Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Freedom of the Press Outrage

Barack Obama locks out the press — again

President Barack Obama is pictured. | AP Photo

SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they weren’t even told what room or floor he was on.

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“We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president’s participation in them is fundamentally public in nature,” said Christi Parsons, the new president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

“Denying access to him in that setting undermines the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.

It’s of special concern as these events and the donors they attract become more influential in the political process.”

Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited.

The constantly repeated line that they’re running the “most transparent administration in history” tends to prompt snickers.

Halfway through Obama’s West Coast swing, it’s tipping toward outrage.

Tuesday morning, the WHCA complained after Obama celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by hosting Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong’s widow in the Oval Office and allowing just a brief glimpse by a few select photographers.

Asked why the president couldn’t accommodate a little more open coverage, given the nature of the event, White House press secretary Josh Earnest demurred.

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“Not this time,” he said.

That’s after reporters only in the past week learned of a May 1 meeting Obama had with former President Bill Clinton, made public after the White House released official photos of the previously secret event.

And a May 30 lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have been under wraps if not for an errant People Magazine tweet.

And it’s after a week in which Earnest cited the use of anonymous sources in attempts to deflect two reports — one from POLITICO about a spat with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley over where to send the unaccompanied minors from the border crisis, the other from The Washington Post asserting that the Obama administration knew about and ignored the border crisis for years.

Reporters pressed Earnest at Monday’s briefing, noting that the White House routinely passes along information on terms of background or not for attribution.

The decision by Obama and his staff to take the secrecy approach to super PAC appearances has aggravated the concerns even further.

This was, after all, the president who stepped away from State of the Union tradition in 2010 to directly attack the Supreme Court for the Citizens United ruling that helped spur the dramatic rise in campaign spending.

(A separate federal court ruling paved the way for super PACs.)

And Obama, even during his own 2012 reelection campaign, kept distance from the Priorities USA super PAC that was supporting him.

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But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week: one in New York last Thursday and the two on the West Coast.

How many people Obama met with was a secret.

How much they paid to get in was a secret.

Finding out who the people were?

Forget it.

Even a general account of what the president said to them?

Not from this White House.

Parsons said the WHCA has asked the White House to reconsider its position regarding access, but has not yet filed a formal complaint.

All this as the White House, like previous administrations, looks for as much free media as it can get, sending the president out to lunch with people who’ve written him letters, and capitalizes on D.C. reporters’ Twitter excitement with unannounced stops at Starbucks and Chipotle.

Yet limited access to the president at fundraisers is nothing new.

Wednesday afternoon at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Los Altos Hills, in Silicon Valley, reporters were invited into a backyard that included its own tennis court, pool and olive grove to hear Obama deliver almost entirely canned remarks about his record and the midterms.

Only as they were being rushed out did the president start to take questions — promising he’d alternate “girl-boy, girl-boy” once the “fourth estate” was gone.

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, Obama’s recently returned ambassador to Hungary, kicked things off by asking him about the Russian reset and the situation in Ukraine.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/barack-obama-locks-out-the-press-again-109316.html

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Insider Blows Whistle on Ukraine

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Inflation will enter the US economy via import prices, and already hard-pressed Americans will experience more compression of their living standards.

World polls show that other countries regard the US as the greatest threat to peace. 

The American people themselves have no confidence in their government.

Sanctions and Airliners — 

Paul Craig Roberts

Sanctions and Airliners
Paul Craig Roberts

NOTE: Photos are now available of the wreckage from the Malaysian airliner crash. Notice the extensive debris and the large section of fuselage. You are observing remains of an airliner that was hit with a missile at 33,000 feet and fell to impact land. Remember, no such debris was present at the site where the airliner is alleged to have hit the Pentagon and at the alleged crash site in Pennsylvania of the 4th 9/11 hijacked airliner. Give that some thought. No doubt but that the 9/11 Commission will conclude that only Malaysian airliners leave debris.

The unilateral US sanctions announced by Obama on July 16 blocking Russian weapons and energy companies access to US bank loans demonstrate Washington’s impotence.

The rest of the world, including America’s two largest business organizations, turned their backs on Obama. The US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers placed ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post protesting US sanctions. NAM said that the manufacturer’s association is “disappointed that the US is extending sanctions in increasingly unilateral ways that will undermine US commercial engagement.”

Bloomberg reported that “meeting in Brussels, leaders of the European Union refused to match the US measures.”

In attempting to isolate Russia, the White House Fool has isolated Washington.

The sanctions will have no effect on the Russian companies. The Russian companies can get more bank loans than they need from China, or from France and Germany.

The three traits that define Washington–arrogance, hubris, and corruption–make Washington a slow learner.

Arrogant people wallowing in hubris are incapable of learning.

When they encounter resistance they respond with bribes, threats, and coercion.

Diplomacy requires learning ability, but Washington left diplomacy years ago and relies on force.

Consequently, with its sanctions Washington is undermining its own power and influence.

Sanctions are encouraging countries to withdraw from the dollar payments system that is the foundation of US power.

Christian Noyer, Governor of the Bank of France and a member of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council, said that Washington’s sanctions are driving companies and countries out of the dollar payments system.

The huge sum extorted from the French bank, BNP Paribas, for doing business with countries disapproved by Washington makes clear the increased legal risks that arise from using the dollar when Washington makes the rules.

Washington’s attack on the French bank was the occasion for many to remember the numerous past sanctions and to contemplate future sanctions, such as those that loom for Germany’s Commerzbank.

A movement to diversify the currencies used in international trade is inevitable. Noyer pointed out that trade between Europe and China does not need to use the dollar and can be fully paid in Euros or Renminbi.

The phenomenon of US rules expanding to all US dollar-denominated transactions around the world is accelerating the movement away from the dollar payment system.

Some countries have already arranged bilateral agreements with trading partners to make their trade payments in their own currencies.

The BRICS are establishing new payment methods independently of the dollar and are setting up their own International Monetary Fund to finance trade imbalances.

The US dollar’s exchange value depends on its role in the international payments system.

As this role shrivels, so will demand for dollars and the dollar’s exchange value.

Inflation will enter the US economy via import prices, and already hard-pressed Americans will experience more compression of their living standards.

In the 21st century distrust has been growing of Washington.

Washington’s lies, such as Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” and “Iranian nukes” are recognized as lies by other governments.

The lies were used by Washington to destroy countries and to threaten others with destruction, keeping the world in constant turmoil.

Washington delivers no benefit that offsets the turmoil that Washington inflicts on everyone else.

Washington’s friendship requires complying with Washington’s demands, and governments are concluding that Washington’s friendship is not worth the high cost.

The NSA spy scandal and Washington’s refusal to apologize and desist has deepened the distrust of Washington by its own allies.

World polls show that other countries regard the US as the greatest threat to peace.

The American people themselves have no confidence in their government.

Polls show that a large majority of Americans believe that politicians, the presstitute media, and private interest groups such as Wall Street and the military/security complex rig the system to serve themselves at the expense of the American people.

Washington’s empire is beginning to crack, a circumstance that will bring desperate action from Washington.

Today (July 17) I heard a BBC news report on National Public Radio about a Malaysian airliner being shot down in Ukraine.

The reporting might have been honest, but it sounded like a frame-up of Russia and the Ukrainian “separatists.”

As the BBC solicited more biased opinions, the broadcast ended with a report from social media that separatists had brought down the airliner with a Russian weapon system.

No one on the program wondered what the separatists had to gain by shooting down an airliner.

Instead, the discussion was whether once Russian responsibility was established, would this force the EU to endorse tougher US sanctions against Russia.

The BBC was following Washington’s script and heading the story where Washington wanted it to go.

The appearance of a Washington operation is present. All the warmongers were ready on cue.

US Vice President Joe Biden declared that the airliner was “blown out of the sky.” It was “not an accident.”

Why would a person without an agenda be so declarative prior to having any information?

Clearly, Biden was not implying that it was Kiev that blew the airliner out of the sky.

Biden was at work in advance of the evidence blaming Russia.

Indeed, the way Washington operates, it will pile on blame until it needs no evidence.

Senator John McCain jumped on the supposition that there were US citizens aboard to call for punitive actions against Russia before the passenger list and the cause of the airliner’s fate are known.

The “investigation” is being conducted by Washington’s puppet regime in Kiev. I think we already know what the conclusion will be.

The probability is high that we are going to have more fabricated evidence, such as the fabricated evidence presented by US Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN “proving” the existence of the non-existent Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction.”

Washington has succeeded with so many lies, deceptions and crimes that it believes that it can always succeed again.

At this time as I write, we have no reliable information about the airliner, but the Roman question always pertains: “Who benefits?” [cui bono?]

There is no conceivable motive for separatists to shoot down an airliner, but Washington did have a motive–to frame-up Russia–and possibly a second motive.

Among the reports or rumors there is one that says Putin’s presidential plane flew a similar route to that of the Malaysian airliner within 37 minutes of one another.

This report has led to speculation that Washington decided to rid itself of Putin and mistook the Malaysian airliner for Putin’s jet. RT reports that the two airplanes are similar in appearance. http://rt.com/news/173672-malaysia-plane-crash-putin/ 

Before you say Washington is too sophisticated to mistake one airliner for another, keep in mind that when Washington shot down an Iranian airliner over Iranian air space, the US Navy claimed that it thought the 290 civilians that it murdered were in an Iranian fighter jet, a F-14 Tomcat fighter, a US-made fighter that was a mainstay of the US Navy.

If the US Navy cannot tell its own workhorse fighter aircraft from an Iranian airliner, clearly the US can confuse two airliners that the RT report shows appear very similar.

During the entire BBC frame-up of Russia, no one mentioned the Iranian passenger airliner that the US “blew out of the sky.”

No one put sanctions on Washington.

Whatever the outcome of the Malaysian airliner incident, it demonstrates a danger in Putin’s soft policy toward Washington’s ongoing hard intervention in Ukraine.

Putin’s decision to respond with diplomacy instead of with military means to Washington’s provocations in Ukraine gave Putin a winning hand, as evidenced by the opposition to Obama’s sanctions by the EU and US business interests.

However, by not bringing a quick forceable end to the Washington-sponsored conflict in Ukraine, Putin has left the door open for the devious machinations in which Washington specializes.

If Putin had accepted the requests of the former Russian territories in eastern and southern Ukraine to rejoin Mother Russia, the Ukrainian imbroglio would have come to an end months ago, and Russia would not be running risks of being framed-up.

Putin did not get the full benefit of refusing to send troops into the former Russian territories, because Washington’s official position is that Russian troops are operating in Ukraine.

When facts do not support Washington’s agenda, Washington disposes of the facts.

The US media blames Putin as the perpetrator of violence in Ukraine. It is Washington’s accusation, not any known facts, that is the basis for the sanctions.

As there is no act too dastardly for Washington to undertake, Putin and Russia could become victims of a devious machination.

Russia seems hypnotized by the West and motivated to be included as a part of the West.

This desire for acceptance plays into Washington’s hands.

Russia does not need the West, but Europe needs Russia. One option for Russia is to tend to Russian interests and wait for Europe to come courting.

The Russian government should not forget that Washington’s attitude toward Russia is formed by the Wolfowitz Doctrine which states:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.

This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”


 
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Busted: 0 Planned Illegal Invasion Since 2010

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BUSTED! OBAMA PLANNED ILLEGAL INVASION SINCE 2010!


A month or two ago news broke that Obama’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began.

The breaking news you’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. And the tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.

The following is a small taste of what’s out there in grant records. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.


Between Dec 2010 and Nov 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance.”


Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”


From Dec 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.”


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