With Trump As Acting Dictator, Facing A Chicken-Shit Congress, We the People Do Not Matter Anymore

[Too afraid of losing their checks, the American people sat on their hands, while the Congress pissed all over themselves and cowered away, and the Traitor, Donald Trump surrendered our sovereignty to an Al-Qaida/Zionist alliance, who gleefully unloaded our weapons on all of the civilians in sight. 

How could the Iranian Mullahs be held responsible for all of this?  Our problems did not begin with the UAE False Flag conspiracy in the Gulf of Oman (Gulf Tankers Attack Just Another “False Flag” Provocation?).]

With Saudi arms deal, the president uses a Trumped-up emergency to sidestep Congress

With Saudi arms deal, the president uses a Trumped-up emergency to sidestep Congress
President Trump has invoked a nonexistent emergency to sell arms to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite lack of approval from Congress. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump administration, apparently not happy with the carnage in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, is sidestepping the wishes of Congress and pushing through $8 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (some of which are eventually destined for Jordan).

How is Trump managing that? Through another imaginary emergency.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Friday that President Trump, citing “Iranian malign activity” and threatened increased actions by Houthi combatants in Yemen, would invoke an emergency provision of the Arms Export Control Act to complete sales that Congress had not approved.

Except there doesn’t seem to be an emergency — just the president’s inability (once again) to get what he wants from Congress. So he forges ahead on a pretext and dares someone to stop him.

Except there isn’t an emergency.

It’s a page from the same playbook he used to shift Pentagon money — that Congress had approved for defense purposes — to augment wall construction and other security measures along the southwest border that Congress refused to approve.

There are two things going on here.

In the past, when lawmakers assumed the White House would be occupied by someone with the nation’s best interests in mind, Congress gave the president various authorities to move quickly when circumstances demand it. It even limited its own ability to check that power, a decision that now seems foolish. Under the National Emergencies Act, Congress can overrule a presidential declaration, but the president can veto any such decision. Which means it would take two-thirds of both houses to end a national emergency declaration.

Not quite carte blanche for the president, but awfully close. And naturally, it would take a veto-proof majority of both houses to change that law and seize power back from the president.

Beyond yet again blowing up notions of how Washington is supposed to work, and getting to put on his little emperor’s hat once more, the president’s decision to send more weapons to Saudi Arabia is bad policy because it further cements global perceptions of the U.S. as a blindly loyal supporter of Saudi Arabia, despite its atrocious killing of civilians in Yemen, its domestic political repression, and the unconscionable disappearances of dissidents abroad, including the murder and dismemberment in Istanbul of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

European Nationalist Leaders Join Forces To Challenge EU Neo-Liberal Parliament

European far-right leaders rally together in populist bid for bloc’s parliament

Italy’s interior minister positions himself at forefront of movements campaigning under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner

From left, Geert Wilders, leader of Dutch Party for Freedom, Matteo Salvini, Jörg Meuthen, leader of Alternative For Germany party, Marine Le Pen, Leader of the French National Front, Vaselin Marehki leader of Bulgarian ‘Volya’ party, Jaak Madison of Estonian Conservative People’s Party, and Tomio Okamura leader of Czech far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy, attend a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini, with leaders of other European nationalist parties, ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2019. (Luca Bruno/AP)

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week’s European Parliament elections in their bid to transform European politics.

Salvini, the head of Italy’s right-wing League party, has positioned himself at the forefront of a growing movement of nationalist leaders seeking to free the European Union’s 28 nations from what he called Brussels’ “illegal occupation.”

Salvini was joined by 10 other nationalist leaders, including include far-right leaders Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally party and Joerg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany party. It was a major tour de force for the expanding movement ahead of the May 23-26 vote that will take place in all 28 EU nations.

Still, most of the tens of thousands of supporters that packed the square outside the central Duomo cathedral in Milan were there for Salvini. League flags filled the square, with a smattering of national flags from other nations.

A short distance away, some 2,000 protesters marched to protest the right-wing gathering.

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is leader of The League party, salutes as he arrives at a rally with leaders of other European nationalist parties, ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

In front of the Duomo, Salvini railed against unchecked migration and decried Islam, saying it mistreated women. He said Turkey would never be a part of Europe and rejected the label of extremists for the leaders with him.

“In this piazza, there are no extremists. There are no racists. There are no fascists. If anything in Italy and in Europe, the difference is between who looks ahead, between who speaks of the future … instead of making trials of the past,” he said.

The far-right and populist leaders in Milan are making one of the strongest challenges to the European status quo in decades, united under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner.

“It is an historic moment important enough to free the continent from the illegal occupation organized by Brussels for many years,” Salvini said.

He accused European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, of “betraying Europe … by constructing a Europe of finance and uncontrolled immigration.”

Closing the rally, Salvini clutched a rosary, entrusting his victory to Europe’s patron saints as he looked up at a statue of the Virgin Mary atop the Duomo. When he did the same thing before last year’s national election, his flaunting of a religious object was roundly criticized as inappropriate in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

People attend a protest to oppose a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini, with leaders of other European nationalist parties, ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2019. Antonio Calanni/AP)

Notably absent Saturday was the leader of Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party, Heinz Christian Strache, who stayed in Vienna to resign as vice chancellor after two German newspapers showed video of him offering government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor.

Despite the political setback for a key member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom parliamentary group, Le Pen predicted it “will perform a historic feat, moving from the 8th place in Europe to third or maybe second” among major political groups in the European Parliament.

Speaking to reporters before the rally, Le Pen called Strache’s predicament a domestic matter, but expressed surprise “that this video that seems two years old is coming out today, a few days before the election.”

She said the movement was united “in our conception of cooperation in Europe, our shared desire to protect our citizens, our common refusal to see our country being subjected to the submergence of migration.

“The fundamental fight we are waging is a commitment against totalitarianism, globalization and Islamism, to which the European Union is responding, respectively, through accession and complacency,” she said.

People attend a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini, with leaders of other European nationalist parties, ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliamentary elections, in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2019. (Luca Bruno/AP)

The populist and far-right party leaders want to decentralize some EU policymaking, including for trade, agriculture and banking, while tightening immigration laws. Most share common views over immigration and want some powers to be returned to the member states’ capitals, but clash on other economic and social policies.

An analysis by the London-based Teneo consultancy forecasts that Europe’s two traditional center-right and center-left political groups will be weakened in the May vote, falling short of the 50% threshold of support for the first time. But Teneo said that result will mostly increase the influence of other centrist parties more than that of the nationalists.

John Bolton, War-Dog

Via Disobedient Media,

It’s been a bad year on the job for John Bolton.

Whether it is blowing up the Hanoi Summit with a memo, embarrassing the US abroad by backing a Venezuelan coup which fizzled out or getting American forces into a potential war with Iran based solely on non-specific Israeli intelligence the National Security Advisor has shown himself to be unable to help President Donald Trump deliver on campaign promises but adept at creating a mess. Since assuming his position in April 2018, Bolton has dragged Trump, who ran on a platform of non-intervention and a re-haul of American foreign policy strategies, into a myriad of problems that have caused him to contradict his own agenda. This is the result of extreme incompetence if not outright sabotage.

Make Donald Trump Great Again” is Macgregor’s mantra. It is much needed in an administration where the President often seems to be the only one who still champions foreign policy objectives like the border wall that originally caught the attention of his base. While Bolton lives eternally in the Cold War, Macgregor’s focus is on the problems afflicting a United States that is struggling without grace to find its place in the modern world. He rightly calls out Bolton’s insistence on an “all or nothing” approach to negotiations with North Korea that have prevented a peace deal and rages about constant attempts by Washington insiders to induce Trump to backtrack on policy announcements that him look weak and self-contradictory in the process.

The strategy pursued by Bolton and his contemporaries seeks to return the United States to the unipolar era of the 1990’s when America’s dominance was secured by a ruined Russia and a still-developing China. They have not learned from the lessons of the USSR, which collapsed because it was simply unable to keep up with the expenses of running a global empire that an economically dominant United States could once handle.

America’s shifting role in the world is very much on the mind of Macgregor. It is reflected in his skepticism of NATO, his calls for reform of the military and his criticism of America’s wars that drag on for years but no longer result in victories. His distaste for foreign wars that sap a nation’s global power and do not meaningfully help America achieve its foreign policy objectives is a refreshing change from the hawkish behavior of Bolton, who is currently drawing the United States dangerously close to a conflict with Iran. Macgregor compares Bolton to Don Gaspar de Guzmán, the advisor to Spain’s King Philip IV who crashed the debt-ridden Spanish empire by engaging it in sporadic and unhelpful foreign interventions. Philip IV is notorious for this failure while Guzmán is now long forgotten. If Trump does not release Bolton soon his legacy will likely suffer the same fate.

America cannot afford the foolish council of those who are unable or unwilling to see the crisis that the country currently sits in. Take a chance on someone who goes against the grain.

Evidence On the Five Dancing Mossad Agents Visibly Celebrating the 911 Attack

“Dancing Israelis” 9/11 Photos Released after FOIA Request, Media Silent

Photos showing Israeli intelligence (Mossad) agents detained during 9/11 have been revealed after a FOIA request. Nobody in the entire media has reported on this, not even in the Alt-Right or Alt-Lite media. We are among the first.

So according to 12bytes, on the morning of 11 September, 2001, five Israeli’s traveling in a company van were arrested in connection with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers. According to police, traces of explosives were detected in the van. The men were detained and questioned for more than 70 days before being deported to Israel without having been charged with a crime. Witnessing the event from multiple vantage points with photographic equipment, their stated purpose was “to document the event” according to one of the men who made the statement during a T.V. interview upon returning to Israel.

Though the reports are conflicting, according to some witnesses the men were in position prior to the first plane striking the north tower which leads to the question, how did they know there was going to be an event to document?

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Pepe The Unredacted Frog@DualCitiznPepe

So here’s my own little personal debut of the FOIA that I received concerning the Dancing Israelis from 9/11.
Thank you to @Know_More_News for the video linked below, helping get exposure. These photos are heavily redacted. I have contacted @lcfor911 in hopes to get assistance

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BREAKING: Dancing Israelis FOIA Photos REVEALED!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuQz6ej7hT4 

The Israeli’s, among approximately 60 arrested after the attacks, worked for what appears to have been a Mossad front company, Urban Moving Company, the owner of which fled to Israel shortly after the attack, thus avoiding questioning by the FBI who, on the 15th, discovered the building had been abandoned. Of the five, at least two were found to have Mossad connections. All of them had plane tickets for immediate departure and one had several thousand dollars stuffed in his sock. The Israeli nationals apparently captured 76 images that day, including several of themselves celebrating the destruction of the towers behind them. One of the men was photographed holding up a cigarette lighter against the backdrop of the burning towers. Indeed, a witness who looked out of her window and saw the men stated that they appeared to be celebrating, that “they were like happy” and that “they didn’t look shocked to me”. Following are a few of the 76 photographs released by the FBI as a result of a FOIA request by John Massaria (photographs courtesy of ANC Report). A more complete story is available at 21st Century Wire.

Interestingly, the file name of the last photograph is file://H:\Twin Towers Bombing[REDACTED]photo\photo5.jpg

So they know, even the FBI uses the term “BOMBING” as in World Trade Center was rigged with bombs, even though the official story is that there were no bombs… this case is so in your face, its a miracle the Americans aren’t revolting over this.

2 Navy Seals Dodge Premeditated Murder Charge, Receive Jail Time For “Hazing” Death of Green Beret, Logan Melgar

2 Navy SEAL Team 6 Operators, 2 Marine Raiders Charged For Murdering Army Green Beret For Exposing “Spec Forces Gone Wild In Mali”

(SEE: Green Beret Discovered SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed.)

Navy SEAL gets prison time for role in Green Beret’s hazing death

A Navy SEAL pleaded guilty to his role in the 2017 strangulation death of an Army Green Beret in Mali during a hazing attempt gone horribly wrong — and will spend a year in military prison, according to a new report.

Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews, 33, confessed Thursday that he — along with three other special operators serving in the capital city of Bamako — conspired to break into Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s private room with a sledgehammer, restrain him with duct tape and film him in an attempt to embarrass him, Stars and Stripes reported.

Matthews accepted a deal from prosecutors to avoid murder charges — and pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit assault and battery, unlawful entry and lying to investigators about those involved in Melgar’s death, the outlet reported.

“I’ve carried the weight of Staff Sgt. Melgar’s death every minute of every day since that night in Mali,” Matthews said, according to NBC.

“I am truly sorry,” he told the court.

As he was being sentenced, friends and family described Matthews as that “100-pound kid who wanted to be a Navy SEAL that nobody thought could be,” according to the report.

He earned a Purple Heart after suffering injuries in Afghanistan.

Melgar’s wife, Michelle Melgar, expressed that her husband had often vented about “immature” SEALs. Still, she thanked Matthews for speaking the truth.

But the Green Beret’s mom, Nitza Melgar, blasted Matthews: “You are a disgrace to your Purple Heart,” according to the report.

Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph
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Matthews and the other servicemen hashed out the “juvenile” plan against Melgar over late-night drinks and food, he told the judge. They’d never planned to kill Melgar, but only to “remediate” him for what they viewed as performance issues and a “slight” from the night before, Matthews added, according to Stars and Stripes.

Melgar died as a result of a chokehold by Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, prosecutors said, the outlet reported.

Matthews agreed to testify in the cases against DeDolph, as well as Marine Raiders Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr., the other accused service members, according to the report.

Matthews could face a military discharge for bad conduct, which would cost him his veteran’s benefits, NBC reported.

But Judge Capt. Michael Luken said an admiral will ultimately make that decision — which will depend on Matthews’ cooperation and feedback from Melgar’s family, the outlet reported.

Ukrainian Memo Accusing Biden and Son of Receiving ‘Unlawful Benefit’

Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Bidens

A memo allegedly leaked from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine shows that prosecutors are accusing former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden of receiving “an unlawful benefit” from former Ukrainian Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky’s Burisma Group, and oil and gas producer.

According to the document, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office also accuses Zlochevsky of offering Biden and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a share of Burisma Group’s profits.

Michael Carpenter, the head of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, declined to comment. Zlochevsky’s lawyer Yaroslav Belyavsky and Burisma Group did not respond to a request for comment.

Kerry could not be reached for comment through the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Kerry Initiative at Yale University, where he is currently working.

Lawmaker Sergii Leshchenko published the memo on May 14. He said that the memo had been submitted by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko’s team to U.S. President Donald Trump’s team and that he had received it from journalists working for a news site affiliated with Trump.

Lutsenko’s spokeswoman Larysa Sargan denied that the memo had been submitted from Lutsenko’s team to Trump’s team.

The leaked memo came in response to claims by Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, that Leshchenko had been convicted of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on the side of the Democratic Party, claims that Leshchenko denies.

And it also added another wrinkle to one of the strangest recent events in American and Ukrainian politics: Giuliani’s announcement that he would visit Ukraine to push for investigations into alleged Ukrainian interference and into Biden, Trump’s potential opponent in the 2020 presidential election.

Real memo?

The memo states that, in March 2014, “through the available lobbying channels, M.V. Zlochevsky offered John Kerry and Joe Biden a share in the distribution of profits of the holding company Burisma Group in exchange for lobbying activities and political support.”

The memo claims that, at the suggestion of Kerry, Devon Archer — a friend of the former Secretary of State’s stepson Christopher Heinz — became a member of Burisma’s board of directors.

“Biden established indirect control over the most economically attractive Ukrainian gas and oil producing assets, which led to the receipt of unlawful benefits in especially large amounts by the American state official,” the leaked memo reads. “In this case, he used his influence on the Ukrainian state leadership and on the law enforcement agency under his control – the NABU (the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine) – in order to make the above-mentioned bodies commit illegal actions.”

The memo also claims that Biden prevented Ukrainian law enforcement agencies from prosecuting allies of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition politicians and businesspeople. The memo did not specify who they were.

It goes on to claim that, “while personally receiving income for lobbying from the operational activities of Burisma Group through Rosemont Seneca Partners, Biden deliberately concealed their location” to avoid paying local and federal taxes.

Leshchenko cast doubt on the veracity of the claims about Biden and Kerry. He said he believed the memo to be part of what he alleged was a disinformation campaign by Lutsenko.

“Lutsenko seeks to use Ukraine as a bargaining chip in the battle between the Democrats and the Republicans in the U.S.,” Leshchenko said. “They have created a conspiracy theory that made us hostages to one person’s desire to keep his job. (Lutsenko) should not get Ukraine involved in this terrible scenario and should not take President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy hostage.”

Lutsenko has been accused of trying to curry favor with Trump by investigating Biden, Trump’s potential Democratic rival in the 2020 presidential election.

In a March interview with The Hill news site, Lutsenko claimed Biden had pressured Ukraine to sack then Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in order to halt an investigation into Burisma, where the then vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, sat on the board of directors.

“I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers,” Hunter Biden said on May 1. “I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.”

Joe Biden denied on May 13 that Hunter Biden had asked him for a favor in Ukraine while serving on Burisma’s board.

“We never once discussed it when he was there,” Biden told the Associated Press. “There’s not a single bit of evidence that’s been shown in any reporting that’s been done that he ever talked about it with me or asked any government official for a favor.”

Zlochevsky has been investigated over alleged money laundering, the issuance of subsoil exploration licenses to his own companies and tax evasion. Zlochevsky has previously denied the accusations of wrongdoing.

As part of the case involving Zlochevsky and tycoon Serhiy Kurchenko, prosecutor Kostyantyn Kulik brought charges against several allies of President Poroshenko in March. However, Lutsenko has refused to authorize the charges for the Poroshenko allies and liquidated the units that issued them.

An alleged memo from the Prosecutor General’s Office leaked by lawmaker Sergii Leshchenko.

Leshchenko first revealed the memo’s existence on May 13 during a briefing outside the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeals.

That day, the court was scheduled to consider his appeal against a previous ruling by a lower court. However, that session was postponed because one of the judges hearing the case had been appointed to the Supreme Court.

In December 2018, The Kyiv Administrative District Court upheld Petro Poroshenko Bloc lawmaker Boryslav Rozenblat’s lawsuit against Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

The court ruled that Leshchenko and Sytnyk had illegally interfered in Ukraine’s foreign policy when they revealed that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s surname and signature had been found in the so-called “black ledger” of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. The court also stated that Leshchenko’s actions had caused “interference” in American electoral processes and harmed the Ukrainian state’s interests.

The “black ledger” is alleged to show suspicious payments by the Party of Regions to a range of individuals and officials. It became a key document implicating Manafort in corruption in Ukraine, and helped to end his tenure as Trump’s campaign chair in August 2016.

Leshchenko argued that the court ruling was unlawful and part of an attempt by President Petro Poroshenko and Lutsenko to curry favor with Trump.

He also said that Rozenblat had no right to file the lawsuit because his interests had not been affected and because, according to the Supreme Court, administrative courts cannot consider lawsuits against Verkhovna Rada members. Leshchenko added that the statute of limitations for the lawsuit had expired.

Rozenblat denied the accusations of wrongdoing, in turn accusing Leshchenko of unlawful interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

Lutsenko responded to Leshchenko’s comments on May 14 by calling him a “skunk” and saying that he would be questioned and charged with unlawfully revealing the details of the Manafort investigation. The comments raised eyebrows since prosecutors cannot charge Leshchenko without stripping him of parliamentary immunity.

Leshchenko in turn responded by urging Lutsenko to strip him of immunity and added that Lutsenko himself had revealed investigative secrets and should be investigated over that.

Giuliani’s visit

The December administrative court ruling has placed Leshchenko front and center in a narrative popular among Trump supporters that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election against Trump.

The “Ukrainian collusion” narrative has gained popularity in the U.S. conservative press and has even been endorsed to varying degrees by Trump himself and his inner circle.

That narrative took center stage in both the U.S. and Ukraine earlier this month when Giuliani told the New York Times he planned to visit Ukraine to meet with President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and advance several investigations beneficial to Trump.

Then, on May 9, during a live interview on the Fox News, Giuliani backtracked, announcing he would cancel the trip because of “people that are enemies of the president, in some cases enemies of the United States and, in one case, an already convicted person who has been found to be involved in assisting the Democrats with the 2016 election.”

The “convicted person” was Leshchenko, he stated.

In response, Leshchenko claimed that Lutsenko had deliberately deceived Giuliani, since the administrative court ruling against him was not a “conviction.”