London and Paris hypocritical on private military firms | Intrepid – Wayne Madsen

February 14, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Stung by the past exploits of mercenary companies, the Western military-intelligence complex came up with the term “private military companies” to mask the true nature of these corporate brigands. The PMC term stands as a stark example of “newspeak” employed by the CIA and their friends in Britain and France. Mercenary firms even have their own Washington, DC-based lobbying organization, the International Stability Operations Association, which, among other tasks, is keen to inform journalists that the use of the term “mercenary” for their member firms is pejorative in nature.

At issue presently for London and Paris, as well as for the increasingly powerful clique of neoconservatives in the Donald Trump administration, is the reported presence of the Wagner Group, a Russian PMC that is no different from dozens of internationally-active British, French, and American PMCs. Wagner Group is reportedly engaged in military and logistics operations in Syria, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Yemen, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela.

Source: London and Paris hypocritical on private military firms | Intrepid

From the barracks to the courtroom: US ‘lawfare’ in action | Intrepid – Wayne Madsen

January 23, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhere along the line in recent history, some US think tank in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency must have come up with the idea that overthrowing governments in Latin America by military coups came with bad optics for the coup plotters. Often, democratically-elected Latin American leaders were demonized by a cabal of military officers who left their barracks and laid siege to the presidential palaces. After taking control of the national radio stations, these generals would announce they had seized control of the government to “protect” the people from “communism” or some other concocted bogeyman.

Source: From the barracks to the courtroom: US ‘lawfare’ in action | Intrepid

Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north | Intrepid – Wayne Madsen

December 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Fascist-ruled Honduras and Guatemala—the latter the home of 7-year old asylum-seeker Jakelin Caal, who died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents—will soon be joined by El Salvador as a major refugee-producing Central American nation.

If opinion polling is correct, Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of San Salvador, is favored to win El Salvador’s February 3, 2019, presidential election. Bukele, who is 37, is the candidate of the right-wing Great Alliance for National Unity party (GANA). Current polls have Nukele topping his two mainstream party opponents by 24 percentage points. Running at a distant second place is Carlos Calleja of the slightly more moderate right-wing party, the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). Running third is left-wing candidate Hugo Martinez of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which currently holds the presidency under Sanchez Ceren. ARENA holds a plurality of seats in the legislature.

Source: Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north | Intrepid

Decade of litigation wraps up with Epstein apology to sex victims’ attorney | Intrepid

December 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly a decade of vexatious civil litigation in Palm Beach County court between convicted underage sex molester Jeffrey Epstein and Fort Lauderdale trial attorney, Bradley Edwards, who represented pro bono many of Epstein’s victims, concluded rapidly on December 4 after Edwards’s attorney, Jack Scarola, announced an out-of-court settlement between Epstein and Edwards. Under the terms of the agreement, termed a “surrender” by Epstein, a confidential financial settlement was reached in favor of Edwards and an apology by Epstein to Edwards for wrongly suing him in an effort to “damage his reputation” and divert attention from Epstein’s victims. The Epstein suit was designed to force Edwards to abandon Epstein’s victims, including Courtney Wild, formerly known only as “Jane Doe 1,” who was recently identified in a three-part series on the Epstein case in The Miami Herald.

In 2007, Epstein struck an agreement with the U.S. Attorney for South Florida, Alex Acosta, and the state of Florida that saw Epstein plead guilty to two counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor female in return for a federal Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA). The NPA meant that neither Epstein nor any of his named and unnamed co-conspirators could ever be prosecuted by the federal government or Florida for any crimes involving trafficking in underage females for sexual purposes. Ironically, Acosta now serves as Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary and is responsible for enforcing federal laws against human trafficking.

Source: Decade of litigation wraps up with Epstein apology to sex victims’ attorney | Intrepid

Israeli fingerprints also on Khashoggi’s murder | Intrepid – Wayne Madsen

October 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Trump son-in-law and Middle East “peace negotiator” Jared Kushner was communicating with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) prior to and after the Saudis brutally murdered Washington-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 at the Saudi consulate-general in Istanbul. Kushner and MBS reportedly used the WhatsApp encrypted messaging service.

Although WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption to its users, thanks to the National Security Agency’s “Man-in-the-Middle” operations, the U.S. code-breaking agency is able to monitor all communications using WhatsApp and other encrypted services. Whatever Kushner and MBS transmitted to one another using WhatsApp, which concerned the Saudi plot against Khashoggi, is now, presumably, in the hands of Justice Department and FBI investigators. In cases in which the NSA intercepts communications dealing with criminal activity, minimization steps used to protect the privacy of “U.S Persons” are void and the NSA has a mechanism to share such intercepts with federal law enforcement agencies. That evidence may also contain references to Kushner’s friends in the Israeli government and U.S. embassy in Jerusalem being aware of the operation against Khashoggi.

Source: Israeli fingerprints also on Khashoggi’s murder | Intrepid

Regional bodies invest in rigid borders | Intrepid

September 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Regional international organizations formed to keep the peace are loathe to adjusting borders, even if such changes maintain the peace. For example, when Kosovo President Hashim Thaci recently proposed “a correction” of its border with Serbia, active and retired diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic warned against the idea. Their reasoning is flawed.

In an interview with the Albanian service of the Voice of America, Thaci supported a joint Serbia-Kosovo agreement that would “redefined” their 250-mile long border. A “corrected border” may allow 55,000 ethnic Albanians currently living in Serbia’s Presevo Valley to join Kosovo. In return, 50,000 ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo north of the Ibar River in northern Mitrovica would be permitted to join Serbia.

Source: Regional bodies invest in rigid borders | Intrepid

Trump’s ‘Paper Tiger Doctrine’ | Intrepid

August 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As a result of pressure exerted on Donald Trump by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the U.S. to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, and the European Union on international controls over Iran’s nuclear program and the appointment of neo-con war hawk John Bolton as U.S. national security adviser, the Trump administration has imposed a set of new economic sanctions on Iran.

In an early morning tweet on August 7, Trump threatened the entire world with U.S. “secondary sanctions” to be imposed in November on Iran’s trading partners. Trump wrote: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”

Source: Trump’s ‘Paper Tiger Doctrine’ | Intrepid

The FBI’s “inquisitors”—a parade of the depraved | Intrepid

July 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On July 12, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Peter Strzok testified before 70 members of a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on his actions as the chief of the bureau’s counter-intelligence division during the 2016 presidential election. Strzok’s text messages, in which he criticized Trump, were fodder for the Republicans who used the occasion to push their various unfounded conspiracy theories. Strzok’s marriage issues, political leanings, and ethics were brought into question by Republicans who have no business accusing others of improprieties.

Source: The FBI’s “inquisitors”—a parade of the depraved | Intrepid

Kushner Middle East “peace” plan involves a Palestinian sell-out | Intrepid

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A draft Middle East “peace” plan, scheduled to be rolled out by Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and then put on hold, involved Mohammed Dahlan, a key former Palestinian Authority figure who now aligns with United Arab Emirates pro-Israeli crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan (MBZ).

The Palestinians, stung by Trump’s moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, cut off contact with the Trump White House. Since that time, Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, a former lawyer for the Trump Organization, who now serves as Trump’s “special representative for international negotiations,” infuriated the Palestinians even further by cutting them out from negotiations on the future of the West Bank and Gaza. Kushner held talks with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates on the plan, which Trump had previously dubbed the “ultimate deal.” Kushner, Greenblatt, and the Israelis are planning on pressuring the Palestinians by holding out an infrastructure improvement package for Gaza so long as Hamas, which currently governs the pene-enclave, is removed from power.

Source: Kushner Middle East “peace” plan involves a Palestinian sell-out | Intrepid

A current thriving business sector: Trumpology | Intrepid

July 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The opaqueness of the Soviet Union’s government led leading intelligence services around the world, including the Central Intelligence Agency, to invest millions of dollars into a discipline known as “Kremlinology.” Experts were hired to “read between the lines” of Soviet press statements, newspapers, and magazines and listen closely to Radio Moscow to gain some insight into the inner workings of the Kremlin, particularly after deaths or purges within the Soviet leadership. Photographs of the celebration of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution were closely examined to see what Politburo members were not present during the traditional military parade through Red Square.

Source: A current thriving business sector: Trumpology | Intrepid

Is the leash now off the ‘Other CIA’? | Intrepid

July 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, is merely the tip of a US intelligence iceberg. Much of the CIA, whether or not it is with a “wink and a nod” from its director Gina Haspel, a veteran of the agency’s extraordinary rendition and torture program, exists in the murky world of “carve out” contracts and front companies. This “unofficial CIA” is where “plausible deniability” for US intelligence actions is of paramount importance.

Source: Is the leash now off the ‘Other CIA’? | Intrepid

Four of the FIVE EYES blocking intelligence sharing with US | Intrepid

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Four of the five signals intelligence members of the FIVE EYES alliance are increasing their use of special handling caveats to deny intelligence to the United States—the fifth member of the grouping. According to intelligence community insiders, the presence of certain individuals within the Trump administration has resulted in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, known as “Second Parties” to the Five Eyes partnership, embargoing critical intelligence sharing with Washington. These second parties fear their sensitive intelligence could be compromised to a number of hostile and non-trusted intelligence powers with ties into the White House. These include Israel, Russia, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.

Suspected agents-of-influence for Israel, including Donald Trump’s special adviser Jared Kushner, his son-in-law; special White House international negotiator Jason Greenblatt; and Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, have prompted the “FOUR EYES” to restrict classified intelligence that deals with sensitive sources and methods, particularly in the Middle East, and prevent it from being shared with the U.S. National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. Trump administration officials who have close business relationships with Russia, China, or Ukraine, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, are also seen as potential leakers of foreign government-derived intelligence to hostile espionage services.

Source: Four of the FIVE EYES blocking intelligence sharing with US | Intrepid

Political asylee numbers will soon skyrocket | Intrepid

June 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Victims of repression by U.S.-supported fascist governments in Latin America will soon skyrocket as a result of the election of Colombian narco syndicate and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia. Many of those now seeking political asylum from Honduras and Guatemala are fleeing U.S.- and Israeli-supported right-wing regimes in those countries. Refugees from violence-plagued El Salvador are trying to escape from death squads that have their roots in U.S.-supported paramilitary forces propped up in that nation’s civil war in the 1980s. These asylum-seekers will soon be joined by those fearing for their lives in Colombia.

Duque defeated former Bogota mayor and leftist M-19 guerrilla leader Gustavo Petro on a platform of reneging on many of the stipulations in the peace accord worked out between outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Santos received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

Duque wants to prosecute FARC members who were amnestied under the peace deal but whom Duque and his paramilitary allies consider to be criminals. A threat to round up enemies of Duque and his mentor, former president Alvaro Uribe, who is tied to the Medellin drug cartel, will result in several anti-rightists in Colombia, including Afro-Caribbean Colombians and labor activists, to head north for asylum in the United States.

Source: Political asylee numbers will soon skyrocket | Intrepid

British propaganda and disinformation: An imperial and colonial tradition | Intrepid

April 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers. In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American “cousins” and Britain’s Commonwealth partners—from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia—in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths.

Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian émigré and his daughter in Salisbury, England. This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another—the latest in a series of similar fabrications—alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

Source: British propaganda and disinformation: An imperial and colonial tradition | Intrepid

Worry at NSA that Kushner gave away the store to Israel | Intrepid

April 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

There are increasing worries that Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, specifically requested Top Secret intelligence files to pass gleaned information to Israeli intelligence. WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that Kushner’s compromise of National Security Agency and allied FIVE EYES partners’ intercepts of foreign leaders led to his losing his temporary access to Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

Source: Worry at NSA that Kushner gave away the store to Israel | Intrepid

Major Israeli intelligence penetration of Trump campaign and administration discovered | Intrepid

April 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The discovery of an illegal $2.5 million money transfer from the United Arab Emirates via a murky Canadian company and Elliott Broidy, a Jewish Republican fundraiser convicted in 2009 for pension fraud, points to high-level Israeli intelligence penetration of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. The UAE financial transfer to Trump campaign coffers also involved the mysterious George Nader, a Lebanese-American lobbyist for the government of the UAE and its crown prince and de facto leader, Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan. The revelation of a joint UAE-Israeli intelligence operation to funnel illegal contributions to the Trump campaign also highlights the close relationship between Israeli intelligence and the intelligence service of the UAE, as well as that of the UAE’s close ally, Saudi Arabia.

Source: Major Israeli intelligence penetration of Trump campaign and administration discovered | Intrepid

The Dawn of Psychographic Outcome-based Warfare

March 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Israeli intelligence-surveillance-military complex – perhaps, in a dozen or more highly-secured computer systems laboratories in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, and Petach Tikva – the idea was first stumbled upon. Borrowing from the psychographic tools developed by online marketing firms and coupling them with age-old propaganda methods and more-modern psychological warfare techniques used by military and intelligence services, it was determined that elections can be manipulated, not at the ballot box, but by influencing the voters. Welcome to the world of psychographic outcome-based warfare or “POW.”

Source: The Dawn of Psychographic Outcome-based Warfare

Déjà vu with British poison allegations against Russia | Intrepid

March 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

One thing about the neoconservatives, who have thoroughly penetrated the Tory government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and, due to the reality television show savant nature of Donald Trump, are rapidly filling as many vacancies in the US administration as possible, is that they are consistent. Neocons, who make no secret of their desire for major military conflagrations, have dusted off an old playbook with regard to the nerve agent poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England. The convoluted charges made by the British government bear all the hallmarks of the Polonium-210 radiation poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006.

Source: Déjà vu with British poison allegations against Russia | Intrepid

John Bolton seen more frequently around the White House | Intrepid

March 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, a neocon and Christian Dominionist, and the continued presence of neocon Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. marks a sharp turn for a president who campaigned on general U.S. non-involvement in global affairs as the “world’s policeman.” Bolton, Pompeo, and Haley advocate a more confrontational U.S. foreign policy with nations like Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela.

Source: John Bolton seen more frequently around the White House | Intrepid

Beware of Saudis bearing mega-city projects | Intrepid

March 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Saudi Arabia’s 32-year old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is on a whirlwind tour of Egypt, Britain, and the United States. What he is selling is a Middle East that should worry everyone on the planet, but most of all, the Palestinian people.

MBS, as the crown prince is known, has put on the face of modernism and moderation. However, MBS’s decision to allow Saudi women to drive and serve in the military was a ploy to mask his cobbling together of a Wahhabi-led Sunni alliance that is waging an all-out war against the Shi’a-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen and the secular government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This alliance has the backing of Israel, which has been caught providing training and logistics to Islamic State and Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups fighting in Syria and Yemen and others, which operate out of Eritrea and Libya.

Source: Beware of Saudis bearing mega-city projects | Intrepid

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