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  1. http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_12_14/US-NATO-EU-and-the-desperate-subversion-of-Ukraine-8010/ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Today what we are seeing in Ukraine are the now overt manifestations of a long-running covert subversion of Ukraine by all of the instruments used by the United States, including those controlled by CIA, the State Department, the military industrial complex, banks, NGOs, corporations and US surrogates in the EU and NATO, which for simplicity we will call "US/NATO". Since the collapse of the USSR (and some might argue since NATO’s very creation) US/NATO have been intensely consolidating their hegemony and control over Eastern Europe using each and every instrument at their disposal and pouring billions of dollars into the effort. 0These efforts include cultural, economic, educational, judicial, media, military, political, religious, security, social and trade manipulations and subversions all designed to subvert the sovereignty of Ukraine and bring it under permanent and total US/NATO control. The efforts by US/NATO in manipulating Ukraine have been so wide-ranging and at times subtle that it may now be difficult to extract the influences entirely from Ukrainian society and even more so from the minds of the Ukrainian people. 0Many Ukrainians believe, as do the peoples of many countries that have been the subject of the massive subversion efforts of the US machine, that the parroted words "democracy" and "freedom" actually mean something to the US/NATO, for these are the standard reasons that the common people are given when they are pushed into accepting things that will in fact subvert the sovereignty of their countries and subjugate themselves to the US/NATO machine. 0The words "freedom" and "democracy" are constantly parroted by officials and the subservient western media when reporting or discussing Ukraine thus giving the common people the impression that this is in fact what the protests in the abstract-far-way-land are all about. This is also true for western subverted internal Ukrainian media outlets, who claim to be exercising freedom of the press, when in fact they are engaged in the very subversions of their own countries. The promotion and portrayal of efforts at subversion as being in the best interests of the citizens are all important parts of CIA and US/NATO psychological and media operations and are key in bringing about the desired results, including such as what we are seeing now in Ukraine. 0Without going into specifics as they are available anywhere on the net subversive efforts in Ukraine have targeted every sector of the population and have benefited from keeping the economic conditions of Ukrainians weak so that Ukrainians are dissatisfied and looking to the "West" for betterment. This is a false hope and a false savior but as Russia found out an idea that took hold and continues to be promoted in Ukraine unlike Russia which finally saw the beast of the West for what it really was and said no to NGOs USAID and US/NATO’s takeover of Russia. 0The efforts have included first and foremost information and media manipulation, through organizations like USAID and NGOs civil society manipulation including in educational institutions (through subtle rewrites of history and carefully constructed curricula), health clinics and as we have seen in the past sterilization programs and the like (not necessarily in Ukraine but nonetheless used for population control and getting rid of undesirable populations). Other efforts include everything from fast food outlets (degrading the national diet and more importantly national mealtimes) and addicting the population (through subtle chemical additives and the like), entertainment (glorifying America and their depraved culture of sex and violence), internet (the favored tool for monitoring surveillance and control through social media) and everything and anything else that can be used to subvert the Ukrainian identity and glorify the West. The above tactics are not part of some conspiracy theory but tired and proven instruments of the NSA, the CIA and US/NATO. 0When all of these fail (or in addition to the above) US/NATO might foment inter-ethnic, sectarian or religious strife and manipulate divisions and when all of those mechanisms fail to bring about the changes they seek to bring the country under control they will then resort to arming the opposition and as in Yugoslavia, Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and then they attempt in Syria, providing military and air-support to forcibly remove the leadership of the country and install their puppet regimes. 0In Russia such attempts were in fact stopped thanks to a strong president and attentive security services however in Ukraine, as in almost all of the former Soviet Republics the demonization of Russia coupled with poor economic conditions, glorification of US/NATO/EU, and all or some of the above efforts, the security services failed. In Ukraine this failure has led to a pliable and divided population ready to believe anything the West says and ready to submit to whatever the West wants almost without argument. And in the final ready to engage in treasonous activities against their own country, people and government. 0Current situation 0I would hope that this will be read by at least some of the Ukrainian people so that they might take time to consider what in fact they are tearing their country apart over. I would also plea with the Ukrainian people to in fact study what the realities are of what they EU is offering before they criticize their government or take part in western-backed demonstrations. 0What the EU offers 0On the surface what the West is offering Ukraine with its EU integration package is somehow a better economic situation for the country and its citizens, something that of course is attractive to those facing economic hardships and unemployment, but the reality is that in dollar value the plus for Ukraine is a mere $1 billion over seven years. This will be in exchange for a large part of Ukrainian sovereignty including control of trade, manufacturing and the like which will take the form of legally binding instruments supposedly designed to bring Ukraine into EU "compliance". It will also include the eventual loss of military sovereignty when Ukraine is forced to accept integration into NATO, which will not come cheap, will have to be paid for by Ukraine and take away money from social programs. 0This NATO integration is the key goal for the West in Ukraine. Nothing else matters. 0Such integration will also call for the Black Sea Fleet to be evicted and for the Ukrainian people to turn their backs (effectively) on their Slavic brothers to the North (Note: I rarely mention ethnic aspects but promoting unity among peoples who share historical roots is not a bad thing I believe) and open their arms and more importantly pockets, to the morally and otherwise bankrupt nations of US/NATO. 0In brief what US/NATO offers Ukraine is the giving up of sovereignty, the opening up of markets and workforces to exploitation, and in the end the territory on which to establish their military infrastructure and on which to stations missiles to aim at Russia. 0All talk of "assistance packages" must also be looked at with suspicion. While sounding as if the West is interested in assisting Ukraine, such economic mechanism are always come with conditions attached, including "reforms", legislation, regulation and of course there is the question of payback at a percentage. Nothing good is free and the Trojan Horse that the EU is offering is a dangerous one indeed. 0What Russia offers 0I am not an expert and there are certainly professors, legal scholars and economists who have studied all of the agreements in detail but, overall from the research I have done, the facts are as I have set them out here. 0Russia is offering Ukraine further integration in an economic block which will see its trade increased with the Russian Federation and which will bring Ukraine and the Ukrainian people over $100 billion dollars in the same seven year period that US/NATO/EU are offering a mere $1 billion. 0What is more Russia is not demanding that Ukraine "reform" its government, or change legislation or in any other way give up an ounce of its sovereignty. Nor is Russia demanding the stationing of its troops in Ukraine or the installation of missiles to point at some bogeyman. 0For Ukraine it is a win-win with Russia and it is a logical choice for the Ukrainian Government and the Ukrainian people. Russia and Ukraine share a long and deep shared history, shared languages, shared faith, a shared national character and a shared faith. Any division, even only in the Orthodox Faith, where deeper rapport was recently achieved must not be allowed to stand. 0The US/NATO/EU strategy of divide and conquer must not be allowed to stand and anyone guilty of promoting it, I would argue is guilty of treason not only to their own country but to their own people. 0Will Ukraine look out for its own best interests? 0The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych must be applauded for having the courage, the intelligence and the vision to pursue a path that is best for his country and for his people. Will he follow the lead of Russian President Vladimir Putin and demand respect for the sovereignty of his nation? The answer to that appears to be yes. 0On Friday President Yanukovych promised to sack all of the officials who were in charge of preparing the Association and Free Trade Area Agreement with the European Union which they tried to push through under pressure from US/NATO/EU. 0"Those who prepared the agreement will be relieved of their duties or sacked altogether," he said during a round-table discussion to seek a way out of the crisis. 0US/NATO/EU try to pressure Ukraine during internal crisis 0What the US/NATO/EU are doing, both covertly and now overtly, to attempt to influence the internal political processes in the country and even bring about the removal of yet another leader are clearly acts of subversion and in real terms anyone inside the country who is knowingly assisting in such is guilty of treason. It is an internal sovereign Ukrainian decision which must be supported and must be protected from outside interference. 0The level of open US interference has been called many things, even "crazy" by Russian officials, and goes further to underline the real intentions of US/NATO/EU for Ukraine. It is hard to imagine that there would be such a violent reaction from any country for the refusal to sign a mere trade and integration agreement and it shows the insane anti-Russia hysteria that still exists in the West. 0US/NATO/EU attempts at influencing Ukraine 0The attempts by the West at influencing Ukraine into rushing into an agreement with the EU have been unprecedented in scope quantity and degree and have included everything but threats of military strikes or arming the opposition to start bloodshed in the country. 0The infrastructure that CIA installed to bring about the Orange Revolution appears to be intact and has been reactivated but apparently this time around the support is just not there, so CIA/State have brought out every other thing they can think of including: 0- A White House online petition demanding the US government impose sanctions on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. 0- Calls by the US backed opposition for early elections and for the government to resign 0- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland presence at demonstrations and joining in demanding the fall of democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovych. 0- German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle arriving at a protest camp with two opposition leaders and saying "Ukraine should be on board with Europe." 0- US State Department said on Wednesday it is considering all options, including sanction 0EC actions are flagrant interference in internal affairs - Medvedev 0Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called recent visits by members of the European Commission to a protest site in Kyiv as "flagrant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state." 0"Flagrant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state is the only way I can describe the trips (to Ukraine) by some officials from the European Union and from other countries with visits to sites of civil protest activity, and sites of unauthorized events," he said. 0Prime Minister Medvedev also has branded recent visits of members of the European Commission to a site of mass pro-European Union demonstrations in Kyiv as "crazy." 0"It looks pretty crazy when incumbent ministers or European Commissioners come out onto a square. I don't think this is the way to behave in the 21st century," he told a news conference in Moscow. 0In a television interview with Russian media Prime Minister Medvedev said the actions by the West were a threat to Ukraine as a country and an attack on their sovereignty. 0US/NATO/EU obtuse 0"Some of the comments that have been made by American officials over the last few days are shocking," Sergei Ryabkov told Russian government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 0I may assure you that we have sent all the necessary signals via Ms. Nuland (US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) to the effect that interference in domestic processes in Ukraine may have very serious consequences," he said. 0"But it appears that we haven't been heard in Washington again," he added. 0Revenge for Syria worse than just revenge for Syria 0The US attempts to influence the situation in Ukraine are a desire to get revenge for the defeat in Syria said the head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexei Pushkov. 0"This hysterical reaction of the West to the fact that Ukraine refused to sign the association agreement with the EU, these political troops, which were landed there, the arrival of the Americans (although the European association is not their business), all these immediately shows, who was behind this idea: the wires are in the hands of the United States," the MP said. 0"The nerves of the State Department have snapped, it was staying away, but it can resist any longer: '… we can't endure it any more – we are going to you with pies, ' this is not a demonstration of the strength of the EU and USA, but of their weakness," he said. 0Pushkov is convinced that after the defeat of the USA in Syria, after all these failures in the foreign policy, Washington has a great desire to "take revenge in Ukraine", to show that the West has the initiative, that the West is still the force that determines the course of events in global affairs. "Ukraine has become the arena, which determines whether the West is losing the initiative or not," he said. 0US continues pulling out all the stops in Ukrainian interference 0US Senator John McCain, who is a key figure in almost every country that the US has attempted to or succeeded in bringing about a regime change or a military invasion is to arrive in Ukraine over the weekend, the highest-ranking US official to meet with the opposition and protestors. 0"Senator McCain is traveling to Ukraine to meet with government officials, opposition leaders and civil society at this critical time as Ukrainians struggle for their future," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told The Daily Beast. 0McCain is supposed to be in Kyiv on Saturday and Sunday, according to the report. He will be joined there Sunday by Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, according to The Daily Beast. 0It is not clear upon whose invitation he is arriving in Ukraine but it is clear as with Moscow that organizers of color revolutions and middlemen for the CIA are always called in when US/NATO are desperate to effect regime change. Whether his presence will be welcomed by President Yanukovych remains to be seen. 0Hopefully the appearance of McCain in Ukraine is not a sign that the West is ready to push Ukraine into a civil war but judging from McCain’s past record and his involvement in Benghazi, Libya, Iraq and other US war zones, this may be a distinct possibility. 0Continuing Russophobic hysteria 0The irrational and "crazy" reaction by US/NATO/EU to a simple trade decision might be easier to understand given the light of the continuing and even escalated Russophobia in the West, something promoted by NATO which is desperately trying to stay relevant, by the US which needs a bogeyman to maintain the profit margins for the Military Industrial Complex and by the EU which seeks to appease its US/NATO masters. 0Again, and I have said this many times, European Russia makes up 40% of Europe and Ukraine is the largest country in Europe aside from Russia, so the ongoing attempts by the EU to somehow exclude Russia from Europe are also not entirely sane or logical to put it mildly. 0Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff recently stated in an interview with the Voice of Russia in which he discussed Russian media that Russophobia continues and has escalated in the US. 0"… despite the end of Soviet Communism there was no end of Russophobia, that not only continued but I would argue in many ways it has been escalated." 0Continuing desperate attempts at achieving hegemony 0The attempts by US/NATO/EU to pull Ukraine into its sphere of influence and away from Russia only show the desperation that they have in proving to the world that they are still the masters of all of us and follows the policy of the West that any country that shows any modicum of independence or sovereignty must either have its leader gotten rid of or must be destroyed entirely. 0The views and opinions expressed here are my own. I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru. John Robles Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_12_14/US-NATO-EU-and-the-desperate-subversion-of-Ukraine-8010/
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    Now we have the answer

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    WTC 6

  4. Specialized Military Police Deployed in America During Civil Unrest by Susanne Posel 8/1/12 --------------o---------------- http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32152 In Camp Pendleton, California, the Marine Corp have created a law-enforcement battalion (ELB) consisting of specialized military police officers (SMP) that will be deployed to assist in investigating crimes dealing with drug trafficking, train security and terrorism. The ELBs contain an estimated 500 SMPs and trained dogs. While capitalizing on their investigative and police training, they will take the role of current street cops while still remaining part of the Marine Corp. Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton states: “Over the past 11 years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, some lessons learned painfully, there has been a growing appreciation and a demand for, on the part of the war-fighter, the unique skills and capabilities that MPs bring to the fight. We do enforce traffic laws and we do write reports and tickets, and that’s good, but we do so much more than that.” Having been deployed overseas prior to their new placement, these SMPs will secure evidence and assist local police departments in building cases against predetermined criminal networks. They may even conduct raids in cities and add to the show of force that is now being used to intimidate the average citizen. SMPs would be deployed to assist in any event of civil disturbance, handling of detainees, use biometrics to identify suspects and conduct forensic work. Their assistance is not limited to conducting DUIs and writing speeding tickets in an effort to re-brand the Marine Corps as being more involved with average work now allocated to local law enforcement. Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton states: “Over the past 11 years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, some lessons learned painfully, there has been a growing appreciation and a demand for, on the part of the war-fighter, the unique skills and capabilities that MPs bring to the fight. We do enforce traffic laws and we do write reports and tickets, and that’s good, but we do so much more than that.” Loren Thompson, defense analyst, said: “This is a smart idea because the biggest single problem the Marines have in dealing with low-intensity types of threats is that they basically are trained to kill people. It’s good for the Marines to have skills that allow them to contain threats without creating casualties.” Last June, the Department of Defense began testing military drills in Missouri. While local residents of St. Louis City were warned not to be “alarmed” as US Army tanks travelled down residential neighborhoods. They were told that this is not the beginning signs of martial law. Drills involving the US military and mock civilian uprisings or riot scenarios were conducted at Vigilant Guard 2010 where “Americans” were told to demand food and their Constitutional rights while soldiers practiced subduing and containing them. Martial law was declared in Chicago before the NATO Summit commenced. Clear “red Zone” areas around Chicago were marked while the DOT shut down access roads in and out of the downtown area. Plans to evacuate the city should “terrorist attacks” be carried out. Joliet State Prison was transformed into a detention center for NATO. Urban warfare drills were conducted months prior to the Summit to prepare for the possibility of civilian evacuation. ++++++++o++++++++++ DHS Preparing for Civil War In US? According to Doug Hagmann , private investigator, his high-level source at DHS confirmed that the agency is preparing for “massive civil war” in the US. Hagmann says: “We have problems . . . The federal government is preparing for civil uprising. . . so every time you hear about troop movements, every time you hear about movements of military equipment, the militarization of the police, the buying of the ammunition, all of this is . . . they (DHS) are preparing for a massive uprising.” He continues: “It’s going to get so much worse toward the election, and I’m not even sure we’re going to have an election in this country. It’s going to be that bad, and this, as well, is coming from my sources. But one source in particular said, ‘look, you don’t understand how bad it is.’ This stuff is real; these people, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), they are ready to fight the American people.” Hagmann confirmed that the cause of the national emergency would be centered on the US dollar. Because hyperinflation is coming because of the “un-sustainability of the American dollar” money will be worthless which will trigger massive panic due to a complete economic collapse. Back in March, Obama signed executive order National Defense Resources Preparedness ( EO 13603) which gives the federal government permission to seize all property in the interests of national security “in peacetime and in times of national emergency.” Neither of those terms was defined, leaving the door open to situational interpretation. Obama’s EO was nearly a copy of the Defense Production Act of 1950 under FEMA. This Act says all means of human survival are the President’s to confiscate and control at his discretion. The NDAA denies American citizens inherent Constitutional and human rights in the event of a national emergency. There is no mention of Congress’ role of authority in it, leaving speculations as to the President’s plan for the future of our Congressional branch of government. All allocation of resources to the government will be “as needed” to defend the nation. This ambiguous term could allow federal and military agencies to view the private property of civilians as theirs which could force an incident or create a situation. Setting this EO in place, prior to these manifestations of evidence of a silent martial law being enacted domestically; this is the nail on the coffin of our Constitutional liberties. Now we are witnessing the military on our streets. DHS is acquiring SWAT and riot gear and massive amounts of ammunition . The evidence of their next step is becoming clear. ###############o0o############### = RELATED = Marine Corps Creates Law Enforcement Battalions Julie Watson 8/1/12 http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32124
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    DHS Preparing for Civil War In US?

    RELATED }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} British Army would use “Whatever Means Possible” should Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister. British General By Jonathan Cook Global Research, September 21, 2015 = http://www.globalresearch.ca/british-army-would-use-whatever-means-possible-should-jeremy-corbyn-become-prime-minister-british-general/5477206 There has been some debate about the significance of a warning issued this weekend through Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times by a British general that the army would “mutiny” and use “whatever means possible, fair or foul” should the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ever get near 10 Downing Street.
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    MKULTRA and the assassination

    Aside from it being unsavoury, it has nothing to do with the JFK assassination. // Gordon ===================== BELOW REMOVED POST # 61 of thread >>>> http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=22227&p=314310 gaal =========== Dear Sir , Assassination and the abuse of children is unsavory ,however, said matters concern the JFK assassination study. The Forum has a history of posts on MK ultra and assassination and also the use of children in spy craft. (H & L MEGA THREAD). SEE BELOW RELEVANCE TO TOPIC. YOUR removal of my post is a anti-educational act, IMHO. gaal ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ MKULTRA and the assassination (THREAD relevant to JFK assassination) see >>>> http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=4000 ============================================================================ The Hidden Tragedy of the CIA's Experiments on Children http://www.truth-out.org/archive/item/91211:the-hidden-tragedy-of-the-cias-experiments-on-children ======== Programmed Assassins Used in Mind Control Image of Original Declassified CIA Document Declassified CIA document (image below): http://www.wanttoknow.info/mind_control/foia_mind_control/190691_assassins_programmed_mind_control "Miss [redacted] was instructed (having previously expressed a fear of firearms in any fashion) that she would use every method at her disposal to awaken Miss [redacted] (now in a deep hypnotic sleep). Failing this, she would pick up a pistol nearby and fire it at Miss [redacted]. "She was instructed that her rage would be so great that she would not hesitate to "kill" [ redacted] for failing to awaken. Miss [redacted] carried out these suggestions to the letter including firing the (unloaded) gun at [redacted] and then proceeded to fall into a deep sleep. Both were awakened and expressed complete amnesia for the entire sequence.
  8. Recipe for Vote Fraud: Global Internet Voting Firm Buys U.S. Election Results Reporting Firm January 15th, 2012 Bev Harris Black Box Voting January 15, 2012 In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company. When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private corporate site controlled by SOE software, which operates under the name ClarityElections.com. The good news is that this firm promptly reports precinct-level detail in downloadable spreadsheet format. As reported by BlackBoxVoting.org in 2008, the bad news is that this centralizes one middleman access point for over 525 jurisdictions in AL, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, KY, MI, KS, IL, IN, NC, NM, MN, NY, SC, TX, UT, WA. And growing. As local election results funnel through SOE’s servers (typically before they reach the public elsewhere), those who run the computer servers for SOE essentially get “first look” at results and the ability to immediately and privately examine vote details throughout the USA. In 2004, many Americans were justifiably concerned when, days before the presidential election, Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell redirected Ohio election night results through the Tennessee-based server for several national Republican Party operations. This is worse: This redirects results reporting to a centralized privately held server which is not just for Ohio, but national; not just USA-based, but global. A mitigation against fraud by SOE insiders has been the separation of voting machine systems from the SOE results reports. Because most US jurisdictions require posting evidence of results from each voting machine at the precinct, public citizens can organize to examine these results to compare with SOE results. Black Box Voting spearheaded a national citizen action to videotape / photograph these poll tapes in 2008. With the merger of SOE and SCYTL, that won’t work (if SCYTL’s voting system is used). When there are two truly independent sources of information, the public can perform its own “audit” by matching one number against the other. These two independent sources, however, will now be merged into one single source: an Internet voting system controlled by SCYTL, with a results reporting system also controlled by SCYTL. With SCYTL internet voting, there will be no ballots. No physical evidence. No chain of custody. No way for the public to authenticate who actually cast the votes, chain of custody, or the count. SCYTL is moving into or already running elections in: the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, India and Australia. SCYTL is based in Barcelona; its funding comes from international venture capital funds including Nauta Capital, Balderton Capital and Spinnaker. Here is the link to the press release regarding SYCTL’s acquisition of SOE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/scytl-acquires-soe-software-becoming-the-leading-election-software-provider-2012-01-11
  9. Friday, September 4, 2015   Australia to replace postal voting with i-voting platform   http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SEXQ2uKzpRI/VfnwdovoTSI/AAAAAAAABuw/pK-Gr-kW8cU/s1600/Captura%2Bde%2Bpantalla%2B2015-09-16%2Ba%2Blas%2B17.41.19.png ================================= With a land mass of over 7 million square kilometres, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. However, it is also one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with a total population of density of just 2.7 people per square kilometre. Compare that to the approximately 32 people per square kilometre of the United States and the 349 people per square kilometre in India. What this means is that reaching each and every citizen can be quite a logistical challenge, particularly for residents of the Outback. It's no wonder that the Australia Post is considering the elimination of traditional home delivery for mail, moving toward local "community mailboxes" instead. For some Australians, this could mean walking several kilometres simply to fetch or to send off any mail at all. The future of the postal service in Australia is uncertain and this could leave postal voting in jeopardy. As it stands, Australians do have the opportunity to vote through the mail, but this configuration is rife with challenges. Sending blank paper ballots to citizens and then requiring them to send the ballots back can be costly and time-consuming, not to mention potentially unreliable as the ballots could be lost in the mail. Online voting can overcome many of the issues of postal voting, particularly for Australians living in remote areas. If they can get online, they can vote and the ballot can be received and tabulated instantly. As with any change, there are risks and challenges associated with online remote voting system. Ian Brightwell, Chief Information Officer for New South Wales’ Electoral Commission, has indicated that Internet voting is worth the risk. By moving toward internet voting, the democratic process is far more accessible not only for residents of remote areas, but also for Australians who may be living overseas or travelling interstate. There is no requirement to return back to their home district to cast a ballot. Australian authorities are not considering to replace traditional voting altogether; their goal is to provide a complimentary alternative that will enhance the accessibility of the electoral process. Brightwell foresees the iVote system accounting for no more than 10-15% of all ballots cast.
  10. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    The CIA uses and abuses children. Jack Ruby,Richard Allen Davis,Augusto Pinochet ,ect, the CIA will use any type of scum for its said purposes of protecting National Security. CIA is almost a synonymous word for oil. Oil is essential to national security. To satisfy Saudi Arabian lusts,girls aged 8 to 12 were (are ?? ) kidnapped out of the USA by the CIA. Richard Allen Davis stated he kidnapped Polly Klass for the money. Davis also stated he was going to abduct an additional girl that evening. Davis delivered Polly Klass to a property controlled by the Knock/Duboc organization,which was part of the famous CIA Drug Tug operation. (see below) ######################################### https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21topic/alt.true-crime/qSNAEIoDADA THE LORDS OF MARIJUANA AND THE KIDNAPPING OF POLLY KLAAS -- God in heaven heard our cries, and angel's tears filled somber skies. Out of anger and out of shame We quickly sought to place the blame. It was as though secretly we shared fear/of a finger pointing in the mirror." -- a poem, "For Polly," By Captain Patrick T. Parks "Who Killed Polly?" (Chapter 10) by Frank Spiering ######################################## FTR #7 Interview with Frank Spiering Posted by FTR ⋅ August 29, 1996 Lis­ten now: Side 1 | Side 2 <<<< AUDIO LINKS = This inter­view with noted crime writer Frank Spier­ing, author of Who Killed Polly, reveals facts con­cern­ing the Polly Klaas mur­der case that weren’t reported by the main­stream press. Out­rage over Polly’s mur­der led to the pas­sage of the “Three Strikes” law in Cal­i­for­nia. Although Richard Alan Davis cer­tainly kid­napped Polly, it appears unlikely that he killed her or sex­u­ally molested her. Nor did he act alone. Spier­ing reveals that Davis was prob­a­bly work­ing for some very pow­er­ful and influ­en­tial inter­ests and that Polly may very well have been sold into “white slav­ery,” used in a “snuff flick,” used for child pornog­ra­phy pur­poses, or pos­si­bly used in some sort of Satanic rit­ual. Spier­ing presents con­vinc­ing evi­dence that who­ever directed Davis and arranged for Polly’s kid­nap­ping had the sup­port and col­lu­sion of ele­ments of law enforce­ment, includ­ing the FBI. Global “kid­die porn” and “white slav­ery” oper­a­tions are detailed in the inter­view. Spier­ing died shortly after this inter­view was recorded. (Recorded in August of 1996.) ######################################## Drug TUG case http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-20-interview-with-harry-martin/ FTR #20 Interview with Harry Martin Posted by FTR ⋅ November 11, 1996 Listen now: Side 1 | Side 2 <<<< AUDIO LINKS = Much media attention was devoted in 1996 to "Dark Alliance," a San Jose Mercury News series discussing apparent links between San Francisco Bay Area connections to the CIA-Contra related cocaine traffic and the crack epidemic afflicting American inner cities and Afro-American communities. In 1989, Napa Sentinel editor Harry Martin drew on contacts within the law enforcement and intelligence communities to document a San Francisco Bay Area connection to the CIA-Contra related drug traffic that goes well beyond the scope of the Mercury News series. Nicknamed "the Drug Tug Case," the series analyzes a dizzying series of connections that came to light during an investigation of the bust of a barge laden with scores of tons of hashish and marijuana in San Francisco Bay. In addition to a revolving-door arrangement in which bankruptcy properties were used to maintain ownership of the Isla Jesusita (a drug and weapons-staging area off the coast of Costa Rica), the operation involved people who figured in the Christic Institute’s ill-fated investigation. The series also covers: the mysterious deaths of people involved in the case; strange legal maneuvering indicative of a cover-up; the rip-off of people who invested in a mortgage company that served as a money-laundering front in the investigation and indications that the cover-up of the case still goes on. In addition, the program touches on some of the other investigative series that Harry has done on the National Security establishment over the years. (Recorded 11/10/96.)   ######################################### Richard Allen Davis History http://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/davis-richard-allen.htm ======================================== see details Who Killed Polly?: The True Story Behind the Abduction and Murder of Polly Klaas Paperback – July, 1995 by Frank Spiering (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Who-Killed-Polly-Behind-Abduction/dp/0964761203 ##########################################   see SAUDI ARABIA http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226806.htm & also http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-512-alvin-of-arabia/ =============================================================== RELATED "THE FINDERS" I (Steven Gaal) talked to NameBase founder Daniel Brandt who the Finders tried to recruit. He did a many year investigation of the Finders group. CIA to use children as spies ,confirmatory Harvey and Lee. ,gaal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NameBase   see RELATED FINDERS POST >>> http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=19762&p=313206
  11. CNN Poli-tricks: How The Masters of Propaganda ‘Fixed’ The GOP Debate = http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/09/18/cnn-politricks-how-the-masters-of-propaganda-fix-the-gop-debate/
  12. Steven Gaal

    Proposed Military Strike on Syria

    Putin: Friend or Foe in Syria? by Patrick J. Buchanan, September 18, 2015 = http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2015/09/17/putin-friend-or-foe-in-syria/ = What Vladimir Putin is up to in Syria makes far more sense than what Barack Obama and John Kerry appear to be up to in Syria. The Russians are flying transports bringing tanks and troops to an air base near the coastal city of Latakia to create a supply chain to provide a steady flow of weapons and munitions to the Syrian army. Syrian President Bashar Assad, an ally of Russia, has lost half his country to ISIS and the Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaida. Putin fears that if Assad falls, Russia’s toehold in Syria and the Mediterranean will be lost, ISIS and al-Qaida will be in Damascus, and Islamic terrorism will have achieved its greatest victory. Is he wrong? Winston Churchill famously said in 1939: "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." Exactly. Putin is looking out for Russian national interests. And who do we Americans think will wind up in Damascus if Assad falls? A collapse of that regime, not out of the question, would result in a terrorist takeover, the massacre of thousands of Alawite Shiites and Syrian Christians, and the flight of millions more refugees into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – and thence on to Europe. Putin wants to prevent that. Don’t we? Why then are we spurning his offer to work with us? Are we still so miffed that when we helped to dump over the pro-Russian regime in Kiev, Putin countered by annexing Crimea? Get over it. Understandably, there is going to be friction between the two greatest military powers. Yet both of us have a vital interest in avoiding war with each other and a critical interest in seeing ISIS degraded and defeated. And if we consult those interests rather than respond to a reflexive Russophobia that passes for thought in the think tanks, we should be able to see our way clear to collaborate in Syria. Indeed, the problem in Syria is not so much with the Russians – or Iran, Hezbollah and Assad, all of whom see the Syrian civil war correctly as a fight to the finish against Sunni jihadis. Our problem has been that we have let our friends – the Turks, Israelis, Saudis and Gulf Arabs – convince us that no victory over ISIS can be achieved unless and until we bring down Assad. Once we get rid of Assad, they tell us, a grand U.S.-led coalition of Arabs and Turks can form up and march in to dispatch ISIS. This is neocon nonsense. Those giving us this advice are the same "cakewalk war" crowd who told us how Iraq would become a democratic model for the Middle East once Saddam Hussein was overthrown and how Moammar Gadhafi’s demise would mean the rise of a pro-Western Libya. When have these people ever been right? What is the brutal reality in this Syrian civil war, which has cost 250,000 lives and made refugees of half the population, with 4 million having fled the country? After four years of sectarian and ethnic slaughter, Syria will most likely never again be reconstituted along the century-old map lines of Sykes-Picot. Partition appears inevitable. And though Assad may survive for a time, his family’s days of ruling Syria are coming to a close. Yet it is in America’s interest not to have Assad fall – if his fall means the demoralization and collapse of his army, leaving no strong military force standing between ISIS and Damascus. Indeed, if Assad falls now, the beneficiary is not going to be those pro-American rebels who have defected or been routed every time they have seen combat and who are now virtually extinct. The victors will be ISIS and the Nusra Front, which control most of Syria between the Kurds in the northeast and the Assad regime in the southwest. Syria could swiftly become a strategic base camp and sanctuary of the Islamic State from which to pursue the battle for Baghdad, plot strikes against America and launch terror attacks across the region and around the world. Prediction: If Assad falls and ISIS rises in Damascus, a clamor will come – and not only from the Lindsey Grahams and John McCains – to send a U.S. army to invade and drive ISIS out, while the neocons go scrounging around to find a Syrian Ahmed Chalabi in northern Virginia. Then this nation will be convulsed in a great war debate over whether to send that U.S. army to invade Syria and destroy ISIS. And while our Middle Eastern and European allies sit on the sidelines and cheer on the American intervention, this country will face an antiwar movement the likes of which have not been seen since Col. Lindbergh spoke for America First. In making ISIS, not Assad, public enemy No. 1, Putin has it right. It is we Americans who are the mystery inside an enigma now.
  13. (PURE GUESS IS THAT SKEPTICS (WHO MANY SEEM TO BE AN appendage of Big PHARMA) will dismiss this issue.,gaal) http://www.hangthebankers.com/6th-doctor-found-dead-in-a-month/ Yet another doctor was just found murdered inside his home here on the East Coast of Florida. This makes six doctors to be found dead in the last month just from this region of the country alone. Four out of the six were found dead here in Florida. We lost the holistic Dr. Teresa Sievers, MD, who was found murdered in her Florida home just weeks ago. We’ve also lost the alternative Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, MD, who was found in a river with a gunshot to his chest. He’d recently moved to Georgia from Florida. We’ve also lost the Osteopath. Dr. Riley, who was found in Georgia at her home; just a few hours from the Florida border. She was found with a gunshot wound to her head. Now we’ve lost Dr. Schwartz MD, who was found murdered in his home, on Sunday, July 19th, 2015. This was four weeks to the day after the death of the first physician: (Dr. Bradstreet MD) who I broke the story on a month ago. His family is still seeking answers as to what happened to him and they’re some of the kindest people I know. The latest MD, Dr. Schwartz, in the picture above, lived just north of the fit, healthy, holistic Dr. Hedendal; who was the second doctor to be found dead this past Father’s Day, in Boca Raton. This was the same day that Dr. Holt died at the age of 33. Both were fathers; and again, both men died here in Florida on June 21st, 2015. From the article on this breaking news of this doctor’s murder: Police are investigating, after a doctor was found dead in his Jupiter, FL, home on Sunday. (July 19th) According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, authorities were called to the home of Dr. Ronald Schwartz, 64, in the 9700 block of Mockingbird Trail, to perform a welfare check. Deputies determined through investigation, that Schwartz was the victim of a homicide. No other details were immediately released. Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-458-TIPS. We have no other details at this time except to say Dr. Schwartz was an MD and gynecologist, who practiced in Jupiter, Florida just a few hours from here. I will continue to report these stories and never intended it to become a series when I first broke the story on Dr Bradstreet one month ago. There are many other doctors who have died around the country in a few strange accidents lately; but I’ve only really been focusing on the ones in this area, which have happened in such a short amount of time. Please call the number above if you have ANY information on this murder. Our hearts goes out to his family, friends, and loved ones. Interestingly, while authorities say they are looking for tips, they’re saying neighbors shouldn’t be concerned. We’ll update you on that as developments continue. I’ve been contacted several times now by mainstream news, and I suspect this frequency will increase with the publication of this story. I have declined a few interviews before, but at this point I will do whatever it takes to find the killer, or killers, out there. I also want to find the missing doctors who have both vanished without a trace. If you click on this article about the missing doctors, I’ve included a link that came out today; which states authorities are searching for one of the missing doctors I have mentioned in previous stories. They are being asked by the press, if there are any links. I see one of the missing doctors in my article was featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA today as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of these doctors. I’ve never said the deaths of these doctors aren’t anything beyond a giant coincidence (we never know) yet it always pays to be safe. I’ll be doing the same as well with my better half; one of the better known doctors in the country. SEE ALSO: – 5 alternative doctors found dead in a month, 5 more missing – 3 prominent alternative doctors found dead within 2 weeks – Autism doctor who exposed vaccine damage found dead
  14. Steven Gaal

    6th doctor found dead in a month

    this just in Holistic Doctor Mitchell Gaynor (MD) Found Dead Submitted by IWB, on September 17th, 2015 = http://investmentwatchblog.com/holistic-doctor-mitchell-gaynor-md-found-dead/
  15. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

  16. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    EVERYTHING OK !! IF YOU READ THE BOOK ,WHY DID YOU SAY 20 YEARS ????????????????????.,gaal ==== 2: Language Development - Review of Research in Education rre.sagepub.com/content/2/1/55.refs?patientinform... Sage Publications Loading... eds (1969) Teaching Black children to read (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.). ...... (1954) in Manual of child psychology, Language development in children, ..... N 62558-4695 NR 049-130, U.S. Office of Navy Research.
  17. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    Completely debunked as I have shown this to be nothing but a misreading of the Beauregard records coupled with the manipulation of a witness and her memory while disregarding other witnesses. Not going through it all again. It is all explained in the H & L thread. Have shown ?? SOME Disagree re Beauregrd. >>>> http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=19762&p=313133
  18. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    Yes, Chris. It was only 10 years. A veritable blink of the eye. LOL --Tommy And in 14 days absorb H & L !! ,gaal
  19. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    And that any or all the statements above can be true without buying into a 20 year covert program by the CIA (or by Angleton, who I assume is the only one capable). // GRAVES QUOTING NEWTON ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FALL 1953 to FALL 1963. THATS 10 years. Guess Mr. Newton is one of the numerous people (like GRAVES/Parker) who talk against H & L without ever reading the book. MANY BELIEVE LHO (DOUBLE PROGRAM) A ONI OPERATIONAL ASSET HANDED OVER TO CIA. PER MK ultra survivor blogs ,said victims selected in NAVY and then put in CIA's MK ULTRA program. gaal ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] http://harveyandlee.net/School/School.htm link ARMSTRONG In the fall of 1953 LEE Oswald entered the 8th grade at PS 44 in New York City, according to school records published by the Warren Commission. But the Warren Commission also published school records that showed (HARVEY) Oswald attended Beauregard Junior High School in New Orleans in the fall of 1953. LEE in New York. HARVEY in New Orleans.
  20. Richard Lehman not totally positive TEAM B per above interview. ,yet a hard core militarist. see below ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_B ===================== https://www.lewrockwell.com/2004/07/tom-barry/old-sailors-never-die-911-commissioner-john-lehman-on-the-war-path/
  21. Steven Gaal

    BBC Radio 4 on Cedric Belfrage

    BBC anti-Russia bias nudging us toward nuclear war: Oliver Tickell Going Underground on RT = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEF6IitH0WE ' ########################################################### BBC ‘anti-Corbyn bias’ challenged by 61,000-strong petition = http://www.rt.com/uk/315723-corbyn-petition-bbc-bias/
  22. Steven Gaal

    Hartogs' report

    What the CIA and their counterparts did do was create legends, backstopping them with a phony paper trail (fake licenses, fake rental receipts, pocket litter etc) and take over the identities of real people - usually deceased. But unless you're talking about the FBI, this was done in TARGET countries - not your own. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++GOLLY SCHOLAR PARKER STRIKES AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,gaal How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S. November 05, 2014 3:09 PM ET ======================================================= Listen to the Story Fresh Air 39:25 Playlist Download EmbedEmbedClose embed modal<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/361427276/361812069"width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> Transcript The Nazis Next DoorHow America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau =========================================================== Purchase Featured Book Title The Nazis Next Door Subtitle How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men Author Eric LichtblauYour purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? In the early '70s, New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman received a confidential tip that American immigration authorities knew of dozens of former Nazis — some implicated in serious war crimes — who were living in the U.S. Holtzman looked into it and discovered that it was true, and that the formerly named Immigration and Naturalization Service wasn't doing much about it. But that was just the tip of the iceberg, according to investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau. In his new book, The Nazis Next Door, Lichtblau reports that thousands of Nazis managed to settle in the United States after World War II, often with the direct assistance of American intelligence officials who saw them as potential spies and informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. Lichtblau says there were whole networks of spy groups around the world made up of Nazis — and they entered the U.S., one by one. "They sort of had put in their service," Lichtblau tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "This was their 'reward' ... for their spy service ... coming to the United States and being able to live out their lives basically with anonymity and no scrutiny." Most Americans knew little about the Nazis among them. And then in 1979, media reports and congressional interest finally spurred the creation of a Nazi-hunting unit with the Justice Department. That prompted the first wave of Nazi-hunting, Lichtblau says. "You had teams of lawyers and investigators and historians at the Justice Department who began ... looking at hundreds and hundreds of names of suspected Nazis and Nazi collaborators who were living all around the country, in Queens, in Baltimore, in Florida and Chicago," he says. And, in some cases, the CIA had scrubbed the Nazis' files, Lichtblau says. "They actively cleansed their records," Lichtblau says. "They realized that guys who had been involved at senior levels of Nazi atrocities would not pass through immigration at the INS — and they basically removed a lot of the Nazi material from their files." i Eric Lichtblau is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize with James Risen for their stories on the National Security Agency's secret surveillance of American citizens. Sonia Suter/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin hide caption itoggle caption Sonia Suter/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Eric Lichtblau is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize with James Risen for their stories on the National Security Agency's secret surveillance of American citizens. Sonia Suter/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Interview HighlightsOn the treatment of the Jews after liberation Even after the liberation of the camps, they were still prisoners. They were kept under armed guard; they were kept behind barbed wire; they were bunked with Nazi POWs. And in some cases, believe it or not, the Nazis still lorded over them while the Allies ruled the camp. When I started researching the book, this was a book about the Nazis who fled to America. I really had no intention of looking at the survivors — it seemed sort of irrelevant to what I was doing. And then the more I got into it, and the more horrified I was by the conditions that the survivors lived in — where you had thousands and thousands of people dying even after the liberation, of disease, of malnutrition. I realized it was relevant to the story because as easy as it was for the Nazis to get into America, it was just as horribly difficult for the Jews and the other survivors to get out of the camps. It took them months, and in some cases a couple of years, to get out of these displaced-person camps. It made me realize that the liberation that I had learned about years ago was in some sense sort of a mockery. On Nazis running the camps even after the liberation [u.S. Army] Gen. [George] Patton believed that the Nazis were best suited to run these camps. In fact, he openly defied orders from then Gen. [Dwight] Eisenhower, who was in charge of the European forces after the war. Patton was in charge of the displaced persons camps. Patton had sort of an odd fondness almost for the Nazi prisoners, believe it or not. He believed that they [were] the ones in the best position to efficiently run the camps — and he gave them supervisory approval to basically lord over the Jews and the other survivors. On Nazis and Nazi collaborators getting visas to the United States In the early months, and first few years after the war, beginning in mid-1945, [there were] only a very limited number of immigration visas to get into the United States. There were many, many thousands of Nazi collaborators who got visas to the United States while the survivors did not — even though they had been, for instance, the head of a Nazi concentration camp. Eric Lichtblau Of all the [Holocaust] survivors in the camps, only a few thousand came in in [the] first year or so. To get a visa was a precious commodity, and there were immigration policymakers in Washington who were on record saying that they didn't think the Jews should be let in because they were "lazy people" or "entitled people" and they didn't want them in. But there were many, many thousands of Nazi collaborators who got visas to the United States while the survivors did not — even though they had been, for instance, the head of a Nazi concentration camp, the warden at a camp, or the secret police chief in Lithuania who signed the death warrants for people. ... The bulk of the people who got into the United States — some were from Germany itself, some in fact were senior officers in the Nazi party under Hitler — but more were the Nazi collaborators. On U.S. intelligence using Nazis as spies There were upwards of a thousand Nazis who were used by U.S. intelligence after the war by the CIA, the FBI, the military and other U.S. intelligence agencies — both in Europe as well as inside the United States, in Latin America, in the Middle East, even a few in Australia. And these were seen as basically cold warriors who served as spies, informants and in other intelligence roles. On whether it was an official policy to bring in Nazis as spies I think it was ad hoc. It was not a formal policy approved by the White House or even [Director Allen] Dulles at the CIA to say, "We are going to actively recruit Nazis, their pasts be damned." There's no document that I found which gives blanket authority for that. But it grew sort of organically because you had whole networks of Nazi spy groups in Europe ... as well as the Middle East and Latin America, and often these guys made it into the United States sort of one by one. There's very little evidence that [the Nazis] had much to do with each other once they got to the United States. On the remaining classified documents There are still documents that remain classified today about the CIA's relationship with Nazi figures in the '40s and '50s and into the '60s. A lot of these documents have become declassified just in the last 10 or 15 years. ... There are documents that may open up whole new chapters that still remain classified that I'd love to see.
  23. Steven Gaal

    News & Items of Interest

    Saturday, 12 September 2015 Hurricane Activity Down — Climate Alarmists Wrong Againhttp://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/21565-hurricane-activity-down-climate-alarmists-wrong-again
  24. Steven Gaal

    Barack Obama and Cuba

    OpEdNews Op Eds 9/15/2015 at 09:14:42 Subversion Against Cuba Continues Uninterrupted Amidst Normalization By Matt Peppe ======================================= http://www.opednews.com/articles/Subversion-Against-Cuba-Co-by-Matt-Peppe-Cuban-Embargo_Cuban-Embassy-Reopens_Government_Media-150915-89.html ============= U.S. and Cuban delegations met in Havana Friday to "focus on setting priorities for the next steps in the normalization process," according to the Miami Herald. They set up a "steering committee in the rapprochement process" expected to hold regular meetings. The process was laid out last month after the American flag was raised at the newly-opened U.S. embassy in Havana. Secretary of State John Kerry noted on the occasion that "the road of mutual isolation that the United States and Cuba have been travelling is not the right one, and that the time has come for us to move in a more promising direction." The Obama administration has since announced loosening of restrictions that would permit American citizens to travel to Cuba on both commercial flights and cruise ships. Superficially, it would seem that U.S. policy has moved away from a half-century of economic warfare, terrorism, subversion, and interference in the internal affairs of the nation American politicians have long considered a "natural appendage" of the United States, which would fall into the U.S. orbit like an apple from a tree, as John Quincy Adams once said. If U.S. policy makers had indeed abandoned this attitude and actually moved in a more promising direction, it would mean they finally decided to engage their counterpart as Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodrguez stated his government was willing to with the United States itself: "through a dialogue based on mutual respect and sovereign equality, to a civilized coexistence, even despite the differences that exist between both governments, which makes it possible to solve bilateral problems and promote cooperation and development of mutually beneficial relations, just as both peoples desire and deserve." But despite extending formal diplomatic courtesies and speaking in a more conciliatory tone, the Obama administration has demonstrated behind the scenes that it does not intend to demonstrate mutual respect or recognize sovereign equality. As the delegations met on Friday, Obama quietly renewed Cuba's status as an "enemy" under the Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) of 1917. Under this Act, utilized against Cuba by every President since John F. Kennedy in 1962, the government issues the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to set the terms of the embargo (more accurately described by Cuba and the United Nations as a blockade). By extending this enemy designation, the Obama administration is reserving the right to dictate the terms of the embargo, rather than allowing Congress to do so under the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. While Obama has shown himself more willing than Congress to relax some punitive and illegal aspects of the embargo than the current Congress, by continuing to define Cuba as an enemy he is both sending an hostile signal to Cuba and employing a transparent legal fiction. An "enemy" in the TWEA is specified as a government with which the U.S. is at war, as declared by Congress. Congress has never declared war on Cuba. They have not declared war on any country since Japan in 1941. While it may be true that renewing the TWEA against Cuba may be more beneficial to Cuba by granting the executive branch greater flexibility, the fraudulent nature of the continued imposition of legal sanctions against Cuba should be emphasized. Though Obama has said U.S. policy against Cuba "has been rooted in the best of intentions," it has in reality been rooted in vindictiveness and shrouded in legal distortions that continue to this day. At the same time, the flood of U.S. taxpayer dollars earmarked with the express purpose of regime change in Havana continues unabated. The fiscal year 2016 budget contains $30 million for this purpose. One use of these funds is for a US propaganda agency to hire mercenaries to denigrate Cuban civil and political personalities. As Tracey Eaton notes in his blog Along the Malecón: "The U.S. government wants to hire entertainers who would produce 'uniquely funny, ironic, satirical and entertaining' comedy shows targeting Cuban officials, politicians and others on the island. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which runs Radio & TV Mart, is looking for a team that would produce 10 30-minute comedy sketch shows." The infamous Radio Mart has been broadcasting John Birch Society type propaganda from Miami into Cuba since the 1980s. The U.S. has continued to fund the station, despite its being declared illegal by the Cuban government. One wonders how the U.S. government itself would react if the Russian or Chinese government financed a program lambasting Obama, Kerry, and other Americans for political gain while disguising it as organically developed entertainment? It is not likely they would view a strategic attack created and financed abroad, rather than being a homegrown political expression of dissent, as protected free speech. USAID, after being exposed for its subversive Cuban Twitter program "ZunZuneo", which sought to sow discontent and stir unrest among the Cuban population, and its effort to co-opt Cuban hip hop artists, announced last week that it is seeking three program managers to be awarded six-figure salaries. Eaton writes that the job description calls for "experience in the areas of democracy promotion, human rights, civil society development" and that candidates must obtain a "secret" security clearance. It is not hard to imagine that these highly compensated program managers would likely be implementing similar covert programs to destabilize Cuban society and attempt to turn its citizens away from the Revolution. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - an arm of US foreign policy that overtly carries out programs that previously were undertaken covertly by the CIA - is also hiring a Program Officer to work on NED's "Cuba grants program" and "developing the Endowment's strategy for Cuba." Unlike the USAID positions, which are indicated to be in Washington, this position would require "regular field visits." Cuban blogger and former State Security Agent Percy Francisco Alvarado Godoy writes that the position is for "someone in charge of mounting all types of subversion against the Cuban government on behalf of the NED... completely illegal, meddlesome, and violative of our sovereignty and, therefore, will not admit any of his activity in our territory." It is clear that the U.S. continues to act towards Cuba with utter disregard for mutual respect and sovereign equality despite the formalities uncritically accepted by mainstream media as true normalization. By looking beyond the face value of the words of American officials, one can't help but recognize that relations are anything but normal. Until the U.S. government recognizes that normal cannot include sanctioning, illegally occupying, and spending tens of millions of dollars on subversion and interference in another country's internal affairs, "normalization" remains nothing more than a vacuous abstraction.