Trump/Russia Connection Baloney

Trump/Russian Connection Baloney



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



The phony accusation is all about trying to denigrate, weaken and undermine Trump, along with intense Russia bashing to prevent improved relations – the notion anathema to bipartisan Russophobes. 



What’s going on is part of a diabolical plot to remove Trump from office for unjustifiable reasons, not legitimate ones, replacing him with an easily controlled Pence, a deep state puppet in waiting. 



Or if removal fails, assure his geopolitical agenda continues longstanding dirty business as usual, including no change in US hostility toward Russia. 



The ugly scheme makes reality seem like a Jean le Carre espionage thriller – the deplorable way Washington works.



The latest tactic suggests Trump Jr.’s meeting with private citizen/Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya proves a Russian connection to his father. 



The June 2016 meeting attended by Russian national/US citizen/lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin is offered as further evidence.



He has no Kremlin connection. Yet he’s called a “former Soviet counter-intelligence official” because he earlier served in Soviet Russia’s military in a counter-intelligence capacity.



It was long ago. There was nothing unusual or improper about his service. The Soviet Union no longer exists – dissolved in December 1991.



Akhmetshin has no connection to the post-Soviet Russian Federation’s government. Yet he and private citizen Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya meeting with Trump Jr. last year has been blown way out of proportion.



It’s being used by anti-Trump US political and media elements as possible “smoking gun” evidence of a nefarious Russia connection.



AP News reported the following about his presence at the Trump Jr./Veselnitskaya meeting, saying:



“In his first public interview about the meeting, Akhmetshin said he accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower where they met an interpreter.” 



“He said he had learned about the meeting only that day when Veselnitskaya asked him to attend. He said he showed up in jeans and a T-shirt.”



“Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democrats, Akhmetshin said.” 



“Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the campaign, he said.”



” ‘This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,’  Akhmetshin recalled her saying.”



“Trump Jr. asked the attorney if she had sufficient evidence to back up her claims, including whether she could demonstrate the flow of the money.” 



“But Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would need to research it more. After that, Trump Jr. lost interest, according to Akhmetshin.”



” ‘They couldn’t wait for the meeting to end,’ he said.”



“Akhmetshin said he does not know if Veselnitskaya’s documents were provided by the Russian government. He said he thinks she left the materials with the Trump associates.” 



“It was unclear if she handed the documents to anyone in the room or simply left them behind, he said.”



The above account shows Trump Jr.’s explanation of what took place during the meeting is accurate. Nothing improper or out-of-the ordinary occurred – no evidence of a devious, covert, unacceptable or illegal Trump/Russia connection.



Law Professor Jonathan Turley called the Trump Jr.-Veselnitskaya/Akhmetshin meeting the “worst spy story ever,” adding “the overheated rhetoric on possible (if not imminent) criminal charges is bizarre.”



Claims about possible espionage and treason are “facially weak (without) foundation.” Nothing suggests a “Russian intelligence operation…”



“Russians do not usually set up meetings at places like Trump Tower with an unknown number of persons to discuss secret operations.”



Not a shred of credible evidence suggests an improper or illegal Trump team Russia connection.



A Final Comment



RT interviewed Denis Grunis, international cooperation department head of Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office.



According to a 1999 treaty, Moscow sends information on relevant criminal activity to the Justice Department through established communication channels, he explained, stressing:



“It is insane to think that the Prosecutor General’s Office would use a private lawyer to transfer information.”



Separately, Sergey Lavrov said “(i)t is amazing how serious people are making an elephant out of a fly.”



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How The CIA-Operated A “Drug Smuggling Airline” For Heroin & The 9/11 Connection

If you’re familiar with the American war on drugs, then it may not surprise you to learn that the CIA represents one of the largest drug dealing organizations in history. The CIA originally designed LSD with the help of a Swiss manufacturer as a “mind control drug” as part of their MK Ultra program, hoping that it would allow patients under the influence to commit unspeakable acts commanded by the government and then forget they ever happened. Of course, this plan backfired, and then the CIA introduced LSD to the American population.

The CIA has played a crucial role in producing, trafficking, and/or selling numerous drugs both in the U.S. and all over the world. The CIA is no stranger to money laundering, performing dangerous tests on unwilling patients, and even committing murder over drugs. One of the drugs the CIA has focused on for decades is heroin, which is created using opium. The CIA actually owned and operated a covert drug smuggling airline, referred to as Air Americawhich was used to transport numerous goods, including heroin.

The CIA’s involvement with the opium industry doesn’t just stop there. The CIA consciously turned a blind eye to the opium trade in Afghanistan in the 1980s, until the Taliban took control and attempted to put an end to production. The opium industry in Afghanistan, which represented 90% of the world’s opium production, then plummeted. 9/11 occurred only a year later, giving the U.S. a perfect “reason” to invade Afghanistan. Well, shortly afterwards, the U.S. seized the opium fields and took control of them, and then we witnessed opium production in Afghanistan skyrocketing again.

It’s clear that the U.S. government has an opium problem, one that’s likely making them a lot of money in the process.

What Is Air America?

No, I’m not referring to the hit 1990 movie starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., though that movie arguably contained more fact than fiction. The movie was centred around the CIA’s private airline, Air America, which was used during the Vietnam War to transport food, supplies, and other items, which happened to include opium.

Those parts of the movie were actually correct, and it seems that the CIA-operated airline was in fact used to smuggle drugs. In Southeast Asia (SEA), during the Vietnam War, the CIA worked alongside Laotian general Vang Pao in an effort to help make Laos the world’s largest exporter of heroin. The CIA then flew drugs all over SEA, allowing the Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand, and Laos) to become the world hub for heroin.

Agents from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs managed to seize an Air America aircraft that contained large amounts of heroin, but the CIA ordered the agents to release the plane and halt any further investigations.

The CIA wasn’t just involved with the transportation of the drugs, however. The heroin was refined in a laboratory built at the CIA headquarters in Northern Laos. After about a decade of U.S. military intervention, SEA represented 70% of the world’s opium supplier. Unfortunately, many of the operatives became addicted to the heroin themselves. At the same time, SEA also became the main supplier of raw materials for the U.S. heroin industry. Though Air America apparently stopped operations in 1976, the CIA’s involvement in the opium and heroin industries continued in other parts of the world.

Though the CIA’s website still denies that Air America was used to transport drugs, this is no longer a conspiracy theory. Mainstream media has even addressed this issue, as the History Channel just came out with a new series titled America’s War on Drugs, which so far has addressed fairly accurate information regarding the war on drugs, including Air America’s role in transporting heroin (at least within the first two episodes that were released this week).

According to a New York Times article written in 1993, the CIA’s involvement with the heroin industry began slightly before the Vietnam War. During the Korean War, in 1950, the CIA allegedly traded weapons and heroin in exchange for intelligence.

Well, it seems the CIA’s “heroin problem” didn’t start nor end in SEA.

The U.S. Government’s Role in the Afghan Heroin Trade

Afghanistan is another country with a complicated history of involvement in the opium and heroin industries, much of which implicates the CIA. In the 1980s, CIA-supported Moujahedeen rebels were heavily involved in drug trafficking heroin. The CIA supplied trucks and mules, which were used to transport opium.

Despite the fact that Afghanistan supplied approximately 50% of the heroin used by Americans, the U.S. failed to intervene or investigate the Afghan drug industry for years. Instead, many of the individuals trafficking the drugs in Afghanistan were actually trained, armed, and funded by the CIA at the time.

Opium production came to a gradual halt thanks to Taliban rule. By 2000, the Taliban had completely banned opium production, practically eradicating 90% of the world’s heroin. The following UN diagram outlines the history of opium production in Afghanistan:

After 9/11 occurred and the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, opium production suddenly skyrocketed. There have been tons of photos of U.S. soldiers guarding the opium fields, yet today, more than a decade later, they still have not destroyed them (view some of the photos here).

Meanwhile, a propaganda campaign by the Bush administration promised to destroy all drugs and assured zero drug tolerance, as the American war on drugs continued. Throughout the Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton eras, the public had already witnessed multiple presidents promising to crack down on drug use, which turned out to be a giant sham to mass incarcerate Americans, primarily blacks and hippies (read more about that here).

While these presidents were promising to put an end to different drug epidemics, they were actually fuelling them, as the CIA and other forms of law enforcement were heavily involved in the drug trade.

It’s no secret that 9/11 was an inside job, otherwise referred to as a false-flag terrorist attack. If you didn’t know that, please read this CE article.

So, this begs the question: Given that Afghan opium production skyrocketed once the U.S. invaded the country…

Was Opium One of the Motives Behind 9/11?

It was President Richard Nixon who originally started promoting the “law and order” mentality the elite are still pushing now, and Nixon was also the one who waged a “war on drugs” in 1971. Disguised as a tactic to decrease drug usage, this was actually a strategy to incarcerate people by the masses, particularly black citizens. Between 1970 and 1980, the U.S. prison population increased from around 300K to 500K. The irony was thick, as it was the CIA who was introducing some of these drugs onto the streets in the first place.

The war on drugs continued for decades, and by 2000, the U.S. prison population had almost doubled, skyrocketing to over 2 million as a result of these new drug laws. As long as more drugs were on the streets, presidents were able to conduct these propaganda campaigns against drugs and reap the benefits. At the same time, corporations were making a killing off the privatization of the prison system, and so it was a win-win for the both of them. The elite were also apparently pleased, as it was a Rockefeller who proposed the “15 years to life” rule in the first place.

However, the Taliban then took over Afghanistan, decreasing the opium and heroin on the streets of America (except for what Big Pharma was still providing). The CIA is no stranger to drug trafficking, so it’s possible they saw this as an opportunity to commit a false flag terrorist attack in order to justify the invasion of Afghanistan so they could take over the opium drug trade. The motive would make sense, as the American war on drugs was still an issue in 2001.

The CIA already had ties to this area, as the CIA created, trained, and funded “Al Qaeda/Taliban” during the Mujahideen. Ask yourself: If the U.S. government were actually against these organizations, then why are they still funding them?

“Al Qaeda and the Al Qaeda affiliated organizations, including the Islamic State, are not independent organizations, they are sponsored, and they are sponsored by the United States and its allies. It is documented that prior to 2011, there was a process of recruitment of mujahideen to fight in Syria, and this was coordinated by NATO and the Turkish high command. This report is confirmed by Israeli news sources and unequivocally, we are dealing with a state-sponsorship of terrorism, the recruitment of mercenaries, the training and the financing of terrorism.”

– Dr. Michel Choissudovsky (source)

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was quoted as saying that the “CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.” Gabbard even proposed a bill recently, titled “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which only received an alarming 13 supporters.

It’s certain that 9/11 was an inside job, but the entire truth behind the motive is still undetermined. The opium theory seems to be a strong possibility, but of course the elite had their own agenda and the U.S. government had other motives as well. The only thing that is considered to be fact is that 9/11 was a controlled demolition, and that the war on drugs in America was a propaganda campaign. Who knows if the two are related, but it seems to me that this is a potential link!

 

 


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Booz Allen Hamilton: Federal Civil and Criminal Probe in Connection with Its Finances






Booz Allen Hamilton: Federal Civil and Criminal Probe in Connection with Its Finances


June 15th, 2017

Via: NBC:

Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton sank as much as 13 percent in after-hours trading after the government services firm revealed in a regulatory filing it was the subject of a federal civil and criminal probe in connection with its finances.

Last year, the company derived 97 percent of its revenue from U.S. government business. One of its major customers is the Pentagon, including all four branches of the military, as well as national intelligence agencies. The IRS also is a customer of Booz Allen.

In its Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Thursday, Booz Allen said it was informed June 7 by the U.S. Department of Justice that it was the subject of a probe “relating to certain elements of the company’s cost accounting and indirect cost charging practices with the U.S. government.”

According to the company’s 8-K filing, “To date, our internal and external audit processes have not identified any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, or identified any significant erroneous cost charging.”

Booz Allen added that it was “cooperating with the government in these matters and expects to bring them to an appropriate resolution.”

The company declined to comment beyond the filing.















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FMR. FBI Director James Comey’s Clinton Foundation connection, $6M deal

Originally titled: Exposed: FBI Director James Comey’s Clinton Foundation Connection

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.

These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

Lockheed Martin

When President Obama nominated Comey to become FBI director in 2013, Comey promised the United States Senate that he would recuse himself on all cases involving former employers.

But Comey earned $6 million in one year alone from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin became a Clinton Foundation donor that very year.

Via Breitbart


Featured Image: FMR. FBI Director James Comey (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)/Flickr)

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Mind-Body Connection During Meditation Can Now Be Measured, Thanks To Science

There are some “scientists” out there who believe that the mind-body connection is complete pseudoscience. This is very strange, especially given the fact that countless peer-reviewed studies published by many reputable scientists and institutions have shown a direct connection between our mind and our body.

We’ll get to some more examples later in the article, but first let’s draw attention to a group of researchers who say they’ve developed a way to measure the physiological phenomena associated with mindfulness-based stress reduction. They have proven the real-time physiological effects of spiritual practice, specifically the way heart and brain activity actually synchronize.

Keep in mind that there are a number of studies that do show the measurable effect that meditation can have on the body. For example, within the past few years, Harvard scientists have published multiple studies showing the biological/physiological effect meditation can have on the brain, as well as the gut.

Physicists have also shown multiple times that consciousness is directly connected with out physical material world.

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. . . . Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” 

– Max Planck, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

For example, a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. It showed that meditators were able to collapse the quantum wave function at a distance.

This study showed: “Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it. . . . We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position. . . . We ourselves produce the results of measurement.”

The researchers are from the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Buddhist Studies, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In a statement given to NewsweekSik Hin Hung, Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies and the lead researcher of the paper, explained: “We talk about whether your mind and body are in harmony, but there is no systematic way of measuring this. . . . We now can say with some kind of certainty that when you’re practicing MBSR your heart and your mind become more synchronized and that’s very good for you.”

The “one of its kind” paper was published in the scientific peer-reviewed journal JoVE Video Journal, which focuses mainly on study methodology. It’s big on the issue of reproducibility in biomedical science.

Hung’s team recruited 11 graduate studies who signed up for an eight-week long course on mind-body stress reduction (MBSR). They were not experienced meditators. They were connected to an electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG), which collected data while they were practicing MBSR as well as when they were breathing normally. One measures brain activity, the other measures heart rate.

This research can now be included in a growing number of publications that are being put out on the mind-body connection. It’s definitely a trend and a newer area of interest for science, and yet another example of ancient wisdom being confirmed by modern day science.

“In our daily life when we become stressed the sympathetic nervous system kicks into action and suppresses the parasympathetic nervous [system]. . . . Through this research we found out the practice of MBSR was able to synchronize these two systems, which is a good thing.

It’s similar to the studies that have been conducted on mass meditation and prayer. As far as their effects on physical systems, numerous publications have yielded statistically significant results. For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of this type of phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.

Heart-Brain Synchronicity

The study above showed heart-brain synchronicity, and it’s not the first to do so. Scientists over at the HeartMath Institute have been studying the same thing, and, according to Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at the Institute:

Research findings have shown that as we practice heart coherence and radiate love and compassion, our heart generates a coherent electromagnetic wave into the local field environment that facilitates social coherence, whether in the home, workplace, classroom or sitting around a table. As more individuals radiate heart coherence, it builds an energetic field that makes it easier for others to connect with their heart. So, theoretically it is possible that enough people building individual and social coherence could actually contribute to an unfolding global coherence.

Their research has shown that when we practice positive emotions, the heart sends out a unique signal to the brain. There are actually multiple ways the heart communicates with the brain, and the signals it sends are triggered by our thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

David Paterson, Ph.D. a professor at Oxford University, also works in this field. His research shows that your brain is not the sole source of your emotions, but rather, your heart and brain work together to produce them.

Your heart actually contains neurons, similar to those in your brain, and your heart and brain are closely connected, creating a symbiotic emotional whole. His research has shown that when your heart receives signals from the brain, via the sympathetic nerves, it pumps faster, and when it receives signals through the parasympathetic nerves, it slows down.

As the HeartMath Institute points out:

One important way the heart can speak to and influence the brain is when the heart is coherent – experiencing stable, sine-wavelike pattern in its rhythms. When the heart is coherent, the body, including the brain, begins to experience all sorts of benefits, among them greater mental clarity and ability, including better decision-making. (source)

They emphasize that the heart communicates with the brain in four major ways

  1. Neurologically, through the transmission of nerve impulses
  2. Biochemically, via hormones and neurotransmitters
  3. Biophysically, through pressure waves
  4. Energetically, through electromagnetic field interactions

Epigenetics/Placebo

Epigenetics (the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression) has shown us that genes and DNA do not control our biology, but rather, DNA is controlled by signals from outside of the cell, which include the messages that stem from our thoughts. One of the leading authorities on how our emotions can regulate genetic expression is cellular biologist Bruce Lipton. He gives a fantastic and thorough explanation in his books The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.

It’s just another example of mind-body interaction.

The placebo effect is another great example, and one aspect of epigenetics. According to Lipton:

The placebo effect should be the subject of major, funded research efforts. If medical researchers could figure out how to leverage the placebo effect, they would hand doctors and efficient, energy based, side effect-free tool to treat disease. Energy healers say they already have such tools, but I am a scientist, and I believe the more we know about science of the placebo, the better we’ll be able to use it in a clinical setting.

In a book written by theoretical nuclear physicist Dr. Amit Goswami, titled The Quantum Doctor, Deepak Chopra explains this phenomenon in the forward, outlining one of multiple studies showing some remarkable results:

In one study, a group of patients suffering from chronic severe nausea were given a drug that they were told was an anti-nausea agent. Normally, in a placebo trial half the patients would be randomly selected to receive the drug while other half received a dummy pill. As expected, more than 30% percent of the subjects who took the dummy poll reported that their nausea was alleviated. Only this pill, they had been given an emetic, a drug that promotes nausea. So powerful was their belief, however, that it somehow reduced their symptoms – or to be more accurate, their minds reduced nausea in the face of a drug that should have made them vomit.

Related publication: Placebo interventions for nausea: a systematic review.

Related CE articles that go more in-depth and provide more studies/examples:

The Placebo Effect: Transforming Biology With Belief

The Power of Human Thought. How The Placebo Effect Actually Works In Your Favour

 

As Garth Cook from Scientific American points out:

A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. . . There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.

Concluding Comments

This is exactly why we say that change starts with you. Many people on this planet are miserable, which we know is not good for health and can lead to harmful biological effects. This is how powerful the mind-body connection really is. Not only that, but as the HeartMath Institute has shown, our emotions can actually trigger a physiological response in another person.

The bottom line is that our thoughts, emotions, and feelings play a huge role in how our physical material world manifests itself. That role may be as big as shaping the collective human experience and as small as affecting our own biology.

Despite these findings, we are never taught how to manage our emotions in school. These concepts are practically unknown, which is why people are so quick to scoff at them. But the science behind these concepts is stronger, even stronger than the science we deem the most credible.

For example, in 1999, a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack. She also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example. This begs the question, why are psi experiments only marginally acknowledged or even known of by the mainstream scientific community if the evidence for ESP (for example) is stronger than that for the effectiveness of popular drugs?

Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, provides some insight into why this might be the case:

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing.

The more we work on keeping an open mind and cultivating a state of inner peace, the more we help shift our planet.

Related CE Article: This Is How Powerful The Mind Body Connection Really Is

 

 

 

 


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