Commentary: Why Ukraine’s NATO membership is not in America’s interests


Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

The United States-Russia relationship is already in bad shape, and U.S. diplomats are hurting it further by sending conflicting messages about Ukraine’s future relationship with NATO.

First, NATO and Kiev signed a letter of intent in February for cooperation between their special operations forces. Two months later American ambassador and current NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said it was time to bring the Ukrainian military “in line with NATO standards.” Barely one week later, though, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO ruled out NATO expansion for the “next several years.”

These muddled messages only cause confusion, provoking Russia while potentially false hope for Ukraine. For that reason, it’s time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table. Here’s why.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-nato-commentary-idUSKCN0XW0V3

 

 

Successful Syria operation boosts Russians’ interest in politics, researchers claim


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Sociologists have registered record growth in the Russian citizens’ interest to politics and researchers tie this fact to Russia’s recent successes on the international arena, especially its anti-ISIS operation in Syria.

 

According to the latest research conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), 48 percent of Russians say they are interested in politics, which is the highest figure since 2001. Forty-nine percent of responders said that politics was not at the top of their interests’ list, and 3 percent said it was difficult to give a direct and simple answer to this question. For comparison, in 2010 the share of Russians who said that they considered politics to be an important subject was 30 percent and 64 percent said that they had no interest in politics whatsoever.

https://www.rt.com/politics/342076-interest-to-politics-on-rise/

 

Former Top Obama Official Says Operation Choke Point Had ‘Collateral’ Consequences


One of President Barack Obama’s former top Justice Department officials behind Operation Choke Point said Thursday the program had “unintended but collateral consequences” on banks and U.S. consumers.

“Unfortunately, as the investigations continue, so too have one of the unintended but collateral consequences of such vigilance: mass de-risking,”wrote  Michael J. Bresnick, who previously served as executive director of Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, under which Operation Choke Point was created. “Members of the industry have raised their hands in frustration and simply avoided lines of business typically associated with higher risk. This reaction to [the Justice Department’s] enforcement initiative, and similar matters brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is certainly understandable.”

Bresnick addressed the issue in an op-ed for American Banker.

http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/07/former-top-obama-official-says-operation-choke-point-had-collateral-consequences/

FORMER TOP OBAMA OFFICIAL SAYS OPERATION CHOKE POINT HAD ‘COLLATERAL’ CONSEQUENCES


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Unfortunately, as the investigations continue, so too have one of the unintended but collateral consequences of such vigilance: mass de-risking,”wrote Michael J. Bresnick, who previously served as executive director of Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, under which Operation Choke Point was created. “Members of the industry have raised their hands in frustration and simply avoided lines of business typically associated with higher risk. This reaction to [the Justice Department’s] enforcement initiative, and similar matters brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is certainly understandable.”

Bresnick addressed the issue in an op-ed for American Banker.

According to government documents, Operation Choke Point was designed by the Justice Department in 2012 to “attack Internet, telemarketing, mail, and other mass market fraud against consumers, by choking fraudsters’ access to the banking system.”

http://www.infowars.com/former-top-obama-official-says-operation-choke-point-had-collateral-consequences/

EX-INTEL EXPERT: PANAMA PAPERS A DISTRACTION


This is the largest of such operations ever seen leaked to the press.

However, does this leak truly expose the shadow economy that the New World Order operates under, or does the rabbit hole go much much deeper?

http://www.infowars.com/ex-intel-expert-panama-papers-a-distraction/

A EUROPEAN PATRIOT ACT WILL NOT KEEP PEOPLE SAFE


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I am sure a frightened population will find government promises of perfect security attractive and may be willing to allow more surveillance of their personal lives. They should pause a little beforehand and consider what their governments have done so far to keep them “safe.”

The government of France, for example, has been particularly aggressive in its Middle East policy. Then-French President Sarkozy was among the most determined proponents of “regime change” in Libya. That operation has left the country in chaos, with much of the territory controlled by an ISIS and al-Qaeda that were not there before the “liberation.” As we learned last week from Hillary Clinton’s emails, Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were much more concerned with getting their hands on Libya’s oil after the overthrow of Gaddafi. The creation of a hotbed of terrorism that could easily make its way to Europe was not important. They wanted to secure enormously profitable deals for well-connected French and English energy companies.

BRUSSELS ATTACK: OPERATION GLADIO EVENT TO FINALIZE SURVEILLANCE STATE


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Both men were convicted criminals. Ibrahim was sentenced to nine years in prison for opening fire on police with a Kalashnikov rifle during an armed robbery on a stockbroker and Khalid was sentenced to five years probation for carjackings. Khalid was in possession of a Kalashnikov at the time of his arrest.

Najim Laachraoui, named as the third attacker, was the subject of a manhunt in connection with the Paris attack last November. Laachraoui was named as an accomplice of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested in the Molenbeek district of Brussels earlier this week. Abdeslam hid in plain sight for months.

http://www.infowars.com/brussels-attack-operation-gladio-event-to-finalize-surveillance-state/