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BREAKING: North Korea will not stop nuclear program until achieving parity with US

Similar bellicose statements from the US and South Korea, indicate that we are in the preliminary states of an arms race.

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North Korean media is reporting a statement from the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un which states that Pyongyang will never cease building its nuclear programme until its capabilities and arsenal are equal to that of the United States.

This comes hours after Donald Trump announced plans to end the so-called Defense Spending Sequester which caps the amount of money the US armed forces can be given during any given financial year.

In this sense, both the US and North Korea appear to be in an open arms race. While the US is vastly ahead of North Korea in terms of nuclear firepower, the duel announcements go against the spirit of the Sino-Russian peace plan for Korea which calls for a ‘double-freeze’ on weapons build-ups among both Korean States. This includes a request that the US ceases its deliveries of THAAD missile systems to South Korea.

Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that if necessary his country is ready to completely destroy North Korea.

None of these statements bode well in respect of de-escalating the conflict.

 

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richardstevenhack
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More nonsense. North Korea will never have “parity” with the US’ 5-6,000 nuclear warheads. Just more bombast from NK. Kim is an idiot. He doesn’t realize that nukes are only a deterrent if you have enough of them in a deliverable form – to be a credible existential threat. NK doesn’t have that and the more he threatens, the more his REAL conventional deterrent erodes its deterrent value. Countries that think that giving up nukes means they’ll get invaded like Saddam and Gaddafi don’t realize that even with nukes those two countries would have been invaded BEFORE they actually got… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

It’s people without nukes that get invaded and pulverized by the paid thugs of the Washington imperialists.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Didn’t read a word I said…

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I re-read what you said. It was just as poorly thought out as the first time I read it.

seby
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seby

When DPRK has confirmed the ability to do serious damage to the lickspittles of the south, Japan and US empire bases in the region, a state of MAD and peace will sadly be in place.

Anyway this is all about geopolitical games against China and Russia. This specific subject is moot.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Hey, not that is an example of excellent reasoning. I hope richardstevenhack can profit from it.

I bet Japan got totally turned off on any more aggression against the DPRK, with the first missile flying over them.

seby
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seby

Apparently both North and South missile tests fly over Japan into the Pacific. It’s a worry, what will happen, if an “accident”/false flag occurs! Like I said before, MAD is a sad state to engage in international relations with.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

Kim Jong-un is not an idiot. He is one of the leaders of a nuclear armed state.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Who will probably shortly be the dead leader of a disarmed nuclear armed state – like Saddam.

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Dream on – US has had its bluff called & can’t do shit !

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

The main reason he is building them is because he saw what happened to Iraq and Libya. Two states that didn’t even threaten the US, which starts phony wars for phony reasons.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

HI ONLY NEED 1..2..3. OR SO TO DO ENOUGH DAMAGE EXPLODED IN THAT MANY CITIES TO KILL MILLIONS IN USA. MOST LIKELY HE HAS THAT MANY HIDDEN ON THE USA SOIL

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Do you realize that remarks like that label you as someone who can’t ever be taken seriously?

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Yeah – we see your avatar 馃檪

BobValdez
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BobValdez

With an avatar like that, you are obviously 12 years old and have no idea what’s really happening in the world. Why do you think we should take YOU seriously?

Tony
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Tony

Actually it’s you who are straying into delusion teritorry….if an invasion was reasonably feasible, they would’ve done it already years ago….the destrauction would be immense and it would likely involve the PLA

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING – although I have to get Putin out from under my bed 馃槈

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

You have TOTALLY misunderstood the point of his comment. He is well aware that DPRK will never have parity with the US in terms of nuclear arsenal. However that means that DPRK will continue down its nuclear path as is its right ….as much right as the US has to maintain such an arsenal considering that its the only country in the world irresponsible enough to have deployed such weapons against civilian targets. There is NO chance of DPRK getting invaded. Both China AND Russia will ensure that does not happen and the US has already been warned . Don’t… Read more »

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

Even General MacArthur said the destruction and death of the Korean war made him sick, and he fought the Japanese for years. This is Not a war we want or need.

K-dub
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K-dub

U.S tucked tail in Syria after Russia entered the fray…and the rank and file of the US military was giving push back about being in Syria (very small invasion) BEFORE Russia
U.S is going to bark, threaten, whine, complain about NK a lot more than they already have and just like in Syria..the outcome has already been decideed.

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Wesa F.

The US can have 20,000 nukes all it takes is 1 modern weapon well placed and the US is all over.Nukes are becoming a media weapon to bolster bravado and bank accounts the weapons of today are truly the end,the countries that have them don’t want to have them but have no choice because of the rogue state of America.

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, where Ok, I’ll weigh in on this, just in case it makes sense to keep a bit more of the full landscape in view. First, and not only for entertainment purposes, http://stevepieczenik.com/warning-to-kim-jong-un/ where Pieczenik, old psy-ops regime-changer, US IC and Trumpist says i.a. “Warning to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un: While You Send Nuclear Bombs Overseas your Loyal Military/Intelligence is Preparing for Your Neutralization!” and “The fact remains that North Korean leadership had been infiltrated by both South Korean and Chinese operatives who could have assassinated your family members at a moment鈥檚 notice. Kim Jong-un: nothing has changed since… Read more »

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Excellent stuff, George. Re: “. . . if the US in the final days and hours decides to pull the plug on its political agreement on that issue with Russia, Russia is making no offers to let that [the US is operating illegally in Syria, but this will be tolerated as long as they are — at least to some extent — fighting ISIS.] happen.” I suggest you have already answered this: “Events there just in the past week have demonstrated that ISIS and US proxy forces melt into each other freely [west of the Euphrates, moving SDF forces south… Read more »

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RUSSIAN MILITARY OBSERVED NO FIGHTING BETWEEN ISIS AND SDF NORTH OF DEIR EZZOR IN LAST DAYS 9-17-17 The Russian military have not observed any fighting between ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor city over the past few days, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said commenting on the US-led coalition鈥檚 allegations that Russian forces struck SDF units fighting against ISIS on September 16. 鈥淥ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists… Read more »

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It seems like this country is run by a bunch of pricks. The congress and senate and the president are frigging pricks. They can’t get anything done, the congress goes on one month vacations while health benefits and tax reduction talks are supposed to be discussed and voted on. These pricks don’t give a dam what 300,000,000 people want. What a lumatic government.

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VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal to Interview Assange

The bug in Mueller鈥檚 report released on Thursday is that he accepts that the Russian government interfered in the election. Trump should challenge that, says VIPS.

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MEMORANDUM FOR:聽The President

FROM:聽Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT:聽The Fly in the Mueller Ointment

April 16, 2019

Mr. President:

The song has ended but the melody lingers on.聽The release Thursday of the redacted text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller鈥檚 鈥淩eport on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election鈥 nudged the American people a tad closer to the truth on so-called 鈥淩ussiagate.鈥

But the Mueller report left unscathed the central-but-unproven allegation that the Russian government hacked into the DNC and Podesta emails, gave them to聽WikiLeaks聽to publish, and helped you win the election. The thrust will be the same; namely, even if there is a lack of evidence that you colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin, you have him to thank for becoming president. And that melody will linger on for the rest of your presidency, unless you seize the moment.

Mueller has accepted that central-but-unproven allegation as gospel truth, apparently in the lack of any disinterested, independent forensic work.聽Following the odd example of his erstwhile colleague, former FBI Director James Comey, Mueller apparently has relied for forensics on a discredited, DNC-hired firm named CrowdStrike, whose credibility is on a par with 鈥減ee-tape dossier鈥 compiler Christopher Steele. Like Steele, CrowdStrike was hired and paid by the DNC (through a cutout).

We brought the lack of independent forensics to the attention of Attorney General William Barr on March 13 in a聽Memorandum聽entitled 鈥淢ueller鈥檚 Forensic-Free Findings鈥, but received no reply or acknowledgement. In that Memorandum we described the results of our own independent, agenda-free forensic investigation led by two former Technical Directors of the NSA, who avoid squishy 鈥渁ssessments,鈥 preferring to base their findings on fundamental principles of science and the scientific method. Our findings remain unchallenged; they reveal gaping holes in CrowdStrike鈥檚 conclusions.

We do not know if Barr shared our March 13 Memorandum with you. As for taking a public position on the forensics issue, we suspect he is being circumspect in choosing his battles carefully, perhaps deferring until later a rigorous examination of the dubious technical work upon which Mueller seems to have relied.

Barr鈥檚 Notification to Congress

As you know, the big attention-getter came on March 24 when Attorney General William Barr included in his four-page summary a quote from Mueller鈥檚 report: 鈥淭he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.鈥 Understandably, that grabbed headlines 鈥 the more so, since most Americans had been convinced earlier by the media that the opposite was true.

There remains, however, a huge fly in the ointment. The Mueller report makes it clear that Mueller accepts as a given 鈥 an evidence-impoverished given 鈥 that the Russian government interfered in the election on two tracks:

Track 1聽involves what Barr, echoing Mueller, claims 鈥渁 Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA)鈥 did in using social media 鈥渢o sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election.鈥 A careful look at this allegation shows it to be without merit, despite Herculean efforts by聽The New York聽Times, for example, to put lipstick on this particular pig. 聽After some rudimentary research, award winning investigative reporter Gareth Porter promptly put that pig out of its misery and聽brought home聽the bacon. We do not believe 鈥淭rack 1鈥 merits further commentary.

Track 2聽does need informed commentary, since it is more technical and 鈥 to most Americans 鈥 arcane. In Barr鈥檚 words: 鈥淭he Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including聽WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election.鈥

We are eager to see if Mueller鈥檚 report contains more persuasive forensic evidence than that which VIPS has already debunked.聽In Barr鈥檚 summary, the only mention of forensics refers to 鈥渇orensic accountants鈥 鈥 a far cry from the kind of forensic investigators needed to provide convincing proof of 鈥渉acking鈥 by the Russian government.

But They Were Indicted!

Circular reasoning is not likely to work for very long, even with a U.S. populace used to being brainwashed by the media.聽Many Americans had mistakenly assumed that Mueller鈥檚 indictment of Russians 鈥 whether they be posting on FaceBook or acting like intelligence officers 鈥 was proof of guilt. But, as lawyers regularly point out, 鈥渙ne can easily indict a ham sandwich鈥 鈥 easier still these days, if it comes with Russian dressing.

Chances have now increased that the gullible folks who had been assured that Mueller would find collusion between you and Putin may now be a bit more circumspect 鈥 skeptical even 鈥 regarding the rest of the story-line of the 鈥淩ussian hack,鈥 and that will be even more likely among those with some technical background. Such specialists will have a field day, IF 鈥 and it is a capital 鈥淚F鈥 鈥 by some miracle, word of VIPS鈥 forensic findings gets into the media this time around.

The evidence-impoverished, misleadingly labeled 鈥淚ntelligence Community Assessment鈥 of January 6, 2017 had one saving grace. The authors noted: 鈥淭he nature of cyberspace makes attribution of cyber operations difficult but not impossible. Every kind of cyber operation 鈥 malicious or not 鈥 leaves a trail.鈥 Forensic investigators can follow a trail of metadata and other technical properties. VIPS has done that.

A 鈥淗igh-Class Entity?鈥

If, as we strongly suspect, Mueller is relying for forensics solely on CrowdStrike, the discredited firm hired by the DNC in the spring of 2016, he is acting more in the mold of Inspector Clouseau than the crackerjack investigator he is reputed to be. It simply does not suffice for Mueller鈥檚 former colleague James Comey to tell Congress that CrowdStrike is a 鈥渉igh-class entity.鈥 It is nothing of the sort and, in addition to its documented incompetence, it is riddled with conflicts of interest. Comey needs to explain why he kept the FBI away from the DNC computers after they were said to have been 鈥渉acked.鈥

And former National Intelligence Director James Clapper needs to explain his聽claim聽last November that 鈥渢he forensic evidence was overwhelming about what the Russians had done.鈥澛燱hat forensic evidence? From CrowdStrike? We at VIPS, in contrast, are finding more and more forensic evidence that the DNC emails were leaked, not hacked by the Russians or anyone else 鈥 and that 鈥淕uccifer 2.0鈥 is an out-and-out fraud. Yes, we can prove that from forensics too.

But the Talking Heads Say 鈥

Again, if Mueller鈥檚 incomplete investigation is allowed to assume the status of Holy Writ, most Americans will continue to believe that 鈥 whether you colluded the Russians or not 鈥 Putin came through for you big time. In short, absent President Putin鈥檚 help, you would not be president.

Far too many Americans will still believe this because of the mainstream-media fodder 鈥 half-cooked by intelligence leaks 鈥 that they have been fed for two and a half years.聽The media have been playingthe聽central role in the effort of the MICIMATT (the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank) complex to stymie any improvement in relations with Russia. We in VIPS have repeatedly demonstrated that the core charges of Russian interference in the 2016 election are built on a house of cards. But, despite our record of accuracy on this issue 鈥 not to mention our pre-Iraq-war warnings about the fraudulent intelligence served up by our former colleagues 鈥 we have gotten no play in mainstream media.

Most of us have chalked up decades in the intelligence business and many have extensive academic and government experience focusing on Russia.聽We consider the issue of 鈥淩ussian interference鈥 of overriding significance not only because the allegation is mischievously bogus and easily disproven. More important, it has brought tension with nuclear-armed Russia to the kind of dangerous fever pitch not seen since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, when the Russian provocation was real 鈥 authentic, not synthetic.

Sober minds resolved that crisis more than a half-century ago, and we all got to live another day. These days sober minds seem few and far between and a great deal is at stake. On the intelligence/forensics side, we have proved that the evidence adduced to 鈥減rove鈥 that the Russians hacked into the DNC and Podesta emails and gave them to聽WikiLeaks聽is spurious. For example, we have examined metadata from one key document attributed to Russian hacking and shown that it was synthetically tainted with 鈥淩ussian fingerprints.鈥

Who Left the Bread Crumbs?

So, if it wasn鈥檛 the Russians, who left the 鈥淩ussian鈥 bread-crumb 鈥渇ingerprints?鈥 We do not know for sure; on this question we cannot draw a conclusion based on the principles of science 鈥 at least not yet. We suspect, however, that cyber warriors closer to home were responsible for inserting the 鈥渢ell-tale signs鈥 necessary to attribute 鈥渉acks鈥 to Russia. We tacked on our more speculative views regarding this intriguing issue onto the end of our July 24, 2017聽Memorandum聽to you entitled 鈥淚ntelligence Veterans Challenge Russia Hack Evidence.鈥

We recall that you were apprised of that Memorandum鈥檚 key findings because you ordered then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo to talk to William Binney, one of our two former NSA Technical Directors and one of the principal authors of that Memorandum.聽On October 24, 2017, Pompeo began an hour-long meeting with Binney by explaining the genesis of the odd invitation to CIA Headquarters:聽鈥淵ou are here because the president told me that if I really wanted to know about Russian hacking I needed to talk to you.鈥

On the chance Pompeo has given you no report on his meeting with Binney, we can tell you that Binney, a plain-spoken, widely respected scientist, began by telling Pompeo that his (CIA) people were lying to him about Russian hacking and that he (Binney) could prove it. Pompeo reacted with disbelief, but then talked of following up with the FBI and NSA. We have no sign, though, that he followed through. And there is good reason to believe that Pompeo himself may have been reluctant to follow up with his subordinates in the Directorate of Digital Innovation created by CIA Director John Brennan in 2015. CIA malware and hacking tools are built by the Engineering Development Group, part of that relatively new Directorate.

Obfuscation鈥

A leak from within the CIA, published on March 31, 2017 by聽WikiLeaks聽as part of the so-called 鈥淰ault 7鈥 disclosures, exposed a cyber tool called 鈥淢arble,鈥 which was used during 2016 for 鈥渙bfuscation鈥 (CIA鈥檚 word). This tool can be used to conduct a forensic attribution double game (aka a false-flag operation);聽it included test samples in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian.聽Washington Post聽reporter Ellen Nakashima, to her credit, immediately penned an informative article on the Marble cyber-tool, under the catching (and accurate) headline 鈥淲ikiLeaks鈥 latest release of CIA cyber-tools could blow the cover on agency hacking operations.鈥 That was apparently before Nakashima 鈥済ot the memo.鈥 Mainstream media have otherwise avoided like the plague any mention of Marble.

Mr. President, we do not know if CIA鈥檚 Marble, or tools like it, played some kind of role in the campaign to blame Russia for hacking the DNC.聽Nor do we know how candid the denizens of CIA鈥檚 Directorate of Digital Innovation have been with the White House 鈥 or with former Director Pompeo 鈥 on this touchy issue. Since it is still quite relevant, we will repeat below a paragraph included in our July 2017 Memorandum to you under the sub-heading 鈥淧utin and the Technology:鈥

鈥淲e also do not know if you have discussed cyber issues in any detail with President Putin.聽In his interview with NBC鈥檚 Megyn Kelly, he seemed quite willing 鈥 perhaps even eager 鈥 to address issues related to the kind of cyber tools revealed in the Vault 7 disclosures, if only to indicate he has been briefed on them.聽Putin pointed out that today鈥檚 technology enables hacking to be 鈥渕asked and聽camouflaged to聽an聽extent that no one can聽understand the聽origin鈥 [of the hack] 鈥 And, vice versa, it is possible to聽set up any entity or聽any individual that everyone will think that they are the聽exact source of聽that attack. Hackers may be anywhere,鈥 he said. 鈥淭here may be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very craftily and聽professionally passed the聽buck to聽Russia. Can鈥檛 you imagine such a聽scenario? 鈥 I聽can.鈥

As we told Attorney General Barr five weeks ago, we consider Mueller鈥檚 findings fundamentally flawed on the forensics side and聽ipso facto聽incomplete. We also criticized Mueller for failing to interview willing witnesses with direct knowledge, like聽WikiLeaks鈥 Julian Assange.

Political Enemies & Mainstream Media (Forgive the Redundancy)

You may be unaware that in March 2017 lawyers for Assange and the Justice Department (acting on behalf of the CIA) reportedly were very close to an agreement under which Assange would agree to discuss 鈥渢echnical evidence ruling out certain parties鈥 in the leak of the DNC emails and agree to redact some classified CIA information, in exchange for limited immunity. According to the investigative reporter John Solomon of聽The Hill,聽Sen. Mark Warner, (D-VA) vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, learned of the incipient deal and told then-FBI Director Comey, who ordered an abrupt鈥渟tand down鈥聽and an end to the discussions with Assange.

Why did Comey and Warner put the kibosh on receiving 鈥渢echnical evidence ruling out certain parties鈥 [read Russia]?聽We won鈥檛 insult you with the obvious answer. Assange is now in prison, to the delight of so many 鈥 including Mrs. Clinton who has said Assange must now 鈥渁nswer for what he has done.鈥

But is it too late to follow up somehow on Assange鈥檚 offer? Might he or his associates be still willing to provide 鈥渢echnical evidence鈥 showing, at least, who was聽not聽the culprit?

You, Mr. President, could cause that to happen. You would have to buck strong resistance at every turn, and there all manner of ways that those with vested interests and a lot of practice in sabotage can try to thwart you 鈥 with the full cooperation of most media pundits. By now, you know all too well how that works.

But you are the president. And there may be no better time than now to face them down, show the spurious nature of the concocted 鈥渆vidence鈥 attempting to put you in 鈥淧utin鈥檚 pocket,鈥 and 鈥 not least 鈥 lift the cloud that has prevented you from pursuing a more decent relationship with Russia.

For the Steering Group,聽Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)

Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPS)

Philip Giraldi,聽CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)

Mike Gravel,聽former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator

James George Jatras, former U.S. diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate leadership (Associate VIPS)

Larry Johnson, former CIA Intelligence Officer & former State Department Counter-Terrorism Official, (ret.)

Michael S. Kearns,聽Captain, USAF (ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)

John Kiriakou,聽former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003

Clement J. Laniewski, LTC, U.S. Army (ret.)

Linda Lewis,聽WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.)

Edward Loomis,聽NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

David MacMichael,聽former Senior Estimates Officer, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

Ray McGovern,聽former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)

Elizabeth Murray,聽former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)

Todd E. Pierce,聽MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)

Peter Van Buren,U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) (associate VIPS)

Robert Wing,聽U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (former) (associate VIPS)

Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War

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Ukraine鈥檚 president-in-waiting Zelensky vows to end conflict in Donbass with 鈥楶OWERFUL INFOWAR鈥

Zelensky vowed to聽鈥渁ct within the Normandy format,鈥澛爎eferring to the French-German-Russian-Ukrainian talks on war in Donbass, saying that聽鈥渨e will continue the Minsk process, we will restart it.鈥

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Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky, set for a landslide win in Ukraine鈥檚 presidential vote, stayed true to character at his first press conference, dropping some flashy promises but refusing to go into boring detail.

Shortly after claiming electoral victory, Zelensky held a Q&A session with reporters at his campaign HQ in a Kiev business center. While the official results of the elections have yet to be announced, multiple exit polls suggest he secured more than 72 percent of votes.

Zelensky addressed the media in an easy-going manner. He spoke in a mix of Ukrainian and Russian, switching between the two languages, sometimes in one sentence. He also talked English a bit. But if the press hoped to shed light on the policies of the incoming president and his team, the conference actually generated more questions than answers.

Bringing the civil war in eastern Ukraine to an end appears to be one of the top priorities for Zelensky.

Promising to announce some kind of a plan shortly, he asked the reporters for help in the upcoming 鈥渋nfowar鈥 that he says would help end the conflict, which, since 2014, has been raging between Kiev鈥檚 troops and the rebel self-proclaimed republics.

We will launch a very powerful information war to end the war in Donbass.

He then vowed to聽鈥渁ct within the Normandy format,鈥澛爎eferring to the French-German-Russian-Ukrainian talks on war in Donbass, saying that聽鈥渨e will continue the Minsk process, we will restart it.鈥

Next up, Zelensky did not rule out 鈥 even if half-jokingly 鈥 that the outvoted president Petro Poroshenko could gain a government post if the public聽鈥渁sks so.鈥

Do you want me to appoint him? Then I will ask society鈥 If they tell me that they want to see Petro Poroshenko in one post or another 鈥 maybe, I don’t know.

Zelensky added, though, that he would like to try 鈥渘ew people鈥 first. But the very team of the soon-to-be president still remains a mystery, as he鈥檚 refusing to provide any names, be it the new administration, the judiciary, or the country鈥檚 military.

鈥淲e have very serious acting generals who have authority in the army, you will definitely see them. I have no right to give the names of these people now, as there is an agreement with the generals,鈥澛燴elensky said cryptically, likewise not revealing his candidate for prosecutor general.

For now, Zelensky and his Servant of the People party 鈥 notably named after his own comedy show where he played a schoolteacher-turned-president 鈥 are promising to introduce the team聽鈥渋n the near future.鈥

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The Triumph of Evil

What is going on is that American oil companies want to recover their control over the revenue streams from Venezuela鈥檚 vast oil reserves.

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Today (April 17) I heard a NPR 鈥渘ews鈥 report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as 鈥渢he Venezuelan dictator Maduro.鈥 By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image of Maduro in the minds of vast numbers of peoples who know nothing about Venezuela and had never heard of Maduro until he is dropped on them as 鈥渄ictator.鈥

Nicolas Maduro Moros was elected president of Venezuela in 2013 and again in 2018. Previously he served as vice president and foreign minister, and he was elected to the National Assembly in 2000. Despite Washington鈥檚 propaganda campaign against him and Washington鈥檚 attempt to instigate violent street protests and Maduro鈥檚 overthrow by the Venezuelan military, whose leaders have been offered large sums of money, Maduro has the overwhelming support of the people, and the military has not moved against him.

What is going on is that American oil companies want to recover their control over the revenue streams from Venezuela鈥檚 vast oil reserves. Under the Bolivarian Revolution of Chavez, continued by Maduro, the oil revenues instead of departing the country have been used to reduce poverty and raise literacy inside Venezuela.

The opposition to Maduro inside Venezuela comes from the elites who have been traditionally allied with Washington in the looting of the country. These corrupt elites, with the CIA鈥檚 help, temporarily overthrew Chavez, but the people and the Venezuelan military secured his release and return to the presidency.

Washington has a long record of refusing to accept any reformist governments in Latin America. Reformers get in the way of North America鈥檚 exploitation of Latin American countries and are overthrown.

With the exceptions of Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua, Latin America consists of Washington鈥檚 vassal states. In recent years Washington destroyed reform governments in Honduras, Argentina and Brazil and put gangsters in charge.

According to US national security adviser John Bolton, a neoconservative war monger, the governments in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua will soon be overthrown. New sanctions have now been placed on the three countries. Washington in the typical display of its pettiness targeted sanctions against the son of the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.聽https://www.rt.com/news/456841-bolton-russia-venezuela-threat/

Ortega has been the leader of Nicaragua since for 40 years. He was president 1985-1990 and has been elected and reelected as president since 2006.

Ortega was the opponent of Somoza, Washington鈥檚 dictator in Nicaragua. Consequently he and his movement were attacked by the neoconservative operation known as Iran-Contra during the Reagan years. Ortega was a reformer. His government focused on literacy, land reform, and nationalization, which was at the expense of the wealthy ruling class. He was labeled a 鈥淢arxist-Leninist,鈥 and Washington attempted to discredit his reforms as controversial leftist policies.

Somehow Castro and Ortega survived Washington鈥檚 plots against them. By the skin of his teeth so did Chavez unless you believe it was the CIA that gave him cancer. Castro and Chavez are dead. Ortega is 74. Maduro is in trouble, because Washington has stolen Venezuela鈥檚 bank deposits and cut Venezuela off the international financial system, and the British have stolen Venezuela鈥檚 gold. This makes it hard for Venezuela to pay its debts.

The Trump regime has branded the democratically twice-elected Maduro an 鈥渋llegitimate鈥 president. Washington has found a willing puppet, Juan Guaido, to take Maduro鈥檚 place and has announced that the puppet is now the president of Venezuela. No one among the Western presstitutes or among the vassals of Washington鈥檚 empire finds it strange that an elected president is illegitimate but one picked by Washington is not.

Russia and China have given Maduro diplomatic support. Both have substantial investments in Venezuela that would be lost if Washington seizes the country. Russia鈥檚 support for Maduro was declared by Bolton today to be a provocation that is a threat to international peace and security. Bolton said his sanctions should be seen by Russia as a warning against providing any help for the Venezuelan government.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and vice president Pence have added their big mouths to the propaganda against the few independent governments in Latin America. Where is the shame when the highest American government officials stand up in front of the world and openly proclaim that it is official US government policy to overthrow democratically elected governments simply because those governments don鈥檛 let Americans plunder their countries?

How is it possible that Pompeo can announce that the 鈥渄ays are numbered鈥 of the elected president of Nicaragua, who has been elected president 3 or 4 times, and the world not see the US as a rogue state that must be isolated and shunned? How can Pompeo describe Washington鈥檚 overthrow of an elected government as 鈥渟etting the Nicaraguan people free?鈥

The top officials of the US government have announced that they intend to overthrow the governments of 3 countries and this is not seen as 鈥渁 threat to international peace and security?鈥

How much peace and security did Washington鈥檚 overthrow of governments in Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and the attempted overthrow of Syria bring?

Washington is once again openly violating international law and the rest of the world has nothing to say?

There is only one way to describe this: The Triumph of Evil.

鈥淭he blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.鈥 鈥 William Butler Yeats

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