Accused Russian honeytrap spy pleads GUILTY to plotting to infiltrate Republican party

Jail: Maria Butina appeared in federal court Thursday from her prison cell. She is awaiting sentence
Jail: Maria Butina appeared in federal court Thursday from her prison cell. She is awaiting sentence

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina pleaded guilty Thursday in court to joining a conspiracy on behalf of the Russian government to cultivate sources inside the Republican party before the 2016 presidential election.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of ‘conspiracy against the United States’ when she appeared at federal court in Washington D.C.

She said she acted at ‘the direction’ of a Russian official who was not named in court.

He has previously been identified as Alexander Torshin, a Russian politician who is seen as close to Vladimir Putin.

The accused spy faces up to five years in prison and deportation from the U.S. although she will not be sentenced until 2019.

The government dropped a second charge of failing to register while acting as a ‘foreign agent.’ She is cooperating with prosecutors – and is the first Russian national jailed in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 elections.

Crucially, she has agreed to cooperate with all federal authorities, meaning that as well as telling the FBI and other intelligence agencies how her Kremlin spy operation worked, she could provide evidence to Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe – although it was not mentioned in court.

Mueller has charged numerous Russians with hacking Democratic emails, and his probe has charged multiple officials who worked for Donald Trump with lying about their Russia contacts.

Butina pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to influence a political party – the GOP. Here she is with Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was at one time a leading presidential candidate
Butina pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to influence a political party – the GOP. Here she is with Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was at one time a leading presidential candidate
Butina with former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who is now a CNN commentator
Butina with former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who is now a CNN commentator
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament in Moscow, Russia. Prosecutors describe Torshin as her handler
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament in Moscow, Russia. Prosecutors describe Torshin as her handler

‘Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics,’ Judge Tanya Chutkan was told.

She faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine, having already spent time in solitary confinement after her arrest.

But the Kremlin has already voiced fury at the conviction, accusing the U.S. of ‘torture’ and comparing her ordeal to the ‘medieval Inquisition.’

Butina, who was a graduate student at American University studying in the U.S., built up an extensive resume, reaching out the National Rifle Association and Republicans, and even scored a meeting with the president’s eldest son in the run-up to the presidential campaign.

Clad in a green jumpsuit with her red hair pulled back in a long braid, Butina replied ‘absolutely’ when asked by Chutkan if her mind was clear as she prepared to enter her plea of guilty.

Although there are no sentencing guidelines for her specific crime, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, estimated that under U.S. sentencing guidelines for similar crimes, she could face up to six months in prison.

In the statement of offense read aloud in court, one of the prosecutors said Butina had drafted a ‘Diplomacy Project’ that called for establishing unofficial back channels of communication between high-ranking American politicians to help benefit Russia.

As part of that plan, she acknowledged that she conspired with two Americans and a Russian official. Butina’s lawyers previously identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who was targeted with U.S. Treasury Department sanctions in April.

One of the two Americans referenced in the prosecution’s criminal complaint was Paul Erickson, a conservative U.S. political activist who was dating Butina.

Neither his name, nor her handler Torshin’s, were explicitly used in the statement of offense. He is identified only as ‘US Person 1.’

The accused spy is admitted to conspiracy to gather intelligence on American officials and political organizations by presenting herself as a Russian gun rights activist seeking to make common cause with the NRA.

That would giver her an entree to Republican circles which could then be exploited by her Kremlin controllers, prosecutors say.

Among those she had contact with were the president, who she asked a question of at an event linked to the NRA, and his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who she met at an NRA dinner.

Her meeting with Don Jr. was one of a litany of contacts between Trump officials and Russians during the campaign.

A total of 16 people in Donald Trump’s circle have been revealed to have met with Russians during the campaign.

Honeytrap and handler: Maria Butina pleaded guilty in court in Washington D.C. to acting at the direction of Alexander Torshin
Honeytrap and handler: Maria Butina pleaded guilty in court in Washington D.C. to acting at the direction of Alexander Torshin
Maria Butina was able to infiltrate the National Rifle Association. She admitted she was directed by a powerful Russian handler
Maria Butina was able to infiltrate the National Rifle Association. She admitted she was directed by a powerful Russian handler
Contacts: Maria Butina asked Donald Trump a question at an NRA-linked event and had social contact with Donald Trump Jr.
Contacts: Maria Butina asked Donald Trump a question at an NRA-linked event and had social contact with Donald Trump Jr.
Contacts: Maria Butina asked Donald Trump a question at an NRA-linked event and had social contact with Donald Trump Jr.
Contacts: Maria Butina asked Donald Trump a question at an NRA-linked event and had social contact with Donald Trump Jr.
Question time: This was the moment Maria Butina questioned Donald Trump on relations with Russia at a 2015 'freedom forum' event linked to the NRA
Question time: This was the moment Maria Butina questioned Donald Trump on relations with Russia at a 2015 ‘freedom forum’ event linked to the NRA

She was working for Torshin ‘to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics . . . for the benefit of the Russian Federation,’ according to federal prosecutors.

She admitted meeting withe members of the NRA and ‘Political Party 1,’ – the Republican Party – as well as meeting arranging a meeting between the NRA and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2015.

In an incriminating email, she reported back to Torshin, ‘We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later.’

Prosecutors have charged that her work was directed by the former Russian lawmaker who was penalized by the Treasury Department for his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is alleged to have links to the Russian mafia.

Her lawyer had argued that Butina was a student interested in American politics and better U.S.-Russian relations, but her changed plea means she has abandoned that claim.

The charges against Butina were brought by federal prosecutors in Washington, and her case was unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Ultimate boss: Maria Butina named her handler as Alexander Torshin, a Russian politician who is close to Vladimir Putin
Ultimate boss: Maria Butina named her handler as Alexander Torshin, a Russian politician who is close to Vladimir Putin

But her cooperation deal has no limits, meaning she could also be used by Mueller’s probe as a source of evidence.

In Moscow, Vladimir Putin this week denied his spies knew her but on Wednesday Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova spoke about her, suggesting the Kremlin in quietly admitting she was one of their assets.

Zakharova claimed Butina has been subjected to a ‘medieval inquisition’.

She told : ‘It’s not about justice, it’s not justice. It’s just inquisition. It’s medieval inquisition. Because she is intimidated, she was tortured and was not treated like a human being, not like a woman.

‘I think she was treated and is still treated probably as a terrorist or something like that,’ she added.

Zakharova claimed Butina is a political prisoner and is innocent.

She said: ‘She did nothing wrong, she is not a criminal, not a terrorist … We have no idea why she was treated like that.’ The US attorney’s office declined to comment.

Butina was charged in July with acting as an agent of Russia’s government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Moscow.

Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia. Russian woman Maria Butina has been jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent
Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist poses for a photo at a shooting range in Moscow, Russia. Russian woman Maria Butina has been jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent

One of the two Americans cited in the prosecution’s criminal complaint was Paul Erickson, a conservative U.S. political activist who was dating Butina. Neither Erickson nor Torshin has been accused by prosecutors of wrongdoing.

The prosecutors in the Butina case are not from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and whether Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to help him win.

The prosecution’s complaint against Butina did not explicitly mention Trump’s campaign.

Reuters previously reported that Butina was a Trump supporter who bragged at Washington parties that she could use her political connections to help people get jobs in his administration.

Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow. Russia has denied interfering in American politics

Ben Shapiro Slams Ocasio-Cortez After Jewish Roots Reveal

 

Ben Shapiro Slams Ocasio-Cortez After Jewish Roots Reveal

‘So what, even if true? You’re pro-BDS. Anyone who falls for this sort of pandering is a massive sucker’

 

Ben Shapiro slams Ocasio-Cortez over Jewish roots reveal
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Conservative Jewish American commentator Ben Shapiro ripped into Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after her comments claiming she has Jewish roots made headlines around the world.

Shapiro tweeted, “1. Yeah, ok.
2. So what, even if true? You’re pro-BDS.
3. Anyone who falls for this sort of pandering is a massive sucker.”

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Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday, which was first reported in Haaretz, “[My family has] been doing a lot of family trees in the last couple of years. And one of the things a lot of people don’t know about Puerto Rico, and something we discovered ourselves, is that a long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.” The popular politician and rising star among U.S. progressives made the remarks while at a Hanukkah candle lighting in Queens.

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This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has found herself in Shapiro’s crosshairs, in August he offered offered $10,000 to a charity of Ocasio-Cortez’s choice or to her campaign if she took him up on his offer. He said the congressional candidate had accused Republicans of being afraid to debate, and here he was ready to debate.

Shapiro’s challenge spurred a lot of “fight, fight, fight” from conservative Twitter, compiled here on the conservative website Twitchy.

Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting, “Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.”

 

Netanyahu on Khashoggi Murder: Destabilizing Saudi Arabia Would Destabilize the World

‘What happened in Istanbul is nothing short of horrific. But it’s balanced by the importance of Saudi Arabia,’ Netanyahu tells foreign reporters

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that while the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is “horrific,” it does not outweigh the strategic importance of Saudi Arabia.

“What happened in Istanbul is nothing short of horrific. But it’s balanced by the importance of Saudi Arabia and the role it plays in the Middle East,” Netanyahu told foreign reporters at an event in Jerusalem. “Because if Saudi Arabia would be destabilized, the world, not the Middle East, will be destabilized,” Netanyahu said.

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a columnist for the Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain marriage documents.

Netanyahu’s response was similar to comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump during an interview to Reuters. “I really hope that people aren’t going to suggest that we should not take hundreds of billions of dollars that they’re going to siphon off to Russia and to China, primarily those two, instead of giving it to us,” he said, while discussing the murder of Khashoggi.

“You’re talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs. You’re talking about huge military and other contracts. I hope that’s not going to be a recommendation,” he concluded.

Turkish officials said last week that the Istanbul prosecutor’s office had concluded there was “strong suspicion” that Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who served as deputy head of foreign intelligence, were among the planners of Khashoggi’s killing.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

The kingdom has come under scrutiny as details of his killing came to light. Making some of their strongest accusations so far, both U.S. Republicans and Democrats said last week they want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi.

‘Spying & threats’: Assange complains of ‘more subtle’ silencing than Khashoggi

‘Spying & threats’: Assange complains of ‘more subtle’ silencing than Khashoggi

‘Spying & threats’: Assange complains of ‘more subtle’ silencing than Khashoggi
Julian Assange has accused his Ecuadorean hosts of spying and feeding information to US authorities, and slammed attempts to block his journalistic work as a more subtle way of silencing than the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Suggesting there were “facts of espionage” inside the embassy, the WikiLeaks co-founder expressed concern during a hearing in Quito on Wednesday that Ecuadorean intelligence is not only spying on him, but sharing the data it has harvested with the FBI. Ecuadorean intelligence clearly spent a sizable amount of money equipping the embassy for surveillance, Assange added.

He accused Ecuadorean authorities of “comments of a threatening nature” relating to his journalistic work and comparedattempts to silence him to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was tortured and cut up in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October, but “more subtle.”  The comparison elicited a harsh reaction from Ecuadorean Prosecutor General Inigo Salvador, who accused Assange of biting the hand that feeds him.

ALSO ON RT.COM‘Biggest attack on freedom of speech in decades’ – WikiLeaks hits back against DNC lawsuitAssange told the Ecuadorean court that the living conditions in the embassy were so detrimental to his health that they may put him in the hospital – and suggested that may be the point, because once he leaves the building, he’s fair game for UK and US authorities.

US prosecutors accidentally revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against the whistleblower last month and have since stonewalled reporters’ inquiries into what the indictment might contain.

While Assange was being held incommunicado earlier this year, his suspicions about his hosts’ spying were confirmed in a May report by the Guardian that revealed Ecuador spent about $5 million on surveilling the WikiLeaks founder and his visitors in the London embassy from 2012 until 2017. However, that paper’s recent publication of blatantly “fake news” involving Assange casts its earlier coverage into doubt as well.

Assange was in court appealing a strict set of rules handed down in October governing his conduct, which he has called a violation of human rights. He submitted 15 “facts of evidence” along with letters from individuals and groups barred from visiting him at the embassy. An earlier attempt to sue his hosts over the restrictive measures was ultimately dismissed by a judge last month, while Assange rejected Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno’s offer to leave the embassy in exchange for a guarantee he would not be executed.

Bolton is preparing plan for my assassination, with help from Bogota’ – Venezuela’s Maduro

 

Bolton is preparing plan for my assassination, with help from Bogota’ – Venezuela’s Maduro

‘Bolton is preparing plan for my assassination, with help from Bogota’ – Venezuela’s Maduro
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to murder him, and also has called out Colombian leader Ivan Duque as Bolton’s accomplice.

“John Bolton is leading the plan to unleash violence and conduct a coup to introduce a transitional government” in Venezuela, Maduro said at a press-conference, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page. “Bolton is preparing a plan for my assassination.”

Trump’s national security adviser has organized the training of mercenaries and paramilitary units “in various places” to be used against Venezuela, he said.

Maduro claimed that more than 730 armed thugs are ready to launch provocations and to attack military bases in Venezuela.

According to the Venezuelan leader, Bolton’s plot is being carried out with the heavy involvement of Colombia, with its president Ivan Duque being “his accomplice.” Maduro then slammed Duque as Washington’s puppet, who “can’t even go to the toilet without permission from the US ambassador in Bogota.”

In early August, blasts were heard as Maduro attended a military parade in the capital, Caracas. The Venezuelan authorities announced that it was a failed assassination attempt against the president, which involved drones carrying bombs. Other reports insisted that the panic actually was caused by an explosion of household gas.

Maduro returned to that incident during his press-conference, saying that he had “no doubts that the drones were prepared in Colombia under the supervision of [then Colombian president Juan Manuel] Santos, but on the direct order from the White House.”

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry has said it “categorically rejects” Maduro’s accusations as well as his “unconvincing, disrespectful and slanderous words about an imaginary war that Colombia plans to start” against Venezuela.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has been vocal about its desire to see the socialist president removed from power in oil-rich Venezuela. Washington has branded Maduro a “dictator,” responsible for a crackdown on the country’s opposition. Several high-ranked US officials even mulled what they called a “humanitarian intervention” into the country.

Last year, the US imposed harsh sanctions against Venezuela’s officials and its economy, including the oil sector. The American pressure contributed to the severe social and economic crisis as the nation was hit by hyperinflation, the devaluation of the national currency and a shortage of basic necessities.

The collapse of living standards has forced more than three million people to leave the country this year in search of a better life elsewhere in Latin America, according to the UN.

 

 

Opinion 

The Secret Jewish Plot Against Turkey

Erdogan, who rose out of a party whose leader compared Jews to bacteria, likes to name-drop ‘The Mastermind’: a Jewish conspiracy preventing Turkey taking its rightful place as a world superpower. No surprise, then, that he’s now targeting Soros

President of Turkey and ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan at party headquarters in Ankara. December 6, 2018
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For Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling elite, there’s a hidden, pernicious and conspiring hand that works tirelessly against the Republic of Turkey. Were it not for the connivance of this clandestine network, Turkey would be a global power and leader of nations.

Who are these sinister conspirators who plot within the murky shadows of international corporations, governments and transnational bodies against the Turkish Republic? You guessed it: Jews. And global bogeyman George Soros is just one of them.

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On November 21, Erdogan pointed the finger at George Soros for apparently conspiring against the Turkish government.

He did this by claiming that the Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, currently detained and awaiting trial, was working for “the famous Hungarian Jew George Soros.”

George Soros speaking during a forum at the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, September 2011.
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Erdogan added that Soros “is a man who was assigned to divide nations and shatter them. He has so much money and he is spending it in these ways,” including,apparently, to orchestrate the 2013 Gezi Park protests against government plans to demolish one of Istanbul’s last remain green spaces, and which became a protestagainst Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule.

Back in 2013 many Turkish citizens took to the streets to protest the imminent demolition of Gezi Park. Soon, the demonstration morphed into widespread protests that expressed discontent towards Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Instead of recognizing that not all in Turkey were satisfied with the Government’s performance, the then Deputy Prime Minister, Besir Atalay, claimed that the chief orchestrators of the protests were not Turks, but international Jewry. One of Erdogan’s chief advisors was even so brazen as to attack government rivals for “raising soldiers for the Jews.”

Injured protesters lie on the ground as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered near Taksim Square in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protests. May 31, 2014
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Baffling economists and political analysts alike, Erdogan accused the Gezi Park protestors of being provocateurs for the “interest rate lobby,” a group whose previous existence was unknown. But as Efrat Aviv notes, in her 2017 book “Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in Turkey,” an explanation emerged – from a newspaper owned by none other President Erdogan’s son-in-law.

Who’s the despicable group seeking to manipulate Turkey’s interest rates for their own profit, to wreak havoc among Turkey’s economy? A network of Jewish financiers, working in cahoots with Opus Dei and the Illuminati!

After the Gezi protests,Erdogan named the body responsiblefor all of Turkey’s ills and difficulties – “The Mastermind.” Several months later, Haber, a pro-government television channel, aired a documentary  also called “The Mastermind.”

With the help of pro-government academics, journalists and other cognoscenti, the documentary explains that Jewish machinations are as ancient as the story of Moses, the descendants of whom, Jews, have sought global dominance for 3,500 years.

Screenshot from 'Mastermind', a documentary produced by a pro-Erdogan TV station purporting to show 3,500 years of the Jews' nefarious global influence
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It was they who brought down the Ottoman Empire, forced the demise of Islamist governments, and continue to plot against Turkey, even manipulating the U.S. government.

Since then, Erdogan has repeatedly mentioned “The Mastermind.” Since the explanatory documentary has been aired (several times) by a network sycophantic to him,it’s clear that every reference he makes means only one thing: Jews.

Secret Jewish conspiracies are part in parcel of the ideology from the political environment from which Erdogan and the AKP emerged.

The Islamic Milli Gorus (National Outlook) movement surfaced during the 1970s. Central to the Milli Gorus ideological perspective is an idiosyncratic type of anti-Semitism which points the accusatory finger at either Jews or Donmes (followers of the 17th century “false messiah” Shabbtai Zvi) for bringing about the demise of the Ottoman Empire and creating a secular society upon its charred remains.

Such a movement would have been but a meager footnote in the relentlessly vast history of anti-Semitism, were it not for the rise of the Islamic Welfare Party, a later incantation of the Milli Gorus tradition. Under the leadership of Necmettin Erbakan, an old political bruiser if ever there was one, the party entered government in 1996 with Erbakan as Prime Minister, only to be ousted after a military intervention the following year.

Turkey's precursor to the AKP, the Islamic Welfare Party leader Necmettin Erbakan addresses the last session of his parliamentary group in Ankara. Feb. 17, 1998
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Erbakan was a rabid anti-Semite of the highest order who liked to rabble rouse about Jewish conspiracies while offering a sprinkle of nasty slurs to top it off. Jews as bacteria, that sort of thing.

Fast forward to today, and is it any wonder that the intellectual inheritors of nonsense passed as knowledge allege that there is a secret Jewish plot against Turkey? And still it continues unabated, and in full force.

Erdogan is on record as making vulgar anti-Semitic slurs (“You are the spawn of Israel!” he told a member of the public who dared to criticize him). He has brazenly stated conspiratorial nonsense such as Jewish capital being behind the New York Times, after the leading daily criticized his anti-democratic practices.

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He tried to delegitimize the 2017 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan by insinuating the referendum was a result of Jewish duplicity. In Erdogan’s words: “You have the former foreign minister of France [Bernard Kouchner] on one side and another Jew[Bernard-Henri Levy] on another, working at the table together,” while also alleging that the Mossad and the Kurds work hand-in-hand.

A man protects a woman as they face a police officer dispersing protesters having blocked access to Taksim Square during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park protests. May 31, 2014
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Turkey’s current financial crisis, a result of the country’s current account deficit, foreign currency debt, lack of central bank autonomy and the President’s aversion to interest rates, has also been blamed on Jews.

In August as the Turkish lira tumbled against the dollar, Burhan Kuzu, AKP co-founder and member of parliament until the June elections of this year, commented that it was “Jewish banking families” who were responsible. Erdogan himself said those behind the 2016 attempted coup were the same people responsible for the currency crisis. Who were those people?

The failed coup of July 2016 was not merely perpetrated by a Gulenist faction among the military. It was, according to supporters of Erdogan, part of a wider Jewish plot.

They claim that Fetullah Gulen, the Turkish Islamic preacher in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and Turkey’s public enemy number 1, is actually a Jew, a Karaite Jew in fact says Ersin Ramoglu, a columnist from pro-government newspaper Sabah, echoing Fuat Ugur, another pro-Erdogan journalist.

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Tamer Korkmaz of the pro-government daily Yeni Safak explained that Gulen is part of the Zionist – Crusader alliance which seeks to reduce Turkey to a colony of the West. According to Korkmaz, the venerable Jewish community organization B’nai Brith is in on the plot!

Such assertions were seconded by other columnists from leading dailies such as Can Kemal Ozer of pro-government Yeni Soz, and AKP parliamentary deputies such as Orhan Deligoz.

From this perspective, Gulenist activities, the chaos in Syria and even the activities of ISIS, are all machinations of the Jewish “Mastermind”, a ventriloquist puppet master, a Jewish Mephistopheles seeking to bring Turkey down.

Turkish anti-Semitism is a central bedrock of the ideological thinking of President Erdogan, his AKP government and their supporters. Try this easy test: The next time you hear of a negative political or economic development in Turkey, look out for the anti-Semitism. You can’t miss it.

False flag in the mirror of history

False flag in the mirror of history

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Mohammad Jamil

HISTORY is rife with false flag events, whether they are officially recognized or not, but by identifying the signs and understanding the objectives of the perpetrators, one can reach the truth. A false flag event takes its name from the ancient days of piracy. Before taking over a ship, pirates used to sail the flag of a nation that was known to be friendly to their targeted ship. When they got close enough, the pirates raised their flag showing their true identity and commandeer the unsuspecting ship taking all its valuables and killing its crew. Today’s false flag operations are much more subversive and don’t give their victims the chance of knowing they’ve been duped. However, declassified documents revealed that the US governments were involved in many false flag operations, while more than 60 such operations were admitted by the government functionaries in other countries.
India has resorted to false flag operations many a time including attack on Indian Parliament and Mumbai attacks that were intended to malign Pakistan. Indian media had carried a report stating that a former Home Ministry officer alleged that a member of the CBI-SIT team had accused incumbent governments of orchestrating the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. RVS Mani, who as Home Ministry Under-Secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the alleged encounter case, had said that “Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation”. In fact, because of India’s false flag operations, two nuclear states India and Pakistan were on the verge of a war, as India had moved its troops to the forward positions on the border.
Former President Barack Obama during his tenure had more than once said that 9/11 attacks were planned in Pakistan tribal region, which was travesty of the truth, as none of the attackers were from Pakistan or Afghanistan yet the US trying to make Pakistan a scapegoat. In Vietnam also, when America was losing the war, it had declared that all the support to Vietcong guerillas was coming through Cambodia; and it was on this basis that Cambodia was pulverized with massive bombing. America’s own declassified documents, objective accounts and analysis by their own historians, including war veterans, bear testimony to the fact that the Vietnamese resistance was wholly indigenous and the war was fought by the Vietnamese themselves. Even the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which the American warlords had made the casus belli for their Vietnam War, had turned out to be a big hoax.
Incontrovertible evidence has come out from declassified American documents that no US naval ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese Navy, and in fact no action had taken place on the night of August 2, 1964 nor any American ship was assaulted. Even Saddam’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and his touted links with Al-Qaeda that American conservatives and militarists had made the pretext for invading and occupying Iraq was a pre-planned conspiracy. The reason for invading Afghanistan was ascribed to Al-Qaeda; and it was proved beyond doubt that all those involved had been living in the western countries, studied in western universities and got training in American aviation academies. State Department’s Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Daniel Benjamin, in a briefing to the experts in Washington acknowledged that it was not Pakistan but there were other places where planning for terrorist acts was done.
An expert in investigative reporting had summed it up in these words: “There are some key characteristics that can be indicative of a false flag event. The catalyst is typically an explosive, spectacular event which is followed by immediate media saturation. Within a relatively short period of time a scapegoat will be named, establishing an enemy with little to no trial or investigation into other possibilities. The case will be closed, government action will ensue, and on a much more subversive level, someone will reap profit. And often those who profit are large corporations or military contractors that make exorbitant revenue through war and conflict.” In the US, Operation Northwoods was a plan prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intending to garner support for an unprovoked war against communist Cuba through subversive plans that ranged from blowing up US naval ships to hijacking commercial airliners and crashing them. But the plant was rejected by the then President John F Kennedy.
Among the numerous instances of false flags, one event that became synonymous with the term and effectively led to one of the most atrocious outcomes was the Reichstag Fire supposedly committed by Marinus Van Der Lubbe who had set fire to the parliamentary Reichstag building, under the guise of a communist radical. While he was known to be eccentric and a mental patient, his behaviour during the subsequent trial as well as the extenuating circumstances surrounding German government at the time, tell a different story. Before the Reichstag fire, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany during its nascent democracy. He of course wanted authoritarian power, which could only be attained by invoking an emergency clause called the Enabling Act. He needed a two-thirds majority in the Reichstag, as the Nazi Party only controlled 32 per cent.
—The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore.

Mohammad JamilHISTORY is rife with false flag events, whether they are officially recognized or not, but by identifying the signs and understanding the objectives of the perpetrators, one can reach the truth. A false flag event takes its name from the ancient days of piracy. Before taking over a ship, pirates used to sail the flag of a nation that was known to be friendly to their targeted ship. When they got close enough, the pirates raised their flag showing their true identity and commandeer the unsuspecting ship taking all its valuables and killing its crew. Today’s false flag operations are much more subversive and don’t give their victims the chance of knowing they’ve been duped. However, declassified documents revealed that the US governments were involved in many false flag operations, while more than 60 such operations were admitted by the government functionaries in other countries.
India has resorted to false flag operations many a time including attack on Indian Parliament and Mumbai attacks that were intended to malign Pakistan. Indian media had carried a report stating that a former Home Ministry officer alleged that a member of the CBI-SIT team had accused incumbent governments of orchestrating the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. RVS Mani, who as Home Ministry Under-Secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the alleged encounter case, had said that “Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation”. In fact, because of India’s false flag operations, two nuclear states India and Pakistan were on the verge of a war, as India had moved its troops to the forward positions on the border.
Former President Barack Obama during his tenure had more than once said that 9/11 attacks were planned in Pakistan tribal region, which was travesty of the truth, as none of the attackers were from Pakistan or Afghanistan yet the US trying to make Pakistan a scapegoat. In Vietnam also, when America was losing the war, it had declared that all the support to Vietcong guerillas was coming through Cambodia; and it was on this basis that Cambodia was pulverized with massive bombing. America’s own declassified documents, objective accounts and analysis by their own historians, including war veterans, bear testimony to the fact that the Vietnamese resistance was wholly indigenous and the war was fought by the Vietnamese themselves. Even the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which the American warlords had made the casus belli for their Vietnam War, had turned out to be a big hoax.
Incontrovertible evidence has come out from declassified American documents that no US naval ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese Navy, and in fact no action had taken place on the night of August 2, 1964 nor any American ship was assaulted. Even Saddam’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and his touted links with Al-Qaeda that American conservatives and militarists had made the pretext for invading and occupying Iraq was a pre-planned conspiracy. The reason for invading Afghanistan was ascribed to Al-Qaeda; and it was proved beyond doubt that all those involved had been living in the western countries, studied in western universities and got training in American aviation academies. State Department’s Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Daniel Benjamin, in a briefing to the experts in Washington acknowledged that it was not Pakistan but there were other places where planning for terrorist acts was done.
An expert in investigative reporting had summed it up in these words: “There are some key characteristics that can be indicative of a false flag event. The catalyst is typically an explosive, spectacular event which is followed by immediate media saturation. Within a relatively short period of time a scapegoat will be named, establishing an enemy with little to no trial or investigation into other possibilities. The case will be closed, government action will ensue, and on a much more subversive level, someone will reap profit. And often those who profit are large corporations or military contractors that make exorbitant revenue through war and conflict.” In the US, Operation Northwoods was a plan prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intending to garner support for an unprovoked war against communist Cuba through subversive plans that ranged from blowing up US naval ships to hijacking commercial airliners and crashing them. But the plant was rejected by the then President John F Kennedy.
Among the numerous instances of false flags, one event that became synonymous with the term and effectively led to one of the most atrocious outcomes was the Reichstag Fire supposedly committed by Marinus Van Der Lubbe who had set fire to the parliamentary Reichstag building, under the guise of a communist radical. While he was known to be eccentric and a mental patient, his behaviour during the subsequent trial as well as the extenuating circumstances surrounding German government at the time, tell a different story. Before the Reichstag fire, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany during its nascent democracy. He of course wanted authoritarian power, which could only be attained by invoking an emergency clause called the Enabling Act. He needed a two-thirds majority in the Reichstag, as the Nazi Party only controlled 32 per cent.
—The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore