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Oregon ranching case sparks anti-government sentiment

Oregon ranching case sparks anti-government sentiment


A private sign welcomes visitors to the Diamond Valley, part of the Harney Basin in southeast Oregon, in mid-December 2015. The valley is home to large cattle ranches that rely on both private and public land for grazing. The prosecution of Dwight and Steven Hammond for burning public lands has brought fresh focus to the debate over how federal land is managed. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP) Source: Oregon ranching case sparks anti-government sentiment – US News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The father and son of a prominent Oregon ranching family plan to surrender Monday to serve more time in prison for setting fires that spread to government lands they leased as cattle rangeland.

Seventy-three-year-old Dwight Hammond and 46-year-old Steven Hammond say they lit the fires in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires.

The two were convicted three years ago and served time, but a judge ruled the terms were too short. Federal lawyers prosecuted the ranchers under an anti-terrorism law that they say required a five-year minimum sentence.


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The War Inside the Republican Party

The Political Scene / December 14, 2015 Issue – New Yorker Magazine

A House Divided

How a radical group of Republicans pushed Congress to the right.


How a group of radical conservatives ousted John Boehner—and pushed Congress to the right.

One of the working titles for the group was the Reasonable Nutjob Caucus. Credit Illustration by Matt Chase

“I used to spend ninety per cent of my constituent response time on people who call, e-mail, or send a letter, such as, ‘I really like this bill, H.R. 123,’ and they really believe in it because they heard about it through one of the groups that they belong to, but their view was based on actual legislation,” Nunes said. “Ten per cent were about ‘Chemtrails from airplanes are poisoning me’ to every other conspiracy theory that’s out there. And that has essentially flipped on its head.” The overwhelming majority of his constituent mail is now about the far-out ideas, and only a small portion is “based on something that is mostly true.” He added, “It’s dramatically changed politics and politicians, and what they’re doing.”


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Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In debunking Donald Trump’s big lie about Jersey City Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center, the corporate media have told an even bigger lie of omission. There was, indeed, shameless cheering on the banks of the Hudson River on 9/11. But it was by young Israelis, as was widely reported at the time. Fourteen years later, corporate media are covering up for Israel – which makes them even bigger liars than Trump.

Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

“By making only a partial correction of Donald Trump’s prevarication, the corporate media were telling their own lie about what happened on 9/11.”

The corporate media don’t like Donald Trump. They used to like him a lot; in fact, Big Business Media are responsible for making this minor multi-millionaire into a household name. But Trump is on their hit list, nowadays, because the Republican presidential candidate insists on telling his own lies, rather than sticking to the list of official lies parroted by corporate media every minute of every day.

Donald Trump told a really “HUGE” – as he would put it – lie when he claimed to have watched thousands of Muslims cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the World Trade Center came down on 9/11. Every corporate news outlet in the country rushed to debunk Trump’s fictitious account. The Washington Post offered psychological theories for why Trump gets away with telling fantastic lies. The New York Times said there was no evidence that Jersey City Muslims cheered the destruction on 9/11. CNN said it never happened. And, they were right.

However, by making only a partial correction of Donald Trump’s prevarication, the corporate media were telling their own lie about what happened on 9/11. There was, in fact, celebration in Jersey City on that fateful morning, and the incident did, briefly, make a major news splash. But the people doing the cheering weren’t Muslims: they were five young Israelis in a white moving van, who were observed in Liberty Park ecstatically taking pictures of themselves framed against the smoking ruins of the Twin Towers. As ABC News reported, the five were later arrested at gunpoint near the New Jersey Giants football stadium. Most U.S. intelligence sources believed the men were Israeli spies, and that their “moving company” was an Israeli intelligence cover. They were detained for a while, and then deported.

“Who is the biggest liar?”

In the year before 9/11 scores of young Israelis posing as “art students” were arrested after penetrating U.S. Defense Department and other classified sites. Both stories made national news. The corporate media could not have avoided running across articles on the “cheering Israelis” when they set about debunking Donald Trump’s “cheering Muslims” account. But, not one of them dare to mention that, yes, some people were seen celebrating 9/11 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

I was in a different part of the park on 9/11 morning, alone except for two young Israelis with very expensive cameras, carrying phony New Jersey press credentials, who claimed to be Polish but spoke Hebrew to each other. The two young men were giddy with joy at the destruction that the three of us were observing across the Hudson River.

Later that day, I learned from local and national news outlets about the five Israelis who were dancing with delight about a mile upriver from me and the two other Israelis. Articles about Israelis celebrating 9/11 would have come up in any search to correct Donald Trump’s tall tale – but the corporate media kept that part of the story from the public. They censored their own correction of Donald Trump. So, who is the biggest liar? Trump, who lies to advance his own personal interests, or the U.S. corporate media, who lie to the people on behalf of the State of Israel, and Zionism.

SOURCE: Black Agenda Report – Israelis Cheered 911

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Israel Raids Palestinian Radio in Hebron for ‘Broadcasting Incitement’

IDF soldiers raid the Al-Hurria radio station, November 2, 2015. Screen grab from Al-Huriya Website

Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Shin Bet operatives raided the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron overnight Saturday, confiscating equipment and documents, the military said, citing Al-Khalil radio’s “broadcasts of incitement.” It’s the second time the army has closed a Hebron station it accuses of inciting violence.

The raid came after a violent day of clashes between Palestinian and Israeli security forces in the West Bank and along the border fence with Gaza, and is the second of its kind the past month: Three weeks ago, the IDF swept the offices of Minbar Al-Hurriah 92.7 FM, shutting it down for similar reasons.

According to eyewitness accounts, the soldiers arrived at the station with a closure order shuttering the station and forbidding anyone from entering its offices. The radio said that two of its broadcasters, Mohammed Aka’anbi and Mohammad Abido, were summoned for questioning. The station has been shut down twice in the past by IDF order, first in 2002 and then again in 2008.

Source: Israel Raids Palestinian Radio in Hebron for ‘Broadcasting Incitement’ – Israel News – Israel News – Haaretz Israeli News Source

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Police believe attackers used forged passports to stigmatize refugees

Police believe attackers used forged passports to stigmatize refugees

CTV Montreal
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:56AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:41PM EST

There is evidence the Syrian passport found near the body of one of the Paris attackers is a fake.

Following Friday’s deadly assault which left 129 people dead, French authorities found a Syrian passport near the body of one of the perpetrators.

That passport, with the name Ahmad Al Mohammad, was found beside the body of a man who blew himself up outside the stadium where a soccer match was taking place between France and Germany.

In the days since the attack multiple copies of that passport have turned up.

A reporter with England’s MailOnline bought a forged Syrian passport with that same name.

Serbian police have also arrested a person carrying the passport in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad, with all the same identifying details such as age, height, and place of birth.

Authorities believe the passports are all fake, and were forged either in Syria or Turkey. Officials with the European Union agency Frontex, which is responsible for border controls, say the number of people trafficking in fake Syrian passports is rising.

Meanwhile two other bombing suspects have been identified as carrying false Turkish passports.

Islamic State has frequently said one of its goals is to stop refugees from fleeing Syria by any means possible, and tells refugees they are committing “a major dangerous sin” by attempting to flee the war and entering countries where they will be assimilated or integrated into “Christianity, atheism or liberalism.”

The group has used photos and video of children who have drowned in its propaganda, telling refugees they are throwing away their “lives and souls” by going to Europe.

Four of the five attackers so far identified were French citizens.

An international manhunt is underway for Salah Abdeslam, who was born and raised in Belgium. Police believe he took part in the attacks with his two brothers — one of whom is dead, and the other was arrested.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was raised in Brussels, is believed to be the mastermind of the assault. … -1.2662167

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Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Took on the CIA — And Lost Everything

A black CIA officer, Sterling filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency, spoke to Congress as a whistleblower — and was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and sent to prison.

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Source: Jeffrey Sterling Took on the CIA — And Lost Everything


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#BuyPartisan app helps you know which political parties are benefiting when you buy groceries

Vote with your dollar … as they say, so now is it easier for you to do:


If the thought of buying a product that might benefit a political party you can’t stand makes you recoil in horror, the BuyPartisan app is for you.

The goal of this free app is to let people find out more information about the brands they purchase and the ideologies of their leaders and employees. After downloading the app, a user just has to scan a bar code using their phone’s camera, and then wait for the information to pop up: the number in red is for contributions to the Republican Party, blue for the Democratic Party, and green for others.

This app will let you know which political parties are really benefiting when you buy groceries – The Week.

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