Tuesday, 25 October 2016

America's road to dictatorship

America sleepwalks into full-blown fascism

The article below rings alarm bells for me.

We know from experience that America now has a choice between a corrupt, criminal warmonger who is likely to take the world to war and a megalomaniac narcissist who may be the perfect candidate for the war party’s candidate, Killary to win in an election that is already shown to be rigged.

There is a lot of optimism amongst certain circles (I come across it every day) that the Wikileaks release of the Podesta files and the other revelations might lead to the indictment of Hillary Clinton for her many crimes and that she is unelectable.

I do not share that optimism.

The revelations have been so damning and coming thick-and-fast that had America still got a functioning democracy and electorial system Killary would be totally unelectable.

However, I have a cautionary tale for Americans.

At the end of 2014 we in New Zealand had an election that was also marred revelations of dirty politics,and also featured some of New Zealand’s first examples of electoral fraud.

KimDotcom, who has fallen victim to the Empire organised a Moment of Truth which featured among others, Glenn Greenwald,Edward Snowden and Julian Assange – all brought together to expose the worst excesses of a government under PM John Key.

It was a time of great hope and excitement for those of us determined to rid the country of a fascist government – not least because we had so many great figures all centred on this small country.

However, the result was very different from what many thought.

Kim Dotcom,the Internet Party, Dirty Politics – all this, had the combined effect of increasing John Key’s vote as New Zealanders essentially voted for fascism.

The lies of John Key worked well.

And I am sure they will do it again next year

My thoughts on this were reflected in this article from October, 2014.

Corporatism is the new fascism

Here is the Moment of Truth video

I am far from America and American politics but I have severe misgivings and feel that November 8 “election” will go down as the date when the shit hits the fan and America has Hillary Clinton installed as the first dictator and the world moves to war (and I don’t mean what we are seeing now – I mean hot war).

Have a look at my article and Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth along with the following article and then ask yourself if this is not likely to happen in the United States.

WikiLeaks bombshells about Hillary Clinton fail to detonate - or even rattle campaign

256 October, 2016

Washington: What's up with Mr Assange? He used to drop bunker busters that would have them quaking in Washington and other world capitals. But this go-round, he's firing penny crackers that don't quite live up to the portentous billing he gave them in October – "significant to the US election."

And unless the WikiLeaks founder who is holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, is hanging on to some doozies that he intends to publish in the last days of a campaign that polls suggest Hillary Clinton has all but won, it appears that his single-minded campaign to derail the Democratic candidate might have hit a brick wall.

Assange's problem is two-fold.

The content of thousands of emails hacked from the accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta certainly have some "inside the beltway" intrigue. But in the midst of such a divisive and bitterly fought election, they have, at best, mediocre news value.

Just as importantly, a desperate-in-defeat GOP candidate, Donald Trump, continues to suck up most of the media oxygen, thereby taking up the airtime and print space that might be devoted to stories on the emails.

Monday was a case in point. Speaking to farmers at Boynton Beach, Florida, Trump devoted almost half of his speech to embelishing his grand conspiracy theory on why his campaign is in free fall – previously, the media's role in the conspiracy was publication of "untrue" stories about him sexually assaulting women; now they are publishing "phony" polls that show Clinton in the lead when in fact, Trump claims, he is in the lead.

Trump's claim on Monday that "we're actually winning" will be news to his campaign manager Kelly Anne Conway who on Sunday, told CNN that Trump was behind.

Assange uses strident language to denounce Clinton as a presidential candidate. By contrast, Trump adviser and confidant Roger Stone has told reporters that he has a "back channel" to Assange and on the eve of the most recent WikiLeaks dumps, Stone alluded to WikiLeaks in a tweet in which he claimed that Clinton "is done."

And even if it was pure happenstance, the timing of WikiLeaks' first dump of the latest series of emails, just minutes after Trump's campaign was engulfed by the release of the "grab-them- by-the-pussy" video, allows the DNC to claim that Assange was engaged in an attempt to deflect media attention from Trump's crisis by hoping to create a crisis for Clinton.

Earlier in the year, amidst the drama of the GOP primaries contest, Assange told reporters that he had material on Trump but it was hard for an "investigative journalist organisation like WikiLeaks" to publish much more controversial material "than what was coming out of Donald Trump's mouth every second day."

Hmmmm – that didn't stop The New York Times lifting the lid on Trump's non-payment of income tax; or The Washington Post from exposing the shabby interior of Trump's charitable foundation.

The leaked emails contain the minutiae of Clinton's campaign preparation and what are said to be excerpts from some of her controversial million-dollar speeches to Wall Street bankers – far from revealing a smoking gun, they hardly amount to a gun.

Rather than report their tedious detail here, it might be more effective to report some of the US media reaction to them.

Columnist Jim Rutenberg: "They have not brought a major scandal to the surface, at least not yet... they have shown cynical approaches by Clinton and her team to fund-raising; a penchant for secrecy; a coziness with reporters that is too often the case with both parties in Washington; and a calculated approach to environmental issues, free trade and banking."

A Washington Post editorial on the speech excerpts was headlined "Scandal! WikiLeaks reveals Hillary Clinton to be … reasonable."

In The New York Times, a Thomas Friedman column began: "Thank God for WikiLeaks. I confess, I was starting to wonder about what the real Hillary Clinton - the one you never get to see behind closed doors - really stood for. But now that, thanks to WikiLeaks, I've had a chance to peruse her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other banks, I am more convinced than ever she can be the president America needs today."

Coupled with all that and despite her polls lead, Clinton is the second-most disliked candidate to seek the White House because of her poor ratings on honesty and trustworthiness – so stories on the detail of the emails lack stickiness.

More importantly, unlike Trump who seizes on every piece of bait like a pit bull, the Clinton campaign simply refuses to engage – instead [1] it refuses to verify the documents and [2] makes the point that the role of Russian hackers in passing the documents to WikiLeaks makes them suspect.

Real Clear Politics contributor Bill Scher sees the whole business as a teachable moment.

He writes: "In failing to turn unvarnished internal political machinations into a paralysing scandal, WikiLeaks may have inadvertently raised the bar on what constitutes a successful act of political cyberwar. If all an email hacking accomplishes is the temporary embarrassment of some political aides and super-sized servings of gossip for Washington cocktail parties, then the hack is hardly potent ammo."

The fate of Julian Assange

Just in from Wikileaks...


Just got this tweet from Wikileaks. It's dated Oct 24 because of the London time zone.

For those of you who may have been concerned about Assange's fate, you can see now that he is well enough. And that the US government (Obama administration) still regards him as a big thorn in their sides.

By putting pressure on Ecuador to cut him off the internet, the US (John Kerry) has virtually confirmed that Assange is not only well, but that Washington is afraid of what Wikileaks might release about Hillary between now and Nov 7.

Wikileaks Provides Status Update On Julian Assange And The US Election

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24 October, 2016

Over the past week concerns mounted that in the aftermath of the surprising decision by Ecuador to cut Julian Assange's internet connection during the US election period (under pressure from John Kerry), that not all might be well with the Wikileaks founder, about whom Hillary Clinton allegedly jokingly asked whether he can be droned. Concerned speculation about the Ecuadorian embassy exile had risen to such an degree, that overnight Wikileaks announced it would provide a state update on Assange's current status. It did so moments ago on twitter when the WikiLeaks Editorial Board issued the following statement on the status of Julian Assange, Ecuador and the US election.

The contents of the statement:

On Tuesday, the government of Ecuador issued a statement saying that it had decided to not permit Mr. Assange to use the government of Ecuador's internet connection during the US election citing its policy of "non interference."

Ecuador's statement also clarified that it does not seek to interfere with WikiLeaks journalistic work and that it would continue to protect Mr. Assange's asylum rights.

Mr. Assange has asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the United Nations has ruled he has been unlawfully deprived of liberty by the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Sweden for the last six years. He has not been charged.

It is the government of Ecuador's prerogative to decide how to best guard against the misinterpretation of its policies by media groups or states whilst ensuring that it protects Mr. Assange's human rights.

WikiLeaks is a global, high volume publisher that publishes on average one million documents and associated analyses a year.

WikiLeaks publishes its journalistic work from large data centers based in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, among others. Most WikiLeaks staff and lawyers reside in the EU or the US and have not been disrupted.

WikiLeaks has never published from jurisdiction of Ecuador and has no plans to do so. Similarly Mr. Assange does not transmit US election related documents from the embassy.

WikiLeaks is entirely funded by its readers, book and film sales. Its publications ar

WikiLeaks has a perfect, decade long record for publishing only true documents. It has many thousands of sources but does not engage in collaborations with states.

Mr. Assange has not endorsed any candidate although he was happy to speak at the Green's convention due to Dr. Jill Stein's position whistleblowers, peace and war.

Reading between the lines, it appears that Assange is fine, if only for the time being.

Director Of Wikileaks Found Dead

Hillary’s Body Count Is Going Up: Wikileaks Director & Assange’s Mentor Gavin MacFadyen Found Dead



24 October, 2016

The world has no mercy!

New casualty of cruel ambition to be US president, the Clinton body count is going up.

Director of WikiLeaks, her biggest enemy besides Trump, is found dead today!

According to RT:

WikiLeaks director and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism Gavin MacFadyen has died at age 76. The cause of death is yet unknown. His ‘fellows in arms’ have flocked online to post their farewells, including WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

We are extremely sad to announce the death of Gavin MacFadyen, CIJ’s Founder, Director and its leading light,” the Centre for Investigative Journalism team wrote on its Twitter.

MacFadyen was a pioneering investigative journalist and filmmaker, who back in 2003 founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), an organization that helped break several major stories and has trained a number of prominent journalists. He was a mentor and friend to famous whistleblower and co-founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, as well as the director of the publication. Paying tribute to their head, WikiLeaks published a post on the group’s Twitter account saying MacFadyen “now takes his fists and his fight to battle God.” (USAPOLITICSTODAY)

Where is Julian Assange? We are all seriously concerned now
Kristine Moore

24 October, 2016

Rumors about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are swirling around the internet so fast right now that it seems like each time I run a Google search to see if there is any news, several new theories have sprung up already. But this is a good thing. It shows those in control that the rest of us aren’t going to simply sit back, fret, and do nothing. We are going to make sure that Julian is okay. Whatever it takes.

Before Assange, people could be forgiven for thinking that trapping someone inside a small space in London and holding them hostage as a political prisoner was something that only happened during the medieval era. After all, the Tower of London has seen many political prisoners in its time, most of them put there for dubious reasons at best. And now, in the year 2016, we have Julian Assange holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Utterly trapped and unable to even get fresh air or step outside for a walk for fear of arrest. And he has been there since 2012.
What of this possible arrest, you ask? For anybody that has read even in passing that there are rape charges that were filed against Julian, let me just put this to rest right now, once and for all. Julian Assange did not rape anybody.
What he did do was have consensual sex with two women without using protection. In Sweden, if a woman goes to the police and says a man didn’t use protection, they can arrest you on the spot. No proof whatsoever is needed. In this particular case, the women in question both found out that he had been with the other one and sought revenge. Don’t people think it’s odd that the charges were immediately dropped, only to be reinstated again?
Protesting to free Julian Assange outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy A protester outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange is trapped. [Image by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

If you have been paying attention to WikiLeaks long enough, you will know that the United States would dearly love to bring Julian Assange onto American soil so that they can prosecute him for treason, something that could result in the death penalty. If Julian so much as steps outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy, there are British guards stationed outside that will whisk him away to Sweden. From there, the Swedish authorities would almost certainly give him up to the American authorities.
So, for anybody who asks why Julian Assange doesn’t just face the Swedish rape allegations if he knows he is innocent, this is why. It’s all a game. And it’s a game that Sweden and the United States have rigged in their favor to win. But that really shouldn’t surprise anybody.
We’ve all heard by now that Mark Halperin from The Circus has claimed that Julian Assange could be “very easily extradited” if Hillary Clinton wins the upcoming election. And you know what? He’s probably right. But when Assange’s WikiLeaks supporters took down most of the internet on the East Coast and West Coast recently, this was a warning shot to politicians. If political leaders are worried about leaked e-mails and data now, they need to get their heads around the fact that if Julian gets extradited to Sweden and then the United States, or tortured and murdered, it’s game over as far as they are concerned. Is this something they really want to risk because of their pride and ambitions?

Speaking of politicians, WikiLeaks is reporting that it was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who demanded that Ecuador cut all internet access for Assange. Ecuador has obviously bowed to American authority and pressure, and this lack of Julian online is what is so concerning to everybody right now.

WikiLeaks posted on their Twitter feed yesterday that it wasn’t unreasonable that supporters were demanding proof that Julian Assange is still alive, and for that very reason they are giving a survey asking participants what would be the most effective and believable way to show that Assange is not singing with the choir invisible.

Thousands keep demanding Assange proof of life. Not unreasonable. He's in a tough spot and is WikiLeaks best known validator. Preference?

When I took the poll last night, I chose a video speech, which was ranked highest at that point, but I noticed that having Assange stand at his window was in a very close second place.
How do you feel about this whole situation? Is it right that governments are holding a man hostage who is so committed to truth and justice? What do you think the best method of proof would be to show us that Julian Assange is still alive and well?

Mass arrests at Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline: Police fire on media drones, mass arrests, treaty rights declared

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, in Los Angeles, California, September 13, 2016. © Lucy Nicholson


24 October, 2016

Protests over development of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota led to more than 125 arrests and a highway blockade over the weekend, as pipeline opponents claimed “unceded territory” in the direct path of construction.
Meanwhile, local law enforcement fired on two unmanned media drones, claiming that "protesters attacked a helicopter with a drone," and that the helicopter pilot and passengers were "in fear of their lives."

The weekend developments marked a distinct heightening of tensions between self-proclaimed water protectors and law enforcement. Roadblocks went up on State Highway 1806 on Sunday, as water protectors declared eminent domain and set up a new winter camp on private land known as Cannonball Ranch. The property was recently purchased by Dakota Access pipeline company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, developer of the pipeline.
The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) camp coordinator Mekasi Camp-Horinek said Oceti Sakowin's new frontline camp — just east of State Highway 1806 and 2.5 miles north of the Cannonball River, along the proposed path of the pipeline — is part of an occupation that is planned to persist "until the pipeline is permanently stopped."
"Today, the Oceti Sakowin has enacted eminent domain on DAPL lands, claiming 1851 treaty rights. This is unceded land," Camp-Horinek said Sunday in a news release, adding, "We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action. We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful."
Three blockades in all were established on Sunday "to ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement," the release says. The Highway 1806 blockade was lifted around 5:00pm CDT, according to videographer Unicorn Riot.
"We have never ceded this land," said Joye Braun, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. "If DAPL can go through and claim eminent domain on landowners and Native peoples on their own land, then we as sovereign nations can then declare eminent domain on our own aboriginal homeland. We are here to protect the burial sites here. Highway 1806 has become the no surrender line."
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier called encampment "intentional, planned, coordinated and outright unlawful."
"Individuals trespassing on private property can't claim eminent domain to justify their criminal actions," he said in a statement.
The $3.78 billon, 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline has been the subject of heated protests for months. The protests have been led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has alleged the project would destroy several cultural sites and burial grounds, and claimed it would taint their water supply. DAPL is planned to come within a half mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
If completed, the pipeline would travel across four states and is expected to carry nearly half-million barrels of crude oil daily from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. The pipeline would travel through North and South Dakota, under the Missouri River, through Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois.
On Saturday, 127 people — including journalists — were arrested during a "prayer walk near ancient burial sites and close to DAPL construction,"according to independent media collective Unicorn Riot, members of which have been arrested in the process of documenting the ongoing  DAPL protests. Law enforcement used abusive tactics, including the spraying of mace, to arrest protesters on suspicion of criminal trespassing on private property, Unicorn Riot said.
The Morton County Sheriff's Department called the scene "a riot."
"Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful,"saidSheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. "It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities."
The Standing Rock Sioux have called on the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to address escalating tensions at the protest sites, tribe chairman Dave Archambault II said Sunday.
"Thousands of water protectors have joined the Tribe in solidarity against DAPL, without incident or serious injury," he said in a statement. "Yet, North Dakota law enforcement have proceeded with a disproportionate response to their nonviolent exercise of their First Amendment rights, even going as far as labeling them rioters and calling their every action illegal."
Archambault told NBC News that the Department of Justice "should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement."
Early Sunday, law enforcement shot projectiles at unmanned aircraft that were recording protest events from above in violation of US Federal Aviation Administration rules, according to the Morton County Sheriff's Office. The shots were fired because the drones flew at a surveillance helicopter "in a threatening manner," the sheriff's office said, adding that a deputy aboard the helicopter reported that the pilot and passengers were "in fear of their lives." 
"The drones being operated near the local protests and the camps south of Mandan generally are not being operated within the regulations," Sheriff Kirchmeier said. "Reports of drones not being operated within the FAA guidelines or in a reckless and unsafe manner are being investigated and forwarded to the Morton County States Attorney’s office."
The sheriff's office also condemned the Sunday blockade, which triggered a closure of the highway. In a Facebook message to "protesters who illegally blocked 1806," the sheriff's office said, "If something happens, you will be liable. I’m worried about the people in Standing Rock needing emergency services."
A total of 269 arrests related to the DAPL construction have occurred since August 10, according to the sheriff's offi