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  • Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …

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    JAN 12, 2017 BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    THE US NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP) WAS  $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. THE LAST TIME I RESEARCHED NFIP  CIRCA 2012, IT WAS $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, AND THIS DEBATE PROMISES TO BE LIVELY.  THE NATURAL HAZARDS RESEARCH AND MITIGATION GROUP AT UC DAVIS HAS BEEN ANALYZING NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

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    Aug 25, 2017

    Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey? – Heavy.com

    heavy.com/news/2017/08/is-fema-prepared-for-hurricane-harvey/

    2 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey will pose THE FIRST MAJOR TEST FOR FEMA DURING DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY. In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck Florida, …

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    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-catastrophic-flooding/story?id=49412285

    52 SECS AGO – THE TEXAS COAST IS BRACING FOR IMPACT AS HURRICANE HARVEY BEARS DOWN ON … IS EXPECTED TO BE THE WORST TO HIT THE STATE IN NEARLY TWO DECADES.

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    National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

    www.naic.org/cipr_topics/topic_nfip.htm

    Jun 12, 2017 – National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization protects … NFIP REAUTHORIZATION EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND CONGRESS WILL BE …

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    LESSONS LEARNED BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS FEMA  NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM NFIP

    FLOOD INSURANCE CRITICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

    DURING AND  FOLLOWING KATRINA (left out of the summary?):  THE COSTLIEST NATURAL DISASTER AND ONE OF THE FIVE DEADLIEST HURRICANES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

    SUPER STORM SANDY AND OTHER DISASTERS, .. PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA?

    UNSUSTAINABILITY ($20 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER)

    LOW PARTICIPATION RATES

    AN INDIFFERENCE TO THE BENEFITS OF FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE LEVEES AND  DAMS (THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS?)

    AGENCY MISMANAGEMENT

    UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT SERVICE COSTS

    AND CONTRACTOR PROFITEERING.

    INACCURATE FLOOD MAPS

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-warped-data/

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing …

    please click on the FEMA/NFIP  links on behindmyback.org

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    INDEED……

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

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    (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

    https://www.menendez.senate.gov/…/menendez-leads-bipartisan-flood-insurance-refor…

    Jun 13, 2017 – Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 6 yrs., institutes … Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept.

    The Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 tackles systemic problems with flood insurance,

    puts it back on solid fiscal ground,

    and reframes our nation’s entire disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation to spare the high cost of rebuilding after flood disasters. 

    Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept. 30, 2017.

    The bill is also cosponsored by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),

     ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS.) Pocahontas?

    and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), all members of the Senate Banking and Appropriations Committees that are ULTIMATELY CHARGED WITH WRITING THE NFIP REAUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION, and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).   

    SAFE NFIP addresses critical problems with the program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following Superstorm Sandy AND OTHER DISASTERS: unsustainability, low participation rates, inaccurate flood maps, an indifference to the benefits of flood control infrastructure, agency mismanagement, unsustainable debt service costs and contractor profiteering.

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    Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program – RIMS.org

    https://www.rims.org/externalaffairs/…/NFIP%20Reauthorization%20Issue%20Brief.p…

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), created as a result of the … WE EXPECT THE FUTURE OF THE NFIP TO BE CHALLENGED WHEN IT COMES UP FOR REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017; ... it is eligible for funding through an appropriations bill in congress.

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    S.1571 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): National Flood Insurance …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1571

    Jul 17, 2017 – S.1571 – National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts …

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    HURRICANE HARVEY – National Hurricane Center

    www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone

    This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and …

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    Hurricane Harvey will bring ‘large-scale’ damage; FEMA chief ‘afraid …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-bring-large-scale-damage-fema-chief/story?…

    4 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey is still strengthening as it steers toward Texas today, and FEMA administrator Brock Long fears residents may not be heeding …

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    Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest …

    https://weather.com/…/hurricane/…/hurricane-harvey-forecast-gulf-coast-texas-louisia…

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …

    ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …


  • Hyper-globalization by Hook or by Crook?

    Starting were I left off on my last post, in the beginning, the 2001 preface was redefining globalization.

    THE CHANGE IN THE ROLE OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS (INCLUDED NEUTRALIZING THE POWER AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF  U.S.A.) IS THE MOST EVIDENT IN THE CASE OF THE WCD.

    2001 IN THE END, THE ISSUE WAS NOT AND IS NOT ABOUT DAMS.

    Most of the critical reaction was expected. The report represented a significant departure from traditional thinking on the role of large dams in WATER and energy development.It introduced several considerations that were not previously given much weight in decision-making. This will take some getting used to.

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    After over six years of research and documentation on everything U.S. GOVERNMENT, from Albedo Modification to Zeniphobia

    I’ll call my #965 posting on behindmyback.org

     THE THEORY OF HYPERGLOBALISATION BY HOOK OR BY CROOK?

     (you decide)

     Hmmm…AUG 9, 2017 EXPOSING THE HOOKERS AND CROOKS.

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     AS NOTED IN THE 2001 COMMENT. SPECIFICALLY REWORDED REGARDING THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INCLUDING THE PAST THREE DECADES OF HYPERGLOBALISATION.

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    WE THE PEOPLE of The United States government,  have witnessed a three-way migration of the authority-voluntary or INVOLUNTARY-once vested in US:

    The upward migration to supranational structures WITH FUNCTIONS ONCE VESTED  SOLELY THE UNITED STATE GOVERNMENT, WE THE PEOPLE,  such as the European Union (“EU”), the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”), or the World Trade Organization (“WTO”);  and outward migration to the GLOBAL market, corporations, and elements of civil society.

    GLOBALIZATION OF THE  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN KEEPING WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY

    PROMINENT AMONG THESE ARE THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS  AT THE  FOREFRONT OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT-THE WORLD BANK, THE IMF,  THE WTO AND TO A LESSER EXTENT THE ORGANIZATIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

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    The downward migration to regional and local levels go and IN RESPONSE TO WE THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA DEMAND FOR LIGHTER U.S. GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES;

    MANY FUNCTIONS FORMERLY RESTING WITH THE US GOVERNMENT IN CONGRESS,

    ARE NOW PRIVATIZED,  OR ABANDONED AND ADOPTED BY NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (“NGOS”) and other elements of civil society.

    INDEED,  THESE GLOBAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (“NGOS”) RETAIN A DECISION-MAKING STRUCTURE THAT IS BARELY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND  WE THE PEOPLE, HARD WORKING, TAXPAYING, VOTING  AMERICAN CITIZENS.

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    WHY PRIVATIZED PROFITEERING ARAMARK is bring in FOREIGN VISA WORKERS from NIGERIA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, ROMANIA etc. And taking jobs away from American citizens in a very small communities in WA State?

    Ever wonder why the federal government would be allowing hundreds of foreign refugees to work in a relatively small town in Idaho?  including all of the above but not limited to, and for other purposes? Wonder no more. Many of them end up working in the world’s largest yogurt factory.

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    THE THEORY OF HYPERGLOBALISATION BY HOOK OR BY CROOK?  (you decide)

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    GLOBALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY)

    GLOBALIZATION BY THE WORLD BANK, UNITED NATIONS in the USA, the European Union (EU), UNESCO, World heritage sites, man and the Biosphere, NATO, including all of the above but not limited to, and for other purposes

    GLOBALIZATION by giving away the control and use of Americas public land

    GLOBALIZATION AN INSIDE JOB, BY OBAMA’S DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS for eight years.

    GLOBALIZATION by civil service members in the USA is the Senior Executive service (SES)

    GLOBALIZATION BY IMMIGRATION

    GLOBALIZATION BY OBAMA’S APPOINTED. AN INSIDE JOB, giving away the control and use of Americas public land AND WATER.

    PUBLIC WATER TAKEN BY “RULE” EPA AND ARMY CORP (WOTUS)

    PUBIC LAND USE AND CONTROL TAKEN BY USFS  “AUTHORITY” AN NPS TAKEN BY “SELECTION”.

    GLOBALIZATION BY PRIVATIZATION, IN THE USA? START WITH ARAMARK CORP

    IN 2001 THE END ISSUE,WAS NOT AND IS STILL NOT DAMS.THE BOTTOM LINE WAS AND IS THE WORLD BANKS OVERLAPPING ATTEMPTS FOR THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE U.S.A.

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES OF HYPERGLOBALISATION?

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    THE HOOKS AND THE CROOKS?  (AN INSIDE JOB?)

    In April 2011, the EPA, under the Barack Obama administration, proposed a new set of guidelines to replace the two issued under the Bush administration. These guidelines formed the basis of what became the Clean Water Rule. In contrast to the manner in which the 2003 and 2007 guidelines were issued, THE EPA AND THE USACE CONDUCTED PEER-REVIEWED HYDROLOGICAL STUDIES, INTERAGENCY REVIEWS, AND ECONOMIC ANALYSES BEFORE PUBLISHING A FORMAL PROPOSED RULE ON APRIL 21, 2014.[12][15]

    On May 27, 2015, after a public comment period and numerous meetings with state entities, public and private stakeholders, then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy along with Assistant Army Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the Clean Water Rule, set to become effective in August of that year 2015.[1]

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    The World Bank was Banking on WOTUS

    Posted on August 7, 2017 9:40 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    THE RULE HAS BEEN CONTESTED IN LITIGATION. ITS IMPLEMENTATION HAS BEEN STAYED BY COURT RULINGS SINCE 2015.[3]

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    THE GLOBAL HOOKS AND THE CROOKS?

    THIS ARTICLE IS 3 YEARS OLD The president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim saidTHE WATER ISSUE IS CRITICALLY RELATED TO climate change. People say that carbon is the currency of climate change. WATER IS THE TEETH. FIGHTS OVER WATER AND FOOD ARE GOING TO BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DIRECT IMPACTS OF climate change in the next five to 10 years. There’s just no question about it.

    The president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim said ,DO WE HAVE A PLAN? ‘What do you mean a plan?’ I said a plan that’s equal to the challenge. A plan that will convince anyone who asks us that we’re really serious about climate change, and that we have a plan that can actually keep us at less than 2C warming. We still don’t have one.DO WE HAVE A PLAN? THE ANSWER, three years ago  WAS NO.

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    DID THE WORLD BANK JUST GET LUCKY?

    Two years later the World Bank had a Global plan. Thanks to Obama and his appointed Administration WOTUS BY RULE.

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    2001 REDEFINING GLOBALIZATION (a 24 page report)

    INTRODUCTION: WORLD COMMISSION ON  DAMS REPORT,

    Late February 2001 – DAMS  AND DEVELOPMENT

    Professor Kader Asmal, Chair World Commission On Dams

    2001 REDEFINING GLOBALIZATION INTRODUCTION: WORLD COMMISSION ON  DAMS REPORT, Late February 2001 – DAMS  AND DEVELOPMENT

    PREFACE  GLOBALIZATION

    REDEFINING ROLES
    The Collapse of the Washington Consensus
    Elements of the New Development Paradigm

    Origins of the WCD

    WHAT WENT WRONG?

    A LOOK AT HOW THE DAM INDUSTRY CHANGED

    INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
    EXTENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
    ACCOUNTABILITY
    ROLE OF THE WORLD BANK
    THE GLAND MEETING

    III. THE WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS

    THE SECRETARIAT
    THE WCD FORUM
    THE PROCESS
    A PERSONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS
    Legitimacy of the WCD
    The Results Will Show Success

    Consideration of All Factors

    Formalistic Guidelines Step-by-Step Approach

    HOW THE WCD REPORT HAS BEEN RECEIVED

     

    The WCD presented its report, Dams and Development, in November 2000 ten months have passed since the Commission’s findings were made public. Most of the critical reaction was expected.  it also introduced several considerations that were not previously given much weight in decision-making. This will take some getting used to.

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    AFTER THE PAST THREE DECADES OF HYPERGLOBALISATION?

    DONALD J. TRUMP SAID“AMERICANIZATION NOT GLOBALIZATION”

    DONALD J. TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A. NOV 8, 2016

    AND THIS WILL REALLY TAKE SOME TIME GETTING USED TO

    THAT’S WHEN THE HOLY COW HIT THE FAN, (in more ways than one).

    NOV 8, 2016  WAS THE DAY SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAR STARTED FOR AMERICAS SOVEREIGNTY, AND IT STARTED ON A GLOBAL SCALE.

    AND, THAT SAME DAY, THE SECOND CIVIL (UN-CIVIL) WAR BROKE OUT IN AMERICA.

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    AND IT DIDN’T TAKE VERY LONG BEFORE THE REAL BULL, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, HIT THE PUBLIC MEDIA FAN.

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    WHEN TRUMP PROMISES HE DELIVERS. “AMERICA FIRST”   AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DELIVERING FOR THE PATRIOTIC VOTING TAXPAYING HARD WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS, THAT ELECTED HIM

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    West Wing Reads for 7/6/17 | whitehouse.gov

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/06/west-wing-reads-7617

    July 6, 2017 at 2:56 PM ET by West Wing Reads … “Congressional lawmakers have gone all in on PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BID TO SLASH OBAMA-ERA REGULATIONS. Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share … is KILLING 16 OBAMA-ERA REGULATIONS for every one  (Trumps) administration has enacted ….


  • Trump’s War on Illegal Immigrants and Crime

    Trump’s War on Illegal Immigrants and Crime

    IN SPITE OF THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL  POLITICO ANTI-TRUMP ESTABLISHMENTS Etal. RADICAL PROGRESSIVE OBSTRUCTIONIST.

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REDUCED THE FLOW OF  ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS  BY 61% AND THE TONS OF KILLER DRUGS THEY BROUGHT WITH THEM INTO OUR HOMELAND.

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    STATISTICS FROM LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSES THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

     IN JUST ONE YEAR 2015, UNDER OBAMA’S LIBERAL CARE THERE WERE  52,404 LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSES IN AMERICA.

    BECAUSE OF THE FAILED POLICIES  LEFT BY OBAMA, DURING  PRESIDENT TRUMP’S  FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE, ON AVERAGE, 13,800 PEOPLE IN AMERICA DIED FROM LETHAL DRUG OVERDOSES.

     JAN 1, 2016 THE UNITED STATES IS EXPERIENCING AN EPIDEMIC OF DRUG OVERDOSE (POISONING) DEATHS. SINCE 2000, THE RATE OF DEATHS FROM DRUG OVERDOSES HAS INCREASED 137%, INCLUDING A 200% INCREASE IN THE RATE OF OVERDOSE DEATHS INVOLVING OPIOIDS (OPIOID PAIN RELIEVERS AND HEROIN).

     INDEED, PRESIDENT TRUMP  HAS REDUCED THE FLOW OF  ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS  BY 61% AND THE TONS OF KILLER DRUGS THEY BROUGHT WITH THEM INTO OUR HOMELAND

    Even the mainstream (LIBERAL) media couldn’t argue with Trump’s claims of a dramatic decrease in illegal immigration since becoming president, as Politifact fact-checked his statements and found that historical data from the Border Patrol backs up his claims.

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    9 Things You Need To Know About Illegal Immigration And Crime …

    www.dailywire.com/…/9-things-you-need-know-about-illegal-immigration-aaron-ban…

    OCT 22, 2016 – ALMOST 50 PERCENT OF FEDERAL CRIMES WERE COMMITTED NEAR THE MEXICO BORDER. … 5. A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF ILLEGALS ARE IN STATE PRISONS.

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    2014, some 69,000 of the 1.6 million state plus federal prisoners were noncitizens, per a September 2015 report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics,

    THOUGH WE NOTICED THAT REPORT LACKED COUNTS FOR SEVERAL STATES INCLUDING CALIFORNIA.

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    OCT 22, 2016 –  A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF ILLEGALS ARE IN STATE PRISONS.

    After we circled back to Smith’s office with the figures we’d found, Smith’s deputy chief of staff, Chris Philp, said by email that Smith had meant to tell the delegates

    THAT “ONE-THIRD OF FEDERAL SENTENCES GO TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,

    NOT THAT ONE-THIRD OF FEDERAL PRISONERS ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.”

    MORE TO THE POINT, THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T SORT ALL INMATES BY IMMIGRATION STATUS,

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    NINE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND CRIME. continued….

    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND CRIME BECAME A HOT TOPIC THIS ELECTION CYCLE AS SOON AS DONALD TRUMP BURST INTO THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WITH HIS CALL TO BUILD A WALL TO KEEP CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

    Such policy discussions have fallen by the wayside as the election cycle morphed into a mudslinging fight of personal insults and accusations of sexual assaults, but the link between illegal immigration and crime is still worth discussing, ESPECIALLY SINCE TRUMP’S INITIAL HIGHLIGHTING OF THE ISSUE FUELED HIS RISE.

    HERE ARE NINE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND CRIME.

    1. Federal, state and local governments keep data involving illegal immigration and crime out of the public purview. Fox News reported in 2015 that a source from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said “that comprehensive statistics on illegal immigrant crime are not available from the federal government, and suggested contacting county, state and federal jail and prison systems individually to compose a tally, a process that would encompass thousands of local departments.”

    Former Department of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams also told Fox News that some states do readily track illegal immigration and crime, but they withhold the specific numbers from the public out of fear of backlash from the federal government or for political purposes.

    However, there is still some data that can be pieced together to examine illegal immigration and crime, and evidence suggests that there is a correlation between the two.

    1. Available evidence suggests that illegals are more likely to commit crimes than the rest of the population. Fox News sorted through myriad “local, state and federal statistics” and found that “illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent share of the U.S. population would suggest.”

    The percentage of illegals committing the number of crimes are as follows, according to Fox News:

    • 13.6 percent of those sentenced for all committed crimes in the country
    • 12 percent of murder sentences
    • 16 percent of trafficking sentences
    1. Almost 50 percent of federal crimes were committed near the Mexico border. A report from the Department of Justice in 2014 found the following, via Judicial Watch:

    Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors last fiscal year, more than 40%—or 24,746—were filed in court districts neighboring the Mexican border. This includes Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Western Texas and Southern Texas. The two Texas districts each had more than double the convictions of all four federal court districts in the state of New York combined, according to the DOJ report. The Western Texas District had the nation’s heaviest crime flow, with 6,341 cases filed by the feds. In Southern Texas 6,130 cases were filed, 4,848 in Southern California, 3,889 in New Mexico and 3,538 in Arizona.

    Not surprisingly, most of the offenses were immigration related. In fact, 38.6% of all federal cases (23,744) filed last year involved immigration, the DOJ report confirms. Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes and 10.2% (6,300) involved white-collar offenses that include a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. This is hardly earth-shattering news in fact, the nation’s southern border region has for years been known for its high crime rate compared to the rest of the country.

    Judicial Watch also notes that the crimes near the border had been spiking at such an “alarming rate” that “Mexican and American journalists have largely stopped reporting it,” whether for ideological reasons or to avoid backlash from the drug cartels.

    1. Illegal immigrants accounted for nearly 75 percent of federal drug sentences in 2014.This is according to the United States Sentencing Commission, which also found that illegals were involved in nearly 17 percent of drug-trafficking sentences and over 33 percent of federal sentences overall.
    2. A disproportionate amount of illegals are in state prisons. Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a lawyer, reviewed statistics from the Government Accountability Office and Pew Research Center and compared the number of illegals and non-illegals imprisoned for murder-related offenses in a 2015 National Review piece. Some of his findings:
    • There were 68.57 illegal aliens imprisoned for every 100,000 illegals in Arizona, compared to 54.06 citizens and legal noncitizens imprisoned for every 100,000 citizens and legal noncitizens.
    • There were 97.2 illegals imprisoned for every 100,000 illegals in California, compared to 74.1 citizens and legal noncitizens imprisoned per 100,000 citizen and legal noncitizens.
    • There were 54.85 illegals imprisoned for every 100,00 illegals in Florida, compared to 67.8 legal immigrants imprisoned for every 100,000 legal immigrants.
    • There were 168.75 illegals imprisoned for every 100,000 illegals in New York, compared to 48.12 legal immigrants imprisoned for every 100,000 legal immigrants.
    • There were 54.54 illegals imprisoned for every 100,000 illegals in Texas, compared to 65.43 legal immigrants .

    Kirsanow acknowledged that while comparing murder incarceration rates isn’t a perfect measurement, “it’s difficult to contend that illegal aliens are more law-abiding than legal residents — at least when it comes to major crimes.” But the more disturbing fact was that “approximately 2,430 illegal aliens are in prison just for homicide-related offenses” in California alone.

    “If one assumes that each illegal alien so imprisoned was responsible for just one homicide-related offense, that amounts to about a couple thousand major crimes that, arguably, wouldn’t have occurred but for the actors’ unlawful presence in the United States,” Kirsanow notes. “That translates to thousands of American citizens (and others) across the country slaughtered by individuals who shouldn’t have been here in the first place.”

    1. Tens of thousands of criminal illegals have been released by ICE and are at large in the country. In 2015, ICE released almost 20,000 illegals that committed 64,000 crimes that involve “12,307 drunken driving convictions, 1,728 cases of assault, 216 kidnappings and more than 200 homicide or manslaughter convictions,” according to the Washington Times. It’s even worse when one considers the fact that the Obama administration released “86,000 illegal immigrants who have committed over 231,000 crimes in just the past two and a half years,” according to Independent Journal Review.
    2. The rise in illegals crossing the border has fueled gang violence. In March, the Daily Caller reported that the barbaric MS-13 gang has been recruiting young illegals, resulting in higher crime in the Washington, D.C area. In fact, Montgomery County in Maryland “has seen an unprecedented level of gang-related violence in the last 8 months – with illegal immigrant youth being responsible for 85 percent of street robberies,” according to IJ Review. The horrors of MS-13 have extended to the Brentwood community in Long Island, NY, where the remains of a dead teenager was found for the fifth time in six weeks, likely the result of MS-13.
    3. Sanctuary cities have hampered law enforcement in cracking down on gangs. Heather Mac Donald documented the frustrations of Los Angeles law enforcement officers in 2004 when they couldn’t touch known gang members because of their status as illegals:

    “We can’t even talk about it,” says a frustrated LAPD captain. “People are afraid of a backlash from Hispanics.” Another LAPD commander in a predominantly Hispanic, gang-infested district sighs: “I would get a firestorm of criticism if I talked about [enforcing the immigration law against illegals].”

    The issue is that these gang members tended to sneak back into the country even after they were deported for heinous crimes, and police officers couldn’t enforce immigration laws against them and would have to resort to surveilling these gang members until they commit a crime.

    While these statistics from Mac Donald’s piece are dated, it illustrates just how badly the sanctuary policy has hampered crime:

    • In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.
    • A confidential California Department of Justice study reported in 1995 that 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th Street Gang in southern California is illegal; police officers say the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in California prisons, on complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion, and drive-by assassinations, and commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A. County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from Central America and Mexico.
    • The leadership of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos gang, which uses murder and racketeering to control the drug market around L.A.’s MacArthur Park, was about 60 percent illegal in 2002, says former assistant U.S. attorney Luis Li. Francisco Martinez, a Mexican Mafia member and an illegal alien, controlled the gang from prison, while serving time for felonious reentry following deportation.

    Unsurprisingly, violent crime has skyrocketed recently in Los Angeles as illegal immigration has surged. In fact, crime among sanctuary cities in general has increased.

    1. Crime has also increased among major cities that are “immigration hubs.” Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro has written:

    David Frum of The Atlantic, no hard-core immigration opponent, wrote in 2015 that as of 2011, there were 25,000 illegal immigrants serving murder sentences, and nearly 3 million offenses committed by illegal immigrants between 2003 and 2009, including 70,000 sex crimes and hundreds of thousands of other violent crimes. “After years of welcome decline,” Frum pointed out, “crime rates are rising in immigration hubs including Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and San Diego.” Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo reported in 2015 that between “2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%. During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.

    Some individual examples of those who were victimized by illegals can be seen here and here.

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    snippets provided from …

    MAY 15, 2016

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-america-cant-quit-the-drug-war-20160505

    AUG 25, 2016

    http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2016/aug/25/lamar-smith/mostly-false-lamar-smith-claim-one-third-federal-i/

    OCT 22, 2016 full unedited text above

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/10155/9-things-you-need-know-about-illegal-immigration-aaron-bandler

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    JAN 20, 2017  snippets from

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/20/obama-used-more-clemency-power/

    BARACK OBAMA ENDED HIS PRESIDENCY HAVING GRANTED CLEMENCY TO MORE PEOPLE CONVICTED OF FEDERAL CRIMES THAN ANY CHIEF EXECUTIVE IN 64 YEARS

    OVERALL, OBAMA GRANTED CLEMENCY TO 1,927 INDIVIDUALS, A FIGURE THAT INCLUDES 1,715 COMMUTATIONS AND 212 PARDONS.

    But he, OBAMA, also received far more requests for clemency than any U.S. president on record, LARGELY AS A RESULT OF AN INITIATIVE SET UP BY HIS ADMINISTRATION TO SHORTEN PRISON TERMS FOR NONVIOLENT

    FEDERAL INMATES CONVICTED OF DRUG CRIMES.

    Of course, Obama received such a large number of clemency requests in part BECAUSE HIS ADMINISTRATION ASKED FOR THEM. UNDER A PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN 2014 KNOWN AS THE Clemency Initiative, the Justice Department encouraged “qualified federal inmates– as defined by DOJ criteria – to apply to have their prison sentences commuted. The initiative led to a surge in requests and also helps explain why Obama’s use of clemency tilted so heavily toward sentence commutations, rather than pardons.

    “QUALIFIED FEDERAL INMATES” DEFINED AS?

    THEY ARE NON-VIOLENT, LOW-LEVEL OFFENDERS WITHOUT “SIGNIFICANT?” TIES TO LARGE SCALE CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS, GANGS OR CARTELS;

    In his record use of commutations, Obama reduced sentences for federal inmates who were convicted in all 50 states, according to our analysis. Among those who received reduced penalties were 568 individuals serving life sentences and two who had been sentenced to death.

    INDEED, including 1,913 pardons, 118 commutations and 13 remissions – during his nearly eight years in office, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Department of Justice statistics.

    Note: This is an update of a post originally published Dec. 9, 2016.

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    APRIL 27, 2017 snippets from

    5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. | Pew Research Center

    www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/…/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

    4 days ago – The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. was lower in 2015 than at the end of the Great Recession. Here are five key findings about …

    LISTED AS NUMBER FOUR (4)

    SIX STATES ACCOUNT FOR 59% of unauthorized immigrants: CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND ILLINOIS.

    But individual states have experienced different trends. From 2009 to 2014, the unauthorized immigrant population decreased in seven states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina. In all of them, the decline was due to a decrease in unauthorized immigrants from Mexico.

    IN SIX STATES, THE UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANT POPULATION ROSE OVER THE SAME TIME PERIOD: LOUISIANA, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON.

    IN ALL OF THESE BUT LOUISIANA, THE INCREASES WERE DUE TO GROWTH IN UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS FROM NATIONS OTHER THAN MEXICO.

    (IN LOUISIANA, THE OVERALL INCREASE WAS DRIVEN BY AN INCREASE IN MEXICAN UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS.)

    To learn more: Explore unauthorized immigrant population trends for states, birth countries and regions, and see an interactive map and detailed table showing our latest estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population by state.

    Note: This post was originally published on Nov. 18, 2014, and has been updated to include more recent data.

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    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP

    God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood – YouTube

     


  • WikiLeaks NSA Spies, Hillary Lies, US Demise?

    The NSA Spying scandals revealed by former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden HAS DESTROYED ALL TRUST BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT I.E. OBAMA AND HILLARY and AMERICA’S EUROPEAN ALLIES, AND BRAZIL AND MEXICO AND?

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    THE PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS BY WIKILEAKS

    SHOWED SYSTEMATIC US TARGETING ON THE HIGHEST OFFICIALS,

    INCLUDING THREE FRENCH PRESIDENTS

    AND THE CURRENT CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY,

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    NOTE INSERT

    The Merkel document details a US intercept of the Chancellor on

    11 October 2011 and IS CLASSIFIED TWO LEVELS ABOVE TOP SECRET,

    an indicator that the material is considered highly sensitive.

    Even so, it is cleared for sharing with other members of

    THE US-LED “FIVE EYES” SPYING ALLIANCE OF UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

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    THE FRENCH AND GERMAN ECONOMICS MINISTRIES,

    THE EU CENTRAL BANK AND A BLANKET EFFORT AGAINST ALL SIGNIFICANT FRENCH PRIVATE INDUSTRY.

    THE US ALSO EXTENSIVELY TARGETED BRAZIL’S DIPLOMACY, TARGETING THE PHONES OF ITS FOREIGN MINISTER AND ITS AMBASSADORS TO GERMANY, FRANCE, THE EU, THE US AND GENEVA.

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    THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMOSITY FROM AMERICAN ALLIES CAUSED BY OBAMA AND  HILLARY?

    (a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action)

    IS NOT COMPLICATED…. when you connect the dots 2010-2016

    The clout that the United States enjoys in global affairs has been on the demise since Obama’s presidential inauguration in 2009.

    The bottom Line

    Oct. 24, 2016 It’s not the American People against the world…

    It’s the world against Obama and Hillary’s  foreign policy and Political agenda.

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    President Obama insulted China, Obama did not invite China to join the American-driven trans-pacific partnership Trade Pact, insisting that Beijing should not be allowed to write the rules for 21st- century commerce.

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    INTERNATIONAL ANIMOSITY IN ACTION

    The formation of Two world banks.

     To Avoid any confusion in this post, let’s call them

    THE CHINESE BEIJING BANK AND THE RUSSIAN PUTIN BANK

     THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF BOTH BANKS IS SAME I.E.?  

    Hmmm… EXCLUDING THE U.S.GOVERNMENT FROM WHAT?

    MOST OF AMERICA’S CLOSEST ALLIES SIGNED UP FOR The CHINA-LED ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK (AIIB)

    INCLUDING BRITAIN, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH KOREA. ALTOGETHER 57 COUNTRIES HAVE JOINED,

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    BRICS bank launched in China as alternative to World Bank, IMF …Jul 21, 2015 timesofindia.indiatimes.com › Business

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    Add the Brazilian target list to the previous publications by WikiLeaks

    A top secret US National Security Agency target list of 29 key Brazilian government phone numbers that were selected for intensive interception.  Read the full list of NSA high priority targets for Brazil published today here US ‘spied on Brazil and Mexico presidents’

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    INTERNATIONAL ANIMOSITY IN ACTION

    Brazil’s president cancels US state visit over spying revelations …

    www.telegraph.co.uk › … › World News › South America › Brazil

    The Daily Telegraph

    Sep 17, 2013 – Brazil’s president cancels US state visit over spying revelations … attempt to salvage the trip, is a big blow to relations between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

    The trip was expected to be a platform for deals on oil exploration and biofuels technology, and Brazil’s potential purchase of fighter jets from Chicago-based Boeing Co.

    A defense contract worth more than $4 billion that Boeing is seeking for the sale of 36 F-18 fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force could be the main victim of the spying affair.

    BRAZILIAN OFFICIALS HAVE SAID BRAZIL CANNOT BUY SUCH STRATEGIC AIRCRAFT FROM A COUNTRY IT CANNOT TRUST.

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    As Trump would say… “Another REALLY BAD DEAL for the US economy.”

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    Greece and the BRICS Bank, a Forgotten Scenario? – Red (Team …

    https://www.redanalysis.org/2015/06/…/greece-and-the-brics-bank-a-forgotten-scenari…

    And,  JUN 30, 2015 – GREECE, WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY BAILED OUT BY THE NEW BRICS BANK AND FUND? … This scenario obviously assumes that such bailouts will be part of the … has no aggressive plans, will always prefer political settlement’ – Putin“, RT, …

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    Indeed, none of the BRICS,   BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA, CHINA AND SOUTH AFRICA, have an interest in a collapse of the Euro, as their aim is to favour a truly multipolar world (e.g. “‘BRICS key to multipolar world’- Putin“, The BRICS Post, 22 March 2013). Their interest is more likely to put an end of a U.S.-led unipolar world and thus to the supremacy of the U.S. Dollar, upheld by the Washington consensus, as we have followed here (see “Of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Petrodollars“, 16 April 2015;  “Risks on the USD supremacy“, 27 March 2014, etc.).

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    57 nations approved as founder members of China-led AIIB | South …

    THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION  SUFFERED A HUMILIATING DIPLOMATIC DEFEAT LAST SPRING

    LEAVING THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN ON THE OUTSIDE.

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    WikiLeaks – NSA Helped CIA Outmanoeuvre Europe on Torture

    www.statewatch.org/…/WikiLeaks-NSA-Helped-CIA-Outmanoeuvre-Europ…

    Statewatch Jul 20, 2015 – Top German NSA Targets (/nsa-germany/selectors.html). Top German NSA … era, including numbers for offices in Bonn and targeting Joschka. Fischer, Vice …. targeted by the. NSA, showing systematic mass spying on the Chancellor and the … US approach to its targeting of French officials, which showed.

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    Obama’s global allies?

    Who Is America’s Closest Ally? — Beijing Review

    www.bjreview.com.cn/world/txt/2015-06/15/content_692433.htm

     As a result, only Japan has taken a negative attitude toward the AIIB, which has been used as an evidence by Abe to illustrate that JAPAN IS THE CLOSEST ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    AND OBAMA has his new best friend, Cuba, and the World Bank.

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    Hillary has  the Bilderberg, European “World Bank” $$$ backing her for president, her experience as a failed Secretary of State, and her WikiLeaks lies, the Clinton’s Pay and Play…

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    We the People of United States of America haven’t  got a single powerful ally left in the world.

    Obama and Hilary have left us with military alliances. period.

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     DESTROYED ALL TRUST?  HOW COULD THE REVELATIONS OF A MAMMOTH GLOBAL DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM,  BY THE US-LED “FIVE EYES” SPYING ALLIANCE OF UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. — ON PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD OF SCALE?

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    WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said:

     “Today’s publication further demonstrates that the United States’ economic espionage campaign extends to Germany and to key European institutions and issues such as the European Central Bank and the crisis in Greece. Our publication today also shows how the UK is assisting the US to spy on issues central to Europe. Would France and Germany have proceeded with the BRICS bailout plan for Greece if this intelligence was not collected and passed to the United States – who must have been horrified at the geopolitical implications?”

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    BRICS bank launched in China as alternative to World Bank, IMF …

    Jul 21, 2015 timesofindia.indiatimes.com › Business

    The BRICS BANK,  BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA, CHINA AND SOUTH AFRICA

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    Greece and the BRICS Bank, a Forgotten Scenario? – Red (Team …

    https://www.redanalysis.org/2015/06/…/greece-and-the-brics-bank-a-forgotten-scenari…

    Jun 30, 2015 – Greece, the first country also bailed out by the new BRICS bank and fund? … This scenario obviously assumes that such bailouts will be part of the … has no aggressive plans, will always prefer political settlement’ – Putin“, RT, …

    Indeed, none of the BRICS have an interest in a collapse of the Euro, as their aim is to favour a truly multipolar world (e.g. “‘BRICS key to multipolar world’- Putin“, The BRICS Post, 22 March 2013). Their interest is more likely to put an end of a U.S.-led unipolar world and thus to the supremacy of the U.S. Dollar, upheld by the Washington consensus, as we have followed here (see “Of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Petrodollars“, 16 April 2015;  “Risks on the USD supremacy“, 27 March 2014, etc.).

    “BRICS members advocate the creation of a more balanced and just system of global economic relations. The emerging markets are interested in long-term sustainable economic growth worldwide and reforms of the financial and economic architecture to make it more efficient,” the president said.

    RUSSIA, PUTIN ASSERTED, IS THE INITIATOR OF THE BRICS FORMAT AND CHAIR AT ITS FIRST SUMMIT IN YEKATERINBURG IN 2009.

    The Russian president approved the Concept of the Russian Federation’s Participation in the BRICS group yesterday.

    BRICS will lay down joint approaches to international crises, said Putin.

    “For the Durban summit, we are working on a joint declaration setting forth our fundamental approaches to pressing international issues, i.e. crisis in Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and the Middle East,” he said.

    Putin also denied a possible face-off with Western nations by saying, “We do not view BRICS as a geopolitical competitor to western countries or their organisations.”

    ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER…

    Greece sells country’s largest port to China | The BRICS Post

    thebricspost.com/greece-sells-countrys-largest-port-to-china/

    Apr 9, 2016 – China has described a deal to sell Greece’s biggest port to Chinese … at the port which it plans to turn into a logistics hub for Chinese exports to Europe. … held talks in Brussels on Friday on the country’s key bailout review.

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    The bottom Line

    Oct. 24, 2016 It’s not the American People against the world…

    It’s the world against Obama and Hillary’s  public and private foreign policy and Political agenda.


  • Colin Powell’s Leaked Email’s

    Colin Powell’s Leaked Email’s

    Those leaked Colin Powell emails are a huge blow to Clinton (not …

    www.cnbc.com/…/those-leaked-colinpowellemails-are-a-huge-blow-to-clinton…

    CNBC 4 hours ago – Leaked Colin Powell emails reveal Clinton’s apparent disdain for Obama. … Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama in Beijing, China in 2009. … Far more damaging are the emails where Powell discusses Clinton, her email scandal, her health, and her apparent …

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    More than a decade ago, Colin Powell played a starring role in a recurring type of political dramaturgy. Scripts vary, while similar dramas play out on a variety of scales.

    Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003

    HOW EASILY TRUTH BECOMES IRRELEVANT IN THE PROCESS OF GOING TO WAR.

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    Lie After Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Ten … – Huffington Post

    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/colin-powell-wmd-iraq-war_b_2624…

    The Huffington Post

    Feb 5, 2013 – Colin Powell made his Iraq presentation at the United Nations ten years ago … Powell’s speech can be found on the archived State Department …

    Indeed, More than a decade ago, Colin Powell played a starring role in a recurring type of political dramaturgy. Scripts vary, while similar dramas play out on a variety of scales. Behind a gauzy curtain, top officials engage in decision-making on war that gives democracy short shrift. For the public, crucial information that bears on the wisdom of warfare remains opaque or out of sight.

    Snippet

    THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY (D)  

    LIKE THE ONE HE JUST REPLACED, HILLARY CLINTON (D)  

    VOTED FOR THE IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION  IN THE SENATE,

    NEARLY FOUR MONTHS BEFORE POWELL WENT TO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL..

    The invasion began six weeks after Powell’s tour de force at the United Nations.

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    Feb 4, 2013 full unedited text

    Ten Years After Powell’s U.N. Speech, Old Hands Are Ready for More …

    www.normansolomon.com/…/tenyearsafterpowellsunspeecholdhands-are-ready

    Feb 4, 2013 – Ten Years After Powell’s U.N. Speech, Old Hands Are Ready for More Blood … The Washington Post was more war-crazed, headlining its editorial “Irrefutable” and declaring that after …. They’re old hands, dripping with blood.

    By Norman Solomon

    When Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, countless journalists in the United States extolled him for a masterful performance — making the case that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

    THE FACT THAT THE SPEECH LATER BECAME NOTORIOUS SHOULD NOT OBSCURE HOW EASILY TRUTH BECOMES IRRELEVANT IN THE PROCESS OF GOING TO WAR.

    Ten years later — with Powell’s speech a historic testament of shameless deception leading to vast carnage — we may not remember the extent of the fervent accolades. At the time, fawning praise was profuse across the USA’s mainline media spectrum, including the nation’s reputedly great newspapers.

    The New York Times editorialized that Powell “was all the more convincing because he dispensed with apocalyptic invocations of a struggle of good and evil and focused on shaping a sober, factual case against Mr. Hussein’s regime.” The Washington Post was more war-crazed, headlining its editorial “Irrefutable” and declaring that after Powell’s U.N. presentation “it is hard to imagine how anyone could doubt that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction.”

    Yet basic flaws in Powell’s U.N. speech were abundant. Slanted translations of phone intercepts rendered them sinister. Interpretations of unclear surveillance photos stretched to concoct the worst. Summaries of cherry-picked intelligence detoured around evidence that Iraq no longer had WMDs. Ballyhooed documents about an Iraqi quest for uranium were forgeries.

    Assumptions about U.S. prerogatives also went largely unquestioned. In response to Powell’s warning that the U.N. Security Council would place itself “in danger of irrelevance” by failing to endorse a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the adulation from U.S. media embraced the notion that the United Nations could only be “relevant” by bending to Washington’s wishes. A combination of cooked intelligence and geopolitical arrogance, served up to rapturous reviews at home, set the stage for what was to come.

    The invasion began six weeks after Powell’s tour de force at the United Nations. Soon, a search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was in full swing. None turned up. In January 2004 — 11 months after Powell’s U.N. speech — the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a report concluding that top officials in the Bush administration “systematically misrepresented the threat from Iraq’s WMD and ballistic missile programs.”

    Left twisting in the wind was Powell’s speech to the U.N. Security Council, where he’d issued a “conservative estimate” that Iraq “has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent.” The secretary of state had declared: “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more.”

    Nineteen months after the speech, in mid-September 2004, Powell made a terse public acknowledgment. “I think it’s unlikely that we will find any stockpiles,” he said. But no gingerly climb-down could mitigate the bloodshed that continued in Iraq.

    A decade ago, Colin Powell played a starring role in a recurring type of political dramaturgy. Scripts vary, while similar dramas play out on a variety of scales. Behind a gauzy curtain, top officials engage in decision-making on war that gives democracy short shrift. For the public, crucial information that bears on the wisdom of warfare remains opaque or out of sight.

    Among the powerful and not-so-powerful, in mass media and on Capitol Hill, the default position is still to defer to presidential momentum for war. Public candor and policy introspection remain in short supply.

    The new secretary of state, John Kerry — like the one he just replaced, Hillary Clinton — voted for the Iraq war resolution in the Senate, nearly four months before Powell went to the U.N. Security Council. During the crucial lead-up months, Senator Kerry was at pains to show his avid support for an invasion. In early October 2002, appearing for an hour on MSNBC’s “Hardball” program live from The Citadel as an audience of young cadets filled the screen, Kerry said: “I’m prepared to go. I think people understand that Saddam Hussein is a danger.”

    Since then, Kerry has publicly said that he would have voted for the war resolution even if he’d known that Iraq actually had no weapons of mass destruction. But on the Senate floor, Kerry prefaced his vote for war by rhetorically demanding to know why Saddam Hussein was “attempting to develop nuclear weapons when most nations don’t even try.” The senator emphasized that “according to intelligence, Iraq has chemical and biological weapons.”

    Months later, when Powell trumpeted that theme at the United Nations, the landslide of testimonials included this one from a future U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice: “I think he has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them, and I don’t think many informed people doubted that.”

    Meanwhile, the Washington Post edition with the editorial headlined “Irrefutable” also included unanimous agreement from each of the opinion columns on the facing page.

    Longtime Post columnist Richard Cohen attested to Powell’s unquestionable veracity with these words: “The evidence he presented to the United Nations — some of it circumstantial, some of it absolutely bone-chilling in its detail — had to prove to anyone that Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool — or possibly a Frenchman – could conclude otherwise.”

    Inches away, another venerable pundit held forth. Powell managed to “present the world with a convincing and detailed X-ray of Iraq’s secret weapons and terrorism programs yesterday,” wrote Jim Hoagland, a Post foreign-policy specialist. He concluded: “To continue to say that the Bush administration has not made its case, you must now believe that Colin Powell lied in the most serious statement he will ever make, or was taken in by manufactured evidence. I don’t believe that. Today, neither should you.”

    Fast forward to the current era. What are Richard Cohen and Jim Hoagland writing — about Iran?

    On February 6, 2012, exactly nine years after proclaiming that “only a fool” could doubt Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Cohen’s column declared flatly: “The ultimate remedy is Iranian regime change.” Four months ago, Cohen wrapped up a column by observing “there is still time for Iran to back down before President Obama’s red line — no nuclear weapon — is crossed. This is a war whose time has not yet come.” Not yet.

    Hoagland — a decade after telling readers they should put their trust in Colin Powell’s “convincing and detailed X-ray of Iraq’s secret weapons” — is now making clear that his patience with Iran is wearing thin. “Until recently,” Hoagland wrote five weeks ago, “I had been relatively comfortable with Obama’s assertions that there is time to reach a peaceful resolution with Iran.” Hoagland’s column went on to say that military strikes on Iran “threaten disastrous political and economic consequences for the world,” so diplomatic efforts should try to avert the need for such strikes — before they become necessary.

    So goes the dominant spectrum of opinionating and policymaking for war, from eagerness to reluctance. Propaganda lead-ups to warfare are as varied as wars themselves; and yet every style of such propaganda relies on deception, and every war is unspeakable horror.

    After jumping onto ghastly bandwagons for one war after another, the nation’s media establishment is available to do it again. So is the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. So is the new secretary of state. They’re old hands, dripping with blood. They have not had enough.

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    Norman Solomon is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.

    February 04, 2013 | Permalink

    I AM PROUD TO BE ONE OF TRUMP’S DEPLORABLE SENIOR SET