Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shocking: marauding separatists show off the loot from victims of MH17


The horrific downing of MH17 sent shock waves all over the world. Devastated families and worldwide communities were stunned by such a massive, senseless loss of innocents. This grief, however, was not universal.

Separatists, whose voices can be heard laughing and happily exclaiming that the shot down plane was burning up “so beautifully,” shamelessly looted the crash site. Some were so devoid of decency, as to boast about stolen items in social media postings. Such is the case of the now infamous “mascara girl,” Ekaterina Parhomenko of Torez, Ukraine.

The world is still reeling from the devastating loss of nearly 300 lives aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, bristling at the inhumane way with which the bodies of the deceased have been handled. Terrorists and separatists, controlling access to the site, continue to exhibit utter lack of decency that shocks the conscience.

“Terrorist death hunters” have been collecting victims’ cash, credit cards, cell phones and jewelry. Relatives of the victims, desperately trying to reach their loved ones, were shocked when strangers with Eastern European accents answered their phones. Credit cards of the victims had to be canceled, when terrorist looters started using them. Jan Tuinder, a forensics expert leading the Dutch investigation, said what was happening at the scene was ‘criminal.’ Russian government and media officials continue to obfuscate, misrepresent and invent the facts surrounding the downing of the civilian airliner.

Ekaterina Parhomenko of Torez, Ukraine, who describes herself as a separatist, proudly showed off her trophy from the site of the MH17 crash. Malaysian airliner was shot down over the city of Torez. Parhomenko posted a photo of her new mascara on Instagram, commenting: “Mascara from Amsterdam – or, more precisely, from the field. You know what I mean.” Facing scrutiny from furious commenters, Parhomenko hurriedly deleted her social media accounts (VKontakte, Twitter, Instagram and others).

Putin’s pawns blow his cover


Putin’s house of cards continues to fall apart, one Joker at a time. The West assumes that the game of strip poker will eventually shame Russia into curtailing its activities, failing to realize that Emperor Putin is a nudist. Like any good Chekist, he is largely devoid of shame or conscience. Russia cannot be understood according to the Western system of values, for it does not seek to be liked, trusted or respected. Putin’s Russia wants only to be feared.

The West is likewise incorrect in assuming that the majority of Russians are zombified into supporting aggression against Ukraine. Many of them fully realize that Russian mainstream media is broadcasting blatant lies. They’re willing to reiterate and disseminate deliberately false statements in a misguided belief that in doing so, they’re helping Mother Russia to counter Western propaganda.

The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war. This determination opens the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. The West must realize that this is an unconventional war, against the opponent who does not play by the rules of the civilized world.

Russia’s President shamelessly asserted that there are no members of the Russian military operating in East Ukraine in any capacity. He made similar claims about Russia’s Anschluss of Crimea and later simply admitted that the opposite was true. In the same way, it’s indisputable that Russian citizens, current and former members of the RF military and the FSB, are leading the artificial “rebellion” in Eastern Ukraine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Russia’s top 10 lies about downed Malaysia airliner



The tragic downing of a Malaysian passenger plane sent Putin’s elaborate propaganda machine into overdrive, ultimately causing it to unravel. The evidence points overwhelmingly at the terrorists, whose leaders are Russian citizens, current and former members of the Russian armed forces and FSB.

In the past, their presence on the frontlines alongside the terrorists in Ukraine provided valuable advantage to the Russian media outlets. They were typically the first on the scene, filming the footage that would be shown on Russian television in short order. This powerful sword of immediate access to live events finally cut the other way on July 17, 2014. Russian media and the terrorists themselves were caught red-handed in making numerous misrepresentations and outright fabrications, intended to override their own previous admissions.

Here is a collection of the most outrageous lies with respect to the shooting down of the Malaysia airliner.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Russia’s madman ideologue Dugin scripted fake baby crucifixion in Ukraine


Just when it seemed that Russia’s mainstream media couldn’t possibly stoop any lower, propagandists have outdone themselves yet again. On July 12, 2014 Russia’s Channel One ran a horrific story of an alleged baby crucifixion in Ukraine.

The only “witness” to the alleged mind-numbing public execution is Galyna Pyshniak, who was interviewed in Russia. Her breathless story included the following claims: “Center of the city. Lenin square. Our Gorispolkom is the only square where you could herd all the people. They gathered women, because there are no more men. Women, girls, old people. It was called a show execution. They took a child, 3 years old, a little boy. He was wearing little briefs and a T-shirt and they nailed him, like Jesus, to the bulletin board. One of them was nailing him, while two others held him in place. They were holding the mother. Mother watched her child bleeding. There were screams. Shrieking. They also cut the child’s body, so he would suffer more. It was impossible to watch. People were fainting. Later, after an hour and a half the child suffered and died, they took the mother, tied her unconscious body to the tank and dragged her three circles around the square. The diameter of the square is one kilometer.”

There are multiple problems with this “story.” First and foremost, out of the entire town of Slavyansk, there is not a single witness who could corroborate this outlandish horror story, which was seemingly “inspired” by the 4th season of the Game of Thrones, which dealt with public crucifixion of 163 children.

Russia’s top 80 lies about Ukraine


Russia’s aggressive disinformation campaign about recent events in Ukraine reached epic proportions. For example, Alexander Skryabin (who died of cancer in 2011) was revived by the Russian mainstream media to commit not one, but two sets of separate terrorist acts in Ukraine. Even after this fabrication was exposed, only Russia Today removed the article and published a retraction.

It should be noted that Russia’s information war is waged not only through its mainstream media. Years ago, Kremlin recognized the power of social media and decided to exploit it. Government-funded campaigns include expatriate Russian bloggers in Germany, India, and Thailand. American conservative bloggers were also paid to write pro-Yanukovych stories, denouncing the Ukrainian revolution and spreading falsehoods about “fascists and Nazis” allegedly controlling the new government of Ukraine.

Elaborate troll farms employ hundreds of paid trolls, hired to spread deceptive imagery and deliberately false information. They are also tasked with attacking activists, flooding comment sections of news articles to promote Kremlin’s worldview and praise Russia’s political leadership. Russia’s mainstream media reporting often uses social media postings as its primary sources.

Since Russia’s information war against Ukraine is multifaceted, it’s important to recognize and address all of its manifestations, including not only the mainstream media, but also bloggers and trolls. Together, they work to infect public opinion, spreading hatred and war-mongering.

You can review previous installments of the series of articles exposing these falsehoods by visiting the following links:

“Russia’s top 60 lies about Ukraine”

“Russia’s top 40 lies about Ukraine”

”Russia’s top 20 lies about Ukraine”

Here is a collection of 20 additional fabrications and intentional misrepresentations: http://www.examiner.com/list/russia-s-top-80-lies-about-ukraine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Russia’s media caught red-handed in another fabrication about Ukraine


Russia’s propaganda war stooped to unimaginable lows with respect to its coverage of the events in Ukraine. Russian media used images and videos from Syria, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Bosnia, India, China and Australia to illustrate alleged atrocities of the Ukrainian government. It claimed that Ukraine no longer exists as a country (including statements to this effect by the head of Russia Today (RT) Margarita Simonyan), labeling its territory as mystical “Novorussia.” It declared Ukrainian people to be the “occupants” on their own land and actively recruited mercenaries to fight against the military of Ukraine.

Russian mainstream media shamelessly claimed that Ukrainian military “harvests organs” from living people, that Ukrainian government is building “concentration camps” and imprisoning all healthy males on the territories that have been recently freed from Russia-sponsored terrorist/separatist forces.

This information is also being actively disseminated by Russia’s leading propagandists (such as Alexander Dugin, who deliberately used unrelated images of dead children to corroborate his hysterical calls for all able-bodied Russians to travel across the border and wage war against Ukraine’s military, government and people).

To those who have been following the exposure of the Russian media’s lies about the situation in Ukraine, it should come as no surprise that the stream of lies is neither stopping, nor becoming any more sophisticated.

On July 7, 2014, Russian mainstream media exploded with a stream of articles about Alexander Skryabin, an alleged “hero of Novorussia,” who reportedly threw himself under a Ukrainian tank, armed with a “bundle of grenades.” No one seemed to be perturbed by the fact that Alexander Skryabin died of lung cancer on September 27, 2011.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Russia’s top 60 lies about Ukraine


Russia’s aggressive information war, waged through its vast propaganda machine, continues to produce disinformation to justify its involvement in Ukraine. Deliberately false information and deceptive imagery is being disseminated in every available venue: from leading politicians and Russia’s infamous mainstream media, down to bloggers, useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine, spreading vitriol, hatred and blatant lies.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Russia’s top 40 lies about Ukraine


Russia’s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia’s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.

In addition to Russia’s top 20 lies about Ukraine, here is a collection of the next 20 fabrications and intentional misrepresentations:

Russia’s top 20 lies about Ukraine


In the recent years, the West has been largely oblivious to Russia’s propaganda machine, which managed to use its reach to create a league of clueless Putinistas the world over. The Ukrainian popular revolution shone the spotlight on the outright fabrications and despicable lies by Kremlin-controlled media, which strives to create an alternate reality for its audiences. This includes not only Russian mainstream media, but also hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.

Here are top 20 of the most outrageous fabrications about Ukraine, which have been recently debunked:

Monday, June 2, 2014

Who in the world loves Putin


In the recent past, Putin’s Russia was moving up in the world’s opinion by leaps and bounds. The West was willing to overlook its dreadful human rights and press freedom record, since the country seemed to be moving in the right direction. Putin’s participation in brokering a nonmilitary solution for Syria earned him the status of a perceived peacemaker. Successful Olympic games, a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, being declared the world’s most powerful person – Putin was riding high.

Then came the popular revolution in Ukraine and Putin’s mask fell off with a thud.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fort Hood 2.0 – FBI fails to prevent another terrorist attack


On April 2, 2014 Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire at the Fort Hood military base, killing 3 and seriously injuring 14 members of the military, then killing himself. At least 6 victims are reported to be in critical condition. The FBI was previously warned that individuals were planning a "Ft. Hood-inspired jihad" against fellow soldiers and warned it was "imminent."

There are inescapable parallels between Fort Hood 2.0 and the previous Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, when U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at the base, killing 13 and wounding more than 30 people.

In both instances, the FBI was aware of the imminent danger, but chose to downplay it.On March 31, 2014 FBI spokesman said: “We have interviewed this individual… There is not a manhunt and there never was one. There is no imminent threat to public safety, nor should the public be concerned that this threat exists from an individual at large." On April 2, 2014 this careless approach resulted in deadly consequences.

Monday, March 31, 2014

ICE, ICE, baby – immigration dance continues


It’s not a big surprise that releasing illegal aliens who have already been involved in crime (such as rape of a child) usually leads to more crime and more victims. A report commissioned by the House Judiciary committee in 2012 found that 26,000 illegal aliens who were released, instead of being removed, went on to commit another 58,000 crimes soon after release. These additional crimes included 59 murders, 21 attempted murders, more than 4,000 major felonies and other 1,000 other violent crimes.

While the U.S. is rightly concerned about the sovereignty of Ukraine’s borders – what of our own? Instead of increasing surveillance activities against law-abiding American citizens and labeling dissidents and whistleblowers as “terrorists”, the DHS would do well to protect the country from real threats within our own borders.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ukraine: separating facts from fiction

Western governments dread the thought of their populations catching on to the idea that corrupt, inefficient, totalitarian rulers can be removed from power by the very public that elected them. Aided by the mainstream media, they willfully obfuscate the facts behind the Ukrainian revolution. As long as naïve citizenry believes that Ukrainians are dying to get into the E.U., perhaps they will overlook the fact that their own democratic nations ruthlessly suppress protests and criminalize whistleblowing. Perhaps they won’t notice that the American judiciary is in a desperate need of a reform, to stop its endless puppeteering by the political powers-that-be.

New York Times nervously exclaimed, “No matter how incompetent, discredited or unhealthy he may be, Mr. Yanukovych is the democratically elected president, and to oust him by street protests and without a coherent plan or united leadership would be a recipe for further turmoil and a dangerous precedent.” To avoid a dangerous precedent of a proactive public daring to take back their rights, American news coverage is concentrating on the many follies of Justin Bieber, instead of truthfully portraying current events that are shaping world history.

Continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/ukraine-separating-facts-from-fiction


Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year’s Eve makeup trends


New Year’s Eve is a great time to play up your features with dramatic makeup. On this special and exciting night, anything goes! For those inspired by the 70’s makeup in “American Hustle,” there is dramatic contouring, bright blush, dark lips and three-color eyeshadow.

If you’re looking for modern-day glamour, with glittery eyelids and Barbie-pink lips, YouTube sensation Nicole Guerriero will show you the way. She recommends that you wear red to welcome the New Year – for good luck! If you decide to wear red on your lips, do it flawlessly, like Leina (YouTube’s MakeupByLeinaBaaaby).

To contour your face like a pro, learn tips and tricks from Wayne Goss.

Planning to party like a rock star? Beauty guru Shannon (known on YouTube as Shaaanxo) shares her tips for waterproof/sweatproof makeup. She also shows off a striking “bombshell” look, with sparkling, shimmery eyelids. Metallics are a major trend for 2014 - not only for your clothes, but also for the makeup! Make sure to seal your glitter to avoid fallout, using LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer/Base, Lit Clear Glitter Adhesive or a similar product.

For a golden, lit-from-within look, follow the lead of Michelle Phan.

If you prefer silver tones on your eyelids, watch Jaclyn Hill’s New Year’s Eve makeup tutorial.

Looking for something that can effortlessly transition from evening to night, without looking overdone? Do it like beautiful Teni Panosian of MissMaven.com.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Coroner’s Office changes its stance in Brittany Murphy case



On the 4th anniversary of Brittany Murphy’s death, her father Angelo “AJ” Bertolotti continues to make strides towards finding justice for his late daughter and son-in-law. Alarmed by suspicious symptoms, the bereaved father never believed that both Brittany and her husband, Simon Monjack, died of pneumonia and anemia. He repeatedly requested that the Coroner’s Office test his daughter’s remains for poisons and toxins, which was never done during the original autopsy. When they refused, the determined parent sought other legal remedies. Mr. Bertolotti sued the Office of the Los Angeles Coroner and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and secured access to the specimens of blood, hair and tissue of Brittany Murphy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exclusive: Second laboratory confirms Brittany Murphy was likely poisoned


With another anniversary of Brittany Murphy’s death fast approaching, Angelo Bertolotti ordered additional testing of his deceased daughter’s hair. The certified lab report was delivered today, confirming the presence of abnormally high levels of Barium, Sulfur (ingredients common in rodenticides/pesticides) and other heavy metals and toxins in Brittany Murphy’s hair samples.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Brittany Murphy's father opens up in an exclusive interview


Today, we sit down for an exclusive interview with Brittany Murphy’s father, Angelo “AJ” Bertolotti, to address the recent revelations that his late daughter may have been poisoned. We’ll also talk about recent developments in Mr. Bertolotti’s ongoing efforts to get justice for Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack.

Continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/brittany-murphy-s-father-opens-up-an-exclusive-interview

Monday, November 25, 2013

Brittany Murphy's father responds to Sharon Murphy's open letter


In response to Sharon Murphy’s open letter to The Hollywood Reporter, AJ Bertolotti said, “This was to be expected from a disgruntled ex-wife, who even attempted (unsuccessfully) to question my paternity. Our contentious relationship through the years prompted Brittany and I to meet in secret on many occasions.

I find it interesting that Sharon reached out to the same outlet she attacked after a derogatory article was published by THR following Brittany’s death (Sharon said that Alex Ben Block's statements about Brittany's death in The Hollywood Reporter were "100-percent untrue"). It was written by Alex Ben Block, who also met with the Department of Homeland Security/ICE officials to discuss their extensive surveillance of Brittany and Simon.

Sharon falsely exclaims that I somehow stand to profit from learning the true cause of death of my daughter and son-in-law. That is completely untrue. I haven’t sued anyone for money with respect to Brittany’s death – Sharon did (twice and also considered suing the Los Angeles Coroner). I haven’t asked anyone for donations with respect to Brittany’s foundation – Sharon did and was later forced to return the monies collected under false pretenses.

I haven’t sold and would never dream of parting with any of my baby’s personal belongings – Sharon did (including Brittany’s passport, her SAG card, her used underwear, swimwear, clothes, etc.) I didn’t benefit nor ever sought to benefit from Brittany’s or Simon’s life insurance policies – Sharon did. After collecting on those life insurance policies, Sharon let Simon’s grave sit without as much as a headstone for years, until his mother Linda Monjack paid to have one put in. At this point, with respect to Brittany’s and Simon’s untimely deaths, I would ask people to think: Cui Bono? Therein lies the answer to this mystery.”

Continue reading here: http://www.examiner.com/article/brittany-murphy-s-death-should-be-re-examined-experts-say

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Department of Homeland Security widens its reach


 
While the world and the majority of privacy-conscious Americans are rightly concerned with the NSA’s far reaching surveillance, the Department of Homeland Security continues its stealthy encroachment into every aspect of our lives.
For example, the DHS recently announced its new alliances with Western Union, the Department of Transportation and Amtrak. Additionally, the agency is proactively seeking partnerships with private businesses and organizations. In theory, these allegiances are supposed to combat human trafficking. In practice, this is merely a continuation of the government’s FinCEN methodology, wherein just about every financial transaction qualifies for a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). This approach is no different from the NSA’s efforts to indiscriminately collect every available morsel of information – simply because it can.
Click on the link to continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/department-of-homeland-security-widens-its-reach

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Angelo Bertolotti launches Brittany Murphy Foundation


November 10, 2013 – Beverly Hills, CA: To celebrate the life and career of the unforgettable actress Brittany Murphy, her father Angelo "AJ" Bertolotti created the Brittany Murphy Foundation. It will strive to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to study and participate in creative arts, thereby enabling them to express themselves in a positive way.
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, GA. Since her childhood, Brittany believed she was destined to become a movie star. She began receiving accolades in regional theater at the early age of nine. At the age of thirteen, Brittany landed several national commercials. After moving to California, Brittany appeared in TV Series and caught her biggest break co-starring with Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless.” She continued to excel in other films, such as “Girl, Interrupted” with Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, “Sin City,” “Uptown Girls,” “Just Married” and “8 Mile.” Brittany lent her vocal talents to the hit TV cartoon, "King of the Hill" (1997) as the voice of Luanne. She also performed as Gloria in an animated film “Happy Feet.”
Brittany Murphy suffered an untimely death, under highly suspicious circumstances. Brittany’s early demise and the death of her husband Simon Monjack were written off as natural deaths due to pneumonia and anemia, in spite of the fact that both of them exhibited strong symptoms of a possible poisoning. Years later, Brittany’s father secured the release of Brittany’s hair, blood and tissues for independent testing. Initial testing already detected a toxic substance and further tests are underway. The Office of the Los Angeles Coroner admittedly did not conduct any testing for poisons or toxins.
On the anniversary of Brittany Murphy’s Birthday, her father continues to seek justice for his daughter and honors her memory with a foundation that will keep her legacy alive and ensure an opportunity in the field of Arts and Entertainment for underprivileged children. The foundation epitomizes Brittany's generosity of spirit, fulfilling her dream to help others realize their full artistic potential.
For additional information, please visit http://www.BrittanyMurphyFoundation.com/ or e-mail Contact@BrittanyMurphyFoundation.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Russian way to the American dream


 
The West Coast of North America has been attracting explorers from the Russian Empire since the Bering expedition of 1741. California is still the land of milk and honey to immigrants from all over the world, including those arriving from Russia. They learn English, acclimate and assimilate very quickly. Many Californians will readily say that they have Russian friends. Of course, most Americans can’t fathom the difference between Russia and other countries of the former U.S.S.R. Therefore, anyone from Eastern Europe is generally considered to be “a Russian”, regardless of their ethnicity or the actual country of origin.
 
Fresh arrivals to the West Coast often start their American journey in West Hollywood - a city in Los Angeles County, colloquially referred to as WeHo. It became LA’s own version of New York's Brighton Beach. West Hollywood is officially the most walkable city in California, with Russian stores, restaurants, pharmacies and doctors’ offices lining busy Santa Monica Boulevard. West Hollywood's Russian-speaking community is the most concentrated congregation in the United States.

 
WeHo is an eclectic mixture of different nationalities and lifestyles. Demographic studies show that approximately 41% of the city's population is made up of gay or bisexual men, sharing West Hollywood with approximately 20% of Russian immigrants, as well as a varied mixture of American artists, seniors and business people. A rainbow flag flies in WeHo’s City Hall, where posted notices are printed in both English and Russian.


This peaceful co-existence was recently tested in 2013. International debates over the possibility of intervention in Syria resurrected the Cold War sentiments in the mainstream media. The re-plays of James Bond films, featuring Russian villains, flooded TV channels. Politicians and talking heads on television repeatedly referred to Russia as an “evil nation” that cannot be trusted. Mainstream media demagogues, normally unconcerned with anything that takes place beyond American borders, proceeded to dissect Russian laws, events and politics.

Russia’s law that aims to protect the children from gay propaganda ruffled the feathers all over America. West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran encouraged gay bars to protest this law by boycotting Stolichnaya vodka. Numerous bars have removed the brand from their shelves and stopped ordering it from distributors. Some establishments went even further, publicly announcing that they “could not support any brand associated with Russia.”
The protesters in WeHo also staged an open protest, by ceremoniously dumping the contents of Stolichnaya vodka bottles into a gutter. While the protest did take place, no vodka was spilled in the process – as the bottles were filled with water, not spirits.

Throughout this controversy, West Hollywood’s Russian residents remained characteristically nonchalant. They traditionally avoid any entanglement in protests or conflicts. Russian-speaking émigrés are typically reluctant to interface with government or law enforcement. This prompted the city of West Hollywood to create the Russian Advisory Board, as well as to add Russian-speaking Deputies to the local Sheriff’s Department.
 
The cautious unwillingness to make waves stems in part from the difficulty of immigrating to the United States. Statistics reveal that immigration from the countries of the former Soviet Union has fallen dramatically and continues to decline. Some estimate that in 5 to 6 years, Russian-speaking immigrants will account for less than 1% of American passport and green cards holders. The Department of Homeland Security has extraordinarily low quotas for the number of visas available for the applicants from the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), as compared to other countries. Businesses that promise to circumvent this shortage are simply bilking hopeful immigrants out of their hard-earned money.
 
Another reason for the self-sufficient avoidance is the disappointment with the disparity between America’s shiny image as the land of dreams – and the cruel realities of living in the United States. While the standard of living usually improves for those who arrive to the U.S. with significant amounts of money, the reality is quite harsh for those starting from scratch. Highly educated Russian doctors face years of additional training to obtain a medical license, having to work as nurses, medical assistants or even lab technicians. Engineers usually have to put in at least two to four years of additional training and work experience, in order to receive a license. Education evaluation boards tend to equate Master’s Degrees from CIS countries to an American Bachelor’s Degree. Some employers (such as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department) even claim that a Russian Master’s Degree means nothing more than an American high school diploma.

    
The cutthroat, dog-eat-dog approach from employers, landlords and co-workers is sometimes hard to handle for good-natured, trusting CIS immigrants. Many of them eventually return to their home countries. Others turn to crime and substance abuse, out of desperation. Those who stay and persevere, become valued members of the American society. Their plight to survive, combined with mistrust towards the government and law enforcement, is shared by many Americans. Indiscriminate mass surveillance, prosecutions of whistleblowers and infringements on the freedom of press have awakened the country to the deterioration of constitutional rights and freedoms in the United States. Massive unemployment and poverty add to the uneasy atmosphere.

  
As the American economy is struggling, the unemployment is on a rise. In West Hollywood, the unemployment rate is a lot higher than the nationwide average. Recent job growth rate is in minus. Formerly bustling Russian stores, restaurants and bakeries see a reduced number of customers. Busy Santa Monica Boulevard sits uncharacteristically quiet, in spite of California’s perfect weather. Patiently overcoming setbacks and disappointments in the melting pot of America, resilient Russian immigrants continue their pursuit of the elusive American dream.





 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The war on whistleblowers is a war against your conscience

The war on whistleblowers is a war against your conscience

The mainstream media is on a mission: to blur the lines between blowing the whistle and blowing you away. In this despicable ploy, whistleblowers are being aligned with terrorists, mass murderers, traitors and spies. TIME magazine published a lineup entitled “Slipping through the cracks,” where whistleblowers Edward Snowdenand Chelsea Manning were wedged in between two mass murderers, Nidal Hasan (the Fort Hood shooter) and Aaron Alexis (the Navy Yard killer). Washingtonian took it a step further, grouping Snowden and Manning with a large group of “bridge-burning traitors,” foreign spies and moles.

Why is the mainstream media making such ludicrous comparisons? They’re merely reciting the government’s talking points. Former head of the NSA and the CIA, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who is now a CNN Terrorism Analyst and a principal with the infamous Chertoff Group, was foaming at the mouth about Snowden’s disclosures in his recent op-ed. Hayden not only declared Snowden “the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the Republic,” but also managed to lump together whistleblowers Ed Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Chelsea Manning with notorious spies Benedict Arnold, Klaus Fuchs, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. Hayden also pontificated that journalists like James Rosen and Glenn Greenwald should be treated not as reporters, but as criminal co-conspirators.

The mainstream media, having seamlessly morphed into the government’s public relations branch, obediently ran with the same deliberately false comparisons. They seized on the unsurprising coincidence that whistleblower Snowden and a mentally disturbed mass murderer Aaron Alexis were vetted by the same company that processes the majority of security checks for government contractors. A flurry of headlines followed, starkly juxtaposing a hero with a villain.

Exceptional America

Exceptional America

The whirling sinkhole of DC’s realpolitik peddlers took umbrage to President Putin’s Op-Ed in the New York Times. Not to be outdone, our resident poker-playing warmonger John McCain (who apparently sees himself and not President Obama as America’s leader) vowed to respond by penning an Op-Ed in Russia’s “Pravda”. McCain’s rhetoric is unlikely to have anywhere near the same impact as President Putin’s impassioned, well-reasoned diplomatic appeal to the American people.

What really gets the goat of our indignant politicos is Putin’s jab at the stance of American exceptionalism. How dare anyone suggest that we’re not special? Let’s examine the way Exceptional America conducted itself during the last few decades.

1944-1945 – The U.S. burns hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians to death with napalm. During the March 9, 1945 Tokyo raid, 339 American bombers flew in at low altitude, dropping 690,000 pounds of napalm within an hour, killing over 100,000 civilians. The U.S. continued to pummel 64 of Japan’s largest cities until its stocks of napalm ran out, incinerating more Japanese than the atom bombs.

Snowed in: Part Deux

Snowed in: Part Deux

While Edward Snowden quietly settled into his new life in Russia, the snowball of his revelations continues to reverberate across the global continental shelf. The Snowden Principle is equally as perplexing to those in positions of power, as it is to the court jesters lobbying for their favor. Mainstream media statists are happily dancing pas de deux with establishment apologists.

The main reasons for this onslaught are quite simple. First, powers that be don’t appreciate being challenged, much less exposed. Secondly, they can’t stand the thought of being a foregone conclusion. Snowden not only managed to blow the whistle on this century’s most nefarious privacy violations, but he also figured out how to remain free.

With the help of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Wikileaks, Snowden evaded the Venus Flytrap of whistleblowers.

Many moons ago, Mao Tse-tung came up with The Hundred Flowers Campaign, during which the Communist Party of China (CPC) encouraged its citizens to openly criticize the regime. When Mao was satisfied that he had “enticed the snakes out of their caves,” the crackdown began. Dissidents were publicly criticized and condemned to prison.

Borderline: what would happen to David Miranda or Glenn Greenwald in the U.S.

Borderline: what would happen to David Miranda or Glenn Greenwald in the U.S.

Constitution-minded Americans gasped when it was revealed that David Miranda (spouse of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald) was detained for over 9 hours by the U.K. authorities today at the London airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000. Journalists and citizens alike were dismayed at Miranda’s mistreatment, demanding an apology from the British government and pushing for immediate legislative reforms that would prevent a recurrence of such a violation.

The truth is, if Miranda was to travel through one of the U.S. ports of entry, under our draconian laws he would likely be abused in an even more profound way. The border search exception is a doctrine of United States criminal law that allows searches and seizures at international borders, sea ports and airports without a warrant or probable cause. Furthermore, there is little doubt at this point that special “Lookout” alerts have been created in TECS, NCIC and Automated Targeting System (ATS), red-flagging Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, their significant others and anyone else suspected of involvement with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. These lookouts were also shared with Interpol and posted to various international law enforcement databases. The U.S. government and its allies consider these brave individuals, their affiliates and their belongings to be “fair game”.

Farewell to privacy: life in a surveillance state

Farewell to privacy: life in a surveillance state

Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden forever disabused us of the notion that certain things in life are still private. Reaction to his disclosures is directly proportionate to the level of support or disgust over the growing surveillance establishment.

In spite of the fact that the odds of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack in the U.S. are 20 million to 1, the global war on terror continues to be used as the pretext for taking away any remnants of our fragile privacy. It’s been estimated that during the last decade the U.S. spent $7 trillion dollars to fund this endless battle. The fear of a phantom bearded terrorist, waving a pitchfork out of a desert cave in a distant land is also being used to silence any criticism over our extrajudicial drone murders, foreign policy, as well as domestic and international spying.

Snowed in: the mainstream media vs. Edward Snowden

The NSA surveillance octopus

As the government grapples with the fallout from the leaks of top secret documents by Edward Snowden, familiar tactical patterns continue to emerge. Time and time again, whistleblower cases reveal the government’s traditional approach to rendering their disclosures ineffective. This method is often described as “Deny, Discredit and Destroy”. It was created during the Nixon administration and outlined within the infamous Malek Manual.

Continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/snowed-the-mainstream-media-vs-edward-snowden

Thursday, June 27, 2013

IRS targeting whistleblowers

I was honored to be interviewed by Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure Network®, along with my husband BJ Davis. We discussed IRS targeting national security whistleblowers, based on our personal experiences featured in an award-winning documentary film "Top Priority: The Terror Within". Here is the link to our interview and the press release by the Full Disclosure Network®.

IRS and DHS Retaliate,Target Whistleblower Bank Accounts: Full Disclosure Network® Video Reports

IRS and DHS Retaliate, Target Whistleblower Bank Accounts: Full Disclosure Network® Video Reports

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a fourteen minute online video Movie producer BJ Davis describes how the Internal Revenue Service cleaned out his personal and business bank accounts in Kremlin style tactics to retaliate for the Department of Homeland Security following the settlement of a whistleblower case.  The IRS, was apparently acting as an "enforcer" when they escalated the retaliation against his wife Julia Davis a former  U.S. Customs and Border Agent.  She reported to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the 4th of July illegal entry of 23 foreign nationals from terrorist countries, without screening, fingerprinting or interrogation. 

Watch video here: 

http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2013/06/irs-retaliates-against-whistleblower-vb118/

Is IRS Using Standard Government Retaliation?

In the video Julia points out that their case of DHS and IRS persecution is not isolated.  She cites other examples where the IRS has used the same abusive tactics against other DHS whistleblowers.  A more detailed account of the case is to be featured in a one hour interview with BJ and Julia Davis, coming soon online and on public cable channels.

Is Homeland Security a Terrorist Organization? 5 Minute Video

Julia Davis, also appears in this exclusive 5 min online video, part of special series to be released over the next week on Full Disclosure Network®.  The series covers the back story of an on-going nightmare where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terrorized this U.S. Federal Agent and her family after she filed her report to the FBI the serious security glitch. Watch 5 min video here:  http://www.fulldisclosure.net/2013/05/is-deptl-of-homeland-security-a-terrorist-organization-vb116/

In this second video Julia describes the horror that took place following her report to the FBI, "my home was raided by a Black Hawk helicopter with 27 man swat team."  Apparently DHS went into protective mode to keep her report to the FBI from becoming public.  She tells Full Disclosure® that she became the target of 54 investigations for having exposed what appeared to be a coordinated plot by government authorities to facilitate the illegal entry of people from terrorist countries for unknown reasons. 


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The Price of Blowing the Whistle

Here is the link to one of my latest articles, published by Whistleblowing Today - a great nonprofit online magazine with independent news and views on whistleblowing. I was honored to provide my commentary about Edward Snowden. 

In the article, I addressed criticism from Snowden's opponents by hypothesizing what was likely to happen if he blew the whistle "the right way".

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Saudi States of America


A senior FBI official has recently told a Fort Lauderdale Federal Judge that disclosure of the agency’s classified information about its formerly secret investigation of a Saudi family (Esam Ghazzawi, Deborah Ghazzawi, their daughter Anoud al-Hijji and her husband, Abdulaziz al-Hijji), who left their Sarasota area home shortly before the attacks on 9/11, “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.” Court filings by Miami Assistant U.S. Attorney Carole M. Fernandez seek to justify numerous deletions of information from FBI records in the name of “national security.” The FBI failed to disclose the existence of this investigation to Congress or the 9/11 Commission. In fact, the U.S. government consistently worked to obfuscate Saudi Arabian links to terror from the public.

In recent decades, Saudi Arabia emerged as a skillful puppeteer, pulling the strings of its expanding influence. Dare to see the big picture, out of the context of pseudo-political loyalties, free of the intoxicating opiate of the mainstream media. Look behind the mask of false pretenses to see the awful truth: riches seeking ever more money, celebrity looking for more notoriety, propaganda masquerading as the truth and the deprivation of liberties posturing as the savior in the “war on terror”.


To uncover who is truly in control, all you have to do is follow the money.  

Since the mid-eighties, British and American politicians have been operating under  suspicion of being compromised by al-Yamamah, the $80 billion Anglo-Saudi black operations slush fund. It is the product of the 20-year oil-for-arms barter deal, wherein BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace), Britain’s largest defense contractor, reportedly paid bribes to sell combat fighter planes, helicopters, tanks and ammunitions to Saudi Arabia. In return for the arms, the Saudi's agreed to supply hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day to the British. It was the largest arms deal in UK history that was arranged in a way that circumvented any potential objections by the U.S. Congress.

BAE (the world’s second largest defense company) was said to have paid millions into accounts controlled by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a highly influential former ambassador to Washington, DC. Prince Bandar’s close ties to the Bush family prompted the nickname “Bandar Bush”. 


Bandar’s children reportedly attended school with Cheney's grandchildren. The power Bandar wielded was extraordinary. For decades he was a close friend to five U.S. Presidents and numerous CIA directors, as well as heads of state and monarchs of other countries. 


In the Bush years, Bandar became virtually part of the administration, able to enter the White House unannounced. 


Ever a master manipulator, Bandar skillfully controlled the mainstream media, with the Washington Post being his paper of choice when it came to royal leaks.

Bandar had his hand in some of the biggest scandals in modern American history. During the Reagan presidency, Bandar secured the purchase of AWACs surveillance aircraft, despite opposition from AIPAC (after the U.S. rejected an arms order, Bandar covertly arranged the delivery of intermediate-range nuclear-warhead-capable missiles from China). He was exposed for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, having arranged $32 million in Saudi financing for the Nicaraguan Contras. Bandar’s wife was reportedly sending money to one of the 9/11 hijackers. President George W. Bush told Prince Bandar about the invasion of Iraq before he told Secretary of State Colin Powell about it (incidentally, another one of Prince Bandar’s close connections).


Planning wars is just one of many perks that come with having friends in high places. Those connections came in handy when Bandar was accused of siphoning off $100 million per year for 10 years, in a $2 billion contract between Saudi Arabia and BAE.

The al-Yamamahslush fund” was first reported by a whistleblower in 2001, but British Ministry of Defense covered up those allegations. In 2004, another whistleblower disclosed further details of the bribery scandal to the Guardian, prompting an investigation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office.

In 2005, British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a secret visit to Riyadh to expedite one of BAE's deals with the Saudi princes. Blair agreed to sell to the Saudis 24 jets ahead of schedule, by letting them get their hands on the jets that were already allotted for the British armed forces.


In 2006, when investigators were about to gain access to the Swiss bank accounts linked to Saudi royal family, Tony Blair blocked a corruption investigation against them. Blair said that the probe would have led nowhere except to the “complete wreckage” of a vital strategic relationship. Translation: “We don’t want to upset our rich Saudi benefactors.” The Saudis were apparently threatening to back out of a lucrative deal and to halt their participation in anti-terrorism efforts. Bandar had arrogantly warned a U.K. official that “British lives on British streets were at risk” if the investigation was allowed to continue.


The British High Court ruled that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair's government may have interfered with the rule of law in December 2006, when it ordered the British government's Serious Fraud Office to shut down its bribery investigation. Blair claimed that his decision to scrap the probe was made purely in the interest of national security. The court blasted him in a scathing rebuke that stated in part, "No one, whether within this country or outside, is entitled to interfere with the course of our justice…It is the failure of Government… to bear that essential principle in mind that justifies the intervention of this court." Blair also ensured that the report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on BAE's dealings in Saudi Arabia was not published. It remains the only NAO report never to have been made public. British Ministry of Defense stated, "The report remains sensitive. Disclosure would harm both international relations and the UK's commercial interests.”


In 2007, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the world's anti-bribery watchdog, rebuked the government for terminating SFO investigation and launched its own inquiry. During the same year, the U.S. Department of Justice was forced to investigate, since the U.K. government was criticized in the press for halting the inquiry. The DOJ had the jurisdiction, since Prince Bandar received some of the funds in question in Washington, DC.


Prince Bandar has retained former FBI Director Louis Freeh to represent him in connection with the DOJ probe. In a videotaped interview, Freeh admitted on behalf of Bandar that approximately $2 billion was sent from the Al-Yamamah account in the United Kingdom to bank accounts of the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation at Riggs Bank in Washington, DC. 


Prince Bandar, who was serving at the time as Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. exercised control and had signatory authority over those bank accounts. Freeh admits that these monies were sent to purchase arms through the offices of BAE, which was done in a way that would circumvent "objection" by the U.S. Congress.


Interestingly enough, former FBI Director Louis Freeh is linked to another aspect of 9/11, as a former boss of John Patrick O'Neill, a top American anti-terrorism expert. In 1995, O'Neill investigated the roots of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing after he assisted in the capture of Ramzi Yousef. He also investigated the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and the 2000 USS Cole bombing in Yemen.


After years of investigating terrorism, O’Neill was convinced that “All the answers, everything needed to dismantle Osama Bin Laden's organization can be found in Saudi Arabia.” In spite of praising O’Neill and his efforts, not everyone shared his enthusiasm for pursuing and exposing the Saudi links to terror. O'Neill voiced his frustrations with Saudis’ lack of cooperation to Freeh.

As a Director of the FBI, Freeh was involved in controversial investigations of the events at the Ruby Ridge and Waco. The FBI under Freeh was accused of such severe cover-ups that U.S. Marshals had to be dispatched to relieve them of the evidence. Businessweek called for Freeh to resign, stating in part that he “has overseen a bureau that has bungled investigations of high-profile criminal cases and repeatedly misled probers and judges in legal proceedings -- never more shamelessly than in the matter of Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee. At the same time, Freeh's FBI has tried to run roughshod over the civil liberties of ordinary citizens, demanding access to encryption codes and elbowing its way onto every PC in the country through its Carnivore project.”

The New York Times wrote that “Freeh will probably go down as either the F.B.I. director who slept as terrorists prepared to attack the World Trade Center or as the man who hounded Bill Clinton for seven years.” Interestingly enough, just like Freeh, Bandar has been working to undermine President Bill Clinton for quite some time.


John P. O'Neill certainly wasn’t sleeping on his watch or worrying about sexual proclivities of mischievous Presidents. He had gained a tremendous knowledge of Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network, but was repeatedly excluded from terrorism investigations. He became the target of a smear campaign and was subjected to petty internal inquiries. This is not uncommon within federal government, as a tactic that is routinely used to silence those who come across any information that has the potential of embarrassing the government. Freeh was reportedly involved in those attempts to force O'Neill out of the Bureau.

After leaving the FBI, O'Neill became the head of security at the World Trade Center, where he perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, while attempting to save others.
In a book “The Age of Sacred Terror”, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon state that Louis Freeh deliberately withheld information about Bin Laden and the precursors for the attack of 9/11 from the White House.

Richard A. Clarke, a former top counter-terrorism advisor for the White House, criticized Freeh and his actions in his book, “Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror.” Clarke also expressed serious concerns about Freeh’s representation of Bandar, stating, "Someone who characterizes himself as a U.S. patriot and national security advocate ought not to be on the side of someone blackmailing people not to investigate crimes by threatening to withdraw a nation's cooperation against terrorists."

Prior to his tenure as the FBI Director, Freeh was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. He also forged an alliance with “Bandar Bush”. Freeh traveled to Saudi Arabia many times, meeting with Bandar and the highest levels of Saudi government in a relationship that started during Freeh’s investigation of the 1996 Khobar bombing. The secrecy surrounding it has been such that Dale Watson, the FBI’s Chief of Counter-Terrorism, once said, “It’s a killing offense around here to talk about it.”

What was Freeh doing during that time? He started courting Bandar, spending time in his heavily guarded mansion in McLean, Virginia. Bandar also visited Freeh at his FBI office, where the privileged Saudi visitor was the only one ever allowed to smoke cigars. Louis Freeh was bending over backwards to express his respect of the Arab culture and Sharia. He was “cultivating personal relationships” with Bandar, as well as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and other prominent Saudi officials. Freeh said, “The statutory authorities and the resources and all the other factors are significant, but my experience is that none of them are as important as those relationships.”

Could those relationships be the reason behind Freeh’s failure to pursue Saudi links to terror? His shameless hobnobbing with the Saudis has proven to be important (and lucrative) indeed, since Louis Freeh left the FBI and went on to represent Prince Bandar. The New Yorker reported that “Bandar, like Freeh, is skilled at cultivating people to get things done. Unlike other ambassadors, who exist on the ceremonial fringe, Bandar has real power.”

Prince Bandar said, “If you tell me… that we misused or got corrupted with $50 billion, I'll tell you, "Yes." … But, more important, more important -- who are you to tell me this? ... What I'm trying to tell you is, so what? We did not invent corruption, nor did those dissidents, who are so genius, discover it. This happened since Adam and Eve. ... I mean, this is human nature.”


In 2008, when BAE refused to cooperate with the bribery investigation, the DOJ detained its former CEO Mike Turner and other top executives at the airport for questioning. The Times (Rupert Murdoch’s company, which boasts significant Saudi ownership) complained that “such humiliating behaviour by the DOJ was unusual because most companies co-operate with regulators.” Most companies may cooperate with regulators, but BAE was clearly not one of them.

On February 5, 2010, BAE pled guilty to foreign bribery charges, conspiring to defraud the United States, to make false statements about its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program, to violate the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to the statement of criminal information filed by the DOJ, BAE’s gains from these violations exceeded $200 million dollars. BAE was ordered to pay $447 million dollars in fines to U.S authorities - one of the largest criminal fines in the history of DOJ.

The DOJ filing reflected that BAE began serving as the prime contractor to the U.K. government in the mid-1980s, after the U.K. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) entered into a formal agreement. BAE started to provide millions to Prince Bandar (whose name the DOJ conspicuously omitted from its charging papers, referring to “Bandar Bush” as “KSA official”), who was in a position of influence regarding sales of fighter jets, other defense materials and related support services. Over a billion dollars was reportedly sent to two Saudi embassy accounts in Washington, DC controlled by Prince Bandar. BAE also transferred over a billion dollars to a bank account in Switzerland controlled by an intermediary, being aware that these payments would also go to Prince Bandar. It is claimed that Bandar received over $1 billion dollars over the course of 10 years, with the knowledge and authorization of British Ministry of Defense officials.

Following BAE’s criminal conviction by the DOJ, the U.S. State Department also filed charges against the company for committing over 2,591 separate violations, which were settled in May of 2011 for a civil fine of $79 million dollars. In an Internet notice posted on March 1, 2010, the State Department advised export license applicants to remove BAE products from their applications, if possible. That portion of the notice was withdrawn the very next day. In a comment to “Defense News” about such blatant back-peddling, a Washington trade lawyer commented, “What State has done sends a terrible message. It makes it seem like State does not have a handle on what it wants to do - or that it's being manipulated by outside interests.”

The State Department noted that BAE’s willful refusal to cooperate resulted in “the incomplete nature of the investigation” and therefore the government was unable “to assess fully the potential harm to U.S. national security.” Nonetheless, the settlement rescinded the statutory debarment, allowing BAE to get right back to business. BAE is apparently “too big to bar.” Although the company was sanctioned with a criminal fine of over $400 million for its foreign corrupt practices, none of BAE’s executives were prosecuted. A felony conviction could have interfered with BAE’s ability to compete for U.S. contracts, but it didn’t. No one seemed too concerned that BAE paid millions in bribes, to include payments made to the likes of Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator. In the 365 days that followed, BAE was awarded roughly $58 billion in US government contracts.

Similarly, nothing got in the way of BAE's takeover of the US-based Armor Holdings. U.S. regulators approved the deal, in spite of the company’s history of multibillion dollar bribery and corruption. The Wall Street Journal (Rupert Murdoch’s company, which boasts significant Saudi ownership) reported that the purchase would bolster BAE’s expansion in the U.S. and the increase of its involvement in military ground vehicles. Bribery and corruption continued. On July 13, 2011, Armor Holdings settled charges of bribery with the Department of Justice and the SEC. The charges arise out of bribes paid to obtain contracts to supply body armor for U.N. peacekeepers (SEC v. Armor Holdings, Inc., Case No. 1:11-CV-01271).  Armor Holdings agreed to pay a total of $5,690,744 to the SEC and $10,290,000 to the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve the charges. Of course, none of the company’s executives were prosecuted.

In 2005, BAE purchased United Defense Industries, maker of combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns, missile launchers and precision munitions.

The implication of these dealings is that a company under control of Saudi money and influence, with a documented history of bribery and corruption, owns an enormous slice of American defense industry, striving to be the Pentagon’s biggest supplier. The threat surpasses “Fast and Furious” on an unimaginable scale, because Saudi Arabia (with its undeniable links to terror) now controls massive military enterprises inside the U.S.

A report, prepared by a bipartisan panel of terrorism experts for the Council on Foreign Relations, sharply criticized the Bush administration for its lackadaisical approach towards Saudi Arabia’s involvement in terror funding, which remains a “lethal threat” to the United States. CFR report concludes that “it is worth stating clearly and unambiguously what official U.S. government spokespersons have not: For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia have been the most important source of funds for al-QaedaIt would be wrong to say that no progress has been made… But it would be equally wrong to overstate the progress that has been made—a mistake that is too often made by U.S. government spokespersons. In recent years, for instance, Saudi Arabia has taken two or three important steps to improve its capability to cooperate on these matters with the United States, for which it should be commended. A hundred more steps and Saudi Arabia may be where it needs to be.”

The report profoundly summarized why the U.S. is neither being taken seriously by the rest of the world in our “war on terror”, nor does our own government take it seriously enough to abandon its unholy alliances: “The Task Force appreciates the necessary delicacies of diplomacy and notes that previous administrations also used phrases that obfuscated more than they illuminated when making public statements on this subject. Nevertheless, when U.S. spokespersons are willing to say only that “Saudi Arabia is being cooperative” when they know very well all the ways in which it is not, both our allies and our adversaries can be forgiven for believing that the United States does not place a high priority on this issue.”

No one can deny the fact that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and Osama Bin Laden himself was Saudi-born. During a 2002 raid on a Saudi-based charity, Benevolence International Foundation, FBI agents discovered a handwritten list of 20 alleged Al Qaeda financiers. Bin Laden referred to this informal financial network of prominent Saudi and Gulf individuals as “the Golden Chain.” FBI agents said that two Saudis with direct links to Al Qaeda, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Bassnan, acted as conduits for financial aid for the 9/11 hijackers and other Saudi militants. They received "seemingly unlimited funding" from Saudi Arabia. Bassnan and his family reportedly obtained significant support from Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of Prince Bandar.

In the days following 9/11, with the blessing of George W. Bush, at least six private jets and nearly two dozen commercial planes carried the Saudis and the Bin Ladens out of the U.S. In all, 142 Saudis, including 24 members of the Bin Laden family, were allowed to leave the country. At least one private plane flew to pick up Saudi nationals while private flights were still grounded. The White House denied the very existence of that flight for years, until they finally revealed some of its details in response to a request from the 9/11 Commission. Former Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 3, 2003 and stated in part: “It is true that members of the Bin Laden family were among those who left. We knew that at the time. I can't say much more in open session, but it was a conscious decision with complete review at the highest levels of the State Department and the FBI and the White House.” 

In 2002, the Congress noted that Saudi links to 9/11 are not being adequately explored.

In 2003, Los Angeles Times reported that the classified pages were kept out of a congressional report about 9/11. They demonstrated that the Saudi government not only provided significant money and aid to the suicide hijackers, but also allowed hundreds of millions of dollars to flow to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups through suspect charities and other fronts. A U.S. official who has read the document said that it describes "very direct, very specific links" between Saudi officials, two of the San Diego-based hijackers and other potential co-conspirators "that cannot be passed off as rogue, isolated or coincidental."

In his book, “Intelligence Matters”, former Florida Senator Robert Graham also highlighted connections between a Saudi government spy and the planners of the terrorist attacks, criticizing the deletion of 28 pages from the 9/11 Commission Report that dealt with Saudi Arabia.

The Commission: The Uncensored History Of The 9/11 Investigation”, written by Philip Shenon, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, discusses revelations contained in a classified portion of a House-Senate Joint Intelligence Committee report. It discusses the Saudi links to the 9/11 attacks. The pages pertaining to the Saudi connections never saw the light of day because the White House invoked executive privilege.

While the officials refuse to declassify this information, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld exposed them in her book, “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It”. She was subsequently sued by Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz for “libel” and relentlessly harassed by his affiliates. Ehrenfeld, Director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy, refused to be intimidated. She championed the SPEECH Act (the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage) to guard American authors and publishers from enforcement of frivolous foreign libel judgments that undermine the First Amendment and American due process standards. This bill was signed into law on August 10, 2010.

Frustrated by the government’s failure to hold anyone personally accountable in the BAE bribery scandal, the city of Harper Woods, Michigan has filed a lawsuit against BAE Systems over allegations that the company funneled bribes to Prince Bandar. Harper Woods was intimately involved in a $100 billion international arms deal, because its $40 million employee pension fund includes about $135,000 invested in BAE Systems. William Bradford Reynolds, who served as the Chief of the Justice Department's civil rights division during the Reagan administration, signed on to represent Bandar in this lawsuit. During this litigation, a U.S. court froze Prince Bandar’s assets in the U.S., reportedly worth over $150 million dollars.

Bandar was clearly furious about these developments. When George W. Bush visited Saudi Arabia, he asked, “Where's my pal Bandar?” In response, he was told that Bandar is unavailable. During Cheney’s visit to Saudi Arabia, old pal Bandar was similarly a no-show.

In 2009, the U.S. District court dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, holding that English law controls and therefore the city of Harper Woods has no standing to pursue the action. This was a predictable outcome, given the political control of the U.S. government over the judiciary. For the last quarter of a century, motivated by greed, many of our elected officials chose to hold the interests of Saudi Arabian oligarchs above those of the American people.

As of 2011, Bandar was back as a force in world politics. He was present in official meetings between Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (former director of the CIA) and King Abdullah, as well as during a separate visit by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon

In 2012, it was widely reported that Bandar was assassinated. However, those reports turned out not to be true. Bandar is still a major player in worldwide politics.

United States’ recently sold $60 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including 84 new F-15 fighter jets (in addition to upgrading 70 of their existing F-15s), 190 helicopters as well as a wide array of missiles and bombs. The deal was announced while Congress was in recess, to ensure that it would move forward without interruptions by any possible opponents.


This was the largest purchase of American arms in Saudi Arabia’s history. Gates also urged King Abdullah to buy an upgraded version of Patriot air defense missiles and the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense System, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles of longer range. Gates told reporters, “I think the relationship is in a good place.” This “relationship” seems to be blooming indeed, since the U.S. continues to sell arms to the country with direct ties to terrorism.

You may have noticed that the mainstream media avoids discussing the issues of Saudi influence and links to 9/11. There’s a good explanation for that. It so happens that the second largest shareholder of News Corp. is Saudi billionaire, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. His slice of the pie is topped only by the holdings of Rupert Murdoch himself.

Al-Waleed involved himself in a variety of Western enterprises and powerhouses, including but not limited to Sony (now planning to launch more Arabic TV shows), Michael Jackson, Rupert Murdoch’s scandalous media empire, AOL/Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, Amazon, Apple, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Compaq, Disneyland, eBay, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Ford, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, McDonald's, Motorola, PepsiCo, Priceline, Procter & Gamble and General Motors.


Not to be outdone, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, a company that owns MSNBC and is already firmly entrenched in Saudi Arabia, also approached Al-Waleed and solicited him to invest in GE.

In case you were wondering, the acronym “MSM” nowadays stands for “Mainly Saudi Media”.

Al-Waleed was quoted asserting that Arab countries can influence U.S. decision-makingif they unite through economic interests, not political…We have to be logical and understand that the U.S. administration is subject to U.S. public opinion…And to bring the decision-maker on your side, you not only have to be active inside the U.S. Congress or the administration, but also inside U.S. society.” Al-Waleed donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the building of a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, also known as the "Ground Zero Mosque". The majority of the American public didn’t take too kindly to that idea.

To bolster their public image, the Saudis hired a PR firm and scores of high-powered Washington lobbyists. Saudi Arabia’s shabby public image in the U.S. has long been exacerbated by reports of a barbaric judicial system that believes in chopping off heads and limbs, complete absence of religious freedom, nonexistent human rights and ongoing abuses against women. According to the Department of Justice records, Saudi Arabia has spent over $20 million dollars on public relations, advertising and lobbying. Relentless PR efforts to clean up the Saudi image initially failed (especially when Al-Waleed claimed that the U.S. Foreign policy is to blame for the attacks of 9/11), but later started to pay off. The positive image of Saudi Arabia is being pushed in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Starting in 2002, series of ads appeared on American TV, in major newspapers and magazines, were broadcast on radio stations and popped up all over the Internet. All of them featured slogans, representing Saudis as America’s allies in the “war on terror”. In August 2004, following the final release of the 9/11 Commission Report, the Saudi government paid for a series of new radio ads, repeatedly reiterating that no link had been established between Saudi Arabia and the terror attacks of 9/11.

One of the PR firms hired by Saudi Arabia, Qorvis Communications, who received millions for their activities, lobbied on Saudi Arabia’s behalf with US Congressional staffers 62 times in the first half of 2004. Saudi Arabia also arranged series of meetings with the editorial boards of major US newspapers, including The New York Times and USA Today, and secured appearances on numerous cable news programs.

A feature film “Unknown” prominently features a character of a benevolent and magnanimous Saudi prince who bankrolled an expensive research project to create a genetically modified strain of corn that could eliminate world hunger. The film “Unknown” is based on the novel “Out of My Head” by Didier van Cauwelaert. There is no such a character in the original version of the story. One has to wonder if this feature film is just another extension of Saudi Arabia’s multimillion dollar PR campaign.

Anything that challenges the dominance of Saudi Arabia, as it holds the rest of the world over an oil barrel, or exposes the complicity of First World country governments is assaulted with all the might of the brute force that deems itself too powerful to be held accountable. It’s quite a spectacular feat for a primitive oligarchy of Saudi Arabia to achieve such a level of control over the world’s supposed super-powers through oil and money, usurping ownership of Western arms, politics and mainstream media. 

Just as in the case of the FBI's protected mobster, murderer, bloody informant Whitey Bulger, the government is more than willing to cover-up anything related to Saudi Arabia and its links to terror, if it does not go along with the politically correct agenda, cooked up and promoted by powers-that-be for us, mere mortals, to consume.

Money makes the world go ‘round – and with this much money being thrown around, our world seems to be spinning out of control.