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Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is seeking an ammunition dealer who can provide 25 million shotgun rounds to the agency over a five year period, adding to its already enormous arsenal of ammo.

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The solicitation posted on FBO.gov states that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a department under DHS, is seeking “shotgun ammunition for use by all applicable agencies in the Department of Homeland Security,” more specifically three million rounds of shotgun slugs per year and two million rounds of buckshot per year for five years.

“The ammunition will be used as appropriate at all Department of Homeland Security (DHS or department) component locations nationwide and outside the CONUS [continental United States,]” the notice reads.

This is an excessive amount that not only reveals the vast scope of the emerging police state but also fuels fears that DHS is preparing for large-scale mass panic in America.

And as we’ve exhaustively documented in the past, mass ammunition purchases by DHS are becoming quite common.

Earlier this year, Homeland Security stockpiled over 141,000 rounds of .308 Winchester ammunition, a rifle round well-known for its consistency in long-range shooting.

The agency requested 168 grain rounds in particular, which have an effective range of 800 to 900 yards.

more@ http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-to-purchase-25-million-shotgun-rounds/

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21 Apr 2014 The United States government said on Monday it will decide “in days” on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week. The steps include publicly calling on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate occupied buildings and checkpoints, accept an amnesty and address their grievances politically, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

U.S. says will act ‘in days’ if no Russian action in Ukraine

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Once you go down the rabbit hole, you will discover things that most people don’t know. Here are 40 outrageous facts that most people are clueless about.

The IRS is not a U.S. Government Agency. It is an Agency of the IMF. 1. The IRS is not a U.S. Government Agency. It is an Agency of the IMF. (Diversified Metal Products v. IRS et al. CV-93-405E-EJE U.S.D.C.D.I., Public Law 94-564, Senate Report 94-1148 pg. 5967, Reorganization Plan No. 26, Public Law 102-391.)

2. The IMF is an Agency of the UN. (Blacks Law Dictionary 6th Ed. Pg. 816)

3. The U.S. Has not had a Treasury since 1921. (41 Stat. Ch.214 pg. 654)

4. The U.S. Treasury is now the IMF. (Presidential Documents Volume 29-No.4 pg. 113, 22 U.S.C. 285-288)

5. The United States does not have any employees because there is no longer a United States. No more reorganizations. After over The FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA and all of the other alphabet gangs were never part of the United States government. Even though the "US Government" held shares of stock in the various Agencies. (U.S. V. Strang , 254 US 491, Lewis v. US, 680 F.2d, 1239)200 years of operating under bankruptcy its finally over. (Executive Order 12803) Do not personate one of the creditors or share holders or you will go to Prison.18 U.S.C. 914

6. The FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA and all of the other alphabet gangs were never part of the United States government. Even though the “US Government” held shares of stock in the various Agencies. (U.S. V. Strang , 254 US 491, Lewis v. US, 680 F.2d, 1239)

Social Security Numbers are issued by the UN through the IMF7. Social Security Numbers are issued by the UN through the IMF. The Application for a Social Security Number is the SS5 form. The Department of the Treasury (IMF) issues the SS5 not the Social Security Administration. The new SS5 forms do not state who or what publishes them, the earlier SS5 forms state that they are Department of the Treasury forms. You can get a copy of the SS5 you filled out by sending form SSA-L996 to the SS Administration. (20 CFR chapter 111, subpart B 42 2.103 (b) (2) (2) Read the cites above)

8. There are no Judicial courts in America and there has not been since 1789. Judges do not enforce Statutes and Codes. Executive Administrators enforce Statutes and Codes. (FRC v. GE 281 US 464, Keller v. PE 261 US 428, 1 Stat. 138-178)

9. There have not been any Judges in America since 1789. There have just been Administrators. (FRC v. GE 281 US 464, Keller v. PE 261 US 428 1Stat. 138-178)

10. According to the GATT you must have a Social Security number. House Report (103-826)

11. We have One World Government, One World Law and a One World Monetary System.

No one on this planet has ever been free. This planet is a Slave Colony.12. The UN is a One World Super Government.

13. No one on this planet has ever been free. This planet is a Slave Colony. There has always been a One World Government. It is just that now it is much better organized and has changed its name as of 1945 to the United Nations.

14. New York City is defined in the Federal Regulations as the United Nations. Rudolph Gulliani stated on C-Span that “New York City was the capital of the World” and he was correct. (20 CFR chapter 111, subpart B 422.103 (b) (2) (2)

15. Social Security is not insurance or a contract, nor is there a Trust Fund. (Helvering v. Davis 301 US 619, Steward Co. V. Davis 301 US 548.)

16. Your Social Security check comes directly from the IMF which is an Agency of the UN. (Look at it if you receive one. It should have written on the top left United States Treasury.)

17. You own no property, slaves can’t own property. Read the Deed to the property that you think is yours. The Revolutionary War was a fraud.You are listed as a Tenant. (Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress 1st Session)

18. The most powerful court in America is not the United States Supreme Court but, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (42 Pa.C.S.A. 502)

19. The Revolutionary War was a fraud. See (22, 23 and 24)

20. The King of England financially backed both sides of the Revolutionary The King of England financially backed both sides of the Revolutionary war. (Treaty at Versailles July 16, 1782, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80)war. (Treaty at Versailles July 16, 1782, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80)

…and as history repeats itself, Prescott Bush, as history repeats itself, Prescott Bush, father of George HW Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, funded both sides of World War II. The Bush family have been traitors to the American citizens for decades. father of George HW Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, funded both sides of World War II.  The Bush family have been traitors to the American citizens for decades.

Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched.

George Bush Senior speaking in an interview with Sarah McClendon in December 1992
21. You can not use the Constitution to defend yourself because you are not a party to it. (Padelford Fay & Co. v. The Mayor and Alderman of The City of Savannah 14 Georgia 438, 520)

22. America is a British Colony. (THE UNITED STATES IS A CORPORATION, NOT A LAND MASS AND IT EXISTED BEFORE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND THE BRITISH TROOPS DID NOT LEAVE UNTIL 1796.) Respublica v. Sweers 1 Dallas 43, Treaty of Commerce 8 Stat 116, The Britain is owned by the Vatican.Society for Propagating the Gospel, &c. V. New Haven 8 Wheat 464, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80, IRS Publication 6209, Articles of Association October 20, 1774.)

23. Britain is owned by the Vatican. (Treaty of 1213)

24. The Pope can abolish any law in the United States. (Elements of Ecclesiastical Law Vol.1 A 1040 form is for tribute paid to Britain. (IRS Publication 620953-54)

25. A 1040 form is for tribute paid to Britain. (IRS Publication 6209)

26. The Pope claims to own the entire planet through the laws of conquest and discovery. (Papal Bulls of 1455 and 1493)

27. The Pope has ordered the genocide and enslavement of millions of people.(Papal Bulls of 1455 and 1493)

28. The Pope’s laws are obligatory on everyone. (Bened. XIV., De Syn. Dioec, lib, ix., c. vii., n. 4. Prati, 1844)(Syllabus, prop 28, 29, 44)

29. We are slaves and own absolutely nothing not even what we think are our children. (Tillman v. Roberts 108 So. 62, Van Koten v. Van Koten 154 N.E. 146, Senate Document 43 & 73rd Congress 1st Session, Wynehammer v. People 13 N.Y. REP 378, 481)

Also see:
3 Financial Suicides in 5 Days…. Something Is Going Down and It’s all collapsing, right on schedule!

30. Military Dictator George Washington divided the States (Estates) into Districts. (Messages and papers of the Presidents Vo 1, " The People" does not include you and me. pg 99. Websters 1828 dictionary for definition of Estate.)

31. ” The People” does not include you and me. (Barron v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore. 32 U.S. 243)

32. The United States Government was not founded upon Christianity. (Treaty of Tripoli 8 Stat 154.)

33. It is not the duty of the police to protect you. Their job is to protect the Corporation and arrest code breakers. Sapp v. Tallahasee, 348 So. 2nd. 363, Reiff v. City of Philadelphia, 477 F.Supp. 1262, Lynch v. N.C. Dept of Justice 376 S.E. 2nd. 247.

34. Everything in the “United States” is For Sale: roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, water, prisons airports etc. I wonder who bought Klamath lake. Did anyone take the time to check? (Executive Order 12803)

35. We are Human capital. (Executive Order 13037)

36. The UN has financed the operations of the United States government for over 50 years and now owns every man, women and child in America. The UN also holds all of the Land in America in Fee Simple.

37. The good news is we don’t have to fulfill “our” fictitious obligations. You can discharge a fictitious obligation with another’s fictitious obligation.

38. The depression and World War II were a total farce. The United States and various other companies were making loans to others all over the World during the Depression. The building of Germanys infrastructure in the 1930′s including the Railroads was financed by the United States. That way those who call themselves “Kings,” “Prime Ministers,” and “Furor.”etc could sit back and play a game of chess using real people. Think of all of the Americans, Germans etc. who gave their lives thinking they were defending their Countries which didn’t even exist. The millions of innocent people who died for nothing. Isn’t it obvious why Switzerland is never involved in these fiascoes? That is where the “Bank of International Settlements”is located.Wars are manufactured to keep your eye off the ball. You have to have an enemy to keep the illusion of “Government” in place.

39. The “United States” did not declare Independence from Great Britian or King George.

40. The etymology of government means to control the mind. From Latinised Greek gubernatio “management, government”, from Ancient Greek κυβερνισμός, κυβέρνησις (kybernismos, kybernesis) “steering, pilotage, guiding”, from κυβερνάω (kybernao) “to steer, to drive, to guide, to act as a pilot” plus Latin mente “mind”.

http://www.in5d.com/40-outrageous-facts-most-people-dont-know.html

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of  ‘Zero Hedge’, with Acknowledgments.

It almost happened in 2008… but as this excerpt from Casey Research’s Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, “…if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry…” which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to ‘secure’ the empire.

To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US.

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Complete source article and videos linked here.

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Something very ominous is taking place right before the eyes of the people of this nation; far too many Americans don’t seem to grasp what’s happening all around them; and if they actually do, it may be that they don’t have it in them to reject and resist the forces that intend to transform this society into one of subservience and submissiveness.

 

Since Edward Snowden blew the whistle and exposed its surveillance activities, the NSA (the National Security Agency) readily admits that it has been collecting all forms of communications of the American people, from emails to cell phone conversations as well as others. It has now also been discovered to have routinely used these same methods to collect the communications of people in other countries, many of them allies of America; even the communications of their leaders.

 

What we now have in America is a government that has these characteristics: it is omnipresent meaning that it is “present everywhere at the same time.” It is omniscient, or, “it has complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.” And lastly, as we well know, it is omnipotent: “it possesses “unlimited and unrestrained authority and power.”

 

Do the people of America even care that their privacy is being violated each and every day; that their communications of all forms are being monitored closely by the NSA? On the surface that might be the conclusion because their reaction to this invasion of privacy has been a deafening silence. But it’s more than likely that they are well aware of exactly how their Constitutional right of privacy is being violated and they just don’t have it in them to resist and demand that these actions be terminated.

 

One might describe the mass of Americans as greatly resembling the “proles” that existed in the era of “1984”, aka the Orwellian age. The proles constituted 85% of the population of Oceania, they were the working class. Their functions were simple: to work and raise children. About the only things they concerned themselves with were diversions such as family get-togethers, friends and neighbors, playing the lottery, drinking, and watching TV to make them forget about their meaningless jobs.

 

The proles in Oceania were not subjected to intimate government surveillance because the government considered them to be useless people who would never question or challenge the government in any way. But in the America of today everyone is under surveillance because, quite obviously, this government doesn’t trust anyone; everyone is suspect and needs to have their communications monitored. So the America of today can be in many ways considered as 1984 on steroids.

 

We have a president, Barack Obama, who has strongly supported and defended the policies and actions of this NSA spying agency and sees absolutely nothing wrong with how it is invading the privacy of Americans. This president, a Constitutional “scholar” no less apparently doesn’t see this as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment which guarantees the rights of privacy of the American people.

 

So while all this skullduggery and spying is going on all around us and our cell phones, emails, and other communications are routinely tapped and recorded for further examination, what is the response from the mass of the American people? Are they incensed, are they in a state of rage and outrage because of this gross intrusion into their privacy?

 

Apparently not; there has been little to no response or reaction, just the usual silence that permeates this society. Many Americans don’t even have the slightest inkling of what is going on; they are, like the 1984 proles, busy with their own lives, largely unconcerned with what they government is doing. Others say that they have nothing to hide and, therefore, the government can do whatever it wishes with intercepting their communications.

 

Or they may well be a throw back to the people in Germany who, in their hearts, knew exactly what was going on in the prelude to World War II and just looked the other way when The National Socialist German Workers’ Party established control over the nation and the people no longer had any rights and certainly no privacy. And we all know what happened next.

more @ http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/welcome-to-orwellian-america-land-of.html

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Former Senate Majority leader, presidential candidate and Republican establishment icon Bob Dole has come out in favor of sending the fascist junta in Ukraine weapons, including tanks.

“There are a lot of things we could do. We could give the poor Ukrainians some weapons,” Dole told about 75 people in Kansas. “I think I would first of all send some tanks and some weapons to help the Ukrainian people. Putin would understand then that we’re serious. Those would be consequences.”

“We need to demonstrate to Putin, without sending troops over there, that we’re serious about the Ukraine and we want to help them maintain their liberty, and so far all we have are speeches saying there will be consequences,” Dole said.

He also said he would put a missile system in Poland on Russia’s border.

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Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone has said Western bankers enabled Hitler to carry out his atrocities during World War two. Keiser report reveals that similar schemes still go on today with U.S. banks financing terrorists as well as Wall Street bonuses.

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People inspect the wreckage of a car hit by an air strike in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda April 19, 2014. (Reuters)

People inspect the wreckage of a car hit by an air strike in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda April 19, 2014. (Reuters)

Dozens are reportedly dead in Yemen, including at least three civilians, as the result of a series of drone strikes that started in the southern part of the country on Saturday and is alleged to still be occurring two days later.

By noontime in Washington, DC on Monday, the Associated Press reported that 55 Al-Qaeda militants were among those that had been killed in an hours-long series of strikes that targeted a training camp operated by the group, according to Yemen’s interior ministry. The United States is alleged to have carried out the strikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, but does not legally have to acknowledge any operations conducted by its Central Intelligence Agency and has not commented.

People inspect the wreckage of a car hit by an air strike in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda April 19, 2014. (Reuters)

People inspect the wreckage of a car hit by an air strike in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda April 19, 2014. (Reuters)

While reports consider the strikes carried out by US-operated drones, outlets like The Bureau of Investigative Journalism say that, as of early Monday evening EDT, it is ultimately unknown whether Yemen military forces were involved or if the attacks were indeed executed with unmanned drones. A “high-level Yemeni government official” told CNN the attacks were “a joint US-Yemeni operation.” He added that, “unfortunately, a civilian truck was also hit.”

Among the 55 believed to be killed in that series of strikes, the AP reported, were three senior but unnamed Al-Qaeda leaders. The AFP also corroborated that claim by reporting that witnesses on the scene in Shabwa province early Monday said three alleged militants were indeed killed when a missile struck the car the men were traveling in that morning.

At the same time on Monday, an anonymous Yemeni government official briefed on the strikes told CNN that the strikes had yet to cease and that at, by his count, at least 30 alleged militants had been killed. Statistics regarding the death toll remain fluid, but preliminary reports concerning the strikes suggest that the number of those killed since Saturday is in the dozen.

More @ http://rt.com/usa/drone-yemen-dozens-dead-880/

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25 actors — all of whom must be U.S. citizens and be able to adapt to multiple scenarios — are being sought for the exercises, which will also feature the use of AK-47s with blank ammunition provided by BKM Enterprises.

21 Apr 2014 The United States Marine Corps is looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in upcoming training exercises, putting out a casting call that could give clues about for what the Pentagon is prepping. A solicitation put out this month by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command sought an actor to play an “Al Qaeda personality,” a French-speaker with a college degree in chemistry and three men who could play “high value insurgent” roles. The actors are needed for training exercises in South Carolina during the next three months.

“Each final exercise is an 8-day training event which will be conducted by members of [Marine Special Operation Company Mike],” a statement of work on the exercise reads. “The exercise is considered to be an important segment of collective training of [Marine Special Operation Company Mike’s] pre-deployment training program.”

A total of 25 actors — all of whom must be U.S. citizens and be able to adapt to multiple scenarios — are being sought for the exercises, which will also feature the use of AK-47s with blank ammunition provided by BKM Enterprises.

The solicitation could provide a window into how elite American soldiers are now preparing themselves for their next conflict, according to military blog War Is Boring. The exercises will include both “special reconnaissance” and “direct action” scenarios and will be conducted in rural and urban settings.

“We don’t know where the Marines are going or what their mission will be,” War Is Boring contributor Joe Trevithick wrote. “However, the training likely reflects what the Marines expect to be doing at least to some degree.”

[Pretty blatant about it, aren't they? Let's hope the dirt-bags don't *go live,* as they did on 9/11, in Boston, and elsewhere.]

False flag casting call: Marines looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in training exercises

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War Prayer


The War Prayer takes place in present day, during Sunday services at a church in Any Town, USA. On the eve of war, our Reverend leads the congregation in a prayer for the protection of our soldiers. In closing, he makes one last, seemingly innocuous request “…and grant us the victory, O Lord.”

“Amen”, and the service proceeds as usual until the arrival of a mysterious stranger, “a messenger from on high”, who silently ascends to the pulpit and proceeds to explain “the full import” of the congregation’s request, the “unspoken” part of their prayer.

What follows is Twain’s masterful, yet horrifying depiction of warfare, an unrivaled indictment of the carnage that man has committed against his fellow man since time immemorial.

With The War Prayer, Twain grabs our conscience by the lapels, and challenges us to re-examine our most cherished beliefs about patriotism, and what it truly means to be an American.

“I don’t think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth.” — American Writer, Mark Twain

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    The problem with wars is that you need people to believe in them so they can happen, and somebody needs to do the shooting and dying. As they say, imagine if they gave a war and nobody came. What would happen then? It’s not as if our ‘leaders’, a gaggle of amoral assholes and clinical psychopaths, could be expected to offer themselves and their progeny for the war effort. No indeed, without the ‘little people’ and ‘useless eaters’ to fight and die for no good reason other than the personal profits of the political, industrial and financial elites, there would be no possibility of war, ever, and any attempt to manipulate the masses into a jingoistic frenzy would be exposed as the murderous conspiracy that it always has been.

    Well, in the case of Ukraine, that’s exactly what we are seeing unfold before our eyes.

    The newly coup-imposed, non-elected, fascist, right-wing puppet Ukrainian government recently promised an “anti-terrorist operation” against the separatists of the Eastern province of Donetsk in other to avoid another Crimea situation. But things didn’t quite turn out as expected.

    As Guardian readers humorously put it:

    ‘Report on progress of the war Captain … Gave away another tank and having a picnic with the Terrorists sir’

    John Kerry: “The situation is critical, Mr President, peace has broken out”.

    So what’s a warmonger to do? Why, cook up some media manipulation and lies and get out the bag of dirty tricks, of course! It may sound familiar, but it’s worked pretty well to date!

    On Wednesday, 16th April, I was fascinated at the news that Ukrainian soldiers were not only refusing to take action against the protesters of Donetsk, but were in fact switching sides. So I compared the RT.com version to the Guardian and BBC versions, as I often do, as much can be learned by comparing different stories. So, bearing in mind that the headline and first couple of paragraphs of an article are the most important (since most readers will go only that far), and that the choice of words counts, let’s see how the events of that day were reported.

    First the RT version:

    Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs in Slavyansk

    Dozens of army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk for an “anti-terrorist operation” refused to follow orders and surrendered their weapons and armored vehicles. Some troops openly voiced support for the eastern Ukrainians.

    Reports from the scene said that the locals would not allow the soldiers to take back the APCs, but they were allowed to keep their rifles. The people were cheering the troops.

    Meanwhile, the anti-government activists guarding the armored vehicles have said that they did not “seize” them as the media claimed, and that the troops “switched sides” peacefully.

    “They were not seized by the self-defense forces. In fact, the Ukrainian troops arrived here flying a Russian flag. In this way, they have taken the side of the people,” a Slavyansk activist told Russia-24 TV.

    Slavyansk Ukraine

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    Men wearing military fatigues sit by a Russian flag and a white flag reading “People’s volunteer corps of Donetsk” as they ride on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16, 2014.

    A Ukrainian soldier interviewed by RIA Novosti in Slavyansk said the troops were told they are being sent against “Russian invaders who have taken the local population hostage and are waging war at us,” and that they must “free Donbas from occupants.”

    This morning, we started our attack, but the picture we saw in Kramatorsk turned out to be completely different. We saw in front of us a crowd of locals, mostly adults, women and men. They explained to us that there are no occupants here and there is no one to fight. Instead, they gave us food and talked to us,” the soldier was quoted as saying.

    He added that the troops vowed “not to follow orders to shoot at these people.” Some soldiers chose to take the side of the locals, some decided to stay “neutral.” They are now “waiting what comes next.”

    Similar developments were also seen in another Donetsk region city, Kramatorsk, where Ukrainian troops began entering Tuesday after taking a nearby airfield by force, captured a day earlier by armed self-defense activists.

    As Ukrainian armored vehicles rolled into the city’s center Wednesday, they were surrounded by locals and surrendered. Some of the APCs were filmed flying Russian flags in support of the locals. Kiev eventually confirmed that six APCs were taken away in Kramatorsk but claimed that they were “captured by the extremists.” Earlier, coup-imposed Kiev officials dismissed the news as “fake” and even claimed that by raising Russian flags the troops “infiltrated” the areas “controlled by Russian Army units and separatists.” [...]

    RT’s Ruptly agency also spoke with Ukrainian soldiers in Kramatorsk. According to Ruptly’s Monika Kalinowska, the soldiers blamed the media for giving “fake information” and “creating unnecessary tension.” One of the soldiers told Kalinowska that he found “no aggression” coming from the eastern Ukrainians, except for cases of few “drunks” approaching them with questions.

    However, not all the Ukrainian troops were ready to surrender and side with the locals blocking their way. A video by Ustream user Russian_Donetsk_2 shows a Ukrainian soldier threatening civilians who attempted to step in the way of a convoy of APCs near Kramatorsk by holding a grenade. The people surrounding the vehicles can be heard jeering the soldier. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian media has been quoting some of the troops sent to eastern Ukraine as saying they will “never surrender” to pro-Russian activists.

    I’ve seen more violent stand-offs between drivers and traffic policemen in Mexico City than in the description above, so I remain unconvinced that the common people of Ukraine – including their soldiers – are “extremists” looking for a fight. Notice the comment about “creating unnecessary tension”, and the denial that the armed vehicles had been “seized”, but were rather voluntarily surrendered. Indeed, one simply needs to use common sense to see that you do not simply “seize” a tank. Either you have heavy weaponry yourself to confront that tank and destroy it, or the friendly tank driver will provide you with the keys himself.

    So why is it that the Guardian and the BBC push forward the “seized-tanks” scenario? The only plausible answer is that that this implies a confrontation, while Ukrainian soldiers having a picnic with the ‘rebels’ does not. You can almost hear the editors reading the reports and exclaiming: “We paid for an action movie and we got a rom-com! Sex it up!”

    Here’s the Guardian‘s take. See if you can spot the not-so-subtle differences:

    Kiev’s grip on eastern Ukraine weakens as pro-Russians seize army vehicles

    For Kiev’s beleaguered army it was meant to be a display of strength. Early on Wednesday a column of six armoured personnel carriers trundled through the town of Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Some 24 hours earlier Ukrainian soldiers had recaptured a small disused aerodrome. Their next target appeared to be Slavyansk, the neighbouring town, occupied by a shadowy Russian militia. Was victory close?

    The column didn’t get far. At Kramatorsk’s railway junction, next to an open-air market and a shop selling building materials, an angry crowd caught up with it. Next armed separatists dressed in military fatigues turned up too. Within minutes the Ukrainian soldiers gave up. Without a shot being fired they abandoned their vehicles. The pro-Russian gunmen grabbed them.

    In theory this was happening in Ukraine, under the control of a pro-western government in Kiev, and several hundred kilometers from the Russian border. In reality large chunks of the east of the country are now in open revolt. Ukraine is rapidly vanishing as a sovereign state. Its army is falling apart. What happens next is unclear. But the Kremlin can either annexe the east, as it did Crimea, again shrugging off western outrage. Or it can pull the strings of a new post-Kiev puppet entity.

    Slavyansk Ukraine

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    Militia gather by seized APCs as they stand guard in Slavyansk, Ukraine.

    The militia who captured the armoured vehicles on Wednesday looked like professionals. They had Kalashnikovs, flak jackets, ammunition. One even carried a tube-shaped green grenade-launcher. Some hid their faces under black balaclavas. Others waved and smiled. All wore an orange and black ribbon – originally a symbol of the Soviet victory over fascism, and now the colours of the east’s snowballing anti-Kiev movement. There was a flag of Donbass, the Russian-speaking eastern region with its main city of Donetsk.

    The Guardian editors make it sound so ominous! Strength, victory, storm-clouds gathering! They are wearing balaclavas, so they must be up to no good! The “look” like professionals, so they must be! And the big question is, you guessed it, will the dark hand of Russia seek to annex or practice puppetry? If all of this sounds very suggestive, it’s because it is. It is funny how it is taken as a given that ‘Russia is behind it all’, when the EU’s spymaster has denied there is any Russian military presence in the Ukraine.

    To be fair, it is not unreasonable to assume that Russia is to some extent involved in the Ukraine drama, perhaps more than meets the eye, but such involvement would be entirely understandable given that the US State Dept. was directly involved in the coup in Kiev (see “F**k The EU” – U.S. State department blasts Europe; revealed as alleged mastermind behind Ukraine unrest, in case you missed it!). But the media in the West make it sound like Russia is playing the games that the CIA routinely plays across the globe in any country that does not fully align with the U.S. The Western media parrot this version simply because that is what comes out of the White House, so this is a case of the abuser accusing others of what they do themselves.

    Now lets turn to the BBC:

    Ukraine crisis: Military column ‘seized’ in Kramatorsk

    Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have seized six Ukrainian armoured vehicles, the defence ministry in Kiev says.

    Reports say the occupants were disarmed after the vehicles were blockaded by locals in the city of Kramatorsk.

    BBC journalists witnessed civilians, at least some of whom appeared to be local people, challenging soldiers, who were also blocked by a crowd a few kilometers outside the town.

    One officer said he had not “come to fight” and would never obey orders to shoot his “own people”.

    “A column was blocked by a crowd of local people in Kramatorsk with members of a Russian diversionary-terrorist group among them,” the defence ministry said its statement.

    The Ukrainian troops appear to have been disarmed before being fed by pro-Russian militants at a cafe in Sloviansk and then put on a bus back to their home city of Dnipropetrovsk.

    In another incident, several hundred residents of Pchyolkino, south of Sloviansk, surrounded another column of 14 Ukrainian military vehicles.

    After the crowd was reinforced by pro-Russian gunmen, negotiations ensued and the troops were allowed to drive their vehicles away, but only after agreeing to surrender the magazines from their assault rifles.

    Although the BBC goes for the seized-tank theory too, at least they care to point out – further down the article, mind you – a couple of important details that make a mockery of the statements of the Ukrainian government. Rather than “Russian diversionary-terrorists”, the people who negotiated with the occupiers of the military vehicles seem like a very reasonable bunch of people, feeding them and allowing them to go back unharmed, while making sure they wouldn’t be harmed themselves.

    Buried in the same BBC article we find another key piece of information:

    In the city of Donetsk, where activists have been occupying the regional government building since 6 April, pro-Russian gunmen have taken control of the mayor’s office.

    They told an AFP correspondent their only demand was for the region to stage a referendum on turning Ukraine into a federation with broader local rights.

    So what on Earth is wrong with that?! Why does that make the people of Donetsk “separatist terrorists”? What is more terroristic, to demand your own rights or to impose the rule of a non-elected government, puppet of the West, by sending troops to confront their own people?

    As it often happens, the masses of normal people don’t want trouble and suffering in their lives. Blood-spilling is troublesome, and war is a lot of blood-spilling. But it is clear that there are a few psychopathic types in power – in the U.S., the EU and the Ukrainian government – who like to create trouble for the people because that often translates into profit for them. What are they going to do if people don’t want to spill blood? Well, they are clearly on the case.

    We read from the BBC:

    Deadly clashes at Ukraine port base as leaders meet

    Three people were killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine overnight, the country’s interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine begin crisis talks in Geneva.

    Overnight about 300 pro-Russian separatists attacked a military unit in Mariupol near the Azov Sea, throwing petrol bombs. Troops opened fire, killing three, Mr Avakov said.

    According to Mr Avakov, 13 of the attackers were wounded and so far 63 have been detained. He said none of the interior ministry troops had been killed.

    Mariupol

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    A man wounded in the clash in Mariupol is given first aid

    That was just a few hours after the people of Sloviansk were having lunch with tank drivers. Now we are asked to believe that similar “separatists” decided it was wise to “attack” a military base with petrol bombs. Is it just me or does it sound like someone in the crowd wanted the crowd to be shot at? And who in their right mind would want that? Or has the version of events above been ‘spiced up’?

    We read a rather different story from other sources.

    RT:

    3 dead, 13 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base – Interior Ministry

    Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers stationed at a military base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says.

    Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that three of the anti-government activists that clashed with soldiers at the base had been killed, referring to them as “armed militants.”

    At least 63 people were detained overnight following the incident, but 25 of them were then released within hours.

    Police “could not charge those 25 people with anything,” Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser, Stanislav Rechinsky, told journalists, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

    On Wednesday evening, a group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent Donetsk region.

    They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn’t listen, the demonstrators said.

    Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.

    Some local media said the protesters were armed with Molotov cocktails, which they used in the confrontation.

    Protester chatter blames unidentified provocateurs for the shooting. Demonstrators say a group of people arrived at the protester-held City Hall of Mariupol and called on people staying there to go to the military base to try to seize it.

    It paints a rather different picture, doesn’t it? 25 of the people detained were released because they could not be charged with anything. It is certain that they were not doing any “attacking” themselves.

    The Guardian provides some more information about the contrasting versions of what happened at Mariupol:

    Fatal clashes at Ukrainian military base

    [...]

    Around 500 protesters – many of them wearing the St George’s ribbons used as a symbol of the anti-Kiev movement – reportedly attempted to storm a national guard base starting at 8.30pm, the Mariupol information website 0629 reported. Ukrainian soldiers inside the besieged base fired warning shots in response to explosives hurled inside the compound by the militia. Periodic shooting continued late into the night. [...]

    Accounts differed on events at the Mariupol base, the actions of the attackers and soldiers and the number of dead and injured.

    Interior minister Arsen Avakov posted a statement on his Facebook page reporting that a gang of 300 pro-Russian men had attacked the Ukrainian base, throwing firebombs and molotov cocktails. After they began shooting at the garrison, he wrote, soldiers fired warning shots into the air and only shot at attackers when they attempted another assault.

    Interior ministry special forces later began hunting the attackers down, capturing 63, according to Avakov. He said interior ministry forces hadn’t suffered any casualties, while three attackers were killed and 13 wounded.

    “After a short battle, the gang of attackers was dispersed and for the most part isolated and disarmed,” he wrote.

    Medics in Mariupol talking to the Guardian, however, could confirm only one death and 15 injuries.

    Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said the attackers carried machine guns, and Associated Press reported it had seen footage of unidentified men with assault rifles outside the base.

    Avakov said the attackers had mobile phones operating on Russian networks. The pro-Kiev analytical centre Informational Resistance said they were locals with basic military training led by a Russian military intelligence officer.

    But footage published by 0629 appeared to show a disorganised assault by protesters, who said they had been unarmed and were seeking negotiations.

    In a video posted on the site, a masked man wearing a St George’s ribbon and a military helmet said after “the gates came down” soldiers began shooting at protesters and also threw stun grenades, wounding several of them. A man with him said a wounded comrade had been left inside the base, indicating protesters had penetrated the walls.

    “We were yelling, asking for the troops, the commander, to come out for negotiations, because no one here wants blood. They answered with shooting,” the first man said.

    A third man said troops had fired at “peaceful residents”. In another video, a masked man with a megaphone standing behind some lorries calls on troops inside the base to come out: “We don’t want you – our guys, friends, comrades – to suffer.”

    The assertion that the protesters were unarmed was contradicted, however, by photographs also published by 0629 showing masked men, many of them in camouflage, assembled outside the base armed with clubs and molotov cocktails.

    “Armed” with clubs and molotov cocktails? So much for Russia’s military sponsorship! Did they seriously think they could attack and take over a military base with clubs and molotov cocktails? Or was it rather a demonstration that somehow got out of hand, probably due to agents provocateurs? By the way, how does the Kiev government know that the “attackers” were using mobile phones operating on Russian networks? I’m just curious.

    Speaking of mysterious provocations, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published the following (very dubious) story:

    Report: Separatists in east Ukraine town of Donetsk order Jews to register

    Measure due to the alleged support of Jews for Kiev and their hostility “to the Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.”

    A notice ordering all Jews in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk to register with the pro-Russian separatists or face deportation has been pasted near the local synagogue, according to the Novosti Donbassa news agency.

    According to the report, the notice was distributed by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation.”

    Novosti Donbassa speculated that the men involved were provocateurs who “tried to provoke a conflict, then to blame the attack on separatists.”

    Jews Ukraine Donetsk

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    Part of the notice as distributed on Twitter.

    The notice apparently bore the stamps of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk and was signed by its self-styled people’s governor Denis Pushilin.

    It orders all Jews over the age of 16 to register at the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents in defiance of Kiev rule. Jews would also have to pay a registration fee of $50 before May 3 and list all real estate and vehicles owned.

    The notice explained the measure as being due to the alleged support of Jewish leaders for the “nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev” and their hostility “to the Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.”

    John Kerry wasted no time in getting in front of the cameras to denounce this “anti-semitic” notice as “not just intolerable, [but] grotesque… beyond unacceptable.”

    Doh! Caught spreading lies and propaganda, again!

    Let’s think logically about this. First, let’s bear in mind that all it took for this rumor to become ‘news’ was the action of three anonymous people – not the province of Donetsk and certainly not Russia. Second, it would be an extremely stupid thing to do to antagonize part of the local Eastern Ukrainian population and to create an image for yourself as anti-Semitic when you are in most need of legitimacy. And finally, suppose, for the sake of argument, that you are a separatist and you do have grievances against a certain group of people, but your demands of independence are far from being satisfied, and in fact, you do not have any real authority at all. Why would you go on a witch-hunt when you are not even ready to stand on your own feet?

    In any case, it seems that Kerry was a little too eager to use this particular piece of propaganda in service of his warmongering, because it has already been exposed as a photo-shopped fake. Oops!

    Based on the way the ‘Ukraine crisis’ has been handled so far, it is safe to say that if a war breaks out in, or because of, Ukraine, the rationale for it will be built on a foundation of lies and half-truths aggressively marketed to the world by the Western warmongers in government and their obsequious mainstream media whores.

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    Andrés Perezalonso has been a contributing editor for Signs of the Times in both its English and Spanish versions since 2007 and has been a member of the editorial board of the Dot Connector Magazine since 2010. He holds a PhD in Politics, an MA in International Studies, a first degree in Communication, and has a professional background in Media Analysis. He is passionate about understanding current global events and believes this can only be achieved through an interdisciplinary approach that dares to think out of the box. He was born and raised in Mexico and currently resides in the United Kingdom.

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    False flag prep work:

    SAN FRANCISCO —

    A number of police and state and federal law enforcement agencies converged on several BART stations Friday morning to conduct security drills.

    The drills were an effort to help coordinate amongst the agencies just in case of a major emergency, said officials.

    The drill ran from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the West Oakland, Embarcadero, Coliseum and SFO BART stations.

    Officials said during the drill, riders may have seen several police cars, emergency vehicles and canine units.

    Along with BART police, the Transportation Security Administration, and federal and state agencies took part in the drill.

    “We know based upon other parts of the world that transit is a major target,” said Lt. Kevin Franklin of the BART Police Department. “Transit preparedness, and surface transit in particular, is something we need to be prepared for.”

    According to BART officials, each station had different scenarios. BART service was not affected during the drill.

    Although drills occur every year, BART officials said the last drill of this magnitude occurred in 2010.

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/law-enforcement-holds-security-drills-bart-station/nfc8q/

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    U.S. Plans Ground-Force Exercises in Eastern Europe

    U.S. considering other ways to maintain regular ground-force presence in Eastern Europe

    19 Apr 2014 The United States plans to carry out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia, Western officials said Friday. It is not yet clear what additional troop deployments the United States and other NATO nations might undertake in Eastern Europe after the exercises. The exercise in Poland, which is expected to be announced next week, would involve a United States Army company and would last about two weeks, officials said. The exercise in Estonia would be similar, said a Western official who declined to be identified because he was talking about internal planning.

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    This is a small section of a long talk delivered by Robert Anton Wilson in Los Angeles in 1988.

    Who was Robert Anton Wilson?

    Writer, novelist, great untangler of conspiracies.

    Here we learn how the CIA, the Vatican and Organized Crime play nice with each other when there is drug money to be made – and how many of the players in the US drug trade also appear to have been involved in the JFK assassination.

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    Ken McMurtrie:

    “The very rich and powerful families who control the US military industry complex reacted by trying to revert to their tried strategy of re-activating a new Cold War that paints Russia as evil and tries to cripple or severely weaken her. Ultimately it was a stupid decision being implemented by very stupid people, who believe they are very smart.”

    Originally posted on The GOLDEN RULE:

    From ‘ PressTVBy F. William Engdahl . An excellent coverage of the real world and the current unrest in Ukraine. The enormous repercussions of the Western world, per the US hegemony and out-of-control leaders, on the already disastrous global financial state.

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    The very rich and powerful families who control the US military industry complex reacted by trying to revert to their tried strategy of re-activating a new Cold War that paints Russia as evil and tries to cripple or severely weaken her. Ultimately it was a stupid decision being implemented by very stupid people, who believe they are…

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