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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fake News Rap Sheet: Welcome to week 3 of 'This Week In Fake News!' Does CNN's Jake Tapper (Good doggie), who tells a vicious lie in the form of a question, not have access to google?-John Nolte, Daily Wire, 2/19/17

2/19/17, "Fake News Rap Sheet: Last Week the MSM Was Caught Telling FORTY Lies," John Nolte, Daily Wire

"Welcome to week three of "This Week In Fake News!" Previous editions can be found here and here.
 
You will see one change in this week's list, with respect to the count. Rather than start the count over every week, this ongoing diary of Fake News will now use a cumulative number, an ongoing count. Put simply, last week's list contained 24 pieces of Fake News. The week prior was 12. That is a total of 36, so this week we will start with number 37.

This is not meant to be a gimmick. Rather, it is a way to more accurately understand and comprehend the breathtaking scope of the national media's rabid dishonesty.

The media told FORTY lies last week, for a total of SEVENTY-SEVEN separate incidents of Fake News in just three weeks.

Let's begin…

37. CNN's Jake Tapper Lies About Trump Not Offering Sympathy to Canada After  Mosque Attack 

During an interview with KellyAnne Conway, CNN's Jake Tapper told an outrageous lie in the form of a question:

"I want to ask you, in Quebec City last week, a white right-wing terrorist opened fire on a mosque filled with men, women and children," the left-wing anchor asked. "President Trump hasn't tweeted one thing about this. Why hasn't he offered sympathy to the neighbors in the north?" 

Can someone get Tapper a Google Machine? 

P.S. Falsely portraying Trump as a racist is part of the media's ongoing "assassination dogwhistle" strategy. 

38. Washington Post Caught Lying About "Illegal Guns" In Washington DC 

In its longstanding effort to strip Americans of their Second Amendment civil rights, the left-wing Washington Post was again caught fear-mongering with falsehoods, this particular one involving a -- wait for it, wait for it -- BB gun. 

The Daily Caller:
The biggest inaccuracy: the description of a “black .45 caliber Umarex HDG handgun recovered from the 3200 block of Minnesota Avenue, Southeast.” As readers of this blog already know, Umarex makes and sells air-powered guns that fire a variety of non-lethal BBs or pellets depending on the model. The airgun is not only listed incorrectly as a firearm, but is additionally reported to be chambered in .45 caliber, an impossibility. Further, Umarex doesn’t sell an “HDG” model.
So, either MPD is unable to distinguish a firearm from an airgun, or it is a purposeful misclassification to inflate the record in a way that a firearm–ignorant city newspaper reporter would never recognize, but that many readers quickly spotted.
Oh, but there’s more.
Read the whole thing. 

39. Washington Post Caught Covering Up Boston Mosque's Extremism and Bigotry 

The original Jan 19 story ran with the headline, "An unlikely messenger becomes a guiding spirit to young Muslims," and painted a picture of a cool social media-savvy Imam :

"Naturally, jihadist hard-liners hate Webb for his liberal views. In its online magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State last year labeled him an apostate and “all-American imam.” The story ran with a photo of a machete pressed to a man’s neck and, beneath it, a caption reading, “The punishment for apostasy.” The story said of Webb, “Adopting a Southern inner-city accent sprinkled with thug life vocabulary, he is quick to switch to an ordinary voice when speaking to CNN and other media outlets.”

At the Church of the Epiphany in October, Webb’s subject is Donald Trump. “We’ve got a presidential candidate who has no respect for women, for Latinos, for Muslims, for blacks,” he says. “This is a guy who doesn’t know how to wear a suit properly and has a bad spray tan.”"

Except, oops!

"We do not merely “allege” Webb’s bigotry. We have proved it. Videos of sermons we uncovered show Webb preaching that “effeminate” men are “cursed” and that he “understands” Muslims who “have animosity” toward “the Jews.”

In 2001, according to FBI surveillance documents, Webb appeared alongside al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki to raise £$100,000 for Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, who was convicted of shooting two U.S. police officers and killing one of them.

And if all this were not enough to discourage a puff piece, Webb also spent three years as the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston. There he was involved with the tarbiya program, an educational course in which radical Islamist texts are taught to youths from Boston’s historically moderate Muslim community."

40. Los Angeles Times Lies About Trump's "Shift" On NATO 

Full-blown lie. Trump has always supported NATO. He has only ever questioned some members of the alliance who have failed to meet their financial commitments. 

41. MSM Hides Behind KellyAnne Conway's Mistake To Cover Up Their Own Cover Up 

Lies of omission are still lies, and this is a biggie… 

Over the weekend, KellyAnne Conway, a top Trump advisor, falsely claimed that there had been what she called a "Bowling Green massacre," or a jihadist terror attack in the state of Kentucky. She also claimed that the media did not cover the massacre-that-never-happened. 

It was a stupid mistake but Conway has since cleared the air and apologized more than once. 

In their zeal to destroy Conway, what the media is really doing is covering up their own cover-up. 

What happened in Bowling Green in 2011 is and was a legitimate story, a story the MSM doesn't want the public to know about because it is an inconvenient one about Al-Qaeda terrorists successfully posing as refugees: 

IJR: 

"Senior government officials in the Obama administration were paying attention to the case and, shocked by the severe lapse in security, temporarily shut down the Iraqi refugee program for six months while they investigated the vetting process. (Sound familiar?)

The media has been mocking Conway for her remark about a Bowling Green “massacre.” They are right that there was no massacre. But there could have been, if not for the FBI investigation, due to a flawed refugee vetting process." 

42. Newsweek and CNN Spread Lie About Breitbart News Having Their Own Supporters Terrorized 

Both Newsweek and CNN have used Clintonista Robert Reich to spread the lie that Breitbart News started a riot in Berkeley, California, last week -- a riot where their own supporters were brutalized and beaten. 

P.S. Portraying Trump as Hitler, a someone willing to organize political violence through modern-day Brownshirts, is yet another piece of the media's ongoing "assassination dogwhistle" strategy. 

43. Media Lies About Make Up of Trump's National Security Council 

This lie was so egregious and widespread, even the left-wing Washington Post felt the need to speak out: 

"One thing Trump has decidedly not done, however, is downgrade the participation of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the deliberations of the National Security Council.

You may have heard and read otherwise, repeatedly. Therein lies an illustration of how communication between the executive and mainstream media, and with it coverage of the Trump administration, has already come unhinged." 

44. Scientific Community and Media Again Caught Lying About Global Warming 

The hoax that is Climate Change has once again been debunked. The national media is, per the usual, covering this fact up."....




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9000 greet Trump in Orlando, Florida, Sat., Feb. 18, 2017




2/18/17, "Thousands of people listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport," Getty

2/18/17, "'I'm here because I want to be among the people': Trump continues his assault on 'fake' news and 'corrupt' media with campaign-style rally in front of 9,000 in Florida after rough week at the White House," Daily Mail, Kaileen Gaul

"President Donald Trump stepped off of Air Force One for a speech in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday" 

"Donald Trump once again doubled down on the media, telling a cheering crowd in Florida: ‘I want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.’

The president was introduced in front of a crowd of 9,000 in Melbourne by Melania who led them in The Lord’s Prayer after she and her husband stepped off Air Force One on Saturday afternoon."...

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Added: From Pat Caddell:

On reporters: "Let me tell you something about the press: Reporters become reporters and don’t enter the political fray because, basically, they can’t stand the heat."...Yet, "they now have made the decision they will control the political process."

Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”, says former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell, 9/21/2012. Says Romney in 2012 should've said, "I'm running against the media which will not tell you the truth."-Sept. 21, 2012


Sept. 2012 article:

9/27/2012, "Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”," Roger Aronoff, AIM












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Six consecutive nights of rioting in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2013 sent notion of multi-cultural paradise constructed over decades by the Swedish Left up in smoke. Formerly mixed neighborhoods now dominated by populations from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Youth crime so common police often don't make arrests. Despite billions spent to help them, Third World migrants 'just don't identify with Swedish society.' "Anyone who wants to regulate immigration is immediately classified as a nationalist, which also implies a racist"-UK Telegraph, 5/25/2013

"Police were hardly to be seen, and when they did arrive, it was purely to protect the firefighters dealing with the car blaze rather than make arrests...."Anyone who wants to regulate immigration is immediately classified as a nationalist, which also implies a racist as well," he (Swedish academic Carlbom) said. "It is still almost impossible to debate this question."" In a central Sweden town, "25 masked youths set fire to a school on Friday night." The Swedish Left has "ruled the country for most of the post-war period." Stockholm's outskirts are now dominated by "immigrant populations, including large numbers from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq." 

May 25, 2013, "Stockholm riots leave Sweden's dreams of perfect society up in smoke," UK Telegraph, Colin Freeman, Husby, Sweden


"A week of disturbances in Sweden's capital has tested the Scandinavian nation's reputation for tolerance, reports Colin Freeman" 

"Like the millions of other ordinary Swedes whom he now sees himself as one of, Mohammed Abbas fears his dream society is now under threat. When he first arrived in Stockholm as refugee from Iran in 1994, the vast Husby council estate where he settled was a mixture of locals and foreigners, a melting pot for what was supposed to be a harmonious, multi-racial paradise. 

Two decades on, though, "white flight" has left only one in five of Husby's flats occupied by ethnic Swedes, and many of their immigrant replacements do not seem to share his view that a new life in Sweden is a dream come true. Last week, the neighbourhood erupted into rioting, sparking some of the fiercest urban unrest that Sweden has seen in decades, and a new debate about the success of racial integration.

"In the old days, the neighbourhood was more Swedish and life felt like a dream, but now there are just too many foreigners, and a new generation that has grown up here with just their own culture," he said, gesturing towards the hooded youths milling around in Husby's pedestrianised shopping precinct. 

"Also, in Sweden you cannot hit your children to discipline them, and this is a problem for foreign parents. The kids can feel they can cause whatever trouble they want, and the police don't even arrest any of them most of the time."

This weekend, after six consecutive nights of rioting, Mr Mohammed was not the only one questioning the Swedish social model's preference for the carrot over the stick. Many Swedes were left asking why a country that prides itself on a generous welfare state, liberal social attitudes and a welcoming attitude towards immigrants should ever have race riots in the first place. 

The disturbances erupted in Husby last weekend, after police shot dead an elderly man brandishing a machete inside his house. Angered at what they saw as police heavyhandedness, youths torched cars and buildings and stoned police and firefighters. Police were then forced to draft in extra manpower from outside Stockholm as the trouble spread to other immigrant-dominated suburbs of the capital and towns
such as Orebro in central Sweden, where 25 masked youths set fire to a school on Friday night. 

Up too in smoke has gone the notion that egalitarian Sweden, which has largely avoided the global recession, might be immune from the social problems blighting less affluent parts of Europe. Sweden's centre-right prime minister, Frederik Reinfeldt, blamed "hooligans" but also talked sympathatically of the difficult "transition period between different cultures". Meanwhile politicians from the Swedish Left, which ruled the country for most of the post-war period, blamed the trouble on social spending cuts introduced by Mr Reinfeldt, whose Moderate Party vowed to trim - though not slash - the welfare budget when he took office in 2006. 

But amid the soulsearching last week, perhaps the most telling comment was the one from Kjell Lindgren, the spokesman for Stockholm Police. "We don't know why they are doing this," he said, when asked for a cause for the riots. "There is no answer to it." 

Certainly, wandering around Husby last week, it was hard at first glance to see quite what the problem was. Built in the 1970s as part of the "Million Programme" that aimed to give affordable housing for all Swedes, the estate is one of dozens on Stockholm's outskirts that now house mainly immigrant populations, including large numbers from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq.

However, comparisons to the Paris "banlieus", or indeed riot-hit Tottenham or Salford, are limited. Between the rows of clean-looking housing blocks are well-tended flowerbeds and neatly- kept public gardens, and in the shopping precinct, where an ornamental fountain still bubbles away, there are bars, shops, and a smart cafe-bakery that would not look too out of place in an IKEA catalogue. 

At eight per cent, Husby's joblessness rate is three times the Swedish average, but only slightly higher than that in the UK. 

Likewise, although the rioting has been large scale by Swedish standards, seen up close it has less of the ferocity of the 2011 disturbances in Britain. When The Sunday Telegraph visited Husby late on Wednesday night, the highlight was a hit-and-run arson attack on two parked cars. Police were hardly to be seen, and when they did arrive, it was purely to protect the firefighters dealing with the car blaze rather than make arrests. 

Instead, teams of well-intentioned volunteers from local community groups and Islamic associations mingled with the crowds of excited onlookers, politely suggesting that they expressed their grievances peacefully. 

Among a large group gathered on an overhead walkway was Mohammed Abdu, 27, whose family came to Sweden from Eritrea when he was aged three, and who now works as a security guard. While he condemned the violence as "hooliganism", he claimed that many Husby residents still suffered from discrimination from the police and employers. Besides, he added, living in such a prosperous, advanced country offered no real satisfaction for those so conspicuously at the bottom of the heap. 

"It's true that the welfare system here is an example to the rest of the world, so if you fall here you do not fall all the way to the bottom," he said. "But people don't like being dependent on social welfare, and there is hidden racism."

Not so, argued Yusuf Carlos, 32, a construction worker from Palestine. "It is just kids causing this trouble, that is why the police are not doing much about it," he said. "Sweden is fair towards immigrants and it isn't hard to find work, or not before these riots anyway. The problem is that the Swedish people are angry now. They don't know why people here in Husby are doing this, only that they come from this neighbourhood." 

Certainly, claims of racism upset many Swedes, who have little colonial history, and whose decision to admit large numbers of Third World migrants from the 1980s onwards was born of no particular political obligation, more just a very Swedish sense of humanitarian duty to the wider world. From the very start, the government also sought to avoid creating a German-style "guest worker" class by promoting immigrants' rights and introducing a plethora of programmes to promote racial integration. 

Yet despite Swedish language education being offered free to all long-term immigrants, ghettos of foreigners have flourished in recent years. So too have Far Right parties challinging the political class's long-standing pro-immigration consensus, who now command up to 10 per cent of the vote and may increase their share in next year's elections. 

"We have tried harder than any other European country to integrate, spending billions on a welfare system that is designed to help jobless immigrants and guarantee them a good quality of life," said Marc Abramsson, leader of the National Democrats Party. "Yet we have areas where there are ethnic groups that just don't identify with Swedish society. They see the police and even the fire brigade as part of the state, and they attack them. We have tried everything, anything, to improve things, but it hasn't worked. It's not about racism, it's just that multi-culturalism doesn't recognise how humans actually function.

Aje Carlbom, a Swedish academic and author of a critical study into Swedish immigration policy, added that despite the increasing appeal of Far Right parties, mainstream Swedish politicians were still reluctant to even ask the kind of questions that the likes of Mr Abramsson was already offering answers to. 

"Anyone who wants to regulate immigration is immediately classified as a nationalist, which also implies a racist as well," he said. "It is still almost impossible to debate this question." 

Still, some of Husby's younger generation argue that it is unreasonable of Swedes to expect them to be perennially "grateful" for taking them in, even from the dire circumstances in their homelands. 

Among them is local youth worker Rami al Khamisi, 25, whose family escaped to Sweden from Saddam Hussein's Iraq back in 1994, smuggling themselves first through Turkey and Russia and then across the Baltic in a fishing boat commandeered by a people smuggler. "I was six years old and the boat was packed with about 60 people," he said. "An old man died, and they threw him in the water because his body was smelling a lot." 

That, though, he says, is his only real memory of the hardships of his early life, and as such, he finds it hard to be as thankful as his parents still are to his adopted homeland. "They compare it to Baghdad or Somalia," he said. "But we younger immigrants only really know Sweden, and we just compare our situation to the one around us." 

With Stockholm still burning this weekend, though, that may be asking for just a little too much understanding - even in compassionate, generous Sweden." image above, Rex features



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Sweden now has 55 official 'no-go zones' where police have no control, police are pelted with stones and attacked. 80% of police have considered leaving the job due to danger and low pay per spokesman on Swedish broadcaser NRK-Kronen Zeitung (Austria), 9/23/2016

9/23/2016, "No-go Areas: Asylum crisis: Sweden's police lose control," Kronen Zeitung, (Austria) google translation 

"Sweden has traditionally indeed a very liberal immigration policy, since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the Scandinavian country continues to struggle with rising crime. Especially in case of theft, sexual offenses and gang violence, the Swedish police recorded increases. 55 areas across the country by the officials already as "No-go Zones" out. Swedish media reports, the police are increasingly losing control."

"Sweden is one of the most popular destination countries for asylum seekers. But since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the executive of the Scandinavian country is faced with a massive increase in crime. Especially drug trafficking sexual offenses, thefts, vandalism and gang violence have increased, as is a report from Sweden's top police authority.

Even attacks on officials accumulate. Recently police cars were stolen by masked gang members repeatedly, according to the report. The police now leads 55 areas throughout the country as  "No-go Zones," where one must always count on attacks, police spokesman Peter Larsson said on Thursday against the Swedish broadcaster NRK: "80 percent of officials at least have thought about to change jobs." In addition to the daily danger in the job also is the. unattractive pay an issue.

The frustration of his colleagues was great, Larsson: "We do not come to solve crimes, because we are called daily to so many applications." In some areas of the country it is almost become everyday for officials to be pelted with stones and attacked.

A particularly serious example Malmö is called repeatedly. In the city about 70 cars were torched in February 2016. Especially organized gang crime was increasing, police said. The officials in the dark: Only one suspect has hitherto pried and arrested.

Sweden is a country that in the previous year, the highest number was measured by the inhabitants added to asylum seekers. Compared to the OECD States ranked Scandinavians so before Austria. Only recently, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland complained about Hungary because refuse our neighbors, so-called Dublin Cases withdraw. The Dublin Convention states that that country is responsible for the asylum procedure of fugitives, in which the latter has entered for the first time on European soil.
 
The refusal of Hungary also resulted in upset with Austria. Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka even threatened with a lawsuit before the European Court."

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Comment: Instead of this slow genocide, Europeans should just kill themselves all at once.







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US Sen. McCain's sad global behavior without authorization of US voters or US taxpayers may be explained by 'Dementia Pugilistica,' a type of brain damage found in professional athletes and military personnel after impacts to the head

"Dementia Pugilistica," Brain Injury Research Institute, protectthebrain.org

"Dementia pugilistica, is commonly referred to as punch-drunk syndrome, due to the fact that it was originally discovered in boxers in the 1920s. In fact, the term itself derives from the Latin word pugil, which translates as "boxer" or "fighter." It occurs in people who have suffered multiple concussions, and it commonly manifests itself as dementia - or declining mental ability - along with problems with memory, and Parkinsonism, which is characterized by a lack of coordination. 

A study published in 1928 in the Journal of the American Medical Association was the first to describe dementia pugilistica. The report noted that boxers who suffer from this condition will commonly experience tremors, slowed movement, speech problems and confusion. Dementia pugilistica frequently goes undiagnosed, due to the fact that it will commonly not begin to cause symptoms for many years or even decades. Further, its symptoms are often mistakenly ascribed to the effects of old age or conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia Pugilistica and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy 

Dementia pugilistica is actually a variant of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is itself a serious type of brain damage resulting from repeated concussions and is found in many professional athletes and military personnel who have been subjected to multiple impacts to the head. Severe concussions and mild traumatic brain injury are both capable of causing CTE, and the likelihood of developing this condition is increased with the number of impacts. Whereas CTE was formerly believed to be a disease which affected primarily only professional and amateur boxers, it is now understood to be an affliction suffered by many more people. The doctors at the Brain Injury Research Institute have made considerable contributions to raising public awareness of CTE and we are working to find effective solutions for prevention and treatment."



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Senator McCain not interested in defending US borders but is named National Hero for championing borders of foreign country Georgia-Jan. 11, 2010. Jan. 2017 found McCain in Ukraine inciting deadly foreign border dispute and promising US taxpayer support

1/11/2010, McCain and Georgia Pres.
 

"President Mikheil Saakashvili (left) greets Senator McCain in Batumi." 

1/11/2010, "Georgian President Decorates U.S. Senator McCain," Radio Free Europe 

"Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has decorated visiting U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain with the Order of the National Hero of Georgia.

At a ceremony in Georgia's Black Sea city of Batumi, Saakashvili praised McCain for his strong support of Georgia during the August 2008 [5 day] Russian-Georgian war. McCain, who at the time was the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, repeatedly backed Georgia in the conflict. 

BBC map, 2012
He (McCain) told journalists in Batumi today that Russia should pull out of the Georgian territory it currently occupies, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.

McCain and two other Republican senators arrived on January 10 in Batumi, where they met separately with Saakashvili and with several Georgian opposition party leaders.

From Batumi, McCain travelled to Zugdidi, where he met today with Hans-Joerg Haber, the head of the European Union Monitoring Mission, and with Georgian refugees from the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Large numbers of Russian forces have moved into Abkhazia and Georgia's other breakaway region of South Ossetia since a five-day conflict with Georgian forces in August 2008, after which the regions declared their independence.

Moscow recognized them as independent states and has set up military bases in the regions, where it also patrols their administrative boundaries with Georgia proper."
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Added: 1/2/2017, McCain obsession with foreign borders and warmongering finds him in Ukraine:

Jan. 2017, Sen. McCain with Ukraine Pres. and military







 
In Ukraine, video published Jan. 2, 2017, "President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, amerikanskimi senators," google translation


President-elect Trump hadn't yet been inaugurated, but Neocon Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain were on the ground in Ukraine in Jan. 2017 with Ukraine President Poroshenko and members of the Ukraine military encouraging "regime change" war with Russia with funding from US taxpayers.

Sens. McCain and Graham with Ukraine Pres and military


Sen. McCain and Ukraine Pres. Poroshenko




Sens. McCain and Graham with Ukraine Pres. and soldiers
 





























2/2/17, "Interfering in Ukraine - A Breach of U.S. Law?"
viableopposition.blogspot.ca

"Recent news that John McCain and Lindsey Graham made a trip to Ukraine in early January 2017 was rather surprising. What is even more surprising is this commentary from Lindsey Graham and John McCain, made in the presence of Ukraine's President Poroshenko on the front lines of the Ukraine civil war, comments which seems to fly directly in the face of Donald Trump's approach to Russia: 

Urging a restart of the stalled Ukrainian civil war, here's what Lindsey Graham had to say: 

[At 1:20 in video, following remarks by a Ukraine official, possibly Pres. Poroshenko,  dressed in military garb]: 

Your fight is our fight, 2017 will be the year of offenseAll of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against RussiaEnough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price. 

Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world." [In the video, Lindsey Graham rubs his hands together as he speaks] 

John McCain had this to say: 

"I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage. 

So I thank you and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries."... 

The comments by both Graham and McCain seem particularly malevolent since they obviously are not making any kind of personal sacrifice in restarting this conflict. 

What is even more interesting is a little-known federal law called the Logan Act, dating back to 1799, which reads as follows: 

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both." 

In addition, a very influential Supreme Court decision from December 1936, United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation looked at the sale of unauthorized/illegal munitions of war and the delicate balance between the powers wielded by the Executive Branch when it acts without congressional authorization in foreign affairs. 

Here are the key paragraphs in the decision: 

"Not only, as we have shown, is the federal power over external affairs in origin and essential character different from that over internal affairs, but participation in the exercise of the power is significantly limited. In this vast external realm, with its important, complicated, delicate and manifold problems, the President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. As Marshall said in his great argument of March 7, 1800, in the House of Representatives, 'The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations...

The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations. He manages our concerns with foreign nations and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success. For his conduct he is responsible to the Constitution. The committee considers this responsibility the surest pledge for the faithful discharge of his duty. They think the interference of the Senate in the direction of foreign negotiations calculated to diminish that responsibility and thereby to impair the best security for the national safety. The nature of transactions with foreign nations, moreover, requires caution and unity of design, and their success frequently depends on secrecy and dispatch." (my bold) 

With Donald Trump still being President-elect while the warmongering John McCain and Lindsey Graham were pontificating in Ukraine, it certainly appears that they were not representing the future president and it is highly unlikely that they were representing the last days of the outgoing Obama Administration given that they are both Republicans.

At the very least, it looks like both men were meddling with Trump's moves to soften America's approach to Russia and their interference certainly has the appearance of breaching U.S. laws." 

12/31/2016, KSTP image















12/31/16 image above from KSTP,  "Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar Spends New Year's Eve in Ukraine. "Remaining Images above are screen shots from video in Ukraine over Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 New Year.


 
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