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Russia is on alert for US authorities planting fake evidence in Russian consulates

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called America’s actions unprecedented and aggressive.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The planned searches in the Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States is viewed in Moscow as an unprecedented and aggressive action, initiated by US intelligence to organise provocations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Minister-Counselor at the US Embassy in Moscow Anthony Godfrey to receive a protest note amid the plans to conduct searches in the Russian Trade Representation in the United States.

“The note stresses that the planned illicit searches of Russian diplomatic compounds in the absence of Russian officials and threats to break the entrance door is viewed as an unprecedented and aggressive action, which, by the way, can be used by US intelligence services to organize an anti-Russian provocation with the help of planted compromising items,” the ministry said in a statement.

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BobValdez
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Of course that is what it is for. It is a DIRECT provocation! The us MUST start a war with SOMEONE NOW! No war means financial and economic collapse and the end of the empire.

Kaput
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Kaput

ahhha they trying to bait an ex KGB a officer………….. how cute……… he has lots of patience, who cares about a consulate………… lol, Putin has better fish to fry

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Patience AND brains. In fact, every US provocation seems to backfire and make Russia stronger and more respected in the world. His life-long judo training has taught him much.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. They are trying to create the PRETEXT for the COURSE OF ACTION they have already decided they are taking. They Have No More Cards Left to Play. They are out of options. 1. They are MAXED out on their credit card with NO EASY way to get another loan. (War is the only 100% way to automatically increase the U.$. debt limit with the Rothschild Fed.) 2. Investors a fleeing the U.$. market. (Even the Rothschilds have begun to diversify out of the U.$ and western market into South America and Asia.) 3. A series of Natural Disasters have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

It sounds like you must watch and read all the same resources that I do. I think your 8 points are pretty much spot on. Not sure I’m on board with no. 3, though, the ‘more to come’ bit?

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re No.3. Number three is an examination of climatic and seismic cycles. The U.$ has had a lull of geological seismic events in the West, There has been no ‘major’ earthquake on the Western Seaboard for a quarter of a century; and no ‘catastrophic’ movements for more than a century. The Ring of Fire has been very active all over the world for the last decade; from Chili, to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Japan. The U.$. Western Seaboard is the only ‘region’ not to suffer a catastrophic event in living memory (the 1800’s San Francisco quake is… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Ah yes, the Ring of Fire, I see where you’re coming from now. Totally agree with you.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

I think we may read many of the same things. It would be good to get a ‘recommended reading list’ from you. It’s hard filtering out all the Fake News that is cluttering the place up. Maybe we could put one together..?

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

As long as you’re not a CIA agent, looking for sites for Googgle to block ;). Never forget, we’re being watched on here and there are only a few of us, so it’s easy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re CIA. Yes, your right. But for those of us living in a dream land, its too late. We are ALL already on a CIA ‘threat watch’ list. We have said the wrong things in public. And this is a U.$. website. We are ALL on the list already. Re websites. Hmmm… How to create a recommended reading list without jeopardizing the security of the website we want to recommend../ I’m not sure. Most of us have similar tastes I believe. There are a couple of UkroNazis trying to sabotage things and take pleasure flaming people with… Read more »

BobValdez
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BobValdez

(thumbs up) 🙂

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

BUT war with Russia and China rather than countries without a nuclear deterrent in reality means a US wasteland .

BobValdez
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BobValdez

So be it. If that is what they want, give it to them in spades.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I have also come to the same conclusion whether I live or die.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor
Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

Talk is useless,actions need to be taken instead. The US clearly believes they are beyond international law. Its time to show them they aren’t. The best step would be to close permanently all US consulates in Russia. Confine diplomatic services to Moscow alone. And close all the Russian consulates in the US. Only use the Embassy in Washington DC. The UN Mission is a separate situation. If the US wants to interfere there,then the UN will need to be moved out of the US to solve that problem. If Russia and hopefully China was to threaten to withdraw from the… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The UN does seem to be just another layer in the “Anglo-Zionist Consummate Cant” described by Nietzsche. They, at best, have delayed the inevitable showdown of the Good part of the Planet against the part that merely calls itself ‘good’, because no one else will.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

The US regime already has a bill awaiting passage to get the US out of the UN and to remove the UN from US territory….Russia and China might be best to wait and see what happens with this bill, since the US is imploding on all fronts including this one.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-23/congressman-introduces-bill-withdraw-us-united-nations

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Also true …

Kathryn Bondoux
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Kathryn Bondoux

I agree with you. The MilitaryIndustrial complex wants and needs a war. Why because they profit from it. So they keep poking the bear and the bear is getting tired of it. There has been No proof of any wrong doing by Russia but look what we have done to them. Surrounding them with UN ships and trying to get Ukraine to become a UN. What do you think we would do if the reverse happened.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Brilliant idea!

Simon
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Simon

Well, not much one can do against such threats. But I would suggest DON’T open the doors and get the RT team down there plus others, also offer $2000 reward to best alt-media video of the US breaking in and violating diplomatic premises.
That should play well, worldwide.

william D' Altruist
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william D' Altruist

I’d do it for $10,000/ I’d have to use hidden go pros on my person, and triangulate at least 3 more manipulating the camera’s via computer. They’ll seal the street off at the very least… difficult situation. Can’t emagine press being allowed anywhere near the places(s). Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well. The neighborhood will be absolutely swarming with CIA & secret service. This a very,very, high level security situation & absolute madness. I’m seriously wanting to leave the U.S. A type mass hysteria has affected… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think you mean, “martial law”.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

“Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well.”

It was easy enough when the Muellers and Comeys and Soroses of the day murdered the LAST President of the USA – J F Kennedy.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I am waiting to see international coverage of the US’s threats/actions….so far all they are mentioning is the closing and not the US’s illegal searches.

Simon
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Simon

UPDATE – Russia were much smarter then my idea. They let the RT guys film inside their empty diplomatic properties before the search.
No one will believe there was any ‘gotcha’ document left behind.

Brilliant. You have to give these guys credit when it is due.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Have they called for a special UNSC session yet on this unprecedented, unlawful move? Could they expand on the endless breaches of international laws and principles or do we all now have to accept that these have become irrelevant at the UN?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I think you are rather native, believing the UNSC can accomplish anything. It is an agency run by the US for the US.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Yes, I think you are right, but thought they could possibly show them for what they are or blatantly express is at the UN and keep on challenging it so people can see it for what it is. Probably useless whatever one does.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

More often than not, I have the feeling the UNSC is just there to rubber-stamp whatever the US does. And same goes for israel.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Jews and Zionists are ‘special’ people they are not bound by the silly UN rules for the Goyim. 🙂

Rollo10
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Rollo10

The UN was created to produce NWO, One World Government, just as the EU was. In 1917 the War to end all Wars ended, but the objective [Russia] remained so the Zionists sent in Stalin and his ‘Bolsheviks’, when this failed, they used Hitlers ambition to start WW2, this too failed when the Russians defeated the German army in Russia. They then broke up the ‘League of Nations’ and introduced United Nations, who have been acting as a ‘World Government’, introducing laws against Sovereign people Koyoto, UN Agenda 21, UN Agenda 2030, Paris Climate Agreement…….Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Soon BRICS and independence of the petro dollar might change things as this anti-Russia nonsense does not reach far anymore.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

And US actions seem to suggest their desperation. The best hope must be that their desperate acts don’t cause any great, long-lasting harm to the rest of us and they are eventually put out of their misery.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes!

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Rollo10 re “Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are making laws against Sovereign people! UN, EU, IMF, BIS, WHO all protected by NATO.” Yes. It’s time for BRICS to expand. Set up a defacto “Supervisory Group” based on the Astana talks with the purpose being for promoting independent economic cooperation; with individuals “elected” (not nominated) by ‘opposing’ governments so that the representative of the Government they are Representing has no say in the issues that they are supposed to represent. This is under the philosophical premise that anyone who Wants to Be Leader, is ineligible to be leader because they… Read more »

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Two can play at that game.

Simon
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Simon

Just two Sean? The US has almost 300 embassies and consulates around the world.
Apparently these are the new ‘rules’ which apply to them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. These are the new rules. The U.$. reserves the right to force their way into any embassy in the world to search for evidence of crime by any country they have deemed as an Enemy of U.$. interests. This is the key term here most people will miss. U.$. INTERESTS. This is the justification. A threat to THEIR Interests. They are protecting their INTERESTS. Interests may include anything from the Oil Contract EXON hoped to sign in the Sudan; to Boeing’s “failed” bid to win a plane sales deal somewhere in Asia, to suring up U.$. reserve currency status… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The shadow government does seem to have finally been exposed to be that insane. Someone is going to fly in Nero with his violin soon.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“Babylon is Fallen.” Listen. As early as 4 December. What comes next, it would seem, is nowise pleasant for the naive, gullible, wishful worldwide … however.

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

Wow 300 Embassies and yet 900 military bases to protect freedon and democracy American style. Sounds very much like a peace loving country.

ghartwell
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We are living in history. How does it feel, to see America take the world down the path to war? We are living witnesses to the provocative and illegal actions of the American government. I fear how silly and childish and totally irrelevant America will look if and when the time comes when she does not just collapse economically, and in reputation but her infrastructure gets destroyed and cities infected with Biological warfare attacks. This type of action is both pathetic and deeply frightening in the face of how close you are to destruction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The US has always done this. But they were usually better masked. I think this may be the last time.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Judging by the mass looting in Houston and the flooded areas, the US would truly revert to its past and become a Wild West with ‘Mad Max’ type figures terrorising all who survived the nuclear attacks.

Its rather funny 🙂

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Florian: “It’s rather funny.” I used to think the same; but then I started meeting and talking to some Americans. Lots of them are really nice everyday people, and many are just as horrified as us ‘aliens’ of what is happening in Washington and Wall Street. America has been pillaged by the Ruling Class and DeepState to such a degree that it is just a shell of what it once was; and it’s the poor unfortunate everyday American whom has lost their home; has no health insurance; is out of work or on an entirely insufficient disability pension after… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I second that. And I feel the same about we British, who seem hated by some people for what the elite did to them in the past. Well, the elite did it to us too.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Great– they did and still do it to us all — control the banks and leaders of most countries throughout the world– own and exploit their natural resources, their big corps everywhere, GMO everywhere… the list goes on and on, but for sure, they have their dirty fingers in every big pie… Local traitors in every country, part of their global club– all colours of the rainbow too.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I concur with all that you say. However ONLY the US people can remove the parasites that now control their lives. The American people who want real change have to walk out from their Safe Spaces and stand tall. This will involve many of them losing their lives to the Zio Marxist storm troopers .
The alternative is de facto slavery with debt, actual slavery in US jails (+ Fema Camps) and complete penury for others.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

What you say is real– but they’ve never had to endure a world war on their soil– their government just continues their falsely created wars all over the world– the blood of millions of innocents on their hands all these wars on behalf of the Zio’s. But as you say, if Americans want to save their land and have a future, they will have to set their differences aside and hit the streets nationally– en masse– yes and be prepared to die while securing the futures of their children and country from those who are bent on not only US… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

It is encouraging that so many around the globe are able to converse and learn that we are not alone in shunning US/EU policies of terror.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

On the other hand, we must consider the American people, as they too– are as controlled (perhaps even more so), been subjected to brainwashing for many decades, along with most western allied countries too– actually it applies to most nations throughout the world– their reserve banks, Rothschilds owned, their leaders often freemasons– virtual proxies really, as they must tow the line and in exchange receive all the freebies which go with such “honours.” — while living like kings, they’ve betrayed their people– sold their respective countries down the tube. Its a fact of life all over the world– people have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The ordinary American people are not responsible for how silly and childish the ruling men are. But these ruling men are profoundly incompetent and stupid and only succeed because of their absolute power. I watched a YT video of JFK’s assassination recently and the incompetence of these US traitors was breathtaking. But they still got away with it, didn’t they? For decades, until no one felt strongly enough about it anymore to ponder what they had done, even though many people now know he was not murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald (I’m British, by the way.). The economic collapse predicted… Read more »

Филипп
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Филипп

You definitely didn’t look at Russia when it took Europe down the path of war, starting invasive war in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova.

Rollo10
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Rollo10

You have been listening to the US propaganda machine. Russia didn’t invade Ukraine, they attacked Georgia after America set the little state up and they didn’t attack Moldova, that was done by NATO > http://thesaker.is/failed-nato-invasion-of-moldova-sitrep-by-scott/

Филипп
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Филипп

You are literally citing russian propaganda machine. In your fairy world US propaganda occupied Crimea and shot down civilian airliner.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

‘When you point the finger of blame at others, there are three fingers pointing back at you.’ That’s an old, old elitist saying, that was taught to me by an acquaintance, who had grown up knowing these men.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Don’t mind him …. If he is not into seeking the truth with an open and fair mind, he will sadly come to feel the pain, as so many of us have experienced and still do~! That is why we are here– in a safe harbour, finding the truth behind the shameless western fake news lies, we’re constantly bombarded with.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You put that well.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Philip, you don’t believe what you have said. Anyone who finds the Duran has already swallowed the red pill and knows what is really happening. Or, they have been directed to the Duran by someone else? So, why are you here?

Филипп
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Филипп

Oh so this is a tinfoil hatters community. I get it now, disregard anything that I said before.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Since when has the US given a $hit about any compliance with anything.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think that was established with the first treaty with the Native Americans.

Guy
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Guy

So typical.The US is losing credibility and scrambling to demonize Russia in any way they can .At least Russia knows what they are up to.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“U.S.” equals “Deep State” that is “controlled” by whom, where … it is not clear for good reason (but absolute control since the removal of last American President, John F. Kennedy) RIP

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The US is run by gangsters; real gangsters. The same gangsters that organised the killing of JFK. So rules don’t apply to them and never have.

Guy
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Guy

It is run by the mafia.Not necessarily the Italian mafia,although they are still part of it.”Operation Gladio ” by Paul L.Williams .It is a mafia that has morphed , now with world wide tentacles .Drugs , prostitution ,money laundering , big banks ,big business , CIA , Mossad , Vatican and on and on.It is not a pretty picture .

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes, I watched a three hour long YT video the other day, Francis Connolly’s ‘ From JFK to 911: Everything is a rich man’s trick’. Interesting because, unusually, he is English (so much geopolitics begins and ends in America) and I’d never heard of him but I found something somewhere that described him as a school history teacher in the past. There was both praise and condemnation for what he had to say but it was worth watching, I thought. The reason I mention it is because he stressed the idea that the US mafia were heavily involved in his… Read more »

K Walker
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K Walker

After going through Russiagate for over a year, I think Russia should fear the planting of evidence, as should the American pubic. I agree that the RT press or trusted witnesses with cameras should be around this building 24/7. San Francisco has lost its way but I do not think these orders came from the City government.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Any ‘evidence’ from this outrage will have as much value as the ‘evidence’ of tortured innocents at Guantanamo Bay.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. The chances of FABRICATED evidence being planted are high. Everyone, including law enforcement knows that ‘if a criminal’ suspect they someone may be onto them or about to ‘bust them’ then they will destroy the evidence to avoid incrimination. Now, this isn’t to suppose that Russia is guilty of ‘election meddling’ like the U.$. is with countless countries over the years; but I probable don’t need to point out that the prospect that the U.$. Law Enforcement services ARE coming into the building will 100% guarantee that ‘any evidence’ that was there will 100% be destroyed. So, any evidence… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

How about booby trapping the building? If no one has the right to be there than they get whatever is coming to them no.???

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Brilliant! Do you want to make them nuclear? you know, just the tactical kind the U.S. has used in Syria (and Yemen? or was that the Zionist entity?).

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Nah, just your average house/garden/kitchen variety boobytrap will do, just to send a message😁

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I imagine that is something the US regime might do to the building….blow it up while the FBI and gang are “searching” the building then blame it on Russia, saying they set the bombs. Who in the US population would not accept it as their MSM pushes it as a “reason” for all out war with Russia?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Very Machiavellian..yikes

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

But a true possibility from the masters at the game of false flags!

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Yes I know and that scares the hell out of me.

tjoes
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tjoes

gasoline is simple and effective

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You just know, there will be false flags planted there today!!!!!! Beat them at their own game, the slime-balls!!!! Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement, hypocrite!!!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement”

Apparently it was Trump himself that ordered the closing: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709011056979584-trump-consulate-general-closed-himself/

tjoes
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tjoes

Trump is a liar….who said his Kol Nidre prayers

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Trump could have been: genuine and overthrown; a Trojan horse from the beginning; or a modern day Faustus. There are so many conflicting ideas and facts about what he has said and done over the past couple of years, it’s impossible to say. But, what really matters are the outcomes, not his motives. Debates about his motives are a deliberate distraction, to stop people looking in the right direction for answers to what is happening, what will happen, and who are responsible.

Aurelio Ferdinand
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Aurelio Ferdinand

Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal” centered around the British (Brutish) Monarchy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Aureio: re: Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal”

Yes. Bibi just came back empty handed from Sochi (Со́чи) after grovelling to Putin. It didn’t go very well. So, time to ‘up the ante.’

There will be may ‘pretexts’ ‘discovered’ around the globe. I thought the ‘750 billion email addresses that were hacked’ was one of the ‘Russia Did It’ campaigns, but no one has proffered that in the media yet (give it time though).

Desperation levels are rising in the U.$. and IsraHell. Things are not going well for them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Orwellian Law is about to be implemented. Your communications are being monitored in violations of state and international law. The U.$. DeepState is about to force their way into the private premises of a country they have CLASSIFY is the ENEMY and written as such into law. They have already decided there WILL BE NO PEACE, and blocked the highest office of the land from pursuing such an objective. The U.$. DeepState are going to LOOK for evidence of a crime, without supervision; in breach of international law, without any independent party to examine their actions; and without any legal… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

So true, time for Bitcoin although I would not know where to start buying it safely. Do you?

Michelxya
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Michelxya

America is a terrorist. How long will it take before the world understands.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I don’t think the tipping point will ever be reached.

Michelxya
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Michelxya

I think the tipping point is already in the past 😉

Cale
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Cale

There is not much diplomacy possibilities left for Russia to talk to Washington. It seems that US politicians have become insane.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Desperate men do desperate things. Fortunately, Putin and Lavrov are wise.

Sara Bridge Reinhardt
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Sara Bridge Reinhardt

what the whole anti-russia sentiment is about in the intel agencies is that the deep state is threatened by a possible joint frce for good that US and Russia could and would be: two giant CHristian nations working together could rid the world of the deep state pedos obombya was pissed of when Putin was a real man, and obombya was not; because Putin would not accept the politcal agenda of gay rights, he became an “outsider” to be destroyed: Ukraine takeover vy fascists, border aggresson by NATO,NOTHING TOO EVIL TO PUT rUSSIA IN BAD LIGHT GOD WILL REDUCE THESE… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

That is the first thought which concerned me too… planting fake evidence…

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Re Several Posts Below. About 2006 there was a news article on ABC Australia News TV and it was about the then elect President Bill Clinton giving an award to the NSA. The award was for “providing intelligence to U.$. industry which helped secure Boeing winning a contract against the Brazilian Airline Industry. After this example of how U.$. Government Secret Intelligence Services could be used to successfully promote U.$. industry over the industries of foreign countries, a bill was passed (and I don’t know what number it was, the news didn’t go into that), requiring the U.$. intelligence agencies… Read more »

disqus_1Op5S8jvui
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disqus_1Op5S8jvui

Russia shall search all US facilities in Russia.

AlexanderAmproz
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AlexanderAmproz

It’s ironic to say,

but Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and China saved the “Free World”

from the US insatiable thirst to Colonize the World !

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Via Zerohedge…

Step aside (fading) trade war with China: there is a new aggressor – at least according to the US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer – in town.

In a statement on the USTR’s website published late on Monday, the US fair trade agency announced that under Section 301 of the Trade Act, it was proposing a list of EU products to be covered by additional duties. And as justification for the incremental import taxes, the USTR said that it was in response to EU aircraft subsidies, specifically to Europea’s aerospace giant, Airbus, which “have caused adverse effects to the United States” and which the USTR estimates cause $11 billion in harm to the US each year

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Below the full statement from the USTR (link):

USTR Proposes Products for Tariff Countermeasures in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found repeatedly that European Union (EU) subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States.  Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) begins its process under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to identify products of the EU to which additional duties may be applied until the EU removes those subsidies.

USTR is releasing for public comment a preliminary list of EU products to be covered by additional duties.  USTR estimates the harm from the EU subsidies as $11 billion in trade each year.  The amount is subject to an arbitration at the WTO, the result of which is expected to be issued this summer.

“This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and the time has come for action. The Administration is preparing to respond immediately when the WTO issues its finding on the value of U.S. countermeasures,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  “Our ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with the EU to end all WTO-inconsistent subsidies to large civil aircraft.  When the EU ends these harmful subsidies, the additional U.S. duties imposed in response can be lifted.”

In line with U.S. law, the preliminary list contains a number of products in the civil aviation sector, including Airbus aircraft.  Once the WTO arbitrator issues its report on the value of countermeasures, USTR will announce a final product list covering a level of trade commensurate with the adverse effects determined to exist.

Background

After many years of seeking unsuccessfully to convince the EU and four of its member States (France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom) to cease their subsidization of Airbus, the United States brought a WTO challenge to EU subsidies in 2004. In 2011, the WTO found that the EU provided Airbus $18 billion in subsidized financing from 1968 to 2006.  In particular, the WTO found that European “launch aid” subsidies were instrumental in permitting Airbus to launch every model of its large civil aircraft, causing Boeing to lose sales of more than 300 aircraft and market share throughout the world.

In response, the EU removed two minor subsidies, but left most of them unchanged.  The EU also granted Airbus more than $5 billion in new subsidized “launch aid” financing for the A350 XWB.  The United States requested establishment of a compliance panel in March 2012 to address the EU’s failure to remove its old subsidies, as well as the new subsidies and their adverse effects.  That process came to a close with the issuance of an appellate report in May 2018 finding that EU subsidies to high-value, twin-aisle aircraft have caused serious prejudice to U.S. interests.  The report found that billions of dollars in launch aid to the A350 XWB and A380 cause significant lost sales to Boeing 787 and 747 aircraft, as well as lost market share for Boeing very large aircraft in the EU, Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, and UAE markets.

Based on the appellate report, the United States requested authority to impose countermeasures worth $11.2 billion per year, commensurate with the adverse effects caused by EU subsidies.  The EU challenged that estimate, and a WTO arbitrator is currently evaluating those claims

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Mueller report takes ‘Russian meddling’ for granted, offers no actual evidence

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s ‘Russiagate’ report has cleared Donald Trump of ‘collusion’ charges but maintains that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. Yet concrete evidence of that is nowhere to be seen.

The report by Mueller and his team, made public on Thursday by the US Department of Justice, exonerates not just Trump but all Americans of any “collusion” with Russia, “obliterating” the Russiagate conspiracy theory, as journalist Glenn Greenwald put it.

However, it asserts that Russian “interference” in the election did happen, and says it consisted of a campaign on social media as well as Russian military intelligence (repeatedly referred to by its old, Soviet-era name, GRU) “hacking” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the DNC, and the private email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.

As evidence of this, the report basically offers nothing but Mueller’s indictment of “GRU agents,” delivered on the eve of the Helsinki Summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in what was surely a cosmic coincidence.

Indictments are not evidence, however, but allegations. Any time it looks like the report might be bringing up proof, it ends up being redacted, ostensibly to protect sources and methods, and out of concern it might cause “harm to an ongoing matter.”

‘Active measures’ on social media

Mueller’s report leads with the claim that the Internet Research Agency (IRA) ran an “active measures” campaign of social media influence. Citing Facebook and Twitter estimates, the report says this consisted of 470 Facebook accounts that made 80,000 posts that may have been seen by up to 126 million people, between January 2015 and August 2017 (almost a year after the election), and 3,814 Twitter accounts that “may have been” in contact with about 1.4 million people.

Those numbers may seem substantial but, as investigative journalist Gareth Porter pointed out in November 2018, they should be regarded against the background of 33 trillion Facebook posts made during the same period.

According to Mueller, the IRA mind-controlled the American electorate by spending “approximately $100,000” on Facebook ads, hiring someone to walk around New York City “dressed up as Santa Claus with a Trump mask,” and getting Trump campaign affiliates to promote “dozens of tweets, posts, and other political content created by the IRA.” Dozens!

Meanwhile, the key evidence against IRA’s alleged boss Evgeny Prigozhin is that he “appeared together in public photographs” with Putin.

Alleged hacking & release

The report claims that the GRU hacked their way into 29 DCCC computers and another 30 DNC computers, and downloaded data using software called “X-Tunnel.” It is unclear how Mueller’s investigators claim to know this, as the report makes no mention of them or FBI actually examining DNC or DCCC computers. Presumably they took the word of CrowdStrike, the Democrats’ private contractor, for it.

However obtained, the documents were published first through DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 – which the report claims are “fictitious online personas” created by the GRU – and later through WikiLeaks. What is Mueller’s proof that these two entities were “GRU” cutouts? In a word, this:

That the Guccifer 2.0 persona provided reporters access to a restricted portion of the DCLeaks website tends to indicate that both personas were operated by the same or a closely-related group of people.(p. 43)

However, the report acknowledges that the “first known contact” between Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks was on September 15, 2016 – months after the DNC and DCCC documents were published! Here we do get actual evidence: direct messages on Twitter obtained by investigators. Behold, these “spies” are so good, they don’t even talk – and when they do, they use unsecured channels.

Mueller notably claims “it is clear that the stolen DNC and Podesta documents were transferred from the GRU to WikiLeaks” (the rest of that sentence is redacted), but the report clearly implies the investigators do not actually know how. On page 47, the report says Mueller “cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.”

Strangely, the report accuses WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange of making “public statements apparently designed to obscure the source” of the materials (p.48), notably the offer of a reward for finding the murderer of DNC staffer Seth Rich – even though this can be read as corroborating the intermediaries theory, and Assange never actually said Rich was his source.

The rest of Mueller’s report goes on to discuss the Trump campaign’s contacts with anyone even remotely Russian and to create torturous constructions that the president had “obstructed” justice by basically defending himself from charges of being a Russian agent – neither of which resulted in any indictments, however. But the central premise that the 22-month investigation, breathless media coverage, and the 448-page report are based on – that Russia somehow meddled in the 2016 election – remains unproven.

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Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight

The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote.

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It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

American Exceptionalism became the battle cry for an increasingly clueless federal government as well as for a media-deluded public. When 9/11 arrived, the country was ready to lash out at the rest of the world. President George W. Bush growled that “There’s a new sheriff in town and you are either with us or against us.” Afghanistan followed, then Iraq, and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats came up with Libya and the first serious engagement in Syria. In its current manifestation, one finds a United States that threatens Iran on a nearly weekly basis and tears up arms control agreements with Russia while also maintaining deployments of US forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and places like Mali. Scattered across the globe are 800 American military bases while Washington’s principal enemies du jour Russia and China have, respectively, only one and none.

Never before in my lifetime has the United States been so belligerent, and that in spite of the fact that there is no single enemy or combination of enemies that actually threaten either the geographical United States or a vital interest. Venezuela is being threatened with invasion primarily because it is in the western hemisphere and therefore subject to Washington’s claimed proconsular authority. Last Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council that the White House will remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, preferably using diplomacy and sanctions, but “all options are on the table.” Pence warned that Russia and other friends of Maduro need to leave now or face the consequences.

The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly ten times as much on “defense.”

Iran is also upgrading its defensive capabilities, which are formidable. Now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran, has placed a series of increasingly punitive sanctions on the country, and, most recently, has declared a part of the Iranian military to be a “foreign terrorist organization” and therefore subject to attack by US forces at any time, it is clear that war will be the next step. In three weeks, the United States will seek to enforce a global ban on any purchases of Iranian oil. A number of countries, including US nominal ally Turkey, have said they will ignore the ban and it will be interesting to see what the US Navy intends to do to enforce it. Or what Iran will do to break the blockade.

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189. It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The current version of the bill was introduced on April 11th and it is by no means clear what kind of support it might actually have, but the fact that it actually has surfaced at all should be disturbing to anyone who believes it is in the world’s best interest to avoid direct military confrontation between the United States and Russia.

In a a press release by Gardner, who has long been pushing to have Russia listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a February version of the bill is described as “…comprehensive legislation [that] seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the US government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.”

The February version of the bill included Menendez, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors, suggesting that provoking war is truly bipartisan in today’s Washington.

Each Senator co-sponsor contributed a personal comment to the press release. Gardner observed that “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.” Menendez noted that “President Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress” while Graham added that “Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. He should cease and desist meddling in the US electoral process, halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop efforts to create chaos in Syria.” Cardin contributed “Congress continues to take the lead in defending US national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad” and Shaheen observed that “This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”

The Senatorial commentary is, of course, greatly exaggerated and sometimes completely false regarding what is going on in the world, but it is revealing of how ignorant American legislators can be and often are. The Senators also ignore the fact that the designation of presumed Kremlin surrogate forces as “foreign terrorist organizations” is equivalent to a declaration of war against them by the US military, while hypocritically calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is bad enough, as it is demonstrably untrue. But the real damage comes from the existence of the bill itself. It will solidify support for hardliners on both sides, guaranteeing that there will be no rapprochement between Washington and Moscow for the foreseeable future, a development that is bad for everyone involved. Whether it can be characterized as an unintended consequence of unwise decision making or perhaps something more sinister involving a deeply corrupted congress and administration remains to be determined.

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