Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team accused Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, of “foldering,” a technique used by drug cartels and terrorist groups to secretly communicate with witnesses.
A prosecutor on Mueller’s team brought up the allegation during Manafort’s hearing on Friday, according to Politico. The practice of foldering is when two or more people communicate through email drafts, using an email account that all participants have the password to, rather than corresponding through sending email messages.
The technique was originally used by the terrorist group Al Qaeda and was also by David Petraeus when he tried to hide his extramarital affair during his tenure as CIA director, as journalist Yashar Ali noted.
Foldering is a communication technique that has also been used by drug cartels, according to Renato Marrioti. Marrioti said Manafort knew he was doing something wrong and did not want to be caught exchanging messages with witnesses.
Manafort was sent to jail on Friday to await trial after a federal judge revoked his bail. Prosecutors accused him of attempting to tamper with witnesses in Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign’s possible role in it.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to over two dozen charges, including obstruction of justice, tax and bank fraud, and failure to register as a foreign agent.
Turkey has destroyed 14 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Qandil Mountains. The region is considered to be the headquarters of the PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara. Some 20 Turkish jets were involved in the attack on Monday. Speaking at a rally in the central Turkish city of Nigde, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “drain the biggest of the swamps” in reference to the region, which he said was a “source of terrorism” affecting Turkey, according to Daily Sabah.
Patrick Slattery and Filbert Applebag talk about the insanity of having professional liar and shill John Bolton be running our foreign policy. They also talk about the two types of dog whistling and the two types of casting diversity. Plus the financial angle on everything, and a parody song from Filbert.
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Two officers and a worshiper were reportedly killed as armed militants attempted to storm an Orthodox church in Russia’s Chechnya. The attack was thwarted by law enforcers, who shot dead four militants. To all those believing Russia is some sort of green safe heaven away from Muslims. Think again… Only a few are green, learn which ones.
The Church of Michael the Archangel in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, was attacked on Saturday by a group of gunmen, who attempted to take parishioners hostage.
A female worshiper told RIA-Novosti that the shooting outside the church began during the evening service, which was attended by around 15 people.
“One of the men rushed to block the door with a chair… we were holding the door,” the woman said, adding that shots from what she thought were pistols and machine guns were fired.
She also said that the priest’s children were playing outside when the attack began, and his wife had to rush from the church to lead them to safety.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said that two officers were killed at the church, while one worshiper also lost his life. Knives and a sawn-off shotgun were recovered from the militants after they were eliminated.
“The professionalism of the police officers guarding the church prevented more serious consequences of the attack and avoided a large number of casualties,” the Investigative Committee said on its website.
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, also confirmed the elimination of the militants as a result of a “swift security operation.” Three of the killed militants were residents of Chechnya, while the leader of the gang was from “one of the neighboring regions,” he added.
Kadyrov also said that “there is intelligence data that the militants received the order [to carry out the attack] from one of the Western countries.”
Mufti Ismail Berdiyev, chairman of the Coordination Center of North Caucasus Muslims, has condemned the attack, which he said was aimed at destabilizing the situation in Chechnya.
“It was deliberately done during the holy month in order to destabilize the situation. It’s the month of Ramadan now. It’s the time when not only wars are forbidden, but even foul language is outlawed,” Berdiyev told TASS.
The attack was “yet another attempt by pseudo-Islamic extremists to pit Orthodox Christians and Muslims against each other,” said Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Hey Debbie, define “assault weapon.”
I triple dog dare you.
From Yahoo (via HuffPo): Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had stern words for the National Rifle Association on Tuesday, responding to the gun group’s new president attacking student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, for allegedly engaging in “civil terrorism.”
“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” Schultz told HuffPost. “They have done everything they can to perpetuate the culture of violence that we have in our country with the spread of assault weapons across the nation.”
In an interview with The Washington Times last week, newly elected NRA president Oliver North accused students of Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of using “intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking” in the anti-gun efforts they launched following the Valentine’s Day massacre that left 17 people dead at their campus.
“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism,” North said.
The retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel previously served on the NRA’s board of directors. He is best known for his involvement in the Iran-Contra firearms scandal in the 1980s, in which he was found to have played a key role in the clandestine sale of weapons to Iran, which was under an arms embargo at the time. Funds from those transactions were then funneled to bolster terrorist efforts against Nicaragua’s socialist government.
North was convicted of three felonies related to the scheme, including charges of obstructing a congressional inquiry and destroying evidence. The convictions were later vacated amid concerns that tainted testimony had been used in the case.
Still, Wasserman Schultz said she considered it ironic for someone with North’s past legal troubles to accuse young people of criminal behavior simply for “standing up to make sure that we can keep people safe.”
She also rebuffed North’s contention that the pressure the NRA now faces has “never been seen against a civil rights organization in America,” and is worse than “the terrible days of Jim Crow.”
“The Jim Crow laws actually resulted in the deaths of people standing up for their rights,” said Wasserman Schultz, who headed the Democratic National Committee from 2011-16. “People that are dying as a result of the infection that is the spread of assault weapons thanks to the NRA are being murdered in cold blood without any cessation or interest on the part of the NRA to do anything about it.”
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Makeshift Terrorist CW Factory Discovered in Douma
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Throughout years of war in Syria, US-supported terrorists used sarin, chlorine and other CWs numerous times – mostly against civilians, incidents falsely blamed on Damascus.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry earlier said the following:
“(W)estern states and regional countries have directly or indirectly supplied banned poisonous substances to militants, terrorists and extremists active in Syria.”
Saudi Arabia and Turkey were caught red-handed supplying them to ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists.
Shells used by terrorists filled with toxic agents were discovered earlier – produced by the US Federal Laboratories and NonLethal Technologies, as well as Britain’s Cherming Defense.
Days earlier, a Douma warehouse was discovered with toxic substances used by terrorists to produce CWs.
On Sunday, Sputnik News reported the following:
“Syrian government forces patrolling Douma have uncovered a makeshift chemical weapons factory, which was apparently used to brew deadly toxins by terrorists who were recently driven from the area.”
They discovered the CW facility and storerooms in underground bunkers of sorts, located beneath residential buildings, connected by tunnels.
A Syrian army source explained the following:
“(M)any chemicals had ‘made in Saudi Arabia’ labels,” adding manuals for preparing toxins and explosives were discovered.
Russia is examining everything found, compiling more evidence on how terrorists operate in Syria, including their weapons and foreign backers.
CWs are false flag weapons of choice – used by US-supported terrorists, wrongfully blamed on Assad.
Russia’s envoy to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin expressed the same view, explaining:
“The chemical agenda is just a pretext. Everything the United States wants is to drive the Syrian government into the corner and have the Assad regime step down,” adding:
“Concurrently, they are targeting Russia: first in a low voice, then louder and louder, and in an aggressive tone. Add the Skirpal case on top of that.”
More of the same is surely coming. Washington and its rogue allies intend using every dirty trick in the book to continue naked aggression for regime change.
If Russia fails to confront ruthless US tactics more forcefully, Trump administration neocons will be encouraged to get tougher than already.
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The FSB operatives attempted to arrest the suspected terrorist in the southern Russian region of Stavropol on Saturday. The perpetrator, however, resisted and engaged in a firefight with law enforcement, receiving a fatal wound, the FSB press service said.
The terrorist plotted an attack on a local office of the FSB and a Stavropol government building, “using firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).”
The agents recovered a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun, a large knife, IED components, and an Islamic State flag (IS, formerly ISIS). A written pledge of allegiance to IS and plans regarding the government and FSB HQ buildings were also found at the scene.
The FSB did not provide any details on the terrorist’s identity, stating only that an investigation was underway.
In a separate development, a large-scale counter-terrorism operation was launched in the town of Derbent, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, media reports, citing local law enforcement. A group of militants was reportedly blocked by FSB and police operatives in a building. The militants refused to surrender, and several of them were killed in a firefight.
The counter-terrorism operations came only a few days after another major terrorist cell was busted by the FSB in Rostov Region. Three IS-linked terrorists, who plotted gun and bomb attacks, were captured. The leader of the cell, however, blew himself up with a homemade bomb when law enforcement tried to detain him.
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Syrian state media is reporting on the findings in liberated Ghouta, of SAMS terrorist affiliations. One might be generous enough to suggest an “oops,” except this ghoulish, US-based NGO has flaunted its impunity since April 2013. Its television debut was launched by CNN on 29 April 2013, with its camera-shy spokesman — live from Turkey, which is neither Syria nor America — coached by Christiane Amanpour who unabashedly showed those shaving cream videos as uncorroborated corroboration of GB use by Syria, against Syria.
Had anyone heard of the Syrian American Medical Society* before Amanpour introduced Zaher Sahloul to its 4 million + international audience? Sahloul’s performance came just days after Israel launched the GB hoax, from Jerusalem, in a successful campaign to divert attention from the SAR requesting a UN investigation into the use of “chemical substances” in Khan al Asal, 19 March 2013.
Prior to inspecting the kilometers of tunnels and cave dwellings, the Syrian Arab Army Engineering Units sappers first had to be deployed to dismantled the many IEDs left behind by the terrorists put on buses. Expensive medical equipment (e.g., MRI and CT machines) and stockpiles of essential medicines, stolen from SARC deliveries, were discovered. More interesting, though, were the things left behind by SAMS terrorist affiliates.
Again, we must reinforce the fact that under the Geneva/ICRC treaties, “field hospitals” can only be built with the explicit permission of the host country. As the Syrian Arab Republic has given no foreign NGO or foreign intelligence service such permission, these things must only be called by their correct names: Illegal cave dwellings; unhospitals; fake hospitals; tents; invaded and occupied private homes. All media that report on “bombings” of that which does not exist, engage in crimes against peace, a capital offense according to Nuremberg Statutes.
Laws of reciprocity require that those who illegally enter another country to illegally practice medicine, nursing, or any other health-related profession that requires licensure be stripped of their licenses in their home countries.
Remnants of SAMS criminal behavior in Syria were also found in the newly liberated regions of Eastern Ghouta.
Here we have a scrubs top, with the impressive SAMS terrorist logo patch stitched to the sleeve:
Also left behind by SAMS terrorist thugs were immaculate payroll records and a fake patient registry. As there was no hospital, there could be no doctors and nurses working in a place of non-existence. The fake patient list was especially anomalous, as no diagnoses were given. The lists were all of males, aged 20-40 (the sex and ages of most armed terrorists in Syria — obviously on someone’s payroll. Lone “patient” not in this age group was a 15-year-old male.) marked as having generic “war injuries.” The lone detail was of the reputed nephrectomy, secondary to “war injuries.”
This huge list, pages, and pages of male “patients” all ”treated” for “war injuries,” despite the UN crocodile tears over millions of “women and children!” being barrel-bombed, T.I.D., in Eastern Ghouta neighborhoods.
SAMS payroll slips were also found next to al-Qaeda headquarters in 2016 after eastern Aleppo was liberated.
The SAMS terrorist operatives have never lamented the destruction of actual Syrian hospitals. When all of alQaeda in Syria was FSA, SAMS did not condemn the wave of assassinations of physicians and professors. SAMS best friends forever (“Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what you are.”) are the stethoscope-less, CPR-ignorant, demonic fake responder White Helmets, notorious for beheading soldiers, organ trading, kidnapping, brutalizing and slaughtering children, and for their inherent, non-genetic natural immunity to GB.
The OPCW forfeited all pretense of professionalism when it admitted to being too afraid of al-Qaeda/Nusra of Idlib to allow investigators to enter Khan Sheikhoun. Instead, they accepted the lies of the takfiri and their fake evidence, which had zero legal chain of forensics custody.
GB or not GB…that is the question. Surely chemical weapons experts know that there is or there is not, but there is no such thing as “sarin-ish,” which is the absurd suggestion in the claim that “a large number of people” were “exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance.”
SAMS terrorist thugs have been involved in many of the criminal chemical weapons lies. Last month, one day after claiming a fake chemical attack in Hamoryah neighborhood of Eastern Ghouta, the people there headed to the main square and raised the Syrian flag. This action forced Sahloul to issue a fine print retraction, that there was no chemical attack, fine print enough that none of the MSM that had run the propaganda pieces, issued a retraction.
SAMS has gotten a taste of NGO cum criminal propagandist. It has also seen the proverbial writing on the wall, in Syria. And so, every month SAMS holds events to…raise money not just in the United States, but around the world….
Registration has begun for its 18th Annual International Conference, to be held in Erdoganstan.
Last year’s overlapped with a very chilling medical mission, in which gargantuanly high, statistically impossible number of persons received cardiac catheterizations, eye surgeries (including impossible numbers of peds ophthalmology), and miscellaneous surgeries were performed. Alas, no CPR, spinal precautions, or use of stethoscopes was taught to the al Qaeda White Helmets during this time.
The author followed the ridiculous daily reports, hoping the SAMS gang was merely lying, and not engaging in human vivisection. The in-depth article, Halloween Comes Early as SAMS Ghouls Drink Rivers of Syrian Blood was based on the NGO’s Twitter announcements. Provided to SAMS terrorist thugs, along with a couple of questions, the decision was made to block, rather than answer.
* In a non-Orwellian, saner world where words still had accurate meanings, the Syrian American Medical Society would be an association of American physicians of Syrian descent, n’est pas? Ha. When it comes to the attempted final solution against Syria, accuracy does not exist, nor are any members of terrorist NGOs forced to prove veracity. To date, this writer has only located the medical license of one of its “physicians.” Ironically, that is Sahloul, who Twitter-blocked her (of further impunity-related geopolitical irony, if Sahloul has practiced in Syria, without permission, his US license is supposed to be revoked.).
Suggested, related readings on SAMS terrorist affiliations, described and hyperlinked:
A reputed Syrian (not Syrian-American) was magically smuggled out of Idlib, named a member of SAMS, and given a closed-door meeting at the UN, 16 April 2015. He was called “doctor,” and showed a video of anti-Syria propaganda. At the time, it was only available for rental, but that option was quickly removed.
8 August 2016 UN held an anti-Syria party for CNN reporter and SAMS terrorist affiliates. SAMS FY2015 budget had exploded into $15 million — and only 4 years after the foreign imposed war of terror was launched.
The February anti-Syria propaganda piece by 60 Minutes relied heavily on verbal reports from alleged physicians of SAMS. Scott Pelley had that bit of geopolitical amnesia in braying rare footage, as the video had been shown all day long on 4 April 2017. In fact, the video remained available on YouTube for more than one month, until a bit of a verbal skirmish on Twitter. A claim was made that the video actually showed a lack of emergency health care, brutalization of children and babies, abuse of corpses, and poisoning of mostly children, used as “snuff” propaganda. Multiple screengrabs from the now missing video are included, here.