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Sunday, April 16, 2017, North Korea Update-- What you won't read in the media: 

On Sunday,  North Korea launched a ballistic missile from its submarine base in Sinpo in defiance of President Donald Trump's explicit warning that the action would trigger retaliatory surgical strikes on the DPRK's underground nuclear weapons facilities or missile launching sites.  In response to the North's action, US Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis  issued an unusual statement but did not indicate the US would respond militarily. He said,  "The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment.”

The western media has tried to downplay the Trump administration's failure to follow through on its threat of retaliation, but the NK missile incident provides clear proof that Trump's saber-rattling is mainly bluster that's not backed by military force.  Rather than cave in to Washington's intimidation,  Kim Jong Un  called Trump's bluff and Trump backed down.


Quote:  "And then there was the office of strategic influence. You may recall that. And 'oh my goodness gracious isn't that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall.' I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have."   Donald Rumsfeld's ringing endorsement for domestic propaganda to hoodwink the American people




1---Al Qaeda attack in Syria kills 95 children


Yesterday some 5,000 inhabitants of the northern cities were brought by bus convoy to the government held city of Aleppo but were stopped while still in the "rebel" controlled area. Inhabitants from the southern city had been brought to Aleppo and were kept under government guard.

The civilians in their buses, mostly elderly and children, were guarded by "rebels" of Ahrar al Sham. They were hungry. Someone appeared on the scene and distributed crisps. When children flocked around the food distribution a car drove up and a very large explosion occurred. Four buses full of people and a number of cars were totally destroyed (Pics: 1, 2, 3)


127 of the civilians, only a mile or two from the safe government area, were killed in the suicide attack including 95 children. Many more were wounded. An unknown number of Ahrar al Sham "rebel" guards were also killed. There is no disagreement about what happened.

It is obvious that the suicide attack was committed by al-Qaeda in Syria. No government aligned element could have crossed into rebel held territory. The government aligned forces have not committed any suicide attacks while al-Qaeda as well as Ahrar al Sham have committed hundreds. This was a "rebel" suicide attack, likely by al-Qaeda, against government aligned civilian refugees.

2--Witness to massacre explains what happened

3--What Russia-gate Has Wrought


Democrats, liberals and some progressives might be feeling a little perplexed over what has happened to Russia-gate, the story that pounded Donald Trump every day since his election last November – until April 4, that is.

On April 4, Trump fully capitulated to the neoconservative bash-Russia narrative amid dubious claims about a chemical attack in Syria. On April 6, Trump fired off 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase; he also restored the neocon demand for “regime change” in Syria; and he alleged that Russia was possibly complicit in the supposed chemical attack.

Since Trump took those actions – in accordance with the neocon desires for more “regime change” in the Middle East and a costly New Cold War with Russia – Russia-gate has almost vanished from the news.



4--Rumsfeld's Office of Strategic Influence (aka) Office of Information Activities.


The Office of Strategic Influence, or OSI, was a department created by the United States Department of Defense on October 30, 2001, to support the War on Terrorism through psychological operations in targeted countries, which did not include the United States because the Pentagon is barred from PSYOPs in the U.S.[1] However, BBC noted that "there is nothing to stop an American newspaper picking up a story carried abroad" in cases of news stories that were "black propaganda" with deliberately "misleading" information planted by the Pentagon under OSI.[2]

Although the closure of the office was announced by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld soon after its existence became publicly known, later comments by Secretary Rumsfeld imply that the actual operations of the OSI have continued unabated.[3][4] Some sources say OSI was authorized to use "military deception" against the public by "presenting false information, images, or statements",[5] while other sources say "This type of action was not in OSI’s charter, and [this] charge was never substantiated." [6]

The OSI would have been a center for the creation of propaganda materials, but according to the leaked source, there were no plans[7] to mislead enemy forces or foreign civilian populations. After information on the office spread through US and foreign media in mid February 2002, intense discussions on purpose and scope of the office were reported. Some argue that its secretive nature and stated purposes would make the existence of such an agency hard to determine. The office was closed by Rumsfeld because of the controversy.[8] Some of its foreign responsibilities were moved to the Office of Information Activities.[9]...

  • Office of Public Diplomacy
  • Office of Information Activities
  • Office of Special Plans
  • Perception management
  • Black ops
  • Psychological Operations, and the presence of Ft Bragg's 4th Psyops Gp at CNN and NPR[16]
  • November 18, 2002: Rumsfeld states in a press briefing that the Office of Strategic Influence was closed down only in name, that the activities of the office still continue. Rumsfeld:
    And then there was the office of strategic influence. You may recall that. And 'oh my goodness gracious isn't that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall.' I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have.[13]

    5--McMaster --Iraq Diary--



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