Russia says the exodus from the rebel-held eastern parts of Aleppo is growing amid the push by the Syrian army to regain control of the whole city.
About 50,000 civilians have fled the rebel enclave over the past two days, a Russian defence spokesman said.
He added that more than 1,000 rebels had laid down their arms as pro-government forces closed in.
Mr Kerry said: “Russia and Assad have a moment where they are in a dominant position to show a little grace.
“I believe there could be a way forward but it depends on big, magnanimous choices from Russia.”
His British counterpart, Boris Johnson, said: “Although the deterioration of the situation in Aleppo will be a setback for the Syrian opposition, it will not change the fundamentals of the conflict.
“There can be no military solution in Syria. We must keep pushing for a return to a political process with the credibility necessary for all parties to commit to an end to all the fighting.”
The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris says the language suggests the US government and its allies are resigned to an imminent Syrian government victory in Aleppo, and can do little more than plead for it to allow safe passage out of the city for opposition fighters.
The Russian military says the Syrian government now controls 93% of Aleppo.
The intensification in fighting in recent weeks has forced tens of thousands to seek refuge in government-controlled territory.
On Friday the UN estimated that up to 100,000 people had been squeezed into an “ever-shrinking” rebel pocket in eastern Aleppo with little or no access to food or medical care.
Syria’s government has said it is ready to resume dialogue with the opposition but without “external intervention or preconditions”.
Aleppo was once Syria’s largest city and its commercial and industrial hub before the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011.
It has been divided roughly in two since mid-2012. But in the past year, Syrian troops broke the deadlock with the help of Iranian-backed militias and Russian air strikes.
The sketches of kidnapping suspects look a lot like the Podesta brothers. See for yourself and decide.
On Sunday evening, side-by-side photographs of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta along with his brother Tony beside police sketches of potential suspects in the 2007 kidnapping of 3-year-old Madeline McCann.
The little girl disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007, from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal.
She had spent part of the day playing by the swimming pool in the Ocean Club resort, where the last known picture of her was taken at 2.29pm.
Her parents had been out with friends at the hotel restaurant approximately 200 feet from where the child had been sleeping. When her mother Kate McCann went to check on her around 11 pm, she had vanished.
This sparked what the Daily Telegraph called “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”.
Coverage of her
kidnapping was comparable to the press interest in the death of Princess Diana. Her current whereabouts remain unknown to this day. To proceed with an abundance caution, this story is developing and there is not yet confirmation that these reports are 100% accurate but take a look at the evidence and see what you think –
Going back as far as 1979 there is documentation showing that the Israeli government has had plans to have the US fight their battles and fracture the entire middle east. Using the War on Terror as the force as a tool and the events of the False Flag of 911 as the driving force and the Psyop of 911 to get the American people to go along with the invasion of the entire middle east .. At the death of JFK a Coup D’ etat in the US government was set in place and with the event of 911, this faction during the Bush administration took full control of US foreign policy. This group is know as NEOCONSERVATIVES .. aka Dual National Israeli’s. Aided with the money of AIPAC and the theft of Trillions of US tax payers moneys, these conspirators managed to pull off the Biggest crime in history.
People are waking up to the fact that it was factions within our own government .. known as dual national Israeli’s and the Mossad that pulled off the attack on America September 11, 2001 .. Its time for the People to stand against this tyranny and bring these criminals to justice. This was the catalyst that brought the American people and the US war machine to fight Israel’s enemies in the middle east.
PERP LIST: (Most of who are JEWISH) .. Larry Silverstien, Frank Lowey, Entire Bush Crime Family, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Chertoff, Richard Perl, Morton I. Abramowitz, Elliott Abrams, Gordon Adams, Ken Adelman, Urban Ahlin, Madeleine K. Albright, Richard V. Allen, Giuliano Amato, Mark A. Anderson, Uzi Arad, Richard Armitage, Anders Aslund, Ronald Asmus, Andrew Y. Au, Maureen Aung-Thwin, Nina Bang-Jensen, Gary Bauer, Rafael L. Bardaji, Roger Barnett , Carolyn Bartholomew, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Arnold Beichman, Peter Beinart, Jeffrey Bell, William J. Bennett, Jeffrey Bergner, Alvin Bernstein, Robert L. Bernstein, George Biddle, Joseph R. Biden, Carl Bildt, Daniel Blumenthal, John Bolton, Max Boot, Ellen Bork, Rudy Boshwitz, Pascal Bruckner, Mark Brzezinski, William F. Buckley, Jr., Reinhard Buetikofer, Janusz Bugajski, Jeb Bush, Michael Butler, Martin Butora, Stephen Cambone, Daniele Capezzone, Per Carlsen, Gunilla Carlsson, Frank Carlucci, James W. Ceasar, Linda Chavez, Richard B. Cheney, Steven C. Clemons, Eliot A. Cohen, Seth Cropsey, Devon Gaffney Cross, Ivo H. Daalder, Massimo D’Alema, Helle Dale, Dennis DeConcini, Midge Decter x, Pavol Demes,
Larry Diamond, Peter Dimitrov, James Dobbins, Paula Dobriansky, Thomas Donnelly, Nicholas Eberstadt, Robert Edgar, Uffe Elleman-Jensen, David Epstein, Amitai Etzioni, David Fautua, Lee Feinstein, Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., Jeffrey L. Fiedler, Michele Flournoy, Steve Forbes,
Hillel Fradkin, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama , Frank Gaffney, Peter Galbraith, Timothy Garton Ash, Jeffrey Gedmin, Sam Gejdenson, Robert S. Gelbard, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Bronislaw Geremek, Carl Gershmann, Marc Ginsberg, Andre Glucksmann, Lt.Gen. Buster Glosson (UASF, ret), Merle Goldman , Phillip Gordon, Daniel Goure, Karl-Theodor von und zu Guttenberg, Istvan Gyarmati, Morton H. Halperin ,
Pierre Hassner, Vaclav Havel, John Hefferman, Richard C. Holbrooke, James R. Hooper, Charles Hill, Fred C. Ikle, Martin S. Indyk,
Toomas Ilves, Bruce P. Jackson, Eli S. Jacobs, Michael Joyce, Donald Kagan, Frederick Kagan, Robert Kagan, Max M. Kampelman,
Adrian Karatnycky, Penn Kemble, Craig Kennedy, Zalmay Khalilzad, Glenys Kinnock, Bernard Kouchner, Jerzy Kozminski, Ivan Krastev,
Harold Hongju Koh, Col. Robert Killebrew (Army, ret), Lane Kirkland, Jeane Kirkpatrick
Peter Kovler, Louis Kraar, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Girts Valdis Kristovskis, Ludger Kuehnhardt, Mart Laar, Mark Lagon, Anthony Lake, Vytautas Landsbergis, Stephen Larrabee, James Lasswell, John Lehman, Lewis E. Lehrman, Mark Leonard, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, I. Lewis Libby, Todd Lindberg, James Lindsay , Perry Link, Bette Bao Lord, Rich Lowry, Connie Mack,
Christopher Makins, Christopher Maletz, Tom Malinowski, James Mann, Yu Mao-chun, Mary Beth Markey,
Will Marshall , Robert Martinage, Margarita Mathiopoulos, Clifford May, John McCain, Gen. Barry McCaffery (Army, ret), Michael McFaul
Daniel McKivergan, Matteo Mecacci, Mark Medish, Edwin Meese III, Thomas O. Melia, Sarah E. Mendelson, Phil Meilinger,
Michael Mertes, Ilir Meta, Adam Michnik, Derek Mitchell, Richard Morningstar, Ross H. Munro, Joshua Muravchik, Klaus Naumann,
Wing C. Ng, Steven J. Nider, Dietmar Nietan, James C. O’Brien, Michael O’Hanlon, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Mackubin Thomas Owens, Wayne Owens, Cem Ozdemir, Can Paker, Mark Palmer, Robert Pastor, Martin Peretz, Richard N. Perle, Ralph Peters, Friedbert Pflueger, Daniel Pipes, Danielle Pletka, Norman Podhoretz, John Edward Porter, Florentino Portero, Dan Quayle, Samantha F. Ravich, Janusz Reiter
Sophie Richardson, Peter W. Rodman, Alex Rondos, Jim Rosapepe, Stephen P. Rosen, Dennis Ross, Kenneth Roth, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Jacques Rupnik, Eberhard Sandschneider, Major Gen. Robert Scales (Army, ret), Randy Scheunemann,
Christian Schmidt, Gary Schmitt, William Schneider Jr. Richard H. Schultz, Simon Serfaty, Stephen Sestanovich, John Shattuck ,
Sin-Ming Shaw, Abram Shulsky, Gary Smith, Martin Simecka, Radek Sikorski, Paul Simon, Stefano Silvestri, Abraham Sofaer,
Henry Sokolski, Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Walter Slocombe, James B. Steinberg, Leonard R. Sussman, John J. Sweeney,
William Howard Taft IV, Dick Thornburgh, Gary Titley, John Tkacik, Helga Flores Trejo, Ed Turner, Ivan Vejvoda, Sasha Vondra,
Michael Vickers, Arthur Waldron, Celeste Wallander, Malcolm Wallop, Barry Watts, James Webb, Vin Weber, Ruth Wedgwood,
George Weigel, Caspar Weinberger, Kenneth Weinstein, Richard Weitz, Paul Weyrich, Leon Wieseltier, Chris Williams, Jennifer Windsor, Marshall Wittmann, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Minky Worden, Larry Wortzel, Dov S. Zakheim, Robert Zoellick, .. IF I MISSED ANYONE FROM THIS LIST PLEASE ADD THEM IN COMMENTS AREA
Nick Spero – Circus Maximus: speaks with James and Joanne Moriarty along with a Libyan tribal leader by the name of Muftah Faraj about their story in Libya, their escape and how they were blacklisted by American intelligence agencies, the greatness of Libya and their leader Muammar Gaddafi, Western sanctions & the invasion, Benghazi incident and the various proxy armies involved with the destruction & destabilization.
Understanding why there are all those hands in your wallet
by Adam Taggart
If you don’t understand what’s causing a particular problem, then it’s pretty difficult to come up with an effective solution.
Author, commentator and longtime friend-of-the-site James Howard Kunstler returns to our podcast this week to discuss the importance of accurate diagnosis — in this case, of the scourge he sees as accelerating America’s downslide into economic and social decline: Racketeering.
More associated with the organized crime bosses of a century ago, it’s not a word used often these days. But that doesn’t diminish in any way its relevance to and impact on our lives today:
The disorders in politics that we’re seeing now are really expressions of the larger disorders in our economic life and our financial life. That just happens to be the avenue that the expression is coming out of. Another point I’d like to make is that the reason that people are against Hillary or dumping on Hillary or don’t like her, is because she’s a poster child for racketeering. I encourage people who are talking about our circumstances and people who are interested in the news and election, to use the word racketeering to describe what’s going on in this country. You really need the right vocabulary to understand exactly what’s going on.
Racketeering is just pervasive in all of our activities. Not just in politics but in things even like medicine and education. Obviously the college loan scheme is an example of racketeering. Anybody who has to go to an emergency room with a child whose broken their finger or something, is going to end up with a bill for $20,000. You know why? Because of medical racketeering. And so, these are really efforts to money-grub by any means necessary, often in ways that are unethical and probably illegal. Let’s use that word racketeering to describe our national situation.
And let’s remember by the way, the activities of the central banks is just another form of racketeering. Using debt issuance and attempting to control interest rates in order to conceal our inability to generate the kind of real wealth that we need to continue as a techno-industrial society.
Societies have a really hard time understanding what they’re doing, articulating the problems that they face and coming up with a coherent consensus about what’s happening, and coming up with a coherent consensus about what to do about it. Combine that with another quandary, the relationships between energy and the dead racket for concealing real capital formation. I like to reduce it to one particular formula that is pretty easy for people to understand. It’s a classic quandary: that oil priced at over $75 a barrel in today’s dollars tends to crush economies, and oil priced under $75 a barrel in today’s dollars tends to crush oil companies. There is no real sweet spot between those two places. We’re ratcheting between them and each one of them entails a lot of destruction. That’s a terrible quandary that we’re in and it’s being expressed in banking and finance…and the people in charge of those things don’t really know what else to do except continue the deformation of institutions and instruments.
“Why in the name of heaven is the US military torturing when they know that the tortured person will say anything his torturers want him to say to get the torture to stop?!?
Because this wasn’t about what the tortured had done or not done; it was about eliciting confessions with which to justify the continued use torture.
I would like to politely remind our military and civilian leadership that when we, as a country, torture, or outsource torture, we demonstrate to the world that Americans are complete, abysmal hypocrites when it comes human rights, democracy, and the moral treatment of prisoners of war.
And I would also like to politely remind our military and civilian leadership that when we, as a country, torture, or outsource torture, this gives carte blanche for foreign countries which really don’t like the American government that much, to torture our civilian and military personnel.”
Please do take a moment to reflect on that, won’t you?!
IN JANUARY 2013, during the military trial of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, a defense lawyer was discussing a motion relating to the CIA’s black-site program, when a mysterious entity cut the audio feed to the gallery. A red light began to glow and spin. Someone had triggered the courtroom’s censorship system.
The system was believed to be under the control of the judge, Col. James Pohl. In this case, it wasn’t.
“The 40-second delay was initiated, not by me,” Pohl said. He was referring to the delayed audio feed, which normally broadcasts to the press and other observers seated in the gallery. The gallery is cut off from the courtroom by three layers of soundproof Plexiglas. “I’m curious as to why. … If some external body is turning the commission off under their own view of what things ought to be, with no reasonable explanation, then we are going to have a little meeting about who turns that light on or off.”
Later, Pohl said the censorship was the work of an “OCA,” short for “Original Classification Authority.” In the future, he said, no external body would be permitted to unilaterally censor what was happening in his courtroom.
Many have speculated that Pohl’s “OCA” is in fact the CIA. That speculation is now confirmed with the release of three new documents by The Intercept.The documents show the evolution of secret rules governing what is and is not allowed to be discussed before the military court at Guantánamo.
All three of the declassified documents are marked “secret” and were distributed to defense attorneys and Pentagon-employed courtroom security officers. The documents clearly identify CIA as the OCA for torture-related information at the Guantánamo military commission proceedings.
Dean Boyd, who heads the CIA’s public affairs office, referred questions about the January 2013 censorship incident to the Pentagon. Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, a Pentagon spokesperson, declined to comment. “I don’t have anything to offer you beyond what is written in [the court] transcript,” she said.
This page from a 2008 CIA guidance document designates as top secret the “treatment of detainees,” their “conditions of confinement,” and certain “false allegations of torture,” which were later shown to have merit.
Another CIA spokesperson confirmed the dates of the guidance, which are not given in two of the three documents.The first guidance document is from spring of 2008.
The Intercept obtained the documents through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA and other federal agencies. Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic is providing legal representation for the request.
The term “OCA” is a placeholder that can refer to multiple agencies, but with respect to the rendition and torture program, Guantánamo observers have assumed for some time that it means the CIA. A defense lawyerasserted the connection in open court, and it has previously been hinted at in several otherdocuments. At the end of January 2013, Judge Pohl issued a ruling declaring that there would be no more outside censorship of the tribunals. “It is the judge that controls the courtroom,” he said.
The courtroom’s internal censorship system, including the Plexiglas and audio delay, continues to this day. But assuming Judge Pohl’s order is enforced, the CIA no longer has the power to decide when to cut the courtroom audio, as it did in January 2013.
“The Department of the Defense runs the courtroom, but CIA owns a lot of the information,” said attorney James Connell III, who is representing Ammar al-Baluchi before the tribunal. Baluchi, whose torture at multiple overseas black sites was depicted in the film Zero Dark Thirty, is one of five men who stand accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks and now face the death penalty.
What appears to be a 2015 version of a similar CIA guidance document was released by OpenTheGovernment.org last year. Unlike the older guidance documents released by The Intercept today, the sections addressing the CIA’s black-site and rendition programs are completely redacted.
The CIA calls its classification rules “guidelines … to be applied throughout the legal process.” They are intended to provide the Pentagon-employed court security officers with “general direction about when national security information may be at issue, … triggering the need for protection.”
Much of what the CIA sought to keep out of open court effectively constrained the detainees’ ability to give an account of their own torture at the hands of the CIA and officials from other countries where they were held.
At first, these prohibitions were broad, but they grew narrower over time. The oldest guidance document, from 2008, prohibits talking about “conditions of confinement of detainees” and “treatment of detainees,” although “general allegations of torture are unclassified.” By this time, the CIA had released three of the names of detainees subjected to waterboarding. Though the CIA continues to insist those three were the only ones waterboarded, the claim is tenuousat best. According to the 2008 guidance, no other detainee could talk about waterboarding. Anyone who did, wrote the CIA, was lying, and even the existence of those lies was secret.
“Allegations of waterboarding by any detainees other than the three … are false allegations and are TS//SCI,” the guidance states.
In other words, even the alleged lies of other detainees who claimed to have been waterboarded were designated top secret and “sensitive compartmentalized information,” a higher-level classification than top secret alone. And yet many of these allegations, which the CIA’s guidance kept out of the tribunals for years, were later shown to have merit.
“In effect, the government was making the chilling and breathtaking assertion that it owned and controlled detainees’ memories of torture, whether true or false,” said Ashley Gorski, a staff attorney with the ACLU, who reviewed the newly released guidance documents.
“We stand by the document,” Dean Boyd, director of the CIA’s public affairs office, wrote in an email.
The 2008 guidance identifies CIA’s own “Original Classification Authority” as having the power to declassify statements by detainees. Other officials and agencies likely have some say as well. The 2011 and 2009 guidance say that the president and director of national intelligence can also declassify information related to the torture program; the 2008 guidance suggests that the power was delegated even further.
Seventy-six men are still held at Guantánamo. Sixteen are “forever prisoners,” who have not been charged by the court but are considered too dangerous to be candidates for release. President Obama’s self-imposed deadline to close the prison is more than six years past due.
Initially, the purpose of Guantánamo was to extract useful intelligence from high-level detainees to aid the war on terror. The orders to subject detainees to torture — or what the George W. Bush administration euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation” — came from the White House. It fell to the CIA to carry them out. The agency’s initial intelligence-driven mission got muddled up by other motives — revenge against al Qaeda, the avoidance of political fallout, control over the flow of information to Congress and the public, and later, by the problem of what to do with the detainees themselves.
Today’s legal environment is more open to detainees giving accounts of their own torture, according to Joseph Margulies, an attorney who represents Abu Zubaydah, one of the three men who the CIA admits having waterboarded.
“It is our position that the United States government has confirmed that Abu Zubaydah’s first-person account of his treatment is not classified,” Margulies said. “Therefore he ought to be allowed to disclose it.” As evidence of the shift, he pointed to the release of the Senate torture report summary, accounts of torture taken down by lawyers representing Majid Khan, and filings in Salim v. Mitchell, a lawsuit brought against two psychologists who designed the torture program as contractors for the CIA.
Connell, the attorney representing Ammar al-Baluchi, said that he welcomed the shift toward openness at Guantánamo but that the rules were still too restrictive. “The most important information for accountability is who did what and where they did it. Until that information is declassified, there will never be accountability for the CIA’s torture program.”
Top photo: The United States military courtroom at Camp Justice, where the U.S. military held its war court for the five Guantánamo Bay prisoners accused of helping orchestrate the September 11 terror attack. June 27, 2013, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
There are two schools of thought about the current collapse of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency.
One school of thought — the one favored by the smart connected money — is that Lynn Rothschild has made Trump an offer he could not refuse: $20B to disrupt the GOP nomination process and if nominated, to throw the race by any means necessary so that Hillary Clinton can be crowned “Her Royal Highness” as Maureen Down has so elegantly hinted in her recent New York Times article, The Perfect G.O.P. Nominee.
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Combined with the Clinton ability to subvert the US Government (Barack Obama may have been promised a nomination to be a Supreme Court Justice, and perhaps even Chief Justice after Roberts gets an offer he cannot refuse, to retire; the Attorney General and the FBI Director are simply owned by the Clintons and the Rothschilds); and the Clinton ability to use the same electronic voting fraud against Trump that she used against Bernie Sanders (as confirmed by Stanford University, withadditional details from Jon Rappoport), this is the most logical explanation for Trump blowing an almost certain landslide against Clinton.