Lawlessness / Ruined – part 23

*edit, October 12, 2018 – Note that The Free Thought Project has been targetted by Facebook. I include items from their website (and do so in this post) all the time. I don’t think you’ll have a problem with links to articles on their website, but just be aware that this is what is happening to them.

“Scientists Accuse DARPA of Genetically Modifying Insects for Bioweapon to Spread Agricultural Viruses” by Matt Agorist (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In a scathing report issued this week, researchers with the Science Policy Forum have accused the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of creating a technology—ostensibly used to genetically modify crops with insects—but that could be converted into a dangerous and illegal bioweapon.

The current program is being funded by the Pentagon’s darling “research” arm DARPA — who last year was found to be spending millions on “genetic extinction technology” that could wipe out entire species. DARPA’s new project, dubbed “Insect Allies” involves releasing fleets of genetically modified insects onto crops which would “infect” plants with a special virus that would genetically modify the plant on location.
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“U.S. History of Chemical Weapons Use and Complicity in War Crimes” by Brian Kalman (South Front)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The world is once again witnessing the height of U.S. hypocrisy as members of the U.S. State Department ratchet up anti-Russian and anti-Syrian rhetoric surrounding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the UK. Ambassador Nikki Haley has warned Syria, Iran and Russia that they will be held accountable for their pre-determined use of chemical weapons in Idlib on innocent civilians. No evidence was provided to support her threats. The United States carried out cruise missile strikes on two previous occasions, and each time provided no evidence to prove their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in attacking civilians, nor was any rational reason given for such an obviously irrational decision on the part of the Syrian state. No evidence has ever been provided to justify the clear international crime of aggression committed by the United States on these two earlier occasions. Now, the UK and the U.S. are both attempting to accuse the Russian government of using chemical weapons in an alleged attempted assassination of a Russian national on UK soil. Once again, no real evidence has been presented, only assertions and hearsay…

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has lied through her teeth repeatedly in her statements before the U.N. Security Council and the General Assembly. She has stated repeatedly that Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people in Ghouta in 2013, Khan Shaykhun in 2017 and Douma in 2018, yet has not supplied one shred of evidence beyond dubious social media posts of unknown provenance. She has also stated that the United States is certain that it could only be the Syrian government, as no other party in the conflict zone could possibly possess chemical weapons. Here’s the problem with her statement. Firstly, the United States and the OPCW verified that Syria destroyed or surrendered all of its chemical weapons agents. On its official website, the OPCW states:

“Veolia, the US firm contracted by the OPCW to dispose of part of the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile, has completed disposal of 75 cylinders of hydrogen fluoride at its facility in Texas.

This completes destruction of all chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Arab Republic. The need to devise a technical solution for treating a number of cylinders in a deteriorated and hazardous condition had delayed the disposal process.

Commenting on this development, the Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, said: “This process closes an important chapter in the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapon programme as we continue efforts to clarify Syria’s declaration and address ongoing use of toxic chemicals as weapons in that country.”

Secondly, the OPCW and the UN have both verified that opposition forces within Syria have used chemical agents as weapons on numerous occasions during the conflict. Not only has Carla Del Ponte, UN human rights investigator, former UN Chief Prosecutor and ICC attorney stated that opposition forces had used chemical weapons, but also the former OPCW head field investigator in Syria Jerry Smith stated to the BBC that he found it very unlikely that the government perpetrated these chemical attacks…

Russia needs to finally accept the reality that there is nothing to be gained by negotiating, or attempting to collaborate with the United States in solving problems. It’s like a shepherd using a wolf to defend his flock, or a detective enlisting the aid of a criminal to solve a crime that the criminal is a co-conspirator in perpetrating. It is illogical in the extreme.
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related: “Empire Loyalists Grieve Resignation Of Moderate Psychopath Nikki Haley” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

Russians spot ISIS stealing chlorine

“Russian Reconciliation Center: ISIS Cells Steal Chlorine Gas Cylinders From HTS (Video)” by ? (South Front)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On October 10, the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria revealed that a cell of ISIS attacked a position of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) near the town of Al-Lataminah in the northern Hama countryside a day earlier. During the attack, the terrorists stole two chlorine cylinders and killed two members of the White Helmets, who were working there.
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“Western weapons Discovered in Terrorists’ Bases in Syria” by ? (Muraselon)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Syrian army units found a large stockpile of ammunition and weapons, some manufactured in the western states, in their clean-up operation in Northern Hama, Eastern Sweida and Eastern Deir Ezzur on Thursday.

Field sources reported that machine-guns, Western-made missiles, sniper guns of Wall type, RPGs, missile-launchers, different types of artilleries and a large amount of ammunitions were discovered in the terrorists’ former strongholds in the three provinces.
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“Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue Plundering Afrin’s Historical Artifacts” by (Muraselon)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Ankara-Backed militants in Afrin in Western Aleppo still continue stealing the historical artifacts and usurping private properties, assets, farms and lands in the region, local sources reported on Thursday.

The sources said that the Ankara-backed Faylaq al-Awwal militants are plundering the artifacts in Cyrrhus (a city in ancient Syria founded by Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander the Great’s generals) known among Arabs as Nebi Huri castle in Northeastern Afrin.

They added that the commander of the terrorist group also monitors extensive excavation operations in the historical sites in the region, saying that the militants sell the artifacts in local and regional markets or transfer them to other regions.
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“Court Rules Innocent Pregnant Mother’s Rights NOT Violated When Police Dog Mauled Her” by Rachel Blevins (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Indianapolis, IN – A shocking case in which a pregnant mother was brutally attacked by a police dog has become even more disturbing this week after a U.S. district court judge ruled that the woman’s rights were not violated because she was an “innocent bystander” during the incident.

Mara Mancini was standing on the front porch of her home in July 2015 when she was attacked by a police dog that was chasing a suspect through her neighborhood. She was 7 months pregnant at the time, and the attack resulted in severe wounds to her arm and leg, according to a report from the IndyStar…

Given the fact that Mancini was an innocent bystander when she was viciously attacked by the police dog, she said the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department promised it would cover all of her medical expenses. However, she filed a lawsuit against the department in August 2016, claiming she had received nothing and her medical expenses had surpassed $100,000.

Mancini’s lawsuit claimed the attack violated her constitutional liberties, and she also attempted to challenge the law in the state of Indiana, which grants immunity to police dogs by stating that they are exempt from the “dog bite liability statute” because they are owned by a government agency, and because the dog was “engaged in assisting the owner or the owner’s agent in the performance of law enforcement or military duties.”
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“Cops Breaking Facebook Rules, Creating Fake Accounts to Watch You—Here’s How to Spot Them” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A scathing new report shows that Facebook is teeming with face accounts—created by police officers to track their adversaries. According to Facebook’s official terms of use, they are against the rules, but cops seemingly couldn’t care less and keep making them anyway.
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“‘Hahaha’: Deputies Laugh, Film Decorated Veteran as He Suffers Horrifying Death in a Jail Cell” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Milwaukie, OR — A mother announced a lawsuit this week after a deeply disturbing video showed her Army veteran son suffering an agonizing last few moments of his life in a jail cell as deputies laughed at and filmed him…

Perry’s family has now filed a lawsuit against the department and medical staff, who they say failed to property treat him on that November day in 2016.

[Clackamas County Sheriff Craig] Roberts said in a statement that “The laughter, substance, and tone of several comments heard from my employees in that video were inappropriate, and do not conform to our professional standards.”

The ACLU also released a statement last week noting that the video exposes a serious problem with the state’s jails.
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Billy Maurice Driggers

“Alabama Police Chief Arrested for Allegedly Masturbating In Front of Children at the Beach” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Panama City Beach, FL — The chief of police for the city of Level Plains, Alabama was arrested last week after allegedly masturbating in public in an elevator as young children entered and exited. He was also witnessed masturbating while walking down the beach behind various teen girls and filming them shower.

Billy Maurice Driggers, the 44-year-old chief of police, was arrested at the police station last week and charged with four counts of disorderly conduct.
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Qatar World Cup

“The World Cup is a Crime Scene” by Simon Black (Canadian Dimension)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On the eve of World Cup 2018, soccer’s international governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, announced that the United bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States has been awarded the 2026 tournament.

Canadian soccer fans, please hold your applause.

At the outset, let me state that the fan in me is thrilled that not only will the World Cup be played in Canada—albeit just 10 games—but that the men’s national team will likely be playing, by virtue of Canada being a co-host, in the 2026 competition. It will be the men’s team’s first appearance on soccer’s biggest stage since Mexico 1986…

But the socialist and activist in me know that wherever it’s held, the World Cup is a crime scene.

And that’s not just because FIFA has for so long operated like an international crime syndicate—in the last six years alone, dozens of FIFA officials from more than 15 countries have been charged with racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.

But it’s because the World Cup, much like the Olympics, has become a profit-hungry corporate behemoth. Its crimes are not unique but those endemic to global neoliberal capitalism; a gangster capitalism of “free” markets, lax state regulations, and low taxes that enriches the global 1% and leaves the rest of us behind.
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Nicolás Maduro Moros

“ACTION ALERT: Venezuela Poses No ‘Threat to the World’—but WaPo’s Claim That It Does Is Dangerous” by Joe Emersberger (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A Washington Post article by Ishaan Tharoor (9/10/18) states that it “can be plausibly argued” that Venezuela is “a threat to the world.” The justification for the remark is unclear, but seems to be based on his claim that a “hemispheric humanitarian calamity is now straining Venezuela’s neighbors, who are struggling to cope with the vast influx of refugees fleeing hunger and depredation.”,,,

I’ve written recently on the scale of Venezuela’s migration (FAIR.org, 8/31/18), given the comparisons to Syria that Tharoor and others have tossed around. According to the UN’s International Organization for Migration figures, by July 2018, about 1.6 million Venezuelans had fled its economic crisis, far from the 5 million that have fled Syria’s civil war to live abroad, and whom no decent person would call a “threat to the world.”…

Trump’s policy has been to deliberately make Venezuela’s economic crisis worse, which makes its migration crisis worse…

I asked the Washington Post to correct Tharoor’s article so his readers are not left completely ignorant of Trump’s economic sanctions on Venezuela, and worked up into a panic about a democracy that poses them no threat.
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A grim picture from inside ruined Ukraine

“July update: A grim picture from inside a collapsing country” by Dmitry Kovalevich (The New Cold War: Ukraine And Beyond)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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At present, the general situation in Ukraine can be characterized by the instability of almost all aspects of daily life. Some of our commentators are increasingly using the term ‘rogue state,’ while comparing Ukraine with today’s Libya, Somalia or Yemen. At the same time, pro-government politicians are increasingly referring to the experience of Latin American dictatorships as a ‘promising model.’ The central political power is relatively weak; it cannot oppose the various paramilitary groups of ultra-nationalists – who impose their agendas beyond any legal procedure – just by force. Meanwhile, economic collapse continues to spiral, compelling millions of Ukrainians to migrate as a cheap labour force to EU countries, as well as neighbouring Russia and Belarus…

Following Maidan, Ukraine’s political sphere was significantly reshaped, so as to guarantee the future change of personalities in power without any change to the country’s main political course: for example, the continuation of the neoliberal reforms, following all IMF demands, driving Ukraine into NATO and the suppression of the remaining opposition. Forces opposed to the course were either banned or suppressed with the help of extralegal paramilitary far-right groups. Thus, most people don’t see any purpose in participating in politics, even when it comes to the straightforward business of voting…

Within the last four years Ukraine has gradually turned into territory of lawlessness, since all criminal gangs and ‘robber barons’ have quickly understood that under the cover of ‘patriotism’ they can do anything they want. The situation is aggravated by the number of demobilized soldiers who often smuggle arms from the frontline, suffer from PTSD and are unable to find a well-paid job inside the country. Therefore, we see murders, assaults or cases of robbery committed by roaming gangs of nationalists or former soldiers on a daily basis. It is enough for them to claim that the victim had ‘pro-Russian’ or ‘separatist’ views, without any evidence to justify such an assault.
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“Ruin”

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