UN Chief and Netanyahu Meet in Munich

UN Chief and Netanyahu Meet in Munich

by Stephen Lendman

They and other senior officials are at the Munich Security Conference – an annual forum on these issues since 1963, hundreds attending from scores of countries to exchange views.

This year’s conference runs from February 17 – 19. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sergey Lavrov will address the conference on security issues. So will Defense Secretary Mattis.

Other participants include Theresa May, Iraqi PM Abadi, Ukrainian putschist president Poroshenko, foreign ministers from Iran, Turkey and senior officials from other countries.

US-installed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres one-sidedly supports Israel. 

He and most of his predecessors breached UN Charter principles grievously – supporting imperial lawlessness by inaction instead of trying “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”

After publishing an important Richard Falk/Virginia Tilley UN report, titled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid,” discussing how Israel persecutes and dominates defenseless Palestinians, Guterres disgracefully ordered it pulled, instead of praising its accuracy and urging more reports like it.

He met with Netanyahu in Munich, ahead of the start of its security conference, an unindicted war criminal he should have denounced and shunned.

Instead they engaged like friends, Netanyahu saying Israel won’t let Iran “build bases in Syria. We’ll act against that,” adding:

Israel will never relinquish control over illegally annexed Syrian Golan, a move rejected by the international community.

Nor will Israel limit its (illegal) military activity in Syria. Netanyahu intends stressing it when he addresses the conference.

He lied saying he has proof of an Iranian drone downed by Israel in its airspace. Israel downed a Syrian drone in its own airspace, an aggressive action like numerous other Israeli war crimes against Damascus.

Netanyahu is ethically, morally and legally challenged – facing possible indictment for bribery and breach of trust.

Weekly Israeli protests demand he resign, calling him a “crime minister,” his most serious offenses left unaddressed – high crimes of war and against humanity.

The damning Tilley/Falk report on Israeli apartheid provided documented evidence of ruthless Israeli practices, terrorizing Palestinians, committing grave human rights abuses for decades, persecuting them under harsh militarized occupation – their fundamental rights denied.

It “concludes that the weight of the evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity, the prohibition of which is considered jus cogens in international customary law,” adding:

“The international community, especially the United Nations and its agencies, and Member States, have a legal obligation to act within the limits of their capabilities to prevent and punish instances of apartheid that are responsibly brought to their attention.”

“More specifically, States have a collective duty: (a) not to recognize an apartheid regime as lawful; (b) not to aid or assist a State in maintaining an apartheid regime; and (c) to cooperate with the United Nations and other States in bringing apartheid regimes to an end.”

“Civil society institutions and individuals also have a moral and political duty to use the instruments at their disposal to raise awareness of this ongoing criminal enterprise, and to exert pressure on Israel in order to persuade it to dismantle apartheid structures in compliance with international law.”

The report made important recommendations for change – ignored by the UN and world leaders – complicit with Israeli lawlessness for failing challenge it responsibly.

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MSNBC Analyst: Trump’s the ‘Commander-in-Chief of American Rape Culture’

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How They Djoo It– Poland’s chief rabbi says new Polish Holocaust law ‘sows distortions’

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Israeli law enforcement woefully lax, says study by Chief Economist

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Police Chief & Half of An Entire Dept Arrested for Violating ONE Man’s 4th Amendment


LLANO, TX – All too often those who continuously apologize for crimes committed by police officers are able to justify some of the most egregious instances of outright murder by claiming the officer was a bad apple. Almost as often, however, as TFTP has shown numerous times, the bad apple theory is exactly that—a theory—with no evidence to support it.

Illustrating the nature of the bad apple theory is the fact that four people in the Llano Police Department, including Police Chief Kevin Ratliff, have been arrested for being bad cops.

There are eight law enforcement officers employed by the Llano Police Department, according to the LPD’s website, meaning that half of the police force has been indicted.

Does that seem like “one bad apple,” or a potentially much greater problem?

The indictments stem from a massive civil rights violation of a single man.

According to the documents from the Judicial District Court of Llano County, as reported by KVUE, Llano Police Officer Grant Harden, who has been suspended since December, was indicted on one count of official oppression and another count of tampering with a government record.

The documents allege Hardin made a false police report to justify the arrest of the unnamed victim on May 2. On top of Harden’s charges, Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff, Sergeant Jared Latta and Officer Aimee Shannon were indicted for official oppression in connection with the same arrest.

As KVUE reports, according to a source close to the investigation, the officers claimed they arrested the man for public intoxication. One officer stated in his report they arrested the alleged victim outside of his home. However, the officers reportedly entered the man’s home without probable cause or a warrant and arrested him, overstepping their authority. The public intoxication charge was later dismissed.

As TFTP reported at the time the DA’s Office said that Chief Kevin Ratliff suspended himself with pay upon becoming aware of the investigation and that he will remain on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation. Must be nice to be able to give yourself a paid vacation just after potentially committing a crime while on the job—a luxury afforded only to police officers.

The DA’s office said that the Texas Rangers are assisting with conducting the investigation.

The Llano County Sheriff’s Office will provide assistance to the city while half the police force is on suspension, as LCSO has a mutual assistance agreement to back them up on calls when necessary.

Showing just how corrupt this department is, while half of them were charged in connection with a single case, a fifth officer was indicted this week as well — for another case.

As KVUE notes, a fifth officer, identified as Officer Melissa Sloan, was indicted in an unrelated case for tampering or fabricating physical evidence. The documents allege that on March 26, 2017, Sloan destroyed a video recording of a crime scene for a controlled substance case, knowing it would hinder the investigation. She has yet to turn herself in.

As Jay Syrmopolous pointed out for TFTP, those that forward the idea that the problem is simply a few bad apples, allow the systemic problems in law enforcement to continue without being addressed.

While the suspension of half a police force may come as a surprise to some, it’s no surprise to The Free Thought Project, as we’ve reported on numerous similar incidents.

For example, in March 2015, the Brooklyn Police Department came under investigation amid allegations that weapons, drugs and other items had been removed from the evidence room. Then in March 2016, the head of a drug task force in Pennsylvania was arrested for having sex with a minor in exchange for leniency.

More recently, this past July, the entire drug unit of the Troy, New York, Police Department was suspended following reports that the unit entered a home without a warrant – then tried to cover their tracks by filing false burglary reports.

According to the Times Union, the officers entered a home after they were tipped off by another Capital Region police agency. But then they lied about it.

After realizing they made a major mistake, officers compounded their problems by attempting to cover their tracks. They allegedly filed a false burglary report.

After the police chief became aware of the incident, and the attempted cover-up, the entire drug unit was placed on administrative leave.

The common thread in these disparate cases is that there is no “one bad apple,” but a systemic problem of police attempting to cover for the illicit behavior of other officers – something known as the “thin blue line.”

Essentially, the thin blue line operates as a good ole boys network with a mantra that a good cop looks out for a fellow officer first—regardless of how illegal the activity is, or whether in it violates an individual’s rights. To be accepted by the law enforcement “brotherhood” you look out for fellow cops first. Those that refuse to bend to this expectation are run out of law enforcement by their peers, as we’ve reported on numerous times.

While it’s extremely rare for officers to be held accountable for their illicit actions, the actions of the DA’s office in Llano should be an example to the rest of the country that law enforcement isn’t above the law.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-chief-dept-arrested-rights/

UN chief thanks Russia for holding Syria peace meeting in Sochi

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has thanked Russia for organizing a conference on the Syrian peace process in Sochi, saying the event will contribute to the peace talks in Geneva. “I believe we are at a meaningful stage in the peace process,” he said. The event concluded with “a statement fully in line with a common understanding” that Russia and the UN have about how progress could be made on settling the Syrian armed conflict, the UN chief said. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura represented the UN in Sochi.

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Top FBI official and former Chief of Staff resigns

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James Rybicki, a top FBI official who was once chief of staff to James Comey and current Bureau Director Christopher Wray, has reportedly resigned.

Fox News reports:

Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Rybicki was not fired. His departure, they said, has “been in the works for awhile.”

“Jim Rybicki notified me last month that he will be leaving the FBI to accept an opportunity in the corporate sector,” Wray said in a statement. “While this is an exciting move for the whole Rybicki family, Jim will be dearly missed by the FBI family – and by me personally.”

Wray added: “His many years of dedication to the bureau and DOJ, his level-headed judgement and earnest professionalism, and his steady good cheer have been an asset to us all and have contributed greatly to the safety and security of our nation.”

The FBI director said he tapped attorney Zachary Harmon to replace Rybicki.

Sara Carter previously reported Rybicki was implicated in a text exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page involving a potential leak to the Washington Post:

One of the text messages the congressional committees are interested in involves Strzok and Page discussing a story published in the Washington Post.

On Nov. 3, 2016, just days before the election, Page texted Strzok, and mentions a call she had with FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki.

“Sorry Rybicki called,” Page states. “Time line article in the post is super specific and not good. Doesn’t make sense because I didn’t have specific information to give.”

Strzok, responds, “what post article?”

Page then states, “just went up. WaPo.” Page apparently was referencing an article in the Washington Post.

The departing official testified before House members in their ongoing probe into the FBI’s conduct while investigating the Hillary Clinton email scandal, reports CNN.

Rybicki was among the FBI and Justice Department officials asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to appear before investigators for a “transcribed interview.”

In addition, Rybicki played a role involved in crafting Comey’s “infamous statement that exonerated Hillary Clinton.”

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/375127-Top-FBI-official-and-former-Chief-of-Staff-resigns

Racist Police Chief Caught Teaching Police Candidates to ‘Kill Black People’


Prospect, KY — The assistant police chief in Prospect, Kentucky, who was already under investigation for ties to pedophilia, is now without a job after it was revealed that he was sending racist, violent, and sexual private messages to police recruits on Facebook.

Todd Shaw was “a bit of a character,” according to Prospect Mayor John Evans, who appeared visibly upset that his town’s reputation has been hurt by Shaw’s alleged actions.

The private Facebook messages came to light during a criminal investigation alleging Shaw aided LMPD officer Kenneth Betts who was being investigated for allegedly raping a teenage boy enrolled in the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Explorer program.

As The Free Thought Project reported in October, Betts and Brandon Wood were accused of running a pedophilia network within the department, using their badges to cover up the fact that they were abusing children. Shaw worked for LMPD for 20 years before retiring and becoming the assistant police chief in Prospect.

Betts reportedly asked Shaw to access the National Crime Information Center database, or NCIC, to run the license plates of undercover officers who were investigating him. That action is considered criminal in the state and Shaw reportedly performed the favor for Betts who was no longer a police officer at the time.

It is unclear whether or not Shaw is also involved in any way with the alleged sexual abuse of teenagers within the LMPD Explorer program. But because he was accused of the crime, an investigation into Shaw’s conduct commenced.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell then uncovered the private Facebook messages and later drafted a letter to Evans detailing the disturbing messages he discovered. He described the messages. In one exchange with the LMPD recruit, when asked what the recruit should do if he found teenagers smoking marijuana, Shaw reportedly responded:

Fuck the right thing! If Black, shoot them!

When asked how to handle juveniles’ parents Shaw responded:

Call the parents. If mom is hot then fuck her. If the dad is hot, handcuff him then make him suck my dick…unless daddy is black then shoot him.

O’Connell then instructed the mayor to take disciplinary action against the acting chief of police and promised to determine whether or not any pending cases with which Shaw was involved could be prosecuted or would have to be dismissed.

The Facebook messages were filled with references to Blacks as “n—rs,” to women who date Black men as “single moms,” and they often claimed that Black children did not have fathers and that Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist womanizer whose only purpose was to provide police officers with a day off.

Shaw and his lawyers attempted to keep the private Facebook messages from becoming public but Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled this week that the records must be released. Prosecutors are now in the process of dismissing the nearly two dozen cases where Shaw would potentially have been called as a witness. He was suspended in September and resigned in November 2017 upon the conclusion of the internal investigation.

Taken in its entirety, given Shaw’s involvement in helping Betts identify his investigators, his messages to a potential LMPD recruit—who was later dismissed—and his subsequent resignation, the career police officer has now been outed as a racist, a pedophile sympathizer, and most likely a criminal. Fortunately, the LMPD and the city of Prospect were able to take corrective action to ensure more citizens do not end up in the prison industrial complex by the unscrupulous actions and beliefs of a bigot.

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Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/racist-police-chief-outed-pending-cases-dismissed/

Tennessee Police Chief Fired Again Less Than Two Months After Being Reinstated

Lebanon police chief Scott Bowen.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Lebanon police chief Scott Bowen was fired from his job as police chief less than two months after being reinstated to his position by Chancellor C.K. Smith.

Bowen was called to a pre-action disciplinary hearing with Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash on Jan. 11. Ash gave Bowen a list of disciplinary problems the city found against him. According to Bowen’s lawyer, Keith Williams, the list of reasons was the same as the one that was given in court three years ago when Bowen was originally fired. Williams also called the disciplinary hearing “scripted.”

Bowen said when he was asked to make a statement on the reasons, he simply handed Ash the transcript of testimony he originally gave in court.

“It’s the same exact reasons,” said Bowen. “My memory from three years ago is better than my memory now.”

According to Lebanon Human Resources Director Sylvia Reichle, attorneys advised Ash that while the chancery court ruling said the prior disciplinary process was flawed, the ruling didn’t say the reasons for his termination were not valid. Reichle said Ash reviewed the evidence and determined there was cause for concern.

“Mayor Ash reviewed each of the items indicated under Notice of Charges,” said Reichle. “He looked at each and every charge and reviewed the evidence submitted regarding these serious policy violations, Tennessee State Law violation and violation of Federal EEOC regulations. Additionally, Mayor Ash reviewed the transcripts provided in the hearing. Following the review and consideration of the evidence, it is Mayor Ash’s determination that each charge is credible, the policy and law violations occurred and each violation warrants termination. Therefore, the city has terminated Scott Bowen’s employment effective immediately. The city’s insurance company is pursuing an appeal of the Chancery Court ruling.”

Williams said that they would continue fighting the city over what he says was wrongful termination.

Source: http://lebanondemocrat.com/Law-Enforcement/2018/01/19/Bowen-fired-as-police-chief-after-being-reinstated.html

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As Shutdown Looms, Trump Undercuts Chief Of Staff And GOP On Key Issues

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Thursday used Twitter to add confusion to his stance on two key issues, one day before Congress’ deadline for passing legislation to keep the government open.

In several tweets, Trump insisted that he stands by his signature campaign promise, a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. His comments directly contradicted his chief of staff John Kelly, who reportedly told Democratic congressional leaders that Trump had softened his views on the wall because he had previously been “uninformed.”

In a Fox News interview later that day, Kelly similarly said that Trump has “changed the way he’s looked at a number of things,” and did not deny the reports of what he said at the Capitol Hill meeting, which congressional Democrats confirmed.

“There’s been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through,” Kelly said.

Trump has been using the wall as a bargaining chip in negotiations over how to deal with undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Democrats, who oppose the wall, have been pushing for a so-called clean bill that allows these immigrants to stay in the U.S. Without such a bill, they have threatened to not support a government funding bill. 

Trump was angry following Kelly’s interview, according to CNN.

Trump in his tweets also bucked GOP congressional leaders, saying that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has also been hanging in the balance, should be included in future legislation, not a short-term bill funding the government.

Republican leaders attached a provision for CHIP, which has been running out of money, in hopes of getting Democrats to back what’s known as a continuing resolution, which would give Congress more time to work out a long-term spending bill.

Later Thursday morning, the White House attempted to walk back Trump’s tweet, issuing a statement affirming that the president does support House GOP leaders’ proposal for extending CHIP funding.

This article has been updated with the White House statement on CHIP funding.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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