Monday, September 18, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION : Episode 3 - The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)



With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon’s collapse, President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the north and deploying ground troops in the south.

http://www.pbs.org/video/the-river-styx-january-1964-december-1965-wayhiw/

Graeme MacQueen on 9/11: The Pentagon's B Movie - Our Interesting Times Podcast

Government by Goldman



Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration

STEVE BANNON was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trump’s improbable victory, and Cohn, then still the president of Goldman Sachs, was at Trump Tower presumably at the invitation of Kushner, with whom he was friendly. Cohn was there to offer his views about jobs and the economy. But, like the man he was there to meet, he was at heart a salesman.

On the campaign trail, Trump had spoken often about the importance of investing in infrastructure. Yet the president-elect had apparently failed to appreciate that the government would need to come up with hundreds of billions of dollars to fund his plans. Cohn, brash and bold, wired to attack any moneymaking opportunity, pitched a fix that would put Wall Street firms at the center: Private-industry partners could help infrastructure get fixed, saving the federal government from going deeper into debt. The way the moment was captured by the New York Times, among other publications, Trump was dumbfounded. “Is this true?” he asked. Was a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan likely to increase the deficit by a trillion dollars? Confronted by nodding heads, an unhappy president-elect said, “Why did I have to wait to have this guy tell me?”

Within two weeks, the transition team announced that Cohn would take over as director of the president’s National Economic Council.

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/17/goldman-sachs-gary-cohn-donald-trump-administration/

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/investigations/politicsandgovernment/2376/government_by_goldman/

Trump becomes third president to renew extraordinary post-9/11 powers



President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year.

But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren't immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a law requiring it to report to Congress every six months on how much the president has spent under those extraordinary powers, USA TODAY has found.

Exactly 16 years ago Thursday, President Bush signed Proclamation 7463, giving himself sweeping powers to mobilize the military in the days following terrorist attacks that crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. It allowed him to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve.

Presidents Bush and Obama renewed that emergency each year. And on Wednesday, Trump published a now-routine notice in the Federal Register extending the emergency for the 16th time, explaining simply that "the terrorist threat continues."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/14/permanent-emergency-trump-becomes-third-president-renew-extraordinary-post-9-11-powers/661966001/

Merck's President Led a Biological Warfare Program Against Americans



Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the peak of WWII, George W. Merck, president of Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the larger Federal Security Agency.

George W. Merck led the biological warfare department for almost half a decade, during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co. His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program. His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick.

Dozens of academic institutions in the US participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious institutions that promoted eugenics during the decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a center of mad science that would culminate into biological warfare experiments on Americans: spraying San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens. Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome.

Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Nazi Germany to work at Ft. Detrick: he previously experimented on victims with the horrible Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=PvE_mP_I52U

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION: Episode 2 - Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)



President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.

http://www.pbs.org/video/riding-the-tiger-1961-1963-p6r1uj/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION: Episode 1 - Déjà Vu (1858-1961)



After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva. Communists in the north aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the south.

http://www.pbs.org/video/deja-vu-1858-1961-7tmfea/

Are the Shadow Brokers identical with the Second Source?



What a lot of people don't know, is that a range of classified documents from the NSA have not been attributed to Edward Snowden, which means that there was at least one other leaker inside the NSA.

Initially, this leaker was called the "second source", and although he was responsible for significant leaks, they got little attention in the US. More media coverage gained the release, since 2016, of NSA hacking tools by the mysterious "Shadow Brokers".

Now, a close look at documents published by the German magazine Der Spiegel in December 2013 provided new indications that the second source could be identical with the Shadow Brokers.

http://electrospaces.blogspot.com/2017/09/are-shadow-brokers-identical-with.html

'The Vietnam War': Inside Ken Burns' 18-Hour Doc on the Era-Defining Conflict



A decade in the making, The Vietnam War, a 10-episode, 18-hour, 360-degree documentary, which premieres on September 17th, isn't just a corrective to the fact that generations have grown up being taught little more about Vietnam than "we came, we lost, now forget about it." It's also the deepest exploration yet of the origins, the fighting and the fallout of a conflict that virtually defined the Sixties, and the first to let "the enemy" speak at length alongside familiar American voices, including Pentagon policy wonks, Army privates, anti-war protesters and grieving parents.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/the-vietnam-war-inside-ken-burns-definitive-18-hour-documentary-w503401

http://www.pbs.org/show/vietnam-war-not-edited/

Is "American Made" CIA Propaganda?


Is American Made CIA Propaganda? from Tom Secker on Vimeo.

No Agenda: Sunday (9-17-17) Episode 965 - Yanking Mics

WTC7 Evaluation Progress Report



On September 6, 2017, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Schaibel Auditorium, Dr. Leroy Hulsey presented the findings and conclusions detailed in his team’s September 2017 progress report.

The draft report of the study will be published later in the fall (2017). A six-week public comment period will follow the release of the draft report, allowing for input from the public and the engineering community. The final report, which will incorporate constructive comments and will be vetted by peer reviewers, will then be published in early 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFa5ssSAXZA

Interview with Edward Snowden 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me'



In an interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses his life in Russia, the power of the intelligence apparatuses and how he will continue his battle against all-encompassing surveillance by governments.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/edward-snowden-interview-there-is-still-hope-a-1166752.html#

NSA’s Quiet Presence at a Base in England’s Countryside Revealed in Snowden Documents



CIVIL WAR WAS raging in Libya, and Col. Moammar Gadhafi was in hiding. Two thousand miles away, on the outskirts of a small village in the English countryside, British and American spies were monitoring the chaos, listening in on the Gadhafi regime’s phone calls.

The spies were part of a group known as Joint Service Signal Unit Digby, operating from within a nearly 100-year-old military base near the village of Ashby de la Launde in Lincolnshire, a county in England’s east midlands. About a three-hour drive north of London, it is a scantly populated area encompassing flat fields that stretch across the landscape. The British government says publicly that the Digby facility conducts “research into new communications systems.” A more truthful account is that it is an important part of the sprawling covert surveillance network maintained by British and American spy agencies, GCHQ and the National Security Agency.

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/13/digby-uk-nsa-gchq-surveillance/

https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/