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Not Even the US Military Knows Why the WH Said Assad Is Planning a Chemical Attack

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By Claire Bernish

Washington announced Monday Syria plans to carry out ‘another’ chemical weapons attack against its own civilians — and, without hesitation, the Internet destroyed the gauzy excuse for the U.S. to either undertake its own attack, or lay blame for any suspicious chemical onslaughts on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted — because tweeting official statements is a thing now — the press release:

The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

You can’t make this up, folks — unless, that is, you’re the President, Pentagon, or one of myriad rabidly pro-war Washington pols.

Trump previously opportuned still unproven, if not spurious, allegations Assad unleashed these nefarious weapons against the Syrian populace in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles into the sovereign nation — killing the exact civilian noncombatants the U.S. ostensively sought to protect in the process.

No proof of the veracity of that accusation has ever surfaced — nor has any reasonable explanation as to whythe president of a nation state would carry out an assault against his own citizens and thus provoke the gargantuan and perpetually-belligerent U.S. military into retaliatory airstrikes and more.

But Washington would really rather you ignore the gaping void of rationale in that line of thinking, and instead prepare to be appalled by Assad’s ignominious plot to destroy his own credibility as a leader through the agonizingly painful deaths of innocent people — again — because reasons.

Even the Ron Paul Institute’s own Daniel McAdams agrees — an abhorrent noxious weapons attack against Syrians in the near future will undoubtedly amount to Fake News. In an article plainly titled, “Trump’s Super Fake Syria News: More US Attacks Expected,” McAdams posits,

Last night the White House released a shock statement that the Syrian government was about to use chemical weapons ‘again’ on its citizens and that the United States would launch a massive response. At the time, the AP reported that neither the State Department nor the Pentagon or intelligence agencies seemed to know anything about it. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that any attack on citizens of Syria would be automatically blamed on Assad (as well as Russia and Iran). It seems Trump is ready for a massive attack on the Syrian government — coincidentally just a day after a major piece by Seymour Hersh showed that the US intelligence community knew that the April ‘chemical attack’ was no such thing but that Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles anyway.”

Indeed, on Sunday, award-winning itinerant investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published putative communications between an active duty U.S. soldier and a security adviser, both unnamed, which, if indeed verified, prove not only that American forces knew no chemical weapons attack had even taken place at Khan Sheikhoun, but that an aging facility with an old cache of munitions decimated in a planned Syrian government airstrike — of which the U.S., Syria, and Russia were all made aware — spread toxic gases on the wind in a fatal miasma.

A noxious cloud of gruesome chemicals resultant from a planned-target airstrike — not the ruler the U.S. relentlessly seeks to depose — unwittingly, accidentally, killed dozens.

Of course, just because White House tweets a fanciful and enigmatic, wholly presumptuous, statement pre-blaming Assad for planning to kill civilians doesn’t mean the statement was vetted with, well, anyone.

As the New York Times subtly noted of Spicer’s pre-finger-pointing augury,

An official with the United States Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East, said Monday night that he had ‘no idea’ what the White House statement was referring to.”

Ordinarily, such a dearth in communication between the U.S. Military’s nerve center and the nation’s throne of power would be more than sufficient cause for alarm — but, considering the sheer fecundity of eyebrow-raising tweets emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue instead evince intra-governmental silence as de rigueur.

Incidentally, an albeit never verified report one month after the Khan Sheikhoun tragedy claimed the bodies of children had been taken from a morgue for purposes of filming the aftermath of an ostensible chemical weapons attack — one which has not yet occurred — by a news crew and apparently-acting first responders appeared to indicate an inevitable incident.

Whether or not innumerable questions raised by the White House statement can be answered in the filming of an event that hasn’t happened — yet — remains to be seen.

But it’s a guarantee — at least for those steering this sinking ship of American empire — Assad will be to blame if any chemicals kill any innocents under any circumstances, whatsoever.


This article originally appeared on The Daily Sheeple.

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Jewish group co-sponsors a rally for refugees outside the White House

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dozens of refugees, faith leaders and others marked World Refugee Day at a rally outside the White House sponsored in part by the Jewish nonprofit HIAS.

“World Refugee Day is about who we are as a country and what we stand for,” Melanie Nezer, a senior vice president at HIAS, said at the rally Tuesday. “We must choose to welcome refugees seeking safety for themselves and their children, and not turn our backs on people who need our help.”

Advocates commemorated the contributions of refugees nationwide and also condemned discriminatory policies. HIAS, a resettlement agency, and Amnesty International sponsored the rally along with more than 60 organizations.

Speakers called on elected officials to adequately address the refugee crisis — more than 65.5 million peoplewere forcibly displaced from their homes at the end of 2016, the highest figure the U.N. Refugee Agency has recorded since its inception, USA Today reported.

World Refugee Day is held each year on June 20 to honor those who have fled their homes because of violence and persecution.

Amid the prayers and speeches, rally participants chanted “No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here!” according to USA Today. Rally organizers gave refugees a platform to share their experiences as migrants.

One was Gentille Runyambo, a migrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“I challenge everyone and our leaders to think about the millions of other refugees who are still in camps, who have no refuge, no access to food and water or health care, and to act on their behalf by opening doors for them and breaking down the walls,” he said.

As noted by the organizers, the rally occurred days after President Donald Trump’s travel ban was again struck down by a federal appeals court.

JEWISH GROUPS STRUGGLE TO GAIN WHITE HOUSE ACCESS POINTS

 

Jewish American organizations long active in Washington politics are struggling to communicate with the Trump administration, scavenging through old Rolodexes and e-mail lists to find points of access into the president’s small policy team.

A traditional structure governed these communications before the Trump era: Presidents since Jimmy Carter have hired White House Jewish liaisons to serve as point men for the community. But the position has been vacant since January 20, and the White House has no plans to fill it, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

 

The absence of a liaison has forced Jewish community activists to resort elsewhere within the government to raise their questions and concerns. But several other positions that have previously served as secondary access points also remain empty. The State Department’s special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism– a congressionally mandated appointment– has not been filled; there is no ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, nor a special envoy for the Middle East peace process.

“It was easier when there were liaisons specifically assigned to the Jewish community, and I’m hoping they will move in that direction— that they’ll recognize the benefits of that,” said Jason Isaacson, director of government and international affairs for the American Jewish Committee. “It’s required going back to directories and old emails, tracking down people who are in positions of influence at a lower level and calling on them directly as opposed to going through a liaison office.”

Donald Trump renamed Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement to its old name– the Office of Public Liaison– once he entered the White House, and has not appointed any constituency-specific posts. Several Jewish community leaders say that Jason Greenblatt, the president’s special representative for international negotiations, is actually wearing two hats, leading the White House effort to restart talks between Israelis and Palestinians while also organizing the administration’s contacts with the Jewish world.

Greenblatt was behind the guest list for an Israeli Independence Day reception in April, which included more conservative-leaning Jewish groups, said one attendee. Tom Rose, a close confidante of Vice President Mike Pence, has become another critical connection for several Jewish organizations.

Greenblatt may become the next Tevi Troy, a George W. Bush administration official who served in 2003 as both deputy cabinet secretary and Jewish liaison, said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy for the Orthodox Union.

“My experience so far is that its more similar to the Bush administration than to the Obama administration,” said Diament, who attended the April reception. “The Obama administration had a person in the liaison office, but in the Bush administration, most of the time they did not have that.”

Troy’s successor, Noam Neusner, said the liaison position was a vehicle for the president to relay his positions to the Jewish community.

“There are policy making roles that are yet to be filled that are perhaps more critical in nature,” said Neusner. “But they are right to want to express themselves. It’s a good role to fill, as with any other of the liaison roles.”

That role was particularly critical in 2015, when Obama reached a nuclear deal with Iran deeply unpopular with the Jewish American establishment. Matt Nosanchuk, Obama’s longest-serving liaison, proved himself a critical surrogate at the time, painting for the president a landscape of the community’s concerns while relaying to its leadership the White House’s best arguments.

“When it comes to the organization of the White House staff, people are policy– whether a certain position exists and who fills it reflects the priorities of the President and his administration,” Nosanchuk said. “The consequences of not having someone in that role were evidenced within a week of the inauguration, when President Trump issued a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted any mention of the Jewish victims, an insensitivity that would have been prevented had there been an effective Jewish liaison working in the White House at the time.”

“A Jewish liaison at the White House not only prevents these kinds of unforced errors,” Nosanchuk added. “He or she also works to mobilize the American Jewish community around the president’s priorities.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said it was “unfortunate” that Trump had yet to appoint a liaison and called on Trump to allocate “appropriate resources” to the State Department in order to continue the work of monitoring antisemitism worldwide.

“Every White House in recent memory has had a liaison to the Jewish community,” Greenblatt said. “We hope this is remedied soon so we and others in the community can work closely on our shared goals.”

A State Department official told The Jerusalem Post in March that the administration recognizes its responsibility to fill the role of antisemitism envoy, but declined to comment on the search.

A senior administration official said that the Office of Public Liaison would continue the work of Jewish liaisons past. The official declined to comment on the future role of the still-vacant antisemitism envoy position.

Donald Trump Is Sputtering with Rage Behind the Closed Doors of the White House

It seems Attorney General Jeff Sessions survived yet another feud with President Donald Trump—for now, at least.

Despite offering his resignation to the president, Sessions will remain in his post overseeing the Department of Justice indefinitely, ABC News reported Tuesday.But that isn’t to say the nation’s top-cop necessarily has job security: Tensions between he and Trump have reached new peaks amid a federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, which Sessions recused himself from after it was discovered he had several undisclosed meetings with Russian envoys during the campaign season as a then-senator of Alabama.

Related: Here’s How Donald Trump Could Actually Be Impeached

Trump found Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the probe to be “weak” and has since “grown sour” of his once-avid supporter throughout the campaign,the New York Times reported Monday. But Sessions isn’t the only member of the Trump administration feeling the wrath of the embattled president, as psychologists, television pundits and critics alike ponder the commander-in-chief’s temperament.

“In private, the president’s exasperation has been even sharper” than his tweet storms, The Times’ Maggie Haberman wrote, citing several White House sources. Trump has “intermittently fumed for months” over Sessions, repeatedly taking to Twitter to denounce his own administration’s Justice Department, the nation’s courts and federally-appointed judges and his apparent enemies, Haberman added.

“He’s unhappy when the results don’t come in,” David B. Rivkin Jr., a White House lawyer under former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, told the Times of his two stalled executive orders restricting travel from seven, then six, Muslim-majority nations. “I’m sure he was convinced to try the second version, and the second iteration did not do better than the first iteration, so the lawyers in his book did not do a good job. It’s understandable for a businessman.”

The frustrations of the presidency seemed to direct Trump’s anger at numerous aides without much warning. Trump was “livid” with National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster and at one point “screamed at McMaster on a phone call, accusing him of undercutting efforts to get South Korea to pay its fair share,” toward a new missile defense system in the region, Bloomberg reported in May.

Following actress Melissa McCarthy’s now-infamous portrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, Trump reportedly “regrets” the appointment “every day and blames Priebus,” his chief of staff, the Hill reported.

Trump also grew “isolated” after “weeks of bitter battle with other senior aides aligned with Jared Kushner,” and also sought to undermine his chief strategist Steve Bannon in a series of interviews, the New York Times reported in April.

Many psychologists and experts have argued his personality displays clear narcissim and a tendency to be disagreeable, though it’s impossible to truly diagnose the president based off public speeches and his apparent short-temper. Still, it’s clear more than ever the weight of presidency and new developments in the investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian Kremlin are making Trump angry.

And when Trump is angry, he tends to fire, whether it be through firing his aides or firing off tweets.

White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn’t helping

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WASHINGTON — In its effort to regain control of its message, the White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on the Russia investigation to an outside lawyer and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout for this week.

But as long as President Donald Trump has a smartphone, no White House strategy is safe.

The sun was still rising Monday when Trump upended best-laid plans with a blitz of provocative statements delivered via Twitter. He assailed his own Justice Department for its legal strategy to defend his travel ban, potentially creating new headaches as his administration seeks the Supreme Court’s backing for the order. And he renewed his criticism of the mayor of London, a city recovering from a weekend vehicle-and-knife attack that left seven people dead.

“To the extent that there is a process for making decisions and communicating them, he seems to ignore it more often than not,” Alex Conant, a top adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid, said of the president.

Indeed, the president’s free-wheeling, undisciplined style has made it nearly impossible for the White House to regroup after weeks of damaging reports about possible ties between his campaign and Russia, as well as a steady drumbeat of speculation about internal conflict and disarray. The struggle will come to a head Thursday when fired FBI Director James Comey is due to testify on Capitol Hill.

Efforts to create a “war room” stocked with former campaign officials and top-flight lawyers now appear stalled. Three people briefed on the matter said the process has been bogged down by a lack of decision-making in the West Wing over how to proceed, as well as reluctance from some of those the White House hoped to recruit about serving a president who keeps getting in his own way.

“Anybody with press chops looks at this and they’re fearful there’s not a path to succeed,” said Sara Fagen, former White House political director for George W. Bush.

Even George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, appeared to give voice to the frustrations Monday. Mimicking a favorite Trump expression, Conway wrote on Twitter that the president’s comment on the travel ban won’t help the administration get votes in the Supreme Court, “which is what actually matters. Sad.”

 

Conway confirmed to The Associated Press that the tweet was authentic. His comments came days after he announced he was withdrawing from consideration for a top Justice Department post.

His wife took a different approach. During a Monday morning appearance on the Today Show, Kellyanne Conway condemned the media’s “obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president.”

Trump supporters have long touted his unfiltered tweets and other communications as an unparalleled advantage. Yet some allies are now urging caution given the legal questions shadowing the White House.

“My personal view is that there should be a review process because of the sensitivity of so many of them,” said Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump and CEO of the conservative outlet Newsmax.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that she was not aware of the president’s tweets being vetted by lawyers before being blasted out to the world.

White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short, meanwhile, insisted the president’s efforts were “often very effective” and said Trump was elected because voters were hungry for a non-conformist candidate who would change the culture in Washington.

 

“And so he may not have a conventional style in doing that, but many of his efforts are extremely helpful to us in getting our legislation accomplished,” Short said.

As part of the White House’s efforts to recalibrate, Sanders is taking on a more visible role at daily briefings instead of press secretary Sean Spicer, who has gained national celebrity for his often combative interactions with reporters. While Spicer did appear in the briefing room last week, his appearances were brief, including a 12-minute question-and-answer session that the White House would not allow to be aired on television.

On Monday, Sanders took the podium and appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Spicer would be a less frequent on-camera presence for the White House.

“He is taking on a little bit of extra duty at this point,” she said. “There are a lot of demands on his schedule, particularly given the fact that there’s not a communications director.”

Mike Dubke resigned as communications director last month and served his final day in the White House on Friday. He has not yet been replaced.

 

The White House has made a conscious decision to avoid answering questions about the Russia probes, referring inquiries to Marc Kasowitz, the president’s outside counsel. Kasowitz has so far had no comment on the investigations, leaving those questions unanswered.

A trio of top White House officials — chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner — had been making plans to create an in-house “war room” to respond to the flood of revelations related to the FBI and congressional investigations. Both Corey Lewandowki, Trump’s former campaign manager, and David Bossie, another former Trump campaign hand, had been under consideration, but it appears increasingly unlikely either plan to formally join the administration.

The cloud of investigation — the very thing a White House war room would be set up to handle — has put even some of Trump’s backers and potential defenders in an uncomfortable position. One active supporter of the president said that while he was willing to defend Trump in public against allegations from Comey or Democrats, he was less comfortable weighing in on specific claims about Kushner’s interactions with Russian officials.

The supporter, as well as those briefed on the White House’s Russia response efforts, insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private deliberations.

The FBI is said to be looking into Kushner’s contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., as well as a meeting with a Russian banker. White House officials deny there was anything inappropriate about Kushner’s interactions.

An administration official disputed that there was reluctance to defend Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. The official noted that several top administration officials — including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — have vouched for him.

White House: Trump won’t seek to block Comey testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump will not assert executive privilege to block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill, the White House said Monday, setting the stage for a dramatic public airing of the former top law enforcement official’s dealings with the commander-in-chief.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s power to invoke executive privilege is “well-established.” But, she said, Trump wanted to allow for a “swift and thorough examination of the facts” related to Comey’s ouster and the multiple investigations into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

Comey is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. His appearance will mark his first public comments since he was abruptly fired by the president last month.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy. However, officials ultimately concluded that the optics of taking that step would be worse than the risk of letting the former FBI director testify freely.

In this May 3, 2017 file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Legal experts have also said that the president likely undermined his ability to assert executive privilege by publicly discussing his dealings with Comey in tweets and interviews.

Lawmakers in both parties have urged Trump to allow Comey to testify publicly. On Sunday, Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and a member of the intelligence committee, said the president would be “better served by getting all this information out.”

Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, February 06, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN)

“Sooner rather than later, let’s find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion,” Blunt said on “Fox News Sunday.” ”You don’t do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room.”

Comey associates have alleged that Trump asked the FBI director if he could drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian contacts. The White House has denied the president made that request.

White House weighs blocking Comey’s testimony

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The White House faces a dilemma over whether to try to block former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress next week about his conversations with President Trump.

By scheduling a hearing next Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee is forcing Trump to decide if he wants to invoke executive privilege in an attempt to stop his fired FBI chief from speaking.

Comey is expected to be asked about a number of his private conversations with Trump, including one in which the president reportedly asked him to ease off an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and another in which Trump allegedly asked for the law enforcement official’s loyalty.

The former FBI director is said to have kept detailed notes about his talks with Trump and revealing their contents could prove damaging to the president.

The White House on Friday refused to rule out the possibility of Trump invoking his presidential powers to block Comey’s testimony.

“I have not spoken to counsel yet, I don’t know how they’re going to respond,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

In an interview earlier Friday with ABC News, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway indicated the president would allow the former FBI director to appear, saying, “We’ll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies.”

“It’s more important to have somebody testify under oath, frankly, than to have his friends and his former colleagues out there speaking to the media not under oath,” Conway said on “Good Morning America.”

But when pressed if Trump would invoke executive privilege, Conway said, “The president will make that decision.”

Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters at the White House about whether he would try to block Comey’s testimony.

Legal experts say Trump can attempt to claim privilege, but warn that such a move could spark major backlash and would be unlikely to succeed.

Executive privilege is a legal concept that allows presidents to withhold certain information from Congress or other government offices in the name of national security or protecting his right to have sensitive, private conversations with administration officials.

But experts say that any assertion of privilege Trump makes on the grounds of national security or confidentiality would be undermined by the fact that Trump has spoken publicly spoken – in interviews, tweets and in front of reporters – about his talks with Comey.

“He could certainly argue that those conversations are covered by executive privilege,” said Jack Quinn, a longtime Washington lobbyist and White House counsel to former President Bill Clinton.

“The response from the Hill would be along the lines that he waived that privilege or it never existed because he communicated in such detail about it in public ways,” Quinn said.

In his May 9 letter informing Comey of his firing, Trump wrote that the FBI director informed him “on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”

The president doubled down on that claim two days later in an interview with NBC News.

“And during the phone call, he said it. And during the other phone call, he said it,” Trump asserted. “So, he said it once at dinner, and then he said it twice during phone calls.”

The next day, in response to reports of current and former FBI officials disputing Trump’s account of his interactions with Comey, Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
That’s not the only obstacle to Trump using privilege to block Comey’s testimony. Trump faces accusations from Democrats and some legal groups that he tried to obstruct the FBI’s Russia investigation by pressuring Comey to drop his probe of Flynn, something Trump abruptly denied during a press conference last month.

“Several cases have held over time that the executive privilege provision must not be used to cover up misconduct,” said Andy Wright, a professor at Savannah Law School who served as an associate White House counsel to former President Barack Obama.

Because Comey is no longer a government employee, it’s not clear whether an executive privilege claim would be enforceable.

The move is typically used to block current employees from speaking out or releasing information, or protect former employees who don’t want to testify about their time in government. For example, former President George W. Bush invoked privilege to deny congressional requests for former White House counsel Harriet Miers to testify as part of a probe into U.S. attorney firings.

But all indications are that Comey wants to testify publicly about his interactions with Trump. Now that he is out of government, the president has few tools to stop him from doing so, unless Comey or the Senate Intelligence Committee decide to honor a possible privilege assertion.

Trump could also open himself up to legal challenges if he decided to assert privilege.

Obama was sued by Congress for his 2012 decision to invoke his powers to block lawmakers from viewing documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

The claim of privilege itself, and the prospect of such a court battle, could produce an unwanted political firestorm for a White House that is looking to move past the Russia controversy.

But the probe is expected to last months, if not longer, and the White House might feel compelled to exert privilege to stop Comey from testifying in order to maintain leverage to use it in the future.

“You may be struck with a retort that, ‘you waived it,’” said Robert Ray, a former federal prosecutor and independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. “It’s difficult to assert it later on if it he’s already testified to this stuff.”

Ray added that the “overly-cautious thing to do would be to assert it at the first available opportunity.”

“The problem, of course, is that politically that’s a problem,” he said. “What the easy legal answer might be is not necessarily the answer you want to give in the political dynamic.”

–Katie Bo Williams contributed

Media Blackout as US Senators (White Freemasons and Jews) Meet in Secret with Global Elite Only Miles from White House

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Renegade Editor’s Note: I personally think the power of Bilderberg is blown a bit out of proportion, although it should not be underestimated. My major gripe is how none of the people who oppose Bilderberg show up to protest AIPAC.

By Rachel Blevins

After months of obsessive coverage of “Russiagate,” the mainstream media is reminding the world of its hypocrisy once again as it ignores the annual meeting of one of the most secretive and powerful organizations of the global elite — Bilderberg.

The 65th annual Bilderberg Meeting, which has been held in locations around the world throughout the years, kicked off on Thursday in Chantilly, Virginia. Despite a prestigious guest list of around 130 attendees—who will arguably have more of a global influence than a few hypothetical Russian hackers—the meeting has escaped the mainstream media’s radar in the United States.

The guest list boasts a variety of politicians and financiers, including Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; José Manuel Barroso, chairman of Goldman Sachs International; Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO; and Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the U.S.

While this year’s location is less than 30 miles from the White House, and the group is set to discuss the current status of the Trump Administration, President Trump himself was not included on the list of expected guests.

The Bilderberg website listed a range of topics to be discussed in 2017, from The Trump Administration: A progress report,” to “China,” to “Nuclear Proliferation,” to “Russia in the international order,” to “The direction of the EU,” to “The Trans-Atlantic defense alliance: bullets, bytes and bucks.”

While many have branded the global influence that comes as a result of the Bilderberg Meeting as nothing more than a “conspiracy theory,” the event’s website acknowledges its secretive nature by noting that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed.”

The topics discussed at each meeting raise legitimate questions about whether the array of politicians who attend are being given their marching orders for the upcoming year. It also serves as a reminder that the Bilderberg Meeting is arguably a violation of the Logan Act, which sets the law for private correspondence with foreign governments in the United States:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

Despite the egregious nature of the secrecy surrounding the group, and its possible consequences under U.S. law, elected officials appear as though they couldn’t care less. In fact, Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and Tom Cotton from Arkansas, are even included on the guest list.

The mainstream media’s devotion to the possibility that that the Russian government may have influenced the U.S. election would have viewers convinced that it is just getting started in its war on exposing global interference in American interests.

Instead, the MSM have chosen corporate interests over truth, lending its 24/7 coverage to Trump’s latest typo while one of the most influential, secretive meets of the global elite is happening right now on American soil.

Given the history of US officials, media moguls, and others attending this nefarious event, it should come as no surprise that its coverage is absent from your newsfeed.

As the Free Thought Project reported earlier this year, declassified documents expose a decades-long relationship between the secretive elite network and the CIA. Michael Best of Muckrock recently poured through the CREST archives for references to Bilderberg and found a few interesting documents that point to the CIA’s interest in the Bilderberg meetings.

One thing that is not exactly clear is the motive that the CIA had for documenting these meetings, especially considering the fact that the CIA director at the time Allen Dulles, was an associate of the Rockefeller dynasty, who was mentioned by names in these documents. Also, many conference attendees over the years have actually been employed by the CIA. In the recently surfaced documents, the name Paul Nitze is mentioned as a member of the first Bilderberg conference, and just years later he was hired by the agency.

Four years after the fist conference took place, one member of the Bilderberg group actually reached out to Dulles personally to inform him about the meetings.  In May of 1958, Joseph Johnson of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Bilderberg Steering Committee sent Dulles a summary of the issues discussed at Bilderberg. Of course, these summaries were not released to the public, but the letters about the summaries were released, which at least give proof of the existence of Bilderberg, although it does not give details of what takes place inside.

The next year, Johnson wrote Dulles again about the Bilderberg group, but this time, it was to discuss his own invitation, confirming that long-time CIA director Allen Dulles was himself involved in the secretive meeting.

 

Dulles wrote back saying that although he was not able to attend this year, that he had hoped to in the future.

Although these documents only give a glimpse into the agency’s relationship with the Bilderberg group, it does show a clear connection and friendly relations between the two. Several more mentions of Bilderberg appear in the agency’s records, but most of these mentions are in reference to appearances made by CIA agents and US presidents.

These documents are groundbreaking because for so long the US government and mainstream media have denied that these meetings even existed, and now it is proven that at least one agency and multiple presidents had knowledge of these events.


This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.

WHITE HOUSE MAY TACITLY RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS CAPITAL IN KNESSET-CONGRESS EVENT

 

The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.

Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will take part from the Knesset. All members of Knesset and both houses of Congress have been invited to the event, which was organized by Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

 

While the US does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the parts of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in 1967, White House participation in the event could be viewed as tacit acknowledgment of Israel’s position regarding Jerusalem. The event comes after Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall during his trip here last week but held back from making any mention of Jerusalem Day, celebrated the day after he left the country.

In his letter to the senators and the congressmen, Edelstein wrote that Jerusalem, “the eternal capital of the State of Israel, is the seat of our parliament – the Knesset. Jerusalem is also the city where the prophets of Israel spoke to the world of the universal values of morality, equality, freedom and monotheism. In Jewish tradition, this is the city where heaven and earth are linked together and the home of the holy Temple [is situated], sacred to all Jews around the world.”

Edelstein pointed out that people of all religions come to pray in Jerusalem and described the custom of writing wishes to God and putting them in the cracks of the Western Wall. He invited American lawmakers to send him their prayers.

“I will make sure your notes are placed between the sacred stones of the Western Wall,” he wrote.

So far, the Knesset has received 15 notes to put in the Kotel.

The event comes along with a strong push from Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Netanyahu called on the US and all other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin both asked Trump to recognize the capital during his visit to Israel last week.

While Trump did neither of those things, he mentioned the millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem during his address at the Israel Museum.

WHITE HOUSE FACES DEADLINE FOR CLARITY ON ISRAEL EMBASSY MOVE

 

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/White-House-faces-deadline-for-clarity-on-Israel-embassy-move-494253

 

WASHINGTON – Twice a year for the past nineteen years, presidents have issued a “suspension of limitations” set forth by specific provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act– a waiver that allows them to delay moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “in order to protect the national security interests of the United States.”

These waivers have become routine administrative procedure, as presidents from both parties have long found agreement against moving the embassy before Israelis and Palestinians reach a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement.

 

Since the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli control 50 years ago, American leaders have feared that moving the embassy would compromise the nation’s broader strategic goals in the region, costing them more abroad than the move would be politically worth at home.

And so, once every December and June since 1998, the White House has exercised its authority to waive an appropriations requirement that would suspend 50% of the State Department’s buildings maintenance budget until the secretary of state verifies he has opened a Jerusalem embassy.

Given that the law requires confirmation of an embassy opening – not simply of a president’s general intent – it seems likely that US President Donald Trump will issue his first of these waivers later this week. But conservative American Jewish groups and Israel advocacy organizations in favor of the move hope that he will attach an addendum to the waiver notice, outlining his plans to relocate the embassy in due time.

In past years, the White House has not treated the first day of June or December as a sacrosanct deadline – the matter was dealt with on the second day of June in 2014, and the third in 2015.

White House officials told The Jerusalem Post they have nothing yet to announce on the matter.