Friday, September 30, 2016

US Threatens to Arm Al Qaeda, ISIS with Anti-Air Missiles

 Land Destroyer | Sep 30, 2016 | Tony Cartalucci

US officials have threatened Syria and its allies - including Russia specifically - that the collapse of a US-proposed ceasefire will lead "Gulf states" to arm militants with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

A Reuters article titled, "Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials," would elaborate, claiming:
One U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss American policy, said Washington has kept large numbers of such man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, out of Syria by uniting Western and Arab allies behind channeling training and infantry weapons to moderate opposition groups while it pursued talks with Moscow.

But frustration with Washington has intensified, raising the possibility that Gulf allies or Turkey will no longer continue to follow the U.S. lead or will turn a blind eye to wealthy individuals looking to supply MANPADS to opposition groups.

"The Saudis have always thought that the way to get the Russians to back off is what worked in Afghanistan 30 years ago – negating their air power by giving MANPADS to the mujahideen," said a second U.S. official.
However, in reality, ambitions to down Russian and Syrian aircraft over Syria are not Saudi in origin, but rather come from the highest levels of policy and politics within Washington.  Washington-based corporate-financier policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, in a paper titled, "What to do when containing the Syrian crisis has failed," would admit (emphasis added):
We must also be clever about employing various options for no-fly zones: We cannot shoot down an airplane without knowing if it’s Russian or Syrian, but we can identify those aircraft after the fact and destroy Syrian planes on the ground if they were found to have barrel-bombed a neighborhood, for example. These kinds of operations are complicated, no doubt, and especially with Russian aircraft in the area—but I think we have made a mistake in tying ourselves in knots over the issue, since there are options we can pursue.
In a 2015 Fox News interview, US Senator John McCain would admit:

I might do what we did in Afghanistan many years ago, to give those guys the ability to shoot down those planes. That equipment is available.

When asked to clarify his statement as to who would be shooting down the planes, McCain would answer:
The Free Syrian Army, just like the Afghans shot down the Russian...
In essence then, the US is merely laundering anti-air weapons and the ambition to use them through Saudi Arabia, as it has done so with all the weapons, terrorists, vehicles, money, and support used to trigger and perpetuate the ongoing war in Syria - with the Saudis at best, merely partners.

The US is Knowingly Going to Arm Al Qaeda, ISIS with Anti-Air Missiles

US politicians and policymakers are already acutely aware that any weapons they send into Syria - including anti-air missiles - will immediately end up in the hands of designated foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda and ISIS. They are aware of this because thousands of anti-tank missiles the US has sent into the country, as well as fleets of Toyota trucks, ammunition, food, and other supplies have already ended up in Al Qaeda and ISIS' hands.

This is not only through the seizure of weapons by terrorist organizations from "moderate rebels," but because America's "moderate rebels" have either voluntarily joined the ranks of designated terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda and ISIS - or were affiliated with terrorists from the very beginning and even before the conflict even began.

 In a particularly embarrassing episode, it was reported by the pro-war, corporate-financier funded and chaired Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) blog, The Long War Journal in an article titled, "Islamic State used US-made anti-tank missiles near Palmyra," that:

In a new video released by the Islamic State, the jihadist group shows the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur in Arabic. During the video, at least one US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile is seen being used against Syrian regime troops near the city.
The report continued by stating:
This is not the first time the Islamic State has shown with TOWs. Last December, the jihadist group also published photos showing its forces using TOW missiles against Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in the Damascus countryside. The United States has supplied several FSA groups with TOW missiles, which have sometimes fallen into the hands of jihadist groups or have been used to assist jihadist groups. The TOW used in Palmyra was likely captured from battles with the FSA in other parts of Syria.
It is not only possible that any anti-air weapons sent into Syria will end up in the hands of Al Qaeda or ISIS, it is inevitable.

Any nation supplying militants with such weapons is all but intentionally ensuring they eventually end up in the hands of terrorist organizations.

America Sowing the Seeds for New Levels of Global Terrorism for Decades to Come

And what US policymakers seem unaware or unconcerned with is the possibility that such weapons may be turned against their own forces not only in Syria - including US and European warplanes - but across the region, including on the battlefield in Yemen, targeting US-made Saudi warplanes.

Also possible is that these weapon systems are spirited out of the region and used to target civilian aircraft in terrorist attacks around the world.

As the US continues leveraging the downing of MH-17 over Ukraine against Russia, it simultaneously attempts to all but ensure the most dangerous terrorist organizations on Earth gain access to anti-air weaponry. It is a clear indicator that the US, not Russia nor the Syrian government, pose a threat to global peace and stability.

The same US who knowingly created and wielded Al Qaeda against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s before claiming to be victimized by this mercenary force on September 11, 2001 -precipitating a decade and a half of "War on Terror" - is hereby standing up a terrorist mercenary force larger and better armed than ever before. The US is sowing the seeds of global terrorism for decades to come by doing so.

America's fueling of the Syrian conflict directly and through its Persian Gulf proxies has turned the entire Middle East and North African region into a hotbed of failed states, terrorism, and humanitarian crises. Russia's failure to prevent US intervention in Libya has left the nation divided and destroyed, hemorrhaging refugees across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe and inviting terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS to expand across not only the ruins of Libya, but also across the rest of the region and beyond.

Russia's failure to stop the division and destruction of Syria will result in a catastrophe greater still - and despite the level of destruction and violence unfolding today in Syria - should Damascus collapse and militant groups be left intact - Syria will face exponentially greater violence and destruction that will make Libya's ongoing sociopolitical and humanitarian catastrophe pale in comparison.

The US, by erasing the lines of even rhetorical sensibility, does however open a window of opportunity for Syria and its allies to respond with asymmetrical warfare, targeting US and European warplanes illegally operating over Syria in such a way as to make it difficult if not impossible to determine whether or not America's own anti-air weapons are being used against its and its allies' warplanes.

US policy which essentially places anti-air missiles into the hands of terrorists - is so ill-conceived and desperate, the fact that it has been tabled in the first place illustrates Washington's increasingly weak and desperate hand. If this policy is properly exposed for what it truly implies both for Syria and the state of global security for decades to come, and should it be countered intelligently by Syria and its allies, it can be turned back against Washington and add further impetus to finally end this war in the Syrian people's favor - not Washington's.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.

CDC To Begin Detaining Travellers for Forced Vaccinations Unless You Do Something About It

There are times in our life when we need to put aside our daily personal struggles and turn our attention toward a greater issue. This is one of those times.

Not since the Patriot Act of 2001 or the Canadian Bill C-15 of 2016 have we seen a proposal for the expansion of state powers that so violates civil liberties.

This summer, public health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were publishing a lengthy Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the August 15, 2016 Federal Register to amend federal public health law.

The part of the Public Health Service Act they want to strengthen is the part that gives them power under the U.S. Constitution to restrict the freedoms of people entering the U.S. or travelling within the country between states if they believe them infected or at risk of infection with certain kinds of communicable diseases.

This Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) involves the use of federally funded state health departments and state facilities as the majority of police power to detain, isolate, and quarantine citizens belongs to the individual states.

ISIS-Daesh, Al Qaeda Et Al: “US has Always Been Main Sponsor of Islamic State”

Global Research | Sep 30, 2016

RT Op Edge  - The US claim that Russian troops will go home in body bags if Moscow doesn’t end its Aleppo offensive is absurd, former CIA contractor Steven Kelley told RT. He said Russia is the only answer to defeating ISIS. Other experts also weigh in on the subject.

When asked about State Department spokesperson John Kirby’s warning that Russia “will continue to send troops home in body bags” if it doesn’t put an end to the offensive, Kelley said Washington is pretending to be fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) when it isn’t doing so at all.

“The US has always been the main sponsor and creator of Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS), so this charade that they are having anything to do with fighting Daesh in Syria is completely a farce, and I think the rest of the world is smart enough to realize that everything that comes out of the mouth of John Kirby or any of the State Department personnel is complete and utter balderdash,” Kelley said.

He advised Russian President Vladimir Putin to focus on ”getting the job done,” as Russia is the only way IS will be defeated in Syria.

“Russia should sever all relations, and if I had anything to advise Mr. Putin, I would say get the job done, stop participating in any of these peace agreements and destroy Daesh and get the job over with,” he said.
“The US is not going to do anything to help removing (sic) Daesh and is going to do everything possible to reconstruct, rearm, and resupply, and put more personnel into the field. So everything they say is a lie, and Putin really needs to stop playing games with the US State Department and get the job done.”
Kelley went on to credit Russia for getting involved in Syria when it did, stating that the country would have been “completely overrun” by now if it didn’t.

“One can only hope that [Russia] will be resolute, they will finish the job, they will stop being distracted by these fake calls for ceasefires,” he said.

Meanwhile, political analyst Chris Bambery slammed the US for failing to realize that there is no separation between moderate rebels and militants on the ground.
“The Americans can’t on the one hand say they want to fight Daesh – the so-called Islamic State – but at the same time be supporting rebel groups like al-Nusra Front, and there is no separation between moderate rebels and jihadists on the ground. They are there together, fighting alongside each other, and in fact the jihadists make up the majority. Much of the arms provided and the recruits trained by the West… have gone over to those groups,” Bambery told RT.

“It’s strange to me that America can be almost in alliance with a group which is an affiliate of the organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York.

“This does not seem a coherent policy.”
Referring to Washington’s threat of severing ties with Russia when it comes to Syria, Bambery said the situation is equivalent to a child “throwing their toys out of the pram,” adding that Washington needs Moscow to achieve a successful outcome in the war-torn country via a political process.

“They need the Russians to make a deal over Syria. They need them to bring Assad, as they did, to the table, and to kick off the talks,” he said, adding that US Secretary of State John Kerry “doesn’t seem to be actually capable to [rising] to the challenge of Syria, and bringing home an agreement which can end the civil war.”

Jeff Steinberg, senior editor of the Executive Intelligence Review, agreed that the US is failing to differentiate between rebel groups and militants.
“The US does not differentiate between the rebel groups they’re backing, with the exception of ISIS…When Kirby says there’s going to be Russians going to be going home in body bags and terrorism taking place on Russian soil, I have to scratch my head and say, ‘is this a threat coming from a government that’s actually backing groups like al-Nusra?’”
Reminding that al-Nusra is a branch of Al-Qaeda, Steinberg said: “We seem to have forgotten every lesson learned from 9/11, and we’re back in bed with the same forces who carried out those hideous attacks.”

When it comes to Kerry’s call for another ceasefire in Syria, Bambery says that his demand is impossible, as trust has to be rebuilt following the recent happenings.

“Confidence has to be rebuilt, the parties have to be brought back together again, in the way that we got that ceasefire in the first place. And rather than hectoring Russia, rather than hectoring what they seem to regard as opponents in this, they need to be working together to bring back that trust, to bring back the people around the table, where we can get that ceasefire going. And this is not a way of going about it…” he concluded.

Washington never had a so-called ‘Plan A’ in Syria, West a root cause of crisis’ – Syrian UN envoy to RT

RT | Sep 30, 2016

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Washington never had a so-called ‘Plan A’ to resolve the Syrian crisis, Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari told RT, adding that the West is one of the root causes of the Syrian war.

In the wake of the worsening security situation in Syria, Washington has blamed Damascus and Russia for jeopardizing efforts to peacefully resolve the ongoing civil war.

However, al-Jaafari told RT that Washington on its part never had a solid plan to settle the war inside Syria.

“The United States had never had a ‘Plan A’ to move to ‘Plan B’, Washington had a‘Plan B’, they never worked out a ‘Plan A’,” the Syrian UN envoy said.

In February this year US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to bring in a ‘Plan B’ for Syria if peace talks and government transition in the country failed. The same month, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be removed either way. "He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force," al-Jubeir said.

By “personalizing conflict in Syria” the US and its allies are simplifying the problem instead of really trying to resolve it al-Jaafari told RT. “We do not need to simplify things. The conflict in Syria has a rather geopolitical dimension. And this is what Moscow got from the beginning, this is what Beijing got from the beginning, this is what Tehran got from the beginning. The issue is much-much bigger.”

Instead the West itself appears to be one of “root causes” of the conflict, according to the official.

“The root cause of this conflict in Syria ravaging the country is due to mainly speaking this imposed terrorist war on the Syrians, governments and people as well. And this imposed terrorist war is backed by the western countries as well as Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia" al-Jaafari said.

He added that the US-led international coalition is not really engaged in battling terrorists like al-Nusra. “The American campaign called the international coalition… never targeted al-Nusra front for instance, never ever.”

Washington and its allies are "using al-Nusra front as a shield to protect what they call the armed moderate groups in Syria." That in return shows that the "American administration is not genuine and not serious about combating al-Nusra front terrorists, which is a terrorist entity according to the [UN] Security Council list." He also slammed Washington’s claims that “to do so is difficult” during the Russian and Syrian airstrikes as “hypocritical.”

This view is shared by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who on Monday told the BBC that the US had failed to deliver on its obligations to ensure that “moderate” Syrian rebels separate from al-Nusra jihadists. The Russian official added that it lets Moscow assume al-Nusra is being reserved by Washington for its ‘Plan B’ in Syria.

During a special UN Security Council meeting on Sunday the US envoy to the body Samantha Power accused Damascus and Moscow of “barbarism” while conducting anti-terrorist strikes in Aleppo. In the interview to RT al-Jaafari rebuffed the accusations as “devoid of all accuracy and credibility.” He noted that the situation inside Aleppo is being complicated through al-Nusra and other “terrorists” who effectively have taken people hostage in the eastern part of the city.

Al-Nusra is "using them as human shields and preventing them from getting out of the eastern part of Aleppo through the four humanitarian corridors opened by both the Russians and Syrian army." The corridors were established by the Russian Reconciliation center in Syria and the government forces on July 28 to allow aid deliveries and exit to those willing to flee Aleppo. Al-Jaafari also told RT that the UN is ignoring reports from own staffers who witnessed hospitals in Aleppo “occupied” by militants.

Al-Jaafari stressed that the Syrian government is ready to cooperate on reach a lasting peace in the country.  "We are ready to go for a political settlement. We went to Geneva, we went to Moscow, we went everywhere for a political settlement”, he said. However it should be a “Syrian-Syrian settlement, it should be political, it should be without any foreign interference."

A key point in resolving the crisis is establishing a true and united front against terrorists.

"Enough is enough. We need a genuine so-called international coalition to combat the terrorists with the Syrian government, not on behalf of the Syrian government, not to replace the Syrian government, not to ignore the Syrian government," the official told RT.

He noted that the US has still not apologized for the airstrikes on the positions of Syrian troops near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17. According to official numbers 83 soldiers died as result of the bombardment. The US acknowledged the incident and called it “a mistake.” However al-Jaafari says that the incident once again shows “hypocrisy” in Washington, adding that Damascus is still lacking a proper apology. "We have not heard the word,” the official said.

The really heartbreaking thing about Syria

SOTT EXCLUSIVE | Sep 30, 2016

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Syrian boys swimming in a BOMB CRATER!!
The UK Mirror put out a typically bad piece on Syria today. First, the typically over-the-top heading: Children in Aleppo laughing and joking as they go swimming in a BOMB CRATER after airstrikes demolish city. Not just a bomb crater - a BOMB CRATER!!! Forgive us for speculating that its author, Kirstie McCrum, has never even been to Syria.

Let's take a closer look at her bad journalism.

The heartbreaking scenes show little ones finding fun even while their people are being maimed and killed by forces loyal to Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.
First of all "their people" are not entirely "their" people. Eastern Aleppo is held by al-Nusra and its affiliates. Many of its fighters are foreigners. Second, if by "their people, McCrum means Syrians, she neglects to mention that al-Nusra is also maiming and killing Syrians. That's the reason the Syrian army is fighting them - i.e., to protect real Syrians from Western-backed jihadis. Third, no mention of the fact that al-Nusra cut off the water supply to 1.5 civilians in western Aleppo.
The rebel stronghold has been battered by renewed airstrikes over the past week, with two hospitals destroyed and food supplies growing shorter for tormented residents.
"Rebel" = al-Qaeda. Remember that, because shills like McCrum conveniently forget it. No sourcing is provided for the claim that two hospitals have been "destroyed". (Recall: Propaganda fail: Aleppo hospital receives 46 patients, 4+ months after it was "destroyed", "collapsed".) Also, no mention is made of the fact that al-Nusra uses some hospital facilities as bases. Even if the hospital has no doctors or patients, it's easy enough to claim a hospital has been destroyed - technically it's true, but it can be entirely misleading.
Every day aid convoys are not allowed to pass to help with the suffering.
Notice the passive voice. Al-Nusra has publicly said they will reject aid convoys that will not pass through al-Nusra-held territory. What aid they do let through is then hoarded and sold to civilians at hugely inflated prices. Great guys, those "rebels".

At first the Syrians did refuse to allow many aid trucks into eastern Aleppo, for the simple reason that the "rebels" had refused to leave the Castello road as they were required to do under the failed ceasefire. This prompted the Syrians to retake the positions they had abandoned during the initial days of the ceasefire. But today, the Russian ambassador to Syria says, "It was hard. We had been discussing it for a long time, but at last they [the Syrian government] agreed. They implemented their part of Geneva agreements relating to the Castello road issue." Ambassador Kinshchak:
All those [necessities currently held in western Aleppo] could have been delivered to the territory controlled by militants. The Syrian government is ready for that. The militants inside [the besieged area] deny to accept humanitarian aid. I think their logic is the following: the worse, the better. The worse are the populations' conditions; the louder may be their cries about the tragedy...
Back to the Mirror:
But the government and its allies have unwittingly left a makeshift swimming pool for those too little to understand what fresh hell they are facing.
No mention of the hell being faced by those on the other side of the front line - from "indiscriminate" gas canister bombs, mortar shells, snipers...
Radiologist Mohammad Abu Rajab works at the M10 hospital and told Reuters: "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles... at around 4 am. Rubble fell in on the patients in the intensive care unit."
Notice that Rajab doesn't say if the hospital was targeted. In the original Reuters story it even says: "There were no initial reports of casualties there." If it was directly targeted, there would be casualties - lots of them.

The fact is, the residents of Aleppo never supported al-Nusra in the first place. The were invaded and occupied. The Syrian government offers amnesty to all Syrian militants. They don't even have to surrender - they are allowed to leave with their weapons as long as they go to another "rebel"-held region. Civilians are free to leave too. The problem is, al-Nusra doesn't let them. Those that want to leave have to pay money, and those that don't pay risk being shot by Nusra snipers as the attempt to make their way to the checkpoints administered by the Russians and Syrians.
Restoring full government rule to western Syria - where nearly all of the population were residents before the start of a conflict that has since made half of Syrians homeless - caused a refugee crisis and contributed to the rise of Islamic State.
Wow. Restoring government control caused the refugee crisis and the rise of ISIS? This journalist is delusional. Restoration of government control is the one thing preventing an even worse refugee crisis. And the only reason ISIS was able to "rise" was because the government was fighting an army of foreign-backed jihadis.

For an idea of what's really going on in Syria, just watch this recent report from Syrian Girl:

And the latest updates from South Front:

Western media reporting is abysmal. Another example: RFE/RL tells us:
A Syrian opposition monitoring group that tracks Syria's civil war says a year of Russian air strikes have killed more than 9,364 people, including more than 3,800 civilians, in the war-torn country.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on September 30 that the toll includes 3,804 civilians, among them 906 children, in addition to rebel fighters seeking to topple the Moscow-backed Syrian government.

The group added that the strikes killed 2,746 members of the Islamic State extremist movement and 2,814 fighters from other rebel Islamist groups.
But they neglect to point out that this "group" is one guy living in Coventry getting his information from al-Nusra and other unverifiable sources:

ADHD: The ‘Fictitious Disease’

Health Nut News | Sep 30, 2016 | Erin Elizabeth

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In 2009 in what would be the last interview he would give before his death at 87 years old, Dr. Leon Eisenberg the “scientific father of ADHD” said, “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”.

Previous to this admission Eisenberg had made a cushy living off of his “fictitious disease” thanks to pharmaceutical sales and his research of ADHD in kids. A leader in child psychiatry for more than 40 years, many wrote off his statement as a mere exaggeration. However, many doctors are actually coming to the conclusion that ADHD is truely often over-diagnosed.

Living Traditionally quotes Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan, one of the world’s leading experts in child development, as saying:
Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). . . . Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.”
And today in the U.S., 1 out of 10 boys, among 10-year-olds, takes meds for ADHD on a daily basis…and this number is only growing. But why? Money. (I feel like I say that a lot.)

Lisa Cosgrove, a psychologist, found in her study Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry that, “of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56 percent) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry” and “One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies.” If that’s not motivation to drug a generation I’m not sure what is.

And, Marc-André Gagnon and Joel Lexchin found that big pharma spent 24.4 percent of their sales on promotion, versus the 13.4 percent they spent on research and development, in 2004. That’s almost twice as much money to push drugs on people than it is to research them to make sure they’re safe!

And, are they safe? You be the judge. Check out the antidepressant black-box warning which lists the potential side effectswilling:
  • Confusion
  • Depersonalization
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Manic reactions
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Delusions
  • Feeling drunk
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Homicidal ideation
Not many parents would willingly subject their children to drugs with such dangerous side effects if they really knew and understood. And that begs the question, are doctors explaining things fully and properly? You can NEVER stop being an advocate for your child because you can’t trust the medical community to do it for you.

Stay safe Health Nuts.

XO- Erin

Source: Living Traditionally