Sunday, July 17, 2016

Today's Links (all politics)

29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provided operational and financial support to the 9/11 hijackers. That is a fact. And, the U.S. government has been covering up that fact for fifteen years — even to this very day. And that is a crime....

I used to think I was safe because my government was looking out for me and making decisions that were in my best interests and that of other citizens, I now know better. For fifteen long years, I have fought to get information regarding the killing of my husband from the U.S. government. I have fought, pleaded, and begged for the truth, transparency, justice, and accountability because my husband and 3,000 others were brutally slaughtered in broad daylight. And our government has done nothing but block, thwart, impede, and obstruct that path to truth, transparency, accountability, and justice. Even going so far as to gaslight us to this very day by denying the plain truth written on the plain paper of the 29 pages.

Please read the 29 pages. Look at the facts and evidence. And then watch the venal way various members of our government and media play spin-master on those facts — telling you to deny the very harsh, sobering reality found within those 29 pages. I hope their gaslighting disgusts you as much as it disgusts me.

Note that these 29 pages merely detail the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks in San Diego. They briefly touch on the Phoenix information, as well. Though more notably, the 29 pages do not include information found in the more than 80,000 documents that are currently being reviewed by a federal judge in Florida — 80,000 documents that neither the 9/11 Commission, the Joint Inquiry, the Clinton, Bush, or Obama White House, nor the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants us to know about.

2--Donald Trump on Free Trade 

(This is why Trump has made more inroads with blue collar working people than Clinton..Your average working stiff doesn't give a rip about transgender bathrooms and green energy. They care about jobs, wages, health care, retirement and educating their kids.

Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements You only have to look at our trade deficit to see that we are being taken to the cleaners by our trading partners. We need tougher negotiations, not protectionist walls around America. We need to ensure that foreign markets are as open to our products as our country is to theirs. Our long-term interests require that we cut better deals with our world trading partners

Q: You've criticized the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 Asian countries?TRUMP: The TPP is horrible deal. It is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble. It's a deal that was designed for China to come in, as they always do, through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone. It's 5,600 pages long, so complex that nobody's read it. This is one of the worst trade deals. And I would, yes, rather not have it. We're losing now over $500 billion in terms of imbalance with China, $75 billion a year imbalance with Japan.

Q: Which are there particular parts of the deal that you think were badly negotiated?...
Q: So, you would tear up NAFTA?A: I think NAFTA has been a disaster. I think our current deals are a disaster. I'm a free trader. The problem with free trade is, you need smart people representing you. We have the greatest negotiators in the world, but we don't use them. We use political hacks and diplomats. We use the wrong people. Mexico is smart; they have out-negotiated us to a fare-thee-well. They're going to be the capital of automobiles pretty soon, the way they're going. ....

Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing I'm sick of always reading about outsourcing. Why aren't we talking about "onshoring"? We need to bring manufacturing jobs back home where they belong. Onshoring, or "repatriation," is a way for us to take back the jobs China is stealing. We know that China's wages are increasing. Also, China lacks certain natural resources that we have in abundance. If we exploit those two key facts, we can begin making the case to companies that they should bring their manufacturing facilities home to America.

Onshoring has huge potential. That's why Congress need to pass Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf's bill called the "Bring Jobs Back to America Act" (H.R.516) to help expand the onshoring movement and get American jobs back where they belong--here in America.....

World views US trade officials as ‘saps’ Trump said that US trade officials are viewed as “saps” around the world and have allowed the country to be ripped off in trade agreements. He called NAFTA a disaster and said leaders of other countries “can’t believe how easy it is to deal with the US.” He continued, “We are known as a bunch of saps. We need our best people to negotiate against the Japanese and many other countries.” As president, he would get the nation’s top business leaders - not diplomats - to negotiate for the country.

TRUMP: Well, the currency manipulation they don't discuss in the agreement, which is a disaster. If you look at the way China in particular takes advantage of the US--it's through currency manipulation. It's not even discussed in the almost 6,000-page agreement

It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade Sen. Ted CRUZ: Donald is right about international trade. He's right about the problems. But his solutions don't work: he proposed a 45% tariff on foreign goods. The effect of a 45% tariff would be when you go to Walmart, the prices you pay go up 45%. A tariff is a tax on you, the American people.

TRUMP: The 45% tariff is a threat. It was not a tax, it was a threat. It will be a tax if they don't behave. Take China as an example. I have many friends, great manufacturers, they want to go into China. They can't. China won't let them. We talk about free trade. It's not tree free trade; it's stupid trade. China dumps everything that they have over here. No tax, no anything. We can't get into China. The best manufacturers, when they get in, they have to pay a tremendous tax. The 45% is a threat that if they don't behave, we will tax you. It doesn't have to be 45, it could be less. But it has to be something because our country and our trade and our deals and most importantly our jobs are going to hell.?

With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall RUBIO: About the trade war -- I don't understand, because your ties and the clothes are made in Mexico and in China. You're going to start a trade war against your own ties and suits. Why don't you make them in America?TRUMP: We have a trade deficit with Mexico of $58 billion a year. We're going to make them pay for that wall. The wall is $10 billion to $12 billion. I don't mind trade wars when we're losing $58 billion a year. Mexico is taking our businesses. They de-value their currencies to such an extent that our businesses cannot compete with them, our workers lose their jobs. You wouldn't know anything about it because you're a lousy businessman.

3--Erdogan has nine lives, survives Gulen’s coup

In 2008, Gulen got the ‘green card’, which was apparently on the recommendation by two top CIA officials. He has since been living in recluse in Pennsylvania and never left the US on a visit abroad.

A former chief of Turkish intelligence Osman Nuri Gundes wrote in his memoirs in 2011 that Gulen’s network provided a cover for the CIA to conduct covert operations in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia as part of the US strategy to use political Islam as an instrument of regional policies.

Indeed, from his vast and luxurious estate in Saylosberg in a remote part of eastern Pennsylvania, heavily guarded and out of bounds for visitors, Gulen launched a network of mosques and madresses in the Central Asian countries. (Interestingly, Russia and Uzbekistan banned Gulen’s ‘schools’.)

Now, the coup attempt in Turkey comes in the wake of the Turkish-Russian rapprochement and nascent signs of a shift in Erdogan’s interventionist policies in Syria. Of course, Turkey is a ‘pivotal state’ in the US’ regional strategies and the Turkish-Russian rapprochement comes at a most awkward time for Washington, since:

  • It is a ‘force multiplier’ for Moscow’s efforts to strengthen the Syrian regime;

  • It promises to revive the stalled Turkish Stream gas pipeline project (the $15 billion project to transport Russian gas via Turkey to southern Europe) as well as the construction of the $20 billion nuclear power plants in Turkey with Russian reactors;

  • It blocks the US plans to establish permanent NATO presence in the Black Sea (which requires Turkey’s cooperation in terms of Montreaux Convention of 1936 whereby non-Black Sea countries cannot permanently keep warships in those waters);

  • It may jeopardise the US operations in Iraq and Syria which heavily depend on Incirlik base in Turkey;

  • It works against the balkanization of Syria;

  • Turkey’s foreign-policy orientation changes on the whole; and,

  • It works against Israeli, Saudi, Qatari interests in Syria.

  • Erdogan too is a savvy politician and will keep the Americans guessing. But the Sultan knows that god has given him a fresh lease of life – and make no mistake, he will remain wary of US intentions.

4-- Is Erdogan resetting Turkey's policy towards Syria?

 "I want to draw your attention to the fact that [after the pledge to normalize relations with Syria] additional clarifications have been voiced that Yildirim didn't mean mending the bilateral relations with Bashar al-Assad preserving his presidency," Kosachev underscored...

"At the same time [Ankara's move] means a [new] vector and, undoubtedly, a change in rhetoric. It represents a chance of Turkey's more careful approach toward Russia's position on Syria as well as that of other countries which do not "bet" on immediate regime change [in Syria]. It is a distinct shift, but not a categorical one and it does not allow us to assume an ultimate rapprochement of Turkey and Russia's positions on this issue," Kosachev stressed.

As for the thaw between Turkey and Russia, the politician remarked that Ankara and Moscow are "at the very beginning of the journey" and warned against overestimating the consequences of the Russo-Turkish normalization in regard to the ongoing Syrian crisis.

Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Alexei Pushkov shared a similar cautious stance in regard to Turkey's Syrian policy.

"Some shifts have begun to take effect in Turkey's position on Syria, but they have not yet led to any qualitative changes. [What we see] is correcting of approach. I believe that, on the one hand, it is prompted by the fact that [the Turkish leadership] has realized the threat posed by Daesh. On the other hand, if Turkey does not normalize its relations with Syria it may face difficulties with resolving the Kurdish problem," Pushkov told

For a true normalization, an explicit and fundamental revision in Turkey's Syria policy is a must, including an unequivocal end to Turkish support for jihadi groups, the restoration of border control and an unconditional struggle against the Islamic State [Daesh]," the Turkish journalist stresses.

5-- Normalization of Russia-Turkey Relations to Help Syrian Settlement

The normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey will help in the search for solutions to the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"All this will have a positive impact on the overall situation in the region and, importantly, I hope it will help us to search more efficiently for joint approaches to the settlement of the Syrian crisis," Lavrov told reporters.

The November 24 airstrike at the Russian Su-24 plane prompted Russia to impose trade restrictions on Turkey. Last month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the air incident, in a letter to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

By doing so Ankara fulfilled Moscow’s condition for restoring the long-term partnership between the two countries. The letter also said a legal case was launched against a Turkish citizen suspected of involvement in the death of the downed plane’s pilot, which was another precondition.

On June 29, Erdogan and Putin agreed in a phone talk to meet in person later this year. Putin then lifted the ban on charter flights to Turkey and ordered the government to negotiate trade revival with Ankara.

It established Hitler as "the supreme judge of the German people," as he put it in his July 13, 1934 speech to the Reichstag.Before its execution, its planners sometimes referred to it as Hummingbird (German: Kolibri), the codeword used to send the execution squads into action on the day of the purge.[3] The codename for the operation appears to have been chosen arbitrarily. The phrase "Night of the Long Knives" in the German language predates the massacre itself and refers generally to acts of vengeance

6 ---Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan

the number one eyebrow-raising possibility is a go; Erdogan’s intel services knew a coup was brewing; and the wily Sultan let it happen knowing it would fail as the plotters had very limited support...

Two extra facts add to the credibility of this hypothesis. Earlier last week Erdogan signed a bill giving soldiers immunity from prosecution while taking part in domestic security ops – as in anti-PKK; that spells out improved relations between the AKP government and the army. And then Turkey’s top judicial body HSYK laid off no less than 2,745 judges after an extraordinary meeting post-coup. This can only mean the list was more than ready in advance.

The major, immediate post-coup geopolitical consequence is that Erdogan now seems to have miraculously reconquered his “strategic depth” – as former, sidelined Prime Minister Davutoglu would have it. Not only externally – after the miserable collapse of both his Middle East and Kurdish “policies” – but also internally. For all practical purposes Erdogan now controls the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary – and is taking no prisoners to purge the military for good. Ladies and gentlemen, the Sultan is in da house....

This means the neo-Ottoman project is still on – but now under massive tactical reorientation. The real “enemy” now is Syrian Kurds – not Russia and Israel (and not ISIS/ISIL/Daesh; but they never were in the first place). Erdogan is going after the YPG, which for him is a mere extension of the PKK. His order of the day is to prevent by all means an autonomous state entity in northeast Syria – a "Kurdistan" set up like a second Israel supported by the US. For that he needs some sort of entente cordiale with Damascus – as in insisting that Syria must preserve its territorial integrity. And that also means, of course, renewed dialogue with Russia.

So what's the CIA been up to?

Needless to add Ankara and Washington are now on a certified collision course

The Sultan went back to the game with a vengeance. He immediately went live on CNN Turk demanding Washington hands over Gulen even without any evidence he masterminded the coup. And that came with an inbuilt threat; “If you want to keep access to Incirlik air base you will have to give me Gulen”. It’s hard not to be reminded of recent history – when the Cheney regime in 2001 demanded the Taliban hand Osama bin Laden over to the US without offering proof he was responsible for 9/11.

Ankara’s official version is that the coup was perpetrated by a small military faction remote-controlled by exiled-in-Pennsylvania cleric Fethullah Gulen, himself a CIA asset. As much as responsibility remains debatable, what’s clear is the coup was a Turk remix of The Three Stooges; the actual stooges in fact may have been the already detained 2nd Army Commander Gen. Adem Huduti; 3rd Army Commander Erdal Ozturk; and former Chief of Air Staff Akin Ozturk.

As over-excited former CIA ops were blaring on US networks – and they do know a thing or two about regime change — rule number one in a coup is to aim at, and isolate, the head of the snake. Yet the wily Turkish snake, in this case, was nowhere to be seen. Not to mention that no top generals sounding convincingly patriotic went on the TRT state network to fully explain the reasons for the coup...

Meanwhile, Erdogan’s Gulfstream 4, flight number TK8456, took off from Bodrum’s airport at 1:43 A.M. and flew for hours over Turkey’s northwest with its transponder on, undisturbed. It was from the presidential plane, while still landed, that Erdogan had gone on Face Time, and then, on the air, managed to control the countercoup. The plane never left Turkish airspace – and was totally visible to civil and military radars. The coup plotters’ F-16s could have easily tracked and/or incinerated it. Instead they sent military choppers to bomb the presidential abode in Bodrum a long time after he had left the building.

The head of the snake must have been 100% sure that to board his plane and stay on Turkish airspace was as safe as eating a baklava. What’s even more startling is that the Gulfstream managed to land in Istanbul in absolute safety in the early hours of Saturday morning – despite the prevailing notion that the airport was occupied by the “rebels

A failed military coup in Turkey has created the opportunity for Turkish President Erdogan to eliminate his political rivals, consolidate his power, reset his policy towards Syria, strengthen ties with Moscow, and establish a foreign policy that is independent of Washington.

7--Turkey Was an Unlikely Victim of an Equally Unlikely Coup

8--Turkey rounds up thousands of suspected participants in coup attempt

9--Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says coup organizers 'will pay the highest price'

"Those who attempted a coup will pay the highest price."

10--Turkey was already undergoing a slow-motion coup – by Erdoğan, not the army

many would argue that Turkey was already in the throes of a slow motion coup d’état, not by the military but by Erdoğan himself. For the last three years, he has been moving, and methodically, to take over the nodes of power.

The pressures on the media have been well documented, as the country slides in international ratings by organisations such as Freedom House, from partly free to not free at all. Opposition newspapers have been taken over by court-appointed administrators. Dissident television stations have had the plug pulled from satellites; digital platforms are no longer seen in people’s homes. Erdoğan curses the very social media which this weekend helped to save his skin.

Increasingly, the government has put the judiciary under its thumb. It is now a brave judge who rules in a way he knows will give official offence. So while the Turkish parliament congratulated itself on a long night’s defence of democracy, many wonder why its members connived in the decline of the rule of law.

And still Erdoğan craves greater authority. Last May, he discarded one prime minister in favour of another more sympathetic to his plans to change the parliamentary system into a strong executive presidency. When the coup plotters stand trial, they may suffer the additional indignation of seeing their attempts to put Erdoğan in his place backfire, by providing a mandate for such increased powers. The president has already promised a purge of those still connected to the exiled dissident cleric Fethullah Gülen – Erdoğanspeak for anyone who opposes his will.

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