Wednesday, October 31, 2018

5 freed from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl join Taliban’s political office in Qatar

The five Guantanamo Bay detainees swapped for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are, from left, Mullah Norullah Nori, Mohammed Nabi Omari, Mohammed Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. (U.S. Department of Defense)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.

They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.

Others fear the five, all of whom were close to the insurgent group's founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, bring with them the same ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that characterized the group's five-year rule that ended in 2001 with the U.S.-led invasion.

The five Taliban figures released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in May 2014 in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held hostage by the Taliban for nearly five years:

"The Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership," said Haroun Mir, political analyst in the Afghan capital. "What we are more worried about is if tomorrow the Taliban say 'we are ready to negotiate,' who will represent Kabul? That is the big challenge because the government is so divided, not just ideologically but on ethnic lines."

Efforts to find a peaceful end to Afghanistan's protracted war have accelerated since Washington appointed Afghan-American Zalmay Khalilzad as envoy to find a peaceful end to America's longest war, which has already cost the U.S. more than $900 billion.

But Mohammed Ismail Qasimyar, a member of a government peace council, warned Washington against negotiating peace terms with the Taliban, saying Khalilzad’s only job is to set the stage for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, something the insurgents have so far refused, calling the government a U.S. puppet.

Taliban officials reported meeting with Khalilzad in Qatar earlier this month, calling the exchange preliminary but pivotal. Washington neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but Khalilzad was in Qatar at the time.

Thousands of additional U.S. forces, new authorities and recent ceasefires give hope, general says.

A Taliban official familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that talks ended with an agreement to meet again. Key among the Taliban's requests was recognition of their Qatar office, said the official, who spoke on condition he not be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In an unexpected development, Pakistan also bowed to a long-standing Afghan Taliban demand that it release its senior leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who had been in jail in Pakistan since 2010. At the time, Baradar was reportedly jailed after bypassing Pakistan to open independent peace talks with Hamid Karzai, who was then Afghanistan's president.

Baradar's release followed Khalilzad's first visit to Pakistan since being appointed Washington's peace envoy.

Baradar issued an audio message after his release to the Taliban. The Pashto-language message, heard by an Associated Press reporter, seemed to indicate he was preparing for a role in the insurgent movement moving forward.

Hakim Mujahed, a former Taliban member who is now also a member of the Afghan government peace council, said the presence of the five former Guantanamo prisoners in the Taliban's Qatar office is indicative of the Taliban's resolve to find a peace deal. He said the stature of the five within the insurgent movement will make a peace deal palatable to the rank and file, many of whom have resisted talks believing a military victory was within their grasp.

"These people are respected among all the Taliban," said Mujahed. "Their word carries weight with the Taliban leadership and the mujahedeen."

But there are some among the five who have a disturbing past.

Human Rights Watch accused Mohammed Fazl, the former Taliban army chief arrested in 2002, of overseeing the deaths of thousands of minority Shiites in 2000. The massacre outraged the world and followed the killing the year before of an estimated 2,000 young ethnic Pashtuns in northern Afghanistan by Taliban rivals.

Another of the five is Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former governor of Herat province, who was close to both Taliban founder Mullah Omar and al- Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Khairkhwa also had a friendship with former president Hamid Karzai.

The others include Abdul Haq Wasiq, deputy intelligence minister, Mullah Norullah Nori, once described as the most significant Taliban leader held at Guantanamo Bay because of his particularly close relationship with Mullah Omar, who fought U.S.-led coalition forces in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif and Mohammad Nabi Omari, a Taliban communications officer.

All five are from southern Afghanistan, the Taliban's heartland.

The five Taliban were released in 2014 in exchange for Bergdahl during the administration of President Barack Obama after drawn out negotiations.

Bergdahl, who had been held in Taliban custody since 2009 when he wandered off a U.S. army base, was given a dishonorable discharge last year and fined $1,000 on charges of desertion and misbehavior.


‘I know, they all look alike’: Hillary corrects host, who confused Booker and Holder, with a racial ‘joke’

Being a Democrat candidate appears to come with a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, as was seen over the weekend when Hillary Clinton joked that black people “all look alike.”

The failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee was participating in a Q & A with Recode’s Kara Swisher, who asked, “What do you think of Cory Booker saying, ‘Kick them in the shins’?”

The question was a butchered reference to a recent comment from former Attorney General Eric Holder, who said when Republicans go low “we kick them.”

Clinton responded to remind Swisher that it was Holder who made the comment, not the senator from New Jersey.

“Well, that was Eric Holder,” she said, prompting Swisher to apologize.
“I know they all look alike,” Clinton countered, followed by a hearty cackle.

It goes without saying that if Clinton was a Republican, a grave would have been dug right there on the stage to lay her political career to rest — believe it or not, Clinton is floating the possibility that she may run again in 2020.

Instead, the liberal media played up the incident as a “tease” by Clinton.
Essentially justifying political correctness as little more than “politeness,” Clinton dared to talk about respecting diversity after cracking the racist joke.

“It’s respecting the diversity that we have in our society,” she continued. “The Democratic Party is a much more diverse political party, attracting people who are African-American, Latino, LGBT … And I don’t think it’s politically correct to say, we value that.”

“I don’t want to go around insulting people,” Clinton said. “I don’t want to paint with a broad brush every immigrant is this, every African-American is that. That’s childish.”

For the record, she made these remarks with a straight face.
Which is more than can be said for social media users, who were perplexed at how Hillary could pull this off with nary a scratch.


THIS IS CNN: Host Compares Trump’s “America First” Platform To Germany’s Kristallnacht

In more of the same overwrought rhetoric that has become commonplace on CNN, one of the network’s hosts ventured into territory that was once thought to be beyond the pale.

On Tuesday’s edition of "New Day" with Alisyn Camerota, host John Avlon took advantage of the weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue to invoke the Holocaust as a way to attack President Trump.


There have been no shortage of Hitler or Nazi analogies over the past two years, but this could be a new low for the self-proclaimed "most trusted name in news."

During the segment, Avlon made the ridiculous and obscene comparison of Trump’s America first policies to Kristallnacht, which is a night that will forever live in historical infamy.

While Camerota and the unctuous David Gregory nodded along, Avlon made the case that being pro-American and against globalism is essentially the same as being a Nazi sympathizer in historical terms.


Via The Daily Caller, "CNN’s John Avlon Compares Trump’s ‘America First’ Message To Kristallnacht and World War II Anti-Semitism":
CNN senior political analyst John Avlon compared President Donald Trump’s "America First" platform to Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht, saying a lack of globalism is responsible for a rise in violence against Jews.
Avlon compared those who want to put America first with World War II isolationists who "turned a blind eye" to racial animosity and the anti-Semitic rise of the Nazis.
"Part of the problem is that this president — you talked about the 1930s and how many Americans turned a blind eye to Kristallnacht and other things. At that same time was the original incarnation of America first, a group of isolationists that did not want to intervene against Hitler and they were accused of anti-Semitism with great credibility," he continued. "And this president has adopted that mantle without any apparent caring of that legacy."

The History Channel describes Kristallnacht:
On November 9 to November 10, 1938, in an incident known as "Kristallnacht", Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the "Night of Broken Glass," some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became chancellor of Germany. However, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse. During World War II (1939-45), Hitler and the Nazis implemented their so-called "Final Solution" to the what they referred to as the "Jewish problem," and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews in what came to be known as the Holocaust.

In a nutshell, there is no comparison to anything that Trump has said or done that is even remotely comparable to it.

While Avlon stopped short of calling the president an outright anti-Semite, the inference was certainly there and so was the intellectual laziness.


We have now reached the point where history no longer matters, as it originally occurred thanks to the failure of our educational system and leftist propaganda.

Not that they ever bother reading anything but the political left should pick up a copy of William L. Shirer’s definitive historical account The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich and devote some serious time to get through it.

Even though it was published in 1960, Shirer’s exhaustive book is still the definitive work on Nazi Germany – although Richard J. Evans’ more recent trilogy is also notable – and if one wants to understand that America under President Donald Trump has nothing in common with that dark era they must acknowledge history.

A much more accurate comparison to Nazi Germany would be CNN which stacks up favorably against the vast propaganda machine deployed by Joseph Goebbels.

It used to be that exploiting the Holocaust to score cheap political points was beyond the pale but it’s the new normal at CNN.


Man allegedly plotted on dark web to kill, eat underage girl

Alexander Nathan Barter

A depraved Texas man was busted in an undercover sting that revealed he allegedly wanted to kill and eat a little girl, authorities said.

Alexander Nathan Barter, 21, was arrested Friday after reportedly posting on the dark web looking for help to fulfill his necrophiliac and cannibalistic desires, according to news station KTRE.

An undercover agent posing as a parent responded and offered his underage daughter to Barter, who expressed interest in raping and killing the girl.

Barter reportedly replied to the officer saying, “Nice! I’m in East Texas. How old is your daughter? Can we kill her?”

In a series of emails, Bart came up with a disturbing plan to meet the father-daughter duo and take the girl back to a Joaquin hotel. The suspect instructed the agent to return home after dropping off his daughter and report her missing to police.

But as Barter was leaving his house for the meet-up, authorities arrested him outside his residence while carrying a plastic trash bag and knife, according to KTRE.

The 21-year-old allegedly confessed to discussing his plans online to kill, rape and cannibalize a minor.

He was booked at Shelby County Jail on charges including attempted capital murder and attempted sexual performance of a child.

Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires released a statement saying the incident was a “continued reminder that parents should always be vigilant and aware of what their children are doing on the internet.”

“The dark web, and the individuals that operate there, pose a continued and increasing threat to the safety of our children,” Shires said. “Jurisdiction, geography, and distance serve as a minimal, if any, impediment to some very terrible activities. In this matter, Law Enforcement mounted an effective and integrated effort to deal with this situation.”


What Happens When Telecom Companies Search Your Home for Piracy

Adam Lackman ran TVAddons, a site hosting unofficial addons for Kodi media player. A legal team representing powerful telecom and media companies—Bell and Rogers included—searched his home and sued him for piracy. Now, he's fighting to make it to trial.

When 30-year-old web developer Adam Lackman heard loud knocking on his Montreal apartment door around 8 AM, he thought he was about to be robbed.

On that morning on June 12, 2017, Lackman looked through the peephole and saw men he didn’t recognize. They called out his name. He didn’t answer. “Scared for his life,” he called the police and, he said, hid in a closet holding a knife while he waited for the cops to arrive.

When the police showed up after about 20 minutes, according to Lackman, he opened the door and was met by lawyers, a bailiff, and, rather ominously, a locksmith. Seeing that he wasn’t about to be mugged, the police left.

One of the lawyers represented some of Canada’s most powerful telecommunications and media companies: Bell, Rogers, Vidéotron, and TVA. The other was there to be an independent observer on behalf of the court. Lackman was told that he was being sued for copyright infringement for operating TVAddons, a website that hosted user-created apps for streaming video over the internet. The crew was there with a civil court order allowing them to search the place.

The search was only supposed to go from 8 AM to 8 PM but it ended at midnight. The team copied laptops, hard drives, and any other devices they found, and demanded logins and passwords.

Lackman, who called a lawyer in to represent him, was questioned for nine hours by the opposing counsel. They presented him with a list of names of people suspected of being digital pirates in Canada and asked him to snitch. He didn’t recognize the names, he told me, and said nothing.
“They ransacked the place,” Lackman recalled when I interviewed him in his new Montreal apartment (the move was unconnected to the litigation, he said). “This order just allowed them to go through everything; my underwear, my socks. At that point, I had no privacy.”
Adam Lackman of TVAddons in his Montreal apartment.
Adam Lackman of TVAddons in his Montreal apartment. Photo: Author

The lawyers took Lackman’s laptop to be copied and returned it days later. Using the login information he handed over, a court-authorized computer technician took TVAddons offline and made its Twitter account with 100,000 followers private, locking Lackman out in the process.
That was just the beginning—Lackman’s case still hasn’t gone to trial.

Now, Lackman is embroiled in expensive legal proceedings for a case that pits him against several telecom corporations and media companies, ultimately to answer: Was TVAddons a platform for innovative streaming apps, or was it designed to enable piracy?

According to legal experts, Lackman’s experience is an outgrowth of a new and hardcore approach to tackling piracy in Canada led by a handful of powerful companies—among them Rogers, Bell, and Quebecor, the parent company for TVA and Vidéotron. All three have been lobbying the government in various capacities to set up a system for blocking access to piracy sites in Canada, similar to controversial measures undertaken in the UK.

I combed court documents, spoke to Lackman, his lawyer, legal experts, and a lawyer representing the telecom and media companies suing Lackman in order to put together a full picture of what happened to TVAddons—and what it might mean for people and small companies operating in the margins of copyright law.

“Companies like Bell view alternative sources of access to streaming video as a significant competitive threat,” Michael Geist, an internet law professor at the University of Ottawa, told me over the phone. I would argue that there’s infringing sources and many non-infringing sources [on TVAddons], but that’s seen as a threat if you’re trying to sell TV packages.”

Tamir Israel, an intellectual property lawyer in the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), echoed these sentiments. “Telecommunication companies have become much more aggressive across a few vectors when it comes to addressing piracy in Canada very recently,” he told me.

Geist cautions every upstart entrepreneur of the “sledgehammer” approach taken by telecoms in shutting Lackman down.

What is TVAddons?
Lackman ran TVAddons, a website that hosted unofficial apps (referred to as “addons”) for Kodi, a popular open-source media center that allows users to stream media from their devices and over the internet.

Kodi is explicitly meant to stream legal sources of video online, but due to its open-source nature, the platform can also be used to illegally access copyrighted video. Because of this, pirates sell “fully loaded” Kodi boxes decked out with apps specifically designed to illegally stream video from copyrighted sources, making them a target for litigious rights holders.

In June 2016, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, and TVA (the same companies suing Lackman) sued five sellers of fully loaded Kodi boxes and as part of the ongoing case obtained a court order banning them from selling the devices.

The XBMC Foundation, which maintains Kodi, verifies any addons to its official repository to ensure no piracy products make it onto the platform. But there are also unofficial repositories with their own policies, such as TVAddons.

“In the same way that a journalist these days is probably a blogger before they’re a journalist, people want a place where they can write stuff,” Keith Herrington, an XBMC Foundation board member, told me over the phone. “The most common use of [unofficial repositories] is development purposes.”

TVAddons didn’t host any streams or link to video itself and was a platform for user-generated content, Lackman said, not unlike Facebook, though the content was homebrew Kodi apps and not status updates. Like Kodi more generally, Lackman claims that the addons on his site were aimed at legal streaming.

However, unlike the XBMC Foundation, he took a laissez-faire approach to policing which addons made it onto his site.

“We didn’t even look at the repository; [addons] just got added,” Lackman said. “It’s like every other site: You submit content, and they don’t say that they won’t post your content until they verify it.”
According to Herrington, this “anything-goes environment” made TVAddons a source of constant frustration for the XBMC Foundation. “From an organizational point of view, it’s hard for us to dispute the findings of the organizations that are suing [Lackman].”

Lackman maintains that TVAddons’ purpose was to host addons that “scrape” the many free and legal video streaming services online, such as Kanopy or Pluto TV. The idea, he says, was to avoid ad trackers, popups, malware, and other common online annoyances.

“I never saw this as hurting [rights holders],” Lackman told me. “People run sites that link to content—torrent sites. Those are the people who are stealing the movies.”
Adam Lackman demonstrating the Kodi user interface.
Adam Lackman demonstrating the Kodi user interface. Photo: Author

There were illegal streams in the mix on TVAddons, although it’s not clear how many. Out of the 1,500 or so apps on the site, the companies suing Lackman offered 12 to the court as examples of apps that they’d tested and found to be streaming copyrighted content. The 12 were part of a “featured” category of apps that Lackman says was auto-populated based on what was popular with users, but the companies suing him argue was curated.

“I agree that there are legal sources of content on the internet, but the evidence that was before the court and our client's position is that that was not the purpose of TVAddons,” Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie, a lawyer representing the telecoms and media companies suing Lackman, told me over the phone.

Despite the strained relationship between TVAddons and the XBMC Foundation, Herrington said, “I feel his rights were not well taken care of, and if I was in his shoes I would be up in arms about it.”
How companies search people’s homes like the police

About a week before the search on Lackman’s apartment, Lavoie Ste-Marie and his colleagues convinced a judge in a closed hearing that TVAddons was a site dedicated to piracy, Lackman was responsible, and any possible arguments he might make in his own defense didn’t apply. Lackman wasn’t present to defend himself, nor was he notified of the hearing, according to court records reviewed by Motherboard.

In the hearing, they successfully argued that factors such as Lackman’s offshore company—which he claims owned domain names and had a bank account that was “never used”—and his use of a web service that hides a site’s hosting provider (Lackman says it was the immensely popular service Cloudflare), meant that there was a real risk that Lackman might destroy evidence if they didn’t conduct a surprise search.

The lawyers obtained an injunction that prevented Lackman from operating TVAddons and ordered him to hand over login credentials so that a court-authorized technician could shut down the site and social media accounts.

They also got an “Anton Piller” order, which allowed the lawyers—as well as a supervising agent of the court, bailiffs, and technical experts—to enter his home and search the place for devices, hard drives, and documents, and to preserve any evidence they found.

It’s as close as you’re going to get in civil law to criminal interrogation and seizure
Anton Piller orders are used when a court believes that evidence in a civil case may be destroyed if normal discovery procedure is followed. (They get their name from a 1975 case in the UK that concerned the theft of trade secrets.) They’re considered an extraordinary legal measure: subjects of the search do not get to defend themselves against the accusations beforehand.

Still, they are not criminal search warrants and Lackman did not have to let anybody into his home that morning. But it presented a legal catch-22: if he hadn’t, he would be in breach of a court order and could have been subjected to fines or imprisonment.

“In high school you learn that if someone doesn’t have a warrant, you don’t let them into your house,” Lackman told me. “I didn’t know there was this whole other law where big companies can spend money [on lawyers] and do whatever they want.”

Karim Renno, Lackman’s lawyer, said that an Anton Piller is basically a search and seizure. “It’s as close as you’re going to get in civil law to criminal interrogation and seizure,” Renno told me over the phone.

Lackman’s case isn’t the first time an Anton Piller order was used in Canada in a copyright case. In 2015 a slew of film studios sued the developers of popular Netflix-like torrent streaming service Lavoie Ste-Marie and another lawyer representing the companies suing Lackman personally executed a search and injunction against one of the defendants and coordinated two others simultaneously executed across the country. Like TVAddons, was shut down and the site currently redirects to a Motion Picture Association of America web page.

Read More: Does Canada Even Have a Huge Piracy Problem?

Shortly after the search, a federal judge ruled the search unlawful in a procedural hearing. The questioning was an “interrogation,” the judge said, without the safeguards normally afforded to defendants, and presenting Lackman with a list of names to snitch on was “egregious.” The plaintiffs also did not make a strong enough case that TVAddons was solely intended to enable piracy, the judge decided.

“The Anton Piller order [in Lackman’s case] was problematic just because it was applied in such a heavy-handed way,” Israel told me.

The plaintiffs appealed this decision, and in February a panel of three judges—this time in the federal court of appeals—overturned the previous decision in its entirety. The search was lawful and conducted within legal parameters, the judges agreed. The list of names was only presented to Lackman to “expedite the questioning process,” and “despite a few objectionable questions” the nine-hour question period was not an interrogation, the panel ruled.

Most seriously, the judges decided that the plaintiffs had a strong enough case that TVAddons was designed to infringe copyright to justify the search.

“The [judge that sided with Lackman and the judges that overturned that decision] disagreed on how the TVAddons site was characterized,” Israel said. “There may be mistakes there and that’s a problem because that's a very difficult thing to correct.”

Canadian telecoms are taking an aggressive anti-piracy stance
Lackman is now stuck in a confusing legal quagmire that has implications for anyone accused of enabling piracy in Canada.

Everything that’s happened to him so far has occured before a trial where he can argue the facts of how TVAddons operated, and yet the judge who approved the search order and the judge who upheld it on appeal have already effectively ruled that his website was designed to facilitate piracy.
In the appeal judgement, Lackman was ordered to pay the companies suing him more than $50,000 in legal fees. Lackman is hoping to work out a reasonable payment plan. He is already hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to his own legal team and the debt is mounting, he said.

He’s started a new version of the site that he says only hosts addons that stream legal content. He makes several thousand dollars a month through advertising on the new site, but it hardly makes a dent in his ever-growing debt, he said, and so he’s turned to crowdfunding.

Lackman could still lose at trial, which may happen as soon as next year—if he makes it to trial at all. “I hope to make it to trial, but intentions are nothing without resources,” he told me. “I don’t want to be 40 years old declaring bankruptcy.”

According to Israel, this is the harsh reality of being a small player sued by telecoms and media companies in Canada, where the dominance of the “big three”—Rogers, Bell, and Telus, the latter of which isn’t involved in Lackman’s litigation—is often referred to as a telecom oligopoly.
The case highlights an imbalance of power, Israel said, “where individuals who experience harms don’t have the resources to advance them.”

Deep-pocketed companies, on the other hand, “not only have the resources to pursue [perceived harms] to the point where individuals don’t have the ability to defend themselves, but also to advance mechanisms with fewer safeguards,” Israel said.

Read More: Canada’s Telecoms and National Media Want the Government to Block Piracy Websites

One ray of hope for Lackman is that parallel copyright litigation in the US, brought against him and TVAddons by Dish Network, was recently settled on relatively amicable terms. TVAddons agreed to stop hosting addons that allowed users to stream a handful of specific channels, and will implement an expedited copyright takedown process for Dish Network. Any financial aspects to the settlement are confidential, according to Lackman and spokespeople for Dish.

Why can’t a similarly speedy resolution be found and sealed with a handshake in Canada? According to experts in copyright law, there’s a new and major push by industry players in Canada to aggressively quash piracy.

In January, the media arms of Bell, Rogers, and Quebecor formed FairPlay, a coalition of dozens of Canadian media entities lobbying the federal telecom regulator—the CRTC—to implement a system for blocking websites serving pirated content in Canada. At the time, the plan was described by digital rights groups as censorship and “authoritarian overkill,” and average Canadians submitted thousands of comments to the federal telecom regulator expressing discomfort with the idea.
That proposal was rejected by the CRTC on jurisdictional grounds earlier this month, and the regulator noted that pursuing website blocking with a change to the Copyright Act would be more appropriate.

It’s not clear what the status of FairPlay is now. The coalition’s website homepage is currently a placeholder, and spokespeople for the Asian Television Network—which filed the CRTC application on behalf of FairPlay—did not respond to Motherboard’s request for comment. Spokespeople for Bell also did not respond to Motherboard’s request for comment.

It’s possible that the coalition hasn’t totally disbanded, however. Rogers spokesperson Sarah Schmidt told Motherboard in an email that Rogers is still part of the FairPlay coalition.

Regardless, some FairPlay members are already pushing for website blocking—and more—to be enshrined in the Copyright Act, which is currently under review.

“Seeing those powers used in this context is a little concerning, and it’s not just TVAddons—it’s FairPlay and some of the suggestions that have been proposed in the copyright reform context,” Israel told me over the phone.

Bell, in a submission to the Copyright Act review, asked for courts to have the power to make orders that would force “a web host to take down an egregious piracy site, a search engine to delist it, a payment processor to stop collecting money for it, or a registrar to revoke its domain.” Rogers asked for the same in its submission, and gave the example of an internet service provider disabling access to content.

The companies are also asking to criminalize copyright-infringing video streaming—highly relevant to Lackman’s situation. A Bell executive said that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s federal police force, should investigate and prioritize piracy investigations at a parliamentary hearing on the Copyright Act in September. The legal remedies offered to the telecoms until now have been “too slow and too cumbersome,” a Rogers executive said at the same hearing.

“I hope the judicial and legislative branches of government don’t fall for their trap,” Lackman told me in a text message regarding Bell and Rogers’ submissions.

If Lackman loses at trial, there’s much more at stake than the fate of one person. According to Geist, a loss could risk cooling off innovation in Canada by up-and-comers who may fear heavy-handed legal reprisal from the powerful incumbents that run the country’s communications infrastructure and in some cases the content that flows through it. Bell and Rogers both own numerous media properties, and Bell owns CraveTV, a Netflix-like streaming service.

Lavoie Ste-Marie disagreed. “As long as it's not a copyright infringing platform I don’t think there’s any problems,” he told me over the phone. “The problem my clients have with TVAddons is that it’s a platform that has the sole purpose to infringe copyright. I don’t know what that has to do with innovation.”

Regardless of how you might characterize the content of TVAddons—infringing or non-infringing—Geist said, “the sledgehammer approach that was used raises concerns for anyone who pushes the envelope with innovative sites and technologies.”

The sunny living room of Lackman’s new Montreal apartment seemed worlds away from the 2017 search as described by him and his legal team. The only reminder of the case were two framed prints leaning up against a wall.

They’d been marked for auction by the court, he told me, in a since-abandoned plan to sell his stuff to help cover the more than $50,000 he’s been ordered to pay the companies suing him.

“I have to sit here and look at them every day and wonder what's going to happen,” he said.
Even though the parties are now negotiating a payment plan, uncertainties abound—nobody knows what will happen to Lackman now, least of all him. As his lawyer Renno put it, the case is remarkably still in “very, very early stages.”

And that is the point: in the new Canadian anti-piracy regime led by powerful companies, just being accused of enabling piracy can come with immense personal consequences even before your day in court.


Ecuador's new government threatens Julian Assange after he cited White House admission that Vice President Mike Pence had spoken about "next steps" with Ecuador's president

Ecuador demanded on Tuesday Julian Assange, asylum in his embassy in London, to respect his sovereignty and warned him that he "will not allow" him to be untruthful after the creator of WikiLeaks accuses Quito of planning his extradition to the United States.

Quito "will not allow gratuitous affirmations or innuendos that are lacking in the truth about the behavior of the National Government regarding the diplomatic asylum that has been granted to it ," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Ecuador demandará del asilado el respeto a la soberanía y al buen nombre del país” , agregó. "Ecuador will demand the asylee's respect for sovereignty and the good name of the country," he added.

Assange se refirió el lunes a una supuesta estrategia entre Quito y Washington para el retiro del asilo -que es facultad de Ecuador- y su entrega a Estados Unidos. Assange referred on Monday to a supposed strategy between Quito and Washington for the retirement of the asylum - which is the faculty of Ecuador - and its delivery to the United States.

El creador de WikiLeaks participó mediante videoconferencia en una audiencia realizada en Quito, donde la justicia rechazó una demanda constitucional de Assange para la suspensión de normas impuestas por Ecuador para sus visitas, comunicaciones y salubridad en su asilo en la embajada ecuatoriana en Londres. The creator of WikiLeaks participated by videoconference in a hearing held in Quito, where the justice rejected a constitutional demand of Assange for the suspension of norms imposed by Ecuador for his visits, communications and health in his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

El australiano teme ser extraditado a Estados Unidos por difundir miles de secretos oficiales de esa nación a través de su página web. The Australian fears being extradited to the United States for spreading thousands of official secrets of that nation through its website.

Además la justicia del Reino Unido mantiene la orden de detención contra Assange, de 47 años, por incumplir obligaciones de su libertad condicional cuando era acusado de supuestos delitos sexuales cometidos en Suecia, donde las causas no prosperaron. In addition, the justice of the United Kingdom maintains the order of detention against Assange, of 47 years, for breaching obligations of his conditional freedom when he was accused of supposed sexual crimes committed in Sweden, where the causes did not prosper.

No interferencias No interference

En la acción de protección, rechazada en primera instancia, Assange planteó el restablecimiento de sus telecomunicaciones, cortadas desde marzo por Ecuador, y que se le deje de aplicar un protocolo de convivencia en la legación, cuyo incumplimiento derivará en la “terminación del asilo” . In the protection action, rejected in the first instance, Assange raised the restoration of its telecommunications, cut from March by Ecuador, and that it is no longer applying a protocol of coexistence in the legation, whose failure will result in the "termination of asylum" .
El fiscal general del Estado ecuatoriano, Íñigo Salvador, habla durante una rueda de prensa que dio el pasado 25 de octubre en Quito © AFP/Archivos Rodrigo Buendía The Attorney General of the Ecuadorian State, Íñigo Salvador, speaks during a press conference that took place on October 25 in Quito © AFP / Archivos Rodrigo Buendía
La defensa del creador de WikiLeaks apeló la resolución, por lo que en los próximos días un tribunal superior conocerá el caso en última instancia. The defense of the creator of WikiLeaks appealed the resolution, so in the coming days a higher court will hear the case in the final instance.
La cancillería anotó que en el protocolo, vigente desde mediados de octubre, se restablecen las comunicaciones de Assange mediante el acceso al Wifi de la embajada. The Foreign Ministry noted that in the protocol, in effect since mid-October, the communications of Assange are reestablished by accessing the Embassy's Wi-Fi.

Pero además “se le advierte que, en su condición de asilado y de acuerdo con los tratados internacionales que rigen la materia, no podrá hacer ningún tipo de declaraciones, difusiones o pronunciamientos que interfieran con otros Estados o que puedan afectar los intereses de Ecuador” , indicó la cartera. But in addition, "you are warned that, as an asylee and in accordance with international treaties that govern the matter, you will not be able to make any kind of declarations, diffusions or pronouncements that interfere with other States or that may affect the interests of Ecuador" , the portfolio indicated.

Quito había cortado todas las telecomunicaciones de Assange con el exterior de la embajada tras criticar al gobierno español por sus acciones en contra de los independentistas en Cataluña. Quito had cut all of Assange's telecommunications with the outside of the embassy after criticizing the Spanish government for its actions against the independence movement in Catalonia.
Luego de la audiencia del lunes, el procurador general (abogado) del Estado ecuatoriano, Íñigo Salvador, manifestó a la prensa que Assange “lo que pretende es que el protocolo responda a unas supuestas influencias de potencias extranjeras sobre el gobierno” de Ecuador. After the hearing on Monday, the Attorney General (lawyer) of the Ecuadorian State, Íñigo Salvador, told the press that Assange "wants the protocol to respond to alleged influences of foreign powers on the government" of Ecuador.

Quito “dicta sus normativas y regulaciones sobre la base del interés público y no sobre ningún tipo intereses de potencias extranjeras” , añadió. Quito "dictates its regulations and regulations on the basis of public interest and not on any type of interests of foreign powers," he added.

El Reino Unido se niega a conceder un salvoconducto para que el australiano pueda salir sin problemas de la legación, por lo que Ecuador le otorgó en diciembre pasado la naturalización y hasta rango diplomático, lo que no fue reconocido por Londres. The United Kingdom refuses to grant a safe conduct so that the Australian can leave without problems of the legation, so Ecuador granted him last December naturalization and even diplomatic rank, which was not recognized by London.


Judicial Watch: Documents Show State Department Links to George Soros’ Open Society Foundation – Romania

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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch released 49 pages of new State Department documents showing top Soros representatives in Romania collaborating with the State Department in a program jointly funded by, among others, Soros’s Open Society Foundations – Romania and USAID, called the “Open Government Partnership.”

The documents were obtained thanks to a March 2018 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of State and USAID after it failed to substantively respond to an October 2017 request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:18-cv-00667)). The lawsuit seeks:
  • 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.
On September 16, 2016, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Senior Program Designer Jennryn Wetzler sent an email announcing that the featured speaker in a State Department-sponsored “Open Government Partnership” conference call would be longtime Soros foundations official in Romania, Ovidiu Voicu. Voicu is the Executive Director of a Romanian non-government organization (NGO) called the Center for Public Innovation, which describes itself as a “spin-off” of Soros’ Open Society Foundation Romania.

From: Wetzler, Jennryn M
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 2:36 PM
To: Wetzler, Jennryn M
Cc: ‘Jan GondoI’; ‘Nicole Allen’; ‘Ovidiu Voicu’; ECACollaboratory .
Subject: Invitation to the monthly OGP and open education network call: 9/28 at 14:00 UTC/ 10:00 EDT

Please join us for a conversation with Ovidiu Voicu, Executive Director of Romania’s Center for Public Innovation. Ovidiu will share updates from Romania, including recent OGP commitments to OER and open data & transparency in education! We encourage everyone to share thoughts and questions, as well as their own country updates.

Speaker Bio: Ovidiu Voicu leads the Center Public Innovation, a spin-off of the Open Society Foundation Romania. He joined the Foundation in 2000 to coordinate its social research programs, and in April 2012, he. took the leadership of the newly created public policy unit. In 2015, with the Foundation phasing-out its activities in Romania, Ovidiu and his team created the Center for Public Innovation, to continue the open , society legacy and work on the ground.

On April 19, 2016, Wetzler emails Romanian chancellery official and Open Government Partnership participant Radu Puchiu regarding a meeting with an “Open Society Romania colleague” regarding the possibility of Romania committing to open educational resources (OER) programs.

On October 13, 2016, State Department official Richard Silver circulated summaries of Romanian news stories. In an analytical comment concerning a summary of a newspaper article discussing a proposal by Romanian politicians to ban George Soros-backed NGO members from holding public office, he defended Soros’ Open Society Foundation’s involvement in Romania:

Since 1990, the Soros ‘s Foundation for Open Society was one of the main donors in Romania and other former communist countries, financing sociological research, education, social inclusion, good governance, civic culture and integrated community intervention. The most influential Romanian NGOs as well as politicians, researchers and other players who had scholarships abroad benefitted by its financing. Over the past 26 years, a series of political parties, mainly PSD and its political allies, have blamed NGOs, intellectuals, cultural personalities of eroding Romania’s economy, territorial autonomy, public order or the health of the population. Independent analysts warned about the danger of such messaging which creates social shifts and turns Romania back to communist practices.

Also on October 13, 2016, Silver circulated the same news summaries, but the analysis contained additional material that was redacted as classified.

“These government documents detail a close working relationship between the State Department and the Soros foundations’ operations in Romania and Europe,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The State Department shouldn’t be using tax dollars to either fund or advocate for Mr. Soros’s far-left agenda. George Soros needs zero financial assistance from taxpayers.”

Judicial Watch is currently pursuing three FOIA lawsuits relating to the Obama administration’s funding for Soros’ operations. Judicial Watch is pursuing information about Soros’ activities in Macedonia and Colombia as well.

In April 2018, Judicial Watch published an in-depth study of Soros’ Open Society Foundation activities in Guatemala.

In July 2018, a Colombian human rights group funded by the U.S. government and Soros attacked Judicial Watch for exposing its ties to FARC, the country’s famously violent Marxist guerrillas.

In February 2017, Judicial Watch reported that the U.S. government had quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia.

In a March 2017, letter to former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, six U.S. Senators (Sens. Lee (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Tillis (R-NC), Cruz (R-TX), Perdue (R-GA) and Cassidy (R-LA)) called on the secretary to investigate the relations between USAID and the Soros Foundations and how U.S. tax dollars are being used by the State Department and the USAID to support left-of-center political groups who seek to impose left-leaning policies in countries such as Macedonia and Albania.


Special counsel notifies FBI of alleged scheme to pay women for false allegations against Mueller - No deal yet on whether Trump will answer Mueller's questions

No deal yet on whether Trump will answer Mueller's questions

President Trump's lawyers have not yet reached a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team to submit written answers to questions on Russian meddling and possible collusion; reaction and analysis from Alex Little, former assistant U.S. attorney and prosecutor.

The special counsel’s office has referred to the FBI an alleged scheme offering women money to make false allegations against Robert Mueller, according to his spokesman.

The referral was first reported by The Atlantic on Tuesday and apparently involved a scheme to level sexual assault allegations.

"When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation," special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to Fox News, without offering specifics.

According to The Atlantic, Mueller’s office said the scheme was brought to its attention by journalists after a woman told them she had been offered $20,000 by GOP activist Jack Burkman "to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller."

The Atlantic reported that the woman claimed Burkman also offered to pay off her credit card debt.

But reached for comment on Tuesday, Burkman told Fox News he does not know the woman who spoke with The Atlantic and has "never paid anyone to do such a thing."

"This is very silly. It is Mueller doing the usual—trying to deflect from his own problems," Burkman said, when asked for comment on the special counsel’s referral to the FBI.

However, Burkman told Fox News he is representing a woman who allegedly met Mueller in New York City in August 2010. He said the two were involved in an "intimate situation" when an alleged assault occurred.

"I have a signed dossier from her," Burkman claimed.

Asked about Burkman’s statements, Mueller’s office had no further comment.

Burkman, meanwhile, has gone public with his plans to level said allegations later this week.

"Some sad news. On Thursday, November 1, at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn at noon, we will reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sex assault victims. I applaud the courage and dignity and grace and strength of my client," Burkman tweeted Tuesday.

The FBI declined to comment on the referral.

Burkman, a conservative radio host and a lobbyist, is a controversial figure for having launched his own investigation into the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich in 2016.

Mueller is investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is expected to release key findings in his investigation sometime after the Nov. 6 midterm elections.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

WWG1WGA: The inscription from the bell on JFK’s boat — “Where We Go One We Go All”

WWG1WGA: The greatest communications event in history
"Only small secrets need to be protected. The large ones are kept secret by the public’s incredulity."
 — Marshall McLuhan (HT @LionelMedia)

A time like no other in history Having applied all of my integrity, intellect and insight to researching the matter, my belief is that we are witnessing right now one of the greatest communications events in history. Indeed, it is arguably the singularly greatest. So, what is this event, and why does it deserves this extraordinary description? The answers are to be found in how the (Western) mass media has been trapped by the most exquisitely constructed double bind.

If I am correct (and many share my view), then it portends the imminent collapse of trust in all mass media services and social media platforms. That is because they are implicated in systemic, widespread and longstanding organised crime — that also encompasses much of our political and financial system. If this is unequivocally demonstrated to be so, then the public will unite in disgust at the media’s treacherous betrayal of its journalistic duties.

On the other hand, if I/we are wrong, then the power of social media and propaganda to create and inflate bubbles of insanity — trapping intelligent people of goodwill — greatly exceeds anything we dared to imagine. The information age will be darkened by having divided society, destroying a consensus reality.

That’s one heck of a story too! For our culture shall inevitably further atomise, as our bonds of shared values and mutual understanding break apart. So too may the constitutional boundaries — and consequent rule of law — that help to keep the peace.

The stakes could not be higher I have previously written about the #QAnon phenomenon. My assertion is that Q is a military intelligence team in the Trump administration (itself part of a global positive "Alliance"). They are opening up a backchannel with the public, bypassing the compromised mass media, to reach the "anons" and "autists" who hang out on 8chan. There are good operational reasons for choosing this exotic social media platform.

A key purpose of the #QAnon operation is to facilitate a public "Great Awakening". One of Q’s earliest posts states that "This will be considered the biggest ‘inside’ ‘approved’ dump in American history". Q is delivering a "soft disclosure" of the end game of a "shadow war" that has been silently raging around us for years. The "drops" expose the present and past crimes and large-scale conspiracies of a transnational negative "Deep State Cabal".

It is a matter bigger than politics itself, since presidents and administrations of both main US parties stand accused of profound corruption and war crimes. So too does the leadership of many supposed allies, including the British establishment. Once full disclosure happens, the Western public’s trust in their governing institutions will be severely shaken. Q is preparing a small slice of the population to share the load of restoring faith in the rule of law in a post-media age.

As the American Declaration of Independence asserts, when there is such an iniquitous state of affairs, "it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government." We are in the midst of exactly such an event, with worldwide consequences. The present US administration — a de facto military government with a civilian veneer to prevent panic — is engaged in a complete replacement of a "failed and corrupt political establishment". The process is a patient and judicial one, so as to minimise the risk of violent civil conflict.

As I wrote back in November, what is transpiring is a second American Revolution, if not a global "War of Independence" from a psychopathic criminal culture. No thriller or spy novel has ever come close to the tale that is unfolding. You certainly wouldn’t dare to offer this story as fiction, as it would be deemed far too implausible for public sale! I myself am beyond astounded at what is transpiring, and find myself making unexpected new allies, whilst old acquaintances seek their distance.
"All we can say for sure is that humanity is entering uncharted territory."
 — Benjamin Fulford

A strange moment as we all struggle Many others are having the same stressful experience, as family and friend relationships are strained by vehemently opposing beliefs. Either way, something epic is in progress that affects us all. It will profoundly change how we see each other and the society we live in. For it appears that we have been living under "soft totalitarianism", complete with a shadow government and power structure, whilst it is falsely sold to us as freedom and democracy.

If you want to get away with war-for-profit and mass murder, it is relatively easy if you (surreptitiously) control the mass media. Whilst the media’s role is supposed to be to hold power to account, it has instead become a way for those in power to control the public narrative — in a coordinated fashion. The mass media now manufactures distractions and deceptions, being an agent of a vilely corrupt establishment.

Fixing this psychologically abusive system of social control is where Q comes in, with an immaculately designed double-bind. How do you go about undoing decades of manipulation and lies by a media and celebrity class that is compromised to its core? You construct an alternative channel to communicate with the public. Then you work with "volunteer propagandists" of good standing (i.e. people like me) to legitimise and publicise it — denuding the incumbent rival of its power to set the narrative.

One Patriot’s take on the Q movement. Citizen journalists like Joe M are the mass media now. I recommend that you judge it on its whole, not the individual part messages. We’re all "feeling the elephant" of the Deep State from different stances. MAGA is a revolt and revolution Whatever your political persuasion, I consider these to be unquestionable facts on the ground:
The "Make America Great Again" (#MAGA) message got Trump elected to US President against long odds and a powerful set of incumbents. Hence the appeal of #MAGA is broadly held, and not a small "alt-right" view (noting that popularity and probity are orthogonal matters). I, for example, have never voted for a right-of-centre political party.
Trump’s election campaign was run along classic military psyop techniques, and the #MAGA campaign was likely organised by the US military — who were in open revolt following treason by the Obama administration, and wanted to avoid a bloody coup.
The Q subculture is a central plank of the wider #MAGA movement — which is a desire for the rule of law, liberty, and constitutional government. Without Q’s "anon army", #MAGA would lose much of its core support. Therefore Q has clear social and political significance in promoting the policies and actions of the Trump administration.
There is extensive evidence being offered that directly links Q’s "crumbs" to the Trump administration — see (which Twitter has been caught actively censoring… another story). For example, details of the DoJ Inspector General report, such as the precisely 13 illicit email accounts, were advertised 5 months in advance. The location and nature of the North Korea summit was also flagged up before any public knowledge existed.
Trump’s own political "brand" is now inextricably linked to the Q movement, since he has consistently offered implicit "confirmation" (and no explicit denial). These acts are in person — such as vigorously pointing out people at rallies wearing ‘Q’ shirts — as well as online through Twitter.
Furthermore, the US military is also implicated, as the DoD, Marines, etc. echo Q’s phrases and emblems. The warriors of the only superpower are visibly aligning to the #MAGA message, having been abused for decades in dishonourable conquests.
Q has gained some limited recognition in the mass media, being consistently dismissed as crazed ramblings of loons and larpers. The most notable example is TIME choosing Q as one of its top 25 online influencers — but damning the whole movement in the same breath.

I have lived and worked in Kansas City for over 3 years; spent at least 5 years of my life in the USA; have a brother who lives in California; and slept a night in 30 US states. I find my European friends generally have little real understanding of American culture. Even American ones from the coastal cities seem wildly out of touch with the heartland.

As I have learned more, and done the hard work of fact-checking, my own views have shifted. I once saw Trump as a loud-mouthed billionaire with a colourful history, and the probable lesser of two evils. Now I realise that I was hopelessly wrong — in his favour. I have therefore totally changed my perspective as more verifiable data sources have arrived (with Q just being one of many).

My observation is that many strong political views about Trump and MAGA are underpinned with little experiential reality — being exclusively shaped by the corporate media that serves only its own interests. If my thesis is correct, the mass media’s hostility has a very self-serving purpose: to constantly lie and libel, so as to protect itself from public accountability and painful justice for its institutional criminality.

"We have it all" terrifies the "mafia media" Given how Q has consistently and accurately predicted major and minor world events, the last bullet above should grab your attention. The catch-22 the media faces is that Q accuses them of complicity to cover up treason, sedition, human trafficking, widespread corruption, false flag terrorism, paedophilia, murder, organ harvesting, and more. (Most disturbingly — even worse — but this isn’t the time or place to go there.).

#FakeNews doesn’t really begin to convey what’s being said here: the mainstream media has become a "mafia media". There is plenty of historical evidence available to back this assertion up, notably and famously the CIA’s Project Mockingbird. Q points to a number of Congressional documents on how the CIA (a rogue "deep state" intelligence agency) infiltrated the media after WW2.

As former CIA Director William Casey famously said, "We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false". If you believe that this was an idle boast, or that it was all ended decades ago, then I have yet another mineral and opium war to sell to you.

But it doesn’t stop there. Google, Twitter and Facebook — and by implication the Silicon Valley culture — are all singled out by Q as being corrupt by inception and operation. Q tells us that once the awful reality is known, "some [media] platforms will collapse under [the] weight of [their] illegal activities."

If Q is indeed a military intelligence operation — and to me, the evidence is overwhelming — the team has access to everything the NSA has ever collected (and that of over a dozen other US intelligence agencies). Q has said ten times: "we have it all". They know exactly what has been going on: the criminal surveillance state has been turned upon itself. As a responsible citizen, can you in good conscience continue to ignore this?

The perfect double-bind If the mass media engages with Q, and asks the Trump administration if Q is legitimate, then absolute proof of their crimes will be offered at their own behest.

If the mass media continues to ignore Q, then public outrage will grow as they by association are accomplices to traitors, thieves and murderers as those crimes are revealed.

Either way, the mass media’s credibility and legitimacy is destroyed — until they come clean and/or "flip" to serve the painful truth.

That time is rapidly approaching. Q has even offered a list of compromised journalists who face jail for racketeering. The "deep state" securely sends daily talking points to their media assets at 4am, with closely coordinated stories resulting. Criminals who occupy anchor positions on the daily news are hardly going to be sources of objective coverage of those seeking transparency and truth. If you aren’t outraged yet, then maybe you ought to be!

By covering all of this here, I am publicly placing a large bet, and for a good reason. If what I say is anything approaching reality, then we must unite against this evil, and abandon old divisions. It’s not conservative vs liberal, or left vs right, but criminal psychopaths vs the rest of us. The military, executive and judicial systems cannot transform society and legitimise the outcome alone. The people have to participate, demanding truth and justice, and give their consent to the new system of government.

I feel compelled to use my (rather isolating) "autist gift" to tell you exactly what I see, no matter how queasy it makes you feel. If you all unsubscribe, my clients abandon me, and I am never invited to speak in public again — then so be it! My conscience is clear, and that is what matters to me. If I learnt one thing from a childhood in the Jehovah’s Witness cult, it is the fatal loss of freedom you risk from the comfort of the crowd; critical thinking can be a distressing and lonely path.
"Question: What has been your biggest disappointment?
Answer: Learning that even intelligent people can be cowards and that courage is a much rarer attribute than intelligence."
 — Julian Assange

A "Great Awakening" is now imminent The good news is that this journey towards collective awareness is already underway, with many upstanding fellow travellers. Its "call to memes" is the inscription from the bell on JFK’s boat — "Where We Go One We Go All" (WWG1WGA). This is a desire for righteous intent and collective unity in order to overcome shared foes. Q regularly reminds us of this catchphrase — although unhelpfully lapsing at times into the fast-fading Red vs Blue political paradigm. This is understandable, given the critical November mid-term elections ahead, but we should look far beyond that.

The sense of our unity — the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity — is the antithesis of the ego worship of the psychopath. As such, WWG1WGA is the sacred honour code of loving people against the wicked moral doctrine of "Do What Thou Wilt". What it offers — possibly for the first time ever — is the prospect of defeating those interests that have knowingly animated the suffering of war, slavery and poverty. For there is no greater prize than to end the racket of war, and this is why the "in history" qualifier is not hyperbole. The sudden progress with North Korea is an example of this not being empty rhetoric.

As Washington, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and JFK himself have told us, secret societies and dark power — who adhere to this wrongness and perpetuate conflict and tyranny — have held sway over us for too long. My homeland is a soggy European archipelago, and not America. Yet this fight for independence and freedom is everywhere the same, and transcends national boundaries. My loyalty is to all good citizens of this planet, not to parasitical monarchs or power-mad egomaniacs.

Death of the Deep State and its Mafia Media Q has made a hard commitment that July is the month when the truth is made manifest, with resolution by November. If these promises are kept, then we do not have long to wait to until the lights of disclosure are turned on. The darkness will begin to lose its grip of fear upon us, as we awaken from our induced narcosis.

This means that the next few weeks and months promise to be ones of unprecedented revelation and global revolt. If there is any recent historical parallel, think of the surprise and rapid fall of the Soviet empire, but on a worldwide scale, and without the calamitous fallout. Traumatic — maybe, but troublesome — emphatically not.

The "mafia media" is the last bastion of this "Deep State" organised crime network that has slowly infiltrated and hijacked many critical institutions. Its days are numbered, and the collapse will likely be fast and shocking to those unaware of what is unfolding. For where we all go — they are no longer coming with us.

Good riddance and WWG1WGA!
"What do they fear the most? Public awakening."

Epilogue I have had the rare luxury of research time, supporting resources and nobody brave enough to stop me — whereas most people do not. If you are thinking "this is absolutely crazy… but I am curious to learn more anyhow!", then why not try the following sources?
Paul Serran on What is Q?.
Jason Wright on Q is real.
Paul Furber on decoding Q.

If you are more of a video watcher than a tweet reader, try Praying Medic’s intro.

If this information is right, then please be kind in how you use it, since many others will have to confront the surprise that their core beliefs have been "hacked". If it turns out to be wrong, then be kind anyhow to those that offer it, for their strong beliefs have been "hacked" instead! Either way, there is emotional pain to deal with, and the blame should be on the hacker, not their innocent victim.