Professional Scam Artists – part 56

From Mint Press News:
Carla Bustillos of Alexandria, Va., carries her son Carlos as she yells into a bullhorn with supporters of US-backed self-declared president Juan Guaido during outside of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, April 30, 2019. Andrew Harnik | AP

“Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy?” by Jeb Sprague and Alexander Rubinstein (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

After a rough and revealing start, the reins of the campaign to seize Venezuela’s embassy in Washington are being taken over by a group of well-connected marketing and online strategists…

Washington serves as a magnet for many elite and upper-middle-class professionals from countries that have been targeted by U.S. regime-change efforts. In their home countries, some of these elements may function as the shock troops or intellectual beacons of empire, forming the front lines of American-backed color-revolution-style destabilization campaigns. In the U.S., some upwardly mobile members of the diaspora also become lobbyists for regime change. They position themselves as the true voices of “the people” of their nation, while the poor and working class majorities of those countries are left behind, ignored by the corporate media and unable to travel north…

On April 30 – the same day self-proclaimed “president” Juan Guaidó staged a failed military coup – pro-Guaidó Venezuelans initiated their siege of the embassy. As they converged on the premises, some unleashed a wave of violent, misogynistic, and racist attacks on peace activists both inside and outside the building.

Some of the pro-Guaidó militants are believed to have since carried out physical attacks, made death threats, and harassed the family members of embassy defenders. Some are also believed to have committed acts of property destruction, wrecked the tents of activists, and ransacked an embassy office while promoting ultra-Zionism and praising President Donald Trump and the police. TeleSUR’s correspondent Alina Duarte has faced a torrent of threats from some of the pro-Guaidó extremists, returning home one night to find that someone had attempted to break into and enter her apartment…

Dilianna C. Bustillos (also known as Dillianna Bustillos Vivas) has become a poster child for the pro-Guaidó mob. A senior manager at Oracle, she previously worked for MarketBridge and for the advocate marketing firm Influitive. Oracle, a computer technology corporation and one of the largest companies in the world, also works closely with aerospace and defense companies. In 2018 it had global revenues of $39.83 billion…

In her media interviews, Bustillos never reveals her top-level corporate marketing position nor her support for political groups that advocate for sanctions and U.S. intervention.

Rather, she has presented herself as just another concerned Venezuelan citizen, with nothing special to gain and no agenda beyond saving her country from the evildoers…

Support for a U.S. invasion has also been voiced by many other pro-coup/pro-Guaidó Venezuelan-Americans outside the embassy including one of the leaders of the crowd, Robert Nasser…

So who owns the website According to a search through, the website is owned by Nelli Romero, a computer repair consultant who also owns a company called On Twitter, Romero goes by Nellie Belén Izarza. The company’s site on Zoominfo claims it has an annual revenue of $4.2 million.

On her Linkedin page, under the name Nelli R., she describes herself as an expert in “political and social media engineering” in Washington, D.C.

Romero has also worked as a consultant and lobbyist with the liberal Sunlight Foundation non-profit. Yet, in old social media posts, Romero supported and hyped up the violent guarimba protests that resulted in numerous deaths…

The pro-Guaidó spokespeople often insist to reporters that the group is neither right-wing nor left-wing in its political ideology, and that they do not want war or intervention. However, a quick glance over the “Ask a Venezuelan” website shows that it has repeatedly promoted Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) calls for U.S. intervention and brutal sanctions. Both Romero and Bustillos have often retweeted and praised Rubio, a neoconservative considered one of the most militaristic members of the U.S. Congress…

One pro-coup activist seen on embassy grounds is Emerson Hevia, a Senior Principal Architect at the arms manufacturer Raytheon. The company is considered one of the biggest war profiteers in human history…

Many in the pro-Guaidó mob appear to work for either international financial institutions, hawkish D.C. think tanks, or arms- and military-oriented contractors.

Candid audio of members of the opposition recorded surreptitiously and obtained by MintPress News expresses fear of revealing their identities linked to their professions (including one opposition protester who describes herself as being involved in “national security”).

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle

“Obama Cashes in after Diligent Service to US Imperialism” by Danny Haiphong (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The tumultuous election season continued into the Trump Presidency as the Democrats elected Wall Street friendly Tom Perez to chair the DNC, much to the chagrin of Sanders supporters. Barack Obama, as former President of the United States, remained relatively unscathed from the waning popularity of the Democratic Party elite. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders defended his Administration during the primaries…

During the campaign trail, WikiLeaks released a number of speeches Clinton had given to Wall Street donors after her tenure as Secretary of State ended in 2013. Clinton reportedly made tens of millions of dollars speaking to Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs, serenading them with her “public” and “private” positions on issues such as Social Security cuts. It is only fitting that Obama’s post-presidential life would include similar ventures. On April 26th, it was verified that Obama planned to speak at a conference held by Cantor Fitzgerald LP. Obama was reportedly offered 400,000 USD to give a keynote address to the Wall Street investment firm.

While Obama’s party has suffered in the wake of his administration, his personal profit certainly hasn’t. The 400k Wall Street speech comes after Barack and Michelle received lucrative book deals for their memoirs, estimated to be worth over sixty million USD. Trump’s ascendancy compelled some establishment liberals to fall into a state of sadness over the end of Obama’s Administration. The sadness that overtook them merely revealed a deep disconnect from reality. Obama’s recent moves to cash in on his legacy only reinforce what should have been established long ago.

The first Black President was one of the most effective servants of Wall Street and war that money could buy.

‘Champions of Media Freedom’: Celebrity lawyer Amal Clooney and Jeremy Hunt. – 21st Century Wire

“Britain’s ‘Media Freedom’ is Smokescreen to Hide the Persecution of Journalists Who Expose War Crimes” by Nina Cross (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt for the above linked-to article follows:

On the day Wikileaks tweeted the first warning that Assange could have his asylum imminently withdrawn, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the government’s new Media Freedom campaign which would be fronted by celebrity human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. It was a media circus. It was noticeable that despite Clooney’s previous role in Assange’s legal counsel, any connections between the two were effectively left out of mainstream media reports, so that without prior knowledge or research nobody would have known this was the case.

As Hunt’s media campaign got going, so did Clooney’s “Trial Watch,” part of her Clooney Foundation for Justice project, with a particular focus on journalists…

At Southwark Crown Court on 1st May, the judge imposed a 12 month prison sentence on Assange for skipping the police bail in 2012 despite the fact no charges had ever been brought against him and successive Swedish investigations into sexual allegations had been dropped, with the most recent case dropped in 2017. If we went looking for a ‘fair and reasonable’ application of the law it seems we would not find it in this court. Anyone would have expected this sort of sentence in Victorian England or possibly in one of Donald Trump’s ‘shithole countries‘.

At Assange’s third court appearance, on 2nd May, which was conducted by video link, very few friendly faces were able to make it into court, as his case was moved to a small courtroom where only a few people were accommodated, despite many supporters turning up to attend. Only a few accredited press were allowed into small court, some of whom could have spent years smearing Assange.

So bearing in mind all of these questions hanging over the fairness of the British court system for Julian Assange, according to the standards of Clooney, the face of Hunt’s media freedom campaign, it seemed reasonable for this author to submit a ‘trial alert’ request to the Clooney Foundation to ask for Assange’s case to be monitored. To-date they have yet to respond, but perhaps they are weighing up the odds it would meet with approval given husband George Clooney’s political alliances with Hillary Clinton who once suggested droning Assange.

“Trudeau warns China against ‘arbitrary detention’ as Canada works to ship Huawei CFO to US” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has called on the West to counter China’s “aggression,” as Ottawa tries to get back two alleged spies arrested by Beijing. Canada, meanwhile, is working to extradite a Huawei executive to the US…

While Canada has denounced China’s detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor as arbitrary and illegal, and the US has piled on with support for its northern neighbor, the Canadian government earlier this month granted authorization to the US to extradite Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who faces 23 counts of bank and wire fraud and theft of technology in the US. Prosecutors have admitted the US government surveilled Meng extensively under FISA, hoping to find evidence she (and by extension Huawei) were acting as an agent of the Chinese government…

…A Canadian parliamentary delegation arrived in Shanghai on Monday to push for the prisoners’ release. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has said her Chinese counterpart is unwilling to discuss the matter and called the detentions “unacceptable,” at the same time insisting “we do not escalate.”
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Fascists don’t escalate… with smears, sanctions, threats, black ops, etc..

Huawei announces the Mate X folding smartphone in February

“White House and Google launch technology war against China” by Andre Damon (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On Monday, Google, the internet search and smartphone software monopoly, announced that it would block Huawei phones from accessing critical parts of the Android operating system, effectively ending Huawei’s business outside China.

Compounding the blow, US hardware manufacturers Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel announced that they would no longer sell the company components, without which it cannot produce any of its current line of smartphones or IT infrastructure systems.

The moves came after the US Department of Commerce added Huawei to its Restricted Entity List on the grounds that it was “engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security or foreign policy interests.”

The companies complied with Trump’s nakedly protectionist measure, which has serious consequences for their own business interests, without a hint of protest. Whatever damage Trump’s trade war does to their bottom line will be more than offset by winning the favor of the American state and securing preferential regulatory treatment and lucrative military contracts worth billions of dollars.

Yes, the national security of tax-evading, anti-democratic behemoth corporations that don’t want competition is paramount. And it is… within the gangster Corporatocracy in which corporations and rich people in fact rule and the powerful, capitalist special interests that are US-based come first within the Corporatocracy.

© Reuters / Dado Ruvic

“EU keeps piling on fines on Google, slapping tech giant $1.7bn for blocking rivals’ ads” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked to article follows:

Google has been hit with a €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) fine by the European Union. The sanction marks the third antitrust penalty against the Big Tech firm in less than three years.

The European Commission (EC) accused the California-based company of abusing its dominant position by banning third-party rivals from displaying search ads and favoring its own shopping comparison service, according to EC Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

“Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” Vestager said, speaking in Brussels Wednesday.

From Mint Press News:
Four of the Israeli nationals arrested for “puzzling behavior” during the September 11 attacks are seen casually posing together in front of the Manhattan skyline while the September 11 attacks were in progress | Photo #1

“Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

NEW YORK — For nearly two decades, one of the most overlooked and little known arrests made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks was that of the so-called “High Fivers,” or the “Dancing Israelis.” However, new information released by the FBI on May 7 has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the “Dancing Israelis,” at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center…

The men — Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg, Oded Ellner, Yaron Shimuel and Omar Marmari — were subsequently apprehended by law enforcement and claimed to be Israeli tourists on a “working holiday” in the United States where they were employed by a moving company, Urban Moving Systems. Upon his arrest, Sivan Kurzberg told the arresting officer, “We are Israeli; we are not your problem. Your problems are our problems, The Palestinians are the problem.”

For years, the official story has been that these individuals, while they had engaged in “immature” behavior by celebrating and being “visibly happy” in their documenting of the attacks, had no prior knowledge of the attack. However, newly released FBI copies of the photos taken by the five Israelis strongly suggest that these individuals had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The copies of the photos were obtained via a FOIA request made by a private citizen…

However, three of these photos — despite the heavy redaction and poor quality — are damning. Since 2001, even though the photos were never released until now, it had been known that one of the Israelis arrested — Sivan Kurzberg — was seen in a photo “holding a lighted lighter in the foreground, with the smoldering wreckage [of the twin towers] in the background,” according to Steven Noah Gordon, then-lawyer for the five Israelis, as cited in a New York Times report from November 2001.

The picture of Kurzberg with the lit lighter appears to be photo #5 in the new FOIA release. Yet, the picture released includes a visible date of September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks, as do two other photos — images #7 and #8 in the collection — whereas all other photos with dates show only the month and the year (9 ‘01). The FOIA release did not provide any information as to the apparent discrepancy in dates…

If images 5 and 7 were indeed taken the day prior to the attack, the question then becomes why the FBI officially concluded that the arrested Israelis had no prior knowledge of the attacks? One report from ABC News dated June 2002 suggests that the Bush administration intervened in the investigation. That report states that “Israeli and U.S. government officials worked out a deal — and after 71 days, the five Israelis were taken out of jail, put on a plane, and deported back home [to Israel].” If the Bush administration had cut a deal with Israel’s government to cover up the incident, it certainly would not have been the first time a U.S. presidential administration had done so on Israel’s behalf.

Further evidence that higher-ups in the administration intervened is the fact that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft personally signed off on the detainees’ release. Upon his entering the private sector as a lobbyist and consultant in 2005, the Israeli government became one of Ashcroft’s first clients…

The FBI returned to search the premises of Urban Moving Systems a month later, but by that time found:

“The building and all of its contents had been abandoned by…the owner of Urban Moving Systems. This [was] apparently being done to avoid criminal prosecution after the 09/11/2001 arrest of five of his employees and subsequent seizure of his office computer systems by members of the FBI-NK on or around 09/13/2001.”

The company’s owner — Dominik Otto Suter, an Israeli citizen — had fled to Israel on September 14, 2001, two days after he had been questioned by the FBI. The FBI told ABC News that “Urban Moving may have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation.” Surprisingly, since at least 2016, Suter has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works for a contractor for major tech companies like Google and Microsoft. According to the public records database Intelius, in 2006 and 2007 Suter also worked for a telecommunications company — Granite Telecommunications — that works for the U.S. military and several other U.S. government agencies.

How did ‘that’ get past the deep State? Maybe someone in law enforcement, with control related to the FOIA, resented the anti-American thinking and behavior he witnessed and ‘failed’ to withhold the incriminating information. From the article: “The former employee stated that an Israeli employee of Urban had even once remarked, “Give us twenty years and we’ll take over your media and destroy your country” (page 37 of the FBI report).” Also, When you self-modify, which we are all free to do, you acquire twisted wants and needs. Your desires are now perverted. Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israelis who saw 9/11 as good for Israeli – because it gave the US government the excuse it needed to go after Israel’s neighbors, which would weaken them and in that way strengthen Israel – can’t see peace and security and freedom for all, regardless of race or religion, as a positive. The game that those mentally and spiritually ruined people eagerly play is ‘riches for the strongest’, namely a game in which there ‘has to be’ losers. But the winners in this game don’t win – from a normal person’s standpoint.

Ron DeSantis

“America’s Most Pro-Israel Governor: Ron DeSantis Will Send More Florida Money to Israel” by Philip Giraldi (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Ron DeSantis, Florida’s new governor, should be really proud of himself. He recently recalled that when he ran for governor “…[he] promised to be the most pro-Israel governor in America and that the first delegation [he] would lead would be to the state of Israel.” When he confirmed that he would be taking his entire cabinet with him as part of a 75-person delegation scheduled to leave for Israel on May 25th, he boasted that “Today I’m pleased to report that I’m keeping that promise. Our delegation will bring business, academic and political leaders to help strengthen the bond between Florida and Israel.” DeSantis has promised to hold a meeting of his Cabinet in the American Embassy in Jerusalem during his visit, the first time that such a meeting has ever been held by a state government on foreign soil. During the meeting he will ostentatiously sign a legislative bill “combating anti-Semitism.”

DeSantis has been playing the Israel and anti-Semitism cards throughout his political career. Last year, as a Congressman running for governor, he attacked his opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum during their gubernatorial race as not being a “friend of Israel.” He based his charge on reports that Gillum had received support from the Dream Defenders, a group favoring Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, as well as once having given a speech welcoming members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to his city. DeSantis claimed in a video clip that “I can find anti-Semites around him, but it’s almost like ‘we don’t want to discuss that.’”

“…but it’s almost like ‘we don’t want to discuss that.” That’s normal Ron. It’s called ‘shame’. When you are thinking of doing something evil or have done something evil, and you know it, you may feel a funny feeling and not want to face it or its cause. But you know how to deal with that, clearly. BDS is about peaceful protest of very violent, fascist evil, which is protesting that you have no time for. Your idea of democracy is represented in the kind of protesting, by fascists – like those surrounding the D.C. Venezuelan embassy – that is designed to terrorize the people into shutting up about democracy and human rights. Palestinains or (most) Venezuelans; same thing.

David Friedman, by Katie Miranda

“US-Israel relationship is ‘altar’ of ‘holiness,’ and Jerusalem embassy is ‘shrine’ — US ambassador” by Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

There’s been a lot of focus on US Ambassador David Friedman saying at a ceremony in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel “is on the side of God,” as the New York Times reported.

The religious character of Friedman’s remarks went well beyond that statement. Friedman likened the US-Israel relationship to the “altar” of the original Jewish temple in Jerusalem and called the embassy a “shrine” that people pray to and thank God for. The US and Israel need to get even closer in the coming months, Friedman said, and move toward even greater “holiness.”

Friedman spoke at an event on May 14, marking the first anniversary of the opening of the US embassy in the city, the day in 2018 that saw the killing of more than 60 Palestinian protesters in Gaza…

When people say the embassy move was “just symbolic,” Friedman disagrees.

That just cannot be further from the truth. The move of the embassy was a validation by the strongest nation in the world, not just strong militarily, strong economically, but strong morally, strong ethically, with a bedrock of Judeo-Christian values that govern every citizen’s attachment to this country. That country recognized the unbreakable, historical truthful connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem. That is not symbolic. That is the farthest thing from symbolic…

Here is the Godly Israel reference.

Is Israel getting stronger? Look, Israel is growing stronger for two reasons. Number one, the objective metric by which Israeli measures itself, the most important one, is how strong is its relationship with the United States and on how many levels. And that keeps growing and growing and getting stronger and stronger and stronger.

And the second is, Israel has one secret weapon that not a lot of countries have. Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.


Jesus Christ prophesied that evildoers claiming to be his disciples would make certain claims proving their connection to and approval from him and informed us how he would view them: “I never knew you! Get away from me you workers of lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23) Evildoers like Ron DeSantis call to God very regularly to “Bring it!” They do that by their evil deeds and blashpemies. Well, then, fascists; Expect God!

© Global Look Press / Helmut Meyer zur Capellen

“Monsanto spied on friend and foe alike in several countries to sway opinion on GMO & herbicides” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Monsanto files listing prominent pro- and anti-herbicide public figures, initially revealed by French media, included “stakeholders in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as regarding stakeholders related to EU institutions,” AFP reported citing Bayer’s statement on Tuesday. The company added that it is currently trying to determine whether similar lists exist in other states and hired a law firm for this purpose.

Earlier in May, French media reported that around 200 journalists, politicians, and scientists were named in the filing, created by PR firm FleishmanHillard on behalf of Monsanto. The list, which covered the personalities’ views on herbicides and GMO, whether they could be further influenced and reportedly included a lot of personal data, was initially thought to exist only in France, before Bayer admitted that people in other countries might also have been targeted.

FILE PHOTO: A Bayer plant in Leverkusen, Germany © Reuters / Ina Fassbender

“Bayer, Dow, L’Oreal using potentially harmful chemicals illegally – investigation” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

More than 650 companies are breaking European chemical safety laws, according to an investigation from German environmental group BUND. As a result, potentially harmful chemicals can be found in food, cosmetics, and toys.

“Chemical companies have been disregarding the law for years and getting away with it, selling substances that might cause hormonal cancers, brain disorders and other severe health problems,” said BUND’s chemical policy officer Manuel Fernandez. “EU and national authorities need to raise their game in a big way.”

A total of 654 companies are failing to perform the required safety checks mandated by REACH, according to the report. Some of the companies named therein are already bywords for safety scandals – such as Bayer, currently facing more than 11,000 lawsuits after US and European courts found that an ingredient in subsidiary Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ weedkiller caused multiple cases of cancer.

Others – like L’Oreal, Michelin, food giant DSM and medicine maker Merck – manufacture products that people have come into contact with on a daily basis.

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