August 20, 2014

Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression

 by David Martin

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.
1. Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.
2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the "how dare you?" gambit.
3. Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through "rumors."
4. Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.
5. Call the skeptics names like "conspiracy theorist," "nut," "ranter," "kook," "crackpot," and of course, "rumor monger." You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned.
6. Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money.
7. Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.
8. Dismiss the charges as "old news."
9. Come half-clean. This is also known as "confession and avoidance" or "taking the limited hang-out route." This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal "mistakes." This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken.
10. Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.
11. Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. For example: We have a completely free press. If they know of evidence that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing they would have reported it. They haven't reported it, so there was no prior knowledge by the BATF. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press that would report it.
12. Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely.
13. Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or reporting a distraction.

http://www.brasscheck.com/martin.html

August 4, 2014

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Speech at the 25th Bálványos Summer Free University and Student Camp


30 July 2014

26 July 2014, Tusnádfürdő (Băile Tuşnad), Romania

Good afternoon, everyone! Greetings to all of you!

When we last saw each other a year ago, I began my speech by saying that we are attending the last gathering here in Tusnádfürdő before the upcoming general elections in Hungary. Now, I can tell you that we are attending the first gathering here in Tusnádfürdő following the elections in Hungary, and I can tell you all the good news that we were victorious at those elections. And in fact we won twice, because in addition to the general elections there were also European Parliament elections. Perhaps everyone here is aware of the fact that we will be holding the third set of elections in Hungary this year on 12 October, the Hungarian local government elections, which are important and significant with regard to Hungarian state life.

July 30, 2014

In Latin America, Russia and China Push New World Order


 
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping visited Latin America this month to push a new "international order" and boost relations between their regimes and the region’s totalitarian-minded rulers, signing huge deals with their counterparts in the Western Hemisphere on everything from trade and economic cooperation to military issues and espionage. According to analysts, the official Sino-Russo trips to the region highlight the fast-shifting geopolitical scene, with the world being shepherded in controlled fashion toward a new, “multi-polar” world order featuring a neutered United States and more unaccountable “global governance.”
From the start, Putin emphasized the agenda behind his trip. “We are interested in strong, economically stable and politically independent, united Latin America that is becoming an important part of the emerging polycentric world order,” he said. On the domestic front, Putin touted his emerging “Eurasian Economic Union,” a misnamed “trade” bloc bringing together several “former” Soviet regimes. In Latin America, the ex-KGB figure touted similar integration schemes — particularly the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which includes all governments in the Americas except the United States and Canada.

July 28, 2014

Netanyahu's Message to the world


Netanyahu's Message to the world
"Let us go out to Him outside the camp." Hebrews 13:13


     I ask, not only for your support. I ask for your moral stance.

     I ask you to support Israel’s right to defend itself and not to sanctify the idea that these brutal terrorists can attack a beleaguered democracy, can rocket our cities, can target millions of our people, can hide among their civilians and get away with it.

     Because if they can – you’re next.

     And what message does it send to Al Qaeda, to Boko Haram, Hezbollah, to ISIS, what does it send? What kind of message does it send? What kind of moral message does it send?

     When Israel is being condemned for doing what any Democracy would legitametly do to defend itself?

    I ask you to stand with Israel, because it is right. It is our right to defend ourselves and it is our right to exercise that right.”



http://crossroad.to/articles2/0014/Netanyahu/message-to-the-world.htm

July 26, 2014

Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?


Cliff Kincaid
In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else?

The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose leadership Germany has made great progress in the social, economic and political spheres.”

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The message noted “the high level of cooperation that Russia and Germany have reached,” and reported that Putin told Merkel “that the further development of bilateral ties regardless of the political situation serves the interests of both nations.”

The comments were included in the context of greetings on Merkel’s 60th birthday.

The Kyiv Post reports that the people of Ukraine, who are involved in that “political situation” alluded to by Putin, are not amused.

Kyiv Post website editor Oksana Torhan reports that “tens of thousands of Ukrainians and their supporters worldwide began taunting Merkel immediately after photographs of her laughing with Putin [during the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13] were made public.”


GUERRILLA REPORT


V'S ALERT AND TRANSCRIPT OF HIS TALK WITH 4 STAR GENERAL-THANK YOU MANETTE AND L. FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS AVAILABLE

GUERRILLA REPORT 07.16.2014

All right, folks, today is actually Wednesday, July the 16th, 2014, and this is the Guerrilla, reporting to you live. I don’t have any background music to run. I don’t think I need any background music, because, you know, what I am about to tell you is something that is very, very dramatic. It is very serious. Without giving too much information away and sources and things of that sort, I have had a major confirmation by a gentleman who is a Four Star General.

I had a conversation with this source until about like 1 AM in the morning last night, and I had to post this audio interview, because as this audio interview was being put together, I was thinking about what to say, you know, as it was actually happening. I was working on this article, the article that I just posted, “The New World Reordered.” It is not my longest article, but there is enough information there that you can begin to see an emerging picture here. It’s very key – it’s very, very important, and this audio that I am giving you guys is also very, very important.

This Four Star General – let me give you a little background about this guy. He is Air Force – he’s actually a real prominent individual within the Air Force. He’s a very elite individual, in the sense that he is one of the few who went from being a Major to a Four Star General within a span of four years. That’s how much of a hot shot this guy is. He is also in charge – or was in charge – of Asymmetrical Warfare. Okay, so they war gamed a lot of things – and if you do not know what asymmetrical warfare is, basically, it is fighting a war in an unconventional way, that it defeats the enemy without firing a shot. That’s asymmetrical warfare, but of course the reality is, shots are always fired.

July 25, 2014

Analyst: Germany Secretly Planning to Join BRICS


NSA surveillance controversy centered on U.S. fear that Europe's economic powerhouse will dump the dollar

by Paul Joseph Watson | July 24, 2014

Financial analyst Jim Willie sensationally claims that Germany is preparing to ditch the unipolar system backed by NATO and the U.S. in favor of joining the BRICS nations, and that this is why the NSA was caught spying on Angela Merkel and other German leaders.

In an interview with USA Watchdog’s Greg Hunter, Willie, a statistical analyst who holds a PhD in statistics, asserted that the real reason behind the recent NSA surveillance scandal targeting Germany was centered around the United States’ fear that Europe’s financial powerhouse is looking to escape from an inevitable dollar collapse.

“I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do,” said Willie.

July 23, 2014

Opening remarks of Vladimir Putin at the Russian Security Council meeting


Note: normally the meetings of the Russian Security Council are held behind closed doors.  This time, however, the press was allowed in just to record the beginning of the opening remarks of Vladimir Putin.  Then the press was asked to leave.  Clearly, this is intended as a message to the Russian people.  I have bolded out the part which appear the most important to me.

The Saker
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Good afternoon, colleagues.

Today we will consider the fundamental issues of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country. We all understand how many political, ethnic, legal, social, economic and other aspects this topic encompasses.

Sovereignty and territorial integrity are fundamental values, as I have already said. We are referring to the maintenance of the independence and unity of our state, to the reliable protection of our territory, our constitutional system and to the timely neutralization of internal and external threats, of which there are quite a few in the world today. I should make it clear from the start that, obviously, there is no direct military threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country. Primarily, the strategic balance of forces in the world guarantees this.

We, on our part, strictly comply with the norms of international law and with our commitments to our partners, and we expect other countries, unions of states and military-political alliances to do the same, while Russia is fortunately not a member of any alliance. This is also a guarantee of our sovereignty.

Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty. This does not always meet the national interests of a given country, but this is their sovereign decision. We expect our national legal interests to be respected, while any controversies that always exist, to be resolved only through diplomatic efforts, by means of negotiations. Nobody should interfere in our internal affairs.

However, ever more frequently today we hear of ultimatums and sanctions. The very notion of state sovereignty is being washed out. Undesirable regimes, countries that conduct an independent policy or that simply stand in the way of somebody’s interests get destabilized. Tools used for this purpose are the so-called color revolutions, or, in simple terms – takeovers instigated and financed from the outside.

July 22, 2014

What Makes Strelkov Feel “Melancholy” – Military-Political Situation Report, July 20, 2014

Ukraine: the plot thickens



Part I

Monday 21 July 2014

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Far from the situation getting clearer as time goes on, the events around the destruction of Flight MH17 are getting murkier with each passing hour, the reporting from the popular media continuing to obscure rather than inform.

Having followed the developments all Sunday, a single post I have written is now over-long so I have broken it up into several parts, starting with a review of a piece in The Observer that offers a headline proclaiming "MH17: the evidence against Russia".


What grabbed my attention, though, was the sub-heading, which immediately goes on to declare: "In the hours after the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, evidence assembled from various sources appeared to point the blame at militants armed with Russian missiles".

This seems classic of the genre, tainting the media coverage. The "militants" (or separatists) are being automatically linked with the Russians – fair enough in normal circumstances but not in this situation, where the assumption that the two are working together has Russia share the responsibility for the destruction of HM17.


July 16, 2014

HUNGARY EXCLUSIVE BREAKING……Is the EC/US axis about to try and destabilise the dissenting Government of Viktor Orban?

SOROS INVOLVEMENT IN DIRTY TRICKS SPELLS TROUBLE FOR HUNGARY


The Slog first posted about Viktor Orban’s outspoken Hungarian government in January 2012. Since then, Mr Orban has won a further General Election here by a very clear majority.This is called democracy.

Hungary is an EU member that wisely decided to stay out of the eurozone.

Hungarian politics are complex, but the Sun headline is this: Orban and his right wing Party are actually nationalists opposed to three things – US neoliberalist colonisation, the euro, and Brussels throwing it’s weight about. Although the Opposition in Budapest positions itself as ‘socialist’, it actually consists largely of former Soviet apparatchiks who became reborn as neoliberal fanatics soon after the USSR collapsed. But they still like the idea of rule by faceless bureaucrats: and so naturally, the EU suits them perfectly. (Think Angela Merkel)

Now think of Hungary this way: Orban is rather like the Tory/UKip opposition to creeping dictatorial superstate, trying to keep the Dromey/Miliband/Balls axis of opportunism at bay. The only difference is that Orban has won two sweeping majorities in a row, and he isn’t up US globalism’s arse.

Since 2010, Orban has committed three sins in the eyes of the Junckeresque US Fed/euro Believers. First, he told the IMF he didn’t need its loan. Second, he told the EC FinMins to mind their own business on the subject of his chosen economic strategy. And third, he’s made it clear that, for the foreseeable future, the euro is No 674 on his priority list.

In this context, the dispassionate observer discerns two trends: