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The Anti-Empire Report #140

A guest post By William Blum – Published November 3rd, 2015

Are you confused by the Middle East? Here are some things you should know. (But you’ll probably still be confused.)

  • The US, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and the Gulf monarchies have all in the recent past supported al Qaeda and/or the Islamic State (ISIS) with arms, money, and/or manpower.
  • The first example of this was in 1979 when the United States began covert operations in Afghanistan, six months before the Russians arrived, promoting Islamic fundamentalism across the southern tier of the Soviet Union against “godless communism”. All the al-Qaeda/Taliban shit then followed.
  • In addition to Afghanistan, the United States has provided support to Islamic militants in Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, the Caucasus, and Syria.
  • The United States overthrew the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and is trying to do the same with Syria, thus giving great impetus to the rise of ISIS. Said Barack Obama in March of this year: “ISIS is a direct outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion. Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”
  • More than a million refugees from these wars of Washington are currently over-running Europe and North Africa. God Bless American exceptionalism.
  • The Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish Kurds have all fought against ISIS, but Turkey – close US ally and member of NATO – has fought against each of them.
  • Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanese factions have each supported the Syrian government in various ways in Damascus’s struggle against ISIS and other terrorist groups, including the (much celebrated but seldom seen) “moderate” ones. For this all four countries have been sharply criticized by Washington.
  • The United States has bombed ISIS in Syria, but has used the same occasions to damage Syria’s infrastructure and oil-producing capacity.
  • Russia has bombed ISIS in Syria, but has used the same occasions to attack Syria’s other enemies.
  • The mainstream media almost never mentions the proposed Qatar natural-gas pipelines – whose path to Europe Syria has stood in the way of for years – as a reason for much of the hostility toward Syria. The pipelines could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant source of energy.
  • In Libya, during the beginning of the 2011 civil war, anti-Gaddafi rebels, many of whom were al-Qaeda affiliated militias, were protected by NATO in “no-fly zones”.
  • US policy in Syria in the years leading up to the 2011 uprising against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, which began the whole current mess, was designed to promote sectarianism, which in turn led to civil war with the goal of regime change.
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry declared on October 22 that in resolving Syria’s civil war the country “should not be broken up, that it must remain secular, and that Syrians should choose their future leader.” (All of which actually describes Syria under Assad.) Then Kerry said: “One thing stands in the way of being able to rapidly move to implement that, and it’s a person called Assad, Bashar Assad.”

Why does the government of the United States hate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with such passion?

Is it because, as we’re told, he’s a brutal dictator? But how can that be the reason for the hatred? It would be difficult indeed to name a brutal dictatorship of the second half of the 20th Century or of the 21st century that was not supported by the United States; not only supported, but often put into power and kept in power against the wishes of the population; at present the list would include Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, Egypt, Colombia, Qatar, and Israel.

The United States, I suggest, is hostile to the Syrian government for the same reason it has been hostile to Cuba for more than half a century; and hostile to Venezuela for the past 15 years; and earlier to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; and to Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Chile; and so on continuing through the world atlas and history books.

What these governments have had in common can be summarized in a single word – independence … independence from American foreign policy; the refusal to be a client state of Washington; the refusal to be continuously hostile to Washington’s Officially Designated Enemies; insufficient respect and zeal for the capitalist way of life.

Democratic Socialism

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a “democratic socialist”, for the US presidency has produced an unprecedented barrage of discussion in the American media about just what is this thing called “socialism”. Most of the discussion centers around the question of government ownership and control of the economy versus private ownership and control. This is, of course, a very old question; the meat and potatoes of the Cold War ideological competition.

What’s markedly different now is that a few centuries of uninhibited free enterprise have finally laid painfully bare the basic anti-social nature of capitalism, forcing many of even the most committed true believers to concede the inherent harm the system brings to the lives of all but the richest.

But regardless of what the intellects of these true believers tell them, they still find it very difficult emotionally to completely cut the umbilical cord to the system they were carefully raised to place the greatest of faith in. Thus, they may finally concede that we have to eliminate, or at least strictly minimize, the role of the profit motive in health care and education and maybe one or two other indispensable social needs, but they insist that the government should should keep its bureaucratic hands off everything else; they favor as much decentralization as possible.

The most commonly proposed alternative to both government or private control is worker-owned cooperatives or publicly owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Sanders has expressed his support for worker-owned cooperatives.

There is much to be said about such systems, but the problem I find is that they will still operate within a capitalist society, which means competition, survival of the fittest; which means that if you can’t sell more than your competitors, if you can’t make a sufficient net profit on your sales, you will likely be forced to go out of business; and to prevent such a fate, at some point you may very well be forced to do illegal or immoral things against the public; which means back to the present.

You cannot follow the mass media without being confronted every day with story after story of one corporation or another trying to swindle the public in one way or another; the latest egregious case being that of the much revered Volkswagen, recently revealed to have manipulated the measurement of the car’s pollution emission. The fact that half of the company’s Supervisory Board – responsible for monitoring the Management and approving important corporate decisions – consists of employee representatives elected by the employees did not prevent this egregious fraud; the company is still obliged to strive to maximize profit and the firm’s stock-market value. It’s the nature of the corporate beast within a capitalist jungle.

Only removal of the profit motive will correct such behavior, and also keep us from drowning in a sea of advertising and my phone ringing several times each day to sell me something I don’t need and which may not even exist.

The market. How can we determine the proper value, the proper price, of goods and services without “the magic of the marketplace”? Let’s look at something most people have to pay for – rent. Who or what designed this system where in 2015 11.8 million households in the US are paying more than 50 percent of their income to keep a roof over their head, while rent is considered “affordable” if it totals some 30 percent or less of one’s income. What is the sense of this? It causes more hardship than any other expense people are confronted with; all kinds of important needs go unmet because of the obligation to pay a huge amount for rent each month; it is the main cause of homelessness. Who benefits from it other than the landlords? What is magical about that?

Above and beyond any other consideration, there is climate change; i.e., survival of the planet, the quality of our lives. What keeps corporations from modifying their behavior so as to be kinder to our environment? It is of course the good old “bottom line” again. What can we do to convince the corporations to consistently behave like good citizens? Nothing that hasn’t already been tried and failed. Except one thing. Unmentionable in a capitalist society. Nationalization. There, I said it. Now I’ll be getting letters damning me as an “Old Stalinist”.

But nationalization is not a panacea either, at least for the environment. There’s the greatest single source of environmental damage in the world – The United States military. And it’s already been nationalized. But doing away with private corporations will reduce the drive toward imperialism sufficiently that before long the need for a military will fade away and we can live like Costa Rica. If you think that would put the United States in danger of attack, please tell me who would attack, and why.

Most Americans, like other developed peoples, worship the capitalism they were raised with. But do they? See the chapter in my book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower: “The United States invades, bombs, and kills for it but do Americans really believe in free enterprise?” Written in 2000/2005, the examples given in the chapter may need some updating, but the ideas expressed are as valid as ever.

Nationalization, hand-in-hand with a planned society, would of course not preclude elections. On the contrary, we’d have elections not ruled by money. What a breath of fresh air. Professor Cornel West has suggested that it’s become difficult to even imagine what a free and democratic society, without great concentrations of corporate power, would look like, or how it would operate.

Who are you going to believe? Me or Dick Cheney?

I’ve spent about 30 years compiling the details of the criminal record of US foreign policy into concise lists, and I’m always looking for suitable occasions to present the information to new readers. The new book by Dick Cheney and his adoring daughter is just such an occasion.

“We are, as a matter of empirical fact and undeniable history, the greatest force for good the world has ever known. … security and freedom for millions of people around the globe have depended on America’s military, economic, political, and diplomatic might.” – Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, “Why the world needs a powerful America”

Well … nothing short of a brain and soul transplant would change the welt anschauung of Dr. Strangelove and his carefully-conditioned offspring, but for all of you out there who still live in a world of facts, logic, human rights, and human empathy, here’s the ammunition to use if you should happen to find yourself ensnared in the embrace of the likes of the Cheney reptiles (including mother Lynne who once set up a website solely to attack me and seven others for holding a teach-in on September 18, 2001 in which we spoke of US foreign policy as the main provocation of what had happened exactly a week earlier.)

These are the lists:

Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

  • Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
  • Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
  • Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
  • Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
  • Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
  • Plus … although not easily quantified … more involved in the practice of torture than any other country in the world … for over a century … not just performing the actual torture, but teaching it, providing the manuals, and furnishing the equipment.

Open Letter to the War Politicians of the World

Jürgen Todenhöfer is a German journalist and former media manager; from 1972 to 1990 he was a member of parliament for the Christian Democrats (CDU). He was one of Germany’s most ardent supporters of the US-sponsored Mujahideen and their guerrilla war against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Several times he traveled to combat zones with Afghan Mujahideen groups. After 2001 Todenhöfer became an outspoken critic of the US interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has published several books about visits he made to war zones. In recent years he twice interviewed Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and in 2015 he was the first German journalist to visit the ‘Islamic State’.

Dear Presidents and Heads of Governments!

Through decades of a policy of war and exploitation you have pushed millions people in the Middle East and Africa into misery. Because of your policies refugees have to flee all over the world. One out every three refugees in Germany comes from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. From Africa comes one out of five refugees.

Your wars are also the cause of global terrorism. Instead of some 100 international terrorists like 15 years ago, we now are faced with more than 100,000 terrorists. Your cynical ruthlessness now strikes back at us like a boomerang.

As usual, you do not even consider to really change your policy. You care only about the symptoms. The security situation gets more dangerous and chaotic by the day. More and more wars, waves of terror and refugee crises will determine the future of our planet.

Even in Europe, the war will one day knock again at Europe’s door. Any businessman that would act like you would be fired or be in prison by now. You are total failures.

The peoples of the Middle East and Africa, whose countries you have destroyed and plundered and the people of Europe, who now accommodate the countless desperate refugees, have to pay a high price for your policies. But you wash your hands of responsibility. You should stand trial in front of the International Criminal Court. And each of your political followers should actually take care of at least 100 refugee families.

Basically, the people of the world should rise up and resist you as the warmongers and exploiters you are. As once Gandhi did it – in nonviolence, in ‘civil disobedience’. We should create new movements and parties. Movements for justice and humanity. Make wars in other countries just as punishable as murder and manslaughter in one’s own country. And you who are responsible for war and exploitation, you should go to hell forever. It is enough! Get lost! The world would be much nicer without you.

– Jürgen Todenhöfer



  1. The Independent (London), March 18, 2015
  2. The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire (2015), Introduction by Julian Assange, chapter 10
  3. Newsweek, September 21, 2015
  4. William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower (2005), Chapter 18
  5. See Jürgen Todenhöfer’s Facebook and website. Some minor corrections to spelling and grammar have been made.
  6. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba (1991), p.885

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There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria

Jamil Saleh, "moderate rebel"

Jamil Saleh, “moderate rebel”

There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria and there never were.

The entire concept of “moderate rebels” has been put forth by mainstream media propagandists such as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the New York Times, John McCain, Anne Barnard, Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and the mass media in general.

At best, the above propagandists put the number of the “moderate rebels” at 3,000 to 5,000—including the five or six rebels officially backed by the U.S. to the tune of half a billion dollars.

One of the groups of “moderate rebels” hit by the Russians is led by Jamil Saleh who said his group had been hit by the Russians in Hama Province, wounding eight of his men. This was “confirmed” by American officials.

Jamil Saleh said, “We are on the front lines with Bashar Al-Assad’s army, “We are moderate Syrian rebels and have no affiliation with ISIS. ISIS is at least 100 kilometers away from where we are.” True, perhaps, but Jamil Saleh’s “moderate rebels” are in the immediate area as the al Qaeda group al-Nusra?

So how can anyone say who is being bombed by Russia—al Nusra or Jamil Saleh’s small group or both?

Strangely, the worst characterization of the “moderate rebels,” comes from President Obama. In an interview with Thomas Friedman over a year ago, Obama stated, “It’s always been a fantasy, this idea that we could provide some light arms, or even more sophisticated arms, to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists, and so forth, and that that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state, but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah. That was never in the cards.”
Why Obama is keeping silent now is anybody’s guess.

Actually, Obama contradicted himself as his administration the Utopian view of the “moderate rebels” is favored by his staff—Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Vice President Joe Biden.

The confusion in Washington is due to a lack of knowledge, not only of the Middle East, but also of history.

Concepts such as “balance of power” and “sphere of influence” are unknown or ignored by Washington. Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi removed their part in resisting revolution or invasion.

Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi brought about the birth of ISIS. Not only ISIS but now both Russia and Iran have rushed in to fill the power vacuum in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s unintended consequence of unseating Syria’s Assad would be but a third step to the disasters following the removal of Saddam and Gadhafi.

The dreamers in Washington, including McCain and Petraeus will have to face that they have given away America’s influence (and allies) in the Middle East to Russia.

Note: The author, John Harding has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for over nine years.

October 9, 2015 Update:

It would appear that the Obama officials in Washington have read my post, as they have now decided to abandon the “moderate rebels.”

WASHINGTON, OCT. 9, 2015 — After failing totally to identify groups in Syria that it can confidently support, the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to build a rebel force inside Syria to combat the ISIS. It acknowledged the failure of its $500 million campaign to train thousands of fighters.

Unfortunately, the C.I.A. has for some time been covertly training and arming “moderate rebels” presumably fighting Mr. Assad.

“We need to be flexible. We need to be adaptive,” said Brett McGurk, a top adviser to Mr. Obama on the fight against ISIS. This is even though McGurk, a legal advisor, has little or no knowledge of the Middle East.

Pentagon officials announced what they called a face-saving “operational pause” in the training program on Oct. 9th.

October 12, 2015 Update:

Going back on its word of no longer supporting “moderate rebels,” U.S. forces airdropped small arms ammunition and other supplies to Syrian Arab rebels.

Only last week, Washington shelved a program to train and equip “moderate rebels” opposed to Assad who would join the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. military confirmed dropping supplies to opposition fighters vetted by the United States but would say no more about the groups that received the supplies or the type of equipment in the airdrop as it is known that the U.S. is arming Sunnis, any Sunnis, to topple Shia Bashir al Assad.

Russian’s intervention in the four-year-old Syrian war has wrong-footed U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has been trying to defeat ISIS while still defeating their enemy – Assad in a strangely triangulated war where friends and enemies unite to fight enemies and friends. Yes, it doesn’t make any sense at all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was rebuffed in his bid to gain support for his country’s bombing campaign, with Saudi sources saying they had warned the Kremlin leader of dangerous consequences and Europe issuing its strongest criticism yet.

Putin met Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Russia on Sunday.

A Saudi source said the defense minister, a son of the Saudi king, had told Putin that Russia’s intervention would escalate the war and inspire militants from around the world to go there to fight. Russia and many others suspect that Saudi Arabia has been and is the main backer of ISIS from day one. Both Saudi Arabia and ISIS are united in that both profess the Wahabi brand of Islam.

Moscow says it targets only banned terrorist groups in Syria, primarily ISIS. In its briefings, it describes all of the targets it strikes as belonging to ISIS.

October 25 2915 Update:

The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria’s moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict, the U.S. State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday.

“They pledged to continue and intensify support to the moderate Syrian opposition while the political track is being pursued,” the State Department statement said after Kerry’s meetings in Saudi Arabia. It did not spell out what kind of support would be offered—or named the rebel groups current receiving support from the CIA. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have named the “good” rebels as being the Free Syrian Army headed in part by terrorist, Jamil Saleh.

Saudi Arabia, the founder of ISIS and whose citizens attacked the U.S. on 9/11, so far has offered no support to back the mistaken U.S.-backed “moderate rebels” in Syria and Iraq.

Russia would be ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, if it knew where they were. Just who is the “Free Syrian Army” and where are they?

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has come out and apologized for his part in the Iraq War. He has admitted in a TV interview the conflict caused the rise of ISIS. We have Blair and Bush to thank for the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS in Libya. Apparently, Blair received $19 billion for his cooperation, but we do not know how much the Clinton’s received for the destruction of Libya. We do know that several oil companies, hoped, in vain, that they would be the beneficiaries of the removal of Ghaddafi. With Hillary Clinton’s email server under her control and not that of the State Department, she attempted to cover up all her deals in turn for favors from the State Department.





Do credit reports contain intentionally fake information and FICO scores?

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

We think the answer is yes, credit reports do contain intentionally fake information to benefit collection companies, banks, and other creditors. This, we believe, is thanks to FICO aka Fair Isac.

With thousands, maybe millions of Americans hurt or destroyed financially by errors and fake planted information in their credit reports, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has urged federal regulators to crack down on so-called “zombie debts,” debts that are no longer owed by consumers, but which linger on their credit reports. These zombie debts can then be sold by crooked banks to debt collectors—who then harass consumers and attempt to illegally collect settled debt. It happens all the time.

Brown, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, said, “Discharged debt should not be continue to haunt those looking for jobs, apartments, and home loans. That’s why I’m working to ensure that debts discharged in bankruptcy show a zero balance on the consumer’s credit report quickly and accurately.”

Brown has a big fight ahead of him because the credit reporting companies are conspiring with the banks on this along with their “founder,” a company called “FICO.”

What is FICO?

FICO, a company legally known as Fair Isaac, claims to be no more than a software outfit based in San Jose, California, which was founded, by Bill Fair and Earl Isaac in 1956.

Its “FICO Score,” is the prevailing, merciless and dishonest measure of consumer credit risk. This is because FICO manipulates credit reports to boost the revenue of predatory banks and dishonest collection agencies.

FICO, the company, has prospered from this dishonesty.The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has an astounding $192 billion in assets, with over 2,600 employees. FICO is the engine by which predatory lenders and collection agencies thrive.

One in five Americans’ credit reports has an error on their credit report.

FICO assists banks and collection agencies largely by zombie debts. These are expired debts that still remain on credit reports.

If, for instance, you had a money judgement against you which you never paid, but which has expired—that debt will appear on your credit report for another two years. It also keeps bankruptcy debts alive long after they have expired, which helps the banks and collection agencies to make illegal collections.

The credit agencies and FICO do their best to hide credit reports from view so their errors will go unnoticed.

“Every consumer should have an accurate credit score, and no consumer should be haunted by debts they don’t owe,” said Brown.

In July of this year, the nation’s largest bank agreed to settle claims regarding allegations that it sold credit card debt that was inaccurate to debt collectors—who then illegally attempted (often with success) to collect on the debt.

These illegal actions have hurt better than half a million consumers, since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors only four years ago.

Brown has introduced legislation that would require banks and debt buyers to notify credit reporting agencies when a consumer’s debt has been extinguished through bankruptcy or expired on its own.

The lobbyists from FICO, the banks and the collection agencies are out to shoot that legislation down.

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Where was U.S. air power when ISIS destroyed Palmyra? Where was Obama?

Palmyra Destroyed

Palmyra Destroyed

ISIS has destroyed the temple at Palmyra, a significant piece of religious and cultural history, not just for Syria but for the entire world.

Where was U.S. air power? The U.S. knew when this was going to happen and could have sent in waves of flights to kill those ISIS members setting up the explosives to destroy one of the world’s great antiquities.

Where was Obama? The U.S. president‘s inactivity regarding ISIS and his refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism” raises questions about his already suspect religious beliefs. His father was a Muslim, and Obama did attend Muslim schools in Indonesia.

Then there is the question of Obama’s mysterious birth certificate. What Obama released as his birth certificate was not when is termed a “flat file.” Normal photographs result in a flat file.

However, photographs can be photo-shopped. Anyone with a program like Adobe Photoshop can overlay an original photograph with layers of false information. With the right program, those false layers can be peeled off. I did that myself and revealed the false layers on Obama’s officially released passport. You can see my proof of Obama’s inept forgery at

Obama’s people could have “flattened” their built up false image with Adobe Photoshop, mashing the whole thing down into one layer. This would have prevented me from revealing any built-up layers – but Obama’s people, like Obama, are incompetent.

Our military could have killed dozens of ISIS members working on the destruction of Palmyra. Maybe we could not have saved the temple, but we could have dealt a blow to ISIS.

Instead, the ISIS destroyers of the temple are alive and the temple is dead.

China’s devaluation killing U.S. manufacturers and U.S. stock market

When China devalued its currency it made all Chinese goods imported into the U.S. less expensive. It made Chinese goods even more competitive in the U.S. reducing sales for U.S domestic manufacturers.

China’s devaluation has caused the U.S. stock market to crash.

In addition, when China devalued its currency, it made all U.S. goods more expensive in China. The devaluation closed may markets to U.S. exporters.
China’s devaluation has caused emerging-market currencies to reach record lows—making their products cheaper and more competitive in the U.S.

Analysts are pointing out that China is the culprit:

“It’s all coming from China,” says Masamichi Adachi, an economist with JP Morgan Chase in Tokyo. “Brazil, South Africa, many countries are commodity exporters, and the final destination is all going to China.”

“The devaluation is a red flag about China’s current economic situation,” says Kurt Braybrook, who runs a Shanghai company that does quality control work. A falling yuan raises the risk that other countries will devalue their currencies to catch up.

Hurt again by the weakest Chinese factory data since the global financial crisis. The Bloomberg Commodity Index slid to its lowest level since 2002, forcing oil to its longest run of weekly declines in almost 30 years. Copper, nickel, zinc, aluminum, tin and lead also fell.

Trump was right.


Americans now need a passport (and maybe money) to enter Mexico

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

Now, pedestrians going to Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego at the San Ysidro border crossing must choose between a line for Mexicans who get walk through unchecked and a line for Americans and other non-Mexicans. These “foreigners” entering Mexico must show a passport, fill out a form and pay 322 pesos, or roughly $20, for a six-month permit if the plan to stay more than a week. This new process at the San Ysidro border crossing will extend to all border crossings from the U.S. into Mexico.

This new border procedure marks a big change for trips into Mexico that weren’t designed to question everyone. Pedestrians and motorists have generally entered Mexico unencumbered along the 1,954-mile border with the United States.

Mexico is getting tough with Americans, while Mexican allows its illegals to pour into the U.S.

“This is about putting our house in order,” said Rodulfo Figueroa, Mexico’s top immigration official in Baja California state, which includes Tijuana.

“This is going to be a real bear,” said one American after getting his passport stamped. “I will give more thought to what days and times I come.”
For now, motorists will see no change and not be required to show passports.

For Mexico, it is a step toward closing an escape route for American criminals who disappear in Mexico. Mexican border inspectors will tap into international criminal databases.
More than 120 Americans were expelled from Mexico this year from Baja California as they had arrest warrants in the U.S. Some of these were on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

Figueroa said Mexico can initially process only about 1,000 foreigners daily, up from about 50 currently—the lines and delays are going to be long. About 25,000 pedestrians (and 50,000 motorists) cross daily at San Ysidro to work, shop and play but it is unclear how many are foreigners in Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says about one-third entering San Diego are U.S. citizens, one-third are U.S. legal residents and the rest are from other countries, largely Mexico. An unknown number have dual citizenship or residency in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mexico is following Donald Trump’s advice and beating America to the punch when it comes to securing their borders.

Mexico is out trumping Trump.

Jeb Bush’s Support for Puerto Rico statehood, Drug Use and Dealing Hurts Him in Iowa

Jeb Bush - Before and After

Jeb Bush – Before and After

Jeb Bush’s committed support to Puerto Rico on the issue of statehood and drug involvement is driving his poll numbers down.

The poll asked whether respondents would support Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination due to his support for Puerto Rican statehood.

Respondents had a generally negative reaction to that position: 46% were less likely to support him, while 27% were more likely. A plurality – 28% – was somewhat less likely and 23% said it made no difference, the most common two responses, showing that Bush’s position is certainly not popular, and probably toxic.

Much more off-putting is Bush’s call to extend the bankruptcy laws that apply to Puerto Rico, which would allow for the restructuring of debt owed to the United States. 64% of respondents were less likely to support him and a plurality – 34% – was much less likely. This position by Bush will jeopardize Americans taxpayers’ 401ks, mutual funds and IRAs, as these are the forms in which most of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion in debt to the U.S. is held,

As reported below, Jeb is already polling worse than expected for Iowa. Since this is an issue he can expect his rivals to attack him on, it is bad news that it doesn’t play well to voters.

It is bad news in a larger sense too: Bush has staked much of his success in the Republican primary on his ability to favor Hispanic voters by advocating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

And then there is Jeb’s drug history

Don’t just take our word for it.

Bill Maher has slammed Jeb Bush harder than them all for his degree of hypocrisy which showed a complete lack of ethics.

“When Jeb Bush was at prep school, he was apparently not just a pothead but a dealer,” Bill Maher said. “But he dismisses that by saying ‘Back then I was a cynical little turd at a cynical school.’ OK. But then when you became a governor of a state you insisted on mandatory sentences for drug crimes and a policy of jail only, no treatment for drug users. Except when it was your daughter. When you made an exception. Wow that sounds like something a cynical turd would do.”

It is well known that Governor Jeb Bush’s daughter is an addict, but at the same time his daughter was getting treatment for her drug abuse, Jeb Bush was opposing a proposition that would allow the masses that same treatment—the ordinary people.

According to a recent Jeb Bush profile in the Boston Globe a friend of Jeb’s said: “The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts said. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” As the rock group’s signature song, “Magic Carpet Ride,’’ blared from the speakers, Tibbetts said he smoked hash with Bush.

Tibbets said he once bought hashish from Bush but stressed, in a follow-up e-mail, “Please bear in mind that I was seeking the hash. It wasn’t as if he was a dealer, though he did suggest I take up cigarettes so that I could hold my hits better, after that first joint.” Yeah, Jeb knew a lot about dope.

Then there is the case of murdered CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal in 1986 to keep a lid on Iran-Contra and government’s and Bush family participation. You can read all about that here.



Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious gun used by ISIS in Garland shooting on May 3rd

Eric Holders fast-and-furious assault rifle was obtained by ISIS and used in the violent shootout over a Prophet Muhammad art contest.

ISIS militant, Nadir Soofi, bought the 9-mm pistol at a Phoenix gun shop in 2010 that sold illegal firearms through ATF’s heavily criticized Operation Fast and Furious to track firearms back to Mexican drug cartels.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee wants to know if that same pistol was used five years later in an Islamic State-sanctioned shootout targeting Pamela Geller’s event, according to a memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Both ISIS shooters, Soofi and his roommate, Elton Simpson, were armed with assault rifles and killed in the May 3 gunfight with Garland police.

Eruc Holder’s gift of guns to the Mexican drug cartels and ISIS ended a month after two guns of his guns were used in a 2010 gunfight with Mexican bandits that killed Brian Terry, an agent with the Border Patrol’s elite tactical team working along the Mexican border in Arizona.

The revelation that a Department of Justice operation let about 1,400 firearms go missing in the hands of drug cartels and gangs put a hiccup in Eric Holder stint as attorney general and raised questions if he had been paid off by the cartels including drug lords like Forbes billionaire El Chapo Guzman.

Though the sting resulted in 34 indictments, the scandal’s aftermath resulted in several resignations and a House of Representative vote to hold Holder in criminal contempt when he refused to release documents tied to the gun running scheme.

Clinton “Crooks” on the March

The Wall Street Journal on August 30th offered yet another unsavory saga of what appears to be the Clintons accepting bribes. After Hillary, as secretary of state, intervened to help make a deal where UBS had to turn over only a small fraction of the account information sought by the I.R.S., UBS increased up its donations to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million to do some “work” for the company.

Huma Abadeen at Work

Huma Abadeen at Work

State Department investigators have found that Huma Abedin, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aide, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because rule violations concerning sick leave during her employment by the State Department. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay.

The senator’s letter also inquired into whether Abedin had violated conflict-of-interest laws because she was allowed to work and collect pay simultaneously for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and a private firm with close ties to the Clintons.

In addition the finding that Abedin, as vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, had improperly collected taxpayer money could prove damaging to Clinton’s candidacy, as Republicans charge that government rules were routinely bent to benefit Clinton and her aides.

In letters sent Thursday to Abedin, Kerry and the Office of Inspector General, Senator Grassley wrote that there was “at least a reasonable suspicion of a violation” of the law concerning the “theft of public money through time and attendance fraud” as well as “conflicts of interest connected to her overlapping employment.”

Huma Abedin is the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner who was caught “sexting,” and had to resign from Congress.

Abedin, vice chairwoman for the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign, is being probed for allegedly accepting overpayments from the State Department while working for the then US secretary of state.

Abedin has come under scrutiny for pocketing a $33,000 payout from the State Department for unused leave and using her simultaneous employment inside and outside of government to “deliver favors” to Clinton cronies.

“Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at that time—the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies (Teneo Strategies was founded by Douglas Band, a long time aide to Bill Clinton),” claimed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, written by senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley wrote to Abedin – “The committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals”. The letter added, She was given a “special government employee” designation and soon took on roles at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo.

Grassley also called into question the $33,000 payment Abedin received from the State Department for leave she had never used.

“During approximately three and a half years as a full time government employee, Ms Abedin reportedly never requested, was approved for, or had her leave balance reduced for use of any sick leave, annual leave, or administrative leave,” he said in the letter.

A federal judge last week ordered her and another top Clinton aide at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they had turned over all official email in their possession. The order followed a revelation that both Abedin and Ms. Mills used a private email account for official business, just like their boss, Hillary.

Is Saudi Arabia behind ISIS and 9/11?

The conclusion of a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 (E3/EU+3) international group and Iran yesterday has fed fears that Washington and Tehran were growing closer at the expense of America’s partners and allies in the region – in this case, Saudi Arabia.

In March 2014 President Barack Obama was in Riyadh for a summit with King Abdullah to “underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship” and to “talk about some of the key regional issues, specifically Iran, that affect both of our interests so profoundly,” according to an Administration spokesman. At the time President Obama made very clear that he believes that both American and Saudi strategic interests remain very much aligned.

In the wake of the March 2014 Obama-Abdullah summit Fahad Nazer, a Washington, DC area-based political analyst, writing in Yale Global Online commented on the “unusually blunt, public criticism that some Saudi officials and analysts have leveled against the Obama administration in Saudi and US media” which “suggests that the profound difference stems from varying perceptions of the threat that the region’s crises pose to the national security of each nation and while the Obama administration reassured its Saudi hosts that the differences between the two sides were “tactical,” a careful reading of the assertive, and risky, policies that Saudi Arabia has adopted in places as varied as Syria, Egypt Iraq and Iran – in sharp difference with Obama administration’s extremely cautious, if not ambiguous policies in the region – reveals that the difference is perhaps deeper, more philosophical, and unlikely to be bridged in a two-hour meeting or perhaps even over the next two years.”

Yesterday as Mr. Obama was wrapping up his remarks on the Iranian nuclear deal with Iran he sought to keep the Washington-Tehran prospects in perspective:
In May, President Obama hosted Gulf Cooperation Council leaders at a summit in Washington at the White House and at Camp David. The conclave produced a comprehensive communique addressing the regional challenges that faced the partners. It addressed in an unambiguous fashion the enduring relationships between Washington and its Gulf Arab allies:
The leaders pledged to further deepen U.S.-GCC relations on these and other issues in order to build an even stronger, enduring, and comprehensive strategic partnership aimed at enhancing regional stability and prosperity.

On July 15, 2015, Mr. Nazer drew the sharp distinction between Iran and Saudi Arabia reinforcing the rationale for Washington’s generations’ old ties with Riyadh in a VOA op-ed. He stated: “Some advocates of the nuclear deal are even suggesting that it could potentially transform Iran from an avowed enemy of the United States to its most important strategic partner in the Persian Gulf, supplanting the long-time U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, in the process.”

Nazer went on to admit that Saudi citizens comprised the majority of the perpetrators who conducted the 9/11 attack against the United States. And then Nazer stated that Saudis continue to fill the ranks of terrorist organizations, including the so-called Islamic State, there is no evidence that the Saudi government supports militant groups that target American citizens and interests.
In Nazer’s admissions, we see what Saudi government officials have long maintained – that Saudi Arabia is not the originator of the Islamic State. However, the mysterious 28 pages of the “The 9/11 Commission Report” which are still classified, may reveal Saudi Arabia’s possible involvement in 9/11 and in the formation of the Islamic State.
Yet, it is known that the Islamic State was formed from Saudis sent into Syria to destabilize the Shiite Assad regime. In addition, there are striking similarities between the Saudi’s brand of Sunni Wahhabi Islam and the religious beliefs of the Islamic State.

Given these circumstances it is no wonder that, even though Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S. coalition against the Islamic State, no Saudi help in the battle against the Islamic State has been forthcoming.

Possible Saudi state terrorism could well be the reason for America’s opening up to Iran.