Child Sex Trafficking through Child “Protection”

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Services Exposed – Kidnapping Children for Sex

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Filmmaker Sean Stone interviews Tammi Stefano. Image from YouTube.

by Brian Shilhavy

 

In this Buzzsaw interview (below), filmmaker Sean Stone interviews Tammi Stefano, the Executive Director of The National Safe Child Coalition (NSCC), and exposes much of the corruption happening within Child Protection Services and Family Courts. This might be one of the few interviews currently available on the Internet that gives this much information on the child sex trafficking business that exists in LA County, and across the nation. Tammi Stefano reveals some very shocking information about the child and human trafficking business currently operating in the United States, which is a huge illegal business that brings in more money than the illegal drug trade and illegal arms trade combined.

Tammi Stefano has spent over two decades on front lines fighting for child safety. She understands the emotions of being victimized, having survived a kidnapping in her younger years. Determination was the driving force that prompted her to go undercover to catch a pedophile school teacher.

Child Protection Services do Not Protect Children – Hundreds of Children Murdered in CPS Care

Picking up the interview at about the 9 minute mark, Stefano begins to explain that when there is an allegation of child abuse, law enforcement and child protection services (CPS) are the two entities that get involved. According to Stefano, the social workers working in child protection services across the country do not have the training to truly investigate child abuse, because child abuse is a crime. Stefano encourages the listeners of the program to call law enforcement, not CPS, if they encounter sexual or physical abuse of a child, because this is a crime, and CPS is not trained to handle crimes. Stefano says:

The minute you call child protection services, you can rest assured that the investigation will not be done properly. Chances are the child will not be protected.

She then gives the example of Los Angeles County, where in 2013 CPS took “thousands of children away from parents,” and that 570 children were murdered while in the care of CPS and away from their families.

Foster Children Bring in Great Profits to the State

At another point in the interview, Stefano relates how California benefits financially from having children in foster care. She states that adults who are incarcerated in the penal system on average cost the State about $48,000.00 per prisoner. For children taken in foster care, however, one child can bring in up to $1 million of revenue to the State. Children who need “extra care” are given many medical treatments, such as psychotropic drugs. (See: California’s Crisis: 1 Out of Every 4 Children in California’s Foster Care Prescribed Powerful Psychiatric Drugs)

Stefano gives one example she encountered where a Los Angeles judge sent one mom’s son to a “behavioral modification camp” because he was allegedly labeled “defiant.” He was given elecrto-shock treatments, and these treatments were billed to the mother at a cost of $7000.00 per week. Stefano stated that the mother is still making payments on these “treatments,” while her son is now 23, and she still has 10 years left on her payment plan. To this day she does not know where her child was sent for these “medical services.”

LA CPS Turning Foster Children Over to Known Sex Abuse Offenders

When Stone asked her who CPS was turning these children over to with such “gruesome” statistics, Stefano replied that what she discovered, and what the Los Angeles Times was kind enough to publish, was that 1000 “convicted sex offenders” had been given a “green light” by CPS to become “approved foster parents” just in Los Angeles County.

CPS Putting Children into Sex Trafficking is a Huge Problem

At around the 25:15 point in the interview, Stone and Stefano begin to discuss the child sex trafficking problem. When Stone asks Stefano if she has encountered sex trafficking among children, she replies: “We need to cover it a lot more.”

As an example, she mentioned a sex trafficking case with CPS in Orange County California last year. Stefano says that of 105 sexually abused victims that were found in this case, 65% of those victims were in the foster care system under CPS control, and they were allegedly never reported missing. Stefano says:

What we are finding now is this trafficking is a lot bigger, and a lot more involved politically than we care to look at, or the media won’t cover. Everybody is afraid because there are some really big heavy hitters that are very influential that are involved.

Children have been sold, and there have been cases, where children have been sold up to 75 times in one day. 75 times in one day…. someone has abused this child.

The child trafficking industry, or human trafficking industry right now, makes more money than the illegal drug trade, and illegal arms trade, combined. 

So children are definitely a commodity. They are a commodity to make money.

Stefano then relates the following story:

Last year I had a case where a lovely young girl, a single mom – her mom was a great Italian woman who lives in Burbank. She was having some problems with her daughter. Her daughter started hanging out with the wrong crowd – good girl though – she just needed to be pulled back in.

So her mom calls a friend at the police department, and she says, “You know, let’s put a little scare – I want to do something. I want to make sure she is OK.”

He says, “You know, call Child Protective Services.”

“Ok, I’ll try it.”

She called Child Protective Services. They said, “We need to take her, and help out here.”

They put this child – gorgeous – I mean she looks like model – 16 years old – (actually) 15 at the time – (and they put her) in this group home.

The mom goes to visit her. It was near the holidays. She feels like “Alright, she is going to learn her lesson. She’ll never mess up again. This is a hard core lesson.”

Her daughter’s gone. Her daughter and three other beautiful young girls.

Now you have to be reminded that the gates around this group home, locally, are high. They are too high, and they are locked electronically. You are not getting out. And there is a full staff.

While this staff says, “Gee, we were short staffed, and we just don’t know how this gate got open.”

This mother daily for over one year posted – I mean she came on my show. She did not stop looking for her daughter. Her daughter is home (now.) She found her through the efforts of a combined community effort. And she is still healing. She was passed on to more people – she was so abused. She was locked up. She was a prisoner.

Her and three others from a State-run (foster) group home. And how did the gates get open? It was near the holidays and they just don’t have an answer.

Child Protection Services in America does not have a duty to report a child missing when the child is a ward of the State.

Stefano then talks about an organization called “The Humanitarian Alliance” and a report they have that found within 48 hours after a child has aged out of the foster care system, because they have become 18 and have left their foster homes, 65 to 70% of them are captured into human trafficking syndicates. Stefano believes the only way this can happen is because those inside the foster care system are helping to arrange it to happen, for a fee.

Listen to the entire shocking interview below. Note that the first 9 minutes discusses a new TV show and the controversial issue of corporal punishment. At about the 9 minute mark is where they begin to discuss the abuses within CPS.

The Real Criminals in Child Abuse and Sex Trafficking do not Want this Information Public

Tammi Stefano is the Executive Director of The National Safe Child Coalition (NSCC). At one point during the interview she related how her child advocacy campaigns have resulted in death threats from angry foster parents. She also stated that her website has been hacked, and that her phone has been tapped “numerous times.”

As Stefano stated:

“What we are finding now is this trafficking is a lot bigger, and a lot more involved politically than we care to look at, or the media won’t cover. Everybody is afraid because there are some really big heavy hitters that are very influential that are involved.”

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Male prostitutes toured Bush 41 White House before federal agents were sent into the streets to collect and destroy copies of this Thursday, June 29, 1989 Washington Times headline story by Paul M. Rodriguez and George Archibald which led to multiple follow-up stories. Image source.

Stefano is the not the only one to step forward and reveal this kind of criminal child sex trafficking among powerful people. Back in 1989 the Washington Times published a report about an alleged illegal homosexual pedophile prostitution ring that involved members of Congress and the White House in Washington, D.C.

The “scandal” eventually died down and nothing apparently happened.

Politicians are aware of child and human trafficking, and laws have been passed to supposedly address the problem. On May 29, 2015 S. 178, the “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015” was signed into law after much political fighting.

However, based on the information we have learned from Tammi Stefano in this interview, as well as the testimony and reports of countless others, government funding is the PROBLEM, and not the solution! Ironically, this new bill that just passed under the auspices of dealing with child sex trafficking, might actually perpetuate the problem and make it worse, by funneling even more federal funds into social services for children and troubled youth.

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Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer

Will people truly aware of the problem, particularly in politics, really be able to do anything to solve this problem? Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer was one of the few who did speak out, and try to do something to stop this horrendous problem, but now she is dead. (Story here.)

 

 

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Bernie the Bomber’s Bad Week

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Bernie the Bomber’s Bad Week 1999

by Will Miller

In late April I was among the 25 Vermonters who occupied Congressman Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office to protest his support of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the ongoing war against Iraq. Calling ourselves the “Instant Antiwar Action Group,” we decided to bring our outrage at Bernie’s escalating hypocrisy directly to his office, an action that resulted
in 15 of us being arrested for trespass.

Many of us worked on Bernie’s campaigns through 1980’s, the years he was–as the local press repeatedly put it– the “avowed socialist” Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. His descent into de facto membership the Democratic party has been a major setback for the task of building a real electoral alternative to the two factions of the corporate property that monopolize what passes for political choice in the United States. Bernie’s selling out says clearly to working people and those unable to find work that even leftists become mainstream politicians, when and if they win office.

Sanders presented himself to the left outside of Vermont as the leader of the third party movement, vanquishing the two major parties in every Mayoral election from 1981-88.

When he first got elected Mayor of Burlington he was the only elected U.S. official to attend the anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Managua. The Gannett owned Burlington Free Press
said he had to be removed from office “by any means necessary.” Now that same Burlington Free Press endorses his Congressional candidacy.

Bernie became an imperialist to get elected in 1990. In August, 1990–after the Bush administration enticed Iraq into invading Kuwait–Sanders said he wasn’t “going to let some damn
war cost him the election,” according to a staff member who was present at the time. So Sanders backed the buildup in the Persian Gulfand dumped on the left anti-imperialist peace movement, singling out his former allies like Dave Dellinger for public criticism.

He lost in 1988 Congressional race, the last time the Democratic party ran an official candidate against him. In that election Sanders and the Democrat, Paul Poirer, split the majority of votes and the election went to the Republican, Peter Smith.

Bernie–out of office for the first time in eight years– then went to the Kennedy School at Harvard for six months and came back with a new relationship with the state’s Democrats. The Vermont Democratic Party leadership has allowed no authorized candidate to run against Bernie in 1990 (or since) and in return, Bernie has repeatedly blocked third party building. His closet party,
the Democrats, are very worried about a left 3rd party forming in Vermont. In the last two elections, Sanders has prevented Progressives in his machine from running against Howard Dean,
our conservative Democratic Governor who was ahead of Gingrich in the attack on welfare.

The unauthorized Democratic candidate in 1990, Delores Sandoval, an African American faculty member at the University of Vermont, was amazed that the official party treated her as a nonperson and Bernie kept outflanking her to her right. She opposed the Gulf build-up, Bernie supported it. She supported decriminalization of drug use and Bernie defended the war on drugs, and so on…..

After being safely elected in November of 1990, Bernie continued to support the buildup while seeking membership in the Democratic Congressional Caucus–with the enthusiastic support of t
he Vermont Democratic Party leadership. But, the national Democratic Party blew him off, so he finally voted against the war and returned home–and as the war began–belatedly claimed to be the leader of the anti-war movement in Vermont.

Since 1991 the Democrats have given Bernie membership in their Congressional Caucus. Reciprocally, Bernie has become an ardent imperialist. Sanders endorsed Clinton in 1992 and 1996. In 1992 he described Clinton as the “lesser of evils,” (a justification he used to denounce when he was what the local press called an “avowed socialist”). By 1996 he gave Clinton an unqualified endorsement. He has been a consistent “Friend of Bill’s” from since 1992. One student I know worked on the Clinton Campaign in 1996 and all across Vermont, Bernie was on the stage with the rest of the Vermont Democratic Party Leadership, while the unauthorized Democratic candidate for his Congressional seat was kept out in the audience.

Sanders continues to support sanctions even though the Iraqi body count has now passed 1.5 million. Just as he has supported every bombing of Iraq since 1992. When Clinton sent military
units to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in October, 1994 because Iraq moved troops inside Iraq closer to the Kuwait border (apparently about 100 miles away), Bernie supported this because “we cannot
tolerate aggression.”

As a Congressman in Vermont he has allied himself the MIA/POW crowd, the American Legion and the VFW, the very groups that red baited him as Mayor. At the same time he and his staff “forget” to invite the Green Mountain Veteran’s for Peace–the only anti- imperialist veterans group in the state–to his sponsored Veterans events. He sends out mailings to veterans that supports the US having “the strongest military in the world,” while praising our sacrifices as veterans “for the freedom of Americans.”

Bernie regularly rides out with the rest of the Vermont Congressional delegation defending the military contracts in Vermont against cuts by the Pentagon, while arguing that some moderation in military spending is possible on the grounds “that the threat of communism
is over” (WCAX interview, 10/94).

Incidentally, Sanders now has a stronger record voting on the Democratic side in the Congress than either Bonier or Gephardt –the Congressional Leadership of the Democratic Party. It is
tempting to situate Sanders within the framework of the Congress as a whole. By that standard he doesn’t look so bad–though that’s a very low standard to use. But remember, unlike Maxine Waters or Ron Dellums who moved continuously to their left during their Congressional careers, Bernie got where he is now by a lurch to the right. He promises working people, the aged, the poor, and the “vanishing middle class” that he will defend them while he repeatedly blocks the building of the anti-capitalist political movement and party that might actual make such promises legitimate.

Indeed, when challenged publicly about his failure to help build a left alternative to the major capitalist parties, Sanders claims he is now too busy with his work in Congress to be
bothered.

Among his other discredits, Sanders supported the Federal Crime Bill that give the gave the capitalist state more than 50 new pretexts to execute members of the working class–because
those without capital get the punishment. He did this while courting the Vermont Police Chief’s Assn. Sanders also voted to extradite Assata Shakur from Cuba in violation of the existing treaties with Cuba.

Recently, Bernie championed in Congress the dumping of Vermont’s nuclear waste near Sierra Blanca, Texas, a low income border community with a mostly Latino population that is overwhelmingly opposed to the dump project. Environmental racism and classism seem not to bother him.

On a related issue, Bernie was recently asked by the local press why he was the only member of Vermont’ s three member Congressional delegation who had no person of color on his staff.
Bernie responded that “we’re hiring the most qualified people we can.”

For all of these reasons, we are sitting-in at Bernie Sander’s Office. We call on all Vermonters who shares our concern and horror at what U.S. Empire is doing in Yugoslavia and Iraq to
make your voices heard.

The response to our occupation of Bernie’s office was, unfortunately, consistent with his lurch to the mainstream. At 6:30 PM, one half hour after closing time, Philip Fiermonte of Bernie’s staff had 15 of us arrested for trespass. Sanders refused a conference call with those in the occupation, which was carried out nonviolently and with no disruption to his staff. Fiermonte claimed he could not contact Sanders for the four hours of the occupation– if true, it still another way Bernie
has gotten out of touch in the Congress.

Ironically, Fiermonte was one of the defendants in the celebrated Winooski 44 case in 1984, where the conservative U.S. Senator Robt. Stafford’s (R-VT) office was occupied for his support of Reagan’s murderous wars in Central America. At least Stafford’s staff let the occupation continue for three days before having anyone arrested.

In the following week, Bernie, doing quick damage control, ducked responsibility for arresting the “Sanders 15″ and got himself included at the last minute with a Congressional delegation going to Austria to meet with representatives of the Russian Duna to bring the Russians in to help broker
a settlement in the US/NATO war in Yugoslavia. But, before leaving to see the Russians, he voted in favor of the continued bombing of Yugoslavia, a bombing that the Russians had already said would have to stop as a precondition for any settlement. A general town meeting has already been
scheduled for the following Monday, so he turned it to a “town meeting on Kosovo.”

Apparently, Bernie Sanders has forgotten what a Town Meeting is. Perhaps he lived in Burlington (too “big” for town meetings) and Washington (scared to death of town meetings) for so many years he cannot recall how a democratic town meeting actually works. No one is allowed to appoint themselves the moderator for the town meeting and persons who are partisans on the issues before the town are excluded from the moderator’s election in favor of persons
who can moderate fairly and evenhandedly.

Sanders as the self-appointed moderator/boss opened the evening with naked self-justification. “It is a very complex situation…” followed by the ritual of demonization of Milosevic–a technique he has perfected over the last eight years on Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Then he presented the false dilemma that the only alternative to bombing is doing nothing. Sanders said his situation was the same as that of Joschka Fischer’s of the Green Party, Germany’s Foreign Minister, who has outraged his Green Party membership by supporting the bombing his coalition government is carrying out as part of NATO. Back in Vermont the assembled citizenry moaned audibly.

He continued by subjecting the packed room of over 200 people to more than an hour of a panel presentation by people of his own choosing; even then, only one panelist overtly supported his position–Bogdan Denich, a professor from New York City and leader of the pro-imperialist wing of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Another panelist, Shirley Gedeon, a UVM Economist whose speciality is the Balkans, undercut Sander’s historical analysis and a third, Roddy Cleary, a feminist and religious activist, challenged he support of the bombing directly.

Apparently, with all the college and universities in Vermont, Bernie had to travel far into flatlander territory to find an academic willing to support his “bomb now, talk later” position. In fact, Denich went beyond Bernie’s present position and called for sending in ground troops, immediately.

After allotting the panelists and himself 12 minutes each and now more than an hour and a half into the meeting, the people finally had a chance to speak. But only for 2 minutes each, dictated the self-appointed moderator Bernie! And this after having lectured us on how “complex” the issue of the US/NATO War on Yugoslavia really is. When he was challenged by a few members of the meeting about his undemocratic restriction of peoples’ speech, he said anyone who didn’t like it could leave. It seems when Sanders was in college in Chicago, he learned more from Mayor Richard J. Daley than from his academic studies.

The overwhelming majority of the people present were against Sander’s support for the bombing. Even with all his attempts to control the meeting, the people had at him for more than an hour and a half. He was denounced for his selling out to the Empire and it’s war machine and for his support for the 9 year old war against Iraq and his active support for every US intervention since he has been in Congress–Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Liberia, Zaire (Congo), Albania, Sudan, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.

He was further criticized for his refusal to ban or even object to the use of depleted uranium with it’s long term toxicity in both Iraq and Yugoslavia. Sanders even tried to escape responsibility for arresting 15 of his constituents in his office one week ago for the crime of wanting to talk to him without an appointment by blaming those arrested for their arrest, as if they went out and brought the police in to arrest themselves.

Sanders was repeatedly unresponsive to questions put to him. He evasiveness and arrogance did not serve him well. In the end, only a few people defended him. Whatever else Sanders gets for his joining the other side in the global struggle for social justice–he has lost the left and the peace movement here is Vermont.

Maybe in the next election he will finally have to run officially as the Democrat he has been for the last 9 years! And then the people of Vermont will be free to build the anti-capitalist political movement and party that Sanders has worked so hard to block for more than a decade.

People left the meeting resolving to escalate the antiwar movement before the US escalates the war with an invasion of ground troops. The latest leaks out of NATO sources in Europe suggest that the current plan is to invade with troops by the end of May. Remember Vietnam!

Never again!

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Obama regime moves to block release of Guantanamo force feeding tapes

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The Obama administration last night asked a federal judge to reconsider her order to release the Guantánamo force-feeding tapes.

In the ongoing First Amendment battle by 16 press organizations seeking to publish the video tapes of former detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab being force-fed, Judge Gladys Kessler issued an order on July 10th that the government complete key redactions and prepare the tapes for release by September 30th.

Last night, however, the Obama administration filed a motion for reconsideration of that order with Judge Kessler. Justice Department lawyers claim in their filing that releasing the footage will aid extremist groups and say the press have no First Amendment right to the evidence.

The tapes were first filed to court as classified evidence in a legal challenge to prison conditions at Guantanamo Bay, Dhiab v Obama. 16 press organizations, including Associated Press, the Washington Post and the New York Times, intervened seeking the videos’ release to the public on press freedom grounds. Judge Kessler ordered them to be released; the Obama administration then appealed in what Judge Kessler called “as frivolous an appeal as I’ve seen.’

Meanwhile, the military nurse who objected to brutal force-feeding at Gitmo is today being presented with the Year of Ethics award by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The nurse, who has chosen to remain anonymous, previously faced dismissal from the military after he refused to force-feed detainees because of the suffering it was causing men held without charge or trial at the prison.

Commenting, Reprieve director and attorney for Abu Wa’el Dhiab, Cori Crider, said: “Judge Kessler said the Obama administration’s initial appeal was as ‘frivolous’ as she’d ever seen – well, the government decided to top that with another frivolous request for a do-over. Yet it has put no fresh evidence before the Court that would justify censoring the force-feeding tapes. Once again, the government’s argument boils down to the same old tripe: if people see the truth about Gitmo today, the ‘terrorists’ will win. We don’t deny the footage is upsetting stuff – some of it deeply so – but that’s precisely why it should be released. Americans deserve to see what is being done in their name. Releasing crucial parts of this footage will provide yet more reason the President should fulfil his promise to shut Gitmo down.”

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Pentagon Wants To Place A Power Radar System In Ukraine

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US Government Is Getting Ready To Make Its Move In Syria, Turkey Is Now Allowing The Us To Use Its Airbase To Carry Out Strikes In Syria

Greek parliament approves more austerity for the people. Greek adds 10% tax to everyday supplies. Greek stores close down. UK retail sales decline. Fannie and Freddie are in the same spot as they were back in 2008.Caterpillar just reported one of the worst quarters for sales. The economy is in the worst shape, even worse than in 2008.

Obama creating more executive orders to allow illegals stay in this country. US Government introduces a bill to hide those foods that are GMO created. Pentagon wants to place a power radar system in Ukraine. US Government is getting ready to make its move in Syria, Turkey is now allowing the US to use its airbase to carry out strikes in Syria.FBI is pushing the agenda that the IS is worst terrorist organization they have ever seen.

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West Flirts With Fascism – Again

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By Finian Cunningham

There seems little doubt that Western so-called democracies are gravitating toward increasingly autocratic politics. Executive power is being exercised by secret policy formulation, to be imposed on the electorate, or on other countries, with no regard for democratic oversight.

Western states are once again flirting with fascism – as in earlier dark periods over the past century.

Here is a recent snapshot of the disturbing trend. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond this week openly voiced his frustration with democratic process as something that is “cumbersome” for the pursuit of foreign military objectives.

Meanwhile, America’s top General Wesley Clark told US media that Washington needs the power to round up “disloyal” citizens in internment camps without due legal process.

Added to this is the condemnation also this week by France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of a French parliamentary delegation travelling to Russia on a fact-finding visit over the Ukraine crisis.

Then we have the ongoing diktat to the Greek people of their country’s financial policies, imposed by the European Union’s creditors led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In each instance we see a sinister logic emboldened among Western states, whereby democratic mandate and legal standards are over-ridden by the ruling political class. What other way to describe this tendency but as a form of incipient fascism?

We should not be surprised by such tendency. Despite much-vaunted claims of democracy, human rights and law, Western states have always had a propensity towards fascism.

The publication of photographs last week of British Queen Elizabeth making a Nazi salute, as a young girl in 1933, along with adult members of the royal family, is a stark reminder that Britain’s ruling class were earnest supporters of Adolf Hitler and his fascist regime during the 1930s. Queen Elizabeth’s uncle, who became King Edward VIII, travelled to Nazi Germany in 1937 following his abdication. He was not only filmed giving Nazi salutes to the Führer, the British royal also plotted treasonously with the Third Reich to form a Nazi-collaborationist regime in England.

In much the same way that the French ruling class, led by General Philippe Pétain, formed the despicable Vichy regime that worked assiduously with Nazi Germany to murder and incarcerate tens of thousands of their own compatriots between 1940-44.

As for the supposedly noble American champions of democracy, Washington has a long and bloody history of sponsoring fascist regimes and their death squads throughout Latin America to make that continent “safe” for US capitalist exploitation.

Washington’s penchant for despots and autocrats is manifest today in its unwavering support for the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships and the Israeli regime. The same can be said for Britain, France and Germany, where weapons sales and oil interests prevail over popular demands for democracy, human rights and international legal justice.

For several decades after the Second World War, Western states could make a reasonable claim of practising democracy, at least at home if not overseas. During those years, there was a semblance of electoral process and of governing policies mandated by the people. There was undoubted progress in democratic distribution of wealth and the creation of social security systems and public services in education and healthcare.

However, over the past two decades, democratic reforms in Western states have been relentlessly rolled back. This retrograde process is correlated with the vast polarisation of wealth and power between an oligarchic minority and the wider population. Western “governments” are increasingly political vehicles that serve the interests of the oligarchy, while meting out economic austerity and repression on the general populace.

The upcoming presidential election in the US is a classic case in point of how electoral “choice” is determined by the financial and corporate oligarchy. Whoever wins that contest will be a servant of the ruling class.

In Britain, we see a Conservative administration composed of millionaires like Prime Minister David Cameron and his Chancellor George Osborne, which was “elected” by a minority of voters – only 36 per cent – and bankrolled into office by City of London finance. Now Cameron’s government is inflicting even more savage austerity measures that will leave millions of citizens much worse off, while enriching the bankers and the rich.

Western countries are grappling with a systemic problem – the demise of capitalism. During the postwar decades, owing in part to the reconstruction of Europe and Asia-Pacific, the system performed relatively well, providing high levels of employment and upholding living standards.

A turning point was reached as early as the mid-1970s and certainly after the early 1990s when capitalism went into secular decline. The decline has perhaps been most dramatically seen in the United States where the real earnings of workers are less now than they were in the 1970s. Real unemployment – not the dubious official figure – is over 20 per cent. Some 50 million Americans are classed as poor out of a total population of 310 million. The richest 400 American individuals have more combined wealth than 150 million fellow Americans.

It is in this historical context that Western rulers are increasingly resorting to authoritarian methods of governance – out of necessity.

Faced with ever-growing angry and deprived populations, the Western ruling class are challenged by democratic rights colliding with the system’s appalling dysfunction.

It is also in this context that Western powers are seeking an escape route from the social tensions at home by pursuing militarism abroad.

It is no coincidence that Western governments have embarked on a hostile policy towards Russia during a time when Western countries are straining from economic and social collapse.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond claimed that Western countries are “at a disadvantage” in opposing Vladimir Putin’s Russia because Britain and its allies are encumbered by democratic procedure.

As the Financial Times reported: “The foreign secretary told MPs [members of parliament] on Tuesday that the UK and other Nato members were less able to react quickly to changing world events because of having to secure the assent of parliament, the media and the public.”

Hammond’s logic means his ruling clique want to get rid of democracy in order to act as they see fit without democratic oversight. The secret bombing, disclosed earlier this month, of Syria by the British air force in contravention of both parliamentary prohibition and international law is a sign of where Hammond wants to take his government’s power.

Perhaps even more noxious is the view of retired American General Wesley Clark, who is a major figure in the US political class. He told American news channel MSNBC that the time was ripe for the authorities to detain and lock-up anyone who is deemed to be “disloyal to America”. He openly cited the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans and German-Americans during the Second World War as a favourable precedent.

“Disloyal Americans” is a dangerously mutable notion. Any citizen who criticises Washington’s foreign militarism, oligarchic economic policy or its increasingly police state practices could be liable for detention without trial.

Ineluctably, it seems, Western powers are moving more and more to adopt authoritarian measures against their populations. Once again, as in previous times, they are flirting with fascism to shore up their deeply dysfunctional economic system. It’s a love affair that never really died.

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Pentagon Admits It May Have Lost (SOLD) $500 Million in Weapons To Al-Qaeda

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Ever wonder where your where your tax money goes?:

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States….[.]

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.

The tragicomedy of the apparent loss of these weapons has shined a light on our counterterrorism policy in now-collapsing Yemen, a subject few in our media care about, judging from the lack of coverage compared to, for example, burning questions about Hillary Clinton’s email server.  Our supposedly representative Congress held “closed-door” meetings with DOD officials last week, asking the Pentagon to account for all of this hardware. The Pentagon brass essentially shrugged its shoulders:

“We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” said a legislative aide on Capitol Hill who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Here’s what’s gone missing in Yemen, presumed lost and irretrievable:

• 1,250,000 rounds of ammunition
• 200 Glock 9 mm pistols
• 200 M-4 rifles
• 4 Huey II helicopters
• 2 Cessna 208 transport and surveillance aircraft
• 2 coastal patrol boats
• 1 CN-235 transport and surveillance aircraft
• 4 hand-launched Raven drones
• 160 Humvees
• 250 suits of body armor
• 300 sets of night-vision goggles

Here’s a Huey Helicopter. Four of these were apparently misplaced:

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Here’s a CN-235 Transport plane. Two of these are lying around somewhere, maybe with the two coastal patrol boats:

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FBI Chief on why agents should visit the Holocaust museum ”VIDEO”

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The fact that the FBI makes all of its agents visit the “Holocaust” museum tells you everything you need to know about who runs America.

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Rouhani Calls on US Officials to Quit Language of Threat against Iran

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Rouhani Calls on US Officials to Quit Language of Threat against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the US officials’ recent statements against Tehran after the country and the world powers reached a nuclear agreement in Vienna on July 14, calling on them to give up the bad habit of threatening Iran.

President Rouhani’s remarks came after US State Secretary John Kerry threatened to use military action against Tehran if it failed to respect a historic nuclear deal sealed on 14 July.

“The US should know that it has no other option but respecting Iran and showing modesty towards the country and saying the right thing,” President Rouhani said, addressing a large crowd of people in the Western city of Sanandaj on Sunday.

The Iranian president pointed to the Americans’ catch phrase “all options are on the table” used by the US officials, and called on “the US officials and statesmen to decide to make changes in their political room; the table they are talking about has broken legs.”

He said that Iran will continue its path to get rid of the (western) sanctions.

President Rouhani said by resolving the nuclear issues, Iran proved that the problems can be resolved in a rational manner, adding, “Our status is so high now that it has shown to the entire world that they cannot make the Iranian nation surrender through pressures, threats and sanctions.”

Iran and the six world powers held several rounds of talks in Geneva, Lausanne and Vienna before striking a final agreement in Vienna on July 14 to end a 13-year-old nuclear standoff.

After the agreement, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning into international law the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

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Texas Cop Places Woman in Chokehold for Video Recording

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Posted by: Carlos Miller

A Texas cop placed a woman in a chokehold because she was video recording some type of police activity in the parking lot of what appears to be a fast food restaurant after she refused to provide identification.

It started when Corpus Christi Sergeant J.E. Lockhart stormed up to Lanessa Espinosa, who was standing a good distance away from the investigation, accusing her of interfering – after a nearby cop from another agency accused her of being a “jailhouse lawyer.”

“There is a probable cause for us to be out here,” Lockhart said. “I want to know who you are, so I’m requesting your ID. You fail to ID, I’m going to take you into jail. And that’s law.”

“What’s my charge?

“You’re not being charged with anything.”

“Then I don’t have to show you my ID, sir.”

“You’re involved in an investigation. You want to interfere with an investigation, you’re going to jail for interfering with a police officer in performance of his investigation. Do you understand that? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?”

Espinosa understood that Lockhart was out of line, so she said she was in fear for her safety and took a step back, which was when another cop placed her in a chokehold.

Espinosa turned the camera on herself as she was getting chokehold by the cop from the other agency, whose agency has not been determined because Corpus Christi runs into four counties and I haven’t been able to make the patch out.

That cop then turned her over to Lockhard, who handcuffed her.

Espinosa has not responded for comment from PINAC over the incident, but public records show she was not arrested.

Contact info for the Corpus Christi police chief below:

Police Chief
Floyd Simpson

001- 361-886-2600
FloydS@cctexas.com

UPDATE: Espinosa responded to PINAC, saying she shot two previous videos, including the one below as well as another one she was forced to delete by the cop in the tan uniform. Below is her description of the events.

To sum up everything a fight broke out and the cop in tan came out and I stayed recording. He was on his radio calling CCPD and started asking for my I.D. I told him I was not involved with the situation just recording. He continually asked for my I.D. and I start recording. I recorded in 3 sections due to video length and time. The same officer that put me in a choke hold had also threatened to shoot me for not giving my I.D. the video that is posted is part 3. I still have part 2. As for part 1, after I was arrested for failure to I.D. I was put in a cop car. The arresting officer then went to go finish his investigation. No one else was arrested or even “detained” for the fight. I was the only one arrested. I was told the only way I would be released its if I deleted the video. So I deleted the 1st video because I was honestly scared for my safety. They released me and told me I was lucky and should be great full that I’m not going to jail.

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‘Pentagon sanitizes movies to make Americans warlike’

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Normally in the film making process, script changes are made all the time. But few realize it’s the Pentagon frequently calling the shots. RT talks to writer and former journalist for Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, – David L. Robb. He shares his thoughts and sheds light on the approval process.

 

Transcript

Pentagon sanitizing of war movies to protect the image of US soldiers is illegal and makes Americans more war-like, says David L. Robb, author of a book on the issue. He says even James Bond films fell victim to over-harsh US military censorship.

RT: In your book Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies (2004) you claim that the Pentagon selectively supports some movies and some filmmakers and that the way it is done is unconstitutional. Why do you think so?

DR: The Pentagon admits that they do selectively support some filmmakers and not others. If you are willing to give your script to the Pentagon and let them review it before you shoot the movie, and if they have any changes that they want to make, if they want to take out a portrayal of the military that they think is negative, that would hurt recruiting goals – if they want that taken out, and you agree to take that out or to put something that’s more positive to help them recruit people – then they will assist you and your movie. Then they can give you access to aircraft carriers and submarines and tanks and ships and planes. And if you don’t play ball with them – they won’t just give you that stuff. It’s unconstitutional because the Supreme Court has ruled over and over again that the First Amendment states that Congress shall make no act, shall make no law abusing the freedom of speech. The Supreme Court has ruled that means that the government cannot favor one form of speech over another, – and that’s exactly what the Pentagon does.

RT: But it’s all about movies which are a form of entertainment – why is that so important?

DR: It’s a form of speech and that’s what the Constitution protects. The government cannot give you tax breaks by saying nice things about them. Movies are a form of speech just like a book. If people thought that there are newspapers or books that are being sanitized by the military, if the military was telling book writers or newspapers what to put in and what to take out of the scripts – people would be outraged.

RT: Why do you think so few people are aware of this situation?

DR: At the end of every movie, at the end of all the credits there will be a little thing saying “We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation with the US army/air force”. And that’s the only way you may know that this has happened to the movie you have just watched.

RT: You mention in the book that there was a link between the Pentagon and Hollywood, and that link was the film liaison office. So, what did that office really do?

DR: Right here in Los Angeles, a few miles from the UCLA campusthere is a tall building and one entire floor is the film liaison offices of the marine corps, army, navy and the coast guard, and they sit up there. And the filmmakers who want military assistance give them the scripts, they look at the scripts, they mark what they don’t want and make suggestions on how to change the scripts to get approval. Then if they make a deal, they sign a contract. Then once they start shooting a film, they have a military minder who actually comes under the set just to make sure that it is being shot the way it was agreed to be done. And then before it is released to the public, it has to be screened in Washington DC for the generals and admirals. I think that if the American people knew that their films were being sanitized by the military and pre-screened in Washington for the generals and admirals, they would be outraged.

RT: What kind of scripts were approved by the military and what kind of scripts were blocked?

DR: They want films and TV shows that will aid in the recruiting and retention of military personnel. They want people to see a movie and to be inspired by the heroics and join the military. And if the film negatively portrays anyone in the military, they consider that not helping recruiting goals. So they will not help any picture that shows war crimes, shows military people doing bad things, drunk, cursing…

RT: You have mentioned that they target children…

DR: They really do. They target children because they are the future recruits. My book is based on thousands of pages of Pentagon notes to the producers and their own internal documents showing how they wanted to influence the filmmaking.

RT: What are the benefits of such co-operation for Hollywood?

DR: What Hollywood wants is cheap access to really expensive military weaponry and hardware and personnel. And Hollywood has what the Pentagon wants which is an audience, millions of eyeballs looking at their movie and thinking positively about the military. Of course, filmmakers have the right to say “no” and many have done that, and stood up to the Pentagon and made their own movies, or in some cases they were not able to make the movies. Many films have not been made because they couldn’t get this assistance from the military.

RT: Can you name any examples of popular movies that went through the military control before they were actually filmed?

DR: Yes, James Bond: GoldenEye – one of the dupes in the film was an American admiral. And the military said “No. We would help you, but you change the nationality of the admiral”. So, they changed it to a French admiral. Then they went to France to actually shoot the picture, and the French said “You want some of our staff, we will help, but you’ve got to switch the admiral to something else”. So, actually in the film he is a Canadian.

RT: Hollywood filmmakers were given access to classified information concerning the Bin Laden assassination. What do you think of that?

DR: When I was interviewing producers of films for my book, they would always say “Oh no, we didn’t give any tradeoff”. The only way you can really tell is by seeing the notes of producers at the exchange of their correspondence stream with the military. I haven’t seen those notes and I don’t think anybody has seen those notes, I don’t know if there has been a tradeoff. If there hasn’t been a tradeoff, I don’t have a problem. If the government wants to release information to people and there is no quid pro quo, there is no deal, I think that’s fine. It is the problem when there is a deal made behind the backs of the American people in violation of the Constitution and the American law – that’s what I object to.

RT: How do you think this long-term collaboration between Hollywood and the Pentagon affected the minds of Americans?

DR: When the American people are seeing hundreds and hundreds of films and TV shows that have been sanitized by the military to make the military seem more heroic than it really is, and never wrong and always good, that creates a false image in the American people’s minds, and I think it helps to make the American people a more warlike people.

 

 

 

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