Thursday, 4 September 2014
September 3-4, 2014 — Beheading videos, SITE, and journalist “freedom fighters”
For the second time in a little over two weeks, a video of the beheading by a British-accented Islamic State jihadist of a U.S. journalist captured in Syria was distributed by the same organization. The most recent video images of orange jump suit-clad U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded were released by the Search for International Terrorist Entities or “SITE,” which also initially discovered and released the video beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley of GlobalPost.com.
As with the Foley video, U.S. intelligence initially refrained from validating the authenticity of the Sotloff video until it completed an examination of the Sotloff video. Obviously, the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are well-versed on SITE’s Israeli pedigree. As previously revealed by WMR, SITE is a Washington, DC-based research institute with links to Israeli right-wing Likud elements and Mossad. SITE is operated by Israeli intelligence asset Rita Katz and was also the source for a number of dubious videos of Osama Bin Laden, including one that only showed the Al Qaeda’s lips moving but the rest of his body inanimate. In 2008, SITE released a video purportedly of Al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al Zawahiri. A number of experts determined the video was a fake.
WMR reported on September 9, 2007 that Katz is “an Iraq-born Jew who moved to Israel after her father was executed by Saddam Hussein’s government for spying for the Mossad. She emigrated to the United States from Israel in 1997. Katz worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in its pursuit of Muslim charity funds in the United States in Operation Green Quest and as a consultant for the FBI. The main coordinator for Green Quest was the then-head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Michael Chertoff.”
In addition, WMR reported: “Katz once served as Research Director of the Investigative Project, another neocon outfit run by noted Arab and Muslim demonizer Steven Emerson, who was one of the first past the post to blame the 1995 Murrah Federal Building bombing on Arab terrorists.”
Our report from 2007 continued: “[The latest 30-minute Bin Laden video] was obtained by the SITE Institute, a Washington-based group that monitors terrorist messages, and provided to the Associated Press.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry revealed that Sotloff was an Israeli citizen after his death. Moreover, Israel admitted going to great lengths to remove from the Internet any references to Sotloff’s Israeli citizenship. However, after Sotloff’s death was confirmed, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official sent out the following Twitter message: “Cleared for publication: Steven Sotloff was Israel citizen RIP.” The Jerusalem Post reported that Sotloff worked for the Temple Beth Am in Florida. The synagogue is a Reformed Judaism day school in Pinecrest, south Miami-Dade County. Sotloff also worked for the Jerusalem Report, a publication of the pro-Netanyahu government Jerusalem Post, and which was formerly owned by arch-neocon Conrad Black’s Hollinger Corporation and funded by multi-billionaire Zionism supporter Charles Bronfman. Sotloff also worked for Media Line and briefly lived in Israel in 2008. While there, Sotloff studied international relations at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzilya.
Herzilya is also the headquarters of Israel’s Mossad. Media Line is a non-profit Israeli news website whose advisory board members include Marvin Kalb, formerly of CBS News; PBS’s Judy Woodruff; Dean Patrick, former newsman for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and current Regent University Dean of the School of Communications; former CBS News reporter Murray Fromson; and Columbia Journalism School professor Ari Goldman.
Questions still surround what Foley and Sotloff were actually doing in Syria. Moreover, Foley had been embedded with jihadist guerrillas fighting against Muammar Qaddafi’s government in Libya prior to his embedded status with Syrian Jabhat al Nusra-linked Islamist guerrillas fighting against Bashar Assad’s government in Syria. In both cases, the CIA was training, arming, and funding the Libyan and Syrian guerrilla forces. Sotloff also was embedded with CIA-supported Islamist guerrillas in Libya and Syria. He also reported as a freelancer from Yemen and Egypt. Foley was embedded with U.S. military units in Afghanistan and Iraq. A photograph of Sotloff shows him embedded with Libyan Islamist fighters at the Al Dafniya front line on June 2, 2011. Getty Images copyright restrictions prevent WMR from including the photograph.
Concerns previously raised by WMR about the CIA’s renewed use of journalists as spies were not assuaged after an American “film maker” friend of Foley and Sotloff appeared on various news programs to eulogize Foley and Sotloff after their beheading. The film maker, Matthew VanDyke told Al Jazeera on September 2 that he fought on the side of the Libyan rebels against Qaddafi as an armed combatant and was taken prisoner and held by the Libyan government forces for six months, as was Foley, before being released and given a one-year suspended sentence for illegally entering Libya. In VanDyke’s case, he used his claim of being a journalist to enter Libya to fight as a combatant for the anti-Qaddafi guerrillas. It is exactly the type of situation, which puts every foreign correspondent in danger, that led to the CIA’s ban on the use of journalists as spies. VanDyke also visited Iraq where he was reportedly “helping Christians,” as was the U.S. military and CIA, against the Islamic State. VanDyke is said to be a resident of Baltimore and a native of Fenwick Island, Delaware. VanDyke describes himself not only as a “film maker” but also a “revolutionary.”
According to Syrian State Television, VanDyke also fought with Free Syrian Army, which included the Jabhat al Nusra guerrillas affiliated with Al Qaeda. Most Jabhat al Nusra forces have now sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. Syrian TV described VanDyke as a terrorist who was fighting the Syrian government on behalf of the jihadist forces. VanDyke was, according to Syrian state TV, fighting alongside Islamist guerrillas in Aleppo. VanDyke calls himself an “Arab Spring freedom fighter” on his personal website. In August 2012, VanDyke announced he was going to join the Syrian uprising against Assad and “capture it all on film.” After VanDyke began raising thousands of dollars on the Kickstarter on-line donation website, the company kicked him off. There were reports at the time that Kickstarter was being used by anti-Assad Syrian terrorist groups to also raise funds. Syrian state TV apparently nailed VanDyke in its description.
Matthew VanDyke’s [above] association with Foley and Sotloff in Libya and Syria tarnishes the “journalism” credentials of both executed Americans.
More noteworthy is VanDyke’s Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Georgetown is and always has been a prime recruiting center for the CIA. VanDyke, like Foley, was embedded with U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unusually, he traveled by motorcycle through Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq (where he lived from 2008 to 2009), Iran, and Afghanistan, countries not normally associated with motorcycle treks.
VanDyke has laughingly been described as a modern-day Che Guevara or a member of Spain’s anti-fascist International Brigade. However, neither Guevara nor any self-respecting member of the International Brigade would ever have fought for CIA-sponsored guerrillas. In fact, VanDyke more resembles an off-beat Blackwater mercenary or a CIA provocateur like David Atlee Phillips or Frank Carlucci.
VanDyke’s friendship with Foley and Sotloff on U.S.-sponsored battlefields embedded with CIA-enabled Islamist guerrilla groups raises the specter that one or more of these so-called “journalists” were performing missions not in keeping with the Journalist’s Creed, particularly the following proviso:
“I believe that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.”
VanDyke has been honored with all sorts of journalist awards, many from “concern” groups funded by global hedge fund tycoon and troublemaker George Soros. However, there is but one problem with giving awards for journalism to someone like VanDyke. He’s not a journalist. At worst, he is a CIA operative using journalist credentials for covert purposes. At best, he is an agent provocateur who has put every legitimate journalist in the gravest of danger. As the case may be with VanDyke’s friends Foley and Sotloff, such provocation of using journalists as U.S. intelligence agents likely cost both of them their lives.
A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.
[Though important to note, the fact that there are and have been closely-interactive connections between news outlets and Langley has been widely known for a very long time. References are numerous. My own personal reference was the day I spent with the production crew of ABC Evening News (Av Richter, Harry Reasoner et alia) in March ’73. The memory is linked to a 1970 fire -engine red Mustang Mach One with a 351-c.i. Cleveland engine that I drove at very high speed to downtown Manhattan as the sun came up with an 8-track stereo bolted to the driver’s right-side armrest/console playing this. ]
Encouraging and supporting asset bubbles is essentially the only force remaining to keep the system intact as we know it.
[It’s Charles Hugh Smith’s work.]
“… Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is proposing new legislation
that possibly could be passed:
[Yet another crisp offering from the proprietor of the sideshow. Good music too…]
Norman Pollack: Putin on the Ritz
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
Time out for a music video:
[Sorry, couldn’t resist. Nice graphics, too, at Munrow’s Channel.]
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: The U.S. and Nato Are Provoking the Ukrainian Crisis
Encircling Russia and Arming Ukraine Are What’s Provoking the Bear
[Damn, I am going to have to learn how to TRANSLATE ALL THESE ARTICLES INTO AUDIO LIKE THAT BING TRANSLATOR I have here.]
Russia Negotiates Ceasefire In Ukraine: NATO Responds With Troops, Warships, and Sanctions
Thursday, September 4, 2014 20:56
“There are a lot of ways we could do this, from community kitchens where families work together to arranging to-go meals from schools. There is no one answer. But we hope this work inspires people to start thinking outside the family kitchen about broader things we as a society can do when it comes to food and health. [emphasis added]
It appears that the family has ultimately played the smallest role in this research….
There are enough problems facing quality in the food system as it is. And yes, there are people who do and have in the past, gotten together to help with food prep – as a choice. But the crux of the food problem is the economy. Without good jobs for a long time (thanks “free trade,” thanks Wall St), access to healthy foods and the time to prepare them is shredded, making it that much harder to withstand the face of food monopolies. Latchkey graduates know the cycle well.
So, the answer to a race to the bottom is to be herded together into state-sponsored kitchen gatherings where we all labor together for all? With our new communal family? With what food? How is that different than standing for hours in food lines? What comes next?
Hefty grants provided to research like the above, while maybe are good for a reality check, are a thinly veiled attempt to influence Americans to keep their place, eschew their families for the societal family and get used to austerity.
Maybe it’s time to stop thinking in terms of tightening our belts, but taking them off.
[This is like music to my ears, tastes to my senses, sustenance for my spirit, an outlet for my interests, and more. I’ve been salting away (I ‘m sorry) books, cooking skills, cookbooks, information on setting up large kitchens and food service, etc. I do all the cooking in my house but we may be moving — literally and figuratively — to a blended-and-pureed vegetable dinner cocktail. I am going to have to slow down and go back to this, as this may be a way of the future, a necessity, the re-new’d community, a place for music, food and more.]
“I have examined the nature of power and division in our society and have always come to the same conclusion, that there are only two types of people: the people who want control over others and the people who just want to be left alone. However, there are also subgroups that swim within the boundaries of each end of the spectrum.”
September 04, 2014
by Brandon Smith
September 03, 2014
by Zero Hedge
This article was originally published at Zero Hedge “The stock market is at an all-time, but economic activity is not at an all-time,”…
September 03, 2014
by Natural News
This article was originally published at Natural News For any number of reasons, more and more people are beginning to shun social media, but…
September 4th, 2014
Via: USA Today:
Tesla Motors and Nevada made it official on Thursday evening: the electric car company’s highly sought battery “Gigafactory” and its projected 6,500 jobs are coming to the Reno area.
Mutual congratulations between the electric-car maker and Silver State officials aside, the news of the announcement event in Carson City was the huge incentives the state will have to contribute to seal its end of the proposed deal: a package estimated to be worth $1.25 billion over 20 years.
[He who will provide income through labor will become as a king approaching godliness.]
Russia announced on Tuesday it will revise its military doctrine in response to a NATO proposal to develop a rapid response force in Eastern Europe and deploy rotating, quasi-permanent troops to countries on Russia’s border. Meanwhile, European leaders are considering imposing tougher sanctions.
posted by Bruce K. Gagnon | 8:22 PM |
NATO pushes its “member” states to increase military spending as the global alliance turns Russia and China into enemies and reinvigorates war in Iraq.
NATO fits the term of war machine now more than ever.
posted by Bruce K. Gagnon | 9:03 AM
Someone I know as Mr. Tocles will get a dose of self-resonant humor when he reads the piece and the comments under this article. “I’ll have an egg-white omelet made with very little oil, dry wheat toast, and grapefruit juice.”
RIANOSTI http://en.ria.ru exploded almost overnight with a batch of fresh new articles on NATO’s Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s belief that tougher and broader sanctions are “the ticket”, Francois Millande’s hope for a ceasefire so his country can 1) keep it’s shipbuilding industry alive and get paid for delivery of two two-helicopter mini-aircraft carriers that have suddenly earned themselves an AWOL unit citation ribbon for the next armed conflict; 2) its article on helicopter-type UAV’s as unmanned flying radar;; and 3) the mostly-unsubtle-but-very-Russian-humor infographic on The-History-of-the-Atomic-Bomb-Project.
pravda.ru also blossomed with articles on “The Putin Plan”, and the “mysterious sleeping sickness” that is terrifying the village of Kalachi in the Akmolinshy region of Kazakhstan. “Drowsiness, memory loss and hallucinations” were diagnosed [as] “encephalopathy of unknown etiology.”
Also from Pravda is its report on the death of Andrei Stenin making me wonder openly if it would be considered internationally impolite to ask whether Andrei was also connected to an intelligence agency. [These days, everyone is on their own, and they’d better have an intelligence agency tucked under the hair and between the ears while they maintain a safe haven for it.]
And above the “fold” (an advertisement for DirectTV on my screen) is the article “Russians Become Jews For New EuroReich” which is sure to rattle some door-handles and ring a few smart phones for days.
In the US, we say things “go viral”.
In some cultures, people talk about things going “rhizomatic”, growing underground like grass. גדל כמו וירוס AIPAC and ADL and the world-wide Zionist community will be taking notes. I park my nuke down in the basement next to the furnace and the water heater.
“They can be wiped off the face of Earth by any type of Nazis, they can be exterminated with the use of banned weapons and deprived of all rights that the “Aryans” are allowed to have under all international conventions …
Those, who want to prevent this from happening, will be subject to sanctions. Can’t do more because of nuclear weapons, you know.”
Verbal insults continue at OnlineReview’s /shadow-nato-comes-out-of-the-closet/
“The upcoming NATO summit on 4 September is expected to further institutionalize the bloc’s relationship with Ukraine, and it cannot be precluded that some surprises may also be in store. One such example could be Poroshenko pulling a temporary ploy and disowning Crimea in order to get around NATO’s formal territorial dispute prohibition. Regardless of how it turns out, the fact is that the Kiev coup-plotters have finally played their NATO hand and have shown the world that they are dead-set on joining the military bloc. Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk would do well, however, to second-guess the wisdom of working with Washington and instead heed Putin’s advice, remembering that “whatever Americans touch they always end up with Libya or Iraq.”
Found ‘Reckless’ in Gulf Spill, BP Faces $18 Billion Fine 4 Sep 2014 A federal judge ruled on Thursday that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout that killed 11 workers, spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and soiled hundreds of miles of beaches. “BP’s conduct was reckless,” United States District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier wrote in his sternly worded decision. Judge Barbier also ruled that Transocean, the owner of the rig, and Halliburton, the service company that cemented the well, were negligent in the accident. But the judge put most of the blame on BP, opening the way to fines of up to $18 billion under the Clean Water Act.
Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Corruption 4 Sep 2014 A Richmond jury today convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on 11 of 14 corruption counts. His co-defendant wife Maureen McDonnell was found guilty on nine corruption counts and obstruction of justice. The charges stemmed from granting favors to a wealthy Virginia businessman in exchange for more than $177,000 worth of lavish gifts, vacations, and loans. The pair was acquitted of bank fraud charges.
NATO warships enter Black Sea 4 Sep 2014 A US Navy destroyer and, reportedly, a French frigate have entered the Black Sea, as NATO builds up its presence in the region while tensions remain high in Ukraine. Another two warships are expected to arrive in the area by the end of the week. The US Navy 6th Fleet official command has confirmed on its official Twitter account that the destroyer USS Ross, (DDG 71), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is now in the Black Sea.
Did you see the video of the two-year-old Australian boy named Lachlan who, because of a hearing disorder and with the placement of a hearing aid, heard his parents’ voices for the first time? (It was on the Today show.)
The smile will brighten your day.
You might get an eye rinse out of it too.
University researchers in Texas say they are designing a new type of drone – one that could be controlled simply and only with a soldier’s mind.
(again, beautiful graphics from carnacki65)
[‘No one was given a map.’]
Ukrainian Forces May Be Turning Their Weapons Against The Kiev Government
which features this video
with English subtitles
and introduces me and you to this blog:
The blogroll here opens up a major international exchange vehicle, but I have yet to sample it.
[Thank you, James!]
The Final Thrust
(again, beautiful graphics from carnacki65)
I’ve posted this video in the past,
but it’s always refreshing to see it: