Canadian Authorities Ran War Game Drills Depicting ISIS Attack Scenarios

It didn’t take long for evidence of drills surrounding the Ottawa shooting to surface, did it? At the same time, bill C-13 quietly passes from the House of Commons to the Senate, which would make warrantless surveillance legal. Do these things surprise you? -LW


Global Research, October 24, 2014

Joshua Blakeney has pointed out that Adrienne Arsenault of CBC reported last night that in the weeks leading up to the two so-called ‘terror’ incidents that took place this week in Quebec and Ottawa Canadian authorities had been running war games exercises depicting such attacks.

The relevant commentary starts at 1:52 of the video below:

According to Arsenault,

They [Canadian authorities] may have been surprised by the actual incidents but not by the concepts of them. Within the last month we know that the CSIS, the RCMP and the National Security Task Force … ran a scenario that’s akin to a war games exercise if you will where they actually imagined literally an attack in Quebec, followed by an attack in another city, followed by a tip that that ‘hey some foreign fighters are coming back from Syria.’ So they were imagining a worst case scenario. We’re seeing elements of that happening right now. … [Canadian authorities] may talk today in terms of being surprised but we know that this precise scenario has been keeping them up at night for awhile.

What an amazing coincidence that Canadian intelligence ran a drill envisioning an attack first in Quebec, then another city. On Monday October 20 a man identified as Martin Rouleau supposedly ran over two Candian soldiers with his car in a mall parking lot in the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. And yesterday, as we know, one soldier was gunned down in Ottawa followed by a siege on the parliament itself. Authorities and media are claiming that both suspects were converts to Islam who had become “radicalized.”

What are the chances that these mock terror drills are just a coincidence? In nearly every instance of a major terrorist occurrence in the West, it has been revealed that intelligence services were conducting war games exercises mimicking the very events that later come to pass. On the day of the London subway bombings in 2005 British authorities ran drills depicting the exact attack scenario that transpired later in the day. On 9/11 multiple US agencies were running drills simulating jet hijackings. And now we have confirmation that Canada’s intelligence services were doing the same thing.

It has also been revealed that both suspects in the two incidents this week were being monitored by both US and Canadian intelligence for some time prior to their alleged attacks.

Non-Aligned Media will continue following this story as more information comes out.

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Canadian Secret Services Issued Warning Two Weeks Before Shooting

Canada’s Research Centre for Globalization’s Julie Levesque calls-out Prime Minister Harper as Canada’s #1 terrorist. She examines who is really behind “terrorism” and further declares “The Coalition” in Iraq/Syria as illegal bombing. An excellent interview! -LW


Ottawa shootings have already been linked to Islamist threat. How come the connection is made without even waiting for investigation results? Radio VR is discussing it with Julie Lévesque, Canadian journalist and Researcher.

A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, firing several shots near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking.  The PM was safe, but a Canadian soldier at a nearby war memorial was killed.

Mr. Harper was quick to link the shooting to Islamist threat. He said the attack would prompt Canada to redouble its efforts to fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad. Canada has recently announced it was joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

The CNN quoted US sources as saying “The suspect in Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa had “connections” to jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, multiple U.S. sources told CNN on Thursday”.

However, why the PM and the media would be so quick in drawing the connection without waiting for the investigation results?

Radio VR is talking about Ottawa shootings and the global war on terror with Julie Lévesque, Canadian journalist and Researcher at the Centre for Research on Globalization in Canada:

I think that right now it is really too early to say anything about the motives of the shooters. We don’t really know. What we are being told by the media, and I think that is important, because from the beginning the media…and I have to remind your listeners that prior to the shooting at Ottawa yesterday, there was another shooting two days before in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in Quebec, which is where there is a big military base. One military killed. He was ran over by some guy, who, we are being told, was radicalized Muslim – someone who had converted to Islam a year ago. And I think, I’m not sure, I would have to verify that, but the shooter in Ottawa, apparently, was also a converted Muslim. And he also happens to be the French Canadian.

Like I said, it is too early to tell what the motives were, but the media was very quick to point to self-radicalization over the Internet, Islamic terrorism. That’s what they were saying immediately. So, what the consequences of those two attacks are is that people are calling for increased security measures. Some people are even calling for the restrictions of liberties. They are saying – oh, these people should not have access to the Internet. Some people should not have access to Facebook.

I was told that there was sort of a study that is kind of being established in Canada right now. Some people are being told by the police that they have to remain vigilant. And that’s what the media and the authorities have been saying for the past few months as well, that the Canadian citizens need to remain vigilant and we need to be suspicious of any suspicious activity. Clearly, what they are saying is that you need to be suspicious of Muslims. That’s not what they are saying, but that’s what it implies, because we keep talking about radical Islam and things like that.

So, I think the effects are that we are seeing increased security measures, there is a fear campaign going on and we are asking the citizens to be suspicious of one another, especially suspicious regarding the Muslim community.

This situation is not exactly typical for Canada. I mean, we are kind of accustomed to random shootings in the US, but Canada was different, wasn’t it?

Julie Lévesque: Yes, and that’s the thing. And what I find suspicious in those two attacks is that for months now we are being told by the authorities that – oh, there is a very real threat of a homegrown terrorism. Two weeks ago the RCMP (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and the CSIS (the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) were in the Parliament and they were saying that – yes, we have like 63 inquiries about 90 people that we think might be plotting terrorist attacks. That was two weeks ago.

And in the summer there was also a report in the National Post about a study by the intelligence services in Canada, where they were saying that they were expecting attacks in Ottawa, because it is the place where you have federal institutions, you have a lot of embassies and they were expecting small-scale attacks, lone shooters and things like that.

And what we were being told by the RCMP yesterday, was that – oh, the attack took them by surprise. I find that very surprising, since they had a study saying that they were expecting that kind of attack. So, it is very foggy as we speak. We don’t know. It could be a false flag. I’m not saying that that’s what it is, but it could very well be.

In the past the Canadian security services have been issuing threats against the Canadian citizens. They had informants who were infiltrated into the Muslim community and they were issuing threats against the Canadian citizens, saying that – yes, there were going to be terrorist attacks. And these people were working with the Canadian security services.

And I think we have to ask at this moment – who benefits from these attacks. It is not the Muslim community, it is not ISIS or some kind of terrorist organization that’s benefitting from this, it is the Canadian Government, which is very militaristic and it is right-wing, and their allies in the ME. We know that the Canadian Government is very pro-Israeli. And I have to say that the number one terrorist right now in Canada is Stephen Harper, because Mr. Harper has no respect whatsoever for the international law.

Mr. Harper supports the illegal occupation in Israel, its colonial regime. They support the neo-Nazi unelected Government in Ukraine. Like I said, with no respect whatsoever to the international law they have been bombing Libya. And we are asking people in the media, we are asking experts where does the ISIS come from. And then, some of them will say – well, you know, it is a byproduct of an illegal occupation in Iraq, you know, when the Americans left, they created a mess.

And yes, the Americans are responsible for that and they have supported clandestine operations in the ME as well. For a long time they’ve been supporting that. We’ve been helping terrorists in Libya, the revolt in Libya or the so-called popular uprising that began in Benghazi. And there was a study in 2007 from the West Point Military Academy in the US, which was saying that Benghazi was the haven in the ME for terrorists, for jihadists.

And we ended up helping these people take control of Libya. And what is happening is that the weapons that were in Libya have been flowing to some terrorist organizations. And we’ve also been helping the jihadists and terrorists in Syria; we’ve been helping them for a long time. Like I said, we – it is mostly the US and their allies in the ME, but Canada has been supporting that all along. So, if there is one person in Canada who should be arrested right now, it is Mr. Harper.

But if we come to look at that over the past years, as soon as the global antiterrorist campaign was launched, the situation with the global terrorism started to deteriorate.

Julie Lévesque: Absolutely! And this is what is crazy about this whole situation. It is that we are trying to find out how we can eradicate terrorism. Well, first of all, if we stopped intervening militarily everywhere in the world, if NATO and the US and their allies stopped intervening everywhere in the world militarily, without regards to the international law – that would help, because the studies have shown… and there is a really interesting study that I would refer your listeners to. I don’t have the title with me, but I’ll just read one sentence to you. “The new research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism, such as that of 9/11, is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology.”

And now we are being told that the reason for the shooting in Ottawa and the attack in Saint-Jean are due to radicalized individuals, and it is due to the Islamic extremism and Islamic terrorism, and the fundamentalist ideology. It is not true! The cause of terrorism is occupation and the war on terrorism itself has proven to increase terrorism. So, we are trying to solve a problem by its cause. We shouldn’t be intervening militarily to stop terrorism, because that’s what breeds terrorism. It is completely crazy!

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What do we do? Is there anything we could do about that?

Julie Lévesque: First of all, this US-led coalition that is attacking Iraq and Syria at the moment, to which Canada participates, this is illegal. It is an illegal bombing. So, that should stop. And the first thing we should do is stop supporting terrorism, because that’s what’s been happening in past few years: we’ve been supporting radical jihadists in the ME and now we are complaining that there are organizations like ISIS that are emerging. It makes no sense!

Moreover, saying that ISIS in fact emerged as a strong organization in Iraq, it is not exactly true: it was created in Iraq, but then it moved to Syria. And it was in Syria, where it got most of its resources, because the West was indiscriminately arming and supporting those anti-Assad forces. 

Julie Lévesque: Absolutely! And the goal of the military intervention right now, so-called against ISIS, it is not against ISIS. The goal is to remove Bashar al-Assad. And even the Saudi Prince said so. He said – I hope that this is the first step to the removal of Assad. That’s clearly the goal. They are not fighting against ISIS. I mean, if we look at the facts, they are bombing grain silos and killing civilians, and bombing even empty buildings. Right at the beginning of the bombings, they were bombing empty buildings. So, the ISIS, they have been tipped off. They knew where it was going to be bombed.

And once again, it does resemble the 9/11, because 9/11, willingly or not,  was used as a pretext. At that time there was Al Qaeda, now it’s ISIS…

Julie Lévesque: Absolutely! Yes, but Al Qaeda was the creation of the US and they admitted – yes, we created AL Qaeda. Even Hilary Clinton said it, that they created Al Qaeda. I mean, it is a pattern. If you look at the history, how many times did the US use terrorist organizations, death squads in Latin America? So many death squads were used. If you think of the contras, for example, in Nicaragua – these people were armed and financed, and trained by the US. I mean, it is a pattern.

“National Interest” has run a story, saying the US foreign policy has been incompetent and the two presidents – Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush – are misguided.

Julie Lévesque: No, it is intended to be this way. I mean, if you look at just this document from the Project for a New American Century, where they are saying that to keep its global domination the US needs to be implicated in multiple theatre wars in the ME. What is happening right now, it is exactly that. And also, one thing that we have to keep in mind is the Yinon Plan for Greater Israel, the goal of which is to destabilize all the opposing Arab countries, such as Iraq. The goal is to destabilize these countries and Balkanise the ME, so that Israel can emerge as the regional dominant country.

So, the US policy in the ME and the Canadian policy in the ME, it is not misguided, these people are not stupid. They would like us to think that they are stupid, but it is intended to be this way, it is planned this way. This is what they want.

True! But it backfires.

Julie Lévesque: I’m not into that backfiring theory. Yes, it can, sometimes we need to be cautious with these backfiring things. Like we were told shortly after 9/11 that – oh, Osama Bin Laden, yeah, he turned against us. Yes, he was the CIA asset, but he turned against us. And then, we learnt shortly after that, well, actually, Osama Bin Laden was working for the US until the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Like I said, the experts are saying – oh, well, in Iraq the ISIS came out of bad US policy, an unjustified war in Iraq, that’s the result of that. And what they are proposing for an answer to that and to solve the problem is the problem itself. They are suggesting that we go back with the military. It makes no sense!

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The ISIS Conspiracy – Beard World Order #5

These gentlemen examine what has become the annual unveiling of America’s new enemy. -LW

via TracesOfReality.com:

Guillermo Jimenez, James Corbett, and Peter B. Collins celebrate the annual unveiling of America’s new enemy. This year, the distinction goes to the evildoers in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Or is it the Khorasan group? What happened to Al-Qaeda? Ebola? Who knows…

Canadian Terror Wave: a Modern-Day Gladio

If you haven’t seen yesterday’s video roundup of Ottawa Shooting videos from the truther community, you can find them here. -LW


 As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted. 

The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that: 

A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.

The second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier on parliament Hill. RT in its article, “Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler,” would report that: 

While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is believed to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, allegedly designated as a high-risk traveler. 

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall north of Montreal, two US officials told Reuters, claiming that American law enforcement agencies have been advised that the attacker recently converted to Islam.  

AP sources also identified the man to be Zehaf-Bibeau. A Twitter account associated with Islamic State militants tweeted a photo they identified as the Ottawa shooter. The Globe and Mail reports that the shooter was designated a “high-risk traveler” by the Canadian authorities with his passport seized.

Clearly, both suspects were under the watch of not only Canadian authorities, but also US investigators, before the attacks. 

Canada’s Attacks Were Predictable – Western Security Agencies are Prime Suspects

It was warned last month after security agencies staged scares in both the US and Australia, that suspects under investigation, being walked through planned terrorist attacks by Western security agencies as part of “sting operations” would inevitably be switched to live terrorist attacks.

In mid-September A Rochester man, Mufid A. Elfgeeh, was accused by the FBI of attempting to provide material support to ISIS (undercover FBI agents), attempting to kill US soldiers, and possession of firearms and silencers (provided to him by the FBI). The FBI’s own official press release stated (emphasis added):

According to court records, Elfgeeh attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, namely three individuals, two of whom were cooperating with the FBI. Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS. Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq. As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source. The handguns were made inoperable by the FBI before the confidential source gave them to Elfgeeh.

It was warned that only an inoperable firearm stood between Elfgeeh’s arrest and his successful execution of deadly plans hatched by him and his undercover FBI handlers. This script, written by the FBI to entrap Elfgeeh, would be followed almost to the letter in live attacks subsequently carried out in Canada resulting in the death of two Canadian soldiers. Conveniently, both suspects are now dead and little chance remains of ascertaining the truth of who they were in contact with and how they carried out their deadly attacks. 

With both suspects having been on both US and Canadian watch lists – it is very likely undercover agents were involved in either one or both cases. While many possibilities exist, Western security agencies should be among the first suspects considered as potential collaborators. 

A Modern-Day Operation Gladio – Inducing Fear, Obedience, and Control

Before Elfgeeh’s entrapment and later live attacks in Canada, US policymakers and pundits had begun in earnest setting the rhetorical stage for eventual staged attacks. With serial beheadings failing to raise Western public support necessary for an expedient intervention in Syria, more insidious provocations appeared to be in the works. Setting the stage, a CBS/Associated Press story titled, “Former Deputy CIA Director: ‘I Would Not Be Surprised’ If ISIS Member Shows Up To US Mall Tomorrow With AK-47,” would claim immediately after the initial James Foley ISIS execution video that:

“The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell stated. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.”

Morell warned that over the long-term the extremist group could be planning for a 9/11-style attack that killed thousands of Americans.

The FBI has a long list of foiled terror plots of its own creation. More disturbingly are the plots they conceived but “accidentally” allowed to go “live.” One might recall the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. FBI agents, according to the New York Times, were indeed overseeing the bombers that detonated a device killing six and wounding many more at the World Trade Center.

In their article, “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast,” NYT reported:

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast. 

The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said. 

The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City’s tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars.

Considering the 1993 bombing and the fact that the FBI literally oversaw the construction and deployment of a deadly bomb that killed 6, it is clear that the FBI can at any time through design or disastrous incompetence, turn one of their contrived entrapment cases into a live terror attack. One can only guess at how many similar FBI operations are currently taking place within the United States involving ISIS sympathizers – any one of which could be turned into a live terror attack provided the weapons handed over to potential terrorists are functioning, just as the bomb was in 1993 when it was driven into the lower levels of the World Trade Center.

It is very likely that the recent attacks in Canada involved at least one “informant” working for the FBI. Because the FBI uses confidential informants to handle suspects, if a plot is switched ”live,” the informant will be implicated as an accomplice and the FBI’s covert role will remain uncompromised. 

Image: The FBI has an impressive portfolio of intentionally created, then foiled terror plots. Its methods include allowing suspects to handle both real and inoperable weapons and explosives. These methods allow the FBI to switch entrapment cases “live” at any moment simply by switching out duds and arrests with real explosives and successful attacks. Because the FBI uses “informants,” when attacks go live, these confidential assets can be blamed, obfuscating the FBI’s involvement. 

Everything from a mass shooting to a bombing, and even an Operation Northwoods-style false flag attack involving aircraft could be employed to provide Wall Street and London with the support it needs to accelerate its long-stalled agenda of regime change and reordering in both Syria and across the Iranian arc of influence. Readers may recall Operation Northwoods, reported on in an ABC News article titled, “U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba,” which bluntly stated:

In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.  

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

In addition to Operation Northwoods, the public must also consider NATO’s Operation Gladio, and its larger “stay behind” networks established after World War II across Europe and at the center of multiple grisly assassinations, mass shootings, and terrorist bombings designed to demonize the Soviet Union as well as criminalize and crush support for left-leaning political parties growing in popularity in Western Europe. It would be determined that NATO’s own covert militant groups were killing innocent Western Europeans in order to effect a “strategy of tension” used to instill fear, obedience, and control over Western populations. 

That the FBI and Australian authorities had coordinated staged security operations in tandem on opposite ends of the globe to terrify their respective populations into line behind an impending war with Syria, and now two highly suspicious attacks have been carried out using the very script Western security agencies were using to lead suspects through “sting operations,” suggests a new “Operation Northwoods” or “Operation Gladio” of sorts is already being executed. 

Staged executions on cue by ISIS in the Middle East of US and British citizens at perfectly timed junctures of the West’s attempt to sell intervention both at home and abroad, and now live shootings just in time to heighten a new “strategy of  tension” reek of staged mayhem for the sole purpose of provoking war. Could grander and ultimately more tragic mayhem be in store? As ABC News’ article on Operation Northwoods and the Military Channel’s documentary on Operation Gladio suggest, there is no line Western special interests will hesitate to cross. 

With the West attempting to claim ISIS now has a “global” reach, the US and its partners’ attempts to obfuscate the very obvious state-sponsorship it is receiving will become exponentially more difficult. That the FBI is admittedly stringing along easily manipulated, malevolent patsies who at any time could be handed real weapons and sent on shooting sprees and/or bombings – and now apparently have been – Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Australians would be foolish to conclude that their real enemy resides somewhere in Syria and not right beside them at home, upon the very seats of Western power. 

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The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria | Dennis J. Kucinich

If you put what Dennis Kucinich writes into the context of Obama taking orders from the Bush-Clinton regime, and the “Coalition” as the anti-Bush faction, what do you think is really happening in the Middle East? -LW

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace?

1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS’ predecessors in Syria.

2) Send the president to UN General Assembly, where he will inevitably give a rousing speech about climate and peace, while the destruction of the environment and the shattering of world peace is on full display 5,000 miles away.

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration’s foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting “enemies.”

The fact can’t be refuted: ISIS was born of Western intervention in Iraq and covert action in Syria.

This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster that roams the region. ISIS and the U.S. have a curious relationship — mortal enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events:

a) Ousting former Iraqi President Nouri al Maliki for his refusal to consent to the continued presence of U.S. troops in his country.

b) Regime change in Syria.

c) Arming the Kurds so they can separate from Iraq, a preliminary move to partitioning Iraq.

What a coincidence for war-profiteering neo-cons and the war industry, which has seen its stock rise since last week’s congressional vote to fund the rapid expansion of war. We have met the enemy and he isn’t only ISIS, he is us.

Phase two of the war against Syria is the introduction of 5,000 “moderate” mercenaries (as opposed to immoderate ones), who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism, at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new “moderates” will replace the old “moderates,” who became ISIS, just in time for Halloween.

The administration, in the belief that you can buy, rent, or lease friends where they otherwise do not exist, labor under the vain assumption that our newfound comrades-in-arms will remain in place during their three-year employment period, ignoring the inevitability that those “friends” you hire today could be firing at you tomorrow.

One wonders if Saudi training of these moderate mercenaries will include methods of beheading which were popularized by the Saudi government long before their ISIS progeny took up the grisly practice.

The U.S. is being played.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia can now overtly join with the U.S. in striking Syria, after they have been covertly attempting for years to take down the last secular state in the region. We are now advancing the agenda of the actual Islamic States — Saudi Arabia and Qatar — to fight the ersatz Islamic State of ISIS.

Now U.S. bombs and missiles might inadvertently “make the world safe” for theocracy rather than democracy. Today we read reports that Israel has shot down a Syrian warplane, indicating the terrible possibility of a wider regional conflict.

What does this have to do with the security of the 50 States United? Nothing!

Last week Congress acted prematurely in funding a war without following the proscriptions of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. (The day of the vote, I urged Congress to resist this dangerous and misguided legislation.) But even while the funding was given, the explicit authorization to go to war was not. To authorize a war, Congress must vote for war. It has not done that yet.

To sell its case, the administration is borrowing from the fear mongering tactics of the Bush administration. ISIS poses no direct, immediate threat to the United States —The White House even said so yesterday, just hours before bombing commenced – yet we are being sold make-believe about ISIS sleeper cells.

This attack on Syria, under the guise of striking ISIS, is by definition, a war of aggression. It is a violation of international law. It could lead to crimes against humanity and the deaths of untold numbers of innocent civilians. No amount of public relations or smooth talking can change that.

And yes, members of this Democratic administration, including the president who executed this policy, must be held accountable by the International Criminal Court and by the American people, who he serves.

But as we know, war is a powerful and cynical PR tactic. I expect the bombing of Syria will momentarily boost the White House’s popularity with self-serving heroic accounts of damage inflicted upon ISIS (and the U.S. equipment they use). Stuffing the November ballot box with bombs and missiles may even help the Democratic Party retain the Senate.

But after the election the voters will discover that the president played into the hands of extremists, hurt civilians, and embroiled our country deep into another conflict in the Middle East.

There were alternatives. The U.S. and the international community could have contained and shrunk ISIS by cutting off its funds and its revenue from sale of oil on the black market. We could have looked to strike a deal with Syria and Iran.

In foreign policy, the administration has failed. Congress has failed. Both the Democratic and Republican Parties have passed the national checkbook to their patrons in the war contracting business. And passed the bill to future generations.

The American people, who in 2008 searched for something redemptive after years of George W. Bush’s war, realize in 2014 that hope and change was but a clever slogan. It was used to gain power and to keep it through promoting fear, war, the growth of the National Security state, and an autumnal bonfire of countless billions of tax dollars which fall like leaves from money trees on the banks of the Potomac.

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria | Dennis J. Kucinich.

Stew Webb of VeteransToday on PressTV Discussing ISIS

I haven’t paid attention to Stew Webb in a long time. I had no idea that he was now reporting for Veteran’s Today. This interview with PressTV was a pleasant surprise. To hear Stew tell it, the Global Coalition we’ve been hearing about is actually part of the effort to finally shut down the the Bush-Clinton crime family–a HUGE part of “the cabal.” In case you haven’t been keeping up, there were 104+ countries who committed themselves to helping Iraq get rid of the Bush-funded terrorists at the United Nations in the past two weeks.

This being the case, I highly recommend paying attention to President Obama and what is happening at the UN Security Council and General Assembly meetings betwen now and Tuesday, September 30th. Watch President Obama’s mannerisms in front of the camera, as well as the things he is talking about in-front of the camera. He has been coerced by the Bush family for so long… We may actually see him performing his job, unencumbered. -LW

Stew Webb blasting away the lies of the mainstream media concerning ISIS which is being run by the US and Israel! It’s all about taking over more countries! It’s sad to see how far the US has fallen when you must go Iranian media to get any truth about what’s really going on. US media is all lies, all time time!