Japan’s state secrecy laws still a secret


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fukushima-worse-than-thought-696x409In the first year after Japan’s State Secrecy laws was enacted, various ministers and agencies classified 382 issues as state secrets. The law is well into its second year, yet we still don’t know what actually constitutes a ‘state secret.’

Prime Minister of Japan Abe railroaded the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets (SDS) through the Diet, or Japanese parliament, in spite of 80% opposition from the Japanese public.

As of December 2014, whistle-blowers can be imprisoned for 10 years if they leak state secrets, and journalists publishing this information face up to five years in jail and a hefty fine. The law targets terrorism, espionage and defense leaks, and at first glance, it is familiar and expected given the current reality of transnational crime and terrorism.  

Yet the media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have warned that the law is an “unprecedented threat to freedom of information” and an “obstruction of peoples’ right to know.”

japans-state-secrets-law-31114by-eric-johnston-24-638So what makes this law potentially destructive?  It’s because it makes Abe and his administration  the judge, jury and enforcers.

The ambiguity of the law extends beyond the definition of a state secret. Government ministers and agencies determine what a state secret is, and oversight of these decisions is managed by a panel and committee appointed by Abe. In actions that do not resemble the democratic principles Japan has been lauded for, there has been little public consultation, no parliamentary consensus on what a state secret is, and a lack of transparency in the law’s operation.

Alarmingly, any agency or government minister can store a secret for 30-60 years. This time period is longer than the tenure of a regular bureaucrat or politician, bestowing power to a government far beyond their democratically elected time in office.

Freedom of speech is enshrined in Japan’s post-war constitution; it has cemented Japan’s place as a free, democratic society and ensured trust in media and politics. This recent law shifts the norm, making freedom of speech conditional and communication between politics and wider society a condition of the government.

In a meeting, the Executive Controller of International Relations for state broadcaster NHK, Akinori Hashimoto, admitted that there was always tension between “politicians and journalists, but freedom of speech and competitive media ensured these tensions were stabilized.” However, with these most recent laws, it is unlikely that the media could compete with each-other for so-called state-secrets, let alone compete with the government.

This has implications for every level of information gathering.  Whilst Hashimoto maintained that the state broadcaster remained independent, he revealed that the new laws “make it harder to find sources in the bureaucracy.” The law is quietly strangling potential critique in a time where Abe has a sweeping grip on power. Scrutiny is at the heart of “democracy,” and without it, Abe’s choices go unchallenged.

This chilling effect is arguably more damaging than the law itself.  It is the threat of revealing a state secret that deters whistle-blowers and journalists, and the threat of breaking the new laws.  In such a way the ambiguity of the SDS was likely intentional to allow for discretionary operation by ministers and government agencies, as well as acting as a mechanism that scares people into silence.

A state of fear and distrust is contagious.

japan-state-secrets-law– Photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (3RD-L) speaks during a joint-meeting by Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters and Nuclear Power Disaster Management Council at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo

And where will people seek remedy? The only place that has answers-the government. This is the fastest way to reverse a culture where facts are dissected, truth is grappled with and opinions are not coerced.

Katsumi Sawada is a reporter from Japan’s oldest newspaper Mainichi Shimbun. In his opinion, “The law shows that the influence of Abe has increased, as his personal opinions have influenced the law.”  Personal opinions should not override the opposition of a 100 million citizens. But in a post-2014 Japan, it seems Abe’s do.

Ordinarily, a country would have counter-measures that protect journalists and their sources from this type of law. This source of protection is non-existent in Japan. Furthermore, there is no “public interest override” that would recognize circumstances where the public interest outweighs any potential harms of disclosure.

It is difficult to measure the effects this law has had on free media in Japan.  When a state secret itself is not defined, it is nearly impossible to determine what media outlets can no longer report on. What is clear however is that this law, in all its vagueness, signals that the government are the ultimate arbiters of what is free and what is not. This is blatant overreach and something that Japanese citizens did not choose.

In a time of constitutional change previously unseen in Japan’s post-war history, confusion over Japan’s nuclear energy plans and continued mismanagement of Fukushima relief efforts, open debate and dissent is crucial. However, a monopoly on truth does make it much easier to govern.





Following a powerful quake that hit northeastern Japan in the early morning on Nov. 22, 2016. The utility said Nov. 24 that puddles in three of the four reactor buildings at the idled Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant may have formed from water that splashed out of spent-fuel pools during the quake.


Studies cited in order presented:
National Academy of Sciences Low-Dose Radiation Report
Data tables used, 12D-1 and 12D-2:
How to scale that data to unique exposure scenarios, Annex 12D, Example 1:

15-country study of nuclear-worker cancer risk
Table 5 shown is from Part II of the study

Jacob et al. (2009) meta-analysis of nuclear-worker studies
Editorial on Jacob et al. quoted

Chromosomal translocations are associated with cancer

Boffetta et al. (2007) more chromoHarm entails more cancer

Bhatti et al. (2010) meta-analysis of chromosomal damage

# Addendum #

Since I posted this video, the ‘Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ published a special edition on low-dose radiation, the lead article of which matches and thereby corroborates the case I present in this video. It also covers additional research and nuclear-industry efforts to derail scientific investigation of radiation risks http://bos.sagepub.com/content/68/3/10.full.pdf

Some friends created PDF files of this video available here

In English


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Fukushima: Cancer to be No.1 Killer in U.S. by 2030


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fukushimaTo those of us familiar with the Fukushima Plume Gate cover-up the recent news that cancer is soon to be the number one killer in the U.S. comes as no surprise. Indeed, when our government and media hide the reality of the ongoing plumes and fallout from Fukushima and when no warnings are given to the public (rainwater, green leafy vegetables, milk, rainwater) the only logical conclusion is that the death toll will be very high. By one projection U.S. fatalities related to Fukushima will be around 1.3 MILLION Americans by the year 2030. This number rings true with the claim that deaths by cancer will become the number one killer in the U.S. by the year 2030, as found in a November, 2016 report from CNN that cites a study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

(Below: from the Bobby1 fatality index study, post-Fukushima)

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Also, when the EPA raised permissible levels of radiation in our drinking water it only served to further hide from the public the awful truth: Fukushima is 100 fold what Chernobyl was and the American government, in collusion with the Operation Mockingbird media, has successfully hidden the reality of Fukushima fallout from the public at large.

Of course mainstream media cannot and will not give us the facts, instead continuing the cover-up by relying on a plethora of causes for this new projection OTHER THAN NUCLEAR FALLOUT. Cigarette smoking, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and other excuses fall short of the obvious true cause: an inordinate amount of fallout has inundated America since the Fukushima disaster unfolded in March of 2011. One common thread among articles and videos that center on cancer in the U.S. is that fallout is never mentioned as a possible cause….how can this be?

(Below: from the NRC’s FOIA documentation…officials worried about the consequences of moving navy ships out of the path of a ‘repeated plume event’ simply chose to keep running models and changing variables until one was produced in which ships did not need to be moved. As a result Navy personnel suffered myriad cancers due to exposure, cancers that could have been avoided.) 

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For those willing to face reality you have only to read my book titled “Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Story of Plume-Gate, The World’s Largest, Provable Cover-Up.” Inside my free document you can read Freedom of Information (FOIA) transcripts from emails, recorded phone conversations and conversations from the NRC’s ‘situation room’ that reveal an orchestrated effort to hide from Americans the awful truth of this monumental catastrophe. The NRC, the Obama administration and other agencies such as DHS and FEMA, new full-well the danger Americans faced from the repeated plumes and fallout from Fukushima and yet did their best to hide this truth from the public.

The consequences of high levels of radioactive fallout in the U.S. are not able to be hidden from Americans, thus the recent admission that Cancer will be the number one killer in the U.S. by the year 2030, if it is not already.

What you need to know are two things:

  1. fallout from Fukushima did reach the U.S. in record levels and
  2. multiple alphabet agencies and the Obama administration, acting in an orchestrated manner, conspired to hide this truth from the public

Clearly a crime has been committed and the ramifications can be seen in the cancer centers springing up all over the U.S., a result of exploding cancer rates due to radioactive fallout.

Since our government and media have no intention of telling the truth to Americans (as far away as France issued rainwater and green leafy vegetable warnings and as far away as Lithuania detected aerosolized plutonium from Fukushima) it is the duty of the public itself to get the word out on this horrific crime…if not we are doomed to repeat this type of disaster, whether from another one of Japan’s many reactors or from one of our own right here in the U.S.. Interestingly enough, evidence from the NRC’s FOIA documentation revealed that both the NRC and the Obama administration are well aware that we have MANY non-seismically qualified spent fuel pools right here in the U.S…is this not a matter of National Security?

Sadly, I must finish by reporting that not a single party that put forth a candidate for President in 2016 dared mention the facts I have elaborated above nor mentioned the evidence contained in my book. Thus there never has been and there will never be a discussion of the only obvious course of action to be taken in light of our current nuclear crisis: the systematic shut-down and decommissioning of all nuclear plants here in the U.S. AND in Japan.


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And don’t forget to visit his YT channel: BeautifulGirlByDana where you will find videos, headlines, and recorded daily webinars started October 25, 2013 – the day Japan enacted their “Secrecy Law.” (In Japan the word Radiation or Fukushima could land you in prison for TEN YEARS!) The 5th Leg of the Expedition was finished this past summer. The Expedition for Life found Very Little Life Left In The Pacific Ocean Off The BC Coast of Canada 15,000 Miles in and around the Coastal Islands.

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Native American tribe stops San Diego landfill more than 20 years in the making!


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Friends, I have the most amazing news to share with you all: WE HAVE DEFEATED THE GREGORY CANYON LANDFILL!

On November 17, the Pala Band of Mission Indians completed the purchase of over 700 acres of the Gregory Canyon landfill property, including sacred Gregory Mountain (Chokla) and most of Gregory Canyon. This means that a dump in Gregory Canyon will never happen. Chokla, Medicine Rock, and other spiritual and cultural sites on the property will now be protected forever. Critical wildlife habitat, endangered species, and the San Luis Rey River will be spared the threat posed by millions of tons of polluting garbage.

Plans for the Gregory Canyon Landfill in San Diego County, which have been in the works since at least 1994, have officially been canceled in a major victory for the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The Native American tribe has fought the project for years because it would involve part of Gregory Mountain, which they consider sacred, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gregory Canyon Ltd. LLC sold about 700 acres of the 1,770-acre site to the Pala for $13 million. This involves the western side of the mountain — the tribes already owns the eastern side — and the canyon where the landfill would have been built.

The project has been tied up for years due to changing ownership, legal challenges, financial problems, permitting delays and many other factors. Developers would now like to use the remaining land for residential and commercial development, which the tribe supports.


Opponents argued the San Luis Rey River that runs beneath the site would eventually get polluted. Jurisdictions as far away as Oceanside use the groundwater that connects to the aquifer. The Pala Band of Mission Indians has a casino nearby, and the band relies on groundwater.

Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band, said its members voted this week to go ahead with the $13 million purchase of 700 acres on Gregory Mountain, in order to stop the dump.

“Yeah, we’ve been fighting it for over 20 years,” Smith said. “The main thing is protecting our water sources and ancestral burial grounds and village, so it’s a great accomplishment for the tribe.”

Shasta Gaughen, the environmental director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Pala, said several Native American Indian bands regard Gregory Mountain as sacred, the legendary home of one of their spirit ancestors.

“We had to make that public for people to understand why it was so important that trash not to be piled on the side of Chok’la on Tauquitch’s home,” Gaughen said. “This is part of the spiritual and cultural tradition for all of the Luiseno people, for the Cupeno people, even for Cahuilla people. All those bands are related and they share a lot of the same origins and spiritual practices, so it was important to pretty much the entirety of Southern California.”


The original investors in Gregory Canyon had such trouble getting the permits for the landfill they were eventually foreclosed. A San Diego investment company, Sovereign Capital, bought the land last year for pennies on the dollar.

Todd A.Mikles of Sovereign Capital called the effort to build the landfill “a black hole” for previous investors.

“I think it’s over $100 million,” he said. “Definitely well over $100 million. The list of investors was quite long.”

In working with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington on a long awaited permit for the project, Mikles learned about the 106 Review Process, which requires the Corps of Engineers to consult with tribes to weigh the cultural value of sites.

Mikles returned to the Pala Band to negotiate. The agreement they have reached allows the band to take possession of Gregory Mountain and allows Sovereign Capital to pursue a commercial and residential development on the remaining land, a little more than 1,000 acres.

“I think that’s where we decided we could do something different,” Mikles said. “And the tribe would support it because they feel the valley is ripe for development and they feel that would help them as well, so it was a win-win for both parties.”


– Image: Pala Band – A map of the Gregory Canyon site shows the area purchased by the Pala Band for $13 million, Nov. 18, 2016.

Mikles said his goal is to put an initiative on the ballot in 2018 to rezone the land. County spokesman Gig Conaughton said the land is currently zoned for a solid waste facility. It’s a unique zoning created in 1994 when the voters adopted Proposition C, establishing the site as a landfill site.

Gregory Canyon is just a few miles north of Lilac Hills where Accretive Investments failed to win — in spite of investing $5 million — voter approval for Measure B, an initiative on the November Ballot earlier this month that would have allowed a housing development in Valley Center.

“I think we’re different,“ Mikles said. “Lilac Hills was different because they didn’t have the infrastructure of roads. But at the entry of 76 and 15 there’s a lot of development with Palomar College and a lot of homes being developed there. A lot of infrastructure is being planned though Caltrans.”

Perhaps the biggest difference is that, unlike Lilac Hills, where the neighbors worked hard to keep the property rural, part of Sovereign Capital’s agreement with Pala is that the band will not oppose the project


This outcome was possible only with the cooperation of the new property owner, GCL, LLC, which retained ownership of the remaining portion of the property. Instead of building a landfill, with Pala’s renewed cooperation, GCL proposes a residential and commercial development in other areas of the property off of the mountain and outside of the canyon.

The protection of sacred and cultural sites and critical water sources were the primary reasons that Pala, other Tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens strongly opposed the proposed landfill. GCL’s residential and commercial development eliminates those impacts and is the type of alternative use of the property that Pala long urged developers to consider. GCL and Pala worked together to make this alternative use a viable option for the property.

This victory has been a very long time coming. It has been a difficult battle with many ups and downs, but through it all, I never lost hope. I knew I could always count on YOU, our friends and supporters, to be with us every step of the way. I am so happy to be able to share this incredible news with all of you. I want you to know how grateful I am, both personally and professionally, that you were with us throughout this fight. THANK YOU.











Anyone trying to expand an existing landfill, let alone build a new one, can expect it will take some time. Though the planning process for this one had been going on so long that even tribal representatives seemed surprised they had finally defeated the project. Whether this victory can be translated to anti-landfill sentiment elsewhere remains to be seen though it’s safe to say that most opposition groups don’t have that kind of money at their disposal to buy the land.

Now that the project isn’t happening, the county will need to reassess its plans, as consultants for Gregory Canyon previously predicted that regional capacity could run out within less than 10 years if the landfill wasn’t built. A recent study found that local residents generate more waste than any other urban region in the state with per capita numbers far higher than the national average. These figures were largely driven by cities other than San Diego, though increased diversion is also a focus there.

The city has set a goal of 75% diversion by 2020matching a statewide goal — and made this part of collection contracts it renewed earlier this year. While the city hasn’t taken the full steps of some others with “zero waste” goals, such as banning polystyrene food containers, it is closer to achieving its target than many others in the country.

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Establishment Media Declares War On Their Competition as “Fake News”


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The establishment media is dying. This is not a biased view coming from “alternative media,” it is a fact borne out by metrics and opinion polls from within the establishment itself. It was true before the recent election, and is guaranteed to accelerate after their shameless defense of non-reality which refused to accept any discontent among the American population with standard politics.

Now, with egg on their face after the botched election coverage, and a wobbling uncertainty about how they can maintain multiple threads of a narrative so fundamentally disproven, they appear to be resorting to their nuclear option: a full shut down of dissent.

Voices within independent media have been chronicling the signposts toward full-on censorship as sites have encountered everything from excessive copyright infringement accusations, to de-monetization, to the open admission by advertising giants that certain images would not be tolerated.

However, until now these efforts have appeared random, haphazard, and rife with retractions and restorations of targeted sites and content. A massive backlash of reader outrage toward these restrictive measures has confirmed that most consumers don’t like the idea of being given boundaries to their intellectual freedom.

americans-distrust-the-mediaThat said, there has been a notable increase of hoax websites beginning to populate the information stream. We can attest that this has been an incredible annoyance as we are bombarded daily with new outrageous claims and rabbit holes that readers expect us to sift through.

Most times, a cursory glance at the “About” page or any disclaimers quickly shows where this information is coming from. Other times, a bit of common sense and discernment about why a site that has just appeared on the scene (check Alexa – Actionable Analytics for the Web for this info) would have “EXCLUSIVE” “BREAKING” content under the banner of an apparent local news channel or a name that is the twisted version of a legitimate news outlet.

But even with those caveats, we’ve all been taken in at one time or another and have had to retract or update articles as necessary, or apologize to our e-mail list for sending out a given link. This does jam up the works, but it is the tax we all must pay if we believe in the free-market of ideas and information. We’re not perfect, but at least we have never been deliberately misleading like CNN and others often have been.

The government recently legalized using propaganda against US citizens. They wielded all of their establishment media force to sell their lies. And now they’re frustrated that people still prefer the truth as they see it naturally

As The Verge highlighted in a recent article, “Two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under government censorship.” Although this is roundly decried by establishment media as evidence of “declining freedom,” this is exactly the path we are heading toward at the behest of that same media within those areas that have managed to thwart such a reality.


The voices of the corporate media are making a show of calling Facebook to task for evidently not having stringent enough algorithms to discern “legitimate news” from deliberate hoax. We are being told that this very likely led to the election of Trump, and that this has become a major problem in need of a major solution.

The first shots are being fired as we speak. Yesterday we learned that Facebook and Google would take swift action against “fake news” by de-monetizing or banning them outright.

“Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the web property,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement given to Reuters. This policy includes fake news sites, the spokesperson confirmed. Google already prevents its AdSense program from being used by sites that promote violent videos and imagery, pornography, and hate speech.



This is problematic on a number of levels, not least of which is the vague notion of what constitutes violent imagery and hate speech. War, of course, is what should first come to mind when thinking of violence.

Police shootings and other clashes might qualify as well, but routinely populate the most mainstream of sources. And one person’s hate speech is another person’s dissent.

The second component is that of transparency, where we see claims about any effort to “conceal information about the publisher.” Again, very vague, but as any journalist worth their salt knows, it is anonymity which leads to the truth more often than not, especially when threats against journalists and whistleblowers are demonstrably on the rise.

Today, the mainstream media named us as one of the top “fake news” sites to avoid. It’s quite an honor.

US News (linked above) has published a list of websites that it deems unworthy of support, and is essentially urging to be de-monitized or banned based on the previous calls to action.

Here are several fake news sites that have become popular on Facebook, and which should be avoided if you’re looking for the facts:


Firstly, the grouping of satire, hoax, and propaganda is troubling, as the definitions of each aren’t even remotely related to one another.

Satire is literature and has a tradition dating back thousands of years; it has been recognized as an essential component of intellectual and political freedom. A deliberate hoax, we can all agree, is lacking integrity, purposely deceptive, and can be legitimately harmful or dangerous. Propaganda, though, is aligned with the State; and most commonly is directed and funded by the State.  That is a serious accusation and one that is entirely without merit for this website. It is also an especially ironic and dubious accusation coming from an outlet called US News.

Yet we’re proud to be biased for peace, love, and liberty. Anyone against those principles is serving fake news as far as we’re concerned.

All of this is to say that we are entering dangerous new territory, as the Internet itself is under a new regime with the transfer to ICANN, an international body. If 2/3 of the globe is under digital dictatorship, what else is the likely outcome from such international control over information?

However, it is also an exhilarating time to be a part of such mammoth upheaval, where the entrenched apparatus of the State itself has declared information to be its enemy and to acknowledge that it must do everything in its power to maintain its tenuous monopoly on the truth.

The unfortunate reality for them is that the truth will always be more efficient and, therefore, simpler to disseminate than the complexities of lies and true propaganda.






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The Hidden Trump Vote


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trump-1985-la-times– Photo: Donald Trump in 1985, shortly before the publication of The Art of the Deal. Image Los Angeles Times.

I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.                                -Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

The stunning win by Donald J. Trump in the November 8th U.S. presidential election took many by surprise, since Hillary Clinton was the chosen candidate. Everyone seemed to think that Clinton would win – either legitimately or in a rigged election. News coverage favored Clinton by a wide margin, and the only major network to give Trump a break was Fox News.[1] Most polls predicted that Clinton would win the presidency, with her odds of winning put as high as 85% and Trump’s as low as 35%.[2] The pundits are now asking how they all got it wrong.[3]

10media-master768-v2– Photo: Journalists at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan before Donald J. Trump appeared early on Wednesday to celebrate his surprise victory.

Blame is being placed on “the e-mail scandal,” with James Comey’s letter of October 28 to the U.S. Congress refocusing attention on Clinton’s private e-mails just 11 days before the election.[4] FBI Director Comey continued the investigation after another 650,000 e-mails were found, this time on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The laptop was confiscated by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and turned over to the FBI. On November 6, Comey, perhaps, caved to pressure, announcing that no charges were warranted, but some said the damage had been done.[5]

Election night was a long, drawn-out affair, with final results not in until 2:40 am on Wednesday. The television networks “called” the electoral vote in the states, a notoriously undemocratic way of deciding U.S. elections before all the votes have actually been counted. Fox News ran consistently high vote counts for Trump, as opposed to the lower numbers predicted at CNN. Dramatic coverage continued into the wee hours, with a number of states said to be “too close to call” – including Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, all of which eventually went to Trump, who won by a landslide.[6]

fbi-director-james-comey-640x480– Photo: Blame Clinton, Not Comey, for Email Woes

Although many states were “called” earlier in the evening based on partial results and exit polls, the last few states were agonized over by the networks, with Fox anchor Megyn Kelly walking back to the desk of experts twice to ask them why they could not call these key states – and when they might be able to do so. According to Kelly, she thought Fox would be able to call the election around 11 pm. She said she expected Clinton to win, until there was an abrupt shift, when “the real vote” started to come in. She ascribed the dramatic turnaround to

“a hidden Trump vote…It was a resounding victory. I have never seen anything like this. You will never have a result this shocking where people got it shockingly this wrong.”[7]

A return to Anthony Weiner’s laptop may provide an explanation.

Anthony Weiner. Image Washington Times.

Unnamed but highly-placed sources, including NYPD detectives and prosecutors, revealed that the laptop contained “enough evidence to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life.” Also reportedly involved were Huma Abedin, Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein – convicted pedophile, as well as members of the U.S. Congress, the Saudis, and other interests in the Middle East. Epstein and his Lolita Express have been associated with numerous well-known people, such as Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton.[8] The NYPD reportedly said that if the FBI and Department of Justice did not issue indictments against “Clinton and co-conspirators,” they would go public with the e-mails. According to an NYPD chief:

What’s in the emails is staggering and as a father, it turned my stomach…There is not going to be any Houdini-like escape from what we found. We have copies of everything. We will ship them to WikiLeaks or I will personally hold my own press conference if it comes to that…People are going to prison.[9]

This being the case, what better way to stanch the blood than to give Trump the presidency?

Although Comey let Clinton off the hook, it seems clear that forces within the government had decided she was a liability. Should she be elected, the emails would come out, and she would be indicted along with many others. And Trump had vowed to investigate “crooked Hillary” with chants from supporters to “lock her up.”[10] Inconveniently, as it now turned out, the election had been fixed in favor of Clinton.[11] Clearly it was time to make a deal with Trump.


The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have. Leverage is having something the other guy wants. Or better yet, needs. Or best of all, simply can’t do without.

-Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

Let’s say that Trump was approached by government insiders and told he could be president – if he agreed to certain terms. Let’s say that the deal was this: Trump gets a win on November 8th and becomes the nation’s 45th president; he lets all allegations against Clinton and her foundation drop; he respects Obama’s “legacy”; and he agrees to partner with Israel.[12] This deal was struck after Comey’s letter of October 28. Clinton was given notice as Election Day approached (although she may have held out hope that she could win). And the news teams were informed during the course of the election.

When the counter-fix went live, the networks experienced the turnaround – the “hidden Trump vote” referred to by Megyn Kelly. Around 10 or 11 pm, the anchors began to refer to Trump as the winner, frequently correcting themselves or qualifying their statements: “I mean, IF he wins,” or “that is, presuming he is elected.” This included Anderson Cooper and his cronies at CNN, who suddenly turned conciliatory toward Trump after months of abuse and slander. The consolation prize went to Clinton: winning the popular vote. Even this was predicted by the networks, with no surprise or consternation.

It’s strange how things can turn around.

-Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

Was this the deal of a lifetime? Or did Trump really win the election?







[1] “Open Season on Donald Trump: Corporate Press Propaganda at Behest of Clinton Campaign.” https://memoryholeblog.com/2016/10/29/open-season-on-donald-trump-corporate-press-propaganda-at-behest-of-clinton-campaign/

[2] “Why Did Many Polls Seem To Miss a Trump Victory?” CBS News, 11/9/16. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-did-many-polls-seem-to-miss-a-trump-victory/.

[3] “News Outlets Wonder Where the Predictions Went Wrong.” New York Times, 11/9/16. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/business/media/news-outlets-wonder-where-the-predictions-went-wrong.html

[4] “FBI Investigating New Emails for Classified Information.” New York Times, 10/28/16. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/10/28/us/politics/ap-us-campaign-2016-clinton-email.html. “Oct. 28 FBI Letter to Congressional Leaders on Clinton Email Investigation.” Washington Post, 10/28/16. https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/oct-28-fbi-letter-to-congressional-leaders-on-clinton-email-investigation/2113/

[5] “FBI Chief: No Charges for Clinton after New Emails Reviewed.” New York Times, 11/6/16. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/06/us/politics/ap-us-campaign-2016-clinton-emails.html. “Read the Full Text of James Comey’s Letter on the New Clinton Emails.” USA Today, 11/6/16. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/06/read-full-text-comeys-letter-new-clinton-emails/93398304/

[6] “Donald Trump Wins the Presidency in Stunning Upset over Clinton.” Washington Post, 11/9/16. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/election-day-an-acrimonious-race-reaches-its-end-point/2016/11/08/32b96c72-a557-11e6-ba59-a7d93165c6d4_story.html. “Presidential Election Results: Donald J. Trump Wins.” New York Times, 11/9/16. http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/president. “Key President Election Results by State.” http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president

[7] “Megyn Kelly Admits She Was Expecting Different Election Result.” Western Journalism, 11/9/16. http://www.westernjournalism.com/megyn-kelly-admits-she-was-expecting-different-election-result/

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Epstein. “Alan Dershowitz on the Defense (His Own).” New York Times, 12/12/15. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/business/alan-dershowitz-on-the-defense-his-own.html. “Prince Andrew Faces Court Appearance in ‘Sex Slave’ Case against Jeffrey Epstein.” Mirror, 9/22/15. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-faces-court-appearance-6495024. “Flight Logs Show Bill Clinton Flew on Sex Offender’s Jet Much More than Previously Known.” Foxnews.com, 5/13/16. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/13/flight-logs-show-bill-clinton-flew-on-sex-offenders-jet-much-more-than-previously-known.html

[9] “Breaking Bombshell: NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes with Children, Child Exploitation, Pay to Play, Perjury.” Infowars, 11/3/16. http://www.infowars.com/breaking-bombshell-nypd-blows-whistle-on-new-hillary-emails-money-laundering-sex-crimes-with-children-child-exploitation-pay-to-play-perjury/

[10] “At Florida Rally, Trump Resumes Attacking ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton.’” Washington Post, 9/27/16. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/27/at-florida-rally-trump-resumes-attacking-crooked-hillary-clinton/

[11] “Predetermined Vote Counts Show Nov. 8 Presidential Election Is Rigged in Favor of Hillary Clinton.” https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/11/03/predetermined-vote-counts-show-nov-8-presidential-election-is-rigged-in-favor-of-hillary-clinton/ “Trump’s Victory Should Not Obfuscate Election Fraud.” https://memoryholeblog.com/2016/11/09/trumps-victory-should-not-obfuscate-election-fraud/

[12] “Biden: Trump Administration Will Stand with Israel.” cnn.com, 11-9-16. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/09/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-israel/index.htm

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Jewish Numbers Grow in Congress



– Photo: U.S. Capitol, seat of the legislative offices of the Congress.

Jewish lawmakers have increased their numbers in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the GOP swept both houses of Congress.

The number of Jewish lawmakers has grown in the U.S. House of Representatives from 19 to 23 in the wake of the U.S. 2016 elections.

Five Jews overall were newly elected to the House, while one Jewish congressman in Florida is retiring. The Senate Jewish contingent dropped from nine to eight.

Three Democrats picked up seats from Republicans in an otherwise dismal night for their party, which saw the GOP sweep the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Josh Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a Microsoft executive, won a hard fought battle in New Jersey’s 5th district against Scott Garrett, a longtime Congressman who was exceptionally conservative for this northeastern district. The election was marred in its final days with the appearance of an unsigned anti-Semitic leaflet targeting Gottheimer.

In Illinois’s 10th district, encompassing Chicago’s northern suburbs, Brad Schneider, regained the seat he lost in 2014 from Bob Dold, in a back and forth that has lasted since Dold first won the seat in 2010, only to lose it to Schneider in 2012.

Picking up seats for Democrats were:


– Photo: Jacky Rosen, synagogue president and Democratic candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, speaks to campaign volunteers in the Nevada Democrats’ field office in southwest Las Vegas on October 18, 2016.

Jacky Rosen, a software developer and synagogue president, won in Nevada’s 3rd district, covering Las Vegas’ suburbs. Joe Heck, the district’s incumbent Republican, ran to replace Democrat Harry Reid in the Senate, but lost.

Jamie Raskin, a Maryland state senator, won the battle to replace Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th district, which includes the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Van Hollen, a Democrat, was elected to the Senate.

David Kustoff, a former US attorney, handily kept Tennessee’s 8th district Republican, replacing Stephen Fincher, who is retiring. He brings to two the Memphis Jewish delegation, joining Steve Cohen, a Democrat representing the state’s 9th district, and the Republican Jewish delegation to Congress, joining Lee Zeldin, who was reelected in New York’s 9th district, encompassing Long Island’s eastern reaches.

Republican Lee Zeldin Re-Elected in New York’s 1st District

Democrat Anna Throne-Holst loses to incumbent congressman. Zeldin led Throne-Holst, 59 percent to 41 percent with 46 percent of precincts reporting.


– Photo: Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin was re-elected to the House in New York’s 1st Congressional District.

New York’s 1st District covers the eastern two-thirds of Suffolk County on Long Island and collects small fishing villages, oceanfront vacation towns and affluent suburbs.

Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Leans Republican by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

In 2014, Zeldin unseated Democratic Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, who had previously held the seat for 12 years.

Democrats were initially optimistic about defeating the GOP congressman as he didn’t shy away from Donald Trump and called President Barack Obama a racist in a local media interview. But Trump was more popular in the 1st District than his national numbers and made it difficult for Democrats to win.

As a first year representative, Zeldin serves on the Foreign Affairs, Transportation & Infrastructure the Veterans’ Affairs committees.

He previously served in the New York Senate from 2011 until his election to the House. He also served as an Army captain in Iraq for three months in 2006 and cites his time in the army as shaping his views on defeating the Islamic State.

Zeldin is a dependable GOP member, voting with the party majority 88 percent of the time in 2015. He is also the sole Republican Jewish member in the 114th Congress.

Former Navy SEAL becomes first Jewish governor of Missouri


Another Jewish Republican scoring a victory on Tuesday was Eric Greitens.

Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose military awards include the Bronze Star, has become the first Jewish governor of Missouri.

Greitens, a Republican, defeated Democrat Chris Koster with 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday to 45 percent for the state’s attorney general.

“Tonight, we did more than win an election; we restored power to the people and we took our state back!” Greitens told supporters at a hotel in Chesterfield, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Greitens, 42, grew up in the Maryland Heights suburb of St. Louis and attended the town’s Reform synagogue. He attended Duke University, where he become a Rhodes scholar.

After earning a degree at the University of Oxford, he joined the Navy SEALS and won seven military awards, including the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He later launched The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that offers veterans volunteer opportunities.

The Post-Dispatch reported that Greitens is likely to make Missouri a “right-to-work” state by decreasing the power of its unions. A key tenet of his campaign was promising to “clean up” corruption and “bad ethics” in Jefferson City, the state’s capital.


Leaving Congress is Alan Grayson, who retired as a representative in Florida’s 9th district, in the south of the state, to run for the Democratic nomination to the Senate – which he lost.

The Democratic contingent in the Senate will drop from nine to eight, with the retirement of Barbara Boxer of California. Two Jewish Democrats failed in their bids to replace Republican incumbents, in Missouri and Wisconsin.


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The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data


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palantir– Image: In an especially sensitive security context, the intelligence software market is booming: Palantir Technologies, a startup based in Palo Alto (California), which has been valued at 15 billion US dollars is the perfect illustration of the change in this sector. Who are the new players?

People talk about online security as a cat-and-mouse game of good guys and bad guys. It’s true for good old-fashioned crime, too.

Technology, particularly rapid analysis and sharing of data, is helping the police be more efficient and predict possible crimes. Some would argue that it has even contributed to an overall drop in crime in recent years.

But this type of technology also raises issues of civil liberties, as digital information provided by social media or the sensors of the internet of things is combined with criminal data by companies that sell this information to law enforcement agencies.

The American Civil Liberties Union, citing reports that the Chicago Police Department used a computer analysis to create a “heat list” that unfairly associated innocent people with criminal behavior, has warned about the dangers of the police using big data. Even companies that make money doing this sort of work warn that it comes with civil rights risks.

“We’re heading to a world where every trash can has an identifier. Even I get shocked at the comprehensiveness of what data providers sell,” said Courtney Bowman, who leads the privacy and civil liberties practice at Palantir Technologies, a company in Palo Alto, Calif., that sells data analysis tools. He has lectured on the hazards of predictive policing and the need to prove in court that predictive models follow understandable logic and do not reinforce stereotypes.

Some of this shift to data-based policing seems to be a matter of simple automation. The RELX Group, formerly Reed Elsevier, has for some years been buying and building up databases of police information. One product, called Coplogic, is used by 5,000 police departments in the United States.

Coplogic automates filling out accident reports. When a police officer enters a license plate number, many other fields on the report, like the registered address associated with the car, are automatically filled in. The company says this can halve the time an officer spends in traffic filing a report.

coplogicCities can also use the service to identify their most dangerous traffic spots or, in much the way driving maps predict the fastest route home, predict where road repairs are needed.

“This frees up time and resources for higher-value activities, like predictive policing,” said Roy Marler, vice president of Coplogic. “The state can use this data to get federal funding for roadway improvements.”

RELX has become something like the Ticketmaster of insurance reporting. The company processes about 500,000 requests a month for digital accident reports, mostly from insurance companies, charging a $7 “convenience fee” to provide the information. Cities also receive a cut of the $7 for the distribution.

Thomson Reuters and Dun & Bradstreet also do a big business selling data to law enforcement.

In much the way combining different databases has helped people who place online ads gain insight and make predictions, traffic data now provides a window into crime.

“Criminals are citizens, too,” said William Hatfield, a former Secret Service agent working with RELX. “Even with an outstanding warrant, their car is their pride and joy. When they file with an insurance company, they give accurate information about their address that police can use to find them.”

Sharing data, both among the parts of a big police department and between the police and the private sector, “is a force multiplier,” he said.

Companies working with the military and intelligence agencies have long practiced these kinds of techniques, which the companies are bringing to domestic policing, in much the way surplus military gear has beefed up American SWAT teams.

Palantir first built up its business by offering products like maps of social networks of extremist bombers and terrorist money launderers, and figuring out efficient driving routes to avoid improvised explosive devices.

Palantir used similar data-sifting techniques in New Orleans to spot individuals most associated with murders. Law enforcement departments around Salt Lake City used Palantir to allow common access to 40,000 arrest photos, 520,000 case reports and information like highway and airport data — building human maps of suspected criminal networks.

People in the predictive business sometimes compare what they do to controlling the other side’sOODA Loop,” a term first developed by a fighter pilot and military strategist named John Boyd.

ooda-loop-iohaiOODA stands for “Observe Orient Decide Act” and is a means of managing information in battle.

“Whether it’s war or crime, you have to get inside the other side’s decision cycle and control their environment,” said Bob Stasio, a project manager for cyber-analysis at IBM, and a former United States government intelligence official. “Criminals can learn to anticipate what you’re going to do and shift where they’re working, employ more lookouts.”

IBM sells tools that also enable police to become less predictable, for example, by taking different routes into an area identified as a crime hot spot. It has also conducted studies that show changing tastes among online criminals — for example, a move from hacking retailers’ computers to stealing health care data, which can be used to file for federal tax refunds.

But there are worries about what military-type data analysis means for civil liberties, even among the companies that get rich on it.

“It definitely presents challenges to the less sophisticated type of criminal, but it’s creating a lot of what is called ‘Big Brother’s little helpers,’” Mr. Bowman said. For now, he added, much of the data abundance problem is that “most police aren’t very good at this.”






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Hillary Clinton Proposing Rigging Palestine Election


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‘We should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win’

On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election as a U.S. senator. Her trip making the rounds of editorial boards brought her to Brooklyn to meet the editorial board of the Jewish Press.

The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer.


The tape is 45 minutes and contains much that is no longer relevant, such as analysis of the re-election battle that Sen. Joe Lieberman was then facing in Connecticut. But a seemingly throwaway remark about elections in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority has taken on new relevance amid persistent accusations in the presidential campaign by Clinton’s Republican opponent Donald Trump that the current election is “rigged.”

Speaking to the Jewish Press about the January 25, 2006, election for the second Palestinian legislative election (the legislature of the Palestinian National Authority), Clinton weighed in about the result, which was a resounding victory for Hamas (74 seats) over the U.S.-preferred Fatah (45 seats).

Click image below to listen to the audio.


“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,” said Sen. Clinton. “And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”

Chomsky recalls being taken aback that;

“anyone could support the idea—offered by a national political leader, no less—that the U.S. should be in the business of fixing foreign elections.”

Some eyebrows were also raised when then-Senator Clinton appeared to make a questionable moral equivalency.

Eli Chomsky participated in an interview with Hillary Clinton at the Jewish Press in 2006.

Eli Chomsky (left), photographed today at the Observer offices, participated in an interview with Hillary Clinton at the Jewish Press in 2006.

Regarding capturing combatants in war—the June capture of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas militants who came across the Gaza border via an underground tunnel was very much front of mind—Clinton can be heard on the tape saying, “And then, when, you know, Hamas, you know, sent the terrorists, you know, through the tunnel into Israel that killed and captured, you know, kidnapped the young Israeli soldier, you know, there’s a sense of like, one-upsmanship, and in these cultures of, you know, well, if they captured a soldier, we’ve got to capture a soldier.”

Equating Hamas, which to this day remains on the State Department’s official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, with the armed forces of a close American ally was not what many expected to hear in the Jewish Press editorial offices, which were then at Third Avenue and Third Street in Brooklyn. (The paper’s office has since moved to the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.) The use of the phrase “these cultures” is also a bit of a head-scratcher.

According to Chomsky, Clinton was “gracious, personable and pleasant throughout” the interview, taking about an hour to speak to, in addition to himself, managing editor Jerry Greenwald, assistant to the publisher Naomi Klass Mauer, counsel Dennis Rapps and senior editor Jason Maoz.

Another part of the tape highlights something that was relatively uncontroversial at the time but has taken on new meaning in light of the current campaign—speaking to leaders with whom our country is not on the best terms. Clinton has presented a very tough front in discussing Russia, for example, accusing Trump of unseemly ardor for strongman Vladimir Putin and mocking his oft-stated prediction that as president he’d “get along” with Putin.

Chomsky is heard on the tape asking Clinton what now seems like a prescient question about Syria, given the disaster unfolding there and its looming threat to drag the U.S., Iran and Russia into confrontation.


“Do you think it’s worth talking to Syria—both from the U.S. point of view and Israel’s point of view?”

Clinton replied, “You know, I’m pretty much of the mind that I don’t see what it hurts to talk to people. As long as you’re not stupid and giving things away. I mean, we talked to the Soviet Union for 40 years. They invaded Hungary, they invaded Czechoslovakia, they persecuted the Jews, they invaded Afghanistan, they destabilized governments, they put missiles 90 miles from our shores, we never stopped talking to them,” an answer that reflects her mastery of the facts but also reflects a willingness to talk to Russia that sounds more like Trump 2016 than Clinton 2016.

This is how news used to be collected.

This is how news used to be collected. – Observer

Shortly after, she said, “But if you say, ‘they’re evil, we’re good, [and] we’re never dealing with them,’ I think you give up a lot of the tools that you need to have in order to defeat them…So I would like to talk to you [the enemy] because I want to know more about you. Because if I want to defeat you, I’ve got to know something more about you. I need different tools to use in my campaign against you. That’s my take on it.”

A final bit of interest to the current campaign involves an articulation of phrases that Trump has accused Clinton of being reluctant to use. Discussing the need for a response to terrorism, Clinton said, “I think you can make the case that whether you call it ‘Islamic terrorism’ or ‘Islamo-fascism,’ whatever the label is we’re going to give to this phenomenon, it’s a threat. It’s a global threat. To Europe, to Israel, to the United States…Therefore we need a global response. It’s a global threat and it needs a global response. That can be the, sort of, statement of principle…So I think sometimes having the global vision is a help as long as you realize that underneath that global vision there’s a lot of variety and differentiation that has to go on.”

It’s not clear what she means by a “global vision” with variety and differentiation, but what’s quite clear is that the then-senator, just five years after her state was the epicenter of the September 11 attacks, was comfortable deploying the phrase “Islamic terrorism” and the even more strident “Islamo-fascism,” at least when meeting with the editorial board of a Jewish newspaper.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address reporters at his hotel suite in Washington, August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

In an interview before the Observer heard the tape, Chomsky told the Observer that Clinton made some “odd and controversial comments” on the tape. The irony of a decade-old recording emerging to feature a candidate making comments that are suddenly relevant to voters today was not lost on Chomsky, who wrote the original story at the time. Oddly enough, that story, headlined Hillary Clinton On Israel, Iraq And Terror,” is no longer available on JewishPress.com and even a short summary published on the Free Republic site offers a broken link that can no longer surface the story.

“I went to my bosses at the time,” Chomsky told the Observer. “The Jewish Press had this mindset that they would not want to say anything offensive about anybody—even a direct quote from anyone—in a position of influence because they might need them down the road. My bosses didn’t think it was newsworthy at the time. I was convinced that it was and I held onto it all these years.”

Bureau of Counterterrorism

Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.

Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Date Designated



Abu Nidal Organization (ANO)


Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)


Aum Shinrikyo (AUM)


Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA)


Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group) (IG)




Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM)




Kahane Chai (Kach)


Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) (Kongra-Gel)


Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)


National Liberation Army (ELN)


Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)


Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)


Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLF)


PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC)


Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)


Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C)


Shining Path (SL)


al-Qa’ida (AQ)


Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)


Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)


Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM)


Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT)


Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (AAMB)


Asbat al-Ansar (AAA)


al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)


Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA)


Jemaah Islamiya (JI)


Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ)


Ansar al-Islam (AAI)


Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA)


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (formerly al-Qa’ida in Iraq)


Islamic Jihad Union (IJU)


Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami/Bangladesh (HUJI-B)




Revolutionary Struggle (RS)


Kata’ib Hizballah (KH)


al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)


Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HUJI)


Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)




Army of Islam (AOI)


Indian Mujahedeen (IM)


Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT)


Abdallah Azzam Brigades (AAB)


Haqqani Network (HQN)


Ansar al-Dine (AAD)


Boko Haram




al-Mulathamun Battalion


Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi


Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah


Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia


ISIL Sinai Province (formally Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis)


al-Nusrah Front


Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC)


Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi (JRTN)


ISIL-Khorasan (ISIL-K)
5/20/2016 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s Branch in Libya (ISIL-Libya)

Delisted Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Date Removed


Date Orginally Designated


Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine -Hawatmeh Faction



Khmer Rouge



Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front Dissidents



Japanese Red Army



Tupac Amaru Revolution Movement



Revolutionary Nuclei



Armed Islamic Group (GIA)



Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)



Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)



United Self Defense Forces of Colombia



Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N)



Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)


The Bureau of Counterterrorism in the State Department (CT) continually monitors the activities of terrorist groups active around the world to identify potential targets for designation. When reviewing potential targets, CT looks not only at the actual terrorist attacks that a group has carried out, but also at whether the group has engaged in planning and preparations for possible future acts of terrorism or retains the capability and intent to carry out such acts.

Once a target is identified, CT prepares a detailed “administrative record,” which is a compilation of information, typically including both classified and open sources information, demonstrating that the statutory criteria for designation have been satisfied. If the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, decides to make the designation, Congress is notified of the Secretary’s intent to designate the organization and given seven days to review the designation, as the INA requires. Upon the expiration of the seven-day waiting period and in the absence of Congressional action to block the designation, notice of the designation is published in the Federal Register, at which point the designation takes effect. By law an organization designated as an FTO may seek judicial review of the designation in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not later than 30 days after the designation is published in the Federal Register.

Until recently the INA provided that FTOs must be redesignated every 2 years or the designation would lapse. Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), however, the redesignation requirement was replaced by certain review and revocation procedures. IRTPA provides that an FTO may file a petition for revocation 2 years after its designation date (or in the case of redesignated FTOs, its most recent redesignation date) or 2 years after the determination date on its most recent petition for revocation. In order to provide a basis for revocation, the petitioning FTO must provide evidence that the circumstances forming the basis for the designation are sufficiently different as to warrant revocation. If no such review has been conducted during a 5 year period with respect to a designation, then the Secretary of State is required to review the designation to determine whether revocation would be appropriate. In addition, the Secretary of State may at any time revoke a designation upon a finding that the circumstances forming the basis for the designation have changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation, or that the national security of the United States warrants a revocation. The same procedural requirements apply to revocations made by the Secretary of State as apply to designations. A designation may be revoked by an Act of Congress, or set aside by a Court order.

Legal Criteria for Designation under Section 219 of the INA as amended

  1. It must be a foreign organization.
  2. The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)),* or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)),** or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.
  3. The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

Legal Ramifications of Designation

  1. It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO. (The term “material support or resources” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(1) as ” any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who maybe or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(2) provides that for these purposes “the term ‘training’ means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(3) further provides that for these purposes the term ‘expert advice or assistance’ means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.’’
  2. Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances, removable from the United States (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1182 (a)(3)(B)(i)(IV)-(V), 1227 (a)(1)(A)).
  3. Any U.S. financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which a designated FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Other Effects of Designation

  1. Supports our efforts to curb terrorism financing and to encourage other nations to do the same.
  2. Stigmatizes and isolates designated terrorist organizations internationally.
  3. Deters donations or contributions to and economic transactions with named organizations.
  4. Heightens public awareness and knowledge of terrorist organizations.
  5. Signals to other governments our concern about named organizations.

Revocations of Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The Immigration and Nationality Act sets out three possible basis for revoking a Foreign Terrorist Organization designation:

  1. The Secretary of State must revoke a designation if the Secretary finds that the circumstances that were the basis of the designation have changed in such a manner as to warrant a revocation;
  2. The Secretary of State must revoke a designation if the Secretary finds that the national security of the United States warrants a revocation;
  3. The Secretary of State may revoke a designation at any time.

Any revocation shall take effect on the date specified in the revocation or upon publication in the Federal Register if no effective date is specified. The revocation of a designation shall not affect any action or proceeding based on conduct committed prior to the effective date of such revocation.



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The ‘Sandy Hook Promise’ Rakes in $6 Million


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Non-profit Headed Up By Career Marketers

In the first two years of its existence the Sandy Hook massacre event’s premier fundraising organization has raised close to $6 million–an average of $3 million per year.

In 2013 and 2014 alone the nonprofit pumped the American public and larger donors for $5,809,367, according to the most recent IRS filings of the organization.


The lofty figure shouldn’t come as a surprise given the marketing talent heading up the organization and the fact that major news media have vigorously promoted the event without ever questioning its veracity.

Tim Makris is Sandy Hook Promise’s full time Executive Director. Mr. Makris, who claims he had children attending Sandy Hook Elementary at the time of the December 14, 2012 incident, brings twenty years of marketing and public relations experience to the project. As Makris’ LinkedIn profile reveals, he developed his skills in the corporate sector at Thule Inc., Procter & Gamble, and Schering-Plough Health Care.


Below is the performance of this savvy salesman at the inauguration of the Sandy Hook Promise money juggernaut.

Here is another video pitch Makris made to the Brookings Institution, where he explains in no uncertain terms Sandy Hook Promise’s public relations strategy to reshape US gun laws.

Sandy Hook Promise has close ties to the world of finance as well. The chairperson of its Board of Directors and another of its four corporate officers is Kristin Lemkau, a chief marketing officer at major investment bank JPMorgan Chase.


screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-49-56-amAnd perhaps unsurprisingly Sandy Hook Promise is overseen by individuals representing the news media. The organization’s vice chair is Rob Cox, a founder and global editor of Reuters BreakingViews.
Homecoming/Reunion 2014 Celebrating Excellence Event
– News entrepreneur Rob Cox is a corporate officer of Sandy Hook Promise. Image Credit: University of Vermont


According to a profile of Cox published by his alma mater, The University of Vermont,

Within twenty-four hours of the massacre of twenty-six children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Cox and a circle of friends were working to found what would become Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to healing their own community and doing all it can to make sure others do not suffer the same fate.

James Belden the fourth and final Sandy Hook corporate officer. In addition to serving as a Newtown Commissioner, he also brings marketing experience to Sandy Hook Promise.


Before funerals were even held for the deceased children or the results of a satisfactory crime scene investigation were close to completion Commissioner Belden was before television cameras promoting another non-profit, “Newtown United” and its promotion of “the underlying issues that caused this horrible incident–not just gun control but mental health and awareness.”

Sandy Hook Promise is presently directing its marketing prowess toward leaning on US public schools to enforce certain mental health protocols on children; what it terms “mental health first aid” that will purportedly prevent “another Sandy Hook.”

Sandy Hook Promise spokeswoman Nicole Hockley. Experienced marketers position the nonprofit to receive a large amount of “free publicity” via corporate news media.

The millions solicited by Sandy Hook Promise thus far is merely a fraction of an estimated $130 million in federal funding and private donations brought in by Sandy Hook related charities.

“The latest edition of the video We Need To Talk about Sandy Hook lists a total of $131,009,229 in grants and donations, including the $50 million for the new school,” academic researcher Vivian Lee notes,

but this is only a partial accounting. Indeed, the total amount of money raised to date cannot easily be calculated. A 2014 Connecticut report on charitable donations lists organizations such as The Animal Center, Inc., Newtown Forest Association, Inc., Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids, and Angels of Sandy Hook Bracelets, all raising funds in the name of Sandy Hook Elementary.

John Rinaldi. Image Credit: New York Daily News

Just how many individuals and organizations have sought to cash in on the Sandy Hook massacre and the broader public fear concerning child safety? Consider that even John Rinaldi, the convicted stalker of film actress Brooke Shields, oversees a Sandy Hook charity, “Sandy Hook Kids Center.”

“We are actively/tirelessly/relentless fighting on behalf of our kids,” Rinaldi proclaims on the organization’s website. “We combat abuse/violence that in turns creates bully [sic].”








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