By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
In order to believe the latest flight of fancy promulgated by Washington, one must suspend any and all logic, reason and plain old common sense. Let’s not forget that one must also ignore any knowledge of Iranian strategy, the operations of the Quds Force and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in general.
Even the U.S. government seems to realize these allegations are wildly unrealistic, including State Department Victoria Nuland who said, “When you look at these details, it seems like something out of a movie”.
No, Nuland, it seems like something out of a bad movie written by writers who know little to nothing about Iran or terrorism in general, for that matter.
The alleged plot, which included not only the assassination of a Saudi diplomat but also the trafficking of massive amounts of opium, was quickly blamed on the somewhat mythical Quds Force, part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
A Corpus Christi, Texas-based naturalized American citizen with an Iranian passport, Mansour Arbabsiar, along with an alleged member of the Quds Force based in Iran, Gholam Shakuri, were implicated in the criminal complaint filed by U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday.
The operation was allegedly “directed by factions of the Iranian government” and Obama has claimed that “people within the government were aware of a murder-for-hire plot.”
However, many experts who one would think would be in support of the government’s highly questionable narrative are already punching holes in Washington’s latest fable.
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
As I covered in my recent article, the British police state is officially here as Prime Minister David Cameron made very clear, and it is becoming more evident by the day.
As I also covered a few days ago, the crackdown on social media in England has begun in full force, starting with the sentencing of two young men, 20 and 22 years old, to four years in jail for making comments on Facebook that did not result in any riot-related activity.
It began with a call coming from Cameron and others to give the government the power to shut down social media outlets whenever they deemed necessary due to a real or perceived emergency.
Then it transformed into Cameron blaming a moral collapse and diverting any attention from the socio-economic problems wracking the UK.
Now Cameron’s rhetoric is rearing its ugly head in the sentencing of 20-year-old Jordan Blackshaw and 22-year-old Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan for a failed attempt to rile people up and organize riots in their respective towns.
If this couldn’t get any more absurd, the BBC reported that the idea began as nothing more than a misguided joke between Blackshaw and Sutcliffe-Keenan.
Unsurprisingly, Cameron defended this ludicrous sentencing approach by saying, “I think it’s right that we should allow the courts to make decisions about sentencing. They decided in that court … to send a tough message and I think it’s very good that the courts are able to do that.”
The message is clear: encouraging people to fight back against a criminal and oppressive government through social media will not be accepted.
Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, says SEC may have destroyed documents
“From what I’ve seen, it looks as if the SEC might have sanctioned some level of case-related document destruction,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, in a letter to the agency’s chairman, Mary Schapiro.
“It doesn’t make sense that an agency responsible for investigations would want to get rid of potential evidence. If these charges are true, the agency needs to explain why it destroyed documents, how many documents it destroyed over what timeframe, and to what extent its actions were consistent with the law.”
Agency staff “destroyed over 9,000 files” related to preliminary agency investigations, according to a letter sent in July to Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and obtained by MarketWatch.
The allegations were made by SEC enforcement attorney, Darcy Flynn, in a letter to Grassley. Flynn is a current employee, and according to the letter, received a bonus for his past year’s work.
Flynn alleges the SEC destroyed files related to matters being examined in important cases such as Bernard Madoff and a $50 billion Ponzi scheme he operated as well as an investigation involving Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trading in American International Group credit-default swaps in 2009.
Flynn also alleged that the agency destroyed documents and information collected for preliminary investigations at Wells Fargo, Bank of America„ Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and the now-bankrupt Lehman Brothers.
If there is one thing that the main stream media have made clear, its that they are determined that Ron Paul will not be the next President of the United States. This has become something of a problem for them with Dr Paul doing well in all the straw polls. Their answer is to just ignore him and exclude his name when announcing the results of the straw polls.