Russian Ex-spy, Daughter Exposed To Nerve Agent Have Slim Chance Of Surviving

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, are still hospitalized and are in critical condition in Britain after being exposed to the Russian nerve agent called novichok. Authorities now believe it was applied to their front door and that is how they came into contact with it. This is a military grade nerve agent that has no cure.

Skripal’s niece, Viktoria Skripal, told the BBC that the two have about a one percent chance of surviving. If they do, they will be crippled physically and mentally for the rest of their lives. The effects are debilitating and the pain continues to grow. It is prolonged torture until the victim succumbs and dies. She said the prognosis “really isn’t good.” The attack took place on March 4th in Salisbury. “Out of 99 percent, I have maybe 1 percent hope,” she said. “Whatever [nerve agent] was used, it has given them a very small chance of survival. But they’re going to be invalids for the rest of their lives.”

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a park bench. A police officer exposed to the substance during the investigation was hospitalized and released last week. Over 130 of Brits were exposed to the agent, but are expected to survive their encounters with it.

At least 21 countries across the planet have expelled over 135 Russian diplomats they suspect of being spies. That includes NATO itself that has expelled 7 Russians. Virtually every country is blaming Russia and Putin for the attack. In retaliation, Russia is expelling diplomats and threatening a new Cold War. “Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values,” British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament

Russia is blaming Britain for the attack, which is ridiculous. They have adamantly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack. But Russia has been involved in the assassination of 14 other individuals in Britain over the last 20 years. This is just an escalation of those actions. “This is an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens on the territory of Great Britain,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. “It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed.”

Theresa May says the Skripals may never recover from the attack, saying “their condition is unlikely change in the near future, and they may never recover fully.” In fact, death would probably be a blessing at this point. At least the unbearable torture would end. “This shows the utterly barbaric nature of this act, and the dangers that hundreds of innocent citizens in Salisbury could have faced,” she said. “We assess that more than 130 people in Salisbury could have been potentially exposed to this nerve agent.”

The remarks from Viktoria Skripal and May echo those made by a Russian scientist, Vil Mirzayanov, who once leaked Moscow’s secret experimentation with novichok. He is now 83 and lives in the U.S. He said earlier this month that the nerve agent, developed in the early 90s during the end of the Cold War, is “10 times” more powerful that other nerve agents like sarin or VX. “The people are gone – the man and his daughter. Even if they survive they will not recover,” he told AFP a week after the attack in Salisbury. He stated that the nerve agent attacks the nervous system, making it impossible for victims to breathe and causing unimaginable pain. “It’s torture,” he said. “It’s absolutely incurable.” That Russia could use this on people is not surprising, but it is evil and barbaric.

This brings to mind the infamous assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a former intelligence officer who defected to London in 2000 after publically accusing his superiors of hatching a plot against a Russian oligarch. He fell ill in November of 2006 and died not long after that. His death was ultimately attributed to drinking tea poisoned with radionuclide polonium-210. A judicial inquest ruled in 2016 there was a “strong probability” Litvinenko’s death was a Russian intelligence operation that was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin. In my book, that is a certainty.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is currently conducting a probe into the nerve agent used against the Skripals. Officials said this week it could take two to three weeks to complete laboratory analysis on the samples.

Another hit on a Russian has surfaced this week that I have written on before. Buzzfeed is reporting that a secret report authored by Christopher Steele alleges that a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin was assassinated in Washington, D.C. and did not die by accident as the Department of Justice ruled.

Four sources familiar with the document told the news outlet that the former British intelligence agent’s report concludes that Mikhail Lesin was beaten to death by individuals working for a Russian oligarch close to Putin. The individuals were instructed not to kill Lesin, the report continues, but went too far and murdered him.

Steele is the source of the infamous dossier against Trump that is fake. But before you discount the story on the assassination in D.C., I will tell you I already knew about this and have known for a month or more that this was the case. There are other sources reporting it as well. Originally, Obama’s Department of Justice said that the man got drunk and literally beat himself to death. Which is laughable. The Justice Department concluded in 2016 that Lesin’s death was due to injuries sustained in an accidental fall, with “acute ethanol intoxication” as a contributing cause of death. I have no doubt that Putin’s thugs got over zealous and killed the guy. He was the former head of RT.

“As a result of the almost year-long investigation, the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia has amended Lesin’s manner of death from ‘undetermined’ to ‘accident,’ ” the department wrote in a statement at the time. Why and how that was determined is unfathomable and highly suspicious.

Lesin served as Russian minister of press, television and radio broadcasting before he founded the state-sponsored news agency RT, then known as Russia Today in 2005. Last year, the U.S. government forced RT to register as a foreign agent, citing the channel’s “strategic messaging for [the] Russian government.” According to Buzzfeed, no one at the FBI believes it was an accident. They never have.

This is yet another incidence of Putin punishing and killing those that fall out of favor with him. The attack in Britain was an act of war. It should be treated as such. Kicking out spies and tit for tat maneuvers are not holding the Russkies to account here and they will keep on doing it. Until countries stand up and tell the Russians enough and apply real consequences to them, they will only be emboldened to kill people whenever, wherever and however they want. It’s Putin’s way.


Russia And China Outpace US In Hypersonic Weaponry

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Russia and China are outpacing the United States in the development of super-fast missile technology, Pentagon officials and key lawmakers are warning. They are leaving us in the dust on this weaponry and it is a severe threat to national security.

Hypersonic missiles fly into space after launch, but then come down and fly at high speeds on a flight path similar to an airplane. Their lower trajectory makes them more difficult for U.S. missile defense satellites and radars to detect. Russia has openly stated it is developing high-speed air-launched missiles as well as underwater hypersonic drones.

“Right now, we’re helpless,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in advocating for more investment in hypersonics, along with missile defense. Unfortunately, the Air Force just delayed our hypersonic bidding contract once again. Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), Boeing (BA), Raytheon (RTN), or Orbital ATK, which is being bought by Northrop, are in the running for a contract to build a hypersonic strike weapon that could be launched from fighters and bombers. The contract initially was supposed to be awarded sometime in federal fiscal Q1, which began in October and ended in December. In December, the Air Force said the contract would be awarded in federal fiscal Q2, which ends on Saturday. Now the Air Force is looking at an award in early spring, said spokeswoman Maj. Emily Grabowski.

Hypersonic weapons travel at five times the speed of sound and have the potential to be the most disruptive battlefield technology since the advent of stealth. While intercontinental ballistic missiles are faster, hypersonic weapons’ combination of speed, range, maneuverability and ability to take unpredictable flight paths make them extremely difficult, if not impossible, to shoot down with today’s technology.

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, described a hypersonic as a missile that starts out “like a ballistic missile, but then it depresses the trajectory and then flies more like a cruise missile or an airplane. So it goes up into the low reaches of space, and then turns immediately back down and then levels out and flies at a very high level of speed.”

Last November, China conducted two tests of a ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle that U.S. assessments expect to reach initial operating capability around 2020. They have already conducted at least seven tests of experimental systems from 2014 to 2016. And I would not be surprised if the weaponry wasn’t operational far sooner than estimated. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a flashy state of the nation address this month to show off a bunch of new weapons, including a hypersonic missile he claimed was “invincible” against U.S. missile defenses. About a week later, Russia claimed it successfully tested a hypersonic weapon. The intercontinental hypersonic missile, dubbed Avangard, is capable of reaching targets at 20 times the speed of sound and will strike “like a fireball,” Putin said.

At the time of Putin’s announcement, the Pentagon said it was “not surprised” by the report and assured the public that it is “fully prepared” to respond to such a threat. But just last week in front of Congress, Hyten conceded U.S. missile defense cannot stop hypersonics. He said that the U.S. is instead relying on nuclear deterrence, or the threat of a retaliatory U.S. strike, as its defense against such missiles. That goes beyond foolish right into suicidal. “We don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,” Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Hyten is advocating space-based sensors as a defense. “I believe we need to pursue improved sensor capabilities to be able to track, characterize and attribute the threats, wherever they come from,” he said. “And, right now, we have a challenge with that, with our current on-orbit space architecture and the limited number of radars that we have around the world. In order to see those threats, I believe we need a new space sensor architecture.”

Asked if the U.S. is really falling behind Russia and China on hypersonics, Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was very blunt: “Yes.” “And the reason is the U.S. hasn’t been doing anything near the same pace both in terms of developing our own capabilities but also failing to develop sensors and shooters necessary to shoot down theirs,” he continued. Terrestrial sensors are limited in their ability because of the curvature of the earth, Karako said, but “you can’t hide from a robust constellation of space-based sensors.”

Karako pointed out that the last five administrations have all identified space-based sensors as a critical need on paper, but nothing has come to fruition on it. “One of the reasons that we haven’t prioritized the hypersonic threat is we were slow to kind of appreciate not merely the Russia and China problem, but the Russia and China missile problem,” Karako said. And why is that? We’ve all known for a long time that Russia and China are our two top military threats. We also know they have been racing to develop military weaponry, especially high-tech weaponry. So, why haven’t our military tacticians figured out the hypersonic missile threat posed by these two communist regimes? In a word, Barack Obama.

The Trump administration is reversing some of this, but we are far, far behind. The National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review focus on a “great power competition” with Russia and China. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, likewise cited them as helping the U.S. get back on track in the area of hypersonics. “I think we are aware of the capabilities that our adversaries have, and … whether it’s the Nuclear Posture Review, National Defense Strategy, these are all laid out because of the identification of the threats we have,” she said.

In addition to the nuclear review, Pentagon officials have been touting budget proposals that would put more money toward hypersonics and missile defense that they say will help close the gap with Russia and China. Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee that there’s $42 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget for the Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency to work on a prototype for space-based sensors. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, meanwhile, told the House Armed Services Committee last week her fiscal 2019 budget includes $258 million for hypersonics. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director Steven Walker touted his $256.7 million fiscal 2019 budget for hypersonic missile development as well.

Inhofe said he’s most worried about the missile defense issue, adding there “appears to be no defense” against hypersonics. To him, the answer is reversing defense budget cuts, which Congress has taken steps to do in a two-year budget deal and a recently passed appropriations bill for fiscal 2018. “We need to make up the losses that we had during the Obama administration by putting a priority, which we are doing now, on the military,” he said. Let’s just hope we catch up in time before our enemies use hypersonic weapons against the U.S.


Ironic: Al Sharpton’s Half-Brother Charged In Shooting Murder After Marching Against Guns

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Rev. Al Shapton’s half-brother Kenneth Glasgow of Dothan, AL, was charged in a murder Sunday after his group participated in the anti-gun March For Our Lives rally Saturday.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is in the news again and this time it’s not for being a radical racial agitator and Marxist. His half-brother, Rev. Kenneth Glasgow, who is also an activist, had just finished marching in the anti-gun “March For Our Lives” rally when he was arrested and charged in a shooting death in Dothan, Alabama.

According to police, Glasgow was the driver in a car that is linked to the murder of 23 year-old Breunia Jennings of Dothan by passenger Jamie Townes, 26. Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said that Glasgow and Townes allegedly searched for Jennings, who they believe had stolen Townes’ car. When they found her, Townes allegedly shot Jennings as she drove, hitting her in the head. She died some time later. “Instead of him notifying law enforcement, he took matters in his own hands and jumped in Mr. Glasgow’s vehicle to find Breunia Jennings,” said Parrish, according to a report in the Dothan Eagle.

Police do not believe that Glasgow, 52, pulled the trigger. But under Alabama’s complicity statute – their aiding and abetting law – he is culpable for the murder. Dothan is about 110 miles south of Montgomery, AL. Authorities said several people are believed to have been in the car at the time and additional arrests may occur.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, is seen with Kenneth Glasgow, as they deliver holiday meals on Thanksgiving Day in 2006 in Dothan, Ala. (AP/Rick Helmke)

Sharpton and Glasgow have been activists on numerous projects together. Glasgow is an ex-convict. He started a ministry in Alabama called The Ordinary People Society. He has been campaigning for restoring the voting rights of convicts, something that Van Jones is promoting as well. His group participated in the Saturday anti-gun march in Dothan. “The shooting occurred late Sunday night. I do not know where he was prior to the incident. It has been reported by several local outlets that he attended a similar event on Saturday,” said a police spokesman.

In an appearance in court, Glasgow repeatedly questioned the capital murder charge against him, The Dothan Eagle reported. “I don’t know why I am facing capital murder charges,” Glasgow stated. “I’m not responsible for what someone else does. He just asked me for a ride to take him to look for his car.” He was advised to not speak until his attorney is present and that he is not eligible for bail due to the seriousness of the crime. Glsgow is set to appear again in court on April 6th, when a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to send the charge to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Back in 2013, Glasgow and Sharpton protested the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida together. Glasgow is also a protester against police violence and most likely a member of Black Lives Matter. His website shows a picture of him with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. The website claims his group, “provides a continuum of unconditional acceptance and care to individuals and their families who suffer the effects of drug addiction, mass-incarceration, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, hunger and illness-without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion or social status.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton is known for corruption and race-baiting. He also wholeheartedly supports communists and thugs. It looks like it runs in the family. Glasgow is about to find out that ignorance of the law is not a defense in the state of Alabama.


Mitch McConnell Has Strong Ties To The Communist Chinese And His Corruption Runs Very Deep

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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I have written on the corruption of Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao a number of times. I was very disheartened when Chao became the Secretary of Transportation for the Trump administration. The dynamic duo are fully in bed with the communist Chinese and have been for many years. Peter Schweizer has a new book called Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends that digs into the background of the McConnells and their family wealth and where it came from. It’s not a pretty picture and it should not only tick you off, it should alarm every American out there.

To be fair, it’s not just McConnell. This is happening on both sides of the political aisle. From Denise Simon – she has several pertinent points on Kerry and Biden and their Chinese corruption to keep in mind for 2020:

1. China plants industrial espionage operatives in the U.S. that steal government contract secrets and then sells them back to China. The FBI caught at least one of them.

2. Through cyber espionage, China has stolen much of the F-35 technology, more than 50 terabytes.

3. John Kerry and Joe Biden did exactly the same thing as Hillary… sold access for money while exploiting it all as diplomatic missions under the title(s) of bi-lateral agreements.

4. Subpoena former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and ask him about the CFIUS approvals of Chinese backed enterprises. We need to go back to former Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner… did he set the table for all this with Obama’s approval creating that ‘Asia Pivot’?

5. What does Congress know about foreign investments and when do they know it? They get reports, but who is asking questions, anyone?


The bottom line is that the Chinese are buying off our politicians. Enriching them and their families in exchange for military and economic concessions for China. Schweizer cites the family of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a particularly troubling example.

“In the case of Mitch McConnell, there’s just simply no question that the economic fortunes of his family rest upon the good graces of the Chinese government,” he said. “The vast bulk of the family wealth is tied up in a shipping company called Foremost Group. Really beginning back in 1993 — I talk about it in the book — he and the family worked to cultivate that relationship with the Chinese government, and the Chinese government set up a series of things that have made the family wealthy.”

“The ships for the family business are basically built by the Chinese government,” he noted. “The Chinese government finances the construction of those ships. They provide the crews to man those ships. They provide a lot of the clients, the contracts that they service. They ship a lot of goods around for Chinese state-owned companies.”

“And Mitch McConnell’s in-laws — his father-in-law and his sister-in-law — have served on the board of let’s just say very sensitive military-related contractors in China,” he added. “The Chinese government is not going to do that to somebody that it does not have a level of political trust to.”

Money from this convenient arrangement for the McConnells has “flowed directly to Mitch McConnell himself,” including at least one gift in the $5 million to $25 million range from his in-laws, with the added expectation of a sizable inheritance when his father-in-law passes away.

It wasn’t always this way though. When McConnell first came to Congress, he was a very strong China hawk. He was also was one of the most outspoken voices criticizing China’s massacre of dissidents at Tiananmen Square. But that was decades ago and since then, the Chinese have made him an offer he can’t refuse. “Then he married Elaine Chao. Then in 1993, he took a trip with his father-in-law as a guest of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, which is the largest military contractor in China. After that, when these economic ties were forged, his views let’s say began to ‘evolve,’” Schweizer said. And so did the inherent corruption and complicity.

McConnell has muted his criticism of the Chinese. He is also far more open to trade with the communist regime and he is much less critical of its monetary policies, going as far as threatening to use the legislative “nuclear option” to shut down consideration of a bill in 2010-2011 that would have taken action against China as a currency manipulator. The bill ended up passing 65-35, with McConnell one of the few Republicans voting against it. McConnell infrequently tries to sound tough on China, but no one with any sense is buying it. Judge McConnell by what he does, not by what he says.

“If the Chinese government became angry at Mitch McConnell, they could severely damage the family business. They could essentially shut it down. If they said, ‘We’re giving you no more contracts, we’re pulling away your crews, we’re not going to build you any more ships,’ the Foremost Group — which is the shipping company that the McConnell family has — it would essentially almost go out of business, if not completely go out of business,” Schweizer cautioned. In national security, you call that being ‘compromised’.

“There is an unprecedented situation where you have a powerful family, the McConnells and the Chaos, and you have family members in that family serving on very, very sensitive corporate boards,” Schweizer added, referring back to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the appointment of McConnell’s sister-in-law Angela Chao to a board seat at the state-run Bank of China. “The Bank of China corporate board is made up of Chinese executives that have served in government. It is an arm of the Chinese government, used to advance the diplomacy of the government of China. To have family members on the boards of such sensitive entities, and to try to argue that that’s not going to have any influence on you is just laughable. There’s no other word for it. It’s laughable,” he said. And he’s right.

Not only that, but Schweizer points out that McConnell’s father-in-law James Chao, “has been close friends with Communist leaders in China.” China is our enemy… I would call that a conflict of interest to put it mildly. “He went to school with some of them. Jiang Zemin, who for the longest time was the Chinese premier, was a classmate of his. And when Jiang Zemin would travel to the United States, he would have private meetings on a regular basis not just with James Chao, but with Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao,” he said.

Schweizer depicted Elaine Chao as “very muted on criticizing China at all” during her time serving in the administrations of both George W. Bush and Donald Trump. In fact, he described some of her interviews with Chinese-language publications as “shocking in her statements that Republicans are trying to gin up the China threat because they need an enemy.”

I want you to ponder a moment and just think what we would learn if everything was revealed about our politicians as it should be. They have written disclosure laws and regulations that hide their dealings with enemy states and in unsavory ventures. Schweizer pointed out that China’s system of influencing American politicians through their families is simply a mirror image of how business is done in China, where foreign business leaders understand that hiring the children of senior officials is the best way to gain access to the Chinese government.

“We have got to correct the ability for this to happen in an undisclosed way, or we are screwed when it comes to dealing with the Chinese because they will more than likely have plenty of opportunities to successfully buy off and forge these commercial relationships with American political elites. The amounts of money are just so eye-popping. The temptation is just so great. You’re going to have very few people that are going to be willing to resist it,” he warned. Schweizer added that from the Chinese perspective, it’s a “great investment” to “toss a few billion dollars at American political elites and get a softened position from them.”

LevinTV host Mark Levin just called for Senator Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate majority leader and be investigated for corruption. Levin cited a New York Post article detailing new corruption allegations made against McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao via Schweizer’s new book. Levin called the allegations “stunning” and “absolutely shocking and disgusting.” “Mitch McConnell should be removed for all the reasons I’ve said before, but especially now, as majority leader,” Levin said. “And there ought to be an ethics investigation looking into his background. And I am damn serious about it.” I could not possibly agree more.


The Present-Day Communist Threat – an Interview with Trevor Loudon – Episode 314

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Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker and public speaker from Christchurch, New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

They talk about the Left’s push toward Socialism in America, including the reviving of the “Rainbow Coalition” strategy for the upcoming elections. They discuss the real threat of a small group of people pushing a communist/socialist agenda through the government. Many on the left don’t even understand what “progressive” means, but it is a troubling trend that the media supports with leftist propaganda.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker and public speaker from Christchurch, New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

They talk about the Left’s push toward Socialism in America, including the reviving of the “Rainbow Coalition” strategy for the upcoming elections. They discuss the real threat of a small group of people pushing a communist/socialist agenda through the government. Many on the left don’t even understand what “progressive” means, but it is a troubling trend that the media supports with leftist propaganda.

With Loudon, they explore many of the frightening realities going on in the U.S. and the world, and they talk about what we can do to stop it.

Also on the podcast, Chuck and Mark consider the way Trump is firing a number of people from his administration and the fake news that the media are making it into.

About the guest:

Trevor Loudon’s thesis is that what is commonly regarded as mainstream political policy is in fact driven and guided by hidden subversive elements. The Democratic party’s consistent defunding of the US military, Obamacare, the Iran Nuclear Deal, normalization of relations with Cuba, Islamic refugee re-settlement, $15 minimum wage, fracking bans, pipeline shutdowns and the push for illegal alien amnesty are all consistent with far-left and Islamist agendas.

Trevor Loudon believes that these forces must be exposed and countered, as America’s continued role as a bastion of freedom is pivotal for the future of western civilization.

Some of Trevor Loudon’s accomplishments:

  • Trevor is currently working on his new film with Director Judd Saul: “Enemies Within: The Church.”
  • Trevor’s hard-hitting political documentary, the Enemies Within, was released in 2016.
  • In Collaboration with the Capital Research Center, Trevor Loudon and Director Judd Saul  created a series of mini-documentaries free to the public:
  • Trevor Loudon discovered the long-hidden relationship between notorious Hawaiian Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and the young Barack Obama in 2007.
  • After extensively researching Obama’s ties to the New York and Chicago Marxist movements, Loudon began publishing his findings online, catching the eye of such prominent voices as Accuracy in Media and syndicated radio host Glenn Beck.
  • In 2009 Loudon exposed the communist roots of Obama “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones. After an extensive campaign by Glenn Beck and others, Jones was forced to resign from his White House position.
  • Since 2011 Loudon has toured the United States promoting his two books “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within” and “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” – an extensively footnoted expose of the rapidly unfolding Marxist takeover of the United States government.
  • Loudon has addressed more than 400 conservative, tea party, religious and Republican groups in more than 37 states.
  • Loudon has interviewed many people from both sides of the struggle over the years to former Western intelligence offices, to government undercover operatives inside the communist movement, to former KGB officers.

This research has given Loudon unique insight into how extensively often minuscule communist parties have been able to manipulate, and even control policy formation in many Western countries – particularly the “main enemy:” the United States of America. Loudon’s research shows that this is not just a historical problem but is a very grave and looming threat which will not only impact America’s national security but indeed her very survival.

Trevor proudly serves as a fellow at both the American Freedom Alliance and the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought.

Read Loudon’s blog at http://www.trevorloudon.com/ and explore his research at http://keywiki.org/.

Follow him on Twitter @newzealblog and @TrevorLoudon1.

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China To Ban Citizens With Bad ‘Social Credit’ Rating From Traveling

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

China has banned more than nine million people so far from buying plane tickets and at least another three million from buying business-class train tickets because of their poor “social credit” ratings, according to the deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission. The ratings have also been used to deny loans and other forms of government support to more than 6,000 businesses blacklisted by the government. Two statements issued by the Chinese government on Friday confirmed that rule breakers can expect to face travel bans of up to a year. But I would bet that in some cases if not most, the bans are longer or permanent.

Under China’s new social scoring system, trustworthy entrepreneurs and individuals will be rewarded, while those who commit social misdeeds such as fraud, spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights will be discredited. You can even wind up on the blacklist for parking a bike in the wrong place or giving an insincere apology. President Xi Jinping’s plan is based on the principle ‘once untrustworthy, always restricted’, which will become effective on May 1st. Xi was just declared ruler for life… the first since Mao ruled the country. The system is expected to be fully implemented by 2020 and Xi will see it is enforced brutally and efficiently.

China’s Social Credit System is coordinated by the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms. It mashes together information gleaned from a wide variety of sources in order to give every citizen a social-credit rating. This includes data from the country’s social insurance database and the criminal records system, as well as information gleaned online. It is intended to penalize not just citizens who have failed to pay fines or taxes, for example, but also people the government deems guilty of ‘spreading false information’ and for ‘causing trouble’.

The social credit system will, according to government officials, “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.” Everything from how well you treat your parents to what you’re buying will affect your eligibility to receive various rewards and benefits. It’s a situation played out by way of Charlie Brooker’s dark satire in an episode of Black Mirror, Nosedive. In it, the central character, Lacie, lives in a world where her social rating dictates every aspect of her life, including travel and work.

This comes as China’s government has led a concerted push to remove Internet anonymity from mobile phone and social networks so that anyone online can be identified at all times by the authorities. This is in addition to the country’s firewall, which restricts access to websites outside of China that its government doesn’t want Chinese citizens to see and use. Blocked websites include search engines, foreign media and social media websites outside of the Chinese government’s control.

China started building this system three years ago. On Friday (March 16), it was announced that travelers who use expired tickets or smoked on trains would also be put on a blacklist, according to statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website. This is the beginning of Xi’s morality crackdown in the nation. Along with this, people are being forced to display a picture of their Dear Leader somewhere in their homes.

Those found to have committed financial wrongdoings, such as employers who failed to pay social insurance or people who refuse to pay fines, would also face restrictions, said the statements which were dated March 2nd. The commission added that the new rules would come into effect on May 1st. According to a Xinhua News Agency report, the government will look to improve the mechanism to ensure that social credit records are updated in a timely fashion and disputes can be well handled. I don’t think anyone is foolish enough to believe that horse puckey.

If you fall out of favor with the government in China, you will be walking to work or starving to death. Communists do not care. They are looking to reduce the population in the cities anyway.

The Chinese government’s Social Credit System has been duplicated in the private sector as well, with Sesame Credit, an affiliate of Alibaba’s Alipay subsidiary, controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, providing loans based on social credit ratings for a number of years already. It lends money based not just on an individual’s credit history, but also their buying habits and online social circles, and encourages users to flaunt their credit score publicly. That credit score is also shared with Baihe, one of China’s biggest online dating services, which promotes subscribers with good social credit scores with Sesame to prominent spots on its website. China’s government hopes that by adopting a combination of punishments and rewards it can keep its people in line and the Communist Party of China in power permanently.

A Wired report last year found that a user with a low Zhima Credit score had to pay more to rent a bicycle, hotel room or even an umbrella. Zhima Credit’s CEO has said, in an eerie prefiguring of the new travel restrictions, that the system “will ensure that the bad people in society don’t have a place to go, while good people can move freely and without obstruction.” This is right out of 1984. A dystopian society employing digital fascism. If you are a good communist and obey the rules, you will be favored. If not… you are expendable. Welcome to Xi’s China and their version of the Gestapo. What’s old is new again in the digital age.


Former Assistant FBI Director Says Top Feds Plotted to Protect Hillary Clinton

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Former assistant FBI director James Kallstrom also said officials had a scheme to blame Trump for the Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom appeared on Fox News Channel with Maria Bartiromo on ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ to discuss the firing of Andrew McCabe and other issues concerning the FBI. He dropped a bombshell… he said that “high-ranking people throughout the government… had a plot to not have Hillary Clinton indicted so that she could remain the flawed candidate that she was.” Kallstrom was in the FBI for 27 years, so what he says has weight and credibility.

Sessions acted just two days before McCabe’s official retirement would have enabled him to begin drawing a lucrative federal pension. The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) recommended that Sessions fire McCabe because he reportedly lied to investigators and leaked all over the place to the media. Kallstrom suggested that McCabe was emblematic of continuing corruption among top federal officials.

“I think there’s a big sigh of relief and a good feeling about the fact that an FBI element, and organization in the FBI, recommended that he be fired, as opposed to them being mute and having someone else make that recommendation,” Kallstrom said. “So I think they’re very happy about that. And they’re just gnawing at the bit to actually get involved in a real investigation, not a phony investigation like [former FBI Director] Jim Comey conducted,” Kallstrom added.

Kallstrom said that the “plot” to fix the 2016 election goes “right to the top,” which leveled a finger right at President Obama and former CIA director John Brennan. Brennan who basically threatened Trump with a tweet after McCabe was summarily fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Kallstrom cited text messages from FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Stzrok which appear to show “they had a backup plan to frame Donald Trump” as a Russian agent. “This whole thing is a total phony,” he said about the Muller probe. “How would you feel… if someone had a phony scheme about you go on for months and months and months?” I’d say that’s pretty direct and blunt and pretty much dead on.

During Comey’s tenure, McCabe oversaw the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. Host Maria Bartiromo noted that 10 people “at the top of the FBI and the Department of Justice” have been “either fired or reassigned” over the last several months as details about the Clinton investigation and the investigation into Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign came to light.

“Obviously this is no coincidence,” Bartiromo said. “Do you think somebody was directing them, or do you think they just came to the conclusion on their own, this leadership at the FBI and the Department of Justice, that they wanted to change the outcome of the election, that they wanted to protect Hillary Clinton?” “I think we have ample facts revealed to us during this last year and a half that high-ranking people throughout government, not just the FBI, high-ranking people had a plot to not have Hillary Clinton, you know, indicted,” Kallstrom said.

He also said: “Jim Comey is not a stupid individual. I think he’s naive and has an ego the size of the Empire State Building, and he has a lot of other faults, that got him into this trouble. But I could be wrong, they could have been in lockstep. But there is no question that he, and McCabe others in the FBI, and we’ll find out the State Dept., and the National Security Advisors to the president, and John Brennan. Did you see John Brennan’s remarks?”

“The animus and the malice against Trump is prima facie exposure of how he felt about Trump before the election,” Kallstrom said. “My sources tell me [Brennan] was leaking almost weekly or daily, and he was taking that bunch of phony crap supposedly from Russia, and peddling that through the Congress and the media, he was one of the active people. I’ve known him a long time and I think he’s involved, and quite frankly, I think it goes right to the top, quite frankly.” Oh, and I hope and pray they nail Brennan in all this.

Bartiromo asked, “To President Obama?” “It goes right to the top, and it involves that whole strategy. They were going to win [the 2016 election], nobody would ever know this stuff, and they just unleashed the intelligence community. Look at the unmaskings? We haven’t even heard about that yet. Look at the way they violated the rights of these American citizens?” Kallstrom explained. “I hope Gen. Flynn sues a lot of people, because he was handled so bad… He didn’t lie to the FBI. They didn’t even interview him about a crime. He was in his legal authorized mode when all that happened,” he said.

“They are the people who committed felonies, not the General. They’ve ruined [Flynn] – and because they threatened his son, you know, they bankrupted this guy that gave his life to this country. Just the whole dealings. Look how they dealt with the IRS? There are so many things they have done badly.” I’m no fan of Flynn, but his constitutional rights were violated and he was railroaded. Yes, he’s been involved with the Russians… I think he’s a Russian plant. So get him on that, not some trumped up charge of lying that didn’t happen.

Kallstrom also said officials had a scheme to blame Trump for the Russian interference during the 2016 election. “They had a backup plan to basically frame Donald Trump and that’s what’s been going,” Kallstrom said.

Trump targeted McCabe, Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of tweets over the weekend. “As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, [former Virginia Gov.] Terry [McAuliffe], who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!” Trump added.

Trump insisted that Mueller’s probe “should never have been started” because “there was no collusion and there was no crime.” “It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the [Democratic National Committee], and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!” Trump tweeted. Witch hunt indeed. The intelligence agencies need an enema and a reboot. Oh, and a lot of people need to go to jail over all of this, not just lose their pensions or be reassigned.


Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Tweets Threat To President Trump After McCabe Is Fired

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I have always considered John Brennan a Marxist and so is Samantha Power. Yesterday, Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted what looks like a threat to President Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for leaking to the media and lying while testifying. McCabe was fired just two days before he planned to retire after more than 20 years of FBI service, yanking the full government pension he would have otherwise qualified for. The pension was said to be worth about $1.8 million. President Trump celebrating the termination set Brennan off.

Of course, the left adored the tweet. But in point of fact, what it does is confirm what Trump has been saying all along… that the senior leadership of the intelligence and federal law enforcement services have become highly politicized and even weaponized. Brennan is beclowning himself here. The guy is a liar, a progressive and corrupt as hell. Earlier this month, Brennan criticized the President as “small, petty, and banal with your tweets. Your insecurity is well deserved, as is your concern over Russia investigation,” he said. The former CIA director has also previously described the President as “unstable, inept, inexperienced and unethical.” Brennan just took the fight to the next level.

Then, former UN Ambassador Samantha Power decided to step into the fight. Remember, her full role in “unmasking” Americans who appeared in foreign intelligence wiretaps has yet to be exposed.

She sounds just like Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). He warned Trump last January in the midst of heavy leaks to the media by the FBI and intelligence services: “You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Which is true, but it does not make it right and it needs to be stopped. The Democrats seem to think threatening the President with the intelligence community is somehow okay. They show no concern for the abuse of power that might entail or for a separation of powers.

Trump, who has long called for McCabe’s firing, but said the decision was up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, chimed in just after midnight on Twitter, calling the ouster “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”

Samantha Power later tried to walk back her blustering tweet:

I don’t buy it and neither does anyone with any sense out there.

Sessions said McCabe had “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.” That pretty much says it all right there.

In McCabe’s own statement upon being fired, he blasted the President for having “politicized” law enforcement, accusing him of trying “to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.” Just days before FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was terminated, he threatened to “take people down with him” if he was fired. Fox News Senior Correspondent Adam Housley noted that he had been speaking with agents in the bureau. He also tweeted, “McCabe blaming Nunes and the dossier is beyond incorrect. The internal investigation took all that into consideration and much more. Ask the agents in the bureau, not the politicians and media outside of it. That’s what I did. They had a ton of stuff on him… a ton.”

Both McCabe and Comey are now facing questions on whether they committed perjury, which they of course did. McCabe is hardly the choir boy that Brennan paints him as. And Brennan is a big reason that the CIA was corrupted under Barack Obama just as the FBI was. Firing McCabe was the right thing to do and I hope it is only the beginning of cleaning out the intelligence agencies. At least Brennan is gone and good riddance.


Cold War Redux: Russia To Expel UK Diplomats Over Nerve Agent Confrontation

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

As I predicted yesterday, the Kremlin is getting ready to officially expel Britain’s diplomats over the nerve agent confrontation. This is in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil.

This was the logical next step in the confrontation. It was the first known such use of a nerve agent since World War II. It sickened a former Russian spy and his daughter, who were found unconscious on a bench. It sickened 21 other British citizens. There is no cure and the agent was designed to cause maximum pain. If you don’t die from exposure, you progressively are more and more crippled until your life ends. It is torture by poison. If Russia is allowed to get away with this, there will be nothing stopping them from using it whenever and wherever they choose to.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday the Trump administration “stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain” following a nerve agent attack against a Russian double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury last week. Haley said Washington shared the UK’s assessment that the Russian state was behind the poisoning and demanded a firm international response. “The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley said in her remarks at a UN Security Council emergency session, blasting the Russian government for flouting international law. “If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” said Haley. “They could be used here in New York or in cities of any country that sits on this council.”

The Russians went so far as to make fun of the British for this and to call them liars. They even accused the Brits of being behind the attack themselves. The nerve agent Novichok was created in Russia by their military and is specific to the Russians. I think we all know who the liars and terrorists are here and it sure as hell isn’t the Brits. Theresa May pointed the finger squarely at President Vladimir Putin and gave the 23 Russians who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the London embassy a week to leave. Now, after denying all involvement, Russia is returning the favor. They cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by Brexit and even suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

Asked by a Reuters reporter in the Kazakh capital Astana if Russia planned to expel British diplomats from Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiled and said: “We will, of course.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia could announce its response at any minute. And the march towards war continues. Britain, the United States, Germany, Poland, Australia and France have all called on Russia to explain themselves. Russia has collectively flipped all of them off and told them to pound sand. They arrogantly posture themselves and tell these nations to not dare threaten a nuclear power such as Russia.

Not only has President Trump implemented sanctions against 19 Russians for meddling in the 2016 elections here in the US, the administration issued a security alert detailing Russia’s orchestrated attempts to hack into our energy grid via government-employed hackers. The technical alert, a result of analyses by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, concluded that the Russian government conducted a “multi-stage intrusion campaign” targeting: “U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.” These are blatant acts of cyber warfare.

A German government spokesman called the nerve agent attack in Britain “an immense, appalling event.” Chancellor Angela Merkel said an EU summit next week would discuss the issue. She added that any boycott of the soccer World Cup, which Russia will host in June and July, was not an immediate priority. However, Britain is already boycotting it.

In a twist today and an attempt to look innocent, the Russians say they have opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal and stand ready to cooperate with British authorities. Color me highly skeptical and I doubt the Brits will fall for this subterfuge. They also opened a murder investigation into the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a former associate of the late tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Glushkov, 68, was discovered dead on Monday in south-west London. British police said they were treating Glushkov’s death as unexplained, but did not think it was linked to the attack on the Skripals. He was strangled and I absolutely think it is connected.

Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench. When a police officer went to help them, he was poisoned as well and is in serious, but stable condition. What they don’t tell you is you never recover from the exposure.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain’s quarrel was not with the Russian people but with the Kremlin. “We have nothing against the Russians themselves. There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening,” he said. “Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his decision – and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision – to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK.” The Kremlin’s Peskov called the allegation that Putin was involved “a shocking and unforgivable breach of the diplomatic rules of decent behavior,” TASS news agency reported. Perhaps Johnson should be careful what he eats etc. He just drew a huge target on his own back here.

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson sparked particular outrage in Moscow with his blunt comment on Thursday that “Russia should go away, it should shut up.” Russia’s Defence Ministry proceeded to say he was an “intellectual impotent” and Lavrov said he probably lacked education. “Well he’s a nice man, I’m told, maybe he wants to claim a place in history by making some bold statements,” Lavrov said. “Maybe he lacks education, I don’t know.”

In London, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn struck a starkly different tone to that of the British government by warning against rushing into a new Cold War before full evidence of Moscow’s culpability was proven. The Labour Party are socialists – read communist-lite. Corbyn added that Labour did not support Putin and that Russia should be held to account if it was behind the attack. “That does not mean we should resign ourselves to a ‘new Cold War’ of escalating arms spending, proxy conflicts across the globe and a McCarthyite intolerance of dissent,” he said. Words are cheap and they always throw the McCarthy card when upset. McCarthy was not wrong – his approach was faulty and he didn’t finish the job of exposing communists in the US. That’s not intolerance, it’s survival. And it’s not a ‘new’ Cold War. It’s a war that never went away and that is shifting, you moron.

Nikkii Haley laid the blame firmly at Russia’s door. Highlighting Moscow’s support of the Assad regime in Syria following that government’s use of chemical weapons against civilians, Haley told fellow diplomats the world had reached “a defining moment.” “Time and time again, members states say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance,” said Haley. “Now one member stands accused of using chemical weapons on the sovereign soil of another member. The credibility of this council will not survive if we fail to hold Russia accountable.” And she is right. We are at a tipping point and there will be no turning back.

The White House backed up Haley’s comments at the UN, saying it shared the British assessment of Russia’s culpability in the Salisbury attack. “The United States stands in solidarity with its closest ally, the United Kingdom,” the statement read. “This latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes.” Russia just crossed a line and it’s now our move. Let’s hope it’s a good and forceful one.