Dave, owning gold is putting yourself in the position of not being able to be “shut off”…!
The best case scenario is that we are not as secure as we think, Mattias Skarec, 29, a digital security consultant, says – the worst is that IT infrastructure is systemically vulnerable.
“When you have a fully digital system you have no weapon to defend yourself if someone turns it off,” he says.
“If you have control of the servers belonging to Visa or MasterCard, you have control of Sweden,” Engström says.
If you have any misguided notion that a cashless society is not coming, just keep telling yourself that every time you use a debit card, credit card or your phone for your next purchase. With the elimination of cash we effectively hand over our individual human sovereignty to the banks and the government.
Sweden’s ‘Cash Rebellion’ Fears “We Have No Weapon Fight Back…If Putin Invades” April 6, 2018
For the last two years we have documented the rapid ascent of Sweden’s cashless society as government’s demands for ever greater control over “you, the people’s” money combined with the ‘ease-of-use’ narrative has left many stores no longer accepting cash at all and even sparked anxiety among Swedish authorities that:
“If this development with cash disappearing happens too fast, it can be difficult to maintain the infrastructure” for handling cash.”
Last year, the amount of cash in circulation in Sweden dropped to the lowest level since 1990 and is more than 40 percent below its 2007 peak. The declines in 2016 and 2017 were the biggest on record.
But the pace at which cash is vanishing has authorities worried.
Justice Department Misses Deadline To Hand Over FBI Documents On FISA, Clinton Foundation April 5, 2018
The Justice Department failed to meet an initial deadline to give the House Judiciary Committee 1.2 million documents related to the charging decisions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
A Republican Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News late Thursday that the Justice Department had “not yet” complied with the March 22 subpoena issued by committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The aide added that the committee was “working with officials at DOJ to take immediate steps to comply with the subpoena and produce documents to the Committee.”
A Justice Department official confirmed to Fox News that the department was “in ongoing communication with Chairman Goodlatte.”
Worried about gold confiscation? That should be the least of your worries.
Better start fearing!
How about Bill of Rights confiscation?
CIGA Wolfgang Rech
Illinois Town Bypasses Constitution, US Citizens Given 60 Days To Turn In Guns Or Become Criminals April 6, 2018
As the state promises gun rights activists they’re not coming for their guns, behind the scenes they’re pleading for it to happen. And now the feared gun grab is occurring. Residents in Deerfield, Illinois have 60 days to surrender their “assault weapons” or face fines of $1000 per day per gun.
The gun ban ordinance was passed on April 2nd with residents left with few choices of how to dispose of their valuable “assault weapons.” Upon careful reading of the ordinance, residents will be left with revolvers, .22 caliber “plinking” rifles, and double barrel shotguns to defend their homes and families from criminals who could care less about the law.
Fines for not disposing of the weapons range from $250 to $1000 per day per gun for those who choose not to comply with the city’s ordinance. While a fine may seem reasonable to some, as TFTP has reported on multiple occasions, failure to pay fines always results in police action. It is not far-fetched to predict major turmoil and arrests in the event of non-compliance.
Why not just come right out and say it: “We gotcha by the pocketbook.”
I was listening on Bloomber radio yesterday about how FAcebook wants to negotiate with all hospitals to access everyone’s health records.
Their reasoning? When you get rushed to the hospital with a heart attack, the doctors would be able to access your personal history and lifestyle to determine what did it!
Riiiiight. Wanna buy a bridge?
This is dangerous company taking things a step too far.
Not unlike Amazon IMO.
CIGA Wolfgang Rech
Sandberg: Facebook Users Would Have To Pay To Opt Out Of Sharing Data April 6, 2018
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that while Facebook doesn’t sell or give away its users’ information (it just allows third party apps to do that), the company still “depends on your data,” and if users wanted to completely opt out of all of the platform’s data-driven advertising, they would have to pay for it.
Sandberg made the comments in an interview with Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie in an interview set to air Friday morning.
So “we don’t have an opt-out at the highest level,” she acknowledged. “That would be a paid product.” -NBC News
The Today interview was one of many Sandberg gave on Thursday as part of a massive damage control and image rehabilitation campaign in the wake of a massive data harvesting scandal.
Do you think that illegal invasions have anything to do with hoe illegals can use their drivers licenses to register to vote? Courtesy of JB.
…and why we will now need to use passports to travel domestically. Your papers please?
More Than A Million Undocumented Immigrants Have Received California Driver’s Licenses April 4, 2018
More than 1 million undocumented immigrants have received driver’s licenses, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday.
Assembly Bill 60, authored by then-Assemblyman Luis Alejo in 2013, required California DMV offices to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants as long as they can prove their identity and residence within the state. The law has led to 1,001,000 undocumented immigrants receiving licenses as of March 31 but doesn’t give the licensees carte blanche to drive outside of California or fly across state or federal borders.
“Immigrants are getting tested, licensed and insured and this is making our roads safer for everyone,” said Alejo, now a Monterey County supervisor, in a prepared statement. “Today, we see the law working the way it was intended to and has dramatically improved the lives of a million immigrants and their families.”
Futures Tumble After Trump Calls For Additional $100 Billion In Chinese Tariffs April 6, 2017
Update (8:30 pm ET): Barely two hours after Trump offered yet another trade war “tit” to China’s “tat”, the Chinese leadership released a statement foreshadowing its next inevitable retaliation in the escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
In a report published by the state-run Xinhua News Agency, Beijing vowed to defend China’s national interest against US trade actions and protectionism, and said that Trump’s latest threats to introduce an additional $100bn in tariffs on imports from China “seriously violates the rules of international trade.”
In short, we’re sure a deal to quash the trade beef once and for all is right around the corner…
Is this the start of something much bigger? We can only hope. Two down and many more to go.
Brazil Judge Orders Ex-President Lula Jailed By Friday April 5, 2017
RASILIA (Reuters) – A Brazilian judge on Thursday ordered former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours to serve a 12-year sentence for a graft conviction, likely ending the presidential front-runner’s hopes of returning to power.
Lula was convicted last year for taking bribes from an engineering firm in return for help landing contracts with state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected Lula’s plea to remain free until he exhausts all his appeals, in a case he calls a political witch hunt.
Former President Park Geun-Hye Gets 24 Years In Jail April 6, 2018
After a trial which she refused to attend, the impeached and detained former president Park Geun-hye was today sentenced to 24 years in jail and hit with fines totaling 18 billion won (US$17.5 million) after being found guilty of 16 charges of bribery, corruption and coercion.
The verdict is the culmination of a drama that started in late 2016 with snowballing demonstrations that led to her impeachment.
The presiding judge of Seoul Central District Court gave Park, who has boycotted the trial since October and did not appear in the court, one week to decide on whether to appeal or not.
Park, 66, was the first female president of South Korea, and the first to be successfully impeached. She was found guilty of 16 out of 18 charges, largely related to bribery, coercion and abuse of power.
China is ready to defend own interests ‘at any cost’ as Trump threatens $100bn more in tariffs.
Looks like it is time for someone to blink, back down, or go to war.
China Ready To Defend Own Interests ‘At Any Cost’ As Trump Threatens $100bn More In Tariffs April 6, 2018
Responding to Donald Trump’s threat to impose an additional $100 billion in tariffs on China, Beijing said it did not want a trade war, but was not afraid to “follow suit to the end” to protect its core economic interests.
“The Chinese position has been made very clear,” according to a Friday statement by a spokesman for the ministry of commerce. Beijing doesn’t seek to engage in an economic conflict, but in the worst-case scenario, it is “not afraid tofight a trade war.”
“These tit-for-tat trade actions could spell disaster for the U.S. economy and make it harder for Americans across the country to afford everyday products and basic necessities. It is inevitable that China will respond with more retaliatory actions that cause even further harm to American farmers, businesses and consumers. We urge the administration to change course and stop playing a game of chicken with the nation’s economy.”
Trump’s Remarks Send Dow Futures Plunging 360 Points Last Night April 6, 2018
If you have ever watched the past Chairs of the Federal Reserve give their semi-annual testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, you are aware of how carefully they parse their words to avoid rattling the stock or bond markets. That’s how people in high places in government with insider information behave.
But now we have Rambo in the Oval Office, randomly throwing grenades into already wildly fluctuating markets. This leads foreign investors as well as U.S. investors to question if they want their life savings to be invested in this carnival barker-like circus. Bloomberg News underscores this reality with an article today about a $60 billion money manager who is considering selling all of his U.S. assets because of the political risk.
Chinese Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, voiced strong support for Russia during the talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu. While stressing “the united position” on the international arena, the minister said that one of the main goals of the visit was to send a message to Western powers.
“The Chinese side came to let the Americans know about the close ties between the Russian and Chinese armed forces,” Wei said. The RT article continues
China Defense Minister In Moscow: “America Must Know How Close Chinese And Russian Armies Are” April 3, 2018
Nothing continues to scream bullishness – or, less sarcastically, volatility – like the world’s number two and number three superpowers aligning their armies and putting on a show of force to make a strong statement to the United States and fend off “Western Pressure”.
The prescription for volatility becomes even clear when we consider that the United States, Russia, and China are all in a precarious position with one another that has stemmed from, and has implications on, everything from trade to how to handle North Korea.
Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham. April 2, 2018
“IF THE CONCEPT of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”
That was the question I put to the French philosopher, author, and champion of liberal (or humanitarian) interventionism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, on my Al Jazeera English interview show “Head to Head” in 2013.
The usually silver-tongued Levy struggled to answer the question. The situation in Palestine is “not the same” as in Syria and “you have not all the good on one side and all the bad on the other side,” said Levy, who once remarked in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, that he had “never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions.”
Migrant Caravan Abandons Plan To Travel To US Border April 4, 2018
A caravan of Central American migrants whose trek across Mexico infuriated President Donald Trump has decided not to travel to the US border, leaders said Tuesday.
“We will wrap up our work in Mexico City,” said Irineo Mujica, the head of the migrant advocacy group People Without Borders (Pueblo sin Fronteras).
“We have support teams at the border if there are people who need assistance there, but they would have to travel on their own,” he told AFP in the town of Matias Romero, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
The just over 1,000 migrants who currently make up the caravan — many traveling in families of up to 20 people — have been camped in the southern town since the weekend, deciding their next move in the face of daily attacks from Trump.
Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England, told Sky News that while the scientists managed to identify the chemical used in the Skripal poisoning case as a “military-grade nerve agent,” they were unable to determine its “precise source.”
Public Demands Resignation of Boris Johnson Over Skripal Nerve Agent Lies April 4, 2018
The revelations of top British military scientists have thrown the social media into an uproar as it became apparent that new statements cast doubt on earlier claims made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson regarding the alleged nerve gas attack in Salisbury.
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England, told Sky News that while the scientists managed to identify the chemical used in the Skripal poisoning case as a “military-grade nerve agent,” they were unable to determine its “precise source.”
About two weeks earlier, however, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted during an interview with Deutsche Welle that Porton Down scientists were “absolutely categorical: when they allegedly assured him that “there’s no doubt” that the chemical came from Russia.
I saw this and thought you should too, if you haven’t already. I guess we are ready for an updated version of the book “Bailout” by Neil Barofsky…maybe called “The final Bailout”. I guess if I could take risks without having to pay, I’d do the same…
Kevin W. sends us some non coincidental news on China’s CIPS!
“The Phase 2 of RMB Cross-border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) was launched for pilot operation in ten domestic and foreign banks simultaneously on March 26th, 2018 (notice the date is same as INE Yuan settled Oil Futures in Shanghai) As such, the operating hours of CIPS basically cover the working hours in every time zone around the globe, supporting the payments and financial market operations worldwide and meeting the demands of RMB users around the world.”
“The CIPS is an important financial infrastructure developed in line with the needs of China’s cross-border trade development, RMB internationalization, development of real economy and implementation of the “go global” strategy. Since the successful launch of Phase 1 on October 8th, 2015, the CPIS has improved functions and expanded business volumes and participant base. The convenience and efficiency in fund settlement has gained wide recognition from its participants. In the next step, the PBC will continue to facilitate the improvement of CIPS functions and provide the necessary supporting arrangements.”
“Sources: People’s Bank of China May 2015
The 2014-15 PBOC swap lines constitute a part of a network of bilateral swap lines among the thirty-one central banks totaling ¥3.137 trillion ($500B). The validity of the swap agreements is three years. Some countries have renewed or expanded the swap agreements with China.”
“Noticeably, the swap agreements below all were made before even Phase 1 of CIPS was implemented. They are denominated in RMB and the local currencies of the counterparty countries, without involving the U.S. dollar. This indicates that the counterparties of the swap agreements are willing to hold RMB for bilateral trade and investment. There is indeed a strong correlation between the volume of the bilateral trade and the size of the swap agreement.”
Once China opens a swap line with Japan, the fat lady has stopped singing.
Swap Agreements & China’s RMB Currency Network May 22, 2015
Renminbi (RMB) internationalization, like other Chinese initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the One Belt, One Road initiative, has received significant attention during its opening stage. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the Chinese government has been actively involved in efforts to internationalize the RMB. As the Chinese capital account is not open yet, and foreign countries cannot access RMB on international markets, one alternative approach toward increasing the international flow of the RMB is to sign swap agreements. Beijing has embraced these swap agreements as long term means to expand the use of its currency without significant changes to its capital account.
The original purpose of currency swap agreements is to provide countries with liquidity in times of crisis. For example, after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Asian countries, including China, entered into swap agreements under the framework of the Chiang Mai Initiative. In the 2008 financial crisis, the United States conducted currency swaps with several countries, such as Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Singapore, mainly to provide U.S. dollar liquidity for those countries. Some of the swap agreements are denominated in U.S. dollars while others are in local currencies. But none of the swap agreements under the Chiang Mai Initiative have been activated yet.
Indeed, the police state in which Jesus lived and its striking similarities to modern-day America are beyond troubling.
In these days of worldwide confusion, there is a dire need for men and women who will courageously do battle for truth. We must make a choice. Will we continue to march to the drumbeat of conformity and respectability, or will we, listening to the beat of a more distant drum, move to its echoing sounds? Will we march only to the music of time, or will we, risking criticism and abuse, march to the soul saving music of eternity?
A Blueprint for Resistance: Jesus Christ vs. the Police State March 29, 2018
“In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime — the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps …the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer risked his life to undermine the tyranny at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn challenged the soul-destroying gulags of the Soviet Union.
Many minds will be blown before this is over with all the truth to come out!
You said it was the year of truth bombs and it is. No pun intended.
Day after day, drip after drip, the truth keeps coming out. As the US loses credibility, it will affect how the US is viewed by the world. It will also reflect on the dollar, just as the car crash with Tesla model S affected the share price of its stock and now Facebook shares are having the same problem; lack of credibility.
Mattis Admits US Involved in Planning Saudi Strikes in Yemen March 28, 2018
In a new meeting with reporters, Defense Secretary James Mattis has offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.
Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning” in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of “battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing fewer civilians.
Mattis also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed. He warned Saudi bombers would make “rash or hasty decisions” if they had to worry about running out of fuel before bombing a place, and might take less time to avoid hitting civilian targets.
George seems to have his hands in many country’s affairs one would be foolish to think he does not do the same in the USA.
Putin knew how to put a stop to it in his country.
Moscow has its own history of dealing with the Soros network. In 2015, George Soros’s Open Society Institute was kicked out of that country as an “undesirable organization” that was established to boost US influence.
Strange Things Happen to European Countries Resisting George Soros’ Assault March 28, 2018
Strange things happen in East and Central Europe that get little mention from media outlets. Two heads of state, the PMs of Slovenia and Slovakia, resigned almost simultaneously. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was a victim of the scandal over the murder of Jan Kuciak, a journalist who was investigating government corruption. The PM had to step down amid mass street protests.
Mr. Fico was known for his support of a stronger Visegrad Group. He opposed Brussels on many issues. It’s worth noting that he called for lifting sanctions and improving relations with Moscow. The PM was adamant that Russia was a reliable energy partner. Is it a coincidence that he was forced to resign amid the anti-Russia campaign triggered by the Skripal case and other obviously concocted stories used as false pretexts for incessant attacks on Moscow? Wasn’t he a threat to the so-called unity of the EU against Russia? He definitely was.
They might be sent to doggy jail along with Jim’s little yapper…
Little dogs bark because they have no bite!
The UK better be careful, the Russian Bear will run out of patience?
Russia Warns UK Of Reciprocal Measures If Aeroflot Plane Search Not Explained March 31, 2018
If the UK provides no explanation for the search of an Aeroflot plane in London, Moscow will consider the action to have been illegal and will take reciprocal measures against British aircraft, the Russian Transport Ministry said.
The ministry-affiliated aviation security center is to file a request to clarify the reasons behind the search of the Aeroflot plane by UK authorities at Heathrow Airport in London on Friday. “If no explanation is forthcoming, Russia will deem the search illegal and will reserve the right to take similar action against British air carriers,” the statement on the ministry’s website reads.
On Friday, British officials boarded a Moscow-bound Aeroflot Airbus A321 plane at Heathrow Airport, which had arrived in London from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport a day earlier. The officers stated that they needed to inspect the aircraft and demanded that the crew disembark without giving any explanation for their actions. The captain refused to abandon the aircraft because the demand was contrary to regulations.
What if the current UK virulent and violent Russia slandering campaign is but a dry-run for much worse to come? – By now the mental state of western society is at the level of Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Goebbels’, statement – “Let me control the media, and I will turn any Nation into a herd of Pigs”. Yes, that’s what the west has become, a herd of pigs…
Russian Exodus from the West March 30, 2018
by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog
By now the West – the US, Canada, Australia and the super-puppets of Europe, overall more than 25 countries – has expelled more than 130 Russian diplomats. All as punishment for Russia’s alleged nerve gas poisoning of a former Russian / MI6 double-agent, Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter Yulia (33), who was visiting her father from Moscow. Sergei Skripal lived in the UK for the last seven years, ever since President Putin lifted his prison sentence in 2010 in a spy swap with the UK. The pair, father and daughter, was discovered on 4 March slumped on a park bench in Salisbury, England, not far from Sergei’s home. Apparently traces of the same nerve agent were found at the Skripal home’s door.
Russia in the meantime has started in a tit-for-tat move expelling western diplomats – in a first round 60, plus closing the US Consulate in St. Petersburg. According to Mr. Lavrov, more will most likely follow. – There will be an exodus and a counter-exodus of diplomats, west-east and east-west. It looks like a Kindergarten at play – but is of course a blatant provocation by the west on Russia and a continuation of the vilification of President Putin – especially after he has just been reelected with an overwhelming majority of over 76%. It’s a provocation with zero substance, to further justify an escalating NATO aggression against Russia. The war-bells are ringing – for a lie, an abject farce, visible to a child. Only the blind, those puppets, because out of fear or out of stupidity, who do not want to see – are supporting this new US instigated, UK executed drive against Russia.
…what is the first thing stolen when a country is overrun? Yes, that barbarous relic GOLD!
That Missing Libyan-Qaddafi Money… March 31, 2018
There’s some sort of story going on with that missing money of murdered Libyan dictator, Moammar Qaddafi. The trouble is, no one knows exactly what it is, but it has emerged, or rather, re-emerged, as a major story with the arrest and questioning of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in connection with his financial dealings with the fallen Libyan dictator. As I stated last week, this is the largest arrest of anyone connected to “the cabal”. But again, exactly where Mr. Qaddafi’s money is, or where those frozen Libyan assets in Belgium disappeared to, or what connection any of it may have with M. Sarkozy, no one really knows.
Mr. P.R., a regular reader here, sent me a review of articles related to the matter that I thought was so good I decided to pass it all along to you, and you can make of it what you will. Firstly, according to this article from the Suddeutsche Zeitung, there are connections to the Panama Papers and the law-firm Mossack-Fonseca:
The basic idea to take away from this article is that Qaddafi hid much of his foreign assets in a series of holding companies, most of them leading back to Mossack-Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the Panama Papers controversy.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Slams Facebook: Privacy ‘Is A Human Right, It’s A Civil Liberty’ March 28, 2018
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Wednesday slammed Facebook for profiting from its users’ data — and called for the social media giant to be more tightly regulated.
Such detailed profiles of people, with “incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources” like Facebook has compiled, shouldn’t be allowed to exist, Cook said.
“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” Cook said. “However, I think we’re beyond that here, and I do think that it’s time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here.”
“From the low point of the Financial Crisis on March 9th, 2009, US stock market cap has grown from $7.6 trillion up to $29.99 trillion — easily the biggest creation of stock market wealth in history.”
Market Bubble? 5 Tech Stocks Go From $1.88 Trillion to $3.4 Trillion in Less than 3 Years March 28, 2018
After experiencing carnage at the end of last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 344.8 points yesterday or 1.43 percent of its value. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq closed down with a percentage loss of more than twice that amount at minus 2.93 percent.
Individual tech stocks far outpaced the losses in the broader market with Facebook closing down 4.90 percent; Alphabet (parent of Google) closing down 4.57 percent; Microsoft ending the session with a loss of 4.60 percent; Amazon down 3.78 percent; and Apple losing a more modest 2.56 percent.
Wall Street’s love affair with tech is rapidly turning into a “stormy” relationship. Back on August 27, 2015, we quoted Tan Teng Boo, the founder and CEO of Capital Dynamics, saying that just five U.S. stocks — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon — are worth more than the Frankfurt, Germany stock market, which represents the fourth largest economy in the world.
Dr. Ralf Trapp has reservations. The former secretary of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said that, at this stage, there is no conclusive evidence of Russian responsibility.
Chemical Weapons Experts Question Claims That Russia Was Behind Skripal Attack March 28, 2018
A former head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has questioned claims that Russia was behind the Salisbury chemical attack. The expert added that Iran was most recently known to have Novichok.
While the US, Europe and other nations have taken part in a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats following the UK’s claims that the Kremlin is ‘culpable’ for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Dr Ralf Trapp has reservations. The former secretary of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said that, at this stage, there are other “theoretical possibilities.”
In an exclusive interview with INSURGE’s Nafeez Ahmed, the ex-senior official said that while there is compelling evidence that Russia did run a secret research program to make Novichok-style chemical agents, there has been no proof that such programs still exist today.
Judicial Watch Sues for Soros Documents – Files FOIA Lawsuits Against State Department and USAID for Records about Funding and Political Activities of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations in Romania and Colombia March 28, 2018
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating to their funding of the political activities of the Soros Open Society Foundations of Romania (Judicial Watch v. U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:18-cv-00667)) and the Soros Open Society Foundations of Colombia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00668)).
The Soros Open Society Foundations of Romania lawsuit was filed after State and USAID failed to substantively respond to an October 16, 2017, FOIA request seeking among other records:
All records relating to any contracts, grants or other allocations/disbursements of funds by the State Department to the Open Society Foundation – Romania and/or its personnel and/or any OSFR subsidiary or affiliate.
All assessments, evaluations, reports or similar records relating to the work of Open Society Foundation – Romania and/or its subsidiaries or affiliated organizations.