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Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the US Plot War Against Iran and Hezbollah.

Having failed to unseat Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the United States has switched its focus to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In an act of blatant hypocrisy, the US House has passed “Sanctioning Hezbollah’s Illicit use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act,” a bill that sanctions Hezbollah for alleged war crimes while ignoring its own checkered past brimming with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Congress didn’t need to do much in the way of homework prior to introducing this bill. Israel did that for them when its Intelligence and Terrorism Center at the Center for Special Studies, a research group that collaborates closely with the Israel Defense Forces and the American Jewish Congress, released report on Hezbollah’s purported use of human shields during the 2006 war in Lebanon.

This is a remarkable allegation considering Israel specifically and indiscriminately targeted Lebanon’s civilian population. “Israel’s indiscriminate airstrikes, not Hezbollah’s shielding as claimed by Israeli officials, caused most of the approximately 900 civilian deaths in Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah,” Human Rights Watch reported in September, 2007. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Engineered Terror in Manhattan: Is Sayfullo Saipov a Patsy??

There are several unanswered questions about the terror attack in Manhattan on October 31, allegedly by Sayfullo Saipov, a Uzbek immigrant. Most prominent is a report by a neighbor in Patterson, New Jersey, who said he saw Saipov in the company of two identified men.

“They didn’t look like construction workers. They weren’t dressed like they were going to work,” Carlos Batista told Fox News. “I would see him with them more than his own kids.”

Like the mysterious woman reportedly seen with accused Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, the two individuals spotted with Saipov will never be identified and the corporate media will dismiss Batista’s story as irrelevant, if they acknowledge it at all. The lone wolf inspired and radicalized by Islamic State videos is now the official narrative. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Pompeo Promises a “Much More Vicious” CIA.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told an interviewer at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) the CIA will “become a much more vicious agency” in conducting covert operations against its roster of enemies, most prominently Iran and North Korea.

Pompeo also told the gathering of neocons Trump decertified the Iran deal not because it is in violation—the Iranians are playing by the rules—but rather because Trump has been told it “would curtail Iranian adventurism.”

Trump advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, also addressed the FDD neocons. He said America has suffered from a lack of “strategic competence… in recent years,” in other words, the deep state has failed to remove the governments of Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and assorted others.

Foreign Policy columnist Jeffrey Lewis compared McMaster’s remarks to those of General Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Taylor urged President Kennedy to launch an invasion of Cuba.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a cross-pollination of neocons and humanitarian interventionists. Its board of advisors includes Weekly Standard publisher Bill Kristol, former CIA boss James Woolsey, radical fringe neocon Frank Gaffney, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and assorted deep state insiders, namely Newt Gingrich, Joe Lieberman, Donna Brazile (the former DNC boss is a founding member), and Charles Schumer.

The organization is funded by the Bronfman brothers, Clifford D. May, and assorted millionaires and billionaires. May is president of the foundation and a signatory of the Project for the New American Century, noted for its preoccupation with Iraq and the chimera of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear and chemical programs. It was founded by two neocons, Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan, and is responsible for many of the lies used to make a case for invading Iraq. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- The “Immense Talent” of War Criminal Henry Kissinger.

After candidate Donald Trump sojourned to the New York home of Henry Kissinger last May, it was obvious his rhetoric about draining the swamp was little more than a disingenuous advertising slogan. Kissinger sits near the top of the globalist totem, revered as an elder statesman by the political class.

On October 10, President Trump met with Kissinger in the Oval Office, reportedly to discuss North Korea. During a photo op Trump said the former secretary of state is a “man of immense, talent, experience and knowledge.”

“Henry Kissinger has been a friend of mine,” Trump added, sitting beside the nonagenarian. “I’ve liked him. I’ve respected him. But we've been friends for a long time, long before my emergence into the world of politics, which has not been too long.”

In other words, Donald Trump admires the crimes of Henry Kissinger. However, considering Trump’s dubious comprehension of politics and history, it is entirely possible he only vaguely understands Kissinger conspired to commit murder and was the driving force behind acts defined as war crimes, most notoriously murdering millions of people in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Despite previous criticism of interventionism and nation-building, Trump considers elements of Kissinger’s version of realpolitik useful for his foreign policy agenda.

One can’t get more globalist than the Rockefellers, and Kissinger served the clan as a trusted consigliere for a decade. Kissinger has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1956 and served as a member of its Board of Directors from 1977 to 1981. The CFR was established in 1921 by Col. Edward Mandell House, chief adviser to President Woodrow Wilson, and was financed by John D. Rockefeller along with J.P. Morgan and other bankers. Kissinger is also a regular fixture at annual Bilderberg meetings established by Prince Bernhard, the consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. His colorful past includes a stint as a member of Reiter-SS, a mounted unit of the Nazi SS. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- CFR Article Calls for Sabotaging Alternative Media!!

Foreign Policy, the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, has reposted an article by Daniel Byman, a government insider and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Byman’s article, Should we treat domestic terrorists the way we treat ISIS?: What works—and what doesn’t, calls for a police and surveillance state focus on domestic “rightwing terrorist” individuals and organizations.

Byman’s point of departure is Stephen Paddock, the millionaire accused of killing 58 people attending and country and western festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The government has yet to establish a political or religious motive for the attack, and yet Byman writes Paddock fits “a stereotype of a right-wing terrorist more than a jihadist one.”

From there Byman conflates Paddock’s alleged violence with that of James Alex Fields Jr., the “white supremacist” who drove a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville. “Fields’ use of a car to drive through a crowd resembles nothing more than the vehicle attacks that we’ve seen in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Nice, and other cities in the past two years,” Byman argues.

From there Byman wanders far afield. He pairs the 2015 attack on a Planned Parenthood Clinic and a black church in Charleston to the sniper attack in Las Vegas. He argues the government should treat domestic terrorism incidents the same way it treats attacks by the Islamic State. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Venezuela Prepares for US Invasion.

In response to President Donald Trump’s threats to intervene militarily in Venezuela, the oil-rich country’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, has told his military to prepare for an attack by the United States.

"We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace," Maduro said on September 27 during military exercises in the city of Maracay. He added that “we need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the ready... to defend every inch of the territory if needs be.”

Maduro made the remark after Trump signed a travel ban decree imposed on eight countries he insists pose a security threat to the United States. In August, the president banned US financial institutions from doing business with Venezuela and its Petróleos de Venezuela, the state-owned oil and natural gas company. Oil reserves in Venezuela are the largest in the world. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Catalonia: Franco Returns.

Catalans are drawing comparisons to the brutal rule of El caudillo, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, after the Spanish central government began its crackdown on a planned referendum for Catalonia independence.

Offices were raided and members of the Catalan government arrested on September 20 by Spain's Guardia Civil police as part of an effort to derail an independence vote scheduled for October 1. Madrid ruled the referendum illegal and imposed a ban. Police seized ballots and documents related to the referendum and later took over the payment of essential services and public workers' salaries to prevent Catalonia from spending money. The Spanish government also ordered banks to control all movements in the accounts and credit cards managed by Catalan leaders.

On September 22, the Spanish Interior Ministry chartered three ferries to house police in preparation for a crackdown.

"Three ships arrived and will stay in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona, where police and Guardia Civil forces will stay," said the central government's representative office in Catalonia.

According to a spokesman for the port in Barcelona, the police, said to number over 16,000, will stay until October 3, two days after the scheduled referendum vote. A recent Guardia Civil tweet described the presence of its officers in Catalonia as “La tormenta,” or the storm. The Guardia Civil operation is dubbed Anubis, named after the Egyptian god of death.

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, told the Guardian that even during the worst of ETA era the government did not deploy massive numbers of police. ETA, an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or "Basque Homeland and Liberty,” was a formerly armed leftist Basque nationalist and separatist organization in the Basque Country in northern Spain and southwestern France.

“How would people in the UK feel if ferries stuffed with police officers suddenly turned up where they live? Or if they saw police vans all over the motorway and paramilitary police—like the Guardia Civil—raiding newspaper offices or government buildings or private homes and arresting people as if they were dealing with terrorists?” Puigdemont told the newspaper.

The repressive tactics of the Spanish government are reminiscent of the Franco era. After Franco defeated the democratically elected Spanish Republic and staged a military coup with the assistance of Hitler and Mussolini, Catalans experienced the annulment of the Statute of Autonomy—gained in 1932—and the curtailment of civil liberties, the banning of Catalan institutions, the prohibition and persecution of political parties, and censorship. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Attorney General Sessions Demands a Permanent Surveillance State.

President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter on September 7 to the leaders of the House and Senate demanding Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) be made permanent. The act faces a sunset provision later this year. Under Section 702, the government is allowed to circumvent the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and obtain general warrants issued by the secret FISA court. Proceedings before the FISA court are ex parte—in other words, the government is the only party present—and non-adversarial.

According to senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, the federal government relies on "secret legal interpretations" to claim all-encompassing surveillance powers. The secret court permits interception of electronic communications of unidentified targets anywhere in the United States. Moreover, there are no real limits on how the government uses, retains, or disseminates the information that it collects. “This means the government can create huge databases that contain information about U.S. persons obtained without warrants and then search these databases at a later point,” the American Civil Liberties Union notes.

Sessions and Coats argue the law is limited to the collection of “vital information about international terrorists, cyber actors, individuals and entities engaged in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.”

In fact, the government has used the law to surveil political activists in the United States, activists that have nothing to do with terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Pentagon Steps Up Attacks in Oil-Rich Somalia.

On September 5, AFRICOM and Somali government troops conducted an airstrike on the Islamic group al-Shabaab in the Bay area in the southern part of the country. The Pentagon said it killed three terrorists. According to the Somali government, an earlier AFRICOM raid in the village of Bariire killed ten men and boys. It is yet unknown if the latest raid killed civilians.

Although Donald Trump promised to reduce US military interventionism abroad and said he eschews nation building, in April he authorized the deployment of troops to the embattled Horn of African nation, the first time since 1994.

Trump claims the policies of the Obama administration prevented the Pentagon from defeating al-Shabaab. This is clearly not the case. Barack Obama continued the policy of his predecessor in Africa. He authorized bombing operations, drone attacks, funding and training of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), maintenance of a CIA field station in Mogadishu, and positioning of warships in the Gulf of Aden. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive-Trump’s Afghan War: Based on Neocon Lies.

Standing before a podium at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump addressed an audience of soldiers on August 21. Trump said the consequences of an exit from Afghanistan “are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.”

In order to believe this, facts must be put aside and the official version of events be unquestioningly accepted. There is no evidence the attack of September 11 was “planned and directed from Afghanistan.” Then Secretary of State Colin Powell said two weeks after the attack he would “in the near future… to put out… a document that will describe quite clearly the evidence that we have linking [Osama bin Laden] to this attack.”

However, the following day during a press conference in the Rose Garden with President Bush, Powell said the American people would not be permitted to see the evidence. He added the United States had irrefutable proof of bin Laden’s complicity, but “most of it is classified.” Powell’s remark was an effort to conceal the fact the Bush administration had no evidence Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attack from a cave in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited officials from the CIA and the Justice Department as saying there was no solid evidence of this.

In 1998, following the US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, the Taliban government offered to turn over bin Laden, but the Bush administration refused. Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the Taliban foreign minister, told Al Jazeera his government had made several proposals to the United States to turn over the Saudi to stand trial.

“Even before the [9/11] attacks, our Islamic Emirate had tried through various proposals to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC]," Muttawakil said. “But the US showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had no relations with the US, no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government.”

After the Taliban made the proposals through the US embassy in Pakistan and an informal Taliban office at the UN in New York, the CIA station chief in Pakistan, Robert Grenier, dismissed the offer as a ploy. In mid-September 2001, Grenier had a secret meeting with Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani, considered the second-most powerful figure in the Taliban at the time, at a five-star hotel in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. He said if the Taliban were serious about avoiding a US invasion, they would turn over bin Laden immediately for prosecution. Alternatively, as CIA Director George Tenet put it, the Taliban could “administer justice themselves, in a way that clearly [takes] him off the table,” in other words, the CIA wanted the Taliban to assassinate bin Laden.

The ultimatum was rejected by Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Following this, during a second meeting at a villa in Baluchistan, Grenier said Osmani should overthrow Omar and get rid of Osama bin Laden. This was also rejected. Osmani was later killed by a smart bomb during an attack by the US Air Force in Helmand Province.

The reclusive Omar had previously attempted to establish a dialogue with the United States. In response to an inquiry on bin Laden’s alleged terror activities prior to the September 11 attack, a cable sent by the United States to Omar stated: “We have detailed and solid evidence that Osama bin Laden has been engaged and is still engaged in planning, organizing, and funding acts of international terror.” The US did not provide supporting evidence to back up the accusation and this resulted in the Afghan supreme court acquitting bin Laden in October 1998.

A few months earlier, in August 1998, President Bill Clinton ordered the bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in retaliation for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The US insisted the al-Shifa factory in Khartoum “was actually a disguised chemical weapons factory” that produced VX nerve gas. British engineer Thomas Carnaffin, who worked as a technical manager during the plant’s construction between 1992 and 1996, told reporters he never saw any evidence of the production of an ingredient needed for nerve gas. The attack violated numerous articles of the Hague Conventions.

Moreover, the owner of the Shifa factory gave interviews in which he “emphatically denied that the plant was used for anything other than pharmaceuticals, and there was never persuasive evidence to contradict his assertion. At the same time, members of the administration retreated from claims they made earlier that Osama bin Laden had what [Defense Secretary William] Cohen called ‘a financial interest in contributing to this particular facility.’ It turned out that no direct financial relationship between bin Laden and the plant could be established,” writes Richard Bernstein in his book, Out of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001.

The factory was Sudan's largest commercial manufacturer of prescription drugs for both medical and veterinary purposes, producing 50 percent of the country's supply. “Probably the most important was an anti-diarrhea remedy. They also made drugs against TB and they brought in the basic stock for antibiotics,” Carnaffin explained. It was estimated the destruction of the plant resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Sudanese. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- Distracted by Charlottesville as America is Destroyed by an Economic Takedown_

Once again, the establishment media has taken us down a diversionary path. The tragedy of Charlottesville, where two factions of the political spectrum clashed with deadly consequence, has dominated the headlines. President Donald Trump has been trounced for his response while former president Barack Obama is hailed and a tweet he sent out—a regurgitation of a quote by Nelson Mandala—has become the most-liked tweet in Twitter history.

An endless series of stories—from the hyped threat of North Korea to the opioid crisis and ongoing culture war—dominate the news cycle while the nation slowly yet steadily disintegrates. “The one guaranteed source of doom is our broken financial system,” writes Charles Hugh Smith. “Anyone who thinks our toxic financial system is stable is delusional.”

Smith rightly points out the crises hyped by the establishment media “are not causes of discord: they are symptoms of the inevitable consequences of a toxic financial system that has broken our economy, our system of governance and our society.” [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- “Neocons & Democrats Reunite as War on Russia Intensifies!”_

Perturbed by the outlier Donald Trump, Democrats have circled the wagons and reunited with Bush era neocons under the banner of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a project sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). The organization’s mission is predicated on a baseless presumption that has gone viral—Vladimir Putin and the Russians are actively involved in a nefarious plot to undermine democracy in America and Europe.

ASD’s mission statement avers it will strive to “develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.”

In July, the journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out ASD is “the ultimate union of mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and the world’s most militant, and militaristic, neocons. The group is led by two longtime Washington foreign policy hands, one from the establishment Democratic wing and the other a key figure among leading GOP neocons,” to wit Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly. [READ MORE]

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Newsbud Exclusive- McMaster Ready for “Preventive War” Against North Korea!_

On August 5, President Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster said the United States is preparing to attack North Korea.

“What you’re asking is are we preparing plans for a preventive war, right?” McMaster said in response to a question during an MSNBC interview. “A war that would prevent North Korea from threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon. And the president’s been very clear about it. He said he’s not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States. If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States. It’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.”

The propaganda media, reading from a government script, insists North Korea is now capable of striking targets in the United States. Corporate scriveners and coiffured teleprompter readers on the alphabet networks tell us North Korea is now an imminent threat. “Pyongyang has revealed two types of ICBM during military parades, the KN-08, which can fly 7,000 miles, and the KN-14 with a range of 6,000 miles, Newsweek breathlessly reports. “It now appears that a significant portion of the continental United States is within range” of North Korean missiles, a former Korea analyst for the CIA, now ensconced at the Heritage Foundation, told The Guardian.
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Newsbud Exclusive- State Department, CIA Plot Overthrow of Maduro in Venezuela_

Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s secretary of state, has threatened regime change in Venezuela. The former Exxon CEO’s remark coincides with the arrest of Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, two Venezuelan opposition leaders who were under house arrest and subsequently sent to prison by the government of Nicolás Maduro. Trump said he would hold Maduro “personally responsible” for the safety of López and Ledezma. In a statement, Trump also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.

Tillerson said the United States may directly intervene in Venezuelan political affairs. “We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution,” he said, adding that the United States will work with its Organization of American States (OAS) “partner” to effectuate Maduro’s removal.
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Newsbud Exclusive- Divide & Conquer: Why the Decision to End the CIA’s Covert Ops in Syria is Irrelevant

On July 19 the establishment media reported Trump has decided to put an end to the CIA’s covert support for jihadists in Syria attempting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The program was reportedly put into place by the Obama administration in 2013.

It was reported earlier that Trump had made the decision to shutter the program after meeting with his CIA director and national security adviser prior to a July 7 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

US Special Operations Commander Tony Thomas confirmed Trump’s decision on July 21. “At least from what I know about that program and the decision to end it, absolutely not a sop to the Russians,” Thomas said at the Aspen Security Fourm, an annual gathering of establishment insiders discussing national security. [READ MORE]

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