4 Major National Security Scandals, Simmer or Explode This Week

Written by Andrew Kreig
Published on March 12, 2014

Four major national security scandals were revealed this week after being ignored for many months by corporate-controlled mainstream outlets.

My new book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters, treated all four scandals by connecting previous findings that have been ignored or suppressed for the most part.

Presidential PuppetryMost visibly, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein created headlines on March 11 by denouncing CIA spying on the Senate. Allegations of such spying have long been apparent to those monitoring such claims. Last summer, for example, former NSA analyst Russell Tice said he knew first-hand from his work that the NSA had been monitoring then-Sen. Barack Obama, among others, to obtain leverage.

John BrennanAs for Feinstein, the California Democrat's track record so far has been to protect the intelligence agencies from scrutiny or accountability for their budgets and operations. Therefore, her attack this week on CIA spying was remarkable.

The CIA is headed by John Brennan, shown at left, a former chief of the CIA's Saudi Arabian station with a 25-year CIA career. He rose to high posts in the Bush administration before he served in the Obama White House during the first term as a national security aide.

In Presidential Puppetry, I describe Brennan as one of the "puppet strings" who help instruct other government officials at the behest of more secret and powerful "puppet masters" in the private sector secret government. The private sector oligarchs have various nicknames such as "Wall Street," the "Deep State", the "Military Industrial Complex," or in the words of former CIA-Pentagon Liaison Fletcher Prouty, "The Secret Team."

By whatever name, this hidden government is primarily comprised of the U.S. financial, munitions, mining, media, and manufacturing leaders, along with their longstanding financial allies from such other nations as the United Kingdom and, more recently, Saudi Arabia.

Separately, Republican Congressmen Walter Jones of North Carolina, freshman Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Democrat Steve Lynch of Massachusetts led a press conference March 12 on Capitol Hill with 9/11 family members of victims. They seek release of the secret 28 pages of the Senate-House joint investigative report on alleged Saudi Arabian government support for 9/11 hijackers before the attack.

The three Congressmen have courageously led an effort at the risk of antagonizing those in Congress worried about irritating wealthy and powerful Saudis who help fund the United States war and related high-tech industries.

Also, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham -- Feinstein's predecessor as Intelligence Committee chairman -- delivered a video to back the demand by the congressmen. For years, the former three-term Democratic senator and governor has sought release of the report after he headed the Senate-House Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) investigation of the attack. Members of Congress who have seen the report are forbidden to discuss it under the national security rules imposed on them.

The CIA spying and the continued secrecy of the Saudi section of the 9/11 investigation dramatically underscore how U.S. intelligence agencies (and the entities they represent) are controlling elected politicians for the most part, not vice versa

Two other scandals involving the Ukraine and Boston Marathon bombing are at a lower profile in the news right now -- but have the potential to create disturbing issues about national security initiatives and media complicity in suppressing legitimate public debate.

Regarding the Ukraine, Americans are receiving one-sided news coverage that obscures a long-standing and largely covert Western initiative to topple the Ukraine's elected government last month and to install a pro-West faction in a region that has been under Russian territory or influence for nearly all of centuries of recent history.
 
Victoria NulandEven if the Ukraine should by some democratic criteria ultimately become free from Russian influence the American public is not receiving basic information about covert Western initiatives to shape the revolution. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Victoria Nuland, for example, has stated that the United States has spent $5 billion on what she called pro-Democracy efforts.
 
But the American public has  little indication of what such spending was for, or how it was authorized via Congress. Much of it is suspected to have been spent covertly on the non-government organizations (NGOs) active in what are called pro-democracy and human rights efforts that continue the pattern of Cold War and hot war U.S. interventions begun in Iran in 1954 with the toppling of its elected government, and continued in various hot wars in the 1980s in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and continuing to more recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Georgia, Libya, and Syria.  
 
Furthermore, disturbing tapes have surfaced showing that Nuland and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt tried to orchestrate the Ukraine's new leadership. Another tape involving non-U.S. Western officials discussed the possibility that Western-backed protesters deliberately killed fellow protesters to help shape world opinion against the incumbent government.
 
Such tactics, if true, are not uncommon in spycraft and regime change. But they would be scandalous for a moral and democratic nation under no specific military threat aside from Cold War-style ambitions and geo-political rivalries.
 
The American news coverage of the Russian dissident Pussy Riot performance artists remains one small but persistent example of the ongoing propaganda campaigns that color our news coverage. As exemplified by their favorable treatment in a major Wisconsin newspaper in Pussy Riot joins the cause of Wisconsin's solidarity singers, American media portray the group in simplistic fashion as dissidents against the evil Russian government. That largely omits description of their specific acts of obscene and destructive behavior that would prompt their arrest almost anywhere in the United States.
 
By contrast, the corruption-fighting Alabama journalist Roger Shuler remains jailed in Birmingham in gross violation of United States constitutional protections and with scant news coverage from the major media and their organizations. Nearly five months after his illegal arrest and beating at his home by deputies Oct. 23, I visited him in Birmingham's jail March 10. That is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's New York Times v. Sullivan 9-0 that is supposed to be a bulwark to protect courageous journalists like him in libel cases.
 
Shuler is being held with no bond permitted on a contempt of court charge because he failed to spike his stories before a trial on their merits, as described in Alabama Kangaroo Court Parades Liberal Commentator in Chains, Continues Indefinite Jailing. Shuler has no lawyer and cannot even receive a piece of paper or a pencil to file his own appeal.
 
He was close to tears by the end of my interview with the thought he might remain in jail permanently or be killed there with scant support from the official journalism community, aside from a few articles, broadcasts, protest letters and a deeply unfair and otherwise flawed New York Times feature on his case. I shall write again about his plight shortly. But this summary of harsh retribution for a United States journalist and cowardice by official bodies  in violation of our legal precedents contrasts sharply with drummed-up outrage within our controlled media to Russia's treatment of the Pussy Riot group.
 
Regarding the Boston Marathon bombing, only a few journalists -- almost all working via web or niche radio outlets -- have dared explored the U.S. intelligence ties to the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Former Navy intelligence officer Wayne Madsen is one of those few investigators. Madsen, a former NSA analyst and currently editor of the Wayne Madsen Report, He has drawn on declassified CIA documents among other sources to show that the suspects were connected to CIA anti-Soviet efforts, in part via their uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, whose original name was Tsarnaev.
 
In a similar spirit, columnists Russ Baker and a few others have shown troubling gaps or contradictions in official accounts of the crime, which authorities have been reluctant to clarify. Most recently, Baker published the first part of a two-part investigation March 11, entitled, Boston Bomber Carjacking Unravels.
 
Concerning the Saudi section of the Senate-House Joint Investigation, our Justice Integrity Project has been tracking the issues for years. For example, we reported how the three-term senator, Graham, told a National Press Club audience that he wrote his spy thriller Keys to the Kingdom in part because he is “aBob Grahamngry” that the government keeps so much information secret.
 
But, Graham said, he cannot speak out about many of the specifics because of security restriction in place even after his Senate retirement in 2005.
 
So, Graham wrote a novel in order to receive clearance for his writing from the CIA. “Forty percent of the book is fact,” he told the Press Club audience. "Forty percent is pure fiction. Twenty percent is a combination.” Graham is portrayed at right in a photo by Noel St. John.
 
Regarding the CIA scandal, Feinstein suggested that a CIA search of congressional records undermined government oversight. According to a Washington Post story:
 
Feinstein described the escalating conflict as a "defining moment” for Congress’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence agencies and cited “grave concerns” that the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”
 
Brennan fired back during a previously scheduled speech in Washington, saying that “when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”
 
Post columnist Dana Milbank clarified the issues in a March 11 column, Feinstein is owed more than a sorry, which argued, "The White House must cough up documents it has been withholding."
 
At the Justice Integrity Project, we reported last summer that domestic spy agencies have been monitoring the Senate and House to obtain additional leverage. The charge has been made by former NSA analyst Tice, among others, but almost never reported or otherwise pursued.
 
Part of that difficulty, as I describe in Presidential Puppetry, are the hidden ties between the intelligence agencies and the major news outlets. The Washington Post has a long, cooperative and largely secret relationship with the CIA, for example. Those ties included leadership in the CIA's secret Operation Mockingbird program to control messaging in major news outlets on sensitive topics for many years. The Post-CIA ties currently include a $600 million contract for Amazon.com, the funding source for the Post's new owner Jeffrey Bezos, to service the CIA's advance computer needs via cloud-based computing.
 
Apologists for the Post and similar information gatekeepers would argue that Bezos, Amazon.com and the Post are separate entities. Furthermore, the Post publishes many stories about national security (often cited here), and has won important prizes for its revelations in cooperation with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
 
True enough. But common sense needs at some point to trump elite, sophistic analysis when the stakes are this high.
 
An obvious conflict of interest exists in the coverage, especially to those familiar with the CIA-nurtured concepts of "limited hang-out" and "controlled opposition." As I document in Puppetry, the Post and other major news organizations have worked closely and secretly in cooperation with what is sometimes called the Military Industrial Complex, or more recently the National Security State, to develop through the CIA and its sister organizations an unaccountable power that no president since John F. Kennedy has dared to challenge.
 
Significantly, the nation's first three Cold War presidents -- all World War combat veterans -- feared the danger of the CIA's growing power. Their successors -- several of whom were notorious shirkers of combat danger -- abjectly deferred to the Pentagon and Langley for the most part, with the arguable exception of President Carter. 
 
There is no greater example in public life of controlled opposition than President Obama, supposed protector of American civil liberties. The full and true background of the nation's reigning two-term president has never been reported in the Post or other leading news outlets. The omission of his history -- and necessarily that of his enablers -- serves as one more proof of the hidden government controlling major civic institutions to the detriment of the public.

 

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Related News Coverage

Dianne FeinsteinCIA/NSA Spying

Washington Post, NSA recorded ‘every single’ call in one country, Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani, March 17, 2014. The NSA has built a voice interception program capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls and replaying voices from calls up to 30 days old. At the request of U.S. officials, The Washington Post is withholding details that could be used to identify the country where the system is being employed or other countries where its use was envisioned.

Washington Post, Feinstein accuses CIA of illegally spying on Senate panel probing agency, Greg Miller, Ed O’Keefe and Adam Goldman, March 11, 2014. The head of the Intelligence Committee says the CIA broke laws by secretly seizing documents. On Tuesday, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee sharply criticized the CIA, saying the agency had improperly interfered with one of the panel’s most sensitive investigations. The comments by Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) marked an extraordinary — and extraordinarily public — turn in a long-simmering dispute between lawmakers and the intelligence agency.

See also in the Washington Post, Senators rally around Feinstein, demand answers from CIA, Wesley Lowery and Ed O'Keefe, March 11, 2014 and Why the feud is public, Adam Goldman, March 11, 2014.

Washington Post, Feinstein is owed more than a sorry, Dana Milbank, March 11, 2014. The White House must cough up documents it has been withholding.

CIA LogoAssociated Press via Washington Post, Chances for prosecution unclear in CIA-Senate spat, Staff report, March 13, 2014. The matter has landed in the lap of the Justice Department, which has been asked to investigate whether laws were broken. But legal experts say prosecutors will likely be hesitant to wade into a separation-of-powers dispute between two branches of government that involves a muddled area of the law and raises as many policy questions as it does legal ones. “There’s an ongoing debate about what the proper role of each of these branches of government is,” said Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “Who’s watching the watchers? Is Congress watching the CIA or is the CIA watching Congress? And who’s in control here?” If prosecutors were to get involved, they would confront murky legal questions.

New York Times, How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach, Charlie Savage and Laura Poitras, March 10, 2014. Leaked documents add new details to a secret body of law that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has developed since it began to broaden its role in 2001.

Justice Integrity Project, Former NSA Execs Warn Americans Against Loss of Political and Privacy Rights, Andrew Kreig, July 25, 2013. The National Security Agency (NSA) operates largely without accountability to other government branches or the public, according several former high-ranking NSA executives speaking July 25 at a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC,

Washington Post, CIA feared Senate probe would expose key sources, intelligence officials say, Adam Goldman and Greg Miller, March 13, 2014. Problems intensified after the CIA notified the Senate panel that its computers were searched again.

9/11 Report on Saudi Arabia

U.S. Rep. Walter JonesOffice of Congressman Walter Jones, Jones and Lynch To Host Press Conference on Resolution to Declassify 9/11 Report, March 10, 2014. On March 12, Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) (shown in a file photo) and Stephen Lynch (MA-8) will hold a bipartisan press conference on H. Res. 428, a resolution they have introduced to make public 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001 that were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama. The resolution states that declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments. Also attending the press conference will be representatives from 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism and family members of victims killed at each of the three 9/11 attack locations. The site is the Cannon House Office Building Room 5C, located on the fifth floor.

Judicial Watch, Fed Appeals Court: Saudi Arabia Defendant in 9/11 Suit, Staff report, Dec. 30, 2013. A federal appeals court has delivered yet another blow to the U.S. government’s effort to cover up a Saudi connection in the 2001 terrorist attacks, ruling that the Arab nation can be a defendant in a lawsuit filed by thousands of 9/11 victims and their families. Issued this month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the decision involves a high-profile case filed a decade ago by 9/11 victims who claim Saudi Arabia financed Al Qaeda before the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Americans have been told that Al Qaeda acted alone on September 11, 2001 and that there were no official state sponsors. In fact, the George W. Bush administration blacked out dozens of pages in the congressional investigative report on 9/11 that dealt with specific sources of foreign support for the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi nationals. Those are the pages that were recently viewed by Congressmen Jones and Lynch.

Guardian (United Kingdom), US acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11; Operation Foxden, delayed by turf war between the FBI and the CIA, given green light three days before the al-Qaida attacks, Ian Cobain, March 27, 2012. The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before the 9/11 attacks, MPs were told.

Justice Integrity Project, Ex-Senators, Reporters Again Question Saudi Innocence For 9/11, Andrew Kreig, March 20, 2012. Did operatives from Saudi Arabia play a vital role helping the 19 known hijackers who died on 9/11? High-ranking former U.S. government leaders, 9/11 victim families and investigative reporters increasingly seek answers. Last November, a federal appeals court opened   the door for families of victims to reinstate their multi-billion dollar damage suit against Saudi defendants despite years of objections by Bush and Obama officials eager to keep good relations with the wealthy kingdom, a key ally for the United States in the Mideast. Saudis have denied complicity and also claimed that key U.S. officials have exonerated them. But former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham denied that a major investigation he led in 2002 cleared the Saudis. "I am convinced," Graham says in an affidavit recently filed by the 9/11 plaintiff families, "that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia."

MSNBC, Classified documents contradict FBI on post-9/11 probe of Saudis, ex-senator says, Anthony Summers and Dan Christensen, March 13, 2012. Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has seen two classified FBI documents that he says are at odds with the bureau’s public statements that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis then living in Sarasota, Fla. “There are significant inconsistencies between the public statements of the FBI in September and what I read in the classified documents,” Graham said. “One document adds to the evidence that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI,” Graham said. “An important investigative lead was not pursued and unsubstantiated statements were accepted as truth.”  Whether the 9/11 hijackers acted alone, or whether they had support within the U.S., remains an unanswered question -- one that began to be asked as soon as it became known that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.

Daily Beast, Was the Saudi Government Involved in the 9/11 Terror Attacks? March 13, 2012. Since 2002, when former Senator Bob Graham led the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) into the 9/11 attacks, he has insisted that members of the Saudi government played a role. But he’s had a hard time getting others to listen. “There’s no question in my mind that the Saudi government was involved in 9/11,” the Florida Democrat tells The Daily Beast. “But there’s still so much we don’t know. Unfortunately, many Americans seem to have lost interest.”

Anthony SummersMSNBC, Saudi who left Fla. before 9/11 considered bin Laden a 'hero,' informant told FBI in '04, Anthony Summers (shown in a file photo) and Dan Christensen, March 12, 2012. A Saudi man who triggered an FBI investigation after he and his family left their Sarasota, Fla., area home and moved overseas two weeks before 9/11 considered Osama bin Laden a “hero” and may have known some of the hijackers, an informant told the FBI in 2004.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Local law firm seeks to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a 9/11 defendant, Chris Mondics, March 11, 2012. In late January 2000, two young men who would later participate in the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon met with a young Saudi in San Diego. The Saudi, Omar al-Bayoumi, had earlier been the focus of a Federal Bureau of Investigation anti-terrorism probe and had close ties to the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles. He offered to put up the two hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, in his apartment for a short time, helped them find a place of their own, and gave them money. Throughout, Bayoumi was in frequent contact with a Los Angeles-based Saudi diplomat and imam who was later banned by the State Department from entering the country because of suspected ties with terrorist groups. Now, more than a decade later, a leader of the congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks says in a sworn statement that Bayoumi likely was a Saudi government agent and probably played a role in the lead-up to the attacks, along with other Saudi officials.

Boston Marathon

WhyWhatWhy, Boston Bomber Carjacking Unravels (Part I of II), Russ Baker, March 11, 2014. The only witness to the Boston Marathon bombing confession has provided dramatically inconsistent accounts, an exclusive investigation reveals. The clashing stories, coming from a man whose identity remains shrouded, form the basis for the publicly accepted narrative of the bombing and its aftermath. The discrepancies involve the nature and length of the carjacking episode, and raise serious questions as to whether the anonymous witness was ever a captive of the alleged bombers. This in turn touches on the credibility of his claim to have received a confession from Tamerlan Tsarnaev. In fact, the problems with this witness’s story cast doubts on almost everything we have been told about what has been described as the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

WhoWhatWhy, Does US “Death Sentence” in Boston Case Equal Silence? Russ Baker, Feb. 3, 2014. Does US “Death Sentence” in Boston Case Equal Silence? I t might seem the most normal thing in the world for the US government to seek the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of two brothers accused of planting the Boston Marathon bombs. But in a murky case with continued strange goings-on, we’d be wise to consider where this death penalty strategy will lead. Will it help us learn the truth, or will it bury the truth forever?  Since the first week following the tragedy, we’ve been raising issues about the way in which a story riddled with improbabilities, anomalies and question marks (see, for example, this, this, this, and this.) was turned quickly into a “solved crime” and a done deal—with nary a question about whether a government that has lied to the American people time and again over the years could possibly be up to something.

Boston Globe, Case should not be tried by feds in the first place, Harvey A. Silverglate, Feb. 4, 2014. Attorney General Eric Holder and his colleagues in the US attorney’s office in Boston are calling for the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The debate over their wisdom, or lack thereof, in doing so misses the main point. The case should have been prosecuted by the Suffolk County district attorney, not the federal Department of Justice. The primary party of interest is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its people. The crime was committed here, allegedly by Tsarnaev and his deceased brother. A trial in Suffolk Superior Court would probably take a few weeks at most, followed, in the event of a conviction, by mandatory review by the Supreme Judicial Court.

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Uncle Ruslan's former father-in-law was a right-hand man of Bill Casey, Wayne Madsen, June 11, 2013 (Subscription required). Previously classified documents obtained by WMR show that Graham Fuller, the ex-father-in-law of "Uncle Ruslan," Ruslan Tsarni, aka Tsarnaev, the uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers, was a right-hand man of CIA director William Casey. Tsarni, when he used the last name Tsarnaev, helped raise the deceased accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Kyrgyzstan, after his brother and sister-in-law, Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev fled Kyrgyzstan to the United States with their young son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in 2002. Fuller's connection to the Tsarnaev family has been all but ignored by the corporate media. Ruslan Tsarni, who works with oil companies including Halliburton, with operations in Kazakhstan, was married to Samantha Ankara Fuller from 1995 to 1999. However, Fuller and Tsarni are involved together in a number of Chechen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that represent the Chechen government-in-exile in the United States. Fuller, who served as Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and CIA station chief in Kabul, was also instrumental in bringing Turkish billionaire Islamist religious leader Fethullah Gulen to the United States.

Washington Post, Boston case highlights limitations  of U.S. counterterror network, Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz, May 4, 2013. It has been more than a decade since the United States began building its massive counter-terrorism infrastructure, an apparatus that has been reconfigured several times in recent years after a series of near-miss attacks. The strike in Boston marked the first time that a terrorist bomb plot slipped past those elaborate defenses and ended in casualties in the United States. Whether that outcome represents an intelligence failure is already the focus of a multi-agency review as well as a heated political debate.

Washington Post, Police kill one suspect in Marathon bombing, manhunt underway for second, Clarence Williams and Debbi Wilgoren, April 19, 2013. Authorities shot and killed one suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and were conducting a massive hunt for a second suspect in Watertown, Mass., Friday morning following a chaotic night that left one police officer dead and another critically wounded in the Boston suburbs. The suspects — introduced to the world via photos and video footage Thursday night — are brothers, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. The one who was killed in a shootout was 20 years old; the one still at large is 19. Their alleged motive in the bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 170, remains unknown.

Paul Craig RobertsPaul Craig Roberts, Boston Marathon Bombing, Paul Craig Roberts (shown in file photo), April 19, 2013. While driving (April 19) I listened to a NPR program on the Boston bombing and was disheartened by the absence of hard questions and any thought. Alex Jones has made a definitive statement that I lack the information to verify or contest. The video shows numerous military type guys on the scene prior to the explosion in identical garb–black baseball hats with white insignia, black shirts or jackets, tan pants and combat boots with cell phones in their hands. All have identical backpacks. The backpack straps match those on the remains of an exploded backpack, which the media has attributed to the backpack of one of the two brothers who are alleged to have committed the bombing. What strikes me about the event is the ease with which authorities were able to lock down entire metropolitan areas, preventing US citizens from leaving their homes in order to go to their jobs, to doctor’s appointments, to the grocery store, or to walk their dogs. This is a precedent. It sets the stage for martial law, although it is not being called that, and for daylight curfews.

The Ukraine

OpEdNews, Obama Regime's Hypocrisy Sets New World Record, Paul Craig Roberts, March 12, 2014. The neoconservative warmongers who control the Obama regime are boasting that unless Russia prevents Crimean self-determination, Washington will use sanctions to "badly damage the Russian economy." Sanctions are likely to backfire. Sanctions would damage economies of Washington's NATO puppet states, making them think again about providing cover for Washington's aggressive words and deeds. It is Europe that will pay for Washington's aggressive actions. Sanctions are likely to speed up the implementation of the BRICS negotiations to leave the dollar system and settle their international accounts in their own currencies. All countries with financial and economic links to the West can be intimidated, punished, and destabilized by Washington. National sovereignty is inconsistent with being part of the US dollar system. During the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes, Washington has established that whatever serves Washington's agenda is legal. Laws inconsistent with Washington's agenda are simply not applicable. They are dead letter laws. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that in violation of US law that prohibits giving financial assistance to governments whose leaders come to power via coup or other illegal means, Washington is offering its stooges in Kiev $1 billion to help the coup government get up and running.

Counterpunch, How the Same Godfather Rules from Canberra to Kiev: The Forgotten Coup, John Pilger, March 17, 2014. Washington’s role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed. The great game of dominance offers no immunity for even the most loyal US “ally.” This is demonstrated by perhaps the least known of Washington’s coups — in Australia. The story of this forgotten coup is a salutary lesson for those governments that believe a “Ukraine” or a “Chile” could never happen to them. Australia’s deference to the United States makes Britain, by comparison, seem a renegade. This dictum was rudely set aside in 1972 with the election of the reformist Labor government of Gough Whitlam. Although not regarded as of the left, Whitlam — now in his 98th year — was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride, propriety and extraordinary political imagination. He believed that a foreign power should not control his country’s resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies. He proposed to “buy back the farm” and speak as a voice independent of London and Washington.

New York Times, Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine Steven Lee Myers and Alison Smale, March 13, 2014. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th and 20th centuries or face diplomatic and economic retaliation from a united Europe. The operations came as Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, said in a statement on his official website that he believed Russian forces massed near the border were “ready to intervene in Ukraine at anytime,” and that he hoped diplomatic efforts by Ukraine and sympathetic nations would “stop the aggression.” Underscoring the potential gravity of the troop movements, Russia’s senior commander, Valery V. Gerasimov, spoke by telephone with his NATO counterpart, Gen. Knud Bartles of Denmark, the news agency Interfax reported, citing a defense source.

Washington Post, Russia troops at Ukraine border for military exercises, Kathy Lally and Carol Morello, March 13, 2014. As a search for a resolution continues, Russia announces military exercises near the Ukraine border.

Washington Post, Ukrainian oligarch with ties to Russia's Gazprom arrested on FBI warrant, Will Englund, March 13, 2014. Dmytro Firtas, a Ukrainian oligarch with deep and lucrative ties to Russia’s state-owned energy monopoly, has been arrested in Vienna at the request of the FBI, according to Austrian press accounts. The charges of bribery and criminal conspiracy could be the beginning of a U.S. effort to inflict financial pain on Russia over its role in the Ukrainian crisis.

Barack Obama and Ukraine Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk March 12, 2014President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.)

Washington Post, Russia issues arrest warrant for militant leader in Ukraine, Kathy Lally and Carol Morello, March 12, 2014. Russia on Wednesday intensified the pressure on Ukraine’s new leadership, issuing an arrest warrant for the leader of the militant faction that toppled the government there and sparked a Russian military takeover of Crimea. Meanwhile, Crimean officials said they had closed the region’s civilian airport to flights from the rest of Ukraine in order to prevent “provocateurs” from entering ahead of a Sunday referendum on whether to secede and become part of Russia.

New York Times, Obama Raises Stakes With Russia Over Ukraine, Peter Baker and Michael R. Gordon, March 12, 2014. In a meeting with Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, interim prime minister of Ukraine, President Obama vowed retaliation if Moscow follows through with threats to annex Crimea. The United States embarked on a last-ditch diplomatic effort to defuse a crisis that reignited tensions between East and West. The tentative feeler came as Mr. Obama dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to London to meet with his Russian counterpart on Friday, two days before a Russian-supported referendum in Crimea on whether to secede from Ukraine. Mr. Obama said the world would “completely reject” what he called a “slapdash election,” but added he still hoped for a peaceful settlement.

Washington Post, Russia issues arrest warrant for militant leader in Ukraine, Kathy Lally and Carol Morello, March 12, 2014. Russia on Wednesday intensified the pressure on Ukraine’s new leadership, issuing an arrest warrant for the leader of the militant faction that toppled the government there and sparked a Russian military takeover of Crimea. Meanwhile, Crimean officials said they had closed the region’s civilian airport to flights from the rest of Ukraine in order to prevent “provocateurs” from entering ahead of a Sunday referendum on whether to secede and become part of Russia.

Paul Craig RobertsOpEdNews, Obama Regime's Hypocrisy Sets New World Record, Paul Craig Roberts, March 12, 2014. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a conservative scholar and commentator shown in a file photo, was associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and assistant Treasury Secretary during the Reagan Administration. The neoconservative warmongers who control the Obama regime are boasting that unless Russia prevents Crimean self-determination, Washington will use sanctions to "badly damage the Russian economy." Sanctions are likely to backfire. Sanctions would damage economies of Washington's NATO puppet states, making them think again about providing cover for Washington's aggressive words and deeds. Europe will pay for Washington's aggressive actions. Sanctions are likely to speed up the implementation of the BRICS negotiations to leave the dollar system. National sovereignty is inconsistent with being part of the US dollar system. During the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes, Washington has established that whatever serves Washington's agenda is legal. Therefore, Washington is offering its stooges in Kiev $1 billion to help the coup government get up and running in violation of US law that prohibits giving financial assistance to governments whose leaders come to power via coup or other illegal means.

Washington Post, Russia cites ‘chaos’ in eastern Ukraine; gunmen storm bases in Crimea, Carol Morello and Kathy Lally, March 10, 2014. Russia and its sympathizers seized control of more Ukrainian military bases and facilities in Crimea on Monday while Moscow issued threatening statements about eastern Ukraine that signaled Russia’s intention to play a significant role in the country’s future.

RuslaanJustice Integrity Project, Ukrainian Rock Star Gets U.S. Award, Calls for Putin's Overthrow; Leaked Tape Claims West-Backed Leaders Killed Demonstrators, Andrew Kreig, March 5, 2014. White House, other Western and Russian leaders restrained their rhetoric regarding the Ukrainian crisis even as other players on all sides ramped up claims of murder, conspiracy, torture and other unethical conduct rarely leveled so bluntly regarding large governments. To be sure, the official rhetoric was tough -- but not in comparison with the claims by non-government players alleging state-sponsored, murderous, false flag operations -- or else schemes to falsify such evidence. Ukrainian rock star Ruslana Lyzhychko, for example, told a National Press Club audience March 5 that Russians and their leader are undertaking vast propaganda efforts, torture and killing to maintain influence in the Ukraine following street protests that toppled a pro-Russian leader late last month.

Justice Integrity Project, New Ukrainian Official Urges Chechen Terrorist To Act Against Russia, Andrew Kreig, March 2, 2014. The Ukraine's new deputy national security director urged March 1 that Russia's most feared terrorist take action against Russia. In a shocking statement largely ignored by the Western media, Dmitry Yarosh asked the fugitive Chechen Doku Umarov to take advantage of the "unique chance to win" arising from disturbances in the Ukraine.

Justice Integrity Project, Top U.S. Diplomat Caught On Tape In Profane Plot, Andrew Kreig, February 7, 2014. Release of a pirated U.S. diplomatic phone call revealing efforts to orchestrate regime change in the Ukraine has created an extraordinary embarrassment for the United States and also illustrated the dangers of pervasive surveillance. The call puts a strong focus on U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Victoria Nuland, one of the country's most prominent diplomats for years because of her connections to the bipartisan neo-con / neo-liberal movement that her Kagan family helps lead, and such powerful media conduits as the Washington Post.

Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), Pussy Riot joins the cause of Wisconsin's solidarity singers, Rob Thomas, March 11, 2014. The solidarity singers who gather daily at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison have a pair of surprise guest musicians joining their chorus — Pussy Riot. Two members of the notorious Russian female rock group known for their outspoken protests, Nadya Tolokonikova and Masha Alyokhina, make a surprise appearance in a new video extolling Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop the state’s prosecution against the singing protesters. Pussy Riot is an 11-member female group known for staging impromptu performances and protests in the streets of Russia, and then editing the footage into music video. The group has vocally opposed many of the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin – in particular his anti-gay policies – and in 2011 three members (including Tolokonikova and Alyokhina) were convicted and imprisoned of “hooliganism” for singing an anti-Putin song outside a cathedral.

 

Catching Our Attention on other Justice, Media & Integrity Issues

Washington Post, NSA nominee backs Obama on shifting responsibility for phone data collection, Ellen Nakashima, March 11, 2014. The administration’s nominee to become the next director of the National Security Agency said he backs President Obama’s call to move the mass gathering of Americans’ phone records out of the government’s hands but would oppose an end to the bulk collection of such data. “I support the president’s decision to shift that from the National Security Agency,” Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a confirmation hearing Tuesday. But Rogers said he wants some form of the record collection to be preserved.

Washington Post, Prosecutors: D.C mayor knew of ‘shadow’ effort, Ann E. Marimow, Matt Zapotosky and Paul Schwartzman, March 10, 2014. A judge accepts businessman Jeffrey Thompson’s guilty plea as he admits to funneling money to Vincent Gray’s campaign coffers in 2010.

Wall Street Journal, Federal Prosecutors Seek Records on Port Authority Chairman, Ted Mann, March 10, 2014. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to the business interests of its chairman, David Samson, people familiar with the matter said Monday. The demand for records came last week as scrutiny of Samson—a close ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie—has increased since allegations emerged that the Port Authority closed George Washington Bridge access lanes for political purposes. Samson's law firm, Wolff & Samson PC, is one of the most prominent in New Jersey and has clients involved in a range of matters important to the Port Authority and the state's elected officials.