07/30/14

Moscow Mobilizes its American Agents

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

With momentum building for legislation called the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014, the “progressives” who were in Moscow’s back pocket during the “Cold War” are now being mobilized to save Vladimir Putin’s Russia from a tough Western response to the invasion of Ukraine. A NATO summit scheduled for September 4 and 5, 2014, at Newport, Wales, in the United Kingdom, is shaping up as a major target for street protests.

The “Stop the War” coalition, based in London, predicts the “biggest protests in a generation,” in order to stop NATO’s “war on the world.”

Opposition to NATO is building as new evidence has surfaced that the Kremlin is secretly manipulating the global green movement, in order to maintain and increase European dependence on Russian oil and gas supplies.

In an extraordinary statement that failed to generate much attention in the American media, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general and former prime minister of Denmark, publicly warned that Russian agents are working to prevent Western nations from exploiting their own energy resources.

In remarks on June 19, he said, “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations, environmental organizations working against shale gas, obviously to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”  Shale gas can be developed through a technique known as fracking.  

The sensational charges made big headlines in Europe, in such papers as The London TimesRussian agents secretly working to undermine fracking, says Nato chiefand the British Independent (“Nato boss claims Russia has secretly infiltrated green groups fighting fracking”).

In the U.S., however, we only found a few stories, in such publications as The Daily Caller and Forbes. Ezra Levant, a Canadian journalist and author of the new book Groundswell, which makes the case for fracking, told The Daily Caller that he wouldn’t doubt that Russia finances the “green” movement, saying, “Vladimir Putin is a former KGB agent—this is what he did during the Cold War. They undermined the West from the West. They financed peace and disarmament groups. They even helped finance the British coal miners’ union to strike against the U.K.”

The Forbes piece, “The KGB’s Successors And The ‘Greening’ Of Europe,” was by William F. Shughart II, research director and Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute and a business professor at Utah State University. He noted that “…shale deposit that have made the United States the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas,” also lie “beneath much of Europe.”

But Europe has not exploited these resources. What’s more, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was a communist propagandist in her native East Germany, is phasing out Germany’s nuclear energy program, making Germany even more dependent on Russian gas than ever before. Pressure to cancel Germany’s nuclear program had come from the German Green Party, which is linked to Moscow and NSA defector Edward Snowden through Hans Christian Ströbele, a member of the German Parliament, and a Marxist attorney.

In response to the report of Moscow’s role in the Green movement, the Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel ran an article by Caleb Maupin, identified as “a political analyst from New York City and…an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party.” He asked, “Are we to truly believe that opposition to it [fracking] is merely a Kremlin conspiracy?” He warned that “such remarks” were “dangerous” and constituted “McCarthyism,” a reference to the anti-communist senator from Wisconsin.

In fact, the Workers World Party (WWP) is a Marxist-Leninist political party, and the International Action Center is one of its front groups. The WWP runs a “Stop Frackingcampaign, with WWP organizer Betsey Piette proclaiming, “Stop fracking. Abolish capitalism. Build a workers world!”

Interestingly, the group opposes any U.S. help for Ukraine, viewing with alarm the toppling of Lenin statues in the country.  

RT claims that the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 would constitute “preparation for a blitzkrieg attack on Russia” because it builds up NATO troops in Europe. The legislation also authorizes direct military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and small arms, and provides authority for exports of U.S. natural gas to key countries in Europe.

One-time conservative Patrick J. Buchanan opposes the bill, calling it “an ultimatum to Russia that she faces a new Cold War…”

But most of the key figures in the anti-NATO protests come from the political left. They include:

  • Boris Kagarlitsky, the director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow, and affiliated with the Transnational Institute (TNI), a group founded in 1974 as the international program of the Washington D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies
  • Joseph Gerson, who has served the American Friends Service Committee since 1976 and is currently AFSC Disarmament Coordinator
  • Unofficial Obama adviser and Marxist agitator Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink, who is very close to such notables as Jodie Evans, an Obama fundraiser, and Bernardine Dohrn, the former Weather Underground terrorist leader and associate of the President when he was a Chicago politician on the rise

 Benjamin is also a co-founder of Global Exchange, a group that sponsors trips to Venezuela and Cuba, which took out an ad in a memorial service booklet in honor of the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army (BLA) member Marilyn Buck, a convicted terrorist who died last year. “Marilyn we appreciate your love and your sacrifices,” it said. The ad featured a quote from Fidel Castro sidekick Che Guevara about a “true revolutionary” being guided by “feelings of love.”

Global Exchange is also a member of the “Hands Off Assata” campaign, which is designed to discourage the FBI from seeking the return of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army member who fled to Cuba after escaping from prison with the help of the Weather Underground.

At the No to NATO” rally in Chicago in 2012, Medea Benjamin and her comrades shouted in favor of “clean energy” and “reproductive rights.” They chanted, “Women want justice and peace.”

Earlier this year, Benjamin conducted a strategy session with a group called “People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism” (POWIR). They “discussed the importance of continuing to organize against U.S. wars and imperialism, mentioning the big 2012 anti-NATO protest in Chicago,” one report said.

It seems that NATO is still one of their big targets. The Kremlin appreciates—and quite likely directs—their efforts.

Perhaps Congress ought to consider re-establishing House and Senate committees on internal security, in order to name the names of those doing Moscow’s bidding.

07/30/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Faith Edition

The Watcher’s Council

IDF soldiers sing before entering Gaza: “The whole world is a narrow bridge and you must not be afraid. Serve G-d with joy and come before Him with song. We have no one to rely upon except our Father in heaven.”

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Ah, the big news today is that it’s party time…

Our own Courtney, GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD adds another year to the ledger. The actual date was Monday, but we’ll celebrate it today… especially since she managed to get through her birthday weekend in one piece and without any serious encounters with the authorities.

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First, some flowers, just because…

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Now this is a decadent rum cake… the alcohol’s cooked off, but that wonderful flavor of Mount Gay Bajan rum remains. And I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to mar that wonderful chocolate top with candle holes, but I’ll let the birthday girl decide that one… and how many candles.

And some chilled Veuve Cliquot on the side to wash it down…

Another year Courts, and you still crack me up with the joyful mayhem you perform on the defenseless English language in your articles and of course in our asides! Even better is the real substance in what you write that’s behind it. It’s a great pleasure to have you in the group and especially to have you as my friend… many, many more and keep treading the Narrow Way.

The Council In Action!!

My latest over at The Times Of Israel is up. When it comes to Hamas and Gaza, ‘demilitarization’ is the new buzzword and it gets mentioned frequently as a solution. In What ‘Demilitarization’ Really Means’, I revisit what happened the last time this carrot was held out to push a ceasefire with the full force of the ‘international community’ behind it.

This week, The MidKnight Review, Blazing Cat Fur and Gates Of Vienna earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

07/30/14

America’s Domestic Enemy-In-Chief Lights The Fuse

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The border crisis is going from horrid to explosive. One shot could set the whole thing ablaze. And it will only get worse as patriots converge on the border to protect our nation. Militia, Three Percenters and Oath Keepers are deploying to do the work that our government refuses to do – to protect and defend our sovereignty. Sadly, they may not only be fighting a foreign invasion crossing our borders with the blessings of our leaders, but our own government soon.

Mexico, Guatemala, El Savador and Honduras are involved with our government in machinations that can’t even really be called a conspiracy, since it is happening in front of our eyes and no one is stopping it. Millions are pouring across our open, unsecured borders and the majority are adults. These illegal aliens are being transported in secret and in the dead of night to every corner of America, with special emphasis on conservative, high-populace areas. It is an engineered voting demographic earthquake that is meant to forever level the voting field in the US in favor of Progressive/Marxists. What is occurring is an historical, mostly bloodless (so far) coup that was implemented to erase America’s borders and destroy the last true bastion of freedom on the planet. The mission is almost accomplished.

I agree with Mark Levin… a Congressional investigation needs to be forthcoming. It will at least document and bring to light some of the shadowy on-goings concerning this treasonous and criminal agenda employed from both sides of the aisle. Don’t be fooled by propaganda and smooth rhetoric from talking heads that are there to placate you – the government could shut down that border and fast any time they really wanted to. They could also build a fence along the whole border and implement security. Do you really believe a nation that went to the moon, that built the best and strongest dams in the world, that pioneered medicine… couldn’t figure out how to build a damn fence? It’s laughable.

Bob Owens points out that an economic purse-string choke-hold could also be put to good use against Mexico:

The U.S. government could simply put economic sanctions on Mexico for failing to stop the invaders at their southern border, and the Mexicans would staunch the flow at two natural checkpoints, one in the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s west coast, and the other in the state of Veracruz-Llave on the nation’s east coast. The vast wilderness area between these two states in the narrow “foot” of Mexico forces migrants to these coastal routes, where they can be captured and repatriated if the Mexican and United States governments had any interest in stopping the invasion, which the two federal governments quite obviously do not.

But no… no one in Congress is listening to the esteemed Jeff Sessions, who is decrying this Constitutional abhorrence. The only ones listening are the Tea Party, conservatives and American patriots melting the phone lines into the Capitol and they are being roundly ignored. 77% of Americans don’t want this illegal invasion – ignoring the outcry could bring on a civil war, which is exactly what Obama wants as he rubs is hands in gleeful anticipation of calling in UN troops to aid in civil unrest.

Enter the militias, Three Percenters and Oathkeepers. People I admire and the brave front line in what could very well be a second American Revolution. These individuals take to heart the true meaning of the Constitution and the intent of our Founding Fathers. They have seen and know what true tyranny is and are able and willing to fight it. They don’t talk it to death. They act and they cherish the Second Amendment – face it, if we lost the Second Amendment, we would have no other rights. It is that critical to our survival as a free people. It is the lynchpin in our fight and motivates our warriors to fight enemies, both foreign and domestic. They will stand against Obama’s desired fundamental transformation of America. We stood with three percent in the last revolution, we will stand now, regardless of denigration from pundits on both sides of the spectrum.

As Bob Owens entitled his excellent piece: The Next ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ May Be Fired In Texas, the great state of Texas could be the ignition point on all of this. All of us have had more than enough of the dictatorial ignoring of our laws and Constitution by this President. But when we say ‘impeach,’ we are told by those we admire, it will be your fault we lose the next election… it will be your fault we lose on immigration. Bullcrap. Protests are on-going in hundreds of cities, millions are calling and writing and demanding this insanity stop. Then there are those who pick up their guns and go to the border to protect defenseless Americans and stem the flow of an invading force extraordinaire.

Here come the militias:

Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.

Members of the militia groups, who say they have 10 active “teams” along the state’s southern border, are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande River, pointing rifles and pistols out of frame and flipping off the camera in the photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

A spokesperson for the group provided the photos under the condition that members’ faces be blurred because of fear of being identified by “cartel and gang members.”

One of the photos shows a Border Patrol agent leaning through an armed militia member’s vehicle window and pointing on a map. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection earlier this month strongly rebuked the group’s presence on the border but did not return multiple requests for comment regarding the photo.

Gov. Rick Perry, who last week ordered 1,000 Texas National Guard members to the border, declined to comment specifically on the militia groups through a spokesman but said he is “leading to secure the border.”

The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago, as national media outlets began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border, including more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors.

Before you label these patriots as kooks, think again… they are ex-law enforcement, veterans and a variety of patriots who swore an oath to protect the US. Why do you think Obama labeled vets returning from the combat arenas in Iraq and Afghanistan as potential domestic terror threats? He fears these guys because they know the real score and are willing to face evil, no matter the cost. For the most part, these are not rednecks and wannabe weekend warriors — these are men and women who see what is going on and refuse to sit like apathetic sheep while we are destroyed from within. So far, the confrontations have been peaceful, with the militias handing over illegals to the Border Patrol. But that could change and fast.

All it will take is an armed cartel or coyote to alter the scenario. The Mexican Army is also coming across the border and attacking our agents. These men and women won’t just stand there and be shot, they will retaliate and they should. America is at war — a war that is actively ignored by the media and government so that it can grow until it is out of control enough to have blue helmets brought in.

When blood is finally spilled, you will see Americans explode in anger at the government and their blatant instigation of this conflict and the lawlessness of a rogue President. When warriors fall and their blood cries out for justice, what do you think America will do? They will unite as they did after 9-11 and woe to those who want her destruction. Revenge will most likely be hot and rapid and unexpected. You can’t kill the American fighting spirit so easily – we aren’t made that way and we’ve got nothing better or more important to do than fight against a tyrannical suppression of our Constitutional freedoms. You may do a jig on our Founding Documents, but we embrace them and revere them. The government is about to get a red, white and blue wake-up call.

These patriots who go to the border may fall, they may be arrested… but more and more will go and they will be less and less forgiving. In the face of an out of control government who refuses to secure our borders and protect our country from invasion, we should expect nothing less.

A closing thought from Bob Owens:

The federal government has abandoned their duty to defend the Republic. American citizens are now beginning to use their natural right to self-defense to form self-organized militias to protect their nation.

When government fails, the people will rise.

If we hope to remain a sovereign nation under a President who has abandoned the rule of law, we seem to have no other choice.

I, for one, stand with the patriots. I have chosen my side long ago. God bless the Three Percenters, the militias, the Oath Keepers, the Tea Party and the patriots out there. America’s domestic Enemy-in-Chief has lit the fuse of conflict and something is bound to occur either on the Southern border or abroad in the form of a major conflict that sets Americans off. Let’s dance.