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The Pences: defenders of Christian values in the White House

Article about Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen views Christian life as weird, showing nature of Christian persecution in the US.

Seraphim Hanisch

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A companion article noted that Christian believers in the US are seeking to help stand for those Christians in far off lands who are being martyred and persecuted for their faith at the hands of ISIS and other cruel religious and secular forces. But we also noted that this problem is extremely fierce in the Western “Christian” world, but the attacks try to bring Christian life to irrelevance and “shame it out of existence.”

An example of this in action came from Yahoo.com, carrying a news piece from AFP. Here is that piece; we have added emphases to focus on our point:

On page 11 of an application to work at a private Christian school in Virginia, teachers are bluntly asked to pledge to “maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct.” It goes on to say banned conduct includes, but is not limited, to: “heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g. premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity” or “any other violation of the unique roles of male and female.”

Students at the Immanuel Christian School — who range in age from five to 14 — are also banned from engaging in “homosexual or bi-sexual activity,” according to an agreement parents must sign before enrollment. Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen is once again teaching art at the school in Washington’s suburbs — sparking anger from gay rights advocates who say it sends the wrong message from the inner circles of US power. “We’ll let the critics roll off our backs,” Pence said in an interview with Catholic television network EWTN. But he added: “The criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”

Of course, the Pence family’s brand of religious conservatism is exactly why Donald Trump chose him as a running mate in July 2016.

– Pro-prayer, anti-abortion –

At that time, Pence was the governor of Indiana and a former congressman with a low national profile. He had a few crowning achievements to boast of — a state anti-abortion law and a “religious freedom law” that said individuals and companies wishing not to serve gay and lesbian customers could cite a “substantial burden” on their religious beliefs as a reason.

An amendment was eventually passed to provide protections for LGBT citizens.

The anti-abortion law added limits to access, banning those motivated by the fetus’s race, gender or disability. But it was eventually blocked in the courts. Nevertheless, the two initiatives had burnished Pence’s reputation as a champion of the religious right. Since taking office as vice president, the 59-year-old Pence — who seems to make it his business not to make waves — regularly appears alongside the 45th president of the United States.

In meetings, he often takes a back seat, his lips sealed and his head nodding in approval. When he speaks in public, he never misses a chance to voice his admiration for the man who brought him back to Washington.

On the face of it, they could not be more different — Trump is brash, twice divorced, vocal about his sexual conquests and doesn’t seem to have a tight grasp on biblical passages. Pence meanwhile said last year: “I do try and start every day reading the Bible. My wife and I try to have a prayer together before I leave the house every morning.” On Thursday, the vice president was set to host a roundtable for pro-abortion rights activists on the eve of the March for Life, a major annual anti-abortion rally in Washington. Pence was the first vice president to speak at the march in 2017.

“We will not rest, until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity,” Pence told the crowd.

– The fight continues –

Mike and Karen Pence met at church — an evangelical Protestant congregation. One in four Americans associates with the movement. Today, they are often seen holding hands when they are together in public. Pence often begins his tweets by saying, “Karen and I are praying for…”

They are reportedly inseparable — a fact that sometimes sparks mockery. In 2002, Mike Pence, then a lawmaker, infamously told The Hill that he never ate alone with a woman other than Karen, and that he would not accept an invitation to an event where alcohol was being served if she were not there. “If there’s alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me,” Pence told the Washington paper.

While he has often joked about his traditional views of coupledom, he has never denied them. Karen Pence, 62, shares her husband’s conservative beliefs. In 1991, she wrote to The Indianapolis Star newspaper to complain about an article that, she claimed, encouraged children to think they were gay or lesbian, according to a copy of the letter released by The Washington Post. Since that time, gay marriage has become the law of the land — legal across the country. But there is no explicit federal ban on discriminating against someone for their sexual orientation, which allows employers like the Immanual Christian School to maintain its rules against “sexual immorality.”

For the Pences, as for other evangelicals, the battle continues.

The thing that is stunning about this news piece is that it casts what are traditionally Christian values and a traditionally good Christian family in a negative light. For AFP and Yahoo, the Pences are an anomaly, a throwback that needs to be thrown back. The contemporary reader is more likely to mock the “backwardness” of Family Pence rather than see their lifestyles as honorable.

This is the nature of the attack against Christianity in our country.

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I think the author misses the point. Traditional Christian values and a traditionally good Christian family are private affairs. The state has no right to mandate them for all Americans. Unfortunately, Christians are the only religious group in America that attempts to mandate its values into law for everyone. There is no place for that kind of religious fascism in America.

Olivia Kroth
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Right on! “Traditional Christian values” from the US Bible Belt are not the only values that count.

Platon
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Platon

Congratulations! I see that the latest Hasbara/CIA talking point and recently minted neologism; ‘Christo-Fascism’ has already crossed your desk. It also hit the net elsewhere yesterday in a paranoid article by Moishe Michel, in which he attacks Christian home-schooling and sees sinister connotations in Russian and US home-schooling enthusiasts actually talking to each other. It is odd how Globalist Judaeo-Fascists can talk to each other, Woody Allen-style (non-stop), and no one says a word. But the term will be still-born I predict, as was Islamo-Fascism (except among MSM presstitutes for awhile). The problem for the linguistic conspirators is that Christianity… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

May I point you in the direction of the Judeao-Fascist law, sponsored by AIPAC, and recently passed in most of these United States, outlawing the BDS movement?

In what way does your following claim not apply far more perfectly following my one word correction?

“The state has no right to mandate them for all Americans. Unfortunately, Jews are the only religious group in America that attempts to mandate its values into law for everyone. There is no place for that kind of religious fascism in America”

Platon
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Platon

“Traditional Christian values and a traditionally good Christian family are private affairs.” Is this theologically informed opinion, or did you pull it out of some dark, private place at body temperature?

Olivia Kroth
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What a nasty and vulgar comment to Gio Con who is simply writing his opinion, like everybody else. Platon’s hateful, spiteful personality is pathologic.

Platon
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Platon

You are transparent.
“Always accuse others of what you are doing.” Golda Meir and Osip Goebbels.

Olivia Kroth
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Thank you for the compliment, dear Platon. I quite like Golda Meir. She was a great woman. Everytime I go to the Central Choral Synagogue in Moscow for Shabbat, I sit in her seat and think of her. She loved Moscow, just like I do. There is a guilded plaque with her name in the upstairs section for women in the Synagogue. That’s where I sit, right there, remembering Golda Meir. I am very glad you mentioned her name. That is the first sensible comment you gave here on this topic, sorry to say. But all’s not lost. Even your… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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More info about Golda Meir in Russia can be found in Haaretz.com:

“… in 1948, Golda Meir, newly arrived in Moscow as Israel’s first ambassador to the Soviet Union, showed up at the capital’s Choral Synagogue on the first day of Rosh Hashana. The State of Israel had been declared less than five months earlier, and the government of Joseph Stalin had been the second country to officially recognize the new nation …”

Platon
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Platon

Trust me, no one gives a shit about your early lesbian gran, Golda.

Platon
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Platon

Golda Meir is a man.
Too bad the pale of settlement was breached.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Sick joke of the day!!

Olivia Kroth
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No, Shaun. It is not a joke. Priest Hanish is preaching again. We must all better ourselves and be “good Christians” now. The Christianization of heathen DURAN readers is in full swing.

Platon
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Platon

I am not certain just how Christian Evangelical Protestants are but the certainty that they are more Christian than Steven Suckerberg and Victoria Nuland is at least a start.

Olivia Kroth
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Steven Zuckerberg cannot be a Christian because he is of Jewish faith. So where is the logic in your comment?

Platon
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Platon

He could convert.
But the semantic ‘logic’ is in the absurdity and hyperbolic nature of the comparison.
Perhaps diacritic marks around
Christian would have helped.

Olivia Kroth
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Of course Mr. Zuckerberg could convert but obviously he does not want to convert. He likes the Judaic religion. And the Judaic law says: Born a Jew, you remain a Jew, no matter to which religion you convert.

You could also convert to Judaism, Plato. Would you want to? Probably not, as you display rather strong antisemitic tendencies in your commentaries.

Never mind! We are all open-minded and tolerant. We even understand that some commentators need to spill hatred against Jews.

Platon
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Platon

Gee! Judaism sounds more than a bit Fascist. Or like some other ‘Omerta’, ‘offer you can’t refuse’ Mafia kind of thing. I won’t mention the infant genital mutilation thingy (more than once) which you seem to make sit well somehow with your other liberal feminist views. Most ‘unexceptionals’ would become schizoid making all that hang together as anything but a reprehensible and shameful set of ‘practices’. So, kudos to you for making it work… I guess. “Never mind! We are all open-minded and tolerant. We even understand that some commentators need to spill hatred against Christians [I fixed it for… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

He could convert.

But more seriously, the semantic ‘logic’ is in the absurdity and hyperbolic nature of the comparison. Perhaps diacritic marks around
Christian would have helped.

But more likely, nothing would have helped.
Judging by your post above, you seem to be a Christo-phobe.

Olivia Kroth
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No, I am not a Christo-phobe, Plato. But I am a born Jew. And I do not like to be “Christianized” by Priest Hanish’s endless “Christian” articles. It is getting a bit much, especially on weekends, when he dominates the DURAN, because nobody else publishes anything on weekends. Then Priest Hanish converts the DURAN into the US Bible Belts “Postil for Heathens”. Maybe he could work as a Christian missionary in Africa instead of placing one “Christian” article after the other here in the DURAN for the rest of us dumb, uneducated lost souls who are not of Christian faith?… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

Like I said, you can always do Sesame Street or Seinfeld reruns. Unless of course, you love to whine.
Anyway, I do not do flame wars, at least not on the Duran site, so I consider this conversation terminated.

Olivia Kroth
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You might want to join Priest Hanish in the Christianization of Africa. Priest Hanish and Priest Plato (what a heathen name!) on tour with free lessons from the US Bible Belt for all those poor pagans and other “cretins” who do not know that only Christianity is the right belief for “adults”. You are using a rather strange vocabulary, dear preacherman. Mixed together, your bla bla bla sounds like a recipe for intellectual “Eintopf” (potstew). I am quoting from your diverse absurd comments: “Judeao-Fascist law – Hasbara/CIA – hyperbolic nature of the comparison – diacritic marks – ‘unexceptionals’ – schizoid… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

Tell it to the cabal at Bibi’s kosher piss-a parlor and Hasbara troll farm.

Olivia Kroth
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I do not understand your mumbo-jumbo. Could you please write English? Or have you forgotten your native language during your Christian missionary trip to Africa (together with Priest Hanish)?

Paddy Jameson Power
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“Biblical standards of moral conduct”? Really? Does that mean the moral imperative of the Old Testament, which celebrates murder, genocide, even exhortations to kill the animals of the enemies of the self chosen people, burning your daughters alive, perverse sexual practises, such as those of Lot, Abraham, David, Solomon and very many more. A fine example to follow, indeed. Not that the New Testament is a lot better, with the sexual hangups of Paul, for example. Jesus, who is lauded as such a perfect example for his followers, compared the Samaritan woman who asked him for help, to a dog.… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

It looks like your source for New Testament quotes and knowledge is the Talmud, or Dawkins, the militant atheist and cretin.

Olivia Kroth
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There is nothing wrong with the Talmud or the Koran. They are holy books, just like the Bible. Do not burn them!

By the way, “cretin” is a rather strong word, very abusive, in connation with religion or the lack thereof.

Platon
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Platon

Talmudist thinking. Sad in an adult.

Olivia Kroth
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Calling others “cretin” speaks volumes about your nasty, sadistic nature. What’s wrong with you? Need some help?

Rootman
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Rootman

The problem with the myriad evangelical fundie nominations and cults is their agressive missionary tendency, their shallow McChristian culure which is as toxic to non western cultures as fast food, their ideological zionism and armaggeddon wet dreams. They vote for pro- US fascists like Bolsonaro in Brasil.

Olivia Kroth
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Too many “Christian” articles by Mr. Hanish for my taste. How about presenting some “Buddhist”, “Hindu”, “Jewish”, “Muslim”, Shaman” articles in the DURAN? Or is this site straight from the US Bible Belt?

Platon
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Platon

I suggest you go to reruns of Sesame Street for that sort of thing.

Olivia Kroth
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And you could return to that old kitsch film, “The Crucifixion of Jesus”.

Platon
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Platon

Thank you, Seraphim, for posting your thoughtful and (judging by the comments below) provocative articles on religion.
They seem to get the possessed among the Duran population, jumping up and down like Ukro-Facist jumping beans, choreographed by the Zionist US State Department, on the Maidan.

Keep the articles coming. As they are effectively banned in the CIA-controlled, Jewish-owned MSM. You have a lot of balance to redress.

Olivia Kroth
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Etcetera bla bla bla talmudic hatred etcetera bla bla bla ukro-fascist jumping beans sesame reruns – prolific buns etcetera bla bla bla jumping up and down nightgown etcetera bla bla bla effectively banned drastically manned theoretically scanned primitively dranned obviously planned etcetera bla bla bla
Jewish-owned Christian-boned Muslim-honed Buddhist-droned Shaman-cloned etcetera bla bla bla
CONVERSATION TERMINATED!

Platon
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Platon

Calling 911 for an electrician for your tripped circuits, Isabella/Vierochka. It is the Christian thing to do.

Olivia Kroth
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My name is Olivia. Do you need reading glasses, Platon? Are you sure you are quite ok? You seem to have moments of mental blackout. Please, take your medication.

Platon
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Platon

This one is for Olivia Kroth AKA Vierotchka and Vera Gottlieb:
Remembering your words: “And the Judaic law says: Born a Jew, you remain a Jew, no matter to which religion you convert.”
So, here is a confession coming from your fellow Jew.

Olivia Kroth
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I am neither Vierochka nor Vera Gottlieb. My name is Olivia Kroth, and I write under this name. I do not use any facades like you, Platon, because I am proud of my name. I do not need to hide behind anonymous shades like you do. Whether you appreciate it or not, this is Judaic law: A born Jew will always remain a Jew, whatever other confession he converts to. Gladly, most Jews do not convert. And we do not need your permission, “Platon”, to practice our religion and adhere to our faith. By the way, when did you die,… Read more »

Platon
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Platon
Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Thank you Platon!
Nudelman’s conversation is a good introduction as any to these non-semitic khazars who call falsely themselves “Jews”

This ethnic Khazarian Mafia has so infested the USA, and the west, and led it to circle the drain, as is what is happening today.

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Airline wars heat up, as industry undergoes massive disruption (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 145.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the global commercial airline industry, which is undergoing massive changes, as competition creeps in from Russia and China.

Reuters reports that Boeing Co’s legal troubles grew as a new lawsuit accused the company of defrauding shareholders by concealing safety deficiencies in its 737 MAX planes before two fatal crashes led to their worldwide grounding.

The proposed class action filed in Chicago federal court seeks damages for alleged securities fraud violations, after Boeing’s market value tumbled by $34 billion within two weeks of the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX.

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According to the complaint, Boeing “effectively put profitability and growth ahead of airplane safety and honesty” by rushing the 737 MAX to market to compete with Airbus SE, while leaving out “extra” or “optional” features designed to prevent the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes.

It also said Boeing’s statements about its growth prospects and the 737 MAX were undermined by its alleged conflict of interest from retaining broad authority from federal regulators to assess the plane’s safety.

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Boeing said on Tuesday that aircraft orders in the first quarter fell to 95 from 180 a year earlier, with no orders for the 737 MAX following the worldwide grounding.

On April 5, it said it planned to cut monthly 737 production to 42 planes from 52, and was making progress on a 737 MAX software update to prevent further accidents.

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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

One can’t help but notice that the latest shot across the bow in the simmering trade war with Europe comes as i) Trump is reportedly preparing to fold in his trade war with China, punting enforcement to whoever is president in 2025, and ii) comes just as Boeing has found itself scrambling to preserve orders as the world has put its orderbook for Boeing 737 MAX airplanes on hold, which prompted Boeing to cut 737 production by 20% on Friday.

While the first may be purely a coincidence, the second – which is expected to not only slam Boeing’s financials for Q1 and Q2, but may also adversely impact US GDP – had at least some impact on the decision to proceed with these tariffs at this moment.

We now await Europe’s angry response to what is Trump’s latest salvo in what is once again a global trade war. And, paradoxically, we also expect this news to send stocks blasting higher as, taking a page from the US-China trade book, every day algos will price in imminent “US-European trade deal optimism.”

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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Authored by Philip Giraldi via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


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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