, 2015 9:53:50 AM | 33

Interesting article from TASS: Путин: попытки переписать историю означают оправдание нацизма (Putin: Attempts to rewrite history amount to a justification of Nazism)

По словам президента, Холокост (массовое уничтожение евреев во время Второй мировой) является одной из самых трагических и позорных страниц истории человечества. В те годы жертвами нацизма стали миллионы ни в чем не повинных людей, которые были расстреляны, замучены, умерли от голода и болезней. "И конец этим зверствам и беспощадному варварству - положила именно Красная армия, которая спасла от уничтожения не только еврейский, но и другие народы Европы и мира", - напомнил Путин.

(In the words of the president the Holocaust (the mass extermination of Jews in the Second World War) is one of the most tragic and shameful pages of the history of humanity. In those years, millions of people not guilty of anything were sacrificed, who were shot and tormented, and died of hunger and illnesses. "And an end was put to these cruelties and merciless barbarity by precisely the Red Army, which saved from destruction not only Jewish, but also other peoples of Europe and the world", reminded Putin)

This does not adhere to the official Western account of the Holocaust. No mention is made of gas chambers or six million Jews. I suppose it is only a matter of time before Putin gets called a Holocaust denier: he's been called practically everything else by now.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 26, 2015 9:59:05 AM | 34

@Vintage Red #11
The reality of digital surveillance is far less than you think. The majority arises simply due to ignorance and laziness: the aggregation of social contact over the internet by Facebook and broadcasting live short messages by Twitter is simply young, stupid, and lazy people creating their own surveillance.
In the past, governments focused on the mass media: radio, TV and print.
Today, they add Facebook and Twitter to the lists.
You want to make it more difficult for governments to spy? Encryption is one way, but it is a poor one. Encryption is really just for people who already talk to each other to ensure the substance of what they say isn't easily read (note: not unreadable). However, Encryption doesn't prevent the gathering of metadata: who talks to who.
The way to organize over the internet is to avoid the "time saving" of the public services - it is to use the time honored cell system - with regularized hops off the internet.
Not rocket science at all.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 26, 2015 10:01:57 AM | 35

Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge.

WikiLeaks has written to Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, to protest that the search giant only revealed the warrants last month, having been served them in March 2012. In the letter, WikiLeaks says it is “astonished and disturbed” that Google waited more than two and a half years to notify its subscribers, potentially depriving them of their ability to protect their rights to “privacy, association and freedom from illegal searches”.

The letter, written by WikiLeaks’ New York-based lawyer, Michael Ratner of the Center For Constitutional Rights, asks Google to list all the materials it provided to the FBI. Ratner also asks whether the California-based company did anything to challenge the warrants and whether it has received any further data demands it has yet to divulge.


Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 26, 2015 10:11:04 AM | 36

@36 google sucks... may as well have an account with the nsa for all it matters. in fact if folks start confusing google with the nsa, i would completely understand..

funny story, or true story.. we met a retired man from new york who has been traveling mostly in south east asia for a number of years.. he never realized how insulated americans are since he started traveling around and getting out in the world. the views of his friends back home become more and more strange the longer he stays away! he found some delight in talking with us today at a coffee shop here in georgetown, malaysia. he would be around 70 years old and especially enjoys malaysia on the countries in this part of the world he has lived in.

i don't know that it connects back to the google/wiki story, but something in that reminded me of our conversation earlier today. i guess that is why wikileaks is so hated and google so beloved! up is down and down is up!

Posted by: ..james | Jan 26, 2015 10:26:53 AM | 37

Talking about whistle blowing ...
There's an interesting article on Jonestown Foundation website which explains one of the reasons Obama was told to get very very angry with Snowden. Apparently, China was already pissed off with US interpretation of co-operation and feeling it was getting the rough end of the pineapple. Snowden's NSA revelations induced China to begin a program to seek alternatives to US computers. The loss of sales to China, by IBM et al, is becoming large enough to have an alarming effect on sales and profits.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 26, 2015 11:12:46 AM | 38

@jfl no. 28

Regarding the Hebdo murders, b has advocated for greater restrictions on speech. This is an example of the problems with that position.

Posted by: sleepy | Jan 26, 2015 11:16:54 AM | 39

@rufus magister:

In an earlier thread, we had an exchange about whether the freedom fighters should go all the way to Lvov. I lambasted that idea, saying that they did not have the capacity for such an operation and also that they would be perceived as occupiers.

But I ran across an interesting piece which suggests the possibility of the NAF going just to Kiev to overthrow the fascist junta: Задача Новороссии — спасти единую Украину? (The task of Novorossiya: to save a unitary Ukraine?)

После победы ВСН у Украины не останется сколько-нибудь значительных военных сил, способных остановить наступление новороссов. Разумеется, очаговое сопротивление силами рассредоточенных по стране военных частей, карательных отрядов, различных вооруженных группировок территориальной самообороны, милиции и т.д. организовать можно, но для армии, одолевшей большими усилиями созданный киевской хунтой ударный кулак, это уже не противники.

То есть образуется ситуация, называемая в военном деле оперативной пустотой. По которой двигаться можно куда угодно. Вариантов дальнейших действий ВСН в связи с этим несколько. Можно остановиться на границах областей, объявив себя новыми государствами. Можно освободить Харьков и всю территорию исторической Новороссии, прорубив «окно» в Крым и выйдя на границу Приднестровья. А можно пойти на Киев, и разом решить вопрос освобождения страны от фашистской хунты.

(After winning NAF in Ukraine will not remain any significant military forces able to stop the advance of Novorossiya. Of course, patchy resistance forces dispersed around the country military units, punitive detachments, various armed groups of the territorial defense, police, etc. You can organize, but for the army, who defeated great efforts to create Kiev junta striking force, it is no longer adversaries.

That is, a situation referred to in the military as an operational void. In which you can move anywhere. NAF's options for further action in this regard a few. You can stop at the boundaries of the areas declared himself the new states. You can free Kharkov and the whole territory of the historic Novorossiya, cut through the "window" in the Crimea, and coming on the border of Transnistria. And you can go to Kiev, and the time to solve the problem of liberation from the fascist junta.)

This is something to think about. Overthrowing the illegal fascist junta would solve several problems. (1) It would throw the rug from underneath the US/EU/NATO aggressors, by preserving a unitary Ukraine, depriving them of their narrative that Russia wants to grab territory. (2) It would make it impossible for NATO to continue arming the fascists, thus ensuring the security of Novorossiya. (3) By removing the fascists from power, the Nazification of the Ukrainian people would be stopped. The sooner that happens, the better.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 26, 2015 11:35:05 AM | 40

Very good news from Novorossiya, Novorossiyan Armed Forces (NAF) have closed the gap at the
"Debaltsevo cauldron," encircling @ 8,000 troops from the demoralized rag-tag Ukrainazi Armed Forces (UAF). Closing the gap was vital for the NAF, as it was a wedge the UAF could have exploited at any time, cutting Novorossiya in two from north to south. Now the front is even, and any advanced can be done in parallel, exploiting UAF weaknesses along the entire front. Mariupol is next, but taking it is more a political decision than a military operation. Kiev puppet Yats has already ordered all territories to be on "high alert" before the unstoppable new offensive of the NAF, who are not willing to fall into the trap of "negotiations" while the UAF gets trained by US soldiers. Bye-bye, Poroshenko.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 26, 2015 11:42:19 AM | 41

On Hope Reborn? Maracatu at 6. (worth listening to while, as I was, peeling veggies.)

I’m really scared for the Greeks. The program of Syriza is a standard ‘left wing, progressive’ plan, within a kind stable, traditional landscape. Greece is not in that situation, neither internally, nor in its external relations. Parts of it can’t be realised, there are too many propositions, etc. Not good at all.

See for ex. Ian Welsh on what Greece should do - which is broad in scope and not a political program. (brief.)

Syriza should perhaps have aimed between the standard and Welsh, with a new kind of language. Grexit, the Euro, debts, austerity, aside - its a huge, vital topic of course -- the program does not a super pol. platform make, on that one issue it signals intent - not what is to be done tomorrow.

The program for the ‘humanitarian’ crisis includes, inter alia, free medical for everyone, free electricity and food stamps for very poor families, extra help for poor retirees, cheap (symbolic) public transport for some. This all sounds very good, but priority should go to: emergency medical organisation, negotiation with drug / medical equipment cos, and re-hiring all the fired back to the hospitals (rather than promising in another chapter the creation of an astounding no. of jobs!), just as an example, this kind of thing would be a *fair* one point in a say 7-point-plan (from immediate, urgent, to longer term..) on the med. aspects of the ‘humanitarian crisis’ ..

In the version I read, taxes were hardly mentioned (except for cutting them) and were scattered all around ’n about. This is terrible. The oligarchs, the merchant marine and the church need to be taxed pronto. 1 (One needn’t even be very heavy-handed if scared - imho one should expropriate and separate church and state 2.) The whole tax structure needs review, and Greece needs to ‘modernise’ - for ex. property tax is based on a mix of ‘personal declarations’, electricity bills, and such; Greece doesn’t have a proper land registry - it can’t tax property fairly. I also missed something like a ‘cell against corruption’ - maybe it was/is there and I didn’t see it - these aren’t always terribly useful but they do provide some organism that has some responsibility, leads to public debate, etc.

1. Some of these are taxed a little in very peculiar schemas.

2. The Church is the second biggest landowner in Greece, and their holdings are huge.

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 26, 2015 11:46:48 AM | 42

The real problem for TPB in BIG data mining is knowing what's important. And those who aren't able to SEE patterns tend to think collecting MORE data will be efficacious. Not so. Sure. They can design models and bots that churn and sort HUGE reams of data in nano-seconds. But it requires human intervention to know what to look for. Or to see something that reveals truth. The most valuable information is making "connections". It takes imagination, intuition and curiosity to follow "the path less traveled".

American universities have been co-opted to test, promote and graduate technical competency. Not individual thinkers. And what is displayed as "individual genius" is usually just the ability to market other ideas. And to rake in $$$.

The real value in data analytics is mapping outliers. It's why sites such as this one are important collection tools for the PTB. Their goal is to persuade outliers to behave (and think) like the larger data pool. If you appear (to them) like the great mass of "performing" data -- they will ignore you. Otherwise, you're cat-nip to the watchers.

Posted by: giddy | Jan 26, 2015 11:50:33 AM | 43

Overthrowing the illegal fascist junta would solve several problems.

Of course it would, but Putin and Surkov are thoroughly entrenched and they have the public fooled. Plus, Putin has nukes, so for now the illegal fascist junta in Moscow will remain firmly in place until it falls under the weight of its lies.

Uncle $cam, you are not like the others. The others won't touch the Chris Kyle American Sniper story. Why do you think that is, Uncle? That's right. Beware. Their hooves are there if you look close enough. They don't hide them, they just misdirect your gaze away from them. Any true critic of America would be all over the Chris Kyle American Sniper story, but not this crowd. And that's more than curious, it's telling.

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Jan 26, 2015 12:02:14 PM | 44

Canada to impose new sanctions on Russia, due to Mariupol incident:

Also, 'Nothing is true' re. Russia:

Posted by: KMF | Jan 26, 2015 12:15:31 PM | 45

@ 42 Noirette: Thanks for the link, good read, and the author is right. I'm waiting now for the media propaganda against the new Gov. It'll be extensive and loud. More big money against the people.

@ 43: "The others won't touch the Chris Kyle American Sniper story."

Total horseshit CH. Greece, is a bigger story than more USA film propaganda.

Posted by: ben | Jan 26, 2015 12:23:36 PM | 46

Overthrowing the illegal fascist junta would solve several problems.

Don’t worry guys, they will take care of that themselves.

The present Gvmt. is a mix of oligarchs (they re-write the rules for their own biz interests), thieves (counting on bail-outs, hard cash, support, they skim, etc.) and fascists (there only because they represent some kind of radical force and played a role in the Maidan) and russophobe war-mongers (I wrote about that before), with the standard collection of hangers-on.

They can’t agree on anything, can’t govern, they are like a disunited Mafia, the Mafia usually being an org. that is a parasite on an existing structure, here the disorganised structure is trying to parasite itself (unwittingly) and it will succeed, which means break-up or collapse.

At a deeper level, an ideological split has been created. Between goon capos, military or violent power (para-milit. groups) partly tied to / dependent on oligarchs, and those who are playing the Western game with talk of reform, economic revival, development, privatization, profit-sharing, joining the EU, Monsanto welcome, etc. etc. Meanwhile the civil war (or proxy war, as you will) is destroying the country, leaving them all panicked and thus making them more radical!

A waiting game is all that is needed. ;) :)

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 26, 2015 12:35:56 PM | 47

Spot the geographical inaccuracy on the Sky News map. It seems the people of Donetsk have had enough and decided to leave, taking the city with them.

Posted by: Pat Bateman | Jan 26, 2015 12:45:52 PM | 48

@48 Ah now we know what all those Russian tanks were doing. They towed Donetsk over the border.

Posted by: dh | Jan 26, 2015 12:49:13 PM | 49

Is this the nato that Russia should fear lol?
Crashing their own jets, nice way to go.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 26, 2015 12:52:11 PM | 50

Further bad news from Russia. Public prosecutor found another "foreign agent", this time it's... Committee Against Torture. After recent changes in law, foreign funding is not required to consider a suspect to be a "foreign agent". It's sufficient that the organisation is "trying to influence govenment policy". And here's the prosecutor's argument:

Studying the given materials allows us to conclude that the actions of the Organization were targeted at attracting the attention of government bodies and civil society, intended directly to create a negative public opinion for the purpose of influencing decision-making by government bodies, in other words, changing the policy of the government in the realm of criminal prosecution

So if the Committee's actions to prevent violence by law enforcement are considered as attempts "change the policy of the government", then the torture must be part of the government's policy, right?

Posted by: Ulster | Jan 26, 2015 1:55:26 PM | 51

A couple of docus straight from Novorussia frontline's (via Vineyard of the Saker):

Assault on the New Terminal combat footage 16-18 January

1st Slavyansk militia brigade recon by fire combat footage

And quite a lengthy and detailed report about how Google is NSA/CIA since its inception (via Naked Capitalism):
How the CIA made Google - Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet (part 1)

Posted by: citizen x | Jan 26, 2015 3:08:16 PM | 52


Overthrowing the illegal fascist junta would solve several problems.

A few months ago, and in violation of a private telephone call, NATOstan puppet Barroso created a scandal quoting Putin out of context when he said he could take Kiev in two weeks. Barroso's malicious quote didn't clarify Putin also said they were not interested in doing so. Who wants to own a basket case? Not Russia, under its current conditions. Kiev as a seat of government has political -and military, value, but in terms of purely military strategy, what Russia really needs is to establish a land link to Crimea. As it is, Crimea is a vulnerable point on Russia's soft underbelly, can be easily cut off from the Motherland, with all the potential of becoming a Russian cauldron. The real prize is Mariupol, a port that will give the Russians control of the Sea of Azov, and open a land corridor toward Crimea, land-locking Ukraine. Hence the UAF propping up the defense of Mariupol, even with mercenaries, as a video circulating yesterday informed us. IMHO, Russia has made a decision to go for broke, exploit the weaknesses of the UAF, and force a negotiated solution from a position of strength. Going to Kiev is not an option, for now, given the political, diplomatic and military implications of such an action. This week will be really decisive in defining the direction and scope of the conflict. May the Russians and Novorossiya make the right decisions.


@48 Ah now we know what all those Russian tanks were doing. They towed Donetsk over the border.

Those pesky Russians, always creating trouble.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 26, 2015 4:52:17 PM | 53

Max Blumanthal on the propanganda film "Sniper".

There ya' go CH.

Posted by: ben | Jan 26, 2015 4:52:30 PM | 54

26.01.2015 Military Report of Novorossia, ~ 0:32 - 1:10

... There was an interesing situation that was created in the bolshiva sector. Kiev's forces surrender without a fight, and then assist in the elimination of their former allies. the explanation of this is the violent ways of recruiting in the ukrainian army. In the krasny-paharkeep soldiers made the decision to go into captivity and then they turn against the punitive battalions of poroshenko. To help former kiev forces novorossyan fighters arrived from neighboring troetsky and then together they were able to clear the occupied territory from punishers. After the battle the former kiev soldiers joined the novorossyan military and together they moved forward to the city moronovsky. ...

The Novorossyan federalists and the fascists' Ukrainian conscripts inaugurate common cause against NATO's foreign legions?

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 6:17:01 PM | 55


Yes, it seems so. The waiting time in Ukraine seems to collapsing, like a telescope before being returned to its pouch. And the waiting to for the European Unit itself seems to be ... just four more years.

In concert with BRICS and the rest of the global south, Greece, Spain, and Italy could make real headway on photosynthetic hydrogen production in four more years. Syriza's approach to energy ought to be radical, just as should its approach to the EMU and 'its' debt to the European Unit.

Let the North of Europe pay for their Russian gas and its transit fees through Greece, and let them choke on their euro.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 6:53:03 PM | 56

@Lone Wolf #53:

I agree with your analysis. The idea of going to Kiev was merely presented by the author I quoted as a possibility for the indefinite future.

@jfl #55:

Interesting development. But I think we should treat this as unconfirmed. I can believe that Ukrainians will surrender without a fight, but that they would then join the Novorossiyans to fight punitive battalions is a bit of a stretch. Also, Novorossiyans probably wouldn't want Ukrainians helping them, since the latter are poorly trained and so would probably mostly just get in the way.

Moral in the Ukie army must be very low. Clearly Ukie commanders have not learned any lessons from what happened last August. Photos of mangled Ukrainian bodies are surfacing again, and in videos, Novorossiyan soldiers act like they're at a party.

@ben #54:

Dirty Harry Goes To Iraq

Good review. There's also this by someone who fought in Indochina, who writes that he can't understand how a sniper can be glorified: I would rather see "Paddington." I think I'll give both American Sniper and Leviathan a skip.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 26, 2015 6:59:31 PM | 57

"If Ukrainians have an ounce of common sense left, I doubt this mobilization will succeed”--A View from Ukraine

“In my view, the country is being transferred under foreign control, the appointment of foreigners to the post of ministers is an example of that. We cannot carry out these reforms ourselves. Unfortunately, we have ceased being a state. That is, yes, we have all the formal attributes of a state, but we are a territory on which foreigners play their games, and we either participate on one or the other side of the game. “Quilted Jackets—Embroidered Shirts” , folks, that’s somebody else’s game, not ours,” explains Podlutskiy.

“I said already a long time ago, before the Constitution was adopted, that Ukraine ought to be indivisible and federated. The events of the last year have starkly illustrated this problem. Ukraine ought to be unified, but also federated,” said the Kiev journalist.

Translator’s Note: RBK Ukraine is one of the country’s foremost economy and business news portals, thus Podlutskiy’s views are likely a reflection of the sentiment of a large segment of the business elite, which cannot view the growing lawlessness, or the potential implications of martial law, with equanimity.


Of course it's all unverified. But coupled with Putin's - verified - remarks on NATO's foreign legion and his welcome to Ukrainian conscripts to Russia, and the above ... the train seems to be getting up steam to leave the station.

Reminds me of an RT talk show 'starring' that American guy who interrupts and talks over everyone else on which a man from Russian Insider, I think, insisted that the Ukraine would remain united ... blood thicker than water ... and my dismissing him out of hand, and Russian Insider along with him. Maybe it will come to pass. Maybe the Ukrain will soon be singing to the European Union, The way I used to love you baby, that's the way I hate you now. Sorry if you hate the blues as much as you hate jazz. I'm a great fan of both, myself.

I think you're right to give anything from Hollywood a skip. I just watched an old, neo-realist film of Pier Paolo Passolini's, Mamma Roma, and enjoyed it, if that's the word. I read a sort of review of the filmscript of his last, unfinished film, Pasolini’s ‘St. Paul:’ a Prophecy of Our Times?, which reminded me of you - a fan, though unbeliever. I haven't found a link to actual film script, but i'll keep my eye out.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 26, 2015 7:28:30 PM | 58

@jfl #58:

I don't really hate jazz. I have a couple of jazz soundtracks from thrillers. I just have never been able to get into it in a big way. And I certainly don't hate the blues, since I like Eric Clapton.

Yes, nobody knows what will happen with the Ukraine. It does appear that Moscow has decided that there is no point in making concessions to the West on Ukraine, since the West doesn't back off an inch if Moscow does make concessions. And I have a feeling that Russians are more irritated by Merkel being rude to them than by Obama being so. A possibility which seems to be unlikely is Ukraine remaining united (it goes without saying that Crimea is gone for good) with the Nazis still in power.

What you say about Pasolini makes me think that maybe I should finally get around to watching The Gospel According to St. Matthew.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 26, 2015 8:10:44 PM | 59

PB & dh at 48, 49 -- ROTFLMAO. The city is no doubt in the possession of Poroshenko's invisible column of Russian regulars.

To Demian, Noirette, Lone Wolf, jfl, et al, in re: On to Kiev!

First, Barflies, we've made the big time. Russia Insider has linked to MofA's "Wondering About Today's Mariupol Attack" post.

As Demian notes I'm ready to clean out the Augean Stables. To quote Farragut at Mobile: "Damn the topedoes, full speed ahead." But there are actually problems with that, esp. the likely hostility of the locals in Lvov. So I've set my sights on Kharkov, due to the growing resistance there and the oppression that is provoking.

I'll have to go digging in my browser history for the ref., but I recall reading a piece that suggested, once the front collapsed and the recriminations in Kiev began, the NAF needed to move slowly. Their logistics were said to be weak and they had to establish or solidify local institutions, and would of necessity need time. That seems prudent. I would suggest perhaps Dnieprpetrovsk as well as Mariupol & Kharkov would be plenty for now.

I've liked the slogan "On to Kiev" since I heard about earlier, in the fall; it's apparently been kicking around since last spring. But as Lone Wolf just noted, there would be diplomatic and other probs. too numerous to mention. What is needed there is some sort of popular action vs. the junta, esp. if their "volunteer battalions" even start to dissolve.

I've said my piece, so time to pay my tab.

The situation continues to deteriorate in the Ukraine. Fort Russ as always has interesting news. UAF generals are escaping the "Donbass ship", ATO command "is not available". The Ukrainian blogger cites the website of Committee of the Military Mothers of Ukraine and provides a link to them, as well as a report of casualties.

With the stand-up of the ‘13th Reserve Battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps ‘Right Sector’ the Right Sector prepares to seize power in Kiev. We see by the name where the loyalties lie. Yursumy, the poster, says "the battalion will represent a Right Sector “garrison” in Kiev.... The purpose is self-evident, namely influence over Ukraine’s internal politics." He goes on to report local forces are being formed throughout Banderastan, as oligarchs jockey for position.

Finally, Russia Insiders' Strelkov: UAF Units Defecting to NAF, Debaltsevo Cauldron Under Way It has a couple of interesting links as well, especially Club Orlov's Panic in Kiev?.

As the later, great G-S Heron says in B Movie:

"Transportation furnished by the David Rockefeller Remote Control Company. Their slogan is, 'You can panic now...and avoid the rush.' So much for the good news."

As someone once said, it's all about the bass....

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 26, 2015 8:45:45 PM | 60

Demian @ 59 -- When we kicked around jazz a while ago, we both overlooked the maybe the most popular jazz soundtrack -- Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown Christmas."

Speaking of blues, jfl @ 58 -- Myself, the only straight blues I have in the archives is a little Robert Cray. But if I'm in the mood, I tune into the blues show Sats. on one of the local coll. stations. Like D., I have some blues-rock like Cream, Clapton, etc. Favorably disposed to slide guitar generally.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 26, 2015 9:24:29 PM | 61

These kinds of idiotic lies are exactly where "History" is headed:

Russia has accused Poland of engaging in a "mockery of history" after the Polish foreign minister credited Ukrainian soldiers, rather than the Soviet Red Army, with liberating Auschwitz 70 years ago.

In a radio interview Wednesday, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna was challenged over what the journalist called the "pettiness" of not inviting Putin, given that he is the inheritor of the Soviet Union and that the Red Army freed Auschwitz.

Schetyna replied that "maybe it's better to say ... that the First Ukrainian Front and Ukrainians liberated (Auschwitz), because Ukrainian soldiers were there, on that January day, and they opened the gates of the camp and they liberated the camp."

In Russia, Schetyna's comments were seen as a cynical insult and drew an avalanche of angry official comments. The Foreign Ministry accused Schetyna of "anti-Russian hysteria" and disrespecting the memory of those who died liberating Europe from Hitler.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 9:39:07 PM | 62

So recall last month we had Feinstein trying to stand up (in a whimpering, pathetic sort of way) about the CIA pissing on the Constitution by running secret operations aimed at preventing the Legislative Branch from maintaining proper oversight over them. And this week we have her.... urging for an expansion of the CIA war in Syria!

Can you get any more feckless and weak? Can you fail any harder to actually stand up for the country?

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 9:47:08 PM | 64

These are at least part of the picture of who the US is sending to Ukraine - "strategic communicators" part of whose job is "improving the sustainability of U.S. military sales" know... the CEO of Raytheon has to eat too.

The overall goal of this effort is to provide immediate support to an institutionally weak strategic communications capability throughout the entire Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Improved inter-ministerial coordination of “messaging” is essential. Additionally, efforts must consider the development, vetting, and implementation of techniques and processes that will enable the Ministry of Defense to effectively and consistently reach out to nongovernment organizations, particularly those supporting ongoing military operations. ... Desired Knowledge/Skills/Experience: ... * Experience articulating and advocating U.S. Department of Defense plans and requirements to other U.S. agencies or Congress. ... Specific Advising Tasks: ... * Advance and support other security cooperation efforts, such as improving the sustainability of U.S. military sales and FMF activities, coordinating and harmonizing other institutional capacity building efforts, and identifying opportunities to improve the integration of IMET, regional centers, and other education and training programs. ... * Applications are only being accepted from current DOD civilians in the GS-14/15 pay grades. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and SF-50 to the MoDA Program Office


A reversal of the coup, and a severing of the western part of the country from the rest would be ideal. And that may be what it would take to create a viable Ukraine.

We all saw the electoral maps - full on half of the country used to vote for parties which are today being violently repressed. Of course the Ukrainian people are being subjected to a massive internal propaganda campaign (most likely by US PR firms, like this one which is a part of the 'US-Ukraine Business Council') so it is hard to know how they've been moved, but there have been increasingly vocal protests against the increasingly draconian austerity measures being introduced by the coup government.

They also can't be happy seeing this war being lost and their country dismembered - the question remains on who they'll blame that on. The Russians, or the feckless nazi idiots and oligarchs who seized power in the Maidan. The country is being run, at this point, for and by these characters. And they are playing tough - with the US born "Ukrainian" finance minister threatening that IMF loans will not come, and the big oil companies pulling out having not sufficiently gotten their way.

There are apparently calls for the implementation of martial law by some parties in the government.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 10:08:29 PM | 65

I haven't seen specifics about how Roberts was entrapped in this business. However, it is not unusual for people who become enslaved to be lied to by recruiters, even paying them in some cases, for the opportunity to work in another country and then unable to leave. For women in sex work or pornography, some of them are deceived into believing that they are going into modeling or other work. I can imagine that teenagers with dreams of being in films or international modeling never imagined that they'd end up setting up bigwigs for blackmail photos.

This bit from your link is particularly interesting. I hope that Roberts' lawyers and the Vanity Fair reporter have good security:

Finally, we have the most recent statement made by Virginia Roberts. I hope to discuss in a subsequent post her claims about Dershowitz. For now, let's concentrate on the following:
"In addition to constantly finding underage girls to satisfy their personal desires, Epstein and Maxwell also got girls for Epstein’s friends and acquaintances. Epstein specifically told me that the reason for him doing this was so that they would “owe him,” they would “be in his pocket,” and he would “have something on them.” I understood him to mean that when someone was in his pocket, they owed him favors. I also understood that Epstein thought he could get leniency if he was ever caught doing anything illegal, or more so that he could escape trouble altogether."
If this is true, then what do have? Simply this: The daughter of a known Mossad agent used underaged girls in a scheme to procur what can only be described as blackmail information on powerful people. That's not interpretation, that's not surmise, that's not reading-between-the-lines: That's what Roberts is saying.

Would Maxwell go to such lengths for the sole reason of aiding Jeff Epstein (who was not her employer) in his quest for the ideal orgasm? Or was she motivated by some other cause...?

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Jan 26, 2015 10:14:04 PM | 66


I'd pay to see, Feinstein and Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright run for office of the POTUS! I mean, really, let's just take it up a notch; it's not like things aren't already seeming like some kind of david lynch film absurdity IN REALITY.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 26, 2015 10:22:46 PM | 67

@Rusty - I think you are right. These powerful individuals promise these girls this or that, knowing they intend to treat them like little more than blow up dolls. Its extremely manipulative. And these of course are the guys who are caught - there is no telling what kind of violence goes along with this sort of thing.

It did go on to say that following her time there, she was some kind of "lingerie model" and briefly involved in soft core pornography or something like that. Maybe these paltry gigs were her "reward" for having these old pigs pass them around.

It's sad of course for them as individuals. But it is even more infuriating because we here we have one of the very men involved, whose wife running to be "the First Woman President" and we are to feel this is some huge accomplishment, meanwhile, this "First Woman President's" husband is busy degrading defenseless young women with his billionaire buddies.

It just proves all the advancement in that regard is just all about class and little else. We hear all the time about sex slavery and human trafficking - yet when it is the world's super powerful, it's treated like some cheap tabloid story which will probably just be ignored by the media in time for the election to come around. "Oh, we did those stories already, those are dead stories" the editors will say "but lets run the one about all the women who are inspired by Hillary's run for President!"

Fucked up.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 10:37:10 PM | 68

@67 hahah. I'm not sure my brain could take all that. I had enough trouble with "Lost Highway".

@ben - thanks for the article.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 10:39:14 PM | 69

This looks good for those who like to read government documents:

JOINT PUBLICATION 3-13 Information Operations
20 November 2014

The instruments of national power (diplomatic, informational, military, and economic) provide leaders in the US with the means and ways of dealing with crises around the world. Employing these means in the information environment requires the ability to securely transmit, receive, store, and process information in near real time. The nation’s state and non-state adversaries are equally aware of the significance of this new technology, and will use information-related capabilities (IRCs) to gain advantages in the information environment, just as they would use more traditional military technologies to gain advantages in other operational environments.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 10:41:37 PM | 70

More on the deep state:

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Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 26, 2015 10:57:10 PM | 71

How the Pentagon’s Skynet Would Automate War

Written by
Nafeez Ahmed

November 24, 2014 // 01:00 PM CET

Pentagon officials are worried that the US military is losing its edge compared to competitors like China, and are willing to explore almost anything to stay on top—including creating watered-down versions of the Terminator.

Due to technological revolutions outside its control, the Department of Defense (DoD) anticipates the dawn of a bold new era of automated war within just 15 years. By then, they believe, wars could be fought entirely using intelligent robotic systems armed with advanced weapons.

Last week, US defense secretary Chuck Hagel ann​ounced the ‘Defense Innovation Initiative’—a sweeping plan to identify and develop cutting edge technology breakthroughs “over the next three to five years and beyond” to maintain global US "mili​tary-technological superiority." Areas to be covered by the DoD programme include robotics, autonomous systems, miniaturization, Big Data and advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing.

But just how far down the rabbit hole Hagel’s initiative could go—whether driven by desperation, fantasy or hubris—is revealed by an overlooked Pentagon-funded study, published quietly in mid-September by the DoD National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for Technology and National Security Policy in Washington DC.

The 72-page d​ocument throws detailed light on the far-reaching implications of the Pentagon’s plan to monopolize imminent “transformational advances” in biotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence, information technology, nanotechnology, and energy.

Hagel’s initiative is being overseen by deputy defense secretary Robert O. Work, lead author of a r​eport released last January by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), “20YY: Preparing for War in the Robotic Age.”

Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 26, 2015 11:05:26 PM | 72

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News Portrays Ukraine’s ‘Far Right’ as ‘Heroes’
January 26th, 2015
Eric Zuesse

On January 22nd, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News (Murdoch founded it, his son James headed it for a while, and their 21st Century Fox owns a controlling stake”“ in it) telecast a puff-piece for Ukraine’s right-wing extremists, several times calling them “heroes” to “patriotic” Ukrainians. This segment of their documentary series “Ross Kemp: Extreme World,” was titled “Ukraine: The Rise of The Right.” In it, Ukraine’s “far right” are described as being patriots who are protecting all of Ukraine from a Russian invasion, and who are therefore being increasingly admired by Ukrainians. It says: “The ultras [ultra-rightists] are actually patriotic young people who are ready to fight — not only on the Maidan, but also at the war for our land. … These men — seen now by many as heroes — are fighting for the Azov Battalion in Mariupol, Maryinka and Iliovaisk.”

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 11:10:45 PM | 73

Last post, I promise. Probably been posted before but this seems to be a gold mine of info related to Russia and Novorussia:

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 26, 2015 11:13:26 PM | 74

If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs

A jump-out is typically described as multiple officers patrolling in an unmarked car, who at some point see something suspicious, and jump out of the car at once on unsuspecting pedestrians, with the intent of catching them off guard.

“I knew they were ‘police’ per se, but they weren’t moving, talking or behaving in any way like police usually do,” Hadieh said. “It was highly tactical and organized, very militarized.”

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 26, 2015 11:25:48 PM | 75

Further to nr. 60 --

This just in. Again, from our friends at Fort Russ. Once again translator J. Hawk has come through with good material and succinct & insightful commentary (a model to all).

More evidence of serious internal division, with the campaign even as yet unfinished. Orignally posted on the Russian, as the Azov Commander Freaks Out, Calls the War "Lost", Blames Everybody. Andrei Biletsky, Rada member and commande of the "Azov" punitive battalion believes the situation is now critical.

This war cannot be a war of generals and politicians. They already lost their war. This is a war of an armed people. Here, at the front, there are plenty of weapons and of determination. We need men, fighters, volunteers.

Hawk states that "Everybody on the Ukrainian far-right is saying these things. The war is going badly, the generals and the politicians have lost it, now is our turn.... Biletsky is positioning himself for the inevitable post-campaign recriminations toward, well, everybody within the current Ukrainian political elite. Even though his own military accomplishments are nil...."

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 26, 2015 11:33:59 PM | 76

guest77 @ 73: New website for me, awesome, thanks.

Posted by: ben | Jan 27, 2015 12:23:31 AM | 77

Russian Spring


A combatant from brigade “Vostok” (“East”) informed about tank battle held in Peski:

“In Peski, in area of highway between Opitnoye and Vodyanoye a tank battle is taking place. One Ukrainian T-64 (tank) is liquidated. A shootout from automatic grenade launchers and small arms is under way.

Having “300ths” (wounded). Ukrainians launched a breakthrough attack from highway over open space toward the radar station (Donetsk airport), but were met by anti-tank guided rockets of combatants from “Sparta” (a combatant unit defending the airport).”

Comment from other source: … the Ukrainian forces continue to engage the last battle-worthy reserves in senseless attacks through Peski on the airport. Why the Ukrainian forces do that - and with such maniac persistence – is hardly understandable. Possibly, an ideological level of “the battle for the airport” is such that the Kiyev top brass is eager to sacrifice people for objectively futile goal.

Russian Spring


Combatant Prokhorov informed about unsuccessful attempt of storming Yelenovka by the Ukrainian forces:

“Following massive artillery bombardment, a Ukrainian armored group from Taramchuk (settlement ?) breached the front; by deceptive maneuver from the rear tried to seize settlement Yelenovka.

The defenders smashed the armored group – great number of dead Ukrainians, some captivated. Currently Yelenovka is being pounded by “Grads”.”

Comment from other source: Yelenovka and Dzerzhinsk offensives remain the only reasonable actions by the Ukrainian forces in recent days. This is a rather old plan of the times of Donetsk offensive in the last year summer. The strategic design is to breakthrough directly to Donetsk from south, where serious clashes were rare until recently. During last days, Yelenovka was attacked by sizable forces, including tanks, which even went through the settlement only to be thrown back by the combatants. Both Yelenovka and Dzerzhinsk are under constant bombardment by rocket launch systems of Ukraine from Volnovakha. Dzerzhinsk is in great destruction. The situation requires a counter-offensive…

Posted by: Fete | Jan 27, 2015 12:29:04 AM | 78

further to 60 --

More news, again from translator J. Hawk at Fort Russ, who continues to provide interesting material with succinct commentary. A model to all.

With defeat looming the political maneuvering begins. Rada deputy and Azov battalion commander Andrey Biletsky Freaks Out, Calls the War "Lost", Blames Everybody.

Time has come to make the most important of decisions, both as individuals and as a people, decision whether to live or to die... This war cannot be a war of generals and politicians. They already lost their war. This is a war of an armed people.... We need everyone for whom Ukraine and its will are real things for which one is willing to die. Come! The frontline brotherhood is saying its welcome to you! Glory to Ukraine!

Hawk says that "Everybody on the Ukrainian far-right is saying these things. The war is going badly, the generals and the politicians have lost it, now is our turn.... Biletsky is positioning himself for the inevitable post-campaign recriminations toward, well, everybody within the current Ukrainian political elite. Even though his own military accomplishments are nil...."

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 27, 2015 12:33:42 AM | 79

Uncle $cam @63, from one of the last paragraphs in the LONG article:
As of 2008, Lochard has been an adjunct professor at the US Joint Special Operations University where she teaches a top secret advanced course in ‘Irregular Warfare’ that she designed for senior US special forces officers. She has previously taught courses on ‘Internal War’ for senior “political-military officers” of various Gulf regimes.

Her views thus disclose much about what the Highlands Forum has been advocating all these years. In 2004, Lochard was co-author of a study for the US Air Force’s Institute for National Security Studies on US strategy toward ‘non-state armed groups.’ The study on the one hand argued that non-state armed groups should be urgently recognized as a ‘tier one security priority,’ and on the other that the proliferation of armed groups “provide strategic opportunities that can be exploited to help achieve policy goals. There have and will be instances where the United States may find collaborating with armed group is in its strategic interests.” But “sophisticated tools” must be developed to differentiate between different groups and understand their dynamics, to determine which groups should be countered, and which could be exploited for US interests. “Armed group profiles can likewise be employed to identify ways in which the United States may assist certain armed groups whose success will be advantageous to US foreign policy objectives.”

Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 27, 2015 1:42:17 AM | 80

@78 okie and others here. thanks for the links..

Posted by: ..james | Jan 27, 2015 2:38:17 AM | 81

Chief Nazi-Hunter: Russia President Should Have Been the First Name to Be Invited to Auschwitz

Unlike the unworthy foreign leaders at the Paris protest march on Sunday, who have no credentials to speak of when it comes to freedom of speech and religion, the Russian president is an especially important guest at the upcoming events to mark the liberation of the largest of the Nazis' six death camps, where approximately 1.3 million people were murdered, of whom approximately 1.1 million were Jews. …

The rationale for not inviting him is ostensibly the current tension between the European Union and Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing Russian support for the insurgency in eastern Ukraine, which is indeed a serious problem.

In the background of this decision, however, there might also be an ideological reason that relates directly to the ongoing bitter debate between Russia and post-Communist Eastern Europe over the history of World War II and the Holocaust.

Ever since the admission of the Baltics and many other East European countries to the EU and NATO, we have witnessed a systematic campaign being waged to undermine the uniqueness of the Holocaust and promote the canard of equivalency between Nazi and Communist crimes.

The motivation for this campaign is obvious, since in most Eastern European countries collaboration with the Nazis meant active participation in mass murder, and if given a choice between being branded as countries of perpetrators or of victims, it is clear what the new democracies prefer.

Nice to see someone make the issue here crystal clear.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 27, 2015 2:51:46 AM | 82

I detected that Shaun Walker has some human decency, and now I am vindicated. I think some people here are too hard on him.

Kiev ‘punishes’ civilians in Donetsk with travel permits and drugs blockade

There are 155 patients remaining in the clinic on methadone, and 380 across the region.

“Sixty per cent of them are HIV-positive and many of them also have Hepatitis C and tuberculosis,” says Yulia Drozd, the deputy director of the Donetsk centre. “This is essentially a death sentence for them.” …

The methadone is not even paid for out of Ukraine’s budget, but funded by a grant from the Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. All that is required of Kiev is to provide a document allowing for the drugs to pass through checkpoints. It has not been forthcoming.

Just another way how Ukrainians are back to their old Banderite behavior of committing genocide.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 27, 2015 3:11:06 AM | 83


That long article is long, and there are 2 parts. from Part 2 ...

In the same year [2009], we now know, Google had signed an agreement with the NSA giving the agency open-ended access to the personal information of its users, and its hardware and software, in the name of cyber security - agreements that Gen. Alexander was busy replicating with hundreds of telecoms CEOs around the country.


Two days before 9/11, Condoleeza Rice received the draft of a formal National Security Presidential Directive that Bush was expected to sign immediately. The directive contained a comprehensive plan to launch a global war on al-Qaeda, including an “imminent” invasion of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban. The directive was approved by the highest levels of the White House and officials of the National Security Council, including of course Rice and Rumsfeld. The same NSC officials were simultaneously running the Dhabol Working Group to secure the Indian power plant deal for Enron’s Trans-Afghan pipeline project. The next day, one day before 9/11, the Bush administration formally agreed on the plan to attack the Taliban.

Now these assertions may well be true ... but assertions is all they are, undocumented. There are links scattered elsewhere throughout the text, but Nafeez Ahmed hurts himself badly with 'shocking' assertions like these ... with no backup.

The article is only tangentially about Google. It's about the MIC/IIC. And it's good to the extent it's documented. But too much is not. It's a shame. The lack of documentation will discredit the good work that's there. Nafeez is his own worst enemy.

Or maybe he's working for McNeill - creating a 'conspiracy theory' aura around much that's true in order to advance the 'methodology for perception management' described in McNeill's (1989) and now Nafeez' own paper? Nah. I don't think so ... but I don't know. For want of documented sources ...

Posted by: jfl | Jan 27, 2015 7:46:43 AM | 84

jfl, I had the same misgivings about so many undocumented assertions. OTH, Nafeez does document a hell of a lot. Just exposing the Highlands Group, an outfit I'd never heard of, has to be appreciated.

Lord, I'm going to need to read Part 2, may as well get to it.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 27, 2015 9:54:09 AM | 85

*Moving forward on issues of the civil nuclear deal, technology transfer and joint ventures in defence will be among the key areas where India and the US would like to have ‘concrete deliverables’ during the three day high voltage trip of Mr Obama

cooperation in key areas of security, counter terrorism and the situation in India’s extended neighborhood would be among the issues to be discussed between Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.*

What the hell is the ‘extended neighborhood’? China? The Dude is obsessed with China. He seems to be obsessed with provoking WWIII, against China or Russia, or both.* [1]

hey obongo, aka the liar in chief. !

* when did murkka ever fight any *defensive* war in all three hundred yrs of its criminal existence ?

*when did china ever pose any threat to usa ?

*a better question would be...
how many times have fukus waged wars, covert or overt, against china
in the past 3c ?

*why are peaceful antiwar protestors behind bar while certified war criminal, nobel peace laureate no less, feted and glorified in international arena ?

*last but not least, were your parents complicit in the 1965 genocide in indonesia ? [3]




Posted by: denk | Jan 27, 2015 12:29:19 PM | 86

The shelling of Mariopol is simply a retaliation of what the ukrainians did to the civilian population of e.g. Donetsk.

According to unconfirmed sources already some 300.000 to 900.000 inhabitants of "East-Ukraine"/"New Russia" have fled to Russia.

Posted by: Willy2 | Jan 27, 2015 6:24:29 PM | 88

Interesting website:

Posted by: Willy2 | Jan 27, 2015 6:39:43 PM | 89


Don't get me wrong ... It's a very informative article. Its too bad it's got Google in the title, though, as it's not really about Google at all, except for the documentation of not only the Google twins' but every computer scientist in America's having been on DARPA's payroll.

The fact that is so well-known and taken for granted ... that is 'the story' in itself I suppose.

But the statement that 'Google had signed an agreement with the NSA giving the agency open-ended access to the personal information of its users' needs more than just the assertion to make it true. It's certainly believable, but it is not a matter of fact, to my knowledge, and if it is fact our man Nafeez - who asserts that it is - owes it us to prove it. Or else to say it's his belief.

The bit about Bush' entanglement with al Qeada over Enron's Indian power plant - 'The next day, one day before 9/11, the Bush administration formally agreed on the plan to attack the Taliban' - needs more than an offhand assertion as well.

I'm working my way through the links ... maybe the assertions are backed up there, somewhere. If I discover they are I'll let you know.

I did find a couple of the papers he alludes to without linking to them, be glad to post the links if you're interested.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 27, 2015 7:36:47 PM | 90

@Willf2 #88:

The shelling of Mariopol is simply a retaliation of what the ukrainians did to the civilian population of e.g. Donetsk.
The rebels don't retaliate by murdering civilians. Also, they did not have any Grads in range. It was the Ukies who fired the Grads at Mariopol, either because they were aiming at rebel positions but the Grads fell short, or because this was another false flag.

The residents of Mariopol blame the attack on the Ukies. The OSCE has a history of blaming the side that NATO is against for such atrocities based on flimsy evidence.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 27, 2015 7:37:49 PM | 91


While underage teens may have been Epstein's personal obsession, they appear to have been only a part of his operation. Pro-Israel donors, politicians and celebrities may have perceived him as an influential networker. Creating such a front would have mada him a valuable intelligence asset, especially for luring in people who wouldn't notice what they didn't want to see.

Apparently, Clinton rented Epstein's plane to fly several high-profile people to a charity event in Africa. Clinton is well-known for his appetite for cheeseburgers and young women -- but his hunger for power is even stronger. Clinton will do anything to get back into the whitehouse, including palling around with the sleaziest potential donors. While he may not have been entirely faithful to Hillary, perhaps his experience with Monica has made him a bit more cautious about honeytraps. He is said to have cut off his association with Epstein abruptly -- which may say more about his long term ambitions than his personal ethics.

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Jan 27, 2015 7:49:26 PM | 92

Ever wonder why this country has become a shithole...

Look no further than here ...

By almost anybody's standards, Joshua Allan Jackson is bad news.

A felon with a lengthy history of violence against women, Jackson was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 13 for sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman and holding her against her will for days inside a cheap South Seattle motel last year. The woman told investigators Jackson forced her to audition for a porn film and at one point choked her so hard she almost lost consciousness.

As part of the case, Jackson also admitted to criminal impersonation on various occasions when he told the victim and seven other people that he was a federal agent or a police officer.

During a fight with an alleged drug dealer at another Seattle motel, Jackson told the manager he was a federal agent. The incident would have been almost comical had it not resulted in a citywide "help the officer" call, one of the Police Department's most urgent alerts. Officers from throughout the city rushed to the motel, only to discover the heavily-tattooed Jackson was not a federal agent.

For all of this, the 34-year-old Jackson would be just another habitual criminal except for one startling fact: He was working the entire time as a paid informant for the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The agency made Jackson an informant even though he had come out of prison early last year with a documented reputation as a violent, mentally unstable inmate who had been arrested in nearly every state and posed a serious threat to law-enforcement officers.

Jackson's relationship with the ATF, as the agency is commonly called, provides a rare look into the shadowy world of confidential informants, who have long played an essential role in helping law enforcement solve crimes but also can pose serious risks.

ATF paid for the motel room where the woman was sexually abused, according to police records obtained by The Seattle Times. Only months before the assault, the records show, a concerned Seattle police officer spoke to an ATF agent on the phone after Jackson had reportedly flashed a badge during the "help the officer" incident. The agent vouched for Jackson.

The agent's first words to the officer were, "What did Josh do now?"

It isn't clear what value Jackson provided to the ATF. The agency declined to discuss Jackson, citing the need to protect the safety of informants and their families, as well as agents.

In a December interview with Times reporters at the King County Jail, the muscular Jackson said he had worked the streets for the ATF to identify criminals.

He said he came in contact with ATF through a Seattle police officer he had met on the streets. Jackson, whose account couldn't be independently verified, said he thought he'd "like to make a little cash, and I thought I could help those guys."

From memory, he readily produced the cellphone number of the agent he named as his main handler. The agent answered the phone when called by a Times reporter.

Incarceration was nothing new to Jackson.

A Times review of nearly 800 pages of prison and prosecution documents revealed the Bronx, N.Y., native had been jailed in 43 states. His convictions date to the 1990s and include breaking and entering, robbery and larceny.

It isn't clear when Jackson moved to Washington, but records show he was arrested in Spokane in 2007 after a 25-year-old woman he had been dating reported he had assaulted her.

After getting out of jail, he told the woman he was going to torture her parents in front of each other before killing them. He also sent threatening emails to her parents.

The woman told detectives Jackson claimed he had brutally killed 27 men and two women, and had hidden many of the bodies in Florida's Everglades. Terrorized, the woman and her family had the locks changed on their doors, according to court documents.

At one point, she alleged, Jackson measured her legs to ensure they would fit into plastic bags after he killed and dismembered her.

Jackson was charged in December 2007 with cyberstalking that included death threats. He pleaded guilty and was given a six-month sentence with credit for 69 days already spent in jail.

In March 2008, police responded to a domestic dispute in which his live-in girlfriend complained Jackson had trashed their apartment. She told police he armed himself with knives after discovering she had sent a text message to an old boyfriend.

Jackson told the woman he was working undercover for police. In July of that year, an FBI agent and a Spokane police officer visited Jackson, ordering him to quit telling people he was an FBI agent, according to prison records.

Jackson, charged with unlawful imprisonment of the woman, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

In both cases, he was placed on community supervision with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) after his release from jail. But he repeatedly violated the terms of his release, earning three separate stints in state prison, totaling more than 18 months.

No model prisoner

Jackson's 400-page prison file is filled with disciplinary reports, most notably for smearing himself with feces, attacking guards, chewing through restraints and making lewd comments to female officers. He spent 11 of the 18 months in isolation for breaking rules.

In emails, frustrated corrections officials wondered what to do with him when he got out.

Worried that Jackson had worn out his welcome in Spokane County, they decided to send him to Seattle, where it was hoped he might have a better chance to change his ways in a larger urban environment.

In letters to his new community corrections officer, Jackson acknowledged he had issues with women and violence.

"My problems women not drugs not crime, my problems come from Ike Turner-ing a dame or two," Jackson wrote, referring to the late rock and soul musician accused of domestic abuse by singer and ex-wife Tina Turner.

Upon Jackson's release on Feb. 3, 2011, DOC issued an "officer safety warning" to Seattle-area police, telling officers Jackson was on the streets and should be considered a "high violent" risk. The bulletin noted Jackson had bragged of killing a police officer in Colorado, although there was no evidence he had.

A fresh start

Almost immediately after leaving prison, he came to the attention of Seattle police.

Last May, Seattle police Officer Rob Mahoney and another officer conducted a "premises check" at the Everspring Inn in North Seattle, where Jackson was living. The motel's manager, Steve McDaniel, told them Jackson had been asking for personal information about other guests, and he had flashed a badge.

McDaniel, who has since left his job at the Everspring, told The Times that Jackson identified himself as some kind of agent who wanted that kept confidential because he was part of an ATF undercover operation.

McDaniel said he hired Jackson as night security guard to deal with persistent problems at the Aurora Avenue motel, giving him a free room as compensation.

"He was very personable," McDaniel told The Times. "I believed everything he said. He was always clean-cut and dressed very nice."

During the premises check, Mahoney and the other officer spoke with Jackson, who denied having a badge but claimed he was an ATF informant "working a 'big' operation," Mahoney wrote in his report. Jackson called an ATF agent and handed the phone to Mahoney.

It was during that exchange the agent asked, "What did Josh do now?" Mahoney wrote.

Later, Mahoney confirmed through a Seattle police gang detective that Jackson was a federal informant. The gang detective related that the "ATF agent acknowledged Jackson was not all quite there, as it were," according to a police report.

In June, Jackson searched the room of a resident and purportedly found drugs. "We got heroin!" he told McDaniel.

After police were called, Jackson persuaded officers to let him keep the drugs by telling them he was involved in a "buy-bust" operation, the police report said. The occupant of the room was wanted on an arrest warrant, and McDaniel was told to call police if he returned.

When the guest returned, Jackson confronted him, sparking a fight in the motel's office. Jackson identified himself as a federal agent, triggering the citywide police response.

McDaniel told The Times he began to doubt Jackson's claims after the incident. "It turned into a frickin' nightmare," McDaniel said. "I am thinking, 'Is this guy really from the ATF?' "

Jackson didn't have a gun or a badge, McDaniel said, making him wonder, "What is he doing arresting people without a badge and a gun? Plus, he is blowing his cover."

McDaniel said Jackson's ATF boss, who he knew only as "Jim," told him Jackson "got them a lot of valuable information," but that Jackson didn't know when to "draw the line" and was a "high maintenance" informant.

After the Everspring incident, Jackson spent 14 days in the King County Jail for violating conditions of his prison release.

Jackson next moved to the Munson Motel in South Seattle on the ATF's tab.

In September, he met a woman in downtown Seattle, telling her his name was "D'Angelo" and that he worked for an entertainment-TV channel, according to police records. He said he could help her with a modeling career.

Two days later, Jackson told her he worked for the FBI and set up drug dealers. She and Jackson went to the motel.

Jackson persuaded her to burglarize the home of her ex-boyfriend, she told investigators. From that point, what had been a consensual relationship turned into one dominated by Jackson, she said.

He disabled the woman's cellphone, wouldn't let her leave the room, forced her to have sex, choked her and made her audition for a porn film.

During their time together, she said, Jackson took her to Seattle's ATF office.

On Oct. 5, the woman told Jackson she was sick. He took her to a public-health office in South Seattle, where she told workers that Jackson was holding her against her will and had forced her to have sex.

She told them he had showed her a badge and was afraid she couldn't do anything to stop him.

Police were called and Jackson was arrested. In the jail interview with The Times, Jackson said he had hoped the ATF would help him after his arrest.

"They ain't done nothing," he said, talking on a telephone handset through a thick glass window.

While working for ATF, he said, agents gave him cash, drugs and cigarettes to sell "to build some street cred," but he denied he ever represented himself as an actual agent.

"I always just said, 'I work with ATF,' not that I was an agent. People hear what they want, you know?" he said.

His claim is contradicted in witness statements and in police reports, which portray him as using his status to impress or intimidate, depending on the circumstance.

Little to say

How much ATF delved into Jackson's background before using him isn't known.

ATF agent Jim Contreras — who is identified in police reports as Jackson's handler and answered the cellphone number provided by Jackson — declined to comment. Contreras referred questions to the ATF spokeswoman in Seattle, Cheryl Bishop, who said: "We do not discuss informants, or whether an individual has worked in that capacity."

An ATF spokesman in Washington, D.C., Drew Wade, said only that the agency follows U.S. Department of Justice guidelines on informants.

The guidelines, created in response to the case of James "Whitey" Bulger, the legendary Boston crime boss accused of a string of murders while working as an FBI informant, require the case agent to conduct an "Initial Suitability Determination," which must be approved by a supervisor. Among the factors to be considered are a potential informant's criminal history, as well as an evaluation of "whether the person is reasonably believed to pose a danger to the public or other criminal threat ... ."

Under the guidelines, agents must make every effort to closely supervise informants and tell them to refrain from violent acts.

Bid for transparency

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., introduced legislation last year that would require federal law-enforcement agencies to semiannually report to Congress all serious crimes committed by their confidential informants. Names would be kept confidential. Lynch, whose bill has been referred to committee, said more oversight is needed in light of the Bulger case and subsequent disclosures involving a reputed New England Mafia figure, Mark Rossetti, identified as an FBI informant suspected in six homicides. Legislation could force agencies to explain their protocols and how they spend taxpayer dollars, Lynch said, noting agents use informants in hopes of making the "big pinch."

Alexandra Natapoff, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and an expert on confidential informants, said that while informants are necessary, the risk of violence toward women, children and vulnerable people should be nonnegotiable.

"We should take those risks especially seriously when we are weighing whether a person's information should let them get a pass on their own criminal behavior ... ," Natapoff said.

Back to prison

During Jackson's sentencing last month for confining and sexually abusing the young woman, the prosecutor and defense attorney confirmed his work as an ATF informant. Jackson told the judge he had put at least 100 people in prison and helped get kilos of drugs off the street, a claim Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alexandra Voorhees afterward called "hyperbole."

His attorney, Steve Witchley, told the judge his client had suffered severe mental problems since childhood, in part because of sexual abuse in his family and foster homes.

He said Jackson had done good work for the ATF, but the agency "threw Josh under the bus" and abandoned him.

As Jackson left the courtroom in shackles, the question remained: Why did the ATF let him on the bus in the first place?

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this story, which includes material from The Boston Globe.

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Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jan 27, 2015 8:53:00 PM | 93

To judge from the headlines posted at Fort Russ, things have slowed a bit along the front.

Today's highlight, from Russia Insider, an American conservative argues that
What Happens to Ukraine Is of No Great Importance to West.

Their subtitle says it all, "The US and Europe aren't going to fight for Ukraine, and aren’t all that interested in bailing it out financially."

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 27, 2015 9:04:40 PM | 94

@Rusty - yes, it appears there is more there than simple sleaze.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 27, 2015 9:13:49 PM | 95

This is another Alternative Views which the Epstein case reminds me of: Boys For Sale. It's extremely disturbing to think of what these kids go through. Especially the ones who don't make it through.

I agree too that there are larger political issues involved in the Epstein case which should be focused on - issues of world importance that turn all of us into victims through the corruption of our political system.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 27, 2015 9:25:00 PM | 96

Demian 91

* OSCE has a history of blaming the side that NATO is against for such atrocities based on flimsy evidence.*

remember the racak *massacre* ?

+A central role in labeling the events in Racak “a massacre” belonged to William Walker, who headed the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission.+

Posted by: denk | Jan 27, 2015 11:40:11 PM | 97

Russian Spring


Summary from representative of Defense Ministry of Donetsk Republic Eduard Basurin:

“Today, punitive troops’ losses amounted to 170 men killed and wounded (more than 1100 men - this week), including up to 50 opponent’s men liquidated under Donetsk airport. 11 men surrendered (beginning January 9 – 70 men). Also, 21 tanks, 14 APCs, 7 artillery units were destroyed.

An unprecedented incident happened today’s night. A surrendered wounded serviceman from 128th separate mountain infantry battalion, while interrogated, relayed facts of deploying barrier troops from territorial battalions against Ukrainian servicemen.

Settlement Ozeryanovka passed under combatants’ control entirely.

There was no active operation in Mariupol` direction.”

Russian Spring


A combatant of Lugansk Republic army informs about continuing battle under Debal`tsaevo:

“We can now communicate with Donetsk Republic under Debal`tsevo; helping them with artillery. We do hear and see them. Smashed a couple of fortified Ukrainian outposts during the day.”

Russian Spring


Combatant Prokhorov on operative situation in Peski/Avdeevka/Opitnoye:

“Ukrainians counter-attack throughout entire front. In Peski is savage combat – Ukrainian artillery pounds from Opitnoye. Avdeevka is under bombardment (?).

In Mar`inka and Krasnogorovka (west suburbs of Donetsk), Ukrainians evacuate locals, which never did before, might be passing their forced behind the live shield.
The third day, Ukrainians flatten Yelenovka.

Ukrainians are not just a greater force, it is constant replenishment plus fire support. The combatants’ offensive is contrary to any manuals; the operations are rather local, having 3-4 times fewer personnel; the fire power is less by the order of magnitude.

Besides, the combatants are not an army – reconnaissance, communications, coordination and professional level are problemmatic – this caused the tragedy under Avdeevka (artillery of the Ukrainian forces smashed a combatants’ column) (?).

Posted by: Fete | Jan 27, 2015 11:58:18 PM | 98

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Posted by: acrimonious | Jan 28, 2015 8:03:14 AM | 99

obama authorise hellfire spitting drones to kill *terrarists suspects* all over the world, but his regime frowns on commercial and hobbyists drones, it has been mulling over new law to curb them.

as luck would've it, whenever uncle sham needs an excuse, someone would step up to the plate and deliver it...without fail.
hey presto, now the prez *sees need to move on drone rules*

Posted by: denk | Jan 28, 2015 12:03:22 PM | 100

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